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Jackson County News: 1871



    SPRING FIGHTS.--Ashland is still ahead in the line of items in this class. Capt. Thomas Smith and Mr. Roberts, clerk in Hargadine's store, had a little skirmish with canes and appliances for reaching goods on the top shelves, a few days since. The Captain is said to have looked like a gamecock with his comb both "cut and bloody," after the affray. It grew out of a trifle, and hence we have little sympathy with either. There was a small fight in town last Sunday, between two strangers, names unknown. Both were too drunk to stand straight.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, March 24, 1871, page 3


    THE ASHLAND AFFRAY.--Booth, who was shot at Ashland last Saturday, is recovering. It is now hoped that he will get well. The affray grew out of a drunken row and fight at Phoenix the night previous. Burton shot four times--one bullet passing in just below the collarbone in front, and lodging against the skin at the back near the spine, another passing into his arm, near the wrist, and ranging towards the elbow. Burton was examined before Squire A. V. Gillett last Monday, and held to answer in the sum of $,1000, to appear at the next term of the circuit court for Jackson County.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, April 1, 1871, page 3


    SHOOTING AFFRAY AT ASHLAND.--On Saturday morning, 25th ult., about 8 o'clock A. D. Burton fired four shots at Stephen Booth, at Ashland, inflicting a serious wound in the upper part of the chest, the ball passing entirely through and lodging in the muscles of the back, from whence it was subsequently taken; another ball entered the wrist, and following the course of the bone lodged in the muscles above the elbow; this ball has not yet been found. An examination of Burton was had before A. V. Gillett, J.P., on the 27th ult., during which Dr. Greenman, the medical attendant of the wounded man, testified that the ball passed through the neck a little to the left of the upper part of the sternum and, dividing the windpipe, appeared at the back a little to the right of the spine, but that Booth can use his voice. The testimony further developed the fact that Booth had brutally beaten the deft. three or four times the night before, and had uttered threats against the life of deft. The defense set up was that the shooting was done in self-defense. The Justice held the prisoner to answer under $1,000 bonds, the following named gentlemen becoming his sureties: John P. Walker, Minus Walker, Jacob Wagner, J. M. McCall, John Wells, Eber Emery, Geo. Patterson, W. Cortez Myer, M. Michelson and A. D. Helman. H. K. Hanna, Dist. Atty., conducted the examination on the part of the State, and J. D. Fay for deft. Later: The ball has been extracted from Booth's arm. He is doing well.
Democratic Times, Jacksonville, April 1, 1871, page 2


    SHOOTING AFFRAY.--We learn from Dr. L. T. Davis, of a serious shooting affray which occurred near Rock Point, last Thursday. S. D. Taylor was returning from Rock Point to his place, beyond Mr. Neathammer's, and when passing by the place of the latter, Neathammer met him with a gun and fired at him, the ball passing through Taylor's right hand, and lacerating it so that amputation of all the hand except the thumb and forefinger was necessary. Drs. Davis and Danforth performed the operation yesterday, and report the patient doing as well as could be expected. Neathammer was arrested and taken before Justice Gall yesterday for examination, but we have not yet learned the result. The difficulty grew out of a lawsuit that had taken place between Neathammer and Taylor, and been decided against the former.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, June 3, 1871, page 3





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