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The Infamous Black Bird Southern Oregon History, Revised


Jackson County News: 1873


    SHOOTING AFFRAY.--About three o'clock yesterday a serious shooting affray occurred in front of White & Martin's store. James D. Fay shot Horace Ish through the side of the head, and the latter is supposed to be mortally wounded. We abstain from attempting to give any particulars until the facts in the case can be reliably learned.
Oregon Sentinel, Jacksonville, March 8, 1873, page 3


    Jim Fay's pocketbook is an eminent life preserver. The Times tells us that an affray occurred in Jacksonville last Friday, between James D. Fay and Wm. K. Ish and Horace Ish, which resulted in the shooting of Horace Ish in the cheek by Fay, and the narrow escape of Fay from a bullet fired by Wm. K. Ish, which lodged in Fay's pocketbook, breaking the force of and diverting the ball, which would probably otherwise have pierced his heart. Ish is seriously, if not mortally, wounded.
Albany Democrat, March 14, 1873, page 2


ANSWERS TO CORRESPONDENTS.
    W.B.K., Jacksonville: There is a mistake, either with our books or your daughter. If the books are correct, she subscribed through a traveling agent who received the percent as a premium fur his work. Two premiums would more than cover the subscription price. It would be amusing to us if it were not so annoying to see the tenacity with which some people cling to the idea that they must be paid for taking a paper. The only inducement a publisher has for offering premiums is the expectation that people will try to extend their circulation, yet we find that those who are most eager for premiums are those who work least for the paper. Go pay your own subscription one year and then order the paper sent to some other name that you may thereby secure a premium on two subscriptions without benefiting the publisher may be fun for subscribers but it is death to the paper if acquiesced in. We want all women to understand that they are quite as much interested in the New Northwest as we are, and while we can and do pay premiums to canvassers, or those who renew and send one or more new subscribers, we cannot give premiums for the payment of old debts.
The New Northwest, Portland, March 14, 1873, page 2


    SHOOTING SCRAPE IN OREGON.--A shooting affray took place in Jacksonville, Oregon, on March 8th, between James D. Fay, William K. Ish and Horace Ish, resulting in the latter being dangerously wounded. Fay and Horace Ish had some trouble over a lawsuit, and, meeting in the street, the latter spit in the former's face, whereupon Fay drew his pistol and shot Ish twice, one ball taking effect in his head. William K. Ish then shot at Fay, the ball passing through a pocketbook in the latter' pocket, but doing him no injury.
Idaho World, Idaho City, March 20, 1873, page 2


Destructive Fire at Jacksonville.
    JACKSONVILLE (Oregon), April 3rd.
    The most destructive fire that ever occurred in this place broke out this evening at half-past 5 o'clock, in the United States Hotel, and spread with fearful rapidity towards the eastern portion of the town. In less than fifteen minutes it was completely beyond control. Very fortunately there was little wind blowing, and that in an opposite direction to the main business or center of the place. Having no fire engine, the main reliance was in tearing down buildings, which was done as rapidly as possible. The express and banking house of C. C. Beekman was badly scorched. The fire was got under control at 7 o'clock p.m. Losses, as near as can be ascertained, are as follows: Horne, proprietor of United States Hotel, $10,000; Mrs. Brentano's millinery, $700; Dr. Aiken, books and instruments, $400; Miss Kent, accounts and household furniture, $800; Democratic Times office, $1,500; Kubli & Wilson, livery stable building and hay and grain, $4,000; David Cronemiller & Bro., blacksmith shop, $1,100; Jacob Meyer, wagon shop and tools, $1,000; Pat Donegan, blacksmith, $1,500; James T. Glenn, dwelling occupied by Mrs. T'Vault, $1,000; Mrs. Ganung's dwelling, $800; P. J. Ryan, store and stock, $30,000; James Casey's building, $1,000. There was not a dollar of insurance, and the whole loss is total. Little property was saved from any of the buildings. Very fortunately the wind changed when the first buildings were nearly burned down, and saved the eastern part of town and city buildings.
Marysville Daily Appeal, California, April 4, 1873, page 3




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