Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1949 or use the U.S. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. Chronicling America is sponsored jointly by the
National Endowment for the Humanities and the Library of Congress. external link Learn more
Image provided by: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library, Urbana, IL
Newspaper Page Text
" W "1 J v " rTt " -5-rww i rrTr f
. ', "
TWO MEN, A STENOGRAPHER! AND A-GUN .
r Jt' was all about the stenographer. '
Benjamin Mahan Irish as his name' suggests loved1 his
stenographer. He was unmarried, so nobody has a right to com-
plain. He meant to marry her. All the world," for Ben Mahan, re
volved about her whose supple hands and alluring smiles had first
made his pulses throb while she took his letters and transcribed her
notes in his office. - " -
But Ben Mahan could not always stay in .Roseburg the City (
of Roses where this twain live'd. 'He was calledaway 'for a- long
time, and during his absence Roy McClellan sought the' lady's favor
He paid he"r many and marked attentions.
This would have been quite within. the rights of McClellan had t
it not been for the fact that he was married and Mahan believed that
she had been foully taken from him by one whose act at once robbed
him and smirched his loved one's reputatiqn. . '
So one evening, when McClellan and the fair subject of the
quarrel for it had become a quarrel were coming out of a theater
in company. Mahan was seen approaching the couple. McClellan
drew a revolver and shot Mahan dead.
. He was arrested and tried. The community was in a fever of
anger against McClellan. He was a married man who had stolen
away the sweetheart of another man, and when that man hd seemed
to threaten hiip, had killed him "remorselessly.
But McClellan was not lynched he was indicted -for murder,
and tried. There is an old British maxim that the judge is always ;
of counsel for the prisoner and fa this case, McClellan, frowned on
by 'the angry mob, found in the court a defender. Judge Coke
an honored name among the judges of the Anglo-Saxon race was
apparently on the side of thennan who shot Mahan.
He excluded evidence that the community thought ought to
have gone in against McClellan. He acted in a contemptuous way
toward the state and its evidence. ' He did as a judge ,can vhen he
tries he threw his weight on.ond side, and this time the side of ?
When McClellan was acquitted," as he was, the community "was
on fire, with indignation against Judge" Coke. They believed him
responsible for the acquital. 4 ' . .-; ;
Now, you say, if this had been in Oregon, under' the recall but -it
was! It was at Roseburg, Ore. And the "mob" was excited.
And it called for the recall of the judge. . ...
And of course, he. was. recalled? Not by any means. 'The.", ?J