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tise in the Ledger.
Established October 27, 1855.
Office in Marella Building, Court, street.
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Ortice in Marella building, Mam Street
Office Kay Building ( 2 to 4 p. m.
Hours: j 7 to 8 p. m.
Residence: 54- Water street.
Telephone— Office, Black 243.
Residence. 241.
Physician and Surgeon
rp,j Office, Main 26
Residence, Main 27
Amador City. Cat.
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Will attend to Homestead and other filings;
taking of ilnal proofs and ull other Land
Deeds and other legal documents drawn up.
AbHtraot Ofllce
Searcher of Records, Conveyuheer, Kte
O.'flce— Spagnoll Bulldlug, Court House Square.
Akchie S. Mooue
Teacher of Harmony
Violin, Mandolin, Cornet and all brass
instruments. Piano tuning a specialty
37 Broadway, Jackson
An Excellent Record
Fourteen years ago while Mr Bole
was waiting for his first client in
Jackson, Judge Fred V. Wood was
acting as police judge in the city of
Oakland. This court has a wide juris
diction, and covers all crimes, other
than those punishable by imprisonment
in state prison. Some of the ablest
and most brilliant lawyers around the
bay are engaged in practice in that
Before Mr Bole had his first case.
Judge Wood wa« deciding cases argued
by such eniment barrists as Hon. Vic
tor H. Metcalf, afterwards appointed
secretary of the navy; Hon. H. A.
Melvin, now a justice of the supreme
court; Hon. S. P. Hall, now justice
of district court of appeals ; ex-super
visor court judge, A. L. Frick ; ex
superior court, judge E. M. Gibson;
Carl Cook, J. C. Martin; H. A.
Moore, M. C. Chapman, Kobt. M.
Fitzgerald, Phil. Walch, W. W.
Foote, and many others.
Ladies Aid Society
The Ladies' aid society of the M.
E. church will selll confectionery in
Geo. W. Brown's office on Main street
to-morrow afternoon, for the benefit
of tne church funds.
Amador Ledger.
Republican Candidate for
Sheriff Assailed from
(From Amador Record, Oct. 20^
Amador City ,Cal., Oct. 18, 1910.
Editor Amador Record. -1 notice
that the Amador Ledger is indulging
in its usual tirade of abuse of U. S.
Gregory. This, it will be remembered,
has been the policy of that paper just
prior to every election. It seems to
me that where an official so conducts
his office that no word of fault is
found with his work for four years, it
is bad taste to attack him just prior
to each election, and especially to find
fault with him for something over
which he has no control. If the board
of supervisors see tit to give Mr
Ratto, the picture show man or any
one else a free license, which it seems
they did, and which they have the
authority to do under the license or
dinance as the Ledger admits, why
should Gregory be blamed for not col
lecting, even if the supervisors did
wrong in giving a free license. They,
and not the collector, should be cen
However, this and other silly com
plaints such as recommending an ex
ception for a poor aged, paralytic is
not what the people care to hear at
this time If the sheriff did recom
mend a free license for a period of six
months to Captain Glenn, every person
who knows the circumstances sur
rounding the case, will, to say the
jeast, give the sheriff credit for hav
ing a streak of kindness and human
sympathy in his make Up. Neither do
the taxpayers and voters care how
much salary, etc. , any official draws,
so long as he gets what the law allows
him for his services and no more, but
what they do want is for an officer to
do his work faithfully and well. They
know that whoever is elected sheriff
will pull down the same amount until
such time as the law is changed, and
the pay made less. Therefore it
seems to me that the only question to
be considered is who can give the
people the best service for the money,
U. S. Gregory or John S. Davis. This
is the only sensible way to look at it.
If Mr Gregory has made the people a
good sheriff, and tax-payers think he
will do his duty iruthe^fu^ure,- as .well
as in the past, then in 'their own in
terest, regardless of personal prefer
ence or political bias, they should re
elect him to the office he now holds.
As for his opponent, Mr . Davis, all
that can be said is that he is untried
and inexperienced. The only oppor
tunity that any one has to get a line
on his fitriess for the work has been
here in Amador City during- the last
year or so, while he has acted in the
capacity of deputy sheriff, and to say
the least, he has not impressed the
citizens here as being suitable for the
position for sheriff. During the whole
time he made but one arrest, although
much trouble and many violations of
the law occured in our town. I say
this in all fairness to Mr Davis, and I
honestly believe that if he should suc
ceed in defeating Mr Gregory that not
only the people will have cause to re
gret the change, but Mr Davis himself
will find that he is not suited for the
work, and will be sorry that he ever
aspired to the position.
What I have written is in all fair
ness, and without prejudice to either
side, and < hope that the electors of
Amador county will weigh the ques
tion well in selecting the man to fill
this important office, and vote in ac
cordance with their honest convictions
and- for the best interest and welfare
of all the people of Amador county.
The writer of the above screed, and
he doesn't live far from Jackson,
should have signed his name " Unfair
Play," as far more in keeping with
the spirit of the communication. The
trick of sending articles dated from
another town and having the same
published in order to show the senti
ment on a political issue regarding
rival candidates is too transparent to
deceive anyone. It seems like the
dernier resort of the despairing demo
cratic clique to stem the popular cur
rent of opinion which i« setting so
strongly against them. It stands on a
par with the move tostruddle both sites
of the political fence by making per
sonal appeals to voters for the nomi
nation on two opposing tickets.
It will be noticed that the above
article was written by one who claims
to be well posted on the subjects
treated. He knows the "circumstan
ces surrounding tne case," as he puts
it. We believe he does, and no one
better than he.
The defender tries to wriggle out of
the dilemma about the free license
granted to Ratto, by putting the
blame upon the supervisors. We are
not defending the supervisors for their
part of the transaction. But how
about the fact that the sheriff failed
to collect from Ratto, or even make
demand for license, of nearly a year,
during which that individual was
Bhowing his i pictures. The collector
made no effort to demand license or
report him for non-payment of license.
The arrears had mounted up to over
$500, uncovered by any gracious per
mit, and would doubtless be running
in the same way yet, had the Ledger
not unmasked the afT&ir, for which he
received, not thanks but curses for his
work from those who are paid for at
tending to such matters. Who was at
fault for this glaring oversight— to use
the mildest term— if not the sheriff.
Now then, concerning the free
license to Captain Glenn — a "poor,
aged paralytic." as the sheriff's
booster asserts. This is a particularly
reprehensible move on the part of the
sheriff. It must be borne in mind
that Glenn was three months— or one
quarter's license— behind, when the
subject was brought up. The unearth*
ing of the Ratto deliquency was no
doubt the cause of bringing this case
to the front. Sheriff Gregory was
the sole mover in this case. There
was no application by the license
payer himself. It is hardly a com
mendable act for a collector of
revenue to appear before a governing
body and ask that one , individual be
favored by being released from the
obligation of contributing his share
for the support of the government.
We fail to see any warrant for such
action on the part of the officer. On
the contrary it appears to be against
the express provision of law. Sec
tion 4071 of the political code reads
as follows :
No county officer shall, except for
his own service, present any claim,
account, or demand for allowance
against the county, nor -in any way
advocate the relief asked on the
claim or demand made by another.
Any citizen and taxpayer of the
county in which he resides may ap
pear before the board and oppose the
allowance of any claim or demand
made against the county.
Is that the way for an official to
show sympathy for a brother partisan
by brushing the law aside, and beg
ging off for license taxes in his behalf,
without the scratch of a pen from
the beneficiare asking for the conces
sion. Does it not look that the col
lector was pleading for himself rather
than the one liable for license, be
cause he had already allowed him to
fall in arrears one quarter. It would
have looked better had he dug into his
own pocket if he was so anxious to be-
friend. him, 'instead of traveling out
side his official duty, and running
counter to the plain provisions of law,
in the matter.
Now the slap at Mr Davis, osten
sibly but not really coming from a
brother townsman, is' of the boome
rang order. It is having just the con
trary effect to that intended. The
town repudiates its authorship, and a
feeling has been created solidifying
the voters more effectually injtbe sup
port of Davis. Mr Davis was deputy
sheriff, appointed as such at the re
quest of the citizens of Amador dur
ing the labor trouble. By ' his tact
and firmness the crisis was tided over
without disturbance, and he was com
mended by the citizens, and also by
his principal, for his management.
He asked to be relieved from the posi
tion thereafter, but his resignation
was not accepted by the present
sheriff, and he was not relieved until
after his nomination as the republi
can candidate at the last primary
election. It was none of Mr Davis'
business to neglect his business to do
constable's work in that town, for
which someone else was receiving
pay. And it was distinctly understood
that he was not expected to do such
work, as there was nothing in it tor
him. Hence, that he has made but
one arrest is not to his discredit, but
to the discredit of those who are paid
by the county for doing such work.
What has Mr Gregory done in the
criminal line during the past four
years, with all his years of ex
perience in the game, to recommend
him as a detective par excellence. He
boasts that he has kept watch at
nights, while the general public was
asleep. If this be so the outcome was
nil. The petty thefts continued month
after month, and not an arrest made.
The Krevo murder case— the only capi
tal crime in this official term — is un
raveled; not a step hearer solution to
day than immediately after its com
mission. What about the burglaries
and robberies. How many crimes of
this character have been feretted out
by the sheriff's individual efforts. An
eight year-old girl was arrested and
sent to the reformatory. Two men—
Trebilcock and Harry S. Cobb, have
violated their parole recently, and are
wanted for so doing. They are both
still at large. Now, if persons who
are well known, and can be fully
described, can so easily evade the
clutches of the officers, what can be
expected in cases where no such clews
are available. The long experience in
detective work seems to be on the
back-action track in Amador county.
Dr J. F. Wilson, dentist, returned
last evening from a pleasant visit to
his relatives in Los Gutos.
Candidates Start Speek
incj at Buena
The democratic candidates' started
on their speaking tour at Buena Vista
on Wednesday evening. The meeting
was held at Norm hall and was large
ly attended, many ladies being pre
sent. J A representative of the Ledger
was present to report the proceedings.
The speaking was remarkably mild in
character, and there was a noticeable
lack of enthusiasm. No doubt the
presence of a reporter had a soothing
effect upon the oratory. Not once
during the meeting was the Ledger or
its staff mentioned— something re
markable for a democratic local candi
dates' meeting, j
Irving Hall, candidate for assembly
man, opened the speaking by stating
the position he would adhere to in the
exclusion of Asiatics, if elected. He
condemned corporations and expecially
the large steamship companies, which
he claims are reaping a harvest by the
present immigration law.
R. C. Bole, aspirant for judge of
the superior court followed. He gave
what to his mind constituted the
general qualifications for the position
of judge. He graduated from the
Allegheny College, located in Mead
ville. Pa. A college, he explained,
that is on a par with Harvard or Yale.
He then came west and located in
Jackson. The speaker jumped from
his graduation to his infancy, stating
he was reared in the essence and at
mosphere of law, as his father was
also an attoney, and from his infancy,
he leaped back into Jackson and
brought upon himself one of the most
condemning accusations that would be
hurled at any candidate, even by the
most venemont opponent.
s I hear it . is v said by my enemies
that I drink,' that 1 1 take five or six
glasses of whiskey. Now isn't that
terrible, well, he added, I confess it
is terrible. But I defy any man to
tell me that I ever went into the court
room or into my office with a drop of
intoxicating liquor in me. . They claim
I would be disqualified in various cases
that might arise because of my prac
tice at the bar of your county. I wish
to tell you if I am elected I guarantee
you no extra expense in that line, be
cause I know I can get the well known
Judge McSorley from San Andreas,
free of cost. He would be only too
glad to serve me with such a favor.
As to general ability he declared he
was qualified in every respect, equal
to that of his opponet. A vote for my
opponent is a vote against your boy,
and a vote against your neighbor.
I came into your county as a young
man and spent the best of my life
here, and if you vote against me, it
goes without saying that some day
your own boy, born and raised here,
will be voted out, and the position of
worth, to which he might be seeking,
be tendered to a stranger who may be
sent into your midst.
Many people have a wrong impres
sion as to what is required of a man
to become a superior judge. I have
heard it said that the care and safe
keeping of your lives and property
lies in the palm of the judge's hand.
This is all wrong, I don't want it
understood that 1 depreciate one par
ticle of the high and exalted position,
but I do say that any man who has
served at least 10 years before the
bar is amply qualified to fill the
office, or at least 90 per cent of the
duties of the office. Why it is simply
a routine work, the same as you
housewives perform daily. Now do
you prefer a home man or a stranger
who has by chance come before you?
U. S. Gregory was next called. 1
hardly know what I am going to say,
he began, you know this is our first
night out, he then cracked a joke about
an old lady in Arkansas. The joke
fell flat. Pointing to an old resident
and calling his name, i.c pleaded,
you know me, you know I baled hay
with you 41 years ago. my life is an
open book, you all have read it.
Must I now come before you and beg
you for a vote? Must 1 answer charges
that are thrust at me by enemies, and
in which there is not one particle of
truth— stories that are false in every
line. 1 defy any one to say I haven't
been honest in my duties as sheriff and
tax collector. I don't want to talk
about anybody or say barsh things
about any man. Since 1 have grown
older, 1 have grown better. lam a
better man this minute, morally, than
Continued on l'age 4
Allows Correspondent
to Assail Judge
The last issue of the Dispatch con
tains an article, signed "Justice" and
purporting to come from Slitter Creek,
attacking the reputation of Superior
Judge Fred V. Wood, the republican
candidate for election, and lauding the
ability and fitness of R. C. Bole, the
democratic candidate for that position.
It is apparent on the face of the com
munication that the article did not
originate in Sutter Creek. It was
written in Jackson, and by one of the
combine who imagine that they have a
divine commission to run the affairs of
Amador county.
The Dispatch is to be congratulated
upon following its customary practice
on the eve of an election in turning
over its editorial political management
to outsiders, for the purpose of assail
ing official character under the guise
of a fictitious signature— a practice by
the way which no reputable journal
will stoop to. It is safe to assert that
where the assailant is too cowardly to
back up his attack— by appending his
true signature to the communication,
his assault will carry very little
weight with the voting public. The
bare fact of attack from ambush is
sufficient in itself to condemn it with
any right-thinking individual. The
attack i 3 venomous, and is calculated
to injure rather than help the aspirant
for whose benefit it is launched. To
show the political animus of the ar
ticle, we quote the following.
Grillo brothers against Garibaldi
conmpany is a case now in the
superior court where the judge was
called upon for once since he has been
with us to show his abilities as a law
yer. In that case both sides claimed
mining ground under locations, and
Judge Wood decided that neither party
was entitled to the claim Now, ■ one
party was right and the other wrong,
but the decision says: "You both
lose." To an outsider it looks as
though both can't be wrong. If a
man spoken of by these papers and his
friends, as so able' can't decide this
case, there is something missing
somewhere. I believe Robert C. Bole
would have decided it one way or the
other, without fear and without favor,
if he had tried it as a judere. I have
heard some say around Volcano and.
other places, that election time was
coming and that the judge, knowing
the influence of the Grillo family and
of the Garibaldi clan of this county,
did a little electioneering.
Now here it is intimated that the
judge in rendering his decision which
declared that neither side was entitled
to judgment, was governed by political
motives— that he desired to court the
favor of one or both parties thereby.
By what process of reasoning the
writer reaches such a far-fetched con
clusion,'we are not told. A verdict
which gives benefit to neither plaintiff
nor defendant, is not apt to please
either party, and clearly shows that
the judge in giving such a decision
was uninfluenced by political or per
sonal motives, but solely by a con
scientious sense of his duty and his in
terpretation of the law. It is plain
that had the object been to gain favor
the decision would have been with
the one having the greater political in
fluenre. But being neutral, and dis
pleasing to both parties, shows clearly
that politics had nothing to do with
it. Nor does it follow that in an is
sue of this nature one side must be
right and the other wrong. The suit
was to quiet title to a mining claim
held by a possessory right, and the
judgment like that made in about one
third of such cases, was to the effect
that neither plaintiff nor defendant
had taken the necessary steps to get a
clear title. There is nothing so very
unreasonable in that situation. We
think the decision demonstrates con
clusively the independence and free
dom from bias of the judge who ren
dered it. Of course it did not suit the
lawyers on either side, one of whom
was Mr Bole himself, but the sound
reasoning contained in the decision has
not been shaken by anything that has
been shown to the contrary. It comes
with bad taste to criticise that de
cision, in face of a pending appeal to a
higher court to test the points raised
therein. It is said if Mr Bole had
been judge, he would have found
differently. Perhaps so, but that
proves nothing ; it does not follow that
he would have decided more righteous
ly, or more in accordance with the
laws governing the matter. It is
nothing to the credit of Mr Bole to
make the bald assertion that he would
have interpreted the law differently.
The Dispatch sneeringly states that
You can «et your Billheads,
hotter Heads, etc., printed at
the Ledg#r x for less than you;
can buy blarik^st^Wor 1 else
where. ***•*>«»*;>■««#«•'■'
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the only experience that Judge Wood
has had as a superior judge, has been
as judge of the superior court of this
county. This Ignores the six years'
experience that Judge Wood had as a
city justice and police judge of Oak
land, where he was daily engaged in
the trial of cases. In some of the
states, a man can not be chosen to fill
the office of superior judge unless he
has had previous experience as a
justice of the peace or criminal magis>
trate In this state, it is usually con
sidered essential that a superior judge
should have had previous experience as
a police magistrate or as district at
torney. An attack upon Judge Wood's
qualifications and experience, neces
sarily invites an inspection of Mr
Bole's record as a lawyer.
It is with no unkind criticism that
we state that Mr Bole is wholly lack
ing in the experience essential for a
judge of the superior court. He is an
office lawyer, and lacks even the ex
perience that comes from the manage
ment of cases in court as a trial law
Bole's Experience
The repreaentative of the Ledger
has examined the records of the su
perior court of this county, and finds
that Mr Bole, during his entire ex
perience at the bar, has tried but three
criminal cases in the superior court.
During his entire fourteen years' ex
perience at the bar, he had conducted
alone but eight contested civil cases
in the superior court, and assisted in
the trial of seven others.
While President Taft carried Contra
Costa county two years ago by 1716
majority, Judge Wood at the same
election, in the same county, was
defeated for judge by 724 majority.
The Dispatch scribe makes an un
fortunate allusion to the fact that
Judge Wood was defeated for superior
judge of Contra Costa county, usually
a strong republican county. This is
true, and the reason, which was not
given by our cotemporary, was be
cause of a factional division of the re
publicans, and not owing to anything
against the nominee. We may state
that in Alamo, Judge Wood's home
precinct, he received four votes to one
for his: opponent, which sufficiently
shows his standing in the community
where he was best known.
Contrast this with the showing made
by Robt. C. Bole at the primary elec
tion last August. He had no opponent
on the democratic ticket, and yet he
received the smallest number of votes
on either ticket, except the defeated
cadidates who had opponents on their
own ticket. He had the lowest vote
in his own town of Jackson, where he
has lived for fourteen years. He re
ceived less votes in his own precinct
than any other candidate. ■ In that
precinct he got 36 votes, and Judge
WJoods received 66. His aggregate
vote in the three city precincts was
100, while Judge Woods received 222.
In the county the total vote for the
present superior judge was 804, against
445 cast for R. C. Bole. That doesn't
look as though the people of Amador
county were very favorably impressed
with the qualification of Mr Bole for
the judgeship, notwithstanding they
have had so many years' acquaintance
ship to size him up on this proposition.
Furthermore, it does not appear that
Mr Bole has identified himself very
seriously with the material interests of
the county. If he has enjoyed a lucra
tive practice, the profits thereof have
not been invested in Amador county.
He has not shown that he has faith in
the future of his home county even to
the extent of investing in a home.
Women's Improvement Club
An enthusiastic body of women met
in schoolhouso Saturday last, to tran
sact the business cf the Woman's Im
provent Club of Jackson. Twelve new
members were enrolled. Two new
officers were created, namely, vice
president and assistant secretary.
The committee 'appointed at a pre
vious meeting to make a house to bouse
canvass in Jackson for votes for county
high school, are still energetically
working f'«" the causo, and fiud the
majority of people are anxious to see it
carry on November 7.
The ladies iwera asked by the ways
and means committee of the high school
boosters club of Jackson ito assist iti
making the grand rally of November 4
a Housing success.
After many .suggestions and lively
discussions as to how to make the com
ing rally an enthusiastic affair, the
tui't'tiiijj adjourned to Oct. 28.
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