On Wednesday morning Jack Mayo the proprietor of the Shooting Gallery appeared before the Recorder and stated the night previous, some person or persons had stolen about $65 and a ring from his room in the St. Charles Hotel. Suspicion fell upon two Italians who had stayed over night at the hotel occupying a room adjoining that occupied by Mr. Mayo and who had left for parts unknown before breakfast on Wednesday morning. A warrant for their arrest was immediately issued and placed in the hands of the Sheriff.
Telegrams were sent both North and South and the Sheriff went to Cottage Grove on the afternoon train. The Marshal at Junction telegraphed in the evening that he had one of the individuals under arrest and about 8 o’clock a message was received from Drain stating that both of the men were there. Sheriff went to Junction and returned Thursday with both of the men, but a most thorough investigation failed to attach any guilt to them, and they were discharged, having over $ 50 in silver, and yet they were sticking their certificate of starvation under every body’s nose.” Oregon Journal (Eugene), Aug 30, 1879, pg. 5, col. 3. University of Oregon Knight Library, Newspaper Collection.