Miss Mary Berger Indicted Over Lewd & Lascivious Letters

letters“Miss Mary Berger, the Eugene dressmaker, was indicted last Saturday by the federal grand jury, at Portland on seven counts for sending obscene and offensive letters through the mails.  Many of our readers will remember something of this case which caused such a stir in Eugene.  Letters were received by many prominent ladies of that city cautioning them to beware of Miss Berger and speaking of her as a lewd and lascivious woman.  All those who received these letters were friends and customers of the dressmaker, and consequently felt much sympathy for her, and of course were willing and anxious to assist her in locating the author.  To this end the matter was brought before District Attorney Murphy, who visited Eugene, looked over the case carefully and after a thorough examination the dressmaker herself was bound over to wait the action of the grand jury, much to the surprise of many of her friends who had not thought of her  as a “posing martyr”.  The crime charged against Miss Berger is a serous one, punishable, under the revised statutes, by a fine of $ 5,000 or imprisonment for five years at hard labor, at the discretion of the court.  In any case, should all of the counts in the indictment against her be proved, the punishment would be very severe.” Junction City Times (Oregon), May 4, 1895, pg. 5, col. 2

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