john scott mason
SATURDAY NIGHT BRAWL nsaltiag Remarks to Ladles Cause Fight on Oakland Avenne. The rioting element again broke forth In this city Saturday night, and a flatlc encounter of some consequence took place at the corner of Oakland avenue and Franklin street In the neighborhood of 10:30 o'clock. The Impudence of one man is said to have been the cause of the trouble. The actions of one John Scott Mason, employed as a laborer on the new court house, in his attention to Mrs. Esworth Relchard and Mrs. Michael Gagen aroused the ire of William Powers. Powers makes his home with the Relchard family, and consequently had some interest In the welfare of the women, and would not stand any abuse without an attempt at retaliation. Mason was alleged to have grossly insulted the women mentioned as they were passing in front of the Odd Fellows' block. Powers, together with several others, was standing near by and saw all of Mason's actions. He walked out and promptly "handed one" to Mason. The scrap was car ried into Oakland street, where is is said Mason had Powers down several times. The two combatants again got on to Franklin street, where Pow ers finally threw Mason to the pavement, and after a short tussle began a tatoo on Mason's physlogomy. It is ' sufficient to say that Mason received much the worst of the fray. Much criticism Is due the actions of the bystanders who witnessed the scrap. Nobody offered to interfere, probably discouraged by a loud - voiced individual who offered quite a bluff. Mason had been drinking, and perhaps received a deserved rebuke, but the manner in which he was hammered up and the bloody spectacle he presented afterward was an appalling sight. Although the affair was in progress at least a quarter of an hour, the 'efficient" police were noticeable by their absence. However, two blue coats did arrive In time to disperse the crowd that had gathered. No ar rests were made Saturday night, but legal action was expected today.