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James O'Reilly of Hebrewville is Fined, Jailed for Selling Liquor without License.

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As best we can guess, Hebrewville must have been a name for Soledad City, the temporary mining camp that moved from place to place starting around 1860 as new gold discoveries were made in the region that later became Acton and Ravenna. The history books tell us Soledad City became Ravenna, and maybe it did, but apparently that's not the end of the story. News reports from the 1880s and 1890s say Hebrewville was located "near" Acton and "near" Ravenna.

James O'Reilly is credited with starting a mining operation in the area in 1861. His name is associated with Soledad City and Ravenna, and he supposedly named the latter town for the man who ran its saloon in 1868, Manuel Ravenna. Perhaps O'Reilly took over the business at some point or at least supplied it with liquor.

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An Ungrateful Friend.

James O'Reily [sic] of Hebrewville, Antelope valley, had his examination before United States Commissioner Van Dyke yesterday on a charge of selling liquor without a government license.

He was arrested by Deputy United States Marshal Goodrich, being informed against by a man named Charles J. Tibby.

At the examination O'Reily acted as his own lawyer. He characterized Tibby as an ungrateful man, whom he had befriended by sharing his bed and board with him.

He was held for trial in the district court, with bail fixed at $500.

All news stories courtesy of Jason Brice.

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A Heavy Fine.

James O'Reilly [cq] of Hebrewville, near Ravenna, was tried in the United States district court yesterday before Judge Ross and a jury, on an indictment charging him with selling liquor without a special license.

Charles Tibby, an Englishman, was the complaining witness. He had been held in the county jail for 83 days to appear against O'Reilly.

When a verdict of guilty was returned Tibby rejoiced greatly. He accuses O'Reilly of owing him $20, and is glad to see him get punished. O'Reilly claims that Tibby did him a great injustice in having him prosecuted, as he fed the Englishman for many weeks.

Judge Ross sentenced O'Reilly to the county jail for six months and to pay a fine of $1,000.

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The Sentence Reduced.

In the United States court yesterday the sentence of a $1,000 fine and six months' imprisonment imposed on James O'Reily of Hebrewsville, near Ravenna, was ordered set aside and a new sentence imposed.

Judge Ross changed the sentence to 60 days' imprisonment and a fine of $200. The point was made by O'Reily's attorney, C.W. Eldridge.

O'Reily was arrested for selling liquor without a special license.

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