Arizona at 100

In this year leading up to Arizona’s centennial, Feb. 14, 2012, we’ll reprint a story or excerpts each day from the Arizona Daily Star or Tucson Citizen archives.

July 17, 1912

DOUGLAS — Josefa, the five-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jesus Belara, who reside on Eleventh street between F and H avenues, has sore eyes.

With the sick child as “Exhibit A,” the mother applied to Judge Ben Rice yesterday morning for a warrant against Petra Tautines, a neighbor who, she said, has caused the misfortune by witchcraft.

The Tautines woman was in court, not having waited, bringing her daughter, a girl of 17 years, with her to swear out a counter complaint against Mrs. Belara’s husband for striking her.

Mrs. Belara became quite excited as she related to the court how her neighbor had an “evil eye” and had cast a spell over the child which had never been sick a day prior to its present affliction.

The Tautines woman laughted at the charge and in turn wishes to swear out a warrant against the husband of Mrs. Belara. She could allege nothing, however, that tended to show violation of the law, save that he had scolded his wife and neighbors impartially, as a pack of fools.

Mrs. Belara and her little daughter were held at the city hall for some time awaiting the arrival of Dr. E.W. Adamson, who had been treating it. It was feared that the eye discharge was trachoma. The physician reassured the court, however, saying that it was merely ordinary infection which caused the trouble.

— Arizona Daily Star

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