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Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

Fri., April 16, 2010

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From our archives, 100 years ago

Some Washington State College students were left feeling queasy after some friends treated them to an impromptu feast of rabbit.

The students later discovered that four rabbits had been stolen from a Pullman medical researcher.

One of the rabbits had been inoculated with tuberculosis and was suffering from that disease. Another had been confined in the same pen to see how long it would take to catch tuberculosis. A third was described as “just a plain, sick rabbit.”

The fourth was the mother of the other rabbits – and she had another brood on the way.

The students put two and two together and were, understandably, in a state of “consternation.”

The prosecuting attorney was looking into the matter. Some time earlier, the same amateur chefs had apparently treated a class of fellow students to a chicken feast. A Pullman resident later reported that 13 of his “fine, fat hens” had been stolen.

At least those hens had been hale and hearty.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1862: President Abraham Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District of Columbia. … 1879: St. Bernadette, who’d described seeing visions of the Virgin Mary at Lourdes, died in Nevers, France.

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