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From our archives, 100 year ago

Spokane was buzzing about the possibility that Emma Goldman, the notorious labor organizer and anarchist, was on the way to town.

She announced that she would come to Spokane in May to make a speech, but she also said she was concerned that she would have difficulty finding a hall, in light of Spokane’s just-concluded Free Speech Fight (although these concerns proved unfounded).

In other labor news: The beer-makers at the Inland Malt and Brewing Co. walked out on strike after they demanded a wage increase from $3 to $3.50 per day.

The company turned them down and then fired a union member. The union said they considered this “an attack” on the union and walked out.

A splendid new hotel: “Dutch Jake” Goetz was whipping up excitement about his vastly remodeled 175-room Hotel Coeur d’Alene at Howard Street and Trent Avenue (now Spokane Falls Boulevard). He said every room would have “air mattresses,” so comfortable that the “guests won’t ever get up.”

He also said every room would have fresh carnations and shamrocks.

“Nifty, eh?” said Goetz.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1775: The American Revolutionary War began with the battles of Lexington and Concord. … 2005: Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger of Germany was elected pope in the first conclave of the new millennium; he took the name Benedict XVI.