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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Sales of flowers, candy and theater tickets all set Spokane records over a big Christmas weekend, The Spokesman-Review reported.

“Never before have the wallet strings hung so lightly tied,” reported local merchants.

Flowers and candy were purchased by young men “as stepping stones to ‘her’ good favors,” said the paper.

Sales were up 40 percent over 1909.

Meanwhile, between 30,000 and 40,000 people crowded Spokane’s theaters. Both vaudeville shows and “legitimate” productions hung out “S.R.O.” signs at both afternoon and evening performances.

From the police beat: A Christmas-week turkey roast was interrupted by Spokane police when they broke into a dilapidated shack by the railroad tracks and arrested three men for burglary.

They were accused of breaking into a woman’s home and stealing her turkey, an ax and a bottle of whiskey.

Police believed the thieves were using the shack as a hideout. It “reeked of filth” – as well as the smell of roasting turkey.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1831: Naturalist Charles Darwin set out on a round-the-world voyage aboard the HMS Beagle. … 1932: Radio City Music Hall opened in New York City. … 2007: Opposition leader Benazir Bhutto was assassinated in Pakistan by an attacker who shot her after a campaign rally and then blew himself up.

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