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100 years ago

After a “diligent” search had been conducted in Spokane and surrounding cities, a missing school administrator from Edwall was found, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported. J.M. Hanna, who had disappeared from his home three weeks earlier, wrote to an acquaintance in Edwall that he would be in Browning, Mont., for a few days, “after which, he would leave for other parts.” He did not explain why he left Edwall before the school year ended, and the paper said the people of Edwall were at a loss to explain the man’s “peculiar actions.”

The Chronicle’s headline on the story? “Hanna in Montana.” No word of Miley Cyrus’ involvement.

From the court docket: A jury cleared The Spokesman-Review of libel, agreeing that “special policeman” W.R. Bancroft really was sleeping on duty. Bancroft had sought $10,000 in damages from the newspaper. Among the witnesses who testified was the acting sergeant who found Bancroft covered up on an old mattress.

It took the jury less than an hour to rule against Bancroft.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

68: The Roman Emperor Nero committed suicide. … 1973: Secretariat became horse racing’s first Triple Crown winner in 25 years by winning the Belmont Stakes.

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