Jim Kershner’s This day in history
From our archives,
100 years ago
A male intruder, plainly intoxicated, tried to rip his way into a tent full of Deaconess Hospital nurses at 2:30 a.m.
The nurses “gave vent to their feelings in screams that were heard for blocks,” said The Spokesman-Review.
The noise roused the house surgeon, Dr. G.C. Breneke, who grabbed a revolver and went to the nurses’ rescue. He saw a man outside the tent and he gave chase. The surgeon chased the man for three blocks and let loose three shots. He didn’t know whether the shots hit his target – the man escaped.
Police thought it might be the same man who had been seen loitering beside the porch earlier that evening, where some nurses were “taking a health sleep in the open air.”
From the police beat: A bellicose Spokane physician, described by police as a “giant” with “pugilistic tendencies,” was released from the city jail on bail after getting in a fight with a much smaller, but tougher, opponent.
The Spokane police chief said, “It was no surprise that Dr. Callahan got in a fight, but out of the ordinary for him to get licked.”
Also on this date
(From the Associated Press)
1844: Mormon leader Joseph Smith and his brother, Hyrum, were killed by a mob in Carthage, Ill. … 1950: The U.N. Security Council passed a resolution calling on member nations to help South Korea repel an invasion from the North.