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From our archives, 100 years ago

The Spokane Chamber of Commerce served notice to “loafers, tobacco chewers and others who pursue their favorite occupation of doing nothing and spitting on the sidewalks at Howard and Riverside.”

The chamber asked the mayor and the police to keep that corner clear.

From the police beat: Spokane police raided a gang of pickpockets and “easy money” people at a “resort” near Liberty Park. One woman was arrested for allegedly stealing $91 from a Spokane man.

This “resort” was apparently not of the elegant kind. Police also confiscated a quantity of opium and opium-smoking paraphernalia from the resort.

From the accident beat: One workman was killed and another seriously injured when a pile of timber fell off the concrete work at the south end of the Monroe Street Bridge.

The timbers were being lifted to the top. A “wagon load” of heavy beams fell at least 20 feet onto the men. The victim’s head was crushed.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1940: During World War II, German forces began invading the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and France. The same day, British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain resigned, and Winston Churchill formed a new government. … 1869: A golden spike was driven in Promontory, Utah, marking the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S.