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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

In 1910, Halloween mayhem in Spokane went way beyond mere pranks.

One police officer was called to a Halloween disturbance where he was “decidedly set upon and mauled by a gang of boys” on Broadway Avenue.

They knocked the officer down, stole his star and his club, tied him up and left him on the street. Passers-by later released him.

Another officer was sent to the same neighborhood. He was “almost blinded by showers of flour thrown on him by a bevy of girls, who also succeeded in tripping the officer.”

In Stafford’s Addition, a gang of kids piled obstructions on a track and held up a streetcar.

Phones at the police station rang nonstop from 5:30 p.m. to 1 a.m.

“My gate is gone and think it is at the top of a telegraph post,” went one typical call.

“There is a gang tearing things loose up here and our very lives are in danger,” went another.

One “timid voice” called the station and asked, “Will there be any harm in a bunch of 10 girls dressing up as boys and going out for a lark?”

The police reply: “No particular harm, but you and your friends will stand a very good chance of being arrested.”

A number of kids were arrested.

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