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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

Wed., Nov. 17, 2010, midnight

From our archives, 100 years ago

An honest “newsy” – newsboy – made some of his own news in 1910.

Jimmy Stack, 14, was vending his newspapers at Washington Street and Main Avenue when a man came up and handed him what looked like a half-dollar.

Jimmy the newsboy handed him a paper and 49 cents – a paper being only a penny.

Later that night, however, Jimmy was counting his take when out rolled a “big, shiny eagle” – a $10 coin. He found no half-dollar coin.

“It was a hard fight for the little newsy, but right won out and the matter was reported to Captain John Sullivan and the coin awaits its owner,” said the paper.

From the theater beat: A “large and fashionable audience” showed up at the Auditorium theater to see one of the most provocative and controversial plays of 1910: “Madame X.”

Adeline Dunlap played a woman who goes from a young and fashionable society maiden to a “drug-cursed and decrepit creature.” The play chronicles her “20 years of constant dissipation” and tragic end. The play had been a big hit in both Paris and New York.

“The women weren’t the only ones in the audience last night who used their handkerchiefs frequently,” said The Spokesman-Review’s theater critic.

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