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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

Mon., Oct. 25, 2010

From our archives, 75 years ago

The region’s congressman, Sam B. Hill, warned the region to beware of a political “attack” on the Grand Coulee Dam project.

“The ostensible reason for these attacks is that the project will bring more land into cultivation and threaten to increase farm crop surpluses,” said Rep. Hill. “The real reason, however, is that certain groups don’t want cheap power developed by the government.”

He said the region needs to make the case that the project will “not become a burden on the government.”

From the police beat: A “nervy” car thief made off with a prize in downtown Spokane – a patrol car.

Two officers parked their car and went to make a phone call. When they returned, the car was gone, leaving them “uncomfortably on a downtown sidewalk in the wee small hours, facing a chilly walk to the police station.”

Chilly in more ways than one. The police chief issued a statement saying that “there was some evidence of carelessness” and “undoubtedly some reprimand will be given.”

Fortunately for the officers, the car was later found just a few blocks away, undamaged.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1910: “America the Beautiful,” with words by Katharine Lee Bates and music by Samuel A. Ward, was first published. … 1971: The U.N. General Assembly voted to admit mainland China and expel Taiwan.

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