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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

Thu., Oct. 28, 2010

From our archives, 75 years ago

Spokane police Chief Ira Martin came down hard on what was apparently a 1935 Spokane plague: “hitch-hiking ‘thumbers’ operating on the city’s streets.”

He gave two reasons for his crackdown. First, “boys standing in the streets trying to obtain rides were menaces to traffic safety.” Second, hitchhiking was simply “not good conduct.”

He said he would file disorderly conduct charges against “persons carrying on this ‘panhandling’ activity.”

The Spokane Daily Chronicle heartily agreed.

“Perhaps a good little old-fashioned footwork – the type that requires the placing of one foot ahead of the other for miles and miles – might be a suitable punishment,” said the editors.

From the movie beat: The Liberty Theater on Riverside Avenue (between Wall and Post streets) announced plans for a gigantic new marquee – 54 feet long, 14 feet wide, and containing 4,400 lamps.

“It will be a real flash, in the New York style,” said the manager of the electrical company installing the marquee.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1886: The Statue of Liberty, a gift from the people of France, was dedicated in New York Harbor by President Grover Cleveland.

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