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Jim Kershner’s This day in history


From our archives, 100 years ago

A man was walking on a downtown sidewalk when a box came crashing down from the window of the Kemp & Hebert department store.

It was a box of women’s underwear. So he picked it up and walked off with it.

“It nearly hit me, and I thought I had a right to keep it,” the man later explained to police.

He told a judge that, of course, he didn’t really want it. He was only taking it to the police station to turn it over. A judge was sympathetic and dismissed the charge of petticoat – sorry, petty – larceny.

From the forest ranger beat: A Chicago man who barely escaped from his Idaho hunting camp during the Big Burn directed his ire toward U.S. Sen. Weldon Heyburn of Idaho. Heyburn, he said, had recently made a speech portraying the life of forest rangers “as being one of ease,” “smoking good cigars on the verandas of summer hotels.”

The Chicago man said that he had been tremendously impressed by the work and bravery of the forest rangers during this crisis.

“It would be my suggestion that some of the Idaho citizens take their senator out to one of the fires and let him see how the fighting is done,” he said. “Possibly then, he could talk intelligently on the subject.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1939: World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland.

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