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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

Wed., Sept. 22, 2010

From our archives, 100 years ago

The Spokane Interstate Fair’s 1910 entertainment schedule included:

• The Five Flying Lanyards, “America’s premier aerialists.”

• The Leojoe troupe of champion bicyclists, seen “for the first time in the West.”

• The Steiner troupe of acrobats and “equilibrists,” with their “comedy horizontal act.”

• Madame Hilda Caroli “and her 24 local dancing girls.”

• The Alexander and Kola troupe of Russian singers, dancers and musicians, direct from Moscow.

• The Lavalles, a comedy troupe whose “amusing antics on a load of hay never fail to provoke roars of laughter.”

From the law-and-order beat: A man trying to elude a policeman in a Chewelah railyard made a serious error of judgment.

He was trying to “steal a ride” on a passenger train when the cop accosted him. The man jumped off the passenger train and ran along the tracks. Then he tried to duck under a neighboring freight train – just as the freight train started to roll.

He slipped and was pulled under the wheel, which crushed one leg below the knee. Doctors were hoping they would not have to amputate.

Also on this date

1776: During the Revolutionary War, Capt. Nathan Hale, 21, was hanged as a spy by the British in New York.

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