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THURSDAY, AUG. 25, 2011

Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

First, this team of wagon-hauling critters made a sensation in Sandpoint. Then they attracted attention in Spokane. Next: the world.

It was a team of deer.

Frank Clemens of Sandpoint captured some deer, broke them to harness and attached them to a small wagon. After exhibitions in Sandpoint and Spokane, Clemens embarked on a trip with the deer from San Francisco to New York. Ultimately, he planned to “go around the world.”

He said these white-tailed deer “show no fright in the crowded streets.”

From the burglary beat: The “yeggs” and “cracksmen” were busy in downtown Spokane. That’s what the Spokane Daily Chronicle called the burglars and safecrackers who broke into a five-and-dime store on Riverside Avenue.

The burglars knocked the combination dial off the safe with a heavy sledge. It was clearly the work of “professional cracksmen,” said police, although the kind who relied on brute force.

The captain of detectives said it was the “advance guard of professional crooks, pickpockets, yeggmen and touts that are headed this way for the (horse) race meet.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1944: Paris was liberated by Allied forces after four years of Nazi occupation.



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