August 27, 2011 in City

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By The Spokesman-Review

From our archives, 100 years ago

Police believed that Mrs. John Seaberg had gone insane.

She showed up at a Spokane hospital, asking to see her husband. She had been told, from some unknown source, that her husband was there after an accident in British Columbia. The hospital had no such patient.

Mrs. Seaberg searched in “every nook and cranny” for her husband and became increasingly distraught. Police were called. Officers took her to the station and concluded that her ravings were “merely the creations of her imagination.”

The next day, a telegraph arrived.

It was from the Colville police chief who said that John Seaberg of Spokane had died there in an accident on Aug. 19 and was in the Colville morgue.

The S-R posed the question: Had she learned of her husband’s accident “by some mysterious telepathic method?” The paper did not, unfortunately, provide a satisfactory answer to this question.

From the juvenile beat: Several members of the Peachy Gang, a bunch of 12- and 13-year-old boys in a tent hangout, landed in hot water with the police.

Police raided the tent and found a saw and a putty knife taken from a house under construction. Police were attempting to determine if these were actual thefts or just juvenile pranks.

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