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From our archives, 100 years ago
A prisoner named John W. Burns dug his way through a brick wall at the Whitman County Jail and then led a posse on a daylong chase through the snow from Colfax almost to Palouse.
The sheriff’s deputies finally caught up with the man as he walked down the snowy railroad line.
“When I saw who these fellers were, I said to myself, ‘Oh, h—-, it’s all off now,’ and simply waited for them to grab me,” Burns told a reporter. “I could have gone much further, but I just poked along and covered 18 or 19 miles. I was in no hurry.”
He said his plan had been to rob a hardware store in Palouse, grab some guns and strike out for the Indian reservation. He was in jail for assaulting a train conductor in a dining car a week earlier.
From the love and marriage beat: A young Spokane woman was adamant: She would not, under any circumstances, marry her German Baptist minister, 17 years older.
He asserted it was her “duty” to marry him. She maintained, in unequivocal language, that this would never happen.
“I do not, nor never did, love him and will never be his wife,” she said.
She added, “I thought ministers were such nice people.”
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(From the Associated Press)
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