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Jim Kershner’s This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Police Commissioner Z.E. Hayden made a nighttime raid on Front Avenue (now Spokane Falls Boulevard) and ended up catching 20 women of the night.

“Like the caliph of old Baghdad, who walked abroad with his executioner behind him, the commissioner went ‘down the line’ Monday evening with his detectives at his heels and the patrol wagon a block behind,” reported the Spokane Daily Chronicle. “Women were found in three places and summarily removed to the city jail.”

From the lawn care file: Spokane’s prosecuting attorney said he would prosecute anyone who allowed noxious weeds to grow on their lawns.

And yes, he said, that included dandelions.

From the accident beat: Gasoline was apparently still a novelty in 1911, which explains why a certain Spokane housewife thought it was a good idea to pour “a small quantity” of gasoline into her washtub as a cleaning aid.

Then she put the tub on the stove.

She escaped with burns on the hands, arms and face.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1770: Marie Antoinette, age 14, married the future King Louis XVI of France, who was 15. … 1920: Joan of Arc was canonized by Pope Benedict XV. … 1929: The first Academy Awards were presented. The movie “Wings” won “best production,” while Emil Jannings and Janet Gaynor were named best actor and best actress.