August 14, 2012 in City

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

By Correspondent

From our archives, 100 years ago

The travails of Spokane policeman Daniel Millane continued.

First, he was patrolling the Cannon Hill area on the Fourth of July when a skyrocket hit him and scorched off his “much-prized mustache.”

Four days later he told his superiors that he couldn’t work because he was recuperating. Far from recuperating, he had actually spent his day getting married to Mrs. Winifred St. Vincent. 

That night, he was suspended from the police force for lying. A few weeks later, he was fired for the same reason.

The latest skyrocket to come down on patrolman Millane’s head was this: His new bride was suing him for divorce after only a month.

In her divorce action, the former Mrs. St. Vincent said that the day after their marriage, he demanded she turn over her house and land to him.

When she refused to do so, she alleged that he “began a course of cruelty that included threats to use hypnotic power.” 

The hypnotic power apparently didn’t work. She was clear-minded enough to conclude that he had only married her for her property.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1962: Robbers held up a U.S. mail truck in Plymouth, Mass., making off with more than $1.5 million; the loot has never been recovered.

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