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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Sat., Dec. 1, 2012

From our archive, 100 years ago

A howl of indignation arose over the “indecency” of “Spokane Diggin’s,” a show that was put on by local booster organizations intended to mimic Spokane’s wild early days.

One minister referred to it as an “orgy.”

The show featured boxing, gambling and liquor, but the ire of the upright citizenry was directed mostly at the dancing girls. Another minister referred to it as an insult to womanhood, a disgrace to the city and “a sin against God and humanity.”

The businessmen’s committee in charge of the event admitted that things got out of hand toward the end of the night. The evening ended with a “young female muscle dancer” performing a striptease.

One local attorney, who lived near the skating rink where the event was held, blamed city officials for allowing this “orgy” to take place with their full knowledge.

Mayor Hindley replied that the city had no part in the event.

“I do not propose to be made the goat in this thing,” said Hindley.

About 5,000 men attended the event, including many conventioneers from the American Mining Congress.

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(From the Associated Press)

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