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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

A Spokane attorney tried to warn two prospective female jurors that some of the testimony in his case might “not prove of proper refinement” to their delicate ears. The judge suggested that they might want to excuse themselves from the jury.

The case involved a water collector (like a meter reader), who was fired from his job after he allegedly insulted a Spokane housewife. The insult was “of such a nature that she cried.” Presumably, the exact wording of the insult, however shocking, would be made explicit during the trial.

The two women huddled together for a minute and then announced their decision: “We desire to serve.”

From the crime beat: At first, officials of the Oregon-Washington Railroad and Navigation Co. thought a package of its employee paychecks had merely been lost in transit. Then, someone started cashing the checks in Spokane.

 A thief had stolen a parcel containing about 30 or 40 checks and was now collecting ill-gotten gains.

“Almost every secret service man” of the railroad was hot on the case, hoping to catch the perpetrator with the checks.

The railroad employees, at least, were not the victims. They had already received duplicate checks.

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