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Wed., Jan. 18, 2012

From our archives, 100 years ago

Dr. J.B. Anderson, a local physician, listed eight resolutions to ensure a healthy 1912 in Spokane:

• I will swat the fly.

• I will ventilate my rooms.

• I will not neglect baby for club or theater.

• I will lead the simple life.

• I will think pure thoughts.

• I will eat simple and pure food.

• I will keep my yard and cellar clean.

• I will take frequent outdoor exercise.

The doctor said that these simple rules cover “the fundamental requirements for good health.”

He also deplored the modern practice of raising babies on “artificial foods,” just because the mother “wishes to go to club or theater.”

He called it “criminal.”

“The mother of a baby should not allow anything to interfere with her giving it the food that nature intended it to have,” said the doctor.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1778: English navigator James Cook reached the present-day Hawaiian Islands, which he named the “Sandwich Islands.” … 1949: Charles Ponzi, engineer of one of the most spectacular swindles in history, died destitute at a hospital in Rio de Janeiro at age 66.

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