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TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2012

From our archives, 100 years ago

The doomed romantic saga of Margaret Armstrong took another dramatic twist in a Los Angeles courtroom. She was the Spokane businesswoman and florist whose sudden marriage had caused a sensation several months earlier.

She told a probate court that the only reason she married George Howell was that he told her, “If you do not marry me, and marry me today, I will kill myself, and I will leave a note on my person telling everyone why I killed myself. Then you will be known by all the world as a murderess.”

Shortly after uttering that testimony, she became “hysterical” on the stand and was unable to continue. 

From the zoo beat: Two monkeys at the Manito Park Zoo fell victim to a cold snap. The zoo’s three other monkeys were reported to be huddled next to a stove in their cage “to keep them from freezing.”

Most of the other animals in the zoo were faring better. Two new bear cubs were born in their “den,” bringing the bear total to seven.

Meanwhile, “the wolves, bobcats and mountain lion apparently do not mind the cold and spend much of their time in the open.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1848: James W. Marshall discovered a gold nugget in Northern California, which led to the gold rush of ’49.

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