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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

A Spokane man claimed in court that he was having an epileptic fit when he shot and wounded a young woman named Dolly Faust.

In fact, he claimed he had gone to a hotel and rented a room “in which to have a fit.” But the fit came upon him before he received the room key. He said that somehow, in some unknown manner, he shot the girl in the head. But he had no memory of it.

Faust, who recovered, told a different story to the court. She said the man asked her for a kiss, and when she refused, he pulled the gun and shot her. 

The trial continued.

From the missing persons beat: A Northern Pacific railroad fireman was in Spokane, frantically searching for his daughter, Gracy Hill, 13.

He said his daughter disappeared from their Pasco home days ago. He gave two possible reasons why she left. He said she was “stagestruck” and might be trying to “secure a position with some theatrical company.” The other reason: A certain Pasco boy might have induced her to leave home.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1927: Aviation hero Charles Lindbergh was honored with a ticker-tape parade in New York City. … 1966: The Supreme Court ruled in Miranda v. Arizona that criminal suspects had to be informed of their constitutional right to remain silent.