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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 75 years ago

The “fastest bomber in the world” was at Spokane’s Felts Field en route to Langley, Va.

The paper called it the “Y.B. 17,” a bomber built at the Boeing plant in Seattle. It was capable of carrying 4,000 pounds of bombs. It was scheduled to spend the night in Spokane before continuing on. It was capable of flying coast tocoast in about 10 hours.

From the obscenity beat: District Attorney Ralph E. Foley was asking for Spokane’s civic clubs to cooperate in getting rid of a modern scourge: obscene magazines.

He said that “Spokane would not be justified in a blanket condemnation” of all modern magazines, but of “filthy literature.”

He said he would welcome a civic committee to issue a report on questionable publications.

From the pig beat: A hogfarmer in Mead accused Spokane County of killing 11 of his pigs. He went before the county commissioners and asked for $65 in compensation.

The pigs drowned when a culvert overflowed during spring runoff. The county attorney rejected the man’s claim, calling it an “act of God.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1911: The Supreme Court ruled that Standard Oil Co. was a monopoly in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act, and ordered its breakup.



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