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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Spokane’s grade-school boys were jumping on a new and alarming fad: smoking cigarettes.

Margaret Kenny, the principal of Longfellow School, warned parents about the problem during a meeting.

“The boys formerly were ashamed of the cigarette habit,” Miss Kenny said. “At present, however, the habit seems to be growing and they are becoming much bolder. I feel that the growing boys, in particular, should be warned as to the danger.”

Miss Kenny also warned about another worrying trend: evening parties on school nights.

She suggested that parents hold such parties for students only on Friday and Saturday evenings, “if at all.”

From the mining beat: The fires at the Bunker Hill & Sullivan mine near Kellogg were almost out and operations were getting back to normal.

The search for a missing pumpman continued. There was a small but diminishing chance that he “was alive in one of the remote drifts.”

The fire was an economic hardship for the entire region. The greater part of the workmen had been laid off for days.

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(From the Associated Press)

1845: The U.S. Naval Academy was established in Annapolis, Md.