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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

The papers in 1912 loved to write about divorce and usually had plenty of fodder. Here’s one day’s haul:

• Mrs. Mabel Holmes said that she and Mr. Holmes never went more than three hours without getting in a quarrel. She also said he abused her and cursed her regularly.

Mr. Holmes, in his defense, said the only reason they didn’t get along was because of his meddling mother-in-law.

• Mrs. Winifred Millane repeated claims she filed against former Spokane cop Daniel Millane. She said he only married her to get his hands on her property and that he used “hypnotic suggestion” to cheat her out of her money.

Officer Millane made the news in the summer when a skyrocket burned his mustache off. He married Winifred the next day.

• Mrs. S.M. Wren, who was involved in a sensational high-society Spokane divorce five years ago, made news again when word arrived that she had remarried a man named Count Leone Ricci in Lucerne, Switzerland.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1854: The “Charge of the Light Brigade” took place during the Crimean War as an English brigade of more than 600 men charged the Russian army, suffering heavy losses.

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