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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

A front page editorial cartoon was not exactly subtle in its denunciation of the “Cooper amendments” to the city charter, which would scrap the reform-minded commission system of city government.

The cartoon showed a lineup of the kinds of people in favor of the amendments: “Dive Keeper, Gambler, Macque, Red Light Denizen, Just Plain Drunk, Office Seeker and Sore Head.”

Those against the amendments: “Business Man, Minister, The Mother, Labor, Progressive, The Wife and Thinker.” You can use your imagination which group was drawn by cartoonist William C. Morris in a more dignified and flattering light.

From the charity beat: Famed suffragist May Arkwright Hutton was still trying to get the city charity commission to repay the $10 she loaned to a stranded vaudeville actress in Spokane.  Hutton loaned the actress train fare to Chicago, with the understanding that she would be reimbursed by the city.

Hutton said it was a matter of principle.

“The next time, some of these people will not be so anxious to unload their actress friends on me,” said Hutton.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1945: The U.S. government announced the end of shoe rationing, effective at midnight.