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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Eugene V. Debs, the socialist candidate for president, paraded through Spokane along with 300 marchers and then gave a fiery speech at the American Theater.

Here are a few excerpts:

• “Our jails, penitentiaries and asylums are overflowing with the broken victims of this decaying system.”

• “There never has been any real civilization, and there never can be till class rule is ended once and forever.”

• “You work by permission, and if you work by permission, you live by permission.”

• “It has been for ministers to preach of human brotherhood on Sundays, while we are compelled to fight each other almost like animals for a bare living.”

Two of the three levels of the theater were filled. Spokane – along with the rest of Washington – was relatively fertile ground for the socialist message in 1912.

Debs ended up getting about 12 percent of the vote in Washington, about double the national percentage. But Teddy Roosevelt received three times as many votes statewide.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1923: An earthquake in the Japanese cities of Tokyo and Yokohama claimed some 140,000 lives. … 1939: World War II began as Nazi Germany invaded Poland.

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