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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Thu., Sept. 13, 2012

From our archives, 100 years ago

A Wallace attorney was on trial in federal court for “white slavery” – that is, recruiting girls for prostitution.

Two girls named Freda, 15, and Pearl, 16, testified that they had met the attorney in a Spokane hotel bar. He told them that if they would go to Herrick, Idaho, on the St. Joe River, he would buy them “fine clothes” when they got there.

They didn’t get farther than St. Maries before the attorney was arrested.

Several other women, already employed at Herrick, testified that they had paid the attorney rent “while living immoral lives at Herrick.”

From the religion beat: Spokane’s two Jewish congregations held services “marking Rosh Hashanah, or the Jewish New Year of 5673,” said The Spokesman-Review.

Temple Emanu-El’s services included the ancient ceremony of blowing the shofar, or ram’s horn. The rabbi, David Levine, spoke on the subject of “The Simple Life.”

At Temple Keneseth Israel, services included “chants derived from ancient melodies which date back 3,500 years, or to the time of David and Solomon.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1997: A funeral was held in Calcutta, India, for Nobel peace laureate Mother Teresa.

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