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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Fred “Pug” Miller, 17, was the leader of a gang of boys who stole a motorcycle from a garage and spent all night on “thrilling joyrides.”

Police detectives said Miller and three other boys broke the lock of a garage and grabbed Earl Gilmore’s motorcycle. They rode it all night and “ditched it” in the early hours in Gilmore’s yard.

All four boys were in juvenile detention on burglary charges.

From the police beat: The owner of the Cascade Bar, I.M. McIsaacs, was angry at customer George Layman over some unspecified cause. So McIsaacs hauled Layman over to the police station and forced him into the “cage of wire netting” in the lobby that officers use for detaining suspicious characters. 

Layman was in the cage for an hour before police realized what was happening and let him out.

Layman then sued McIsaacs for false imprisonment. 

Judge Sullivan told McIsaacs he should have secured a warrant for Layman instead of locking him into a cage. He granted Layman damages of $100. 

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(From the Associated Press)

1860: The legendary Pony Express began carrying mail between St. Joseph, Mo., and Sacramento, Calif. The delivery system lasted only 18 months before giving way to the transcontinental telegraph.

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James M. Comstock, born in 1838 in Wisconsin, arrived in Spokane in time to witness the great fire of 1889 and start Spokane Dry Goods with Robert Paterson. It became the Crescent, Spokane’s premier department store for a century. He also worked in real estate and owned other businesses. He served a term as Spokane mayor, starting in 1899. James Comstock died in 1918.