April 28, 2013 in City

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

By The Spokesman-Review

From our archives, 100 years ago

“Vicious canines” were raising havoc in Spokane’s downtown neighborhoods.

Many people were bitten by these roaming dogs, including a man who was walking on Howard Street when an “animal leaped upon him and buried its teeth in the calf of his leg.”

The city dogcatcher blamed the problem on dogs who had been made aggressive by the torments of neighborhood boys. He also blamed careless dog owners.

“Some citizens apparently think that because their dogs wear tags, the animals may run at large even if vicious,” said the dogcatcher.

From the music beat: Songwriter William N. Ley of Spokane released his latest composition, titled “Will She Come?”

He said it was part of his “purity” series of songs, and his aim was to write songs that are “gems, clean, exhilarating and inspiring, acknowledged the most beautiful and refined songs in the world.”

The chorus included the lines:

Will she come?

Will she come tonight?

Will she break thro’ the dark

Like a flower from the bud?

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1952: The war with Japan officially ended as a treaty signed in San Francisco the year before took effect.

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