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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

SUNDAY, DEC. 22, 2013

From our archives, 100 years ago

Authorities were trying to determine what caused the death of one of the best-known figures in Spokane, Deonizy Zarski, 24.

He went to bed complaining of a headache and the next morning was found dead of an apparent blood clot. He was described by the paper as “the smallest dwarf in the city,” just over 4 feet tall and weighing only 80 pounds.

He was a clerk with Washington Water Power and also worked during the Christmas rush at the Palace department store.

The coroner was attempting to ascertain whether the blood clot resulted from a blow to the head or a “weakened blood vessel.”

From the religion beat: Witnesses testified that a miraculous guest had made an appearance at a new Spokane church, the Church of Truth, which was being dedicated at Sixth Avenue and Jefferson Street.

“God can take possession of this temple and I hold he has, for last Sunday, as I told of this house, two women saw the Christ standing by my side,” said the pastor, the Rev. Grier. “Before my healing room in the new church was completed, one of our whitest souls saw therein the Christ.”

Several people testified that they had been cured of sickness in the healing room.

More than 500 people attended the dedication.

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