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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

The city’s sanitary inspectors declared victory in their war against bedbugs.

They had spent the last month sweeping through the city’s cheaper hotels and lodging houses, “armed with germ guns, loaded with bed bug powder.”

The inspectors also condemned more than 200 mattresses.

In a separate cleanup campaign, Spokane’s mayor said the city had instituted stringent new controls on the cafes and saloons on Trent and Main avenues.

They ordered them to toss out old, contaminated kitchen utensils and install better plumbing.

From the gambling beat: The Spokesman-Review’s editorial page urged the Idaho Legislature to pass a proposed anti-gambling bill. It would affect Spokane immensely, since the horse-racing track at Alan, Idaho, just across the border near Post Falls, was considered a den of vice by local authorities.

The proposed law would “bring the heel of the law down hard on the head of the snake known as gambling at Alan” and “free the community from disgrace and peril.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

2003: A fire sparked by pyrotechnics broke out during a concert at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., killing 100 and injuring about 200.