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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Thu., Feb. 28, 2013, midnight

From our archives, 100 years ago

The mother of a young Spokane nurse loudly defended the honor of her daughter, who had been “dragged into the shooting affray between rival Chinese admirers.”

Mrs. E.C. Ward told reporters that her daughter, Stella Ward, 20, “has not been intimate with either of the orientals.” She said Stella knew them only as owners of rival noodle grills. She said the two men have “followed her about the streets on various occasions,” and one of them “seemed to be jealous.”

But her mother strongly denied any “wrong relations.” She did admit, however, that the fight began when one of them visited Stella in her room while the other lurked outside.

“Stella told me tonight – and I believe that she is telling the truth – that she was in the room visiting with the Chinaman, who is employed on Sprague Avenue, when the other oriental began firing,” Mrs. Ward said. “She admits opening the door and says that as soon as the door was opened, a bullet whistled by her ear and broke a window in the room directly behind her.”

One man was injured and the other was in jail, awaiting trial for assault with a deadly weapon.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1986: Swedish Prime Minister Olof Palme was shot to death in Stockholm.

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