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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

J.D. McIntosh, 60, said from his hospital bed that he still felt the highest esteem for Alice Johnson, 20 – whom he shot and wounded several days earlier.

In fact, he said, he committed the deed out of deep love and affection for her. 

He shot himself right after shooting her and later begged doctors to kill him. He said he was willing to take the consequences for his actions – yet the severest punishment would be for him to “be alone while she is with someone else.”

His cousin told reporters that he was a good, honest man with “one besetting sin – women.” She said Alice used his infatuation to take him for every cent he owned.

“I told him how wrong it was for him, an old man, to give his money to the girl, who didn’t care anything about him,” the cousin said. “As long as Jim had money, this girl got it, but the minute he was out of work and broke, she threw him over.”

From the weather beat: Spokane was baking on the hottest day of the year, 95 degrees. The city’s water department was struggling with an extra-high water demand.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1978: Louise Joy Brown, the first “test tube baby,” was born in Oldham, England; she’d been conceived through the technique of in-vitro fertilization.

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