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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Spokane City Commissioner Hayden unveiled a new criminal code for Spokane – and it included a host of new misdemeanors:

• Beating carpets or rugs on the sidewalk.

• Entering premises to solicit or peddle when owner or resident has a sign up, “No peddlers or solicitors.”

• Riding in front of the driver on a motorcycle.

• Allowing dogs or any other animal to annoy any person.

• Throwing stones or in any way annoying another person.

• Tethering an animal in a vacant lot with a rope long enough to permit the animal to get on the sidewalk or street.

• Failing to clean up litter after sawing or cutting wood in the street or on a sidewalk.

• Allowing an automobile to stand more than 15 minutes on Riverside Avenue, or longer than a half-hour on Main and Sprague avenues.

• Allowing “noisy, riotous or disorderly conduct” to take place in a saloon, cigar stand, noodle cafe, tamale cafe or other public place.

The new code also included a provision bound to be controversial in light of the free speech fight that occurred in Spokane several years earlier. It would make it “unlawful for any number of persons to collect in crowds for unlawful purposes or for any purpose to the annoyance of citizens or travelers.”



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