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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Wed., May 1, 2013

From our archives, 100 years ago

Game warden Ivy Collins was in his lonely camp on the Spokane River, questioning a man named Emmet Folmsbee about a sack of trout he was carrying.

Folmsbee suddenly seized the warden’s rifle, put it to his shoulder in a “thoroughly business-like manner” and sighted down the barrel “with eyes from which the light of reason had fled.”

Collins began trying to talk the “maniac” out of pulling the trigger.

Collins suddenly found he was an “orator of parts” and he convinced Folmsbee to put the gun down. Folmsbee then “wandered away in a trance,” but police soon arrested him as an “insane suspect.”

Several women had complained that Folmsbee had come up to them earlier in the week had tried to sell them his suitcase, containing old clothes and a pair of suspenders.

From the fire beat: The employees of the Inland Casket Co. made a daring escape from their burning building.

A fire started in the boiler room and filled the building with smoke. Walter Sether found Miss Martha Kristie, stenographer, disoriented by the smoke.

He carried her to the second-story window and tossed her into the arms of the company owner below. Then he leapt to safety himself.

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