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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Sat., May 4, 2013

From our archives, 100 years ago

The “stenogs” – stenographers – in the city’s legal department were apparently fed up with secondhand smoke, although that term probably didn’t even exist in 1913.

They made a sign that said “No Smoking Around the Stenogs” and pinned it to the wall.

Nobody had yet dared to violate that rule, partly because the sign was stuck to the wall with a “12-inch hat pin,” which had a lethal appearance.

From the lost-and-found file: Ira Baird, a brakeman on the Spokane & Inland train, was walking through the cars when he found $1,000 in bills.

He picked them up, and when the train came back through the Coeur d’Alene station on the return trip, he walked out to the platform and found a woman waiting to get back on the train to look for her lost cash.

He handed it to her.

 She said, “Oh, thank you,” and scurried away. If he was expecting a reward, he didn’t mention it.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1961: The first group of “Freedom Riders” left Washington, D.C., to challenge racial segregation on interstate buses and in bus terminals. … 1970: Ohio National Guardsmen opened fire during an anti-war protest at Kent State University, killing four students and wounding nine others.

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