May 12, 2013 in City

Jim Kershner’s this day in history

By Correspondent

From our archives, 100 years ago

Peter Valise, 22, a professional “dip” (pickpocket), was arrested for lifting $37.20 from the pockets of Pazzarinlo Pizzolli while watching the moving pictures at the Spokane Theater.

Valise told police he was a “profesh” and that he started picking pockets at age 14. He said he was doing it because his wife was “croaking with the ‘con,’ ” meaning she was dying of consumption.

“That’s what put me feet back on the turf,” confided Valise.

From the nightmare file: Morris Nelson, 25, jumped out a second-story window at the Jackson Hotel. When he awoke, he was taken to the hospital and treated for numerous cuts and bruises.

He told police he jumped while having a nightmare.

“I imagined that a big white horse was chasing me,” Nelson said during an interview at the hospital. “I was afraid he was about to bite me and thought the only way to escape was to leap through the window.”

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1922: A 20-ton meteor crashed near Blackstone, Va. … 1963: Betty Miller became the first woman to fly solo across the Pacific Ocean as she landed her Piper Apache in Brisbane, Australia, having left Oakland, Calif., on April 30, and making three stopovers along the way.

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