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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Sun., Nov. 17, 2013

From our archives, 100 years ago

A new kind of bandit made its appearance on Spokane’s streets: the “auto bandit.”

Dr. J.M. Spaid was returning from a house call on 18th Avenue when he noticed an auto parked at the curb near Perry Street.

“I thought it was some abandoned car,” said the doctor. “But when I came within a few feet of it two men sprang out and came rushing toward me. They wore auto goggles and duster coats, and by the street light on the corner, I saw the flash of a revolver in the hands of the foremost.  I was 15 feet away from them when I heard them cry, ‘Hands up!’ ”

The doctor wheeled and ran, and they surely would have caught him, but another group of walkers came around the corner at just the right moment.

The auto bandits turned and raced to their car, “jumped in and started the engine, after releasing the brake and getting underway by gravity.”

The doctor called police, who rushed to the scene, but the auto bandits were long gone.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1973: President Richard Nixon told Associated Press managing editors in Orlando, Fla.: “People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook. Well, I’m not a crook.”

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