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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

SATURDAY, NOV. 23, 2013

From our archives, 100 years ago

The mystery of the bloodstained underskirt – found in Chicago in a boxcar along with a schoolbook and a revolver – was solved.

Elsie Day’s brother, Alfred Love, of Spokane, told police it was no mystery at all. He said he struck his nose against a piece of lumber while traveling with his sister in a boxcar full of lumber. He used his sister’s spare clothing to mop up the blood.

He said he and Elsie had earlier decided to “beat their way east,” riding the freight trains to Des Moines to visit their relatives.

She rode the entire distance dressed in her brother’s clothes. She was described by reporters as an “unusually attractive young woman.”

Alfred said the revolver was his, too.

“I dropped it between the lumber piles and could not recover it,” he said.

As for Elsie’s German grammar book, he said that it had been in their bundles but they inadvertently left it on the train.

Elsie was also in Des Moines, in excellent spirits.

“Really, we had a great lark on the way,” she said.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1980: Some 2,600 people were killed by a series of earthquakes that devastated southern Italy.

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