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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

WEDNESDAY, FEB. 19, 2014

From our archives, 100 years ago

Something called “tango trousers” were the newest rage among Spokane women. Local clothes dealers reported a surge in orders for these “bifurcated nether garments,” which were apparently considered slightly more modest than the controversial slitted skirt.

Dealers described the tango trousers as a “dainty sartorial device invented to appease the conventionality of wearers of the slashed and draped skirt, whose modesty balks at the display incident to the wearing of the latter garment.”

“Spokane society folk have adopted the innovation,” a department manager at the Crescent said.

From the medical beat: Dr. I.E. McLeod began his 10- to 24-year sentence for manslaughter.

He was convicted for “the performance of a criminal operation” upon Mrs. Annie Stanley, who died shortly after the operation. 

McLeod received the heaviest possible penalty under the law. It was upheld by the state Supreme Court.

McLeod said the Supreme Court’s ruling was a “great blow” but that he had initiated a request for a pardon. He said he had a “premonition that I will be out inside a year.”

“For one in my position, there is nothing left in life but hope,” he said.



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