Jim Kershner’s this day in history
From our archives, 100 years ago
A grizzled old miner named Leo Lindsey returned to Spokane from Nome, Alaska – with $80,000 concealed on his person.
Lindsey registered at Dutch Jake’s Coeur d’Alene Hotel and told the desk clerk that he was looking for an old friend named Andy Anderson.
With possibly an excess of candor, the old miner told the clerk. “I have cleaned up about $80,000 at Nome and have come back to find Anderson and take him back north with me. When I was in trouble he helped me out and now I am going to try and return his kindness.”
Fortunately, the desk clerk was an honest man. The clerk sent a bellboy to find Anderson, who ran a nearby restaurant. Then the clerk convinced Lindsey to put his gold dust and currency in the hotel safe.
Anderson arrived and immediately took the old miner to a bank, where he safely deposited his wealth. Anderson also took him to a clothing store “to purchase clothing more in keeping with his circumstances.”
When Lindsey tried to pay for the clothes with some of his gold dust, the clerk said he couldn’t take it.
“It passes current in Alaska,” said the indignant miner, “and I don’t see why you can’t take it here.”
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(From the Associated Press)
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