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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

The Rev. J. Neilson Barry, of Spokane, tried to warn parents about the menaces of the annual injury festival called the Fourth of July.

He was especially worried about the “dynamite caps” commonly sold to children. He called them “a dangerous thing placed in the hands of little folks.”

“While one of these caps, exploded alone, may not be a great menace, when a number are set off together they have sufficient power to permanently injure a child who may be close,” said the Episcopal priest. “I would warn all parents against the use of these and other fireworks which are a menace to young children.”

This was part of a concerted effort by authorities for a “safe and sane” holiday, in response to the injuries and mayhem inflicted in previous years.

From the regatta beat: The “Slide for Life” was nearly a slide for death at the Coeur d’Alene Regatta. Harry Arner attempted to slide 75 feet from Tubbs Hill down to the lake on a long wire, suspended by his teeth.

He locked his teeth around a 2-inch-wide rubber mouthpiece and zipped down the wire. Unfortunately, he hit the water so hard he nearly drowned.

Undaunted, he attempted the stunt again the following day. This time, a friend waited at the bottom and grabbed him and slowed him down right before he struck the water.



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