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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Two boys, about 8, were playing with a shotgun in a farmhouse near Ione. The gun accidentally went off, and pellets tore into one boy’s shoulder. 

He was rushed to Sacred Heart Hospital, where he was “showing remarkable fortitude.” However, the shoulder bones were so shattered that surgeons feared the boy would lose his arm.

From the murder file: Mystery still surrounded the deaths of two bachelor prospectors, ages 59 and 54, who were found shot dead in their remote cabin outside of Hope, Idaho. An inquest revealed each man died of multiple shots from the same gun. Robbery did not appear to be the motive, since $80 was found under a bed in the cabin. 

Their dog was also found shot dead.

From the labor beat: All of the Butte officers of the Western Federation of Miners resigned en masse following the violent labor clashes in that city.

They said they were not surrendering to the “insurgent” forces within the miners union, but said they were attempting to curb the violence and move toward a peaceful solution.

They said they were “voluntarily sacrificing themselves … in and for the interests of the community, and, in fact, for all the interests of the county and the state.”

The central leadership of the federation said it would investigate the insurgents’ grievances and attempt to forge a compromise.