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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

Fri., March 28, 2014

From our archives, 100 years ago

Spokane police Chief William Weir reluctantly allowed more than 15 firearms to be sold at a police auction of “unclaimed items.” 

Weir said he didn’t approve of the idea of auctioning guns, but he had no choice because a city ordinance required the department to sell all unclaimed and confiscated goods.

“Personally, I am opposed to the plan of placing weapons in the hands of every Tom, Dick and Harry and am in favor of the old order, which prevented our selling them,” said Weir. “I shall make an effort to have the ordinance so amended that the guns may be destroyed or may be sold in one lot to a second-hand dealer. This will eliminate indiscriminate sales.”

Two boys made the high bids on two revolvers, but the department refused to allow the sale because of their age.

From the medical beat: Spokane’s health officer, Dr. J.B. Anderson, was on a campaign against indiscriminate kissing.

He said it was a surefire way to spread colds, grip or tonsillitis. He would prefer that the “French custom of indicating affection by rubbing cheeks become popular in Spokane.”

He was especially displeased with the kissing of babies.

“The practice cannot be too strongly discouraged,” said Dr. Anderson. “A baby is tender and susceptible to disease, but it seems that people will persist in making playthings of babies.”

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