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100 years ago in Spokane: Dark murmurs of accord between Russia and the Kaiser

 (Spokesman-Review archives)
(Spokesman-Review archives)

The front page had some ominous war news. The new Bolshevik government of Russia was planning a separate peace with Germany.

Leon Trotsky reiterated his position that “peace was a cardinal principle with the Bolsheviki, and they would continue to press for it, despite the refusal of the entente powers to join in the negotiations.”

From the auto beat: The automobile was no longer a luxury, but was in fact was an everyday business necessity.

At least, that was the opinion of the manager of Spokane’s Eldridge Buick Co. He compared the auto to other great modern advances that had become commonplace: the telephone, the railroad, the tractor and the reaper.

“Since the automobile’s early manufacture, there has been a complete change in its general use and reputation,” he said. “A lot of us remember that in some states it was necessary by law for automobiles to be preceded upon the country roads by a courier. The men who were working with the early automobiles were generally considered to be a little loose in the upper story.

“As the crude vehicle of 22 years ago was improved, people began to appreciate it, but the cost of manufacture was so high that only the very rich could own one… . Today, quantity production made possible by the large factory has placed the price within the reach of many, but the old luxury idea is still hanging on.”

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