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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

W. Lawson, a Spokane man, received a letter from his brother, Fred Lawson, serving with the British marines in Belgium, describing the horrors of the European war.

“It is something awful to see thousands upon thousands of families leaving their homes and wandering away,” wrote Fred Lawson. “There are old people and young babies in arms, just born, hastening away and they don’t know where they are going, only away from the Germans. But there will be a time coming, and shortly now, when the reckoning will come off. 

“Fancy seeing whole towns, one after another, all ablaze and women and children burned and killed! I can’t tell you half of it. To believe it, you ought to see it yourself. The whole country of Belgium is burned and razed.”

From the education beat: The Spokesman-Review editorial page deplored the fact that too many recent college graduates did not know how to write “forceful and distinctive English.”

The problem was a trend toward “practical” courses and away from the study of the classics.

The only way to write and speak well, said the editorial, is to study Latin and Greek, along with the masterpieces of English, such as the King James Bible and the Gettysburg Address.

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