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Monday, February 24, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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Jim Kershner’s This Day in History

From our archives, 100 years ago

Hundreds of attendees at the Northwest Miner’s Congress in Spokane were treated to an evening of robust “pioneer entertainment” at the “miner’s smoker” at the Spokane Hotel.

The program included “ballad singers, whistling, banjo music, and a long succession of singing girls dressed in many costumes.”

The assembled mining men sang along to many of the songs as the evening progressed, and the “blue air” (from the cigar smoke) “at times trembled with the volume of their efforts.”

This time, there was no scandal, as there was at last year’s similar event, when the dancing girls got into the old-time spirit a little too enthusiastically and performed a striptease. 

It was, to the relief of the organizers, “conducted in an orderly manner.”

From the divorce beat: A divorce court judge was listening to a husband defending himself against charges of drunkenness when he noticed that the man was speaking in a peculiar manner.

The judge asked him if he had taken a drink before he came on the stand. The husband denied it. Then the judge asked him if he was a drinker in general.

“Yes sir, I have spent money on whiskey just as I have a right to do,” slurred the husband.

“Yes, I know,” the judge said. “And I believe 95 percent of the cases I hear involving divorces are due to the same thing … This is the same old story. I suppose it will be so just as long as the world lasts.”

Then he granted the wife’s request for a divorce.

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