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Jim Kershner’s: This day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

Clarence McDaniels made a full confession to stealing $17,000 from a safe in the Wallace post office. 

McDaniels worked in the post office, and he said the postmaster once carelessly left the safe’s combination visible on his desk. McDaniels wrote it down and then one day, he learned of the big shipment of $17,000.

“I couldn’t sleep for thinking of that money,” he said. 

He got up early, sneaked into the office and filled a suitcase with the cash. He hid it in his attic, but then later moved with his wife and little boy to Palo Alto, California.

Postal inspectors tracked him down there, searched his house, found some of the cash and confronted him.

“You couldn’t make me tell you this in a thousand years if it wasn’t for my wife and little boy,” he told them. “You could hold a revolver to my head and blow it off and I wouldn’t tell you.”

From the county beat: Spokane County Clerk Glen Creighton ordered a stop to the practice of tipping the clerks in his office. They had been accepting tips from the public for “posting notices in probate court matters.”

Creighton was at pains to say there was no graft involved. But he said he was banning the practice because he didn’t want to raise even the slightest suspicion of irregularities.

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