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Jim Kershner’s this day in history

From our archives, 100 years ago

The city’s juvenile probation officer was attempting to place several delinquent lads on ranches for the summer.

“While one or two are pretty tough, the majority are boys who would work,” he said. “Some of them should be given a small wage to aid them in the winter.”

He said that this had already proved to be an effective strategy. His office recently placed a boy on a Wenatchee farm. The boy is now reading in his spare time, working on his own garden plot, and “has those hobo ideas out of his head.”

He said most boys do better “when they get away from the bad surroundings in the city.”

From the ballet beat: Famous Russian ballerina Anna Pavlova (spelled Pavlowa in The Spokesman-Review’s story) thrilled a full house at the Auditorium Theater.

Pavlova performed what the paper called a “czarina waltz, a Spanish fantasie and the galop Russe.”

“Mlle. Pavlowa was at her best in a solo number and in the whirlwind ‘L’Autumn Bacchanale,’ ” wrote the reviewer.

She was accompanied by a company of Russian dancers. 

“Spokane has seldom had within her gates a more distinguished coterie of choreographic artists,” said the reviewer.

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