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100 years ago in Spokane: Woman complains to city about noisy children playing

Jim Kershner Correspondent

From our archives, 100 years ago

Mrs. Amoretta Kelly appeared before the city council to complain about the “noise made by children operating their coaster wagons on the paving after school.”

She called it “nerve-racking’ and “uncalled for.”

“I have suffered so much from this cause,” she said. “I think the feelings of elderly citizens should be considered and this nuisance stopped. … Why not set aside a street for this unnecessary noise and send it into exile?”

The mayor told her nothing could be done about it.

From the revival beat: The Rev. M.H. Lyon, in his ongoing revival meetings, took on the issue of the “social evil,” i.e., prostitution. Men were as much to blame as women, he said.

“Where did this double standard in society originate, that will condone the one and condemn the other?” he preached. “That say that women and girls must keep themselves pure and virtuous, but a young man can go out and saturate his life with worst moral depravity and afterward can change about and lead to the marriage altar some pure girl and settle down to to be an upright, respectable husband? No blacker lie has ever spewed forth from the pit of hell than that.”

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