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100 years ago in Spokane: Democratic Party chairman gets death threat after criticizing congressman who opposed war declaration

Spokane County Democratic Party Chairman Del Cary Smith received a death threat by mail after he criticized U.S. Representative C.C Dill, the Spokane Daily Chornicle reported on April 9, 1917. (Spokesman-Review archives)
Spokane County Democratic Party Chairman Del Cary Smith received a death threat by mail after he criticized U.S. Representative C.C Dill, the Spokane Daily Chornicle reported on April 9, 1917. (Spokesman-Review archives)

The Spokane County Democratic Party chairman received a death threat by mail after he criticized U.S. Rep. C.C. Dill.

Dill had been the target of angry criticism after he refused to vote for the declaration of war against Germany. Yet this anonymous letter writer said Dill had been “proper and just” and was angry at the chairman for criticizing Dill.

“You are marked for death,” said the anonymous writer, on a piece of plain newsprint.

The Spokane Daily Chronicle said the letter used “obscene terms” to declare that Germany “did rightly in sinking every ship.” Yet the letter writer said he was not a German and was born in the U.S.

The letter closed, “Death is awaiting, you will have some justice.”

From the Mount Spokane beat: The “Know Spokane” committee of the Chamber of Commerce set a lofty goal. The committee wanted “every automobile owner in Spokane” to make the scenic trip to the top of Mount Spokane over the summer.

The idea was to boost awareness of what the committee considered one of the region’s major tourist attractions.

The committee also announced an “Apple Blossom Week,” when trips would be organized to the Spokane Valley orchards. They planned an “Apple Packing Week” later in the season.

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1912: The British liner RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England, on its ill-fated maiden voyage.

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