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Tuesday, January 28, 2020  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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100 years ago: President Woodrow Wilson calls for the draft

President Woodrow Wilson issued a “selective draft” proclamation, calling for registration of all American men between the ages of 21 and 30.

“The significance of this can not be overstated,” said Wilson. “It is a new thing in our history and a landmark in our progress, It is a new manner of accepting and vitalizing our duty to give ourselves in thoughtful devotion to the common purpose of all. It is in no sense a conscription of the unwilling. It is rather selection from a nation which has volunteered in mass.”

This proclamation did not come as a surprise. Ever since war was declared, it was assumed that some sort of draft would be implemented.

From the flood beat: The Spokane River dropped just enough (two inches) to provide relief from the threat of flooding.

The two bridges that were imperiled the day before, and the city’s water mains were spared disaster.

However, a mining man from Mullan, Idaho, went up to the summit of the Bitterroots and reported that “there were two to 10 feet of snow yet to go.” He said that people should be prepared for the fact that the higher water would continue for a while.

“I shall be agreeably surprised if there is not a foot more water this year than ever before known,” said the man.

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