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100 years ago in Spokane: ‘Long contest’ predicted for war in Europe

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 16, 2017

 (The Spokesman-Review archives)
(The Spokesman-Review archives)

U.S. Sen. Wesley Jones warned a Spokane crowd that the war in Europe “may last five years – there is a long contest ahead.”

Yet he said that he was not afraid to “talk peace,” at least the kind of peace which will ensure the lasting peace of the world. He warned against vilifying Germany, and said that this “would only serve to solidify Germany and prolong the war.”

Jones had just returned from the nation’s capital, and he said Easterners are under the mistaken impression that Northwesterners do not realize there was a war on.

“Government authorities told me recently a great government industry would not be located here, although the Northwest is an ideal spot, because they believed the struggles between labor and capital here made it impossible,” Jones said. “I hope the charge is unjust, but, unfortunately, there is too much basis for it.”

From the police beat: A 26-year-old man fell out of a second-story hotel window and, miraculously, escaped injury.

Apparently, he was really loose when he fell. Police said they went up to his room and found that “the furniture had been totally wrecked and a companion, described as an “Indian wrestler,” was lying in a state of total intoxication.

Both men were booked into jail for drunkenness.

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1916: Planned Parenthood had its beginnings as Margaret Sanger and her sister, Ethel Byrne, opened the first birth control clinic in Brooklyn, New York.

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