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100 years ago today in Spokane: Soldier ‘doing well’ after German bullet to the chest

From the Aug. 21, 1918 Spokane Daily Chronicle (S-R archives)
From the Aug. 21, 1918 Spokane Daily Chronicle (S-R archives)

Corporal Forest Glen Price of Spokane was shot in the chest by a German bullet, yet a kind nurse in France wrote to his parents and assured them that he “is doing very well.”

Nurse Anna Hutchinson said that Price was “having the best of attention and surgery” and he “wishes to send you his love and to say he will write to you soon and give you his address.”

“You must not be anxious, as your son is really seems to be getting on very well,” she wrote. “He has a good appetite and is in good spirits and looks wonderfully well. I promised to send these few lines to relieve you.”

Price was formerly a delivery truck driver for a Spokane company.

From the circus beat: The advance man for the Barnum & Bailey Circus, coming to Spokane in a few days, made this eyebrow-raising claim: “No apartment should be without a pet giraffe these days.”

He asserted that the giraffe was the best household barometer ever invented, and it could predict the weather.

As all circus people knew, when the weather was to be fine, the giraffe holds it head high and aloft. When it was to become cold and wet, the giraffe hangs its head “in a pessimistic way.”

That’s why every household could use a giraffe, although he did admit that feeding it a couple of tons of clover hay every few days “may offer a slight difficulty.”

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