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100 years ago in Spokane: Dishwasher jailed for blaming capitalists for World War I

Dishwasher Andy Kernochan, 41, was held on a charge of making seditious statements after a Spokane police officer heard him talking at the Electric Kitchen cafe, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on March 27, 1918. (Spokesman-Review archives)
Dishwasher Andy Kernochan, 41, was held on a charge of making seditious statements after a Spokane police officer heard him talking at the Electric Kitchen cafe, the Spokane Daily Chronicle reported on March 27, 1918. (Spokesman-Review archives)

Dishwasher Andy Kernochan, 41, was having breakfast at the Electric Kitchen cafe when he treated customers to his views about America’s involvement in the war.

But he did so a little too loudly and a little too vigorously. That was dangerous in 1918. One of the other customers was special officer McKernan of the Spokane police.

McKernan judged Kernochan’s speech to be seditious, and he grabbed Kernochan and tried to arrest him.

Kernochan broke free and ran down Riverside Avenue “at top speed.” The officer followed at a sprint and finally nabbed him again in an alley.

Kernochan was held on a charge of making seditious statements, including that “this was all brought on by the capitalists.”

Kernochan said it was all a big mistake and he “didn’t mean to say anything against the United States.” He said he was one of the city’s first Red Cross members and is willing to fight for Uncle Sam.

However, he did admit to one thing: “I guess I did talk too much.”

From the high school beat: A front page photo showed 125 girls at North Central High School engaged in a military drill class, which met every Tuesday. Their instructor said the girls exhibited a noticeable improvement in their “marching tactics.”

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