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100 years ago in Spokane: Ad has doughboy raking kaiser over the coals

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 1, 2018

A full-page ad showed a U.S. soldier dressing down “Kaiser Bill.” (Spokesman-Review archives)
A full-page ad showed a U.S. soldier dressing down “Kaiser Bill.” (Spokesman-Review archives)

A full-page ad in the Spokane Daily Chronicle showed a U.S. doughboy (soldier) with his finger in the face of Kaiser Bill (Wilhelm), delivering the following message:

“Now you listen! I’m the fellow you said you’d ‘get’ with your submarine. I’m the fellow you said couldn’t fight.

“But the men who wear THIS uniform have whipped your crack division – they have helped a lot to crush your drive on Paris – and they’re going to be present in large numbers at your finish.

“The folks back home are backing us, too, Bill, they’ll back us to the limit. Right now, they’re raising six billions more to keep us in ammunition, guns, clothes and chow. You’re in for it, Hun. AMERICA NEVER QUITS.”

The ad was part of the fourth Liberty Loan (war bond) drive, which was taking place in Spokane and throughout the country.

From the fraud beat: D. Weaver Loper, former president of the Lucky Jim Mining Co., entered a plea of guilty to a charge of overissuing stock in the mine.

He was sentenced to one to 10 years in the state pen. The Lucky Jim was located in the Slocan district of British Columbia.

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