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Sunday, August 18, 2019  Spokane, Washington  Est. May 19, 1883
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100 years ago in Spokane: Flu cases continue to rise, but only two dead

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

Spokane’s Spanish flu cases jumped to 550 – but the city health officer continued to report that most of the cases were mild and the death rate “very low.”

Only two people had died so far, but the disease was obviously spreading fast. There were many cases of “three to five cases” in one family.

People were getting increasingly edgy, despite the official assurances.

“Rumors circulated about the city yesterday that laundries had refused to collect soiled linen from homes where influenza cases existed.” Laundry managers denied these rumors.

More and more people were being arrested for violating the ban on public gatherings. The proprietor of a Riverside Avenue poolroom was arrested for keeping his place open.

From the profanity beat: The state head of the Women’s Christian Temperance Union issued a resolution asking public speakers to “cut out profanity.”

Apparently, the language used by soldiers and sailors had crept into the public discourse, and the temperance group said it was “a menace to the youth of our country.” They recommended using “clear, pure language,” even to express intense emotion.

The group also asked for the “suppression of the cigarette.”

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