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100 years in Spokane: City converts hotel to flu hospital as cases mount; both congressional candidates ill

City health officials were converting the Lion Hotel on South Lincoln Street in to a temporary Spanish flu hospital.

This move was necessary because the number of cases continued to rise every day, and was now estimated at 720.

The hotel had “50 rooms, all equipped with beds and strictly modern throughout, and will accommodate about 150 people.”

“This hospital will not be a charitable institution,” said Dr. Anderson, the city health officer. “It is simply being opened by the city and the county to take care of the advanced cases of influenza. Patients who can pay will be required to do so in advance, but those who can not will not be questioned.”

The Spanish flu epidemic was disrupting the local political campaigns. Both candidates for U.S. Congress, Judge J. Stanley Webster and incumbent C.C. Dill were both suffering. Webster was “confined to his rooms at the Westminster Hotel,” while Dill was sent to St. Luke’s Hospital.

From the immigration beat: A new law required immigrants to obtain a permit before returning to their home countries, which meant that officials now had statistics on who was leaving the U.S.

The immigration inspector in Spokane said it showed that “a number of Greeks were leaving Spokane for their native country” to fight in the war.

There was also “a considerable exodus of Japanese and Scandinavians” returning to their respective countries, for unspecified reasons.

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