Hjalmar Johnson, 24, a miner, had just arrived in Spokane from Butte in the wee hours of the morning when he and three companions started walking across the Spokane & Inland Empire railroad bridge just beyond the Schade Brewery.
Two of the men walked on the ties inside the rails, but Johnson and another man “walked on the planks laid lengthwise on the ties outside the rails.”
Little did Johnson realize these planks did not run the entire length of the bridge. When Johnson came to the end of the planks, “he stepped into space and dropped immediately from the sight of his comrades.”
“They could hear his cries as he struck the water some 20 feet below,” said The Spokesman-Review, but soon his cries ceased.
The other men hurried off the bridge to a phone and called police, but no trace of Johnson could be found. He had been swept away by the river’s swift current and was presumed drowned.
From the socialist beat: The topic of discussion in the regular weekly meeting at the Socialists Hall, 309 W. Sprague, was “Law and Order.”
One speaker said laws were necessary, but should be made by the workers for the workers. Another speaker said that the Bolsheviks in Russia, currently much in the news, were being unfairly represented by the press. He said the Bolshevik movement was “without menace to labor” because it meant labor was in control of banks and production.
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