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The final 1918 statistics were in, and the results were no surprise: Spokane had the highest death rate in its history, because of the Spanish flu epidemic.
Several new developments cast more suspicion on Henry M. Delaney in the strychnine poisoning death of Rosa Kempf.
Charles Fred Eberlin, 20, just returned from wartime service, died after falling 130 feet from the Seventh Avenue bridge over Hangman Creek.
The news everyone was waiting for finally arrived: The partial flu quarantine would be lifted on New Year’s Day.
The Spanish flu epidemic claimed perhaps its most prominent victim yet, Elmer De Vando Olmsted, 69, former Spokane mayor.
The “sensational developments” in the Rosa Kempf strychnine poisoning case, promised by the Spokane Daily Chronicle a day earlier, turned out to merely deepen the mystery.
The mystery surrounding the strychnine death of Rosa Kempf, 22, continued to baffle investigators.
Spokane commissioner of public safety John H. Tilsley hotly disputed the conclusion of some city detectives that the strychnine death of Rosa Kempf was a suicide.
About 60 soldiers and sailors, home on furlough, walked into a gathering of Spokane socialists and ordered everyone to leave.
Theater owners had been circulating petitions for days to lift the ban on public gatherings, but Health Officer Dr. J.B. Anderson vowed to ignore them.
With the Spanish flu statistics continuing to improve, some of Spokane’s business leaders circulated a petition asking for an end to the partial ban on public gatherings. They proposed replacing it with a quarantine on households with flu patients.
The Spanish flu statistics continued to trend in the right direction. Fewer patients were being treated in the emergency flu hospital than on any day since it opened.
For the first time in nearly three months, trends in the data seemed to show that the Spanish flu epidemic was truly waning.
Schools had been closed for weeks in Spokane due to the flu epidemic, but some public school teachers were hiring out as home tutors.
As officials began distributing whiskey to treat the flu, Spokane City Hall was besieged by men “who declared their wives were dying and their children seriously ill and that a little old scotch and bourbon would revive them,” according to The Spokesman-Review.
Spokane health officer Dr. J.B. Anderson warned people to get their Christmas shopping done early because he would not tolerate crowds in the stores right before Christmas.
The Empress Theater was allowed to reopen after being closed for 24 hours for violating the rules of the flu quarantine.
City health authorities shut down the Empress Theater because it violated the Spanish flu quarantine.
Two contradictory headlines in The Spokesman-Review summed up how difficult it was to face grim reality, yet not create panic, in the depths of the Spanish flu epidemic.
City health officer Dr. J.B. Anderson threatened to shut down any business that violated the modified Spanish flu quarantine.