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Local Jottings

Source:  Spokane Falls Review, March 1, 1887, page 4

Subject:  Alcohol & White Men

Synopsis:  Previously arrested man creates a small riot in downtown Spokane.  The police officers that arrived on the scene were thrust into a full-pitched battle with the drunken perpetrator, as well as some of the spectators.  Two of the arresting officers were injured in the melee.

Notable Quotations:

“The same individual was celebrating again last evening, and the row he kicked up merged into a brisk little riot.”

“The pugilist was dragged off to jail, he refused to walk.”


Some weeks ago a man crazed with liquor was arrested at the corner of Howard street and Riverside avenue, and he gave the officers a very lively tussel.  The same individual was celebrating last evening, and the row he kicked up merged into a brisk little riot.  He was again making trouble on Howard street, and a crowd was soon collected, which grew to tremendous proportions.  Officer Fisher was attracted by the gathering and when he attempted to arrest the drunken man a row at once ensued.  He fought the officer and being hemmed in so closely by the crowd Fisher could not manage himself with any effect.  He struck the fellow with his club and grabbed him when one or two outsiders interfered.  This permitted the prisoner to get free when he struck Fisher a terrible blow to the face, cutting the cheek and bruising the eye.  The officer grabbed the assailant and threw him down and the men were wrestling on the sidewalk when officers Leininger and Martin appeared on the scene and secured the fellow after a desperate struggle, during which Martin received a kick on the hand and one of the crowd who volunteered assistance had a finger bitten.  The pugilist was dragged off to jail, he refused to walk.  Unfortunately the officers was unable to recognize the parties who interfered when Fisher first attempted to make the arrest.

Transcribed and annotated by Brad Northrup