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Local Jottings

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

Subject:  Alcohol, Indians and White Dealers

Synopsis:  Local stable operator informs police of a drunk Indian on his property.  Officers managed to apprehend the intoxicated Indian as well as the white man who sold him the whiskey.

 Text:

Last evening L.C. Read telephoned up from the O.K. stables that an Indian was down in that part of the town too full for utterance.  Sheriff Whittier and Officer Fisher hastened down and captured the offending red man and stored him away in the city jail dungeon.  They were lucky enough also to catch a man who, it is alleged, sold the Indian the liquor.  If the guilt can be fastened upon the prisoner in all probability he will be given a severe dose of punishment.

Transcribed and annotated by Brad Northrup