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Local Jottings 

Source:  Spokane Falls Review, March 25, 1887, page 4

Subject:  Alcohol & Whites

Synopsis:  Drunken detainees nearly burn down the jail after forgetting to blow out a candle. 

 Text: 

Last night Officer Fisher ran in three drunks and left a short piece of candle burning, telling them to be sure and blow it out before going to sleep.  Very fortunately he picked up a couple of more boarders about half an hour afterwards and when he opened the door, the drunks he had locked up were fast asleep and the flames running up the side of the wall.  In ten minutes the three men would have probably been roasted.

 Transcribed and annotated by Brad Northrup.