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Local Jottings

 Source:  Spokane Falls Review, March 27, 1887, page 4

 Subject:  Alcohol & Whites/Indians

 Synopsis:  Mixed blood man requests that the local newspaper correct a mistake it made when it claimed that he was arrested for supplying Indians with whiskey. 

Text:

Mr. Bill Jackson, the ‘alf-and-’alf young man, who showed such an evil disposition Friday on the streets toward Officer Warren called at this office yesterday morning and desired a correction made.  The paper stated that he had given the Indians whisky when in fact is was a white man who supplied the Indians with the fire-water.  We hasten to correct the error.  Jackson was sorry for his escapade and went so far as to point out at once the men who sold the whisky to the red men.  Jackson promised the officers never to cause trouble again, which promise it is to be trusted he will carry out.

Transcribed and annotated by Brad Northrup