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100 years ago

October 1902

Recently, a well-dressed young man with good manners and a pleasing demeanor offered a nostrum for sale that would cure the ills of mankind for 50 cents. With it, one received a mail-in coupon good for silk garments. The man has left, the nostrums have proved worthless – and so have the coupons.

Fair until considerable storming around the last week of the month.

The president vows to end the coal strike – determined to use every possible power to settle the strike before winter.

A man, name unknown, died in Colfax under the ponderous wheels of an engine.

Moros flee as six forts taken in the Philippines.

The first night of the Catholic fair at St. Canice was a success.

A fire in the vicinity of Big Tunnel burns on.

Martial law declared in a New Orleans streetcar strike.

Fritz Hoffman was arrested for disturbing the peace.

Thirteen-year-old Annie Mills ended her life by taking carbolic acid. She had told a chum she planned to kill herself, but it was thought to be a joke. No reason for the deed is known.

Gypsies are preying upon the town, stealing everything they can. Beware.

Mine owners flatly reject arbitration. The most bitter labor struggle in our history will begin if no accord can be found.

One of the saddest funerals to ever take place in our city occurred when little Annie Mills was laid to rest. The Congregational Church was filled with her schoolmates and family.

In Scotland, Andrew Carnegie gave a speech calling for a United States of Europe as the only answer to an America that is producing a large part of the world’s materials and goods.

Paving of Nevada City’s main thoroughfare has been postponed until after the wet weather.

National Guard called out in Pennsylvania.

The 16th annual running of the 17th District fair begins.

In Indian Territory, Sheriff Thompson captured eight members of the Bert Casey gang. Casey escaped.

Two horses, Muringo and Inez, made one of the closest finishes ever seen at the park racetrack. Muringo won by inches.

Desperate train robbery in Nebraska: express car dynamited and a large sum extracted.

Gorton’s Minstrels will appear in Nevada City.

The play “Other People’s Money” was performed at Nevada Theater.

Coal barons agree to terms; strike may end.

Andrew Welsh, a member of the San Francisco Police Department who has been missing for weeks, was found living in a cabin at Moore’s Flat. He seems rational and determined not to return.

A cow, one of a herd being driven through town, was gored by another. Unable to keep up, the animal was left behind in its agony. As it was someone else’s property, no one would touch it, and the poor animal suffered all night. Finally a sympathetic soul put the beast out of its misery.

The War Department orders that the army be reduced to 59,000, from the present 67,000. Cavalry and artillery also will be reduced.

An axle broke on a narrow-gauge car, but quick work by the engineer kept it from leaving the track.

Two shots went through the window of the Columbia schoolhouse, narrowly missing teacher Miss Francis Doom. No one knows where the wayward shots came from.

Joseph Fleming’s gray mare was taken from his barn. It’s thought it was taken by a Nevada City youth whose mind was turned by trashy literature.

A New York woman who was stabbed in the heart had the organ successfully sewn up and is recovering.

The ham that was reported stolen from the Richard Noell home on Nevada Street was actually purloined by a dog.

The bandit Jim Younger, formerly of the James Gang, was laid to rest. Pall bearers were former gang members and veterans of Quantrill’s Raiders.

The boy who stole Joseph Fleming’s horse is with friends in Oakland, and his father is going to get him. Fleming will get his horse back and not press charges.

The Oregon Supreme Court declared that a Japanese could not become an American citizen.

The W.Y.O.D. Mine transfers its holdings to the Pennsylvania Mine, thereby ending a lawsuit between them.

Colombia doesn’t like the terms offered by the United States for the building of a canal. It is willing to give 100-year leases but not surrender territory permanently.

One thousand dollars has been raised for a monument to the Donner Party.

Plans abroad again to connect this town to Lincoln via an electric road.

Nevada City residents spend $30,000 a year for firewood; a cord is going for $5.50. Most comes from Washington Ridge and New York Canyon.

A load of night-shift men at the Empire struck a loose timber at the 700-foot level. All injured but not seriously.

Sydney Peard is running for county recorder in the upcoming elections.

Hallowe’en tonight – bring in your front gates.

By Brad Prowse

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