Shall spooning be permitted in
Spokane parks or must it be rigor
That's the issue, which overnight
became a burning one.
Wilbur V. Hoag, an auditor for
railroad contractors here, was the
kisser in the case.
. Miss Frances Osborne was the
Park Policeman Elmer E. Woo'ds
was the one who broke into their
Young Hoag, who is given an ex
' cellent reputation by his firm, has
asked Chief of Police Weir to "fire
He charges in a letter that Woods
insulted Miss Osborne by insinuation
and beat him with a "billy," finally
Woods denies the charges of in
sult and battery, but admits he snap
ped on the "come-alongs" when the
"young man got fresh."
The policeman has been employed
in .the park twelve years. He, too,
has enthusiastic character witnesses.
Mrs. W. E. Osborne, the girl's
mother, defends the kissing.
"Mr. Hoag is a fine young man,"
she said. "There is nothing unusual
in his kissing my daughter. At the
house we don't think anything of it
He has been keeping company with
her for some time."
Chief Weir is silent He must de
cide the policeman's fate.
Mayor Charles Fleming,, whom
Spokane people call "Charlie," said:
"Young couples ought to keep one
eye on the policeman."
The Seattle park board has decided
that spooning may be carried on in
the parks, provided the spooners keep
vP in the dark out of the way of folks
not spoonily inclined.
""That's the view many Spokane cit
But the question is still unsolved.
No definite provision for the protec
tion of spooners has been made.
Until the question is decided,
young Mr; Hoag and Miss Osborne
will osculate- in the parlor of the
girl's home,, where mother thinks it's
all right-and no rude policeman can
HER PLAN OUGHT TO PLEASE
MR5 LIONEL. G-UEST.
Mrs. Guest daughter of the late
John Bigelow of New York, wants to
keep old clothes in style. She would
change clothes only when absolute
ly necessary and the new style would
be radically different from all pre
TODAY IN ILLINOIS HISTORY
Aug. 26, 181 a The constitution
of 1818 :s?as adopted y the constitu
tional convention at Kaskaskia; it
was on the basis "of this constitution
that Illinois was admitted to the
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