100 years ago in Spokane: Spokane Interstate Fair starts with heavy security and 300-pound butter statue

<p><p>Thousands showed up for the first day of the Spokane Interstate Fair – and a squad of 45 “special police” were there to make sure everyone behaved.</p></p><p><p>The officer in charge, Inspector Lewis, came up with a slogan for all rowdy fairgoers: “Don’t start anything you can’t finish.”</p></p><p><p>He said he would be using his men the same way the military police operated in France during the war. They would be “exactly where you don’t expect them to be.”</p></p><p><p>Disturbers of the peace would be brought to the fair’s special police headquarters and either warned or ejected. Real criminals would be escorted to the city police station.</p></p><p><p>Gambling on games of chance was strictly forbidden, after a spate of problems in recent years.</p></p><p><p>That did not mean, however, that you couldn’t place a bet. Horse racing was one of the fair’s major attractions, and horses were being brought in from all over the West. Purses worth $20,000 were at stake.</p></p><p><p>The fair also had the usual agricultural contests and displays. Perhaps the most unusual was a life-size statue of T.S. Griffith, the fair president, molded entirely of 300 pounds of butter.</p></p><p><p>“I’m flattered, very much flattered,” said Griffith.</p></p><p><h3>Also on this date</h3></p><p><p><em>(From the Associated Press)</em></p></p><p><p><strong>1864:</strong> Voters in Louisiana approved a new state constitution abolishing slavery.</p></p><p><p><strong>1972:</strong> The Palestinian group Black September attacked the Israeli Olympic delegation at the Munich Games, killing 11 Israelis and a police officer. German forces killed five of the gunmen.</p></p>