100 years ago in Spokane: Witness says victim was alive and unharmed after he fought with accused murderer

<p><p>The mysterious “other man” in the murder case against Jennings B. Henry was revealed on the witness stand.</p></p><p><p>His name was Isaac Selvig, and he testified that he was responsible, at least in part, for instigating the fight that led to the death of Helen Williams.</p></p><p><p>“The trouble started in Henry’s room at the Touraine Hotel when I tried to kiss Helen Williams,” testified Selvig. “… Henry had a pint of liquor, which I had purchased for him. We each drank until about an inch and a half was emptied out of the bottle.”</p></p><p><p>Selvig left briefly to get another bottle. When he returned, Helen Williams was there, and Henry was “real drunk.”</p></p><p><p>Selvig admitted that, while Henry was in the bathroom, he asked Williams if she would kiss him. She said no.</p></p><p><p>When Henry came out of the bathroom, Selvig told Henry he had a “square girl” (or “square kid”). This made Henry angry and the two men fought.</p></p><p><p>Selvig claimed he and Henry were in the hallway when the fight took place. Selvig said he quickly retreated down the hallway, and when he left, nobody had been hurt.</p></p><p><p>Henry had yet to testify, but earlier he had claimed Williams had been accidentally slashed with the knife during the fight.</p></p><p><p><strong>From the bank robbery beat:</strong> Two men were arrested in Pomeroy on suspicion of being the bank robbers who injured cashier Ruth Jennings, 19, at the State Bank of Spangle.</p></p><p><p>Deputies escorted Jennings to Pomeroy to identify the two men – but the deputies would leave disappointed.</p></p><p><p>“These two men are too young to be the ones who robbed the bank,” said Jennings, after she studied them for nearly a half-hour. “Their descriptions fit those of the robbers remarkably well, but their voices are different and they are far too young.”</p></p>