100 years ago in Spokane: The city's Irish population was urged to give to hungry 'widows and orphans' of the old country

An ad in the Spokane Daily Chronicle appealed directly to “Ye Sons and Daughters of Erin.”

It implored people to donate money to relieve famine and suffering in Ireland.

“Citizens of this great republic, your motherland is calling to you; your kith and kin are being overwhelmed with disaster across the seas. Famished hands are being held out to you in piteous supplication. … Give to the limit of your ability; and in giving the widows and orphans of Ireland bless you.”

It was signed by a Spokane group called Irish Relief Appeal, a nonpartisan, nonsectarian group whose chairman was Mayor Charles A. Fleming. Ireland was enmeshed in a

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