I am playing around with the template, so this site may go through quite a few different looks before I settle on something. Wish I had saved the old one before I started!
Meanwhile, courtesy of my employer the Washington State Archives, Digital Archives, here is a mysterious 1888 death certificate from the frontier town of Spokane Falls, Washington Territory. Because I know you like that sort of thing:
I cannot find out anything more about this case online--there are no digitized newspapers for this period online. If you know anything, post it below!
Update: You guys are fast. A tip from the excellent Charles Hansen showed me that there are digitized newspapers from this period and I found an article about this case. Hansen writes the Eastern Washington Genealogical Society Blog, which often has valuable research tips for local and regional history.