On Jan. 1, 1899, the Lawrence World reviewed 1898 characterizing it as "one of the most prosperous in the history of the city." The World commented: "Of course education has been recognized as our long suit. Our institutions have done much to make the town a desirable place in which to live. The schools have been the magnet and neighborliness for which Lawrence is famous has operated to incline the people to tarry when their educational mission is over. Too much credit cannot be given to the schools of this town. We are blessed in our public schools with efficient teachers, we have careful guardians of the educational interests of our children and we have made an honest effort to get the most out of our advantages. The State University is of course THE thing of the town. On it we have come to depend and it has no more failed us than it has failed the state in the purpose for which it was started."