On March 4, 1899, the Lawrence World told of "A Bad Mess" referring to the fate of appropriations for KU in the Kansas legislature. The World stated: "There is no doubt, however, about the entire lack of wisdom that has characterized the entire campaign for three buildings." Albert Henley, chairman of the Ways and Means Committee in the Kansas House, was a Lawrence resident. The World noted "Mr. Henley has been placed in a most embarrassing position and it has been entirely due to the actions of the overzealous friends of the university."
-- Courtesy Watkins Community Museum