Dutch elm disease, which had made severe inroads in the American elm population here the previous year, was expected to hit hard again the coming summer. Eventually, more than a third of the community's mature elms were lost to the scourge.
From the Lawrence Daily World of March 31, 1903: "Reportedly a woman has shot a French novelist. It would be a good thing for literature if this kind of killing should go on. French novelists demoralize literature more than those of any other nation. ... Can the state university charge tuition? That is a question that will be up for consideration before long. It seems if the high school cannot charge tuition, neither can the university. Already a suit has been brought to test this case."