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Archive for Friday, January 5, 2007

Old Home Town - 100 years ago

January 5, 2007

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From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 5, 1907: "The wreck of two Rock Island trains and the deaths of more than 40 people the past few days is a sorry commentary on the defects in the elaborate system by which the safety of trains is guarded. It appears a boy signal operator made a mistake leading to the wreck, but why was not a more mature person in charge? An inexperienced 18-year-old was trying to handle a job where a far more mature man should have been involved. : The county court met yesterday and wound up all criminal business pending from 1906. A great deal of mass was gone over and cases against small offenders who have skipped out were taken off the books as not important enough to demand time and money for settlement. : A bomb thrown by an unidentified man into a Philadelphia bank killed an assistant cashier and injured 20 others. The building was wrecked and the man is being sought, after demanding and being denied $5,000."

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