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100 years ago: Mayor requests end of display of hypnotized subject

July 21, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily World for July 21, 1910: “It is a common practice with traveling hypnotists to induce a comatose condition resembling sleep in their subjects and then leave them on public exhibition for 48 or 72 hours. There is a state law against such exhibitions with subjects under 18 years of age, and in many towns a city ordinance forbids all such displays. Mayor Bishop compelled the removal of a hypnotic subject from a local window yesterday and instructed the chief of police to prevent any similar exhibitions in the future. Very few towns over the state will permit such exhibitions which are shocking to both the moral and physical sense of the average individual.... The sub-contracts for the magnificent Masonic Temple which Lawrence members are erecting on the corner of Massachusetts and Berkeley have been awarded by the building committee. The temple will be one of the most modern and best appointed lodges in the state and will be completed this fall.... Trouble in Baldwin. Sheriff Banning was called to Baldwin, the peaceable little Methodist hamlet on the south, this morning to arrest J. A. Felkner on a charge of disturbing the peace. Baldwin seldom breaks into the limelight of newspaper publicity except through the church revival channel.”

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