Archive for Tuesday, October 5, 2010

100 years ago: Couple living together as man and wife arrested for indecent conduct

October 5, 2010


From the Lawrence Daily World for Oct. 5, 1910:

“Revolution is sweeping Portugal. The republicans who yesterday overthrew the government are today in complete possession of the Capitol. King Manuel II is reported to have taken refuge on a Brazilian warship. According to a German report, Manuel’s flagrant flaunting of his mistress in the faces of his starving subjects caused a wave of popular indignation that culminated in the revolt.... There are several cases of typhoid fever in Lawrence now, enough to cause the attending physicians a great deal of worry. One block in West Lawrence has three cases. A strange feature of the cases seems to be that most of them were contracted away from Lawrence. No analysis of the water has been made recently, but it is not suspected that the city water contains any typhoid germs.... A complaint was sworn out by relatives last evening, charging Neal Scott and Millie Hewner with indecent conduct. The affiant alleged in the information that the pair had been living together as man and wife. The couple were arrested last night but later released on a $40 bond.... Three small Indians who concluded to leave the protecting walls of Haskell Institute and return to freedom of the reservation yesterday, were recaptured at Eudora last night. Douglas Smith saw the trio trudging through Eudora last evening and suspecting that they were Haskell truants, took them into custody. Supt. Fiske authorized their return and the three, very much crestfallen, were unceremoniously brought back.”


LadyJ 7 years, 6 months ago

Wow, how times have changed. Indecent conduct, sworn out by relatives. What is meant by three small Indians, children? They should have went around Eudora. Recaptured, does that mean they had to escaped, climb over walls?

LadyJ 7 years, 6 months ago

I do remember a teacher telling our class, many years ago, that there was still a law in Lawrence that prohibited Haskell students from being on certain streets and I believe during certain hours. I assume that law no longer exists.

kernal 7 years, 6 months ago

As I recall, Haskell students were forcibly taken from the reservations to attend Haskell and were not allowed to speak their tribal language while there. The guvment was of the opinion Indian children needed to be Americanized and "cleansed" of their heathen ways. That era does not paint a pretty picture in our mutual history.

DevsAdvocate 7 years, 6 months ago

yes, children as young as five years old were ripped from their family and forced into boarding school. they were beaten if they spoke their native language. they were also put in a jail that haskell had on premises. not to mention that during summer hours, children were "rented" out to families around lawrence to do domestic work or manual labor. some of the men that "rented" women, would "rent" the women out to brothels. and about the law that prohibited haskell students from being downtown... the students would have a "chaperone" but often the chaperone would leave the students alone and make the students trek their way back to campus. many of the girls that would walk back to campus were often raped. many girls had children from that abuse. go to the haskell cemetery, you'll see tombstones of babies (because the girls were too young to have children and didn't have the medical help needed to give birth).

DevsAdvocate 7 years, 6 months ago

and about the kids escaping haskell... many kids would try to escape and go home but haskell hired bounty hunters to collect to students. many of these students were either beaten to death or shot in the back. this is why there is so much controversy about the wetlands, because some of these kids are buried in the wetlands and surrounding areas. many kids who went AWAL were never found.

whats_going_on 7 years, 6 months ago

that sounds more like a horror movie than anything...

forgive me for being naive, but are you serious? Do you have any website links that talk about this?

whats_going_on 7 years, 6 months ago

nevermind, its right there on the Haskell website. Duh.

But wow. I didn't really agree with the highway in the first place, but jeez.

Scott Drummond 7 years, 6 months ago

Fortunately many of our forebearers in the age since1910 had the wisdom to dream of a better way and fought to achieve it.

The forces of evil and servitude and ignorance are ever with us and do not give up their privilege and advantage without a fight.

Where are they embodied today? In which camp do you stand?

somedude20 7 years, 6 months ago

dont need to buy the cow if the milk keeps on flowing freely

Bobo Fleming 7 years, 6 months ago

If I recall until the change in the Kansas Criminal Code in the late 60,s cohabitation and adultery were both crimes. Women who accompanied men on some sort of crime spree would be charged with adultery if they were married to another man and put in prison if there were no specific charges that could be placed against them from the actual criminal conduct. Or they would be charged with cohabitation if they werent married.

Commenting has been disabled for this item.