Archive for Sunday, September 26, 2010

100 years ago: Lawrence invaded by professional pickpockets

September 26, 2010

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From the Lawrence Daily World for Sept. 26, 1910: “A small army of professional pickpockets invaded Lawrence this morning. They have all been spotted by the authorities and a detachment of plain clothes men will be detailed to watch them this evening. The first attempt to operate will result in wholesale arrests. Lawrence people should either leave their wallets at home or avoid getting caught in a crush at the circus grounds. The ‘dips’ are expected to work near the park entrance and in the crowded street cars.... There is plenty of liquor in Lawrence this week. Saturday evening the police found an empty whiskey cask and a pile of cartons beside it, just north of the Santa Fe depot. The contents will be on sale this week by some of the bottom boot-leggers.... ‘We may lose a good many games this year, but we are not going to lose to Missouri. We’ve just got to win that game.’ It was Coach Kennedy talking, and there was a steel-like quality in the veteran coach’s voice. It is not natural for Coach Kennedy to assume the defensive. He is generally quietly - almost laconically - confident.”

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