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Archive for Sunday, April 10, 2011

100 years ago: County prisoners to be paroled to chain gang

April 10, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 10, 1911:

  • "Some morning this week, possibly tomorrow, a long column of men guarded by officers with loaded rifles will file down Mass. street to the accompaniment of clanking chains. It will be the county convict gang [of] bootleggers. The gang will contain thirty of the east bottom and North Lawrence citizens who will continue to receive their mail at the county jail for a year or more. A parole was issued by Judge Smart this morning to thirty of the convicted bootleggers. The parole applies only to their jail sentence, and does not include their fine and costs. It is this fine which they must work out and which insures them steady employment for at least a year. As soon as guards are appointed and chains provided, the prisoners will be put to breaking rock at the old city jail. Later they will quarry a few months in the county stone quarry west of town, and may even be compelled to do the grading at the new county hospital."
  • "It is reported that a well known, enterprising young man in Lawrence, has been successful in negotiating the sale of one of his inventions for a good price. His name is withheld for the present, by request. This makes one more genius to make good in Lawrence."

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