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100 years ago: Interurban train line discussed for Lawrence, Topeka

August 26, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 26, 1911:

  • “There continues to be talk of an electric line between Kansas City and Topeka and it seems certain that at some future date these two cities will be connected by an Interurban that will go via Lawrence. The Topeka Commercial Club is very optimistic in the matter and even ventures the statement that such a line will be in operation by the time another year has passed.”
  • “Last night was the coolest night this summer. Didn’t you think so as you hunted for more cover when you woke up early this morning? The thermometer on the hill fell as low as 60 degrees early this morning which was the lowest mark that has been reached here this summer. However, it is not a record as a temperature of 49 was recorded one day last August.”
  • “The mystery of the disappearance from the Louvre of Leonardo Da Vinci’s great painting, ‘Mona Lisa,’ appears more impenetrable than ever tonight. Support for the theory that ‘Mona Lisa’ was carried away by some one whose head had been turned by the beautiful face, was found this evening in the admission of M. Le Prieur, the curator, that during the last year letters addressed to Mona Lisa had been received quite frequently at the Louvre.”


Ron Holzwarth 6 years, 6 months ago

This clip coincides exactly with my earlier readings on the subject. It is clipped from Wikipedia, which may not be accurate. However, this article cites several sources, so it is very likely to be factually correct:

Eduardo de Valfierno, who posed as a Marqués (marquis), was an Argentine con man who allegedly masterminded the theft of the Mona Lisa.[1] Valfierno paid several men to steal the work of art from the Louvre, including museum employee Vincenzo Peruggia. On August 21, 1911 Peruggia hid the Mona Lisa under his coat and simply walked out the door.

Before the heist took place, Valfierno allegedly commissioned French art restorer and forger Yves Chaudron to make six copies of the Mona Lisa.[2][3] The forgeries were then shipped to various parts of the world, readying them for the buyers he had lined up. Valfierno knew once the Mona Lisa was stolen it would be harder to smuggle copies past customs. After the heist the copies were delivered to their buyers, each thinking they had the original which had just been stolen for them.[4] Because Valfierno just wanted to sell forgeries, he only needed the original Mona Lisa to disappear and never contacted Peruggia again after the crime. Eventually Peruggia was caught trying to sell the painting and it was returned to the Louvre in 1913.

Peruggia denied he ever knew Valfierno other than a chance meeting at the Louvre.

References [1] ^ Forbes: Great Art Thefts Of The 20th Century [2] ^ Crimes Against Mona [3] ^ Schroeder, Andreas (1996). Scams, Scandals and Skulduggery. McClelland & Stewart. [4] ^ Reit, Seymour. The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa. New York: Summitt Books, 1981.

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