Archive for Tuesday, February 15, 2011

100 years ago: Raid on Vermont Street yields opium, dice-loading business

February 15, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily World for Feb. 15, 1911:

  • “The deeper County Attorney Riling’s probe sinks into the tenderloin district of Lawrence, the more startling become the revelations of vice. In a raid on a resort at 817 Vermont street last night the authorities captured a complete dice loading outfit together with another opium ‘layout.’ The little outfit for ‘plugging the bones’ and making the little gambling devices ‘dizzy’ was found carefully concealed behind a bureau in the room occupied by Mrs. Charlotte Coleman. It comprised a tiny vise, steel drill, phial of quick silver, paste for concealing the boring, and thirty-five dice.”
  • “Some weeks ago a clean appearing youth appeared at the house of Mrs. Mary A. Adams, 729 N. H. street, asking for work. He secured the confidence of Mrs. Adams and for several weeks assisted about the house, running errands, and waiting upon the sick woman. He stayed only long enough to locate her total savings of $75 and then ran away after appropriating every cent of the amount. Today an appeal was made to Commissioner Selig for aid for Mrs. Adams.”
  • “The students in the School of Engineering at the University of Kansas are required to learn every stage in the manufacture of certain machines before they are credited with grades in their shop work. But their knowledge of mechanics must extend farther than a familiarity with the assembling of the various parts of any machine. They must be able to make for themselves most of the tools used in shop work. From the freshman to the senior year, each student is confronted with the problem of making his own hand tools, such as chisels, screws, cutting drills and the various kinds of lathes.”
  • “At a meeting of the directors of the Douglas County Fair Association yesterday afternoon, the date for the fair this fall was set for September 25th to 30th inclusive.”


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