Archive for Monday, January 17, 2011

100 years ago: One-ton lumps of silver ore sitting unguarded on KU campus

January 17, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily World for Jan. 17, 1911:

  • “The first coasting accident of the season occurred last night about 10:30 on Indiana. A party of university students were speeding on the straightaway mile course to the river on a twelve-foot flexible bob. At the corner of Warren the sled skidded a trifle and swerved into the curb. Frank Chesky, 1225 Oread, was thrown from the sled, alighting cross ways of the concrete curb. He was hurled from the bob with considerable force and the impact with the stone curbing was severe. His companions feared that his hip was fractured, but an examination by Dr. Gillespie found no broken bones.”
  • “Only sugar and flavoring matter was lacking in the ice cream which was found spread over Indiana street Saturday. One of the delivery wagons of the Lawrence Creamery Company was broken down in the 900 block, and pure cream and milk spread in a rich yellow layer over the ice pavement, where it froze solid.”
  • “Several months ago the faculty of the engineering school concluded that some silver ore was needed for a certain class taking work in metallurgy, and a requisition was made on the richest mine in the west. Three or four lumps, each weighing nearly a ton and containing possibly a thousand dollars worth of ore, were sent to the university. Having no place for specimens of such weight, the ore was ordered unloaded on the campus near the engineering building. It has lain there ever since - a vast treasure undisturbed. They contain as much silver ore as some of the smaller banks do real money. They are balanced near the top of the hill and look as though any athletic individual might roll them away with the aid of a crow-bar.”


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