From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 25, 1911:
- "William Jennings Bryan quietly slipped into Lawrence this morning, took a quiet nap at the Eldridge House and then quietly slipped out of town on his way to Garnett to give his lectures. Mr. Bryan in company with Charles F. Hornet of Kansas City, Chautauqua manager, arrived in Lawrence this morning at 7:15. They went to the Eldridge House and immediately after eating a hearty breakfast Mr. Bryan retired to his room to get a rest after his strenuous day of yesterday. After arriving in town he asked for the morning papers and hastily scanned them."
- "The night officers this morning arrested Sam Johnson on the charge of burglary and larceny. He was placed in the city jail and this afternoon turned over to the county. It is alleged that Johnson as a porter at the Smoke House had a key to the place and that on Sunday night he unlocked the door and helped himself to a large quantity of cigars and other goods that were in the place at the time."