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100 years ago: Robber locks deputy treasurer in vault, escapes with thousands

June 19, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 19, 1911:

  • “At 8 o’clock last night Deputy Treasurer D. L. Eddy was locked in the vault of the county treasurer’s office and robbed of $3,200 in currency and gold. Mr. Eddy was unable this morning to give any clearer intelligence of the man who did the robbing. All he knows is that he shoved a big looking gun in his face and Mr. Eddy made haste to obey the demand to get in the vault.... The night was hot and the vault dark and stifling. To stay there all night meant probable death by suffocation. So Eddy worked like a demon to attract attention. He called, but his voice did not reach through the walls of solid masonry. Then he fired his revolver and as the smoke filled the vault, he realized that this was a dangerous method to employ. Then he took a book and pounded upon the door which caused a certain noise which could be distinguished.... After the robbery the thief made his escape through a window in the office of the county clerk leaving no clue behind.”
  • “At last the rain came and this morning it was somewhat cooler, although there is still a cry for more. The ground was parched and lost little time in soaking up every bit of moisture that fell. The rain was certainly welcome and cooled things off, making it possible to enjoy a good night’s sleep after the sweltering heat of yesterday.”
  • “Mayor Kerr of Lecompton wants to have his fine little city supplied with electricity for light and power from Lawrence. There is no reason why this should not be done. There is a facility here for making many times what can be used, and it is to be hoped that the electric light company will see it as a good business proposition to have all these smaller towns served. Lecompton has a good business but it has never been able to get natural gas because of the hills that lie south of it. The wires could be taken over the hills without inconvenience.”

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