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Archive for Wednesday, May 4, 2011

100 years ago: Rape case goes to trial in district court

May 4, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 4, 1911:

  • “The same sordid story of viciousness which has been twice told in district court in connection with the Chris. Eberhart case, is being retold in the Frank Leis case today. It is the same old story of a woman’s vanity and weakness. Posing as booking agents for a theatrical concern, the two boys promised the girls positions in a chorus, with fine clothes, diamond rings, and a gay, giddy life according to the testimony of the Burnam girls on the stand today. With this glittering vision held before them, and influenced by a quantity of liquor, one of the girls confessed to falling easy prey to the youths.”
  • “Prof. Erasmus Haworth, state geologist and member of the K.U. faculty, has issued a pamphlet warning mine operators against allowing gas to accumulate in mines, and explaining the recent disaster in Pittsburgh ... in which five miners lost their lives due to the fact that all miners were ignorant of the presence of gas.”
  • “WICHITA -- Although the members of the local Elks lodge had provided $2,000 worth of beer and whiskey to aid in the entertainment of the delegates to the Kansas convention of Elks which began here today, the attitude of Lincoln McKinley, chief of police, probably will deprive the visitors of the intended hospitality. The refreshment were stored in a room near the local Elks lodge room and today Chief McKinley affixed two strong padlocks to the door and left a guard instructed to admit no one without an order from the police department.”

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