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100 years ago: LHS girls agree on simple attire for graduation

May 6, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 6, 1911:

  • “‘We, the jury in this case, find the defendant, Frank Leis, guilty of rape as charged in the information, with the recommendation of the jury that the court show leniency. -- W. H. Pendleton, Foreman.’ That was the verdict of the jury in the Leis case after being out but an hour and a half yesterday afternoon. The recommendation of leniency was a surprise to a great many of the court attaches who heard the evidence, and will probably save Leis from the penitentiary.... His youth at the time the alleged crime was committed will operate in his favor. He was only 18 years old.”
  • “When the graduation class of Lawrence high school mounts the Alps and peers over into Italy on commencement evening, the girls will wear no gorgeous trappings, such as lace and messaline silk, and dotted swiss -- it is dotted swiss, isn’t it -- and all that sort of thing that makes all the other girls so envious and is so hard on father’s pocket book? Well, not this year. For the girls of the class have decided that a simple white linen dress or a shirtwaist of medium material would be about the proper thing for all of them to wear, and they have crossed their hearts and hoped to die, or whatever it is girls do, when they want to bind themselves faithfully. The [cost] limit will be fixed pretty soon and it will be a modest sum that every one of the girls can afford alike.”

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