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100 years ago: Bowersock Opera House employees arrested for fighting

October 1, 2011

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 1, 1911:

"The law does not care if employees play on the job but it does have certain scruples as to the kind of play things that may be used in so doing. It seems that bricks, pieces of hard mortar and knives come under the ban of the law, and those who get so playful as to hurl such bits of 'Irish confetti' at each other are liable to be assessed a fine and advised to make some reform in their recreation. At least that is what happened to William Perry and William Green, who were tried this morning on the charge of quarreling, wrangling and fighting. The disturbance occurred Thursday afternoon at the new Bowersock Opera House where the two men were employed."

"It is startling to learn that hog cholera is more prevalent today than it has been in twenty years. One farmer living in the western part of this county has lost 150 hogs. Others have lost heavily. The serum at Manhattan has not stopped the spread largely because there has not been enough of it. The epidemic has been unexpected and state wide."

Comments

Rae Hudspeth 3 years, 3 months ago

That's probably because it was an offensive slur, and fell out of favor when bashing the Irish stopped being commonplace in America.

Sarah St. John 3 years, 3 months ago

Yes, I run across a lot of those in the 1911 paper. I probably don't use one-tenth of the ones that are actually there.... but, as in the case of the farming accidents, etc., I do try to remember to use them often enough to remind folks that life wasn't all picnics and moonlight dances and parades and so forth.

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