Archive for Sunday, October 30, 2011

100 years ago: Full docket keeps police court busy past 3 a.m.

October 30, 2011


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 30, 1911:

"A number of the city council were in Kansas City today to witness the test of the big auto fire truck that has recently been purchased by that city. This was decided upon at the meeting of the council when the petition from the Merchants Association was received. The council is going to go to the very bottom of the matter and is finding out just what advantages the fire truck has and what it is doing. At that time a trip to Kansas City to see the test was decided upon."

"Business was so rushing in the police circles today that it was necessary for the police judge to hold a session at 3 a.m. When Judge Benson called his court to order this morning there were nine alleged offenders to respond to the roll call. Five of them pleaded guilty and were assessed a fine for their disobedience while the other four were taken back to the city jail to wait until their friends raised fifty dollars to get them out.... When W. P. Torrance woke up in the city holdover this morning he did not know where he was. At last he recognized the grated windows and realized his position. He remembered having a good time yesterday but he didn't recall his trip to the city's bastille.... 'Bill' was located by the police yesterday evening walking about the 1000 block on Massachusetts street without any shoes, coat or hat. He is a journeyman painter and happened to get in touch with a little fire water in Lawrence yesterday which put him to the bad."

"Yesterday drizzle was in the air and the day was rather disagreeable. Notwithstanding the heavy skies many people were out yesterday, a large number making excursions into the country to see what Nature has been doing there. One of the prettiest sights that can be imagined is that when riding around the University loop. The view over the valley with the trees in their autumn dress is one that is prettier than any the artists can paint."


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