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Archive for Saturday, August 4, 2012

100 years ago: Abusive husband tries to escape arrest

August 4, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 4, 1912:

  • "Three small Eudora boys were playing in the Kaw river yesterday afternoon. They had escaped from the heat and were enjoying themselves splashing about in the water and lying on the bank as only small boys can on a hot summer day. They had been in the water for some time when the treacherous waters closed over the head of one of the young swimmers an carried him away to a watery grave in its sandy bottom.... 'Dug' Smith, veteran fisherman and life-saver of Eudora, arrived upon the scene in his boat.... Smith and the others immediately began the search for the body of the unfortunate boy, but night found them still searching. Again today the work was carried on, but the dark muddy waters refused to give up their prey and the body had not been found late this afternoon."
  • "Another sensational wife-beating case is alleged to have developed at Lecompton. Last night T. J. Anderson, known as 'Drinking Tom,' was arrested on a charge of striking his wife while he was intoxicated. It seems that he struck her several times with his fist, bruising her head and injuring her wrist. Mrs. Anderson was ironing at the time and succeeded in defending herself with the flat iron before her husband could do her any further injury. She then went to the telephone and called the constable, R. M. Scott. By the time Constable Scott arrived, Tom Anderson had gone. The constable followed him and caught him near the depot. It is thought that Anderson was intending to go to Topeka.... The man was brought to Lawrence this morning and is now in the county jail."

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