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100 years ago: Local woman in critical condition after being shot by boyfriend

August 19, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 19, 1912:

  • "Jealousy caused a shooting on the north side Saturday night as a result of which Juanita Hervey Lutes is in danger of losing her life, while her 'sweetheart' who handled the gun is a fugitive from justice. George Smith, alias Mex Smith, is accused of the crime. It is stated that Smith grew jealous when he learned that his 'sweetheart' had been entertaining a number of soldier friends during the past few days at her home on Bridge street. Saturday night about eleven o'clock, it is alleged, he called at her home to talk matters over with her. The conversation proved unsatisfactory to Smith whereupon it is alleged that he drew a revolver and fired five shots before leaving the room. Only one of the bullets found its mark but it is feared that one may prove fatal to the woman. She was struck in the abdomen and physicians who handled the case stated that the girl's condition is critical and that serious results may be expected. Smith made his escape after the shooting and has not yet been located by the police."
  • "The Douglas County Women's Christian Temperance Union is in favor of Equal Suffrage in Kansas and at its annual meeting held here yesterday adopted a resolution which states that not only shall the organization stand for suffrage but that it consecrate itself to the work of winning universal suffrage for the women of Kansas. The women will join in the movement as a body and will lend new vigor to the campaign for the vote that is now being made.... The Union does not intend, however, to give up the purpose for which it was originally organized, prohibition. They passed resolutions yesterday favoring national prohibition and favoring state control of liquor shipments made into the state."
  • "Half an inch of rain fell last night. The shower did not last long, but it poured down while it was about it and the ground was given a good soaking. The downpour was general over this county except in the western part. The rain was a timely one. Many farmers have been wishing for just such a downpour. The corn is in a condition to make good use of the moisture. Although the corn crop has not suffered in this county, it has begun to show the effects of the long dry spell. Several little showers have helped it along from time to time and last night's rain was a big help in the direction of a bumper crop."

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