Archive for Tuesday, December 4, 2012

100 years ago: As Christmas approaches, J-W encourages ‘Good Fellow’ program

December 4, 2012


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

  • "The Christmas season is approaching. And synonymous with this season is the Good Fellow Season, by far the best season of the year. The Good Fellow Season furnishes so much real joy and happiness to those that have, for it gives them the opportunity to share with those who have not and it brings such great joy to those who would otherwise fail to realize the joys of the Christmas season.... There are many families in this city who will not enjoy the Christmas time perhaps as you do. The outlook is gloomy, and it grows more so as the season advances and the cold weather begins. And this then in the mission of the Good Fellow -- to look after these families, these little ones born in homes where there is a constant struggle against the odds of poverty. And to help these Fellows out, the Journal-World has established a Good Fellow Department all of its own. The purpose of this department is to put the Good Fellow in touch with the needy ones. It is planned to see that no one in Lawrence passes a gloomy Christmas because of want and hunger.... The Journal-World's Good Fellow will do your shopping for you but it would be much better for you to do it yourself. You would get so much pleasure out of the work that you would otherwise lose. So in all cases where it is possible, the Good Fellow hopes that you will merely call upon him for the address of someone who is in need and then administer to their wants yourself. If, however, you cannot do this yourself the Good Fellow will do it for you cheerfully. The plan is this. If you have anything to give, address the 'Good Fellow,' care of the Journal-World, and he will tell you who you can make happy with a basket dinner, new dress, an overcoat or some mittens or a little toy or bag of candy, that is as long as his supply of information of this sort lasts."
  • "A case of criminal carelessness took place on Massachusetts street this afternoon about 3:30 o'clock, and it might easily have been attended with serious results. Joe Walters, of Lecompton, this afternoon was struck by a spent bullet that had glanced off a wall or pavement; evidently it had been fired by someone on Massachusetts street. Mr. Walters was turning the corner of Massachusetts and Winthrop [Seventh] streets when he heard the report of a gun and the next instant felt something strike him in the chest. It fell to the ground and Mr. Walters was somewhat surprised to find upon picking it up that it was a bullet from a 22 caliber bullet. One side was mashed making it evident that it had glanced off of some hard substance. As it was Mr. Walters was not injured but it was a gross piece of carelessness to fire a gun on the main street as must have been the case and it is a matter that should be further investigated."
  • "That was a splendid temperance address delivered by Dr. Bulgin and it was listened to by a large number of people, most of whom thought it did not affect them. Let's see about that. Lawrence is supposed to be a dry town, yet in the last month two retail liquor licenses have been issued to people for business in this city. The first was issued to Geo. Madden, whose place is described in his license as 'two doors east of the paper mill on the north side of the track.' That is down by the river where no legitimate drug store could be run. The other license was issued to Ed. Small at 808 New Jersey street. There is no drug store down there. If those who were impressed with Dr. Bulgin's lecture want to be of service why do they not take steps to see that the law is enforced? Don't you think it's about time we were starting a new crusade to have more effectual temperance in Lawrence?"


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