Archive for Saturday, December 29, 2012

100 years ago: Package left as pledge contains explosives

December 29, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 29, 1912:

  • "Three sticks of dynamite, two yards of fuse and a hand full of caps, wrapped in an old newspaper, were handed Paul Luckan, proprietor of the Place House, Thursday evening in exchange for a meal that he had served a stranger. But Mr. Luckan didn't realize at that time that he was the recipient of an infernal machine capable of destroying the entire hotel. Mr. Luckan didn't make the discovery until this morning when he investigated the mysterious package to determined what it contained. Upon realizing what he had sheltered for two days Mr. Luckan lost no time in getting the machine out of his place and turned it over to the city police. The package was left at the hotel by an unknown man who had eaten supper there. He told Mr. Luckan that he had no money and could not pay for his supper at that time but would leave his package at the hotel until he returned with the money, which he said that he could get up town. He left the hotel and promised to be back in a short time But he did not return that night or the next day and Mr. Luckan thought that it was time to claim the package which had been left as security. He opened it and much to his surprise discovered its contents. The package was turned over the Marshal Meyers of the city police department for safe keeping. The marshal didn't fancy the job either and ordered one of his men to throw the caps in the river. The fuse and the three sticks are now in the police station waiting for the owner to show up. The police do not see any plot to destroy anything in Lawrence and rather suspect that the dynamite was purchased by some farmer for blasting purposes and then forgotten by him and left at the hotel."
  • "The inter-Sunday School basket ball tournament that is to be held by the Y.M.C.A. on New Year's day, is receiving very much attention at the hands of the different Sunday Schools. Teams have been organized in the Methodist, Christian, Lutheran, Presbyterian, Congregational and Baptist churches, while several more are expected in the near future. A practice schedule has been arranged for the days when the gymnasium is open for practice for these teams."


FlintlockRifle 5 years, 4 months ago

It was not uncommon for people to buy explosives back then and later, remember dad buying dynamite down at Green Brothers Hardware store in downtown on Mass. street to blow tree stumps, made a lot of small parts for me to pickup

Sarah St. John 5 years, 4 months ago

Wow! You sure couldn't do that now! (Buy it so easily, I mean.)

I hope you had fun picking up all the little bits of stump. :-) (I bet your dad told you it builds character!)

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