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100 years ago: Forger passing bad checks in Lawrence, Lecompton

February 2, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 2, 1912:

  • "Purporting to be A. B. Little, holding a check for $33 supposed to be signed by Ed. Anderson, a stranger appeared at the Vic Johnson Clothing store last Friday, bought an overcoat for $8.75, received $24.25 in cash, left the store and now the sheriff is looking for him, so is Mr. Johnson. The check looked all right, and the signature was of a man who stands well in the community but the Lecompton State Bank on which it was drawn has refused to honor the paper. Late last night the bank at Lecompton called Mr. Johnson and told him that the check was worthless and that the man had committed a forgery.... Later it developed that the same man had played the same game in Lecompton where he cashed a worthless check at a butcher shop.... Mr. Johnson has offered a reward of $25 for the arrest and conviction of the man."
  • "Consolidation of country schools just now is being talked seriously all over the country. Four school districts in Douglas county may be united in one High School at Vinland.... When district schools have been united in one High school, the benefit to the students is said to be considerably greater than where the work is going in separate schools. The Central High school is located at one place and wagons are used for taking the pupils back and forth. It is expected that the matter will be voted on in the near future."
  • "'I believe in women's rights wherever women want them,' says a [New York] editorial by [Theodore] Roosevelt.... 'I heartily believe in the equality of rights as between men and women, but also in a full and emphatic recognition of the fact that normally there cannot be an identity of the function. Where women do not want suffrage it should not be forced on them. I think it would be well to let women settle this themselves and only have women vote at some special election as to whether they do or do not wish to vote. I do not regard suffrage as anything like as important as either its extreme friends or extreme opponents think. If the movement were judged only by those advocates who discredit themselves and their sex by disorderly antics in public, I should certainly oppose it.'"

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