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100 years ago: Man skips town with rented team and buggy

February 19, 2012

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

  • "A stranger giving the name of Frank Miller hired a team and buggy from the Francisco barn Saturday morning for the purpose of driving to Lone Star, promising to return about 2 o'clock in the afternoon. When he did not show up at that time the men at the barn supposed that he had been delayed, but when he was not back yesterday morning they became uneasy and began an investigation. They learned that he had not been at Lone Star at all, which confirmed their belief that the team and outfit had been stolen. The officers were notified and this morning one of the horses, the buggy and the harnesses were located in a feed yard at Ottawa, where the man had left them Saturday afternoon. It was also learned that he had taken the other horse away, evidently for the purpose of selling him or continuing his journey on horseback.... Mr. Francisco values the entire outfit at about $300.... It is quite apparent that the case is one of horse stealing which under the Kansas laws is made a felony and punishable with imprisonment in the state penitentiary for a term not to exceed seven years."
  • "With preparations being made all over Kansas for the graduating of hundreds of students from the State High Schools, the vital question is where will they go to get 'Higher Education?' It is asserted by University workers who travel over the state that either many of these boys and girls do not come to the University, or if they do they fail to remain by their choice of K.U. for their alma mater. Naturally these questions are more pertinent to Lawrence than to any other town."

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