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Archive for Monday, July 16, 2012

100 years ago: Prof. Martin takes fossil-hunting trip to western KS

July 16, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 16, 1912:

  • "What a scampering there would have been if H. T. Martin, who leaves tomorrow in his automobile for Western Kansas, could have made the trip a few millions of years ago. The giant reptiles would have turned their tails over their backs and rushed away through the ooze, the gigantic fishes would have left the shallow waters of the edge of the ancient ocean and have dived into the depths, or perhaps the huge mammals with their terrific tusks would have attacked in blind fury and would have crushed the car to splinters. In these prosaic times, the greatest fight will be for water and gasoline. Prof. Martin and his son, Harry, will make the trip to the fields in their auto and will use it in their work throughout the summer. It is probably the first time that an automobile has been used for this purpose. Prof. Martin has explored may fossil fields in the United States besides visiting the extreme southern limits of South America where he found many valuable specimens."
  • "Richard Farris, an Assyrian, was arrested this morning north of Lawrence for allowing his horse to eat the grass in the White school grounds after he had been warned not to do so. He was taken before Justice Wilson and his fine fixed at $1 and costs. He did not pay the fine."
  • "The city last night was formally asked to come to the rescue of the Lawrence military band and save that organization from the threatened bankruptcy, and the outlook for this aid is very good. A special committee has been appointed to investigate the matter and to determine what the city is to do."
  • "Washington, D.C. -- The senate today passed without discussion the 'Terror battleship' resolution by Senator Tilman, proposing that the United States build the greatest war ship possible under modern naval conditions, to put an end to the 'Race for naval supremacy.' Mr. Tilman's resolution directed the committee on naval affairs to determine how far shipbuilders and armorers can go to build 'the very best battleship or cruiser the world has ever seen or will ever see,' and proposed to name the new ship the 'Terror' and make her the 'peace maker of the world.'"

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