Archive for Monday, June 18, 2012

100 years ago: Uniform dress code ordered for Lawrence police

June 18, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 18, 1912:

"Intense interest centers in the nomination at Chicago. The Journal-World has arranged ... that if a nomination is made at night the electric lights will tell the story. The Lawrence Railway & Light company have agreed to give the news in the following manner: One flash of the lights will mean that Taft is nominated; two flashes will mean that Roosevelt is nominated, and three flashes that a dark horse has been named. This will be the signal between eight o'clock and midnight each evening.... If the nomination is made during the day time the fire whistle will blow. The whistle will be short and not the usual long drawn out fire whistle. The same signals will be used."

"Natty blue uniforms, soft black hats and polished shoes in the future will be required of the police officers of Lawrence. Mayor Bishop has issued such an order and it will go into effect on July 1. On that morning every officer must appear at the station in a regulation police uniform and otherwise present the appearance of a dignified custodian of the laws of the city. Heretofore police officers have presented a variegated collection of suits and hats, so that no two men on the force were dressed alike. Civilians' clothes were worn by many of them, but they will have to give these up now.... A modest appearing black hat will hold forth to shade the brow of the local constabulary. Not the least requisite to a good appearance is the polished shoe. The coppers' boots must be shined, too.... July 1 is the official coming out day for the Lawrence policemen, watch for them in their new uniforms."

"In accordance with the usual summer plans most of the churches will hold union meetings during the hot months. Since the students have left town and many of the Lawrence people have gone away for the summer, some of the congregations are much smaller than they were in the winter and it is thought best that the churches should unite for both morning and evening services. The pastors need a little rest and by the plan that has been adopted none of them will have to preach continuously through the summer."

"Through an error Prof. S. J. Hunter was made to say that he had learned that the sand fly was the cause of pellagra. This was not what Prof. Hunter said. He has been given a sum of money by Gov. Stubbs to make an investigation to see if the sand fly was the cause of the dread disease. Prof. Hunter will extend his investigations over a period of three years and hopes to find the cause of this disease. If it is the sand fly he will find it, if something else he hopes to learn the real cause."


Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 11 months ago

I had never heard of pellagra, so I had to look it up. It is not a disease as was once thought, instead it is a dietary deficiency!

From the 'National Institutes of Health':

"Dr. Joseph Goldberger & the War on Pellagra

Pellagra no longer stalks the nation as it once did. But during the early part of the 20th-century pellagra, a disease that results from a diet deficient in niacin, killed many poor Southerners. Dr. Joseph Goldberger, a physician in the U.S. government's Hygienic Laboratory, the predecessor of the National Institutes of Health, discovered the cause of pellagra and stepped on a number of medical toes when his research experiments showed that diet and not germs (the currently held medical theory) caused the disease. He also stepped on Southern pride when he linked the poverty of Southern sharecroppers, tenant farmers, and mill workers to the deficient diet that caused pellagra."

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