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Archive for Wednesday, May 9, 2012

100 years ago: Engineering students pay tribute to drowned classmate

May 9, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for May 9, 1912:

  • "With their bared heads bowed under the realization of the fate that had taken a dearly loved classmate from their midst, 100 engineers yesterday paid their tribute to Ernest Van Dyke, drowned in Potter's lake Tuesday afternoon. The engineers first gathered at the Lescher and Power undertaking rooms where the Rev. N. S. Elderkin conducted services. Following these rites the students formed on either side of the walk outside and with their hats in their hands they waited to escort the casket to the depot. All up and down Massachusetts street, people waited, watching this silent tribute from a mass of students to the one who had been taken away. When the casket was placed in the hearse the students escorted it to the station, from where it was sent to the boy's home, Cherryvale, Kansas."
  • "'I believe that the city and the University should purchase a pneumometer, which is the latest invention known to medical science for reviving partially drowned persons, and keep it here where it can be used in cases of drowning,' suggested Dr. Carl Phillips this morning. Dr. Phillips has recently received a circular from the makers of this instrument which explains its working and the value of it to a city. The price is not quoted, but Dr. Phillips says that he believes it sells for about $100. It could be bought by the city or the University or by both and kept at a place conveniently located so that as little time as possible would be lost in getting it to the scene.... The pneumometer is an oxygen pump which starts artificial respiration by pumping air into the lungs to start breathing. It is a machine that is used at mines to revive miners who have been partially suffocated in mine disasters. In cases of drowning it is stated that where a person has been in the water but a short length of time the pneumometer resuscitates them in almost every case."

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