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100 years ago: Lawrence traveler robbed on train to Mexico

October 19, 2012

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

  • "Drake University made good its threat this afternoon and for the first time in the history of the Missouri Valley Conference Drake University claimed a victory over the Jayhawkers, the score being 6 to 0. Kansas was outclassed by the Iowa boys almost the entire way."
  • "A Lawrence boy, that is, he has been here so long that he is regarded as a Lawrence man rather than a Mexican, was among the victims of the hold-up of a train by rebels in Chihuahua last Sunday night. Davy Isles, who has been employed at the Dick Brothers Drug Store for a number of years and who is of Mexican parentage, was a passenger of that train and was among the number who lined up and gave over their cash to the cause of the insurrectos. Davy was on his way for Mexico City, but his experience with the rebels on that night brought about a sudden change of mind and Davy is back at the Drug Store in Lawrence again today. Mexico has lost some of its charms for him and he probably will await more peaceful times before attempting to complete his journey to the capital city of his native country.... Mexico is suffering great losses as a result of the revolutions, according to Isles. Business is demoralized while the torch has been applied to many of the cities and residence and factories have been burned. Juarez is a mass of ruins and poverty is noticeable everywhere. 'It sure looks bad!' said Davy with a shudder.... Davy's parents do not live in Mexico but in Colorado, but they still own valuable property in Old Mexico." [From Oct. 22: "Davy Isles, the Lawrence boy who was trapped by Mexican rebels last week while in Mexico, is of French descent and not Mexican as was stated in Saturday evening's Journal-World. Davy was born in Barcelona, Spain, his parents being from France."]

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