From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 31, 1913:
- "INVENTION PROMISES MUCH TO AEROPLANISTS -- An invention which may in a way revolutionize the flying game has been patented by two Lawrence boys and tests that have been made give the boys encouragement that their invention will prove a great success. The inventors are Paul and Harry Elliott of 1407 Haskell avenue. Their discovery is known as a 'Variable Pitch Propeller' for aeroplanes and by using this on their machines aviators will have much better control of their crafts than they have had in the past and the indications are that should the invention become universally used the danger of flying will be materially lessened.... The new propeller is made in two pieces and by operating a lever near the driver it is possible to shift the blades in such a way that no power will be produced whatever or that the machine can be reversed and started in the opposite direction. By changing the angle of the blades of the propeller this is possible. In this latter instance the propeller acts as a brake making sudden stops of the machine possible in this way avoiding accidents in landing.... Robert Fowler, the noted flyer, has tested the new propeller and declares that it should prove a great success."
- "Edw. T. Hackney, President of the new Board of Administration of Kansas schools, predicts a great year for Kansas University and for all the other state schools.... Mr. Hackney gives two reasons for expecting a larger attendance at K. U. and the other state schools this year. Mr. Hackney says that the crop shortage and a check in business is one reason. When business is good, many students take positions for the summer and then dislike to give them up in the fall and as a result do not get back to school as they had planned. But when business is poor and work is short there is no such temptation. The second reason advanced by Mr. Hackney is that some students who had planned to go to school farther away will feel unable to meet the expenses and will remain in Kansas and attend some Kansas school."