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100 years ago: City police declare ‘war on loafing’

December 4, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 4, 1913:

  • "A war on loafing on the part of high school boys was begun yesterday when the city police received orders to keep them out of pool halls and simultaneously the proprietors of other favorite loafing places placed the ban on the practice of high school lads cutting class to loaf in their places of business. 'I am glad to see the co-operation the city police are giving in the matter,' said Principal Olney today.... One reason for the boys loafing in barber shops and pool halls instead of at the Y. M. C. A., they say, is that they cannot smoke in the Y. M. C. A. building while they can do as they please elsewhere.... The proprietor of one barber shop where the 'cutters' have been accustomed to loaf stated last night that he had prohibited absolutely the loafing of boys in his shop, beginning yesterday. 'I have never approved of the boys loafing in my shop, especially when I knew them to be cutting classes, and now I have determined to stop it,' he said. 'They threatened to boycott me. Very well. I am confident I have lost much business by their loafing in here. Customers go past and seeing a crowd of boys here, naturally think they would have to wait for a turn and so pass on.'"
  • "Ex-Governor W. R. Stubbs is talking politics. He was in Ottawa about one hour last night between trains and visited several friends among traveling salesmen at the Nelson Hotel. 'Of course Stubbs is going to be in the field again,' said a traveling salesman today who talked with the former governor last night. 'I have known him for a long time and he is going to make the race for United States senator on the Progressive ticket, I believe.' The friend is not a Progressive and does not see a bright future for it.... 'I'm a Democrat but I believe that Stubbs was a far better governor than Hodges is showing himself to be,' said another traveling salesman who sat in a group at the Nelson hotel today and talked politics, business and the weather."
  • "That high school fraternities are looked upon with disfavor by the Greek organizations at the University of Kansas was demonstrated today when the Pan-Hellenic Council, composed of members from eight national fraternities, passed a resolution against the High School frats. It was the general sentiment among the men of the council that every fraternity in preparatory schools of Kansas should be abolished."
  • "Violations of the city ordinance against permitting persons to stand in the aisles and foyers of motion picture shows while shows were on are charged in complaints made in police court this morning. N. H. Gibbons, owner of the Grand and Aurora theaters, and Mrs. Claire Patee of the Nickel are named as defendants. Both pleaded not guilty to the charges this morning and will stand trial on next Friday."

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