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100 years ago: Jury reaches surprising verdict in case of ice-house attack

December 6, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Dec. 6, 1913:

  • "Contrary to expectations the case of Howard Wynn, charged with manslaughter in connection with the death of Col. J. K. Rankin, was finished last night when the jury found Wynn guilty of assault and battery.... Wynn himself was the chief witness. He told the court that he could not remember distinctly the incidents of the evening and that after Col. Rankin struck him with a cane he remembered nothing until the next morning when he awoke in the city jail.... On cross examination, however, Wynn admitted having words with Col. Rankin regarding short weights he claimed to have received in ice. He denied calling the colonel any vile names or threatening him."
  • "When he pleaded guilty to allowing a minor to play billiards in his pool hall on Saturday evening Clarence Wilson was fined one dollar and costs in police court this morning. The total amount was $6.50. The minor who is a freshman in the university also pleaded guilty to a violation of the law and paid $6.50.... He admitted that he was but 18 years old but pleaded ignorance of the law making it unlawful for boys under 19 to frequent pool halls."
  • "The annual meeting of the Douglas County Farmers' Institute will be held tomorrow and Wednesday at the county court house. The Institute has arranged for a splendid program for the two days' session including a number of addresses on subjects of interest to the country folks. Among these is an address on chinch bugs by Prof. S. J. Hunter."
  • "Rain continued falling today in many parts of Kansas and Missouri where a week of wet weather has swollen the streams and caused considerable damage to farm property. Several central Missouri points are reported flooded, the streams and roads being so deep in mud that farmers cannot get to market."
  • "Two trains on the Union Pacific and one on the Rock Island are stalled in the snow drifts of Colorado, according to reports received from the offices in Topeka. Numbers 110 and 109, Union Pacific, are held up by drifts between Denver and Lyman. Rock Island number 27 is stuck at Watkins. Dining cars are carried on all three trains and the locomotives have enough fuel to keep the coaches warm. No suffering among the passengers is reported.... Ellis, on the Union Pacific, and Goodland, on the Rock Island, are the western terminals of the two roads today. Between those points and Colorado points, rails are buried beneath from five to eight feet of snow. Cuts are filled to the brim and no attempts are being made to plow out the snow until the storm ceases. At noon it was snowing throughout northwestern Kansas."

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