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100 years ago: Former ‘prohibition governor’ visits Lawrence

February 25, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 25, 1913:

  • "Tomorrow Lawrence will honor a great man. John P. St. John was an advocate of temperance at a time it took courage to do as he did. He has never faltered in the faith, never hesitated to do his duty. Tomorrow is the eightieth birthday of this distinguished Kansan. It is a pleasant duty Lawrence has to celebrate this event. For years this man was followed by malice and surrounded by venom. He has outlived it all and in the closing years of his life there is love and respect. St. John was a hard fighter always. He never spared anyone in his fighting. He made enemies and they followed him for years. That is all gone now. Today no man has more respect. No man has fewer enemies. St. John is known by his work. He was the first prohibition governor of Kansas and he was a good one. Tomorrow this town will formally tell this much maligned man that after all his hard years of fighting he is still beloved, that we know he was honest and fair, that we love to testify our confidence in him and respect for his work. It is an opportunity this town will appreciate to show honor to Former Governor John P. St. John of Kansas. Great events bring out great men and the great fight for the prohibition of the liquor traffic brought out the man we will signally honor tomorrow. Partisan politics is past for him. He will never be a candidate for office but he will live for the work he has done.... The indications are that the town will turn out a splendid crowd to hear the visitor tomorrow night when he speaks at the Methodist Church. He will speak under the auspices of the W.C.T.U., which organization will entertain him while he is here. The address will be given on the subject: 'What It Costs To Be On the Unpopular Side of a Moral Question.'"
  • "Topeka.--The House is reported today as getting out its little ax preparatory to an attack upon the recommendations of the Ways and Means Committees, especially that report which suggests that Kansas University will be given $1,246,669 for the coming two years. There was a persistent rumor abroad in the House today that there would be a vigorous attack made upon the measure when it reaches this body. Rumor says that the high figure is not in keeping with the idea of reducing expenses and that the house will slash with all the might of a Kansas House when it gets the bill."

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