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100 years ago: Lawrence motorists oppose ‘cent-per-pound’ vehicle tax

January 19, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for January 19, 1913:

  • "The 'cent per pound tax' for automobiles of the state is meeting with hearty disapproval on the part of Lawrence autoists. A protest against the measure probably will be forwarded from Lawrence to the district's representatives at Topeka in the near future.... The local autoists have been talking of a tax per horse power for auto owners of the state, but they were thinking of a much lower tax than the one proposed by Senator Baillie Waggoner. The Lawrence car owners are in favor of a tax against them that will help improve the roads, but they look upon the Waggoner bill as being excessive as in many instances the tax would amount to a large sum. Another plan that is meeting with some favor here is a fixed tax per auto to be paid by car owners. This plan would require the registration of each car upon its arrival in the state and a certain specified tax would be paid per year."
  • "The Lawrence police this afternoon arrested Leonard Oli, an 18 year old boy, wanted in Topeka for burglary of a small store in the outskirts of the city. Oli admits his guilt and a search of his person revealed a number of articles of jewelry which he says he took from the store. The collection includes a number of watch chains, fobs, pins and buttons. He also had a large bunch of keys in his possession.... The Topeka officials have been notified and will come down after the man this evening."
  • "Again there is talk of using Greek as a speaking language. It is nonsense. Greek is not of enough importance to have that attention.... Whatever is good in Greek can easily be translated. It ought not to be taught generally in our schools. There is more reason for teaching Latin but little of that should be taught. Instead French or German or better still Spanish. The development of the next few years is to the south of us and the language there is Spanish."

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