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100 years ago: More occurrences of last fall’s ‘horse plague’ not expected this year

July 13, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 13, 1913:

  • "The disease so prevalent among horses in central and western Kansas last fall was 'forage poison' according to the report filed yesterday with Governor George H. Hodges by Dr. S. J. Hunter, entomologist at the State university. He estimated that 25,000 horses died from its ravages in Kansas last fall. There is no reason to believe that there will be a recurrence of the plague this year. No cure is known for the disease, according to Dr. Hunter. But it can be prevented by proper care in feeding only pure water and well cured forage and grain. He says that the disease is not contagious nor infectious, and there is no fear of its return this year unless the climatic conditions of last year return. He holds that the poisonous conditions of the pastures and forage was due to excessive moisture and humidity, accompanied by high temperature."
  • "Definite action was taken last night by the city council to get rid of the long-standing complaints in regard to water in cellars along Massachusetts street and in the west part of town. By a vote of the council the mayor was authorized to appoint an officer to examine the downspouts in the affected districts and report any cases where such spouts are connected with the sanitary sewers in violation of the city ordinance."
  • "Another ordinance, drawn up at the request of the Humane Society, and presented to the council last night, would protect birds and squirrels by prohibiting the use of sling shots or any kind of firearms by children under sixteen years of age.... The penalties provided are from $1.00 to $25.00."
  • "It was eighty-seven years ago on July 7 that L. Bullene was born, but instead of bending under the weight of years, he simply holds his head and shoulders high and looks good for another score of years. Yesterday quite a family party gathered at the home of Mr. and Mrs. L. Bullene in honor of the day and spent a most enjoyable time with them."
  • "A storm that was general over Leavenworth county this week centered in Salt Creek valley, five miles west of this city, where one man was injured and considerable damage was done. Rolla Flint was working in his field when the storm broke. He and his team were picked up by the wind and hurled against a wire fence some distance away. He suffered a number of bruises.... The storm was accompanied by a severe electrical disturbance. Lightning struck the shelter house at the Fort Leavenworth target range and the building was destroyed by fire.... The library and flag pole at the soldiers' home also were struck. Hail fell in parts of the county and in many wheat fields the shocked grain was scattered for miles. Hardly any rain accompanied the storm."

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