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100 years ago: Vinland votes against school consolidation

March 4, 2013


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

  • "The voters of Vinland school district number 49 Saturday voted against the proposed consolidation of the school district with others in that neighborhood into one large district with a central school. The vote stood 41 against and 31 for the change. The chief objection to the change is that it necessitates a very early start for children far away from the school and keeps them away from home until late at night. Some of the children affected by the change would have had to have gone from 8 to 10 miles to the proposed central school. Another objection was that the wagons travel only on the road and several of the children live as much as half a mile from the road they would have to make a long walk to reach the wagon every day."
  • "Rev. Frank Smith, a former student of the University, spoke to the members of the University Y.M.C.A. yesterday afternoon at Myers Hall. Rev. Smith spoke on 'Why Japan Has Rejected Christianity.' He said that it was due to the national pride of the Japanese that they were so slow in adopting any new religion. The Japanese worship their emperor and any attempt on the part of foreigners to shatter this view meets with intense hostility. The foreigners are regarded as being outside of the Japanese set of morals and crimes committed against them are not regarded as such but crimes against the Japanese are the only sins. Another reason attributed by Rev. Smith for the slow spread of Christianity in Japan is the fact that there are so many competing religions which are willing to accept this ancestor-worship as a part of their creed."
  • "Woodrow Wilson was today inaugurated as President of the United States, with Thomas R. Marshall as Vice-President, amid scenes of stirring animation and with impressive ceremonies, marked in the main by simplicity, and yet retaining that degree of dignity, with some of the pomp and spectacular display which inevitably attaches to the induction of a new chief executive of the nations. The elaborate ceremonies of the day followed a fixed program covering practically five hours."


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