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100 years ago: Latest play from KU thespians brings unusual prop to stage

March 16, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 16, 1913:

  • "The Thespian Dramatic Club of the University will present its twelfth annual play Wednesday night at the Bowersock theater. The play chosen for this year's production is entitled 'The Aviator,' a four act farce comedy.... The third act will show one of the aeroplanes on the stage. The aeroplane used is an exact reproduction of the Bleriot No. 11 flying machine and will be one of the finest 'props' ever used on a stage in Lawrence."
  • "The shooting in Worden, Kansas, is still somewhat of a mystery. Sheriff Cummings is of the opinion that it is a plain case of attempted suicide. The man is said to be slightly demented which may account for the deed. It appears that the man was alone in the house and had just come down stairs when he was shot in the back of the neck. The weapon used was a .22 calibre rifle, which was afterwards found. The man can give no description of his assailant whatever which seems rather inconsistent."
  • "The voting machine being shown by Charles E. Hull at the electric light office is attracting a good deal of attention. The machine comes as near being perfect as a thing of this kind can be. It is so perfect that it is 'fool proof.' It is impossible to make a mistake. The machine is being much admired, but it is such a marvel of mechanical skill that it is worth a visit for no other purpose than merely curiosity."

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