Archive for Saturday, March 23, 2013

100 years ago: Dr. Crumbine tests old eggs on KU students

March 23, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 23, 1913:

  • "A series of experiments by Dr. Crumbine, Dean of the School of Medicine, an Professor F. H. Billings of the Department of Bacteriology will be undertaken tomorrow to test how long eggs may be preserved by cold storage and then used for food without any ill effects. Dr. Crumbine has made the statement that time can't kill Kansas eggs and will now attempt to prove it. A number of the students of the University will be fed on a diet of eggs laid two years ago. Each day some of the ancient eggs will be served to the students and a careful record kept of each individual's physical condition will be kept throughout the test. The recipe that Dr. Crumbine expects to prove popular with the students is a sort of ice cream effect secured by mixing a chocolate sauce with the egg and then freezing the mixture. 'I am confident that Kansas eggs, when properly handled, will keep for a normal period,' declared Dr. Crumbine. 'Two year old eggs, we will demonstrate this week, may be eaten without any ill effects."
  • "According to reports given the Journal-World someone was coming to Lawrence last evening from the north when the horse driven fell from injury or exhaustion and could not get up. Without covering or caring for the horse, those using it left it lying on the snow and ice and this morning it was dead, the neighbor say, -- frozen to death. Later the parties returned and buried the horse. The Journal-World did not learn the name of the parties, but the neighbors are incensed and think it is a case for the humane society."
  • "Do not get it into your head that the present spell of weather is bad for the crops or the fruit. It is the finest thing that ever happened for the fruit especially. There has not been enough warm weather to start the sap so that it is easily held back. As soon as this storm is over the sap will start in good earnest and things will grow as fast as they ought to grow. It would be too early to have spring now, no matter what the calendar says. Whatever spring we get before the first of April is dangerous and apt to mean that the fruit will suffer later. A good many farmers are anxious to get into their fields to sow oats but nothing is lost by this delay. Altogether it means a good year for Kansas."


LadyJ 5 years, 1 month ago

I sure hope the results of the experiment were made known. I'd love to find out what happened.

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