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100 years ago: Athletic office reports near-record ticket sales for upcoming KU-Nebraska game

November 10, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 10, 1913:

  • "Now comes the crucial week of the 1913 football season.... The last but one game comes on next Saturday afternoon. At 2:30 o'clock the climax arrives, for sixty minutes Kansas and Nebraska football teams will hold all fandom in their grasp, all fandom, so far as Lawrence, Kansas, and a good bit of the adjacent territory, including Lincoln, Nebraska, is concerned. Down at Columbia, Missouri, a goodly portion of the football following will await with keen interest word from the Lawrence conflict. Other sections and hamlets of the Missouri Valley will eagerly await the results. Next Saturday morning on McCook Field some football machine will be tossed to the discard, some good craft will go down never to strive again for honors of the season. Will it be 'Jumbo' Stiehm's machine or the Model 1913 Jayhawker? That is the question of the hour, the solution of that problem is what is holding the football world entranced this week.... No organized efforts at closing the town for the afternoon have been made as yet, but it is generally understood that business will be very much neglected and suspended during the hours of the game.... The ticket sale thus far has been a complete record breaker. At the close of the ticket selling last night the number of seats sold almost equalled the total bought for the Missouri-Kansas game last year. In Lawrence the demand has been beyond all expectations. The manager's office has been flooded with orders for more than a week and the number is increasing daily as the date of the game draws nearer.... There is every reason now to believe that the attendance next Saturday will pass the 10,000 mark."
  • "The Rev. Noble S. Elderkin, pastor of the Plymouth Congregational church, spoke last night on the question of fraternal spirit. The sermon was neither straight out for fraternities nor was it directly against them.... The Rev. Mr. Elderkin told his congregation, which was composed mostly of fraternity and sorority people, that the fraternity was too good a thing to be thrown away. To emphasize this he related some of his own fraternity history which recalled pleasant memories. The value of closer association and the help of the upper classmen for freshmen were two of the reasons his assigned for the fraternity. 'Above all things be a human being when you go home,' the Rev. Mr. Elderkin warned. 'Use a little horse sense, just a little, and go home and be yourselves. You are the epistles of K. U. If you make an unfavorable impression all the publicity sent out by the University extension cannot change that impressions. Dean Brown of Yale, who spoke in chapel recently, said that one graduate, living a quiet and honorable life in a community, did more for the school than all the advertising the school authorities sent out.'"

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