Archive for Wednesday, October 2, 2013

100 years ago: Tango defenders come forward at KU

October 2, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 2, 1913:

  • "Yes, the 'tango' and other fancy and modern dances were discussed by University students with a view to organizing a class. This was the principal development of the last twenty-four hours in the Wingart-Howe-Tango suspension case which stirred classic Mount Oread yesterday. The information is contained in an interview obtained yesterday by a Topeka, Kansas, newspaper man with Miss Margaret Garvey of Topeka, one of the two Topeka society girls who proposed to lead Kansas University boys and girls through the intricacies of the latest creations of the eastern ball rooms.... 'We danced the Tango at two fraternity and two sorority houses, before chaperones in each case, and the chaperones and all were delighted with the dance. It is not a rag dance, but is a very pretty and proper dance, there is nothing risque about it. People who say there is anything risque about the tango don't know. Yes, something was said about a course of eight lessons one afternoon a week for eight weeks.'... Chancellor Strong in interviews given out yesterday declared that he hoped to see the case investigated to the bottom, he promised to do this. The indications are that there will be a revolution in University society as a result of the publication of the 'tango' story and the consequent suspension of the two correspondents. Dr. Strong stated yesterday that he would not tolerate the dancing of the 'tango' and other modern steps akin to this dance. All suggestive dances must be abolished at the University parties according to the chancellor's declaration.... It has been frequently alleged that the new and suggestive flings were getting a hold on University social life. If these statements can be proven there is every indication that the authorities will make vigorous efforts to stamp them out."
  • [Editorial] "The Journal-World is of course sorry that there has arisen trouble over some contemplated university dancing lessons, but it is not scared about them. Nothing has developed that is particularly discreditable, and so it cannot hurt the university. The Chancellor is going to do his best to keep the university clean. He has done a great work in discipline. It is our idea that little will be accomplished by a war of extermination on these fancy dances. The thing to do is to keep them within bounds. Youth is impulsive and is going to take chances. There is no wickedness contemplated. no injury to anyone desired. There ought to be some way to regulate all dancing so that it will be kept decent and pure. That is better than trying ot exterminate. We do not join in criticism of the fraternities and sororities involved because we know in each of them members well enough to know that they are fine boys and girls. Anyway the organizations are not to blame, only such members as may have allowed their exuberance get the better of them.... So let us not get excited. The thing will come out all right. A great Chancellor will handle the case as it should be handled and the young people will get their minds trained without any considerable distraction in the direction of their feet.... The boys and girls are clean and decent, and it is not fair to hold the school responsible for their youthful enthusiasms. If it were a wicked thing it would be different, but a good many worse things have been condoned in times not very far past. The correspondents who sent out this story acted in good faith and ought not to be punished. They had enough of facts to warrant the story and we think too much is being made of it anyway."
  • "Listen, keep your eyes open for about six months and you may hear the whirr of the interurban as it speeds into Lawrence from the east. Yes, according to the latest information on the question a line from Kansas City to Lawrence will be completed and in operation within six months. A promoter who claims to have the money at hand was in Lawrence yesterday and he promises to treat the town to the sight of the long, high-speed electric cars traveling at regular intervals down the streets of Lawrence and on the east toward Kansas City."


FlintlockRifle 4 years, 8 months ago

Must got it in and running, I remember it running across the river bridge east on Locust street in north Lawrence and then on south side of Hwy 32, with a station at Kent which is the old building which is still standing on south side of 32 about 3 miles east of Hwy 24/40, Maybe this is not the same rail service,this baby was kinda slow.

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