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100 years ago: Boy Scouts in Lawrence to allow younger boys to participate

October 22, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 22, 1913:

  • "A plan which it is thought will more than double the number of boys taking part in the Boy Scout movement in Lawrence was worked out at a meeting of the local council last night. The plan is to have boys between the ages of nine and twelve years take part in the movement as preparatory scouts. Under the constitution of the Boy Scouts the minimum age of members is twelve years, but there are a large number of boys in the city between nine and twelve years old who are anxious to take part in the work, so the local council, of which Prof. P. F. Walker is chief, has worked out this plan.... The 'preps' will wear the same leggins of the regular scouts but will wear a khaki cap instead of the campaign hat. The rest of the regulation scout uniform will not be worn. The younger boys will, however, take drill with the regulars and take part in the activities of the movement.
  • "There was somewhat of a mix-up in Commercial Club circles last night about 6 o'clock. The trouble occurred when the two topmost officers of the club disputed the possession of a certain piece of roadway at the corner of Massachusetts and Henry [Eighth] streets. It happened that the vice president had the bigger car and triumphed over the president who was steering a Ford around the corner. The crash came when the cars collided head-on at the corner. Luckily both were traveling slow.... None of the occupants of either car were injured."
  • "The committee having in charge the visiting nurse fund are very much pleased to report that they made a profit of $44 out of the benefit given by the Patee Nickel and they desire to extend public thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Patee for the same. The visiting nurse fund is still behind and the ladies plan a Thanksgiving entertainment to still further help out."
  • "Kansas City -- A movement concurred in by all the churches of all the denominations in America to bring about an amendment to the federal constitution prohibiting the manufacture, sale or importation of intoxicating beverages was recommended by the committee on temperance to the triennial session of the national council of the Congregational churches at the opening of a nine day session here today.... 'The saloon already has been tried in the balance of public opinion and found wanting,' the temperance committee report said. 'Business of all kinds demands sobriety in its employees. The saloon is dying, a good blow now will put it out of existence.'"

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