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Archive for Wednesday, October 23, 2013

100 years ago: Upcoming season to be a busy one for district court

October 23, 2013

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

  • "The November term of the district court which opens in two weeks promises to be one of the busiest court sessions ever held in Douglas county. Already there are 112 civil and 26 criminal cases listed in the docket. Two cases are scheduled in the criminal docket that promise to be hard fought legal battles and will be of wide interest. One is the murder case of the Peterson brothers, charged with the murder of Dean Warren on the night of August 16, and the other that of Thos. Hinshaw, the law student in the University charged with forgery in connection with the Henderson frauds here last February. The case of Hinshaw will probably be the hardest fought legal battle of the entire court session and one of the longest trials ever in Douglas county. Hinshaw expects to be cleared of the charges against him and is still carrying regular work in the law school.... Very little is known about the nature of the evidence that will be placed on the stand by the state in the case of Horace and Walter Peterson charged with the murder of young Warren, and interest is expected to center on the case when it comes up for trial."
  • "If the state board of health does not condemn the city jail it will miss an opportunity to be of service. The jail is a disgrace to the city and to humanity in general. Whenever a prisoner is incarcerated he remains until he gets sober and no longer. It is no place to keep any man. This town is rich enough to have a decent city jail."
  • "Paper skirts have been fitted wherever feminine patellas were exposed in pictures advertising a musical comedy which is to appear at the Hetrick theater in Chanute, Kan., tomorrow evening. Lew Nathanson of Topeka is the lessee of the theater. The work was done by Virgil Wise, his local manager, in response to a request from Mayor Clover, to whom a delegation of women and business men complained that feminine charms were too freely exposed in the lithographs and photographs."
  • "Three Atchison county farms, valued at $30,000, and a check for $500 cash were Miss Isabel Walker's wedding gifts from her parents, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Walker, today when she became the bride of Louis D. Brockett, a young Atchison lumber dealer. Mrs. Brockett is the only child of Mr. Walker, a prosperous attorney, and is considered one of the most beautiful girls in Atchison."
  • "Japan expects to make long strides in her foreign commerce as a result of the opening of the Panama Canal. The ports on the eastern coast of both South and North America are at once opened up to her export trade, and everything possible will be done to find markets there for Japanese goods."

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