Archive for Monday, October 28, 2013

100 years ago: Douglas County sheriff brings bad check writer to justice

October 28, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Oct. 28, 1913:

  • "A chase that has extended over the greater part of the west ended last night when Sheriff W. J. Cummings received word that Nevin S. Tollison, wanted here for passing a $65 bogus check on a Lawrence business man, was being held at Gallup, New Mexico. Sheriff Cummings will leave tonight for New Mexico to get Tollison. Tollison, who claims to be a member of the Kappa Sigma college fraternity, came to Lawrence last July as a traveling salesman for a publishing house. He met Robert Herd, a fraternity brother, at the University Book Store here and explaining that he was short of expense money, asked him to cash a check for $65 on an out of town bank. This the obliging business man did and when the check was returned protested Tollison could not be found. 'Since July I have traced Tollison over the greater part of the west,' said Sheriff Cummings today.... The sheriff says he is not sure whether or not Tollison did any other crooked work after leaving Lawrence. However, Douglas county has the first hold on the young man and he will be brought back here for trial. Tollison is said to be a pleasant appearing young man about 26 or 28 years old."
  • "A real snow-storm broke here this noon that promises to be something of an early season record-breaker. The snow came on the crest of a brisk wind that blew out of the cold north and caused a general falling of thermometers. The official figure given out on the hill an hour after the storm broke was 28 1/2 above. The advance arrived this morning early and consisted of a cold rain that later changed to sleet. This lasted for but a short time and then came the big flakes of snow that were convincing evidence that winter had come. The fall was steady all afternoon and the indications were for a coating of several inches before nightfall. Freezing weather prevails giving Lawrence the first touch of real winter."
  • "A second trial of H. G. Bond, charged with assaulting his wife last August, was still in session in Justice John Clark's court at 3:30 this afternoon. The state rested the case at 2:30 and the defense began to introduce evidence a few minutes later. Bond is charged with inflicting painful bruises on his wife's face after he had told her to get wood fro a certain pile the night that the assault is alleged to have been committed. The courtroom was half filled with neighbors of Bond, who lives southwest of Lawrence. The first trial, a month ago, resulted in the jury of six disagreeing. This time the case is being tried before a jury of twelve."
  • "Miss Hattie Phenecie, 22 years old, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Phenecie of Tonganoxie, Kansas, died here Saturday night in the Simmons Hospital of burns received at her home. The exact cause of the accident is unknown. Miss Phenecie was severely burned all over her body and there was no hope for her life.... According to the family, the girl passed from one room to another and a moment later reappeared with her clothing all aflame.... Medical aid was summoned quickly, and the girl was brought to Lawrence. However, the burns proved fatal.... Miss Phenecie had not been in good health for some time. Formerly she had been a patient in a sanitarium but had been taken to her home. It is feared that she may have set fire to her own clothing and met death by her own hands."


Ron Holzwarth 4 years, 1 month ago

"her clothing all aflame", and "the burns proved fatal"

Burning to death is one of the most horrible ways to die. Many people do not know what to do in case they ever find themselves on fire. They usually try to run away, which only fans the flames further.

Stop! Drop! Roll!

1) Stop! Don't run or wave your arms. Movement will fan the flames and cause the burns to be more severe.

2) Drop! Get on the ground quickly and cover your face with your hands.

3) Roll! Try to smother the flames by rolling over and over. Pay attention to what's burning and focus on putting out that area of your body.

Clipped from:

The above is taught to all United States Navy military recruits in boot camp in a class called:
'Learn! or Burn!'

It is necessary for all United States Navy personnel to be very familiar with that, as well as effective firefighting techniques, because jet fuel fires are not uncommon on the decks of aircraft carriers. However, there are very few fatalities, because effective firefighting equipment is available within seconds, all of the sailors know how to use it, and the ones who find themselves aflame first run out of the flaming area, and then

And then, possibly with the help of fellow sailors, the flames are quickly extinguished before their burns are severe.

But, it does not seem to be common knowledge. Never forget those three simple steps, in case you or someone around you is suddenly aflame.

Polyester clothing, or clothing with a high polyester content, is especially dangerous because it is not only flammable, but unlike natural fabrics, it melts onto the skin and also has a high thermal capacity which means that it stays hot for a long time, again unlike natural fibers.

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