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100 years ago: Utility warns of upcoming gas shortage, urges alternative heating methods

September 16, 2013

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 16, 1913:

"'In view of the fact that there probably will be a shortage of gas this winter, we advise that our consumers lay in a supply of other fuel to tide them over any shortage and prevent suffering during severely cold weather. Citizens Light, Heat & Power Co.'... It is merely the same old warning repeated, but it comes form a new source this time. Former Mayor Bishop and Mayor Bond have sounded similar warnings, and the Public Utilities Commission of the state has handed out like advice. This time it is the distributing company that warns of the shortage and possible suffering this winter as a result of this.... This notice indicates that it would be advisable for Lawrence people entirely dependent upon gas to see that their coal furnaces and coal stoves are in proper working order as their services will no doubt be needed this winter. There is little hope of a sufficient supply of gas and folks may as well prepare for the worst and lose as little time as possible in doing so."

"Regarding the story published in the Journal-World last night about Johnnie Stout -- The investigation indications that the boy was just trying to scare some other boys. He is just 11 years of age and not vicious in any way. The woman who turned in the alarm Sunday night was needlessly frightened and thought the boy was trying to play desperado but it was just a boyish prank such as boys sometimes indulge. Judge Lindley told the Journal-World today that no complaint had been made to him and no movement made to have the boy brought to his attention."

"Registration at the University broke all records Monday and at the rate the new students were coming in today Registrar George O. Foster is looking for another record to be smashed. The total registration at noon today was 1,355. Of this number 520 were added this morning.... This showing was gratifying to Registrar Foster, who is the busiest man on the campus today. The Freshman enrollment is going on rapidly.... Already one girl has registered in the engineering school. She is Miss Dorothy Florence Etwein, of Kansas City, Mo. She expects to complete the four-year course and looks to be equal to the task."

"Manager Frank Sauer of the Lawrence Water Company stated this morning that he had pumped no river water since last Friday. Mr. Sauer says that the wells are now able to keep up the supply and will be able to do this as long as the present weather conditions prevail. The rains have replenished the supply in the wells and besides not as much water is being consumed now as during the hot weather."

"An effort will be made next week to settle the controversy over the place for the Jayhawker-Tiger annual football struggle Thanksgiving. Ed. T. Hackney, president of the new board of administration, has written to the curators of the University of Missouri that the K. U. board will be glad to meet them in Kansas City the first of next week.... Mr. Hackney hopes for a satisfactory arrangement with the Missouri Regents and expects to be able to announce that the game will be played in Kansas City this year. The University alumni are working hard to bring this about. There is considerable sentiment at K. U. for moving the game to Kansas City but this same sentiment is on the other side of the fence at Missouri. The Tiger followers want the game played at Columbia as it is scheduled."

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