Archive for Thursday, September 26, 2013

100 years ago: Two children arrested for theft of pony

September 26, 2013


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Sept. 26, 1913:

  • "Criminals under twenty-one years of age are a novelty in Douglas county, but the pair of 11-year-old lads now being held for the stealing of C. W. Carman's pony last Saturday night are doubtless the two smallest and most infantile bad men ever housed in the county jail. The boys' real names were learned today. They are Clyde Newcomb, Topeka, and Charlie McCulley, North Lawrence, each eleven years old. Neither of the boys are of even average size while Charlie is very small for his age. It is probably the small size and innocent appearance of the boys that allowed them to get so far with their stolen prize. McCulley says his parents moved to North Lawrence a week ago from Topeka and that he knew the other boy before moving to Lawrence. Neither of the boys can give a reason for taking the pony and buggy or tell what they intended to do. The boys will be tried before the juvenile court system."
  • "In an interview in Topeka recently Mrs. Cora G. Lewis, member of the Kansas State Board of Administration, blames Dan Cupid for the shortage of Kansas teachers. Mrs. Lewis says that it is matrimony and not the state legislature that is hurting the Kansas schools. Mrs. Lewis stated that at the State Agricultural College alone 35 lady instructors had resigned this summer to become brides. She adds that the places have all been filled, however, it was a blow to to he school.... 'Why, do you know,' confided Mrs. Lewis, 'these kind of resignations have become so frequent that when President Waters sent us notice that some lady instructor was to quit, he just wrote on the resignation "usual cause," and we always know what was meant was there were to be wedding bells and another happy home.... It doesn't happen so frequently in the other schools. There is evidently something about the surroundings or the atmosphere of the college that promotes love affairs quicker than in the other schools. But the loss of 35 of our lady teachers during a summer vacation period is not a laughing matter. Especially when it is necessary to find good competent people to take their places.'"
  • "Because of a threatened shortage of work this winter Mayor Bond is urging the engineers making the appraisal of the Lawrence Water Company to hurry their work and submit their figures as soon as possible. 'There are going to be several hundred men in Lawrence this winter without work unless we can develop something for them,' said Mayor Bond this morning. 'The improving of the water works system seems to offer the only solution and I am anxious that we can open this line of work this winter. If we are successful we will be able to provide work for about two hundred men during the winter months. I estimate that we will have to spend close to $50,000 on extensions and a large share of this amount will go for labor.'"
  • "The Lawrence police today are looking for three masked men who are said to have held up and robbed a university student last night at the corner of Massachusetts and Hancock [12th] streets.... [The student] told police that three men wearing long white masks stopped him, went through his pockets, took two dollars in cash and ordered him to 'beat it.' He says they fired a shot after him to increase his speed. The police have been unable to locate any clue as to the identity of the holdup men. They aren't sure that it isn't some sort of a student prank."
  • "Definite charges have been filed with Governor Hodges against L. L. Dyche, state fish and game warden. They allege that he neglected the duties of his office, failed to enforce fish and game laws, built more ponds than was necessary for hatcheries, and allowed 30,000 fish in one pond to freeze."


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