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100 years ago: Kansas farmers’ demand for bull frogs exceeds supply

April 2, 2014

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 2, 1914:

  • "The demand for bull frogs to sing at night threatens to exceed the supply according to Prof. L. L. Dyche, grower of fancy singing green heads, who was in Lawrence today. The demand is especially big in the western part of the state, says Prof. Dyche. Every farmer in that section who has a pond on his farm is sending for bull frogs to match. They want bull frogs to sing, some of them. Others want them to eat. Still others just want to have them around, Dyche said. So far this spring nearly 4,000 tadpoles have been distributed from the state fish hatchery at Pratt. About 1,000 are being taken along on each trip of the fish car. While a frog is a tadpole he is safe from the fish, according to Professor Dyche. No self-respecting bass will touch a tadpole, though said self-respecting bass is not averse to making a meal off of a green bull frog. Turtles and herons are not so particular. Tadpole meat looks good to them.... And Professor Dyche also is responsible for the statement made some few weeks ago that the frogs like chicken. A good sized bull frog will take chicken at any time, wings, feathers, beak, legs and all. In fact, once on a time it requires the efforts of three full grown men to rescue a three weeks old chicken from the voracious maw of a hungry bull frog, according to Professor Dyche."
  • "1/2 bushel corn seed. 1 1/2 pounds onion sets. 1/2 pound beet seed. 1/2 pound lettuce seed. 1 pound radish seed. 1/4 pound tomato seed. 1/2 pound cabbage seed. 1/4 pound chili pepper seed. 7 pecks of potatoes. Here is the seed that is needed for the Mexican families in the railroad section of east Lawrence. There are seven families of these foreigners who are deserving of help in their efforts to raise a part of the sustenance in their little gardens. Each family here has a lot 75 feet by 50 feet. From this must be subtracted the land occupied by the house. It is the plan now to plant one-third of this land in potatoes, one-third in corn and the remainder in garden truck. The people are very anxious to tend these gardens and if the seed is given them it seems certain that the effort will prove a success. A number of contributions for this cause have already been received but more are needed and at once. It is time to plant the seeds and there should be no further delay."
  • "Further plans for the providing of courses for the prisoners in the state penitentiary are being made by the extension department of the University of Kansas. This scheme was suggested some time ago, but there has been some delay in putting it into operation. Chancellor Frank Strong and Prof. D. C. Croissant, head of the department of extension are now making up a course to be offered the convicts by correspondence.... 'By this means a man could learn to be self-supporting,' said Chancellor Strong in discussing the prison plan, 'and when he was released he would not be an incubus on the community. Then, too, the convict might take an elementary course in American government which possibly would make him a better citizen.'"
  • "The Haskell Indians and the second team of Kansas City Blues have the crow-bar under the lid today and are prying open the baseball season of 1914. The opening process is under way at the Haskell field. The Yannigans from Kansas City arrived this morning accompanied by Manager Armour, the new director of the affairs of the Kansas City leaguers. The Boss Blue is up here to look over the work of Bill Mzhickteno, second baseman of the Braves. Bill's work has attracted the attention of the A. A. magnates and he is to undergo inspection today. This player has made much of a record on the gridiron but he is also a star of the diamond. Fandom awaits a verdict from the scout.... The K. U. season will open on Saturday afternoon at McCook. The game which was to have been played today between the Jayhawkers and the K. S. A. C. players was postponed because of the wet field."

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