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100 years ago: Leading singers pulled from KU Glee Club just minutes before concert

February 22, 2014

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 22, 1914:

  • "When the members of the K. U. Girls Glee Club marched upon the platform at Fraser Hall last night for their second annual concert, they appeared as smiling and serene as usual and one could not guess the turbulence of the preceding hour. After seven o'clock last night word was received from Prof. Boynton, chairman of the eligibility committee, that three of the girls had not made their grades and could not appear in the concert. Consternation reigned supreme. The aid of Chancellor Strong was invoked, but the committee was unrelenting and at the last moment the concert was given without the leading soprano and two others, and one number could not be given at all. It was known that a few of the girls were back in their work, but the matter had been taken up with the committee some days before and it was thought that it had been arranged so they could appear for last night's program.... In spite of all obstacles, however, the concert was a success and the girls sang like they were inspired. The chorus numbers were good and the solos showed that K. U. possesses some splendid voices. The young ladies responded to a large number of encores and made a decided hit."
  • "A statement of facts regarding the negotiations between the City of Lawrence and the Lawrence Water Company looking toward municipal ownership of the plant here was placed before the Board of Public Utilities of the state today. City Engineer E. H. Dunmire presented these facts to the board in a conference held in Topeka today.... This statement will include the three different appraisals that have been made of the company's property. It is these figures in which the board is the most interested and it is upon them that it will base its conclusion."
  • "The Journal-World today is in receipt of a sample of the Argentine corn which is being imported into the United States under the new tariff law. Enormous shipments of the product of South America have been placed on the American markets and have cut down the price of the United States grown corn. The sample is of a much smaller grain than the ordinary corn grown in the United States.... The sample is at the Journal-World office and may be seen by all interested."
  • "With the approaching of the springtime interest in the Amusement Park is being revived, preparatory to the reopening of the park when the season arrives. Yesterday the Stockholders in the Lawrence Amusement Association held their annual meeting, elected officers and directors and discussed plans for giving Lawrence a summer's entertainment.... Although the exact plan has not been decided upon the town is assured of having a first-class amusement park in operation again next season.... The baseball diamond will also be utilized to its capacity again next season.... Lawrence is to have a team and fandom is hoping for a winner."

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