Archive for Wednesday, January 15, 2014

100 years ago: ‘Dry’ citizens of Lawrence celebrate ‘Prohibition Day’

January 15, 2014


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Jan. 15, 1914:

  • "The Lawrence W. C. T. U. is today observing 'Prohibition Day,' set aside by the international council of the union for National Prohibition in the United States. A number of addresses were made and prayers offered during the day and many members of the organization attended. Conrad Hoffman, secretary of the University Y. M. C. A., was the principal speaker of the morning session. He expressed the belief that the nation would have a national prohibitory law before ten years."
  • "A Fire Prevention Society will be organized in Lawrence. This new society will co-operate with the State Fire Marshal in his efforts to reduce the fire loss and will be similar to societies organized in other cities in Kansas for the same purpose.... The organization of the society is being promoted by insurance men in the city but it is intended that it shall include all business men and citizens who wish to co-operate in this cause."
  • "For the second time within the past five days blood was shed in a mysterious manner in the Little Mexico of Lawrence at two o'clock today when Secindino Castello was shot and instantly killed by an unknown countryman within a hundred feet of the place where Vallentine Rosez was cut with a razor Sunday morning. For the past few weeks the Mexicans have only been working half time on the section gangs of the Santa Fe and this fact would seem to have contributed to the cause of the trouble. People living near the bunk houses at Ninth and Delaware streets where the fights have occurred say that the sound of quarreling has been more frequent since the men have been working but every other day."
  • "WAR CLOUDS IN BALKANS -- The situation in Albania is much more grave than officially acknowledged by European powers according to authoritative information gathered in diplomatic circles. Various governments are directing all their efforts to prevent a fresh outburst of war in the Balkans. The tension is considered greater than at any time during the recent Balkan wars and is said to have reached such point that Germany has proposed a joint Austrian and Italian military intervention in Albania."


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