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100 years ago: Local man sets sail to Arctic waters for global magnetic survey

June 13, 2014


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for June 13, 1914:

  • "J. P. Ault, a Baker graduate of the class of '04, whose parents live in Lawrence, sailed from New York last Monday, on the ship Carnegie, for a six months' cruise in Arctic waters. This expedition is to help carry forward the work begun several years ago, of making a magnetic survey of the entire globe on land and sea, and showing by means of specially prepared instruments, the variation of the magnetic needle wherever observations are made. It is expected that this survey when completed will result in a very great saving of time and distance in traversing the ocean, as it will furnish exact information as to the variation of the compass and make it possible to pursue, as nearly as possible, barring headwinds, a direct course in navigating vessels, a thing hitherto impossible.... This magnetic survey work is only one of several kinds of scientific research work made possible by Mr. Carnegie's gift of $10,000,000. The Carnegie is a sailing vessel, so named in honor of Mr. Carnegie and is built practically without the use of iron in its construction so that it will be as nearly non-magnetic as possible.... Mr. Ault has had a number of years of experience in magnetic work on both sea and land and goes out as commander on this expedition."
  • "The children and the flag will occupy the center of the stage tomorrow. It will be Children's Day in many of the churches with special exercises by the little tots.... In many cases the flag is given a prominent part in the exercises that have been planned for Children's Day, as tomorrow is also Flag Day. In the afternoon the Elks will give their special exercises in honor of Flag Day at the club house which are open to the public.... On account of Flag Day falling on Sunday the American Flag association has asked that the display of the flag be made on Monday."
  • "The committee having in charge the publishing of the letters of the Quantrell Raid Memorial met last night with W. E. Connelley, secretary of the State Historical society present. Mr. Connelley said that he could assure the committee that the letters would be published in the next biennial report of the State Historical society. Enough extra copies of this report would be printed, he said, to supply all those who wished copies of the letters."
  • "At 7:50 o'clock last night the fire department made a run to 640 Massachusetts street where there was a fire in the building owned by J. Gladhart. The fire had a pretty good start when the firemen arrived and the blaze was coming out of the roof. The fire started on the second floor of a second hand store.... Considering the condition of the contents it is a wonder the entire structure had not burned. The condition revealed there this morning shows a clutter of inflammable material and in the adjoining room hay is stored. Had the fire got a better start it might have taken the entire block."
  • "The program for Commencement week at Haskell Institute will be opened tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 o'clock when the sermon to the graduates will be preached by Dr. Wilbur N. Mason, President of Baker University. The entire week up to Thursday night is filled with Commencement events.... There are 151 graduates this year, 100 from the vocational departments and 51 from the regular Academic course."
  • "The police got two kegs of liquor this afternoon in a raid on Bert Macey's at 1113 New York street. A charge of maintaining a general nuisance was filed against him."


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