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100 years ago: ‘Bogus check artists’ visit Lawrence once again

March 22, 2014

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

  • "Another member of the family of bogus check artists paid the city of Lawrence a call on Saturday night. Two unsuspecting Lawrence merchants fell victim to his scheme and are out a sum total of $30 as a result.... The check artist is gone now, the sheriff of the county has his checks, August Pierson is short a $2 box of cigars and $8 in cash; Sneegas Brotheres are short $20 minus the value of a stove which the check man bought and 'paid for' with his check for twenty.... It developed later that a man believed to be the same person appeared at the Will Johns Meat Market, 1023 Massachusetts street, on Saturday evening and masquerading as the manager of the Chanute basketball team asked Mr. Johns to cash his check for $25. Mr. Johns asked him to get someone to identify him. He mentioned Dr. Naismith and Manager Hamilton and when Mr. Johns replied that either of these would be satisfactory he left to find them. Evidently he is still searching."
  • "'Razor' Lloyd Lutz is being held in the county jail on a felony charge. It is alleged in the complaint made against Lutz that he violated the prohibitory law. It is further alleged that he has previously been convicted upon a similar charge. Under the Kansas law a second conviction for this offense is punishable by a penitentiary sentence. An effort is to be made to remove 'Razor' to Lansing."
  • "An injunction against the house at 211 West Seventh street has been asked for by County Attorney J. S. Amick. Mr. Amick charges that the house has been a rendezvous and a store house for violators of the prohibitory law and asks a court order prohibiting its use for such purposes. The order was asked today in the probate court of this county pending a hearing in the district court."
  • "Lloyd Blitsberger and Bert Adams, who escaped from the Military Prison in Leavenworth March 15 and were captured Thursday in Omaha and returned to the prison Saturday, again escaped this morning by sawing their way out of the solitary cell in the prison basement and crawling 200 yards through a three foot sewer. After sawing the cell bars, the men dropped twenty feet through an airshaft and entered a sewer. Several hours later they were captured in Atchison while breaking into a store."
  • "City Engineer E. H. Dunmire is confined to his bed today and it is feared by physicians that he was contracted typhoid fever. Mr. Dunmire had not been feeling well for several days, but it was not thought that his condition was at all serious."
  • "A special meeting of the city council has been called for tonight. It is understood that mausoleum ordinance is to come up for a second reading at this time. Several paving ordinances are to be introduced this evening."

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