Archive for Thursday, March 27, 2014

100 years ago: Visiting scientist demonstrates gyroscope, ultra violet ray

March 27, 2014


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for March 27, 1914:

  • "Lawrence people last night heard of the secrets and mysteries of the gyroscope and the ultra violet ray in one of the most interesting popular scientific lectures ever offered on a lecture course. Prof. Montraville Wood was the scientist to lead the audience at the last number of the course last night. Prof. Wood comes from the Edison laboratories where he has been associated with that great scientist in some of the most wonderful inventions and discoveries of the age. With him was his daughter, a young lady who possesses much of her father's talent. She assisted him last night in his lecture here.... No doubt you know that Prof. Wood had an ultra violet lamp, that he made a connection and there were the rays, the light that has such wonderful powers and which in time is surely destined to become of great practical value.... Then there was that portion of the address given over to the gyroscope, an instrument that is apparently destined to play a great part in aerial navigation.... Prof. Wood predicted that some day the manufacturers of automobiles would recognize the possibilities of the gyroscope and then autos would be two wheeled and the cost of tires reduced to one-half. By the use of a small gyroscope the car on two wheels would maintain its balance perfectly.... He also illustrated the possibilities of the gyroscope in connection with the aeroplane."
  • "The moral standards of the men at the University are higher than at any other university in the United States, according to Mrs. Eustace Brown, dean of women, who spoke in chapel this morning. Mrs. Brown's subject, 'A Family Affair,' gave her wide range and she talked intimately with the students about their social conduct.... 'There are 826 girls in the University and 1509 men. I want 1508 of those men to be big brothers to 825 of the girls, and I want them to be big sisters. One sweetheart is enough at one time.'... To be a mother by proxy to every student of the University, men as well as women, is the ambition of Mrs. Eustace Brown, the newly appointed advisor of women at the University. Mrs. Brown says that she does not feel as though she should confine her advisory attentions to women when there are 1200 men away from their home at K. U. 'The men of the University often have problems that require motherly advice and guidance as well as the young women,' said Mrs. Brown today, 'and I want them to be free to consult me whenever they desire to do so. I know that boys, especially freshmen, are very independent when away from home, but they need feel no reticence in coming to me for counsel.'... In the meantime, Mrs. Brown will continue to be advocate general for the women. 'Many of the women on the hill are timid about insisting on their rights,' explained the advisor, 'and they feel as though they needed someone to speak for them. I am always ready to help them. I will work also for proper organization of social events so as to help the girls get better acquainted.'"


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