100 years ago: Shenanigans suspected in removal of warning lights at road construction site

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 16, 1916:

  • “Theodore Pine telephoned to the Journal-World today that reports are circulating in Grant township that lights placed at night to give warnings of danger at the places now in process of repair are not left there through the night, to the consequent inconvenience of traffic. Mr. Pine said that A. A. Hicks had placed lanterns nightly on a stretch of road near the Pine farm, but that a few nights ago a motor car from Lawrence was stalled in the road because the lights were not there when it came along. The report continues that a team was mysteriously at hand to haul out the stalled auto for a consideration…. Mr. Pine said that to his certain knowledge the lights were properly placed at night. The assertion is made that they are moved by unauthorized persons, and the theory is advanced that the consequent revenue from the hauling out motor cars that get stuck in the road supplies a motive for removing the lanterns.”
  • “When a man has served his country in war for four long years – in a war which occurred over half a century ago – he is usually content to sit about the family fire-place relating tales of battle. Not so with Eli Schneck. If the United States sends volunteer troops into Mexico Mr. Schneck will be the most disappointed man in Lawrence if he does not find a berth with the expedition. ‘I fought once before and I am ready and willing to fight again,’ Mr. Schneck said. The civil war veteran says he is only 70 years old, so he does not see why age should stand in the way of his going to the front.”
  • “Henry Scheidt, a sand hog working in the caisson for the north abutment of the new Kansas river bridge, was injured yesterday morning while carrying a large stone. In falling Scheidt struck his back. He was taken to the hospital but his injuries were found to be not of a serious nature. The material which is being excavated is now being forced from the abutment by means of air instead of the hoisting buckets which were used during the first days of excavation. The coffer dam was sunk to solid rock today by means of heavy concrete blocks. The water will be pumped or syphoned from the dam. After the water is forced from the dam, other forms will be constructed inside it.”
  • “Rooming houses for Kansas University students where five or more rooms are rented must hereafter come under the Kansas hotel inspection act. This became known today when an inspector from the state board of health in Topeka began making the rounds of all residence in the University district where rooms are rented. The inspector later will go to Emporia, Manhattan and other college towns to enforce the same regulation.”
  • “Lowne Cocer was released from the county jail Saturday night. Cocer was arrested for stealing an overcoat and suitcase from the proprietor of the Imperial Shining parlor where he was employed. As the prosecuting witness did not care to appear against him he was released after paying the costs of the case.”
  • “The price of Bibles has increased and is likely to advance still further because of the war…. This is due mainly to the advance in the cost of paper, ink, leather and glue.”