100 years ago: Validity of recent water election called into question

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for April 21, 1916:

  • “A technical failure to comply with the state law in all the steps leading up to the election at which the people of Lawrence voted to purchase the Lawrence water plant March 14 will, it is believed, make a new bond election necessary. The technical error was discovered Monday of this week by City Attorney Harley. Since that time a number of attorneys have been consulted, and all are practically agreed that a serious question could be raised as to the validity of the $175,000 bonds if they are issued on the authority of the election of March 14…. City officials today expressed keen disappointment at the turn affairs have taken. They were hopeful when the error was first pointed out that the defect could be remedied so that the water bonds might be placed upon the market without a flaw or a question as to their validity. But as their investigation proceeded, this possibility became more doubtful, and today it was announced as practically certain that the only safe way would be to hold the water election all over again. The ground on which the question of the validity of the election on March 14 could be raised is concerned with the publication of the bond election notices…. It is considered probable that the state auditor would refuse to register the bonds, or if he did, that the bond buyers would refuse to buy. Under the condition prevailing at present any taxpayer could raise the question of the validity of the bonds, and it is doubtful if the city could dispose of an issue subject to this attack. Receiver J. H. Mitchell of the water company said today that if the city should hold the water election in June it would be possible to transfer the property to the city by July 1…. The election could not be held earlier than the first week in June because of the time required for publication.”
  • “John H. Hicks of Santa Rosa, New Mexico, was registered at the Eldridge house last night. Mr. Hicks was on his way to Great Bend from a town in Missouri and was making the trip on horseback. He resumed his journey this morning. Mr. Hicks was a pioneer in Arizona forty years ago before there were any railroads there and he became used to making long journeys on horseback. He was among the earlier explorers of the Grand Canyon before the comparatively easy descent into the canyon in use at present had been discovered.”
  • “Geo. Mansfield and Dudley Griffin, two federal prisoners who have been confined in the Douglas county jail since last October, will be taken before the Federal commissioner at Topeka tomorrow and released. Deputy U. S. Marshal Myers came down from Topeka after the prisoners today and will return with them this evening. They were sentenced at Leavenworth last fall for forging postoffice money orders.”
  • “‘Razor’ Lutz was taken from Santa Fe train No. 1 today by Deputy Sheriff Schneck and will be tried on the charge of importing liquor into the state for unlawful purposes. On his way to the county jail Lutz attempted to destroy the evidence by throwing the liquor on the pavement.”
  • “Mayor Francisco is engaged in making up a list of men in Lawrence eligible for jury service. This is a duty which the law requires of the mayor once every year.”