100 years ago: New trial set for woman accused of ‘peddling liquor’

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 15, 1916:

  • “The case of Maggie Yeager was transferred to the county Monday morning after she was taken into custody Sunday night by the city officers with the basket of beer on her arm. No charges of selling liquor have been preferred against her but the officers thought that it was not likely that she had such a collection for personal consumption…. With a classy collection of liquor adorning the table in front of the jurors in justice court yesterday afternoon the twelve men picked to decide whether or not Maggie Yeager was guilty of peddling liquor failed to reach a decision. Probably they figured that if the weather was as hot when Miss Yeager was found with the basket of booze as it was in the court room yesterday afternoon it would not be improbable for one person to have that much beer for personal use. Anyway the sweltering jurors, after asking a few hours to deliberate on the question, voted 10 to 2 for conviction, but a unanimous vote was necessary so the case will have to be tried over again. The new hearing has been set for July 18 at 8 o’clock and a new set of jurors will be allowed to view the basket and the nice full bottles on the court room table. But the next trial is to be held in the afternoon and in case the hearing is over before the heat of the day sets in a verdict may be reached.”
  • “When Commissioner of the Poor Gray went home last evening he discovered a swarm of bees buzzing over his head as he entered the back door. The honeymakers had found a small aperture where the tin flashing on the roof of the porch is joined to the main building and installed themselves between the sheathing and plaster ready for business. If any neighbor of Mr. Gray lost a swarm of bees yesterday he can have them and welcome, stingers and all, if he will establish his brand.”
  • “Even the most conservative inhabitants of Lawrence are expected to admit, pretty soon, that the summer promises to be a hot one. The official weather observatory at the University was a new convert today. The temperatures registered on Mount Oread, the home of all the breezes, was 100 flat at 2 o’clock this afternoon. The prospect was that the mercury would rise a little higher later in the day. The optimists derive this crumb of comfort from the situation: Such hot weather is bound to bring rain.”
  • “Mrs. John Dean is the first border bride at Eagle Pass, Texas. She was Miss Blanche Toland of Baldwin until Thursday night, when she was married to Private John Dean of Company H. Private Dean joined the company after the mobilization orders were issued. Miss Toland wired Private Dean at Eagle Pass that she was on her way to the border. She had a marriage license secured in Franklin county and an affidavit from her mother giving her permission to wed. She is 17 years old. A new license had to be secured in Eagle Pass. Dean secured leave of absence from the military camp and the couple were married Thursday evening.”
  • “Watching the eclipse of the moon was the pastime of many Lawrence people last night. The first appearance of the eclipse was observed about 9:15 o’clock and the greatest obscuration was at 10:40.”