100 years ago: KU’s pet bulldog scares intruder away from girls’ house

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for July 25, 1916:

  • “If ‘Pi,’ the bulldog known by every student at the University, ever wants a home he may find it at the Custer Club, 1410 Tennessee. Last night ‘Pi’ proved to be the hero of the hour by driving a burglar away from the door and saving the four girls who were spending the night alone from getting a bad scare. ‘Pi’ followed the girls home from the picture show last night and they kept him in the house all night. About 3 a.m. the dog was heard to growl considerably and to make considerable effort to get out of the house. Fay Green, a student in the summer session, looked out to see what the trouble was and saw a man running away from the house. ‘Pi’ was released but the burglar had made his escape. ‘Pi’ is the dog which is commonly seen in the class rooms on the hill each day during the winter although it is said he does not care to go to school in the summer time as he can find cooler quarters. He belongs to the Pi Upsilon fraternity, but makes himself at home wherever he feels like it.”
  • “After hearing a number of complaints in regard to the water at Potters Lake, the authorities considered it necessary to make several tests of the water to determine whether or not it was advisable to keep the lake open for bathing until a rain renewed the supply of water. The samples were taken Saturday and the tests of the water completed yesterday and every test showed that the water was good and that the health of the swimmers was not imperiled by its use. There have been no charges that the water was bad except from unfounded rumors. The fact that almost three hundred people bathe in the lake every afternoon without a change of water caused the rumors to be started. The officials explain that the sun’s rays and the filtration that is going on all the time keep the water pure and make it suitable for bathing…. The number of bathers has diminished considerably since the close of the first session of the summer school but the Lawrence people are enjoying the lake more than ever. persons not enrolled in summer school are required to pay a fee of one dollar, but this is considered small for a summer’s pleasure on the Lawrence ‘beach.’ Two other ‘beaches’ are reported doing a thriving business in Lawrence also. These are the Stubbs pond and the brick yard pond. They are being patronized freely but they lack the sand bottoms, raft and the diving apparatus which is afforded at Potter lake.”
  • “After a general going over of the question of enforcing the milk ordinance, the city commission this morning agreed that Commissioner W. W. Holyfield should undertake the work of inspection as he did last summer, the city paying the necessary expenses incurred in the work. According to present plans, the next budget which is to be made in December will be made to include the salary of a milk inspector. Mr. Holyfield pointed out that the work of inspecting milk, if done right, was one of the biggest jobs in the city, and he said that he hoped to have the co-operation of housewives in the work.”
  • “Private Cullen Stebbins, writing from the border to his mother, told some of his experiences…. ‘We are having one more good time; had our first actual service yesterday, when seventeen of our men took thirty rounds of ammunition and one day’s eating and went out about four miles from camp on post duty to guard 36,000 pounds of dynamite. I was one of the seventeen…. Lots of snakes, centipedes, scorpions, lizards and horned toads. I have killed three centipedes and one scorpion. It sure gets hot down here, 118 today, but you don’t notice it so as the air is so light. I am well and as brown as a Mexican. We are sure kept busy. Sure have good eats and a good time. Water is good, and we get a bath every day.'”