KanColl: The Kansas  Historical Quarterlies

Bypaths of Kansas History

August, 1944(Vol. 13 No. 3), page 204.
Transcribed by lhn;
digitized with permission of the Kansas State Historical Society.


     From the Kansas Free State, Lawrence,April 7, 1855.
     An Indian had gone to Westport [now a part ofKansas City, Mo.] one cold winter's day, and got very drunk. On his way home, hebecame completely overcome, laid down, and was frozen to death. His tribe was atthat time much disposed to imitate the habits of white men, and accordingly heldan inquest over the dead body. After a long pow-wow, they finally agreed to theverdict, that the deceased came to his death "by mixing too much water in hiswhisky, which had frozen in him and killed him!"


     From the Emporia News, October 22,1859.
     We have before referred to the limited amount ofsurplus room which our building capacities at present afford, and the fact thatimmigrants were still pouring in upon us. The past week has added several morefamilies, who, being determined to remain, have taken to camp life until they caneither build or find room. We admire their courage. If some others who have comehere and gone away for this reason had possessed such resolution, they would notnow have cause for regret.


     From the Leavenworth Evening Bulletin (D.R. Anthony, publisher), May 23, 1865.
     This morning, C. R. Morehead & Co. werearrested and brought before the recorder for a violation of the Sunday laws, inpermitting trains to be loaded from their warehouse on Sunday. The goods did notbelong to them, but were left on storage by a Mexican trader. The mayor wasapplied to, and gave written permission to the Mexicans to load the teams, andalso "ordered the policemen not to interfere, or to arrest the parties." The cityattorney refused to prosecute the case, and moved that a nolle pros. be returned,which was granted by the court.
     We do not find fault with this course, only inthis: it is making fish of one andflesh of another. The German is hauled up for practising an innocent game onSunday, roundly fined, and threatened with an iron jacket, if he dare drink hisglass of lager or pitch a game of quoits on Sunday.
     We were hauled up before his Honor, charged withcarrying concealed weapons. Weproved that we had a permit from the acting mayor, and that it was custom, usage,and in accordance with the charter. A fine of ten dollars was imposed. The cityattorney did not move a nolle pros. in our case.
     O ye gods, and the good people of Leavenworth! look out for these men "who strainat a gnat and swallow a camel."

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