100 years ago: Heavy snowfall delays trains

From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Feb. 13, 1914:

  • "The total snowfall for the past 48 hours is 4.9 inches, five inches to all intents and purposes. This makes it by far the heaviest snow fall for the entire winter up to the time of the breaking of this storm. The snow shovelers were out in full force this morning clearing off the sidewalks. Those who were down town this morning saw a scene the like of which has not been seen before this season. The street car company had more trouble in keeping its schedule the last two days than it has had for some time. The snow plows were out early this morning clearing off the tracks, and a score of shovelers cleared off the paths for the passengers. The railroads reported the most trouble this morning. All of the trains from the west were delayed and arrived many hours later than their schedule called for.... Reports to the local weather office from Springfield, Mo., said the Ozark Fruit Belt was under ten inches of snow. Sedalia, Mo., reported twelve inches throughout central Missouri.... The government forecaster in Topeka said snowfall should prove of great benefit to wheat."
  • "Snowbound trains kept Clinton Rodgers Woodruff, secretary of the League of American Municipalities, from reaching the University in time to speak at the regular chapel exercises this morning at 11 o'clock. A song service was substituted and the few students who attended chapel joined in the singing of the old hymns. 'Ten years ago when the members of the faculty sat upon the platform we used to call on one or two of them to substitute in a place of this kind,' said Chancellor Frank Strong as he surveyed the vacant chairs behind him. 'But I wouldn't ask them to speak to such a small audience. When you promise to come to chapel in large numbers I will see what can be done about reviving the old custom.'"
  • "A $100 prize essay contest for undergraduates has been announced at the University by the national Intercollegiate League through the Good Government Club. The question for the essay, which must not exceed 5,000 words, is as follows: 'What Training, Whether Received in a College Course of Study, from Extra Curricular Activities, or from Both, Could in Your Judgment Best Fit an Undergraduate of an American College to Take up, on Graduation, the Duties of Citizenship.'"
  • "Alleging that he had failed to carry out promises made to her when he proposed marriage by mail and that he had mistreated her at various times in a variety of ways, Kate. L. Williams today filed suit for divorce against her husband, C. V. Williams, in the district court. Williams is a shoemaker living at 302 R. I.... He had proposed to her by mail and promised to buy a nice house for her to live in. She was living in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan. She says Williams told her he owned property and mortgages here valued at $3,070. He built the house, she admits, but he was frequently drunk and often remained away from home in his shop over night, leaving her alone in the house. At times, she says, he came to the windows when she was alone and tapped upon them to frighten her."
  • "Florence, Italy -- A successful experiment of exploding torpedoes from a long distance by means of the ultra-violet rays as discovered by Giulio Ulivi, was carried out here today. Ulivi has presented his secret to the Italian government. Two torpedoes charged with smokeless gunpowder and two others with black gunpowder were placed in the river Ano. The Ultra-Violet ray apparatus was on the tower of the Palace Capponi, two miles away. When a signal was given, the apparatus was put into operation and in less than three minutes all four torpedoes exploded."


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