Saturday, October 25, 2014

Today in History, January 1914

By LOUIS REED, Local Historian | 1/15/2014

January 1914

• Mrs. Sidney O. Watson, Peoria, has been released from quarantine. She has been ill with scarlet fever.

January 1914

• Mrs. Sidney O. Watson, Peoria, has been released from quarantine. She has been ill with scarlet fever.

• The annual winter climbing expedition of the elm moth or elm span worm is on. It is only the middle of January, but already the female species of the elm pests are reported in Ottawa on Ash and Willow streets in the act of climbing out of the ground from around the roots of the elm trees and going up the trunks to lay their eggs.

• The plans of Dr. A.L. Bell, city superintendent of schools, to try out a system in Eugene Field school for equalizing the rank of students in their studies has attracted considerable attention in Ottawa, and the results will be watched closely. It is proposed to dismiss the rapid and advanced students earlier and for the teachers to occupy that time in tutoring the backward ones.

• A couple of months ago when the faculty of the University of Kansas put the official ban on tangoing, The Herald predicted the students of the university would learn the dance just the same. Now come reports from Lawrence to the effect that at a dancing party of university folk recently the Castle Walk and the Fish Walk with their dips and turns and twists and glides and shaky sneaks were on the program while the tango was not. Our prediction has not yet been vindicated, but simply because the Castle Walk is worse than the tango if we can believe the authorities on dancing.

• Dire disappointment is in store for the youngster — or oldster, either for that matter — in Kansas who is a proud possessor of a dog. Doubly dire will the disappointment be if this owner is a city boy or man. For in that case, not only he have to pay a dog tax on the canine, but will be compelled to pay a property tax as well, thus paying two separate and distinct taxes on Bismarck or Bennie, as the case may be. This situation is because of the unfeelingness of the last Legislature, a Democratic Legislature which, having been once an underdog politically, immediately forgot its former predicament and put the “gone forever” ban on the klyoodles of Kansas, sad for the dogs, but true. The assessor is to list the number and sex of each dog on the personal property statement of the owner. If the owner or harborer of a dog, or dogs, disclaims ownership and objects to the listing of same as his property, he must forthwith, in the presence of the assessor, kill such dog or dogs. The per capita tax of $1 on each male or spayed female dog, and $20 on each unsprayed female dog, is charged on the tax roll to each owner thereof. By the time  the owner has paid personal tax, per capita tax and a city license, he will prefer to trade his pet for a Shetland pony or an automobile.

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