Tales from the Morgue: Tucson news from 100 years ago

2014-01-10T18:00:00Z 2014-01-22T15:00:35Z Tales from the Morgue: Tucson news from 100 years agoJohanna Eubank Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
January 10, 2014 6:00 pm  • 

Tales from the Morgue presents some items of interest that happened 100 years ago.

From the Arizona Daily Star, Sunday, Jan. 11, 1914:

JOY RIDING TURNED INTO BUMPING BUMPS
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University Adopts Radical Measures to Guard Students from Speeders
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The danger to people on the university campus from speeding autos has forced the university authorities to adopt more radical methods than posting signs to keep the speed limit down to a safe rate. Orders have been given to ball all straight road stretches crossed at close intervals by bumps of sufficient height to give the machine such a jolting when it is driven fast that it will be damaged and the driver receive a hard jolting.

It has been the wish of the university authorities to keep the university roads in as perfect condition as possible and this means is being adopted through necessity. The speed lovers pay absolutely no attention to the request of the authorities and the danger to residents has become so great that the bumpers, as a last resort, have been ordered erected in the roadways on the campus.

In other words, speed bumps have been placed on campus to control speeders. The Morgue Lady understands the reason, but hates speed bumps. She blames the speeders for making them necessary.

Also from the Star, Sunday, Jan. 11, 1914:

CATTLEMAN WANTED ON CRUELTY CHARGE
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Driver for W. E. Felix Arrested and Warrant Issued for Employer
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The hearing for W. E. Felix, a wealthy cattleman living near the city, charged with cruelty to animals, will be held on Tuesday afternoon at 2 o'clock in Justice Comstock's court, at the time of the hearing of Cruz Perez, his driver. Perez was arrested by Esau Mills yesterday afternoon for alleged cruelty to animals.

The complaint was made by Special Officer Minge, of Arizona Humane society, and he complained that Perez was driving two mules whose shoulders were frightfully lacerated with badly fitting collars. Perez was arrested by Constable Mills and he stated that the team belonged to Felix. A warrant was issued for the latter but he could not be located yesterday.

The case has aroused much interest and there will probably be a large crowd at the hearing Tuesday. The Arizona Humane society intends to make a test case of the matter and will aid the county authorities in prosecuting the case.

Just as with humans, animals will generally work better when treated well.

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About this blog

"Tales from the Morgue" is a way for the Star to share stories from the treasure trove of information held in its old files.

Johanna Eubank, aka the Morgue Lady, was a research assistant in the Star Library — also known as News and Research Services — for 18 years before becoming an online content producer. She has had her share of sneezing fits after digging into dusty old files, so she's sure to find a few old stories to re-examine.

If you have suggestions, comments or questions about this blog, e-mail jeubank@tucson.com

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