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The State University of Kentucky 

Vol. 1 LEXINGTON, KY , THURSDAY, JANUARY 7, 1909 No. 15 



•T haven't the least idea in the world 
why i was kidnaped,” declared Sniitti 
•T had only been at Ivexlngton a short 
while and had not an enemy in the 
world that 1 knew of. 1 had returned 
from college and was at the boarding 
house of Mrs. Frances F. Beauchamp 
1 had gone to my room and left my 
l)ooks and took my watch from my 
pocket and placed it on the table. It 
was just getting dark and I went out 
in the rear yard to get a pile of kind- 
ling. I wanted to start a fire in my 
room, .lust before I reached the iiile 
ef shingles 1 saw four young men. 
They seemed to be disguised. Be- 
fore 1 knew what they were doing 
they grabbed me. All that I remem- 
ber is that I smelled some kind of a 
drug and then I lost consciousness. 
How long 1 remained in this condi- 
tion I will never be able to tell. 

“When I partially regained con- 
sciousness, I was in a box car and the 
train was moving. 'I'he four men were 
still with me but it was dark 
and 1 could not distinguish their feat- 
ures. It must have been some time 
the next day when I was turned over 
to six other men, who seemed to be 
older than my kidnapers. The other 
four left us. We continued to ride on 
a freight train for some time, anu 
then left it at some place unknown 
to me. The six men secured horses, 
at times making me walk, and then 
again when they were in a hurry al- 
lowing im' to rhle. We went for miles 
through a forest. All of this time I 
had no idea where I was being taken. 
At last we reached the hills, covered 
with a dense forest. 

“We came to a cave in the side of 
a mountain, and the men dismounted 
and ordered me to go inside. My arms 
were tied for about a week, but when 
1 made no comi)lalnt and offered no 
resistance the roi eB were removed 
and I was allowed to go atK)ut the 
cave. The bIx men remained prettv 
closely about the cave. Two of them 
were always there watching |;'very 
move I made. Sometimes two or 
three of them would go away and re- 
main all day. They carried Winches- 
ter rifles and carried two revolvers. 

‘•‘Why ilo you keep me here? I 
(Continued on page 0) 


The , Second Series of Wandering 
Weary Willie's Novels, as Told 
By His Brother. 

“1 knew the story told by my broth- 
er at Owensboro was not true, and so 
did everybody else, I suspect. So, 
when I met him here this morning, I 
demanded the truth, knowing that that 
was the only way of ever getting the 
matter stralhtened out. He at hist 
said that he had told the trim in 
Owensboro, but 1 insisted he had not, 
and then he told me the whole sto’y. 

“He said when he first came to col- 
lege at Lexington, this being h's fiist 
term at any big school, he was ap- 
proached by members if a certain 
fraternity, the name of which I will 
not give, and asked to become a mem 

“For some reason he did not care 
to join, and then his trouble began. I 
did not know what occurred, but there 
were several times when things did 
not go right with him, he said. Then 
the matter culminated when he re- 
ceived an unsigned note warning him 
that unless he joined this fraternity 
at once, he must never appear on the 
campus at the fTniverslty again, on 
pain of injury. 

“Instead of coming to me with this 
statement, he says he thought U 
would worry me; so he kept It to him- 
self and said nothing to anyone. A 
few da vs luissed and then h-* llsap- 
lieared. He says that on the night 
he left .Mrs. Beaucha’ ip’s homo, he 
'ad decided he could no" the 
threats at the TTiiversity any longer, 
but had not maile up hij m'nd where 
to go. 

“On that day he had received a 
warning note to appear at the Ueiyei- 
sity that night for Initia'i m. He 
had decided that he would tint be 
forced into joining the fraternity, so 
he decided to leave colleg-^ and etty. 
On the night of Sept. 22. he says he 
l)ut on his oldest stilt of clothing, m.l 
then left his watch and most of hts 
mone.v on the table in a room. He 
only retained enough money to huv it 
ticket to Cincinnati, to which city he 
had determined to go fir^t. He say* 
he left the money and watch to re- 
pay me for certain expenses ' had in- 
curied for him, and he did not care to 
cause me to lose anything. 

(Continued fu page 



He left his board. ng place, the 
home of .Mrs. Frances I'l. Beauchamp, 
on the night of Tuesday, Sept. 22, 
just after supper. Before leaving he 
changed his school clothes and put 
on an old suit in which he was in the 
habit of doing chores, end a heavy 
pair of shoes. His brother, Krnest, 
was the last man to talk with him 
and he says that the youth appeared 
in . good siiirits when he left the 
house. He had in his clothes some- 
where from $2 to but left in care 
of his brother a larger rmount. His 
watch was left on the table in his 
room and his school clothing were 
placed where he could reach them 
easily the following morning. 

He did not return that night and 
Inciuiries were made the next day hy 
his brother, who fully expected to 
find that he had spent the night with 
friends. Not much notice was taken 
of the case for the first three or four 
days, and the police were not noti- 
fied to take the 'case until four days 
after his disappearance. Detectives, 
police and the faculty of State Fni- 
versity and friends of the missing 
man all joined in the search for him. 

Many different theories were put 
forward. Tho one which attracted 
the most attention was that he was 
carried away in an empty box car, 
and that he was traveling over the 
country, bound and gagged, with no 
way to escape. The foundation for 
this was that a Imy overheard the 
conversation of some State Univer- 
sity students, who were talking of 
the hazing of Smith. The hoy said 
’ that they made this statement about 
the box car. He said that they sup- 
jiosed the young man would he taken 
out the next morning, but after he 
had gone they were afraid to come 
forward and confess. 

Superintendent Rickey, of the C. 
N. O. & T. P. Railway, said that this 
was )K)8atble, but he did not think it 
probable, as a watchman looks Into 
each empty car that leaves the yards. 

.After all the buildings of State 
T^nlversltv had been searched, some 
thought that he left the city of his 
own accord. They said that he was 
(Continued on page 61 



The roason Mr. Smith gives for 
leaving so unexpectedly is that some 
fraternity (he generously refuses to 
state which) was so anxious to have 
him as a member that they said they • 
would offer violence to him if he did 
not become a fraternal brother. Ves, 
very likely. This is the usual meth- 
od for fraternities to obtain their 

The idea challenges .Mr. Smith to 
name the fraternity which was so 
anxious to have him as a member. 
.Mr. Smith will not likely divulge the 
name of this fraternity, as he would 
have to accuse somebody of flesh 
ami blood Instead of the phantoms 
he has accused so far. 

All we have to do now is to sit 
down and await the next two stories 
of .Mr. Smith, which will no doubt be 
as interesting as the first two. We 
are convinced that he will give two 
more stories The third story he 
gives will be false like the rest, but 
nearer the truth than the others. The 
fourth story will be the true one. 
Until Mr. Smith thinks it worth while 
to publish his fourth story, we must 
remain Ignorant of tho real cause 
he had for leaving college. This 
cause may be a trivial one, such as 
being tired of the work he had to 
perform and the restraint under 
which h“ pas put, a puppv love affair. 
S''inc peed he h?.'l committed of whicli 
he was ashamed, or inability to keep 
up in his studies. 

The cause may be more serious 
than any of these, which we sincerely 
ho()e is not true, but wet await with 
expectancy the fourth story of .Mr. 

We know that we agree with the 
whole college, when we say that we 
are very glad to hear that Mr. Smith 
is back: not that we have gained 

anything, but that the general public 
and the newspapers are convinced 
that no college student, especially 
at State, would forget himself and 
slay a brother traveler on the road 
of higher learning. 

We don’t blame the newspapers for 
publishing the different theories ad- 
vanced. We know how hard it is to 
obtain good news; you mayn’t be- 
(Contlnued on page 6) 



Cbc Idea 

PubHshed Ev ry Thursday by the Student Body of the State University of 
Kentucky, and Devoted to Their Interests. 

Not full of t ir('“(iiho 1 i'i’lmiciilili(w. luit of real interest in;r I ni\i'isit\ news. 
Not (leveled to any one elass. any me depart nient. nor to any si et ion or 
society, I'ut to every Imy and j;irl in our ureat I ni ersity. 

Subscription by Mail or Carrier. 

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.Address all eonmiunicat ions to the Editor. 17(1 East Iliph Street, l.exinp- 
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Associate Editors; 

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' T. Tt-'KRINE. Athletics. O. .1. HECKEU, ARrlcultural. 

C. KTEBEER, .Mechanical. .1. S. CROSTMW'.AITE. (’la'sical. 

T I.. I’l TM E.N'TIIAL, Scientific. R. EDWARDS, Educational. 

T’. DlvAKEMORE, .Mining. 

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Addriss adverti.sing Imsiness, to the .Advertising .Manager, State 
Tniversitv. I.exlngton, Kentucky. 

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The Idea is glad to see vi ur smil- 
ing and Ciiildisli faces back once more, 
and we know that you are glad to get 
liack to take up our ‘studies, to get 
the League started, to go back to drill 
ing, to exercise the animals e.special 
ly the .Jacks to wander around the 
campus hand in hand with. — now stop 
your blushing, I am not going to tell 
on .vou, — and liest of all. to read the 
Idea again. 

How hard it was for us to leave 
mother, the l.»lack cake, and the chores 
that the folks at liome liad saved up 
for us ever since we left last Sep 
temlier; and that reminds me. fellows, 
you see when I am at iiome I site)) 
with little Willie. Willie is my l»ro- 
ther. and thinks that anything he 
hears he must rejieat to the family as 
s(K)n as possilde. 

Well, the night I got liome 1 slept 
with darling Willie. The next morn- 
ing. during the blessing at lireakfast, 
1 could see that Willie had something 
on his mind or I should say. in his 
head, for he was twisting in his chair 
as It in a hurry for something. .As 
soon as pa-jiah finished the “Make us 
truly thankful,” Willie started in. 
“Oh, Pa-pah, hesays. “Brother had a 
nream last night." At this I sat uii 
and took notice, for T did not know 
what I might have unwittingly told 
the little dearest In my sleep. Con- 
tinue William: “Pa-jtah, he must 

have drempt of some girl In T.exlng- 
ton, for he was talking of some hand 
he held. He said that It was covered 
with diamonds, and how glad he was 
to hold it in his hand and how’ much 
it brought him, and how he would like 
to hold another one like it.” At this 
I ducked behind my napkin. Pa-pah 
started in on me; “You sly dog,” he 
says, ‘Tve been to State myself, and 
I know how pretty the girls there are, 
— there and at Hagerman. Hamilton. 

and all ihe rest of them. So slie left 
you hold iier hand, did she?" Ann 
then mother started in giving me a 
lecture, the text of which was that J 
was too young to marry. 

F’ellows. 1 came near laughing in 
thtlr faces, and when 1 went out to 
the stable to see Hagerman — he's my 
hunter — and he can take a five-bar 
teiice as easily as a Freshman girl can 
take soda-water, — I came very near 
crying, I laughed so mucli. You see 
the (iuv'nor thought he had me. i 
heard him exiilaiiiing to Willie as I 
went that it’s mighty fine to hold a 
girl’s hand in a hammock in the shaue 
of the moonlight while the bird.« are 
singing around you; and how it’s a 
whole lot lietter to hold lioth of them, 
and some other stuff of which I am 
ignorant. Oh, 1 laugh aliout it now, 
A’ou see I was dre*amlng of a royal 
diamond flush I had held in a poker 
game the night before I came liome, 
and wh ch lirouglit me in enough mon- 
ey to pay my hill down at the flower 
store, Init I didn’t. i'a pah was very 
knowing, wasn’t he? Oh. yes. Say. 
lioys, let’s study. Whe*re'‘s the cork 


We are back at our studies, — Ijack 
after a long, restful, haiijiy holiday, 
and ready to buckle down again to 
hard study. 

The Christmas holiday has lieen 
iienetielal to us all, and now we must 
make this term of work beneficial. 
This term that will pass so quickly 
and be forever gone, let us make it 
count. us make such progress 
towards our final success in life dur- 
ing the next three months, that we 
will ever remember it. 

There are ample opportunities to 
improve ourselves in any way we de- 
sire. The wise will choose the best, 
and use them mo't advantageousl.v. 
“There Is a tide in the affairs of men 


wliich lak» n at its Hood lends on to 
firtiinc,’’ etc. The is riglT, tin 
flu time is ripe, and th   hour is at 
liand. Study, felb u sf’idint; s ml 
liard. THke a proilignte's advi’e Mid 
make use of these mo;n nt.^ of gold ii 

.Million-dollar jobs awa t , o’i. I’n: t- 
liumous ami after-dimipr fume ii:v | 
only awaiting fer your name to Im ' 
prefixtd. A’ou held the world In • ! 
slii'i.g. Do not he satlsflod, but g:ns|) | 
it w ill iron clutches and force it ,o I 
yield to you all that It has of joy amt i 
hapiiiiieFH, and wealth and luxury. | 
Knowledge Is only Inrhkntal in IhOlb j 
There are few Solomons lieeanse fliere | 
are few fools who wish for knowl- 
edge. Must the Old .Man n^'t have j 
been a tcKil? Who would rather not | 
enjoy the luxuries of .a Rockefeller 
estate than to he the wise man wno 1 
would know the dan.gers of enjoying I 
them? ' 

Away with the cranks that talk of | 
wedding art. of living for science, or 
of dying for a iirinclide: 

\A'e are striving fi r a. princ'ple; 
we arp after the dollar, and our engl- , 
neering ahlUty will he Ihe means by | 
which we shall accomidish our pur- '■ 
pose. Who dare to say that we 
came to the Tnlverslty for anything i 
other than to leani how to make I 
money? To such the cry of the | 
crowd Is. “Le* him bo anathema- ! 
t zed!” Dollar is King. All h'all j 
His Majesty! And let us all take | 
advantage of cur opiiortnnlties that i 
we may hecome masters of the King I 
— of the Sov reign — the Dollar! 

Napoleon said. ,“He who rules j 
within himself is more than a King.” 
The 2bth century Napoleon says. , 
“He who has a million ’s more than I 
a King.” 

So get a million. But If you will | 
not, — if you would rather be' hapiiy | 
than rich: if you rather know Caesar 
and Virgil and Dante than be a mil- | 
Bonaire, — all the same, take ad van- I 
tage of your opportunities: concen- ^ 

trate your energies; follow your in- j 
herent tastes, and be honest, and all i 
will he well. | 

“All the w’orld loves i lover.” ann . 
all the world respects the master of | 
his profession. So master, — be | 

master of your profession, and now 
is the time for you to become master. 

Tomorrow it will be toe. late. To- i 
morrow you will he an “also ran, 
and the world will label you “punk j 
artist,” “jack-leg,” ‘Hhlrd-rater,” or 
someother despisable piece of human . 
flesh that you alone know to he in- j 
appropriate and that you alone must | 


With Fox as Captain, and Barbee, 
Post and Shankland, all of whom are 
old men. and a large numher of good 
new men to pl^h from, and more time 
than usual to practice, there Is no 
reason why State should not have a 
championship basket hall team this 

“Fatt.v” .Mayes is certainly an ad- 
mirer of “grass widows” and we all 
wonder why! 


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$570,000 Appropriat.on Is Valid, says 
Highest Court. 

State Appellate Tribuna’, by Unani- 
mous Decision, Picks to Pieces 
Contention Set Ud to Pre- 
vent Payment. 

The State University and the Slate 
•Normal Schools and the trustees of 
these institutions won a decisive vic- 
t«)ry over Governor Augnslus R Will- 
son and State Auditor Frank f’. 
James, un Dec. 20th, when the Court 
of Ai)j)eals, by unanimous vote of Its 
membcft, uiiluld the (unstltutloiial- 
ity of the law enacted at the last 
session of the i..egi8latiire, by the 
terms of whic'.i $.")TO,000 was airpro- 
priated for the advancement of edu- 
cation in Kentucky through the up- 
building of the University and the 
Normal Schools. 

Largest Educational Appropriation. 

The largest aj)proi)rlaiion of pnhric 
moneys ever made in Kentucky fur 
educational ifurposes was held to 
have been made with full authority 
of the Constitution by the T.eglsla- 
ture. In the comprehensive opinion 
j of the court, wh'ch was handed down 
on the last day of the term. 

•Judge W. E. Settle wrote the opin- 
ion of the court, the full court having 
j agreed in the findings reached. The 
Appellate Court’s opinion sustains 
comi)lefely the judigment rendered 
by Judge ’ Robert L. Stout, of the 
Circuit Court, that the act cf the 
1908 T.eglslature appropriating the 
lump sum of $ 000,000 for the benefit 
! of the State ITniverslty at T-exlngton. 

: and the -two State Normal Schools, 
j the Eastern, at Richmond, and the 
j Western, at Bowling Green, has full 
authority of the constitution, and 
that the further annual appropriation 
of $70,000 for the maintenance of 
j the three Institutions carried by the 
act is also valid, and must be paid. 
One-third Sum is Due Now. 

The court goes so far as to say 
that under the terms of the act one- 
third of the lump sum Is due to the 
beneficiary Institutions now. while 
the annual appropriation for the 
schools must also he paid for the cur- 
rent fiscal year. 

Of the lump appropriation, the sum 
of $200,000 Is appropriated to the 
State T'nlverslty at T.,exlngton while 
the Normal Schools receive $100,000 
each. Of the annual maintenance 
fund provided for. the Western Nor- 
mal at Bowling Green will receive 
$.30,000, while $20,000 each goes to 
the Eastern Normal and the State 

Brought in State Fiscal Court. 

The actions which we *e finallv de- 
cided hv the Supreme Tribunal of 
the State were originally brought In 
the State Fiscal Court In Franklin 
county', the Boards of Trustees of the 
three Institutions w’hlch are benefic- 
iaries of the act, seeking a manda- 
mus to compel the Auditor of Public 
Accounts to draw his warrant upon 
the State Treasurer for the amount 

of the aitpropriat.ons wiiich had he- 
 «)me due. 

Audlic.r .lames advised wifli his 
colleagues of the Stale ndmiiiistra 
lion and deellned to pa.* uwr the 
money to the schmjl.s tiiitil a lest suit 
of l.’.e Lf*glsIatlV( act had l)een car 
fled through the courts, .ludge Stout 
in the State Fiscal Court, held that 
the act was const tutional, and Issued 
the mandamus against ite» Auditor, 
who I rough! the case to the Court oi 
Apptnls  ;n appeal. The styles of 
the three cases at issue are James. 
Auditor, against the Board of Trus- 
tees of Stato University: same vs. 

Board of Trustees of’ the Eastern 
State .Normal School, and same vs. 
Board of Trustees of Western State 
Normal School. 

Why the Auditor Resisted. 

The Auditor’s resistance of the 
j)ayments demanded was based on 
the ground that the act making the 
appropriation wa.s unconstitutional: 
First. because the appropriations 
could not he made without submit- 
ting the matter to a vote of tlr- 
people, as provided by Sec. 184 of 
the Constitution; Second, because 
the State University, in changing its 
name from the “Agricultural and 
Mechanical College’’ to “State Uni- 
versity’’ had destroyed its identity 
as a State institution, and was no 
longer entitled to State aid; Third, 
that the Normal Schools are not 
named in the Constitution and are, 
therefore, not entitled, as State edu- 
cational instltutlcns., to financial 
assistance from the State; Fourth, 
that the payment of the cppropriatlcn 
to these several instltutlonsi, ^vhen 
added to the current annual expenses 
of running the State government and 
other appropriations made by the 
Legislature at the same session, 
would create a debt against the State 
of more than $500,000 in excess of the 
total revenue for the year which, it 
was claimed, would be violative of 
Sectlcns 49 and 50 of the Constitu- i 
tion. i 

Each of these I'ontentions was ex- 
haustivel.v dealt with and successive- 
ly refuted by the opinion. As to the 
fourth contention, which the op’nion 
seemed to regard as the most serious 
one made by the Auditor, it was 
shown that there would be no such 
debt created and that no deficit at 
present exists as claimed; and that 
the State would be compelled to pay ; 
this year only the annual appropria- 
tion to each institution and to each a 
third of the lump appropriation, leav- ^ 
Ing the other two-thirds to he itaid 
In 1909 and 1910. In brief, the deols- i 
ion is a complete victory for the State 
liilverslty and the Normal Schools. 

How News Was Received. 
Intelligence of the decision of the ; 
Uourt of Api)eals in the question of | 
the a i)proi)rlatlons to the State Uni- j 
versity was received with much re- | 
jolclng by President James K. Patter- ; 
son, the members of the Board of j 
Trustees, the faculty and students, j 
Of the $.500,000 lump sum aiiproprla- j 
lion,, State Ihilversity will receive l 
$200,000, to be used In the erectoin of 

(Continued on page 81 




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would often ask them, but thf.v would 
not give me any answer. Time and 
again I told tliem that I had not done 
anything to any person m the world. 
They seemed to think that 1 knew 
something. On several cecastons they 
tried to get me to dr :ik drugs I 
guess they t'ought 1 would talk If I 
drank what they gave m\ The men 
were neatly dressed and used good 
language. They did not seem to be 
toughs. I nev r saw. a ])Tper from the 
time 1 left Lexington until 1 made 
my escape. In fact. I did not know 
where 1 was and had no Idea alxtut 
the time of the year. At first, I was 
closely watched by the men. but later 
on. w'hen they saw that 1 made no 
attemi)t to escape, the guard over me 
/ at night was not maintained and all 

of the men went' to sleap. 

“Time and again T remained awake 
at night hoping for an opportunity 
to escape. The men did not treat me 
mean, but when T Insisted on asking 
questions they threatened me. Some- 
times T got two meals a day and then 
again only one. They would allow 
me to eat when they thought about 
it, T guess. On Monday night of this 
week T planned to escape. The men 
retired early and I remained awake, 
although T had removed my clothes. 
When T thought that the men were 
asleep T reached over and secured my 
coat and vest, a i)alr of trousers and 
this hat. The trousers and hat did 
not belong to me. 

“Crawl'ng Inch by inch to the door. 

T gained the fresh air. T was afraid 
T would awaken the men if T attempt- 
to ride one of the horses awav. I 
tread lightly on the ground until T was 
out of hearing distance from the cave. 
Then T began to run. T ran until T 
was nearly exhausted, and stopped 
for rest a few minutes. Making mv 
way forward again T came to a ra’l- 
road track. It was then nearly dav- 
llght. T walked on the railroad track 
nntll T came to a station. T boarded 
the first train that came along and 
rode all day. Tt was not until T 
reached the State of Illinois that T 
knew that T bad been in Wisconsin 
“T made my way to Henderson bv 
asking questions of railroad men. 
T did not tell anyone mv name and d’d 
not stop to get anvthlng'to eat. The 
first food T have bad since Mondav 
morning was a glass of milk T got this 
afternoon at the home of mv sister. 
MTien T arrived at Hendefson. T met 
my uncle. Carl Benton, who Is a con- 
ductor on the T.ouisvllle & Nashville 
railroad. He gave me a dollar and T 
paid my fare to Owensboro. T want 
to B8V that T have not the slightest 
Idea why T was k'dnaped. T bav» told 
all the details of mv experience and I 
never want to go through a like one.” 


Continued from page 1.1 
“He says he left the home of Mrs. 
Beauchamp about 7:SU o’clock and 
went to the Queen & Cro.aceut i all- 
way depot, where he bought a ticket 
to Cincinnati, arriving there the same 

night, lie r* maim d Mu re a day or 
two and tlun decided lo go north, 
lie made his way to that part «)f the 
co.u.try by easy stages. w.;;klnk his 
v ay on freuc,. ' -alns. 

••]te fltr ’ly airived ‘n Chicago, 

wliere he remained until ^he got a 
chance to work tils way on a freight 
train into Wisconsin. There he pene- 
trated deep into the woods, where he 
finally secured work in a lumber 

camp. There he remained several 

weeks, until probably the excitement 
following his disappearance had blown 
ever, as he declares that lie never saw 
a paper In which there was any refer- 
ence to him. He declares that no 
liapers came to the lumber camp while 
he was at work there. The camp was 
far In the hills, and no newspapers 
were needed there, he suj)posed. That 
is where he got his hands hardened. 

"Finally, he became tired of the 
lumber camp, and having some money 
by that time, he decided to get out of 
there and try some other kind of 
work. He finally landed In Blooming- 
ton, Illinois, where he has been for 
the last few weeks working as a wait- 
er in a restaurant. A few days ago 
he decided to come in the direction of 
home, and finally arrived at Evans- 
ville. Tnd. There he met a man whom 
he knew, who told him the police and 
University people were looking for 
him. and that he might be punished. 

“This frightened my brother, so 
that when he reached Owensboro, 
having Ixirrowed a dollar from his 
uncle, who is a conductor on a train, 
he was prepared to tell any sort of a 
story that came to his mind first, and 
tho composition in the Owensborj 
dis])atches was the result. 


Cott*inued from page 1.) 
dissatisfied with Lexington and de- 
sired to return to his former work 
in Oklahoma, and they thought that 
after he left home the night he dis- 
appctired, he went cn to the railroad 
yards and rodo on a freight train 
out of Lexington. 

Another persistent theory was that 
he was being held by the students 
at the college because he refused to 
join one of their fraternities. This 
theor.v was followed up by searching 
the college buildings, but, nothing 
came of it. The studeii's repeatedly 
denied any knowledge of the affair 
and the classes appointed commit- 
tees to try to find il e 1 k).v. 

A person living near the I’niver- 
slty claimed to have heard some cue 
call f(rr help on that fateful Tuesday 
night that Smith dlsaitpeared. and 
the student that was being hazed 
cried out that they were beating him 

The first clue found backed up the 
theory first given by the detectives 
that the hoy was being held 1)V haz- 
ers. This clue was the letter found 
In Ernest Smith’s mall box signed 
with a “black hand.” and saving; 
“You bad better stop this investiga- 

The second clue was the letter re- 
ceived from Decatur, 111., purporting 

to come from Willis SmUii and orcUr- ( 
ing the investigation stopped. 

His father, Kev. Willis E. Smith, of 
.Melrose, N. M., was not notified until 
after he had been missing for two 
days, as it was thought he would re- 

Circulars were sent to all the large 
cities with requests to look out for 
him, and to report to Lexington as 
s K)n as found. Detectives were ac- 
tive among students, out absolutely 
no clue was discovered. 

Young Smith is the son of Rev. 
Willis E. Smith of Melrose, New 
Mexico, who a-t that place is pastor 
of a Presbyterian church, and for- 
merl.v liveu in Owenslmro. The miss- 
ing man has three brothers. Frampton 
Smith, of Owen8lM)ro; Pjjj)f. A. E. 
Smith, of Hindman, and L. Ernest j 
Smith, of lA'xlngton: besides several 
sisters, among them Mrs. W’. E. Hub- 
bard. also of Owensboro. Young 
Smith went to schocl to his brother 
In Hindman before coming to State 
liiiverslty, and it was this brother 
who came to Ivcxington to help In the 
search and who offered the lot) re- 


Continued from page 1.) 

lieve it, but we do; we know how 
anxious cub and even fu'l grown bear 
reporters are for a “beat,” or a piece 
of good news that the rival palters 
have tailed lo get, i.iid we don't 
blame the different eoitorials and 
such things which were all over the 
State, condemning the students, the 
iaculty, and the directo*is ct our 
beieved University, — they don't un- 
derstand. They are people who have 
nevtr been to college, perhaps never 
have seen one, and don’t understand 
college boys. One can never under- 
stand college boys It one never did 
go to college. These people form 
their ideas of college boys from sto- 
ries which they have read concerning 
raids and dei)redatlons vhich college 
boys have made, but — wuat’s the use, 
they don’t understand. 

W'e know that we college boys 
don’t do right all the time, and per- 
hai« the majority of us seldom do as 
our mothers would have us do, l)Ut 
you who have gone to college under- 
stand. The |)eople who have not 
been to college, (we mean a college, 
and not some small seminary or in- 
stitute) take everything we do liter- 
ally and seriously, which you that 
understand see they shouldn't. But 
the time will come when universal 
))eace and such improvements which 
we are to see in the twentieth cen- 
tury, will give every boy and girl a 
chance for higher education. When 
that time comes, there will be no 
need for criminal courts, no need for 
jails and penitentiaries, but the angel 
of universal peace and education 
will prottvt alike the laborer’s cot- 
tage and the President’s mansion, the 
honeysuckle-clad homes of the cava- 
lier of the South and the hoim*« of 
lhe Puritans of the North. Then 
will a man be as a brother unto 
every other. 

We Have 

That a certain drug store down the 
street is having a cut price sale. 
Now we never have anything sen- 
sationefl like this, but you just come 
down and compare our prices with 
these sensational cut prices and see 
if we don’t treat our customers bet- 
ter than they do. We rely on the 
good sense of our customers, and 
don’t think that they would buy 
a cheap something for the same 
price that we offer the best. 

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Quaternary Epoch — Post-Pliocene 

A limn sal on a rock and soujcht 
Unfrtshim'nt fnK)ni Ms thmnb 
A dinotherlnni wandorfd by 
And scared him sonu*. 

Mis nanif* was Smith. The kind ot 

He sat upon was shale; 

One feature »iulte distinguished 
him, — 

He had a tall. 

billiard parlor 

Opposite \Jnion Jtatloo 


IC5I E.. MAIN Street 

The danger past, he te i uuo 
A reverie austere, 

While with his tall he whisked a Hy 
From off his ear. 



T. t . BUTLER, Agent 

Room 36 

Old Dormitory 

“Nature abhors Imperfect work, 
And on It lays a ban; 

And all creation must despise 
A tailless man. 

that you're here. 

That you’ve come all the way from 
the West, 

took an old frat for to start you 
my dear. 

And sixteen s-tout men did the 

Go on Sale to-day at 
Greatly Reduced Prices 

“But Fashion’s dictates rule su- 1 

Ignoring common sense; 

And Fashion says, to dock your tall , 
Is just Immense. j 

“And children now come In the j CHORUS 

With half a tall or less; 

Too stumpy to convey a thought 
And meaningless. 


Oh, Willis, dear Willis, a hero you 
are, , 

A brave among tyrants and foes, 
You did things that bigger than you 
would not dare, 

When you stepi ed cn those six- 
teen men’s toes. 

The result this weel: is ^ very tin 
exoected to many studea a , J?,tj\i.e, 
and shows the uncerta u4 of 'he con 
Some otlier girl - h In siamD 
low as Miss Kaufman did last week, 
may be ahead next week; that is, if 
the Chemistry bhafks don’t work as 
l aid as they did lasf\*gek. y 

Get a move on, you felRiWs, and 
y,7\ea for your choice, by geftoig'sub- 
scriptlons to the Idea, Ev'kry one 
should subscribe to the Idea uow while 
It Is easy to do so . 

The Idea would like to announce 
that. In case of a tie when the contest 
closi^, the first prize will be divided 
aniont^ those who tie, and the flag 
will go to the girl who has the nei^ 
highest number of votes. 

The results for this week-.^iti^^ 

Sarah kiyufman 1010 

Cary Wllnams 720 

Lida Jones...). 550 

Ethelyn Egbert 520 

Mattie Cary 310 

Lillian Ferguson 300 

Verna Sink 110 

Miss Doty 100 

Nell Wallis 100 

Sallle Bennett JO'’ 

Hester Lowery 

Ethel Bryant i' 

Mary Spencer 


“It kills expression. How can one 
Set forth, in words that drag, 

The best emotions of the soul 
Without a wag?” 



Sadly he mused upon the world, 

Its follle and its woes; 

Then wiped the moisture from his 

And blew his nose. 

Oh, Willis, dear Willis, come 
to us here. 

That we may give yo'i your r( 
The lake bias been filled sine 
left us, my dear. 

And we’ll soak you ir. it goo 
and hard. 




David Law Proudfit, 

The work In the Mechanical depart- 
ment for the Sophomore Class will 
give the members a nui tor tbeir 
money this term. We have a hold 
on analytics from last teuu and 
therefore It should not be so hard. 
Descriptive geometry, ea’euhis and 
iwiv.ever. be*ig new, are 


(To be sung to the tune or rauiei. 

Dear Father, Come Home to 
Me Now.”) 

Oh, Willis, dear Willis, come back 
here today, 

We miss you so much, yes we do. 
You’re causing Desha and others 
to say 

That we’ve made sewer-plpe out 
of you. 


Come home, come home. 

Oh, Willis, come back here t 
You’re causing Desha and 0 
' to say 

That we made sewer-plpe 
of you. 

“Willis says he start 
the family several Aipfa 
away, but after he had sw 
letters found It ’ Impossible to 

The College 
Fellows’ Shop 

Mr. H. Moore Is very ui or ly* 
phoid fever at his home hi George- 
town. Mr. Moore Is one of the most 

dear Willis, we’ve heard 

Oh. Willis, 

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To every lady reader of this paper who vill ,?end us the name of her grocer 
we will send free a copy of “A Few Famous Receipts.” by an old Kentucky 

It contains the best receipts for making cakes, pastry, beaten biscuit, rolls ' 
and salt-rising br^ad. Send your name on a poscal card today. 

It aso explains how and why 


Has become to be recognized as the best of all flours. “Cream” flour is sold 
on our “Money-back Guarantee” of perfect satifsaction. Ask your grocer for 
It. It is made for housekeepers who take pride in their tables. Write today. 

Lexington Roller Mi'ls Co. 

James E. Hlk.hes' 


Binder and blank Book cTWaker 


Oiir plant l.s the largest of Its kind In Kentucky. We are ra|)ldly 
hulldlng up one of the leading publishing houses in the Sputh. We are 
preiiared to print anything, and give special attention to work for Col- 
lege Societies and Fraternities. Our long experience in printing society 
programs, dance programs and the like has taught us how. We represent 
three of tho largest engraving houses in the West and solicit orders for 
work of this kind. Hint at what you want — we’ll do the rest. 

‘‘The blue Cinuss Millers.” 

I.EXINcrrON, Ky. 126-128 N. Limestone 

Lexington, Ky 


At a meesting of all tha eligibles of 
the Slate University Football team, 
held at the Phoenix Hotel, Dec. HO, 
Richard Carroll Barbee was unani- 
mously chosen captain of the team 
for the season cf 1909. “Dick,” as 
he is familiarly knowm among the 
weartfrs of the football togs, is a 
' .’iienaber of the Junior Class in the 
departnaent of civil englnee’ring. Mr. 
Barbee is also a member of the Phi 
Delta Theta fraternity, and a Lexing- 
ton boy. He has played two years of 
college football and is one of the 
ablest men State University has pro- 
• - *duced. Captain Barbee probably will 
have the best material behind him 
next fall that has ever fought the 
gridiron battles for the Blue and 
White colors. 

 lx., began the season of 

1908 at left en ^, but as the team de- 
veloped it beciJiiAe evident to Coach 
Guyn that he was' even better at half 
back, and was given that position in 
the Sewanee game.   Tne change was 
satisfactory Coacn ‘Guyn that 
Barb^ finis^it^ the seasoti' ar half- 
* back. •B y’was also named as the All- 
Kentuckjf halfback. 

The meeting was presided over by 
Student Manager B. E. W. Stout in 
the absence of Captain Hendrickson, 
’OS. The election was held on the 
20th in order that it might be made 
known who should respond fo the 
-■Bi^ast “The Team Next Year,” at the 
bSftt^et given the football players at 
the P?hwialx Hotel on the eight of 
Dec. 21st by tliVW^uUy and students 
of State Unlvorsitj^x^. 

Following were the toasts respond- 
ed to: — 

Prof. A. M. Miller, ^Toastmaster. 

“Two Successive Championships” — 
Captain Hendrickson. 

“The . Value of Strenuous Athlet- 
ics” — Prof. Anderson. 

‘Reviewing the Season” — Coach 

’’ When We Were Boys” — 

Committee in An- 
J'.Vof. Mackenzie 
in- Athletics” — H. B. 



“New Impressions” — Dr. Tuthill. 
"The Team Next Year” — Richard 
Carroll Barbee. 

The State University of Keutjcky 
comprises three colleges and three 
scliools; — 

1. The College of Agiiculture. — C. 
W. .Mathews, Dean. 

2. The College of Arts and Science. ‘ 
— A. M. Miller, Dean. 

3. The College of Law. — Judge W. 
T. Lafferty, Dean. 

4. The School of Civil ^engineering 
— W. E. Rowe, l ean. 

5. The School of Mechanical and 
Electrical Engineering. — F. P. Ander- 
son, Dean. 

6. The Sfchool of Mining Engineer- 
ing. — C. W. Norwood, Dean. 


Lexington Leader: Tho Leader 

congratulates President Patterson and 
the faculty and students of State Uni- 
versity on the return of Willis Smith 
to Kentucky the explosion of the 
theory that he had been killed by ha- 
zers and the vindication of the be- 
l.ef they always expressed that the 
missing student had voluntarily dis- 
appeared. It is the irony of fate that 
he should show up just as a new fake 
story of his murder” had made Its 
appearance, and a subscription was 
to be raised to dig up the sewer Into 
which his “body” was thrown.” 

Owensboro Messenger' “The story 
of young Smith is a palpable romance 
and a very artistic piece of work. 
It bears upon its face not only the 
persuasive order of improbability; It 
is clumsy in every detail. The boy 
ought to have gone to the school of 
the late Immortal Col. Joe Mulhattan 
and learned something of the fine art 
of romancing. Very little Is known of 
the young man in Owensboro. When 
he was a child of ten his father re- 
moved with his family to Asheville, 
N. C., taking the boy with him. and 
later changed his residence to Mel- 
rose, N. M. When rtia young man 
came hack to Kentucky to enter col- 
lege at Lexington, he stopped In Ow- 
ensboro on a visit to relatives for one 

day only. He had been at college 
about twenty days when the alleged 
hazing took place. He may have Itff 
Lexington in a box car, but If so, it 
was very probably his own voluntary 
act. Very few persons will swallow 
his tale of drugg ng. kidnaping, the 
Wisconsin cave, his walking or run- 
ning forty or fifty miles between 11:30 
o’clock p. m. and daylight, or his 
getting from Northern W’lsconsln to 
Owensboro, principally via freight 
trains, in thirty-six hours, to say noth- 
ing of not spending at least a dime of 
that dollar hia uncle gave him at 
Henderson, Wednesday afternoon, for 
a sandwich, when he had nothing to 
eat since Monday. It only costs 90 
cents for a railroad ticket from Hen- 
derson to Owensboro.” 

The Idea is very glad to welcome 
Mr. Thomas Bryant back again. We 
missed his pleasant smile during his 
sickness, but we are consoled in 
knowing that his smile was not wast- 
ed. for he is also a popular man 
among the girls. He was a patient 
at the Good Samaritan Hospital. 

In one issue of his first story WllHs 
Smith says that his captors were 
middle-age men. In another one he 
says that they were between the ages 
of 18 and 26 years. What bad Judg- 
ment on WllHs’ part! 

Ernest Smith says, that while he Is 
glad that his brother has been found, 
still he does not regret the stand he 
had taken during the trouble. Now 


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this seems strange, since Mr. Smith’s 
theory concerning his brother’s dls- 
ajipearance was that he was dead. 

Surely VV’illls knew a little English 
when he entered college, or else San- 
dy would not have let him in. 


(Continued from page 5.) 
new buildings, and an annual appro- 
priation of $20,000. 

Ill anticipation of an appropriation 
two years ago, the Board of Trustees 
erected the Educational Building at a 
cost of $35,000. Since the i assage of 
the appropriations bill the new En- 
gineering and Physics building has 
been erected at a cost of $50,000. 

Other Buildings P'anned. 

The Agricultural Building has been 
erected at a cost of $35,000. A new 
chemical building will now be erect- 
ed at a cost of about $40,000. 

The appropriation bill specified the 
buildings which should be erected In 
order with the proceeds of the $200,- 
000. The bill provides that a dormi- 
tory shall be erected . 

As the dormitory conditions at the 
University are in such a miserable 
condition it was hoped that part of 
the money appropriated should be 
used for the purjiose named and new 
dormitories modem in conveniences 
would be erected to take the place of 
those which are now used as homes 
by boys who come from as good fam- 
ilies as the State affords. 


Lexington, Ky., , 1908. .j. 


♦ . 

Please accept my nomination of 

Lexington, this coupon to en- 
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