The LANTERN of Jan. 15, 1887 complained that the horse car driver always whips up until he cuts the pedestrian out of the crossing, then slows down for fear of injuring the springs on his car.
The NORTH TOPEKA MAIL, July 13, 1888 said the balloon ascension at 15th and Kansas was a fizzle. It didn’t go up. But the occasion was a great success to the street car company, which hauled 5,000 people to the event.
The JOURNAL, Apr. 2, 1890 said a “nickel” on the floor of a City Railways’s North Topeka car fooled more people than any other joke of the day. About five of every ten people tried to pick it up, and found it was soldered to a screw that held it fast to the floor. Those were the days when a nickel was worth picking up.
The JOURNAL, July 18, 1889--It is now the custom of the accommodating motorneers on the Oakland electric cars to extinguish the incandescent lamps while passing a street light. The latter are surrounded with bugs to such an extent that a whole drove attacks the electric cars as they pass and torment passengers throughout the trip.
On Oct. 1, 1902 Mrs W.A. Johnston and Mrs. H. O. Garvey gave a reception at Mrs. Johnston’s home, 1900 West Sixth. The CAPITAL said that in order that the ladies attending the reception not be delayed or crowded, the City Railway would put on additional cars from the transfer station at Eight and Kansas to the Hulse Greenhouse, Willow and Elmwood. The company was supplementing the service afforded by the “asylum” cars, hoping to make all the ladies comfortable and avoid delays.
(This unprecedented concern might be accounted for by the fact that Mrs. Johnston was the wife of the Chief Justice of the Kansas Supreme Court.)
The CAPITAL, Dec. 9, 1902, said John Thompson had quit his work as conductor and was now a utility clerk at the post office at a salary of $500 per annum under civil service rules. On May 3, 1892 the JOURNAL said that a Rapid Transit conductor was said to be worth $30,000 and that another owns a good building on Kansas Avenue.
Jay E. House in his column, “On Second Thought,” in the CAPITAL, July 16, 1903, said, “I hope my funeral procession will not be long enough to stop the street car to the ball game.”
On May 1, 1895 the JOURNAL had a headline, HAS RIGHT TO HUG, Judge Webb Says a Gentleman May PUT HIS ARM AROUND A LADY On a Street Car Without Violating Proprieties.
The gentleman in the case was State Senator Householder, a member of the State Board of Charities, whose conduct as an investigator was being investigated. He was charged with being on too friendly terms with female attendants at the Insane Asylum (now the State Hospital) and had been seen escorting one pretty attendant on a street car, with his arm around her. The judge held that gentlemen often protected their ladies in such a manner while riding in crowded public conveyances.
On Jan. 26, 1896 the CAPITAL said that a conductor by the name of Staggers was discharged for intoxication.