Kansas Again

17 11 2006

I was able to find a few more bits related to the Eldridge Hotel (and I’m sure I could find a whole lot more).  Various history organizations in the state have put beau coup stuff online.  Here’s an image of  Sheriff Sam Jones, courtesy of Kansas History Online by way of Google Images.


And here is an image of the ruins of the Free State Hotel after Sheriff Sam burned it down.  This is from Territorial Kansas Online


 It turns out that Shalor Eldridge vowed to rebuild the hotel with an additional floor were it ever destroyed by pro-slavery forces, and he was true to his word twice.  Here he is with his family, thanks to Territorial Kansas Online once again.  Click the image for a full size version.


And here are the rules for guests of his establishement from TKO again (click on the image to get a more legible one).


You see, this is the thing with pulling threads.  It’s really not conducive to the bleeding-kansas.jpgcompletion of a narrowly defined project.  I could go on and on with web research alone.  There are a number of books written on “Bleeding Kansas”, and here is a recent one.  It is by Nicole Etcheson, a history professor at Ball State.  I’ve not read the book, so if any of you have, I welcome your comments.

Now, some of you may be asking “What the heck does Kansas have to do with Bull Run?”  Well, come back within the next week or so and I’ll tell you.  And I promise it won’t be the standard “The Civil War started in Kansas” line (even though it is a valid link).  For now, here’s a hint:


I can hear him thinking to himself: “Will it be Delawarians, or Delawarites?”

A Test of Text

17 11 2006

OK, I had to make some changes to posts made today.

For some reason, if the view text option in IE is set to “larger” when I compose my post, it changes the appearance of that text even if the setting subsequently is reset to “medium”.  The good new is that the text will appear larger than text of posts composed when the setting was “medium”.  The bad news is that I have to be careful about switching between medium and large while I am editing posts, because their appearance gets fouled up and, particularly when images are involved, will appear “jumbled” depending on the setting of the browser.  So, from here on out I will compose with my browser text view option at “larger”.  Now, I know you’re going to say “Dude, that only affects the viewing of your text on your particular browser”, but I have learned that it does not.  So I have removed the post that was “More Kansas” posted earlier today and replaced it with “Kansas Again” above.