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From The Indianapolis News, Wednesday, September 19, 1923: The largest freshmen class ever to register at Butler College swamped the registrar’s office today. By 8 a.m. a long line of young men and women had formed at the door of the administration building, and as the morning progressed the line extended many hundreds of feet across the campus to the street. To alleviate the crush of prospective students, college authorities divided them into groups and distributed cards telling them to report again at specific hours. With 425 freshmen registrations today and about 550 upper classmen registered yesterday, including 100 seniors, it is expected that about 200 additional registrations are yet to come in including another 50 members of the class of 1924 who will be returning this fall. When registration closes, estimated enrollment will be1,200 compared with 1,002 last year.

“Freshmen at Butler Swamp Office Forces,” The Indianapolis News, 19 September 1923, p. 10:8

From The Indianapolis Times, Friday, September 7, 1923: The Ku Klux Klan unofficially declared today “Klan Day” at the Indiana State Fair. Milton Elrod, editor of the Fiery Cross, announced all Klansmen will gather inside the racetrack at 6 p.m. for the singing of “America” and the recitation of the Lord’s Prayer followed by the Klan oath of allegiance to the country. Many of the men, women, and children in attendance were wearing little white badges with a crimson cross and the label “100%.” Some visitors wore small red and white caps with the letters “K. K. K.” on the fronts and many of the concession stands were decorated with signs reading “100 per cent American” thereby creating considerable comment with an atmosphere of uncertainty enveloping the crowd. Additional police were on duty to handle an unusual number of visitors.


"Big Crowds Attends Fair as Sun Shines,” The Indianapolis Times, 7 September 1923, p. 1:4

From The Indianapolis Times, Monday, August 27, 1923: Beginning today, speeders convicted a second time will be sentenced to the Indiana State Farm from thirty days to six months city Judge Delbert Wilmeth announced. First-time speeding offenders can avoid fines by paying court costs and agreeing to have their automobile “impounded” from five days to one year, depending on the rate of speed. Convicted motorists taking advantage of the suspended fine provision must give the court the address of the garage in which the car is stored and leave the license plate, certificate of title, and keys with the city court bailiff. Harold Tiley was the first to surrender his car. Convicted of driving thirty miles an hour over the speed limit, his $20 (2022: $353) fine was suspended when he agreed to lock up his car for thirty days.

“State Farm Sentences Promised Second-Time Speeders by City Judge,” The Indianapolis Times, 27 August 1923, p. 1:7

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