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From The Indianapolis Star, Thursday, December 8, 1921:The Indianapolis permanent fire prevention committee has placed a very large dial, with red and black hands, at Kentucky Av and Washington St, showing the number of fires each day this year as compared with the number a year before. Yesterday, the dial registered ten fires, while one year before there were thirteen fires, showing a decrease for the day of 23 per cent. So far this year the fire department has made 2,772 runs compared to 3,465 runs in 1920.According to Frank C. Jordan, committee chair, there were 5.8 fires per 1,000 persons in 1910, and by 1920 the number of fires per 1,000 persons had increased to 10.7.The growth was principally due to carelessness, and the decrease is to the credit of people exercising more caution, said Jordan.

“Dial Shows Decrease in Local Fires,” The Indianapolis Star, 8 December 1921, p. 2:2

From The Indianapolis News, Tuesday, November 29, 1921: Dale Miller, one of the most popular Indiana basketball officials, hosted a meeting of thirteen Indianapolis basketball officials last evening at the Board of Trade. After making a list of their names, addresses, and phone numbers so that high school, college, and independent coaches and managers may know where a competent and experienced official is available, they formed a state board that will meet from time to time during the basketball season with coaches and officials to discuss rules of the game and in this way standardize procedures throughout the state. Officers of the organization are Pat Page, Butler College athletic director, president; “Hap” Craigle, well known basketball referee, vice president; and Dale Miller, secretary-treasurer. The officers will draft organization bylaws and consider affiliation with the national board of approved basketball officials.

“Hoosier Basketball Officials Form Board,” The Indianapolis News, 29 November 1921, p. 22:1

From The Indianapolis Times, Wednesday, November 23, 1921: After word was received that two of the three Marion County commissioners would not change their position and authorize a bond issue, in cooperation with the city, for acquiring land for the site of the Indiana war memorial plaza, the Indianapolis board of public works voted this afternoon to proceed independently of the county. Proceeds of a bond issue authorized by the city council will be used to acquire the block south of the Indiana School for the Blind bounded by Meridian, Pennsylvania, North, and Michigan Streets. This block, with the state’s land donation of the Blind School, including St. Clair Park, and University Park, will be dedicated for the proposed plaza. A meeting protesting the county commissioners’ refusal to authorize a bond issue will be held Friday evening at Tomlinson Hall.

“City Goes Into Plaza Deal Alone,” The Indianapolis Times, 23 November 1921, p. 1:1

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