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April Fool Riot    (April Fool's Day - 1903)

Chicago Daily Tribune - Apr 2, 1903

On the night before April 1, students from Austin College stole a Union Army cannon from the campus of the neighboring Illinois College of Photography. In response, the students of the photography school marched on Austin College the next day, demanding their cannon back. The young women of the school marched at the front. But the Austin students turned out en masse to defend their stolen treasure, and a fight ensued, during which a number of students were seriously injured.

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