Long before there was widespread public interest in cancer research or animal rights, Wichita’s Charles Payne was crusading.
He became a nationally known naturalist and was a pioneer in studying a cure for cancer.
Born in Kentucky in 1852, Payne came to Wichita during the boom period of 1886 and became affluent by investing in real estate. When the city’s bust came in 1889, Payne was left penniless. At that time, he began pursuing the study of nature.
He began collecting all types of animals. During the 1890s, Payne made a living and gained some notoriety by catching jackrabbits and shipping them all over the world for coursing meets.
Payne’s business of shipping live animals to various parts of the world included everything from a kangaroo mouse to a buffalo. At one time, he was the largest collector of North American animals and birds in the country, according to the "History of Wichita and Sedgwick County Kansas," published by O.H. Bentley in 1910.
Payne also established several animal farms for fur-bearing animals and applied for a patent on a humane animal and bird trap which did not maim the animal or bird caught in it.
Nationally, he was known as a contributor to scientific and sportsman’s journals.
He copyrighted a set of rules for a successful life and formed a research association for discovering a cure for cancer. And when he believed he had found a remedy, he took out a charter in the state of Kansas and planned to give the treatment free to the public.
In an interview with Payne published in 1928, the Wichita Eagle Sunday Magazine quoted him as saying:
“Every man carries within him the potentialities of perfection of his spiritual, mental and physical self. The creation of life is the most sacred and beautiful of all gifts bestowed upon man.”
Question: The first coursing event involving greyhounds was held in Kansas in 1886. Soon after it became a popular sport in the Midwest. Where was this event held?
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