Find Rare Kansas City Antiques and Collectibles at the Vintage Kansas City Marketplace ~ Own a Piece of Old KC

Vintage Kansas - A Celebration of Kansas City Past!


Old News from Kansas City - Vintage New Items
Headlines and Articles from The Kansas City Journal

Business Office...4000 Main
City Editor.....4001 Main
Society Editor....4002 Main

Twocents. SubscriptionRates:  By carrier, per week, 10 cents; per month, 45cents.  By mail, daily and Sunday, one month, 40 cents;three months, $1.00; six months, $2.00; one year, $4.00. Sunday only, six months, 75 cents; one year, $1.50. Weekly Journal, 25 cents one year.

Like Vintage Kansas City on Facebook

As We See 'Em ~ Caricatures of Prominent Kansas Cityans

The Isis Theatre ~ Kansas City, Missouri

The History of Fairmount Park

Claims of Cancer Cured by Dr. Bye in Vintage KC Missouri

Special Cut Prices ~ Always the Same

Blogging Fusion Blog Directory

March 31, 1907


Merchant, Ill With Pneumonia,
Is Steadily Sinking.

The condition of William B. Thayer, dry goods merchant, was reported last night as showing little chance for improvement. Slight hope is held out for his recovery. Mr. Thayer has been ill with pneumonia for about six weeks, and for a time appeared to be on the road to recovery. About five days ago, however, he suffered a relapse, and with but a slight rally now and then has been gradually sinking. Mr. Thayer lives at Forty-sixth street and Warwick boulevard.

Labels: ,

March 31, 1907


Great Humorist May Be Here on
Missouri University Founders' Day.

The Kansas City Missouri University Alumni Association is going after big game for speakers at the banquet to be held here April 19 in commemoration of Founders' day. Mark Twain holds a degree from the university and his former residence in this state makes him at least a Missourian by adoption. It is stated that the prospect of getting the famous humorist in connection with a lecture here are very encouraging.

Labels: ,

March 31, 1907


New Service Today Also on the
Rockhill Extension.

If everything is lovely -- including the weather and it stoops raining long enough to make Easter bonnets possible, open cars will be run on some of the suburban street car lines today. Swope park cars were run through the city yesterday from the shops on East Ninth street to the Forty-eighth street barns, to have them in readiness for to-day's business.

It is expected that even though it remains nasty there will be enough courageous ones to swell the street car business beyond ordinary proportions, and if the sun shines every available car will be put into service.

Commencing today every other Rockhill car will be run through to Fifty-first street. The fare is a nickel, and from Waldo to Dodson a nickel.

Labels: , , , , , , ,

May 31, 1907


Test Made Last Night to Develop

Forty-two cows selected from dairies in the northeast part of the city were inoculated at 8 o'clock last night with tuberculosis virus by City Milk Inspector Wright and L. Champlain, veterinarian of the city pure food inspectors, for the purpose of determining if any of the herd are afflicted with tuberculosis. The temperatures of the cows treated were taken at three different times yesterday, the last shortly before the tuberculosis virus was injected. It takes twenty-four hours for tuberculosis to develop in a cow, and the real results of the tests made last night will not be known until tonight.

Labels: , , ,

March 30, 1907


Italian Bandmaster Offers to Change
Hours of Practice and Is Released.

A. Kantizarro, manager of a boys' band, was before the juvenile court yesterday afternoon on complaint of teachers of the Karnes and Washington ward schools, who accuse him of enticing boys away from the schools to play in his band. The teachers stated that some ten or fifteen boys had been ruined for school purposes through he influence of Kantizarro and his band, and that many truancy cases were caused by the demands of the Italian for the boys to play at funerals, etc. The bandmaster promised to make his practice hours such as not to interfere with the school work of his boys, and to relieve them from funeral duty on school days, and the case was dismissed.

Labels: , , , ,

March 30, 1907


Woman in Court Declared It
Was Only a "Cold."

Mrs. A. N. McGuire was before the juvenile court yesterday afternoon as a witness in one of the cases pending. She held in her arms a small baby which seemed to be ill.

"What's the matter with that child?" demanded Judge McCune abruptly as he happened to notice the little one, "Is it sick?"

"Yes, it seems to have a bad cold," answered the mother carelessly.

Dr. Matthias of the detention home examined the child a moment or two.

"This baby has the measles," he announced, and there was a small scattering of the bystanders who were not immune. Mrs. McGuire and the child were removed from the court room and the little one given medical attention.

Labels: , , , ,

March 30, 1907


Mrs. Alexander Gave It Away, Now
Wants It Back.

Mrs. Laura Alexander, 1743 Oak street, appealed yesterday to the Humane society for aid in finding her 3-year-old-daughter, Edith Juanita, who, so the mother stated, had been abducted by a woman giving her name as Mrs. Collins, but who, it was later learned was Mrs. L. A. Goodrich of 1003 Wyandotte street.

Edith Juanita Alexander, Missing Baby

Mrs. Goodrich first saw the baby with Mrs. Woods, 1743 Oak street, in a dry goods store. She gave her name as Mrs. Collins and at Mrs. Woods' suggestion called upon the baby's mother to see about taking the child to board. She was accompanied by a man, who she said was her husband. The couple took the baby and the woman later left town, going to Lansing, Kas., where she is said to have been seen and heard to say she intended returning to Kansas City.

Goodrich, who works at Twenty-second and Wyandotte streets for the Standard Scale and Foundry Company, said his wife had not lived with him since March 16, but she had brought the baby to see him at 413 West Twentieth street last Wednesday night. The police are looking for the woman.

Labels: , , , , , ,

March 30, 1907


Crapshooters Operate Games on South
Terrace, It Is Charged.

Under the seal of secrecy two boys tipped off Judge McCune of the juvenile court yesterday afternoon the fact that a gang of crap-shooters is running a series of games in the neighborhood of Twenty-eighth and Terrace, victimizing the boys of that part of the city. The games are conducted with a great deal of care to avoid interruption by the police. The scheme is for the gamekeeper to carry under his arm a small piece of canvas, which he spreads as a table, while he appoints lookouts in all directions to warn him of the approach of the police. Whenever an alarm is given the dealer simply folds up his canvas and puts it in his pocket and there is no evidence left of his misdeeds.

According to the story told by the boys, on Sundays these lads play pretty heavily, sometimes as much as $15 going into the hands of the gamekeeper.

An effort will be made to break this practice up and arrests will undoubtedly be made as soon as sufficient evidence can be secured against the gamekeepers. The boys yesterday declared they were afraid to tell the names of the ringleaders, because threats of violence have been made against any boy who "peaches."

Labels: , , , ,

March 30, 1907



Later It Was Returned With
Even the Shipping Tag Un-
Damaged -- A Railway

"Say, that automobile's not to ride in. We're going to ship it out."

"Pete" Harris, negro night watchman for the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railway Company at its freight house at Fourteenth and Wyoming streets, shouted this at a man who climbing into a large red motor car which stood on the platform tagged for shipment to Lawton, O. T., last night.

The man paid no attention to him. He settled comfortably into the front seat, ran his hands over the levers a moment, and then there was a whirring sound from the motor, and the car began to move.

"Come back here with that auto or I'll shoot you full of lead," shouted Night Watchman Harris, drawing his revolver, and starting to run after the car, which was steadily gaining momentum.

"Honk, honk!" responded the absconding chauffeur, working the horn, and disappearing in a cloud of dust around the first corner. The watchman ran as fast as he could, but when he reached the corner the car was out of sight.

The automobile is a large, red touring car. The car had been run to the freight depot during the afternoon for shipment to Lawton, O. T. A little gasoline was left in the tank, enough, the agent said, "to run up a slight hill."

This was at 7 o'clock. The police of both cities were notified. Grocery stores which kept open at night were visited to see if they had sold gasoline to the chauffeur of a red touring car.

At 11 o'clock the agent at the freight house glanced out of the window to the platform where the automobile had been. He pressed his face closer to the glass and looked again. Then he opened the door and walked out upon the platform.

There stood the missing car in the same position it occupied before it was stolen. The agent pinched one of the tires to be sure it was real.

There was no sign of who had taken the car. The agent saw no one bring it back. The night watchman was called, but he had seen no one. There was only one thing about the car that differed from the condition in which it was taken out, even the tag marked to Lawton still being intact. There was more gasoline in the tank when the car returned than when it was stolen.

Labels: , ,

March 30, 1907


Campaign of City Physician Begins
to Show Results

"The milk that is being sold to the people of Kansas City, Kas., is getting purer every day, since we have begun to test it," said Dr. J. F. Hassig, city physician of Kansas City, Kas., yesterday. He sat in his office and everywhere around him were bottles of milk, both small and large. What space was not occupied with milk bottles was filled with reports and testing tubes. On a piece of paper were the names of the milkmen from whom the samples had been secured, and opposite these names the results of the tests were put down.

"Just compare this sheet of paper, which has the tests of today on it," continued the doctor, as he handed out the two sheets of paper. On the first sheet of paper was a long list of names, and in almost every instance the result of the tests showed that there was hardly more than 3 per cent butter fat in the milk from which the samples had been taken. Three percent butter fat is required by the city ordinances of Kansas City, Kas. On the sheet of paper with the result of the tests made yesterday, the milk had gained in butter fat from 3/5 to 1 1/2 per cent.

The city physician, with a patrolman, was out most of the day yesterday getting samples of milk, and he says he will continue to get samples from time to time to keep the milkmen in mind of the fact that there must be a proper amount of butter fat in milk. One man who was stopped at Twelfth street and Minnesota avenue in Kansas City, Kas., yesterday became so excited when he was asked for a sample of the milk in his wagon that he spilled over a gallon and a half in the street, while filling a half pint bottle.

Labels: , , ,

March 29, 1907


Information Against the Publisher
of Plain Talk Filed by Prosecutor.

Detective Matt Kenney went to room 429 New Ridge building yesterday afternoon and arrested Wilford B. Smith, editor of a publication called Plain Talk, which is published in Kansas City, Kas. The first issue came out in January and there have been three issues since.

Chief Hayes has been investigating the matter ever since the last issue and Wednesday it was brought to the attention of the police commissioners. They requested I. B. Kimbrell to take some action: Yesterday morning he drew up an information charging Smith with the publication of a paper devoted chiefly to scandal. The general charge is a violation of section 2176 of the Revised Statutes.

Smith was taken at once to police headquarters and booked and as Justice Shoemaker was found in his office he was taken there and arraigned about 5:30 p. m. He pleaded not guilty and was released on a $500 bond signed by Harry G. Longnecker, who offices with Smith. The preliminary hearing was set for April 3.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 29, 1907


February Shows a Total Net of
$46,000, Against $37,000 Last Year.

The joint net earnings of the Metropolitan Street Railway and the Kanas City Electric Light Company for the month of February, according to the auditor's statement issued yesterday, amounted to $46,318.52, against $37,417.34 for the corresponding month in 1906. The net earnings of the two companies for the nine months of the fiscal year which ended with February were $836,085.76. The same nine months of the fiscal year ending June, 1906, showed $725,042.79. The gross earnings for February were $423,509.04. The February taxes and interest amounted to $146,876.59.

Labels: ,

March 28, 1907


Kansas City Police Department
Adopts a New System.

The finger print system for identification of criminals has been adopted by the local police department, and, beginning this morning, finger prints of each criminal or suspect arrested will be taken by the police bureau of identification. Harry E. Stege, director of Bertillon measurements and rogues' gallery photographer, spent yesterday at Leavenworth, where, under the direction of M. W. McClaughry, record clerk at the United states penitentiary, he received final instructions in taking and filing finger print measurements.

For a number of years the rogues' gallery has been a part of the system of identification of criminals used by the local police department, and about eight years ago the Bertillon system of measurements was adopted. Efficient as these have proved in aiding to run down criminals and in their identification, the addition of the finger print system, it is believed, will make more perfect the means by which identification may be made.

Labels: , , ,

March 28, 1907


Boy Resents Joke and Strikes
Tormentor With a Bolt.

Arthur Jackson, a young man living at 1308 1/2 East Ninth street, was hit over the head with a long bolt by G. C. Hammond, 18 years old, at the Kansas City Bolt and Nut works in Sheffield yesterday afternoon. Jackson was taken to the Sheffield hospital, where it was discovered that his skull had been badly fractured. He died at 9:30 o'clock last night without regaining consciousness. Hammond was arrested and is being held at No. 7 station for investigation.

Hammond, whose name is Grover Cleveland Hammond, lives with his parents at Tenth street and Topping avenue. Ever since he had the measles some years ago he has been regarded as weak minded. It was said that the men and other boys at the Nut and Bolt works were in the habit of bothering him. His parents came here only last fall and are poor. Yesterday afternoon, so a report says, Jackson in passing Hammond gave his truck a shove out of the way. This seemed to anger Hammond and he grabbed a long bolt, took a firm grasp on it with both hands and hit Jackson over the head with all his might. The coroner sent the body of Jackson to a Sheffield undertaker. An autopsy will be held today and an inquest later.

Labels: , , , ,

March 28, 1907


Thinks He May Yet Solve Union
Depot Problem.

"Among the greater things that my administration of city affairs is rapidly solving is the Union depot and West trafficway problem," said Mayor Beardsley last night to a small audience at the meeting of the Technological Society in Central high school building. "The depot surroundings will be both beautiful and attractive, and the West trafficway will be settled satisfactory to the many interests involved."

The mayor then went down the list of public utilities and said that it was his aim and ambition to make them complete and effective and in keeping with every demand. He told about the city acquiring forty acres of lad in Platte county to establish a sanitarium for tuberculosis victims, the new emergency hospital in the city hall and the contemplated children's playgrounds and bath house in the North end.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 28, 1907


Witnesses Agree That the Shooting
Was Unprovoked.

William Harris, a negro, known as "Crow," was shot and almost instantly killed last night by James McFarland, another negro, commonly called "Hot Dinner." The shooting occurred in a negro saloon at 1027 East Fifth street. Harris lived at 1023 East Fifth street. McFarland lives at 516 1/2 Gillis, where he was arrested after the shooting by Patrolmen R. B. Hall and Carl Johnson.

Six witnesses stated that the shooting was unprovoked. Harris was standing at the bar when McFarland came in, and, walking up to Harris, slapped him in the mouth. Fred Mahan, the bartender, went to the door with McFarland and tried to get him to go out, telling him he should not try to raise a disturbance in the place. Several remarks were made and McFarland walked back and, placing a revolver to Harris' back, fired. Harris staggered across the street and fell dead in front of his house. McFarland is being held by the police for investigation.

Labels: , , , ,

March 27, 1907


Were Trying to Arrest Sheffield Man
Who Flourished Pistol.

David Bostick, a roller mill hand of Sheffield, was shot and perhaps mortally wounded early this morning in that suburb by Sergeant Caskey and Patrolman Parks. Earlier in the evening Bostick had shot at Harry Bahling, a saloonkeeper of Sheffield, whom he had attempted to hold up. Then he went to the home of George Ritter, on the Blue. Returning from there he met the officers and threatened them with a revolver. Both officers shot him at the same moment. He had just left the boat in which he had come from Ritter's home.

Labels: , , ,

March 27, 1907


Had Been Used on a Farmer to Ease
Aching Tooth

William Miller, a farmer from Stanley, Kas., came to Kansas City yesterday to have a tooth extracted. Before leaving home he said a doctor there gave him several doses of chloral hydreate to deaden the pain. The dentist also used some kind of pain killer, possibly cocaine.

The tooth was pulled about 4 o'clock. At 7 o'clock he was in the saloon of Jack Gallagher, 8 East Fourth street, wh en it was noticed that Miller was bleeding at the mouth. He was also delirious from the effects of the double drugging he had received. Miller was taken to the emergency hospital, where Dr. W. A. Shelton and Dr. J. A. Naylor worked him over for three hours before the hemorrhage was stopped. Miller fought until he wore himself out, as he believed the doctors were trying to do him harm. After he revived he told of the drugs which had been given him.

Labels: , , , , , ,

March 27, 1907


"Injured" Man Himself Proved He
Had Not Been Hurt

A man entered the emergency hospital in the city hall yesterday afternoon holding his right arm to his chest with his left. He was bent over and groaning as if in pain.

"I was hurt by a street car the other day," he said. "I want to be examined -- think I'm awful bad hurt for I can't git my arm any higher than that." And he showed Dr. George Ringle "how far" by lifting his arm just a little way from his body. He groaned again when he did it.

"How far could you lift that arm before you were so badly injured?" asked Dr. W. A. Shelton, who butted in.

"Oh, that far," said the man as he shot the arm up above his head in an evident effort to reach the ceiling. The doctor grabbed the arm and held it there -- straight up. He was getting ready to ask another question, but laughed outright. The man saw his predicament, jerked the "injured" arm loose, and fled in disgust.

Labels: , , , ,

March 26, 1907


All Day Thursday and Tuesday and
Saturday Afternoons Set Aside.

Automobile owners may hereafter use Cliff Drive every Thursday, all day, and Tuesday and Saturday afternoons. The new order was made yesterday by the park board.

The drive in the past has been given over to automobilists on Wednesday, but this has not been satisfactory to owners of machines engaged in business pursuits and yesterday the club members asked that Sunday and two week days be accorded them on the drive. The board objected to automobiles on the drive on Sunday as that day is used more than any other day for carriage travel, and finally compromised by making Thursday a full day and half days of Tuesday and Saturday for automobiles.

Labels: , ,

March 26, 1907


For Taking Marbles Worth One-Third
of a Cent He Is Under Arrest

Frank Herd, 13 years old, was sent from his home at 615 West Twenty-third street at 4 p. m. yesterday to renew his father's license as a stationary engineer, in passing a 10-cent store near Twelfth and Main streets he was attracted by a large display of marbles. Young Herd stopped and picked up three of the smallest ones. He was arrested, taken to police headquarters and later locked up in the detention home for trial by the juvenile court.

As the lad did not return home, Philip G. Herd, who is now clerk at the workhouse, went to inquire about him. He thought the boy had been injured, but was indignant when he was told what had occurred.

"It is an outrage," said Mr. Herd. "The boy picked up the marbles just as a man will pick up beans or coffee from a sack. They are what the boys call "tooticks" and sell for about ten for a cent. There are three or four other boys being held for the same offense -- if it is an offense."

Labels: , , , , , , ,

March 26, 1907


Firemen Advanced by Council Turned
Down by the Mayor.

Mayor Beardsley yesterday vetoed an ordinance to make regular firemen of Peter McCarthy, George Monahan, Robert Henderson and Frank O'Leary, all of whom are under the regulation height of firemen, but in whose interest the council had passed a special enabling ordinance. The mayor pointed out that one of the four had been dismissed from the department for intoxication. He offered no objections to the other three, two of them having served a term of years as watchboys and substitutes.

Labels: , ,

March 26, 1907


Politics Overlooked in Choosing
Men for Consulships

Oh, what a shock for the old guard! W. B. C. Brown, Senator Warner's secretary, is home from Washington with the news that Clarance A. Miller, who not so very long ago was carrying a newspaper route, last week took a civil service examination in Washington for appointment to the consular service, and he stands a good chance of landing. Miller is not known to any of the city or county committeemen, nor even to the precinct captains nor the Missouri Republican Club. Another young man, also unknown to the politicians, Walter Reed by name, took the same examination and is supposed to have passed. There was a class of eleven candidates. Missouri furnished three. These were Miller, Reed, whose home is near Eighteenth and Harrison, and a man named Delchman, of St. Louis.

"It is not what it used to be," said Mr. Brown. "The old custom was for the big fellows to knock down the plums for themselves or their friends. Now the departments are being put into the civil service and thus it happens that obscure but more capable men are getting the places.

"It is as much now as a senator can do to appoint a private secretary to be paid by the government. At least it is easier to do this and no more."

According to Secretary Brown, it is a matter of doubt if Senator Warner will be in Kansas City this summer.

Labels: , , , ,

March 26, 1907



Intended Victim Almost Unharmed, While
Man Who Stood Near Has Only
Slight Chance for Recover --
Because Dishes Were
Not Washed.

A bullet fired by Andrew Johnson, a negro, last night at 814 Independence avenue, pierced the side of Edward Maymon, another negro, and struck Morris Hieth, a white man, in the abdomen. Hieth may die. The shooting took place in the general store off Jacob Louis, Hieth's brother-in-law. Hieth was taken at once to the emergency hospital, where Dr. W. A. Shelton made an examination and discovered that the bullet had penetrated the intestines. The injured man was later operated upon by Dr. St. Elmo Sanders at the General hospital. Maymon went to his home, 548 Campbell street, after being treated and said he didn't intend to lose a day's work.

Maymon runs a rooming house at 548 Campbell street. Johnson and his wife room there. Maymon has several roomers and only one kitchen, which each person is supposed to clean up after it has been used.

"When Johnson and his wife go t through using it tonight," said Maymon, "they left all the utensils dirty. I spoke to him about it and told him the place must be left clean. He got mad, one word led to another and he left, saying he would 'get' me.

"In a few minutes I went up on Independence avenue to get an officer and met Johnson. I knew from the way he acted that he had a pistol, so, when I got close enough to him, I knocked him down twice. Just then a wagon drove between us or I would have taken his weapon away. In front of Louis' store he shot at me, but the bullet went wild. I ran into the store and he started up the street, but came back, walked into the store and shot me. I felt the bullet pierce my side and heard a man behind me say, 'Gott im Himmel. I'm shot.' I left and went home."

H. M. Green, 631 Campbell street, was a witness to the street fight preceding the shooting and also the shooting. He said had the wagon not separated the men Maymon would have bested Johnson and there would have been no casualties.

Jack Spillane, a former police officer, was on Independence avenue near the scene. He saw Johnson, revolver in hand, as he ran out of Louis' store east to Campbell street and north on Campbell street. Spillane chased Johnson for two blocks and fired two shots at him, but neither is believed to have taken effect. Johnson ran through a saloon at Fifth and Campbell streets and disappeared.

Jacob Louis, owner of the store at 814 Independence avenue, is a brother-in-law of the injured man. Hieth is a laborer, works for the Santa Fe railway and has eight children. He has been here only eight months, coming from Russia. Hieth and his family live over the store in which he was shot.

"Heith was standing on the east side of the door facing south when the negro ran in after a shot had been fired," said Mr. Louis. "We thought it was all over when the other man returned. He entered the door with his revolver drawn and when within ten feet of his victim, shot at him. Hieth was standing a little behind and to one side of the negro who was shot. He dropped to the floor and said: 'Gott im Himmel. I'm shot.' and immediately became unconscious. The negro, Maymon, walked out as if nothing was the matter."

The bullet pierced Maymon's left side, striking the tenth rib and making only a superficial would. The holes where the bullet entered and came out are about three inches apart. The same bullet then glanced off and struck Hieth. Probing failed to locate the bullet.

George Martin, a negro who rooms at Maymon's house, heard the first quarrel in the yard and heard Johnson say he was going after a revolver. "He was gone about twenty minutes," said Martin. "I think he must have gone down town or some place else after the gun. When he came back he had it and said he was going to kill Maymon. He went into the house looking for him and I advised him to go to bed but he seemed bent on murder."

Johnson is a tall, brown skinned negro. He wore a black soft hat and a light overcoat when he disappeared after the shooting. Up to a late hour last night he had not been captured.

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

March 24, 1907



Latter Draws a Knife to Fight, but
Yields When Pistol Is Leveled at
Him and Submits to Arrest.

While Mrs. Mary M. Sharon and her son, Forty-fourth street and Montgall avenue, were returning from a drive yesterday afternoon they saw that the front door of their home was open. It had been locked when they left, so they approached the house with caution. When not far away a man was seen to leave the open door, carrying with him a beaver cloak valued at $85.

Young Sharon, the son, waited until the man had disappeard over the brow of a hill nearby, when he ran into the house and returned with a revolver, which the thief had overlooked. He went to the top of the hill and kept watch on the burglar, and saw him hide the cloak in some brush and cover it over carefully. That was some distance from the house. The thief then started off in another direction, while young Sharon maade preparations to head him off. After making a long detour, he came upon the man, and chase began. Away they went, over hill and dale, jumping gulleys and sneaking through underbrush. All the while, however, Sharon had his eagle eye on the fleeing man. When the tired fugitive was completely winded he drew a knife and stood ready to fight, but when he saw that his captor had a revolver, he threw up his hands, dropped the knife and surrendered.

Sharon led his prisoner back to where he got a man to telephone No. 9 station for the police. Mounted Patrolman Joseph Waaters and Joseph Enright took the daylight burglar in tow and locked him up for investigation. The man gave the name of McKenzie. He admitted breaking into the house by a rear window, and said he had opened the front door to facilitate escape. He was not looking for the people home so soon. He told where he had hidden the cloak, but Sharon already knew, as he had witnessed that.

McKenzie lives in the North end.

Labels: , , , ,

March 24, 1907


Girl Sues for Breach of Promise, Man
for a Ring.

While a case in which George W. Dunlap is suing to recover a diamond ring he claims is in the possession of Ida May Price, of 1827 Jefferson street, was pending in Justice Shepard's court, yesterday, Ida May Price in retaliation instituted suit against Dunlap to recover $30,000 for alleged breach of promise.

In her petition in the breach of promise case which as filed in the circuit court, Miss Price claims that she had been keeping company with Dunlap for a considerable length of time, and from about May, 1906, and frequently thereafter promised, at his request, to marry him.

In his suit to recover the diamond ring, Dunlap claims that he only lent the ring to Miss Price. The case is set for March 29.

Miss Price is a clerk, and Dunlap is proprietor of a clothes cleaning establishment on Central street.

Labels: , , ,

March 23, 1907


Harvey Burnett, Who Sells Chewing
Gum, Accused of Desertion

Mamie Burnett was given a divorce from Harvey Burnett in Judge Goodrich's division of the circuit court yesterday afternoon on charge of desertion. Burnett is the legless man who sells chewing gum in front of the theaters. For many years he was stationed in front of the Grand opera house and became well known. He is also an electrician, and during the daytime works at his trade. They disagreed a few months ago and separated. Both charged desertion. The two daughters, the oldest aged 9, were given into the custody of Mrs. Burnett.

Labels: ,

March 23, 1907


First Degree Penalty for Son of
a Kansas City Salesman

St. Louis, March 22. --(Special.) Arthur C. Biles, son of Robert Biles, a prominent Kansas City shoe salesman, was found guilty today of first degree murder for the death of Robert Harvey, of Osage City, Mo., the jury returning the verdict after deliberating three hours. Biles took the verdict coolly.

Biles was jointly charged with Joseph Brown, who pleaded guilty several weeks ago and was sentenced to ninety-nine years. Brown testified Biles administered Harvey morphine in a glass of beer, that they then took Harvey to a vacant lot, where Biles strong-armed and robbed him; that Biles kicked Harvey in the side after the robbery, saying: "That will keep him from squealing."

Harvey was found unconscious on the lot the next morning and died the same day.

Labels: , ,

March 23, 1907


Death of Mrs. N. R. Stripe Was
From Natural Causes

Dr. Frank Hall held an autopsy yesterday upon the body of Mrs. N. R. Stripe, of Parsons, Kas., who died here at the German hospital Thursday afternoon. After the body had been removed to Stone's morgue, Coroner George B. Thompson received a message from H. G. Stripe, a son in Parsons, notifying him that Mrs. Stripe had died of poisoning and demanding an autopsy and an inquest.

"We found death to have been due to natural causes," said Dr. Thompson last night. "It was plain to be seen that myocarditis, a form of heart disease, had caused her death."

Dr. Thompson said that a son from New York and A. M. Glick, a son-in-law, living here at 1012 East Twelfth street, were present at the autopsy and were satisfied with the result. Another son, the doctor said, suspected something wrong and asked that one of the prosecutors be present, as he feared an attempt would be made to "whitewash" someone.

"The woman is 74 years old," continued Dr. Thompson, "and she came here to be treated by a beauty doctor -- to have wrinkles removed. Some cosmetics had been given her to use on he face, and when she was taken ill about a week ago she became delirious and scratched the skin where the cosmetics had been used.

"That caused a skin eruption, and the children here became suspicious that the mother was being slowly poisoned. It would have been impossible, however, for poison to have had an effect that way. We talked with the doctor who treated her and are satisfied that everything was all right, so far as being poisoned is concerned."

Mrs. Stripe, after a short service, was buried in Elmwood cemetery at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon. All of her children and the son-in-law are stage people.

Labels: , , , , , ,

March 23, 1907


Thomas Holland Threatens Kansas
City With English War Vessels.

Thomas Holland wants to cause an international disagreement between England and the United States. Holland is probably not acquainted with the bad effects of the North end whisky, for last night he partook of it freely. He was at Fifth and Walnut streets trying uncertainly to lean up against the atmosphere. He took offense at every passerby.

When Sergeant Peter McCosgrove started to headquarters with Holland, the latter announced that he was a British subject and would not stand for arrest. Then he got violent and shed his coat. That caused him to be taken in by force.

At the desk Holland refused to be searched and insisted that it would hurt King Edward's feelings if he ever found it out. Then more force had to be used. He begged to be clubbed.

"Hit me! Beat me," he cried. "I'm a subject of the king. Leave some mark on me. Do it up good, for I will have British battleships in the port of Kansas City and bombarding the town by sundown tomorrow. Club me. Go on."

Holland was taken to the holdover and locked in a cell. A lot of pushing, pulling and shoving was done, but no one accommodated Holland by clubbing him, beating him or even scratching him. After he was locked up he awakened all the slumbering jags in the holdover, by announcing in stentorian tones, "You refuse to beat me, but you have locked me up. I have decided to have the town bombarded for false arrest. Look out!"

"How can that fellow expect to win around here?" asked Tom Minogue, a visitor, who had witnessed the proceedings. "A British subject coming into an Irish club and starting a row. That North end booze has had the wrong effect on him."

Labels: , , , , ,

March 23, 1907


"I've No Father," Says This Girl --
"He's in Texas."

A little girl was before Judge McCune of the juvenile court yesterday. She was there as a neglected child and she looked forlorn enough.

"Are either of your parents here?" asked Judge McCune.

"No, sir," replied the girl, timidly, "I'm an orphan."

"Haven't any father, either?"

"No sir," went on the child, "he's in Texas."

Labels: , , , ,

March 22, 1907

90 AT 3 O'CLOCK.



In March, 1902, Sixteen Inches of Snow
Fell -- Total Snowfall of March Last Year Was
Thirteen Inches -- This March Only a Trace.
"I wish the Gillian had put off his speech before the Knife and Fork Club until tonight," remarked a man on a Troost avenue car yesterday. "I should like to hear him descant upon the perversity of human nature in general and of people in hot weather in particular. Now look at that woman there near the front on the right hand side. She has a big ermine boa around her neck and I'll wager she has a muff in her lap. And here it is the hottest day in March in 20 years, as the weather bureau told me."
The man glowered at the woman, who looked actually chilly, while the fetching little boa looked just too sweet for anything.
"Now I don't like to rush the season," continued the man apologetically, "but when it is 90 on March 24 it is me to the camphor chest and last summer's straw hat."
And as he took of the wheat stalk "lid" to mop his melting countenance he observed: "Man is a queer animal--especially a woman."
The point of the whole matter was that the woman really wore a fur boa with the cutest little black stripes running down half way to the reticle and the man really wore a straw hat and the thermometer really registered 90 degrees at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon and that that was the maximum March temperature in Kansas City since the weather bureau was established a score of years ago.
Incidentally, it was the first day of spring. Last year at this time the eight inches of snow which fell on March 18 and 9 had not yet melted and the minimum temperature was 8 degrees above zero March 20, while March 21 it ranged from 6 to 47. Yesterday the minimum was 66 degrees. In March, 1902, a storm culminated which caused sixteen inches of snow to be on the ground March 28. The total snowfall for March of last year was thirteen inches, while this March there has been so far only a trace, on March 13.
The maximum temperature yesterday was two degrees higher than the previous maximums were 84, 88, and 86.

Labels: , ,

March 22, 1907


Jury Gives Highwayman Six Years
-- Pal Pleads Guilty, Gets Five.

Mike Savage says he is an Irishman, but he doesn't make a noise like one. He was in the criminal court yesterday and was given a sentence by a jury of six years for highway robbery. It was charged that he, with the assistance of a man named Sam Hight, held up E. E. Ellis, a brother of the congressman, near Twenty-fifth and Troost on the evening of January 5 and got $3.50 from him.

A part of the testimony for the prosecution was to the effect that the man who held up Mr. Ellishad an unusual impediment in his speech. Mr. Ellis testified that the man who had the revolver exclaimed: "Det up you han's' det 'em up, det 'em up."

During the trial Savage was not permitted by his lawyer to go on the witness stand. Throughout the trial he was mute. But he gave himself away as he left the court room after the verdict was in.

"I dant a new drial," he exclaimed, shaking his fist at Judge Slover. "I dain't doing to be done dis way in dis court."

It was to laugh, and all of the court officials, even Judge Slover, laughed.

Savages wife had made a scene in the court room only an hour or so before and was forcibly put out by the deputies. Hight, Savage's accomplice, pleaded guilty and took a sentence of five years -- one year less than Savage got by standing trial.

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

March 22, 1907


Woman and Her Companion Are Sent
to the Penitentiary.

Irene Napper, 24, and Arthur Lowry, who is five years older, pleaded guilty to horse stealing in the criminal court yesterday afternoon. The woman was sentenced to the penitentiary for two years and the man for seven. They stole a team and buggy belonging to W. H. Hand from in front of the Bell Telephone building at Sixth and Wyandotte streets on March 2. Lowry had already stolen $8 from another man and had taken the woman with him to Leavenworth. They returned in a day or two and, seeing the rig, took it. They started to drive to Wichita, Kas., but got no further than Lawrence when they were arrested.

"Are you married to this man?" asked Judge Slover of the woman.

"No," she said.

"Have you ever been married?"

"Yes. My husband is in the penitentiary."

"Did you know that this man Lowry has been in the penitentiary?"

"Yes. He has been there twice in Kansas. Five years for horse stealing and five years for killing a man."

"Who was it stole this team?"

"I did."

"How did you happen to do that?"

"I don't know unless it was because he told me to."

The woman said she was born in Rich Hill, Mo.

When Judge Slover pronounced the sentence on the two, the man said, cheerfully enough, "Thank you, judge."

Labels: , , , , , , , , , ,

March 22, 1907


Possibility That Syndicate May
Purchase Their Business.

President J. J. Swofford, of the Swofford Bros.' Dry Goods Company, said yesterday that negotiations were pending with St. Louis, St. Joseph and Wichita capitalists for the Swofford plant at a price close to $1.000,000.

"The matter is merely being discussed in a business way," said Mr. Swofford. "We have set our price and the others are considering it. I do not look for anything definite for some weeks, and the whole thing may end in talk."

The capital stock has been increased from the original $300,000 to $1,000,000. It succeeded the Grimes Dry Goods Company in 1891.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 22, 1907


Police Recover Silverware Stolen
From D. G. Saunders' Home

A burglar who robbed the home of Daniel G. Saunders Monday night found Patrolman Ed Doran waiting for him at 10 o'clock this morning when he returned to his room at 801 East Twelfth street.

When renting the room the man seemed so solicitous about the bundle he was carrying that the woman suspected something.

When he went away he said he was going to the theater, so the landlady opened the bundle. As it was household silverware bearing the initials, "D. G. S.," the police at No. 4 station when notified were aware at once that the man was the one who was wanted for the Saunders robbery.

When Officer Doran sprang for the man on his return last night, the thief vaulted down a staircase and darted through a rear window. The plunder recovered was mostly silverware from the sideboard and toilet articles. The really expensive articles taken, including a diamond and pearl necklace and tortoise shell comb were not recovered.

D. G. Saunders is president of the Saunders Lumber Company, and lives at 2121 Independence boulevard. The robbery was committed Tuesday night while the family was absent attending a lecture.

Labels: , , ,

March 21, 1907


Man Who Preferred Charges First
Gave Him a Beating

Because Patrolman Rooney was so perplexed last Monday afternoon that he did not know whether he was talking to Mrs. Leo Robinowitz about a pair of shoes once stolen from her or about the silly season, he was thumped unmercifully by Mr. Robinowitz, whose residence is at 1618 West Ninth street, and another man with a fist on him like a maul. The officer was in citizen's clothes and drink simultaneously, and Mr. Robinowitz never was more surprised in his life than when he found out he had been jumping on the frame of a cop.

He said so in filing charges with the board of police commissioners.

Rooney's side of the story never got before the board, for he was dismissed offhand yesterday.

Labels: , , ,

March 20, 1907


Flagman's Wife Says He Beat Her
on the Street.

Mrs. Robert Donohue, an aged woman living at 8 Chestnut avenue in the East bottoms, went to the office of the Humane Society yesterday afternoon to complain of her husband, a flagman for the Missouri Pacific and C. & A. railroads at the Chestnut Avenue crossing.

"I went to the switch shanty today to see if he had got his check," she said. "The pay car had just passed and another man, Mr. McCoy, brought it to him. He asked McCoy to remain and watch the crossing while he went to get it cashed.

"When he returned, he offered teh man a dime, which he refused. Just then I saw a quarter on the sidewalmk and stooped down to get it, intending to hand it to my husband. While I was reaching for it he attacked and beat me. I have three married daughters here and they have all tried to get me to leave my husband, as he has often cruelly beaten me.

"I would have had him in police court last month, but I was ashamed to appear there with such a black eye as he had given me."

Colonel Greenman said that he advised Mrs. Donohue long ago to secure a warrant for her husband and yesterday he gave her the same advice.

Labels: ,

March 20, 1907


Have Sweethearts in the Army and
Would Be Nurses.

"We want to get into the army," timidly spoke up one of two young girls, who entered the army recruiting station yesterday afternoon, to a sergeant of the recruiting party.

"What branch of the service to you prefer?" asked the sergeant, a broad grin wreathing his countenance. "We are enlisting for both branches of artillery, infantry and cavalry."

"Oh, we want to be nurses," spoke up the two in chorus.

Both young women were blushing. The were comely and appeared to be no more than 16 or 17 years old. The sergeant said:

"Now girls, which of you is it that has a fellow in the service, or is it both, and what regiment is he in?"

"We both have. Our fellows are in the Fifth caavalry, but that don't make any difference. We just want to be nurses," one of them explained.

"I am afraid you are too young for the service, but you can write the war department. We are not enlisting nurses here," said the sergeant.

Labels: , ,

March 20, 1907


Girl Travelers Have Found No Trace
of Their Baggage

Miss Maggie Mahan and a friend, who arrived in Kansas City Monday afternoon, went to police headquarters yesterday evening to lodge a complaint. When they arrived at 2 p. m. Monday, they gave checks for two trunks and one suit case to a boy, 19 years old, who was driving a roan horse. He was told to take the baggage to the Centropolis hotel, but up to last night had not found the right place.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 20, 1907


Forgetful Man Called on Police to
Aid Him to Enter His Own Home.

Fred McClure and wife left their home at 3343 Tracy avenue last night to attend a theater. In their hurry they slammed the front door and forgot all about the key. When the show was over they started home and got about half way, when McClure said, "By gum, I didn't bring that key." A block further they left the car and started back -- for police headquarters.

When they arrived there, McClure, who works in the water department and is well known, told his troubles. He was turned over to Patrolman Cassius M. Larrabee, who has a key to every house in town -- a skeleton key. He really has the finest collection of burglar's pass keys west of the Mississippi river. McClure took the whole bunch and left for home, saying he would "try them."

"You'll find one to fit, all right," said Larrabee. It was learned later that he did.

Labels: , , ,

March 19, 1907



Prominent in Early Enterprises of the City,
Espcially in Railways--Had
Been Ill About Four Years.
Wallace Pratt, Prominent Kansas City Railway Attorney

Wallace Pratt, for 38 years one of Kansas City's prominent attorneys, died yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock at his residence, 213 West Armour boulevard. A stroke of paralysis four years ago and a relapse last December brought on a weakened condition, and for three weeks Mr. Pratt had been confined to his bed. For a week his life has been despaired of. Until the last two days, however, he conversed occasionally and recognized friends. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at 2 o'clock at Grace Episcopal church.

Mr. Pratt was one of the most prominent railway lawyers in Missouri and for many yars was legal adviser of some of the railroads entering Kansas City. It was principally through the efforts of George H. Nettleton, at one time president of the old Kansas City, Fort Scott & Memphis railway, and Mr. Pratt, general attorney for the road, that that line reached the proportions it did before being taken over by the Frisco. At the death of Mr. Nettleton, Mr. Pratt was appointed to the presidency of the road, but declined it, stating that he would rather remain as the road's legal counselor. He was general attorney for the St. Louis & San Francisco road, and for many years the firm of Pratt, Dana & Black, with which he was last associated,was employed to look after the legal affairs of the Union Depot Company. Mr. Pratt was at one time general atorney for the Metropolitan Street Railway Company. During the last two years, however, he had not been actively engaged in the practice of law.

The age of Mr. Pratt was 76 years. He came to Kansas City in 1869, and associated himself with W. S. Rockwell and Watson J. Ferry in the law firm of Pratt, Watson & Ferry. In 1872, Mr. Rockwell withdrew, the other partners continuing as Pratt & Ferry. In 1875, Judge Jefferson Brumback was admitted to the firm, which then became Pratt, Brumback & Ferry. Within two years Judge Brumback retired, and was succeeded by George W. McCrary, ex-secretary of war and a former United States circuit judge. Frank Hagerman became a member of the firm in 1887, and in 1890 Mr. McCrary died, the remaining partners continuing their association until 1890. Later Mr. Pratt associated himself with I. P. Dana and James Black, and the firm devoted its practice almost exclusively to corporation law.

Mr. Pratt was instrumental in forwarding various enterprises important to the commercial development of Kansas City, among them the Union Transit Company, now the Kansas City Belt Railway Company, of which he was a director, and for which he was counsel up to the time of his retirement.

He was born in Georgia, Vt., and later moved to Canton, N. Y., with his parents, where he received his early education. When he was 14 years old he entered Union college, and was graduated four years later. He at once entered the study of law under the tutelage of Henry J. Knowles, at Potsdam, N. Y. In 1852 he went to Chicago, where he was admitted to the bar, and a year later went to Milwaukee.

He was married in 1855 to Miss Adeline A. Russell, of Canton, N. Y. In 1874 his wife died, and ten years later he married Mrs. Caroline Dudley, of Buffalo, who died shortly before her husband's stroke of paralysis.

Mr. Pratt leaves four children, Mrs. Hermann Brumback and Wallace Pratt, Jr., of Kansas City, and Mrs. Elwood H. Alcott, of Pasadena, Cal., and Wesley R. Pratt, of Buffalo.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 19, 1907


Automobile Owners Want to Use
Cliff Drive on Sundays.

The Kansas City Automobile Club, which, by virtue of permission of the board of park commissioners, has unlimited possession of Cliff drive each Wednesday of every week for the use of autos, yesterday petitioned the board to have Sunday added to its privileges. The communication accompanying the request set forth that busy business men owning automobiles cannot avail themselves of Wednesday to use the drive, and if they are to enjoy it they must have Sundays when they are not occupied with commercial responsibilities. The request was laid aside until all the members of the board can be consulted.

Labels: , , ,

March 18, 1907



Accident Happened to the Girl While She Was
Walking Along the Track --Brother
Was Killed Years Ago by the
Metropolitan Cars.

"Oh what will mamma say? What will mamma say? I know this will kill her?"
This unselfish remark was the first to pass from the lips of Frances Shaw, 14-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Shaw, 2043 North Valley street, Kansas City, Kas., last evening after an incoming Chicago & Alton passenger train had passed over and completely severed her left foot above the ankle. The accident happened about 6 o'clock on a curve in the tracks at Mount Washington, just east of the city. Frances had been out there visiting her cousin, Minnie Eaton, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Eaton. Both are about the same age. While on the way to the station to take a car for home the little girls were walking along the C. & A. tracks. In crossing over a cattle guard Frances' left foot became tightly wedged in between a rail and the guard. The children worked away casually to remove the imprisoned foot, not realizing the danger.

When a train was heard approaching, however, they were seized with fright and both girls pulled with all their mights to loosen the involved foot. All the while the puffing and steaming of the oncoming iron monster could be heard. The children could not see the train for the embankment. When all hope of freedom had fled Minnie jumped back from the tracks and Frances drew her right limb under her and laid down flat away from the track. Her presence of mind saved her life but the whole train passed over the left foot just at the shoe top and severed it as if with a cleaver.

The train was going at a rapid rate, so many witnesses said, and did not stop until several hundred yards beyond where the injured girl lay. Then it backed up and the conductor and train crew tried to do all they could for the child. Not a tear came from Frances Shaw during this terrible ordeal and her first words were of her mother -- not of herself. "What will mamma say?" she said. "What will mamma say? I know this will kill her."

It was a pretty day and many persons were out near Mount Washington. Probably a dozen persons heard the screams of the children and ran to the top of the cut in time to see the train pass over the girl's foot. Until she was reached it was thought she had been killed. Tenderly she was carried to the home of Dr. W. L. Gist, an assistant city physician, who lives nearby. There emergency treatment was given by Dr. Gist and Dr. W. L. Gillmor and when the shock of the accident was over she was removed to St. Luke's hospital, 2011 East Eleventh street. Dr. Gillmor and Dr. C. E. Nixon, whose wives are related to the injured girl, later completed the amputation, assisted by Dr. Pierce, house physician at the hospital.

This is the second serious accident to occur in the Shaw family. Fifteen years ago Newton Shaw, the 4-year-old son, was killed by a Chelsea park car at the "L" road crossing and Fifteenth street in Kansas City, Kas. It was said last night that Mrs. Shaw had never quite recovered from the shock of her little boy's death and that the accident to Frances would prostrate her. There are four children in the family, two brothers and one sister being older than Frances. The father, William Shaw, has for a long time been crippled with rheumatism and can do no manual labor. He is employed as a watchman for the Metropolitan Street Railway Company.

People living in Mount Washington have long called the place where the accident occurred as "Death Curve." The road makes a sharp curve at that point, which is right in the settlement of Mount Washington.

"It is a wonder to me," said Dr. C. E. Nixon last night, "that more accidents have not occurred there. It is almost necessary to use that portion of the tracks going to and from many of the homes across the tracks. One can see only a few yards on account of the embankment and if the train doesn't whistle as a warning it is right on you before you know it. Only a short while ago I came near getting caught there myself. It was night and I was returning from the city with my wife. Before I realized it a train had whisked around that curve and was right on me. My wife was off the track but I had to leap to save myself."

Many persons, it is said, who live out there, have similar stories of narrow escapes to tell. Few witnesses yesterday heard any whistle.

After the train had passed over Frances Shaw's limb the foot was left so tightly wedged in the cattle guard that it took a man's strength to extract it. Frances and her cousin, Minnie, said that they thougth of taking off the shoe to release the foot only when it was too late -- the train being nearly at the entrance to the cut. Those who witnessed the accident said that they never saw such presence of mind displayed by a child. Had she not laid down perfectly flat as she did she probably would have been killed by being struck by the steps of the coaches.

After the operation at St. Luke's last night the little girl was reported as doing well. The accident is not regarded as serious enough to result fatally. The girl's mother was at the hospital waiting long before the ambulance arrived. She remained all night by her daughter's bedside.

Labels: , , , , , , , , , ,

March 18, 1907


Miss Ella Zorn Takes Fatal Dose
of Carbolic Acid.

Despondency over ill health it is believed caused Miss Ella Zorn, a former telephone operator, 20 years old, to commit suicide by taking carbolic acid at the home of her sister, Mrs. Theodore Fromell, with whom she and her mother were visiting, 409 Colorado avenue, about 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The young woman was a niece of Dr. Louis A. Zorn, under indictment for the murder of Albert Secrest at Ninth and Prospect avenue some time ago. She with her mother made their home with a brother of Dr. Zorn, Charles Zorn, 3125 Vine street.

The mother had left the room where the girl lay on a couch, only for a few moments, and when she returned Miss Zorn was writhing in agony from the effects of the acid she had just taken. The mother, at first, thought the girl was suffering from an attack of her heart trouble, to which she was subject, but on drawing closer to the couch detected the fumes of the poison. She ran to the home of a neighbor, who sent for Dr. W. H. Crowder, 5000 Independence avenue. When the physician arrived the girl was still alive, and medical attention was promptly given her, but she died a half-hour later.

Mr. and Mrs. Fromell were out when the girl took the acid, but they returned home just before she died.

Miss Zorn and her mother had spent the night before with Mrs. Fromell and their intention was to return to their home last evening.

"I can see no other reason than despondency over ill health for the girl taking her own life," said Mr. Fromell last night. "She seemed in good spirits all of the day."

The fatal draught was sipped from a little china cup aand it is supposed the poison was found by the girl on one of the pantry shelves. Joseph Zorn, a brother, lives at 1326 Askew avenue.

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

March 18, 1907


Claimants to Huntemann's Estate
Coming With a Rush.

Another cavalcade of alleged heirs of Adolph Huntemann swooped down on Public Administrator Crohn, by letter yesterday. They hail from Texas, Wisconsin, Cincinnati and St. Louis. One woman wrote that she was sure she was related to Huntemann and added: "Won't you please furnish the evidence for me." Administrator Crohn said she failed to state where the "evidence" could be found. Mr. Huntemann died March 12, at his handsome residence, 4025 McGee street, and left an estate worth $400,000. So far as known he had no heirs.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 18, 1907


J. A. Smith Assaulted While Witnessing
Fight Between Two Men.

While watching a fight between two men at Fifth and Delaware streets about noon yesterday, J. A. Smith, a hack driver, 25 years old, of 414 Main street, was stabbed twice in the left side by one of the belligerents. He was treated at the emergency hospital in the city hall and sent to his home.

Labels: , , , , , ,

March 18, 1907


Then He Gives His Impression of the
Missouri Legislature

"So they are going to call an extra session!" said the proprietor of the First ward, yesterday. "If I had my way I would put forth one billand that wou ld be to abolish the legislature for ten years. Then I would make the next legislature do nothing but repeal laws. Once in ten years is enough.

"They did pretty well this time," continued Mr. Pendergast. "They abolished capital punisment, by leaving it to the jury to decide, and anybody knows there is always one man in twelve who will stop a verdict if he can. This one law will make Missouri a lynching state. Anybody knows what will happen as soon as the people read the juries are refusing to hang men who assault women.

"In its ignorance the legislature tried to disfranchise 70 per cent of the voters in my ward, and 40 percent of the voters in the entire city. One of the senators, whose name is not worth mentioning, came out with a bill to require a primary election, those to vote at it being the legally registered voters. That would mean that next spring only those would be allowed to vote in Kansas City at the same place they lived when they registered last fall. That was brilliant. Mike Casey killed that bill and I am going to send him to the senate next time for that. We need him there."

Telling how the experts had tried to jockey a primary bill through the legislature Alderman Pendergast said that he and Election Commissioner Lowe had drafted one, but that it had been turned down.

"They would not take the bill two sensible, common people drafted," said the boss of the river wards. "What they wanted was a bill that the lawyers could draw up and all of them fight over. They had seven lawyers draw up the bill and all seven had different views. I could hire forty-five lawyers to interpret Cooper's bill, and all of them would have different opinions. If it was not for that, how could the lawyers make a living? We fixed the bill, anyhow."

Labels: , , , ,

March 18, 1907


One 12 Years Old Was Shooting Craps
When Arrests Were Made.

A crap game in a store building at Mount Washington was raided yesterday forenoon by Deputy Marshals Hermon Wiesflog, C. C. Whaley and N. B. Oleson. Seven players were arrested. At the county jail three of them were allowed to go on account of their youth, the youngest being 12, while the other two were but 14 years old. The other four were held on a charge of gambling. All of them live at Independence. They will be arraigned before Justice Shoemaker this morning.

Labels: , , , , , ,

March 18, 1907


The Epidemic in Kansas City
Has Reached Its Zenith.

According to the board of health, the epidemic of measles which has been sweeping over the city for the past three weeks has reached its zenith, and the daily reports of physicians show a marked decrease in the number of cases.

"Measles have had their day in Kansas City," reported Charles Cook, record clerk in the health department, yesterday. "A week ago as high as ten and twelve new cases were reported daily, but these have dwindled down to two and three a day. From a conservative estimate, I should judge there has been 600 cases of measles reported in the last forty days, but it is my opinion this does not represent all the children that have been afflicted. Measles is an old-fashioned disease, and old-fashioned mothers think nothing of being the doctor themselves and never call in a representative of the medical profession. It is these cases we have no report of, but if these mothers who applied home remedies only knew they were violating the law in not reporting to the board of health, they would have been more considerate. There have been very few deaths from measles."

Labels: ,

March 18, 1907


Police Called Upon to Peacefully
Settle a Knotty Dispute.

"He wanted to fight me becasue the coal man dumped my coal in his cellar," was the complaint made by an Independence avenue second-hand clothing dealer to Lieutenant H. W. Hammil, when the clothing man and a neighbor were taken to police headquarters for disturbing the peace.

"He called me names because I got mad," expostulated the neighbor.

The two men were followed to police headquarters by a half dozen women. After the accusations had been made, the women took up the trouble and among themselves a lively argument arose. It looked for a time as though the women were about to settle the controversy and they were hustled out of the station.

"Well, well, that is the first time I ever heard of a man wanting to fight because another man put coal in his cellar," remarked Lieutenant Hammil.

Labels: , , , ,

March 18, 1907


Before He Can Experiment on Cows
for Tuberculosis.

"Before tests can be made to determine the prevalence of tuberculosis in cows," said A. C. Wright, city milk inspector, yesterday, "it will be necesary for my department to have an appropriation with which to buy the baccilus with which to make experiments. I have no funds for such purposes. They will have to come through the board of health and if the board meets Monday I will make a request for an appropriation.

"For the past two or three days with Dr. Lloyd Champlain, veterinarian of the pure food commission, I have been making inspections of the hundreds of dairies within the limits of the city and we detected some very suspiciuos appearances among many cows. I am not prepared to say that this was caused by the presence of tuberculosis."

Labels: , , ,

March 17, 1907


It Brought a Handkerchief and a
Revolver From a Pocket.

It was a sneeze, a long, loud sneeze, too, that made all the trouble for Carey L. Miller, a machinist from Topeka, Kas. Miller was passing through the city yesterday on his way to Pennsylvania. He imbibed freely of Union avenue beverage. The beverage was so strong that it made Miller's eyes water and that caused him to sneeze.

When the sneeze came off Miller was making his way in a zig-zag fashion along Union avenue. The sneeze was a big one and required the use of a handkerchief to complete it. In dragging the handkerchief from his pocket, Miller also dragged out a revolver. When the "smoke wagon" struck the sidewalk Patrolman John Farrel was looking straight at Miller and at once proceeded to throw protecting arms around the stranger and to steer him into No. 2 police station.

There Miller gave the name of John Corbin. A charge of drunk and carrying concealed weapons was placed against him. If he is right good, however, and proves to be a "good fellow," the chances are that the concealed weapons charge will be wiped off the slate and only the plain drunk remain. This might be done for the reason that he is not a citizen of Kansas City.

Labels: , , , ,

March 17, 1907


The second is Detective Huntsman, of
Kansas City, Who Says His Family
Name Was Modified --
The Third in Cincinnati.

An heir to the estate of Adolph Huntemann, who died at the General hospital here March 12, leaving an estate valued at $400,000, has turned up. Chief Hayes yesterday received a letter in which was an Associated Press clipping telling of the death of the aged German and stating he had no heirs so far as known here. The letter follows:

Allenville, Wis., March 14, 1907
Gentlemen find inclose a Duplick to refer to. My Father Conrad Eckstein Had a Sister Married to Huntemann in Germany & She was Born in 1819 in April, so if you Find the reckords of his mother berth corspond with this rite me the full dat
yourd Truly,
L. W. ECKSTEIN, Allenville, Wis.

"Mr. Eckstein is not quite clear," said Chief Hayes, "but I take his letter to mean this: Go back to Germany, and if you find that this man's father's sister, Miss Eckstein, and anybody named Huntemann were born about the same time, send the $400,000 to the man in Allenville, Wis."

Adolph Huntemann was born in Hanover, Germany. He came to America in 1843 with his parents and later emigrated to Lawrence, Kas. He and his family lived in Lawrence during the Quantrell raid. Huntemann later moved to Kansas City and bought real estate. He was a frugal man and watched his interests well. The property which he got for practically a song then has increased in value so that at the time of his death the old German was worth nearly half a million dollars. He had about $75,000 in cash in the bank.

It is possible that Huntemann has an heir in Kansas City. John Huntsman, a city detective, is now investigating the records back in Germany before he makes any formal claim. His granfather's name was Peter Huntemann and he was born in Hanover, the same town as was Adolph Huntemann.

Mr. Huntsman says that when his father came to this country he changed the name to Huntsmann and later on, within the last few years, kin fact, Mr. Huntsman himself dropped teh final letter "n" from his name. He did it, he said, because he thought the final letter superfluous and teh spelling of the name was unchanged materially by it. An attorney has the matter in charge for Mr. Huntsman.

CINCINATTI, O., March 16 -- (Special.) Herman Hunteman and his daughter are to lay claim to the estate left by Adolph Huntemann, who died in Kanas City leaving an estate valued at half a million dollars. According to the announcement of death received here Adolph Huntemann left no heirs, but it is claimed that Herman Hunteman is his cousin and that the two men came to this country together fifty years ago from Germany, Herman stopped in this city and Adolph went on west and accumulated a fortune. Herman Hunteman makes his home in Osgood, Ind., but he has a daughter who lives in Avondale, a fashionable suburb of this city. It is said to be their intention to bring action to gain a share of their relative's estate.

Labels: , , , , , , ,

March 17, 1907


Dr. W. F. Kuhn's Answer to Hypo-
thetical Question 25 Minutes Long

Dr. William F. Kuhn, superintendent of the state asylum for the insane at Farmington, testified yesterday in the Anderson will contest at Independence that Mr. Anderson's mind was impaired, if the facts set forth in the hypothetical question that required twenty-five minutes in the reading, were true. The question was a pocket edition of Mr. Jerome's methods in the Thaw trial. It set out the details of Mr. Anderson's life, expecially his alleged affliction with epilepsy for ten years. Dr. Kuhn declared that senile epilepsy destroyed the reasoning faculties and was incurable. Mr. Anderson is alleged to have been 60 years old when first attacked by the disease. Dr. S. C. Woodson, superintendent of the St. Joseph asylum, will also testify for the defense.

Labels: ,

March 17, 1907


Circuit Judges Decide on New
Method of Assigning Cases

There is a change in the manner of assiging cases in the circuit court. The judges of the court held a meeting at the court house yesterday and decided informally on the general outline of the plan. There are now five divisions of the circuit court here at Kansas City. Years before any certain judge had the privelege and the judge who had the most friends among the lawyers caught the most cases, the result being that one or two judges were loaded up with cases. Then somebody evolved the plan of the wheel. In the wheel, which was a small imitation of a jury wheel, there were placed numbers up to 25. When a lawyer filed a case the wheel was spun and whichever division number was drawn, became the number of the division in which the case was tried. All of the circuit judges heard motions and pleadings.

The method is to be entirely changed, if the court makes a decision of yesterday good by formal action. There will be one judge for each term who shall be known as the assignment judge. "It will be his duty to pass on all motions and each day to assign for trial all cases to go to trial that day. No lawyer or client will know in the morning in what division his case is to come up. All the witnesses for all the divisions will assemble in one room and on a blackboard in that room each day will be written the number of the division in which the case is to come up.

Lawyers believe that this plan will expedite matters greatly in the circuit court, as it will make it possible for an assignment of cases each day that will not give one lawyer cases in two or more different courts in one day, as is possible now and often happens.

Labels: , ,

March 14, 1907

New Armory to Be Opened Tomorrow Night

Third Regiment Armory Grand Opening

The new armory of the Third regiment at Fourteenth and Michigan will be thrown open to the public tomorrow night. There will be a concert from 8:30 to 10 o'clock, after which there will be dancing. Commercial and civic bodies have been invited to attend the opening ceremonies.

Although the armory has been in use for some time, it has never had a formal dedication. It is to acquaint the public generally with what the regiment has done, without outside assitance, that Colonel Cusil Lechtman has arranged for the reception. Incidentally it is hoped to attract young men, for whom the regiment is always on the lookout.

The armory embraces every convenience to be found in a building of its kind. There is a large drill hall, company rooms, quarters for the officers and ample provision for the storage of tents, equipment, rifles and the like. The building cost $24,000 and was designed by members of the regiment.

Labels: , ,

March 10, 1907


Will of Samuel G. Booth, Who
Committed Suicide, Filed.

In the will of Samuel G. Booth, who committed suicide a week ago last Wednesday evening at his home, 2625 Garfield avenue, no mention is made of the widow, Ida Booth, who had instituted proceedings for divorce when Mr. Booth took his own life. The will, which was filed with the probate court yesterday, sets forth that one-half of the entire estate, which amounts to more than $50,000, is to go to a nephew, Leonard Rosco Booth, and the remaining one half to another nephew, Earl Booth, and a niece, Fay Booth, each to share in like amounts.

The will was dated September 4, 1904, a year before he was married, and was drawn up in Valley Fall, Kas., Mr. Booth's former home.

Mrs. Booth, who was twenty-three years younger than her husband, had left him just three days before he committed suicide. She had filed a petition for divorce, and arrangements had been made for Mr. Booth's attorney to take his affidavit for the filing of a cross bill on the day he swallowed carbolic acid at his home, and died just as the attorney entered the house.

Immediately after the death of her husband, Mrs. Booth took charge of the home on Garfield avenue, where she had been living since. Suit of ouster may be instituted against her by the heirs.

Labels: , , ,

March 10, 1907


Horse's Shoes Torn Off and Fleeing
Auto Damaged.

A motor car of the Limousine type tore two shoes from a horse's hoofs and threw him on his back beneath the feet of his plunging mate yesterday about 4 o'clock at Sixteenth and Harrison. The chauffeur would have stopped, but his three passengers yelled orders to go on, which he did at rapid speed.

The team belonged to the Depot Carriage and Baggage Company. In the carriage they drew was Thomas L. Nichol, of E. Stine & Son. They were crossing Sixteenth street on Harrison, going south. The motor car approaced from the east, coming down hill. The horse driver, hoping to avert a collision, wheeled his team sharp to the west. The car grasped the carriage, but struck the horses' leges. The headlight and a glass side of the car yielded with a crash, and the bleeding horse fell among the wreckage. The city license number on the disappearing machine was 1615, the driver says. There was nothing to do but send the team to the hospital and secure a new team to complete the carriage trip. Last night the carriage company said nothing had yet been done to discover the owner of the automobile.

Labels: , , , ,

March 7, 1907

Frances Whitney, automobile victim
Hovering between life and death little Frances Whitney lies on a bed of pain at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Whitney, 3308 Troost avenue. She was struck by an automobile Tuesday afternoon at Thirty-first and Troost avenue. A doctor is constantly at her side. She regained consciousness at about 3 o'clock yesterday morning, long enough to murmur:
"I want a big doll like Beatrice has got, that will talk and open and shut its eyes." Then she lapsed into unconsciousness.
The extent of her injuries has not been determined, save that she is suffering a severe concussion of the brain and bruises about the head. She sustained no broken bones, but it is feared that she has internal injuries. Last night it was said that the outcome could hardly be determined until at least forty-eigh hours more had elapsed.
The little girl will be five years old two weeks from tomorrow, and for a birthday present her mother had bought for her a big doll, of which the little girl spoke during her few lucid moments yesterday morning.
H. C. Whitney, the child's father, is in the coat business with his father, C. S. Whitney. The child is the grand-daughter of Lee E. Bower, 1308 East Twenty-third street, and old resident of Kansas City. The automobile that struck her belonged to J. K. Burnham, but was driven by a chauffeur.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 7, 1907


He Was Forced to Stop Off Here on
His Way to His Home.

George Beardsley, father of the mayor, and whose home is in Champaign, Ill., was taken ill while in Texas looking after a land deal and on his way home was compelled to stop over and go tot he residence of the mayor to be nursed and treated by a physician. It was at first feared that Mr. Beardsley, who is 70 years old, had contracted pneumonia but it was thought last night that the diagnosis had been incorrect and that he is suffering from a bad cold only. Having received this assurnace Mayor beardsley went to Jonesboro, Ark., where he will address the state meeting of the Y. M. C. A. today.

Labels: , , ,

March 4, 1907


"What! Pay His Fine of $100!"
Gasped Mrs. Ogle. "Never!"

"Well," said Mrs. Elmer Ogle, in answer to a question yesterday afternoon, "the reason I didn't horsewhip my husband in police court as the judge told me to was this: I knew that if I whipped him there, and he was let go, it would be me next. If I whipped him there, when he got home he would have beaten me again, and maybe done a better job of it than he did the first time. So, I thought, if I don't whip him, and let him be sent to the workhouse, I may have time to get away from him before he does me any further harm."

Mrs. Ogle is a small woman. She married Ogle three years ago. She was a widow and he was a widower. They own a grocery store at 3403 East Thrity-first street, and live in the four rooms above it. Mrs. Ogle confesses to being 43 years of age. Ogle says he is 30. They have had no children since their marriage.

Ogle, who was fined $100 in police court Saturday morning for beating his wife, is now in the workhouse. Mrs. Ogle visited him there yesterday. He had sent for her.

"I told him," said Mrs. Ogle, "that I would not live with him again. He had sent for me to get me to pay his fine and let him out. I refused to do it. He told the judge yesterday morning that he would let me have everything else if I would let him have the horse and wagon to go away with. I have since agreed to that, and I get the grocery store. I shall sell it. After that I don't know what I shall do."

"Will you pay his fine out of the proceeds and get your husband out of the workhouse?"

"I don't know what I shall do about that," replied Mrs. Ogle. "He has a brother who is going to try tomorrow to get him out. I may decide to pay the fine, but -- that $100 looks mighty good to me."

"At least," she went on, "I won't live with him again. I won't live with any man who beats me. It never happened to me before, and I don't propose to let it happen again if I can help it."

Labels: , , , , , ,

March 4, 1907



Friends of the Couple Say Divorce Suit May Be Filed This Week --
Husband Declines to Say Whether
There is Chance for Reconciliation

Friends of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Hamner said last night that a divorce suit would probably be filed this week by Mr. Hamner. They were married three years ago Saturday. Mr. Hamner is a member of the law firm Hamner, Hamner, & Calvin, with offices in 502 Hall bldg.

The marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Hamner was an elopement. Mary Fleming Brent was Mrs. Hamner's maiden name. She is the daughter of T. I. Brent, president of the Kansas City Transfer Company.

In February of 1902, the society columns of the Kansas City newspapers contained the announcement of her engagement to G. G. Scott, a millionaire of Milwaukee.

On the morning of March 3, about three weeks later, the Kasnas City newspapers printed the story of her elopement and marriage the evening before with Harry C. Hamner. They had procured a license, and enjoined the clerk to silence. Then they went to the home of Dr. W. A. Quayle, who was then the pastor of the Grand Avenue M. E. church, and were married. They went to Omaha on their honeymoon. Mrs. Hamner's family are Kentuckians; they date back to the Flemings and the Brents, both names well known in the Bluegrass state.

Mr. Hamner spent last night at his home, 4124 McGee street, and Mrs. Hamner passed the night with the family of H. H. Anderson in their apartments at the Hotel Densmore. Mrs. Hamner could not be seen, and Mr. Anderson, a brother-in-law by marriage, also denied himself to reporters. When Mr. Hamner was seen at his home, he admitted that he and his wife had separated, but said he did not care to discuss the case.

"When will you begin divorce proceedings?" was asked of Mr. Hamner.

"I have nothing to say tonight," he said slowly.

"Will there be a reconciliation?"

"I will not talk of that now," he said, after a pause. "There have been no plans made for the settlement of our affiars and I don't want to make any statements regarding what is contemplated. I have no statement to make regarding my side of the affair, or my wife's either, as yet. I may be willing to say something later."

Labels: , , , , ,

March 4, 1907


Half Fare for Ministers Decried
by Dr. J. E. Roberts

Dr. J. E. Roberts, minister of the Church of this World, thinks the half fare rate on railroads is half a bribe.

"There is no justification for a preacher riding on half fare permits, while lawyers and doctors have to pay full fare," he said in the course of his lecture at the Shubert theater yesterday. "The fact that I do so myself does not make it right for me. I take advantage of conditions as they exist, but I shall gladly welcome the day when everybody pays full fare. A free pass is a bribe, and a half fare permit is a half of a bribe."

"It is a crime and a disgrace to be poor, but the crime and the disgrace are those of the community which permits anybody to stay poor. Men are better than they have to be in order to stay in business. So long as it is thought the highest duty toward our fellow man to build asylums and poor houses, so long will the poor be with us."

Labels: , , ,

March 4, 1907


Kansas City Singer Tried to Pacify
Disappointed Audience in an
El Paso Theatre.

EL PASO, TEX., MARCH 3 --(Special) Because the San Carlo opera company gave a greatly abridged performance of the "Barber of Seville" at a matinee performance here today, a riot almost ensued in the Crawford theater, the people demanding their money back or a fuller version of the opera.

Signor Campanari, advertised to appear in the title role, was not presented, and no explanation was made until after the performance, when it was admitted that he had been taken ill at Topeka and had returned to New York. The manager, Henry Russell, declared that the performance had been given just as they had given it in other cities in which they had played, but the people refused to be satisfied with this explanation. Miss Nielsen, who stood beside her manager while he was making the explanation, then volunteered to sing several songs in English if that would satisfy. Some listened, others talked and hissed during the entire time she was on the stage, while others sent an officer after the treasurer of the company, who had already departed for the depot with the proceeds of the performance. Miss Neilsen, standing on a deserted stage, without scenery of any sort, sang, "The Swanee River," "Coming Thru' the Rye" and "Annie Laurie" in an effort to appease the crowd. The curtain was then lowered and the crowd swarmed out to the box office, demanding their money back.

Joe Ullman, the New York bookmaker financing the tour of the company, was forcibly detained until he had sent for the treasurer of the company, who had already gone to the depot, and agreed to return the money.

The San Carlo opera company sang four operas in Convention hall here last week. Its Kansas City engagement, from a financial viewpoint, was a failure.

Labels: , ,

March 4, 1907

E. A. Smith, Alias Herbert K. Nyler,
Will Be Brought Back for Trial.

R. A. Smith, alias Herbert K. Nyler, is under arrest in Los Angeles on the charge of altering checks of the Bruns Bros. bowling alley and pool hall at Eighth and Grand. Detective Gene Sullivan left for Los Angeles last night to bring Smith back to Kansas City.

A cartoon printed in The Journal several months ago was instrumental in effecting the arrest by the Los Angeles police on the request of the chief of police of this city. Smith was employed by Bruns Bros. and is charged with manipulating checks showing the amounts due from persons playing pool in the house.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 4, 1907

Mrs. Booth Said to Be Unable to
Leave Her Home

Mrs. Ida Booth, 2625 Garfield avenue, whose husband committed suicide last Thursday night because his wife, who was 23 years his junior, was about to institute proceedings for a divorce, did not attend the funeral of her husband at Valley Falls, Kas., yesterday. It was said that the shock of her husband's death had unnerved her for the ordeal of attending his funeral, and made her physically unable to leave her home.

Mrs. Booth's petition was one of the longest ever filed in Jackson county. It makes these allegations:

That shortly after the marriage in Leavenworth, June 29, 1905, after the Booths came to Kansas City, the husband became cold and exacting; that the wife was compelled to pay board for herself and her sister out of her private income; that she had to cook and clean up for the boarders; that her husband demanded all her property and did not take her to places of amusement; that he took charge of her mail, and that his personal habits were such that she could not bear to live with him.

Owing to the suicide of Booth, the case will be dismissed when it is called for trial.

Labels: , , , ,

March 4, 1907


Mrs. Brobecker and Children Were
Hemmed In by Smoke and Flame

With hook and ladder appliances, Fireman James Redmond and Thomas Scanlon rescued a family from a burning building in the West bottoms yesterday morning at 3:30 o'clock. Sam Brobecker's saloon, 1719 West Ninth street, caught fire. His family lived upstairs. He went down to investigate before smoke had filled the upstairs to the point of suffocation. His wife, a son and a daughter were driven to the windows, from which they were taken. The loss on the building was only $25 and on the contents $50.

Labels: , , ,

March 3, 1907


Food Inspector Uses Kerosene on a
Shipment from Texas
Food inspector Cutler anointed 262 crates of Texas strawberries yesterday with coal oil, to give them that rich, nutty flavor that is so unpopular with hasheries. Reading in the nespapers that the inspector was in wait for a car load of moldy berries, htere was a crowd in the Frisco yards yesterday when Dr. Cutler hove on the scene. They expected he would dump the berries on the ground, and they were ready with their pans and their boxes to sort the rejected fruit and effect some salvage.
Instead of that, Dr. Cutler kept the berries in their crates, and gave the owner of the car till noon to sell the moldy berries, 262 crates out of a shipment of 440 crates, to some vinegar factory. When noon arrived and no sale had been made, the coal oil cans were brought into play.
Although berries are seling from $3.50 to $5 per crate, and there were 200 good crates in the car, the consignee got stampede and sold the lot for $60, not quite half of what the freight on the shipment was.
"Moldy berries are highly dangerous," explained the food inspector after the seizure, "although, it is the mold which makes viengar, and as vinegar the berries would have been all right. However, as fresh berries they would have been good for orders for several physicians and maybe an undertaker or two."

Labels: , , , ,

March 3, 1907


He Waded Into the Fight When He
Was hit in the Eye.

Skimmed milk caused all kinds of trouble at the Alamo restaurant, 420 Main street, last night. There is a sign on the front window reading, "A Great Big Meal All for 10 cents." Last night, a customer didn't like the taste of the milk.

"What do you call this?" he asked.

"That's skimmed milk," he was told. "We are complying with the law, for there is the sign on the wall. Only Skimmed Milk Sold Here."

Before the waiter knew what was up he had been soaked right in the face with the glass of milk. Then Peter Cankles, the waiter, and the customer went at it.

When the combatants reached the sidewwalk the time for a peacemaker arrived, and one bobbed up. In the melee he got a good clout in the right eye. That angered him and he sailed into Pete Cankles and smote him hip and thigh; winding up by bouncing a sugar bowl off of Pete's head. The customer who had taken exception to the skimmed milk and had dashed it on the waiter, saw his chance to make his escape while the peacemaker and Cankles were fighting. And he did so hurriedly as the police were arriving in force. They arrested Cankles and the peacemaker.

"I wasn't in that fight at all," the peacemaker said. "I acted soley in the capacity of peacemaker and then I got socked in the jaw I got sore. That's all there is to it. If you don't believe I got the wors of it, look at this lamp on me. Where's the man who satarted the fight?"

"What's your name?" asked Fred Bailey, desk clerk.

"I haven't any," he replied firmly, "I oughtn't to have any either. But to complete your records, I'll say that my name is John J. Jenkins, journalist, and I want that milk-throwing, bomb-bursting scoundrel brought in here and charged with creating a riot and then letting a peacemaker get the worst of it.

John J. Jenkins, journalist, was locked up, as he could not give bond, and Cankles was released on a bond arranged by Thomas Boblos, his employer. Cankles was taken to the emergency hospital, where eight stitches were taken in his scalp.

Judge Kyle will hear the case of the skimmed milk, the irate customer, the waiter and the injured peacemaker this morning. But the cause of it all, the customer, will not be present.

Labels: , , , ,

March 3, 1907


As a Provider Hash Didn't Live Up to
His Name.

Suit for divorce was filed yesterday in Independence by Stella M. Hash against her husband, Cobert Hash. Soon after her marriage trouble commenced, and, she says, he failed to provide for his family. Lagter he became an unknown quantity and there was no more Hash, although diligent search was made for him.
Mary K. Hearst, another petitioner, brought suit against her husband, Lorin. "He did not love me," she states in her petition.
Carry Hutton brought suit against James, her husabnd. He carried a picture of a girl other than his wife, and planted osculatory impressions upon it, says the wife, claiming he could not help himself.
Charles F. Middleton, in his petition for divorce, charges his wife with extreme jealousy.
Mary J. Coulter sued John F. Coulter for divorce, alleging desertion.


March 3, 1907


Oscar Riley, Who Robbed a Store in
Morning, Sentenced in Afternoon

If retribution overcame the average violator of the law as it did Oscar Riley, the chances are taht more criminals would stop and take second thought before acting. Riley is a young man who is not a dessperate character, but who figured that by theft he could supply his wants in a quicker manner than by manual labor. Among other articles of wearing apparel of which he was a trifle shy were shoes, so the display of footwear in the shop window of Greenburg's store on Grand avenue attracted his attention at an early hour yesterday morning. It was true the hour was wee when he gazed upon the shoes in the Greenburg window, but he was accustomed to such hours and his personal need of better footing caused him to stop and hesitate.

It was 3 o'clock yesterday mrning when Riley decided to break in and help himself to Mr. Greenburg's shoes. No one interfered with his trespassing, but after he had selected the pair of shoes that best suited his fancy and was in the act of making his "get away," he was taken into custody. When arraigned before Judge Slover in the criminal court yesterday afternoon, he admitted breaking into the store and stealing the shoes, and received in return for his admission of guilt a term of three years in the penitentiary at Jefferson City.

Labels: , , , ,

March 2, 1907

Judge Slover Upholds City Ordinance
--Notice of Appeal Given

Judge Slover in the criminal court yesterday sustained the action of the police court in imposing a fine of $50 upon Dr. E. O. Smith for conducting a hospital in the city without a permit from the board of health. Dr. Smith gave notice of an appeal to the supreme court and says he proposes to carry the litigation to the court of last resort.

The Smith case is of considerable interest to all members of the medical profession who are maintaining private hospitals. Dr. Smith opened a hospital on North Wabash avenue several moths ago. A protest was made by people living in the vicinity of the institution and the police ordered it closed. An application was made to the board of health for a permit by Dr. Smith, but it was refused. He continued to keep the hospital open and was finally arrested by the police. He then instituted injunction proceedings against Chief of Police Hayes and the members of the board of health, asking that the be restrained from further interfering with him and his business. He withdrew his application for an injunction before it came to a hearing and brought mandamus proceedings against the board of health to compel it to grant him a permit for the hospital. This was heard in Judge Seehorn's division of the circuit court and the writ denied.

Later, Dr. Smith was arrested a second time by the police and fiined $50, which Judge Slover says he must pay. The validity of the city ordinance under which the board of heaalth is given discretionary poower in the granting or refusal of permits was raised before Judge Slover, but he held the ordinance good. I. N. Kinley, who was representing Dr. Smith, says he will take the case to the supreme court and see if that tribunal will hold that the city council has the right to delegate legislative powers to the board of health.

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

March 2, 1907

Mother-in-Law One of those
Blamed for Alienation

William T. Dunlap, a telegraph operator in the employ of the Postal Telegraph Company, yesterday filed suit in the district co urt, Kansas City, Kas., against his mother-in-law, Sarah A. Brown, and his sister-in-law, Mattie L. Brown, for $30,000. He charges that his sister-in-law and his mother-in-law together alienated the affecitons of his wife.

Dunlap says he married Jessie Brown in Piper, Kas, June 28, 1899. Since that time he and his wife have lived in various parts of the United States. Mrs. Dunlap insisted upon making frequent visits to her mother and sister. After each visit, Dunlap says he noticed a lessening in his wife's affections for him. The last visit made to the Browns, who live at Piper, Kas., was in July, 1906. But a orrespondence continued.

"I wish I had the money to buy him out and let him go," is one of the remarks which Dunlap says his mother-in-law used to disparge him in the eyes of his wife. Besides this, he alleges that both mother-in-law and sister-in-law told his wife that he was a fool, continually found fault with him to her, told her that he did not provide decent furniture for their home, and that he was not good enough for her, anyway.

Because of these uncomplimentary remarks, Dunlap says that his wife left him January 7, 1907. But in a day or two she came back to take most of the furniture, not even leaving him a bed. All she allowed him was a cook stove, a small stove, four chairs and a wire couch, but no bed clothes.

And so, as Dunlap says, "disgraced and rendered homeless," he filed suit for $30,000 against his mother-in-law and his sister-in-law, who live on a farm near Piper, Kas.

Labels: , , ,

March 2, 1907
Grocer Arrested on Charge of Wife Beating
Says He Was Beaten.

Patrolmen Wiseman and Hull of No. 9 station were called to 3493 East Thirty-first street at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon to arrest Elmer Ogle, a grocer there who, it was reported, was beating his wife. When first arrested his bond was fixed at $5 for disturbing the peace. When taken to headquarters it was made $101 and later it was raised to $501. The police said a large bond had been requested. They also said Ogle had accused his wife of flirting and had beaten her severely.
Ogle is 30 years old and his wife 46. He said last night, in his own defense, "Strike my wife? I should say not. I love her too much for that. She nearly beat the life out of me today with a nail puller and I never even cussed her."
She had been over to the home of her son, Elija Williams, 3300 West Prospect, where a new baby had just arrived. That must have exited her, for she came home on the war path. She smelled whiskey on my breath and that started her. She started in by throwing down all the can goods she could reach and dragging the meat off onto the floor. She must have pulled down $20 worth when she caught sight of me again. I was starting to take the harness out, hitch up and drive away until she cooled down.
"Well, sir, she grabbed that iron nail puller and every time I would make a move to pick up a piece of harness she would wollop me one with that nail puller. Look at my face here! Look at my arms and hands! I'm peeled off like that from head to foot. I don't know who sent for the police, but I was dern glad when they got there, for I was about all in.

"I did catch her flirting today, but I never even mentioned it to her. I was talking with two men about trading my store for a farm in Oklahoma. One of them got a half pint of whisky and we drank it. All that was left of it when she got there, however, was the smell of the booze, and that made her wild. Those two fellows sat there and saw my wife lick me -- that's what they did. No, sir. I love my wife, if she did lick me. She'll be cooled down by morning and I don't believe she'll appear against me. If she does I might get mad myself and turn the tables on her, for I never struck her a lick."

Ogle said they had been married three years and that yesterday he took the first drink of whisky he had taken in four years. The case against him is set for this morning in police court.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 2, 1907
Banquet of Tenth Ward Republicans at the Savoy.

"Hadley for governor" was the slogan of the Tenth Ward Republican Club at its annual banquet at the Savoy hotel last night. Homer Mann, who delivered the nominating speech at St. Joseph when Hadley was named as candidate for attorney general, proposed the name of Hadley for the gubernatorial nomination, which was received with hearty cheers by the 200 or more Tenth warders present.

A four-course diner was served, following which was the evening's programme, Captain Charles A. Morton, retiring president, was toastmaster. The speakers were: E. F. Halstead, Alderman George H. Edwards, Homer B. Mann, Alderman E. E. Morris and George A. Neal. Mayor Beardsley was a late comer, and he made a few remarks.

Following are the officers elected for the ensuing year: Martin J. Ostergard, president; Howard Lee, vice president; Samuel R. Halstead, second vice president; J. C. Barrette, secretary; William H. Gardner, assistant secretary; Flournoy Quest, treasurer, and William Newland, sergeant-at-arms.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 2, 1907


Cigars the Alderman Distributed
Caused a Vote of Censure

Alderman Miles Bulger drew a vote of censure in the lower house of the council last night. The resolution was offered by Alderman Shinnick. The offense of Bulger, and which brought down the wrath of the majority of his colleagues, was that he liberally passed about loaded cigars and there was some startling exhibitions of high class gymnasics when the cigars exploded. The sport was enjoyed by all those who had not been inveigled into smoking one of Bulger's Mont Pelee brand, but those that did go against them were ruffled in temper and demanded revenge.

Labels: , ,


Get the Book
Vintage Kansas City Stories ~ Early 20th Century Americana as Immortalized in The Kansas City Journal
Kansas City Stories

Early Kansas City, Missouri

>>More KC Books<<

The History and Heritage of Vintage Kansas City in Books
Vintage Kansas
City Bookstore

Powered by Blogger

Vintage Kansas

Vintage Antique Classics ~ Vintage Music, Software, and more Time Travel Accessories

In association with
KC Web ~ The Ultimate Kansas City Internet Directory