May 31, 1907
CHANCE FOR VENUS
SCHOOL BOARD WILL PASS ON
NOW KEPT IN SECLUSION
PARK BOARD MEMBER AND EN-
GINEER EXPRESS VIEWS.
Both Call It a Perfect Work of Art --
Mr. Buchan, the Donor, Says
Cleveland Accepted a Sim-
ilar Statue Without a
THE STATUE OF VENUS GENETRIX REJECTED BY
THE KANSAS CITY, KAS. SCHOOL BOARD.
The fate of the statue Venus Genetrix, now reposing in the basement of the public library in Kansas City, Kas., will in all probability be finally decreed at Monday night's meeting of the board of education. The members of the board who have been keeping this particular piece of art in seclusion ever since its presentation by Senator W. J. Buchan, will be asked to render their final decision at the next meeting. It is understood that a large number of lovers of art will attend Monday night's meeting and try to convince the board that by turning down the gift it will be depriving the library of a valuable and beautiful work of art. Leading citizens are manifesting much concern in the matter. The majority of them are in favor of giving Venus the most conspicuous location in the library building.
George Kessler, landscape architect, who has been employed to lay out a park and boulevard system in Kansas City, Kas., examined the statue at a recent meeting of the Kansas City, Kas., park board and pronounced it a most beautiful work of art.
PERFECT WORK OF ART.
J. P. Angle, a member of the park board, to whose office the statue was consigned by the park board, says that he has never gazed upon a more perfect work of art.
"While I do not put myself up as a critic in statuary," said Mr. Angle yesterday, "yet I have visited many art galleries, and from the collections of fine art I have seen I am frank to say I I do not believe I could pick a more beautiful piece of statuary than that which the school board has rejected."
Nathaniel Barnes, former postmaster, in speaking about the statue says that no one with a spark of love for the fine art could find the slightest objection to Venus. However, he suggests that if the school board is in doubt as to the propriety of accepting the gift and giving it a proper place in the library building, a commission might be appointed to determine its worth as a piece of fine art and also decide whether or not it should be exhibited in the library.
Mr. Buchan, the donor of the statue, in speaking about his gift and the subsequent action of the school board, said:
"I think the whole affair is too ridiculous to discuss. I went over to Italy, in my trip around the world, and while there did not forget my home town. I saw this beautiful statue in the original at Rome and bought the fine replica I presented to the board of education in Florence. I made a special trip to Florence to get the piece and paid $450 for it. It cost in transportation another $100.
FUNNY TO BUCHAN.
"For the life of me, I can't understand the aversion of the school board for the statue. A man who was making the trip with me got a similar one for the library at Cleveland, O., and he tells me there were no objections from growing young people there.
"The funniest thing about the deal is that the excuse of the board is that young girls and boys who see the statue may have read Ouida's book in which it is criticized. Now, I may be wrong in my judgement of immoral things, but I think a girl or boy who reads Ouida's proscribed books can not be injured much by looking on the4 excellent piece of art work she condemns."
W. E. Griffith, a member of the board, said yesterday that the statue was too nude to be placed in the rotunda of the library, if not in a collection of such pieces.
"I am not prudish," said Mr. Griffith, "but I am opposed to tempting girls and boys who have not reached the age of discretion, to make remarks and draw inferences. The statue was given to us in good faith, but it is unfit. We can not help that. We are only sorry we can not use it out of courtesy to Mr. Buchan. The statue would not be half so suggestive if there was no drapery at all."
WOMEN NOT DISPLEASED.
Attorney Edward Barker, 713 Minnesota avenue, who has taken considerable interest in the disposition of the Venus, yesterday conducted a party of women, including his wife, to the park board rooms where the statue is stored temporarily awaiting further action of the school board.
"What do you think of it?" Mr. Barker asked them.
"Oh, it is just lovely," they answered in chorus.
Afterward, all of the women said they would not be ashamed to have the Venus installed in their parlors or hallways.
"The school board is trying to out-Comstock Comstock," is the way Attorney Barker expressed his opinion of the action of that body regarding the Venus.
Labels: architects, arts, George Kessler, Kansas City Kas, libraries, Minnesota avenue, statues
May 31, 1907
DOOR YIELDED TO A PUSH.
Now Warren Lancaster Faces a
Charge of Burglary.
The dry goods store of A. Newman, 1327 Grand avenue, was entered on May 20 by breaking in a rear door. Silk waists and skirts to the value of about $200 were stolen. W. B. Clark and James Downey, plain clothes men from No. 2 station, noticed some silk waists in pawn in the West bottoms. Then they arrested Warran Lancaster, alias "Hayseed," who held out firmly that he knew nothing about the robbery. Yesterday, however, he made a full confession, detailing how the robbery was committed and telling where most of the stolen goods had been sold or pawned.
"No one was implicated with me," he said. "I went into the alley, placed my back against the door, gave it a shove and in it went. I got nine silk waists and four shirts."
Labels: crime, Grand avenue, pawn brokers, police, retailers
May 30, 1907
SOCIALISTS GET A CHANCE.
May Hold Meetings in Grand Ave-
nue's Open District.
James Howard, perpetual president of the local order of Social Socialists, appealed yesterday to the police board for permission to hold meetings in the downtown district. He complained that the police had run his party off Grand, south of Eleventh street, where permission had been given to them to hold forth.
"You let other political meetings be held on the street corners," said Howard.
"Yes," granted Mayor Beardsley, "but that is only when the campaign is going on."
"Our campaign is always going on," promptly retorted the Social Socialist.
After the commissioners stopped laughing they decided unanimously, "That is exactly the trouble," and suggested that the perpetual president try and get a word in edgewise between the Salvationists, the Bakerites and the other little crowds that nightly meet on Grand avenue.
Labels: Eleventh street, Grand avenue, Mayor Beardsley, police board, politics, Socialists
May 30, 1907
THIS WIFE HOLDS THE CASH.
Leeds Bride Exchanges Husband's
$10 for a Modest $3.
Mary Jane Davis, of Leeds, Mo., who was married in Independence yesterday to B. F. Wellford, of Columbus, O., does not believe in the old adage that "the wife should attend to the religion for the family and the husband handle the money."
"I have nothing smaller than a ten spot," the bridegroom said to Deputy Recorder Meinich, after the ceremony was performed.
Meinich found he had no change and started to go out and change the bill, when the bride spoke up:
"I have a little change," and handed Meinich the $3.
Then she took the bridegroom's $10 from Meinich and put it into her own pocketbook.
Labels: Independence, Leeds, romance
May 30, 1907
ATE A SUICIDE SANDWICH.
Turkey and Carbolic Acid Failed to
A suicide sandwich -- the ingredients the same as turkey plus carbolic acid -- was the refreshment Maggie Smith, 309 Walnut, rear, took yesterday. An ambulance surgeon, Dr. T. B. Rogers, said the negro woman would recover.
Labels: doctors, Suicide, Walnut Street
May 29, 1907
HAD A "WIRELESS PHONE".
Kansas City, Kas., Barber Who Had
a Vision at Police Station.
T. J. Shelton, 807 Cherry street, a barber with a shop at 1 1/2 Central avenue, Kansas City, Kas., walked into police headquarters early Monday morning and asked to be "detained" for a time.
"It's a good bed and the long rest is what I need," he said.
When Shelton was placed in the matron's room he immediately went into using an imaginary phone in the corner of his cell.
"It's a wireless phone," he told Dr. W. L. Gist. ""Handy things, aren't they? Wouldn't be without one."
Later Shelton called Mrs. Joan Moran, the matron, and handing her a quarter said: "I wish you'd send a meal up on the elevator there to my nurse. She's up there and hasn't had anything to eat for some time."
Shelton pointed carelessly out into space as he spoke of "the elevator there." An order was made to send him to the general hospital yesterday. In the afternoon he appeared better, however, and made many promised regarding his future conduct, so Dr. Gist allowed him to be taken in charge by a friend.
Labels: Central avenue, Cherry street, doctors, Dr. Gist, elevators, general hospital, Kansas City Kas, mental health, police, police matron, telephone
May 29, 1907
IT WAS THE WRONG BABY.
Mother, After Long Search, Kisses
First Child She Sees.
"It's mamma's darling! How is the sweet one?" cried Mrs. Margaret Johnson, of St. Louis, as she snatched a small child from the arms of Mrs. Ivan Elliot, of 2441 Flora avenue, at the Detention home yesterday afternoon.
The mother hugged and kissed the child and cried over him for fully five minutes without stopping to breathe. Then Mrs. Elliot said:
"You got the wrong baby, madam."
The child she had been caressing was Willie Jefferson, a nephew of Mrs. Elliot. Her own was handed to her by Dr. E. L. Mathias.
Lee Johnson, her husband, and the child's father, left her in St. Louis nineteen months ago, when the baby was 5 months old, and brought the child with him to Kansas City. The police all over the United States were notified and yesterday the Kansas City officers located the father and the child. Judge McCune last evening set today for hearing the rights of the parents as to the custody of the youngster.
Labels: children, detention home, Flora avenue, Judge McCune, St Louis
May 29, 1907
BOUGHT BY JONES
TAKE OVER MAIL ORDER BUSINESS
TWO BUSINESSES SEPARATE.
THE CAPITAL STOCK INCREASED
Plans Contemplate One of the Largest
Mail Order Concerns in Amer-
ica -- Establish Buying
Stations All Over
The Jones Dry Goods Company had purchased the mail order business of Kemper-Paxton Mercantile Company, increasing the capital stock of the former company form $150,000 to $300,000. W. T. Kemper retains part of the preferred stock in the company.
In the evolution of the commercial world within recent years the buying of goods by mail from catalogue houses by the people of all sections of the country has grown to such proportions, so states one of the Jones brothers, and has proved such a satisfactory way to trade that it must be recognized as an advanced step in the retail distribution of merchandise. In view of the fact that the people are buying largely from mail order houses, it was decided by the Jones company that it would be better to keep this trade in Kansas City than to have it go to the markets further east. Some of the fundamental principles on which the Jones Bros. will conduct the new branch of their business are stated as follows:
Their purpose shall be to get the goods from the maker to the user at the smallest expenditure of time and money. "The greatest good to the greatest number," is to be the motto of the new department. The present quarters of the Kemper-Paxton company, which will be occupied by the new firm, consist of a seven-story and basement building at Ninth and Liberty streets. As it becomes necessary these quarters will be enlarged.
The new business will be run distinctly separate from the business at Twelfth, Thirteenth, and Main and Walnut streets, but the two will operate in the closest harmony and out-of-town customers will be accommodated at either store.
The Jones Bros. are planning to make of the new business one of the greatest mail order concerns in the United States. Buying stations have already been established all over the world, and merchandise will be shipped direct to Kansas City from those places.
"Our trade territory for the present will be the great Southwest," said J. L. Jones, yesterday. "But as rapidly as is deemed expedient the whole United States will become our market. There is no reason why this catalogue business should not reach from Maine to California and from Winnepeg to Galveston in the course of a few years.
"It is believed that with the re-establishment of navigation on the Missouri river a certain and tremendous increase in the output of Kansas City factories will result, because of the outlet furnished by this distributing agency and others of its kind, and because of better freight rates resulting from river navigation."
Both of the Jones brothers have been country merchants in past years and have felt the country merchants' antagonism toward the mail order houses. They state, however, that so long as millions of people are buying goods from catalogue, there is no reason why Kansas City should not get in the fight and keep the business that rightfully belongs to her. For this reason the Kemper-Paxton Mercantile Company launched its mail order business in Kansas City and for the same reason the Jones Bros. have absorbed it with the determination to make it one of the greatest institutions of its kind in the United States.
Labels: Jones Dry Goods, Main street, Missouri river, Ninth street, retailers, Thirteenth street, Twelfth street, Walnut Street
May 26, 1907
AFTER HIS WIFE'S REFUSAL.
Canvasser Shoots Himself and Dies at
the General Hospital.
Raymond M. Phillips, a canvasser, called upon his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Phillips, at 512 West Twenty-fifth street, about 6 o'clock last evening. They had been separated about two years, but Reynolds was in the habit of calling to see his son, 15 years old. He set down two grips which he was carrying and greeted the boy pleasantly. In a few minutes Mrs. Reynolds stepped into the room.
"I am going to Colorado, 'Bess'," he said. "I came to ask you once more and for the last time, will you live with me again?"
"No," said the wife firmly. "I cannot. You know why."
Without further ado Reynolds drew a revolver and placing the muzzle to the butt of his right ear, fired one shot. He fell unconscious to the floor. A physician was summoned. The ambulance from No. 4 station arrived soon after, accompanied by a surgeon, and Reynolds was removed to the general hospital, where he died at midnight.
Labels: general hospital, Suicide, Twenty-fifth street
May 19, 1907
ESCORT JUMPS, GIRL HURT.
Pearl Brown, of Armourdale, Injured
in a Runaway.
Pearl Brown, a 19-year-old Armourdale girl, was thrown from a buggy at 2022 Madison in a runaway last night at 10 o'clock. The team ran on, and at Twenty-fourth and Belleview killed another horse with the buggy pole. This hourse was the property of the Brandenmeyr Bros., grocers. The team was caught at Twenty-seventh and Belleview.
Dr. W. O. Gray, ambulance surgeon from the Walnut street police station, took Miss Brown to the general hospital. She was suffering from convulsions, but here injuries were convined to bruises on the limbs. Her home address is 918 South Twelfth street, Armourdale. At the hospital she said she ahd gone driving with Oliver Dooley of 8 West Sixteenth street and that he had been drinking and lost control of the team, then jumped and left her alone.
Labels: accident, alcohol, Armourdale, buggy, doctors, general hospital, Madison street, Sixteenth street, Twelfth street, Walnut street police station
May 19, 1907
HAPPY FOR ONLY A DAY.
Bride Asks Probate Judge to Nullify
Her Second Venture.
Alvin Thorp, 49 years old, and America Mallat, 5 years his junior, called at the office of the probate judge in Kansas City, Kas., last tuesday and were united in the holy bonds of wedlock by Judge Van prather. It was their second venture upon the sea of matrimony and they left the court house as happy as if it was their first flirtation with Cupid.
Yesterday Mrs. Thorpe, the bride of just four days, reappeared before the probate judge and with tears in her eyes begged Judge Prather to undo what he had done Tuesday. She declared that she was greatly disappointed in the man she had chosen for her second husband and desired to be separated from him just as soon as possible.
"He is not my kind of man," said Mrs. Thorpe. "My! I was certainly deceived in him. The next night after our marriage he came home under the influence of liquor and grossly abused me. He brought home with him a small vial containing some kind of dope and when I saw him take some of it I made up my mind right there and then we severed our companionship."
Judge Prather stated taht he was very sorry, but while he had tied the knot it was up to a court of higher jurisdiction to untie it. He referred her to the district court and a divorce suit is promised in the immediate future.
Labels: alcohol, Divorce, Judge Prather, Kansas City Kas, narcotics, romance
May 17, 1907
THE SMALLEST BABY.
TINIEST SPECIMEN OF NORMAL
HUMANITY IN THE WORLD.
IS HAPPY IN AN
TWELVE DAYS OLD AND NOW
WEIGHS TWO POUNDS.
Lung Power Well Developed and Ap-
petite Excellent -- First Baby to
Bless the Thirteen Years'
Married Life of the
GRANDMOTHER OF THE COLTON
BABY AND THE BABY HIMSELF.
In a home-made incubator with a pagoda-like top at 406 White avenue there thrives the smallest baby in Kansas City. His name is Kenneth Crowder Colton and he is 12 days old today. He is believed to be the tiniest specimen of normal humanity in the world. Local medical authorities have searched their memories and can recall no other perfectly formed child so small. The baby weighed a trifle less than one pound eight ounces when he was born.
"But now! Well, just look at him," said the proud mother, Mrs. Ruby H. Colton, yesterday afternoon, as she lifted the pagoda-shaped top of the incubator, covered with warm flannel, and showed the little fellow sleeping peacefully. He was smiling, and occasionally he would crow in his sleep in the happiest way imaginable, unconscious that the very fact of his being alive is considered phenomenal.
"See how big he is! Why, he's getting to be a man already. He's a foot long and weighs two pounds. Think of that! When he was born he was only seven and one-half inches long, and he weighed a pound and a half. At his birth his head was hardly larger than a salt cellar, and now is as big as a tea cup.
"And his hair! It'll soon be long enough to cut. Do you see it? But, of course you do. You can't help it. It's an eighth of an inch long and dark, like his father's. His hands and feet are nearly and inch long each. He's perfectly developed in every way. See how sturdy his arms and legs are getting to be. I do believe you could almost feel his muscle."
Mrs. Colton showed a picture of her son. "Look at this, taken with his grandmother when he was 3 days old," said Mrs. Colton. There he is, wrapped in one of my smallest lace handkerchiefs. Notice how much too big for him it is. And you wouldn't think he could cry very loud. But when he is hungry I can hear him if I am out in the yard and the door is closed. Yes, his lungs are developing splendidly.
The baby's mother is small. She is about five feet four inches tall and weighs 100 pounds. The father, who is a carpenter, is five feet ten inches tall and weighs 150 pounds. This is the first child to be born to Mr. and Mrs. Colton. They have been married thirteen years.
The incubator which is Kenneth's home is made from an inverted kitchen chair, with most of the seat cut out and replaced by sheet iron. The baby lies on blankets over the sheet iron, and beneath it a lamp is kept constantly burning. The chair is wrapped in heavy woolen curtains. A square cover with a pointed top, made of flannel with wooden stays to keep it in shape, fits loosely enough over the top to allow ventilation. There is a large thermometer on the side, and the temperature is kept at 75. Kenneth is fed every three hours.
"He eats enough for a baby twice his size," said Dr. W. H. Crowder, the family physician. "I think there is no doubt he stands as good a chance to live now as any other normal baby."
Labels: children, doctors, health
May 17, 1907
POISONED BY PINEAPPLE.
Two Laundry Girls Unconscious
After Eating Canned Fruit.
"Pie Grated Pineapple" in a tin can came near causing the death of two young women at the Gate City laundry, 215 West Tenth street, yesterday afternoon. About 2 o'clock the ambulance was summoned from police headquarters and Dr. W. L. Gist of the emergency hospital accompanied it. Upon arrival he found Miss Myrtle Hayes, 20 years old, and Miss Blanch Steele, 21 years old, in an unconscious condition.
Dr. Gist worked with the young women for some time and succeeded in getting them beyond the danger line. They were turned over to a physician, who remained with them until late yesterday afternoon, when they were removed to their homes. Miss Hayes lives at 2915 Mersington and Miss Blanch Steele at 2919 Fairmount avenue.
The physicians were not certain whether the young women suffered from ptomaine or metallic poisoning. The can with over half of the "grated pineapple" was taken to the city hall and turned over to Dr. Walter M. Cross, city chemist. An analysis will not be made of the contents until some time today.
The young women said they bought the can from a grocery Wednesday noon for lunch. "We did not eat much of it then," one said, "and put it away for your lunch today. The can remained open during the interval. We were taken ill after partaking of the pineapple today."
The young woman cashier said, "The girls ate from the can yesterday, but did not experience any bad results. After eating from it today they also went out and ate some ice cream sodas and other truck -- I don't know what. Miss Steele seemed to be the worst affected. She did not regain consciousness until about 4 o'clock and both were still in a dazed condition late in the afternoon when taken home.
Labels: doctors, Dr. Gist, emergency hospital, illness, Mersington street, Tenth street
May 16, 1907
HAD VIOLATED HIS PROMISE.
Druggist Who Sold Cocaine Fined
$250 in Police Court
When the "Black Maria" was being loaded at police headquarters yesterday with its daily load of prisoners for the workhouse there was one figure among the rollicking, happy-go-lucky crowd that attracted more than usual attention. It was that of a tall and aged man, his hair as white as the snow. He used a cane to feel his way up the steps and his high power glasses signified bad eyesight. Attendants had to assist the man into the wagon.
The unusual figure was that of H. B. Sargent, 70 years old, druggist at 1901 Grand avenue. He had pleaded guilty in police court to selling cocaine to J. M. Watkins, a user of the drug, living at 2127 Terrace street, and had been fined $250. Watkins, who was fined $100 on a vagrancy charge and sent to the general hospital for treatment, testified against Sargent. Mr. Sargent has a wife living at 3021 Oak street. There are no children. He said he was not able to give a $500 appeal bond.
Not many months ago the same aged white-haired man stood in police court charged with the same offense -- selling cocaine. The case was a clear one, but the court was lenient on account of the man's age and the oath he took. Raising his right hand high above his head he said in a trembling voice:
"Judge, I swear as I hope for mercy from my God that I will sell no more cocaine so long as I may live. I will not even keep it in my store. If there is any found there on my return I will cast it in the street."
Mr. Sargent was asked of that oath yesterday before he was taken away. "I made such an oath," he said, "and it was my intention to keep it. But there are two ways of looking at this thing. Here come a man and or a woman into my store. The eyes are wild and sunken, the face wan, drawn, and dreadfully pale. The form trembles as a leaf in a storm. They are too weak almost to stand. Cocaine is the only thing that will relieve them. Death might follow if they did not get it. I never put them in that shape, I know I didn't, but what am I to do?"
On account of Sargent's age efforts will be made to secure his release from the workhouse.
Labels: druggists, Grand avenue, narcotics, police court, Seniors, Terrace street, vagrancy, workhouse
May 16, 1907
EX-SOLDIERS IN DEPOT FIGHT.
One That Tried to Whip Policeman
Is Now in Jail.
The refusal of Toni Misnik, an ex-soldier, to get a shave when his friends thought he needed one, cost him a fight in which he got a badly cut lip, and his assailant, Stanly Barnatt, a severe beating with the probability of a jail sentence, Misnik and Barnatt were on their way home to points in Michigan from San Francisco, where they had recently been discharged from the One Hundredth and Fifth regiment of the United States coast artillery. Shortly after their arrival in Kansas City yesterday they became separated and Barnatt proceeded to absorb the surplus liquor stock of various Union avenue saloons.
About 3 o'clock Barnatt approached his fellow traveler in the women's waiting room of the Union depot and asked him if he had gotten a shave yet. Upon his replying negatively Barnatt proceeded to "rough thing" pretty generally, and Misnik was pretty severely beaten, receiving a gash through his upper lip, presumably from Barnatt's knife.
The fighting seemed to be to Barnatt's liking, for when Policeman Hachenberg and Farrel attempted to arrest him he forthwith started to "do" the police force. The officers immediately put him hors de combat and locked him up in station No. 2.
Labels: alcohol, No 2 police station, police, Union depot, violence
May 15, 1907
J. C. HORTON DEAD
OPERATION PERFORMED LAST
SATURDAY IS FATAL.
HAS LIVED HERE SINCE 1878.
PROMINENT IN BUSINESS, SOCIAL
AND POLITICAL AFFAIRS.
Was Born in New York State and
Settled in Lawrence, Kas., in
1857 -- Would Have Been
70 Years Old
On the eve of his 70th birthday, James C. Horton, a resident of Kansas City since 1878, and actively identified with its commercial, civic, social and religious upbuilding, died last night shortly after 10 o'clock at the South Side hospital. His death was the result of an operation performed Saturday for a stomach derangement. But very few of the thousands of friends of the deceased knew of his illness and the announcement of his death came as a shock and a surprise.
At Mr. Horton's bedside were a niece, Mrs. William R. Jacques, and her husband, who live at 1432 West Prospect, the Horton homestead; Mr. and Mrs. Frank F. Faxon of 2615 Troost avenue, and others.
Until fifteen minutes before Mr. Horton's death, he was conscious. The last words he spoke were: "I'm very tired."
He spoke this with an effort, seeming suddenly to grow weaker. Immediately he fell into a stupor from which he never aroused.
No man was better or more favorably known, and no one man was more highly esteemed, beloved, trusted and appreciated than was James C. Horton. In business pursuites he was teh acme of honesty; in private life a man of the highest type of morality and noble and edifying things and thought. In church affairs he was active and sincere, and as senior warden for years of Grace Episcopal Church he contributed largely to its support and prosperity; in politics he was an unflinching Republican, and while standing for its principals he never permitted himself to be led about by venal politicians or to waver from what he considered to be right and to be to the best interests of the people; he was a fast and consistent friend, lovable in disposition and character; liberal and unselfish, he devoted the better part of his life and savings to lighten the burden of the poor, unfortunate and oppressed, and thousands there are who can lend testimony to his goodness of heart and liberality of purse.
James C. Horton died a widower, his wife having passed away in 1901, and her body laid tenderly away in the cemetery at Lawrence, Kas. Although born in the East at Ballston Spa, New York state, Mr. Horton might be properly referred to as a Western man, born and bred, for he had been a resident of the West since 1857, and was a prominent and active figure in its growth and development. Int that year he located in Lawrence, Kas., as the agent of an express company. Young, vigorous and ambitious, he took a prominent part in many of the affairs of Kansas that have now become history. He filled county offices of trust with credit to himself and the satisfaction of his constituency, and was a state senator for one or two terms.
While a resident of Lawrence he married Mrs. Robinson, a widow, and in 1878, Mr. Horton came to Kansas City and became associated with the drug firm of Woodwward, Faxon & Co. In 1897 the firm name was changed to Faxon, Horton & Gallagher. February 3, 1906, Mr. Horton retired from business pursuits to pass his declining years in rest, free from mercantile burdens. He lived with his neice, Mrs. Jacques, wife of W. R. Jacques, at the Horton homestead, 1432 West Prospect, from where the funeral will be conducted.
No children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Horton. The body will be temporarily held at Stine's undertaking rooms awaiting funeral arrangements.
During his residence in Kansas City Mr. Horton was always active in Republican politics, and his last notable fight was the one he put up in advocacy of the nomination of J. J. Davenport for mayor at the last municipal election. Mr. Horton was the unrelenting foe of ballot box stuffers and crooks, and in 1894 when a number of Kansas City men were prosecuting ballot box stuffers and he was short on funds he contributed out of his own pocket $786.50. Later his admiring friends got up a popular subscription, and insisted upon him being reimbursed against his own expressed wishes that it not be done. Although continually solicited by party leaders here to accept political office, he steadfastly declined, and a year ago when an attempt was made to elect him to a seat in the upper house of the council his remonstrance was so pronounced and determined that his name was withdrawn.
Labels: birthdays, cemetery, churches, death, Frank Faxon, Lawrence, politics, Prospect avenue, Troost avenue, undertakers
May 15, 1907
HE BALKED ON BADGE 13.
Patrolman Charles Lorton Finally
Compromises on No. 63.
"Here, chief, take this star back and give me some other number. I am not at all superstitions, but inasmuch as I took the job on the 13th and you gave me no. 13 star, I would rather not play that number too strong."
Patrolman Charles Lorton made the above remarks as he walked in to Chief Bowden's office, Kansas City, Kas., yesterday morning and turned over the star given him the day before. Chief Bowden smiled and jokingly said that the 13 star was the only one left.
"Well, if that's the case I guess I would rather walk my beat without any star at all," continued Officer Lorton.
After arguing with the man for twenty minutes trying to convince him there was no "hoodoo" connected with star 13, but without success, Chief Bowden gave the new officer star 63.
The chief had a like experience with Officer Jake Canary when he was given the skidoo star, 23. However, Canary was game and has worn it ever since. He was reappointed under the new administration and now he is satisfied that there is no such thing as a "hoodoo."
Labels: hoodoo, Kansas City Kas, police
May 15, 1907
RIDGE SUIT IS PREPARING.
Contest by Heirs to Be Started in a
Attorney O. H. Dean of Warner, Dean, McLeod, Holden & Timmonds said last night that the children of the late Dr. Isaac M. Ridge, by his first wife, had employed him to contest the will of their father, by which he left all of his estate, excepting $1,500, to his second wife.
"I will bring suit in the circuit court within a very few days," Mr. Dean said. "We will ask that the appointment of T. R. Morrow and Mrs. Margaret D. C. Ridge, as executor and executrix of the estate, be set aside."
Attorney Dean declined to discuss the terms of a will made by Dr. Ridge shortly before his last will. It is understood that the earlier will gave a larger amount of property to the children.
Labels: circuit court, probate
May 15, 1907
AIR POLITICAL ROW
TAKING TESTIMONY IN MANN-
THE JURY IS DEMOCRATIC.
STATE PROVES DANNAHOWER
HAD THE LETTERS PRINTED.
Long Brewing Row Among Tenth
Ward Republicans Finally
Reaches Criminal Court--
Prominent Men as Witnesses.
Prosecuting Attorney I. B. Kimbrell, in his opening argument to the jury in the case against William Dannahower, charged with criminal libel, upon the complaint of Homer B. Mann, formerly speaker of the lower house of the city council and treasurer of the Republican county central committee, yesterday afternoon said:
"The state will attempt to prove that the defendant with malicious intent had printeed and circulated hand bills in which the public character and private life of Homer B. Mann was held up to public ridicule and contempt. In these circulars, alleged to have been written by the defendant, Mr. Mann is charged with corruption in public office and immorality in private life. The state wil show that these circulars were sent to many of Mr. Mann's friends in Kansas City and in Washington, and were went to his wife and left in the school yard where his children attended school."
The case promises to last all of this week and to be hard fought. One hundred and thirteen witnesses have been subpoenaed, seventy-four of them by the defense. The state's wintesses, in addition to Homer Mann and his wife, include Congressman E. C. Ellis; Thomas K. Niedringhaus, chairmoan of the Republican state entral committee, and Joseph McCoy, of St. Louis. The fefense has subpoenaed among its list of seventy-four Bernard Corrigan, of the Metropolitan Street Railway Company; C. F. Morse, of the Kansas City Stock Yards Company; Al Heslip, county marshal; Frank C. Peck and Wallace Love.
ONE REPUBLICAN ON JURY.
From the questions asked of the men who tried to qualify as jurors, it can be guessed that teh state is relying upon a conviction along lines of direct evidence, adn that the defense hopes to muddle the case by airing the linen of the Tenth Ward Republican Club. The jurors impaneled were asked by Attorney L. H. Waters, for the defense, whether they were Democrats or Republicans in politics and whether or not they had ever held office or done work for the city or county. Prosecuting Attorney Kimbrell passed over the matter of political affiliations, and tended strictly to seeing that the jury was composed of married men with families. Evidently he intends to bring out stongly the fact that Dannahower is charged with forcing the attention of Mr. Mann's wife and children to the circulars which he is alleged to have written.
"The defense is trying to make Democratic political capital out of this trial," said Clyde Taylor, who is assisting Attorney Kimbrell in the prosecution, "but I don't see what they will gain by it. This is a criminal libel suit and not a political meeting. If they are not careful they will overplay their hand and neglect their client's interests."
The jury which is trying the case coprises: Charles R. Jones, Democrat; J. F. Shortridge, Independent; J. M. Burton, Democrat; I. H. B. Edmondson, Democrat; Albert L. Williams, Democrat; J. H. North, Independent; J. G. White, Democrat; Elmer Dorse, Democrat; W. E. Van Crate, Independent; J. H. Pemberton, Democrat; W. D. Oldham, Democrat, and F. B. Alexander, Republican.
Every juror is married and has children. most of them are business men and own their own homes. There is only one Republican in the twelve. Attorney Kimbrell and Attorney Waters got what they wanted in the character of the jurors and the twelve men were agreed upon after half an hour.
MANN HAD KNIFE, ELLIS SAYS.
The first witness for the state was Congressman E. C. Ellis. He testified that he had received at his residence in Washington, D. C., last February copies of the circulars signed by Dannahower through the registered mail. Upon cross-examination he admitted that he once was in a buggy with Mr. Mann when Dannahower drove by and the men began quarreling. He admitted that Mann had an open knife in his hand, but denied that Mann had tried to use the knife. He said that very hot words passed between the two men.
J. F. Ewing, of the Gate City Printing and Advertising Company, 1229 Main street, swore taht Mr. Dannahower had placed tow orders for printed circulars with the establishment, got the circulars and paid for them. One order was placed on October 27, 1906, for 10,000 circulars, and one in February, 1907, for 2,000. Dannahower paid the firm $30 for the big order and $6 for the second. The circulars were different. Copies of both were introduced in evidence, as was a copy of the Gate City company's ledger account with Dannahower.
R. F. Jarmon, of 3419 Summit, formerly of Jarmon & Kykes, at 1229 Main, testified that three years ago, during the Kemper-Neff campaign, he had printed several thousand circulars for Dannahower in which Mr. Mann was attacked. His testimony was stricken out on account of the time which had expired, but the court let stand his statement that at the time Dannahower gave the order he said he was "going to keep after Mann until he got him."
Labels: buggy, Congressman Ellis, corruption, courtroom, criminal court, Main street, Mayor Neff, politics, Prosecutor Kimbrell, St Louis, stock yards, Tenth Ward
May 14, 1907
WANT A SALOON AT FAIRMOUNT.
Park Management Still Trying to Override Public Sentiment
It was announced in the churches at Independence Sunday that the matter of an application for a saloon license at Fairmount park
would come before the county court Tuesday. The ministers requested taht as many of the members of the congregation as could should go before the court and protest. This is the only park near Independence where family, Sunday school and church gatherings can be held. The church people regard the place wehre liquor is sold in a park as a menace3 and very objectionable to park patrons. There is every indication that a strenuous opposition will be made to the granting of the license, which to be legl must have a two-thirds majority in the township, and the township of Blue is quite large and densely populated. For nearly a year Fairmount park has been trying to get a saloon license.
Labels: alcohol, amusement, churches, fairmount park, ministers
May 14, 1907
BREAKS UP BOYS' GANG.
In the Juvenile Court Yesterday
Judge McCune Lectured the
Father When He Objected
to the Decision.
Seven little boys, from 9 to 12 years of age, charged with being the "Sixteenth Street Gang," train hoppers and coal thieves, were before Judge McCune, of the juvenile court, yesterday afternoon.
"The boys sit on the rails of the Belt line tracks," said James H. Knapp, of the Knapp & Coumbe Construction Company, a witness, "and try to scare the engineer of the approaching trains. When the engine is within a few feet of them, they jump up like frogs and get off the track. If the engineer sticks his head out of the cab to talk to them, they make finger signs at him."
There were other witnesses against the boys -- three truancy officers and W. K. Miller, flagman for the Belt line at Sixteenth street. They said that the boys made a practice of stealing coal and hopping on trains.
"I pointed out to the boys," Miller told the court, "the place where a boy was killed last year jumping on a train. It wasn't ten feet from where these boys repeat the practice. But they only laughed at me.
"They sit up on the cars and kick the coal off. Then they get down, pick it up, and haul it away in little wagons. The gang has two wagons."
The seven boys before the court were; Willie Eft, 10 years old; Martin Eft, 9 years old, both of 1511 College avenue; Henning Broman, 12 years old, of 3113 East Sixteenth street; Harry Wright, 11 years old, of 3208 East Sixteenth street, Edward Blickhan, 11 years old, and Harris Blickhan, 10 years old, both of 1612 College avenue; Earl Frizzell, 12 years old, of 3208 East Sixteenth street.
All of the boys, with the exception of Earl Frizzell, admitted that they hopped on trains and stole coal. The Blickhan boys took the coal home and the other s sold it for 15 cents a wagon load, they said. Willie Eft and Henning Broman owned the two wagons.
Edward J. Blickhan, father of the Blickhan boys, appeared to defend his offspring, but he did more harm than good. He told the court that they had been sick with tonsillitis for two weeks and could not go to school. He denied all knowledge of their bringing coal home, but the court stated that he preferred to believe the boys' own statement that they had brought coal home and put it in the box by the kitchen stove. When the Blickhan boys were rounded up by the truancy officers last Thursday their hair hung over their shoulders and they were so ragged that Miller told the officers that he thought they were orphans. Yesterday afternoon they wore new suits and had their hair clipped short.
Judge McCune turned Earl Frizzell loose, as he had been with the "gang" only one day, ordered a home in the country found for Willie Eft and released the other boys with the understanding that they attend school and quit playing among the railway yards.
When Blickhan protested against the court holding his boys, Judge McCune said:
"You don't care if your boys get killed playing in the yards, so long as they fill your coal box. I don't want to hear another word from you. You have violated the law yourself."
Henry Eft, 13 years old, a brother of Willie and Martin, now has a reform school sentence hanging over him and is at work.
Labels: Belt line, children, College avenue, Judge McCune, juvenile court, railroad, reform school, Sixteenth street
May 13, 1907
BLUES IN FIRST PLACE.
BEAT COLUMBUS 5 TO 4 IN A
While a crowd of 11,691 wildly excited fans howled and cheered as only raving baseball rooters can, the pinch hitting Blues bunched four bingles with a base on balls and three errors in the eighth inning of yesterday's game at Association park, and scored five runs after two men were out and the most optimistic Kansas Cityan had given up hope. The Blues won from Columbus by a score of 5 to 4, and went to the top of the American Association Standing. This is the first time in the history of the association that Kansas City has had a clear title to the top notch.
It was a glorious finish to what was probably the most exciting game ever played at Association park. The crowd was the largest that has ever been inside the fences adn the rooters filled the bleachers, stood up in the grandstand and swarmed out on the grounds and surrounded the field.
May 12, 1907
HURT IN CAR, MAY DIE.
Two Men Knocked Down Mrs. Anna
Frazer, Who Is 85.
Mrs. Anna Frazer, 85 years old, was knocked to the floor of a Westport car at Eight street and Grand avenue about 8 o'clock last night and so seriously injured that she may die. Just as she left ehr seat to alight from the car two men shoved her roughly in an attempt to leafve the3 car hurriedly, and she fell, striking her hip on the seat rail. She was taken to the emergency hospital, where it was said whe is suffering from a dislocation fo the right hip and internal injuries.
Labels: accident, Eighth street, emergency hospital, Grand avenue, hospitals, streetcar
May 12, 1907
Conductor Patterson Knocked From
Car, Rescued by Man in a Boat.
W. B. Patterson, a conductor on the Kansas City & Independence line, last night at 7:15, as his car, westbound, was approaching the Blue bridge, leaned far out to adjust the tail light, which was glowing dimly. His head struck a truss and he was hurled from the car into the water, fortunately striking no other part of the bridge. He was assisted to shore by a man in a boat. W. P. Donahue, the motorman, had noticed that something was wrong and stopped the car. Patterson was taken to the division car barn at Ninth and Lister and later sent to Monroe and Garner, his home. A scalp would two inches long is the only mark he bears of the accident. But he was badly chilled while waiting at the barn for dry clothing.
Labels: Blue river, Lister avenue, Monroe avenue, Ninth street, streetcar
May 12, 1907
MISS WITTEBART'S FUNERAL TODAY
The funeral of Miss Aurora Wittebart, who lost her life in the University building fire, will take place tis afternoon at 3 o'clock from St. Patrick's church, Eighth and Cherry streets. There will be no services at the home of Mrs. F. C. Schmidt, where the remains were taken from Stine's. Miss Wittebart's parents, who are at the Densmore, were able to leave the hotel yesterday to assist in the arrangements for the funeral.May 12, 1907
FUNERAL OF PROFESSOR De MARE
The funeral of Professor Georges De Mare, the high school drawings instructor who was killed in the University building fire, was held yesterday morning at 10 o'clock at St. Vincent's Catholic church, Thirty-first and Flora. Rev. Francis X. Antill conducted the services. Burial was in Mount Washington cemetery.
Labels: cemetery, Cherry street, churches, Eighth street, Fire, Funeral, ministers
May 11, 1907
RUINS YIELD BODY.
MISS WITTEBART MUST HAVE
BEEN OVERCOME BY SMOKE.
FLAMES HARDLY TOUCHED HER.
Only a Small Amount of
Debris Over The Girl
The body of Miss Aurora Wittebart, the second victim of the University building fire of Wednesday afternoon, was found by a squad of firemen at 3:20 o'clock yesterday afternoon. No active or systematic search could be made until the walls had been braced, insuring the safety of the searchers, but within half an hour after work could progress without hinderance the body was found and removed to Stine's morgue. In the squad of firemen working under the direction of Assistant Chief Henderson were Jack Evans, W. C. Pahlman, A. Van Dusen, Dick Ginn and Charles Brown, and these men performed the work of recovering the body and conveying it to the morgue, where it was ordered taken by Thompson.
The body was not badly burned. Only the head and hands showed the effects of the fire. A sever injury on the right side of the head lacerated the scalp and the face was somewhat disfigured. The body was lying at full length on its back in an easy and natural position when found under a shallow pile of debris about ten feet south of the hall line and about twenty feet west of the elevator shaft. This location indicates that Miss Wittebart, contrary to general belief, did not lose her life near the northwest corner of the building in the vicinity of the fire escape, but had evidently made her way almost to the middle of the building and probably fell overcome by the smoke and flames. When the fifth story floor fell in, she was carried down with the wreckage and only a small quantity of debris from the roof covered her.
HAIR NOT EVEN SCORCHED
The girl's hat and coat were not found when the body was discovered. There was no doubt about immediate identification. The green skirt and white shirtwaist were easily recognized, as was a string of amber beads about her throat and a small gold fililgree ring on the third finger of her left hand.
The abundant light hair of the dead girl was not even schorced and the clothing was not torn or disarranged.
Miss Wittebart's parents, who are staying at the Densmore hotel, and her fiance, George P. Jackson, of 910 Holmes street, were not permitted to see the body, immediately, thought it was with the utmost difficulty that the police and firemen were able to restrain Mr. Jackson.
The young man was on the verge of nervous collapse after the body had been taken to the morgue. He insisted upon seeing the body, but his friends, realizing the inadvisability of this, took him to the Densmore hotel, hoping by removing him from the scene they could do better toward quieting him. As the party walked toward the hotel a crowd of morbidly curious followed as far as the hotel office, and one woman followed directly into the room to which he was assigned there. She cooly took a seat and remained until requested to leave, which she did, but with decided reluctance. Last night his nervous condition had improved considerably, and it was said that he was standing the ordeal with more fortituude than he had displayed since he had learned of the death of Miss Wittebart.
The funeral of Miss Wittebart will be held at 3 o'clock tomorrow afternoon from St. Patrick's church, Eight and Cherry streets. The body will be taken to the home of a friend, Mrs. F. C. Schmidt, 3338 Prospect avenue, today, and from there will be taken to the church Sunday. On account of the nervous condition of theparents of the young woman and George Jackson, the young man to whom Miss Wittebart was engaged to wed, it was thought advisable to not have them view the body of the dead girl, and the casket will remain closed.
Burial will be in Mount Washington Cemetery.
Labels: Cherry street, Coroner Thompson, death, Eighth street, Holmes street
May 10, 1907
STILL IN RUINS
SEARCH FOR MISS WITTEBART'S
BODY MAY BEGIN TODAY
HER FIANCEE NEARLY CRAZED.
CONVENTION HALL OFFERED FOR
A BENEFIT CONCERT.
The body of Miss Aurora Wittebart, who met death in the University building fire, is yet lying somewhere in the mass of debris of the burned building. No real attempt has been made to recover it, as the ruins were too hot yesterday to permit the firemen to work to any advantage, although streams of water were kept playing on them a great part of the day. It is thought that a search will be made today.
Miss Wittebart perished in the wing of the building where the fire was most severe. This part of the ruins was one of the first to fall, and the unfortunate woman was doubtless buried beneath a great mass of brick, broken irona nd timbers. As soon as the men can get into the building, the tottering walls will be braced and a determined effort will be made to find her body.
Early in the morning, Miss Wittebart's fiancee, George Jackson, wento to the scene of the fire to assist in the search, and was greatly affected when told of the unavoidable delay that would be necessary before the body could be recovered. Mr. Jackson told a pitiful tale of the efforts of his betrothed to reach him by telephone when she realized that escape was hopeless. He is an employe of the Missouri and Kansas Telephone Company and was in his office at the company's headquarters when the fire began. One of the central girls told him that a woman was calling him from the Pepper building, and that she was evidently in great distress. Just before he reached an instrument to answer his sweetheart's call, she was heard to cry out in despair, and it is thought she fell to the floor, overcome by the smoke and the heat.
JACKSON NEARLY PROSTRATED
Mr. Jackson immediately called the fire heaquarters to learn of the fire, and then he ran to the burning building. Of course, he was powerless to aid her in any w3ay. The shock of her death, and the agony of suspense he has u ndergone in the realization that his fincee's body is still lying in the debris, unnerved him and last night he was almost completely prostrated.
Wr. and Mrs. Wittebart, father and mother of the dead girll, arrived in the city last night, and are registered at the Densmore hotel. Both of them were almost prostrated with grief and had not a great deal to say about the calamaty that has befallen them.
'We were at the our home in Coffeeville when the news reached us yesterday evening, said Mrs. Wittebart. "It was a terrific shock to us. We had recently had a letter from our daughter, and of course we never dreamed of any such horrible thing as this. We should have come to the city last night, but Mr. Wittebart, who is not in the best of health, was utterly prostrated at the news and we could not come.
"We have made arrangements as to what we shall do when we find the body. We hardly expect to take it back with us. We shall probably have a funeral here in Kansas City. It is so terrible we do not know just what we shall do.
The remains of Professor Georges de Mare, the other victim of the disaster, were left at Stines during the day. It was announced that no arrangements for the funeral will be made until the arrival of Professor de Mare's mother from Denver. She is expected to reach here this morning.
Labels: death, Denver, Fire, romance
May 9, 1907
ONLY ONE KNOWN DEAD IN UNIVERSITY FIRE, THOUGH IT IS BELIEVED RUINS HOLDS ANOTHER BODY
GROPING HIS WAY THROUGH SMOKE FILLED HALLWAYS, GEORGES DeMARE BECAME CONFUSED AND LEAPED OR FELL TO HIS DEATH
WOMAN CANNOT BE FOUND.
Miss Aurora Wittebart Believed
To Have Perished in the
WOMAN FALLS FROM LADDER.
Through Blinding Smoke Fight for Life Waged.
The University building, at the northtwest corner of Ninth and Locust streets, was totally destroyed by fire yesterday afternoon, causing a loss of $125,000 on the building and resulting in the death of Professor Georges De Mare, head of the art department in Central high school, who jumped or fell from a window on the fourth floor of the burning building.
The body of Miss Aurora Wittebart is supposed to be still in the ruins.
The loss to the various tenants cannot be known with any degree of definiteness for some time. With the exception of Montgomery Ward & Co., who occupied the first two floors, most of the occupants of the building were musicians and artists. The Radford pharmacy occupied the room at the corner of Ninth and Locust, and the Kindergarten Supply Company occupied the room immediately to the west of the pharmacy.
The fire caused more excitement than any which has occurred in Kansas City in years, owing to the ancient architecture of the building and the large number of women who had studios in the building, and the fact that several hundred girls were employed by Montgomery Ward & Co. There were many sensational escapes and displays of heroism, the most notable being the rescue of Miss S. Ellen Barnes, a music teacher, by Fireman Charles Braun.
She Died of Suffocation?
Death by suffocation is thought to have been the fate of Miss Aurora Wittebart, and artist who had an office in the fifth floor of the building, and was there when the fire started. She was last seen by Miss Barnes just as Professor de Mare jumped to his death. She is thought to be the woman Mr. Farrel saw with de Mare, as he groped his way through the smoke to safety. De Mare leaped to death from a window leading out of her studio.
Miss Wittebart is the daughter of a glass manufacturer who lives at Coffeyville, Kas. She was only 22 years of age, and had been studying art and painting in Kansas City for several months, and was to have been married to George Jackson, an employe of the Missouri-Kansas Telephone Company.
Last to See Miss Wittebart.
"Just before I learned that the building was on fire Professor de Mare was in my studio," said Miss Helen Barnes last night. "We were talking about music and art, and finally he arose to go, saying that he was expecting a visitor in his studio. He walked to the door and opened it. A gust of black smoke burst through the open door, and it was then we realized that the building was on fire. Professor de Mare called to me to get out of the building immediately and started down the hall. I started to follow, but soon realized that I could not find my way through the dense smoke. I went to a window from where I saw Miss Wittebart standing at a window on the floor below. She was near the rear fire escape and I supposed she had descended. Professor de Mare had opened a window and was preparing, I thought, to mount the landing of a fire escape. I returned immediately to my studio and, raising a window, made a feeble attempt to call for help. the smoke strangled me, and I threw my purse out to attract the people below. That was needless, though, for I had been seen by the firemen, and at that time ladders were being rapidly placed to reach me. I saw the fireman who rescued me climbing upward. There was determination in his manner, and I seemed to realize when I looked upon his smoke-begrimed, upturned face that he would surely reach me. It was his determined look that strengthened me and seemed to give me new courage."
Cleveland Laid Cornerstone.
The building was constructed nearly twenty years ago for the Y. M. C. A., Grover Cleveland laying the cornerstone in 1887 during his first term as president. It cost $112,000, and after the Y. M. C. A. was compelled to relinquish it the building passed into the possession of the Pepper estate, being in turn sold to the Sunny Slope Realty Company. There was an insurance of $72,000 on the structure.
The first alarm was turned in a few minutes before 3 o'clock by O. W. Hoover, proprietor of the Kindergarten Supply House, next door west from the drug store on the corner. Mr. Hoover heard the girls employed by Montgomery Ward & Co. hurrying down the stairs and out of the building and soon afterwards smelled the smoke. He called up the fire department and was informed that no alarm of fire had yet been turned in. Mr. Hoover thereupon turned in the alarm.
Dr. William West, formerly a fireman and later a police surgeon, who ha an office in the Rialto building, saw the smoke pouring form the building and was one of the first physicians to reach the scene of the fire. He attended Fireman Braun, who rescued Miss Barnes, and did valiant and effective service throughout the fire in extending first aid to the injured.
300 Girls in a Panic.The fire started in a pile of 8,000 pounds of hemp rope, which was stored in the pit of the building. Until recently the Kansas City Athletic Club had occupied the premises and it had made the basement and main floor a single room. Around this room ran a balcony. Montgomery Ward & Co. were occupying the room and in it they had a pile of hemp stored for immediate use. Without any warning whatever smoke began issuing from it and a crackling sound was heard. There were some of the 300 girls the mail order house employed in the Kansas City general offices, within two feet of the rope, and scores of them within sight. Immediately on hearing the sound of the crackling and seeing the little jets of smoke at the same moment, the girls began to tell each other there was a fire, and precipitously prepared to leave the place. O. Q. Massey and J. M. Miller, clerks, at the same time made a rush for the starting fire and tried to trample it out. Despite their efforts the fire gained on them, jets coming from twenty parts of the pile. A rumor that someone had stepped on a match, igniting it, is completely discredited by the evidence given by a dozen or more clerks who were sitting in the pit where the hemp blazed.
While Henderson, Massey and Miller were trying to stamp the fire out, Mrs. Lucille Baker, in charge of the squad in that particular room, began getting her forty subordinates out of the place. Manager W. P. Walker had 200 girls at work in what once was the swimming pool. Their only avenue of escape was to walk toward the burning hemp and up a temporary staircase. In the most amazing manner, the manager succeeded in getting the clerks to stand perfectly still until they could march out of the place in twos, and in that manner he got every one of the 200 out of the pit and to the street level without the slightest confusion. There was every possibility of a jam at the staircase, which could only have resulted in a great loss of life.
Labels: cornerstones, death, doctors, Fire, Kansas City Athletic Club, Locust street, Ninth street, retailers, Rialto building, YMCA
May 9, 1907
LOST HIS LIFE IN THE FIRE
GEORGES DE MARE.
PROFESSOR GEORGES DE MARE, who was at the head of the art department in Central high school, occupied studio 508, in the southeast corner. He made his way to the fourth floor, and, finding his way blocked with smoke, he jumped to the ground and was almost instantly killed. The remains were taken to Stine's undertaking rooms and later to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Craig Hunter, 1202 East Thirty-fourth street, to whose daughter Miss Adeline Hunter, Professor de Mare was married December 26 of last year. He was 38 years of age.
The tragic death of Professor de Mare shocked a wide circle of friends. He had been at the head of the art department of Central high school for the past two years, ever since coming to the city. He was universally liked by the pupils, and his death cast a gloom over the entire school.
Professor de Mare came of a family more than noted in the art world. His maternal grandfather was G. P. A. Healey, one of the greatest of American painters, who had painted portraits of Clay, Lincoln, and other notables. His father, who was a noted painter in Paris, died in that city a few years ago. The professor himself was born in this country, but was educated and lived in Paris until a few years ago. He held various responsible positions in leading art institutions of the country, especially in Chicago. His mother and two sisters live in Denver, another sister is in Paris, and two aunts, Mrs. Judge Hill and Mrs. Besley, live in Chicago.
Mr. and Mrs. Hunter were notified of the accident and Mr. Hunter and his daughter left the house for the scene of the fire without knowing at the time that Professor de Mare was dead. The tragic event prostrated the members of the entire household.
Labels: death, Denver, Fire, schools, Thirty-fourth street
May 8, 1907
IN QUARREL OVER GIRL.
Early Morning Murder on the Inde-
pendence Public Square.
As the result of a quarrel over Fannie May Hughes, to whom both at been attentive, Van Tappen shot Clyde St. Clair at the southwest corner of the public square in Independence at 1:20 o'clock this morning. The bullet went through the forehead and St. Clair died without a word. His body lay on the sidewalk where it had fallen for more than two hours, until the coroner could reach Independence.
Last night there was a dance at the home of the girl's father, J. Melvin Hughes, who lives on a farm four mile northeast of Independence. Both young went. They returned early in the morning and were discussing their differences when the shooting occurred.
Tappen, who lives at 134 South Pendleton, went to police headquarters in Independence and gave himself up to Sergeant W. W. Twyman.
In a statement he made there her said that St. Clair had drawn a pistol and that thereupon he, Tappen, had fired. After St. Clair, who was the son of George St. Clair, Independence street commissioner, fell dying, Tappen took his pistol. Both the3 weapons he laid on the sergeant's desk when he went to surrender. Tappen is 23. So is St. Clair. Tappen and St. Clair had been the best of friends, it is said, except on the subject of Miss Hughes.
Fannie May Hughes, although less than 19 years of age, is divorced. A year ago she received a decree freeing her from the Kansas City man with whom she had eloped. Their wedded life was brief. The gamut of domestic infelicity was run in six weeks. Then they separated.
Labels: dancing, Independence, murder, romance
May 7, 1907
SALOON MEN UNDER OATH.
Applicants Must Agree to Bar Music
and Pool Tables.
Saloonkeepers who keep mechanical musical instruments or pool and billiard tables for operation in connection with their saloons will hereafter be compelled to violate an oath as ell as risk the revoking of their licenses . Hereafter there will be incorporated in the oath which the applicant for a saloon license must take a clause providing that neither musical instruments nor pool and billiard tables be kept. The county court at Independence decided upon this yesterday at the request of the county license inspector.
Labels: billiards, Independence, saloon
May 7, 1907
ARREST INSTEAD OF SUICIDE.
Elevator Boy's Note Found by Land-
lady, Who Called the Police.
George Evans eloped to Leavenworth a week ago with 17-year-old Maud Calvert. He is 23 years old and an elevator operator out of work. Two days after marrying they returned to the home of the girl's sister, Mrs. Louis Baskew, 1012 Adeline place. Promised employment failed Evans and he grew despondent. Yesterday he went to where he had been rooming, at Mrs. M. N. Paine's, 315 East Fourteenth street, closed the windows tightly, preparatory to ending his life by inhaling gas. He wrote this note:
My Darling Wife: I am sorry to have to write you this, my last farewell. When you get this I will be in the other world. I am going to kill myself. It is the only thing I can do. I cannot think of leaving here, Kansas City, and leaving you, and I can't get a job. Am out of money. Nothing left for me to do only end it all, when you will be free
again and you will soon forget me and marry again and be happy. Maud, forgive me -- my dying request -- if I am doing wrong. GEORGE.
Thinking to try once more for a job Evans went down the street, but failing in search for work he returned home, determined more than ever on suicide. But the landlady had found his note. She did not know he was married. She sent to ask him to come down stairs to see her, but as eh hesitated she telephoned for an officer and he was taken to No. 4 police station. His wife and her sister were brought there later to see him.
"They called it a childish prank -- our running off and getting married," he said yesterday, "and I guess it was, but I couldn't stand it to leave Maud and I was tired trying and failing to get work."
In Captain Flahive's office the girl wife had been silently weeping. When she spoke she said:"Why, George, I'll go to work. I know one of us can have a job all the time."
Mrs. Baskew, the sister, took them both back to her home. Mrs. Paine sent to the police station to ask that Evans should not return to her home, evidently fearing he might end his life there if he did not find employment.
Labels: elevators, employment, Fourteenth street, Leavenworth, No 4 police station, police, romance, Suicide
May 7, 1907
HENDERSON WANTS A VACATION.
For Thirty-Three Years He Has
Fought Fires in This City.
"A man who has served thirty-three years on the fire department is entitled to three months' leave of absence," commented Alderman Miles Bulger in the lower house of the council last night, when he presented a resolution giving a leave of absence for three months to Alexander Henderson, first chief of the fire department.
To Bulger's sentiments there was a unanimity of approval, and the ordinance went through with a rush. The upper house of the council has to yet pass on the ordinance. If that body complies with the actions of the lower branch Mr. Henderson will spend his vacation in Old Mexico.
Labels: Alderman Bulger, Fire, Kansas City council, Mexico
May 6, 1907
FOUND DEAD IN A SHED.
Patrick Pendergast, Cousin of the
Alderman, Dies Suddenly.
The body of Patrick Pendergast, a laborer, 35 years old, was found by a neighbor in a shed in the rear of his home, 616 Southwest boulevard, yesterday forenoon. The deceased was a cousin of Alderman Pendergast. The coroner was summoned. Death was due to natural causes.
The man was unmarried and had lived in Kansas City all of his life. A sister, mrs. Margaret Holmes, of Chicago, will come to Kansas City today to take charge of the body.
Labels: death, James Pendergast, laborer, Southwest boulevard
May 6, 1907
BOUGHT FOUR CASES OF BEER.
Pole Locked Up Until Police Can Do
Newton Reichneker, the Kansas City, Kas., attorney in charge of keeping the properties of the nine enjoined breweries from being again used in the sale of liquor, assisted in a joint raid at the "Patch" about 12 o'clock Saturday night. Frank Zoric, a Pole, was arrested and is charged by Reichneker and two constables with obtaining four cases of beer early Saturday evening, apparently with the purpose of selling it among his neighbors of the "Patch."
Labels: alcohol, breweries, crime, Kansas City Kas
May 6, 1907
GONE AFTER ATTRACTIONS.
President Horton to Bring Them to
the Carnival Park.
John C. Horton, president of the Carnival Park Company, Kansas City, Kas., left Sunday morning for an extended tour of the East to investigate vaudeville attractions and other amusement propositions. He expects to be gone at least two weeks, and will visit the parks of Chicago, Buffalo, New York and Charleston, S. C. Mr. Horton may also take a hurried look around the Jamestown exposition grounds for new features and ideas in park building.
Although the rain fell with scarcely an intermission all day Sunday, work of construction on carnival buildings was carried on as usual. Officials about the grounds say the doors will open at the scheduled time, May 18.
Labels: amusement, Carnival Park, Kansas City Kas, vaudeville
May 6, 1907
SHRIEKING HIGH SCHOOL BOYS.
One Hundred and Eighty From St.
Joseph Invade Union Depot.
High, Ho! Mm Oh!
What's the matter with St. Joe?
One hundred and eighty high school students from St. Joseph were at t he Union depot yesterday afternoon, advertising their presence by a conglomeration of shrieks, which, when analysed, proved to be the foregoing yell. They were on their way home from Columbia, where they had attended the state interscholastic track meet, and were proving to Kansas Cityans that not even the failure of their team to carry off more than one event in the meet ha dampened their school patriotism.
"Had a great time down there!" yelled one exuberant athlete. "Greatest place ever was, and they treated us fine. The meet was all Kansas City and St. Louis, but we had a good run for our money. Stopped at the Eta Pie Frat house and got enough provisions to last a week. 'Rah for Columbia! Whooppee!"
The excursionists were under the charge of Professor R. H. Jordan, principal of the St. Joseph high school, and J. H. Bentley, athletic director.
Labels: sports, St Louis, St.Joseph, streetcar, Union depot
April 5, 1907
IN THE PUBLIC ROW
DISCHARGES MAY BE MADE IN
VOTE ON COMMISSION
PENDERGAST TO THE FORE
DARES MAYOR TO PROBE AND
IGNORE CITY HOSPITAL.
A new phase has arisen in the police row. Despite Governor Folk's known vexation over the retention of Captain Weber, based upon Mayor Beardsley's written opinion, which the governor has, it is predicted when the commissioners vote this week on the question of recommissioning the superiors, Commissioner Rozzelle will vote as he did on the day of the trial, to clear him. What Governor Folk will then do remains to be seen. The mayor's opinion, which was published in the Journal, said that the evidence showed that Captain Weber lived in a block which he owned, and that there was a gambling room in it for months, which was equipped with push buttons and other signals. The mayor, discussing the seeming conflicting opinion and vote, and answering the question whether he would reverse himself or stand pat, said yesterday that he thought he would veto again as he did at the trial.
"I gave the captain the benefit of the doubt," said the mayor. "I remember we went into the question exhaustively. I do not think I shall reverse myself."
Commissioner Rozzelle was strongly opposed to any reflection being cast upon the headquarters captain at the trial, so it is not likely he will turn about unless the mayor does.
THE CITY HOSPITAL AGAIN
"They dare not do it," said Alderman Pendergast yesterday, speaking of the investigation. "The mayor dare not do it, he dare not investigate the police unless he investigates the city hospital. I am not the man to start trouble, but if I have to throw the administration's city hospital onto the mayor to keep him from making trouble for the police, I am in for doing it this time. Take a peep under the lid at the hospital and you will decide that the police and the detectives are a department of saints. They mayor dare not investigate the one without investigating the other. I am not screening crooks. If there are grafters on the department, find them and find them quick, but find those in other departments, too, while you are at it."
Alderman Pendergast for many years was the main support of the police department. He is now being called into service again and yesterday was industriously at work in behalf of the department.
The commissions of all the superiors, including Chief Hays and Inspector Halin, expired yesterday. The men will be serving legally until they are recommissioned or their successors are appointed to relieve them. Inspector Halpin is said to be withholding his resignation solely because men in his department are under fire. He is said to have made $50,000 in the last five years as a partner with his brother, James Halpin, in the contracting business, and has been wanting to give his whole time to that business for some months. Now that he is under charges of running his department loosely he is hesitating about resigning, but his friends are saying for him that he would no more than thank the board for a new commission.
BEARDSLEY MAY DECIDE.
When the commissioners meet tomorrow morning it will be to talk over the reorganization. Commissioner Gallagher will be for postponing everything till the governor can come, as he has said he will. Commissioner Rozzelle will favor issuing new commissions at once. They mayor will have the deciding vote. He favors Chief Hayes and on the day of the trial of the cases of Detective Kenney and Huntsman said "they are two of our best men. Accordingly it is possible that the mayor may vote to recommission.
Commissioner Gallagher said yesterday he did not think there would be an investigation. "It is a joke to think the policemen would testify against their superiors. The Latcham case shows what would happen to them if they did. They would get on the stand and tell nothing, or worse than nothing. We know enough now to decide whether new commissions ought to be issued. It will not take me long to decide. I know what the governor wants. I think Mr. Rozzelle knows, too.
Labels: Commissioner Rozzelle, corruption, detectives, Governor Folk, hospitals, James Pendergast, Mayor Beardsley, police board
May 4, 1907
MISS NORDLING IS IMPROVING.
Doctor Says Injured Girl Will Be
Rational in a Few Days.
"I guess that old lady is my mother, but she doesn't look right."
When Goldie Nordling spoke the foregoing words yesterday she was nearer to being rational than she had been since Sunday evening when she wandered home in a delirium, prattling like a child about having been hurt in a stret car and later cared for at some one's home on Troost avenue near Forty-second street.
Her physician says she will be able to tell the whole story in a day or two.
"A concusson of the brain," said Dr. Faires, "such as Miss Nordling has doubtless suffered does not imply organic injury. A jar or shake-up without so much as bruising the scalp might be a serious concussion. Not the brain itself but only its functions are deranged by doncussion. In this case there were no physical injuries whatever."
Labels: accident, children, doctors, Forty-second street, Troost avenue
May 4, 1907
GOV. FOLK TO COME
HE WILL PERSONALLY INVESTI-
GATE POLICE CONDITIONS.
A SHAKEUP FOR THE FORCE.
NOW INTIMATING HAYES AND
HALPIN ARE IN DANGER.
Governor Folk is coming to Kansas City to make an investigation of the police department for himself. It was said in Jefferson City yesterday that he would be in Kansas City "within the next ten days or two weeks," evidently timing his visit to fit the adjournment of the extra session of the legislature. The governor is in complete control of the police investigation and yesterday he was busy going over the records of those from whom the new heads of departments are likely to be picked. Disclaiming any intention to order a wholesale removal of policemen and detectives, Governor Folk said yesterday:
"I believe a majority of the men on the force are what they should be, but among so many men there may be some who do not measure up to standard. There are just as many honest men among policemen as in other walks of life, and there are probably just as many dishonest men proportionately. Crookedness among the police, however, has a more injurious effect upon the public than crookedness elsewhere. A man in uniform is still a man. In the instance of Kansas City, as in any other instance, wrong must be weeded out. No effort should be spared to eradicate and eliminate any element of wrongdoing."
BEGIN INVESTIGATION MONDAY
In view of the governor's decision to come to Kansas City it is possible that there will be no final orders issued in the matter of dismissals until he does come, though it is agreed by all the commissioners that they will begin the investigating work next Monday.
So precarious are the chances of Chief of Police Hayes being recommissioned next week that his friends yesterday started a move to hold mass meetings in his interest if necessary. Police Commissioners Rozzelle
returned from their interview with the governor yesterday. As the main instigator of the row in the department, Commissioner Gallagher looked triumphant. Commissioner Rozzelle did not seem so enthusiastic.
"I happened to be in Jefferson City, said Commissioner Rozzelle, "and I called up the governor at the mansion and asked him when I could see him. He said he was just going to the theater but he would talk with me after he got home again. I went over after the performance. We had a little talk, discussing the police and the reorganization. That was about all there was to it."
One dispatch from Jefferson City says Captain Weber was ordered dismissed, and that Inspector Halpin was slated to go and that other changes were recommended on the strength of the testimony given before the board on Wednesday," was suggested.
Labels: Commissioner Rozzelle, corruption, Governor Folk, Jefferson City, police board
May 2, 1907
TO KILL BABY, TOO?
WAS THIS THE PURPOSE OF MRS.
GALBRAITH, A SUICIDE?
CHILD TELLS HER OWN STORY.
SAYS MOTHER WANTED HER TO
TAKE SOME "MEDICINE"
This Turns Out to Have Been Carbolic Acid -- Coroner Says Too
Much Was Taken to Substantiate Theory of Accident --
A Note Missing.
Many mysterious things have developed since the body of Mrs. Mary S. Galbraith was found in her home, 1610 Lister avenue, Tuesday night by her 3-year-old baby Mercedes. It seems now, from what her oldest child, Gladis, 5 years old, says, that Mrs. Galbraith made careful preparations for death. She left a note for her brother-in-law, Clay Galbraith, which cannot be found. From the child's story, lisped in broken sentences yesterday to the neighbors, it is inferred that Mrs. Galbraith may have tried to take Gladis with her.
Little Gladis said that shortly after the postman left the home Tuesday afternoon, which would have been about 3 o'clock, her mamma was reading a letter. The child said she read it over and over and cried bitterly while she was doing so. Then she called Mercedes, the baby, to her and, giving her a penny, sent her to the grocery at Seventeenth and Lister to buy candy. The grocer said she got it and went out to play.
Gladis said then that her mother wrote a letter to "Uncle Clay." After that, still weeping, she went to the bath room and took Gladis with her. The child says that her "mamma opened a bottle of medicine and wanted me to take some. I didn't like it and wouldn't take it," she added. "Then she gave me the letter to give to Uncle Clay and told me to run on out and play. She took a big dose of the medicine and went in her room and fell on the bed."
Little Gladis went out to play with her sister, Mercedes, and several other children. In her play she said one of the boys took the note to "Uncle Clay." The whole neighborhood was searched yesterday, but no trace of the note, which could explain everything, could be found.
It was after dark when Mrs. Charles Parsons found the little sisters playing out in the cold and took them to their kitchen door and placed them inside. They ran upstairs just as the front door opened and Clay Gallbraith, the dead woman's brother-in-law, arrived from his work at the Y. M. C. A. headquarters. He heard little Mercedes upstairs in her mother's room crying, "Wake up, mamma. I tan't wake my mamma. She won't talk to Mercedes any more." When Mr. Galbraith passed the door he saw the baby on the bed with the dead mother, patting her face and hugging her pulseless body. He called a doctor and the coroner was summoned.
The bottle of "medicine" of which Gladis spoke was found in the lavatory in the bath room. It was carbolic acid. Dr. O. H. Parker, deputy coroner, held an autopsy at Forster & Smith's morgue yesterday, and reported that carbolic acid had been taken in too large a dose for it to have been a mistake or an accident.
"Do you reckon she wanted to take Gladis with her?" many of the neighbors were asking yesterday. "Why did she send Mercedes away?" The little daughter said that her mother burned the letter she had been reading which "made mama cry." There was no trace of it to be found yesterday.
J. A. Galbraith, husband of the dead woman, was reached by wire at Dallas, Tex., and is expected home at 8 o'clock this morning. The arrangements for the funeral will be made after his arrival. The coroner said there was no need of an inquest, as he was satisfied as to the cause of death.
Labels: children, Deputy Coroner Parker, Lister avenue, Suicide, undertakers, YMCA
May 3, 1907
ASSAULT ON GEORGE HICKS.
Main Witness Before Police Board
Beaten Near His Home.
George Hicks, who made charges against detectives at the police board meeting yesterday, was assaulted at Twelfth and Jefferson last night on his way to his home at 1223 Jefferson. Two men attacked him, one knocking off his hat, the other striking him on the ear so that blood flowed from it. Picking up his dog, which one of his assailants had begun to kick, Hicks fled to his home. Rocks were thrown at him as he ran.
It was dark when the assault took place and Hicks would not say that he recognized his assailants. He added that they were some of his enemies. Also he said he had been warned something would happen to him if he testified against certain men.
That the assault was carefully planned seems evident. A young man entered Hicks' restaurant at 339 West Fifth early in the evening and asked when the proprietor was going home. He was told and departed.
For testifying before the board Hicks had been promised protection and no doubt more than the usual police vigor will be exercised in finding his assailants. If the police can't, the board probably can furnish the vigor.
Labels: Fifth street, Jefferson street, police board, Twelfth street, violence
May 2, 1907
BOARD GETS 'TIPS'
COMMISSIONERS LEARN OF
DETECTIVES TELL OF A ROW
ANOTHER SAYS JOHN PRYOR
HAD HIM TRANSFERRED.
Hints That Crooks Were Protected and
That Officers Used Their Influence
in Having a Prisoner Released --
Witness Assaulted on Way Home
"Did not some detectives, on the pay roll of the city, come out to the race track and ask you to protect some pick-pockets, Mr. Hicks?" Police Commissioner A. E. Gallagher yesterday asked George Hicks during the hearing of the Kenney-Huntsman detectives' row.
"I refuse to answer," replied the witness.
"Why do you refuse to answer?" the police commissioner asked.
"I simply refuse at this time, anyhow."
Later on in the hearing Commissioner Gallagher again asked Hicks if he would tell who had asked him to protect crooks at the track. Hicks at the time being in the employ of a private detective agency. Again he declined, but said:
"I had been asked not to bother certain people."
"And did you leave them alone?"
ASKED TO PROTECT TOUTS.
"Tell us who they were?" asked the commissioner. Pausing a moment, Hicks said nervously: "I will not tel you now. I will tell the commissioners privately if they like to hear. I will not name them today."
Still later in the inquiry, Commissioner Gallagher asked Hicks what class of people he had been asked to protect.
"Touts," he said, and when, in answer to further questions, he added: "Touts are 'good things.' They point out the jockeys who know the good things. They are good producers. They get the coin. They skin people. They induce strangers to bet on horses. They put only half the money on the horse and keep the half they do not bet, even if the horse loses. If they win, they get half the stakes."
In order to have everything possible before them prior to reaching a conclusion in the hearing, the commissioners withheld their verdict in the hearing until next week, the understanding being that Hicks is to be called to attend an executive session in order that the board may learn who it was asked him to protect rogues at the races and what rogues he protected.
STARTED IN A FIGHT.Two weeks ago there was a personal encounter at police headquarters, in which, according to all the evidence given yesterday afternoon, George Hicks had privately sent for Detectives McNamara and Kenney and had told them that there was a man with $5,000 on him in the "red light district." McNamara turned the case over to Kenney. Kenney located the "roller" and saved his money for him. When Kenney and Huntsman, McNamara and a dozen other detectives were making up their reports the morning following the Hicks incident, Huntsman, who was paired with McNamara, taunted Kenney regarding his detective work. Hicks' name was called and Huntsman coupled it with an epithet.
"You did not call him that till you had got his wife's diamond earrings," Kenney says he said, but Huntsman swore that Kenney used the word "copped" instead of "got."
Huntsman called Kenney a liar and was hit over the head by Kenney's revolver. All agreed the blow was a light one. Huntsman had four witnesses to swear that he was seated at a table when struck. Kenney swore that Huntsman had risen and seemed to be in the act of drawing his own revolver. Inspector John Halpin ordered the men to write a full report of the affair and he sent it to Chief of Police John Hayes. The chief sent it to the board and a week ago yesterday the contending detectives, Huntsman and Kinney, appeared and offered to apologize.
Mayor Beardsley refused to let the matter drop there, declaring that he wanted to know about the diamond deal. Everybody was then cited for yesterday, and when the case was called the board room looked like the detective bureau.
ABOUT THOSE EARRINGS.The first hour was spent going over the row in the headquarters, but at last Detective Huntsman told about the diamond earrings. He said that three years ago a police character named George Hicks had told him that he, Hicks, owned a pair of earrings which he had pawned to a man named DeJarnette, and added that DeJarnette was about to leave the city.
"He asked me," Detective Huntsman said, "to get the stones, as he would rather I would have them than let the other men have them. Some time before Hicks had been quarantined in a house and I had arranged to have meals sent to him. He was grateful, and I supposed that was why he was wiling to let me have the stones. I met DeJarnette and gave him $208, the amount he had loaned, for the stones. Before that I took them to Harry Carswell, a jeweller, to have them valued. He said they were worth about $225. I owned them three months and then sold them at a profit of $30. I never told Hicks I was making him a loan on them."
Officer Harry Arthur, who heard the negotiations between Huntsman and Hicks, supported this testimony. Kenney, who had started all the row, said he knew nothing about the details. "I never said Huntsman 'copped' the stones," Kenney protested., "I said he 'got' the stones, and so he admits."
This was all prosaic, but things brushed up considerably when George Hicks took the stand. He proved to be a sallow complexioned man of about 30 years, introduced by Detective Thomas McAnany as "a reformed pickpocket who lately has been working for a private detective agency watching crooks at the track sides." After saying that he was the proprietor of three rooming houses, Hicks admitted that he ad been arrested at South McAlester, I. T., saying in his confession: "I was at the depot with some pickpockets. A coat was stolen and I was picked up. They threw me in jail and I had to stand trial."
KENNEY'S INTEREST IN HICKS.
"Somebody helped you here. Who was it? Commissioner Gallagher asked.
It developed then that Detective Kenney had gone to Chief Hayes and had asked him to write to the authorities at South McAlester in the interest of Hicks. Chief Hayes took the stand to say that all he had done was to write a formal letter asking what charge had been placed against Hicks, the reply coming that Hicks had been in the meantime released.
Hicks, continuing, under examination by the mayor and Commissioner Gallagher, said he had been employed by a private detective agency to watch for crooks at Elm Ridge race track, and that he had been asked by someone to "protect" touts. It was at this time that he refused to answer the commissioners in detail. Detective McAnany, unwilling to let suspicion rest upon himself, demanded:
"Was it me, Hicks?"
Hicks replied that it was not.
"Me?" asked Detective Rafferty.
"And me, and me?" shouted Detective Bates and Arthur and Ghent. Hicks cleared these men, but said he would not answer any other detective who would question him. Detective Huntsman and Hicks were standing side by side before the commissioners' table, and the former interpolated that Hicks was a "hop fiend," evidently to explain his inability to understand the diamond sale.
GUN RAFFLES BY DETECTIVE."You are a liar," said Hicks. The detective's hand became a fist and Detective Bert Brannon was just in time to get between the two to prevent a blow.
Hicks' explanation of the diamond deal was that he merely wanted a loan on them. Differing from Jeweler Carswell, he said his stones were worth $350.
"Where did you get them?" Commissioner Gallagher asked him.
"I bought one from a pawnbroker for $130 and I bought the other from a thief for $140."
"From a thief!" exclaimed the mayor, who was hearing plain talk for the first time.
"From a thief named George," answered the witness. Hicks then told of a detective "raffling" a gun. "He raffled it twice," Hicks said, "and he still has the gun, unless he has got away with it in the last week or two."
"Now, Hicks," said Commissioner Gallagher, "you are not on trial, but the board wants to get at the bottom of this thing. Are you willing to tell us now the names of the detectives who told you to let the touts alone at the race track?"
"I will not tell; I will not tell you now," was the answer.
Detective Huntsman, in examining Hicks in his own behalf, added for the information of the board: "I have known Hicks for seven and a half years. He is a dice man, a notorious circus grafter, a hop fiend and a liar. He is a stool pigeon, telling detectives and police what other crooks are up to. He got pinched in the Indian Territory and Detective Kenney interceded for him."
PRYOR HAD HIM TRANSFERRED.When policeman Harry Arthur, who was on the detective force at the time of the diamond deal, was on the stand the commissioners got another tip.
"I was at the race track and pinched two crooks," said Officer Arthur. This made me unpopular with John Pryor, who was making a book. After that, I was put on the beat in front of Pryor's place. He said he would have me removed. I was taken off in four nights. Now they have me out in 'the timber.'"
Detective Ghent admitted he had tried to have the inquiry quashed, but said he did so merely because of his being friendly to both Huntsman and Kenney.
At the conclusion of the hearing there was considerable agitation at headquarters over Hicks' admission that he had been asked by some city detectives to protect touts, and much speculation as to whether or not he would keep his word and tell the board in private who had gone to him. Hicks had denied that he ever "reformed," but the detectives explained that it was the practice for private detective bureaus to employ men who had associated with thieves, "gun mobs" and rogues generally, to work with their regular men at track sides, the duties of the reformed men being to point out their early acquaintances in order that they might be put where they could not pick the pockets of patrons of the race meets.
Labels: detectives, gambling, Mayor Beardsley, police board, Police Chief Hayes
May 2, 1907
DELAY IN ANDERSON CASE.
But the Department of Justice May
Take Action Today.
WASHINGTON, May 1. --(Special.) To the disappointment of Senator Warner the department of justice failed to send the Charles Anderson pardon papers to the president today for his signature. Attorney Bonaparte concluded that he wanted the recommendation of the district attorney of Oklahoma before giving the final recommendation to the president. The pardon clerk wired the district attorney and late this afternoon received a message from him recommending the pardon. Bonaparte, however, had left for Baltimore in the meantime and so his signature could not be obtained tonight. Senator Warner will call on the department of justice in the morning and hopes to get speedy action. The only reason why the department insisted on the case taking the usual course as far as a recommendation is concerned is that it does not want to set a precedent that will rise to embarrass it in future pardon cases.
Labels: Charles Anderson, oklahoma
May 2, 1907
MERELY A BRAIN STORM.
Emergency Surgeon's Pithy Diagnosis
of Alleged Poisoning Case.
The following record was placed on the "blood book" at the emergency hospital in the city hall at 5 o'clock last night.
"E. Thomas -- Age 30 years -- Color, white -- Residence, 209 East Sixth stret -- Occupation, laborer for People's Ice Company. Remarks --Reported as a carbolic acid poisoning, but turned out to be nothing but a brain storm and no harm done. While there Auntie Watson, landlady, wanted an aching tooth pulled. Had no forceps for that purpose but it was a case of emergency and the tooth had to come out. Finally used a pair of wire pliers. The tooth's out and all's well. -- W. A. Shelton, M. D.
Labels: city hall, emergency hospital, hospitals, ice, Sixth street
May 2, 1907
CITY HALL CIGAR STAND.
New Outfit Installed and Privilege
Goes to Highest Bidder.
Hereafter the city is going to invite competition in the bidding for the cigar stand privileges in the city hall. A case and counter costing $300 have been placed in the east end of the rotunda, and after July 1 the man who bids the highest for the privilege of presiding over it gets the plum. For years one man as had the privilege, paying but $6.50 a month, which included light, heat, and janitor service. City Comptroller Pearson said yesterday that one bidder had offered $25 a month for the stand, but he expects to get a higher offer.
Labels: cigars, city hall
May 1, 1907
STILLED IN DEATH.
EVEN BABY'S VOICE BRINGS
NO REPLY FROM MOTHER.
ASKS UNCLE TO WAKE HER.
LITTLE MERCEDES GALBRAITH
FINDS PARENT BEYOND HELP.
Traces of Carbolic Acid Indicate Poison as Cause of
Death -- Whether an Accident Is Yet to Be De-
termined -- Brother Is Attracted
by Child's Cry.
"Mamma! Mamma! Wake up, mamma, please wake up an' talk to Mercedes!"
When Clay Galbraith, a clerk at the Y. M. C. A. general offices, entered his home at 1610 Lister avenue at 7:30 o'clock last night, he heard his little 3-year-old niece, Mercedes Galbraith, calling to her mamma in a room on the second floor. Mr. Galbraith started to his room and as he passed the door he saw the child on the bed with its mamma.
"My mamma won't wake any more an' talk to me, Uncle Clay," the little one said. "You wake her."
Mr. Galbraith stepped into the room, thinking his sister-in-law asleep, but noting the deathly pallor on her face he ran to the home of Mrs. Willis Dunkerson and told her of his suspicions. Dr. A. R. Greenlee was called, but Mrs. Galbraith had been dead possibly five or six hours, he said.
Dr. Greenlee summoned Dr. O. H. Parker, deputy coroner. He found Mrs. Galbraith lying partly clad across her bed. Her shoes and stockings had been removed as if to prepare for a bath and all the soiled leinen in the house was in a laundry bag by the kitchen door. The neighbors told of a sick spell which Mrs. Galbraith had suffered in December last and suggested natural causes for her sudden death. In the lavatory in the bath room, however, Dr. Parker found a bottle labeled carbolic acid. The cork had been removed with a hair pin. The bottle was empty. Dr. Parker also said that the dead woman's lips showed traces of carbolic acid.
Mrs. Mary S. Galbraith was 34 years old. She was the wife of J. A. Galbraith, a traveling man for the National Surety Company. Her huysband left home last friday and is now somewhere in Texas. Wires were sent last night to try to locate him. There are two children, Gladys, 5, and Mercedes, 3 years old.
The neighbors said that the little ones were out at play all afternoon and some suggested that perhaps their mother had put them out. About 7:30 Mrs. Charles Parsons, a neighbor, saw them out in the cold and took them to a rear door and had just placed them inside when she heard the front door open. When she asked, "Who is that?" thinking it might be their mother, the little one replied, "It's Uncle Clay." She then ran on through the house and up to her mamma's room. Mr. Galbraith spent a mooment below before he heard Mercedes crying that she3 could not awaken her mother. The children were taken in charge by neighbors last night and have not yet been informed of their mother's death. An autopsy will be held today to determine the exact cause of death, but Dr. Parker said that from all external appearances and evidences found in the house he was of the opinion that Mrs. Galbraith's death had been due to carbolic acid poisoning.
"I will not be able to state until after the autopsy," he said, "whether death was an accident or suicidal."
Labels: children, Deputy Coroner Parker, doctors, Lister avenue, Suicide, Texas, YMCA
May 1, 1907
IMAGINES HE HAS WEALTH.
Contractor Brought Back From Garnett,
Kas., Taken to Hospital.
Sheriff Babb and City Marshal Lacy from Garnett, Kas., arrived in the city yesterday afternoon with James Waymire, a sidewalk contractor, who became demented near there last Saturday and was taken into custody. Waymire lives at 106 Topping avenue and has a wife and five children whose ages range from 2 to 12 years. He was later transferred to the general hospital. Dr. W. L. Gist diagnosed the case as one of acute mania.
Waymire is the happiest insane man seen at the station in a long time, laughing and talking of great accomplishments continually. "I just made $48,000,000 out of that old bridge," he told Mrs. Moran, police matron. "If you will only wait here half an hour I will take you for a ride in a gold automobile studded with diamonds. I own everything in the world."
Labels: Dr. Gist, general hospital, mental health, police matron, Topping avenue
May 1, 1907
TORTURED A KITTEN.
Humane Officer Will Prosecute Offender
if He Can Be Found.
W. H. Gibbons, Humane officer, is looking for the person who placed a rubber around a kitten's foot at the cigar store of W. E. Jenkins, Eighth and Walnut streets, and caused the little thing so much suffering that it finally had to be chloroformed. The case was reported to him yesterday.
"There were two kittens there, a maltese and a black," said Mr. Gibbens. "Recently the clerks discovered that the maltese was holding up one of its front feet as if in pain. The kitten grew ill and could not eat and its leg was swollen to an enormous size. When it was chloroformed and a closer examination made it was discovered that a rubber had been placed around its foot just above the paw so tightly that the circulation had been entirely cut off. The man who placed it there probably did it in 'fun' to see the kittne shake its leg, but leaving it there was the inhuman part of it. I will bring the man before Judge Kyle in police court if he can be found."
The little maltese kitten and the black one were great playmates. When the maltese was chloroformed the little black one saw it after it was dead. It left the store within a few minutes and has never returned. Previous to that time, it had never been out of the store door. The clerks are wondering if it went off somewhere and died of grief.
Labels: abuse, animals, cigars, Eighth street, Humane Society, Judge Kyle, Walnut Street
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