June 30, 1907
DEATH ENDS SEARCH
FOR YEARS M'CLINTOCK FAMILY
HAD SOUGHT THEIR BOY.
STARTS HOME; DIES AT DEPOT.
SISTER WITH HIM WHEN END
CAME WITHOUT WARNING.
"Something Has Burst," Exclaimed
Young Man as He Fell to Plat-
form -- Sister Feared to Be
Left Alone at the
Roy McClintock, 22 years old, residing at Mt. Carmel, Ill., died in the Union depot last night. He had just been found by his family after an absence of several years. He was a railroad machinist.
Seven months ago McClintock was admitted to St. Margaret's hospital in Kansas City, Kas. He was suffering from pneumonia fever and for weeks lay at the point of death. A week ago he had sufficiently recovered to write to his sister, Mrs. W. E. Craver, 5250 Delaware boulevard, St. Louis.
Mrs. Craver hastened to Kansas City as soon as she heard from her brother and remained with him until he was able to travel. Last night they started to her home in St. Louis. They expected to leave on the Rock Island train at 10:15 o'clock and after purchasing tickets, strolled about the platform.
A few minutes before time for the train to leave Mrs. Craver and her brother started down the platform with their baggage. Before reaching the car young McClintock suddenly turned to his sister with the exclamation:
"Something has burst."
A passerby helped the young man to a baggage truck and a train porter went for the depot master. A wheel chair was sent out from the depot, but the young man was bleeding profusely at the mouth before the porter reached him with the chair. He was taken inside the depot and placed on a cot in the women's waiting room. He died five minutes later.
The coroner was notified and ordered the body taken to Eylars undertaking rooms, where an autopsy will be held today. Mrs. Craver was taken to the Blossom House by the depot master. She fainted and stated that she is a sufferer from heart trouble. She asked that some one stay near her as she feared to go to a room alone. A bell boy was stationed at her door for the night.
Mrs. Craver's husband, W. R. Craver, of St. Louis, is employed at the Rock Island shops in St. Louis.
Labels: Blossom house, death, hotels, railroad, St Louis, undertakers
June 30, 1907
GOT REVOLVER IN A FIT.
Arnold Hartness Shoots Up Home
Whie in an epilectic fit last night, Arnold Hartness, 303 Olive street, got possession of a revolver and began shooting. He did no damage beyond putting a few holes in the ceiling of his room. He was soon restrained by his mother and the neighbors. One of the first outsiders to reach him was Policeman Daly, who lives next door. He was attracted by the shooting. Hartness fought savagely with Daly and was still fighting when taken to the Emergency hospital.
Labels: emergency hospital, illness, Olive street
June 30, 1907
TO TEST HUSBAND'S LOVE.
Woman Jumps Into the River and
He Followed Her.
"I just wanted to see if Harve was game and loved me enough to risk his life to save me from drowning," said Kate Pullen yesterday afternoon after being dragged from the Kaw river, into which she had jumped from a rowboat.
She is the wife of Harvey Pullen, who lives in a tent on the river bank in Kansas City, Kas. Mrs. Pullen and her husband were out rowing. Pullen was manipulating the oars, when suddenly Mrs. Pullen, who was seated in the rear of the boat, arose to a standing position and leaped into the water. Her husband proved "game" all right, jumping in after her. They would have both bee drowned, however, had it not been for a couple of fishermen who happened to be near by in a boat.
Both were taken to No. 2 police station and locked up.
Labels: drowning, jail, Kansas City Kas, No 2 police station, romance
June 30, 1907
FIRST OF SWING SUITS.
Boy Hurt at Electric Park is Asking
Dana Sturtz, who was injured in the collapse of the circular swing at Electric Park on June 11, filed suit in the circuit court yesterday afternoon by Decatur C. Sturtz, his father, for $4,500 damages. He is 16 years old and lives with his parents at 227 North Seventeenth street, Kansas City, Kas. The suit is brought against the Electric Park Amusement Company, the People's Amusement Company and Frederick Ingersoll.
Labels: accident, children, circuit court, Electric park, Kansas City Kas
June 29, 1907
HIGHWAYMAN SCARED OFF.
Not Until He Had Hit Victim Over
Emmet Kraus, 20 years old, was held up by a lone footbad last night shortly after 10 o'clock, at the corner of Fifth street and State avenue, Kansas City, Kas. He was on his way home, at Fifth street and Everett avenue, from Carnival park, where he is employed at night. As he started across State avenue the highwayman stepped out from a shadow and struck him over the head with some blunt instrument. Kraus called for help, and Patrolman Parrott, who was standing at Fifth street and Minnesota avenue, a block away, heard him and hastened to the rescue. Uupon the approach of the officer the would-be robber took to his heels. The policeman fired two shots at him, buty apparently neither took effect as the highwayman continued his flight.
Labels: crime, Kansas City Kas, violence
June 29, 1907
FOR RUNNING DOWN BOY.
Three Autoists Confess a Judgement
Elmer Williams, Charles H. Williams and John Anderson of the Williams Realty Company, yesterday afternoon confessed judgement in the circuit court to $500 damages for running down Halma G. Dixon, a messenger boy, in their automobile at Fourteenth street and Troost avenue May 11, 1907. The Dixon boy, who lives at 1312 Cherry street, was riding a bicycle.
Labels: bicycles, Cherry street, children, circuit court, Fourteenth street, Lawsuit, Troost avenue
June 29, 1907
LOST HUSBAND'S AFFECTION.
Leavenworth Woman Sues Her
Father-in-Law for $20,000.
LEAVENWORTH, KAS., June 28. -- (Special.) Edward Roser, Sr., a wealthy capitalist of Leavenworth, was sued today for $20,000 by Sara Roser, the wife of Edward Roser Jr., who alleges that he alienated the affections of her husband. She alleges that the senior Roser caused the junior Roser to desert her. She is now living with her brother, Patrick Clarkin, in Kansas City, Mo. G. G. Wright of Kansas City, Mo., is Mrs. Roser's attorney.
Labels: Lawsuit, Leavenworth
June 29, 1907
AN ICE WAGON WAS UPSET.
The Driver Fell to the Ground and
Was Severely Hurt.
The upsetting of an ice cream wagon last night at Cottage and Vine streets brought sever injuries to W. H. Coen, the driver, 55 years old. The team ran away, two wheels passing over Coen's stomach. A half block away the team was caught.
Mr. Coen had started to make too short a turn and cramped the wagon until it toppled over on two wheels. But it toppled back when the driver fell from the seat.
Dr. R. G. Dagg, ambulance surgeon from the Walnut street police station, attended Coen's injuries and took him to his home at 1220 Troost avenue. He has a number of body bruises and may be injured internally.
Labels: accident, Cottage street, doctors, ice, Troost avenue, Vine street, Walnut street police station
June 28, 1907
POLICE OPPRESSION CHARGED.
Witness Who Testified Against Pa-
trolman Ordered to Leave Town.
Mayor Beardsley yesterday informed Police Commissioner Gallagher that a witness named Lee, who had testified in the case involving Officer Park, charged with gambling while on duty, in Sheffield, had been arrested on a charge of vagrancy and had been ordered to "leave town."
"That is more than we must be asked to stand," Commissioner Gallagher declared. "I move that the matter be investigated and that all parties concerned be brought before the board. Are you sure it is true?"
"I know it is true," the mayor confirmed. "Lee testified here against a policeman, the policeman afterwards arrested him as a vagrant, hauled him down here before Judge Kyle and since then has told him he had better get out of town."
Labels: Judge Kyle, Mayor Beardsley, police board, sheffield, vagrancy
June 28, 1907
FIRE UNDER FIREWORKS.
Boys Attempt to Burn Carload
Among Which Men Worked.
A carload of fireworks in the Southwestern News Company's warehouse at Third and Washington streets had a fire built under it yesterday noon by mischievous boys. The corrugated iron structure is built two feet above the ground and the boys splashed a quart of coal oil around on the under side of the floor and touched a match.
Their scampering away caused a teamster to investigate, and the fire was found. It was rapidly eating through the wooden floor before it could be extinguished. Once through the floor, the entire car of explosives would have gone in a flash. Four men were at work among the stuff, filling orders.
The house is on an isolated hill and was built for storing fireworks.
Labels: arson, fireworks, Third street, Washington street
June 28, 1907
NOT TO DISTURB SICK.
No Fourth Noise About Hospitals or
An order was sent to Chief Hayes yesterday afternoon by the police commissioners to positively prevent the explosion of firecrackers within a block of any public or private hospital. The same proscription will be made around private residences where there may be sick people.
If they will send their addresses to the chief," said Commissioner Rozzelle, "he will see that the sick people are not disturbed."
Labels: Commissioner Rozzelle, hospitals, police board, Police Chief Hayes
June 28, 1907
DIES IN STATION
R. A. HOWARD HAD GONE TO
INTERCE FOR A BOY.
ATTACK OF HEART DISEASE
EMPLOYEE OF LUMBER COMPANY
SEEMED IN GOOD HEALTH.
Had Been Engaged in Work for Merrill
for Years and Was a Prominent
Worker in the Trinity
Episcopal Church --
An Autopsy Today
"Get a doctor quick," suddenly exclaimed R. A. Howard, 3118 Tracy avenue, last night to Sergeant Robert James in No. 9 police station, Thirty-seventh street and Woodland avenue, with whom he had been talking. As the man spoke, he reeled and started to fall, grasping a desk in front of him. A police officer ran and assisted him to a nearby bench. Two other police officers started out to find a physician, and presently returned, one accompanied by Dr. S. P. Reese, 3801 Woodland avenue, and the other with Dr. H. D. Hamilton, 3522 Woodland avenue.
Withing five minutes, however, after the physicians arrived Mr. Howard died. He had suffered an attack of heart disease.
Mr. Howard had gone to the police station to inquire into the case of Earl Day, a youth who lives across the street from the Howard home, and who had been taken to the police station by an officer fro placing torpedoes on the car tracks. The purpose in taking the boy to the station was to allow Sergeant James to give him a lecture for prematurely celebrating the Fourth, and Mr. Howard, believing that a charge would be placed against the youth, went to go his bonds.
Sergeant James had just told Mr. Howard that the boy would not be held, but would be "scared up a bit," and Mr. Howard seemed then to take the matter as a joke, and he and the officer were laughing over the affair and discussing the pranks of the boys in the neighborhood.
Mr. Howard was 55 years old. He was married but had no children. He supposedly enjoyed normal health. He worked yesterday and according to Mr. Merrill, his employer, was apparently well and in the best of spirits. He left work at 6 o'clock yesterday evening, going directly to his home.
Mr. Howard had been in the employ of the Merrill Lumber Company for more than twenty-five years, and was considered one of the best in the company's employ, having attained the position as Mr. Merrill's right hand man. He came here from Michigan just before entering the employ of Mr. Merrill, and was married about eighteen years ago.
Mr. Howard was a member of Trinity Episcopal church, Tenth street and Tracy avenue, where for several years he had been a vestryman.
Dr. O. H. Parker, deputy coroner, viewed the body and had it removed to Newcomer's undertaking establishment. An autopsy will be held today.
Labels: churches, death, Deputy Coroner Parker, doctors, police, Tenth street, Thirty-seventh street, Tracy avenue, undertakers, Woodland avenue
June 27, 1907
WINS ON "UNWRITTEN LAW."
Mrs. Mott Discharged for Shooting
Husband and Woman.
Mrs. Dan Mott was yesterday given a preliminary hearing in the North division of the city court, Kansas City, Kas., on the charge of shooting her husband and his paramour, Elsie Lecher.
The evidence introduced went to show that when she, Mrs. Mott, returned to her home on North First street the evening of the shooting, which occurred about two weeks ago, she found the Lecher woman with her husband. She drew a revolver, which she carried in the folds of her dress, and began shooting.
The Lecher woman was shot three times, while only one bullet struck Mott. After all of the witnesses were examined, Judge Guyer dismissed the case against Mrs. Mott for the reason that she "was protecting the sanctity of her home."
Labels: domestic violence, Judges, Kansas City Kas
June 27, 1907
DRANK IT LIKE A TOAST.
Woman Who Forsook Husband for
Another Man Takes Poison.
After warning Frank Palmer, of 920 Bell street, Kansas City, that he would never again receive a dinner from her hands, Mrs. Inez Others, of St. Joseph, Mo., at noon yesterday raised a two-ounce vial of carbolic acid to her lips and drank it like a toast.
The tragedy happened directly underneath the front entrance of the Fowler packing house, and just as the laborers were filing out to receive their lunches from the hands of children and wives who were bringing them. A dozen men where standing about Mrs. Others when she took the poison, but none of them noticed anything extraordinary in her action. They said they thought she was only joking.
When Mrs. Others reached the center of the Fifth street car tracks, however, she was een to fall. A policeman who happened to be riding on a westbound car had it stopped and an ambulance was called to take her to No. 2 police station, where she died a few minutes later. Her body was then removed to Porter & Gibson's undertaking rooms.
Mrs. Others four weeks ago left a husband, Walter Others, in St. Joseph, Mo.
Palmer is now being held at No. 2 police station pending investigation. He said yesterday that he, like the other men who were standing about when Mrs. Others committed suicide, thought the act was only to deceive him, and that the contents of the bottle was water. He said they had quarreled in the morning, and that she had then declared her intention of killing herself, but that he had not paid much attention to the threat as she had once before drank what she claimed to be poison, but which had no effect on her.
Labels: Bell street, Fifth street, No 2 police station, poison, St.Joseph, streetcar, Suicide, undertakers
June 27, 1907
COP PINCHED THE PINCHER.
Lively Chase Along Main Street
Before He Was Run Down.
After a chase of two blocks on Main street, in which a number of pedestrians took part, E. W. White, a fisherman, who lives in a houseboat on the Blue river, was headed off and arrested by patrolman William Ryan at Fourteenth and Main streets last night.
White was standing in a stairway that leads to the Woodman hall at 1210 Main street. As S. O. Harris, 814 Troost avenue, and his wife and daughter, Ethel, 11 years old, descended the stairs he reached out and pinched the little girl, it is charged. She screamed, and the man ran out of the door and turned south on Main street, the father in pursuit. As white continued others joined in the chase, and Patrolman Ryan, seeing the commotion, hurried toward the crowd. White was just turning east on Fourteenth street when he ran directly into the policeman's arms.
He was taken to the Walnut street police station, where he will be held for prosecution by the girl's father.
Labels: Blue river, children, Fourteenth street, Main street, police, Troost avenue, Walnut street police station
June 27, 1907
MY, HOW HE DID EAT!
For Two Weeks This Runaway Boy
Lived Like the Sparrows.
Because he was afraid he would get a whipping for running away, Fred Vogul, 12 years old, a son of Joseph Vogel, 2313 College avenue, has been sleeping in a bread box on the sidewalk at Twelfth street and Grand avenue for almost two weeks. During that time he has had nothing to eat excepting what he could pick up at random.
Last night Patrolman Charles McVay, while walking along Grand avenue near Independence avenue saw the boy picking up popcorn kernels from beneath a popcorn wagon and eating them. The officer learned that the popcorn was the only thing the boy had eaten in two days. He took the youngster to a nearby restaurant, where a square meal was given him. The way he ate would have made an epicurean dizzy.The boy was taken to police headquarters, where he was placed in the care of the police matron. His father was informed.
Labels: children, College avenue, Grand avenue, Independence avenue, police, police matron
June 27, 1907
SHERIFF'S WIFE IS HURT.
Mr. and Mrs. Heslip in Car and
As County Marshal Heslip and his wife were driving south on Oak street, crossing Nineteenth street, at 6 o'clock last evening, their buggy was struck by an eastbound Vine street car and nearly overturned. Mr. Heslip was thrown out and the horses turned and ran east on Ninetenth street.
A hundred yards east of the scene of the collision Mrs. Heslip fell out over the back of the buggy. Her dress caught and she was dragged fifty feet. She suffered a sprained shoulder and many bruises. Mr. Heslip was not hurt.
The team was stopped at a pile of dirt at the Nineteenth and Cherry street crossing. Mrs. Heslip was taken to the University hospital.
Labels: buggy, Cherry street, County Marshal Heslip, Nineteenth street, Oak street, streetcar, University hospital, Vine street
June 26, 1907
LEAPT TWENTY FEET; UNHURT.
Charles Love Does a Freak Act Under
Influence of Drink.
That particular providence which watches over fools and drunken men had its eye on Charles Love yesterday, when, in a drunken freak, he climbed to the top of the Star hotel, Fourth and Main, and then leaped off. He landed on the roof of the Helping Hand institute, twenty feet below, and was unhurt. The police rescued him from the top of the building and locked him up for safe keeping.
Labels: alcohol, Fourth street, Helping Hand, Main street
June 26, 1907
SAFE HAD ONE RING IN IT.
Rumor of Edwards Having Bucketful
of Diamonds Wrong.
The widow of Sandy Edwards, the negro gambler who was killed by Leon Jordan, yesterday opened the safe in their house, which was rumored to contain a bucketful of diamonds and found only one diamond. This was one which Sandy had loaned a clerk $10 on some months ago. The safe contained little of value, but had a bulk of curiosities.
There were coins of all nations and ages, some as old as 1822. There was Confederate money and 25-cent "shin plasters." One-dollar American gold coins and gold coins from foreign lands were found in quantity.
June 26, 1907
A REPRIMAND FOR LAWYERS.
Change of Venue Taken Merely for
Delay, Judge Wallace Says.
Judge W. H. Wallace delivered a lecture to the attorneys for George Smith and J. C. Taylor, charged with arson in the first degree, because they asked for a change of venue to Judge Porterfield's division of the court.
"I'll grant these applications," the court said, "but I say now to all of the attorneys in the court room if a change of venue is taken from this court to the other division, the party need never afterwards come before me asking for a parole. This change of venue is a bad practice and is meant solely for delay. We labored to get the legislature to allow us two divisions of the court to expedite the trial of criminal cases, and then some of the attorneys try to nullify our efforts by spending time in going from one court to the other.
"I am charged by both defendants with being partial. This charge is false. I could not have been prejudiced against Taylor, because I have not tried him yet. I gave Smith a fair trial and the jury disagreed."
Smith and Taylor are charged with burning a restaurant at 113 West Twelfth street for the insurance.
Labels: arson, courtroom, criminal court, Fire, Judge Wallace, Twelfth street
June 25, 1907
"I'LL BE GOOD," DEWEY SOBBED.
Operation to Reform Boy Who
Dewey Marcuvitz, the 8-year old boy with a record for stealing horses, was operated upon by Dr. J. S. Lichenberg at his office yesterday morning and the lad's tonsils removed. The operation was at the suggestion of Dr. E. L. Mathias, of the juvenile court, who said that it might mean an improvement in the boy's character.
Dewey did not like the operation at all. He cried before he was placed under the influence of an anesthetic and when he revived he pleaded with the surgeon to send him home quickly.
"That's all right, my boy," said David Marcuvitz, his father. "You'll be a fine boy now. But if you get into mischief again, I will bring you up here and let the doctor chop at you again.
"I'll be good," Dewey sobbed.
Labels: children, doctors, Dr Mathias, juvenile court
June 25, 1907
ENDED LIFE WITH SHOTGUN.
Former Deputy Sheriff Left Note Saying
"Put Me in Hole."
"Put me in a hole tomorrow."
Just those six words to indicate that he died by his own hand was the parting message to the world left by James Flanery, who committed suicide yesterday afternoon at Lee's Summit. After brooding for weeks over his ill health, Flanery, a former deputy sheriff of Jackson County, and member of a prominent Lee's Summit family, went to the home of an uncle, Ed Chrisman, about nine miles from Lee's Summit yesterday afternoon and obtained a shotgun on the pretext that he wished to go out hunting. A few minutes later his body was found in a little thicket, the head almost torn to pieces by a charge of buckshot.
Beside the body was a shotgun, both barrels of which had been recently discharged. A small forked stick near the left hand indicated that Flanery had placed the butt of the gun against the ground, with the muzzle at his head and pressed the triggers with the stick.
Near the body was a hastily scrawled not which read:
"Put me in a hole tomorrow."
Flanery was at one time prominent in local and county politics. His family was an influential one in the eastern part of the county and the man himself had at one time been a deputy sheriff. Of recent years he had been in bad health and he had threatened a number of times to kill himself. His relatives did not take the threats seriously, however.
As his death was a plain case of suicide, no coroner's inquest was ordered.
Labels: guns, Lee's Summit, Suicide
June 25, 1907
A PARK POLICEMAN STRICKEN.
J. M. Coil Has a Paralytic Stroke at
J. M. Coil, a deputy county marshal, stationed as a gateman at Fairmount park
, was stricken by paralyisis about 8:30 o'clock last night. He was assisting in loading and unloading passengers at the park entrance at the time. He was given emergency treatment by the park physician and later was taken to the emergency hospital.
Mr. Coil is about 55 years old and has done police duty in the city and county for many years. The paralysis was in the right side and may prove fatal.
He was brought in on an electric car, which was delayed for thirty minutes by the storm.
Labels: fairmount park, illness, police
June 25, 1907
UNHURT AFTER LONG FALL.
Child, in Sleep, Drops Three Stories
Josephine Carter, 415 Cherry street, a negro child, 2 1/2 years old, performed a feat yesterday afternoon that not many children have performed and lived to tell the tale. The child was asleep by an open window, three stories above ground. About 2 p. m. the little one fell the entire distance to the ground.
The mother knew nothing of the accident and believed her baby asleep when she saw it running toward her crying. Dr. Paul Lux, who went with the police ambulance, examined the baby, but found not a bruise, not even a mark of the fall. It is believed that the little one may have received a slight concussion of the brain.
Labels: accident, Cherry street, children, doctors
June 24, 1907
HIS TONSILS SEAT OF EVIL?
At Least, Doctors Believe So, Hence
Lad Will Lose 'Em.
Dewey Marcuvitz, one of the many hundred boys named after Admiral Dewey, is the only one on record who has gone wrong. The lad was born in May, 1898, a week after Admiral Dewey's victory in Manila bay. Admiral Dewey can not be blamed for the boy's getting into trouble, because, although the lad has been arrested for stealing everything from a dinner bucket to a hrse, he has never evidenced a desire to convert a boat or even an oar to his own use.
Dewey's father, David Marcuvitz, who owns a second-hand store at 404 Main street, stands up for the lad and says he is not bad but merely mischievous. The father had arranged with Dr. J. S. Litchtenberg to operate on the lad and remove his tonsils this forenoon, as was suggested by Dr. E. L. Mathias, of the juvenile court, but the father does not think that the operation will change the lad's disposition.
"My 11-year-old daughter had her tonsils removed about a year ago and it didn't affect her disposition a particle," Mr. Marcuvitz said last evening. "She was a good girl before the operation and is still the same kind of a girl. She is happier, though, because her throat does not trouble her any more.
"I don't think that Dewey is a bad boy," the father continued. "He is just mischievous. I was just the same kind of a boy in my time. He will grow out of it. The lad has a mania for horses and I am going to buy him a pony when he gets a little older."
Dewey has been taken to the detention home more than once by his mother, who told the officers that she could not control him.
Labels: children, detention home, doctors, Dr Mathias, Main street
June 24, 1907
BECAUSE HE WAS HER BOY.
Tired Looking Little Woman Gave
All She Had for His Freedom.
A little, work-weary woman called at the desk at police headquarters yesterday afternoon and asked Sergeant Holly Jarboe, then on duty, if he had a prisoner answering to the name of Will Jackquit. After looking a moment at his records, the sergeant told her the man she was looking for was in the jail on a peace disturbance charge.
The woman bowed her head on her arms a moment or two and "wept piteously but quietly, and then asked how much money it would take to get the man out. The sergeant gave her the minimum bond required.
"He is my son," she said, as she began to count out the coins, each one of which had doubtless cost her infinite pains and trouble, "and I cannot let him stay there."
"But don't you know he will do it right over again?" asked the policeman.
"Yes, perhaps. But I am a mother, and he is all I have."
The prisoner was summonedout of the holdover. He was a great big fellow, strong and healthy looking. He appeared with a smile on his face, pleased at not having to spend a hot afternoon in a cell. As he came out the woman was putting down the last nickel on the counter. As she saw him, the tears started afresh. The man looked at her a second as though annoyed.
"Oh pshaw, mother," he said. "Don't be foolish!"
"Foolish, that's just the word," muttered the sergeant, as mother and son went out together.
Labels: Holly Jarboe, jail, police headquarters
June 24, 1907
NATURAL GAS VICTIM DEAD.
Mrs. Skauv Succumbed to Injuries
Resulting From an Explosion.
Mrs. Teresa Skauv, of 4323 Forest avenue, victim of the natural gas explosion
which almost wrecked her son's home last Wednesday night, died there from the effects yesterday. Her throat and both arms were severly burned. She was 65 years old, and a widow, the mother of George J. Skauv, with whom she lived. She had been in Kansas City twenty-two years.
The accident was the result of natural gas eating through a rubber tube. In the absence of the entire family leaked gas had filled the house and Mrs. Skauv, returning, struck a match for a light. The explosion that followed burst ceilings and doors. Mrs. Skauv was alone.
Labels: death, Forest avenue
June 24, 1907
HAT LED TO IDENTITY.
Man Who Killed Himself June 13
Was Wallace Whitman.
The suicide whose body was found June 13 in the Grove, a parkway at Fifteenth street and Agnes avenue, was Eugene Wallace Elliot Whitman, of Laramie, Wyo. The hat he wore bore the name of a Cheyenne (Wyo.) dealer, and Eylar Bros. undertakers had a picture of the man made and sent to the hat dealer. This was placed in a window with a note of explanation, asking for identification. In a few days Harry Holiday Whitman, a brother, passed the store and recognized the picture. He at once started to Kansas City, arriving here yesterday. Both brothers were railroad men, the suicide having formerly served as a police officer in Cheyenne.
Eugene Whitman was seen to baord a train for the East the night of June 9, but made no explanation of his departure. He had been at his mother's house a short time before and left some money. His brother said he had at times spoken of suicide, but was never taken seriously, and no motive for despondency was known. He was 34 years old and unmarried. The body, which was buried in potter's field, is to be removed to a grave in Union cemetery.
Labels: cemetery, clothing, Suicide
June 24, 1907
AUTO RUN TO LONE JACK.
Fifteen Cars Made the Trip in Two
Hours Each Way.
Fifteen members of the Automobile Club braved the muddy roads yesterday and made the run to Lone Jack, Mo., where they picnicked in the grove. The ball game, which it was intended should be played, was called off because of the rain.
"We had a good run," said W. G. Coumbe, who was in charge of the expidition. "The fifty or sixty cars which were to make the run did not show up at Admiral boulevard and Grand avenue by 11 o'clock, but by 11:30 o'clock fifteen motor cars had made their appearance, and we decided to make the trip. It took us a trifle over two yours to go each way. The muddiest roads we encountered were between here and Independence. Next Sunday the trip which we had planned for today will be made.
Labels: Admiral boulevard, automobiles, Grand avenue, Independence, Lone Jack
June 22, 1907
KNIFE TO ALTER DISPOSITION.
Operation on Dewey Marcuvitz Next
Lewis Marcuvitz, clothing dealier who lives at 15 East Thirty-second street, the father of Dewey Marcuvitz, now held in the detention home as incorrigible, has consented to allow the boy to undergo an operation upon his throat with the hope of remedying the boy's disposition. Dr. E. L. Mathias and a surgeon, whom the boy's father will select, will operate next Monday.
Dewey, who is only 8 years old, has twice been arrested for stealing horses and has been arrested for other offenses. He is an intelligent boy for his years, but has been pronounced incorrigible by the court officers. Dr. Mathias believes that his disposition has been made nervous and melancholy by reason of throat trouble and hopes that an operation will make him a good boy.
Labels: children, detention home, doctors, Dr Mathias, health
June 22, 1907
JEFFERSON BRUMBACK DEAD.
End Comes to Veteran and Jurist at
Judge Jefferson Brumback, prominently associated with the earlier history of Kansas City, died at Excelsior Springs this morning about 2 o'clock. He had shown a gain of strength within the last week and there were hopes he would recover. His advanced age of 90 years was the balance against him, and a collapse came last night.
Judge Hermann Brumback was notified by telephone of his father's death.
Because of having been on the bench in Ohio, Mr. Brumback was known as Judge Brumback, but he gained the title of general in the civil war, through which he served with distinction.
Labels: Civil War, death, Excelsior Springs, Judges, veterans
June 22, 1907
MADE THE BEGGAR ANGRY.
Mendicant Arrested on Charge of
I. N. Davis, a professional beggar, was arrested at the Union depot yesterday afternoon on the charge of swearing at a woman traveler. Davis, it seems, has a system of selling small cards on which are written appeals for charity. When the woman declined he became angry and began swearing, it is charged. He was arrested by policeman Harry Moulder and taken to No. 2 station, where a charge of vagrancy was placed against him.
Labels: charity, police, Union depot, vagrancy
June 22, 1907
ANSWER OF CITY OFFICIALS.
Contended That Music in a Park Bars
Sale of Liquor There.
D. V. Kent, city auditor, and A. E. Holmes, city treasurer, who were served with an alternative writ of mandamus from the circuit court to compel them to issue a dramshop license to J. J. Norton at the new Electric park, filed their answer yesterday. They contend that the board of police commissioners has authority to refuse to issue dramshop licenses and to decide whether the owner of a license may change the location of his drinking place. The point of the mandamas suit was that such power lay in the mayor and council.
The city offices also contend that a license cannot be legally issued to J. J. Norton because he is the agent of a brewery; because he plans to allow music within hearing distance of the drinking place, and because he does not define the portion of the park in which the intoxicating liquor is to be served.
They further claim that the board of police commissioners does right in refusing to issue dramshop permits for places in the residence section of the city.
Labels: alcohol, amusement, breweries, circuit court, Electric park, police board
June 22, 1907
HE WON'T EVEN MAKE SIGNS.
Police Are Holding a Rival of the
The police are holding a man who looks as if he might be a Greek, an Arab or a South Sea Islander. Anyway, he cannot speak a word of English and won't even make signs. In the holdover yesterday, William Simmons found him looking at a small piece of paper and making a noise to himself. The paper, it was discovered, is an order for one second class ticket on the agent of the Missouri, Kansas and Texas railway here to San Francisco via the Missouri, Kansas and Texas, Texas & Pacific and Southern Pacific railroads. It was issued on June 17 by the agent of the Lehigh Valley railroad at Greenwich, N. Y. Today an effort will be made to get an interpreter to talk to him.
Labels: police, railroad, Texas
June 21, 1907
DIDN'T EVEN SPILL BEER.
Man Picked Up by Fender on
A man carrying a jug of beer and giving his name as Henry Hobin was picked up by the fender of an east-bound car on the elevated road near the Morris station in Kansas City, Kas., last night at 7 o'clock. H e was not injured in the least, nor did he spill a drop of the beverage. When he removed from the fender he looked up and with a frown on his face remarked, "I'm havin' an awful time gettin' home with this beer."
Labels: alcohol, Kansas City Kas, railroad
June 21, 1907
ADULTERATED ICE CREAM.
Samples Disclosed Gum of Tragicum
Of six samples of ice cream indiscriminately gathered from ice cream parlors by pure food inspectors, five disclosed adulterants when analyzed by City Chemist Cross. Three contained formaldehyde and two gum of tragicum and gelatin. Every one of these adulterations is used contrary to the pure food ordinance. The persons from whom these samples of ice cream were taken will be arrested and prosecuted in the police court.
Labels: City Chemist Cross, food, police court
June 21, 1907
TAFT RIDES IN THE RAIN.
Secretary Given Auto Ride During
William Taft, secretary of war, and a candidate for the Republican nomination for the presidency in 1908, was in Kansas City a short time between trains yesterday afternoon, on his way East from Ottawa, Kas., where he spoke at the state Chataqua yesterday. The secretary was met at the station by personal friends and taken on an autombile ride through the rain. He arrived at 2 o'clock and departed two hours later for St. Louis by way of the Wabash.
After the arrival of the war secretary's party at the Union depot, just before leaving for St. Louis, Mr. Taft held an informal reception on the depot platform.
Labels: politics, St Louis, Union depot
June 21, 1907
SAYS HIS THIRST WAS COSTLY.
Wife Alleges Husband Spent $1,000
a Year for Drink.
A decree of divorce and $500 alimony were given Mrs. Elizabeth Daniels, plaintiff in a suit against Harry G. Daniels, in Judge Cooper's division of the circuit court yesterday afternoon. The wife alleged that the husband during their two years of married life spent nearly $2,000 of her money in drink in addition to his salary.
Labels: alcohol, circuit court, Divorce
June 20, 1907
SHOT BY BROTHER-IN-LAW.
Italians Get in Mix-Up Over
James Bloffi, aged 26, an Italian employed at Swift & Co.'s packing house, was shot and seriously wounded by James Millets, a brother-in-law, in a quarrel over family matters last night at 205 Harrison street. Millets is said to have resented Bloffi's alleged mistreatment of Mrs. Bloffi, Millets' sister.
The weapon was a shotgun, the charge striking the Italian in the face. At the emergency hospital last night it was said his wounds would not prove fatal.
Labels: emergency hospital, Harrison street, violence
June 20, 1907
IN GAS EXPLOSION
WOMAN FATALLY BURNED AND
MRS. SKAUV STRUCK MATCH
NEIGHBOR EXTINGUISHES FLAM-
ING CLOTHES OF WOMAN.
Windows and Door Blown Out,
Ceiling Forced Up and Pictures
Torn From Wall in Resi-
dence at 4423 Forest
"Like a thousand cannon booming," is the phrase used by a next-door neighbor to describe the explosion wh ich took place about 10 o'clock last night in the four-room cottage of George Skauv, 4423 Forest avenue, practically wrecking the house and probably fatally burning Mrs. Teresa Skauv.
The explosion is believed to have been the result of natural gas which had collected. The family, which is composed of George Skauv, a boxmaker employed by the Kansas City Packing Box Company; his mother, Mrs. Teresa Skauv, 63 years old, and his wife, left the house shortly after 8 o'clock. Skauv and his wife had gone to visit his sister, Clara Skauv, 2325 Madison street. Shortly after Mrs. Teresa Skauv was seen to close the doors and windows and walk north on Forest avenue, presumably to visit one of the neighbors.
At 10 o'clock she returned. P. G. Stokes, an employe of the Ellis Planing Mill Company, who lives next door, saw her come into the yard and go to the back door. She unlocked the door and stepped into the kitchen. A moment later she struck a match.
"Then I heard a noise like a thousand cannons," said Stokes. "A second after I heard a woman scream at the top of her voice. I rushed to the rear door of the Skauv house.
"Just as I reached there Mrs. Skauv staggered out onto the porch, moaning and crying. Her clothing was on fire, and she was attempting to put out the flames by beating them with her hands. I took of my coat and wrapped it around her, and in a short time the fire in her clothing was extinguished."
Mrs. Skauv was then carried into the Stokes home and the physicians called.
At the sound of the explosion, which was heard for blocks around, neighbors gathered about the Skauv home. The first comers discovered that the kitchen was afire.
"Form a bucket brigade!" shouted someone, and immediately there was a rush to the neighboring houses for buckets, dish pans, cooking utinsils, anything which would hold water. But before the members of the bucket brigade were ready to get into action, someone had found a garden hose attached to the hydrant in the yard, and the flames were extinguished before any appreciable damage was done. The fire department was not notified.
An investigation of the premises after the fire was extinguished showed that the explosion was one of unusual force. Pieces of glass from the window were found in the street nearby half a block away.
The back door was blown off its hinges, and was found twenty feet away in the back yard. The pictures were blown from the walls. Both windows in the kitchen were shattered. A front window was blown out. The ceiling had apparently been raised by the force of the explosion.
A peculiar thing was that the west windows of the bedroom in the northwest corner were shattered, and pictures knocked from the walls, while not even the frailest piece of bric-a-brac was disturbed in the parlor, which is in the southwest corner with no hall between it and the bedroom. The parlor opens off the kitchen, where the explosion occurred. The only explanation which Skauv could find for this is that probably the parlor doors were both closed, while the doors of the northwest bedroom which opens into a room at the southwest corner of the house, and so to the kitchen were opened.
The explosion apparently took place close to the ceilings, which are about ten feet high. The top panes in the two kitchen windows were broken, while the lower panes remained unharmed. The ceilings everywhere seemed to have been lifted.
The kitchen where the explosion seemed to have occurred, is equipped with a gas chandelier with two jets, and a gas range. The other three rooms have gas lights. A careful search showed that all the burners were properly turned off, and it is the theory of the neighbors that one of the pipes was efective. Escaping gas could not be noticed anywhere in the house after explosion.
Mrs. Skauv was so badly burned that she was unable to talk last night. George Skauv and his wife did not know of the explosion until they returned from their visit shortly after 11 o'clock.
Dr. W. C. West and Dr. L. C. Dod, who attended Mrs. Skauv, hold out slight hope fore her recovery. She was badly burned about the neck, arms and back. It is believed that she inhaled some of the fumes.
Labels: accident, Fire, Forest avenue, Madison street
June 20, 1907
BOY ASLEEP ON TRACKS.
Patrolman Finds Runaway Youngster
in Dangerous Position.
Policeman McVey probably saved the life of a 4-year-old child last midnight by picking the little one up from the street car tracks at Sixth and Walnut streets. The boy, who evidently ran away from home, had dropped to sleep on the tracks, but was discovered by the policeman before any passing street car struck him.
At police headquarters the little one was identified as Otis Whataker, son of J. C. Whitaker, a street car conductor living at 4710 East Twenty-seventh street.
Labels: police, police headquarters, Sixth street, streetcar, Twenty-seventh street, Walnut Street
June 20, 1907
BEER WAS TO EMPLOYES.
Otto Weber's License Is Restored
After a Warning.
The police board yesterday restored the saloon license of Otto Weber, who operates a beer garden at Twelfth and Oak streets. Two weeks ago Weber's license was taken away from him when policemen found him serving beer to fifteen men on Sunday.
Weber declared the men who got beer at his place on Sunday are his regular employes, and that they were working that Sunday afternoon cleaning up his dance hall on the second floor. The board advised Weber to discontinue the dance hall before restoring his beer garden and saloon license.
Labels: alcohol, dancing, employment, Oak street, police board, saloon, Twelfth street
June 20, 1907
THE CONDUCTOR TOLD THIS.
Young Man Mistook Chair Car for
A Frisco passenger conductor tells a story on a farmer who, he says, boarded his train at Lacygne, Kas., yesterday.
According to the conductor's story, the young man entered a chair car for the first time in his life. He was obviously ill at ease, and failed to sit down. After the train had proceeded several miles the conductor, passing through, noticed the embarrassment of the passenger and asked him to take a seat.
The other looked timidly at the comfortable, linen-covered reclining chairs, then replied:
"No, I guess not. Pa always cuts my hair and I usually shave myself."
Labels: Frisco, railroad
June 19, 1907
HUSBAND READY WITH FISTS.
He Fell on A. Lundberg Before a
"I arrested this man at Ninth and Delaware last night for grabbing a Mrs. H. P. Stilwell," said Patrolman McFarland, in police court yesterday when A. Lundberg was arraigned and fined $3 for disturbing the peace.
"Did he have that face when you arrested him?" asked Judge Kyle, referring to Lundberg's battered countenance.
"Sure," siad the officer, casually; "the husband gave him a rapid trimming before I got him."
Labels: crime, Delaware street, Judge Kyle, Ninth street, police, police court
June 19, 1907
KICKED WITH "PEG" LEG.
Man Shows Up at Hospital With Bro-
Otto H. Dettmier, of Kansas City, Kas., came to Emergency hospital last night at midnight with two broken ribs. He said a peg legged man had kicked him an a saloon at 307 Main street after announcing that he was "a bad actor from Omaha andwould show how they did things in that burg."
Dettmier was sitting peacefully on a chair he said when the wooden leg landed on his ribs. He was taken to the Helping Hand and will be removed to the general hospital today.
Labels: emergency hospital, general hospital, Helping Hand, Kansas City Kas, Main street, Omaha, saloon, violence
June 19, 1907
NEW STREET CARS ARE HERE.
"Blind" On One Side and Open on
New style street cars are arriving for the Metropolitan Street Railway Company, the first six of a consignment of twenty-five arriving yesterday. The cars are coming without electrical equipment, to be used first as trailers. They will be lopsided in appearance and will seat sixty passengers. One side will look like the standard coach now running, with the exception that there will be no door at the vestibules. The other side will be open from one end to the other, with the old-style running footboard. The first of the cars will be tried out in the Electric park service. The side entrance is adopted to accelerate the loading and unloading of passengers, while the idea of the blind side is to prevent the impetuous from getting run over by cars running on the other tracks in opposite directions. The color of the new cars is the regulation green.
Labels: Electric park, Metropolitan Street Railway Company, streetcar
June 19, 1907
HE SLIPPED WHILE SHAVING.
Gamewell Superintendent Cuts
Gash in His Chin.
While shaving himself yesterday morning and trying to talk to his wife at the same time, A. Seeley, superintendent of the police Gamewell signal system, 1001 East Fourteenth street, slipped and cut a deep gash two inches long across his chin. Seeley went to the emergency hospital in the city hall and was treated by Dr. W. E. Gist.
Labels: accident, city hall, doctors, Dr. Gist, emergency hospital, Fourteenth street, police
June 19, 1907
CITY WINS BEER TEST CASE.
Grocer Who Sold Less Than Five
Gallons Pleads Guilty.
The city won an important test case yesterday morning before Judge Wallace, of the criminal court, when Martin O. Brandmeyer, of Brandmeyer Bros. Grocery, 924 West Twenty-fourth street, who was arrested last week for selling beer in less than five gallon lots, pleaded guilty and was fined $100.
The arrest was made on the complaint of W. H. Harrison, city license inspector, who announced that it was a test case, and the beginning of a crusade to stop the rather general sale of beer in less than five-gallon lots by grocery stores throughout the city.
The specific charge to which Martin Brandmeyer pleaded guilty was selling a case of twenty-four pint bottles of beer, or a total of only three gallons, and delivering it from his store to a residence.
Labels: alcohol, criminal court, grocers, Twenty-fourth street
June 19, 1907
DEATH RATHER THAN PRISON.
Negress Attempts Suicide When Jury
Finds Her Guilty.
Just after Sallie Tyler, a young negress, had been brought back to the county jail after her trial and sentenced to four years in the penitentiary in Judge E. E. Porterfield's division of criminal court for stealing a watch from D. L. Goosey, she drank half a can of concentrated lye. She was taken to the emergency hospital at police headquarters and treated by Dr. J. Park Neal, who said last night that she would recover.
The girl had threatened suicide whle the jury was out. She told Deputy Marshal M. B. Olson, who was assigned to conduct her from the jail to the court room and bring her back, that she would kill herself if the jury sentenced her to the penitentiary.
She had access to the lye because she had been a trusty in the women's portion of the jail and had the superintending of the other women prisoners who do the scrubbing about the jail. She cut a hole in the top of the box of lye with a scissors, poured half of the contents into a tin cup, and drank it with water. The other women prisoners thought she was taking a drink of water until after she fell on the floor.
Labels: crime, criminal court, Dr J Park Neal, emergency hospital, police headquarters
June 13, 1907
WOMAN'S LATEST ANTICS.
Mrs. Spahn, Who Played Organ Two
Hours, Rings Bells.
Mrs. Ellen Spahn, the insane woman who for seven hours played the organ last Sunday in Holy Trinity church, rang doorbells, and rapped on windows on the East side yesterday morning until she was taken charge of by the police and placed in the General hospital. She carried a prayer book with her, and talked disconnectedly to all she met of colors, religion and music. Her home is at 1603 Norton avenue and two daughters and a son have been to the hospital to see her. They will have her examined as to her sanity. She is a cultured woman about 55 years old. Grief over the recent death of a son is supposed to have cost her reason.
Labels: books, churches, general hospital, mental health, Norton avenue
June 13, 1907
THEY LAUGHED AT HER.
Anna Wanter, Lonely Polish Girl,
Started to Chicago Afoot.
Because some persons in Purcell, I. T., laughed at Anna Wanter, 18 years old, a Polish girl, she walked to Noble, O. T., in an attempt to walk to Chicago, where she has a brother. At Noble a countryman induced her to buy a railroad ticket and she arrived in Kansas City yesterday morning. Her queer actions at the Union Depot aroused the suspicion that she was of unsound mind. She was taken to Central police station, where an interpreter translated her story. The girl had had no sleep since she left Purcell, as she was sure she would be robbed if she went to sleep. She was put on a train bound for Chicago last night.
Labels: immigrants, police, railroad, Union depot
June 10, 1907
A SHOWER OF FISH
MOUNTAIN TROUT MINNOWS
FELL FROM THE SKY.
SURPRISE FOR INDEPENDENCE.
OLDEST INHABITANT NEVER
WITNESSED LIKE BEFORE.
One Fish Expert Estimated That a
Ton of Fish Fell -- Public Square
Carpeted With Minnows --
Catch Basins Were
At 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, when the rain was heaviest, a large quantity of small silver colored fish, which closely resembled mountain trout, fell from the sky at Independence. Although a few of the fish fell in all parts of the town, the fall was heaviest over the square in the center of the town. So many of the fish fell there that the catch basins, built to carry the water to the sewers, were clogged and the water backed up and covered the sidewalks.
There were few people on the square when they fell, not over twenty, but the report of the remarkable occurrence spread throught the town and hundreds came out through the pouring rain to see the fish. Those who were incredulous and refused to come at first came later when fish by the pocketful were brought to them.
Nearly everybody in Independence who wished it had fish last evening. Men and women came to the square and picked them up off the pavement. Each man put a few in his pockets, and each woman picked up two or three, wrapped them in her handkerchief or a piece of paper and carried them home for souvenirs. The fall of fish brought an exciting finish to what had promised to be a very dull Sunday in the town. The people were still sitting up and talking about it at midnight.
It was all new to the young people, but there were old-timers who told of having seen frogs and butterflies fall down from the sky. There wasn't anyone, however, who had ever seen fish come down in a rainstorm before.
It is estimated by an Independence fish expert that the total quantity of fish which fell was about a ton.
Labels: animals, Independence, weather
June 9, 1907
PENDERGAST SEES THE MAYOR.
They Talked About Fishing, It Is
Said, for Over an Hour.
"Glad to see you, alderman. Step right in."
This was the greeting at an early hour yesterday morning in the outer office of Mayor Beardsley between the mayor and Alderman Pendergast. It has become such an unusual thing about the city hall to see the big alderman from the First within a stone's throw of the executive's department that the visit created quite a stir. Moreover, the interest was intensified when the mayor drew the alderman into his private office and closed the door after him. Immediately the story spread from the attic to the basement of the building that Pendergast and the mayor were conferring over police matters, and everybody strained their utmost to find out what was transpiring. But the door was sealed, and so were the lips of the mayor and Pendergast after the end of an hour's conference.
"Just a call from the alderman about some pending lower house of the council legislation, and which drifted into a social chat," explained the mayor.
"What did you talk about?"
"Farming in Kansas. You know the alderman has a ranch over there -- fishing and a smattering of politics."
"Nothing concerning the police investigation?"
"Pendergast isn't interested in that, is he?" innocently interrogated the mayor.
It is well understood that Alderman Pendergast doesn't want to see the political buccaneers drive Chief Hayes from his job, and the dope given out by those on the inside was that the visit to the mayor by Pendergast was to intercede for his friend. He verified the mayor's fish story.
Labels: city hall, James Pendergast, Kansas City council, Mayor Beardsley, Police Chief Hayes
June 6, 1907
HIS BODY STILL FOR SALE.
EDWARD MURPHY BESIEGED BY
He Receives Much Advice and De-
clines a Possible Offer of Mar-
riage -- His Case Hopeless,
Says Examining Doctor.
Edward Murphy, who left the Jackson county poor farm with the firm intention of selling his body for enough money on which to live a few days at his own expense, is still at the Helping Hand Institute. Many people called to see him yesterday. Most of them called to cheer him up.
"One fellow took me to see Colonel Scott of the Salvation Army," said Murphy. "But he as the wrong idea. I nave never said I was going to commit suicide. I only want to sell my body for $5 or $10. The purchaser may do with it as he sees fit. My hope is to be put out of the way by some painless method, however."
Dr. O. E. McKillup, physician for the institute, examined Murphy yesterday and pronounced his case hopeless. He has epilepsy, partial paralysis, rheumatism and heart disease. While Murphy was in front of the place last night a negro in the garb of a minister approached and asked to be directed to the man who wanted to sell his body. When Murphy was pointed out the man said in ministerial tones:
GETS BELATED INFORMATION.
"Dear brother, I have been directed to you by the Lord. I read of your intentions in the papers, prayed over the matter and the Lord sent me here."
"Is that so?" asked Murphy. "What'd he tell you to say?"
"That there was hope for you, brother," was the reply. "I bring a message of hope to you. Happiness and health await you."
"Well," replied Murphy with a drawl, "all I've got to say is that you've been an awful long time finding it out."
A woman called at the Helping Hand during the day with a propsition that actually startled. She was a small woman, not good looking, probably 40 years old and modestly dressed.
"Is it true that he really will sign a contract to sell himself?" she asked.
"Yes," she was told, "but he prefers to be put out of the way when he as lived up the purchase money -- buying his own bed and board for a time."
"Is he good looking?' she asked timidly, "I hear that he is only 40 years old. Is he incurable? Don't you think that the proper treatment under different conditions would benefit him -- that eh might get entirely well? Do you think that he would mind if a woman bought him and --"
"What would you like to do with him?"
"I would like to see him first. If he suited me -- my tastes, I mean, I might spend a little money on him and possibly get him in condition. He might be a very different man if cured, you know, and --"
THE ETERNAL INTERROGATION.
"Would you marry him, then? Is this what's on your mind?" she was asked.
"I have not come here to discuss that," she replied. "Stranger things than that have taken place."
"He's not in just now, anyway," the woman was informed. "A man took him out for a car ride a while ago. Will you leave your card or call again later?" the man asked her.
"I'm sorry," she said, sadly. "I may call again tomorrow."
When Murphy was told that a woman had been there to see him and that she was inquiring about his age and his looks, he laughed.
"I've had enough trouble in my forty years of life," he said, "without getting a woman mixed up in the case."
Tehn he talked to himself in an undertone: "Sell myself to a woman to do with as she pleased. Not much. Not for Murf."
Murphy said that half of his life was spent in the logging camps of Michigan and Wisconsin, where he waded in rivers of broken ice waist deep half the year. He said that his rheumatism started there. Murphy was reared a Catholic, but had never been confirmed until two years ago in Quincy, Ill., where he went for treatment.
"I got my first good meal in this place that I have had in a long time," he broke in. "Had eggs, too -- first I've seen in months. Had steak that I could chew, good bread, butter and coffee and onions. Yes, sir, I did."
Labels: health, Helping Hand, ministers
June 6, 1907
KISSES AT THE DEPOT.
AN OSCULATORY BEE BY FORTY-
FIVE DEAF MUTES.
Greetings Implanted on the Cheeks
Instead of Lips -- Youngsters
Were From State School
for the Deaf.
When the 5:40 Chicago & Alton from the east pulled into the Union depot yesterday afternoon, bringing forty-five deaf and dumb children from the state school fo the deaf at Fulton, the excitement could not have been greater if all the forty-five and the crowd of Kansas City relatives had all been shouting at the tops of their voices.
The deaf folk are great kissers. Every Kansas City boy and girl but one -- and twenty-six of the forty-five were Kansas City children -- was seized by fond arms, hugged tight and kissed upon both cheeks. The deaf people don't kiss one another upon the lips, or at least those at the Union depot did not yesterday afternoon.
When the kissing was completed the finger greetings began. How many hundred questions were asked and answered from hand to hand the innocent bystander whose hands were deaf and dumb could only conjecture. But every blessed child and welcoming parent or sister was talking the single hand language on each hand seeparately at the same time. It made the bystander wonder if there wasn't some advantage, after all, in being deaf and dumb. A man who talks with his mouth and listens with his ears cannot talk about more than one thing at a time. He has only one mouth. The deaf and dumb people talked twice at the same time -- one with each hand -- and listened with both eyes, the listener at the same time talking twice at once.
They are an exceedingly friendly folk, and everything was forgotten in the welcome extended to the home-coming school children. They didn't know that a dozen locomotives were blowing and panting nearby or that there was a roar of whistles and bumping cars out in the yards. One deaf mother carried a baby which cried, but she didn't hear it or pay any attention.
One of the youngest and prettiest little girls in the party was the last to come out of the car which had orne the party from Fulton. She stood alone on the platform of the car for a moment, signaling frantically with her thumb on her upper lip and her fingers wigging. The sign was rather an unexpected one for a neat little girl in a bright blue uniform and mortar board cap, to be making in the face of a big crowd. After a little she stopped it and dased down the steps into her mother's arms.
Professor D. C. McCue, assistant Superintendent of the school, who was in charge of the party, was asked what that sign meant in deaf and dumb one-hand lingo.
"It means mother," he said. If you put your thumb on yuour forehead and wiggle your fingers, you are saying 'father.' Your thumb on your chin and wiggling fingers means 'sister.' The little girl was calling her mother."
One little lad met no welcome. There was no one to meet him and he began to cry. Professor D. C. McCue took him by the hand to the depot matron's office. There the little lad sat and cried, waiting for his father or mother to come. He couldn't talk to a soul and his eyes were so red with weeping that he couldn't read the cheering notes which the matron wrote for him. The lad carried a card, as do all the deaf children, bearing his name and address. It read: "Everett Early, 1309 Crystal avenue." Once before, a year ago, a little boy who came home from the deaf school waited in the depot long hours until his father, who was at work during the day, came to take him home.
The other children passed through the depot at 7 o'clock. There were two parties of them, one of thirty under the care of J. S. Morrison, bound for Joplin, and the other one of twenty in care of Professor L. A. Gaw, bound for Springfield. There were no Kansas City children on the 7 o'clock train.
The total enrollment at the state school for the deaf for the year, which closed yesterday, was 381. All of these children were sent to their homes in groups of twenty or more, each group under the care of one of the teachers in the school. They went from Fulton to all parts of the state. The school consists of two large buildings and cottage dormitories for the children. In addition to double hand language, the children are taught to read and write and to work at some trade. There are classes in cooking, cabinet making, tailoring, printing, shoe making, harness making, blacksmithing, gardening, sewing and dressmaking. There are thirty-five teachers and over fifty other employes.
Labels: blacksmiths, children, Crystal avenue, depot matron, hearing impaired, schools, Union depot
June 6, 1907
AN AUTOMOBILE STOLEN.
S. H. Easterday Loses Two-Seated Car
While Visiting Friends.
While S. H. Easterday, a machinist for the Ford Motor Company, 321 East Eleventh street, was visiting friends at 3404 Flora avenue last night, his automobile was stolen from in front of the house. He had been in the house about twenty-five minutes prior to 9:45 o'clock, when he discovered the theft. Emerging from the house, he saw tow men riding away in the machine. The car was a two-seated black, six-cylinder Ford, and bor license tag No. 1315. The police were notified.
Labels: automobiles, crime, Eleventh street, Flora avenue
June 5, 1907
MRS. PATTERSON TO FIGHT ON.
With Three Lawyers She Will Resist
Order of the Court.
Judge H. L. McCune yesterday made his ruling in the case of Robbie Patterson, whom a jury in the juvenile court found to be a delinquent child and to be neglected by his mother, Josephine Patterson, of Tenth street and Troost avenue. The court followed the advice of Dr. J. D. Griffith, who is the Pattersons' family physician. The mother was ordered to send the boy to the country for the remainder of the summer and in the autumn to take or send him to Arizona. The lad is frail, and, according to Dr. Griffith, is upon the verge of an attack of tuberculosis and unable to attend school. If the lad's health is improved after the winter in Arizona, the court said, he shall return to Kansas City and attend school.
Mrs. Patterson announced, after the decision, that she would take the case to the Kansas City court of appeals. She is wealthy and has three lawyers in her employ.
Labels: children, doctors, health, Judge McCune, Tenth street, Troost avenue
June 5, 1907
WHOSE LITTLE GIRL IS THIS?
Says Her Name Is Bertha Johnson,
but Gives Fictitious Address.
Have you lost a little girl, about 7 years old, with dark brown broomstick curls and big brown eyes? A blue dress and a straw aht with a red ribbon go with the picture.
Truancy Officer Cole piced the little girl up near the Detention home yesterday evening when she was crying. She said her mother, Mrs. Anna Johnson, had locked her out of the house. She gave trhe officer an address on Cherry street as her home. An investigation showed that no one by the name of Johnson lived at the number and that no one in the neighborhood had lost a little girl with brown curls. This was reported to the child, and she then said her mamma lived on East Fourteenth street. The mother could not be found there.
The little girl, who insists that her name is Bertha Johnson, was kept at the North End nursery last night. The officers don't know just what to make of her story.
Labels: Cherry street, children, Fourteenth street, North end
June 4, 1907
PAROLE FOR MRS. NEWBRY.
She Promises to Stay Away From
Kansas City, Mo., for One Year.
Mrs. Amanda Newbry, of Kansas City, Kas., has been paroled from the workhouse by Mayor Beardsley with the understanding that she is not to visit Kansas City, Mo., for one year. Mrs. Newbry was fined $500 in police court for sending telephone messages and letters to the wife of a street contractor. The arrest of Mrs. Newbry followed on the complaint of the wife. She was sent to the workhouse for one year, and her children and husband, who are held in high esteem in Kansas City, Kas., appealed to Mayor Beardsley for her release from the workhouse.
Labels: Kansas City Kas, Mayor Beardsley, police court, telephone, workhouse
June 4, 1907
FAINTS, GETS A NEW JURY.
Judge Goodrich Believes Nerves
Might Influence in Damage Case.
A few minutes after Rose Stauffer, of Moberly, Mo., took the witness chair in Judge J. E. Goodrich's division of the circuit court yesterday afternoon to testify regarding how she had been injured in a street car accident in Rosedale two years and a half ago she went into hysterics and fainted. Dr. E. L. Mathias, who was attending juvenile court, across the hall, was summoned and succeeded in restoring the woman to consciousness.
Inasmuch as the plaintiff alleges that one permanent result of the injury, because of which she wants $20,000 damages, is that her nerves are affected. Judge Goodrich thinks that her fainting may prejudice the jury. He adjourned the case until this morning, when a new jury will be secured.
Labels: circuit court, courtroom, doctors, Dr Mathias, Judge Goodrich, Judges, Lawsuit, Rosedale, streetcar
June 3, 1907
AN ONLOOKER WAS STABBED.
Jack Smith Wounded While Witness-
ing a Street Fight.
Jack Smith, a clerk, 23 years old, while watching a street fight early yesterday morning near Fifteenth street and Grand avenue, received a stab wound in the left side of his neck. He was treated by Dr. Ford B. Rogers, an ambulance surgeon, and removed to the general hospital. Smith lives at 215 East Thirteenth street.
Labels: doctors, Fifteenth street, general hospital, Grand avenue, Thirteenth street, violence
June 3, 1907
THIS CALLER HAD SMALLPOX.
Police Hustled Him Out and Sanitary
Forces Took Charge.
"He walked right in, turned right around and walked right out again."
A young man, who later gave his name as Oran Cain, entered police headquarters yesterday afternoon and made inquiry for a doctor.
"What's the matter with you?" innocently inquired Lieutenant Michael J. Kennedy.
"Smallpox!" shouted a policeman.
Then several patrolomen scooted out a rear door. The lieutenant backed away and directed the caller to the emergency hospital. Cain was promptly sent to the pest house, and both the police station and emergency hospital were thoroughly fumigated.
Labels: emergency hospital, health, hospitals, police, smallpox
June 2, 1907
A POPULAR EVOLUTION.
June 2, 1907
THIS LAD A VENTRILOQUIST.
At Detention Home Until a Farmer
Will Adopt Him.
Visitors in the Detention home at 6 o'clock last evening heard the voice of a calf bawling from the second floor. It was a nervous noise to come from the inside of such a building and Superintendent C. H. Chapman was questioned.
"Oh, that's just Bert Willsie," Chapman said. "He makes all kinds of noises. He bawls like a calf when he wants something to eat.
"He is a genius at imitating voices of animals and birds and would make good on the stage. He can imitate anything from a bullfrog to a pig under a gate. He woke up everybody in the house the other morning and we would have all sworn it was a redbird singing."
"The best thing Bert ever pulled off since he has been in here, though," put in Dr. E. L. Mathias, "was the morning when he imitated an alarm clock at 4 a. m. Mr. Chapman wanted to spank him for that."
The animal voiced boy lives at 1406 Central. He is being held at the home until a good place for him can be found in the country. He ought to make a hit with the farmer boys.
Labels: Central avenue, children, detention home
June 2, 1907
Gets $3,000 for His Foot.
George W. Tucker was given $3,000 for his right foot by a jury in Judge Brumback's division of the circuit court yesterday afternoon. Tucker was employed by the Missouri and Kansas Telephone Company, when a pole rolled from a pile and hit his right leg, smashing his foot. The telephone company will appeal from the verdict.
Labels: circuit court, Judges, Lawsuit
June 2, 1907
BEAT MULE WITH A ROPE.
Humane Agent Arrests Boy on a
Charge of Cruelty.
While in the vicinity of Eleventh and Harrison streets yesterday afternoon W. H. Gibbens, field agent for the Humane Society, heard a whacking sound as if someone was beating on a barrel. When he turned a corner he discovered the source of the noise. George Stokes, 17 years old, driver for a planing mill at Twentieth and Cherry streets, was in the street holding onto the bridle of a mule. In his hand he had a one-half-inch rope about two feet long, on the end of which was a large knot. He was belaying the mule over the head with the knotted rope.
"What's the matter here?" asked Gibbens.
"Dern mule won't pull," he said, out of breath. "Whack -- whack" went the rope.
"Do you think you'd pull if someone stood right in front of you with that instrument of torture lamming you across the face with it -- and you had no shoes on, either, on this smooth pavement?"
Gibbens made the boy get in the wagon. He got in beside him and with a little coaxing "Maude" stepped right off, all right. He drove to No. 4 police station, where Stokes was booked for cruelty to animals. He gave bond for his appearance in police court tomorrow.
Labels: Cherry street, Eleventh street, Harrison street, Humane Society, No 4 police station, police court, Twentieth street
June 2, 1907
A BIG CROWD OF CHILDREN.
Several Thousand Took Advantage
of Bargain Day at Forest.
Yesterday was "bargain" day at Forest park and several thousand children took advantage of the reduced rate to concessions. The park was opened at 9:30 o'clock in the morning and a crowd of youngsters were on the outside awaiting the opening. It was the first children's day of the season and a special coupon ticket was issued. It admitted to the theater and nearly all of the concessions in the park. It sold for the usual price of admission to one concession.
All day various attractions were filled to overflowing with children and it was 6:30 before all of them had finished using their coupons. Children's day is to be made a periodical feature this season as it was last. Prizes and games will be offered at the next one.
Labels: amusement, children, forest park
June 1, 1907
HOME IS FOUND FOR VENUS.
Statue Will Be Placed in Rotunda of
the Grand Hotel.
The beautiful replica of Venus Genetrix, which has been resting temporarily in the park board rooms of the public library, Kansas City, Kas., waiting action of the school board regarding its disposition, will find place in the new Grand hotel, Sixth street and Minnesota avenue, Monday. After the rejection of the statue by the board, W. J. Buchan, its donor, cast about for a more appreciative donee, and finally decided on J. B. Hoober, the lessee of the hotel, for the recipient of the gift.
Hoober was delighted with the piece of art work. He said yesterday that he had long been an admirer of Venus Genetrix and had called up Mr. Buchan directly after the rejection of the statue had been made known, offering to place it in the rotunda of the hotel.
In the Grand the Venus will be mounted on a rosewood pedestal twenty-eight inches high, with the face inclined toward the stairs leading to the parlor floor rotunda from the offices. On both sides are large mirrors, so placed as to reflect its snowy whiteness into the waiting rooms, and it will be further set off by red rugs on the floor and orange tapestries hung especially as background.
There was a great deal of talk in Kansas City, Kas., yesterday concerning the action of the board in rejecting the statue. Before 9 o'clock at least 100 people had visited the park board rooms and throughout the day groups of ten or twelve were gathered around the gilded couch of the reclining goddess. The approving comments that were passed might have been sufficient to raise a blush even to that brow of stone.
In the afternoon a committee of business men, instigated my Henry McGrew, one of the trustees of the Grand hotel, who had been instrumental in getting the statue for the hotel rotunda, visited Venus. They were unanimous in declaring it artistic and not immodest.
Labels: arts, hotels, Kansas City Kas, libraries, Minnesota avenue, statues
June 1, 1907
THE INFORMER GOES
BETRAYER OF ANDERSON RE-
MOVES TO INDIAN TERRITORY.
HAS SOLD HIS BUSINESS
HAD LUCRATIVE TRADE BEFORE
HE GAVE UP EX-CONVICT
Pledged Himself to Reveal the True
Cause for His Act When Ander-
son Is Released, but It Is
Not Believed He Will
Benjamin F. Barnes, who informed on Charles W. Anderson, the escaped convict, has removed his harness shop business to the Indian Territory. At 2845 Southwest boulevard his wife, with its former good patronage regained for her little bakery, is waiting with her infant and her 5-year-old son until the location of the new home is finally decided upon.
Barnes' goods were sent to Ada, I. T., where he has an uncle. This is near Sapulpa, and from Sapulpa Barnes had a long distance telephone talk with his wife before the goods were sent yesterday. She says they expect to locate somewhere in Texas and that the harness stock is to be stored at the uncle's only temporarily.
It was in Indian Territory that Barnes nineteen years ago committed the crime for which five years later was captured, and sent to the federal penitentiary, where he knew January, alias Anderson. Later both came to Kansas City. Barnes says that he found out Anderson caused him to lose a position with a saddlery concern about three years ago and had, after that, done things to injure his business on Southwest boulevard.
Against this is Anderson's alleged statement since returning to the penitentiary that Barnes made a practice of demanding sums of money from him. Barnes says that his business was profitable and that he did not need money.
After Anderson was returned to prison, Barnes announced that on his being set free he would exploit his motive for notifying Warden McClaughry. As Anderson will not be set free until July 19, and Barnes is already residing in a distant territory, Kansas City will probably be cheated out of this revelation.
While a notable change has taken place to the sentiments of the Southwest boulevard people on the Barnes-Anderson case, their gossip has developed some new observations. Men who at first were anxious to help tar and feather Barnes or drive him from the town, now agree that an injustice was done to him and that the wave of sympathy on the other shop was inexplicable in the light of the fact that most normal people do want the authorities to know the whereabouts of escaped convicts, whether good or bad.
Mrs. Barnes, the mother of a babe of 5 weeks when the sensation came, comes of an excellent family now living in St. Joseph, Mo. Two of her uncles held superintendents' positions with the Metropolitan Street Railway Company in the city for years, and are similarly engaged on other roads now. One of her own cousins in a practicing dentist of the city. The family, it is said, did not know Barnes was an ex-convict at the time of the young woman's marriage. Mrs. Barnes says they are leaving merely for business reasons and that all the neighbors were friendly and considerate with them.
Labels: bakers, Charles Anderson, Metropolitan Street Railway Company, penitentiary, Southwest boulevard, Texas
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