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September 30, 1907





Exciting Terminus of a Race Through
the Air That Was Watched
by Hundreds of People
at Electric Park.

A collision of balloons 500 feet above solid ground was viewed by hundreds of people at Electric park last night, when the race between five balloons, which is the feature of the Corn Carnival, had only well begun. A stiff breeze was blowing out of the east, and the balloons were carried rapidly away from the park.

When the balloons reached a point nearly above Forty-third and Main streets, it was seen to be inevitable that two of them would collide. Fireworks were being set off in the air, and the people at the park could watch the course of the aeronauts clearly.

A scream of fear arose from the spectators when it was seen that a collision was almost inevitable. Just when it seemed the balloons would surely dash against one another, the two aeronauts cut their parachutes loose, and started to descend.

The parachute of Lee Planet, of one of the balloons, for some reason refused to work, and Planet fell rapidly. It seemed that he must be dashed to death, and the crowd of watchers turned away their eyes when he had disappeared from sight, believing him dead.

But luck was with Planet, and he lit upon a row of telephone wires, and from there dropped to the ground. His right hip was fractured, and he was rendered unconscious. Dr. Carl Bates, of No. 4 police station, treated him, and had him taken to his home. Planet is 24 years old, and is living at 1639 Broadway. Warren Redwine, the other aeronaut, escaped uninjured.

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September 30, 1907


Aged Man Taken to Central Station
for Safe Keeping.

"A man put his hands right in my pockets and took my money away from me. I remember that he took four $20 gold pieces, and all the time he was robbing me, a man watched him through a window and never said a word to make him stop."

Henry Mull, 70 years old, and feeble in mind and body, was telling Humane Agent McCrary yesterday afternoon in the police holdover how he believed he had been robbed. Late Saturday night he was found in the Union depot by Detective Bradley. He could not tell his name, where he came from or where he was going. He was taken to police headquarters for safekeeping. The officers took his money to keep for him, and he believed they had robbed him. He had $98 in cash, a check for $25 and a railroad ticket, which bore his name, was from Anaheim, Cal., to Springfield, Ill.

After McCrary had talked to him his memory partially returned. He has relatives in Springfield. He was taken to the Helping Hand, where he will be cared for while his relatives are communicated with.

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September 29, 1907


Masked Robber Terrifies Occupants
and Gets $125 From Cash Register.

R. E. Slaughter, a clerk, and Miss Will Mowrey, cashier in the E. H. Dudley drug store, 5200 St. John avenue, were "held up" at the point of a revolver by a masked man last night at 10 o'clock and $125 was taken from the cash register. The robber escaped.

The man was driving a sorrel horse hitched to a buggy. He tied the horse in front of the drug store. He was wearing a white mask when he drove up. When he entered the store the clerk and the cashier were alone. He pointed the revolver at Slaughter and said:

"I want the money in the cash register and quick." He went behind the showcase and to the register, which he opened, while he kept Slaughter "covered" with the revolver. There was just $125 there. He took all of it. Then he backed out of the store pointing the revolver at Slaughter as he retreated. While he was untying the horse, Slaughter secured a revolver and stepped out onto the street, aimed at the robber and snapped the weapon several times. The cartridges failed to explode. The robber rode away unmolested. The police were notified immediately.

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September 29, 1907


Claims Receipts Are Being Converted
into Oficers' Salaries.

Mary J. Cleveland, who claims to won more than thirty shares of the stock of the Smith-Yost Pie Company, sued yesterday in the circuit court to restrain B. Howard Smith and C. C. Yost from converting the receipts of the business to their own use. Mrs. Cleveland alleges that she has not received her share of the profits since April 8, 1901. Since that date, she estimates about $16,000 has been earned by the corporation.

Mrs. Cleveland alleges that Smith, who is president, and Yost, who is secretary of the company, told her they took the money for their services as officers. The by-laws of the corporation, she declares, allows the president only $1 a year for his services, and fixes the salary of the secretary at $800 a year. John Lucas, of the law firm of Johnson & Lucas, said last night that as Mrs. Cleveland's attorney he will ask the court for a restraining order and will not ask for a receiver for the corporation.

"It's just a disagreement over salaries, he said, "and we decided this suit the best way to untangle matters."

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September 28, 1907


Too Effeminate for a Copper, Says
Sergeant Hogan.

Sergeant James Hogan, commanding officer of the crossing squad, and the glass of fashion and mold form as far as the police force is concerned, announced positively last night that the chewing of gum by the members of his squad must cease, unless there is an exceptionally good excuse given.

"Chewing gum's too effeminate for a policeman," said Sergeant Hogan last night, pulling his freshly pressed uniform coat down a little in the front, and inspecting his immaculate white gloves. "When the order of the police board forbidding members of my squad to chew tobacco while on duty went into effect, I thought it was a good thing. When the men started to chew great wads of Pepsin and Yucatan while on duty I didn't say anything, because I realized they had to have some substitute for their daily allowance of plug cut for a little while. I didn't expect them to break off all at once. But this thing of chewing gum as a substitute for tobacco has gone far enough. The men will be turning up their trousers at the bottom next, and putting colored bands around their uniform caps. It's got to stop."

Members of the crossing squad are not allowed to use tobacco in any form while on duty, because so much of their work consists in escorting women across the congested crossings. Chewing gum was hailed as the only thing which would help the men, who had used tobacco for twenty years and more, to break themselves of the habit, and its use was adopted by most of the members of the squad.

"The idea of seeing a great six-footer with a mustache and a family tripping into a drug store and lisping to the clerk to 'please give me a package of gum,' just as if his first name was Reginald instead of Bill," said Sergeant Hogan, disgustedly.

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September 28, 1907


Sky in the West Had Appearance of
a Conflagration.

"We haven't enough hose and ladders to reach that fire," remarked Fire Alarm Operator Gilpatrick last night.

"What fire is that?"

"Oh, no fire at all; just a red light in the sky over west. The wires have been hot for three hours with inquiries about the location of the blaze. This is one night I have been busy without any fires."

"Why should people be alarmed at a glowing sky?" was asked.

"The excitement has not died down from the Altman buiding and the Eighth and Delaware fires, I suppose."

And then an alamr came in from a real fire at Twenty-third and Park, which caused a further congestion of business.

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September 28, 1907

Wives of Harber Brothers Die on

Same Day.

TRENTON, MO., Sept. 27. (Special.) -- Telegrams received here today told o fthe death of Mrs. J. B. Harber of Spokane, Wash. Her husband is a brother of Hon. E. M. Harber of this city, whose wife, Mrs. Lizzie D. Harber, was buried here yesterday. It appears that the brothers suffered their loss on the same day. The telegram, sent without knowledge of the Trenton brotyher's bereavement, asked the care and custody of an infant child.

September 28, 1907


Abe Friedman, 21 Years Old, Was Un-
der Treatment for Melancholia.

Abe Friedman, 21 years old, killed himself by drinking three ounces of carbolic acid at the home of his mother, Mrs. Rachel Friedman, 1512 Troost avenue, yesterday afternoon between 5 and 6 o'clock. For the past several weeks young Friedman had been an inmate of the Grandview sanitarium, a Kansas City, Kas., institution, where he had been treated, it was thought successfully, for acute melancholia.

Besides his mother he is survived by three brothers, Meyer, David and Samuel, who are associated in the grocery business.

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September 27, 1907



Building and Endowing of a Tent
Colony and a Sanitarium
Among the Purposes
of Promoters.

Fresh Air, Fresh Milk and Fresh Eggs.

That's the motto of the Jackson County Society for the Relief and Prevention of Tuberculosis, organized last night. The leading men of the city -- doctors, ministers, priests, lawyers and officeholders -- attended the meeting and promised their assistance in putting the society in shape to do real work.

The programme of intentions outlined for the next few months is:

The building and endowing of a tent colony and a sanitarium near the city for the treatment of tuberculosis patients.

The employment of nurses to visit in the homes of consumptives and teach the people how to live properly when afflicted with the disease.

The enactment of laws by the city council to compel the reporting of all cases of tuberculosis, and to clean and disinfect all houses in which consumptives had lived or died.

The distribution of literature and the holding of public meetings to educate the people in healthy living -- fresh air, baths and wholesome food.

"Kansas City is twenty years behind Eastern cities in dealing with tuberculosis," said Dr. C. B. Irwin, one of the organizers of the society, last night. There is no fumigation, no reports of deaths from the disease, and practically no effort to check the spread of the plague. I know one house in this city from which there men have been carried out dead from consumption in the past five years. It's easy to know how the last two got it. As fast as one family moved out another moved in.

"Since in 1880 New York city began fumigating houses in which tuberculosis patient had died, began educating the people and commenced a systematic fight upon the disease, the death rate from it had fallen 50 per cent. The same is true of Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore.

"In the Western cities one death in every seven is from the white plague."

The directors of the society, chosen last night, are: Rev. Father W. J. Dalton, Dr. E. W. Schauffler, Judge H. L McCune, Mayor H. M. Beardsley, Frank P. Walsh, R. A. Long, Rev. Matt S. Hughes, Hugo Brecklein, Dr. St. Elmo Sauders, Congressman F. C. Ellis, Mrs. Robert Gillam, Ralph Swofford, Albert Bushnell, F. A. Faxon, George F. Damon and J. W. Frost.

The others are: Dr. R. O. Cross, president; Dr. C. B. Irwin, secretary, Albert Marty, treasurer; John T. Smith, Rev. Wallace M. Short, J. W. Frost and E. A. Krauthoff, vice presidents; chairman finance committee, Mrs. Kate E. Pierson; chairman soliciting committee, Mrs. E. T. Brigham; chairman legislative committee, J. V. C. Karnes, and publication committee, Dr. E. L. Stewart, chairman; Dr. E. L. Mathias and Clarance Dillon.

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September 27, 1907


Family of Seven Persons Taken in
Charge by Authorities.

Seven persons, one a babe two days old, were found living in one room at 507 Grand avenue, yesterday morning by Edgar Warden, a deputy probation officer. Mrs. Mamie Cayton, the mother , and her infant were in the only bed in the room. On a pile of rags on the floor lay Mr. and Mrs. John Stevens and their daughter, Sadie, 13 years old. Frank Stevens, 9 years old, sat at the foot of the bed. There is another Stevens boy who was not at home. There was a gasoline stove, a kettle and a few dirty pans in the room.

Sadie and Frank Stevens were taken to the Detention home. The mother and child are being cared for by the Associated Charities. The other Stevens boy, when he is locate, will be cared for by the Detention home authorities.

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September 27, 1907


Wife of Missing Michael Donnelly
Still in the City.

Mrs. Michael Donnelly, who, it was reported, had followed in the wake of her husband, Michael Donnlly, national organizer of the Butcher Workmens' union and mysteriously disappeared from the city, is at 1810 Washington street.

She stated last night that she gave up her restaurant and boarding house at 3103 Southwest boulevard because the expense was too great. Most of the boarders that she had there will still be with her at the Washington street cottage.

She has at yet received no word from her husband and refuses to express any opinion as to what has become of him, on the ground that her fears are of too serious a nature to be given publicly.

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September 27, 1907


Depot Master Prophesies Big Crowds
at Union Station Next Week.

Crowds larger than have been handled for years are expected at the Union depot next Tuesday, when, in addition to the regular Carnival week excursions, which are at their height on the day of the Priests of Pallas parade, several homeseekers' excursions, bearing thousands of people, are also scheduled.

"I have been at this depot for fifteen years, and I have never failed to see it packed to its capacity on the day of the Priests of Pallas parade," said Lee Mitchell, the depot master, last night. "With the addition of the homeseekers' excursions, I believe the crowd will be the largest we have ever handled. It will be impossible to keep people off the platform, and I don't see now how they will even be able to get on and off their trains. However, we have always managed crowds before, and I suppose it will be done without any more friction than necessary this time."

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September 26, 1907


Even the Dials on the Independence
Timepiece Can't Agree.

There will be a meeting of the Independence city council tonight and bids will be received to have the town clock regulated. For ten days the official timepiece of the city has been running forty-one minutes fast, and no two of the four dials tell the same tale. Factory hands get puzzled over the time of day, and the clock, instead of being a convenience, has been declared a nuisance. The other day a manufacturing concern manager found his employes walking out at 11:20 o'clock by his timepiece. When asked what was the matter they pointed to the hands of the dial indicating 12 o'clock noon.

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September 26, 1907


Policeman Tickled by Sidewalk
Sleeper's Explanation.

Elvin Gray, a patrolman, who walks a beat in the North end, last night found a man asleep on the sidewalk. Patrolmen have a habit of waking sidewalk sleepers by hitting the soles of their feet with their batons. Gray gave the sleeper a sound rap, and the man rose to a sitting posture with the exclamation: "Whoa, Maude."

The man's remark put the patrolman in a good humor. He took him to a rooming house and paid for a bed for him.

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September 25, 1907


Alta Reaves, at 18, Deserts
Her Aunt's Home.
Alta Reaves, Missing 18-year-old.
Disappearance of Girl 18 Years Old Causing
an Aunt Much Distress.
Kansas City, Mo., Sept. 21, 1907
My Dear Aunt Marcia: By the time you get this I will be clear away from Kansas City. I suppose you will be surprised, but I have been thinking for some time and have come to the conclusion that I simply cannot live up to your ideal of life. I know that I have caused you a great deal of trouble and have decided not to be a cause for more. I thank you very, very much for all that you have done for me and I can probably never repay you for it; but some day I will show you that I do appreciate what you have done for me.

Please don't worry about me, for you have heard that "God helps those who help themselves," and I am not only going to try, but I am going to do it. I don't feel at all afraid of anything.

I hate to leave you, Aunt Bitha, and all the folks, but I have decided that if I am ever going to do anything, now is the time. If you want to do any more for me, just pray for me.

Again thanking you for all your kindness to me I am,

Your loving niece -- ALTA. P. S. -- I would have told you that I was going and where, but I knew that you would not let me go.
When Miss Marcia Jennings, a public stenographer at 302 R. A. Long building, reached her home 608 East Thirtieth street, late Saturday evening she found the foregoing letter awaiting her. It was from her niece, Alta Reaves, and was typewritten on the paper of the Western Pump and Manufacturing Company, Ninth and Wyandotte streets, where she worked until that day. She was 18 years old July 26. She comes of one of the best families in Clay county. Her father died when she was 2 years old and her mother when she was 8. Since that time she has been reared by two aunts, Mrs. C. H. Scott, of Excelsior Springs, Mo., and Miss Marcia Jennings, of this city. Four years ago she came here and since then has been continually with Miss Jennings, who sent her to school and later educated her as a stenographer.


"I can assign no reason on earth for Alta's leaving in this manner," said Miss Jennings yesterday. "She has only recently attained her majority but has never yet kept company with young men. I am confident, however, that someone is behind this resolve of hers and that she had help in leaving."

About 4:30 Saturday afternoon Miss Alta called up her aunt and asked if she had to get anything for supper. She was told to take home some meat. She made a purchase and arrived at home about 5 o'clock. The meat was found in the ice box. She was last seen about 5:30, when she returned a book to a neighbor, but said nothing about leaving.

"The girl had no suitcase," said the aunt, "but she packed clothing for the trip that I know it would take two to carry. She must have left by the rear entrance, as had she gone any other way she would surely have been seen. She is a very strong-minded girl and may have come to the conclusion that she could do better alone, I feel sure that someone has induced her to run away. Furthermore, I do not believe that she is out of this city. She didn't have money enough to get very far."


When Miss Jennings returned home on Labor day she found that Miss Alta had packed her trunk and ordered an expressman to remove it to 1023 Campbell street, where she had engaged a room. It was her intention then to live there and take her meals in restaurants down-town. The aunt frustrated her plans and thought that the girl had become reconciled to live with her. She was to have taken a new and better position yesterday.

After finding the girl gone, Miss Jennings called the police and asked their assistance in locating the missing girl. Miss Alta is said to be an exceptionally attractive girl, 18 years old, 5 feet, 3 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds. She is a decided blonde, ans light blue eyes and naturally rosy cheeks. When last seen she wore a white shirtwaist, with a tan skirt, which hangs a little below her shoetops. A large white hat trimmed with cream roses topped off her toilet.

Miss Jennings is greatly worried over the girl's disappearance and her relatives in Clay county are nearly distracted over it. The police are doing all they can to locate the girl.

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September 24, 1907



He is Assistant Pastor of St. Mary's
Church, Independence, and Com-
plaintant Is Mrs. Beatrice M.

Edward P. Fitzgerald, assistant pastor of St. Mary's Catholic church in Independence, was sued for $50,000 damages yesterday in the circuit court at Kansas City by Mrs. Beatrice M. Sotomayor, a Spanish woman. She has charge of the nurses' quarters at the University hospital, 1005 Campbell street. Mrs. Sotomayor alleges that the priest slapped her on the evening of June 9, 1907, at the parish house in Independence. Both Mrs. Sotomayor and the priest last night refused to be interviewed.

Mrs. Sotomayor, in her petition, says that ever since she came to Kansas City seven years ago, she has been a frequent visitor at the convent conducted by the Sisters of Mercy adjoining St. Mary's church and the parish house in Independence, and that she has always been on friendly terms with the sisters.

Some old quarrel, about which both the priest and Mrs. Sotomayor refuse to talk, came up for discussion at the convent on the evening of June 9, and the sister urged Mrs. Sotomayor, so she asserts in her petition, to go the the priest and apologize. The petition then goes on to recite that after she knocked at the door of the parish house, Father Fitzgerald invited her into the house, shut the door and told her that the only way she would be forgiven was to permit him to throw over her a white sheet, put a bell around her neck and lead her into the church where a large congregation was assembled and be shown to the church."

She refused to do this, the petition cites, but offered to go before the sisters and ask forgiveness. Then, asserts the woman, "he became angry and commanded her to go down upon her knees before him." This, she says, she refused to do, and then, she alleges, he struck her on both cheeks with his hand.

Mrs. Sotomayor was born in Spain, but has lived most of her life in Mexico. She came to Kansas City seven years ago and for a time gave private lessons in Spanish. For the past four years she has been at the University hospital, in charge of the nurses' quarters. She is a little woman, not over five feet three inches in height, with jet black hair and eyes. She talks with a Spanish accent. She appears to be about 40 years of age.

"I have not read the allegations made by Mrs. Sotomayor in the suit she has brought against me, and at this time I prefer to make no statement," said Rev. Edward Fitzgerald. He has been pastor of St. Mary's church for three months. The priest makes his home at that of the vicar general, Rev. Father Thomas Fitzgerald, but they are not related.

Vicar General Fitzgerald said that personally he knew nothing of the assaults charged by the woman, whom he was disposed to believe was not responsible for all she says or does.

"I form this impression," said the vicar general, "from her peculiar actions of the past. She was a persistent visitor at the convent and seemed to be very much attached to one of the sisters. Mrs. Sotomayor had an apparently uncontrollable passion for visiting the convent during the class hours, and her presence had a demoralizing influence on the studies of the pupils. The annoyance eventually became intolerable, and orders were given that the woman should abandon her visits. If to enforce this order any violence was resorted to I am not aware of it, and I am disposed to believe that Mrs. Sotomayor is exaggerating the whole affair.

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September 24, 1907


Council to Confer with Argentine
Officals Thursday Night.

Shall Kansas City, Kas., annex Argentine? That is a question that is beign discussed by the people of this city at present. The sentiment expressed is favorable to it. The people of Argentine expressed their desire to be annexed to the larger city by their votes at a special election held several months ago. The mayor and council have made the formal application to Kansas City, Kas., council for annexation, and next Thursday night a joint session wil be held for the purpose of getting together on terms.

If the two councils agree upon an annexation ordinance, Mayor Cornell will probably call a mass meeting of the property owners in order taht the wishes of the people in general may be ascertained.

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September 23, 1907


John P. Johnston Attacked With a
Hemorrhage That Resulted Fatally.

"Boys, I'm bleeding to death," announced John P. Johnston, 35 years old, to a party of friends whom he approached at Twelfth and Highland last night. He was subject to hemorrhages from the lungs, and had just returned from a picnic held in the country. While his companions waited outside for him to return from the interior of the saloon, Twelfth and Highland, he was attacked with a hemorrhage. An ambulance was called, and in it Johnston was being conveyed to emergency hospital when he died.

Johnston lived at 1701 East Twelfth street, and was a member of the Eagles. Coroner Thompson sent the body to Raymond's morgue, Kansas City, Kas.

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September 23, 1907


Boy of Eight Shoots a Companion of

A toy pistol owned by David Henry Butler, 13 years old, looked pretty and harmless to his 8-year-old guest, Alva Givens, as it lay in a drawer yesterday afternoon at the Butler home, 1520 Virginia avenue. Alva took out the weapon, looked it over curiously and pulled the trigger. A 22 BB bullet entered young Butler's abdomen. An ambulance was called and the wounded boy was removed to University hospital. The child who fired the shot, with a companion, Carl Hotzier, scampered to the latter's home, 1526 Virginia avenue.

Dr. J. M. Singleton was called and probed for the bullet, but did not locate it. No serious results are anticipated.

Young Givens is the son of Mrs. Joseph Givens, Quincy, Ill., who is visiting her sister, Mrs. Charles Hotzier.

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September 23, 1907


Also Miss Genevieve Turk, Who Was
Driving With Family.

Dr. George Halley, of 3540 Campbell street, was thrown from his carriage yesterday afternoon while driving down the steep hill of the extension to Spring Valley boulevard, sustaining a severely sprained ankle and numerous cuts and bruises on the head and shoulders. In the carriage with him were Mrs. Halley, their 12-year-old daughter, Eleanor, their 10-year-old niece, Dorothy Williamson, and Miss Genevieve M. Turk, a teacher in the Linwood school. Miss Turk's left wrist was broken. The other occupants of the carriage escaped unhurt.

Dr. Halley and Miss Turk were riding in the front seat of the carriage. In the rear were Mrs. Halley and the two little girls. In turning north from Valentine road and starting down the hill, the carriage ran against the horse. The animal took fright and overturned the vehicle, throwing it down the embankment on the west side of the road. Mrs. Halley and her niece succeeded in jumping out but the rest of the occupants went over with the carriage.

Dr. Halley has been in bad health for about a year.

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September 22, 1907


Benjamin Clay Dies from Knife
Wounds Inflicted by Jesse Walker.

Benjamin Clay, 30 years old, a bottler, living at 2443 Penn street, died yesterday morning at his home from a stab would in the left temple inflicted by Jesse Walker, 19 years old, who lives at 2436 Washington street, the night of September 11. Dr. George B. Thompson, coroner, performed an autopsy yesterday. Walker is being held at police headquarters. Statements were taken from both the young man and his father, Albert Walker, yesterday. Should Jesse Walker be tried on a charge of murder, it is probable self-defense will be his plea. In his statement he says that Clay attacked him in a saloon at Southwest boulevard and Penn street, grabbed him by the hair and beat him on the face. He broke away from Clay and ran into a side room with Clay pursuing him, and that Clay was reaching in his pocket, apparently to draw a knife. Walker pulled out a knife and stabbed him three times, twice in the body and once on the left temple. Walker then ran and Clay chased him a block.

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September 22, 1907


Changed Attitude of a Bad Man From

"I am a bad man from Texas and Oklahoma. I don't really hanker to kill anyone, but I might stick this knife into somebody and just turn it around a few times. I feel like doing that just to keep up my 'rep.' "

Martin Garrett, the man who made the foregoing remark Friday night at Sixth and Broadway, and who was later arrested with an open knife in his hand, was as meek as a lamb when he was arraigned in court yesterday.

His remarks had been directed to William Williams, an inoffensive citizen, who was eating a sandwich while Dennis Guffey tried to act as a peacemaker. All were arrested. The "bad man from Texas and Oklahoma" was fined $15 and the others discharged.

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September 22, 1907


Patrolman Happens Along and Stops
a Boy's Ambitions.

He was 2 1/2 years old, tow-headed and brown-eyed. He was bareheaded, barefooted and wore only a little white calico slip on which were black polka dots. When Patrolman Edward McNamara found him at Tenth and Main streets yesterday morning the little fellow had mounted to the front seat of an automobile and was doing his very best to turn a crank and "start something."

"What are you doing here?" asked the patrolman.

"I wanna make it toot an' go," said the tow-head.

The little trespasser was taken to headquarters and placed in charge of Mrs. John Moran, matron. He kept her busy for two hours keeping him out of mischief. After she had placed everything beyond his reach his mother, Mrs. Inez Naylor, 1001 Wyandotte street, called for him. She said the young chauffeur's name was Harry Naylor.

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September 21, 1907


Lizzie Hatcher, a Mute, Given a Di-
vorce for Infelicity.

The wheels of justice were stopped yesterday in Judge Powell's Independence division of the circuit court for a time. Lizzie Hatcher, a mute, sued Edwin Hatcher, her husband, for divorce. Neither of them being able to talk, an interpreter was secured, but the interpreter could not do justice to the sign language when Mrs. Hatcher commenced to tell her troubles. The stenographer grew worried and finally the whole business was stopped until one more expert in sign language could be secured.

The little son of Mrs. Hatcher was made interpreter and then fingers flew and expressive features told the story of domestic infelicity. The result was Mrs. Hatcher was given a divorce and the defendant was told to pay $8 each moth at a stated time.

Other divorces granted were: Emma Goldsby from John E. Goldsby; John A. McCollough from Althea McCollough; Albert E. Hill from Nora Hill; Etta C. Dunkel from George W. Dunkel.

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September 21, 1907


Then Frank Lowe Apologized to Po-
lice Judge Kyle.

The cases of Mrs. Carrie Perkins and Charles Walker, proprietors of "hotels" on Twelfth street to which the school board makes objection, were called in police court yesterday after many continuances. Frank M. Lowe, an attorney, asked for another continuance on the grounds that the complaint had just been made out and that previous to that he had never known what charge to meet.

"Continuances have been granted to a member of your law firm," said John Swenson, city attorney, "and you should be familiar with the charge."

"If you say that I am, you are an infernal liar," roared Lowe.

The attorney received no reprimand from the court until after another continuance had been granted and Swenson asked Judge Kyle if the dignity of the court could be upheld. Then Lowe apologized meekly.

"You mustn't say that any more -- talk that way, I mean," was the scathing rebuke Lowe received from the court.

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September 20, 1907


Chief of Police Ahern Issues Orders
to His Command.

Another step was taken by the police yesterday to check scorching autoists. After a consultation with W. H. Harrison, license inspector, Chief Ahern issued a special order calling attention to the fact that many automobiles are running the streets with no license number displayed. The police were ordered to arrest every owner found driving a machine without a numbered tag that can be read plainly at least fifty yards distant.

"I don't intend that any automobile shall run citizens down hereafter and escape because it has no number by which it may be readily identified. If this ordinance is strictly complied with someone should be able to see the number and report it -- even if the police are not there," said the chief after issuing the order.

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September 19, 1907


Campbell's Earthquake and Fire-
works Spectacle Coming.

Kansas City will see something new in Campbell's earthquake and fireworks spectacle, "The Destruction of San Francisco." This production, which has never been presented here before, comes on Wednesday, the 25th, for ten nights. The exhibition will be on the circus lot at Fifteenth street and Kansas avenue. The exhibition consists of San Francisco as it was before the disaster, with 350 people on the busy streets, then the earthquake, followed by the fire, laying the city in ashes and ruins, while the people rush for the ferries in their attempt to escape from the city.

The scenic picture is 400 feet in length and is an accurate reproduction of Market street, showing, among other buildings, the city hall, the Call building and and the memorable Ferry building as they were both before and after the earthquake and fire. There are fifteen carloads of scenery and fireworks, making up this production, and counting the mechanical staff, 450 people are required in the production.

A magnificent display of fireworks fills out an evening's entertainment.

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September 19, 1907


Judge Kyle Friendly to Man of the
Same Name.

When the name of Pete Kyle was called in police court on a charge of disturbing the peace Judge Kyle "sat up and took notice." Pete was a negro, however, and there was no one present to prosecute him.

"Where'd you get that name?" asked the judge.

"Father gave it to me, I suppose," said the prisoner, grinning.

"You may go," replied the court. As Kyle left the room, the judge slowly tore up the information. Then he added:

"What's the use? There's no one here to prosecute him and it is the first Kyle to go on these books. I'll just leave it off. No harm done."

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September 19, 1907


W. T. Blackburn Tells a Strange
Story to the Police.

W. T. Blackburn, of Sedalia, Mo., with four children ranging in age from 2 to 10 years, walked into police headquarters yesterday to ask assistance in finding his wife who, he said, had gone away two seeks ago, taking $312 of his money. He said he had saved some money which he had at his home in Sedalia. While he was away at work his wife, he alleged, took what money there was and then called in a second-hand dealer to sell the furniture. Neighbors told Blackburn that his wife left with another woman.

Blackburn came here with $30 which, he said, his wife had overlooked. He said she had written his 10-year-old daughter telling her a letter addressed "general delivery" would reach her mother.

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September 19, 1907



Mack Rogers, 50 years old, a carpenter, living at a rooming house on Osage avenue, in Armourdale, Kas., was shot and almost instantly killed about 11 o'clock last night by Bert Nerling, proprietor of a saloon at 1525 Main street. The shooting occurred in an alley back of Nerling's saloon, and was witnessed by George T. Maloy, of 3335 Charlotte, a friend of Nerling. It followed a free-for-all fight in a house at 1527 Main street. Nerling at once surrendered to the police.

It seems that Rogers got into a fight at 1527 Main street in which a number of persons were involved. In the course of the disturbance beer bottles and other missiles were hurled around promiscuously, some of them striking and breaking windows in the rear of Nerling's place. Someone, presumably a woman, fired two shots with a small pistol, at which Nerling armed himself with a revolver and went out to investigate. Maloy followed him to see what the trouble was all about.

According to a statement made by Maloy, when Nerling stepped into the alley in the rear of his saloon he saw Rogers and others throwing bottles. He shouted to Rogers:

"What the hell are you doing, trying to smash up all my property?"

Rogers, it is said, immediately turned upon the saloon man and hurled a beer bottle at his head. Nerling drew his pistol and fired point blank at Rogers. Then he turned and went into the saloon. Rogers staggered some twenty or thirty feet and fell dead. A bullet from a 38-caliber pistol struck him full in the breast, almost directly over the heart.

Nerling was taken at once to the Walnut street police station, where he made a statement to Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Hogan and Police Captain Morley. Captain Morley ordered the arrest of all the people at 1527 Main street and those living in a rooming house over Nerling's saloon. Maloy made a statement to the prosecuting attorney which was substantially the same as that given by him to the police.

Coroner Thompson was notified and ordered the body removed to Eylar's morgue. An autopsy and inquest will be held this morning at 9 o'clock.

Rogers was nearly six feet tall and weighed 200 pounds.

The police this morning locked up a woman who goes by the name of Maud Nerling. She is said to occuply rooms over Nerlin's saloon, and the authorities believe she will prove a valuable witness.

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September 19, 1907



Rev. Daniel McGurk, pastor of the Grand Avenue Methodist Episcopal church, accompanied by Terrance Brigham, superintendent of the Helping Hand institute, and two policemen, made a slumming tour of the North end last night. The object of the minister's visit was to see conditions there at first hand.

"Several days ago Rev. Mr. McGurk came to me and asked for information about the North end," Mr. Brigham said, before going on the trip. "I told him the only way to understand the North end was to see it at night. That is what he intends to do now."

"Last Sunday I told a number of my church people what I intended to do," said Rev. Mr. McGurk. "I am gathering material for my sunday sermon. there has been much said in the newspapers about light for the boulevards. That suggested to me the question of what is being done for light -- moral light, in the North end. All the churches in the North end have been sold out. The Helping Hand, the Salvation Army and one little chapel are all that remain.

"It has been the history of this section of the city that as the need of churches grew the churches moved away or were sold out because the property became valuable. I am told that thirteen have old out in the past few years because the church people thought they were getting a good price for their property. In the two and one-half years that I have been in Kansas City I know of five churches that have sold out because it was believed a good price was being obtained. I think that the churches are moving in the wrong direction and that more light is needed in the North end.

"I want to see conditions here that I may better understand them. I am not making this trip for publicity. I may not even mention it in my sermon. It's purpose is that I may unerstand and be sure of my facts."

Rev. Mr. McGurk made mention of the fact that within a radius of six blocks from the Junction his was the only church remaining. He expressed regrt that the tendency of the churches was to move south and east, away from the North end.

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September 19, 1907


After a Long Search Boy Concludes
He Did Not Steal.

Leon Harris, a negro boy, 12 years old, living in the vicinity of Twenty-third and Vine streets, was taken to the detention home yesterday by Detective Boyle charged with the theft of a finger ring.

"This is the most peculiar prisoner I have had to deal with in some time," said Detective Boyle. "When i accused him of stealing the ring he volunteered to take me to the spot where he had hidden it. After prowling around with him for some time and not finding the lost jewelry the little rascal looked me squarely in the eye and innocently remarked:

"Boss, come to think of it, I guess I did not steal the ring you were looking for."

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September 18, 1907



During Visit in City Missouri's Form-
er Bandit Declares It Is Non-
sense to Say That Quan-
trell Still Lives.

Frank James, the former Missouri bandit, who has lived a reformed life since the bank raid at Northfield, Minn., which ended so disastrously for the James and Younger boys, has turned farmer. He spent yesterday in Kansas City with his nephew, Jesse James, Jr., an attorney, and talked of his plans.

For some time James, now 64 years old, has lived on the old homestead in Clay county, thirty miles from Kansas City. He hunted in winter and in summer was employed as a starter at race tracks. Recently he purchased a farm of 160 acres in Oklahoma and will go there October 1 to make his home. Frank is a well-preserved old man, but looked rather pale yesterday and the penalties of declining years appeared not far away in his future.

"Of course Quantrell is dead!" the brother and advisor of Jesse James and the Younger crowd during their years of border ravages exclaimed when the recently published rumor that the former Guerrilla chieftain is alive was mentioned.

"There is no question of his death. Why, I was at his side when he fell. In a pitched battle between the Quantrell command and Federal soldiers in Kentucky in the spring of '65, Quantrell was wounded. His command was hard pressed, but rallied around their leader. The boys wanted to take up Quantrell and make a dash for the hills, where, they told him, if escape were possible, they could nurse him back to health.

" 'No,' said Quantrell, 'I am as good as dead. Leave me and get to the hills yourselves. If I am dead, the next thing to do is save the living ones.'

"The last I saw of Quantrell he was paralyzed from the waist down and imploring his men to leave him alone. He died three hours later w here he had fallen and was left on the battlefield.

"The statement that he is still living is nonsense."

Frank James left last night for Kearney, Mo, at 5 o'clock.

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September 17, 1907


Overstudious Law Clerk Locked in
Bank Building.

"Send someone to let me out quick. I'm in the First National Bank buiding, and I'm afraid someone will find me and think I'm a bank robber."

This request came over the wire to police headquarters last night after midnight.

Patrolman Cumming answered the call and found a young man making futile attempts to get out of the building. He stated that he was a clerk in the offices of Lathrop, Morrow, Fox & Moore, and that he had worked later than usual, with the result that he had been locked in.

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September 17, 1907


Will Bring Boston Symphony Orches-
tra to Kansas City.

The Kansas City Oratorio Society had its first rehearsal at the Conservatory of Music auditorium last night. There were sixty voices present. Before leaving for Mexico yesterday A. E. Stilwell, president of the society, announced that he had arranged to bring to Kansas City on March 8 the well-known Symphony orchestra of Boston.

The plan was viewed with such general favor that it was later decided to make an effort to increase the voices of the society from sixty to 300 in the interim, the entire chorus to sing with the orchestra. The concert will probably be given at Convention hall.

The next rehearsal will be next Monday evening at the Conservatory auditorium.

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September 17, 1907


Frank Clarken Is Only 9 but He Is
Making a Record.

Frank Clarken, 9 years old, of 1734 Locust street, was before the juvenile court yesterday for taking six sacks and selling them to a junk man at Eighteenth street and Charlotte streets.

"You were in the court before," Judge H. L. McCune said. "What had you done that time?"

"I was teasing a lady," the urchin replied.

A search through the records disclosed the fact that Frank had broken a lamp belonging to a neighbor of his mother's and when the owner of the lamp had remonstrated with him he had called her "an old witch." The court sent him back home and told him to be a good boy.

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September 16, 1907


Rivers Made Three Attempts on His
Life at the Workhouse.

Otto Rivers, an intimate of the city workhouse who is addicted to the opium habit, and who shot John Spangler, head guard at the workhouse a few days ago in an attempt to get the guard's revolver to commit suicide with, tried three times to take hos own life yesterday morning. First he set fire to his bunk. He did not have nerve enough to let the flames envelope his clothing and the fire was extinguished before any damage was done. Later he pounded up a two-ounce glass bottle and swallowed the broken glass. A police ambulance was called and he was started to the general hospital. On the way he seized a revolver which was protruding from the officer's hip pocket and attempted to shoot himself. He was overpowered and the weapon wrested from him before he was able to discharge it.. At the general hospital last night it was said Rivers would recover. He had been given opium, the first time in several weeks, and was said to be resting easily. Rivers' dementia is entirely due to his having been deprived of the drug while confined in the workhouse. He is only 27 years old, but has been using the drug several years. He says his life becomes torture without it and is worse than death.

Rivers was sentenced to the workhouse on a technical charge of vagrancy June 17. He had been seen prowling around a number of office buildings at the time the "office building firebug" was operating.

Spangler, who was shot in the tussle with Rivers several days ago, is still in the general hospital.

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September 16, 1907


Italian Saloonkeeper Persisted in
Keeping the Lid Off.

Twice in one day was Filippe Spalitto, an Italian saloonkeeper, arrested on a charge of "lid-lifting," in his saloon at 1027 East Fifth street.

Saturday night a woman went to police headquarters and told Lieutenant Michael J. Kennedy that the "lid" would likely be unscrewed in Spalitto's place yesterday.

Harry Arthur and John R. McCall were sent to watch the place. They avoided four lookouts who were guarding the saloon, and in one hour saw thirty men and women enter and leave. Some of the women carried away beer under their aprons. After watching two hours the officers "rushed" the place. They found seven men and two women there. Arthur went to the basement. There he saw an arm extending a bottle of beer to a customer. He caught the extended arm and drew the man attached thereto over the bar. The possessor of the "lid-lifting" arm was Spalitto. This happened in the morning.

After Spalitto was taken to the police station and released on a $51 bond reports came that the place was still doing business. Last night Sergeant Peter McCosgrove and Patrolmen Michael Mullane and Gallagher Boyd went there. They got by the lookouts and saw the Italian selling beer to three negroes. He was again taken to the police station and again released on $51 bond.

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September 16, 1907


That's What "Pat Flanagan" Thinks
of Men in General.

"I believe men are just as good as they pretend to be while wearing their 'company manners' in the presence of women. I had supposed that men always tried to be nicer when they knew a women were about. I have met a good many men who did not know a woman was near and they were just as nice as they could have been had they known."

That is what Viola Reed, alias "Pat Flanagan" said about "the men" in the police matron's room yesterday and she ought to know for she has been working with men, wearing men's clothes and passing as a man for several weeks.

She was wearing men's clothes yesterday, and while she talked of men she threw one leg over the other in the most approved manly manner possible.

"Pat" will leave the police station today. She will walk over the the Helping Hand like a little man, leave there like a little woman, and go to work in a private family as a domestic.

Girls do not often patronize barbers. "Pat" just learned yesterday that her inexperience cost her about $40. That was what she paid a barber in Vinita to cut her hair when she decided to be a man. She gave the barber her hair for cutting it. She learned yesterday she could have sold her hair for $40.

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September 15, 1907



Hurried Away, Promising to Report
Later on -- By Telephone Informs
the Undertaker That Gumley
Is a Lost Brother.

The murder of John W. Gumley by his wife at their home, 1319 Liberty street, Friday night, developed a mystery yesterday which the police expect to clear up today at Stine's undertaking rooms, where the body awaits burial. Gumley, 44 years old, and a teamster, may prove to be the long lost brother of a well-to-do family living in the vicinity of Nineteenth street and Troost avenue.

Late yesterday a young woman, heavily veiled, called at the undertaking rooms and asked to see the body of Gumley. The caller declined to identify herself when questioned by an attendant, but stated that her residence is near Nineteenth street and Troost avenue. The unknown woman was escorted to the undertaker's private morgue, and the body was drawn out for her inspection. Immediately she showed great agitation and asked to be taken out of the room.


"I would almost swear it," she was saying to herself as the attendant led her back to the private office of the undertaker.

Then the mysterious caller, who had declined to tell her name and exact address, told those about her that she is confident Gumley was her brother, who had been lost to her family for many years.

"When I read his description in The Journal," she said, "I at once thought of the brother we have so long awaited. And there was something familiar about the name, too. He might have assumed that or it might be his own -- I would rather not say any more at present."

The mysterious caller left the undertaking establishment, saying she intended calling on friends who would know the body for sure and that she would return with them for an identification.


But the young woman -- that's the way the undertaker described her, although he said she might be of "middle age" -- did not return. Instead she telephoned Mr. Stine last night that the identification had been verified and that she will call today to take charge of Gumley's body. She stated that Gumley's mother is in town, and that the aged woman will accompany her to the undertaker's morgue today -- but still the woman who is sure she is Gumley's sister declined to state her name. The police and the undertaker are confident the mystery will be cleared up this morning.


Gumley was shot by his wife, Mrs. Rebecca Gumley, at 8:13 o'clock Friday night in his own home. The wife told the police her husband deserted her a week ago, and that he returned during the afternoon. In the evening, according to Mrs. Gumley and various witnesses to the tragedy, a quarrel growing out of Gumley's uncomplimentary remarks about a boarder led to a fight. As the husband started toward his wife with an upraised chair, the witnesses say, Mrs. Gumley fired two sots. The second lodged in Gumley's head and he died later at the emergency hospital.

After her arrest Mrs. Gumley did not deny the shooting but said: "I did it in self-defense."

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September 15, 1907


Creamery Trust Boosts Price From 30
to 35 Cents a Pound.

"What! Creamery butter at 35 cents a pound!" exclaimed a woman at the city market last night. "Well, you had better just give me half pound, instead of a pound."

"You had better take two pounds, madam," said the clerk. "A half pound will cost you 20 cents, while you can get two pounds for 65 cents."

"When did butter go up?" asked the shopper, after she had decided that it would be a matter of economy to buy two pounds.

"Today," said the clerk. "We got notice from the creameries today that the best butter would be advanced today. We have been selling it for 20 cents, you know."

"What is the cause of it going up?" asked the shopper.

"Can't say," said the clerk. "More money for the creameries, I s'pose. They claimed to us that cream was scarce, and blamed it all on the dairymen, and the dairymen lay it on the cows."

"It's a shame the way these trusts are putting up the prices," said the woman, indignantly. "You might give me a dozen eggs. How are you selling them?"

"Twenty-five cents a dozen, two dozen for 45 cents," said the clerk.

"Eggs have gone up too, then?" asked the woman.

"Yes," said the clerk. Went up today. The commission men blame it all on the helpful hen. They say she's getting lazy, and the supply of eggs is short."

"Well, I think I'll look at another place and see how they are selling eggs," said the shopper. "I can't afford to pay these high prices."

She visited all the other stalls at the market, pricing butter and eggs, but she found the prices the same everywhere.

"And you'd better buy here, too, madam," said one clerk. "Because your grocer won't give you the benefit of two cents off if you buy two pounds of butter, or two dozen eggs."

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September 14, 1907


Mr. Greenwood Says Only 15 Per Cent
of Children are "Defective."

Superintendent J. M. Greenwood, of the Kansas City schools, vigorously challenges the estimate of Assistant City Physician Eugene Carbaugh that 67 per cent of the pupils in the Kansas City schools have their faculties impaired or are afflicted with disease of any kind. He thinks the estimate should be divided by 4.

"I do not believe that there are more than 15 per cent of the pupils in the schools who have anything at all the matter with them," said Mr. Greenwood yesterday. "This would cover all the ailments, impairment of vision, sore throat and disease of every sort. As to what we call 'defectives,' or those mentally deficient, there are only a very few. But Dr. Carbaugh's estimate included all manner of ailments, bad teeth, sore throat and the numerous troubles of children. Even then his figures are entirely too high. The records which we have kept for many years bear out my figures and utterly refute the estimate of Dr. Carbaugh. He must have got into a particularly afflicted district, if his estimate was based on experience and is not a mere generalization."

Mr. Greenwood sent out requests to all teachers for a report of the number in each room suffering from sickness, disability or any trouble whatever that would be classed as a defect, impairment of faculties or ailment.

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September 14, 1907


Emergency Physician Explains While
Working on Dying Man.

It was while William Montgomery, of Joy and Liberty streets, who was fatally shot by his wife, lay dying in the emergency hospital last night, that one of the physicians was asked what caused the "death rattle."

"There are two possible causes," the physician replied. "One is the lodgement of saliva in the throat and the other is the flabbiness of the throat muscles just before the approach of death. the relaxation of the throat muscles, along with the falling of the tongue into the throat, is the most common cause of the rattle. If a dying man was turned over on his stomach, there would be no rattle to his throat.

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September 14, 1907


Also $12 Which Arley Merteller Will
Never See Again.

Arley Merteller, of Rollins, Wyo., is looser just $12 by his visit to Kansas City Thursday.

"I met a stranger at the Union depot," Merteller told the police later. "He apporached me, gave a Masonic sign and handed me the correct grip. Being a brother, I didn't hesitate to go with him to the New England National bank. When he needed $12 to get some things I gave it to him readily. He told me to wait there, that he would be back in a minute. After waiting several hundred minutes I realized that I had been buncoed. We all learn by experience. Moral: 'Trust no man further than you can trouw a brick and then don't throw it around a corner.' "

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September 13, 1907




In a Spirit of Playfulness He
Pulled Trigger and Bullet Passed
Through Miss Callaway's Brain.
Mother Accompanying Body
Home for Burial.
Edna Callaway, Kansas City Girl Shot and Killed in Denver, Co.

Death at the hands of a cousin of her fiance was the tragic ending of a summer vacation to Miss Edna Callaway, a young Kansas City society woman, at Denver, Col., Wednesday night. Witte Ellis, formerly of Kansas City, accidentally shot and killed her with an automatic pistol at the home of his mother in the presence of her sweetheart, W. Lysle Alderson, who with his mother and Miss Callaway were visiting at the Ellis home. The tragedy occurred on the evening Miss Callaway was to start upon her return trip to Kansas City.

The shooting occurred after the return of the party, composed of Mrs. J. M. Ellis, of Denver, the hostess; Mrs. D. P. Alderson, of Kansas City; W. Lysle Alderson, Miss Callaway, and young Ellis, from a dinner at the Shirley hotel.


It seems that for a prank the two women had gone into their sons' bedrooms and concealed some of their night clothing. When the boys discovered the joke they decided upon a reprisal which would turn the laugh the other way. Accordingly young Alderson produced an automatic pistol with which it was proposed to scare Miss Callaway, whom they believed responsible for the original joke.

The pistol was arranged to be loaded by placing a "clip" full of cartridges in a place provided for the insertion so that the top shell would be in position for firing. Ellis took the pistol and removed the "clip" containing the bullets.

Then the two ran into a hallway, where their mothers were awaiting the outcome of the joke. Miss Callaway,, hearing the commotion and knowing some prank was on, peeped from her door and then came out. They flourished the pistol some moments, Ellis exclaiming,

"Where's the fellow who stole my clothes? I want my clothes!"

He turned from his mother to Mrs. Alderson and then back again to his mother. At that moment Miss Callaway came out, laughing, and asked what the trouble was. Ellis told her that someone had gone into his room and stolen his night-clothes.


Then he turned to the young woman, accused her of stealing his clothes and ordered her to put up her hands. She was standing beside Mrs. Alderson, at the time, and both women raised their hands in mock terror. Ellis pulled the trigger and sent a bullet crushing into the young girl's brain. One shell had caught when the clip was removed and remained in position for its work of destruction.

Miss Callaway sank back in the arms of her sweetheart's mother. Death was instantaneous. Mrs. Alderson eased the body gently to the floor and then fainted. Mrs. Ellis also fainted, while her son stood for a moment dumbfounded. When the realization of what he had done came to him, he became frantic, sobbing and crying that he would kill himself. He was prevented from this by friends who heard the noise of the gunshot and went into the house.


When his sweetheart fell, young Alderson ran to her, took her into his arms and placed her upon a bed. It was some moments before he realized the awful truth, but when he discovered Miss Callaway was dead, his grief was pitiful In a few moments he became hysterican and had to be led away from his fiance's bedside.

Added sorrow in the tragedy comes from the fact that young Ellis' father, former Judge J. M. Ellis, perished in a hotel fire in Goldfield, Nev., less than a year ago. Mrs. Ellis' health was undermined by that occurrence and she came to Kansas City several months ago for rest and a change of climate. The visit of the party of Kansas City people to her home at this time was in return for the one Mrs. Ellis had made in Kansas City. Witte Ellis accompanied his mother while she was here in this city.


Immediately after the shooting word of the unfortunate affair was sent to Kansas City by telegraph. The first reports were badly garbled, one account having it that the shooting had been done by W. Lysle Alderson, fiance of Miss Callaway. The news created a profound sensation in social circles where both the young woman and Mr. Alderson are well known.

The body of the unfortunate young woman will be brought to Kansas City this morning, accompanied by Mrs. Alderson and her son. Mrs Robert Stone, the girl's mother, who had been spending the summer at Excelsior Springs, returned to her home at the Elsmere hotel last night. She was completely prostrated at the news of her daughter's death.

The first report was that young Alderson himself held the revolver which ended Miss Callaway's life in such a tragic manner. This report almost completely prostrated D. P. Alderson, the father of the young man, a member of the firm of Bradley-Alderson Company, but a private dispatch from young Alderson later stated that the revolver was held by Witte Ellis, the son of Mrs. J. M. Ellis, whom Mrs. Alderson and her son and Miss Callaway were visiting at the time. The knowledge that his son was not responsible for the death of his fiancee was a great relief to Mr. Alderson, and mitigated to some extent the circumstances surrounding the unfortunate affair.

Mrs. F. P. Neal, of 318 Walrond avenue, is an aunt of Miss Callaway. Mr. Neal, vice president of the Union National bank, received several telegrams during the day, one of which was from young Alderson, stating that the body of Miss Callaway would be brought to Kansas City at once. The entire party will leave Denver this morning, arriving tomorrow morning.

Mrs. L. F. Rieger, of 426 Gladstone boulevard, is a distant cousin of Miss Callaway.

Miss Callaway was the daughter of Mrs. Robert Stone, who was, before her marriage to Mr. Stone, Mrs. R. P. Callaway. The girl was 19 years old and was a graduate of the Central high school two years ago. She lived at the Elsmere hotel with her mother and stepfather, who were in Excelsior Springs yesterday when the affair occurred. Miss Callaway went to Denver last summer to visit her aunt, Mrs. J. M. Ellis. Two weeks ago young Alderson, to whom she was engaged, went to Denver with his mother to spend his vacation with his fiancee. Young Alderson is also 19 years of age and a graduate of the Central high school in the class of 1905. The two have been sweethearts for years and had been engaged for some time, though no definite time for their marriage had been set.

A specially unfortunate feature of the affair was that it occurred on the eve of the departure of the Kansas City party for home. They were expected to start last night.

D. P. Alderson received a dispatch yesterday from his son which read:

Edna shot tonight; Witte held revolver; death immediate; come at once.

Mr. Alderson had intended to leave for Denver to be with his sone but it was later decided that this would be unnecessary and the arrangements were made to bring the body to Kansas City immediately.


The coroner's inquest was held over the body of Miss Calloway in Denver yesterday. W. W. Ellis testified that he held the automatic revolver when it was discharged.

The jury decided that the killing was entirely accidental and did not recommend any disposition of young Ellis. The district attorney was present at the hearing, but gave no indication of any intention to hold Ellis for trial.

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September 13, 1907


Wholesale Destruction of Canines in
Northeast Part of Town.

Poisoners have been killing dogs by the wholesale in the district centering about 500 Olive street the past two days. More than thirty canines, some of them valuable, have died from what appears to be arsenic poisoning. Within one block on Minnie street three dogs were found dead yesterday morning, one of them being an imported butt terrier belonging to Frank J. Lyngr, a policeman, living at 2116 Minnie.

Most of the animals killed were valueless street curs, but a few were dogs of pedigree and breeding. One Scotch collie valued at $125 was among the victims.

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September 13, 1907


Man in His Employ and Veteran of
70 the Principals.

When Sergeant Jeremiah Caskey was passing the home of Dr. Louis Zorn, Ninth street and Prospect avenue, yesterday afternoon, he met Dr. Zorn, whose clothes were bespattered with blood. The doctor told him he had just interceded in a fight between J. W. Smith and ex-Confederate veteran, 70 years old, and a German named Paul P. Gorkey, employed by Dr. Zorn. Caskey went to the back yard of Zorn's home and found the two men in angry dispute. Smith had ben struck on the head with a pitchfork handle, laying open the scalp in two places. To prevent further trouble, Caskey arrested Smith. He was treated at the emergency hospital and taken to the holdover.

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September 13, 1907


Banqueters Misunderstand Toast-
master's Reference to Death.

When Dr. L. A. Merrillat, of Chicago, tostmaster at the banquet given at the Coates house last evening by the American Veterinary Medical Association, paid tribute to the "memory of one well known to us who has departed from our midst," and asked that the banqueters sit in bowed silence as a token of esteem to the departed, word was passed from table to table that Dr. Atvill Byrd, of Kansas City, was dead.

But Dr. Byrd is something more than a memory, despite the fact that he is lying ill at his home suffering from bruises received by the kick of a horse several days ago.

It being generally known among the delegates to the convention that Dr. Byrd had been injured, the natural conclusion was that it was he who had "departed from our midst."

"Well, I'm surprised to learn of Dr. Byrd's death, whispered one veterinarian to another after the banquet, and this was followed by "Let's ask Dr. Merillat for the particulars."

"Why, I didnt' mean Dr. Byrd," was the reply of the toastmaster, "I meant Dr. H. L. Ramacioti, of Omaha, who died today."

But many veterinarians left the banquet room believing that Dr. Byrd had died.

Dr. Byrd was reported convalescent and near complete recovery last night.

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September 12, 1907


Chicago Woman Appeals to Police to
Locate Her Father.

Ida Mahoney, 6949 May street, Chicago, has written to Daniel Ahern, chief of police, asking for assistance in finding her father, from whom she says she was kidnaped twenty-four years ago by her uncle, a Frenchman. Her father was Irish, and that was the cause of the kidnaping. The letter reads:

Chief of Police -- Dear Sir: Would you please help me to find Samuel Mahoney, a painter by trade, who was last seen in Kansas City about fifteen years ago . I was kidnaped from him in Chicago by my uncle and put out to a farmer. I heard he cou ld not find me and left Chicago in despair. I have not seen my father in twenty-four years. I was 10 years old when I last saw him.

Please do all you can for a poor, broken-hearted daughter. In Chicago he was a painter and contractor. My mother died in Indianapolis before we came to Chicago.

My father was Irish, and my uncle was a Frenchman and did not like him. My name is Ida Mahoney, 6249 May street, Chicago, Ill.

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September 12, 1907




Made Deafening Noises With Bells
and Pans and Demolished Veran-
da Furniture -- Would Not De-
sist Until Frightened Off
by Approach of Police.

Two policemen and a patrol wagon were required to quell a miniature riot incidental to a charivari after a wedding at 2716 Gillham road last night. The police were summoned after a gang of hoodlums had smashed furniture and deluged with water the house in which the bridal party was holding an informal reception.

The boisterous charivari followed the wedding of Herman Hampel, of San Francisco, to Miss Edna Spengler, which had been celebrated earlier in the evening at St. John's Lutheran church by Rev. Ernst Schulz. From the church the wedding paty had gone to the home of the bride's father, Carl Spengler, Jr., 2716 Gillham road, where an informal reception was to be held. The house was thronged with guests, among them many women gowned in expensive toilets. Everything went merrily until about 9:30 o'clock.


Then a crowd of boys and young men who had not been invited to the wedding and reception appeared and began a charivari. It was said that the "serenaders" were composed largely of a number of young toughs known to police as the "Holmes street gang." They carried bells and tin pans, with which they created an uproar that drove many of the guests inside the house and aroused the neighbors for blocks. It is presumed their intentions were to keep up the disturbance until they were invited inside. When, after several moments, their importunities were not heeded, they adoped more boisterous tactics. They swarmed upon the front veranda, overturning and breaking a number of chairs and settes placed there for the accommodation of the guests. Then they secured some garden hose, attached it to a hydrant and played a stream of water upon the veranda and in the hallways of the house. A number of the celebrants who happened in the reach of the stream were thoroughly drenched.


When the rioters first became boisterous, the Walnut street police station was notified and Lieutenant Morley dispatched Patrolman A. N. Metzinger to the scene. Upon a second call a patrol wagon was ordered out. The charivari party learned that the police were coming, however, and dispersed before arrests could be made.


The bride was not at all disconcerted at the untoward incident. She received the congratulations of her friends undisturbed through the turmoil. Beyond a little annoyance while the charivari was at its height, the reception proceeded as merrily as if nothing unusual had happened.

The bride is the daughter of Carl Spengler, a local manager for the Dick & Company Brewing Association, of Quincy, Ill. her husband is an influenctial young business man in California. Their wedding was considered an important social event in German circles, and the annoyance at the reception was deeply deplored by many of their friends.

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September 12, 1907



With Her Field Glass Miss Jessie
Wright Observed the Doings at
Coffee's West 14th St. Resort.
Her Testimony Contradicted.

A portrait painter who is possessed of a pair of opera glasses and a stop-watch is causing a world of trouble for John Coffee, who conducts a saloon at 600 West Fourteenth street and spends his summers in Europe. The portrait painter is Miss Jessie Wright, of 518 1/2 West Fourteenth street. During Coffee's summer abroad Miss Wright observed his back door with her opera glasses and time his customers. Yesterday when Coffee made application for a renewal of his saloon license Miss Wright went before the police board with her remonstrance.
Coffee is also a proprietor of a livery barn just across the street and admitted to the police board that it does look bad to have so many hacks standing about his place day and night, but gave assurance that the hacks seen by Miss Wright and other remonstrators had not carried customers to his place. This statement was borne out by Manager Hyman, of the Blue Front livery. Many witnesses, who live on the block, testified that Coffee runs an orderly saloon. Two sergeants of police and a half dozen patrolmen said they had never had occasion to go there in discharge of duty, yet Miss Wright is positive there is something wrong with the character of the place and the police board promised her to investigate further.


Miss Wright furnished the board with minutes of her nightly vigils which, if borne out by evidence, will cause a general change in the neighborhood about Coffee's saloon. Mayor Beardsley promised Miss Wright this. Crowds of drunken small boys, women who go boldly into a barroom and intoxicated men who intimidate women must be looked after, the mayor said. Among the minutes furnished the police board by Miss Wright were the following:

"Thursday, July 26. -- Big boy got pail filled for little girl.
"Friday night, July 27. -- Three boys filled a 'can' three times in thirty-five minutes. The boy who carries the pail has the advantage of the free sandwiches in the barroom.
"July 30, 12:30 p. m. -- Drunken chauffeur made disgraceful scene and attracted crowd. Said he would return with Con Cronin and clean the place. Con Cronin often comes with his friends.
"Tuesday, Aug. 6. -- Little boy with 'can' could not find the saloon because there is no sign. Man showed him the place.
"Sunday, Aug. 11. -- Four boys waited for saloon to open at midnight. Got pail filled four times in twenty minutes.
"Monday, Aug. 12, 10 p. m. -- Neighbors aroused by trouble at saloon. I called up police at No. 3 at 11:32 p. m. Man said 'uh huh' and did nothing.
"Friday, Aug. 17. -- Bunch of thirteen stayed in saloon forty-three minutes. Came out at 11:40 and finished up their business on the sidewalk.
"August 18. -- Four boys got seven pails in fifty-one minutes. Man across the street yelled 'hello drunks' and Burke was the only one who looked around.
"Same day, 1 a. m. -- Boys from 709 West Fourteenth street filled a 10-pound lard can five times."


Mrs. Minnie Blythe, of 1820 Penn street, was also before the board with a remonstrance against Coffee. When questioned by Coffee's attorney she admitted that she lives five blocks away from the saloon and can't see what goes on there, but she had a lot of information which she said she got from neighbors and she saw streams of women with "cans" every night go up the hill to the saloon.

"It's only two blocks in the other direction to a good saloon," said Charley Shannon, representing Coffee. "Why don't they go there?"

"Well, Coffee sells better beer," Miss Wright interjected.

"Don't you live five blocks away from this saloon?" asked Attorney Shannon.

"Yes," admitted the witness.

"How much of a family have you?"

"I have two small children."

"If you are five blocks away how do you know Coffee violates the law and runs a disorderly place?"

"Well, I took it upon myself to go and see."

"There is somebody, of course, to stay at home with those babies while you are watching Coffee?"

"It's none of your business," replied Mrs. Blythe.

Mrs Blythe told the board that two little girls of the Franklin school have been annoyed by men about Coffee's. She said the timely arrival of assistance saved a 6-year-old child from harm and that a 9-year-old girl who goes past the saloon has been given money by intoxicated men. Miss Wright was once chased into her own house by a "drunk" from Coffee's, she told the board.


Miss Wright had Francis Burke subpoenaed. He was one of the boys she mentioned in her "minutes." She testified that Burke had been drinking on two occasions the same week, and of his keeping company with boys in short pants. Burke took the stand and stated that he does not drink, and that he was never in Coffee's place in company with boys. Further, he stated, he is 22 years old and has carried newspapers to the office of Commissioner Jones for thirteen years. The commissioner said Burke was right about that statement.

When Miss Wright was on the stand, Attorney Shannon asked her how she is able to keep such a close watch on Coffee's back door.

"I have a mighty good pair of opera glasses," she said, "and I keep them trained in that direction."

"At all hours of the night?"

"Well, only when men and women drive up in hacks and awaken me. I saw four women and two men get out of one hack. They come in automobiles, too, and sometimes they go in and sometimes the men bring out the drinks."

"What is your business?"

"I am a portrait painter."

"Do you spend much time at your profession, or do you watch Coffee's saloon all the time?"

"It's none of your business," said the witness.


Mrs. Johnson, who resides at 1332 Penn street, was the first witness introduced in behalf of Coffee. She told the board that she has lived there, next door to the saloon and near the side entrance which is watched by Miss Wright, for eleven years. She said she has never been disturbed by noise or anything else emanating from the saloon. She has never seen hacks stop at Coffee's entrance and has never seen women "canning" beer, as charged by Miss Wright.

Sergeant Duer and Sergeant O'Brien told the board that Coffee's saloon is the most orderly place in their district and that they have never been called there to make arrests or quiet a disturbance since the place opened. Patrolmen Dougherty and Fuller, who walk beats in the vicinity, made statements similar to those of their superior officers. Patrolman Fuller said he has seen Coffee refuse to sell "can" beer to women.

McKeever, the grocer next door to the saloon, stated that women asked him to send his clerks for "can" beer, but that Coffee told him he does not desire that sort of trade and that he gave an order against his clerks extending such accommodations to customers and that he thought that put a stop to the "can" trade.

J. F. O'Donnell, an undertaker, who keeps his livery near Coffee's place, said he is a good friend of the saloon man, but that Coffee refused him a little liquor one Sunday when he wanted it for a visiting friend.

Miss Wright closed her case with a report on the fire department near the saloon. She stated that the firemen drink entirely too much for the good of the service. The board will probably give a decision in the case today.

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September 12, 1907



Favors Sale of Staff of Life on Basis
of Sixteen Ounces Rather
Than on 5-cent

Alderman Zinn is preparing an ordinance to require the weight of loaves of bread to be marked conspicuously on them. There is an ordinance now in effect which says that where a weight is announced it must be accurate, but it does not compel any weight whatever to be stamped on the loaf.

"They tell me," said the alderman yesterday, "that bread is the only common necessity that is not properly protected. A 100-pound sack of flour will make 150 pounds of bread. This figures out that the average loaf of bread does not cost to exceed 2 1/2 cents. Bread is spot cash at the grocer's box, according to the flour dealers. According to this the baker makes a good profit and gets his money promptly, and he ought to give a good sized loaf. He ought to say on it what it weighs.

"The comparative size of a loaf does not indicate its comparative food value. By pumping in more yeast they can make a bigger loaf. It is the weight we want, and I am preparing to introduce an ordinance to make bakers put tags on their loaves stating the weight. We make the trades using yard sticks, liquid measures and scales all publish what they are delivering, and we ought to give the public the same benefit of a law applying to bakers. The man who orders a pound of meat knows that he gets it, and when he buys a pound of bread, or thinks he is buying a pound of bread, he ought to know that he gets it."

It was pointed out to the alderman that no one asks for a pound of bread.

"Then they ought to," he replied. "I am willing to admit that they do not ask for it, but I mean to insist that they think they are getting a pound loaf. As flour prices rise and fall, the value of the pound loaf will rise and fall. It will not make any trouble for the public to pay 4, 5, 6 or any other number of cents for a loaf. I know a big dry goods store that sells its loaves for 3 cents. We pay 8 cents for a quart of milk. Eight cents is not a unit coin.

"What I am driving at is something that will let the people know what they are getting. A quart of milk is a quart of milk and a pound of steak is a pound of steak; a loaf of bread may be anything from ten ounces to sixteen, as I understand they run. Maybe this will give the poor people more bread than they have been getting."

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September 11, 1907



Police Have Been Helpless in Tracing
Him -- Mother Now Learns of
a Horse Trade Cir-
Roy Hendren, Missing 12-Year-Old

After waiting since November 16, 1906, for the Kansas City, Mo., authorities to locate the whereabouts of her 12-year-old son, Roy K. Hendren, who disappeared from his home, Fifth street and Missouri avenue, under peculiar circumstances, Mrs. Anna Hendren, a widow, who now lives in a flat at 551 State avenue, Kansas City, Kas., recommenced the search yesterday. She said last night that she had received information from some of her former neighbors to the effect that a horse trade was seen camping at the place where the boy was last seen.

Mrs. Hendren believes the horse trader had something to do with the disappearance of Roy. She has made another appeal to Chief of Police Ahern, and says she can not rest until something has been learned.

"He was such a bright boy," she said last night. "I can not believe he ran away from home, for he loved his mother and the other two boys too well for that. Besides he knew we needed the money he could earn. Do you suppose he would run away, when he knew we were as hard up as we were?

"As near as I remember, the last words of Roy were: "Mother, don't go very far away until I get back. I'm going to find work." It was almost noon, and he took a course that led him to the place I have just learned the horse trader was camping."

"What did a horse trader want of a boy, 12 years old?"

"How should I know? Perhaps he just wanted a companion. All I can say is that it is the most plausible theory that the horse trader took Roy, for the police looked everywhere for him at the time, and did not find a single trace.

"I have often thought," continued Mrs. Hendren, "of putting the case in the hands of the Kansas City, Kas., police, too. My friends, however, said it would be an unreasonable thing to do, but oh, my heart is breaking at the separation, and I want to do something more than I have done to find him."

Mrs. Hendren is living on the basement floor of the flat on Nebraska avenue. She is very worn and nervous from the loss she has sustained, and is otherwise in delicate health. She has two other sons besides Roy, one of whom, Rex, 16 years old, supports the family as pressman in a printing office, Sixth street and Minnesota avenue. The younger son goes to school.

Mrs. Hendren says she is parted from her husband and came to Kansas City, Mo., from Gentry county, Missouri. She says she had been in town only one night when Roy was taken.

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September 11, 1907


Movement Afoot to Install More
Street Lamps on Minnesota.
Lighting for Minnesota Avenue.
To make Minnesota avenue, now the main business channel of Kansas City, Kas., a well lighted thoroughfare is the idea of at least a half dozen prominent buisness men of that city. The plan is to install two parallel rows of lights, the posts fifty feet apart, from Fourth street and Minnesota avenue, or from the end of the intercity viaduct, to Tenth street. Each post will carry three large light bulbs, decoratively arranged, to be furnished with gas, and, it is said, should supply enough illumination to make the darkest night day on the avenue.

The promoter of the project is Max Holzmark, a furniture dealer on the avenue. He says his plans are entirely altruistic, and that he will contribute largely to the enterprise.

"I am modeling the lighting after Michigan avenue, Chicago," said mr. Holzmark. "With three lights to a post the illumination ought to make the sun ashamed to come out."

Mr. Holzmark intends that business men shall pay for the installation of the poles and fixtures and leave the expense of operation to the city, a matter of about $15 per pole.

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September 11, 1907


'Handcuff King' Worked 57 Minutes
Getting Free of Boyle's Contribution.

Theo. Hardeen, who styles himself "The Handcuff King" and is playing this week at the Shubert, worked 57 minutes last night before he was able to release his wrists from a pair of handcuffs which Detective E. P. Boyle put on him. Hardeen's act is supposed to last only 20 minutes and after he had worked 15 minutes in vain to free himself from the cuffs, he came out to the front of the stage and tugged away at the cuffs in full view of the audience, meanwhile keeping up a running fire of conversation.

"These cuffs were sent here by the manager of a rival vaudeville booking agent," he said. "I'll bet a thousand pounds, no I mean a thousand dollars, that this officer cannot say otherwise."

For half an hour longer Hardeen kept up his talk, working his wrists in the cuffs, as he paced back and forth on the stage. At last, when he freed himself, the audience, which had waited without wearines, broke into cheers.

Detective Boyle said last night that the handcuffs were his own.

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September 10, 1907





Father Died and the Mother Gave
Her Five Children Away.
Grandparents of Miss
"Potter" Live in
This City

The mystery surrounding the birth of Miss Ella Potter, of Kansas City, Kas., has been solved. She is the daughter of Mrs. Ida Drysdale, who lives on a farm near Jefferson City, and the grandchild of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Rice, of 2506 Euclid avenue, this city.

Yesterday Mrs. Effie Stuttle, of 804 Minnesota avenue, with whom Miss Potter is living, was called up by telephone by a woman who refused to give her name, and told that Miss Potter could find her grandparents by calling at 2506 Euclid avenue. Miss Potter lost no time in reaching the Euclid avenue address, and after making herself known received a welcome by her grandmother.

"I was never so happy in all my life," said Miss Potter last night. "I knew I was right when I said I was not the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Potter, and that I remembered being taken to their home when I was a mere baby. My grandmother bears me out in every one of my statements.


"According to the story told me this afternoon by my grandmother, my father died when I was an infant, leaving my mother with five small children. She was poor and could not properly care for us, so she gave us all away. There were three boys and two girls. My sister and two of my brothers are dead, so grandma has been informed, leaving just myself and a brother. She could not tell me where my brother is now, but I guess my mother will know. I must surely see him."

"Will you visit your mother at once on the farm?"

"No, I'll not go there now, as my grandmother says she has been expecting to visit her here in Kansas City for some time, and is liable to arrive any day. Oh, I can hardly wait to see her. Just think, I am 18 years old, and have not seen my mother to know her since I was a baby. If she is not able to take me home with her I shall not burden her, for I am capable of making a living for myself. I would be willing to help support her now, but my grandmother says she has a good home.

"It wasn't because she didn't love us children that she gave us away; it was because she couldn't give us as good a home as she wanted us to have. She has thought me happy because the pole she gave me to have lots of money, but I would rather be with her in a hovel than to live in a mansion without he. I have known all the time that I had a mother somewhere in the world, but it didn't bother me so much when I was a little girl.

"Ever since I have been big enough to think seriously it has worried me a great deal. Many a night when all alone in my bed I have offered up a silent prayer that she would come to me some day."

Miss Potter told her grandmother how she remembered living near a bluff and the trip on the street car taken by her when her mother took her to the Potter home in Kansas City, Kas. Her grandmother told her she was correct, that her mother then lived in a house on the West bluff, just up from the Union depot.

"I recalled a time, as I remembered, when I was bitten by a dog when I was a baby," said Miss Potter, "and grandma said it was right. she said I was not quite 3 years old then."


Miss Potter states that the reason her relatives have kept her in ignorance of her right name was because they thought she was living in luxury and happiness and never suspected she questioned Mr. and Mrs. Potter of not being her father and mother.

Miss Potter received a letter yesterday from Charles Morris, of Oakley, Kas., a cousin of Mrs. Potter, in which he pleads with her to return to the Potter home. He said he remembered her when she was first taken there and how proud Mrs. Potter was of her.

Miss Potter says she has not made any plans for her future and will not until she has seen her mother. She does not want to return to the Potter home to live. Mrs. Stuttle, with whom she is now staying, conducts a kindergarten and training school, and she says that Ella can have a home with her as long as she wants it.

When a reporter called at the Rice home last night the house was in darkness and numerous rings at the doorbell failed to receive a response.

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September 10, 1907


Player Caught in a Police Raid at
Sixth and Wyandotte.

When Detectives Boyle, Orford, Ravenscamp and Lewis raided an opium den at Sixth and Wyandotte streets last night they found four men smoking opium. One of them was an actor and he pleaded the necessity of appearing on the stage last night. He was released in time to fill his engagement. The other men are being held for investigation.

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September 10, 1907


And Then His 2-Year-Old Son Began
to Wail Aloud.

Mike Ross, a fireman living at 1519 Franklin street, was before the juvenile court yesterday because he had failed to pay $2 a week for the care of his 2-year-old son, Jim, who has been living with Mrs. Marie Strauss, 1311 Crystal avenue, since Ross' wife left him.

"I want to take the boy and I'll give him a good home," Mike said. "I don't pay the woman the money because she won't let me see the boy."

"Mike was drinking and I was afraid," Mrs. Straus explained.

"The law says," Judge Porterfield broke in, "the law says, Mike, that you must support your child even if you never see him. We can put you in jail if you don't care for him.

"And you, Mrs. Straus, must let Mike see his child whenever he wants to."

"All I want is justice; I love the boy," Mike said and he began to cry. Little Jim, seeing his father in tears, climbed on his lap and wailed aloud. Mike and Mrs. Straus went away together, Mike carrying the child.

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September 10, 1907


Master Fell Asleep, but Faithful Ani-
mal Remained on Guard.

"Come on, pup. We are going to be locked up." That is what Frank Burger said to his dog yesterday afternoon as he was being assisted down the stairs from police headquarters to the holdover. Burger was arrested on a charge of being drunk. "Pup" is a beautiful fox terrier. He did not need any invitation to surrender his liberty with his master. When the big iron door was opened he bounded right in. The dog seemed to understand his master's condition. He made no objection to men in uniform taking hold of him, but when anyone else approaced his master he assumed a threatening attitude. In the holdover his master fell asleep, but the dog kept watch over him and permitted no other prisoners to come near.

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September 10, 1907


Sammy Hopkins Visits the Juvenile
Court and Likes It.

Sammy Hopkins, 4 years old, was visiting the juvenile court yesterday. He was accompanied by an aunt, but she couldn't keep track of him.

"May I eat a piece of sweet cake after the judge gets here?" Sammy asked Dr. E. L. Mathias, probation officer, just before the afternoon session took up. "Yes, if the judge doesn't catch you at it," the doctor said.

So, while Judge E. E. Porterfield sat at the table and heard case after case, Sammy slipped up to the judge's bench, hid behind it and ate a piece of ginger bread. Then with the crumbs on his face, he crawled up into the chair and looked at the judge's back. He was a cute little tyke, and he wore a cap on his head that attracted considerable attention.

Judge Porterfield turned around to look at the boy, and he slid off the chair and crawled back under the bench.

There he went exploring and finally found a piece of gum sticking on the underside of the bench. Manipulating this with outh and fingers, he came running to his aunt to show what he had found.

"Take it back," she whispered, "it belongs to the judge."

So Sammy took the gum back and stuck it where he had found it under the bench.

"I'm going to be in court regular some day," Sammy said, after his aunt had prevailed upon him to talk for publication. "I hopped a street car once and had a policeman chase me half a block.

"Mamma calls me Sammy, but my real name is S. R. I live at 2808 Bell. I go to Sunday school on Nineteenth street near the school house."

Sammy stayed until the court was adjourned at 5 o'clock. Before he left he hunted up Dr. Mathias:

"The judge didn't catch me, did he?" were Sammy's parting words.

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September 9, 1907




Was Jumping From an Upper Story
Window Clasping His Hands,
a Curl Cut From the
Locks of His Sleep-
ing Babe.

A kiss stolen from the lips of a little child reunited a family Saturday night and the reconciliation was completed and left intact by Holly Jarboe, desk sergeant at police headquarters, who saw a higher duty than that of a police officer and dared to do it although in conflict with his official duty. Jarboe did not say anything about the circumstance, hoping to keep it quiet.

"I did not think it wise for me to say anything, for I had caught the man in the act of housebreaking, and maybe burglary, too, and then turned him loose. That does not sound very well for a police officer, but I feel that I did right just the same," acknowledged Jarboe when questioned.

"I think I can clear myself by explaining the circumstances, but some of the details I am going to omit for the sake of other persons.


"As I was returning from lunch Saturday night, I saw a man jump out of a window of a house, scale down a porch post and run. At the same time a woman in the house screamed. I chased the man and caught him. He did not look like a thief, but I started to the station with him. Then the man began to weep.

" ' I have had trouble enough,' he said.

" 'But I am no thief. I doubt if you will believe the truth when I tell it. I do not know whether I can prove what I am going to tell you, or not. Maybe I will not need to prove it -- are you a married man?' he asked me. I told him I was not.

" 'Then you have never loved a little child, and you will not understand me,' he replied.

" 'I broke into that house just to steal this, and a kiss,' and he showed me a lock of yellow hair coiled around one of his fingers.

" 'I live in a little town out in Kansas. It does not make any difference where, nor what my name is. I have been a fool all right, in the eyes of most people, but they do not need to know.

" 'A few days ago -- well, wife and I, we had a misunderstanding. Both were to blame, or at least I was. She took our little boy 3 years old, and started for Kansas City, saying I would never see her again. I was proud -- tried to act like I did not care. I bore up all day, but when night came --. But you are not married. You have no wife nor baby. You do not know what a real home is. I did not know until night came and they were not there. I sat up all night waiting for the first train to Kansas City. I did not know what I was going to do when I got there, but I came. I found my wife in the home of a friend, just where I expected she would be. I did not expect she would make up with me. All that I hoped for was just another kiss from baby. I climbed the porch and cut the screen from the window. I leaned over my wife while she was asleep and kissed the baby. A curl was hinging over his forehead. I took my pocket knife and cut it loose. I guess I pulled some, for he waked with a scream and I ran, and you caught me.'


"I stopped him right there, 'Man we are going back to that woman and baby,' I said to the fellow, 'and if that woman does not take you back, I'll -- but she will take you back.'

" 'Do you think so,' he exclaimed. I never saw a more changed and happy expression came over a man.

"Back at the house all was excitement over the supposed burglar. I saw a woman there with a yellow-haired child in her arms. I took the man by the hand, in which he was still holding the stolen lock. 'Here is the burglar, and here is what he stole,' I said, placing his hand in hers.

"It took a few seconds for the woman to realize it all. Then she threw her arms around his neck and I was not needed there any more. I did not feel like I was letting a prisoner escape, either."

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September 10, 1907


Were Called to Tell About a Shooting


In a quarrel at 249 East Third street last night Mattie Hicks, negress, shot Lotta Holden, negress, through the left side. The injured woman was taken to the emergency hospital. Her condition was pronounced critical early this morning. Mattie made her scape.

A little later several witnesses, mostly negroes, were assembled in the "sweat room" at police headquarters. Assistant Prosecutor Hogan was presiding. He stood at a table littered with papers. He commenced the preliminary questioning and in removing the papers from the table uncovered a grinning skull.

"Oh mah soul," screamed a buxom negress. "There's her ghos' now!"

The remaining witnesses echoed her cry and in less than five seconds there was not a negro in the room. They were all rounded up and tremblingly accepted the explanation that the skull was only a portion of the ornamentation of an opium den that had been raided.

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September 9, 1907


Firemen Called to Scarritt Building
to Abate Cloud of Smoke.

There was a fire scare at the new Scarritt building, Ninth and Grand avenue, about 7:30 o'clock last night. It being Sunday evening, few of the tenants were in their offices. A still alarm was turned into fire headquarters. Outside the building there was nothing to account for the presence of the firemen. Janitors had told the few tenants when they had taken alarm when they saw the firemen enter the building that there was no danger.

It all came about form a janitor heating some water on a temporary stove in the basement preparatory to taking a shave. He had his razor laid out, the strop was hanging on a nearby nail, and all that was needed was hot water with which to make a lather. Finally the water on the stove reached the boiling point, and the janitor reached to take it off. The pan was hot, and he burned his fingers. He attempted to deposit the pan of water on a table as quickly as he could. As he leaped, his elbow struck the stove pipe, and disjointed a section of it. A moment before he had thrown in a fresh shovelful of coal, and dense, black smoke issued from the disjointed section of pipe. It filled the basement and began to curl in dense volumes up through the open ventilators in the sidewalk.

Someone in the Rialto building saw the smoke coming from the sidewalk, and turned in the alarm to fire headquarters. By the time the firemen reached there, the pipe had been put back in place, and most of the smoke had been blown form the building. The janitor heated another pan of water, and finished his Sunday shave.

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September 8, 1907



Says She Is the Only Mother the Girl
Has Ever Known and Deplores
Fact That She Has Hired
a Lawyer.

"I care nothing for any suit that she may bring, yet I love Ella," said Mrs. Potter, yesterday afternoon, at her home, Eighth street and State avenue, Kansas City, Kas. The tears rolled down her cheeks as she told how she had watched over the girl from the time she was a baby. The girl, Ella Potter, has retained a lawyer and threatens to bring suit to require Mr. and Mrs. Potter to divulge her parentage. The Potters took the girl to their home when she was 3 years old, and educated her and reared her to womanhood. Now she is anxious to know who were her real father and mother.

"That child has broken my heart. I just don't know what to do. I have spent all kinds of money on her; furnished her with fine clothes, and sent her away to school at a big expense, but she doesn't seem to care for me now. It is true I have been very strict with her, but it was for her own good," said Mrs. Potter.

Mrs. Potter says that she told Ella that if she would go away to school and finish her education, that she would buy a $10,000 farm for her when she graduated and place it in her name. She says her offer was rejected.

Asked as to the parentage of Miss Potter, Mrs. Potter said she and her husband were the only mother and father the girl has.

"She is our girl. We raised her. She never knew any other mother and father. Poor Ella, she only imagines that she remembers her mother bringing her to my home."

"I believe I shall learn the names of my parents, and when I do I will be happy no matter who they are. Several kind people called to see me today, and from the sympathies expressed by them I feel positive that no one will blame me for the step I have taken, said Miss Potter yesterday.

She says she is determined to go ahead with her suit in court. "While I regret that I have been given so much publicity," continued Miss Potter, "yet if it helps me to establish my parentage I can easily overlook this unpleasantness."

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September 8, 1907




Pedestrians Slipped Up on Layers of
Them on the Sidewalks -- Elec-
tric Lights in Total Eclipse
and People Had to
Fight Their Way.
Fighting Off Swarms of Bugs

"Suffering Moses! This is the first time I ever realized what sort of proposition Pharaoh and the other Egyptians were up against!" exclaimed an irate citizen last night as he left an Electric park car at Eighth street and Grand avenue, buttoning his coat collar tightly about his neck and shading his eyes as if he had stepped into a snow storm. And no one thought it worth while to ask the meaning of the allusion -- it was evident enough. It was the green bugs.

Green bugs! The air literally swarmed with them. About every street light and illuminated sign board they hung in clouds. The sidewalks were covered with them and pedestrians slipped up upon layers of them on the sidewalks. Passengers in the street cars had to keep their eyes closed for fear the insects would get caught beneath the lids and cause exquisite pain. One scarcely dared to open his mouth for fear of complications. The memark of the man who recalled the pests visited upon the persecutors of the Hebrews in olden time voiced the sentiments of half the downtown people in Kansas City last night.

The tiny green insects have been worse here this summer than ever before, but last night they surpassed all previous records. There was no escape from them except in darkness, as it seemed they could penetrate the closest screen netting. The lighting of any kind of lamp was the signal for an invasion by a swarm of the pests, and once inside they seemed to multiply by the thousands. They had an uncomfortable way of slipping down one's collar, or crawling into one's ear, with occasional side excursions up the nose.
Swarms of Green Bugs Attacking Shoppers
At the confectionery stands they were most exasperatingly aggressive. One ordered a crushed nut sundae and then politely handed it back to the waiter for renovation. An absinthe frappe, because of the harmony of hue between the liquer and the bugs, was altogether out of the question. At the "hand-out" restaurants in the North end, diners calmly covered their coffe-cups with the saucers while they ate their "ham an' " in rapid mouthfulls.

The young woman with the peek-a-boo shirtwaist probably fared the worst. The filigree seemed to offer especial attraction to the little insects, and not a few Kansas City girls were given an evening of peculiar and undesired discomfort. Many women were seen with light shawls, handkerchiefs, coats, anything that would prove a barrier to the aggressiveness of the bugs, about their shoulders in spite of the heat.

There was some satisfaction to observers, however, in the fact that if the bugs made people uncomfortable, other bugs made things interesting for them. Darting in and out of every cloud of the the green insects, large bugs closely resembling beetles were seen feeding voraciously upon the smaller pests. The inroads of those cannibals did not appreciably diminsh their numbers, however, although it was a matter for some comfot to know that trouble was happening to the trouble makers.

It is supposed that the warm weather, following the recent cool, wet weather, brought the bugs out in unusually large numbers. An entomologist who attempted to give a history of the insects was almost mobbed in a Grand avenue saloon by some men who asserted that the bugs were bad enough without going back into tradition and raking out all their ancestors.

In the telephone exchange offices the bantam grasshoppers were especially annoying.

"Bug here? Well, only a million or so, and they get in our mouths," said a "Central" girl.

"You see, we can not say 'hello' with our mouths shut, and every time we open them in hops a bug."

For some mysterious reason the bugs avoided the police station. While persons nearby were complaining, the officers only smiled.

At the Hotel Baltimore the bugs were so thick during the early part of the evening that they annoyed guests in the grill room. Waiters who were not engaged lighted rolls of paper and held the flame beneath the large electric lights in the grill and bar rooms. The smoldering fragments of newspapers which fell about those dining at nearby tables was just as annoying, but the fires soon dispatched the bugs.

Expert mathematicians figured it out that billions of the pests fluttered about the street arc lights, and this seemed plausible, for in the downtown streets some of the arc lights were in total eclipse.
Arc Lights Dimmed to Darkness by Little Green Bugs

On the street cars the scene was much the same as during a heavy snow storm. People turned up their coat collars, held their hats or hands before their faces and now and then, when an especially ambitions bug found its way down the collar of a passenger, there were shivers and exclamations.

In many of the cars the lights were turned entirely out, especially so in all the trailers on the Electric park line. The conductors and motormen fared the worst, for they were compelled to keep their eyes open even at the street corners under the electric lights where the bugs were thickest.

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September 8, 1907



Shapely Forearms That Were Once
Free From Hirsute Growth Are
Now Bewhiskered and Look
Horribly Horrid.

Kansas City young women are startled by the information going the rounds in feminine circles that the wearing of short sleeves causes fuzz to grow upon their arms. It is said that one su mmer of short sleeved waists will increase the length of the fuzz upon the arm as much as an eighth of an inch. That there is a scientific basis for this unpleasant result of a pleasing custom is vouched for by Dr. George A. King and by actual experience on the part of the numberless Kansas City society women.

Dr. King says that the reason the almost imperceptible down upon the rounded arms of the women who affect the short sleeve habit changes gradually in hair, which is long enough to be easily seen, is found by looking into the early history of the race.

"Prehistoric man, and also prehistoric woman, was covered all over with a thick growth of hair, which served as a protection to the skin against the cold in winter and the sun in summer," said Dr. King yesterday. "When the custom of wearing clothes became general, this growth of hair gradually began to become thinner and thinner, until finally only a downy growth remained. This was becasue the human race no longer needed the protection afforded by hair.

"Now you can easily see the reason that wearing elbow sleeves has a tendency to cause a growth of hair upon the forearm. Nature provides the growth in order to protect the delicate organism of the skin from the heat of the sun. The more the arms are exposed to the sun, the more likely are they to develop a growth of har. So, it can be seen that the women who have been most anxious to get a fasionable coat of tan on their arms during the summer months are those who are now suffering most from an unwelcome hirstute growth."

Dr. King says that those young women who have been unfortunate enough to receive a coat of nature's clothing upon their arms must be content with it for some time to come.

"The average life of a hair is from two to four years," said he. "I suppose there is little else to do but to wait for the hairs to live their natural life, and then they'll die."

"But I can't go to parties or dances in evening clothes with all this ugly hari on my arms," said a young woman who had come in to find out why she was suddenly troubled with a growth of hair on her arms. She confessed she had worn short sleeves for several summers, and each year had always been anxious to get "a good coat of tan."

"Consult a dermatologist," said Dr. King. "And then pray that next year the style will be long sleeves. I don't suppose even the ugly hair wil stop women from wearing short sleeves until fashion takes a hand in the matter."

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September 8, 1907




Panic Followed the Explosion and
Men Trampled Over Women to
Escape -- Five Sprang Through
Windows -- Crew Tried to
Assure Passengers.

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September 7, 1907


Former Kansas City Man Among Two
Released by Mexican Officials.

Edward Stover, formerly of Kansas City, nine years ago a conductor on the Hannibal & St. Joseph railway, and W. B. Speed, of Dallas, Tex., conductors on the Mexican Central railroad, who were imprisoned without trial more than a year ago in the penitentiary at San Luis Potosi, Mexico, have been released unconditionally by the Mexican government. The men were arrested following a fight between Americans and Mexicans, in which a Mexican was killed. Speed was not even a witness of the fight, and while Stover was there he was not concerned in it.

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September 7, 1907




Has Lived With Them Since She Was
3 Years Old -- Remembers, She
Says, Her Mother Taking Her
to Strange Place to Live.
Miss Ella Potter, Adopted.

Suit in equity to compel Mr. and Mrs. Eli Potter, who have reared her from infancy to young womanhood, to reveal her right name and history is to be brought in the Wyandotte district court by Miss Ella Potter, an accomplished and pretty 18-year-old girl of Kansas City, Kas. She has employed County Attorney Joseph Taggart to represent her.

Miss Porter declares she is not the child of Mr. and Mrs. Porter and has known so ever since she was taken to their home. However, she says they have always claimed her as their own, and when she would plead with them to tell her the facts and make known her true parentage, they would simply laugh at what they called her foolishness.


"I am positive that I am not their child," said Miss Potter yesterday afternoon at the home of Mrs. Effie Struttle, 804 Minnesota avenue, where she is now living, having left the Potter home July 4 last. "I can just faintly remember playing with two little boys and a little girl, whom I believe were my brothers and sister. I recollect leaving them one day with my mother, who took me on the cars and left me in a strange house with a strange woman. I cried when she left me."

"Do you remember ever seeing your mother again?" Miss Potter was asked.

"Oh, yes. She frequently visited me for what seems now to have been several months, but finally she came and left and I have never seen her since then, that I know of. I used to cry for her and ask to see her, but Mrs. Potter would tell me to hush, that she was my mamma. After I grew to be a good-sized girl I often pleaded with them to reveal to me my right name and tell me who my father and mother were, but they would invariably treat my pleadings lightly, insisting that I was their child and for me not to be so foolish as to think otherwise.

"I am now a young woman, and I am more than ever convinced that I am not the child of Mr. and Mrs. Potter. My only desire and ambition at present is to ascertain my true parentage and see my real mother, if she is living. It is a terrible mental strain to be under, but I shall never have any peace of mind until I have learned the mystery that seems to surround my birth. I believe the courts will do justice to me and compel Mr. and Mrs. Potter to lay bare the secret."

The people of Kansas City, Kas., first remember Miss Potter as a child of about 3 years old. It was generally understood that Mr. and Mrs. Potter had adopted her. Mrs. Potter has always shown a great fondness for the girl, and until the last year or two they were almost constantly in each other's company. When Miss Potter became of school age she was sent to the Columbia, Mo., seminary. Later she attended school at Aurora, Ill., and at Mt. Carroll, Ill. Miss Potter states that her terms at these schools were short, as Mrs. Potter would send for her to come home.

In speaking about her suit, Miss Potter stated that she had engaged County Attorney Taggart to take care of it for her, and that he would commence an action in the next day or so.

County Attorney Taggart was seen last night and stated that Miss Potter had consulted him in the matter of bringing a suit to ascertain her identity, and that he had taken the case. He didn't know just when he would file the petition.

"I never heard of such a suit being brought before," he continued, "but I am inclined to believe that a suit in equity would hold in court, and that Mr. and Mrs. Potter can be compelled to reveal the name of the girl's parents, if they know."

Mr. and Mrs. Potter have lived in Kansas City, Kas., for more than a quarter of a century. They erected a handsome mansion at Eighth street and State avenue in the '80s, which was used for a while as a private hotel. It was burned to the ground about seventeen years ago. They have since erected a home on the same site. Mrs. Potter years ago was a candidate for mayor of Kansas City, Kas., as an independent woman candidate. She was defeated, but received quite a vote.

Mr. and Mrs. Potter could not be seen last night.

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September 7, 1907


Despite Kimbrell's Unusual Precau-
tions Marauder Visits Him.

"If I could find the man who bribed my burglar alarm I would send him to the penitentiary for life," said Bert Kimbrell, assistant prosecuting attorney, yesterday.

"Out where I live at 2742 Holmes street burglars are plentiful and I have taken great precautions to protect myself. For a few weeks I kept a dog with a 44-caliber bark, but the landlady objected to the animal's noise and tendency to feed upon the portieres and rugs and compelled me to kill him.

"Before I got rid of the dog, though, I took his voice and bottled fifteen minutes of it, taken in the full of the moon, in a graphophone. This graphophone I kept in my sleeping room. Burglar alarms on the windows and the doors were connected by electric wires to the phonograph and there was an automatic circuit maker, so that when anyone tried to enter the room the graphophone set up a howl.

"Last night I was awakened by a masked burglar in the room, throwing a flashlight in my face. I was too badly frightened to scream, so I sat up in bed and read to the stranger the Missouri statutes on burglary and explained to him that I was in the prosecutor's office and could send him to the penitentiary for ten years. He seemed to realize his danger and backed out of the room, escaping by window as he had come in.

"Upon his departure I got up and examined my graphophone to learn why it had not barked an alarm.

"The foxy burglar had been in my room in the afternoon and put a joint of beef in the funnel. When I turned on the electric current, all I heard was the ghost of my dog growling and gnawing on the bone."

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September 7, 1907


Negro Crap Shooter's Desperate Leap
to Escape Arrest.

"Jigger for the bull."

That was the warning in North end parlance that a negro sounded when Patrolman Eads came upon a crap game back of the Institutional church, Admiral boulevard and Holmes street, last night. It meant, "Run, a policeman is coming." Behind Eads was Patrolman Phillips.

"Oh, jigger for two bulls," was the second exclamation, and a half dozen negroes "jiggered."

Back of the church is an embankment supported by a wall thirty feet high. One negro jumped over this wall and landed on the roof of a coal house.

"From the noises made, I thought every bone in his body was broken," Eads said, "but I guess I was mistaken. I could see him from the top of the wall. I told him to consider himself under arrest. He climbed from the roof. He had scarcely touched the ground, when a bulldog seized his pants above the legs. The negro just simply ran away with that dog. He did not give him a chance to let go. The negro and the dog disappeared in the darkness. Now, I suppose there will be a stolen dog reported in the morning."

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September 7, 1907


Belgian Claims She Has Eloped With
a Former Lover.

A complaint was made yesterday in the North city court by Camiel Vaunieveweborgh against his wife, Cassimeria, charging that she had taken from a bureau drawer in the home, just outside the city limits of Argentine, then ran away with another man. All three are Belgians, speaking the English language imperfectly.

Vaunieveweborgh alleges that he brought his wife from Brussels to this country August 4, and that the man she went away with, who is a former lover of the wife, followed them across the ocean to at last elope with her.

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September 6, 1907


But a Bill of Sale Showed They Cost
$1.65 Each.

Sol Roeber, a young man about 18 years of age, who says he just reached Kansas City from Chicago yesterday, was arrested by a North end policeman at Third and Main streets last evening because he had too much jewelry about his person. He was showing a number of fine gold watches, in green plush cases, to bystanders when taken into custody upon suspicion.

When the man was searched at police headquarters eight watches were found in his pockets. In appearance the watches were the kind used by railroad men, which retail at from $50 to $100 each. A further search revealed a bill of sale for the timepieces.

The bill was from a Philadelphia concern and showed that Roeber had paid $1.65 for each of the watches. Upon his assertion that he had just arrived in town and had not yet offered any of the watches for sale he was released. He promised to take out a peddler's license this morning.

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September 6, 1907




Audience at Conservatory of Music
and Art Thrown Into an Uproar
When Two Women Tumbled
Down the Stairs -- Sever-
al Trampled On.

Two women falling down stairs was the cause of a panic at an assistant teachers' recital at the Conservatory of Music and Art at Tenth and Oak streets last night. The commotion on the stairs, which led down from a small hallway entering into the hall where the recital was in progress, attracted the attention of those near the door. Some one suggested it was a fight. Several ushers rushed out and the remark was carried on in whispers across the room until someone, misunderstanding the original word, screamed "fire."

Miss Pearl Collins was singing Tosti's "Ninon." Her voice was drowned in the clamor that followed. In an instant almost the entire audience was on its feet and a wild scramble for the door was already started when J. A. Cowan, president of the institution, rushed upon the stage and shouted to the people to keep their seats, assuring them that there is no cause for alarm.

Several people were knocked down and would have doubtless been trampled on in another moment had not the panic been quelled when it was. While Mr. Cowan was shouting assurances from the stage the janitor of the building was attempting to quiet the people in the back of the hall.

The hall was crowded to its capacity and many people stood outside the door, making it impossible for those inside to know what was transpiring a few feet behind them. The unusual feature of the incident was that almost as soon as Mr. Cowan appeared and began to talk to the audience, the panic ceased and most of the people resumed their seats in apparent composure. The programme was then carried out.

Neither of the women -- a young girl and an elderly matron -- who caused the panic was seriously hurt. They had been sitting together during the recital and during Miss Collins' solo, the girl became ill and left the room. The other woman accompanied her and just as they reached the head of the stairs, the girl fainted. In falling she pulled her companion with her and the two started to roll down the steps toward the street door. The janitor, who was standing near, succeeded in catching the girl when she was about half way down, but the older woman rolled to the bottom, receiving several bruises and a cut across the bridge of her nose. The young woman received some minor bruises.

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September 6, 1907


Married in Missouri on a License Is-
sued in Kansas.

There is a man and woman somewhere within the confines of Kansas City, Mo., who spent Wednesday night thinking that they were legally husband and wife only to find out yesterday that they were mistaken.

Yesterday, Probate Judge Van B. Prather, of Kansas City, Kas., was called up by phone and asked if a person could get married in Kansas City, Mo., on a license issued in Kansas.

"You positively can not," was the judge's answer.

"Well, I am in a terrible predicament. I've already been married on the one I got from you. It took place last night."

"You had better have the person who performed the ceremony ride over to this side of the line and marry you over."

"Can't do that. We were married by a priest and he can't leave his own parish to perform a marriage ceremony."

Judge Prather then informed the much agitated benedict that he would have to spend $2 more for a Missouri license if he wanted to be married here.

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September 5, 1907


Indian Territory Mystery Has a Kan-
sas City End.

An Indian Territory tragedy developed a Kansas City end yesterday when Dr. Willliam Cross made out a certificate to the effect that he had found poison in a stomach which had been sent him from Kiowa, I. T.

Dr. Cross had in bottles on his shelves the stomach, brains and liver of "a female, 21 years old, married, fullblood Indian," and excepting that the extraordinary consignment had been made to him by H. P. Ward, a merchant in Kiowa, he knew nothing more.

"I suppose there has been a murder down there," said Dr. Cross. "Two weeks ago I got three bottles by express, together with a note saying that poisoning was suspected. I was asked to make an analysis for strychnine. The final instructions came yesterday, and I took the stomach of the Indian woman into my laboratory. I found it reeking with strychnine.

"My information is that four doctors had attended the woman during her illness of twenty-four hours, and that they had reported her convulsions due to natural causes. The citizens took the matter up, bottled these parts of the remains, shipped them up here and instructed that the analysis be made.

"I do not know whether it was murder or anything else, but there is plenty of strychnine in that bottle to account for one."

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September 5, 1907


Case of Mistaken Identity Loses
Young Man a Companion.

A young man and woman were seated together in the waiting room of the Union depot last night. They had never met before, but were getting along famously when a little child about 3 years old emerged from the crowd. At first the child looked lost and bewildered, but seeing the young man her face brightened. She ran toward him, threw herself in his lap and called him "Papa." The young woman grew indignant.

"You told me you were not --"

"But I insist I never saw this child before," the young man interrupted.

"You need not tell me," said the young woman, with all the dignity and hauteur possible. "You are just a common masher. I thought I liked you, and that you would be pleasant company on my trip, but I hate you so now."

It was useless for the young man to attempt to further explain. The child had her arms about his neck and was calling him "Papa."

"I guess I will take this child to the information bureau," the young man announced, for the benefit of the young woman.

"No, that story does not go here," said Pi Howell, the "ask me" man. "That kid is probably yours, and I have all the kids I want. You cannot leave the child with me."

While the argument was waxing warm a woman rushed frantically to the information window.

"I have lost my baby," she shouted. Then seeing the child in the arms of a strange man she snatched it to her.

"I found papa," the child said.

Then the woman took a second look at the embarrassed young man.

"Well, you do look something like my husband," she said. "you see, my husband is a traveling man, and it has been a long time since 'Baby' saw him. I left her in a seat a few minutes ago and when I returned she was gone. She mistook you for my husband."

"Say, there is a young woman -- a very angry young woman here in the depot that I want you to explain this affair to," the man said. But the young woman could not be found.

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September 5, 1907


Roman Berger, Taken Ill on Car,
Moved to O. H. Parker's House.

Roman Berger, 4040 Pennsylvania avenue, a motorman for the Metropolitan Street Railway Company, died yesterday at the home of Deputy Coroner O. H. Parker, where he had been carried after becoming ill on a Westport car at Forty-first and Main streets. Heart disease is given as the cause of death. Berger had been a motorman in the employ of the Metropolitan Street Railway Company for sixteen years, and was 42 years old. A widow and three children survive.

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September 4, 1907


Man Arrested Blames the Mishap to
a Woman Driver.

Patrolmen Abbey and Fagan arrested Edward Vaughan late on the evening of Labor day, alleging that he was beating a livery horse which landed in the basement of a saloon at Twenty-fourth street and Southwest boulevard. There is a fire station at that point and the firemen had to cut the harness to extricate the horse from the basement.

"I was lighting a cigar," explained Vaughan, to Judge Kyle yesterday, "and one of the young women took the lines. Just then an engine whistled and away went the horse. I didn't drive it into a basement to get all skinned up as I did and try to hurt others."

Justice Young defended the case. Vaughan was discharged.

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September 4, 1907


Mother Leaves Estate to Daughter
Whose Marriage Hastened Funeral.

Margaret Delougherty, who was married Monday to John A. Dugan, is the heir to all but $10 of her mother, Catherine Delougherty's estate, according to the will of her mother, which was filed yesterday in the probate court. The $10 is given to Mary Walsh, of Syracuse, N. Y., a sister of Catherine Delougherty. The remainder of the estate is left to Margaret for her use during her life time, and upon her death will go to John Conners, of Syracuse, N. Y., a brother of the deceased.

John A. Dugan, who married Margaret on Monday and was later arrested upon the complaint of E. R. Weeks, president of the Humane Society, was released yesterday morning. The police decline to interfere, and any investigation of the case which is made must come from the probate court.

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September 4, 1907


"Billy" Williams Sent to the General
Hospital for 100 Days.

"I did something this morning I have never done before in my life. I got down on my knees on the hard floor and asked Divine aid to help me quit drinking. I feel better for having done it and think it will help me win the day."

This was the statement made by "Billy" Williams, the old time minstrel, when arraigned in court yestrday. His faithful little wife, carrying a babe in her arms, stood beside him.

"Judge," she said, "I have practically taken care of the family for eight years. No one knows what I have suffered on account of the whisky question. When he broke down and was sick I got up entertainments and worked hard to help along."

The court ordered Williams sent to the general hospital, where he will be confined for 100 days in hope of curing him of the liquor habit.

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September 3, 1907




John Dugan, Recently Divorced, Ar-
rested After His Wedding With
Margaret Delougherty -- It
Is Claimed Woman Is
of Unsound Mind.

The priest who administered the last spiritual advices to Mrs. Catherine Delougherty, of No. 1208 Guinotte street, missed her funeral yesterday morning because Marguerite Delogherty, daughter of the dead woman, was in such a hurry to get married that she had the ceremony advanced a half hour and the sexton had thrown the sod over the coffin before the holy man arrived. Friends of Mrs. Delougherty during her lifetime were astonished when they went to the house at the appointed hour, and later drove hurriedly to St. Mary's cemetery, only to find the grave filled in and the cemetery officials in charge.

"Miss Delougherty drove to the county court house," the sexton told the belated mourners, "at least that is the address her escort gave to the driver."


The Delougherty funeral was set for 10 o'clock yesterday morning. Mrs. Delougherty, 71 years old, had died Saturday night, but no wake had yet been held. The dead woman owned a large amount of real estate and was reputed to have a large sum of ready money in the bank.

Marguerite Delougherty is 35. For several months John Dugan, a switchman, employed by the Missouri Pacific railway, had boarded at the Delougherty home. Three months ago his wife, who was but 25, secured a divorce.

Yesterday morning, for a reason unknown at the time, Miss Delougherty gave orders for the funeral procession to leave the house at 9:30 o'clock. She rode in a carriage with neighbors. Dugan occupied a carriage alone in the seat of the procession.

At the grave the few friends who had arrived in time to accompany the body remonstrated with the daughter to await the coming of the priest, but she declared in authoritative manner that his coming did not matter and ordered the sexton to fill up the grave. At this juncture, as the little group of friends looked on bewildered, Dugan advanced and handed Miss Delougherty into his own carriage and told the driver to take them to the court house. The little group of friends sadly departed.


A marriage license was at once procured and by the time the priest had arrived at the cemetery, Miss Delougherty was being married to Dugan by the Rev. H. S. Chruch, of No. 328 Park avenue, who had been called to the office of the license clerk while the necessary papers were being filled in and approved.

As the priest turned away from the covered grave the daughter re-entered her carriage at the court house and she and her husband drove toward the Delougherty home. The stopped at several houses and invited their friends to a bridal feast. Before the carriage reached the home a case of beer and a jug of liquor had been taken on.

The presence of negroes mingling with white persons at the marriiage festivities attracted neighborhood attention and soon the information of a carousal at the Delougherty home was telephoned to President E. R. Weeks, of the Humane Society. Here the troubles of the married pair began. For President Weeks had investigated the Delougherty girl before, and had on his desk the opinion of a medical man that she is of unsound mind. On two occasions, President Weeks said, neighbors called his attention to Miss Delougherty's condition, and he later called in Dr. J. F. Sawyer, Fifth street and Lydia avenue, who was the Delougherty family physician. He readily gave his opinion that the girl is not always mentally reasonable.


W. H. Gibbens, assistant Humane officer, was dispatched to the Delougherty home, and soon after Patrolman Fitzgerald arrived and placed the bridegroom under arrest. He was locked up for investigation. Today a charge may be placed against, or, at the expiration of twenty-four hours, he must be released.

President Weeks said he may act under the statute which prevents the marriage of one of unsound mind or on the grounds that the probate court should become custodian of the property of the deceased.

J. W. Hogan, an assistant county prosecutor who investigated the arrest, stated that the marriage of an imbecile is not void, but that the marriage may at once be canceled by authorities if the case is proven.

Neighbors of the Deloughertys stated last night that recently the aged woman showed bruised arms and stated to them that she had been beaten. That, they say, was three weeks ago. Immediately, the neighbors state, Mrs. Delougherty was reported ill and that she was never able to leave her bed.

The bride remained last night in her mother's death chamber alone after the arrest of the groom.

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September 3, 1907


Bicycle He Was Performing With
Misses the Platform.

Ralph Johnstone, the Kansas City boy who has made a hit at the Hippodrome in New York with his trick bicycle riding, and who is appearing at the Sam S. Shubert theater this week received a fall last night while performing his act. One of his tricks is to mount a flight of steps by successive jumps of his bicycle, then jump the wheel across an intervening space to a narrow platform. In making this last jump last night the wheel failed to land squarely, and both it and the rider were thrown to the floor. Johnstone struck on the back of his neck and was rendered unconscious for a time.

Walter Sanford, the manager of the house, rung down the curtain. Johnstone was removed to his dressing room and soon recovered from the effects of the fall.

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September 3, 1907


Jack Gallagher Beats Up Al Hubbard,
a Discharged Barkeeper.

For a half hour last night Al Hubbard, 25 years old lay unconscious in the emergency hospital from a slight concussion of the brain and bruises inflected by "Jack" Gallagher, a former policeman, who conducts several North end saloons. This assault took place in Gallagher's Third street saloon, directly opposite police headquarters. He was arrested, and later released on a cash bond of $100 furnished by himself.

Hubbard up to last Saturday was employed as a barkeeper at Gallagher's Walnut street saloon, but was discharged. It seems Hubbard had some trouble with his wife yesterday, and when he went into Gallagher's Third street saloon last night this circumstance entered into the conversation. It resulted in Hubbard getting a terrible beating.

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September 3, 1907


Police Say Ten Players Were Occu-
pied With Cards When Arrested.

An alleged poker game in room 505, Victoria hotel, was raided last night by Detectives Godley Phelan, Lyngar and McGraw. The detectives were equiped with a city warrant and walked in on the players when they were their busiest. Two cases of cards, boxes of chips, blank checks and other paraphernalia such as is to be found in a fully-equipped poker room were confiscated.

The gamekeeper and nine players were arrested and taken to the police station. W. M. Jones, alleged gamekeeper, was released on $26 bond and the players on bonds of $11.

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September 3, 1907


Detective McAnany Held on Charge
of Attempted Kidnapping.

SEDAN, KAS. (SPECIAL.) -- Mrs. James C. Barclay, foster mother of the "incubator baby" of Lawrence fame, and Detective Thomas S. McAnany, of Kansas City, were arraigned before Justice Speed this afternoon on a charge of attempting to kidnap the child of Mrs. Charlotte Bleakley at Elgin last Saturday.

The defendants waived a preliminary hearing and were bound over to the district court, which convenes here tomorrow morning. Bail was fixed at $1,000 each. McAnany was unable to give it and is tonight in the county jail. It is understood tonight that Mrs. Barclay regrets the steps she has taken and is willing to compromise with Mrs. Bleakley to stop the prosecution. It is also said that the latter is firm in her determination to push the case. County Attorney Mertz is securing all the evidence he can get to use when the case comes to trial.

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September 2, 1907


The Attorney Struck by a Passenger
Train and May Die.

Milton J. Oldham, 2905 Euclid avenue, an attorney with offices in the Scarritt building, was struck and dangerously hurt by a westbound passenger train on the Santa Fe railroad, at Turner, Kas., at about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon.

Oldham had been visiting Mrs. Emma Moffett, of Turner, during the day and had just sepped behind one train, only to get in front of another. He was thrown several feet by the cowcatcher and was unconscious several hours. Mr. Oldham was put on board a Kansas City bound train and put in care of Dr. D. E. Clopper at Argentine. It was found that he sustained internal injuries, from which he may die.

Mr. Oldham was placed temporarily in the Argentine Young Men's Christian Association rooms last night, and will be sent to a hospital in Topeka this morning.

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September 2, 1907


Wilson Took the Drug and His Skin
Turned Blue as Indigo.

The conjecture of the emergency hospital that the unknown man found unconsciuos at Eighth and Wyandotte streets was subject to acetanilid poison from headache powders was later found to be correct when he recovered consciousness last night. After almost twenty-four hours of intense suffering, durning part of which time his skin turned as blue as indigo from the poison, the man recovered consciousness long enough to tell his name and the cause of his illness.

His name is given as John Wilson, a brakeman in the employ of the Burlington railroad. His home is in St. Louis, where he has a wife, but he had been in Kansas City several days. He says he had a severe headache Saturday morning, and that he applied to a physician for relief. The doctor gave him some kind of powders, which he swallowed. The next he remembers was regaining consciousness in a ward of the emergency hospital. It was thought by attending physicians last night that a mistake had been made in the presecription given the man, and that he had been allowed to take an overdose of acetanilid.

Mr. Wilson was very faint last night and his recovery is not certain. It was stated at the hospital last night that he had a good chance for recovery.

One hundred and eighty gallons of oxygen, costing $70, was used Saturday night by physicians at the emergency hospital to save the life of Wilson.

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September 2, 1907


"Minnesota Avenue" Displaces "Car-
nival Park" and "Indiana Avenue."

Two familiar stret car signs ceased to exist yeaterday. They were on the "Indiana" and the "Carnival Park" lines. A consolidation of the two lines was effected yesterday into what will be called "Minnesota Avenue." The new line will be run over the same rounte as formerly but an extension of the Indiana line from Thirty-first street to Carnival park, Kansas City, Kas., will be made. Hereafter persons looking for the Carnival park and Indiana cars will reach their destination by way of the Minnesota avenue line.

Six new cars, similar in construction to those on the Rockhill line, were placed in commission on Twelfth street yesterday. In all, Twelfth street will gain twenty new cars as soon as the wiring is instaled. Today several more will be added and by Wednesday the equipment on the thoroughfare is expected to be greatly improved.

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September 2, 1907


Several Shocks Registered by
Gamewell Signals.

During the thunderstorms yesterday afternoon the officers of No. 6 police station were kept stepping sideways. The lightning seemed to be especially attracted to the wires of the Gamewell police signal service. Three times electricity followed the wires into the operator's office and played about his desk. Fuses were burned out, but no other damage was done.

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September 1, 1907


Bing -- Aerial Flight for Alderman
Woolf and Frank Peck.

Alderman Woolf and former Alderman Frank Peck, seated in a motor car, were inspecting the streets in the vicinity of the alderman's laundry yesterday afternoon at Seventeenth street and Belleview avenue, when they ran afoul of a wagon loaded with coal slack. There was an aldermanic shakeup and a cloud of coal dust, each of which took several minutes to settle. The chauffeur reported "no damage."

Not so with Alderman Woolf. He had been watching that coal dust. Much of it had filtered through the open laundry windows, and as a result a part of the afternoon's wash had to go back to the tub.

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September 1, 1907




Went to the Preacher and Vowed
Eternal Love and Obedience.
Start for Oklahoma, Where
Roberts Is a Wealthy
Cotton Planter.

John O. Roberts, a farmer, who has lately grown rich in the Oklahoma cotton-planting district, came to the city yesterday to see his children and unexpectedly met his divorced wife, Mrs. Ellen Roberts, at the home of his daughter, Margaret J. Roberts, 1206 Oak street. The old folks are 75 years old, respectively. There was a reconciliation, a hasty marriage and the two left for Oklahoma City last night.

Some years ago, when the Roberts family was not so well fixed financially, there was a quarrel and a separation and the aged wife returned to her girlhood home at Braymer, Mo., That was nine years ago. After giving up all hope of a reconciliation, Mrs. Roberts, six years ago, asked and was granted a divorce.

In the meantime John O. Roberts was too busy in the cotton fields to think about his broken home. The industry was new in Oklahoma, and he put his heart and soul and a little money in the planting. Crops were good and the cotton district began to reek with wealth. Roberts was tehn an aged man nbut he toiled night and day, and after laying by a good store in his home bank, set out for Kansas City to look up his children. He arrived yesterday.

By chance Mrs. Roberts had come from Braymer to visit their daughter at 1206 Oak street and she confronted the aged husband when he called. It did not take long for Roberts and his former wife to make up the old quarrel and they sought the marriage license clerk. The clerk recorded the age of each at 75 years.

The Rev. Barclay Meador, pastor of the First Christian church, performed the ceremony in his study at 11 o'clock in the morning and the two had luncheon together -- once more husband and wife, they parted last night for the Oklahoma farm which made it possible for them to be reunited.

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