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January 31, 1908
CHAUFFEUR'S DINNER TO A JAG.
Profitable Mistake for One Mr. Nichols
in Police Holdover.
T. Edward Lickiss, former chauffeur for Dr. J. D. Griffith, 201 East Armour boulevard, was yesterday released from the workhouse and turned over to his brother, G. A. Lickiss, of Percy, Ill., who arrived here in the morning. The young chauffeur was fined $500 in police court Tuesday on a charge of exceeding the speed limit, and given a stay on all but $50.
An amusing incident happened while Lickiss was being held in the holdover. A young woman went down and asked permission to send him a "swell meal, as I know he's hungry." She was given permission and ordered the following from a restaurant in the city market:
Porterhouse steak with mushrooms.
German fried potatoes.
Not bad for a prisoner in the holdover who would have gotten a "plain chuck with the juice knocked out," a hunk of bread and a tin of inky coffee.
But Lickiss must have been born under an unlucky star. Soujourning in the holdover with him was a man named Nichols. No Nichols was a "safe keeper." He had been on a rip roaring time and had reached the stage where he could have eaten a stewed boot heel or a boiled mink muff. When the woman said to the jailer the food was "for Mr. Lickiss," he understood the woman to say "for Mr. Nichols"
The swell spread arrived promptly and the jailer ushered the big platter into the cell of Nichols, the jag.
"A lady sent this to you," said the jailer. "Didn't leave her name."
"Thanks, awfully, old chap," replied Nichols after he had rubbed his eyes and pinched himself a few times "Didn't know I had a friend on earth"
Nichols then fell to. Lickiss and the others, who had dined on "jail grub" looked on and envied the fortunate man. They all wished that they, too, had a ministering angel as Nichols had -- and Lickiss had a lurking suspicion that he did have. She had been down to see him and had said she would send him a "swell meal" but it had not arrived.
Later in the day it was discovered that Lickiss was "out a meal" and Nichols was "in a meal," but it was too late to remedy it then. Nichols was fast asleep, a calm, satisfied smile playing over his placid features.
Labels: Armour boulevard, automobiles, city market, doctors, food, police court, workhouse
January 31, 1908
HE ASSOCIATED WITH NEGROES.
Harry Hopkins Makes Out a Poor
Case Against His Comrades.
The negroes charged with throwing Harry Hopkins, 18 years old, over a twenty-foot embankment after assaulting and cutting him, at 919 Oak street, Nov. 16, were discharged yesterday by Justice Shoemaker. They were Dave Foster and Cleve Penn.
Hopkins worked under his father at the postoffice in the special delivery department. Foster, the negro, had also been employed at that work, and there was evidence that they had been very intimate, even spending nights together in the basement of the Keith and Perry Building, where special delivery boys gathered to gamble and drink.
The two boys, the afternoon of Nov 16, were locked in a room at 919 Oak street with two negro women where there was drinking and card playing. The evidence upon which the judge ordered a discharge was coroborated by five witnesses. It was that Cleve Penn, regular attendant of one of the girls, came from work in the barber shop in the Long Building, rapped, told who he was and Hopkins, evidently under the influence of liquor and fright, jumped through a window, ran around two houses and at full sped plunged into Oak street, twenty feet below. Here he was found by strangers, both wrists cut, his left ankle, right leg and right arm broken. He was treated at the Emergency hospital and taken to the German Hospital, where his life was several times despaired of.
Hopkin's testimony was that he had gone to the place to collect $2 from "Cyclone Dave" Foster, who, he asserted, ruled over a number of the special delivery boys, caling himself the "Invincible King." "Bull of the Mill," a professional pugilist, making them at times pay him money. "Cyclone Dave," however, had a witness to prove that Hopkins that morning got $2 of his money on a note sent to a tailor on Twelfth street. This, he said, was spent for candy and liquor for the girls.
Labels: alcohol, emergency hospital, gambling, German hospital, Judge Shoemaker, Oak street, post office, race, Twelfth street
January 31, 1908
TELEGRAPH GIRL READS SIGNS.
And Says There's Winter Weather
Coming -- How She Knows.
"I predict a long and severe winter," remarked the telegraph girl at the Savoy Hotel yesterday. "How do I know? Oh, by reading the weather signs.
"When I was a wee little girl and lived out on a farm I always could tell what the winter would be like by noting how thick the bark was on the new twigs and observing how large were the supplies of nuts the squirrels stowed away It took me a long while to find out the meaning of the signs in the city where there are no trees or squirrels. But I'm on now. What's the secret?
"Why, there have been three policemen standing in here for two days bundled up in their overcoats and leaning against the radiators."
Labels: police, telegraph, weather, women
January 31, 1908
MARKED HIM WITH WET CHALK.
An Independence Bridegroom Bears
Away Brands of the Cutups.
Walter Erickson of Independence, bridegroom, lost a third of his temper at the Union depot last night when the cutups marked with chalk on the back of his black overcoat.
"I don't mind their marking me," he said, "but they wet the chalk and I shall never be able to brush the marks off."
The bride was Miss Mabel Warnky, daughter of F. C. Warnky of 2424 Wabash avenue. The wedding was at the Warnky home. The couple went to Chicago last night and will ramble East from there during their honeymoon.
Labels: Chicago, Independence, Union depot, Wabash avenue, wedding
January 30, 1908
BUILDINGS BURN AT SUGAR CREEK.
Saloon and Pool Hall Destroyed.
The explosion of an oil lamp in Rodman's saloon at Sugar Creek early last night set fire to the building. A call was sent to Independence for assistance but the fire department was not sent out as it was not considered that a water supply could be had sufficient to warrant the services of the department.
The fire department from the Standard Oil refinery worked on the blaze but the building was destroyed. The flames spread to a pool hall next door and this building also was a total loss. The damage is estimated at about $7,000.
Labels: billiards, Fire, saloon, Sugar Creek
January 30, 1908
MORE MEN ARE VACCINATED.
Health Officers Caught 157 in North
End Rooming Houses.
An impromptu vaccinating expedition was organized at the office of the board of health last night. Drs. H. A. Lane and George Dagg, Harry Heaton, a druggist; Victor Ringolsky, an inspector; and Charles H. Cook, chief clerk at the board of health, constituted the raiders.
The marauders paid their first visit to the Helping Hand annex at 308 Main street, where ninety-two men were cornered and successfully vaccinated. From there they made a rapid flank movement and succeeded in corralling sixty-five more "suspects" in 301 Main street. Patrolman Peter Campbell went along in blue and brass to represent the majesty of the law. One suspicious case was found at 308 Main street. The man is now isolated in the detention room at the emergency hospital until his case can be investigated.
Last Saturday night over 350 men were vaccinated in the North End rooming houses. It is the intention of Dr. Sanders to keep up this gait until every man in that section of the city has been rendered immune -- as far as possible. Few objected last night, and a poke in the ribs by Campbell helped them to make up their minds.
Labels: board of health, doctors, druggists, health, Helping Hand, Main street, North end, police, rooming house, smallpox
January 30, 1908
BABY LOST NEAR HOME.
Lela Weldon Enjoyed Her Ride to the
A little girl, almost a baby, pushing an empty go-cart up and down Holmes, Charlotte, and Campbell streets in the vicinity of Fifth street late yesterday afternoon attracted some attention. The little one seemed to be in search of some place, but she kept steadily on, asking no questions.
After two hours of tiresome walking the tot pulled up at a grocery store at Fifth and Holmes streets and announced that she had "lost her mamma and home." She was given a cracker box to rest upon while the police were notified. The tired little one was carried to police headquarters and place in charge of Mrs. Joan Moran, matron.
About 7 o'clock the child's mother, Mrs. J. J. Pearson, 740 Locust street, called for her. She said the baby's name is Lela Neeley Weldon.
"I sent her about a block away for the baby buggy," the mother said, "and when she came out of the house she turned the wrong way. Then she got lost and began to wander about trying to find her home."
It was said by persons who saw little Lela that she was often within a half block of her home. She has lived here but six weeks, coming here with her parents from St. Louis. Most children howl like the Indians when taken in charge by the police, but Lela said she like the ride to the station on the "treet tar."
Labels: buggy, Campbell street, Charlotte street, children, Fifth street, Holmes street, Locust street, police headquarters, police matron
January 29, 1908
HUNT GERMS IN STREET CARS.
City Chemist Has Been Making Tests
With Culture Plates.
Are the street cars a menace to public health, and do they carry germs that are producers of disease?
With a view of determining this point the city pure food department and City Chemist Cross have been making tests with culture plates. During the rush hours on the street cars, morning and night, these culture plates have been placed in the Brooklyn, Vine, Rockhill, Troost and Indiana cars. The plates are of glass, and floating germs adhere to their surface.
The exposures show the glasses to be completely covered with atoms of variuos descriptions, but whether these are impregnated with disease germs it will take from three to five days to develop. The plates exposed in the Vine street cars showed the greatest accumulations.
Dr. W. M Cross, the chemist, says that the air is filled with disease-carrying germs which settle on the clothing and shoes of passengers and in that way are carried into cars, and if cleanliness is not maintained that the germs enter the systems of passengers and cause fevers and illness of various degrees.
Labels: City Chemist Cross, health, streetcar
January 29, 1908
MUST NOT ASSAULT
POLICEMEN MUST SUBMIT TO ALL
Board Issues Instructions Regarding
When a Man May or May Not
Club or Slap a Person
According to a ruling made in a case before the police commissioners at their meeting yesterday, an officer will in future take abuse from persons placed under arrest, and shall not use force to stop such abuses unless the person under arrest shows fight or refuses to be taken to the police station. Patrolman J. J. Waters was before the board charged with hitting Ray W. McMillan, a boy of 18 years old, in the face with his fist. He was suspended for three days, and told hereafter to refrain from hitting a person unless he gave more cause than abusive talk.
Officer Waters testified that McMillan called him names and told a comrade, who was arrested at the same time, not to answer questions asked by the officer. According to McMillans testimony he did these things, but Waters struck him in the mouth because he did and he wanted the officer removed from the police force. McMillan was arrested about midnight at Westport avenue and Main street not long ago.
Labels: police, police board, violence
January 29, 1908
SAYS HE IS A PICKPOCKET.
Man With Much Jewelry Held by
Police for Investigation.
"No, I'm not a burglar. Neither am I a stick-up man. I am a dip, a pickpocket, and a first-class one, too."
The man who made the foregoing remark while looking through the bars of the holdover at police headquarters gives the name of Otto Max. He is a structural ironworker and has hands which are very large, broad and calloused. The police say that a "dip," or pickpocket, always has long, slim hands as soft as a woman's, especially if he is an expert. They think Max has been in the "stick-up" business.
Max was arrested yesterday in a Cherry street boarding house. It was learned that he had given his landlady a gold watch, had given another to a roomer and one was found on him. He had also pawned a gold locket with a chain and a gold pin.
"I got all that stuff while in Fort Smith, Ark, two months ago," Max told Detectives Lyngar and Farrell, who arrested him. "And I got it by picking pockets. I am an expert."
When Max was searched at Central police station, a bunch of fine skeleton and pass keys, ordinarily used by burglars, was found.
Max said that before going to Fort Smith, he had worked at his trade in Seattle, Wash. He blamed the recent financial panic for his downfall. He said that circumstances had forced him to become what he was and that he soon found that he was adapted to that class of "work." He is being held for investigation.
Labels: Cherry street, crime, detectives, police headquarters
January 28, 1908
PREDICTS MAYOR'S DEFEAT.
Alderman Groves Says He Cannot Be
Re-Elected in Spring.
The defeat of Mayor Beardsley at the polls next spring was predicted in the lower house of the council last night by Alderman Groves, a Republican. Groves objected to the passage of a resolution introduced by Alderman Woolf giving the mayor sole authority to name thirteen freeholders to be voted for at the spring election, April 7, to revise the city charter.
"It is the same resolution passed a year ago. I can see why the alderman objects to this one now," said Alderman Woolf.
"This is not Russia, this is Kansas City, and I, for one, do not propose to delegate the machinery of this whole city to the mayor," replied Groves. "The people of this city sent twenty-eight aldermen here to do the legislative work, and to have the mayor take care of the executive part of it. How do we know that the mayor will be re-elected in the spring -- in fact, I will say to you on the quiet I do not think he will be."
The resolution was passed, Groves casting the only dissenting vote.
Labels: Kansas City council, Mayor Beardsley, politics
January 28, 1908
THEY'LL FIGHT CONSUMPTION.
Negroes Band Together to Battle
With the White Plague.
Six hundred negroes, eager to fight the white plague, met last night at Allen chapel, Tenth and Charlotte streets, and organized a colored people's branch of the Society for the Relief and Prevention of Tuberculosis. Mayor Beardsley and Dr. R. O. Cross addressed them, explaining in part the plans of the city for a tuberculosis sanitarium.
Among the negro speakers who followed, several declared that there will be vigorous work done now to educate their own people who are living in crowded tenements as to how to fight tuberculosis. Also it was said that the negroes will contrubute their part financially to the proposed $10,000 fund to be given to the city by way of destroying the idea that it is a city charity for paupers.
The negro society's officers are Dr. J. E. Dipple, president; W. C. Houston, secretary; Professor R. W. Foster, treasurer; Rev. F. Jesse Peck, chairman of the executive committee.
Others who spoke were: Dr. E. B. Ramsey, Dr. W. L Tompkins, Dr. A. E. Walker, Dr. J. E. Perry, Nelson, Crews, and Mrs. Cora Calloway, a trained nurse.
Labels: Charlotte street, churches, City Chemist Cross, health, Mayor Beardsley, nurses, organizations, race, Tenth street
January 28, 1908
CRUSHED BY WAGON WHEELS.
Miguel Condino, 5 Years Old, Killed
While at Play in the Street.
Miguel Condino, 5 years old, was killed in Missouri avenue near Gillis street yesterday afternoon by being run down by a candy wagon. He was knocked down by the horses, the front wheels passed over his neck and the rear wheels had to be lifted from his crushed skull. The boy, a son of Dominick Condino, a laborer, lived at 725 Missouri avenue.
The wagon which crushed the child belonged to the Brown-Gibbons Candy Company, jobbers, 547 Walnut street, and was driven by W. H. Brown, senior member of the firm. Brown, who lives at 305 Walrond avenue, wept bitterly after the accident. After the boy had been taken into his home nearby Brown drove immediately to police headquarters and surrendered. He was released on his own recognizance.
"I was driving west on Missouri avenue at an ordinary gait," Brown said in his statement to police. "As I cleared an alley between Gillis and Harrison streets, four or five small boys scampered out to the south right in front of my team. I was not driving fast. I never drive fast through that district, as there are always children in the streets. I called, 'Look out there,' to the boys and one of them -- the little fellow who was killed -- turned and ran directly into my near horse. He was knocked down. To show that I was not driving very fast, I stopped my team by the time the rear wheels caught the boy. I have a little child of my own and the accident was a great shock to me. I did all I could to prevent it."
An inquest will probably be held.
Labels: accident, children, death, Gillis street, Harrison street, laborer, Missouri avenue, Walnut Street, Walrond avenue
January 28, 1908
WIFE WANTS PUGH'S MONEY.
But Finds That Suicide's Mother and
Brother Have It.
The suicide of W. A. Pugh at 721 East Eighth street, Saturday evening, threatens complications regarding the disposition made of his money and jewelry by the emergency hospital authorities. The brother, W. G. Pugh, went with the mother to the hospital and was given the $234 in money and diamonds amounting to several hundred more.
Yesterday the wife returned from Waterloo, Ia. She was told that W. G. Pugh had made affidavit that the suicide had never been married and had no wife, thereby obtaining the property. Dr. J. P. Neal, however, who was in charge of the hospital and after searching the body took charge of the valuables, said that W. G. Pugh gave no affidavit but only a receipt for the articles. Coroner Thompson, who, by virtue of his office, ordinarily takes charge of a victim's property, says that the custom is, where the emergency hospital people have searched a body before death, that he does not receive the property from them.
The wife insists that she and Pugh were married six years ago. She came direct from her train to Stine's morgue to view the body, and found the mother and brother present. The three conversed, the wife telling the others that she had written him she was coming back. It was later, at the emergency hospital, that she learned that his valuables had been turned over to his family.
Mrs. Pugh, before marriage, was employed in a restaurant and studied two years to be a trained nurse. W. G. Pugh, the brother, has remained single and lives with the mother at 3622 Independence avenue.
Labels: Coroner Thompson, Eighth street, emergency hospital, Independence avenue, nurses, probate, Suicide, undertakers
January 27, 1908
FAVOR FREE NIGHT SCHOOLS.
Plans Will Be Discussed by Mer-
cantile Club Tonight.
At tonight's meetin gof the Mercantile Club of Kansas City, Kas., the esta
January 27, 1908
AUTOMOBILE RAN OVER HIM.
After He Had Been Assaulted by
Highwayman and Robbed.
Being slugged, robbed and run over by an automobile within the space of an hour, and coming out of it all without serious injury, is what happened to John Meyer, 2425 Locust street, last night at 12:30 o'clock while he was on his way home. As he started to walk across Gillham road at Twenty-third street he was assaulted by a man who struck him over the head. This rendered Meyer unconscious and he lay in the steret for several minutes after the assault.
An automobile happened along at that time, and the driver, not seeing the fallen man, ran completely over him. He then stopped his machine, notified the police and took the unconscious man to the hospital, where his owunds were dressed. When he was able to talk he told the officers that he had been robbed of a little over $2. A pipe, a handkerchief and some matches were found lying upon the ground where he had fallen, indicating that his pockets had been rifled.
After emergency treatment at the hospital he was taken to his home. The name of the automobile driver was not learned.
Labels: accident, crime, Gillham road, Locust street, Twenty-third street
January 26, 1908
GIRLS' HOME OPENS
IN NEW QUARTERS.
Object of the Organization Is to
Afford Refuge to Friendless
After many months of enforced idleness, the Girls' Home Association, an organization for maintaining for young women a good boarding place at a moderate price, has resumed work. In a beautiful new home that fairly shies with fresh paper and paint, the association opened its doors last week to receive all who come. The home, which is located at 612-614 West Eleventh street, was bought several months ago. It was known then as the "Endicott," and was an old-fashioned three-story brick residence. It was so old-fashioned, in fact, that many a woman would have been discouraged in the attempt to make it modern and comfortable. Mrs. John W. Wagner, the president of the association, realized the possibilities of the quaint home, and after three months of untiring effort she has succeeded in making it a most attractive place.
"And the house, with its furniture, amounting to $12,000, is all paid for," Mrs. Wagner exclaimed enthusiastically as she displayed the comforts of the home.. "We can accommodate fifty girls now and more if necessary, for we are never to turn away any girl who wants to come. We are going to find a place for them all somehow. As soon as we begin to turn away, the great object of the home has failed."
The last home of the association was at 1432 Baltimore avenue. This house, which was owned by the association, was left thirty feet "in the air" when Baltimore avenue was graded and it was necessary to vacate. Thirty girls were living in the home at that time.
ITS BIG LIVING ROOM.
The present home, since it has been modernized, will prove much more cheerful than the old. On ground floor the partitions on one side of the house have been torn out to make a long living room, which extends the entire length of the house.. This room has been decorated in shades of dull blue. In one end is a fireplace with cozy corners on either side. A huge window seat with the coverings and pillows in dull blue burlap occupies the other. Several good water colors hang on the walls and pretty soft blue sanitary rugs cover the floors.
On the opposite side of the hall from the living room are the long dining rooms and kitchens, all as complete as the most fastidious housekeeper could desire. It is in this kitchen that the members of the board of the association will teach the young women how to cook. The cooking school is to be open every afternoon and any young woman may attend. Ultimately, too, the home wants to teach these girls how to become mistresses of their own homes. The two upper floors of the home are all sleeping rooms, have pretty sanitary rugs, a dresser, a bed and washstand and comfortable chairs. Each room has a large closet. Mrs. Wagner and her corps of assistants have taken a great deal of care in making the home sanitary. Everything in it is washable. A great deal of care was expended, too, in the selection of the decorations, and rugs and papers harmonize beautifully.
Every girl in the house will pay $3.75 a week for her board. Provision has also been made for the young women out of work. Two dormitory rooms have been set aside for them. They will be taken care of by the association until positions can be found for them and they are able to pay their own way. The home is only for girls of small means, and when it is found that the young woman is earning more than $10 or $12 a week she will be persuaded to go somewhere else.
WILL ADVERTISE IT.
The Girls' Home Association was originally founded to help the young women who come into the city from the surrounding country and villages in quest of employment, without friends and many with little or no means and with but small appreciation of their own helplessness. This will be one of the great works of the present home and in all of the depots in the city neatly framed little signs will be put up bearing the name of the house and the location. "Instructions on Cooking Every Afternoon"; "An Attractive Home for Young Women of Limited Means"; "Girls Out of Employment Temporarily Cared For," are the inducements held out to the new arrivals. A house mother will superintend the care of the home and it is expected that the girls will co-operate with her in everything. Only good behavior is required of the young women, for there are no house rules.
The Girls' Home Association is to be self-supporting as far as possible, but an income of $60 a month has been subscribed by a number of business men to met the monthly deficit.
The first home for working girls was opened in 1901 in a leased house at 805 Forest avenue. Fifteen girls lived there. The girls organized a club called the Hybho Club." They got the name by taking the first letters of the words, "Help yourselves by helping others." In June, 1902, the club bought the property at 1432 Baltimore avenue, and in August the "Girls' Home Association was formally incorporated.
Labels: Baltimore avenue, charity, Eleventh street, women
January 26, 1908
WILL BE TREELESS
IN FIFTY YEARS.
Condition Which Foresters
Say Confronts Southwest.
Lumber dealers of Kansas City and the states of Missouri, Knasas, Arkansas and Oklahoma generally, are centering all interest upon their twentieth annual convention, which is to begin in the city Tuesday morning. Between 1,500 and 2,000 of them have notified Secretary Harry A. Gorsuch of their intention to attend. Among these, at least 500 will be women, perhaps teh largest percentage of women that ever atended a purely commercial convention in this city.
All the indications point to the most important series of meetings in the history of the association during the three days the convention will last. Matters of such weighty imporance as the government efforts at forest preservation and the institution of the parcels post will occupy a great deal of the time, and the discussions upon these are to be led by some of the most important authorities upon the subjects to be secured in the whole United States. It is expected that these will attract not only the lumbermen of the Southwestern district, but of the entire West.
Overton Price, chief assistant forester of the department of the interior, will be the chief speaker upon the matter of forest preservation. His talk will be particularly interesting in view of the recent statistics compiled about the forests of Arkansas, one of the most important to the Southwestern district. It has been ascertained that there are about 100,000,000,000 feet of standing timber in that state, of which 20,000,000,000 is pine. In the year 1906 the total cut in that state was 2,000,000,000 feet, the largest in history. It is estimated that at this rate, in fifty years this will all be cut, assuming that growth will be offset by the deforestation and waste.
In Mr. Overton's address he will outline the plan whereby the government proposes to eliminate the extravagant wastes with which the forests in that state have been slaughtered. A large delegation from Arkansas will be present to learn the plans proposed and to secure hastiest cooperation with the government.
Labels: Arkansas, conventions, oklahoma
January 25, 1908
MUCH MONEY GOING ABROAD.
Foreigners Are Emigrating Back to
Postmaster J. H. Harris's reports show that more money orders are being bought to transmit money abroad than ever before in the history of Kansas City, the presumption being that the business is part of a general move of the immigrants back to their native lands during the current period when there is little work going on in the way of railroad construction. The local labor fields do not show the loss of any men, but that is accounted for by the labor agents who say that while their countrymen are going home steadily their places here are being filled by immgrants working their way from the West to the seaboard.
Labels: immigrants, post office
January 25, 1908
HE STRUCK MANAGER WILSON.
Policeman Malloy Objected to Testi-
mony Before Judge Kyle.
James Malloy, a special policeman, yesterday attacked Clinton Wilson, manager of the Majestic theater, in the lobby of the playhouse, striking Wilson with his club. Maloy had complained about a dance given by some of the women in Wilson's theater. Wilson was in police court yesterday, but Malloy did not appear to prosecute and the case was dismissed.
Malloy objected to the testimony given by Wilson, as reported in an evening newspaper, and the assault on the manager followed. Charges have been preferred against Malloy and Manager Wilson will ask his dismissal from the force.
Labels: dancing, police, police court, theater
January 25, 1908
RULES FOR SANITARY DRINKING.
As Practiced by the Redcaps at Union
If you have frequented the Union depot and have ever noticed one of the redcaps drinking from a cup in the waiting room, you have observed that he lifted the cup in his left hand. A guard caught drinking this way was asked about it yesterday.
"No, I am not left-handed," he replied, "but practically everybody is right-handed. So when I lift the cup to my lips and with my left hand, I can use the side of the cup which has not been in a hundred mouths in the course of the previous hour. See?"
Labels: Union depot
January 25, 1908
DEAF MUTE FUNERAL SERVICE.
Body of James Jarrett Buried in Elm-
A deaf mute funeral service was held at Stine's chapel yesterday afternoon. It was for James Jarrett, a shoemaker, who lived at 3615 Independence avenue with his wife, who is also a mute, and a son almost grown. Rev. Jensen of the German Lutheran church officiated, delivering his sermon audibly at the same time as with the sign language of deaf mutes. About forty of them attended and a number of other friends. A deaf mute congregation worships every other Sunday afternoon at a church at Sixteenth and Cherry streets. The body of Mr. Jarrett was buried in Elmwood cemetery.
Labels: cemetery, Cherry street, churches, Funeral, hearing impaired, Independence avenue, Sixteenth street, undertakers
January 25, 1908
SNOW STORM HERE TODAY.
Connor Says White Flakes Are Due in
A snowstorm is promised by P. Connor, the local weather observer, for Kansas City and vicinity for today.
"There ought to be some here before morning," said Mr. Connor yesterday. "All the indications point to a fall of flakes, and if Kansas City gets left out it will be because of some unexpected change. Anyway, you'll be safe in getting out your overshoes."
January 25, 1908
WILL SEARCH FOR GOLD.
Ginger Club Gives Citizens a Chance
to Find Money.
An order for $10 and two others for $5 each will be among the 2,000 slips of paper to be hidden in every available place no Twelfth street from McGee to Oak today by the Ginger Club, and improvement association. The orders when presented to members of the association named on the slip will be paid in gold. The hunt for the pieces of paper, which is open to everybody, will begin at 1 o'clock.
The Ginger Club is taking this novel means to advertise the "300" block on East Twelfth street, which is being improved by the club, Ginger snaps and coffee will be served to the participants in the hunt.
Labels: Ginger Club, McGee street, Oak street, retailers, Twelfth street
January 24, 1908
BABE SAVES HIM
FROM THE GALLOWS.
WAS BORN DAY AFTER FATHER
Edward Horliss Killed His Mother-
in-Law Because She Protected
His Wife -- Baby in
The appearance of a 7-months-old babe, daughter of Edward Horliss, in its mother's arms in the criminal court room yesterday afternoon, probably saved Horliss from being sentenced to hang. He was on trial for the murder of his mother-in-law, Mrs. Susan Selby, in her home at 542 North Prospect avenue, in June of 1907. Prosecuting Attorney Isaac B. Kimbrell was ready to appear before the jury in behalf of the state and urge that Horliss be given the extreme penalty for his crime, which was most brutal. But when he saw the child in its mother's arms, realizing the disgrace it would bring upon it in after years, he recommended, after talking with the witnesses for the state, that the court accept the plea of guilty which Horliss was ready to enter in order to escape the gallows. Judge Wallace accepted the plea, and Horliss was sentenced to life imprisonment.
His eyes were glaring, his teeth set firmly, showing no sign of emotion. Horliss entered the court room about 1 o'clock to await his fate. Beside him was his mother, Mrs. Mary Tribe of Randolph, Mo., a little, bent woman, who showed signs of months of worry because of the disgrace brought upon her by her son, yet standing by him and giving every evidence of a mother's love.
Before consenting to have the court accept the plea of guilty, Prosecutor Kimbrell called the state's witnesses into private consultation and asked what they wished done in the matter. Most of the asked that Horliss be given the prison sentence and stated that the dying request of Mrs. Selby was that her son-in-law not be hanged. Mr. Kimbrell then talked with the wife of the murderer, who was carrying the infant in her arms, and she, too asked that the court accept the plea of guilty and not hang her husband, although she was a strong witness for the state and not willing for him to have less than a life sentence.
Horliss then stood before the court and was asked if he and anything to say before he was sentenced to life imprisonment. He bent his head and answered "no." When the sentence had been imposed he seemed much more cheerful than before and smiled. He later expressed himself as being satisfied that he had escaped the gallows. Not once during the time he was in the court room did he even glance toward his wife and child.
The murder of Mrs. Susan Selby resulted from a quarrel between Horliss and his wife. Horliss was a hard drinker. He was married to Mrs. Horliss eight years ago. They had five children, three of whom are dead. Some time before the murder Horliss began to abuse his wife and would not support her. Mrs. Horliss left her husband and went to live with her mother, the latter not allowing her to return to him. This angered Horliss. He went to the home of his mother in law and fired three shots into her body, two of them after she had fallen to the floor. The infant which saved its father from hanging was born the day after the murder.
Labels: alcohol, children, domestic violence, Judge Wallace, murder, Prosecutor Kimbrell, Prospect avenue
January 24, 1908
SHE WANTED TO JOIN ARMY.
But Changed Her Mind When It Came
to Final Test.
While the sergeant at the local recruiting station yesterday was busy at his desk there came a timid rap at the office door. "Come in," called he as he turned about in his chair. The door opened and a young man dressed in stylish clothes, and who had wavy chestnut hair under a rakish had, advanced towards the sergeant, blushing profusely.
"Is this the army station?" asked he. "Well, I would like to join the army if I can be stationed at St. Louis." This sounded a little strange to the sergeant, so he inquired why he was so particular about going to St. Louis. Again the blush mounted on the applicant's cheeks, and he stammered an unintelligible reply.
"Well, yes," he said slowly. "I guess that we can take you on and send you to St. Louis, too. You look like a good man and I think that you could bear up under hard drilling which will be given you for the first three or four months. Just step into the other room there and let the corporal examine you."
Falteringly the applicant entered the ante-room where the physical examinations are held. The corporal tested eyes, hearing and length of arms. They were all satisfactory. "Just walk back there and remove your clothes, please," said he.
This was too much for the applicant and he began to cry. The astonished corporal could not understand, but the hard-hearted sergeant was standing in the doorway, laughing.
"I can't do that," sobbed the girl, "because, because I am n-not a man; I am a girl. I didn't think that I would have to go through all of this to get in the army. I wanted to go to St. Louis to see my sweetheart who enlisted a month ago. I thought that this would be the only way," and she ran from the room, crying as if her heart would break.
Labels: clothing, military, St Louis, women
January 24, 1908
NEGROES DON'T WANT TO MOVE.
Firemen Object to Going to Even
Eighteenth and Vine Streets.
An old row has broken out in the fire department over the color scheme, through the building of a double fire house facing the old baseball grounds on Independence avenue. No. 11, a negro company, has been in this district for many years. Now that a new station with facilities for two companies is being completed, preparations are being made to transfer this negro company to Eighteenth and Vine streets, where No. 10, a white company, now is, and send that company to Independence avenue to share the new station with some other white company.
The negroes do not want to go to the Vine street station and wire pulling has started. Property owners have got into the fight and the alderman, Lapp, is in all sorts of trouble.
"But the change will be made," said an official yesterday. "The chief runs the department and he has the right to change companies about. He knows that the district on Independence avenue has built up, and that there are flats built close to the fire station. He knows that a white and a negro company could not get along as well together in the same headquarters as two white companies, and all of us know that the negro firemen will find more of their people at Eighteenth and Vine streets than they have now in Independence avenue."
Labels: Eighteenth street, Fire, Independence avenue, race, Vine street
January 24, 1908
VALUABLE MAN FOR THE ARMY.
Might Enlist if They'd Go to Silver
Lake and See Him.
"Talking about peculiar letters," siad a corporal in the army recruiting station yesterday, "Here are two which we got this morning. Did you ever see anything so funny?"
Dear Recruiting Man: I see that you want to get some new fellows to
join the army and thought that I would write to tell you that if you needed me
you could run out here to Silver Lake and talk to me about it. Maybe I
The letter was signed, Robert Frankle, Silver Lake, Kas.
"Here's the other letter, I'll read it to you," continued the corporal.
Dear Gentlemen: Another boy and I have been reading the papers every
day and we have thought it over and if him or I had any thing to do with the war
we said that we would have Germany to come over here and fight on land and let
the U. S. fight on water. Because I don't think that America could hold
her place because the Japs are pretty good on water and I think that they are on
land two. But I don't think that they could last very long with U. S.
Because they have just had a fight with Russia and I thought that they had lost
an enormous amount of men. If Germany would come over here and help
America and if they brought their balloons with them we thought that there would
not be many Japs left for America to lick. Well I think that they ought to
be run off the world. And somebody ought to rub their name off the
map. If the U. S. do have War I hope them (Seccess). Answer and tell
us if we have the right idea. Very truly yours, Harold J. Meyer, Armours
"How's that for patriotism, eh?"
January 24, 1908
WANTED ROOMS WITH DRAFTS.
Alaskans Were Looking for Cold,
Italians for Warmth.
"Five nice cold rooms, please, with a draft in each."
The keeper of the register in the Savoy hotel dropped his pen and straightened to face ten men in double fur coats standing by the counter.
"Yes, we want cold rooms," resumed the spokesman. "We're the basketball team from Nome, Alaska. At the athletic club tonight, you know."
"All right," says the clerk, "and if the row on the top floor facing north doesn't suit, I'll have beds made up in the roof garden."
The next comers were members of the Italian grand opera company, which sings at the Willis Wood this week's end.
"It iss so cold here," said a little miss with her chin drawn down into her fur boa. "You have the very warm rooms for us, is it not?"
"Yes," said the clerk.
Labels: arts, hotels, Kansas City Athletic Club, Savoy, sports, visitors
January 23, 1908
COURT TAKES SIX CHILDREN.
From the Hughes Maternity Hospital
on Washington Avenue.
Probate Judge Van B. Prather of Kansas City, Kas., who also presides over the juvenile court, yesterday held a session of his court at the maternity hospital on Washington avenue, conducted by Dr. U. S. G. Hughes. Six babies recently born at the institution were declared wards of the court on the grounds that they were neglected and dependent.
These infants must now be adopted through legal process of the juvenile court Heretofore the babies have been given away without the adoption being made a matter of public record. A short time ago Judge Prather decided that all children born in and offered for adoption at any maternity hospital should first be declared wards of the court, and all adoptions be made legal.
Labels: children, hospitals, Judge Prather, juvenile court, Kansas City Kas
January 23, 1908
COLLECTS A DOLLAR FROM EACH
AS A GUARANTEE.
Promising Work at Clay Center,
Kas., at Good Wages -- Some
of Them Gave Their
After waiting in the Union station for more than three hours last night for the appearance of a new employer, more than forty laborers and masons discovered that they had been cleverly swindled out of about $40 in cash. The matter was reported to the police.
A party of Italian laborers also waited at the station last night for a new employer to take them out on a train and he, too, failed to put in an appearance.
Advertisments were placed in several saloons in the downtown districts a few days ago for fifty laborers to go to Clay Center, Kas., to work in excavating and wall building for a new telephone exchange, and also some city work. Applicants were told to apply to the Missouri saloon, 803 Delaware street yesterday. When the purported agent appeared there were at least 200 laborers in front of the saloon looking for work. Each man was required to deposit $1 to guarantee that the laborers would appear at the Union depot at 5 o'clock last night, ready to take a Rock Island train for Clay Center. They were told they would get the $1 back when they had worked a week, and also that the agent would pay their railroad fare.
About forty men went to the Union station last night as directed. The new employer did not appear and about 7 o'clock they returned to the Missouri saloon in search of him, but he could not be found. A. P. T. Wilson, Jr., proprietor of the Missouri saloon, telephoned to the sheriff at Clay Center last night and was informed that there was no work of any kind there that would require the shipment of any laborers from Kansas City, and the work described by the agent was not in process, or contemplated. The laborers had been promised 20 cents an hour and the stonemasons 45 cents an hour. All of the men who gave him the money were out of work and many of them gave their last dollar in hope of securing employment. Many of the men have families and are in poor circumstances.
Labels: con artist, employment, laborer, saloon, Union depot
January 22, 1908
TRAMPLED OLD MAN IN PANIC.
Passengers Rushed From Vine Street
Car Over His Prostrate Body.
The burning out of the controller of a Vine street car at Nineteenth and Vine streets last night, at 8 o'clock, resulted in a severe trampling for A. T. Gehn, 60 years old. He was on the front platform. The passengers were stampeded by the burst of flame and sound, and knocked Geha from the car to the ground. Then all stumbled over him. His face was tramped and cut and his back severely sprained. A police ambulance was called and took him to his home, 2310 Vine street, where later in the evening he was able to sit up. It was impossible last night to determine the extent of his injuries.
Labels: accident, Nineteenth street, Seniors, streetcar, Vine street
January 22, 1908
DOG CALLED CENTRAL;
Joyful Bowwows When Officer
Entered the Home.
Nakomis is a dog, he is a beautiful Scotch Collie with almost human intelligence, consequently he gets very lonesome when left by himself. He lives at 1721 McGee street with Robert Stoll and his wife. When it happens that both Stoll and his wife are away from home, a little girl who lives next door keeps Nakomis company in her home.
Yesterday morning Mrs. Stoll left her home to go shopping. Forgetting that the dog was in the house, she locked the doors and went on her way. Soon Nakomis had a strong desire for caresses and scampered about the house to find his mistress. No one answered to his pleading barks and no human was in the house. The feeling of lonesomeness began to grow upon him.
Now, as has been said, Nakomis is a dog of almost human intelligence. He had been taught to bark through the telephone to his master at his place of business. Thought he had been taught to talk through the instrument, no one had shown him how to take the receiver off the hook. This did not long disturb him, however, and he soon knocked the receiver down with his paws, barking all the while.
"Number, please. What number," called the gentle voice of the operator over the wire. "Hello-hello."
But no answer came back to her, save the barking of a dog. Believing that something was wrong in the house, the operator called up the Walnut street police station and told the officers that there was trouble of some kind at 1721 McGee street, it was murder from the way it sounded. Officer Robert Dunlop was detailed to see what the matter was at that address. When he neared the house he, too, heard the loud barking on the inside.
Drawing his revolver he forced his way into the house and was greeted with joyful barks and playful leaps from Nakomis. He had someone to play with at last. The officer went to the phone and found the instrument lying upon the floor.
Labels: animals, McGee street, telephone, Walnut street police station
January 21, 1908
HER HUSBAND TOOK THE BOY.
And Mrs. Mary E. Brown Tried to
End Her Life With Poison.
More than a week ago Silas Brown, a driver for the American Butter Company, 540 Walnut street, left his wife, Mary E. Brown, and went to live with his mother at Seventh and Oak streets, taking with him a 2-year-old adopted boy. The wife continued living alone at 1214 East Eighth street, pining for the child. Last night she visited her husband and his mother, and begged them to let her have the boy . It is said they received her coldly, and refused her request.
Returning to her home Mrs. Brown took poison, and notified a friend of her act. She was removed to emergency hospital, where the physicians worked over her until 1 o'clock this morning, at which time she revived sufficiently to tell them what drove her to the attempt upon her life. She did not say w hat kind of poison she had taken, but the doctors believed it to be strychnine. It is thought that she will recover.
Mrs. Brown in 23 years of age, and comely.
Labels: custody, Eighth street, general hospital, Oak street, Seventh street, Suicide, Walnut Street, women
January 21, 1908
BECAUSE DEFENDANT IS NEGRO.
Two Jurymen Declare They Could Not
Give Him a Fair Trial.
The state's attorneys had secured a jury of twelve in the criminal court yesterday to try Charles McKenzie for the murder of Everett Washington only after much difficulty. Ten of the panel of fifty-seven were excused because they had scruples against the infliction of the death penalty, and two because they said they were prejudiced against McKenzie because he is a negro.
"I have been reading so much about crimes of negroes recently," said one of the two, Alvis H. Gonnelly, a lumberman, "that I am much prejudiced against them. It will take a lot of evidence, I fear, to prove to me that a negro was not guilty."
Labels: criminal court, murder, race
January 20, 1908
LOSS OF LOVE
EARL LEMMON SHOOTS HIM-
SELF IN THE HEAD.
GIRL BREAKS ENGAGEMENT.
"Do Not Trifle With a Man as If He
Were a Dog," the Last
Words by Lem-
Because Nellie Hickey, 2521 Myrtle avenue, had broken her engagement to marry him, Earl Lemmon, 24 years old, killed himself in his room at Twenty-sixth and Mersington streets yesterday afternoon. Less than two hours after he had bed Miss Hickey a cheerful adieu, his body was found lying across a bed in his room, a 38 caliber pistol lying beside it and a wound in the head revealing the course of the bullet. Upon a table near by the coroner found the following letter:
To All of My Friends. Please forgive me for what I am about to do. I have suffered as no one knows in the last four or five months, but cannot stand it any longer. You will find my plicey at Mrs. Hanifin's. One deed to a lot at Thirty-third and Brighton, a deed to two lots on Leeds road in that box also. If hell is any worse than what I have went through with, I am willing to welcome it.Mr. Cook, you will find a few bills unpaid. If my brothers care for me, they owe me enough to pay all my bills. Give my watch to Mr. Cook and my ring to Nellie. You don't konw what I went through with for you, and you shall never know. But be square next time. Do not trifle with a man as if he was a dog, because they bite back. I must stop now. God bless you. Love and best wishes to Nellie. (Signed) EARL.
(P. S.) God forgive me for this. Goodby all. What money I had I lost some six or seven months ago in a freind-turn-you-down-style.
TWENTY KISSES FOR NELLIE.
Beside this letter was found a souvenir postcard with the photograph of a girl upon it. Upon this card, scrawled in the dead man's handwriting, were the words: "Twenty kisses; goodby, Nellie. Be a good girl."
Young Lemmon was employed by Clayton E. Cook of the Home Produce Company at 2446 Cleveland. He roomed in the home of Clarence Stumpff, a fellow employe, in a cottage near Twenty-sixth and Mersington streets. During the eighteen months he had been in the employ of Mr. Cook he was said to have been a sober, industrious, hard working young man. He had managed to save a little money which he had invested in real estate.
Early yesterday morning he called at the home of Miss Hickey. About n oon he returned to his room and ended his life.
Miss Hickey is the daughter of Lawrence Hickey, a Missouri Pacific switchman. She was very much distressed at the news. When she was seen at her home several hours after the suicide, her eyes were swollen with weeping.
JEALOUS OF THE GIRL.
MISS NELLIE HICKEY.
For the Loss of Whose Love Earl Lemmon Ended His Life.
"Earl and I have been sweethearts from childhood," she said. "We have been betrothed for several years. But he was insanely jealous of me, and several months ago I broke off the engagement on that account. At that time he threatened to kill himself, but I never thought he would do it. He seemed very much grieved because I had received attentions from other young men, but I didn't think ghe took it so much to heart. This morning he called upon me and we chatted pleasantly. When he started home, he called out, 'Goodby Nell,' very cheerfully. There was nothing in his manner that indicated he was thinking of killing himself.
The story was corroborated by Mr. and Mrs. Hickey. Both said there had never been any parental objections to the affair between their daughter and Lemmon, and that ever since the engagement was broken off the young man had been on terms of close friendship with the family.
Lemmon has a brother, bert Lemmon, who lives at the home of a Mrs. Hanifin at 3315 East Twenty-second street. He has four other brothers, a foster sister, who lives in Armourdale, and his father, who lives in California.
Labels: Armourdale, California, Cleveland avenue, Mersington street, romance, Suicide, Thirty-third street, Twenty-second street, Twenty-sixth street
January 20, 1908
RAN AROUND IN SCANT ATTIRE.
Peter Mettlach Raced the Streets in
Running races with automobiles and street cars in his underclothes was the strange pastime of Peter Mettlach of 901 East Eighteenth street last night. Mettlach was placed in a sanitarium at Thirty-first street and Euclid avenue about two weeks ago.
Last night about 7 o'clock he told a nurse that he wanted to go home. She refused to give him his clothes, telling him that he was not in condition to go home yet. Mettlach, however, took a different view of the situation and went on back into his room on the second floor of the house, opened up a window and climbed down the fire escape and to freedom. He then entered his wild gambols over the southeast part of the city.
Patrolmen from No. 9 and No. 5 police stations were detailed to pick him up. After several hours he was seen by the motorman of a Swope park car, running by the side fo the car. Seeing the man in his underclothes, bareheaded and barefooted, the motorman stopped the car and urged the man to get in the car. When the car arrived at Forty-eighth and Harrison streets two policemen took the man on up to Thirty-first and Troost avenue, where his relatives met him with some clothes and took him home.
Labels: clothing, Eighteenth street, Euclid avenue, Forty-eighth street, Harrison street, mental health, nurses, police, streetcar, Thirty-first street, Troost avenue
January 20, 1908
FIERCE ENCOUNTER WITH DOG.
Frank Warren, After Being Bitten,
Quited Beast With a Brick.
The neighborhood of bright new cottages and freshly cut streets surrounding the corner of Twenty-second street and Lister avenue was all agog for two hours last night because of an encounter between a watchdog and a carpenter.
Frank Warren, the carpenter, was walking south and nearing Twenty-second street on the new Lister avenue cement walk, when the dog leaped out at him and seized both coat tails in his mouth. Warren shook the beast loose only to find him around in front, snapping at his hands. The dog finally made a leap for Warren's throat and the latter seized him by the neck and tried to strangle him. A hand to tooth encounter ensued, which drew heads to every window in the block. It was only after Warren's hands had been scratched and torn, that he choked the venom out of the dog.
Then Warren carried the animal into a lot where a house was being buit and threw teh animal on the freshly turned clay and hammered his head with a new brick with sharp corners. He left the dog for dead and walked across Twenty-second street to the Luce-Weed drug store. The pharmacist boud up his bleeding hands, called a physician and sent Warren to his room at the corner of Fifteenth street and Lawn avenue in a carriage.
A mounted policeman from No. 6 station arrived shortly and, after looking the dog over, decided not to shoot it.
"He has had puunishment enough," said the policeman.
Two hours later, at 11:00, someone telephoned in from the corner that the dog had revived and crawled to a cottage, where he is alleged to regularly reside.
Labels: animals, druggists, Fifteenth street, Lawn avenue, Lister avenue, No 6 police station, Twenty-second street
January 20, 1908
CAN'T REMEMBER HIS NAME.
Memory of Mysterious City Hospital
Patient Slowly Returning.
The man who was taken to the general hospital the day after Christmas unable to talk or use his fingers to write, and yet showed normal intelligence and a constant desire to talk has partly regained the use of his vocal organs. But it developes that his memory is incomplete on such important points as his own nameand the town where he belongs. His first name, he thinks, is John and his town, he believes, is forty miles north of Joplin on the Kansas City Southern railway. His employment, he says, has been railroad work under a cousin of his, Mack Adams, who is a grading sub-contractor on the Kansas City Southern. So far the man Adams cannot be located.
J. S. Stevenson, a Bentonville, Ark., newspaper man who as in the city last week, talked with the man on learning that he had spoken of Bentonville. The patient recognized the names of several Bentonville people andto these the hospital authorities are going to send photographs for possible identification.
Other statements so far secured from him are that he has not worked for four months, that he came to Kansas City on a pass, being told he could get medical treatment here, and that he at one time had a partial paralysis, of one side. The hospital authorities surmise that he has a growth on t he brain due to blood poisoning. By this minds are sometimes so affected. The man was picked up unconscious in the West bottoms.
Labels: general hospital, mental health, railroad, visitors, West bottoms
January 19, 1908
PLAN TO "GINGER UP"
ALL TWELFTH STREET.
Improvement Spreads West; Baseball
Not satisfied with its work in gingering up the 300 block of East Twelfth street, from McGee to Oak streets, the Ginger Club has now decided to begin a campaign to improve all of Twelfth street in the downtown district, hang flaming arc lights on artistic brackets from each trolley pole, and call it "The Great White Way.
The merchants on Eleventh street, from Main to Walnut have an advantage in that they are located on Petticoat Lane, a name that everybody recognizes," said E. J. Richards, president of the Ginger Club yesterday. "We want the women to know that ours is the cleanest block on the city, and the brightest at night."
"Even the negro porters in the block are getting interested. Several of them have been to me today to know what they can do to help. 'We want to do our best,' they said."
ORGANIZE BALL CLUB.
Last night the Ginger Club organized a baseball club at the office of the secretary, L. J. Galbert, 309 East Twelfth street, and has issued a challenge to the Kansas City Athletic Club to play a game of indoor baseball on Washington's birthday. The Ginger Club has secured some of the best semi-professional baseball talent in the city, including men from Iowa and Kansas state leagues.
Labels: Eleventh street, Ginger Club, organizations, Petticoat Lane, retailers, sports, Twelfth street
January 19, 1908
LODGED BETWEEN THE TIES.
And That Fact Saved Iowa Man's
Life on "L" Road.
Scott Lewis, who says his home is at Osceola, Ia., was struck by a car on the "L" road at the State line station last night at about 9 o'clock, sustaining serious injuries. He had been taking in the "Wet Block" just east of the State line on the Missouri side and was standing on the elevated structure waiting for a car when the accident occurred. He was removed to No. 1 police station in Kansas City, Kas., where his injuries were dressed by Police Surgeon Tenney.
While Lewis's injuries, which consist of several wounds on the head, are not considered dangerous, his escape from instant death is regarded almost miraculous. The car struck him while he was standing on the trestle which is about thirty feet above the street level. He lodged between the ties.
Labels: accident, alcohol, State line, streetcar, visitors
January 18, 1907
HE SAYS A WOMAN SHOT HIM.
Blind man May Not Recover From
T. A. McMillen, the blind man who was found in a stairway at 601 Delaware street late Thursday night bleeding from a bullet hole in his neck and another in his chest, lies at the emergency hospital in critical condition. He insists that he was shot by a woman as he ascended that stairway. Stella Arwood, a woman who runs a rooming house at 601 Delaware,who was arrested soon after McMillen was taken from the hallway, was arraigned late yesterday afternoon before Justice Shepard on a charge of assault with intent to kill. Her plea was not guilty and she was released on a bond of $1,200 to appear in the same court next Wednesday for a preliminary hearing. The shooting still remains a mysterdy to the police. McMillen is said to have been seen in a saloon in company of an unknown man shortly before he was shot.
James Gibson and William Bulger of 1031 Cherry street, who formerly lived in Harrison county, where they knew McMillen, saw in The Journal yesterday an account of his accident, and called on him at the emergency hospital. From them it was learned that the blind man had been married twice. His first wife is dead, but a son, Albert McMillen, now lives in Gentryville, Mo. . Ten years ago he married Miss Jennie Strong in Harrison county, but they soon separated. They had a son, Winford, now 9 years old, who is with his mother in Washington, where she is married to a railroad engineer named Crosby. George Strong, a brother-in-law of McMillen, used to live at 341 Haskell avenue, Kansas City, Kas. McMillen, has been blind about five years. He was formerly a painter, but since he lost his eyesight he has been a book canvasser.
If McMillen does not die from his injuries he may become paralyzed in part of his upper extremities.
Labels: Cherry street, Delaware street, Judges, rooming house, The Journal, violence, visual impairment
January 18, 1908
THREE BIG FINES FOR
THREE BAD MEN.
Judge Kyle Has a Session
With Wife Abusers.
"I wish I had before me this morning every man within my jurisdiction who abuses or in any manner mistreats his wife. I am just in the mood to give such men the limit. There are many more in this city and I wish they all could be apprehended," said Harry G. Kyle, police judge, yesterday morning just after he had fined three husbands $500 each.
The first one to come to bat was John Forest of 1311 1/2 Washington street. He was charged with disturbing the peace of his wife.
Frank Andrews of 417 East Eighteenth street was charged with non-support. He is a stock cutter for the Caton Printing company. Mrs. Andrews said that her husband came only only two or three nights in the week and that the rent and grocery bills were unpaid. He makes good wages. Andrews fondled his 6-year-old boy while the trial was in progress, and Judge Kyle said:
"You seem to think a lot of that boy now, but you certainly did not when you remained away from home over half the time. Five hundred dollars for you, too."
Andrews's mother and his wife both appeared against him.
In the trial of Clyde DeLapp, a bartender, charged with disturbing the peace of his wife, there was evidence hinting that an abortive attempt had been made to railroad Mrs. Helen DeLapp, the wife, to an asylum.
The DeLapps lived at 2625 Wabash avenue when most of the trouble occurred. After Mrs. DeLapp left her husband, on January 7, however, she had been staying with Mrs. R. A. Shiras at 1406 East Tenth street. Mrs. DeLapp's testimony, which was corroborated by Mrs. Shiras and by Mrs. J. H. Morse of 2622 Wabash avenue, was to the effect that DeLapp had dragged her from her home by her hair, choked her and beaten her.
Mrs. DeLapp said that an effort had been made to send her to an asylum by the certificate of two doctors, only one of whom she had ever seen, and that one had not examined her as to her sanity. DeLapp was fined $500.
Labels: domestic violence, Eighteenth street, Judge Kyle, police court, printers, Tenth street, Wabash avenue, Washington street
January 18, 1908
TO JOIN IN TAFT RECEPTION.
Yale Alumni Association to Confer
With Young Republicans.
The Yale Alumni Association held its annual meeting last night in the University Club rooms. The evening was devoted to singing college songs and once more going over the old Yale cheers. A committee was apopinted to confer with the Young Men's Republican Club in regard to the advisability of giving a reception for Secretary Taft upon the occasion of his visit in this city next month.
Taft is a Yale alumnus and most of the committee which will have charge of the arrangements for the reception are college mates of the secretary. The committee is composed of T. W. Mulford, '01, chairman; Thomas W. Morrow, '80; W. R. Clarke, '80; Charles R. Pence, '79; H. H. Strait, '90; O. C. Mosman, '94; Judge David D. Hoag, '73, Joplin, Mo., and C. M. Crawford, '94, Topeka, Kas.
Labels: politics, Topeka
January 17, 1908
HE LIKED MURDER STORIES.
Grant Figs Delighted in the Reading
of Crimes of Blood.
Ellis Mitchell, a son of Israel Mitchell, at whose house at 2211 Lydia avenue Grant Figgs, confessed murderer of two people, lived for a while before his arrest, was examined by Deputy Prosecutor John W. Hogan yesterday afternoon and his statement was taken in short-hand, transcribed and signed. He repeated his first story, that Figs frequently asked him to read newspaper accounts of murders and other crimes. Figs seemed excited at hearing the details of killings and often sat with his eyes on the door for some time afterwards.
When the officers went to Mitchell's house yesterday they found the entire family hidden in the basement. It was only after repeated knocking that there was a response. The negroes said that they feared some of Figg's friends had come to kill them for telling on him. The police promised to protect them in the future.
Israel Mitchell told Hogan that Figs had a habit of hiding in the basement whenever anyone knocked at the door. Both the Mitchells identified the hammer found in Woodman's store, at 1112 East Eighteenth street as their hammer, which Figs had secured possession of before the murder of Woodman.
Figs was arraigned in Justice Mike Ross's court yesterday afternoon on two murder charges, one for the killing of H. O Woodman at 1112 East Eighteenth street, August 28, 1907, and one for the beating to death of Edward Landman of 1107 East Eighteenth street, on November 25. Figs declined to plead in either case, and the hearing in both was set for Saturday afternoon. James A. Dyer, George Burgman and Deputy Prosecutor Hogan escorted him from the county jail to the justice court and back.
The arraignment was held in the justice court, instead of direct in the criminal court, says John George, clerk of the justice court, because Figs wants all the time possible. Figs has no attorney yet, and no money.
Claude Brooks was taken from the county jail to police headquarters for a few minutes yesterday afternoon, photographed, measured and his fingerprints made. He will be arraigned either in the criminal court or in a justice court this afternoon for the murder of his benefactor, Sid Herndon, at the Navarro flats.
Labels: courtroom, Eighteenth street, Judges, Justice Ross, Lydia avenue, murder, newspapers, retailers
January 17, 1908
BOGUS NOBLEMAN FREED.
"I Am Being Hounded by the Police,"
J. R. Spaulding, alias George Frederick Spate, alias Oscar F. Spate, who recently set Pittsburg agog by playing the English nobleman and promising to introduce several millionaires to the King of England, was released by the police after being held until 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The three-named man was arrested near Twelfth street and Walnut streets Wednesday while in company with a woman. Before being released, he admitted that his name was Spaulding and that he had "flurried" Pittsburg.
Spaulding told Inspector Ryan that he had really come here for the purpose of opening up a confectioners business, but now that the police had been so "sassy" he might go somewhere else.
"I did think of remaining here," he said, "and now that I have seen how easy it is I thought I would like to become a detective. I think I would make a good one, all right."
Spate or Spaulding said that he was being hounded and not given a chance. He thought that a "little mistake" like he made in Pittsburg ought to be overlooked. Instead of that, he said, he was being pursued wherever he went. He said that he was advised by influential relatives to go West. His half brother in Chicago, he said, would back any enterprise he began.
"Out here," the inspector told him, "we expect every man to have some occupation. No one here is so rich that he doesn't have to work at something, and no one out here wants to be introduced into ultra-exclusive English society."
Spate shed a few tears when the inspector spoke of every person being expected to work. It appeared to hurt his feelings.
"Well, after all," he said finally, "I believe I'll stay here. You must not be surprised some day in the near future if you find me holding down the job of society editor of one of your local papers. I think I am well fitted for that."
Inspector Ryan told him that such positions here were held by women so far as he knew but he added: "If you succeed in getting on, come around and interview me." Spate promised and left the station.
Labels: Chicago, con artist, detectives, England, Twelfth street, visitors, Walnut Street
January 17, 1907
LIVE WIRE CREATES A FURORE.
Endangers Lives as It Swings in
Street at Eighth and McGee.
Fast running under a circuit breaker caused a break in the trolley wire at Eighth and McGee streets last night. This was followed by a brilliant electrical display as the fallen wire touched the trucks, and a heavy roar which almost deafened those who were passing in the street at that time.
A policeman who was walking on Grand avenue near Ninth street hurried in the direction of the flashes, thinking that a bomb had been thrown at the post office building. Persons as far away as Eighth and Campbell streets saw the electrical display and heard the reports which the wire made as it swung back and forth over the tracks. Persons walking on Eighth street near the break at the time flagged the cars, and also passersby who started to walk across the street.
The wire was broken by the trolley pole of an eastbound Independence avenue car, which passed under the circuit breaker so rapidly that it jerked the wire from its hangings. The car passed on with undiminished speed, the crew not seeming to realize that a death-trap had been left behind unguarded. A Metropolitan division superintendent was summoned and soon captured the live wire, allowing the blockaded cars to drift under the gap and continue on their way.
Labels: Campbell street, Eighth street, Grand avenue, McGee street, Metropolitan Street Railway Company, Ninth street, streetcar
January 16, 1908
JUST RAN INTO BULLET.
Detective Explains Why He Shot
Through a Citizen's Coat.
"That man just ran against my bullet. I saw him before I fired and he was sixteen feet away, but he just ran into it."
Thus did Detective Charles Lewis explain to the police board yesterday how it happened that a bullet fired by him at Frank Elliott, an escaping prisoner arrested on Christmas day on a robbery charge, went through the coat and overcoat of J. N. Downing, a lumberman living at 707 Oak street. Downing lodged a complaint against the detective December 31.
"Well, he certaily must have been going some," commented Mayor Beardsley.
"Better be a little more careful next time," said Commissioner Jones.
Lewis was exonerated. The board at a previous meeting decided to pay Downing for his damaged coats.
The police board decided yesterday that Kansas City is to have the best shooting police force in the country. That is to say, its police are to be the best marksmen with their revolvers. Orders were given for regular target practice by the force. D. C. Stone has been appointed instructor in shooting and inspection of firearms. The indoor target range at the Third regiment armory will be used. Regualr practice is to be required of all policemen, and records will be kept of their marksmanship.
Labels: Armory, Commissioner Jones, detectives, Mayor Beardsley, police board
January 16, 1908
POLICE MAY HAVE MAN WHO
SOLD ENTREES TO SOCIETY.
POSED AS A TITLED ENGLISHMAN
AND REAPED A HARVEST.
Many Smoky City Millionaires Paid
Him Large Sums in Hope of
Gaining Admission to the
Court of St. James.
The police believe they had a foreign nobleman for a guest last night. If they are not mistaken their prisoner is none other than the person who recently set Pittsburg ablaze by collecting money from those funny Pittsburg millionaires on promises to introduce them into real British society.
For two weeks, the police say, this supposed nobleman has been in Kansas City part of the time visiting an East Twelfth street hotel. Ostensibly he was here to seek a profitable business investment, and was negociating for the purchase of property on Troost avenue. For some reason the suspicions of the police were aroused, and he was watched by detectives. Among others, Detective Ghent was working upon the case and he came to the conclusion that the man was none other than the Pittsburg celebrity. Tuesday night the detective traced the suspect to the Coates house, where, with a woman, he registered as from St. Joseph.
NO CHARGE AGAINST HIM.
Yesterday Detectives Boyle and Oldham were put upon the case. They traced the man and woman from the Coates house yesterday evening about dinnertime to the Morton Restaurant on Main street, and from there to McClintock's restaurant in Walnut street. As the two were entering McClintock's, the detectives placed the man under arrest. He was taken at once to police headquarters, booked for "investigation" and locked up in the holdover. Before he was locked up, he is said to have admitted that he was J. R. Spaulding, and that he was the man concerned in the Pittsburg scandals of last December. "Investigation" prisoners cannot be interviewed by reporters.
It is said no charges will be placed against the man. He will be presented at "show up" this morning and if he is the Pittsburg nobleman, will be ordered to leave town at once. The woman was not held.
MILLIONAIRES HIS MARK.
Reginald Spaulding, alias George Frederick Spate, alias Oscar F. Spate, by all of which names he was known, created a sensational scandal in Pittsburg last fall, when it was discovered he was an imposter, masquerading under pretenses of noble English birth. One of the most picturesque adventures of modern times, he readily won his way into the confidence of Pittsburg's millionaires by pretensions that were, to say the least, romantic. He offered, for a monetary consideration, to use his "social position" to obtain the introduction into the court of St. James of Pittsburgers who were able to pay the price. When it was discovered he was an ex-convict, a high-class confidence man and a bogus nobleman, Pittsburg was scandalized as much as it is possible for Pittsburg to be scandalized.
Investigation of his record disclosed some remarkable enterprises. Once as a representative of a fake South African trading company, he appointed a number of "agents" who were required to deposit $100 with him to secure their commissions in a promising get-rich-quick scheme. For this he was convicted and served two years in an English prison. That was 1903.
In 1902, he was married to Muriel, daughter of Lord and Lady Suffield, who had left her home because of a difference with her parents, and gone to South Africa as a Red Cross hospital nurse. Her name was removed from the records of the British nobility.
Spate, who is said to be of a younger son of a noble English family, had served as a subaltern in the British South African army. It was then he met and married the Lady Muriel. Later he is said to have interested his wife in a "salted" diamond mine, by which he realized a neat profit. Then he is said to decoyed the lady into the heart of Zululand, where he "lost" her. In order to find her, he made himself chief of a new Zulu kingdom and was starting out to avenge the disappearance of his wife, when she herself appeared in Johannesburg. It was after this he was sent to the British prison.
When the story of these adventures reached Pittsburg, the man was arrested, sat for his picture in the rogues' gallery and was ordered out of that city. Since then he has been lost. If the man arrested last night is really he, the police will be interested to know whether he was contemplating some other business coup in Kansas City.
Labels: Coates house, con artist, detectives, hotels, Inspector Boyle, nurses, police headquarters, restaurants, Twelfth street, visitors
January 16, 1908
MINISTER VISITS PLAYHOUSES.
Presbyterian Pastors Want
Evidence at First Hand.
Look ye upon the vaudeville while it is good.
And take heed that ye applaud all good acts.
Remember that a red skirt may look as well as a blue, if properly hung.
Let not the kinetoscope delay thy rush for a car.
And be, ye, happy in all things. -- Howesians Chapter 1, verses 1-5
The Rev. William K. Howe of Grace Presbyterian church did not go to see "The Clansman" last night. He could not get the sort of seat he wanted. He may go tonight.
First, according to the text, this is the story of a quest to see whether the theater is moral. Let us take up each phase of the question as it presents itself, noting carefully what is written.
Each year the Presbyterian clergymen make visits to the theaters. Not all of them go, but one or two of their number is assigned to the work. Last year it was the Rev. J. L. McKee. This year it is the Rev. Mr. Howe.
Secondly, Rev. Mr. Howe went to the Orpheum Tuesday night. In considering this section of the discourse, it must be borne in mind that he liked the show. He said so with his hands not once, but many times. There was not one of the allusions, which the vulgar tongue has seen fit to call a "gag," to which the pastor, still adhering to the language hereunto above used, did not "tumble." There was not a merrier man in the house. Realizing, with proper insight, that it was foreordained for him to have a good time, he had it. Just before the kinetoscope, he fled.
Thirdly, lastly and to sum up all that has here above been written, Dr. Howe will visit other theaters and on some day early in the month of March, which is not far distant, he will discourse to his brethren in the cloth upon the theater as an institution and upon its moral effect in particular. Whereupon he will be given a vote of thanks, and the same thing repeated next year in these months.
"Did you enjoy the show at the Orpheum last night?" Dr. Howe was asked yesterday evening.
"Sure I did," he replied, or to that effect.
Directly accused, Dr. Howe acknowledges the following: He is 35, athletic and has red blood. He is a baseball fan, never missing a game on the home grounds, except on Sunday, and never coming away from an unfinished contest without a rain check. He lives at 3009 East Tenth street.
On the following points he refuses to plead: Whether he is for or against the Sunday theaters. Whether Pulliam, Dreyfuss or McGraw discovered Honus Wagner. Whether the championship batter's medal hoodooed Ty Cobb in the Tiger-Cub series. Just when he will report to the association of Presbyterian ministers as to the theaters.
Dr. Howe is a friend of the theaters. They ought to cultivate him.
Labels: churches, ministers, sports, Tenth street, theater
January 16, 1908
HE MUST MAKE HONK MUSIC.
Task Confronting Bandmaster for the
To extract music from an automobile honk was the problem set for E. W. Berry, bandmaster, by the show committee of the automobile dealers yesterday. Mr. Berry's band is to furnish the music for the motor car show in Convention Hall February 3 to 8. When he was awarded the contract yesterday it was with the express stipulation that some kind of automobile music should be played.
As this sort of music is represented by only a few compositions, it was also suggested to Mr. Berry that a chance to make himself famous was presented by the contract. If there is no automobile music, the next easiest thing is to write it. The production of an automobile show march or waltz is essential, and no doubt Mr. Berry, having seen his duty, will do it.
If you see a tall, intellectual looking man testing the horns of automobiles which stand by the curb, don't mistake him for a motorist. It may be Mr. Berry investigating the musical quality of the honk.
Labels: arts, automobiles, Convention Hall, music
January 16, 1908
ONE MORE LANDMARK GOES.
Demolishing Two-Story Brick at
Fifth and Wyandotte.
Men started yesterday demolishing the two-story brick building at the north-east corner of Wyandotte and Fifth streets. With the passing of this structure another landmark of Kansas City will be obliterated. For fifty years or more, this building has stood as a mute monument to the enterprise of the early settlers. In its day it was one of the most commanding structures in the North End, where the commerce of the city was transacted. The two floors were occupied principally by a drug store and doctors' offices. Several doctors, who are today eminent in their profession, recall the times when as young men they made their start there.
In the course of time a more modern and up-to-date building will replace the one being razed. Activities are temporarily suspended awaiting a decision of the court as to the value of equities held in the property by Thomas H. Swope and the Rock Island railroad. Mrs. E. Williams, who owns the controlling interest in the property, has brought such a suit in the circuit court.
Labels: North end, real estate, Thomas Swope
January 15, 1908
SERVANT WINS HER SUIT.
Anna Kasson Receives $10,000 for
Thirty-Two Years' Work.
Anna Kasson, a poor woman who claimed she had worked thirty-two years in the family of Mrs. Kate Ernest without receiving any compensation, will be rewarded for her life's work, as the jury, after deliberating nearly ten minutes, returned a verdict that the will, which the heirs sought to break, holds good. Miss Kasson will receive real estate at Eighth and Woodland avenue valued at about $9,000 and $1,000 in cash, which was left her in Mrs. Ernest's will.
A smile crept over the face of the little woman in the court room as the jury returned the verdict in her favor. All day she sat in an arm chair in one side of the room and presented a most pitiful appearance. She was dressed in a calico dress, and her appearance showed that she had worked hard for nearly a whole life time. She had been rewarded for her work by the will of her foster parents, as she claimed the Ernests to be, and a son of Mrs. Ernest had brought the suit in order to cut Miss Kasson out of receiving her share of Mrs. Ernest's property.
Labels: courtroom, Eighth street, probate, Woodland avenue
January 15, 1908
ORGANIZE "GINGER CLUB. "
Merchants on Twelfth Street Have
Novel Advertising Scheme.
Merchants in the "300" block between Oak and McGee streets on Twelfth street, have a unique advertising scheme. They have organized what they call the Ginger Club, with a ginger snap for an emblem. Its significance is: snappy merchants with plenty of ginger in them.
At a meeting yesterday $500 was raised in order to boost their block. It is their purpose to erect a large electric sign at both entrances, bearing the number "300" in figures seven or eight feet high. Five arc lights will be secured and hung along the block on both sides of the street.
The merchants will employ a man, whom they will dress in a white suit and cap, to keep the street between Oak and McGee streets clean. This man will be kept at work every day of the week except Sunday.
Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock beginning a week from Saturday, the members of the club will have 2,000 coupons distributed among people on the streets. One of these coupons will be worth $10 in trade, and two will be worth $5.
The officers of the Ginger Club are: E. J. Richards, chairman, Charles I. Lorber, secretary, and I. V. Hucke, treasurer. The club will hold weekly meetings.
Labels: Ginger Club, McGee street, Oak street, retailers, Twelfth street
January 14, 1907
CISTERNS CAUSE OF TYPHOID.
River Water Not Responsible for
Epidemic Across the Line.
"I doubt very much if the supply of water from the Missouri river used in Kansas City, Kas., is responsible for the number of typhoid fever cases reported from there," said Dr. W. P. Cutler, city pure food inspector yesterday.
"It is my belief that if the health authorities will investigate thoroughly they will find the cause in the use of cisterns and wells for water supply. Leaky cisterns are productive of typhoid, and they should be closed up. This is the only way to stamp out typhoid.
"In Kansas City, Mo., it has been definitely determined that the majority of typhoid fever cases reported were directly traceable to the use of water from wells and cisterns. Missouri river water is not productive of typhoid."
Labels: Dr. W. P. Cutler, Missouri river, pure food commission, typhoid
January 14, 1907
SEPTIC DRAINAGE SYSTEM.
Expert Will Be Employed to
Determine Cost to City.
The board of public works and Mayor Beardsley were in executive session several hours yesterday considering the steps to be taken to install a sseptic system of drainage throughtout the city. It was decided to at once communicate with experts, to learn the cost of a system capable of caring for the present and future needs of the city.
Labels: Mayor Beardsley, public works
January 13, 1907
F. F. ROZZELLE CRITICALLY ILL.
Operated on Yesterday at a Hospital
F. F. ROZZELLE
The operation for appendicitis was performed on F. F. Rozzelle, former city counselor and police commissioner, at South Side hospital by Drs. Samuel Ayres, Howard Hill and Jacob Block at noon yesterday. The disease had reached the acute stage and an operation was found necessary. Mr. Rozzelle has been ill off and on for the last three months, and three days ago appendicitis developed. Saturday night it was concluded by his physicians to operate on him, and he was sent to South Side hospital.
"Mr. Rozzelle's condition is very serious," said Dr. Ayres last night, "but still I have not given up hopes for his recovery."
Labels: Commissioner Rozzelle, doctors, hospitals, illness
January 12, 1908
PROTEST AGAINST SPEEDWAY.
South Side Citizens Meet and Draw
Up Fighting Resolutions.
About forty men, residents in the vicinity of Gillham road, met at the Church of United Brethren, Fourtieth and Harrison streets, last night to protest against the action of the park board in ordering an appropriation of part of that boulevard for the proposed speedway. The meeting was called by Benjaman H. Berkshire, 4018 Harrison street, and J. V. Kendall, Twenty-fifth street and Troost avenue.
A motion was made that those present should resort to every effort to prevent what they thought was the ruin of their roadway, and that every man pledge himself to assist in a financial way if it became necessary for them to resort to the courts. When this motion was put, F. J. Chase, 4100 McGee street, who was chairman of the meeting, asked all those who were in favor of it, to stand. Only four remained seated. The motion was announced, carried and those who voted for it put their signatures to the resolution. This resolution was adopted:
Whereas, The Kansas City park board has assumed to set apart a certain
portion of Gillham road for a speedway in defiance of the purposes for which
that roadway was condemned and paid for, and
Whereas, the use of any portion of this parkway for a speedway will be
detrimental to the interests of those whop were assessed for payment of said
parkway, making it dangerous to life and limb and turning that which was
intended for quite enjoyment of the citizens, over to an entirely different
purpose, to the great discomfort of those living in that vicinity, and to the
depreciation of property values,
Therefore be it
Resolved, That we property owners and residents in the district bounded by
Thirty-ninth street on the north, Brush creek on the south, Troost avenue on the
east and Main street on the west, in mass meeting assembled, do respectfully
protest against the appropriation of any portion of Gillham road parkway for
purposes of speedway or for any other use foreign to the purposes for which the
said roadway was condemned, and ask that your board reconsider your recent
action, and withdraw your consent to such use of any portion of said
Labels: automobiles, churches, Gillham road, Harrison street, Main street, McGee street, Park board, Thirty-ninth street, Troost avenue, Twenty-fifth street
January 12, 1908
WHEELED HIS BRIDE IN CHAIR.
Brannan Was the Name of Both, and
She'd Hurt Her Knee.
John W. Brannan, a middle aged man from Lamar, Mo., came wheeling a young woman in an invalid's chair into the recorder's office yesterday and asked for a marriage license. The woman was Miss Lizzetta Brannan of Springfield, Ill. They were married in the office by Justice Festus C. Miller. Before the groom wheeled his bride away to the Union depot, where they took a train for a honeymoon in Mexico, the clerks in the office were able to get a little information out of him.
He and the bride are no kin, and have never been married previously, although they both have the name of Brannan. The woman is not a confirmed invalid, but fell and hurt one of her knees a few weeks ago. They had been engaged several months and the groom did not want to postpone the wedding, he said, on account of a "little injury to the girl."
Labels: Judges, Mexico, wedding
January 12, 1908
STILL A SMOKY CITY.
Not Gas Enough for Downtown Boil-
ers, but Scarritts Found a Way.
The secret of the smoke consuming device used in the Scarritt building has been discovered. The building does not burn coal or anything else. "We are often asked how we keep our great stack from smoking," said Ed C. Scarritt yesterday. "The fact of the matter is we get our light, heat and elevator power from an outside company. This saves us all sorts of trouble, as well as giving us the advantage of space in the basement that we can turn into money."
The limited supply of natural gas accounts for so many smoky chimneys at present. Next year, according to James B. McGowan, there will be gas enough to keep up the downtown boilers, after which this ought to be a smokeless city.
Labels: Scarritt building
January 12, 1908
ACTORS ON LONG JOURNEY.
Shubert Discontinues Vaudeville and
Players Go East.
Last night closed the last week of vaudeville at the Shubert, and Kansas City was the scene of a "leave taking" among performers which was unusual. Vaudeville artists do not usually journey far between performances, but with the closing of the Shubert every performer was sentenced to a term on the Atlantic seaboard. Some of the longest "jumps" recorded in vaudeville were announced last night, when all the players had been placed by the syndicate.
It would be impossible for any of the Shubert performers to reach their destination for the regular Sunday show, but each will open with a Monday matinee. Long and Cotton go to New York. Vasco to Boston; Greene and Werner to Johnstown, Pa.; Quigley Bros. to New York; Barnold's dogs and monkeys to New York; Alexander and Bertie to Rochester, N. Y.; Lilly Fleximore to New York, and Newbold and Carroll to Syracuse, N. Y.
The performers, whose traveling expenses are paid by the theatrical syndicate, will travel in most luxurious appointment, but the dream will end at a half a score of stage doors when the curtain goes up on Monday's matinee in the East.
Labels: Boston, New York, theater, vaudeville
January 11, 1908
AUTOS MAY THEN BE PASSE.
Kansas City Dealers Propose to Fur-
ther Navigation of Air.
The charter of the Kansas City Automobile Dealers' Association, which will conduct a show in Convention hall February 3 to 8, has been received from the secretary of state. A careful reading of it and of the articles of incorporation indicates that the dealers have been looking far into the future, to the days when they may have ceased selling automobiles and are pushing the latest model 1925 airship.
Among other purposes of the incorporation, is given the following:
"To promote scientific investigation into the problems of aerial navigation."
As yet, no member of the association has expressed his desire to become a sky pilot.
Labels: aeroplanes, airships, automobiles
January 11, 1908
CHANCE FOR A CLOCK TENDER.
Federal Building Needs One for Its
Forty-Seven Time Pieces.
An official clock winder and tender can get a good job at the federal building. Yesterday afternoon Surveyor C. W. Clarke, custodian of the building, posted a notice that the government was in need of an official clock tender. There are forty-seven clocks in the building, telling the time for the 1,100 people housed there. They run all the way from "on the dot" to "on the bum" and there is a regular streak of repair bills going to Washington.
"That is what we want to get around," said the custodian, "and for that reason we are going to employ a man to take charge of the clocks. He will have to keep them going and that means he will have to wind them and keep them in repair."
Labels: employment, federal building
January 10, 1908
BUFFETED BY TWO STATES.
Real Hard Luck Story That Made
Police Judge Relent.
For a real hard luck story Tim Higgins, who said that was not his name, took the prize in police court yesterday. Here's the story:
"Yer honor, I'll admit that I was drinkin'. I was down on the 'wet' block next to State Line, where every door's a saloon but a couple. I live just around the corner on James street in Kansas, but come across the line for me drink. The Missouri officer got me first and, not wantin' to appear in court fro a drunk, he takes me to the line, gives me a wallop wit his club and sends me over. Once over th' line I loses me way and butts into a Kansas copper. I guess he didn't want to appear in court, either, for he hustles me to th' line again and, with a side swipe, sends me clean over into Missouri.
"By that time was complete turned around, and who should I meet but the big bull who thrown me into Kansas. 'What are ye doin' here?' says he, and he makes a center rush for me, and I'm in Kansas again. Thinkin' I'd be wise and still get home, I made a detour fer a side street. I was makin' good time in the dark street when someone says, 'Halt, ye there!" I did, an' by the saints it was a bluecoat. Witout as much as askin' me where I was goin' he puts me back into Missouri.
"I don't know how many times I was juggled from one state to another, but I know it made me head swim. Finally, early this mornin' the big Missouri copper finds me walkin' east, I guess -- I'd just been transferred to this state again, I know. He gets sore, sends for the wagon and here I am. I belong in Kansas and am anxious to get there."
"I think you've had yours, all right," said Judge Kyle, "back to Kansas."
Labels: alcohol, Judge Kyle, police, police court, saloon, State line
December 10, 1908
FOR ITS LONDON ENGAGEMENT.
"The Clansman" Company to Begin
Special Rehearsals Monday.
Rehearsals will begin on the stage of the Willis Wood theater next Monday of the version of "The Clansman" to be produced at the Lyceum theater, London, in June, and later in Melbourne and Sydney, Australia. George H. Brennan wired his representative here last night that the London booking had at last been definitely arranged and that contracts had also been closed with J. C. Williamson -- the Charles Frohman of antipodean theatricals -- for the principal Australian cities.
While all the dramatic features of "The Clansman" will be retained, some changes will be made in the characters and dialogue to suit the comprehension of non-American audiences. The rehearsals for the foreign version will be supervised by a director who has staged several of the American plays most successful in London.
Labels: race, theater
January 9, 1908
OPERATION TO SAVE
A YOUTH'S MIND
PART OF CLYDE TURNER'S SKULL
IS CUT AWAY.
Butted His Head Agasint the Wall
When a Child and Was
Insane. May Be
Clyde Turner, a 15-year-old lad, a ward of the children's court, a portion of whose skull was removed Tuesday afternoon with the idea that he might, by the operation, grow up to be a good and bright boy, was reported last night by the Post Graduate hospital, Independence avenue and Campbell street, where the operation was performed, as doing well.
Clyde's case is the first of the sort in the history of the Kansas City children's court, and the second or third in the court history of the United States. Some years ago a lad in Philadelphia was trephined to cure bad habits, and there was a somewhat similar, but not exactly parallel, case in Omaha recently. Six months ago the Kansas City children's court removed Dewey Marcuvitz's tonsils to mend his ways, but the operation was only partially successful.
PRESSED DOWN BRAIN.
The lad who now lies on a cot at the Post Graduate hospital with a piece of his skull the size of a teacup taken away, has had an unfortunate life. His parents died when he was a month old and he was adopted by George Pack, an employe of the Kansas City Bold and Nut Compnay of Sheffield, who lives at Hocker and Sea streets in Independence. The baby Clyde had a habit of butting his head against the wall whenever he was vexed. Efforts were made to break him of this, but he was not cured until he had flattened the crown of his head.
He grew up "simple," and when 12 years old was sent to the Missouri colony for the feeble-minded in Marshall, Mo. He seemed to improve there, and was released about a year ago. He did not get along very well with his foster parents, although they treated him as they would their own son. Two weeks ago, according to the story told by Mrs. Pack in the children's court, a week ago last Monday, Clyde made an attack on her husband's mother with a butcher knife, and as he is a big, strong boy, might have killed her, had it not been for interference. The lad was confined in the detention home from that time until Tuesday morning, when he was taken to the hospital.
Dr. E. G. Blair, assisted by Dr. John Punton, performed the operation. The portion of his skull, which was flattened, was sawed out and thrown away. The brain, which had been pressed down, rose to fill the cavity. The lad will remain in the hospital until nature grows a cartilage across the aperture.
When the boy awoke yesterday morning he seemed very happy. He was a sour-faced, frightened lad when he came to the place. His eyes wore that pathetic, timid, hunted expression of those who are not mentally normal. But when he awoke his eyes were bright. He smiled and said: "I feel awful good!"
THE BOY CONSENTED.
Judge H. L. McCune of the children's court said last evening in regard to the case:
"It was a question of the court's permitting the lad to become permanently insane, for his spells rising out of the sullenness into passionate outbreaks such as he made on his foster father's mother, were growing more and more frequent, or having him operated upon with a slight chance of death but a much larger chance of recovery and development into a bright and useful man. The doctors told me there was absolutely no chance for the boy to recover without the operation. The court received the consent of his foster parents and of the boy himself.
Labels: Campbell street, children, doctors, hospitals, Independence, Independence avenue, Judge McCune, mental health, Omaha, sheffield
January 9, 1907
THEME OF AUTO SHOW
PLAN IS SOUTHWEST.
Dealers' Committee Decides
on Decoration Scheme.
The real start towards the second annual automobile show in Convention hall
, February 3-8, was made yesterday, when a committee representing the Kansas City Automobile Dealers' Association definitely deciding upon the general plan of decorating the hall. Details have not yet been announced, but the general scheme will carry out the idea that Kansas City is the marketplace of the Southwest. The states in this city's trade territory will each have representation in the design.
While last year decorations from one of the Eastern shows were used, the committee was of opinion that this year there should be something distinctive. When Eastern papers sit up and take notice at the statement that there are thirty automobiles in a Kansas town, the committee says, it is time to draw on local territory for the show ideas.
Backed as it is by the association of dealers, who are giving their own time and money towards the promotion of the enterprise, with the sole view of educating the public as to the automobile, there is no doubt that it will have all the features which go to make up a complete exposition of the automobile. To the display the cars must be added the varied line accessories, an industry which is secondary only to the manufacture of the automobile itself.
Novel exhibits are promised, but dealers, careful not to make extravagant claims, are content to wait until they receive definite assurances before telling just what they will be. While some space is still available, especially under the balconies in the arcade, the main floor affords barely enough room for the displays planned there. Much tactful work was necessary to make the allotment of space fit the individual demands.
Preliminaries of the show are in the hands of a committee chosen from the dealers' association, whose members act in an advisory capacity to D. M. Bone, who has been chosen manager of the show.
Labels: automobiles, Convention Hall
January 8, 1907
HE OILED THE JACK RABBITS.
Dr. Murray Made a Profitable Round
of Food Shops Yesterday.
Dr. Benjamin P. Murray, an assistant food inspector in the office of Dr. W. P. Cutler, was out on the scout yesterday for bad meat, bad game -- in fact, anything bad that came within the provisions of the food laws. And he had his trusty coal oil can with him, a dead shot when nit comes to placing suspicious food stuffs out of commission.
At an East Missouri avenue meat market the doctor found twenty-three and one-half pounds of mutton and ninety pounds of spareribs, all bad. He "shot" both with a stream of coal oil.
In a Fourth street commission house Dr. Murray came upon twenty-four rabbits which he found necessary to oil A short block brought him to the city market where he oiled twenty-eight large, long-eared jack rabbits. Later he found a sixty-pound pig in a wholesale meat market on Fourth street. The doctor had just taken aim with his coal oil can, when he was importuned to let piggie go unharmed to the soap factory. He uncocked his oil can and consented. But he remained there long enough to see the little porker off to the factory.
H. F. Guyette, inspector of bakeries, hotels, and restaurants under Dr. Cutler, reported that he had coal oiled ten pounds of hamburger steak which he found in a Main street restaurant.
"Our inspectors have to be doubly careful now," said Dr. Cutler, "o account of the warm weather, when, at this season of the year, it should be cold. Especially is that true as to rabbits shipped here.
Labels: city market, doctors, Dr. W. P. Cutler, food, Fourth street, Main street, Missouri avenue, pure food commission
January 8, 1908
IS PURSUED BY DELUSIONS.
Dr. S. S. Landon, Former Police
Surgeon, Suffers Mental Collapse.
At the insistence of Roy Shunk, a nurse at the Sheffield hospital, Dr. S. S. Landon, former police surgeon and owner of the hospital, was taken into custody at Twelfth and Main streets yesterday afternoon by Patrolman Michael Cassady of the crossing squad. Shunk told Cassady that Dr. Landon had got beyond his control.
After he was detained in a cell in the police matron's room Dr. Landon grew violent. When no one would bring him the keys and allow him to free himself he overturned an iron bed on which he had been lying and, with superhuman strength, wrenched a leg from it as if it had been a twig. He also smashed an earthen receptacle which was in the cell and cut his hand.
It was about that time that Dr. W. C. Anderson, connected with him in the Sheffield hospital, and Amos Townsend, an attorney, arrived. They counseled with the doctor for a few moments and left the room. He reached through the bars to where a table holding a tray of dishes was standing. Mrs. Joan Moran, police matron, ran in just in time to save the tray of dishes, but Dr. Landon broke a leg from the heavy oak table before he could be prevented.
Dr. E. G. Blair, a visiting surgeon at Dr. Landon's hospital, and a close friend, arrived after a time and succeeded in getting the doctor to consent to take a hypodermic injection. Dr. Blair said he would give him a powerful sedative to quiet him for the night. Relatives and friends intend to make some disposition of the doctor's case today.
"Ever since before Christmas Dr. Landon has been acting queerly and of late has grown worse," said Dr. Anderson. "Recently he has grown more and more delusional and wanted to be constantly on the go. It is our opinion that he has had a breakdown from overwork."
Labels: crossing squad, doctors, hospitals, Main street, mental health, nurses, police, sheffield, Twelfth street
January 8, 1907
MANY OBJECT TO PLAYGROUNDS.
Some Say They're to Be Too Near
Many property owners east of Main Street, north of Independence avenue and west of Highland are contemplating a petition to the board of park commissioners to protest against two sites said to have been chosen as playgrounds. A committee selected for the purpose reported Monday that it would recommend two sites, one bounded by Tracy and Lydia avenues, Second and Third streets, and another bounded by Gilliss, Campbell, Third and Fifth streets. The former is said to have been selected for a playground for negroes.
Many of the residents in the districts adjacent are complaining as they say both sites are too close to the railroad tracks. They claim that boys will be constantly tempted to "hop trains."
Property owners in the space bounded by and Forest avenues, Missouri avenue and Pacific street are the biggest objectors. A petition probably will be started in that neighborhood today.
"Twice this block has been selected by a committee," said a property owner in that block yesterday. "At least that was published and it gave rise to the report that our property was to be condemned for park or playground purposed. Many of us had sales consumated, even to the point of a deposit being made. No one would buy our property with the condemnation proceedings staring them in the face."
Labels: Campbell street, Fifth street, Gillis street, Highland avenue, Independence avenue, Lydia avenue, Main street, Missouri avenue, Pacific street, Park board, race, Second street, Third street, Tracy avenue
January 7, 1908
SHE LOST MONEY AND JEWELS.
Miss Minie Lurie the Victim of a
Miss Minnie Lurie of 807 Lydia avenue, reported to the police that a man who boarded at her home had disappeared with $75 she had loaned him, as well as five diamond rings, two gold watches and a gold bracelet. The man, who represented himself to be preparing to go into business here, borrowed the $75 "for a few days" and one night playfully grabbed the jewelry from Miss Lurie's hand while they were seated in the parlor. He said he would have the watch fixed, and when Miss Lurie objected to his retaining the jewelry, he said:
"Can't you trust me?"
She said she could. The police can find no trace of him.
Labels: con artist, jewelry, Lydia avenue
December 7, 1908
KILLS DUCKS IN CEMETERY.
Sheffield Hunter Commits Act of Van-
dalism at Mount Washington.
Several monthsw ago one of two swans, which made their homes at Mt. Washington cemetery, was killed by a boy. A second act of vandalism was the slaughter of three ducks yesterday by a man believed to be from Sheffield. As the ducks were almost tame he had no difficulty in creeping close to them and killing three with one load of shot. The man had not time to fire again as the report of the gun aroused Louis B. Root, superintendent of the cemetery, whose arrival frightened the man away.
Labels: animals, cemetery, guns, Mt. Washington, sheffield
January 6, 1908
MAY HAVE INNOCENT MAN.
Fargo Officials Do Not Remember
Murder Suspect Under Arrest Here.
Upon suspicion that he is wanted in connection with a murder at Fargo, N. D., J. W. Barkdoll, a laboring man, was placed under arrest by Police Captian Walter Whitsett and Inspector of Detectives Charles Ryan, yesterday afternoon. Barkdoll roomed near the corner of Independence avenue and Cherry street. He will be held until officers arrive or word is received from Fargo.
FARGO, N. D., Jan 5. -- (Special) The Kansas City officers have doubtless got "off track" in the arrest of J. A. Barkdoll for a crime in this section, or else he is masquerading under an assumed name, is the belief here. Chief Wade was in a quandry when telegraphic information was received today from officers of Kansas City to the effect such a man had been arrested. Search through the records of the sheriff of Cass county, N. D., as well as Clay county, just across the river on the Minnesota side, besides inquiry at the police departments in both this city and Morrhead, Minn., fail to show that anyone by the name of J. W. Barkdoll is wanted for murder in this section of the country.
Labels: Captain Whitsett, Cherry street, Independence avenue, murder, police
January 6, 1908
CHARIVARI STOPS CARS.
Riot Call Follows Wedding at the
When Mrs. Lena Gladstone and Julius Varshavsky set last night as the date for their marriage, they thought that none of their friends knew anything about it. But somewhere and somehow the secret had leaked out and friends of both people were waiting for the time to come so that they might have a charivari party and, perchance, some refreshments. Mrs. Gladstone lived at 221 East Nineteenth street and most of the party of rice throwers thought that the wedding would surely take place at the home of the bride. Consequently at 7 o'clock last night Nineteenth street was crowded with more than 500 noise-making individuals. The cars on Nineteenth street were lined up for more than a block away because the mob in front of the McClure flats refused to get out of the streets.
The car crews sent in a riot call to the police in order that the crowd might be dispersed.
After the cars had passed the mob began to surge back into the street and to show signs of violence. They insisted that they get a treat of some sort. Charles Gidinsky, a druggist at Nineteenth street and Grand avenue, scattered twenty pounds of candy in their midst.
Meanwhile 150 friends of the couple had found out that the wedding was taking place in the Young Men's Progressive Club rooms at Seventeenth and Locust streets, and rushed to that building. The groom walked out upon the porch to make a speech. He was greeted by a storm of rice and old shoes and his voice was drowned by the noise of horns. He hastily ran back indoors and telephoned the police. This time the police were in earnest and soon broke up the charivary party.
Labels: druggists, Grand avenue, Locust street, Nineteenth street, police, Seventeenth street, streetcar, wedding
January 6, 1908
DIE IN FLAMES
FORTY-TWO PERISH WHEN WY-
ANDOTTE LIVERY BURNS.
Two Heroes Carry Crippled Woman
From Blazing Rooming House.
Three Buildings Destroyed.
Forty-two head of horses, most of which were roadsters owned by business and professional men, perished in a fire that destroyed the Jockey Club livery and boarding stables at 446 Minnesota avenue, Kansas City, Kas., last night shortly after 8 o'clock. A number of the animals were family buggy horses and were boarded at the stable by the owners. In addition to the livery stable loss, the hardware establishment of F. & F. Horseman, at 905 and 907 North Fifth street, and the tin shop of Cashman & Beard, at 909 North Fifth street, were burned. These buildings, which were small frame structures, were reduced to ashes and the contents totally destroyed. The aggregate loss caused by the conflagration is estimated at about $40,000, a small percentage of which is covered by insurance.
Not the least thrilling incident during the fire was the daring rescue of Mrs. Eliza Johnson, a crippled woman, from her room on the second floor of E. M. La Veine's rooming house at 901 North Fifth street. Mrs. Johnson, both of whose legs were amputated some years ago, was left helpless in her room when the smoke from the blaze next door filled the house. La Veine's house was ablaze when Patrolman Edward Fraker and Fireman Charles Abram found their way up the back stairs and carried her through the smoke and flames to a rear window and down a ladder. Mrs. Lottie Hartley, who had previously escaped from the same building, fainted when she saw the rescuers enter the building to save Mrs. Johnson.
ONLY NINE HORSES SAVED.
The fire was discovered by James McGuire, a stable hand, who noticed smoke issuing form the basement of the barn where a number of the horses were kept. He gave the alarm to several other employes of the stable who were sitting in the office, and before an investigation could be made flames commenced to shoot through the first floor of the building from the basement. An alarm was turned into fire headquarters, and while the stable is only a block from the city hall the flames had gained considerable headway before the first stream of water was turned on. he firemen did rapid work, but the water pressure was so weak that little could be done to check the fire until the steamers were brought into play.
As near as could be estimated last night by Emmett W. Uhrich, proprietor of the stable, there were fifty-one horses in the barn at the time the fire broke out. Thirty-seven of these were in stalls on the second floor of the barn and the remaining fourteen were in the basement. Immediate attention was given to the imprisoned animals, but the smoke and fire had maddened them and it was almost impossible to get them out of their stalls. Many were released from their halters and started out of the barn, but in their frightened condition they would invariably rush back into their stalls. Of the total number in the barn only nine were rescued.
The fire spread rapidly and when the hay was reached the flames burst forth as if fed by oil. He hardware store and tin shop, which adjoined the barn on Fifth street, were soon in flames and, as the buildings were old frame structures, they burned like kindling. At one time a large number of business houses in the vicinity of Fifth street and Minnesota avenue were endangered.
KEGS OF POWDER EXPLODED.
While the fire was at its height and the firemen fighting desperately to get control of it thousands of cartridges began exploding in the ruins of the hardware store. Two or three kegs of powder also exploded. This made the work of the firemen hazardous, but they stuck to their posts of duty.
It is said the fire started in the northwest corner of the basement among the hay bales there. Probably it was spontaneous combustion, as some of the bales were wet when put into storage a few days ago, and the barn is heated by steam pipes, which also run through the basement.
James McGuire, who turned in the alarm, says of the origin of the fire:
"I was coming up the street from Minnesota avenue, when I saw flames issuing from a window in the basement. I stooped and, looking in, saw horses in great commotion within the barn. One of them, a beautiful animal, had his nosed pressed through the broken pane of a window farther down on the west side of the building, as though pleading for rescue."
G. A. Vaughn, foreman of the stables, who lived on the second floor in the southeast corner of the barn with his wife, was sitting at a piano idly drumming on the keys. Suddenly he thought he smelled smoke, and, turning, saw a thin column arising from a nail hole in the floor near the entrance from the loft.
Vaughn says he had just time to help throw out some of the smaller articles of value in the room and help his wife escape. All his personal effects to the value of $1,200 were destroyed.
Labels: animals, buggy, Fire, Kansas City Kas, Minnesota avenue, rooming house
January 6, 1908
THIS BAD MAN LOCKED UP.
He Pushed a Coffined Corpse From a
Truck at the Depot.
Benjamin Johnson, alias Jenkins, hails from Hot Springs, Ark., where he freely asserts he has the reputation of being a "bad man." It is charged that he made himself obnoxious to the Union station porters yesterday by depositing his grips and himself in the way of the baggage and express trucks and refusing to move when requested. The climax came when a truck on which was a corpse in course of transportation bumped into one of Johnson's grips. This so incensed him that he pushed the box off the truck, bottom side up on the floor.
Johnson was then promptly arrested by Detectives Hyde and Bradley and hustled over to Number 2 police station, where he was booked on a charge of disturbing the peace.
Bystanders who saw his act were so angered by it that had he not at once been taken out of the way it is probably he would have been attacked by the crowd and roughly dealt with.
Labels: detectives, No 2 police station, Union depot, visitors
January 6, 1907
MAIL CLERK DRINKS ACID.
Despondent, F. A. Dunn Kills Himself
at His Forest Avenue Home.
F. A. Dunn, a railway mail clerk, 32 years old, committed suicide by drinking three ounces of carbolic acid at his home at 3417 Forest avenue yesterday noon.
His act is said to have been the result of depression following the protracted use of intoxicants. Mrs. Dunn was in the house at the time but supposed her husband had gone upstairs to lie down. Soon after he had left her she heard a heavy fall upon the floor above and and rushed to the stricken man's side, only to find him already breathing his last. Dr. J. W. Kyger was hastily summoned by the man was dead many minutes before he arrived. The body was turned over to Freeman & Marshall.
Labels: doctors, Forest avenue, Suicide, undertakers
December 5, 1908
BOMB IN FIRST
EXPLODES, DAMAGES BUILDING
AND INJURES TEN.
BANK'S BASEMENT IS WRECKED.
WAS BOMB PLACED BY INSTITU-
This Is Belief of Officers Who Worked
on Case -- Explosion Took Place
When Janitor Closed a
Mystery which is baffling the entire police and detective forces of Kansas City and the local members of the Pinkerton Detective agency surrounds an explosion in the basement of the First National Bank building, Tenth street and Baltimore avenue, at noon yesterday, which wrecked the basement of the institution and endangered the lives of employes and officers of the bank, as well as pedestrians on the street outside.
Such As Might Have Caused the Explosion.
That an infernal machine, probably a bomb made of dynamite or nitro-glycerin, caused the explosion, and was set there by an enemy of the bank or a crank, who may have lost money through the failure of financial institutions during the financial stringency, is the belief of nearly every expert or officer who worked on the case yesterday. Another belief is that it may have been a crank who had money in the First National bank and had failed to obtain as much as he wanted during the panic who used this as a means of getting revenge. The officials of the bank are unaware of any person who might be an enemy of the institution and do a thing of this kind.
DAMAGE TO WINDOWS ACROSS THE STREET.
The explosion was so terrific that it was felt by persons in the offices of the bank building, the New York Life building and the Shubert theater building. A cloud of smoke rose through the windows and up the elevator shaft, which smelled like that of dynamite or nitro-glycerin. Glass in the skylight of the bank building, which is fully 200 feet from the place of the explosion, was shattered. Had not the building been strongly built it would have been blown into a mass of ruins, according to expert builders and architects who made an investigation. They say the structure is absolutely safe, and that the only damage was to the basement, which will not in their estimation exceed $3,000.
As it is only a portion of the basement was wrecked. Two walls, made of tiling marble and concrete, were blown down. One of these walls was 12x18 feet, and the other was 20x18 feet, both being 18 inches thick. An iron beam supporting the ceiling, which is about nine inches wide and two inches thick, was bent and the door casing, which is made of iron, was warped out of shape. A hole two feet in diameter was blown in the wall directly back of the point of explosion, and there is a hole in the concrete floor about four inches deep.
IN WRECKED CELLAR OF BANK.
There was a row of closets made out of marble, and a wash sink of the same material, in the room, and these were broken into fine pieces. The lockers for employes' clothing, which are made of sheet steel, were bent out of shape and tipped over. There were int eh adjoining room. The iron bars on the windows of the basement were blown across Baltimore avenue and wrecked the windows of the Robert Stone Investment Company. The sewer pipes and water pipes were blown into fragments near where the explosion took place.
ONE MAY DIE.
At the time of the explosion there were about 250 people in the bank. Elbert Ward, a negro porter, was nearest the scene of the explosion. He was closing the door of the toilet room when the explosion took place and probably the door saved his life. He was rendered unconscious and lay partly covered with a pile of debris when he was found by Logan Wilson, a mail clerk in the bank, who helped Ward get to the upper floor. Ward was taken to a hospital. He was very seriously cut about the head and body, a piece of iron was found in his leg and it had severed an artery. He will probably die.
Ward, the porter, is the only one of the injured who is considered in a serious condition. Most of the others were considerable distances from the explosion and their injuries will not prove serious unless some of the pieces of broken tile or glass are embedded in their flesh. The other injured are:
R. H. Klapmeyer, bank clerk, cut on the head by flying pieces of tile or glass.
Charles Grant, a pedestrian on Baltimore avenue, bruised by flying iron.
George Evans of the Evans-Smith Drug Company, who was walking on the opposite side of Baltimore avenue from the bank, cut on the head by flying pieces of tile.
Val Jean Brightwell, clerk, cut on head and fa ce by flying pieces of tiling.
J. D. Wilson, an employe of Bell, Egolf & Co., in the United States and Mexican Trust Company building, cut on face by flying glass.
Joseph Patch, carpenter, living at 1315 Lydia avenue, cut by glass. Not serious. Patch was taken to the emergency hospital, where his wounds were dressed. He was in a dazed condition and told the police that he had been shot.
R. M. Cole, knocked senseless by concussion. On sidewalk.
Jay Donaldson, pedestrian on Baltimore avenue, cut on head.
As soon as the explosion took place the fire department and police headquarters were notified and the patrons of the bank were hurried out of the building, the police working on the theory at that time that persons in the building were responsible for the explosion, which may have been true, although no one was arrested at the time in connection with the case. The street was soon crowded with curious people, including depositors of the bank, and a score of police were employed to watch the building.
THEORIES OF EXPLOSION.
There are several theories about the origin of the explosion, all of which are that it was probably caused by an infernal machine and the explosive used was no doubt dynamite. One theory is that the bomb was taken into the basement by an outsider, which, according to President E. F. Swinney, would be an easy matter on account of the new clerks working in the bank since the increase of business caused by the failure of the National Bank of Commerce, and was placed there with the intention of blowing up the cash fault. That when the stranger got to cellar he became confused because of the winding stairway leading to it and made a mistake in the location of the vault, thinking it directly above where the machine exploded. He is supposed to have thought that an iron door in the wall directly above the spot where the explosion took place, might have a connection with the vault, which led him to believe that to be the location of the money chest of Kansas City's largest bank.
TRYING TO BLOW VAULT?
Surroundings of the scene of the explosion lead officers working on the case to believe this theory and also to point out the operation of the person supposed to have placed the bomb. It is believed the bomb was made of a piece of water pipe, about two inches in diameter and eight inches long; that it contained dynamite which was packed in gun cotton; that the bomb was sealed at each end with some kind of material, such as sealing wax, and at one end was placed a quantity of nitro-glycerin. This bomb could have been placed under the water sink in the toilet room where the explosion took place, and attached to the door in such a way that when the door was moved by some one entering or going out, the infernal machine exploded.
The broken pieces of such a piece of pipe were found in the room next to the scene of the explosion. They had been blown through the wall. They were badly shattered, but the fact that they showed no signs of having been connected with other pipe previous to the explosion leads the police to believe that they were used in making the bomb.
REMAINS OF WHAT PROBABLY
WAS A BOMB.
BELIEVE IT WAS GAS.
President E. F. Swinney of the First National bank, and Detectives Dave Oldham and Edward Boyle, who are working on the case, believe it was an explosion of natural gas or sewer gas, but experts who examined the surroundings say this is impossible.
Walter M. Cross, city chemist and an expert on explosives, was asked to examine the bank after the explosion. His statement was that gas could not have caused it because the effect of the explosion was too concentrated; that if it had been caused by gas the whole wall behind would have been pushed out, and not a small hole blown, as it was. He also said that the explosion was too violent to have been caused by gas. He says he believes the explosion was caused by dynamite or nitro-glycerine.
Fire Warden Trickett said: "I am able to arrive at no other conclusion but that the explosion in the First National bank was from dynamite. I made a close examination of premises and the room in which the explosion occurred. There is no gas connection about the building so the explosion could not have been from escaping gas."
AND THEY STICK TO GAS.
Detectives working on the case reported last night that the explosion was caused by natural or sewer gas. Detective Oldham, ho claims to have done some work with a mine drill, gave this as his theory, as did also Boyle, who was formerly a plumber, despite the statement of City Chemist Cross. John Hayes, ex-chief of police, believes it was a bomb set for the purpose of wrecking the institution.
Joseph Patch, a carpenter who was injured and was supposed to have been on the opposite side of Baltimore avenue when the explosion occurred, was arrested last night and taken to the police station, where he was questioned by Assistant Prosecution Attorney Hogan. Ward, the injured negro janitor, also made a statement to Hogan.
Patch, who it was first thought might have had some connection with the affair, because of his story about being shot, and also the fact that he is a union carpenter and the unions have had trouble with the builders of the different bank buildings, was closely questioned by Hogan. Patch has a long police record, most of which was family trouble, but he was released late last night because his testimony led the police to believe that he was not in any way connected with the explosion. His wife was also detained at the police station for a time last night, but she gave no evidence against her husband that would lead the police to believe that he was connected with the affair.
While the gas theory is believed by officers they were ordered to continue working on the case last night, and members of the Pinkerton detective agency also put on the case by the bank. No more arrests had been made at a late hour last night.
Labels: architects, Baltimore avenue, banking, crime, detectives, elevators, First National Bank building, Inspector Boyle, Lydia avenue, New York Life bldg, Police Chief Hayes, Tenth street
January 4, 1908
GREEK LABORER LOSES A LEG.
Anoynostopoulos to Be
Alexios Anoynostopoulos, a Greek laborer, fell off a Burlington work train in the Murray yards in Clay county shortly after 5 o'clock last evening, the wheels passing over his right leg. He was brought to the emergency hospital, and then was taken to the German hospital. There hs leg will be amputated at the knee. He is 29 years old, and lives at 609 Bluff street.
Labels: Bluff street, emergency hospital, German hospital, immigrants, laborer, railroad
January 4, 1908
"LEGITIMATE" AT THE SHUBERT.
Its Days as a Vaudeville House
Numbered, Says Lehman.
Promptly at the beginning of the performance this evening the Shubert theater will pass officially from the control of the Klaw & Erianger-Oppenheimer regime into the hands of the Orpheum circuit management. Martin Lehman, manager of the Orpheum, will at that time assume actual control of the other playhouse and a new order of things will be instituted for the Shubert. After being buffeted about for more than a year, the theater will at last settle into what seems destined to be its future as a home of legitimate drama of the highest class. Its days as a vaudeville house are numbered.
To a Journal reporter last night, Mr. Lehman made a semi-official announcement that next week's bill would be the last of the vaudeville bookings at the Shubert. He declared that the one remaining bill had been contracted for and that after its finish the new engagements scheduled would be of the "legit."
"There remain three contracts to be filled after next week's show," said Mr. Lehman. "The first of these will be be Bertha Kalich in "Marta of the Lowlands," which will begin a week's engagement January 13. On March 9 Ibsen's drama of "Rosmersholm," with Minnie Maddern Flake, will begin a week's engagement, and the "Rose of the Rancho" will play the week beginning April 6. These three contracts will finish the bookings of the old company. Aside from them the bookings for the rest of this season will be entirely new.
"While our management has not instructed me to give out any advance notices of the rest of the season's engagements, I think I may safely say there will be no more vaudeville. We shall doubtless try to secure the best possible productions in the legitimate drama, and hope to offer strong bills for the rest of the season. I think there is little or no foundation for the rumor that the theater will be closed. There will be no changes in the working forces at the Shubert. All the old employees will be retained."
Labels: theater, vaudeville
December 3, 1907
THOUGHT THE CHILD WAS DEAD.
Neighbors Dragged Pond While She
Waited at a Street Corner.
There was considerable excitement for an hour last night in the vicinity of Sixth street and Tenney avenue, Kansas City, Kas., when the report was circulated that Fannie Wherrett, 12 years old, who lives with her mother, Mrs. Martha Wherrett, at 718 Tenney avenue, was missing and had probably been killed and thrown into a pond near the home by burglars. In a few minutes after the alarm was sounded about a hundred friends and neighbors were at the place engaged in dragging the pond and searching for the little girl.
Detective Harry Anderson was sent from police headquarters to investigate. Anderson found the child waiting for a car near the Sixth street tracks, where she had gone nearly an hour before to wait for the coming of her mother, whom she supposed to be shopping in Kansas City, Mo.
Labels: children, detectives, Kansas City Kas
January 3, 1908
SAYS HE DID NOT STRIKE HER.
Harry Schultz, Sr., Denies the Charge
Made by Mrs. Anna Crisp.
Harry Schultz, Sr., of 3424 Holmes street, who was the cause of Mrs. Anna Crisp's arrest by police at the Midland hotel Wednesday night when she was found in the company of his son, Roy Schultz, stated to The Journal yesterday that her claim that he struck her is false. He says he did not strike the woman, and the only reason he made the scene in the hotel was that she had threatened to go to his home, and also to go with the family to a theater, which he would not allow.
Mr. Schultz says the young woman waylaid his son on Tenth street, and that he had previously warned her to leave the boy alone. When the case against Mrs. Crisp was called in police court yesterday she did not appear. Mr. Schultz did not press the charge, and the $10 cash bond, deposited by a Texan, was set aside by Judge Kyle, who said the money would be returned to him.
Labels: Holmes street, Judge Kyle, police court
January 2, 1908
SENT AS PACKAGE
TO TEST AIR TUBE.
QUEER EXPERIENCE, YEARS AGO,
OF EDWARD WINSTANLEY.
At First Public Demonstration of
England's Pneumatic Carriers
for Mail, He Was the
One of the first, if not the very first, pieces of parcels post over to go through a pneumatic tube is living in Kansas City. This is Edward E. Winstanley.
"I was a boy in those days," said Mr. Winstanley yesterday, "and it was in the early '60s. In order to handle American and Irish mails expeditiously, the government constructed a pneumatic tube between Euston station, where the trains delivered the mails, and the general post office. The distance is about five miles by tube, I should say. On the day the system was to be inaugurated, for the first time anywhere in the world, there was a great crowd and greater ceremony. The Lord mayor with his wig and gown and the other dignitaries were massed . An uncle of mine, there by virtue of his being a member of the Apothecaries' Guild, took me along to the Euston end of the line.
Although I say myself, I was a handsome kid. There is no denying that. I was considered handsome, though spiteful relatives said it wasn't that I was handsome, it was that they could get me into the box. I was picked up, landed in a thing that looked like an oak coffin, the lid shut down and opened again. It was shut down at Euston station and opened at the general post office. The journey had been made so quickly and so imperceptably that I did not know that I had started. Of course, they had to get me back to my uncle, so I was shoved into the box again and with 100 pounds pressure to the square inch I got back to the inaugural party in less time than it takes to tell about it. Since then the mail of vast fleets of trans-Atlantic and Irish sea steamers has gone through the tube. Other tubes soon followed."
Then United States postal department is waiting till the union depot question is settled to construct a pneumatic tube here for handling the mails between the train sheds and the post office. At present it takes an electric tram twenty minutes to transfer the mails from the office to the station, and then only at stated intervals. By means of a pneumatic tube there would be less than a couple of minutes lost in making the transfer, and the work would go on continuously, thus avoiding temporary congestion.
Labels: immigrants, post office
December 2, 1908
ANTONE HEARD HIS GOAT CRY.
But His Neighbor Had Her Locked in
Cellar With Bulldog.
"I don't want de damage. I want my goat back. She one good goat to milk in all de Kansas Cit'. My lawyer friend say I must replevin." Antone Bongiorno, who lives a stone's throw toward the sunrise from the Holy Rosary Church, was talking to Justice Mike Ross.
"Yes, your lawyer friend is right," said the justice. "You can replevin the goat. But you will have to wait until tomorrow, this is New Year's day, a holiday. But why can't you get the goat without going to court?"
"My neighbor, Ambrose, have her locked in his downstairs, the cellar, you call it, and he have a bull dog there, too. I cannot get her on account de dog. I go to de window las' night and hear her cry, but de dog, he bark and I do not go in."
Labels: animals, churches, holidays, immigrants, Judges, Justice Ross
January 2, 1907
WALLACE CIRCULARS ISSUED.
Naming Judge for Governor
Unauthorized, He Says.
Dodgers were distributed yesterday in some parts of the city announcing Judge Wallace as a candidate for governor. The dodger reads:
"Rally! Rally! Rally! Hon. William H. Wallace, candidate for governor, will speak next Sunday. For hour and place see daily press."
Judge Wallace has been making public addresses for several Sundays, furthering his attempt to close up the cigar stores and theaters on Sunday. Democrats generally have been expecting to see him get in the race for governor.
Judge Wallace stated last evening that he had not authorized the printing or circulation of the dodgers and had not seen one of them. He has not as yet announced himself a candidate for governor.
Labels: Judge Wallace, politics
January 1, 1908
HE RAN COLISEUM
MANY YEARS AGO.
HENRY D. CLARK, THEATRICAL
MANAGER, IS DEAD.
Came Here a Penniless Song and
Dance Man With Eddie Foy,
and Made Half a Mil-
Henry D. Clark, famous as the creator of the old Coliseum which he conducted throughout Kansas City's frontier days, died last night at his residence, 3300 Broadway. He had been ill for three weeks and succumbed to acute gastritis and bronchial pneumonia following grip. The phenomenal will power of the man enabled him to rise from his bed against the advice of his physician and family as late as Sunday, when he shaved himself and went about as he wished.
Mr. Clark was one of the youngest soldiers in the civil war. He enlisted in the New York heavy artillery when only 13 years 6 months old, and served throughout the war. New York was his birthplace, but he went in childhood to Wisconsin. Starting in a theatrical career in Chicago after the war, he came to Kansas City to locate in 1877.
He was the most picturesque and amazingly progressive theater manager Kansas City ever had. He came here moneyless, "opened" in a cellar and amassed over a half million dollars. Then he retired. That was ten years ago, after he had discovered that the things he knew about running a frontier place of amusement did not suit the public when taken out of the original setting and sold to them at uptown prices in a regular theater.
But the most Kansas City ever knew of Clark was far back of his retirement. It was thirty years ago when he first appeared here. He was a young man then and had been doing a song and dance with Eddie Foy. His working partner called herself Zoe Clark. She was the more thrifty of the two and decided that Kansas City would be a good place to open a theater. Clark's father lived here then and drove a one-horse job wagon. The elder Clark was not up on theatricals, but he was willing to help his son get into business.
So the old gentleman rented a cellar in Fourth street for Henry and Zoe and bought them a keg of beer. Business was good in the cellar, and Clark built the Coliseum at the corner of Third and Walnut streets with the receipts. The only "legitimate" shows "making" Kansas City in those days played in a hall over the present site of Arnold's drug store at Fifth and Walnut streets.
The Coliseum was a money-making venture too, and Clark soon quit "doing a turn" himself. Zoe started a boarding house to take care of the actors and actresses who played the Coliseum. And then came to Kansas City the embryo of advanced vaudeville. The Coliseum attracted the best variety performers in the West and Eddie Foy. McIntyre and Heath, Murray and Mack and scores of others played long engagements there.
And the best of all these performers were then destined to be plunged into the legitimate sooner or later. Clark realized this and built the old Ninth street theater. It burned and he rebuilt it, but he could never make it a financial success and he leased the property and during the last ten years he called at the theater at 10 o'clock on the morning of the second day of each month, rain or shine, to get the rent. It was the only time he was ever seen about the place.
Surviving Mr. Clark are the widow and five children. They are: H. D. Clark, Jr., and Palmer Clark, druggist and dry goods merchant respectively at Genessee and Thirty-Ninth streets; Miss Hazel Clark, Willie Clark and Mrs. J. B. Shinn of Seattle, Wash.
Labels: Broadway, Chicago, Civil War, dancing, death, druggists, Fourth street, Genessee street, New York, theater, Thirty-ninth street
January 1, 1908
THIS FATHER DISLIKES WORK.
Children of Edward Wanger May
Become Court Wards.
The juvenile court will undoubtedly not be held behind closed doors or with a curtain drawn for a few minutes next Monday morning, nor will Judge McCune
care to have any offenders appear before him holding barrels around them, but unless something can be done officers will be baffled to know how they will bring the family of Edward Wanger
, three miles east of Swope
Park, into court to be tried.
Probation Officer A. Cole went to that home yesterday on complaint of neighbors and found the family in most destitute circumstances. There are four children and a mother, who, it is alleged, the father refuses to support. Officer Cole stated yesterday that the entire family was without clothing, food, or fuel. The children were hovered around the mother and did not posses clothing enough to cover themselves, while the mother was in little better circumstances. They live in a two-room hut and have a few dogs. The father is said to have an aversion to work and the family might have starved but for the investigation, made by Officer Cole yesterday.
"But I am worrying about what these children will wear when they come into court," said Officer Cole. "They have no clothing, and I have ordered the family to appear for trial next Monday. The father is charged with neglecting his children.
Labels: children, juvenile court
January 1, 1908
NEW YEAR ARRIVED ON TIME.
Those Who Were Waiting for It
Made the Usual Noise.
Amid the ringing of bells, the blowing of whistles and the firing of shots, the new year came into its own promplty on schedule last night.
Kansas City seemed to be sleepy last night, and there was hardly half of the usual noise at the birth of a new year. All of the packing houses and several of the larger shops of various sorts were on hand as usual with their big steam whistles, so that there was no chance to forget that it is now 1908 instead of 1907.
Labels: holidays, New Years
January 1, 1908
FIRST MAN TO BE ARRESTED.
Was H. W. Feigh Too Mellow to
Appreciate the Distinction?
H. W. Feigh, too much muddled to enjoy the distinction, was the first person arrested by the police in the year 1908. He was rounded up by Patrolman Walter Doman at Tenth and Main streets at 12:45 o'clock this morning and held at Central station for safe keeping.
The last person arrested in 1907 was John Franklin, picked up as a "vag" at Fifth and Main streets at 11:57 by Policeman W. R. Martin.
Labels: alcohol, Central station, Fifth street, Main street, police, Tenth street
January 1, 1908
THREE CELEBRATORS SHOT.
One on West Twelfth Street and Two
in Kansas City, Kas.
The first victim of the New Year's celebration this morning was Gilbert Cons, a grocery clerk who lives at 800 West Twelfth street. Just at the stroke of 12 Cons and several of his friends went out into their front yard and began firing off pistols. Cons was standing near one of his companions watching him reload a .22-caliber revolver, when in the excitement the pistol was accidentally discharged. The bullet entered Cons's neck just above the Adam's apple. He was taken to the emergency hospital, where he was operated upon by Dr. John Hynds. The bullet missed the young man's jugular vein by only a hair's breadth, lodging in the throat about two inches under the skin. Dr. Hynds said that the would would not prove fatal.
Kansas City, Kas., celebrators ushered in the New Year with firearms loaded with leaden bullets. This fact caused two accidents, one of which may mean the amputation of the right leg of E. E. Leffel, 8 Central avenue. Leffel was standing on the street in front of his home when he was struck by a bullet which entered his thigh and passed down his leg to the ankle. The bullet was removed at No. 2 police station. It was discharged from a rifle, and was of .44-caliber.
J. W. Greer, 89 North Eighth street, was struck in the right ankle by a bullet of the same caliber and, it is thought, from the same gun which fired the bullet that wounded Leffel. Greer was standing in his doorway listening to the noise which ushered 1908 into existence. He was also treated at No. 2 police station.
Labels: Central avenue, doctors, emergency hospital, guns, holidays, Kansas City Kas, New Years, No 2 police station, Twelfth street
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