March 31, 1908
SEEKS HUSBAND FOR "MAMMA"
Girl of 12 Writes to the Kansas
Farmers, Who Have Left Town.
If the fat and lean farmers from "away out" in Kansas had shown up at the matron's room yesterday they might have been entertained again. There were no marriagable women to look them over, but there were numerous telephone calls and many letters.
It having been stated in yesterday's papers that the 250-pound, good-natured man with the thin hair had picked his wife Sunday afternoon at the matron's reception, most of the calls yesterday were for the lean one with six children.
"I'll take him," said one of the many women over the 'phone', "and be glad to get him, too. I am 35 years old, 5 feet 4 inches tall and weigh 183 pounds. I have only one handicap -- a glass eye, but I can see good out of the other one and have two good hands to work. My name is Hannah. By the way, if I get him, he can keep chewing tobacco. I wouldn't mind a little thing like that if I got a home."
"Hanna" gave her address. She said she was in "dead earnest" and would either "call for, send for, or come and get the lean one."
A little girl of 12 wrote to ask for a husband for her mother. She said: "My mamma has been a widow for five years. She is 46 years old and a good honest woman. I know she would like to have a good home, for she seems so lonesome, and I would not be much trouble. I will soon be able to look out for myself. I want to get a good husband for mamma and not let her know that I did it." The little maid tells where she may be found.
Among the letters was one from a man who wants the matron's assistance in securing a wife. "I am a lonely man of 27," he writes, "of good moral character, with no bad habits and do not drink or use tobacco. At present I am working as a janitor at ----- and get fairly good wages. The woman I marry must not be over 26 and a good, honest girl with dark hair and eyes. Such a girl I could love with all my might. I have a $300 piano and a $60 talking machine and everything to make a home bright and cheerful as possible.
The two farmers never showed up at all yesterday, and it is believed that they made tracks for home.
Labels: children, farmers, police matron, romance, telephone
March 31, 1908
MORASCH GIRL TELLS
OF THREE DAYS' TRAMP.
WENT TO HARRISONVILLE TO
ESCAPE COUNTY ATTORNEY.
Mrs. Morasch Feared Prosecution for
Death of Hughes's Foundling.
Grieved to Hear of Ruth
In low, even tones, Blanche Morasch, 17-year-old daughter of Mrs. Sarah Morasch, now being tried in the Wyandotte county district court, Kansas City, Kas., told the jury of the flight of Mrs. Morasch and herself to Harrisonville Mo., subsequent to the poisoning of Ruth Miller. While talking, Blanche seldom withdrew her eyes from those of County Attorney Taggart, except to cast them down toward the thin, nervous fingers of her left hand, which kept continually twisting at the folds of her skirt. he turned states' evidence upon the charge against her being dismissed.
"We were three days and as many nights on the way to Harrisonville," said the girl. "The first night we were at Peculiar, Mo., the second at Belton, the third half way between Belton and Harrisonville. We went all the way afoot, except one short ride in a farm wagon. There was snow on the round.
"Mother and I left Kansas City, Mo, about the morning of February 13. Mother was worried about something and insisted we leave at once for Wichita, Kas., She wanted to stop over a few days with friends at Harrisonville, Mo. We had a little money, which I had earned working at a laundry, and I turned this all over to mother, for I knew very well she could manage the expenses of the trip much better than I could.
"If mother knew anything of the poisoning she told me nothing about it and indicated in no way any knowledge of it. When we were talking over the walk to Harrisonville, the previous night, she told me she that she had just met County Attorney Taggart near our rooms at Eighth and Locust streets. She described him as having his hat pulled down over his eyes.
" 'The county attorney is following me everywhere,' she explained as a reason for our hasty departure from Kansas City. 'I've just got to go somewhere to get away from him. He thinks I killed the baby, which I adopted from the Hughes home If we don't pack up and leave the city he's going to get me sure. I can't stand his following me all the time.
"We set out on the trip about dawn. Both of us had new shoes and the walk to Peculiar, which consumed the greater part of the day, went off nicely. We stayed at a private home that night.
"The next morning, early, we got up, dressed and started out. Both of us were very tired yet from our tramp of the day before, but by noon the stiffness disappeared. Our shoes gave out in the uppers for the slag on the railroad grade was sharp as knives The center of the railroad track was filled with water and snow.
"We did not stop long at Belton, but passed through to a farm house a few miles beyond Before we left there the following morning the farmer's wife brought out a pair of shoes for mother, old ones, which she had thrown away.
""When we got to Harrisonville our feet were very sore and we were a sorry sight. Mother was completely exhausted."
GRIEVED OVER RUTH'S DEATH.
"When did you first see the Kansas City papers and get your first information of the death of Ruth Miller?" asked County Attorney Taggart.
"At Belton," replied the witness. "Mother went into a hotel or some place there and got a paper. When she saw on the first page the account of the little girl's death she wrung her hands and said over and over again: 'Poor Ruth! Poor Ruth!"
After dismissing Blanche from the witness stand, Taggart recalled Coroner A. J. Davis. Ella Van Meter, to whom the candies were sent, was recalled. Her testimony was similar to that given on the stand a week ago and went to show that the slip of paper containing the address, now marked 'exhibit No. 1,' was the one originally on the package.
Thomas D. Taylor, superintendent of the mails in the Kansas City Mo., postoffice, and Postoffice Inspector John C. Koons, partially identified the stamp on the candy box wrapper, on exhibit, as the one used in Kansas City, Mo., at the time.
CASE TO JURY FRIDAY.
Judge Newhall of the Kansas City, Kas., south city court, who presided at the preliminary, is to testify this morning as to statements made by Blanche and Mrs. Morasch at the preliminary hearing.
According to County Attorney Taggart, last night, the state will rest its case tomorrow, but has another handwriting expert to introduce. The defense has announced that it will produce only a few witnesses and is even now willing for the case to go to the jury without argument.
Mrs. Morasch has borne up well since the opening of the hearing. While being returned to her cell at the county jail, after court adjournment she kept up a lively and childish conversation with her little daughter, Hattie, who has spent most of her time in her lap, asleep.
Labels: attorney, County Attorney Taggart, courtroom, Death of Ruth Miller, Eighth street, Harrisonville, Judges, Kansas City Kas, Locust street, murder, Wichita
March 31, 1908
TOUGHS BEAT AN OFFICER.
Sheffield Policeman Is Called Into a
Restaurant and Disarmed.
Patrolman Charles Seright of the Sheffield station was beaten and robbed of his revolver and club in a restaurant at 7208 East Fifteenth street before daylight Sunday morning.
Arthur and Harvey Leopold, Jr., and Frank Clay, who brought the officer's revolver and club to the police station, said that two other men had come across the officer jollying the divorced wife of the Leopold boys's father in the restaurant and had beaten him for it.
The officers in charge of the Sheffield station and Seright insist that Seright was called into the restaurant and set upon by five men, three of whom brought the revolver and club to the station. The assault, they claim, was for the purpose of settling an old grudge. Harvey Leopold, father of the two young men, at one time ran a saloon of Fifteenth street in Sheffield, and Seright arrested Frank Clay and Arthur Leopold on a vagrancy charge. They were released in police court Saturday morning. Seright was on duty as usual last night.
George Winkler, a dishwasher, was beaten unconscious in the fight and is in the general hospital.
Labels: Fifteenth street, general hospital, police, restaurants, sheffield, violence
March 30, 1908
FAT AND LEAN MEN
CAN'T FIND WIVES.
THIRTY-ONE LONESOME WOMEN
CAREFULLY LOOK THEM OVER.
Then Go Away Unsatisfied -- Wise
Police Officer Finds a Clue to
a Joke and Advances
Thirty-one women called at the police matron's office yesterday afternoon between the hours of 3 and 6 o'clock to look at the "fat and lean farmers" from Kansas, who came here in search of wives. Did not any of the women want a husband? Yes, they did not. They just came to look at the two men. Every woman interviewed by the reporters laughed at the idea of wanting to get married.
"I just called to see what was going on," said one. "I am a friend of the matron's," explained another. "I just came to rubber at the foolish men," a third made reply.
Twenty-eight of the thirty-one were widows or bachelor girls, of 30 -- or say 29 -- summers. Three were young girls who "just dropped in after the ball game to see the fun." Every woman but one in the crowd wore a Merry Widow hat and clothes that suggested Easter. And the one was garbed in black, "mourning for my dear husband," she sniffled and, to tell the truth, black becomes her white face and dark eyes exceedingly well.
Did any of the thirty-one condescend to speak to the two men? Well, Mrs. John Moran and Mrs. Lizzie Burns, the police matrons, do say that ten of the women went into the inner room of the office, one at a time, with each man, and "talked it all over." Was there any result? Yes, perhaps.
The fat man smiles and smiles. The lean man admits that he didn't find a woman suitable to be the future Mrs. Day -- but that is telling too much. They are coming back to the matron's office this morning, they said on leaving yesterday evening.
According to Mrs. Burns the day was at least half a success. She says:
"The fat farmer without any hair fixed it all up with one woman. She was the third who went with him into the sanctum for a heart to heart talk. What did they say? Oh, I didn't listen to them. Anyhow, I know he took her name and address and she said as she was leaving, all blushes and smiles, that it would take her all night to pack her trunk and that she could not get ready for the wedding before tomorrow.
"She is a nice looking young woman, tall, slender, a brunette and works in the Home telephone office. Oh, I didn't mean to tell you where she worked, so don't please don't publish that. She is a widow, she says. What is her name? I promised not to tell until the skinny man gets him a wife and we have a double wedding.
"No, the skinny man with the lovely mustache and the two farms didn't get one. I don't think he will, either, because he has six children. That many children are an awful handicap for a man looking for a wife. But he is coming back tomorrow."
The thin man said that he wasn't a bit discouraged.
"I came to Kansas City for a good time," he said, "and I've had it. You certainly have a fine lot of women here. Maybe if I didn't have all those children I might have done better, but I am proud of the children and wouldn't give them up for any woman I have seen today. I'm not going to worry over it. Its been a lot of fun sitting here and watching women come with their fine clothes to talk to Evans and me.
"He talks like he had been stung, doesn't he?" whispered Mrs. Moran.
Desk Sergeant Charles McVey, who counted the women going up and down the stairs to the matron's room, tells the story from a different angle.
"I don't believe that the men are farmers or that they want wives. I have a hunch that one of them is this Mr. Piffles, who is in Kansas city advertising a certain brand of automobile and that he comes to the station to put off a joke on the police. I've had a good look at both the fellows, and if I see them again this week, I'll pinch one or both of them on general principles.
"Why, look at this thing sensibly. Here are our two matrons, both widows, both nice looking and fairly young. If those men came here in search of wives wouldn't they steal our matrons instead of conducting a circus performance and making a lot of women put on their best clothes and come trapesing down to the city hall?"
Before the fat man without any hair on top left, he slipped one of the reporters the name and address of a woman. There was pride in his eye, when he did this, and he seemed to be attempting to keep his action from the eyes of the thin man. The reporter tried to find the address, but there is no such street number. Also there is no woman by that name listed in the city directory. The reporter doesn't know whether the woman fooled the fat man or whether the fat man tried to fool the reporter. It'll all come out in the wash today.
Labels: city hall, clothing, police matron, romance, Sergeant McVey, telephone, women
March 30, 1908
OUT OF WORK, TOOK POISON.
Jacob Kohn, Sick and Discouraged,
Ends Life With Acid.
A man, believed to be Jacob Kohn, committed suicide in room fourteen at the Plaza hotel, Missouri avenue and Delaware street, Saturday night, and the body was found at 9 o'clock yesterday morning by Sara Ridgeway, the housekeeper. Coroner George B. Thompson says that during his term of office no other Jew has taken his own life in Kansas city and that the crime is almost unknown among men of Jewish belief
Kohn, in a farewell note, directed that the Jewish Society of Kansas City take charge of his remains. The society will bury the body, but it cannot be laid in a Jewish cemetery.
Kohn's farewell note, which he wrote just before drinking carbolic acid, as the pencil left on the table bears witness, reads:
"To whom it may concern -- This is my second attempt at suicide. I
think I shall succeed this time. I am in poor health, am unable to get
work and have no friends and no money. Give my body to the Jewish
Society. -- Jake Kohn."
Mrs. Ridgeway says that Kohn came to the hotel Saturday night late and registered as John Johnson. She had never seen him before. He paid for his room. Shortly before 9 o'clock yesterday morning when a maid was unable to get into the room to tidy it, Mrs. Ridgeway, who was called in, was informed from a man who had spent the night in room 15 adjoining, that he had heard the man in room 14 groaning and rolling around during the night. Upon that statement Mrs. Ridgeway called the police, who forced the door and found the body.
Coroner Thompson was notified and sent the body to Freeman and Marshall's morgue. Not a penny was found in the clothes. There was nothing to identify the man, excepting the signature on the note. In the pocket were cards from business houses and factories in many Kansas and Oklahoma towns. Kohn was evidently a laborer and had been in these towns looking for employment.
Labels: Coroner Thompson, hotels, Jews, laborer, oklahoma, poison, race, Suicide, undertakers
March 29, 1908
TYPHOID GERMS IN SPRINGS.
Dr. Cross Says Al Such Sources of
Water Should Be Filled.
"They City's Drinking Water" was the subject of Dr. Walter M. Cross's talk before the City Club at its luncheon at the Sexton hotel yesterday at noon. "The danger is in springs and wells," Dr. Cross said. "Every well in the city that receives its water from the surface should be filled up. They are dangerous as breeders of typhoid germs. These springs and wells are responsible for most of the typhoid fever that exists in our city. Only two wells in the city have water that is absolutely safe and they are artesian. All others should be condemned."
Labels: City Chemist Cross, health, hotels, organizations, typhoid
March 29, 1908
ONE LITTLE ENGINE BALKED.
And All the Cars in Town Stopped as
Just because a small engine in the power house at Thirty-first and Holmes streets went out every car line in the city was "tied up" yesterday afternoon at 5 o'clock. It was just at the time when traffic is the heaviest for the Metropolites, when business men and shoppers have begun to turn their faces homeward, and these unfortunate ones found themselves in a place where they had to wait an indefinite length of time, or walk the indefinite number of miles to their homes Many of them chose the latter course but were very careful to do a lot of their waling along the route of their "homegoing car."
When the engine at Thirty-first and Holmes streets got "lost" it affected the machinery in the large power house at Second street and Grand avenue. This power house, directly or indirectly, controls every line in the city and when its machines stopped, so did all of the cars throughout town. Emergency treatment was given to the engines at the power houses and within fifteen minutes the wheels began to turn and the cars started. Just how the engine in the Holmes street power house "went dead" will not be known until an examination is held today.
Labels: Grand avenue, Holmes street, Second street, streetcar, Thirty-first street
March 28, 1908
SAVED GREEN'S TOMATOES.
Even Though He Had to Call on the
Police for Help.
"I want some of you fellows here to call James Green, the old man, at Twelfth and Prospect, and have him call Jimmy Green, young Jimmy, his son, at Twelfth and Montgall, and have Jimmy tell his wife to go out on the back porch and take in them tomato plants. They'll sure freeze if they stay out all night tonight."
The foregoing request was made by an aged man who strolled into police headquarters last night and announced that he was "in deep trouble and needed some help." The request was so unusual, and as it was made in a drawling tone, the police only laughed. The old man's feelings appeared to be hurt because no one would take him seriously.
"I mean just what I say," he insisted. "I have been making a garden for young Jimmy Green. A short time ago I sowed tomato seed in a box. The plants came up and today I put the box out in the sun and went away and left it. When it began to turn cold a little while ago I thought of them tomato plants and want young Jimmy's wife to take 'em in, so I do. They'll all be ruined if she don't."
When it was seen that the old gardener was serious, James Green was called over the telephone. He said he would tell "young Jimmy" and that he knew young Jimmy would tell his wife. The old man was contented at this information and kindly thanked all who had aided him in saving the tomato plants. He game the name of John Hiltbrunner, and his residence as 309 Walnut street.
"I used to own 200 acres of the best land in Iowa," he said sadly. "My children all grew up, married and left me. After that my wife died. Then I lost my homestead and have virtually been turned out upon the world to make a living at the age of 63 years. Knowing nothing but farming I have been making my way as a gardener and manage to keep the wolf away when the season is on."
When asked why he did not go to live with some of his married children the old man hung his head. "Oh , you know how children are when they marry and settle down for themselves. Sometimes they forget the old folks."
Labels: food, Montgall avenue, police headquarters, Prospect avenue, Seniors, telephone, Twelfth street, Walnut Street
March 28, 1908
MOTORMAN KILLED IN WRECK.
Rex Hawkins Loses Control of His Car,
Which Strikes Another.
Rex Hawkins, the motorman on southbound Indiana car No. 643, was killed in a collision which occurred between Thirtieth and Thirty-first street on Indiana avenue at 11:15 o'clock last night. Hawkins lost control of his car as it was descending the hill toward the end of the line and the switchback at Thirty-first street. Indiana car No. 636, which was standing on the east track at the terminus, was telescoped and completely demolished by the southbound car when it jumped the track.
Hawkins was caught in the vestibule of his car, his left leg broken and his body crushed. He was extricated from the wreck and carried into McCann & Bartell's drug store at Thirty-first and Indiana. Dr. H. A. Breyfogle attended the injured motorman, who died a few minutes after being carried into the drug store. Hawkins lived at 2424 Tracy avenue. Isaac Pate and William Lamar, the trainmen on the car that was telescoped, were bruised and shaken up but sustained no dangerous injuries. E. J. Hanson, the conductor on the runaway car, was uninjured. Hawkins's body was taken to Eylar Brothers' undertaking rooms.
Labels: accident, doctors, druggists, Indiana avenue, streetcar, Thirtieth street, Thirty-first street, Tracy avenue, undertakers
March 28, 1908
WAS THE OPERATOR'S FRIEND.
Mrs. Mary Jane Lambert, Honorary
Member of Union, Dies.
Mrs. Mary Jane Lambert, 63 years of age, died at her home, 818 East Fourteenth street, last night, after several months' illness. Mrs. Lambert was the widow of Benjamin Lambert, who, with Charles Dickens, invented linen paper. Shortly before their marriage, Mr. Lambert was the manager of the Ottoman bank of Constantinople, Turkey.
Mrs. Lambert was born in Liverpool, England, in 1845. At the age of 28 years she married Mr. Lambert, and, on account of the failure of the Overmann & Gurney bank in Liverpool, the couple immediately came to America. For twenty-three years Mrs. Lambert had been a resident of Kansas City.
Two of her sons, G. W. and H. Y. Lambert, were telegraph operators and held positions of influence in the Telegraphers' union. On this account Mrs. Lambert became greatly interested in the work of the union and because of her interest she was made an honorary member. At the time of the strike last summer, Mrs. Lambert went among the strikers, cheering them and offering encouragement to those who needed it. When the strike had reached the stage that many of the strikers were out of money and food, they always found a welcome in Mrs. Lambert's house.
Mrs. Lambert was the mother of twelve children, four of whom are still living. They are her two sons, Mrs. R. F. Ferguson and Mrs. A. C. Preston. The funeral services will be held from the home at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Burial is to be in Elmwood Cemetery.
Labels: cemetery, death, England, Fourteenth street, immigrants, telegraph
March 28, 1908
HUSBAND GOT THE EARRINGS.
Wife Now Sues Company Where
They Had Been Pawned.
Mrs. Marie E. Ruffner brought suit yesterday in the circuit court to recover her diamond earrings or $400 from William F. Smith, president of the William F. Smith Jewelry Company. Mrs. Ruffner says she pawned the rings on October 7, 1907, with Smith for $125, and on November 1, 1907, her husband took the rings out of pawn and left for a destination to her unknown. She thinks Smith should not have given the rings to her husband. Smith said last evening that he had no recollection of the transactions.
Labels: marriage, pawn brokers
March 28, 1908
WILL THEIR PAY BE RAISED?
Question City Employes Are Asking
"If a public utilities commission will raise the salaries of private utility corporations, as is being asserted by political orators, I hope the same commission will have the power to do likewise to underpaid employes of the city," said W. H. Applegate, emoployed as a laborer at the Turkey creek water pumping station, yesterday.
"I have lived in Kansas City for forty years," he continued, "and have been employed as laborer for a number of years at Turkey creek water pumping station at $1.75 a day. This was the salary paid in 1891, and has never been raised, although the cost of living has advanced 40 per cent.
"Some months ago, with a delegation of laborers from the pumping station, we appealed to the board of public works for a slight increase in pay, but were refused. George Hoffmann, president of the board, said to us: "Boys, you have got an easy job and 365 days to work."
Labels: employment, laborer, Mayor Beardsley, public works, Utilities
March 27, 1908
NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ACT
WHEN HE SHOT GROVES.
R. C. Horne's insanity plea saved him from a term in the penitentiary for the killing of H. J. Groves
in the office of the Kansas City Post. The jury, which heard the evidence in criminal court, bringing in a verdict last evening of acquittal on the ground that Horne was insane at the time of the homicide and is still insane. Horne spent last night in the county jail and will be sent to one of the state asylums next week, if the plan stated by Attorney L. C. Boyle last evening is followed.
When the jury cast its first ballot at 9:45 o'clock yesterday morning ten men voted for acquittal on the ground of insanity and two voted guilty. There was no change until noon, when on the seventh ballot the vote stood at eleven for acquittal and one for conviction. The men who thought Horne knew right from wrong when he shot Groves were voting for conviction on the charge of murder in the second degree. The ninth ballot stood also eleven to one. At 5 o'clock Judge W. H. Wallace
called the jurors into the court room and asked them how soon they would be able to reach an agreement. E. E. Axilne, the foreman, said there was little prospect of an agreement at all. It was a half an hour later when, on the tenth ballot, all voted not guilty.
Labels: courtroom, jail, Judge Wallace, mental health, murder
March 27, 1908
HE WAS A FAKE WILLIAMS.
Person Who Collected Money Here
Not the Veteran Minstrel.
After using burnt cork on his face for thirty-eight years to appear in almost every variety of stage performances, saving a small bank roll, raising a family and being comfortably well off, Billy Williams, the old minstrel, finds than an impostor had been visiting every city in the country, using the name of Billy Williams and depending on charity for support. Billy Williams, the original and only, is at the Auditorium theater this week with "The Way of the Transgressor."
A man who claimed to be Billy Williams came to Kansas City last fall. He said illness caused principally by drink, had forced him to quit the stage, and his wife and children, as well as himself, were in need of money to keep them from starvation A benefit was given for him and he secured a tidy sum from local sympathizers. He then disappeared and was heard of in other cities playing the same game.
The original Billy Williams is 53 years old and has been on the stage since 1870. Besides his minstrel career, he was seven years with the Gray & Steve company, five years with the "South Before the War" company, five years in vaudeville with his daughter, who is now the wife of a well known showman and five years with "The Way of the Transgressor" company which is now playing at the Auditorium theater. It will be remembered that the "Billy Williams," who was an object of charity here last fall, delivered a temperance lecture in a local church, and stated it was from his own experience that he was able to speak. The is one reason the real Billy Williams is indignant.
Labels: con artist, theater, vaudeville
March 27, 1908
NEW KIND OF EXPERT
IN MORASCH TRIAL.
IT'S A WOMAN WHO HAS HAD
Called to Bear Witness That Mrs.
Morasch Did Not Give Birth to
Child She Claimed as
Ollie Jones, the mysterious witness for the state in the prosecution of Mrs. Morasch, accused of poisoning Ruth Miller, did not testify yesterday and, according to County Attorney Taggart, will not today. Court is adjourned until 9:30 o'clock Monday morning. The prosecutor says there is a world of minor testimony to be heard before Jones can be called to the stand. Jones was subpoenaed in Indianapolis, Ind, Monday.
Professor Beshong of the chemical department of the Kansas university finished his testimony at 11 o'clock yesterday morning and was dismissed. In cross-examination, Professor Bushong could not be certain that the symptoms of a certain kind of ptomaine do not resemble the effects of a dose of strychnine. He held, however, that ptomaine cannot exist in ordinary glucose such as used in making the white center portion of a chocolate cone.
The first witness called in the afternoon was Mrs. Laura Brooks, special witness for the state. Mrs. Brooks testified that the child Mrs. Morasch took from the Hughes maternity hospital a month or two before the poisoning, and which she claimed she had given birth to, could not have been her own.
"But, how do you know?" questioned Attorney Maher for the defense.
"The day after she said it was born I examined it and found it to be at least three weeks old."
"Three weeks old? I venture to assert t here is not a woman in the court room who could be sure on that point after a child is three days old. Are you a mother yourself?"
"Oh, yes; I have thirteen children, most of them grown," sighed the witness wearily. She was then dismissed by counsel for the defense without further cross examination.
Dr. Z. Nason of Packard and Osage avenues, Armourdale, was then called. Dr. Nason said he had been the first physician called after the poisoning and had seen Ruth die. He said she died of strychnine poisoning as far as he could judge. Her symptoms did not resemble those of ptomaine poisoning.
Labels: Armourdale, attorney, County Attorney Taggart, courtroom, Death of Ruth Miller, doctors, murder, poison, women
March 27, 1908
WAS SLAPPED BY HER MOTHER.
Lena Vaughn, a 15-Year-Old Girl,
Tries Suicide With Acid.
The specter of suicide in her bedroom, and a door without a knob, almost broke the heart of 9-year-old Edna Vaughn last night. Her sister, Lena, 15 years old, after insolence to her mother and a slapping, had sulked through the evening, supperless, at a neighbor's until Warren Vaughn, the father, a contractor, sent Edna after her He said she must come home for bed. She went with her sister to a little square bedroom, where, in a moment, she said: "I'm going to take something to kill myself, Edna," and tipped a bottle of carbolic acid to her lips. The child was paralyzed with terror for a moment, then shutting her eyes, turned and beat her little hands madly against the door, from which the loose knob and handle had fallen to the outside.
The parents had retired across the hall, and did not hear at once. When they were aroused there was difficulty in opening the door. Lard and vinegar were forced down the girl's throat, while the police ambulance was making a run to the home at 1820 Summit street. Dr. Carl V. Bates, ambulance surgeon, found the girl a stubborn patient and it was only after a continued resistance that the stomach pump was used. When he left, the doctor said the girl would recover She was a laundry employe. When she came from work she resented her mother's refusing to fix a sewing machine for her.
Labels: children, doctors, poison, Suicide, Summit street
March 27, 1908
HE SHOT A MESSENGER BOY.
Charles Greenburg Fatally Wounded
by Restaurant Keeper.
Fearing that he was about to be mobbed, as he claims, J. A. Quinlan shot and fatally wounded Charles Greenburg, a messenger boy, in the restaurant conducted by him at 105 East Thirteenth street, at 12 o'clock last night. There are several different versions of the shooting, each one who witnessed the affair having a different story to tell. The one which seems the most probably, however, is that Greenburg entered the restaurant with the intention of securing change for a quarter which he had borrowed from a fellow messenger boy, Joe Kelly.
Quinlan says that Greenburg became boisterous and drew a dangerous looking knife, threatening to cut up everything and everybody in the place. What caused Greenburg to show signs of violence is not known.
At any rate, Quinlan says he threw the boy out of the back door, and that Greenburg immediately returned, brandishing his knife and starting towards Quinlan. Quinlan then drew a revolver and fired three shots, one of which struck the boy in the stomach The police ambulance was called and the boy taken to the general hospital, where he was operated upon. The doctors express small hope for his recovery.
Just before he was placed upon the operating table one of the surgeons told him how serious was his condition and asked if he wished to make a statement. Greenburg told him that he did not know the man who had shot him nor why it was done. He gave a description of the man and it tallied with that of Quinlan.
Quinlan was arrested and taken to the Walnut street police station, where he admitted that he shot the boy.
Greenburg lives at 1827 Oak street, and was out on parole from the workhouse where he was sentenced a year ago to work out a $500 fine imposed for carrying concealed weapons. He is 19 years of age.
Labels: general hospital, Oak street, restaurants, Thirteenth street, violence, Walnut street police station
March 26, 1908
WIND BREAKS HEAVY WINDOW.
Plate Glass Is Carried From Long
Building to Ninth Street.
So violent was the wind last night at Tenth street and Grand avenue that one of the large windows in the front of the Great Western Life Insurance Company's offices, on the second floor in the Long building, was blown from its casing at 12:30 o'clock. The glass left the sash as clean as though the window had been cut from the frame.
After the window was blown out and the glass broken, the wind carried the pieces of glass up Grand avenue as far as Ninth street. A red lantern was hung in front of the Long building warning those who might pass by the danger from falling glass. The pane was 9x6 feet long and 3/8 inch thick.
A few minutes before the window was broken the large bill-board directly across Grand avenue from the Long building, was blown down and carried several feet from the sidewalk by the wind.
Labels: Grand avenue, Ninth street, R A Long building, Tenth street, weather
March 26, 1907
HE KILLED JIM CROW CHILES.
Because of That Independence Is
Grateful to Judge Peacock.
Police Judge Peacock of Independence has been given an increase in salary of $100 a year. He is now in his 83rd year. No one runs against him, out of consideration of service rendered the town.
In 1876, while marshal of the city, he killed Jim Crow Chiles, whose revolver handle had many notches.
Chiles was a terror and generally cleared the square when he sought to do so. Merchants and business men, especially negroes, were afraid of him, for he would shoot them down without provocation. Chiles started out to kill Peacock and the battle ensued which resulted in the wounding of Peacock and the death of Jim Crow. The body was taken to the Morgan house, but even in death the negroes were afraid of him.
While it would be impossible for a man like Chiles to terrorize a town at the present age, yet in 1876 Independence was recovering from the civil war and killings were frequent and Jim Crow kept up his share of it and often worked overtime. Grateful people watched at Peacock's bedside until he recovered, but when he got out of bed Jim Crow's .44 bullet was still in his back and is there yet. The doctors said that it would cost him his life, perhaps, to have it cut out so the venerable man walks with a cane and goes to the police court every day to temper justice with mercy.
Both parties place Peacock in nomination and it is generally conceded that he will be police judge as long as he desires to fill the place, as no one can be found to make the race against him and neither party will nominate any one to displace the old gentleman who delivered the town from its "bad man."
Labels: Independence, Judge Peacock, Judges, Seniors
March 25, 1908
TESTIMONY A BLOW
TO MRS. MORASCH.
She Seems to Wither Before
John P. Shearman, expert in handwriting, was put on the witness stand in the Sarah Morasch poisoning case in Kansas City, Kas., yesterday. He was subjected to both direct and cross examination. His testimony was positive when it came to identifying the address that was on the candy box as being in Mrs. Morasch's handwriting, and he illustrated his conclusions by copying characteristic letters with a crayon on a chart. When court adjourned for the night the expert was still at this chart.
The principal instruments with which Shearman makes his investigations are a magnifying glass of moderate power and several photographs of the original writing. He was supplied with ten photographs marked for exhibition, by the county attorney yesterday. "Exhibit No. 1" was a print form the address on the candy box that contained the poisoned chocolate cones which killed ruth Miller. The others were photographs of proved specimens of r. Morasch's writing.
In furnishing grounds for his identification of the handwriting on the candy box, the expert took the letters "F" and "G," both of which occur several times in the letter the defendant wrote to her daughter, Mrs. May Gillin, while on her flight to Harrisonville, Mo., and which also appear on the candy box address. They appeared exactly the same when presented in copy on the blank chart by the expert. Both letters are old-fashioned and peculiarly slanted, which made the similarity more striking. A comprehensive lecture on the coincidence in style and slant of these two letters took Shearman the greater part of the day, and so he was not dismissed by the prosecution until about 4 o'clock. Daniel Maher, attorney for the defense, then began his cross examination.
EXPERT GROWS FACETIOUS.
Attorney Maher evidently intended to confuse the state's special witness and belittle his evidence by forcing him to directly compare the original characters in the exhibits with his copies for the purpose of illustration, only on the chart. But in this he failed signally.
The witness, profiting, perhaps, from his experience as such in over 500 United States and state courts, essayed to be witty in returning answer to the questions of the counsel. Many times his quick and well put replies brought a smile even to the austere face of the court, while a titter ran around the crowded room.
Mrs. Morasch seemed alone in not enjoying the jokes, of which she was indirectly the poor target. The settled shade of melancholy which characterized her face yesterday, as the cross-examination dragged on in its pun-producing course, deepened visibly and her shoulders drooped.
"Now, Mr. Shearman, you have drawn for us here on the chart an alleged facsimile of the letter "F" which occurs, you say, six times in the ten exhibits," said Attorney Maher. "Will you tell the jury what the small character is which follows this letter on your chart?"
DIDN'T KNOW THE ANSWER.
"I don't know what it is. I can't remember what I thought it was in the original, for I have not previously been asked about it."
"You have not been questioned in regard to it and so you have said nothing, although you are an expert, are you not?"
"Well, you see," drawled Shearman, "I am an expert in handwriting rather than in answering unasked questions."
Again the lawyer for the defense tried to catch him and was cleverly parried away from the point, apparently much to his chagrin.
"Now will you tell the jury what relation to the cross on the letter 'F' in the original bears to the small character you have made in the same position in your alleged duplicate?" asked Maher sharply, pointing at the chart. The witness took little time in answering.
"They ought to be twin sisters," he said.
At this point the court was dismissed for the day by Judge McCabe Moore. It will reconvene at 9"30 o'clock this morning. The cross and redirect examination of the state's expert witness will probably last the greater part of the forenoon.
Labels: attorney, courtroom, Death of Ruth Miller, Kansas City Kas, murder
March 25, 1908
LOCKED IN SALOON -- HORRORS!
Terrible Fate, Which Confronted Tom
Morgan When Rescued by Police.
One o'clock has so broken up the practice of spending the night in saloons that when Tom Morgan, 616 East Fifth street, had a chance last night to remain a lone guest among the intoxicants of Zimmerman's place, 719 Delaware street, he telephoned for help to get out. He didn't even take a drink before he resorted to the telephone.
At Home telephone headquarters the Western Union clock said 12:30 when a buzzer registered from the Delaware street saloon.
"Number?" purred Central.
"I want out," a husky voice came back.
"Out of where?"
"Out of here."
"Where is here?"
"Oh, I went to sleep in the back room of Zimmerman's saloon here on Delaware street and the bartender locked up without finding me."
Central held the line and called police headquarters. When she had got Patrolman A. O. Darbow on the phone and posted him she put on Morgan.
He was excited. Darbow didn't seem to be in a hurry, and after he had promised release and hung up the receiver Morgan called the station again.
"You didn't tell me how soon you'd come, officer," he said. "I'm lonely and nervous and cold"
"Well, see if you can't find something there to calm yourself with, and a liquid stove, perhaps, and something smooth and cheerful and friendly on the back bar."
"Good suggestion, old man. Hadn't thought of it. The time won't seem so long now, but don't tarry."
"Only waiting for a detective to blow in with a pocketful of skeleton keys and burglar tools and we'll be right up."
Twenty minutes later Darbow and Detectives Godley and Phelan liberated the prisoner.
There was the suggestion of a skate in Morgan's leg actions as he sought his bearings, but he soon was on a bee line for Fifth street.
Labels: alcohol, Delaware street, Fifth street, police, saloon, telephone
March 24, 1908
BELL 'PHONES TO BE LOWER.
Compromise With City in Pole
An ordinance introduced in the upper house last night, and referred for one week to the committee on streets, alleys and grades, contemplates the immediate reduction of Bell telephone rates from $96 to $60, in the business district, and from $60 to $36 per year for instruments in residences.
Accompanying this ordinance was another effecting a compromise between the city and the Mirrouri and Kansas Telephone Company, populraly known as the Bell system, whereby the city drops its pole and conduit scheme of taxation and is to accept 2 per cent of the gross earnings of the company, in addition to the right to use one conduit and all pins on the Bell poles, for the carrying of police and fire department wires. Further, the city is to receive $28,533.34 as a settlement of arrears of disputed taxes and also to get a receipt for something like $7,500 due the Bell compny for services already rendered.
Labels: telephone, Utilities
March 24, 1908
GAVE BOGUS CHECK FOR CAR.
Young Man of Many Names Says His
Parents Are Rich.
A desire to ride in an automobile for even a short space of time, caused the arrest last night of a man believed to be A. W. Martin of Quincy, Ill. A week ago this man called to Missouri Valley Automobile over the telephone telling the company that he wished to be a White steamer car, and asked that a demonstrator be sent to him at the Midland. The request was complied with and the man, who gave his name as Martin, was taken for a spin.
At the end of the drive Martin expressed himself as being satisfied with the machine and signed a check on the Kansas-Nebraska bank in Wichita, Kas., for $4,200. After some communication the bank in Kansas informed the automobile company that A. W. Martin never had money in that bank. Martin was taken to the garage and was accused of having tried to pass a worthless check in payment for the machine. He frankly admitted that he knew the check was worthless and gave no further explanation. He was then taken to police headquarters at the request of the Pinkerton detective agency.
At police headquarters the man first gave the name of John Jones, and later told the officers that his name was A. G. Dorkenwald, son of the owner of Dick Bros. brewery, at Quincy, and made out a draft upon Dorkenwald for the amount necessary to gain his release. While he was being searched, however, the name of A. W. Martin, Quincy, Ill., and the name of the tailor who had made his clothes were found sewed on his coat.
He was then locked up and upon further questioning said that his real name is Earl Frazer, and that he had formerly lived in Chicago with his parents who were very wealthy. He said that his father and mother are now in San Monico, Cal. Frazer, or whoever he might be, did not appear troubled over his arrest, saying that he had no doubt that his folks would see that he was soon released and the matter cleared.
Labels: automobiles, Chicago, con artist, forgery, Midland, police headquarters, Wichita
March 23, 1908
WILD WEST SHOWS IN ENGLAND.
Colonel Cummins Says Britishers
Never Tire of Them.
Colonel Frederick Cummins, otherwise known as Chief La-Ko-Ta of the Sioux tribe of Indians, was a guest at the Baltimore hotel yesterday. Colonel Cummins is an Indian only by adoption. Chief Red Cloud of the Sioux having conferred that title upon him in 1891, but he knows s much, or perhaps more, about the Indians of this country than any other man living. He is now at the head of a Wild West show and is here recruiting, the show for a season's tour of Europe, opening in Liverpool sometime in May.
"The English especially are interested in anything that comes out of the great Wild West," Colonel Cummins said at the hotel last night. "Other men have made fortunes in this business in Europe and fortunes are yet to be made there in the same business. A Wild West show will draw larger crowds in the cities and towns of England than any other attraction imaginable. These shows are a novelty and the public never gets tired of seeing them."
Colonel Cummins is making an extensive tour of the country for the purpose of securing material in recruiting his show. While in Oklahoma recently he bought all of the famous Pawnee Bill's horses and all of Colonel Zack Mulhall's horses except Governor, Lucile's pet. He left here last night for the Indian reservations in South Dakota where he will obtain eighty Indians for his show. The United States government requires a bond of $500 for every Indian taken off the reservation. This bond is required to insure the return of the Indian to the reservation in excellent physical and moral condition.
"The Indian is not hard to manage," Colonel Cummins said. "I know their every trait of character and as long as they are well fed and clothed we never have any trouble with them. In all my experience with the Indians I have never had trouble with one of them"
By reason of his long life among them, Colonel Cummins is known to most of the Indian tribes of the country. He has had an Indian show of some kind at nearly every national ind international exposition since 1890.
Labels: England, Hotel Baltimore, hotels, Native Americans, oklahoma, visitors, Wild West shows
March 22, 1908
MRS. MORASCH TELLS
STORY OF HER LIFE
REARED IN THE SQUALID PACK-
ING HOUSE DISTRICT.
Still Wears the Wedding Ring of
Bill Morasch, Her First Hus-
band, Whom She Loved.
Case Goes On.
MRS. SARAH MORASCH, ACCUSED OF MURDERING 4-YEAR-OLD RUTH MILLER.
"I did not send the candy. Who thinks I sent it? Not my associates in the West Bottoms, who have known me for years Not little Ella, the poison was intended for. Ask her; look her in the eyes and see if she doesn't tell you on the square she loves me, and will come back to my house to visit as she used to, when this dreadful trial is over. I am innocent, I tell you; I am innocent."
Mrs. Sarah Miller, better known as "Mrs. Morasch," said this yesterday to a reporter for The Journal. She is the accused woman in the case of the poisoning of little Ruth Miller, the 4-year-old daughter of Charles and Ida Miller, 634 Cheyenne avenue, Armourdale. Ruth sickened and died apparently from strychnine poisoning, ten minutes after eating bonbons from a package anonymously sent by mail to her step-sister, Ella Van Meter, 14 years old, at noon, Wednesday, February 12. The case is now being tried before Judge McCabe Moore, in the district court of Wyandotte county in Kansas City, Kas.
Mrs. Morasch spoke earnestly. At the mention of Ella Van Meter, who testified against her Friday, her deep-set gray eyes softened, and the lines about her mouth thawed visibly. All facial evidence of years of hardship, toil and companionship in the packing house district of both Kansas Cities became temporarily erased. She did not look the woman who could deliberately poison a 14-year-old girl and a family of little ones.
Mrs. Morasch is only 49 years old, but stooped shoulders and gray hair make her appear 60, at least. Two front teeth are gone, and this discrepancy makes sinister a smile which otherwise might be motherly and kind Her voice is a trifle harsh at times.
BEEN HERE ALL HER LIFE.
"Where was I born? In Dayton, O., 49 years ago. I was brought to Wyandotte county, Kas., by my father, Edward Davis, and my mother, Elizabeth Davis, when I was but 3 years old. My father was a veteran of the civil war and a farmer.
"Everyone loved dad. He was such a neighborly soul and so fond of children that he at once won the hearts of everybody who got acquainted with him. I think that if I have really gone to the bad, it cannot be justly laid at his door or my mother's. Good, kind souls, both of them.
"I remember when I was a little girl father took me on his knee and told me to grow up to be a good woman like mother. We were in the kitchen of the old farm house near Quindaro. Mother was knitting a pair of leggins for me by the fire. Father took the family Bible off of a stand near his chair and read some part of it which meant 'be a credit to the old folks that they may live long and die in peace and know in heaven you did the best you could.'
"I think he cried a little then, for I remember he took a big, red handkerchief out of his pocket and after wiping his own eyes, wiped mine as though I had been crying, but I hadn't After that he lectured me on how I should behave when I had grown up.
FORTY YEARS AGO.
"About forty years ago, father moved to what they call the West Bottoms now. It was known as Kansas City, Kas., then and was not a packing house district at all, but a little village of two or three thousand people. He had some money laid up and invested in a home and truck patch in the rear I was to go to school. I believe that was the object my father had in view when he moved into town Mother wanted to move in so as to be near a Presbyterian church, for she was an old Scotch woman.
" 'Come to church with me,' she used to tell me of a Sunday morning, as she tidied me all up ready for the service 'You be a wee bit Scotch and Presbyterian yourself, do you know it lassie?'
"Father seldom went to church or to Sunday school, himself, but believed in it. I think I must have been Sunday schooled to death in my younger days."
Mrs. Morasch laughed harshly at the recollection. She seemed for the moment to have forgotten the dreadful charge hanging its threat of life penal servitude over head.
"Sunday schooled to death," she repeated seriously, returning to the story of her life in the West Bottoms.
MARRIED BILL MORASCH.
"When I became 20 years of age," she went on, "I married Bill Morasch. I was a little wild at that time. Fond of boys and kiting around to parties and dances at my own free will, but Bill was a steady fellow and we settled down to housekeeping. I married again after he died three years ago, but I have never taken his wedding ring off my finger and like best the name he gave me."
Mrs. Morasch, as she prefers to be called, then crowded a thin, wrinkled left hand through the small opening in the door of her cell, through which her victuals are passed to her by the jail matron. On the third finger was an embossed gold band ring, which she turned reminiscently with her thumb.
"Oh, I can stand this murder charge," she assured suddenly, "if it pans out all right in the end. I'll tell you what I'll do. When the trial is all over, and Ella comes back to me, I'll take her up to your office, wherever it is, and let you see for yourself.
"I know what you think. You think she will not, but she will. Ella knows in her heart I did not send the candy, and when she comes back to me she will say, 'Mrs. Morasch, I thought all the time you didn't send it, and I was sorry for you all the time I was testifying against you.' "
The accused woman seemed to think most of the attitude of Ella Van Meter, whose testimony more than that of any other witness, according to the prosecutor, condemns her. Several times during the interview she pronounced the name, always following it with a statement that Ella was her friend and would come back to her after the trial.
Ella testified Friday that she knew no reason why Mrs. Morasch should try to poison her, but insisted she had been to the latter's home only twice and had not been more than ordinarily intimate with her. When Daniel Mahe, attorney for the defense, asked the witness why she did not refer to the defendant as "auntie," Ella had replied sharply:
"She's not my aunt!" and manifested in other ways that the law relationship existing between herself and the prisoner was a matter of repulsion to her.
SAYS SHE'S PREJUDICED.
Mrs. Morasch said yesterday that this attitude was affected and that Ella has been prejudiced against her by older persons.
It was said by her counsel last night that both Ella and her mother, Mrs. Ida Miller, would be recalled for further cross-examination before the conclusion of the trial.
Her lawyers profess to have suffered for the failure of the state in locating Ollie Jones, a 19-year-old half-brother of Charles Miller. Jones is said to have left Kansas City the night following the poisoning, and later it was learned he went from here to Indianapolis, Ind.
When County Attorney Taggart tried to subpoena him there a few days ago he could not be found. What use the state intended to put Jones to and why the attorney for the defense should be disappointed because he could not be found is studiously screened from the public gaze. It was stated by counsel last night that Jones was a close friend of the Millers. County Attorney Taggart, who is bending every resource of a fertile and brilliant mind toward the conviction of the prisoner, practically admitted the same thing in the same mysterious manner less than an hour later.
"We need him badly," said the prosecutor. "There is one important phase of this case he must cover with his testimony If he will not come when subpoenaed, then a bench warrant will bring him."
EXPERT WOMAN WITNESS.
Taggart further said that a woman witness, mother of thirteen children, would be employed by the state as a special witness tomorrow in proving Mrs. Morasch's physical condition prior to the time the baby is represented to have been adopted out of the U. S. G. Hughes maternity home, and that the handwriting experts would probably be called in the afternoon of the same day.
Attorney Maher said last night that a great deal of the defense would lie in showing up Mrs. Morasch's past.
"She is a poor woman in two senses of the word," he said. "Poor from the standpoint of health and means of financing her case. She has been a wanderer in the West Bottoms, without money and almost without friends, for years. Her first husband died three years ago, killed himself with carbolic acid. Her second husband likewise died. Children she has kept and mothered, from the Hughes home, have sickened on her hands. One of them died after it had passed to the care of others in the hire of the county and the revolting suspicion that she had killed it with drugs and slow poison was expressed in her presence. She was warned by Attorney Taggart to leave town. Haggard and worn, dogged by the law and shunned by her intimates because of her misfortunes, Mrs. Morasch hurriedly gathered up her few belongings and fled to Harrisonville, Mo. But the Nemesis followed her even there, strangely coincident with her flight the poisoned bonbons arrived at the Miller home, so she was arrested on the murder charge and brought back to face trial."
Labels: Armourdale, children, Civil War, County Attorney Taggart, Death of Ruth Miller, murder, poison, The Journal, women
March 22, 1908
HE WENT HUNTING THE CARS.
And Little Leo, Just a Baby, Wan-
dered Into Railroad Yards.
"What are you doing down here?"
"Oh, des tum down on treet tar to see choo-choo tars."
The foregoing dialogue took place shortly after noon yesterday in the yards of the Kansas City Southern Railroad Company between a railroad man and a tiny "Buster Brown" boy 2 1/2 years old.
The little wanderer was taken to police headquarters and turned over to Mrs Joan Moran, matron. When asked where his mother was he indicated that she had gone on a "treet tar." His name could not be understood.
After the baby boy had been at the station a couple of hours a frantic mother, followed by two other boys, appeared at police headquarters looking for a lost boy. She was directed to the matron's rooms The police told her that a boy of her description was there.
"Oh, Leo, Leo, where did you go?" the mother cried as she snatched the little Buster Brown boy to her breast.
"Oh, mamma," he replied gleefully, "I seen all big choo-choo tars an' a man took me away."
The mother, Mrs. Abraham Rubenstein of 1417 Harrison street, said that shortly after noon she was entering the Jones dry goods store with her three boys -- Harry, 7; Marion, 5 1/2, and Leo, 2 1/2 years old. When she reached an elevator she missed Leo, the baby.
The little fellow is believed to have taken a street car to Third and Main streets, from where he walked down into the railroad yards. When found he was in among box cars and engines, but looking with wondering eyes at all that was going on. It was then that a railroad man found him and took him in charge.
Labels: children, Harrison street, Kansas City Southern, Main street, railroad, streetcar, Third street
March 21, 1908
POLICE THOUGHT HIM DRUNK.
Injured Man Was Locked Up in a
Cell Without Treatment.
J. K. Mannois, 63 years old, a cigar merchant of Ottawa, Kas., went to the emergency hospital yesterday morning for treatment. His lower lip was cut through, his face badly bruised and swollen and a tooth was missing. Dr. W. L. Gist attended him.
Mannois said that he arrived in the city Thursday night when he was attacked on Union avenue and robbed of $15 and a gold watch valued at $40. He said that while dazed from his injuries he was taken in charge by the police and locked up at No. 2 station, 1316 St. Louis avenue, as a "drunk" who had fallen and come in contact with the pavement. He said he had started for Kansas City, Kas., when attacked by men who had seen him leave a Union avenue restaurant.
Labels: cigars, doctors, emergency hospital, No 2 police station, St Louis avenue, Union avenue, violence
March 21, 1908
HORSES PERISH IN A FIRE.
Royal Brewing Company's Station
Burns -- Loss $10,000.
Fire, which was seen to burst out from every window in the front part of the Royal Brewing Company's warehouse, 1012 Grand avenue, and which spread to the coal and feed store of A. Maas & Son, 1910 Grand avenue, at 12:30 o'clock last night, destroyed property estimated at the value of $10,000. Five horses were burned in the Royal Brewing Company's stables.
It is thought that the fire was of incendiary origin, as the whole front of the building seemed to flash into sudden flame. Passers-by who were the first to see the blaze said that the fire started as if it were an explosion, but that they felt no shock nor did they hear any noise. They said that the fire started and burned as if the walls of the building had been saturated with gasoline or coal oil.
When the fire department arrived at the burning building the blaze had spread widely and the feed store directly on the north had caught. The contents of the brewery, such as whisky and alcohol, made excellent fuel of the fire, and it was difficult to extinguish the blaze.
In the Maas & Son building the burning hay and feed made it hard for the firemen to get at the blaze on account of the dense smoke. All of the horses which were kept in this building were rescued.
The Royal Brewing Company has its headquarters in Weston, Mo., and the building which was destroyed last night was its distributing station in Kansas City. Dancinger Brois. owned the brewing company.
The Royal Brewing Company's building was a one-story brick, and the coal and feed store, which adjoined, was built of frame and was only one story in height. Both buildings were gutted.
Labels: alcohol, animals, breweries, Fire, Grand avenue
March 20, 1908
JURY CHOSEN IN
THE MORASH CASE.
ELLA MILLER'S TESTIMONY WILL BE
Prosecutor, in Statement to Jury,
Says the Accused Woman Had
No Cause, Other Than
Fear, to Fly.
The preliminary statements of the prosecution in the case of Mrs. Sarah Morasch, held for the murder of Ruth Miller, were made yesterday by County Attorney Joseph Taggart, beginning at once after the jury was sworn in precisely at 3 o'clock.
The process of impaneling had been tedious, covering the greater part of two days, and the spirit of battle was constantly evident in the minuteness of the examination of each prospective juror. By 2 o'clock the defense, which had six challenges left from the day before yesterday, had used these up. As the six challenges allowed the state under the laws of Kansas were exhausted Wednesday afternoon, the last challenge of the defense left the selection of jurors largely to the option of the court, and in fifteen more minutes Z. Bellamy filled the one vacant chair on the jury platform. The jury, as it stands, follows:
John Bruns, farmer, Piper.
D. C. Roberts, haberdasher, 1961 North Fifth street.
J. Murry, baker, Eleventh street and Minnesota avenue.
A. C. Hartman, laborer, 1943 North Third street.
E. H. Baker, merchant, 47 South Valley street.
Charles V. Sass, farmer, Bethel.
R. A. Alleman, grocer, 1032 North Sixteenth street.
B. H. Hoppe, engineer, R. F. D. No. 4.
J. M. Smithcarpenter, 2300 North Ninth street.
A. T. Delameter, baker, 727 Central.
Z. Bellamy, dairyman, Bethel.
All through the impaneling of the jury Mrs. Morasch sat between her counsel, Daniel Maher and Judge E. H. Wooley. She has seldom smiled. The lines about her mouth, always marked, have grown deeper with the worry of the past three weeks.
When County Attorney Taggart took the floor to deliver the usual preliminary statement on the part of the state, the prisoner smiled feebly, drew down the corners of her mouth and bent forward in her seat as if to catch every word spoken against her. From the beginning to end of the statement she did not once relax from this posture.
Prosecutor Taggart, in introducing the stand of the state in the case, began with the incident, two months ago, when the prisoner took a child from the Hughes maternity home and claimed it as her own. He reviewed facts which brought Mrs. Morasch before the juvenile court on a charge of mistreating the child, stating that the state would attempt to show she had not then sufficient cause to fly the city in fear of the law. When he represented that the prisoner had chaimed to have given birth to the Hughes child, which was 6 weeks old when she obtained it from the institution, Mrs. Morasch laughed and whispered something to counsel, who nodded reassuringly.
Labels: children, County Attorney Taggart, courtroom, Death of Ruth Miller, laborer, murder
March 20, 1908
SAY SWANSON WAS DEMENTED.
While Serving in Philippines He Suf-
It is the belief of relatives of Thomas Swanson, who entered the home of Mrs. Rose Everett, 819 Orville avenue, Kansas City, Kas., at 12:30 o'clock yesterday morning, apparently with the intention of criminally assaulting Irene Everett and afterwards committed suicide was insane.
"My brother had not been just right mentally, for over a year," said Mrs. Effie Hess, a sister, yesterday.
"He was a soldier during the Philippine war, and was then sunstruck. At times he was almost violent, and neighbors advised mother to have him taken to a sanitarium. I think he tried to commit suicide by drinking carbolic acid a year ago."
Many neighbors who have long known both the Everett and Swanson families believe, with Mrs. Hess, that Thomas Swanson did not know what he was doing when he entered the Everett home.
They say he had always borne the reputation of being a young man of good habits, but had lately been subject to fits of melancholia.
Labels: Kansas City Kas, mental health, Suicide, veterans
March 20, 1908
FORM GOOD CITIZEN LEAGUE.
It's Purpose Is to Lessen Crime Among
Kansas City Negroes.
With the object of lessening crime among the negroes a Good Citizens' League was formed last night at a meeting held at the home of Mrs. Maria W. Williams, 628 Tracy avenue. The janitors of schools and office buildings, firemen and policemen will especially be solicited to join the league. Effort will be made to prevent negro children going to saloons for liquor for their parents. Wayward boys and girls will be looked after and the juvenile court will be asked to exercise a supervisory control over youthful derelicts. A committee on rules was appointed by Mrs. Williams, who preside, as follows: W. Dawson, Dr. Dibble, O. M. Shackleford, Mrs. M. P. Williams, Professor J. D. Bowser, P. W. H. Williams and Professor Wilson. Another meeting will be held at the same address next Thursday night.
Labels: crime, organizations, race, Tracy avenue
March 20, 1908
MADE LIQUID AIR ON STAGE.
Edisonian Society Has a New Form
A departure was taken in the regular assembly day programme at Manual Training high school yesterday afternoon. During the last part of the school year the different literary societies and other organizations of the school take their turn in giving entertainments on assembly day. Heretofore these entertainments have been pleasing, but hardly instructive to the students at large.
Yesterday was the day for the Edisonian Society, an organization composed of those who wish to study things of a scientific nature, to give its programme, and something altogether original was hit upon. The society staged a one-act-play with the scene in a physical laboratory. At the time for the arrival of the instructor he does not materialize, consequently the students take charge of the class and lecture in a most interesting manner upon the subject of air in all of its phases. During the lecture practical experiments are worked out, showing the audience the power and practical value of air.
The way in which this lecture was given was both entertaining and instructive. The process of making liquid air was thoroughly demonstrated and the uses of the air were shown. "Such a programme as the Edisonian Society gave should be encouraged and given the hearty support of the faculty," said Professor Philips, principal of the school. "The Edisonian Society is a new one here, and it is doing a splendid work."
The society was named for Thomas A. Edison, and the great inventor and scientist was notified of the liberty which was taken with his name. To this notification he responded with a gracious letter, which has been framed and is hanging in the physics room of the school.
Labels: organizations, schools, theater
March 19, 1908
MANY WOMEN WOULD
ADOPT LITTLE PAT.
THERE'S ALWAYS A DEMAND
FOR BABY FOUNDLINGS.
Post Card Picture May Lead to the
Identity of This "Doorstep
Was Well Supplied.
Late yesterday afternoon little Pat, the week-old baby who was found in a hallway at 584 Harrison street at 11:45 Tuesday night, was taken from the matron's room at police headquarters to St. Anthony's home, at Twenty-second street and College avenue. Mrs. Lizzie Burns, the police matron who went with the ambulance and got the little fellow and named him Pat in honor of St. Patrick's day, remained up all day to care for the baby. She is on night duty.
The baby was found in a hallway adjacent to the home of Mrs. E. T. Pope, and her son notified the police. The child was well supplied with all baby necessaries, and was wrapped in a black cloak. In searching the cloak yesterday, Mrs. Joan Moran, the other matron, found a picture postcard. The card is addressed to Mrs. Addie Esters, 301 Kickapoo street, Leavenworth, Kas. It was mailed in that city on May 4, 1907, and on the side with the picture is signed the name of Mattie Adams. The card was turned over to F. E. McCrary, Humane agent, who said he would write to both parities and see if any information could be gained.
A boy baby is the most easily adopted, so managers of foundling homes say. After the story of the finding of little Pat got around there were several applicants for him. Mrs. Burns, the matron who went out and got him, came near keeping him herself.
Mrs. Burns became so attached to the little fellow after she had washed and dressed him yesterday morning that she insisted on keeping out a souvenir of his visit. Pat had plenty of clothes, so Mrs. Burns kept out a pair of tiny little white shoes which were immediately placed on the wall of the matron's room.
"Pat is the finest specimen of real young man that I have seen in a long while," said Mrs. Burns. "Young as he is I tickled him under the chin today and made him laugh. He is also a healthy baby, and just as pretty as can be. He deserves a good home."
Labels: children, College avenue, Harrison street, police matron, St Anthonys Home, Twenty-second street
March 19, 1908
CHILD BORN TO INJURED WOMAN.
Mrs. Hilda Holmquest, Landis Court
Fire Victim, Has a Daughter.
Mrs. Hilda Holmquest, who on February 2, jumped from the third story of her home at 406 Landis court during a fire, sustaining fractures of both legs, a scalp wound and internal injuries, yesterday gave birth to an eight-pound daughter in the Swedish hospital. Both mother and child were doing well last night. At the time of the fire in Landis court Mrs. Holmquest rushed to the rear fire escape with another woman's baby in her arms. She threw the baby to the ground and it was caught by a bystander and unhurt. Mrs. Holmquest leaped after the child and struck the pavement in the alley. She was taken immediately to the Swedish hospital, where she has since remained. When she was first injured the attending physician entertained little hope of her recovery.
Labels: children, Fire, Landis court, women
March 19, 1908
HORRIBLE DEED OF A CRAZED
TRIES TO ASSAULT A GIRL.
BREAKS INTO HER ROOM AND
Mother Rushes to Her Rescue, Seizes
Intruder and Is Stabbed -- He
Takes Carbolic Acid.
Rather than face arrest and trial for attempted criminal assault, James Thomas Swanson, 23 years of age, stabbed and probably fatally wounded Mrs. Rosa Everett, the mother of his intended victim, at her home, 819 Orville avenue, Kansas City, Kas., at 12:30 o'clock this morning. Immediately after having stabbed the woman, Swanson ran to his own home, just two doors distant, 823 Orville avenue, and drank an ounce of carbolic acid. Half an hour later he died.
Swanson, according to the neighbors, had been paying particular attention to Irene Everett, a pretty girl of 18 years, for several months. He had called at the house many times, but was never seen out with the girl. Gossip had it, however, that the two were engaged. Nothing out of the ordinary had transpired between them up until last night.
Irene's bedroom is located in the west side of the one-story cottage at 819 Orville avenue, and has windows on the west and south sides. At 12:30 she was awakened by someone softly opening one of the west windows. Thinking that it was a burglar Irene decided that she would pretend sleep. As the intruder entered the room he struck a match and lighted the gas. It was then that Irene recognized in him her erstwhile lover, Swanson.
SHE QUESTIONED HIM.
Knowing Swanson as well as she did, she at first made no outcry, but asked him his purpose in her room at that hour of the night. Swanson replied that he had just come over to see her and would probably spend the rest of the night with her. He told her that he was surprised to find her in bed so early. Irene, noticing that Swanson was peculiarly nervous and agitated, glanced at the clock in her room and saw that it was nearly 12:30 o'clock. Then she became frightened and demanded again an explanation of his presence, telling him that he was mistaken as to the time.
Then Swanson, according to Irene, became most horrible to look upon. His face was contorted and the muscles in his face and arms moved convulsively. He leaned towards the trembling girl and whispered his purpose to her. Horrified, Irene screamed frantically for help, calling her mother's name again and again.
Swanson was somewhat taken aback by the stubborn resistance with which he had met, and grappled with the girl. At this juncture, the door to Irene's bedroom was opened, and Mrs. Everett, dressed only in her night clothes, entered the room. Seeing Swanson she quickly guessed his purpose, caught him around the waist and tried to drag him from the room. Meanwhile both mother and daughter were screaming for help. Realizing that his dastardly attempt frustrated, Swanson drew a knife and plunged it deep into Mrs. Everett's left breast. He then ran from the room, making his exit through the window which he used to gain entrance.
HE STABS THE MOTHER.
Directly to his own home Swanson ran, and entered the house through the kitchen door. Meanwhile, Mrs. Everett had burst through the south window with her bare hands and leaned out, still screaming for help. S. F. Essex of 817 Orville heard the cries and ran from his home to investigate. Following the sound of screams he came upon Mrs. Everett and her daughter. Mrs. Everett was fast losing consciousness and Irene told the story of the terrible ordeal through which she and her mother just passed.. Essex immediately notified the police and then carried Mrs. Everett into his home, where she was attended by the family until A. J. Gannon, police surgeon, arrived.
Mrs. Ida Swanson, mother of Thomas, was awakened at this time by a draft which blew through the room. She arose and called to her daughter, who slept in the adjoining room, asking if the windows were open. Finding that the draft came from the open door in the kitchen of the house, Mrs. Swanson started to close it. As she neared the hallway she heard her son cry out: "I've taken carbolic acid, and I am a dead one!" Her son had fallen in the doorway, and soon died.
Labels: Kansas City Kas, Suicide, violence
March 18, 1908
HE PLEADS GUILTY TO ARSON.
Action of Freeman Bennett Frees
Aged Wife From Charge.
In the Wyandotte county district court yesterday afternoon, Freeman Bennett, who lives at Fourteenth street and Argentine boulevard, Armourdale, pleaded guilty to burning his cottage at that place last spring in order to get $1,000 insurance. Bennett had, at his preliminary hearing before Judge Newhall in the south city court, entered a plea of not guilty and was firm in maintaining this stand until his wife, 60 years old, burst into tears while under cross-examination in court yesterday afternoon.
"I can't stand this," he exclaimed. "My wife there, is getting to be a nervous wreck and is too old to stand all this harangue. For her sake, this can't go on. If I plead guilty will you excuse her from the charge?"
County Attorney Taggart recommended to Judge McCabe Moore that under this condition the name of the wife be stricken from the complaint, and it was granted.
"Guilty," was all Bennett said as he sat down. He was taken to the county jail in default of bond. He will not be sentenced until other cases are cleared from the docket.
Labels: Armourdale, arson, County Attorney Taggart, jail, Judges, marriage, Seniors
March 18, 1908
MOURNER BREAKS NECK.
Robert W. Smyth Meets Death While
Returning From Wake.
Robert W. Smyth of 208 South Fourteenth street, Kansas City, Kas., brother of City License Inspector J. E. Smyth fell and broke his neck last night shortly before 10 o'clock while walking along South Eighteenth street. He had attended the wake of a friend in that neighborhood, and was on his way home when he met death.
The place where Mr. Smyth fell and received fatal injuries was within about twenty feet of where Isaac Malott, the Grandview grocer, was murdered by robbers about five months ago. He had been drinking, according to the statements of several persons who had been with him just a short time before he left for home. Dr. John A. Mitchell, who lives at 1803 Central avenue, only a short distance form where the accident occurred, was one of the first person s to reach the body. When he arrived Smyth was dying. Dr. Mitchell stated last night that there was no doubt that the man's neck was broken in the fall. Coroner Davis will hold a n autopsy this morning at Butler's undertaking rooms, where the body was removed.
Friends of Smyth believe that he was assaulted by highwaymen. There is a great gash on the dead man's forehead, and those who examined the ground where the body was found declare there are evidences of a struggle.
Labels: accident, Central avenue, death, doctors, Grandview, grocers, Kansas City Kas
March 17, 1908
SWALLOWED BY QUICKSANDS.
Harry Touroff of Independence Loses
Life in Missouri River.
Harry Touroff was drowned in the Missouri river yesterday at noon while duck hunting. Touroff was about 18 years of age and a son of Samuel Touroff of Independence. His father allowed him to go hunting yesterday and he and his conpanion got onto a sandbar. Touroff stepped out of the boat into what he considered shallow water, but disappeared immediately. It is supposed he went down in the quicksands. The body has not been recovered. Samuel Touroff is a dry goods merchant in Independence. His store is at the southeast corner of the square.
Labels: drowning, hunting, Independence, Missouri river
March 17, 1908
STABBED WHEN HE DIDN'T BUY.
Mamet Rahji, an Assyrian, May Die
From Wound in Lung.
An Assyrian who said his English name was George Karney and his real name Mamet Rahji, was taken to the emergency hospital late yesterday afternoon suffering from a stab wound in the left lung which barely missed the heart. He was attended by Dr. R. A. Shiras and put to bed. Karney, or Rahji, has been working as a porter at 419 West Tenth street. He has been in this country four years and in the city one month.
He said that he was sent down town to make some purchases about 5 p. m. On Central street near fire headquarters he met up with several men sitting on the curbstone. One of them, a man with a white mustache, was exhibiting a pair of shoes.
"He wanted me to buy them, but I refused, as they were too large," said the Assyrian. "I started to walk away and the man, who was angry, followed after me. About half a block away he walked up and stuck a knife in my left side. Then he ran."
Dr. Shiras said that the man's wound is a dangerous one and may cause death from pneumonia. The police are searching for the shoe salesman.
Labels: Central street, doctors, emergency hospital, immigrants, salesmen, Tenth street, violence
March 16, 1908
LAZARUS TOSSES A TEACUP.
Because His Wife Doesn't Cook Like
"Mother Used To."
Lazarus Myerson lives at 1820 Locust street, and the No. 4 police ambulance and surgeon, Dr. Carl V. Bates, were called there about 9 o'clock last night. Mrs. Myerson said that at supper Lazarus for the first time in twenty-two years of married life, had struck her, after saying mean things about her cooking. Lazarus had fled and she was forgiving and wasn't willing that he should be hunted. She consented only that Dr. Bates should do something for her closed right eye and slight cuts.
Labels: doctors, domestic violence, Locust street, No 4 police station
March 16, 1908
SEASON'S FIRST SWIMMER.
Policeman Chides Clyde Cobeck for
Plunging Into the Blue.
The first man to swim in the Blue river this spring is Clyde Cobeck, of 1037 Topping avenue. Patrolman Carl Johnson of No. 7 police station called him ashore at Fifteenth street because Cobeck was clad only in a union suit. The swimmer was about ready to come in anyhow, and remarked as he stepped ashore:
"It's the early diver who gets the cramps."
He was not arrested, but allowed to put on his garments and beat it to the nearest fire.
Labels: Blue river, Fifteenth street, police, swimming, Topping avenue
March 16, 1908
MAY DIE FROM KNIFE WOUNDS.
Frank Vane Stabbed Near the Heart
by Harry Thomas.
"I went out in the back yard to learn what Harry was swearing about and he stuck a butcher knife in my side and turned the knife around. That's all."
Frank Vane, who rooms at 543 Locust street, was talking as he lay on a cot in the emergency hospital. He was later taken to the general hospital, where Dr. Paul B. Clayton discovered that the knife thrust had cut his fifth rib on the left side clean in two and missed the heart by half an inch. Vane may die.
Harry Thomas, who admits he did the cutting, was arrested by Detectives Brice and Murphy. Jay M. Lee, deputy county prosecutor, came to police headquarters and heard Thomas's story, but decided that Thomas had been drinking too heavily to allow much reliability to be placed in his statement. Thomas is being held until Vane recovers or dies. Thomas rooms at 545 Locust street. Thomas is a railway man and has never been in trouble before. Vane, according to Police Captain Whitsett, is known to the police under the name of Robert DeWain.
Labels: Captain Whitsett, general hospital, Locust street, police headquarters, violence
March 16, 1908
IS ROBBED IN CHURCH.
Dudley Hoffman's Overcoat Later
Found on Dapper Youth.
Dudley Hoffman's overcoat was stolen yesterday morning while he was attending service in the Independence Avenue Christian church. From his home at 545 Park avenue he telephoned the police of his loss. Last evening Patrolman Robert Hoskins saw a dapper young man wearing a coat of Hoffan's description. The young man, so Hoskins reports, admits that he attended service at the Independence avenue church and that he left with the coat.
Labels: churches, crime, Independence avenue, Park avenue
March 16, 1908
FOOD FOR QUONG SUE'S SPIRIT.
It Is Deposited in His Grave, That He
May Feast in Paradise.
In keeping with the funeral rites of his native land, Quong Sue, a Chinese laundryman who died at his home, 309 West Fifth street, March 8, was buried in Union cemetery yesterday afternoon. All of the dead man's belongings, including his Bible, were burned at the head of the grave and the coffin was lowered during the burning of incense.
It is a peculiar belief of the Chinese that the departed spirit must spend an indefinite period trying to find its way through paradise They believe that the spirit must have food and drink, the things necessary for material existence. Consequently choice foods and wines are deposited in the grave with the coffin Quong Sue's spirit will feast upon smothered chicken, roast beef, rice tea, ham , chop suey and two kinds of wine.
Labels: cemetery, Fifth street, food, Funeral, immigrants
March 15, 1908
TO BE A CITY CHURCH.
New First Congregational Gives
Welcome to Strangers.
DR. ALEXANDER LEWIS.
"It is not right that we should become self-sufficient in our growh and numbers, consequently forgetting our duty to the stranger within our gates."
The Rev. Alexander Lewis spoke these words two weeks ago when the first services were held in the parish house of hte First Congregational church at Independence boulevard and Highland avenue. So doing, he silenced the criticism which of late has been the portion of churches; namely, that the stranger is not welcome.
Nor is there any reason why the congregation should not be proud of its new home Th main building is not yet completed and for several months services will be held in the parish house, which fronts Highland avenue. This wing seats 1,000, while the chruch proper will accommodate 500 more than this. West of the church the parsonage will be built. th entire propety will then represent an expenditure of nearly $165,000.
THE FIRST CONGREGAITONAL PARISH HOUSE.
The parish house clearly indicates the purpose of the congreagation to make the in stitution a city and downtown church, rather than one which dreaws its embership from any one section of the city In the basement there is to be a small gymnasium for the use of boys and girls, with shower baths, lockers and a bowling alley. The complete plant will provide a large dining room, kitchen and all other conveniences of a large downtown church.
Dr. Lewis said recently, in speaking of the new institution and its plans:
"The neighborhood church cannot help but succeed, while the city church, such as the new First is to be, must force success. There is a place and work for one church of each denomination inthe heart of ansas City. The lesson of New York is repeated. One by one the downtown churches were abandoned, but a later reaction set in and large churchs are now maintained downtown."
For years the First Congregational had its edifice at Eleventh and McGee streets. That property was sold some time ago While the Highland avenue site seems some distance from downtown, it is only twelve minutes' walk or five minutes' ride from Grand avenue. It will not be many years before Highland avenue will be considered downtown. It is then that the big downtown church will be called upon to do its real work for the life of a great city.
Labels: churches, Eleventh street, Grand avenue, Highland avenue, Independence avenue, McGee street, ministers, New York
March 15, 1908
SOLDIERS GET NEW UNIFORMS.
Company M Will Have Fresh Togs
for Tuesday's Parade.
STYLE OF UNIFORM FOR COMPANY M
When Company M, Third regiment, turns out for parade on Tuesday in honor of Archbishop Glennon, Kansas City will get its first opportunity to see the new service uniform of the national guard regiment M company is the first to have the new equipment issued to it The clothing proper is familiar, but the rifle and belts are of new pattern. Instead of the old style cartridge belt the guardsmen wear a bandolier, copied after that worn by the Boers in their last war, in which are clips containing five cartridges each. This bandolier is fastened to a waist belt. From the waist belt is hung the soldier's canteen, coffee cup, haversack and bayonet. The weight of this equipment, instead of being sustained by the hips as of old, is carried by straps across the shoulders, which really are uncrossed suspenders.
Labels: clothing, military, parades
March 15, 1908
CAR CRUSHED OFF CHILD'S ARM.
Three-Year-Old Was Wandering in
the Streets Alone.
Louis Wagner, 3 years old, 562 Charlotte street, fell under an eastbound Northeast car at Independence avenue and Charlotte street about noon yesterday and suffered the loss of his right arm near the elbow. The child was taken to emergency hospital.
Motorman J. J. Howe and Conductor John Gordon were arrested by Patrolman Lorraine Mastin and taken to police headquarters. Captain Whitsett booked them for investigation, but the men were later released to appear before the prosecutor when wanted.
Witnesses said that the little 3-year-old was running across the street with the unsteady step of a toddler. As he gained the center of the tracks he looked back. Just at that moment the car came. The child fell under the front trucks.
The mother of the injured boy said that he left home in search of his brother, Ezra, 7 years old. She said that her children often went out alone. The father of the boy, Joseph Wagner, is an itinerant locksmith.
Labels: accident, Charlotte street, children, emergency hospital, Independence avenue, streetcar
March 15, 1908
SHE'LL PLAY TWO PARTS NOW.
Miss Cleo Lewis, Actress, Assumes the
Role of Wife.
From stageland into the sterner realities of life have plunged two members of the Parisian Widows company which will show at a local theater this week. At noon yesterday Miss Cleo Lewis and S. Frank Scheuer were married by Justice Festus O. Miller.
The wedding was a surprise to the other members of the company.
Mrs. Scheuer is in from Philadelphia and her husband is from New York. Mr. Scheuer is musical director of the company and his bride has a small speaking part in the show.
James W. Rowland, the comedian of the company, was best man and Miss Delia Walker, also of the company, was bride's maid. The bride was given away by Frank Abbott, manager of the company.
Labels: Judges, New York, theater, visitors, wedding
March 14, 1908
INDICTS FRAKER FIVE TIMES.
Grand Jury Holds Him for Abuse of
Upon the statements of Halbert Hopper and Harry Elleman, boys, Dr. George W. Fraker was indicted on five counts by the criminal court grand jury yesterday afternoon. Dr. Fraker was arrested Thursday afternoon by Detective J. M. Orford upon complaint of the boys, who told of his unusual abuse. The minimum penalty for conviction upon one count of this offense is ten years in the penitentiary.
Dr. Fraker remained in the county jail last night in default of bond. To inquiries by a reporter for The Journal, he said:
"The Hopper boy has a grudge against me. He is a very bad boy -- both he and his brother Bert -- and I can show where both have criminal records. Halbert is an incorrigible and was very hard to manage. He was sent to me from the Children's Home Finding Society of St. Louis over two years ago.
"I have in my possession now a statement signed by Hopper in which he accuses a doctor at the institution from which he came, with the very same crimes. Oh, he is a very bad boy When I could not manage him I sent him back to Dr. Stahman, who had sent him to me, and Dr. Stahman put him in the House of Refuge, from which he and his two companions recently escaped. He always believed that I had him placed in the latter place and for that reason felt very bitter towards me."
"Then how do you explain that Harry Elleman, who has lived with you almost two years, makes similar charges?" the doctor was asked. "Has he got a grudge against you?"
"Not in the least," was his prompt reply. "Harry is a good boy and was scared by the police into what he said. There is a whole lot back of this thing that has not yet come out."
Labels: abuse, children, criminal court, doctors, St Louis, The Journal
March 14, 1908
SET TRIAL IN POISON
CASE FOR WEDNESDAY.
STATE HAS MANY WITNESSES
AGAINST SARAH MORASCH.
Less Than Month Ago Little Ruth
Miller Died From Eating Bonbons
Sent Her Half-Sister in
Next Wednesday is the day set for the trial of Mrs. Sarah Morasch in the Wyandotte district court, where she will be called to answer the charge of murdering Ruth Miller by sending a box of poisoned candy through the mails to her father's household. he child, who was 4 years old, died February 12. She was the daughter of Charles and Malinda Miller of 634 Cheyenne avenue, Armourdale.
Since her arrest in Harrisonville, Mo., on February 20, Mrs. Morasch, in default of bond, has been confined in the Wyandotte county jail. Her stories of her relations with the Miller family told at different times to Prosecuting Attorney Joseph Taggart, Chief of Police Bowden and others, have not agreed one with another, and her description of her flight from Kansas City, Kas., to Harrisonville is vague and not convincing, according to Taggart.
Among the fifty-six witnesses who have been called to testify for the state next Wednesday are: Charles Miller, father of the dead girl; Malinda Miller, the mother; Ella Van Meter, their step-daughter, to whom the poisoned box of bonbons was addressed; Coroner A. J. Davis, Professor of Chemistry Bushong of the Kansas state university, Chief Bowden and Detective Harry Anderson.
The defense is in the hands of Attorney Daniel Maher and will rest chiefly upon statements of relatives of Mrs. Morasch and boon companions, who were with her during her stay in the West Bottoms. In the event of her being proved guilty by the state, she cannot be hanged and will be admissible to bail under the revised criminal statutes of Kansas
Labels: Armourdale, children, County Attorney Taggart, Death of Ruth Miller, detectives, Kansas City Kas, murder, poison, women
March 14, 1908
NIGHT COURT FOR ACTORS.
It Was Eleven o'Clock Before All
One hundred and forty indictments against theater folk were returned by the grand jury yesterday afternoon. The actors and house employes came straggling in until 11 o'clock at night, it being impossible to get together before that hour companies from the Gilliss and the Auditorium, in which no matinees were given yesterday. The matter of the managers giving bond on the duplicate indictments went over until Monday.
Judge Wallace kept the court open until nearly midnight, because he is scheduled to leave the city this morning for Paris, Mo., where he is to make a speech.
Labels: criminal court, Judge Wallace, theater
March 14, 1908
CATCH MAN WITH PULLETS.
Wing Tries to Bag Dozen Chickens.
After an exciting chase in which a number of shots were exchanged Charles Wing, who claims he is a resident of Turner, Kas., was arrested last night by Arthur Purvis, son of Solomon Purvis of No. 3 police station, Kansas City, Kas. Wing was discovered in the act of molesting the quietude of the fowls in a hennery at 902 Osage avenue. The cacke of the chickens attracted the attention of young Purvis and, after a running fight, the originator of the disturbance was taken into custody. In a sack, which he carried over his shoulders were a dozen pullets. He will be given an opportunity to explain to Police Judge Sims this morning.
Labels: animals, crime, Judge Sims, Kansas City Kas, police
March 14, 1908
INDICTS FRAKER FIVE TIMES.
Grand Jury Holds Him for Abuse of
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March 13, 1908
ROCK ROADS WILL
REACH EVERY TOWN.
No More Mud-Isolated Hamlets.
Road contracts amounting to $55,604.65 were let by the county court yesterday. When these contracts are completed there will not be a town nor hamlet in Eastern Jackson county which is not touched by the web of rock roads.
There was talk yesterday that injunction proceedings would be brought against the court, but this only materialized in a warm protest from Atherton as to the location of a rock road to that town. Some wanted the road east of the Blue, others west. The court had listened to the arguments before on this measure and decided on the east route as the most beneficial.
The contract for the Hickman Mills road to Lee's Summit was let to Colyer Bros., the lowest bidders, at $19,917.44. This gap is three and three-fourths miles long.
Today the county court will go over the Blue Springs rod and make an inspection of work done under the contract. A few days ago a strong delegation from Tarsney appeared before the court and claimed that the contractors were not complying with the specifications. Two of the our miles of road remain to be built. The farmers claim that the macadam laid is not deep enough, the rolling light and everything short in measurement.
Labels: Atherton, Blue river, Blue Springs, Lee's Summit, public works
March 13, 1908
IT MAY BE CLEMENS'S BODY.
Exhumed Body Shows Scar
Over Right Eye.
New evidence that it was Francis Patrick Cemens who died here February 19 as Herbert Donnekin was received yesterday by British Vice Consul McCurdy from Charles Clive Bayley, British consul in New York. Through this channel the missing man's brother, Lord Leitrim, sent a description similar to that received yesterday by British Vice Consul McCurdy from Charles Clive Bayley British consul in New York. Through this channel the missing man's brother, Lord Leitrim, sent a description similar to that received by the Salvation Army, with the added feature that there should be a scar over the right eye. This was found to show on the body now exhumed and lying at the Carroll-Davidson morgue.
A cablegram from the British family, too, sent through the Salvation Army yesterday, asked how long the body could be kept for identification. The answer sent that it could be kept indefinitely, it is believed, will probably bring a representative of the family.
Labels: death, immigrants, New York, Salvation Army, undertakers
March 13, 1908
DEEDS TO FRAKER
BOYS ACCUSE DOCTOR OF MOST
HE IS ARRESTED BY POLICE.
CASE WILL BE PLACED BEFORE
GRAND JURY AT ONCE.
One Lad Escapes From a Boys' Refuge
in St. Louis and Comes Here
to Tell His Terrible
At 10 o'clock yesterday morning three boys walked into the emergency hospital. They were runaways from the House of Refuge, an Industrial home at Osage and Virginia avenues, St. Louis. At Olivette, Mo., they were chased by a bull dog and ran through a bed of lime. Their legs were badly burned.
The boys gave the name of Albert Hopper, 14; Charles Reynolds, 17, and Cyrne Enge, 16 years old. After Dr. Julius Frischer had bound up the lads' burned limbs Hopper told a story which alarmed the doctor. The three boys were taken before Captain Whitsett, where Hopper said that he had come all the way from St. Louis to tell his story to the police. He told it again
Based on the boy's statement Dr. George W. Fraker, who formerly had offices at 1209 Grand avenue, but is now located at 703 Central avenue, Kansas City, Kas., was immediately arrested by Detective James M. Orford. He is being held for investigation. Last night John W. Hogan, an assistant prosecutor, took the statements of Hopper and other boys here who have lived with Fraker. Hogan said that this morning an information charging a nameless crime would be filed against Dr. Fraker in the criminal court if the case did not go to the grand jury direct.
Twenty-five months ago Hopper, who is an orphan, said he was in an orphans' home run by the Children's Home Finding Society at Margaretta and Newstead avenues, St. Louis. From there he was sent to Dr. Fraker at 1209 Grand avenue. He remained here with the doctor three months and one month in Excelsior Springs, Mo., the doctor's old home. Hopper's statement, which is horrible in details, tells of frequent instances when he was made to submit to most unnatural abuses. He said he was often beaten with a rubber hose when he refused to submit.
CAME TO TELL POLICE.
"I came all the way here," said Hopper, "to put Dr Fraker where he belongs. After I had been with Dr. Fraker four months, we were in Excelsior Springs. One day I threatened to tell on him. I was badly beaten and the next day sent to the House of Refuge in St. Louis. I went alone and was glad to go. I told the assistant superintendent my story, but he paid no attention to me. After being there a year and nine months, I determined to run away and come here, and tell it to the police. The other boys only came along as my friends. We escaped through a coal hole last Sunday morning."
Following the arrest of Dr. Fraker, Harry Elleman, 14 years old, was taken from Dr. Fraker's office at 703 Central avenue by Detective Mansel of Kansas City, Kas., and questioned. Mansell telephoned Detective Orford and he went and got young Elleman. This boy also made a statement to Hogan accusing Fraker. His statement was almost exactly the same as that made by Hopper.
Elleman has lived with Fraker since August, 1906, with the exception of the last five months, when he was living with his mother, Mrs. Ora Nordquist, at 1903 North Tenth street, Kansas City, Kas. Five days ago his relatives moved to the country and Harry returned to the doctor. While living on this side with the doctor, Elleman went by the name of Harry Fraker at the Humboldt school.
ONE YOUNG MAN DIED.
While living with Dr. Fraker at 1209 Grand avenue Cyril O'Neal, a young Englishman, 19 years old, died in September under suspicious circumstances. Dr. Fraker signed the death certificate as "acute Bright's disease," with typhoid fever as a contributory cause. An autopsy held by Coroner Thompson proved that O'Neal died of septic poisoning. The dead boy's brother, Claud O'Neal, is said to be still living with Fraker.
Frakers apparent philanthropy in caring for O'Neal, whom he met up with as a stranger in Put-in-Bay, O., caused much comment. He cared for him constantly all the time he was ill and paid for cablegrams to his people in England. When O'Neal went to live with the doctor Elleman was sent home.
Robert McBride, 17 years old, another boy now living with Dr. Fraker at 703 Central avenue, Kansas City, Kas., called at police headquarters last night to see the doctor Just at that time the other boys were making their statements concerning Fraker's treatment of them. McBride was not allowed to see Fraker, but was detained and caused to make a statement. Little was gained from him.
ALWAYS HAS A BOY.
There has not been a time in the last twenty years, it is said, that Dr. Fraker has not had from one to two young boys living with him. Fraker created a big sensation fourteen years ago by mysteriously disappearing. He had something less than $100,000 life insurance at the time. He, a boy who was living with him, and an old negro went fishing on the Missouri river. An embankment apparently fell and the doctor with it. There was a deep eddy at that point where the water had undermined the bank. The negro and the boy told of hearing the "big splash" and later, when they ran to the scene, seeing only Dr. Fraker's hat floating away in the stiff current.
Several months afterwards detectives located Dr. Fraker living in an isolated lumber camp in the pine forests of the Northwest. He was arrested and returned home, where attempts were made by some of the insurance companies which had paid death claims on his life, to prosecute him. As it could not be proved that Fraker had in any way benefited by the ruse or received any of the money, nothing came of it.
Hopper and Elleman were detained at police headquarters last night. Assistant Prosecutor Hogan said that they, with other witnesses, would be taken before the grand jury today.
Labels: abuse, Central avenue, children, crime, detectives, doctors, emergency hospital, Excelsior Springs, Grand avenue, immigrants, Kansas City Kas, Missouri river, orphans, St Louis
March 13, 1908
SENTENCES ILLEGAL VOTER.
Two Years for Veteran Who Voted
Twice in Independence.
Stephen H. Powell, a veteran of the civil war, charged with voting illegally at the recent local option election in Independence, pleaded guilty before Judge W. H. Wallace yesterday in the criminal court and was sentenced to two years in the penitentiary. Powell will probably be paroled on account of his age and the conditions under which he violated the law.
He tells his story to the Prosecuting Attorney I. B. Kimbrell very frankly:
"I was drunk on election day," Powell says. "I don't remember whether I voted once or a dozen times If anybody saw me vote twice, I can't deny it, because I don't know what I did."
"Which way did you vote, for or against the local option" asked Kimbrell.
"I started out to vote 'wet,' but can't say what I did do."
Labels: alcohol, Civil War, criminal court, Independence, Judge Wallace, prohibition, Prosecutor Kimbrell, veterans
March 13, 1908
TRY HORNE FOR MURDER MONDAY.
Publisher Who Shot Writer
To Stand Trial.
A jury was drawn yesterday in the criminal court for the trial of Richard C. Horne next Monday. Horne, who was vice president of the Kanas City Post Publishing Company, shot and killed H. J. Groves, an editorial writer on that paper. Horne will be tried on the charge of first degree murder.
Labels: criminal court, murder
March 13, 1908
IT FELT JUST LIKE SPRING.
One Boy Was Barefoot, Many Played
With a temperature of 74 at 8 o'clock yesterday afternoon, the day took its place as the first burst of spring in Kansas City. The court house reporter was assigned to write a weather story and his observation included one boy walking barefoot on the court house lawn, many street urchins abandoning shinny clubs for marbles, quite few Italian grannies sitting in south doorsteps and the first game of horseshoes in Shelly park this year.
The forecast is for colder weather tomorrow.
Labels: children, courthouse, immigrants, weather
March 12, 1908
SMOKE PROBLEM PECULIAR.
But Mayor Beardsley Will Fix It if
He Is Re-Elected.
"It is practically impossible to prevent black smoke pouring out over Kansas City as long as soft coal is used for fuel by the manufacturing concerns of the city," declared Professor J. M. Kent of the Manual Training high school, before a meeting of the stationary engineers of Kansas City at 1332 Grand avenue last night.
"Many plans have been tried -- steam jets, checker work and self-feeding grates. In spite of all of these, smoke will get out, if soft coal is used for fuel.
"This smoke problem is a peculiar one, inasmuch as the owners of boilers would make money if they could comply with the city's smoke ordinance. Ever bit of smoke that goes up a chimney and drifts in a cloud over the city, is so much heat value in the coal gone to waste. The big manufacturers and owners of office buildings are as willing as any citizen to comply with the city's smoke ordinance, but no efficient device has as yet been invented."
C. Y. Root spoke enthusiastically of the good that would come to Kansas City from the introduction of crude oil as a fuel. The smoke problem would be eliminated, he said, if oil were used for fuel instead of coal. He thought that it would require very little labor to pipe oil from the Kansas fields to Kansas City.
Mayor Beardsley told of the efforts made by him, as mayor, to enforce an anti-smoke ordinance. He said that if he was elected mayor again there would be no more smoke in Kansas City and that collars could be worn two days. He pledged the next council to this.
Labels: Grand avenue, Mayor Beardsley
March 12, 1908
THEY WANT A 5-CENT FARE.
Independence People Again Take Up
the Matter -- Bloodhound, Also.
At a meeting of the Independence Commercial Club held last night a committee of five was adopted to co-operate with a committee from the Maywood Improvement Club to go before the Commercial Club of this city at its next meeting and urge that the local organization assist in getting the Metropolitan Street Railway Company to adopt a 5-cent fare between this city and Independence.
James B. Forbis made a motion that the city purchase bloodhounds for the tracking of criminals, and it was unanimously adopted.
Labels: animals, crime, Independence, Maywood, Metropolitan Street Railway Company, organizations
March 11, 1908
POSEY'S HALL WAS TOO SMALL.
Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., and James
A. Reed Spoke There Last Night.
For the first time in the history of Tenth ward Democracy, Posey's hall, Twenty-sixth and Prospect, was not large enough to accommodate the hundreds that turned out to hear the speeches last night of Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., James A. Reed, Hamil Brown, former Congressman Butler of Ohio and others. Thre were a number of women present. Mr. Crittenden promised, if elected mayor, a safe, sane and business administration of city affairs and to appoint a utilities commission that will fearlessly and honestly investigate the public service corporations.
Mr. Reed was in a particularly entertaining mood and presented facts and figures relating to municipal affairs that seemed to take well with his hearers.
Labels: James A. Reed, politics, Prospect avenue, Tenth Ward, Twenty-sixth street
March 11, 1908
TOY SQUIRT GUN HIS WEAPON.
But Jones Wouldn't Be Bluffed and
Landed With Stiff Uppercut.
Roy Jones was walking slowly along Troost avenue near Fifteenth street around 2 o'clock yesterday morning. He was humming a love tune and paid little attention to a man who came up behind him, until he was jabbed in the ribs with something hard, held in the man's right hand.
"Hold up your hands! Give me your money!" the man commanded.
Jones was in for arguing the question, but the man was insistent. As the argued they passed beneath an electric arc light, and James saw the man had a toy squirt gun pistol as a weapon. With one stiff punch, Jones landed an uppercut on the man's jaw.
Just as the man ran away, Patrolman Michael Meany appeared and took a shot at him At Fifteenth and Holmes streets, almost exhausted, the bluff criminal ran into Patrolman James Mulloy and was arrested.
At the Walnut street station he gave the name of Howard A. Watson, an upholsterer. He told Captain Whitsett late in the day that he was "just kiddin'" an' wouldn't harm a fly." Captain Whitsett didn't like that sort of fun between entire strangers, and Watson was charged with highway robbery. He was arraigned before Justice Shoemaker, pleaded guilty and was bound over to the criminal court for trial.
Labels: Captain Whitsett, crime, Fifteenth street, guns, highway robbery, Holmes street, Justice Shoemaker, police, toys, Troost avenue, Walnut street police station
March 10, 1908
SHE WOULDN'T BUY BEER.
So Giles Haynes Beat His Wife -- She
Is Suing for Divorce.
One of the reasons given in a petition in the district court in Kansas City, Kas., by Rosa Haynes against Giles Haynes, for divorce, is that the defendant cruelly beat the plaintiff because she refused to go to the state line and get him a bucket of beer. Mrs. Haynes also charges her husband with destroying her photographs, breaking up the dishes and furniture, and cutting up her clothing.
The other mismated couples applied to the court for legal separation. Emma Fletcher asks for a divorce from Ezra; Belle Hazelbridge from George; and Goldie G. Griffin from Oliver.
Labels: alcohol, Divorce, domestic violence, Kansas City Kas, State line
March 12, 1908
LATTER DAY SAINTS ARRIVE.
Annual Conference Convenes in Inde-
pendence April 6.
The advance guard has begun to arrive for the annual conference of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Independence. The conference, which is attended by several hundred delegates, convenes April 6 in the Saints' church and this year the attendance will be unusually large. The twelve apostles, or quorum of twelve, commenced its duties yesterday and will hold daily sessions until the opening conference day.
The head of the church is the first presidency, Joseph Smith, his son, F. M. Smith, and R. C. Evans of Toronto, Canada, compose the first presidency. Joseph Smith and his son, Frederick, are residents of Independence.
The twelve are W. H. Kelley, Lamoni, Ia.; J. W. Wright of Indiana; S. A. Smith of California; H. P. Smith of Lamoni, Ia.; Homer Griffith of Columbus, O.; S. W. Sheehy of Utah; C. H. Butterworth of Adelaide, Australia; J. W. Rushton of Leeds, England; Peter Anderson, Sweden; W. W. Greene, Kirtland, O.; J. N. White of Indiana.
The Reorganized church, commonly called the Josephites, are distinct from the Brighamites of the Utah church, and there is very little affiliation in a religious way, between the two bodies. The headquarters of the Reorganized church is at Lamoni, Ia.
Labels: California, churches, England, Independence, visitors
March 10, 1908
BABY HAS NOT BEEN FOUND.
Mrs. Pansy Gaulter Says Husband's
Mother Made the Trouble.
Mrs. Pansy Gaulter, whose baby was snatched from her arms by her husband, Loren Gaulter, at Sixth and Central streets Saturday afternoon, said last night that no trace had yet been found of either Gaulter or the child. The last she saw of him was when he ran down Central street to Fifth street and through a building at 306 West Fifth. He is said to have met a woman at Fourth and Broadway and to have later taken a Leavenworth electric car The kidnaping was reported to the Humane Society, and W. H. Gibbbens has a warrant for Gaulter.
It was a mistake to say that my mother caused any trouble between us," said Mrs. Gaulter. My mother-in-law caused all the trouble and she had made trouble before. Finally I told y husband I would not live with his people any more, and he then wanted me to live with his uncle. When I refused that also caused trouble. It was his people, not mine, that caused our separation."
Labels: Broadway, Central street, Fifth street, Fourth street, Humane Society, kidnapping, marriage, Sixth street, streetcar
March 10, 1908
MILLIONS OF BACTERIA.
Were Found in a Sample of Twenty
Drops of Milk.
City chemists, in making analysis of milk yesterday, found 37,300,000 bacteria in twenty drops of milk, indicating that the sample was produced among uncleanly and unsanitary conditions. The presence of so many bacteria does not necessarily mean that they were conveyors of disease, the chemist says, still he declares it demonstrates the necessity for vigorous action to require dairy keepers to register so that a tab may be kept on the premises.
March 10, 1908
CHINAMAN DIED SUDDENLY.
Funeral Services Will Be Held an
Entire Week -- Burial Sunday.
Quong Sue, a Chinese laundryman, 31 years old, was found dead in his bed at 309 West Fifth street Sunday. Coroner Thompson held a post mortem yesterday at Carroll-Davidson's morgue, and found that death was due to a ruptured vessel. The Chinese colony will take a week to prepare for a fitting funeral. The ceremonies will end next Sunday at Union cemetery.
Labels: cemetery, Coroner Thompson, death, Fifth street, immigrants, undertakers
March 10, 1908
CAN'T CLEAN FEDERAL DOME.
Soot and Oil There to Stay, Says Wal-
After scrubbing a hall on the top of one of the federal building flag staffs with seven kinds of cleaners, the decision has been reached that the gilded dome cannot be freshened up. The highly charged soot of the city, recently strengthened with a fine spray of oil from the furnaces burning oil, has discolored the dome for all time. Walter Humphrey, assistant custodian of the building, took advantage of the work of repainting the flag staffs to include in the specifications the work of washing the gold balls at their tops His intention was to subsequently wash the dome, if the ornaments on the flag staffs should show any improvement.
Labels: federal building
March 10, 1908
HE WANTED TO BE ARRESTED.
Civic League Secretary Thought He
Had Broken the Law.
A. O. Harrison, secretary of the Civic League, called at the county prosecutor's office yesterday afternoon and tried to offer himself as a martyr. The stake wasn't ready, however, and he was told to come back in a day or two.
A state law that was passed in 1907 which compels any organization volunteering to label candidates for office as "good" or "bad" to state its reasons and sources of information. If the league, for instance, wished to send circulars over the county declaring that Judge W. H. Wallace is a "good" man, it would have to print along with the circulars its sources of information.
Prior to the special election for sheriff last January the league sent out word that both W. J. Campbell and John Hood were good men. Someone told Harrison that this was in violation of the new law, and he came to the prosecutor's office to be arrested. There wasn't any warrant ready for him, however, and he was told to call again.
Labels: Judge Wallace, organizations, politics
March 10, 1908
WOULD BREAK UNCLE'S WILL.
Disinherited Nephew Wants Part of
Rich Relative's Estate.
Hamp and George A. Steven's suit to break the will of their uncle, John C. Larwill, a millionaire, who died in Mansfield, O., two years ago, came to trial yesterday in Judge J. E. Goodrich's division of the circuit court. The trial will occupy all of this week.
Larwilll owned real estate in many Western states and his holdings in Kansas City are estimated to be worth $150,000. In the list are the lot and buildings at the southeast corner of Eighth and Main streets and ten lots on Troost avenue near Thirty-first street.
By the will Hampy Stevens was given $1,000 and George, his brother, wa disinherited. Among those who were generously remembered in the will, and are defending it, are Mrs. Susan M. Larwill, widow of John Larwill; Joseph H. Larwill, a brother, and Paul Larwill, a nephew. These people live in Ohio.
Labels: circuit court, Eighth street, Judge Goodrich, Main street, probate, Thirty-first street, Troost avenue
March 9, 1908
POLICE WANT A. OMAYARA.
Japanese Cook Stole Money From Camp.
While the Japanese in the steel gang on the Missouri Pacific railway at Cominsky, Kas., were sleeping Saturday night, A. Omayara, the camp cook, forced open the money chest of the camp and rifled its contents. He secured $320 in money and two gold watchs. The money and watches belonged to K. Sakaweads. It is thought that Omayara left for Kansas City, and N. Tsuda, who is the agent for the labor gang here, has been notified. The police are looking for Omayara.
Labels: crime, immigrants, railroad
March 9, 1908
WALLACE DIDN'T INTERFERE.
With Production of Jewish Play at
Shubert Last Night.
The dramatic opera, "The Witch," was given at the Shubert Theater last night by permission of Judge Wallace by a Jewish home talent company under the direction of M. Kasol and assisted by J. Herowitz. The play was given as a benefit for the congregation Tefares Israel, which is building a new church. The theater was filled and the play considerably above the standard of amateur theatricals. T. More was the musical director and Master Heimie Shapiro played violin solos between the acts.
Miss Ester Herowitz was the star of the cast and M. Kasol had the leading part as the witch. Mr. Kopperstein also figured prominently in the play, supporting Miss Herowitz. Others in the cast were:
J. Goldman, Mrs. B. Rosenberg, Miss Pearl Herowitz, J. Berkowitz, Sam Alport, Hary Koletsky, M. Silverstein, J. Herowitz, Miss Sadie Herowitz, J. Goldman, Miss Fanny Copeland, Miss Diamant, Mrs. S. Alport, Miss Dora Markowitz, Miss Tobi Silverstein Miss Della Baum.
Labels: churches, Jews, Judge Wallace, theater
March 9, 1907
'BEWARE THE MEN'
IS HER WARNING
"BEAUTY IS ALL THAT COUNTS
WITH THEM," SAYS DOCTOR.
DECRIES EARLY MARRIAGES
DR. FRANCES J. HENRY GIVES
GIRLS SOME PLAIN ADVICE.
Incidentally She Scores the Fickleness
of Men -- "Beautiful Character
and Intellectuality Not Con-
sidered," She Declares.
"Beauty and physical charm in women are the only things that count with men," said Dr. Frances J. Henry in a lecture to women at the Benton Boulevard Baptist church, Twenty-fifth street and Benton boulevard yesterday afternoon. "Beautiful character and intellectuality are not considered by them when they go to select woman for their wife. I do not understand this fact, for how is a woman to keep her husband's love after she has become old and the ravages of time have made themselves known by deep and ugly wrinkles on the once beautiful face? But history will prove that what I have said is correct.
"Love is a great passion, but mother love is the greatest of them all. Such love should not be wasted upon poodles and pussies as do some women. If they are not physically able to bear children these women, mostly rich ones, should adopt some of the many poor children who are suffering for the bare necessities of life. It would be far better for these women to take these children into their families and bestow upon them the caresses and love which they lavish upon their cats and dogs.
"This brings us to another point. A woman would have the right to say when she is willing to enter into the duties and cares of motherhood. The wife should always keep herself in a wholesome moral mental and physical condition, that her offspring may be of the same character. It is a sin to bring weak, sickly, idiotic or malformed children into this world.
"Honorable spinsterhood is a thousand times better than dishonorable wifehood. Marriage is an event in woman's life. It is too commonly looked upon as the chief end and the girls are too frequently taught this mistaken doctrine. Marriage should be deferred until the girl is mentally able to judiciously select her affinity. Too much credit cannot be given to women of Hetty Green's type. She prevailed upon her daughter to wait until she had become of mature age before she was married. Miss Green must have had a great many offers of marriage, and our sex should have the utmost respect for her in that she waited until she was 37 years old before she took that important step in life.
"Because so many of the marriages today are contracted before the parties are capable judges for themselves, the divorce courts are full to overflowing. There are twenty marriages today where there should be but one. Boys and girls of 22 or 24 years of age should not think of marrying. They are entirely too young and in most cases they realize that fact when it is too late."
Dr. Henry is a practicing physician in Kansas City. She is a graduate of the medical department of the University of Michigan.
Labels: Benton boulevard, churches, doctors, marriage, Twenty-fifth street, women
March 8, 1908
HE STOLE BABY FROM
ITS MOTHER'S ARMS.
FATHER ESCAPED, ALTHOUGH
PURSUSED BY A MOB.
Mysterious Case, in Which the Prin-
cipals, After Causing a Grand
Furor, All Dropped
Out of Sight.
To kidnap a baby from the arms of its mother on a public street at high noon, run several blocks pursued by 250 people and the frantic mother and to finally make good his escape through a basement on West Fifth street, was the record made by a father yesterday.
A woman was walking on Sixth street near Central at noon yesterday, carrying her baby. As she neared the corner a man appeared, grabbed the child from its mother's arms and ran north on Central street -- the baby under his coat. At Fifth street he turned west as far as the Coca-Cola Bottling Company, 302 West Fifth street. In the door he darted, slamming it after him. The kidnaping caused great excitement and the man with the baby was pursued by a mob which jammed about the door.
The woman from whom the baby had been snatched was a blonde, tall and wore a brown cloak and a small hat with a white veil. As she ran she cried to the pursuers, "Stop him! He's my husband and has got my child and will kill it. I know he sill. Stop him!"
An elderly woman dressed in black appeared on the scene, from where no one seemed to know, and overtook the fleeing mother. Several times she tried to detain her, but when frantic efforts failed, the woman in black grabbed a small hand satchel from the other woman and gave up the chase.
Charles E. McVey, desk sergeant at police headquarters, was passing and saw the crowd. The woman in brown appealed to him to get her baby which was being stolen, saying again that it would be killed. McVey ran into the bottling works and took a freight elevator to the top floor, having been told that the man with the baby had gone that way. When he descended, however, he was informed that the man had left by the basement door in the rear.
J. B. Jewell, manager of the bottling works, said: "The man who went through here with the baby in his arms was Loren Gaulter, who formerly worked here. The woman who pursued him was his wife. They have been married about two years and the baby is probably 6 months old. They last lived in Independence, Mo., but I never knew of their having had any family troubles."
Until five days ago, Gaulter was employed in the mail department at the Union depot as a truck handler. At that time he quit suddenly and what became of him no one there knew.
The man with the baby ran through an open lot in the rear of the bottling works and made his way to Fourth and Broadway, where, witnesses said, he was met by another woman The two were later seen to board a Leavenworth car, it was said. McVey had trouble in dispersing the crowd, and when quiet was restored all the principals in the affair had disappeared.
The distracted mother made her way around the block and through the alley by which the man and baby had escaped. To a man loading a car in the rear of the Richards & Conover Hardware Company's store she appealed to help her. That man, who said he knew the woman, gave the name of Young. He said she was Mrs. Gaulter, but he did not know where she lived. Harry Williams, a negro porter in a barber shop at 316 West Fifth street, saw the man with the baby under his coat leave the bottling works by the rear basement door. When he called out, "That man's stolen that baby," he said the man ran faster than ever.
Jewel said that after all the excitement was over a young woman, known to him as Gaulter's sister, called on him. She asked where "the folks" had gone, Jewel said, and intimated, that she would have gone with them. The wife was heard to remark that if her husband got out of town, she new he would take the baby to Iowa.
The kidnaping was not reported to the police or to the Humane Society, consequently neither worked on the case.
Mrs. Belle Slaughter, who formerly lived at 1639 Washington street, is the mother of Mrs. Gaulter. Until two days ago the Gaulter's lived at 612 East Ninth street, and appeared to be happy, neighbors say, until Mrs. Slaughter appeared. It is thought that Mrs. Slaughter is the woman who appeared and took Mrs. Gaulter's handbag during the chase after the husband and child.
Labels: Broadway, Central street, Fifth street, Fourth street, kidnapping, Ninth street, Sergeant McVey, Sixth street, Washington street
February 8, 1908
TO SAVE BOYS AND GIRLS.
Juvenile Association Determined to
Raise Fund of $10,000.
An active campaign is to be begun by the Juvenile Improvement Club to raise $10,000 for use in caring for neglected children in Kansas City. In this association are gathered all the workers for the juvenile criminal and homeless. The money will be spent to endow the Boys' hotel, a hotel for negro girls, boys clubs in the West, North and East bottoms, and to provide scholarships for boys who now have to stay out of school and work to support smaller children dependent upon them. The idea of the club is to get all varieties of juvenile reform and educational work under one management.
Judge McCune of the juvenile court is president of the club, the Rev. Daniel McGurk is vice president, Arthur L. Jelley is treasurer, and Dr. E. L. Mathias, chief probation officer is secretary. On the executive committee there are in addition to these men the Rev. Charles W. Moore of the Institutional church, Mayor H. M. Beardsley and H. J. Haskell. Subscriptions may be sent to Hughes Bryant, R. A. Long, Charles D. Mill, C. A. Young or C. V. Jones, who comprise the finance committee.
Labels: children, Dr Mathias, East bottoms, hotels, Institutional church, Judge McCune, North bottoms, organizations, R A Long, West bottoms
March 8, 1908
ARMY CAR'S JOURNEY ENDS.
From New York to Fort Leavenworth
in Eighteen Days.
From New York to Fort Leavenworth in eighteen days was the record of the Studebaker automobile, which arrived at the fort yesterday after on of the hardest drives ever attempted by a motor car in this country. While the ride of the Studebaker machine was purely an army test, the fact that it started from New York six days after the New York-to-Paris autos and arrived in Chicago five minutes ahead of the first car in the Paris race was a source of much gratification to the army motorists.
W. L. Walls, Kansas City representative of the Studebaker concern, was in the army motor car and drove the machine on its final lap from Atchison to Fort Leavenworth. A score of motorists from Leavenworth started out early yesterday morning and met the Studebaker machine about fifteen minutes from Leavenworth. They escorted the machine into the camp of Brigadier General Hall, commandant of the Army Service school.
The Studebaker car carried a message from General Frederick Dent Grant, to Colonel Loughborough, commandant at the Fort Leavenworth post. Colonel Loughborough and his staff extended a royal welcome to the motorists.
Labels: automobiles, Chicago, Leavenworth, military, New York
March 8, 1908
JUNIOR JIM THE PENMAN.
Sent to College, Clifford Webster Be-
gins to Write Checks.
Clifford Webster, a 16-year-old boy who has been living with E. A. Walmsley at 2508 Peery avenue and has been attending a local business college, learned to write checks at the college and tried to pass two of his own. The first one, drawn on the New Enland National bank, for $5, he got the money on. The second on the same bank for $18.75, purporting to have been given by J. R. Tomlin, was refused and City Detectives Keshler and McGraw nabbed the boy. He is being held in the detention home. The boy's father is dead, his stepfather lives in France, and Walmsley some months ago took him into his home and put him in school.
Labels: banking, children, detectives, detention home, forgery
March 7, 1908
IS SHOT BY HIS
HARD WORDS GIVE PLACE TO
BULLETS ON EAST FIFTEENTH.
FRANK W. LANDIS WOUNDED.
CHARLES SOVERN SAYS IT WAS
DONE IN SELF-DEFENSE.
Shops of the Men Are Adjoining, and
They Have Quarreled Frequently
-- Sovern Shoots Without
Charles Sovern, a second-hand dealer at 4313-15 East Fifteenth street, shot Frank W. Landis, a neighboring second-hand, 4317 East Fifteenth street, shortly after 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Sovern was arrested by Patrolman H. L. Goode and locked up at No. 6 police station for investigation. Landis's wife refused to let him be taken away in a police ambulance, so he was left at his home over his store in care of Dr. W. L. Campbell, who dressed his wounds.
Landis was shot twice, both times in the back. One bullet entered the neck just at the base of the skull, and one penetrated the back below the left shoulder blade. Dr. Campbell said last night that his only danger was in blood poisoning.
F. W. Frick, an assistant prosecutor, went to No. 6 police station and took Sovern's statement. Sovern said that he and Landis, being neighbors and in the same business, had been spatting back and forth a long time. When he returned from town late yesterday afternoon Sovern said he saw Landis standing in his east door, 4315 East Fifteenth, talking to another man.
"I told him to get off my premises," said Sovern. "He made some reply and made a bluff for a gun. Then I heard a shot, but don't know where it went. I entered my store by the west door, 4313. My gun was on my desk on the west side of the room . I don't know how I got to it, but I shot him three times. I believed I was defending myself."
Patrolman H. L. Goode was standing only one block away when the shooting took place. He said that Landis was lying wounded in his own doorway, 4317, when he arrived in less than a half minute. He had been shot in the back and was bleeding freely, Goode said.
"Just as I came up," said the officer, "a man whom I took to be Sovern left the Landis store and entered Sovern's place. There he came out and went across the street, where he spoke to some one."
These men were witnesses to the shooting: G. W. Ellis of Centropolis; J. M. Parrish, 5705 East Twelfth street; E. L. Adams, 1235 Lawndale; and Fred Link, 4304 East Fifteenth street.
When seen at his home last night Landis made the following statement:
"There has never been any bad blood between Sovern and me, for I have left him more or less alone. True, there have been several altercations between us, but they were merely of a business nature. I have no idea why he tried to kill me, as we have never quarreled to such an extent as to bring about a fight. At most there has been only an exchange of uncomplimentary names between us. His attack upon me was entirely unexpected. I have never had any intimation that Sovern meant to fight with me."
Landis was in a cheery mood last night and did not seem to be in much pain. He talked and laughed over the shooting affair with visitors in his room.
Labels: Centropolis, doctors, guns, No 6 police station, retailers, Twelfth street, violence
March 7, 1908
PRIEST LOSES THE BEQUEST.
Katie McGinty Was Very Ill When
She Made Her Will.
It was decided by a jury in Judge H. Slover's division of the circuit court yesterday that Katie McGinty was too ill to know what she was doing when she made her will bequeathing all of her property to the Rev. A. G. Clohessy, pastor of St. Joseph's church, Nineteenth and Harrison streets, and that the will should be set aside and the property given to her blood relations.
Miss McGinty served as housekeeper for Father Clohessy for fourteen consecutive years prior to the illness, which, on January 26, 1907, caused her death. She was paid $2.50 a week, and out of this she saved, in the fourteen years,, $1,128. The money was kept in the Fidelity Trust Company. A few days before her death in St. Margaret's hospital, she called Father Cloheesy in and asked him to accept the money. He refused to accept it. Then she made a will, in his presence, leaving everything to him, after he should expend $25 for her funeral and gravestone and $200 for masses to be said for her soul. The funeral was held, the headstone erected and the masses were said. Then when Father Clohessy probated the will, James McGinty, a brother of the dead woman, brought the action in the circuit court.
Miss McGinty left no property other than the $1,128, excepting her clothing and personal effects. The residue of the estate will be divided among James, Patrick and Dennis McGinty, three brothers in Kansas City, and seven nephews and nieces in St. Louis.
Labels: circuit court, Harrison street, hospitals, ministers, Nineteenth street, probate
March 6, 1908
FEW FOREIGNERS WANT PAPERS.
It's Harder to Become a Voter Now
Than It Used to Be.
For the first time since Kansas City has been a political center, the approach of an election is not causing a riffle in the naturalization offices. Ordinarily at this time there would be from one to a score of foreigners naturalized every day, and so many of them sometimes that the naturalizing officer would have to hold court at night, but on the wall of the clerk of the United States district court there is a little slip of paper pasted, on it being the names of only seven persons. These are of two Germans, two Russians, an Italian, Irishman, and Roumanian, being all that are now taking out their final papers. The list of applicants for first papers has only twelve names on it, though it covers the work of a month.
"And they do not take kindly to it," said the clerk of the district court. "So many of them are disgusted when they find they cannot vote at the next election, nor even at the next presidential election."
There is no national law relating to the qualifications for voting. The laws of the various states are accepted by the United States. In Missouri first papers must be a year old before they are votable. Kansas is kinder to the foreigner and he can vote there sooner.
The new naturalization law bristles with bayonets for the foreigner who takes out papers for anything but the highest possible motives, and while it would be possible for him to take them out in Kansas City now and, by moving across to Kansas City, Kas., vote there for the next president, if the naturalization officer suspected a trick in this there would be trouble right off for the foreigner. He would be sure to have his papers cancelled and himself barred from taking the out again, and he might land in a federal prison."
Labels: federal court, immigrants, politics, United States District Court
March 6, 1908
ANOTHER MAN WAS CHICKEN.
Edward Williams, Being Feathers,
Tried to Take His Own Life.
"Let me die, Doc. I want to die. I'm chicken today and feathers tomorrow. Nothing more to live for, let me die."
With a gash in his throat, four inches long, Edward Williams, a transfer man, living at 214 East Missouri avenue, lay on the operating table at the emergency hospital yesterday and begged the surgeon not to sew up the wound. Williams says that he recently discovered that his wife no longer loved him. After this discovery he decided to kill himself. He went to his room yesterday with suicidal intentions. He had just drawn a knife across his throat, inflicting the would when a friend discovered him and knocked the knife out of his hand. Williams is 28 years old.
Labels: emergency hospital, marriage, Missouri avenue, Suicide
March 6, 1908
WELL, WHO KILLED THE DOG?
Perhaps His Loquacious Mistress Told
Him Her Troubles.
"I used to think that people would run out of freak grounds for asking criminal warrants," remarked Assistant Prosecutor Kimbrell yesterday, "but there is a new one every day. Today it is a woman who wants a man arrested for prescribing for her dog, when the man isn't a registered veterinary. She is very much excited, because the dog died. She--"
The telephone rang and Kimbrell answered:
"No, as I told you a while ago, we can't swear out a warrant for the man who doctored your dog, unless you can prove that he was not a registered veterinary. Yes, I know, you think he isn't, but you must be positive. The best thing for you is to bring a civil suit for damages, if you think he --"
Here Bert stopped five minutes to listen. He resumed:
"The dog died within three hours of when the man left? Well, I've known lots of people to die within three hours after a good doctor left them.
"You think he didn't diagnose the case correctly? Well, maybe he didn't. All doctors make mistakes, you know. What do you think was the matter with the dog? Pneumonia. And he said it was a fever? Well, maybe he was mistaken.
"Why don't you call in another doctor and have him hold a post mortem examination. That's the only way you can be sure what killed the dog. He might have swallowed a rat biscuit for all you know. What doctor will hold a post-mortem? Oh, any of them. Try your family physician. Oh, that's all right, no trouble at all. Goodby.
"I came near telling her to call Coroner Thompson to hold the autopsy," Kimbrell remarked, when he had hung up the receiver. "I'm glad I didn't, because Dr. Thompson would have been angry and then she would have blamed this office."
Labels: animals, Coroner Thompson, Prosecutor Kimbrell, telephone
March 5, 1908
STRYCHNINE IN HIS LIQUOR.
Someone Poisoned Edward Whalen,
Bricklayer, in a Saloon.
"Send for a priest I am dying," cried Edward Whalen as he fell to the floor in front of the bar in a saloon at Nineteenth street and Troost avenue last night. As Whalen fell, he was seized with violent convulsions and the bartender, with several men who were standing around the bar, hurried to his assistance. Someone telephoned for the police ambulance, and Police Surgeon Carl V. Bates was hastened to the saloon. At the hospital it was found that Whalen had been poisoned by strychnine His body was badly bruised, bearing out the statement which Whalen made later that he had been kicked in the side and stomach.
The man told the doctors at the hospital that he had been drinking with several men in a saloon -- not at Nineteenth and Troost -- and that they got into a fight during which he was severely pummeled. Whalen said that their difficulties were soon adjusted, however, and that they went back into the saloon to have another drink.
Soon he left there and went the saloon at Nineteenth street and Troost avenue, where he ordered a drink of whisky. It was at this juncture, and before the order had been filled, that Whalen was taken violently ill and the doctor summoned.
The doctors at the city hospital think that Whalen was poisoned by the men with whom he had been drinking, but are unable to find any cause for their desire to kill him, unless it was that they harbored the hared feeling caused by the fight. Whalen was unable to give the names of any of his companions at the saloons.
Whalen is a white man, about 40 years old, and said that his home was at Twenty-Third street and Wabash avenue. He is a bricklayer.
Labels: Nineteenth street, poison, saloon, Troost avenue, Twenty-third street, violence, Wabash avenue
March 5, 1908
KEEPS WORD WITH THE JEWS.
Wallace Says They May Present
Their Play Sunday Night.
The Jews of the Tefares Israel congregation who have planned to present the five-act drama, "De Boba Yochna," in the Shubert theater next Sunday night, will not be molested by deputy marshals, according to Judge W. H. Wallace.
"When I gave my consent to the Jews giving their play on Sunday I thought they were to present it in a hall somewhere and not in a theater," explained the judge yesterday. "But since I have given my word that they shall not be molested for violation of the Sunday law, they shall not. That's only for this one Sunday, however. If they want to repeat the performance they can not use a theater again on Sunday."
Admission is to be charged to the Shubert on Sunday. The proceeds will be devoted to the furnishing of a synagogue at Tracy avenue and Admiral boulevard. The play will be given in Yiddish.
Labels: Admiral boulevard, churches, Jews, Judge Wallace, theater, Tracy avenue
March 5, 1908
AS THE BARKEEP TOLD IT.
Did Not Clearly Impress the Court
With His Innocence.
C. H. Foley, bartender, and D. O. Elmers, porter at the saloon of John M. Lynch, 426 Main street, were fined $50 each in police court yesterday or disturbing the peace of George W. Ellingwood. Ellingwood testified that on last Saturday night he was roughly handled in the saloon and relieved of nearly $5, a ticket to Boston, Mass., and his trunk check.
"I ordered drinks for myself and a couple of friends," the complainant testified. "Foley insisted that I ordered drinks for the ho use, which came to $2.80. He took a $5 bill from me, took out the $2.80 and laid the change on the bar. Just then I was pounced upon by a dozen or more men, including the porter. I was thrown to the floor and my clothes torn in a search for more money, they having got all that was on the bar. My ticket to Boston and trunk check were also stolen."
"De moke orders drinks fer de house," said the barkeep. "When I says, '$2.80, please, he refuses to cough up. He has his leather in his mit. I cops dat, gloms de finif an' lays $2.20 on de bar. I don't allow no cheap screw to come in me place and make a lobster out en me -- see!"
It was after this exhibition that Judge Kyle assessed a fine of $50 each against the defendants. Elmers is a Mexican. The cases were appealed to the criminal court, bonds being furnished almost immediately.
F. H. Ream spiritual director at the Helping Hand, which is near Lynch's saloon, took a deep interest in the case and furnished two eye witnesses to the attack on Ellingwood. Mr. Ream said later that he intended taking the matter before the police board. Ellingwood was a janitor at the Franklin Institute. He longed to go home to Boston. He saved his money and his brother furnished the balance to buy a ticket home. The ticket has never been recovered.
Labels: Boston, Helping Hand, immigrants, Judge Kyle, Main street, police court, saloon
March 5, 1908
TRACK MEET FOR CHILDREN.
Will Be Held in Convention Hall
Some Time in May.
A track meet to be held in Convention hall some time in May, in which the school children of Kansas City will participate, is now proposed for the benefit of the Public Play Grounds Association. The principals of sixteen of the Kansas City ward schools, accompanied by Superintendent J. M. Greenwood and Dr. Fred Berger, physical director of the public school, met at Convention hall at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon in conjunction with a committee of the play grounds association and discussed the feasibility of the plan.
Superintendent Greenwood was heartily in favor of the plan, and it was upon his suggestion that a committee of the principals will be named to work in conjunction with a committee of the play grounds association. Superintendent Greenwood will name a committee of five today or tomorrow.
The plan is to have the children of the public schools from the fifth to the seventh grades compete in this meet All kinds of races will be run, including the relay and the medicine ball. A similar plan has been successfully carried out in New York and Buffalo, and Martin Delaney, physical director at the Kansas City Athletic Club, believes that it may be just as successful here. One of the women principals who attended the meeting yesterday afternoon suggested that the girls should not be left out of the meet, and it is probable that they will be included in athletic sports of some kind. Prizes will be awarded in all the events, and in this manner it is believed that the considerable rivalry may be worked up between the various schools.
Labels: children, Convention Hall, Kansas City Athletic Club, New York, races, schools, sports, Superintendent Greenwood
March 5, 1908
WIDOW OF PIONEER DIES.
Mrs. Mary Egan Leaves Twenty-Two
Mrs. Mary Egan, widow of Thomas Egan, one of the pioneer residents of Kansas City, died last night at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John F. Ward, 3037 Main street. Mr. Egan died about three months ago.
Mrs. Egan was 70 years old and had lived in Kansas City for the last forty-five years. Her husband was interested in the building of the first street railway lines in Kansas City and was a prominent figure in the early days. She is survived by three daughters, twenty-two grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, every one of whom lives in Kansas City. The three daughters are Mrs. John F. Ward, Mrs. Michael Gormon and Mrs. John Gorman.
Labels: death, Main street, pioneers, streetcar
March 4, 1908
THOUGHT THEY HELD BOMBS.
Shopkeeper Summons Police to Take
Away Brakeman's Battered Grips.
Anarchist activities recently in Chicago inspired the household of Barbara Bapp, a confectioner at 2309 Holmes street, yesterday, to believe they were harboring bombs in two grips left there. Some unknown man asked to leave a disreputable looking suit case and satchel, and at dusk he hadn't come back. The more the Bapps thought about those prize packages the more firmly they became convinced that there were infernal machines inside. Touch them they would not, and the part of the store where they sat was deserted.
No. 4 police station was appealed to and Lieutenant Heydon sent out Patrolman Klusman to see about it. What he carried back to the station was a lot of wearing apparel belonging to a Missouri Pacific brakeman, including a cap, a large collection of slightly used decks of cards, presumably left on trains by players, and a personal supply of medicines and nostrums, none of them suggestive of any power to explode. From the letters it appears that the owner's name must be Will Nash.
Labels: anarchy, Chicago, Holmes street, No 4 police station, railroad, retailers
March 4, 1908
CLYDE TURNER IS
After Attacking Grandmother With
an Ax He Ran Away.
Clyde Turner has been returned to the home of his uncle, George Pack, in Eden park, a suburb of Independence. The boy has run away several times. This time he got as far as Lexington
Because of his queer actions two months ago several doctors performed an operation on him for abnormal development. The operation did not help the boy Yesterday Mr. Pack stated that the boy was liable to do anything at any time and he expected to send him to an asylum for the feeble minded. It is possible that the matter will be brought to the attention of the county court today.
Last Saturday the boy attacked his grandmother with an ax. Neighbors interfered and saved her from injury, and Clyde then ran away.
Labels: chidren, children, Independence, Lexington, mental health
March 4, 1908
WESTPORT CAR 'SPLIT' SWITCH.
At Thirteenth and Grand Avenue,
and Motorman Was Injured.
In a street car collision last night that wrecked the front vestibule of a southbound Fifteenth street car, Clarence Oliver, motorman, was stunned and, it was thought at the time, seriously injured.
The accident happened about 9:30 o'clock at Thirteenth street and Grand avenue. Oliver's car was going south on Grand avenue across the switches that turn into Thirteenth street when a northbound Westport car "split" the switch. That is, the switch refused to work, and the car that should have continued straight north on Grand avenue took the curve, and was thrown across the front of the Fifteenth street car. Dr. Will Inen, who attended Oliver at the University hospital, believe he sustained a slight concussion of the brain. Oliver lives with his family at 1803 Jackson avenue. None of the passengers on the car was hurt.
Labels: doctors, Fifteenth street, Grand avenue, Jackson avenue, streetcar, Thirteenth street, University hospital
March 4, 1908
MISS O'BRIEN SENDS APOLOGY.
M. S. U. Row Ends, but Did Miss
Craig Take a Bath?
COLUMBIA, MO., March 3. -- (Special.) Miss Agnes O'Brien of Independence, Mo., who was suspended a week from the state university for tearing an official bulletin and required to apologize to her physical instructor, Miss Florence Aldeen, announced to her friends today that she had signed an apology of her own wording and sent it to Miss Alden.
It is generally thought it will be accepted by the discipline committee, and that all the trouble will end immediately without a trial before the board of curators. This will end the university row that arose over the refusal of Miss Mary Craig to take a cold shower bath in the gymnasium.
Labels: Independence, University of Missouri
March 4, 1908
WHAT! JUDGE WALLACE RESIGN?
Not a Chance, According to His
Honor's Avowed Statement.
I have started on a work that I'm going to stick to until the end" said Judge Wallace last night, in answer to a question about the report circulated yesterday that he will resign if the supreme court decides against him in the application for a writ of prohibition, brought by the Kansas City theater managers.
"There's not a word of truth in it," continued Judge Wallace. "I haven't had the least idea in resigning -- not the least idea I don't know where such a report could have started."
"Then the decision of the supreme court will have no affect on your decision to continue the Sunday closing crusade?"
"Not the slightest. Whichever way the court decides, the work will be kept up just the same."
Labels: Judge Wallace, theater
March 4, 1908
MISS O'BRIEN SENDS APOLOGY.
M. S. U. Row Ends, but Did Miss
Craig Take a Bath?.
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March 3, 1908
YOUNG WOMAN STABBED.
Miss Helen Wright the Victim of a
Mysterious Night Attack.
As Miss Helen Wright stepped onto the back porch of the home of Dr. Ralph Shiras, 1404 East Tenth street, part of which she occupies with her mother, Mrs. C. J. Wright, about 11 o'clock last night to let a dog out, she was suddenly seized by the throat by a man who choked her, threw her against the wall and to the ground. She called for help, and as she did so the man drew a knife, stabbed her in the neck and fled.
Miss Wright managed to rise to her feet and stagger into the house, where she met her mother at the door.
"I've been stabbed," she cried, and sank into her mother's arms. She was laid on the sofa and Dr. Shiras, who is a physician at the county hospital and a police ambulance surgeon at the emergency hospital, was called to attend her. A neighbor heard the cries for help of Miss Wright, and saw her assailant running down the alley toward Lydia avenue. He pursued, but was unable to overtake him, although he got a fairly good description of him. According to his description, and that of Miss Wright, the would-be assassin was tall, wore a long black overcoat, a stiff black hat, and had dark hair. Neither was able to get a look at his face, and neither know whether he was white or black.
City detectives were summoned and were at work on the case before midnight. There is one clue which is plausible, in their belief, and the only one which casts any light on the affair. This is that Miss Wright might have been taken for another woman.
Miss Wright's wound is not serious. The blade of her assailant's knife partly severed a small artery in her neck, but the promptness with which her wound was dressed prevented much loss of blood.
Labels: doctors, Lydia avenue, Tenth street, violence
March 3, 1908
TOO FREE WITH HIS PENCIL.
Four Years in Prison for Boy Who
Forged a Note.
"Please give Izzie 75 cents for the coat. Give him not less than 50 cents."
The name of Izzie's mother was on this note, addressed to a pawnbroker, but Izzie wrote the note himself. Izzie is hardly out of the swaddling clothes, but he had a weakness for doing little things in violation of the Missouri statutes. Some months ago he forged a check for $28. For this offense he was sentenced to four years in the reform school. Judge McCune paroled him, but when Izzie was hauled before his honor yesterday the old penalty was assessed. Both the father and mother of Izzie (their name is Miller, by the way) averred that Mrs. Miller really wrote the note, but the judge would not believe them.
Labels: children, forgery, Judge McCune, pawn brokers, reform school
March 3, 1908
CAR WRECKS A HOSE WAGON.
No. 3 of Kansas City, Kas., Is Struck
and Firemen Are Hurt.
While making a quick turn in a run to a fire at 1452 and 1454 Kansas avenue, Armourdale, at 10 o'clock last night, the hose wagon of No. 3 fire company was struck by a car at Fifth street and Kansas avenue and was completely demolished. Lieutenant Harry Powers, Edward Seers, Roy Broadhurst and Frank Hill of the company, riding on the wagon, were thrown violently to the pavement, each receiving slight injuries. The front end of the car was shattered by the wagon as the horses, running at full speed, tried to avoid a collision. The animals were not injured.
On account of the disabling of No. 3 hose company by the crash the fire in the two cottages belonging to Henry Zimmers at the numbers mentioned was allowed to burn unchecked until a company had arrived from fire headquarters. Even then it was necessary to lay 2,350 feet of hose from the nearest fire plug in order to get the stream within working distance. Both cottages were total losses. The damage is estimated at about $3,500.
Labels: Armourdale, automobiles, Fire
March 2, 1908
CIGAR GIRL TALKS
OF MARRIED BLISS.
DOESN'T SEE MUCH EVIDENCE
OF IT AMONG MEN.
Her Opinion Is That the Long Green
Does It, Whiskers or No Whis-
kers, and She Is Not
Dodging the Issue.
"This isn't a cigar store, it's a confidential station," said the lady who spends the day selling clear Havanas for straight 10 and some for a quarter. "No, this is the place where a man comes up and spends one minute in purchasing a rope and then lets go of his secrets for the next ten.
"See that man there, the one who just left the counter? Well, that fellow has been drinking so much that corn juice is beginning to ooze out of his face. He insists on telling me how good he is when sober. Of course, I have to take his word for it.
"A lot of people wonder why I don't nab some of these human prize packages and take up the tranquil life in a four-room flat. Well, if they heard as many of these hard-luck matrimonial narratives as I do, it wouldn't take 'em long to understand why I play single and look satisfied.
"One of my regular customers has been married for five years. He tells me on the strict level that he would rather go to the pen for five years than to take another woman with the same disposition as his wife.
"Another man asked me if I didn't think $50 for a woman's hat was unreasonable. I told him that I could wear a different hat every day in the week for $50 and look like a class A type at that. Just what I thought, said the man with the millinery troubles. Some wives who never had to earn their own living don't know the A B C's of economy.
"I get an earful every day on domestic complications and I have observed that these difficulties generally arise in the case of a pair of doves who couldn't see life with a field glass unless they were both harnessed on the same limb. I don't want to appear pessimistic. I think that matrimonial negotiations is the finish. It's like getting your teeth filled. It may be painful, but you're just up against it.
"As for sentimental orthography, however, that's a brand that finds no place in my diary. Just between you and me (I'll hand out a little cross-your-heart talk myself now) I intend to hook up to a live one some of these days. It will be on a commercial basis with scientific auxiliaries. I want a man about ten years older than I am which means, of course, that his mental faculties will be well developed. He will also be tamed by that time. It doesn't matter whether he has long whisker or whether he eats rice pudding with his knife, just so as he can listen to reason and has a bale of long green to keep the grocer, the dressmaker, the dress maker and the headgear lady from getting peevish between the 1st and 10th of the month. When that specimen comes along at the psychological moment I'm going to put on my affinity manners, and when he springs those divine words you can see our little soul sister batting out the longest home run ever recorded in these parts.
"If you have anything of that description in your form chart," concluded the cigar lady, "just put me in the running as the one best bet."
Labels: cigars, marriage, romance
March 1, 1908
MET THE DEATH
HE HAD FEARED.
WILLIAM BRENNAN IS CRUSHED
BETWEEN STREET CARS.
YEARS WITH THE
WAS SUPERINTENDENT OF FIF-
TEENTH STREET LINE.
Caught Between Two Cars at Fif-
teenth and Prospect While Mak-
ing a Coupling -- Death
Meeting the death which he daily feared during the twenty years of service for the Metropolitan Street Railway Company, William Brennan, division superintendent for the Fifteenth street line, was crushed to death between two cars at Fifteenth street and Prospect avenue about 7 o'clock last night, while making a coupling.
After the rush hour the trailers are taken from the cars at Fifteenth street and Prospect avenue, and in strings of two or three are hauled to the barn by a work bar. One trailer had already been coupled to the work car by Brennan and a negro assistant and Brennan was stooping over working with the rear coupler when the second trailer struck him. His breast bone was crushed and he lived only about fifteen minutes after the accident.
It was no part of Brennan's regular duties to assist in coupling the trailers to the work car, the negro who was helping him being employed for that purpose. But in order to keep the lines in his division clear, he frequently took charge of the work in order to hurry it and get the trailers out of the way as quickly as possible.
The cars with which Brennan was working were empty, and there was no one to warn him of the danger, the negro being on the rear end of the second trailer and not seeing Brennan's plight in time to cry out.
It was said last night at Brennan's home, 3815 Dixon avenue, that ever since he began work for the Metropolitan Street Railway Company twenty years ago as a gripman he had feared that he would meet his death in a street car accident.
"He aways said that he was going to die while at work, and I have been afraid for him every day while he has been on duty," said the widow, Mrs. Mary Brennan, last night. But when he was promoted to be assistant division superintendent and didn't have to be on the cars all the time I hoped that the danger was over."
Mr. Brennan had been division superintendent for four years, and was known as one of the hardest working men in the street railway company's employ. He was 50 years old, and leaves a widow and three children, May, Queen, and Harvey. The coroner took charge of the body, and ordered it taken to O'Donnell's undertaking rooms.
Labels: accident, death, Fifteenth street, Metropolitan Street Railway Company, Prospect avenue, streetcar, undertakers
March 1, 1908
KINDLY HOLD-UP MEN, THESE.
They Wouldn't Take Michael Doo-
dy's 15 Cents.
Michael Doody, a laborer of 904 Riverview avenue, of Kansas City, Kas., was held up by two men between Mill and Ninth streets on Riverview avenue at 12 o'clock last night. The two men stopped Doody on his way home. One of them drew a revolver and demanded his money. Doody produced, but it was only 15 cents and the generous holdup men wouldn't take that. Instead, they marched Doody to his door, and made him go inside. All of which he was more than glad to do. After he was sure that the holdup men had escaped he notified the police of his experience.
Labels: crime, Kansas City Kas, laborer
March 1, 1908
WOMAN DRINKS CARBOLIC ACID.
Mrs. J. T. Woodford Was in Ill
Health and Despondent.
Mrs. J. T. Woodward, 50 years old, the wife of J. T. Woodford, formerly an elevator man at the city hall, drank a half ounce of carbolic acid at her home, 1121 Harrison street, about 6 o'clock yesterday evening. A call for a physician was sent to the emergency hospital from this address at 10:20 o'clock last night. Dr. R. A. Shiras answered the call and found Mrs. Woodford in a semi-comatose condition from the effect of the acid. She was revived and may recover.
Woodford had not called in a physician before he sent the call to the emergency hospital. He told Dr. Shiras that he had not thought it necessary, knowing that his wife had swallowed only a half an ounce of the liquid. He thought that she would recover without the assistance of a physician, And he would thus escape the notoriety.
Mrs. Woodford is said to have been despondent and in ill health.
Labels: city hall, emergency hospital, Harrison street, health, poison, Suicide
March 1, 1908
BIRTHDAYS ARE FAR BETWEEN.
Egbert Hunter, Sixteen Years of Age,
Celebrates His Third.
Although 16 years old, Egbert Hunter of 820 East Eighth street, celebrated his third birthday yesterday. Egbert had the fortune or misfortune to be born on the twenty-ninth day of February, 1892, a leap year, and, as a child, birthday parties were unknown to him. His second birthday occurred February 29, 1904, and he was given a big birthday party then that more than made up for those lost in previous years. He had grown four years older since his last birthday and now, at the age of 16, a birthday party would have been unseemly, so Roy A. Michael, his manual training teacher at the Lathrop school, and his class mates, gave him a theater party last night at the Auditorium.
Labels: birthdays, children, Eighth street, schools, theater
March 1, 1908
ROSES BEGIN TO BUD.
Leaves on Shade Tree Also Indicate
Approach of Spring.
Occasional frosts are keeping fruit trees back, but flowering bushes are in peril. Most roses are already budding, and along the lines of the stret cars shade trees are throwing out their leaves. One, at Seventeenth and Troost, has leaves measuring an inch across. Horticulturists say that while the flowers are almost certain to be destroyed by frosts sure to come, fruit trees may not be advanced far enough to get where the frost can reach them.
Labels: flowers, Seventeenth street, streetcar, Troost avenue, weather
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