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September 20, 1908


Got a Bruised Head for Interfering
With a Farmer.

A. R. Young, an employe at the Fulton transfer barn, 121 East Fourth street, last night was standing in front of the barn when a farmer boy rode up on a horse. The boy's father at once flew into him and began to whip him severely for riding the horse.

After the farmer had finished whipping the boy he attempted to handle the horse, which made some objections. Then he began whipping the horse. At that juncture Young took a hand and stated in stentorian tones what he intended to do. Just then something happened. A half brick was cast through the air. It may have been aimlessly or otherwise but nevertheless Young stopped it with the upper, southeast corner of his head. A gash several inches in length and a bump the size of a baseball was the result. Dr. J. Park Neal attended Young at the emergency hospital.

"Do you know who hit you?" the doctor asked Young.

"I don't know his name, no, but I know the man by sight. I am making no howl for police protection. All I have got to say is, hold this dump in readiness for an ambulance call at an early date. I have been slugged, ruthlessly pasted by a member of the horny headed Romanry and---"

"You mean horny handed yoemanry, don't you?" was asked.

"Maybe so. Anyway I was close. 'Get even' is to be the password from now on so clean up this place and get ready for work."

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September 20, 1908


Independence Has Made Preparations
for a Gala Week.

Independence is to have its third annual fair beginning next Tuesday and continuing for the balance of the week. There will be something doing every minute as plenty of special attractions are provided. The judging of stock etc., will be done in the forenoon and the afternoon will be occupied with harness and running races, to be followed by an airship flight by Charles Strobel of Toledo. He promises to make the flight from Independence to Kansas City if favorable weather prevails.

The grounds cover fifty acres and the seating capacity for the races is 6,000. While the fair is promoted by Independence people and is called the Independence fair it is generally looked on as a Jackson county fair.

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September 19, 1908



Flats Beat Residence Property, Too,
Because They Save Housewife's
Health, With Many Con-
veniences Thrown In.

Cheapness of building materials during the last two months has prompted a large number of persons to erect houses, for rent and for homes. According to the figures of one real estate firm the building for September and August is about double what it was for the same months in 1907. Lumber, glass, mortar and brick have all been unusually cheap, lumber especially. Labor has been easy to get and the price of good workmanship has been uniform and not too high. As a result there are many houses being built in the southern and eastern portion of the city.

The regular fall hunt for houses and suitable flats began a week ago, and while most of the desirable flats have been filled by this time there remain many tenable houses. The flat is growing in popularity in Kansas City, according to real estate dealers. In the summer time people who rent houses wish to go away for vacations, and many of them stay as long as one or two months. To be the tenant of a house while on an extended vacation is a hardship upon many and so they prefer to rent flats which can be vacated without any expense.

Many persons have found the flat to be the most convenient kind of residence in the winter. Heat is usually furnished, as is janitor service and light. For this reason those who have to rent or prefer to do so choose the flat or the family hotel.

The family hotel is gaining in popularity with the well-to-do class. There is no heavy work for the housewife and then there are many in the hotel, which gives ample opportunity for gossip. Many of these buildings are being erected in the south part of the city and in most cases every room in them has been leased before the work on the building was fairly begun.

The real estate market is just holding its own. The fall months are not considered the best months in the year for sale of residence property, though many farms and acre tracts change hands after the season's crops have been gathered. Business property does not fluctuate to a great extent in the fall or winter months. No important sales of that class of property have been made of late.

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September 19, 1908


Took Four Policemen to Arrest Two
Greeks Wanted in Chicago.

Nicholas Antonopolus and James Anton, Greeks, were arrested yesterday afternoon by Detectives Gent and Wilson and Patrolmen M. Sheehan and Peter Douglas and taken to the Southwest boulevard police station and locked up for investigation. The men are wanted in Chicago, where they are alleged to have embezzled various amounts from creditors. The largest debt is for $600. The police say they were in the grocery business in Chicago until a week ago, when they came to this city and engaged rooms at 1310 West Twenty-fifth street. Requisition papers have been applied for.

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September 19, 1908


Nothing but Girls, Young Ones, in
the Spectacle to Be Given
by the Y. W. C. A.

Gaudy-colored posters in the quiet lunch room of the Y. W. C. A. will next week announce the first of the series of jolly evening planned by that organization for its members. October 1 has been decided upon as the rally day for both the educational departments and the gymnasium, and in place of the usual routine speeches there will be a parade in the gymnasium. It will combine humor, instruction, and beauty. For a few days prior to that eventful night the youngsters will look in vain for their Irish Mail wagons, their coasters and their tricycle automobiles, for these are to be the foundations of the floats.

The pageant will be headed by a band in uniform. This band will render at least three selections. Old horns, jews harps, fine and course tooth combs and all sorts of wonderful instruments are being collected and the band members have promised to rehearse their repertoire before their engagement. The lights in the gymnasium will all be extinguished that the effect of the floats may not be lost. Ahead of each float will march two dominoed torch bearers and the floats will be ablaze with lanterns and candles.

The subject of the floats is still a mystery. "Jackson" will be on hand and will distribute souvenirs indiscriminately. No one need to subscribe anything to obtain them. Each float will throw out handfuls of circulars advertising the department it represents. The gymnasium is to have two floats and promised something unique. The pottery and metal workers are going to show something beautiful in the way of their handicraft. The lunch room, the cooking department, the sewing, the millinery, the extension and language departments will all be represented, and even the dignified members of the Bible classes have promised to march in cap and gown.

A cordial invitation is being extended to everybody except the men.

Kansas City's Y. W. C. A. now stands sixth in the United States in point of membership, and it is said that a large percentage of this number has been gained through the good times originated by the various committees. A large number was also gained through the membership campaign of last year when the organization divided into two bodies and held a war of roses. A campaign for new members will be held again this year, but it will be along different lines and promises to be even more unique.

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September 18, 1908


M. M. Sweetman's Book Tells Some
Queer Things About Kansas City.

At the meeting of the Manufacturer's and Merchants' Association last night, M. M. Sweetman said that he had been induced to subscribe for an Eastern publication on the representation that with a little added money from the regular subscription list an atlas of the United States, accurate and complete to date, would be furnished.

"Consider my surprise," said Mr. Sweetman, "upon receiving the atlas and perusing the pages. I found Kansas City credited with 163,000 population, that it had four public parks and that the Missouri river is a bee hive of navigation, and hundreds of steamers dot its placid waters at Kansas City."

"What did you do?" asked a member.

"I wrote to the publishers to return my money or I would have them arrested for false pretenses," replied Sweetman.


September 18, 1908



Eight Days Will Be Consumed in
Making the Return Trip.
Rules Governing the Start.
The forty-one entries in the automobile touring contest were assigned places last night at a meeting of the Automobile Club at the Coates house. The first car to start on the tour will be the pilot car carrying W. G Coumbe and H. G. Blakely, officials in charge of the tour. The car, which will be a six-cylinder Stevens-Duryea, will leave the north end of the lake in Penn Valley park shortly before 7 o'clock tomorrow morning. The other cars will follow each other at intervals of two minutes, the first entrant leaving Penn Valley park at 7 o'clock.

It was given out at the meeting last night that every entrant must make out a report of the condition of his car at the start. The club will furnish two blank reports to each entrant. It is presumed that all cars will be in good condition when starting, but if there be some defect the report must be made before the start in order for the entrant to be able to avoid the starting defect as a penalty in the course. The second blank must be filled out and carried on the tour until taken up by the committee in the official car.

The tour will be to Oklahoma City, Ok., and will extend over a period of eight days. Many of the entrance have announced their desire to take friends and members of their family with them. Each entrant must make out a list of all who will ride in his car and leave one copy of the list with the officials at the start and give the other copy to the committee en route.

The following is the official list of the entrants:

1. Official car.....Stevens-Duryea
2. J. F. Moriarty.....Stevens-Duryea
3. D. B. Munger.....Peerless
4. H. E. Rooklidge.....White Steamer
5. Winfield Demon.....White Steamer
6. A. C. Wurmser.....National
7. C. A. Muehlebach.....Pope-Hartford
8. P. C. Rickey.....Stevens-Duryea
9. W. L. Walls.....Studebaker
10. H. G. Kirkland.....Overland
11. Frank E. Lott.....Premier
12. E. H. Jones.....Maxwell
13. Fletcher Cowherd, Jr. .....Corbin
14. C. J. Simons.....Maxwell
15. E. P. Moriarty.....Chalmers-Detroit
16. R. C. Greenlease.....Cadillac
17. W. S. Hathaway.....Maxwell
18. H. E. Rooklidge.....Reo
19. H. E. Rooklidge.....Premier
20. E. P. Moriarty.....Chalmers-Detroit
21. T. C. Brown.....Peerless
22. Charles B. Merrill.....Moon
23. J. F. Moriarty.....Chalmers-Detroit
24. Frank Woodward.....Knox
25. E. P. Moriarty.....Chalmers-Detroit
26. Frank Woodward.....Knox
27. W. S. Hathaway.....Maxwell
28. H. F. Wirth.....Buick
29. E. P. Moriarty.....Chalmers-Detroit
30. H. G. Kirkland.....Brush
31. J. E. Anderson.....Rambler
32. George Hawes.....Stoddard-Dayton
33. H. F. Gleason.....Gleason
34. A. O. Hunsacker.....Acme
35. Charles Norris.....Ford
36. C. A. Boyd.....Ford
37. L. A. Robertson.....Franklin
38. C. F. Ettwein.....The K. C. Wonder
39. Frank Woodward.....Knox
40. G. W. Graham.....Stoddard-Dayton
41. T. B. Funk....Ford

The rules governing the course of the tour will be furnished each entrant at the start.

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September 18, 1908


Was in Business on Grand Avenue for
Forty Years.

Eli W. Fish, who, since 1867 until last year, conducted his feed and grain business at 1418 Grand avenue, died yesterday afternoon at his home, 3228 Euclid avenue, after an illness of over a year.

Mr. Fish was born in Bedford, Ind., in 1843 and passed his youth on a farm. He was one of sixteen children, many of whom are still living. At the age of 18 years, in 1861, the young man joined the Eighteenth Indiana infantry and marched away to war. He fought in many engagements and afterwards transferred to the Fourth Indiana cavalry.

After four years of service he was mustered out and returned to Bedford to marry a girl from his native town. He then moved to Des Moines, Ia., and engaged in the gain and feed business, but in 1867 moved to this city and took up his quarters where his business stood for the next forty years. The sign which he had displayed, a large fish, is known to many residents of the city. For many year she lived in the rooms above his place of business on Grand avenue, but several years ago he moved into the south side.

Mrs. Fish died seven years ago. A daughter, Mrs. Clint Schley, lives at 3228 Euclid avenue, where Mr. Fish had made his home for several years. A son, Philip C. fish, an electrician, also lives in this city. Mr. Fish was a Republican in politics and was a candidate for the office of county marshal in 1894.

The funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the home. Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery.

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September 18, 1908


For the First Time, Although He's
Been Coming Here 25 Years.

James O'Neill, the veteran actor, who is appearing at the Willis Wood theater this week, has been coming to Kansas City for something like twenty-five years. He even recalls that his first appearance here was during the boom days, when he invested in several pieces of property for speculative purposes. That he was successful in his speculations is not particularly pertinent, but during the twenty-five years he had never had a more extensive view of the city than that which was necessitated through his daily trips from his hotel to the theater.

Yesterday, accompanied by George R. Collins, an old friend, Mr. O'Neill rode over the boulevards and through the parks of the city. It was a revelation to him.

"I was absolutely astonished," he said last night immediately after the last act of the "Abbe Bonaparte." "The cliff drive, particularly, is a thing of remarkable beauty. It reminds me very much of the Palisades in New York. There is something about the boulevards and parks, and again I say particularly the cliff drive, that relieves one of that feeling of the 'made' drive. By that I mean the boulevards and parks that are literally constructed."

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September 18, 1908


Only It's Small Enough to Be Shown
in Window.

High above the autumn flowers it sailed, an exact miniature of the famous aeroplane, which, under the guidance of its inventor, Orville Wright, made so splendid a record at Fort Myer. The "demonstration ground" in this instance was the front window of the store of the William L. Rock Flower Company, 1116 Walnut street, and the aeroplane, although perfect to the last detail, measures only six feet in width. It was secured by William L. Rock while on his recent trip to the East. The great interest in the future of aviation taken by people of all walks of life caused the tiny aeroplane to be widely commented upon.

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September 18, 1908


Tilt in Independence Court Room
Over a Depreciatory Remark.
Apologies Accepted.

The dodging qualifications of George P. Norton, an attorney, and his ability to come up smiling with an apology when Judge C. E. Moss threw a stand of ink at his head in the county court room at Independence yesterday, won him a railway franchise from the court. Judge Moss appeared pleased when Norton explained, and, as the county seat was known to favor the granting of the franchise, he gave it his sanction.

"There is little sense in what you say," was the remark of the attorney which riled the judge. He acted in a jiffy and bystanders were bespattered when the jar of ink struck a court rom bench right where Norton had been standing.

Judge Moss was questioning Attorney Norton relative to a clause in the franchise for for the Kansas City and Eastern Electric railway, pending in the court. He had asked him who was backing the enterprise. He wished to know if it was financially able to carry through the terms of the franchise and this nettled the attorney cosiderably. Then Judge Moss stated that he objected to a clause which was not binding the company to operate the road within three years.

Norton came up serenely with an apology to the court for his remark. Then Judge Moss, not to be outdone in courtesy, accepted the apology given and framed one for Mr. Norton and it was accepted. Judge Dodd smiled and really seemed tickled. The business of the court was taken up again and the franchise was granted to cross country roads between the limits of Kansas City and Lee's Summit. The right of way, already secured, touches the country farm and a rich farming territory.

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September 17, 1908


Expert Will Make an Effort to Clear
Out the Pest.

Ferrets are to be employed by the health and hospital authorities in exterminating the numerous rats which infest the old hospital building. Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., yesterday issued an order directing the purchase of ferrets to be used at the hospital.

Patients in the wards have been attacked by rats and bitten before the nurses could scare them away. After dark the nurses are afraid to enter the wards on account of the pests.

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September 17, 1908


There's a Scarcity of the Good Article
in the Orient.

Here's bad news for the tea party ladies. The price of Japan tea will be higher this year than it has ever been before. To be sure, the low grade teas may be cheap, cheaper later on than ever before, but the good cupping teas -- the quality tea -- is scarce, according to Dudley Warner of Tokio, the representative of a Japanese tea manufactory who was her last night.

Mr. Warner explained just why this condition would obtain. He says that the Japanese farmer has been devoting more and more of his attention to the silk culture and has neglected the tender tea shrub. Consequently, the tea farmer is asking more for tea.

"The situation is not at all encouraging," Mr. Warner said. "If, because of the high price of good Japanese cupping teas, the consumers go on drinking the Ceylon tea, they will never go back to the light liquoring tea of Japan. The Ceylon teas are fermented before firing and the taste, once acquired, is lasting. This condition will assist the tea farmers of Ceylon, Java and China to get into the American market. Heretofore, the United States has taken 75 per cent of the Japanese production. Now Java is growing tea, and the coffee tree is becoming an exception.

Mr. Warner arrived in San Francisco a week ago on the steamship Siberia, direct from Tokio. He is an experienced tea man, having spent several years in the Orient. He is tester and buyer for a large tea firm of Tokio.

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September 17, 1908


Boys and Girls Throng Union Depot
on Their Way to School.

If there is one time of the year which is thoroughly enjoyed by the "redcaps" at the Union depot it is the beginning of fall when students start collegeward. Last night the old station and the trainshed were thronged with young men and women, and there were many amusing sights.

The rah-rah boy took his parting form home ties and home friends with a smile and thoughts of the greetings he was was to get from the "fellows" back at school. All through the station could be heard the call of some fraternity man as he whistled a mysterious bar or so, and the joyful answer might come from two or three places in the trainshed.

Not so the girl. Her eyes were bright, but there was a definite trace of tears therein. She stood long upon the car steps, even until the train had passed from the shed, waving her farewell. Not infrequent were the demonstrations of affection which the youths had hoped would pass off for brother and sister love, but the wise "redcaps" had seen too much of that kind of affection and could not be fooled.

"Talk about your spooning parlors," remarked Lee Mitchell, depot master, "what is the use of starting them in churches? Let the lovelorn ones come down here. It's lots safer and less embarrassing, especially at night."

A few minutes after Mr. Mitchell had voiced his opinion, the lights in the tarnished wen tout and all was dark except the shafts of light made from the engine headlights.

"Now, what did I tell you?" he laughed.

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September 17, 1908


Kansas City Friends of Governor
Organize in His Behalf.

The Folk-for-senator club was organized in the offices of Judge E. P. Gates, Scarritt building, yesterday and the following officers elected: President Judge E. P. Gates; vice presidents, E. L. Scarritt and J. B. Sampson; treasurer, Walton H. Holmes; secretary, Arthur F. Jacoby; chairman executive committe, F. P. Walsh.

The club offices, in the Scarritt building arcade, will be opened today and kept open until after the election. It is the intention of the organization to exert every influence to bring about the election of Governor Folk for senator, and to accomplish this will hold meetings in almost every city and villiage in the state.

During the meeting yesterday about forty were in attendance and marked enthusiasm was shown

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September 17, 1908


Said a Written Complaint Received
by Police Board.

A combination of howling dogs, rolling beer kegs and talking men has been annoying residents in the vicinity of Fifteenth street and Baltimore avenue so much of late that complaint was made by two members of the police board yesterday. The complaint was written on post cards and somewhat unique.

"You ought to send someone around here to shoot them howling dogs," it began. "They talk loud and curse all the time and roll beer kegs down the street late in the night. Such men ought to be arrested."

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September 16, 1908



Principals Want Something Done to
Make the Enrollment Stationary.
Must Plan Uniform Sys-
tem of Working.

With three large high schools from which to choose a course of study, the Kansas City boys who go to high school for the fun that there is in it, are working a little scheme that will sooner or later be nipped in the bud by the school principals or superintendents. These boys are making the rounds of the schools hunting for the "soft snaps" in the way of simple subjects and "easy" teachers. Those who were considered failures at the Manual Training high school last year and who thought that faculty had it in for them because the teachers objected to loafing, are registered at the Westport high or at the Central school. Failures from Central used to go to Manual and Manual failures went to Central. Now there are three faculties to work and the transferring scheme is in full swing.

"Boys of high school age are pretty smart fellows," Superintendent J. M. Greenwood said yesterday, "and they know how and where to work their schemes for easy study. Many of them have made the rounds of the high schools, looking over the ground. In a large high school it takes a year for them to be found out. And when they are discovered they move on. We have three large high schools now, and that means three years of easy times to them."

Superintendent Greenwood believes that the time is coming when the city will have to be districted as to manual training high schools and that this year something may have to be done in the transferring of teachers. Westport high school has a faculty of only forty-three teachers while the Manual Training high school has more than seventy. The Central high school, being purely academic, will won't be taken into account.

Even the principals are beginning to feel that something will have to be done to make the schools stationary as to enrollment. Principal E. D. Phillips of the Manual Training high school said yesterday that the present system of allowing pupils to attend any school they please will place the principals in embarrassing positions. If a principal prepares for 1,400 or 1,500 students and the enrollment falls short, it means that his teaching force, for the sake of economy, must be curtailed. On the other hand if he prepares for a small number of pupils and 1,400 or more enroll he will need extra teachers when it is too late to obtain them.

"The whole trouble," says Superintendent Greenwood, "is that the high schools are working too independently of each other and this winter the superintendents are going to get together and plan a uniform system of working and a uniform course of study."

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September 16, 1908


Charles Passantino, Boy, Went to
Sleep and Was Overlooked.

Charles Passantino, a 10-year-old boy who lives at 217 East Sixth street, woke up at 10 o'clock last night in a cheap theater near Seventh and Main streets and found that the show was over and that everyone had gone home. The lights were all out and the doors were locked.

Charles yelled. He received no answer and finally got up nerve enough to grope his way into the vestibule, from where he could look out on the street.

He attracted the attention of a passerby, who sent word to police headquarters of the boy's plight.

When Patrolman J. W. Welch arrived he found J. C. Welleford, and inspector for the Missouri District Telegraph company, tugging at a large sign reading, "Matinee today, 2:30 and 3:30 p. m." When the sign was removed a good size ticket window was exposed to view. Charles got into the ticket office by smashing the glass door and turning a lock. He stepped onto a chair in front of the ticket window and was pulled out.

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September 16, 1908


Mayor Announces That It Can Be
Done at Cost of $10,000,000.

The old plan of diverting the channel of the Kaw river, advanced several times since it was outlined in the report of the Stickney board of engineers, is to be taken up by the Kaw river flood abatement congress. Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., at a meeting of the executive committee in the Commercial Club rooms yesterday, announced that Ira G. Hedrick had for some time been working on such a plan, and that it would cost about $10,000,000, the money, proposed by the mayor, to be collected by a tax on land and by contributions from the industries protected.

Mr. Hedrick will attend the next meeting and outline the plan in detail. Mr. J. Hedrick will also be called into consultation with an expert dyke engineer, to be employed by the congress at a cost of $1,000. The employing of such an engineer was recommended by E. R. Crutcher, chairman of the committee on engineering.

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September 15, 1908


No, Biscuit, Said the Cook, and
Slashed Off Waiter's Fingers.

Following a dispute as to whether a sandwich should be made out of biscuit or bread, John H. Koester, 24 years old, a waiter in a restaurant at Twelfth and Mulberry streets, was struck with a butcher knife by James Dalton, a cook, and lost the third and fourth fingers of his left hand last midnight. He was taken to the emergency hospital, where Dr. Ford B. Rogers dressed the wound and Dalton was locked up at the St. Louis avenue police station. Koester lives at 810 East Tenth street, but his home is in Chicago. The cook contended that biscuit was the proper planking for the sandwich; the waiter contended for bread.

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September 15, 1908


Round Trip Is Being Made by Couple
in an Automobile.

Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Snavley of Baltimore, Md., passed through the city yesterday on their return trip from Denver to their home city in an automobile. The trip from Baltimore to the Colorado city, running at the rate of fifteen hours daily, consumed exactly three weeks. They expect to make better time on the return journey.

Mrs. Snavly, who is an expert driver, is in charge of the car, while her husband is acting in the capacity of mechanic. The car before starting was specially equipped for the trip, and during its stop here attracted not a little attention. The interior of the tonneau is fitted with sleeping bunks and everything else necessary for a trip of the character, is to be found therein.

Mrs. Snavley was not backward in expressing her opinion on many stretches of bad road in this and other states. She said, however, that the roads of Kansas were the best encountered. The couple left last night for Independence, where they have friends, and it is expected they will leave for St. Louis today.

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September 15, 1908


Sorceress Is Said to Be at Work Near
Eighteenth and Flora.

Considerable excitement has been caused in the negro colony adjacent to Eighteenth street and Flora avenue because of the alleged attempt on the part of unknown persons to cast a voodoo over the dwellings of many families. Yesterday afternoon a crowd of negroes gave chase to a woman thought to be responsible for the work, but she disappeared before being overtaken. The woman, who is well advanced in age, is said by the negroes to have come here from the South, for the express purpose of casting the voodoo.

The voodoo, according to the superstitious belief of the older class of negroes, is brought about by a mixture of vinegar, sale and sugar with an equal portion of a hog's internal organs. This combination, according to belief, if splattered on the front door of a house will bring about the voodoo, and bad luck will thereafter follow every member of the family.

Several doors in the negro district are said to have been smeared lately, but every effort to detect the guilty persons at work has proved unsuccessful.

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September 15, 1908


Business Men Make Plans From Bal-
timore to McGee.

If the plans of the men representing the business houses on Eleventh street, between McGee street and Baltimore avenue, materialize, Eleveth street within those limits will be the mo st artistically lighted street in Kansas City. A committee of six of these business men met at the Hotel Baltimore last night and discussed the plans. They will meet again next Monday at 12:15 o'clock at the Hotel Baltimore when plans and bids will be submitted.

There being an absence of poles on Eleventh street, a different plan from that which obtains in other districts is necessitated. The committee is unanimous in the belief that there must be a uniformity in the lighting of htis street, and that the lights must be artistic. From the discussion last night it is probable that a combined light and pole will be secured at a cost of not less than $50 each. It is estimated that there should be no fewer than three lights on each side of the street.

These men were in the conference last night: C. C. Peters of Emery, Bird, Thayer & Co.,; H. C. Lambert, president of the German-American bank; D. M. Bone, secretary of the Business Mens's League; C. M. Boley, John D. Howe, secretary and treasurer of the Robert Keith Furniture Company, and J. W. Wagner.

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September 14, 1908


Residents Near Fifteenth and Paseo
Amazed When They Saw It.

Scores of people on the Paseo yesterday afternoon stopped in amazement at Fifteenth street to admire the rainbow fountain, the rehabilitation of which was completed Saturday, and the water turned on for the first time yesterday. There is not much of the beautiful or artistic about the fountain, but twenty sprays of water sent from as many pipes afforded much delight to the children.

The sprays are arranged in a circle about the fountain, there being fifteen on the outer rim, four in the center and one on top, all throwing water toward the center.

The sun shining upon the water brings out the colors of the prism, hence the name, "rainbow fountain." This is the old cement pile, completed years ago, which, owing to a miscalculation on the architect's part, was never used. It was found that the quantity of water required to play the fountain would drain the water pipes in that section of the city. The pipes were recently replaced by smaller ones, and the fountain can be used, at least once in a while now without bankrupting the city or cutting off the water supply from the surrounding homes.

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September 14, 1908


Boys Were Drinking It and Police
Arrested the Proprietor.

A letter sent to the chief of police yesteday morning was responsible for the arrest of John Swartz, 209 Independence avenue, a dealer in ice cream on week days. The letter said that there was gambling and selling of liquor going on in the place every Sunday, and that it was a breeding place for vice and crime in the youths of the neighborhood.

Patrolmen E. L. Martin and W. G. Cox, in plain clothes, were dispatched to the place by Captain Walter Whitsett late yesterday afternoon. When the officers raided the place they found seven boys in the store. Some of them were engaged in playing cards and all of the young men were drinking beer. The police confiscated a case of beer and two quarts of whisky. Swartz was held and the witnesses were told to be in police court this morning.

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September 14, 1908


Miss Okajima Entertained Members
of the Y. W. C. A. Yesterday.

Many Japanese and English songs were sung by Miss Okajima, a young woman from Japan, at the Y. W. C. A. rooms on Baltimore avenue yesterday afternoon. Miss Okajima sang for almost an hour and then to the group of admiring young women around her she told stories of Japanese life and of the curious customs observed in her country.

That Japan has taken rapid steps forward by enlightenment and Christianity within the last ten years was championed by the young woman most sturdily, and it is her opinion that a great deal of such advancement comes from the United States. She says that her government is apt to look upon ours as a model and that Japan holds this country in high esteem.

Those who heard Miss Okajima sing declared that she had a remarkably sweet voice with a great range of tone. Some of the renditions were from the old music masters and extremely difficult. The young woman received several years of vocal training in her own country and has come to America to pursue her studies.

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September 14, 1908


But James N. Allen's Fellow Work-
men Laughed -- He Is Found Dead.

For three years James N. Allen had worked as a dishwasher at the Manhattan restaurant. Saturday night he packed up all of his clothes at the restaurant and bid his fellow workers goodby. He informed them that he would commit suicide that night. Believing that Allen was joking, the men suggested various methods of suicide and jested with him until he left the place.

Going to the Henry house, on Walnut street near Fifth, where he roomed, Allen passed through the office, went to his room and locked the door. Then he sat down and wrote a note to his only friend, Sam Grassberger, a cook at the Manhattan restaurant, 420 West Ninth street. The note said: "I am going to end it all by killing myself. God bless you."

Before going to his room, he had purchased a bottle of morphine and the supposition is that he took the contents before going to bed. A maid found his door locked at 10 o'clock yesterday morning and the manager broke it down and found Allen dead.

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September 13, 1908



Girls, as Always, Outnumber Boys,
in the Three High Schools.
Teachers Receive Their

School opens tomorrow in all the public institutions. In the parochial districts the pupils have had a week of it already.

Since last Wednesday enrollments have been received at the various high schools, and the number of students is larger than ever before in the history of the city. Manual high school probably will have the greatest number of students. Up to noon yesterday when the enrollment for the week stopped, 1,334 students had been admitted, and it is thought many others will be taken in before the end of this week.

The Westport high school follows second with an enrollment of 1,290, while Central has but 1,110. Both schools are likely to increase their scholarship after former students have returned from their vacations.

With the public schools there is no definite way to determine the attendance because of children not being enrolled until after they make application on the first day of school. It is certain that the attendance will be considerably in excess of last, or any previous year in the history of the city.

Yesterday morning in the auditorium of Central high school the first teacher's institute of the season was held, during the course of which Superintendent J. M. Greenwood delivered his instructions for the ensuing year. All of the various schools held special institutes yesterday afternoon in which additional instructions were delivered by their respective principals.

Westport high will be prepared for the reception of its students tomorrow although there are several rooms yet incomplete. During the whole of yesterday prospective students and their friends visited the new Westport building, all of whom marveled at its vastness, completeness and beauty. The various class rooms are finished in the latest improved style, such as oak desks and chairs, slate backgrounds, etc., while the gymnasium with its complete apparatus was the cource of much comment from all.

Central has, during the course of the summer, undergone repairs and alterations which will make it one of the best school buildings in the city. The old building has been replastered, while several rooms of the later structure have been improved. The enrollment, although at this time it does not equal that of either of the other high schools, is expected to exceed both before the names cease to come in.

In all high schools the girls are in the majority.

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September 13, 1908


But Neither Harmed Harry Jacobs,
Cook, With a Poison Record.

An ambulance call was received at the Walnut street police station last night about 10:30, on a report that a man had tried to commit suicide by poisoning himself. When the ambulance arrived the patient, Harry Jacobs, a cook, living at 1508 Olive street, was found on the front porch smoking a cigarette. He did not deny that he had taken potash, but seemed to have completely recovered.

"You ought to remember me," he said to the surgeon, Dr. Warren T.Thornton, "you pumped a dose of carbolic acid out of me a month ago."

He did not give any reason for the attempt.

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September 13, 1908


George Runtz Left Money to the Odd
Fellows Club By His Will.

George Runtz, 35 years old, who came to this city a month ago sufferieng form consumption and apparently penniless, will be buried from Eylar's chapel, Fourteenth and Main streets, this afternoon. After his death Runtz was found to have $340 in a bag around his neck. By his will, which was written shortly before his death, most of this money is given to the local lodges of Odd Fellows, who cared for him throughout his illness when he was thought to be indigent.

What disposition he made of his property at his home in Cincinatti, O., is not known. The Odd Fellows will conduct the services. Burial will be in the Odd Fellows' lot in Union cemetery.

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September 12, 1908


Infants Mutilated by Rodents in the
General Hospital.

Rats made an attack upon two babies at the general hospital last night. The faces of the babies, each under two weeks old, were gnawed by the vicious creatures and terribly wounded before a nurse rushed to their aid.

There are eight babies in the infants' ward at general hospital. Miss Muriel Pickering, the nurse, stepped out of the room at midnight to attend another patient. On one bed were four babies, all about the same age. Miss Pickering was gone about two minutes when she heard the cries of the babies. She rushed back into the room and fought the rodents away, and then called Dr. W. T. Thornton.

Dr. Thornton found the rats had harmed but two of the four babies in the bed. Their hands were lacerated terribly and great gashes were cut in their faces. He cauterized the wounds and set a guard to watch the ward during the remainder of the night.

Nurses have been bitten by rats while asleep at the hospital, but this is said to be the first time they ever attacked patients.

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September 12, 1908



Much of the Cargo Is Saved and No
One Is Injured -- Extent of
Damage to Boat
Not Known.

With a large hole torn in the bow, the steamer Tennessee, en route to Kansas City from St. Louis, sank in eight feet of water near the mouth of the Little Blue river, about twenty-six miles below Kansas City, yesterday morning at 11 o'clock. Efforts to raise the steamer yesterday afternoon were not successful, although the government snagboat, Missouri, and its crew worked all afternoon. The damage to the cargo will not be great.

The Tennessee, a freight and passenger steamer, which is the property of the Kansas City Transportation and Steamboat Company, was due in Kansas City yesterday afternoon, and had a successful trip from St. Louis until the snag was struck. Owing to the low stage of the river, the pilot was unable to tell the exact position of the snag, and a large hole had been torn in the vessel before the danger was realized. Captain Earp, who was in charge of the boat, gave orders at once that as much of the cargo as possible be removed to the barge, and it was due to his prompt action that much of the freight was saved. The steamer carried a fair load of freight consigned to about 100 different merchants in Kansas City.

Owing to the nature of the river banks at the place where the accident occurred, it was impossible to beach the boat, and it was allowed to sink. Several passengers were aboard, but none was injured. Because of the low stage of the river the steamer's decks are above water.

Word of the accident to the steamer was received in Kansas City about 12 o'clock yesterday, and William Volker, president of the company, left on the snagboat for the scene.

As soon as the snagboat arrived workmen built staging form the steamer to the banks, and much of the cargo was removed. It was impossible for the owners last night to estimate the damage to the steamer.

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September 12, 1908


Mayor Crittenden's Old Nurse Will
Keep General Hospital Clean.

"I nursed you an' bathed you when you was a baby, an' a mighty stubborn chile you was," said Ruthey Miller, a grey-haired negro mammie, to Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr.

"Well, if there ain't my old black mammie, Ruthey," exclaimed the mayor as he proffered a seat to the woman in his private office yesterday. "What can I do for you, Ruthey?"

"There's a $30 a month job out at the hospital for a scrubbin' woman. I wants that job, I do," replied the old woman.

"You can have it, for you are of that class of negroes of whom I said in my campaign speeches, if they wanted a friend I would walk across the state for them," declared the mayor.

"Ize obliged to you. Ize gwine to be out to that der hospital bright an' early in the mornin'" shouted Ruthey with glee, as she left the city hall.

"That old black mammie has been cook in the governor's mansion for my father, and Governors David R. Francis, John A. Marmaduke and Governor Joseph Folk," remarked the mayor, "and I do wish she wouldn't throw up to me the shortcomings of my boyhood days."

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September 12, 1908



Buckner Woman Says Her Husband
Either Struck the Blow Himself,
or Knew Who Did It -- She
Is Recovering.

Just four days previous to his preliminary hearing on a charge of assaulting his wife with intent to kill, William Johnson of Buckner, Mo., was served with a copy of his wife's petition for divorce which was filed in the circuit court yesterday.

While sleeping in the same room with her husband at their home near Buckner on the night of August 20, Mrs. Mina Johnson was dangerously injured by being struck on the head with a heavy bludgeon. For days it was feared that Mrs. Johnson would die from her injuries, but she is now recovering. Several days after the assault her husband, William Johnson, who had acted peculiarly since the attack, was arrested and brought to Kansas City. He was locked up in the county jail for only a short time, being allowed to go to the Baltimore hotel to sleep.

He was under close police surveillance all the time and was granted permission to visit his wife. He was never released on bond, as it would not then have been possible to keep detectives with him. His preliminary hearing will come up Tuesday morning in Buckner before Judge James Adams.


Mrs. Johnson, in her petition for a divorce, recites that she was married to William Johnson November 22, 1877, at Independence. She accuses him of traveling around the country in company of another woman, and states that he represented the woman to his niece. She also charges that he either struck her himself or that it was done with his knowledge and consent. She asks that he be restrained from going near her, as she fears he will attempt to do her an injury.

The petition sets forth the fact that Johnson is possessed of a large amount of land, and the court is prayed to restrain him from selling or otherwise disposing of his property. The wife asks for temporary alimony and, if granted a divorce, permanent alimony. She names a Miss M. B. Howard, 1603 East Eighth street, Kansas City, as the woman with whom her husband went to Denver, Col, and Roswell, N. M.


While Mrs. Johnson has intimated on previous occasions that she believed her husband had knowledge of the party who so brutally assaulted her, she never directly admitted it until she filed her petition for divorce.

Nearly six months ago Mrs. Johnson decided to sue for a divorce and came to Kansas City to consult a lawyer. Without knowing it she went to a lawyer who was acting as Johnson's attorney. The attorney finally prevailed upon Mrs. Johnson to return home and again try to live with her husband. This she did without bringing a suit. At that time she wanted to file a suit because of her husband's action regarding the Howard woman.

In company with the detective who has guarded him since his arrest, Johnson passed through Independence last night on his way to Kansas City. He was asked about the divorce proceedings brought against him by his wife. He said: "I did not expect divorce proceedings to be brought. It came as a surprise to me. Further than that I do not care to discuss the matter at the present time." Johnson has lost his air of confidence and determination usually apparent, and looks worn and haggard.


When Johnson's preliminary hearing comes off next Tuesday, the justice will hear the testimony of all the witnesses in his court room in Buckner. Then the judge and his clerk, accompanied by the attorneys, will travel by wagon to the home of Mrs. Johnson, where the court will be reconvened in her bedroom and her testimony taken. After that the justice court will then be transferred to Buckner.

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September 12, 1908


Mrs. Harry Woodruff Made a Rope
of Police Station Bedding.

Frustrated in her attempt to throw herself into the Missouri river early Friday morning, Mrs. Harry Woodruff, Fourth street and Broadway, hanged herself in the cell in the matron's room at police headquarters four hours later. Mike Mullane, a patrolman, saw the woman running toward the river in an excited manner. He gave chase and caught her. While taking her to Second and Main streets the woman broke from him and tried to throw herself in front of a passing freight train. Again the patrolman rescued her and called the patrol wagon from police headquarters. It took four officers to put the maniacal woman in the wagon.

All the way to the station the woman said that she would not live for twelve hours and she defied the officers to save her life. After she had been locked in the matron's office it was thought she was quieted. At 7 o'clock yesterday morning a passing officer heard strange sounds coming from the cell in the matron's room. Entering the room he saw the woman hanging by a cloth rope from the bars. She was taken down almost unconscious and later sent to the Door of Hope.

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September 11, 1908


For First Time in Memory of the
Captain in Charge There.

For one hour, between 4 and 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, the holdover at police headquarters was empty and the doors unlocked and opened wide. Never before in the memory of Captain Walter Whitsett, in charge at the station, has such a thing happened, and the captain was both joyful and sad.

The large cell rooms had a deserted and almost dejected appearance themselves. Lying on the floor of one of the cells was a battered derby hat, brown once, but black now. Close by it lay two paper bags which contained some remnants of sandwiches, and in another cell was one old shoe pointing towards the open door.

The jailer picked up a broom and with a quick stroke, brushed all of the trash out into the corridor and the place made neat, if not clean, for the next batch of prisoners.

As the officers on day duty stepped into the station to report, they were told of the wonderful happenings, and straightway endeavored to find someone to arrest, even if it was only a plain drunk. Officer Robert Hoskins was the lucky man, for just as his watch was pointing to five minutes of 5 o'clock, he heard a woman's screams come from a house at 9 East Seventh street. Upon investigation he found a man, drunk and disturbing the peace.

Exultantly the patrolman marched his prisoner to the nearest call box and summoned the patrol wagon. When it arrived he asked the driver to make the trip to the station as quickly as possible, for there was a chance that his was the first arrest since the jail cleaning. And so it was. At 5 o'clock the arrested man had been books as "drunk and disturbing the peace" under the name of Cole McCormack. After that the officers began bringing prisoners in two at a time, until the old holdover resumed its normal appearance and the inmates, rejoicing over the neatness of the place, whistled and sang and made music on frenchharps to their hearts' content, and the dismay of the police officers.

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September 11, 1908


Was a Well Known Young Surgeon
and Owner of Hospital.

Dr. Solomon S. Landon, owner of the Sheffield hospital, died yesterday morning at Burnett's sanitarium. Dr. Landon was one of the most promising young surgeons in the city and popular with a large circle of acquaintances. He was brought up at London Mills, Ill., and graduated with the bachelor's degree from Knox college in 1892. He came to this city and attended the University Medical school, where he graduated in 1896. For the next two years he was assistant police surgeon at police headquarters and afterwards became surgeon for the Burlington railway. Two years ago he founded the Sheffield hospital. He worked hard there and was very successful, but the strain of overwork caused a mental breakdown which forced him to go to Bunett's sanitarium six months ago.

Dr. Landon was 36 years old and married Miss Dora Schaeffer several years ago. Two young daughters, Margaret and Amy, survive. Dr. Landon was a thirty-second degree Mason, an Elk and a Shriner.

The funeral will be conducted by Temple lodge of Masons from the Schaeffer home at 3922 Pennsylvania avenue at 2 o'clock this afternoon. Burial will be in Mount Washington cemetery.

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September 11, 1908


Judge Sims Wants Posts Established
by State Law.

C. W. Russell, a street car motorman, was arraigned before Judge John T. Sims in police court, Kansas City, Kas., yesterday morning on the charge of beating his wife. He was not ready for trial and the case was continued until this morning. In default of $500 bond he was locked up. Mrs. Russell, whose face showed evidence of the beating she received, was present in court carrying an infant. She will testify against her husband.

Judge Sims after granting a continuance in the Russell case announced that he favored a public whipping post for all wife beaters. "I hope that the next legislature," said the judge, "will pass a law creating a whipping post in all cities of the first class within the state. There is scarcely a day passes that I am not informed of some brutal husband beating his wife. It is getting terrible."

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September 11, 1908



Tomorrow Night Clergymen of Other
Denominations Will Be Present
and Speak -- Distinguished
Visitors Here.

Dedication ceremonies of the beautiful new temple of the congregation B'nai Jehudah, Linwood boulevard and Flora avenue, will begin at 7:30 o'clock this evening and conclude tomorrow morning. Tomorrow afternoon there will be special children's services tomorrow night at 8 o'clock a fewllowship meeting, to which all clergymen of other denominations, and the public are invited.

The interior of the temple will be decorated for the occasion. There will be special music by the choir and individuals, and addresses by well known Jewish clergymen from other cities, included among them are Rabbi Henry Berkowitz of the Temple Rodef Shalom, Philadelphia, Pa., Rabbi Louis Bernstein of the Temple Adath Joseph, St. Joseph, Mo., and Rabbi Joseph Krauskauph of the Temple Keneseth Israel of Philadelphia. Many prominent local men, members of the congregation, also will deliver addresses pertaining to the wonderful progress made by the church since its organiztion in 1870.

This evening's services will consist of "Depositing the Scrolls in the Ark," with Nathan Schloss and C. J. Wolf as scroll bearers; invocation by Rabbi Henry Berkowitz, presentation and acceptance of the keys of the building, reading of the scripture by Rabbi Samuel Schulman, dedicatory address by Rabbi H. H. Mayer, pastor of the church, and special vocal and instrumental music. Tomorrow morning's services will consist of addresses by the visiting clergymen and a closing address by Rabbi Mayer.

Rabbi Mayer will preside during the children's services tomorrow afternoo, and visiting clergymen will address the little ones. The service will be brought to the conclusion by the singing of the national anthem, "My Country, 'Tis of Thee."

During the fellowship meeting tomorrow evening importand addresses will be delivered by the visiting clergymen, while Rev.Dr. J. C. Schindel, Rev. Charles W. Moore and Rev. Father William J. Dalton, all of this city, also will address the gathering.

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September 10, 1908


John B. Sounded Like Something
Else When Bell Hop Called.

"Call for Mr. Rockerfeller!"

A bellhop at the Hotel Baltimore caused the guests in the lobby to drop their papers suddenly last night, and then when the bellhop repeated the call in a louder voice for "Mr. John B. Rockerfeller," a hundred eyes followed the boy until he located the owner of the name. But it wasn't the eminent oil magnate. It was a New York traveling salesman who is frequently annoyed when the bellhops call his name, and particularly the middle initial, in such a manner as to make it sound like John D. Rockerfeller.

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September 10, 1908


So Policeman H. C. Johnson Was
Dropped From the Force.

Henry C. Johnson, a probation officer walking a beat in the East Bottoms, No. 8 district, was yesterday ordered dropped from the department by the board of police commissioners. Johnson was one of the last batch of forty-one men added to the force. Charges of conduct unbecoming an officer had been filed against him by several women.

It was agreed by the board yesterday that the place to try the case of Patrolman E. F. Stockdale, charged by his wife with abandonment, non-support and cruelty, was in divorce court. When the patrolman's attorney informed the board that suit for divorce had been filed August 25, the case was ordered continued indefinitely.

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September 10, 1908


Unusual Robbery of a Skater at For-
est Park Rink.

"He just reached around from behind when I was not looking, took my gold eyeglasses off my face and walked away." Paul J. Drescher, 2415 Myrtle avenue, so reported to the police last night, and the report constitutes one of the most unusual robberies ever recorded in the police annals of Kansas City.

According to Drescher, he was in the skating rink at Forest park when the robbery occurred. Drescher says he was skating around the rink and having a good time. He says the man approached him from behind, and although he did not get a good look at him, owing to the absence of the glasses, he was able to give a partial description of the thief.

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September 9, 1908



Park Board Blamed for Refusing to
Reopen Case So That Inside
Workings of the Deal
May Be Shown.

Condemnation proceedings were begun in Judge John G. Park's division of the circuit court yesterday by the city against property owners in the Mill creek valley, where it is proposed to lay out a park. The city council on March 30 approved plans for a park, which were presented to the park board. There are 145 title holders who are interested in the court proceedings, besides every taxpayer in the Westport park district.

Shortly after the court had convened, James E. Trogdon, an attorney representing the Westport Improvement Association, entered his appearance in the case. He made an oral argument objecting to the proceedings. Judge Park ruled that the case had started, and he believed it would be best to finish it. He said that as the objectors had not taken any steps to have the city's action in the park matter set aside before, it was too late to stop the condemnation proceedings. After the jury fixes a valuation on the property, the court said it would then listen to any objections the citizens might have.

George E. Kessler, the landscape architect, was a witness in the morning and testified that in his opinion the land was not too valuable for park purposes. A. P. Nichols, a real estate dealer, was on the witness stand all afternoon. The witness was asked the valuation of property in the park district by separate tracts. The property in the valley, which, the land owners claim would be valuable switching property, the witness testified was worth about $2,000 an acre. While the persons owning the land wanted for park use are claiming the property is of more value than the city claims, the residents in the park district who will be required to pay for the improvement say the city is paying too high a price for the land. They also object to the creek valley being used as a park, on the ground that it is a real estate scheme. The condemnation proceedings will last four or five more days.

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September 9, 1908


One Was Out of Work, the Other
Feared She'd Be Docked for
Being Late.

Valna Walker, 17 years old, and Sylvia Miles, 18 years old, inhaled chloroform at the home of the latter, 1507 Washington street, yesterday morning. Miss Walter lives at 10 Rosedale avenue, Rosedale, Kas., but had remained all night with Miss Miles. They were found about 10 o'clock yesterday morning by inmates of the house. Dr. W. L. Gist was called with an ambulance from the emergency hospital and revived them. They were left at 1507 Washington street.

As a reason for the attempt on her life, Valna Waller said that she had recently lost her job at the Metropolitan Cleaners and Dyers, 4637 Troost avenue. Both the girls were out late Monday night at a party and, as a consequence, slept late yesterday morning. Sylvia Miles, who works for the Jones Dry Goods Company, said she feared to be docked for being late, or that she might lose her job altogether, therefore, death was considered the only way to settle her "troubles" for all time to come. Dr. Gist gave the girls a good lecture and showed them how foolish their attempt had been.

"As we didn't succeed," one of them told the doctor, "we have concluded to have nothing published about it."

"Your cases will be placed on record with others," was all the consolation they got.

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September 8, 1908


Symptoms of Race Trouble Out on
East Eighteenth Street.

Fear of an attack by whites kept several hundred negroes living in the vicinity of Vine and Twenty-third streets awake until an early hour this morning. Rumors that the "Eighteenth street gang" was going to come with firearms, tar and ropes and make a second Springfield of the district, caused the negroes to arm themselves and stay up at night, watching on the doorsteps of their houses for the approach of the white mob.

Sunday night the undertaking rooms of A. T. Moore, a negro undertaker at 1820 East Eighteenth street, were burned down and the report was spread that the building had been fired by white men. On the same night a crowd of negroes gathered at Twenty-fifth and Vine streets and eleven officers from the Flora avenue police station were sent to disperse them. They went away quietly.

Yesterday Dave Epstien, a pawnbroker at 1418 East Eighteenth street, reported to the police that all the firearms he carried in stock had been sold to negroes. Other dealers in firearms also sold many weapons.

"We don't want to have another Springfield," said one of the negroes at late hour last night, "but we do intend to protect ourselves if the police will not protect us."

Meanwhile, in the headquarters of the redoubtable "Eighteenth street gang" all was peace. There were no preparations being made to attack negroes, so far as could be learned. The police attribute the scare to the malicious tale bearing of idle negroes.

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September 8, 1908


Ernie Potts, or Kid Selby, Reviews
the Fighter's Beginning.

"So Billy has won again. Well, what do you think of that?"

It wasn't the wail of a disappointed sport who lost money on the fight yesterday. It was the expression of genuine surprise from the man who taught Billy Papke his first lessons in boxing, and who thought two years ago that Papke would never amount to much. Ernie Potts is his name. He, with Mrs. Potts, is doing a bag punching and singing turn at the Orpheum this week.

Two years ago Potts was doing stunts with a show that broke up at LaSalle, Ill. A few days later he drifted down into Spring Valley, and there met a man who asked him if he wouldn't take hold of a young miner who had the ambition to become a prize fighter. The young miner was none other than Billy Papke, who was then going on in preliminaries at $6 per.

Potts's introduction to Papke occurred in a little grocery store in Spring Valley, where he had fixed up a punching bag. After a few rounds Potts saw that the young man might be made a fighter, and at the earnest solicitation of the man who is now Papke's manager he secured work in Spring Valley and gave Papke lessons for six weeks.

"He's a good, tough fellow, with an unlimited amount of endurance," Potts said last night. "I was in his corner in the first professional fight that he ever made. He was inexperienced at the time, as any young fighter would be, and for the first four rounds was inclined to stand up and box with his man. But he was cool -- just as cool as any old fighter I have ever seen, and when I told him to bore in like Nelson does, he went at it and whipped his man in the seventh round.

"But even at that I didn't think much of the kid's possibilities. He was determined, though, and told me time and again that he was going to work his way to the top. I told him to keep at it, just to encourage the boy along."

Potts is a fighter himself. He is better known as Kid Selby, and under that name he has won no less than thirty-four fights. His home is in Minneapolis.

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September 8, 1908


Kate Stevenson Kicked Up a Great
Commotion on the Quiet of
Hobo Hill.

To be knocked head first into a fifteen-foot cistern, to eventually right herself only to find a four-foot snake for company, was the hair-raising experience of a woman who said her name was Kate Stevenson.

It was 3 o'clock when Patrolman Michael Meany, who walks what is known as the levee beat, heard cries from the vicinity of First and Grand avenue. A small crowd had gathered in front of 110 Grand avenue, whence the sounds seemed to come, but Meany could locate the source of the yells for help though he ransacked the building high and low. Presently some one yelled: "Here she is -- back here. She's in a well with a snake. Hurry up!"

Patrolman Meany then headed the procession to the pinnacle of what is known as "Hobo hill," just behind the building. The cries of "Help! Here! Police! Oh my Lord, but I want out of here!" emanated from a clump of weeds. When the way was blazed by the officer he found the source of the cries. A woman was dancing and kicking at the bottom of a cistern in about four feet of water while a snake, at least four feet long, was scurrying about the circle, apparently as much scared as the screaming woman and evidently doing its best to get away from her, while she was dodging it.

A ladder was ordered by the officer and men ran down the steep hill in four different directions to, if possible, make heroes of themselves by getting back first with the life saving steps to safety. When one arrived, however, the brave and fearless Michael Meany was the first to grab it and thrust it into the cistern.

Now Michael Meany was born and reared in Ireland where there are no snakes. Up to the time he descended the ladder he had not seen the reptile. When he did he stopped still and eyed the wriggling form. The woman in her anxiety to get clear of the snake had mounted the ladder and was making her way toward the top when she encountered the officer, seemingly hypnotized at the sight of the wriggling thing.

"Are ye hurted anywhere 'tall?" asked Meany.

"I am not," replied Miss Stevenson, "but I'm anxious to get clear of that snake. Were you ever in a well with a snake?"

"I was not," shivered Meany as he looked back. "And that's not all -- I'm not goin' to be."

Miss Stevenson, dripping wet, was taken to her room at 10 West Fifth street, where she donned dry clothes. Then she was returned to the station and locked up. She said that she and her escort had made their way to Hobo hill by mistake. When in an argument as to which was the correct way out, her escort grew angry and struck her. AS she fell back she said she "went kerplunk, right into the cistern." What became of the escort? Oh he ran, for he thought he had drowned the woman.

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September 8, 1908


City Is Richer by $147 Through His
"Friendly" Game of Poker.

When the name of John W. Smith, with six others just as fictitious, was called in police court yesterday morning, there was no response from any of them. The "John W. Smith" was none other than the much favored Charles W. Anderson, whose name, until changed by the courts after his return from prison, July 19, 1907, was William January.

Anderson, on paper as "Smith," forfeited a bond of $51 by his non-appearance, and the six others forfeited bonds of $16 each. It all came about through their arrest Saturday night while engaged in a "friendly" poker game in a room at 722 East Twelfth street. Detectives, who were armed with a warrant, broke through two doors after they had been refused admission. A regulation leather covered round poker table and a lot of cards and chips were confiscated.

In an interview Sunday, Anderson said that he was not a professional gambler, was not the proprietor of the game, and that it was only a "little game among friends." He did not say who did act as gamekeeper.

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September 8, 1908


Immense Crowds Attended Afternoon
and Night Performances.

It's a good circus that Ringling Bros. brought to Kansas City this year. In fact, it is no violation of confidence to state that the Ringling circus this year is about the biggest, brightest and best in its line. Owning, as they do, the Barnum & Baily, Sells-Fourpaugh and Buffalo Bill Wild West shows it doesn't require the wisdom of a Solomon for discern which name will be heralded premier in the circus world. The Ringlings have always prided themselves on conducting "clean" shows and they certainly live up to their pride.

The crowd that turned up yesterday afternoon filled every seat in the big tent and occupied the ground space five rows in front of the seats for the entire distance around the big tent. It is estimated that more than 30,000 people saw the circus yesterday afternoon and last night.

In the way of circus acts the Ringlings feature a number that possess genuine merit. The entire bill is marked by a high average. As usual the animal section of the show remains its popular interest.

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September 7, 1908


He Couldn't Understand Why Two
Coppers Drank Water.

"Gimme a glass of water," said the policeman as he entered a downtown saloon by the front door and noticed the form of another bluecoat coming in by the side entrance.

"Gimme a glass --" the second guardian of the peace started to say and then he noticed his companion in uniform standing at the other end of the bar. "Gimme a glass of buttermilk," he finally concluded.

"Aw, what are you fellows trying to give me," said the bartender in astonishment, for he had forgotten for the time being the recent enforcement of the orders that policeman shall not drink while on duty. "Both you fellows like your glass of beer," he continued, and then shouted to the porter, "Draw two."

But the brothers-in-arms were either afraid of each other or they really were on the "water wagon" during the day, for each insisted on the drink he had first ordered, and side by side they quenched their thirst, while the glasses of "what made Milwaukee famous" stood on the bar forsaken but not forgotten.

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September 7, 1908


New Amusement Planned for
Twelfth and Charlotte.

Within a few weeks Kansas City will be in possession of a real hippodrome. Already the spacious car barns of the Metropolitan company, at Twelfth and Charlotte streets, have been leased for the purpose, and from now until the building will have been transformed into a wonderland of beauty hundreds of workmen will be employed.

The Hippodrome Amusement Company, with T. J. Cannon at its head, is responsible for this innovation in Kansas City's amusements. Mr. Cannon for several years was connected with the New York hippodrome and Luna park at Coney Island.

Having a floor space of 96,000 feet, the old car barns afford ample room for the project. The roof will be torn off and raised eight feet, making it sufficiently high for the performance of aerial acts. The gallery will have a seating capacity of 7,200, and the whole interior of the hall will be brilliantly lighted with arc and incandescent lights.

The interior of the building will be arranged so as to resemble a mammoth midway, most of the concessions having their entrances and exits from it. It is the intention to bring one of the largest herds of trained elephants in the country here, all of which will be seen in Elephant Path, and can be ridden for a small consideration.

Among the numerous amusement devices will be an aquarium, zoo, and animal sh ow, the latter two being received from the best specimens in the Bostock animal shows. There will be the famous razzle dazzle from Luna park, Coney Island, the second of its kind to be erected in this country, while one end of the building will be devoted to the gondola, an amusement device said to be the thriller of them all.

In conjunction with the concessions there will be two free exhibitions of some sort each week, and it is said to be the intention to spare no expense to procure the very best obtainable. These acts will include the famous automobile thrillers of circuses now on the road, high wire acts, dare devil bicycle acts and others.

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September 7, 1908



Did Not Take Enough to Cause
Death -- She Then Started for
the River, but Was

Edith Harding, the 17-year-old daughter of Daniel Harding, of 908 South Eighteenth street, Kansas City, Kas., made two unsuccessful attempts at suicide yesterday. A few minutes after 11 o'clock in the forenoon Miss Harding entered her room, closing the door behind her. Her actions during the forenoon were not unusual, and no member of the family suspected that the girl was despondent. Before going to her room she had secured a quantity of carbolic acid, kept in the house for disinfecting purposes. She did not succeed in swallowing much of the poison, most of it being spilled. Her lips and chin were badly burned. When discovered by her mother the girl was lying on a bed suffering agony. Dr., E. D. Williams was summoned and after an examination announced that the girl had not swallowed enough of the acid to cause death. He dressed her injuries and left her in the care of the family.

After Dr. Williams had pronounced her out of danger, Miss Harding seemed greatly disappointed, declaring that she wanted to die. Later in the day she managed to escape from her room and was discovered running toward the Kaw river. Members of the family and several neighbors gave chase and capturing the girl by physical force returned her to her home. She insisted on being allowed to kill herself.

The reason for the young woman wanting to take her life is said to be due to poor health and an abandoned hope of getting well. She said this was the reason she wanted to die as she would rather be dead than suffer like she has done for the past several months. Daniel Harding, the father, is a laborer. A guard will be kept over her for the next few days and in the meantime arrangements will be made to have her taken to a hospital and treated.

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September 7, 1908




Second Headline Here.

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September 6, 1908



He's Home Again, With the Story of
His Adventures All Written
Out, Just Like Mr. Roose-
velt -- Read It.
Sam Lieberman, the Wandering Office Boy
The Wandering Office Boy.

Once there was an office boy, unlike the general run of office boys in that he sometimes had an original idea. He worked for The Journal, until he got one of the ideas. That was to the effect that he was destined to be a great explorer and write things like Frank Carpenter and Theodore Roosevelt -- or, at least, like Mr. Roosevelt's going to write.

So it was a traveling bug that bit Sam one sunny spring day. He said nothing, but pocketed his week's pay and hit the grit. He came back a few days ago with the story of his adventures all written out, just as Mr. Carpenter or Mr. Roosevelt would have done under similar conditions. Entering the local room, where a tardy reporter sat welting the daylights out of his typewriter, Sam said: "Well, the wandering Jew's back."

Sam is the son of Rabbi Max Lieberman of this city. He is 13 years old and small for his years but wise, far, oh, far indeed, beyond them. This is his story, just as he turned it it:

Just as soon as the weather got warm last spring, I got the fever that thousands of other boys get, and that was to "Run away." I had no reason on earth to go, but as I said, the fever was in me and I wanted to go. I wanted to get out and live on my own hook. About June 1st I picked up a magazine containing a story how a man beat it on a blind baggage (a small platform between the engine and baggage car), and I got the facts down pat, and by June the 3rd I was on the blind of the Chicago, Milwaukee and St. Paul bound for Chicago.

The engineer saw me get on but did not say anything. When the train would come up to a station I would duck down on the step on the opposite side of the station and as the steps were high and I was small I had no trouble at stopping places the ducking down business lasted until I got to Chillicothe, Mo. There was a bunch of young farm boys standing on the side I was ducking down and they saw me. When the train stopped they ran up to me and wanted to know where I was going and where I come from and ect. When the train was about to start the engineer asked them to hold me until the train started. The boys held me and when the train was going pretty fast they let go of me. The Idea of being stuck in a little town lent wings to my feet and I hiked. I never ran so fast in my life; as the train struck the upgrade it slowed up and I caught the second blind. At the next stopping place I got on the first blind. The engineer then turned a hose on me but I braced against the tender where 7,000 gallons or the capacity is printed and the water passed over me. Towards evening I was so hungry and thirsty that I thought I would die. After a while I was so thirsty that I thought I would ask the engineer for a drink. I thought the worst he could do was to put me off and I was desperate so I clumb over the tender into the cab. When the engineer saw me he said: "Kid I admire your nerve, but you will have to get out of the cab." I asked him for a drink and the fireman gave me one from a kerosene can; then I went back to the blind.

About ten p.m. I arrived in Davenport where I got my first chance to get something to eat. As $2 wasn't much I knew I would need every cent of it before long. I laid down in a corner near the depot and waited for the South West Limited which arrives in Davenport about 3 a. m. I caught it and 8 o'clock I was in Chicago. I about froze to death but I didn't and that's one satisfaction. I got off at Western Ave and took a car to State street where I bought some papers and began hustling. I earned a dollar and fifty cents all day. It was hard earned money, too, since I had to lick a kid who claimed that I was on his corner. After I wiped him he got another feller and both jumped in and knocked daylight out of me. Gee! I never got a worst licking in my life.

That evening I took a boat for Milwaukee where I arrived next morning. I struck a job and worked a week. I would have worked longer but the factory inspector said I was too young to work. I got 5 dollars which went for board and some clothes.

I still had $3.50 left so I bought a ticket to Ludington, Michigan on the Pere Marquette Steamship Co. The ticket cost me half a dollar which left me three plunks. Next morning I was in Ludington and I was about dead broke before I struck a job. The job was to clean lanterns at 2 1/2 cents a piece. I made about a dollar and decided to quit the place for a bigger city. That night I was on a freight bound for Saginaw Mich, where I arrived 11 a. m. next morning cold and hungry.


I got lunch and started out to hunt for a job. I met a kid who had two shine boxes and rented one and I went down to the depot and as I could lick every boot black around I run them all away and soon I had quite a bunch of shines and as shines are ten cents in Saginaw I made about $2.00 the first day. When I left Saginaw a couple of days after I had a ticket to Detroit and 5 dollars in real money. I arrived at Detroit around 3 A. M. and I ate breakfast in the depot and struck out for a job. After a while I decided to carry grips and just my luck a bunch of girls from Ann Harbour wanted somebody to guide them around so I got the job. I didn't know a thing about Detroit but when they were looking in windows I would ask the cop and he would tell me where to go. I piloted the girls around all morning and finally I took them back to the depot where I left them with six bits (75 cents) to the good. I got odd jobs such as carry grips and ect until evening then I went to Bell Isle park. The next day I carried grips and sold papers and made about $1.50. I bought a ticket for Buffalo which cost $1.75 by boat and next morning I was in Buffalo with about $4 in my pocket. I took a car for Niagara Falls but came back in an hour. I stayed in Buffalo about 2 days and then went to Crystal Beach, Ont., where I struck a job and held it all the while.


When the campers of Crystal Beach heard that I come from Kansas City they all wanted to talk to me and I soon became quite popular, with the girls especially. I told them all about the ranch and how the Mexicans rustle and how they hold up teams and everything I could pick up from some old Wild West stories. I told them all about things which happened about 25 years ago. Talk about stringing. Why I told them everything I could make up and they swallowed it all.

The 5th day I was there I received an invitation for an old fashioned Corn Roast, which consists of all the Kisses you want and corn on the cob as dessert. Some Kenucks (Canadians) say that it is all the corn you want and Kisses as a dessert. Gee, I got so many Kisses I thought opposite.

Talk about Canadian girls being timid.


When a kid chooses a girl in a pillow game all the girls holler, "Don't forget me!" I like to see any K. C. girl be so anxious for a kiss.

Say how about fishing? Gee! Bass is so plentiful there that all you have to do is drop your line and play them. I caught a fish 2 feet long.


Say Kansas Cityans you ought to rejoice. Talk about blue laws in Canada! Hully Gee! You can't breathe on Sunday without the cops looking at you as if they were going to pinch you for swiping $6,000. Judge Wallace ought to be there. I bet two bit to a cent that he would find the laws blue enough there to suit him. Gosh! If Kansas City had the same blue laws 95 per cent of the people would drown themselves in the Missouri while the rest except Judge Wallace in the Blue. Behold Judge Wallace you could then put your blue laws in effect as far as you want.

Say if Judge Wallace wants a job where he can put his blue laws in effect all he has to do is let me know. I know the head guy of Bertle township and I will use my influence and I might get him a job.

I revisited the falls again with a bunch of boys and took in the cave of the winds which is a dollar (the cost of rubber outfit) thrown to the bass by we suckers. All you do is walk down a spiral set of stairs about 170 feet then walk out on a little bridge about a foot and a half wide and view the falls. It certainly is a grand sight and then the bridge twists and turns and finally you walk under the falls where you try to look through the water, then you walk out on land and then comes the job. You are all soaked and the oil skins weigh a ton, then you got to walk up those stairs. Hully Gee! You are just ready to croak when you reach the top. That evening I took the train Home in a chair car with a real ticket, and if there is any difference between a box car and a chair car it's about 100,000,000,000 per cent.

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September 6, 1908




Sisters Had No Interest in the Home,
Owned by Corporation, and
Worked There Contrary
to Precedent.

Bad news for the foundlings of Kansas City. The Sisters of St. Vincent, who for eight years have been in charge of St. Anthony's Home for Infants, have abandoned the work and left the home. Differences between the sisters and the women board of managers finally led to notice on the sisters' part that they would leave. Orders from the mother house of the sisterhood came to them a week ago, and now strange hands are ministering to the motherless babes. The trouble, it is said, has been brewing for a year.

The building occupied by St. Anthony's home is owned by a corporation consisting of Mrs. Richard Keith, its president, Miss Rose Altman and several other Catholic women of the city. The money for the purchase of the property has all been received in the way of charitable contributions, and as proceeds from church fairs and the like, but for some reason the property has always remained in the hands of the corporation, although it is an old established rule of the Catholic church that all church property be held in the name of the bishop, in trust for his successor. Many of the convents and educational institutions of the Catholic church are owned by the orders conducting them, but there are few cases, if any, on record where the property acquired by public donations, remains in the hands of the corporation's seculars, as in the case of St. Anthony's home. And thereby hangs the substance of the trouble which culminated last week in the Sisters of Charity withdrawing from the home.


Just what led to the present crisis is hard to determine, as those in a position to know refuse to talk, and conflicting stories are given out by both sides to the controversy. But it is said that some heated scenes occurred between Sister Ceclia, superioress of the home, and the women officers of the corporation.

The trouble resulted in a visit to this city last May of the mother superior of the black cap sisters of charity. With Mrs. Keith she visited Bishop Hogan, at which time matters were temporarily patched up, but no definite understanding was reached. Last Tuesday two of the sisters of charity left St. Anthony's home for Trinidad, Col., two for St. Vincent's hospital in Santa Fe, N. M., and the other left Saturday for the mother house, near Cincinnati.

There were five sisters in charge of the work at the home, whereas last night there were eighteen paid nurses, according to the statement of Miss Mary Workman, the matron.


Miss Workman is a nurse who has been employed at the home for a long time, and was made matron and given charge of the home by Mrs. Keith, when the sisters left the institution. When a reporter visited the home last night, the piano in the reception room was open, a stylishly gowned young woman was fingering the keys, and St. Anthony's home no longer wore its convent air. Two women, one carrying a 6-months-old babe, left the home as the reporter entered. the child had been refused admittance at the home, an unheard of proceeding when the sisters were in charge.

"The woman wants to go home and leave her child here," said the matron. "She has been working and supporting it for six months, and now she wants to leave it here; hasn't she a cheek to think we should care for it for her?"

"The sisters were broken hearted at leaving here," said Miss Workman. "Their hearts were in the work, nad I could not bear to see them bid goodby to the infants they learned to love so well, and even to the building itself, the scene of many hardships to them."

Miss Rose Altman refused to make any statement regarding conditions at the home, referring the reporter again to Mrs. Keith, but she admitted that she had heard rumors of trouble between the sisters and the corporation controlling the home, but insisted that the rumors were not true.

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September 6, 1908


In His Behalf 20,000 Kansas City
-ans Once Petitioned President.
Was Pardoned From Prison.

It was 9 o'clock sharp last night when Charles Ryan, inspector of detectives, called in his men -- twenty of them -- and ordered them to go out and look for poker games, which the late grand jurors charged a week ago were operating unmolested by the police.

The twenty men went. It was nearly 11 o'clock before they had any luck. Then what they ran upon was really startling. Detectives Robert Phelna, Eugene Sullivan, J. L. Ghent and "Lum" Wilson made their way to 722 East Twelfth street. As they neared the number they said a "lookout" ran up the steps and gave the alarm. Being armed with a warrant the two doors were broken open and Detective Ghent was especially surprised.

There in the midst of six other men stood Charles W. Anderson, alias William January, for whom only a short year ago 20,000 people of this city and vicinity had petitioned President Roosevelt for his release from the federal prison at Leavenworth, Kas. And the petition gained his release, too. That was on July 19, 1907.

Last year, Benjamin T. Barnes, 2345 Southwest boulevard, a harnessmaker and former convict, wrote to Warden William McClaughry that William January, who had escaped from the prison nine years before, was living here under the name of Charles W. Anderson. The arrest followed, and when it was found that January -- for that was his name then -- had been living an exemplary life during his nine years of freedom, and that he had married and had a sweet 3-year-old baby girl, the whole of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas was aroused. His arrest took place on April 20, 1907, and he was taken to prison the next day. When President Roosevelt received the petition containing 20,000 names, with the information that as many more could easily be added, he set July 19 as the day when William January, then living at 1117 Holmes street, should be free.

When January came out he applied to the courts and soon had his name changed to Charles W. Anderson, as that was the name he assumed when he escaped from prison. Every hand in Kansas City was outstretched to aid the long-suffering man just out of stripes. He chose to open a restaurant on East Twelfth street, however, after being interested in a pool hall.

Last night when the detectives followed the lookout to the second floor, after breaking in two doors they got Anderson and six other men. They also got a round table, cards and chips. At the station no one would admit that he was gamekeeper. Sergeant Patrick Clark said: "Then I will hold you all under $51 cash bond each until I find out who was running this place."

The men were lined up to give their names. Anderson gave the name of John W. Smith just as a young player in answer to a question said, "Me? Oh, I got my chips from Anderson there."

Anderson was then informed that his bond would be $51 and the others $16 each. The former gave his at once and, after a short talk, with the men, who were consigned to the holdover, made his exit.

The game at 722 East Twelfth street was the only one bothered by the police last night. It is said that there are others.

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September 5, 1908


It Took a Motor to Catch Car Started
in His Absence.

Incorrigible boys played a practical joke on the crew of an Independence avenue street car about 5:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the entrance to Forest park which resulted in the discovery of a new and unique duty for motorcycle policemen. The car had reached the end of the line and the conductor left the car to obtain a drink of water. The motorman changed his controller and was standing on the front end of the car waiting a signal from his conductor to go ahead.

Two bells were sounded over the motorman's head and he started ahead on his return trip. Policeman E. L. Martin, a member of the motorcycle squad, was passing the park entrance and noticed four small boys jump off the car and run into the park. Seeing that the car was running without a conductor, Martin on his motor went in pursuit of the car. He chased the street car to Independence avenue and Gladstone boulevard, where he called the motorman's attention to the fact that he was minus his conductor. The conductor arrived on the next townward bound car.

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September 5, 1908


J. C. McLain, Retired Soldier, Dies
Suddenly in His Room.

J. C. McLain, 64 years old, who for thirty-four years was a soldier in the United States army, died yesterday afternoon at his room in the home of F. H. Hendricks, 725 Forest avenue.

McLain's life was lonely. He never married and had never seen a marriage solemnized in his life. Enlisting in the army at the close of the civil war, his years were passed in a monotonous routine, which was varied occasionally by active service. He had seen most parts of the United States, including the island possessions.

The first active service he saw was in the Sioux uprising, when he was within thirty miles of Custer when the latter was killed and came to the scene of the slaughter the next day and assisted in avenging his death. During the Spanish was he served in Cuba and also in the Philippines in a cavalry regiment and saw some lively fighting, being wounded several times. After the war he was stationed in various islands of the Pacific archipelago, helping to pacify them.

Five years ago he retired form the army on full pay and had been living in different parts of the country since. For the past ten months he had lived at the Forest avenue address, doing his own housekeeping. His erect, soldierly bearing remained with him to the last. He never spoke much about himself, but read a great deal.

His death was sudden. Yesterday morning he complained of pains in his stomach and went downtown and purchased a bottle which he said contained medicine. A few hours later he was found dead in his room. Coroner George B. Thompson was notified and viewed the body last night. He will make a thorough investigation this morning. The body is at Stine's undertaking rooms. The only surviving relatives that his is known to have are a brother in Iowa and a sister who lives somewhere in Missouri.

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September 5, 1908


Mr. and Mrs. Philip S. Brown, Jr.,
Will Cross Pacific on Wedding Tour.

Philip S. Brown, Jr., and Miss Ethel A. Wolf, 510 Prospect avenue, were married on August 13, but the wedding was kept a secret until yesterday. The ceremony was performed at the home of the bride by the Rev. Father P. J. O'Donnell of St. Joseph's chapel. The couple will leave for a tour of China, Japan and the Philippine islands in a few weeks.

Mr. Brown has held several offices under the city governmnet and is a member of the firm of Brown & Mann. Miss Wolf's father is a real estate dealer.

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September 4, 1908


Merchants Will Pay for Extra Street

Lights and ornamental brackets to be used in the downtown street lighting projet have been selected, and the contract awarded to the Loewer Wire and Iron Company. The company was the lowest bidder and offered to furnish 325 bent iron brackets, place them on the trolley poles and wire them for $6 each. The lights will be ready for the merchants to use by October 1.

Letters were sent out yesterday to merchants on each block in the illuminating district, asking them to collect the money from the merchants on their block to pay for the lights. C. N. Boley, president of the Business Men's League, is attending to the collection from merchants.

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September 4, 1908


Expedition Will Examine the Mis-
souri as Far as Parkville.

Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., members of the fire and water board, Captain E. H. Schultz, government engineer, and federal officials wthis morning will make a trip up the Missouri river as far as Parkville, Mo., to determine how much revetment work to the banks of the stream is necessary.

It is the belief of city officials that unless this work is done at once, eventually a new channel will be made by the river and the intakes of the water supply of both Kansas Citys will be shut off.

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September 4, 1908


"Theater Arrests Are a Joke," Says
Prosecuting Attorney.

If any theater cases are tried in Judge E. E. Porterfield's division of the criminal court before the election, B. S. Kimbrell, who has conducted the prosecutions in the past, will not be on the job. The chances are that Judge Porterfield will be too busy with civil cases to take up criminal cases, and therefore these prosecutions are likely to die a natural death.

"I will not prosecute any more theater cases," said Mr. Kimbrell yesterday. "The whole thing has gotten to be a joke. Even the jurors do not take it seriously."

"How many cases are still pending?"

"I don't know."

"When will they be set for trial?"

"I don't know."

And Mr. Kimbrell spoke as if he meant, "I don't care."

If a prompt return is made on the vote at the November election, Judge Wallace's successor on the criminal bench should be sworn in prior to November 20.

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September 4, 1908


New Physical Director of Y. W. C. A.
Will Not Allow Dr. Naismith's
Game to Be Played.

"Basketball cannot be played by girls without making them quarrel," said Miss Julia Capen, who yesterday took charge of the physical education work of the Kansas City Y. W. C. A.

That is the reason that there is to be no competitive basketball in the Kansas City association this year. Miss Capen is following the lead of many other physical directors throughout the country in putting the ban on the most strenuous of girls' sports. Dr. Clark Hetherton, director of athletics at the University of Missouri, aroused much criticism last year when he contended that the game was bad for women and that every girl who played basketball on the university teams suffered from a nervous collapse before she left school or immediately afterwards. Now Miss Capen says it is bad for the girls' tempers and will forbid it for the association girls. A little mild practice might be allowed, but no real scrimmaging.

Miss Capen succeeds Miss Tamson Weatherbee, who goes to Milwaukee. She plans to enlarge the enrollment in the gymnasium classes, especially the classes for little girls. Children ranging from 6 to 12 years of age will be given instructions in all manner of games, such as Boston ball captain ball, indoor baseball, volley ball, long base, and others.

The Swedish system of correctional gymnastics will be introduced by Miss Capen and instruction in dancing and fancy drills will be given the older girls' and married women's classes.

"It is alarming the number of women you see every day with one shoulder higher than the other or with some other defect which the girl scarcely notices herself, but which is remarked at once by all who see her," said Miss Capen. "Careless habits of standing and walking and breathing are to blame for these defects, which could be remedied by proper gymnastic exercises."

Miss Capen graduated from the Boston Normal school of Gymnastics and has taken work in the Yale summer school. For the last five years she has been physical director of the Binghampton, N. Y., Y. W. C. A. and taught in the Lady Grey School for Girls.

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September 3, 1908



New Enterprise Here, Behind Which
Is Miss Ethel Dovey -- Unless
It's a Press Agent's

Chorus girls are to have a hotel in Kansas City which will be used exclusively for show girls, if the plans of Miss Ethel Dovey do not go amiss. Preparations to establish such quarters are being made by a real estate agent, who was commissioned by Miss Dovey to keep her in touch with available pieces of real estate that would be suitable for the chorus girls' hotel.

The story leaked out last evening when it was learned that Miss Dovey was negotiating for a site, and it was said that immediately upon the arrival of "A Stubborn Cinderella" company, in which she is showing, that she would endeavor to close a deal with her agent. She is a Kansas City girl, and several months ago, at a meeting of a crowd of show girls, she promised them that she would do her best to establish a hotel similar to those in New York and Chicago.

Miss Dovey has succeeded in interesting George Dovey, president of the National League baseball club of Boston, and he has promised to help her in furthering the project. It is said that he has pledged $10,000 to the fund being raised to establish the hotel.

In certain respects the hotel will be conducted on the plan of the Martha Washington in New York. While the rules and regulations of the hotel are not known at this time, it is said that the "stage-door Johnnies" will not be welcome. Sad, but true, there is some doubt as to whether they will even be admitted to the hotel at any time. The girls will be required to be at home within a reasonable time after the close of the performance. If mere man should want to see one of the girls he would have to telephone, or use Uncle Sam's mail system.

Expenses of running the hotel will be divided pro rata each week when a traveling show appears in Kansas City. The hotel is to be at the disposal of every traveling company, even including the burlesque. The gentle sex will have the exclusive use of the new quarters, and will therefore be better provided for than they are at present.

The hotel is to be called the "Ethel Dovey," in honor of the fair promoter. Miss Dovey will be at the Willis Wood Sunday with her uncle in "A Stubborn Cinderella." If the plans now being made carry, the "Ethel Dovey" hotel will be in readiness by next Wednesday, and "A Stubborn Cinderella" company will be the first one to occupy it.

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September 2, 1908


George O. Shields Has Agreed to
Come Here September 15.

Great interest is being shown by Kansas City people in the Kansas City zoo which is to be located at Swope park. At a meeting of the Kansas City Zoological Society at the Coates house last night final arrangements were made to have G. O. Shields, president of the League of American Sportsmen, speak in Convention hall on September 15. He will speak in the afternoon and evening, and the Kansas City society expects large crowds to be present at both meetings. Mr. Shields is probably the best known sportsman and hunter in this country. He has been invited to speak in Kansas City in the interest of the new zoo.

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September 2, 1908


Sullivan and Hayde Are Given Just
One More Chance.

Thomas F. Hayde and Eugene F. Sullivan, city detectives, were before the board of police commissioners yesterday charged with similar offenses -- failing to report for duty. Sullivan was also charged with being incorrigible, because it was said he refused to walk with his partner. He said, however, that his partner had refused to walk with him, that the board has it backwards.

Both men admitted that they "dabbled in wet goods," just a little, when the failed to report. To Sullivan, who is redheaded, Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., said: "See here, do you know that there aren't but a few of us redheaded fellows left? You'd better wheel into line now. I am always willing to give a man one chance, especially when he is redheaded like myself."

"If this board ever has occasion to call me before it again I will ask no favors," said Sullivan. "I will resign."

"How about Old Black Joe?" asked the mayor of Detective Hayde.

"Them's my sentiments," he replied.

"Then go, both of you, and sin no more," was the verdict of the board.

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September 2, 1908


But Before It Gets to Missouri There
Will Be a Hot Wave.

Straw hats may be out of season, but summer clothes will be entirely proper for four or five days more, as the weather bureau at Washington promises warmer weather. The temperature will rise during the next few days and hot weather can be looked for until the beginning of next week. About the first of the week there will be a barometric disturbance which will be followed by rains and cooler weather.

The first approach to winter will probably be felt by next Monday or Tuesday. A light frost will be noticeable in the North Central states and Missouri may have a touch of it in a part of the state.

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September 2, 1908


Hadley Declares Folk's Police Must
Furnish Protection at Polls.

Herbert S. Hadley, Republican candidate for governor of Missouri, will insist on a fair, square election. He said yesterday afternoon that if the people of Missouri wanted him for the next governor it must be the people who elect him. He believes that the question of an honest election will be one of the issues of the campaign.

"It was very plainly indicated at the primaries that there had been some crooked work," said he. "Now, one of the great problems of this campaign is to see that every man gets his vote. I don't intend to be jobbed or robbed, so in order not to be we must have the assurance that Governor Folk's police boards and police departments will give us protection at the polls.

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September 2, 1908


They Want to Convince Public It's
a Religion, Not a Science.

Many prominent spiritualists from various sections of the country will speak during the present mass meeting being held in the Psychical Research church, Twelfth street and Brooklyn avenue, making the event one of the most important of the kind ever held by the church in this city.

The meeting, which opened Tuesday, will continue until Thursday, September 10. Last night was devoted to an address by Rev. Mrs. G. C. Stephens, pastor of the church. Every afternoon a bazaar is held, and thus far the attendance has been large.

George B. Warne of Washington, D. C., president of the National Spiritualists Association, will lecture next Tuesday evening, and it is expected that spiritualists from all over Missouri and Kansas will attend on this occasion. Other speakers will be A. Scott Bledsoe, ex-president of the Kansas association, and Thomas Grimshaw of St. Joseph, one of the state officials.

The meetings are being held for the purpose of endeavoring to convince the public that spiritualism is a religion rather than a science.

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September 1, 1908


Husband's Preliminary Hearing May
Be Held Tomorrow.

More hope was expressed yesterday for the complete recovery of Mrs. W. A. Johnson, who was slugged in her bed on the morning of August 20, than has been entertained before. The physician in attendance declared that Mrs. Johnson was "holding her own," and beyond that would say nothing concerning her condition.

It was stated that Johnson's preliminary hearing will take place tomorrow, provided his wife grows no worse. He is now under arrest charged with having attempted to kill his wife. The preliminary hearing, if it takes place tomorrow, will be held at Buckner, Mo. It is expected that the trial will be of a sensational nature, since the state must show due reason for holding Johnson on its charge.

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September 1, 1908


Wyandotte Lodge No. 35 Was Organ-
ized by Faithful Few When Kan-
sas City Was a Village.

On September 1, 1848, when this city was better known as Westport Landing, a number of members of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows gathered in a small room over Shannon's grocery store at Second and Main streets and organized Wyandotte lodge No. 35. Last night nearly 200 members and friends of this same lodge gathered in the large hall at Missouri avenue and Main street to celebrate the sixtieth anniversary.

Judge E. E. Porterfield, who claims to be too young to have been a charter member of the lodge, presided, and made a short address. Judge Porterfield told of the early days when with but a few members the lodge started on its way. He read a few of the names of the early members and among those names mentioned are men who have helped to make Kansas City what it is today.

Among the early members were such men as L. P. Browne, Joseph S. Chick, W. H. Chick, Rev. John T. Peery, Daniel Dofflemeyer, John C. McCoy, Dr. I. M. Ridge, Nehemiah Holmes and James A. Gregory. In 1850 the records of the lodge were destroyed in a fire which burned the grocery store over which the lodge was located, and it is impossible to get the names of all the charter members.

Phillip Bentz, who joined the lodge in 1850 when it was but two years old, was present and gave a short talk on the early history. Mr. Bentz is the oldest living member of the lodge. An address was also made by M. S. Dowden, past grand master, and music was furnished by J. Bales, L. Bales, and Miss Maggie Martin. Misses Elsie Hite and Ruth Markward gave recitations. Refreshments were served at the conclusion of the programme.

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September 1, 1908


J. W. Harris Had No Business on
Pole From Which He Fell.

No reason has been found why J. W. Harris of Topeka, who was killed yesterday afternoon, near Fourth street and Roland avenue, Kansas City, Kas., by falling off a telephone pole, should have been tampering with the wires of the Home Telephone Company. He died from the effects of a broken back at noon yesterday.

All the electrical companies with wires at the spot where he was working at the time of the accident accounted for all their men yesterday.

A brother of Harris came to Kansas City, Kas., last night and will return to Topeka with the body this morning. He says his brother was a lineman and was in good standing in Topeka. The stranger who was with Harris at the time of the mishap has not been found and no one who saw the two men working among the wires could give the police a description of him.

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September 1, 1908


Stops Here on His Way Home From
New Mexico.

Herbert S. Hadley, Republican candidate for governor of Missouri, arrived in Kansas City last night at 10:40 o'clock from Santa Fe, N. M., where he has been since the middle of June recuperating. Mr. Hadley went immediately to the Hotel Baltimore and retired. He will remain over here today in conference wtih political leaders before going to Jefferson City.

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September 1, 1908


Board of Public Works Agrees to
Help Architect Root.

"I could turn the new hospital over to the city in ten days if I were not continually annoyed by orders from the city hall," declared W. C. Root, one of the architects on the building. He visited the board of public works yesterday to straighten out some bills due contractors.

"This board will assist you. Tell us what you want us to do," suggested R. L Gregory, president.

"There ought to be a key rack made and installed, the gas company should be ordered to install meters and the furniture ought to be put in place," replied Mr. Root.

"If that is all, the secretary of the board will attend to it at once. You ought to be able to have the hospital ready for the new health and hospital board by the time the new charter becomes operative, September 3. Can you do it?"

"I guess so," answered the architect.

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August 31, 1908


But the Observer Sends Out Hot Day

Rains to the north and west and slight showers in Kansas City caused a much needed drop in the temperature yesterday evening and gave promise of pleasant weather last night.

Reports show that the nights will be cool and the days warm for some time yet, but he extreme hot weather has passed. It will be fair and pleasant today.


August 31, 1908





She Concluded to Face the World and
Strive for the Mite, When
It Looked Up at Her
and Laughed.

Late yesterday afternoon two women applied to Mrs. Lizzie Burns, police matron, for aid in disposing of a baby boy, which the mother said was just 11 days old. She said the child was hers and that she wished to give it away, as she could not take the tiny fellow to her Southern Missouri home. The woman with her said she was a sister-in-law.

Mrs. Burns told the women to go to the emergency hospital and ask for the nurse, Mrs. Ralph A. Shiras, who would direct them to the Helping Hand institute, where they were to remain until this morning, when arrangements for the final disposition of the youngster were to be made. The women obeyed her instructions as to the first part. They found Mrs. Shiras and told her their mission.

Now, Mrs. Shiras is a woman possessed of strong motherly instinct. Her first move was to grab the baby and begin to fondle it. She did not notice the sister-in-law as she walked into the hallway, and, beckoning to the young mother, said: "Mabel, come here a minute."

Nor did she see the two women walk hurriedly out of the hospital and begin to make tracks toward Fifth and Walnut streets. She was engrossed in trying to make the baby laugh by "dimpling" its chin. When she turned and said, "Come on now, I'll show you the way," she found herself with a baby on her hands.


An alarm was sounded and a "posse" was immediately formed form a squad of doctors and board of health inspectors. The chase was soon over, as the two women were captured at Fifth and Walnut streets just as they were about to board a car. They were returned and Mrs. Shiras headed the procession to the Helping Hand.

There the women refused to give their names. The young mother told of her shame and said that was the reason she wanted to desert her helpless infant. All the time she was talking she held the tiny bundle in her arms. The matron at the institute and Mrs. Shiras were trying to persuade her to keep her baby, work for it and rear it herself.

The young mother demurred. When it seemed she was about determined to give the offspring away, the little fellow looked up into her face and actually crooned, as a broad smile overspread his face. The mother looked down at her smiling child. A light not seen before came into her eyes, still suffused with tears, and she burst forth afresh.


"I'll keep him and bear my burden," she said.

"I know I'd never desert a baby smart enough to laugh like that when only 11 days old," said the white-haired matron. "That child knows its mother right now. Yes he does."

Then there was a season of billing and cooing as the baby was passed from one woman to another, while the admiring mother looked on through her glistening eyes. The sister-in-law was then taken in tow and shown her duty. The outcome of it was that a slender arm slipped about the young mother's waist as "Mabel, you can go home with me. You'll not have to bear your burden alone," was whispered in her ear.

Probably a Missouri Pacific train never carried two happier women than did the one bound for Joplin last night. They took turns about fondling a little baby, who occasionally looked at the smiling face of one of them and smiled back as if he knew his unfortunate young mother, but was by no means ashamed of her.

"She seen her duty and she done it," said a policeman after the curtain had rung down.

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August 31, 1908


Alderman Gilman Believes Carbolic
Acid Ordinance Is a Bid for Profit.

The lower house last night referred to the sanitary and hospital committee the upper house ordinance making a physician's prescription necessary in buying carbolic acid at drug stores.

"It seems to me that ordinance originated in some druggist's profit factory," said Alderman C. J. Gilman, who is a practicing physician, "and I can't see how by compelling people to pay a druggist 600 or 700 per cent profit in the sale of carbolic acid we are going to restrain people from taking the poison for suicidal purposes. We all know carbolic acid is a common commodity found in every house for sanitary purposes. Druggists now sell an ounce of it for 5 cents if the customer has a bottle, but if the druggist furnishes the bottle the cost is 10 cents for the ounce. Make a prescription necessary and a druggist will charge 25 cents an ounce for the commodity, which is essential in every household for sanitary and antiseptic purposes. Physicians do not prescribe carbolic acid in the practice of medicine, and they don't want to be bothered writing a prescription every time one of their patients wants 5 cents worth of carbolic acid."

Alderman Joseph C. Wirthman, a druggist, introduced the ordinance in the upper house two weeks ago.

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August 31, 1908


Salvation Army Has Adopted New
Plan of Education in Ranks -- One
Hundred Students Already.

"Salvation by correspondence" is being extended to more than 200 young men and women in the Southwestern province of the Salvation Army by the department of young peoples' work, recently reorganized and put in charge of Staff Captain William Kiddle and his wife, who is of the same rank. They have just organized their school by preparing the lessons which are sent out for the students all over the province to master. The active school work will begin soon. Twenty-five of the pupils enrolled are in the district of Nebraska and Dakota, and seventy-five are in Oklahoma. The others are in the Kansas division.

The courses offered extend over six months each and ten of them must be completed before a certificate will be awarded and the pupil allowed to enter a higher school for the training of officers. The supervision of the lessons is entrusted to the officers of the corps to which the cadet is attached.

Besides the work for the training of religious teachers, schools will be established for the teaching of trades and manual training to the Army training. They will meet once a week in the afternoon. Meetings have been held by the local band in the citadel hall, at Thirteenth and Walnut streets.

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August 31, 1908


Biggest Sunday Crowd of the Season
There Yesterday.

There was a large attendance at Fairmount park yesterday, the largest since the Fourth of July. Everything at the park was busy. Graham, the "human fish," gave his last performances at the park yesterday afternoon, and last night. In his act, Graham ate, smoked and drank while under water, enclosed in a large glass-tank. He also gave an exhibition of the actions of a drowning person.

Wheeler's band played two interesting programmes. In the music was that of the "Girl Question" which opens the season at the Grand theater.

The bathing beach is a popular place with park visitors, and the fishing in the big lake is the very best.

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August 30, 1908



May Have Been Aided, Is the Belief
of the Police, -- Good
Description Is

All the Western states are being flooded with cards containing a picture and full description of Ira Earl Hamilton, a deserter from the United States army, suspected of the murder here of George W. Pickle, a 17-year-old boy, June 20.

Hamilton is 28 years old, 5 feet 10 1/2 inches tall, and weighs 155 or 160 pounds. He has dark brown hair, blue eyes and fair complexion. A distinctive feature in identifying him would be his slightly stooped position when walking. His neck is slightly "duked," and to add to the intensity of the stooped position, he has an unusually broad and long chin.

As soon as Detectives J. L. Ghent and "Lum" Wilson were put on the case, July 4, they arrested Hamilton. He remained in jail here ten days, but had to be released because the body of Pickle had not at that time been found. He was turned over to the military authorities at Ft. Leavenworth as a deserter and succeeded in making his escape from there in about two weeks.

While in the prison there Hamilton wrote to his aunt, Mrs. Lizzie Brownell, 103 West Fourteenth street, and upbraided her for making a statement in the Pickle case which was clearly against him. His letters, two of them, were threatening and he stated in one of them: "Remember this -- I can get away from this place any day I want to. The police have reason to believe that he was aided in his escape. It was Mrs. Brownell's aged mother who recently identified the piece of iron pipe found near where Pickle's body was discovered as having once been the property of Hamilton. He was a structural iron worker, and she said she saw it in his tool chest.

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August 30, 1908


Convention Hall Engaged for Joint
Meeting of Independence Party.

Thomas L. Hisgen, presidential candidate on the Independence party ticket, and William R. Hearst will be the principle speakers at the joint meeting of Western Missouri and Kansas adherents to be held at Convention hall September 19. J. L. Woods Merrill, national committeeman and chairman of the state committee of the Independence party, received a telegram yesterday assuring him that both Mr. Hearst and Mr. Hisgen will be here.

It is expected that many hundreds of persons inclined to the views of Mr. Hearst will come here for the occasion. Elaborate preparations have been made for the occasion.

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August 30, 1908





David B. Kirk, Sr., Captures Cards
and Chips, and She Sweeps Up
$5 Bill -- All Held as Evidence.

Wondering what attraction her husband found to keep him down town until the wee small hours of the morning, Mrs. David Kirk, Jr., 3120 Euclid avenue, daughter-in-law of David B. Kirk, foreman of the grand jury, started an investigation which culminated last Thursday night in her wrecking a pool hall located at 715 Central street after she discovered her husband in a rear room playing poker.

For some time Mrs. Kirk had been disturbed in mind because her husband had begun to keep late hours and could not give to her any satisfactory reasons for his so doing. A week ago five men were arrested by Detectives Robert Phelan and Scott Godley, who charged them with gambling. In some mysterious way Mrs. Kirk heard that her husband was one of the men, as did also his father in law, David B. Kirk, foreman of the grand jury. When taxed with being arrested Kirk, Jr., denied it to his wife, and she asked the assistance of her father-in-law.

The son was called into the father's office and denied that he had been arrested, but admitted that a friend had been caught gambling in a raid that detectives made on the pool hall and that he had gone to the station and deposited $17 bond for his friend.

David B. Kirk, 3217 Montgall avenue, foreman of the grand jury, was at his desk in his office in the M. K. & T. building about 7 o'clock last evening when he received a telephone call from his daughter-in-law. She said that her husband was not at home and that she was worried about him. She finally left her home, 3120 Euclid avenue, and went to Mr. Kirk's office. He talked to her and endeavored to pacify her and then they started home. She suggested that they stroll down to the suspected pool hall and see if David, Jr., was there. Mr. Kirk said last night that the pool hall was brilliantly lighted, the billiard balls racked, but the room was empty.


Mrs. Kirk refused to be satisfied. She opened the door and walked in. A door at one end of the room led to another beyond. The glass panels were painted white and it was impossible to see what was behind them. Mr. Kirk and his daughter-in-law could hear men's voices, the clicking of chips and the shuffling of cards. She knocked on the inside door as it was locked. A man partly opened it, probably expecting to see another poker player to join the crowd, and that act led to the wrecking of the hall later on.

Mr. Kirk succeeded in getting her foot between the door and the jamb, and, assisted by Mr. Kirk, Sr., she pushed the door open. Inside was her husband and four or five other men. They had attempted to conceal all evidence of the gambling that was going on in the room, but overlooked one $5 bill A man remarked that the money belonged to him, but was surprised as the rest when Mrs. Kirk picked up the bill and said he had evidently made a mistake. She placed the money in her chatelaine bag. Mr. Kirk got some poker chips and cards as evidence.


Fearing that the commotion would attract a crowd, Mr. Kirk took his son's wife and started to leave the building. As the two went through the pool hall Mrs. Kirk's anger arose beyond control, and the red and white ivory balls seemed to drive her frantic. Rushing to one of the tables she picked up the balls and began throwing them through the mirrors in the room. Exhausting the supply of balls on the first table she quickly gathered up those on the table next to it and finished all the mirrors in the hall.

Going from one table to another the now enraged woman scooped up the little ivories and pasted them through the plate glass windows and out into the street. After she had thrown every everything she could handle she consented to leave. Mr. Kirk, her father-in-law, says they went to Eighth street and endeavored to find a policeman, but not a sight of one they could catch. Down one block and up another street the two people walked, hunting, searching and looking for a minion of the law, but in vain.


Just as Mr. Kirk, Sr., was calling the grand jury into session Friday morning he was informed that there was an urgent telephone call for him. He answered it and, last night, he said that his son was at the other end of the wire. Young Kirk told his father that Charles W. Prince, owner of the pool hall, was in his office and desired to know what reparation he intended to make for the damage of furniture and building resulting from his wife's actions. The young man wanted his father to tell him what to do. "Mr. Prince wants to talk to you," said the son. The father stated last night that he answered by saying: "If Mr. Prince wants to talk to me, he'll have to do the talking before the grand jury. That was the last Kirk, Sr. heard of Prince. It is not likely that that will be the last Prince will hear of Kirk, Sr., or of the grand jury, either.

When asked what action would be taken by him, Mr. Kirk, Sr., stated that he had called the prosecuting attorney into the grand jury room and told the whole story, shielding no one, asking no mercy for anyone.

Asked if an indictment would be returned by the grand jury against anyone for either gambling or keeping a gambling house, Mr. Kirk stated that the prosecuting attorney had informed the grand jury that Mr. Kirk had not secured enough evidence against anyone to make a conviction in the criminal court. The money, the cards, the chips, the table with its green cloth and white covering were not sufficient evidence, the prosecuting attorney told them. According to Mr. Kirk, to secure a conviction the state would have to have witnesses who could testify that they had seen the men gambling.

David B. Kirk, Jr., is 32 years of age. He is a millers' agent.

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August 29, 1908




Weapon Used by Her Assailant Is
Found -- The Woman Is Dying,
but May Make Fur-
ther Statement.

Mrs. William A. Johnson, Buckner, Mo., who was struck in her bedchamber on the night of August 20 by an unknown person, became conscious yesterday morning. In the afternoon she made a statement which throws much light upon the attempted assasination. Several discoveries were also made during the day which will aid the authorities in their search.

"When I awoke," said Mrs. Johnson, "I had a drowsy sensation. At the same time I was conscious of a newspaper over my face. A strange smell was in the room. I tried to get up, and succeeded far enough to see that t here was a light in the room. Then all became blank.

"I do not know who struck me, but I have my suspicions."

The attending physician said last night that Mrs. Johnson's rally was only a temporary one and that she might die at any moment.

The weapon with which Mrs. Johnson is supposed to have been struck has been found. It is a piece of lead weighing about three and a half pounds, shaped like a cartridge, three and a half inches long and one and a half inches wide. Its size corresponds with the shape of the wound on Mrs. Johnson's head.

A bottle of chloroform, two-thirds empty, was found in the drawer of a dresser which those familiar with the house say was used only by Johnson himself.

"I did not know that there was a bottle of chloroform in the house," said Mrs. Johnson.

Additional proof that the married life of Mr. and Mrs. Johnson was unhappy was furnished yesterday when it was discovered that about six months ago Mrs. Johnson consulted an attorney in this city with a view of getting a divorce from her husband. After talking to the lawyer she decided not do to so.

Johnson spent most of the day in Kansas City yesterday, accompanied by Whig Keshlear, a speciall officer, who had been detailed to guard him. In case Mrs. Johnson should die papers charging Johnson with murder in the first degree have been prepared and will be served at once. In that case the preliminary hearing will be held the day fter the funeral before Justice James Adams in Buckner.

County Prosecutor I. B. Kimbrell is holding himself in readiness to go to Buckner and take the dying statement of Mrs. Johnson.

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August 29, 1908


Deserter Is Believed to Have Mur-
dered George Pickle, Whose Body
Was Found in River.

Governor Joseph W. Folk yesterday offered a reward of $200 for the arrest and conviction of Ira Earl Hamilton, the deserter from the United States army, who is believed to have killed George W. Pickle in a swampy place near the mouth of the Blue river on June 20. The reward stands good for one year from the date.

On June 20, Pickle, who was only 17 years old, left his home at 1429 Summit street with Hamilton, 28 years old, ostensibly in a search of work. Five days later a body was found in the underbrush near the mouth of the Blue. Hamilton, who at that time was not suspected, was sent a few days later to see if he could identify the body. He reported that it was the body of a negro, 35 years old.

At the point where the body lay had been several feet of backwater during the flood. Trees and brush grew thick and neither the body nor the clothing could have floated away. Near there detectives found a piece of gas pipe about one foot long. It had been cut with a machine which crushed the ends together. The pipe was yesterday identified by a woman who lives at the home of Hamilton's aunt. She said she had often seen it among his tools. He is a constructural iron worker.

Hamilton was arrested shortly after the boy disappeared, but at that time Pickle's body had not been found. Hamilton was turned over to the military prison at Fort Leavenworth to serve time as a deserter. He succeeded in making his escape from there in less than a month. Prosecutor I. B. Kimbrell says he has a strong case against Hamilton.

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August 29, 1908


Fire and Water Board Will Hear
Their Demand.

"Why didn't you come to the board thirty days ago and ask for a raise in wages and not wait until a new commission is to take over the control of the waterworks a week hence?" asked R. L. Gregory, president of the board of public works, yesterday of a delegation of waterworks laborers that asked that their pay be raised from $1.75 to $2 a day.

"We didn't suppose there was any hurry, that the campaign promises of both Crittenden and Gregory to raise our wages stood good for any old time," replied the spokesman of the party.

"I have no recollection of making any such declarations in the campaign," said Mr. Gregory, "but if I did you can bet I'll stand by them if there is any merit to your demands."

The proposal was passed up to the fire and water board, which will formally organize under the new charter next Thursday.

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August 29, 1908


Detectives Are Looking For F. D. S.
Bethune, Believed to Be Demented.

Faneuil D. S. Bethune, a prominent New York lawyer, who has been missing from his residence since last Saturday, is believed to have come to Kansas City and local detectives are looking for him.

Mrs. Bethune is prostrated at the Auditorium in Chicago, where she has been ill since she ended a fruitless search for her husband in that city. A reward of $1,000 has been offered for information which will lead to the finding of Mr. Bethune, dead or alive.

Bethune left New York last Saturday to go to Buffalo on legal business. He had been engaged in arduous legal work for nearly three years without taking a vacation and when he called his wife over the long distance telephone from Buffalo Sunday night, she noticed something strange in his manner of speaking to her and spent a restless night. The next day she asked aid in her search for her husband. Information to the effect that Bethune had talked from a telephone station in New York instead of at Buffalo led to the discovery that he had not gone there. It is thought he first went to Chicago and later started for Kansas City.

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