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October 31, 1908
HER BRAVE LIFE
ENDS IN AGONY.
CRIPPLED WIDOW BURNED TO
DEATH AT HER WORK.
LAST WORD FOR
SHE HAD LABORED TO KEEP OUT
OF POOR HOUSE.
Flame of Gasoline Stove Catches Mrs.
Martha Hughes's Garments
While She Labors at
After striving for five years to lift her family of three children from a position of dependence, fighting against fate with all the strength of her crippled body, Mrs. Martha Hughes, 36 years old, a widow, was burned to death yesterday afternoon in her home at 1415 Spruce avenue.
Five years ago Mrs. Hughes's husband died and she was thrown upon the world to earn a living for herself and her three children, a boy of 12 years, a girl of 9 and a baby boy of 2 years. Her fight was an uphill one, and she collapsed under her heavy handicap, and was forced to go to the poor farm of the Missouri county where she lived. She did what work her health permitted around the place, but she was never content to remain there.
"I want my children to be able to hold up their heads in the world when I am gone," she said.
As soon as she was able she left the institution, and went into another county, where she made another fight to bring up her children away from the almshouse atmosphere. Again she was unsuccessful, and went to another poor farm.
After a year of wandering from one poor farm to another she landed in Kansas City, having just been released from the almshouse at Butler, Mo. Her case was brought to the attention of the Provident Association. It was just at t his time that the agitation against the housing of children in poor houses was sweeping the state, and the association determined that Mrs. Hughes should be given a chance to bring up her children away from any charitable institution.
She was put in a little house with her children and provided with washing to do. Her work was very hard, for she had a leg which was so crippled that she had to use crutches when she walked upon the street. After a short time the older boy found a place with a farmer in Jackson county and the mother was left alone with her little girl and baby. Six months ago he returned to his mother and since then has been working in a bag factory earning $4 a week, which he contributed to the support of the family.
The daughter called for the clothes and delivered them and the mother washed and ironed them. When she ironed she set the little gasoline stove which she used to heat her irons close to the ironing board so that she would not have to take many steps in her work.
It was while engaged thus yesterday afternoon about 4 o'clock that her skirts caught fire. She was alone and unable to help herself and was literally burned all over her body. The ambulance from the Walnut street police station was called and made a record run. Mrs. Hughes was taken to the general hospital, where she died at 8 o'clock.
Before she passed away she clasped the hands of Mrs. Kate Pearson of the Provident Association in her own burnt ones, and said:
"You won't let them separate my children, will you, Mrs. Pearson?"
Mrs. Pearson said that she would not.
Labels: charity, children, clothing, death, Fire, general hospital, poor farm, Spruce avenue, women
October 31, 1908
LOOKING FOR OLD LANDMARKS.
George W. Young Finds a Few
Changes in Fifty-Eight Years.
George W. Young, one of the pioneers of Kansas City, who had not been back to the old home since he left here, fifty-eight years ago, is fully aware of the miraculous change. No more did he see the Chouteau warehouse, and he inquired for the Kaw Valley hotel in vain.
Mr. Young, now 78 years of age, and living in Seattle, Wash., came to Kansas City a day or so ago. Yesterday he was wandering about over the old "stomping ground," and stepped into the office of R. L. Gregory, president of the upper house of the council. As he entered the office he noticed a picture of Mr. Gregory's father, taken when he was mayor of the city, many years ago. Mr. Gregory was not acquainted with his visitor, and when Mr. Young turned to him and said: "That's a picture of your father, is it not?" Mr. Gregory was astounded. Choking down his astonishment, he managed to reply in the affirmative.
"When I was a youngster he was my guardian, but that was over fifty-eight years ago," said Mr. Young. Then, noticing the amazed expression on Mr. Gregory's face, he introduced himself. Straightway Mr. Young inquired for the old landmarks, places which Mr. Gregory had never heard of, which so confused the councilman that he took the visitor over to see Mayor Crittenden.
But the mayor denied knowledge of the early history of Kansas City, so Mr. Young is now looking for some of the early settlers who can tell him about the old bank down on the river front and explain just what has become of all the steamboats which used to ply up and down the Missouri.
Labels: history, Mayor Crittenden, Missouri river, Robert Lee Gregory, Seniors, visitors
October 31, 1908
FOUR HOURS FOR EACH VOTER.
Employers Are Obliged by Statute to
Grant That Time.
Samuel A. Boyer, county clerk, yesterday called attention to section 7175 of the Revised Statutes of Missouri, which provide that every employer must allow his employes four hours on election day so they may vote. The employer, however, may specify the hours. The law says that no wages shall be deducted on this account, nor shall the employe be made otherwise to suffer for taking time to vote from his employment. Violation of the law on the part of the employer subjects him to prosecution for a misdemeanor, the penalty for which is a fine.
Labels: employment, politics
October 31, 1908
PUTS BEDBUG IN A CAPSULE.
And Gives It to Children to Cure
Chills and Fever.
"Are bedbugs good for chills and fever?"
This inquiry stumped Dr. E. L. Mathias, probation officer, yesterday. After he had taken the count, the doctor sat up and asked particulars of the man who had propounded the question. The visitor to the Detention home explained:
"There is a woman out in our section of town who has ideas of her own about medicine. When her children have chills and fever, she puts a bedbug in a capsule and feeds it to them. Is that all right?
The doctor promised to look into the capsules. "Maybe it's a valuable addition to the scientific knowledge of medicine," he said.
Labels: detention home, doctors, Dr Mathias, health
October 31, 1908
FOR COUNTY RECORDS.
County Court Decides In Fa-
vor of a Building.
One of the most important projects ever to be undertaken in Jackson county was assured yesterday when the county court decided to erect, adjoining the recorder's office on the north, a fireproof building to house all the records in that office.
At present the records are kept on wooden shelving, in a vault directly above the boiler room of the courthouse. That is, some of the records are. Others are stacked about the office with no protection from fire.
The records in this office contain every land transaction in the county. Should they be destroyed, endless litigation would result to clear titles. Every person in Jackson county, who owns real estate is vitally interested in the project of a fireproof building.
The action of the county court was taken in response to a communication submitted by C. L. Flaugh, H. R. Ennis, F. McMillan, A. P. Nichols and L. S. C. Ladish, a committee appointed for the purpose by the Real Estate exchange.
It was decided by the court that the proposed addition could be built at an expense of about $50,000, the money to come from the general revenues. A committee is to be named to investigate the new building erected by Chicago to house its records. Both that city, which lost all its records by fire and San Francisco, whose books met the same fate, have had much litigation over titles since the destruction of the records. Such a condition is also favorable to the formation of an abstract trust, with the consequent raising the rates to every one who conveys or buys property.
Judge C. E. Moss, who is much in favor of the building, is a candidate for re-election. To return him to the county court would mean a speedy consummation of the plan.
Labels: Chicago, county court, Judges
October 30, 1908
POLICE WILL ARREST ALL
CAUGHT PLAYING PRANKS.
Order Goes Out for No Mercy Toward
Those That Practice Outlawry
Have the kids in your block been holding whispering conferences on the street corners this week? Then take heed. This is clothes line night.
If your family washing is being done today, wind up the line at sundown and put it away, for it is "loser weeper" if you don't. You may find it tied to somebody's porch bench two or three blocks down the street, and then again you may not.
Clothes line night has become recognized among the youngsters as a greater night of frolic than Halloween. People don't expect mischief makers then as they do on the witches' eve, and there are so many startling surprises that can be sprung on the uninitiated. It is lots of fun to see folks stopped in their hurried walk and hear the queer words they say when they find out it's only a rope that stopped them. It's exciting to be chased for blocks after the folks hear the suspicious "tee-hees" from the bushes. It's sport to tie the knob of the front door to a post on the porch so that it cannot be opened, and then ring the doorbell merrily until a red, angry face appears and a fist shakes menacingly.
But it's most fun to take the nice, new clothes lines down and cut them into tiny pieces and scatter them in them all over the yard.
But here's a damper to the sport of clothesline night and all other nights, especially Halloween. The police have been given strict orders to be on the trail of all boys all of the nights until Halloween has gone for another year.
The order says, in part: "Keep a sharp lookout and arrest all persons (men or boys) who may be found destroying, or attempting to destroy, personal property." The order goes further and says "any kind of property," meaning of course, that if the boys should try to move one man's lot over onto another's, arrests would follow.
Special stress is being laid upon the specific act of "soaping the car tracks." Any boys or grownups caught doing this will be swooped down upon and lodged in the nearest police station.
There is to be no such thing as papa appearing on the scene after arrest, saying: "This is my boy; he's not bad, only mischievous," and the mischievous one being released on a personal bond. The order is to require only cash bonds or book the offenders for investigation, from which there is no appeal, no such thing as bond. So, small boys, big boys, young boys and old boys, be good, or at least, be very careful.
Labels: children, police, pranks
October 30. 1908
TWO BIG ADVANCE SALES.
Long Lines for "Ben Hur" and War-
When the hour of 9 o'clock arrived yesterday morning and the ticket sellers at the Willis Wood and Shubert opened their windows for the "Ben Hur" and David Warfield engagements next week, a long line of eager theatergoers stretched away from the box office at each theater. At the Willis Wood the line reached from the box office to the corner of Eleventh and Baltimore and thence to the stage door on Eleventh street. All through the morning the line remained unbroken and the advance sale for "Ben Hur ranked well with any which had preceded it. When the fact that two attractions of such magnitude are coming the same week is taken into consideration, the double sale broke all records. Down at the Shubert there was a line of Warfield enthusiasts reaching from the box office to the corner of Tenth and Baltimore and thence to the alley on Baltimore.
Labels: Baltimore avenue, Eleventh street, Tenth street, theater
October 30, 1908
JACK GALLAGHER BEFORE JURY.
Declares All Men Registered From
the Star Hotel Are Voters.
"Men registered from my place are voters just as legally as any silk stockings."
This was, in substance, the statement of "Jack" Gallagher, ex-policeman and saloonkeeper, when the grand jury yesterday questioned him about the registration in the Star hotel, at Independence avenue and Oak street, over a salloon which Gallagher formerly owned. The jury heard other registration evidence. Among other witnesses was the ex-boss gambler of Kansas City.
Labels: hotels, Independence avenue, Jack Gallagher, Oak street, politics
October 30, 1908
MEN WON THE SPELLING BEE.
Four of Them Standing When Last
Woman Went Down.
In an old-fashioned spelling bee held at the First Baptist church, Independence, last night, the men beat the women of the congregation. Four of them were standing when the last of the fair sex, who comprised the opposing side, went down to defeat.
One hundred participated in the event, fifty women on one side and fifty men on the other. At first the men went down in an alarming manner, but later they took a brace and finally succeeded in coming out victorious.
Labels: churches, Independence
October 29, 1908
CAPTAIN WILLIAM J. MORLEY,
OF POLICE FORCE, IS DEAD.
Brave and Efficient Officer, and Had
Been in City's Service
After an illness of more than two months, William James Morley, captain at No. 5 police station, died yesterday afternoon about 5 o'clock. He had been for twenty-two years one of the most efficient members of the police force of the city. He was 57 years old.
Captain Morley was born in Ireland, but emigrated to this country at the age of 18 years. He became a railroad man and soon rose to the position of assistant yardmaster at Binghampton, N. Y. It was there that he married and then moved to Kansas City, coming in at the same time that the C. B. & Q railway did, thirty-two years ago.
He was made yardmaster, a position which he held for ten years. At the end of that time he gave up his position to become a policeman, and was assigned to the Central police station. He was a brave and capable officer and made a number of good captures. At the end of ten years' service as a patrolman he was made a sergeant and stationed at No. 4 station. Seven years ago, as a reward for faithful service, he was made a lieutenant in charge of the desk at the Walnut street station. There he remained until September, 1907, when he was made captain and placed at the Westport station.
Captain Morley was wounded in the service fo the city once, that being during a fight in the West Bottoms, in which he was accidentally shot in the left shoulder by a brother officer while trying to arrest a burglar.
Captain Morley was singularly fortunate in his business ventures. Many years ago he bought a strip of land in the West Bottoms, which the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railway bought from him at an increased price. He also invested in other real estate, and he invariably made a handsome profit on every transaction. Hhis fortune is estimated at $15,000. At the time of his death he owned some business property on Grand avenue and several houses, besides farming land.
Captain Morley's private life was happy. He lived many years in the ho use where he died at 3418 Broadway, an old-fashioned frame house set far back in the yard. Besides his wife his family consisted of five children. Katherine is now in Binghampton, N. Y.; Mrs. P. E. Fagan loves in Kansas City. Louis C. is a steamfitter; John is a farmer in Jackson county and William J. Morely, Jr., is a miner in Ely, Nev. Two grandchildren also survive. Captain Morley was a devout Catholic and a member of the Annunciation parish. He belonged to the order of Heptosophs.
"I worked with Captain Morley for fifteen years," siad Captain Thomas P. Flahive last night, "and I always found him honest, fearless and efficient as well as considerate and kind hearted. The police force of Kansas City has lost one of its finest and truest men."
The funeral services will be held Friday morning at the home, but the exact time has not been determined. Catholic rites will be used.
Labels: Broadway, Captain Flahive, Central station, death, immigrants, No 4 police station, No 5 police station, police, railroad, real estate, West bottoms, Westport
October 29, 1908
NEED NOT FEAR
CHILDREN NEEDN'T SUBMIT UN-
LESS THEY WANT TO.
MUST NOT THREATEN PUPILS
If Parents Want Them Vaccinated,
Well and Good; If Not, That
Ends It -- To Begin
There will be no wholesale vaccination of children at the Woodland school this morning. That is, there will not be if parents express the desire that their children be passed by when the surgeon makes his rounds this morning with his vacine point. Neither will these children who thus escape this raid be excluded from the schools.
It appeared yesterday afternoon that every child in the Woodland school would be forced to undergot his ordeal this morning as a physician has been appointed ot the task, by the health board. This physician undoubtedly will be busy, for there are parents who welcome the opportunity of having their children vaccinated without expense to themselves, but those parents who have been worrying lest their children be subjected to the vaccine point may rest assured that they will be allowed to continue in school, and without protest. They will not be excluded. Neither will they be threatened with expulsion.
Joseph L. Norman, president of the board of education, said last night that while no official action had been taken by the board, he had warned Superintendent J. M. Greenwood no later than last night that children whose parents objected to tehir being vaccinated should not be threatened with expulsion.
"The board will not meet until next month, and there can be no official action until that time, either way," Mr. Norman said. "But there need be no fear on the part of parents that their children will be kept out of the schools. That is out of the question. They will be allowed to continue their studies whether they are vaccinated or not."
Many North End children, doubtless sent by parents aroused to the point of believing a plague is imminent by the vaccination discussion, visited the city physician's office yesterday and asked to be vaccinated. They were splendidly attended to, and most of them looked upon the little patch of scratches on their arms as real red badges of courage.
Labels: children, health, North end, schools, Superintendent Greenwood
October 29, 1908
NEW LONG DISTANCE 'PHONE.
Independent Kansas City-New York
BUFFALO, N. Y., Oct. 28. -- (Special.) A dispatch was printed here today stating that the much-rumored merger of independent telephone lines between Kansas City and New York was about to be consummated.
Burt G. Hubbell, president of the Inter-Ocean Telephone and Telegraph Company, the leading independent line in this vicinity, said that, according to plans outlined, all the independent companies between here and New York city, in the East, Kansas City, in the West, and Mobile, Ala., in the South, are to be merged.
"Twelve companies will go into the syndicate, giving a complete and immediate long distance service between Buffalo, Rochester, Cleveland, Detroit, Toledo, Philadelphia, Syracuse, St. Louis and intermediate points," said Mr. Hubbard.
The merger, as now planned, will unite 20,000 miles of poles and a group of companies with a total invested capital of $200,000,000.
Labels: New York, St Louis, telephone
October 28, 1908
LONELY OLD MAN WEEPS
FOR HIS MURDERED SON.
Elle Bassin Has a Load of Grief and
Labor Almost Too Heavy
Sitting alone in his little shoeshop at 1221 West Twenty-fourth street there is an aged, white-haired man. The police say he has no more heart for work. He stares vacantly into space and occasionally a tear drops from his furrowed cheek. The old man is Elle Bassin, father of Nathan Bassin, the young man murdered in the shop at 10 o'clock Saturday night by highwaymen. The aged man is nearly blind and depended upon his son to take the work off his hands. Now the support of the widowed daughter-in-law and her two children has fallen on him, and the burden is a heavy one.
Confessed Slayer of Nathan Bassin.
Confined in separate cells two young men sat in the county jail all day yesterday. It was their first day there, and no one called on them. They were Edward Cassidy, who has a home at 908 West Thirty-first street, and Thad Dyer, 703 Southwest boulevard. They are the cause of the aged shoemaker's grief. Cassidy confessed that he and Dyer went to the shop bent on robbery. They met with resistance from Nathan, the son, and Cassidy shot him dead. Dyer was guarding the door at the time. Both men say they are sorry, really sorry, that they took a human life.
Accomplice of Cassidy in the Bassin Murder.
Dyer's father, Edward Dyer, is a member of the fire department, and the boy had a good home, but he was wild and often fell into the hands of the police. Both boys were born and reared near the Southwest boulevard, and have known no such thing as restraint since childhood, the police say. Cassidy has an impediment in his speech that gives the impression that he is not very strong mentally. Neither boy attended school to any great extent.
They are being held in the county jail without bond awaiting trial by the criminal court on an information charging them with murder in the first degree.
Labels: jail, Jews, murder, Seniors, Southwest boulevard, Twenty-fourth street, visual impairment
October 27, 1908
SAYS GIRLS ARE MISTREATED.
J. W. Freeman Complains of the State
J. W. Freeman of 66 South Thirteenth street, Kansas City, Kas., yesterday appeared before the board of county commissioners and offered a protest against the manner in which the girls are treated at the state industrial school for girls in Beloit, Kas. His complaint was based upon the incarceration in the institute of Pearl Hunt, 16 years old, sent from the juvenile court of this city.
He declared that inmates of that institution were subjected to inhuman treatment, and between sobs informed the members of the board that he was willing to make affidavit of his charges. After being told that the local board of county commissioners had nothing to do with the state institution, he said he would sell some of his property situated in the county to force an investigation. He stated that he had called upon the state board of control, but received no encouragement. Some of his charges were against the management of the institution were of such a character that the commissioners refused to consider them. He was told to prefer these charges to the state board of control.
Labels: abuse, children, Kansas City Kas
October 27, 1908
CONFESS MURDER OF
EDWARD CASSIDY AND THAD
DYER CAUGHT BY POLICE.
Went to Bassin's Shop to Rob Him
and Killed the Young Man When
He Interfered With
When Edward Cassidy and Thad Dyer entered the little shoe shop of Elle Bassin and his son, Nathan, 1221 West Twenty-fourth street, at 10 o'clock Saturday night, they were bent on robbery. The confession of Cassidy to Captain Walter Whitsett late yesterday afternoon settled that question. They figured no interference, but when Nathan Bassin objected and grappled with Cassidy, the latter said he drew a revolver and shot him dead.
The murder took place in the shoe shop at 10 o'clock Saturday night, and when it was discovered it was a mystery. It remained so until Sunday morning, when Patrolmen Fred Nissen and W. J. Graham got a clue which led to the arrest of Dyer and Cassidy. A grocer, William Doarn, at the southwest corner of Twenty-fourth and Mercier streets, remembered that the two men had been in his place just before the killing and had said, "If you see anything happen around here tonight you haven't seen us."
Dyer was the first to confess yesterday morning after being questioned a long while. Then he laid the crime on Cassidy and said: "We went into the the shop with the intention of trying on a pair of shoes and wearing them out without paying for them . When we started out the young man grabbed Casssidy and he shot him . Then we both ran."
PURPOSE WAS ROBBERY.
This story didn't sound, as there were no shoes for sale in the shop. Dyer stuck to his story until Cassidy confessed; then he said the latter's version was correct. Casssidy told the following story to Captain Whitsett and afterwards made a statement to I. B. Kimbrell, county prosecutor.
"We were broke and wanted some money. We met in Water's saloon on Southwest boulevard about 8:30 p. m. Then we visited different places until about 9:45 o'clock, when we decided to hold up the old shoemaker. We went to Doarn's grocery store, across from the shoeshop, and saw Will Doarn in the door. We asked him not to say anything about seeing us in the neighborhood if anything happened.
"I'M AWFULLY SORRY."
"Then we went across the street," continued Cassidy. "Dyer stood in the door of the shop as I entered and ordered 'Hands up." The young man grabbed me, and I shot him. I wanted to get away. That's all. I'm sorry, awful sorry. I never went into the thing with the intention of killing anybody."
Cassidy and Dyer both ran from the place immediately after the shooting and separated. Cassidy remained about the Southwest boulevard until late and then went home with a friend. He lives at 908 West Thirty-first street, and Dyer at 703 Southwest boulevard. Dyer said he went home.
Dyer is the son of Edward Dyer, a member of the Kansas City fire department. The father was at police headquarters insisting upon his son's innocence yesterday just after he had confessed his part in the murder.
Both men are well known to the police. Cassidy was recently arraigned in the municipal court by Sergeant Thomas O'Donnell on a charge of vagrancy. They were taken before Justice Festus O. Miller late yesterday afternoon and arraigned on a charge of murder in the first degree. They waived preliminary examination and were committed to the county jail without bond to await trial in the criminal court.
Labels: Captain Whitsett, grocers, Jews, Judges, Mercier street, murder, police, police headquarters, Prosecutor Kimbrell, saloon, Southwest boulevard, Thirty-first street, Twenty-fourth street
October 27, 1908
EVOLUTION IS THE
BASE OF SOCIALISM.
DECLARES A SPEAKER OF MANY
Arthur Morrow Lewis of Chicago Ad-
dresses Followers of That Economic
School -- He Will Speak
Civilization has not made the most of itself, according to Arthur Morrow Lewis of Chicago, in his lecture on "Socialism and Science," at the Academy of Music last night. The body of his lecture was taken up with an exegesis of the Darwinian theory of evolution, which the speaker said, constitutes the principal prerequisite of socialistic philosophy.
His words were spicily sprinkled with tersely put aphorisms that wouldn't make dull reading in some of the smartly written best-sellers, to wit"
"The desire to be a millionaire is the propensity of a hog.
"Capitalists live without working, while you work without living.
"We are not dreamers of dreams, crying for the moon.
"The giraffe does about as much thinking as the average workingman.
"We know that when Bryan and Hearst rail at the trusts, they are beating their wooden heads against a granite wall.
"We look even beyond the brotherhood of man, and proclaim the brotherhood of all things that live -- a greater idea than any religion ever dreamed of.
"The truth of evolution is rejected nowhere, so far as I know, unless it be by the Salvation Army.
"The diminutive cohippus of ages ago was the ancestor of our great present-day thoroughbred horse, and the jungle fowl, progenitor of our barnyard chickens, is still cackling in the tropic wilderness.
"Let a man among us lift up his head and announce an unheard of truth, and we will persecute him, as our fathers did the pioneers of civilization.
"The mob -- you are the mob, that is until election day is over. For the brief present, you are intelligent and sovereign citizens.
"They say that civilization was created by a handful of men and that it is only just that a handful should control it, but I notice the handful that created it is not the same that now owns it."
The speaker closed with an impassioned recitation from Victor Hugo on the breaking up of the frozen river Neva when the peasantry had built a city on its surface of ice.
Mr. Lewis will speak tonight on "The Triumph of Socialism."
Labels: Chicago, politics, Socialists, visitors
October 26, 1908
SLUM ANGELS IN TOWN.
They Will Distribute Comfort and
Cheer to the Unfortunate.
The Slum Angels have arrived in Kansas City and from now on we can see them every day, if we feel like it. There are only two of them, that seeming to be all that could be induced to come to Kansas City, although Minneapolis has five and New York and several other cities many more.
Various are the names that the Slum Angles go by. In some places they are called the Slum Sisters and in others the Little Saints of the Salvation Army. If you address them as Captain Nettie Room and Lieutenant Alice Seay, they would answer to those names also.
They are two bright, sweet faced young women who have been appointed by Colonel Blanche B. Cox, commanding the Mid Western province of the Salvation Army, to take charge of the slum and relief work of the army in this city. For several years there have been slum angels at work in other cities and Miss Room herself has been in the work eight years, in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Minneapolis. Miss Seay graduated from the Chicago training school last July.
All of the investigating work of the army in this city will be turned over to them and it will be their duty exclusively to determine whether an applicant for relief is worthy or not. They will also administer temporary relief where the need is pressing.
An important part of their work consists in nursing. Miss Room has nursed several years in hospitals and her assistant has had instruction along the same line. The slum angel comes into the home of the poor family at their darkest hour, when illness has attacked the breadwinner, doctors and nurses the ailing one, cheers up the other members of the family, and provides temporary relief when needed.
One other function that the angels undertake is to teach that virtue is next to Godliness. They will invade an unkempt home and with the consent of the housewife, give the house a thorough cleaning. They will instruct the family in the use of soap, scrubbing brushes and disinfectants.
The customary uniform of the slum angel consists of a blue striped suit with a black straw hat, trimmed with army insignia. They will occupy rooms in one of the congested districts of the city, which they will make their headquarters. It is planned to make these rooms the meeting place of the mothers' clubs, reading circles and sewing societies, which the slum workers will organize among their workers.
"But we will not forget the spiritual side of our work while attending to the physical wants of our people," said Miss Room yesterday. "We will make it our business to bring Christianity into the lives of all with whom we come in contact."
The slum sisters are making preparations for their work this week. They will begin active settlement life in a few days.
Labels: Boston, charity, clothing, ministers, nurses, Salvation Army, women
October 26, 1908
THEY ASKED FOR BEER.
Demands of Two Men Surprised a
They were railroad men, as was plainly shown by their clothes and the grimy faces. The tow men entered the bank together, and, swinging their dinner pails, shuffled across the tile floor to the marble counter, behind which sat the third assistant cashier. One dinner pail went up on top of the highly polished marble while railroad man No. 2 put his pail on the floor, where he could keep one foot against it. Then the two men placed an elbow apiece on the marble top and faced each other. One began telling a story to his friend and the dapper assistant cashier waited patiently until he had finished, and then asked:
"What will you have, gentlemen?"
"Beer, please," said one. "Make it two," added the other.
Was it possible, had he heard right? The assistant cashier was confused, but managed to stammer out a "Beg pardon?" The answer appalled the young man, who had never had the question asked of him back in Gallatin, where he had worked in his father's bank. It also touched his pride, for it was "Two bears, pal." He informed the men that they had made a mistake, that they were in a bank and not a saloon.
"The only time this bank serves John Barleycorn," he said, "is when the president meets in yonder room with the directors."
The astonished cashier repeated to his friends and was surprised to learn that all of the banks have such occurrences on an average of once a week. Apparently, the men are so much under the influence of liquor that they do not see anything but the polished top of the marble counters and labor under the impression that such affairs are only for sliding schooners across. Banks are not the only places of business where consumers of beer and whisky apply for thirst quenchers. Newspapers that have their business offices on the ground floor have often been taken for barrooms. Any office that has a solid wood or marble counter running across the room, separating their working force from the rabble, is subject to be taken for a saloon. Many times young women cashiers have had men ask for liquor, believing they were in a saloon.
Labels: alcohol, banking, railroad, saloon
October 26, 1908
THIEVES MUST KEEP WARM.
Perhaps That's Why So Many Clothes
Were Stolen Last Week.
Overcoats and winter clothes were the most important articles stolen during the last week. The cold rains made it necessary for the thieves to dress warmer and they proceeded to get the clothes. The heaviest loser was the Paris store, 312 East Twelfth street, which was entered Saturday night. The goods reported stolen included two hats worth $70, and nineteen large plumes, total value, $226. A reward of $25 is offered for the recovery of the plumes.
Glazers' tools were stolen from the Baltimore hotel Saturday afternoon. An Eskimo dog was reported stolen Saturday from Mrs. A. B. Hunt, 3235 East Seventh street. Arthur Dunlap reported to the police yesterday that a friend took a horn belonging to him and failed to return it. Six pairs of pants were stolen from the store of H. Segelbohm & Co., 1307 Main street. An overcoat and umbrella was stolen by a sneak thief from C. T. Gable, while he was at t he Meridith apartments. A set of double harness was stolen from the barn of A. B. Shumway, 1007 East Twelfth street. Lead pipe thieves made their appearance Saturday after a brief period of rest. They cut the pipe out of a new building at 1525 Cherry street. W. A. Robertson, Leavenworth, Kas., reported that a serge suit was stolen from his room, 1100 East Nineteenth street. Five dollars in one of the pockets went along with the pants.
Labels: Cherry street, clothing, crime, Hotel Baltimore, hotels, Leavenworth, Main street, Nineteenth street, retailers, Seventh street, Twelfth street
October 26, 1908
WANT NO SMALLPOX THERE.
Property Owners Meet Tonight to
Protest Against Use of Old Hospital.
Property owners in the vicinity of the old general hospital will hold a mass meeting at 2326 Holmes street tonight to protest against the proposed establishment of a smallpox hospital in the old building. The meeting will convene at 7"30 o'clock.
Labels: Holmes street, hospitals, smallpox
October 26, 1908
LADY BARBER TOLD HIM.
Inquisitive Man Asked Her a Pert
The lady barber removed a steaming towel from his face and fanned it gently to and fro. The inquisitive man gazed deep into the blue orbs looking down upon him.
"Why is the average man prejudiced against the lady barber?" he asked.
The fair tonsorial artist paused in her methodical swinging of the towel, the well formed hands rested on her hips and a smile that held much pity in it, slowly wreathed her lips. For once the ever ready, "Massage today? Your face needs it," was forgotten.
"So, you are one of that almost forgotten number who firmly believe that when a woman invades a sphere hitherto occupied only by man, she necessarily leaves her womanliness behind her. Not that such men consider work for a woman degrading. Oh! dear no. Their wives, mothers or sisters might take in washing or sewing. They might scrub until their back ached and their eyes swam, that is only the nobility of labor. But just let a girl, compelled by force of circumstances, to earn her own living, step into a barber shop where she has an opportunity to earn an independent livelihood and she will at once become a target for the shafts of some super-sensitive representative of the masculine sex, who sets himself up as a judge."
At this juncture the inquisitive man uttered an inarticulate protest, but was immediately silenced by a storm of sarcasm.
"No, no, I understand exactly. Once in a great while, but only in a great while, thank goodness, some stranger will walk into the shop with that old mistaken idea about lady barbers. Such persons are quickly disillusionized. Understand me now, I am not vouching for all barbers, any more than you could vouch for a particular class of men. If you will take the trouble of investigating, however, you will find that lady barbers receive the same degree of respect, and enjoy the esteem of their customers to the same extent as in any other business or professional life. Massage today? Your face needs it."
The inquisitive man submitted meekly.
Labels: barbers, women
October 25, 1908
DESERTS HELPLESS CALF.
Humane Society Steps in and Cares
for a Freak.
During the American Royal stock sh ow two weeks ago a man had on exhibition a calf born without any fore legs. What became of the man is not known, but the helpless animal, all doubled up in a cracker box, was found beneath the viaduct at Eighth and Main streets yesterday morning. The owner evidently intended to place it on exhibition there, but he will have a hard time doing so now as W. H. Gibbens, field agent for the Humane Society, took charge of the calf and sent it to the veterinary college hospital on East Fifteenth street.
How long the little animal had been there without food or water is not known. The attention of Mr. Gibbens was drawn to it by business men in the vicinity. Mr. Gibbens tried to locate the owner of the beast but could not do so.
The attention of the Humane Society was called to another incident yesterday which Mr. Gibbens said he would put a stop to. It appears that a Vine street druggist is the possessor of two great boa constrictors. They are kept in his front window in full view of the public and frequently fed on live chickens and rabbits.
To witness the feeding of the snakes it is said many small children and women gather. Mr. Gibbens said the druggist would be requested not to feed the snakes in public.
Labels: animals, druggists, Eighth street, Fifteenth street, Humane Society, Main street, veterinarians, Vine street
October 25, 1908
HEAL BY PSYCHOTHERAPY.
This Advice Given to Universalists'
The delegates and visitors to the Thirty-seventh annual convention of Universalists in session at the First Universalist church, Park avenue and Tenth street, were addressed yesterday on "Psychotherapy" by Dr. J. W. Caldwell of Galesburg, Ill. He holds the chairs of psychology and sociology at Lombard university.
Dr. Caldwell declared that 80 per cent of all ills are traceable directly to the nervous system, and that the use of drugs in many instances is unnecessary. He earnestly urged upon his hearers the plan of spreading the Emmanuel movement throughout the length and breadth of the land. The Emanuel movement, which was originated in Boston with the Rev. Dr. Wooster, rector of the Emanuel Episcopal church, has to do with psychic healing conducted by a regular board of physicians. Unlike the Christian Scientists, the Universalists believe that medicine should be administered when necessary.
The morning session was Woman's day. The general theme, "Larger Work of Women," was discussed by Mrs. Wilbur S. Bell. Mrs. Clara Weeks spoke on the interesting subject, "The Work that Has Been Done, and May Be Done for Children."
Miss Gertrude Green, principal of the Irving school, delivered an address last night upon "The Ethical Care of Children." Miss Green said: "Children form good habits more readily than bad ones. The sense of personal responsibility is of utmost importance in the formation of a child's character. I am among those who believe that the world is growing better. Thirteen years of experience with children has taught me the inestimable value of careful training. Make the children realize that they are the future business men and women of the community, impress upon their minds the watchword of 'Good Citizenship,' and the result will be all that you can desire."
E. B. Hoffman, president of the Bankers' Trust Company, spoke upon "The Ethics of Banking."
The convention will close tonight.
Labels: Boston, children, churches, conventions, health, Park avenue, Tenth street, visitors
October 25, 1908
SHOT DOWN IN HIS SHOP BY
MOTIVE IS YET A MYSTERY.
BUT IT IS BELIEVED ROBBERY
Father and Son Had Finished Count-
ing Up and Dividing Day's
Receipts When They
At 10 o'clock last night Elle Bassin, 60 years old, and his son, Nathan, 30 years old, were sitting in their little frame shoe shop mending shoes. Without warning the door of the little frame building was pushed open.
"Throw up your hands," commanded a voice.
At the same moment a hand clasping a revolver was thrust into the room. The young man arose from his seat and fell forward on the floor with a bullet through his heart. After firing the shot the assassin fled.
"There were two men," said the father of the murdered man. "I could see their faces for an instant, but not long enough to recognize them. They were young men, probably 20 to 25 years old."
Bassin said this in German. He is of German Jewish extraction. He cannot speak English. The father lives at 213 Circle avenue and the son, who is married, lived at 2111 Mercier avenue. He leaves a widow and two children, Ida, 5 years old, and Samuel, 2 years old. There are four brothers. The father and the murdered man conducted the business in partnership.
ROBBERY THE MOTIVE.
Robbery is thought to have been the motive of the crime. The Bassins' place of business is a little frame shack, 8x10 feet, at 1221 West Twenty-fourth street, with one door and a window about four feet wide in front. Every night they took the money received during the day out of the drawer in front of the window where it was kept, counted it, and the young man put it in the pockets of his trousers. This process had just been finished a few minutes before the fatal shot was fired last night. The money in the drawer usually amounted to $7 or $8.
The police say that a very tough gang of young fellows infest the neighborhood where Bassin's shop is located, and the old man himself complained that they had bothered him by throwing stones and refuse against his shop. It is thought that, seeing the young shoemaker count the money taken in by the day's work, two men who were passing by planned to step in, hold the shosemakers up with their revolvers and rob them of the money. When the young man rose as though to make resistance, the robbers, being amateurs and therefore nervous, fired.
WOMAN SAW THE MEN RUN.
Mrs. Enoch Dawson, who lives at 1208 West Twenty-fourth street, heard the shot and looked out in time to see two men running east on Twenty-fourth street. She saw one of them turn north in an alley between Mercier avenue and Holly street. Patrolman Maruice Scanlon, who walks the beat where the shooting occurred, heard the shot and came running toward the place. As he crossed Twenty-fourth street at Holly, under the electric light, he saw the man run across the street and disappear in the alley. The patrolman did not give chase but hastened to the scene of the shooting.
Dr. E. C. Rieger, 1105 West Twenty-fourth street, was called and pronounced the man dead. He had died almost instantly, saying no word. Coroner George P. Thompson was notified and the body was taken to Eylar Bros. undertaking rooms.
So far as can be ascertained, Bassin had no enemies. He was a quiet man and a steady worker. He had lived in the neighborhood three years, and before entering into partnership with his father had worked in the shoe repairing department of the Jones Dry Goods company. No arrests have been made.
Labels: Coroner Thompson, doctors, Holly street, immigrants, Jews, Jones Dry Goods, murder, police, Twenty-fourth street, undertakers
October 24, 1908
IT'S A SAD BLOW TO ARGENTINE.
Aileen D'Armond-Clemm Will Not
Vaudeville on Its Broadway.
If the D'Armond sisters, vaudevillians, attempt to sing in Argentine tonight, they will do so at their peril. At least this will be true in the case of Aileen D'Armond, or Aileen Clemm, 1515 East Twelfth, who is half of the vaudeville team. The first families of Argentine are doomed to disappointment.
The Argentine impresario who desired the services of the girls called up the Detention home again yesterday. He was told that Judge H. L. McCune had said, "nothing doing" in the case of Aileen. Grace Stafford, the other half of the team, being over age, may appear in Argentine, or Sugar Creek, if she pleases.
Incidentally, Judge McCune ordered Aileen brought into court again, to find out why her mother did not keep her agreement to move to Braymer, Mo., where the electric lights do not twinkle.
Labels: Argentine, detention home, Judge McCune, Sugar Creek, Twelfth street, vaudeville
October 24, 1908
JESSE JAMES USED TO
KEEP NEGRO SCHOOL.
J. M. TURNER, EDUCATOR, RE-
CALLS EARLY DAYS HERE.
Former Minister to Liberia Taught
First Negro School in Mis-
souri -- Addresses Negro
From slavery into the diplomatic service cost J. Milton Turner a life of effort, but he had time on the side to educate the negroes of Missouri and help 'em out in Kansas. Turner, who was the principal speaker at the negro Hadley meeting last night in the Rev. Dr. Hurst's church at Independence avenue and Charlotte street, came here yesterday for the first time in a great many years.
There wasn't any reception committee at the depot to greet him, so he strolled up to Ninth and Main streets to have a look at the site of the first negro school in Missouri. Turner taught that school. It was supported by Jesse James, and most of the legal advice and diplomatic stunts necessary to keep a Confederate school board from running Turner out of the community came from Colonel R. T. Van Horn.
Turner said last night that he came here in '67 to get the Republican separate school law into effect. There wasn't a negro school in the state when he landed, although the law provided that there should be in every district where there were over twenty pupils. The school board of '60 and '61 had gone off to join the Confederate army, and had returned and arbitrarily taken up their old duties and were then finishing up their terms in office. They got back to duty just in time to confront the separate school law, which Republicans had placed on the books and which the Democrats have been claiming credit for ever since.
JESSE JAMES CONTRIBUTES.
Turner wanted to start a school, but the Confederate school board here wouldn't recognize either him or the law. Turner said yesterday that Colonel R. T. Van Horn secured a carpenter shop for him at Ninth and Main streets and told him to get busy. Turner had a wife, but no furniture, and a generous storekeeper gave him cloth to make a partition and goods boxes to make tables. The board refused to pay his salary and he lived in the carpenter shop and taught school in a corner of it the entire winter without pay.
"Jesse James used to ride in and shoot up the town," said Turner. "He was in sympathy with the school. When he was ready to leave the town he used to ride up and demand to see the n----- school teacher. I would go out trembling and admit that I was the teacher.
"Are they paying you?" Jesse James would ask. When I told him no he would hand me a $10 bill and ride away. He was about the only cash patron I had."
In the spring, after his first term, the carpenter returned and offered to sell Turner his place, 200 feet on Main street and seventy-five feet on Ninth street, for $300, and offered to trust the negro for the money. Turner thought the carpenter was crazy and declined, taking a summer job as a bootblack in a hotel on the Kansas side of the border.
GETS HIS BACK PAY.
Getting into Kansas got Turner into more trouble. Susan B. Anthony and Mary Cady Stanton and Jim Lane and a bunch began to espouse woman's suffrage about that time, and the issue became woman's suffrage against negro suffrage. But Turner extricated himself and got back to Kansas City, where, he said yesterday, a Dutchman who had been elected to the school board settled up with him for all the back salary and rehired him for teacher.
Then Turner went down the river on a steamboat, and Joseph L. Stephens got him to stop off at Boonville and teach the second negro school in the state. Stephens paid the bill. Stephens afterwards got to be father of a governor of Missouri. Thomas Parker, then state superintendent of instruction, heard of the negro educator and sent for him. He appointed Turner second assistant, but said he did not have an y money to meet his salary. Turner worked for nothing until he was also named second assistant by the Freedman's bureau at Washington and assigned to Missouri and Kansas territory. This paid $125 a month. The Missouri Pacific railway gave the transportation and Turner began to travel about establishing negro schools. He put in 140, and then discovered there wasn't a negro in his territory who could read or write, and he was up against it for teachers.
News didn't travel fast in those days, and it was a long time before Turner learned that a negro regiment on the battlefield had voted to appropriate $5,000 to build the Lincoln institute at Jefferson City. Turner got busy and called a convention at the state capital, had 790 negroes there, and invited the general assembly to look on. That night members of the general assembly went down and donated $1,000 toward negro education.
A THAW GETS INTO THE GAME.
The outgrowth of Turner's Jefferson City convention was a bill in the general assembly to appropriate $15,000 to the negro educational movement, just as soon as the negroes themselves could certify to having a like capital in cash and real estate. The negroes sent Turner down East to beg money, and he got $1,000 in cash from a fellow named William Thaw down in Pittsburg, whose son afterward got into print for killing Stanford White on a New York roof garden. Begging did not suit Turner, and he returned to Missouri.
"This brings us to the convention of '70, when we Republicans got the balance of power in Missouri," said Turner with a chuckle, as he rubbed the rheumatism out of his aged joints. "That's where I met Carl Schurz of St. Louis. Mr. Schurz was in the senate. That's when the fifteenth amendment was put in operation.
"I was in that convention, backed up by 200 negro delegates, and I was in joint debate with Carl Schurz for three days. He wanted to enfranchise the Confederate veterans, and so did we negroes, but we kicked when Schurz wanted the bill to read for the benefit of white men only. With my 200 negroes I held the balance of power, and Mr. Schurs bolted the convention and the party."
This convention and the memorable three days' debate with Carl Schurz got Turner into the limelight. Colonel R. T. Van Horn of Kansas City recommended him to President Grant, and the negro was sent as minister to Liberia. He stuck it out there for eight years, and then returned to St. Louis, where he was born into slavery, and became a lawyer. For twenty years he has been an attorney for the negroes of Indian Territory, and secured for them their treaty rights there.
Labels: churches, Civil War, Colonel Van Horn, history, James Gang, Jefferson City, Main street, ministers, Ninth street, politics, race, schools, St Louis, suffrage, veterans
October 24, 1908
STADIUM RINK OPENS TONIGHT.
One of the Finest Skating Floors in
the Entire West.
The Stadium, one of the most perfectly appointed skating rinks in the West, will open its doors to the public tonight at Thirty-third and Troost. A balcony covering 500 feet has been provided for the accommodation of spectators. The Stadium boasts of a new impropved floor, measuring 300 feet, which is hte only one in the city having corners and ends raised. The auditorium will be brilliantly lighted. Music will be furnished by the White Star band of ten pieces, lately returned from a tour through England.
Labels: amusement, music, skating, Thirty-third street, Troost avenue
October 24, 1908
WERE WRAPPED IN BEDDING.
East Bottoms People Appeared in
Court Without Clothing.
More destitute than any family which has been in the juvenile court for months, the Akes family from the East Bottoms appeared there yesterday. So scant was the clothing for the family that some of the members of it were wrapped up in quilts and old sweaters. They told the judge that there was four feet of water in their home at Michigan and Guinotte avenues. The case was one for the Helping Hand, where the Akes were taken so that they could be fitted out with clothing.
Labels: clothing, East bottoms, Guinotte avenue, Helping Hand, juvenile court, Michigan avenue
October 24, 1908
MAY MARK SANTA FE TRAIL.
Missouri D. A. R. Would Ask Legis-
lation for Granite Stone.
COLUMBIA, MO., Oct. 23. -- (Special.) The daughters of the American Revolution favor marking the old Santa Fe trail from Old Franklin, Mo., on the Missouri river, to Independence, in Jackson county, with granite markers. The plan was presented to the ninth annual conference by Miss Elizabeth B. Gentry of Kansas City.
The next legislature will be asked for the money. The trail has been marked in other states.
The conference adjourned today. The next session will be held at Cape Girardeau, Mo. Clinton McDade won a year's scholarship in the School of the Ozarks at Forsythe, Mo., for the best essay on "The Causes of the American Revolution."
Labels: Independence, Missouri river, organizations, Santa Fe Trail, women
October 23, 1908
DR. GODDARD FREE TODAY.
Served Seven and One-Half Years for
Killing Fred Jackson.
DR. JEFFERSON D. GODDARD
(Court sketch of the doctor at the time of his
conviction of the murder of Frederick
JEFFERSON CITY, MO., Oct 22. --(Special.) Dr. Jefferson D. Goddard, who shot and killed Fred Jackson, a laundryman, in Kansas City about twelve years ago, will be "dressed out" of the Missouri penitentiary tomorrow morning. He was sentenced to twenty years for killing Jackson, but this sentence was commuted by Governor Dockery to a term expiring tomorrow. He will go from Jefferson City to the home of his sister in Cass county to rest for some time before determining what he will do in the future.
Dr. Goddard's medical education and skill stood him in good stead in the prison. He had charge of the drug store and assisted the physician in charge in hospital work, and earned the respect and confidence of the officers of the institution by his good conduct and his readiness at all times to use his professional skill in relieving the ills of his fellow convicts.
"He has been an invaluable man to the state," said Warden Matt Hall in discussing him, "if we can say that a convict is valuable to the state. He was a skilled pharmacist and a good physician and was absolutely reliable and trustworthy. He leaves the prison with the best wishes of every officer and convict who came in contact with him."
Dr. Goddard was received at the prison April 25, 1900. Dockery commuted his sentence to ten years with benefit of the three-fourths law. Consequently he has served seven and one-half years.
Labels: doctors, Jefferson City, murder, penitentiary
October 23, 1908
TO PUT TUBERCULOSIS
COWS ON THE MARKET.
Condemned Animals From Haskell
Dairy Herd Will Be Offered in
Kansas City for Beef.
LAWRENCE, KAS., Oct. 22. -- (Special.) Out of a herd of 110 dairy cattle at the Haskell institute, a government school here for Indians, twenty-three cows were condemned today because of tuberculosis, and fourteen others that are suspected with being diseased are under the ban. The condemnation and tests were made by Dr. L. R. Baker at the insistence of the government bureau of animal industry.
Before making his tests, Dr. Baker made the remark that the herd was one of the best he had ever seen. In the cows condemned there is no external evidence of anything wrong.
The tests were made by taking a cow's temperature four or five times in a single day. When the average temperature was ascertained a tuberculin solution was injected. Nine hours after the injection the temperature was again taken, and if a 5 to 7 degree increase was noted the animal was said to have tuberculosis in a bad form.
The cows condemned today will be shipped to Kansas City and put on the market there for beef. Superintendent Pears of Haskell, when asked if these tuberculosis cattle could be sold for human consumption, said it was all right if they passed the post-mortem inspection.
Labels: animals, food, health, Native Americans
October 23, 1908
ROBBED A MOVING TRAIN.
Desperadoes Bound Conductor and
Brakeman in Frisco Caboose.
E. G. Butcher and William Smith, conductor and brakeman, respectively on one of the Frisco system's fright trains, while reposing in the caboose of their train between Olathe and Rosedale, Kas., at 8 o'clock last night suddenly were told to throw up their hands by two men, both of whom pointed revolvers. The men lost no time complying with the command, after which they were tied to benches and relieved of watches and other valuables by a boy who accompanied the desperados. All three made their escape at Rosedale.
Neither Butcher nor Smith had time to realize what had taken place before they found themselves securely fastened to benches with stout ropes which evidently had been taken along for the purpose. The older members of the trio stood aside, each covering his man with a revolver, while the boy, whose age was about 14 years, went through the trainmen's pockets, taking everything of value that could be found.
It was not until after the train began to slow up at Rosedale that the robbers jumped off, immediately after which the imprisoned men began efforts to get out of their uncomfortable positions. The authorities at Rosedale and Olathe were notified, but at an early morning hour no trace had been found of the men.
Labels: children, crime, Frisco, guns, Olathe, railroad, Rosedale
October 22, 1908
EX-POLICE OFFICER REMOVED
TO A STRONGER JAIL.
To Save Her Mother, Mary Great-
house Ran Between Her and
Her Father and Was Shot.
She may Recover.
MARY GREATHOUSE AND PERRY GREATHOUSE.
PRINCIPALS IN THE ARMOURDALE TRAGEDY.
Talk of lynching in Armourdale yesterday afternoon caused Sergeant Patrick Lyons of No. 3 police station to order the removal of Perry Greathouse, an ex-police officer who shot his daughter earlier in the day, to the county jail in Kansas City, Kas. There he will be held awaiting the death or recovery of his innocent victim.
Physicians attending Mary Greathouse at Bethany hospital say her youth is in her favor and that the bullet which entered her left side below the heart took a course least likely to produce fatal results.
The story of Greathouse's deed produced a sensation in Armourdale.
According to the statement of Mrs. Emma Greatouse, his wife, her husband had not been home in two days when the shooting occurred at 11:30 o'clock yesterday forenoon. He had been seen hanging around the state line saloons drunk, had bullied one man and officers had gone to the home of Mrs. George Coleman, 67 Central avenue, to arrest him, but were persuaded away by Mrs. Coleman, a distant relative of the Greathouses.
Monday he drew his pay as merchant policeman, but when he appeared at his home, 816 South Pyle street, he was very much intoxicated and with only a few dollars with him.
HE ABUSED HIS WIFE.
In the sitting room of the home, Mrs. Greathouse asked her husband to share the remnant of his salary with his family and upbraided him for his debauch. After fumbling in an uncertain manner through his clothes he produced $4 and laid it down on the center table. The sum did not satisfy Mrs. Greathose but she took a dollar from the pile of change and went down town to make a few purchases.
On the street corner she was met by Greathouse, who followed her home again, she says, misusing her and in the sitting room the words merged into a quarrel and Greathouse buckled on his revolver and started to mount the stairs to his room.
Well, I have stood all of your abuse I am going to, and I'm going to put you behind bars," called out Mrs. Greathouse, opening the outside door as if to go in search of an officer. Then she glanced backwards and saw the barrel of her husband's revolver leveled at her.
"Don't shoot --" she started to say, but 17-year-old Mary saw the movement, realized the danger and thrust herself in the way in a heroic attempt to save her mother. After the report of the revolver was heard she was seen by neighbors to stagger out of the door and sit down in a faint on the front steps.
TRIED TO SHOOT HIMSELF.
According to the mother's story, Greathouse, when told that he had shot and probably fatally wounded his child, calmly replaced the weapon in its holster, with the remark:
"She ain't hurt. You know it was you that did the shooting, anyway, and you needn't try to lay it all on me." He then picked the child up in his arms and carried her into the house. By this time she was bleeding.
"Well, I have shot her and here goes for me," he suddenly exclaimed, seeing the blood. He then tried to place the muzzle of the revolver to his head, but Willie, his oldest son, wrested it away from him and gave it to his mother, who ran with it, depositing it within the open window of a neighboring house.
"GLAD IT WASN'T MAMMA."
Greathouse was taken by officers to the No. 3 police station, where he was kept until 4:30 o'clock. Mary was placed in an emergency ambulance and transferred to Bethany hospital. As she was lifted into the stretcher she said:
"I am awfully glad it was me instead of mamma. She mustn't live with father again or he'll kill her, too."
In a cell at the police station Greathouse walked back and forth, babbling. Policemen kept him informed as to the condition of his daughter.
"It was all a mistake, an awful mistake," he kept saying. "Mary was my favorite. I'd kill anyone who would say a word against her. She must get well. She must get well.
Perry Greathouse was a member of the Kansas City, Kas., force nearly nine years. He has lately be employed by the merchants of Armourdale to protect stores along Osage avenue at night. He was deputy street commissioner under Mayor T. B. Gilbert's administration and was a capable officer.
Mary works for the Loose-Wiles Cracker Company in the West Bottoms. Yesterday she was excused from her duties at the factory to attend the funeral of a relative.
Labels: alcohol, Armourdale, domestic violence, guns, hospitals, jail, Kansas City Kas, police, State line
October 22, 1908
JUDGE KYLE FINES TWO
COCAINE SELLERS $5,000.
The Penalty Is $500 on Each Count.
Many Warrants Out for
Cocaine sellers had a bad day in the municipal court yesterday. In all the fines amounted to $5,000, and that amount was assessed against only two defendants, Christ Adams, clerk for Dr. Harrison Webber, a pharmacist at Fifth and Broadway, drew $500 on two counts each. Claud E. Marshaw, better known among the dope fiends and North End druggists as Goldie, was the second victim of the private investigation of City Attorney Clif Langsdale and was charged with selling cocaine on eight counts. Each count drew a $500 fine. He was convicted on the testimony of Myrtle Morton, a user of the drug.
Seven warrants are in the hands of Sergeant M. E. Ryan for service on C. B. (Bert) Streigle, formerly proprietor of the Fifth and Central streets pharmacy, for selling cocaine. The police could not find Streigle, although he was in the city and telephoned to several of his friends.
During the trial of Christ Adams his attorney, Charles Shannon, was pointed out by one of the cocaine fiends being used as a witness as the man who had put her out of Dr. Webber's drug store and warned her not to return. The attorney attempted to use the woman's mistake as grounds for dismissal of his client's case, but the court refused to listen to his argument.
Late yesterday afternoon T. M. Brinkley, the night clerk at the drug store at Fifth street and Broadway, appeared at city hall and gave himself up. He was wanted for selling cocaine. After appearing before the city attorney he was released on a personal bond to appear in court this morning.
Labels: attorney, Central street, city hall, druggists, Fifth street, Judge Kyle, narcotics, North end
October 22, 1908
INSANE MAN HAD A KNIFE.
Sheffield Man Subdued by Police.
Physicians at the emergency hospital were called upon to subdue two demented men yesterday. Wiley Stubblefield, who lives in Sheffield, was found by the police early yesterday morning in possession of a vacant lot in the east end of the city. He had a large knife with which he frightened every one away from him. The police subdued him after a struggle and took him to the hospital. The unfortunate man was strapped to a cot and given treatment.
Labels: emergency hospital, mental health, police, sheffield
October 21, 1908
'TWAS A PLESANT FIRE ALARM.
"Your Pay Has Been Raised," Said One
Ordinary firemen lose their temper when routed out of bed at night on a false alarm, but not so with the members of the Kansas City, Kas., department, when Miss Jennie Quick, telephone operator at the city hall, sent in a general alarm last night at 11 o'clock. After the firemen had all hopped out of bed and made hitches at the various stations, Miss Quick informed them that there was no fire, but that the council had just passed an ordinance raising their salaries. Of course, the telephone girl was excused and her joke accepted in the very best of humor.
Under the new ordinance the chief is to receive $150 per month, the assistant men are to receive $70 a month for the first six months' service and $80 thereafter. Heretofore the regular firemen received $70, the chief $116 and the assistant $83. The new schedule of salaries goes into effect January 1, next.
Upon motion of Alderman T. J. Lyons of the Sixth ward, the city clerk was instructed to notify the official city paper that it must have a man present at every meeting of the council and print a full report of the proceedings.
Labels: employment, Fire, Kansas City Kas, telephone
October 21, 1908
OLD SMALLPOX HOSPITAL
WILL BE DESTROYED BY FIRE.
Abandoned Structure Is Full of
Germs of Deadly Contagious
St. George's contagious disease hospital, located on the banks of the Missouri near the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul railroad bridge, is to be destroyed by fire by orders of the health and hospital board. It is a frame structure, and it is proposed to have the fire company stationed in the East Bottoms preside over the conflagration. The building was erected several years ago, and the board decided that it would never do to use the wreckage for building purposes again on account of fear of a spread of contagion. Hundreds of persons have been treated there for smallpox and other contagious diseases.
The floods of last spring overreached the banks, and moved the building off its foundations onto the land claimed by the Chicago, Milwaukee & St. Paul Railroad company. Ever since then the hospital has been out of commission and the railroad company has been persistent in its demands that the structure be removed.
Reports current in the Eleventh ward, in which the old general hospital building and annexes are located, that smallpox patients are kept in the annexes are denied by W. P. Motley, a member of the health and hospital board.
"The stories have been traced down to employes who were discharged from the old hospital," said Mr. Motley last night. "We have been told that the previous administration kept smallpox patients in the annexes, but no such conditions have prevailed since the present board has been organized.
Mr. Motley was asked where the city would keep smallpox patients in the future. He replied that he could not answer the question, but that it would be taken up at the next meeting of the board.
A year or so ago, during the Beardsley administration, a movement was started to establish a contagious disease hospital on the grounds of the old hospital, but it was given up on account of protests from Eleventh ward residents.
Labels: East bottoms, flood, health, hospitals, railroad, smallpox
October 21, 1908
NEW STEEL GLASS BUILDING.
Is to Be Erected at Southeast Corner
of Twelfth and Walnut.
An all glass and steel building will be erected on the southeast corner of Twelfth and Walnut streets by the Grand Pants Company. The ground, which is occupied by the old Ricksecker building, was leased yesterday by Sam Gretzer. He said the old building would be torn down in April and construction of the new building begun. The building probably will be six stories in height of steel construction with entire glass front and sides. It will be occupied by the Grand Pants Company.
The Schoenberg Realty Compay made the deal between Mr. Gretzer and the owner, Louis Oppenstein. The lot has a frontage of thirty-eight and one-half feet on Twelfth and eighty feet on Walnut street.
Labels: real estate, Twelfth street, Walnut Street
October 21, 1908
TO VACCINATE ALL
SWEEPING ORDER ISSUED BY
BOARD OF HEALTH.
NO ESCAPE FOR SCHOLARS.
CHILDREN WHO REFUSE MAY BE
BARRED FROM SCHOOL.
Board Will Also Ask Council to Pass
Ordinance Requiring Physi-
cians' Notice of All Con-
Homes of consumptives, and the rooms in which they have lived are to be fumigated by the health and hospital board, if that body is successful in securing the passage of an ordinance by the city council to that effect. At its meeting yesterday afternoon in a new hospital building the board determined to request that physicians be made to report every case of consumption to the board of health before and after death. If the patients die from the disease or are moved to another place the board proposes to see that the home and rooms which were occupied by the consumptives are immediately disinfected. It is urged by the board that the council take prompt action upon the proposed measure.
The board yesterday decided to enforce the rule which makes it necessary for every pupil attending the public schools to undergo vaccination and medical inspection. This rule is to be enforced to the letter and should a child refuse to be vaccinated, or should the parents object to the vaccination, the board has the authority, according to most of its members, to exclude that child from the classroom.
Immediate co-operation of the board of education is sought by the health board and the matter will be presented to the former body at its next meeting. It has been almost taken for granted by the board of health that the measure will meet with hearty approval of the board of education, but whether or not such is the case, the rule will be enforced by the health department of the city which has been given the right by the new charter to use its own judgment in matters of such character.
HOW IT WILL BE DONE.
The matter of vaccination in the schools was put forth by Dr. W. S. Wheeler, who championed it strongly.
"It is an easy, wise and sane method to prevent the spread of much disease," he said. "All well regulated cities have such a preventive system and I have letters form boards of health in Chicago, Boston, Detroit and many others which tell of the expediency of the plan. The only opposition to be met in regard to the matter will be from the Christian Scientists. Their children must be treated as all the rest and they must undergo the vaccination.
"The board will arrange for certain physicians to take charge of schools in groups of four or five, and each will attend to all of the medical examinations in his group. Whenever a child goes to school with a bad cough, sore throat or weak eyes or any other physical ill, the principal of the school will be expected to report the same to the physician in charge. It is a fact that a weak child usually has a weak brain. Once in a long while a child is found whose body is very frail and mind very strong, but that is so seldom. If we make the children well they will make strong men and women of themselves. It looks like a duty of the board to the public and the board has so construed it."
Labels: board of health, Boston, doctors, general hospital, health, schools
October 21, 1908
VINE STREET NEGROES ARE
GIVEN KLU KLUX WARNINGS.
Evidently Work of a Joker, but Resi-
dents of the Valley Are
Scattered throughout the negro district near Twenty-sixth and Vine streets yesterday were many posters or small bills bearing cabalistic signs and a warning to the negroes. The bills were surrepititiously distributed, but whoever did the work accomplished his purpose, if the intention was to create excitement among the negroes.
In large black type on the bills was the word "Warning." Beneath was a notice to the negroes of Twenty-seventh street and west of Vine street. They were told that the white residents of Linwood district had the kindliest feelings towards the negroes, but would take active measures to enforce the Klu Klux order. A whitecap notice was served on a single negro man who was on a Woodland avenue car.
The negroes living on the edge of the limited district were considerably worked up over the notices and the excitement spread through the black zone. The police were unable to locate anyone guilty of the distribution of the whitecap notices, or to trace them to the originator of the idea.
Labels: race, streetcar, Twenty-seventh street, Vine street
October 20, 1908
STRAWBERRIES ARE RIPE HERE NOW.
At Least They Are in the Progressive
Lister avenue, the thoroughfare that helped much to make the Thirteenth ward famous, has taken unto itself new laurels, or to be precise, new strawberries, for a second crop of that fruit has sprung up in the garden of Louis D. Tolle, a lawyer who lives at No. 1615. His doubting friends are restored to faith by a vine bearing several ripe strawberries which Mr. Tolle is now exhibiting in a glass of water at his office in the New York Life building.
It was in Lister avenue a year or two ago that indignant citizens chopped down overnight telephone poles which they didn't want in front of their residences, and now a very lively local option fight is on in the ward.
"You needn't be surprised at anything that happens in the Thirteenth," Mr. Tolle said last night with a pride that even the humming of the telephone wire couldn't drown. None of P. Connor's frost has yet bitten his strawberry vines and they have no protection, he added.
Of course, the second growth is not prolific, but the little 2-year-old daughter of the Tolle household isn't sorry that she took up her residence in Lister avenue, for she gets the benefit of all the ripe ones.
Labels: attorney, food, Lister avenue, New York Life bldg, politics
October 20, 1908
FAVORS STONE BLOCK PAVING.
R. L. Gregory Says It Wears Splen-
didly in Northern Cities.
Members of the board of public works returned yesterday from the Minneapolis and St. Paul, where they inspected street paving of Kettle Creek sandstone and creosoted wood block.
"These materials, to my mind, are the only practical and reliable kinds for street paving," said R. L. Gregory, president of the board, last night. "But they cost more than asphalt, and the question is, 'Will the taxpayers pay the difference?' Sandstone set on concrete base costs $2.75 a square yard, while creosoted block costs $3 a square yard. We saw pavements of these materials that have been laid ten or twelve years, and from their appearances they are as good as the day they were laid. After a few years of wear the sandstone looks like asphalt, and it is nearly as noiseless."
Labels: public works, Robert Lee Gregory
October 20, 1908
JEWISH WORKMEN AT SCHOOL.
Educational Alliance Enrolls Pupils
60 Years of Age -- Learning English.
Enrollment at the night school of the Jewish Educational Alliance started yesterday at headquarters, 1702 Locust street. About eighty-five enrolled. Jacob Billikopf, who is at the head of the alliance, said last night that he expected an enrollment of more than 100.
The pupils will be divided into four classes, according to their advancement in the art of speaking English. Almost all of those who have enrolled are grown men, some nearly 60 years old, and all of them are employed during the day. Few of them can speak English passably and many not at all.
The classes will be taught by Jacob Billikopf, Miss Dora Fisher, Kark Schreiber, Miss Clara Stern and one other teacher not yet appointed. All the grade school branches will be taught and special classes in English conversation will be arranged. Enrollment will be continued today and classes will begin tomorrow at 8 p. m. and continue through the winter.
Labels: immigrants, Jacob Billikopf, Jews, Locust street, schools
October 19, 1908
AN HOUR AT THE DEPOT.
What Can Be Seen Among the Bus-
tling, Hurrying Crowds.
"I've been watchin' em for nigh on to two hours, now," and his face lighted up with a nod of his head, the crowd of humanity pouring through the gates at Union depot. Attention had been drawn to the stranger, but the clear honest look in his brown eyes, as he gazed with unmistakable interest at the shifting throng before him. He sat n a truck, one booted foot swinging carelessly back and forth. Everything in the man's make up, the tanned face and hands, the blue handkerchief knotted about his neck the broad brimmed hat, the air of careless grace that marked every movement, and above all, the clear, fearless glance of his eyes, bespoke a life lived in the open and away from the congested cities.
"It's better than a circus," he continued. "Why I've seen more different kinds of people in the last two hours, than I ever saw in my whole life before. You can just stand here and watch 'em comin' and goin' til you're certain you've seen everything from a Chinaman to a Russian. Do you know, if I was one of these here authors, or whatever you call the fellows that write books, I'd never go off to no furrin country to get stuff to make stories out of. There's been enough things happened just since I've been watchin' here, to make a good story. Did you ever watch 'em?
"Look at that fellow just commin' through, the big man with the cane. Now I figure that that fellow's well fixed. Ain't got a care nor nothin' to worry him, just enjoyin' life. But the little dago woman with the kids, sittin' over there on that bundle of clothes, say! Don't she look lonesome like? Kinds look like they was half starved, too. See the little old fellow with the big grips, some sort of business man, I suppose. That's his wife there, the big woman. See how she bosses him around. Ain't it funny how a fellow bosses all his hired help around the ranch and then goes home and gets bossed by a woman? Well that's the way they've been comin' ever since I've been here. Some of 'em looking glad, nothin' to worry 'em, others lookin' like they didn't know where the next meal's commin' from. Well, so long, I see the Santa Fe's pullin' in, reckon I'll have to be goin'."
And my new found friend walked off, with one lingering look at the mass of struggling humanity pouring onto the depot platform.
Labels: railroad, Union depot, visitors
October 19, 1908
WANTED OLIVE OIL, TOOK ACID.
The Mistake Almost Cost Mrs. Pearl
Corder, Elm Ridge, Her Life.
Mrs. Pearl Corder, 19 years old, the wife of F. W. Corder, a wagon driver for the Elm Ridge Jockey Club, went to the safe in her home yesterday morning to get some olive oil. She took up a bottle which she thought to be the right one, poured out a tablespoonful of the contents and drank it. Then she fell to the floor, writhing with pain. The bottle contained carbolic acid. It had stood on the same shelf with the bottle of olive oil for a year and the decomposition of a cork which had fallen inside made the acid the same color as the oil.
Dr. Mark H. Rhoads, who lives at Sixty-first street and Troost avenue, was called and treated Mrs. Corder. She will recover. The Corders have been married two years and have a child. 11 months old. They live in a cottage inside the Elm Ridge inclosure. Mrs. Corder stated last night that she took the acid accidentally and that she had no cause to be unhappy.
Labels: accident, doctors, Elm Ridge, poison, Sixty-first street, Troost avenue
October 19, 1908
IGNORED "BEARDSLEY RULES."
Nurse Is Reprimanded for Trying to
Have Police Capture Ruffian.
Time after time the surgeons and nurses at the emergency hospital have been notified by the police that they were to call headquarters whenever any person who had been cut or shot appeared at the hospital for treatment. Several times the surgeons have treated persons injured by a cutting or shooting scrape that the police wanted but did not know where to find them.
Acting under the orders of the police department, which orders were given by Captain Walter Whitsett of police headquarters. Mrs. Frances Kaiser, the night nurse, called up the station Saturday night when B. F. Scott was brought in with his jugular vein cut. The officer who answered the telephone informed her that Captain Walter Whitsett and Lieutenant James Morris were not in the station. She told them that Scott would probably die but was told that there were no officers in the station who could leave.
Mrs. Kaiser, desiring to follow her instructions, then called up Chief Daniel Ahern at his home and informed him of the matter. Chief Ahern immediately summoned Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John Hogan, who took up the man's statement. Last night Captain Whitsett went to the emergency hospital and attempted to reprimand the nurse for calling up the chief of police at his home. Mrs. Kaiser replied that she was only endeavoring to obey his instructions to notify the police when men were brought into the emergency hospital who had been cut or stabbed in a fight. She said when the police at the station refused to act she got hold of an officer who would. Captain Whitsett informed the nurse that the "Beardsley rules" were taken up for her guidance but the nurse said yesterday that she was under the impression that she was employed under the administration of Dr. W. S. Wheeler, the health commissioner.
Labels: Captain Whitsett, emergency hospital, nurses, Police Chief Ahern, police headquarters, violence
October 18, 1908
DEMOCRATIC NEWSPAPER MEN
BATTLE IN STREET.
GREW OUT OF
W. N. SOUTHERN ASSAULTS W. F.
BRIGHTMAN WITH CANE.
Thrown to Pavement by Man He
Had Attacked, Southern Drew
a Knife and Slashed His
Two Democratic editors met on the streets of Independence yesterday and made "copy" for the Kansas City newspapers. W. N. Southern, Sr., is the editor of the Independence Sentinel, and W. F. Brightman is the editor of his "loathed contemporary," the Daily Democrat. Both men are well along in years. There has been bad blood between them for some time. Trouble between the two has been barely averted on several occasions.
A few days ago the Sentinel, which is an independent Democratic paper, ran up to its mast head nearly all of the Republican county candidates, on the score that the men had served the people well and should be re-elected, while others were men who ought to be tried. A few days after this issue the Daily Democrat came out in an article stating in broad terms that the Sentinel had "sold out to the Republicans" and its action "was of little consequence, as it had no influence in the politics of Jackson county."
Those who knew the fighting editor of the Sentinel looked for trouble to occur at any time. Days slipped by but the men did not meet. Yesterday, about noon, Editor Brightman got off a car near the square on Lexington street and going to the sidewalk began reading a paper. Editor Southern clutched his cane and started for the other Democratic editor. Getting close to him he brought the stick down with the force of resentment on the head of his brother Democratic light-bearer.. His "esteemed contemporary," after the first jolt fell back but quickly recovered his equilibrium and started after Editor Southern, who had passed on up the street. Brightman caught Southern and being the heavier of the two soon brought him to earth. Grabbing the Sentinel's editor by the head he proceeded to bump it on the stone sidewalk near the Chrisman-Sawyer bank building. There is a hollow cut in the stone, to allow the water to pass from the sidewalk, and into this receptacle the editor of the Democrat proceeded to push the head of the editor of the Sentinel.
Editor Southern was getting much of the worst of the fight when some one exclaimed: "He's getting his knife." The steel blade of Editor Southern's knife came out and Mr. Brightman laid heavy on the arm that wielded the blade. Notwithstanding this the smaller man with the knife commenced to get in his work on his antagonist.
J. M. Jarvis, manager of the Lyric, who is also a special officer, separated the men, but not until the knife had cut slits in the clothing of Editor Brightman. Both men were hurried away bleeding. The editor of the Democrat was taken to the office of Dr. Sheley, where it was found the knife wounds were of no consequence, but dangerously near an artery, which , if clipped by the knife, would probably have been fatal.
Brightman, who is afflicted with heart disease, succumbed into drowsiness and remained in a semi-comatose condition until late in the night. Dr. Sheley does not anticipate any trouble from the knife wound, but is doubtful about other physical conditions. Late last evening the wounded editor was resting easy.
Editor Southern was around on the streets again shortly after the altercation. He was a little bit under the weather on account of the gash in his head, which came in contact with the sidewalk, but was not troubled otherwise.
As both men run Democratic publications it has stirred up the Democracy to considerable extent, some taking sides with one publication and some the other. Editor Southern denies the charge that a single line of his paper has been sold and in any event as he owns the publication he claims the right to support any candidate he cares to without criticisms in public print.
Labels: doctors, Independence, newspapers, politics, violence
October 18, 1908
HEAD SEVERED BY AN AX.
Negro Fell Dead and Police Followed
Blood Stains to Crap Game.
William Williams, a negro 19 years old, fell dead in a doorway at Penn street and the Southwest boulevard at midnight. His head was nearly severed from his body. He had been seen running in Penn street just before he died.
Spectators telephoned police station No. 3 and officers were sent to the scene. The coroner was called and stated that it appeared to be the work of a strong man with an ax.
Sergeant Thomas O'Donnell followed a trail of blood in Penn street, picked up bloody dice on the way, and finally followed the stains to a spot near a box car on the Belt line tracks near Twenty-fourth and Penn streets. He said the place looked like it had been the scene of a crap game.
The body was sent to an undertaker and the police threw a patrol out through the district in an attempt to apprehend the murderer.
Labels: gambling, murder, No 3 police station, Penn street, police, Southwest boulevard, Twenty-fourth street
October 18, 1908
M'DONALD'S COSTLY SMOKE.
While Out Getting a Cigar, Thief
Steals $150 Diamond.
W. McDonald, proprietor of a jewelry store at 105 Scarritt Arcade, Ninth and Walnut streets, took a notion last night about 9:30 o'clock that he wanted to smoke. He stepped into a cigar store in the same bulding and was not gone ten seconds, he thinks. In that time someone had entered the store and stolen a diamond valued at $150.
October 17, 1908
CARES FOR AN AGED WANDERER.
Joseph Belile, 98 Years Old, Is Lodged
at Helping Hand.
A man who lacks but two years of crossing the century age mark was housed at the Helping Hand Institute last night. The officials at the Union depot found the old man wandering about the station and took charge of him. He is nearly blind.
To F. H. Ream at the Helping Hand the wanderer gave the name of Joseph Belile. He is French-Canadian and hard to understand. When questioned he puts his hand to his head and says: "Stop, you make my head hurt."
No one appeared to know how the centenarian came to be here until he was searched late last night and papers of explanation were found. On the back of a Wabash envelope was written: "Ticket to Kansas City enclosed." On a slip of paper with a Danville, Ill., heading was written: "Destination Liberal, Kas. -- J. Belile."
It is now believed that the aged man is the subject of charity and that some organization in Danville swent him here. The matter of sending him on further will be taken up as soon as it can be learned if Mr. Belile has any one in Liberal, Kas., who will care for him.
Labels: Helping Hand, Seniors, Union depot, visual impairment
October 17, 1908
MUST MARCH FOR THE MONEY.
County Court Makes That a Condi-
tion of Gift to Battery B.
By the terms of an appropriation made yesterday by the county court, Battery B will have to parade through Kansas City at least once every three months. The court granted the battery $2,000, to be paid in installments of $500 on each of the following dates: December, 1908, March 1, June 1 and September 1, 1909.
The money so appropriated is to be used for the sole purpose of acquiring or building armories and for their maintenance.
Charles W. German, county counselor, advised the court that the money could be given under the terms of an act passed by the last legislature.
Labels: county court, lawyer, military
October 17, 1908
POPULAR HOTEL CLERK DEAD.
Irving W. Doolittle Had Been at the
Baltimore Many Years.
Irving W. Doolittle, 48 years old, chief clerk at the Hotel Baltimore, died yesterday morning at his home in the Lorraine apartments, 1014 Broadway. Mr. Doolittle was born in Antrim, N. H., and came West while a young man of 28. He had been clerk in hotels in the East, and became chief clerk at the Throop hotel, Topeka. While there he married the daughter of the proprietor of the hotel.
She died, and three years ago Mr. Doolittle married again. He came to Kansas City several years ago and became clerk at the Midland hotel, but two years ago was transferred to the position which he held at the time of his death.
Besides his wife he leaves a brother, Arthur Doolittle, officer in the navy, now stationed at Portsmouth, and another in New York. The body is at the home of W. B. Johnson, his brother-in-law, 2825 Independence avenue. The funeral arrangements have not been made.
Mr. Doolittle was unquestionably one of the most popular hotel clerks in the country. There isn't a traveling salesman this side of the Rockies but knew him and liked him for his unusual patience and courtesy. For all these Mr. Doolittle always had a smile and a hearty handshake when they came in. If rooms were scarce he always gave assurances that set at rest the impatient traveling salesman.
Labels: Broadway, death, Hotel Baltimore, hotels, Independence avenue, Midland, New York, salesmen
October 16, 1908
DON'T LIVE UNDER RIGHT
NAMES AT GALLAGHER'S.
Men Are Not Expected to Do That,
He Says -- 21 Register From
His Alleged Hotel.
From the evidence on the registration books in the third precinct of the Sixth ward business is good at the Star hotel, 310 Independence avenue. This is the home of Jack Gallagher. He conducted the saloon on the first floor, too, but the police commissioners took his license away. Twenty-one names were registered from the hotel this year.
John R. Trent, a Republican precinct captain who worked in the precinct during the recent registration, says Gallagher had some trouble getting all the names on the books. When he brought one man to register, Captain Trent says, he was refused because a judge of election questioned whether the applicant was registered at Gallagher's under the same name he was offering as a voter.
"Do you expect a man to use his own name at my place?" Gallagher is reputed to have answered. The voter was registered. The "Star" isn't a big hotel, yet according to the voter rolls, twenty-one live there.
Labels: hotels, Independence avenue, Jack Gallagher, politics
October 16, 1908
HER MONEY WAS BURNED.
Hidden Beneath Carpet for
Fear of Bank Failure.
With the water pressure at thirty-six pounds, the Kansas City, Kas., fire department had a busy time yesterday answering calls where fires were set out by passing trains and by people who carelessly attempted to burn rubbish in their back yards with the wind-blowing at almost hurricane velocity. At noon the house of Mrs. A. M. Stephenson, at 114 Greeley avenue, was burned with $1,000 loss. Mrs. Stephenson had been afraid to deposit all of her money in the bank for fear of a failure and so had hid the $85 in bills beneath the carpet. The bills were burned.
Labels: banking, Fire, Kansas City Kas, weather
October 15, 1908
RED HAIR NEARLY
LOST HER FORTUNE
BABY BRUENING GETS $42,000
IN SPITE OF HER TRESSES.
GRANDFATHER LEFT NO WILL
ESTATE IS DIVIDED AMONG HIS
Color of Infant's Locks Was Source
of Worry to the Elderly Bruen-
ing in His Declining
Just last week Sarah Theresa Bruening, 1416 Central street, was sent around the corner to a private kindergarten in Thirteenth street. There are a lot of boarders at the Bruening home and Mrs. Bruening needed all her time to earn a living for herself and the baby. So Sarah Theresa was sent to kindergarten mornings while her mother did the work and, within a week, little Theresa was taught a lot of discipline. That gave the hard-working little mother of the child time -- and it meant more money and nice clothes for Theresa.
Today Sarah Theresa Bruening is one of the richest children in Kansas City. She was 4 years old September 26, and yesterday the stroke of an official pen in court estimated her holdings in notes, mortgages, stocks and bonds at $42,000. It is her share of the estate of her grandfather, Theodore Bruening, who lived at 2102 Troost avenue before his recent death. The elder Mr. Bruening did not have time to write a will -- he spent his time worrying because he feared little Sarah Theresa would have red hair. So the estate was divided among the widow, a son, three daughters and 4-year-old Sarah Theresa Bruening, whose father died before she was born.
A GOOD EDUCATION.
Little Sarah Theresa hasn't planned on the manner in which she will spend or invest her suddenly acquired wealth. She doesn't know she has any wealth. But the child's mother, Mrs. Anna Smyth Bruening, has formulated a plan. She is going to devote her talents and time to realize it. Here it is:
"A good Catholic education; that's all the plan I have ever made for the baby."
Anna Smyth Bruening was born in Ireland. Little Sarah Theresa was born with blue eyes and light golden hair. And Ireland and golden hair worried the doting grandfather. His constant query when he visited his daughter-in-law was "Will she have red hair?" He often asked about Mrs. Bruening's father and mother and traced her family tree in search for the golden tresses. Finally he gave it up and said it was all account of the Irish. But the grandfather never ceased to worry because his little granddaughter had been endowed with golden locks, which her mother prized and knows will some day become the envy among Sarah Theresa's grownup women companions.
The old brick mansion at 1416 Central street doesn't belong to Mrs. Bruening. A trim little sign on the front door of the stately old house says "Board and Rooms." Mrs. Bruening's mother lives there too and the house is full of young men. By this means Mrs. Bruening has supported those dependent upon her efforts as a provider. She is only 30, but a life of endurance and work has powdered her hair silver. The young looking face is heavily shaded by a wealth of white hair, which one might expect to see a woman of twice her age possess.
SHE'LL KEEP ON WORKING.
Mrs. Bruening came from Ireland when she was 8 years old and her parents lived at St. Mary's Kas., where she was educated in a convent. When she left the convent she was married to Theodore Bruening, Jr., and he died a year and a half later. Then Sarah Theresa was born with her red hair and blue eyes and Mrs. Bruening has been working ever since. She doesn't intend to quit working now because her child has a fortune.
When the little girl was introduced to a Journal reporter she put her arm about her young mother's neck and whispered: "Honey, may I have a nickel?"
"Not today, dear," said the mother.
"Then mamma, honey, make it a penny," replied the child, with the resignation of a plutocrat willing to take all that was available.
When the penny, in turn, was declined, the child went out to play. She didn't cry.
MAY KEEP THE BOARDERS.
It isn't likely that the board and room sign will come down form the front of the Bruening home. Sarah Theresa's mother, though young and pretty, has got into the way of making a living and wishes to keep busy. It is understood a settlement will be made upon her, too, and the income of the baby's holdings will be available, but Mrs. Bruening doesn't care much about spending money.
She has requested that a son of the baby's grandfather and benefactor, Henry Bruening, 3800 Washington street, be appointed guardian of the child. If Henry Bruening should not live long enough to hand over Sarah Theresa's property when she becomes of age, then Mrs. Bruening thinks maybe she will have time to be in a position to look after her daughter's stocks and bonds and things.
There was over $200,000 in the estate of the elder Theodore Bruening and about $115,000 of it was personal property. He was a general contractor and his son, Sarah Theresa's father, was his employe until the younger man's death.
Sarah Theresa will continue at the kindergarten for a while. Later, according to her mother's plans, she will enter St. Theresa's or the Loretta academy for the finished education Mrs. Bruening has dreamed about so long and worked so hard for.
Labels: boarding house, Central street, children, immigrants, probate, schools, Troost avenue, women
October 15, 1908
FOUND POISON TABLETS.
Two People Ate Them, and Both of
Them Nearly Died.
Mrs. Ula I. Steffler and H. E. Bailey, who were taken to the Emergency hospital yesterday afternoon and treated by Dr. W. L. Gist for strychnine poisoning, will recover. Both live at 717 May street, where Mrs. Steffler is housekeeping for Bailey.
Mrs. Steffler said she often used morphine for neuralgia and that upon finding a box of tablets on the sidewalk which she supposed were morphine tablets, she took two of them. It turned out that the tablets were strychnine tablets sometimes used by veterinary surgeons in the treatment of animals. Either contained enough of the poison to kill a human being unless heroic treatment was applied at once. Soon after taking the tablets Mrs. Steffler became deathly sick.
Then followed the strange part of the incident. Bailey accompanied Mrs. Steffler to the hospital and seemed anxious to do everything in his power to aid her. After the examination, he returned home saying that he wanted to go back and lock up the house which had been left open during the excitement. Half an hour later Dr. Gist was again called and by this time it was to attend to Bailey.
The man stated that the excitement incident upon the poisoning of Mrs. Steffler had so unnerved him that upon his return and finding a small box, supposed to contain morphine, upon the table, he took one tablet. This tablet also contained strychnine and Bailey became sick at once. He was treated at the hospital and after a short time was out of danger.
Labels: emergency hospital, illness, narcotics, poison, veterinarians
October 15, 1908
WANT IGNORANT NURSES
BARRED FROM PRACTICE.
Missouri Association Would Compel
All Nurses to Pass State
If the Missouri State Association of Nurses does not succeed in getting its registration bill through the state legislature this coming session, it will not be from the lack of plans. At the initial meeting of the association in the Grand Avenue Methodist Episcopal church yesterday afternoon, the weakness of the last year's campaign and efforts were discussed. Preliminary arrangements were made for the work this fall.
The graduate nurses of Missouri feel that there are too many women getting into their profession without due education, either academic or professional. It is the desire of the association to get a bill passed that will make it necessary for all persons wishing to become to pass state examinations and to register as graduate nurses. They wish to put the business of nursing upon the same basis as the practice of medicine.
Such a measure is the chief aim of the association, and it will be to this end that its members will direct their most serious attention. Committees will be appointed immediately which will have charge of the different phases of the work. Each committee will receive full instructions as to the manner in which it is to proceed in order to act in co-operation with the others in this association.
The meeting yesterday was the first of a series of meetings which will be held in this city today and tomorrow. Matters pertaining to the year's work among the members and officers of the association were discussed and routine business transacted. The day was spent largely in getting acquainted with each other and old friends renewing friendships.
Last night the association held a banquet for its members at the Densmore hotel, which was to effect closer social relations. Officers for the ensuing year will be elected at the meeting tomorrow.
Labels: churches, Grand avenue, hotels, nurses, organizations
October 14, 1908
DISASTROUS FIRE IN
THREE BUSINESS BLOCKS BURN,
Origin of Fire is Not Know -- Rest of
City Is Saved by Inhabitants
Carrying Water From
The frantic honking of an automobile driven by 17-year-old Robert Waters, accompanied by his shouts of "fire" awakened the people of Bonner Springs to an appreciation of the fact that flames were eating away the business section of that city early yesterday morning.
The blaze, due, it is thought, to spontaneous combustion in the rear of the Kelley & Pettit drug store on Oak street, was first noticed by Isaac Milstead, a laborer. Backed by a mighty northern wind that carried a rain of sparks to the roofs of neighboring buildings, it spread rapidly and soon two entire business blocks were involved.
It was at this moment that the Waters boy heard the cries of Milstead and alarmed the town. In twenty minutes perhaps a thousand men, women, and children, in the absence of any fire-fighting facilities, were carrying buckets of water from the Kaw river to Oak street.
Many of the impromptu fire fighters were only partially dressed, and the morning air was sharp. The first attempt to get outside aid was made at 4:45 o'clock, a half hour after the blaze was noticed. Then the workmen of the Bonner Portland Cement Company's plant, situated four miles from the city on the electric line, were notified to board special street cars furnished for them and come with all haste.
ASKED CITY FOR HELP.
The idea was then to blow up some of the houses ahead of the fire or tear them down so as to keep it within the section it had already claimed. An attempt to blow up the Kuhn building, near Second street, was given over, as the flames beat the workmen there, so Kansas City, Kas., was telephoned for fire apparatus and all the companies it could spare.
Meanwhile men and women had organized a system in their maneuvers. The banks of the Kaw are steep at this point. Certain men were detailed to be dippers at the margin, while others handed the laden buckets to each other until they could be grasped and carried away. It was a lively scene and the energy displayed had a decided effect.
When, after repeated delays, No. 1 fire company from Kansas City, Kas, arrived on a special train, heroic treatment had done its work and only a smouldering three blocks of business houses were left on which to play the hose.
The loss in yesterday's fire is variously estimated by the local insurance agents. The best authorities place it at between $100,000 and $125,000. The insurance amounted to a little over $61,000 in all eleven companies.
SOME OF THE BUILDINGS LOST.
The buildings lost in the fire were: B. L. Swofford's dry goods store, loss $15,000, insurance $6,500; Waters & Frisbee building, loss $7,000, insurance $4,000; Walwer & Kirby stock, loss $300; Farmers' State bank, loss $300.
Dr. E. P. Skaggs, dentist: loss, $1,500; insurance, $500.
Knights of Pythias lodge: loss $200.
L. G. Frisbie, frame building: loss $2,000.
Hall & Fletcher, meat market: loss $1,500.
Edwin Page, pool hall: loss $1,000; insurance $200.
John Klem, frame building: loss $900.
Opera House block, Brant Adams, Olathe, Kas., owner: loss on building, $6,000, on contents not known.
Baxter & Kay Grocery Company, loss $2,000; insurance $1,500.
Mrs. Lia Dunn, restaurant: loss $700.
Kelley & Pruitt, hardware and drugs: loss $7,500; insurance $3,500.
Labels: Bonner Springs, business, Fire, Kansas City Kas, Kaw river, Olathe, railroad, retailers
October 14, 1908
VOTES MONEY FOR
Upper House Compromises on $15,-
000 -- Lower House to Act.
The upper house of the council last night compromised by consenting to vote $15,000 instead of $25,000 for the erection of an animal house in Swope park for the proposed zoo. The ordinance will have to be considered by the lower house.
Alderman G. E. Edwards said that there seemed to be a misunderstanding among some of the aldermen as to the import of the improvement.
"It is more than a bird cage; it is a building 135 x 88 feet and will be filled with animals of all descriptions," said the alderman. "The promoters of the zoo are from the ranks of the best citizens of Kansas City, and they already have had a number of animals offered them which they have been unable to accept on account of having no buildings in which to receive them."
Labels: animals, Kansas City council, Kansas City Zoo, Swope park
October 14, 1908
OLD HOSPITAL FOR NEGROES.
Board Has About Decided to Put It
to That Use.
The hospital and health board at its meeting yesterday informally discussed the propriety of continuing the old city hospital buildings for the accommodation of negroes. While no definite action was taken, it is more than likely, W . P. Motley, a member of the board, said last night, that the plan will be carried out.
As a general proposition the buildings are in good shape, and they can be made much more so by the expenditure of a few hundred dollars.
"I have had talks with prominent negro physicians of the city," said Mr. Motley, "and they are unanimous in saying that it would be the proper plan to segregate negro patients from white patients in separate hospitals. It is intended to appoint a staff of negro surgeons to be in charge of the hospital."
Labels: hospitals, physicians, race
October 13, 1908
WILLIAM TAFT HERE AGAIN.
Not the Big Noise, but a Meek Sales-
man From New York.
Minus the cheers of crowds and blare of brass bands, William Taft is again in Kansas City.
When seen yesterday at the Coates house, where he is stopping, he didn't care to express his opinion of the political situation, but was perfectly willing to talk about the troubles of a traveling salesman, for that is his vocation. He wrote New York after his name on the register.
A carpenter bearing the same distinguished name lives at 715 Central street.
Labels: Central street, Coates house, hotels, New York, salesmen, visitors
October 13, 1908
FEIGNED SHE WAS DYING TO
MAKE HUSBAND LOVE HER.
Mrs. Irene Harris Said It Was a Joke,
but Emergency Hospital Doc-
tor Couldn't See It.
"Hello, emergency hospital?" was the question asked at 8 o'clock last night of Edward Hicks, clerk at the emergency. "Yes," he answered, "what do you want?"
"A doctor and ambulance," was the reply. The man added that Mrs. Irene Harris, 517 East Fifteenth street, had taken poison.
The ambulance was called and Dr. George Piplin went with it. As he went through the office of the hospital he grabbed a stomach pump and his satchel, containing antidotes for every known poison.
The driver of the ambulance urged his team to their utmost, and pulled up in front of the address given with the steam rising from his horses. Dr. Pipkin hurried inside of the house where he found rs. Harris on the sofa feigning sickness. He applied his remedies and then discovered that it was a practical joke on the part of the woman. At first she claimed to have taken carbolic acid, then another poison, and finally admitted that it was all a hoax. She said she did not think her husband loved her enough and only tried to compel him to.
Dr. Pipkin failed to see the joke and took her back to the hospital with him, where she was kept all night. "After this," Dr. Pipkin said, ""I will make it a rule to send all suicide jokers to the holdover and let them explain the conundrum to Judge Kyle the next day."
Labels: doctors, emergency hospital, Fifteenth street, marriage, poison, Suicide
October 12, 1908
OPENING DAY OF
STOCK SHOW OPENS AT YARDS
BIGGER THAN EVER
THERE'LL BE A HORSE SHOW
Fine Line of Beef Cattle, Draft and
Coach Horses, Sheep and Poul-
try on Exhibition -- Judg-
ing Begins Today.
The last flag has been draped, the last bit of bunting festooned over the walls, and the Royal family of American live stock are ready for inspection. The exhibition which opens today is said to be the biggest and best in the Royal's history. The number of entries in the various classes exceed those of former years, and new features have been added which promise to prove attractive to the lover of purebred stock.
All day yesterday and far into the night a crowd of busy attendants worked preparing the decorations for their respective sections. In the big tent workmen were engaged in constructing seats and lacing chairs for the reserved sections. In the big tent workmen were engaged in constructing seats and placing chairs for the reserved sections. Sixty arc lights have been placed in the tent, the roadway has been put in good condition, and everything is ready for the big show.
In the cattle pavilion yesterday the contestants were being washed and groomed for the grand opening this morning. No lady preparing for a ball could be attended with more care by a faithful maid than these representatives of royalty receive at the hands of the grooms. The hair is curled, the hoofs and horns greased and polished, until they look indeed worthy representatives of their royal family.
SHEEP WANTED CABBAGE.
When the sheep began to arrive late Saturday night there was an insistent call from the owners for cabbage. "We must have cabbage to feed our sheep," was the cry. The stock yards company had agreed to furnish feed for the live stock, but here was a contingency which they were not prepared to meet. Being unable to procure cabbage at that late hour, and yesterday being Sunday, there was consternation among the sheep owners. About 8 o'clock yesterday afternoon an old negro who had evidently heard of the dilemma, drove into the pens with a wagon piled high with cabbage. There was a wild scrambling among the sheep owners to purchase the lot and the enterprising farmer realized a good profit on his load. The show sheep now ready for exhibition will eat about 1,000 heads of cabbage daily.
Many devices, showing the enterprise of the attendants with the different heads, may be seen in the pens. "How am I for a Calf," is the inscription above the head of a 1,300-pound yearling, in the Shorthorn division. On every head the grooms and owners are ready and willing to tell of the virtues of their particular string of horses, or herd of Shorthorns.
GREAT LINE OF HORSES.
"If this 2-year-old Belgian mare fails to land first prize we'll walk her back to Iowa," was the boast of a groom who stood at the head of his favorite mare. Stately Percherons, massive Belgians, Clydes and Shires are seen in one section, while in another are the French and German Coach and the Hackneys.
B. O. Cowan of Chicago, assistant secretary of the American Shorthorn Breeders' Association, was enthusiastic over the prospects for the American Royal.
"We are going to have the best show ever seen in Kansas City," he declared. "We have more entries and the people throughout the country have taken a deeper interest. Another thing, you will observe that we have a chicken show this year, a new feature which will be of interest to many."
The night shows during the week will be practically the same as the horse shows formerly held in Convention hall, with this exception, that in all classes there are more entries than in any previous horse show ever held in Kansas City. The big tent, 150x400 feet, with a seating capacity of 7,000, will be well lighted. All seats will be free during the day.
Labels: American Royal, animals, Chicago, farmers, food, organizations, visitors
October 13, 1908
FLORENCE CRITTENTON HOME
Thirteenth and Woodland Will Be New
Site of Home and Mission.
Alderman Edmund E. Morris last night got through the lower house an ordinance granting the right to erect a building at Thirteenth street and Woodland avenue by the Florence Crittenton Home and Mission. During former years in the council it has been hard for rescue homes and kindred institution to secure the privelege of building in the city. No alderman whished one in his ward. The Tenth ward now has two and since the Florence Crittenton institution has raised enough money to build, Alderman Morris said he thought it should have permission and he got it for the home.
Labels: charity, Kansas City council, Thirteenth street, Woodland avenue
October 13, 1908
LAST CHANCE TO REGISTER.
Failure to Get Name on Books Today
Means Inability to Vote on
Fail to register today and you lose your right to vote at the election November 3. This is the last day in which you can qualify yourself. Registration books open at 9 a. m. and close at 9 p. m. Voters who have not attended to this important matter have twelve hours today in which to do so.
It is estimated that there are no fewer than 15,000 qualified voters in this city who have not as yet had their names legally enrolled on the poll records. This is an unusually large percentage for the last day of registration in a presidential year, and party workers propose to make an extraordinary effort today to get all delinquents to register.
Remember, failure to register today means you cannot vote at the November election.
October 13, 1908
CITY HALL WILL NOT CLOSE.
Saturday Half Day Holiday Action Re-
scinded by the Council.
The resolution closing all city hall departments Saturday afternoons the year round was formally rescinded by the upper ho use of the council committee last night. Alderman George H. Edwards, chairman of the finance committee, explained that heads of departments had been consulted. Some had been found that said it would be impossible for them to shape the affairs of their offices to a half-holiday, and others thought it would be unfair to the public to close.
Labels: city hall, Kansas City council
October 12, 1908
COCAINE IN MEDICINE
RUINED A BOY'S HEALTH.
Took It For Catarrh and Acquired
the Habit -- Took Many
Bottles a Week.
Following the crusade against cocaine drug stores the Humane authorities are reaching out after the patent medicines that contain the drug. Ever since the confession of Willie Smith, the 15-year-old messenger boy who was sent to the reform school to be cured, the authorities have been flooded with information about youthful cocaine fiends.
Now they are working on a case of a boy who is a physical and mental wreck from using a patent medicine which compound contains alcohol and cocaine. The boy was taken to the office of F. E. McCrary, Humane agent, Saturday afternoon and questioned. He was believed to be a cocaine fiend, but in his confession to Mr. McCrary he said he only indulged in "Crown." When asked what "Crown" was, he said a patent medicine for catarrh. The boy said that he first used the medicine for medicinal purposes and after using three bottles had acquired a taste for the medicine that was ravenous.
Week by week the boy increased the number of bottles he purchased and drank until his system rebelled and he began to lose flesh. His father and mother found it impossible to make him stop using the patent medicine and a druggist refused to sell him any more. Then he changed his place of procuring the medicine, and to avoid suspicion had other boys buy the bottles for him.
Humane agent McCrary said yesterday that his office was investigating the boy's story and intended to put a stop to the sale of all drugs containing cocaine in large quantities if such a thing was possible. He said if enough evidence could be secured against the proprietors of the drug stores which sold the cocaine compounds to boys to warrant their arrest he would swear out the complaints. According to the Humane authorities and physicians at the city hospital there is as much danger in using patent medicines containing cocaine as in snuffing "coke."
Labels: druggists, Humane Society, narcotics
October 12, 1908
OLD-TIME HOTEL CLERK DIES.
Peter P. Nerling Had Been at Blos-
som House Twenty-Five Years.
Peter P. Nerling, 47 years old, known as "Peter" to hundreds of traveling men all over the country, died yesterday afternoon at his home, 1645 Pennsylvania avenue. He was for twenty-five years at the Blossom house, for the past six years as steward, and before that as clerk.
Mr. Nerling was born at Schenectady, N. Y., and at the age of 13 years ran away from home and came to Kansas. After knocking about for some time he joined the regular army and was stationed at a frontier post. Twenty-five years ago he came to this city and entered the employ of the Blossom house as clerk, and remained with the hotel until he became ll three months ago.
A wife and son, Albert C. Nerling, a traveling man, survive. His parents, two brothers and seven sisters live in New York state. Mr. Nerling was a member of the Hotel Men's Association. The funeral will be held at the Cathedral, Eleventh and Walnut streets, tomorrow at 9 o'clock. Father Leo McCormick will officiate. Burial will be in Mount St. Mary's cemetery.
Labels: Blossom house, cemetery, churches, death, hotels, ministers, New York, Pennsylvania avenue
October 11, 1908
DEMOCRATIC LEADER GETS GLAD
HAND IN KANSAS CITY.
HE APPEALS FOR
ADDRESSES GREAT GATHERING
IN THE OPEN AIR.
After Speaking in Independence He
Is Brought Here in Automobile.
It was a madly driven string of flag-bedecked automobiles that dashed over to Independence yesterday and whisked Candidate William Jennings Bryan to the Parade. Speaches were made at both ends of the trip by the Democratic leaders, adn it all took place within two hours.
It was a regular honk, honk affair, and thirty cars containing at least 150 persons made the trip. On the return, it was a veritable race and several times the pike was blocked with chugging machines, each trying to extricate itself and get to Kansas City first.
Little groups of suburbanites stood at every rural mail box and cheered as the flying autos went by with Mr. Bryan, and then they stayed to cheer the tail of the gasoline propelled comet. It is certain that those who live on the south side of the intercity road will have to clean house today for clouds of dust were stirred up by the wheels of the whizz-wagons. It is also certain that Mr. Bryan, in all the campaign, has never been treated to a more strenuous trip than when he was born over the Jackson county hills by Kansas City's flying automobile squadron.
WHEN BRYAN ARRIVED.
William P. Borland, congressional aspirant, was holding the crowd of perhaps 2,000 when the Bryan special arrived at Independence. The presidential candidate was led to an auto and taken to the courthouse square, where he was greeted by cheers. He did not speak more than fifteen minutes and when he broke off he told the corwd that he would come back and finish his speech if they would elect him.
"I wish I had the power of Joshua," said Mr. Bryan, "that I might make the sun stand still and talk to you, without encroaching on Kansas City's time. Although I have not the power to control the movements of the sun, I can make the Republicans move.
They have reason to show fright, for the people are now coming to believe that the Democratic party is the one source of relief from present conditions and that through it alone can freedom of speech,, conscience and of the individual to use what he earns, be assured. The Republicans have nurtured predatory wealth which allows the few to prey upon the many. Our creed is that this should be corrected by suffrage, and we plead for an honest election. To get it we must have publicity of campaign contributions that the people may konw the sources of financial influence in carrying on our campaign."
OFF FOR KANSAS CITY.
When he finished speaking, a flying wedge formed around Mr. Bryan and broke the way through the crowd to his automobile in the court house yard. It seemed that the chauffeurs hardly took time to crank up, for in a trice the honk-honk procession was off for Kansas City.
"There's another proof that the corporations are agin' us," remarked a Democratic autoist savagely as a long Kansas City Southern train rolled leisurely across the roadway and cut about half of the flying procession from further progress for seven maddening minutes. Nearly twenty cars reluctantly obeyed the stop lever and stood trembling with nervous rage, spitefully repeating all the cuss words in an autombile's vocabulary of profanity. One owner vowed that his French car was chugging, "sacre bleu!" At last the train passed, the gates lifted and just in time to miss being hurdled and the autos dashed forward.
THOUSANDS GREET HIM.
Ten thousand persons must have been awaiting the candidate at the Parade where he made an appeal for more contributions to the campaign fund.
"We have already raised from $160,000 to $180,000 by contributions from the people, in addition to the $40,000 left over from the sum subscribed in Denver to pay for the convention. We have fixed the limit of single contributions at $10,000 but find that we have placed it unnecessarily high. But two or three gifts have been made amounting to more than $1,000. I believe it is better for an administration to owe its election to all the people than to a few favor-seeking corporations. We need at least $100,000 more between now and election day, and Democrats ought to raise it."
"If elected, I promise to call a special session of congress to enact legislation whereby United States Senators shall be elected by a direct vote of the people. I believe there should be a department of labor, with its head in the president's cabinet. The laborers are entitled to it, and I want a representative of labor with who m to consult in the event that I am made president."
After taking a few facetious raps at President Roosevelt on the strength of his proposed African hunting trip, and at Longworth for expressing the wish that his father-in-law may be elected eight years hence, Mr. Bryan stopped, and was whirled through the downtonw streets in his auto to the Hanibal bridge, where he deaprted for St. Joseph.
Labels: automobiles, Congressman Borland, Independence, Kansas City Southern, politics, President Roosevelt, St.Joseph, suffrage, William Jennings Bryan
October 11, 1908
ST. MARY'S CHURCH WAS FOUND-
ED FIFTY YEARS AGO.
Today Filled With Events of Unusual
Interest, Including a Parade in
Which Thousands Will
The Catholics of Kansas City, Kas., and the surrounding areas are celebrating today the golden anniversary of St. Mary's Catholic church. Today, for the first time, the Rev. Father Anton Kuhls, pastor of the church, monsignor and prelate to the pope, will don his soutan, the purple robe of his exalted office, and officiate at the services of the church.
The events of the day will begin with a parade this morning, in which it is expected many thousands of persons will take part. Thomas Shea, grand marshal, has appointed the following aids from the different parishes: John Quin, Joseph Doleshal, Jr., John Felter, E. C. Goebel, Nick Clemence, J. W. Bishop, P. C. Schneller, Steve Picnic, Frank Frankowitch and M. J. Caples.
THOUSANDS WILL PARADE.
Sergeant N. J. Adams will command the mounted police, which will head the parade. The order of the parade will be as follows: Mounted police, Coleman's Military band, St. Mary's parish, St. Joseph's of Shawneetown, St. Bridget's, St. Thomas's, Third Regiment band, St. John's of Argentine, St. Patrick's, St. Anthony's Slavonic band, St. Joseph's Blessed Sacrement, Holy Name Croatian band, St. John the Baptist, St. Benedict's, St. Cyril Methodius, Hiner's band, St. Rose of Lima, St. Peter's, St. Joseph's (Krainers).
The parade will start at St. Mary's church, Fifth street and Ann avenue to Tenth street, south on Tenth and Sandusky avenue and west on Sandusky avenue to Twelfth street, where it will be joined by Bishop Lillis, accompanied by J. A. Stall and A. C. Fasenmyer of St. Mary's parish. The parade will then continue north on Twelfth street to Minnesota avenue, east on Minnesota avenue to Fifth street and south on Fifth street to the church, where it will disband.
In a large tent which has been erected on the lawn, the Very Rev. J. Ward of Leavenworth will celebrate mass, and the Right Rev. Mgr. Tihen will preach at the same hour that Bishop Lillis is celebrating pontifical mass in the church.
Of far more than passing interest is the celebration of St. Mary's golden anniversary to those familiar with the history of the church. Founded fifty years ago in what was at that time practically a wilderness, the little pioneer church has kept its stride with the little straggling village, which has grown from a mere hamlet to a city of more than 100,000 souls; and the magnificent edifice in which the parishioners of St. Mary's worship today is a worthy tribute to the untiring energy and resourcefulness of the aged prelate who has guided its destinies through the storms of half a century.
Labels: churches, Croatians, Kansas City Kas, ministers, Minnesota avenue
October 11, 1908
TOO MANY MASHERS THERE.
Kansas City, Kas., Girls Welcome Ar-
rest by St. Louis Policeman.
ST. LOUIS, MO., October. 10. -- (Special.) Two pretty, well dressed young girls declared to day that they were glad to be arrested if it would only take them out of St. Louis and back to Kansas City. There are too many mashers here, they say. Patrolman Taylor of the Central district found them at 1413 Washington avenue. When he asked them if they were Mabel Greenway of 316 North Tenth street and Vena Sheirel of 432 Armstrong avenue, Kansas City, Kas., they ran toward him.
"Oh, it's a policeman," cried Miss Greenway. "Are you going to arrest us? We're glad of it if you'll only send us back to dear old Kansas City."
"Goodness, but we'll be glad to get out of St. Louis," said Miss Sheirel. "It's perfectly horrid here. Nearly ever man we meet on the street seems to be a masher. They stare at us and wink and make remarks until we are afraid to go out of the house. Dear old Kansas City is slow, but it is better than St. Louis."
Labels: Kansas City Kas, mashers, police, St Louis, women
October 11, 1908
THEY WERE QUIETLY MARRIED.
Naturally So, Seeing That Neither
Bride Nor Groom Could Speak.
"They were very quietly married," Justice of the Peace Mike Ross said yesterday afternoon. And indeed they were, for neither of the two people spoke a word during the marriage ceremony. It was just a few minutes before 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon when three people strolled into the office of the recorder of deeds. A young man came first, followed by a young woman, and the mother of the girl bringing up the rear. Gazing around the large room until his eyes found the sign "Marriage Licenses" over a door in the corner he directed his steps thitherward.
Intuition on the part of the license clerk told him what the young couple had come for. The young man indicated that the sign language was the best he could do in the way of conversation, and the clerk nodded that he understood. Lester B. Honican, 23 years old, Cynthiana, Ky., and C. May Frank, 20 years, Wyandotte, Kas., was written on a piece of paper by the young man and the clerk filled out the necessary papers.
Honican then wrote the words "justice of the peace." and Justice Ross was summoned. The gentleman who has officiated in hundreds of court house marriages forsook the ceremony he has used so often and asked each of the parties one short question, which was written on a slip of paper and the parties read it. The marriage of the deaf mutes yesterday was said to have been the first silent marriage ceremony ever performed in the court house.
Labels: hearing impaired, Judges, Justice Ross, wedding
October 10, 1908
CANE MAKER TO THE
PRESIDENTS IS DEAD.
WILLIAM M'KINZIE HAD GIVEN
STAFFS TO MANY.
Made Money Farming and Turned
the Leisure of Age to a Useful
End -- Had a Note From
William McKinzie, a farmer, 84 years old, died yesterday at his home a half mile ast of Piper in Wyandotte county, Kas. Since he moved to that vicinity in the fall of 1865 he was well known in Republican local politics and it is said that up to 1900 he never missed a county convention of his party.
In his early life McKinzie was a cabinet maker in New York state. When he moved to Kansas at the close of the civil war he found the Western market did not justify this occupation so he permanently gave it up. A remnant of his first profession came back to him later when he had acquired considerable wealth from the soil, and in his odd moments he would sit for hours at a time in some sunny place carving out handsome canes with his pocketknife.
At the time of his death there were 350 unfinished canes in the woodshed back of the old fashioned residence. He has given as many more to inmates of the Old Soldiers' Home. Some of the products of McKinzie's jackknife are very beautiful and every president of the United States from Grant's time to the present has received one and acknowledged the gift in his own handwriting.
One of McKinzie's fancies was never to give away a can unless there was actual need of one on the part of the recipient. At some time during their administrations all the presidents had something the matter with their legs, until Roosevelt was sworn in. Grant often suffered with a bad knee; Garfield, Arthur and the rest down the line suffered, occasionally from rheumatism and kindred ailments. McKinley sometimes had a lame back and received a cane with sawed-off knots along its trunk bearing letters spelling the words "Protection" and "Reciprocity." When it came to Roosevelt there was a decided hitch, for the president absolutely refused to have anything the matter with him.,
Finally, two years ago, word came to the aged canemaker that the president was suffereing from a sprain received from the fall of his favorite horse, and his chance had come. The article, long preserved for this occasion, was taken out of its buckskin covering, dusted and hurried through to the White House.
The little note bearing the signature of the nation's chief in this instance is the proudest possession of the McKinzie household.
McKinzie often had said since the Republican national convention that he hoped to live to give a cane to Taft. During the last few days of sickness he often joked over the prospects of not living to make the presentation.
He is survived by Frank, Charles and Henry McKinzie, sons, and Mrs. Mary Hendricks, his daughter. All live near Kansas City.
Funeral services will be held at the home at 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon. Burial will be under the auspices of the G. A. R. and the Masonic lodge in Maywood cemetery. The funeral will probably be one of the largest ever held in that part of Wyandotte county, as the friends of the old farmer are said to be numbered by teh party roll call. A large delegation of acquaintances will leave Kansas City Sunday morning to attend the services.
Labels: cemetery, death, New York, Piper, President Roosevelt, Seniors
October 10. 1908
TRAGEDY BREAKS UP
A VAUDEVILLE TRIO.
ALL BECAUSE AILEEN WROTE A
SWEET LITTLE NOTE.
It Was to a Married Man, and the
Forest Park Beauties, in Colors
Which Made a Noise,
Get Into Court.
Notice is hereby given that the partnership mentioned below, heretofore at Forest park, has been dissolved by order of court:
Dorothy -- Aileen
Song and Dance Soubrettes
A letter caused it all. This missive, couched in tender terms, was from Aileen D'Armond, otherwise Aileen Clemm of 1515 East Twelfth street, to F. K. Weston, or John King, manager of the flicker-flicker theater at Forest park, where the "sisters" gave afternoon and nightly exhibitions of terpsichorean and musical skill (See billboards for further adjectives.).
Dorothy, or, more properly, Grace Stafford, had nothing to do with the mailing of missives. It was companionship that brought her into the juvenile court yesterday afternoon with Aileen and Mrs. Henry C. Clemm, mother of one of the"sisters."
There might have been no trouble at all if Weston or King -- his wife called him King -- had not been married. But wives will see their husband's letters, and things began to happen shortly after Mrs. King got her eyes focused on the written page.
COMPLAINED AGAINST AILEEN.
To the probation officer for her with a complaint against Aileen, who confesses to being 14 and who, until last year, was a pupil at the Humboldt school. Result, the D'Armonds and the mother of half of them before Judge H. L. McCune. The case was heard in chambers.
Such an insight into theatrical life as was given by the two girls. For her part, Grace Stafford, or Dorothy D'Armond, had a word or two to say from the depths of a deep blue poke-bonnet-scoop combination, trimmed with blue and white feathers.
"How much do you make a week?" asked the judge.
"I have been offered $30, but would not take it because I would have to appear alone," she said with the wisdom of 19 years. "I make $15."
And then Grace, who is a comely girl, told the judge of how, as her parents wanted her no longer after she was 15, she had struck out for herself. She had done housework, and was making a success of it on the stage. In the end, as she expressed a desire to go home, but said in the same breath that she would not be welcome there, Mrs. Agness Odell of the Detention home was detailed to care for her and find her a home. Her parents live in Oklahoma.
With Aileen it was different. It developed that she was an impressionable girl. As her "sister" said:
""Mr. King was so influensive. He seemed to have Aileen hypnotized."
However, this could not serve as an excuse, Judge McCune being a non-believer in the occult.
It turned out that Mr. Clemm is at Braymer, Mo., where he has the management of a store. Mrs. Clemm expressed her disinclination to move to Braymer, preferring the city. In the end, choosing between rejoining her husband and having her daughter sent to Chillicothe, she voted for Braymer.
"I'M AFRAID SHE'LL KILL ME CHOILD!"
The mother and foster mother got a scolding from the judge for dressing the girls, one in vivid blue and her own child in bright red.
"Red always was so becoming to her," she pleaded. The judge was obdurate in favor of quiet tones for dress.
Up to this point the hearing had progressed quietly enough. But when it was announced that Mrs. King was about to appear, the sisters and Mrs. Clemm plainly were flustrated.
"I am afraid she will kill my child," said the mother in genuine alarm. "She has threatened to take her life."
So Mrs. King, a frail little woman, testified with an officer of the court at each side, ready to stop any offensive maneuvers. She said her husband was now tractable and providing for her, paying no more attention to the girl.
"I did say to the girl that 'when I get through with you you won't be such a pretty soubrette behind the footlights," she admitted, "but nothing more, Aileen dear."
When it was all over, Mrs. King thanked the court, thanked George M. Holt, deputy probation officer, thanked everybody, and went her way. As for King, who had sat all afternoon in the courtroom, he was not called nor did he linger after adjournment.
Labels: children, clothing, courtroom, forest park, Judge McCune, juvenile court, marriage, oklahoma, theater, vaudeville, Weston, women
October 10, 1908
FARMERS SHOOT A
COCAINE CRAZED MAN.
RICHARD GREENWOOD STOLE A
GUN AND HORSE.
Defended Himself, Behind Breast-
works of Baled Hay Near Swope
Park -- Back and Legs
Filled With Shot.
Just as bales of cotton looked fine to Andrew Jackson of New Orleans, so bales of hay appealed as ramparts to Richard Greenwood near Swope park yesterday. Greenwood has a fondness for cocaine and, cherishing delusions that he was being pursued, he fled from the North End into open country, perhaps by street car. He was in no condition yesterday to tell.
At any rate, early in the morning he appeared at the farm house of C. C. Cole, about five miles east of Swope park. Whatever delusions the Cole family may have cherished that he was in search of information as to how to make $1,000 from an acre in six months were quickly dispelled when Greenwood ran into the house and took a shotgun which hung on the wall.
With the gun he hurried down the road to where R. C. Hutcheson was looking after the horses in his barn . Pointing the business end of the weapon towards the farmer, he induced the latter to put bridle and saddle on a horse. Then Greenwood rode away. Hutcheson got busy with the telephone and every farmer in the neighborhood was soon out, each armed with a shotgun.
In the meantime, Greenwood had discovered that the gun he carried was of the ancient pattern called "Zulu." It had only one barrel and but one cartridge. So at the home of C. S. Brown the raider stopped and induced Mrs. Brown to give her five shells. He threatened her with the gun.
By this time the farmers were in full cry after the North Ender. Soon after leaving the Brown farm, Greenwood forsook his steed and made for a field. There he made a rude breastwork of baled hay. Behind this he defied capture. His pursuers fired and he returned the fire. Right there the "Zulu" took revenge. Greenwood was unable to extract the first shell from the gun and before he was otherwise able to defend himself he had been captured.
Martin Roos, a deputy marshal, brought Greenwood to the jail hospital. He had shot in his back and legs. A charge of robbery in the first degree was filed against him in Justice J. B. Shoemaker's court.
When searched at the county jail cocaine was found in Greenwood's pockets. He said some one had given him the drug. Last spring he was treated at the general hospital for the drug habit. Of late he had been working at 507 Broadway.
Labels: Broadway, crime, farmers, guns, jail, narcotics, North end, Swope park
October 9, 1908
HEINE BAKER IS
KILLED BY TRAIN.
WAS ONCE A WELL KNOWN
Made a Great Chicago Record, Then
Jeffries Whipped Him -- His
Head Cut Off by
The headless body of Harry Baker, better known as Heine Baker, one of the best known heavyweight boxers in the world in his time, was found yesterday afternoon n the tracks at the Gooseneck at the foot of Broadway. It is thought that he was run over by a Burlington passenger engine.
Baker was born in Chicago about 42 years ago and received his early training for the battles of life among the foundries of that city. At a very early age he entered the ring and began earning money by the edification of the Chicago fight fans.
"I have seen him," said Dave Porteous last night, "fight a negro in a cellar where the boundaries and the floor of the ring were of rock. He could knock a man out with either fist, and he never held back, but went after a man from the start. There were some cleverer men than Heine in the ring, but few gamer and none squarer. Strange as it may be to be said of a prize fighter, eh never owed a man a dollar that he did not pay. He was one of the squarest sports that ever pulled off a shirt."
At other times Baker fought negroes in a ring where the "ropes" were iron pipes. He got to be called the "iron man" and had a reputation of being unbeatable. Starting in at the weight of about 165 pounds, with each succeeding training he became heavier and in his prime he weighed 185. He soon became too good to stay in the Chicago foundry district, so he got a fight with Dick Moore in Milwaukee. He won one fight with Moore and was once beaten by him.
Several other fights with good men around Milwaukee gave him a reputation and he became known as a trial horse for the big fighters. In May, 1896, he got a match with James J. Jeffries. The battle was pulled off in San Francisco. Baker wanted a twenty-four-foot ring, but the champion insisted on an eighteen-foot ring. This was a considerable handicap to Baker, who, although he held on gamely for nine rounds, was terribly beaten. He got three ribs broken, besides being knocked out. He never fought so well afterwards.
After that he went down. He came to this city ten years ago to get a match with Tommy Ryan, but the match was interfered with and Baker stuck here. He got a job as watchman on an excursion steamboat, which he held for many years. Since Tom Pendergast went into office as street commissioner he had been working for the street department. In the fall of 1903 he tried to enter the ring again and went on in a bout with a negro named Bob Long at Vineyard hall and was beaten. He roomed at 1320 St. Louis avenue. Two sisters and a brother live in Milwaukee. The body is at Eylar's undertaking rooms.
Labels: accident, Chicago, death, history, railroad, sports, St Louis avenue, Thomas J. Pendergast, undertakers
October 9, 1908
RISKED LIFE FOR PLAYMATES.
Herbert Holden, 12 Years Old, Is In-
jured by Falling Stair.
Herbert Holden, 12 years old, is being boomed for a Carnegie medal by his many friends and acquaintances living near his father's residence, 230 South Seventh street, Argentine. If it were not for his nimble wits and prompt action yesterday morning a falling fire escape at the Emerson school house would have crushed two children playing marbles underneath.
According to bystanders the fire escape was hooked up out of the way of the children who might want to climb it, and sustained in place by means of a weight. In some manner the weight became loosened and the 250-pound stairway tumbled to the ground. Then it was that little Herbert sprang in the way, catching the escape squarely on his shoulder and diverting it from the children .
He, however, was knocked unconscious from a blow on the head and was taken home. Dr. H. A. Ware was called and found what looked like a fracture on the right temple. The boy's injuries were dressed and he will recover. His father, Herbert H. Holden, a railroad conductor, was notified at once.
Labels: accident, Argentine, children, doctors
October 9, 1908
FARMERS TO GREET BRYAN.
Independence Plans Showing of
the County Party Vote.
The plan to have William J. Bryan, Democratic candidate for president, speak at the Alton depot Saturday as his special goes through Independence has been changed. Mr. Bryan will be met at the train at 4:27 o'clock by T. A. J. Mastin, county chairman, and a number of Independence and Kansas City citizens who will escort him to the public square where Mr. Bryan will make an address from an automobile.
After the speech Mr. Bryan will be brought in an automobile to Kansas City to speak again at Twelfth street and the Paseo. A reception will be given Mr. Bryan while in Independence on his brief visit. A large country delegation is expected.
Labels: automobiles, farmers, Independence, Paseo, politics, Twelfth street
October 9, 1908
MUSICIANS PARADED STREETS.
Theatrical Employes Rode Behind
Them in Carriages.
There was music if nothing else in the musicians' parade yesterday morning. At 11 o'clock the crowd of 125 musicians left Fourteenth street and Grand avenue and immediately set out on their parade through the downtown streets, blowing the brass noise makers for the entertainment of the hundreds of spectators who had lined the sidewalks.
Closely following the music makers were representatives from the local theaters, riding in automobiles and carriages. Yesterday's showing was the largest ever made by the Musicians' Protective union in Kansas City.
Labels: Fourteenth street, Grand avenue, music, theater
October 9, 1908
MADE BISCUITS OF ASBESTOS.
Peddler That Sold Mineral Flour to
Woman is Fined.
Mrs. Mary Ricks, an extremely corpulent woman who lives near the Missouri Pacific tracks in the East Bottoms, will buy no more flour from peddlers, no matter how good a bargain she may get. Her experience with asbestos as a substitute for flour is what taught her a lesson.
All summer long near her home cars of asbestos, white and flour-like, have been unloaded, but she paid no particular attention to it. So, two days ago, when J. L. Fletcher appeared at her door with a fifty-pound sack of "good flour," for which he asked only 50 cents, big Mary bit. Fletcher, who was fined $10 in municipal court yesterday, had previously filled the flour sack with white asbestos.
To Patrolman Frank Michaels, who arrested Fletcher, Mrs. Ricks told this story: "I didn't need no flour, no I didn't, but 'twuz so cheap that I bought it. Pretty soon some company come up and I was fixin' to make biscuits for dinner. I rolled out mah flour, put in mah soda, shortening and so forth.
"I didn't see much wrong 'till I mixed in th' buttermilk and started to knead mah dough. Well, that dough kept a-gettin' stickier and stickier, and heavier than lead. I couldn't get it off mah hands and it was caked under mah nails. I coulda knocked a horse down a block away with a ball of that stuff."
Mrs. Ricks said that she had great difficulty in removing the asbestos flour from her hands. She didn't notice her nails and the stuff dried under them. She said she had to "chizzle" the asbestos dough out.
Labels: con artist, East bottoms, food, police, railroad
October 8, 1908
TAKES THE PLACE OF A BAND.
Republicans Use Phonographs to
Play Campaign Music.
Canned music attracted three large crowds last night, which were then addressed by political spellbinders. The speakers were Everett Elliot and E. W. White, and the music was produced by a phonograph. The Republicans last night sent out a wagon containing a graphophone and speakers to spread the gospel of the Republican party among the people.
The first stop was at Eighteenth and Vine streets, then at Eighteenth and Lydia and last at Eighteenth street and Woodland avenue. The phonograph was used to collect the crowd and from the signal success of the first night it is possible that the practice will continue. Tonight the wagon will go out again.
Labels: Eighteenth street, Lydia avenue, music, politics, Vine street, Woodland avenue
October 8, 1908
ORDERED BEER WITH A WEAPON.
Modern Bad Man Created a Flurry
in Victoria Hotel Buffet.
Santa Fe trail days were revived for a few brief ticks of the clock last evening between the hours of 6 and 7, in the buffet of the Victoria hotel. Gun play, of course, figured melodramatically.
A customer wearing the air of a modern bad man came in and ordered a beer with the concomitant free lunch. Instead of throwing the crusts of his sandwich on the floor, the defiantly put them on the polished mahogany.
The barkeeper reprovingly brushed the remnants of the lunch from the bar, citing rule 23 from Chesterfiled's manual all the while. Then he suavely informed the offender that unless he could more faithfully observe the rules of said manual, he would never again be served in that establishment.
The fever of the rebuffed one promptly arose to 1849 -- and stopped. Uttering ungentlemanly threats, he went out in an ungentlemanly rage, to return ten minutes later with a piece of hardware that was in popular use when the "unbiled" shirt was exclusively in fashion. Then he covered his reprover and promised him unpleasant things if another beer were not forthcoming. After a moment's meditation on the part of the man behind the bar, the Budweiser was set out. The man with the gun is employed in a cement company office on Ninth street.
Labels: alcohol, food, guns, hotels, Ninth street, Santa Fe Trail
October 8, 1908
IS GREEK SLAVE TRAFFIC
BEING CARRIED ON HERE?
Conditions Existing in St. Louis Are
Said to Be General in All
Within a short time it is probable that the goverment authorities will begin proceedings for the purpose of ascertaining just how far many prominent Greeks of this city have violated the law by importing Greek youngsters and keeping them in practical slavery in shoe shining parlors, and other establishments conducted by this particular nationality.
In St. Louis there recently was instituted proceedings by the United States Commissioner Morsey against three well-to-do Greeks of that city for alleged violation fo the immigration laws by bringing Greek boys into the country under false pretense. Commissioner Morsey is said to have procured several witnesses who are willing to testify that they were being forced to work eighteen hours daily for $1, and each evening their pockets were searched for tips.
Although there is emphatic denial by proprietors of shoe shining parlors here, the same conditions brought to light in St. Louis are said to exist in practically every city of size in the country. In shoe shining parlors boys whose ages range from 8 to 18 years are employed. All are said to have been brought to this country under a vastly different understanding than greeted them upon their arrival.
There are said to be 200 Greek boys in Kansas City who were brought here through the agency by one man. Many of these youngsters, although they can speak English fairly well, absolutely refuse to enter into a discussion of the question of their presence here, while their seniors shrug their shoulders and say they don't understand.
Labels: children, immigrants, St Louis
October 8, 1908
HUNDREDS INSPECT THE
NEW GENERAL HOSPITAL.
Patients Will Be Moved From the
Old Building Today -- There's
Room for 400.
Soon after Dr. J. Park Neal, house surgeon, had given the signal to throw open the doors of the new general hospital yesterday morning, the visitors began arriving. The whole building was open for inspection from the kitchen in the basement up to the fourth floor. Those interested in the institution roamed at will through the wards and operating rooms and the nurses quarters.
Entering the main door of the hospital building the visitors were met by the white-coated interne, who welcomed the people and extended an invitation for everyone to feel at home. In the office to the left of the entrance of the building the telephone switchboard was dotted here and there with lights of the calls from the various wards, while the clerical force seemed to be busy getting things in order. The house surgeon spent most of his time during the day in his office, shaking hands with the physicians and surgeons who called. Dr. Neal endeavored to personally conduct through the building all of the doctors who paid a visit to the city's new institution.
Representatives of several branches of the city government visited the new hospital, while many doctors and their allies, the nurses, were out in force. Others not personally connected with the hospital, but desirous of seeing the well equipped hospital lingered in the halls and operating rooms. Many of the visitors yesterday had at some time or other been patients in the old city hospital and were loud in praise of Kansas City for building and equipping the institution. The visitors came singly, in pairs and in crowds. Dr. Neal said late yesterday afternoon that he believed there were from 200 to 300 people in the building every minute since the doors were first opened at 8 o'clock.
Visitors were allowed to examine the hospital until 10 o'clock last night when the doors were closed and preparations begun to make the long delayed change from the old to the new quarters. The first meal to be served in the new building will be lunch at noon today. From that time on the new city general hospital, which will accommodate 400 patients, will be in full and complete running order. It was strange, but there was not a flower sent to the hospital authorities on the grand opening day, and the omission was noticed by many of the visitors.
Labels: Dr J Park Neal, general hospital, nurses
October 8, 1908
PREPARE TO PENSION FIREMEN.
First Meeting Under New Charter
Provision Is Held.
The first meeting of the trustees of the firemen's pension fund, provided for by teh state laws and the new city charter was held yesterday afternoon at the city hall. These were elected officers: President, Edwin C. Meservey; vice president J. C. Enger; secretary, J. R. Scanlon; treasurer, William J. Baehr.
The treasurer will be required to file a bond for $25,000. Chief of the fire departmen, J. C. Enger, Alexander Henderson, first assistant fire chief, W. C. Smith, secretary of the fire department, Dennis Higgins, engineer of engine company No. 16, and J. R. Scanlon, fire alarm operator, were appointed to a committee to co-operate with the management of the annual ball of the fire department at Convention hall Thanksgiving eve.
The fund will receive 25 per cent of all licenses paid by foreign insurance companies doing business in teh state, and all fines imposed in the police court for violations of the fire ordinances.
Labels: Convention Hall, Fire, organizations
October 7, 1908
WILL PUT AN END TO
HIGH SCHOOL USHERS.
HOUR FOR DISMISSAL TO BE
Many Boys Work Matinees at the
Theatres and Instructors Say
It's Bad for Them --
Lunch Room at Central.
In a few weeks the board of education will change the time schedule of both the Westport high and Central high schools so that school will be dismissed some time after 2 o'clock. Although it has been denied by some of the school officials, it is rumored that the primary object of the board in changing the schedule is to keep the students away from the mid-week matinees and off the downtown streets at the busy noon hour.
"Although it in not our object in changing the school hours to keep the pupils away from the matinees, still if it accomplishes anything in that way I am sure the teachers will have no objections," said Vice Principal H. H. Holmes of the Central high school yesterday. "Our young people go to the theaters too much anyway, and many of our school boys make a practice of ushering at the theaters. They see plays that give them an unwholesome and false idea of life and they are at that age when the impressions they receive are lasting. I have always had many of the boys who usher in my classes and I can safely say that nine out of ten of them did very poor work, and they were the boys with the capacity to do the best. They failed where they would have succeeded. Other teachers will tell you the same thing. If the new schedule does away with ushering I shall be glad.
Labels: schools, theater
October 7, 1908
DOOR OF HOPE'S NAME
It Is "Industrial Home for Girls" Now.
During a meeting of the board of directors of the Door of Hope Association yesterday the name was changed to the Kansas City Industrial Home for Girls, by which title it will henceforth be known. The meeting days were also changed from the second and fourth to the first and third Tuesdays of each month. This home, which for the past sixteen years has been situated at 2940 Highland avenue, has accomplished a wonderful work. It has sought out and harbored unfortunate young women, and in many instances have the influences brought to bear resulted in the girls becoming good Christian women able to support themselves.
Mrs. G. A. Wood, president of the home, has held the office since the home was started.
Labels: charity, Highland avenue, organizations, women
October 7, 1908
NEW CAFE OPENS.
"Johnston's" to Be a Show Place of
Just in time for lunch today will be opened one of the finest cafes in the United States -- "Johnston's" at 1008-1010 Walnut street. Most people remember the famous "Johnston's" as it was formerly, but this new cafe is far and away ahead of the other, ranking among the best known in point of general equipment.
One may take the elevator or the marble stairway down. The cafe is remarkably well lighted and ventilated; the walls beautifully decorated by hand, and the fixtures, which are of rich Circassian walnut, were made expressly for the establishment. Large beveled mirrors add to the apparent size of the place.
It has always been a hobby with J. A. Johnston to have his kitchens scrupulously clean. that of the new cafe would delight the heart of the most fastidious. His chef is one of the best in this community. at 11:30 today the noonday a la carte lunch will start, closing at 2:30, and a la carte dinner will be served from 6 to 8 at night. A delicatessen bill, as toothsome as only Johnston can provide it, will be in effect daily from 11:30 in the morning until the closing hour.
This new cafe caters exclusively to gentlemen and contains many conveniences such as telephone booths and so forth. Two hundred people can be seated at one time in the care, and the entire room holds about a thousand people.
Labels: food, restaurants, Walnut Street
October 6, 1907
TAFT SCORNED AT ARMORY.
3,000 Listen to Democratic Speakers.
Enthusiasm reached a high state at the opening of the Democratic campaign in Kansas City last night. Four thousand people crowded into the Armory at Fourteenth street and Michgan avenue to hear the issues and principles of the Democratic platform discussed by Ward Headley of Kentucky; Frank S. Monnett of Ohio, and James A. Reed and William P. Borland.
William T. Kemper acted as chairman of the meeting. At 8 o'clock the speakers had not arrived and he introduced William P. Borland.
"The Democratic party is the only party which is running its own candidate and he is running against two men," he said. "Taft is the proxy of Roosevelt; Higsen the proxy of Hearst. The antics of the Republican campaign would be good food for the humorists."
Ward Headley of Kentucky made good with the crowd. He is an interesting talker. He articulates well, speaks fluently and mixed just enough humor with his talk to keep the closest attention of his audience.
"There is only one great issue in this campaign," he began. "That is whether the Americans shall control their government or whether the trusts and corporations shall govern it. The Democracy is united this year for the first time in many campaigns. It isn't harmony from inactivity, but it is the desire to again gain control of our government."
Frank S. Monnett of Ohio, who led the oil fight in that state on the Standard Oil company, used many figures in his speech. He confined himself mostly to the various monopolies with which he had dealt and produced figures to show the falsity of Taft's statements in Kansas last week when Taft said that the price of corn was higher during Republican administrations than during the Democratic administrations.
The speech of James A. Reed brought cheer after cheer. The crowd had listened to other orators for two hours, but they were as eager to hear the Kansas City man as they were the first speaker. His speech was confined mostly to state politics. He also took a gentle jab at Taft's religious zeal.
"So Taft came to town Sunday and went to church three times?" he asked, beginning his talk. "And to think that he never was in a church in his life until he entered this campaign. They told us he was Unitarian and that he believed in neither hell nor heaven. Why, he hadn't been in town fifteen minutes until he began to feel the holy thrill of religion. Who knew our atmosphere affected strangers so queerly?
"Then he went to church looking for salvation. It was only the religious fervor and zeal which took him there. Nothing else could have induced him to go. Once wasn't enough so he tried it twice more in the same day. Then, in order that he could be baptized in every kind of religion he went to the church of the colored brethren to be anointed therein. Let us rise in prayer with Mr. Taft."
Labels: Armory, Congressman Borland, Fourteenth street, James A. Reed, Michigan avenue, politics, President Roosevelt, President Taft, visitors
October 6, 1908
ALDERMAN EATON DIES
WAS PREPARING TO ATTEND COUNCIL
MEETING WHEN HE WAS STRICKEN.
CITY IN MOURNING
HAD BEEN IN POOR HEALTH FOR MONTHS.
Earned Name of Being One of Most Ac-
tive and Conscientious in Council.
John Francis Eaton, member of the upper house of the city council and for years a prominent worker among the Democrats of the city, is dead. His death occurred suddenly last night while he was sitting in a chair on the front porch of his home, 3123 Woodland avenue. While Mr. Eaton had been in poor health for some time, his condition was not considered serious either by himself or his friends until yesterday afternoon, when he complained of a pain in his side and remarked that he could not stand the pain much longer. An hour later, about 7 o'clock in the evening, he died.
Just prior to this time Mr. Eaton was talking with his brother, Walter Y. Eaton, who lives nearby. They had been discussing various subjects, and although Mr. Eaton appeared somewhat pale, death was apparently the last subject on either of their minds.
Mr. Eaton's death occurred just before the opening of the council meeting last night, and just as the roll call was being read a message came to that body announcing the death of a fellow member.
It was unanimously agreed that both houses should assemble and then adjourn out of respect to the memory of Mr. Eaton. It was further decided that on the day of the funeral the city hall should be closed in the afternoon and it was ordered that the flag on the hall be hung at half mast for thirty days.
DIDN'T LET POLITICS INFLUENCE HIM.
Alderman Eaton was 58 years old and had lived in Kansas City since 1831. He was born in St. Louis in 1852. When he was one year old his parents removed to Quincy, Ill., where he was educated in the common schools of the city. When 18 years old he started in the book and stationary business and a few years later he became a traveling salesman for a crockery concern in which work he continued until coming to Kansas City when he went into business for himself, taking for his partner L. E. Erwin.
Twelve years ago he retired from the crockery business and engaged in insurance work, which line he followed up to the time of his death.
He was a Democrat, a notable worker in the party and earned for himself the name of being one of the most active and conscientious aldermen in the city. He was greatly interested in securing a municipal appropriation for the new zoological garden at Swope Park. Although being a staunch Democrat, Alderman Eaton had the name of never allowing politics to influence any of his legislative acts. He was the chairman of the finance committee and was associated with the workhouse, public places and building committees.
Twenty-five years ago he was married to Miss Flora McMillan, who survives him. There are no children. Mr. Eaton was a past commander of the K. P. lodge and was a thirty-third degree Mason. In church circles he was well known, being a member of the Grace Episcopal church, where he held the offices of treasurer and vestryman in the church.
Labels: churches, death, Kansas City council, Kansas City Zoo, lodges, politics, salesmen, St Louis, Swope park, Woodland avenue
October 5, 1908
TAFT GIVES SPEECH TO
Pays Surprise Visit to
William Taft, Republican candidate for President, while in Kansas City yesterday could not resist the impulse to show his love for the negro race by making unto them a speech. When the presidential nominee was scheduled to speak here it was understood that he was coming only to address the Y. M. C. A. at the Independence Avenue M. E. church.
No one seemed willing in Republican circles this morning to say much regarding the Taft negro meeting which was held in Allen chapel at Tenth and Charlotte street yesterday afternoon. It was said that it was not known that Taft was to speak at the church until a few moments before he arrived there. Despite this fact that it was a non-advertised meeting, there were fully 1,500 negroes gathered to hear the candidate.
Mr. Taft's address to the negroes was presided over by the former mayor of the city, Henry M. Beardsley, under whose administration so many negroes held positions on the city working force.
Labels: churches, Mayor Beardsley, politics, President Taft, race
October 5, 1908
TAFT GETS COLD RECEPTION
IN KANSAS CITY, KAS.
Speech at Huron Park Said to be
More Help for Democrats.
It was a frost, a fizzle, a fiasco. There never was a political gathering in Kansas City, Kas., that showed less enthusiasm than the crowd of 3,000 people which turned out this morning to hear Taft. The Republican presidential candidate was escorted from the Baltimore hotel to Huron park in Kansas City, Kas., by a long train of automobiles amid great pomp and with marked precision and ceremony. He arrived on time -- 8:30 o'clock.
From the north steps of the Carnegie library, the big chief addressed the Wyandotte Indians. The audience was already there -- 3,000 strong. There was no demonstration until some one yelled: "Three cheers for Bill."
Then there was a feeble effort to applaud, but it lasted less than a minute. After a speech lasting about fifteen minutes Taft retired from the stone pedestal upon which he had been standing, and the "effort" was over.
In his speech the presidential nominee took to the defensive entirely. He undertook to defend his attitude in labor injunction decisions, which were rendered years ago; injunctions which union labor has never forgotten.
During the course of his speech, the presidential candidate was almost wholly denied applause or encouragement. His audience was composed of 1,500 school children, 300 students from the Kansas State Blind Institute, located in the west suburbs of Kansas City, Kas., and about 1,200 adults, mostly women.
And it was evident that Taft's pleasure over the occasion was not of the most exultant variety. No sooner had he stopped speaking than the crowd began to disperse. He was not fatigued by a siege of long and vigorous hand-shaking. Here is the way the followers of Democracy in Kansas City, Kas., speak of the meeting: "It was the best Democratic meeting we ever had!"
Labels: Hotel Baltimore, hotels, Kansas City Kas, libraries, politics, President Taft
October 5, 1908
CURIOUS CROWD HEARS TAFT.
Persons Disperse as Soon as Roosevelt's
William H. Taft may have saved his voice, as he planned to do, by refusing to speak in Convention hall yesterday afternoon, and choosing a church which would seat 1,200 persons instead, but he caused much discomfort to hundreds who heard him and disappointment to others who stood for several hours only to be finally refused admittance altogether.
Mr. Taft spoke from the pulpit of the Independence avenue Methodist church, under the auspices of the local Y. M. C. A. Before the doors were opened a patient crowd had assembled, a majority of whom, to judge from the good natured raillery with which they wiled the time away, were actuated by curiosity.
The crowd, like Mary's little lamb, still lingered near and when, a few minutes later, Mr. Taft appeared in a red automobile, accompanied by former Mayor Henry M. Beardsley and one or two other local celebrities of like political faith, the consuming curiosity was evidently appeased and it thinned rapidly.
Labels: churches, Independence avenue, Mayor Beardsley, politics, President Taft, YMCA
October 4, 1908
HAVE THESE TWO MEN DIS-
COVERED A CURE FOR
They Apply 110 Volts of Elec-
tricity to a Mule With
Tetanus and Animal's
A cure for lockjaw!
Something which would startle the medical world and bring a wave of relief over humanity if it proves to be true.
Two men in Kansas City, Jeff Burgess and William Nutberg, employes of the Heim Brewing company, believe they have discovered this boon to the human race.
A lowly, humble and obstinate mule was the means of this discovery, if discovery it be, and again that much abused animal has proven its usefulness to ungrateful man.
Recently one of the mules used by the brewing company stepped on a rusty nail, and last Thursday this mule showed signs of the dreaded tetanus.
Burgess, who is stable foreman, conceived the idea of giving the mule an electric shock to relax the muscles.
Neither had anything to do with the conclusion which resulted in a treatment that relaxed the tightened muscles of the mule's jaw and perfected what is thought to be a cure at least in animal tetanus.
When the shock was applied, that of 110 volts of current, the mule was contorted. A few moments after the men who were working for the animal's life were startled, as well as gratified, to see the mule open his jaws. The beast is now able to eat without difficulty, and if he becomes entirely well, the matter will be taken up by physicians and experiments carried out which will demonstrate either the futility or the success of the treatment thus discovered by two men who have neither the learning of science or surgery.
Who knows? It may be that the men, the mule and the current may add one more important discovery to the long list of the twentieth century.
Labels: animals, breweries, illness
October 4, 1908
THINK OUR PARK SYS-
Mayors and Aldermen of Other
Cities Pleased with
"An unqualified success."
"The finest ever."
"Best time ever had in my life."
"A great city, with great people."
Those were some of the expressions of the visiting municipal officials yesterday evening after a day which was devoted to nothing else but showing the mayors, aldermen, comptrollers, statisticians and other representatives of some of the greatest cities in the country a good time.
First there was an auto ride over seventy miles of the most beautiful boulevards and parkways in the United States. Then there was lunch at the Evanston Golf club.
After this came the visit to the fire department, the exhibition hitch and fire call.
"Why, we've had more fun, instruction and good times in your beautiful city this day than we had in Omaha all the time we were there," was the way Statistician Hugo L. . Grosser of Chicago put it.
"Never was such another city in the country," said Dr. Arthur Evans of Columbus, O. "Why, you've got the finest people, the most able officials, beautiful parks and the most perfect system of boulevards I ever saw."
"Truly, this has been more like a convention in which the delegates were royally entertained than the Omaha affair was."
"Best time I ever had in my life," said Dr. Wm. C. Heintz of Columbus, "and the only thing I regret is that Columbus cannot have the system of boulevards, parks, prosperity and hospitality that is to be found in Kansas City."
"Honest, our friends at home would think we were the greatest potentates of the earth instead of mere city officials from the 'Buckeye' state if they knew how we have been entertained."
"Believe me when I say that you have the great combination here which means municipal success, that of civic beauty and hospitality which surpasses anything I have ever met up with in my whole experience."
"Never saw anything like it in my life," was the way Alderman Rohland of Indianapolis put it. "I thought we had a great city, but we must take off our hats to you in this Western metropolis."
Nearly every delegate paid a tribute to Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., for the foresight, energy and enterprise in inviting the convention to Kansas City. It was agreed by everyone, local officials and visitors alike, that today's session was more like a real convention than the entire three days at Omaha.
Labels: Chicago, Evanston Golf Club, Mayor Crittenden, Omaha, visitors
October 4, 1908
MAD MOTORISTS CAUGHT.
NORRIS AND THOMPSON CONFESS TO
DRIVING FATAL CAR.
The Two Men Arrested While
Hiding Near Troy, Kas.
TROY, Kas., Oct. 3. -- (By telephone.). Thomas Norris and James Thompson, the "mad motorists" whose speed mania sent one person to death and seriously injured four others in Kansas City last Tuesday night, were arrested on a farm near this city early this morning.
They immediately admitted their identity and confessed that they had driven the car which killed Pearl Gochenour. They are now in charge of Kansas City detectives and are returning to Missouri without requisitions. It is probable that they will reach Kansas City this afternoon. Both men are badly frightened and despondent.
Shivering from the cool morning blasts on their cots in a tent on an isolated portion of a farm five miles south of Troy, Kas., Thomas Norris and James Thompson were arrested at daybreak yesterday morning by Sheriff M. C. Kent and Deputy Sheriff Griffin of Doniphan county. The "mad motorists" have been hidden away on the Carpenter farm for the past two days and seemingly felt secure from pursuit in their retreat. They were taken to St. Joseph, Mo., and were brought to Kansas City yesterday afternoon by Detectives Wilson and Ghent, who have been working on the case since the night of the automobile tragedy in which little Pearl Gochenour was killed and four other people seriously injured.
Captain Walter Whitsett had set his net so thoroughly that the fleeing chauffeurs have never had a chance of making their escape. The captain of police got in communication last night with Sheriff Kent of Troy over the telephone and instructed him to go to the farm five miles away where he would catch the two men wanted so badly in Kansas City for criminal negligence.
Norris, who was a chauffeur for the Woodward Automobile company, and Thompson, recklessly drove a car, going at a speed of forty miles an hour, into a frail spring wagon on Broadway, near Hunter avenue, last Tuesday night. Of the occupants of the wagon, 10-year-old Pearl Gochenour was instantly killed and Mrs. Jennie Bucher of Forty-seventh and Holly streets was seriously injured. Robert Gochenour was internally injured, but will recover. Miss Florence Bucher and Mrs. Alice Gochenour sustained severe bruises.
Without waiting to ascertain the extent of the havoc they had wrought, the motorists sped away laughing over their shoulders at the picture of the writhing victims they had brought about. After returning the car to the Woodward garage at 1929 Grand avenue, Norris and Thompson fled to the home of Norris's mother in Kansas City, Kas., where they spent the night. At an early hour Wednesday morning they set about eluding the officers and succeeded until last night, when it was learned that they might be near Troy, Kas., where Thompson's father lived on a farm.
Norris and Thompson were seen in Brenner, a small village three miles from Troy, Thursday afternoon, where they were purchasing several days' provisions for their camp on the Carpenter farm two miles from the town. They bought everything in the way of eatables from spring chicken to flour, and were continually joking about the long stay which they expected to make in their camp. Sanford Thompson, the father of one of the chauffeurs, occupies a portion of the Carpenter farm, and it was on this portion that the tent had been pitched. According to the information received over the 'phone the young men were much excited when they were informed that they were under arrest, but they gave in without attempting to escape. They will be held without bail until they can be given a hearing.
Automobile men of the city are clamoring for the prosecution of the mad drivers, as well as the general public. It may fare harder with Norris than with Thompson, as it was he who drove the car and who had taken it without permission from the Woodward garage. Since their arrest both have grown despondent and refuse to talk of the tragedy which resulted in the death of Pearl Gochenour.
Labels: automobiles, Broadway, Captain Whitsett, death, detectives, Forty-seventh street, Grand avenue, Holly street, jail
October 3, 1908
TAFT TO BE HERE TOMORROW.
Republican Presidential Candidate Will
Spend Sunday in City.
The train bearing William H. Taft from Topeka to Kansas City is expected to arrive tomorrow morning at 7 o'clock where a reception committee consisting of Senator William Warner, Congressman E. C. Ellis and W. S. Dickey will meet the presidential candidate and escort him to the Baltimore hotel.
In the morning Mr. Taft will attend the Beacon Hill Congregational church and will then lunch at the home of W. S. Dickey. In the afternoon he will go to the Independence Avenue M. E. church, where he will address the Y. M. C. A. at 3:30 o'clock. His subject will be "The Foreign Work of the Association."
Monday morning Mr. Taft will be taken over the intercity viaduct to Kansas City, Kas., where he will address the populace from the steps of the public library.
Labels: churches, Congressman Ellis, Hotel Baltimore, hotels, intercity viaduct, Kansas City Kas, politics, President Taft, railroad, Senator Warner, YMCA
October 3, 1908
NOW HE TARGETS THE JEWS.
Judge Wallace Says Jews Must Keep
Their Stores Closed on Sunday.
Not only is Judge Wallace going after the theater managers, pool hall proprietors, barber and tobacco dealers, but from now on his righteous wrath is to be visited upon the wicked citizens of Jewish extraction who keep their second hand clothing stores open on Sunday.
According to his special prosecutor it makes no difference to Judge Wallace that the religious belief of these dealers does cause them to observe Saturday as the Sabbath and that their places of business are tightly closed that day -- they will be prosecuted just as vigorously if they open on Sunday.
When the Wallace Sunday closing crusade was started a statement was authorized by the court to the effect that provided the Jews of the city observed Saturday as Sunday they would be exempt from prosecution, but it is now stated that there has been a misconception as to this statement. Why the misconception has not been corrected before does not yet appear.
"Under the law," said the court's spokesman, "if the Jews observe Saturday as Sunday they are exempt from prosecution so far as labor is concerned, that is, they may work on Sunday; but this exemption does not allow them to sell goods and they are to be prosecuted if they do. Already two indictments for this offense have been found by the grand jury and the offenders will appear in court the first of next week."
Therefore, if the Jew merchants of the city are so disposed, they may keep their stores open on Sunday, but if they sell anything the heavy hand of the law will be laid upon them.
The explanation of the law as interpreted by Judge Wallace in this matter does not include a clear view of the fine distinction between what is called "work" and selling second-hand clothes.
That this new interpretation of the law will work a distinct hardship on the Jew dealer whose religious scruples will not allow him to do business on Saturday goes without saying for it effectually shuts him off from selling his goods on two days out of seven.
"I think the Sunday law will be pretty generally observed tomorrow," said the special prosecutor. "In fact, I think 98 per cent of the places which have heretofore been in the habit of doing business on Sunday will be found closed. The grand jury will proceed with its work Monday morning, at which time the rest of the theater managers whom we did not have time to arraign this week will be brought into court.
"No," he said in answer to a question, "we do not expect that any of the theaters will be closed."
Labels: Jews, Judge Wallace, retailers, theater
October 3, 1908
CRITTENDEN FLAYS HADLEY
IN LETTER TO COLLIER'S.
Former Governor Tells Eastern
Publicantion Truth About At-
torney General -- Praises
William S. Cowherd.
Former Governor Thomas T. Crittenden has addressed a letter to the editor of Collier's Weekly in which he takes that publication to task for its intentional and inadvertent misrepresentation of Missouri political conditions and "takes the hide off" Herbert S. Hadley.
The Crittenden letter is written to Collier's in reply to the article it published two week s ago recommending to the voters of Missouri that they elect Herbet S. Hadley instead of William S. Cowherd. The former governor claims that the article was entirely unfair to Cowherd and and gave Hadley credit for much that he has not accomplished.
Labels: Herbert Hadley, politics
October 2, 1908
PUBLICITY CURE FOR NEIGH-
BORHOOD ROWS, SAYS
Declares He Will Set Aside
Afternoon Each Week for
Spite Cases and In-
The publicity cure for neighborhood fights is to be adopted by Judge Harry Kyle in the police court, unless this character of cases becomes less frequent.
The city officials have been imposed upon to the extent of exasperation by a dozen women appearing in police court to air their personal quarrels and tongue lashings.
"If these cases do not quit coming in I am going to set aside one afternoon of each week which will be made an open court day," said Judge Kyle this morning, when impressing upon the women residents of a neighborhood on Drury avenue how foolish they were to bring their trivial affairs into court.
"I will make the afternoon session a public affair, so that everybody can get in on the entertainment and see what fools people will make of themselves. Now here is a case where two women had a little hair-pulling contest, which did not settle their differences so they employed counsel, one to prosecute and the other to defend, to come into this court and tell just what this woman said about the other's husband. If drastic measures are resorted to I think this character of cases will be less frequent."
After Mrs. Addie Shearer, 419 Drury avenue, and Mrs. Olive Garnett, 423 Drury avenue, had pulled each other's hair, trampled down the grass and slapped each other for ten minutes, they decided their difference would have to be decided by Judge Kyle in the police court. Mrs. Garnett preferred charges against Mrs. Shearer, charging her with assault and battery. A physician testified that Mrs. Garnett' face bore evidence of having been slapped as, when he examined her, he found several red marks. Mrs. Shearer assaulted her because, as she said, Mrs. Garnett was an aristocrat, a hypocritical church-goer and had told some of the neighbors that her husband was a chicken thief.
Both women had their little band of witnesses, who declared each lady to be a perfect lady and was entirely right in this affair. The trial of the case lasted an hour. Mrs. Shearer was fined $1, after which the women who favored her raised their heads in the air and fairly sailed from the court room. The opposing witnesses were equally as indignant because Mrs. Shearer had not been fined $500 instead of $1, and followed the first band from the room.
When a neighborhood case of this nature was being heard Tuesday morning before Judge Kyle, and after one woman had declared that the statement made by a witness was an infamous lie, about four square feet of plastering, directly over the witnesses, fell with a crash on the heads and shoulder of the parties lined along the bar. At that time Judge Kyle declared that it would not surprise him in the least if the entire city hall did not fall down some time when one of the family affairs was being tried.
Labels: Drury avenue, Judge Kyle, police court
October 2, 1908
CRITTENDEN IS ASHAMED
OF K. C. WATERWORKS
AFTER SEEING OMAHA'S.
City Executive Upon His Return
from Attending Municipal Con-
vention Will Make Every Effort
to Secure New System.
"I intend to show the visiting delegates, mayors and other city officials who will arrive in this city tomorrow the best in Kansas City, but after seeing the Omaha waterworks, I am ashamed for them to go over our system and see that we are so far behind.
"Omaha has a sewer and water system which is much better than ours, and while Kansas City is far ahead of the Nebraska city on many things, we must admit that in the matter of water system and disposal of sewage they have us beaten. I am sorry that every citizen of this city cannot see the plants and the system which Omaha has. That would be a more forceful argument for a new water system here than anything else could possibly be," said Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., on his return from Omaha yesterday morning.
The mayor, upon his return from Omaha, where he has been in attendance upon the convention of the League of American Municipalities, gave out an interview to reporters in which he declared his regret that this city has not an adequate water system to display to the officials who will arrive here this morning to look over the city.
"Omaha," said Mayor Crittenden, "has one of the most elaborate systems I ever saw, and one of the like of which Kansas City should be the possessor. So far as concerns the finish of their plants, we do not care for such fine things, perhaps, for in that city society has dances in the water plants. The machinery is enameled, it is hand painted in some cases, especially the flywheels, but the point which struck me most forcibly was the fact that they have reservoirs there which hold 1,000,000 gallons of water. They have exactly the same conditions to meet regarding their river that we have, and the company which owns the water system recently spent $500,000 to put in a revetment like the one we are trying to get the government to put in.
"Their sewer system is a fine one, and so far in advance of that of Kansas City that it made me feel bad to look it over and then think of what we will have to do here before we are even in the same class with Omaha regarding the disposal of sewage.
"I believe we must have a water plant immediately which is adequate, and it seems to me that it is a matter which should be taken up at once."
Labels: Mayor Crittenden, Omaha, public works
October 1, 1908
AGAINST STREET STANDS.
Police Are Ordered to Place Them
100 Feet Back From
During the meeting of the police board yesterday Commissioner A. E. Gallagher brought up the question of the street peanut and candy wagon standing in front of fuit and confectionery stores and drawing away trade.
"There is a fruit and confectionery stand near Ninth and Main street which pays a rental of $150 a month. Not long ago one of these peanut wagons took up a stand right in front of the man's place. When moved by the policeman he would return as soon as the oficer left. Now there are three of the wagons circled about this man's place.
"II know these street stnds pay no rent," continued Mr Galagher. I dout if they pay any taxes at all, and all they do is pay a mal licene fee to the city. It is not right that a man who pays taxes and big rent should be made to compete with such vendors. At Eighth and Main streets there is a man who pays $50 to $75 a month for a small space Right out on the treet beneath the viaduct i one of those wagon agaist which he must compete for trade."
Mr. Gallagher spoke of the wagons always being in the way at transfer points and cited the wagon at the northwest corner of Eighth street and Grand avenue as an instance. He said they should be made to stand at least 100 feet from the corner. Commissioner Elliott H. Jones agreed with him, and Chief Ahern was ordered to move all such stands away from street corners. The mayor was not present.
The chief stated that most of the street wagon, lunch wagons included, paid rent to the business man in front of whose place they stand.
It came to light in a police court trial some time ago when an attempt was made to move a candy and a lunch wagon from Fifth and Walnut streets, that both men had been paying rent to a dry goods store near where they stood, one $25 and the other $20 a month. The lunch wagon was moved on complaint of the management of the Gilliss theater, but the candy wagon is still against the curb right at the corner.
Labels: Commissioner Gallagher, Commissioner Jones, Eighth street, Fifth street, Grand avenue, Main street, Ninth street, police board, Police Chief Ahern, retailers, Walnut Street
October 1, 1908
POLICEMEN GET $725.
Includes Uncalled For Cash and Re-
ceipts From Old Horse Sale.
Captain Frank F. Snow, property clerk, tendered a report to the police board yesterday of the left-over property sale which was held at police headquarters July 18 last. Actual cash left behind for one reason and another amounted to $425.45, and the sale of "junk," as it is called, netted an even $300, making a total of $725.45. This money will be turned over to Thomas Cashen, treasurer of the Police Relief Association.
Labels: organizations, police board, police headquarters
October 1, 1908
ORIENT TRAINS REACH
Kansas City's New Railroad
Making Good Progress.
Chillicothe, Tex., is now the terminus of the Northern section of the Kansas City, Mexico & Orient railroad, which will eventually reach from Kansas City to Topolobambo, Mexico, on the Gulf of California. An extension of twenty miles from Elmer, Ok., across the Red river, by means of a recently completed bridge into Texas was finished last week and train service has been installed between Wichita and Chillicothe. A northern extension has been made on the section running northward from Sweetwater, Tex., to the new terminus at Crowell, Tex., thus leaving a gap of but twenty-three miles between Chillicothe and Crowell. When this gap is closed a line from Wichita, Kas., to Sweetwater, Tex., will have been completed and will be 535 miles in length. Construction is still being pushed forward on the remaining portions of the line on both sides of the Rio Grande.
Labels: Arthur Stilwell, Mexico, railroad, Texas, Wichita
October 1, 1908
TO USE IN CASE OF FIRE.
Call Box Donated the Little Sisters
of the Poor.
The police board agreed yesterday that for the safety of the aged inmates, in case of fire, a Gamewell box was to be placed in the home conducted by the Little Sisters of the Poor at Thirty-second and Cherry streets. The Bank of Commerce donated the box and the Missouri and Kansas Telephone Company will do the work of installation free of charge. Wires will be run to Thirty-first and Holmes street, where the Gamewell wires will be tapped. From there they will connect with Westport police station No. 5.
Labels: charity, Cherry street, Fire, Holmes street, No 5 police station, telephone, Thirty-first street, Thirty-second street
October 1, 1908
AUTO CLUB TAKES ACTION.
Members Will Aid in Prosecuting
The Automobile Club at a meeting at the Coates house last night discountenanced such recklessness as was exhibited by the occupants of a motor car which was driven into a spring wagon Tuesday night, resulting in the death of Pearl Gochenour and the injury of four others. Several members of the club spoke with feeling against men who would be guilty of such recklessness and apparent cruelty and the sentiment of the club was to offer a reward for the capture and conviction of the miscreants. As a matter of fact, the club did take such action, but it was recalled owing to insufficient funds, the treasury having been depleted earlier in the evening through the purchase of property which the club has had in contemplation for two years.
A resolution was adopted pledging every member of the club to aid in the arrest and conviction of the men responsible for Tuesday night's accident. The resolution represents the unanimous sentiment of the club. Jerome Twitchell, as sponsor of the resolution, said that it was the duty of every member of the club to lend his assistance, in so far as he could, in aiding the authorities to capture and convict these criminals.
"While the club is not in a position to offer financial assistance at this time," he said, "we should by all means offer our moral support."
Labels: automobiles, Coates house, hotels, organizations
October 1, 1908
POLICE ARE HUNTING
FOR MISSING PEOPLE
FRANTIC RELATIVES THINK
THEY ARE HEADED THIS WAY.
The List of Nine Includes a 75-Year-
Old Farmer Who Forsook
the Plow for Gay
The reports made to the police yesterday concerned missing people principally, there being nine in all, whose ages range from 13 to 75 years. E. L. Barrett of Hamilton, Mo., telephoned that his daughter Nellie, 17 years old, whom he described, had left on an early morning train without leaving her future address. He was following on the next train and wanted the police to detain the girl.
For some reason or other George W. Shepard, 75 years old, took French leave of the dear old farm near Lone Jack, Mo., and headed for the gay city with its turmoil and strife. His aged wife was worried about him and, through a friend, asked the police to keep a weather eye out for Mr. Shepard. He is described as "black suit, sandy whiskers, soft black hat and blind in left eye."
Mrs. H. Gunther, 309 Washington avenue, Chicago, Ill., who signs herself "a broken-hearted mother," wants the police to find her son, Georg, 17 years old, who has been missing from home since June 25 last. She gives the police a minute description on which to work.
W. Emerson, 713 Washington street, this city, asks aid of the police in locating his wife. She is 27 years old, he says, five feet four inches tall and weighs 112 pounds. She has dark complexion, dark eyes and hair. Mr. Emerson said she left home with a man whom he names and describes.
The county attorney of Bedford, Ia., telephoned the police to be on the lookout for Fred W. Evans. Among other distinctive features given the poilce to aid in the identification is a "Roman nose that turns up." An officer went to Bedford to take Evans back to Cripple Creek, Col., it is said. He got out on a writ of habeas corpus and left for here. Henry von Pohl, sheriff of Teller county, Col., offers $50 reward for Evans.
W. Harry Walston, pastor of the Christian church at Minnie, Ill., writes that his son, Eugene Walston, 13 years old, left home last Friday with the intention of beating his way to Clearwater, Kas. As he would have to pass through Kansas City, the police were asked to be on the lookout for and detain the boy.
Thomas Atkins, chief of police of Davenport, Ia., wrote that Mrs. Chris Miller, aged 19 years, but looks more like 16, had left home and was headed this way. He gives a very accurate description of the missing woman, from her gold teeth to the four points on her jacket. He does not say w2h y she left home or what is wanted with her, only asking that she be arrested and notice given him.
Mrs. R. D. Curren, 811 Robidoux street, St. Joseph, Mo., said that her boy, Cleo Curren, 14 years old, had been missing since September 21. The Carnival, she thinks, may draw him there.
W. L. Myers, 1313 West Jackson street, Bloomington, Ill., is shy his son, Bert Myers, who has been missing from home for some time. Thinks he may head in here for Carnival week.
Labels: Chicago, Lone Jack, missing, police, St.Joseph, telephone, visitors, visual impairment, Washington street
October 1, 1908
IT'S NEWS TO TEN EYKE.
If He Has Fallen Heir to Western
Union Telegraph Building.
Rumor has it that James M. Piper, who died suddenly Monday afternoon, had left that part of his estate which comprises the building now occupied by the Western Union Telegraph Company, Seventh and Main streets, James F. TenEyke, the engineer and janitor of the building. Mr. TenEyke has heard nothing which would lead him to believe that such is the case, and Mrs. Piper stated that, though the will of her husband had not been opened, she had been given to understand that all of his property had been left to her.
Mr. TenEyke has been the engineer at the Western Union building for twenty years. He and his employer were always close friends, TenEyke having made a lasting impression upon Mr. Piper at the time he was being employed to take charge of the machinery. A sort of brotherly affection grew up between the men, and the were together much of the time.
Last night Mr. TenEyke said that if it were true that Mr. Piper had given him the Western Union building, it would make no change in his plans for the future. He will continue in his work at the building and still live in the flat of two rooms at 608 Holmes street, alone.
In the early '70s Mr. TenEyke served as a government scout in the wild Western country. He continued in that service until three months after the Custer massacre, when he took up engineering. He was then employed by the old steamboat company whose ships piled up and down the Missouri.
Labels: death, Holmes street, Main street, probate, Seventh street
October 1, 1908
COMING AFTER POINTERS.
Indianapolis Park Board Will View
Parks and Boulevards.
The park board is to have as guests next Saturday, Mayor Bookwaller of Indianapolis, Ind., and the park board of that city. Accompanying the mayor will be Dr. Henry Jensen and John J. Appel, president and vice president, respectively, of the park board and William J. Murray and Charles E. Coffin, members. Indianapolis is spending considerable money on its parks and boulevard system along plans and designs proposed by George E. Kessler of the Kansas City park board.
Indianapolis is taking Kansas City as a model for its public and civic improvements, and this in a way is due to the fact that Mayor Bookwalter was at one time a resident of Kansas City. A few years ago the mayor and a delegation of aldermen came to this city to get ideas from the architecture of Convention hall to build a similar structure there.
Labels: Convention Hall, George Kessler, Park board, visitors
September 30, 1908
HEART OF HUMAN FREAK
FOUND TO BE RUPTURED.
Henry J. Johnson, Who Died Sudden-
ly, Swallowed Glass and Ate
Nails and Tacks.
The inserting of steel hat pins in various portions of his body and eating broken glass while giving performances at state fairs and in museums caused the death of Henry J. Johnson of Erie, Pa. He was found dead in his room at 322 West Twelfth street yesterday. An autopsy held last night by Dr. George B. Thompson showed that death was due to rupture of the heart. It was found to be much enlarged, due probably to the nervous strain to which Johnson had subjected his system while making his performances. From newspaper clippings and cards found in his room it was learned that Johnson called himself the "Human Freak."
The man looks to be about 32 years of age, and aside from an enlarged heart, seemed to have suffered no other physical ailments. The description given of some of his performances is that he not only stuck hatpins through his arms, legs and neck, but that he chewed broken glass, bit nails in twain and swallowed tacks. No foreign substances were found in the stomach of the dead man at the inquest.
A. H. Sammitt, at whose house Johnson was found dead, stated last night that he knew little about the man. He arrived here about one week ago and stated that he came from Iola, Kas., where he had been with a country fair. He said that he was going to take a rest of three weeks before starting again on the road. His bill was paid and he kept to his room most of the time. The body was found by a maid when she went to clean the room.
Efforts will be made to locate relatives of Johnson at Erie, Pa.
Labels: Coroner Thompson, daredevils, death, newspapers, Twelfth street, visitors
September 30, 1908
MOTOR CAR KILLS
ONE, HURTS FOUR
COLLIDES WITH LIGHT SPRING
WAGON ON BROADWAY.
RUNNING AT 40 MILES HOUR.
RECKLESS CHAUFFEUR SPEEDS
AWAY IN THE DARKNESS.
LAUGHS AT HIS VICTIMS.
PEARL GOCHENOUR DEAD; MRS.
BUCHER MAY DIE.
Women and Children Hurled High in
Air When Crash Came -- Dam-
aged Car May Lead
No more heartless indifference to suffering and death has been exhibited in Kansas City than occurred last night, when a furiously driven big red touring automobile crashed into a light spring wagon on Broadway, near Hunter avenue, killing a girl of 14 years and badly injuring five other people, two women, two girls and a boy.
The impact of the collision was heard a block away.
When the motor car struck the wagon, tearing it to pieces, women and children, screaming with fright and pain, were hurled high into the air and fell in a heap on the hard curbing, with bits of splintered wood falling all about them. It is said the men in the motor car -- there were two -- looked at the death and suffering they had caused, laughed, turned on more speed and glided away into the enveloping darkness.
HOW ACCIDENT OCCURRED.
The accident occurred at 8:45 o'clock. Besides little Pearl, who was instantly killed, the other four occupants were seriously injured and at least one fatally so. In the spring wagon were Mrs. Jennie A. Bucher, her daughter Florence and Mrs. Frank Gochenour and and two children, Robert and Pearl.
Mrs. Bucher was driving the horse when the accident occurred. The two families are neighbors and often go driving together in the evening. Last night they started to go to Levanthal's bakery, 1819 Grand avenue. The horse was being driven north on Broadway and in order to avoid speeding automobiles Mr. Bucher was driving close into the curbing.
They had passed Hunter avenue and were proceeding at a slow trot when suddenly the front wheels of the wagon were struck by an automobile, and without any warning the women and children were thrown out. The wagon crashed the front part of the wagon against the curbing, leaving it in splinter. Mrs. Bucher and Mrs. Cochenour and Robert Gochenour were thrown up onto the parkway, falling on top of each other. Miss Florence Bucher fell beneath the rear wheel. Little Pearl Gochenour, who had been sitting on her mother's lap, fell beneath the seat of the wagon and the horse was knocked over on top of her, crushing her.
FATHER WAS STUNNED.
Frank Gochenour, the father of the dead child, is a stonemason and resides on Forty-seventh street between Holly and Mercer streets. Mrs. Bucher conducts a grocery store at 825 West Forty-seventh street and her husband, Henry Bucher, is a bartender at the Valerious cafe. Mrs. Bucher is 42 years old, Florence Bucher is 14, Mrs. Alice Gochenour is 37, Robert 14 and the little girl was only 10 years of age. Rober Bucher, 14 years old, had been visiting with Robert Wilson, Thirty-fourth street and Broadway, and was on his way home when he heard the noise the collision made and ran to where the crowd was quickly gathering. He was much affected when he learned that his mother and sister were injured.
As soon as Mr. Bucher heard of the accident, he hurried to the emergency hospital, but his wife was unconscious.
A few minutes after he arrived his two daughters who had stayed at home arrived. They said they had gone to Mr. Gochenour's house and told him of the accident. He was alone in the house with his 3-year-old baby girl and could not leave to go to the hospital. The Bucher girls said that Mr. Gochenour did not seem to realize that his little girl was dead.
HEARD THE CHAUFFEURS LAUGH.
J. D. Skinner, 3508 Baltimore avenue, did not see the accident, but did hear the crash and saw the disappearing automobile. He was on Hunter avenue at the time and running to the corner could see two men in the machine. He said it was running at a rate of forty-five miles an hour when it passed over Hunter avenue and possibly faster after the accident. Many women living in the vicinity came out of their houses in time to see the automobile flying down the road. Some of them said they heard the two men in the machine laugh.
When the police were searching the street around the spot where the wagon was demolished they found part of an automobile lamp and broken parts of glass of the light reflector. Sergeant James A. Jadwin of No. 5 police station telephoned a description of the auto and the men to eleven police stations, and the men in several districts were given the descriptions. Kansas City, Kas., police were also notified.
Labels: accident, automobiles, bakers, Baltimore avenue, Broadway, children, death, emergency hospital, Grand avenue, No 5 police station, police, retailers
September 30, 1908
CONSIDERS IT A MISTAKE.
Mayor Feels Council Should Have
Spent $25,000 For the Zoo.
It was a source of considerable disappointment to Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., that the upper house turned down the ordinance to spend $25,000 of unappropriated funds for the building of a carnivoum for Swope Park zoo.
"Personally, I believe it was a mistake," said the mayor yesterday, "and the aldermen acted hastily. There is every likelihood that upon second thought they will undergo a change of heart, and willingly make this appropriation . I do not agree with the statements made, that the providing of a zoo is for the benefit of the rich, a luxury of the wealthy. Swope park is the home of the masses, and the poor and middle classes are the ones that will get the real enjoyment out of the beautiful grounds. I have repeatedly stated that it will be but a short time when the revenues will permit of raising the wages of the street sweepers."
Labels: Kansas City Zoo, Mayor Crittenden, Swope park
September 30, 1908
COULDN'T GO TO OMAHA.
Aldermen Gregory and Eaton De-
tained at Home by Illness.
At the last moment there were some unexpected changes in the personnel of the city officials who accompanied Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., last night to omaha, to attend the sessions there of the League of American Municipalities. R. L. Gregory, president of the upper house, who has been ill for several days, did not feel physically able to undertake the task, and Alderman J. F. Eaton was advised by his physician not to go.
Labels: illness, Mayor Crittenden, Robert Lee Gregory
September 29, 1908
SIX SMALL BOYS AND DRUMS.
One of General Sherman's Boy Drum-
mers Has Organized a Corps.
Did you ever know a small boy who didn't like to drum? Six small Kansas City boys are getting their fill of drumming these days under the tuition of Nathaniel Baker, who, as a lad of 11 years, drummed for General Sherman on his march to the sea. Mr. Baker, who is a Shriner, is organizing the drum corps of boys and will have them play in public in a short time. The boys who have already been picked out are Jack McKernan, 15 years old; Ira Bruner, Jr., 12 years old; Arthur Munday, 11 years old; Raymond House, 15 years old; William Rawlings, 12 years old, and Shirley Nicol, 9 years old. All of them are sons of members of the order, and although they have met but seven times they are making remarkable progress.
Labels: children, lodges, music
September 29, 1908
MUST BREAK UP "DOPE" SALES.
Humane and Juvenile Court Officers
Will Assist in Crusade.
Following the story told by Willie Smith, a cocaine victim at the tender age of 15, the prosecuting attorney is preparing to file information against the druggists who are said to have made sales to the boy. The humane officer and the juvenile court officers are assisting in the crusade to break up the sale of the drug to minors. The sales are largest in the poorer districts of the city.
Labels: children, Humane Society, juvenile court, narcotics
September 29, 1908
THREW MONEY TO NEWSBOYS.
"Exercising My Rights as a Citi-
zen," Said Jeweler, When Arrested.
Because he was throwing pennies and quarters on the street at Twelfth and Walnut streets at 6 o'clock last night for the newsboys to scramble after, A. W. Wyman, a jeweler of Humboldt, Kas., was arrested and locked up at the Walnut street police station. He arrived in the city yesterday morning, intending to go to Independence to visit a friend last night.
"I was merely exercising my right as a citizen in giving away my money on the street," he said. He spent the night in jail.
Labels: Independence, jail, Twelfth street, visitors, Walnut Street, Walnut street police station
September 29, 1908
NO BIRD HOUSE FOR ZOO.
Upper House Wants Street Sweepers'
Pay Raised First.
The upper house of the council last night defeated an ordinance appropriating $25,000 from funds unappropriated for the building of a bird house for a zoo at Swope park. Aldermen W. C. Culbertson and Isaac Taylor led the opposition tot he measure, their particular complaint being that it is wrong for the city to spend money providing pleasure for the rich and not provide funds to raise the pay of street sweepers from $1.75 to $2 a day.
"This ordinance reminds me of the man who cannot pay his grocery and doctor bills, but can afford to buy and wear diamonds," said Alderman Culbertson.
"Also," interrupted Taylor, who is a tailor, "like the man who lets his tailor's bill go unpaid and buys diamonds -- and that's where I am the sufferer. I love the birds and monkeys, but I love my fellow man who pushes the broom the best."
"Culbertson made a flowery speech here two weeks ago about his love for the street sweeper, and he promised to introduce an ordinance advancing the laborer's pay, but I have failed to see anything of it. Words count something but acts count more."
"I'll introduce the ordinance before this house adjourns tonight," retaliated Culbertson.
"Do it. I'll vote for it," promised Eaton.
The park board has accepted the lowest bid for the construction of the first building for the zoo in Swope park. The bid is about $23,000 and the board is to furnish the stone for foundations.
Labels: animals, Kansas City council, Kansas City Zoo, laborer, Park board, Swope park
September 28, 1908
DIED IN SUNDAY SCHOOL.
Mrs. Margaret James, About to Teach
Class, Suddenly Summoned.
Mrs. Margaret James, 34 years old, dropped dead in the Sunday school room of the Centropolis Baptist church yesterday morning at 10:30 o'clock. She started down the steps leading to the Sunday school room alone, to join her class of children whom she has been teaching for the past year. Her 11-year-old son, Marion, followed and noticed his mother sitting on one of the steps. He spoke to her. she did not respond. He told men who were standing near that his mother seemed to be ill. The descended and found her dead. Death was due to heart trouble.
Mrs. James was the wife of Guy James, and lived at 1835 Cambridge avenue. She was born near Lee's Summit and had always lived in Jackson county. She leaves five children, Marion, Jeannette, Jay, Elton and Robert. The funeral will be from the church where she died tomorrow at 2 o'clock. Burial in Elmwood cemetery.
Labels: Cambridge avenue, cemetery, Centropolis, children, churches, death, women
September 28, 1908
BIBLES IN ROOMS
OF EVERY HOTEL.
IMMENSE TASK OUTLINED BY
THE SOCIETY OF GIDEONS.
START WAS MADE LAST NIGHT.
SUPPORTERS OF THE MOVE ARE
C. T. Bowers Explained at Grand
Avenue M. E. Church That the
Good Book Will Be a Solace
to Troubled Men.
An organized movement to place a Bible in the rooms of every hotel in the United States was formulated last night at a meeting of the "Gideons," an organization of Christian traveling men, at the Grand Avenue Methodist church. C. T. Bowers of Lincoln, Neb., national field secretary of the "Gideons," reviewed the history of the society since its organization, July 1, 1999, and explained to a deeply interested audience the plan to supply Bibles for the use of guests, in the hotels throughout the country.
"Of the 600,000 and more traveling men in this country," said Mr. Bowers, "3,000 only are 'Gideons,' and yet it is the largest mission effort ever organized that does its work at its own expense, and asks no help from the churches. We have begun this crusade to place Bibles in the hotels throughout the country, in the interest of those who might, if given the opportunity, be led by these simple means to turn from a life of unhappiness to one of usefulness. Many a young man and young woman, tempted almost beyond their strength, far from home and Christian influences might have been saved at a crucial moment, had there been an opportunity given to read the living words of truth, from the Book of God."
GIDEON WAS A WARRIOR.
The organization took its name from the youthful Hebrew warrior, "Gideon," who, as the Bible relates, attacked, with an inferior force, the powerful Midianite army and put them to rout. The soldiers of "Gideon" were provided with pitchers and trumpets. When the attack was made, they broke the pitchers and blew the trumpets, thus adding to the terror and confusion of the enemy. When the question of choosing a name for the organization which was to fight against the powerful forces of evil was brought up, they decided upon the name "Gideon." A button, emblematical of the name, is worn by each member of the organization. The emblem is a white pitcher on a field of blue.
"I believe that much of the success which has crowned our efforts has been due to the little button we wear," said Mr. Bowers. "If you sit down near a traveling man and engage in a conversation with him he is almost certain to ask the meaning of the emblem you wear. A white pitcher on a field of blue. To the man zealous in the work of his Master, this is sufficient opening to tell of the Christian life and the effort being made for the good of mankind in general and traveling men in particular.
"We realize the magnitude of the work we have undertaken. There are many, many persons anxious to learn more of Christianity and they must learn it through human instrumentality."
Speaking of the vast expense of placing Bibles in the hotels of the country, Mr. Bowers said:
"We are not asking for outside aid. The traveling men of this country will find a means of surmounting the difficulties which face them in this work. We may be compelled to go slowly and equip one city at a time, but rest assured that we have begun and we will finish; and the time is not far distant when a young man or woman, tired and discouraged by the vicissitudes of the day, instead of going to their room in the hotel to sit and brood over their troubles, will be enabled to gain strength and courage from the Bible, placed in their room through the efforts of the 'Gideons.' "
Labels: books, churches, Grand avenue, hotels, ministers, organizations, salesmen
September 28, 1908
HIS LUGGAGE VANISHED.
Man From Arkansas Stepped Out to
"I don't for the life o' me see how anybody could a took 'em," complained a man from Evening Shade, Ark., to Lieutenant Edward F. Burke of police station No. 2.
"You see," he went on, "I put my grip down on a seat at the Union depot and my umbrell' on top of it. Then me and a friend o' mine went across Union avenue for a drink o' buttermilk. When we got back the things wasn't there -- and we hadn't been gone more'n twenty minutes."
The lieutenant thought it best not to blight the fresh unsophistication of the Arkansawyer and so kept his opinion to himself.
Labels: Arkansas, crime, No 2 police station, police, Union avenue, Union depot, visitors
September 28, 1908
OF LONG AUTO RUN.
FINISHES FIRST IN CORBIN CAR,
E. J. ANDERSON IS SECOND.
HE RODE A RAMBLER AND HAD
Dispute Among Two of the Partici-
pants as to the Corbin's Score
Wound Up With Fisticuff
Fight on the Paseo.
Fletcher Cowherd's Corbin car was last night awarded a perfect score by the executive committee in charge of the endurance test. Because of allegations which are said to have been made by other participants reflecting on the genuineness of the score, a severe test was given the car at the Hotel Inez last night, but it was found to be in perfect condition.
Amid cheers issuing from hundreds of throats, din of auto horns and clanging of trolley bells, the automobile endurance run for 1908 came to an end at Eleventh street and Grand avenue, at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The Corbin car, driven by Fletcher Cowherd, Jr., was the only contestant with a perfect score, and was placed first in the list of contestants.
With the crowd the fact that one of the cars was the winner of the first contest of the kind ever held from here seemed to make little difference. When Mrs. Kirkland, in her Overland, which she piloted over the entire course, turned into Grand avenue, there went up a cheer which lasted until that plucky little woman had passed from sight on her way to the Paseo, where the autos taking part in the run were inspected.
Then, too, the cars which carried the most mud in their wheels and on guards seemed to enthuse the spectators to a considerable extent. Therefore, as there were plenty of cars and plenty of mud the cheering was continued until the arrival of the last car. Of the forty-one cars which started in the run but twenty-one finished. This, however, is considered a wonderful record and goes to show the admirable quality of the "staying powers" possessed by the respective drivers and their passengers. All who took the trip said they would not have missed it. The last day's run, from Iola, Kas., 125 miles, was started at 6:15 o'clock yesterday morning. The schedule allowed of easy running time and by the time Paola was reached, at noon, all of the contesting cars were in good condition.
Leaving Paola, the remaining fifty miles were clipped off in good time, and finally when the end was reached the cars were hugging each other in single file, engines running admirably, occupants tired but happy, and everything in readiness to check in.
Probably the hardest luck encountered by any of the contestants yesterday befell Carl Muehlebach and his Pope-Hartford. This car, with its crew, was ready for departure from Iola when the signal was given, but had progressed but a few feet when one of the front tires blew up. This accident having been repaired, another start was made, when another tire blew. After this the two other tires, which had seen duty during most of the trip, collapsed almost simultaneously, with the result that 11:30 found the Pope-Hartford occupants but two miles from their starting point.
After that, however, good time was made, and the car, although about an hour late in arriving, checked in in good shape. Several other cars had slight mishaps, but none of them compared with the downright hard luck encountered by No. 7
FINISH WITH FIST FIGHT.
After the cars had reached the Paseo an incident took place which, although of short duration, caused considerable excitement. During the trip yesterday the correctness of the Corbin car's perfect score was under discussion in a somewhat heated manner by owners of other cars which had been penalized a point or two, and is said to have its culmination in a fistic encounter during the Paseo inspection.
Who the participants were could not be learned, as the race officials exerted every effort to suppress their identity and were quite successful. It remains, however, that during the brief course of the melee there was considerable excitement for all. It is expected that the question will be taken up by the executive committee.
Labels: automobiles, Eleventh street, Grand avenue, hotels, Paseo, races, violence
September 27, 1908
DOMESTIC REFUSES PENSION.
$500 Has Accumulated, but Mary
Carpenter Refuses to Touch It.
Although Mrs. Mary Carpenter of 902 Central avenue, Kansas City, Kas., is entitled to a pension of $12 a month as the widow of a civil war veteran, she has steadfastly refused to sign the vouchers sent her by the national government. Mrs. Carpenter's husband has been dead four years and since that time pension vouchers have accumulated until now she has over $500 owed her by the government.
Yesterday morning Judge Van B. Prather, probate judge of Wyandotte county, appointed the Banking Trust Company of Kansas City, Kas., guardian of the pension money now in the company's vaults and of future payments. Mrs. Carpenter is employed as a cook in a Kansas City, Kas., restaurant, and refuses to give a reason for not taking the money which is coming to her.
Labels: banking, Central avenue, Civil War, Judge Prather, Kansas City Kas
September 27, 1908
DEAD FROM HIS INJURY.
Special Officer L. D. Masterson
Leaped From Moving Car.
L. D. Masterson, the special officer, whose skull was fractured Friday night in Independence, Mo., in jumping from a street car in pursuit of woman prisoner, died at noon yesterday. Mr. Masterson was attending the fair in Independence, when a woman became boisterous. He placed her under arrest and started with her on a street car to the city. The woman jumped from the rapidly moving car in an effort to escape. Without stopping to think of the speed of the car Mr. Masterson followed the woman. His head struck on the curbing, fracturing his skull. The body will be taken to Stanley, Kas., for burial.
Labels: death, Independence, police, streetcar
September 27, 1908
SAW A BOY BUY COCAINE.
Then Bert Stregel, Druggist, Was
Arrested and Arraigned in Court.
Bert Stregel, a druggist at Fifth and Central streets, and his clerk, E. C. Ellis, were arraigned in police court yesterday charged with selling cocaine to Willie Smith, a 15-year-old messenger boy who was tried before the juvenile court Friday. Both asked for continuances, and they were granted until Tuesday.
The boy testified that he has been addicted to the cocaine habit for the last four months. He named three places where he bought the drug, Charles Gidinski's, Nineteenth and Grand, Dudley & Hunter's, 1303 Grand, and Bert Stregel's, Fifth and Central. Edgar Warden, a probation officer, went with him to Stregel's and watched the boy buy a box of cocaine.
Labels: Central street, children, druggists, Fifth street, Grand avenue, juvenile court, narcotics, Nineteenth street
September 27, 1908
MAJOR JOHN COON DEAD.
Former Kansas City Man Held Of-
fice During Grant's Term.
Major John Coon who, until three years ago, resided in Kansas City, died at Lyons, Mich., Thursday, aged 86 years. He was a civil war veteran, having served as a paymaster during the war and afterwards was first assistant secretary fo the interior under President Grant.
The burial will be in Cleveland, O. The widow will return to Kansas City and reside with her daughter, Mrs. C. H. Abney, 3223 East Tenth street.
Labels: Civil War, death, Tenth street, veterans
September 27, 1908
CELEBRATE K. U. VICTORY.
Students at Lawrence Parade After
First Football Game.
LAWRENCE, KAS., Sept. 26. -- (Special.) Headed by the K. U. band, 200 K. U. students participated in their annual shirt-tail parade in a drenching rain through Lawrence streets tonight. The students celebrate their first football victory every year with this sort of a parade.
Labels: Lawrence, sports, universities
September 27, 1908
MARY HULSE STILL ALIVE.
Recovers From Shock of Bullet, but
Blood Poisoning Is Feared.
Late last night Mrs. Mary Hulse, who shot herself twice in the left lung at her home, 3829 Dickson street, Friday afternoon, was still living, although the chance for her recovery was small. The doctors say that the shock of the wounds has been overcome, but that the main danger to be overcome is blood poisoning. For a time they considered stimulating the wounded woman's system by means of a transfusion of a saline solution into her circulation, but the operation was abandoned as unnecessary. Both bullets have been taken from the wounds.
Labels: Dickson street, doctors, Suicide, women
September 27, 1908
HOWARD HAS A HIGH FEVER.
Congressman Accompanying Hisgen
Party Taken Suddenly Ill.
Melford W. Howard, former congressman from the Eighth Alabama congressional district and a member of the Higsen party, was taken ill at the Hotel Baltimore yesterday afternoon. It is probable that he will be unable to fill a St. Joseph speaking engagement Monday night. Dr. J. R. Snell, house physician at the hotel, was called into consultation at 5 o'clock. Dr. Snell said that Mr. Howard had a very high fever which might not be reduced in less than twenty-four hours.
Labels: doctors, Hotel Baltimore, hotels, illness, St.Joseph, visitors
September 27, 1908
THEIR NAMES BOTHER THEM.
So They Change Them to Less
Foreign names which proved cumbersome ot their owners living in America caused two men to file petitions in the circuit court yesterday to have their names changed. Henry Malenschein, a clerk for the Western Union Telegraph Company, stated that his name was continually misspelled and mispronounced, and caused him great inconvenience. He asked that he be authorized to write the simple word of "Meyer" in place of what he has been doing all his life.
John Henry Judinich, an Austrian, represented that his name is a hinderence to him, keeping him from enjoying life as he might under the name of Steinhart. He understands that Steinhart is the English pronunciation of his Austrian name. He asks that the court legalize Steinhart, and thereby make this life rosy for John Henry.
Labels: circuit court, immigrants
September 26, 1908
MOTOR CAR USED
IN A KIDNAPING.
MRS. THOMAS SPIRITED HER SON
OUT OF LEAVENWORTH.
BROUGHT CHILD TO
ATTORNEY JOHN HAYES, JR., AR-
RESTED BY KANSAS OFFICERS.
Was Mistaken for a Detective Who
Had Gone With Mrs. Thomas
When She Kidnaped
MRS. AGNES BOSS THOMAS.
Kansas City Woman Who Kidnaped Her Child in Leavenworth Yesterday,
Guarded by a Detective in an Automobile.
Agnes Boss Thomas, who was a witness in the Humes-Richards alienation of affection suit, yesterday, under guard of a private detective patrol, went to Leavenworth in an automobile and carried off her baby, Theodore C. Thomas, Jr., while the 5-year-old child's school teacher looked on, powerless to do anything. Mrs. Thomas brought the baby to her home, 119 East Thirty-fourth street, where Theodore, Jr., is still resting and awaiting a probable habeas corpus proceeding. The little fellow's attorneys, Kelly, Brewster & Buchholz, are in waiting, too, and John Hayes, Jr., who was mistaken for a detective by the Leavenworth police force, is out on bond.
Mrs. Thomas was divorced from her husband in July, 1906. Mr. Thomas received the divorce while his wife was abroad, both being represented by attorneys. In the settlement by the court at Pawnee, Ok., it was stipulated that Mr. Thomas was to have the custody of the child except one month in each year and that if the mother wished the child during this month she should go after and return him at the proper time.
THEODORE C. THOMAS.
The Kidnaped Child
Recently when Mr. Thomas wished to go to Mexico he left Theodore, Jr., with the child's grandmother in Leavenworth. When the time rolled around for Mrs. Thomas to have the child for her one month of the year, the baby's grandmother decided she should not have him. On account of her connection with the Humes-Richards case, the grandmother said Mrs. Thomas could not have the baby for the one month provided for by Judge Baynard T. Hainer in the Oklahoma courts.
Yesterday Mrs. Thomas decided to get her baby, and employed an automobile and a bodyguard and went after him. Living strictly up to the letter of the decree, which said she could get the baby by going after him, Mrs. Thomas employed F. H. Tillotson of the Hayes-Tillotson Detective Agency, to see that no force was used against her. The two went to Leavenworth and called at the school house where the baby, Theodore, Jr., is receiving his first lessons. Mrs. Thomas stepped to the door, asked the child's teacher to see him, and then simply carried him home, as she claims the court said she has a right to do.
In the meantime, John Hayes, Jr., an attorney of Kansas City and son of former Kansas City Police Chief John Hayes, was in Leavenworth on legal business. The police force of Leavenworth, recalling that the big man in the automobile was of the Hayes-Tillotson agency, just arrested young Hayes and held him for ransom. He proved his innocence and was finally let go on bond.
Mrs. Theodore Thomas, the mother of the child, was formerly Agnes Boss, the daughter of a prominent Congregational minister here, and was reputed to be the most beautiful and most accomplished girl in the city. After being educated in the high school here she went to Vassar. She was a splendid musician, an artist of some ability, and was a leader of society here.
She was married to Theodore Thomas, son of a wealthy and very prominent Leavenworth physician, about eight years ago. Six years ago the son was born to them. At that time Mr. Thomas was conducting an ice plant in Atchison, Kas. Later they moved to Oklahoma, and at Pawnee, Ok., a divorce suit was instituted by the husband.
The decree was granted Mr. Thomas, giving him also the custody of the child.
After the divorce, Mr. Thomas brought his boy to Leavenworth and placed him in the care of his mother, Mrs. M. S. Thomas. She has become very much attached to the child and was prostrated with grief this afternoon. The little boy was just 6 years old a few weeks ago and started going to school last Monday. The mother has come here on several occasions with different attorneys and attempted to get the grandmother to give up the child.
Several months ago Mrs. Theodore Thomas came into prominence by starting to lecture on theosophy. She is well educated and speaks well, and it is said she made quite a hit. Mrs. Thomas is still a very beautiful woman.
Labels: attorney, automobiles, children, custody, detectives, Divorce, ice, kidnapping, Leavenworth, oklahoma, Police Chief Hayes, women
September 26, 1908
OFFICER LEAPS FROM
CAR; FRACTURES SKULL.
WAS IN PURSUIT OF FLEEING
She Had Been Arrested for Creating
a Disturbance at Independence
Fair -- Officer Masterson
Pursuing a woman prisoner in Independence last night, Special Officer L. D. Masterson leaped from a rapidly moving street car and struck his head on the curbing, receiving a fracture of the skull, which the physicians believe will prove fatal. Masterson was attending the fair in Independence when Nell Hutchins began disturbing the peace. She was boisterous and refused to be quiet when Masterson requested her to. He placed her under arrest and started to the city on a street car with her.
The car was nearing the center of the city and had just reached a steep hill, down which the car started at a rate of thirty miles an hour. The woman prisoner was occupying a seat across the aisle from the officer and believed she could escape. She got up and ran down the aisle before Masterson realized what she intended to do, and by the time he reached the rear door Nell made a flying leap for freedom. She landed on her head, and, rolling over and over, came a cropper against a trolley pole. Without stopping to think about the speed of the car, the zealous officer followed the example of his prisoner and jumped from the car. He struck his head against the curbing. Persons who witnessed the accident ran to his side, and, seeing that he was seriously injured, called Drs. Joseph W. Green and B. F. O'Daniel. Masterson was taken to the police station in Independence, where the surgeons worked with him an an endeavor to save his life. They said that his skull had been fractured at the base, and that he was suffering from concussion of the brain. He was not expected to live at a late hour last night. Masterson had been foreman of the street department in Independence, and was appointed special policeman during the fair. He lives at 700 West Stone street. The woman prisoner was severely bruised about the face and body.
Labels: accident, crime, doctors, Independence, police, streetcar
September 26, 1908
WROTE LOVING LINES
THEN SHOT HERSELF.
MRS. MARY HULSE SEEKS DEATH
AS RELEASE FROM ILLNESS.
Powder From First Bullet Sets Fire
to Her Clothes and After Extin-
guishing Blaze Shoots a
"I wanted to kiss you all at the table good-by, and I knew I couldn't, for you would mistrust something," wrote Mrs. Mary Hulse of 3839 Dickson street to her husband and children yesterday afternoon just before she shot herself twice in the left breast with a revolver, barely two hours after dinner time, when all the members of the family ate what was probably their last meal together. Despondency over continued ill health led to the act, and the doctors hold out no hope for her recovery. Both bullets penetrated the left lung.
Edna, the 15-year-old daughter of the woman, was in the back yard when she heard the first shot fired. She thought it was a door slamming in one of the upstairs bedrooms, but when she went in to ascertain she heard her mother groaning in her room, and as she ran up the stairway the woman cried out: "I am dying; send to the store for Annie!"
SHOT HERSELF SECOND TIME.
As she spoke she lay on the bed with the revolver beside her, trying to put out the fire which the front part of her dress had caught from the flashing powder. The terror-stricken girl did not think to snatch the smoking revolver from the bed, but ran to the store of I. E. Early, a block or so away on East Fifteenth street, where her eldest sister, who is 17 years of age, is employed. Before the two girls got back neighbors heard a second shot, and when the daughters reached their mother's room she lay bleeding and in a dying condition on the bed. The husband, who works in a brickyard at Askew and Seventeenth streets, and Drs. A. R. Greelee and W. L. Campbell were summoned and everything possible was done, but there is little doubt but that the wounds will prove fatal.
LETTERS OF FAREWELL.
In an envelope sealed and addressed to her husband she wrote her farewell to him and her children. Even after she had sealed it she wrote expressions of affectionate leave taking. On the outside she wrote:
"My Dear Jim and My Dear Children: -- I have to leave you. I can not stand my suffering any longer. Hope you can keep the children together. I know you will if it is so you can, and I do hope you can get steady work for our dear children's sake. My sickness is too much; I can't stand it any longer. See about the insurance.
"Jim, my darling, you have done all that any one could do for me, and I thank Dr. Lowery and Dr. Doyle for their kindness. I wanted to kiss you all at the table good-by, but I knew you would mistrust something. I want you all to forgive me. Annie and Edna, be good girls and be good to little Ruth and Albert. Mind your father. Good-by to all.
"YOUR LOVING WIFE AND MOTHER."
Mrs. Hulse is 32 years old, and her husband said yesterday that she had been in ill health for ten years. There are two other smaller children, Albert and Ruth, aged 12 and 9. The family moved to Kansas City from Ottawa, Kas., three years ago.
Labels: Askew avenue, children, Dickson street, doctors, Fifteenth street, retailers, Seventeenth street, Suicide
September 26, 1908
BOY OF 4 FOUND DRUNK.
Probation Officer Saw Father Give
Beer to the Child.
Judge, probation officers and spectators were shocked at the evidence produced in the juvenile court yesterday in the case of Floyd Hardman. Floyd is a yellow haired youngster of four summers whom Probation Officer William Emmett found at Fourteenth street and Grand avenue in a drunken stupor. Emmett informed the court that the Humane Society had been told about the boy and one day he sat in an office window and watched the father and two other men buy beer in a bucket and give it to the baby to drink from first. He said the boy spent his time on the corner cursing people who passed. The father was fined $5 in police court for giving the boy beer to drink.
Mrs. Hardman said she was married in 1902 and did not know her husband drank or allowed the boy to drink. She said she allowed the boy to go on the moving van with his father becasue she believed it to be healthful for the child. She was ordered to keep him at home. Judge McCune informed her that small children were like sponges and absorbed everything around tehm and that her child evidently absorbed too much beer.
Labels: alcohol, children, Fourteenth street, Grand avenue, Humane Society, Judge McCune, juvenile court, police court
September 25, 1908
IT'S THE JEWISH NEW YEAR.
Rosh Hashana Will Begin at 6
o'Clock This Evening.
Rosh Hashana, or the Jewish New Year, will begin at 6 o'clock this evening, and the day will be properly observed in all of the Kansas City Hebrew houses of worship. In the evening the usual hymns, prayers and sermon will make up the ceremony, and Saturday morning at 10 o'clock one of the most impressive features of the service will be the solemn blowing of the Ram's Horn, as prescribed in the Jewish ritual, taken from the book of Exodus. The blowing of the horn is a symbolical alarm to awaken the soul from the lethargy into which it may have lapsed during the year just past. In its ancient significance, the sounding of the Ram's Horn had a military as well as a religious meaning and was supposed to arouse the sons of Israel to the defense of their faith and land. Following Rosh Hashana comes a season of repentance, solemnly observed, and terminating in the Day of Atonement, which falls on the tenth day of the new year. The Day of Atonement is the most hallowed of all the days of the year, and it is then that the adherents of faith exhalt themselves to a universal forgiveness.
The Jewish religious year, which Rosh Hashana opens, is made up of twelve lunar months of twenty-nine or thirty days each, instead of twelve solar periods. As compared with the solar year, eleven days are lost annually, and to make up for this discrepancy, every third year is a leap year, when a whole month is added to the calendar.
Labels: churches, holidays, Jews
September 25, 1908
WILD WEST FOR AUTOISTS.
Miller Brothers Entertain Kansas
Cityans at 101 Ranch.
ONE HUNDRED AND ONE RANCH, OK., Sept. 24. -- (Special.) So tempting was the programme arranged at Miller Bros.' 101 ranch by the Longhorn Club, and so desirous were the Kansas City autoists in the Southwestern Reliability run to see all the Wild West features on the bill., that the officials of the contest voted to lengthen the scheduled stop at the ranch an hour and a half. This was the the first change of the schedule since the run started. It was made necessary by the enthusiastic clamor of the autoists who were prepared for and received the greatest treat of their trip at the ranch.
The cars had made a hard morning run over roads that were seas of mud, but from Bliss to the ranch the race-course-like pikes afforded the first opportunity of the day for smooth riding. The cars arrived in ones and twos after 12:30 o'clock, and as fast as they came in the famished autoists were seated at a banquet table where all the good things of the ranch were served.
Later there was a programme of "sure enough" Wild West events -- steer riding, roping, broncho busting and fancy riding.
There was a badger fight which was the real sensation of the day, the badger being pulled from his lair by Ted Collier of Kenosha, Wis., driving a Rambler car. The autoists were compelled to tear away at schedule time, but the officials had a great trouble getting them to leave. Several arranged to return to the ranch for a visit after the completion of the tour.
Labels: amusement, automobiles, oklahoma, races
September 25, 1908
WHITE GIRL BECOMES
A CHINAMAN'S BRIDE.
PRETTY NETTIE SWISS IS NOW
MRS. JUNG LING.
She Became Acquainted With Her
Oriental Lover in Monnett, Mo.
Attended to Wedding De-
Jung Ling, a pigtail Chinaman, aged 36 years, and Nettie Swiss, a not at all bad looking white girl, who gave her age as 23 years, were married by Justice of the Peace F. O. Miller at the court house at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon. It is said to be the intention of the couple to make their home in St. Louis.
After the two, walking arm in arm, entered the recorder's office for the purpose of taking out the license, the girl acted as spokesman and made known the object of their visit. "We want to get a marriage license," she said.
The clerk at first was dubious as to their sincerity, but after asking the usual questions and receiving favorable replies, he realized that there was no alternative from granting the license. Before completing the document, however, the clerk, who seemed disinclined to issue the license, said: "If this man can't sign his name this paper cannot be issued."
"Well, he may not be able to write his name in full," said the bride-to-be, who seemingly had thoroughly rehearsed her part,"but he can make his mark just the same as any other person who can't write. Is there anything else?"
There evidently was not, as the license was forthcoming, and after having been turned over and the fee paid by the feminine end of the transaction, they asked that Justice Miller be summoned to perform the ceremony. The justice arrived within a brief period and a few minutes later the couple were man and wife.
Although a wedding in exclusive Chinese circles is an occasion accompanied by a great feast and several days of gayety, nothing of the kind had been prepared for Mr. and Mrs. Ling. The bridegroom's friends here are said to have objected bitterly to the course he was pursuing and refused him even a wedding dinner by the way of showing their displeasure.
When seen at the store of a friend, 127 West Sixth street, yesterday afternoon, the new Mrs. Ling sat on the side of a bunk with a genuine black trousered little Chinese lady. The two evidently had engaged in conversation pertaining to the wedding, but when the visitor made known the object of his call both became silent.
The proprietor of the store, Ling and several other Chinamen there at the time said they were insufficiantly acquainted with the English language to converse intelligently, and, therefore, asked to be excused. Mrs. Ling would say nothing.
Mr. and Mrs. Ling are said to have known each other for several years, both of them for some time lived at Monnett, Mo., and later at Joplin. Ling frequently has occasion to come here and this time he sent for his lady love. She arrived yesterday morning.
Labels: courthouse, immigrants, Justice Miller, race, Sixth street, visitors, wedding
September 25, 1908
AN UNFORTUNATE FAT WOMAN.
Burdened by Flesh Miss Knox Be-
comes a Ward of the City.
"Suffering from an abundance of superfluous adipose tissue."
This is the diagnosis of the emergency hospital physicians in the case of Miss Mary Knox, 44 years old, five feet five inches tall, weighing 350 pounds. Miss Knox lives alone near St. Louis avenue and the State Line.
The woman's case was brought to the attention of the police at No. 2 station late yesterday afternoon. It was said that she was helpless, penniless and really a fit subject for the county home. The patrol wagon took Miss Knox to the emergency hospital, where, after a thorough examination, the foregoing diagnosis was agreed upon.
"It is an odd case," said Dr. W. L. Gist. "Miss Knox is too fat to walk without assistance, as she would fall if she encountered the least obstruction. Then when she is down she can't arise without help. The police say neighbors have been caring for the helpless woman for some time."
Her case will be referred to the Humane Society today and an effort made to get her in the county home. Ten years ago Miss Knox is said to have been as lithe and slender as a gazelle. When she began to take on flesh, no manner of dieting made any difference; she was destined to become very corpulent, and very corpulent she did become.
"This is one thing that scientists have not solved," said Dr. Gist. "People who are destined to be fat will gain weight in spite of all one can do, and, on the other hand, the slim tribe will remain shadows on a diet of fat-producing foods."
Labels: Dr. Gist, emergency hospital, Humane Society, No 2 police station, St Louis avenue, State line, women
September 24, 1908
M'DONALD LAID TO REST.
Appropriate Respect Paid to Memory
of Dead Marshal.
The funeral of Martin McDonald, marshal of the North division of the city court, Kansas City, Kas., who was shot to death by Ernest Lee, whom he was trying to arrest at the latter's home Monday, was yesterday afternoon from the McDonald home, 425 Haskell avenue. The services were conducted by the G. A. R. and the A. O. U. W., and were largely attended by friends and city and county officials. Interment was in Mount Hope cemetery.
The body of Lee, who killed himself after murdering Marshal McDonald, will be sent to Ames, Ok., where the dead man's mother, Mrs. Ella Rader, lives.
Labels: cemetery, Funeral, Kansas City Kas, murder, oklahoma, Suicide
September 24, 1908
STRUCK BY STREET CAR.
Teddy Rush, 7 Years Old, Receives
Scalp Wound and Bruises.
Teddy Rush, a 7-year-old boy, was struck by an eastbound street car on the Argentine division of the Metropolitan street railway yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock while crossing the tracks near Ninth street and Strong avenue. The lad started to cross behind one car and was struck by another going in the opposite direction. He was hit by the fender, which knocked him clear of the car. His injuries consist of a scalp wound and bruises about his body. Dr. D. E. Clopper treated the boy's injuries and he was taken to his home, 20 North King street.
Labels: accident, Argentine, children, doctors, King street, Ninth street, streetcar, Strong avenue
September 24, 1908
NEGRO CHARGES BRUTALITY.
Says Three Patrolmen Gave Him Un-
Jonas Williams, a negro, with a bruised and battered cranium and a somewhat disfigured countenance, appeared before the board yesterday to prefer charges of unprovoked assault against Patrolmen R. S. Elliott, J. P. Withrow and Jerry Callahan. Williams, who lives at 609 May street, said the three policemen about 5:30 yesterday morning had all taken a hand in "trimming" him. He did not say what for, only alleging that it was unnecessary. The officers were all cited to appear next Wednesday and explain.
Labels: May street, police, police board, race, violence
September 24, 1908
GOOD NAME GONE;
NEIGHBORS SHUN HIM.
NONE OF THEM WOULD GO ON
Finally Lawyers Came to Rescue of
Man Who Is Accused of Forgery
and Attempted Wife
After much delay and no little impatience on the part of the many curious spectators who crowded the court room at Buckner, Mo., yesterday morning, W. A. Johnson, on trial on a charge of attempted wife murder, waived his preliminary hearing. He was bound over to the criminal court in $4,000 bond. Justice James Adams, before whom the case was called, at first placed the bond at $5,000.
"Your honor, don't you think that is a little stiff," asked T. A. J. Mastin, who represented the defendant. Our client can hardly raise $1,000."
After some argument, the matter being satisfactory to the state, the bond was lowered to $4,000. Then time was asked that the defendant might secure bondsmen. The judge granted one hour.
FRIENDS GONE -- ATTORNEYS HELP.
For several days previous to the trial Johnson had circulated among those who had been his friends in Buckner and Independence, trying to secure someone who would sign his bond. But when Tuesday came and he had no success he went among those in Buckner with whom he had never had business transactions, but to no avail. Sentiment in his home town is strongly against the man, and no one would give him help.
It was soon decided that no bondsmen could be secured and his attorneys, Mr. Masten and W. S. Fournoy, expressed their willingness to sign the bond. Immediately Johnson was released on bond he was rearrested on the charge of forgery, his wife declaring that he forged her name on a deed in January, 1908. As the warrant for his arrest on that charge had been sworn out in Independence, he was taken there by the marshal and the justice of the peace sought.
ARRESTED ON FORGERY CHARGES.
The party arrived at the court room late in the afternoon and the judge was not present; consequently the state expressed its willingness to let Johnson have his freedom under guard until the bond could be fixed this morning. Johnson's attorneys have signified their intention of signing the bond.
Johnson has aged remarkably within the past month. His extreme nervous manner has increased, and while the complaint which charged him with having struck his sleeping wife with the desire to kill her was being read by the judge, the defendant nervously fingered his hat and his hands trembled violently.
Mrs. Johnson, the victim of the assault, has been improving rapidly and is no longer confined to her bed. Yesterday afternoon in the presence of Prosecuting Attorney I. B. Kimbrell; his assistant Will Carmody, and her attorney, J. G. Paxton, she reviewed the whole case. Once, in telling of her endeavors to win Johnson from the kind of life which he had been leading, the woman, now wrinkled and still suffering from her severe wound, broke down and sobbed.
MRS. JOHNSON IN TEARS.
"Oh, why did he do it? He knew that he was breaking my heart." It was some minutes before she regained control of herself. The story of the life which she had been forced to endure within the past two years moved her vastly, and she could scarcely talk at times.
"When I first learned that he was associating with a Mrs. Howard of Kansas City, I went to him and begged him to leave her and come back to me," she said. "But he would not do it, and he tried to deceive me. It was always business that called him to the city every morning, and it was business that kept him there almost all of every week.
"In February of last year he insisted that I go to our ranch in Mexico. I did not want to go, but he was so urgent that I finally gave in to him, as I always did. He gave me $8 to spend on that month's trip, and I did not hear from him but once. I did not know then that he had been in Colorado with this other woman, but the night that I got home I heard that he had returned the day before.
SEARCHED HIS POCKETS.
"Something made me go through his pockets that night, and I found a receipted bill from the Savoy hotel in Denver made out to W. A. Johnson and Mrs. Howard of Kansas City. The bill was a very large one. I have it now.
"The next day I asked him how long he had been in Denver and hinted that I knew all about it. He did not say anything at all. But from time to time he would go away on long business trips and take this woman with him. In Mexico, where he usually went, I had friends, and they recognized him and Mrs. Howard. They told me about it, but I could not say anything to Dode (her husband's nickname) about it. Finally things got so bad that I told him I was going to leave him after threshing this fall and that we would divide up the property equally and he would go his way and I would go mine. Nothing was said by him to that proposition.
"When the wheat crop was in he got about $1,800 for it. I asked him for $25 to buy a new dress, and though he always promised it, he gave me less than half of the $25. Most of that I spent for things for him.
"But before then he had signed my name to a deed which transferred $1,000 worth of property. I never saw one cent of that money. He promised that he would make it all right, but he never did. I never threatened him with exposure, but he knew that I knew of the forgery. It made him afraid.
"Less that a month before that night (she referred so to the night of the assault) Dode came to me and told me he was going back to Mexico to settle up the ranch business. I told him that he would have to take me. He did not want to do so, but I said that I would follow him on the next train if he went without me. He wouldn't be able to lose me like he did his little niece whom I sent to Mexico to take care of him last fall. But he did not go and nothing more was said about the trip up to that night."
BOUGHT HOUSE FOR WOMAN.
Such, in part, is the story which Mrs. Johnson told her attorneys. She told about other women in Kansas City with whom Johnson had lived, one in particular. She said thatJohnson bought an expensive house for this woman on Bales avenue and furnished it luxuriously, with chairs which cost $150 apiece. But Johnson did not pay the bills he contracted in Buckner, she said. She always opened his mail and knew, for he could not read.
The prosecutor and those associated with him have no doubt that they can convict Johnson on both charges. They say that the forgery is a clear cut case and there is no way out of that. Though the assault case is purely circumstantial, Mr. Kimbrell believes that Johnson's own statement will convict him.
The state is very anxious to get the assault case to trial within the next two weeks and will make every effort to do so. Meanwhile, in Buckner, W. A. Johnson, once the most respected man in the community, walks the streets and is shunned by those who once called him their friend. He said yesterday that he intended spending the greater part of his time on his farm near the town.
Labels: Buckner, courtroom, Denver, domestic violence, forgery, Johnson assault case, Judges, lawyer, marriage, Mexico, Prosecutor Kimbrell
September 24, 1908
CROWDS AT THE FAIR.
Six Thousand Saw the Atractions at
Crowds at the Independence fair yesterday were doubled over that of the opening day. Six thousand paid admissions were received. The airship made the usual flight. Women crowded the art department and textile exhibits, but the greater of the crowd gathered around the mountains of bread which came from all over the state to contest for a prize -- bread from Carthage, Platte City, Memphis, Palmyra, in fact from several different states. Machine and handmade bread was in competition.
Today wil be Kansas Cityday and some of the best races have been reserved for this day. The county offices will be closed to permit employes to attend the fair.
Labels: airships, amusement, food, Independence
September 24, 1908
GUARDED HIS BODY
HORSE KEEPS VIGIL WHEN MAS-
TER DIES IN ITS STALL.
WAS THE MAN'S ONLY FRIEND.
ECCENTRIC CONTRACTOR WHO
FITTED UP BARN AS A HOME.
Burt Davis Slept in the Stall With
His Favorite Horse and Death
Found Him There at
After having been inseparable companions for several years, eating in the same stable and sleeping in the same stall, Burt Davis, a contractor, aged 55 years, was found dead in a stall with his horse in the barn occupied by both, Forty-third street and Indiana avenue, late yesterday afternoon.
Although heart disease is thought to have been the cause of death, Davis is said to have met with an accident last Tuesday in which he was thrown from his buggy, alighting on his head in the street. This accident may have been indirectly the cause of death, and is so accepted by the coroner as an autopsy developed the presence of a blood clot on the brain.
Davis was well known in Kansas City. He was a widower and noted for his eccentricities. Several years ago he gave up his home and took up his abode with his horse in his stable. For some time it had been known that Davis slept in the same stall with his horse, and, as the body was found there after death, it is altogether probably that he expired while asleep at the side of what he often characterized as his "only friend."
The body was found after Davis's absence had been noticed. It was his custom to be seen working about the barn at different hours of the day. An investigation was made. The interior of the barn was found to be fitted up with almost everything necessary in the ordinary bachelor apartment, such as cooking utensils, ice box, small table, etc., while on the floor was carpet which extended into the horse's stall.
When an effort was made to remove the body from the stall the old horse showed his displeasure by kicking and attempting to bite, and finally it was necessary to quiet the animal with a pitchfork before the body could be taken from the stable.
Other than a bank book, showing a balance of $100 in a local bank, nothing of value was found in the stable. It is not known whether Davis had relatives living.
Labels: animals, buggy, death, Forty-third street, Indiana avenue
September 23, 1908
TURNED ON HIS GAS JETS.
Then Hoyt Stanley Went Out for a
Match -- Biff! Ban-n-g!
Hoyt Stanley, a musician, aged 86 years, of 1219 Tracy avenue, at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon turned on several gas jets in a room of his residence and then discovered that he had no matches. Leaving the gas on, he went in quest of a light, but for some reason did not return until 7 o'clock last night. The he lighted a match. He was blown a considerable distance into the rear yard and later removed to the general hospital, where his badly burned face, hands and legs were attended.
Labels: accident, emergency hospital, Seniors, Tracy avenue
September 23, 1908
GETS FOUR YEARS IN THE PEN.
Ward Headley Convicted of Assault
on Two Girls.
Ward Headley, charged with assaulting Ethel Kelso, 7, and Eunice Swift, 5 years old, was found guilty last night in the criminal court and his punishment fixed at four years in the penitentiary. The jury was out two hours. Headley was an employe of a men's furnishing establishment and had been married but two weeks when he attacked the two little girls, July 4, at the home of O. J. Swift, 1815 Kansas avenue. The Kelso family lived nearby and the two little girls were together at the Swift home where Headley was a guest. Headley and his bride lived at 2921 East Sixteenth street.
Labels: children, crime, criminal court, Kansas avenue, penitentiary, Sixteenth street, violence
September 22, 1908
KANSAS CITY, KAS., MARSHAL
WAS SHOT THROUGH HEART.
Slayer Commits Suicide -- Ernest Lee
Was Living With His 15-Year-Old
Sister-in-Law, With Whom He
Had Fled From Oklahoma.
Martin McDonald, marshal of the North division of the city court, Kansas City, Kas., was shot to death yesterday, sortly after 12 o'clock, by Ernest Lee, wanted at Tulsa, Ok., for eloping with his 15-year-old sister-in-law, Goldie Johnson. The killing took place in a boarding house, Third street and Shawnee avenue, while the officer of the court was reading a state warrant commanding his arrest. The murder was witnessed by Humane Officer Festus Foster, who had accompanied Marshal McDonald, and Miss Johnson, the young girl with whom Lee had eloped. After a desperate struggle with Officer Foster, Lee succeeded in freeing himself, and, placing the muzzle of the same revolver against his forehead, pulled the trigger, sending a bullet through his own brain. He was removed to Bethany hospital, where he died a few minutes after 2 o'clock.
FELL AT FIRST SHOT.
Marshal McDonald fell dead at the first shot, the bullet passing through his heart. He fell with his own revolver in his hand, having drawn it at the time that Lee reached for his weapon, which was in a bureau drawer. McDonald apparently realized Lee's intentions and commanded him not toput his hands on the revolver. Even after he had the weapon in his hands McDonald refused to shoot, but again commanded him to drop the gun. Instead he whirled around to face the officer, pulling the trigger of his revolver at the same time. McDonald fell instantly. Humane Officer Foster rushed upon Lee and a hand to hand struggle ensued. Lee's revolver, which was a 38-caliber automatic, was taken from him by Foster, but he succeeded in getting hold of the dead officer's revolver. Foster attempted to use the automatic gun, but being unaccustomed to the new firearm, was unable to discharge it. Lee, taking advantage of the situation, clinched with Foster and beat him over the head with McDonald's gun. He finally recovered possession of his own weapon and while Foster was lying bleeding on the floor placed the gun to his head and fired.
GIRL'S MOTHER GOT WARRANT.
From the evidence obtained by Coronor J. A. Davis at the autopsy held over the two bodies in the afternoon, it seems that Lee had been living at the Shawnee avenue address for the past five weeks, or from the time that he and his girl sister-in-law came here from Oklahoma. From the time he landed here he went under the name of C. E. Lewis. His first imployment was at the Schwarzschild & Sulzberger packing house. For the past week or two he had been engaged in cleaning cellars in the flood district. Sunday night Mrs. Jennie Johnson of Kingfisher, Ok., mother of the girl, came to the city and stopped overnight at the home of her nephew, a Mr. Cathcart, who lives in Argentine, and who had previously located the runaway couple. Yesterday morning Mrs. Johnson went before County Attorney Joseph Taggart and caused a state warrant to be issued for the arrest of her son-in-law, who deserted one of her daughters to run off with another, the latter being a mere child.
After the double killing Miss Johnson was taken into custody by Humane Officer Foster and taken before Judge Van B. Prather of the juvenile court. She will be held as a ward of the court until after the inquest, which probably will be held today, after which she will be turned over to her mother and taken back to the family home at Kingfisher. While in the juvenile court room Miss Johnson made the following statement.
SHE DIDN'T LOVE HIM.
"My sister, Grace, and Lee were married about four years ago, one child being born to them. They lived on a ranch near Kingfisher. They had frequent quarrels, but not serious. About six weeks ago I accompanied my father, Lacy Johnson, from Kingfisher to Tulsa, where we visited Miss Carrie Berry, sister of Mr. Lee. He was there at the time. One night Lee and my father went up town, leaving me with Lee's sister. She went to call on a neighbor, leaving me alone in the house. Lee returned to the house and, finding me alone, threatened to kill me and all of the family if I refused to run away with him. We left that night and caught a train for Kansas City. We have since been living as man and wife here. He has treated me kindly, but I want to go back home to my parents."
When asked when Lee first commenced to make love to her, Miss Johnson said that he never exactly made love to her, but said that he liked her better than her sister, to whom he was married. She said that she never loved him, but was afraid of him. Lacy Johnson, the girl's father, is sick at his home in Kingfisher, and is not expected to live.
Labels: guns, Humane Society, murder, police, Suicide
September 22, 1908
NO PLACE ON SHELVES
FOR THESE BAD BOOKS.
TWO OF THE LATEST NOVELS
PROSCRIBED BY LIBRARIAN.
Classed With Others as "Utterly Per-
nicious and Morbid" -- Students
of Fiction Have Privelege of
Their Perusal, However.
Have you read "Together" or "The Little Brother of the Rich"?
If you have, you didn't get them at the public library. Robert Herrick's and Joseph Medill Patterson's latest books are not allowed there because -- well, because they are so naughty.
Mrs. Carrie Whitney, the librarian, in proscibing them, has simply followed the initiative taken by a number of Eastern librarians who have condemned them as "utterly pernicious and morbid" with "exaggerated views and the emotions strained."
"We have been laughing at Mary J. Holmes a long time, and have ridiculed the books she has written -- 'trash,' most people call them," said Mrs. Whitney, "but let me tell you, I would rather her books were in the hands of our young people than 75 per cent of the novels that are being turned out every season. Mary J. Holmes was at least pure in her ideals and there is no hint of anything that is not beautiful or wholesome in her stories. As much cannot be said of the men and women who are vieing with each other in producing the most sensational novel of the year."
Mrs. Whitney is broader than most librarians in her views on literature. Boston and St. Louis have debarred books that are considered classics, but these will be found on the shelves at the Kansas City public library.
"I am pretty well acquainted with the reading public," continued Mrs. Whitney. "I know the students and those who read from morbid curiosity. The student may almost find anything in the way of the classics on our shelves, and for him we have at least one of even the questionable books of modern fiction. We cannot put them on the open shelves in the fiction room, however. And there is very good reason for not doing it. We have different cards for children and for adults, but too many children are drawing books on cards for adults. These children wander around among the fiction shelves, reading what they please, and we have no assurance that the books they draw are really for their parents of for their older sisters and brothers.
"All modern fiction is carefully selected. We have but little money to spend on current literature, and our choice must necessarily be discriminate. Within the past few years there are many books that we have had to debar. There was 'Old Wives for New.' It was not bad, but fearfully vulgar. Mark Twain's 'Double Barreled Detective Story' never found the way to our fiction shelves because there was nothing in it to merit it being there. We barred 'Eve's Diary' for quite another reason, however. 'Pam' and 'Pam Decides' were barred also for this same reason, as were Robert Grant's 'Orchid,' Frederick VanEeden's 'The Deeps of Deliverance,' Victoria Cross's 'Life's Shop Windows' and 'My Poor Relations' by Maarten Maartens. It is almost unnecessary to mention the notorious 'Three Weeks.' I think we must have told 1,000 people that we did not have it on our shelves. Even now we have a few calls, but the public generally has learned that we do not have it. You might mention, too, that 'The End of the Game' is another book that is not in the library.
"As to the two new books, 'Together' and 'The Little Brother of the Rich,' the criticisms that have been spread broadcast against them express my views. They shall never be found here."
Labels: books, Boston, libraries, Mark Twain, women
September 22, 1908
HE'S AFRAID OF THE GANG.
"Taxpayer" Says a Crowd of Toughs
Keep People Away From Parks.
A property owner who is afraid of "the gang," in a letter signed "Taxpayer," told the park board in a letter yesterday that an awfully bad crowd of toughs hang around two saloons at Seventeenth street and West Prospect. The "taxpayer" said the operations of this gang keep people out of the park out there because the gang invariably goes to the park to "fight it out" when there is trouble in the saloons.
"A doctor accompanies the gang when it goes in the park to fight," says the "taxpayer," "presumably for emergencies." The board will investigate the complaint. The park board had a saloon closed at Seventeenth and Holly streets because it was too near a park.
Labels: Holly street, Prospect avenue, saloon, Seventeenth street, violence
September 22, 1908
PROHIBITION'S OPENING GUN.
Eugene W. Chafin, Candidate for
President, Will Open Campaign.
The opening gun of the Prohibition party's campaign in Jackson county and Missouri will be fired at the New Casino hall, 1021 Broadway, tomorrow night. Eugene W. Chafin, Prohibition candidate for president, will be here then to deliver one of his campaign speeches on "The Platform of the Prohibition Party."
Mr. Chafin is returning to the East from a tour of the Pacific coast states and the Northwest, where he has been campaigning. Ex-Governor John P. St. John of Kansas and Dr. C. B. Spencer, editor of the Christian Advocate, will preside at the meeting.
Labels: Broadway, politics, prohibition
September 21, 1908
INVENTOR'S FINGERS HURT.
E. T. Winkler Was Making a Demon-
stration With New Machine.
E. T. Winkler yesterday had the fingers on his left hand badly lacerated by the blades of a revolving fan. He was at his shop, 712 Oak street, working on a new invention which he expects will revolutionize the manufacture of ice. The blades shaved nearly half of each finger off. Dr. George Dagg dressed the injuries at the emergency hospital.
Labels: accident, doctors, emergency hospital, ice, inventors, Oak street
September 21, 1908
MOSQUITOS COME IN DROVES.
Make Annual Pilgrimage to Kansas
City From the North.
Mosquitoes continued last night to swarm down upon Kansas City, and the fellow who said they were all destroyed in the forest fires of the Northern states has taken to the woods. If it be true that the annual fall crop of pests does come down from the North to escape the cold, it came in good installments last night, picking out the Northeast district and most all the lowlands in the city for a field for operation.
Pennyroyal fumes came from the lowlands last night, and the odor of burning rags floated from many a household which hadn't read of the two fires caused last week in that very manner. But the mosquitoes came flocking in just the same, even invading the rooms where the housewife had scattered watermelon rinds for the little rascals to feed upon and die. Some people believe watermelon rinds kill mosquitoes.
It is a matter of record deduced from the tone of complaints that the mosquitoes are not so thick as last year, although this is the month for the annual onslaught. Perhaps the absent ones did perish in the forest fires of the North, where the mosquito is said to get his start.
Labels: Fire, insects
September 21. 1908
UP THE RIVER IN LAUNCHES.
Twenty-Four Craft Went as Far as
Twenty-four launches containing members of the Kansas City Yacht Club, their families and friends, made an eighteen-mile trip up the river to Parkville yesterday, and so successful and enjoyable was the outcome that it is the intention to make several other similar runs before the advent of cold weather.
The launches, containing about 100 people, departed from the foot of Delaware street at 10 o'clock with Art Boylan, a man well acquainted with the river, as pilot. Shortly after noon the fleet arrived at its destination, and, after anchoring, the pleasure seekers went ashore and had dinner at the hotel. The return trip was started about 3 o'clock and all of the launches arrived safely at the dock here by 5:30 o'clock.
"It is trips like these that are worth while," said Judge J. Karl Guinotte, one of the party. "The river at this season is just right for a trip of the kind, and the people of Parkville gave us a royal time. I am one who is determined that such trips shall be regular weekly events."
Labels: boats, Delaware street, organizations, Parkville
September 21, 1908
NOW IT'S A CAT CLUB.
Philanthropic Women Come to the
Aid of the Friendless Feline.
For the purpose of increasing interest in cats of all breeds a number of women met at the home of Mrs. Louis Shouse last week and organized the Kansas City Cat Club. Mrs. Ed. Cutter was elected president, Mrs. C. H. Buttles, vice president, and Miss Cornelia Topping secretary and treasurer. The directors are Mrs. Louis Shouse, Mrs. John Spears, Mrs. Reid Murray, Mrs. W. H. Shilling and Miss Huyl. The club will meet once a month. Nearly every city in the country of the size of Kansas City has a cat club, whose object is to inculcate a friendlier feeling among all classes for the homeless feline. In some of the larger cities cat hospitals are maintained by philanthropic women and the Kansas City Cat Club may eventually establish such an institution here.
Labels: animals, organizations
September 21, 1908
PICNIC PARTY DUMPED.
Their Vehicle Got in Way of a
Several members of a picnic party were injured when a wagon in which they were returning from the outskirts of the city was struck by a Rosedale car at Southwest boulevard and Mayflower street shortly before 1 o'clock yesterday morning. Frank M. Spencer, owner of the wagon, of 2040 Penn street, is suffering from a sprained ankle and possible internal injuries. The others escaped with slight bruises.
The accident is said to have resulted from an effort of the driver to pull from one car track ot the other without noticing the approaching car. The force of the collision threw the vehicle on the sidewalk and against the office building of the Rochester Brewing company.
Labels: accident, breweries, Penn street, picnics, Southwest boulevard, streetcar
September 21, 1908
WAS AMONG FIRST OF
DEATH OF "JUDGE" JAMES HUN-
TER, THE PIONEER.
"Judge" James Hunter, a settler in Westport since 1826 and one of the most familiar figures of the old town, died at the Harris house in Westport, where he had lived for twenty-five years, at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon, at the age of 88 years old.
Born eighty-three years ago in Russellville, Ky., James Hunter, at the age of 1 year, came with his father, the Rev. James M. Hunter of the then Cumberland Presbyterian church, to where Westport now is, in 1826. There was but one house in the place, a cabin owned by Frederick Chouteau, which was hotel, general store, and, in fact, the whole settlement under one roof. Rev. Hunter started another store, where he had saddlery, general merchandise and notions, now the corner of Southwest boulevard and Penn street. At this time Kansas City was not in existence. Young Hunter later started in the saddlery business. He also became the owner of a tract of about eighty acres between Twenty-eighth, Thirty-third, Main and Holmes streets. this he afterwards disposed of very cheaply. At the age of 30 years he married Miss Eleanor Stevens of Cass county, Mo., but she lived only a year. They had no children.
About 1854 the great movement across the plains was at its highest point, and James Hunter and his younger brother, Thomas, went into the freighting business. Their long caravans of prairie schooners, drawn by oxen, toiled slowly across the dry plains from Westport to Santa Fe, hauling every sort of necessity for the settlers in the gold fields. The profit was brought back in the form of gold dust, and debts were paid with the dust in Westport, as well as in San Francisco. Both of the brothers made their headquarters in Santa Fe, but they were constantly on the move, and Westport saw them several times a year.
When the civil war broke out they had not time to mix in the quarrels of the North and South -- they were interested in the development of the Western country. They continued to run their business right through the war. Their name became known everywhere along the great trail, and they waxed wealthy.
The inception of the railway proved the ruin of their freight business. In 1871 James Hunter gave up the trade and moved from Santa Fe back to Westport, where he had lived ever since. He became a notary public and in 1886 was elected police judge of the town. Twenty-five years ago he registered at the Harris house, then the leading hotel in Westport, and retained a room there until his death.
Two brothers and a sister survive, Dr. D. W. Hunter of Dallas, Tex.; Thomas H. Hunter of 4013 Central street and Mrs. E. H. Huffaker of El Paso, Tex.
The funeral services will be at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning from the residence of Thomas H. Hunter. Burial will be in Union cemetery.
Labels: Central street, churches, death, history, Holmes street, Judges, Main street, ministers, Santa Fe Trail, Thirty-third street, Twenty-eighth street, Westport
September 20, 1908
WITS GONE AWRY;
POLICE GATHER 'EM IN.
FIVE MEN OF FREAKY IDEAS
PICKED UP IN ONE DAY.
Unfortunate Who Believed Sparrows
Were Nesting in His Hair -- An-
other Held Up Twelfth
The holdover at police headquarters yesterday resembled an insane ward in a hospital. Before the day had closed five men, some a bit more "off" than others, were incarcerated there. One of the men who gave the name of Shea was found on the street sitting in a shady place. At intervals he was seen to shake his head and then spat the back of one hand with the other. When asked what he was doing he said: "The sparrows are pulling hairs from the back of my hands and building nests in my head. Shoo. Shoo." Then he would shake his head again. "Wrestling with 'Old John B.' " was the comment of the officer who took Shea to the station.
Another man, apparently suffering from the same trouble as Shea, gave the name of Baylay. He was a little more active than his brother in distress. Seeing turkeys wearing straw hats and little yellow goslings with plug hats and red neckties on, Baylay was busy chasing them about the street. He was really interested in his chase as he said he had "never seen the like before in all my life."
An aged man by the name of Nolde was picked up by a patrolman on Twelfth street and Grand avenue. He had stopped many street cars by waving his cane and had attracted quite a crowd. The old man believed that he was a motorman and that it was his duty to stop traffic as he was doing. He was booked for Colonel J. C. Greenman, who looks after the insane for the city and county.
The next unfortunate to arrive gave the name of "Robinson Crusoe" and said he was 103 years old. With his long, unkempt hair dangling about his shoulders, he almost looked the part. He finally gave the name of Farbis Foster. The old man was picked up at 1415 Main street. He had been wandering aimlessly about the streets for days. He was also booked for the attention of Colonel Greenman.
After "Robinson Crusoe" had been stowed away the most picturesque member of the quintette of "offs" arrived in charge of Patrolman G. M. Russell of No. 7 station. He was bareheaded and barefooted, with his trousers rolled to his knees. Around his neck was a piece of heavy string, to which was attached a quart tincup, somewhat battered. In the cup was a match. In the man's mouth was a small twig, at which he puffed as if smoking a cigarette. To add to the picture, the man was gently fanning himself with a weed. When searched the police ran upon what they at first took to be a "billy," but when brought to the light it was seen to be nothing more than a red corncob -- a big one, too, probably ten inches long.
"Don't throw that away," said the man, who gave the name of L. H. Miller; "I have just had that patented at great cost."
"Is that so? What's it used for?" asked Lieutenant James Morris.
"It's the finest thing in the world to kill mosquitoes, flies and the like," he said. With that Miller took the big cob and whacked away at a fly on the desk, and, of course, missed it. "See that?" he added gleefully. "Can you beat that? Put that in the safe until I call for it, and don't let anyone see how it's made, either."
Colonel Greenman will also look after Miller and his patent combination destroyer of insects.
Labels: Col. J. C. Greenman, Grand avenue, Main street, mental health, police, police headquarters, Seniors, Twelfth street
September 20, 1908
ROLLED FROM HOBO HILL.
Patrick Bulger Fell to Street Car
Tracks and Was Hurt.
Hobo hill, near Second and Walnut streets, where so many men have gone to sleep and then rolled down onto the street car tracks in front of cars, came near claiming another victim last night. Patrick Bulger, 28 years old, a citizen of Independence, Mo., had gone down to take the interurban train for home. He missed it and fell asleep on the fatal hillside.
Presently a Holmes street car came bowling along and Bulger awoke with a start. He started so far that he rolled to the tracks and against the car just in time to be caught under the coat by rear steps. He was scraped along the spine, lost several square inches of skin and was dragged thirty feet to the tracks of the Kansas City Southern railway. The ambulance took him to the emergency hospital, where his injuries were dressed. A pint bottle of whiskey which Bulger carried in his coat pocket was not even cracked.
Many men have been killed and many injured at this very point. On the afternoon of September 5 Frank Nugent, a citizen of anywhere his hat was allowed to hang, performed the sleeping, waking and rolling feat. He lost his left leg just above the ankle and is now in the general hospital.
Labels: accident, alcohol, emergency hospital, hoboes, Independence, Kansas City Southern, Second street, streetcar, Walnut Street
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