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November 30, 1908



Jewish Colonization Society Will
Build Up Independent Country
for the "Wanderer on the
Face of the Earth."

"Nationalism and Zionism" was the subject of a masterly address by A. H. Fromenson of New York to the Jews of Kansas City at Woodman's hall, 1210 Main street, last night. Mr. Fromenson is the editor of the English edition of Tageblatt and is a Zionist of national reputation.

"In no country in the world other than the United States is the Jew admitted on an equal footing with the other citizens of that country," he said. "Even here there is talk of an exclusion law which will operate principally against us. In Russia we are reduced to a condition of outlawry and in Roumania our condition is little better. In Germany and France we are oppressed not by law, but by popular opinion. Even England discriminates against us. A thousand influences are constantly at work to deprive us of our character as a race. The Jew, the scapegoat of earth, must have some place to go.

"The Zionist movement attempts to find this place. We have chosen Palestine, for that is the country that was promised by God to the seed of Abraham forever, and that is the land in which took place all that is worthy of us as a nation. In alien lands we have produced Heine, Gambetta, and a host of others, but for almost two thousand years we have produced no man who has been really great as a Jew.

"Palestine is a fertile country, described even in a sober consular report as a land flowing in the proverbial milk and honey. The Jewish colonization society has invested millions of dollars in lands there, consisting principally of olive and orange groves, and it hopes some day to build up there an independent country which will be a buffer state between the East and the West.

"Since the bloodless revolution in Turkey we have been assured that if at any time the population of Palestine becomes Jewish in complexion that the country will be given its freedom. There are many Jewish settlements there now and the number is increasing rapidly. There is every hope that some day the Jew will no longer be a wanderer on the face of the earth, but will have a home of his own and a government to protect him when he is oppressed in foreign countries. This is no idle dream but a very probable reality."

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November 30, 1908


In the Scramble to Get Away They
Rained Real Money, Which
Coppers Got.

Money was thrown on the floor in the pool room of James Varelas, 404 West Fifth street, last night at 9 o'clock in a wild scramble of fifty Greeks to get out at the back door when the police entered the hall through the front. Two young Greeks complained to Sergeant Edward McNamara that they had lost $100 playing seven-and-a-half in Varelas's place.

The officer called Patrolman Richard Elliott, J. P. Withrow and J. C. Welch to his aid. When the police ran in, those in the rear of the pool hall rushed out. Patrolman Elliott succeeded in getting $12, and Sergeant McNamara, $1.50. The Greeks were crowded into a corner of the room and the patrol wagon called. In the first load eleven men were taken to the station, and the wagon returned after another. It took four trips to land all of the Greeks in the holdover and fourteen men rode on the last trip.

Sergeant Patrick Clark fixed the bonds at $5 each, but the Greeks refused to put that amount up, and after being booked on a charge of gambling, were sent downstairs to the holdover. Varelas was booked as the keeper of a gambling house and his bond was put at $51. He furnished bond and was released. The frequenters expected Varelas to get them out on bond and when he refused to put up the money for any of them they began to call for the jailer and put up the cash for themselves. They will appear in the municipal court this morning charged with gambling.

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November 30, 1908


Street Sweeper Who Keeps His Eyes
Open Picks Up Many Coins.

The street sweeper stooped down and picked up a coin from among the debris in the gutter.

"It pays to keep your eyes open," he said after the nickel had been safely stowed away. "We often find coins and lost articles in the street. Of course, should we find a pocketbook or article of value it would be our duty to turn it over to the department for identification, but who knows to whom a stray nickel, dime or quarter belongs, and we might just as well have it as anyone else. No, I haven't got rich off my findings from the gutters and it is not every day that I pick up even a nickel, but some folks would be surprised to know how much money is found in such a manner every day in Kansas City."


November 29, 1908



From 2 Until 5 o'Clock Next Wednes-
day They Will Be at Home
to Their Legion of

An informal reception on Wednesday afternoon, December 2, from 2 to 5 o'clock will be given by Colonel R. T. and Mrs. Van Horn at Honeywood, their country home in Evanston park, on the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of their marriage. Ten years ago Colonel and Mrs. Van Horn celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their wedding. Then there were present many persons who were residents of Kansas City when the Van Horns came here in 1855. There were only about 500 persons living here at that time.

Colonel and Mrs. Van Horn were married December 2, 1848 in Pomeroy, Meigs county, O. Mrs. Van Horn was Miss Adela Honeywood Cooley of Pomeroy. Four sons were born of the union, but only one, Robert T. Van Horn is living at the present time. They have two grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The ancestors of Colonel Van Horn were from Holland and emigrated to New Jersey about 260 years ago. His great-grandfather, Henry Van Horn, was a captain in the Revolutionary war. Colonel Van Horn's father was born in Pennsylvania and his mother in Ireland. East Mahoning, Pa., was the birth place of Colonel Van Horn. He was born May 9, 1824. After studying law in Meigs county, O., he practiced for a short while and then engaged in newspaper work in Pomeroy, O., where he edited and published a weekly newspaper. Being burned out and not having his plant insured Colonel Van Horn went to St. Louis and worked on a steamboat for his brother. A Kansas City lawyer induced him to come to Kansas City and buy a weekly paper called the Enterprise. He came here in July, 1855, and made arrangements to purchase the paper, paying $250 for it. He brought his wife here in October of the same year and began editing his new paper which he named the Journal of Commerce, now the Kansas City Journal. They lived on Walnut street near Eleventh street until 1887.

As the pioneer newspaper man of Kansas City, Colonel Van Horn has always been known to have worked for a better and larger Kansas City. The people have many times honored Colonel Van Horn with public offices within their gift. At one time he was mayor, and served terms in the state senate and in congress. It was through his efforts that the Hannibal and Milwaukee bridges were secured. At the outbreak of the civil war he raised a Missouri regiment for the Union army. Colonel Van Horn has been named as one of the four great editors in the history of the United States.

Since his retirement from active life he has been living very quietly with his wife at their country home. The reception to be given on the sixtieth anniversary of their marriage is to be very informal at home. They have not issued any invitations or cards but their friends are to be notified only through the newspapers.

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November 29, 1908


One of the Beasts Chewed Captain
Cardova's Thumb.

It was a pure exhibition of nerve and headwork that probably saved the life of Captain Cardova at the Hippodrome last night when one of the trained lionesses attacked him and almost severed the thumb on his right hand. Few in the audience who were witnessing the act given by Cardova and his trained lions really knew what had happened, for he had the nerve to finish the acat and remained in the cage fully five minutes after the lioness had tasted of his blood and was acting ugly all the time. After he got out of the cage a physician was called and the wounded hand was dressed so that he could continue with his performances through the evening.

The lioness has two young cubs and has been vicious for some time. The attack was made while Cardova was giving that part of the act in which he eats at a table with three lions. He was feeding the raw meat to his animals when the lioness seized him and held his hand in her teeth for fully a minute. The trainer exhibited no fear, nor did he cry out although the pain was severe. The other lions did not attack him.

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November 29, 1908



Proposed to "Clean Up" the Residence
Districts of This Form of
Evil -- J. V. C. Karnes
Is Opposed.

What shall the city do with its social evil -- permit it to spread throughout the corporate limits, with occasional spasmodic efforts to drive it from the best residence districts, or restrict it to a definitely defined locality, where it will be under intelligent and close police surveillance?

This is a question as old as life itself. It has never been answered satisfactorily to everybody. There is no "crimes district" in Kansas City, and the result is far from satisfying even to those persons who are responsible for present conditions. The blight of the social evil has encroached upon many good residential neighborhoods, and even the business district has been affected. A movement is under way to segregate these women, and the plan was discussed by the tenement commission yesterday.

Rev. Dr. Daniel McGurk, pastor of the Grand Avenue Methodist Episcopal church, expressed himself as being heartily in sympathy with the proposed plan.

"I consider the plan to segregate these persons as being both practical and wholesome," said the doctor. "I know it is contended by some that such a plan would be equivalent to putting the approval of the new law upon this form of vice. I do not so consider it. To me it appeals as the surest way of putting the ban of the law on this traffic, and as means of protection to our children who must pass daily through districts infested by these women. I would go farther than that, and venture to say that such a plan, if put into operation, would be the means of saving one-third of those who would otherwise be condemned to a life of misery and shame."

J. V. C. Karnes, chairman of the board, opposed the proposition not only from a moral standpoint but he also took the position that the question was not properly before the commission. He contended that the board had no right to make suggestions as to any plan for regulating or abating this vice; that the question was purely one of morality, and being so that the board was exceeding its authority and the purpose for which it was created in attempting to assume to take any action in the matter.

Dr. J. L. Harrington took issue with Mr. Karnes on the question as to the right of the board to consider the question of segregation.

"This question is not one of morality alone," he said. "This board has the power and the right to consider whatever affects the health of the community. This form of vice is constantly spreading over our city and invading the so-called hotels and rooming houses. You will find these people in the same tenement house or same flat with perhaps twenty-five or fifty children who are brought in daily contact with them. The contaminating influences of this moral smallpox cannot be overestimated. More than that, if you choose to look at it from a strictly medical standpoint, the statistics are appalling. These conditions would be greatly alleviated if these persons were confined to some particular locality, where they could be regulated."

During the discussion it was stated that conditions along East Twelfth street and other districts where some effort was made to drive this traffic out is now practically as bad as ever. No action in the matter was taken by the board, but the members signified their deep interest in the matter and it will be brought up again at the next meeting.

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November 29, 1908



Room and Meals Constitute Salary
Attached, and the Job Has
Been Shunned for
a Week.

For the past week there has been no doctor at the Walnut street police station. The ambulance from this station, which is supposed to take care of every case of injury where the services of the police department are needed in the district south of Eleventh street, has been forced to respond to calls without any doctor in charge. Whether the call comes from Fifteenth street and the Blue or from Southwest boulevard and state line, all that the officers in charge of the ambulance can do is to make a run as fast as they can to the general hospital.

The cases on which the services of the police ambulance are called for are too frequently those in which a delay may mean the loss of human life. A man or a woman may take carbolic acid several miles from the general hospital. If medical treatment can be administered in fifteen minutes the person might, under ordinary conditions, recover. If, however, the treatment is delayed a few minutes, death is sure to result.

At any moment in the day or night such a case may be telephoned into the Walnut street station, which does almost as much ambulance work as the central police station.

Two years ago the appointment of ambulance and emergency surgeons was taken out of the hands of the police department and placed under the control of the health and hospital board. Under the new charter the same arrangement obtains. The reason given at the time of making the change was that the power of appointment was being used for political purposes.

However, under the old arrangement the police surgeons were paid a so-called salary of $30 a month. When the health and hospital board took charge it fixed a salary for the three doctors at the central police station, but appointed a man to work without pay at the Walnut street station. Internes at the city hospital did the work,, receiving therefor the same salary that they got for their work at the hospital, namely, their room and meals. Strange to say, several young doctors were glad to avail themselves of the opportunity to get a more complete knowledge of their profession by sewing up wounds and coaxing would-be suicides to live. Until last week the station has never been without a surgeon, and they have given excellent services, on the whole. Now no one can be persuaded to take the job.

"Only a few dollars paid to these young doctors every month would settle the whole question," said Captain Thomas P. Flahive last night. "To prevent the loss of human life something must be done at once."

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November 28, 1908


For Second Time His Is Defendant in
Such Action -- Present Wife Was
Widow of Dr. O. C. Trice.

Mrs. Allie M. Coffin, 3236 East Ninth street, yesterday filed suit for divorce in the circuit court against Dr. George O. Coffin, at one time city physician.

Mrs. Coffin's petition sets forth that she was Mrs. Allie M. Trice when she married Dr. Coffin, September 30, 1902. She was then the widow of Dr. Trice.

Mrs. Coffin asks an order restraining her husband from disposing of any of her property now under his control. She asks restoration of the name of Allie M. Trice, and that her husband be compelled to furnish funds for her support.

Mrs. Coffin's first husband was O. C. Trice, who died March 11, 1901, leaving an estate valued at about $75,000, the bulk of it going to the widow. The will was unique in that it set aside the income of $1,000 to be paid to Mrs. Morona A. Short as compensation for caring for "my wife's nag Nellie, and her black cat, Sadie Kuhn." Clinton A. Welsh and Frank L. Breyfogle of Kansas City were appointed as trustees under the will.

By a freak of chance Dr. Coffin's attorneys filed in Judge E. E. Porterfield's division of the circuit court yesterday a technical motion which was a fag end of the first divorce suit against him. Mrs. Minnie Coffin was the first wife. She is now Mrs. Aubrey and lives in Colorado. On statutory grounds she secured a divorce from Dr. Coffin in the circuit court March 18, 1902. She said in her petition for divorce that she married Dr. Coffin in 1883 in Frankfort, Kas.

In this case she was given custody of her two children, at that time aged 17 and 10 respectively. Something like a year later, in trying to make a showing in the circuit court that Dr. Coffin had paid her only $50 a month alimony when he was to have given $100, her attorney, Thad B. Landon, filed a deposition from her to the effect that before the divorce, Dr. Coffin had made an arrangement with her father, Colonel G. A. A. Dean, by which she was to receive $4,000 in cash and $100 alimony, which is now but $20 per month.

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November 28, 1908





Because of These Threats the Judge
Declines to Surrender Bench
Until His Commission Ex-
pires -- His Statement.

"Since I have taken office I have received many threatening letters on account of my attitude as to Sunday law enforcement."

This sentence, delivered near the close of an address of ninety minutes' duration, startled the hearers of Judge William H. Wallace from their lethargy yesterday afternoon. For the greater part of that time they had sat with half closed eyes, especially the policemen who were witnesses in city appeal cases, while the judge expounded his reasons for wishing to continue on the bench until January 1. The legal precedents and cases cited by the court had almost lulled the coppers, who had worked all night and who wanted to sleep, into the land of Nod. Then came mention of threatening letters and open eyes.

"These letters have come from all parts of the country," continued the judge. "From Denver, where they shoot ministers in the pulpit; from Paterson, N. J., the hotbed of anarchy; from Chicago, St. Louis, and other cities. One man wrote that he hoped to be present to witness, within five years, my execution. Another spoke of bringing a rope. Still another has written to me every day a postal card not fit to go through the mails."


By this time the judge's audience was very much awake. The story of the threatening letters had never been alluded to in any of Wallace's former explanations or statements. The judge continued to state that the enforcement of the law was a thing that had to come, saying in this connection:

"God directed the bullet that was fired at Francis J. Heney in San Francisco so that it would not interfere with the enforcement of the law."

Judge Wallace commenced his statement by letting another secret escape. It was to the effect that E. C. Crow, formerly attorney general of Missouri, had given him legal advice upon which he based his contention that he should hold office until January 1. The basis of Mr. Crow's opinion was the act of 1871, which created the criminal court. Judge Wallace said that court decisions had failed to disturb this act.

"And besides," said Judge Wallace, speaking of the succession as soon as a successor qualifies, "is it good law? If so, then the appointive judge is absolutely at the caprice of the man who comes in and that ends it. The new judge might want to come in in two weeks, maybe in four. The man in office has some rights.


"Take my case, for instance. I was to have delivered on Monday night an address before the Sabbath Association of America, a national gathering. Then this judgeship muddle came up and I was forced to decline. I was also invited to join, in the East, in the organization of a world-wide law enforcement league. I could not go on account of this matter."

Then, after citing a number of cases of what might happen if there was no judge of the criminal court, Judge Wallace said:

"Of course there are a lot of fellows who say: 'If there is a technical case, dump Wallace. No matter if it is reasonable or not. The public demands it.' But see what the constitution says and the statutes," and the supreme court and so on for an hour and a half.

Then the tired policemen were told to go home and return again on Monday.

Judge Wallace made a hurried exit from the court room at 5 o'clock. "If I can get into my house and get my grip I will go to Jefferson City tonight," were his parting words. He is to confer with Attorney General H. S. Hadley tomorrow.

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November 28, 1908


Aged Texan Was Starving, So He
Committed a Petty Crime.

Because he was nearly famished and with no prospects for a meal or a place to sleep, William Dermott, 69 years old, who came to Kansas City, Kas., recently from Dallas, Tex., threw a rock through a plate glass window in the Lyons building, Seventh street and Kansas avenue, Thursday afternoon. In police court yesterday morning Dermott told Judge Sims that he committed the offense that he might get arrested and get something to eat.

Between the court and the prisoner it was agreed that Dermott should be sentenced to 100 days in jail in order that he could have a place to eat and sleep for the winter.

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November 28, 1908



Chairman of the Propaganda Com-
mittee Will Tell the Jews of This
City About the Movement
Toward Holy Land.

To establish a publicly secured, legally assured home in Palestine for the Jews of the world, is the object of the Federation of American Zionists. The chairman of the Zionist propaganda committee, A. H. Fromenson of New York, arrived in Kansas City yesterday. He will be here a week and will speak to the Jews of Kansas City Sunday and Monday nights at 1210 Main street under the auspices of the United Zion Society of Kansas City.

"I'm not here to attempt to persuade the Jews of Kansas City to pack up and move to Palestine," said Mr. Fromenson last night. "I'm not selling anything, either. I'm simply here to explain the Zion movement and I want the Jews here to do all they can to help prepare a place in Palestine for the Jews.

"The object of the movement is not to take all the Jews to Palestine. There are 13,000,000 Jews in the world, and 11,000,000 of these live in lands of persecution and oppression, discrimination and intolerance. For a great many of these 11,000,000 the only hope is in withdrawal. The Zionists don't believe the Jews have the right to thrust their burdens on the world at large. They consider it more manly to solve the problem of existence, liberty and future themselves. The Zionists say that Palestine is the logical center for the great majority of Jews, because it is the Jews' own country, and since the ages of dispersion the Jews' craving has been for return.

"The present political conditions in Turkey indicate that the time is ripe to conduct the propaganda on a large scale. There are already thirty-one colonies of Jews in Palestine, all agricultural and flourishing.

"My contention is that it is the American Jew, who enjoys liberty and the right to pursue happiness, who should do more than any other to help the persecuted Jew to secure that liberty which the American enjoys.

"The American Jew may never go to Palestine, yet as a Jew it is incumbent upon him to make sure of a place wherein the Jew will be able to serve humanity far better than when his soul and body are in fetters."

The Zionists have a business organization and are buying land in Palestine as fast as they secure the funds. They have been promised by the new Turkish government that as soon as the Jews have a majority in Palestine, they will be granted self government.

Mr. Fromenson is touring the United States lecturing to the Jews. He came here from Minneapolis and will go from here to Denver. He was, until a year ago, editor of the Jewish Daily news in New York.

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November 28, 1908


Father of Bride Fired Pistol to Stop
a Charivari.

Because he fired three shots from a revolver for the purpose of breaking up a charivari crowd, A. T. Hutchings of 649 Miami avenue, Kansas City, Kas., was fined $5 in police court yesterday morning. Mr. Hutchings is the father of Grace Hutchings, who became the bride of Charles Dunkin Thursday.

Wedding festivities were in full progress at the Hutchings home Thursday night when the wedding celebrators arrived. Outside the house the noise occasioned by the beating of tin pans and kettles was so intense that Mr. Hutchings resorted to firearms for a quietus. His cure was effective, but it also led to his arrest and fine in police court.

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November 27, 1908





Opposing Teams Were
Cheered Impartially.
The Proud K. U. Jayhawk
No Wonder the Jayhawk's a Proud Bird.


By defeating the University of Missouri team at Association park yesterday afternoon by a score of 10 to 4, before a crowd of 12,000 persons, the University of Kansas eleven cinched its claim to the title of football champions of the Missouri valley.

Yesterday morning only one obstacle -- Missouri -- stood between the Jayhawkers and a clean record of victories for the season. Today the Kansas 1908 team is in the K. U. temple of ever victorious elevens, in which the Yost machine of 1899 has led such a lonesome life.

And the Missourians. Once more they came to Kansas City hoping, praying for victory. They met their worst rival for the eighteenth time, and for the thirteenth time they came off the field a defeated team. But there has never been anything inglorious about a Tiger defeat. There was nothing inglorious about yesterday's defeat. When a man gives for ten weeks his body and mind into the hands of his coaches to be moulded as they see best, when a man trained for ten weeks for an hour of play, puts into that hour of play all he has, never whimpering, never quitting, never dodging any hard knocks, but boring in and fighting like a man; fighting as his forefathers fought, a square battle with a never-say-die spirit, doing his best in spite of everything -- when such a man loses, he loses honorably, and to him is due as much credit as the man who fought the same kind of a battle on the winning side. It's easy to be a good winner but the real test of a man is whether or not he is a good loser.


Two touchdowns gave Kansas the game. A place kick gave Missouri its score, the first the Tigers have made against Kansas since 1902.

The Tigers started out with a rush and for the first fifteen minutes outplayed the Jayhawkers at every turn. After carrying the ball from their own 10-yard-line to the Kansas 25-yard line, the Tigers were held and Bluck missed an 35-yard place kick. After Johnson's kick-out, the Tigers again stormed the Kansas goal line. Kansas held this time on their 10-yard-line. Bluck went back for another kick and sent the pigskin sailing between the posts, eighteen yards away, making the score, Missouri 4, Kansas 0.

A typical rooter

It was the first time the Missouri undergraduates had ever seen their team score on Kansas and for five minutes the Missouri section was a pandemonium of shrieking, whooping rooters whose lungs were the outlet of enthusiasm pent up for years. Their bodies tingled with joy and they cheered again and again and threw up their hats and hugged each other, for it seemed that Missouri was destined to defeat that as yet undefeated Kansas eleven.

There was gloom in the Kansas section, for up to this time the Jayhawkers had been able to do little with the Tigers. One man was still confident of victory for Kansas. It was "Bert" Kennedy, the Jayhawker coach, whose greatest hopes would be realized if his team came through the season without a defeat.


"That's all for Missouri," said Kennedy. "We'll make a touchdown and beat 'em. They can't keep up this pace."

And Kennedy was right. The Jayhawkers began to play better football. They came from behind, fighting against fighters, and after twenty minutes of play Pleasant caught Stephenson's onside kick and crossed the Missouri goal. Stephenson missed the goal and the score was Kansas 5, Missouri 4.

It was the second half that the second and last Kansas touchdown came. The Jayhawkers were storming the Missouri goal without any success. Several times they seemed to be within striking distance, but the Tiger line would brace and stop the oncoming Kansans.

With five minutes left to play, Deatherage made an onside kick to Rice, who dashed 25 yards through the Tiger team to a touchdown. Bond missed the goal and the score was Kansas 10, Missouri 4.

Yesterday's game was probably as close a struggle as a Kansas City Thanksgiving day crowd has seen in many years. The 0 to 0 contest of 1906 cannot be classed as a regular football game as the men played in mud up to their knees and the exhibition was one that would make Walter Camp burst out crying.

But yesterday saw a splendid exhibition of the great college sport. There was little individual starring. Each man worked for the team. No one sought for his own glory; it was victory, not applause, that was the prize each man wanted.

Crowds Fill the North Bleachers

Somewhere between 12,000 and 13,000 madly cheering fans were in the grandstand and bleachers when the opposing teams marched onto the field at Association park yesterday for the annual Kansas-Missouri football battle. Long before noon they had begun to appear at the various gates of the park, clamoring for admittance and when, finally they were thrown open, a seething current of humanity flowed through, until at 2 o'clock the gates were closed and hundreds were refused admittance. A comparison of the crowd of this year with that of former year, when the annual game has been played in Kansas City, would reveal no material change in its personnel. There was a certain percentage of the student body of both institutions here, and then there was the usual number of home fans, who never miss an opportunity to see the annual game. If anything, the students and former students, old grads and friends of the institutions outnumbered the professional fan.


Association park has never had such a crowd within its confines in the history of baseball in Kansas City, and a baseball crowd is the only means of making a comparison. The grandstand has been full to overflowing on many occasions and the bleachers have been well filled at times, but never before has it been necessary to add additional bleachers. These additional bleachers were crowded to their limit and had there been more they unquestionably would have been filled to overflowing. Altogether it is estimated that there were perhaps a few less than 13,000 people who saw the game from the grandstand and bleachers, those were paid admissions. But there was another crowd that viewed the game from a more advantageous standpoint, perhaps, from their point of view, than those who paid to sit in the boxes or in the grandstand.

A glance from the field to the housetops, the trees and the telegraph poles in the immediate vicinity conveyed a picture to the mind which would instantly have been familiar to those baseball fans who saw the great national baseball games in Chicago or New York. Wherever there was a foot-hold outside the high board fence where a view of the game might be had, there was a fan, and from the housetops hundreds saw the game.

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November 27, 1908



The Donor's Name Is Not Known to
One of the Hundreds of Hungry
Ones, But They Wish
Him Well.

Plenty of turkey with all of its harmonious accompaniments attracted nearly 1,000 boys and girls to Convention hall yesterday afternoon from 1 o'clock on until everybody who came was fed. More than 1,100 places had been set, but they were not all filled, showing that charity provided for some on Thanksgiving day who were able to provide for themselves.

Not only did the poor children dine, but a committee of 100 from the Associated Charities and the United Hebrew Charities sat down with them and ate the same dinner.

Some of the hungry urchins came in early and after eating their allotted meal came back again to make a secondary attack on the things to eat.

Two of the inevitable "stalwart policemen" were at the front door, and whenever any of the unfed came up, they were challenged thus:

"Had your dinner, boys (or girls, as the case happened to be)?"

"Unh-unh," was the invariable answer, with the accent on the first syllable of the negative, and the youngsters would skip gleeful over the sawdust to the tables where the waiters from the Sexton waited on them just as they do the guests of the hotel. To cap the verisimilitude, an orchestra played as the viands disappeared.

The dinner was provided by a man who formerly lived in Kansas City, and who was, perhaps, once a poor boy, hungry on Thanksgiving day. He now lives in New York city, and it is at his earnest request that the papers have not mentioned his name in connection with the dinner.

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November 27, 1908


If There Was, It Wasn't the Fault
of Givers of Dinners.

Amid the general rejoicing and feeling of goodfellowship incident to a perfect Thanksgiving day, the less fortunate inhabitants of the city were not forgotten. At every charitable institution in the city a dinner was provided for the inmates. The Salvation Army, Franklin institute, Union mission and other organizations of like character fed hundreds of poor persons, and sent many baskets of provisions to deserving families who were unable to attend the dinners.

The Union mission, at Eighteenth and McGee streets, provided a dinner and fed over 400 persons. Special invitations had been sent out and persons from Rosedale, Argentine, Kansas City, Kas., and country districts attended the dinner. Everything in the way of eatables was provided, and if any person in Kansas City went without a Thanksgiving dinner yesterday it was not because of a lack of opportunity.

"It was certainly good to see those poor persons eat," said the Rev. Mrs. Rose Cockriel, the pastor of the mission. "Those who came to the dinner ranged in age from 7 weeks to 33 years, and they all appeared to enjoy themselves. Six little boys, the oldest one 10 years of age, walked in from beyond the Blue river. We gave them their dinner and a basket of provisions to take to their home."

At the Old Folks and Orphans' home the day was celebrated with an old-fashioned dinner, turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pies and everything that should be eaten on that day. At the Perry Orphan Boys' home 130 boys partook of the good things that had been provided for them.

At the Working Girls' hotel there was really a day of thanksgiving, not alone because of the excellent dinner, for in addition to that some unknown friend donated a high grade piano to the institution. From the standpoint of charity and general cause for thankfulness, the day was very much a success.

At the county jail Marshal Al Heslip provided a dinner for the prisoners, of whom there now are fewer than 200. All the trimmings went with the spread. Eatables out of the ordinary also were served at the Detention home, where juvenile prisoners are confined.

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November 27, 1908


Humane Society Secretary Favors
One at the Junction.

To the Journal:
I am glad to see that the long talked of public comfort station seems in a fair way to become a certainty; also that a statue, or ornament of some kind will probably be placed at the Junction. This is a very favorable location for something of that kind, as it could be seen for several blocks from east, west and south. The ornament should, therefore, be imposing and significant.

In connection with the station and ornament there should also be placed in the vicinity of the Junction, and close on the sidewalk, a drinking fountain, for persons only, where the thirsty, at all times, day or night, might obtain a cool refreshing drink of pure water. This fountain should be placed so as to be accessible from the sidewalk, at proper distance from the station, and arranged so as to drain through it. The two fountains erected by the Humane Society, one at Fourth and Broadway, the other at the western terminus of our great intercity viaduct, are proving great conveniences for horses and dogs. Now let the city do as well for thirsty humans, as this seems a favorable opportunity. -- F. M. FURGASON, Secretary Humane Society

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November 27, 1908


For Seventeen Years He Was Gen-
eral Manager of S. & S.

Lewis Newgass, 60 years old, died suddenly of heart failure at his home, 3542 Forest avenue, at 5:30 o'clock last evening. Mr. Newgass was at the Progress Club yesterday afternoon. He complained of feeling ill and told some of his friends he would go home and lie down. Soon after reaching his home he sank into a stupor from which he never rallied. A doctor, who was quickly summoned pronounced his ailment as acute cardiac dilation.

Mr. Newgass was born in Darmstadt, Germany, September 15, 1848, and came to this country while a boy. He located in Chicago, and before the great fire there was part owner in a packing plant. Afterwards he became associated in a managerial capacity with Nelson Morris & Co. Seventeen years ago he came to Kansas City as general manager for the Schwarschild & Sulzberger Packing Company, which position he held at the time of his death. Mr. Newgass left a widow and a sister, Mrs. A. Ballenberg of New York city. Arrangements for the funeral will be made later.

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November 26, 1908


Fired Upon Intruders as He Lay
Propped in His Bed.

Robbers who attempted to enter the second story flat at 1426 Campbell street, where J. F. Benge and his wife live, last night, were fired upon by the husband. Mr. Benge is a cripple, and is confined to his bed with sickness besides. Mrs. Benge left the house about 9:30, leaving the door only partly closed. Mr. Benge heard the men coming up the stairs and called out. They paused momentarily and then continued their ascent. He grasped his revolver and waited. A tall man entered the room, while a smaller one waited outside, covering his face with a black cloth.

"Throw up your hands and lie down," commanded one of them.

Instead, Mr. Benge raised one hand and fired. The ball passed harmlessly over the head of the foremost intruder. The men fled out the back way. The affair was reported to the police. Neither of the men was recognized.

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November 26, 1908


Judge Replies to Lawyers That He'll
Make a Statement.

Two attorneys, in the course of trials in the criminal court yesterday, questioned the right of Judge W. H. Wallace to sit. In both cases the judge made reply that he was legally in possession of the office, adding that he would make a statement of the reasons for his holding to the office on Friday morning.

A panel of 150 jurors has been drawn for service in the criminal court next week, indicating that Judge Wallace intends to proceed with the trial of cases.

It has been suggested to Judge Ralph S. Latshaw that he assume the bench and then put the burden of a suit upon Judge Wallace. But friends of Judge Latshaw say he will not do this, for fear of making Wallace appear as a martyr. So the quo warranto course seems the likeliest at this time.

The grand jury, according to A. O. Harrison, special prosecutor, is to resume its sessions on Friday.

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November 26, 1908



Roaring Their Songs and Cries, They
Made Their Presence Generally
Known -- Good Feeling Pre-
vailed Above All.

College life with the college left out; that's what several thousand Missouri and Kansas students and graduated enjoyed to the limit in Kansas City last night. Such life is interesting even in a college town, but in Kansas City it is real exciting, and the somber goddess of sleep had little work in the downtown districts after nightfall. Then it was that the real fun of the day before began. Hordes of enthusiastic students gathered in the lobbies of the various hotels. Instinct guided them more than anything else, and so it happened that the boys from K. U. assembled in one hostelry and Missouri fans joined hands and voices in another. The noise -- well, it wasn't just exactly noise, it was more like a human roar -- continued in hotels and on the streets until after midnight, and everybody was good natured.

It would be almost impossible to describe the thousands which went to make up the vast crowd of enthusiastic youths. They came to Kansas City, every one of them out of their own world, dressed in the fantastic garb which inhabitants of college walls and college atmosphere are wont to affect. There was the slouch hat with the brim cut closely around the crown; the heavy tan shoes, buckled for extra weight; trousers rolled up two or three times at the bottom, just why no one can guess' the inevitable cigarette and pipe. It was all of a different line than the Kansas Cityan is accustomed to, and he started and wondered and remembered, perhaps, that once he dressed the same way. Then there was that self-bred enthusiasm which gave vent in lusty roars; roars which showed the joy of life for the college man on the day before the great game.


Before leaving their colleges the thousands of students had assembled in mass meeting to engender just such enthusiasm. They heard talks from members of their teams; from the old guard and from heads of the universities, and upon each one of them seemed to rest a certain responsibility for the success of his team in the only real football game of the season. That is college spirit, and that is why the regular boarder couldn't sleep in his usually quiet room at the hotel last night.

At the Savoy the Missouri aggregation of imported college men and yells held full sway. Nothing else was considered and nothing else could have made itself heard. True, there were three or four police officers on duty, but what were they when confronted with a mo b of a thousand husky young men? First there came the Missouri "Tiger," and then, with uncovered heads, the throng sang the grand Missouri song, "Old Missouri." Oh, they were sure of victory, were those fellows, and they were mightily proud of their alma mater. Somehow their songs of victory and triumph and allegiance to "Old Missouri" made the outsider think of the times when the ironclad soldiers of Cromwell went into battle singing, and he couldn't help understanding that the same spirit possessed those seemingly frenzied youths that steeled the heart of soldiers of the commonwealth. Over at the Coates house were the Kansas boys, and they were not to be outdone by their natural rivals, so far as noise and college spirit are concerned. "Rock-chalk; jawhawk; K-a-a-a U-u-u-u" made the second floor of the building seem to tremble from the vast noise sent up from a thousand throats. Pennants and banners of crimson and blue were waved frantically in the air between yells, and it was a pretty sight. Confidence there was in abundance; Kansas could not lose the Thanksgiving game because, well, because she was Kansas. It was knowledge of certain victory that added zest to those ferocious yells and gave them the utmost sincerity. No thought of loss entered the heads of enthusiastic rooters. They had put their faith and their money on Kansas, their alma mater, and she couldn't fail them. And so the songs and yells were songs and yells of the victor, and the Kansans were even more confident than their rivals.


Girls; there were lots of them, and they joined in the singing and noisemaking, too. Of course, they stood a little way off from the surging crowd of youths, chiefly on the stairways of the lobbies, but if one got close enough to them they could hear their shouts of general exuberance. But the girls could not stand the strain on the vocal chords as well as the men, and they began to hunt their rooms after an hour of jubilation on the stairways. In their rooms they could talk with each other of the coming game and the heroes thereof. Anyhow, they were girls, and it wasn't their part to make themselves so very obvious.

Early in the evening the old graduate was in his glory. He made the rounds of all the hotels and met the sons of his college chums. He forgot that he was a prominent lawyer and dignified; he remembered only the outlines of the old university hall; how he and his classmates used to hold jubilees on similar occasions; he forgot the numerous flunks in math and history and remembered only the great game "we played when your father and I were on the team." And did he yell and sing those college songs and yells? There were some of the songs that he had forgotten partly, but his lips moved just the same and his eyes were just as bright as those of his younger college mates. Off came his hat when the university hymn was sung and then when the "locomotive yell" was started he kept time with his headcovering and his arms.


But when "old grad met old grad" then it was interesting. The hearty shake of the hand; the resounding slap on the back and the many, many questions of "where have you been all these years, and what have you been doing?" It was the revival of the good old days when they were young and boys; and the joyousness of the approaching game permeated their systems as it did those more active students of the present class.

Then there were banquets of the secret and Greek letter fraternities. The frat yells and songs filled the banquet rooms during the meals and it was all one big jubilee. But the yells were confined to frat yells for both universities were represented in the gatherings. Nothing really discordant could be allowed to enter into the rejoicing of the night.

Late in the evening, after the too mellow wine and overabundance of beer had begun to get in its work, a group of Kansas students left the Coates house and marched with arms locked to the Savoy hotel, where the Missouri bunch was holding forth. Just after a resounding "Tiger" had risen from the Missouri men, it was answered by a "Rock chalk; Jayhawk; K-a-a-a-a U-u-u-u-u" from the meandering Kansas. Some surprise was occasioned by the yell of the enemy and muttered threats of rushing them were heard. But the Kansas men were standing near the doorway, where they could make a hasty exit in case it was necessary, so the M. S. U. fans contented themselves with overshouting their would-be usurpers.

The theaters were heavily patronized by the "fussers" of the college boys. Many of them h ad chosen to spend the evening with the quieter, but equally fascinating, charm of feminine companionship. That was all right; they could do their yelling at the game and after.

All hotels in the city were crowded to overflowing and many of the boys were willing to sleep four and five in a room in order to get accommodations. The college boys literally took the town last night and they were given preference over all other persons.

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November 25, 1908


Purpose of a Parole Board Council
Will Be Asked to Create.

An ordinance is to go to the council next Monday night providing for the appointment of a pardon and parole board, of three members, by the mayor. It was drawn by Frank P. Walsh of the tenement commission, along lines of a measure that was to have been drafted into the new city charter, but which was overlooked. Judge J. V. C. Karnes and W. P. Borland, who served on the board of freeholders, have approved the Walsh plan. It applies to prisoners sent to the work house.

The three members of the board are to determine their terms of office by lot, their terms to be one, two and three years. They are to appoint a secretary, who shall attend daily the sessions of the municipal court and keep the board advised as to the character of cases disposed of. The board is to serve witohout compensation., as shall an attorney if it is thought necessary to appoint one. The pay of the secretary is to be regulated by ordinance.

Authority is given the board to specify conditions under which any prisoner may be paroled or pardoned. Paroled prisoners will at all times be under the control of the board. The secretary is held responsible to safeguard and defend prisoners when they are arraigned in court. The measure is principally for the benefit of boys and women who get into police court and are unable to properly present their defense.

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November 25, 1907


Unknown Ex-Kansas Cityan Will
Feed 1,000 in Convention Hall.

Someone -- no one is supposed to know who -- will furnish a free Thanksgiving dinner to 1,000 poor children in Convention Hall, which will also be used gratis. It is enough to say that the donor used to be a Kansas Cityan, and for that matter, is yet in spirit. He has been an exile to New York for some years and has relatives here.

He writes:

"I would like to give a Thanksgiving dinner in Kansas City to 1,000 poor children. My idea is for this to be done under the auspices of the United Hebrew charities and Gentile charities of Kansas City and Kansas City, Kas. I do not want anyone to know who is giving the dinner as I do not desire any publicity. See if you can arrange this and wire me.

In compliance with the wishes of the unknown giver, tickets to the dinner will be in charge of the Associated Charities at 1103 Charlotte street, and the United Hebrew Charities at 1702 Locust street. Poor children may have tickets by calling at either of these places. The dinner will be served between 1 and 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon.

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November 24, 1908


These Lights Will Warn Vehicle
Drivers on Entering Boulevards.
Ornamental Lamp Posts Being Installed by the Parks Board
Ornamental Lamp Posts to be Located at
Street Intersections on Boulevards.

The park board has ordered thirty ornamental lamp posts to be installed at various points along the boulevards at intersections with streets for the purpose of regulating the operating of automobiles. The posts are of cast iron, of special make, and cost $10 each. They will be surmounted with red globes which will be illuminated at night with gas, and in daylight the color of the globe will serve as a beacon to vehicle users to keep to the right of the road.

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November 24, 1908


Accident Was Due to Workmen's
Lack of Foresight.

Owing to the carelessness of workmen on the building a portion of the roof of the Hippodrome, Twelfth and Charlotte streets, fell at 3 o'clock yesterday morning. The accident was due to the moving of two of the supports to the main beams upholding the roof. The work was being done to make room for an aerial act which is to be put on, and the two supports were moved at practically at the same time, thus leaving the heavy beams without support. The walls of the old street car barn, where the Hippodrome is located, are of unusual thickness, and were not damaged to any extent. The floor likewise was built to stay and, although the mass of timbers crashed down on the skating rink, this portion was not damaged. No one was injured.
It was stated yesterday that the building would be repaired in two days, and would be opened for the Thanksgiving crowds. The loss is estimated at about $200 and is covered by insurance. Owing to the way the building was originally constructed, no other portion was damaged in the slightest.

The building inspector inspected the building yesterday and pronounced it absolutely safe.

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November 24, 1908

Accident Was Due to Workmen's

Lack of Foresight.

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November 24, 1908


Dr. Otto Bohl Is Pursuing A. Kiss
for Damage to His Snakes.

Stromonium, which a witness facetiously described as jimson weed, plays a prominent part in the suit of Dr. Otto Bohl against Ander Kiss for damages, now on trial in Judge J. H. Slover's division of the circuit court. Bohl, who, on 70 cents, got more votes for the Democratic nomination for coroner at the August primaries than did some others who spent much more, charges Kiss with destroying his stromonium plants and snakes, greatly to the damage of the aforesaid and of Dr. Bohl. He wants $500. The case, in many variations, has been through a number of courts already.

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November 24, 1908


Will Fill the Unexpired Term of
Joseph L. Norman, Who
Becomes Secretary.

At a special meeting of the board of education, held yesterday here in the office of General Milton Moore, Judge Henry L. McCune was elected to fill the vacancy made by the resignation of Joseph L. Norman, who succeeded W. E. Benson as secretary. Judge McCune has accepted but he will have no voice in the meetings until his term as judge expires, January 11. He has expressed his willingness to be present at every meeting in an advisory capacity. Judge McCune will hold his position as member of the board until April, 1910, when the next regular city election takes place. He will fill the unexpired term of Mr. Norman.

"Kansas City has many men who would make good members of the board of education," Mr. Norman said yesterday, "and the board considered many names, but there was not a man who would work more untiringly than we know Judge McCune will work. In twenty-one years' experience on the board of education I have learned how much there is to do on our board and how vitally interested a man must be to perform all of the duties required of him. Judge McCune is just such an interested man."

"Do you approve of Zueblinism and the teaching of such propaganda in the public schools of Kansas City?" was asked of Judge McCune in his chambers in the court house yesterday afternoon.

"The board already has settled that question, and, as I presume I do not take office until after January 1 it is not proper for me to say anything at this time," said the judge with a smile. Judge McCune indicated by his manner that his stand upon the question, should it be put up to a board of which he is a member, would be guided by the same common sense which has characterized his work as judge.

The addition of Judge McCune to the board adds a member who has children in the public schools of Kansas City. He has a son in Westport high and a daughter in the Hyde Park grammar school.

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November 24, 1908


And She Expectes to Marry the Per-
son When His Wife Gets Divorce.

"Funny things often follow the filing of divorce proceedings," said J. Will Thomas, clerk of the district court, Kansas City, Kas., yesterday afternoon after giving a neat appearing woman a receipt for $6 alimony allowed by the court against a man who was sued by his wife more than six months ago.

"When this case was filed the court allowed the wife, who was the complaining witness, $6 a week temporary alimony. The case is still pending, but the alimony is being regularly, not by the defendant, but by a woman who claims to be a sweetheart of the defendant and who expects to become his wife as soon as he is legally separated from the one now suing for divorce. It looks as though she expects to win him by taking care of his alimony obligation.

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November 23, 1908


Kansas City Banker Will Try for
Record at Canton, O., Today.

CANTON, O., Nov. 22. -- (Special.) W. F. Comstock, secretary of the Fidelity Trust Company, Kansas City, and W. R. Timken, Canton manufacturer, will make a balloon trip from here tomorrow morning in an effort to smash records.

Comstock has come here solely for the purpose of going on the voyage. The men will go up in the training balloon, "All America," piloted by Leo Stevens. The "All America" has a displacement of 80,000 cubic feet and with only three in the basket will be able to carry plenty of ballast, so that with favorable weather conditions, the big gas bag should be able to stay in the air for many hours.

The start will be made form the grounds of the Canton Aero Club at 9 o'clock. Another ascension will be made in a smaller balloon, "Sky Pilot," after the "All America" goes off. A. H. Morgan and J. H. Wade, Jr., prominent Cleveland men, will be in the basket.

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November 23, 1908


When Rulers Pass, in That "Rotten
Country of China."

In Arthur P. Spencer, sentenced for the fourth time to a penitentiary, this time to do eighteen months, the federal authorities at Fort Leavenworth have an exceptional prisoner. He is an American, born in China, who speaks Chinese in eight dialects and who lived in that country till he was 21 years old.

"And a rotten country it is," said Spencer when waiting in the federal court in Kansas City last Tuesday. "I see that the emperor and dowager are both dead. Most likely they are. They may have been dead a month. You never can tell over there."

"Did you ever see either of them?" Spencer was asked.

"Neither," he replied, "though I have been in the street when the chairs have been carried past. They make you back up and lie down on the ground as the chairs approach, so that the man in the street does not get a chance to see the faces of the rulers. One may look out of the windows of the houses, but I never happened to be in a house when the chairs came by.

"It is seldom that the emperor leaves the palace. The ring around him sees to that. The ring is so crooked it is hard to call it a ring. Its principal work is to keep the emperor from learning anything, so it surrounds him with superstition and keeps him locked up."

Spencer does not think much of the Chinese mandarins.

"They are all scoundrels," he said. "They could not be mandarins and not be. But the reform party is growing and one day there will be an end to the mandarin. The reformers in this country are to be known by their short hair. Some of the orthodox Chinese have their queues cut off, but not many. The reformers all have their hair cropped. Their headquarters are in the United States."

Explaining the "Six Companies," Spencer said there are six dialects in China, each of them difficult to understand. In order to facilitate business each dialect has a representative in a common company, from which cause the name grew.

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November 23, 1908


Comic Opera and Burlesque Queens
No Longer Sing to Him.

The burlesque and comic opera queens don't sing to the boxes any more, at least not as much as they used to do. And it's all because the man in the box office complained. And thereby hangs this tale.

Some five or six seasons ago "The Wizard of Oz" came to life. A feature of the show was Anna Laughlin's song "Sammy" which she sang to the men in the boxes. She'd pick out a man, the spot light would be turned on him and she would tell him that "when you come wooing, there's something doing." It made a big hit with everyone but the unfortunate who received the unsought affection.

The next winter every comic opera had a song that was addressed to unfortunate holders of box seats. Then the burlesquers picked it up and two and three years ago, even last year, no burlesque show was complete without a chorus that could be directed to a man in a box. Some of the shows had two, some "queens" went so far as to climb into the boxes and share the spot light with the man who had paid real money to be amused.

Finally the theatergoing men began to shun the boxes. When it came to shows they'd "rather see one than be one." So they refused to buy box seats and often a member of the company had to be sent out to sit in a box and act confused.

The ticket sellers investigated and found why the box seats went begging. Then they called a halt on the songs to the boxes. Nowadays no comic opera amuses the crowd at the expense of one of the audience. Very few burlesque shows show partiality in their "lovey dovey" choruses. When the spot light is turned on the house, it moves fast and no one is singled out as a victim.

And now the box seats are once more in demand.

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November 22, 1908



It Was Then That He Bid Farewell
to Fame and Name as
the Great "Squash

The opportunities for a truck gardener to become immensely wealthy are more numerous than in any other line of business. This fact was clearly demonstrated yesterday afternoon at the Coates house, where members of the Missouri Valley Horticultural Society devoted their time to an explanation of nature and her wonderful productions.

"There are men in this city today who would be wealthy had they devoted their time and energy to a cultivation of the soil instead of following business careers," said one of the members.

"Professor J. M. Greenwood, superintendent of the public schools, would have undoubtedly become famous as the "squash king," had he persisted in his experiments with squash.. The professor did not deign to waste his time with the ordinary brand of squash known to the general public. His squashes were full grown."

There was a dreamy, far away expression in the professor's eyes yesterday, as he told of seven squash seeds, planted in earth, which had been dug from a well and which produced a sufficient number of squashes to supply the wants of the entire surrounding country. These squashes, according to Professor Greenwood, ranged in size from sixty pounds to the size of a large washtub.

But it must not be supposed that Professor Greenwood was permitted to carry off the honors of the occasion without a contest. As a matter of fact there was a strong faction among those present, who still insist that the squash story was surpassed by the feat of Major Frank Holsinger, who upon one occasion, neglected to prune his grape vines. Thinking they had been destroyed by the severe cold, they were permitted to remain as they were. Behold his surprise, then, as the grape season approached to observe his grape vines loaded with fruit. The fact that Major Holsinger placed a chair under one vine and picked a bushel of grapes without moving the chair, is ample evidence of his success as a grower of grapes.

Although there was some discussion as to the nature study in the schools and the advisability of teaching the children more of plant and insect life, it could be plainly seen that the minds of the majority of those present were busily engaged in mathematical computation as the money to be made on a ten-acre tract of land if the soil be devoted to grapes and squashes

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November 22, 1908


Pendergast Favors Immediate Sub-
mission of Depot Ordinance.

"The Union passenger station and freight terminal franchise is distinctly a people's proposition and it should be put up to them for settlement without further delay," said Alderman James Pendergast, yesterday. "Individually I am ready to vote Monday night to put the ordinance up to the people on the decision of the utilities commission, the legal opinion of Attorney R. J. Ingraham, and as a recognition of the splendid work done by Mayor Crittenden and the council committee in connection with the routine details of the ordinance. I realize, and my associates in the council should also realize it, that their responsibility ceases when the routine negotiations have been completed and that the people are the final arbiters in the matter. A man who has lost confidence in the people, and questions their ability to act intelligently on this matter has no business being in control.

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November 22, 1908


Lioness and Monkey Brought to
Court to Answer Indictments.

Rubbing elbows with all kinds of folk yesterday morning, society and businessmen crowded and jostled each other for more than an hour in the criminal court building. For the most part everybody was good natured and even joked about a monkey and a lion that had been summoned to court on the same errand. Indictments returned by the grand jury against some 300 persons was the cause of the congested condition of the court room and hallway.

Some of the persons under indictment were charged with renting houses to the women who were in the crowd, while others were there to answer the charge of working on Sunday. Among the latter were Minnie McFadden and Mamie Ox, a monkey and lioness respectively. Judge Wallace, who has proven such a terror to the violators of the Sunday blue laws, was annoyed over the work of his grand jury and informed the manager of Minnie and Mamie home. Then he ordered those present to return Monday morning and answer to the indictments against them.

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November 22, 1908


Police Believe They Have Two of
Gang of Telephone Thieves.

John Barrett and Joseph Keller, well dressed young men who loaf about the saloon of "Kid" Rose at Fifteenth street and Grand avenue, were arrested yesterday by Detectives W. P. Walsh and James Fox, suspected of being implicated in the recent theft of pay telephones.

Charles W. Pool, druggist at 726 East Fifteenth street, whose telephone was stolen Thursday night, went to the Walnut street police station and positively identified the two men under arrest. There is still a third one suspected. The detectives say they will get him soon. He is known to frequent the "Kid" Rose saloon, with others of the same well dressed, never work character.

L. W. Clare, druggist, at 422 East Fifteenth street, whose telephone was stolen in the same night by two men, have not yet had a look at the prisoners.

There is an organized gang of telephone thieves in the city who work an entirely new trick. Two or three men enter a drug store. While one is buying 15 cents worth of goods one of them is apparently looking up a number in the telephone book. Presently he is gone. So are the others. So is the phone.

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November 22, 1908


Man From Oklahoma Experiences
Perils of a Big City.

F. W. Wright, a farmer of Henryetta, Ok., met with an unusual accident at Twelfth and Main streets at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon. While walking east on Twelfth street Mr. Wright stepped upon the covering of a manhole which turned, letting him into the sewer opening up to his arm pits.

When examined by Dr. R. N. Coffey at the emergency hospital Mr. Wright was found to be suffering from a contusion of the right chest and a severe abrasion below the right knee. Mr. Wright is 69 years old and the accident shocked him. He was able to leave the hospital later.

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November 21, 1908


Head of Commerce Will Be a "Good
Man," Says Dr. Woods.

Dr. W. S. Woods appeared yesterday in the managing director's room in the National Bank of Commerce, after an absence form it of nearly a year. J. J. Heim and William T. Kemper occupied the chairs of the vice presidents of the bank, the three old Commerce men succeeding W. B. Ridgely, George T. Cutts and Edward Ridgely. In the place of Cashier Edward Ridgely sat James T. Bradley, a United States bank examiner.

During the day Dr. Woods, Mr. Kemper and Mr. Heim had a conference with J. W. Perry of St. Louis National Bank of Commerce regarding the presidency of the Kansas City National Bank of Commerce, but just as he was leaving for his home in Excelsior Springs yesterday afternoon Dr. Woods said that neither Mr. Perry nor anyone else had been selected for president.

"On that point I can only say that I will not have the place. I want to spend more time in California than the duties of office would let me, and for that, if for no other reason, I cannot take the presidency."

"Who will likely get the place?" was asked.

"A good man," was the characteristic reply.

It is predicted that today will see important and most advantageous transactions in the bank, and that as chairman of the board of directors Dr. Woods will make an official announcement in detail. The presidency will go to one of two men, Mr. Perry being one of them. Mr. Bradley has forwarded to Washington his tender of resignation as bank examiner.

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November 21, 1908


Additional Stories May Be Added to
Architect's Building.

The old building at 1118 McGee street is being torn down and a three-story brick and steel structure will be built on the lot by Louis Curtiss. The new building will be so constructed that five additional stories may be built. Mr. Curtiss is an architect and he plans to use part of the building for his business. The property was leased by Mr. Curtiss for ninety-nine years from George S. Myers. The consideration is $2,500 a year. Denison & Carter represented both parties.

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November 21, 1908


Latest Plan Is to Walk in and Carry
Out the Pay Box.

Telephone thieves are growing bolder. It used to be the custom to enter a store after it had closed and steal the pay telephone. Now they walk in, and while one engages the attention of the clerk, cut the telphone off and walk out.

The latter game was worked by three men on Charles W. Pool, a druggist at Fifteenth and Charlotte streets, Thursday night, and later by two men on L. W. Clare, druggist, 422 East Fifteenth street. From the descriptions given by the druggists, it appears the same men figured in both robberies. The police believe that the telephone thieves loaf around a saloon at Fifteenth street and Grand avenue.

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November 20, 1908


Family Will Travel Half a Mile in
Their Brick Home.

For the next thirty days Judge William H. Wallace and his family will be distinctly on the move. They still will occupy their two and one-half story dwelling, but the building is to be moved from 3200 Gladstone boulevard to the southeast corner of Norledge and Indiana avenues, a half block away. However, a number of turns must be made before the final point is reached and the distance traversed will be much more than half a block.

Grant Renne has taken the contract to move the house, furniture, folks and all for $1,000 with the understanding that not a brick is to be disturbed in the whole structure. It will be mounted on rollers, and the propelling power is to be a horse and capstan.

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November 20, 1908


Alarms to Be Placed at Prominent

Electric gongs are to be installed at Eleventh and main, Eleventh and Walnut and Eleventh and Grand avenue by the fire and water board. These will be operated from fire headquarters to warn crossing policemen and pedestrians of the approach of fire wagons

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November 20, 1908


Warrants Out for Two Former Cooks
in Scarritt Restaurant.

Carbolic acid in the form of disinfectant containg a large portion of the poison was put into a kettle of soup and a lard can in the Scarritt building restaurant some time between Wednesday afternoon and yesterday morning. It was discovered as soon as the force of cooks got to work in the morning, for the odor was so strong that it could not be mistaken. All the food to be served at the restaurant was then inspected before the first customer was served, but no other poison was discovered.

W. S. Waterman and G. J. Teck, proprietors of the place, at once made complaint to the prosecuting attorney, with the result that warrants were issued from the court by Justice James B. Shoemaker for R. A. Bell and Fred Gaddis, who formerly worked at the place. The proprietors said the men, both cooks, were discharged yesterday afternoon. Bell and Gaddis are charged in the warrants under a statute which makes it a penitentiary offense to mix poison with food with the intent to kill human beings. Five years is the maximum sentence which may be inflicted under that statute.

About half a gallon of the disinfectant had been poured into the soup and lard, so the owners of the restaurant reported.

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November 20, 1908





Committee Is Appointed to Recom-
mend a Man for Presidency -- Dr.
Woods is Chairman of
Board of Directors.

After a session which lasted two hours yesterday afternoon the board of directors of the National Bank of Commerce chose its new officers and filled the vacancies on the board with one exception. The following is a list of the newly elected officers:

President -- Dr. W. S. Woods, resigned and committee appointed to recommend man for president.
Vice presidents -- W. T. Kemper and Joseph J. Heim.
Cashier -- J. T. Bradley
Directors -- W. T. Kemper, John Kelly and J. T. Bradley

Immediately upon going into session yesterday afternoon the board listened to a personal reading of the resignation of William B. Ridgely, former president, George J. Cutts, former vice president and Edward Ridgely, former cashier. These resignations were accepted forthwith and the board set about to fill the vacancies at once. Dr. W. S. Woods was unanimously elected president, but, owing to the great responsibilities that were to be met by the incumbent of that office, Dr. Woods tendered his resignation, after having thanked the directors for the honor. Because of this fact the board did not discuss any other person for the office of president and placed the matter in the hands of a committee consisting of Dr. Woods, Mr. Kemper, Mr. Heim and J. Z. Miller, Jr. instructing the committee to recommend a man for the presidency as soon as possible.

The office of chairman of board of directors, which had not previously existed, was created yesterday afternoon. Since Dr. Woods, who controls the majority of stock in the institution, resigned the presidency of the bank he was chosen as chairman of the board. This office Dr. Woods accepted.


William B. and Edward Ridgely will leave Kansas City for a short vacation and return here, where they will engage in business, the nature of which has not transpired. George S. Cutts, the ex-vice president will leave immediately for St. Louis, which is his home city. His family is there at the present time and he will join them for a short vacation.

Mr. Cutts does not relish the idea of being a victim of the official ax, and he doesn't hesitate to say so. "It was with the understanding that I was to come to Kansas City permanently that I gave up my former position and took the vice presidency of this bank. It was a loss as far as salary was concerned, but I had visions of helping to build a great banking institution here, so I left my home and good salary to come here. Anyhow, I am going to beat Mr. Ridgely out of town by three minutes."

Charles H. Moore, second vice-president of the bank will remain in hiS present position. Mr. Kemper, the new vice-president, will also remain vice president of the Commerce Trust company.

It is expected that the board of directors will hold another meeting before Sunday and the president will be chosen at that time. The newly chosen officers will take up their duties at once.

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November 20, 1908


Fred Watson Hasn't Had One Since
San Francisco Disaster.

Wandering around the country since the San Francisco earthquake, Fred Watson arrived here in Kansas City yesterday afternoon. He came here from St. Joseph, where he spent four days sightseeing. Fred is just 11 years old, and while he was roaming around the Union station yesterday, the matron was attracted to him by his big blue eyes. He was coatless and stood near the radiators to keep warm.

The matron gave him supper and then telephoned to the Detention home to know if they would care for him. She was told that she could send the boy to the home for the night, but that he would be turned adrift after breakfast in the morning. The matron at the Detention home said that it was against the policy of the home to take runaway boys, as they stole cookies and jam from the pantry. The matron then arranged to keep Fred at the depot all night and find a home for him in the morning.

An hour later the warden of the home, Edgar Warden, appeared at the depot and said he would take the boy. Fred informed the matron that his father and mother were killed in the earthquake in San Francisco, and that he had been tramping ever since. He said a home where someone would be a mother to him was what he wanted, but that no one had ever offered to keep him.

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November 19, 1908



Opposition of Property Owners With-
drawn and Long Needed Neces-
sity Will Be Established.
Architects to Compete.

Fifteen thousand dollars will be spent by the city for a comfort station at the Junction. An ordinance authorizing the apportionment of the money will be introduced in the council Monday night. The work of the construction will be under the supervision of the board of public works.

J. M. Townley, A. P. Nichols and S. M. Williams of the civic improvement committee of the Manufacturers and Merchants' Association and J. A. Runyan, secretary, presented the matter to the board yesterday. The committee was supported in its recommendations by Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr. City Comptroller Gus Pearson said the funds could be provided.

Plans for the station were prepared during the Beardsley administration, but further progress was delayed on account of opposition from adjoining property owners. It is said this opposition has been withdrawn. The drawings that have been prepared were submitted to the board yesterday with the understanding that they will not have to be followed.

R. L. Gregory, chairman of the board, felt that on account of the importance of the utility, there should be some scope permitted for competition among architects in preparation of plans, and he favored the offering of a purse of $100 for the best design. The main adjuncts to the utility will be underground, and it is proposed to make the surface appearance as attractive as possible. The plans already in hand call for a tower of bronze fifteen feet high, to be illuminated at night by an immense gas burning torch located on the crown. There is a probability of this tower being made taller.

Just as soon as the council appropriates the money, the board will advertise for competitive bids for plans and construction. It is thought that by energetic action work on the station can be commenced in thirty days, and finished within sixty days.

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November 19, 1908





Young Man Had Brooded Over His
Inability to Buy Diamonds
for His Wife -- She
Finds Him Dead.
Gordon Kyle, Died in Women's Clothing

Dressed completely in his young wife's party clothes, Gordon Kyle, 24 years of age, hanged himself in his home, at 1706 Belleview avenue, yesterday afternoon. The noose was made from two of his wife's hair ribbons and a strap from her suit case. This he tied to the foot of an iron bed and deliberately sat until he was strangled. About two hours later he was found dead by his wife, Maude Cox Kyle.

The only reason given for the act was that he loved his wife so dearly that he could not endure the thought of her being forced to live in comparative poverty. They had been married but two months, during which time the young husband lamented the fact that his wife could not have diamonds and jewels and clothes and such as some women wear. He frequently spoke of it to his wife and condemned himself bitterly.

The suicide had ransacked his wife's trunk in search of her garments. That part of her wardrobe which he did not use was strewn about the floor carelessly. His own clothes were placed by the side of the bed. Kyle had chosen a flimsy black gown in which to die, and underneath it he wore his wife's skirts, hosiery and underwear. The only part of feminine attire which he did not use were the hat and shoes.


The scene which met the young wife's eyes when she opened the door of the room was gruesome. First of all she saw her husband of two months lying by the foot of the bed, his body fearfully contorted, clad in feminine apparel. About him lay clothes of every description and on the pillow of the bed rested a loaded revolver.

"Gordon, Gordon," screamed the frantic wife so terrifically that those on the street heard her and ran to see what might be the matter. "Gordon, speak to me, speak to me."

When aid arrived the horrified woman was pinching her dead husband, unwilling to believe him dead. She pinched his legs, his hands, his face, but the flesh was cold and his face was fast coloring darkly. Realizing at last the awful tragedy, she moaned again and again:

"Oh, Gordon, why did you do it; why did you do it? Oh those clothes, those clothes!"

In trying to account for her husband's peculiar suicide, Mrs. Kyle said that very often he had seemed disconsolate and sad; that he had been brooding over their financial condition and his inability to give her the best and much of everything she wanted. Once he had spoken of suicide, saying that he should not stand in her way and hold her down to such poverty.


"In order to show him that I loved him and wanted to sh are his lot with him, I offered to go to work to help defray the household expenses. I would have done anything for him, but he did not want me to work. He wanted me to live like a rich lady. Anyhow I got a position at Morton's two weeks ago and then I thought as soon as we had laid by some money he would be his old cheery self again. He went without his meals during the day that he might save money for me, and he grew ill. Try as I might, I could not get him to eat regularly. How he hated to think of me working and I did not know it until today. He must have thought that I was sorry I married him. But he was wrong, wrong, wrong."

Then the little widow could speak no more. She bowed her head and her whole frame shook from sobbing. The fact that her husband had worn her clothes to face death affected her strangely. Sometimes she looked upon it as a token of his great love for her, and at other times she believed it to be a rebuke.


"Maude and Gordon were so happy together," said Joe Cox, her father. "There was never a cross word, and he seemed to want to grant her every wish. About a month ago he was hurt in an accident at the stock yards, where he had been employed. Because of his injuries he was unable to attend to work and he feared for his wife's existence. The injuries were about his legs and head, and I think that he was not quite right mentally today."

His wife told of his peculiar actions yesterday morning when he told her goodbye. She said that he was unusually affectionate, going out after having kissed her goodby and later returning to caress her again.

The body was taken to Freeman & Marshall's undertaking rooms after the suicide had been reported to the police and coroner. Kyle had recently taken out a life insurance policy for $1,500.

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November 19, 1908


Demand Is Light When There's No
Frost on Thanksgiving.

Scores of turkeys were brought into Kansas City yesterday by the neighboring farmers, and the produce merchants are getting ready for the Thanksgiving sale of gobbler meat. But the weather is worrying them. If warm and sun-shiny days are to be the lot of Kansas City for the next week, there will not be chants. It is always the case; cold weather increases the demand and warm weather decreases it.

There is no particular reason for this strange fact, according to many commission men. It is because it is. Years past have proved it to be a fact. Some say that Thanksgiving without cold weather and snow doesn't seem like Thanksgiving and people would just as soon eat beefsteak on the last Thursday in November, if it is warm, as to taste of the the time honored gobbler meat.

At the present turkeys are being sold at from 13 to 15 cents a pound wholesale, and from 17 1/2 to 20 cents retail. These prices are a little higher than the cost of chickens, so all who can afford chickens on Thanksgiving may take their choice between the two kinds of fowl.

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November 19, 1908


It Will Be Held on Fifteenth Floor
of Commerce Building.

For the sake of stimulating interest in art in Kansas City, the Arts and Crafts Society will give a free exhibition on the fifteenth floor of the Commerce building all next week. The exhibit will include pictures and arts and crafts work. Many of the exhibits will be loans by Kansas City persons. A small admission fee will be charged to see Fred Barse's collection of paintings.

The exhibit will be open to the public Monday morning. Admission will be by invitation to the formal opening Saturday night.

The whole affair will be under the auspices of the Fine Arts Institute, of which the Arts and Crafts Society is a part.

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November 18, 1908


Chinese Interpreter Is Convicted on
Three Counts -- Admits He Is
Not Reardon.

Guilty on three counts, was the verdict returned by a jury yesterday in the United States court which had heard "Harry S. Reardon" conduct his own case, when he was tried for impersonating a government immigration inspector. "Reardon" was convicted on evidence furnished by Chinese witnesses, who accused him of obtaining money and endeavoring to get money from them by representing himself to be a government official.

When it was shown that he had been convicted a number of times and served time in different penal institutions, "Reardon" dramatically pointed his finger at a group of government immigration officers and, with tears streaming down his cheeks, exclaimed: "I am going to break the ice. I am Arthur P. Spencer. I have been in the penitentiary. They lie when they say I was convicted, because I always pleaded guilty."

Reardon conducted his own defense and was guilty of many blunders. In making this argument to the jury the Chinese linguist said: "This is part of a plot among the Chinese to get rid of me. They are suspicious of any white man that speaks their language. I have done no wrong in Kansas City and have been trying to live a straight life, as I gave my word to do. These charges are trumped up to get me away. I cannot get the truth out of these Chinamen, they have lied to you on this stand."

"Reardon" will be sentenced to the Leavenworth prison this morning.

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November 18, 1908



Refuse to Reduce Size of Headgear
and Board of Education Won't
Enlarge the Lockers -- Wait
for Style to Change.

"I wish someone would start a style for small hats for the high school girls!" exclaimed Professor E. D. Phillips yesterday. "These big hats are ridiculous. The girls can't get them in their lockers and there they are in the dust. They cannot reach the top of the lockers without stools and someone is always disturbing the drawing or bookkeeping rooms borrowing stools.

"A big hat is a most selfish thing, anyway. It obscures the view at the theater and at the place of amusement and it takes up more than its share of room in the street cars. I don't see why our girls cannot wear sensible hats."

The girls at the Manual Training high school, and the other high schools, too, for that matter, have long bemoaned the fact that the board of education provided them with little 12x12-inch boxes in which to keep their hats.

When the Merry Widows came out last spring it made a distinct impression upon the high school girl. It was "just too cute for words," and she immediately adopted it as particularly becoming to her style of beauty.

The big hats this year have again caught her fancy and the top of the lockers surpass any millinery display in the city. As the size of the hats has grown, so has grown the indignation of the teachers and pupils, but the growth has been in the opposite direction.

"Gee, Pop! The board of education didn't know the first thing about girls' clothes when they ordered these lockers for us," exclaimed a little Manual Training high school girl yesterday, as she stood before one of the new steel arrangements for storing hats and coats.

""Well, I should say not!" agreed her next door neighbor. "What kind of a hat do you suppose they intended to put in that 12x12 arrangement? Why any lady could have told those men that that space wouldn't hold even the crown of a hat this year."

"These lockers are good for just one thing. They make perfectly elegant toilet tables," chimed in a third girl as she stood before the piece of broken mirror placed conveniently at the back of the locker shelf and powdered her nose from a generous box of white stuff.

A little further down the line of lockers, girls were poised on top of high stools anxiously looking over the display of millinery which covered the top of the lockers, while others were waiting patiently for them to descend. The locker tops are too high for most of the girls, and it takes some little time to get down the hats.

"If the girls wouldn't wear those silly big hats!" say the teachers----

"If the board of education would only give us more room!" sighs the girls. "The teachers can say all they please about us, but we're not going to look like frumps. And we're not going to cut down our hats."

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November 18, 1908


Dr. W. S. Woods to Head Na-
tional Bank of Commerce.
Dr. William Stone Woods
Dr. W. S. Woods

Dr. W. S. Woods has purchased the Ridgely interests in the National Bank of Commerce. Several days ago Dr. Woods announced that he controlled a majority of the bank stock, and that he and his friends would again take active management of the bank's affairs. The change is expected to take place Saturday, when W. B. Ridgely, president; George T. Cutts, vice president, and Edward Ridgely, cashier, retire.

For some time Dr. Woods has been acquiring stock and recently secured 13,000 of the 20,000 shares. W. B. Ridgely and his friends sent out letters to the stockholders asking for proxies so they could control the annual election on January 12, and asking that the present management be continued. Yesterday it was announced that Mr. Ridgely and Dr. Woods had reached an agreement and that Mr. Ridgely would retire and Dr. Woods assume the presidency. Who will be the cashier has not been announced. It is said that a very few changes in the directorate of the bank will be made.

When Mr. Edward Ridgely was asked last night what plans he and his brother had in view after their retirement from the National Bank of Commerce, he said they had none.

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November 18, 1908


Anniversary of Its Founding Was
Celebrated Yesterday.

DENVER, Nov. 17. -- The fiftieth anniversary of the founding of the city of Denver was quietly celebrated today. And artillery salute was fired on the capitol grounds and tonight a banquet will be held at which reminiscences will be exchanged by eight former mayors, seven pioneers of '58 and several hundred other early comers. W. H. H. Larimer of Kansas City, who helped stake out the first claim taken here and was the first treasurer of that city, will be a special guest of honor. He is the only surviving member of the first administration.


November 18, 1908

Heavy Collections Were Made in

Municipal Court Yesterday.

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November 17, 1908





Falls While Attempting to Board
Moving Elevator -- Clings a
Moment to Grating of
Shaft, Then Drops.

Mrs. Emma Frances Caufield, wife of Dr. E. A. Caufield, 3523 Wyoming street, St. Louis, was instantly killed at 1:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon by falling twelve floors through an elevator shaft in the Commerce building. As the unfortunate woman fell through the open door of the elevator shaft her fingers grasped at the iron grating, clutched it for a brief moment, then relaxed their hold and she fell to her death in the sub-basement, 150 feet below. When her husband and friends reached her she was dead, almost every bone in her body having been broken by the fall. Dr. W. A. Harroun, whose office is in the Commerce building ,was the first person to reach the body. He said that death had resulted instantly.

There were only two eye witnesses to the tragic occurrence -- Miss Frances Weatherby, a stenographer in the offices of the Rio Grande Valley Colony Company, who had accompanied Mrs. Caufield to the elevator, and Frank Marks, the elevator operator. The statements of these two witnesses as to the way in which the accident occurred differ materially.

Mrs. Caufield, in company with her husband, Dr. E. A. Caufield, had gone to the offices of a company on the tenth floor of the Commerce building, where they engaged in conversation with J. D. Cameron, the manager of the company. Mrs. Caufield suggested to the steographer, Miss Weatherby, that they go to the top floor of the building. The two women left the office together and walked down the corridor to the elevators.


"I stepped up to the elevator, and pushed the button to signal them," said Miss Weatherby. "I saw the car coming up and I turned to see if Mrs. Caufield was following me. As I did so I observed that the adjoining elevator had stopped at that floor and Mrs. Caufield was in the act of entering it. One foot was on the floor and of the elevator and the other foot was still on the floor of the corridor. Before she could enter the cage the elevator appeared to start, for I saw her foot raise with it until her skirts were pulled up several inches. It seemed to me that she tried to step up into the elevator, but it moved up quickly and Mrs. Caufield was thrown over backward.

"As she fell into the open shaft she clutched at something, I think it was the iron grating, then she fell. The elevator quickly dropped to the level of the floor again, so that if she had been able to retain her hold on the grating she would have been knocked loose by the elevator anyway."

In relating her story to her employer, Mr. Cameron, about two hours after the accident, Mrs. Weatherby was in almost a total state of collapse.

"I can still see that poor woman as she clung to the grating just for an instant. I was too horrified to move. I just stood and looked, and then she let go and I ran to the office," she said.


Dr. Caulfield, when seen last night at his apartments in the Baltimore hotel, was unable to talk coherently.

"I cannot believe it; I cannot realize that she is dead," he moaned. "Just look," and reaching over he picked up a photograph of his wife. "Do you realize that only a few hours ago I was with her, alive, well and happy; and now to think -- poor girl, poor little girl."

Dr. Caulfield said that when his wife left the office in company with Miss Weatherby, he remained with his friend, Mr. Cameron.

"It seemed just a moment until I heard a scream, and Miss Weatherby staggered down the corridor crying that Mrs. Caulfield had fallen down the elevator shaft. When I reached the elevator the operator was walking up and down in front of the cage, and repeating over and over again 'I wasn't to blame. It wasn't my fault.' "

The alarm spread quickly through the building and W. B. Frost, manager of the building, immediately sent word to all the available doctors, so that within three minutes after the accident medical assistance was at hand. The coroner, Dr. George B. Thompson, was notified. He viewed the body and ordered it taken to Eylar Bros. undertaking establishment.


The accident happened at an hour when many persons are away from their offices and practically no excitement was noticeable about the building. When seen at his office, Mr. Frost signified his willingness to help in any way in arriving at a solution as to how the accident occurred, and submitted this statement from the elevator boy, giving his version of the accident:
"I stopped at the tenth floor of the building and this woman, Mrs. Caulfield, stepped into the car. I noticed there was another woman standing in the corridor. As I shut the gate or got it almost shut, someone said, 'Wait a minute,' Then Mrs. Caulfield grabbed the door. I had started the elevator and was about four feet above the level of the floor when the lady fell from the cage. She fell kind of on her knees and then rolled over into the open shaft. She caught at the grating for just a second, then she let go and fell. I couldn't help her because I didn't dare drop the elevator down on her."

For some time after the accident the boy, who has been in the employ of the Commerce building for about three weeks, was hysterical. When seen last night he appeared to have regained his composure, but on advice of Mr. Frost he refused to tell his parents' name or give his address.

"The boy has made a complete statement to us as to the way this accident occurred, and this is the statement we have given to the newspapers," said Mr. Frost. To this statement the boy concurred.


The friends of Mrs. Caulfield say that she had a peculiar horror of the fate which overtook her. She was, according to the statement of her husband, a very careful woman in places of possible danger. Only a few moments before leaving the office she had expressed her horror of the accident which occurred in New York a few days ago which resulted in the death of Harvey Watterson. To her friends she often said:

"What an awful fate it must be to die by falling a great distance."

"Mrs. Caulfield was the daughter of J. C. Hewett of St. Louis, and was well known in literary and social circles in that city. She leaves one child, 2 1/2 years old, who is with friends in Joplin, Mo.

The father and other relatives will arrive in this city this morning. Telegrams have been sent to the following persons: J. J. Hewett of St. Louis, a brother; Mrs. S. V. Bryden of St. Louis, J. H. Robertson of Des Moines and Mrs. Huntoon of Joplin.

An inquest will be held by the county coroner this afternoon.

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November 17, 1908





Reardon's Singing of "Holy City"
in a Church Praised by One
Newspaper -- Acts as His
Own Lawyer.

"Mr. William A. Graves was a visitor in our city last evening. He paid a very welcome visit to the rectory and at a special service sang 'The Holy City' in the Methodist church. Mr. Graves is an accomplished gentleman of much Oriental travel, and is always a delightful guest."

So says a newspaper clipping, part of a bundle two inches thick, relating to Arthur P. Spencer, alias a dozen other names, among them Harry Reardon. There was not much in the proceedings in the federal court yesterday afternoon to identify the "Holy City" singer as being Harry Reardon, on trial for impersonating an officer, so that he can be held to give the state authorities time to see if he is the man who killed the Chinaman last week near Liberty.

Reardon acted as his own lawyer and made a botch of the whole business. The government put six or eight witnesses on the stand who testified that Reardon had gone to their laundries or stores, had spoken to them in Chinese, had said he could "fix" residence certificates for from $150 to $400 and had collected from $3 to $6 from each of them in the way of loans. Every witness examined told the same story, and Reardon was unable to break down one of them. This morning he will take the stand in his own behalf and will have several white people by means of whom he will try to establish a reputation.

"You came to my house and said that you could fix up residence papers for a boy in my kitchen, who had none," said Dr. Mon Gong Young.

"I did, did I! And what did you say?"


"I said I would not pay it. It was too much," the doctor answered, whereat Assistant United States District Attorney George Neal, conducting the case, had to laugh. The simplicity of the witness was too much for his decorum.

Reardon or Spencer, or whatever his name is, is an animate example of a misspent life. Master of the difficult Chinese language, he could command $100 a month steadily, according to the government interpreter who was sent here to help in the case now on trial. In addition to English and Chinese, he speaks Portuguese, Spanish and Italian.

With all these accomplishments and without a dollar to his name, after living forty or forty-five years, he has a record of having done five years in the New York penitentiary, three years in the Pennsylvania state penitentiary, two terms of three years in the California Penal Institute and three years in the state penitentiary in Washington. In addition he was sentenced to do three months in jail in Pennsylvania for beating a woman out of a board bill, but was paroled. He was fined "to pay 6 1/4 cents to the commonwealth of Pennsylvania" at another time and to undergo three months in jail for representing himself as a lawyer long enough to collect $5 from one Frank de Laurentis, and there is a sentence of three years hanging over him in New York for a last offense.


To merit all this punishment Reardon has done no more than blackmail small sums of money out of contraband Chinese, commit perjury, forgery once and represent himself as a government inspector. In being sent up in Pennsylvania the federal judge declared that Reardon was doubly guilty for not taking advantage of his accomplishments. Now he is in Kansas City trying to prove that he was here organizing a Sunday school, and trying to disprove that he killed the Chinaman found dead a week ago near Liberty and with having borrowed money from laundrymen here under penalty of turning up unregistered Chinamen to the government.

The records show Reardon to be a man of amazing nerve. He borrowed $5 from a Pennsylvania chief of police after explaining to the chief that he was in his town looking for contrabands. At another time he actually went to a government immigration officer, in Waterville, Pa., and told that he was a lawyer representing the Six Companies, adding that the Chinese company always required him, when in the vicinity of immigration officers, to work with federal authorities. Thereupon Reardon, sailing under the name of Spencer, asked for a dozen John Doe warrants so he could make an arrest. Armed with those -- which he did not get --Reardon could have made a hot time of it in Waterville Chinatown.

Witnesses on the stand here yesterday said that Reardon had told some of them that he was a government immigration officer, detailed to look after the Chinese, but that for $400 he would let any Chinaman into the United States. Reardon is up to the minute on the Chinese exclusion law, which has made him formidable in the laundries, where, as one witness said yesterday, through an interpreter"

"He came in and asked if I had any papers and any boys without papers. He said he was an inspector and wanted to see mine. I was not sure that he would not destroy them if I handed them to him, so I gave him $3 he asked for and got rid of him that way."


"It is all a conspiracy," said Reardon to United States Judge Pollock. "The Chinese hate a white man who speaks their language. They have tried for years to have me locked up. I am being persecuted, and I want the court to protect me."

"The court will," Judge Pollock replied.

Reardon showed his legal training when at one time he said hastily:

"I object, your honor. That is misleading."

"It is a little so," the court admitted. "Objection sustained."

Reardon, while in Kansas City during his three weeks, had addressed a ladies' study club, addressed a church society, had undertaken to organize a Sunday school class of fifteen Chinamen, got mixed up in a murder and now is nabbed on the word of eight laundrymen and storekeepers, on a charge of representing himself as a government inspector of Chinese certificates.

In swearing the witnesses, the usual form prescribed for use in this country was followed. Reardon, familiar with Chinese customs and himself knowing the trivial light of the United States oath in the eyes of a Chinaman, offered no objection. This was supposed by the government authorities to be his ruse for a fight later on to throw out testimony. The evidence is being given before a jury.

"They could not take a binding oath no matter what form it was administered in," said Reardon. "To make a Chinaman tell the truth, he has to break a saucer over the grave of an ancestor, have a baked fowl there, and walk all around the grave. They have no graves here. This trial is ridiculous. They are determined to keep me locked up, and are here now doing their best."

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November 17, 1908


"I'd Blame the Railroad," Said He,
Before Hearing Evidence.

After three laborious hours had been spent by attorneys in Judge J. H. Slover's division of the circuit court yesterday afternoon in securing a jury to try a damage suit, a few words from a juror nullified the whole proceeding.

As Frank Walsh, attorney for Elizabeth Freeman in her suit against the Missouri Pacific and Frisco railways, was stating his client's side to the jury and showing a diagram of the location of the accident on which the case was based, Joe Stine, a juror, remarked:

"Why don't they fix that like they have it at Dodson? I'd blame the railroad."

Immediately there was a commotion. Mr. Walsh and Elijah Robinson, W. S. Cowherd and R. J. Ingraham, the three last named representing the defendants, were on their feet at once. The court discharged the jury and excused Stine. He lives in the county south of Kansas City.

The petition alleges injuries as the result of a collision at a crossing. Two trains collided. Mr. Walsh was showing a diagram of the crossing when Stine made his remark. A new jury will have to be impanelled.

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November 16, 1908


Conductors on New Cars Worry No
Longer Over "Dead Beats."

Several hundred persons "beat their way" on the street cars every day in Kansas City. Practically every conductor on the lines welcomes the "pay-as-you-enter cars," for it means that he will miss no more fares.

Under the system which prevails on most lines at the present time, it is almost impossible for a conductor to collect all the nickels during certain periods of the day. According to the statement of old conductors, there are many who endeavor to avoid payment of fare at almost "any old time." There is not a conductor with a few months' experience who has not a certain number of passengers "spotted" and from these he always makes it a point to collect the fare early.

Women, and well dressed women at that, are the ones who will avoid payment if they possibly can. Men, as a general rule, take the nickels from their pockets before sitting down, or if compelled to remain standing, have their fares ready when the conductor passes. Working girls are also equally prepared and it is generally the well dressed woman who has been shopping who looks out the window, admiring the landscape, and has to fumble around through her purse for the necessary car fare. Unless directly approached by the conductor, this class will never make a move to make payment of the fare.

The new conductor is many times "bluffed" by this mode of procedure and hesitates to come out boldly and ask "fares, please," but the old fellow with the stars on his coat simply stops in front of the would-be innocent and asks for the nickel. To him it is a matter of business and modesty does not play an important part when it comes to doing his duty.

Conductors have various ways of avoiding this, however. Some of them collect the fare immediately upon the entrance of the passenger, others make careful note of those not disposed to be ready to pay promptly and simply stand in front of them until the coin is forthcoming. One conductor who is on one of the busiest lines in the city waits until his car has passed the shopping district of the city before trying to collect the fares. He then goes through the entire car and all must pay, because no fares have previously been collected.

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November 16, 1908


Henry Bernard Found Dead in an
Unfinished Building Near Thirty-
Third and Oak Streets.

Boys playing in a building in the course of construction at 3312 Oak street about 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon found the body of a man lying in a corner of the building, the head wedged against a wall and the neck pressed against a joist. Death had come apparently from strangulation induced by the position of the man's head. A crowd collected and the body was identified as that of Henry Bernard, 50 years old, a stonemason living at 3228 Summit street.

By the man's side was found a pint bottle with dregs of whisky in it. Bernard had been released from the Walnut street police station yesterday morning at 6 o'clock. The question arises, where did he get the whisky?

Bernard had been locked up for safekeeping. When he was released he had nothing of the sort about him. About noon he appeared at the house of William Gepford, a building contractor, his employer, and received from him $10 which was due him for work done last week. Several times in the next few hours he was seen loafing around the drug store of R. S. McCurdy, at Twenty-third and Oak streets, and was talking to Ray Wells, 3120 Campbell street, and others. About 2 o'clock he appeared to be in an unsettled state of mind and was seen to walk towards the new building of which only the side walls and part of the floors are finished. It is thought that he lay down in a stupor and was strangled by the beam pressing against his throat.

Nominally, the saloons were closed yesterday. Besides, there are no saloons in the neighborhood of Thirty-third and Oak streets. Bernard was not seen to leave the neighborhood from the time he received the money from his employer until the time he was found dead. R. S. McCurdy, the druggist who keeps the drug store at Thirty-third and Oak streets, and the only one in the vicinity, said last night that he had sold whisky to Bernard on prescription, but denied that he had sold any to him that day. He added that neither he nor either of his clerks, Louis Woods and D. Self, had seen Bernard in the store that day.

Bernard leaves a wife and nine children. The body was removed to Lindday's undertaking rooms in Westport and the coroner was notified. He will hold an autopsy this morning at 9 o'clock in the undertaking rooms.

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November 16, 1908


Many Civil Service Examinations
Scheduled for December.

On December 29 to 30, civil service examinations will be held for the purpose of securing eligibles as teachers in the Philippine service. This position is open to both men and women and the salary ranges from $900 to $3,000 a year. Among other positions open in the government service are those of computer in the nautical almanac office, at a salary of $1,000 to $1,600 a year. The examination for the position will be held on December 9 and 10.

Telephone operator, at a salary of $480 a year, is a position open to men only. On December 9 will be held an examination at which time applicants may qualify for the position of inspector of shoes and leather, at salary of $1,200 a year. A position is also open as office engineer in irrigation and drainage investigations. This office pays a salary of $2,000 a year and the examination will be held December 2.

Application blanks for the various positions may be obtained from the United States civil service commission at Washington, D. C.

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November 15, 1908


He Wrote It to His Mother-in-Law
About His Domestic

If a man writes poetry every week to his mother-in-law is her son justified in striking him? Such was the interesting ethical point that Festus O. Miller, justice of the peace, was called upon to decide yesterday morning.

This is the way it all happened. A. S. Abercrombie is a motorman on the Holmes street line and he is married to the daughter of Mrs. C. W. Bradley, 2318 Holmes street. Every week, it was brought out in the trial, Mrs. Bradley received a letter from her son-in-law inclosing some samples of alleged poetry, of which the following will be as much as the average reader can stand:

"I see my Lily is true to me
And will be good to her, you see;
If she don't make me me climb a tree
Some day my fortune she will see.
--By A. S. Abercrombie."

Since the Lily referred to was Mrs. Bradley's daughter, she stood the trial reading these versus without complaining very much. But soon Abercrombie began sending the verses in the form of a newspaper, written in long hand and called by him "The Bradley-Abercrombie Journal." In one of these the following effusion was offered:

"You thought I had money was the reason why
You proposed for your daughter to marry me,
But that's where you got left, you see."

Mrs. Bradley showed this poem to her son, William. The young man boarded his brother-in-law's car at Eighth and Walnut streets and rode out to Howard avenue, quarreling on the way. At Howard he struck the motorman with his fist.

"That was a very serious offense," said Justice Miller. "By striking the motorman while the car was in motion, you not only committed an assault, but you endangered the lives of all the passengers on the car. However, considering the nature of your provocation, I shall make your sentence a light one. One dollar and costs is your fine."

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November 15, 1908


Philanthropic Persons to Be Asked to
Help Aged Countrymen.

A movement to found a home for aged Germans, who are unable to care for themselves, is the plan now being circulated among German families of the city. It is contended by the supporters of the plan that homes for the aged, already established in the city, do not meet the requirements. The entrance fee is too great for many of those who might be benefited.

The promoters of the plan for a German home are appealing for assistance to philanthropic Germans. It is desired to make the entrance fee nominal in order that no deserving person will be dept from enjoying the home surroundings during their declining years.

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November 14, 1908


Leaky Boat Voyagers Return and
Quiet Fears for Safety.

While his brother-in-law, John F. Marshall, 318 1/2 North Ninth street, was searching up and down the banks of the Missouri river for his body, Fred Marshall, a young man of 20 years, and his companion, Earle Allen, 33 years of age, were hunting rabbits and immensely enjoying the sport. The number of rabbits killed by the young men was entirely lost sight of when they reached Kansas City, about 6:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, and learned that the police and river men had been instructed to search for their bodies, it being supposed by relatives that they had been drowned in the muddy waters of the Missouri.

Thursday afternoon Fred Marshall and Earle Allen, with two companions, decided to row down the Missouri river in search of ducks and rabbits. But the boat was leaky and the two companions balked at the journey across and were left on this side. Marshall and Allen crossed the river and found the sport good. They quit hunting about sundown and decided to spend the night at the home of John Harris, a farmer who lives a few miles below this city. Fred Marshall telephoned the Gladstone hotel just across the street from his brother's rooms and asked that word be sent that he would spend the night on the farm. The clerk or porter who answered the call failed to deliver the message. His oversight caused the alarm.

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November 14, 1908


Michael Kenney Was on His Way
From Des Moines to Texas.

An old man, thin and emaciated, entered the Union station last night shortly after 8 o'clock, leaning heavily on the arms of two companions. No sooner had he reached a row of seats than he was seen to shake from head to foot.

"Let me sit down, quick," he gasped to his companions. "Let me sit down before I die."

Seated, the old man began to cough violently and gasped hoarsely for breath. Depotmaster Lee Mitchell ran to his assistance with a stretcher and carried him back to the invalid's ward. Before they had reached the room the man was dead.

Detective William Bradley had been sent to call a doctor, but as he reached the telephone he was told to call the coroner instead. It was learned that the dead man was Michael Kenney of Des Moines, Ia. He left his home yesterday morning for Texas, where he hoped to prolong his life. While passing through Kansas City he visited Sam Levy, a saloonkeeper, during the day and was taken to the station last night in a carriage. George Bee accompanied him. Mr. Kenney had left home alone, though his condition was critical.

News of his death was wired to his wife and three children, who live in Des Moines. The body was taken to Freeman & Marshall's undertaking rooms, whence it will be sent to Des Moines this morning.

For many years Kenney was a saloonkeeper in St. Joseph, Mo., and later tended bar in this city. He had retired from active business on account of his health.

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November 14, 1908


That He Had the Better of This Elec-
tion Bet.

T. S. Davis thought he had won an election bet of John Rooney, but while receiving payment yesterday, he was not so sure. Both men are cattle dealers, in the business yards. By the terms of the engagement Rooney had to wheel Davis around the yards and the Exchange building in a wheelbarrow, wearing a placard announcing that he, Rooney had bet on Bryan. Yesterday was the time set for paying the bet, and when Rooney arrived with his wheelbarrow where Davis and his exulting friends were standing he had a band and a whole army with him. The losing Democrat had employed a negro band, by hook or crook had found two one-legged negroes and supplied them with police coats, helmets and clubs, and in addition he had a party of six little school girls, neatly clad. There was also the wheelbarrow and one of the biggest crowds ever packed in front of the Exchange building.

"Davis believes in social equality," read a banner carried alongside the "winner," by a negro.

"Rooney does not," read another banner, read another banner carried by one of the school children, who walked beside the "loser."

The parade stopped business for almost half an hour during its formation, progress, and disbanding.

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November 14, 1908


Dave Wilkins Proposes a Deal With
Convention Hall and Folk.

Dave Wilkins of Curryville, Mo., does not claim to be a "frenzied financier," nor yet the chairman of any national campaign fund, but he has aspirations which would do credit to either calling if his letter to Manager Louis W. Shouse of Convention hall is taken as a criterion of his financial ability. Mr. Wilkins's rather unique offer is contained in the following letter to Manager Shouse:

"Place your hall at disposal of Gov. Joe Folk of Missouri for Saturday, Nov. 14, 1908. Wire hem to come and deliver one of his most forceful lectures on "Good Government and the Evils of Corrupt Money Powers." Retain 20 per cent for the use of the hall; pay Mr. Folk 40 per cent for the lecture and have him to deliver to me, personally, 40 per cent as my part of the proceeds."

Mr. Wilkins does not state whether he speaks for Mr. Folk in thus offering a date for a lecture, or whether the recent defeat of the governor for the Democratic nomination for United States senator would have much influence in the choice of a subject, but seems to think that there must be some easy money somewhere and wants his share.

Mr. Wilkins further does not state whether or not h e is the manager of a lyceum bureau or simply a plain citizen who seeks to work for the good of his fellow man.

His offer has not been accepted.

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November 13, 1908


Mary Greathouse Refused to Appear,
and He Was Set Free.

The case of the state agaisnt Perry Greathouse, the merchant policeman who shot his daughter, Mary, at his home, October 21, was dismissed in the South division of the city court, Kansas City, Kas., yesterday morning. When the case was called neither Mrs. Greathouse nor the daughter would appear in behalf of the prosecution and Judge M. H. Newhall ordered the defendant discharged.

The shooting of Miss Greathouse by her father was not intentional, the bullet fired being aimed at the mother. The girl jumped in between her mother and father, just as the latter pulled the trigger of the revolver.

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November 13, 1908


Humane Officer Tells What He Does
Every Day of the Year.

Now that the summer months have ended the Humane officers are spending most of their time in the downtown districts where hauling and traffic are heaviest. Though the attention of the Humane officers is directed mostly to horses which are being overloaded or driven while sick and lame, a good deal is done by them to relieve suffering of humanity of all kinds. In telling of one day's work W. H. Gibbens, field agent of the society, said:

"One morning in the North End, I required five double-ups of overloaded teams, sent four horses to the shops for rough shoes, took one poor old horse out of harness and put an end to its misery by humanely destroying it, shot two maimed dogs and sent one horse to the hospital. Then I went to the municipal court and satisfactorily prosecuted a case, settled a family row and sent a sick boy to his home in Cincinnati."

Such is the kind of work which the Humane Society is doing in Kansas City. According to Mr. Gibbens the summer months passed without there being any flagrant case of cold-hearted brutality, but there was a great deal of cruelty to animals due to the desire to work them for every cent they could make and every pound they could carry.

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November 13, 1908


John Novak's Employer Believes He
Was Waylaid and Robbed
of $936.

John Novak, a Bohemian clerk in the employ of C. A. Eckerson, grocer, of 4 Kansas avenue, Kansas City, Kas., after having cashed $936 in checks belonging to his employer at the Stock Yards Bank of Commerce yesterday afternoon disappeared, and nothing has since been seen of him. He is thought to have been held up and robbed. The police of both cities are investigating.

The checks, which were on Swift & Co. and the Kansas City Packing Box Company, were tendered at the Eckerson store yesterday in payment for groceries. Later Novak took them all to the bank to have them cashed, as always had been his custom during the two years he had worked for the grocer. He was given the money and started on the return journey shortly after 4 o'clock, but at a late hour last night he had failed to put in an appearance.

Mr. Eckerson scoffs at the suggestion of the police that the man might have decamped with the money, he saying that Novak on one other occasion had cashed checks amounting to $5,000 and only yesterday morning he was sent to the bank with checks aggregating $2,000. On numerous other occasions Mr. Eckerson declares, Novak cashed large amounts at the bank and was well known to the officials.

Persons acquainted with the man's habits are thought to have waylaid him some place between the bank and the store, and, after relieving him of the money, made him prisoner until such time as they could make their escape, or to have so seriously injured him that he has been unable to notify any person of his predicament.

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November 12, 1908


Kansas City, Kas., Police Believe He
Was Killed for Betrayal.

Inspector of Detectives John Quinn and Captain U. G. Snyder of the Kansas City, Kas., police department are convinced that the killing of Michael Grogas near the Swift packing house last Thursday night resulted from his betrayal of some secret Croatian or Polish order. They say they have given up on the theory that a woman had anything to do with it or that robbery was the motive, and here is the argument with which they back up this conclusion:

Two weeks before the murder Grogas lived in rooming house No. 6, Patch, and was an eye-witness to a double stabbing there. When the officers appeared at the place, much contrary to the custom of denizens of this congested portion of the Weest Bottoms, he told them everything, and the right party evidently was arrested. Although both of the men hurt were in a serious condition from three deep thrusts each, they would not do as much as Grogas did under the most rigid sweating, and remained silent as to the identity of their assailant.

The police officials in Kansas City, Kas., have long suspected a secret defensive organization among the foreigners in the Patch. They are now convinced that Grogas lost his life because he gave up a fellow member of the society to the officers.

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November 12, 1908


Says Mrs. Mamie Beaver in Her Ap-
lication for Divorce.

Mamie V. Beaver commenced suit for divorce yesterday against her husband, William F. Beaver, in the Independence division of the circuit court. That her husband had "pouty spells" and objected to the laundry bill was the plea which made up the petition. Bertha M. Graham, another applicant for divorce, alleged in her petition that her husband, George Graham, had a habit of coming home in an ugly mood and venting his spite on her clothing, which he tore to shreds. Lillian Gebhardt sued Adam F. Gebhardt for divorce. Freda Frazier also wished to be released from her marital ties to her husband, Frank Frazier.

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November 12, 1908


Pay Brides as Much as $100 to Go
Through Ceremony -- So They
Can Sell Lands.

Effie Smith remarked incidentally on the witness stand in the federal court yesterday that "there was a heap of them young Indians comin' up here to git mar'd so they could sell their lands," and immediately set the entire court retinue thinking. It was developed that scores of negroes with Indian blood in them, who had come in for 160-acre tracts in the old Indian Territory, had come to Kansas City to qualify to sell their lands by making themselves heads of families. This they did by getting wives.

"Had they any trouble in finding women who would be willing to marry them," Smith was asked.

"Nearly all of the lot I met up with, who came here to get married so they could sell, got their women form the colored rooming houses. They gave some of them as high as $100 to marry them."

"Did the marriages 'stick'?" was asked.

"They were not supposed to. I never heard of one that did. The boys just got married and then sold their lands and moved on."

Smith was on trial for cashing a post office order that had been stolen. He had been indicted two days before, and during the afternoon a trial jury found him guilty. This morning he will toe the mark in the federal court before Judge John C. Pollock, along with a cargo of Greeks and others for sentence.

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November 11, 1908



He Has a Criminal Record and I s
Being Held Pending Further
Investigation of Wong
Chee Tock's Death.
Arthur S. Spencer, Alias Harry S. Reardon

Who is the murderer of Wong Chee Tock, the wealthy Chinaman found near Birmingham, Mo., last Friday morning with a crushed skull and a stab wound in his chest? The body was decomposed and from its position and the position of the overcoat, hat and shoes it looked as if he had been thrown from a northbound Burlington freight train. At least that was the theory of the Clay county authorities who investigated the murder.

Under arrest at police headquarters is Arthur S. Spencer, alias Harry S. Reardon, alias George H. Taylor, who came here a week ago and under the Reardon alias posed as "Official Interpreter of the Chinese language" for the courts of New York." Reardon immediately made himself persona grata with newspaper men, especially the police reporters on the different papers. He gave chop suey dinners -- at the expense of his Chinese friends -- and was a grand, high muck-a-muck among them.

"Reardon," as he styled himself here, was arrested Monday afternoon by Daniel Holmes, a crossing patrolman, at the insistence of Dr. Ho Ly Yuen, who alleged that the "official interpreter" was attempting to swindle the Chinese of the two Kansas Citys.


On the arrival in the city yesterday morning of Henry H. Moler of St. Louis, inspector in the United States immigration service, with his Chinese interpreter, Haw Lin Shuck, the past criminal record of the "official interpreter for the courts of New York" was learned. Fifteen years ago he was sentenced to McNeil's island, a government prison in Puget sound, Washington, for three years, for smuggling Chinese into this country. He admitted his full record when "sweated" yesterday morning by Lieutenant Harry E. Stege.

Four or five years ago Spencer -- that's his right name --served two years in the government prison at Pittsburgh, Pa., for impersonating a government official among the Chinese.

At the present time there is a suspended sentence of three years hanging over Spencer's head in New York city -- impersonating a government official again. He is virtually out on parole pending good behavior.

It was learned from the government officials that Spencer's graft has been to seek out Chinese who have no "chock chee," which is a certificate showing their right to remain in the United States. As he speaks the language fluently, he has no trouble in locating Chinamen who have been smuggled into this country. Then he is said to force them to pay him hush money. It is also said that he agreed to furnish a chock chee for $150 to any Chinaman needing one.


From Dr. Ho Ly Yuen of this city, who has caused the arrest of "Reardon," it was learned yesterday that the chock chee racked was being worked here with ease. The arrested man admits that he had been bad, but is now trying to lead a Christian life for the sake of his wife and children in New York. He says he is being persecuted and all the money he secured here was borrowed from the Chinese -- merely a loan.

The police now suspect Spencer with being connected in some manner with the murder of the wealthy Chinaman, Wong Chee Tock. He was one of the first to go to Liberty "to investigate," and it was he who learned the man's name and seemed to know all about him. That fact, and the further fact that Spencer is said to have been seen here with the murdered man, makes the police suspicious of him. When the body was found he claimed to have never seen the Chinaman before. He is being held at police headquarters while Mr. Moler and Haw Lin Shuck investigate the case.

Spencer speaks fluent English, Chinese, French, Portuguese, Spanish and Italian and is a well educated man. He says he was born in Hong Kong, that his mother was a Portuguese and his father an American.

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November 11, 1908


Probation Officer Seeks Information
Regarding Intractable Youths.

Dr. E. L. Mathias, probation officer, is showiong by means of pins on a huge map, just which are the worst behaved districts of the city from the boy standpoint. He also is showing neighborhoods from which come reports of neglected children. When completed, the map will form an accurate day-to-day record of the cases on the juvenile court books.

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November 11, 1908


Defective Arc Lights Were Out Until
After 10 o'Clock.

Passengers leaving the Union station last night were considerably inconvenienced by the absence of light in the train sheds until after 10 o'clock, while the station employes had not a little difficulty loading the many trains scheduled to leave before that time.

A defective fuse was responsible for the arcs failing to light at the proper time. The sheds were dark, the only light coming from the glare of headlights and red lanterns at the train ends. So far as could be learned passengers succeeded in groping their way to the right trains, but in many instances they were sent from one end of the sheds to the other before their tickets were honored by brakemen at the steps.

Ordinarily the train sheds of Union station are bad enough, but when there is no light on a dark night the projecting ends of the boards in the platform make walking exceedingly dangerous. There were several hard falls before the lights came on last night.

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November 11, 1908


Mother Left Child Alone With a
Lighted Gas Stove.

Catharine Peck, the baby daughter of Mrs. E. C. Peck, 4326 Forest avenue, died last night at 8 o'clock as a result of burns received yesterday afternoon. It is supposed that the baby, who was 19 months old, got too near a lighted gas stove in the kitchen and her dress became ignited.

When Mrs. Peck stepped into the back yard of her home about 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon, she left little Catharine, who was just learning to walk, playing with her favorite kitten on the kitchen floor. A few moments later, hearing cries of anguish from the child, the mother ran to the kitchen, where she found the baby enveloped in flames. She ran with the child to a rain barrel which stood at the rear of the house and extinguished the flames by ducking the baby in the water.

Dr. W. A. Armour, who was calling in the neighborhood, was summoned, but nothing could be done to save the child's life. The coroner took charge of the case, but it is believed that no inquest will be necessary. The child's father, E. C. Peck, is a clerk for the Wells-Fargo Express company.

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November 11, 1908

Mother Left Child Alone With a

Lighted Gas Stove.

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Bank Is to Be Reorganized in Janu-
ary and a New Set of Officers
Probably Will Go In -- Rule
Slated for Old Place.

Dr. W. S. Woods has again gained control of the affairs of the National Bank of Commerce.

The fact that Dr. Woods controlled a majority of the stock in the bank was made public yesterday morning, and banking circles immediately began to discuss the question. The election of a president was the chief topic, and it is generally conceded that the affairs of the bank have prospered under the management of W. B. Ridgely, president of the bank, and that he will be retained as one of the directors, if not the real head of the institution. Dr. Woods is not a candidate for the office of president, and, it is stated, will simply act as a member of the board of directors and control the policy of the bank.

W. T. Kemper, now vice-president of the Commerce Trust Company, has been mentioned as a probable successor to Mr. Ridgely, but Mr. Kemper is not sure what the reorganization will bring forth, and does not care to be quoted in connection with a discussion of a reorganization.

That there will be changes among other officers of the bank is assured. W. A. Rule probably will be returned to his former position as cashier, succeeding Edward Ridgely. The reorganization probably will not take place until the annual meeting of the board of directors, January 12, 1909, although under the charter granted by the state changes in the management can be made at any time by a majority vote of the controlling stock.


A gradual and substantial rise in the price of stock in the National Bank of Commerce as quoted in trade circles was the first intimation that a fight for control of the bank was being waged. Quoted at prices ranging from $124 to $128 per share three weeks ago, the shares of stock began to rise until last Saturday, $151 to $152 was bid and but little stock was offered for sale. Dr. Woods's efforts to regain control of the bank are said to be the reason for this sudden and unexpected rise, and when it came time for him to show his hand he calmly announced to the directors at a meeting last Thursday of he and his officials and depositors.

There has not been a fight between Dr. Woods and W. B. Ridgely. Mr. Ridgely has not sought to control the bank, and his efforts since the reopening in April, 1908, have been devoted solely to building up a strong and stable bank. Under his control the deposits have increased from $12,000,000 on the opening day to nearly $18,000,000 at the present time.


W. T. Kemper, vice president of the Commerce Trust Company, who has been mentioned as the probable successor or W. B. Ridgely as president of the bank, stated ysterday that he was not prepared to discuss the details of the reorganization of the bank. He says Dr. Woods has control of the bank and that he is ready and willing to serve in any capacity that will best serve the officials and the depositors.


William B. Ridgely, president of the bank, when seen yesterday, stated that he did not care to discuss the subject until further developments were reached. Mr. Ridgely says he will attend to the affairs of the bank as usual, and will give his best efforts to the success of the institution.

"I have nothing to say at the present," was the remark made by W. H. Winants, formerly vice president of the bank. "Things are not in shape to be discussed, and we really do not know what will happen. It is better to wait before giving out statements for the public."

Other directors of the bank have as little to say as the officers.


Dr. Woods still holds his original 1,700 shares, a block of stock he has never increased nor decreased, though he has, during the life of the bank, held other blocks. Since leaving the active management of the Commerce Dr. Woods has been buying shares on his own account and persuading his friends to, until yesterday he and his friends controlled over $1,100,000, or more than 50 per cent of the capital stock. The St. Louis shares are understood to be in the pool. Further than saying that he has enough stock to control the next election, Dr. Woods has not intimated who the new officers are to be. By common consent it was thought on the street yesterday that W. A. Rule would go back as cashier, and as a consequence his offices in the Commerce building were besieged and his telephone was ringing incessantly throughout the afternoon, after then news had got out that there was to be a change in the management of the bank. Mr. Rule declared himself in utter ignorance of everything connected with either the bank or his own home, and instead asked for news. He did not pretend to account for his frequent the East, visiting Commerce stockholders.

Dr. Woods has never ceased saying he was sorry to lose his bank. In its darkest days he declared himself proud of it. He was always of the way the present manager, W. B. Ridgely, was running it. The bank has grown prosperous under the direction of Mr. Ridgely, being in excellent shape to continue under its present management or to pass into other hands.


How well Dr. Woods has his colleagues drilled for the present emergency could only be gathered by listening to the answers all of them gave to questions. J. J. Heim, Hugh Ward, W. A. Rule, W. T. Kemper, W. H. Winants, Hughes Bryant and all of them had "Ask Dr. Woods" at the tips of their tongues. Insisting that his name be suppressed, one of them said:

"The bank will return to the old management after the next meeting. By the old management, I mean that Dr. Woods will be chairman of the board of directors and he will designate his own friends for president, cashier and vice presidents. I do not think he will take the office of president again. He will make the office of chairman more important, and occupy that.

"It is premature to mention anyone for president. The doctor has not done so. He may be expected to renew his old associations. A report that at the time Mr. Ridgely was brought West he had been given the voting power of a majority of the stock for two years was an error. The shares vote themselves and none of them has been pledged. Dr. Woods did not then hold them, so he could not vote them. Now he and his friends do, and they will vote them.

"The bank is very prosperous. Mr. Ridgely may be continued. He is a highly valuable man, and the Commerce is big enough to have several big men members of its board. However, Dr. Woods will be the guiding spirit after next January."

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November 10, 1908


Donor of Park Doesn't Want Board
to Erect Memorial Yet.

A personal request was received by the park board yesterday from Thomas A. Swope requesting that the matter of a memorial to him be postponed until after his death.

The communication was inspired by the fact that the board has ordered a medallion of the donor of Swope park and an inscription to be placed on the pillars to the main entrance of the park.

"These are not memorials," said Franklin Hudson, chairman of the board. "They are simple markers to designate the park."

Mr. Hudson was delegated to have a personal interview with Mr. Swope.

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November 10, 1908


Interpreter and Witness Spend Much
Time in Arguments.

Greeks are testifying in the federal court just now and Judge John C. Pollock knows it to his sorrow. They will not quit talking, and instead of the required yes or no, heated arguments ensue between the witnesses and the interpreters. In vain the court directs the interpreter to call for a direct answer. The interpreter grows red in the face, talks as much and almost as fast as the witnesses, and in the end explains that the witness wanted to explain his answer.

Some months ago the Missouri, Kansas & Texas railway sent a letter containing $25 to Joseph Alespsis. The letter was rifled and the United States district attorney made a raid on the local Greek colony.

It was found that one Thomas Rigors knew something about the case and he was subpoenaed as a witness for the government. Last Thursday Rigors arrived from Nebraska and while walking on West Fifth street was slugged. He spent almost all yesterday afternoon on the witness stand trying to tell how it happened.

"Get him to say how his eyes were blacked," Assistant United States District Attorney George A. Neal directed the interpreter. The interpreter translated the instruction. Two minutes later Judge Pollock had to call a halt.

"Stop him now, will you please, and let us see where we are," the bench directed.

"It took the interpreter two seconds to give the answer which the witness had spent minutes in giving, most of the time evidently wrangling with the interpreter.

The hearing will be resumed this morning.

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November 9, 1908


Sidney Samuels Is Being Sought All
Over the Country by His Relatives.

Searching for Sidney Samuels, his brother-in-law, now a 28-year-old man who ran away from home at the age of 16, George Franklin, a traveling man, is touring the United States. Sidney Samuels's father, George Samuels, is a civil war veteran who is now 70 years old. Suffering from heart trouble and expecting to die at any moment, George Samuels is praying that his boy may be found so that he may see him again before he dies.

Sidney Samuels's mother died when he was 6 years old. He was cared for by a housekeeper. July 14, 1896, with a companion he ran away from his home in New York and has never been heard from since. His companion returned after two days, but had no idea where Sidney had gone.

For ten years Mr. Samuels followed false clues, traveling all over the Eastern part of the United States. Now he is unable to travel and he waits alone at his home, 54 St. Nicholas avenue, New York city, while his son-in-law searches.

Mr. Franklin arrived here yesterday from Chicago. He will go from here to Omaha and from there to St. Paul. His brother-in-law is covering the South.

"We have no idea where the boy is now," Mr. Franklin said yesterday, "but if he is alive we want to get him home before his father dies."

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November 9, 1908


They Can Order Anybody Locked in
Holdover for a Night.

"It's a blame shame for five big, healthy men to pounce onto one lonely gazabo and then wait until in the morning to explain. But they do it every day -- so the records show." The above is a copy of a poster which hangs on the wall of a room at police headquarters above an old police report. The report is made out to the chief and explains that five detectives arrested one man at the Union depot and locked him up over night booked for investigation.

Instead of explaining to the officer in charge of a police station, detectives have their prisoners locked up over night and do the explaining to the inspector in the morning. A policeman is compelled to inform the officer in charge of the station what charge he wishes to place against a prisoner and the officer uses his discretion as to whether the prisoner should be held.

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November 8, 1908


Heart Disease Claims As a Victim
David H. Pingree at the
Age of 56.

You remember the story in the history books about the massacre of General Custer in the Bad Lands of South Dakota, do you not? Especially you remember the stirring incident of the time when the troops who had been sent to revenge the death of the gallant leader and capture the redskin chief, Sitting Bull, wavered and were about to retreat before the withering fire poured out upon them from ambush, a soldier rose in his saddle and cried aloud:

"Remember Custer."

Only two words, but they made history. The soldiers rallied, taking those words for their battlecry and charged, inflicting the most decisive defeat upon the Indian warriors ever suffered in the history of the race.

The man who spoke those words is dead. David H. Pingree, 56 years old, formerly member of the Seventh United States cavalry, dropped dead of heart trouble last Friday morning. He had been honorably discharged from the army with the mark of "excellent" in 1891, after a service of six years. He came to Kansas City, where he remained a short time, but soon went to Iola, Kas., where he went into the hotel business, but for the past two years has been living in this city. A wife, who lives in Rich Hill, Mo., survives.

Besides turning the tide of the battle by giving his comrades a slogan to fight for at the psychological moment Pingree contributed largely to the victory in another way. A party of Indians were hidden behind a tent close to the regiment and they were picking off a cavalryman at every opportunity. Pingree and another soldier loosened up a Hotchkiss gun and trained it on the tent. In a few moments there was no tent left and the Indians were forced to seek another cover.

Pingree was an Elk. The lodge will have charge of the funeral services at 2:30 this afternoon from Eylar Bros. chapel, Fourteenth and Main streets. Burial will be in Mount Washington cemetery.

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November 8, 1908



How He Came to Be Murdered at
Birmingham and Just When
Is Still an Unraveled

The firm of Quong on Loong, Chinese merchants, 317 South Clark street, Chicago, has offered a reward of $500 for the arrest and conviction of the murderers of Wong Chee Tock, a member of the firm whose body was found Friday morning near the Burlington depot at Birmingham, Mo. Harry S. Rerardon, Chinese interpreter attached to the courts at New York city, says he will give an additional $100 reward. Mr. Reardon has been visiting the city for the last week.

Mr. Reardon said last night that the Wong family of Chinese in Kansas City would add still more. They are related to the victim, and had the body moved to Liberty. A coroner's jury yesterday brought in a verdict that Wong Chee Tock came to his death at the hands of parties unknown to the jury. The body possibly will be sent to Chicago for burial tomorrow morning. In case it is not it will be buried here.

It was first believed that Wong Chee Tock had been smuggled over the line from the Mexican border, as some small change in Mexican money was found on the body, but Mr. Reardon, who knows all of the wealthy Chinese in America, says this is not the case. Mr. Reardon said last night:

"This man has lived in America many years, and had a right to leave the country and return at will. He left Chicago about one year ago, I learn today from there, and made a visit to China. On his return he landed in Mexico, so as to visit his friend, Kawong Wo On, a merchant of Juarez, Mexico. This accounted for his having Mexican money on his person.

"The dead man is well known in Chicago, and was considered wealthy. It is my opinion that Tock took the wrong train out of Kansas City, and may have been put off at Birmingham to catch another train. It may have been that tramps who found him waiting there in the night took advantage of his ignorance of his surroundings, enticed him into the brush near the track, and killed him for what he might have on him. It is a well-known fact that a Chinaman never travels without plenty of money, and that he always buys a through ticket to his destination.

Mr. Reardon says he never heard of a Chinese tramp, and does not think that Tock could have been induced to enter a box car. The theory of the Clay county police is that the Chinaman was murdered in this city, and then thrown from a train passing Birmingham. His body was covered with blood from a stab wound in the left breast, and his face was crushed in, as with a stone. Mr. Reardon says there is blood on some of the stones near where the body was found.

The affair is very much of a mystery, and has created great excitement among the Chinese of this and nearby cities. Another thing which puzzles Mr. Reardon is why -- if Tock was killed near where the body was found -- the murderers should have taken the trouble to have dragged the body near the railway tracks, apparently many hours after the murder. The body showed signs of decomposition when found Friday morning, and the man is believed to have been killed two or three days before. What made the officials believe that the body was thrown from a passing train was its position near the tracks, and also the fact that the coat, shoes and hat were found along the tracks north of the body, as if they had been thrown from a train bound in that direction.

The police of this city say that they are not working on this case, for the reason that the Clay county authorities have not asked their aid.

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November 8, 1908


H. D. Gibson Pushed E. L Yeat
Through Streets in a Wheelbarrow.

Amid the shouts and laughter of a big crowd, H. D. Gibson, a traveling salesman for a wholesale jewelry house, last night paid off an election bet by wheeling the winner in a wheelbarrow from Twelfth street and Forest avenue to Twelfth and Harrison streets and back. The bet was made with E. L. Yeat of Twelfth street and Forest avenue, and Mr. Gibson wagered that Taft would carry Nebraska. Friends of the two men had been informed that the ride would come off last night and had gathered to witness the humiliation of the loser. A whellbarrow festooned with flags and a large banner on which was printed "I bet Taft would carry Nebraska" was teh paraphernalia used. At the starting point at Twelfth street and Forest avenue nearly 500 people had congregated. The crowd followed the principals over the coucrse. Mr. Gibson lives at 1211 Virginia avenue and tips the scales at 240 pounds. Mr. Yeat, the winner, weighs 180 pounds. Both men have red hair and the friendly crowd took advantage of that circumstance to poke fun at them.

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November 8, 1908


Anna Smith Was Left Behind After
Buggy Collided With Automobile.

An automobile ran into a buggy containing a man and woman at Fifteenth street and Paseo last night about 7 o'clock. The motorists hastened away and the man in the buggy did likewise, leaving the woman, Anna Smith, 11 East Fourteenth street, sitting on a bench in a dazed condition. W. M. Pye, 3104 Paseo, who was passing in his automobile, saw the woman and took her to the Walnut street police station, where she was revived. The police are looking for the machine which ran into the buggy.

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November 8, 1908



"Legitimate" Managers Are Offering
All Sorts of Inducements to Get
Them to Forsake the Vau-
deville Footlights.

Offers for the services of Mabel Hite, Kansas City's "own soubrette," in the legitimate are flowing in upon M. S. Bentham, the agent for Miss Hite and her husband, Mike Donlin, who are appearing for the first time together in New York city at Hammerstein's this week.

Flo Ziegfeld, Jr., has offered Miss Hite a two-years' contract at a large salary. Other legitimate managers would like to ascertain the amount of Ziegfeld's figure in order that it might be raised.

At present Miss Hite and Mr. Donlin have their minds only upon vaudeville. The Hammerstein engagement, taken for a "try out," is at $1,000 weekly. Owing to the success there, the act now asks $1,500 for local engagements and $2,000 weekly outside New York. Mr. Bentham has booked the pair for several weeks ahead, but at what figure is not known.

The success of Mabel Hite and Mike Donlin in vaudeville probably surprised no one more than Mike Donlin himself. When the vaudeville appearance was broached to him late in the summer, he literally "threw up his hands." Donlin declared he would not listen to it; that he would be a "frost," "lemon," and applied all known eptihets to himself he could in an attempt to dissuade his wife and Bentham from proceeding with the scheme of their double appearance.

Donlin was perfectly assured of Miss Hite's complete success but feared for himself. At last, when he did agree to the plan he confidentially informed Bentham: "I am doing this to please Mabel, and I look to you to kill it off." Even when the Hammerstein contract was placed before him, Donlin insisted he had said nothing but $2,500 would take him on a stage. This was in furtherance of his plan to escape vaudeville, but Miss Hite persisted, winning the day. Now it is reported Mr. Donlin, who is surprising his best wishers this week, has no regrets.

Following the Hammerstein engagement Hite and Donlin will travel over the Percy G. Williams circuit.

Among the telegrams received Monday afternoon by the couple were the following: "Go to it, Mikey. Heard of you this afternoon. Wish you could play ball as good as you act, but don't do any of our stuff. Good luck to you and Mabel. -- Montgomery and Stone."

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November 7, 1908


Body of Employe of Swift Packing
House Found Beside Union
Pacific Tracks.

While on his way home from work at the Swift packing house at 6:30 o'clock Thursday night, Michael Gragos, a sheep butcher, was mysteriously murdered. The assassins escaped after firing two shots, one of which penetrated his skull. The other struck his right cheek bone and inflicted only a flesh wound. As money was on the body when found by workmen at the Swift plant yesterday morning, the motive of the killing is unknown.

A few minutes after Gragos quit the Swift plant Thursday evening Erb Martin, a watchman, heard two calls to halt, followed by four shots in quick succession. He seized a lantern and hurried towards the place where the cries and the shots came from, but found nothing and gave up the search. About midnight, George Gragos, father of Michael, came to the plant looking for his son, and another unsuccessful search was instituted.

When the body was found it was lying close beside the switch of the Union Pacific Railway Company. Close by were the tracks of a woman and a man. On the coat tails of the corpse was a v-shaped mud mark that might have been made by a small and pointed shoe, probably that of a woman. None of the pockets were rifled, and there was no other hint as to the identity of the assassins.

Gragos lived with his father at 128 North First street in the West Bottoms. He was 23 years old and an Austrian. He had lived in this country only about four years.

Detective John Quinn and Robert McKnight of the Kansas City, Kas., police department were assigned to the case. They will work on the theory that it was revenge that actuated the killing.

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November 7, 1908



Organization Began as a Prayer Meet-
ing in London 54 Years Ago
Local Branch One of
First in the West.

The local organization of the Young Men's Christian Association will be 48 years old Sunday, and in commemoration of this even plans have been completed for meetings to be held in thirty-seven churches in Kansas City. Prominent workers in the association from various cities will make the addresses at the night services and a meeting for men will be held at the Willis Wood theater at 3:30 o'clock in the afternoon. At this meeting Henry M. Beardsley, president of the local association, will preside, and L. Wilbur Messer, general secretary of the Y. M. C. A., will make the principal address. A special male quartet will furnish music.

The Young Men's Christian Association was organized fifty-four years ago in London, England, and the movement spread into the United States the next years. Although started as a young men's prayer meeting, with the first meeting held in a small room, it has grown until a building is located in every city of any size in the world and work is being carried on even in heathen countries. Millions of men are banded together under one banner, and a member of the association in Kansas City is welcomed at any association in the world.

The Kansas City organization was one of the first to be started west of the Mississippi river. The local organization now has 1,500 members and has a campaign in progress whereby at least 400 more are to be secured.

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November 7, 1908


Found Along Railroad Tracks Near
Birmingham, He May Have
Been Thrown From Train.

The body of a Chinaman, decomposed almost beyond recognition and clothed in American costume and the Oriental accouterments, was found along the railroad tracks at Birmingham early yesterday morning. From all the evidence obtainable it is believed that the Chinaman met with foul play en route to Chicago. The fact that no bones were broken lends evidence to the belief that he may have been murdered and thrown from a passing train, although there are no marks of violence on his body.

Workmen found the body early yesterday morning and immediately placed it on a train and sent it to Liberty, where it is in the possession of Sharp Bros., undertakers, pending an inquest this morning.

From all appearances the man had been dead two or three days when found in a secluded spot along the railroad tracks. When the body was searched at Liberty yesterday morning letters were found in his pocket which indicated his name, also his destination and the point from which he traveled.

Wong Chee Tock is his name. The address of the Quong On Lung Company, 317 South Clark street, Chicago, is given on a letter head which was found in his pocket, also the address of a firm or company in Juarez, Mexico.

An altogether probable theory is that Wong Chee Tock was en route to Chicago, having been smuggled into this country over the Mexican line, and that he fell under the displeasure of some of his countrymen.

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November 6, 1908


Dr. R. M. Schauffler Says They Do.
Wants Ordinance Enforced.

In a talk before the members of the City Club yesterday at noon, Dr. R. M. Schauffler said that consumption in Kansas City was largely due to the uncleanliness of street cars. He charged the people of Kansas City with spitting on the floors of the cars and the conductors of the cars with making no effort to stop the practice. Dr. Schauffler is strongly in favor of having an ordinance passed compelling all tuberculosis patients to be registered. He is also in favor of building a tuberculosis hospital near Leeds, and he want the city to enforce its anti-spitting ordinance.

A. E. Gallagher, one of the police commissioners, stated that the police board was willing to enforce the law. William P. Borland, congressman-elect, talked upon transportation. He believes that the question may be solved, to an extent, by the improvement of the Missouri river.

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November 6, 1908


It Is Proposed to Use Motors Driven
by Electricity Instead.

John C. Egner, fire chief, yesterday recommended to the fire and water board that fire horses that have become unfit for service be sold. This brought forth the suggestion from George M. Myers, one of the board, that the question of substituting electric motors for horses be seriously considered.

"A man called on me the other day to say that he had a motor with which he could operate the apparatus, d0 away entirely with horses and save the city money," said Mr. Myers.

Chief Egner said that many cities throughout the country were using motors on fire apparatus in place of horses, and were finding it practical and successful.

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November 6, 1908



Already Business Is Beginning to
Strike Its Old Gait -- Big
Orders, and Plenty
of Them.

Business men in Kansas City feel confident that the election of Taft as president means an increase in their profits by the end of the year. Some of the larger business houses have had heavy orders for their goods, subject to the election of the Republican candidate. While some houses have received such orders ot hers have felt the unrest due to the election by the falling off of orders. Many of the large wholesale houses handling commodities such as groceries, boots, shoes and dry goods said that the result of the election would not have affected their trade one way or the other.

Rollins M. Hockaday of the Burnham-Hanna Dry Goods Company said that the election of Taft would give trade confidence, and that he had reason to believe that there would be a general wave of prosperity following the late election. "Business has been very good, and with the restoring of confidence I expect to see a large increase," he said. "There is no doubt that the election of Mr. Taft will mean that the entire country will forge ahead and that business of all kinds will push along. While the election of Mr. Bryan might not have caused hard times it would have retarded business to a certain degree."

The greatest activity shown by any line of business since the election of Mr. Taft has been in the iron and steel industry. Reports from the mills in the East are to the effect that numerous orders which have been hanging fire for the last few months are being filled. Charles E. Faeth of the Faeth Iron Company said that his company felt that the election of Mr. Taft meant a future prosperity in the country. He said that numerous concerns had held back in their business fearful of the outcome and that they would now forge ahead.

Colonel John Conover of the Richards-Conover Hardware Company was jubilant yesterday over the election of Mr. Taft because he believed that it meant a continuance of the prosperous condition of the country. He said the business men believe that the policies which have governed the country the last years spells large dividends.

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November 5, 1908


They've Got All Kinds of Money to
Be Paid Winners.

Between $8,000 and $10,000 is in the hands of clerks of the various hotels as wagers on the election, the bulk of the money having been put up by traveling men from the East on the result of the New York governorship race. None of the bets will be paid until after official returns are received.

In most instances the wagers were small, ranging from $25 downward, but there were a few amounts as high as $200 and $500. There was little betting by local men at any of the hotels owing to the fact that Republicans were unwilling to take chances on other than the national race.

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November 5, 1908


Western Man Had $2,600 With Him.
Friends Fear Foul Play.

Circumstances surrounding the disappearance on Monday morning of W. H. Payne, a Western ball player and logger, with $2,600 on his person, have mystified the police, who have been asked to help locate him. Payne formerly lived in Triplett, Mo., and has a daughter named Arline, 17 years old, living there with an aunt. For the last ten or twelve years he has been living in Idaho where he was engaged in playing professional baseball and in the lumber camps. Two weeks ago he came east and went to visit his daughter. While there he renewed his acquaintance with J. W. Webb, and old schoolboy friend. He induced Webb to go back to Idaho with him, and last Saturday the two men came to Kansas City. Payne intended to purchase a new suit of clothes before returning to Lane, Idaho. The two men secured a room with Thomas Casey, a rooming house keeper at 700 Main street.

Monday morning Payne and Webb went to Lock's coal office, 513 East Sixth street, to meet Webb's brother, C. E .Webb. While in the coal office Payne said he would go to the bank and have a $100 bill changed and would then return to the office. He left at 10 o'clock and the brothers remained there waiting for him until 3 o'clock in the afternoon. They then went to the rooming house, where they were told that Payne had been there and left word for Mr. Casey to hold his room for him and his friend. He left his suit case and clothes at the rooming house. He did not pay for the room he had used. He has not been heard of since that time.

Tuesday night Thomas Casey called at police headquarters and reported the disappearance of Payne. The Webb brothers reported his disappearance yesterday afternoon to the police. The police suggested that Payne had probably left town in that way to avoid paying the expenses of the trip, but J. W. Webb said he believed he had met with foul play. Payne, he said, carried his money in bills which were tied around his leg beneath his trousers. He often displayed the roll of bills and his friends fear that he has either been murdered or drugged and robbed. Payne is 45 years old and of stout build. His fingers have been broken and bent by playing baseball.

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November 5, 1908





Men Shouted the Winner's Name as
They Crowded the Streets.
Herbert Spencer Hadley, Governor-Elect of Missouri

Republicans in Kansas City and Jackson county awakened yesterday morning to learn that their hope of seeing a Republican elected governor in the present generation had been fulfilled, and that for the next four years the commonwealth will be ruled from the governor's mansion at Jefferson City by Herbert S. Hadley. At first the news was too good to be believed, and there were many doubting Thomases, especially in view of the fact that when tired, exhausted humanity sought rest a few hours before from the fatigue of watching the returns, advices at hand indicated the success of W. S. Cowherd, the nominee of the Democrats.

True, from the standpoint of Republican estimates the night before the meager returns then at hand pointed towards Hadley's election, but they were so indefinite that not even the most sanguine partisan could make himself believe that the complete returns would show anything but the often repeated story of Democratic success.

Like the wind, the cheerful news that Hadley was gaining as each report came in from belated voting places, and that his majority in St. Louis was something unheard of, swept over the city. Enthusiasts shouted the glad tidings until they were hoarse, and by noon newspaper office bulletins gave out the information that Hadley had been elected without a doubt.


Above the din and racket of commerce shouts and cheers for Hadley rent the air along the crowded downtown streets, and as by magic an impromptu parade was formed. Headed by a band of music, hundreds of shouting, enthusiastic Republicans fell in behind the musicians and marched through the streets. An immense framed portrait of Hadley was borne at the head of the procession, and a large American flag that, when unfolded, almost spread its patriotic colors the width of the street, was grasped by willing and enthusiastic men and carried far above their heads.

The crowd took the building of The Journal by storm. They marched into the building hundreds strong, the band playing patriotic airs. The marchers, cheering and their spirits at high tide, made a circle of the business office corridor, and marched up the stairs to the rooms of the editorial and local departments.. It was an unusual and unique demonstration, the like of which had never before been undertaken in a political campaign.


While the Republicans were rejoicing, W. S. Cowherd, the Democratic nominee for governor, was in his law offices in the American Bank building greatly depressed over the outlook. He was surrounded by friends and supporters, and they were undertaking to figure out a bare possible majority for their defeated idol. The best they could do was to make the majority possibly 2,000, a most discouraging concession in view of Missouri's normal majority in the past of from 35,000 to 40,000.

"Pretty slim drawing of figures, boys," painfully conceded Mr. Cowherd. At 2 o'clock he complained of weariness after his trying campaign, and he went to his apartments in the Roosevelt. He said he was going to try and forget it in the sweet dreams and left orders not to be disturbed.

"I'm not making any claims. It may take the official count to determine the result," is all Mr. Cowherd would say when questioned.


Two hours later R. J. Ingraham, his law partner, had a conference with former Governor A. M. Dockery, Bernard Corrigan, James A. Reed and other Democratic leaders, and the defeat of Mr. Cowherd was practically admitted. It was conceded that it would be impossible to overcome Hadley's strong lead in St. Louis and the complexion of the returns that were coming in from Southeast Missouri. They signed and sealed their verdict complacently, but with expressions of deep regret.

Mr. Dockery said he had ideas as to what had contributed to the defeat of Cowherd and added that it would do the party no good to make them public. Others in the conference also decided that they did not want to see in the newspapers what they thought of a lot of men whom they freely blamed for the result.

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November 4, 1908


Great Crowds in Front of Newspaper
Offices -- Returns at the

Republicans and Democrats alike, not to mention members of the lesser parties, stood cheek by jowl for hours last night -- not in beatific political harmony -- but in a common desire to rubber over the other fellow's shoulder and catch the flashes of election news that were thrown on canvass screens by the stereopticon in many parts of the city. Everybody jostled and laughed and gently roasted each other, and when the returns suited them yelled approval, but never was an ugly bit of temper put on unpleasant display.

Kansas City stayed up late enough to learn the approximate fate of its favorite candidate, and then went to bed with a fair assurance that it would awaken in the land of the free whether Taft, Bryan, or somebody else were elected. For once in the year at least, Papa Casey had a healthy excuse to present to Mamma Casey for staying out so late, but for the fact that in many cases that she was out with him and all the little Caseys.


Most of the crowd didn't see the men behind the stereopticon, seated at tables and busily transcribing telegrams to the little glass slides in black drawing ink. They had to write minutely so as to get all of a telegram on one of the three by four panes of glass, but the phonographs and cartoons kept the people standing until another fresh slide was ready to put in.

The adding machine was in much demand and whole batteries of them did nocturnal duty in the various newspaper offices, with experts from the banks who knew how to punch the keys properly. Though serpentine in name, the adders produced some straight figures that won't miss the official returns very far, for the benefit of the multitude.


In the lodge room of the Elk's Club the furniture was swathed in roughing-it covering and the members held forth for the night, as was true at the Commercial Club, where the attaches of the club and transportation bureau were enlisted in the work of handling the returns.

At the Y. M. C. A. a wire was cut in and between telegrams the waiters were entertained by a stereopticon lecture on California by Aldred Foster of New Zealand.

Members of the Railroad Club heard the returns at the club rooms in Walnut street and after the theaters closed Thespians came up to join them.

Federal officers and employes for the most part heard the returns in the federal court room on the third floor of the postoffice building, and in Convention hall and at the corners of Eighth and McGee, Tenth and McGee and Eleventh and Grand great crowds stood far into the night to get the returns as they came in.

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November 4, 1908



Restoration of the Missouri River to
the Map Fails to Impress
Voters as a Noteworthy

"I was elected because the whole Democratic ticket was elected. As I view it the improvement of the Missouri river issue had no effect apparently on my vote. It owuld seem from my majority that they can safely intrust legislation of that character to me." -- William P. Boreland

"The unusually large majorities given the entire Democratic ticket can be accepted as the cause for my defeat. It was a veritable landslide, and it naturally struck me with the rest of the candidates on the Republican ticket." -- E. C. Ellis

One of the surprises of the campaign was the election of W. P. Borland to congress from the Fifth Missouri district, Kansas City and Jackson county, over E. C. Ellis, Republican. The commendable and substantial services of Mr. Ellis in four different sessions of the house of representatives at Washington for the Missouri river improvements had made him a favorite with commercial, business and individual interests regardless of party affiliation. They considered him the best equipped to continue the work so auspiciously commenced. Besides, Mr. Ellis had the distinction of having defeated W. S. Cowherd and Judge William H. Wallace in previous campaigns, and either man was considered stronger with the voters than Mr. Borland.

Mr. Ellis made his campaign on his record of having restored the Missouri river to the map of federal consideration. He based his campaign on promises of secucring a large appropriation from the next congress to make the river navigable, and in view of his past successses along these lines it seemed to be the general opinion of business men that he should again be sent back to Washington. While Borland also said in his speeches that he was for the reclamation of the Missouri, still his treatment of the river in his speeches gives little hope of ultimate results. He maintained that river agitation was more a commercial question than political, and he broadened out on national issues and hammered into the ears of his listneres that if Bryan was to be the president he should have in congress men who are in sympathy with his views.

Mr. Borland was born in Leavenworth, Kas., "on the banks of the Missouri," as he used to tell his auditors. While still a small boy he came to Kansas City in 1880 and finished his education in the schools of this city. He graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan, and organized the Kansas City School of Law. He has never before held or aspired to political office, his only public services being in connection with the board of free-holders that revised the city charter.

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November 3, 1908


Special Service by Telegraph and
Telephone Tonight.

Returns from the election will be received at Y. M. C. A. rooms, 810 Wyandotte street, tonight, commencing at 7:30 o'clock. At the same time stereopticon slides of the Yosemite valley will be shown by Alfred Foster of New Zealand, who will give a short explanation of each. Special service will be installed by both the Bell Telephone Company and the Postal Telegraph Company. Lunch will be served in the building.

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November 3, 1908





Mr. Hadley Asks Jackson County and
Kansas City to Give Him
the Majority They Did
Four Years Ago.

The most enthusiastic audience Convention hall has housed this year, with estimates varying from 14,000 to 18,000, welcomed Colonel R. C. Kerens, Republican candidate for the United States senatorial nomination; Congressman E. C. Ellis, candidate for re-election; Selden P. Spencer of St. Louis; United States Senator William Warner of Missouri and Herbert S. Hadley, and helped the latter close his campaign for governor of the state.

Despite an apparently organized attempt to break up the meeting, which broke out three times wile the gubernatorial nominee was speaking, the hall was crowded before the first speaker was introduced.

Near-hysteria had the followers of Hadley, Kerens, Ellis and the balance of the Republican ticket, and the applause which greeted Mr. Hadley was deafening for twenty minutes after he was introduced. It was entirely genuine, and it was not possible for the chairman of the meeting to control the house.


The scene which followed the introduction of Mr. Hadley was wild in the extreme, and for several minutes the speakers' stand in the center of the arena floor by the lowering of the big curtain, was in danger from the crowds pushing toward it from all sides. On the stage, stretching clear across the hall, the vice chairmen of the meeting joined in the demonstration. Beside the immense crowd the audiences of other rallies during the campaign appeared as mere reception committees of the real members of the party in Kansas City.

Disorder which the chairman could not abate took possession of the great crowd when United States Senator William Warner named the nominee for governor. Time after time Mr. Hadley advanced to the edge of the platform in an attempt to be heard, but his voice was drowned by the cheers of his admirers. The newspaper men were routed from their tables and an improvised platform of but a few square feet was arranged in the center of the stage. When Mr. Hadley mounted this stand it was but a signal for further demonstration.


It was not until Mr. Hadley had delivered several hundred words of his address that the first attempt to disturb the meeting broke out in the crowded west balcony. There was a second attempt and then a third; and the disturbers were hissed from every corner of the hall. Women in the section where the disturbance occurred were forced to leave their seats and places were provided for them in the boxes below. There was a general shout for the police, but the hissing of Mr. Hadley's admirers served to drive out the disturbers.

Mr. Hadley talked as a Kansas Cityan to his home folks. He made a plea for the entire state ticket and then asked his friends to support Fred Dickey and William Buchholz for the senate, and the nominees for representative in the interest of the candidacy of Colonel Kerens for the United States senate. Senator Warner had previously made a plea for support of Colonel Kerens and the candidate had had a chance to speak in his own behalf, but had modestly confined his remarks to other party issues and his confidence in the success of the ticket in Missouri.


Mr. Hadley also asked support for I. B. Kimbrell for county prosecutor and called attention to the four candidates for the circuit bench. He mentioned the Democratic attempts to discredit the party with circulars intended to create race prejudice. He read a letter from a Kansas City Democrat who is going to support him because members of his own party had made the mistake of showing him what he considered dirty plans to defeat a clean candidate.

After Mr. Hadley reached the hall several questions were asked him and these he answered from the platform. One request was for a statement if he would enforce the Sunday saloon closing law. It was signed by "several Democrats who wished to know before voting." Mr. Hadley answered that he intended, if elected, to make the Sunday saloon closing laws affecting Kansas City and St. Louis mean just exactly what they state upon the books. He said he did not desire the support of any special interest, nor did he want any special interest to make an unfair fight against him. He offered a square deal to the saloonist who obeys the law and respects the qualifications of his license.

As a closing word of his campaign, Mr. Hadley stated that he would decline to qualify in office if elected, should any taint be charged against his nomination. He said he was nominated by honest votes and wanted no tainted election. He asked that Jackson county and Kansas City give him the 4,000 majority he received four years ago when a candidate for attorney general.

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November 3, 1908


Will Be Placed on the Pillars at
Entrance to the Park.

Bronze tablets with a profile of Thomas H. Swope in relief are to be installed by the park board on the two great pillars at the main entrance of Swope park as a mark of appreciation of Mr. Swope's liberality in donating the park to the city. The inscription on the tablets reads:

"This beautiful park was given to the people of Kansas City by Citizen Thomas H. Swope May 29, 1896, forever to be enjoyed by them as public recreation grounds. The board of park commissioners representing Kansas City place these tablets in grateful recognition of the generosity of the donor."

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November 3, 1908


Name of This Gloomy Little Canon
Changed by Council.

The name of one of Kansas City's pioneer streets, Wall, was last night changed to Baltimore by an ordinance fathered by Akderman W. A. Bunker. Wall street, which begins at Sixth, runs into Baltimore at Ninth and, on account of the two streets having different names, has been a source of annoyance to strangers. Old settlers remember the time when the street was known as Ann. The council of that time sought a more metropolitan name, and Wall street was selected.

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November 3, 1908


Disabilities in Case of Dr. Goddard
Removed by Folk.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., Nov. 2. -- (Special.) Dr. J. D. Goddard of Kansas City, who recently completed a long term in the penitentiary, had his disabilities removed by an order from Governor Folk today. Dr. Goddard was sentenced for twenty years on conviction of murder in second degree. Governor Dockery cut this time to ten years. The doctor was released under this commutation last month. At the penitentiary his medical knowledge was utilized in the hospital, and it is said that he was really on duty night and day. He is now said to be at Pleasant Hill, Mo.

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November 2, 1908


Purpose Is to Provide Home Sur-
roundings for Young Women That
Toil -- Charge is $2.50 a Week.

The doors of the girls' hotel will be thrown open this morning. This enterprise, undertaken by the Council of Women's Clubs of Kansas City, promises to fill a vacancy long felt in this field of work. It is the purpose of the founders of this hotel to provide, at a reasonable rate, a home where the young woman who is alone in the world or compelled by force of circumstances to earn her own livelihood, may feel the pure atmosphere of home life. The hotel is not intended as a house of refuge.

Working girls who can satisfy the board of directors as to their qualifications for entering the hotel family well be kept on a charge of $2.50 a week. The hotel opens this morning with three boarders and the home is in charge of the matron, Mrs. Annie Hall.

"We are looking forward with great hopes for the success of the working girls' hotel," said Mrs. E. L. Chambliss, president of the Council of Women's Clubs. "The building at 900 West Thirteenth street is partly furnished and donations are arriving every day. The merchants have responded generously and within a few days we expect to have everything in smooth working order. We are anxious to make this institution a home where the more sordid things of life may be lost sight of and where high and ennobling ideals may be formed."

A committee has been appointed from among the members of the various women's clubs in the city to solicit monthly subscriptions for the maintenance of this work. Later it is hoped that the hotel may become self-supporting, but at present it must be kept up by those interested in the work.

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November 2, 1908


Bettors Favor County and State Can-
didates - National Choice is Taft.

Local betting in the pool rooms on the result of the election favors the success of the whole Democratic state and county ticket. As between Taft and Bryan, in the national, the former is a strong favorite, bets of three to one on the Republican candidate going without any takers. In one pool room an untaken bet of $3,000 to $1,000 on Taft has been posted so long on the blackboard that it is becoming dim.

So confident of success are the Democrats in the state and county that they are offering bets of two to one on Cowherd.

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November 2, 1908


Youngsters Smuggle Themselves On
Viaduct Under Farm Wagons.

"I had to do somethin' a few days ago that I hated worse'en anything I've done for a long time," said a member of the police force a few days ago. "You know the kids have been just crazy over this roller skatin' business. Course, we try t' let 'em have all the fun they kin, long as they don't bother nobody. A few days ago the people in charge of the intercity viaduct got to complainin' 'bout three kids that managed to git onto the viaduct some way, an' stay out there the livelong day doin' nothin' but skate.

"Well, I couldn't see how that was hurtin' the viaduct, but we got orders to keep the kids off. Well, sir, I laid for them kids for 'bout a week tryin' to catch 'em, but we couldn't find where they got on. We'd put a man at each end an' keep a careful watch, even looked in two or three wagons, but never found no boys. Just the same they'd show up and keep on skatin. I finally give it up, 'cause it didn't amount to much, anyway. Just by accident, two or three days ago I got onto the scheme. You see, the kids git up about Fifth and Minnesota avenue in Kansas City, Kas. They wait till a farm wagon comes along. Then one of 'em sneaks under the wagon, just sits on his skates and is hauled out onto the viaduct. The watchman never thinks of lookin' under the wagon. Of course I had to put a stop to their fun, 'cause orders is orders, but I hated to do it."

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November 2, 1908


First Baptist Oriental Branch is Re-
organized and Fifteen China-
men Are Enrolled.

Chinese of Kansas City will have an opportunity of studying English hereafter, for the Chinese Sunday school of the First Baptist church was reorganized yesterday at the New Casino by H. S. Reardon, official interpreter of the superior court at New York. Mr. Reardon made an address to the scholars in their native tongue, explaining to them that it will henceforth be possible for them to get primary instruction in English before entering upon the more advanced study of the Bible. Heretofore the students had been instructed in English with the scriptures as the text and to the beginners the method was somewhat bewildering, as they did not even know the rudiments of the language. It was something like the situation of an American if he were set to read the works of Confucius in the original without approaching it with a primary course in Chinese.

The officers of the Sunday school are Miss Ruth Stewart, superintendent, and Miss Eva Anderson, assistant, and about fifteen scholars are enrolled.

Kansas City made a very favorable impression on Mr. Reardon, who has seen most of the world's great cities. Besides his experience as a traveler, he is a linguist of accomplishment, speaking English, French, Spanish and Portuguese fluently, in addition to Chinese. He has visited the larger part of Kansas City's Chinese population of which there are about seventy, and stated yesterday that he found conditions unusually satisfactory here. Especially he found a marked absence of gambling and other vices among local Chinamen, and he said that Kansas City was far ahead of other cities in that respect.

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November 1, 1908


Forty-Four Years Ago
Kansas Cityans United
to Tender Him an In-
formal Reception.

Forty-four years ago last week Kansas City was in a turmoil of excitement. Citizens were in arms and daily expecting a raid from General Price. From the meager information that could be secured at the time, and always several days late, General Price was first at Jefferson City and then, a few days later, had left there and was marching West with his entire force.

Obviously, he was headed for Kansas City, the gateway to Kansas. The news brought with it a frenzy of excitement and military and civic authorities joined in a hurried fortification of the city. Bushwackers were still prevalent at that time and were causing considerable trouble. An idea of the general consternation that prevailed may be gained from the files of the Western Journal of Commerce under the date of October 15, 1864. Here are some of the items, most of which relate particularly to military matters:
The governor of Kansas has called out the entire state militia of that state. This is a most wise and necessary step, but it ought to have been done several days sooner.

Telegraphic communication was maintained with Jefferson City yesterday all day. Our forces still hold that place. There had been cannonading all day, some five miles out, at the front we suppose. The longer Price waits there, the less likelihood that he will get away at all. General Rosecrans, we may be sure, is not idle.

The telegraph dispatches to General Curtis show us what danger we are in. Are any efficient measures being taken to prepare for the storm which may suddenly burst upon us? If Kansas City falls, the whole of Kansas is open to devastation. What is done to meet the danger should be done quickly.

We learn that a gang of bushwhackers robbed Mr. Warnel, about four miles from Westport, living close to the state line, night before last. They took his watch, money and all his clothing, even to the coat on his back and his underclothing, also two horses. There were eight in the gang. Other parties were robbed near the same neighborhood.

Captain Greer of the Twelfth Kansas, stationed near Shawnee Mission, immediately sent out a scout in pursuit, who followed them some twenty-five miles, crossing the Blue at Bryan's ford, but were unable to overhaul them. A part of the horses they rode were shod and a part unshod.

We learn that intelligence was received in town yesterday that Price had abandoned Jefferson City and was marching West. Rosecrans, we will venture, is close on his track and he will have to make tracks lively if he escapes. We do not believe Price meditates coming here, but he may send a detachment up this way to make a diversion in his own favor. We should be on the alert for such a movement.

We do not wish to seem to obtrude suggestions upon our city or military authorities, but we are certainly of the opinion that no time should be lost in throwing up rifle pits and breastwork to guard the approaches of this town. If we should have the attack of any considerable body of the enemy to repel, such intrenchments would be most important. The whole experience of the war has shown that behind even hastily constructed intrenchments new troops will fight well and can repulse vastly superior numbers.

We ought not to wait until the enemy are fairly upon us before we attend to this matter. It should be done now. Even if this storm passes over with damage, the intrenchments will be good for the future. The town ought to have been permanently fortified three years ago.

The city presented a purely military aspect yesterday. All places of business were closed early in the day and the men were busily at work on the fortifications. The works are progressing finely, and are already very formidable.

A lot of artillery arrived in town last evening.

Theater - The excitement being somewhat over, the manager will reopen with a splendid bill tonight. Let every one attend, if it is only to get soothed.
Also see: The Battle of Westport, October 23, 1864

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November 1, 1908


Cloroform Saturated Handkerchief
on Face of Naval Seaman.

Bayard Thompson, 26 years old, a seaman, who recently received an honorable discharge from the United States cruiser Louisiana, was found dead in a Pullman car on a Santa Fe passenger train yesterday morning in the Union depot. A bottle of chloroform clasped in his hands and a saturated handkerchief across his face indicated suicide. Seventy-five dollars in money was found in his effects. He was on his way from San Francisco, Cal., to Greensboro, N. C., his old home.

Coroner George B. Thompson viewed the body yesterday afternoon. It lies at Carroll-Davidson's undertaking rooms awaiting word from Thompson's relatives.

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