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February 28, 1909


Emigrant's Infant Daughter Expires
Near Lexington Junction.

On a speeding Santa Fe passenger train near Lexiongon Junction, Mo., yesterday death came to the infant daughter of Mrs. Pupera Vicenyo, an emigrant, en route to Starkville, Col. When Mrs. Vincenyo left Baltimore, Md., last Thursday, the babe, which had been sick for several days, showed signs of improvement, and the trip was undertaken. At St. Louis the child became much worse, and as the train was nearing Lexington Junction the little one expired.

The body was taken in charge on the arrival of the train at Union depot by Santa Fe officials, and arrangements for burial here were made.

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February 28, 1909


Strange Collection Disposed of at
Auction in Federal Building.

An auction sale of articles left during the past year or two in the federal building took place yesterday forenoon in the offices of W. S. Umphrey, assistant custodian of the building. It was a non-descript collection, and there was everything in it, from a Merry Widow hat, model 1907, to a pair of pink pajamas and a case of patent medicine.

A pair of shoes brought the highest price of the sale, at $2.10 Following them, an pair of new canvas golf shoes went for only 10 cents. The wide-brim woman's hat could not be sold at first, but after the other sales it was bid on by a negro at 25 cents. A coat, which had seen about five years' wear, sold for 5 cents.

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February 27, 1909


Wheel Chair Ordered for Admiral,
Who Has Rheumatism.

"Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans will arrive on the Burlington from St. Louis Saturday morning at 7:10. Meet him with a wheel chair and see that he is cared for. He has a severe attack of rheumatism."

This was the order received by Union depot officials last night. "Fighting Bob" is coming to Kansas City to lecture next Tuesday evening at Convention hall under the auspices of the local Young Women's Christian Association on "From Hampton Roads to San Francisco," relating interesting incidents in connection with the cruise of the American battleships during the first leg of their globe-encircling journey.

It was not known here that Admiral Evans was ill until the above instructions were received by the depot authorities. Kansas City business men had planned to have a delegation meet the distinguished visitor and entertain him, but it is probable that his condition will prevent him from taking part in any social functions. It is thought, however, that he will be able to fill his engagement.

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February 27, 1909


Unromantic Parent Foils an Elope-
ment and Intended Marriage.

ST. JOSEPH, MO., Feb. 26. -- An unromantic parent is responsible for an unperformed marriage ceremony here today. As a result, the hearts of Samuel Robinwizt, 19 years old, and Lucille Ward, a year his senior, both of Kansas City, must continue to beat as two, for the time being at least.

She came to St. Joseph, her former home, and young Robinwitz followed her. He, in turn, was followed by his father. The boy was delivered to his fond parent, a merchant, who took him back to Kansas City.

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February 27, 1909


Australian Compares His Own People
With Those of United States.

When L. C. Mordaunt reaches home in Melbourne, Australia, the first of April, he will have completed a trip around the world. He spent last night in Kansas City at the Savoy hotel, and was accompanied by his wife and three children. He has just come from London, where he had gone on business. On his way to London he had gone by way of the Suez canal and the Mediterranean sea.

"I have always wanted to see the United States," he said last night. "I find that the Americans are much like our own people. The same energy and habits characterize both nations."

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February 27, 1909



Mr. Middlebrook Is to Serve Until
the Time When He Can Be Ap-
pointed to Board of Elec-
tion Commissioners.

R. B. Middlebrook and Thomas R. Marks were yesterday appointed by Governor Herbert S. Hadley members of the police board. In making the announcement, the governor gave out the following statement:

"I have offered the positions of police commissioners of Kansas City to R. B. Middlebrook and Thomas R. Marks and they have somewhat reluctantly consented to serve. Neither was an applicant for the position. I have given almost as much time to the selection of police commissioners in Kansas City as to all of my other appointments.

"The question has not been the selecting of two commissioners, but the selection of a commissioner that would meet the requirements of the situation. In my effort to secure such a commissioner I have offered the appointments to R. C. Meservey, D. J. Haff, Henry M. Beardsley, Eugene H. Blake, Clyde Taylor, Thomas H. Reynolds and John H. Thatcher. None of these gentlemen felt that they ought or could accept the position.

"I feel that in Mr. Middlebrook and Mr. Marks, I have finally secured two men who are familiar with the conditions existing in the police department in Kansas City, and know how a good police department ought to be conducted. I feel confident that they will meet my expectations and the requirements of the situation."

Mr. Middlebrook is to serve as police commissioner only until there is a vacancy on the board of election commissioners, when he will be appointed to fill it.

Both of Governor Hadley's appointees to the Kansas City board of police commissioners were of the opinion yesterday that the announcement of any particular brand of reform would be presumptuous as well as premature. Neither was inclined to go into generalities concerning the duties of the members of the board, but even with the short notice on which their appointments were made, each had a number of ideas that promise much in the way of curbing criminal activities.

"I have no swamp-root remedies or sweeping reforms to proclaim," said Thomas R. Marks last night at his office in the First National bank building. "I have a well-imbedded idea that the police service should become one of the military arms of the state, with its efficiency raised to the highest possible degree by the enforcement of discipline and promotion for the men, based on merit alone. It should be the alm of the police department to win the confidence of respectable citizens and not submit to the machinations of a lot of political gangsters.

"It appears to me that the published reports of an epidemic of crime are not exaggerated. Of course, you can't put down crime with a theory, and I hope I'm not a crank on such matters, but it seems to me that the problem can be boiled down to this: Law enforcement."

"Will a chief of police be appointed from within or with the force?" Mr. Marks was asked.

"Personally, I would much prefer that a head of the department be selected from those attached to it, provided a man who can meet the qualifications can be found. On the other hand I should not hesitate to go outside of the force for a chief, if I thought it were for the benefit of the service. This same applies to other appointments to be made by the board./

"Governor Hadley called me up this afternoon and told me I simply must accept the appointment," said Robert R. Middlebrook last night at his residence, 1800 Linwood boulevard. "It could not but militate against good taste for me to make any statement as to reform," Mr. Middlebrook went on. "The trouble with most so-called reformers," he said, "is that they do not preserve the rotundity of the law as they would have it enforced. They vigorously enforce the statutes against certain classes of criminals, while other classes, not so conspicuous perhaps, go unchecked. That is lop-sided reform. I am for a clean, orderly administration, with the explicit understanding that the compensation fixed by law shall be the only remuneration. In other words -- no graft."

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February 27, 1909



Supplied Part of Kansas City With
Water 44 Years Ago, When
There Were No Meters
to Watch.

When a heavily-laden wagon broke through the asphalt paving at the corner of Tenth and McGee streets yesterday afternoon and the rear wheels sank into a hole to the hubs little damage resulted. There was a general outpouring of reminiscences, however, from old-timers who witnessed the accident that made the incident an interesting story, for the hole into which the wheels sank is what remains of a well from which the pioneers of Kansas City obtained their drinking water in the early '70s.

Of the history of the old well, J. F. Spalding, president of the Spalding Commercial college and a pioneer of Kansas City, said:

"That hole is the old well which was sunk by Thomas Smart forty-four years ago. Smart purchased the forty acres of Ninth and Fourteenth streets and laid out an addition to Kansas City. There was a lack of good drinking water on the hill and Colonel Smart dug the well at the corner of Tenth and McGee. It was eighty feet deep and contained the finest of water. The settlers of the new addition used the water from the well for years. Finally it was abandoned and partly filled. Later it was cut down when the hill was graded for the old Tenth street cable line. Still later it was covered with an old stone slab and the pavers went right over it. I had almost forgotten about it until I saw that wagon break through there and then I recalled it at once. It was one of the city's landmarks in her infant days."

The hole caused by the wagon disclosed the walls of the old well. The pavement covering it was not more than three-quarters of an inch thick and the wonder is that it did not give away under heavy traffic before.

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February 26, 1909


Raw Recruit Tried to Bathe in Fed-
eral Building Sink.

"I don't know, I s'pose that feller meant what he said, but how can I get a good wash here unless I get right into it, and how am I going to get in even if he does want me to," ruminated C. L. Johnson, a raw recruit for the navy, in the public wash room in the federal building yesterday.

W. J. Vickery, chief clerk in the postoffice inspector's department, heard Johnson's soliloquy and called in Quartermaster Freese of the recruiting station. When Freese arrived on the scene Johnson was just removing the last articles of his apparel preparatory to the bath he was about to take.

"Now, how do you ever expect a feller to get into that?" exclaimed the recruit, while pointing at the porcelain sink used by the janitors of the building. "I simply can't do it, an' if you want me to take a good wash, I guess I'll have to do it a little at a time. If I did get into it, I could never get out."

By this time an interested group of spectators had gathered, and Johnson concluded to postpone his bath, and hurriedly donned his clothing. Quartermaster Freese explained the situation.

"I told him to go out and take a good wash, so that I could get a record of his finger prints, which we keep on file in our office for reference. I didn't mean for him to take a bath. He'll get all of that that's coming to him when he gets to Mare Island."

Johnson is 18 years old, and said he had parents, but did not know where they were. His physical examination showed far better than the majority of applicants. He was sent to San Francisco, where he will enter the apprentice schools at Mare Island. He said he lived at Anderson, Mo.

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February 26, 1909


Depot Philanthropists Help Mother
and Children.

Speeding today toward Twin Rocks, Pa., where her husband has prepared a home for her and her six little children, Mrs. Eliza Sherwood is thanking from the bottom of her heart Matron Ollie Everingham of the Union depot and kind travelers who enabled her to continue her journey last night.

Mrs. Sherwood, who has been living at Denning, Ark., on her arrival in Kansas City, found that she lacked $8 of having enough money for tickets to the Pennsylvania town. Making a liberal donation herself, Mrs. Everingham appealead to bystanders to make up the deficiency. Willing hands flew to purse pockets, and in a few minutes there was plenty of money for the stranded woman to continue on her way and to feed her hungry offspring while en route.

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February 26, 1909


Dream of a Kansas City Blues Fan.


February 25, 1909


Police Compelled H. B. Wagner to
Stay at a Gypsy Smith Meeting.

H. B. Wagner, 407 Baird building, addressed a communication to the police commissioners yesterday, complaining that he was compelled to sit and listen to Gypsy Smith in Convention hall February 22 against his will. He desired to be informed by what authority the police stationed at the revival meeting refused to allow anyone to leave the building.

The writer stated that Captain John Branham, No. 3 police station, informed him that he was acting under orders of Ex-Mayor Beardsley, and he wanted to be cited to the authority giving anyone the right to take away his constitutional privileges. The board failed to take any action on the complaint.

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February 25, 1909


"Well, Say! What Sort of a Town
Do You T'ink Dis Is?"

Confined for one week in the workhouse, where he was sent on a $500 fine in the municipal court February 18, John Riley, commonly called Riley the "Rat," a well known pickpocket, is "carefully guarded," but not allowed to do any manual labor.

On Tuesday afternoon "the Rat," dressed in the garb of workhouse prisoners, sat in the lobby of the bastile, conversing with his wife. His hands were as smooth and pink as those of any young lady of society. Although the rules regulating the length of time visitors may see prisoners to fifteen minutes are posted upon the walls,, "the Rat" was allowed to sit on a bench and talk to his wife for at least an hour.

When Patrick O'Hearn, the superintendent, was asked if Riley had been put to work, he said he had not.

"It is too cold, and the mud is too deep," the superintendent remarked.

Only in pleasant weather are the inmates, with pulls, allowed to work out their fine for the day.

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February 25, 1909


Hiner's Organization of Thirty-Five
Will Go to Washington.

Hiner's Third Regiment band of thirty-five musicians will accompany the Missouri and Kansas Taft inaugural special train, which will leave Kansas City next Tuesday night for Washington. Yesterday Walter S. Dickey sent his personal check for $200 to Roy S. Davis, treasurer of the train, as Mr. Dickey's contribution towards the engagement of the band, and Mr. Davis says that he promises of equal amounts from many leading Republicans to defray the cost of the musicians.

The train will be composed of six Pullmans, a dining car and a commissary car. Two of the Pullmans will be occupied by Kansas City, Kas., and Kansas state representative men with their wives, and one by citizens of St. Joseph. Three cars have been reserved for Kansas City and people and those living out of state, and the reservations have been about all taken. The cars will be appropriately decorated and the expense for the round trip, including Pullman berths going and coming and while in Washington, is but $48.50.

The train will go over the Alton to St. Louis, and from St. Louis to Washington over the Baltimore & Ohio, reaching Washington at 6:30 on the morning of March 4. Returning, the train leaves Washington at 12:30 a. m. March 6 and reaches Kansas City at 5 p. m. the following day. Tickets are good for side trips to New York and Annapolis.

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February 24, 1909


Stellar Lights of Vaudeville to Ap-
pear Here Next Week.

The famous Orpheum show, under the direction of Martin Beck, arrived yesterday from Denver, accompanied by a carload of scenery and accessories. The show this year is regarded as the finest aggregation of stellar lights in vaudeville that has ever been sent out over the Orpheum circuit. Mr. Beck says that he has spared no expense in assembling this show, and in his opinion it is by far the best that has ever appeared.


February 24, 1909


Pardon and Parole Board Takes Offi-
cial Cognizance of Conditions
at City Hall.

Unsanitary, filled with vermin and a disgrace to the city, are a few of the things said about the holdover at police headquarters in the report of the secretary of the board of pardons and paroles, which report was made on motion of Jacob Billikopf. Frank E. McCrary, the secretary, investigated the condition of the holdover.

The jail for men is situated in the cellar and is a breeding place for disease, the report says. The room in which prisoners are held while waiting for their cases to be called in the municipal court, the report continues, is too small and not well ventilated, the foul air making it very offensive in the court room.

Captain Whitsett is quoted as saying that all prisoners arrested by the uniformed police are only held until the following morning, while those arrested by the detectives, or secret branch, are held longer. One case brought to the attention of the board was that of witnesses against Dr. Harrison Webber, accused of selling cocaine and having $8,000 in fines against him. Dr. Webber is detained in the matron's room, while two witnesses who bought the drug from him are being held in the holdover. They have been there now over twenty days. The three are being held as witnesses against members of a medical company.

While the board admitted its inability to remedy the unsanitary condition of the holdover, they suggested that even public buildings came within the jurisdiction of the tenement commission. The Humane Society will be asked to investigate the sanitary conditions, and, if possible, have them improved.

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February 24, 1909


Wanted More "Dope," His Defense
for Stealing.

After a cocaine debauch which he said cost nearly $400, Richard L. Hayes, a carpenter, who broke into the harness shop of Pearl Martin, 1720 Troost avenue, last Saturday night and stole a blanket, a shovel and a halter, confessed his guilt before Justice Shoemaker yesterday and was sentenced to serve twenty days in the workhouse.

"It was not I that stole the stuff, judge," said Hayes, "it was the 'coke.' I had spent all my money and wanted more of the drug. I am a carpenter and until last week was employed at the county farm. I had not touched a drop of liquor nor used cocaine for more than three months until I came to town last week.

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February 23, 1909



Two Separate Institutions at Denver
for Sufferers of All Races and
Creeds -- First Patient
a Catholic.

Interest in the exhibit of the National Society for the Study and Prevention of Tuberculosis, now going on in the Scarritt building, Ninth street and Grand avenue, under the auspices of the Jackson county society, increases. Yesterday and last night over 3,000 persons attended.

On account of the large attendance at the stereopticon lecture and the discussions by prominent local physicians in the evening, it has become necessary to double the capacity of the lecture hall.

Last night the meeting was under the auspices of the United Jewish Charities, with Rabbi H. H. Mayer in the chair. Rabbi Mayer told his audience what the Jewish people are doing in the fight against the great white plague. He spoke of its ravages among his people, especially in the sweat shops and the poor tenements of New York, where those from foreign lands live and work.

"The National hospital at Denver," he said, "is now managed and maintained wholly by the Jews, yet it is open to the unfortunate of all religions. Only two questions are asked of the applicant -- 'Is the disease in its first stages?' and 'Are you unable to pay for treatment?' It might be interesting to know that the first patient admitted was a Catholic. We have another institution in that city, a hospital for those in the advanced stages of the disease."

Rabbi Mayer then told his hearers that if they knew any person who needed treatment in these institutions to send them to Jacob Billikopf, local superintendent of the Jewish Charities, where they would be examined, classified and placed upon the waiting list for admission.


"Consumption," he said in closing, "is only a symptom of modern civilization. It is a result of modern crowded and herded conditions in the great cities. That was its beginning, and it has spread like a pestilence."

Dr. Jacob Block, who followed Rabbi Mayer and spoke on "The Economic Value of Prevention," agreed that tuberculosis, or consumption,, is a disease of civilization. He then told of the advancement of bacteriology and what it had accomplished in the battle against this and other germ diseases.

W. L. Cosper, in his stereopticon talk last night, informed his audience that the tubercle bacillus, the germ of tuberculosis, is a vegetable germ. It is not a wiggling thing, but has no vitality, is inert and must be raised by dust or other method to get into the system, where it multiplies by dividing. In an hour one germ will become thousands, each doing its amount of damage to the person with the run down system or the unhealthy mucous membrane. A person in good health, he said, will get rid of all kinds of disease germs by his natural resisting powers.


In speaking of tuberculosis in cattle and hogs, Mr. Cosper said that it had been found that about 1 per cent of cattle and 2 per cent of hogs were infected. At the great packing houses, through government inspection, such carcasses are destroyed, but in smaller communities where a butcher kills his own animals there is no inspection. A Nebraska butcher told Mr. Cosper that he had frequently found animals with diseased organs like those he saw at the exhibit. "But I never sold that meat," he said. "I always laid it aside and made sausage from it."

The germ of tuberculosis shown under the microscope is attracting much attention at the exhibit. Germs which cause green and yellow pus, diphtheria, typhoid fever, anthrax and tuberculosis are being cultivated in tubes on what is known as "culture media." Many of them have become so thick that they can be seen with the naked eye -- where there are millions of them. They are safely bottled.

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February 23, 1909


Washington's Birthday Celebration a
Success, as Usual.

Senior Elks took back seats in favor of their little Elklets at the club house yesterday afternoon, when the annual children's party, in celebration of Washington's birthday, was given. Hundreds of the youngsters came, and some of the mothers were there, too.

The programme opened with the singing of "The Star Spangled Banner." Dr. C. J. Morrow made an address on the life of Washington, and entertainment was added with a Punch and Judy show. Dancing and refreshments ended the party.

Miss Glendora Runyan and Chauncey Bowlus were attired as the grown-up Martha and George Washington, while the junior pair were Miss Fleeta Jagodnigg and Master Charles Sweetman were senior and junior Uncle Sams, respectively.

Dr. C. J. Morrow, Oscar Sachs and Thomas P. Watts made up the committee in charge.

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February 23, 1909


Orphan Boy Nearly Starved, Wanted
to See Aunt.

A three weeks' existence in Kansas City with no food except what he was able to beg, was the experience of Henry Weatherby, 13 years old, who started last Monday to walk to Omaha, where an aunt is living. The boy was found near Wolcott, Kas., and was brought to Kansas City yesterday afternoon by John Merrett, foreman of a construction company. He was sent to the Detention home.

"My father died three weeks ago," the little fellow said. "He was a stationary engineer, and we had been in Kansas City about six weeks, when he took sick with pneumonia. We were living at Sixth street and Forest avenue, and had come from Omaha, where my mother died eight years ago. I started to attend the Woodland school, but had to stop when my father got sick.

"After his death there wasn't any money left, and I've been trying to live without letting the boys know I was in so much trouble. I tried to get work, but couldn't and at last I decided to start for Omaha. Two or three times I went over a day without anything to eat.

"Yesterday morning I started out on my journey, and was able to get as far as Wolcott, when it got dark. I was glad when I found the construction gang's boat on the river, and they took me on board and gave me something to eat."

The boy was in tears during the recital of his troubles, and no one doubted his story. Dr. E. L. Mathias of the Detention home will communicate with the boy's aunt today.

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February 22, 1909


Dish of Breakfast Food and Fruit
Their Daily Ration.

In the interest of science two athletes at the University of Missouri are living on a small dish of breakfast food and a little fruit for their daily ration. The experiment began on December 19 and the men have each gained ten pounds in weight, although their waist lines have been reduced. They declare that they feel both younger and stronger.

Both men are athletes of more than local reputation. Dorset V. Graves, known as "Tubby," played tackle four years on the football team and was the mainstay of the eleven. He is also a baseball player. Frank L. Williams, known as "Red" Williams, played on the football team for two years and also with the baseball nine. Graves is president of the senior class and a member of the Quo Vadis Club, an organization of student hoboes.

The experiment is being conducted under the auspices of the university by Dr. R. B. Gibson, instructor in chemistry. The men intend to fast until April 1.

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February 22, 1909


Signor di Vazquez Says Nice Things
About the United States.

That the finest horses and cattle in the world are to be procured in the United States is the assertion of Arturo LaTour di Vazquez, a Mexican mining expert and cattle buyer of Mexico City, now at the Blossom house. with him is Dorocco Fernandez, whose card bears the inscription of "dealer and importer of pure live stock."

"Mexico is one of the best customers that this country has," said Signor di Vazquez. Annually we import nearly $50,000,000 worth of cattle and grain from this country to ours. But American tourists in Mexico also spend great sums of money there. It may be that one will equal the other.

"Another thing you may not know is that Americans pay taxes in my country on nearly $800,000,000 of property."

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February 22, 1909


Dr. E. G. Davis Thinks He Was
Robbed of $50 While Leaving
Gypsy Smith Meeting.

Kansas City's light-fingered brigade switched its field of operation last night from crowded street cars to the Gypsy Smith revival meeting at Convention hall. Dr. E. G. Davis of 228 North Seventeenth street, Kansas City, Kas., was the victim. So cleverly was the job done that Dr. Davis did not discover his loss until he reached home after the meeting. He remembered of having been jostled in the crowd as he left the big hall and he is satisfied that it was there that he was separated from his pocketbook containing $50 in currency.

"There was the usual jam at the close of the meeting," said the doctor, in reporting his loss to the Kansas City, Kas., police, 'but I never suspected that pick-pockets would dare apply their trade at the big revival meeting, hence I took the jostling in the best of humor. I am positive that the theft was committed in the hall, as I walked direct to Main street and boarded a viaduct car for home."

Dr. Davis's pocketbook was in his right hip pocket. Besides the money the purse contained some private papers.

The car on which he rode home was not crowded.

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February 21, 1909


A Mill, A Bicycle and a Pair of Feet
to Do the Trick.

A combination exerciser and coffee grinder is the latest product of the inventive genius of Curtis F. Smith, a Kansas City, Kas., grocer. On the rear porch of the grocery store at 2063 North Thirteenth street, Kansas City, Kas., a large coffee mill is connected by a belt with a bicycle which is propped up so as to act upon the principle of a treadmill.

When the Saturday orders are in, a small boy takes his stand by the coffee mill prepared to pour the coffee into the hopper. Mr. Smith mounts the bicycle and beginning slowly as though climbing a steep hill, he gradually increases his speed and bends low over the handle bars until the wheels of the bicycle and the coffee mill fairly hum. The Saturday coffee is ground in a jiffy.

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February 21, 1909


Lincoln's Stranded Friend Gets Start
Towards Springfield.

Ely Strode, 86 years of age, who was stranded in Kansas City for several days on account of thieves stealing his wallet, overcoat and trunk between Lyons, Kas., and Kansas City left yesterday morning for Brunswick, Mo. The man, who is a retired farmer, was on his way to visit relatives in Springfield, Ill., and take part in the Lincoln anniversary ceremony there. He was a personal friend and neighbor of Lincoln before the civil war. Strode succeeded in raising enough money here to pay his car fare to Brunswick, Mo., where he said he believed an old friend of his was living. It was his intention to seek this friend and borrow sufficient funds to continue his journey to Springfield.

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February 21, 1909


Only Few Departments of Postoffice
Open Tomorrow -- One Delivery.

Tomorrow is Washington's birthday and the schedule at the postoffice will be changed accordingly. All carriers will make one full delivery, leaving the postoffice and substations at 8:15. Three collections will be made in the business districts, at 7 a. m., 2 p. m. and 6 p. m.

The money order division will be closed all day, but Uncle Sam's nieces and nephews can buy all the stamps they want any time in the day. The general delivery window will be opened all day, but the inquiry department and registry division will only do business from 8 to 11 o'clock in the morning.

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February 21, 1909


Man Who Tried to Extort $7,000
From L. M. Jones Gets the
Maximum Sentence.

Assuring the court that he had no intention of harming anyone, Robert Bledsoe, aka C. H. Garnett, who tried to extort $7,000 from Lawrence M. Jones last Tuesday, pleaded guilty to attempted robbery in the criminal court. Judge Ralph S. Latshaw sentenced him to thirty years in the penitentiary. The law makes the minimum sentence for this offense two years, but leaves the maximum to the discretion of the court. It means a life sentence for Bledsoe, who already is nearing middle age.

Only a few chairs held spectators when Mr. Jones stepped into the court room and took a seat. Judge Latshaw, after Bledsoe had pleaded guilty but before he had been sentenced, asked Mr. Jones to tell the story of the attempted robbery.

"I want to get at the degree of the guilt of this man," said the court.

Mr. Jones retold the morning's happenings, saying that he heard Bledsoe say he could not understand why the infernal machine had not exploded. "There must have been too much powder in it," said Mr. Jones.

Bledsoe told the court he had not meant to harm anyone. He said he had no confederates, but planned and executed the holdup alone. Questioning from the court brought out the fact that Bledsoe hailed from Dallas, Tex.; that he had seven years of schooling; that he had abandoned his wife six years ago, and that he had not heard from his mother in four years. He had gone to San Francisco to make a home for his family, he said, when he received a letter which induced him never to go home again.

At the sentencing, he had no reason to give why he should not be punished. Looking at Mr. Jones, who sat twenty-five feet distant, he obeyed the call of the deputy marshal who took him back to jail.

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February 20, 1909


First Chemical Test Shows Satisfac-
tory Results.

It takes three days for Dr. W. M. Cross, city chemist, to make a complete and satisfactory analysis of the city's supply of water from the Missouri river. At a meeting of the fire and water board Thursday the chemist was directed to submit a daily analysis of the water to the water department, and this morning he will furnish data of an analysis of the water taken from the river and settling basins three days ago.

"The analysis is very satisfactory," said Dr. Cross yesterday. "There are no typhoid germs visible, and the water is in very good shape for this time of the year. Owing to the many complaints made of the hardness of the water, which his due to the clarifying of it with alum, I may recommend the discontinuance of alum and the substitution of iron and lime. The later softens the water, and iron is splendid as a coagulant."

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February 20, 1909


First Negro Lobbyist in the
State of Missouri.

JEFFERSON CITY, MO., Feb. 19. -- Dr. T. C. Unthank, a negro of Kansas City, is the first Afro-American to sign the book of "legislative visitations." He registered to day as a "lobbyist" for the measure of seeking to establish a state reformator for incorrigible negro girls.

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February 20, 1909


Mass Meeting in Kansas City Sunday
to Voice Opposition.

JEFFERSON CITY, Feb. 19. -- A row is brewing here over the several bills which have been introduced to establish a public printing plant in the penitentiary. Charles W. Fear, legislative agent for one of the trade unions is sowing the senate and house with copies of a Journal editorial of two days ago condemning the plan to have convicts print the textbooks for Missouri school children.

"We are not opposed to the state making the convicts work, and we are in favor of the state teaching these men trades, but we are opposed to one particular industry having to bear the brunt of the proposed new system. It will be a crime to attack the printer in this way."

A mass meeting has been called for Kansas City on Sunday to protest against the enactment of a bill introduced by Representative Coakley of Kansas City.

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February 20, 1909


Back East They're Inclined to Make
Fun of Kansas City.

"Kansas City's promised union passenger station not only is a national issue, but a great joke in the East and South," observed R. H. Willilams of the board of public works, yesterday. Mr. Williams is just back from Washington, Baltimore, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Indianapolis, and inall these places he says he was asked how Kansas City is coming along with its union passenger station.

"Last Friday I tendered my personal check drawn on a Kansas City bank in payment of my bill at the Waldorf in New York, and as I passed the check over to the clerk there was a merry twinkle in his eye as he remarked, 'This will be honored before the union passenger station is built, I presume."

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February 20, 1909


Public Display Made of First Install-
ment of Twelve.

"H. & H. B."

Twelve newly painted red wagons, bearing the foregoing inscription and driven by men dressed in white canvas clothes, attracted more than ordinary attention as they paraded through the street yesterday afternoon. Many guesses were made as to the meaning of the "H. & H. B.," but those who guessed that it meant "Hospital and Health Board" had it right. It was a parade of the first installment of about forty new wagons which will collect the garbage of the city. J. I. Boyer, the contractor, had charge of the wagons and, therefore, was the marshal of the day, the man who wears a red sash and rides a skittish horse. Mr. Boyer rode a red wagon yesterday, however.

Each wagon is equipped with a tank made of boiler steel in which there are no rivets and no chance for leakage. As fast as a wagon is loaded it will be driven to a spur track on the Belt Line railway, where the tank will be transferred to a waiting car and an empty tank put on the wagon in its place. The garbage is then hauled eight miles into the country. Each tank is thoroughly scalded before it is returned to the city, scalded before it is returned to the city.

"Garbage will be collected in the downtown district before 8 o'clock each morning, winter and summer," said Mr. Boyer yesterday. "In the residence districts there will be three collections a week in summer and two in winter." At present Mr. Boyer has been compelled to use some of the old-style wagons, but he is placing the new ones in commission as fast as possible. They are new in every respect. The steel tanks are built so that there can be no dropping of garbage along the way, and there are trap doors to keep the odor from escaping.

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February 19, 1909


Evangelist Also Tells of His
Early Life in a No-
mad Camp.
Gypsy Smith, Evangelist at Convention Hall

"Not nostrums of the earth, but the blood of the Christ, and Him crucified, will cleanse the soul of its sin. Jesus walked abroad with his disciples and behold, a great multitude gathered. And there was one woman who was old and afflicted, and who had seen many doctors and no doubt had taken many drugs and patent medicines of the day, who was in that crowd listening with hope in her heart that she might be cured."

As the great crowd at Convention hall last night looked up from listening to an eloquent prayer by the Rev. S. M. Neel it was to be greeted with a tale of another multitude that had come to witness Christ when He walked and talked among men. The evangelist, Gypsy Smith, chose the same topic for his sermon as on Wednesday night. It was from Mark, fifth chapter and thirtieth verse.


"My father could not read or write, but he had faith," said he. "I say he had faith and I will add that he could pray and sing. Of a cold winter night after the humble meal was cooked and we had gathered about the campfire in the ragged tent, father would say to his family of six: 'Now let us sing His praise.' And we would sing, every one with his stout voice until the woods rang.

"I recollect that people walking past would stop a moment and listen to that hymn service and finally draw nearer and nearer until standing on the skirts of the camp. They could look within and see us at devotion."

At the conclusion of last night's meeting over 500 men and women stood up and signified their willingness to become Christians. When the last song was sung these were conducted to the inquiry room in the rear of the hall.

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February 19, 1909



More Than 2,000 Persons Attend
on Opening Day -- Kansas Univer-
sity Medical Department
Well Represented.

The exhibit of the National Society for the Prevention of Tuberculosis opened in the Scarritt building, Ninth street and Grand avenue, yesterday and will continue for two weeks under the auspices of the Jackson county society. W. L. Cosper, who has charge of the exhibit, said last night that in the matter of first day's attendance, Kansas City had broken all records, over 2,000 people visiting it yesterday afternoon and evening.

While the rooms were opened to the public during the afternoon, the exhibit was opened formally last night by Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., who made a short address.

The mayor said that before many weeks model play grounds for children would be completed here. That, he said, is a step toward health and happiness. He told the audience that the city had voted $20,000 of bonds for the erection of a tuberculosis sanitarium on the hills east of the city, and the building of bungalows there for the convalescent. He also told of the work of the tenement board, and said said that its members, all busy citizens, should be thanked for giving their time and labor to the city for nothing. The mayor also stated that his hospital and health board was now strictly enforcing the spitting ordinance, which had long been neglected.


"If a policeman yanks you down to the station for spitting on a street car," he said, "don't lose your temper. He is only doing his duty, and you must agree that it is right."

Frank P. Walsh, president of the Jackson county society, presided. In the absence of Dr. W. S. Wheeler, health commissioner, he introduced E. W. Schauffler, who told what tuberculosis is, and how it may be cured if taken in time.

"It is contracted," he said, "generally in inhaling the germ which is blown into your face with the dust of the street, in the workshop or at the room. It is often introduced through food and sometimes by contact. It always produces death of tissue or bone. Three things are essential for its cure -- pure air, sunshine and good food."

The doctor said that "the American people are the greatest spitters in the globe, possibly made so from the tobacco chewing habit."

On account of the breaking of a lense Mr. Cosper was unable last night to give the steropticon lecture. Tonight, however, and every night for the next two weeks, views will be shown and prominent physicians will speak.

The meeting today will be in charge of the tenement commission. Walter C. Root, chairman, will speak on housing conditions in Kansas City, and the inception and spread of tuberculosis. Dr. Oh. H. Duck will speak in the evening. It is expected that Dr. McGee of Topeka, Kas., may be here with his stereopticon lecture on tuberculosis.


That the exhibit alone, without the lectures, has begun to bear fruit, was shown by a little incident yesterday afternoon. Two men emerged from the room talking. One of them cleared his throat and was just in the act of expectorating on the sidewalk when he stopped.

"I guess I'll spit in the gutter after this," he said to his friend, "I've just learned something."

The University of Kansas, Rosedale, has several interesting specimens on view, such as tuberculosis glands, kidneys, hearts, etc. One jar shows a healthy lung, another the organ after being attacked by tuberculosis, and a third jar of a lung which had been affected and later cured of the disease.

A physician from the school explained the exhibit last night. In his pocket he carried a small tube in which he said "are as many tubercle bacilli, the germ which causes tuberculosis, as there are sands in the sea."

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February 19, 1909


Was Married to Mrs. Florence Ma-
hannah in St. Joseph.

J. C. Altman and Mrs. Florence Mahannah slipped quietly away from friends and family, took a morning train for St. Joseph and were married, although the banns had been announced and Easter was set as the day for the wedding. Mr. Altman is the proprietor of the Altman Shoe Company at Eleventh and Walnut streets, and his bride was formerly employed at the Klein Jewelry Company, 1119 Main street.

The couple arrived in St. Joseph about noon time and proceeded directly to the court house where they secured the license. From there they went to St. Joseph's cathedral, where the ceremony was performed by Father Malloon. Mrs. Lou Harper, a sister of the bride, was present and W. X. Donovan of St. Joseph acted as best man. Mr. and Mrs. Altman will make their home at 1231 Holmes street. They returned to Kansas City late last night.

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February 18, 1909


Dr. Shirk's Runabout Is Damaged at
Missouri and Grand.

When Dr. William Shirk's motor run-about collided with a Westport car at Missouri and Grand avenues shortly before 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon, the automobile proved the chief sufferer. Two wheels were smashed. Nobody was hurt.

The motor car, with Dr. Shirk, who has an office in the Commerce building, and Dr. G. A. Graham of 1101 East Eighth street, was eastward bound on Missouri avenue. A car had just passed going south on Grand. Dr. Shirk, as he explained afterwards, was of the impression that street cars did not run north on Grand at that intersection. So, when the southbound car had cleared the crossing, he made the dash for it, only to be caught by the Westport car.

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February 18, 1909


Are Not Allowed Priveleges of Gen-
eral Hospital Clinics.

Denying recent published statements connecting homeopathic physicians and members of the faculty of the Hehnemann School of Medicine at Tenth street and Troost avenue with the general hospital investigation, Dr. William E. Cramer, dean of the college and chairman of the local association of homeopathic physicians, declared yesterday that they had no part in the general hospital controversy. Both the college and the local association deny positively any connection with the specific charges brought by members of the Modern Woodmen.

Dr. Cramer said yesterday: "We have nothing whatever to do with the charges brought from other sources against the general hospital staff or the individual physicians regularly employed there or connected with the institution.

Dr. Cramer declared that to Kansas City the courtesy of holding clinics in the public hospitals had been denied Homeopathists. He said:

"For twenty-one years we had the privileges of surgical clinics at the general hospital. Our students were permitted to witness these clinics, and paid the customary fee into the city treasury.

"However, since the new hospital and health board was appointed we have been denied these surgical clinics at the general hospital, although repeated attempts have been made to get them.
At the same time the courtesy is extended to the medical department of the University of Kansas at Rosedale. The Kansas students are allowed to come into Kansas City when we citizens and taxpayers are denied.

"There is not one Homeopathic interne or Homeopathic physician regularly employed int he institution."

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February 18, 1909



Investigation by Secretary of State
Board of Health Shows Condi-
tion to Be Serious -- Twen-
ty New Cases.

LIBERTY, MO., Feb. 17. -- Twenty new cases of smallpox; six more residences quarantined; four fraternity houses under quarantine; high school, ward schools, churches, skating rink and theaters ordered closed; house-to-house canvass to be made, and all suspected places placed under temporary quarantine; outgoing mail from quarantined places refused at postoffice; laundry work from William Jewell college refused and students now doing their own washing.

Briefly, this is the smallpox situation here tonight.

Under orders from Governor Herbert S. Hadley, Dr. J. A. B. Adcock of Warrensburg, Mo., secretary of the state board of health, came here today and investigated, it having been alleged that in reality students and citizens were suffering from an aggravated form of chickenpox. When Dr. Adcock arrived he held a conference with Dr. F. W. Matthews, county member of the state board, Dr. Bert Maltby, city physician, and Mayor C. F. Murray.

The William Jewell gymnasium, which is being used as a pesthouse, was visited, and the smallpox diagnosis in every case was confirmed.


The Swan Laundry Company of Liberty, the only one here, refused bundles from the gymnasium today, even though thoroughly fumigated. The boys are washing their clothes in the bathrooms.

A. Z. York is a painter and paper-hanger, at whose wife's boarding house the initial case of smallpox was discovered. It was learned that he, too, had developed the disease, and his home was promptly quarantined.

The disease was discovered in six more residences today and the houses quarantined. The four fraternity houses here also were placed under quarantine. At the Sigma Nu chapter house Dr. Adcock examined ten students and found that eight had the disease.

Drs. Adcock, Maltby and Hooser visited four places in two hours and there discovered twenty cases of smallpox that had not been reported. Eleven of the new cases are students and nine are citizens. Five had just broken out yesterday and today.

Following the investigation, a meeting of physicians and citizens was called by Mayor Murray.

Dr. Adcock suggested the immediate closing of the high school, all of the ward schools, all churches, the skating rink and the theaters. All these places will remain closed until the city physician and his assistant raise the quarantine.

Tomorrow Drs. Maltby and Hooser will begin a house to house canvass of the entire town. The physicians are of the opinion that the college may be able to open in two weeks. After tonight the postoffice here will refuse all mail from quarantined places.

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February 17, 1909





Intruder Planned to Kidnap Mr.
Jones and Hold Him for
Ransom in Indepen-

A desperate man, armed with a pistol and a dynamite bomb, was overpowered by Lawrence M. Jones, president of the Jones Bros. Dry Goods Company, outside of his home after being held hostage with his wife and son at gunpoint in the library of his home yesterday morning. The man, who gave his name as C. H. Garrett, had demanded $7,000 and says he had intended to hold Mr. Jones for ransom.

Garnett, who is about 40 years old, appeared at the Jones home shortly before 8 o'clock and asked for Mr. Jones. Upon being told that Mr. Jones was eating his breakfast, the man, calling himself Mr. Jones, asked to wait in the hall. Five minutes later L. M. Jones appeared. Garnett introduced himself as Mr. Jones from Grand Island, Neb., and L. M. Jones shook hands with him and asked the man what he could do for him. Garnett said he wanted a private interview. Upon inquiring about the nature of the interview, Garnett informed Mr. Jones that he was in possession of a couple of letters that pertained to his son. Mr. Jones escorted the stranger to his library. Upon entering the library Mr. Jones was confronted by the intruder's pistol and ordered to be seated. The visitor then drew from under his overcoat a dynamite bomb, and explained that unless Mr. Jones gave him $7,000 he would immediately blow up the both of them.

In an endeavor to calm the man Mr. Jones talked with him over half an hour. Mrs. Jones, feeling apprehensive on account of her husband's long interview, entered the library at this point. The intruder ordered her to be seated and the conversation was resumed. Chester L. Jones, Secretary of the Jones Company, a son, followed his mother into the library and was ordered to be seated.


Mrs. Jones pleaded with the intruder, "Please put the pistol down." The intruder then opened the grip and showed the Joneses the contents, ten or twelve sticks of dynamite and a like number of dynamite caps along with ten feet of fuse and a pound of gun powder. Mrs. Jones became very excited after looking into the grip as did Mr. Jones, though he was not as demonstrative as his wife. There was a good deal of talking then, with Mr. and Mrs. Jones trying to reason with the intruder, insisting that they only had $500 in the house and offering to give the man the money without repercussions. Garnett refused to listen and repeatedly threatened to blow them all up.

Mr. Jones then suggested that as he did not have the necessary funds in the house the man should accompany him to the bank. This was agreed to. "And incidentally," Garnett said to Mrs. Jones, "I am going to take your husband with me for a day. In the morning you will get a letter from me telling where he is kept prisoner. You can go let him loose, then."

"If you take Mr. Jones you take me too. Get ready to take care of two instead of one."

"Well, I will take your son then."

"That will make no difference. I go with either."

"That will be all right, then, if you want to."

By that time it was 10:30, and Mr. Jones's automobile was ready to take the party to the Jones store for the money. The party was marched downstairs, Chester Jones leading, followed by Garnett. Mr. and Mrs. Jones brought up the rear.


The walks were very slippery, and Mr. Jones noted the fact. As Garnett poised himself on one foot, ready to step down the stone steps to the walk, Mr. Jones threw himself upon the bandit, pinioning his arms to his side.

Mrs. Jones called her son to help his father. The chauffeur jumped from the machine to help. But before either of them could reach the struggling men, Garnett had risen to his knees. His right hand grasped the revolver, which he slipped into his coat pocket, and he was wheeling it upon Mr. Jones. At that moment Chester Jones flung himself upon Garnett and placed his hand over the bandit's upon the revolver. The descending hammer fell upon Chester Jones's finger, tearing the glove. In such a manner Mr. Jones's life probably was saved.

Then Chester Jones slipped the cord from Garnett's wrist, and Mrs. Jones captured the valise and its contents. He was quickly overpowered and held until the police from No. 6 police station arrived. All that the prisoner would say at the Jones home after his capture, was that Mr. Jones had a "mighty plucky wife."


During the two hours and a half that the bandit was in the Jones home, Abbie Jones, a 19-0year old daughter, with a friend, Mary Woods, were in a room just across the hall. They did not know that anything unusual was going on in the house. Servants also went about the house in total ignorance of the near-tragedy being enacted in the library.

Mr. Jones and his son went to work as soon as the bandit had been turned over to the police. Just what Mrs. Jones thinks of the affair is expressed in her exclamation:

"Did you ever hear of anything like that in a civilized country?"


About 6 o'clock last night J. H. Dyer and George Hicks, plain clothes policemen from No. 6 station, arrived from Independence, Mo., where they had gone to investigate the house where Garnett said he had reconstructed a clothes closet for the purpose of holding Mr. Jones upon his capture, at 313 West Linden avenue. The house is several hundred feet from any other residence and is rather sinister and dilapidated in appearance.

They brought with them four chains, each with a padlock, and four large wood screws. Two of the chains had been fastened by means of the screws to the floor, the other two to the wall of the closet four feet from the floor. A small seat had been fashioned out of one of the closet shelves, eighteen inches from the floor. The door leading into the closet could be closed until the tiny apartment, three feet wide and three feet nine inches long, would become airtight.

When Captain Casey displayed the chains to Garnett he looked taken aback but readily admitted they formed part of his device for extracting money from millionaires.

"Some of the neighbors to the house where these chains were in Independence claim that another man was seen about the place with you. I have three witnesses who can swear they saw you with another man. Was he your brother?"

"I have nothing to say," answered Garnett, but some of the witnesses to the scene thought he looked nonplused and hesitated in answering the question.

In Captain Casey's office of No. 6 police station Norman Woodson, assistant county prosecutor, "sweated" Garnett for five consecutive hours. Many of the statements he made to the assistant prosecutor, including his name, will not be relied upon by the police until something more defininte than his word concerning them is found.

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February 17, 1909


Cheer Up, Ahern's New Order Fixes
Police will be seen occasionally.

Numerous complaints come to Chief of Police Ahern from citizens that they never see a policeman in the vicinity of their homes. To enable the residents to obtain a glimpse of the blue coats, the chief issued a special order yesterday which is as follows:

To Commanding Officers: -- You will hereafter have the officers under your command, while walking their beats, to change their routes several times during the day or night and not walk the same street all the time. In many sections of the city citizens complain that they have never seen a policeman, for the reason that the officers usually walk to and from their boxes on the same street or streets. Have this mode changed so that people can see them occasionally. You will have this matter arranged as you may think best. DANIEL AHERN, Chief of Police.

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February 17, 1909



Cruel Treatment Alleged in Affida-
vits Read Before Council -- Com-
mittee Is Appointed to
Sift Complaints.

The lower house on the council last night named Alderman W. P. Woolf, C. J. Gilman and J. G. Lapp to a committee to investigate charges of inhumane treatment towards patients at the new general hospital.

The investigation was made upon the request of Alderman Darious Brown, who read a number of affidavits said to have been signed by patients.

Alderman Miles Bulger openly asserted that the move was a political one to embarrass the administration.

"I do not believe that Alderman Brown is any more sincere in this than he has been with his moves for a gas pressure regulation," declared Bulger.

Alderman brown denied with emphasis the charge of insincerity in wanting the alleged cruelties investigated. He added that it was impossible for him to believe that the prominent men comprising the health and hospital board would want such aspersions cast upon their management of the institution without having to falsity or correctness of them established.


Affidavits outlining complaints of patients who claimed to have been abused were read by Mr. Brown.

F. A. Wolf, 4237 Tracy, was taken to the hospital December 1, he affirmed, suffering from a nervous complaint, but declares the house physicians said he had a hernia and should be operated on. He says he fought being taken to the operating room and succeeded in escaping an operation until his wife could be communicated with. She called Dr. Charles E. Allen, the family physician, and Wolf was removed to Wesley hospital.

Wolf charges cruelty to other patients, declaring he had seen a patient whipped with a leather strap for asking for something to eat after regular meal hours, and had seen a man suffering from pneumonia die after being forced into a tub filled with cold water.


Wolf claims to be a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, and a local lodge of the order is supporting him in his charges.

Frank E. Jefferson made affidavit that on October 22 he underwent an operation at the hospital, and the incision was not dressed until the 25th. Later he was moved to Hahneman Medical college.

Arthur Slim, a brick layer, declared that while he was in the hospital with an ulcerated leg and suffering much pain, a doctor ordered him to the kitchen to work. He replied "that if he had to work, he might as well be laying brick."


Then the doctor repeated his order that Slim must either work in the kitchen or leave. Slim says he left, and limped to the emergency hospital and asked they physicians there to dress his sore leg. They refused, he avers, because he had left the general hospital.

Then Slim went to the University hospital, where his leg was dressed, and he was ordered back to the general hospital.

"December 23 I went back to the hospital," claims Slim, "and when the doctor saw me, he told others he would 'fix' me. He poured a quart bottle of acid over my sore leg."


Signor Friscoe was a trapeze performer. He swears that on January 16, 1909, he fell from a trapeze at the Hippodrome, breaking five ribs and paralyzing his lower limbs. He complains that he was roughly handled both in the ambulance and at the hospital, and that when he asked to be allowed to communicate with the Benevolent Order of Eagles, of which he is a member, his request was denied. Finally, he got into communication with officials of the Kansas City aerie, and was removed to another hospital.

W. O. Cardwell asserts that Walter Gessley died at the hospital, and that a doctor refused to state the cause of death or furnish a death certificate until he was paid $2.

An attack on the hospital management came up in a different form in the upper house of the council. The board asked for authority to spend $5,000 for surgical instruments, an X-ray machine and fitting up a laboratory.


Dr. J. Park Neal, house surgeon at the general hospital, said last night:

"Neither I nor any member of the hospital staff care to deny the charges made against the hospital. We simply ignore them. They are too absurd to make a denial necessary."

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February 16, 1909



Student Who Dared Germs to Catch
Him Placed in Solitary Con-
finement -- Now for

Smallpox is still raging at William Jewell college, and The Journal's correspondent, the only vaccinated newspaper man in Liberty, and the only correspondent woh is right at the seat of war, or, to be more exact, right in the pest house, got busy last night nad sent a startling story via fumigated long distance telephone, the only fumigated long distance telephone in the world.

Readers of The Journal need have no fear in reading this column, as all type is sterilized before going to the press room.

"Hello! Is this Liberty?" said the Kansas City Journal's smallpox expert at the Kansas City end.

"That's the name of the town," said The Journal's vaccinated staff correspondent, "but technically speaking, this is not Liberty, not Independence, either. This is the quarantine station."

"Good. How is everything at the pesthouse?


"Well, the neighbors are doing about as well as could be expected. The big news? Hold your ear close to the 'phone.

"The detective bureau got busy today and achieved two distinct victories. Landed the fellow who brought the malady back here after the holidays. Name, Sanford E. Tilton, residence, Allendale, Mo. Came back to college January 5. Showed symptoms on January 17 and on January 23 purchased a pair of eye-glasses."

"What's the significance of the eye-glasses? Wanted to see his finish?"

"No, sore eyes is one of hte earlier symptoms of smallpox. Investigation by our expert sleuths disclosed the fact that the suspect had purchased the eye-glasses after a few days' confinement. Doc, the family physician out here, rounded him up today and we wrung a complete confession out of him. He's not dangerous, but we have him with us. He likes it, too. No doubt that he's the fellow. He sat right next to one of the other fellows who was one of the smallpox pioneers.


"Yes, another one. Put down this name. Henry Weber, home, St. Louis, admitted to the bar, but still studying. Wanted to catch the smallpox. Came down here when Doc was taking his morning constitutional, crept inside and dared the pox to attack him. Made his getaway.

"What happened?"

"Hold your breath. Doc got indignant, went to the fellow's room, locked him in and announced that he is to be kept in solitary confinement for one week."

"What's that, feed? O, yes. They're feeding him through a crack."

"Had another recruit today. He plays first cornet and when he was brought in he was immediately assigned to the orchestral quarters. lays well and the band concert today showed great improvement. Don't wish anyone any bad luck, but we did need a first cornet.


"Basketball was cancelled today and the warmest exercise was the antiseptic bath. This is to be a daily feature until the official fumigation, which is to be inaugurated next Thursday.

"Feature of the band concert for Thursday morning will be 'Hot Time in Old Town Tonight' and 'Smoke Up Some More."

"School will positively reopen next Monday, and Doc (don't forget to mention Doc Hooser's name, he's a D. D. and an M. D. and a real fellow) thinks we'll all be at liberty, literally as well as geographically, by the end of the week. And, by the way, twenty students beat it out of town when the smallpox was first discovered and went home, but that's all been fixed. They're all in a little quarantine of their own at the instigation of the local college officials, who notified the police in the towns where these fellows live to keep 'em confined.

"The first band number is about on. So long."

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February 16, 1909

WITH 12,000 AT HALL.


Persons Who Practice Religion Only
on Sunday Charactarized as
Walking Frauds -- Cen-
sure for Parents.

With the choir of 1,000 voices softly singing "Won't You Come," and Gypsy Smith, pleading, beseeching, urging them to come, more than 500 persons stood up and professed the faith and followed the ushers into the "inquiry room" at Convention hall last night. Despite the inclement weather, it was estimated that more than 12,000 persons attended last night's meeting.

Rev. H. D. Baily of the Central Presbyterian church announced that only $400 had been taken in the collection at the first meeting Sunday night, and contrasted this with the showing made at St. Louis on the evangelist's first night there, when $1,000 was given. He said "that poor St. Louis should be ahead of Kansas City is deplorable. Let us get together, and let's make a record here tonight. Let us beat St. Louis."

Gypsy Smith followed, declaring that he was not going to say anything about the money, and launched at once into the subject, "Following Jesus." "Are you following Jesus?" he asked. "Are you doing as He would have done, as He did?"


"There are some of us who think that to attend the church once on Sunday is sufficient for the whole week, and these same people call themselves Christians. These walking frauds are the churches' greatest curse. You needn't wear a badge if you are a Christian."

"If I were your minister it would make little difference to me whether you were this or that, you would be obliged to be born again to have a place in my church. You may be a Sunday school teacher, or a superintendent, but you wouldn't be if I were your minister."

The evangelist went into a dissertation on the subject of the examples set their children by the majority of parents. He declared that the example of most of them was sending their children to Sunday school, and if not staying away from church entirely, a perfunctory attendance at the morning service sufficed.

"Mothers and fathers, I say to you that inconsistencies like this will not bring your children to love you and reverence you, and to fear God as they should, but it will make them despise you, despise you. I say it again, despise you.

"The Lord said 'suffer little children to come unto Me,' but this kind of parent are not apt to add a word. They say suffer little children not to come unto me, and if they do come, you don't want them.


"How hard a matter it is to get teachers in the Sunday schools. They do not want the little children to come unto them, and yet they think they are following Jesus. I want to ask every teacher and superintendent here if this is not true. Isn't it?"

A feeble response came from the audience.

Gypsy Smith insisted, "Don't you have trouble to get teachers; don't you speak up?"

To this a rousing "Yes" went up, and the audience laughed.

"This is no laughing matter," the speaker indignantly asserted. "If I have only succeeded in touching the giggles in you, I am ashamed.. You who laugh are shallow, and the shallows in your lives will always show when you laugh on an occasion like this.

"Don't call yourselves Christians and say that you are following Jesus unless you are doing what Jesus did, giving your heart's blood if necessary for His sake. That is following Jesus."


He asked how many had gone out in the morning and knocked on someone's door, and asked, when it was answered, if Christ was a member of that household. He wanted to know if anyone had done this and said, when the door opened, that his desire for the spirit of Christ to enter there had been the reason for his knocking.

"Have you gone and invited anybody to come with you and give their hearts to Christ? No! But you will go out and invite them to other things, and you will get excited about other things, but do you get excited about following Jesus? You call yourself a church member and Christian, but if the preacher asks you to close your eyes for five minutes, you won't do it."

Following his sermon, Gypsy Smith asked his audience to bow their heads in prayer, and asked: "Are there not of us here tonight many who are ashamed of ourselves and ashamed to confess to the Father? Are there not of those who feel thus many who are thinking, 'By Thy grace, Lord Jesus, I will make an honest attempt to follow in Thy ways.' " Then he asked them to stand. As each one stood, he acknowledged it by saying: "That's right, brother," or "I thank you, sister."
He admonished the audience not to look about and made the way for those who wished to profess their faith easier by doing so.

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February 16, 1909


One Cossack Is Worth a Battal-
ion, Says Russian.

A little man with a lambskin cap shaped like a cow bell, and with military boots and trousers, attracted some attention among the loiterers at the Union depot last night. He brought his heels together and raised his right hand obliquely across his face in some strange military salute when accosted by George Jenkins, the depot interpreter.

Thereafter he stood at respectful attention while the official gathered information necessary to find his three brothers. He said they were Russians and lived at 44 Porter avenue, Kansas City, Kas.

"How long did you serve in the army?" the interpreter asked in the Russian tongue.

"Five years. I am a cossack of the Don," was the answer in the same language. "I am Corporal Keprijon Kazniux of Ozarich. No one in my regiment could ride better or shoot straighter than I. Perhaps the Japanese know that."

"Ask him if the Japanese can fight well," interrupted a bystander when the interpreter had translated.

The interpreter did so and then for a minute the little man sputtered fiercely in his own tongue what sounded to be one continuous word of unharmonious syllables.

"He says they fight fairly well in their own country," translated Jenkins, "but they can't shoot and they can't ride worth -- something in Russian. He says that one cossack is worth a battalion of Japanese cavalry. That's all he has to say about the Japanese."

Kazinux has a military carriage and although short in stature did not compare unfavorably with several soldiers from Fort Leavenworth who were standing near. He wore a richly embroidered silk shirt and tight fitting blue-gray trousers, with a thin green stripe, tucked into the tall boots.

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February 16, 1909


Rudolph Lorfing Owes Life to Girl's
Presence of Mind.

The presence of mind displayed yesterday by Miss Anna Paradowsky, 730 Splitlog avenue, Kansas City, Kas., saved the life of 11-year-old Rudolph Lorfing, who had broken through the ice on a pond at Seventh street and Splitlog avenue.

While the boy was struggling in the water, his companions standing on the bank unable to assist him, Miss Paradowsky seized the cistern rope, with a bucket attached, and ran from her home to the pond. The rope was handed to Otto Stearns of 527 Tenney avenue, who, with the assistance of other boys, succeeded in getting one end of the rope to the drowning boy and pulled him to safety.

Lorfing, with four other boys, ventured on the ice on their way home. When the ice broke, three of the boys succeeded in reaching the shore, but Rudolph Lorfing and Herman Fabian were unable to do so. Fabian was dragged out of the water uninjured, but all attempts to save the other boy proved futile until the arrival of Miss Paradowsky. He was removed to the Paradowsky home, where he was revived, and later he was taken to the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Lorfing, 749 Reynolds avenue, Kansas City, Kas.

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February 15, 1909



William Jewell's Afflicted Students
Keep in Touch With the World
Via Telephone -- Love
Letter Relayed.

"Hello! Hello! Is this Liberty? The gymnasium of William Jewell college, I mean?"

"You mean the pest house, don't you?" said the man at the other end. "You do? I thought so."

"Well, how is everything at the pest house today?"

"Fine and dandy. Eight new patients brought in this morning, and they're doing fine. What's that? The Sunday dinner? Great, only Doc has put the lid on meat diet, and there was nothing doing in the chicken line. Smallpox patients, you know, are not allowed to eat flesh meat."

"Any excitement today?"

"Excitement? Surest thing you know. We had Sunday school at 9:30 this morning and preaching at 11."

"Who did the preaching?"

"Yours truly, the speaker, The Journal's regular correspondent at Liberty. Knew I was in the smallpox jug down here, too, didn't you?"

"Well, that is interesting; what did you preach on?"

" 'As He Thinketh in His Heart So is He.' "

"Anything else?"


"Yes, young people's meeting this afternoon. The topic: 'What I Have Learned from the Life of Job.' Yes, and maybe we don't sympathize with that well known and popular character, too. Tee-hee."

The William Jewell college is still in quarantine, but the William Jewell pesthouse, so-called, is one of the jolliest spots in Liberty. For several days past the "gym" of William Jewell has been dedicated to Red Cross purposes, and some forty students, down with a mild attack of smallpox, have been having the best time they have experienced since the football season closed.

Information from the William Jewell "gym" must come by long distance telephone. The Journal's correspondent is among those present and vaccinated, and he is doing his little best under the difficulties.

In addition to the baseball teams, the handball flives, the quartet and band, the smallpox victims are seriously considering the advisability of establishing a detective bureau, with a view to ascertaining who is the guilty mark that brought the dread disease to Liberty.


In times past William Jewell students, after their Christmas vacation, have brought back some funny things, but the student who brought back this fairly well developed case of smallpox probably was not trying to spring a joke. That some student did bring the malady back among his home products is nearly certain. But who did it?

The pesthouse band was not working yesterday, the day being given over mainly to religious exercises, but the strenuous and merry programme will be inaugurated again this morning.

Last Saturday night the pesthouse boys had a time that made the unafflicted on the outside world green with envy. One student delivered an oration on "The Romans in Carthage (Mo.)"; the pesthouse quartet sang several popular and classic songs and the pesthouse band made a melodic disturbance that could be heard as far east as Main street.


There have been so many beds added to the "gym" that they are shy on floor space and the basketball games will have to be abandoned. The weather may put a damper on the ball games, and as the college authorities put the ban on pinochle and seven-up, the students will be forced to chess and checkers for excitement unless the sun comes out and gets busy.

The several love-sick students in confinement are having the sorriest time of it all. They can write letters to their sweethearts afar, but as the nervous heroine has often said: "Now that I have written the note, who shall take it?"

It was Hocksaw himself who used to say: "I will take the note," but Hockshaw wasn't in quarantine.


One young man who doesn't care particularly who knows his business dictated a letter over the telephone to a friend downtown, the friend copying the letter with violet ink and mailing it to the nerve-strained, restless maid who had been vainly waiting at the other end of the romance and wondering what had happened.

There are sixty cases of smallpox in William Jewell by actual count. It is the intention of the faculty to reopen the college a week from today and students in the "gym" have likewise been notified to get well. Reports indicate that they have been having entirely too good a time.

Dr. W. B. Hooser is in charge of the patients. "Doc," as he is affectionately addressed by every one of his patients, has had the smallpox, so that he is not in danger. He has also won the vote of every afflicted man by giving the positive assurance that there will be no pox marks on the face or body.

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February 15, 1909


Collides With Curb in Avoiding
Street Car and Three Fire-
men Are Injured.

Dashing down the slight incline on Twelfth street between Main and Walnut last night, hose wagon No. 2, driven by Joseph Stockard, struck the curb on the northeast corner of Walnut and Twelfth streets and overturned, injuring three men. A southbound car was just crossing Twelfth street and it was in attempting to avoid a collision that the heavy wagon was skidded onto the curb.

Captain John Nolan, who was on the seat with Stockard, was thrown violently to the ground and suffered an injury to the back on his spine. Fireman Fred Sans was hit on the head and bruised on the hip. The extraordinary coolness and presence of mind on the part of Stockard, who, though hurled through the air and hurt in his fall, did not relinquish the reins on the horses, but pulled them down to a stop, won him a compliment from his superior officers. Stockard was cut on the face and his arms were temporarily paralyzed. All of the men were taken back to headquarters, where their injuries were examined. None was seriously hurt.

"I did not see the car until I was almost onto it," said Stockard last night. "The street was clear when we crossed Main street, and though we usually take a great deal of risk in going to a fire, I dept the horses down to a much slower trot than usual. I am positive that had we been going faster or that car moved ever so little slower, we would have crashed into it in spite of anything we could have done."

Spectators helped to right the wagon and pick up the hose. Lieutenant John Hartmaier and Fireman Oscar Nelson jumped from the wagon before it struck the curb and were uninjured.

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February 15, 1909


Anniversary Marked by Celebration
in Turner Hall.

The fifty-first anniversary of the Kansas City Social Turnverin was celebrated last night at Turner hall, 1325 East Fifteenth street. A programme of gymnastic events was given under the direction of the instructor, Emil Schwegler. The boys' class did work on the horizontal bars and also were seen in dumb-bell exercises; the girls' class performed some pretty evolutions with Japanese lanterns. H. Matthaei, president of the turnverin, made an address. A flower drill by the ladies' class was a pretty feature. Dancing was the final feature of the programme.

The turnverin began with eight members. Now it has more than 700.

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February 14, 1909



Eva Springsteen Fair Caught in Of-
ficial Round-Up at Bartles-
ville, Ok. -- Her
Varied Career.

Eva Springsteen Fair, the woman who bewitched a Croatian priest of Kansas City, Kas., into marriage eight years ago, has again burst into the light of notoriety at Bartlesville, Ok., her present field. Among nine other holders of licenses she has been enjoined from selling liquor. She is now said to be the wife of a Bartlesville liveryman. Of the twenty-eight places where intoxicants are sold, twenty-two are listed for injunction.

Mrs. Fair, as she prefers to be known professionally, has left a wake of witchery wherever she has gone, but she served her piece de resistance when she inveigled Father Antony Politeo away from his priestly vows and his parish of simple Croatians to St. Joseph, where they were married November 19, 1901. Upon their return to Kansas City she is said to have left him at the Union depot and refused to live with him. Politeo, be it said, was straightway unfrocked and his wife obtained a divorce at Independence in the early part of 1907 on the grounds of abandonment and neglect. Soon after her divorce she went to Bartesville, where she has been living since.


Many have been the vicissitudes of Mrs. Fair. As Eva Springsteen she was born in Manhattan, Kas., but later was taken by her parents to Atchison. There she was educated and received a diploma from the local high school. With other girl graduates, clad in commencement white, she sat demurely and listened with kindling ambition to the baccalaureate sermon, wherein the homilist shouted to them in his climax that "beyond the Alps lies Italy." Her intentions were no doubt good at first, but, figuratively, she tired of the irksome Alpine climb and strayed down into into the pleasant field of France an on to its gay capital, tarrying not far from the Moulin Rouge. After graduation she edited for a while the society page of an Atchison paper. She also waited behind a depot lunch counter in that city. On coming to Kansas city, she took the name of Mrs. Eva M. Fair. Here it was that she met Politeo on the street. She dropped her handkerchief. The priest picked it up and returned it to her with a bow. Smiles were exchanged and there was a stroll.


Politeo was a man of undoubted intellectual attainments. He gave inconsistent accounts of himself, however, and among other distinctions claimed acquaintance with Gabriel d'Annunzio and Sienkiewicz, the author of "Quo Vadis." By reason of his heterodox opinions, political and religious, he was banished from Austria and the church and went to Italy. Later he became reconciled with the church and his political heresies were pardoned by Emperor Francis Joseph. Then he was sent to America to take religious charge of his people in the coal fields of Pennsylvania. After that he came West and organized the Croatians who worked in packingtown into a parish. Thus as shepherd of his trustful flock he administered to their spiritual wants until the fair charmer tripped his path. Then began his undoing.


Mrs. Fair and her lawyer cheerfully admitted that she had married the priest for his money. She claimed, however, she did not know of his churchly office until after their marriage at St. Joseph and that he wanted her to live with him as his housekeeper. This, she said, she refused to do. Five years later she got a divorce.

In the meantime she formed a sort of partnership with one George W. Robinson and together they kept a rooming house at 312-314 East Thirteenth street, this city. Soon she claims her partner became delinquent. She sued for dissolution of the partnership and the payment of what money was due her. At any rate Robinson, who was said to be a grain broker, dropped out of her life, and she kept pretty well out of the limelight until she began suit for divorce from Politeo.

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February 14, 1909


Charles L. Johnson Adds to His List
of Popular Songs.

If I only had a sweetheart, if I only had a beau,
I would surely be contented, like some other girls I know.

The name of a very catchy and popular air, the music to which was written by Charles L. Johnson of this city, can be readily seen to be "If I Only Had a Sweetheart," as the opening words of the chorus, given above, declare.

Mr. Johnson has had remarkable success with his compositions, some of the most noteworthy being "Fawn Eyes," "Beedle-Um-Boo," "Barn Dance," "Fairy Kisses Waltz," "All the Money," and most popular of all, "Powder Rag," a two-step which is played at all dances today.


February 14, 1908


It Is a Gray One and Under It Came
J. West Goodwin.

Wearing the same old gray stovepipe hat, J. West Goodwin, the veteran newspaper editor from Sedalia, Mo., attracted attention and comment in the lobby of the Coates house last night. The hat worn by Mr. Goodwin has been a familiar sight at political meetings for the last twenty-five years. Between elections the editor wears a black slouch hat, but when the campaign opens the old high gray hat is brought out for use. Not being as spry in his old days as he was when younger, his friends last night insisted that Goodwin had endeavored to reach Kansas City in time to attend the banquet of the Young Men's Republican Club and was a day late.

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February 14, 1909


Pedestrians and Horses Had Perilous
Time of It Last Evening.

Slipping, sliding, skidding, gliding horses and wagons delayed traffic, blocked the street cars, frightened pedestrians and were generally in the way of each other and everybody else in the downtown district yesterday afternoon, when, after 4 o'clock, a drizzling rain froze on the pavements and sidewalks, covering everything with a thin coating of ice. Horses and men, as well as many women, fell on the streets.

On Main street, on the grade between Tenth and Eleventh streets, and on Eleventh street from Walnut to McGee it became necessary to station extra police to assist the regular crossing policemen in handling teams. Loaded wagons were not allowed to pass up or down on these grades, the experience of a year ago, when a large wagon, heavily loaded, skidded down Eleventh street, overturning in its slide damaged obstacles in its path, and broke a plate glass window at the corner of Eleventh and Walnut streets, being sufficient warning.

There were numerous minor accidents with street cars and several collisions with wagons. At Thirteenth street and Troost avenue, a wagon skidded into a Troost car, smashing the front end of the car and delaying traffic for a while.

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February 13, 1909


Mrs. Van Brunt Tells What the D.
A. R. Is Doing for This Project.

To The Journal:

It seems desirable at this time that the people of Missouri and particularly those living along the line of the old Santa Fe trail, should be made conversant with the efforts that the Daughters of the American Revolution, and particularly the Kansas City chapter, of which B. T. Whipple is regent, are making to preserve the route of the historic old road by locating granite markers at prominent points, suitably inscribed.

The scheme originated with Miss Elizabeth Butler Gentry, some two years ago, when she was regent of the Kansas City chapter. The matter has since that time so far developed through the conscientious and untiring efforts of the Kansas City chapter that it seems more than probable that their patriotic aims are to be achieved.

The Santa Fe trail committee has arrived at the point where it has received all the data necessary. A map has been made of the route form Old Franklin, Howard county, the cradle of the trail, to the Kansas state line; points have been selected where markers should be placed, the number of markers needed has been ascertained, and preliminary estimates as to the cost of the markers, delivered and set, have been received.

It may be well to state here for the benefit of those who are not aware of the fact that our sister state, Kansas, has already completed her part of the work. Colorado will finish her share this year, and New Mexico not only erects an arch at the terminus of the trail in Santa Fe, but also takes up the marking of the part of the trail within her borders. This has all been made possible by appropriations given the D. A. R. by generous legislatures.

The Daughters have felt that our state has neglected this work, not from lack of patriotism, but lack of knowledge. Therefore they have taken the matter in hand, with the fond hope that they may see their dreams realized.

The Santa Fe trail committee has sent out letters to prominent men throughout the state, asking them to become members of an advisory board, and through their able assistance and co-operation to properly present the matter to the Missouri legislature. A bill is now being framed at present at this session, asking for an appropriation to defray the expense of erecting suitable markers.

Letters have also been sent to senators and representatives in the different counties through which the old road passed, that they may be advised of the movement, and asking for their assistance. The Daughters, through their untiring efforts in studying up the history of the trail, locating it accurately -- no easy task, consulting old settlers, and ex-wagon bosses, all of whom have shown a gratifying desire to help -- feel that their efforts may be crowned with success, and are very much encouraged with the fact that interest seems to be growing stronger every day.

President Santa Fe Trail Committee.

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February 13, 1909


Captain McDonald Profits Under New
Law -- Served 25 Years.

The fire and water board on Wednesday granted a pension to Captain W. H. McDonald, who has been a member of the fire department for twenty-five years. This is the first fireman's pension granted under the new law.

An applicant for a pension must have served twenty years in the department and be at least 50 years of age. Captain McDonald had served twenty-five years and is 58 years old. The pension fund is derived from a 2 per cent deduction from the members' salaries.

Lieutenant John Burns of No. 18 engine company, Twenty-sixth street and Prospect avenue, was elected captain to fill the vacancy made by the pensioning of Captain McDonald.

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February 13, 1909


Night Services Will Be Discontinued
Temporarily, at Least.

For the next two weeks there will be very little going on in the Kansas City churches. All night meetings have been postponed or abandoned altogether in order that every church member may attend the Gypsy Smith meetings in Convention hall.

Many of hte missionary societies likewise have postponed meetings to attend the midday meetings. There will be no service at any of the Protestant churches Sunday night.

Gypsy Smith met all of the local pastors at the close of the prayer meeting in the Grand Avenue M. E. church yesterday moon. Later he was taken for an automobile ride over the boulevards. He will begin the first of his evangelistic work this evening.

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February 13, 1909


More Than 100 Men, Out of Work,
Have Benefited by Scheme of
Park Board.

The Helping Hand institute, assisted by the park board, has solved the "unemployed" problem of Kansas City. Since Monday more than 100 men have been busy at the rock quarry at Penn Valley park, and it is now the belief of E. T. Brigham, superintendent of the institute, that the situation is well in hand. Though the quarry is operated at a slight loss each day, he believes that in time there will be no public begging in Kansas City.

Several weeks ago, the park board agreed to take all the broken rock that the Helping Hand institute could furnish at $1 per cubic foot. A deserted quarry at the northeast corner of the park was turned over to Mr. Brigham and work began Monday.

Under ordinary circumstances the average man breaks two cubic feet of rock each day. For this he is allowed $1.60, but not in currency, which he might be tempted to spend in the North End saloons. For each box of rock he is allowed a 5-cent ticket. If he fills twenty-four boxes he is given twenty-four tickets, and these he exchanges for meal tickets which are good at three different restaurants or at the Helping Hand institute.

If he is unmarried and has no family to support he is not allowed to work until three days have elapsed, and in the meantime is allowed to look out for permanent employment. The tickets which he accumulates will afford him board and lodging for three days under ordinary circumstances.

At the quarry yesterday eighty-eight men were employed. A dozen of the more experienced were blasting rock; others were carrying the larger stones in wheel barrows to smaller piles. In the long shed which the park board constructed for use in cold weather the time keeper was busy keeping the individual accounts. Every man is furnished a pair of mittens free of charge and is entitled to go in the shed and warm his hands at the coal stove.

The extra expense is due to the number of experienced men who must be employed, Superintendent Brigham explained. One carpenter must be employed to do nothing but repair the boxes and fix hammer handles. An experienced man who understands blasting is also employed and adds to the expense bill.

"We are well pleased," Mr. Brigham said yesterday. "Thanks to the co-operation of the city, we can soon see that no one suffers in Kansas City for the lack of shelter and something to eat."

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February 12, 1908


For This and Loss of Time Owner
of Arrested Menagerie Says
City Must Pay.

For the loss of one zebu, killed by three elephants which broke loose and also disabled the zebra; the cancellation of three weeks' engagement at Santa Cruz, Cal, and the loss of transportation there amounting to $800, P. B. Glassock, proprietor of the menagerie arrested by the detective department Tuesday, under orders from Mena, Ark., says the city must pay.

Thomas C. Wingate, the sheriff from Mena, arrived here yesterday and said the party had been detained by mistake, and the show was released. Glasscock says he has two lawyers on the way here.

When six detectives acting under orders of Inspector Ryan surrounded the car in the railroad yards Tuesday and took the inmates to police headquarters, the car was run into the roundhouse to protect the animals from the cold. But in the absence of the trainer, the three elephants got loose and injured the zebu. The animal was dead yesterday when Glasscock went to the roundhouse to inspect his belongings.

The zebra was also badly injured and, according to the owner, will be unfit for exhibition purposes. In the absence of the circus employes, the elephants had done all but demolish the car.

Glasscock with his father owns sixty-one circus cars and has four small circuses on the road. He intends to stay in Kansas City until the matter is adjusted to his own satisfaction.

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February 12, 1908



Morning Fire Guts Walnut Street
Bulding -- T. M. James & Sons Suf-
fer Loss of $85,000 -- Aggre-
gate Damage, $170,000.

The alertness and bravery of Firemen William Pahlman and John Hughes probably saved Mrs. E. A. Johnson, her two daughters, Anna and Pearl, and her son, Forrest, from suffocation as the result of a fire at 1020-1022 Walnut street at 3:30 o'clock yesterday morning, when a blaze from an unknown origin ate its way through a four-story building, gutting it, and almost completely ruining the rich stock of T. M. James & Sons, dealers in china and glassware. A dozen other firms suffered, and the total loss is estimated at $170,000.

It was after the firemen had turned water on the building occupied by T. M. James & Sons that a woman's head was seen protruding from a window on the fourth floor of the Owen building, adjoining the burning structure.

Dense volumes of smoke were pouring through the four floors of this building, and the woman, almost prostrated from fright, yelled for help.


Pahlman and Hughes started up the stairway of the Owen building, but were hampered by the smoke and gas. It was with extreme difficulty that they reached the fourth floor, where they found Mrs. Johnson and her family terror stricken and unable to find their way from the building.

Mrs. Johnson, almost overcome, was carried downstairs to safety, the children remaining, so that the firemen could bring blankets with which to protect them from the fire and weather. These were secured, and on the second trip Pahlman and Hughes carried the remaining three from the building.

The fire was discovered in the rear of the James store by H. A. Stafford, a watchman. The first company arrived on the scene three minutes after the fire was reported. A general alarm was turned in, and all but three crews responded.


The loss of T. M. James & Sons is placed at $85,000, with $70,000 insurance. The building was built twenty-five years ago, and was owned by Langston Bacon. The loss was $30,000 and insurance $23,500.

The Kansas City Mantel Company, another occupant, lost $30,000, with insurance of $19,000. The Hewson building, next door, was damaged to the extent of 8,000, covered by insurance. Johnny Kling's billiard room, on the second floor of the Hewson building, was water soaked, and suffered a loss of $2,000. The Davis photograph studio, on the fifth floor of the Hewson building, was damaged to the extent of $2,500. The Carter Pleating Company, on the same floor, lost $2,500 and carried $1,500 insurance.

In the Owen building, the gymnasium of the Women's Athletic Club was filled with smoke. A piano and many rugs were ruined, and the varnish on the gynmastic apparatus scorched.

The loss to the building, which is owned by J. C. Williams and leased to Ball & Thwing, was $5,000, covered by insurance.

The piano house of Waite & Sons, on the third floor, was damaged to the extent of $1,500. The Acme Amusement Association club rooms, on the second floor, were slightly damaged. Taft's dental rooms, on the second floor, were damaged by water. The damage to the clothing house of J. B. Reichle, on the first floor, amounts to $2,000, covered by insurance.

Langston Bacon will begin rebuilding at once.

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February 12, 1909


Portrait of Martyred President Pre-
sented to School by Ladies of G.
A. R. -- Col. Waters's Address.

The presentation of a portrait of Lincoln by the Lincoln circle Ladies of the G. A. R. to the pupils of the Manual Training high school yesterday was made the occasion of a patriotic programme. Members of the G. A. R., the Old Men's Association and the Lincoln circle filled the front section of seats in the auditorium.

A bugler from the Third regiment announced the approach of the color guard from the back of the hall, and as the four old soldiers in uniform mounted the platform, the students arose and sang the "Battle Hymn of the Republic." A salute to the flag followed and previous to the presentation of the picture the Grand Army quartet sang. The presentation was made by Mary B. Evans, patriotic instructor of the Lincoln circle. Professor E. D. Phillips accepted on behalf of the school.

Colonel L. H. Waters, who was a personal friend of Lincoln, made a short address. He told how he had first met the president during the Lincoln-Douglas debates in Illinois, when Lincoln and he put up at the same little tavern "where anyone could stop for the sum of $1.50 a week." Colonel Waters was a school teacher at that time and was teaching everything from A B C's to Euclid's philosophy. The president became interested in the school teacher, and later casual interest ripened into friendship.

At one time Colonel Waters met Lincoln at a hotel where a medical society was in session. The doctors were discussing the perfect head, the perfect arms and body of a man. They had not proceeded very far in their deliberations when Lincoln interrupted.

"I don't know what the other proportions of the body ought to be," he said, "but I do know that the legs ought to be long enough from the body to the ground."

Colonel Waters also told of the incident when General Shields challenged Lincoln to a duel because of an article which Lincoln was said to have written. Mary Todd, Lincoln's sweetheart, had done the writing, but Lincoln lied like a gentleman for her. The duel never took place.

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February 12, 1909



Gymnasium a Temporary Pesthouse
and 25 Unfrightened Patients
Kill Time by Playing

LIBERTY, MO., Feb. 11. -- Fifty students of William Jewell college are down with smallpox and school has been dismissed.

The gymnasium has been converted into a temporary pesthouse and twenty-five of the afflicted are confined there.

Ten patients are confined in sheds on the campus and fifteen are in their rooms.

A quarantine has been ordered and no student is allowed to leave the city.

The pesthouse is guarded. Those confined there say that they are having a great time. The form of the disease prevalent among them is a light one, and they spend most of their time playing basketball, for which the gymnasium is splendidly fitted.

Baseball is practiced on the lawn outside by the invalids. Only a few are confined to their beds. The gymnasium resembles an imprisoned dormitory of school boys rather than the contagion ward of a hospital. Inmates are allowed to use the telephone and may call up their parents daily over the long distance.

Dr. T. B. Hooser and Dr. W. F. Maness, two students, are in attendance on those afflicted with the disease.

Last Friday 400 students and all the members of the faculty were vaccinated, so that everybody has a sore arm. John Green, son of President J. P. Green, is one of those taken down. He is confined at his home. All of the basketball games scheduled for the rest of the season have been given up. Many of the students who were back in their studies are taking advantage of the holiday to catch up. Others are having a good time in a social way.

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February 11, 1909



"Hello, Jim," Said Emmet Dalton to
J. H. Knapp, "Glad I Didn't
Hit You That Time
at Vinita."

Two men who parted ten years ago with murder in their hearts after keeping up a running fire with Winchesters, met on the tanbark of the Rhoda Royal circus last night and one of them, Emmett Dalton, formerly one of the notorious Dalton gang of bank robbers, extended his hand to the other and said:

"Hello, Jim. Glad I didn't hit you that time down at Vinita."

The other man, dressed in the fez of a Shriner and evening clothes, turned and looked at the man who addressed him but did not recognize in the sombrero topped circus rider before him the fleeing desperado who had turned in his saddle ten years before on the Oklahoma plain and so nearly snuffed out his life with a bullet. Dalton introduced himself and the other, J. H. Knapp, president of Knapp Construction Company, grasped the hand of the brown skinned man in his own.

"And I'm glad I didn't hit you," he said.

For half an hour the men stood there talking, and parted friends.

Emmet Dalton is the youngest of the old Dalton gang. Knapp was at that time a special officer for the Wells-Fargo Express Company. While chasing the Dalton brothers the incident occurred which both remembered so clearly. They became separated from the others and Knapp took several shots at the fleeing outlaw, which the latter returned, but neither was hurt. Dalton's horse finally outstripped that of the officer and he got away.

Dalton is with the 101 Ranch Wild West show and is taking part in the Rhoda Royal exhibition to keep in training in the winter. He was released from Leavenworth prison three years ago, where he served seven years.

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February 11, 1909


John Scanlon, Former City Official,
Dies in New York.
John Scanlon

John Scanlon, a former member of the lower house of the council, died in New York city Tuesday night from cancer of the stomach. T. Scanlon, a brother and member of the fire department, was the only relative present when death occurred. Another brother, Patrick, is also connected with the fire department. A married sister, Mrs. D. Green, and an unmarried sister, Miss Margaret Scanlon, reside in Kansas City. The father and mother of the deceased live in Ireland. The remains are to be brought to Kansas City tomorrow, and the funeral will be from the home of Timothy Scanlon, an uncle, 2632 Summit street, at a time to be announced later.

John Scanlon was 39 years old, and had been a resident of Kansas City twenty-seven years, coming direct here from Ireland at the age of 12 years. In 1902 he was elected to the lower house of the council from the Fifth ward and again in 1904 from the Fourth ward, a redistricting of the wards putting him over in the latter ward. Alderman Scanlon represented his constituents zealously and with marked ability, and had their entire confidence and esteem. He leaves a large circle of friends and acquaintances.

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February 11, 1909


Two Italian Youths Avert Possible
Accident on Independence Avenue.

The presence of mind of Michael Dominic and Frank Colletta, two Italian boys, probably averted a serious accident on Independence avenue yesterday afternoon when the two youths sprang into the rear end of a wagon which was drawn by a runaway horse. The animal was gradually stopped before any of the children, who had just been let out of school, were run over.

"We don't know whose horse it is," said Frank Colletta a few minutes later when they drove the horse in front of police headquarters. "We were pegging tops when the runaway passed and we knew we had better jump in and stop the horse if possible."

It was learned later that the runaway horse belonged to the Allen Heating and Plumbing company, 912 East Ninth street. The two boys drove the horse back to its owner.

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February 10, 1909


Elephant and Giraffe as Well as Ten
Human Beings In Haul.

The police department yesterday "arrested" a menagerie, which included one elephant, one giraffe, one zebra, one hungry-looking tiger and ten human beings. The arrest was made under the orders of the sheriff of Mena, Ark., and the Kansas City department faithfully carried out the instructions, though no one yet knows the reason for the arrest.

"When Detectives James Todd, David Oldham, Ralph Trueman, John Farrell and Samuel Lowe went to the Kansas City Southern yards they found a weather-beaten circus car with more than half of the windows broken. The inmates, consisting of five men, two women and three children, all shivering, seemed to be glad to be arrested. The animals seemed satisfied when the car was run into the Kansas City Southern roundhouse under the orders of the inspector of detectives.

"We are waiting for further instruction," said Inspector Ryan last night.

Members of the company said that they were on their way to Santa Cruz, Cal., and that they did now know why they were being detained. The women and children remained in the matron's room, while the men were locked up in the holdover.

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February 10, 1909


Thrilling Accident at Shriner Circus
Witnessed by 6,000.

Toki Murati, the Japanese aerial acrobat who does the "slide for life" in the Rhoda Royal circus, fell from his precarious footing in midair at Convention hall last night, and as he was protected by no netting, struck the floor of the big arena. He was unconscious for half an hour, and upon examination by Dr. Emanuel Manko, it was found that he had suffered injuries to his back and chest. Dr. Manko will make another examination today and will be able to say whether the performer can go back to his act. The doctor said the performer may have suffered a slight fracture of one of the ribs. Fully 6,000 persons saw the accident.

Murati wears soft shoes which are cleft between the big toe and other toes of his feet. Thus he is enabled to walk up the rope which is attached to one of the big girders, forty-one feet in the air. When he reaches the top he releases his grip with his toes and slides down the rope, which is steeply inclined.

He had reached the middle of the rope last night when the spectators saw him sway and then fall from the rope. After he had regained consciousness he said that the flapping of some of the trappings of the circus had distracted his attention and thus he lost his balance.

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February 10, 1909



Unique Schedule of Rates -- Each
Guest Will Give Half His
Earnings for His
Board Bill.

Newly furnished and equipped from kitchen to garret the Boys' hotel, 1223 Michigan avenue, will throw open its doors this morning to the boys who are without homes or friends to look after them. The hotel was due to open yesterday, but the house could not be gotten in readiness and the opening was postponed until today.

Presiding over the hotel is Mrs. Anna Ferris, the new matron, who believes that the hotel and its guests are going to prosper together.

She has succeeded in arranging the scant but comfortable furniture in a most pleasing manner and the little waifs' home looked bright and cheerful to the visitors yesterday. The pantry had been well stocked with groceries and the forty single iron beds are covered with the cleanest of linen.

Accommodations for forty boys have been made and Mrs. Ferris said yesterday that she expected the hotel to be crowded within a few days. Each boy who will live in the hotel will pay half the amount he earns each week for his board. Any deficit in the running expenses of the hotel will be paid from funds secured by private donations.

The hotel is to be conducted under the direction of the Council of Women's Clubs. Besides the matron, who will have charge of the domestic affairs of the hotel, S. R. McIntyre will live at the hotel and have supervision over the conduct of the boys. At first it is expected that the boarders will comprise a majority of the youths formerly members of the hotels society.

"The first meal to be served will be lunch today. By an early hour this morning the matron looks for quite a number of applicants for rooms in the hotel and she will then know how many to provide lunch for. Many visitors called yesterday afternoon to inspect the new quarters.

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February 10, 1909


Board Takes In New Territory in
Southeast Part of City.

Notice has been served on the county clerk by the board of education that the school limits have been extended to take in a territory in the southeastern part of the city. The land taken in lies between Prospect and Agnes avenues, from Thirty-fifth to Ninety-ninth streets, and between Agnes and Cleveland avenues, from Thirty-fifth to Thirty-seventh streets.

The property in question is now subject to taxation for city school purposes. The school board has the right to extend the limits after being authorized to do so by a vote of the residents of the district in question.

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February 10, 1909



Wife Is 72 Years Old, but She
Doesn't Look It, While Biggs
Is as Youg as He

Age hasn't a thing to do with it when Dan Cupid gets busy with his up-to-date noiseless gun. Carefully he trained his love-dealing instrument upon the hearts of Edward Biggs, 95 years old, and Mrs. Mary Adams, 72. Cupid's work began three years ago. Last night they were married at the home of the bride's son, William Adams, 2633 College avenue. Earlier in the day they had appeared at the county courthouse for a marriage license, both cold and happy. The son, Wiliam Adams, had talked with Recorder Frank Ross over the telephone and broke the news thus:

"There is an old man who wants to marry my mother and she seems to want to marry him. Can you let them have a license?"

And now the knot is tied and for the third time Biggs has "taken unto himself a wife." The ceremony was a peculiar one, performed in the presence of many close friends and relatives by Rev. J. L. Thompson, pastor of the Forest Avenue Christian church, whre the romance began.

There were no groomsmen, no bridesmaids, no ring bearer, no music, just theminister and the smiling old couple. The ceremony was short, but it was a sweet one," as Mrs. J. C. Smith, the old man's daughter, expressed it after the wedding.

Agfter the ceremony, groups of visitors gathered about the piano in the parlor and sang such songs as "God Be With You," "I Need Thee Every Hour," and "Nearer My God to Thee." Biggs and his wife sat silently in a far corner of the parlor and listened.

Both Mr. Biggs and his new wife are devoted members of the Christian church.

"I think they will be happy," said Mr. Biggs's daughter. "They are going to housekeeping right away, though the location has not been selected as yet."

Biggs was born in London, December 16, 1813. He remembers well when Queen Victoria was but a slip of a girl, and he can tell of the day on which the present King Edward was born. He came to Kansas City about thirty years ago and engaged in the hotel business. He has acquired a competence by many years of work and intends to remain out of active business life.

He is one of the oldest contiuous subscribers to The Journal. He began taking the paper in 1847.

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February 9, 1909



Will Resume Tour in Kansas city
February 28 -- Star Who Has
Been Seen in Many
Famous Roles.
Miss Blanche Walsh, Star of Stage

Blanche Walsh, one of the most prominent of feminine stars on the American stage, is ill at the University hospital and her engagements for the next two weeks, which includes her St. Louis date, have been cancelled.

Miss Walsh, according to the hospital physicians, is suffering from an enlarged liver, and while she intended to come to Kansas City and simply rest for a week, her physician advised her to go to a hospital and remain there for treatment.

The hospital authorities say that Miss Walsh's condition shows no dangerous symptoms, and while an operation may be necessary, it is not probable that surgery will be resorted to.

Miss Walsh came to Kansas City from Joplin on a special train yesterday morning. She first went to the Baltimore hotel, intending to stay there, but the physician advised her to go to the hospital, where her recovery would be more rapid and more certain.

Hugh C. Brady, Miss Walsh's acting manager, said last night:

"Miss Walsh's tour is booked up until the middle of June. With the exception of these two weeks the remaining dates of her tour will be filled. She will resume her work in Kansas City, opening at the Willis Wood for a week's engagement February 28.

"Miss Walsh has been under a severe strain all season, and while her ailment is one of long standing, she has never before taken it seriously. It was only yesterday, when we were within hailing distance of Kansas City, that she decided to cancel two weeks' time, come here and consult a physician and take the rest which she thought she needed.

"She was greatly disturbed over the erroneous report that she intended to end her tour in this city. Such a thing was never contemplated."

Miss Walsh has appeared in many roles in Kansas City theaters. Her earlier successes here, of course, were in such famous plays as "Cleopatra," "Gismonda," "Fedora," "Tosea" and other great plays, in the star parts which she succeeded Fanny Davenport.

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February 9, 1909


Crank Headed Off by Phil Murphy
and Given a Steer to Reform
the Wet Block.

"I have a message from God ordering me to co-operate with the mayor in the reformation of every saloonkeeper in Kansas City," seriously proclaimed a well dressed, intelligent appearing man as he entered the outer offices of Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., yesterday morning. The visitor had his pockets filled with neatly printed religious tracts, and began distributing them.

"Here is where I get busy," said Phil Murphy, the mayor's bodyguard and suppressor of cranks.

"My friend," said Murphy to the man, "the mayor informs me that he would be delighted to assist you in your commendable undertaking, but he is too busy just now trying to build a union passenger station, a Twelfth street trafficway and a comfort station. He is also occupied in an extension of the city limits, a big bond issue and a few other unimportant details."

"It hardly seems possible that all these things can be done before the millennium, and the saloonkeepers must be saved," ventured the man.

"I am sure the mayor sympathizes with you," said Murphy, "and to show you how the liquor traffic grieves him he emits copious tears every time he signs a dramshop license."

After some parleying Murphy finally got rid of the caller, telling him that the "wet block" was a good point for him to start in at.

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February 9, 1909


Police Asked to Arrest Eleven Men,
One of Whom Is Wounded.

Who is the mysterious showman who has committed a crime at Mena, Ark.? Two telegrams were received from Thomas C. Wingate, sheriff of that county, last night, asking that the police department of Kansas City watch all Kansas City Southern trains for a party of eleven persons who were connected with a show. One of the men, the sheriff said, was suffering from a gunshot wound and would attempt to go to a sanitarium. A reward of $100 was offered for the arrest of the entire company.

The police were watching the trains last night, but no arrest was made.

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February 9, 1909


Local Postoffice Receives 10,000 of Souvenir Issue.

A consignment of 10,000 2-cent stamps especially issued in honor of the 100th birthday of Abraham Lincoln was received at the postoffice yesterday. The stamps are red and contain a handsome engraving of Lincoln's face, bowed, and the usual inscription with the dates 1809 - February 12 - 1909. The office has asked for 4,000,000, but will probably not receive that many. Eight millions are the usual number of stamps sold by the office in a year. The memorial stamp is a pretty one and the officials expect the supply to be soon exhausted.

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February 8, 1909


Black Stray Called "Tom," Does Cir-
cus Stunts.

Policeman Patrick Boyle, shortstop at police headquarters, feels certain that by accident he has come into the possession of a trained cat. Some weeks ago, according to Boyle, he found at his back door a coal black male cat, which he promptly called "Thomas." The feline appeared hungry, and seemed to state that fact in a manner different from any other cat Boyle had ever seen.

"Thomas, like all other stray cats," said Boyle yesterday, "proceeded to make his home where he was getting his bread and butter. Some time ago I happened to be out in the yard -- and say, that cat follows me everywhere I go. I was stooping over picking up some rubbish. While in that position, noticing Thomas close at hand, I said: 'Come on, Tom,' just for fun, you know.

"Well, sir, that cat made a leap and jumped right through the open space made by my arms. Before I could realize what he was about he turned and jumped back. That seemed funny to me, so I gave him all of that he wanted and he made the leap every time I gave him the chance.

"Then I set about trying him on other tricks, sitting up, walking on his hind feet and so on. Thomas can make a few strides on his front feet now and Lord only knows what he can't do."

Boyle seems proud of "Thomas," and said he hoped soon to have him doing tight and slack wire work and making high dives. The cat is also a ball player, Boyle says. That is, he is half a ball player. He will catch a soft ball, but he hasn't learned yet to throw it back. It is Patrolman Boyle's opinion that Thomas must have escaped from some vaudeville or circus troupe. When he gets Thomas trained up to the proper standard for intellectual cats, Boyle intimated that he would either take the cat onto the vaudeville stage himself, or sell him for a "neat sum," or "a bunch of crisp greenbacks."

He has arranged to give a special performance for the benefit of the members of the police department the end of this week.

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February 8, 1909



Japan Not Prepared Financially and
Anyhow, She's Not Looking
for Trouble

Little fear of a war between the United States and Japan is expressed by George Okamoto and Frank Morimytseu, two Japanese of Kansas City who own a restaurant at Ninth street and State Line. They have been keeping in touch with the developments of the trouble in California and other Pacific coast states.

It is only a war in the newspapers," said Okamoto yesterday afternoon. "The Japanese and the United States are friends and friends do not fight. Japan is not ready for a war, even if she wanted one. The people of Japan are not going to become greatly offended by what one state has done. They will not hold the whole country responsible for the acts of one state's legislators.

"In the first place, there will be no war between the two countries because there is no cause which has yet been seen. The bill before the California legislature would exclude the Japanese from the public schools cannot become a law. That is the only thing which the newspapers of this country can base a cause for war upon. As to the feeling in Japan upon the question, those high in authority and the higher class of people do not consider it possible. It is the lower, laboring class which is trying to stir up war and which is very much excited over the reports which come from the United States.


"We think nothing of the fact that militia is gathering in California, nor do we think that the fleet in the Pacific is to be used against our country. A little fuss don't mean a fight. Of course, our people are keeping their eyes and ears open and their mouths are shut."

Morimytseu agrees with his associate in regard to the probability of war, calling it all newspaper rot.

"Japan hasn't the resources for war at this time," said he; "she has not recovered from the losses of the Russian war either financially or sociologically. Japan wants peace and is going to keep it as long as she can possibly do so. President Roosevelt is with us and is trying to keep down the disturbance in California. Our people do not want war and it's foolish to talk about such a possibility."

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February 8, 1909


Newsboy Can't Remember Her, but
Hunt Crosses Continent.

William Henry Wilcox, a 19-year-old wanderer who sometimes sells newspapers and at other times runs elevators for a living, is looking for his mother, whom he does not remember. He said last night he was stolen from her in Boston when he was but 7 months old by a woman named Mrs. Jenny Baker who gave him to her sister, Mrs. Hattie Gorden Howen.

Now he wants to find his mother whose name was Lillian Wilcox. He knows nothing of his father. When he was 8 years old he was so abused by the husband of the Howen woman that he got into the hands of the Massachusetts state board of charities, and was "farmed out" for ten years of his life.

The boy in the last year has been across the continent from Boston through New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans, or out to the Pacific, and has been in Kansas City for twelve days. He says he wants to settle down here and get work running an elevator.

With utter frankness, he said that in every city that he visited he told his story to the newspapers, in hope that the publicity would attract the attention of his mother.

He said he had a good job in New Orleans and was well treated.

"Why did you leave?" was the question put to him.

"Oh, I got restless," he said. "I guess you know how it would be if you wanted to find your mother and couldn't," he added wistfully.

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February 7, 1909



As for the "Gent" With Large Fam-
ily, He'll Have to Charter a Spe-
cial -- Franchise Through
the Clouds.
"Glad I'm Thin!"

If you are a large, fleshy man you had better begin to train down if you expect to obtain cheap rates on new passenger airships or aeroplanes which Henry Laurens Call is preparing to manufacture in Girard, Kas., to compete with the railroads. This is where the little fellow will have the advantage of the big one, because the passenger rates on the airships will be based on weight. The man who weighs 100 pounds will have to pay half as much as the man who weighs 200 pounds.

Space will have something to do with it, too. The woman who insists on wearing the Merry Widow hats will have to pay more than the woman who wears a traveling cap. When a woman buys a ticket on one of these airships she announces her weight and breadth to the ticket agent. She doesn't have to tell her age. If it appears from her size she is telling the truth she is given her ticket without being weighed.


After you travel on a certain line frequently the ticket agent will learn your weight without troubling to ask you. When the airship stations are perfected the passengers will stand on scales before the ticket windows so the agent may tell in an instant what your ticket will cost you.

Babies will not be carried free. The man with a wife weighing 200 pounds and nine or ten children will have to charter a special airship if he expects to obtain reasonable rates. It is said that the most objectionable thing about this airship navigation is that it will discourage the raising of large families. There may have to be some legislation along that line to protect the man with a large wife and family.

Henry Laurens Call is in Kansas City arranging to have a plant installed at Girard, Kas., for the construction of a large number of aeroplanes and airships of passenger carrying capacity. He not only is planning the construction of these airships for passengers and light freight traffic, but he is planning for the comfort and relief of passengers and the equipment in the matter of stations and other things necessary for a first class line. There must be a landing place, you know, as well as a place of ascension.

Mr. Call has incorporated a company for $20,000,000. It is feared by some that he may attempt to obtain a franchise on all the space between Kansas City and St. Louis, or Girard, Kas., and the balance of the United States.


It is only reasonable to suppose t hat when the airship line Mr. Call will establish begins to pay big dividends others will construct lines or airships to compete with his. It is a certainty that all the ships can't sail along the same route at the same height, because those Call airships are going to be air splitters and go so fast it will be necessary to ride backwards to breathe. Mr. Call may charter a certain line of space within 200 feet of the ground between Kansas city and St. Louis. Other lines established later will have to go above him. Just how high these airship lines finally will get no man can tell.

There will be dangers in airship navigation in cloudy weather, Mr. Call says. An airship going faster than you can think through low, dark clouds, might collide with another ship. There will be a crash like a thunder storm in the clouds above and then it will begin to rain human beings down below. To avoid these dangers it may be necessary to soar above the clouds.

"How are you going to tell when you get to St. Louis if you are above the clouds and can't see the earth," Mr. Call was asked yesterday.

"How does a ship tell when it reaches a port in a fog?" Mr. Call asked by way of explanation. "Just as simple as can be."

The question of relief ships and hospital ships is troubling Mr. Call. An airship may become disabled and light at the wrong place. If the roads are bad where it lights it must be carried back to a place where there are good roads to gain the necessary start, because an aeroplane must gain a speed of thirty miles an hour on the ground before it rises into the air. Just think about going thirty miles an hour in anything over some of these country roads!

To relieve this situation, Mr. Call plans to construct relief and hospital ships. It is only reasonable to suppose that if a ship falls several hundred feet through the air and lights heavily on the ground, somebody will be hurt. The injured will be loaded in the hospital airships and taken to the nearest hospital. At the same time a rope will be attached to the disabled airship and it will be sailed back through the air to the repair station.

All this is just as easy as building air castles.

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February 7, 1909



Advance Sale of Seats for Twelve Per-
formances Is Enormous -- 30,000
Tickets Having Already
Been Sold.
Rain Couldn't Stop the Shriners' Parade

Three sharp blasts on three shiny bugles, blown by three nattily clad circus women, astride three snow white horses, and the Shriners' monster parade began its course from Convention hall promptly at 2:20 o'clock yesterday afternoon. It had begun to rain, but that made no difference to the Shriners. Circus parades always had to happen, "rain or shine," and the nobles clambered into the many automobiles waiting for them and started out to show what might be expected from the Rhoda Royal Indoor circus, which will be given in Convention hall all this week.

First in the line of parade rode members of the mounted squad from the Kansas City police department, followed immediately by Wheeler's band. Then came the notable Shrine patrol, every member of which was dressed in his bright Zouave uniform. Following the guard of the patrol rode the grand marshal of the occasion, Noble J. H. Knapp, in saddle for the first time in twenty-six years. The high nabobs or illustrious potentates, past and present, were placed up close to the head of the procession, also garbed magnificently in their mani-colored robes and turbans. They followed the grand marshal.

Then came the city officials, the mayor and members of the council. Then, high up on tally-hos, rode the Daughters of Isis, the woman's auxiliary of the Shrine. The rain didn't hurt them other than taking the curl out of the carefully trained locks of hair.

The general body of the Shrine nobles had planned to walk, but the rain made that too uncomfortable and automobiles were hastily gathered for them, and the several hundred nobles rode behind the tally-hos and the Daughters of Isis.


But the camel, he must not be forgotten, and it was a real live camel, too, with two real, ugly humps on his back. He, led by his daring keepers, Nobles Brown and Hartman, shuffled along the slippery pavements between the divan and the body of the nobles.

But the order of the parade has not been finished. After the body of nobles came the Wild West bunch, augmented in numbers by the boys from the stock yards. the saddles and horses had the appearance of the wild and woolly West, and the crowds on the street knew n o better. then rode the feminine contingent of the circus, some of them driving tandem.

Yes, the clowns were there, two of them, in fact, mounted upon jackasses. That's what made the circus parade real. Sandwiched in between the two clowns was a wagonload of prospective initiates to the shrine, masked and hideously decorated. The wagon which held them bore the legend: "We are going to cross the hot, hot sand," but nothing was said of the cold, wet, asphalt pavements.

Two or three more bands and another Wild West and stock yards contingent brought up the rear of the parade.

Crowds of people lined the sidewalks and streets watching the parade. The route was a convenient one, calculated to give every one a chance to see the procession twice, at least.

The automobiles at times didn't behave like well-bred automobiles should. At the Petticoat lane turn they insisted upon skidding into the crowds which had lined the streets. The drivers couldn't help it. Neither could Sergeant James Hogan of the traffic squad, although no one was injured. It was not infrequent that something went wrong with one of the numerous machines, and that blocked the parade. Two or three of the machines had to be pushed out of the path of the parade.

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February 7, 1909


Property Is Located Between Troost,
and Lydia, Fifty-Second and Fifty-
Third Streets -- Will Be

One large real estate sale recorded yesterday was the transfer of twenty-five acres of property at Fifty-second street and Troost avenue. This property was bought by the directors of a Jesuit college for the erection of a university on the site. The consideration named in the deed was $50,000. Rev. M. P. Dowling of the Jesuit school has charge of the plans for the new university. He stated that the college would be non-sectarian and that it would be called Rockhurst college. The campus will be named Rockhurst park. It is not known just when work will be commenced on the building. No plans for the buildings have been formulated as yet, pending the topographical survey of the property. The twenty-five acres lies between Troost and Lydia avenues and Fifty-second and Fifty-third streets. It is accessable to the Marlboro car line.

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February 7, 1909


State to Be Asked to Appropriate
$25,000 Towards It.

Aided by the representatives in the legislature from Jackson county, the Daughters of the American Revolution will ask for an appropriation of $25,000 from the state with which to erect a monument in honor of Thomas Hart Benton. The monument is to be located in one of the public parks in Kansas City.

A committee representing the society met yesterday in the office of State Senator M. E. Casey, with the entire Jackson county delegation in the legislature. The members of the legislature agreed to work for the appropriation.

As Jackson county has never asked for a state appropriation, not having a state institution of any kind within its borders, the representatives believe the appropriation can be secured.

If the amount is secured the bill provides that the money shall be spent under the direction of the governor, state auditor and the regent of the society.

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February 6, 1909



Odd Scene in Baltimore as Sweet
Strains of Tot's Voice Are
Wafted Down From

"Bring back; bring back; bring back my dollie to me."

The voice of a little girl singing about her "dollie" floated from the balcony in the Hotel Baltimore last night and in an instant men who had gathered in the lobby to talk over business and other affairs, ceased their conversations. Only the voice of the little girl could be heard above the noise made by the bell boys rushing here and there. A new light seemed to spring into the faces of those men of hard business cares and in the silence of a few moments there was a transformation which no other influence could have wrought.

The song of the little girl brought back to many of them the memory of their own little girl or little boy in the home they left a few days or a few weeks ago and there was a smile on the faces of some and a look of lonely longing on the faces of others.

"A little child shall lead them," quoth one who had no children, but who noticed with pleasure the change the voice of the little girl had brought among the men who a moment before were sending up wreaths of smoke as they talked of the selfish, serious sides of life.

"Never did tell you about my little girl, did I?" inquired one of a group of men in the lobby who had been talking earnestly about some business proposition before the child began to sing. There was quiet for a moment after the little girl had ended her song, but only for a moment. In all parts of the lobby men could be heard conversing about the sweet little songs their own little girls and boys sang in their homes and about the gladness and joy of home life where the enchanting sunshine of childhood is present.

"I never saw the scene of real life change so quick as that," a traveling man said after enjoying the thrill of it. "The voice of a little child is the sweetest music on earth and it has charms to drive away business cares and bring smiles of joy into the hears of those who really appreciate the best part of life."

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February 6, 1909



He's Planning Boulevards for Run-
ways and a Fleet of Aeroplanes.
To Put the Railroads
Out of Business.

Good roads are absolutely necessary to the successful sailing of airships or aeroplanes. That is the reason there are so few aeroplanes. That is what Henry Laurens Call of Girard, Kas., says, and what he doesn't know about airships isn't worth kinowing. In the first place the so new fangled aeroplanes, or airships, must first acquire a speed of thirty miles an hour along a road or a specially constructed track before they can rise into the air, he says. Mr. Call is building a new airship or aeroplane in Girard, Kas., and he also is constructing a mile of roadway in the nature of a boulevard. On this he expects to start the new ship sailing.

If one of these aeroplanes breaks down in a country where the roads are bad and where it is sandy, then it will be necessary to hitch a team of horses to it to pull it out where it may sail again. It will require the assistance of horses until the "relief ships" are intended to sail around a crippled airship like a fishhawk around a lake, making a dive down after it, lift it into the air and sail away to the repair shops with it.


The new aeroplane or airship Mr. Call is preparing to build will have an observation apartment, sleeping apartments for passengers, dining room and a gasoline cooking stove. Pancakes will not be on the bill of fare. They are too heavy. The new ship will be constructed of aluminum, will weigh only 1,500 pounds and preparations are being made to manufacture thousands of them for commercial use, to be in active competition with the railroad passenger departments. It will take up where it is cool in summer and down where it is warm in winter.

Henry Laurens Call of Girard, Kas., the only man who owns a caged airship in this part of the country, was at the Coates house in Kansas City yesterday and will be here today and tomorrow. He is returning to Girard from the East, where he went to purchase aluminum and other materials for the manufacture of airship No. 2. He also is purchasing equipment for a machine shop, which will be one of the additions to the airship building and repair plant at Girard.

"That was a fake story sent out about the wind wrecking the shed in which my airship is stored at Girard," Mr. Call said yesterday. "The ship was damaged very little and $75 will repair the damage. I have employed an expert gasoline motor engineer to take charge of the shop at Girard, and we are going to manufacture aeroplanes and airships that will sail. We are not going to manufacture them for sale. We will only lease them. First we will start a line between Kansas City and St. Louis as an experiment, and inside of six months we will put the passenger trains out of business.


Mr. Call then explained why that airship he owns at Girard has never sailed.

"There are too many trees in Girard, and the roads are not very good," he said. "I have never been able to get up a speed of more than 18 miles per hour on the roads near Girard on my aeroplane, and it is necessary to get up a speed of thirty miles an hour before the ship will rise in the air. Wright brothers, who have made such a success of their aeroplane in France are nothing more than trick bicycle riders. No one else could take their ship and run it like they can. It took them seven years to learn the trick of riding that machine. That is too long for an apprentice airship chauffeur to serve. It isn't good for practical purposes. The thing we are trying to accomplish is to make a simple aeroplane which anyone can operate who understands a gasoline engine."

Mr. Call modestly said that he is not attempting anything original. "I am availing myself of what has been accomplished," he said.

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February 6, 1909


Mrs. Ellen Cronin, Who Settled at
Second and Lydia in 1855,
Is Dead.

After fifty-four years of residence in Kansas City, Mrs. Ellen Cronin, 77 years of age, died at her home, 1129 Pacific street, yesterday afternoon. Coming to Kansas City before the war of the Rebellion, and when the little settlement on the Missouri river was known as Westport Landing, Mrs. Cronin's life was an eventful one.

Down at Second street and Lydia avenue she lived for the first few years of her life here, and as the little landing grew into a thriving little town, rivaling Westport itself, she moved, with her husband, Patrick Cronin, and other members of her family, to the house in which she finally died.

During the civil war Mrs. Cronin stayed in Kansas City, while her husband wen to the front. Frequently she was molested by Union soldiers, especially when the notorious No. 11 was issued in Jackson county . It was no unusual thing for her to be awakened from her sleep by pillaging Union soldiers. To see men shot dead on the streets was a weekly occurrence with her and she volunteered her services as a nurse in the old army hospital which was then located where the Gilliss opera house is now.

Mrs. Cronin came to America from Ireland in a sailing vessel in the year of 1848, going directly to New York, where she joined her sister, Mary Divine. Soon the two girls, Mary and Ellen Divine, brought their mother and brother and sister to America, going from New York to Michigan, and then coming to Kansas City, where Ellen Divine met Patrick Cronin, whom she married.

Mrs. Cronin is survived by two daughters,Mrs. Harry Ashton, whose husband is lieutenant of hook and ladder company No. 8, and Mrs. J. M. Maher, whose husband is captain of truck No. 1, both of the Kansas City fire department.

No funeral arrangements have been made as yet.

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February 5, 1909


S. D. Hollis and Wife Couldn't Bear
To Be Apart, So the Second Wed-
ding Takes Place At Daugh-
ter's Home.

Ten years ago S. D. Hollis and his wife Mary, both of this city, quarreled and there was a legal separation. In the divorce court they had complained bitterly of each other, and when the hour of final parting came they declared with one accord that their marriage was a mistake, although they had lived together thirty years and reared ten children. It was a dry-eyed farewell. Hollis, glad of his freedom, went to Oklahoma, leaving Mrs. Hollis with her daughter, Mrs. Maude O'Flaherty, at 1606 Charlotte street.

Last night there was another chapter to the story in the Hollis household when at the house on Charlotte street a minister remarried the couple after they declared they were willing to remain together for the rest of their lives. Yesterday morning Mr. Hollis, who is now a night clerk at the Model hotel of El Reno, Ok., dropped in to the O'Flaherty home unexpectedly and asked for a reunion. And then it developed that he had come at the instigation of Mrs. Hollis, who had written him a letter from Omaha telling him she was lonely. The children as well as the parents were very happy last night.

"I admit that I was foolish and it all happened because of my ungovernable temper," said Mr. Hollis in explaining how it came about.

"We quarreled about a member of our family ten years ago. My wife took one course and I took another. We ended the argument in the divorce court.

"Three years ago I tried to take her back and she agreed, but we finally decided not to marry again. Last December I called here with the intention of bringing Mrs. Hollis back to Oklahoma as my wife. She had gone to Omaha, so after waiting six weeks I went home without her. This time I knew nothing could keep us apart, for we have both grown old and need each other's society."

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February 5, 1909


Two Chinese Dens Raided and
Opium Seized.

Though the ordinance against "hop" smoking is very vague, Inspector of Detectives Charles Ryan is going to put a stop to the evil if possible. Cliff Langsdale, city attorney, will give an opinion in the matter this morning. Charles Chu's den and Charlie Chung's dens on West Sixth street were raided last night and seven "hop" artists were captured and were taken to police headquarters and locked up. Each had varying amounts of opium in his possession. One man had $12.50 worth of opium in his pocket and was evidently preparing to peddle it. The crusade will continue for several days, and if the ordinance is lax, Inspector Ryan will ask the council to pass a more stringent law.

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February 5, 1909


Told The Court He Had Never Heard
of Deity.

Sunday schools in Hartville, Mo., got a jolt when Earl Braton took the stand to testify in the divorce suit of his step-mother against his father. Earl is 11 years old and Judge Hermann Brumback took an immediate interest in him.

"Do you understand the meaning of an oath?" asked the judge.

"No," said the boy.

"Do you go to Sunday school?"

"Yes, every Sunday."

"Don't they teach you the Bible there?"


"Didn't you ever hear the pastor, or the superintendent, talk about the Bible or God?"

Earl said he didn't remember.

About that time Judge Brumback decided that the boy had a bad case of "rattles."

"I'll adjourn court 'till 2 o'clock and maybe at that time you'll remember," said the court.

At the afternoon session the lad went through t he ordeal rather in a better way. He lives with his father in Hartville, Mo., while his stepmother lives here.

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February 4, 1909


Serious Charges Against P. B. Young,
Self-Confessed Philanthropist.

According to P. B. Young, saloonkeeper, at 611 East Twelfth street, he and his two bartenders threw the cloak of protection around N. Marx of 820 East Twelfth street, and performed a humane act when they allowed him to slumber in a chair from noon to 5 p. m. on January 12.

"I know I was drunk," said Marx before the police board yesterday, "but even in that state I am not in the habit of sleeping in an uncomfortable chair without waking from 11 a. m. to 5 p. m. When I awoke I was sitting on my coat, my hat was behind the bar and my gold watch, the fob, and something over eight dollars was gone." Young is charged with running a disorderly place and his license is in danger. The case went over until Sergeant Goode, who is now ill, can testify.

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February 4, 1909


Bullet Whizzed Through Saloon
Man's Bed Room.

The loss of a woman's comb came near resulting in the escape of a prisoner from the police at police headquarters at 1 o'clock this morning and the shooting of a man or his wife who were sleeping in their room almost a block from the station. John Slivins and Jennie Nelson were arrested at Twelfth and Broadway for disturbing the peace. They were taken to police headquarters in a patrol wagon. As the man and woman, in charge of Patrolman Hugh Dougherty, started to enter the station the woman said she had lost her comb. As Dougherty started back to the patrol wagon to look for the comb, John Slivins turned and ran. The patrolman pursued him and fired one shot. Slivins ran into the arms of Patrolman Pat Boyle a block from the station and was returned to the station.

The bullet from the patrolman's revolver entered the bedroom of Mr. and Mrs. Al Hatch at 429 Walnut street. The window was smashed and the bullet passed 18 inches over the bed where Hatch and his wife were sleeping and was embedded in a dresser across the room. Hatch reached for his revolver and ran downstairs. He said that Mrs. Hatch was terribly frightened and crawled under the bed. He went to police headquarters, where it was explained to him the reason for the shot.

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February 4, 1909



Father Says Consent for the Vaccin-
ation of Floyd Tinsley Was
Never Given to School
Floyd Tinsley, Died After Receiving Vaccination in School

"Thorough investigation of all the facts surrounding the death of Floyd M. Tinsley, the 12-year-old son of W. G. Tinsley, 2323 Prospect avenue, which resulted from an infected vaccination wound, will be made by the boy's parents as soon as possible, and every effort will be made to place the blame for any negligence that may have caused the child's death.
"Somebody has got to answer for the boy's death," said Mr. Tinsley last night. "Somebody is responsible for it, and I'm going to find out who it is."

The vaccination, which took place in the Irving school three weeks ago Tuesday was, it is said, performed contrary to the wishes of the parents. Mr. Tinsley wished to deny the statement of an afternoon paper, which said that he had written to the school's authorities asking that the child be vaccinated.

"It's a lie," said he; "no note was ever written by me to the school about the vaccination. I would not have had it done. I have always been opposed to vaccination, and when Floyd was vaccinated it was without my knowledge."


"Three weeks ago three of the five Tinsley children were vaccinated at the Irving school by Dr. Hasbrouck De Lamater, whose office is at Thirty-fifth street and Brooklyn avenue. A few days after the vaccination Floyd's arm began to trouble him. A pasteboard guard had been placed over the vaccination wound and the boy given instructions not to remove it. Over a week ago the wound became so foul and so much refuse matter collected around it that the boy's mother thought it best to take off the cap and dress the wound with antiseptic. This she did, using powdered burnt alum as a healing medicine, and bandaging the wound with medicated cotton and clean, white cloth three times each day.

Sunday afternoon Floyd was so much worse that he was kept in bed. Late Sunday afternoon the family physician, B. F. Watson, who lives at Howard and Prospect avenues, was called in. He examined they boy and, according to his own statement and that of the boy's parents, administered calomel and salts. The mother told him of the condition of the boy's arm and, according to Mrs. Tinsley, Dr. Watson washed it out with hot water and boric acid. Dr. Watson denies the washing of the wound.

"It was late, and the light in the room was insufficient," stated," stated the doctor last night. "I really didn't know what was the matter with the boy, but no thought of possible infection occurred to me. It was not until I returned to the house Monday morning that I saw the boy had lockjaw, and then I arranged to have him taken to the hospital. It was with my recommendation that the parents allowed Floyd to be taken to the general hospital.


"I was misquoted in the afternoon paper Wednesday. It credits me with saying that infection set up in the wound after it had been dressed by the boy's parents. I did not say that, nor do I pretend to know when infection set in. If the wound became infected before it was dressed by the parents, before the pasteboard guard was removed, then the boy's death was not due to negligence of the parents."

Floyd was taken to the general hospital Monday night, over twelve hours after lockjaw had set in. There he was operated on by Dr. J. Park Neal, who was unable to save his life. Dr. Neal stated last night that everything known to medical science had been tried to save the boy, but that the infection was of too long standing.

Mr. and Mrs. Tinsley have four surviving children: Myrtle, aged 13; William, aged 9; Hazel, aged 7, and Lester, aged 4. Hazel and Myrtle were vaccinated at the same time Floyd was, and Myrtle's arm is now causing much trouble. A physician has been called to treat her in hopes that she may be saved from her brother's fate. Mr. Tinsley and his wife said last night that neither of them knew their children were to be vaccinated. They were emphatic in their stand that none of the rest should be submitted to a similar operation. Floyd Tinsley was in the fourth grade at school and under the supervision of Miss Edna Miller, his teacher, and Miss Gertrude Green, the principal of the Irving school.

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February 4, 1909


Has Real Live News in It, Too, to
Say Nothing of Jokes.

The newest little high school paper to appear this year is the Westport High School Herald, which is just out. The staff has discarded most of the usual story and essay contributions and has filled the pages of the paper with items of interest to the school. It tells what the students have done and what they ought to do. It urges them to enter contests and form new societies. It gives an introduction to the new corps of teachers and the work they have done prior to their teaching at the Westport school. In addition to the news items there are several columns devoted to kokes upon students and teachers.

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February 3, 1909


Natives Fail to Appreciate England's
Efforts on Their Behalf.

"Although two crops a year are harvested in India, the majority of the people never get enough to eat," M. D. Adams of Belaspur, India, a missionary, said last night at the Hotel Baltimore. "The people of India are not thrifty and prosperous. England is doing wonders for the country, but the natives do not appreciate it. There is a great spirit of unrest among the natives in India over English rule. Magistrates are being assaulted and assassinated, and uprisings are frequent in different parts of the country.

"The educated natives of India -- and there are many of them -- who want to enter the government civil service are required to go to London to stand the examination. The natives are asking that they be permitted to take the civil service examinations at home. The English are not encouraging them to enter the government service."

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February 3, 1909


New Coroner Asks for Aid in Keep-
ing Records of His Office.

Dr. B. H. Zwart, coroner, applied to the county court yesterday for a stenographer, to be paid $100 a month. He said such a deputy would be valuable to take the evidence presented at inquests. J. M. Patterson, presiding judge of the court, said that former coroners had not expressed need of such help, and that attorneys interested in inquests usually paid the stenographer for his transcript of the evidence. The court took the matter under advisement.

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February 3, 1909


Body of Aged Man Fouond in De-
serted Room.

Though Union cemetery has many unmarked graves, it practically has none where the deceased is unidentified. But that list will be increased today when the body of an old man is taken from Stewart's undertaking rooms to the cemetery.

When the body was found Monday morning in a deserted room of John Girado's saloon, 501 East Third street, by Patrolman L. A. Tillman, the pockets were empty with the exception of one rusty nail. There was no clue to his identity. The old man had crept in from the alley and opened the rickety rear door by himself. He died of hunger and cold.

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February 2, 1909



Clothing Firm Carried Insurance of
$100,000 -- Plan Seven-Story
Steel Structure to Replace
Burned Building.
Rothschild's Corner is Gutted By Fire.


Rothschild & Sons.........$120,000
A. A. Pearson, building and stock.......$1,000
A. D. Mitchell, photographer....$100
Dr. He Ly Yuen......$50
Damage to building......#30,000

Insurance, $131,000

Property valued at $150,000 was destroyed by a fire which started in the basement of the old three-story brick building at the southwest corner of Tenth and Main streets at 9 o'clock last night.

The entire stock of Rothschild & Sons, clothiers, valued at $120,000, was practically ruined; the building, owned jointly by J. S. Loose and the Soden estate, and valued at $30,000, was gutted, and its walls will have to be torn down; the Mitchell studio, on the third floor in the north wing of the building, was destroyed, and the outfit of Dr. Ho Ly Yeun, a Chinese physician, went with the flames.

A. A. Pearson's millinery stock at 1010 Main street was also slightly damaged by water.

It was one of the quickest and most ferocious fires that the Kansas City department has ever had to combat. The alarm came in from three sources at 9:05 o'clock. It was five minutes before the first fire engine arrived. The fire, first sighted on the third floor, near the elevator shaft, quickly ate its way to the lower floor, and before the firemen had started water on the building the inside of the clothing store was enwrapped in flames.


A general alarm was turned in, but the fire had gained such headway that the Chief Egner's men found that they could do nothing but confine the flames to the one building. That poor water pressure hampered the earlier efforts of the firemen is attested by persons who were on the ground when the flames were discovered. R. J. Quarles, a retired banker, who was at the scene, says that it was fully five minutes before a company arrived, and that it was another five minutes before water was thrown into the building, and then only a weak stream.

The only accident recorded was a minor one, Chief J. F. Pelletier of the insurance patrol running a sliver into his right hand while directing his men inside the Rothschild store.


Members of hose companies Nos. 4, 5 and 6, were on the roof of the building when the structure began to creak, and Chief Egner ordered them to move to the next roof. His order was given none too soon, for a minute later the roof fell in.

Thousands gathered to witness the spectacle, and several hundred went home with clothing thoroughly drenched. A hose attached to an engine in front of the United cigar store, at the northwest corner of Tenth and Main streets, burst suddenly , and a score of persons standing in front of the cigar shop were soaked with water.

Twenty-one fire companies lent their efforts toward putting down the flames, but with this force it was long after midnight before the fire was completely under control.


Rothschild & Sons carried $100,000 insurance on their stock, and Frank Ferguson of the insurance firm of Ferguson & Taft, sitting in his office in the Dwight building, Tenth and Baltimore, saw the flames and was one of the men to turn in an alarm. U. B. Hart, a Pinkerton patrolman, turned in an alarm about the same time as did John W. Schroeder, bookkeeper for Rothschild's, who was in the store.

Louis P. Rothschild, resident member of the firm, says that they had only recently reduced their insurance policies now aggregating about $100,000. The Mitchell Studio was fully protected.

Rothschild & Sons had a ninety-nine year lease on the Soden property, and sublet to the other tenants. The clothing store occupied the three floors of what was known as the old building, 1000 and 1008 Main street, and the first floor of the corner building.


Originally the old building, fronting fifty-two feet on Main street, was two stories in height. This building was erected by J. S. Loose. The adjoining building at the corner had a frontage of twenty-three feet on Main street, and was erected by the late Peter Soden. The two buildings were remodeled into a sort of a combination structure and a third story added.

Louis P. Rothschild said his firm had contemplated razing the building at an early date, and erecting a steel structure in its place. This idea will now be carried out, the plans providing for a seven-story building, to cost $200,000.

The safe containing $3,000 in cash, as well as all the books and records of the Rothschild firm, was unharmed.

The firm of Rothschild & Sons was established in Fort Leavenworth fifty-five years ago, and last night's fire was the first in the history of the firm. They moved to Kansas City in 1901.

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February 2, 1909


There's a Difference of Opinion Over
a Telephone Call.

The identity of the individual who asked that a stay of execution be given the workhouse sentence of E. J. Marr, convicted of vagrancy, is still a mystery. It was reported Sunday that Alderman "Mickey" O'Hearn had asked Chief of Police Ahern to keep Marr out of the workhouse, for a time at least. Alderman O'Hearn does not remember calling up the chief over the telephone or visiting him during the day that he was reported to have interceded in behalf of the prisoner.

"I never heard of the man," he said last night. "I don't see what The Journal has got it in for me about. I never called up the chief about the case, much less visited him."

Chief Ahern said: "Well, I'm sure it was Mr. O'Hearn who called me up. He told me he was coming right down and I held the prisoner until he came. But then I might be mistaken. You know one can't tell every time who is speaking over the phone. No, I don't believe I know who it was, but it certainly sounded like Mr. O'Hearn."

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February 2, 1909


One North of the City Market Is to
Be Acquired.

Both houses of the council last night authorized the city comptroller to spend $250,000 acquired from the sale of bonds for the purchase of the square bounded by Main, Walnut, Third and Fourth streets. The buildings will be razed and sheds erected for the use of farmers having produce to sell. It was stated that an arrangement had been perfected with the several owners of the property to dismiss court appeals from the verdict of the condemnation jury.

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February 1, 1909



Unused to Metropolitan Hotels and
Cafes, Oklahoman Longs for
Plain Ham and Eggs of
Home Hostelry.

In the Hotel Baltimore for twenty-four hours, surrounded by all the luxuries and lavishly furnished cafes and dining rooms, with the most tempting good things to eat in store, and with plenty of money to satisfy his every want, a young Oklahoma business man meekly submitted to the gnawing pain of hunger because he thought it was necessary for him to speak at least one of six different foreign languages before he could order what he wanted to eat. The young man arrived at the hotel Friday evening, his friends say. He registered and was assigned to a nice room with bath. When he came down yesterday morning he asked a friend where was the best place to eat.

"In the automobile room," the friend told him.

"I have no automobile; what do I want to go into the automobile room for a meal for," the young man from Oklahoma soliloquized. He asked another guest of the hotel whom he saw walking through the lobby with a toothpick in his mouth, where he could be served with the best meal.


"In the Egyptian room, of course," the guest told him. Again the young business man was stumped. He couldn't speak the old Egyptian language and he just knew he couldn't make the waiters in that Egyptian room understand what he wanted. He studied over the situation for an hour or so and asked another guest for information.

"The Italian room is the best if it is open," he was advised.

That was no better than the automobile and the Egyptian rooms. He couldn't speak Italian and hoped he never would.

"By heck, I must be dreaming," the young man said to himself. "Am I on a trip around the world." He felt his pockets and found he had spent none of his money for a trip of that duration. He pinched himself and found he was awake. He decided to make another break. He encountered a round-faced, good natured traveling man and asked to be directed into the best place around the hotel to get a meal.


"The Pompeian room has just been opened and the German room is a good place if it hasn't been abandoned," was the information obtained.

"Dad bat it, if I was to go into either of those rooms and couldn't speak the languages they are just as liable to serve me with roast mummies or sauerkraut as anything else," remarked the exasperated young man, almost helpless with hunger and rage. He made one last desperate effort and asked one of the employes of the hotel where he could get a quiet dining room where plenty of plain eating would be served.

"The Japanese or the Chinese tea rooms are the best for private dinners, the employe informed him.

That was the severest blow yet administered. H e knew just about as much about Japanese and Chinese as an ordinary Oklahoma cow puncher knows about Broadway.


He pulled himself over into one corner of the lobby and sank himself deep down into one of the upholstered leather chairs, pulled his hat over his face and dreamed over the juicy beef steaks, delicious coffee and the well cooked dishes served in a plain dining room in the Oklahoma hotels, where every one speaks English in the American style.

"I will go into the basement and kick myself," the young man said, as he picked himself up with some exertion and wandered down the stairway which leads to the grill room.

"Come this way," a negro waiter said, as the young man landed in the grill room, and was led to one of the tables, was seated and had placed before him a bill of fare printed in plain English.

"Saved," was the only sound he uttered until he began working on that meal as only a hungry man can work. It was then 6 o'clock in the afternoon and he hadn't had a thing to eat since the evening before.

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February 1, 1909


They Retard Economic Development
of Country, Says C. B. Hoffman.

At the First Universalist church at Tenth and Park streets yesterday morning, C. B. Hoffman, president of the Bankers' Trust Company of Kansas city, Kas., spoke of the hobo as retarding the economic develpment of the country and said that he must furnish the solution of the problem of his own existence.

"There are more unemployed men in this country than its population and industry warrant," continued Mr. Hoffman. "This comes from the unequal distribution of work. The unemployed but willing laborers must form unions of a progressive and peaceable sort if they are to better their condition."

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February 1, 1909


Kansas Barber Who Talks in Poetry
to His Lathered Customers.

George McClelland, a Kansas City, Kas., negro barber, is of the musical kind, so instead of talking tariff revision, foreign wars and bits of local gossip with patrons, he entertains them with a continuous string of doggerel. McClelland seems to have a peculiar gift of adapting all kinds of small talk to rhyme. For instance, when the customer climbs into the chair he is greeted something like this:

Your face, kind friend, I'm about to scrape.
I'll get it in the finest shape;
And cut your hair and comb it, too;
You'll look much younger when I'm through.
Now, hold your chin up in the air,
Stretch out your legs and fill your chest
And close your eyes -- I'll do the rest.
The barber, who is a big man, recites this without apparent effort, changing the rhyme to suit the customer. Never is the doggerel twice alike. As the shave progresses he solicits a little additional business like this:

My friend, your hair is falling out.
A little bit of tonic stout
Will hold it in, or maybe you
Prefer a rub or egg shampoo.
I see your shoes require a shine,
Just hold them over next to mine
And note the difference and then
I'll call my boy, he'll shine for "ten."
McClelland says the verse appeals mightily to customers and draws trade to the shop.

"It's better than the old style, and it's original," he says.

"How about all great poets being insane?" he was once asked.

"Too true," replied the negro. "I find myself asking for things at the table in verse and sometimes I think that way. It's very humiliating to find yourself unconsciously saying to your wife when the baby falls out of bed:

Pick up the kid from off the floor.
I ask for this and nothing more.

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February 1, 1909


Johnny Will Take On All Comers
This Week.

Johnny Kling has bought a new set of ivory billiard balls and is practicing daily. Kling will play all comers this week, offering odds of 100 to 80, and promising a $10 gold piece to the man who can beat him.

Tonight he takes on William Freeman, a local expert, and tomorrow he will play "Rube" Waddell. Waddell is a fair player and has been playing steadily. These games will be played at 1102 Baltimore avenue, but in the latter part of this week the games will be held in Kling's new hall at 1016 Walnut street. The games will start at 8 p. m.

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February 1, 1909


French Trying to Outdo Wilbur
Wright's Aeroplane.

"Wilbur Wright made all France jealous over the complete success of an American in mastering air navigation," W. S. Wittinghill of Enid, Ok., an attorney, who has just returned from a business trip in England and France, said last night at the Kupper hotel. Mr. Wittinghill is on the way home after an absence of several months.

"The Frenchmen are trying to outdo Mr. Wright, and all kinds of experiments are being made with air ships and aeroplanes of French manufacture," Mr. Wittinghill said. "But the proper recognition is given to Mr. Wright in Paris just the same. He is very much in demand and he has been entertained lavishly.

"A thing most admirable about him is that he has not forsaken his American manners and manner of doing things. His success has stimulated the efforts of those who want to fully develop their air navigation ideas. The only thing that humiliates an American when he is abroad is to see some ex-American heiress making a monkey of herself by hanging on the arm of some empty-headed nobleman."

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January 31, 1909


With George E. Kessler, He Will Be
the Guest of St. Louis.

In St. Louis tonight, Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr. and George E. Kessler, engineer of the park and boulevard system, will be the guests at a banquet given by the citizens of St. Louis as the opening wedge to improved parks and boulevards for that city. The mayor and Mr. Kessler left for St. Louis last night. It is intended to follow the plans of the Kansas City system.

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January 31, 1909



Reviews the Killing of Policemen
and Asks Permission to Locate
Followers on Govern-
ment Lands.

"Adam God" wants to make a covenant. Since December 10 the bearer of this title, whose real name is James Sharp, has been in the county jail awaiting trial on a charge of murder. It was his band of fanatics that participated in the city hall riot nearly two months ago.

Now, after thinking matters over, Sharp is prepared to forgive anybody who may have wronged him, provided everybody forgives him. He is ready to take his followers and with them colonize vacant government land, to live there annoyed by no one and annoying nobody.

The offer of Sharp is contained in a letter which he mailed Friday to the judge of the criminal court. Judge Ralph S. Latshaw received it yesterday. The entire document is unique, considering only its import and not the grotesque manner in which Sharp treated the English language.


A number of versions of the riot are given by Sharp. Once he says "they began to shoot at me and I became absent-minded." That was just before he began to fire. In another place he says that he now knows why he was "shooting straight up in the air." Again he writes that he does not remember "shooting up in the air," and calls the whole riot a "foolish dream." Still in another place he says he acted in his "blindness."

Sharp also denies the right of officers in Kansas City to interfere with the children of his band. He says he is not a resident of the city, county or state, but that his home was on "government waters." This refers to the habit held by his band of traveling on a houseboat on the Missouri.

The letter, stripped of grammatical and orthographical errors, as nearly as possible, is as follows:


"I wish to make a covenant of peace with my brethren, as I am heartily sorry of the affair that has happened. As to my part, I have not killed anybody, neither can they prove that I have. I have been honest before God and man in my faith. I did not carry guns to do evil with, but to defend myself. If I carried a gun to defend myself in doing evil deeds, it would be altogether different -- and the Humane Society officer that came to take our children away from us, he came contrary to the laws of the land, because I was a non-citizen of this city, or county, or state. My home was on government waters, traveling doing the work of evangelistic preaching of the Bible. We were paying our way, asking for nothing. We did not take up any collections, nor tell people that we were even in need of anything, and the police told us we could preach along Fourth and Main streets, or about there, any time we wanted to.

"The police had moved us from other places where the Salvation Army would hold their meetings, and we moved without a word. We had done all we could to get along with the officers and do the will of the good Lord. We have been misused and mistreated in different places, contrary to the law. When an officer of the law breaks the law to persecute you, he is not an officer of the law, but a violator of the law. When the riot started a man dressed in citizens' clothes did not say, "Consider yourselves under arrest," neither did he say he was an officer. He pointed a gun in my face and at that my partner -- which was Louis Pratt that got killed -- he shot him, and then they began to shoot at me, and I became absent minded. There were two of my friends killed, and the greater sin is for those who were against me. So the covenant that I wish to make is this:


"That I will quit street preaching and stop my followers from street preaching and colonize them in a colony to ourselves. There are lots of government lands in the West to be taken as homesteads. As we are a strange people, but we can't help it. We are of your brethren chosen out from you. We are a working people, do not believe in harming anyone. We mean to do good. So if we can make a covenant of this kind we would like to do it. And if the Lord don't send signs of approval the faith will come to naught as all false prophets do. And if I am a prophet that God has sent He will prove me as He has proved all prophets that He has sent. So if we can live in quietness it looks like it would be much better. As for me I am done fighting with instruments that men have made. What I have done was done in my blindness. As it is written, 'who is blind but my messenger that I have sent.'

"So I will heartily forgive my enemies for their mistake if they will forgive me for my mistake. Though I meant no harm, I broke the peace, as they well know.


"Well, I hope and trust to the Lord you will ponder this over in your heart and judge with righteous judgement. Since I have been in prison I have seen why I was shooting straight up in the air. It was because the Lord did not want me to be a bloody man. Although I don't remember shooting up in the air. The whole thing was like a foolish dream that a man could not remember. If we made a covenant of peace through righteous counsel then the Lord will be with us. We are all brethren here; can't help being here. We are born, not at our will. So if we can't forgive one another in a case of this kind, how can God forgive us? If you can see where I have done evil, it would be a different matter. If a man wants to be a Methodist, or a Baptist, or a Catholic, let him alone. Don't prosecute him on account of his belief; that is my motto. The Lord has asked me to write this letter, asking a covenant to be made with my brethren. Then their blood will not be required at my hands. I don't know the lot that the Lord has laid out for me, but that which the Lord shows me I am required to show to my brethren.

"Well, I will close, hoping and trusting that my enemies will become my friends, as I am willing to become their friend. May the Lord be with you. Amen. -- JAMES SHARP."

Accompanying the letter is a note, a sort of preface to the longer epistle. It makes an attack on a witness who testified at the coroner's inquest.

As the judge who probably will preside at the trial of Sharp and Melissa Sharp, his wife, Judge Latshaw will, of course, take no official cognizance of the letter. The Sharps will be arraigned in the criminal court, probably this week, on new informations which have been prepared since the first arraignment. Both will be charged with murder in the first degree.

In jail, Sharp and his wife are model prisoners. They spend much time reading the Bible, finding in it, so they say, passages to back up their strange doctrines of things spiritual.

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January 31, 1909


First Moving Pictures to Be Shown
at Local Theater.

At the Orpheum theater this week pictures of the earthquake and disaster which recently overtook the inhabitants of Messina, Italy, will be shown by the kinodrome. These pictures are probably the first authentic ones of the disaster to be exhibited in the United States. They were taken by photographers as soon as the earthquake was over and show the work of rescue by the soldiers of the different countries.

Scenes of pillage and scenes of heroic work among the rescuers, the awful condition of the survivors and the ruined homes and buildings are all included in the film of moving pictures. The pictures are interesting for the accuracy and the realistic views of one of the greatest disasters which has befallen a people within the past generation.

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