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May 31, 1909
POPE'S SPECIAL BLESSING.
Unusual Honor for Kansas City
Couple's Golden Wedding.
An unusual honor in the form of special blessings from the pope on the occasion of their fiftieth wedding anniversary was enjoyed by Mr. and Mrs. Alexis Gosselin, 3240 Chestnut street. The anniversary was observed in Aurora, Kas., a week ago, where most of the Gosselin family resides. The Holy Father cabled his special blessings upon the couple and as a further token of regard he caused an enlarged picture of himself to be sent to them.
Labels: Chestnut street, marriage, ministers
May 31, 1909
MEMORIAL DAY PLEASURE
SEEKER CALLED TRAITOR.
Person Who Attends Ball Game Then
Should Be Branded, Says
Rev. James Schindel.
"Tomorrow will be Memorial day, a holy day, not a holiday. If it were in my power I would gather every man in Kansas city who goes to a baseball game or other amusement on that day, into some public concourse and brand him as a traitor."
With these words the Rev. James C. Schindel, pastor of the First English Lutheran church, last night denounced everything that would tend to desecrate the day when America pays grateful tribute to her soldier dead. At nearly all of the churches yesterday, mention was made of the day.
Various G. A. R. posts of Kansas City will visit the cemeteries today and decorate the graves of the fallen and at Independence the Pythians will remember their departed members.
Mr. Schindel's sermon was to members of the Grand Army of the Republic, Women's Relief Corps, Confederate Veterans Army of the Philippines, Ladies' Auxiliary, Society of the Porto Rican Expedition, United Spanish war veterans, the Third Regiment of the Missouri national guard and the Lincoln circle of the G. A. R. The church was crowded.
When Mr. Schindel made his denunciation of persons who seek amusement on such an occasion as Memorial day, the veterans could not withhold suppressed applause.
Paul's words: "I have fought a good fight," furnished the pastor his text.
Labels: churches, holidays, lodges, military, ministers, organizations, veterans
May 31, 1909
MORE ROOM FOR VAUDEVILLE.
Bandshell at Fairmount to Be En-
larged to Accommodate Crowds.
The vaudeville show at Fairmount park for this week was well liked yesterday and last night. workmen will begin today to construct more tiers of seats in the bandshell amphitheater, so that the extra crowds will be accommodated. The bill this week includes Rand's dog circus, Meyers and Mason, comedians and kickers and Tachakira, a Japanese wire walker.
Although the weather was a bit cool, that didn't interfere with the opening of the beach yesterday and several hundred persons were in the water.
Special preparations have been made at the park for the crowds today. At 9 o'clock tonight a fireworks display will be shown on the side of the lake opposite the boathouse. The vaudeville show will be given twice in the afternoon and twice at night.
Labels: amusement, fairmount park, fireworks, theater, vaudeville
May 31, 1909
PLAYED ROUND WORLD
WITH GENERAL GRANT.
PEDRO MEYRELLES ALSO LED
End Comes to Noted Musician, Who
for Many Years Was Musical
Director at Leavenworth
Pedro C. Meyrelles, the bandmaster who accompanied General U. S. Grant around the world, who led Patti's orchestra for ten years, long musical director of the Leavenworth Soldiers' home and once one of the most distinguished musicians and conductors in this country, died yesterday morning at his hime, 2321 Harrison street, after a protracted illness.
Mr. Meyrelles was born of a family of musicians in Oporto, Portugal. He first began the systematic study of music at the age of 11. when a young man he graduated from the best musical school in Lisbon and at 28 came to America.
ROUND WORLD WITH GRANT.
He landed in Boston, where he gave lessons. When a bandmaster was wanted to accompany General U. S. Grant in his triumphal tour around the world. Meyrelles was honored with the position. He was enlisted in the army for three years and was made a first lieutenant in order to accept this post. The king of Portugal himself decorated Meyrelles with a medal and the empress of China had him to sup with her and afterwards gave him a decoration.
When the trip was over Meyrelles found himself a national figure. Upon his return to Boston he was chosen by Patti to lead her orchestra and remained with the great singer for ten years, making two trips abroad with her. It was at this time that Meyrelles met the woman who afterwards became his wife. She was Miss Georgia Follensbee, a member of an old Boston family and a singer in Patti's company.
They were in the company together for several years, but it was not until twenty-one years ago that they were married. The event occurred immediately after Meyrelles left Patti's company to accept a governor appointment as director of music at the Soldiers' home, Leavenworth, Kas. Meyrelles remained in this position until May 20 of last year, when his failing health made it necessary for him to retire.
WELL KNOWN AS COMPOSER.
Meyrelles, besides being a master of every musical instrument played in either band or orchestra, was a composer of many well known pieces. His arrangement of the Stabat Mater is a classic and his "Governor Owen's March" is still widely used. In addition he composed all the music used in the Priests of Pallas festivals for the last five years and all used in the Kansas building at the Louisiana Purchase exposition. For his own use, his favorite instrument was the clarinet.
Meyrelles was a Mason, a member of the B. P. O. E. and the Theatrical Mechanical Association. A Roman Catholic by training and practice for many years, he had fallen away from his faith, but in his last hours he asked for a priest and was given the rites of the church. The cause of his death was principally heart trouble.
The body will be taken to the Old Soldiers' home near Leavenworth and will be given military burial tomorrow.
He leaves a widow.
Labels: death, immigrants, Leavenworth, military, music, veterans
May 31, 1909
LOCKJAW CLAIMS VICTIM.
Joseph Reiner's Leg Was Crushed by
Train Ten Days Ago.
Joseph Reiner of Eldon, Mo., died early yesterday morning at Bethany hospital in Kansas City, Kas., from lockjaw. Reiner's left leg was crushed about ten days ago by a train and he was taken to the hospital, where he was attended by Dr. J. O. Millner. The physician had hopes of his recovery, but tetanus developed and the patient died shortly before midnight. The body will be taken to his home in Eldon for burial.
Labels: death, doctors, hospitals, railroad
May 30, 1909
ADAM GOD SAYS HE
IS NOT A LUNATIC.
APPARENTLY PLEASED WITH
Load Lifted From Riot Leader's
Mind and He Speaks of Kind-
ness of Police -- Verdict
Adam God is satisfied with the verdict of the jury which yesterday found him guilty of murder in the second degree, and fixed his punishment at twenty-five years in the penitentiary.
James Sharp, which is the fanatic's real name, was busy in the jail during the afternoon writing a miniature sermon about himself. He showed visitors one of the sheets which he had written and then remarked:
"That doesn't look like the writing of a crazy man, does it?" Then he laughed.
"In my blind walks," says Sharp in his statement, "I have been like a crazy man, but there is nothing crazy about m e. No crazy man could write with the understanding I have. I will always pray for my enemies, for they have been the making of me."
A great load seems to have been lifted off the prisoner's mind by the sentence. He speaks repeatedly and often of the kindness with which he has been treated.
"The police, bringing me back from Olathe, could have killed me," said he. "They did not even abuse me. I have had the best treatment all the time. Even the prosecuting attorney is my friend."
Twenty-five years is practically a life sentence for Sharp. It was testified during the trial that Sharp is 48 years old. From other sources is the information he is 52. With the one-fourth allowance for good behavior, the lapse of years yet seems to preclude the possibility of his ever leaving prison walls alive, unless pardoned by a governor. Since his confinement in the county jail Sharp has lost eighteen pounds. That has been in six months.
A second degree murder verdict on the part of the jury was unexpected. On the first ballot three of the jurors voted for capital punishment, three for acquittal on the grounds of insanity, one for manslaughter and the balance for second degree with varying terms of imprisonment. It took nearly nineteen hours to reach an agreement. Sharp had little comment to make when the jury reported at 10 o'clock.
It is not likely that the case of Mrs. Melissa Sharp, wife of the fanatic, will be called for trial until September.
Labels: Adam God sect, jail, ministers, murder, Olathe, penitentiary
May 30, 1909
IN HIS OWN WORDS.
Ex-Governor's Life Sketch, as Writ-
ten by Himself.
Here is a brief sketch of the ex-governor's life, as given by himself in his own words:
"I was born January 1, 1832, in Shelby county, Ky., on a farm near Shelbyville. My father, Henry Crittenden, died when I was two years old leaving my mother a widow with five sons; three daughters had died in infancy; the oldest son was not over 15 years of age. My mother was remarried after a few years to Colonel Murry of Cloverport, K y., and five children were born of this union.
"My education was begun at a small subscription school at Shelbyville and continued until I was old enough to go to Center college at Danville, from which I was graduated in the class that had in it Judge John of this city, Governor John Young Brown, W. P. C. Breckinridge, Boyd Winchester and other noted men. I studied law in Frankfort in the office of John J. Crittenden and married in Frankfort Miss Carrie W. Jackson. Soon afterwards I removed to Lexington, Mo., where I opened my first law office. I remained there till the war broke out, when I assisted John F. Philips in raising a regiment of Union soldiers that was sworn in at Georgetown, Pettis county, in 1862, for three years. The regiment was mustered out April 7, 1865 two days before Lee's surrender. At the close of the war I removed to Warrensburg, as feeling still ran high at Lexington. I formed a law partnership with Frances M. Cockrell, who returned from the Confederate service at the close of the war. We practiced law successfully until I was elected to congress in 1872, but the partnership was not dissolved. It continued until General Cockrell was elected United States senator. I remained in congress until 1878 when I refused to be a candidate for re-election. I was nominated for governor over John S. Marmaduke, who became my successor and John A. Hockaday, who had been attorney general under my predecessor.
"The four years of my administration are known to all the older citizens of the state. Phil E. Chappel of this city was state treasurer during my administration,and no state ever had a more honest, faithful or intelligent official.
"My administration was perhaps the most tempestuous in the state's history. We had so many questions of great importance to settle, which agitated every part of the state. One was the great lawsuit with the Hannibal & St. Joseph railroad; as governor I advertised the road for sale. The state won on every point we raised. My efforts to break up the James gang, the most noted band of outlaws ever known in the United States, are familiar to all.
LIFE IN MEXICO.
"After I left Jefferson City I came to Kansas City, in 1885 and resumed the practice of law. I had been out of law office so often in my life and been out of practice so long that I had lost almost all connection with the law and had got behind in my knowledge of the books. I had virtually lost my disposition to return to practice. But the law is a jealous mistress and will not favor any man who deserts it on all occasions.
"I was given the post of consul general to Mexico by President Cleveland in 1893 and absented myself from my own country for four years. My life in Mexico was very pleasant. There were many charms about such a life then and there are more now. I returned to Kansas City and have been here ever since, living a quiet and pleasant life with my family and friends in one of the greatest young cities in the world."
Labels: attorney, Civil War, history, James Gang, Judge Philips, Lexington, Mexico, railroad
May 30, 1909
VISIT ARRESTED BY DEATH.
Admiral John Crittenden Watson
Came Here to Meet Late Gov-
ernor, His Cousin.
Unaware of Governor Thomas T. Crittenden's death, Admiral John Crittenden Watson, a cousin of the governor, arrived in Kansas City yesterday afternoon for brief visit. The first he learned of his cousin's death was while riding on a street car to the Crittenden home. A man with whom the admiral was sitting held a paper which contained an account of the governor's death. As he turned the page the admiral stopped him:
"What's that," he exclaimed. "Governor Crittenden dead?"
"Yes, he died early this morning," replied the man.
"I am his cousin, and I have just arrived in the city for a visit with him and his family. This is the first I've heard of his death."
Admiral Watson, who succeeded Dewey in command of the fleet at Manila, had been attending the convention of the Presbyterian general assembly in Denver. He was there as a delegate from Louisville, Ky., his him, and stopped off in Kansas City upon his return. He had been on the train for more than a day and consequently had missed the newspaper accounts of Mr. Crittenden's condition.
At the Crittenden home, the governor's half brother, Logan C. Murray of Kentucky, is expected today. Governor Crittenden and his brother and cousin had planned a family reunion to be held June 18, at the Crittenden home in Shelby county.
Labels: death, Denver, newspapers, streetcar, visitors
May 30, 1909
DEATH CLAIMS FORMER
THOMAS T. CRITTENDEN SUC-
CUMBS AT AGE OF 77.
Twice a Member of Congress and a
Consul General, The Governor
Saw State Through Most
EX-GOV. T. T. CRITTENDEN, SR.
Twice a member of congress, once the governor of his state, at another time consul general to Mexico and for the last eight years referee in bankruptcy, Thomas T. Crittenden died at dawn yesterday morning. Thursday afternoon the ex-governor sustained a stroke of apoplexy. While watching a ball game he fell unconscious from his seat and did not regain his mental faculties. Death came at 5:30 yesterday. Interment is to be made tomorrow afternoon in Forest Hill cemetery, after services at the family residence, 3230 Flora avenue.
With the former governor at the time of his death were all surviving members of the family save one, that one now traveling in Japan. The grief stricken family is Mrs. Crittenden, Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., mayor of Kansas City; H. Houston Crittenden, and W. J. Crittenden. It is the latter who was unable to be at his distinguished father's side till the last.
SOLDIER OF RENOWN.
With Governor Crittenden there died a man of parts, and all those parts true facts. He was a soldier of renown, having fought and won battles which turned form this state the tide of slavery. He was a courageous man, having, in the face of the enemy, been appointed to succeed a dismissed brigade commander because his senior had hesitated about making a charge which the division commander knew Crittenden was eager to make. He was a statesman, as his record in the congress of the United States and in Jefferson City shows. He was a man of commerce, as his most excellent direction of international commerce while consul general to Mexico bear out. He was a man of letters, widely read and collecting a magnificent library. He was a judge in equity, as is shown by the last eight years of his public service, and always, he was a gentleman.
Handsome of face, his bearing was striking. The last moment he was on his feet, with the weight of seventy-seven years on his shoulders and those added to by the infirmities of four years in the saddle during the civil war, he was straight as an arrow. Governor Crittenden had the bearing of a courtier. He was gracious always, charming his familiars and captivating his casual acquaintances. He spoke softly, chose his words and ever was anxious to do something for someone else. Never a moneymaker, he lived to see three splendid sons grow up to take care of that part of his affairs. Fond of public places, high ones, the old governor's happiness at seeing one of his sons become mayor of this city was taken by himself as an honor.
A LIFELONG DEMOCRAT.
"Is this governor Crittenden?" would be asked.
"The mayor is my son," he would reply. The old governor enjoyed living all things in life.
He was a most thoughtful man. Obscurity found him delving. Great charities might take care of themselves, he would say, but little ones were hopeless, so he did little ones. Born in Shelby county, Ky., 77 years ago, he was born and bred a Democrat, and lived and died one, but he was a rampant Union man and helped raise a Union regiment with which he kept in the field throughout the war. He was of the Washington type, if history is to be believed.
Governor Crittenden believed in the dignity of the occasion. The men who fought under him and who yet live say he was almost a martinet within the regiment and at the same time a father to the men. As governor he lived up to his high office. When Madam Patti first visited Missouri someone proposed a ceremonial visit. Patti said it was like going to Windsor Castle. And yet this same man undertook to break up the James gang, summarily granted a pardon to a malefactor who had been the agent of destruction and paternally took the hand of a surviving member of the gang, Frank James. Nor did the kindly man ever lose sight of the objects of his official stoicism, for one of his constant correspondents and visitors was this same Frank James.
HE NEVER FORGOT.
No situation was too perplexing for Governor Crittenden. He was governor when Missouri was in the transition stage. The war had not long been over. Democrats, he being one, were fighting to capture everything. The James boys were turned highwaymen and their names were associated with the contemporaneous history of the state. They lowered its level and defied capture. Missouri had had one governor who confessed inability to cope with the situation. Probably profiting by his experience in the war, Governor Crittenden made overtures to Bob Ford, a member of the James gang, and through that means encompassed the destruction of the band. Ford killed Jesse, and Frank, the second brother, surrendered. What in other states would have meant a feud for a generation was dismissed by the clever work of Governor Crittenden as soon as it was over.
No one was forgotten by Governor Crittenden. Had Dickens known him he would have gone into literature with other notable characters. As early as 1870 there was a man came to Kansas City to make some political speeches for the governor. Two years ago that man's dead body was found in squalor. The first hand to get into a purse to buy a grave and a casket was the hand of the old governor. He got not a little of his pleasure out of his personal acts of charity to his personal acquaintances.
It was a pleasure to know the old governor. He was always affable and sunny. He was comforting in sorrow and refreshing always. In his long life he was always busy, and yet he did no great things. He was a monument to the man who has not done great things in that he showed how really much an ordinary man can do with credit to himself and yet keep within the orbit of the ordinary man.
Labels: Civil War, death, Flora avenue, James Gang, Jefferson City, Mayor Crittenden, politics
May 30, 1909
MANY EXTEND SYMPATHY.
Gov. Crittenden's Family Receives
Telegrams from Prominent Men.
From all parts of the United States telegrams expressing condolence and sympathy have been received by the family of Governor Crittenden. Many are from men prominent in public life. The following message addressed to H. H. Crittenden was received from Colonel Henry Watterson of Louisville, Ky.:
"My profound and heartfelt sympathies to your dear mother and all you children. None loved him better than I."
From former Senator F. M. Cockrell at Washington:
"I tender deepest sympathy in your great loss. May God bless and comfort you."
From Joseph W. Folk, Colorado Springs:
"Accept my most sincere sympathy in the death of your father, former Governor Crittenden."
From John G. Hurd, Washington:
"Am keenly distressed to learn of Governor Crittenden's condition. Be assured of my sympathy and sincere hopes for his recovery."
From G. W. Zevely, Muskogee, Ok.:
"Greatly distressed by reports of your father's illness. Mrs. Zevely and myself extend our deepest sympathies."
From Mr. and Mrs. Leslie Marmaduke, St. Louis:
"Our sympathies. The governor's kindly nature won him many warm friends."
Labels: death, Governor Folk, telegram
May 30, 1909
SWIMMING AT FAIRMOUNT.
"Come On In, the Water's Fine,"
Says the Press Agent.
If the sun shines today -- and the weather department says it is sure to this afternoon -- it will bean the beginning of the swimming season at Fairmount park. The sunshine of the last few days has warmed the water to a very comfortable degree and with the improvements that have been put in on the beach, the water should be very enjoyable today.
Today a new weekly vaudeville bill begins at the park. Rand's dog circus is one of the principal acts, consisting of a troupe of thirty dogs that do nearly everything except talk. Of course, they bark as a substitute, but that isn't admitted as conversation. Among the dogs is "Marvelous Ted," a wire-walking dog. Meyers and Mason are comedians of the unusual kind. Tackahira is a Japanese wire-walker and does many things that are novel. There are to be two shows this afternoon and two at night. Between the shows Zimmerschied's orchestra will give a programme.
Tomorrow is Decoration day and that means a large crowd at Fairmount park. Because of this and because of the day, the park management has arranged a fireworks display which will be given at 9 o'clock at night. They pyrotechnics are to be fired from the balloon grounds, across the lake from the boathouse, and will include about everything in the fireworks line that can be exploded at night. Of course, there will be the usual pinwheels, skyrockets in bunches. Roman candles by the box and many novelties. Four vaudeville shows will also be given tomorrow.
Labels: amusement, animals, fairmount park, fireworks, holidays, music, swimming, vaudeville
May 30, 1909
NEBRASKA CLOTHING CO. SOLD.
A. L. Askanas Purchases Control of
This Well Known Firm.
The Nebraska Clothing Company, for many years located at 1113-1115 Main street, are retiring from Kansas City and have disposed of their interest to Mr. A. L. Askanas, who has been associated with this firm as a stockholder and resident manager for the past sixteen years. This business will be conducted in the future under the name of the Askanas Clothing Company.
The lease covering the building at 1125 Main street, now occupied by the Kline Cloak and Suit Co., has been transferred to the Askanas Clothing Co., and the building at 1113-1115 Main street has been transferred to the Kline Cloak and Suit Co.
As will be announced in a few days, the stock now at 1113-1115 Main street will be entirely closed out at this location, and the new firm will open with a complete new stock for fall, on or about Sept. 1 at 1125 Main street.
W. N. Dixon, who has been with the old firm for a number of years, will be retained in his present position as advertising manager.
Labels: business, clothing, Main street, real estate
May 29, 1909
HOWARD BACK TO STAY.
Kansas City Capitalist Returns From
Trip to Pacific Coast.
Chris Howard, a Kansas City capitalist and investor, who went to Los Angeles, Seattle and other coast cities over a year ago, has returned.
"Kansas City is the peer of them all," said Mr. Howard yesterday. "This is the place for the poor man, the progressive man and the investor. I'm back to stay, and there a whole lot of Kansas City people who cast their fortunes along the pacific coast country that are wishing they were back here."
May 29, 1909
PIONEER CONDUCTOR DIES.
A. B. Shepherd Ran Out of Topeka
in 1870 on Santa Fe.
A. B. Shepherd, one of the three conductors who were with the Santa Fe railroad when it started out of Topeka in 1870, and one of the oldest passenger conductors working out of the Union depot, died yesterday morning at his home, 1216 Washington street, at the age of 67 years. For several years Mr. Shepherd has had a night run on the Missouri Pacific line from Kansas City to Coffeyville, Kas.
Born and reared in Wellsville, O., Mr. Shepherd enlisted in the One Hundred and First Ohio volunteers at the outbreak of the civil war. At its close he was discharged with the rank of sergeant. Immediately he became a brakeman on the Cleveland & Pittsburg railway and had been in the railway business since, working out of Kansas City for thirty years.
Mr. Shepherd was a member of the Order of Railway Conductors. A widow and two sons, Charles, who lives in Armourdale, and Wilbur B., who lives at the Washington street address, survive.
Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home. Rev. Dr. George Reynolds, pastor of the Second Presbyterian church, will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery.
Labels: Armourdale, cemetery, Civil War, death, ministers, railroad, Topeka, veterans, Washington street
May 29, 1909
SHARP'S FATE IN THE
HANDS OF JURY.
RELIGIOUS FANATIC WEEPS
DURING THE AURGMENTS.
Prosecutor Conkling Pleads Strongly
for the Death Penalty -- "Adam
God" Sat Unmoved
Through It All.
After deliberating from 2:50 o'clock yesterday afternoon until 10 o'clock last night, the jury in the James Sharp murder case declared its inability to reach a verdict, and was locked up for the night. It will be called into criminal court at 9 o'clock this morning.
Yesterday was taken up entirely by arguments in the Sharp case.
In the morning A. E. Martin concluded for the defense. He spoke until the noon recess. During his speech the widow of A. O. Dalbow, one of the policemen killed in the riot, fainted and had to be carried from the courtroom. She fainted also the first day of the trial.
After the noon recess, Virgil Conkling, prosecuting attorney, summed up for the state. Mr. Conkling pleaded strongly for the death penalty. He said the testimony given by Harry Hoffman, deputy marshal, about the dream Sharp had, in which penitentiary life appeared easy, should prove that imprisonment would be no punishment, but rather would be welcomed by the defendant.
In his argument, Mr. Conkling said:
ARRAIGNED AS A COWARD.
"I will not rely on the testimony of any witness other than the defendant himself. If his own words do not condemn him then you are at liberty to set him free. No verdict you can render will restore to life Michael Mullane, Albert O. Dalbow or Andrew J. Selsor, nor will it restore Patrick Clark, who grappled unarmed with this fanatic, the eye he lost on that day.
"Counsel for the defense try to inject into this case the claim that the man is being tried for his religion. It is unnecessary to state that this is not true. This is the Twentieth century and every man is accorded the liberty of his conscience. But that liberty does not arm the assassin, it does not give strength to the ruffian. It does not allow a man to break the laws of God and man."
Strongly Mr. Conkling arraigned Sharp as a coward, contrasting his flight with the fight to the death made by Pratt. He pictured Sharp's hasty departure from the scene of combat, leaving behind wife, followers, faith and playing the part of coward.
Mr. Conkling's whole line of reasoning was as to the amount of punishment t hat should be given him. The vital point of the whole case, said Mr. Conking, was whether Sharp knew it was wrong to kill a man. Nothing else, he said, was involved.
IN THE HANDS OF GOD.
During Mr. Conkling's speech Sharp sat without the shadow of an expression on his face. During Martin's address he had wept. After the jury went out the fanatic who called himself Adam God asserted that his fate was in the hands of God. He was taken into a witness room and there for an hour talked his strange preachings to a score of the curious. He did not seem worried over the outcome of the trial.
Sharp was a leader of the band of religious fanatics who participated in a riot at the city hall December 8 of last year. He was tried on the charge of killing Michael P. Mullane, a patrolman. Besides Mullane, there were killed Patrolman A. O. Dalbow, A. J. Selsor, a spectator, and Luis Pratt, member of the fanatic band. Captain Patrick Clark of the police was severely wounded by Sharp.
Labels: Adam God sect, criminal court, murder, police, Prosecutor Conkling
May 29, 1909
GOV. CRITTENDEN IS SINKING.
May Survive Some Hours, but
Physicians Give No Hope.
Still in an unconscious state, Governor Thomas T. Crittenden is slowly sinking. At times, since he was stricken with apoplexy Thursday afternoon at Association park during the baseball game, he has seemed to be nearly conscious, so much so as to nod his head and move his hand, but yesterday afternoon and evening brought a decided change for the worse. His unconsciousness is seeming to grow deeper and he now gives no sign of life other than his breathing and unusually good heart action.
It is this heart action which is keeping Governor Crittenden alive, according to his physicians, who, with trained nurses, are constantly in attendance.
"I consider Governor Crittenden's condition extremely critical," said Dr. Ned O. Lewis, one of the attending physicians, last night. "However, we expect that he will survive the night, though his recovery seems now to be impossible. It is his strong heart action that is keeping life within him now."
All of yesterday scores of Governor Crittenden's friends visited the home at 3220 Flora avenue, although no one was allowed into the sickroom. Messages of sympathy and hope for recovery have been received by the family from many sources.
Labels: doctors, Flora avenue, illness
May 28, 1909
UNKNOWN MAN TRIES TO
KILL ROBERT M'CLINTOCK.
Attacks Him With Knife in Front
of Twelfth Street Entrance to
While standing in the front of the Twelfth street entrance to McClintock's restaurant, Twelfth and Walnut streets, Robert McClintock, son of the proprietor, was stabbed three times by one of three passersby, who attacked him without provocation or warning. Hundreds of people were on their way home from the theaters at the time.
Mr. McClintock's stiff hat broke the force of the first blow, but the blade cut a long gash in his scalp. The second cut also was in the head, near the first. McClintock, weak from the loss of blood, then grappled with his assailant, who cut him again on the forehead and broke away, pursued by a dozen men, but eventually escaping.
R. S. McClintock, proprietor of the restaurant, was standing in front of the Walnut street entrance when he saw a man run panting past him. He wore no hat and several men were chasing him. A moment later his son was led into the restaurant with the blood streaming down his face.
"I'm sure I would know the man if I saw him again," said Mr. McClintock last night. "Had I known what he had done, I could have knocked him down as he ran past. I don't know of an enemy Robert has. I will give $100 for his assailant's arrest and conviction.
Young McClintock remembered that he had an altercation a year ago over the payment of a check with a man to whom his assailant bore a strong resemblance.
The assailant left his hat. In the sweatband were the initials "D. D." It bore the brand of the "Lid," and evidently had been worn several months.
A cashier in the restaurant declared that three men a half hour before had come in and asked the whereabouts of Robert McClintock. Without thinking anything peculiar in their actions, she told them that he was likely in the office on the Walnut street side. Satisfied that he was inside, the men waited until he appeared.
Labels: restaurants, Twelfth street, violence, Walnut Street
May 28, 1909
JAMES SHARP TELLS
A RAMBLING STORY.
PREACHES ON WITNESS STAND
BUT PASSES UP KILLING.
Arguments in Riot Case With
Instructions to Jury Including
Manslaughter and Par-
Cost of the Sharp trial to Jackson county $1,500.
Duration of trial (if ended today) twelve days.
By noon today or shortly after 12 o'clock the fate of James Sharp will be in the hands of the jury. All the testimony was finished yesterday afternoon and the instructions were read to the jury.
If Sharp meant to convince the jury he is not in his right mind, his counsel let him do the best possible thing by allowing him to ramble on the witness stand as he did yesterday morning. One of his impromptu sermons lasted for nearly twenty minutes and might have been two hours had the court not stopped it. All through Oklahoma, Missouri, Illinois, Colorado, the Northwest and Canada he rambled.
DEFENSE SCORES POINT.
But when, in the course of his ramblings, he got to Kansas City, his flow of language dried. He was not allowed by his counsel to tell even who fired the first shot in the riot, and, not having been examined as to the details by his own counsel, could not be cross-examined on such points.
In many words Adam God told of the revelations he had:
"It was revealed to me, after I had been preaching for two years, that I was a chosen vessel. I received it as the messenger of the fifth angel in the ninth chapter of Revelations -- the angel who opened the bottomless pi pt and out of the pit came locusts and they had tails.
"I am Jesus Christ. This knowledge that is in me is God. I claim to be the father of the Lord, yet he is my mother. I am the father of Jesus Christ raised up again out of David. This revelation came to me in Fort Smith, Ark. Since then I have found more proof in the Scripture all the time. Two years ago it was revealed to me that I was David."
"Will you ever die?"
"I preached that I would never die and that my body would never see corruption. Anyhow, I will be reincarnated."
JEALOUS OF ADKINS.
But in all of Sharp's statement, from the time the meteor fell on his farm in Oklahoma until the time of the riot, through the tears that masked but could not stop the flow of words, though whatever emotion he may have felt, there was in it all , t the culminating moment, the note of jealousy. For John Adkins, the Adkins who led the naked parade, was a greater preacher than Adam God.
"From the time Adkins joined us until we were arrested in Oklahoma City he was the leader," Sharp testified. "The time he was converted he preached as no man has ever preached before nor since. We stood dumbfounded. Tears streaming down his cheeks, Adkins told us of things we had never heard of; things that were not in the Bible. He made men weep and women cry. Often I myself have wept as I preached, but I couldn't make others cry. But Adkins could. He was a great preacher."
It was Adkins who told Sharp, according to the defendant's story, that he was Adam, Mrs. Sharp, Eve, and the boy, Cain or Abel. There is confusion in the testimony as to the child's name. It was Adkins, too, according to the defendant, who said three times to the police, when they started to interfere with the naked parade: "Get the behind me, Satan." And Sharp said the police got.
NO SENSE OF SHAME.
Of this orgy Sharp told with no sense of shame. He appeared amused when he related his wife's endeavor to shield herself from the public gaze after her arrest and omitted no detail. In marked contrast to this was his testimony about selling his home because he feared he would get attached to it instead of god.
"An evil spirit leapt out of Holt and on me," said Sharp, telling of the controversy at the mission in the North end. I became unbalanced and pushed him out. I called him a foul name, but did not swear. I struck Holt with a pistol against my will. From that time on I was like a blind man and all through the fight I can't remember. I never was in such a fix since I was born. I know I said: 'Come on, we'll hold a meeting if we don't get killed. This is a free country and we'll preach anyhow.'
"I meant to show my humility with guns and thought perhaps they'd let me alone. I was watching for the police. the first officer told me to go over to the station and I started to talk to him when a man in citizen's clothes came up beside the officer and put a pistol in my face and told me to drop my knife. Then I heard a shot fired.
"Did you fire that shot?"
At this point the direct examination stopped. Sharp's counsel would not let him tell who fired the first shot, but turned him over to the state for cross-examination. Then the religious ramblings ceased and Sharp was brought back to his earlier life with a jerk.
WAS SHORT-CARD GAMBLER.
""Yes," said he in answer to questions from Mr. Conkling. "I was a gambler from the age of 14 for almost thirty years. I played cards for money. I was a short card gambler and played poker, seven-up, casino and other games. About all I looked for was to swindle. I got so I could run up high hands, but played square when I had to."
Under a fire of questions Sharp admitted that he had no title to the farm on which he lived, as it was a claim and he had lived there only two and a half years. He said he sold his relinquishment for $250 and paid off debts of $22. He didn't give the poor over $125, he said.
But after he quit gambling, Sharp took moral bankruptcy. He never made restitution to the people whom he had swindled.
"Gambling was the devil working through me. The money I had swindled people out of I just charged up to the devil, and let it go at that."
"Did you preach the Ten Commandments?"
"The Commandments were law in their day, but Christ came along and changed the law."
Pursuing questions about the evil spirit he said Holt brought the defendant, Mr. Conkling asked:
"Did you get the evil spirit first, or the gun?"
WAITED FOR TROUBLE.
"I carried the gun all the time. I never was in such a fix. Just think of a man going out and doing what I did -- "
"Did you tell the others to bring their revolvers?"
"They had them with them all the time. I was not hunting trouble. I was waiting to see it come. I was expecting it after what had happened."
"When the officer said, 'Drop that knife,' where was the weapon?"
"In my hand, open. We were holding a meeting and I was watching to keep them off if they interfered. I was armed with faith. Besides that, I had a gun and a knife which the children not of God could understand. Of course they could not recognize the spirit."
The sharp fire of cross-examination, calling for quick thought and feats of memory by the defendant, did much to dispel any belief of insanity which he may have instilled on his direct examination.
MRS. SHARP HYSTERICAL.
There were certain inconsistencies which hardly could have been lost on the jury. For instance, Sharp testified that he learned to read largely through his perusal of the Bible. He gave the impression that this was about his only means of education. Yet Sharp, it was pointed out, writes a fair hand.
Mrs. Melissa Sharp, sobbing and talking in the voice of hysteria, preceded her husband on the stand. She seems devoted to her husband, aside from religion and told of the falling star and of her conversion in Oklahoma in a voice that expressed the profoundest conviction.
Her recital of how the Sharps wept and prayed for weeks after Adam saw the star was dramatic. When she had finished amid tears of her own and of Mr. Martin of her counsel, she was taken back to her cell without cross-examination.
ARGUMENTS ARE BEGUN.
The argument was begun at 7 o'clock in the evening by William S. Gabriel, assistant prosecuting attorney, who presented the case for the state. He was followed by A. A. Bailey of the defense and Harry Friedberg for the state. After these addresses court adjourned until 9 o'clock this morning. The morning A. E. Martin will argue for the defense and Virgil Conkling, prosecutor, will sum up for the state. How soon after that there will be a verdict is for the jury to say.
About twenty-five instructions offered by the state and defense were given to the jury by Judge Ralph S. Latshaw. Under them, Sharp may be convicted of murder in the first or second degree. The maximum penalty for the last mentioned offense is two years' imprisonment. The jury may acquit on the ground of self-defense or on the plea of insanity.
The instructions cover partial insanity, the presumption of guilt raised by flight after the crime. There is an instruction covering the supposition that Sharp was insane at the time of the crime and has since recovered, and another that supposes he was insane then and is so now. The court instructed the jury that it was not necessary that Sharp should have fired the shot that killed Michael P. Mullane in order to convict him, but that it was sufficient if proved anyone acting in concert with him did the deed.
For the first time during the trial of the case, A. A. Bailey of Sharp's counsel took the active part yesterday. His adroit questioning strengthened the defendant's case materially, so far as it was possible to do so in light of the damaging evidence Sharp gave against himself. A. E. Martin, the other attorney, was late at both morning and afternoon sessions, and was lectured each time by the court.
COVER PARTIAL INSANITY.
After the Sharps had told their story in the morning, or at least as much of it as Mr. Bailey shrewd questioning allowed to be revealed, the afternoon was devoted to expert insanity testimony and to rebuttal evidence by the state.
Dr. S. Grover Burnett heard a 4,000-word hypothetical question and was asked: "Assuming that all this is true, is it your belief that Sharp is insane?"
"It is indicative that he is insane. He is suffering form a form of mania of insanity classified as paranoia religiosa."
The hypothetical question, easy for Dr. Burnett, was too much for a spectator, who fainted and was carried from the room.
Dr. Burnett modestly admitted that he had pronounced 15,000 persons insane and had never, so far as he knew or was able to find out, made a mistake. He was the only expert put on by the defense.
In rebuttal, the state introduced Harry Hoffman, a deputy county marshal, who would not say whether he believed Sharp sane or insane. It also called to the witness stand Theodore Remley, justice of the peace, before whom Sharp had two preliminary hearings. Justice Remley testified that, at neither of these hearings did Sharp make any interruption, nor did he n or his wife carry a Bible. The same facts were testified to by Clarance Wofford, stenographer of the criminal court, who reported the preliminary hearings.
John S. Steed, sheriff of Johnson county, Kas.; Hugh I. Moore, a reporter for The Journal, who talked to Sharp soon after his arrest; John M. Leonard, editor of the Olathe Register; Edwin G. Pinkham, a reporter for the Star, all testified they believed Sharp sane.
The statement made by Sharp after he had been returned to Kansas City was read. In it the fanatic said it had been revealed to him that Kansas City was the town he was going to take. His band, he said, was singing "Babylon is Falling" just before the riot started. Also in his statement, Sharp said he fired the first shot.
Labels: Adam God sect, attorney, courtroom, Johnson county, Judge Latshaw, Judge Remley, mental health, ministers, newspapers, police, Prosecutor Conkling, The Journal
May 28, 1909
STRICKEN BY APOPLEXY.
FALLS FROM SEAT WHILE
WATCHING BALL GAME.
Age and General Ill Health Believed
by Doctors to Render Recovery
Problematical -- Has Not Re-
As the result of a stroke of apoplexy which came upon him yesterday afternoon while watching a baseball game at Association park, former Governor Thomas T. Crittenden is lying at the point of death at his home, 3220 Flora avenue, with physicians in constant attendance.
Slight hope is entertained for Mr. Crittenden's recovery. His age and general ill health are said to be factors against his rallying. Though Mr. Crittenden had not regained consciousness up to a late hour last night, it was ascertained by the attending physicians, Ned O. Lewis and J. C. Rogers, that Mr. Crittenden's entire left side is completely paralyzed. The left side of his face is badly bruised where he struck the benches in front of him when he fell forward at the ball park.
Mr. Crittenden had been sitting in the grandstand near the third base line during the first of the two games which were played between Kansas City and St. Paul. Other spectators who were sitting near him said that he had not displayed any unusual excitement over the game and had been sitting rather quietly.
It was the beginning of the second inning of the second game when Mr. Crittenden was seen suddenly to fall forward and outward into the aisle.
CONDITION IS CRITICAL.
Thinking that Mr. Crittenden had but fainted, his immediate neighbors rushed to pick him up and placed him on the bench, where they attempted to revive him. Dr. Stanley Newhouse, the park physician, was hastily called from the press box, where he had been watching the game. He gave Mr. Crittenden prompt attention, but was unable to revive him.
Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., was summoned from the city hall. He was driven to the park in an automobile, and suggested that he drive his father home in the motor car. Dr. Newhouse advised an ambulance, and one from the Walnut street police station was summoned. Then Mr. Crittenden was taken to his home.
After a long consultation with Dr. Lewis and an examination of Mr. Crittenden, Dr. Rogers stated that while the patient was in a precarious condition and that he was critically ill, there was a little hope for his recovery.
"It all depends upon the size of the hemorrhage on the brain," said Dr. Rogers. "It appears that the hemorrhage is from a ruptured small blood vessel, but we do not know whether or not the flow had been stopped completely. Governor Crittenden has been in poor health for several months. That taken into consideration with the fact that this is the second attack, does not argue well for a speedy recovery."
Dr. Newhouse, who first attended Mr. Crittenden, is not so sanguine as Dr. Rogers. Dr. Lewis remained with his patient all night, and did not make a statement.
HIS SECOND SEIZURE.
Eighteen years ago, while Mr. Crittenden was a practicing lawyer, he had his first stroke of apoplexy. No ill effects resulted from the first stroke, other than to make him more susceptible to the second.
Mr. Crittenden has long been a baseball enthusiast and there have been few games this season, according to his son, that he has missed. It has been his chief recreation, and though his family feared for him to go alone to the games on account of his age and declining health, Mr. Crittenden persisted in doing so. Mayor Crittenden said last night that his family had feared some untoward incident as a probable result of his innocent recreation.
Dr. Newhouse stated last night that he believed the attack was caused from an overwrought nervous condition. He said that it occurred at a lull in the game and excitement, and was the result of a reaction upon the nerves, even though Mr. Crittenden had not appeared excited.
Mr. Crittenden in 77 years of age. He was born January 1, 1832, in Shelby county, Ky. His father was Henry Crittenden, a farmer, and the former governor was one of eight children. He received his education at Center college, Danville, Ky. Among his classmates were Judge John F. Philips of this city, who was by his bedside last night; W. P. C. Breckenridge, John Young Brown, and other noted men.
LAWYER AND SOLDIER.
Mr. Crittenden studied law at Frankfort. Soon after his marriage to Miss Carrie W. Jackson he moved to Lexington, Mo., where he first practiced law. There he remained until the civil war when he and Judge Philips raised a regiment of federal sondiers, and were engaged in the war for three years. Many of his battles were fought in Jackson county.
At the close of the war Mr. Crittenden formed a partnership with Francis M. Cockrell, afterward United States senator. During that time Mr. Crittenden was sent to congress from Missouri.
In 1878 Mr. Crittenden became governor of Missouri, and the four years of his administration were stormy ones. At the close of his term he moved to Kansas city, where, with the exception of four years, he has resided since. That exception is during the time he acted as consul general to Mexico under President Cleveland.
Mr. Crittenden has three sons, H. H., Mayor Thomas T., both of Kansas City, and William J. Crittenden of Pittsburg, Pa., now in Japan.
Labels: Association park, Civil War, doctors, history, illness, Judge Philips, Lexington, Mayor Crittenden, Mexico, sports, Walnut street police station
May 28, 1909
TO GET BERTILLON REPORTS.
Police Department Now Member of
National Identification Bureau.
Within a month the Kansas City police department will be entitled to the advantages of the National Bureau of Identification. At the special meeting of the police board yesterday morning enough money was appropriated to entitle the department to membership.
As a member of the bureau the Kansas City department will be advised of the movements of all noted criminals. Every month, the pictures of all crooks liberated from prisons will be forwarded to the seventy different cities that belong to the association.
Hitherto Lieutenant Stege has been compelled to rely on his memory to locate crooks when they have been arrested in Kansas City.
The total cost to Kansas City for membership is only $105.
Labels: crime, police, police board
May 28, 1909
BOUNDARIES FOR TENDERLOIN.
Tenement Commission's Advice Con-
cerning "Red Light" Districts.
In a letter to the board of police commissioners yesterday the tenement commission advised the board that conditions on Twelfth street in the neighborhood of Central high school were not ideal, and that many hotels and rooming houses in that neighborhood were frequented by an undesirable class of inmates.
The commission also advised that the "red light" district be segregated to definite boundaries, south of Twelfth street. The letter advised that the boundaries of the district be fixed at Main street on the west, McGee street on the east, Eighteenth street on the south and Fourteenth street on the north. The district in the North End should be bounded on the north by Second street, on the east by Wyandotte street, on the south by Fifth street and on the west by Broadway.
Commissioner Marks was delegated to make an investigation of the matter, and report at the next meeting.
Labels: Broadway, Eighteenth street, Fourteenth street, Main street, McGee street, North end, police board, schools, Second streeet, tenement commission, Twelfth street, Wyandotte street
May 28, 1909
OLDHAM TO SEATTLE FAIR.
Local Detective to Look After Kan-
sas City Crooks.
To keep a lookout for Kansas City crooks who may visit Seattle this summer, Detective David Oldham has been assigned by the board of police commissioners to attend the Alaska-Yukon Pacific exposition in that city. while in Seattle, Detective Oldham will be paid by the city of Seattle. Detectives from all the large cities of the country have been invited to attend.
Labels: crime, detectives
May 27, 1909
OLD NEWSPAPER MAN DIES.
Edwin Gilbert Erwin Was Founder
of Jackson County Judge.
EDWIN G. ERWIN
Edwin Gilbert Erwin, formerly a reporter on The Journal and for many years a Jackson county newspaper man, died at his home, 1317 Madison street, yesterday morning, of diabetes. He was 48 years old. Mr. Erwin was born in Cleveland, Ill., and had been in the newspaper business practically all his life.
Physically Mr. Erwin was a large man, and during his life in this county was called by the sobriquet of "Judge." In 1898 Mr. Erwin was employed as a reporter on The Journal. Erwin, however, was not satisfied unless editing a paper of his own. After a year and a half on The Journal he moved to Independence with his family , and founded the Jackson County Judge. He held the position of editor on this paper until two years ago.
His relinquishment of the Jackson County Judge was caused by his failing health, due to an attack of diabetes which slowly wasted him away until he was but a shadow of his former self. Last March the family moved to the Madison street address from Independence. The end came after Mr. Erwin had been confined to his bed for two weeks.
Besides his father and widow, three daughters and one son survive. The daughters are Mrs. Frank F. Syne of Sioux City, Ia., and Miss Georgia and Miss Louise of this city. The son is Lester G. Erwin. Two sisters, Mrs. U. G. Osborn of 3424 Highland avenue and Mrs. Eugene Neal, who lives seven miles east of Independence, survive.
Funeral services will be held from the home this afternoon at 2 o'clock. Rev. William Haupt of the Independence Episcopal church, will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery.
Labels: death, Highland avenue, newspapers, The Journal
May 27, 1909
GRAND OPERA GETS
Union Depot Autocrat, a Family
Man, Prefers Baby's Crying.
Italian grand opera was introduced at the Union depot last night to pacify crying babies. It wasn't much more than introduced, however, before the official red cap decided that it would be better for the crowded condition of the depot if the crying continued, rather than the music, inasmuch as the squeals of infants did not draw the huge audience that the serenade did.
In the east end of the depot a bunch of Italian immigrants were herded. One of the men had a violin and another had an accordion. Two little babies had their natural Italian voices which they began to exercise and cultivate. After some minutes of the infantile crying, the musicians produced their instruments and played the "Miserere" and the triumphal march of "Aida."
That was as far as the minstrels got, when the red cap appeared with his silencer. The babies cried on.
Labels: children, immigrants, music, Union depot
May 27, 1909
BOY DUPE OF SHARP
BAND IS RELEASED.
WILLIAM ENGHNELL TELLS OF
FAITH IN ADAM GOD.
While on Stand, Prosecutor Dis-
misses Information Against Him.
Fanatic Continues to Inter-
rupt Court Proceedings.
WILLIAM ENGHNELL,Following the City Hall Riot.
As He Appeared After His Arrest
Acrid exchanges of words between attorneys and the release of William Enghnell, a member of James Sharp's band, from the county jail, brought interest to the closing hour of the Adam God hearing for yesterday.
The day had been one of lagging testimony, largely by deposition, and court and spectators, as well as the jury, were weary when, at 4:30 o'clock, Enghnell, 20 years old, who does not appear bright, marched to the witness stand. He had been brought out of his cell on a former day of the trial, but taken back before he had a chance to testify.
On the stand Enghnell spoke with a pronounced Swedish dialect. He said he had lived in Kitchen county, Minn.
"Who is this?" asked A. E. Martin, counsel for the fanatic, Sharp, indicating the defendant.
"It's James Sharp."
"HE IS THE LORD," SAYS BOY.
"By what other name do you know him?"
"By what other name?"
"By what other name?"
"He is the Lord," said the boy, reverently.
"How long have you known Sharp?"
"I met him a year ago in Kitchen county, and hear him preach."
Judge Ralph S. Latshaw of the criminal court here turned to Enghnell and told him not to testify to anything that might tend to incriminate himself.
Immediately Virgil Conkling, prosecutor, was on his feet.
"If the court please," said he, "the state wishes to dismiss any information that may be pending against Enghnell. The state will not prosecute him for anything. He was not present at the shooting."
Mr. Martin resumed:
"Why are you in jail, Enghnell?"
"They had me arrested for believing the truth and Adam. I met him and God revealed to me that He was Adam, and I got the faith."
The witness started to tell what he saw of the shooting on the river, but was stopped by an objection by Mr. Conkling.
Sharp spoke up and said:
"I object. There you go stopping one of my best witnesses. Object, object," he continued, punching Martin in the back.
"Let him tell what he knows about that killing," shouted Sharp.
"That's the truth," called out the boy in the voice of a zealot.
On cross-examination Mr. Conkling asked:
GUNS TO KEEP OFF EVIL.
"Sharp believed in killing people, didn't he?"
"No," said the boy. "Letting all people alone was our doctrine."
"Why did you have guns?"
"I heard Adam say that all through the South, where he had been preaching, they had been putting him in jail, and he had the guns to keep the evil men off him."
"Now don't let him get more than twenty-five minutes from the shooting," called out Sharp. "They wouldn't let the others tell what happened twenty-five minutes afterward. Why should this boy tell what happened more than twenty-five minutes before the shooting?"
The interruption was too much for Martin, who jumped in and said, "For two or three days I've resisted putting this boy on the stand. I was forced to do so by the defendant."
"Mr. Martin is 21 years old, a member of the bar and ought to be able to conduct a criminal case or resign," said Mr. conkling frigidly. By this time the prosecutor was on his feet and continued: "I don't think you ought to take this position before the jury."
"Are there any other witnesses they are trying to force you to put on, Mr. Martin?" asked Judge Latshaw. "If there are, I will protect you."
"No," said Martin.
"If you object," said Mr. Conkling, "I shall not examine this witness further. I don't want to be unfair."
Martin had none, so the questioning about the guns was resumed by the prosecutor.
GAVE ADAM HIS MONEY.
"Sharp took the guns up town to protect him from the evil man," said the boy Enghnell.
"Did you give him some of the guns?"
"When I got into the faith I gave Adam my two pistols. I saw he was David, the father, and I gave everything I had to him."
"What else did you give him?"
"A $5 bill."
"Because he told you he was Adam?"
"No. God revealed it to me."
"Revealed it to Sharp, too, didn't he?"
"When you offered him the $5, you had a hard time to get him to take it, didn't you?"
"What did he say about you not having nerve to use pistols?"
"He said I didn't."
As soon as this answer had been given, Mr. Conkling accused Martin of shaking his head at the witness and objected to such alleged acts. martin denied them, but Conkling persisted.
"Did Sharp tell you that if anybody stopped him from preaching there would be war? the prosecutor asked the witness.
"Did he say if they didn't let him do what he wanted he would shoot?"
"Yes, he said that."
"Did Sharp tell you that perhaps this was the town God wanted him to take?"
"Did he say he had to fire the first shot and then they all could shoot?"
ALL GOT REVELATIONS.
"Did he say he proposed never to be put in jail again?"
"Did he tell you he bought the guns to keep the police from arresting him?"
"Were you with Sharp w hen he stood off the Canadian police?"
"Stood them off with a rifle, didn't he?"
"And the next day he stood off several?"
"Then they sent fifty Canadian police after him and he stood them off with a rifle?"
"All of you who joined the band got revelations to give Sharp your money, didn't you?"
"Yes, we got revelations. God showed us."
"Did Sharp say he would do like David did to the Philistine with his knife?"
This concluded the examination of Enghnell, who was set at liberty. He was taken in charge by Mrs. Alice Stultz, a mission worker at 1418 Oak street, who said she would care for him. Court then adjourned for the day.
The reference Enghnell made in his testimony to Sharp taking the city had to do with a claim he made to his followers in connection with Joshua and Jericho.
SHARP NOT ON STAND.
Sharp himself did not take the stand yesterday, and it is possible that neither he nor his wife will be used as witnesses. The case may be finished today, as there remains little evidence to be put before the jury unless the Sharps go on the stand. Mr. Martin was unwilling last night to allow Sharp or his wife to testify, but added that they might override his wishes.
During the afternoon there were read by A. A. Bailey of Sharp's counsel depositions taken early this month in Oklahoma City. L. A. Sheldon, a real estate dealer who was a jailer there in February, 1905, said that the Sharps were in his charge for about sixty days that year. This was just after the naked parade.
"Sharp told me," said Sheldon, "that he came naked into the world and would go out that way. He preached and sang in the jail day and night so that one couldn't sleep in the jail office. He said also he was God and was generally 'nutty' on religion. His mental condition was 'mighty weak'.
"This naked parade was on Broadway in the afternoon. There were four of them in it."
James Bruce of Oklahoma City, who had the contract for feeding prisoners at the jail when Sharp was confined there, said he seemed to be rational on all subjects except religion. Sharp, so said Bruce, had a "very elegant beard," which reached almost to his waist.
"I told him," said Bruce, "that I wanted his whiskers and when I got back there he had cut them off with a pocket knife and had them in an envelope. 'Keep these and they will make you religious,' he said to me. I learned from neighbors that Pratt gave Sharp over $3,000, realized from the sale of Pratt's farm."
ASKED TOO MUCH FOR FARM.
John Tobin, a retired farmer of Oklahoma City, saw Sharp's band in their camp near Oklahoma City in the spring of 1905. He said he wanted to buy the farm (Pratt's), but that Sharp asked $6,000, or $1,000 more than it was worth.
John Ballard, a deputy sheriff, saw the naked parade.
John W. Hanson, assistant county attorney, who was police judge of Oklahoma City in 1905, gave it as his opinion that Sharp was sane.
"He told me," the witness said, "that the constitution of the United States guaranteed him the right to preach on the streets. This was after he had been arrested for blockading the streets."
When Mr. Conkling read this question from the deposition: "It's very common for religious fanatics to claim divine origin, isn't it?" Sharp remarked, loud enough to be heard all over the courtroom:
"No, it is not."
Labels: Adam God sect, attorney, city hall, courtroom, jail, mental health, ministers, Oak street, oklahoma, Prosecutor Conkling
May 27, 1909
BOY DUPE OF SHARP
BAND IS RELEASED.
WILLIAM ENGHNELL TELLS OF
FAITH IN ADAM GOD.
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May 27, 1909
EXAMINE YOUR MONEY.
Many Bad $2 Bills Are Now Cir-
culating in Kansas City.
Don't take any bad money. You are likely to do so unless there is a closer observation of $2 bills. Government inspectors have been notified that the new issue of bad twos has reached here, and United States Marshal E R. Durham's men yesterday got three of them.
The fake bills are blue, rather than green; on bond paper instead of anything like real bill paper, and they have no silk threads running through them. These silk threads show plainly in new bills and as the new fraud is on new paper, it is easy to find they have no silk fiber.
There have been about a dozen complaints made to the government officials.
"We hear of comparatively few," said an official yesterday. "It is not a nice thing to say, but a true one; when a man gets a spurious bill forced upon him, his first effort is to foist it on somebody else. His duty, under the law, is to notify the treasury department, but that would mean the coin or the bill being taken away from him, which is more than the average man seems to be willing to stand.
May 27, 1909
OFFERED COFFIN HANDLES.
Young Man, Who Tried to Make
Sale, Held for Investigation.
A young man entered Leo J. Stewart's undertaking rooms at 1212 McGee street yesterday afternoon and offered to sell two boxes containing a dozen cheap coffin handles. The suspicions of William Stewart, junior member of the firm, were aroused, and when the man returned with three more boxes he had him arrested by Officers Lucius Downing and J. C. W. Dyson. The prisoner gave the name of Ed McBride and his residence as 521 East Nineteenth street.
The coffin handles were identified by H. R. Miller of the Wagner undertaking firm as some that had been taken from their warehouse. In McBride's pockets were found a Chicago street car transfer dated April 9, a St. Louis transfer dated April 8 and a paper back copy of "Fetters That Sear." He was held for investigation.
Labels: crime, McGee street, Nineteenth street, police, undertakers
May 26, 1909
FROM ABRAHAM TO DAVID.
Sharp Hops Into Another Biblical
Role for a Change.
Monday it was Abraham, Tuesday it was David. What will it be on Wednesday? James Sharp, thoroughly in tune with his defense of insanity, and defending the clipping of his beard, said yesterday:
"What if I did act crazy? Didn't David play crazy, foam at the mouth and scratch on the wall with his finger nails when they said he was a soldier, and he didn't want to reveal himself? Am I better than David?"
Earlier in the day, noting the clouds without, Sharp wrote this note and passed it around:
"It is written the day of the Lord will be darkness and not lite, so if I am the Lord it is very dark."
Labels: Adam God sect
May 26, 1909
SHARP'S SANITY NOW
AN IMPORTANT FACTOR.
WITNESSES TELL OF INCONSIS-
TENT ACTS AND STATEMENTS.
Today the Fanatic Leader Will Take
the Witness Stand and Tell
the Story of His Life.
ORIGIN OF NAME "ADAM GOD"
"He told me that the Almighty created the first man and called him Adam and that, therefore, all men since the first are property named Adam and may call themselves so if they choose.
He said further, that the Almighty, having created Adam, had breathed into him the breath of life and, having made him in His image and endowed him with life, that each man was in a way a god and could properly call himself a god. Combining the two titles he said every man could term himself Adam God. But he said he was not Adam nor God." -- From I. B. Kimbrell's testimony yesterday relating to a talk he had with Sharp.
Adam God, or James Sharp himself, will go on the witness stand today to tell the story of his life and his version of the city hall riot. Also there will testify Mrs. Melissa Sharp, his wife, who frequently was called Eve.
The crowd in the criminal court expected to see Sharp on the stand yesterday, for the number of spectators was greater than it has been at any time since the trial began. Half the space inside the railing was filled by spectators and once Judge Ralph S. Latshaw threatened to clear the court room and lock the doors if better order was not observed.
There were not so many objections yesterday from Sharp as have been on previous days of the trial. It was said that Sharp had been advised to make less commotion and he heeded the admonitions except in three or four instances. Once was when Virgil Conkling, prosecuting attorney, asked a witness if Sharp was a publicity seeker. The defendant jumped up and said:
"I object, if my attorneys won't. I didn't advertise in no paper anywhere."
H. O. Lindsay, a merchant of Lebanon, Mo., however, said that Sharp had no hesitancy in announcing his sermons. On the witness stand Lindsay said that five years ago he heard Sharp preach in Conway, Mo.
"He had his wife and his little son along," said the witness, "and he said he was God himself and that it was the first time the people of that city had ever had a chance to hear God preach. He said also that he was David and Elijah and Adam."
THE FIFTH ANGEL.
Mr. Lindsay said he believed Sharp was unbalanced, in fact, insane.
Henry D. Hilton, a farmer of Morgan, Laclede county, saw Sharp five years ago and heard him preach twice that day. He testified:
"Sharp told us he was the fifth angel spoken of in Revelations as having the keys to the bottomless pit. He said, too, that it was God talking to us and that the people in that town had never heard God speak to them before. I formed the opinion that he had gone insane over religion."
When Sharp preached at Morgan at the time mentioned above, he stayed at the home of his sister, Mrs. Eliza Price. She testified yesterday that he preached at her house and spoke of being the fifth angel. He told her also, she said, that he was David and Elijah, and she made up her mind that he was insane.
"Did he preach against killing?" asked Mr. Conkling on cross-examination.
"I object to this," said Sharp. "You don't ask the woman if I said it was right to kill if they shot at me first. Ask her that and then let her tell."
"Very well," said the prosecutor. "Did he preach that it was right to kill if he was attacked?"
"No," said the witness.
Clara Price, a daughter of the previous witness, who also had not seen him for five years, said she had made up her mind that he was insane.
Andrew J. Price, an uncle of Clara, said that Sharp, when a boy, could bark like a dog and meouw like a cat more naturally than he had ever heard anyone else do. He was inclined to believe that this showed a rather unbalanced mind on the part of the defendant. Five years ago Price met Sharp in Stoutland, Mo., and asked him:
SWALLOWING FISH ALIVE.
"Are you still following your same old trade?" I meant," the witness explained, "the trade of gambling, as I had heard he was engaged in this and horse trading. He said:
" 'No, I am a different man now. I am preaching.'
The witness asked Sharp where he lived and says Adam told him:
"I've got no more home than a rabbit. Christ had no home, neither have I. I am the fifth angel."
The witness said he then wanted to "get shed of" Sharp and walked away. He did not attend any preaching that Sharp did.
Price said also that Sharp, when a boy, caught small fish and swallowed them alive.
This same fish story was told also by Eli A. Ellis, cashier of the People's bank of Stoutland, Mo. He and Sharp were boys together.
"I felt uneasy for Sharp and for the fish," said the witness. "When the lad would not stop I thrashed him, me being the larger."
The witness said that Sharp seemed to be a bad boy and didn't seem to care much for work. It was while Mr. Conkling asked this witness whether Sharp was not a publicity seeker that the fanatic shrouded himself with the banner of non-advertiser. Ellis said he thought the man insane. He had not seen Sharp for years.
Rudolph Indermuehle of Morgan had heard Sharp preach and tell people that he was the fifth angel and could not sin.
That was the end of the insanity testimony for the day. There was another witness, however, in the person of Joseph S. Waite, an itinerant furniture mender, who said he lived mostly at 553 Main street. After a grilling cross-examination by Mr. Conkling as to how he came to be a witness, Waite said:
VOLUNTEERED HIS SERVICES.
"Well, to tell the truth, I had some curiosity to be a witness here. I volunteered my services to Mr. Martin."
The witness said, on cross-examination, that he had heard Sharp attacking the public school system in a talk at the Workingmen's mission and that he had seen him put Probation Officer Holt out of the building. Further he heard the fanatic say that he would take the children on the street and defend himself and them. Sharp also talked of the authorities, said the witness, but in terms he could not remember.
"The last time I saw Sharp's gun it was by his side," said the witness and then immediately contradicted himself by adding: "I saw Sharp shoot at somebody after the first shots were fired. I couldn't tell who fired the first shot."
At the conclusion of this testimony, court adjourned for the day.
Labels: Adam God sect, courtroom, criminal court, Judge Latshaw, mental health, ministers, Prosecutor Conkling
May 26, 1909
MUST KEEP CHICKENS PENNED.
Or William Wright Will Have to
Pay $500 Fine.
William Wright and his wife, Mary, who live at Thirty-first and Poplar streets, were in municipal court yesterday, charged with disturbing the peace by James A. Johnson, a neighbor, who claimed that Wright had resented his complaint in regard to his chickens, which were allowed to run at large, and had attempted to stab him a knife.
Johnson testified that in the melee, Mrs. Wright had appeared in the doorway and fired several shots at him with a revolver.
Most of the neighborhood appeared and vouched for Johnson's story. The court fined each of the defendants $500 but gave them a stay of execution on the condition that the chickens be penned up.
Labels: animals, guns, municipal court, Thirty-first street
May 26, 1909
WROTE 275 LETTERS TO WIFE.
Urging Her to Come Back, So Di-
vorce Was Denied Sheridan.
Andrew Jackson Sheridan, 65 years old, was yesterday denied a divorce from Louisa M. Sheridan, from whom he has been separated eight years. Mr. Sheridan, who lives in the house boat Mable, moored at the foot of Minnesota avenue, on the Kaw river, brought the suit before Judge E. L. Fischer of the Wyandotte county district court. The reason why he could not procure legal separation from Mrs. Sheridan was because he was found to think too much of her. Disaster came to his plans when lawyers for the defense produced in evidence 275 letters to the defendant, urging her to come back and live with him.
The plaintiff has lived in the house boat on the Kaw over three years and his face is brown from the reflection of the river. Mrs. Sheridan lives with her son in Toledo, O. Depositions from her were read in court. All of the 275 letters which Sheridan has addressed to his wife in the past year are affectionate and urge her to come live in his boat. In different places he alludes to her as being made up of parts of the pig, oyster and chicken. In one letter he promises to give her treatment to make her a "perfect human like myself."
Judge Fischer believed that a man who could give so much free advice to his wife and sign himself her loving husband did not badly want a divorce.
Labels: boats, Divorce, Judges, Kaw river, marriage, Minnesota avenue
May 25, 1909
READY IN SIXTY DAYS.
Work Being Rushed on Zoo Build-
ings at Swope Park.
Work is being pushed with vigor on the completion of the zoo buildings at Swope park. It is thought they will be far enough advanced within the next sixty days to admit of the reception of several fine specimens of animals, of which donations have been promised. C. W. Armour will contribute five buffaloes, the Elks' lodge three elks, the Shriners two camels and Emery, Bird, Thayer Dry Goods Company a lion and a lioness.
Labels: animals, Kansas City Zoo, lodges, Swope park
May 25, 1909
"MY NECK, NOT YOURS
BEING TRIED" -- SHARP.
PROSECUTOR INTERRUPTED BE-
CAUSE HE OBJECTED.
Fanatic Causes Attorneys Trouble by
Persistent Outbreaks -- State
rests -- Defense's Plea In-
sanity and Self-Defense.
"Self-defense and insanity will be the defense," said A. E. Martin of Martin & Bailey, counsel for James Sharp or Adam God, when court adjourned yesterday. The state finished its case in the afternoon and this morning will be begun the taking of testimony on behalf of the defendant. It is likely that the case will be given to the jury by Wednesday night, if not earlier. Sharp is being tried before Judge Ralph S. Latshaw in the criminal court for the killing of Michael Mullane, a patrolman.
Sharp was much in evidence yesterday. There were times when he boldly took charge of his own case, ignoring his attorneys and accusing them of not following his instructions.
Once, during the afternoon session, when the court refused to admit evidence of the shooting at the river front, Sharp spoke quickly to Virgil Conkling, the prosecutor, who had made the objection:
"MY NECK BEING TRIED."
"This evidence has to do with the dirty work on the other side. They show up all the dirty work on me, and don't show up anything on the other side. Let's have a little justice in the house of God. This is my neck being tried, not yours, Mr. Conkling."
"In that case," said the prosecutor quietly, "I will withdraw my objection.
The answer of the witness, however, showed he did not have the information desired by the defense.
Earlier in the day Sharp had remarked that "things were not going as they should." In the morning he took his attorneys to task for objecting to the testimony of a witness. Sharp insisted that the man was telling the truth.
Throughout its presentation of the case the state has persistently combated the plea of insanity. It has attempted to show that Sharp at all times was possessed of a keen mind; that he dropped all claims of being God, or Adam, or David, or any other Biblical character, and that his mind was reflecting on the consequence of the riot in which five persons lost their lives.
The appearance of Sharp at this time and the acute manner in which he follows the words of every witness would seem to place him out of the insanity class, at least so far as the present is concerned. As to whether he knew right from wrong at the time of the shooting is another matter and one to be determined by the evidence of the defense.
Sharp himself expects to take the stand and when he does an exposition of his religious teachings may be expected. From remarks he has made in the courtroom and from the manner in which he has interrupted witnesses it may be surmised he intends to tell that the police provoked the riot and that he shot to protect himself. Sharp has longed for days to tell his side, in fact, from the first moment of the trial.
SHARP IS TO TESTIFY.
Today will open with the statement of A. E. Martin, his chief counsel. Then there will be witnesses and depositions from persons who knew Sharp and his band. Besides these will be Sharp himself. The state may submit some evidence in rebuttal before the case is argued and given to the jury.
It was while Goerge W. Robinson, owner of the barber shop at 952 Mullberry street, was on the stand that Sharp jumped up and said, addressing Judge Latshaw:
"Your honor, they are swearing my neck away. My lawyers let these witnesses say what they will. They don't object enough."
Then Sharp advanced to near the witness stand. A. E. Martin, one of his attorneys, objected to Sharp's interference, but the latter said sharply:
"Don't cross-examine him . He's telling the truth."
Eugene P. Barrett, a farmer near Olathe, who participated in the capture of sharp, was put on the stand after quiet had been restored. Barrett was watering his team by the roadside the morning Sharp came along. They exchanged greetings, said Barrett, and when there was noise of a horse coming down the road Sharp crawled through a fence.
"We object," said Mr. Martin. "There's no evidence here there was a horse."
"Yes, there was," said Sharp, getting up. "He's telling the truth. I heard a horse and went into a field until the horse was past."
Sharp was told to sit down and Barrett resumed his story. Said he:
"I next saw Sharp about 3:30 o'clock this afternoon, December 10. Mr. Bair and myself were in a searching party made up after word had been received from Kansas City about the riot. We made inquiry and found overshoe tracks leading to a straw stack about fifty yards from the road. This was about a mile from where I had seen Sharp go through the fence that morning. He was in a small stack of oat straw, in a hole the cattle had eaten, and there was straw in front of him. It was impossible for me to see him until I got within fifteen feet.
CLAIMED HE WAS PARALYZED.
"Sharp got up and said: 'I've been taking a snooze.' 'That's a good place to snooze," I answered.
" 'What are you doing? Hunting for rabbits?' he asked, and I said, "Yes, I thought I might kick out a few rabbits.'
"By that time Bair had come up on motion from me and Bair told Sharp to throw up his hands. He refused at first on the plea he was paralyzed, but finally put them up. Bair and myself searched him and found a bloody knife, $105 in bills, about$6 or $8 in silver and some small change tied up in a bloody sack in an overcoat pocket. We took him to the road and there turned him over to Sheriff Steed of Johnson county. Then we went home.
Sharp whispered to his attorneys and the witness was not cross-examined.
Joseph Beaver, a farmer who lives ten miles northwest of Olathe, told of giving Sharp a night's lodging at the request of William Thiry, his brother-in-law. He said Sharp told him and Mr. Beaver's mother he was a peddler, and that his partner had left him because he had become paralyzed. He added his wife had deserted him three years ago and taken the children with her. Sharp said he had been reared in Georgia.
"That night," said Beaver, "Adam slept on the lounge. The next morning I fed him, and told him it was time to move, and he went away. He told me his name was Thomas or Thompson."
Throughout his testimony, Mr. Beaver referred to Sharp as Adam. He was asked no questions in cross-examination.
When Sheriff John S. Steed of Johnson county, Kas., took the stand, Sharp nodded at him and smiled. The sheriff returned the salutation. It was to Sheriff Steed that Bair and Barrett turned over their prisoner as soon as they had reached the public road. Steed took Sharp into his buggy and drove with him to Olathe, where he was put in jail.
BLAMED SALVATION ARMY.
"From that time until the officers took him to Kansas City, Sharp talked almost all the time, and I can remember only part of what he said," related the sheriff. "When I saw the knife that had been taken from him, I remarked that the ferrule on one end was gone.
" 'They shot that off,' said Sharp. 'It looks like it had been through a battle. I cut a policeman in the face with that knife.'
"I asked him if he knew what he had done, and told him the result of the riot. He said:
" 'My God, brother, is that so? It wasn't me that was to blame' it was the Salvation Army. They have been nagging me everywhere I went because I had a different religion from theirs. An officer came out of the police station and shook hands with me. Then came a tall, long-faced fellow, who pulled a revolver and told me to drop my pistol. I commenced shooting then. I suppose I'll be hanged for this. But I want to make a statement first. I want to write a letter to my followers and tell them how I have been misleading them. Then I am ready to die.'
"Sharp told me he deserved hanging or being put to death."
Sharp broke in and asked:
"Told you I deserved hanging? No, no."
The sheriff resumed his story:
"Sharp told me he didn't know whether he hit anybody. He said he shot to hit and meant to fight to the death. He said he had his beard cut off so he could not be recognized. Mr. Leonard, an Olathe newspaper man, talked to Sharp and asked him:
DENIED HE WAS CRAZY.
" 'What defense will you make? Will you plead insanity?'
"Sharp said: 'No, I'm not crazy. I have no defense to make. I am guilty and ready to pay the penalty.' "
Further, Sheriff Steed related what Sharp told him about the meteor that started him to preaching.
"He said a meteor had fallen on his farm, a flaming star, and that he had given up his old life and had been preaching since.
"About the guns, he told me that he had bought them and told his followers to shoot anybody that interfered with his business."
Robert M. Bair, a farmer who lives near Holliday, Kas., corroborated the details of the capture, as previously told by Barrett. The latter was at that time employed by Bair.
" 'That's awful! What have I done? I don't care now for myself, but I am sorry for the women and children I got into this,' " the witness said Sharp told him.
"I asked if his religion taught him to murder, and he said: 'It teaches me to shoot anyone that interferes with my business of preaching.' Then he cried a little. He told me he was mistaken about his belief that bullets couldn't hit him."
James Martin, 10 Delaware street, negro watchman for a boat club on the Missouri river, talked to Sharp on the river front a few days before the shooting. The defendant, said Martin, told him he was Christ and loved everybody, and talked religion to him frequently. Sharp's boat was at anchor near the club house in question for a week prior to the shooting, and its occupants were well-behaved, said the witness.
"Did you see the shooting of the little girl on the river front?" asked Mr. Martin, on cross-examination
Judge Latsaw sustained Mr. Conkling's objection to this question, and it was then Sharp spoke up loudly, saying there had been dirty work on the other side, and that it was his neck being tried.
"No, I didn't see the little girl killed," proceeded the witness and he was excused.
WHEN FAITH LEFT HIM.
Soon after Sharp had been taken to Olathe by Sheriff Steed, John M. Leonard, editor of the Olathe Register, interviewed him. Leonard related verbatim the conversation he had with Sharp, at least that part of it he was able to remember.
"I asked him about his faith," said Leonard, "and he told me I could not understand it. Then I asked him why not.
" 'Ordinary people can't understand it,' said he. 'Only people of God.'
" 'How did the fight start?' "The police tried to drive me off the street.'
" 'Why?' 'The Salvation Army was jealous of my collections.'
" 'Did you see any of the Salvation Army around?' 'No, but they tried this plan on me elsewhere.'
" 'Where was your faith that enabled you to dodge the crowd and get away?' 'I think it was.'
" 'Why did you get your beard clipped?' 'I wanted to get away.'
" 'Where is your partner, Pratt? Didn't he get away?' 'No, he was lying on the walk the last I saw him. I suppose he was shot.'
SAID HE DESERVED HANGING.
"I then picked up his hat, and remarking on the bullet hole, said:
" 'They were getting close to your head.'
" 'Don't talk like that,' said he. 'If the bullet had gone through my head it would have ended a good deal of worry for me.'
" 'Do you know what they will do with you when you get back to Kansas City?'
" 'I suppose they will hang me or take my life. I deserve it.'
" 'Are you going to try the insanity dodge?'
" 'No.' "
The witness did not remember the answer given by Sharp when asked why he had given a wrong name to the farmer who had fed him, but he said he did not deny having done so.
It was at the close of Mr. Leonard's testimony that the state rested and court adjourned for the day.
Labels: Adam God sect, attorney, buggy, courtroom, criminal court, Johnson county, Judge Latshaw, mental health, ministers, Olathe, Prosecutor Conkling, Sheriff Steed
May 25, 1909
HE'S LIKE ABRAHAM NOW.
Sharp Delves Into Scripture to Find
During a recess in the morning session, James Sharp, talking to those near him, said:
"There's no use to bring testimony here about what I did after this killing. Of course, I had my beard cut off. It was to disguise myself. Didn't Abraham, the father of us all, tell a lie to avoid the wicked? Didn't he say to his wife, because she was fair, that she was his sister? Am I better than Abraham?
"I offered to surrender to anybody who would take me. I was not afraid of arrest, but of being killed. And then the papers said I deserted my family. I didn't -- they deserted me. They were gone from the scene of the shooting before I left."
Labels: Adam God sect
May 25, 1909
LEAVES AGED LOVER
ON WEDDING EVE.
PRETTY MRS. JOHNSON DECIDES
NOT TO MARRY.
When Mrs. Lulu Johnson, who is 43, on her wedding eve left in the lurch her fiance of 60, Alexander Quist, a rich retired farmer of Rock Island, Ill., to whom she was to have been married here last night, she blighted a middle-aged romance which started last January in Amarillo, Tex.
Besides his hopes of happiness, Mr. Quist told Inspector of Detectives Edward Boyle last night that she took with her jewelry, diamonds and clothing valued at $1,000.
If the plans of the police are carried out Mrs. Johnson will be taken from a Chicago train at Louisiana, Mo., at an early hour this morning, and asked to explain.
GOT LICENSE ONCE BEFORE.
Quist, who is very wealthy, went to Amarillo in January on real estate business. While there he met Mrs. Johnson, a handsome widow who was more than pleased with the Illinois farmer. In less than a month she had consented to marry him, and by the middle of February they had started to Kansas City where, he says, they intended to unite at once.
The license, Quist says, was secured when they arrived in Kansas City, but after due consideration, Mrs. Johnson concluded that she needed more time to prepare her trousseau. She therefore deemed it advisable to return to Texas, while her aged lover went back to Rock Island. Before parting, however, Quist says he gave her diamond earrings valued at $300, a diamond ring which cost $200 and enough cash to bring the bill to about $700. With the license in his pocket he departed in a happy frame of mind.
During March and April, the two corresponded regularly, and on May 19 Quist concluded to return to Amarillo, as he was certain that the wedding finery must be finished. Sure enough, everything was in readiness, and two days ago the two started for Kansas City a second time. As the license had been secured in Missouri, both agreed that the proper place for marriage would be in Kansas City.
BUT SHE CHANGED HER MIND.
They reached Kansas City yesterday morning. After ordering luncheon at the Blossom house, the bride-to-be concluded to run up town and visit the shopping district. She would return by 6 o'clock, she said, after which they would secure a clergyman who would undoubtedly be glad to perform the marriage ceremony. Before leaving Quist says he gave her currency which brought the bill to about $1,000, he later estimated.
After strolling about the city yesterday afternoon, he returned to the Blossom house a few minutes before 6 o'clock. At the desk he was given a letter, which he opened with indifference, though he noticed the handwriting was Mrs. Johnson's.
He began to take a lively interest when he read the following note:
"Dear Ducky -- I hate to write this, but I must. Time has shown me that we could not be happy together, so I must leave you. Don't say anything about this and the folks in Amarillo will never know the difference. Ever your loving, LULU. P. S. -- Thanks."
At the Union depot he learned that a woman answering Mrs. Johnson's description had purchased a ticket for Pittsburg, Pa., and had boarded a Chicago & Alton train. He then conferred with the detective department.
"Yes, I mean to have my property back," he declared at police headquarters. "She may have made a fool of me, but I'm going to get even with her."
Labels: Blossom house, jewelry, railroad, romance, Texas, Union depot, visitors
May 25, 1909
CRUELTY CHARGES ARE
DENIED BY WITNESSES.
TEN ARE HEARD IN REBUTTAL
AT HOSPITAL INVESTIGATION.
Visitors and Empolyes Testify No
Cruelty Was Shown to Patients.
Records Back Up Their
Ten witnesses, most of them in rebuttal, were put on the stand yesterday by the defense, when the hearing before the joint council committee in the matter of the charges preferred against the management of the new general hospital was resumed in the lower house council chamber.
In explaining how she came to tell a Mrs. Dougherty that a woman friend of the latter was "sitting up and doing well," w hen the woman was really dead, Mrs. Myrtle Keene, telephoneoperator at the hospital, said: "When the call came in the woman did not speak plainly, and all I understood was 'Mc.' I looked on the chart and found but one Mc., a Mr. McVey. I asked if McVey was the name and she was that it was. I was informed by McVey's nurse that he was sitting up and doing nicely, and told the woman so.
"Later I learned that the woman was asking about Mrs. McKay, who had died the night before and whose card had been taken out of the chart at my side. It was purely a mistake and when the woman called up later and I tried to apologize she would not let me explain."
A copy of the hospital chart for the date in question was introduced in evidence to show that McVey was the only "Mc" on the list that day.
Peter Doran, referred to quite often as "Dad," said that he had not beaten a patient because the latter asked for a crust of bread, as charged by the promoters. He said he never struck a patient, and had never known of any such treatment. Doran said that F. A. Wolf, who made serious charges, had bade him a fond goodby when he left the hospital, and had volunteered to take along his hat and clean it for nothing, returning it two weeks later in person.
Dr. S. C. James said the hospital compared favorably with any of its kind in the country.
Dr. W. A. Shelton, police surgeon, told of his connection with the Charles Newell case. He said that Newell was taken to the emergency hospital soon after his injury and hurried out to general hospital as soon as it was seen that his case was serious. Although Dr. J. D. Griffith and Dr. J. Park Neal were in the operating room ready to attend Newell, Dr. Shelton said the injured policeman refused all aid and demanded to be removed to the German hospital, where he could be treated by Dr. J. S. Snyder. He died shortly after being moved.
Fred Bowen, an orderly, explained how a patient named Starr came to leave the hospital. Money was sewed up in his undershirt, and when Starr was informed that he would have to leave it in the office for safe keeping, he dressed and left the institution, Bowen said.
Rev. T. B. Marvin, an evangelist who has visited the hospital for the last sixteen years, and the Rev. J. C. Schindel of the English Lutheran church, told of their many visits there, and said they heard no complaints from the patients, although they had made close inquiry. Mr. Schindel told of a Mrs. Merkle, who had made charges. He said she had written him since, and stated that she had been asked to make the charges, which she now regretted. He promised to send her letter to the committee.
To impeach, if possible, the evidence of Arthur Slim, who testified that "a whole quart of raw acid was poured over my ulcerated leg," Fred Freeman, the ward orderly who dressed the leg, was placed on the stand. The treatment blank, showing what dressing and medicines were used, was placed in evidence. Nothing was used to burn.
Slim also swore that he was "thrown out of the hospital at 11 o'clock on a cold night, with no shoes." The records showed that he was discharged at 11:45 a. m., and R. E. Crockett, property clerk at the hospital, testified that Slim had come to him and complained that his shoes were full of holes. Crockett said he gave the man a new pair of hospital slippers, after he had stated that they would suffice until he reached his room. The discharge blank also showed that Slim was sent away from the hospital for violating rules and for being abusive and profane. The record is an old one and was made long before charges were even contemplated.
Ernest A. Baker testified that while he was dangerously ill with pneumonia his wife called up every hour for two whole nights, and each time was given his pulse, temperature and general condition.
Labels: emergency hospital, general hospital, German hospital, Kansas City council, ministers
May 24, 1909
RAN THROUGH FLAMES
TO RESCUE HER BABY.
KANSAS CITY, KAS., WOMAN
Mrs. J. A. Tavis, After Gasoline
Explosion, Rushed Through Fire
and Wrapped Her Skirts
Mrs. J. A. Tavis and her son, Theodore, 2 years old, were dangerously burned by an explosion of gasoline yesterday morning at the home, 313 Washington boulevard, Kansas City, Kas. The heroic action of the mother, who rushed through the flames and wrapped her clothing about the baby, probably saved the child's life. Mrs. Tavis's left leg from the hip to the foot is literally baked. She is also suffering from severe burns on her right foot and right leg below the knee, as well as the right hand. The baby, which had been ill for several weeks, was burned from the knees down on both legs and feet, also both hands and arms. Dr. W. C. Whimster dressed the wounds.
The accident was caused by dropping a lighted paper on the floor near a bucket into which a wash basin filled with gasoline had been emptied. An explosion followed and the flames immediately spread over the room and the adjoining hall. Mrs. Tavis, who was near the door leading to the hall, heard the baby scream, and rushing through the flame, wrapped the child in her skirts.
Labels: children, explosion, Fire, Kansas City Kas
May 24, 1909
SHARP READS THE BIBLE.
Spends Most of the Day of Rest in
James Sharp, the religious fanatic on trial for murder, spent a quiet day yesterday in the county jail. Most of the day Sharp was in his cell reading the Bible and praying. As on previous Sundays, Sharp did not take part in the religious services held in the jail building.
He was not visited by anyone, and the jailers did not allow him to visit his wife.
Labels: Adam God sect, jail, ministers
May 24, 1909
IS A KNOWING DOG.
Some of the Stunts Performed by
"Tige" in Kansas City, Kas.
The Famous Dog of Kansas City, Kas.
The remarkable intelligence displayed by Tige, a pedigreed bull dog, belonging to F. J. Wallis, 1224 Hasbrook avenue, Kansas City, Kas., makes him the most popular dog in the city. The circle of acquaintance of this knowing canine is not limited by the immediate neighborhood in which he lives, for practically every school child and many grown persons esteem it a special favor to be greeted as a friend by this descendant of royalty. An enthusiastic audience is never wanting when Tige decides to go through some of the "stunts" which have made him famous. Unlike the ordinary "trick" dog, Tige does not require to be prompted, but of his own accord will go through performances which would make the ordinary circus dog look like an amateur.
Sunday afternoon is matinee day with Tige and upon these occasions an open air performance is given for the benefit of the visitors who come from all parts of Armourdale to see their favorite.
Among the many feats accredited to Tige, aside from the ordinary ones of catching a ball in his mouth, jumping through a hoop and rolling a barrel, are those of climbing an eight-foot post and recovering an object placed upon the top of it. An object thrown onto the roof of a house will be recovered by Tige, who climbs a ladder and leaps from it to the roof. He will jump straight into the air a distance of six and a half feet and swing from a clothes line until told to drop to the ground. He will open sewing machine drawers or like places of concealment to recover hidden articles. A handkerchief given to him will be concealed under a fore leg while the dog pretends to search for it. In addition to his acrobatic accomplishments, Tige has a great reputation as a ratter, having on numerous occasions killed eight rats in three minutes. This thirty-pound brindle bulldog serves the double purpose of chief entertainer for a multitude of school children during the daytime and a faithful guardian of his master's premises at night.
Labels: animals, Armourdale, children, Kansas City Kas
May 24, 1909
HE CHANGES HIS UNIFORMS.
Letter Carrier Who Believes in
Cleanliness and Neatness.
Should all of the men in the civil service of the United States follow the example of a well known mail carrier in Kansas City the work of tailors would treble and the men would gain fame for their general appearance. The man who sets the pace in neatness is found in the city directory in the following short history: "Harry Feaman, Carrier, P. O. 3217 East Eleventh Street."
This firm believer in the old proverb of "Cleanliness is next to Godliness" works for Uncle Sam for eight hours every day. He carries a mail route in the North End and the city hall. The mail bags are heavy but become burdensome when stuffed with letters and papers. A carrier is constantly waling and is compelled to climb many pairs of stairs in the course of a day.
There is considerable dust flying in the air in the neighborhood of city hall and when Carrier Feaman's work is finished he feels dirty and grimy. He changes his uniform from three to five times a day and tops each change with a cold water bath. In consequence of these many changes this mail carrier always appears neat and tidy, in fact one would believe that he had just stepped out of a band box.
When Feaman gets up in the morning he refreshes himself with a dip in a tub of cold water, dresses and goes to work. Returning home for lunch he again indulges in a plunge and dons clean clothes and a freshly pressed uniform. The work of distributing his mail in the afternoon musses up his garments and so it is bath and change of clothes No. 3 for Mr. Feaman.
Labels: city hall, civil service, clothing, Eleventh street, North end, post office
May 24, 1909
BATH COSTS A NICKEL NOW.
Personal Ablutions Almost Prohibi-
tive Luxury in McClure Flats.
They're bathing less in the McClure flats. Private bathtubs have always been an unknown luxury there. Personal ablutions formerly were performed by most of the residents at the bathhouse provided by the United Jewish Charities at 1820 Locust street. There a child could get a bath, including the use of a towel, for the sum of one penny. An adult might bathe for a nickel.
More aristocratic people went to a private bathhouse at 310 East Nineteenth street, where children paid a nickel and grown ups 15 cents. Each of the bathhouses had five tubs, but only the penny shop was ever crowded, for there are few in the neighborhood that can afford to pay a nickel to have their children washed.
Since the opening of the beautiful new Jewish charities building on Admiral boulevard, the bathhouse on Locust street has passed into private ownership. Free baths are furnished at the new charities building, but it is very far from McClure flats.
With the passing of communal ownership of the bathhouse passed the penny baths, and now the price is a nickel for every child, and 15 cents for adults.
Therefore is McClure flats abstaining from baths, and is likely to partake of them sparingly until the completion of the free public bathhouse in Holmes square.
Yesterday afternoon a member of the park board stated that it would be August 1 at t he earliest before the bathhouse at Holmes square is completed. Work has been delayed from unavoidable reasons.
"A few of the children more strongly imbued with the gospel of cleanliness than others make an occasional pilgrimage to the bathhouse on the Paseo when it is warm," said Mrs. J. T. Chafin, wife of the head resident at the Franklin institute. "But for most of them the walk is too long, and many who need the bath most are too young to march such a distance."
In the McClure flats district there are not half a dozen private bathtubs. An investigating committee last summer estimated that there were approximately 10,000 people in the city who had not the use of a bathtub.
Labels: Admiral boulevard, bath house, children, Franklin institute, Holmes street, Jews, Locust street, Nineteenth street, Paseo
May 23, 1909
THE WILL OF GOD IF
I AM HANGED: SHARP
LEADER OF RELIGIOUS FANATICS
Conflicting Testimony as to Who
Started the City Hall Riot
Brings Protest From
SHARP TRIAL'S SECOND DAY: Defense still fails to indicate any trace of an insanity plea and continues to question along self-defense lines.
Sharp interrupts and contradicts Captain Whitsett, while latter testifies.
Patrick Clark, captain of police, tells of his fight, barehanded, with Sharp, who had both revolver and knife.
Testimony as to fight on river admitted only sparingly by Judge Latshaw.
Sharp gives out statement to effect that evidence which gets at the cause of the riot is being excluded. Also ridicules introduction of his overcoat as evidence, as not proving anything.
"If they sentence me to hang it will be the will of God."
With these words James Sharp was led back to his cell in the county jail after the second day of his trial on the charge of killing Michael Mullane, a patrolman, in the city hall riot. It was the first time during yesterday that he had mentioned religious matters.
The day closed with the evidence of the state two-thirds finished and with no more traces of an insanity defense than were shown on Friday. A. E. Martin, of counsel for Sharp, stated that he had not announced any defense and that his purpose would be to break down the testimony of the state's witnesses. All of his cross-questioning, however, as told in The Journal yesterday, was directed towards showing that the band of fanatics under Sharp's leadership did not provoke the riot, but that it was started by officers. Self-defense is the logical name for such a theory of the case. The state is expected to finish its testimony by Monday evening.
Police officers gave the greater part of the testimony yesterday. Of them, Captian Walter Whitsett was on the stand the longest time. Whitsett gave his age as 41, his service in the police department as twenty years and his residence as 2631 Gillham road. On the afternoon of the riot he was at his desk in the city hall as captain commanding the headquarters precinct.
CHILDREN WERE SHOOTING.
"I heard the shooting," testified Whitsett, "took my revolver out of my desk and ran to the street. I met Captain Clark, who had been wounded, on the stairs. When I got to the middle of the street I saw Mullane standing with a club in one hand and a revolver in the other. There was a man in front of him with a revolver. The women of the band also were near at the time. There was a man with a long beard standing on the opposite corner firing in the direction of Mullane."
"Who was this man?" asked Prosecutor Conkling.
"That's him right there," said the witness, indicating Sharp.
"What happened then?"
"I fired three or four shots at him and his revolver fell out of his hand. Two or three children came up behind and began to shoot at me. When I got back on the street, after going into the station for another revolver, I saw Mullane staggering toward headquarters and helped him in. Later we searched for Sharp but could not find him. We immediately sent his description to every officer in the city and notified the surrounding towns.
"On the evening of December 10 we got word from Olathe that Sharp was under arrest there. I went there that evening with Inspector Charles Ryan."
Court adjourned at noon with Whitsett still on the stand. In the afternoon he resumed his story of the trip to Olathe. He found Sharp there in the office of Sheriff Steed. Sharp's beard and hair had been cut and he was wounded in both hands. There was a hole through his hat.
"I talked to Sharp in the presence of Mr. Steed, Inspector Ryan and Hugh Moore, a newspaper man Sharp told us--"
Mr. Martin for the defense here objected to Whitsett's telling of Sharp's statement.
"If a written statement was taken that is the best evidence," said Martin.
The statement was shown to Captain Whitsett and identified by him. Weapons used in the city hall riot then were introduced in evidence. First there was Sharp's .45 caliber Colt revolver, the handle scarred by a shot. Sharp told Whitsett the weapon was shot out of his hand. Then there was a .45 caliber colt which Louis Pratt had carried.
"I was told by Sharp that Pratt had bought his weapon in Kansas City," said Whitsett, but Sharp spoke out sharply in court to the witness:
"I didn't say that. Why do you want to tell such stuff as that?"
"I don't know. He might have bought it up the river," responded Whitsett.
EXHIBITED THE WEAPONS.
Then was shown the 38-caliber Colt, which Sharp said his wife brought in her bosom from the houseboat. Lena Pratt's 32-caliber pistol was then exhibited and identified, and the knife, with its four-inch blade.
"What was the purpose of all these weapons, as Sharp told it to you?" asked Mr. Conkling.
"He said it was to resist any officer who might interfere with his preaching. He said he also had two rifles and a shotgun and another revolver, the latter used by Lulu Pratt."
The overcoat worn by Sharp the day of the riot was then shown to the jury, as were the remnants of Sharp's beard.
"Don't see why they want to show the coat," said Sharp to W. S. Gabriel, assistant prosecutor. It doesn't prove anything."
On cross-examination, Captain Whitsett was asked about happenings at the river, following the street fight, but the state objected successfully to most of the questions. Just after an objection had been sustained, Sharp spoke up and said:
"Your honor, can I have a word? This man wants to tell what happened there, and he is cut off. Now ---"
"Make your objection through your attorneys, Mr. Sharp," answered Judge Latshaw.
Inspector Charles Ryan followed Captain Whitsett on the stand. He recounted substantially the same details of the shooting and the trip to Olathe.
George Robinson, 2905 Wyandotte street, a barber at 952 Mulberry street, was the next witness, and told how Sharp came into his shop sat in the chair of Chester Ramsey and had his hair and whiskers cut off.
"He didn't take his hands out of his pockets. He said: 'My hands were frosted up North, where I've been fishing. I want this job done in a hurry. I want to meet a friend and have to get on a train.'
"When the job was done, Ramsey took a purse out of Sharp's pocket and took 40 cents out of it. Then Sharp went away."
The defense objected to the testimony of Robinson on the plea that the state had given no notification that he would be called as a witness. The objection was overruled. Robinson was not cross-examined, but will be recalled by the defense to give further testimony.
Then came William Thiry, a farmer who lives near Monticello, Kas. "On the evening of December 9 Sharp came to my house," said Thiry. "My son opened the door and then I went out on the porch. Sharp was standing there. He said, 'Brother, I want to tell you my circumstances. Wait till I sit down,' and he sat down on the edge of the porch. 'I'm paralyzed, brother,' he resumed. 'I lay down over there on a strawstack and tried to die, but the laws of nature were against me.'
"He kept his hands in his overcoat pockets and asked for food and a night's lodging. 'I am no ordinary bum,' said he. 'I have money to pay for my keep over night.' I consulted with my wife and we decided we could not keep him, but we took him and fed him. I telephoned Mr. Beaver, my brother-in-law, who lives a quarter of a mile from me and Mr. Beaver said he could keep him. While I was telephoning, Sharp came into the ho use and listened to the conversation.
"At supper he spoke of being a peddler and that his partner had turned him down because he was paralyzed in his hands. He said he wanted to get back to town to a good hospital. It was 8 o'clock when he left my house. I fed him myself. He didn't take his hands from his pockets."
"I am willing to acknowledge anything this man says," remarked Sharp. "He treated me alright while I was there."
The defense fought the introduction of this testimony on the same theory it had advanced in the case of Robinson. It objected further to Thiry's relating some of the conversation. Mr. Conkling insisted it was relevant as combating a defense of insanity, if such was to be the defense.
"We have never announced what our defense would be," said Martin.
"You have done so repeatedly in open court while applying for continuances in this case," said Mr. Conkling.
Court was adjourned after the defense had secured permission to bring a number of witnesses from Lebanon, Mo.
In the course of the morning session Captain Clark, who lost an eye in the riot, gave his testimony. He lives at 538 Tracy avenue, and has been on the police force for twenty-one years. He was sergeant in immediate charge of headquarters station the afternoon of the riot. Testimony was also taken from Howard B. McAfee, business manager of Park college at Parkville, Mo., who was making a purchase on the Fourth street side of the city market when he heard children singing on Main street and went toward the gathering. He saw Dalbow come from the station and shake hands with Sharp. Then someone behind Sharp fired. He saw Mullane trying to get away from the women, who seemed to be pursuing him. then he saw Sharp and Clark in their encounter. He helped Clark into the station and when he looked again Sharp was gone.
Preceding Mr. McAfee, there testified Job H. Lyon, a traveling evangelist. Just before the riot he had a talk in the Workingman's Mission with Pratt. Sharp and Creighton, the last named in charge of the place. Being warned against antagonizing the police, Lyon said Sharp waved his hand and said: "I am God. If any policeman attempts to interfere with me, I'll kill him."
The witness said Sharp made similar statements while brandishing his revolver in the direction of the city hall. Pratt and Sharp, said Lyon, pointed revolvers at Dalbow when he approached. Sharp, said the witness, fired the first shot.
After Sharp had been brought to jail here, Lyon, who often holds Sunday meetings for the prisoners, accused the fanatic of falsehood in regard to the story he told the Mulberry street barber. He asked Sharp to attend the jail services and Sharp said he himself was god, and, of course, would not come. Then Lyon told him that God did not prevaricate and Sharp refused to have anything more to do with the evangelist.
Labels: Adam God sect, barbers, Captain Whitsett, children, Gillham road, guns, jail, Judge Latshaw, Main street, ministers, Mulberry street, Olathe, Parkville, police, police headquarters, Prosecutor Conkling, Sheriff Steed, Wyandotte street
May 23, 1909
FOR CUTTING OFF HIS BEARD.
Sharp Says He Has Found Out
What Trial Is About.
With a dozen of the curious about him, James Sharp, during the short afternoon recess, voiced his disapproval of some of the court's rulings. As usual he spoke in allegory, after this fashion:
"The serpent lies in the river. It's all right if you rub his scales the right way. Rub the other way and it's all wrong. The serpent in the river is the cause.
"Here they bring in witness after witness to tell of the street fight, and when they get to the river they are cut off. They are not allowed to tell how we were driven into this."
Sharp did not have his Bible with him and its absence was remarked upon.
"All business with me today," said Sharp. "I'm looking after the devil and that serpent in the river. I am too busy watching the devil and that snake."
Then Sharp laughed and explained again to those who had not comprehended his parable of the serpent.
Later, Sharp turned to his attorneys, laughed and said:
"I've just found out what they are trying me for. It isn't for killing a man, but for cutting off my beard and saying I was a peddler."
Labels: Adam God sect
May 23, 1909
"RES GESTAE" CONFUSES.
Frequent Mention in Sharp Trial
Causes Inquiry by Unlearned.
There's a name, the frequent mention of which in the Sharp trial is likely to confuse the lay mind. It came to court the first day and has been more or less in evidence since then.
"Who is this 'Res Gestae' I hear the lawyers talking about so much?" inquired a woman on the first day of the trial. And her question was a natural one, for our old friend Res Gestae has been on every legal tongue in the court room a dozen times an hour.
No, it isn't a man. It's a legal expression, crystallized into an idiom of all tongues as only Latin can. Literally translated into English, it means "things carried on." In slang it would be expressed as "the doin's."
Labels: Adam God sect, courtroom
May 23, 1909
FAIRMOUNT PARK OPENS.
A Balloon Race One of the Features
Advertised for Today.
Fairmount park opens today. This afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, the free attraction that has given the park a part of its popularity -- a balloon race -- will be given. The race is between L. M. Bales of Kansas City and R. V. Porter of Minneapolis. The management of the park has announced that there will be a regular schedule of races at the park this summer. The free vaudeville which will take the place of the band this year is also to be another one of the important features of the park. The bill is to be given in the band shell, twice in the afternoon and twice at night on Sundays and once in the afternoon and twice at night on the week days. It includes this week the Gee Jays, a European novelty troupe, Anisora and Leonita, M'lle Triende, a rolling globe artist, who has been featured for several seasons with circuses and Abdallah, the Arabian gymnast.
There are several new concessions at the park this year and among them is "Darkness and Dawn,' something new in the scenic line.
Of course the lake is still going to form one of the main amusement places this year. Last season, at the early part of the season, many thousand small fish were brought from the fish hatcheries at St. Joseph and placed in the lake. These have grown considerably during the winter and have made fishing much better. The bathing beach has been improved and the boating facilities have also been made better.
Labels: amusement, balloons, fairmount park, fishing, vaudeville
May 23, 1909
ELECTRIC PARK OPENING.
South Side Amusement Resort Be-
gins Its Season Today.
Among the offerings for the first week is Ferullo's band, that splendid organization which has won enduring popularity in Kansas City, whose music is as distinctive as is the conducting of its gesticulating leader, Francesco Ferullo. And then there are the sea cows. Unless you have lived on the coast of Florida you have never seen one of these monsters, whose heads are like that of a gentle bovine and whose tails can kill a shark with one stroke. Alligator Joe is as proud of his sea cows as he is of his hoary alligators.
The tickler, the dip coaster and the scenic railway have been so extensively improved that each will provide even more sensations than formerly. A swim in filtered water can be enjoyed in the big tank at the north end of the park together with a sand bath in the recently built beach.
The German village and its vaudeville will be as interesting as ever. The bill for the first week includes: The Gafney troupe, singing and dancing; Anna L. Scannell, toe dancer; Dick and Barney Ferguson, comedy singing and dancing; Grace Passmore, the woman with the baritone voice; and the Iskawa troupe of Japanese acrobats.
Labels: amusement, animals, Electric park, music, swimming
May 23, 1909
"OLD MEN'S QUARTETTE"
BROKEN AFTER 40 YEARS.
Death of F. M. Furgason Changes
Probably Oldest Musical Organ-
ization in the City.
A new "Old Men's Quartette" will have to be organized after nearly forty years' association. When the body of the late F. M. Furgason was buried last Thursday the quartette became a trio. The G. A. R. quartette, over thirty years in commission, has just taken in a new member. The double bass singer, C. W. Whitehead, died within the year, and the famous old organization recruited Comrade Edwin Walters.
It is not often that one city can boast two quartettes, in which all the members have pulled together so long. The old soldiers were young soldiers when C. W. Whitehead, W. F. Henry, E. J. McWain and O. H. Guffin organized to sing "Tenting the Old Camp Ground," and the other army songs, and this was not much of a burg when Professor F. M. Furgason of the Franklin school, E. R. Weeks, one of his pupils, A. Holland, the shoe man, and H. J. Boyce, with C. W. Whitehead as a substitute, organized a quartette of their own. For thirty years the Whitehead-Henry-McWain-Guffin party sang at the grand army celebrations, and it looks like quartette singing was good health exercise, for Mr. Whitehead lived all these years, and his three companions are all hale and hearty, and actively in business. In the civilian quarters, Mr. Weeks, Mr. Holland and all but Mr. Furgason, who died this week, are all well.
"It seems strange that there should be any of us turn up missing," said Mr. Weeks yesterday. "We have been singing together such a long time that it does not seem natural that one of us would not be on hand for another 'sing' as we call it.
"I was only a boy, about 15, when Professor Furgason met me one day nearly forty years ago and told me he was getting up a quartette. We organized about 1870, and have pulled together ever since.
"Professor Furgason is the first to go of the regular quartette. He used to be our chorister at the Baptist church, Eighth and May, and a very good one. That was where we first started singing. We knew the G. A. R. quartette very well, for one of its members, Mr. Whitehead, used to fill out for us occasionally."
Ben Warner of the local grand army, had to think a long time before he could remember when the veterans started their quartette going.
"It has gone so long that I could not think of the posts without thinking of Charlie Whitehead and the other boys," he said. "Walters has taken Whitehead's place, so we are getting along, but it seems strange. Forty years rather makes a man accustomed to seeing a fellow, you know, and we never meet without we having our quartette along to furnish the singing."
Labels: churches, Eighth street, history, lodges, May street, music, schools
May 22, 1909
ADAM GOD TO DROP
PLEA OF INSANITY?
EARLY TESTIMONY INDICATES
Sharp's Mental Condition Is Not
Seriously Considered -- Witnesses
Describe the City Hall
That the defense of James Sharp, the religious fanatic, charged with the killing of Patrolman Michael Mullane, is to be self-defense was made evident on the first day of the trial, which opened yesterday in the criminal court.
It had been announced and it was the theory of the state that insanity would be pleaded. but during all the evidence heard yesterday there was no mention of Sharp's mental condition save alone in the statement of Virgil Conkling, prosecuting attorney, in which he outlined what the state expects to prove.
Perhaps it was because through Mr. Conkling's statement, reciting incident after incident of Sharp's life, from his religious doings in Oklahoma and Canada, through the city hall riot here December 8 and the subsequent flight of Sharp, ran the suggestion that Sharp was not insane, but, on the contrary, sane and exceptionally acute of mind. Out of every action on the part of Sharp the prosecutor deduced a refutation of the insanity idea.
THE MAYOR A WITNESS.
At the rate of progress made yesterday, it is likely that the trial will consume a greater part of next week. It is the practice of Judge Ralph S. Latshaw to open court early, to take one hour at noon for recess and to adjourn at 5 o'clock. Much time was spent yesterday over each witness.
It was while Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., was on the stand yesterday afternoon that the defense showed its change of front. In arguing for permission to ask the mayor certain questions, A. E. Martin of counsel for the defense said to the court:
"We propose to show that the police and the probation officer incited a riot at the city hall and followed the same persons who participated in the riot and killed one of them in a boat on the river."
The court refused to admit testimony as to what happened on the river front, as happening there were fifteen minutes later than the fight which resulted in the death of Mullane.
DEFENSE'S STATEMENT LAST.
Touching elbows with John P. Mullane, brother of the man with whose death he stands charged, Sharp heard George M. Holt, probation officer, give his testimony. The defense took advantage of its right to reserve its statement until the state shall have finished with its witnesses.
Holt gave his age as 46, his address as 3027 East Nineteenth street and his occupation as probation officer. At noon of the riot, he said, he saw Mrs. Sharp and the children of Louis Pratt singing on the street at that point. He watched them about five minutes, when they started north on Main. Mrs. Sharp, during the meeting, was inviting the public to a gathering at the Workingmen's mission that night. There was a hat on the sidewalk and coin in it. Mrs. Sharp took the hat.
"I followed the band and inquired about whose children they were," said Mr. Holt. "She went into the Workingmen's Mission and I followed about a minute later. Sharp was there talking to his wife when I came in.
"I asked him if this was his wife and children and he said yes. He told me he was Adam God, the father of Jesus Christ."
Hot told Sharp that he would have to keep the children off the streets if he meant to keep them in Kansas City.
THREATENED TO KILL.
" 'What authority have you?' Sharp asked me.
" 'I am an officer,' said I.
" 'Well, you blue coated -----,' said Sharp, 'I'll kill you or any other ----- blue coat that comes in here and interferes with my work in this city.'
"Immediately afterwards, Sharp pulled out a pistol from under his vest. Louis Pratt, who also was there, pulled out a revolver and so did Mrs. Sharp. Her husband put his pistol under my face and forced me out of the mission and as I went out hit me on the head. He called to someone to come out. Then I went to the police station to report. Before I had finished reporting, the shooting had begun."
"What part of the shooting did you see?" asked Mr. Conkling.
"All I saw was someone in the chief's office shooting at Louis Pratt, who was on his knees on the street. Pratt fell."
"How long did the shooting last?"
"Less than five minutes. About twenty-five or thirty shots were fired."
TO REVOLUTIONIZE THINGS.
The Rev. Sherman Short of Clarence, Mo., was at Fifth and Main streets when he heard the children sing and stepped up close enough to hear Mrs. Sharp say:
"The prophet will preach tonight at the Workingmen's mission."
Dr. Short testified yesterday that his curiosity was aroused.
"I went up to the mission and there was Sharp," said Dr. Short. "I asked him if he was the prophet and he said:
" 'My name is Sharp. I am supposed to be King David in the spirit. I am the Lord of the Vineyard myself and the people will soon find it out, for I expect to revolutionize things around here.' "
"Did he talk to you about force or violence?" asked Mr. Conkling.
"What happened then?"
"While we were talking the Pratt children and came in and said to Sharp: 'The humane officer is after us.' Then Holt came in and asked Sharp if these were his children. Sharp said yes and Holt told him they would have to be kept off the streets, if Sharp proposed to remain in Kansas City. I saw Sharp hit Holt and put him out of the mission. I saw him have a knife and a revolver.
"Sharp then waved his revolver and called out: 'Come on, children!' Mrs. Sharp and Louis Pratt and the two oldest Pratt girls all took out revolvers. They went on the street and formed a circle, facing the west sidewalk on Main."
"What did you do?"
"I went to the police station. I saw police coming out of headquarters. Patrolman Dalbow shook hands with Sharp and they stood there a minute. Then some other man came up. He was in citizen's clothes and he pulled out a revolver. Then there was shooting."
PRATT FIRED FIRST.
"Who fired the first shot?"
"And then what did you see?"
"I didn't stay long after that. I ran across the street. As I turned around I saw a man lying on the car track, shot. I learned afterwards that it was A. J. Selsor. Later I saw Mrs. Sharp and one of the Pratt girls brought into the station.
"When they formed their circle in the street Sharp, his wife, Pratt and the two oldest Pratt girls had revolvers in their hands. Sharp also had a knife."
Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., said that he was in a council chamber on the fourth floor of the city hall when the riot began. He saw Louis Pratt kneeling, steadying his aim with both arms, shooting at Mullane. There was a little girl near Pratt, holding toward him a revolver, loaded with fresh cartridges. The mayor saw Pratt fall over, as if shot. Then the mayor went downstairs to police headquarters and out on the street.
"My purpose of going towards the river was that I had heard talk of lynching and wanted such an action to be avoided," said the mayor in explanation. He was not allowed to tell what happened at the river front.
MULLANE'S WIDOW ON STAND.
Mrs. Hannah Mullane, weeping quietly on the witness stand, told how her husband had left home on the morning of December 8, 1908, at 6 o'clock, in good health. Mullane died Decemberr 10, two days after the riot.
There was some delay when court opened in the afternoon, while attachments were served on physicians who were state's witnesses, but who failed to be on hand at the proper time.
Dr. William A. Shelton, 3305 Wabash avenue, was the second witness. He is a police surgeon. On the day of the riot he was called to treat Mullane at the city hall and later attended him at St. Joseph's hospital. Mullane, he said, had a bullet wound through his left hand and one through his chest just above the heart. The latter bullet struck Mullane in the back. Dr. Shelton probed for it, but could not locate it. He finally found the bullet on the operating table. The bullet was shown to the jury over objections of Sharp's attorneys.
Dr. Eugene King, surgeon at St. Joseph's hospital, examined Mullane at police headquarters and at the hospital. He testified as to the wounds and said he found the bullet in the patorlman's underclothing on the operating table. The course of the ball, he said, was from front to back. Dr. Shelton came from in a few minutes later, said Dr. King.
THE MORNING SESSION.
The dramatic incident of the morning session yesterday occurred while Mr. Conkling, in his opening statement, was arraigning Sharp as a religious grafter. While the prosecutor was in the middle of the sentence, Sharp jumped up and said:
"Your honor, these words this man speaks he will have to get witnesses to prove."
"Sit down, Mr. Sharp," said Judge Latshaw. "If you have any objections to make, do so through your counsel."
"I want this jury to hear the truth," persisted Sharp. "I didn't take up collections at my meetings."
Then sharp started to leave the court room but was brought back by a deputy marshal.
A short time afterwards, while Mr. Conkling was telling of the death of Patrolman Albert O. Dalbow, Mrs. Dalbow fainted and was carried from the courtroom. With her were a son, 8 years old, and a baby of fourteen months. She sat near the jury, close to a son and daughter of A. J. Selsor, who was killed in the riot.
Before Conkling began his address to the jury, there were brought into the courtroom gruesome reminders of the December tragedy. A rifle used by Mrs. Pratt in her fight on the river when she, with her daughters, Lena and Lulu, tried to escape. Lulu was killed by bullets fired from the bank. Then there were five revolvers, Sharp's large knife and ammunition. Also there was a shotgun and a rifle found in the houseboat of the band. the whiskers Sharp left in the Mulberry street barber shop, neatly garnered into an envelope, also were put on the table in plain view of the jury. In the afternoon the display of weapons was removed.
SHARP MAY TESTIFY.
With a changed plea, it is not so certain now that Adam God will be put on the witness stand. It was the first intention to make him back up the plea of insanity, but with a changed method of attack, this plan may be altered. Sharp is firm in declaring that he will be a witness, and as he seems at times to be not under the control of his counsel, he may make his statement before the evidence closes.
The riot of December 8, it will be remembered, occurred on the northwest corner of the city hall. There were wounded and subsequently died the following: Albert O. Dalbow and Michael Mullane, patrolmen; A. J. Selson, a spectator; Louis Pratt, a member of the religious band. Patrick Clark, a sergeant of police, was slashed on the face by Sharp and lost his right eye.
The trial will be resumed this morning.
At yesterday's trial the bible, which is his constant companion, lay on the table before Sharp, who sat facing the east windows, and therefore with his profile to the audience. From time to time he glanced curiously about him, but if it was with an y emotion, the feeling was not depicted by expression. Most of the time he sat with hands folded, elbows close to his side. Occasionally he stroked his beard or with his fingers combed tangles from his long moustache.
COURT ROOM WAS CROWDED.
Not an any trial since Judge Ralph S. Latshaw has taken his place has there been such a throng to see a trial. Not only all the chairs in the courtroom, but also the aisles, already narrowed by extra seats, held their capacity. Conspicuous among the number were a dozen or more well dressed women, who followed every step of the proceedings with interest. Among these was Miss Selsor, daughter of A. J. Selsor, killed in the riot. As the day wore on the crowd tended to increase rather than diminish.
The orderly quiet of it all was not lost on Adam God. Accustomed for years to rough treatment from crowds and officers of the peace, he seemed to feel the different attitude of the spectators in the court room where he is on trial for his life. Defiance of the law and its officers seemed to have passed from his mind, leaving him although perhaps not resigned to his fate, yet with the feeling that he was among those who meant to treat him fairly. At noon he told the deputy marshal who took him to his cell:
"That's a fine judge. He certainly will see that I get a fair trial."
Labels: Adam God sect, children, courtroom, criminal court, guns, hospitals, Humane Society, Judge Latshaw, Main street, Mayor Crittenden, ministers, murder, Nineteenth street, North end, physicians, police, Prosecutor Conkling
May 22, 1909
PLEADS FOR MELISSA SHARP.
Brother in California Says She Was
Influenced by Husband.
Judge Latshaw has received a letter from A. Z. Roper, 743 Towne avenue, Los Angeles, brother of Mrs. Melissa Sharp. The letter which bears the date of May 15, attempts to excuse Mrs. Sharp for whatever she may have done for the reason that she was wholly under Sharp's influence. As Mrs. Sharp is not now on trial, the letter is interesting only as shedding light on Sharp's character. In part it follows:
"I think, as all of her relatives and friends, that she (Mrs. Sharp) should not be punished as her husband should be, even if they can prove that it was the bullet from her pistol that killed the policeman (Mullane).
"What she has done, I think, in the last few years, she has done under his influence. I fear that she was afraid of him and if it had not been for him she would not have done what she has. James Sharp stole her from her home when he wanted to marry her and I hear from some other that he abused her, shaved her eyebrows off and cut her hair when he got mad at her."
Roper then pleads for leniency for Mrs. Sharp, asks her acquittal or release "on probation."
Labels: Adam God sect, California, Judge Latshaw
May 22, 1909
MAYOR OFF ON FISHING TRIP.
A Float Down the Little Niangua
for Crittenden and Party.
Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., W. P. Motley, Russell Greiner and David Thornton have hearkened to the call of the wild. They left last night for Lebanon, Mo., whence they will drive for twenty-five miles through the uncut to a farmhouse near Corkery, where three days will be spent, far from the maddening franchises, trafficways and hospital investigations.
Each morning they will float for twenty miles down the Little Niangua, said to be the most crooked river in Missouri, and at nightfall they will be but two miles from their starting place. Then the boats will be hauled back by wagon, and the circuit renavigated the next day.
Labels: fishing, Mayor Crittenden
May 22, 1909
FIRE,WATER, STREET KIDS.
Latter Causes Greatest Damage at a
Peanut Wagon Conflagration.
A fire company dashed down Walnut street last night, led by the insurance patrol and the chief's wagon. Several hundred people followed with legs or eyes to see what business house was afire. The wagons halted at Ninth and Walnut streets.
An insurance man jumped out of the wagon and turned his extinguisher upon a peanut and candy wagon, in which the flame of the heater had become unmanageable. The glass was broken and a crowd of street urchins made a raid on the goods, carrying off all they could eat of burnt candy, popcorn and peanuts.
The owner of the stand, who gave a name sounding something like Giovanni Lucio, returned in time to rescue a few cents' worth of property. He blamed the fire upon a bootblack he had employed to watch the stand. When the fire broke out, the lad fought the flames for a short time, and then ran away to escape his employer's anger.
Labels: children, Fire, food, immigrants, Walnut Street
May 22, 1909
CARE FOR DELIRIOUS BOY.
Odd Fellows and Rebeccas Find Ap-
pendicitis Sufferer on Train.
When returning Odd Fellows and Rebeccas boarded a Frisco train Thursday night on their way from a g rand lodge meeting at Springfield, Mo., they found an unconscious boy, John E. Lee, prostrate in his seat. Several doctors on the train cared for the lad, who was about 16 years old, and it was found that he had succumbed to a serious attack of appendicitis.
All the way to Fort Scott, where he was sent to a hospital, he was delirious, but it was learned that he was on his way from his home in Chattanooga, Tenn., to the home of his uncle at Emporia, Kas. Only a few cents were in his pockets, and a collection of $14 was taken up for him and turned over to the Fort Scott Odd Fellows.
Labels: children, Frisco, illness, Odd Fellows, railroad
May 21, 1909
TO ARREST DEPUTY SHERIFF.
County Constable Had Warrant for
Tobacco Law Violation.
William Milor, a constable from Justice of the Peace John White's court at Merriam, Johnson county, Kas., walked into the sheriff's office in Kansas City, Kas., yesterday morning and served a warrant on Deputy Sheriff C. Q. Lukins, charging him with having given a cigar to a minor in Merriam last Tuesday. Under the anti-cigarette and tobacco law passed at the last Kansas legislature, to give or sell a minor tobacco constitutes a misdemeanor.
Under Sheriff Joseph Brady, Deputy Sheriff Lukins and other members of Sheriff Al Becker's force enjoyed a good laugh at the expense of the country constable. The warrant was of the John Doe variety and was worthless inasmuch as a justice of the peace of one county cannot issue a warrant and have his constable serve it upon a resident of another county. Deputy Sheriff Lukins says he has not been in Johnson county for several years.
The rural constable, however, felt sure that Mr. Lukins was none other than the John Doe wanted by Justice White, and he said he would return for his man after he secures a legal warrant.
Labels: Johnson county, Kansas City Kas, Sheriff Becker, tobacco
May 21, 1909
DIDN'T WANT ADAM GOD COIN.
Negro Who Had a Blood-Stained
Nickel Gives It Away.
The actual trial of James Sharp, street preacher, will begin this morning in the criminal court. By that time the jury will have been selected from among the fifty-seven men who were chosen Tuesday and Wednesday. Sharp no doubt will have something to say about the jury. Whether he will go on the stand has not yet been decided.
Lon Benton, the negro janitor at the city market, was standing in the property clerk's office at police headquarters yesterday morning, when Adam God's overcoat was brought from behind the counter preparatory to a trip to the court house, where it is to be used in evidence. A nickel, rusted with blood stains fell out of one of the pockets, and Lon picked it up. A half dozen men, anxious to own the souvenir, offered to buy the coin, but Lon refused to part with it.
Late in the afternoon, he approached Patrick Boyle, the shortstop, in front of the desk and handed him the coin.
"Take it," he said. "I got to thinking after I put it in my pocket that it would bring me bad luck, and you couldn't hire me to keep it now."
Patrolman Boyle does not believe in bad luck signs and is now exhibiting a memento of the riot.
Labels: Adam God sect, city market, police
May 21, 1909
NOT A WHITE MAN'S COUNTRY.
But Hayti Has Timber Wealth, Says
Citizen of Port au Prince.
William Hepple, a resident of Port au Prince, Hayti, who is a guest at the Blossom house, yesterday declared that there was in the islands of Hayti miles of high forests of white and yellow pine and mahogany. Mr. Hepple is in Kansas City to secure aid in cutting these forests and milling the lumber.
Mr. Hepple said that the country had recuperated from the effects of the recent revolution and that the people were well satisffied with the present administration of President Simon. He declared that Hayti was not a white man's country and that no white man could prosper there unless he had plenty of money, or was commissioned to represent foreign interests.
Labels: Blossom house, hotels, race, visitors
May 21, 1909
WED AT 13, AT 15 DIVORCED.
Judge Porterfield Grants Decree to
Mamie May Carroll.
Married at 13 and divorced at 15 is the record of Mamie May Carroll. She was granted a decree yesterday by Judge Porterfield of the circuit court and given the custody of her baby girl. Daniel Carroll, her former husband, is a teamster. The allegation was non-support. At the time of her marriage Mrs. Carroll's mother, Mrs. Maggie Ehlin, 2130 Washington street, gave her consent.
Labels: children, circuit court, Divorce, Judge Porterfield, Washington street
May 21, 1909
ROBBED AT STATION DOOR.
Bold Holdup Pulled Off in Front
of Police Headquarters by
Two highwaymen with a sense of humor searched a man in front of police headquarters last night, took all his belongings and then told him to run. The victim, who thought the two strangers were plain clothes officers, got away and didn't even report the matter to the police. Had not several witnesses told Lieutenant M. E. Ryan, the commanding officer at headquarters, no one would have been the wiser.
J. J. Blake, proprietor of the market restaurant, as well as several of his customers, saw the incident. James Baker, proprietor of an ice cream stand, followed the men as they dragged the victim toward the station.
"See what he's got on him," said the larger of the two, as he searched the victims pocket.
"Guess we had better take him in," suggested the other.
In front of the door the two men stopped.
"Might as well let him go," said the large one. The man needed no bidding and ran around the corner. The two crooks leisurely walked up Fifth street.
Labels: crime, Fifth street, highway robbery, police headdquarters, restaurants
May 20, 1909
JURY MUST BELIEVE
IN DEATH PENALTY.
MEN WITH CONSCIENTIOUS
SCRUPLES ARE EXCUSED.
Panel of Forty-Seven From Which
to Select Jurors to Try James
Sharp Secured -- Trial
James Sharp, the Adam God of the religious fanatics' riot in front of the city hall December 8 last year, will go to trial Friday morning in the criminal court on the charge of murder in the first degree for the killing of Michael Mullane, a patrolman. There were killed, or died from wounds inflicted in the street battle at Fourth and Main streets, Policeman Mullane and A. O. Dalbow; A. J. Selsor, a bystander; Louis Pratt, a member of the Sharp band, and Lena Pratt, 15-year-old daughter of Louis Pratt, who was shot and killed in the raid by the police on the houseboat in the Missouri river where the fanatics lived, shortly after the slaughter in the streets.
Sharp, though wounded in both hands, gained the open country and was captured on a farm between Kansas City and Olathe, Kas. Although informations charged him with the death of Dalbow and Selsor also have been filed against him, his trial if for the killing of Mullane.
MUST APPROVE DEATH PENALTY.
It was nearly 6 o'clock last night before the last of the forty-seven jurors had been selected. Of these the defense will strike off twenty and the state fifteen. The remaining twelve will compose the jury. Eighty-six on the panel were examined before the requisite number was secured. In fact, so fearful was Judge Ralph S. Latshaw there would not be enough jurors that he had more names drawn from the wheel Tuesday. The men last named were summoned Tuesday night and yesterday morning. They were excused until next Monday as soon as the Sharp panel had been completed.
Four jurors who said they had conscientious scruples against the inflictions of the death penalty were excused by Judge Latshaw, who cited a recent decision of the Missouri supreme court in support of this stand.
ADAM WRITES TO LATSHAW.
Deprived of the companionship of his wife, Adam God, as he styles himself, sat quietly in court yesterday. He alone is on trial. Facing the east windows, unaccustomed to anything but the dim light of his cell, Sharp time after time pressed his handkerchief to his smarting eyes. Twitching eyelids betrayed his nervousness. Whenever an attempt was made to start a conversation with him, he quoted scripture and spoke of revelations he had or of revelations that were to come. He did not offer to interrupt his attorneys.
Nevertheless, Sharp apparently believes he should take a hand in the proceedings. At the noon recess he handed Judge Latshaw this note, which, spelling and all, is here reproduced:
"Judge, y our honor, I pray you when it comes my time to testify for myself I pray you pleas hear my umble testimony with patoins. Amen. JAMES SHARP."
"You shall be heard at the proper time, Mr. Sharp," said the court.
Labels: Adam God sect, criminal court, Judge Latshaw, ministers, murder, police
May 20, 1909
CAPTURED A COUNT.
"Russian Nobleman" Was the Real
Attraction at the Annual Acad-
emy Frolice -- An Orig-
When Count Alexis Rojostzensky entered the room at the Loretta academy yesterday afternoon, all eyes were fixed upon him. Then there was a rush of 250 women to get in line to meet the "count." Frank Walsh, lawyer, diplomat and charity worker, stopped the stampede with uplifted hand and, in a brief speech, gave the company a general introduction.
The "count" talked affably in Russianized English. His hostesses were charmed with every detail of his person, especially when he explained that he was in this country looking for a wife.
A remarkable thing about the "count" which struck several visitors was that if it were not fir a monocle which he wore he would be the exact double of Jacob Billikopf, chairman of the United Jewish Charities, who is of Russian parentage and is always willing to help a religious denomination in the cause of charity.
Labels: attorney, charity, immigrants, Jacob Billikopf, Jews
May 20, 1909
'HOP-TO-IT TOM' RETURNS.
Austrian Went Back to Visit and
Army Got Him a Year.
Thomas Lacy, better known by the residents of the first ward of Kansas City, Kas., as "Hop-to-it-Tom," returned yesterday from a visit to his native country, Austria. Lacy came to this city when a boy and amassed a small fortune in commercial pursuits in the packing house district. He decided to visit the home of his birth in May last year, but before going back he neglected to take out naturalization papers. At the time he left Austria the first time to come to this country he had not given his country the required army service, and when he went back home on a visit he was arrested and after a trial sentenced to serve one year in the Austrian army.
"If I had been smart," said Lacy yesterday, "I would have taken out my papers, declaring my allegiance to the United Stated before leaving for the old country. I hadn't landed over there more than a week, when I was picked up and informed that I would have to do army service before returning to the States. I was sentenced to one year's service in the army, but after serving three months I secured my release by paying a man to serve as my substitute. It cost me quite a little bit of coin, but I am back into the States and I propose to stick here from now on."
Labels: immigrants, Kansas City Kas, military
May 20, 1909
KNOCKS ACID FROM HAND.
Girl Thwarts Young Man's Appar-
ent Attempt at Self-Destruction.
C. S. Brown raised a bottle of carbolic acid to his lips in the Union depot yesterday afternoon, but before he could swallow any of the drug Miss Hilo Pickerell, of St. Joseph, knocked the bottle from his hand. A depot patrolman took Brown to No. 2 police station, but on the intervention of Thomas McLane, a St. Joseph shoe salesman, and George Pickerell, he was not locked up. Miss Pickerell told the police that twice before she had knocked carbolic acid bottles from Brown's hand. Brown in an engraver and until one month ago lived in St. Joseph. Recently he has been staying at the Monarch hotel, Ninth and Central streets. He had gone to the depot to see the Pickerells on a train for St. Joseph.
Labels: Central street, hotels, mental health, Ninth street, No 2 police station, poison, St.Joseph, Suicide, Union depot
May 19, 1909
NEW $150,000 CATHOLIC
HOSPITAL IS DEDICATED.
St. Mary's has 250 Beds, and Sev-
enty-Two of These Will
St. Mary's hospital at Twenty-eighth and Main streets was dedicated yesterday morning. Solemn high mass was celebrated by Rev. Father O. J. S. Hoog, vicar general of St. Louis. All of the Kansas City Catholic clergy, and about fifty priests from outside, participated. After mass a breakfast was served and addresses were made by Bishop Thomas F. Lillis, Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., and Frank P Walsh. A public reception was held in the afternoon and at night.
The Sisters of St. Mary of St. Louis, which order maintains hospitals in St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson City and Chillicothe, launched the project for a similar institution here. The Sisters met with the energetic co-operation of Kansas City men and women in building the hospital.
Together with the grounds the building cost $150,000. It is four stories high and measures 222x76 feet. It contains 250 beds. Of these, seventy-two are free. The medical staff has not been chosen.
Labels: hospitals, Jefferson City, Main street, Mayor Crittenden, ministers, St Louis, Twenty-eighth street, visitors
May 19, 1909
STROKE WAS FATAL.
FRANCIS M. FURGASON WAS ILL
Seventy-Six Years Old, Mr. Furgason
Had Long Been Active in
the Charities of
As the result of a paralytic stroke which came to him over three weeks ago, Francis M. Furgason, president of the Furgason & Tabb Underwriting Company, with offices in the Dwight building, and a pioneer among the progressive men of this city, died quietly at his home, 1006 East Thirty-third street, at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon. He was 76 years old.
Until a few days ago it was hoped that the stricken man might partially recover, although it was conceded by family physicians that a third stroke would cause his death. At times there seemed to be even chances that the third stroke would not come, for the patient and frequent rallies and the advantage of a hardy physique. Monday, however, he began to fail and early yesterday morning it was known that there was no hope for him. The funeral will be held Thursday afternoon at 3 o'clock from Calvary Baptist church. Dr. F. C. McConnell, Rev. J. M. Cromer and Rev. H. T. Ford will officiate in the services. The deacons of the church will act as active pallbearers. Interment will be in Elmwood cemetery.
WAS ONCE Y. M. C. A. PRESIDENT.
Mr. Furgason was born near Indianapolis, Ind., April 1, 1833. His father was a pioneer of sturdy Scotch extraction, who had pushed west to the Hoosier state when it was yet a wilderness and staked out a farm at what is now the very center of Indianapolis. Mr. Furgason spent his first years on the farm, but at 18 his father sent him to Franklin college.
Mr. Furgason was graduated at Franklin when he was 22 years old, at the head of a large class for that time. The following year he was made a teacher at the college, and three years later elected to the presidency, which place hie filled, it is said, with credit to himself and the institution until the year 1867, when he gave up his collegiate work and came to Kansas City, where he became involved in the insurance trade.
In 1861 the Y. M. C. A., which was then only an infant organization, was in bad financial straits and temporarily suspended. The war, which had been the cause of the trouble, was now over and many members had returned and were anxious to revive the association on a more active basis than ever before. The board met and Mr. Furgason was elected president of the Y. M. C. A. D. A. Williams, an electrician, was made secretary. The move proved a fortunate one for the associaton.
Under Mr. Furgason's management headquarters and a reading room were established on the south side of Missouri avenue on Delaware. Rent was obtained free from the late D. L. Shouse, then a banker, and the four years of the Furgason administration saw the Y. M. C. A. on an improved financial basis, with a membership that was twice as large as it had been at any previous period. Mr. Furgason never gave up his interest in the Y. M. C. A. and other organizations for the benefit of the younger element of the city.
Soon after his connection with Y. M. C. A., Mr. Furgson was hired as a teacher in the Franklin school at Fourteenth and Washington streets, and served in this capacity eight years. After this he resumed his former occupation of insurance agent and followed it until his retirement from active business a few years ago.
MEN RESPECTED HIM.
"He was one of the kindest and gentlest old men I have ever had the pleasure of knowing," said the Rev. F. C. McConnell of the Calvary Baptist church recently. "I knew Mr. Furgason for thirty-five years," said George Peake, a veteran accountant, who has offices in the First National bank building. "It seemed as if he had the perpetual desire to extend sunshine in all directions."
Mr. Furgason was married twice, once in the early 50s, the last time to Mrs. Laura Branham in 1858. His widow and one son, Frank, who has taken his place in the firm of Furgason & Tabb, survive him. A son, Arthur, and a daughter, Emma, died within a few months of each other three years ago.
Labels: cemetery, death, Delaware street, Fourteenth street, ministers, Missouri avenue, schools, Washington street, YMCA
May 19, 1909
JURY TO TRY SHARPS
IS NOW BEING DRAWN.
APPLICATION FOR CHANGE OF
Severance Is Granted by Court
and the Two Fanatics Will Be
Given a Separate Trial.
JAMES SHARP AND MRS. SHARP.
(Sketched in criminal court room.)
QUESTIONS ASKED THE JURORS:
Are you married?
How many children have you?
To what church do you belong?
Are you prejudiced against street preachers or against the doctrine propounded by the Sharps?If the evidence should show that tat the time of the commission of the crime, Sharp was so insane that he did not know right from wrong, would you hesitate to bring a verdict acquitting on that ground?
Of the forty-seven men from whom a jury will be chosen to try James Sharp on a charge of murder, ten were selected yesterday afternoon in the criminal court. In all, twenty-six who had been summoned were questioned and sixteen excused for cause. Of the ten, several may yet be excused because they are opposed to capital punishment.
At the present rate of progress, it seems likely that the forty-seven men required will have been secured by this noon or afternoon. Twenty-four hours will be allowed for challenges. The taking of testimony would thus be begun Thursday afternoon or Friday morning.
Sharp will be tried alone for the killing of Michael Mullane, a city patrolman, in the city hall riot, December 8, last year. Sharp and Melissa Sharp, his wife, who called themselves Adam and Eve, were jointly charged with the crime. The court yesterday granted them a severance, and the state elected to try Sharp first.
FAIR TRIAL POSSIBLE.
The severance was taken after Judge Ralph S. Latshaw had denied the application of Sharp's attorneys for a change of venue to another county. A day was spent in the introduction of evidence by both sides as to whether prejudice existed in Jackson county which would make it impossible for Sharp to have a fair trial here.
Inasmuch as nearly every witness spoke for the Sharps as "religious fanatics" and the defense is to be insanity, the court ruled that a fair trial could be had. The selection of the jury from the 200 men who had been summoned was at once begun.
Sharp did not create any commotion in the court room , as he had on Monday. He sat quietly talking to his wife, who may not be his companion in court after this, as she is not now on trial. The two talked and laughed together and sometimes he wiped his eyes. Both seemed to take great interest in the selection of the jury.
John P. Mullane, an insurance man, brother of the dead officer, sat at the table with the states' attorneys. Virgil Conkling, prosecutor, and W. S. Garbriel and Harry Friedberg, assistants, conducted the examination of the jurors for the state.
As always in the selection of a jury, there were amusing incidents in plenty. One prospective juror, who works for an afternoon newspaper, testified that he seldom read anything in his paper except the headlines. The fact that he is the brother of the business manager caused much suppressed mirth. Another juror was excused because he declared himself absolutely opposed to a defense of insanity. Still another, who had attended Mullane's wake, was excused on motion of the state, after having been challenged by the defense.
To combat the defense of insanity, the state will be prepared to show that Adam God, from the very beginning of his career of religious leader, was the very shrewdest of men. The prosecution will attempt to show that his record fully bears out this contention and that Sharp never was, nor is he now, insane.
Labels: courtroom, criminal court, death penalty, Judge Latshaw, ministers, murder, Prosecutor Conkling
May 19, 1909
Y. W. C. A. HAS YET TO
BRIDGE $125,000 GAP.
MUST RAISE $40,000 A DAY FOR
Hundreds of Women Are Working
in the Campaign, and Still
There Are Not Enough
Y. W. C. A. HEADQUARTERS IN THE R. A. LONG BUILDING.
With only three days of its ten-day campaign left, the Young Women's Christian Association has obtained pledges amounting in all to $178,3443.45. A gap of nearly $125,000 yawns between the $300,000 required for the contemplated new buildings, and to bridge it successfully an average of about $40,000 a day must be obtained in the short space of time that is left. It seems an impossible task, and yet there is not the slightest indication of discouragement among the scores of women workers who are giving ever moment of their time to the campaign.
"Fail? Why such a contingency has not even been considered," said one of the officers of the ways and means committee last night. "Everyone of us is perfectly confident that the $300,000 mark will be reached before Saturday. Although hundreds of women are working in the campaign, still we haven't enough canvassers to call on all of the persons we have on our lists. If there was some way we could see all of these people in the next few days, we could get more, much more, than the amount needed. There can be no doubt of this. I know that hundreds and hundreds of people we have not seen are only waiting for our solicitors to call before giving their subscription. What a help it would be if they would send in the amounts voluntarily."
The total amount obtained yesterday was nearly $9,000. About $6,000 of this was pledged in the morning, and the remainder in the afternoon. Besides five gifts of $1,000 there was one $500. The names of the $1,000 givers are as follows:
The Kansas City Journal, the Missouri and Kansas Telephone Company, Mrs. J. L. Abernathy, Mrs. C. A. Baker and Mr. and Mrs. Albert Marty.
Hundreds of donations in varying amounts have been received during the subscription campaign, including $25,000 from Thomas H. Swope, $15,000 from Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Long, $10,000 from Frank Hagerman, and $10,000 from Emery, Bird, Thayer Dry Goods.
Labels: charity, R A Long, R A Long building, Thomas Swope, women, YWCA
May 19, 1909
RUSSIAN COUNT TO SERVE TEA.
Unique Feature of Loretta Acade-
my's May Day Festival.
There will be a real live Russian count in charge of the serving of Russian tea in the Japanese booth this afternoon at the May Day festival at the Loretta academy, which is to be given by the alumnae of the school. The festivities will begin at 3 and will be opened with a May pole dance given by the youngest scholars in the academy.
From the minute the dance is in progress until 8 o'clock this evening there will be something doing for the entertainment of the alumnae and also for the undergraduates. Four May pole dances will be given, two by the little ones and two by the girls in the upper classes. An orchestra will furnish the music and the various booths, in charge of a chaperon and attended by numerous pretty girls, will be some of the other attractions.
The women in charge of the entertainment are very proud of the fact that a Russian count, who is in the city, has kindly volunteered to present and assist in the serving of Russian tea. The tea is to be brewed in a samovar and the presence of Count Rolanskyvitch of St. Petersburg will add a tinge of realism to the booth. He will be introduced by Jacob Billikopf.
The various booths will be the Dutch, Colonial, Candy, Magic Well, Wayside Inn, Japanese, Handkerchief, the Married booth and the one presided over by three of the prettiest girls recently graduated and who will tell fortunes of all comers. The candy booth will be conducted by the girls of 1909 and the girls of the class of 1911 will rule over the Magic Well.
Labels: amusement, children, dancing, food, Jacob Billikopf, Jews, music, schools, visitors
May 19, 1909
DYING MAN IS BAPTIZED.
Waldo Fox Submerged in Bath Tub
Just Before Death Came.
Before slipping away into endless sleep, Waldo Fox, a street car motorman, was baptized in a bath tub full of water at the Post Graduate hospital Monday night.
Mr. Fox had bee ill several weeks with typhoid fever, and knew he was to die in a short time. The baptismal ceremony was performed by the Rev. James Small, pastor pro tem of the Independence Boulevard Methodist Episcopal church, in the presence of the elder Mr. Fox, who came here from Granby, Mo, and hospital attendants.
Funeral services ere held at Wagner's undertaking rooms yesterday afternoon. The body was taken to Granby, Mo., for burial last night. Mr. Fox was unmarried and lived at 1311 East Forty-sixth street.
Labels: churches, death, Forty-sixth street, Funeral, hospitals, ministers, typhoid, undertakers
May 19, 1909
Interesting Demonstration by Son of
There has been going on all week at the Bunting-Stone hardware company's store, 804-806 Walnut street, a particularly interesting demonstration of the celebrated Bohn Syphon refrigerators. The demonstration will continue till the end of the week and is in charge of Will R. Bohn, son of the inventor and manufacturer, who is on a tour of the principal cities of the country. Mr. Bohn is treasurer of the company, whose headquarters are at St. Paul. He is a specially pleasant gentleman, who backs up his enthusiasm for his wares with a record that would be difficult to excel. Dryness is the prominent features of the Bohn refrigerators but there is nothing "dry" about Mr. Bohn's demonstrations.
The Bohn refrigerators are in use on all the railroads of America, Mexico and Canada, and in exclusive use on the Pullman system, the Fred Harvey, and Rock Island eating systems. A more significant indorsement of their merits would be hard to require. They are turned out in St. Paul at the rate of from 1,000 to 1,500 per month and have been on the market for about ten years, their popularity increasing each year. The syphon system prevents condensation on articles in the refrigerator and thus keeps them perfectly dry all the time, the air having complete access to all parts of the box and the condensation being centered on the ice. This obviates all "clamminess" and at the same time prevents the unpleasant mixture of odors. Cheese may be kept next to cake and bacon in the same compartment with strawberries, as an example.
Mr. Bohn is fond of demonstrating the exceeding dryness of his refrigerators with this experiment: He soaks matches in water and in five hours after being placed in the refrigerator they are dry enough to strike. This dryness is accompanied by specially low temperature, which is another strong feature of the Bohn, a uniform temperature of from 38 to 48 degrees being maintained at all times. The demonstration has attracted hundreds of housekeepers this week.
Labels: food, ice, railroad, retailers, visitors, Walnut Street
May 18, 1909
ONE HUNDRED MULES
BURNED IN STABLES.
GUYTON & HERRINGTON SUF-
FER BIG LOSS BY FIRE.
Animals, Fascinated by Flames, Re-
fuse to Escape -- Two Hundred
Horses, Released From Adjoin-
ing Stable, At Large.
More than 100 mules were burned to death in Guyton & Herrington's stables at Seventeenth and Genessee streets last night. Fascinated by the flames, they made no effort to save themselves, but slowly roasted to death, while hundreds of men stood outside shouting to scare the mules away from their death. The building was completely destroyed.
William L. Orvis, salesman for the firm, said there were 300 in the stable. The number of incinerated animals may reach 150.
Sam and Laurence Crane, who live at 2 Kansas avenue, Kansas City, Kas., were the first to see the flames, which had already gained considerable headway inside the locked building. They began trying to lead the already terrified mules out of the fire.
Companies were hurried from Nos. 1, 7, 9, 15 and 16 stations were sent. The Crane boys were inside the building when the first stream of water hit the windows. One of the sashes was knocked off and fell upon the head of Sam Crane, knocking him unconscious. He was dragged out of the flames by his brother and later revived.
Other men rushed into the furnace-like heat and strove to make the mules run out, but the blinded beasts huddled together. Volunteer horse saves raided the barn of Cottingham Bros., next door, and released more than 200 animals, which scattered in every direction. At midnight only sixty-nine had been recovered. A platoon of eight horses rushed up the viaduct of the Twelfth street trolley line and stampeded Twelfth street to Grand avenue, where they turned left and were lost in the North End.
Cottingham's barn next door was not damaged. Two small stables used by Guyton & Herrington, across the alley on Seventeenth and Wyoming streets, were saved.
A watchman was supposed to sleep in the building. What became of him is not known.
The value of the stable, which was of brick, is estimated at $20,000. The mules were worth from $200 to $250 apiece. The building was the property of the stock yards company and was insured. Both Guyton and Herrington were out of town when the fire occurred. They will continue business in the stables on Wyoming street.
Labels: animals, Fire, Genessee street, Grand avenue, Kansas City Kas, North end, Seventeenth street, Twelfth street, Wyoming street
May 18, 1909
WIVES AS TRUST BUSTERS.
Two Refuse to Sign Deeds, and Pre-
vent $550,000 Merger of St.
Joseph Master Bakers.
ST. JOSEPH, MO., May 17. -- The wives of two master bakers assumed the role of real trust busters today, and refused to sign deeds for the merger of their properties into a bakers' combine.
The company was to have been capitalized at $550,000. There was to have been $200,000 in preferred stock, and the rest in common stock, and the properties were to have been bonded for $150,000.
Five plants were to have been run the same as they are now, and present owners were to have been managers of their respective plants. Each manager was to hold an office in the company.
Max Oschley and G. Coblenz of Kansas City, and H. T. Westerman of St. Louis, were the promoters. It all looked fine on paper, and the deal seemed in a fair way to go through. Then came an unexpected obstacle. The wives called a halt.
As one of them said:
"I don't propose that my husband shall work for anyone else. He is his own boss now, and he will stay so so long as I have anything to say about it."
Labels: bakers, business, St.Joseph, women
May 18, 1909
WOMEN CHASE A THIEF.
Hat Pins and Parasols Figure in a
Man-Hunt in Store.
A daring robbery occurred in a store on Main near Fifth street during the rush of late shoppers Saturday night. Mrs. Mary Hibbs, 2115 Kansas avenue, had purchased some goods, and while extracting the amount needed from her purse, a man grabbed a $2 bill and ran.
The store was crowded with customers, but the men stood idly by and deplored the incident while the women endeavored to catch the thief. Hat pins, parasols and chatelaine bags were poked in front of him, but the petty thief managed to dodge the irate women and make his escape in the crowd on the outside of the store.
Labels: crime, Fifth street, Kansas avenue, Main street, women
May 18, 1909
"TRY TO LAY IT ALL
ON ME," SAYS SHARP.
SELF-STYLED "ADAM GOD" DE-
MANDS A HEARING.
Misunderstood Court Proceedings
Yesterday When Witnesses Were
Being Examined -- Change of
Venue Has Been Asked.
James Sharp, self-styled "Adam God," appeared as his own counsel in the criminal court yesterday afternoon. Disregarding protests from his attorneys, who tried to make him sit down, Sharp arose and interrupted a witness who was on the stand.
"Judge, your honor," said the leader of the fanatics, "haven't I got any right to say anything? I'd like to say something in my own behalf."
"You have your attorneys," said Judge Latshaw, for by this time Sharp was beginning to talk.
"OUGHT TO BE HEARD."
"I hear all this talk against me," resumed the fanatic, "but there's nothing said about these officers that tried to take my family from me. They shot at me from in front and from behind. If this is the house of God -- and the house of God is where they judge between the just and the unjust -- then I ought to be heard. That's the truth, and just the truth. They're trying to lay it all on me and not showing about these people who forced me into this."
"We are only seeing whether the people are prejudiced against you, Mr. Sharp," the court said. "You are not on trial right now."
"Excuse me, I see now," remarked Sharp and sat down.
The outburst from Sharp came after a number of witnesses had testified as to whether Sharp could get a fair trial in Jackson county. His attorneys had asked a change of venue for him and for Melissa Sharp, his wife, whose trial on the charge of killing Patrolman Michael Mullane was set for yesterday. Judge Latshaw gave the attorneys twelve witnesses to make their showing of prejudice. Nine were examined yesterday afternoon. The others and the state's witnesses are to be heard today.
LIKE A REAL TRIAL.
Should the court overrule the application for a change of venue, the selection of the jury will be begun at once.
It was all so much like a real trial yesterday that Sharp, seeing witness after witness take the stand, believed his trial was in progress. This is what prompted his address to the court. Throughout the testimony he sat by the side of his while listening intently to every question.
Sharp's beard has been allowed to grow, but otherwise he presents little change from his appearance last December, when he was first placed in the county jail. The most noticeable change is in the use of his hands when he speaks. Of old he waved them with many gestures, but now he holds them awkwardly. He was shot in both hands during the fight with officers. His wife's appearance has altered to no perceptible extent.
Among the witnesses examined yesterday were the following: Henry Hunt, a horseshoer at 1619 Grand avenue; W. W. Correll, special government agent, Thirteenth and Harrison; James Cole, W. R. Heath and L. M. Dempsey, attorneys; M. T. Crume, saloonkeeper at 1225 1/2 Grand avenue.
All of them were asked questions as to whether they believed the Sharps could have a fair trial in Jackson county. Practically all of them said many people believed the Sharps were insane. As the defense is to be insanity, this did not strongly back up the plea of prejudice. Unless the showing of the defense as to prejudice is materially strengthened today, the prospects are strongly against a venue change being granted. All the witnesses so far examined live in the city and nothing has been introduced to show that prejudice exists in the county outside city limits.
Labels: Adam God sect, courtroom, criminal court, Grand avenue, Harrison street, Judge Latshaw, police, Thirteenth street
May 18, 1909
SHAWNEE BANK ROBBED
WHILE PEOPLE LOOK ON.
Citizens Awed as Safe Is Blown at
Early Hour Monday Morning
and $1,300 Secured.
While the entire pupulation of Shawnee watched the performance, two yeggs marched out of the village early Monday morning with about $1,300 belonging to the Shawnee State Savings bank. The robbers were able to loot the bank after shattering the safe with three charges of nitro-glycerin. It is supposed that the men came to Kansas City.
When the first explosion shook the little town, everyone was awakened. According to those present, most of the inhabitants dressed and started toward the bank. Another explosion kept them at a respectful distance, and when the two men finally did emerge from the door, after firing another charge, no one had the nerve to molest them. The men carried the money away in a sack.
Shawnee is six miles southwest of Rosedale, in Johnson county, Kas.
Labels: banking, crime, Johnson county, Shawnee
May 17, 1909
TURNS BOW ON THE SIDE.
Kaiser Hat, With Knot Behind,
"Riles" Patrick Haffey of Bar-X.
Believing the bow on a man's hatband should be on the side, rather than around in the rear, Patrick Haffey, a cattleman, last night attempted to dictate fashion to a stranger in the Union depot.
After carefully scrutinizing the hat, which was one of the soft green felt Kaiser Wilhelm variety with a little bow-knot at the back, Haffey laid a large and heavy hand on the hat and, lifting it up, twisted it so that the bow was on the side, and slammed it back down on his victim's head.
"There," he said, "that is the way men wear their hats in my section of the country."
He put much emphasis on the word "men."
"What do you think you are doing, sir?" was the indignant query of the man with the hat, as he sized up Haffey's six feet two inches of solid manhood.
"Haffey's my name, young feller," said the ranchman, "Patrick Haffey, and I'm from the Bar-X ranch out in New Mexico. Where I come from a man don't wear a hat like a kid, and if he hasn't got a ribbon on his hat he puts a strap around it, but the buckle's on the side, you can bet."
By the time Haffey had delivered himself of this information the hat had been turned around and the little bow stood out defiantly in the rear.
Haffey again laid his ponderous hand over the crown of the hat, took it off the wearer's head and a second time slammed it back with the bow on the side.
"Don't try that on me again, stranger," he said angrily. "You keep that bow where it belongs or make tracks. If you don't you won't have any hat at all."
The man with the hat found Station Master John Wallenstrom, and together they went back to look for Haffey, but he had also disappeared.
"I did not say a word to the man," said the victim of these indignities, "and treatment of that kind in a public place at the hands of a stranger should not go unpunished, it should not be tolerated."
The man refused to give his name. He boarded the Chicago & Alton train which left for St. Louis a few minutes after.
Labels: clothing, Union depot, visitors
May 17, 1909
SOUVENIRS WORTH $8,000.
That Much Given Away During
Commercial Club Trade Trip.
Nearly $8,000 worth of souvenirs were given away by the Commercial Club "specialists," who returned Saturday night from their 1,400-mile trip through Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas. This estimate was not made with "Schmelzerized" money, either.
According to his own guess, Herman Schmelzer, vice president and secretary of the Schmelzer Arms Company, burned up $1,873,500 on the trip. At almost every station he would ostentatiously set fire to a crisp roll of yellow-backs amid the ill-suppressed gasps of the natives, and the plaudits of his white-hatted excursionists. Thus his counterfeit Confederate currency displaced the real coin of the commonwealth on board the train, and some of the transactions made between the missionaries dealt with large figures.
What was given as souvenirs from the train is hardly worth mentioning. Anyway, they included everything from traveling clocks and papers of needles, to rubber stamps and automatic calendars.
Labels: Commercial Club, railroad
May 17, 1909
SOUVENIR PICTURE OF TAFT.
Autographed Photo of President for
Fresh Air Fund.
Mrs. Edith Greene of 6009 East Tenth street, who is interested in raising money for the juvenile fresh air fund, wrote Mrs. William Howard Taft at the White House some time ago, asking for some souvenir to auction off in the good cause. Saturday she received a letter from Mrs. Taft, together with an autographed photograph of the president:
"Mrs Taft acknowledges the receipt of Mrs. Greene's letter, and as it is not possible for her to send a souvenir from the White House, she is sending an autograph picture of the president with best wishes for the fresh air fund. White House, May 11."
Labels: auction, charity, President Taft, Tenth street, women
May 16, 1909
SHARPS CANNOT GET
FAIR TRIAL HERE.
CLAIM THAT WILL BE MADE IN
COURT BY LAWYERS.
Religious Fanatics to Go on Trial
Tomorrow for Killing Police
Officers Mullane and
When the case against James Sharp, the self-styled "Adam God," and his wife, Melissa Sharp, charged with murder in connection with the religious fanatics' riot in front of the city hall December 8 last, is called in the criminal court tomorrow morning A. E. Martin, one of "Adam God's" attorneys, will attempt to secure a change of venue from Jackson county on the ground that the Sharps cannot obtain a fair trail in this city.
Both sides have announced they are ready for trial, and as it had been understood the defense will be insanity. Attorney Martin's actions will come as a surprise.
"I know from the sentiments expressed that my clients cannot get a fair t rial here," said Mr. Martin last night. "I shall make some charges in court Monday that may cause considerable surprise, but I expect to be able to prove what I say.
"My partner, Mr. Bailey, has been in Oklahoma securing depositions at our expense, as the Sharps are actually so poor we expect next to nothing in the way of a fee. It is because of my honest conviction that Sharp is insane and should not be railroaded into the penitentiary or to the scaffold through prejudice that I have taken up this case.
"I have summoned 200 witnesses to appear Monday in an endeavor to show 'Adam God,' as he is called, cannot get a fair trail here, and I hope to secure a change of venue.
"I shall make certain charges against jail officials concerning the manner win which juries are often prejudiced in criminal cases of this kind."
In the December riot five persons were killed. Among them were Michael Mullane and A. O. Dalbow, patrolmen on the North End beat where the shooting took place.
Mr. Martin is a member of the firm of Martin & Bailey, 439 Midland building.
Labels: Adam God sect, attorney, mental health, Midland, police
May 16, 1909
JUST LIKE THE ROAR OF
MT. WASHINGTON RESIDENTS
DESCRIBE THE CYCLONE.
Freak Results of the "Twister"
Viewed by the Hundreds Who
1. Wreck of Christian church blown across Overton avenue. Newton Bird's residence in the background, turned around on foundation. G. B. De Bernardi's home stood in the foreground; completely demolished.
2. Giant elm uprooted by storm. Tree was three feet in diameter.
3. J. J. Peek's home at Independence and Overton avenues, turned over on side.
4. G. F. Baker's new home, blown from foundation.
5. Where H. D. Jett's home, back of Christian church stood. Mrs. Jett and three children were in building but were uninjured.
Hundreds of sightseers yesterday afternoon inspected the devastation wrought by the cyclone on Friday night at Mount Washington. When the visitors looked at the ruined homes, the twisted trolley poles and the debris that once represented suburban dwellings, surprise was expressed that no one was killed outright. It was almost miraculous, when slivers were found firmly embedded in trees, scantlings driven two feet into the ground and nails driven into the sides of walls that were still standing.
When morning came the work of cleaning up the debris commenced. It was found to be a hard task. The members of the Christian church, which was completely destroyed, were on hand early and picked up chairs, carpets, Bibles and song books.
The owners of the destroyed homes looked upon the matter in a philosophical way. Aside from picking up little things which had escaped destruction, they spent most of the time in explaining to the ever-present crowd how it actually happened. Just a roar, like an approaching train, and it was all over. Not even time to get to the cellar was afforded most of the victims. With mist that was impenetrable, the cyclone swept on, but high in the air fragments of trees, timbers and scantlings could be seen. Every one was of the opinion that the storm traversed Mount Washington in less than five minutes.
STORM'S PATH NOT WIDE.
The path of the storm was not over thirty yards wide. In many instances buildings twenty feet from wrecked ones, were not damaged in the least. Gigantic trees that had stood for more than 100 years were broken off at the base, while others in softer ground were torn up by the roots. A sugar maple in one instance was transplanted into a neighboring garden.
According to the physicians who attended the twenty or more injured, there will likely be no fatalities. The Greer boys who were caught under their home when they attempted to reach the cellar were taken to the Sheffield hospital and both will recover. They remained wedged between the floor and the foundation before they were released by the neighbors. Seth Greer, 17 years old, was injured the least of the two. Lee, the 5-year-old boy, is still in critical condition, although the physicians are hopeful of his ultimate recovery.
Mrs. J. W. Robinson, who lives in Fairmount addition, and whose house was blown to pieces, is dangerously injured. Her head was cut, her left side bruised and she probably has received internal injuries. Mrs. Josie De Bernardi, 61 years old, who received a broken right arm, will recover.
IT WAS A KANSAS CYCLONE.
All who witnessed the storm were of the opinion that it was one of the old-fashioned Kansas cyclones. G. F. Baker, whose new home at the corner of Overton and Independence avenues, was completely wrecked, stood a block away and watched the "twister." The house was not occupied.
The insurance men did a thriving business yesterday among the residents of Mount Washington who escaped storm injury. Agents from Kansas City firms arrived with the first street cars, and it is likely that before last night, the suburb was fairly well covered. No one seemed to be anxious to take further risk.
Dr. Charles Nixon and Dr. William L. Gilmore, the resident physicians of Mount Washington, say little rest Friday night. The two men practically covered the entire district devastated by the cyclone. Both were besieged by persons who desired them to come to the aid of injured friends. Physicians from Independence arrived in a motor car and attended many.
Mrs. John Reed, who was living in a tent in the Fairmount addition, saved herself from serious injury by her presence of mind. She looked out of the tent when she heard the roar of the storm. She knew that it would be impossible to reach safety. Alongside of the tent was a barbwire fence. She grasped one of the posts and waited until the storm struck. her lacerated arms showed that her experience had been a trying one. She didn't give up, though.
"I locked my arms," she said, "and closed my eyes. It was all over in a minute. It was simply awful. I was lifted from the ground, but I wouldn't let go."
Labels: churches, doctors, Independence avenue, Mt. Washington, sheffield, weather
May 16, 1909
FOREST PARK ATTRACTIONS.
Ritter Sisters' Lady Orchestra Con-
certs Afternoon and Night.
Commencing today the patrons of Forest park will be offered as an added free attraction the well known Ritter Sisters' lady orchestra. They will give concerts in the pavilion every afternoon and night and will also render the incidental music for the new feature motion pictures that will be shown in the pavilion all this week. The pictures are all new subjects and the manager of Forest park guarantees that they are shown here for the first time in Kansas City. Pleasing programmes will be rendered by the Sisters Ritter, both afternoon and evening. Children's day was well attended at Forest park yesterday and the little ones all enjoyed the many new devices, especially the Giant Slide or Human Niagara.
Labels: amusement, children, forest park, moving pictures, music
May 16, 1909
GOV. RIDDLE'S FUNERAL TODAY.
Body Passed Through Kansas City
Escorted by Delegation.
Escorted by the widow and a delegation of five men, representatives of five secret orders of which he was a member, the body of former Lieutenant Governor A. P. Riddle, editor of the Minneapolis Messenger, who was killed in an automobile accident near Salina, Kas., May 13, was taken through Kansas City last night on the way from Minneapolis to Girard, Kas. "Governor" Riddle, as he was known, was 63 years old.
It was while on a pleasure tour with four of his friends going form Minneapolis to Salina, Kas., that the accident which resulted fatally for Governor Riddle occurred. The car was running at high speed when they lost the main road and struck an obstacle, the editor being thrown from the machine to the ground, striking on his head and causing concussion of the brain which resulted in his death an hour later while being carried in the car to the nearest doctor. Those in the car at the time of the accident were John L. King, Samuel Kreager, Charles Thomas and Charles Richmond.
With the body last night were S. J. Agnew, representing the Elks; C. N. Miller, Knights of Pythias; John Hartley, Sons and Daughters of Justice; J. C. McCrum, Odd Fellows, and Dr. J. C. Brewer of the Ancient Order of United Workmen. All are from Minneapolis, Governor Riddle's home. The funeral will take place today at Girard.
Labels: accident, Funeral, lodges, visitors
May 16, 1909
GIVE UP HIS BOY?
NEVER, SAYS FATHER.
BRAWNY IRON WORKER WINS
ADMIRATION OF JUDGE.
Authorities Wanted to Send Clar-
ance Anderson to McCune Home,
but Request Failed After
Parent Told Story.
"Rather than give up my boy I'll sell out all I have in Kansas City and leave. The only thing which will separate me from my children is death."
Charles Anderson, an iron worker, said it and brought his big fist down on the table at one end of which sat Judge Porterfield of the juvenile court. Clarence Anderson, the boy, was in court Friday on complaint of the truant officer.
"Wouldn't you like to have the boy sent to the McCune farm?" asked the court.
"No. I have lost two children already," said the man, who swings beams in midair.
"You would not lose the lad if he went to the farm."
"I don't want him to go."
Then Anderson told his story.
"I have had a hard time to raise my family, but I have buckled down to the job, and mean to stay by it till the last rivet is headed. My wife is dead. I have a daughter who works afternoons. In what spare time she has, she looks after this boy and his smaller sister. Just to show you what I think of my family, let me tell you that I threw up a job at $150 with the American Bridge Company. That was because the work took me from home. I couldn't get anything in my line in Kansas City, and I had to follow the work, wherever it was. No I can work here, and I mean to stay by my family. You couldn't get me to give up one."
"Just keep the lad in school, that's all," said the court, with admiration for the ironworker's words and for a man who meant "to stay with the job" until it was finished.
Labels: children, Judge Porterfield, juvenile court, McCune Home
May 15, 1909
SCORES INJURED IN A
TORNADO STRIKES MOUNT
Many Homes Wrecked or Demol-
ished -- Trees and Poles Razed,
Air Line Train in the
Sweeping across the country just east of Kansas City, a tornado tore down many buildings and injured more than twenty persons about 6 o'clock last night. The greatest damage was done in the neighborhood of Mount Washington and Fairmount park. The storm originated near the intersection of the Blue Ridge road and Fifteenth street, and crossed the country to the northeast.
Little damage was done by the tornado until it reached the street car line at Mount Washington, and from there until it reached the Missouri river it left only wreckage in its path. It moved some houses from the foundations, demolished others, and razed trees and telegraph poles. Many persons were injured by flying timbers. Several of the injured are not expected to live, and quite a number not bruised suffered from nervous shock.
ROOFS 200 FEET IN AIR.
Wreckage was blown high in the air, and witnesses say that roofs were seen at an altitude of 200 feet. Timbers carried onto the street car and railroad tracks delayed transportation, and made it dangerous for traveling. Flying timbers threatened injury to all those who braved the storm to go the the assistance of the unfortunates whose homes were demolished. Immediately after the force of the tornado had passed, men and women gathered to the aid of those needing it and surgeons were sent for from Independence.
Many miraculous escapes were recorded and the storm played havoc with everything in its path. Trees several feet in diameter were uprooted and then broken off, while telephone and telegraph wires and poles were blown down which tended to make the work of rescue the harder. As fast as the injured persons were found friends and neighbors carried them to their homes and summoned medical aid.
TRAIN IN TRACK OF STORM.
The Air Line train, which is due to leave Independence at 5:45, was directly in the path of the tornado, and at Mount Washington narrowly escaped being wrecked. A roof whirling in the air 200 feet high passed over the rear coach, and the end of the roof tore a hole in the top of the car. A timber was driven into the roof of the coach, and was sticking there when the train pulled out.
The concrete and steel bridge of the Chicago & Alton crossing the electric line leading to Fairmount park was moved four inches from its foundation. Residences on the hill were blown down and the wreckage strewn along the Chicago & Alton and Missouri Pacific tracks.
The storm struck the ground at various places, and where it did any damage its path was estimated to be about 150 feet wide. Many persons saw its approach and attempted to avoid it by running across the country or retiring to the cellars of their homes. One woman who ran into a barn was left unconscious on the ground, while the barn was whipped off the ground and carried away. What became of it was not known last night.
LIKE A LURID DUST CLOUD.
Those who noticed the storm as it approached their neighborhood, said that it seemed to gather velocity and destructiveness as it neared Mount Washington. The cloud, looking like a reddish dust cloud, twisted and whirled with rapidity. It would travel high in the air and then swoop down to earth, smashing and damaging everything it struck.
Throughout and preceding the tornado there was a heavy rainfall. Shortly after the crest of the storm had passed the wind swept territory, the work of rescue was well under way. Later the rain continued, and delayed the recovery of property which had been blown away.
CAUGHT UNDER WRECKAGE.
The low hanging cloud, as it swept around Mount Washington cemetery, took on a funnel like shape when it neared the Metropolitan tracks. The home of George Ogan at 915 Greenwood avenue was the first in the path of the storm. Mr. and Mrs. Ogan, with their daughter, Mrs. J. Jenkins, were in the house, which was lifted from its foundation. After it passed the Ogan home the storm redoubled its fury.
John Archer, a Metropolitan motorman, who was working on a new house near the street car tracks, was struck by a flying timber. Dr. Gilmore, who treated him, found that he was suffering from a severe scalp wound.
At the barn of A. J. Ream not enough timbers were left to show that it ever existed. Mr. Ream's large house, fifty feet to the east, was not damaged. Across the street car spur to Fairmount park, Orli Can's home was blown to pieces. No one was at home.
Next to the Cain home was a new building being erected by C. L. Green, an insurance man, who is in Cleveland, O., at the present time. In the rear was a small cottage in which the family lived. When the storm struck Mrs. Greer and the two sons attempted to reach the cellar. The mother was not injured, but the boys were caught by the house as it ripped from the foundation. A. J. Ream rescued the boys from under the wreckage.
CHRISTIAN CHURCH DESTROYED.
Adjoining the Greer home was the residence of Will McCay, a decorator for Emery, Bird, Thayer Dry Goods Company. Mrs. McKay and her 8 year old daughter, Grace, were in the dining room. The roof was carried fifty feet away. Both were hurt.
Next in its path the storm destroyed two large residences belonging to H. D. Jett, a commission man. Mrs. Jett and three children were in the smaller of the two houses. The building was completely destroyed. None of the four were injured.
At the southwest corner of Independence and Overton avenues the storm did its worst. The Christian church, a building erected four years ago, was wrecked beyond recognition. Not a wall was left standing. Had the windstorm struck two hours later, the building would have been occupied, as revival services are held every night.
J. S. DeBernardi's home, directly south of the church, was shifted from its foundation, and Forest, his 10-year-old son, was slightly injured. Charles F. Miller's residence, fifty feet to the west, was shifted from the foundation, but no one was injured, though the family were at home.
Mr. and Mrs. J. S. DeBernardi, the parents of J. S. DeBernardi, lived directly across Overton avenue from the Christian church. The five room cottage was literally blown away, and Mrs. DeBernardi was dangerously injured. Her left arm was broken and she was later taken to Independence for treatment. A new house belonging to J. S. DeBernardi, fifty feet away, was also blown away.
HOUSE TOPSY TURVY.
In its course, the storm next struck the home of W. B. Rich. The house was shifted form its foundation. Steele Byrd's new residence was also shifted from its foundation. The Kefferly home, adjoining the Rich's, had its roof blown away.
Fortunately no one was at home when the storm struck the home of J. Peak, the proprietor of the Fairmount Lumber Company. The house was turned completely over and deposited upside down in the cellar. A new residence belonging to G. R. Baker was next, and was totally destroyed. No one was living in the building.
The storm then jumped the deep ravine between Mount Washington and Fairmount addition. John Robinson's cottage was the first struck and was completely demolished. Mrs. Robinson and her 1-year-old daughter were dangerously injured. J. W. Ferguson's cottage was next destroyed. Mrs. Ferguson was injured, but the two children were not touched.
HELD TO FENCE POST.
Fred McGrath's home, directly north, was also destroyed, and Mrs. McGrath was dangerously injured. Directly north of the McGrath home Mr. and Mrs. John Reed were living in a tent. Mr. Reed was not at home, and when Mrs. Reed saw the cloud she started to run. Finding that it would be impossible to get away, she seized a piece of fence post and managed to cling to it until the wind was over. Her arms were badly lacerated.
A block north the two-story residence of Alexander Harness was demolished. Mrs. Harness received several scratches. A new dwelling across the street in the course of construction was demolished. The one-room home of James Patterson, a laborer, was blown away. Patterson escaped with slight injuries.
From Patterson's home the tornado lifted and no further damage was reported. Sugar Creek, directly in line with the tornado, only experienced a strong wind.
Labels: Blue Ridge road, fairmount park, Independence avenue, Mt. Washington, railroad, real estate, streetcar, Sugar Creek, telegraph, weather
May 15, 1909
CONNOR EXPLAINS STORM.
Due to Contact of Two High Baro-
Last night's storm was due to a combination of two areas of high barometric pressure, one in the Northwest and the other in the Southeast sections of the country. The air currents, both revolving in a great arc from left to right, met in the vicinity of this city.
"The conflict of these air currents will produce tornadoes," said P. Connor, the local weather observer, yesterday afternoon, while the sky was yet serene.
About 5 o'clock his prediction was justified. Sheets of water descended that had filled the rain gauge 1.15 inches before 6 o'clock. While the rain fall was heavy there was very little high wind in the city, except in gusts.
Telegraph wires between the city and Independence, Pleasant Hill and Elden, Mo., were blown down.
At the south office of the Home Telephone company, Thirty-eighth street and Warwick boulevard, lightning was carried into the building on the wires and all the telephone girls stampeded.
Lightning struck a house at 1816 Summit street, and caused damage amounting to $200. No one was injured.
Labels: Independence, Pleasant Hill, telephone, Thirty-eighth street, weather
May 15, 1909
STORM STOPS STREET CARS.
Traffic on Many Lines Delayed by
Water, Broken Poles and Ob-
The service of the Metropolitan Street Railway Company suffered severely from yesterday's storm. Mud and stones on the track at many places on all lines held up cars for 20 minutes at a time. Although all help available was hurried to such places to clear away the impending debris, most of the cars on the long lines, like the Quindaro boulevard line, were from half an hour to a full hour late in arriving at their terminals.
It was said at the general office at Fifteenth street and Grand avenue at 8 o'clock that three-quarters of a mile of trolley wires was down near Fairmount park, and that twelve poles had been broken off at this point. Also it was said service was temporarily suspended on the West Side line in Kansas City, Kas., because of debris across the tracks in the vicinity of Riverview.
Labels: fairmount park, Fifteenth street, Grand avenue, Kansas City Kas, Metropolitan Street Railway Company, streetcar, weather
May 15, 1909
FOUR ITALIANS SENT
TO THE WORKHOUSE.
BELIEVE THEY ARE BLACK
HAND SOCIETY MEMBERS.
Two Were Fined $1,000 and Two
$500 -- Any Attempt to Secure
Their Release Will Be
Four Italians who were arrested by Detectives J. L. Ghent and "Lum" Wilson in a rooming house at 503 East Third street, and who are suspected by the police of belonging to the Black Hand society, were fined yesterday morning in the municipal court for vagrancy, and in default of payment of the fines were sent to the workhouse. Vincenzo Domenico and Frank Bruno were fined $1,000 each on two charges, while Francesco Amelo and Maro Choapa, the other members of the gang, were fined $500 each.
Ever since Italian business men received threatening letters demanding money a few weeks ago the detectives have been investigating the matter. Domenico and Bruno first excited suspicion, and after watching for several days, the detectives decided to bring them to police headquarters. When searched, both were found to be armed with revolvers. The other two Italians were arrested, and when their room, on Third street, was entered, where all had been living, several revolvers and shotguns were found.
In court yesterday morning, none of the prisoners professed knowledge of the English language. The court failed to establish that any of the men had been the authors of the threatening letters.
The police will fight any attempt to get them out of the workhouse as they regard them as dangerous characters and while it was not proved that they were actually members of the dread Italian society it is thought that they know more than they care to tell.
Labels: black hand, detectives, guns, immigrants, police court, police headquarters, rooming house, Third street, vagrancy, workhouse
May 15, 1909
MISS BARRYMORE'S NEW PLAY.
Charles Frohman to Star Her in
Serious Work by Pinero.
Ethel Barrymore, who is appearing at the Willis Wood, was informed by Charles Frohman's New York office yesterday that Mr. Frohman, in a cable from London, has secured the rights for Arthur Pinero's latest play and that he will star Miss Barrymore in this vehicle next season. The Pinero play has not been named, but it is said to be less bitter and less cynical than the English dramatist's more recent works. Pinero has not written a play since "His House in Order," in which John Drew was starred two years ago.
Another bit of gratifying information received by Miss Barrymore is that the play will be produced at the Empire theater, New York. The Empire, which is New York's most fashionable playhouse, has been looked upon in recent years as almost the exclusive property of Mr. Drew and Maude Adams.
The character which Miss Barrymore will essay will be vastly different from the types in which she has achieved her great popularity. The part, it is reported, will be more serious and will give the actress a wider scope for an ability that has not been allowed to come to full bloom in the lighter roles that she has undertaken.
Labels: New York, theater, visitors
May 14, 1909
JUDGE ROUTS CABBAGE MEN.
But Coal and Ice Men Were Heard
Near Court House.
It's "coal" and "ice" now for Judge Thomas of the circuit court. Max Berkman, who extolled the virtues of his cabbage on the Locust street side of the courthouse Wednesday and barely escaped a fine, must have passed the word along to the purveyors of other vegetables, for there were none yesterday to annoy the court.
In place of his kind, however, came the ice and coal calls. Evidently the hucksters mean for the judge to get a sample of the leather lungs of all divisions of their trade. The noise at times yesterday was almost deafening. There is a fine chance for ice and coal hucksters when the judge again sends out his sheriff.
Labels: courthouse, food, ice, Locust street
May 14, 1909
ONLY ONE IS HOLDING OUT.
Other Manual Students Who Offended Phillips Apologize.
Roscoe Reimer is the only Manual Training high school student still under Principal E. D. Phillip's displeasure. The others who had been suspended for giving the Manual yell
in the auditorium, marched into the principal's office yesterday and signed a statement apologizing for their conduct. Then they took the document home, and must have their parents and some other person sign it before they will be admitted again to the school.
"We were greatly grieved at the occurrence," said Principal Phillips yesterday. "I had been congratulating myself that my school was the only one in the United States where no loud noise or outdoor yells were permitted in the chapel, and I had hoped that such would be the case. I am determined that it shall never occur again. The pupils who were suspended acted like little men by coming up and voluntarily signing the apology."
The authorities do not know why Roscoe Reimer is holding out.
May 14, 1909
DEATH BY CARBOLIC ACID.
Unidentified Man Commits Suicide
The body of an unidentified man was found in a lot between Drury and Hardesty avenues on Fifteenth street yesterday morning by Mrs. Della Morris, who lives in the vicinity. Harry Czarlinsky, deputy coroner, said death was due to carbolic acid poising.
The name Henry Patterson was found on a piece of paper in the man's pocket. The underclothing bore the letters J. E. C. and the initials J. C. were upon a signet ring which he wore. H e was about 50 years old, five feet five inches in height, weighed 140 pounds and wore a dark suit, patent leather shoes and a soft hat. His eyes were gray and his hair brown.
ENDED LIFE WITH SHOTGUN.
Morgan Jones, a farmer who lives near Dallas, Mo., killed himself with a shotgun early yesterday morning. He had been ill for a number of years and it is thought by his friends that it caused despondency. He was 30 years old and unmarried. He had been formerly employed as a bookkeeper in Kansas City.
TRIED TO DIE, BUT FAILED.
In a saloon at 1025 East Nineteenth street F. D. Miskelly of Excelsior Springs attempted to kill himself by drinking chloroform. He was taken to the general hospital. He is in precarious condition.
Labels: Centropolis, Dr Czarlinsky, Drury avenue, Excelsior Springs, farmers, Fifteenth street, Hardesty avenue, Nineteenth street, saloon, Suicide
May 14, 1909
QUARRELED ON HONEYMOON.
Deaf Husband and Tongue-Tied
Bride Booked for Municipal Court.
When Ben Green, who is deaf, married Eliza Reamer, who is tongue-tied, last week at the home of his mother in Lawrence, Kas., everyone thought the match an excellent one, though the couple had known each other only a week.
With light hearts they boarded a train for Kansas City, where they intended to spend their honeymoon. Possibly the world at large wouldn't have known about the union if they had not been arrested at Independence avenue and Holmes street yesterday afternoon. They were quarreling.
Both were taken to police headquarters and charged with disturbing the peace. In default of bond they were kept at the station. Mrs. Green, in the matron's room, attempted to tell about her marriage.
She met Green in Wichita a week ago, she said. It was a case of love at first sight. Green persuaded her to go to Lawrence, where they were united. The husband was unable to find work, she said, and they quarreled. The case will be tried in the municipal court this morning.
Labels: hearing impaired, Independence avenue, Lawrence, marriage, municipal court, Wichita
May 13, 1909
JOHN HAYES ENJOINED IN
SUIT BY FORMER PARTNER.
F. H. Tillotson Would Restrain the
Former Police Chief From Selling
Detective Agency Stock.
Freeman H. Tillotson brought an injunction suit in the circuit court yesterday against John Hayes and John B. Hayes, Jr., to restrain them from selling, voting or transferring twenty-four shares in the Hayes-Tillotson Detective Agency. The plaintiff says that on June 18, 1908, he transferred the stock in question to Hayes, without consideration. Now he asks the court to give him back the stock and to restrain the Hayeses from disposing of it.
"Tillotson was invited to quit the agency May 1," said John G. Schaich, his attorney. "He is bringing this suit to recover his stock in the concern."
Labels: business, circuit court, detectives, Police Chief Hayes
May 13, 1909
BABY ON HIS DOORSTEP.
Later Woman Is Found Near Home
of W. E. Griffith.
A baby 3 days old was found in a basket on the porch of his residence at 10 o'clock last night by W. E. Griffith, 537 Everett avenue, Kansas City, Kas. The police were immediately notified and the ambulance went with officers to take charge of the infant.
Before the ambulance drove away from the house, a woman was discovered wandering on the street about a block away, apparently in a dazed condition. When approached by a patrolman she became frantic, and fought the officer.
At the station she gave the name of Mrs. S. W. Underwood, 228 Hardesty, Kansas City, Mo. From her appearance and manner at the station the woman's mind is affected. Friends on the Missouri side were notified and given charge of her.
Labels: children, Hardesty avenue, Kansas City Kas, mental health, police
May 12, 1909
WYLIE W. COOK IN CHARGE.
New Head for Kansas City, Kas.,
WYLIE W. COOK.
Newly Appointed Chief of Police of Kansas City, Kas.
Wylie W. Cook, acting upon orders from Mayor U. S. Guyer, took charge of the police department of Kansas City, Kas., yesterday morning as chief. His name for this position will be submitted along with a list of other appointments to the council at tonight's meeting for confirmation.
Mr. Cook is 49 years old and has lived in the city since 1892. He was formerly connected with the Banking Trust Company and was an assistant state bank examiner during the administration of Governor E. N. Morrill. While he has not had any actual experience in police work he is considered fully competent to fill his new position. All of the men chosen for chief of police by the mayors for many years have been men of business experience rather than police work and in most cases the service rendered has been satisfactory.
Edward Strong, who has been made captain of police, is a man of many years' experience in the local department and with his help Chief Cook says he is confident that he will be able to soon improve the workings of the force. No changes in the assignment of them men will be made until the new executive becomes more familiar with the department.
Labels: banking, Kansas City Kas, police
May 12, 1909
JOHNNY KLING MAY
JOIN CHICAGO CUBS.
IF CHANCE ACCEPTS HIS TERMS,
HE WILL LEAVE AT ONCE.
Asks Higher Salary Than Last Year
and Unconditional Release
at the End of the
Would Rather Play Billiards in Kansas City
Than Join the Cubs.
Providing Manager Frank Chance of the Chicago Cubs accepts the terms dictated by John J. Kling, the world's greatest catcher, it is very probable that Kling will leave Kansas City within the next twenty-four hours to join the Chicago team. Despite Kling's ultimatum to quit the game forever it was learned from a reliable source last night that he will return to the Cubs if the proposition he made to Manager Chance over the wire is accepted by Chance and President Charles W. Murphy of the Chicago club.
Kling received a telegram from Manager Chance asking him to join the Cubs at once as the team needed his services. The Cubs were at that time in Pittsburgh. The telegram was lengthy and the full contents were not disclosed, but it is known that Chance begged Kling to return to the team and help the Cubs in their fight for the championship. If the team is successful this year it will be the fourth straight pennant for Chicago. Manager chance has found Moran is not able to handle the receiving department of the game and he needs Kling.
But before Kling joins the Cubs President Murphy must accept a proposition which it is very probable Murphy will try to turn down, unless it is an utter impossibility to get Kling without accepting it. This, according to the information of the writer, is that Kling receive several thousand dollars more than he did last year and that he be given his unconditional release at the end of this season, which will wind up his contract with the Cubs.
When Kling first stated that he would quit baseball there were few bugs in Kansas City who believed him and some made bets with John that he would return to the Cubs. In case he returns he will have to buy a lot of hats and cigars.
One of Kling's reasons for not joining the team before was that he could not leave his business for want of a capable manager here. He has now engaged Charles Ferris, a competent billiard man, to handle his business and he is in a position to return to the game.
Labels: billiards, Chicago, Johnny Kling, sports, telegram
May 12, 1909
TO MARK SANTA FE
TRAIL IN MISSOURI.
BILL APPROPRIATING $3,000 IS
NOW READY FOR GOVERNOR.
Rough Hewn Blocks of Red St.
Francois Granite Will Per-
petuate the Route of
SANTA FE TRAIL MARKER.
JEFFERSON CITY, May 11. -- From Old Franklin, Howard county, to Westport, rough hewn blocks of St. Francois granite will mark the old Santa Fe trail, the path of the pioneers, across Missouri.
By a vote of 98 to 31 the house today passed the bill already passed by the senate, appropriating $3,000 for that purpose, and it now is ready for the governor's signature, which Representative Glover Branch is assured will be appended.
The bill passed today contemplates the erection at intervals from Old Franklin, in Howard county, through Mrashall, Grand Pass, Lexington, Independence and Kansas City, of markers, roughly hewn from blocks of Missouri granite, the red mottled variety, quarried in St. Francois county, with a polished face on one side bearing the inscription:
Santa Fe Trail
1822 - 1872
Marked by the
Daughters of the American Revolution
State of Missouri
One of the freighters who took ox trains over the trail regularly was H. G. Branch, father of the member who today had the bill passed to have the route of the pioneers perpetuated.
SANTA FE TRAIL ACROSS MISSOURI.
Colorado appropriated $2,000 to mark the trail through the southeast corner of that state, and Kansas appropriated half as much, a sum which is to be increased.
Labels: history, Jefferson City, Lexington, organizations, Santa Fe Trail
May 12, 1909
LIVERYMAN OWN DETECTIVE.
Independence Man Recovers Valu-
able Horse and Buggy.
As Thomas Hughes, an Independence liveryman, was walking on Walnut street near Missouri avenue, yesterday afternoon he was wondering what had become of a fine horse and buggy, which had disappeared from his barn the night before. Hughes was on his way to police headquarters, in fact, to talk it over with the cops, when lo and behold, he espied the missing nag and vehicle. Walter Ayers and W. H. Dunn, young men, were in the buggy.
Hughes grabbed the horse by the bridle and then called Patrolman Henry Harris, who arrested Ayers and Dunn. The former lives about five miles from Independence, while Dunn says his home is in Kansas City. Hughes took his horse and buggy to Independence. The young men are being held for investigation.
Labels: animals, buggy, crime, Independence, Missouri avenue, police, Walnut Street
May 11, 1909
OLD SOLDIER OF 65
WINS YOUTHFUL BRIDE.
HIS PROPOSAL FOLLOWED SOON
AFTER FIRST MEETING.
"My Reasons for Marrying Are Not
for Publication," Said Veteran
Porter's Young Wife -- Plan
a Fine Honeymoon.
27-Year-Old Bride of 67-Year-Old Civil War Veteran.
December and June were mated last night at the Hotel Moore, Ninth and Central streets, when Henry C. Porter, 65 years old, was married to Miss Carrie Clements, 27 years of age. Porter, who lost his right leg at the battle of Gettysburg, supported himself on his crutches and took the hand of his diminutive bride in his while she promised to "love, honor and obey him until death did them part."
In celebration of the occasion the old soldier wore a "boiled shirt" with a stiff collar and necktie, for the first time in thirty years.
"I've been too busy out in Colorado and New Mexico to wear city clothes," he said. "But when a man marries there are a good many changes that come into his life and it isn't too much to ask him to wear these things then."
"Ours was a short courtship but a stirring one," continued Porter, his blue eyes twinkling. "I had seen her long before I made her acquaintance and was struck by her daintiness and prettiness. I made up my mind to win her. We boarded at the same house in Pueblo and two months ago I proposed and she accepted me. It's just like other love stories except that I was in a hurry and she couldn't resist me."
BRIDE A NEW YORKER.
Miss Clements is a brunette, four feet five inches tall. She was born in Caldwell, Warren county, N. Y., and her parents and only sister live there yet. Three years ago she went to Pueblo, and was employed in a department store when the veteran met her.
"Why should a young woman like you marry an old man like Mr. Porter?" she was asked.
"That is the only question I will not answer," she replied. "I have my reasons, but they are not for publication."
Henry C. Porter enlisted in the Ninety-fifth New York volunteers at the outbreak of the civil war. He was in many battles and was orderly to General Reynolds at the battle of Gettysburg. He was a few feet behind that general when he was killed, and the next day was mowed down himself in the charge on Missionary Ridge. For several months he lay in the hospital with a lame leg, and afterwards joined a Nebraska cavalry regiment.
After the surrender at Appomatox, and the review of the troops at Washington, he found time to have his leg amputated, and then started to earn his living by his trade as a miller. He had learned this business at the age of 14 years, and at the time of his retirement several years ago had worked at it for forty years.
GROOM IS WELL-TO-DO.
Porter moved to Colorado twenty-two years ago, and has worked in Denver, Leadville, Telluride, Cripple Creek, Pueblo and Albequerque, N. M. After his retirement he lived comfortably on his pension and the income from his property. He is fairly well-to-do.
The honeymoon trip which the oddly assorted pair will take is one to be envied. Miss Clements left Pueblo for this city several days ago and took rooms at the Buck hotel. Yesterday Mr. Porter arrived, and they were married last night. Today or tomorrow they will leave for St. Louis, and after resting a few days, proceed to Chicago. Thence they will travel by easy stages to Washington. Their next stopping place will be Baltimore, and they will take ship for San Francisco at New York. Later they will make a trip through Yellowstone Park, and will then go back to Pueblo or Denver, and begin housekeeping.
"I want to be back home in time to attend the national G. A. R. convention which will be held in Salt Lake City September 7," said the soldier, saluting and marching away in a brand new pair of crutches bought for the glad occasion.
Labels: Civil War, hotels, New York, Seniors, veterans, visitors, wedding
May 11, 1909
WOLVES IN JACKSON COUNTY.
Lair of Eight Discovered Three
Miles West of Lee's Summit.
Eight wolf scalps were laid on the desk of the county court yesterday while the court was in session at Independence. W. C. Bushart, who lives three miles southeast of Lee's Summit, discovered the lair of wolves and some of them were old enough to show a little fight. The were captured, however, and the county court yesterday ordered a warrant issued to the capture for $16. There is a bounty of $2 on each wolf scalp.
Labels: animals, county court, Independence, Lee's Summit
May 11, 1909
NEW 12-STORY BUILDING.
Gloyds to Erect Skyscraper on
Work is to begin at once on the new twelve-story concrete office building to be built at 921-923 Walnut street by the F. E. and S. M. Gloyd Lumber Company. It will be of reinforced concrete walls, girders and floors and will cost about $500,000.
The outside dimensions will be 48 x 110 1/2 feet. In addition to the twelve stories there will be a basement and a sub-basement. The outside construction of the building will be completed by September 1, and it will be ready for occupation probably by January 1.
The tract at 921-923 Walnut was purchased by the Gloyd lumber company from John Wilson of Orange, Mass., in 1905. The price was $175,000.
Labels: real estate, Walnut Street
May 11, 1909
THREE SUSPENDED FOR
GIVING MANUAL 'YELL.'
PRINCIPAL PHILLIPS DISCOUR-
AGES SCHOOL SPIRIT.
Occasion Was Presentation in Audi
torium of Athletic Trophies Won
During Year -- Two Seniors,
and One Junior Suffer.
An attempt to ginger up school spirit was nipped in the bud at Manual Training high school by Principal D. Phillips yesterday morning, when an effort was made by enthusiastic students to give the Manual yell while assembled in the auditorium. The occasion was the presentation of cups and trophies won in athletic contests with their rivals at Central high school. A special assembly had been called for the purpose.
Suspension of the ringleaders had a tendency to dampen the youthful ardor of the high school boys and girls. The desire to exercise their lungs on the part of the students came from the very laudable ambition to create a stronger school spirit. After the last basketball game between Manual and Central, Manual students crowded the lower halls of the building and gave their yell. Some of the teachers applauded, which gave them encouragement to try their lung power in the auditorium yesterday.
It had been previously agreed that at a certain signal the entire student body would join in the school yell. Seven or eight of the ringleaders clustered together to lead the "rah-rahing." As soon as the presentation speech was concluded was the agreed time to start. For some reason the main body of the students were left "holding the sack."
Faculty members had little difficulty in picking out the few who shouted "I yell, you yell, all yell, Manual." The disturbers of the dignified decorum were notified that they would be called up on the carpet. A special meeting of the faculty was held at noon, after which the decision was announced.
George Berry and Harry Sims, senior students, and Roscoe Reimer, junior, were suspended. Conditions imposed with the suspension made it imperative that the students' parents should be notified. Professor Phillips insisted that the boys would not be taken back unless the parents of the students accompanied them and guaranteed future "good behavior."
It was rumored that some of the girls had joined the boys in the school yell, but for various reasons were not included in the suspensions.
Labels: schools, sports
May 11, 1909
ACTOR'S HAIR CAUGHT FIRE.
Audience at Melodrama Thought It
Part of Play and Enthu-
There was a hair raising act not on the programme at the Gilliss theater last night. The excitement was caused by the long hair worn by Austin Gillam, leading juvenile of the "Yankee Doodle" company, catching afire from a lighted candle.
In the last act there is much gun play and shooting of actors, but as blood curdling action is usual at this theater the incident unintentionally created by Actor Gillam was enthusiastically applauded. In falling across a table, upon which was a lighted candle, the false hair worn by Gillam caught fire and blazed up. The actor's hands were tied behind him and he was unable to help himself. The audience shouted warnings and after a short struggle Gillam succeeded in releasing his hands and putting out the fire as he ran into the wings.
Those who attempted to leave their seats in the excitement were ordered back by the ushers and cries of fire were quickly hushed.
Labels: Fire, theater
May 10, 1909
300 BEGAN TO PRAY
WHEN BOAT WOBBLED.
EXCURSIONISTS THOUGHT THE
UNCLE SAM WAS A "GONER."
Hot Chains Broke and Panic on
Deck Followed -- Craft Righted
Herself and No One
Prayers were offered up yesterday afternoon by several hundred persons whose lips possibly have not breathed a prayer since many a day and only impending disaster to the good ship Uncle Sam could possibly have brought about such a condition. For several minutes 200 passengers aboard the excursion steamer were fearful of being plunged into the cool waters of the Big Muddy.
An accident to the boat just as it was preparing to leave the wharf at the foot of Main street for a pleasure trip down the river caused considerable consternation among the passengers and was responsible for the non-departure of the craft. It was the second Sunday that the boat was in the excursion trade, and although the day was raw and uncomfortable, about 300 persons desirous of lifting the intolerable lid had paid their little pittance and were impatient for the leaving.
HOG CHAINS BREAK.
Commands had been given by the mate to cast off the lines when one of the main hog chains, supporting the hurricane deck, snapped in two with a thunderous report. The hog chain is an iron rod three inches in circumference and was on the side of the boat next to the bank. When it broke the crowd rushed to that side, which careened the boat to a dangerous angle and threatened to pitch at least a part of the crew and passengers into the water. Hurried orders from the officers called part of the throng to the opposite side of the craft and the boat righted itself.
While the danger was over the excitement among the men and women did not wane, and the more timorous refused to be quieted and insisted on getting off the boat. The people jammed to the forward part of the deck in a wild endeavor to cross the gang plank, but those in the rear became so frantic that their pushing and shoving wedged the leaders in such a manner that they could not get across. Captain E. Baughman finally succeeded in gaining the gang plank and handed a quarter to every passenger. He got all of those aboard the Uncle Sam off in safety.
BOAT WILL BE LAID UP.
The accident which occurred about 3 o'clock, did not damage the boat outside of the breaking of the one rod. It will require several days to replace the hog chain and the boat will be tied up for that length of time.
The Uncle Sam excursion boat was brought here this spring to take the place of the Glenmore, which furnished the means of river excursions last summer. Previous to being brought to Kansas City the Uncle Sam was in the excursion business on the Mississippi river, with headquarters in Quincy, Ill. Hannibal, Mo., and Keokuk, Ia., were the other ports from which the boat drew business.
Labels: accident, boats, Main street
May 10, 1909
DOGS ARE HIS VICTIMS.
Budd Park Residents Looking for a
Someone with an apparent grudge toward canines in general is operating close to Budd park. Fully a half dozen blooded and about a dozen non-descript dogs are dead from eating poisoned meat conveniently placed under the benches among the trees.
The poisoning began about a month ago when someone left a trail of "doctored" meat through the park. Strychnine was the drug used, according to a chemical test made at the instigation of Mrs. Mary Freeman, part owner of the Budd park greenhouses. The day following the appearance of the poisoned meat several dogs were found dead in the streets nearby and reports poured into central police station of valuable dogs that had died at the homes of people living in the vicinity of the park.
F. L. Snell, proprietor of the Snell grocery store, 5020 St. John avenue, lost a dog as did also Charles Horton of the Budd bakery. John Westmoreland, 115 Denver avenue, lost two Scotch collies. E. L. Kiley, manager of the Budd park greenhouses, lost a blooded bull terrier and a pedigreed Scotch terrier.
The work of the vandal created a good deal of excitement among the dog owners of that part of town and several men armed with revolvers voluntarily watched the park at night for over a week following the poisoning. Recently the vigilantes gave up their watch. The outrages began anew yesterday when a valuable Pomeranian Spitz belonging to Leonard Kinney of 4020 Morrell, and several common street curs were killed. It is probable a watch will be maintained at the park and vicinity tonight.
Labels: animals, bakers, Budd park, crime, Denver avenue, grocers, Morrell avenue, St John avenue
May 10, 1909
GOT OFF CAR BACKWARDS.
T. J. Kennedy of Le Loup, Kas.,
Killed by Fall on the Asphalt.
Stepping from a moving car between Tenth and Eleventh street in Grand avenue, T. J. Kennedy, 55 years old, a farmer from Le Loup, Kas., fell with the back of his head on the asphalt yesterday afternoon about 5 o'clock and was killed. Kennedy had attempted to alight from the car with his back in the direction it was going.
The old man was on his way to surprise his only son, Rufus Kennedy, who lives at 109 East Sixteenth street, with a visit, the first one he had paid him since December 22, 1908. The son did not know of his intention, the first news of it coming with the announcement of his death.
Kennedy had lived in the vicinity of Le Loup for twenty-seven years, being the owner of a farm one and one-half miles east of that place. His wife is dead, but his daughter, Victoria, kept house for him. The son is a wagon driver for the City Ice Company.
Deputy Coroner Harry Czarlinsky was notified and ordered the body taken to Carroll-Davidson's undertaking rooms. A post-mortem examination will be held this morning.
Labels: accident, death, Dr Czarlinsky, Eleventh street, Grand avenue, ice, Sixteenth street, streetcar, Tenth street, undertakers, visitors
May 9, 1909
TEACHING WOMEN TO SEW.
Installation of Machines at Work-
house Proves a Success.
William Volker, president of the board of pardons and paroles, is feeling gratified over the success of his scheme of placing sewing machines in the workhouse and giving the female inmates a chance to learn a trade.
The machines were installed a short time ago at Mr. Volker's expense but they have been in actual operation but ten days. the first three days it was hard to get the women interested, but a few finally went to work and the rest soon followed them. A prisoner in the workhouse, who is a cutter, was given patterns and laid out the work. A woman instructor taught the female prisoners how to sew and the result was fifty-six pairs of overalls of various sizes for the men prisoners. Most of the women never handled a machine or a needle before, but they are learning fast.
Labels: parole board, women, workhouse
May 9, 1909
MANY WOULD MARRY
GARVIN FOR $80,000.
GIRLS OFFER TO HELP HIM
EARN UNCLE'S BEQUEST.
From Town and Country Letters
Come In, and He Answers
All -- Some He Goes
Who Must Marry in Order to Obtain $80,000 Left Him by a Rich Uncle in Colorado.
Cupid is working over time in the case of Paul Garvin, the young man who is to inherit $80,000 upon his marriage. Far and near his darts have sped, and touched the hearts of kind young woman who hate to see him lose that inheritance simply because he has never been so fortunate as to fall in love. Affinity feelers have been turned loose and the daily mails bring scores of letters to Mr. Garvin from those who would help him out of his predicament.
And Mr. Garvin is not sitting idly by. He is answering all of the letters which he receives, and has made calls upon many of those Kansas City girls whose sympathy for him has been awakened by the bright shining light of $80,000. Withal, Mr. Garvin has not yet left the grand passion and is still heart, if not fancy, free.
HAPPY IF HE'D CALL.
"I am more determined than ever to get married," said Mr. Garvin last night in his room on the northwest corner of Fourteenth and Oak streets. "I appreciate the interest which some of the girls have taken in the matter, and now my chances for matrimony and money look much bigger to me."
Mr. Garvin guards all of his letters carefully, and will not disclose the identity of the writers. Some of them, with names and addresses omitted, he has given to The Journal and of the lot, the following are representative.
This is one from a young lady who is very enthusiastic:
GIVEN CHOICE OF TWO.
"Dear Friend: I have been thinking of you for some time, and it would be the happiest time of my life if you would call me up. My phone number is Main ---. Just tell me who you are, and then if you don't remember me, I will explain everything. Yours lovingly, A TRUE FRIEND. P. S. Please call me tomorrow about 10:30."
Mr. Garvin did call and found the stenographer a charming personage.
Here is one from two girls evidencing a desire to "split the pot:"
"Our dear Mr. Garvin: My cousin and I are two charming young ladies, and are looking for a husband -- you can have your choice. If interested write to --------."
Mr. Garvin is struck by the tone of the letter, and its peculiar humor. He thinks that a wife with a sense of humor is probably the best kind to have. He will answer the letter.
From Excelsior Springs comes a work of art. It is the most comprehensive of all the letters received by Mr. Garvin and one which he highly appreciates. It says:
WHY NOT TRY EXCELSIOR?
"Sir: I read in the paper this morning that an uncle had left you an amount of money on condition you married. You say, or were quoted as having said, that you didn't know of anyone who would have you. Really, if no one in Kansas City will have you, and if you are as good looking as the paper said, it might be a good idea for you to try Excelsior Springs.
"Unlike you, I have seen several who would have me, but non whom I especially liked.
"Now, let me tell you that I am not beautiful, but I think that I am not so ugly as some I have seen. I am not very old, only 19; have a good education. I have blue eyes, light hair (brown) and am not very tall (a little over five feet). This is my first attempt, so will not describe myself in full. Neither will I give my correct name. If you wish to answer, all right. I think it will break the monotony of the times and perhaps afford a chance to help you secure your $80,000. Maybe it will give you a chance to visit Excelsior, anyway. Hoping to hear from you in the near future. I am, sincerely yours---"
GIVES NAME AND NUMBER.
The writer of the following letter is perfectly frank and gives her correct name and address. As a result, Mr. Garvin has become somewhat enamoured of her, having seen her two or three times. The writer is said to be a daughter of a real estate man, and lives in the South Side.
"Kind Sir: Mr. Garvin, I would like very much for you to come out and call and join our crowd.
"I don't want you to think queer of me by writing you without prior introduction, but hope that I shall meet you personally some time in the near future. I live out south and my telephone number is South ---- at ----- Thirty-ninth street. Closing, I remain, yours truly -----.
Here is one from a girl on the anxious seat who lives in Mendon, Mo."
"Mr. Paul Garvin: I seen in The Kansas City Journal that you would wish to marry, and if you would like to start correspondence, I would wish to correspond with you, and my description is Blue eyes & light hair, my height is 5 feet 3 inches, age 17. Answer real soon."
THE GOOD SAMARITAN.
It would hardly be possible for the incident to pass without the appearance of some good Samaritan, who, from the kindness of his heart, desires to aid Cupid in all his undertakings, the born matchmaker. Here follows a letter form one of this kind, from a physician in Kansas City:
"Dear Sir: I am not conducting a matrimonial bureau, nor was I ever connected with such. I am a doctor of medicine with a fairly lucrative practice in this city, and seeing the article in the Kansas City Journal, I desire to proffer my assistance to you without any monetary recompense whatever.
"I am doing this without the knowledge of the young lady in question and am doing it solely because I think she will suit you as a life partner.
"This young lady is from one of the foremost families in the state and has mad her way in the world alone, being left an orphan at an early age, she had advanced from an ordinary clerk to a position of stenographer in one of the oldest and most reliable abstract firms in Kansas City.
"She is petite and a brunette, without any of the false charms so common to the girl of today. She is modest, of a quiet disposition, having a first class education and a pretty, innate beauty as distinguished from the artificial.
"This letter is written you in her behalf and she is entirely unaware of it. If you take kindly to the suggestion, address me at the enclosed address and I will introduce you to her, not permitting her to know of the strange circumstances under which she met you. Trusting to hear from you at your earliest convenience, I remain, yours very sincerely, --. --. -----, M. D."
Labels: orphans, romance
May 9, 1909
SAY MRS. PRATT IS INSANE.
Woman Who Was in Fanatics' Riot
Exposed Children in Storm.
DENISON, TEX., May 8. -- With the charge of lunacy formally preferred against her today, Mrs. Della Pratt, wife of Louis Pratt, killed in the riot with the police at Kansas City last December, is tonight in charge of the sheriff of Grayson county.
Today's proceedings brought out that upon her brother insisting upon her children having food on the second day of a fast, she took her children away from his ho me, a few miles from here, and went into the woods. That night witnessed the most severe storm in the history of North Texas, and Mrs. Pratt and three small children had no shelter other than the trees. She returned to her brother's ho use in the morning, saying God had communed with her during the storm and was angry with him and others for interfering with her beliefs and teachings. She was arrested and taken to Sherman.
She insists her husband, Louis Pratt, killed at Kansas City, has been on earth, first as Adam, then as David and as several other Biblical characters. She says he will come again.
Labels: Adam God sect, children, mental health, Texas
May 9, 1909
MERCY HOSPITAL IS
OPENED TO PUBLIC.
$10,000 BUILDING DONATED BY
Distinctive Kansas City Institution
Is Now Prepared to Care for
More Patients -- Its
After some years of hard work on the part of the directors of Mercy hospital, the handsome new hospital building has been finished and yesterday afternoon and evening it was thrown open to the public for inspection. The new building, outside of labor and many donations of work, was erected and furnished at a cost of something over $10,000, the whole sum being donated by charitable persons. Those who attended the reception yesterday were struck with the appearance of the new hospital building and were unanimous in their belief that the money had been well spent.
Mercy hospital is a distinctive institution in Kansas City. The only patients it will take are the sick babies and children of parents who cannot afford to secure competent medical attention. Mercy hospital has a record for the past four years, having lost but two patients who were over two years of age.
ITS WORK WELL KNOWN.
The little babies taken there range from a few hours in age to several months. The greatest death loss has, naturally, been of the newborn babies.
So well was the work of Mercy known to the public that the old building was constantly filled with patients. It had a capacity of eighteen patients and then the nurses and attendants had to live in halls and corners. Each day, in the old building, applicants had to be turned away because of the lack of facilities.
The new hospital has a capacity of 100 patients and the nurses and attendants will occupy the old building which adjoins. The new building is three stories in height containing all of the latest appliances for hospitals and a great amount of equipment which is used for children only.
On the first floor the most noticeable room is the children's playroom. Heretofore, when the weather was bad, the children have had no place for their games. The new playroom has been fitted with toys, blocks and some gymnastic apparatus.
The second floor is given over to wards entirely, one noticeable ward being the room allotted to the incurable cases so that the children need not be sent away from the hospital because they had stayed so long a time and could not be cured.
FLOODED WITH LIGHT.
Bordering the entire second floor is a sixteen-foot sun porch, which is to be filled with a long line of little white iron beds for those children who need the outdoor air.
The third floor is also given over to wards, but there the nurses' dining rooms are located.
The whole building is flooded with outdoor light, and the ventilating system is of the most modern type. The institution is run wholly by the charity of the people of Kansas City, having no endowment whatever.
Yesterday morning the twenty-one little patients were moved from their old, cramped quarters into the new and roomy wards. They were greatly delighted and entertained by the many visitors who went to Mercy hospital to see the good work of the directors and the people of the city. Only those infants who are dangerously ill were kept in the old building.
Labels: children, hospitals, Mercy hospital, nurses, toys
May 8, 1909
ATTEMPTED HOLD UP
MAY END IN MURDER.
VICTIM DOES NOT OBEY ORDERS
AND ROBBER SHOOTS.
Charles Zondler, Saloonkeeper, Seri-
ously Injured by Outlaw, Who
Is Captured by Police-
man After Chase.
"I want your money. Hold up your hands."
Charles Zondler, alone in his saloon at Eighteenth and Cherry streets last night at 10 o'clock, looked up into the muzzle of a 38-calibre revolver. He reached for his own gun beneath the bar and the stick-up man shot him twice in the face. The assassin fled from the saloon and darted south through an alley. Zondler fired twice, but missed.
Jerry O'Connell, patrolman on the beat, heard the shots when he was at Nineteenth and Charlotte streets, and caught a glimpse of the flying figure. He cut across lots and headed the man off in the alley. Putting his left hand over the robber's revolver he jammed his own gun close to the fellow's car and brought him to a stop. Then, with the assistance of Patrolman George Brooks, O'Connell marched his prisoner to the Walnut street station.
Zondler, who is an elderly man and has owned the saloon but a few months, was taken to the general hospital in the ambulance from the station. Examination showed that one of the bullets had entered his mouth and passed out through the right cheek. The other bullet entered the left side of the neck and passed out through the right side. He is in a precarious condition.
Lieutenant Michael Halligan put the prisoner through a searching examination at the station. He gave the name of Henry Horton, but a card case had the name of H. S. Seward upon it, and he acknowledged that he sometimes went by that name. Horton admitted to Lieutenant Halligan that he had been arrested in this city before for petty crimes, but said that this was his first attempt at the stick-up game. He had only recently arrived in town, he said, and needed money. A dime and a stamped postcard were in his pockets. Horton asked permission to send the postcard to his mother. He addressed it, "Mrs. W. H. Strain, 3001 Cisna avenue, Kansas City, Kas." On the card he wrote:
"I guess I am gone for good. Come over and see me, Scott."
Horton said that his mother's name was different from his own because she had married twice. He said that he lived at the Kansas City, Kas., address when at home, but had only recently come from Omaha. He made no attempt to deny the act.
Jerry O'Connell, who made the arrest in sensational fashion, is known as the best sprinter in the precinct, if not on the force. He was complimented by Lieutenant Halligan on his capture.
Zondler lives with his family at 3220 East Twenty-third street.
Labels: Charlotte street, Cherry street, crime, domestic violence, Eighteenth street, guns, Kansas City Kas, Nineteenth street, police, saloon, Twenty-third street
May 8, 1909
LOVER MADE HER SEE STARS.
But When Bertha Marlowe "Came
To" She Still Was For Him.
Unconscious and bleeding from a deep wound in her face, Bertha Marlowe, 19 years old, was found in a rooming house at 210 1/2 Independence avenue last night. When she was revived at the emergency hospital she told the police that she had been attacked by her lover w ho, she asserted, deserted from the army. The girl, who is a laundry worker, told an amazing story of woman fidelity.
She says she came to Kansas City several weeks ago after her sweet-heart had left the army. Her home is in Courtney, Mo., but she gave her parents no intimation of her plans, save that she intended to go to work here.
Since joining the man she ways she has given him money that she has earned in the laundry; money that she received from home, as well as going to police headquarters and baling him out when he was arrested a week ago.
Last night she says he was drinking. She sought him and found him. As a reward he battered her on the face with a beer bottle and other ways mistreated her.
With her face puffed up almost beyond recognition, the ugly cut marring what is not an unpretty face, and reciting the story of mistreatment and imposition, Lieutenant Al Ryan asked her if she would prosecute her sweetheart in the event of his capture.
"Yes, I'll prosecute," said the girl.
There was a moment's pause. "No, I'll take that back. I guess I won't prosecute! I still love him!"
Whereat Dr. Dr. Fred B. Kyger applied some more arniea to the face wound and told the young woman to lie down.
Labels: doctors, domestic violence, emergency hospital, Independence avenue, military, rooming house
May 8, 1909
GIVES POLICE $50,000 MORE.
Senate Passes House Bill to Raise
Pay in Kansas City.
JEFFERSON CIT Y, May 7. -- Kansas City's two senators fell out at tonight's session over a house bill to raise the Kansas City police bill $50,000 a year. The bill, which eventually was passed, will raise the pay of the chief from $3,000 to $4,000, the inspector of detectives from $2,400 to $2,800, secretary of the board from $1,800 to $2,100, captains from $1,500 to $1,800, lieutenants from $1,200 to $1,500, sergeants from $1,080 to $1,200, patrolmen from $960 to $1,080, probationers from $720 to $780, in all $50,540 a year. Senator Casey favored the bill. Senator Greene opposed it.
"It is costing every man in Kansas City $2.50 a year now for the police protection he gets," said Senator Greene. "The patrolman and sergeants should get more pay. I favor that, but I hold that the higher officers, in their offices, run no more than ordinary risks, and I ask you to leave them at their present wages. Our council has found only $450,000 available for the police this year. This bill, if it is passed, will make a draft on the council for $600,000. It is more than the city can stand."
The bill as originally drawn, however, was passed with an emergency clause.
The senate passed the Rosenberger bill to legally declare billiard and pool games of chance, so as to make it illegal to bet on them. Until now the supreme court has held them games of skill, and so not within the scope of the gambling act.
The senate is to meet tomorrow to pass upon the revision bills only, no regular bills to be taken up on their reading till 3:30 Monday afternoon.
Labels: billiards, Jefferson City, police
May 8, 1909
ELECTRIC INSPECTOR'S PAY.
Ordinance to Have Light Company
Contribute $1,800 a Year.
An ordinance will be passed by the council next Monday night, directing the Kansas City Electric Light Company to contribute $1,800 annually to the city to pay the salary of an inspector of electrical meters. Patrons of the company can have meters installed in premises occupied by them tested for irregularities by depositing $1 with the inspector. Should the meter register too fast the $1 is restored to the patron, but should it prove slow or correct the dollar is retained.
April 8, 1909
PREPARE ADAM GOD TRIAL.
Prosecuting Attorney Conkling Is In
Oklahoma City to Get Evidence.
In preparation for the trial of James Sharp and Melissa Sharp, fanatic leaders of the city hall riot last December, Virgil Conkling, prosecuting attorney, has gone to Oklahoma City. A large part of the defense will be in the form of depositions from persons who do not care to come to Kansas City for the trial May 17. As only the defense may introduce depositions in evidence, Mr. Conkling has gone to cross-examine the witnesses.
The evidence to be gathered in Oklahoma bears largely on the conduct of the Sharps while they were leaders of a band in that state.
Labels: Adam God sect, ministers, murder, oklahoma, Prosecutor Conkling
May 7, 1909
FIREMEN TO HAVE VACATIONS.
Each Member of Department Will
Get Two Weeks' Rest.
Members of the fire department who have been in the service more than a year are hereafter to have two weeks' vacation annually between May 1 and October 1. This order was formally made by the fire and water board yesterday. But one man from each company will be absent from duty during the vacation periods.
May 7, 1909
BID WESTON WELCOME.
AGED PEDESTRIAN SET HOT
PACE DURING THE DAY.
Arrived in Kansas City Fresh and
Strong With Admirers Trailing
at Heel -- Proceeds to
EDWARD PAYSON WESTON.
Cheered by thousands of people, Edward Payson Weston, the aged pedestrian, who is enroute from New York to San Francisco, swung briskly into the downtown section of Kansas City yesterday afternoon at 4:15 o'clock and reaching the Coates house at 4:45 completed the day's walk, having made twenty-nine miles from Oak Grove, his stopping place last night, to Kansas City in eight hours and thirty minutes, with ease. He was not travel worn nor weary, and walked the last few miles of the day at a terrific pace.
"It was the greatest day of the trip to date," said Weston, as he waved adieu to the crowd that followed him through the downtown streets to the doors of his hotel. "Never have I been so royally received. And never on any of my jaunts have I traveled such roads and passed through such beautiful country as I did today. I will never forget this day and the kind people of Kansas City."
IN GREAT FORM.
Greatly refreshed by ten hours sleep at Oak Grove, Weston set out from that place yesterday morning at 7:30 o'clock. In the cool, bracing morning air he reeled off the miles in great form, little like he entered Oak Grove the night before, when he was on the verge of collapse as the result of a most trying walk under a broiling sun. The trip to Independence was made without incident. With the exception of a stop for a glass of milk and another to eat some raw eggs, the veteran never broke his stride, and at 1:30 o'clock he entered the public square at Independence. Scores of people cheered him and sought to give him a more demonstrative welcome, but he dodged them and made his way to the Metropolitan hotel, a stopping place in the early days for ox teams en route from the Atlantic to the Pacific over the same route the "hiker" is following.
At the Metropolitan, Weston ate heartily a generous portion of oatmeal. Lying on a cot he talked between bites to newspaper men and Y. M. C. A. athletes who had journeyed to Independence to meet and accompany him to Kansas City. After fifty minutes of eating and resting, he arose, walked backwards down the stairs of the hotel to prevent any jar to his knees, and started rapidly for the city.
CHILDREN CHEERED HIM.
The route out of Independence was down West Maple street. On this thoroughfare is located the Central high school, and as Weston approached the school hundreds of school children were released from their studies to greet him. To the wild cheering of the boys and girls and the handclapping of the many people who lined the curbs of the street, the old man lifted his hat and bowed again and again. The short, stubby stride was broken for the first time, and the walker grasped the hand of George S. Bryant, principal of the school, a friend of years ago. A hurried greeting and adieu and Weston was again on his way. Twice between Independence and Kansas City, the old fellow was again greeted by throngs of school children, and each time he bowed his appreciation. "It does me more good than anything else to have these children greet me," he said. "It cheers me, and makes my journey easier."
The Y . M. C. A. hikers who were accompanying the old pedestrian on his entry into the city, were hustling to keep a pace when the city limits were reached at 3:12 o'clock. Weston was averaging, as he did early in the day, four miles an hour, and the pace was a little too fast for the unseasoned striders, but they struggled gamely on. At the city limits, the escort of mounted police joined the party, and it was well that this escort was provided, for along Fifteenth street and through the business section of the city the crowd that followed the pedestrian and rushed into the streets to greet him would have been uncontrollable.
Such an enthusiastic welcome as was given Weston has seldom been given an athlete in Kansas City. On every side there were cheers of "Hello, Weston," "You're all right, old boy," etc. To all of these Weston bowed his thanks. He stopped but twice, once to greet John DeWolfe, who lives near the Blue river. Weston and DeWolfe were friends thirty-nine years ago.
After reaching the Coates house Weston Hurried to his room where he changed his clothes and bathed his feet in the preparation he always uses, briny water.
LECTURES AT Y. M. C. A.
Last night Mr. Weston spoke before a large audience in the gymnasium of the Y. M. C. A. building on Wyandotte street. His remarks were confined principally to events on his present long hike, and he predicted he would arrive in San Francisco on schedule time. By 9 o'clock he was through with his lecture, and a half hour later was snugly in bed at the Coates house. He left a call for 4 o'clock this morning, and by 5 o'clock he expects to be well on his way to the West.
Weston goes from Kansas City to Lawrence, and will cover the distance over the roadbed of the Union Pacific railroad. He is due in Lawrence tonight, where he will rest until Saturday morning, when he will start out for Topeka, again taking the railroad right-of-way, by which he saves eleven miles in distance as compared with the open highway. He is scheduled to lecture in Topeka.
Weston is a most picturesque character. Clad in a white blouse that is fringed with embroidery at the neck and wrist, plaid walking trousers suspended by a broad belt and heavy shoes with gaiters, his dress does just what he wishes it to do -- attract attention. He shows his seventy years only by his wheat head and a drooping white mustache. He is of wiry build, about 5 feet 6 inches in height and weighs 140 pounds. As he walks he allows his body to weave slightly from side to side, removing to a great extent the jar of the walking. At this stage of the journey he is in excellent physical condition. Yesterday was the hardest day he has experienced on this or any other walk, according to his own statement. Barring a succession of several such days he should be able to finish his long journey on schedule time and in good condition.
Labels: California, children, Coates house, hotels, Independence, Lawrence, New York, schools, Seniors, Topeka, visitors, YMCA
May 7, 1909
GOOD WORK AT CITY FARM.
Board of Pardons and Paroles Has
Helped Clean It Up.
"The board of pardons and paroles is doing great work out at the city farm, near Leeds, with prisoners from the workhouse," said Mayor Crittenden last night. During the afternoon, in company with Jacob Billikopf and Frank Walsh of the board of pardons and paroles, C. A. Sumner, of the City Club and W. C. Root of the tenement commission, the mayor made and inspection of the farm.
"A year ago portions of the farm were veritable jungles," said the mayor, "but things are different now. With the board of pardons and paroles acting in a supervising capacity, prisoners from the workhouse have cleaned out all the underbrush, erected buildings for their sh elter and laid out gardens which have been planted with all kinds of produce.
"The site for the proposed tuberculosis hospital has been put in fine shape and just as soon as bonds are voted the erection of the building will be under way."
Labels: Jacob Billikopf, Mayor Crittenden, parole board, tenement commission, workhouse
May 6, 1909
WILL GET $80,000
WHEN HE MARRIES.
PAUL GARVIN, 25 YEARS OLD,
LOOKING FOR WIFE.
Millionaire Uncle in Denver Be-
queaths Fortune to Young Chem-
ist Upon Condition Which He
is Anxious to Fulfill.
Paul Garvin, 25 years old and good looking, who lives at the northwest corner of Fourteenth and Oak streets, yesterday received word of an inheritance of $80,000 from a rich uncle in Denver, who has recently died, but to this fortune is attached the string of matrimony. Mr. Garvin, by the conditions of the will, must marry and settle down before the inheritance is handed over to him. No particular girl was named in the will, and now Mr. Garvin is "setting his cap."
INTENDS TO MARRY.
"Sure, I am going to marry," said he last night while discussing the condition imposed. "Not that I am going to marry for the money alone, but I am about to become 'one of our respected and influential citizens.' There's one drawback, however. I don't know any girl who would have me. I am perfectly 'heart whole and fancy free.' Until now I never had enough money on hand to think of getting married, and girls have not attracted me. But I am looking for 'her' now, and I am going to look fast, too."
Mr. Garvin is wholly at sea in regard to his future wife. He has never had an ideal.
"I don't want to advertise for a wife. I guess I will have to wait until the grand passion seizes me and then I will know all about it."
UNCLE WAS PECULIAR.
Mr. Garvin's uncle was a resident of Denver, having large mining interests. His estate is said to be worth $1,000,000. His name also was Paul Garvin. The will made by Mr. Garvin gives all of his property to his son, with the exception of the bequest made to his namesake. Should Mr. Garvin die, unmarried, the money is to go towards the establishment of a free health resort in Colorado Springs.
"Uncle Paul was peculiar," said Mr. Garvin. "Every time I saw him he would urge me to get married and quit roving. I am a chemist, when there is any desire to work on my part, and he wanted me to take charge of his assaying work for him. But I like to travel, and so I have been doing. I guess he was afraid to give me this money outright, thinking that I might blow it all in traveling.
Mr. Garvin will remain in Kansas City indefinitely.
Labels: Denver, Fourteenth street, marriage, Oak street, probate
May 6, 1909
WESTON FAILS TO
MAKE KANSAS CITY.
Aged Walker Has Trying Day
Footsore and weary, almost exhausted as a result of his day's walk under an extremely hot sun, Edward Payson Weston, the aged pedestrian, who is en route from coast to coast, last night at 6:30 o'clock reached Oak Grove, twenty-nine miles east of Kansas City, a having made the 24.9 miles from Higginsvile, his starting point yesterday morning, in thirteen hours. As a result of his slow progress, he is now eight miles behind his schedule, where he was several miles to the good Tuesday night.
On his arrival in Oak Grove Weston immediately sought rest, and going to the Robinson hotel, retired, giving orders not to be disturbed until 5 o'clock this morning when he will resume his walk, with the expectation of reaching Kansas City at noon today. He asked for perfect quiet, saying that he was more tired than at any time since he left New York, March 15, on the first lap of the long hike.
Labels: Higginsville, New York, visitors
May 6, 1909
FOUND DEAD IN BATHTUB.
Charles Butler's Body Submerged,
and Hot Water Running.
Charles Butler, 35 years old, was found dead in a bathtub at his rooming house, 1520 Cherry street, last night about 6:30 o'clock. Butler was employed in a pool hall at Fifteenth and Cherry streets, but had formerly been a boilermaker, a prize fighter and a trapeze performer.
J. D. Locke, also a roomer, found the body. He was attracted to the bathroom by the smell of burning wood, burst in the door and found the body of Butler covered with water and in the tub, curled up as though asleep. Hot water from the gas heater was still running and had almost filled the tub. The smell of burning wood came from the wall at the side of the heater, which had become scorched.
Butler was troubled with an affliction of the heart. Death may have been due to this cause.
A letter dated September 25, 1907, was found in his pockets. It was addressed to "My Husband" and signed Myrtle Butler, his wife, to whom he had been married three years previously. Six months ago they separated. Last month she married a man named Harry Thompson and moved away from the city. Butler was seen frequently in the company of a young woman, and two days ago told his landlady that he was about to be married.
Dr. Harry Czarlinsky vivewed the body, but will make a further examination. A brother lives in this city.
Labels: billiards, Cherry street, death, Dr Czarlinsky, Fifteenth street, rooming house
May 5, 1909
PRISONER BETRAYED FRIEND.
When Minnesota Sheriff Went for
Food, Alleged Forger Decamped.
Because he was obliging and left his supposedly ill prisoner alone while he went to get him some tea and toast, Henry Terhaar, sheriff of Jackson county, Minn., lost Dr. Frank Hanson, whom he was taking to Minnesota from Colorado Springs to answer to a charge of forgery.
Sheriff Terhaar arrived in Kansas City with Hanson Monday afternoon. As Hanson had complained of illness before the train reached Kansas city, Terhaar took him to the Blossom house, engaged a room on the fifth floor and sent for a physician. Yesterday noon Hanson declared he was unable to arise. It was then that Terhaar went for food. When he returned Hanson had decamped.
Patrolman John Coughlin, stationed at the Union depot, after being shown a photograph of Hanson, declared that a man answering his description had boarded the Santa Fe train at 12:15 o'clock.
Hanson was the family physician of Sheriff Terhaar and the two men were friends. He is wanted on charges of forgery and embezzlement, the amount involved being about $8,000.
Labels: Blossom house, embezzlement, forgery, hotels, missing, police, Union depot, visitors
May 5, 1909
CHASED WEBER WITH A KNIFE.
"Red" Whitman and Ex-Captain
Give Impromptu Wild West Show.
An attraction that wasn't scheduled to take place at the afternoon performance of Miller Bros.' Wild West show yesterday was pulled off by "Red" Whitman, the proprietor of a lunch stand; Ex-Captain William Weber, now an assistant license inspector, and James E. Roberson, a policeman. The spectacle of Whitman chasing Weber with a butcher knife and the policeman in pursuit of both produced no little excitement. It all ended when Whitman was brought to the ground by the policeman's club.
The melee started when Weber asked Whitman if he had a license. Whitman was busy dispensing steaming sandwiches and did not care to be bothered. He used an expression that displeased the ex-captain, who proceeded to climb over the inclosure.
He changed his mind, however, when Whitman picked up a butcher knife and started to meet him. Not content with repelling the attack, Whitman started to chase Weber from the grounds, but Patrolman Roberson ended the chase with his club. Whitman was taken to No. 6 station, where he was booked for disturbing the peace and selling goods without a license.
Labels: food, No 6 police station, police, violence, Wild West shows
May 5, 1909
WITNESSES DENY STORIES
ATTRIBUTED TO PATIENTS.
Evidence Introduced to Refute
Charges Against Management
of General Hospital.
Six witnesses were heard for the defense in the general hospital investigation yesterday. The hearing was then adjourned until Saturday at 2:30 p. m., wh en the committee will meet at the city hall. The last two sessions, for convenience of nurses and doctors, were held at the new general hospital.
Miss Catherine May, a former nurse in the hospital, was the first witness. John A. Johnson, Mrs. Violet Hutchins, Miss Josie Pomfret and "Sig Frisco" were patients there, and she attended each of them. As to Johnson, whom she nursed at the old hospital, she said he was not allowed to lie on a damp, cold bed, never did lie on the floor all night and was never strapped to a chair while nude and left in the cold as is charged.
Miss May then told of having received Mrs. Hutchins into the hospital and of the patient having assaulted her while refusing to take a bath. She also told of the patient's threats toward her baby and of having heard her say: "I'll get this hospital in trouble. I'm a good talker in court all right." As to the Miss Pomfret charges Miss May said the young woman demanded a private room and refused to give up her personal property as required.
Regarding Frisco, who swore that he lay all night and a day with no attention from a doctor or nurse, Miss May told of giving him an alcohol rub, placing hot water bottles about him and giving medicine to ease him, after which Frisco said he was "very comfortable."
Mrs. Kate E. Pierson, connected with the Associated Charities and a member of the tenement and pardons and paroles boards, told of sending many patients to the hospital, and of visiting them afterwards. She never heard but one complaint, that of a father regarding food given his daughter.
"I happened in the hospital at meal time a few days later," the witness said, "and the food the girl got was well cooked and good enough for anyone."
In the matter of a charge alleged to have been made by Dr. C. B. Irwin, investigator for the tenement commission, against the treatment of tuberculosis patients at the hospital, Mrs. Pierson said the report was a verbal one made to the board, and that Dr. Irwin had no authority to make such investigation, as the commission has no jurisdiction over the hospital.
Dr. B. H. Zwart, coroner, was placed on the stand to tell of an autopsy which he held on the body of Harry Roberts to determine the cause of death. After the post-mortem it was discovered that Roberts had died of Banta's disease, a rare ailment.
Labels: Coroner Zwart, general hospital, nurses, parole board, tenement commission
May 4, 1909
WILD WEST BACK AGAIN.
101 Ranch Exhibit Witnessed by
After a big street parade yesterday morning, Miller Brothers' 101 Ranch Wild West show opened the season at Seventeenth street and Indiana avenue to full capacity, afternoon and night.
From the opening parade, a grand ensemble of participants in the show, to the last number, a reproduction of the massacre of Pat Hennessy and family by the Indians in 1874, each display is interesting. In reproducing the massacre of the Hennesy family the Miller brothers have secured Chief Bull Bear, said to be the identical Indian who led the others in the massacre. W. H. Malaley, the same United States marshal who led the posse and captured the Indians, has charge of the capturing party now. The reproduction is said to be true to life.
In the stage coach robbery, reproduced at this show, several horses are supposed to be shot. They drop to the ground and remain there as if dead. One, whose leg was "shot," gets up after its wound has been bound and limps away, while its cowboy rider walks, fanning his favorite steed.
The marvelous manner in which cowboys handle the "rope" attracts much attention. One lariat thrower, after catching horse and rider in every conceivable place, catches the horse by the tail while the animal is on the dead run. The lassoing of wild steers, throwing steers by the horns, riding bucking bronchos and steers and the daring riding of the Russian Cossacks are other interesting features on the programme. Following the riding of the Cossacks the cowboys go them one better by doing everything they do and then some.
With this show is the largest number of Indians ever allowed by the government to leave the reservation with one organization. They give a dance at each performance, but even the management does not know which it is to be. The weather, environment and the mood of the once savage governs the dances. They have in their weird repertoire the ghost, snake, sun, squaw, coon, antelope, wolf, buffalo and elk dances. There are seventeen separate and distinct displays on the programme and among these are an Indian maiden who does some crack shooting, races between cowboys and cowgirls, dances on horseback and trick riding by both men and women.
At the close there is the usual concert at which there is a genuine negro minstrel show, some fancy club swinging and acrobatic work. As a concert finale, a trainer enters the cage of a ferocious lion which has already killed three men.
There will be two performances of the Wild West show today, at 2 p. m. and 8 p. m.
Labels: animals, Indiana avenue, Native Americans, parades, Seventeenth street, Wild West shows
May 4, 1909
Other Penalties Assessed by United
In the federal court yesterday Charles L. King was sentenced to two years in the Leavenworth prison and fined $100 and costs for counterfeiting. Mary Cook, his accomplice, was fined $100 and sentenced to the Jackson county jail for four months.
Herbert H . Ready and A. F. Brooker were fined $100 and costs each on charges of using the mails to defraud, and Harry J. Egan was fined $50 and costs on a similar charge.
Sam Nigro was fined $10 and costs for retailing liquor without a license. The case against his wife was dismissed.
Labels: counterfeiters, federal court, jail, Leavenworth
May 4, 1909
WAITING FOR MASTER'S VOICE.
But Broken Ankles Prevented John-
son Reaching His Mangy Pup.
The attention of many people who passed the new St. Mary's hospital at Twenty-eighth and Main streets yesterday was attracted to a small, mangy looking pup of the all-wool variety, who sat near the areaway leading into the boiler room. Occasionally the pup looked skyward and howled dismally. Sisters from the hospital were seen tempting the little watcher with pans of milk and other delectables, but he steadfastly refused to desert his post, and last night laid down with an eye on the areaway.
While looking for a place to sleep Saturday night, Gabriel Johnson, the owner of the faithful pup, fell down the areaway and broke both ankles. He was found Sunday and taken to the general hospital where the broken bones were set, but the dog did not see his master leave St. Mary's hospital as he was not taken through the areaway.
Johnson says he works for John Wolf, a quarryman of Centropolis. His condition was improved yesterday.
Labels: accident, animals, Centropolis, hospitals, Main street, nuns, Twenty-eighth street
May 4, 1909
SANTA FE MARKERS LOST?
Kansas City Delegation Is Disap-
pointed in Lack of Interest.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO., May 3.-- Kansas City's delegation in the house was greatly disappointed this afternoon when the committee on appropriations sent the Santa Fe trail appropriation bill asking for $3,000 back to the house without recommendation.
The fact that the committee has refused to appropriate anything for the markers will go a long way towards preventing its passage when its time arrives to be voted on.
Representative Glover Branch of Lexington, who introduced the bill, thinks he will be able to get it through, but the Kansas City members think differently.
Labels: history, Jefferson City, Lexington, Santa Fe Trail
May 4, 1909
MOTOR CAR ON HIS TOES.
Al S. Bright Has Close Call at
Eleventh and Walnut.
The sharp cry of a pedestrian saved Al S. Bright from being run down by a reckless chauffeur yesterday noon. Mr. Bright was crossing Walnut street at Eleventh when a rapidly moving motor car turned out of Eleventh street. It was nearly upon Mr. Bright when a man behind shouted "look out." Mr. Bright sprang backward, but not in time to clear the machine. The front wheels passed over his left foot, crushing the toes. The chauffeur did not stop to see how badly Mr. Bright was injured. The car was clearly exceeding the speed limit. Mr. Bright has offices at 317 R. A. Long Building.
Labels: accident, automobiles, Eleventh street, R A Long building, Walnut Street
May 3, 1909
WESTON NEARS KANSAS CITY.
At Marshall Tonight and Should
Reach Here Wednesday.
Edward Payson Weston, the famous pedestrian, who is expected to arrive in Kansas City next Wednesday morning on his tour from New York to San Francisco, left Mexico, Mo., at 12:05 o'clock this Monday morning, bound for Marshall, Mo. He expected to reach Marshall by midnight tonight.
A long distance telephone message from Mexico brought the information that the pedestrian left there in fine condition, and confident of beating his schedule into Kansas City.
In his walk to Marshall Weston is using the Chicago & Alton railroad tracks.
Labels: California, New York, railroad, telephone, visitors
May 3, 1909
WHEN TROOST AVENUE
WAS A COUNTRY ROAD
A. J. BLETHEN TELLS OF KAN-
SAS CITY YEARS AGO.
Owner of Seattle Times Comments
Upon Growth and Development
in Thirty Years -- West Has
"Without a doubt the growth and development of Kansas City in the past two decades is nothing short of marvelous, and its splendid parks and drives, with the many handsome residences, rival anything I have seen anywhere in the country." This statement was made last night by Alden J. Blethen, former business manager of The Kansas City Journal, and now editor and owner of the Seattle Times, who is a guest at the Hotel Baltimore.
Mr. Blethen left The Journal twenty-nine years ago, to go to Minneapolis, where he had taken over the management of the Tribune of that city. After twelve years in Minneapolis he went to Seattle, Wash., and purchased the plant of the Times.
"I was in Kansas City about ten years ago as a delegate to the Democratic national convention which nominated W. J. Bryan for the second time. At that time I did not have an opportunity to see much of the city, but this afternoon I took an automobile and with my wife and daughters drove around to look over some of the old landmarks.
TROOST AVENUE A COUNTRY ROAD.
"What we used to call the Southern hills is now one of the most modern and beautiful residence sections I have had the pleasure of seeing. It is almost past belief. Thirty years ago I used to drive over the hills along an old country road where the farm houses were more than a half-mile apart. That road is gone and today Troost avenue occupies its place.
"The business has moved with certain precision to the south as the town extended. The old Journal office at Sixth and Delaware streets was then considered the center of town. The number of new buildings is surprising."
Mr. Blethen talked of the exposition to be held in Seattle this year and declared it would exceed any of the minor fairs held in recent years.
"This fair was conceived as a celebration of the discovery of gold in the Alaskan and Yukon fields," said he, "and we are leaving nothing undone to make it a fitting celebration. Last year Alaska produced $21,000,000 in gold and is second only to Colorado in the production of that metal.
Mr. Blethen, with his wife and daughters, left Seattle last March for a tour of the states. He went to California and over the Southern route, stopping at New Orleans and Mobile, and up the coast to Atlanta. Thence to Washington and New York.
He arrived in Kansas City yesterday morning from Chicago and will leave tomorrow for Denver and Salt Lake, arriving in Seattle May 10.
Labels: Delaware street, history, Hotel Baltimore, hotels, newspapers, Sixth street, The Journal, Troost avenue, visitors
May 3, 1909
NEW VAUDEVILLE THEATER?
Report That William Morris, "The
Independent," Will Enter Kan-
sas City Field.
That William Morris, Inc., the independent vaudeville magnate, who is fighting the vaudeville houses controlled by the Orpheum, Keith & Proctor, Kohl and Castle and others of the so-called United offices, will have a theater in Kansas City next season is reported on excellent authority.
It was said last night that the man who owns the property at the northwest corner of Twelfth and McGee streets contemplated to build a 15-story office building on his site, the building to face on Twelfth street. Back of it will be erected a $100,000 theater, a separate structure which will face on McGee street. A Twelfth street entrance to the theater will be arranged through the office building.
Theodor D. Marks, who is affiliated with the Morris offices, was in Kansas City a month ago when the negotiations were begun. It is said that a Morris representative is due here next Saturday to close the lease on the property.
William Morris, Inc., now has vaudeville theaters in New York, Brooklyn, Boston, Newark and Chicago, and besides, is affiliated with Sullivan and Consadine vaudeville people in the distribution of certain of his bookings. Sullivan and Consadine have a circuit of theaters extending from coast to coast, but have never entered the Kansas City field on a big basis.
By jumping acts from his Chicago theater, Morris could give Kansas City a new vaudeville bill every week without the loss of a performance.
Labels: Chicago, McGee street, real estate, theater, Twelfth street, vaudeville
May 2, 1909
LINCOLN A GOLF ENTHUSIAST.
Son of Martyred President Won't Dis-
cuss Railroad Situation.
Robert T. Lincoln, son of the martyred president and called by the pet name "Tad" in all of the Liberator's correspondence, played golf yesterday at the Country Club links. The Scotch game takes the same place in the life of Mr. Lincoln, who is president of the Pullman Car Company, that rail-splitting did in the life of his father. All winter, when weather permitted, the son of the statesman, although 66 years old, chased the little white ball over the fields near his Chicago home. He is hale and hearty and is said to have played an excellent game yesterday, although none of the members of the party would say who had won.
Mr. Lincoln, with S. M. Felton, president of the Mexican Central railway, William V. Kelley, president of the American Steel foundries, and Joseph T. Talbert, vice president of the Chicago Commercial National bank, are the guests of E. F. Swinney of the First National bank. They will return to Chicago tonight. All of them are golf enthusiasts.
In personal appearance Mr. Lincoln is of average height. At first glance there seems to be nothing about him to remind one of the familiar face of his father. Closer inspection, however, shows that in at least two respects he is like him. The most noticeable feature is his mouth. Abraham Lincoln's mouth was not handsome but it was distinctive. The son's mouth, although almost hidden behind a grayish beard, is an exact counterpart of his father's. They eyes of Abraham Lincoln have been exploited in many chapters and Robert Lincoln has the advantage of having eyes that exactly tally with the description of his father's
"What do you think of Judge McPherson's decision in the rate case?" was a question sprung on the party, but they all grew mute at once. Mr. Lincoln disclaimed any knowledge of the railway situation in this state but expressed his willingness to talk on any phase of the golf game.
"I would like to say, though," he remarked, "that the beautiful roads of this city were a source of the greatest surprise and pleasure to me. I am delighted with my visit here if only because I have had a glimpse of what Kansas City is and seems destined to be."
Labels: Abraham Lincoln, banking, Chicago, railroad, sports, visitors
May 2, 1909
PRAISES AMERICAN SOLDIER.
General Morton Tells of Valor at
Army Officers' Banquet.
What is said to have been the largest gathering of army officers, graduates of West Point, away from the academy itself, was held at the Hotel Baltimore last night when nearly 100 officers assembled in the ball room at the first of a series of annual banquets to be given in Kansas City. Brigadier General Charles A. Morton of Omaha, commander of the department of the Missouri, was the presiding officer.
General Morton, in response to the toast, "The Army," said that the valor of the American army on the field of battle had never been questioned and that its efficiency and strength has only been made possible by its superiority. The general spoke of the condition of the army today and declared that its increase had never been in proportion to the increase of the population of the country.
Following General Morton, Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., welcomed the officers and their guests to Kansas City. The mayor extended to them the usual courtesies and promised immunity from arrest while within the corporate limits of the city.
The following toasts were responded to: "The Navy," Lieutenant R. S. Landis, U. S. N., and "Military Education by Captain H. A. White of the military school at Fort Leavenworth. "Our Dead" was a silent toast.
Brigadier General Frederick Funston, who was to have responded to the toast "West Point," was obliged to leave the banquet room early and was not heard. General Funston was the guest of honor. Other guests were: General Rambold, Colonel Loughborough and Colonel Lechtman.
Labels: Hotel Baltimore, hotels, Leavenworth, Mayor Crittenden, military, Omaha, veterans, visitors
May 2, 1909
HOLDS CONTRACT VALID.
Husband Didn't Keep Agreement,
and Judge Annuls Marriage.
Before Annie Shapiro and Hyman Stopeck were married Stopeck promised his future bride, daughter of a Jewish rabbi, that he would go through the Jewish ceremony of marriage as a confirmation of the knot tied in civil marriage. But Stopeck backed out and would not participate in the second ceremony. So his wife brought suit in the circuit court to annul the marriage.
After having had the case under consideration for several weeks, Judge Slover yesterday decided to annul the marriage.
"The promise the husband made that he would have the civil marriage solemnized by the Jewish ceremony was part of the contract when the civil marriage was entered into," said Judge Slover. "The contract of marriage was thus never fully carried out."
The Stopecks were married August 4 of last year in Kansas City, Kas. Returning to this city to the home of Samuel Shapiro, father of the bride, at 501 Oak street, they had dinner. The bride then asked that the Jewish ceremony proceed, but objection was made by Stopeck, who left the house and did not return.
Labels: circuit court, Jews, Judge Slover, ministers, wedding
May 2, 1909
TRACING MRS. YARBROUGH.
Woman Suicide, Implicated in Mur-
der Charge, Stopped Here.
The police are positive that Mrs. Helen Yarbrough, who committed suicide in the Manhattan hotel in Wichita Friday night, was in Kansas City several weeks ago. She was wanted at Claremore, Ok., on a charge of complicity in the murder of John Bullette, and rather than face the officers she took strychnine.
Detectives had been looking for Mrs. Yarbrough in Kansas City for several days. With the aid of a photograph she was traced to an East Side boarding house, where she had stopped during the month of March. She left ostensibly for Topeka April 7, but went to Claremore instead. The murder was one of the most brutal on record in Oklahoma. While in Kansas City Mrs. Yarbrough had no callers and made no friends.
Labels: murder, oklahoma, photographs, Suicide, visitors
May 1, 1909
OPENING OF FOREST PARK.
There Was Good Attendance in
Spite of Cool Weather.
After 200 men and boys had worked from daylight until 7 o'clock last night, Forest Park was put in readiness and opened to the public. In spite of the cool weather there was a good attendance. The riding devices, which are now 5 cents instead of 10, were liberally patronized. The admission to the park has also been reduced to 5 cents this year.
In the Jolly Follies building there are 100 free devices. The pavilion was opened last night and free vaudeville was given in the open air theater. The vaudeville bill will be given at the park this afternoon and evening.
Labels: amusement, forest park, theater, vaudeville
May 1, 1909
DEATH OF "PAT" HUNT.
Member of Police Force for Many
Years Dies Suddenly.
"Pat" Hunt, for thirty-five years a member of the Kansas City police force and accounted one of the bravest men who ever wore the star of the department, died yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock at his home, 3272 Oak street. He died in harness, being at the time of his death jailer at the Walnut street police station. Only a few days before his death he was actively attending to his duties.
Patrick H. Hunt was born at Ballylangford, County Kerry, Ireland, and came to this country when a boy. For several years he lived near Corning, N. Y., but about forty years ago came to this city and was one of the grading contractors who helped to construct the Hannibal bridge.
He was made a member of the police force in 1874 and assigned to a beat in "Hell's Half Acre," the toughest district in the city. This hole in the Bottoms was a refuge of thugs, crooks, gamblers and negro bad men. Patrolman Hunt made a record for bravery in this position which has been handed down as a tradition among the class of people with whom he worked. In his declining years every negro who had been brought up in the city doffed his hat to "Pat" Hunt when he entered the Walnut street police station.
Hunt was taken off his beat and made a city detective after six years of service and served in that capacity for twenty years. Former Chief of Police John Hayes, George Bryant and Con O'Hare are some of the men who formerly "worked" with Hunt. When Hunt decided to retire from active work as a detective he was made jailor at the Flora avenue police station, and about five years ago was transferred to No. 4.
He married Miss Madge Sheehan thirty-eight years ago. One child, Henry, was born. Both wife and son are now dead. For thirty-five years, until a year ago, Mr. Hunt lived at 1122 Missouri avenue. A sister, Mrs. Mary Hunt, lives at the Oak street address. No other relatives survive. Funeral arrangements have not been made. Captain Thomas P. Flahive, under whom Mr. Hunt worked for the last five years, said last night:
"I have been intimately associated with 'Pat' Hunt for twenty-seven years, and in my mind there was never a braver or more straightforward man on the Kansas City police force. He was no less beloved for his gentleness and generosity than he was feared for his justness and courage. The police force in Kansas City has lost one of its real heroes.
Labels: Captain Flahive, crime, death, Flora avenue, immigrants, Missouri avenue, No 4 station, Oak street, police, Walnut street police station
May 1, 1909
INTELLIGENT HORSES SCARCE.
James Murray, Visiting Horseman,
Says They Just Happen.
"You cannot breed intelligent horses, you must buy them, and they don't grow on bushes, either. They are few and far between."
James Murray, a dealer and displayer of fancy driving horses, said this at the Baltimore hotel last night. Beginning at the first exhibit, about nine years ago, Mr. Murray has shown thoroughbreds in this city. His headquarters are in Toronto, Canada.
"The most intelligent horses just happen among the thoroughbreds," continued Mr. Murray. "You've got to travel about the country picking them up, for you'll have bad luck if you depend on raising them from horses that have made records, on the grounds that like begets like. It's pretty apt not to happen in your case, so it don't pay."
Mr. Murray is a Scotchman and was born within the shadow of Balmoral castle. He has many friends among the older horse fanciers of this city.
Labels: animals, Hotel Baltimore, hotels, immigrants, visitors
April 30, 1909
CAUGHT IN A TRAP
OF HER OWN MAKING.
MRS. REYNOLDS FAKED NAME
OF MAN WHO EXISTED.
Like a chapter from a novel is the story of the complications Mrs. Bessie A. Reynolds wove when she set a snare for a suspicious husband. The Reynolds live at 925 McAlpin avenue, Kansas City, Kas. The husband is a foreman at the Proctor & Gamble plant. Mrs. Reynolds is the mother of five children, the oldest of whom is 19.
The dove of domestic peace has not been a continued guest in the Reynolds home for some time, due largely to the circumstance that the head of the family absented himself from home on Sundays, or of evenings and made no explanation to his wife as to where he had passed the time.
"One day," says Mrs. Reynolds, "my husband accused me of liking some other man better than I did him and I said, 'That's so; there is another man.' I only wanted to make him jealous -- there is no other man, but he was so persistent that I finally decided to fix up a name and leave it where he would see it."
THOUGHT THE NAME FICTITIOUS.
Mrs. Reynolds wrote the name of Frank P. Courtney, La Junta, Col., in a small book in her handbag and her husband duly found it. Without saying anything to his wife of his discovery, Reynolds wrote to the postmaster at La Junta and asked him if Frank Courtney received his mail at that office. The answer came back that he did. Thereupon Reynolds wrote to Courtney asking him what he meant by meeting his wife. Courtney replied that he was not acquainted with Mrs. Reynolds; that he had not been in Kansas City for several years, and then had only passed through the town. Reynolds consulted with his wife's sister, who lives in St. Joseph. Without divulging her intentions, the sister wrote to Courtney, using Mrs. Reynold's name. The sister also doubted the existence of a man named Courtney, but when in due time she received a letter from him in which he stated that he was puzzled to know what all the fuss was bout, she no longer questioned his existence and immediately posted off to tell her sister, Mrs. Reynolds, what she had learned.
WIFE WRITES A LETTER.
It became Mrs. Reynolds's turn to take a hand in the letter writing. She wrote to Courtney, explaining the circumstances of her husband's letters and expressing surprise over the coincidence that she had given her husband a supposedly fictitious name and address which proved to be that of a real personality. Several letters passed between Courtney and Mrs. Reynolds before the tangle was straightened out to their satisfaction.
In the meantime Courtney left La Junta for Sterling, Col. He claimed to be a chauffeur. In Sterling a puzzling diamond robbery occurred and the next heard of Courtney was in Denver, where he was arrested on suspicion of theft. He confessed to the Sterling robbery. When he was searched at the Denver police station the following letter from Mrs. Reynolds was in his pockets:
HER LETTER TO COURTNEY.
"Dear Sir: I feel as though I owe you an explanation of how I have so innocently drawn you into my affairs. I hope when you have read this you will forgive me. In the first place, I never saw you, or heard tell of you, but will trust to your honor as a gentleman to keep the contents of this letter a secret. You will see it is a very personal letter. I am Mrs. Bessie Reynolds, mother of two grown children, and have decided to take a hand in this letter writing. My husband is insanely jealous of me and has indeed made my life almost miserable.
"Two years ago I made the acquaintance of a man who proved to be a gentleman and who befriended me in a way I could not ignore and can never forget, and whom I grew to like very much.
"Now, understand me, I do not say love. My husband forbade me to speak to him. I, perhaps, saw more of this man than I should. As I told you before, he is a gentleman, and is the case always, someone had to tattle. My husband demanded the name of the man whom I cared more for than him.
GAVE HIM FAKE NAME.
"Thinking if he thought I did care for someone else, and hoping he would be kinder to me, I told him yes, there was someone. At last, in desperation, I, not knowing that you or any other man of that name existed, and to turn his mind from my friend, I simply made out in my mind the name of Frank P. Courtney. Then, of course, he demanded to know where he lived, and, as I wanted to put this imaginary man out of his reach as far as possible, and having told him that Mr. Courtney was a railroad man, knowing La Junta was a terminal, I told him that town. And I thought everything was O. K. until he marched in with the letter from this La Junta postmaster, saying that you did exist and received your mail there.
"Well, I will just leave it to your imagination as to my feelings when I found out you did exist. I just almost collapsed right there. In the meantime my sister in St. Joseph, knowing why I had told so many stories, or lies, if you choose to call them by their right name, wrote you in my name to prove to my husband that you did not exist.
"She almost died when she found out you were a sure-enough, very much alive man.
CALLED POSTMASTER IDIOT.
"I told my husband when that old idiot of a postmaster wrote him you were there that I had storied at first. I could not make him believe, and pleaded with him not to write to you for I was afraid that you might be married and it would bring trouble to you and your wife. I was also very much ashamed to have you know anything of this affair. I never can tell you how sorry I am to have caused you the annoyance I evidently have.
"I will ask this favor of you, if not too much trouble to you: Will you write me what my husband wrote you? Now, I don't want him to know I have written you, so I will post the postman as regards La Junta letters, and I will appreciate an early reply to this, as I wish very much to know where I stand in your estimation. It hardly seems possible that you are a sure-enough man and do exist when I just made you up out of my mind.
"Hoping if we ever meet it will be as friends. I remain confidentially yours, MRS. BESSIE A. REYNOLDS."
"NEVER AGAIN," SHE SAYS.
"I was never more surprised in my life than when I discovered that a man named Courtney really existed," said Mrs. Reynolds last night. "I am sorry I wrote the letter, but I was angry when I found my husband had written out there to see if the name he found in my pocketbook was that of the man whom I had foolishly told him I cared more for than I did for him. It has taught me a lesson about writing letters that I will never forget."
Mrs. Reynolds is a handsome woman of the Spanish blonde type. She is a member of a Kansas City, Kas., Baptist church and has lived here for fourteen years.
Labels: Denver, Kansas City Kas, marriage, romance, women
April 30, 1909
CAN'T FIND THEIR FATHER.
Four Children Came Here From
Brunswick to Meet Him.
Because their father failed to appear at the Union depot to meet them yesterday morning, four children, ranging in age from 8 to 14 years, sat in the waiting room of the depot and when not indulging in the abandon to tears, listened with eager interest to the assurances of Mrs. Ollie Everingham, the matron, who tried every possible way to locate Tom Elson, formerly of Brunswick, Mo.
Lola Elson, the eldest girl, has been "mother" of the family since the death of Mrs. Elson, more than six months ago.
She said an uncle, Sam Teters, lives here. The name could not be found in the city directory of either Kansas City. Her father, she said, just did whatever he could find to do.
"He was at home at Brunswick last Tuesday," she declared, "and told me to bring the children to Kansas City today."
The children were supplied with food and beds were fixed for them by Mrs. Everingham and John Walentrom, night depot master. The younger children are: Josephine, 9; Charley, 11, and Frank, 8 years old.
Labels: children, depot matron, missing, Union depot
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