June 30, 1909
1,000 TEACHERS TO DENVER.
Missouri Delegates to National Edu-
cational Association to Boost KC.
Decorated with badges bearing a map of the state and the word "Missouri" in big letters across it, 1,000 teachers from Kansas City and St. Louis will go to Denver, Col., to attend the forty-seventh annual convention of the National Educational Association which opens in that city July 3 and continues until July 9. Prof. J. M. Stephenson, principal of the Scarritt school and state manager of the association, said yesterday that every effort possible would be made to advertise Missouri and her schools.
Badge to Be Worn by Kansas City and St. Louis Teachers.
Postcards showing a beautiful view of the Westport High school building in colors will be used to aid in the publicity campaign. Enough of the badges will be carried by the state delegation to decorate all who will "boost" for Missouri. Special trains have been chartered to carry the Kansas City and St. Louis contingents to Denver.
Labels: conventions, Denver, organizations, schools, St Louis, Westport
June 30, 1909
SHE SLAPS LAWYER IN COURT.
Then Mrs. Williford Challenges O.
T. Knox to Finish Fight.
When Mrs. Hattie Williford left the witness stand in Judge James H. Slover's division of the circuit court yesterday, she walked straight to where O. T. Knox, an attorney, was sitting and slapped his face. She lives at 1093 Cherry street and had taken umbrage at a question asked her by Knox, who represented Mark Dewey in his divorce suit against Alice Dewey. The latter is a sister of Mrs. Williford.
Mrs. Williford also expressed her determination and willingness to make the fight one to a finish, in or out of the court room. Knox, who has a James J. Jeffries physique, brushed her away before the court attendants arrived.
Judge Slover smiled. No one was fined. The case was not finished yesterday.
Labels: attorney, Cherry street, courtroom, Divorce, Judge Slover, violence
June 30, 1909
PALE ALE AT AUCTION.
Customs Officials Also Will Sell Her-
ring and Garlic Saturday.
Loyal Britons may be expected to rally when eight and a half casks of pale ale is put up, and Scotland ought to be heard from when fifteen kegs of Glasgow herring are cried at a government rummage sale scheduled for Saturday morning at 10 o'clock at No. 228 West Fourth street. C. W. Clarke, surveyor of the port, is sending to the hammer imports which were not cleared during the present year.
The customs officers find that the ale arrived without any manifest and, though it is a knock to admit it, the herring were "abandoned," whatever that may mean.
Great Britain is not to have everything her own way. Two hundred and nine pounds of Garlic will tempt the Italians. "Coke" fiends will get a chance at two dozen hypodermic syringes. Six rolls of Japanese matting and 12,000 Japanese postal cards and some jute from India complete the offering for the grown ups.
The surveyor also will put up for sale a case of souvenirs, brought to Kansas City by a globe trotter, who evidently went broke buying the toys, for he could not or would not pay the duty on them. In this lot are four dolls, a cuckoo clock and twenty-five pieces of carved wood representing Santa Claus, bears, dogs, deer, cows and jumping jacks.
Some of the bears, so says the custom house list, are smoking, one is playing a piano, a quartette are gambling and one is painting a picture.
Labels: alcohol, auction, customs, England, food, Fourth street, immigrants, toys
June 30, 1909
DOESN'T APPROVE OF
TITLE IN HIS FAMILY.
CRAIG HUNTER HEARS DAUGH-
TER WEDDED SON OF A LORD.
Post Cards Bear Announcement of
Marriage of Mrs. Adeline De
Mare to Henry Somerset
MRS. ADELINE DE MARE,
Who May Be Lady Somerset.
Post cards bearing the announcement of the marriage in London, England on June 16 of Mrs. Adeline De Mare of Kansas City, widow of Professor Georges De Mare, the artist who lost his life in the fire which destroyed the University building in this city in 1907, have given rise to the belief on the part of the friends and relatives of the young woman that she has wedded Henry Charles Somers Augustus Somerset, the son of Lord Henry Richard Charles Somerset, husband of Lady Henry Somerset, the famous temperance leader and suffragist.
According to the meager information conveyed by the postals, which were received from England yesterday by the father of the girl, Craig Hunter, a railway contractor with offices at 1002 Union avenue, and Mrs. Herman Lang, 3901 Forest avenue, a close friend of the family, Mrs. De Mare was married to a Henry Somerset in London on June 16. Partly through the way the announcements were worded and more through the presumption of those who received the announcements, the report was started that the Somerset in question is the son of the nobleman. Neither Mr. Hunter nor Mrs. Lang was in a position to confirm the report last night, but both were anxiously awaiting more information, which is expected to arrive by letter in a few days.
FATHER IS NOT PLEASED.
Mr. Hunter is not pleased with the thought that perhaps his daughter has become the wife of the son of an English nobleman.
"I sincerely hope that Adeline has not married into a titled family," he said yesterday. "I have always talked against such marriages, and if she has married Lord Somerset's son, she has acted directly contrary to any wish of mine. A good, plain American boy is my choice."
Mrs. De Mare, who graduated from the Central high school in the spring of 1905, married Professor Georges De Mare, head of the art department of the school, in December, 1906. Professor De Mare the following May was killed in a fire which destroyed the University building at Ninth and Locust streets. The death of her husband greatly preyed upon the mind of Mrs. De Mare and in order that she might be benefited by a change of scene she was sent to Paris to school in September, 1907.
She took up a course of study at the Sorbonne, the University of Paris. She was a proficient artist in instrumental music and completed a course in that study last spring. Last September her mother, Mrs. Hunter, went to Paris to return with Mrs. De Mare to America when her school work was completed. Mrs. Hunter and her daughter were to have sailed for America today form Naples. The plans of Mr. Hunter to meet them at New York are upset by the unexpected announcement of the daughter's marriage in London.
MARRIAGE A SURPRISE.
"Adeline's marriage was a complete surprise to me," said Mr. Hunter. "I received a letter from my wife two weeks ago in which she said that an Englishman by the name of Somerset was madly in love with the girl, but I did not think seriously of it. I did not think, either, that it might be a member of the Lord Somerset family. But now that I compare the meager descriptions I have received of the man with those of the son of the lord, I am firmly convinced that they are one and the same person.
"Mrs. Hunter said that the Mr. Somerset who was paying attention to my daughter was a widower and had a little daughter about 9 years of age. Henry Somerset, they tell me, was married in 1896 to the daughter of the Duke of St. Albans and should be at this time about the age of the man who married my daughter. He has been making his home in Paris for some time, so I guess there may be something to the report of my son-in-law being of a titled family. I hope, however, that it is not true."
Mrs. De Mare was 21 years old last September. She is a beautiful and talented woman and was very popular in the younger social set in Kansas City.
SOMERSET HISTORY EVENTFUL.
EASTNOR CASTLE, ONE OF THE FOUR HOMES OF LADY HENRY SOMERSET.
Somewhat eventful has been the history of the Somerset family. Nor has its domestic relations been of the happiest. The present Lady Somerset was married at the age of 18, after a brief season at court. The match between Lady Isobel and Lord Henry Somerset was arranged by the young girl's mother, and Lady Isobel's dowry was welcome to Lord Henry.
Two years after the wedding the only child, Henry Charles Augustus Somerset, was born. During those two years of married life there had been frequent ruptures between husband and wife with the result that divorce was frequently discussed by each. Shortly after the birth of the son the courts of England granted a divorce and gave the mother custody of the child.
For a while Lady Somerset kept up her social activities, but Queen Victoria looked into the causes of divorce and placed the social ban upon that immediate branch of the Somerset family. In June of 1902, however, King Edward, his wife and sister, Princess Beatrice, restored Lady Henry Somerset to court favor. This action on the part of King Edward occasioned favorable comment on the part of the British public and press.
RETIRED TO PRIVATE LIFE.
When Lady Henry fell into disfavor with the court she retired and lead a sequestered life, teaching her boy. Later she sent her son to Harvard university, from which institution he graduated.
Henry Somers Somerset was married in 1896 to Katherine De Vere Beaucher. There had been no news in America of a divorce or of the wife's death. She has been described as a very beautiful woman and a prime favorite of the Somerset's.
Lady Henry Somerset has been long identified with socialism and temperance work. At the present time she is the president of the world organization of the W. C. T. U. She has spent large sums of money to alleviate the distress occasioned by drink among the men and women of England. She has written many books upon the subject of temperance and has become widely known.
Lord Henry Somerset, the divorced husband, has been lost from sight and there is no record of his death.
Henry, the son, who is said to have married Mrs. De Mare, is 35 years old.
Labels: arts, England, Forest avenue, suffrage, Union avenue, wedding, women
June 29, 1909
ON A HUNT FOR WHISKEY.
Mrs. Myra McHenry Would Down
Traffic With a Pen.
Mrs. Myra McHenry, co-worker and one-time associate of Carrie Nation, was here yesterday. Mrs. McHenry is going to Lexington, Mo., where she will visit her sister, Mrs. Thomas Young, and incidentally take a whack at anything that looks as if it needed whacking.
"I am on a hunt for whisky," she said. "There is no more of it in Wichita, and I must find other fields. Mrs. Nation and myself, while we strive to attain the same ends, are not alike. She is a 'hatchet smasher' and I smash with the pen.
Mrs. McHenry has been in jail thirty-three times.
Labels: Lexington, prohibition, visitors, Wichita
June 29, 1909
JOSHES NEW COP AND
IS PROMPTLY PINCHED.
AUDITOR'S PAYMASTER SAID
"OH, YOU KID."
A Jewish policeman, the first Kansas City ever had, arrested an Irishman last night for disturbing the officer's peace.
Max Joffy, formerly a porter in James Pendergast's saloon and later a janitor at the city hall under Mayor Henry M. Beardsley, was appointed a probationary patrolman on the police force yesterday morning along with forty-three other men.
Proudly wearing his new star and swinging a white ash club he entered the drug store of Morton Burger at Independence avenue and Cherry street yesterday afternoon. Frank O. Donnely, paymaster in the city auditor's office, was in the drug store. Knowing Joffy for years he was amused at the Jewish policeman's outfit and burst out laughing.
"Holy St. Patrick, look at the new cop," laughed Donnely, making a grimace, "Oh, you kid!"
Joffy's new found dignity was touched. He placed his hand on Donnelly's back and said:
"I'll teach you to talk that way to an officer. Come on down to the station."
Donnelly rose from the fountain, where he was drinking an ice cream soda, with a glass holder in his hand. Joffy drew his revolver, afterwards found to be unloaded, and with the tags still upon it. Donnelly's Irish spirit ebbed and he submitted. He was taken to the central police station where he was booked for disturbing the peace. He afterward gave bond.
"I know nothing of the merits of the case against Donnelly," said Captain Walter Whitsett last night, "but I do know that a police officer's peace cannot be disturbed, according to the law as it is interpreted by the courts."
Donnelly is a rising young Democratic politician in the Sixth ward. He has been paymaster in the city auditor's office for three years. He lives with his family at 632 Troost avenue.
"I couldn't resist the temptation to have a little fun at Joffy's expense," he said. "I have known the man for five years and had never seen him take offense at a well meant joke before. This is the first time I was ever arrested in my life."
STRANGE NAMES IN LIST.
The list of forty-three officers appointed by the board yesterday bears only one Irish name -- that of Daniel R. McGuire, who was made a jailer. There are such cognomens as Obrecht, Zinn, Mertz, Baer, Niemier and Siegfried. They were given clubs, stars and revolvers yesterday afternoon and will be assigned for duty today.
Joffy was not on duty at the time his first arrest was made. He is the first policeman of Jewish descent to be appointed in the city, according to men who have been on the force for many years.
Labels: Captain Whitsett, Cherry street, guns, immigrants, Independence avenue, James Pendergast, Jews, Mayor Beardsley, police, politics, Troost avenue
June 29, 1909
RUBY KANE D'AUDRAE DEAD.
Kansas City Vaudeville Actress a
Victim of Tuberculosis.
Mrs. Ruby Kane D'Audrae, a vaudeville actress of 3944 Woodland avenue, died of tuberculosis after a four months' illness at 1:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Her husband, Robert D'Audrae, and her father and mother, Mr. and Mrs. P. J. Kane, are in the amusement business, the two first named somewhere in Ohio. Mrs. Kane is in Wellington, Mo. Only the mother could be notified last night.
Mrs. D'Audrae was 23 years old. Seven years ago she graduated from the Academy of St. Aloysius at Eleventh street and Prospect avenue. Her voice, which is said to have been exceedingly strong and sweet, attracted considerable attention at school. Three years after finishing the academy she followed her father and mother to the footlights. She was heard in the Sparks theater in Kansas City, Kas., two seasons ago.
Funeral arrangements have not been made.
Labels: death, Eleventh street, Kansas City Kas, Prospect avenue, schools, theater, vaudeville, women
June 29, 1909
CAN'T FIND HER BROTHER.
Gertrude Arlington Came Here to
Keep House for Him.
Gertrude Arlington, 18 years old, who arrived in Kansas City yesterday from Goffs, Kas., expecting to meet her brother, Edward Arlington, at the Union depot was disappointed when the young man failed to put in an appearance. Arlington is a switchman, recently come to Kansas City from Minneapolis, Minn. He had written the girl to come and keep house for him.
That he lived somewhere on West Twelfth street was all the information the girl could give concerning her brother's whereabouts. She had written him a letter the day before telling of her coming and had directed it to the general delivery.
Labels: Twelfth street, Union depot
June 29, 1909
WOMAN FIRST FOURTH VICTIM.
Mrs. Williams Sharp Injured While
Playing With a Toy Pistol.
Mrs. William Sharp, 26 years old, 1025 Harrison street, was last night distinguished by being the first person in Kansas City to be injured by the premature explosion of Fourth of July noisemakers. She was in her home and picked up a toy pistol loaded with a blank 22-caliber cartridge. In some manner the cartridge was exploded and the index finger on her right hand was badly lacerated. She was treated at the emergency hospital.
Labels: accident, emergency hospital, explosion, fireworks, Harrison street, holidays, toys
June 28, 1909
MISS OWEN MUST COME HERE.
Prosecuting Attorney's Office Will
Not Take Initiative in Affair.
It was stated last night by Virgil Conkling, prosecuting attorney, that the Annie Lee Owen slugging affair was at an end, so far as the initiative in his office is concerned.
"Until Miss Owens swears to a complaint or statement in this state and before an authorized officer of the state, as is customary in such cases, showing good faith on the part of the complainant, it is my theory that it is not a matter of public policy which would require my office to go outside of this state to take the complaint," said Mr. Conkling.
"If Miss Owen desires to complain against any person or act there is no reason why she should not do so, and she needs but to come one foot into the state of Missouri to make the complaint. This office will not bother the lady, nor persecute her by trying to force her to make a statement which she shows no desire to make at the present time.
"When the grand jury of this county convenes in September it may take up the matter of the slugging, if it deems the affair of sufficient importance."
Labels: Prosecutor Conkling, violence
June 28, 1909
GRIEF DRIVES AGED
WOMAN TO SUICIDE.
HUSBAND OF HALF A CENTURY
Heartbroken Over This Treatment,
Mrs. Mary Robinson, 70 Years
Old, a Paralytic, Swallows
Heart-broken over alleged treatment by her husband to whom she had been married forty-six years, and to whom she had borne 8 children, Mrs. Mary M. Robinson, 70 years old, swallowed carbolic acid yesterday morning at 9:30 o'clock and, successfully struggling against the efforts of a physician to administer an antidote, died an hour and a half later
She lived with her son, Ernest E. Robinson, 37 years old, and father of four children, at 312 South Topping avenue.
For about three years O. G. Robinson, three years his wife's junior, worked in Tennessee. He made frequent trips to Kansas City, however.
Four weeks ago Ernest Robinson says he received a letter from his father, declaring that "he guessed he was of age," and could act as he saw fit. The letter said he had procured a divorce in the South and had married a woman from Mississippi, 32 years old, who is now with him in Kansas City.
AGED WOMAN PARALYTIC.
Already a hopeless paralytic, having used crutches for several years, the aged wife could not bear the added burden. She knew of a bottle of carbolic acid which her daughter-in-law used for household purposes, and secured it.
Although for years she could hardly raise her hand to her head, in her despair she managed to reach the bottle that lay on a shelf higher than the top of the kitchen door.
Ernest Robinson, the son, had been summoned to a neighbor's by a telephone call. Hardly had he taken down the receiver, when his little daughter who had run after him, cried out:
"Papa, grandma wants you to come quick as you can."
"ALL OVER," SHE TOLD SON.
When he reached his mother's side, she told him there was no use in sending for a doctor, "for it was all over with her." By 11 o'clock she was dead.
Her former husband was notified and went with his son to make arrangements with the undertaker.
Another son, Arthur B. Robinson, 40 years old, lives next door to his brother at 310 Topping avenue. He has three children. These two sons are the only ones of the eight children surviving.
Mrs. Robinson was born, reared and married at Jay, Mo., but for twenty-three years had lived in Missouri.
Labels: Divorce, Seniors, Suicide, Topping avenue, women
June 28, 1909
DROP OF 22 DEGREES.
Downpour of Rain Accompanied by
Fall in Temperature.
Thousands of park-goers who were busying themselves eating ice cream cones and other frozen delectables at the amusement parks about 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon noticed a sudden fall in temperature as dark thunderclouds rolled up from the west and spread across the sky. In less than twenty minutes the thermometer showed a drop from 90 to 72 degrees, and in another hour the upper end of the tiny mercury column pointed to 68 degrees.
With the first cool wave regiments of women with dainty outing hats and dresses remembered they had not taken the precaution of bringing their umbrellas and followed closely by the male straw hat brigade charged upon the street car landings.
Word to the effect that more cars than usual were needed at the parks was met promptly by the street car officials. Cars with trailers were rushed to the rescue. Many of the pleasure-seekers found shelter in them before the real downpour came.
According to the local weather bureau 1.16 inches or rain fell.
The storm occasioned some apprehension yesterday evening in Kansas City, Kas. Telephone wires suffered, and numerous accidents of a minor character were reported.
The home of Horace Chandler, 627 State avenue, was struck by lightning. The chimney was demolished, and about an inch of soot was spread over the carpets and furniture in two rooms. Mr. Chandler was asleep in a chair opposite the chimney when the lightning struck, but was unhurt.
Labels: amusement, Kansas City Kas, State avenue, streetcar, weather
June 28, 1909
SOLDIER, SAILOR AND
THIEF, IN THE TOILS.
"BOBBY" WRIGHT, 75, SPENDS
NIGHT IN HOLDOVER.
Built Missouri Telegraph Lines in
1862, Then Was Steamboatman
and Later Noted "Hotel
"Bobby" Wright, 75 years old, formerly soldier, sailor and now the oldest sneak thief in point of experience int he world, stayed in the city holdover last night to avoid worse trouble. Wright has been in the city several weeks, but was not picked up by the police until yesterday.
Wright confided to a visitor through the bars last night that he was born in New England, but was brought up in the South. When the civil war broke out, however, he was loyal to the Union and joined the army, becoming a private in the miners and sappers' division of the army. He was assigned to General Lyon's army in Missouri and afterwards under General Fremont.
"I put telegraph wires clear across Missouri in the year 1862," he said.
After the war he became a sailor on a merchant ship and was for ten years a steamboatman on the Mississippi river. Then his criminal tendencies became assertive and he became a professional thief, if the records kept by the police departments of many cities are to be believed.
His advent into this city was in 1882 and he has been a frequent visitor since. On almost every visit he was entertained in the city holdover, and he has frequently been convicted in the municipal court.
Wright is whitehaired, partly bald and has white whiskers. He is stooped and tall. His particular branch of thievery is known as hotel work. He walks into a hostelry, goes upstairs, and when he finds a door unlocked enters the room and makes away with all the valuables he can conceal about his person. This is the police report on Bobby Wright.
"He is one of the cleverest men in the country at his trade," said Inspector of Detectives Edward J. Boyle last night.
Labels: Civil War, crime, hotels, Inspector Boyle, Seniors, telegraph, veterans
June 27, 1909
BOY DROWNS IN THE BLUE.
Fell From a Skiff and Came Up Be-
neath a Barge.
John Palmer, 14 years old, fell from a skiff into the Blue river near the Independence road yesterday morning and was drowned. Marion Bullinger, proprietor of boathouse at that point, and several others saw the boy fall over the side of the skiff, which was near a barge anchored close to the bridge. The body did not rise again until the barge was moved, when the body was found beneath it.
The boy and his father room at the home of Jack Thomas, 415 Douglas avenue. Until recently he had been working at the Kansas City Nut and Bolt factory at Sheffield. Deputy Coroner Harry Czarlinsky viewed the body and had it sent to Blackburn & Carson's undertaking rooms.
Labels: Blue river, boats, children, Dr Czarlinsky, drowning, sheffield, undertakers
June 27, 1909
GALLOWS UP FOR BROOKS.
Negro Who Murdered Sidney Hern-
don Will Be Hanged June 30.
Claude Brooks will be hanged June 30 for the murder of Sidney Herndon. The death watch was put on the condemned negro last night. It was believed until yesterday afternoon that a respite of sixty days would be given. This was refused by the governor.
Mrs. Margaret Simmons, matron at the county jail, had a telephone conversation with Governor Hadley yesterday afternoon. The governor told her there would be no respite and that it would be useless for anyone to see him about a commutation of sentence.
Labels: death penalty, Herbert Hadley, jail
June 27, 1909
LEFT BABY WITH STRANGER.
Then Mother Disappeared in Crowd
at Union Depot.
Entrusting her 4-months-old girl baby to an entire stranger at the Union depot, a woman whose name could not be learned, yesterday disappeared into the crowd, ostensibly to see a friend on the train, and has not been heard from since. The woman who volunteered to care for the child turned it over to Mrs. Ollie Everingham, depot matron, and declared she did not believe the mother would ever call for it.
Accompanying the mother of the baby was a girl about 12 years. When they approached with the baby and asked the woman, who gave the name of Laura Jones, to care for it, they also left a grip containing a good supply of clean clothes.
In the grip were two bottles of paregoric, one small bottle of castor oil, two cans of cream and two nipples. The bottles bore the label of M. L. Galloway, Holden, Mo., and the druggist who sold the castor oil was W. H. Nelson of Kingsville, Mo. No other marks of identification were found.
Mrs. Everingham declared she would take the child and care for it, but the authorities ordered it turned over to the police matron, pending the search for its mother.
The mother is described as wearing a large black straw hat, a gray gingham suit and walked with a decided stoop. She is about 35 years old.
Labels: children, depot matron, police matron, Union depot
June 27, 1909
ORIENT INN INCREASES.
Breakfast and Evening Dinner Add-
ed to the Service.
So complete has been the response of the Kansas City public to the novel and very delightful service provided by the new Orient Inn at Tenth and Baltimore that the Kroger brothers have added morning and evening service. This will start tomorrow and will be conducted a la carte or in full restaurant style, as distinguished from self-service, which prevails at noon. The hours for breakfast will be 6 to 10 o'clock, the popular noon-day luncheon 11 to 3, and supper or evening dinner will be served in family style from 5 until 8.
The new Orient Inn is located in the Orient building at Tenth and Baltimore avenue. It is the largest eating establishment in Kansas City, in fact west of New York, and the deliciousness of its foods and novelty of its service have created a delightful impression among the business and society people of this community. In addition to the new features mentioned, a spacious smoking room, very elegantly equipped, will also be opened for the convenience of the gentlemen guests of the house.
Labels: Baltimore avenue, food, restaurants, Tenth street
June 27, 1909
PRISON PRESENT FOR PRIEST.
Engraving of "Last Supper" on the
Handle of Knife from Greece.
A package sent here from Greece to a Greek church priest who recently came to Kansas City was stopped by the postal authorities yesterday and turned over to the custom official for inspection. If the contents prove to be subject to impost a duty will be levied.
A Greek messenger had called for the priest's mail but the custom officers demanded the presence of the man to whom the package was addressed. The priest, in his rimless stovepipe hat, long black silk robes and thick bushy whiskers, went to the customs ho use in person and claimed the package. In the presence of the treasury department he opened it and discovered a knife. It was wrapped in a letter which said the knife was sent from a prisoner to his old priest as a memento.
As a knife it did not amount to much, the blade, a thick ugly thing, evidently being part of an iron strap from a barrel and the spring made from an old key. On each side of the handle was engraved a representation of the Last Supper. The wood looked like box elder. The carving was excellent though the figures were not over half an inch in height and the distance from the first to the thirteenth only two and one-half inches. The treasury decided the knife had no commercial value and so declared it undutiable.
Edge tools are barred from all United States penitentiaries but the present to the Greek priest which arrived yesterday shows that in Athens they not only allow prisoners to have knives but teach them how to use them.
The address on the wrapper was in Greek characters. An interpreter who took the priest to the customs house accommodated the treasury men by writing the name in English. His English was more puzzling than the Greek, so the customs house does not know yet who got the knife so far as any record goes.
Labels: immigrants, ministers, penitentiary, post office
June 27, 1909
ENGINE HIT BALL PLAYER.
Boy Run Down While Chasing Foul
at Stevens's Park.
While chasing a foul ball across the Belt Line track during a baseball game at Twenty-fourth street and the Southwest boulevard at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, Claude Davidson, 12 years old, was run over by a switch engine and mangled by the wheels. He was taken to the general hospital where his right leg and arm were amputated by Dr. J. Park Neal. It was thought at the hospital last night that the boy would recover.
Two boy teams were playing at the Stephens ball park at the time of the accident. Claude Davidson was what is known among school boys as "pig-tailer" and his business was to recover lost balls and catch fouls landing far behind the batter. One of the latter crossed the low fence behind the field and it was in pursuit of it that the boy was hit by the switch engine. His father, William C. Davidson, lives at 1660 Jefferson street.
Labels: accident, Belt line, children, Dr J Park Neal, general hospital, Jefferson street, railroad, sports
June 26, 1909
WOULD KILL SELF AT DEPOT.
After Quarreling With Husband,
Woman Tries to Swallow Acid.
Despondent and angry because of domestic troubles, and after several hand-to-hand encounters with her husband in the presence of hundreds of persons, a woman attempted to swallow the contents of a bottle of carbolic acid at the Union depot last night, and only the timely interference of Patrolman John Coughlin prevented her from accomplishing her act.
Attracted by the crowd that had gathered about the couple early in the evening, Coughlin forced his way up to them and ordered the disturbance to cease. For a time they were quiet, but several times again broke out in heated and spirited argument, each time drawing a crowd of curious onlookers.
Finally the woman drew the vial of acid from her handbag, opened it and was about to place it to her lips when the patrolman intercepted it. both the man and woman were taken to No. 2 police station. Neither would give their names, and Captain Ennis, after hearing both sides of the story, on the woman's promise of good behavior, allowed them to leave without being booked.
Labels: domestic violence, poison, police, Suicide, Union depot
June 26, 1909
CONSIGN GUNS TO FISHES.
Police Dump Confiscated Weapons
in the River.
A sale of all unclaimed articles left by prisoners at police headquarters will be held this afternoon at the Central police station. The list includes every sort of personal belongings, except revolvers.
All the "guns" left in the possession of the police by prisoners and unclaimed were dumped into the Missouri river from the middle of the Hannibal bridge last week. There were about fifty cheap revolvers in the lot.
Labels: Central station, guns, Hannibal bridge
June 26, 1909
PRISONERS SWELTER IN
On Men's Side Capacity is 112, and
Number of Inmates Is 131.
While the sun's rays sizzled down upon the roof of the Kansas City workhouse yesterday afternoon 131 men lay in cells, panting and sweltering. The cells on the men's side have equal space for fifty-six white men and the same number of negroes, the total capacity being 112. If there are more than that number there are no more bunks for them.
Instead of the men being divided equally, yesterday there were eighty-three white men and forty-eight negroes, making it necessary to place one-third of the white men with the negroes. The municipal farm at Leeds relieves the situation some. There are twenty men there, and if these were in the workhouse it would make living intolerable.
At this season of the year the workhouse is generally running "short-handed." The police, however, in the last month have been extraordinarily vigilant. Many commissions have expired, and more soon will expire, and the new board has announced that recommissioning the men will depend entirely on their records.
The women's department at the workhouse has accommodations for sixteen white and thirty-two negro women. This department, however, is not so crowded. Yesterday there were fifteen white and nineteen negro women prisoners.
The board of pardons and paroles relieved the situation some yesterday by paroling eleven men and two women, all but one of whom will be released today. One of the men will not be released until July 1, when certain conditions have been complied with.
Labels: Leeds, parole board, race, weather, workhouse
June 26, 1909
WALKED FROM PLEASANT HILL.
John Fleming, 18, Missing Since
John Fleming, the 18-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Fleming of 2404 Kensington avenue, who has been missing since last Monday, returned home last night at 8 o'clock, having walked the entire distance from Pleasant Hill, Mo.
He could not give a very connected account of his wanderings, saying that he thought his mind had been affected by the heat of the sun when he started out. He remembered that he had walked most of the way to Pleasant Hill. It was thought that he had some vague idea of visiting his aunt, who lives within nine miles of that town, but he did not arrive there. He was more lucid about the return trip.
Young Fleming was first sighted at Raytown, Mo., by friends of Mrs. Fleming, who telephoned to the mother. Others along the line of march also recognized him and telephoned to the home. A reunion was held last night at the home.
Labels: Kensington, missing, Pleasant Hill, Raytown
June 25, 1909
BLACK HAND LETTER A JOKE.
Boy Wanted to Keep Father Home
for Dinner July 4.
Dr. E. R. Tenney, police surgeon of Kansas City, Kas., yesterday received a letter purporting to come form the "Black Hand" Society. Unlike the ordinary threatening letters, no demand was made for money . The letter was mailed in Kansas City, Kas., and was signed with the regulation black hand and gruesome skull and crossbones. After warning the police surgeon of the dreadful fate in store for him in the event of his failure to observe the wishes of the society, he was commanded to stay at his home during the entire day of July 4, and on no occasion to venture outside of his own yard.
After consulting with the chief of police, Dr. Tenney concluded that the letter was meant as a practical joke. Later in the day it developed that the letter had been written by his son, Clifford, 11 years old. The boy had planned for a Fourth of July dinner to be given as a surprise for his father. Fearing from a conversation which he overheard that his father would not be at home, Clifford adopted heroic methods in an effort to detain him. Dr. Tenney will eat dinner at home on July 4.
Labels: black hand, children, doctors, holidays, Kansas City Kas
June 25, 1909
OCH LIKES KANSAS CITY.
Beautiful Beyond Belief, Says
New York Times Owner.
Adolphus Ochs, owner of the New York Times, was yesterday a guest in Kansas City at the Coates house. With Mr. Ochs was his wife and five members of his immediate family. They party is on the way to Seattle to the Yukon-Alaska exposition.
During the afternoon Mr. Ochs and his party were driven over the boulevards in automobiles. Speaking of his impressions, Mr. Ochs said that nowhere in the world was a duplicate or even a rival of the boulevard system of Kansas City.
"It is almost inconceivable and beautiful beyond belief," said he last night. The party departed for Seattle over the Santa Fe last night.
Labels: Coates house, New York, visitors
June 25, 1909
BOY'S PRAYER IS ANSWERED.
Supplication to St. Anthony Brings
Food to Hungry Child.
After being apparently abandoned in the Union depot for a day and a half and waiting thirty-four hours without a bite of food for a friend who had promised him that he would come, in the hour of his distress Sylvester Stark, 11 years old, had recourse in prayer. He breathed a supplication to St. Anthony, his patron saint since his confirmation, and his prayer was answered. A red capped depot usher came and took him to Mrs. Olive Everingham, the depot matron. To her he told his story and Mrs. Everingham, turning to some men nearby, said:
"Who'll pitch in to buy this boy a meal?"
"Come with me, sonny," said one of the bystanders and led Sylvester to a restaurant across the street.
Ham and eggs and side dishes were ordered. Sylvester consumed them all and then, contented as a hibernating bear, was bundled into a car and taken to the central police station where he was turned over to the matron and put to bed.
Sylvester lives at 2108 Market street, St. Louis. He is the only son of a widowed mother. In the winter he attends school and last summer he worked. This year a friend of his mother, Charles Ayers, who lives at Whitewater, Kas., invited the boy to pay him a visit. A week ago he sent the ticket and Sylvester came. There on his friend's stock farm he enjoyed himself, but his mother wrote that she was getting lonesome and he must go home. Mr. Ayres bought the boy a ticket to Kansas City and put him on the train, saying he would follow on a stock train and meet him yesterday morning in the women's waiting room at the Union depot.
"I got here at 9:45 o'clock Wednesday night," said the boy last night. "When night came I crawled beneath a bench and slept. When I woke up I was awfully hungry, but I was afraid to go out of the station because while I was gone Mr. Ayres might come and not find me. Then after a while I didn't feel hungry any more. I got a headache and I began to pray and then the man with the red hat came and got me. I think Mr. Ayres must have passed through the station and failed to find me. I'm sure he didn't forget about me."
Word was telegraphed to Ayres last night that the boy was safe.
Labels: children, depot matron, food, police matron, St Louis, Union depot, visitors
June 25, 1909
ADAM GOD TAKES AN APPEAL.
On Plea as Poor Person, Judge
Orders Evidence Transcribed.
James Sharp, or "Adam God," convicted in the criminal court for the murder of Michael Mullane, a patrolman, in the city hall riot December 8, 1908, and sentenced to twenty-five years in the penitentiary, filed an appeal to the supreme court yesterday. On his affidavit as a poor person, Judge Ralph S. Latshaw made an order that a transcript of the evidence taken at the trial be made for Sharp at the expense of the state.
It will no doubt be a year or more before the higher court passes on the case. Meanwhile Sharp will remain in jail here.
Labels: Adam God sect, jail, Judge Latshaw
June 25, 1909
KILLED BY A GUN HE
SAID WAS UNLOADED.
WILLIAM CLARK, 18, SHOT DEAD
Pistol in Hands of Younger Com-
paion, Whom He Told It Con-
tained No Cartridges, Just
William Clark, 18 years old of 2610 Lister avenue, was accidentally shot through the right eye by a playmate, and almost instantly killed, in the dooryard of Mrs. J. A. Avery at 2617 Lawn avenue at 8 o'clock last night.
"I did not know it was loaded," said Clem Burns, 14 years old, to his mother, Mrs. D. R. Webb, a moment later, as he threw the smoking revolver from him and burst into tears.
Clem lives with his mother and stepfather at 2625 Lawn, right next door to where the shooting occurred.
According to young Burns, the two boys, who were the best of friends, were sent by his mother to the grocery store of the Worries Bros. at Twenty-fourth street and Elmwood avenue for a box of matches. Before leaving the house Clark drew aside his coat and showed his companion that he had a cheap 38-caliber revolver in each hip pocket.
"He told me one of them was empty but that the other had one load in it," Clem told the police last night. "I asked him why he had the guns and he said he had been trying to kill a cat which had been killing chickens belonging to Mrs. Avery.
"As he turned to lead the way to the grocery I reached under his coat tails and got a revolver.
SAID WEAPON WASN'T LOADED.
" 'Oh, now I've got your revolver and I am as big a man as you are,' I said, but he laughed at me and replied:
" 'You're not so big as you think you are; that gun isn't loaded.'
"I began snapping the revolver at him at that. He didn't wince and I snapped three times. Suddenly there was an explosion from the weapon.
"William sank down on the lawn. I knew at once what I had done and called to my mother:
" 'Oh, mother,' I cried, 'I've killed Willie.' Then I threw away the gun. I don't know why I did this, but I wanted to get the nasty thing away and out of my hands as quick as I could."
The boy's cries and protestations of innocence of any intent to commit murder as he was taken to No. 6 police station after the accident brought tears of sympathy to the eyes of neighbors, many of whom had known both boys for several years.
Ray Hodgson of 2608 Lawn, who was the only person besides Clem who saw the shooting, says he saw the two boys playing about Mrs. Avery's yard.
"They were always good boys, but full of pranks," said Mr. Hodgson. "However, Clark had a mania for carrying guns. He was seldom seen without one or more. Ususally the weapons were the kind which policemen call 'pot metal.' "
The story of the shooting told by Mr. Hodgson agrees in every particular with that given by the boy himself.
Young Clark was an orphan and lived at the house on Lister avenue with G. M. and J. P. Farnswowrth, brothers, for four years past. As the Farnsworths are unmarried and have work to do in the daytime, and Clark was out of a job, he was allowed to keep up the home in the way of a general housekeeper.
Labels: accident, children, Elmwood avenue, grocers, guns, Lawn avenue, Lister avenue, No 6 police station, orphans, Twenty-fourth street
June 24, 1909
CONDEMNED NEGRO BAPTIZED.
Colored Women in Jail Sang During
Claud Brooks, the negro now in a death cell in the county jail awaiting execution June 30 for the murder of Sidney Herndon, was baptized yesterday by the Rev. J. W. Hurse of St. Stephen's Baptist church. Three negro women, who are prisoners at the jail, sang while the ceremony was going on. The cell of Brooks is on the women's side of the jail.
Labels: death penalty, jail, ministers, music, race
June 24, 1909
PREACHER'S WIFE NOW
IS A FAMOUS SINGER.
MRS. J. V. VON HERRLICH WINS
HONORS IN ITALY.
Good Fairies in Forms of Kindly
Bishop and Celebrated Singing
Master Help Woman to
Hard fought battles, which resulted in many strainings of the heart-strings, have won at last fame and fortune for a former Kansas City girl. Mr. J. F. Von Herrlich, who made a splendid success of her debut in grand opera at Milan, Italy, a few weeks ago, and who, at her very first song as Violetta in "La Traviata," took her Italian audience by storm. But in order to make this wonderful success Mrs. Von Herrlich was forced to leave her home, her children, her husband and native land. The leaving was not made as easy for her as it might have been, and it was not without many misgivings that the young woman, now only 26 years of age, left her family and home ties four years ago to begin her vocal studies in Paris. The story of her studies and her final triumph reads like a fairy tale, with a bishop and the famous Puccini as the good fairies, who entered into the life of the ambitious young woman.
MRS. MATILDA VON HERRLICH.
CHOIR SINGER AT 10.
Born in St. Louis, Mo., Matilda Hossfeld was taken to Wichita, Kas., at the age of 10 years. There she entered the schools and her life was just that which usually befalls the school girl. She had a voice, a rich voice, but no one dreamed of the vast possibilities that were in store for her. She used her rich voice at the early age of 10 years, being wonderfully matured at that time, and within a few years she became the director of the choir at St. John's church in Wichita. Meanwhile she was attending high school in the town.
About this time Cupid crept into the game and caused the Rev. J. F. Von Herrlich, rector of the church, to be present at one of the choir rehearsals. He fell in love with Miss Hossfeld. The two were married when the girl was 17 years old. The husband saw only a few of the possibilities which might be developed by her voice; saw her and to him as a rector, in her beautiful singing of the hymnals from the old English masters, and soon he secured a charge in Kansas City, as Wichita offered few opportunities for vocal culture.
ATTRACTED CROWDS TO CHURCH.
Shortly after their wedding, the couple came to Kansas City and lived at 726 Washington street. Mr. Von Herrlich was the pastor of St. Paul's Episcopal church in Kansas City, Kas. His wife was taught the use of her voice by Professor Farley. Still, she used it only for the rendition of the cloistral hymns and great crowds were attracted to St. Paul's church. Charity recitals were given and the gifted young woman sang at many of them, always for the good of the church. Finally the rector was called to New York. In that metropolis larger opportunities presented themselves, and the future prima donna took advantage of a few of them.
Fate willed it that someone who really knew music and who really understood what the world of art would miss if Mrs. Von Herrlich remained only in church choirs, suggested that she train her voice for grand opera. The idea was fascinating and foolish all at once. She, the wife of a minister, to go upon the stage? She would not tolerate it.
Yet the good was done. The word had been spoken and the seed was sown. She told her husband of the conversation she had with the music lover, and he almost rebuked her for entertaining the idea.
"No, you would do far better by remaining in the choir and singing at charity recitals. The magnificent anthems of the great old masters are enough for you and it is work for God. You must either work for God or for the world. If you go upon the stage it must be for the world."
GOOD ADVICE FROM BISHOP.
The rector's wife, the tiny spark of ambition bursting into a sudden flame, argued with him that it was art, not fame or glory on this earth, that she cared for, but the husband was obdurate.
The fairy tale nearly came unto an end, but another and others heard her beautiful voice and urged her on to grand opera and art. Giving way to the importunities of those friends whom she met in her work, the rector's wife went to the bishop of her diocese and put the case to him.
"My dear, if you feel that you should go upon the stage with your voice, by all means go," responded the bishop. "You will be working for God by your singing. You will be working for Him when you fill people's hearts with the poetry and the good things of life. It is not wrong for you to go, it is a great right."
The rector's wife hurried home to her husband. She had a bishop's decision now and what was a curate beside a bishop? And so the husband consented. Within a few months she had sent her two children, Harold, 4, and Hilda, 6 years old, to her sister Hilda in Kansas City, and had set sail for Europe.
For a year she studied under Madame Marchesi and her advancement under such tutelage was exceedingly rapid. But it was not fast enough for the homesick woman, who longed to see her children and her husband.
BECOMES PUCCINI'S PUPIL.
It so happened that the Baroness Prepossiki heard her singing, and became enraptured. The baroness called upon the young woman and urged her to leave Paris and travel with her.
It was during these travels with the baroness that the second good fairy entered and made it possible for all Italy to listen to the voice of the little Western girl from America. This second good fairy was the famous singing master, Puccini.
Matilda Hossfeld Von Herrlich sang for Puccini and Puccini forthwith made her his protege. For three years Mrs. Von Herrlich lived in the home of Puccini as one of the family and the great master gave her his best efforts and made her what the Italian critics call the greatest of the prima donnas.
The name of Puccini and his training caused a large audience to greet the foreign prima donna upon the evening of her debut in Milan, and she was accorded the greatest ovation ever received by a singer upon the stage at Milan. For days the Italian papers were filled with praise for her and her singing. She was cartooned, her pictures appeared in all of the papers of the country, and she was named the "Most Beautiful Madonna."
PRETTIEST GIRL IN WICHITA.
All this was for the girl who was born to William Hossfeld and his wife, Augusta Weinreich Hossfeld, in St. Louis, twenty-six years ago. The mother is dead, having died the year of her daughter's marriage, but her father is living and is at his home, 2614 East Fifth street. He and his daughter, Hilda, younger than Matilda, are taking care of the children.
While living in Wichita and when she was yet unmarried, Miss Hossfeld was voted the prettiest girl in the city. Rival artists and photographers went to her in order to urge her to pose for pictures which might be exhibited at certain exhibitions. Besides that one little happening, and the romance of her marriage, Matilda Hossfeld Von Herrlich's life had been uneventful until the day she held the conference with the good bishop of New York.
Her marriage to the rector of St. John's church in Wichita was surprise to all of her friends, as the rector was many years her senior. Her parents alone knew that the marriage was to take place and the two were married by Archbishop Watkins. Mrs. Von Herrlich is now in Milan.
Labels: churches, history, marriage, ministers, music, New York, St Louis, Wichita, women
June 24, 1909
MAKE ROADS OF CORAL.
Gen. Garcia, Cuban Minister, Tells
of Island's Excellent Highways.
General Carlos Garcia-Velez, minister from Cuba to the United States, who is in Kansas City to promote a reciprocity sentiment in the West, said last night that Cuba boasted of more than 1,300 miles of the most excellent macadam roads in the world.
"We use crushed coral in our roads in Cuba," said he, "and there is no better medium for road building known. It is practically impervious to water, and when rolled smooth preserves for many years its continuity. Our government has expended $15,000,000 in the past three years in this kind of improvement, and will continue until we have a perfect system of roads.
General Garcia and Colonel Charles Hernandez, who is also in the Cuban government service, will go to Fort Leavenworth today, as guests of Brigadier General Frederick Funston. General Funston was in the Cuban service before he entered the army of the United States.
Labels: Leavenworth, visitors
June 24, 1909
WANT A MILE OF QUARTERS.
Masons Solicit for New Home.
A unique collection ins being made by Mason just now, who have set about raising funds for building and furnishing a new temple at Ninth and Harrison streets.
Strips of perforated card have been sent to the places of business of all members, on which are places for twelve coins, and printed on them the legend: "We Want One Mile of Quarters."
There are places for twelve silver quarters on each one foot strip. when the mile of quarters is measured up it will be found to contain $15,840.
Labels: Harrison street, lodges, Ninth street
June 24, 1909
INDEPENDENCE PAPER SOLD.
W. N. Southern, Sr., Transfers In-
terests in Property to E. C. Gordon.
The sale of the Independence Sentinel took place yesterday. W. N. Southern, Sr., disposing of his interests in the paper to E. C. Gordon of Kansas City, Kas. Mr. Southern has been editor of the Sentinel for the past twenty years, but ill health caused him to retire.
"I will remain out of the newspaper business," said Mr. Southern yesterday, "until I recover my health. Worry and anxiety of business interests have undermined my general health until I was naturally forced to quit, and I feel better already."
Labels: Independence, newspapers
June 23, 1909
THIS DOG SMOKES CIGARS.
"Hutch" Has Only Two Legs and
Walks Like a Man.
Visitors at the Union depot last night witnessed a strange sight of a dog born without forelegs, walking about the waiting room on his hindlegs, standing upright like human beings. The dog was the property of George Hicks, a cigar manufacturer of Hutchinson, Kas.
"Hutch," as the dog is called, was brought to Kansas City to "consult" with a specialist about an illness with which he is afflicted. He was still under the doctor's care when he appeared at the depot last night. Hicks dresses his pet in a coat and trousers, so that he presents an odd spectacle as he prances around at the beck and call of his master.
One of the chief accomplishments of "Hutch" is the manner in which he smokes a cigar. Hicks declares the dog will not smoke any but his own brands.
"No amount of money could tempt me to part from old 'Hutch'," said the owner last night, when asked what price he would take for the dog.
Labels: animals, cigars, Union depot, visitors
June 23, 1909
HERE TO PROMOTE
CUBAN MINISTER IS TOURING
Only a matter of Freight Rates and
Facilities, He Says, Prevents
Cheaper Fruit and
In the interest of Cuba, and to promote Cuban reciprocity sentiment in the West, General Carlos Garcia Velez, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to the United States from Cuba, will make an extensive tour of the Western states, visiting all of the larger cities and the various chambers of commerce.
General Garcia said yesterday at the Hotel Baltimore that his principal object was to get in touch with the merchants and manufacturers of the West, and to interest them in Cuba and her possibilities, and by increasing business, to strengthen the already friendly relations between Cuba and this country.
"We want better freight conditions and facilities," said he. "It is our belief that we can reach the Western states with as great facilities as we now enjoy in the East, that it will be for the mutual benefit of both countries. For instance, we raise one of the largest crops of pineapples of any country in the world. Our pineapples are ready for the market at times when other producers cannot get them to ship. If we could get the rates there is no reason in the world why Cuban pineapples could not sell in Western markets for as low a price as 3 cents a piece.
"Then there are our tobacco and cigars. I had trouble today in finding some of the best grades of our cigars in Kansas City. In New York it is easy to find them
"Statistics show that in the United States there is used annually 1,600,000 tons of sugar. I do not know that there is a refinery in this section of the country. But there is need of one. Cuba will produce 1,400,000 tons of cane sugar this year. We need but a small portion of this amount for our own consumption. Sugar in the United States could be sold cheaper if we had the transportation facilities necessary in the west. It is the same with other products of our country.
"Most of our products are marketable when the season is over. We could ship new potatoes when there was not a new potato to be found in the United States, unless in the extreme southwest. Bananas are plentiful with us when they are scarce and dear in this country.
General Garcia is the eldest son of General Calixto Garcia, to whom was written the famous "message." He was his father's chief of staff, has been a minister to Mexico and since his graduation from an American college has been attached to the consular and diplomatic service of his country.
His brother is Justo Garcia Velez, is the present secretary of state of Cuba. The general will remain in Kansas City several days.
Labels: cigars, food, Hotel Baltimore, tobacco, visitors
June 23, 1909
"I'LL FIX YOU" COST $500.
Angry Father Threatened His Son
in the Municipal Court.
When Raymond Agill was fined $50 in the municipal court yesterday morning for mistreating his wife, he shook his fist at his 12-year-old son, who was a witness for his mother.
"I'll fix you when I get out," he declared.
When Judge Kyle heard the remark, he increased the fine to $500, and in default of payment the man was sent to the workhouse.
Labels: domestic violence, Judge Kyle, police court, workhouse
June 23, 1909
AGED MAN'S SEARCH FOR SON.
Blind and Partially Deaf, G. E.
Keller Fails to Locate Him.
When G. E. Keller, 88 years old, blind and partially deaf, arrived in the Union depot yesterday morning, having come to Kansas City in quest of his son, Charles Keller, whom he believes to be ill and out of money, he did not know his address and a search through the directory failed to show the name. Mr. Keller came here from the state of Washington.
A letter received from the son a few weeks ago told of his illness and an operation. The boy was then living in a rooming house, and funds were sent to him at the time. The aged father lost the letter giving the son's address.
Mrs. Ollie Everingham, depot matron, asked the police to aid in the search for the boy, but at a late hour last night he had not been found.
The old man was made comfortable at the depot, where he spent the night.
Labels: depot matron, hearing impaired, missing, Seniors, Union depot, visitors, visual impairment
June 23, 1909
GIRL STRUCK BY LIGHTNING.
Miss Jenny B. Haug, Knocked to
Miss Jenny B. Haug, 1615 Wyandotte street, Kansas City, Mo., was rendered unconscious early yesterday morning by a bolt of lightning, which tore away a section of the wall near which she was standing. A light pan which she was holding was torn from her grasp, and her entire right side seemed paralyzed. Although able to talk last night, she was still suffering greatly from the shock. Dr. George F. Berry, who was called, said last night that the right hand and foot was pulled backward in a strained position, and that the patient was in a highly nervous state. Miss Haug's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Haug, live at 2707 North Eighth street, Kansas City, Kas.
Labels: accident, doctors, Kansas City Kas, weather, Wyandotte street
June 22, 1909
MAJOR J. M. HADLEY IS DEAD.
Father of Missouri Governor Long
a Prominent Citizen of John-
son County, Kas.
DE SOTO, KAS., June 21. -- Major John M. Hadley, father of Governor H. S. Hadley of Missouri, died here at 2:35 o'clock this afternoon from the effects of a stroke of apoplexy which he suffered June 9. For several days he had lain in an unconscious condition, and the end came quietly. His son and daughter, Mrs. J. W. Lyman, came yesterday and were with their father to last night.
The funeral services, conducted by Rev. W. J. Mitchell, pastor of the M. E. church at this place, an old soldier and personal friend, will be held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Snyder at 1:30 o'clock Tuesday afternoon, after which the body will be taken to Olathe and interment made in the family lot.
The active pallbearers here will be Dr. W. M. Marcks, B. S. Taylor, C. S. Becroft, Zimri Gardner, C. K. Dow and B. F. Snyder. At Olathe they will be chosen from the Masonic lodge.
The G. A. R. and the Masonic orders, both of which Major Hadley was an active member, will have charge of the services at Olathe. The honorary pallbearers at Olathe will be Colonel Conover of Kansas City, Major I. O. Pickering, Colonel J. T. Burris, J. T. Little of Olathe, Frank R. Obb and William Pellet of Olathe, all of whom have been personal friends.
The governor reached Kansas City from the capital on a special train Sunday, after receiving word of the critical condition of his father. He was met at the station by a motor car, and made the remainder of the trip to De Soto overland, arriving at the bedside of his father at 1:30 Sunday afternoon.
The elder Hadley was one of the most prominent citizens of De Soto, president of the De Soto State Bank., and connected with many of the institutions of Johnson county, of which he was a pioneer resident.
Major Hadley located at Shawnee Mission in 1855. In October, 1861, he enlisted in the Eighth Kansas Infantry, being rapidly promoted to the rank of second lieutenant, in which capacity he served for fifteen months.
He was later made lieutenant and then captain of the Ninth Kansas Cavalry, and in May, 1865, was promoted to the rank of major, which title clung to him until death. At the close of the war Major Hadley was elected sheriff of Johnson county and served until 1870, when he was made clerk of the district court. He was also head of the extensive flouring mills at De Soto. In 1877 Major Hadley represented his district in the state assembly as senator, being re-elected in 1879.
He was one of the largest land owners in Johnson county. Mrs. Hadley died in 1875.
EXECUTIVE OFFICES CLOSED.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO., June 21. -- Acting Governor Humphreys said tonight that as a mark of respect to the governor whose father, Major John M. Hadley, died at De Soto, Kas., this afternoon, the governor's office and those departments in the state house grounds which come under the appointment of the governor would be closed tomorrow. This, he said, was as far as he would go, and that he was governed by the governor's wish in the matter, having talked with him by telephone.
No formal proclamation will be issued, however, as Major Hadley was not a resident of the state.
Labels: banking, Civil War, death, Funeral, Herbert Hadley, history, Johnson county, lodges, ministers, Olathe, Shawnee, Shawnee Mission, veterans
June 22, 1909
SKELETON IN CELLAR OF
OLD OCCIDENTAL HOTEL.
Workmen Uncover Gruesome Relic
Under Building Historic in
Kansas City's Early Days.
A ghastly relic of some unknown or long forgotten crime, part of a human skull which apparently had lain in the debris for years, was uncovered Saturday by workmen excavating for the foundation of a scaffolding in the basement of the old Occidental hotel at Fifth and Bluff streets.
Yesterday other parts of the skeleton were found. The police believe that the trash and cinders cover a crime committed so many years ago that the mystery will never be unraveled.
The Occidental hotel long was one of the principal hostelries of the North end. With the departure of the business district from that section of the city the building had developed into a rooming house of indifferent character. Many robberies and other crimes were reported from the old rookery, and under pressure of the public sentiment the place was finally closed.
Last week the owner engaged carpenters to remodel it. Daylight penetrated the basement for the first time since the building was erected when a carpenter tore open the overhead flooring. As he dug into the trash with a shovel, he uncovered the lower jaw of a human skull.
"None of it in mine," he said, as he climbed to the floor above.
The firemen of No. 6 station, directly around the corner, took possession of the bone and exhibited it to all visitors. Yesterday it was turned over to the police department, along with several fragments of human ribs which were uncovered late yesterday afternoon. Dr. Fred Kryger and Dr. J. W. Hayward, who examined the bones, said that they were probably buried ten years ago. The jaw bone would indicate that the skeleton is that of a man who was probably 25 years old at death for the wisdom teeth had barely pushed through the bone.
The bones were found in the south-east corner of the cellar on top of a pile of cinders. From the slope of the debris it is believed that the cinders had been thrown in to the cellar from an outside window which has long been choked by debris. The outside of the window can be seen from the inside.
The police have not yet decided whether the body was carried into the cellar from the floor above or whether the bones were shoveled through the open window after the crime had been committed. The cellar will be searched today.
Labels: Bluff street, doctors, Fifth street, Fire, history, hotels, murder, police
June 22, 1909
'MARIOUCHE' PREVENTS PANIC.
When Singer Warbled It Excited
Theater Patrons Became Quiet.
The sudden combustion of films at the moving picture show in the Majestic theater between Eleventh and Twelfth streets on Walnut street at 10 o'clock last night nearly caused a panic in the gallery, where many voices took up the cry of "fire."
The moving picture machine, together with its inflammable films, is protected by a fire-proof booth, but the "newsies" in the gallery did not know this. As they began to leave their seats the management realized something must be done. It was the stage managers who saw a way out.
Seizing Harry Kirschbaum, who is a health officer at the city hall in the day time and a singer at the theater during the evening, he fairly hurled him down the aisle to the front of the house and bade him sing.
"Give us something brisk," he commanded in a hoarse whisper.
Without waiting for the piano the singer began the opening stanza of "Could you be true to a nice young blonde, if you loved a sweet brunette?"
Still the boys in the gallery kept up their alarming cries and the singer changed his tune to "Waltz me around again, Willie" and then to "Mariouche," the Coney Island song.
As the strains of the semi-oriental piece swung out over the gallery there was a gentle rustle as the crowd reseated itself and when the fire department arrived a moment later there was not a semblance of excitement in the house.
Labels: Fire, moving pictures, music, theater
June 21, 1909
HE LIKES ICE CREAM SODA.
Maurice Denaiffe Enjoying First
Experience With Iced Drinks.
When Maurice Denaiffe came to America from France several weeks ago he had never tasted the ice cream soda, the nut sundae or the seltzer lemonade. Neither had he partaken of the delicious watermelon nor known corn on the cob. He was a guest at the Hotel Baltimore yesterday and declared that now he is "crazy" about them.
"I do not care so much for the sweet corn," said he, "nor am I overzealous in praise of the famous watermelon, but the ice cream soda -- ah! that is where my words fail to find adequate expression for so exquisite a delicacy. It is grand, delicious, supreme; it is the pleasure par excellence."
M. Denaiffe is in America studying the manner and method of growing beans and peas. He is the junior member of the French firm of Denaiffe & Son, which for years has been engaged in raising garden and flower seed.
At Carignan, France, the firm owns a farm of more that 5,000 acres which is devoted exclusively to the culture and production of seed. According to M. Denaiffe, France furnishes the United States with nearly three-fourths of all the garden and flower seed used.
M. Denaiffe says he is favorably impressed with America and the people here.
"Next to France," he asserted, "America has more pretty girls and beautiful women than any European country. They are much superior to the women of England or Germany.
Labels: food, Hotel Baltimore, visitors
June 21, 1909
MARKS CALLED A BLUFF.
Invaded an Italian Saloon Where
He Had Been Threatened.
A few nights ago a carpenter, a citizen of Armourdale, Kas., strayed into an Italian saloon in West Fifth street. While there, he said he overheard the bartender and others talking of Commissioner Thomas R. Marks. Dire threats, even to cutting the commissioner's throat, or decapitating him, he claims, were made.
Believing he would do a service in warning the police of what he he heard, the carpenter went to police headquarters and told his story. While he was telling it, Mr. Marks came in and was called to hear what was said to be in store for him.
Suddenly Mr. Marks left the station. He knew the location of the saloon where the threats were said to have been made, and he went there.
"My name is Thomas R. Marks, one of the police commissioners of Kansas City," witnesses report him as saying. "I hear that someone over here is going to cut my throat or cut my head off before I reach the city hall tomorrow. Here I am and you may as well begin now."
Mr. Marks was so mad that for once he is reported to have used adjectives not in the dictionary.
"Notta me," said the man behind the bar. "Me say notta da word bout you, Mr. Commisinia de Marka. You doa one granda work. Me tink you one granda da man, good as Garibaldi or Georga de Wash. You come one wrong place; we all for Mr. Commisha de Marka."
About this time a customer arrived in the saloon, and, not knowing was was on, ordered a glass of beer. The man behind the bar, still lauding Mr. Marks, turned to draw the beer.
"Don't you turn your back on me, you stiletto-sticking, black-handed rascal," ordered the police commissioner.
The frightened Italian wheeled about with more profuse apologies, saying Mr. Marks was a greater man than "Mayor de Crit or Presidenta da Taffa."
After satisfying himself that all within his hearing had been thoroughly subdued and that no more threats would come from such a source, Mr. Marks strode from the trembling bunch of dark-eyed foreigners and went back to police headquarters. His venture was regarded as foolhardy by the police, none of whom he asked to accompany him. The police say, however, that the proprietor of that saloon now cannot have too much praise for "Mr. Commisha de Marka."
Labels: Armourdale, Commissioner Marks, immigrants, police, police headquarters, saloon
June 21, 1909
HARRY STEMPLMAN MARRIES.
Banquet and Ball Follows Ceremony
at Colonial Hall.
Mr. Harry Stemplman of Kansas City and Miss Annie Eisberg were married last night at Colonial hall.
The bride was attended by members of her immediate family and the groom by his youngest brother, they all standing under the improvised canopy which Jewish customs prescribe, while Rabbi Isidore Koplowitz read and chanted the marriage ceremony.
The the wedding cup was passed and the banquet begun . Despite the heat of the evening seventy-five couples swung out upon the floor of the Colonial hall and danced.
The groom is the son of Ben Stemplman and had lived at 1717 Campbell street. He and his bride will make the Savoy hotel their home for the immediate present.
Labels: Campbell street, Jews, ministers, Savoy, wedding
June 21, 1909
RESTORED TO LIFE
STARTLING RESULTS IN SERIES
Scientific World Profits Through
the Research of a Former Kan-
sas City Physician, Dr.
An article in the last issue of the Medical Record calling attention to a remarkable series of experiments upon human beings in New York city whereby seventeen persons whose heart action had stopped, were resuscitated by manipulating the heart with the hand to induce artificial contraction of the ventricles, recalls to physicians that the incept of the idea at the bottom of this experiment is due to Dr. Thomas Bennet of New York, who performed the same experiment upon a hog while in this city twelve years ago.
Dr. Bennet, who was at that time professor of anesthetics in the University Medical college, was one of the first men to specialize in this branch of science. He is now ranked as one of the leading anesthetists in the world and is head of that department in the Roosevelt hospital, New York city.
EXPERIMENTED ON ANIMALS.
When he was a practitioner here, Dr. Bennet was on the visiting staff of St. Margaret's hospital, Kansas city, Kas. The problem of prolonging life by applications to the heart interested him and he performed several minor experiments upon small animals, which convinced him that the correct method to induce normal heart action was to massage the upper portion of the thoracic cavity so as to induce contractions at the same rate at which the heart usually works. In order to test this idea he procured a hog after some difficulty, killed it, and then after heart action had ceased for several seconds, made an incision in the left breast, inserted his hand and massaged the heart rythmatically. After a few seconds the animal respired and showed other signs of life. Shortly after this Dr. Bennet announced his intention to specialize in the field of anesthetics and has since followed the fruitful field of inquiry which he opened up.
BROUGHT BACK TO LIFE.
Four years ago an experiment of the same kind was performed by leading Jackson county surgeons upon a dog in the clinic of the University Medical college. In this case it was four minutes after heart action had ceased that the incision was made and artificial action of the ventricles induced. The animal was brought back to life, but as soon as the pumping with the hand ceased the body became lifeless again.
Similar experiments have been performed at Johns Hopkins university in the last decade, but none of them antedate Dr. Bennet's experiment with the hog at St. Margaret's hospital. Although his experiment was not a complete success, his friends claim that he conceived the idea before any others.
The Medical Record declares that nine of the persons who were resuscitated in this manner in the New York hospitals recently are still living, and that seventeen of the forty-five operated upon after heart action had ceased were brought back temporarily, at least. In the New York experiments not only is artificial heart action brought about by inserting the hand into the breast and massaging the upper half of the organ, but artificial respiration is induced and the other parts of the body are moved by the surgeons at the same time.
To what extent these experiments may be carried, local physicians are unwilling to venture an opinion.
Labels: doctors, hospitals, Kansas City Kas, New York, University hospital
June 20, 1909
WHEN 'LUCKY NUMBER'
TOM DAVIS WAS BOSS.
WITH "ANDY" FOLEY WAS A
POWER IN POLITICS.
Old-Time Czar of Ninth Ward, Who
Helped Make Political His-
tory in Kansas City,
THE LATE "TOM" DAVIS.
"Big Tom" Davis, for more than twenty years proprietor of the "Lucky Number" saloon, 1711 Grand avenue, and Democratic boss of the Ninth ward, died of liver complaint at his home, 517 East Seventeenth street, at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
With the passing of "Andy" Foley of the Second ward, twelve years ago, the number of Kansas City's old-time Democratic ward bosses was limited to two, and now there are none worthy of the name left in the city. Davis's sway in the territory immediately surrounding his place, near Seventeenth and Grand avenue, was, however, just as strong at the time of his death as at any previous time, according to his admirers. Should he have bolted his party at any time in his career, they say, the Ninth ward would have become staunchly Republican.
Thomas Jefferson Davis was born in Alliance, O., fifty-five years ago. At 18 years of age he became a fireman on a locomotive and later an engineer. With Andrew Foley, now dead, former councilman from the Second ward, and Charles A. Millman, former member of the state legislature, he came to Kansas City about May 1, 1883. Millman alone survives.
YELLED COWHERD INTO OFFICE.
"Davis made his debut in ward politics in 1892 in rather a unique manner," said Mr. Millman last night.
"It was the time Henry J. Latshaw was running for nomination against William Cowherd, Thomas Corrigan, now dead, backing the former and Bernard Corrigan, president of the Metropolitan Street Railway Company, pulling private wires for the latter.
"The Ninth ward was in the hands of William Abel, a druggist, one time alderman, and had been for years, and it was understood that Abel was going to throw all his influence to Latshaw. On the night before the primaries the Cowherd faction was desperate and a hurried consultation was called among the leaders.
"Finally a deputation, comprised of Frank Rozzelle, after city counselor under Cowherd, and George Hale, chief of the fire department, visited his saloon.
"You are the last hope we have," explained Rozzelle. 'We have come to ask you if you can't help us lick Latshaw in the Ninth.'
" 'I can carry the nomination either way,' replied Davis. 'Only give me a short talk with "Andy" Foley.'
"Nominations were made by 'mob primaries' then, and the crowd that could holler the loudest won viva voce, and there was no appeal provided by the rules after the decision was made.
"At the time for the primaries the next day, a dozen or more moving vans came to the convention loaded with Foley's followers in the North End and Davis's particular crowd from the Ninth ward. The instructions were 'Yell like the devil.' Cowherd owed his nomination as well as his subsequent election to Davis. Likewise the power of William Abel was permanently wrested from him, and Joe Shannon became the czar of the Democrats in the Ninth ward."
Stories of Davis's zeal in advertising his saloon display has character in a different light than those relating to his political moves. It is said that every farmer boy in Jackson county knew of the big saloonkeeper twenty years ago, even though they never tasted his wares.
GANZHORN LOST WHISKERS.
One of his favorite pastimes was to purchase live rabbits, ground hogs, badgers and foxes from the farmer youths, and either put them on exhibition at his place or advertise a hunt and turn them loose in front of a pack of hounds on Grand avenue. For the latter amusement he invariably was arrested, but always paid his fine cheerfully and then seemingly forgot the incident.
Years ago when a former justice, now dead, grew tired of the single life he took his troubles to Tom Davis and was advised by "Tom" to have the vows proclaimed while standing with his bride on a table in the rear of his saloon. His idea in giving the judge this advice is not known, but his best friends say it was another advertising scheme brought to a successful conclusion by the overwhelming eloquence with which the saloonkeeper always presented his ideas.
Later when Davis learned that the bride had taken an aversion to the judge's long beard and mustache he sent for his client and advised him to have them cut and sold at auction at his saloon. This, too, was done, and a vast crowd witnessed the sale and shearing while ten bartenders hired for one day tried to take care of the enlivened trade.
Mr. Davis died after an illness of three months at his residence. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. Emma Davis, four brothers and a sister, living in Ohio. He leaves an estate already converted for the most part into cash valued at about $30,000. No arrangements for the funeral have been made.
Labels: auction, Commissioner Rozzelle, death, druggists, Grand avenue, Judge Latshaw, North end, politics, Seventeenth street
June 20, 1909
LEAVES THE POLICE FORCE.
Wm. Long, Jailer at Headquarters,
Becomes Hotel Detective.
After more than a dozen years on the police department, William Long, the jailer at police headquarters, resigned yesterday to take a position at the Hotel Baltimore as night house officer. He will serve under H. W. Hammil, former lieutenant in the police department, who resigned to go with the hotel about three months ago.
Long was sent to the "woods" with others who thought that Hayes should have been retained as chief. He was moved back to headquarters five months ago.
Labels: employment, Hotel Baltimore, jail, Lieutenant H. W. Hammil, police, police headquarters
June 20, 1909
PICKPOCKETS WERE BUSY.
List of Friday Night's Victims Re-
ported to Police.
Petty thieves and pickpockets were unusually busy Friday night and many robberies were reported to the police. In most cases, cash was taken. This list follows:
E. M. Dallas, 1026 Union avenue, lost diamond stud valued at $100 on Minnesota avenue car.
R. J. Nye's saloon, 1934 Grand avenue, cash register opened and $50 taken.
Miss Olive McCoy, 1035 Penn street, had pocketbook containing $30 stolen from her desk in the Great Western Life Insurance office.
Paul Witworth, 1111 East Eighth street, $40 taken from dresser drawer.
Samuel Levin, 1008 East Thirty-first street; dye works entered and $200 worth of clothes taken.
George Hayes, 1818 Oak street reported that he was slugged and robbed of $21 at Eighteenth and mcGee streets.
Floyd Swenson, 1810 Benton boulevard, reported that his residence was entered and money and jewelry aggregating $150 was taken.
Labels: Benton boulevard, crime, Eighth street, Grand avenue, Oak street, Penn street, Thirty-first street, Union avenue
June 20, 1909
CITY'S PRIZE BEAUTY SPOT.
Wilbur Morgan Says Park on Bluffs
Offers Prettiest View.
Searching for beauty spots is the fad of Wilbur Morgan of the Interstate Motor Car Company. Last week, after exploring the pretty places of the city for several months in his car, Mr. Morgan found what he considers the most perfect viewpoint in the town.
It is the little park about 100 feet square on top of the bluff and just west of the entrance to the Cliff drive, close to Garfield avenue. There is a drive, and an arbor of climbing roses, beneath which one may sit. The view embraces the East Bottoms, most of Kansas City, Kas., the river and the intercity viaduct.
By night, when the city is lit up, the view is particularly beautiful and the small park is the rendezvous for any people in the neighborhood. It has no official title on the map, being merely a part of North Terrace park, an ambiguous term applied to the whole bluff. Mr. Morgan says that the view to be obtained from that point is the most beautiful around Kansas City, and he doesn't own any real estate in that neighborhood, either.
Labels: automobiles, Cliff drive, Garfield avenue
June 19, 1909
SCHOOLROOM DOORS CLOSED.
Last Day of School Is Welcomed by
34,000 Boys and Girls.
The end of the long trail for the school children came yesterday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock when the final grade cards were issued to some 14,000 boys and girls, in accordance with the custom in Kansas City, all of the schools held commencement exercises and the last of these were concluded yesterday afternoon.
The school rooms all over the city have been closed and their doors will swing open only to let the janitor and repairer into the buildings until next September. The small boy can now pass the big brick building without even a glance toward it, and within a few more weeks he will have forgotten, momentarily, the thraldom of the past ten months.
The school year has been a very successful one from the point of view of the board of education. The number of graduates in all of the schools is 1,716, and the year's enrollment is an increase over that of the preceding year.
Labels: children, schools
July 19, 1909
WALKED FROM WASHINGTON.
Atwell J. Cross, 69, Dividing Honors
With Edward Payson Weston.
Edward Payson Weston isn't the only aged pedestrian who can break records. Atwell J. Cross, 69 years old, soldier and prospector,arrived in Kansas City yesterday in excellent condition after a little walk from Washington, D. C., whence he started May 6. He walked every foot of the way except a short trip by railway between Springfield and Quincy, Ill., when he was sick, and wished to go to a hospital in Quincy. Cross is on his way to Denver, where he has a mining claim.
He started from the capital with the intention of making twenty-five miles a day, but when he reached Zanesvile, O., he discovered that he had averaged 35 11/13 miles. After that the roads grew worse, and his average slumped. He was put back four days by sickness at Quincy. He expects to leave here today.
Cross, as a boy, was one of the gold seekers who rushed to California in 1849. During the civil war he was first a member of the Nineteenth Maine infantry, but was wounded in the leg at Gettysburg and discharged. He afterward re-enlisted in the Seventeenth Massachusetts infantry, and finished the war with that regiment. All his life he has been a prospector or engaged in some outdoor employment.
Cross supports himself by selling shoe laces in the towns where he stops. He is a single man and has no near relatives living.
Labels: California, visitors
June 19, 1909
GREENWOOD DOESN'T LIKE IT.
No Money, School Superintendent
Says, for New High School.
The idea of a new high school to be located in the northeast part of the city does not appeal favorably to Superintendent J. M. Greenwood. When asked concerning the suggestion yesterday afternoon, he said:
"In the first place, there is no money with which to build and equip such a school. I am not prepared to say now whether or not there would be sufficient patronage in that district to warrant such a school. As it is, Manual and Westport high schools are over-crowded, while Central has not an enrollment to its capacity."
Labels: schools, Superintendent Greenwood
June 18, 1909
MORE THAN $2,000
ON SLUGGER'S HEAD.
EXTRAORDINARY EFFORTS TO
GET MISS OWEN'S ASSAILANT.
City Council in Special Session
Offers $1,000 -- Mayor and Other
City Officials Pledge $100
Each for Him.
Rewards aggregating more than $2,000 have been offered for the arrest and conviction of the thug or thugs who slugged Miss Anna Lee Owen, official stenographer for the police board investigation, in her office in the Dwight building Wednesday night, and stole shorthand notes of the important testimony relative to saloons, gambling and the police force, which she was transcribing.
Both houses of the council, in extraordinary session at noon yesterday, by resolution authorized a reward of $1,000, and ten officials personally, following the example of Mayor Crittenden, offered $100 each. Governor Hadley, for the state, announces a reward of $300. The owners of the Dwight building and John T. Wayland, an attorney, offered $100 each.
While Miss Owen was much improved yesterday, she was still carefully guarded at the University hospital., and visitors were not admitted to the sick room. She was unable to throw any more light upon the affair than she had the evening of the brutal attack. That the man who slugged her with a "black jack" wore dark clothes was the nearest to a description that she could supply.
Every detective and policeman in the department was at work on the case yesterday, having been detailed especially to search for clues which would lead to the apprehension of the guilty person. Such a cowardly attack was made upon Miss Owen by the unknown thug aroused every police officer and they were working willingly overtime. The large reward which has been offered through various sources also caused the detectives and uniform men to do their best to secure sufficient evidence to warrant an arrest.
Labels: detectives, gambling, Herbert Hadley, Mayor Crittenden, saloon, University hospital, violence
June 18, 1909
SYSTEM OF CHARITY
WORK IS CRITICIZED.
CLAIMED THERE IS NEED OF
Manner in Which Associated Chari-
ties Is Operated Doesn't Meet
With Approval of Some
of Its Members.
Criticism of the manner in which the Associated Charities of Kansas City is being operated at the present time, and an appeal for reorganization, were voiced at a meeting of the Men's club at St. Paul's Episcopal church last night. The heads of the three charities, J. C. Chafin of the Franklin institute, E. T. Brigham of the Helping Hand and the Rev. Edwin Woodruff, in charge of the institutional work of Grace Hall, spoke.
The demand for an efficient organization among the charities of the city was made. It was pointed out, particularly by Messrs. Chafin and Woodruff, and strongly seconded by Dr. John Punton that the present organization was an associated charity in name only.
"There is in charge of the Associated Charities," said Mr. Woodruff, "a man who has many worthy qualities, but his interests are with the Providence Associated, of which he is secretary."
NEED OF LOCAL CHARITIES.
Mr. Chafin said that the most urgent need among the charitable institutions of Kansas City today is a competent Associated Charities.
"The secretary of the present association does not give the attention that he should to that part of his work," said Mr. Chafin. "We have not dared to say anything about it for fear of complications, and I want you men to understand that we have gone further in this matter tonight than we have dared go before. It has been done with the hope that you as a body will take some action in the matter."
Dr. Punton spoke for a reorganization of the present Associated Charities, though he did not refer to the present secretary.
The Men's Club gave the speakers to understand that it would take action in the matter forthwith.
The meeting was arranged so that the work of the Helping Hand, Franklin Institute and Grace Hall might be put before the churchman.
Referring to recent criticism of the Helping Hand, Mr. Woodruff said:
NOT FOR FASTIDIOUS MEN.
"I have been to the Helping Hand and have eaten there. It seems to me that the institution is very well managed and organized. It is a peculiar fact that this criticism comes in summer time when the bums can sleep in the parks, under the trees. In the winter time they all flock to the institution for shelter. It is true that you and I would not choose to sleep at the Helping Hand. Nor does any millionaire tramp have to live in the North End."
The Rev. Mr. Ritchie of St. Paul's church further defended the Helping Hand:
"I have stood in front of the Helping Hand and watched the men come in. They carry an odor about their persons which would not please fastidious men, that is true. But fastidious men need not go there. The work of the Helping Hand is an admirable one, deserving of much credit."
Labels: Associated Charities, charity, Franklin institute, Helping Hand, ministers, organizations
June 18, 1909
ESTATE TO SISTER-IN-LAW.
Mrs. Lena Ditsch Bequeathed Prop-
erty Valued at $12,000.
To Mrs. Lena Ditsch, widow of his brother, Charles L. Ditsch, is left all the property of Henry Ditsch, who died June 14 at 2645 Chestnut street. The estate is valued at about $12,000. Says the will:
"The reason I have remembered her (Mrs. Ditsch) in my will is that she has nursed and cared for me through my almost continuous affliction for many years. Besides all this, she nursed and cared for my father through all his long sickness with a tenderness and devotion which merits a greater reward than she can ever hope to receive."
Labels: Chestnut street, probate, women
June 18, 1909
"DISCOVERED" EMMA DUNN.
Thaddeus Gray Found Her Singing
and Dancing in Bowery Theater.
Thaddeus Gray, who is leading man of the company supporting Miss Jane Kennark at the Auditorium for two weeks' special engagement, has the distinction of "discovering" Emma Dunn, the popular ingenue of the Woodward company for several years and now playing the negro servant with Frances Starr in "The Easiest Way."
"I don't like to name the year," said Mr. Gray yesterday, in speaking of the matter. "Miss Dunn's many friends here might consider it telling tales out of school, but it was not so terribly many years ago and Miss Dunn was a very young woman, not yet out of her teens, at the time. I went down from Boston to New York with H. Percy Melton of the Lothrop stock company of Boston, to get a soubrette and comedian for the company. None of the agencies at the time had anybody to offer and by some means we found our way to the old Globe theater on the Bowery, which was little more than a museum. At least they gave a number of forty-five minute plays at frequent intervals during the day. My attention was particularly attracted to a singing and dancing soubrette, who proved to be the Emma Dunn who afterwards became such a favorite here. We engaged her and John Weber and for several years Miss Dun was put through the grind of the Lothrop stock of Boston, getting the experience which made her such a favorite, when she came West. Perhaps it may be a matter of new to Kansas City theatergoers that Emma Dunn was a singing and dancing soubrette at any time in her interesting career."
Labels: theater, visitors
June 18, 1909
CRUSHED IN ELEVATOR SHAFT.
Martin Hansen of Kansas City, Kas.,
Probably Fatally Injured.
Martin Hansen, 14 years old, an office boy for the Meyer Jewelry Company in the Boley building, was caught between the freight elevator in that building and the wall of the shaft yesterday afternoon, and probably fatally injured.
Ray Heath, employed by the company, was running the elevator, which is controlled by a single steel cable. As Heath passed the fifth floor, Hansen tried to board the elevator, but missed. Hanging by his hands, he was dragged up along the shaft between the fifth and sixth stories. So tightly was Hansen wedged in between the elevator and the shaft wall, that a hole had to be chopped in the wall before he could be released.
He was taken to the University hospital, where it was said last night he is suffering from internal injuries. Hansen lives with his parents at 1936 North Sixth street, Kansas City, Kas.
Labels: accident, children, elevators, Kansas City Kas., University hospital
June 17, 1909
ATTEMPTS MURDER TO
CONCEAL RECORD OF
THUG STRIKES DOWN MISS A. LEE
OWEN IN HER OFFICE IN
MAYOR OFFERS A REWARD.
Young Woman Was Alone in Her
Office When Murderous Assailant
Tried to Crush Her Skull With a
Black Jack -- Commissioner Marks
Orders Men Who May Be Attacked
to Shoot to Kill -- Governor Had-
ley May Offer Reward Today.
UNKNOWN THUG STRIKES DOWN POLICE BOARD'S GIRL STENOGRAPHER; STEALS RECORD OF INVESTIGATION.
Struck on the left temple with a "black jack" by an unknown thug, Miss Anna Lee Owen, a public stenographer who has been taking the evidence in the investigation held by the police commissioners, was knocked unconscious while at work in her office, 605 Dwight building, last night and a part of her stenographic notes stolen. She was taken to the University hospital immediately after being found by Hugh E. Martin. She is said to be in critical condition. Her skull probably is fractured.
Mayor Crittenden personally offers a reward of $100 for the arrest of her assailant.
The attack upon Miss Owen was made some time between 6:30 and 7:15 o'clock, while she was alone in her office. She regained consciousness before being removed to the hospital, but was not able to furnish a description of her assailant.
STRUCK FROM BEHIND.
Miss Owen's office is separated from the hall by a reception room. When Mr. Martin left the office at 6:30, she was at work on the notes. The hall door was closed and also the door leading from the reception room into her office. Mr. Martin returned to his office at 7:15. Opening the door into Miss Owen's office, he found her huddled on the floor. Believing she had fainted from overwork, he lifted her head and was startled by her groaning as if injured.
Liquor which was kept in another office in the suite was secured by Martin and he rubbed the young woman's head with it. She partially revived and exclaimed, "Mother, they have taken my notes." Dr. Eugene Carbaugh was summoned to attend Miss Owen, and Commissioner Thomas R. Marks was notified. He informed the police and then took personal charge of the case.
A BLACK JACK, SUCH AS WAS PROBABLY USED IN THE COWARDLY ASSAULT ON MISS OWEN.
Inspector of Detectives Edward P. Boyle carried Miss Owen down stairs in the elevator and placing her in an automobile assisted Dr. Carbaugh in supporting her during the drive to the hospital.
From what little Miss Owen could tell last night she was working over her typewriter when she heard a step behind her chair. Knowing that the men who had offices in the suite had gone home, she looked up to see who it was. She had not heard the outer doors opened. Just as she secured a glance of the figure of a man, she was struck down.
IMPORTANT EVIDENCE GONE.
The stenographic notes and transcripts which she had made during the trials and investigations before the police commissioners were always carefully guarded by Miss Owen, who was afraid an attempt would be made to steal them. The notes were securely locked up in the office vault each night. When an investigation was made after she regained consciousness it was found that a large part of her notes were missing.
Just what notes were secured is not known. It was said that the evidence given late yesterday afternoon in the trial of the case against the conduct of the saloon conducted by James Redmond, 1205 Walnut street, were not secured. But it is believed that a large part of the testimony in the other investigations was lost.
ENTIRE FORCE AT WORK.
Through the inability of Miss Owen to assist the police by furnishing a description of her assailant, and also the failure of the police to elicit any information from the elevator operators was impossible to secure a clue to work on. No one could be found last night who had seen or noticed any stranger loitering in the halls or around the office in the Dwight building.
When Commissioner Marks arrived he ordered that the police make every possible effort to capture the thug, and until midnight he was actively engaged in directing the police in their work. The police were not notified of the assault until 8 o'clock, and inspector Boyle dispatched e very officer in the headquarters at the time to the scene. He and Captain Whitsett followed and were closeted with the commissioner for some time. Every detective in the city was called in and placed at work upon the case. The the substations were notified, and in all over 150 police officers were engaged in searching the city.
GIRL AND MARKS SHADOWED.
After the assault last night Commissioner Marks informed the police that he had been followed and shadowed by two men since he began his activity in the police shakeup. Not only has Mr. Marks been trailed, but Miss Owen has been dogged by two men to and from her work in the city. She was not positive of this surveillance, according to Mr. Marks, until Tuesday evening after the adjournment of the police board.
Intuitively feeling that she was being followed, Miss Owen boarded a Twelfth street car and transferred to a Northeast car. Arriving at Budd park she left the car and entered the park. All of this time the suspected man was in close proximity. At the park he disappeared for a time but was on hand when she again got on a car to ride into the city. She went to the Dwight building after leaving the car and while on the sixth floor saw the man in the hall. She then went to the office of Mr. Marks and informed him of what she had done.
GIRL FREQUENTLY ANNOYED.
Telling her to hold a handkerchief to her mouth if she saw the man on the street, Mr. Marks went down and walked around. He found a man on the street who appeared to fit the description of the man who had bothered Miss Owen, but she denied he was the one. The police were not notified at any time previous to the assault that either Miss Owen or the commissioner were being shadowed.
On another occasion it is said Miss Owen was frightened by men who followed her about the streets and went to the Coates house for the night, instead of returning to her home. While there, it was said, she received a telephone message from some man who refused to give his name. The purport of the telephone message was that there was a man in an adjoining room who intended her harm.
The mother of Miss Owen, who visited her daughter at the University hospital last night in answer to questions, said that her daughter had never mentioned to anyone at home that she was annoyed by anyone or that she had ever been followed.
On orders received from Mr. Marks, the hospital authorities refused to allow anyone to see Miss Owen. Strict orders were issued to not allow anyone but the nurse, her physicians and mother to visit the young woman. A special nurse was secured for her and the police commissioner's orders included a special diet for Miss Owen.
Several hours after the assault Dr. A. H. Cordler was called in consultation and the patient was pronounced to be in a very critical condition.
BY AN IMPORTED THUG.
The Dwight building was thoroughly searched by the police. Every street car in the city, and especially those leading into the suburbs, was being ridden by a police officer all night long. The outgoing trains were watched, although the police believed that the man would endeavor to leave the city by street car.
Inspector Boyle said last night that it was his opinion that the attack upon Miss Owen, and the theft of the stenographic notes, was done by an imported thug. If it was accomplished by home talent the inspector expressed the opinion that it was done on the spur of the moment to cover, if possible, damaging testimony given during the recent investigation. If the thug was imported for the purpose, St. Louis is probably the city, Inspector Boyle said, and his belief is also that of Captain Whitsett and Chief of Police Frank Snow.
Two men who have already figured in the police investigation and the saloon trials were ordered arrested and locked up of investigation. The theory of the police is that while these two men did not do the work they could give valuable information as to who did. But the men had not been found at 1 o'clock this morning. Captain Whitsett said he believed that the man would be arrested before twenty-four hours had passed. Acting Chief Snow said the man would be in custody by morning and inspector Boyle was positive he could not escape arrest.
Labels: Captain Whitsett, Commissioner Marks, detectives, doctors, Dr Carbaugh, Inspector Boyle, Mayor Crittenden, police board, Police Chief Snow, University hospital, violence, women
June 17, 1909
APOLOGIZES FOR POLICEMAN.
Special Officer Flourished Gun and
Marks Placates Man Whose Feel-
ing Had Been Outraged.
Charging that one of Bryant Cromer's special policemen stopped him near the Dwight building last night and thrust a revolver in his face, ordering him to hold up his hands, C. Owens of the Baltimore hotel demanded an apology from Police Commissioner Thomas R. Marks, last night. It was forthcoming.
According to Mr. Owens, he was walking slowly down Baltimore avenue in front of the Dwight building when a man stepped from the shadow and held a revolver in his face. Mr. Owens said that the man, whom he afterwards recognized, ordered him to halt and throw up his hands. "It's an outrage, Mr. Marks, and I demand an apology," he said. "That man had no right to draw a gun on me. He had been doing it all night. I have witnesses to prove what I say. I demand an apology."
Mr. Marks tried to explain the matter in a satisfactory way, shielding the special policeman, but finally was forced to apologize in order to save further trouble.
Labels: Baltimore avenue, Commissioner Marks, guns, police, police board
June 17, 1909
FARE LIFE OF CAR
ENDED BY SUICIDE.
RUNS AWAY AND DASHES IT-
SELF AGAINST POLE.
Deliberately Leaves Barn and Makes
Wild Run Down Ninth Street
Until It Jumps Track at
Roanoke car No. 604 committed suicide last night at 7:30 o'clock by running down Ninth from Washington street and dashing itself against the trolley pole at the southeast corner of Ninth and Wyandotte streets. So carefully was the act committed that no one was hurt and the tracks were left clear, but the car was smashed to kindling.
No. 604 returned from a hard day's work and was put into the car barn at Ninth and Wyandotte streets by Motorman Floyd Dyer, 809 West Twenty-first street. It was raining and there was a despondency in the air, but the car manifested no signs of the deep design it was nursing within its breast.
INTENT ON SUICIDE
Fifteen minutes later, when none of the street car men was looking, it poked its nose out of the barn and started, gathering speed as it progressed. A girl clerking at a laundry agency across the street from the barn saw it start.
"There was no one on or near the car," she said. "It came out deliberately like a living thing, and ran away before anyone had time to stop it."
Two street car men saw the runaway after it had gone half a block and ran after it. Fortunately there were no cars on the track in front and the rain had driven pedestrians from the streets.
Detective Andy O'Hare, who was waiting for a car at Ninth and Wyandotte streets, saw the car bearing down upon him. The trolley was threshing wildly although it had been on the wire when 604 left the barn.
DASHES ITSELF TO PIECES.
Grinding the speed limit beneath its wheels, the suicide leaped the track at Wyandotte steret, instead of making the turn, and precipitated itself sideways against the granitoid walk at the west side of the Boston Drug Company, on the southeast corner.
It was brought to a stop by an iron trolley pole, and the bed of the car left the trucks and fell sideways on the walk, completely blocking passage. Only two windows in the drug store were damaged. Every window in the car ws broken, the front end was ripped open and a few solid planks were left.
The wreck was entirely clear of the tracks and traffic was not delayed. Dyer, the motorman, is positive that he set the brake before leaving the car.
"Clear case of suicide, probably due to despondency brought on by the whether," was the verdict of the wreckers who cleared the debris away.
Labels: accident, Ninth street, streetcar, Suicide, Twenty-first street, Washington street, Wyandotte street
June 17, 1909
QUIT BRIDE BEFORE
END OF HONEYMOON.
FORMER MATRON HAS HER HUS-
Married Just a Month Ago, Mrs.
Frances Rodgers Burgess Charges
Desertion, and Has Earl
Just one month ago today, Mrs. Frances Rodgers, 32 years old, matron of the George H. Nettleton home, married Earl Burgess, a distinguished looking stranger from St. Paul, whom she had known a month. Last night, Burgess slept in the holdover at police headquarters and will face Judge Kyle in the municipal court this morning on a charge of vagrancy. Mrs. Burgess, who claims that he deserted her a week ago in St. Joseph, after taking her savings, came to Kansas City, and in person saw that he was safely locked up.
"I'm going to prosecute him," she declared as she stamped her foot last night at the police station. "He has taken every cent of my money, and now I'm penniless."
GIRLS' PICTURES IN POCKET.
Burgess, who is 46 years old, and who was wearing a light gray summer suit of clothes, looked extremely downcast when the jailer inspected his pockets. He colored slightly when several miniature photographs of young women were discovered.
"I met him in April," said the wife, "and he represented himself as a retired traveling man. He said that he had property in St. Paul, Oklahoma City and Omaha. In fact he was just traveling because he hated to be idle.
"I became interested at once, and accepted when he proposed marriage. I was then matron of the Nettleton home at a good salary. We went to St. Joseph, my former home, where my two children by my first marriage are in school. He then left me, but returned five days later.
DEAF TO HIS PLEADINGS.
"I forgave the first desertion, but when he again left me last Thursday I couldn't stand it any longer. He claimed that he had gone to St. Paul, but I traced him to Kansas City. I'm mighty glad to see that he is arrested, but I don't know what I'm going to do without money. I don't think he has a foot of property."
Detectives J. J. Raferty and M. J. Halvey arrested Burgess at a rooming house near Fourteenth and Broadway, where he was with a young woman. Mrs. Burgess waited for the detectives at Twelfth street and Broadway, and accompanied them to the station. Burgess implored her not to have him locked up, but his wife ignored his pleadings.
Labels: con artist, detectives, Judge Kyle, marriage, municipal court, St.Joseph, Twelfth street
June 16, 1909
GIVEN TO GARFIELD SCHOOL.
Col. Fleming Presents Bronze Tablet
of Lincoln's Gettysburg Speech.
The class day exercises of Garfield school will be held tonight at the Independence Boulevard Christian church. A feature of the exercises will be the presentation to Garfield school of a bronze tablet containing Lincoln's Gettysburg address The address will be made by J. A. Runyan, industrial commissioner of the Commercial Club, and the tablet will be accepted on behalf of the Kansas City board of education and the Garfield school by General Milton Moore, who will also present the certificates of graduation to the seventy-five students graduating this year. The tablet is 18x25 inches of bronze, and was presented to the school by Colonel Fred W. Fleming. It will probably be placed in the main hall way of the enlarged Garfield school before the opening of the fall term in September.
A committee consisting of Colonel Fleming, chairman; Judge John G. Park, Fred C. Adams, J. M. Fox, Rev. Dr. G. H. Combs and E. C. Meservey, representing the Northeast Improvement Association, took the matter up with the board of education about a year ago of needed improvements to the Garfield school building. The board has purchased 100 feet of ground lying east of the present building on which an addition will be erected during the coming summer, and the entire school building renovated inside and out.
Labels: Abraham Lincoln, churches, Judge Park, Northeast, schools, statues
June 16, 1909
MRS. CAROLINE PROCTOR DEAD.
Widow of Famous Missouri Minister
Was 80 Years Old.
Mrs. Caroline Proctor of Independence died at her home last night at 11:30 at the age of 80 years. She had been an invalid for the last five or six years. She was the wife of the late Rev. Alexander Proctor, who was one of the most prominent figures in the Christian church in Missouri. for thirty years he was pastor of the Christian church in Independence.
Mrs. Proctor was born in St. Francois county, Mo. She was married in 1859 and moved to Independence in 1860, where she has resided ever since.
Three daughters and one son survive. They are Rowland Proctor, county surveyor; Mrs. Mary Thompson of Columbia, Mrs. William Sothern of Independence. The funeral arrangements have not been decided upon and will be announced later
Labels: death, Independence, ministers
June 16, 1909
FLOOD STAGE HERE FRIDAY.
Missouri River 19 Feet Last Night,
and Still Rising.
The Missouri river will reach the flood stage here Friday. At the Hannibal bridge guage last night its depth was nineteen feet as an effect of melting mountain snows, and apparently there was more drift on the current here than at any time since the beginning of the freshet.
"I believe the water will rise at least three feet at Kansas City," said P. Connor, the local weather observer, last night. "At St. Joseph, Mo., it will at least go up two feet, or past the flood stage. Twenty-two feet, or one foot above the flood stage, is the worst I expect for Kansas City at present, although a heavy rain just now would cause a more or less disastrous flood. The Kaw river is holding its own, neither rising nor falling, and that is a good indication, but a heavy rain would alter its peaceful aspect.
"The Kaw was rising at Manhattan and going down at Topeka yesterday."
Labels: flood, Hannibal bridge, Missour river, Topeka, weather
June 15, 1909
GUY COLBY MUST REFORM.
Former White Ward of Negro
Woman Is Sent to Boonville.
Guy Colby is going to leave Kansas City for four years this time. His ticket reads Boonville, Mo., and he will start today. The sentence is four years.
Yesterday Guy ran away from the McCune home for the second time. He was found and taken to the Detention home before evening. He said he was anxious to see Ernest Crocroft, with whom he ran away from the McCune farm two weeks ago to Jefferson City. Crocroft was sent to Boonville.
At the time his friend was sentenced, Colby also was in court and was told that his next offense would result in a reform school sentence. That was imposed yesterday by Judge E. E. Porterfield of the juvenile court.
It was Guy Colby who was taken by probation officers from Mrs. Sarah E. Carr, a negro woman, who had cared for him for years. His mother lives in Haverhil, Mass. An investigation made by probation officers showed she was not able to care for the boy, so he was sent to the McCune farm.
Labels: children, Judge Porterfield, juvenile court, McCune Home, race
June 15, 1909
TRACING IMMIGRANTS' WORK.
Commissioner Redd Here to Get
Statistics for Government.
To gather data regarding the effect of immigration on American industries, S. M. Redd, an agent of the United States immigration commission at Washington, arrived in Kansas City yesterday and will remain her several days preparing reports for the various contractors.
"It is the in tention of the commission to ascertain as near as possible the number of men and women employed in this country by the different industries," said Mr. Redd at the Kupper hotel yesterday. "A question card which we ask all employers to have filed out for every individual working for him, shows the nativity of the person in question and the parents, place and date of birth, earning capacity, and in fact, all of the important facts."
Mr. Redd said that often he had trouble getting employers to understand what he wanted.
"One man thought I was an agent for an employment bureau," he declared, "and insisted that he did not want any men and didn't have any to recommend to me. Others get shy immediately when the proposition is laid before them, believing perhaps that it is for the purpose of getting information to be used against the employes or that it is a scheme to take the employes away."
Labels: employment, immigrants, Kupper hotel, visitors
June 15, 1909
BLACK HAND IN KANSAS CITY.
Indiana Italian Ordered to Send
$130,000 Here or His Daugh-
ter Will Be Kidnaped.
EVANSVILLE, IND., June 14. -- Michael Fasciano, a prosperous fruit dealer, today received a mysterious letter demanding $130,000. The letter threatened the kidnaping of Fasciano's daughter unless the demand was complied with.
The letter was mailed at Mexico City on June 6 and directs that the money be sent to a man in Kansas City. Postal authorities and local detectives are at work on the case.
Labels: black hand
June 15, 1909
NO RED BADGE OF VIRTUE.
Color of Hair "Cuts No Ice" in Crim-
inal Case, Says Latshaw.
Red hair is not necessarily a badge of virtue. It may be as the judge of the municipal court says, that he has tried only six red haired men in four years. The others might have escaped while the fight was going on.
Records at the county jail show an average of four to five red heads behind bars all the time. A few months ago there was even a red haired negro, but he has since been released. Marshal Joel Mayes says, however, that he has never heard of a red headed man being hanged in this county. He places no credence in the "red hair for the innocent" theory.
"This court pays more attention to the color of a man's nose than to the color of his hair," said Judge Ralph S. Latshaw, of the criminal court when asked about the connection of red hair and crime.
"The color of hair and the eyes cuts no figure, so far as criminals are concerned. Neither has appearance much to do with crime. We sentence some fine looking young men to jail occasionally, after they have been convicted by juries and had every chance to make good looks count in their favor."
Labels: crime, Judge Latshaw
June 14, 1909
CONFISCATE 22 CASES OF
BEER AT GALLAGHER'S.
POLICE ARREST 22 IN NORTH
END SUNDAY RAID.
Eight Women Beside Mrs. Gallagher,
Who, With Husband, Is Charged
With Selling Liquor With-
out a License.
Charged with selling liquor without a license, Jack Gallagher, ex-patrolman and former North End saloonkeeper, was arrested and locked up in the holdover at Central police station yesterday in default of $500 cash bond. He was arrested in a raid made by Captain Walter Whitsett on the Star hotel, Oak street and Independence avenue, at 11:30 o'clock yesterday morning.
Since Gallagher's saloon licenses were taken away from him by the board of police commissioners after he assaulted Albert King, a reporter for The Journal, he has been conducting a rooming house in the Star hotel.
Yesterday the lid in the North End was on extremely tight. Gallagher had twenty-two cases of bottled beer in a room in the hotel.
One of the numerous enemies Gallagher had made by his bullying attitude went to police headquarters about 11:00 and reported to Captain Whitsett that Gallagher was violating the excise laws. Calling Sergeant Edward McNamara and ten patrolmen, Captain Whitsett headed the squad in making the raid. Arriving at the Star hotel building, the police found the door leading to the rear stairway locked and barred. Entrance to the hotel was made by the front door.
TWENTY-NINE AND 22 CASES.
The captain and sergeant led the patrolmen in a rush up the stairway. Scattering out the patrolmen searched every room for evidence. Men and women, the police claim, were found drinking beer in several rooms. While searching the house the police discovered one room which was locked. Gallagher said he did not have the key. The prisoners were sent to the station in a patrol wagon which made three trips to take the twenty-nine persons placed under arrest.
When the locked room was entered twenty-two cases of bottled beer were found and sent to headquarters where they are held as evidence. Among the persons arrested were eight women besides Jack Gallagher's wife, who at midnight was released on a cash bond of $500.
All of those arrested said they lived at the hotel. Mrs. Gallagher denied that all of the women lived there, but said only two or three of them were roomers.
When the raid was made, Gallagher threatened to place charges against the police. Their jobs were to be had, according to him, and he told them he would get them. Until he was locked in the holdover Gallagher continued his swaggering tactics. He refused to discuss his arrest.
BEER FOR OWN USE.
Gallagher's wife informed the police that they had a government license, which expired in July. She denied that the police found anyone drinking beer, or that any beer had been sold. Before she was aware that the police had confiscated the beer, she said no evidence had been secured. When asked what they were doing with so many cases in the hotel, she said it was for their private use. Mrs. Gallagher said the police and newspapers were endeavoring to bankrupt them, but that they had plenty left. The habitues were released on $11 bond.
Jack Gallagher has had a varied experience in the North End, having been at various times a policeman, ward politician and saloonkeeper. Following numerous arrests for disturbing the peace, he was finally compelled to serve a term in the workhouse for an assault upon a newspaper man.
The officers participating in the raid under Captain Walter Whitsett were Sergeant Edward McNamara and Patrolmen George Hightower, Daniel Jones, P. J. Murphy, Vincent Maturo, Charles Walters, Walter Doman, Thomas Eads, Thomas Maddigan, Frank Rooth and Patrick Dalton.
Labels: alcohol, Captain Whitsett, hotels, Independence avenue, Jack Gallagher, North end, Oak street, police, police headquarters
June 14, 1909
CHILDREN PREACHED SERMON.
Unique Services Are Given at the
Unique services were carried out at the Lutheran church, Thirty-seventh street and Wabash avenue, yesterday morning when the entire programme was placed in the hands of the children of the church.
The Rev. J. M. Cromer, the pastor, devised a sermon which was to be given in parts, and seven boys and seven girls delivered the message. The sermon was taken form the text: Beware of the mongrel dog."
James Gillettee, a 3-year-old, gave the address for the morning, which consisted of a recitation telling the members of the congregation they were to sit through a Children's day service.
Donald Scott gave the introduction of the sermon and the first phase, belonging to the mongrel dog, was told about by Shirley Glasscock. The dog was likened to the man who knew nothing of his parentage and cared less. Another side of the sermon had to do with the smiling, snapping dog, of which the congregation was warned. Then came the mad dog, being like angry men. The last of those phases dealt with the bulldog, whose stubbornness was so well copied by some men that it would be well to beware of them.
The sermon was preached by Shirley Glasscock, Eugene Feibler, Mandeville Zabriskie and George Gallet. Between each phase of the sermon a recitation was given by the following girls, in order: Tillie Neufer, Alleen Glasscock, Grace Robinson and June Baltis.
Robert Zimmerman gave an application of the sermon and Hazel Becker followed with an appropriate recitation . The talk preceding the offering was made by Earl Ocre and Nannie Owen sang a solo while the offering was being collected.
Labels: children, churches, ministers, Thirty-seventh street, Wabash avenue
June 14, 1909
CAN'T BE MARRIED ON SUNDAY.
Young Couple From Smithville Com-
pelled to Postpone.
"It's a blame shame people can't be legally married on Sunday because it is a legal holiday," Mark Pate of Smithville, Mo., remarked to his sweetheart, Lovie Burge, as the two left police headquarters last night. The young people arrived in Kansas City from Smithville with the intention of being married.
A trip to the court house to secure the license revealed to the pair that trouble was ahead of them. Some one directed them to the county jail, but the deputy marshals pleaded ignorance as to marriage licenses and recommended police headquarters. Arm in arm the couple entered the station and inquired for a license.
"Bonds are the only legal papers we handle," Lieutenant M. E. Ryan informed them.
Then the officers became interested in the young people and by suing the telephone finally reached the county recorder, but he refused to issue a license on Sunday. A minister had been tentatively engaged to perform the ceremony by Holly Jarboe, desk sergeant, who later commanded the order.
The Smithvillians left the station discouraged, but said they would secure a license early in the morning. They came to Kansas City to avoid the "cut-ups" of their home town.
Labels: courthouse, Holly Jarboe, police headquarters, romance, smithville
June 14, 1909
BEARDS WORK NO
LOCAL LAWYERS DISCUSS WHIS-
KERS IN COURT.
Hair on the Face a Side Issue,
Says Thad B. Landon, Com-
menting on a Chicago
If there is a prejudice against bearded jurors in Kansas City, such as seems to be agitating the bar of Eastern cities at this time, attorneys have not heard of it. A number of them, when questioned yesterday, said they had found no fault with jurors who wear "hangdowns," "stickouts," or "stubbles." As there are few cases in which a damage suit arises out of impaired hirsutement, local attorneys say, bearded jurors have been found as satisfactory as clean-shaven ones.
"I have never noticed that bearded jurors took views different from clean-shaven ones, taking them as classes," said Bert S. Kimbrell, who has been the assistant prosecuting attorney for four years. Mr. Kimbrell had unusual opportunities to study jurors. "The mere fact that a man has a beard to stroke while another, for want of it, may have to twiddle his thumbs during the trial of a case, does not prove nor disprove any issue," said Mr. Kimbrell.
NO EFFECT ON INTELLECT.
"A beard or the absence of it does not have any effect on the intellect, so far as my experience with juries goes," said Glen Sherman, who himself could raise a prodigious beard, if only he would. "for reasons of my own, I prefer to remain a bachelor on the beard question, but every juror has a right to his beard, and to his opinion. No prejudice exists, so far as I am concerned."
"Many considerations enter into the choice of a juror from the attorney's standpoint," Ben T. White remarked. "I have never noticed that a beard was one of them, however.
"Challenges do not depend on beards, but on the general character of the jurors," said James L. Kilroy. "It may perhaps be true that the character student could lay down a vague rule whereby anyone might analyze the workings of a man's mind from the cut of his beard, but such a conclusion no doubt frequently would shoot wide of the mark. I never worry about juries with whiskers."
All of the attorneys here quoted are clean-shaven. there was not a bearded one who could be found to be questioned.
Labels: attorney, courtroom
June 14, 1909
OLD MAID'S CONVENTION.
It Is the Top Liner of Fun at
Families with their baskets occupied the benches and tables under the trees on the lawn of Forest park yesterday and it was a gala day for the children.
The Old Maids' convention opened their regular sessions and soon got down to business. It is not a beauty show, to say the least. To call it such would be going from the sublime to the ridiculous, but their parody sessions on woman's rights and other subjects pertaining to woman, perhaps, furnishes the visitor with more genuine fun than most musical comedies. The idea is truly original, if nothing more. the convention hall was crowded all day and the Salome dance was a scream, being so different from the Gerturde Hoffman dance as to make it ridiculous.
For the first time there this season free vaudeville and new motion pictures were introduced. Quite a novel act was presented by Chris Christopher, a singer of German songs and a trick violinist. The Gee-Jays, the human marionettes, closed the bill. Two reels of motion pictures were also on the bill. The big new attraction is the exciting ride device known as the Humble Peter. It is built on the order of the tickler, only less jolting is the experience.
The entries for the aquatic sports on Wednesday are coming in fast and a large number of contestants competed for the prizes.
Labels: amusement, dancing, forest park, moving pictures, music, theater, vaudeville
June 13, 1909
CAN'T USE NELSON BUILDING.
Helping Hand Committee, Looking
for Location, find it Unavailable.
After a thorough inspection of the Nelson building, Missouri avenue and Main street, the committee from the Helping Hand institute passed unfavorably upon it for the institute's use.
George W. Fuller, one of the committee, said last night:
"We found the Nelson building of such a style of construction as to render it unavailable for our use. The executive board of the Helping Hand institute muss pass upon the matter as yet, but our report will be an unfavorable one.
"There are two or three other places which we have in view for a new location, but there is nothing definite about them as yet. We are very anxious to get the Pacific house, Fourth and Delaware streets, but we have been unable to do so."
Labels: Delaware street, Fourth street, Helping Hand, Main street, Missouri avenue
June 13, 1909
KANSAS CITY'S CROSSING SQUAD.
A Fine Appearing Body of Men.
CROSSING SQUAD OF THE POLICE DEPARTMENT.
It doesn't take the oldest inhabitant to remember the time when the crossing squad, which now numbers twenty-nine men, was limited to one or two members. At one time Sergeant James Hogan was the whole squad himself with the exception of a patrolman who has been stationed at the Junction for more than twenty years. Kansas City cannot boast of the largest squad in the country, but its members are noted for their general efficiency.
In the mind of the ordinary person the crossing man leads a life of ease. In fact, the majority of the police department envy the crossing men until they have been given a trial. Then it is found that a man must know the location and name of all the office buildings, the streets in every section of the city, the routes of the different street cars and most of the public men.
"Can you tell me the way to the depot?" is a question heard every five minutes.
"Where is the nearest shoe store?" asks a woman.
"Do you know Charley Smith?" asks a farmer who feels hurt when the crossing man shakes his head. "You see he was a great feller to make acquaintances in our town, and I was sure you would know him."
Answering questions, directing the careless drivers who persist in driving on the wrong side of the street and dodging street cars on his own account, are only mere incidents. The constant strain on the system is generally the cause for a man's departure from the squad. Some men ask to be relieved in less than a week.
When the cable cars formerly ran on Ninth street and when some one was injured nearly every week as the cars swept around the corner at high speed, a patrolman was always stationed at that particular spot. The second patrolman to be placed at a crossing was James Hogan, who commenced patrolling the corner at Eleventh and Walnut streets, just eleven years ago.
Four years ago the crossing squad was increased from eight members, who worked from 8 o'clock in the morning until about 7 o'clock in the evening. Patrolman Hogan on account of his seniority and his general knowledge was made a sergeant of the squad.
Two years ago the squad was increased to fourteen members and more crossing were included in the list. But the hours were long and the men asked to be relieved. At last the problem of long hours was solved by Sergeant Hogan, who recommended that the squad be doubled and the hours shortened. Fourteen of the men now go to work at 8 o'clock in the morning and are relieved at 1 o'clock in the afternoon by the other division. After six hours of rest they report at police headquarters and are assigned to the parks and theaters. On the following day the second squad are given the same hours and report at 8 o'clock in the morning, as did the opposite squad on the previous day.
Sergeant Hogan, who has been on the force for nineteen years, probably has a better general knowledge of Kansas City than any other man. One glance through an information guide can tell him whether the pamphlet is up to date or not.
"I don't see the name of the Sharp of finance building," he informed a book dealer the other day when his opinion was asked in regard to the reliability of a guide recently issued. He also knows the name of every street in both Kansas Citys and places of general interest. With such a leader it isn't any wonder that the crossing squad is rated as highly efficient.
Names of the officers, from left to right:
First row -- Crowley, Kennedy, Quayle, Darnell, Rogers, Kincaid.
Second row -- Kearns, Keys, Madigan, Harkenberg, Doman, Nichols.
Third Row -- Lillis, O'Roark, Noland, McCormick, Briden, Jackson.
Fourth Row -- Roach, Coffey, J. T. Rogers, Ryan, McFarland, Hoskins.
Fifth Row -- Hodges, Koger, Sergeant Hogan, Zirschky, Wilhite.
Labels: crossing squad, Eleventh street, Ninth street, police, streetcar, the Junction, Walnut Street
June 13, 1909
PET HEN TAKES A TRIP.
Precocious Fowl Entertains Travel-
ers With Tricks at Union Depot.
Much amusement was afforded patrons at the Union depot yesterday when A. E. Munden and his wife arrived at the station carrying in a basket what appeared to be an ordinary speckled hen, and later proceeded to put the chicken through a number of "stunts." The hen's principal accomplishment was "singing." The old couple were on their way to Coffeyville, Kas.
Whenever told to sing, the hen would emit a long, continuous cackle and seemed to get as much satisfaction out of it as the bystanders who stood around and applauded. Another trick of the chicken was to ruffle her feathers and scratch her head with her foot when told there were creepers on her.
The hen strutted about the corridors on the lower floor of the depot, seemingly as much at home as if she were in her own barnyard. Mr. Munden said that he had been more than a year training the chicken and it had come to be a family pet. She has never laid an egg.
Labels: animals, Seniors, Union depot
June 13, 1909
HADLEY BUSY SIGNING BILLS.
Temporary Headquarters at Balti-
more While Father Is Sick.
After two days of signing bills, chiefly revision measures, Governor Herbert S. Hadley left his quarters at the Hotel Baltimore yesterday afternoon for DeSoto, Kas., to be with his father, Major John M. Hadley, who was stricken with paralysis early in the week. The governor departed over the Santa Fe at 4:30 o'clock. He had signed nearly 200 bills.
"A telephone communication early this afternoon announced that my father's condition is much improved," said Governor Hadley yesterday, "and if it is possible I expect to bring him to Kansas City next week. He will either go to the hospital or remain at the home of my sister. At all events I will retain my temporary headquarters at the Hotel Baltimore and finish what business can be attended to there, so as to be in close touch with my father. The trip from Kansas City to DeSoto can be made in an hour on the train or by automobile, while from Jefferson City it might require from eight to ten hours to complete the journey."
A bill appropriating $3,000 to pay for markers for the old Santa Fe trail, introduced into the legislature by the Daughters of the American Revolution, was signed by the governor yesterday morning. Another bill was one requiring an examination and registration for public accountants in Missouri. A bill making it a misdemeanor to bet on a game of pool or billiards was also signed.
Bills vetoed proved to be duplicates of laws already on the statute books.
Labels: billiards, gambling, Governor Hadley, Herbert Hadley, Hotel Baltimore, Santa Fe Trail
June 13, 1909
GIRL WANDERER HELD.
Humane Society Investigation Story
of Rose Slocovitch.
Agents for the Humane Society are holding in the matron's room Rose Slocovitch, 11 years old, until they can investigate the story she told the police last night after Sergeant Robert Greeley had found her wandering on the streets. When found by the sergeant the girl said her foster mother mistreated her and that evening when trouble arose she was left on the street corner.
The story as told by rose is that five months ago a Mrs. Anna McDonald visited Houston, Tex., and claiming to be interested in orphans sold motto cards the the charitably inclined Texans. She was in Houston two weeks ago and when she left she was accompanied by Rose, whose father agreed to the girl's leaving home. Rose said she sold the cards for Mrs. McDonald. Now she desires to return to her home where her mother is supposed to be dying.
Frank E. McCrary, humane agent, visited Mrs. McDonald last night at her home, 1442 Jefferson street, and the girl's story in the main part was corroborated. Mrs. McDonald said she traveled around the country selling post cards and used the proceeds in helping orphan children.
Labels: children, Humane Society, Jefferson street, orphans, police matron, Texas
June 12, 1909
PEPPERS PUT AWAY
IN TENTH ROUND.
HAD BUT THIRTY SECONDS
MORE TO STAY.
Wolgast Was Floored in Second
Round and Did Not Have Pep-
pers in a Bad Way Until
PEPPERS HELPS WOLGAST BACK INTO THE RING.
BY EDWARD W. COCHRANE.
With a terrific left hook to the wind Ad Wolgast, the Milwaukee featherweight of champion caliber, knocked out Teddy Peppers of Kansas City within thirty seconds of the final gong in their scheduled ten-round bout at the Hippodrome before the Empire Athletic Club last night. Peppers took a great deal of punishment before he went down for the final count but he was so completely exhausted when the fatal blow was struck that he was unable to regain his feet. The bout was rough and both men played for the stomach most of the time. Peppers was not as rough as his opponent, whose habit of butting with his head was hissed repeatedly.
It was a slashing go from the mit shake to the final gong and a nip and tuck fight right up to the final two rounds, when Wolgast took the lead and had the advantage from the beginning of the ninth to the knockout. In every round peppers laid for a chance to knock the champion, as he is termed, out, but he failed to land the punch which would put Wolgast away. He floored him with a left hook to the stomach in the second, but Wolgast soon rose to his feet and was not compelled to hear the counting after that blow was struck. Twice Peppers was down for the count, the first time he took seven, which gave him time to regain his wind and the last time was unable to regain his feet.
Peppers surprised many of his followers at the ringside by his ability to take punishment. Wolgast landed on the local boy's head and body many times during every round but the punches did not seem to worry the Greek demon until near the close of the fight. At the close Peppers's left eye was in bad shape and he was bleeding freely at the mouth and nose. The wind punches were what really put Peppers away. Peppers had but one week to train for the bout and for this reason was not in as good condition as his opponent, which might have made considerable difference in the outcome.
When the bout opened Peppers and Wolgast both worked slow, evidently feeling each other out. There were a few jabs landed in the first round but they didn't count. As the gong clanged in the second round Peppers rushed Wolgast to the ropes and they fell over. They met in the center of the ring again and Peppers floored the Milwaukee boy with a left hook to the wind. Two minutes of the round had passed at the time. He came after Ad fast and rushed him to the ropes again, both falling over. It was Peppers's round.
As the third round opened Walgast was fighting fast and had been advised by his manager, T. E. Jones, who was in his corner, to put the local florist out. Peppers cleverly ducked the rushes of the Milwaukee boy and the fans yelled for Peppers. Teddy seemed to have the better of the argument up to this time. The boys exchanged blows twice during the round and Peppers was apparently as fresh as when he started the fight.
The fourth found them fighting along different lines. Wolgast rushed in fast and sent a volley of short jabs to the wind. Peppers did not seem to mind them and retaliated with two left hooks to the head. They sparred for a minute and Peppers rushed Wolgast to the ropes as the round closed.
WOLGAST'S ROUGH TACTICS.
Wolgast rushed at Peppers with a determination to end the bout in the opening of the fifth round but he was unable to finish the florist. He rushed Peppers to the ropes and they fell over them. Wolgast then butted Peppers with his head, which sees to be his habit and he was not cautioned. This was the roughest piece of work in the fight. They wrestled about the ring and fell. Wolgast sent a left to the wind and again they fell over the ropes. That was the roughest round of the fight.
AT TIMES IT LOOKED LIKE A MARATHON.
Peppers sent a left and right to the jaw as they opened in the sixth, and they clinched. Both men swung wild and Wolgast missed some wild swings and then sent in a couple of counters to the head and body. Wolgast was butting Peppers with his head as the round closed. In the seventh Wolgast again went after Peppers to win, and sent several body blows in, but Peppers came back with a left to the wind. Wolgast landed a right on the head and they clinched and exchanged blows. They then clinched and wrestled to the ropes, where Peppers threw Wolgast over to the uncovered boards.
Wolgast sent a right to the wind as the eighth opened, and Peppers landed a left on the jaw. They clinched and Teddy landed a left on the jaw. They exchanged body blows in a clinch and Wolgast sent a left to the wind which hurt Peppers. They exchanged body blows at the close.
Wolgast sent two blows to the wind as the eighth opened, and Peppers came back with a left in the same place in the ninth. Wolgast then played for the head and sent a volley of lefts and rights to the jaw, the last one being a left to the jaw. This sent Peppers down for seven counts. They clinched as he arose and the round soon ended.
YOU GOT A FREE BATH NEAR THE CORNERS.
Peppers sent a left to the jaw and followed with a left to the wind as the final round opened. They clinched and exchanged blows.
Wolgast threw Peppers down after a wrestle and then they clinched and exchanged blows. Peppers was weak and Wolgast hit him several times on the head, following with a left to the wind which was the fatal blow. Peppers was unable to stay in the final thirty seconds.
Labels: hippodrome, sports, visitors
June 12, 1909
"SAVE THE BABIES" IS
THE CAMPAIGN CRY.
CITIZENS TO BE "TAGGED" IN
PURE MILK CRUSADE.
Three Hundred Young Women Will
Raise Money for Establishment
of Pasteurizing Plant to Re-
duce Infant Mortality.
Every Good Citizen Will Wear One of These Tags Today.
The campaign for pure milk for the babies will begin this morning when 300 young women, decorated with blue ribbons, will take possession of the town and ask money from the liberal-minded, in exchange for tags which will render them immune from further solicitation.
Stands will be placed in the main entrances of every large office building, each one in charge of a patroness and a limited staff comprised of two or three women and a policeman. Behind a table on which will be heaped the tags will be a large milk can to be filled with money from the contributions. Their campaign will begin at 9 o'clock this morning and cease at 5 o'clock this afternoon.
The money to be raised today will be used in equipping a plant for pasteurizing milk for what might be called the infant trade. Rabbi Harry H. Mayer, president of the pure milk commission of this city, declares hundreds of babies die here annually from diseases contracted by drinking milk taken out of tainted cans or which has otherwise been exposed to germs.
Two years ago a pasteurizing plant was established in the Associated Charities building and six sub stations for milk distribution were opened in the two Kansas Citys. The milk is hermetically sealed in three six and eight-ounce bottles. It is not given away, but sold for just enough money to pay for operating the plant. The commissions considered that, should the milk be given away, proud poor people would look with disfavor upon it as making themselves objects of charity.
Besides the women stationed in buildings, motor cars carrying a bevy of women and possibly a policeman will make the tour of the wholesale district morning and afternoon, so that none who are willing and anxious to give may lose the chance.
The police detailed by the board of police commissioners will go direct to the office of Charles Sachs, 631 Scarritt building, for instructions this morning, and they will carry the tags and blue ribbons to the women of the outposts. Tonight they will return the milk cans with their precious burden to Mr. Sach's office.
Mrs. H. H. Mayer will be personally in charge of the campaign as the representative of Rabbi Mayer, president of the pure food commission.
Labels: Associated Charities, charity, children, food, Jews, pure food commission, Scarritt building, women
June 12, 1909
"CON" MAN'S GAME BALKED.
Had Texan Talked Into Cashing
Check When Police Interfered.
Classed as an undesirable citizen by the judge of the municipal court yesterday morning, Lon Newton, also named Spencer, pleaded guilty to a charge of vagrancy and was fined $500. The defendant's crime was one of playing confidence man at the Union depot Wednesday night and attempting to separate a Texas farmer from a small amount of cash.
Newton watched a stranger buy a ticket to Bird's Point, Kas., and then struck up a conversation with him. Showing a ticket to St. Joseph, the confidence man said he was only going that far but that he would be in the Kansas town the following day, as that was his home. He said his father was president of a bank and that he was president of a bank and that he was the cashier. Then he asked the Texas man to cash a check for a small amount.
It was at this point that the conductor of the Burlington train overheard the conversation and called Patrolman John Coughlin and Depot Detective Bradley. The man was placed under arrest, but his partner escaped by running between two moving trains.
Labels: con artist, detectives, railroad, Texas, Union depot, vagrancy
June 12, 1909
DIED NEAR THE SAME TIME.
Mrs. Spickert Lived Only Few Hours
After Husband's Death.
Nicholas C. and Matilda Spickert, an aged couple living at 4247 Woodland avenue, died of different diseases within a few hours of the same time yesterday. The husband, who was 64 years old, died at the home at 4 o'clock in the morning. He was afflicted with cancer of the stomach. Mrs. Spickert died of a complication common to old age at the home of her only child, Mrs. Margaret Douthat, 3808 Euclid avenue, at 6 o'clock last night. She was unconscious for fourteen hours before her death.
Mr. and Mrs. Spickert came to this city form Texas twenty-five years ago and the former has for the past three years operated a s mall notion store at 4245 Woodland , next door to his dwelling.
Funeral services will be in charge of the Masons from the home of Mrs. Douthat at 2:30 o'clock Saturday afternoon. Burial in Elmwood cemetery.
Mrs. Douthat said last night that the couple had been married thirty-eight years and came to this city from Texas in a prairie schooner.
Labels: death, Euclid avenue, Seniors, Texas, Woodland avenue
June 11, 1909
WILL SEEK A NEW HOME.
Helping Hand Institute Finds Head-
Believing that its present home is inadequate, the Helping Hand institute h as decided to move from the location at 408-10 Main street. This afternoon a committee will visit the new Nelson building at Missouri avenue and Main street with a view to finding accommodations there.
The property now occupied by the institute is owned by it through the building numbered 410 Main street carries an indebtedness of $4,000.
The conditions which make a change advisable were pointed out by Edward A. Brown of Denver, who slept at Kansas City's municipal lodging house one night not long since. His criticisms caused a thorough investigation, which resulted in a desire to change to a more advantageous building, and still remain within the financial resources of the institution.
The committee which will visit the Nelson building is composed of G. W. Fuller, Dr. John Punton, C. D. Mill and E. T. Brigham.
Labels: Denver, Helping Hand, Main street, Missouri avenue
June 11, 1909
BOATING RULES ON THE BLUE.
New Regulations Are to Be Em-
bodied in Ordinance.
To meet the requirements of the motor boat men on the Blue river, a draft of an ordinance is being drawn up, which the council will be asked to pass, regulating traffic on that stream.
At a meeting of the Kansas City Yacht Club yesterday President J. E. Guinotte appointed Dr. Elliott F. Smith, J. W. Hogan, John Gurney, Thomas Landers and R. Mudra a special committee to draw up rules and regulations for the river traffic, which are to be embodied in an ordinance.
The river men find that a hard and fast rule requiring all craft to keep to the right and will not do for motor boats, as in places the river is so narrow and bends so sharply that it is absolutely necessary for launches to cross to the left.
Accordingly, to mark the river, in such a way as to show w here the right of way is to the right and where to the left, and otherwise making it possible to care for the 250 oar, paddle and propeller craft already in the little river.
Labels: Blue river, organizations
June 11, 1909
GROWING AS GOAT MARKET.
Kansas City Received 35,596 of
These Animals in May.
Kansas City has long been one of the big sheep markets of the West and in the past has handled many goats, though nothing in former seasons has approached this season's receipts. With the goat interests of Texas, New Mexico and Arizona prosperous, and this being the natural market for these sections, the goat market here has always been a good one. There has been a disposition to encourage the trade, but no one dared anticipate the big gain in receipts that has taken place this spring.
H. B. Adair, the government veterinary inspector at the stock yards here, reports the inspecting at the yards during May of 35,596 goats, or 10,941 more than ever before inspected here during a single month, the biggest month's receipts ever before received being May, 1907, when they were 24,655. This makes Kansas City the greatest goat market of the country.
Labels: animals, stock yards
June 10, 1909
CLAIM HE HYPNOTIZED
SIX MEMBERS CAUSE ARREST OF
AFFABLE BOOK AGENT.
A. W. Johnson Alleged to Have In-
duced Them to Give Up Money
and I. O. U.'s Totaling $120.
Held by Justice.
Six members of the Athenaeum Club went to the prosecutor's office yesterday and on behalf of themselves and three others declared that A. W. Johnson, a book agent, had hypnotized them into giving up money and I. O. U.'s totaling $120.75.
The women who complained to M. M. Bogie, assistant prosecuting attorney, were the following: Mrs. Anna S. Welch, wife of a physician; Mrs. E. T. Phillips, wife of a physician, residence the Lorraine; Mrs. Paul B. Chaney, 3446 Campbell street; Mrs. George S. Millard, 4331 Harrison street; Mrs. W. W. Anderson, 2705 Linwood avenue; Dr. Eliza Mitchell, 1008 Locust street.
Besides these, the following complained of Johnson, but did not appear yesterday: Mrs. Willard Q. Church, 3325 Wyandotte street; Mrs. Wilbur Bell, 200 Olive street, and Mrs. S. S. Moorehead, 3329 Forest avenue.
The women confronted Johnson in Mr. Bogie's office. It was declared that he had exercised hypnotic power. Said Mrs. M. H. Devault, 3411 Wabash avenue, prominent in the Athenaeum:
"This man sold a set of books called 'The Authors' Digest' to these members of the Athenaeum on representation that I had purchased the volumes and had recommended them. They bought largely on this recommendation."
"Yes, and we were hypnotized," said the women.
In addition to the books, Johnson sold a membership in the "American University Association." This, the women say he told them, would enable them to buy books, and especially medical works, at less than the usual price. After correspondence it was found that the lower prices could not be secured.
From all but one woman named, except Mrs. Devault, Johnson secured $5.75 and an order for $115. From Mrs. Millard he got $20 in money.
Johnson, a well dressed, affable young man, was arraigned before Justice Theodore Remley on a charge of obtaining money under false pretenses. He pleaded not guilty and was released on a bond of $500. He said he had an office in the Century building.
Labels: books, con artist, doctors, Forest avenue, Harrison street, hypnosis, Judge Remley, Linwood avenue, Locust street, Olive street, organizations, Wabash avenue, women, Wyandotte street
June 10, 1909
CLAIM HE HYPNOTIZED
SIX MEMBERS CAUSE ARREST OF
AFFABLE BOOK AGENT.
A. W. Johnson Alleged to Have In-
duced Them to Give Up Money
and I. O. U.'s Totaling $120.
Held by Justice.
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June 10, 1909
BRADY FREED UNDER
THE UNWRITTEN LAW.
Jury After Seven Hours Finds
Him Not Guilty.
After having deliberated from 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, the criminal court jury, in a verdict returned at 10 o'clock last night, acquitted Leon H. Brady, who was on trial for killing Joseph E. Flanagan.
But twenty or thirty persons were in the courtroom when the verdict was announced, including the defendant's wife. As it dawned upon her that her husband was a free man, she into his arms, and he caressed her tenderly.
Little "Billy" Brady, their 2-year-old child, was out at his Grandmother Brady's, 2115 Benton boulevard, but J. H. Brady, his grandfather, was there to hear the verdict, as were General Milton Moore and Horace Kimbrell, lawyers for the defense.
Brady's father expressed a wish to thank the jury, but Judge Ralph S. Latshaw forbade him. The freed man left the courthouse with his wife, going to the home of his father to get "Billy," then they returned to 2421 Prospect avenue, which has been their boarding place since the trouble at the Angelus.
The jury took about fifteen ballots before a verdict was reached. Some of the jurors held out for manslaughter in the fourth degree until far into the night.
Labels: attorney, Benton boulevard, courtroom, Judge Latshaw, murder, Prospect avenue
June 10, 1909
NEW BAND AT ELECTRIC.
Twelve Soloists and 43 Other Musi-
cians in Conway's Band.
Electric park is to have a brand new band next Sunday -- one that has never visited Kansas City before. It is the band of Patrick Conway, successor to the famous Gilmore. It comprises fifty-five pieces and will be accompanied by twelve soloists, one of whom is a vocalist. Conway is recognized as one of the most efficient of the American leaders.
Saturday night of this week a novel exhibition will take place in the Alligator village. It will consist in giving the alligators their first meal since they arrived in Kansas City. More than 500 pounds of raw beef has been ordered for the orgie. Alligators are fed only once in every several months and when the time comes around they are extremely voracious and show energy that is in direct contrast with their accustomed lethargy.
Only five more concerts will be played at the park by Ferullo's band. The farewell programmes are especially interesting.
Labels: amusement, animals, Electric park, music
June 10, 1909
BLOWN UP BY PRESCRIPTION.
Druggist High Loses Part of a
Thumb Through Explosion of
Chemicals, Which Starts Fire.
While preparing a prescription in his drug store at Fifteenth street and Troost avenue yesterday evening, Harley High was badly injured by an explosion of the chemicals which he was using in an evaporating dish. His right hand was badly hurt, and powdered chemicals were blown into his face.
The injured man was treated at the residence of Dr. W. T. Singleton, Jr., directly across the street. It was found necessary to amputate the right thumb at the first joint. The great mass of powder which had been blown into Mr. High's face was picked out. He was taken to his home, 3214 Chestnut street.
Fire which resulted from the explosion entailed a loss of $900 on the building and its contents.
Mr. High was suffering so greatly that he could not tell how the explosion occurred. No one else was near.
Labels: accident, Chestnut street, doctors, druggists, explosion, Fifteenth street, Troost avenue
June 10, 1909
ORPHANS GET AN OUTING.
Kansas City Automobile Club Gives
300 Children Rides in Big
Over the boulevards of Kansas City, in forty-five big touring cars, sped 300 little orphans yesterday afternoon. They were being given their third annual outing by the Kansas City Automobile Club, and enjoyed the ride to the utmost. Every car was laden with children carrying flags and each one wearing a shiny, happy face.
The cars, filled with children, met at Baltimore avenue, on Armour boulevard. From there they proceeded in line through the Northeast drives, thence south to Swope park. The line of cars was so long that after the pilot car had left the park the last of the procession was just entering the park driveway. From Swope park the machines took the Rockhill park road back to the starting point on Armour, and then to the different homes.
The third annual outing was under the management of Harry Fowler, chairman of the committee in charge of the event. From the Perry home there were 120 children taken on the ride, from the St. Joseph's home 125, and fifty from the Gillis home.
It was 6 o'clock before the children had been returned to the homes.
Labels: Armour boulevard, Baltimore avenue, children, orphans, Rockhill, Swope park
June 9, 1909
BRADY SAYS HE SHOT
IN DEFENSE OF HOME.
CLAIMS FLANAGAN TOOK AD-
VANTAGE OF WIFE.
Board of Education Draughtsman
Tells of Circumstances Which Led
to Killing -- Woman in the
Leon H. Brady, charged in the criminal court with murder for the second degree killing of Joseph E. Flanagan, went on the stand yesterday as a witness in his own behalf. The case will go to the jury today. Brady testified that he was 31 years old, had come to Kansas City at the age of 5, graduated from the public schools here and had taken a mining course in Columbia university, New York city; that afterwards he had worked for a copper mining company in Butte, Mont., had been engaged as engineer in a geological survey of Northern Montana and later had gone to Mexico to work in the Guggenheim smelters at Acientos and other places. He returned to Kansas City in April of last year and has since been a draughtsman for the board of education.
"When was the first time you heard of Flanagan pressing his attentions upon your wife?" he was asked.
"It was a couple of weeks before Flanagan was shot. My wife told me she could not go out of her room but that Flanagan was dodging around. I said to her:
" 'He hasn't said anything out of the way, has he? If he has, let me know. I can't call him down for standing around in the halls. That's only bad manners.' "
"When was the next time your wife complained?"
WARNED BY TELEPHONE.
"The Sunday preceding the shooting I was called from dinner to the telephone. A voice, which said it was Flanagan's, asked me if I wanted to take a walk that afternoon. I said I was going to my father's. After I had been at his home a time with my baby, a woman called me by telephone and said: 'You'd better come home and see what's doing.' "
Brady said that as soon as he returned to the Angelus boarding house at 1014 East Fifteenth street, where he lived at that time, he found Flanagan had appeared there almost as soon as he had departed. This was three days before the killing, which occurred Wednesday, March 24.
On Monday, said Brady, he asked his wife to explain a statement that Flanagan had threatened her on Sunday, and she began to cry.
"I've been in torments for two months," she told him.
She then told the husband, according to his story, that Flanagan had mistreated her twice, and had threatened her if she did not keep still. She said she had been afraid to tell before that time.
The next evening Brady met Flanagan at Twelfth street and Troost avenue. They walked down town and back to the Paseo before separating at Fifteenth street and Troost avenue. Brady was armed. Mrs. Brady was not mentioned.
"Why didn't you ask Flanagan to explain?" he was asked.
"I wanted to. My idea was to get at the thing somehow. I did not want to shoot him down in the street, but I did not know how to bring up the subject."
Tuesday evening the men went walking together again. They talked about revolvers, but not of Mrs. Brady.
"I thought I might see some way out of it all without a scandal or a tragedy," said the witness.
Telling of the events leading up to the shooting and of the happening itself, Brady said:
"When I came home Wednesday noon for lunch, Flanagan, who had moved away from the Angelus for a month, was back again. We talked. Mrs. Brady was ill and I took her lunch upstairs to her. I told my wife Flanagan was back. Then I went on to my work, two blocks away.
"But I could not work. As I had passed out of the house I had seen Flanagan sitting in the parlor, grinning at me sarcastically, as I believed. I went back to the house and up the rear stairs to our room. I asked Mrs. Brady whether she had been bothered, referring to Flanagan, and she said no. For fifteen minutes I remained, playing with the baby. I had put the revolver I carried on the dresser.
WENT WILD WITH RAGE.
"Presently Mrs. Brady said she was going downstairs. Almost immediately after the door had closed behind her I heard her cough. The thought flashed through my mind that Flanagan must be there. I jumped up and grabbed the revolver as I heard my wife say, 'No! No! No!'
"When I jerked the door open I saw my wife with her back to the door. Flanagan had hold of her shoulders and she had her hands up as if to push him away. I went wild with rage and turned loose on him with the gun at once. I suppose before he could have let go of her.
"At the first shot Flanagan fell. He started to get up, and I fired three times more. Then he ran to his room. He was running, and I thought he might get a gun, so I reloaded the revolver.
"Did you say to Mrs. Brady, 'If I didn't kill him I'm going to?' "
"I don't remember saying that."
Mrs. Belle L. Bowman, owner of the boarding house, had previously testified that she heard Brady use such words.
On cross-examination Brady said his wife did not call for him, but only said, "No, no, no."
Mrs. Mary Rosanna Brady, whose story to her husband caused the killing, preceded her husband on the stand. During the morning session of court she had been excluded from the room on account of being a witness. As soon as she had testified, she went to the prosecutor's office and remained there until the evening adjourment was taken.
TOLD OF BRADY INDIGNITIES.
Only once while she was on the witness stand did Mrs. Brady cry. That was when she told of the killing.
"I was born in Fort Madison, Ia.," said Mrs. Brady, "and in 1903 went to Mexico with my parents. July 4, 1905, I met Mr. Brady, and September 29 of the next year we were married. We have a boy 22 months old.
"I first met Flanagan in October, 1908, when I came to Kansas City. We grew to have a speaking acquaintance in the latter part of December. It was not until the Monday before the tragedy that I told Mr. Brady of the indignities Flanagan had heaped upon me. I have suffered from asthma since I was 3 years old. If it an unusually severe attack, morphine has to be administered. This leaves me in a helpless condition.
"About two weeks before the shooting I told Mr. Brady that Flanagan was spying on me. On the Monday afternoon I mentioned I told him that, on January 11, Flanagan had come to my room and taken advantage of me while I was helpless from drugs. He came into the room and took the baby while the doctor was there. As soon as the doctor had gone he took me into his room. I resisted and he said I would be foolish to tell Mr. Brady, as it would only make trouble. On February 27, he did the same thing."
The witness said that on the Sunday preceding the killing, while Brady was visiting his father, Flanagan had come to her room and had asked if everybody was gone and if she was expecting anybody. She said she had closed the door in his face. He told her, she said, that he "would do her dirt" and that he put his hand to his pocket.
CALLED HER A "BLUFFER."
"On Tuesday he came to the room again and said, 'Did you tell Brady anything?'
"I said 'yes,' and he said: 'You are a great bluffer. I was out walking with Brady last night and your name was not mentioned.' "
Relating the details of the shooting, Mrs. Brady said:
"It happened in front of my door. About 1:20 o'clock that afternoon Mr. Brady returned home. I told him I was going to the bathroom, and went out. I still had hold of the doorknob when I met Flanagan. He bade me the time of day and said: 'Won't you invite me in?'
"I said: 'Of course not. We are no longer friends.'
"He said: 'I want your friendship even if you no longer want mine.'
"I asked him why, and he said, taking hold of me in spite of my efforts to tear away: 'Because I love you. I'm jealous of you. I want you all to myself.'
"Then," said the witness, "Mr. Brady opened the door." She wept violently for a moment.
"As the door was opened," resumed Mrs. Brady, "he let go and I fell back against a trunk that was standing in the hall. Mr. Brady shot as soon as the door was open. I think he shot four times. Then I went downstairs with him and the baby, and telephoned for his sister. Then they took him away."
On cross-examination the attention of Mrs. Brady was called to discrepancies between her testimony on the stand and the statements she made to the prosecuting attorney soon after the shooting. She said was excited when she made the statement. On the witness stand she said that her friendship for Flanagan ceased after he had mistreated her. In her statement she had said they continued on friendly terms. She said also that she was in possession of her faculties at the time of the attack January 11, and that she could scream. Flanagan did not carry her into his room, she said. She remembered being there fifteen minutes and that the door was locked.
NOT A WOMAN IN COURT ROOM.
Also, she said she and her husband had discussed Flanagan before the shooting on the same afternoon, but later modified her statement.
W. S. Gabriel, assistant prosecuting attorney, who with Ruby D. Garrett, is conducting the prosecution, produced a note signed "Mary," and asked the witness if she had written it to Flanagan. She said the note was not written by her.
Mrs. Brady told her story with her face to the jury. She seemed hardly conscious of the presence of her husband, for she glanced in his direction but seldom. There was not a woman in the courtroom to hear her story and and hardly two rows were filled by spectators. She told her story without emotion. Mrs. Brady wore a white waist, a gray walking skirt and a small black hat trimmed in red. Her heavy veil was lifted when she testified.
Among other witnesses for the defense called during the afternoon was Dr. William T. Singleton, who treated Mrs. Brady January 11 and February 27 for asthma by giving her a hypodermic injection of morphine and atrophine. He said the drugs were sedatives, but would not necessarily effect the use of the vocal organs.
Joseph L. Norman, secretary of the board of education, and J. M. Greenwood, superintendent of schools, both old friends of the Brady family testified to the defendant's good character.
SAYS HE WAS LURED INTO TRAP.
The state rested its case at noon. According to the opening statement by Mr. Gabriel, it had proposed to show that Flanagan had been lured into a trap.
Among the state's witnesses were: Dr. Ralph E. Shiras, surgeon of the emergency hospital staff; Dr. James Moran and Dr. J. Park Neal of the general hospital, and G. E. Marsh and W. T. Latcham, patrolmen. Dr. Moran was present when Mr. Garret took Flanagan's dying statement, in which he declared himself innocent of wrongdoing. Only that part of the statement in which Flanagan said Brady shot him without saying a word was permitted to go to the jury. The wounded man died at the general hospital a few hours after the shooting. Every bullet took effect.
The state's chief witness was Mrs. Bowman, who conducts the boarding house. She said Flanagan and Mrs. Brady were frequently alone on the third floor of the house, where both had rooms, but that Flanagan did not seem to be there more when Brady was gone then at other times.
It was Mrs. Bowman who said that Flanagan tried to descend the stairs after he was shot. The witness said she heard Brady say: "Let him come. If I haven't killed him I will."
SHOT IN DEFENSE OF HOME.
The witness said that Mrs. Brady, when under the influence of opiates, was at times almost unconscious.
Gen. Milton Moore opened the afternoon session by briefly outlining the defense. His main argument was that Brady shot in defense of his home.
Statements by both state and prosecution led to the belief that the arguments summing up the testimony will be brief and will consume less than two hours. This will not be because of limitation by the court, for Judge Ralph S. Latshaw, before whom the case is being tried, seldom limits murder trial arguments.
The jury with which Brady's fate will rest is made up of the following: James A. Wood, 4315 Main street; C. C. Wagoner, 3202 Gillham road; J. J. Ronham, 2852 East Seventh street; William H. Hand, 1229 Cherry street; Michael Bresnahan, 1831 Oak street; E. E. Esslinger, 3902 Belleview avenue; Charles J. Lewis, Mt. Washington; F. O. Hartung, 3006 Garfield avenue; J. B. Ralph, 3513 St. John avenue; Alfred Simpson, Independence avenue; Jesse Robertson, 6216 Peery avenue; D. J. Biser, 1933 Montgall avenue.
Labels: courtroom, doctors, Fifteenth street, guns, Judge Latshaw, marriage, Mexico, murder, Superintendent Greenwood
June 9, 1909
GET STRAWBERRIES NOW.
Those Intending to Preserve Them
Would Better Buy at Once.
Home grown strawberries are coming to market now in large quantities. Kansas City takes about 2,000 crates of berries a day. the home grown is the best of all berries, and will be here for the next two weeks if the weather is normal. Prices are rather high. It is the best season the strawberry grower and commission merchant have ever known. Berries are arriving in good condition and prices are above the average.
Those intending to preserve berries will have to get them during the next ten days or go without, as the market will never be lower than during that period.
June 9, 1909
IS WIFE OF A MILLIONAIRE.
Grace La Rue, Kansas City Vaude-
ville Actress, Weds in London.
Grace La Rue, a vaudeville actress, who formerly lived in Kansas City, was recently married to Byron D. Chandler, a millionaire of New Hampshire. The marriage took place in England and was known to only a few close friends of the couple.
Miss La Rue was a Miss Parsons and lived with her mother, Mrs. Lucy L. Parsons, at 1319 Broadway, Kansas City, Mo. She ran away from home when a child and joined a vaudeville company at St. Louis. Later she married Charles H. Burke, from whom she was divorced several years ago.
Mr. Chandler was recently divorced from his first wife and married Miss La Rue shortly after leaving America. Mr. and Mrs. Chandler are at a hotel in London. The announcement of the marriage was made accidentally while Mr. Chandler was being interviewed upon his scheme of driving a coach in opposition to Alfred G. Vanderbilt, between London and Brighton.
Labels: Broadway, England, St Louis, vaudeville, wedding
June 8, 1909
BRADY MURDER TRIAL TODAY.
No Relatives of Flanagan Will At-
tend the Hearing.
None of the relatives of Joseph E. Flanagan will be in the criminal court today when testimony begins in the case charging Leon H. Brady with Flanagan's death. A telegram was received yesterday by the prosecutor from Martin J. Flanagan, brother of the dead man, to the effect that Mrs. Joseph Flanagan was too ill to undertake the trip to Kansas City. The family home is in Cleveland, O.
Brady is charged with murder in the second degree. He is 31 years old, a son of Joseph H. Brady, chief engineer for the board of education, in whose offices he is employed. He shot and killed Flanagan March 24 in the Angelus boarding house, 1014 East Fifteenth street, where both lived. The killing came after Mrs. Brady, who is 23 years old, had told her husband that Flanagan had mistreated her while she was under the influence of drugs. Flanagan lived only a few hours.
The thirty-four men composing the venire from which the jury will be selected were chosen in the criminal court yesterday. It might not take more than a day to hear the testimony, in the opinion of W. S. Gabriel and Ruby D. Garrett, assistant prosecuting attorneys, who are conducting the case for the state.
General Milton Moore, Horace Kimbrell and S. A. Handy, for the defense, will urge a husband's desire to protect his wife as justification for the killing. Mrs. Brady will take the stand in her husband's behalf. Self-defense may also be a plea.
In his dying statement, Flanagan denied having paid anything but respectful attention to Mrs. Brady.
Labels: attorney, Fifteenth street, murder
June 8, 1909
SAYS "HELPING HAND"
DOESN'T HELP POOR.
WEALTHY CITIZEN OF DENVER
Edwin A. Brown Tells of Treatment
He Received at Charitable Ini-
stitution -- Claims Place
As a consequence of one night spent at the Helping Hand, not as a matter of necessity, but because the housing of the unemployed is his fad, Edwin A. Brown, a wealthy citizen of Denver, called upon Mayor Crittenden yesterday, to urge the necessity of establishing a municipal lodging house along the lines of those in New York, Chicago, Buffalo and one or two other large cities.
Mr. Brown is a cousin of W. C. Brown, president of the New York Central railroad. He characterizes the Helping Hand as a monument of "what ought not to be."
One night he gave a boy in Denver a quarter, and then set set after with the mendicant to see what he did with it. The boy did pretty well, but Mr. Brown thought that two things went wrong: the boy should not have been compelled to beg, and he ought to have been provided at public expense with a good bed and a breakfast to fit him for a day's work. That was the beginning.
Then he set about seeing how other cities cared for their indigent. Mr. Brown went to Chicago. First he registered at the Auditorium Annex, got into overalls and jumper, put on a soft ulster, walked out of the hotel, checked the coat at a stand, and went to the Chicago municipal lodging house and applied for a free bed. He got it, and a god one.
From there he went to New York, asked the police to give him a free bed, and got a better one than in Chicago.
From there he went to Washington, where there is a national lodging house, once more in the jumper and the overalls, and the overalls, and foregathered in the dirtiest place he had been. He came to Kansas City, and says that here "is the monument for what ought not to be, the private lodging house that Kansas City offers as its haven for the 90 per cent of honest but unemployed men, and as many of the 10 per cent of rogues as want to get in.
Relating his experience here, Mr. Brown said:
CLEANLINESS IN NEW YORK.
"New York paid $500,000 for a lodging house for the 1,000 men and fifty women it cares for nightly. Cleanliness marks every inch of space in it. I was shown the place by the police, checked in, ushered before a doctor, examined, given a night gown that I learned was one reserved for those physically and bodily well, and then repaired to bathe. I learned afterwards that my own clothing was taken to a fumigating room and there treated.
"Others got different night gowns, and went to different wards, but before they were admitted to those wards they went to a dispensary and got medicines which they needed.
"Next morning, refreshed by wholesome sleep in a clean place, and given a good breakfast, I set out with the other 999, ready to look for and do a day's work.
"On coming to Kansas City I applied at the police headquarters for free lodging, and was told to go to the Helping Hand. There I went, and was told I would have to work for my bed and board.
" 'That I am most willing to do,' I replied, and then they took my hat as a ransom, and told me to go to a dormitory. It was dark, for somebody told me they had forty cots in the place. It smelled.
"It was not directed to be washed, nor had any of the others who were huddled in there to spread or catch disease. I could not sleep, so noisome was the atmosphere.
"I heard a boy moaning and went to see the poor chap. He was only 20, but was wracked with rheumatism and begging for relief. he had a few strips of cotton rags, which, from time to time, he took to a faucet to saturate, so he might bind his wrists.
"An attendant came through. The boy called to ask if he could get into the dispensary in the city hall, saying his pain was almost unendurable. The attendant told him that 9 o'clock next morning would be the earliest hour at which he might expect any relief.
"I was the first to get up, anxious to get out. In the dining room was a great throng. The meat was abominable. The coffee was not worth the name, and it was without sugar or milk. The bread was indifferent, the beans, barely palatable and the potatoes a disgrace.
"After that shocking pretense at a breakfast I was told I must work two hours at the rate of 20 cents an hour, which was not teaching a poor man to be honest and fair with his fellows. I went with three others into the filthiest dormitory, not the ones I had slept in, to make up 116 beds. That number of men had slept in the place.
"In New York no bed linen is used twice without being washed. I do not go far from truth when I say that the sheets in the Kansas City Helping Hand institute have not been washed for weeks, and the blankets not since they were first put on the beds. The blankets were stiff. In the dormitory I worked my two hours and got out of that place into a bath, where I kept an attendant going for the busiest hour he ever put in. I lost my overalls and jumper, as after that trip to the Helping Hand they are not fit for even another experiment."
DEFENDS LOCAL INSTITUTION.
E. T. Brigham, superintendent of the Helping Hand, who has visited all the charitable institutions in the large Eastern cities, said last night:
"We don't claim that conditions are ideal, but we do know that we have the best system in the country. We have not the money to erect magnificent lodging houses as they have in New York, but with the help of the city we have solved the problem of ridding Kansas City of the undesirable poor.
"Men who want work are not out of employment for any length of time. Those who don't want work will leave the city when they find they have to go to work for all that they eat. The saloons and cheap lodging houses do not house men in any kind of quarters as formerly, thanks to the tenement commission. Every one is sent to the Helping Hand where they must work for the shelter and food they get.
"In New York the municipal lodging house is the finest in the country, but they have no system to make a man go to the institution. If he detests work he can go to a bread line or a cheap saloon. He lives all winter without work and others are attracted to the city.
Labels: charity, Chicago, Denver, food, Helping Hand, New York, visitors
June 8, 1909
SPENDS HIS TIME PRAYING.
Claud Brooks to Be Hanged for
Murder June 30.
No preparations have been made at the county jail for the execution of Claud Brooks, who is to be hanged June 30 for the murder of Sidney Herndon, owner of the Navarro flats, Twelfth and Baltimore. Brooks will not be put into the condemned men's cell until June 10. It is customary to grant men sentenced to execution an reprieve of sixty days, and this may be done in the case of Brooks.
The condemned man spends most of his time praying.
Labels: Baltimore avenue, death penalty, jail, murder, Twelfth street
June 8, 1909
CHANCE FOR YOUNG MINISTER.
John H. Hardin, Christian Divine,
Arranges for Disposal of Library.
By the will of John H. Hardin, who was a Christian minister, formerly of Liberty, Mo., some young Christian minister will be given a valuable library. The testator provides that three ministers shall select a promising young divine to whom the books shall be given. The balance of the estate, with the exception of small bequests to children and friends, goes to Mrs. Willie A. Hardin, the widow, who is also named as administratrix.
Labels: books, Liberty, ministers, probate
June 7, 1909
PLANS ALCOHOL RUB
WITH BEER PLUNGE.
FRANK JONES'S SCHEME TO
Suggestion Comes After Visit to
Topeka, Where Turkish Bath Es-
tablishments Have Monopoly
in Alcohol Business.
"During my recent visit to Topeka," said Frank Jones, formerly of Caldwell, Sumner county, Kas., "I believe I discovered a serious flaw in the prohibition law. While the lid, to all intents and purposes, is squeezed on thoroughly tight, I was informed that the leading Turkish bath establishments at the capital are still advertising alcohol rubs.
"Now alcohol is alcohol and whether you drink it or have it put into you by rubbing it through the pores seems to me to be a distinction without a material difference.
"Of course, I never heard of an alcohol rub making anyone intoxicated. Still the flaw in the prohibition law is there and why cannot the Turkish bath men take advantage of the law and elaborate on their programme?
"The unlimited advertising that Topeka would receive, were the plans which I have in mind, put into execution, almost takes me to the first train for that town with a view to buying up all the real estate on Kansas avenue. The plan? I knew you would be getting your oar in when I began to talk real estate.
WHY LIMIT TO ALCOHOL?
"The scheme is simple enough. If alcohol rubs are allowed, mark you, rubs, why limit the rubbing to alcohol? By that same rule could the Turkish bath man not rub a man with German cologne, Holland gin or corn whisky? You would be rubbing it in, wouldn't you? Of course you would.
"I hatched this beautiful plan while we were leaving Topeka, bound for Kansas City. The conductor told me that the train was running at the rate of 65 miles an hour and I told him that if the engineer was as dry as I was he'd be running 100 miles an hour. At the present stage of the game one can not leave Topeka too rapidly.
"If the suggestion is adopted the Turkish bath managers will immediately rearrange their establishments and inaugurate an entirely new procedure. There will be the bath, naturally. We have to have the bath. That misnomer will have to stick. Very few men who buy a Turkish bath anywhere need a bath. They need a rest.
"After the bath the big show begins. The attendant simply asks his customer what sort of a rub he wants. By that he will mean rye or bourbon.
THEN THE BEER PLUNGE.
"Following the rye or bourbon rub the victim, I should say the bathee, will be led to the champagne shower bath and from there to the beer plunge. Then from the beer plunge the happy man is taken to the cooling room de luxe, in other words, the cold storage.
"Under these new regulations the Turkish bath house will be an institution of many parts. The prescription that I have just written is intended for men of means. There is nothing in the law which says what shall be in the tub. Therefore, the patron of the modern Topeka Turkish bath can purchase a plain ticket, entitling him to one Old Crow tub bath. If he wants to go a little stronger he can order an extra in the form of a gin fizz spray.
The piece de resistance of the entire joy rule is the beer plunge. Therein would lie competition in the Topeka Turkish baths. It would be a seductive bait for the breweries. The agents will simply be falling over themselves in an effort to get the respective establishments to use their beer in the plunge.
MEN WOULD NEED MUZZLES.
"Furthermore, the bath men will become active. In my mind's eye I see Kansas avenue lined with Turkish bath establishments and such alluring electric signs as:
" 'This house changes the beer in its plunge daily.'
" 'An innovation for Topeka: The only Turkish bath plunge in the world using daily in its immense plunge imported beer.'
" 'The beer in our plunge changed daily and guaranteed under the pure food and drug law, etc.'
"What do you think? Isn't she a whopper?"
"I was thinking this," was the reply. "I used to live in Topeka. Do you know what would happen if this Utopian Turkish bath scheme of yours should be put into effect?"
"Haven't the remotest idea," said Mr. Jones. "Appears to be a grand scheme."
"Well, the Topeka city council would hold an extraordinary session and pass an ordinance requiring every man in the town to wear a muzzle."
Labels: alcohol, bath house, prohibition, Topeka, visitors
June 7, 1909
PLANS ALCOHOL RUB
WITH BEER PLUNGE.
FRANK JONES'S SCHEME TO
Suggestion Comes After Visit to
Topeka, Where Turkish Bath Es-
tablishments Have Monopoly
in Alcohol Business.
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June 7, 1909
SWIMMING RACE AT PARK.
Two-Mile and Half-Mile Contests
in Fairmount Lake.
Several thousand persons lined the banks of the lake at Fairmount park yesterday afternoon to watch the boat races and swimming races that were a part of the park's free attractions for the day. And while these thousands were watching these attractions, a few more thousands were seeing the vaudeville show, and others were keeping the concession men and ticket sellers busy.
Sunshine, a rising temperature and the knowledge that no rain was in sight -- that was the reason for the crowd.
There were boat races of a half-mile, a mile and a mile and a half. Then the big event, a race of two miles, was pulled off. It was between William McPike of Warrensburg and C. L. Gardner of Hannibal, Mo. As the contestants fought for the first place the crowd on the bank cheered and picked winners. After several spurts, Gardner finally won the race. A swimming race of one half mile was also one of the interesting events. It was between J. J. Williams and F. R. Polland of this city. Polland won.
The vaudeville show yesterday afternoon was entertaining. The bill included Huffell and Huffell, singers and dancers, McLane and Simpson, comedians and Arthur Browning, a dancer.
Zimmerscheid's orchestra gave two concerts, one in the afternoon and one at night.
Labels: amusement, boats, fairmount park, music, races, swimming, vaudeville
June 7, 1909
FEAR DARK DESIGNS
ON FATHER MICHAEL.
MYSTERIOUS WOMAN'S MUTTER-
INGS ALARM PARISHIONERS.
Remembrance of Denver Tragedy
Thrills Worshipers When She Dis-
turbs Service at St. Rose
of Lima Church.
Three hundred persons, attending the celebration of high mass in the St. Rose of Lima church, Seventh street and Quindaro boulevard, Kansas City, Kas., yesterday morning, were distracted in their prayers by the strange mutterings of a woman, who appeared to be demented and who, they fear, might have designs upon a Catholic priest.
A week ago Sunday, this same woman was among the worshipers in St. Mary's Catholic church, Fifth street and Ann avenue, Kansas City, Kas., and she acted in the same queer manner.
With the memory of the tragic assassination of Father Leo Heinrichsen, a Catholic priest in Denver, about a year ago still fresh in their minds, members of the St. Rose of Lima church showed the greatest anxiety.
CARRIES MYSTERIOUS PACKAGE.
The woman talked loudly as she entered the church, which is situated on the second floor of a two-story brick building, and she aroused curiosity by carrying in her hand a small oblong package covered with a newspaper. It was feared by those near her that the newspaper concealed a weapon.
As she walked up the aisle she scanned the pews closely, and finally wedged into the second pew from the alter.
Turning to a woman next to her, she said:
"What language do they speak in this church?"
"English," was the response.
When mass began the priest, according to the Roman Catholic rule, began the service in Latin.
"That is not English," said the woman; "that's a foreign language."
Her neighbor did not answer.
After mass had progressed for a few minutes the woman asked:
"What is the name of the priest?"
"Father William Michael," she was told.
"THAT'S THE PRIEST I WANT."
"That's the priest I want," said the woman.
She attracted attention when she blessed herself with her left hand, which is contrary to church rules. The genuflection, which is made by all Catholics when entering a pew, was also done awkwardly as to be noticeable.
Throughout the service the woman talked loudly and all the time the nervous auditors were watching the odd package she carried. More than once Father Michael appeared disturbed.
The solemn service prevented any conference on the part of the parishioners, but those about the woman concluded that she was a fanatic and were fearful of the result of her visit. That she was so near the altar and within a few steps of the priest lent to the uneasiness of church members.
STAYS AFTER MASS.
When mass was concluded the members fastened their gaze on the woman, who remained unmoved. the congregation, following the last prayers, began to file form the church while the priest and his servers left the altar. The woman, however, remained in her seat and followed Father Michael's every move.
A half dozen persons remained to watch the woman, each being of the same mind. Father Michael returned to the alter alone to repeat the prayers of thanksgiving, this being a part of the ceremony of the mass.
He saw the woman still watching him and finished his service with some difficulty. When he returned to the sacristy he watched until she had started from the building.
SEEN AT ANOTHER CHURCH.
The woman is not known to members of the congregation. She is about 50 years old and had sharp features. The trail of her skirt was wet and some wild flowers which she carried led some to think that she had been walking in the fields.
Leaving the church she departed rapidly west on Quindaro boulevard.
Many of the communicants waited outside to watch the strange woman's movements, and some of these identified her as the same person who had distracted the service at St. Mary's the week before. It is also said that she has been seen at several church picnics and indoor entertainments, always carrying the same mysterious package.
Father Michael was not at all disturbed by the incident, although the interruptions during the mass worried him.
Labels: churches, Kansas City Kas, mental health, ministers, women
June 7, 1909
ITALIANS' FOURTH OF JULY.
"Festa Dello Statuto" Was Appropri-
ately Celebrated Yesterday.
Yesterday was the "Festa Dello Statuto," which to the Italians is as the Fourth of July is to Americans, and was appropriately celebrated. It is the anniversary of the granting of a constitution to the people by King Carlo Alberto in 1848.
Ferullo's band at Electric park, which is made up almost entirely of Italians, played the "Marcia Reale," the Italian national air, as a number of its programme. Pietro Isnardi, the Italian consul, held a reception yesterday afternoon and at night Ferullo's band went to his residence at 503 Cherry street and gave a concert for the Italian residents who were present en masse.
Labels: Cherry street, Electric park, holidays, immigrants, music
June 7, 1909
WALDO CHURCH IS
Bishop Quayle Conducts Services at
Broadway Methodist Edifice.
The new Broadway Methodist Episcopal church in Waldo, at the corner of Seventy-fourth street and Broadway, was dedicated yesterday and nearly $10,000 was raised to liquidate the congregation's indebtedness. The total cost including the lot, amounts to $14,200. The edifice is of stone. The Rev. H. G. Humphrey is the pastor. Bishop W. A. Quayle of Oklahoma conducted the dedication at both the morning and afternoon services and was assisted by the pastor and District Superintendent S. B. Campbell.
In 1907 a Sunday school was organized and was held in a blacksmith shop. The Rev. O. M. Stewart, who had charge of the work in Waldo, took the first subscriptions for a church and later the Sunday school was removed to Pitkin hall at Seventy-fifth and Broadway.
In October of 1907 the church was organized and in March of the following year, the contract for the new building was let. Dr. C. B. Hewitt and wife presented the church with a lot of nearly an acre as a site, valued at $1,350. In April of the same year the Rev. H. G. Humphrey was assigned to the church at the Springfield conference. The cornerstone was laid last August and addresses were made by the Rev. C. C. Cissel and Dr. John Punton.
Labels: Broadway, churches, cornerstones, doctors, ministers, Waldo
June 6, 1909
Y. W. C. A. FUND OF
$300,000 IS RAISED.
THOMAS L. SWOPE DOUBLES
SUBSCRIPTION OF $25,000.
Other Voluntary Donations Make a
Total of $303,000, Which Is
$3,000 in Excess of the
Through the donation of $50,000, by Thomas L. Swope, the largest single gift ever made for a similar enterprise in the history of the Y . W. C. A. , a gift of $20,000 by the R. A. Long family and $10,000 from the banks of Kansas City, the hard fought battle of the Young Women's Christian Association for $300,000 to build a new home was yesterday changed from a faded hope to a joyous reality. At the close of the campaign, May 25, the sum subscribed was $37,000 short of the necessary amount.
Since the end of a most strenuous campaign, every day of which was fraught with brilliant prospects which faded, forces have been at work, and yesterday the announcement was made that the money needed had been raised and there was some to spare.
Mr. Swope, feeling the absolute need of an institution such as has been proposed for the women of Kansas City, agreed to double his first subscription, raising it from $25,000 to the magnificent sum of $50,000. The amount was given with the proviso that the donor's name be withheld from the public, but Miss Nettie E. Trimble, general secretary of the association, considered such a proposition unfair to the man through whose charity their hopes are to be realized.
Following the lead made by Mr. Swope, R. A. Long added another $5,000 to his already large donation, making the total $20,000. Then through the Kansas City clearing house, the various banks donated $10,000, making in all a total of $40,000 since the closing of the original campaign. This brings the subscriptions up to $303,000, $3,000 more than was originally asked. This money will be used for equipments for the new building.
A meeting of the members of the board of directors of the association will be held some day next week to decide upon the plans for the new buildings. The "Home," which is to be erected at Eleventh street and Troost avenue, will be started at the earliest moment. Plans for this building have not yet been decided upon, as the national association has agreed to furnish them, provided use can be made of some that have already been used.
"We wish to thank the public spirited people of Kansas City who have helped in this campaign and made our project possible," said Miss Trimble yesterday. "Especially do we feel indebted to the press of Kansas City for the interest it has shown in the work and the good it has done to further the interests of our cause. We feel the responsibility of our position and we will do all within our power to merit the confidence of the people who have put this great sum at our disposal."
Labels: charity, Eleventh street, R A Long, Thomas Swope, Troost avenue, YWCA
June 6, 1909
NOVELTY IN NEW EAT-
ORIENT INN UNLIKE OTHER
KANSAS CITY RESTAURANTS.
Every Man His Own Waiter, but
There's Greater Variety and
Better Food Than Is
In the opening of the "Orient Inn," a new form of restaurant in the Orient building, Tenth and Baltimore avenue, a St. Louis man is giving actual demonstration in Kansas City of the reason for the much-talked-of "Drew question." The Orient Inn is an innovation. Incidentally it is the best of its kind to be found anywhere, and the business acumen which chose Kansas City as the site for an eating house planned on such magnificent proportions gives attestation of the spirit of progress which flourishes here.
Everyone who lunches at the Orient Inn becomes his or her own waiter. As you enter the door, you are given a silver tray and a coupon check. You take for yourself knife, fork and spoon, also a napkin, and then wander along at will, viewing the tempting displays of cold meats, salads, crisp pies, delicious jellies, fruits, vegetables. Everything is shown in glass cabinets or showcases. There is no spurring of jaded brain to choose from a bewildering bill-of-fare. You SEE the food. It looks delicious. the prices are low, and when you have taken what you want, the fair attendant who presides at that particular counter asks for your purchase slip and clips off a coupon.
The Orient Inn will seat comfortably 500 people, and one may elect to sit almost anywhere. There are fetching little stalls all along the side walls, divided one from another by green curtains and lighted by individual electrollers.
The new Orient Inn is the largest eating establishment in Kansas City -- in fact, in any city west of New York. Its two main dining rooms occupy the entire lower floors of the Orient railway building and the Shubert theater. In addition there is a spacious ante-chamber to be known as the "gentlemen's smoking room."
A special "rest room" has been provided for the ladies, containing easy chairs, desks and other conveniences.
The Orient Inn is owned and operated by the Orient Catering Company, with which the two brothers, John and George Kroger, are most actively connected. John Kroger, president and general manager, has been prominently identified with the restaurant business in Chicago, and for the past two years has operated the Pierce Lunch room and the Victoria Lunch of St. Louis. In coming to Kansas City, Mr. Kroger felt that he was bringing an establishment so radically different and far in advance of anything yet done here that it would meet with instant recognition and approval. That this is true is evidenced by the fact that Kansas City's most prominent business men are already regular patrons of "The Inn.," and professional people and women who find it necessary to lunch down town are enthusiastic in their description of it as "the most delightful place in Kansas City in which to eat."
Labels: Baltimore avenue, Chicago, restaurants, St Louis, Tenth street
June 6, 1909
HARVEST HELP CALL COMES.
No Low Railroad Rate This Year.
16,000 Hands Wanted.
Demands are now pouring in on the local office of the Missouri Free Employment Bureau for harvest hands. June 20 is the date set for sending out the first contingent.
"We do not like to say what towns are calling for hands," said one of the clerks of the bureau yesterday, "because men read it in the newspapers and go at once to the place. This office loses the credit."
What is really something tangible is that the particular places get more "hands" than they can use.
About 16,000 harvesters will be required. Kansas City will be able to furnish about one-half that number. There are not so many available men this year as last, but there are as many as there were two years ago.
As last year, there will be no special rate made for harvest hands by the railroads. Thanks to the abolition of the 3-cent fares, the 1-cent-a-mile rate, which was always made for outward-bound harvesters, has been wiped off the boards. It will be 2 cents a mile, straight, strictly in advance, this year.
Labels: employment, railroad
June 6, 1909
ROSE JUST HAD TO STEAL.
Even When Locked in Jail the Habit
Stealing hacks isn't the only accomplishment that Rose smith possesses. She was arrested yesterday afternoon in Rosedale for climbing on Thomas Murphy's hack and driving away without the owner. But her performance was placed in the background when she attempted to carry away all the electric light fixtures in the women's holdover at headquarters by concealing them in her stockings.
The woman was suspected when Charles Gatto and Robert Wiseman, the two jailers, entered the holdover yesterday morning. Neither could explain the disappearance of the electric globes. It remained for Lieutenant Harry Stege, the Bertillon expert, to solve the disappearance. When "mugging" the woman he imagined he heard a rattle of glass, and to his astonishment, Rose extracted the missing globes from her stocking.
"I just wanted to steal something," she said, with a grin.
Labels: crime, jail, police headdquarters
June 5, 1909
MADE A ROBBED MAN RUN.
"Stick-Ups" got a Conductor's $11,
Then Urged Him to "Beat It."
As D. D. Porter, a Fifteenth street car conductor, got off a car at Fifteenth street and Quincy avenue about 11 o'clock Thursday night, after the day's work was over, he was followed by three men. A block north on Quincy avenue they caught up with Porter and held him up. Two of the men were armed with revolvers.
After taking the contents of his pocketbook which amounted to about $11, they told Porter to run. To accelerate his progress, several shots were fired in the air.
Labels: crime, Fifteenth street, guns, streetcar
June 5, 1909
YOEMEN TO MINNEAPOLIS.
Two Hundred Members Will Parade
Tonight to Special Train.
A parade of 200 members of the Brotherhood of American Yoemen will take place at 8:30 tonight, preliminary to t heir departure for Minneapolis, Minn., to attend the national conclave. The parade will take the route from the hall, 1013 Holmes street, to Fifteenth street to Grand avenue, then to Twelfth street and over to Main street, where it will turn north to Ninth. Cars for the depot will be boarded at the junction.
In the party going North will be the young women's military drill team, young men's military drill team and the degree staff. They have chartered a special train for the trip.
Labels: Fifteenth street, Grand avenue, Holmes street, Main street, military, Ninth street, organizations, parades, the Junction, Twelfth street
June 5, 1909
GETTING HIS BEATING.
June 5, 1909
WOLGAST AND PEPPERS
MATCHED FOR JUNE 11?
Featherweights May Go Ten Rounds
Before the Empire Athletic Club.
Ad Wolgast, the Milwaukee featherweight, and Teddy Peppers of Kansas City will probably fight ten rounds before the Empire Athletic Club here June 11 instead of Phil Knight and Packy McFarland. When Knight injured his hand he was unable to keep his part of the agreement for the bout with McFarland and it was called off.
Yesterday the Empire club received a telegram from Wolgast's manager asking the club to stage Wolgast and Peppers this month. The club wired back immediately that it would give Wolgast the fight with Peppers on June 11 if it was possible for Wolgast to come at that time. Up to a late hour last night the club had received no word from Wolgast, but it is believed that he will accept today. If he does fans of this city will see just as good about as McFarland and Knight could put up, and one that is considered just as high class. Pepper has been after Wolgast for a long time and expects to cop the bacon.
The weight for the match will be at 125 pounds at 3 o'clock, and there will be a good side bet wagered on the result.
Labels: sports, telegram
June 5, 1909
ROSE TAKES MURPHY'S RIG.
Officers in Rosedale Put Abrupt End
to Her Brief Ride.
The hankering after horses of Rose Smith, a woman living at Thirtieth street and Southwest boulevard, who "just loves to drive," yesterday afternoon for the second time caused her arrest.
Rose climbed up on Thomas Murphy's hack, which was standing near Summit street on the Southwest boulevard, and whipping up the horses, drove away toward Rosedale. When Murphy came out of a store he discovered that his hack was gone, but he had no trouble in following. Rose was arrested in Rosedale by the city marshal, who delivered her to the Missouri officers.
"I just loves to drive horses," was the woman's explanation. "I wasn't going to steal them at all -- just out for a little drive."
Rose Smith was arrested in Kansas City, Kas., a month ago for undertaking a trip which differed very little from yesterday's feat. On the former occasion she took a horse and buggy.
Labels: buggy, crime, Kansas City Kas, Rosedale, Southwest boulevard, Summit street, Thirtieth street
June 4, 1909
HE WILL CONTINUE THE "JR."
For Legal Reasons Mayor Critten-
den Will Not Drop Affix.
For official and legal reasons Mayor Crittenden will continue the "Jr." affix to his name. It was generally presumed he would drop the "Jr." upon the death of his father, whose initials were the same.
"I would like to drop the 'Jr.' " said the mayor yesterday, "but I have been informed by my legal adviser that I must continue it so long as I remain mayor, for it was with that affix that I was elected. During my business career I also signed a large number of deeds of trust and conveyances with the 'Jr.' added, and I am told it would avoid any possible legal entanglements to hang on the handle."
Labels: Mayor Crittenden
June 4, 1909
JOHN W. SPEAS, LONG
ILL, KILLS HIMSELF.
With Pistol and Poison Makes Sure
of Death After Writing a
JOHN W. SPEAS.
After writing a brief farewell note to his family, John W. Speas committed suicide yesterday morning at 6:30 o'clock in a bedroom at his home, 1028 Summit street, by drinking carbolic acid and shooting himself.
Mrs. Speas, who was in the dining room downstairs, hurried to the bedroom when she heard the report of the revolver, and found Mr. Speas prostrate upon the floor. She summoned the family physican, Dr. R. T. Sloan, who said death had been instantaneous. Before firing the fatal shot, it is believed that Mr. Speas swallowed the carbolic acid. According to the deputy coroner either method would have resulted in death.
Mr. Speas has been an active member of the Commercial Club for a longer period probably than any other man in it, and once refused the presidency. He was active in the building of the first Convention hall, and also was conspicuous in the work of reconstructing it after the fire. As a member of the Commercial Club he was looked upon as the most popular active worker. He was president several years of the Priests of Pallas, and a member of the board of directors.
Mr. Speas was a native of Missouri. He came to Kansas City at the age of 10 years, and for several years sold papers, and later carried a paper route. He studied bookkeeping at Spalding's Business college, and then allied himself with the Kansas City Distilling Company. Much of his business career was interwoven with that of E. L. Martin, president of the distilling company. Later Mr. Speas became interested in the Monarch Vinegar company, and eventually became the sole owner.
An enthusiastic baseball fan, he identified himself with National League in the '90s, and for three or four years owned or controlled the franchise in Kansas City. He was a member of the Masons, Elks and Mystic Shrine.
Mr. Speas was born on a farm near Kansas city, October 18, 1862. In 1884 he married Miss Evelyn Southworth. Besides his widow he leaves one son, Victor Speas. Continued ill health of three years' duration is believed to explain his suicide.
The pallbearers for the Speas funeral, which will be held Saturday morning, are F. A. Faxon, L. W. Shouse, E. M. Clendening, William Barton, J. C. Schmelzer, D. P. Thompson, F. S. Doggett and W. H. Holmes.
Labels: Commercial Club, Convention Hall, doctors, Edwin Clendening, Frank Faxon, Funeral, guns, Spaldings college, sports, Suicide, Summit street
June 4, 1909
NO BONUS MONEY
FOR JOHN KLING.
MURPHY TRIES AGAIN TO GET
Cub Catcher Refuses to Return, So
His Boss Says Other Players
Will Keep All of
Johnny Kling and Charles Webb Murphy, owner of the Chicago Cubs, have had another understanding. This time it does not suit Mr. Kling quite as well as it might, but Charles Webb seems to be getting even for Johnny refusing to return to Chicago to play with the world's champions.
This understanding was reached yesterday in a conversation over the telephone between Murphy in Chicago and Kling here. Murphy simply called up to inform John that the $10,000 bonus money the Cubs were to receive for winning the world's championship last year would be given out today and also to inform Mr. Kling that "The Boys," meaning the Cubs, had decided to count John out of the coin division. He incidentally mentioned that he would like to have Kling return to the Cubs this year.
That announcement about the disposition of the ten thousand did not suit Johnny in the least. He was a member of the Cubs all of the season of 1908 and did just as much to win the world's championship as any member of the team. Had he gone back this year there would have bee no question but what he would have received his share of that money. What he has done this year should not deprive him of salary he earned last year, in his estimation, but Murphy seems to be using this method to get even and if he wants to get even with Kling there is no better way. Murphy informed his former catcher that he would have another talk with the boys today and that John might be counted in after all, but John is not expecting to receive any of the coin.
It was quite a long conversation they had over the telephone. Murphy asked Johnny to return this year if things went to suit him. Murphy did not like that answer and extended an invitation for John to come to Chicago and see the game today. This was rather mean of Murphy to ask John to watch Moran do some star catching and John took it that way, so he refused to accept the invitation. When the men hung up their receivers Murphy had not succeeded in getting Kling to return to the Cubs, but he made sure of keeping John's share of the $10,000. Kling expects to hear from Charles again today.
Labels: Chicago, Johnny Kling, sports
June 4, 1909
ENGHNELL ASKS FOR GUNS.
Released Member of Adam God's
Band Says He Needs Money.
To get money to buy clothes and something to eat, Willialm Enghnell, one of the Adam God band of fanatics, applied at police headquarters yesterday for the weapons which were taken from him at the time of the riot last December. since he was released by the prosecuting attorney he has been told he ought to recover the guns.
Chief Frank F. Snow and Captain Walter Whitsett gave him no satisfaction. They stated that enough trouble had been caused by the revolvers.
Labels: Adam God sect, Captain Whitsett, guns, Police Chief Snow
June 4, 1909
MARRIED A MILLIONAIRESS.
But $3 for Room Two Hours Looked
High to Bakewell.
Paul Bakewell, the St. Louis attorney who married Miss Mary Morgan Fullerton, a St. Louis girl with $1,500,000 in her own name, was a guest at the Hotel Baltimore yesterday, with his bride of a day, and made one of the first moves in his vow to live within his own means when he "roared" over paying $3 for the use of a room for two hours. Mr. Bakewell and his wife registered at the hotel about 8 o'clock yesterday morning and were assigned to a room, paying out two hours later.
After they had breakfasted, Mr. Bakewell approached the cashier's desk and asked what was the amount of his bill. Turning over the leaves of the ledger, the cashier pulled out Mr. Bakewell's account and putting down a few figures, told the attorney the amount.
"That is rather high for two hours' occupancy of a single room, is it not?" he inquired.
"Oh, no," replied the cashier, sweetly, "Not at all. You see you can remain in the room all day if you like, and it won't cost you any more. We make our charge by the day, and you pay for a day whether you occupy the room for a whole day or any portion of the day."
Mr. Bakewell considered the proposition with perplexity for several minutes, then paid the money and went out.
Labels: Hotel Baltimore, hotels, St Louis, visitors
June 3, 1909
5,000 SEE THE MEYER
MANY TRIBUTES TO THE FIRST
PRESIDENT OF THE PARK BOARD.
Addresses by Leon Smith, Henry D.
Ashley and Mayor Crittenden.
Cord Releasing Flag Pulled
by Phillip Meyer.
At the unveiling yesterday afternoon of the bronze and marble memorial in honor of August R. Meyer, first president of the park board, at the Paseo and Tenth street, a drowed of 5,000 persons witnessed the ceremonies. Members of the Meyer statue comittee, Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Leon Smith, president of the Commercial Club, and business associates and friends of the man whose memory was to be honored, rode to the scene of the memorial services in carriages. Chief of Police Frank Snow headed the processoin with a detachment of mounted police, followed by Hiner's band and Company K, of the Third regiment, national guards. Colonel Cusil Lechtman, attended by the majors and captains of the regimennt, rode in advance of the guards.
Before the arrival of the parade the crowd had gathered in front of the statue and locked traffic on Tenth street. Many women and children were in the crowd, and when the mounted police turned west on Tenth street from the Paseo the pushing back of those in the middle of hte street crushed the smaller children, and women begged the police to help them out of the jam.
A raised platform had been erected on each side of the statue, which his located on the Paseo grounds just north of and facing Tenth street. The committee occupied the platform and Mrs. Meyer accompanied by her children and friends sat in an au tomobile in front of the statue. Following a selection by the band Leon Smith made an address in which he told of the services rendered by Mr. Meyer in whose honor the shaft was erected.
FATHER OF PARK SYSTEM.
The subject of the bronze portrait in relief which adorns the marble statue was the father of the park system in Kansas City. He was not only president of the first park board, but was also president of the Commercial Club, which was instrumental in securing the statue. A few days after the death of Mr. Meyer, December 1, 1905, the Commercial Club met and instituted a popular subscription for a monument to the memory of one of Kansas City's foremost men. The amount to be raised was placed at $25,000. Daniel Chester French, the great American sculptor of New York was selected to do the relief. It is the fist monument ever unveiled by this city.
Henry D. Ashley, an old friend of Mr. Meyer's, spoke for three-quarters of an hour in eulogy of the man, whom he declared had done more for the beauty of Kansas City than any other one man. He said that his friend was not only interested in beautifying Kansas City, but was prominent in every public enterprise and civic improvement. Following Mr. Ashley an address was made by Mayor Crittenden. He said, in part:
TRIBUTE BY MAYOR.
"The biting frost of death does not kill the fruit of patriotism. It bears on everlastingly. Thee handiwork of Washington is still our daily benefit, and the richest asset of Lincoln's life will pay dividends from generation to generation. While our distinguished townsman August R. Meyer, sleeps, grateful multitudes are daily reaping harvests of bloom and bower and flower and fountain, children of his busy brain. In life he gave abundantly the best he had -- his talents; in death we give him freely the best we have -- our gratitude.
"This great citizen, forerunning his time, saw wisely that the modern city must not confine itself merely to commerce, but must beautify as well; that it must not only have stores and banks and lawns, where the rich and the poor could enjoy the health giving sunlight and pure fresh air."
Labels: Commercial Club, Mayor Crittenden, military, music, parades, Park board, Paseo, Police Chief Snow, statues, Tenth street
June 3, 1909
YOUNG WOMAN LAWYER.
RISE WHEN HELEN RODGERS
RECEIVES HER DIPLOMA.
Forty-Five Are Graduated From the
Kansas City Law School -- Judge
John F. Philips Delivers
the Annual Address.
As the name of Miss Helen Crawford Rodgers was called last night by the president of the Kansas City Law School, the entire graduating class rose while the young woman received her diploma. It was the occasion of the twelfth annual commencement exercises which were held at the Willis Wood theater. Forty-five graduates received diplomas.
Out of the forty-five graduates, nine received "cum laude" while one was graduated "summa cum laude." Two of the cum laude graduates were graduates of the University of Missouri.
The senior honors follow:
Summa cum laude, Perry W. Seaton; cum laude, Miss Helen Rodgers, W. H. L. Watts, Samuel A. Dew, John B. Gage, Elbridge Broaddus, Jr., Peter J. Neff, Roy W. Crimm, M. L. Driscoll.
Francis M. Black honor, Samule A. Dew; first junior prize, William Jachems; second junior prize, William E. Morton; first freshman prize, Ray E. McGinnis; second freshman prize, W. E. Dreier.
TRIALS OF YOUNG LAWYERS.
An orchestra played "Southern Beauties," after which the Rt. Rev. Thomas F. Lillis delivered the invocation. Another selection was then given by the orchestra which played "Dreams."
In the annual address to the graduating class John F. Phillip, judge of the federal courts took occasion to explain to the young lawyers some of the trials and tribulations of the court. He advised the embryo attorneys not to abuse a judge because of an unfavorable opinion rendered.
"At times the courage necessarily possessed by the court must be greater than that taken to face the booming roar of cannon, or the dangers braved by the seamen who outride the storm in order to save a stricken ship. He is often abused and slandered, and is forced to bow his head, trusting in the Almighty power, being conscious of doing no wrong and having implicit confidence that the sun will come from behind the clouds.
"Yours is the most intellectual and honorable of all the professions. And while crowned with pleasures and honors, thorns are liable to creep in but you must remember they must be worn with the pleasures."
SAYS COURTS ARE MALIGNED.
The court of appeals had been arraigned and maligned because it had sustained the fundamental principle of law giving every man a fair trial, he said. Continuing, Judge Philips said even the supreme court of the state had been abused because it had reversed a case in which the indictment was shown to be faulty through the omission of the word "the." The speaker informed his audience it was necessary that the indictment have the word "the," thus telling in which state the crime was committed.
Competition among lawyers, Judge Philips declared, was only increasing the number of brighter men. The day of the flamboyant lawyer, he said, was past as the attorney with facts and authorities would swamp him before the vocal oratory had a chance to flow. He named the Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution as the work of lawyers.
CONGRESSMAN BORLAND PRESENT.
The presentation of the diplomas was by Oliver H. Dean, president of the faculty. In a short address to the students the speaker ridiculed the idea of farmers and merchants making the laws of the country, instead of the lawyers, but advised them not to enter politics.
Congressman William P. Borland, formerly dean of the school, returned from Washington to attend the exercises and to present the honors won by the students.
Labels: attorney, Congressman Borland, Judge Philips, schools, universities, women
June 3, 1909
BOY KILLED BY LIGHTNING.
Many Other Clay County People
Shocked During Storm.
EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MO., June 2 -- Russel Holt, the 16-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Holt, was killed by lightning yesterday afternoon at half past three, in the farm yard of Frank Moore, two miles west of here. Death was almost instantaneous.
With a companion he was cutting across farms when the storm came up and the two fled to the Moore home for shelter. When they reached the dooryard a bolt struck the Holt boy, and although his mate was but a few feet away he was uninjured.
A number of persons were severely shocked by lightning in Clay county, but no other persons were killed. The heaviest rainfall of the day accompanied the electric storm and all of the creeks overflowed their banks.
Labels: children, death, Excelsior Springs, weather
June 3, 1909
ENGHNELL ASKS FOR GUNS.
Second Headline Here.
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June 3, 1909
SPARROWS CAUSE DAMAGE.
Take Possession of Pump Station and
Must Be Screened Out.
Sparrows are costing Kansas City about $1,000 for wire screens. Whole colonies of them have taken charge of the upper works of the Turkey creek pumping station, working such havoc that the board of public works has had to advertise for plans and bids to keep the little pests out.
There are 150 great windows in the pump and boiler rooms and every one of these will have to be screened in with heavy half-inch mesh wire.
Labels: animals, public works
June 3, 1909
SOUTHERN COLLEGE GIRLS
MAKING A TOUR OF WEST.
President of Nashville Institution
Makes Yearly Trip Educa-
Kansas City underwent an invasion of college girls yesterday. They are from Radnor college, in the suburbs of Nashville, Tenn., and are on a tour through the West, personally conducted by President A. N. Esham, head of the institution, who has made these educational trips a yearly feature of the curriculum.
The special train with 210 girls aboard came in over the Missouri Pacific at 7 o'clock yesterday morning and was here until 10 o'clock when it left for the Pacific coast over the Santa Fe. Three Metropolitan cars were chartered and a trolley trip was taken through Kansas City. thee cars went out Independence avenue and returning, went south over the Troost line to Forty-seventh street, thence back to the Union depot by way of the Rockhill line.
From Kansas City the route lies over the Santa Fe to Los Angeles, thence over the Southern Pacific through San Francisco to Salt Lake, from Salt Lake to Denver over the Denver & Rio Grande and Colorado Midland and from Denver back to Kansas City over the Union Pacific. The return to Nashvilile from Kansas City will be made via the Frisco to Memphis and from there over the Nashville, Chattanooga & St. Louis to Nashvile. The excursionists will be in Kansas City again June 16.
President Eshain gave a check for $12,000 to W. M. Hunt, railroad agent in Nashville, in payment for tickets and sleepers for the excursionists. This was the largest sum ever paid for private passage in Nashville. Only the government has paid more, for the transportation of troops.
Labels: California, Frisco, railroad, streetcar, visitors
June 2, 1909
"CAPTAIN SCRAPPY" SURVIVED.
Rooster Was Buried Under Stable
Floor for Seventeen Days.
To be blown away in a cyclone May 24, to land on his back with the floor of the stable in which he had roosted holding him in that position, and nto remain there for seventeen days before he was rescued Monday evening, was the fate of "Captain Scrappy," a "brindle" rooster owned by Alexander Harness, 100 Hardy avenue, Fairmount park. "Captain Scrappy" was immediately given food and drink and had revived to such an extent by yesterday morning when Mr. Harness left for work that he fed himself and drank from a pan of water placed in front of him. The "Captain's" legs appear to be partially paralyzed from his long confinement in the small space beneath the floor.
"When the storm came," said Mr. Harness yesterday, "it took the windows out of the front end of my house, tore off some of the roof and blew my barn away, all but the floor, so completely that I have never found a piece of it. The floor was moved about seventy-five feet.
"All of my chickens were roosting in the barn and how that rooster landed beneath that floor, after being perched above it, would be hard to explain. I lost about eighty young chickens chickens and fold ones, now that 'Captain Scrappy' has been resurrected.
"My neighbors were helping me move the barn floor Monday night, just seventeen days from the time of the cyclone. When I saw the 'Captain' lying there flat on his back I naturally believed him to be dead but when I picked him up he blinked when the light struck his eyes. By holding his mouth open we managed to get food and water down the fighting rooster's throat. This morning he had revived considerably and I believe I may save him yet again. When I go home this evening I am going to massage his cramped limbs and see if some action cannot be rubbed into them."
Mr. Harness is employed by the George B. Peck Dry Goods Company.
Labels: animals, fairmount park, weather
June 2, 1909
FINDS HIS FATHER'S BIBLE.
Mayor Crittenden Learns of Late
Ex-Governor's Daily Reading.
While Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., was yesterday cleaning up the desk used by his father, the late T. T. Crittenden, in his law offices he found a Bible with thumb worn leaves and many pencil marked passages.
"That was your father's Bible," said the former governor's stenographer, "and the very first thing he did on arriving at his office in the morning was to read a passage from it. No mater how urgent the business awaiting hi m, he would cast it aside until after the Bible reading."
The mayor last night sent the following communication to both houses of the council:
"Having passed through the most painful ordeal of my life -- the loss of my beloved father -- I hasten to convey to you and to the various departments of the government my gratitude for your kind words and beautiful expressions of sympathy. It was a great comfort to my mother and brother during our hours of darkness.
"I ask all of you to accept my abiding appreciation."
Labels: books, Kansas City council, Mayor Crittenden
June 2, 1909
GROVE OF FAME FOR SWOPE.
Park Board Member Suggests Crit-
tenden Peace Oak as Nucleus.
The peace oak grove planted in Swope park east of the shelter house a year or so ago by the late Ex-Governor T. T. Crittenden, is to serve as the nucleus of a grove of fame in the big park. The idea was suggested at yesterday's meeting of the park board by J. W. Wagner, a member of the board. Mr. Wagner regretted that the city had not been sufficiently far-sighted years ago to ask men of fame visiting Kansas City to plant a tree.
"It is not too late to begin it now," said Mr. Wagner, "and our work will be appreciated by future generations."
He recalled that the battle of Westport during the civil war was fought close by where the Crittenden peace oak is planted, and Mr. Wagner gave notice that at the next meeting he is going to invite Judge John F. Philips and Colonel R. T. Van Horn, who took part in the battle, to plant trees.
Labels: Civil War, Colonel Van Horn, history, Judge Philips, Park board, Swope park
June 2, 1909
ENDED HER LIFE IN A WELL.
Despondent Seamstress Commits Sui-
cide at 3026 Jackson Avenue.
Despondent and suffering from a protracted illness, Miss Anna Shinogle, a seamstress, ended her life yesterday afternoon by drowning herself in a well at the home of her sister, Mrs. John E. Asher, 3026 Jackson avenue. The suicide occurred about 3:30 o'clock, and the woman gave no intimation that she contemplated taking her own life. Miss Shinogle was 32 years old. Her father resides in California and a brother, Edward Shinogle, lives at 906 Spruce street.
Labels: Jackson avenue, Suicide
June 2, 1909
15-CENT TICKETS ON SALE.
One Hundred Dollars Worth Quickly
Taken by Early Buyers.
The new 15-cent rate tickets between Kansas City and Independence were placed on sale yesterday by the Metropolitan Street Railway Company and $100 worth were quickly taken by early buyers.
It is expected that several hundred dollars worth will be disposed of within the next few days.
Labels: Independence, Metropolitan Street Railway Company, streetcar
June 2, 1909
A VIVID SPECTACLE.
LIGHTNING STRIKES HOUSES
AND DISABLES STREET CARS.
Hundreds Drenched Before They Can
Reach Shelter -- Freak Bolt Turns
Dresser Completely Around.
Severe Shock for Woman.
Kansas City was visited by an electrical storm shortly after 8 o'clock last night which for vividness and intensity while it lasted eclipsed anything seen here in years. For three quarters of an hour almost constant lightning flashes, followed immediately by claps of thunder like a volley of rifles close at hand, made a terrifying spectacle. many houses were struck, chimneys dismantled and street cars disabled. No serious accidents were reported.
Beginning about 2 p. m. heavy showers followed one another at intervals until about 5:30 o'clock. Then the sun came out and all looked well, but both barometer and thermometer indicated there was trouble in the air, and it burst in all its fury two and one-half hours later.
When the storm arrived it came so suddenly that hundreds who had been deceived by the evening sunshine and left their umbrellas at home were drenched before they could reach shelter. Even those in street cars, where the windows were down, got their share of the rain which had no direct course, seeming to come from all directions at once.
STREET CARS SUFFER.
The street car system suffered for a time, many of the cars being put out of commission by lightning, and wires were down in several places. At Eighth street and Troost avenue cars were burned out by an electrical shock.
A Westport and a Prospect avenue car suffered similarly while in the vicinity of Fifth street and Grand avenue, an Indiana avenue car was put out of commission at Eighteenth street and Walrond avenue, and a Minnesota avenue car was treated in the same manner at Nineteenth and Walnut streets. The smoke from the burning controllers caused some excitement among the passengers.
The lightning cut some peculiar pranks, possibly the oddest being at the home of George Miller, 4100 Belleview avenue. Here a stone chimney which his built on the outside of the house was struck. Holes were torn in the chimney near the top, and the bolt passed into an upper room and had an engagement with a big dresser which had been standing with its back toward the wall.
DRESSER IS TURNED AROUND.
When the lightning left the room, breaking out a window across from where it entered, the dresser had been turned completely around and faced the wall. The mirror was shattered and scattered all over the room. The family was below when the shock came and no one was injured.
At the home of W. R. Hall, 628 Freemont avenue, Sheffield, the lightning completely dismantled a brick chimney and passed into the house. Mrs. Hall, who was standing in the room, was thrown down and severely shocked.
While the council was in session at the city hall lightning came in contact with an electric light wire supplying the upper house chamber and burned out a fuse, putting all of the wall lights out of commission. One circuit only was involved.
Labels: Belleview avenue, Eighth street, sheffield, streetcar, Troost avenue, weather
June 1, 1909
FORMER GOVERNOR OF MIS-
SOURI LAID TO REST.
Rev. Thomas P. Haley Pronounces
Fitting Eulogy in Presence of
Relatives and Friends
of Many Years.
While respecting in every way the wish of the late Thomas T. Crittenden that his funeral be conducted with as little ostentation as possible, hundreds of former governor's friends, men and women, stood under the trees on the lawn at the residence, 3320 Flora avenue, yesterday afternoon within the sound of the voice of the Rev. Dr. Thomas P. Haley, who with the assistance of Rev. Burris A. Jenkins and the Rev. Dr. S. M. Neel, conducted the simple service for the dead.
Governor Crittenden had left a letter addressed to Dr. Haley asking that he officiate at his funeral. The letter was sealed in 1906.
"I count it one of the choicest blessings of my life to have known and loved Thomas T. Crittenden," said Dr. Haley. "He was a man of great heart, noble mind and character, whom none could know but to love and admire.
"Everyone who knew him was his friend. He had close friends far away as well as near, but among those who most revered him, which is an indication of the kind of man he was, are his neighbors, those with whom he came in contact in his everyday life. Every child in the neighborhood knew him and loved him.
WAS KIND TO ALL.
"He was ever willing to recognize his fellows as men, no matter what their station in life might have been. He was as careful to be considerate to the hod-carrier as he was to the banker.
"He would treat the washerwoman with as much consideration as the finest lady."
In finishing his characterization of his dead friend, Dr. Haley touched on Governor Crittenden's rare virtues as a husband and father, saying he was always careful to perform his public duties in the daytime, reserving the evenings for the society of his family.
Over the casket, during the funeral services, was draped the battle flag of the Seventh Missouri cavalry, which Governor Crittenden and Judge John F. Philips organized at the beginning of the civil war. The shot-torn banner was made by the women of Georgetown, Mo., and presented to the regiment. After the war it became the property of Judge Philips, who said it should drape his casket after his death.
NEGRO A MOURNER.
No mourner was more sincere than "Uncle" Dan Edwards, who was Governor Crittenden's "waitin' boy," as he styled himself, during the four years of the war. "Uncle" Dan is now pastor of the Metropolitan Negro Baptist church, at Ninth and Washington streets, Kansas City, Kas. He went to the Crittenden home in the early morning and asked for a last look at the face of his old "marster," and, as he said, "tuck dinner" there. He followed his master's body to Forest Hill, where it was buried.
Among those who came to the funeral was J. B. Waddell of Springfield, whom Governor Crittenden appointed as his adjutant general.
Enough floral offerings were sent to make a great mound at the grave. Members of the family, however, asked that the greater part of the flowers be sent to adorn graves that might go through Memorial day undecorated. Among the pieces sent was one from the children of the neighborhood bearing the card which read:
"Children of the Kentucky Block"
City officials and attaches in their offices also sent many beautiful floral pieces.
The pallbearers were Kelly Brent, John Hanley, W. W. Collins, S. L. Long, Daniel T. Blake, W. S. Cowherd, Porter H. Hovey and Leon T. Brown.
So profuse was the floral offering in memory of Governor Crittenden that Mrs. Crittenden requested that some of them be sent to various hospitals in Kansas City after the burial. The flowers were all left at the cemetery until late yesterday afternoon, when many were collected and sent to the following hospitals:
German hospital, new general hospital, old city hospital, Nettleton home, St. Joseph's hospital, St. Mary's hospital, and Mercy hospital.
RESOLUTION IN COUNCIL.
The council in special session yesterday passed the following tribute to the memory of the ex-governor:
"The death of former Governor Thomas Crittenden is a distinct loss, not only to our city, but to our state and nation. When a boy, following the dictates of his ancestral instincts, he dedicated his life to his country's service and took up his sword to defend its flag. To the closing of his rich and fruitful life, as soldier, congressman, governor, consul general and citizen he gave the best he had, his time, his talent, his eloquence, his energy to the state and nation. He was an illustrious example of American manhood. He was courageous and tender, courtly and constant, patriotic and modest. He honored women, trusted men and worshipped God. He belonged to the rare old school which held honor above wealth and virtue above life. He was every inch a Crittenden, which means that he turned his back to no foe and bended the knee to none but his Maker.
"He has fought the fight, he has finished the work, he has kept the faith and now takes his place full of honor among his distinguished ancestry.
"This city does not mourn alone. Today tears are falling nationwide. We, his neighbors, join with the multitudes in deploring his loss and extend to his sorrowing wife, his distinguished son, our mayor, and all the members of the grief-stricken family our earnest sympathy."
Labels: cemetery, Flora avenue, flowers, Funeral, hospitals, Judge Philips, Kansas City council, Mayor Crittenden, ministers, race
June 1, 1909
MARRIES A BALL PLAYER.
Miss Estella Greenwood of Kansas
City Weds Muskogeean.
MUSKOGEE, OK., May 31. -- E. Stanton Stofer, third baseman for the Muskogee team in the Western Association, and Miss Estella Greenwood of Kansas City, were married here this afternoon.
The players of the team made up a purse for the bridegroom, and President Shantz of the club will tomorrow night entertain the couple with a dinner and automobile ride.
The young woman came here from Kansas City. Stofer, who is also from Kansas City, is touted as the fastest kid infielder in the league. He is a personal friend and protege of Johnny Kling.
Labels: Johnny Kling, oklahoma, sports, wedding
June 1, 1909
RETURNS TO PHILIPPINES.
Major E. A. Hickman Has Been In-
structor at Wentworth Academy.
Major E. A. Hickman, with his wife and daughter, left Independence yesterday for the Philippines, where he will re-enter active service. Until three years ago Major Hickman was in the Philippines, when he was assigned by the government as instructor at the Wentworth Military Academy.
Mrs. Hickman is a daughter of Judge James B. Gant of the Missouri Supreme Court.
Labels: Independence, military, schools
June 1, 1909
CITY TAXES ARE DUE TODAY.
Rebate of 6 Per Cent on Payments
This is the day to begin the payment of taxes to the city treasurer for real estate, personal and merchants' property. Those paying this month will receive a rebate of 6 per cent; next month, 4 per cent and August 2 per cent. There will be no rebates in September, October, or November. December 1 the treasurer turns over to the city comptroller a statement of all personal taxes unpaid, and the city counselor will proceed to collect them.
On the first Monday in November the treasurer is authorized to sell at public sale all property on which city taxes are delinquent. The new city charter reduces the penalty rate on delinquent taxes from 2 per cent to 1 per cent a month, and the sale of real estate for delinquent taxes will now be made to the tax buyer who offers to carry the taxes at the lowest rate of interest, not exceeding 12 per cent per annum. The old charter allowed the tax buyer to add 10 per cent per annum immediately to the amount of his bill and carry the whole amount of 24 per cent per annum. If the property owner paid off the delinquent taxes within a year after the sale, he paid the enormous rate of 34 per cent. Now he will pay no more than 12 per cent.
Delinquent taxes now run for five years after the sale before the deed is given to the purchaser. Under the old charter they run but two years.
Payment of dog licenses is due today, also, and Captain James Kennedy, dog enumerator, feels that he has given sufficient warning to dog owners to save them and himself any unnecessary trouble.
Labels: animals, city hall, real estate
June 1, 1909
WOMAN BALL FAN HURT.
Hit by Batted Ball at Afternoon's
Game With Milwaukee.
A young woman was struck and slightly injured by a batted ball at Association park yesterday during the final game between Kansas City and Milwaukee. She was seated in a box at the east end of the grandstand, near third base. It is the only section of the boxes unprotected by a wire netting and has recently been erected.
Barry McCormick, an exceptionally hard hitter, was at bat. He drove the ball on a line hard and straight. It struck a glancing blow on the young woman's cheek. She was taken home and the attending physician stated she was not seriously hurt. It was said the young woman was Miss Hazel Wilson of 1115 Bales avenue.
Labels: accident, Association park, Bales avenue, sports
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