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October 6, 1907


3,000 Listen to Democratic Speakers.

Enthusiasm reached a high state at the opening of the Democratic campaign in Kansas City last night. Four thousand people crowded into the Armory at Fourteenth street and Michgan avenue to hear the issues and principles of the Democratic platform discussed by Ward Headley of Kentucky; Frank S. Monnett of Ohio, and James A. Reed and William P. Borland.

William T. Kemper acted as chairman of the meeting. At 8 o'clock the speakers had not arrived and he introduced William P. Borland.

"The Democratic party is the only party which is running its own candidate and he is running against two men," he said. "Taft is the proxy of Roosevelt; Higsen the proxy of Hearst. The antics of the Republican campaign would be good food for the humorists."

Ward Headley of Kentucky made good with the crowd. He is an interesting talker. He articulates well, speaks fluently and mixed just enough humor with his talk to keep the closest attention of his audience.

"There is only one great issue in this campaign," he began. "That is whether the Americans shall control their government or whether the trusts and corporations shall govern it. The Democracy is united this year for the first time in many campaigns. It isn't harmony from inactivity, but it is the desire to again gain control of our government."

Frank S. Monnett of Ohio, who led the oil fight in that state on the Standard Oil company, used many figures in his speech. He confined himself mostly to the various monopolies with which he had dealt and produced figures to show the falsity of Taft's statements in Kansas last week when Taft said that the price of corn was higher during Republican administrations than during the Democratic administrations.

The speech of James A. Reed brought cheer after cheer. The crowd had listened to other orators for two hours, but they were as eager to hear the Kansas City man as they were the first speaker. His speech was confined mostly to state politics. He also took a gentle jab at Taft's religious zeal.

"So Taft came to town Sunday and went to church three times?" he asked, beginning his talk. "And to think that he never was in a church in his life until he entered this campaign. They told us he was Unitarian and that he believed in neither hell nor heaven. Why, he hadn't been in town fifteen minutes until he began to feel the holy thrill of religion. Who knew our atmosphere affected strangers so queerly?

"Then he went to church looking for salvation. It was only the religious fervor and zeal which took him there. Nothing else could have induced him to go. Once wasn't enough so he tried it twice more in the same day. Then, in order that he could be baptized in every kind of religion he went to the church of the colored brethren to be anointed therein. Let us rise in prayer with Mr. Taft."

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May 7, 1908



And a Recent Shine Must Go With
Them, Also -- No Hope
for the Cop That Drinks.

Clothes clean and freshly pressed, and shoes recently shined is the order which went forth from the police board yesterday to the policemen. Drill Sergeant Morrison will be instructed to see that this ruling is carried out.

Mayor Crittenden made the suggestion, and the other two commissioners heartily indorsed his recommendation.

"Nothing prejudices me so against an officer as for him to have grease s pots on his clothing, his trousers baggy at the knees and his shoes rusty looking," said the mayor. "A man who is slovenly in his personal appearance will be careless in his duty. I don't like to see it."

"There's one excuse for the officers," said Commissioner Jones. "I think they are underpaid They ought to have at least $10 a month more. Then they could better afford to pay to have their clothes cleaned and pressed, and it could be required of them."

"Yes, it's true that the patrolmen are underpaid," said Commissioner Gallagher. "But some of them are able to keep neat on their present salaries, and I don't see why the rest can't do equally as well. I see some dirty, greasy policemen that are a disgrace to the town."

"We don't expect the police to by a new suit every few days or every season," said Commissioner Jones. "We never complain of them wearing old clothes. But it should be insisted upon that they be neat."

The Third regiment armory will hereafter be used for the drills, instead of Convention hall. In the new place a course of neatness is expected to be added to the regular exercises by Sergeant Morrison, and each man will be required to learn by heart some good recipe for removing grease spots from clothing.

While on the police question Mayor Crittenden said:

"I want it generally understood that a policeman who drinks while on duty will be discharged and never taken back with my vote."

"I don't like a policeman to drink, either on or off duty," said Commissioner Jones.

"They have already made it a rule in St. Louis not to take back policemen who are found drinking on duty," said Commissioner Gallagher. "I think it is about time we were making the same rule here."

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January 16, 1908


Detective Explains Why He Shot
Through a Citizen's Coat.

"That man just ran against my bullet. I saw him before I fired and he was sixteen feet away, but he just ran into it."

Thus did Detective Charles Lewis explain to the police board yesterday how it happened that a bullet fired by him at Frank Elliott, an escaping prisoner arrested on Christmas day on a robbery charge, went through the coat and overcoat of J. N. Downing, a lumberman living at 707 Oak street. Downing lodged a complaint against the detective December 31.

"Well, he certaily must have been going some," commented Mayor Beardsley.

"Better be a little more careful next time," said Commissioner Jones.

Lewis was exonerated. The board at a previous meeting decided to pay Downing for his damaged coats.

The police board decided yesterday that Kansas City is to have the best shooting police force in the country. That is to say, its police are to be the best marksmen with their revolvers. Orders were given for regular target practice by the force. D. C. Stone has been appointed instructor in shooting and inspection of firearms. The indoor target range at the Third regiment armory will be used. Regualr practice is to be required of all policemen, and records will be kept of their marksmanship.

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April 25, 1907


Three Men More Than Six Feet Tall
Are After Helmets.

Three men applied yesterday afternoon to the police commissioners to be appointed to the force, each of them measuring more than six feet in height. Virgil Dillard, recently discharged from the regular army, stood 6 feet 3 inches and Quartermaster Sergeant W. R. Lee, in charge of the Third regiment armory, measured 6 feet 1 1/2 inches. John Roy Sloan's mark was 6 feet 1 inch.

The applications were all put on file. Lee is a famous horseback rider. When in the army he was the crack rider of his regiment, one of his stunts being to ride two horses with crossed stirrups. Chief Hayes is picking out big men lately for the down town district, there being a rivalry between municipal chiefs of police of recent years in the matter of smartness on the force. It is notorious that arrests are few in the down town district, so an imposing looking man is preferred to a natural born sleuth.

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March 14, 1907

New Armory to Be Opened Tomorrow Night

Third Regiment Armory Grand Opening

The new armory of the Third regiment at Fourteenth and Michigan will be thrown open to the public tomorrow night. There will be a concert from 8:30 to 10 o'clock, after which there will be dancing. Commercial and civic bodies have been invited to attend the opening ceremonies.

Although the armory has been in use for some time, it has never had a formal dedication. It is to acquaint the public generally with what the regiment has done, without outside assitance, that Colonel Cusil Lechtman has arranged for the reception. Incidentally it is hoped to attract young men, for whom the regiment is always on the lookout.

The armory embraces every convenience to be found in a building of its kind. There is a large drill hall, company rooms, quarters for the officers and ample provision for the storage of tents, equipment, rifles and the like. The building cost $24,000 and was designed by members of the regiment.

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