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November 27, 1908


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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May 11, 1908


Will Report Their Observations to the
Grand Jury.

Names of employees connected with pay attractions at Forest and Fairmount parks were taken yesterday by the county marshal's men and will be given to the Wallace grand jury when it meets this week.

Al Heslip personally visited Fairmount park and saw men and women dancing and gliding on roller skates. Also he witnessed a man selling tickets to the Angora goat farm and the lake.

"If the jury thinks it is wicked to use roller skates and witness a dog show downtown on Sunday," the marshal argued, "it will believe it equally unlawful to skate, ride in a boat or watch the goats on a Sunday in the park." So the marshal put down all the keepers' names.

Deputies Joseph Stewart and Henry Miller made out a complete list of men they caught working and playing at Forest park.

The blue Sunday downtown was brightened a bit by the reopening of the Shubert theater.

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April 24, 1908


Mrs. W. H. Wallace Was in Charge
of Religious Service.

Mrs. W. H. Wallace held a song and prayer service in the county jail yesterday afternoon for the benefit of the prisoners, and the judge of the criminal court accompanied his wife and sat through the service. The chief singer was Frank H. Wright, a fullblood Indian evangelist and soloist. He was assisted by the choir of the Eastminster Presbyterian church. Mrs. Wallace had a church organ taken to the jail from an uptown music store, brought the party into the jail and had charge of the service.

No better singing has ever been heard in the jail, it is said by Isaac Wagner, day jailer. Wright's voice in sacred song penetrated from the first floor to the fourth and poured into every corridor and cell. After he had sung two words, silence fell upon the prisoners and guards alike and all listened with attention and pleasure.

A song by Wright opened the programme. Then the choir, composed of six women's voices, sang. Wright led in prayer He sang again and the service was at an end. Despite the brevity of the meeting it had much impression upon both the confined and unconfined portions of the audience.

"I hope they come again," said a trusty inside the main door.

"He didn't need to preach none," remarked another. "Those songs did me more good than any preaching."

County Marshal Al Heslip shook Mrs. Wallace by the hand after the service, thanked her and told her to bring the singers again soon. A trusty then escorted the visitors through the jail and let them talk with prisoners.

Evangelist Wright is not certain whether or not he could come again to the jail and sing. He is busy, singing and preaching twice a day at the Eastminster church.

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April 11, 1908


Fiddler Cannot "Endure Humiliation
of Arrest," He Wires.

Upon learning that Judge W. H. Wallace would order County Marshal Al Heslip to stop the concert of Frances Macmillen, violinist, at the Willis Wood theater Sunday, if it should be necessary to arrest the artist and his assistants, O. D. Woodward, manager of the theater, telegraphed the fact to Macmillen's office in New York. This reply was received last night:

"Will not play in Kansas City Sunday. Cannot endure indignity of arrest."

So, there will be no concert at the Willis Wood tomorrow. Over 600 seats have already been sold and over $200 spent in advertising. Those who have purchased tickets may have their money refunded upon applying at the ticket window.

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February 28, 1908


Elevator Boy's Pocket Picked While
Going Up and Down.

James P. Cox, elevator boy at the courthouse, yesterday won the distinction of being the first elevator operator in Kansas City to suffer at the hands of a pickpocket. Cox's purse was taken from his hip pocket during the 9 o'clock rush. In it were two pawn tickets, a dime, several receipts and a meal ticket with three meals unpunched.

This is the most daring robbery about the courthouse since the theft of a spaniel pup from the basement of the county jail last August. The pup belonged to Sheriff Charles Baldwin and was being cared for by its mother, who was owned by County Marshal Al Heslip. The thief was never captured.

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December 29, 1907


Jack C. Taylor Sues Marshal Heslip
on His Bond.

Charging that County Marshal Al Heslip, by his deputies, took him from his cell in the county jail by force and assaulted him in another room in the jail, Jack C. Taylor, who for more than a year was confined in the jail on a charge of arson and wsa released without trial a few days ago, brought suit in the circuit court yesterday against Al Heslip, W. H. Dixon and H. Matthias, who are on Heslip's bond, for $10,000 damages. This is the amount of the bond.

Taylor was arrested in July, 1906, charged with setting fire to a restaurant which he owned and operated on Twelfth street, for the purpose of collecting the insurance. A waiter named Smith was tried in the criminal court and was found not guilty. Taylor was then discharged. Taylor appealed to the circuit court some time ago for release because he claimed he had not been allowed trial at the proper time in the criminal court, but he failed to secure the release.

According to the petition filed in his suit yesterday against Heslip and his bondsmen. Helsip, by his deputies, made the alleged assault in October, 1906, although nothing was ever said about the assault at that time.

Marshal Heslip said last night: "As far as our beating Taylor is concerned, there is no truth in it. When prisoners adopt the plan of being mute in the jail we take them out of their cell and put them in the dungeon. We did this with Taylor, but he was not assaulted. My deputies do not assault prisoners, and that part of the story is not true in any particular."

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December 25, 1907


Too Much Hard Cider Is the Undoing
of Calvin Jackson.

Too much Christmas celebration out in Dallas, a little town about fourteen miles south of Kansas City, almost resulted in patricide last night. While Calvin Jackson and some of his friends were in the pool room of a combination barber shop and pool room drinking hard cider, George Jackson, Calvin's father, went into the barber shop to get a shave.

Soon the hard cider began to have its inevitable effect upon Calvin, and he drew a revolver and started to shoot out the kerosene lights in the building. The father jumped up from the chair where he was being shaved, with the lather still on his face, and tried to quiet his son. But Calvin did not comprehend, and turned the revolver upon his father, shooting him in the left leg.

Calvin was arrested by Constable O'Brien of Dallas and taken to Waldo, where he was met by Marshal Al Heslip and brought to the county jail.

Later he denied any knowledge of the affair, and said that he would not believe he had shot his father. Calvin is only 21 years old, and his father is about 45. Calvin was accompanied to Kansas City by his father It is not thought that the latter will prosecute the case.

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December 8, 1907


146 Arrests Yesterday Afternoon
Did Not Discourage Managers.

Indictments were returned yesterday morning against 211 theatrical persons, including actors, actresses, musicians, managers, ushers, stage hands, and all employes.

The clerk of the criminal court prepared 211 warrants and delivered them to Al Heslip, county marshal, for service. The marshal then conferred with Frank M. Lowe and Senator A. L. Cooper, attorneys for the theaters. It was agreed that yesterday's afternoon matinees should not be disturbed. Judge Wallace said he was willing to accommodate them, but that he didn't wish to hold court far into the night in order to arrange the bonds.

The county marshal assigned two deputies to ever theater yesterday afternoon. The attorneys agreed to have everyone for whom there is a warrant to go the the criminal court immediately after the matinees and answer to Judge Wallace.

The theaters and theatrical companies, for whose players and employes indictments were reported, are: Auditorium, "Texas," Gilliss, "Gay New York;" National, vaudeville; Grand, "Dion O'Dare;" Century, California Girls' Burlesque company in "The Sultan's Wives;" Shubert, vaudeville; Orpheum, vaudeville; Majestic, Gay Masqueraders in "Mr. Dopey's Dippey Den."

None of the players at the Willis Wood was indicted, because Walker Whitesides Company that played there last Sunday, had only a half week's engagement and left the city Thursday.

Although there were 211 indictments, only 145 actors, actresses, managers, and other theatrical persons, including the orchestras, were arrested yesterday afternoon, but every theater in Kansas City except one, the Majestic, will be open to-day. The difference between 211 - the number indicted - and 145 - the number arrested, represents the players of several degrees who left town to avoid arrest.

The Majestic gave no matinee yesterday and no performance last night. The company playing there left the city about noon, Clinton Wilson, the manager, said, without telling him anything about it. "And this house," the manager said, "will henceforth and forever be closed on Sunday while Judge Wallace reigns. Glory be."

All other managers said their theaters would be opened every Sunday in the future, or at least until it had been decided that to have them open would be illegal.


With the first arrests disposed of, the attorneys for the theatrical interests will begin at once to try for an opinion from the supreme court as to the constitutionality of the law, creating Judge Porterfield's division of the criminal court. They hope in this way to bring few of the indicted persons to trial immediately. With a few acquittals, which the attorneys predict as the result, they believe the attempt to close theaters will cease.

Judge Wallace allowed the deputy marshals so to time their actions yesterday so that none of the performances was interrupted. In the future, he said, he will not be so considerate.

"It is not the fault of the attorneys that many of the players ran away," the judge said, "but in the future I will not accomodate the theaters. They will have to time their actions with the court. As soon as indictments are returned and the warrants prepared, the marshal will be instructed to serve them immediately and bring the offenders into court, no matter if a performance is in progress. The court will take no more chances on players running away."

Managers and actors and actresses and other theater employees began coming into the criminal court room shortly after 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Judge Wallace has promised to be there then to accept bonds. By 5 o'clock the courtroom held a queer looking crowd. Chair space was exhausted. Men sat in windows and others pushed a way within the railing. The aisle was crowded and the latest to arrive from the theaters got into the room with difficulty. The crowd was estimated at 300.

"I am ready to take up this bond matter now," the judge said.

There was much interest in this announcement. The actresses grasped one anothers' hands and the men leaned forward nervously expectant.


First came ten employees from the Willis Wood theater. There were no players from the theater because the company that opened an engagement last Sunday played only a half week and ran away before the grand jury returned indictments. Frank M. Lowe, Senator A. L. Cooper, attorneys for the theaters, tried to file applications for change of venue, a proceeding that would have prevented Judge Wallace from hearing the pleas or fixing the amount of bond.

"The arraignments first will be filed and the bonds fixed," the judge said. "Then you may file your applications for change of venue."

Then Mr. Lowe said to all who were indicted, "Don't any of you make a response when the prosecutor asks you if you are guilty or not. Stand mute."

The attorney, then addressing the judge, said, "We wish to withdraw the plea of 'Not Guilty' and refuse to plead. Our position is that we have filed a plea in abatement and an application for a change of venue. That is our course in every case. We think that by reason of the application for the change of venue, this judge has no right to fix the bond or take any further action in these cases."


"That might be right," the judge said, "if you were running the court. It's a poor judge who doesn't control his own court. You may think you have filed the motions, but you haven't. This court decides when motions and papers shall be filed, and they are not filed until the court instructs the clerk so to do. You may file your applications for a change of venue after the arraignments, and after the prisoners have said whether they are guilty or not guilty. That's the practice and the rule in all criminal proceedings, and that's the way it is in this court."

The actor from the Auditorium was the only person who had a speaking part in the proceeding. All the others stood mute while the attorneys did the talking.

When Dr. Frank L. Flanders appeared before the clerk, the assistant prosecutor asked him where were the members of his company.

"They skipped," he said. "There was no one to make bond for them and they left the city."


The arraignments were made in bunches. The whole company from a theater lined up in front of the clerk at one time. As the bonds were made for one crowd and they were released, one of the theater attorneys called the next theater on the list, and its players and employes came forward.

An actress from the Century entered the courtroom carrying a dog. She gave it to a friend to hold for her while she was being arraigned. The dog jumped to the floor and someone stepped on it. The dog yelped piteously and the crowd, or some of it, laughed. The judge admonished the marshal to keep order and the court bailiff beat his desk with his mallet. An intense silence prevailed for fully a minute. In such circumstances the judge usually threatens to clear the courtroom of spectators, but this was impossible yesterday because it was impracticable to weed out the spectators from the prisoners.

Walton H. Holmes qualified on 9 bonds and Bernard Corrigan on ten for persons from the Century. The other theaters had these bondsmen: Majestic, John W. Wagner; Orpheum, Andrew J. Baker and Charles Wiel; National, Dr. Frank L. Flanders; the Grand, Leo N. Leslie; Shubert, C. S. Jobes; Gilliss, Edward Costello; Willis Wood theater and Auditorium, E. F. Swinney.

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November 3, 1907



Judge Wallace Wouldn't Allow Them to
Wait Until Tomorrow -- "You're
Next," He Said to Barbers--
A Tight Lid To-day.

No cigars to-day. No shaves. No haircuts. Last Sunday these luxuries were available. But not to-day.

The cigar dealers indicted yesterday for selling on Sunday were counting on one more day of immunity. Then to-morrow they were to flock to the criminal court and give bond. It had all been arranged by their attorney, T. A. Mastin and Albert Heslip, county marshal. Then Judge Wallace heard and--

"What, allow them to keep open another Sunday in defiance of the law?" he exclaimed. "Not at all. These cigar dealers must learn that I mean business. They must be brought in immediately. They'll give bond to-day or go to jail."


The judge sent for the marshal. The marshal had gone to Independence. The judge then sent for Herman Weisflog, chief deputy. When that officer emerged from the judge's chambers he looked worried and he was mopping perspiration from his face. He seized a bunch of warrants and the first on the pile was one of thirteen indictments for Dan Lucas, a negro proprietor of a barber shop on Main street between Eighth and Ninth streets. He handed it to another deputy telling him to serve it.

"I thought you were going to wait until Monday," the second deputy said. "That was the agreement."

"You are not to think," was the reply. "The judge is doing the thinking."

Then the chief deputy began distributing cigar store indictments among the other deputies for service. He telephoned the news to the attorney for the cigar dealers and asked him to help.


"I thought we were to come down Monday," the attorney protested.

"That doesn't go with the court," the deputy replied. "You will have to bring your clients here and give bond to-night. The judge says he will be here until mid-night if necessary.

Then the attorney telephoned the judge. No use. It was only a short time until those who had been indicted began arriving at the courtroom. Judge Wallace accepted bonds until 6:30 o'clock. Then he went to dinner to return at 8:30 o'clock. He took bonds until 9:30 o'clock last night. He required a bond of $600 for the first indictment and $200 bond for each succeeding one. Each bondsman was interrogated closely and none was accepted accept owners of real estate.

The first to appear was J. W. Hearsch, a dealer at 514 Grand avenue.

"I am an Orthodox Jew," he said. I close on Saturday and open Sunday."

"This isn't your trial," the judge said. "If what you say is true you will not suffer. Your bond is $600."

The next were Dan Lucas and his eight barbers. A deputy marshal had arrested them all. This resulted in closing the shop for a while. The deputy allowed the barbers to finish shaving customers in the chairs and then took them to the criminal court.


"There's nothing in this Sunday law against barbers working on Sunday," Lucas said. "I made a test case of it once and beat it in the supreme court."

"That was a special law against barbers alone and unconstitutional because it was class legislation," the judge said. "You were indicted here under the general law against working on Sunday, which applies to all classes of labor and has been upheld by the supreme court. All the other barber shops have closed. My advice to you is to do likewise."

The eight negro barbers sat in a row waiting for their employer to give bond.

"You're next," the judge said, indicating the second after the first had given bond. "You're next here like you are in a barber shop."

As each one gave bond the judge called "next" until all had qualified.

"Now, Lucas, I'll say this to you," Judge Wallace said as the negro barber prepared to to: "I don't wish to be severe with you if you show a disposition to comply with and not defy the law. If you close I will let you off easy, but if you defy the law you will have to take the consequences of a prosecution on all these indictments."

The negro barber said he would close on Sunday. He returned to his shop with his eight barbers and hung a Sunday closing placard in the window.

Miss Agnes Miller, owner of the cigar stands in the Kupper and Densmore hotels, was among those who appeared.

"There's a young woman; have her come up here first," the judge said.

Miss Miller advanced to the clerk's desk and acknowledged her bond; then she left the courtroom.


Meanwhile the attorneys had learned that the marshal had orders to arrest "on view" any cigar dealers transacting business to-day.

"But," an attorney suggested, "we may not be able to get word to all the dealers of the agreement. Will they be arrested?"

"If the deputy marshals find any cigar dealer transacting business they will notify him to cease at once," the judge replied. "Should he comply he will not be molested. Otherwise he will be taken to jail, where he will be required to supply a bond or be locked up."

Then the judge began to make fine distinctions.

"The cigar stores," he continued, "may remain open to sell candy, news matter, soft drinks, fruits, nuts or any food that is cooked, so that it may be eaten on the spot.

"There's a distinction between food that may be eaten on the spot and food that must be cooked. One sort is a necessity, the other isn't.


"Now, why is candy a necessity, while cigars are not?" somebody asked.

"I have looked up the law carefully on this subject," the judge replied, "and I have determined that candy is a food necessity. Children must have it. That is my construction of the law.

The dealers who agreed to close to-day include the owners of practically all of the down town stores and of the hotel and drug store stands.

The theaters, however, under the protection of the federal court, will be open to-day as usual.

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October 25, 1907


Charles Daniels, Dead Woman's For-
mer Husband, Held by Police.

Assistant Prosecuting Attorney Bert Kimbrell and Marshal Al Helsip went to Sugar Creek yesterday to make an investigation into the death of Mrs. Maggie Freeman, whose body was found beside the road north of Independence early Wednesday morning. Charles Daniels, former husband of the dead woman, is being held by the Independence police pending the investigation.

Daniels made another statement to the police yesterday and tells a similar story to the one related the morning the body of Mrs. Freeman was found. He claims that Ed Smith, who is still at large and was with Daniels, Mrs. Freeman and another woman the night before the body was discovered, is a card writer and is not known in this vicinity. He describes Smith as being short, heavy set, blue eyes, dark hair and poorly dressed.

Officers went to the Freeman home in Sugar Creek yesterday and took the tow children of Mrs. Freeman to the Humane office.

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October 24, 1907





Suit Brought on Behalf of Them and
Members of Orchestras -- Conten-
tion Is That Actors and Mu-
sicians Work No More
Than Preachers.

Upon the petition of eleven actors, now filling engagements at the Orpheum and the Willis Wood theaters, Judge John C. Pollock of the United States circuit court issued a temporary order last evening at Topeka, Kas., restraining the board of police commissioners, Chief of Police Daniel Ahern, County Marshal Al Heslip and all their subordinates from arresting actors, actresses, members of any theater orchestra, and all persons performing services essential to producing an entertainment in any theater in Kansas City, Judge Pollock will be in Kansas City at 10 o'clock Friday morning to hear arguments in the federal court, for and against making the restraining order permanent.

No mention was made of the managers of the houses, but it is thought that the restraining order was drawn to include them. For fear the order may not give them exemption from arrest a new move is being made, the attorneys securing affidavits from some of the most widely known business men of the city to the effect that Judge Wallace is prejudiced, and so incapable of giving the theater employes a fair trial.


There is to be no conflict between the state and the United States courts. The restraining order is not directed against Judge Wallace, so that the criminal judge of Jackson county may continue his war upon the theaters, but he will not find any marshal nor police to effect the arrests which he may order. Although there are but eleven complaints in the federal case, they set up in their oration that they appear for the 200 or more professional actors now filling engagements in Kansas City, and for the several thousands of others similarly situated who will come to Kansas City to give entertainment before the close of the present session, which will be in July, 1908.

The unique claim will be set up that the actors are akin to preachers, and that neither of them work. The theater orchestras are to be associated in the argument with church choirs.

"In every particular and in every detail," said Attorney Frank M. Lowe, "we will be found on solid ground. There is to be an end to the attempt to close the theaters in Kansas City."

The suit brought yesterday was filed by the following actors: B. C. Whitney, John Edwards, Lt. J. Carter and W. J. Jossey, of the Orpheum circuit; Benjamin Welch, Roger M. Inhoff, Charles ARnold, Harry Hastings, of the United States Amusement Company; Clifton Crawford, Arthur C. Ainston and William Leummel, playing at the Willis Wood. The defendants are Criminal Clerk A. E. Thomas, County Marshal Al Heslip, Police Comissioners Henry M. Beardsley, Andrew E. Gallagher and Elliot H. Jones, and their subordinates.

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October 20, 1907


Deputy Marshals Have Already
Picked Out Actresses to Arrest.

The serving of warrants upon the indictments of actors, actresses and others will fall upon the county marshal's force. The men yesterday took good naturedly the prospect of having to make several hundred arrests next week.

Herman Weisflog, who has an eye for beauty, brought an armful of posters from the Piff Paff Pouf company to the jail yesterday and passed them around among the deputies.

"I'll take this girl," said Dashing Siegfried, who tends the door on the jail.

"This one for me," retorted Jimmy Moran, pointing to the picture of a pretty chorus girl.

"I only hope you men will do what you say," said Mrs. Margaret Simmons, matron of the women's quarters. "I'm sure I wouldn't know what to do with all those actresses in my charge."

"Let them bring their own scenery and put on a show right here in the jail," spoke up Sam McGee, jailer.

"I've never had the photo of a prima donna in my rogues' gallery yet," Al Heslip chipped in, "But I wouldn't mind having one or two. They'd give it tone."

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October 17, 1907



Theater Managers Included -- True
Bills Include Illegal Sale of
Liquor, Forgery, and

One hundred and twelve indictments were returned by the grand jury yesterday morning, when the report was made to Judge William H. Wallace and warrants were issued by County Marshal Al Heslip. Eight-five indictment are for thesale of intoxicating liquor without a license; 39 are against theater managers for viloations of the Sunday labor law, and the other 8 are for miscellaneous offenses. The 112 warrants call for the arrest of 23 mean and one woman. Among the list are:

O. D. Woodward, Willis Wood theater.
A. Judah, Grand opera house.
Clinton T. Wilson, Majestic theater.
Walter Sanford, Shubert theater.
Joseph R. Donegan, Century theater.
Dr. F. F. Flandora, National Theater.
William Warren, Auditorium Theater.
E. S. Brigham, Gilliss theater.
Martin Lehman, Orpheum theater.

A. M. Robertson, Crystal theater.
L. A. Wagner, Paseo theater.
J. J. Dunn, penny parlor, Main and Missouri.
O. P. Rose, Electric theater, 116 East Twelfth.
E. C. Jones, penny parlor, Eighth and Walnut.
Richard Ray, Twelfth and Grand.
C. E. McDonald, four indictments.


The grand jury's report to Judge Wallace yesterday morning and the indictmen of the theater managers had been foretold in Wednesday's Journal The managers, however, assumed surprise when informed of their indictment and said that they had understood that nothing was to have been done until Judge Hermann Brumback decided the suit in the circuit court brought to enjoin Marshal Heslip from making arrests on warrants from the county proseutor's office. This case had been set for Tuesday and was continued until Friday. Whatever right the circuit court may have to stop the service of a warrant from the prosecutor's office, it will not try to stop the service of the warrants ordered by the grand jury.

The inditments were returned at 10 o'clock yesterday morning and at 2:15 o'clock County Marshal Heslip and Chief Deputy Herman Wlsflog had received the warants and were sending them out by the deputies. All of the theater managers were informed by telephone to come to the criminal court room and give bond. Joseph R. Donegan of the Century theater was the first to arrive, ollowed shortly by A. Judah of the Grand opera house. They had a short talk with Judge Wallace and were told to return at 11:30 this morning. The bond for each theater manager will be fixed at $500


The managers were all at sea yesteday as to whether there would be performances next Sunday, and if so whether they were to be arrested.

"Judge Wallace wanted to have us all arrested like pickpockets," said Martin Lehman of the Orpheum, "but we succeeded in persuading him that we would not sell out our places and leave town. I do not see how the indictments returned today can affect the performances Sunday. I suppose that nothing can be determined in this respect until the hearing on the injunction, which is set for Friday morning."

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October 13, 1907




Judge Wallace Will Now Wait Until
Grand Jury Returns Indict-
ments -- Restraining Order Is
Returnable Tuesday

Patrons of Sunday theatricals may occupy their usual seats today without fear of the performance being stopped by either the city or county officials. The theatrical managers yesterday secured a restraining order in the circuit court preventing County Marshal Al Heslip or his deputies from interfering with any of the performances, and Chief of Police Daniel Ahearn announced that, in the absence of instructions from the police board, he will not act.

Judge W. H. Wallace of the criminal court, the head of the Sunday closing movement, said last night that he had secured no warrants against the theatrical managers, and that his court would not attempt to go counter to the restraining order issued by Judge Park and Goodrich of the circuit court against Marshal Heslip. Police commissioner Elliot H. Jones, upon whose concurrence with Mayor Beardsley the co-operation of the police with the county authorities in the Sunday closing crusade depended, yesterday left town to be gone over Sunday without issuing any instructions to Chief Ahearn. Police Commissioner Gallagher is also out of the city.


"While I do not believe the circuit court would attempt to interfere with what action either my court, or the grand jury might take towards the closing of the theaters on Sunday, I have not had any warrants sworn out, and will not embarrass Marshal Heslip by asking him to close the amusement places without warrants," said Judge Wallace last night. "What either I or the grand jury may do during the next week I cannot say. But nothing will be done in regard to putting a stop to Sunday amusements tomorrow."

Several thousands of people attend the theaters on Sundays, as well as weekdays, according to the petition filed in the circuit court by the theatrical managers, and these people would be deprived of a means of physical and mental benefit by the closing of the play houses on Sunday.

"The marshal and his deputies have threatened to raid the theaters and prevent actors, actresses, and employes from performing their duties and to prevent the general public from attending the performances," says the petition.

"It is therefore alleged that the plaintiffs' property, and the use of the same, will be interfered with and impaired as a continuous business; that the actors and actresses' compensation for their services will be reduced, and they will also commit a breach of their contracts. It is asked that the marshal and his deputies be restrained and enjoined from doing any act which will in any wise interfere with or obstruct the plaintiffs' business, or from closing the theaters Sunday, October 13, or subsequent Sundays.

Police Commissioner E. H. Jones, it was reported at his home last night, has gone to Jefferson City. Commissioner A. E. Gallagher several days ago went on a hunting trip, and has not yet returned.

"The theaters will run tomorrow as usual, and we intend that they shall continue to do so every Sunday thereafter," said Martin Lehman, manager of the Orpheum theater, last night.

"The managers intend to fight the case to the last."

The following are the theaters affected by the restraining order: Willis Wood, Orpheum, Grand Shubert, Auditorium, Gilliss, Century, and Majestic.

In its memorandum on the granting of the restraining order, the court said that the alleged contemplated action of the county marshal in closing the theaters on Sunday would be such a radical departure form the existing order of things that it seemed best to have a hearing of the merits of the case before the marshal be permitted to proceed.

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October 3, 1907


Declares Kansas City Will Be Closed
Tight as a Drum.

Because the board of police commissioners has so far failed to order the theaters, grocery and cigar stores and other places of business in Kansas City closed on Sunday, Judge William H. Wallace, of the criminal court, is not going to give up the fight. He said yesterday:

"The theaters will be closed Sunday. It is the law and it must be enforced and obeyed. If the police board does not care to make the order, and if the police do not care to enforce the law, I shall order the county marshal and his deputies to see that the law is enforced."

County Marshal Al Heslip said that he would serve any warrant which was sent to him from the county prosecutor's office. He wasn't quite able, however, to figure out where he would put his prisoners if he should be asked to arrest everybody connected with all of the theaters in Kansas City next Sunday. He suggested the possibility of locating the chorus girls out in Shelley park.

County Prosecutor I. B. Kimbrell said that he would prosecute any offenders against any law, in cases where there was evidence. He did not seem inclined to talk about the theater question.

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June 27, 1907


Mr. and Mrs. Heslip in Car and
Runaway Accident.

As County Marshal Heslip and his wife were driving south on Oak street, crossing Nineteenth street, at 6 o'clock last evening, their buggy was struck by an eastbound Vine street car and nearly overturned. Mr. Heslip was thrown out and the horses turned and ran east on Ninetenth street.

A hundred yards east of the scene of the collision Mrs. Heslip fell out over the back of the buggy. Her dress caught and she was dragged fifty feet. She suffered a sprained shoulder and many bruises. Mr. Heslip was not hurt.

The team was stopped at a pile of dirt at the Nineteenth and Cherry street crossing. Mrs. Heslip was taken to the University hospital.

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April 15, 1907


Mother Brings Chicken to Son Who
Is to Go to Pen.

"Yes, this is chicken day," said County Marshall Heslip yesterday, as an elderly woman in mourning passed into the jail with a carefully packed basket. "It is probably the last time that woman will see her son. He has been sentenced to serve a term in the penitentiary for burglary and will be taken away this week."

On Sunday from 10 o'clock in the morning until 4 o'clock in the afternoon, the Sunday food comes in. Sometimes the mother or father brings it, other times a brother and often times a dear friend. If the mother prepares it immediately after the others have finished their meal at home, and it arrives at the jail early, it's dinner. If a brother stops at the jail with a basket on the way to night work, it's supper. Sometimes the basket or parcel contains chicken, and maybe dumplings. Others may not fare so well. A few are content with "the makin's," a sack of cheap tobacco and a package of cigarette papers sent by some friend who has been there himself and knows the value of a "smoke" when there's nothing else to do, and the monotony of "thinking it over" wears on the nerves.

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