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February 7, 1910


Overdressed Man Imagines He's
Hunted Magnate.

Robert C. Kainz, a young man who says he is an Englishman recently imported to this country, went to police headquarters about 3 o'clock Sunday morning and demanded to know why he had been locked out of jail. The desk sergeant apologized for the oversight and sent him to the holdover.

When searched Kainz was found to be a walking haberdashery, with everything from a clean collar to an extra suit of clothes on his person. Aside from the assortment of dry goods and men's furnishings were:

One ruby ring, three boxes of Egyptian cigarettes, several cigar lighters, a half dozen packages of chewing gum, two pairs of new horsehide gloves and several neckties.

Kainz wore two overcoats, two complete suits of clothes, a jersey sweater and two vests, besides two shirts and some under garments. His feet were protected by three pair of hose, each a different color, and two silk mufflers were wrapped around his neck.

Investigation revealed that he had been living at the Salvation Army hotel on Fifth street. For a time he is said to have imagined that he was the president of a great insurance company, who feared that the United States government might prosecute him for selling bad "policies." He had a quantity of sample insurance policies and a rate book in his pocket.

Kainz was turned over to Colonel J. C. Greenman yesterday and his mental condition will be looked into.

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January 6, 1910


Mark Kesler, Former Kansas City
Fireman, Passes Through City.

Mark Kelser, formerly of the Kansas City fire department, who trained "Dan" and Joe," the famous team of fire horses which won honors at London in the international exhibit in 1893, was in Kansas City yesterday afternoon, stopping off a few minutes on his way to Excelsior Springs.

Kesler is now with the Oklahoma City fire department, where he is engaged in training eight fire horses. He was here a short time ago, having been sent with three other firemen to make a study of the departments of large cities with a view of strengthening the Oklahoma City department.

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October 3, 1909



Meets Manager of Texas Ranches
and Clears Up Accumulated
Business Details -- Drives
Over City Boulevards.
Lord Charles Beresford.

Lord Charles Beresford, former admiral of the British navy, in company with his solicitor, Orlando Hammond of New York city, dropped into Kansas City from Chicago yesterday morning for a conference with Robert Moss, manager of the Texas and Mexico ranches Lord Beresford owns. Incidentally Lord Beresford received a check, the proceeds of a sale of 1,000 head of cattle which had been sold on the Kansas City market during the last week. The shipment was made from his ranch at Ojitos, Chihuahua, Mexico. Lord Beresford thought when he left Chicago that he might have to make a trip to his ranches to settle some business affairs, but last evening he said he would attend to all of his business in Kansas City.

He and Mr. Hammond were met yesterday morning by Robert Moss, his manager and the trio drove to the Hotel Baltimore, where they breakfasted. They were joined there by J. MacKenzie and T. J. Eamans, who took them for a ride over the boulevards and then for luncheon at the Country Club. Another ride followed and the party returned to the Hotel Baltimore, dust covered and hungry, about 6 p. m. Lord Beresford and Mr. Hammond will remain in the city until Monday evening.


"I have been in Kansas City before, but I have never had the pleasure of a trip over your boulevards and through your parks," said Lord Beresford, "until today. Even this morning I feared that I would not have the time to thoroughly enjoy it. I want to say that the ride was a surprise to me. I have been over many drives and boulevards but I cannot recall a city I have ever been in that the boulevards excel those of Kansas City.

"Next to the boulevards, I was impressed with the playgrounds. We drove to each of the playgrounds, and I was greatly interested in watching the children as they scampered about and enjoyed themselves with the swings and apparatus. In this your country is ahead of England. You have so much more room, though, than we have. Ground is so much more expensive in England than it is here, but England has taken the cue from America, and she has begun the establishment of these playgrounds.

"I saw the site of the new depot and the plans were explained to me. I am surprised that Kansas City has gotten along as long as it has with that old excuse for one. You will no doubt appreciate the new one much more, as the contrast will be so great that you will forget all about the inconveniences of the old one.

"Your residence section, especially the newer sections, impressed me greatly. They are different than the sections in the East, where the houses are all crowded on little lots. They remind one more of the English country houses with their wide stretches of lawn and tree-bordered drives and boulevards Altogether I shall remember my trip about Kansas City as one of the most pleasant I have ever taken."

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September 27, 1909



Surprised to Hear Home Town Men-
tioned in a Dinner Order But
Found Meat Actually Came
From Here.

Seated in a historic eating house in London three weeks ago, Henry Garland of this city heard a man specifically direct his waiter to bring him "a Kansas City steak." Mr. Garland had written out an order for something else. He tore it up, looked in vain on his card for the "Kansas City steak," but could not find it. When his waiter arrived he duplicated the order of his neighbor, and was surprised that the waiter was not surprised.

"What do you know about Kansas City steaks?" Mr. Garland asked. The waiter replied they were the special steaks of that particular eating house.

"I found," said Mr. Garland, "that 'Kansas City steaks' were as well established as Maryland terrapin is in the East. And why shouldn't they be? I never got a better steak in England than the "Kansas City steak' I got in that London eating house. I told my man why I specially wanted a Kansas City steak, being from there, and that interested him. He told me the steaks actually came from Kansas City. It was like a trip home for dinner to get one of those steaks. Incidentally, the waiter proved so intelligent that I asked him why on earth he did not pull up his pegs and come over here where he could make dollars instead of shillings. He told me he had a wife and five children and could not get started. He would not leave the kiddies, and that was a good failing on his part."

Mr. Garland went to stay six weeks in England. He had two all-sunny days out of the six weeks.

"Rain and the German war scare are the principal features of touring in England this summer," said Mr. Garland. "They are no more afraid of Germany then they are of Iceland, but that is the way they scare the people into higher taxes. We got up a Japanese war scare here four years ago to get money to the Dreadnoughts we are now building. England is playing the same game now, very effectively.

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September 16, 1909


Walter Williams's Lecture on Jour-
nalism School Impressed the British.

E. F. Allen of the Netherlands apartment, Kansas City, who accompanied Walter Williams, dean of journalism at the University of Missouri, to Europe in August, returned yesterday. Campbell Wells, a banker of Platte City, Mo., also traveled in the party, which landed in Plymouth, England, August 31.

On that night English journalists listened to an address on "Journalism, or an Experiment in America," by Mr. Williams, who told the English people what the American university was doing toward educating and raising the standard of American journalists.

After the lecture several representatives of various districts promised the British Institute of Journalists that their districts would soon establish colleges of journalism, fashioned after the American school. Belonging to the institute are some 3,000 journalists, paper proprietors and litterateurs of England and the colonies.

An entire half day was spent in discussing Mr. Williams's paper. A banquet was given the journalists, at which Professor Williams offered the toast, "Mother of All Plymouths," which was responded to by the mayor of Plymouth.

"Professor Williams's coming was the feature of the meeting, and the congress highly appreciates his lecture, and something substantial may be expected of it," the president of the congress informed Mr. Allen.

When the three travelers landed at London they were presented with tickets to the Liberal League Club, to which they had already been elected. They received special invitations to attend parliament and listened to the discussion of the land bill, which was to equalize the taxation of land in Ireland and the colonies. After leaving London the three Americans went to Glasgow, the second largest city of Scotland. Fifty years ago Glasgow was a city of 30,000 inhabitants.

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September 14, 1909



Staunch Irish-American Patriot
Mixed in Many Attempts to Free
Ireland -- Stabbed for Expos-
ing Clan ne Gael Plot.
Captain Thomas Phelan, Soldiler of Fortune.

The death of Captain Thomas Phelan, Irish-American patriot and soldier of fortune, which occurred at 2:30 o'clock last Saturday afternoon, in Bremerton, Wash., ended a life full of romance and a checkered career in war and politics. Early in life he was bitten with the wanderlust, and during the early 60s and 70s helped to make history, not only in America, but in Canada and Ireland. Captain Phelan was 76 years old and leaves a widow and four children.

Being a native of Ireland, Captain Phelan throughout his life and did all in his power to bring freedom to Erin. He was born near the town of Tipperary and came to America about 1857, locating at Independence, Mo. He married Miss Alice Cox of that city.

During the early part of Captain Phelan's life he was embroiled in many attempts to free his native country from the yoke of England. Shortly after his marriage in Independence he enlisted as a volunteer in the Seventh Missouri regiment of the Union army and fought with that regiment throughout the war. He rose from the ranks to a captain. He was in many of the important battles.


One of his daring acts committed during the progress of the war was at the siege of Vicksburg. It was necessary to take a steamboat loaded with cotton and other products, and munitions of war, down the river and Captain Phelan was delegated to run the blockade.

Transferring bales of hay for cotton around the edge of the boat he succeeded in getting safely through the lines. His name appears in Civil war history as that of the man responsible for breaking the blockade.

In the late 60's he gained fame and notoriety by engaging in the Fenian raid from the United States into Canada in a futile attempt to occupy Canada and make it a base of supplies from which to carry on warfare with England for the freedom of Ireland.

The Irish in America congregated about Ridgeway, Canada, for the purpose of an uprising and gaining a stronghold in the Canadian country. Some 1,400 Irish left the United States for this purpose, but boats on the waterways cut off a portion, and they failed to land in Canada. A battle in which many persons were killed on both sides was fought by the Irishmen against the Queen's Own regiment.

While making a visit to his home country, Captain Phelan learned that the Clan na Gael was planning to blow up an English ship named the Queen. Although against England, Captain Phelan did not believe in destroying innocent passengers, and therefore notified the English ship people. In some manner his part became public, and O'Donovan Rossa, editor of the Irishman of New York, attacked his loyalty in the paper.


The incident occurred during the term as mayor here of Lee Talbot. Captain Phelan was called to New York to be given an opportunity to explain matters relative to his informing the British of the intended blowing up of the Queen.

Close friendship had before existed between Rossa and Phelan, and the latter did not realize that he was to be the victim of a trap. He went to New York and entered Rossa's office. While there an endeavor to assassinate him was made by an Irishman living in the East. Captain Phelan was stabbed thirteen times and received a broken arm in the attack. He was confined in a hospital in New York for many months on account of his injuries. The news that he gave the information to the English leaked out through a story of the plot printed in Kansas City and written by Frank P. Clarke, a former newspaper man, now living here.

Between the years of 1882 and 1888 Captain Phelan was superintendent of the Kansas City workhouse. He was greatly interested in politics and was a staunch Republican all of his life. When the criminal court was instituted in Jackson county he was appointed clerk of the court and was the first to fill this position. Under Mayor John Moore he served as superintendent of public works. While Colonel R. T. Van Horn was a member of Congress Captain Phelan received the appointment of captain of police of Washington, D. C.


After the civil war he organized Company D of the Third Regiment and was a captain in the regiment for many years. Later he organized Battery B. For the last seven years he had been in charge of a navy yard at Bremerton, Wash., where ships of the United States are repaired. He was holding this position when he died. Captain Phelan belonged to the G. A. R., but was not a member of any other organization.

Captain Phelen also figured very prominently in a duel which was never pulled off. The participants were to have been a Captain McCafferty and Captain Phelan. Rifles were the weapons chosen, and seconds and grounds had been picked when friends interfered.

At one time a number of Irish left America to aid Ireland, whose sons were to rise against England upon a certain day. Chester, England, was the place of the rendezvous for the Irish-Americans. Arms had been secured for their use.

The English troops, however, got wind of the threatened uprising and were sent out in such large forces that the Irish were overawed. The difficulty between Captains McCafferty and Phelan arose out of the means to be used at this time in trying to free Ireland.

Captain Phelan's family resides at 3205 Washington street. Dr. Y. J. Acton of Bremerton notified the family of the death. The body was buried yesterday afternoon in the Soldiers and Sailors' cemetery at Bremerton, Wash., by Captain Phelan's special request.

For many years Captain Phelan traveled over the country giving exhibitions of shooting and fencing. He was a crack shot with pistols and rifles, and was a famous swordsman.

Captain Phelan, while the Dreyfus affair in France was at its height, challenged Count Esterhazy, accuser of Dreyfus, to a duel with swords, to be fought anywhere in the world.

Besides his widow, Mrs. John Young and Miss Annie Phelan, daughters, and two sons, Robert Phelan, a police detective, and Thomas Phelan, survive.

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September 13, 1909



United States in Possession by Right
of Discovery, Declares Mer-
rimac Hero -- Believes Both
Cook and Peary.

"There is nothing to the talk that England and the United States might become involved in a quarrel over the ownership of the North Pole. The American flag has been nailed there twice and it belongs to the United States by right of discovery. there can be no possible chance for England or any other country to claim it.

This is the opinion of Captain Richmond Pearson Hobson, hero of the Merrimac, and at present a member of congress from Alabama. Captain Hobson is at the Hotel Baltimore.

"I believe both Cook and Peary discovered the North Pole," replied Captain Hobson in answer to a question. "Peary was a colleague and naturally would have liked to have heard that he was the first to reach the goal. Credit and the highest honors are due both men for their accomplishment. I am sorry to read of the petty bickerings which are now being reported in the press as they tend to lower the esteem in which both explorers should be held by the citizens of this country. It will tend in a measure to belittle their efforts.

"In the near future I expect to see some brave and enterprising American citizen embark in an airship or similar machine and sail to the South Pole, taking possession in the name of the United States. Then will this old world of ours revolve between two possessions of the United States, which will be appropriate, for this country is recognized by all civilized powers, as the most enterprising.

Captain Hobson arrived yesterday morning. He was met by Congressman W. P. Borland and taken in an automobile to Independence, Mo. In the afternoon the return trip was made.

"I was most agreeably surprised at the extent and the beauty of your boulevards," remarked Captain Hobson. "I do not know of a city anywhere that can compare with them."

Captain Hobson will remain in the city until Tuesday.

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September 10, 1909


Mr. and Mrs. Walton Holmes, Jr.,
Only Got to London.

Mr. and Mrs. Walton Holmes, Jr., have returned from their European trip, which was terminated at London owing to the serious illness of Mrs. Holmes. Mrs. Holmes is well on the way to recovery.

"It had been planned to tour Europe, but the sickness of Mrs. Holmes terminated everything and our only anxiety was to get back home," said Mr. Holmes yesterday. Dr. J. F. Binney was called from Kansas City to attend Mrs. Holmes.

While on the way over on the Cunarder Mauretania, Dr. Binney was called, with a Dr. McArthur of Chicago and the ship's surgeon, to perform an operation for appendicitis upon a boy on the ship. The patient has recovered. Mrs. W. H. Holmes, Sr., who was a member of the party, has not yet returned from Europe.

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August 12, 1909



Captain Webster, F. R. G. S., British
Army, Retired, Estimates the
Cost of His Antarctic Expedi-
tion at $200,000.

To fly to the South pole in a combined dirigible balloon and aeroplane is the purpose of Captain R. V. Webster, F. R. G. S., formerly of the British army, and now a wealthy tea and rubber planter of Ceylon, who is in this country learning all he can about the latest in American aeronautics. Captain Webster is now on his way to Washington, where he will have an audience with the members of the government aeronautic board. He was at the Baltimore hotel last night.

The Walter Wellman plan of going in a balloon is all right as far as it goes, thinks Captain Webster, but the explorer must be sure that he can readily return.

"Wellman may get to the North pole, all right," he said last night, "but I entertain grave doubts as to his ability to get back to civilization again. Gas, you know, may gradually be dissipated from a balloon on such a trip. It might carry an explorer to the pole, but I'm afraid he'd find to his horror that he would not have enough left to return.

Captain Webster is of the opinion that the South pole can be found by combining heavier-than-air and lighter-than-air craft, so that if one fails the other will be left to depend upon.

Although his plans are thus far tentative, his idea now is to suspend a biplane, perhaps of the type used by the Wrights, from an elongated balloon shaped like Count Zeppelin's huge dirigible.

This military and aeronautical Eurasian has the right to write F. R. G. S. after his name, as well as Captain before it, for he holds a life fellow hip in the Royal Geographical Society of London . To this society he says he has given the English equivalent of $60,000 for the purpose of financing an antarctic expedition which he will command. It will take a total of $200,000 to pay for such a trip.

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August 9, 1909


Bird Victim of Hardships Was
Buried in Depot Matron's
Back Yard.

In the yard in the rear of the home of Mrs. Ollie Everingham, the matron at the Union depot, is a little mound. Beneath it in a tin box lies the cotton encased body of a little canary bird, the sole companion and pet of Miss Ethel McFarland, an English girl, who immigrated to this country just seven weeks ago. Bobbie, the bird, died yesterday morning, just after Miss McFarland had stepped from a Wabash train from St. Louis, where she had been looking for employment. Miss McFarland, who is Mrs. Everingham's protege, was her guest last night.

A little more than two months ago Miss McFarland, a clerk and bookkeeper in London, left her home for this country. She had read much of the United States and believed her future lay here. When sh e departed she had, besides her clothing, her pet canary bird, which she had reared from a nestling. The little fellow, whom she named Bobby, was attached to her as she was to him. A charge of $2.50 was made for carrying the bird on the ship, and when Miss McFarland reached this side she discovered that she owed the steward $1 more for caring for it en route.

Seven weeks ago a ruddy faced girl with a decided English accent, carrying two suit cases and the cage containing the canary bird, got off a train at the Union depot. Mrs. Everingham's attention was attracted to the girl and from that time on, Miss McFarland declares, he one best friend was the matron.

Mrs. Everingham secured lodgings for the girl, and the next day got her a position in a household.

"I don't want to work at books; I want to learn to keep house as they do in America," she told the matron.

Two weeks ago the family with whom Miss McFarland lived departed for the North. She heard of a position in St. Louis and a friend whom she had met through Mrs. Everingham offered to assist her in securing the position.

St. Louis was not to the liking of the English girl and she started back to Kansas City Friday night, arriving here yesterday morning. The ride was too much for the bird, which was dead when Miss McFarland arrived at the depot.

With tears streaming down her face and almost heartbroken at the loss of her little companion, Miss McFarland sought Mrs. Everingham. The sympathetic depot matron had a tin box in her desk. Some cotton was secured and the little bird was wrapped in the cotton, placed in the box and given a ceremonious burial in the back yard of the matron's home.

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August 2, 1909


Summoned to Attend Mrs. Walton
H. Holmes, Jr., Who Is Ill.

Dr. J. F. Binnie left last night for New York, whence he will sail Wednesday to London, whither he has been summoned by the sudden illness of Mrs. Walton H. Holmes, Jr. He expects to reach the British metropolis Sunday.

No details have been received here of Mrs. Holmes's condition. W. S. Woods, her father, received the first cablegram, which asked that Dr. Binnie come to attend her. A later and more imperative cablegram asked that he "come at once."

Mr. and Mrs. Holmes had intended to leave London for home August 25 and that plan will be carried out if her condition will permit.

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July 26, 1909


Miss Jessie Pomfret, Writer and
Pomfret Estate Claimant, Dies.

Miss Jessie Pomfret died yesterday afternoon at 1:30 o'clock in Independence from consumption. She had been ill for the last two years.

No arrangements have been made for the funeral, but the body will be taken to her home in Daviess county. Miss Pomfret, while a resident of Independence, was engaged in newspaper work. She went to Rock Island, Ill., and then to Chicago, afterwards to Cincinnati, where she became interested as one of the heirs of an English estate of $17,000,000. She spent considerable money in investigating the Pomfret millions of which she expected to get a share of $1,000,000.

The Pomfret estate consists of an establishment in Red Lion street, London, and cash in the Bank of England. With it goes either a coloneley in the British army or a seat in the house of commons.

Lemuel Pomfret, brother of William Pomfret's father, induced the family to change the spelling of the name from Pomfrey to Pomfret. William Pomfret was the lineal descendant of Colonel Pomfrey, w ho held a commission from King George. He deserted the British army and joined Washington's forces.

The estate reverted to the crown, but was afterward restored to the family.

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July 17, 1909


Aged Applicant for Parole Says Son
Was Knighted for Bravery.

Anderson J. Barker, 69 years old, was fined $500 Wednesday for running an alleged "fake" employment agency, wore only a pair of overalls and a short-sleeved shirt when he appeared before the board of pardons and paroles yesterday for hearing on his application for parole, but despite the costume his appearance was that of a stately gentleman of the "old school."

After telling of his service to his country during the civil war, during which he was twice breveted for meritorious conduct on the field, tears streamed down his cheeks as he told of how he had reared his two sons, both of whom, he said, were heads of Y. M. C. A. organizations, one in a suburb of Chicago and the other in Calcutta, India.

"For saving the life of Lord Frazier in Calcutta on November 9 last," said the aged man, his eyes suffused with tears, "my boy Ben was made a knight by King Edward VII of England on February 9 of this year. The king also decorated him with a gold medal for bravery. My other son, Edwin, is a thirty-second degree Mason.

"I have been engaged in one business in this city for seven years. The police judge heard only the testimony of a policeman and the complainant, and said: 'Five hundred dollars.' I never committed a crime in my life."

While discussing the matter of parole, Barker said he would withdraw his application, and appeal. He did not wish to bear the stigma of having to report to the secretary every week. The board told him there was no stigma attached to a parole and promised to look into his references today, when he may be granted freedom.

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July 12, 1909


Given Tour of United States and
Europe by Newspaper.

On a tour of the United States and Europe, nine boys and girls about 16 and 17 years old, from Los Angeles, Cal., yesterday passed through Kansas City and were obliged to delay here several hours on account of train service conditions. The party, which was chaperoned by Mrs. Scott Pond-Pope and Miss Catherine Harkness, was at the Coates house. The afternoon was spent in seeing the parks and boulevards.

Four of the girls of the party will go to New York and sail on the steamer Baltic, July 17, for London. They will visit the principal points of interest on the Continent. The rest of the party will spend a day in each of the large Eastern cities, taking in Niagara Falls and a trip up the Hudson river.

Prudence Thompson, Jessie Young, Grace Amestoy and Emma Simpson will go to Europe. Vane McKee, Rufus Brent, Clarance Ballard, Beatrice Morrow and Margaraet Goodell will tour the states. The trip is given the young people under the auspices of a Los Angeles newspaper and is in charge of H. J. Weldon. They left Los Angeles July 1 and expect to return August 28.

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July 12, 1909


Lady Somerset, Formerly of Kansas
City, and Mother, Arrive.

Lady Henry Somerset arrived home yesterday from Paris, France. Lady Somerset, when she left Kansas City for abroad, was Mrs. Adelaide De Mare, the widow of the Pepper building fire victim. while abroad she met Lord Henry Somerset, and they were married a few weeks ago.

Lady Somerset and her mother, Mrs. Craig Hunter, left Paris over a week ago for their home. They reached Chicago without mishap or delay, but from Chicago trouble beset them on account of high water. They should have reached Kansas City Saturday afternoon at 5 o'clock. High waters held their train for twenty-six hours, and when they finally reached their home, 1202 East Thirty-fourth street, Lady Somerset and her mother were decidedly fatigued.

Lady Henry Somerset stated last night that her husband's urgent business kept him in Paris. Lady Henry will spend the summer months with her parents in Kansas City.

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July 3, 1909


Marriage of Adeline De Mare and
Henry Charles Augustus Somerset
in England is Confirmed

Carefully guarding the fact that he was of a titled English family, Henry Charles Augustus Somerset, son and heir of Lord Henry Somerset, wooed and won Mrs. Adeline De Mare, the Kansas City girl whose marriage to the nobleman was announced last Tuesday on postcards received by her friends and relatives in this city.

Letters received yesterday by the young woman's father, Craig Hunter, a railway labor agent with offices at 1002 Union avenue, confirm the report that his new son-in-law is the son of courtship which culminated in the marriage in London of June 16. The story, as told by Mrs. Hunter, who was with her daughter when the ceremony was performed, is that Mr. Somerset was attracted by Mrs. De Mare while the two were staying at the same hotel in Paris last winter. He did not tell Mrs. De Mare at that time that he was the son of Lord Somerset, merely representing himself to be a civil engineer of English birth.

When it became known that Mrs. De Mare and the English nobleman were to wed, there were protests from various sources. Mrs. Hunter did not wish to sanction the marriage, for she knew how strongly Mr. Hunter opposed the marriage of American girls to titled foreigners. Somerset's mother, Lady Henry Somerset, the famous temperance leader and suffragist, did not want her son to marry an American. She went so far as to declare that she would cut her son off "without a penny." This did not worry the son in the least, for he had inherited a comfortable fortune from his grandmother, the Duchess of Beaufort. So, in spite of these objections the Englishman and the American girl were wed and now they are spending a happy honeymoon in Switzerland. They probably will reside in England where Mr. Somerset has a palatial home.

Mr. Hunter, while much displeased because of the choice of his daughter, was relieved to a great extent when was informed that there was nothing "bogus" about the title or social standing of his new son-in-law.

"I would much rather Adeline had married a good, plain American," he said, "but it's all over now and I guess I have no kick coming. I fear, however, that Adeline will not be happy if Lord and Lady Somerset are so opposed to an American coming into their family."

Henry Somerset is 35 years of age and a widower. He has a daughter 9 years of age. Mrs. De Mare was 21 years of age last September. She was the widow of Professor Georges De Mare, the artist who lost his life in the fire which destroyed the University building, Ninth and Locust streets, May 8, 1907.

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June 30, 1909


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.

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June 30, 1909



Post Cards Bear Announcement of
Marriage of Mrs. Adeline De
Mare to Henry Somerset
in England.
Mrs. Adeline De Mare, Widow of Professor Georges 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.


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.


"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.

Eastnor Castle, near Ledbury in Herefordshire England

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.


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.

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June 9, 1909


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.

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March 29, 1909


Two Modern Inventions Not Com-
mon in England.

"The almost universal use of the telephone and typewriter throughout America puts England in the background," said F. E. Craig of London, Eng., at the Hotel Baltimore last night. Mr. Craig is an American whose business requires that he spend a greater part of his time in London.

"In some of the big manufacturing plants the typewriter is common, but you do not find it everywhere, as in the commercial centers of this country. Britishers seem to prefer to use the pen.

"The telephones here are better and the service in big cities superior to that even in London.

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March 22, 1909


In Kansas City With Government
Detective Looking for Swindlers.

Seeking some trace of a band of swindlers who have operated extensively in England, Canada and parts of the United States the past two years, Frank C. Crane of Washington, a detective in the employe of the United States secret service, and W. R. Worth, a Scotland Yard sleuth, are in Kansas City.

Crane would not discuss his mission last night, fearing that publicity might injure the chances of getting a clew to the whereabouts of the much wanted crooks if they are in Kansas City, and it is thought that they are. The use of the mails for fraudulent purposes has made the pursuit of the swindlers an international affaire.

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March 6, 1909


Rates Were Excessive to European
Points, Says Penrod Co.

Some interesting facts about Kansas City as an export center may be found in a suit filed yesterday in the circuit court. The Penrod Walnut and Veneer Company is asking $293.00 from the Kansas City Southern railway, alleged to represent freight overcharges on export shipments of walnut lumber. The lumber was shipped last summer, four cars going to Manchester, England; two cars to St. Petersburg; one to Belfast, Ireland, and one to Glasgow, Scotland. It is alleged by the Penrod company that the rates were quoted as follows: To Manchester, 36 1/2 cents; St. Petersburg, 43 1/2 cents; Belfast, 37 1/2 cents, and Glasgow, 38 1/2 cents. More than the rates mentioned were charged, asserts the Penrod company.

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February 3, 1909


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

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

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

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January 17, 1909



Couldn't Agree and Finally Husband
of 74 Accused Wife of 18 of Appro-
priating Personal Belongings.
Man Also Arrested.

A tale of two cities -- Sheffield, England and Sheffield, Mo. -- with the variation of the marriage of an old man and a young woman, was told in its second chapter yesterday in Justice Michael Ross's court. There are to be succeeding chapters, too, for the bride and a young man are now in the county jail, sent there on complaint of the husband.

It was December 23 that Benjamin Sellers, only 74, and Emma Vaughn, 18, were married in Independence by Justice L. P. Anderson. Two days later there appeared in The Journal an article about the couple and interview from Sellers, telling how happy he was. But romance has now made a hotel fire exit.

Maybe it should have been said at the beginning of this story that it is a tale of three cities. For, after the expression of happiness from the groom, a dark cloud in the shape of Wakeeney, Kas., appeared on the matrimonial horizon. It was to Wakeeney that the couple took their bridal trip shortly after Christmas.

"They had serenaded us at 527 East Fifth street, where we have been living, when we were married," said Mrs. Sellers yesterday, "but in Wakeeney -- why, there were tin cans in the bed and the noise outside the hotel was awful."

Anyway, Mrs. Sellers came back from Wakeeney feeling anything but cheerful. She said yesterday that she had been sick in bed most of the time since.

It was yesterday afternoon that Sellers went to the court of Justice Ross and swore out a complaint on which his wife and Leonard C. Coker, a lather 19 years of age, whose home is at 3239 East Sixth street, were arrested. Coker had been staying at the Sellers home, 527 East Fifth, for about a week. He says he boarded there.


"It has broken me all up," said Sellers, telling his story in the justice's court. "Why, I travelled with General Tom Thumb, first in Sheffield, England, where I passed show bills, and later until I rose to be his valet. For nearly sixteen years I was with him. The beginning was in 1857.

"After I left that employment, I went to farm in Illinois and later moved to Wakeeney, Kas., where I have property that yields me about $40 a month. That has furnished my living since I came to Kansas City three years ago.

"June 18 a young man brought this girl to my home. She said she was homeless, so I took her in and cared for her. After at time she disappeared and then returned. Always she kept insisting I should marry her, and at last, in December, I consented. She said then, 'Marry me or I will leave you."


"She had not been at my house a week before I missed some rings and jewelry, and she told me she had not taken them. For a time she went under the name of Evelyn LaRue, but her real name was Emma Vaughn."

This is what Mrs. Sellers had to say:

"Why, 'grandpa' -- that's what I always call him -- forced me to marry him. You see, it was this way: A young man named Lester Blume took me to grandpa's house, and told me to take some rings that were there. I did it, and 'grandpa' kept threatening to do things if I did not marry him.

"Coker? I was engaged to him when I was 16. Then I lost track of him for a long time. He came to the house last Thursday after we had been at the roller skating rink, and he's been there since. But so have two of my girl friends, who have been caring for me while I was sick. Have we a large house? Three rooms.

"Yes, papa is a Baptist preacher in Sheffield. He's not preaching at present, he's painting houses."

Both Mrs. Sellers and Coker denied the charge made against them. Sellers has three sons and a daughter living in Wakeeney. His first wife, whom he married when he was 32, died three years ago. Since then he has been in Kansas City. He says he is determined to prosecute.

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December 20, 1908


Harry Lauder to Appear in Conven-
tion Hall, Sunday, December 27.

At last Kansas City is to see Harry Lauder, the comedian who last year took New York by storm and who crowded the huge New York theater to its capacity for eight weeks. This season he returned under the direction of William Morris, and for more than 150 performances he has played to overflowing houses. He could continue his run indefinitely, but in response to literally thousands of requests it has been decided to play a flying tour and four performances will be made in Kansas City at Convention hall, commencing with a matinee on Sunday, December 27.

The clever little Scottish comedian who is idolized in England and who has appeared before King Edward a score of times by royal command has created an even greater furore on this side of the water. To the possession of a splendid deep baritone he adds the ability to write songs that linger in the memory and then he sings them as on one can sing them. There is a rollicking go and dash to his work that is a real treat and in the sincerity of his humor lies his chiefest charm.

Harry Lauder is a revelation to those who have never seen him and his charm of personality cannot be described with types. It can only be said that he haunts the memory, and one wants to see him over and over again.

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December 9, 1908


"Pat Must Get Well," Says the Wife
of Brave Sergeant Pat-
rick Clark.
Sergeant Patrick Clark, Wounded by Adam God
Brave Officer Who May Die from Wounds
Received in Fight with Fanatics.

Upon the death of his father in England, twenty-seven years ago, Patrick Clark came to America. He was then but 15 years of age, and came directly to Kansas City, where some of his relatives had come before him. In England he had learned the trade of a stone mason, and for two or three years after his arrival in Kansas City he worked at that occupation. Later he became a stone contractor, and at that time constructed, or aided in the construction of several stone buildings in Kansas City. One of the contracts which he filled, and which he is most proud, is the First Presbyterian church at Marshall, Mo. That church was the first stone building to be erected in Saline county.

At an early age he married, and then went on the police force, giving up his chosen trade. Sergeant Clark delighted in telling of his struggles to make "both ends meet" during those first years of his married life. How he saved from his meager salary as a patrolman enough money to purchase his home.

Sergeant Clark is the father of four girls and two boys. There is no subject about which the sergeant would rather talk than his romps with his children after his day's work. It was this same love of home and domestic happiness which led the sergeant to be lenient at all times with persons brought before him, particularly young men and women.

One of Sergeant Clark's peculiar traits of character as a police officer was that he seldom thought of his weapons. He has been sent to make arrests of desperate characters while he himself was wholly unarmed.

To bear out his faithfulness to his duty and his valor, Sergeant Clark left the station yesterday afternoon without a weapon, coat or hat, to arrest a man who had already shot and wounded a patrolman. Sergeant Clark fought with him barehanded, against a knife and a revolver.

At Sergeant Clark's home, 538 Tracy avenue, his wife and six children were gathered in a room last night, praying for the recovery of the husband and father. There is nothing left for them to do but wait for news, and hope and pray. Word that the sergeant was holding his own set them all rejoicing, and now they confidently expect his recovery.

Mrs. Clark has seen her husband and talked with him. "Pat will get well; he must get well," said she last night. "He's only 42 years old and so big and strong that the doctors say he has a good chance. He must get well and back to his home that he loves so much, and that can't get along without him."

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November 30, 1908



Jewish Colonization Society Will
Build Up Independent Country
for the "Wanderer on the
Face of the Earth."

"Nationalism and Zionism" was the subject of a masterly address by A. H. Fromenson of New York to the Jews of Kansas City at Woodman's hall, 1210 Main street, last night. Mr. Fromenson is the editor of the English edition of Tageblatt and is a Zionist of national reputation.

"In no country in the world other than the United States is the Jew admitted on an equal footing with the other citizens of that country," he said. "Even here there is talk of an exclusion law which will operate principally against us. In Russia we are reduced to a condition of outlawry and in Roumania our condition is little better. In Germany and France we are oppressed not by law, but by popular opinion. Even England discriminates against us. A thousand influences are constantly at work to deprive us of our character as a race. The Jew, the scapegoat of earth, must have some place to go.

"The Zionist movement attempts to find this place. We have chosen Palestine, for that is the country that was promised by God to the seed of Abraham forever, and that is the land in which took place all that is worthy of us as a nation. In alien lands we have produced Heine, Gambetta, and a host of others, but for almost two thousand years we have produced no man who has been really great as a Jew.

"Palestine is a fertile country, described even in a sober consular report as a land flowing in the proverbial milk and honey. The Jewish colonization society has invested millions of dollars in lands there, consisting principally of olive and orange groves, and it hopes some day to build up there an independent country which will be a buffer state between the East and the West.

"Since the bloodless revolution in Turkey we have been assured that if at any time the population of Palestine becomes Jewish in complexion that the country will be given its freedom. There are many Jewish settlements there now and the number is increasing rapidly. There is every hope that some day the Jew will no longer be a wanderer on the face of the earth, but will have a home of his own and a government to protect him when he is oppressed in foreign countries. This is no idle dream but a very probable reality."

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November 7, 1908



Organization Began as a Prayer Meet-
ing in London 54 Years Ago
Local Branch One of
First in the West.

The local organization of the Young Men's Christian Association will be 48 years old Sunday, and in commemoration of this even plans have been completed for meetings to be held in thirty-seven churches in Kansas City. Prominent workers in the association from various cities will make the addresses at the night services and a meeting for men will be held at the Willis Wood theater at 3:30 o'clock in the afternoon. At this meeting Henry M. Beardsley, president of the local association, will preside, and L. Wilbur Messer, general secretary of the Y. M. C. A., will make the principal address. A special male quartet will furnish music.

The Young Men's Christian Association was organized fifty-four years ago in London, England, and the movement spread into the United States the next years. Although started as a young men's prayer meeting, with the first meeting held in a small room, it has grown until a building is located in every city of any size in the world and work is being carried on even in heathen countries. Millions of men are banded together under one banner, and a member of the association in Kansas City is welcomed at any association in the world.

The Kansas City organization was one of the first to be started west of the Mississippi river. The local organization now has 1,500 members and has a campaign in progress whereby at least 400 more are to be secured.

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June 30, 1908



In Lloyd's Weekly He Tells of His
Adventures, but Doesn't Mention
Cement Walks -- Wanted to
Marry a Waiter Girl.

The girl who refused to marry Cave will be sorry. Nothin' but a graitoid sidewalk layer, so he was, but it is all right. He has come over with the title and the coat-of-arms. He is gushing all over the shop about his being a "cowboy," and the current number of Lloyd's Weekly News has a full page of his autobiography, and it is rank rot, but he is a baronet, all right, all right, and the girl he asked to marry him when he was working for Knapp & Coumbe in this city, laying sidewalk out in the Sunny Slope district, will be sorry. She could have been "my lady" by this time.

And maybe she would have been over with it, too, by this time, for the duration of a marriage to a titled foreigner is not great.

As for the sidewalk laborer, who said that when his father died he would be a baronet, Lloyd's says it is all so. Lloyd's is a London weekly budget with a circulation of 1,250,000, so it amounts to something. The last issue of the paper to arrive in Kansas City announces that Sir Genille Cave-Browne-Cave had, two days before, assumed his title, inherited from his father, recently dead, and that his first administrative act had been to "give" to the Episcopal rector on his estate the "living," meaning that the sidewalk laborer, as an English baronet, has the right to appoint the clergyman in his district, Episcopal clergy in England being paid out of the government coffers.


Cave's pedigree, according to Lloyd, and not according to Cave himself, goes back to the time of William the Conqueror, when Jordan de Cave got on the books as an estate holder. There is a picture of the sidewalk laborer's mansion and a copy of his arms and crest. The girl who refused to have him when he was working laying granitoid now has a job in a restaurant, knowing no more about a coat-of-arms than she does of the records of the Garter king of arms, who has had the scare of his life over the returned wanderer.

Cave's biography is to be a Continued Next Week affair. In it Sir Genille says that he was born in 1867 and had a cranky father. The opening chapters treat of Cave's life in the British army, where he saw no fighting, and his meeting up with Colonel Cody's minions and deciding to run away to America to be a cowboy. There is a picture of me lud roping a Norman Percheron. The dook has chaps on, great wooly things, a gun and spurs with rowels like buzz saws.

The rope has gone around the imported pinto's neck, but his grace has got him stopped. Even tenderfeet hereabouts have a suspicion that a rope around a horse's neck would be disastrous to the man at the other end, but the picture goes well in England, and Kansas City is not supposed to know anything about it.


There are four illustrations, not one showing his royal highness pounding wet ashes to make a bed for the granitoid. The least said about that sort of thing the better. What the noble earl is doping out to his astonished fellow citizens is that he was a terror from the start to the present writing, and that he was in the First Dragoon Guards, the Twenty-first infantry, twice to Australia and the bush and wound up as a cowboy before his father, the eleventh baronet, died. The thing that he is thrilling England with his career as a cowboy. Next week's Lloyd is to bring the chapter here, where those "damned eye witnesses," whom the late Colonel John T. Crisp so heartily despised, lived.

"When I knew Cave," said a chum of the newly established baronet yesterday, "he had a job here as a common laborer. He was drinking a bit, but not very much. I did not think he was crazy. He bought a saloon out one time, or at least made a contract to buy it, and then flunked. I thought it was all right. He was not very drunk at the time. He told me his father was Sir Mylles Cave-Browne-Cave of Leicestershire. I did not believe him. None of us did. We just supposed he was mouthing, like some chaps do, you know.

"He took a drop too many one night and asked a girl to marry him. She balked and he begged her pardon, but said she would regret it, as one day he would come in for a pot of money. She thought he was mouthing, too, for he was behind in his board then. He was a hard working chap, made friends and kept 'em and did very well in his way. He was not a common looking chap. Quite the opposite when he liked to be. His great fun was to dress up and play the heavy swell. My, but he could put it on.

"We thought he had been a valet somewhere or other, perhaps, never thinking he was sure enough heir apparent to a baronetcy. I do not know now that he is worth a dollar. There may not be a cent to the title. However, I expect we shall find there was. I see that his father was a crank of the first water, refusing to see the boy under any circumstances. I believe this, for the boy told me he would not want to see his father except under extraordinary circumstances. They were a well matched pair."

Lloyd's says the Kansas City man is a baronet because of the game of polo. An elder brother, born to inherit the title, was killed while playing the game. The picture of Sir Genille supplied the London paper is that of "The Cowboy Baronet" but the hat, striped shirt and belt are said to be the same ones he wore when he was doing nothing more dare-deviling than troweling cement out Forty-fourth street way.

Sir Genille threatens to come back to this country to marry a Denver girl.

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June 5, 1908


Two-Cent Rate on Letters Goes Into
Effect October 1.

Announcements made yesterday in Washington and London that after October 1 there will be a 2-cent postage between this country and the British isles did not cause much interest here. The British mails here are light. According to Postmaster J. H. Harris they will not run over 250 letters and about five sacks of other matter daily.

"We handle more business correspondence between Great Britain and this city than we do between Germany and this city, but there are more personal letters in the German trade than in the British. The English do not write letters. The Germans write regularly."

It is expected that when the official bulletin arrives, it will add that the domestic post card rates will apply to the British trade. This post card business is one of the wonders of the department. For 4 cents one may buy a foreign "return card," the United States getting and keeping the 4 cents. On being delivered at the other side the recipient there detaches the return portion of the card, bearing the United States coat of arms, writes the reply and deposits it in the foreign mail box. The foreign postoffice department forwards the card without ever getting pay for it, "and it never will," said postmaster Harris. "We keep all we get in this game of postoffice. The presumption is that one letter brings out a reply and, in this return card business it is reckoned there will be as many bought on one side of the ocean as on the other. I never saw a foreign return clear through my postoffice, though."

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May 24, 1908


Letters Posted There on May 16 Re-
ceived Here Last Night.

All previous mail records between the British Isles, the Continent and Kansas City have been broken. Letters bearing the London postmark of Saturday, May 16, were received in the postoffice here last night at 10:30 o'clock. In the same consignment were letters bearing the stamp of Lucerne, Switzerland, of May 14; of Glasgow, Scotland, May 15, and other points in England, Ireland and Scotland of May 16, last Saturday, or just one week from the time they were posted.

This quick time is due to the swift run of the great steamer Lusitania, which made the port of New York Friday morning after a run of four days and twenty hours from the last point of land in the British Isles. The letters received here last night came over on her. There was no doubt at all about that, because many of them were stamped: "Via S. S. Lusitania." One week from London to Kansas City, and Foreman B. F. Kingery, in the distributing department of the postoffice, said last night the letters would have reached here a few hours earlier if they had not been "worked over," that is, sorted out and remailed, in New York.

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May 23, 1908



Pouches Which Left London Last
Saturday Are Due Here
at 6 o'clock Today --
A New Record.

Considerable interest is manifested in the postoffice over the chances of getting the Lusitania's mails in at 5:30 tonight. If this is done, it will be the first time one Saturday's British post has got this far West by the following Saturday.

"I think it will be managed," said Postmaster J. H. Harris yesterday, after consulting his schedules. "The Lusitania made the port of New York at 3 o'clock this morning, giving her five hours to transfer her mails. Those mails left for the West at 8 o'clock this morning. They are due in this postoffice at 5:50 Saturday afternoon. It will be a record for trans-Atlantic pouches."

American mails from England, Scotland, and Wales have an exciting time of it. They may not start from the big centers, such as London, Newcastle, Sheffield, Birmingham, Nottingham, where the curtains are made; Edinburgh or Glasgow till the very hour that the steamers are sailing from Liverpool, yet they catch the boat. While the ship is making her way down the Irish channel leisurely, so as to get off Cork harbor, for the Queenstown passengers, in daylight, as those passengers go out to the liner on board a small tender, the mails are rushed to Liverpool by fast trains, hurried directly over the comparatively narrow channel to Dublin, and then sent South as fast as trains can rush them.

In this manner they get to Queenstown before the tender shoves off to steam out to the big liner. On arriving at this side fast tugs meet the liner about ten miles down the bay from New York. The mails are thrown overboard to the tugs and these little vessels, able to make short cuts over shallow places and dodge in and about shipping, have the mails either in the general postoffice at New York or on the Western bound trains long before the liner is docked. In that way it is expected that mails which left London last Saturday at 6 o'clock in the evening may reach here tonight at about the same hour.

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April 14, 1908





Waiters, in Panic, Appeal to House
Detective, and He Tells Inof-
fensive Citizen That Wife
Mustn't Smoke There.

A faultlessly dressed couple occupied seats at a table in the main dining room of the Hotel Baltimore cafe last night. It was plain to be seen that they were English.

The dining room was well filled with men and women. The orchestra was playing a piece in waltz time. Jewels gleamed beneath the many lights.

Suddenly the buzz of conversation died away. All eyes in the dining room became centered upon the table where sat the English man and English woman.

With graceful ease the woman had extracted a cork-tipped cigarette from an exquisitely jeweled case and lifted it to her lips with dainty fingers. A moment more and a thin wreath of smoke curled above her head and -- Kansas City received its first touch of the Continent and the Orient.

What to do?

The whites of the eyes of the waiters grew larger, whispered words passed over the adjoining tables and the orchestra played on.

The waiter at the table where sat the English hurried to the side of the head waiter. Everybody except the man and the woman watched the conference of waiters. The cause of the commotion apparently saw nothing of what was transpiring about them. The head waiter hurried to the lobby. He conferred with the house detective.

"Sure," said the detective. "I'll fix that."

The head waiter returned to the dining room. He looked as though he had just received a liberal tip. The diners eagerly awaited the outcome.

They were not kept long in suspense. Soon the form of the house detective loomed large in the doorway. He really looked the imposing majesty of the law as he crossed the threshold. The head waiter moved his head to one side. The detective veered his course in that direction. Then he did the most detective like thing imaginable. He walked up to a well-known private citizen of American extraction who, with his wife, had just finished a light meal and said:

"I wish you wouldn't let your wife smoke in here. It's against the house rules."

Did the private citizen laugh? Indeed he did not. He didn't even smile over the detective's blunder. What he said was direct and to the point, and when he had finished saying it the house sleuth apologized and cast his eagle eye over the dining room for the real offender. Then he made the same request of the Englishman that he made of the professional man. There was a hearty:

"All right -- very sorry -- we didn't know it was against the rules."

And that ended it. The lights still shone brightly, diamonds glistened, the orchestra passed from adante doloroso to allegro furioso.

The Englishman was Mr. C. Murray, secretary of the colonial office, London, and the lady was his wife.

"It was embarrassing," said Mr. Murray afterwards. "We didn't intend to break any of the house rules and when the man came to me and asked my wife to desist she did so at once. I asked the man if it was against the law of your country for a lady to smoke in a dining room. He said it was not, but that it was against the house rules."

Secretary Murray said it was the custom for ladies to smoke in public dining rooms in London and nothing was thought of it. This is his first visit to America.

Secretary Murray said his wife is prominently connected in England, but declined to divulge her name before her marriage. Mr. and Mrs. Murray have been traveling through Mexico.

"We have been over your city," said the secretary, "and I consider it a well laid out city, capable of great extension and a very progressive metropolis, but," he added, "you have not progressed to the point where ladies are allowed the freedom that they are in the old country."

Mr. and Mrs. Murray will depart for Chicago this evening.

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