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August 7, 1909

MAY RELEGATE THE BROOM.

School Board Considering Vacuum
Cleaning for Buildings.

Vacuum cleaning of the public schools may possibly be substituted for the old process of sweeping with brooms and occasional scrubbing of floors. At the meeting of the board of education last night Charles Smith, architect for the board, was instructed to ask for bids for equipping the new Bancroft school, Forty-third street and Tracy avenue, for vacuum cleaning.

It would require nearly $165,000 to put the system in all of the school buildings. The board will probably have it placed in a few buildings at a time as the funds will allow if the plan is found to be practicable.

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September 24, 1908

FAITHFUL ANIMAL
GUARDED HIS BODY

HORSE KEEPS VIGIL WHEN MAS-
TER DIES IN ITS STALL.

WAS THE MAN'S ONLY FRIEND.

ECCENTRIC CONTRACTOR WHO
FITTED UP BARN AS A HOME.

Burt Davis Slept in the Stall With
His Favorite Horse and Death
Found Him There at
the Last.

After having been inseparable companions for several years, eating in the same stable and sleeping in the same stall, Burt Davis, a contractor, aged 55 years, was found dead in a stall with his horse in the barn occupied by both, Forty-third street and Indiana avenue, late yesterday afternoon.

Although heart disease is thought to have been the cause of death, Davis is said to have met with an accident last Tuesday in which he was thrown from his buggy, alighting on his head in the street. This accident may have been indirectly the cause of death, and is so accepted by the coroner as an autopsy developed the presence of a blood clot on the brain.

Davis was well known in Kansas City. He was a widower and noted for his eccentricities. Several years ago he gave up his home and took up his abode with his horse in his stable. For some time it had been known that Davis slept in the same stall with his horse, and, as the body was found there after death, it is altogether probably that he expired while asleep at the side of what he often characterized as his "only friend."

The body was found after Davis's absence had been noticed. It was his custom to be seen working about the barn at different hours of the day. An investigation was made. The interior of the barn was found to be fitted up with almost everything necessary in the ordinary bachelor apartment, such as cooking utensils, ice box, small table, etc., while on the floor was carpet which extended into the horse's stall.

When an effort was made to remove the body from the stall the old horse showed his displeasure by kicking and attempting to bite, and finally it was necessary to quiet the animal with a pitchfork before the body could be taken from the stable.

Other than a bank book, showing a balance of $100 in a local bank, nothing of value was found in the stable. It is not known whether Davis had relatives living.

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July 1, 1908

ONE DRIVER ON THE SPEEDWAY.

He Found Course Rough and
Didn't Remain Long.

The speedway, which parallels Gillham road from Thirty-ninth to Forty-third streets, was opened yesterday. Only one speeder took advantage of the drive. He drove up and down the course twice and then left.

"The speedway isn't in good shape yet," said A. D. Nolan, mounted park policeman who was patrolling it yesterday. "It is muddy and rough at the south end and probably will not be in good shape until Saturday It needs harrowing and rolling to set it in good condition.

"I don't expect many drivers on the course before Saturday. Probably we'll have a big Fourth of July crowd, and the real opening will be then."

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September 30, 1907

2 BALLOONS COLLIDE.

IMPACT COMES 500 FEET ABOVE
THE EARTH.

AERONAUTS' NARROW ESCAPE.


WIRES PREVENT POSSIBLE FA-
TAL FALL TO GROUND.

Exciting Terminus of a Race Through
the Air That Was Watched
by Hundreds of People
at Electric Park.

A collision of balloons 500 feet above solid ground was viewed by hundreds of people at Electric park last night, when the race between five balloons, which is the feature of the Corn Carnival, had only well begun. A stiff breeze was blowing out of the east, and the balloons were carried rapidly away from the park.

When the balloons reached a point nearly above Forty-third and Main streets, it was seen to be inevitable that two of them would collide. Fireworks were being set off in the air, and the people at the park could watch the course of the aeronauts clearly.

A scream of fear arose from the spectators when it was seen that a collision was almost inevitable. Just when it seemed the balloons would surely dash against one another, the two aeronauts cut their parachutes loose, and started to descend.

The parachute of Lee Planet, of one of the balloons, for some reason refused to work, and Planet fell rapidly. It seemed that he must be dashed to death, and the crowd of watchers turned away their eyes when he had disappeared from sight, believing him dead.

But luck was with Planet, and he lit upon a row of telephone wires, and from there dropped to the ground. His right hip was fractured, and he was rendered unconscious. Dr. Carl Bates, of No. 4 police station, treated him, and had him taken to his home. Planet is 24 years old, and is living at 1639 Broadway. Warren Redwine, the other aeronaut, escaped uninjured.

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