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April 24, 1908



President of Ginger Club Asks $100,000
for Alleged Alienation of
Affections -- "Contemp-
tible, Says Humes.

Ms. Emma Richards, wife of E. J. Richards, a hatter and president of the Ginger Club in the "300" block on Twelfth street, yesterday forenoon sued for divorce and a restraining order to prevent her husband from selling their household goods or disposing of his property. The Richardses live at 3910 Walrond avenue.

In the afternoon Mr. Richards brought suit against John C. Humes, president of the J. C. Humes Crockery Company, 1009 Walnut street, for $100,000 on a charge of alienating the affections of Mrs. Richards.

Enough charges and counter charges are made to fill a book. John T. Harding, Mrs. Richards's attorney in the first suit, also represents Humes in the second. Mrs. Richards charges that her husband has abandoned her many times and as many times has begged to be taken back. He has often accused her of improper conduct, she says, and has always later denied the truth of such charges. She also alleges cruelty. Three times, in his fits of suspicion that she wanted to talk to someone he did not wish her to talk to, she charges, he has torn the telephone from the wall of their house.


According to Richards's petition Humes and Mrs. Richards became acquainted April 25, 1907. Humes loaned Richards $6,000 and became a partner in the hat store. Last summer Mr. and Mrs. Humes spent in Europe. Richards alleges that Humes wrote a letter or a postcard daily to Mrs. Richards, in which he called her by pet names, and that Mrs. Richards answered daily.

John C.Humes, when seen at his home at 4006 McGee street, talked freely and frankly, saying:

"I loaned Richards $6,000 to keep his hat store afloat. He squandered it and now owes nearly as much more to various creditors. Because I wouldn't pay his bills he brings this suit. He offered to settle the case before he filed it.

"I have known Richards for years and thought he was a nice fellow and a promising young business man. I allowed him to live in my house rent free all of last summer, while I was in Europe. He and his wife have taken Sunday dinners with me and my wife and daughter, ever Sunday almost, until two weeks ago. I can only say now that he is a contemptible cur. I am innocent of everything he charges or hints at in his suit. I could not have settled for money, but did not because I am not afraid of a trial."


Attorney John T. Harding of Brown, Harding & Brown says:

"I don't believe that Richards's suit against Humes will ever be tried. Richards came to my office last Friday at 2 o'clock and offered not to file the case. Humes was present and refused."

Battle McCardle, Richards's attorney, comes back with a flat denial of the statements that any offer has been made to settle the case.

"I talked with Harding and Humes on two afternoons of last week," McCardle says, "and urged humes to let Richards's wife alone. Humes wouldn't talk to me at all. There was nothing said about money."

Mrs. Emma Richards is living with her mother, Mrs. Martha Pursell of Indianapolis, Ind., and her 10-year-old son in the Doris apartments. All the windows were dark last night and repeated rings on the hall bell failed to bring an answer. A knock on the door, at the head of the first flight of stairs brought the troubled face of a pretty woman of about 30 years.

"You are Mrs. Richards?"


"Will you testify for or against your husband in the suit he today brought against John Humes?"

"Oh, I won't talk of that. I can not believe," she began, "I can not believe that Ed would use my name for --" Sobs finished the sentence.

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April 5, 1908



C. J. Schmelzer's Advice to Young
Men Is "Stay West" -- New
York Panicky and

"Stay West, young man," is the paraphrase C. J. Schmelzer is using now. Mr. Schmelzer returned yesterday from New York, where he had been on business for three weeks. "This is the sunniest spot between here and Wall street," said Mr. Schmelzer. "They have the blues back there so bad it is refreshing to even think of belonging to the West.

"They can sing in the vaudeville theaters about 'The Great White Way,' but they better stick to the allusion to the incandescent lights on it and not to the rag signs I could see, without number, almost, from my hotel on Forty-fourth street. 'For rent,' 'closing out,' 'forced sale' is the song they are singing there.

"Business is bad. The department stores showed it plainly. The hotels all had rooms and to spare, except the two big new ones, which were crowded. The theaters, I confess, had standing room signs hung out and the restaurants had their crowds, but there was every indication of the stress of the times.

"They talk hard times, and that helps make them. They told me on Broad, King William street and in that section that they are carrying the South and its held-over cotton, and that the West is a drag on them. So we are, no doubt, but we do not know what trouble is, compared to the New Yorker."

Mr. Schmelzer incidentally spoke of the bomb throwing last week. When asked if it created any interest there he said it "created an alarm. They would jump if a man made a speech. New York is nervous. It lacks the composure of the Western people. The day of the bomb throwing I saw dozens of clerks rush out bareheaded to buy the fast recurring extras the newspapers were issuing. What is it now? they asked. They expect bombs, speeches by the president, speeches by Bryan, action by congress and always news from the West about crops. Instead of boosting they are all scaring each other. There is not a Ginger Club in the whole city of New York. I come home and find business normal and the and the weekly bank clearing show that Kansas City is keeping up to its old lick. In the few hours I have been back I have seen more real prosperity and have heard more good news from other houses than I heard all the weeks I was in that pit of gloom.

"New York needs a general Ginger Club."

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February 20, 1908


He Is Newest Member and Mascot of
the Ginger Club.

A mascot in the shape of a wee baby boy is the latest addition to the Ginger Club. Somtime in the night, between Saturday and Sunday, the exact time is not known, the stork entered the home of Robert Pearson. As the Pearsons live in the "300" block on East Twelfth street, the home of the Ginger Club, the parents of the infant decided to name it "Ginger." Thus a distinctly honorary member was taken into the Ginger Club.

The merchants in the block are preparing to give a handsome present to the little one. Exactly what it will be has not yet been decided. The Ginger Club announced yesterday that its large "300" signs will be up and in working order Saturday. These signs consist of the figure "300" done in incandescent lamps, and each figure will be about two and a half feet high and about one and a half feet tall. There will be two of the signs.

On Saturday the members of the Ginger Club will pllace two or three barrels of ginger snaps, their insignia, around in their block. They promise that these snaps will be entirely edible and the bet brand which can be bought. This is their treat to the public in honor of their infant mascot.

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February 4, 1908


Precedent in City Council Cannot Be
Violated to Oblige It.

Because the council did not want to violate a precedent the Ginger Club will have to wait another week before the authority is given to suspend across each end of their block electric signs between Oak and McGee on Twelfth having on them the potent number "300."

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January 25, 1908


Ginger Club Gives Citizens a Chance
to Find Money.

An order for $10 and two others for $5 each will be among the 2,000 slips of paper to be hidden in every available place no Twelfth street from McGee to Oak today by the Ginger Club, and improvement association. The orders when presented to members of the association named on the slip will be paid in gold. The hunt for the pieces of paper, which is open to everybody, will begin at 1 o'clock.

The Ginger Club is taking this novel means to advertise the "300" block on East Twelfth street, which is being improved by the club, Ginger snaps and coffee will be served to the participants in the hunt.

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January 19, 1908


Improvement Spreads West; Baseball
Club Formed.

Not satisfied with its work in gingering up the 300 block of East Twelfth street, from McGee to Oak streets, the Ginger Club has now decided to begin a campaign to improve all of Twelfth street in the downtown district, hang flaming arc lights on artistic brackets from each trolley pole, and call it "The Great White Way.

The merchants on Eleventh street, from Main to Walnut have an advantage in that they are located on Petticoat Lane, a name that everybody recognizes," said E. J. Richards, president of the Ginger Club yesterday. "We want the women to know that ours is the cleanest block on the city, and the brightest at night."

"Even the negro porters in the block are getting interested. Several of them have been to me today to know what they can do to help. 'We want to do our best,' they said."


Last night the Ginger Club organized a baseball club at the office of the secretary, L. J. Galbert, 309 East Twelfth street, and has issued a challenge to the Kansas City Athletic Club to play a game of indoor baseball on Washington's birthday. The Ginger Club has secured some of the best semi-professional baseball talent in the city, including men from Iowa and Kansas state leagues.

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January 15, 1908


Merchants on Twelfth Street Have
Novel Advertising Scheme.

Merchants in the "300" block between Oak and McGee streets on Twelfth street, have a unique advertising scheme. They have organized what they call the Ginger Club, with a ginger snap for an emblem. Its significance is: snappy merchants with plenty of ginger in them.

At a meeting yesterday $500 was raised in order to boost their block. It is their purpose to erect a large electric sign at both entrances, bearing the number "300" in figures seven or eight feet high. Five arc lights will be secured and hung along the block on both sides of the street.

The merchants will employ a man, whom they will dress in a white suit and cap, to keep the street between Oak and McGee streets clean. This man will be kept at work every day of the week except Sunday.

Saturday afternoon at 3 o'clock beginning a week from Saturday, the members of the club will have 2,000 coupons distributed among people on the streets. One of these coupons will be worth $10 in trade, and two will be worth $5.

The officers of the Ginger Club are: E. J. Richards, chairman, Charles I. Lorber, secretary, and I. V. Hucke, treasurer. The club will hold weekly meetings.

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