February 3, 1910
KANSAS RABBIT HAIR YARN.
Angora Breed Thrives There and
New Industry May Result.
"Kansas may soon furnish the hair for the very fine Angora rabbit yarn which is now imported from France," said H. Lee Mallory, a manufacturer of New York city, at the Hotel Baltimore last night. Mr. Mallory and his wife are on their way to the coast.
"The finest yarns at present are those of the Angora rabbits. These yarns are woven into the very expensive jersey, or sweater coats, and other articles of apparel. It is a silky yarn, much softer than any other, and very warm. Next to the Angora rabbit comes the llama of South America, the India cashmere and the Angora goat. A few years ago a Kansan happened to be in France at the same time I was, and he took home some of their Angora rabbits. They thrived in Kansas, and the hair he sent me last year was fully equal to the imported hair.
"The automobile is responsible for the popularity of the sweater or jersey coats and costumes," continued Mr. Mallory. "The manufacturers are now turning out complete suits, consisting of helmet caps, or hoods, coats, mittens and slippers. Slumber robes have also been added to the list of articles for the benefit of those who wish to sleep in the open. Dressed in these garments, a person could almost brave a trip to the North pole.
Labels: animals, Hotel Baltimore, New York, visitors
January 17, 1910
CANADIAN CITIES COPY K. C.
Winnipeg Contractor Here Making
Investigation of Boulevards.
"Canadian cities are copying Kansas City in the plan of its boulevards, in the material used in them, and their ornamentation," said A. R. McNeil of Winnipeg, at the Hotel Baltimore last night. Mr. McNeil is a contractor and came to Kansas City to make a thorough investigation of the boulevard system, the paving materials used and their life under the various sorts of usage. He will call on Mayor Crittenden and the other city officials today in quest of further information.
Labels: Hotel Baltimore, visitors
January 5, 1909
GEORGE ADE AWAITS
THE PROPER GIRL.
SAYS "HAVEN'T FOUND RIGHT
ONE," WHEN ASKED WHY
HE DOESN'T WED.
Sight of Jeffries Recalls the
Days When He Was a
GEORGE ADE, HUMORIST FROM INDIANA.
Now, girls, take notice. George Ade is looking for a wife.
George -- you all know George -- does not say so in as many plain, everyday words, but he intimates his inclination to move up that way, as the lady said when she jabbed the fat man with her hatpin in the aisle of a Vine street car.
But before you put in your application, don't get the idea that life with the humorist, as his wife, would be a never-ending scream of comedy. Professional humorists are a glum lot, and Ade is not more joyous than a bowl of glue. A professional humorist has to think it all you -- you'd never believe it, reading it over afterwards -- and the thinking process, to a humorist, comes hard. For George Ade, it has put a sprinkle of gray hairs all over his head, tracing what once was black with a presage of an early winter.
LOOKS REAL, SMILING.
Of course, you'll all want to know how he looks. Mr. Ade is a man of undoubted length of legs. He has a considerable breadth of shoulder when his overcoat is on, not much to go wild over when it is off. He has a countenance turned to the cynical cast when he doesn't smile, looking lie a chap that would, or might, at least pinch your arm if you didn't move over. His visage is thin and his nose is long, coming to a little hook at thee ends, like a pod of a kidney bean. When he smiles he looks read.
Mr. Ade was in Kansas City yesterday. He didn't come right out and say that he was in the matrimonial market. He, being a humorist, wouldn't be taken seriously if he did. In answer to the question, "Mr. Ade, why don't you marry?" he said: "Because I haven't found the right one."
So now, as the man with a house to build says, he is open to proposals.
Mr. Ade looks young, younger than he would have looked by this time if he had kept on doing prize fights for the Chicago paper with which he was connected ten years ago, when fame came along one day and put the shining mark upon him. The sight of the Hon. James J. Jeffries in the grill room of the Hotel Baltimore yesterday afternoon brought it all back to him.
"There's a crowd of gaping men around Jeffries down there," said he, "unable to breathe for admiration and awe." It may be excused the humorist if there was a tinge of professional jealousy in the tone. "It makes me think of the time, away back in '92, when I was writing newspaper stories about such fellows. I wasn't the sporting editor. Oh, no, I was just a reporter."
Mr. Ade is resting from the humorist business just now. He isn't even writing a play. Just taking things easy, and kind of hanging around, waiting for the right girl. No photographs exchanged.
When Mr. Ade talks, he talks English. It's only when he writes that he is picturesque. Yesterday afternoon he went to the Orpheum theater and sat through the programme, not even smiling when a big man in a little play took what he meant to be a humorous shot at him. Mr. Ade looks real good when he his dressed up. Tramping through the snow yesterday he wore a long ulster, buttoned to the chin, the high collar almost covering his ears. He carries a bit of a stick with a silver knob, with all the abandon and familiarity of an actor.
Mr. Ade says the great American tragedy will be written about modern conditions. "There's lots of good stuff being written now," said he, "and lots of good stuff being staged. Some of this season's new pieces are exceptionally good."
Mr. Ade registers from Brook, Ind. "I live there in the summer and fall," he said, "and in winter I lock up the place and live in a trunk."
Labels: Hotel Baltimore, theater, visitors
December 19, 1909
COP'S SPEED LIMIT IS WALK.
Threatens to Arrest Autoists, They
Say, If Machine Goes Faster.
Formal protest was made last evening by Mrs. Victor Bell and her son, Dr. Charles Bell, to A. J. Dean, president of the park board, alleging that park policeman No. 14 on Cliff drive was unduly harsh yesterday afternoon in threatening them with arrest if their automobile was driven faster than he could walk on the Cliff drive. Mr. Dean will take up the matter at the next meeting of the park board.
Mrs. Bell and her sons, Dr. Charles Bell and Harold Bell, were halted in their big 60-horse landaulet in about the middle of Cliff drive. They were taking their usual afternoon ride when park policeman No. 14 shouted to them to halt. The chauffeur stopped.
"We were traveling very slowly," said Dr. Bell, who lives at the Hotel Baltimore, last evening, "when the policeman stopped us. At first we were threatened with arrest. Then we were told we might proceed, but that if the policeman ever caught us driving faster than he could walk that he would arrest us without further notice. We objected to this threat because a man's walk is certainly too slow a pace for an automobile. Our driver is familiar with the speed laws. Yesterday the driver took extra precautions because of the ice and snow. This in itself is sufficient for any driver to remain well within the speed limit. I know that we were not running faster than we do in Petticoat Lane.
Labels: automobiles, Cliff drive, doctors, Hotel Baltimore, Park board, police, weather
December 16, 1909
PROSPERS DESPITE HOODOO.
Speakers at Phantom Club Banquet
Show Steady Growth.
Members of the Phantom Club, organized on Friday, the thirteenth of December, four years ago, gave its second annual banquet last night at the Hotel Baltimore. Mayor Crittenden and prominent men about town were the guests of honor. Festus O. Miller was the toastmaster.
After a vocal solo by Lewis H. Scurlock, A. M. Kathrens, the president, reviewed the history of the club. He spoke of its organization and of its steady growth. It now has its own quarters at 1032 Penn street.
Other sentiments were responded to as follows:
"Phantoms in the Future," K. G. Rennic; "Club Fellowship," James West French; "Club Benefits," Estell Scott; "Good of the Order," Samuel Eppstein; "Topics," Clyde Taylor; "Remarks," Thomas R. Marks; "Narratives," Judge Harry G. Kyle.
Mayor Crittenden also spoke.
Labels: hoodoo, Hotel Baltimore, Judge Kyle, Mayor Crittenden, organizations, Penn street
December 16, 1909
"DON'TS" FOR YOUNG DENTISTS.
Dr. Campbell, at Banquet, Gives Ad-
vice to Students.
Dr. Dayton Dunbar Campbell of the faculty of the Kansas City Dental college was the guest of honor last night at a banquet at the Hotel Baltimore given by the members of the Delta Sigma Delta fraternity of the college, and as a fitting climax to the event Dr. Campbell gave a little talk on "Dental Don'ts."
Here are some of Dr. Campbell's "dont's" -- "Don't brag about your practice or the size of your fees. Don't gossip with your patients. Don't do any quack advertising. Don't encourage familiarity on the part of your women patients. Don't knock your brother practitioners. Don't talk shop at social gatherings. Don't be untidy."
The banquet was tendered by Dr. Campbell as a token of the esteem in which he is held by the fraternity members. Covers were laid for eighteen.
Labels: dentists, fraternal organizations, Hotel Baltimore
November 26, 1909
WILLING TO BUY CIGARS.
Postal Telegraph Girl Operator Glad
"Give me six cigars," said Miss Jessie Wadley, the petite Postal operator at the Hotel Baltimore, yesterday afternoon as she laid a silver dollar on the cigar counter.
"I don't believe in betting," she explained, "but I told some of my friends that if Missouri won this time that I would buy each of them a good cigar. I just felt all the time that Missouri would win."
Labels: cigars, gambling, Hotel Baltimore, women
November 22, 1909
DO NOT OPPOSE INSPECTION.
State Inspector Finds Hotel Men
Pleased to Get Certificates.
"It has been a great surprise to me that my deputies have met with as little opposition as they have," said Thomas L. Johnson of Jefferson City, state hotel inspector, at the Hotel Baltimore last night. "We feared when we started out on our tour of inspection that many of the hotel men would fight the new law, but we have been agreeably disappointed. We have found that the hotel men, as a rule, welcomed the inspector and in fact was proud of the certificate of inspection. In most places, having it framed and hung in the most conspicuous position in the house."
Mr. Johnson came here to confer with deputy William A. Osgood and to explain to some of the hotel men some of the provisions of the laws which they did not thoroughly understand. Mr. Johnson will remain in Kansas City until tomorrow evening.
Labels: Hotel Baltimore, hotels, Jefferson City, visitors
November 18, 1909
HOTEL MEN IN ARMS
AGAINST 'DEAD BEATS.'
MAY PUT CONTRACT ON EACH
PAGE OF REGISTER.
Meeting of Association Concludes
Today With Lunch at Sexton
and Banquet Tonight at
If the plans of the Kansas-Missouri Hotel Men's association are carried out, it's not going to be so easy to walk up to the hotel register, sign your name, and then walk out the next morning without paying, giving the simple excuse that you are "broke." The legislators of Kansas and Missouri will be asked at the next session to allow the following brief contract to be printed at the head of each page:
"Any one signing their signature below hereby agrees to pay the bill as charged by this hotel. Failure to do so shall be a violation of this contract and party violating same will be punishable by law. The proprietor of the hotel hereby agrees to fulfill his part of the contract."
SAM B. CAMPBELL,
Clerk at the Sexton. Oldest Clerk in Point of Service in Kansas City.
Though stringent laws have been passed in both states, they are usually evaded. The present law reads that any one securing a room "by fraud or pretext" shall be punishable. In the future, a man will be starting at a contract at the head of each page, and the hotel men think that it will be a more serious matter.
In fact, the whole session, which began yesterday afternoon in the Italian room at the Hotel Baltimore, was one of self-protection. Every speaker dwelt on the fact that the average inn keeper was the most oppressed individual in the community. Means of getting around the wily "bad check man," dead beat," "loafer," and how to get better legislation was discussed, and committees appointed to see that action is taken.
Yesterday's session was opened with an address of welcome by Mayor Crittenden. He complimented the men on their general appearance. T. L. Barnes, president of the association, made a short reply.
There was a general feeling that the meeting would like to face a hotel inspector, and Thomas L. Johnson, state hotel inspector, was asked to be present and, in fact, had agreed to come and discuss the laws regulating hotels. At the last moment Johnson failed to appear.
C. L. WOOD,
Secretary of the Association and Manager of the Sexton.
Last night's gathering was purely social. A Dutch lunch was served in the grill room of the Sexton hotel, which is managed by C. L. Wood, secretary of the association. A ride over the boulevards will be taken this morning, and after the report of committees this afternoon the entire association will take the train to Excelsior Springs, where a banquet will be held tonight at the New Elms.
Labels: conventions, Excelsior Springs, Hotel Baltimore, hotels, Mayor Crittenden, organizations, Savoy
November 18, 1909
MILLIONS IN LIFE INSURANCE.
George E. Nicholson Will Increase
His Policies $1,500,000.
Physicians representing a score of life insurance companies have just finished an examination of George E. Nicholson, the millionaire cement manufacturer, who is an applicant for a million and a half dollars' worth of life insurance. The insurance is to be for the benefit of the companies of which he is the head.
Mr. Nicholson is 49 years old. He is a widower, and has two grown sons. He makes his home at the Hotel Baltimore. He now carries four policies, each for $325,000. With the new policies in force, his life will be in sured for almost $3,000,000.
Labels: Hotel Baltimore
November 17, 1909
HOTEL MEN'S YELL
HAS NO RAH! RAH!
"SOMETHING DIFFERENT" TO
BE HEARD IN RIDE TODAY.
Kansas-Missouri Association Mem-
bers Here for Annual Meeting.
Local Officers Elected.
Banquet Tonight."Kansas -Missouri hotel me are we,
Enjoying ourselves in old K. C.
Kansas Citee, in the state of old Mizzoo,
With plenty to eat, and other things, too.
How do you do, and how are you?"
To show that the collegians who come to Kansas City on Thanksgiving are not the only ones who can boast of yells, a few of the advance guard of hotel men who are assembling for the annual meeting of the Kansas-Missouri association, composed of the above yell last night at the Hotel Sexton.
"You notice that we cut out the 'Rah, Rah, Rah,'" said C. L. Wood, the secretary of the association. "We want something to distinguish it from the college yell. You will get a chance to hear its carrying power when we take our trip over the boulevards Thursday morning."
That the meeting, which commenced today at the Hotel Baltimore
and ends tomorrow night with a banquet at the Elms in Excelsior Springs, is going to be the biggest in the history of the association, is the belief of the officers. More than half of the delegates were in the city last night visiting friends. When Mayor Crittenden
delivers his address of welcome today, it is expected that more than 100 members will be present.
WAR ON BAD CHECK MEN.
At the two days' session especial attention will be paid to some form of mutual protection against bad check men.
C. D. Tisdale of the Western Hotel Men's Protective Association, will discuss a proposed detective agency to be established in each city and do nothing but look out for hotel "dead beats." It is estimated that there are 1,500 hotels in Missouri and Kansas, and each loses about $250 a year in bad bills. The total loss, $100,000, would maintain a fair detective agency, the hotel men say.
A meeting of the local hotel proprietors was held yesterday afternoon at the Sexton and plans for the coming interstate association were discussed. A permanent organization also was planned.
Though Kansas City has been prominent in the large gatherings, very little attention has been paid to a local association. F. P. Ewins of the Savoy was elected president and James Ketner of the Densmore was elected secretary of the local society.
Labels: conventions, Excelsior Springs, Hotel Baltimore, hotels, Savoy
November 12, 1909
COME TO TOWN TODAY.
COMMERCIAL CLUB ROOMS DEC-
ORATED FOR RECEPTION.
Five Women Members of Party Will
Be Guests of Honor at Country
Club Luncheon -- Omaha
the Next Stop.
Kansas City will be the host today to the Honorary Commissioners of Japan, consisting of forty-three of the leading business men and educators of the Oriental empire, who, together with five Japanese women, are touring the United States. No efforts will be spared to entertain the foreign guests during their stay here, which will be from 9 o'clock in the morning until 11 o'clock at night.
Following the arrival here the party will breakfast in their special train. At 9:30 the men of the party will be met in automobiles by the members of the Commercial Club and the next hour and a half will be spent in a reception in the club rooms. The club rooms have been decorated with palms and ferns, the stars and stripes, the Japanese national flag, the mikado's coat of arms, and the Japanese man-of-war emblem. Judge W. T. Bland, president of the club, will head the receiving line, and in it will be the forty-three Japanese commissioners, the officers off the Commercial Club and all former presidents of the club.
WILL VISIT HIGH SCHOOL.
At 11 o'clock the party will be taken to the Westport high school, where Baron Kanda, head of the school of the nobility in Tokio, will make a short speech. Baron Kanda speaks English fluently and is a graduate of Amherst college. The address will be followed by a drive through Swope park and a stop at the Evanston Golf Club for a buffet luncheon.
After the luncheon the party will be driven through the city, up and down the principal streets, over the boulevards and through the leading parks.
The first place of interest to be visited will be the Bank of Commerce. This will be followed by an inspection of the Burnham-Munger overall factory. A drive to Kansas City, Kas., is next in order, where the party will be shown through the plant of the Kingman-Moore Implement Company. These will be the only places visited during the day.
While the men are being entertained by the members of the Commercial Club the five women in the party, Baroness Shibusawa, Baroness Kanda, Madame Midzuno, Madame Horikoshi and Madame Toki will not be forgotten. A committee composed of the wives of the Commercial Club directors and Mr. and Mrs. E. M. Clendening will entertain them. A visit to the Westport high school, a noon lunch at the Country Club and a tea at the home of Mrs. W. R. Nelson will be the events of the day which have been mapped out for the women.
DINNER AT THE BALTIMORE.
At 6:30 o'clock in the evening a dinner will be served to the men in the banquet room at the Baltimore hotel. At the same time a dinner will be given for the women in the Japanese room of the hotel. At the conclusion of their dinner the women will repair to the banquet room, where the entire party will listen to the addresses by David R. Frances, Senator William Warner, Baron Shibusawa and Baron Kanda. Judge Bland will act as toastmaster.
This will conclude the events of the day. The visitors will be taken back to their train, and will leave for Omaha, from where they will work west to San Francisco, from which port they will sail for Japan, November 30.
The Japanese arrived in Seattle from Japan September 1, and when they leave will have spent eighty-eight days in America, visited fifty-two cities, and traveled more than 11,000 miles. During this time they have visited plants and institutions representing nearly every American industry. Many of Kansas City's leading industries will not be visited, as the party has been to similar ones in other cities.
Baron Elighi Shibusawa, who is the head of the commission, is one of the leading men of Japan, being both a statesman and a financier. His individual efforts have raised the status of business men in this country. In 1873, Baron Shibusawa organized the first national bank in Japan under the capital stock system, and has been connected since with all leading banking institutions in Japan.
One Pullman dynamo car, a baggage car, a Pullman dining car, four ten-compartment sleepers, one twelve-section drawing room car and a six-compartment observation car comprise the equipment of the special train that will bring the Japanese to Kansas City over the Burlington railroad. The train will be in charge of W. A. Lalor, assistant general passenger agent for the Burlington at St. Louis.
Labels: banking, business, California, Commercial Club, Edwin Clendening, Evanston Golf Club, Hotel Baltimore, Judges, Kansas City Kas, Omaha, railroad, schools, Swope park, visitors, Westport
November 1, 1909
LIVE ON SPECIAL TRAIN.
Geo. M. Cohan and Company Solve
Problem of Travel Accommodation.
George M. Cohan has solved to his satisfaction as well as that of the members of his company the problem of living accommodations while making their tour of the country. It is by living in their special train which is sidetracks as soon as they reach a town. Each member of the company has a compartment.
The train consists, in addition to Cohan's private car, of two specially constructed sleeping coaches, a diner and three baggage cars. His automobile is stored in one of the baggage cars and the others are used for stage wardrobes and scenery.
The special train arrived at the Union depot yesterday afternoon from Memphis.
In Kansas City Cohan himself is stopping at the Baltimore.
Labels: Hotel Baltimore, railroad, theater, Union depot, visitors
October 29, 1909
NO MORE "RATS" FOR
THE POSTAL GIRLS.
ORDER EFFECTIVE NOV. 1.
One Will Declare Hair Real, Will
Take Such Commands Only
From Husband and Dares
"On and after November 1, all lady clerks and employes must discontinue the wearing of 'rats' in their hairdress. Please govern yourself accordingly. -- A. B. R., Supt. Dist."
Will the Postal Telegraph Company whose district manager issued the above order, insist that it be obeyed, or will it hearken to the murmurings and declarations of their female employes and forget it?
This is the question which is bothering the girls ever since they received copies of what is declared to be the most famous order ever issued by the local office. That the officials of the company will have no easy time enforcing his order goes without saying. In fact, one of the pretty wire girls declared last evening that she, for one, would resign, and that in a hurry, before she would permit the manager or superintendent to dictate to her the sort of headdress she would wear.
"Why, the first thing we know they will have us in blue uniforms with brass buttons, a la messenger boy style," she said.
TAKEN AS JOKE AT FIRST.
The order was issued Wednesday. The girls, when they received it, took it for a joke, but yesterday when they discovered that it really was in earnest, and that the order meant what it said, there was excitement in plenty. If the ears of Superintendent Richards did not burn and buzz all day yesterday and until well into the night, it was not because the girls were not talking.
More than a score of operators are affected by the order. Half a dozen of these operate keys in various public places about the city, the principal branches being in the Hotel Baltimore, Coates house, Savoy hotel, New York Life building and the Chamber of Commerce. Then there are almost a score of girls employed in the main office of the company.
What objection to the wearing of "rats" can be is known only to Superintendent Richards and as one of the girls expressed it yesterday, "He won't tell because he doesn't know."
"It's nobody's business what is meant by the issuance of that order," said Richards last evening.
"I guess 'A. B. R.' will buy us all new hats. He will have to if he insists on us taking the rats out of our hair," said one of the operators as she adjusted a handsomely plumed beaver.
NOT TO BE COMMANDED.
"Why, we never would be able to wear a stylish-looking hat and I know that I, for one, am not going to let any man dictate to me for a while, yet, as to the sort of hat I wear. Of course, if I get married I may change my mind, but I am still single."
"I threw my order in the waste basket," said another operator,"but on second thought I fished it out and took it home. I may have it framed, or I may send it to a friend in Chicago. I only wish I could say things like a man can. I would certainly talk to 'A. B. R.' "
"Lots of foolish orders are issued at times, but this is the worst I have ever heard of," said another operator. "I wear a rat and have to in order to wear a hat which is in style. If 'A. B. R.' or anyone else thinks that he is going to tell me how to wear my hair he will be disillusioned. If he asks me I will tell him my hair is natural and if he tries to get familiar and ascertain for himself there will be something doing, in which I will not get the worst of it."
Labels: Coates house, employment, Hotel Baltimore, New York Life bldg, telegraph, women
October 27, 1909
TURNING OVER THE LEAVES.
Metropolitan Train Crews Attach
Sacks to the Car Fenders.
BATTLING WITH AUTUMN LEAVES.
"I have seen brooms, brushes and even scoops attached to fenders of street cars at different times in various cities of this country but it remained for Kansas City to give me the jar of my life this morning," said P.O. Vandeventer, an insurance adjuster, who is stopping at the Hotel Baltimore.
"I have a habit of taking a walk after breakfast and when I got down on Main street, I was surprised to see portions of what had apparently been old cement bags and other pieces of duck died to the fenders and dragging along the tracks. After the second car passed I determined that the rags had been placed there by orders of company officials and asked a few questions.
"A motorman suggested that I ride along with him and I would see the object. Half a mile from the business district and and along the streets which have made Kansas City famous because of the beauty of their foliage, the streets were covered with leaves. These leaves, so the conductor told me, fell so rapidly that they could not be cleaned off fast enough by the white wings and when a street car passed over them on the grades that it was just like applying oil to the wheels and track.
"The rags, I was told, provided the most effective plan for ridding the tracks of the leaves."
Labels: Hotel Baltimore, Main street, streetcar, visitors
October 8, 1909
KANSAS CITY COUSIN
RECALLS TIME COOK'S MOTHER
SPANKED THEM BOTH.
Explorer Begins Busy Day With
Coffee and Bananas -- Good Water
and Shave Greatest Pleasures
The short but compactly set-up man who was first to stand at the apex of the world, looked up from an improvised desk in a Hotel Baltimore room yesterday afternoon. He was deep in a consultation with his business manager over lecture dates.
"Yes, sir," responded the explorer quickly, his stock smile settling steadily over his face.
"My name is Terry," said the caller, with more assurance, as he reached for the famous doctor's hand. "C. A. Terry -- guess you don't remember me just this minute. It has been thirty two years since I saw you back in old York state.
"I'm a cousin of yours, and if you remember the last time I saw you, you will recall vividly that time your mother spanked both of us for some devilment we got into while playing in the back yard."
"Sure, I remember you," said the doctor readily. "What town was that in, anyway?"
WHEN A SHAVE FEELS GOOD.
But before Mr. Terry could reply, Dr. Cook had taken him by the arm and together they walked into an adjoining room to talk over that boyhood incident.
"Tell those Oklahoma City people," called the doctor to his manager, decisively disposing of a business matter quickly, "that Tuesday night is the only date open in that time they mention."
Mr. Terry, who gives Kansas City the distinction of having among its residents a relative of the famous explorer, was formerly manager of the Hotel Benton at Excelsior Springs, Mo., but has more recently been in charge of the Centropolis hotel here.
"After you got back to civilization doctor, what pleased you the most?" was asked of Cook.
Again that calm smile, as he replied:
"Well, outside of getting a real good drink of water, I think that the thing which pleased me most was a chance to sit in a barber's chair and get a good shave. A beard may be all right when you can take a few minutes, walk any time you want to and get to a barber shop to have it cut off. But it is mighty annoying to possess a beard when you know it won't come off."
CRACKING ICE NOISE OF NORTH.
"When you think of the North, of what do you think first? That is, what feature of that region or its elements first comes to your mind?" was asked.
A process of continuous questioning was necessary. The procession of answers came as far apart as the clicks of a slowly told rosary.
"The cracking of ice," was his answer, almost laconic. It took another question to get more.
"But the cracking and booming of ice seems to be about the least important thing among your adventures and in your work in the North?" was half queried to draw out something more.
"Yes," he said, "it is about the least important, but nevertheless I always think of the cannonading of the big ice hills first when I think of that endless field of ice."
He was smiling steadily during his answer.
WHY HE WENT NORTH.
Dr. Cook does not swear. He does not use liquor or tobacco in any form. seeking to get a little more of human interest, his questioner asked:
"Have you any pet name for your wife?"
"I refuse to answer that question," he replied, smiling broadly and more generously than before.
"What are your religious views?" was asked.
"That is none of your business," he retorted, but without any show of offense, and still the same old smile.
"Why did you go for the North Pole instead of the South Pole?" was the next question.
"The idea in polar research," he answered, "has generally been to get to the 90th degree of latitude, either north or south, but since weather conditions were generally better in the north, men usually sought to find that pole."
Questions in regard to Peary did not elicit much response. Dr. Cook said he did not care whether Peary had been to the Pole or not.
"Scientists cannot be fooled by polar observations," he said. "When the figures are all published there will be little discussion."
COFFEE AND BANANA REPAST.
Referring again to the disputatious critics, he declared that he had climbed Mount McKinley in Alaska, and the fact was never disputed until the polar controversy came up.
Dr. Cook is 44 years old -- a German. His name was originally Koch, but he Americanized it for the sake of the easier pronunciation. The meaning is identical. He wears a stubby brown mustache, is compactly set up, very quiet, modest and reserved. He weighs 155 pounds, two pounds less than when he landed in Copenhagen early in September. The doctor is very genial and upbeat, but it is hard to get past the reserve which he has set up about himself to keep out of further pole quarreling.
He likes coffee and bananas for his breakfast and makes that short and odd ration a popular choice. His luncheons are heavy, but he partakes of very little food before a lecture. After talking he eats plentifully and of anything he cares for. Before his lecture he had two eggs and a cup of coffee.
Labels: Centropolis, Hotel Baltimore, North Pole race, visitors
October 3, 1909
LORD BERESFORD IS A
KANSAS CITY VISITOR.
FORMER BRITISH ADMIRAL
TRANSACTS BUSINESS HERE.
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.
ENJOYED THE PLAYGROUNDS.
"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.
MOST PLEASANT TRIP.
"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."
Labels: business, Chicago, England, Hotel Baltimore, New York, Union depot, union station, visitors
September 19, 1909
DO THINGS QUICKER HERE.
No More Pages, Clerks and Chief
Clerks for This Hollander.
"No more pages, clerks and chief clerks for us when we get back to Rotterdam," said C. W. Lucardie at the Hotel Baltimore yesterday afternoon. "I discovered how much quicker you Americans do business here than we do, that I am going to install that sort of a system in my house. In the Netherlands as well as in the greater part of Europe, when a salesman or customer desires to see the head of the firm, he has to pass through a line of several clerks and pages before it is possible. Meanwhile he loses from 15 minutes to half an hour of his time. In continental Europe the head of the house looks after the little things which here are put in the hands of clerks and hired men. As a result the head of the house here has plenty of time to talk business while in the old country it takes almost all of his time to look after his business.
"There is only one point in which the European merchant excels the American and that is in the cost of his help. In Europe the clerks all work from three to five hours longer than they do in this country.
"Rape seed is now one of the principal exports of Holland," continued Mr. Lucardie. "These seed was not thought much of until recently when its value as a quick growing feed for stock in the event of a drought or flood was brought to the attention of agriculturalists all over the world. Now over 2,000 tons a year are imported by the United States and the grass is grown in the North and Northwest. Good feeding grass can be grown in from three to four weeks."
Labels: business, Hotel Baltimore, visitors
September 17, 1909
MISSOURI HORSES TO ISLAND.
Will Be Used in Improving the
Porto Rican Breed.
Missouri horses are to be used in improving the native Porto Rican animals. A dozen or more will be secured here or from the big breeding farms in Missouri by D. W. May, special agent of the United States government in charge of the agricultural experiment station at Mayagues, Porto Rico, and are to be sent to New York and thence to the island.
The Missouri horse, according to Mr. May, has qualities possessed by no other horse in the world. These qualities take in part those of the famous steeds of Arabia, but in addition they have the stamina which the Arab lacks.
"The agricultural department has done a great deal of good in the Islands," said Mr. May last night at the Hotel Baltimore. "We have succeeded in producing a much sweeter grade of sugar cane, the tobacco is much better, and the planters will soon raise coffee which will be sold the the United States. At present all of the coffee is heavy and black, and finds no sale in this country.
"That the island has progressed agriculturally may be gleaned from a glance at the export figures. The value of exports in 1902 were $8,000,000. Since then they have gradually increased annually until last year the value of exports reached $32,000,000."
Labels: animals, Hotel Baltimore, New York, visitors
September 14, 1909
KANSAN SUICIDE IN
KANSAS CITY HOTEL.
ALBERT SARBACH OF HOLTON
FOUND DEAD IN ROOM.
Killed Himself With Chloroform,
But Had Acid in Reserve -- Pros-
perous Merchant and Mason --
With an uncorked chloroform bottle fastened to the bed in such a manner that every drop fell on a towel laid over his face, Albert Sarbach, a prosperous merchant of Holton, Kas., was found dead in his room in the Baltimore hotel at 8 o'clock yesterday morning.
Deputy Coroner Harry Czarlinsky said Sarbach probably had been dead two days.
No motive for the suicide could be found yesterday. The only thing that could be found of a significant nature was a bottle of carbolic acid, possibly to have been used had the chloroform failed.
That Sarbach contemplated suicide, though no motive was given, is the opinion of officers who investigated the matter. In one of his pockets was a will which was made out on April 20. The writing was identified as that of Sarbach.
MAID THOUGHT HIM ASLEEP.
Mr. Sarbach is supposed to have gone to his room some time around midnight Saturday. He took the key out of the door, evidently knowing that the maid would use the master key to open the door, and find his body.
The maid opened the door Sunday morning and saw Mr. Sarbach's body lying across the bed. She th ought that he was asleep, probably suffering from the effects of a bad night, and as he was dressed and the bed was made she hurriedly closed the door and went about her work. She returned to the room in the afternoon and when she saw the body was unmoved she concluded that he had not awakened.
Yesterday morning when the housemaid found his body in the same position as the day before she summoned the housekeeper and it was discovered that he was dead.
HIGH IN HIS FRATERNITY.
Sarbach was a member of a prominent family of Holton, and was unmarried. He was a thirty-second degree Mason, and had held various offices in the order. At the time of his death he was grand treasurer for the order in Kansas. At one time he was mayor of Holton, and until his death was a member of the board of regents of Campbell university, located there.
He was elected to the Kansas legislature in 1900 on the Republican ticket. He is survived by a brother, Max Sarbach, and two sisters, Carrie Sarbach and Mrs. Sarah Lehman.
The body was taken to Stewart's undertaking rooms. Dr. Czarlinsky said no autopsy would be held.
Mr. Sarbach's uncle, W. W. Nailer, called at Leo J. Stewart's undertaking rooms and identified the body, which will be sent to Holton for burial.
Samuel B. Strother, public administrator, was yesterday afternoon appointed by the probate court to take charge of Albert Sarbach's estate. This move was made so that the coroner may turn over to Mr. Strother any personal property Mr. Sarbach may have had in this state at the time of his death.
When told of the suicide of his brother Albert at Kansas City, Max Sarbach collapsed. The Sarbach store was closed. No probable cause for the act is known to members of the family.
Sarbach is reputed to have been wealthy. He operated grain elevators in Holton and at Della, Winchester, Boyle, Half Monn, Larkin and Circleville, Kas., in addition to his mercantile establishment. No financial losses sufficient to cause suicide are known.
Labels: Dr Czarlinsky, Hotel Baltimore, Suicide, visitors
September 13, 1909
SAYS ENGLAND HAS
NO CLAIM TO POLE.
CAPTAIN HOBSON SCOUTS IDEA
OF QUARREL WITH BRITAIN.
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.
Labels: Congressman Borland, England, Hotel Baltimore, Independence, North Pole race, visitors
September 12, 1909
TREASURY INSPECTOR HERE.
J. A. Wetmore of Washington Will
Look Over Federal Building.
James A. Wetmore, chief of division in the supervisor's office in the treasury department at Washington, arrived in Kansas City last night and registered at the Hotel Baltimore. Mr. Wetmore will look over the Kansas City post office building and other federal property and make note of the improvements and changes necessary. "There will be no great amount of new work done here," said Mr. Wetmore. "The building here is in excellent condition and my work here will be more in the nature of a general inspection."
Labels: federal building, Hotel Baltimore, postoffice, visitors
September 7, 1909
MERCURY FOLLOWED POLE.
Hotel Clerk Remarks on Weather
Changes When Discoveries Made.
"A few more discoveries of North Poles and we will all have to move South," remarked Clerk James Redmond at the Hotel Baltimore last night. "Thee day we got the news that Dr. Cook had discovered the Pole the mercury dropped some 20 degrees. The news that Peary had discovered it, or another one, resulted in a second drop in the temperature which was followed by rain. I guess the next one will give us snow and ice."
Labels: Hotel Baltimore, North Pole race, weather
August 15, 1909
SENT TO GERMANY
FOR A GOOD COOK.
FATHER UHLI LONGED FOR
COOKING OF FATHERLAND.
Modern Kansas Dishes Lacked the
Flavor He Had Enjoyed as a
Youth -- Met His House-
So that he could enjoy the cooking of his youth the Rev. Father Joseph Uhli of Wilson, Kas., sent all the way to Germany for Miss Anna Gilbert, the woman who cooked at his father's home and who is now to be installed as the private housekeeper at the parochial residence. She arrived at the Hotel Baltimore yesterday where she was met by Father Uhli. He escorted her to her new home in Kansas last evening.
The Rev. Father Uhli came to this country from Germany three years ago. H e was ordained in the old country and when he came here was assigned to the parish at Wilson, Kas. He is a young and energetic priest and has popularized himself with his parishioners. Many improvements have been made in his parish since he took hold.
LACKED THE FLAVOR.
Though his parishioners did everything possible to make his life pleasant, he lacked one thing. That was the cooking he had been accustomed to in the "Fatherland." There was not that flavor to the food which he thought it had when he lived at his father's home.
His letters to the old country told of how he longed for the old home cooking and then it was that Miss Gilbert, who had cooked in his father's home for years, declared that she would like to go to America and to keep house and cook for the priest for whom she had cooked when he was much younger.
The proposition to have Miss Gilbert emigrate to this country took definite shape a few months ago. Father Uhli gave her explicit instructions and she arrived in Kansas City yesterday morning and went at once to the Hotel Baltimore. There she was met by Father Uhli.
It was the first time that she had been in a large hotel, and owing to her ignorance of the English language, it was necessary to send an interpreter to her room when she ordered her dinner.
RAISED IN HIS FAMILY.
Miss Gilbert was greatly worried yesterday afternoon over the absence of her baggage. There had been some delay in forwarding it. Father Uhli spent several hours in endeavoring to trace her effects.
"Miss Gilbert was raised in our family," said Father Uhli. "She was our cook when I lived at ho me and when I came over to this country she expressed a desire to come here also. I have been without a housekeeper at my parish and I decided to send for Miss Gilbert, whose cooking I distinctly remember. She longed to come to America and quickly consented to come here and keep my house for me."
Labels: food, Hotel Baltimore, immigrants, ministers, visitors
August 12, 1909
HOPES HE WILL FLY
TO THE SOUTH POLE.
BRITON WILL COMBINE BAL-
LOON AND BIPLANE.
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.
Labels: airships, balloons, England, Hotel Baltimore, visitors
August 2, 1909
WHY WENNE SHAVED.
Sad Story of Mustache That Made
Him Look Older.
John Wenne, a clerk at the Baltimore, is minus his mustache, and thereby hangs a tale.
John is still in his early twenties and he had ambitions to grow one of those curling mustaches which he has seen guests from abroad wear while stopping at the hotel. He did very well and was proud of it until Saturday evening.
"I would like to talk to the young man over there," remarked a feminine guest at the hotel to Mr. Wenne, as she indicated Clerk Louis Kleeberger. John looked in the glass.
"Any time I am taken to be older than Kleeberger because of a mustache, that ornament comes off," he told the barber.
Labels: Hotel Baltimore
July 5, 1909
HE ROASTS MISSOURI ROADS.
C. M. Goetz Week Coming From St.
Louis in Automobile.
After floundering for one week over what he termed "the worst roads in creation," Charles M. Goetz of St. Louis yesterday arrived in Kansas City, having made the trip by automobile. With Mr. Goetz was his wife, Julius P. Hargrove and the chauffeur, Harry McGinty.
"For a solid stretch of sixty-two and a half miles we drove through mud and water," said Mr. Goetz at the Hotel Baltimore yesterday. "We used the second speed and succeeded in putting it clear out of business. Between Clark and Sturgeon we got into a cloud burst and were obliged to get out of the car and rig up a temporary tent by stretching our tarpaulin over a barb wire fence. We stayed under the shelter for nearly three hours until the farmer on whose ground we were, came out and asked us to go into the house. Altogether we lost a day and a half, the rest of the time we were on the road."
The original plan was to go on through to Denver but the illness of Mrs. Goetz made it impossible. Mr. Goetz accompanied her back to St. Louis last night. Mr. Hargrove and McGinty will remain until Tuesday while the car is undergoing repairs and drive back on that day.
Labels: automobiles, Hotel Baltimore, St Louis, visitors
June 23, 1909
HERE TO PROMOTE
CUBAN MINISTER IS TOURING
Only a matter of Freight Rates and
Facilities, He Says, Prevents
Cheaper Fruit and
In the interest of Cuba, and to promote Cuban reciprocity sentiment in the West, General Carlos Garcia Velez, envoy extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary to the United States from Cuba, will make an extensive tour of the Western states, visiting all of the larger cities and the various chambers of commerce.
General Garcia said yesterday at the Hotel Baltimore that his principal object was to get in touch with the merchants and manufacturers of the West, and to interest them in Cuba and her possibilities, and by increasing business, to strengthen the already friendly relations between Cuba and this country.
"We want better freight conditions and facilities," said he. "It is our belief that we can reach the Western states with as great facilities as we now enjoy in the East, that it will be for the mutual benefit of both countries. For instance, we raise one of the largest crops of pineapples of any country in the world. Our pineapples are ready for the market at times when other producers cannot get them to ship. If we could get the rates there is no reason in the world why Cuban pineapples could not sell in Western markets for as low a price as 3 cents a piece.
"Then there are our tobacco and cigars. I had trouble today in finding some of the best grades of our cigars in Kansas City. In New York it is easy to find them
"Statistics show that in the United States there is used annually 1,600,000 tons of sugar. I do not know that there is a refinery in this section of the country. But there is need of one. Cuba will produce 1,400,000 tons of cane sugar this year. We need but a small portion of this amount for our own consumption. Sugar in the United States could be sold cheaper if we had the transportation facilities necessary in the west. It is the same with other products of our country.
"Most of our products are marketable when the season is over. We could ship new potatoes when there was not a new potato to be found in the United States, unless in the extreme southwest. Bananas are plentiful with us when they are scarce and dear in this country.
General Garcia is the eldest son of General Calixto Garcia, to whom was written the famous "message." He was his father's chief of staff, has been a minister to Mexico and since his graduation from an American college has been attached to the consular and diplomatic service of his country.
His brother is Justo Garcia Velez, is the present secretary of state of Cuba. The general will remain in Kansas City several days.
Labels: cigars, food, Hotel Baltimore, tobacco, visitors
June 21, 1909
HE LIKES ICE CREAM SODA.
Maurice Denaiffe Enjoying First
Experience With Iced Drinks.
When Maurice Denaiffe came to America from France several weeks ago he had never tasted the ice cream soda, the nut sundae or the seltzer lemonade. Neither had he partaken of the delicious watermelon nor known corn on the cob. He was a guest at the Hotel Baltimore yesterday and declared that now he is "crazy" about them.
"I do not care so much for the sweet corn," said he, "nor am I overzealous in praise of the famous watermelon, but the ice cream soda -- ah! that is where my words fail to find adequate expression for so exquisite a delicacy. It is grand, delicious, supreme; it is the pleasure par excellence."
M. Denaiffe is in America studying the manner and method of growing beans and peas. He is the junior member of the French firm of Denaiffe & Son, which for years has been engaged in raising garden and flower seed.
At Carignan, France, the firm owns a farm of more that 5,000 acres which is devoted exclusively to the culture and production of seed. According to M. Denaiffe, France furnishes the United States with nearly three-fourths of all the garden and flower seed used.
M. Denaiffe says he is favorably impressed with America and the people here.
"Next to France," he asserted, "America has more pretty girls and beautiful women than any European country. They are much superior to the women of England or Germany.
Labels: food, Hotel Baltimore, visitors
June 20, 1909
LEAVES THE POLICE FORCE.
Wm. Long, Jailer at Headquarters,
Becomes Hotel Detective.
After more than a dozen years on the police department, William Long, the jailer at police headquarters, resigned yesterday to take a position at the Hotel Baltimore as night house officer. He will serve under H. W. Hammil, former lieutenant in the police department, who resigned to go with the hotel about three months ago.
Long was sent to the "woods" with others who thought that Hayes should have been retained as chief. He was moved back to headquarters five months ago.
Labels: employment, Hotel Baltimore, jail, Lieutenant H. W. Hammil, police, police headquarters
June 13, 1909
HADLEY BUSY SIGNING BILLS.
Temporary Headquarters at Balti-
more While Father Is Sick.
After two days of signing bills, chiefly revision measures, Governor Herbert S. Hadley left his quarters at the Hotel Baltimore yesterday afternoon for DeSoto, Kas., to be with his father, Major John M. Hadley, who was stricken with paralysis early in the week. The governor departed over the Santa Fe at 4:30 o'clock. He had signed nearly 200 bills.
"A telephone communication early this afternoon announced that my father's condition is much improved," said Governor Hadley yesterday, "and if it is possible I expect to bring him to Kansas City next week. He will either go to the hospital or remain at the home of my sister. At all events I will retain my temporary headquarters at the Hotel Baltimore and finish what business can be attended to there, so as to be in close touch with my father. The trip from Kansas City to DeSoto can be made in an hour on the train or by automobile, while from Jefferson City it might require from eight to ten hours to complete the journey."
A bill appropriating $3,000 to pay for markers for the old Santa Fe trail, introduced into the legislature by the Daughters of the American Revolution, was signed by the governor yesterday morning. Another bill was one requiring an examination and registration for public accountants in Missouri. A bill making it a misdemeanor to bet on a game of pool or billiards was also signed.
Bills vetoed proved to be duplicates of laws already on the statute books.
Labels: billiards, gambling, Governor Hadley, Herbert Hadley, Hotel Baltimore, Santa Fe Trail
June 4, 1909
MARRIED A MILLIONAIRESS.
But $3 for Room Two Hours Looked
High to Bakewell.
Paul Bakewell, the St. Louis attorney who married Miss Mary Morgan Fullerton, a St. Louis girl with $1,500,000 in her own name, was a guest at the Hotel Baltimore yesterday, with his bride of a day, and made one of the first moves in his vow to live within his own means when he "roared" over paying $3 for the use of a room for two hours. Mr. Bakewell and his wife registered at the hotel about 8 o'clock yesterday morning and were assigned to a room, paying out two hours later.
After they had breakfasted, Mr. Bakewell approached the cashier's desk and asked what was the amount of his bill. Turning over the leaves of the ledger, the cashier pulled out Mr. Bakewell's account and putting down a few figures, told the attorney the amount.
"That is rather high for two hours' occupancy of a single room, is it not?" he inquired.
"Oh, no," replied the cashier, sweetly, "Not at all. You see you can remain in the room all day if you like, and it won't cost you any more. We make our charge by the day, and you pay for a day whether you occupy the room for a whole day or any portion of the day."
Mr. Bakewell considered the proposition with perplexity for several minutes, then paid the money and went out.
Labels: Hotel Baltimore, hotels, St Louis, visitors
May 3, 1909
WHEN TROOST AVENUE
WAS A COUNTRY ROAD
A. J. BLETHEN TELLS OF KAN-
SAS CITY YEARS AGO.
Owner of Seattle Times Comments
Upon Growth and Development
in Thirty Years -- West Has
"Without a doubt the growth and development of Kansas City in the past two decades is nothing short of marvelous, and its splendid parks and drives, with the many handsome residences, rival anything I have seen anywhere in the country." This statement was made last night by Alden J. Blethen, former business manager of The Kansas City Journal, and now editor and owner of the Seattle Times, who is a guest at the Hotel Baltimore.
Mr. Blethen left The Journal twenty-nine years ago, to go to Minneapolis, where he had taken over the management of the Tribune of that city. After twelve years in Minneapolis he went to Seattle, Wash., and purchased the plant of the Times.
"I was in Kansas City about ten years ago as a delegate to the Democratic national convention which nominated W. J. Bryan for the second time. At that time I did not have an opportunity to see much of the city, but this afternoon I took an automobile and with my wife and daughters drove around to look over some of the old landmarks.
TROOST AVENUE A COUNTRY ROAD.
"What we used to call the Southern hills is now one of the most modern and beautiful residence sections I have had the pleasure of seeing. It is almost past belief. Thirty years ago I used to drive over the hills along an old country road where the farm houses were more than a half-mile apart. That road is gone and today Troost avenue occupies its place.
"The business has moved with certain precision to the south as the town extended. The old Journal office at Sixth and Delaware streets was then considered the center of town. The number of new buildings is surprising."
Mr. Blethen talked of the exposition to be held in Seattle this year and declared it would exceed any of the minor fairs held in recent years.
"This fair was conceived as a celebration of the discovery of gold in the Alaskan and Yukon fields," said he, "and we are leaving nothing undone to make it a fitting celebration. Last year Alaska produced $21,000,000 in gold and is second only to Colorado in the production of that metal.
Mr. Blethen, with his wife and daughters, left Seattle last March for a tour of the states. He went to California and over the Southern route, stopping at New Orleans and Mobile, and up the coast to Atlanta. Thence to Washington and New York.
He arrived in Kansas City yesterday morning from Chicago and will leave tomorrow for Denver and Salt Lake, arriving in Seattle May 10.
Labels: Delaware street, history, Hotel Baltimore, hotels, newspapers, Sixth street, The Journal, Troost avenue, visitors
May 2, 1909
PRAISES AMERICAN SOLDIER.
General Morton Tells of Valor at
Army Officers' Banquet.
What is said to have been the largest gathering of army officers, graduates of West Point, away from the academy itself, was held at the Hotel Baltimore last night when nearly 100 officers assembled in the ball room at the first of a series of annual banquets to be given in Kansas City. Brigadier General Charles A. Morton of Omaha, commander of the department of the Missouri, was the presiding officer.
General Morton, in response to the toast, "The Army," said that the valor of the American army on the field of battle had never been questioned and that its efficiency and strength has only been made possible by its superiority. The general spoke of the condition of the army today and declared that its increase had never been in proportion to the increase of the population of the country.
Following General Morton, Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., welcomed the officers and their guests to Kansas City. The mayor extended to them the usual courtesies and promised immunity from arrest while within the corporate limits of the city.
The following toasts were responded to: "The Navy," Lieutenant R. S. Landis, U. S. N., and "Military Education by Captain H. A. White of the military school at Fort Leavenworth. "Our Dead" was a silent toast.
Brigadier General Frederick Funston, who was to have responded to the toast "West Point," was obliged to leave the banquet room early and was not heard. General Funston was the guest of honor. Other guests were: General Rambold, Colonel Loughborough and Colonel Lechtman.
Labels: Hotel Baltimore, hotels, Leavenworth, Mayor Crittenden, military, Omaha, veterans, visitors
May 1, 1909
INTELLIGENT HORSES SCARCE.
James Murray, Visiting Horseman,
Says They Just Happen.
"You cannot breed intelligent horses, you must buy them, and they don't grow on bushes, either. They are few and far between."
James Murray, a dealer and displayer of fancy driving horses, said this at the Baltimore hotel last night. Beginning at the first exhibit, about nine years ago, Mr. Murray has shown thoroughbreds in this city. His headquarters are in Toronto, Canada.
"The most intelligent horses just happen among the thoroughbreds," continued Mr. Murray. "You've got to travel about the country picking them up, for you'll have bad luck if you depend on raising them from horses that have made records, on the grounds that like begets like. It's pretty apt not to happen in your case, so it don't pay."
Mr. Murray is a Scotchman and was born within the shadow of Balmoral castle. He has many friends among the older horse fanciers of this city.
Labels: animals, Hotel Baltimore, hotels, immigrants, visitors
April 25, 1909
RETURNS FROM MEXICO.
With English Stockholders, He Paid
a Visit to President Diaz -- Good
Progress Being Made.
A. E. Stilwell, promoter and president of the Kansas City, Mexico & Orient Railway, returned to Kansas City yesterday after a trip over the right of way of the Orient and a visit to President Diaz with his party of English capitalists. The party arrived at the Union depot at 6 o'clock last night over the M. K. & T. in a special train.
"There is nothing much to say," said Mr. Stilwell last night. "We went over the Orient and found things progressing as always. The result of our interview with President Diaz had no unusual features. We made a purely social call upon him and received his congratulations upon the progress we have made."
H. J. Chinnery, one of the English financiers and a heavy investor in Mr. Stilwell's railway, was enthusiastic.
"We are more than ever delighted with the prospect," said he. "The reception accorded us at the hands of the president of the Mexican republic has given us encouragement far greater than we ever contemplated. It seems as if there is nothing in Mexico that Mr. Stilwell cannot have if he will ask for it. Our faith and confidence in that gentleman's ability as a railroad promoter and builder is only exceeded by that of Diaz.
"He gave us ever assurance of encouragement and help from the republic. Already he has done much to aid the road by using his influence in our behalf. The idea of a direct line of railroad from New York to Mexico and the gulf is not only a future possibility, but a reality, and the future is not a great way off.
"The work on the road between Sweetwater and San Angelo is already well under way and will be completed by September. This extension will connect Kansas City direct with one of the richest countries in America. It is hard to believe that any better or more fertile soil exists anywhere than in the territory of San Angelo. Most of the early vegetables, strawberries and fruits come from this section, and the completion of the track between San Angelo and Sweetwater means considerable difference in freight rates and time by a cut of more than 100 miles, it being necessary now to come up by way of Fort Worth, Tex."
After dinner at the Hotel Baltimore last night Mr. Stilwell, Mr. Chinnery and Mr. Hurdle left for Wichita, Kas., to look over terminal possibilities. The party will then go to Boston for a conference with Eastern investors, when the Englishmen will return to Europe.
Labels: Arthur Stilwell, Boston, business, Hotel Baltimore, hotels, Mexico, railroad, visitors, Wichita
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