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June 10, 1908


It Was on the Arm of Plaintiff in a
Damage Suit.

The sight of the wound and the odor of iodoform and other drugs used in its dressing proved to be too much for J. A. Lackey, a juror, who was sitting in the case of Durand Whyte against the Murray Machine Company yesterday afternoon in Judge J. E. Goodrich's division of the circuit court. He fainted. Whyte, who is suing for damages for injuries alleged to have been sustained while at work for the company, was on the stand giving his testimony when he was asked to show the wound he had received to the jury. Mr. Lackey was sitting close to the witness and the sight proved too much for him. The fainting juror was speedily revived and the taking of testimony continued.

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March 10, 1908


Disinherited Nephew Wants Part of
Rich Relative's Estate.

Hamp and George A. Steven's suit to break the will of their uncle, John C. Larwill, a millionaire, who died in Mansfield, O., two years ago, came to trial yesterday in Judge J. E. Goodrich's division of the circuit court. The trial will occupy all of this week.

Larwilll owned real estate in many Western states and his holdings in Kansas City are estimated to be worth $150,000. In the list are the lot and buildings at the southeast corner of Eighth and Main streets and ten lots on Troost avenue near Thirty-first street.

By the will Hampy Stevens was given $1,000 and George, his brother, wa disinherited. Among those who were generously remembered in the will, and are defending it, are Mrs. Susan M. Larwill, widow of John Larwill; Joseph H. Larwill, a brother, and Paul Larwill, a nephew. These people live in Ohio.

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February 21, 1908


Orchestra Leader and His Men Liable
to Suffer for Sacred Concert.

The grand jury will meet at 1 o'clock this aftrnoon and return indictments against theater managers, actors and others who will be charged with working last Sunday. The names of Carl Busch and his orchestra have been reported to the prosecutor's office by a deputy marshal, who heard them giving a sacred concert last Sunday at the Willis Wood theater. T. F. Willis, foreman of the jury, declined last night to state whether or not the jury would indict Busch and the orchestra for violation of the Sunday labor law. At least three of the four membes of the jury, who were absent last week, will attend today. The jury, therefore, may take up the Merchants' Refrigerating Company's tangle over warehouse receipts.

The second batch of habeas corpus cases, growing out of the release from jail last Saturday of four theater managers, who refused to give bond in sixty-six cases to Judge W. H. Wallace, was assigned yesterday by Presiding Judge T. J. Seehorn to Judge J. E. Goodrich's division of the circuit court. Judge Goodrich has asked the other judges to meet with him Saturday morning and hear evidence in the cases. Agreements of attorneys on both sides was necesary to this call, as Saturday is a legal holiday.

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February 5, 1908


B. T. Hardin Is Being Sued by T. B.
Buckner, Also and Attorney.

"Yes, I slapped him and I will hit any man who charges me with what he did," was the statement of B. T. Hardin on the witness stand in Judge Goodrich's division of the circuit court yesterday when the trial of the suit of T. B. Buckner against Hardin for $1,000 actual and $5,000 punitive damages for assault was in progress.

The suit is the outgrowth of a quarrel in Judge Seehorn's division of the circuit court in January, 1907, when these attorneys acted as counsel in a damage suit against the Metropolitan street railway. According to the evidence introduced in trial Buckner accused Hardin of appropriating certain papers connected with the former trial. Hardin resonted the statement and called Buckner a liar, at the same time hitting him with his fist, according to Buckner's statements. John T. Mathis, who was at that time connected with the Metropolitan street railway, and who was assisting Hardin in trying the case, also hit Buckner.

Mathis was at first one of the defendants but yesterday afternoon he was dismissed by Judge Goodrich and the trial proceeded with Hardin as the only defendant.

Besides the plaintiff and the defendant there were several prominent witnesses in the case yesterday. Among these were Judge T. J. Seehorn, John Tobin, clerk of the circuit court; Deputy Sheriff Harvey and jurors who were serving on the case in Judge Seehorn's division of the court at the time of the alleged assault. All were witnesses of the affair.

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December 19, 1907


Judge Goodrich Gathers Fashion
Notes as He Cuts Knots.

After granting twenty-eight divorce decrees in the circuit court at Kansas City yesterday, Judge James E. Goodrich remarked:

"I have been looking forward to this day with expectancy for many weeks. Divorce day is the occasion of the great semi-annual millinery display in the court house, and I always pick out a model for a new hat for my wife from the lids worn by the crowd of dissatisfied brides and their friends.

"There have been some wonderful hats in court today. One lady, whom her husband failed to feed, wore a top piece with seven ostrich feathers and a basket of fruit. It's the most astonishing lid I've seen in court in three years.

"Did I see a hat to suit me? No, not exactly, but I got ideas of the kind not to buy."

Divorce day always brings pleasant thoughts to judges and clerks. The wives and husbands always smile so kindly and their thanks are so sincere after the knots have been cut. As Hinton H. Noland, clerk to Judge Hermann Brumback, says:

"Next to getting married, a woman finds most joy in getting a divorce. At least that's what I glean from seeing them here on divorce day matinees, wearing their glad rags and chattering like a flock of school girls. Well, the judge made a bunch of them happy today."

The new dresses, rustling petticoats, chattering tongues and gay hats, cheered everybody in the court house. Even Joseph Goodykuntz, who had to write up all the decrees on the record, was caught humming:

"I wish the girls were all transported,
Far beyond the Northern sea."

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December 15, 1907


Judge Goodrich Holds That Old Frag-
ment Is Still a Road.

Memories of fifty years ago were revived yesterday by a decision in Judge James E. Goodrich's division of the circuit court declaring the roadway east from Gillham road, through a part of Janssen place, to be a city street, and ordering it graded preparatory to paving. richard and Oliva Smith fought the suit on the contention that the section of road was inclosed and belonged to them.

Fifty years ago that bit of street was a portion of the Independence-Westport trail, the main thoroughfare south to Westport, and practically the only wagonway from what is now the business center of Kansas City to the Santa Fe trail at Westport. There are men in Kansas City who have driven over it in a covered wagon.

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October 13, 1907




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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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July 27, 1907



Matron at Joseph's Home Denies
Charges Made by Mrs. Ambie
Russell -- Juvenile Court to
Decide Next Monday.

Joseph Home, 2610 Cleveland Avenue

Upon a complaint of Mrs. Ambie Russell, who has had four children in Joseph's home at 2610 Cleveland avenue since last Thanksgiving day, petitions were filed in the juvenile court yesterday afternoon alleging that the children were neglected.

Two of them, Irene, 10, and Katie, 7 years old were found at the home, taken to the detention home and later to the day nursery of the Institutional church by Probation Officer Edgar Warden. The other two, Earl, 13, and Eddie, 14 years old, were not found at the home. Subpoenas were issued for Mrs. Anna Baker, manager of the home; Mrs. Nellie Shaw, who is usually in charge, and for Mrs. Leslie Lewald, an employe, to appear before Judge Goodrich of the juvenile court Monday morning.

In a signed statement which Mrs. Russell made to Humane Officer Frank McCrary yesterday afternoon she charges that Mrs. Lewald and Frances Robinson, a negro woman who was until recently employed at Joseph's home, frequently punished the children by strangling them in basins of water and by beating them in the face until their little noses bled.

"There are about thirty children in the home and they are not properly clothed and fed," Mrs. Russell says in her statement. "I have bought clothes during the last eight weeks for my children and upon one occasion when I visited the home I saw a dress I had taken out for Katie on another child and Katie was dressed in rags.

"One one occasion during my stay Mrs. Shaw, an assistant to Mrs. Baker, struck Earl with a stick and then hit him on the nose with her hand and dragged him off to bed. I went to his room and found his pillow saturated with blood."

Mrs. Russell was deserted by her husband four years ago in Herrin, Ill. she has lived in Kansas City several months and when she became ill went with her children to the Joseph home. Several weeks ago she left the home by request because it was said that she had spoken disparagingly of the place to prospective contributors to its support. Mrs. Russell is now employed at the Hotel Kupper.


Edgard Warden, who brought the Russell girls to the detention home yesterday, reported that he had found Mrs. Shaw to be a very pleasant woman, and that the children seem to like her. He also said that the home has solicitors working in nineteen states. There are about thirty children there.

The two little Russell girls were neatly dressed when brought to the detention home. They said they and the other children at Joseph's home attended the Greenwood school, Twenty-seventh and Cleveland streets. They looked bashful and would not answer when asked if they had had enough to eat and were well treated.

The Associated Charities, through G. F. Damon, secretary, issued a circular December 5, 1906, containing what purports to be a history of Mrs. Baker.

Mrs. Nellie Shaw, the matron in charge of Joseph's home, emphatically denies the charges made by Mrs. Russell. Mrs. Shaw was formerly assistant matron at the Institutional church.

"There is no truth in any of the charges made against this home," said Mrs. Shaw yesterday. "I came here to take the management of the children in February, and since I have been here I can answer that there has been no cruelty of any kind. I have two children of my own who live here, and I treat them just as I do the others. The only punishment which children ever receive is a spanking. It is necessary where there are so many children that discipline be kept. But no one ever punishes the little ones but myself, and I only spank them whenever it is necessary, with my open hand."


The little boys and girls in the home do not seem to be afraid of Mrs. Shaw, but play about her in what seems to be the most affectionate manner.

"I think the boys and girls love me, and I have always wanted them to," said she.

Mrs. Shaw says that Mrs. Russell, who was an inmate of the home with her four children for months without cost, became angry at her because she suggested that some of the money which Mrs. Russell earned after she finally secured a position at the Kupper hotel be spent on the children.

" 'My money is my own,' she said, and seemed angry at the suggestion. 'I'll spend it as I please.' "

Eddie, Mrs. Russell's 14-year-son, was placed by the home on a farm at Arthur, Kas., and his 13-year-old brother Earl is on another farm a few miles from there. Mrs. Shaw says that the boys were not placed in adoption, but were simply put on the farms for a summer's outing. She says that is the custom of the Institution church and other charitable institutions in Kansas City to place children with private families, sometimes for adoption, unless a part at least of their board is paid. Mrs. Russell consented that her two boys be sent to Kansas for the summer, she says.


St. Joseph's home was founded four years ago by Mrs. Annie Baker, who had run a similar institution for two years in Joplin, Mo. Mrs. Shaw says the home was founded by Mrs. Baker after being left destitute with two children, in order to help mothers where were in a similar condition. It is supported by public subscription.

"The whole trouble is that we do not give an accounting of our finances to the Associated Charities," said Mrs. Shaw. "They have been trying to get us to do this for a long time, and when we consistently refused to make regular financial reports to them they became angry and have been trying to do the home harm ever since.

"We cannot see why we should give up the management of our enterprise to the Associated Charities, who had nothing to do with its beginning or its development."

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June 4, 1907


Judge Goodrich Believes Nerves
Might Influence in Damage Case.

A few minutes after Rose Stauffer, of Moberly, Mo., took the witness chair in Judge J. E. Goodrich's division of the circuit court yesterday afternoon to testify regarding how she had been injured in a street car accident in Rosedale two years and a half ago she went into hysterics and fainted. Dr. E. L. Mathias, who was attending juvenile court, across the hall, was summoned and succeeded in restoring the woman to consciousness.

Inasmuch as the plaintiff alleges that one permanent result of the injury, because of which she wants $20,000 damages, is that her nerves are affected. Judge Goodrich thinks that her fainting may prejudice the jury. He adjourned the case until this morning, when a new jury will be secured.

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