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May 18, 1909


Hat Pins and Parasols Figure in a
Man-Hunt in Store.

A daring robbery occurred in a store on Main near Fifth street during the rush of late shoppers Saturday night. Mrs. Mary Hibbs, 2115 Kansas avenue, had purchased some goods, and while extracting the amount needed from her purse, a man grabbed a $2 bill and ran.

The store was crowded with customers, but the men stood idly by and deplored the incident while the women endeavored to catch the thief. Hat pins, parasols and chatelaine bags were poked in front of him, but the petty thief managed to dodge the irate women and make his escape in the crowd on the outside of the store.

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September 23, 1908


Ward Headley Convicted of Assault
on Two Girls.

Ward Headley, charged with assaulting Ethel Kelso, 7, and Eunice Swift, 5 years old, was found guilty last night in the criminal court and his punishment fixed at four years in the penitentiary. The jury was out two hours. Headley was an employe of a men's furnishing establishment and had been married but two weeks when he attacked the two little girls, July 4, at the home of O. J. Swift, 1815 Kansas avenue. The Kelso family lived nearby and the two little girls were together at the Swift home where Headley was a guest. Headley and his bride lived at 2921 East Sixteenth street.

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August 3, 1908



Pain's Wonderful Al Fresco Exhibi-
tion to Be Seen at Fifteenth
Street and Kasnas Avenue
for Two Weeks.

Mayor Crittenden will fire the first bomb at 8:15 tomorrow night, inaugurating Kansas City's fire festival at the circus grounds, Fifteenth and Kansas avenue, starting Pain's wonderful al fresco production of "The Carnival of Naples."

For days the workmen have been fitting the grounds for the spectacle, and laborers have been toiling with the scrapers and shovels, with scythes and mowers, with pickax and post driller, getting ready for the fairlyland transformation.

The special train of twenty cars arrived yesterday, containing the equipment and company with which the production will be interpreted tomorrow night. In less time than it takes to tell, the sections were being hauled to the circus grounds, where teams and many men were ready to begin the herculean task of unloading the enormous stage settings, paraphernalia and amphitheater.

The scene last night was wild and weirdly picturesque. Amid the arc-lights, which presented the picture of a brilliant cluster, there shone what seemed to be a constellation under a tropical sky.

All night long the workmen labored under the skilled direction of Chief Pyrotechnist James Cunliffe, to erect the enormous scenery settings. Wagons were loaded to the guards with enormous bulky packages of canvas, poles, frames, stacks of seats, dozens and dozens of cases of every imaginable size and description, and six-horse teams whisked them all around and about the grounds.

Monday night will be Kansas City night. Mayor Crittenden will be there, occupying a box and at a signal, he will press a small button and lo, Pain's magnificent spectacle of "The Carnival of Naples and Eruption of Vesuvius" will have commenced. Mayor Crittenden's photograph will be shown in fireworks, which will be appreciated by all true Kansas Cityans.

Reserved seats for all performance on sale at the Owl Drug Company, 920 Main street.

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July 5, 1908



Accused of Attacking Little Daugh-
ters of Friends Whom He Was
Visiting -- One Child Un-
der Doctor's Care.

Ward Headley, 30 years old, a clerk employed in the Browning King clothing store, was locked in a cell at No. 6 police station last night. A charge of criminal assault probably will be made against him tomorrow. Headley lives at 2921 East Sixteenth street and was married two weeks ago to Mrs. Alice Caton. His wife was not informed last night of the serious nature of the charge against him.

The alleged attack occurred in the home of O. J. Swift, a motorman on the Jackson avenue street car line, 1815 Kansas avenue. In the same house lives Robert Kelso and his family. Headley and the Swifts and Kelsos have been friends for ten years. Headley spent the afternoon with the families yesterday and remained for 5 o'clock dinner.

After dinner, according to Mrs. Kelso, she and her husband went upstairs with Headley. Mr. Kelso fell asleep in the room, and after a few minutes conversation with Headley Mrs. Kelso excused herself and went into the kitchen on the first floor.

About five minutes later she heard her 7-year-old daughter, Ethel, calling to her, but thinking that nothing serious was the matter, waited some time before replying. Within ten minutes, Eunice Swift, 5 years old, came running downstairs to her mother, who was also in the kitchen. She was crying. She said Headley had attacked her.


The two women ran to the room where Headley was sitting and ordered him from the house. He refused to go, saying he had done nothing to warrant their displeasure. The two women caught him by the arms an d head and dragged him out of the room to the head of the steps and pushed him down the stairs.

Mrs. Kelso followed him down the stairs, catching him at the foot of the steps. Mrs. Swift remained in the house to give attention to her child.

When Headley reached the sidewalk Mrs. Kelso caught up with him and began to beat and scratch him. Headley started to run, but he could not get away from the woman. Seeing that he could no shake from her grasp, Headley turned and grappled with her.

Meanwhile several men started on the run to the rescue of the mother. ieutenant William Carroll and Patrolman William Hanlon were passing and seeing the crowd and the commotion, the officers ran to the man and woman. They arrested Headley and hurried him to the corner. By this time the men, fifty or more, were muttering threats of vengeance against Headley. It was some time before the patrol wagon from No. 6 police station, Twenty-first and Flora avenue arrived, and the officers had their hands full. Mrs. Kelso accompanied the officers and their prisoner to the station in the patrol wagon, saying that she "would not leave that man until he was dead or behind bars."


In discussing the affair at their home last night, Mrs. Kelso said: "I prayed God to give me the strength of a man. If ever I had the desire to kill a man it was when I was following Headley down the street, beating and scratching him. It was not a desire for vengeance on my part just at that time. It was just a great mental longing to be able to do something that would pain him, something that a man could have done. I am glad now that I did not have the strength to kill him, for it will be best to let the law take its course.

"I have known Headley for several year, and never before knew him to do an immoral or brutal act. What led him to do it is more than I can explain, unless it was the influence of liquor. But he did not appear to be drunk, and at dinner he talked in a very rational manner."

Mrs. Swift did not have much to say other than a desire to see Headley severely punished. She constantly kept her eye on the child, which was lying asleep on the bed by her side.

Headley refused to discuss the affair with the officers at the police station to any extent. He told Lieutenant Carrol that he held both children on his lap and was merely teasing them.

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June 11, 1908


James Fradora Falls From Front
Porch and Drowns.

James Fradora, aged aout 38 years, fell off his front porch into his front yard at 309 Kansas avenue yesterday evening about 6 o'clock and was drowned before help could reach him. He was sitting in a chair watching the flood, which surounded his house, when he tipped over backwards. It was thought he struck his head in falling and was rendered unconscious by the fall, for the water was not very deep and he could easily have waded out.

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October 3, 1907


Mrs. C. B. Stevens and Mrs. R. S. Fis-
ette Drive Into Rosedale Car.

An impromptu driving race in Roanoke boulevard last night resulted in a collision with a Rosedale car at Southwest boulevard and Genesee street, and two women were severely injured. Mrs. C. B. Stevens, the owner of the horse and buggy, was taken to her home at 1180 Kansas avenue, in an undertaker's ambulance. Her companion, Mrs. R. S. Fisette, residing at 1621 Kansas avenue, was taken to the Eleanor Taylor Bell Memorial hospital in Rosedale. Both suffered severe bruises about the head, shoulders and back.

The street car crew, J. H. Drilling, motorman, and William Jordan, conductor, was arrested by Patrolman Todd, but released on bond by the commanding officer at No. 3 police station. The men will appear today before the county prosecutor.

Mrs. Stevens and Mrs. Fisette, driving on Roanoke boulevard, refused to allow two young men in another buggy to pass them. The two parties raced until the men turned west as they neared the Southwest boulevard. The women kept on their way and attempted to turn east onto the boulevard when the buggy struck the fender of the car. A buggy wheel went off on the fender, left the car and the women were thrown to the pavement.

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September 19, 1907


Campbell's Earthquake and Fire-
works Spectacle Coming.

Kansas City will see something new in Campbell's earthquake and fireworks spectacle, "The Destruction of San Francisco." This production, which has never been presented here before, comes on Wednesday, the 25th, for ten nights. The exhibition will be on the circus lot at Fifteenth street and Kansas avenue. The exhibition consists of San Francisco as it was before the disaster, with 350 people on the busy streets, then the earthquake, followed by the fire, laying the city in ashes and ruins, while the people rush for the ferries in their attempt to escape from the city.

The scenic picture is 400 feet in length and is an accurate reproduction of Market street, showing, among other buildings, the city hall, the Call building and and the memorable Ferry building as they were both before and after the earthquake and fire. There are fifteen carloads of scenery and fireworks, making up this production, and counting the mechanical staff, 450 people are required in the production.

A magnificent display of fireworks fills out an evening's entertainment.

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