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August 20, 1908





Appeal of Election Board for Judges
and Clerks Practically Without
Result -- Still the Good
Citizen Complains.

In the election commissioners' office they have not a very high opinion about civic pride. After appealing publicly and by private letter to what Alderman James Pendergast calls the "high class business man" to volunteer for election service, needing 1,000 judges and clerks and sending out about 3,000 letters of invitation, the board has got less than 200 names.

And the names submitted are not those of 200 volunteers. Some of them recall Artemus Ward's patriotic declaration that in the interest of the welfare of the republic during the civil war he was willing to sacrifice the last of his wife's relations. Most of those people who have written to the election commissioners have suggested neighbors and acquaintances, but not one offered to serve himself. One widely known man, a rich, landed proprietor, bravely rose to the occasion by responding to the invitation by the commissioners, but while he proposed twenty-eight names he omitted his own. He signed the letter, though, as an indorsement of his list. In the list were the names of Colonel John Conover, who served his time as a patriotic citizen years and years ago, and with Colonel Conover the names of Jay H. Neff, Francis B. Nofsinger, C. D. Parker, Charles J. Schmelzer and John F. Richards were given.

"It beats the world how people will growl about the quality of the election officials and yet refuse to supply them," said Chairman J. M. Lowe. "We are glad to have this list, but we would have been more glad to have had the sender of it volunteer himself. Only one firm has sent in the list of its employes fitted to serve during election. Few are willing to be interested, and those few are not willing to volunteer. They want to make the other fellows volunteer.

The appointments must all be made by September 3. This year there is to be a brand new registration, books to be open October 6, 10 and 18, for that purpose. In order to keep down fraud the commissioners have been trying to get "high class business men" to help conduct the registration and election, but not with a flattering prospect.

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December 24, 1907


Kenneth Curran Ordered Diamond
Ring Charged to Jay H. Neff.

Buying a $22.50 diamond ring at Emery, Bird, Thayer & Co.'s last night and asking that it be charged to the account of Jay H. Neff, landed Kenneth Curran at police headquarters in a jiffy.

The credit man of the firm was on the lookout for some one who bought $9.33 worth of books last month on Mr. Neff's account, and when the charge slip for the ring came up through the tube the bookkeepers notified C. H. Haire, assistant superintendent for the firm. Mr. Haire went to the jewelry counter with an officer and young Curran was arrested. He gave his age as 17 years old, but looks older. He admitted getting the books last month and said he sold them to a second-hand dealer.

At the station Captain Whitsett and Inspector Ryan at once recognized Curran as having been under arrest for the theft of a suit of clothes from the Besse-Avery store November 14. At that time he wore a pair of trousers and a fireman's badge, and represented himself as a city fireman.

Curran's mother and a young sister are expected home today from Minneville, Mo., where the former has been working on a farm. His parents were separated, Curran says, when he was 8 years old, since which time he has lived with his grandmother, Mrs. Mary A. Sutton, 1911 East Eleventh street. He claims to have been singing lately at some of the local show houses. Three years ago he worked for the Swift Packing Company. At that time he received a severe blow on the back of his head from a falling truck. Whether or not that may have affected him to do irrational acts has never been considered by his family.

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August 13, 1907





Was the Choice of Mayor Beardsley,
but Was Objected To by Politi-
cians -- They Had Other
Candidates to Fill
the Place.

J. L. McCracken becomes the superintendent of the city workhouse this morning, having been confirmed by the upper house of the council last night. This displaces Cash C. Anderson, who was appointed last by Mayor Neff, but who had been the superintendent under a previous mayor. Anderson is one of hte best known Republican ward politicians in the city. McCracken, his successor, has not been long enough in the state to register to vote. Mayor Beardsley nominated him on the strength of his seven years' record in Guthrie, O. T., as keeper of the federal jail there, and the indorsements which were given by Governor Frantz, United States District Attorney Speed and almost every other public official in the territory.

The vote on McCracken was unanimous. McCracken, with a brother-in-law, had managed the Hotel Densmore, Alderman Thompson's property, a year ago. He admitted that he had been in Kansas City only about two years, having arrived too late to register for the last election, but, he said, while he knew little about politics, he knew all about workhouses and jails. Alderman Thompson went to the mayor with the man and his credentials and the application was considered. That night the supreme judge of Oklahoma and all the federal officials there were asked to wire the mayor. While delegations from the Tenth ward and the Tigers were buttonholing the mayor to allow them to name the new man, Oklahoma politicians were telegraphing. The end was the mayor decided to take the workhouse out of local politics and gave it to the Oklahoma man.

"He will make a good superintendent," said Alderman Thompson last night. "He is a disciplinarian without being a martinet. His first work will be to separate the classes, which will be worth employing him. McCracken can tell a criminal from a casual in a day. He makes a reformatory of his jails. The poor fellow who is in jail for his first offense, or by accident or misfortune, will not be worked with regular offenders. He always earns the confidence and respect of his prisoners and at the same time he gets a maximum of work out of them. He will be found to be the proper man for the place."

Ex-Superintendent Anderson's resignation was called for by Mayor Beardsley, it being reported to him that Anderson had worked four city prisones on a ho use he is building. Anderson's plea was that a strike among some laborers had left his building exposed, and, having four idle prisoners, he had sent them out to work on the place.

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May 15, 1907



Long Brewing Row Among Tenth
Ward Republicans Finally
Reaches Criminal Court--
Prominent Men as Witnesses.

Prosecuting Attorney I. B. Kimbrell, in his opening argument to the jury in the case against William Dannahower, charged with criminal libel, upon the complaint of Homer B. Mann, formerly speaker of the lower house of the city council and treasurer of the Republican county central committee, yesterday afternoon said:

"The state will attempt to prove that the defendant with malicious intent had printeed and circulated hand bills in which the public character and private life of Homer B. Mann was held up to public ridicule and contempt. In these circulars, alleged to have been written by the defendant, Mr. Mann is charged with corruption in public office and immorality in private life. The state wil show that these circulars were sent to many of Mr. Mann's friends in Kansas City and in Washington, and were went to his wife and left in the school yard where his children attended school."

The case promises to last all of this week and to be hard fought. One hundred and thirteen witnesses have been subpoenaed, seventy-four of them by the defense. The state's wintesses, in addition to Homer Mann and his wife, include Congressman E. C. Ellis; Thomas K. Niedringhaus, chairmoan of the Republican state entral committee, and Joseph McCoy, of St. Louis. The fefense has subpoenaed among its list of seventy-four Bernard Corrigan, of the Metropolitan Street Railway Company; C. F. Morse, of the Kansas City Stock Yards Company; Al Heslip, county marshal; Frank C. Peck and Wallace Love.


From the questions asked of the men who tried to qualify as jurors, it can be guessed that teh state is relying upon a conviction along lines of direct evidence, adn that the defense hopes to muddle the case by airing the linen of the Tenth Ward Republican Club. The jurors impaneled were asked by Attorney L. H. Waters, for the defense, whether they were Democrats or Republicans in politics and whether or not they had ever held office or done work for the city or county. Prosecuting Attorney Kimbrell passed over the matter of political affiliations, and tended strictly to seeing that the jury was composed of married men with families. Evidently he intends to bring out stongly the fact that Dannahower is charged with forcing the attention of Mr. Mann's wife and children to the circulars which he is alleged to have written.

"The defense is trying to make Democratic political capital out of this trial," said Clyde Taylor, who is assisting Attorney Kimbrell in the prosecution, "but I don't see what they will gain by it. This is a criminal libel suit and not a political meeting. If they are not careful they will overplay their hand and neglect their client's interests."

The jury which is trying the case coprises: Charles R. Jones, Democrat; J. F. Shortridge, Independent; J. M. Burton, Democrat; I. H. B. Edmondson, Democrat; Albert L. Williams, Democrat; J. H. North, Independent; J. G. White, Democrat; Elmer Dorse, Democrat; W. E. Van Crate, Independent; J. H. Pemberton, Democrat; W. D. Oldham, Democrat, and F. B. Alexander, Republican.

Every juror is married and has children. most of them are business men and own their own homes. There is only one Republican in the twelve. Attorney Kimbrell and Attorney Waters got what they wanted in the character of the jurors and the twelve men were agreed upon after half an hour.


The first witness for the state was Congressman E. C. Ellis. He testified that he had received at his residence in Washington, D. C., last February copies of the circulars signed by Dannahower through the registered mail. Upon cross-examination he admitted that he once was in a buggy with Mr. Mann when Dannahower drove by and the men began quarreling. He admitted that Mann had an open knife in his hand, but denied that Mann had tried to use the knife. He said that very hot words passed between the two men.

J. F. Ewing, of the Gate City Printing and Advertising Company, 1229 Main street, swore taht Mr. Dannahower had placed tow orders for printed circulars with the establishment, got the circulars and paid for them. One order was placed on October 27, 1906, for 10,000 circulars, and one in February, 1907, for 2,000. Dannahower paid the firm $30 for the big order and $6 for the second. The circulars were different. Copies of both were introduced in evidence, as was a copy of the Gate City company's ledger account with Dannahower.

R. F. Jarmon, of 3419 Summit, formerly of Jarmon & Kykes, at 1229 Main, testified that three years ago, during the Kemper-Neff campaign, he had printed several thousand circulars for Dannahower in which Mr. Mann was attacked. His testimony was stricken out on account of the time which had expired, but the court let stand his statement that at the time Dannahower gave the order he said he was "going to keep after Mann until he got him."

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April 9, 1907


Former Mayor Neff a Guest of the
Lower House of the Council.

Former Mayor Neff was a guest of Alderman Weston on the floor of the lower house of the council chamber last night. This made the first time that Mr. Neff has attended a meeting of the council since his retirement from office a year ago, and his presence was seemingly a source of pleasure to a number of aldermen who served during his administration.

The former mayor, upon request, addressed the aldermen on his recent trip to Europe. It was an interesting narrative, burnished with important historical facts and humor. He said that when he was in Ireland he saw the house in which his wife was born, and that when he was asked what he thought about Ireland his reply was, "that for a little Ireland it was all right, but that big Ireland was in the United States, where there are 9,000,000 from that country."

Russia, Mr. Neff said, is the most impoverished and distressful country he had ever seen and that the people as a rule are of anarchistic tendencies. The wealthier people of Russia are disposing of their property and leaving for the United States, England and South America.

While away he traveled 20,000 miles in five months' time, and his travels in Russia and Italy where the railroads are operated by the states had convinced him that municipal ownership of public utilities is a bad thing for the general public and should not be tolerated.

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