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December 21, 1909



Mrs. Wilhelmina Kimberling, Den-
tist Newton's Assistant, in
Critical Condition -- Heavy
Rug Probably Saved Life.

Presence of mind displayed by Mrs. Wilhelmina Kimberling probably saved her life late yesterday afternoon, when a gasoline blow-pipe exploded in the office of Dr. Frank H. Newton, a dentist at 520 Minnesota avenue, Kansas City, Kas., throwing burning gasoline over her clothing and that of Dr. Newton. She ran screaming for aid from the little work room, where the explosion occurred, to the outer office, where she laid down on the heavy floor rug and folded it about her in an effort to check the flames.

Dr. Newton, whose clothing was also afire, raised a window and shouted for help, in the meantime smothering the fire in his clothes. Leslie Channel, a young man who lives in Quindaro, Kas., and his father Samuel Channel, heard the cries and ran upstairs. Mrs. Kimberling's clothing was still burning when they reached her, and Leslie Channel threw his overcoat about her. Dr. Newton, who sleeps in apartments adjoining his offices, carried a heavy comfort from his bed and folded it about her. The folds of the overcoat and comfort smothered the flames, but not until she had been seriously burned.


Drs. J. A. Fulton, W. H. McLeod, E. R. Tenney and J. S. Kline reached the scene of the accident soon afterward. The woman was given emergency treatment, and taken to Bethany hospital where it was said last night her condition was critical. She received severe burns on the arms, chest and legs. Her face was also burned, but the attending physicians said the burns there were superficial.

Both of Dr. Newton's hands were burned, and he also suffered a severe burn on the left leg. He was attended by Dr. Kline.

Mrs. Kimberling for several months has worked in the doctor's office. Her mother lives in Illinois. She has one daughter, Hazel, 5 years old, who lives with friends in Kansas City, Mo. Mrs. Kimberling is 23 years old and lived in apartments in the same building in which the accident occurred.

The gasoline blowpipe, which caused the accident, is used by dentists to melt the gold used in fillings and crowns. Dr. Newton said last night he did not know what caused the explosion, but supposed it was due to a defective connection. The dentist's blowpipe is similar to that used by plumbers for melting solder.

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October 27, 1909



Bum Tire Delays Journey; Mc-
Mahon "Guesses" He Is

Even before James McMahon's confession that he alone killed his two sisters and brother-in-law, Sheriff Al Becker had concluded that it would be best not to keep the prisoners, McMahon and his brother, Patrick, and Patrick Lamb, an employe at the McMahon farm, in Kansas City , Kas., over night and arrangements were made to take them to the penitentiary in Lansing. Telephone messages were coming into the sheriff's office informing him that there was much bitterness expressed in the vicinity of the McMahon and Van Royen homes and that a lynching was being planned.

Acting upon this advice the sheriff deemed it well to remove the prisoners at once, so that when Patrick McMahon had completed his confession to Taggart, the brothers and Patrick Lamb, together with officers and reporters, started for Lansing.

In an automobile with Patrick and James McMahon were Sheriff Becker, Under Sheriff Brady and Deputy Sheriff Brady. Patrick Lamb rode in another car with Deptuy Sheriffs Charles Lukens, U. S. G. Snyder, Harley Gunning, William McMullen and Clyde Sartin. In two other motor cars were newspaper reporters.

Never in all his life, probably, had James McMahon contemplated such a tour as he was then making. Every officer was well armed, and there was anxiety on the part of the sheriff, who did not know to what extent the movement to lynch the prisoners had progressed. The party drove out State street as far as Ninth street, then wheeled into Minnesota avenue and connected with the Reidy road.

The journey was continued on this road to a point where a cross-road offers an outlet to the Parallel road. If the junction of the Reidy road and the cross-road could be passed safely the officers felt confident that they would not meet violence.


Farmers in wagons and buggies lined the thoroughfare, and while the prisoners were peered at curiously, there was no demonstration. That everybody along the route knew of the apprehension of the McMahons was evident.

Riding with the sheriff and under sheriff, James McMahon appeared nervous during the first stages of the ride, but Patrick McMahon sat at his side, quiet and sullen, and seemingly totally oblivious to his surroundings.

At the junction there was not a person in sight when the motor car party arrived and, turning into the road, the machines were speeded rapidly to the main thoroughfare that led directly to Lansing. Near Bethel, Kas., the machine in which the McMahons were riding punctured a tire and the entire party got out and watched the chauffeur make the repairs.

During this interim, James McMahon, who was now feeling safe from a mob attack, appeared more cheerful and talked willingly to those about him. Again and again he said that he could give no reason for his crime and again and again he described it. He seemed unconcerned regarding his strange situation.


"Guess you know this country pretty well, don't you, Jim?"

"I've walked over every foot of it," said the prisoner. "And I guess I won't walk over it any more."

"How do you feel by this time?"

"All right, all right, I'm glad I confessed."

"Sure that no one else was implicated in this affair?"

"No one else; Pat ain't guilty of anything," said Jim. "I did the whole thing."

"Are you sorry?

"I guess I am.

"Did you think they were going to catch you any time last week?"

"No, I didn't get afraid until this morning, then I knew the jig was up."

"How have you been at night? Did you sleep?"

"Yes, I slept all right; sometimes I got nervous."

"Didn't you get kind o' creepy when you walked about the Van Royen house?"

"No, not much."

"How about this man you said you saw talking to Van Royen on that Tuesday morning?"

"O, that was a lie."

"And about seeing Rosie when you were going to the pasture to milk the cows?"

"That was a lie, too," said James.

As he answered these questions the prisoner chewed tobacco at a furious pace. His lips were covered with the stains of the weed.

The repairs on the tire completed, the journey was resumed. At a point about fourteen miles from Leavenworth the same tire broke again, and there was another delay.


"We're outside Wyandotte county now, ain't we," said Jim, as he stepped to the ground the second time.


"Well, I feel safer now. There won't be any feeling over in this county."

"Were you ever in an insane asylum, Jim?" someone asked.

"No, but I guess I ought to have been."

"Ever have any insane fits or anything like that?"

"Not that I know of."

For a second time the obstreperous tire on Henry Zimmer's automobile was repaired and another start made, but in a few minutes the rim of the wheel rolled off. Then Zimmer tore off all the wheel fixings and the machine carrying the McMahons, rolled into Lansing limping on one side.

At the penitentiary Sheriff Becker and his prisoners were received by Warden J. K. Codding, who said that while the prison officials were willing to keep the men they would have to be willing.


"We're willing," said Jim. "I'd rather be here than in Wyandotte."

"What do you think about it?" Patrick McMahon was asked.

"I guess this is the better place for tonight, anyhow," said Patrick.

Henry Zimmer offered to take Pat Lamb back with him, but the latter, at first willing, later decided that he would remain at the prison.

"I don't know what they're thinking down there," said Lamb, "so I'll just stay here for a few days."

The party remained in the warden's office fully a half hour, and during all that time Patrick McMahon spoke scarcely a word. When spoken to he answered, but his answers were brief. Jim McMahon, apparently not badly frightened, apparently not greatly concerned, sat in one of the warden's easy chairs and answered all questions put to him. The substance of all his answers were:

"I killed them, and I don't know why I did it."

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October 14, 1909


Kansas City, Kas., Building Burns.
Total Loss $20,000.

The Rainbow skating rink at 832-34 Minnesota avenue, Kansas City, Kas., was burned to the ground last night, with a loss of $20,000, including a blacksmith shop nearby and a cottage partially burned. No lives were lost, although Mrs. Sol Sparks, aged 87, had to be carried from the damaged cottage at 836 Minnesota avenue. Several were in this cottage, but all escaped without injury. The burned blacksmith shop was occupied by H. F. Wood and H. A. Ketler.

The rink was first built as an auditorium and contained a gallery and a mechanical pipe organ. It was erected in 1907.

W. D. Brant, manager, placed its value at $18,000. Of this, $14,000 is covered by insurance. Robert Hamilton, a fireman, suffered from a falling brand which burned his hand and blistered his head.

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July 7, 1909


None of the Passengers in Temple Build-
ing Seriously Hurt.

Dropping four floors with out seriously injuring anyone was the record made by the new electric elevator in the Temple building, Missouri avenue and Main street, yesterday afternoon.

The elevator had started up from the first floor with four passengers. As it neared the fourth an elderly man approached the cage. The elevator boy did not notice him and did not make the fourth floor stop. The old man asked the boy if he were not going to stop, whereupon the boy brought his car to a sudden stop a few feet above the fourth floor landing. In sudden strain, the cable which held the car gave way and the lift started down. The automatic catches kept it from falling rapidly. At the second floor the elevator boy gained partial control by using the emergency lever, and the car slowly settled, hitting the bottom of the elevator pit with a thump which jarred the passengers sharply, but hurt no one seriously.

Miss Laura Catherman, 1419 Minnesota avenue, Kansas City, Kas., received a slight sprain on her left ankle.

The passengers were prisoners in the pit for nearly half an hour.

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May 26, 1909


Urging Her to Come Back, So Di-
vorce Was Denied Sheridan.

Andrew Jackson Sheridan, 65 years old, was yesterday denied a divorce from Louisa M. Sheridan, from whom he has been separated eight years. Mr. Sheridan, who lives in the house boat Mable, moored at the foot of Minnesota avenue, on the Kaw river, brought the suit before Judge E. L. Fischer of the Wyandotte county district court. The reason why he could not procure legal separation from Mrs. Sheridan was because he was found to think too much of her. Disaster came to his plans when lawyers for the defense produced in evidence 275 letters to the defendant, urging her to come back and live with him.

The plaintiff has lived in the house boat on the Kaw over three years and his face is brown from the reflection of the river. Mrs. Sheridan lives with her son in Toledo, O. Depositions from her were read in court. All of the 275 letters which Sheridan has addressed to his wife in the past year are affectionate and urge her to come live in his boat. In different places he alludes to her as being made up of parts of the pig, oyster and chicken. In one letter he promises to give her treatment to make her a "perfect human like myself."

Judge Fischer believed that a man who could give so much free advice to his wife and sign himself her loving husband did not badly want a divorce.

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April 20, 1909


Oral Fogle Driving at High Speed
When Wheel Struck Horse.

A motorcycle ridden by Oral Fogle of 1922 Harrison street, Kansas City, Mo., ran into a horse at Eleventh street and Minnesota avenue, Kansas City, Kas., last evening at 6 o'clock. fogle was seriously injured and was removed to Bethany hospital. The horse, which was being led to water, was so badly crippled that it was necessary to kill it.

Eye witnesses to the accident say that the motorcycle was being driven at a high rate of speed. Patrolman Jake Broadhurst was placed in charge of the cyclist at Bethany hospital pending his recovery, when a warrant will be issued for his arrest. Fogle says he is an employe of the Berger Package Company of Kansas City.

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March 15, 1909


Contents of a Shotgun Emptied Into
George Fields by Al Bartley,
an Old Man.

A quarrel over some fish nets between two denizens of the floating houseboat village moored along the Kaw river resulted yesterday afternoon in the fatal shooting of George Fields, a young boatman, 24 years of age, by Al Bartley, a grotesque character about 50 years old, familiar to the streets of Kansas City, Kas. He is afflicted with St. Vitus' dance. A double-barreled shotgun was Bartley's weapon and he fired both loads, which took effect in Fields's neck and face.

The younger man was still alive when the ambulance arrived, but died before a surgeon could be reached.

The killing took place at 5:30 o'clock. Both men owned and lived in houseboats at the foot of Minnesota avenue.

As there were no witnesses to the shooting, Bartley's version is the only one to be had. He claims that he and Fields had quarrelled about the nets for several days and that late in the afternoon Fields walked along the bank to a place opposite Bartley's boat, where the nets were and threatened to cut them with the sharp blade of a shovel in which he carried.

Bartley then went into his cabin and got his gun, telling Fields he would shoot him if he damaged the nets. Then he walked out on a plank reaching from the deck of his boat to the shore and Fields advanced to meet him, this time threatening to use the shovel on him instead of the nets. Bartley then fired the two loads, both of which took deadly effect.

Bartley is in custody. He is married and has a large family. Fields was a single man.

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November 2, 1908


Youngsters Smuggle Themselves On
Viaduct Under Farm Wagons.

"I had to do somethin' a few days ago that I hated worse'en anything I've done for a long time," said a member of the police force a few days ago. "You know the kids have been just crazy over this roller skatin' business. Course, we try t' let 'em have all the fun they kin, long as they don't bother nobody. A few days ago the people in charge of the intercity viaduct got to complainin' 'bout three kids that managed to git onto the viaduct some way, an' stay out there the livelong day doin' nothin' but skate.

"Well, I couldn't see how that was hurtin' the viaduct, but we got orders to keep the kids off. Well, sir, I laid for them kids for 'bout a week tryin' to catch 'em, but we couldn't find where they got on. We'd put a man at each end an' keep a careful watch, even looked in two or three wagons, but never found no boys. Just the same they'd show up and keep on skatin. I finally give it up, 'cause it didn't amount to much, anyway. Just by accident, two or three days ago I got onto the scheme. You see, the kids git up about Fifth and Minnesota avenue in Kansas City, Kas. They wait till a farm wagon comes along. Then one of 'em sneaks under the wagon, just sits on his skates and is hauled out onto the viaduct. The watchman never thinks of lookin' under the wagon. Of course I had to put a stop to their fun, 'cause orders is orders, but I hated to do it."

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October 11, 1908



Today Filled With Events of Unusual
Interest, Including a Parade in
Which Thousands Will

The Catholics of Kansas City, Kas., and the surrounding areas are celebrating today the golden anniversary of St. Mary's Catholic church. Today, for the first time, the Rev. Father Anton Kuhls, pastor of the church, monsignor and prelate to the pope, will don his soutan, the purple robe of his exalted office, and officiate at the services of the church.

The events of the day will begin with a parade this morning, in which it is expected many thousands of persons will take part. Thomas Shea, grand marshal, has appointed the following aids from the different parishes: John Quin, Joseph Doleshal, Jr., John Felter, E. C. Goebel, Nick Clemence, J. W. Bishop, P. C. Schneller, Steve Picnic, Frank Frankowitch and M. J. Caples.


Sergeant N. J. Adams will command the mounted police, which will head the parade. The order of the parade will be as follows: Mounted police, Coleman's Military band, St. Mary's parish, St. Joseph's of Shawneetown, St. Bridget's, St. Thomas's, Third Regiment band, St. John's of Argentine, St. Patrick's, St. Anthony's Slavonic band, St. Joseph's Blessed Sacrement, Holy Name Croatian band, St. John the Baptist, St. Benedict's, St. Cyril Methodius, Hiner's band, St. Rose of Lima, St. Peter's, St. Joseph's (Krainers).

The parade will start at St. Mary's church, Fifth street and Ann avenue to Tenth street, south on Tenth and Sandusky avenue and west on Sandusky avenue to Twelfth street, where it will be joined by Bishop Lillis, accompanied by J. A. Stall and A. C. Fasenmyer of St. Mary's parish. The parade will then continue north on Twelfth street to Minnesota avenue, east on Minnesota avenue to Fifth street and south on Fifth street to the church, where it will disband.

In a large tent which has been erected on the lawn, the Very Rev. J. Ward of Leavenworth will celebrate mass, and the Right Rev. Mgr. Tihen will preach at the same hour that Bishop Lillis is celebrating pontifical mass in the church.

Of far more than passing interest is the celebration of St. Mary's golden anniversary to those familiar with the history of the church. Founded fifty years ago in what was at that time practically a wilderness, the little pioneer church has kept its stride with the little straggling village, which has grown from a mere hamlet to a city of more than 100,000 souls; and the magnificent edifice in which the parishioners of St. Mary's worship today is a worthy tribute to the untiring energy and resourcefulness of the aged prelate who has guided its destinies through the storms of half a century.

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July 19, 1908


Samuel Stewart, Jr., May Die From
Drinking Carbolic Acid.

According to physicians attending Samuel Stewart, Jr., exchange teller of the Commercial National bank of Kansas City, Kas, who drank carbolic acid by mistake at his home, 562 Oakland avenue, Friday morning, he is still very low from the effects of the poison and may die. Mrs. Stewart, who snatched the bottle from her husband as he was in the act of tipping it to his lips, spilled a quantity of the acid on her hands and feet. Her burns were not given proper attention at the time because of the excitement in the Stewart household over the accident, and she suffered much from them yesterday.

Samuel Stewart, Jr., is well thought of in the bank He is of a nervous disposition. During the last three or four weeks he has been on the verge of prostration and under a doctor's care almost continuously, it is said. Samuel Stewart, Sr., the father, who heads the Stewart Grocery Company, Seventh street and Minnesota avenue, is confident that his son took the acid through mistake.

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June11, 1908


Daisy Garnier, 14 Years Old, Shoots
Herself -- No Cause Known.

Daisy Garnier, aged 14, the adopted daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Garnier, 1213 Minnesota avenue, Kansas City, Kas., shot and instantly killed herself yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the home of her adopted parents. The girl in some manner obtained a revolver and, going into the basement of the house, placed the pistol to her head and fired a ball through her brain. No cause for the suicide is known.

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May 10, 1908


Rufus Ramey Was Defending His
Wife From Insult.

Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Ramey of 345 Minnesota avenue, Kansas City, Kas., accompanied by another man and his wife, were returning from a call at Missouri avenue and Holmes street last night at 12:15 o'clock when two men stopped the two women, who were walking behind their husbands. One of the two men insulted Mrs. Ramey and Mr. Ramey started to resent the insult. The assailant drew a knife and slashed Ramey across the left cheek from the cheek bone down through the upper lip. Ramey walked to the emergency hospital, where Dr. Ford B. Rogers dressed the wound. The assailant escaped.

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January 6, 1908



Two Heroes Carry Crippled Woman
From Blazing Rooming House.
Three Buildings Destroyed.
Loss $40,000.

Forty-two head of horses, most of which were roadsters owned by business and professional men, perished in a fire that destroyed the Jockey Club livery and boarding stables at 446 Minnesota avenue, Kansas City, Kas., last night shortly after 8 o'clock. A number of the animals were family buggy horses and were boarded at the stable by the owners. In addition to the livery stable loss, the hardware establishment of F. & F. Horseman, at 905 and 907 North Fifth street, and the tin shop of Cashman & Beard, at 909 North Fifth street, were burned. These buildings, which were small frame structures, were reduced to ashes and the contents totally destroyed. The aggregate loss caused by the conflagration is estimated at about $40,000, a small percentage of which is covered by insurance.

Not the least thrilling incident during the fire was the daring rescue of Mrs. Eliza Johnson, a crippled woman, from her room on the second floor of E. M. La Veine's rooming house at 901 North Fifth street. Mrs. Johnson, both of whose legs were amputated some years ago, was left helpless in her room when the smoke from the blaze next door filled the house. La Veine's house was ablaze when Patrolman Edward Fraker and Fireman Charles Abram found their way up the back stairs and carried her through the smoke and flames to a rear window and down a ladder. Mrs. Lottie Hartley, who had previously escaped from the same building, fainted when she saw the rescuers enter the building to save Mrs. Johnson.


The fire was discovered by James McGuire, a stable hand, who noticed smoke issuing form the basement of the barn where a number of the horses were kept. He gave the alarm to several other employes of the stable who were sitting in the office, and before an investigation could be made flames commenced to shoot through the first floor of the building from the basement. An alarm was turned into fire headquarters, and while the stable is only a block from the city hall the flames had gained considerable headway before the first stream of water was turned on. he firemen did rapid work, but the water pressure was so weak that little could be done to check the fire until the steamers were brought into play.

As near as could be estimated last night by Emmett W. Uhrich, proprietor of the stable, there were fifty-one horses in the barn at the time the fire broke out. Thirty-seven of these were in stalls on the second floor of the barn and the remaining fourteen were in the basement. Immediate attention was given to the imprisoned animals, but the smoke and fire had maddened them and it was almost impossible to get them out of their stalls. Many were released from their halters and started out of the barn, but in their frightened condition they would invariably rush back into their stalls. Of the total number in the barn only nine were rescued.

The fire spread rapidly and when the hay was reached the flames burst forth as if fed by oil. He hardware store and tin shop, which adjoined the barn on Fifth street, were soon in flames and, as the buildings were old frame structures, they burned like kindling. At one time a large number of business houses in the vicinity of Fifth street and Minnesota avenue were endangered.


While the fire was at its height and the firemen fighting desperately to get control of it thousands of cartridges began exploding in the ruins of the hardware store. Two or three kegs of powder also exploded. This made the work of the firemen hazardous, but they stuck to their posts of duty.

It is said the fire started in the northwest corner of the basement among the hay bales there. Probably it was spontaneous combustion, as some of the bales were wet when put into storage a few days ago, and the barn is heated by steam pipes, which also run through the basement.

James McGuire, who turned in the alarm, says of the origin of the fire:

"I was coming up the street from Minnesota avenue, when I saw flames issuing from a window in the basement. I stooped and, looking in, saw horses in great commotion within the barn. One of them, a beautiful animal, had his nosed pressed through the broken pane of a window farther down on the west side of the building, as though pleading for rescue."

G. A. Vaughn, foreman of the stables, who lived on the second floor in the southeast corner of the barn with his wife, was sitting at a piano idly drumming on the keys. Suddenly he thought he smelled smoke, and, turning, saw a thin column arising from a nail hole in the floor near the entrance from the loft.

Vaughn says he had just time to help throw out some of the smaller articles of value in the room and help his wife escape. All his personal effects to the value of $1,200 were destroyed.

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September 11, 1907



Police Have Been Helpless in Tracing
Him -- Mother Now Learns of
a Horse Trade Cir-
Roy Hendren, Missing 12-Year-Old

After waiting since November 16, 1906, for the Kansas City, Mo., authorities to locate the whereabouts of her 12-year-old son, Roy K. Hendren, who disappeared from his home, Fifth street and Missouri avenue, under peculiar circumstances, Mrs. Anna Hendren, a widow, who now lives in a flat at 551 State avenue, Kansas City, Kas., recommenced the search yesterday. She said last night that she had received information from some of her former neighbors to the effect that a horse trade was seen camping at the place where the boy was last seen.

Mrs. Hendren believes the horse trader had something to do with the disappearance of Roy. She has made another appeal to Chief of Police Ahern, and says she can not rest until something has been learned.

"He was such a bright boy," she said last night. "I can not believe he ran away from home, for he loved his mother and the other two boys too well for that. Besides he knew we needed the money he could earn. Do you suppose he would run away, when he knew we were as hard up as we were?

"As near as I remember, the last words of Roy were: "Mother, don't go very far away until I get back. I'm going to find work." It was almost noon, and he took a course that led him to the place I have just learned the horse trader was camping."

"What did a horse trader want of a boy, 12 years old?"

"How should I know? Perhaps he just wanted a companion. All I can say is that it is the most plausible theory that the horse trader took Roy, for the police looked everywhere for him at the time, and did not find a single trace.

"I have often thought," continued Mrs. Hendren, "of putting the case in the hands of the Kansas City, Kas., police, too. My friends, however, said it would be an unreasonable thing to do, but oh, my heart is breaking at the separation, and I want to do something more than I have done to find him."

Mrs. Hendren is living on the basement floor of the flat on Nebraska avenue. She is very worn and nervous from the loss she has sustained, and is otherwise in delicate health. She has two other sons besides Roy, one of whom, Rex, 16 years old, supports the family as pressman in a printing office, Sixth street and Minnesota avenue. The younger son goes to school.

Mrs. Hendren says she is parted from her husband and came to Kansas City, Mo., from Gentry county, Missouri. She says she had been in town only one night when Roy was taken.

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September 11, 1907


Movement Afoot to Install More
Street Lamps on Minnesota.
Lighting for Minnesota Avenue.
To make Minnesota avenue, now the main business channel of Kansas City, Kas., a well lighted thoroughfare is the idea of at least a half dozen prominent buisness men of that city. The plan is to install two parallel rows of lights, the posts fifty feet apart, from Fourth street and Minnesota avenue, or from the end of the intercity viaduct, to Tenth street. Each post will carry three large light bulbs, decoratively arranged, to be furnished with gas, and, it is said, should supply enough illumination to make the darkest night day on the avenue.

The promoter of the project is Max Holzmark, a furniture dealer on the avenue. He says his plans are entirely altruistic, and that he will contribute largely to the enterprise.

"I am modeling the lighting after Michigan avenue, Chicago," said mr. Holzmark. "With three lights to a post the illumination ought to make the sun ashamed to come out."

Mr. Holzmark intends that business men shall pay for the installation of the poles and fixtures and leave the expense of operation to the city, a matter of about $15 per pole.

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September 2, 1907


"Minnesota Avenue" Displaces "Car-
nival Park" and "Indiana Avenue."

Two familiar stret car signs ceased to exist yeaterday. They were on the "Indiana" and the "Carnival Park" lines. A consolidation of the two lines was effected yesterday into what will be called "Minnesota Avenue." The new line will be run over the same rounte as formerly but an extension of the Indiana line from Thirty-first street to Carnival park, Kansas City, Kas., will be made. Hereafter persons looking for the Carnival park and Indiana cars will reach their destination by way of the Minnesota avenue line.

Six new cars, similar in construction to those on the Rockhill line, were placed in commission on Twelfth street yesterday. In all, Twelfth street will gain twenty new cars as soon as the wiring is instaled. Today several more will be added and by Wednesday the equipment on the thoroughfare is expected to be greatly improved.

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August 6, 1907


E. B. French, in an Effort to Cure
Neuralgia, Kills Himself.

E. B. French, 72 years old, manager of the Pressed Steel Feed Box Company, 914 Minnesota avenue, Kansas City, Kas., died at 11 o'clock last night from the effects of an overdose of morphine.

Mr. French suffered from an attack of neuralgia at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon. He refused to summon a physician, stating that he could cure himself. He chose morphine as the remedy and took an overdose with fatal results. Mr. French was prominent in Kansas City, Kas., having been connected with the Pressed Steel Feed Box Company for some time past.

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June 1, 1907


Statue Will Be Placed in Rotunda of
the Grand Hotel.

The beautiful replica of Venus Genetrix, which has been resting temporarily in the park board rooms of the public library, Kansas City, Kas., waiting action of the school board regarding its disposition, will find place in the new Grand hotel, Sixth street and Minnesota avenue, Monday. After the rejection of the statue by the board, W. J. Buchan, its donor, cast about for a more appreciative donee, and finally decided on J. B. Hoober, the lessee of the hotel, for the recipient of the gift.

Hoober was delighted with the piece of art work. He said yesterday that he had long been an admirer of Venus Genetrix and had called up Mr. Buchan directly after the rejection of the statue had been made known, offering to place it in the rotunda of the hotel.

In the Grand the Venus will be mounted on a rosewood pedestal twenty-eight inches high, with the face inclined toward the stairs leading to the parlor floor rotunda from the offices. On both sides are large mirrors, so placed as to reflect its snowy whiteness into the waiting rooms, and it will be further set off by red rugs on the floor and orange tapestries hung especially as background.

There was a great deal of talk in Kansas City, Kas., yesterday concerning the action of the board in rejecting the statue. Before 9 o'clock at least 100 people had visited the park board rooms and throughout the day groups of ten or twelve were gathered around the gilded couch of the reclining goddess. The approving comments that were passed might have been sufficient to raise a blush even to that brow of stone.

In the afternoon a committee of business men, instigated my Henry McGrew, one of the trustees of the Grand hotel, who had been instrumental in getting the statue for the hotel rotunda, visited Venus. They were unanimous in declaring it artistic and not immodest.

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May 31, 1907



Both Call It a Perfect Work of Art --
Mr. Buchan, the Donor, Says
Cleveland Accepted a Sim-
ilar Statue Without a
Single Blush.
Venus Statue at Center of Library Controversy

The fate of the statue Venus Genetrix, now reposing in the basement of the public library in Kansas City, Kas., will in all probability be finally decreed at Monday night's meeting of the board of education. The members of the board who have been keeping this particular piece of art in seclusion ever since its presentation by Senator W. J. Buchan, will be asked to render their final decision at the next meeting. It is understood that a large number of lovers of art will attend Monday night's meeting and try to convince the board that by turning down the gift it will be depriving the library of a valuable and beautiful work of art. Leading citizens are manifesting much concern in the matter. The majority of them are in favor of giving Venus the most conspicuous location in the library building.

George Kessler, landscape architect, who has been employed to lay out a park and boulevard system in Kansas City, Kas., examined the statue at a recent meeting of the Kansas City, Kas., park board and pronounced it a most beautiful work of art.


J. P. Angle, a member of the park board, to whose office the statue was consigned by the park board, says that he has never gazed upon a more perfect work of art.

"While I do not put myself up as a critic in statuary," said Mr. Angle yesterday, "yet I have visited many art galleries, and from the collections of fine art I have seen I am frank to say I I do not believe I could pick a more beautiful piece of statuary than that which the school board has rejected."

Nathaniel Barnes, former postmaster, in speaking about the statue says that no one with a spark of love for the fine art could find the slightest objection to Venus. However, he suggests that if the school board is in doubt as to the propriety of accepting the gift and giving it a proper place in the library building, a commission might be appointed to determine its worth as a piece of fine art and also decide whether or not it should be exhibited in the library.

Mr. Buchan, the donor of the statue, in speaking about his gift and the subsequent action of the school board, said:

"I think the whole affair is too ridiculous to discuss. I went over to Italy, in my trip around the world, and while there did not forget my home town. I saw this beautiful statue in the original at Rome and bought the fine replica I presented to the board of education in Florence. I made a special trip to Florence to get the piece and paid $450 for it. It cost in transportation another $100.


"For the life of me, I can't understand the aversion of the school board for the statue. A man who was making the trip with me got a similar one for the library at Cleveland, O., and he tells me there were no objections from growing young people there.

"The funniest thing about the deal is that the excuse of the board is that young girls and boys who see the statue may have read Ouida's book in which it is criticized. Now, I may be wrong in my judgement of immoral things, but I think a girl or boy who reads Ouida's proscribed books can not be injured much by looking on the4 excellent piece of art work she condemns."

W. E. Griffith, a member of the board, said yesterday that the statue was too nude to be placed in the rotunda of the library, if not in a collection of such pieces.

"I am not prudish," said Mr. Griffith, "but I am opposed to tempting girls and boys who have not reached the age of discretion, to make remarks and draw inferences. The statue was given to us in good faith, but it is unfit. We can not help that. We are only sorry we can not use it out of courtesy to Mr. Buchan. The statue would not be half so suggestive if there was no drapery at all."


Attorney Edward Barker, 713 Minnesota avenue, who has taken considerable interest in the disposition of the Venus, yesterday conducted a party of women, including his wife, to the park board rooms where the statue is stored temporarily awaiting further action of the school board.

"What do you think of it?" Mr. Barker asked them.

"Oh, it is just lovely," they answered in chorus.

Afterward, all of the women said they would not be ashamed to have the Venus installed in their parlors or hallways.

"The school board is trying to out-Comstock Comstock," is the way Attorney Barker expressed his opinion of the action of that body regarding the Venus.

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March 30, 1907


Campaign of City Physician Begins
to Show Results

"The milk that is being sold to the people of Kansas City, Kas., is getting purer every day, since we have begun to test it," said Dr. J. F. Hassig, city physician of Kansas City, Kas., yesterday. He sat in his office and everywhere around him were bottles of milk, both small and large. What space was not occupied with milk bottles was filled with reports and testing tubes. On a piece of paper were the names of the milkmen from whom the samples had been secured, and opposite these names the results of the tests were put down.

"Just compare this sheet of paper, which has the tests of today on it," continued the doctor, as he handed out the two sheets of paper. On the first sheet of paper was a long list of names, and in almost every instance the result of the tests showed that there was hardly more than 3 per cent butter fat in the milk from which the samples had been taken. Three percent butter fat is required by the city ordinances of Kansas City, Kas. On the sheet of paper with the result of the tests made yesterday, the milk had gained in butter fat from 3/5 to 1 1/2 per cent.

The city physician, with a patrolman, was out most of the day yesterday getting samples of milk, and he says he will continue to get samples from time to time to keep the milkmen in mind of the fact that there must be a proper amount of butter fat in milk. One man who was stopped at Twelfth street and Minnesota avenue in Kansas City, Kas., yesterday became so excited when he was asked for a sample of the milk in his wagon that he spilled over a gallon and a half in the street, while filling a half pint bottle.

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