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February 7, 1910


Overdressed Man Imagines He's
Hunted Magnate.

Robert C. Kainz, a young man who says he is an Englishman recently imported to this country, went to police headquarters about 3 o'clock Sunday morning and demanded to know why he had been locked out of jail. The desk sergeant apologized for the oversight and sent him to the holdover.

When searched Kainz was found to be a walking haberdashery, with everything from a clean collar to an extra suit of clothes on his person. Aside from the assortment of dry goods and men's furnishings were:

One ruby ring, three boxes of Egyptian cigarettes, several cigar lighters, a half dozen packages of chewing gum, two pairs of new horsehide gloves and several neckties.

Kainz wore two overcoats, two complete suits of clothes, a jersey sweater and two vests, besides two shirts and some under garments. His feet were protected by three pair of hose, each a different color, and two silk mufflers were wrapped around his neck.

Investigation revealed that he had been living at the Salvation Army hotel on Fifth street. For a time he is said to have imagined that he was the president of a great insurance company, who feared that the United States government might prosecute him for selling bad "policies." He had a quantity of sample insurance policies and a rate book in his pocket.

Kainz was turned over to Colonel J. C. Greenman yesterday and his mental condition will be looked into.

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November 26, 1909



Various Institutions Served Thanks-
giving Dinners -- Children Had
Their Fill of Chicken -- Pris-
oners Not Forgotten.

The unfortunate who are in institutions and the unlucky who happened to be in jail yesterday were not overlooked Thanksgiving day. While a regular turkey and cranberry sauce dinner was not served at all places, on account of the high price of the bird, a good, wholesome, fattening meal was served, where turkey was absent.

In the holdover at police headquarters there were forty prisoners, all but five men. when noontime arrived the following was served to a surprised and hungry bunch: Turkey and cranberry sauce, real biscuits and hot cakes, baked potatoes, hot mince pie and coffee with real cream.

Out at the city workhouse there were 107 men and eighteen women prisoners to be served, too many for turkey at prevailing prices. They were all given their fill, however, of the following menu: Roast pork with dressing, baked Irish potatoes, bakes sweet potatoes, vegetable soup, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pie, coffee.

A real turkey dinner with cranberry, baked potatoes, celery, vegetables, pie, and coffee with genuine cream was served to the 109 prisoners in the county jail. After appetites had been appeased the men and women put in the rest of the day singing old-time hymns. It has been truthfully said that no old-time hymn can be started in the county jail but that enough voiced immediately join in to make it a success. And they always know the words and the chorus.


There were but seven children in the Detention home yesterday, but they were not overlooked. The matron saw that they were served with turkey, vegetables, mince pie, coffee, etc.

At the Salvation Army Industrial home, 1709 Walnut street, fifty-five men, and employes of the institution, sat down to Thanksgiving dinner.

"We had turkey, cranberries, potatoes, celery and other vegetables, bread and butter, mince pie, cake, coffee, candy, nuts and apples," said one of the men. "And we got all we wanted, too."

The Salvation Army proper served no Thanksgiving dinner to the poor yesterday, as it makes a specialty of its big Christmas dinner. Baskets are also given out at that time. Wednesday and yesterday baskets were sent out to a few homes where it was known food was needed.

Probably the happiest lot of diners in the entire city were the twenty little children at the Institutional church, Admiral boulevard and Holmes street. While they laughed and played, they partook of these good things: Chicken with dressing, cranberry sauce, sweet and Irish potatoes, celery, olives, salad, oysters, tea, apple pie a la mode, mints, stuffed dates and salted almonds.


The dining room was prettily decorated with flowers, and Miss Louise Mayers, a nurse, and Miss Mae Shelton, a deaconess, saw to the wants of the little ones. After the feast all of them took an afternoon nap, which is customary. When they awoke a special musical programme was rendered, and the children were allowed to romp and play games. Those who had space left -- and it is reported all had, as they are healthy children -- were given all the nuts candy and popcorn they could eat.

"I wist Tanksgivin' comed ever day for all th' time there is," said one rosy-cheeked but sleepy little boy when being prepared for bed last night.

Over 200 hungry men at the Helping Hand Institute yesterday were served with soup and tomatoes, escalloped oysters, roast beef, celery, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, cream turnips,cabbage stew, bread, butter, pumpkin pie and coffee.

Out at the General hospital, the convalescent patients were allowed to eat a genuine turkey dinner but those on diet had to stick to poached eggs, toast, milk and the like. A regular Thanksgiving dinner was served to the convalescent at all the hospitals yesterday.

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September 6, 1909


Sergeant Major's Family of Eleven
Leaves for Sioux Falls.

"Our nine children are consecrated to the Salvation Army and seven of them already have been commissioned," said Delos Clark, a junior sergeant major who departed last week with his wife and family for Sioux Falls, their old home. With them was Miss Myrtle Cole, a cadet, who is going to Ottawa, Kas. Clark expects to get work in Sioux Falls at his trade.

"Our faith in the Lord saved us from being swept away in the flood at Ottawa three months ago," said Clark at the Union depot last night. "Although it took everything we had. All we saved was the clothing we wore and a few articles we managed to pick up. It was a trial, but we praised God that we had been spared and came to Kansas City.

"I have been earning $11 a week as a driver for one of the penny ice wagons and we have been living in the Fresh Air Camp. This is closed now. My daughter, Blanche, 16 years old, was employed by General Cox. She is also secretary of the Young People's Legion. Her younger sister, Lillian, is treasurer."

The other children and their ages are: William, 12; Ruth, 10; George W., 9; Donald, 7; Ethel, 5; Robert Theo, 3 years old and David 4 months old. The Clarks were dressed in the regulation Salvation Army uniform.

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August 10, 1909


Ensign Heazlitt of Salvation Army
Tells of Good That Is Being

It was stated yesterday by Ensign Blanche Heazlitt of the Salvation Army, who has charge of the penny ice fund, that more than 400 poor families are now being supplied by that means. The ice distributed in two sections of the city is donated. In the East Bottoms it is donated by the Kansas City Breweries Company through the Heim brewery. In the West Bottoms the Interstate Ice Company gives five tons each day for distribution in that section.

"For the North End, the McClure flats, Warden court and for the homes of many needy intermediate families," said Ensign Heazlitt, "ice is purchased out of the penny ice fund. We are still able to give ten pounds for a penny, and on Saturday we allow them to purchase twenty pounds, as there is no delivery on Sunday.

"The ice so delivered is not to be cracked up and used in drinking water. There are babies at most of the homes and it is used to keep their milk cool and sweet and to preserve what little else perishable the family may have. At first many of the mothers were wasteful, not knowing how to preserve ice, but I made a trip through the penny ice district and taught the mothers how to keep it by means of plenty of old newspaper and sacks.

"Some of them have made rude ice boxes which enables them to keep the ice longer than before. By next year we hope to have depots distributed throughout the district where ice may be secured.

"I have often wished that the subscribers to the fund could have gone with me on my trip. They would be delighted to see the good their money is doing. We consider penny ice the best thing that has ever been done for the unfortunate of this city. Many of the mothers cannot speak English but they all show their gratitude in their worn, wan faces.

"The arrival of the penny ice wagon in a neighborhood is always greeted by the children, who shout, 'Penny ice, penny ice!'

"Next year we want to be able to start out the wagons in time to supply the unfortunate just as soon as warm weather arrives. There is no doubt that the distribution of ice has saved the lives of many helpless little ones this year."

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July 24, 1904


Youngsters Will Be Given Treat by
Kansas City, Kas., Citizens.

Joy riding will be engaged in next Saturday by 100 children living in Kansas City, Kas., and the automobiles will be furnished by private citizens. The Salvation Army is behind the movement to take the little ones away from the dirt and smoke for several hours and whisk them around the boulevards and parks.

Max Holzmark, a Kansas City, Kas., furniture dealer, has undertaken the task of securing the automobiles for the Army. His friends will be asked to loan machines and drivers for the afternoon. If there are not sufficient automobiles to hold all of the children it is believed some will be given a long street car ride. The Metropolitan has been asked, and tentatively has agreed to furnish two street cars for the occasion.

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July 22, 1909


Seventy-Five Ill and Infirm Are En-
joying Camp Life.

Located on a twenty-acre tract of land just two blocks from the end of the Swope park car line is the Fresh Air camp conducted by the Salvation Army. Seventy-five persons a day are enjoying camp life.

The camp is in the main for those who are ill and unable to provide the necessities of life. Age is no bar to the pleasures of the Fresh Air camp, and while children only a few weeks old are out there, they have as camp companions some people who are gray-haired and bent from old age and suffering.

Twenty-five large tents provide the necessary shelter while one tent with ten cots in it is used as the hospital tent. The people are given two weeks vacation and then a new lot goes out for two weeks. Captain Garvin is in charge of the camp.

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July 9, 1909



Fund Reached $511 Yesterday With
$20 Contribution from Jour-
nal Employes -- First Deliv-
ery to 190 Families.

With a $20 contribution from employes of The Journal, the campaign of the Salvation Army for penny ice was closed at noon yesterday. the attention of the local corps will now be turned toward the establishment of a more extensive fresh air camp at the terminus of the Swope park car line, or at Seventieth street and Cleveland avenue. for this purpose it will be necessary to raise $2.000, the running expenses of the camp being approximately $1,000 a month.

The Army's one ice wagon was busy all day yesterday, and visited 190 families, distributing more than a ton of ice. As it rumbled down the streets of the North End it was preceded by a crowd of children who ran ahead shouting in order to announce its arrival to their mothers.

The system of distribution is simple and at the same time effective against imposition. Each mother or family head has a card to be punched for 1 cent at each purchase of ten pounds. The card is arranged to last until the end of the hot weather season, or about two months. These cards are sent on recommendation or after the investigation by members of the Salvation Army staff.

"We were just a little imposed on last year. Some people took advantage of our free-for-all system," said Ensign Blanche Haezlett, who has charge of that branch of the Army service here, yesterday.

"We thought it best to be more careful," she continued, "for the undeserving poor were getting the best of the honest poor people and at our expense.

"The Army will put on another wagon, as soon as we can purchase or borrow another horse. Then we can reach the McClure flats, the North End and the East Bottoms every day. It will be a great day for the poor when we have formulated a system that will include all of them in its benevolence. That is our idea and with the help of the good people of Kansas City, sooner or later, it will be carried out."

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July 3, 1909


The Poor Can't Keep Milk Without
Penny Ice.

"For God's sake, when are we going to get that ice?"

A woman, young but with deep circles under her eyes, approached the adjutant in charge of Salvation Army headquarters in the Hall building yesterday afternoon.

"What can we do for ice?" she continued. "My baby is starving for want of milk, and we can't keep it without ice. It's hard enough to get it, let alone keep it."

"My good woman we can't start on the penny ice yet," said the adjutant. "Not enough money has been subscribed or collected. We have $331.75 in the penny ice fund. It will take $500. We have the horses, two of them, and will begin deliveries as soon as the ice fund is sufficient."

"Just a moment," called a man who was standing near, and he tossed the woman a half dollar. "That ought to buy you twenty-five pounds of ice for five days. Maybe the penny ice will be out by that time."

The woman took the coin, looked her gratitude, pressed her benefactor's hand and left the room without a word.

"If the whole town could see that, by tomorrow our penny ice fund would be great enough to supply the whole town for the summer," remarked the adjutant.

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January 15, 1909


Nettie Room Retires, to Be Succeeded
by Captain Annie Garvin.

The continued sickness of Captain Nettie Room, head investigating agent for the Salvation Army's relief work, caused her to be forced to give up her work in this city. The other "slum angel," Lieutenant Alice Seay, goes with her. Both have been given a furlough of two weeks, after which they will go to St. Louis. Captain Annie Garvin of St. Louis has been appointed to take charge of the work and has already located at the citadel, Thirteenth and Walnut streets. Her assistant has not been appointed.

Three or four new cases for relief are reported every day. A consignment of rabbits is expected from Merriam, Kas., today. They will be distributed from the citadel.

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November 27, 1908


If There Was, It Wasn't the Fault
of Givers of Dinners.

Amid the general rejoicing and feeling of goodfellowship incident to a perfect Thanksgiving day, the less fortunate inhabitants of the city were not forgotten. At every charitable institution in the city a dinner was provided for the inmates. The Salvation Army, Franklin institute, Union mission and other organizations of like character fed hundreds of poor persons, and sent many baskets of provisions to deserving families who were unable to attend the dinners.

The Union mission, at Eighteenth and McGee streets, provided a dinner and fed over 400 persons. Special invitations had been sent out and persons from Rosedale, Argentine, Kansas City, Kas., and country districts attended the dinner. Everything in the way of eatables was provided, and if any person in Kansas City went without a Thanksgiving dinner yesterday it was not because of a lack of opportunity.

"It was certainly good to see those poor persons eat," said the Rev. Mrs. Rose Cockriel, the pastor of the mission. "Those who came to the dinner ranged in age from 7 weeks to 33 years, and they all appeared to enjoy themselves. Six little boys, the oldest one 10 years of age, walked in from beyond the Blue river. We gave them their dinner and a basket of provisions to take to their home."

At the Old Folks and Orphans' home the day was celebrated with an old-fashioned dinner, turkey, cranberry sauce, pumpkin pies and everything that should be eaten on that day. At the Perry Orphan Boys' home 130 boys partook of the good things that had been provided for them.

At the Working Girls' hotel there was really a day of thanksgiving, not alone because of the excellent dinner, for in addition to that some unknown friend donated a high grade piano to the institution. From the standpoint of charity and general cause for thankfulness, the day was very much a success.

At the county jail Marshal Al Heslip provided a dinner for the prisoners, of whom there now are fewer than 200. All the trimmings went with the spread. Eatables out of the ordinary also were served at the Detention home, where juvenile prisoners are confined.

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October 26, 1908


They Will Distribute Comfort and
Cheer to the Unfortunate.

The Slum Angels have arrived in Kansas City and from now on we can see them every day, if we feel like it. There are only two of them, that seeming to be all that could be induced to come to Kansas City, although Minneapolis has five and New York and several other cities many more.

Various are the names that the Slum Angles go by. In some places they are called the Slum Sisters and in others the Little Saints of the Salvation Army. If you address them as Captain Nettie Room and Lieutenant Alice Seay, they would answer to those names also.

They are two bright, sweet faced young women who have been appointed by Colonel Blanche B. Cox, commanding the Mid Western province of the Salvation Army, to take charge of the slum and relief work of the army in this city. For several years there have been slum angels at work in other cities and Miss Room herself has been in the work eight years, in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Minneapolis. Miss Seay graduated from the Chicago training school last July.

All of the investigating work of the army in this city will be turned over to them and it will be their duty exclusively to determine whether an applicant for relief is worthy or not. They will also administer temporary relief where the need is pressing.

An important part of their work consists in nursing. Miss Room has nursed several years in hospitals and her assistant has had instruction along the same line. The slum angel comes into the home of the poor family at their darkest hour, when illness has attacked the breadwinner, doctors and nurses the ailing one, cheers up the other members of the family, and provides temporary relief when needed.

One other function that the angels undertake is to teach that virtue is next to Godliness. They will invade an unkempt home and with the consent of the housewife, give the house a thorough cleaning. They will instruct the family in the use of soap, scrubbing brushes and disinfectants.

The customary uniform of the slum angel consists of a blue striped suit with a black straw hat, trimmed with army insignia. They will occupy rooms in one of the congested districts of the city, which they will make their headquarters. It is planned to make these rooms the meeting place of the mothers' clubs, reading circles and sewing societies, which the slum workers will organize among their workers.

"But we will not forget the spiritual side of our work while attending to the physical wants of our people," said Miss Room yesterday. "We will make it our business to bring Christianity into the lives of all with whom we come in contact."

The slum sisters are making preparations for their work this week. They will begin active settlement life in a few days.

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August 31, 1908


Salvation Army Has Adopted New
Plan of Education in Ranks -- One
Hundred Students Already.

"Salvation by correspondence" is being extended to more than 200 young men and women in the Southwestern province of the Salvation Army by the department of young peoples' work, recently reorganized and put in charge of Staff Captain William Kiddle and his wife, who is of the same rank. They have just organized their school by preparing the lessons which are sent out for the students all over the province to master. The active school work will begin soon. Twenty-five of the pupils enrolled are in the district of Nebraska and Dakota, and seventy-five are in Oklahoma. The others are in the Kansas division.

The courses offered extend over six months each and ten of them must be completed before a certificate will be awarded and the pupil allowed to enter a higher school for the training of officers. The supervision of the lessons is entrusted to the officers of the corps to which the cadet is attached.

Besides the work for the training of religious teachers, schools will be established for the teaching of trades and manual training to the Army training. They will meet once a week in the afternoon. Meetings have been held by the local band in the citadel hall, at Thirteenth and Walnut streets.

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July 20, 1908


Women Salvation Army Officers in
Quandary over Purchase of Horse.

The Salvation Army has purchased a new ice wagon at a cost of $150 and will buy a horse today. The officers at headquarters, most of whom are women, have been looking over horses for the past few days, but have been unable to agree what should be the good points of a steed necessary to draw an ice wagon. They will call in expert male advice today and purchase an animal.

The new wagon will be started Thursday and will make the trip in the East Bottoms, the North end and the McClure district. The old wagon will work in the West Bottoms, which have hitherto been without penny ice, although there has been a crying need for it.

Contributions to the fund amount to $640.77, and 200 families will be daily supplied with ice by the middle of the week. Seven dollars and forty-six cents is the sum of the receipts for the two weeks that the wagon has been running. That means almost four tons of ice distributed.

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July 10, 1908

One Hundred Little Ones Will Go to
the Country Today.

Relays of children will be changed today at the Salvation Army's fresh air camp. About 100 will be taken out and the forty-two who have been at the camp a week will be brought back to their homes unless it is found that they need more of the fresh air.

"Mong the principal features of the camp," siad Colonel Blanche B. Cox,"is the supplying of wholesome food. It is our aim to give the children all the meat that it will be good for them to eat in the summer time, but we intend to make a specialty of milk and eggs for their diet We think that proper feeding will do as much good in getting their bodies into health and strength as the fresh air, the exercise, and the sleeping out of doors."

Only $8 came in for the fresh air camp yesterday and $10 for the penny ice.

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July 8, 1908


Penny Wagon Distributed 500
Pounds on First Trip.

Although the day was not exceedingly hot, many poor people were furnished with ice by the Salvation Army upon the inauguration of this charity for the summer season yesterday morning. Some carried the crystal away from the barracks in baskets, others awaited the arrival of the wagon at their respective homes, but all who presented the regulation ticket were furnished without delay. About 500 pounds was distributed, which, at the rate of ten pounds to each customer, was sufficient to supply fifty families.

"The system recently adopted to prevent any one family receiving more than it was entitled to has proven entirely satisfactory," said an Army worker yesterday, "and we expect no repetition of the trouble experienced with dishonest persons last year."

The distribution occasioned considerable interest to persons who happened in the vicinity in which the wagon was working, and always the transaction of giving the big pieces for a 1 cent piece was watched with approved curiosity.

Old women, old men, girls and boys were given ice There was little delay and no disturbance during the transactions. When the really hot weather sets in the wagon will make two trips a day, distributing 2,000 pounds.

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June 25, 1908


Mrs. Mary Greenand, the Donor, Was
a Colorado Colonist.

Colonel Thomas Holland, national colonization secretary for the Salvation Army, was in Kansas City yesterday. He is on his way home from St. Joseph, where he went to arrange a bequest of $5,000, left by Mrs. Mary Greenand of Amity, Col., to the Salvation Army. Mrs. Greenand was a settler at the Salvation Army colony at Amity.

"Besides the colony at Amity," said Col. Holland, "we have also a colony at Fort Romie, Cal. At Amity we have 300 persons and at Fort Romie 200. We have been established ten years and are meeting with success. Our plan is to take penniless people, mostly from the cities, and furnish them land, rent free, and allow them to pay for it as they wish. They are allowed twenty years to pay for their land. Each family receives from twenty to forty acres. It is irrigated land and the settlers have been uniformly successful. Mrs. Greenand, who was a widow, became interested in the movement and bought a farm in the settlement. When she died several days ago she left us this handsome bequest."

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June 2, 1908



All Effort and Funds Will Be Cen-
tered in the Summer Camp for
Women and Children -- Dull
in Suicide Bureau.

There will be no penny ice this summer.

The Salvation Army has decided that the money usually expended in this manner will be devoted to other and greater needs, and consequently that plan, which has been so popular among the poor people in the slums, will be discontinued.

The announcement was made yesterday, and when it becomes known to those who have had the benefit of this charitable work a wail of protest undoubtedly will go up. Penny ice has been a boon to the poor of the tenement districts for several years. The people in those districts have begun to look forward to the time when the Salvation Army would start its penny ice wagons.

The idea of the Army officers is to concentrate their work a little more. The time that has been devoted heretofore in the penny ice work will be devoted to the summer camp. Preparations for establishing the camp are already being made and by July 1 it will be ready to accommodate guests. The camp will be located on the Swope grounds south of Swope park as heretofore Preparations are being made to accommodate at least fifty mothers and their children for a week or ten days at a time this year This is on a somewhat larger scale than in previous years, and the officers feel that all the time at their disposal will be necessary to keep the camp going.

Another feature of the Salvation Army's work that may be discontinued after a time is the anti-suicide bureau. "We haven't had a case for months," one of the officers said yesterday.

If this bureau is discontinued it will not be because of a lack of its need, but because it is not being made use of by those who need its services. When the idea was new the bureau was brought into prominence frequently, but for many months there has not been a single application for its services.

"Nevertheless, we are always ready and willing to render services whenever called upon," said Brigadier Blanche Cox yesterday afternoon.

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March 13, 1908


Exhumed Body Shows Scar
Over Right Eye.

New evidence that it was Francis Patrick Cemens who died here February 19 as Herbert Donnekin was received yesterday by British Vice Consul McCurdy from Charles Clive Bayley, British consul in New York. Through this channel the missing man's brother, Lord Leitrim, sent a description similar to that received yesterday by British Vice Consul McCurdy from Charles Clive Bayley British consul in New York. Through this channel the missing man's brother, Lord Leitrim, sent a description similar to that received by the Salvation Army, with the added feature that there should be a scar over the right eye. This was found to show on the body now exhumed and lying at the Carroll-Davidson morgue.

A cablegram from the British family, too, sent through the Salvation Army yesterday, asked how long the body could be kept for identification. The answer sent that it could be kept indefinitely, it is believed, will probably bring a representative of the family.

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February 1, 1908


Seventy-Five Men at Salvation Army
Quarters Vaccinated.

Marshalled by C. H. Cook, chief clerk of the board of health, Drs. Paul Lux and H. A. Lane and R. A. Shiras went on another vacccinating tour last nigth. Only one place was visited on account of the inclement weather. That was the Salvation Army Citadel, at 1300 Walnut street, and it was selected on account of the fact that a virulent case of smallpox was discovered there yesterday morning.

Seventy-five men were found in the smoking room and sleeping apartments at the Citadel, and all were vaccinated. One old man said he would leave the city before he would "stand for the scratch." When Patrolman August Metsinger and Victor Ringolsky, an inspector started with him to the Walnut street station, however, he changed his mind quickly.

The number 13 played an important part with the man who had smallpox at the Citadel. The number of the building is 1300, the man had room 13, had been in the room 13 days and he "broke out" on Friday, January 31, which is 13 reversed. He was sent to the St. George hospital for treatment.

A man dressed like a prosperous mechanic appeared at the board of health late yesterday and asked to be examined. It was soon discovered that he was suffering from smallpox. He had arrived here on a Missouri Pacific train from Omaha, and was en route to Boston. He was at once transferred to St. George, Kansas City's smallpox hospital in the East Bottoms.

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December 30, 1907


Leaders Dispute Over Right to Preach
at Fourth and Main.

Two street religious factions came to open rupture last night when I. D. Barnes and J. H. Lyons of the Christian Volunteer Warriors, and Captain Daniel Martin of the American Salvation Army had a dispute as to which should occupy the corner at Fourth and Main streets. By right of pre-emption the Warriors determined to stay at their post, and went on with their preaching.

Martin, who is about 23 years old and small for his age, tried to break up the crowd which had gathered about his competitors by abusing the Warriors. Barnes cautioned him to keep quiet, but the Army man took no heed of the warning and persisted in his abuses until a fight seemed imminent. Patrolman William Ryan heard the loud voices and threats and took all three of the men to police headquarters, where a charge of blocking the sidewalks and disturbing the peace was put against them.

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December 29, 1907


Game Is Sent by Kansas Hunters to
Feed City's Poor.

The Salvation Army received word last night that there are five tons of rabbits at the Rock Island depot waiting for them to get and distribute to the poor people of Kansas City. These rabbits were killed by hunting parties in Kansas and sent here. They will be given out within the next three or four days, some of them to be used by the poor for New Year's dinners.

More than 1,000 rabbits were given to poor people by the Salvation Army yesterday. A shipment of 500 was received from a hunting party at La Crosse, Kas.

The Army will entertain the poor and give them presents New Year's eve.

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September 19, 1907



Rev. Daniel McGurk, pastor of the Grand Avenue Methodist Episcopal church, accompanied by Terrance Brigham, superintendent of the Helping Hand institute, and two policemen, made a slumming tour of the North end last night. The object of the minister's visit was to see conditions there at first hand.

"Several days ago Rev. Mr. McGurk came to me and asked for information about the North end," Mr. Brigham said, before going on the trip. "I told him the only way to understand the North end was to see it at night. That is what he intends to do now."

"Last Sunday I told a number of my church people what I intended to do," said Rev. Mr. McGurk. "I am gathering material for my sunday sermon. there has been much said in the newspapers about light for the boulevards. That suggested to me the question of what is being done for light -- moral light, in the North end. All the churches in the North end have been sold out. The Helping Hand, the Salvation Army and one little chapel are all that remain.

"It has been the history of this section of the city that as the need of churches grew the churches moved away or were sold out because the property became valuable. I am told that thirteen have old out in the past few years because the church people thought they were getting a good price for their property. In the two and one-half years that I have been in Kansas City I know of five churches that have sold out because it was believed a good price was being obtained. I think that the churches are moving in the wrong direction and that more light is needed in the North end.

"I want to see conditions here that I may better understand them. I am not making this trip for publicity. I may not even mention it in my sermon. It's purpose is that I may unerstand and be sure of my facts."

Rev. Mr. McGurk made mention of the fact that within a radius of six blocks from the Junction his was the only church remaining. He expressed regrt that the tendency of the churches was to move south and east, away from the North end.

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