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March 11, 1908


Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., and James
A. Reed Spoke There Last Night.

For the first time in the history of Tenth ward Democracy, Posey's hall, Twenty-sixth and Prospect, was not large enough to accommodate the hundreds that turned out to hear the speeches last night of Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., James A. Reed, Hamil Brown, former Congressman Butler of Ohio and others. Thre were a number of women present. Mr. Crittenden promised, if elected mayor, a safe, sane and business administration of city affairs and to appoint a utilities commission that will fearlessly and honestly investigate the public service corporations.

Mr. Reed was in a particularly entertaining mood and presented facts and figures relating to municipal affairs that seemed to take well with his hearers.

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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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March 2, 1907
Banquet of Tenth Ward Republicans at the Savoy.

"Hadley for governor" was the slogan of the Tenth Ward Republican Club at its annual banquet at the Savoy hotel last night. Homer Mann, who delivered the nominating speech at St. Joseph when Hadley was named as candidate for attorney general, proposed the name of Hadley for the gubernatorial nomination, which was received with hearty cheers by the 200 or more Tenth warders present.

A four-course diner was served, following which was the evening's programme, Captain Charles A. Morton, retiring president, was toastmaster. The speakers were: E. F. Halstead, Alderman George H. Edwards, Homer B. Mann, Alderman E. E. Morris and George A. Neal. Mayor Beardsley was a late comer, and he made a few remarks.

Following are the officers elected for the ensuing year: Martin J. Ostergard, president; Howard Lee, vice president; Samuel R. Halstead, second vice president; J. C. Barrette, secretary; William H. Gardner, assistant secretary; Flournoy Quest, treasurer, and William Newland, sergeant-at-arms.

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