January 2, 1910
NEWS FROM TOPEKA.
Kansas Kisses Come High;
Child Burned to a Crisp.
TOPEKA, Feb. 1. -- The price for kissing a married woman against her will is $25. That is the amount fixed by Judge Urmy of the Topeka police court. He fined William Maloney $25 for kissing Mrs. Emma Hatfield, a neighbor. The complaint was sworn out by Mrs. Hatfield's husband. The judge said he would fix no price on kissing single women until he saw the women.
Also in Topeka, Ethel Shoveler, aged 5, was burned to a crisp when she tried to light a gasoline stove and her clothing caught fire.
January 24, 1910
DISLIKES TO HANDLE
BONES OF QUANTRELL.
Historical Society Clerks at Topeka
Not So Enthusiastic About
TOPEKA, Jan. 23. -- If some person, in some manner, could slip into the relic vault of the State Historical Society and steal the old, dry bones of Quantrell, the famous guerrilla, he would confer a great favor upon the clerks of the historical society, even though he riled the temper of George W. Martin, the boss of the shop.
"Oh, how I hate to rattle those old, dry bones," said one of the clerks, as he exhibited them for the nineteenth time today to visitors. "Why, I pull them out, shake them around and tell about them so much that I actually detest the things."
Everybody who goes to the historical rooms wants to see Quantrell's bones. Secretary Martin says they are a great drawing card, and that they are one of the chief relics of his department. But he doesn't have to handle them or exhibit them. The clerks must do that.
For fear they will be stolen, Mr. Martin keeps them in the vault, and a special trip must be made to see them, the medal which Victor Hugo, the Frenchman, gave Mrs. John Brown and the Ford theater program which contains some splotches of Lincoln's blood. Officials around the state house know how the clerks detest handling the bones and always tell visitors to be sure to ask to see them.
The clerks do not handle the bones as tenderly as Secretary Martin does. They yak them around, shake them together, hoping, no doubt, they will fall to pieces.
"I guess the only way to get rid of them is to wear them out," said a clerk, "and they don't seem to wear very fast. I believe they will be here when Gabriel blows his trumpet the last time unless someone should carry them off."
When the bones were first donated to the historical society a great howl went up from some of the old free state men. They declared that it was an insult to exhibit the bones of the old guerrilla who sacked Lawrence and killed so many people. But Secretary Martin held on to them with a strong grip and finally beat down public criticism. Still he can't subdue his own clerks. They are still in rebellion.
Labels: Civil War, Lawrence, organizations, Quantrell, Topeka
December 20, 1909
MUST LIGHT CONVICTS' PIPES.
New Duty Imposed Upon Guards in
the Federal Prison.
TOPEKA, Dec. 19. -- Warden McClaughrey of the federal prison has gone Warden Codding of the state prison one better in the matter of reforms. He has issued an order requiring the guards to light the pipes of the convicts.
A few days ago some convicts almost set one of the prison barns afire in the federal prison. To prevent any accident of that kind Warden McClaughrey simply decided to take matches away from all the prisoners. In order not to disappoint them in their smoking, however, he has directed the guards to carry a small alcohol lamp to light the pipes of the prisoners.
The guards are kicking on the order, claiming it makes them the servants of the convicts, but the order will stand just the same. It is estimated that the prison will save $25 a month on matches by reason of the new order, but it will probably spend double that amount for fuel in the alcohol lamps.
Labels: penitentiary, tobacco, Topeka
December 2, 1909
BOY GETS FATHER'S PLACE.
Judge Pollock Appoints Henry Dil-
lard, 19, Court Messenger.
Judge John C. Pollock of the federal court in Kansas City, Kas., yesterday announced the appointment of Henry Dillard, a negro 19 years old of Topeka, to be the messenger of the federal court. Dillard takes the place of his father, Henry Dillard, who shot himself accidentally while hunting last Saturday. Judge Pollock went to Topeka Monday to attend the funeral of the boy's father. At the funeral Judge Pollock noticed the boy and was so impressed by his manly actions that he decided to appoint him as his father's successor.
"The boy is young, but I believe he will be able to hold the position," Judge Pollock said yesterday. "I am going to give him a trial at least."
Henry Dillard, who was part Cherokee Indian and part negro, was messenger of the federal court in Kansas thirty-three years and won the friendship of many attorneys and federal officers.
Labels: employment, federal court, Funeral, Judge Pollock, Native Americans, Topeka
October 23, 1909
LONG'S DELEGATION RETURNS.
With a Band and Special Train
They Excited Admiration.
The greatest religious convention ever was that which was held in Pittsburgh last week when more than 30,000 members of the Brotherhood of Christ met in one great body, according to R. A. Long, who returned yesterday from Chicago with the special train carrying 210 Kansas City representatives from the convention.
Half an hour after the train arrived in Kansas City, Mr. Long was busy in his office attending to work which had piled up during his absence.
The Kansas City delegation, with Hiner's band, excited the greatest admiration. A special train with the best Pullmans in the service, all furnished by Mr. Long, was a subject that filled whole columns of the Eastern press. The special train was routed to Buffalo where Niagara Falls was visited, and then over the Lake Shore to Chicago, where the party remained a day.
"It was a great gathering," Mr. Long said yesterday. "Thirty thousand delegates in song and prayer has an influence that no one could resist. Yes, I think our delegation was the largest, considered the distance that we had to travel."
Topeka is to have next year's convention, though Des Moines and Louisville and Boston made a fight for it. If 30,000 delegates attend the Topeka convention it is rather doubtful whether quarters could be found for such a gathering. The distance, however, makes it improbable that such an event will take place.
Labels: Des Moines, R A Long, railroad, Topeka
September 1, 1909
ON MOTORCYCLES 1,600 MILES.
Riders in Kansas City on Last Leg
of Their Trip.
Charles W. Neff, a jeweler of St. Joseph, Mo., and C. C. Anderson, an automobile dealer of Creston, Ia., arrived in Kansas City last evening ready for the last leg of a 1,600 mile motorcycle trip which started at St. Joseph and circled around Beaver.
It was dark when the men reached town and they lost no time in getting into barber chairs at the Blossom house. Later in the evening they visited the Union depot and met some friends whom they were expecting from Oklahoma.
"Our ride is the longest on record so far for a motorcycle in this section of the country," said Mr. Neff. "We meant to prove that it could be made and we have succeeded in demonstrating that fact. We made the trip to Beaver from St. Joseph in three days. We went by way of Topeka and Garden City and on our return hit the Santa Fe trail and followed it all the way. We had trouble but once and that was a single tire puncture which occurred to my wheel. We will leave for St. Joseph in the morning."
Labels: Blossom house, motorcycles, Santa Fe Trail, St.Joseph, Topeka, Union depot, visitors
August 29, 1909
WALKED 10 MILES.
Journey in Hot Sun Made Them
Long for Home.
Three foot-sore and weary runaways arrived in Kansas City last night by rail from Valencia, Kas. They were Uhlen and Juanita Templeton, 16 and 18 years old respectively, and Helen Duncan, 16 years old. The trio left Kansas City Monday morning by the Rock Island and rode as far as Topeka, Kas. When they left, their intention was to get to Stanley, N. M., where John Templeton, father of the Templeton youngsters, has a mining claim.
Their money gave out in Topeka and they decided to walk the rest of the way to New Mexico, working at intervals along the way for "lifts" by rail. Monday was a hot day and the ten miles they walked to Valencia all but exhausted them. Uhlen would not allow his sister or Helen to carry a suit case in which were the trio's belongings. After a few miles it was decided to throw the grip away and "hoof it" without burdens.
FOOT SORE AND WEARY.
They arrived at the depot in Valencia, hungry, penniless, their feet blistered by the walk over the railroad ties in the blazing sun. Their presence, unaccompanied and without baggage created suspicion. After several offers had been made to them a young man named John Moore, a "good Samaritan," took them to his mother's home for the night. Tuesday morning a council of war was held and a collection was taken up by the Ladies' Aid Society of one of the local churches and they were sent home, after the matron at the Union depot had been wired to be on the lookout for them.
Mrs. Elizabeth Cole, 3712 East Twelfth street, grandmother of the Templetons, has had the care of them since the death of their mother more than a year ago.
Promising that they would "go straight home," the trio were allowed to leave the Union depot, after the fact concerning Mrs. Cole's residence was learned. They went to the home of Helen Duncan 632 Fremont avenue. When a short distance from that address, Uhlen balked, saying he didn't want to stay there. He left the girls, saying he intended to make his way to his father in New Mexico.
BOY FEARED A SCOLDING.
"He was afraid to go to grandma's," said Juanita at her grandmother's home, "for fear he would be scolded by our brother, Lester. When we were in Valencia, Mr. Moore, who was so kind to us, told Uhlen that if he did not like it at home for him to go back up there and he would see that he was cared for. I believe that he will try to beat his way to where pap is, however.."
The police have been ordered to look for Uhlen Templeton, who is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds He has dark hair, dark blue eyes and a fair complexion. When last seen he wore a dark blue serge two-piece suit of clothes and a light shirt. He wore a dark, soft hat and dark shoes. The missing boy, with his brother, Lester, 19 years old, has been working for the Pittsburg Paint and Glass Company, Fifth and Wyandotte streets. His fear of being "roasted" by Lester is said to have been the cause of the sudden departure.
Mrs. Cole, the grandmother, is greatly worried over the absence of the boy, and his sister, Juanita, was in a serious condition from hysterics last night. She said that she had been the cause of Uhlen's going away, and, in her temporary delirium, she believed he had been killed.
"Both of the children are headstrong," said the grandmother. "Uhlen has never left me before. If the police can get Uhlen back for me I believe that both will have been cured of running away."
"It was our intention to work our way to papa in New Mexico," said Juanita, when she became quiet enough to talk. "We had but little money, and after we had been in Topeka a short time it was lost. Then we set out on foot towards the West, Uhlen carrying the grip. After we had walked several miles the brave little fellow nearly gave out, and as he would not allow either of us to carry it, we threw it away. The section hands tried to find it later, but they couldn't. My feet are all blisters, and Uhlen's are worse. I know that I am going to stay right here and never go away again."
Helen Duncan is now safely ensconced at home. The girls had been directed to a boarding house in Valencia where they would be allowed to do housework, while Uhlen did the chores, when they were discovered by Mr. Moore, who took them to his mother.
Labels: charity, children, clothing, Fremont avenue, runaway, Topeka, Twelfth street
August 2, 1909
TO BUILD NEW GREEK CHURCH.
Priest's Ambition Is to Have Hand-
some Place of Worship.
A Greek church, the finest in the country, is the ambition of the Rev. Father Harlton Panogopoules, of Kansas City, who, with a delegation of members of his parish, departed yesterday afternoon for Topeka, where the first steps will be taken toward raising the money to this end. In the party were James Maniaties and G. Alexopoules. They act as Father Panogopoules's secretaries and interpreters.
The present church is at the corner of Fourth and Locust streets and has about 400 communicants. In a few months, however, it is said there will be more than 2,000, and perhaps twice that many, due to the coming of the Greeks who work as section hands and as laborers in mines and other places. It is with the assistance of these men that the priest expects to build his church. Father Panogopoules came to Kansas City from Athens two months ago. Since that time he has endeared himself to the local Greeks, and they are enthusiastic over his plans for a fine edifice.
To attain this end it will be necessary for him to communicate with the Greeks who are now at work in the railroad territory contiguous to Kansas City, and his first step is to go to Topeka, where there is quite a colony of Greeks, and interest them in the project.
Father Panogopules was attired in a long black cassock, with high felt turban. A great cross was suspended on a heavy chain from his neck. He and his party attracted much attention at the Union depot, where they were met by some of the Greeks who live in that section and to whom Father Panogopoules gave his blessing before he departed.
Labels: churches, Fourth street, immigrants, Locust street, ministers, Topeka, Union depot
July 13, 1909
THINKS RIVERS ARE
AT HIGHEST STAGE.
FORECASTER CONNOR NOW
LOOKS FOR FALL.
At Topeka There Was Fall of 0.7
of Foot and at St. Joseph the
Missouri Is Stationary.
SKETCH OF THE JUNCTION OF THE KAW AND MISSOURI RIVERS, LOOKING TOWARD KANSAS CITY, MISSOURI.
With a rise of over half a foot in the Missouri river yesterday, Forecaster Connor of the local weather bureau predicted a maximum stage of about 27.2 for this morning, which he believes from the information to hand will be the crest. Mr. Connor bases this prediction o n the assumption that there will be no more rains in the Kaw and Missouri river valleys.
The rise in the Missouri yesterday was rapid until 3 p. m. Since that hour it has remained stationary. This was taken by the observer to indicate that the mass of water due to recent rains had crested, and that now only the rise of the day before at Topeka and St. Joseph is to be felt here. At Topeka there was a fall of .7 of a foot during the day, while at St. Joseph the river was stationary.
The heavy rains at St. Joseph yesterday held the river up at that point, but the forecaster does not think they will influence the river there to any appreciable extent, and that by the evening it will show a good fall. The volume of water in the Missouri and Kaw rivers which must pass Kansas City, he asserts, will keep the river at a high stage for several days at least, although there is a possibility of a fall by this evening.
The West Bottoms are beginning to feel the flood now in earnest. The seepwater and sewage, together with the storm waters yesterday morning gave several sections of that district the appearance for awhile, at least, of being flooded by the river. In the "wettest block" several of the floors were under water for a couple of hours and many o f the business men and merchants in that neighborhood are ready to move if the water should go much higher.
Back water from the sewers yesterday covered sections of Mulberry, Hickory and Santa Fe street between Eighth and Ninth streets. Cellars in this district were all flooded.
The Cypress yards in the packing house district is a big lake. There are from two inches to several feet of water all over the railroad yards. Yesterday the Missouri Pacific had to run through eight inches of water at one place to get trains out from the Morris Packing Company plant. The railroad men say that they will run their trains until the water rises to such a height that the fires in the locomotives will be extinguished.
At the Exchange building at the stock yards several pumps were used to keep the basement free from water which started to come in Sunday night. Several of the cattle pens are flooded so they cannot be used and the Morris plant is almost surrounded by water. It is believed that at the present rate the water will be up to the sidewalks at the Morris plant this morning. It would take six feet more, however, to stop operations at this plant.
Labels: Eighth street, flood, Hickory street, Kaw river, Missouri river, Mulberry street, Ninth street, Santa Fe street, St.Joseph, stock yards, Topeka, weather, West bottoms
June 16, 1909
FLOOD STAGE HERE FRIDAY.
Missouri River 19 Feet Last Night,
and Still Rising.
The Missouri river will reach the flood stage here Friday. At the Hannibal bridge guage last night its depth was nineteen feet as an effect of melting mountain snows, and apparently there was more drift on the current here than at any time since the beginning of the freshet.
"I believe the water will rise at least three feet at Kansas City," said P. Connor, the local weather observer, last night. "At St. Joseph, Mo., it will at least go up two feet, or past the flood stage. Twenty-two feet, or one foot above the flood stage, is the worst I expect for Kansas City at present, although a heavy rain just now would cause a more or less disastrous flood. The Kaw river is holding its own, neither rising nor falling, and that is a good indication, but a heavy rain would alter its peaceful aspect.
"The Kaw was rising at Manhattan and going down at Topeka yesterday."
Labels: flood, Hannibal bridge, Missour river, Topeka, weather
June 7, 1909
PLANS ALCOHOL RUB
WITH BEER PLUNGE.
FRANK JONES'S SCHEME TO
Suggestion Comes After Visit to
Topeka, Where Turkish Bath Es-
tablishments Have Monopoly
in Alcohol Business.
"During my recent visit to Topeka," said Frank Jones, formerly of Caldwell, Sumner county, Kas., "I believe I discovered a serious flaw in the prohibition law. While the lid, to all intents and purposes, is squeezed on thoroughly tight, I was informed that the leading Turkish bath establishments at the capital are still advertising alcohol rubs.
"Now alcohol is alcohol and whether you drink it or have it put into you by rubbing it through the pores seems to me to be a distinction without a material difference.
"Of course, I never heard of an alcohol rub making anyone intoxicated. Still the flaw in the prohibition law is there and why cannot the Turkish bath men take advantage of the law and elaborate on their programme?
"The unlimited advertising that Topeka would receive, were the plans which I have in mind, put into execution, almost takes me to the first train for that town with a view to buying up all the real estate on Kansas avenue. The plan? I knew you would be getting your oar in when I began to talk real estate.
WHY LIMIT TO ALCOHOL?
"The scheme is simple enough. If alcohol rubs are allowed, mark you, rubs, why limit the rubbing to alcohol? By that same rule could the Turkish bath man not rub a man with German cologne, Holland gin or corn whisky? You would be rubbing it in, wouldn't you? Of course you would.
"I hatched this beautiful plan while we were leaving Topeka, bound for Kansas City. The conductor told me that the train was running at the rate of 65 miles an hour and I told him that if the engineer was as dry as I was he'd be running 100 miles an hour. At the present stage of the game one can not leave Topeka too rapidly.
"If the suggestion is adopted the Turkish bath managers will immediately rearrange their establishments and inaugurate an entirely new procedure. There will be the bath, naturally. We have to have the bath. That misnomer will have to stick. Very few men who buy a Turkish bath anywhere need a bath. They need a rest.
"After the bath the big show begins. The attendant simply asks his customer what sort of a rub he wants. By that he will mean rye or bourbon.
THEN THE BEER PLUNGE.
"Following the rye or bourbon rub the victim, I should say the bathee, will be led to the champagne shower bath and from there to the beer plunge. Then from the beer plunge the happy man is taken to the cooling room de luxe, in other words, the cold storage.
"Under these new regulations the Turkish bath house will be an institution of many parts. The prescription that I have just written is intended for men of means. There is nothing in the law which says what shall be in the tub. Therefore, the patron of the modern Topeka Turkish bath can purchase a plain ticket, entitling him to one Old Crow tub bath. If he wants to go a little stronger he can order an extra in the form of a gin fizz spray.
The piece de resistance of the entire joy rule is the beer plunge. Therein would lie competition in the Topeka Turkish baths. It would be a seductive bait for the breweries. The agents will simply be falling over themselves in an effort to get the respective establishments to use their beer in the plunge.
MEN WOULD NEED MUZZLES.
"Furthermore, the bath men will become active. In my mind's eye I see Kansas avenue lined with Turkish bath establishments and such alluring electric signs as:
" 'This house changes the beer in its plunge daily.'
" 'An innovation for Topeka: The only Turkish bath plunge in the world using daily in its immense plunge imported beer.'
" 'The beer in our plunge changed daily and guaranteed under the pure food and drug law, etc.'
"What do you think? Isn't she a whopper?"
"I was thinking this," was the reply. "I used to live in Topeka. Do you know what would happen if this Utopian Turkish bath scheme of yours should be put into effect?"
"Haven't the remotest idea," said Mr. Jones. "Appears to be a grand scheme."
"Well, the Topeka city council would hold an extraordinary session and pass an ordinance requiring every man in the town to wear a muzzle."
Labels: alcohol, bath house, prohibition, Topeka, visitors
May 29, 1909
PIONEER CONDUCTOR DIES.
A. B. Shepherd Ran Out of Topeka
in 1870 on Santa Fe.
A. B. Shepherd, one of the three conductors who were with the Santa Fe railroad when it started out of Topeka in 1870, and one of the oldest passenger conductors working out of the Union depot, died yesterday morning at his home, 1216 Washington street, at the age of 67 years. For several years Mr. Shepherd has had a night run on the Missouri Pacific line from Kansas City to Coffeyville, Kas.
Born and reared in Wellsville, O., Mr. Shepherd enlisted in the One Hundred and First Ohio volunteers at the outbreak of the civil war. At its close he was discharged with the rank of sergeant. Immediately he became a brakeman on the Cleveland & Pittsburg railway and had been in the railway business since, working out of Kansas City for thirty years.
Mr. Shepherd was a member of the Order of Railway Conductors. A widow and two sons, Charles, who lives in Armourdale, and Wilbur B., who lives at the Washington street address, survive.
Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home. Rev. Dr. George Reynolds, pastor of the Second Presbyterian church, will officiate. Burial will be in Forest Hill cemetery.
Labels: Armourdale, cemetery, Civil War, death, ministers, railroad, Topeka, veterans, Washington street
May 7, 1909
BID WESTON WELCOME.
AGED PEDESTRIAN SET HOT
PACE DURING THE DAY.
Arrived in Kansas City Fresh and
Strong With Admirers Trailing
at Heel -- Proceeds to
EDWARD PAYSON WESTON.
Cheered by thousands of people, Edward Payson Weston, the aged pedestrian, who is enroute from New York to San Francisco, swung briskly into the downtown section of Kansas City yesterday afternoon at 4:15 o'clock and reaching the Coates house at 4:45 completed the day's walk, having made twenty-nine miles from Oak Grove, his stopping place last night, to Kansas City in eight hours and thirty minutes, with ease. He was not travel worn nor weary, and walked the last few miles of the day at a terrific pace.
"It was the greatest day of the trip to date," said Weston, as he waved adieu to the crowd that followed him through the downtown streets to the doors of his hotel. "Never have I been so royally received. And never on any of my jaunts have I traveled such roads and passed through such beautiful country as I did today. I will never forget this day and the kind people of Kansas City."
IN GREAT FORM.
Greatly refreshed by ten hours sleep at Oak Grove, Weston set out from that place yesterday morning at 7:30 o'clock. In the cool, bracing morning air he reeled off the miles in great form, little like he entered Oak Grove the night before, when he was on the verge of collapse as the result of a most trying walk under a broiling sun. The trip to Independence was made without incident. With the exception of a stop for a glass of milk and another to eat some raw eggs, the veteran never broke his stride, and at 1:30 o'clock he entered the public square at Independence. Scores of people cheered him and sought to give him a more demonstrative welcome, but he dodged them and made his way to the Metropolitan hotel, a stopping place in the early days for ox teams en route from the Atlantic to the Pacific over the same route the "hiker" is following.
At the Metropolitan, Weston ate heartily a generous portion of oatmeal. Lying on a cot he talked between bites to newspaper men and Y. M. C. A. athletes who had journeyed to Independence to meet and accompany him to Kansas City. After fifty minutes of eating and resting, he arose, walked backwards down the stairs of the hotel to prevent any jar to his knees, and started rapidly for the city.
CHILDREN CHEERED HIM.
The route out of Independence was down West Maple street. On this thoroughfare is located the Central high school, and as Weston approached the school hundreds of school children were released from their studies to greet him. To the wild cheering of the boys and girls and the handclapping of the many people who lined the curbs of the street, the old man lifted his hat and bowed again and again. The short, stubby stride was broken for the first time, and the walker grasped the hand of George S. Bryant, principal of the school, a friend of years ago. A hurried greeting and adieu and Weston was again on his way. Twice between Independence and Kansas City, the old fellow was again greeted by throngs of school children, and each time he bowed his appreciation. "It does me more good than anything else to have these children greet me," he said. "It cheers me, and makes my journey easier."
The Y . M. C. A. hikers who were accompanying the old pedestrian on his entry into the city, were hustling to keep a pace when the city limits were reached at 3:12 o'clock. Weston was averaging, as he did early in the day, four miles an hour, and the pace was a little too fast for the unseasoned striders, but they struggled gamely on. At the city limits, the escort of mounted police joined the party, and it was well that this escort was provided, for along Fifteenth street and through the business section of the city the crowd that followed the pedestrian and rushed into the streets to greet him would have been uncontrollable.
Such an enthusiastic welcome as was given Weston has seldom been given an athlete in Kansas City. On every side there were cheers of "Hello, Weston," "You're all right, old boy," etc. To all of these Weston bowed his thanks. He stopped but twice, once to greet John DeWolfe, who lives near the Blue river. Weston and DeWolfe were friends thirty-nine years ago.
After reaching the Coates house Weston Hurried to his room where he changed his clothes and bathed his feet in the preparation he always uses, briny water.
LECTURES AT Y. M. C. A.
Last night Mr. Weston spoke before a large audience in the gymnasium of the Y. M. C. A. building on Wyandotte street. His remarks were confined principally to events on his present long hike, and he predicted he would arrive in San Francisco on schedule time. By 9 o'clock he was through with his lecture, and a half hour later was snugly in bed at the Coates house. He left a call for 4 o'clock this morning, and by 5 o'clock he expects to be well on his way to the West.
Weston goes from Kansas City to Lawrence, and will cover the distance over the roadbed of the Union Pacific railroad. He is due in Lawrence tonight, where he will rest until Saturday morning, when he will start out for Topeka, again taking the railroad right-of-way, by which he saves eleven miles in distance as compared with the open highway. He is scheduled to lecture in Topeka.
Weston is a most picturesque character. Clad in a white blouse that is fringed with embroidery at the neck and wrist, plaid walking trousers suspended by a broad belt and heavy shoes with gaiters, his dress does just what he wishes it to do -- attract attention. He shows his seventy years only by his wheat head and a drooping white mustache. He is of wiry build, about 5 feet 6 inches in height and weighs 140 pounds. As he walks he allows his body to weave slightly from side to side, removing to a great extent the jar of the walking. At this stage of the journey he is in excellent physical condition. Yesterday was the hardest day he has experienced on this or any other walk, according to his own statement. Barring a succession of several such days he should be able to finish his long journey on schedule time and in good condition.
Labels: California, children, Coates house, hotels, Independence, Lawrence, New York, schools, Seniors, Topeka, visitors, YMCA
March 27, 1909
WHAT! NATURALIZED IRISH?
Precinct Leader from Slav District
Hears Some News.
The Democratic campaign managers in their efforts to gain a victory in the approaching election in Kansas City, Kas., have been unusually active in herding foreigners for naturalization purposes. So active has been this work that a few days ago the clerk of the district court ran out of the blanks commonly known as "first papers."
James Meek, chairman of the Democratic central committee had fifty candidates for citizenship corralled in Democratic headquarters and it was decided to get Topeka on long distance and ask that a deputy be sent down with a new supply of blanks.
"How many have you got?" was asked from the Topeka end.
"We have fifty who want to be naturalized," said Meek.
"What kind are they?" asked the man at Topeka.
Meek thought a moment, then turned to a party of his assistants, who had been listening to the local end of the conversation.
"He wants to know what kind of fellows these guys are," said Meek.
"Tell him there are forty-eight Slavs and two Irishmen," said Jay Carlisle.
"What's that?" broke in a precinct leader from the First ward. "Do Irishmen have to be naturalized, too?"
Labels: immigrants, Kansas City Kas, politics, Topeka
March 23, 1909
TOOK A STROLL; IS SHY $30.
Farmer Slept in Rear of Saloon and
When Farmer Gus Peterson of Topeka, Kas., strayed from the glare of the Union depot last night and started for a little stroll along Union avenue he merrily jingled three golden eagles in his pocket. Two hours later when he awoke from a troubled sleep in the rear of a Union avenue saloon all he could find was a bunch of keys. He remembers going into the saloon to have a drink with two "nice appearin' gents."
Peterson reported his loss to the police at No. 2 station and wired home for money.
Labels: crime, farmers, No 2 police station, saloon, Topeka, Union avenue, Union depot
September 1, 1908
WASN'T WORKING ON WIRES.
J. W. Harris Had No Business on
Pole From Which He Fell.
No reason has been found why J. W. Harris of Topeka, who was killed yesterday afternoon, near Fourth street and Roland avenue, Kansas City, Kas., by falling off a telephone pole, should have been tampering with the wires of the Home Telephone Company. He died from the effects of a broken back at noon yesterday.
All the electrical companies with wires at the spot where he was working at the time of the accident accounted for all their men yesterday.
A brother of Harris came to Kansas City, Kas., last night and will return to Topeka with the body this morning. He says his brother was a lineman and was in good standing in Topeka. The stranger who was with Harris at the time of the mishap has not been found and no one who saw the two men working among the wires could give the police a description of him.
Labels: Kansas City Kas, telephone, Topeka, Utilities
August 28, 1908
BRYAN SAYS HE'LL
TOLD IT TO W. S. COWHERD, CAN-
DIDATE FOR GOVERNOR.
The Secret Was Imparted During the
Stimulus of an Appetizing
Breakfast at Hotel Bal-
William Jennings Bryan thinks he is going to carry Missouri. He told W. S. Cowherd, Democratic candidate for governor, so yesterday morning at breakfast, at the Hotel Baltimore. He breakfasted with Mr. Cowherd and Mayor T. T. Crittenden, Jr., and then went his way to Topeka, where he had a speaking engagement.
Many Missouri politicians wished to get a talk with Mr. Bryan, but the presidential candidate didn't have much time to spare and all the politicians got was a handshake and a promise to "see you later" -- for Mr. Bryan was in a hurry to catch his train and make his speech at Topeka.
The presidential candidate told Mr. Cowherd that he believes more in Missouri than he ever did, and expects the state to go for h im this fall by a bigger vote than ever. Mr. Bryan didn't say anything about trying to aid in pacifying Dave Ball and did not delve into national politics at all, his only political suggestion being that Missouri will be for him stronger than ever.
Mr. Bryan came in yesterday morning at 7:30 o'clock from St. Louis. With him were a regiment of newspaper correspondents and Theodore M. Bell of California, who was temporary chairman of the Denver convention.
Mr. Cowherd and Mayor Crittenden had been notified the night before that the presidential candidate would spend a few hours here and they met him at the Union depot and took him to the Hotel Baltimore for breakfast.
Mr. Bryan, who had lost his purse, negotiated a loan frfom the mayhor of Kansas City, that he might get to Topeka, but the Pullman porter returned his purse of yellow-backed $20 at the depot and the loan was cancelled.
Labels: Hotel Baltimore, hotels, Mayor Crittenden, politics, railroad, Topeka, union station, William Jennings Bryan
August 27, 1908
W. J. BRYAN WILL STOP HERE.
A Few Minutes This Morning on His
Way to Topeka.
Admirers of William Jennings Bryan will have a chance to greet him this morning in Kansas City, if they get up early and go to the Union depot. Mr. Bryan will be here this morning between trains on his way from St. Louis to Topeka. He will breakfast here, arriving at 7:30 o'clock over the Missouri Pacific.
Labels: politics, railroad, St Louis, Topeka, Union depot, visitors, William Jennings Bryan
June 17, 1908
MAKES TRIP BY ROAD
FASTER THAN TRAINS.
Captain Lawton's Journey to Topeka
in Studebaker a Hard Trip
Back from to Topeka by motor car, Captain Frank H. Lawton, in charge of the army's purchasing department in Kansas City, says he didn't believe the automobile could come through such a journey as he completed Monday afternoon. Most of the distance the mud was up to the hubs, but even where the roads were most impassable, the motor car forced a way under its own power.
The flood made Captain Lawton's trip imperative. A message from the war department on Saturday afternoon told him to go at once to Topeka, where stores bound for Fort Riley had been stopped by the high water. There was no chance to get a train, so Captain Lawton, thinking of the trip of the army car last winter, called up the Studebaker company and asked for a motor car. W. L. Walls, of the motor car department, was ready within an hour and the plow to Topeka was begun.
As nearly as possible, the route had been laid out on high ground, and but for this fact the journey would have been impossible. The motor car, leaving Kansas City at 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon, was run all night, with stops only for food, and reached Topeka at 1:30 Sunday afternoon. The distance by odometer was about 150 miles.
The car, returning, left Topeka Monday morning and got back in twelve hours, while it took a train fifteen hours to go the same distance, on account of the detours that had to be made. T. G. Sweeney drove on the return trip to Kansas City.
Labels: automobiles, flood, Fort Riley, military, Topeka
June 13, 1908
CARRIED HIM HALF A MILE.
Wounded Lad Taken to Place of
Safety by Herculean Comrade.
Sheriff J. S. Steed of Johnson county, Kas., brought to this city last night for treatment O. C. Oberman, 18 years old, who had been shot at Corliss, Kas., yesterday morning. With him is Mike Stanislauski, 23 years old.
The youths left Topeka yesterday, and when they reached Corliss, Kas., it was raining. They were on foot and, as the depot there was unoccupied, they raised a window and entered.
"We had been in there but a few minutes," said Oberman, "when a young man whom I later learned was the son of a local merchant, came to the depot and ordered us out. He drew a revolver and struck me over the forehead. With the blood streaming down my face we made haste to get out. We had not gone ten feet, when he began to shoot at us, and the bullet went through my right knee."
Oberman said that Stanislauski carried him over a half mile through water up to his knees to where the ground was dry. Stanislauski was afraid to leave Oberman in the town. While Stanislauski was seeking aid a work train came along and the crew picked up the wounded boy and took him to Wilder, Kas., a station beyond where he had left Oberman.
While sitting on the station platform there debating what he would do Stanislauski said a constable came in a buggy two hours later and drove him to De Soto.
Sheriff Steed says he received word from the Santa Fe Company at Topeka to take the two men into custody. When he heard the story, however, he arrested the man who did the shooting and lodged him in jail in Olathe, Kas., the county seat. The sheriff said the man gave the name of Paul.
Oberman was taken to emergency hospital last night, where he was treated by Dr. J. Park Neal. Dr. Neal said that the wound was a serious one, as it involved the knee joint. This morning he will be removed to St. Joseph's hospital. He has an uncle in Detroit, Mich., who will be notified.
Labels: buggy, Dr J Park Neal, emergency hospital, Johnson county, Olathe, railroad, Sheriff Steed, Topeka, violence, visitors
May 2, 1908
TELLS OF LINCOLN'S DEATH.
Dr. T. D. Bancroft Lectures at Grand
The story of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln was told by an eye witness, Dr. T. D. Bancroft of Topeka, at the Grand Avenue Methodist church last night. Dr. Bancroft was in Ford's theater at Washington on the night of April 14, 1865, when John Wilkes Booth fired the fatal shot. His lecture was for the benefit of the Team Owners' Organization.
According to Bancroft Booth, the murderer was a drunkard and a poor actor out of a job, and the assassination was the plan of a clique of men and not Booth's own idea. Dr. Bancroft was one of the men who helped keep the crowd back while Lincoln was being removed from the box in which he sat. Bancroft claims to have a piece of paper on which a drop of blood fell, while the murdered president was being carried from the room. This paper is now with the State Historical Society at Topeka.
The description given by the lecturer of the scenes preceding and following the assassination are much like those printed in history. He states, however, that in his opinion Booth did not break his leg when he jumped from the box to the stage, for he says the murderer walked across the stage. He also believes that Edwin Booth, a brother to John Wilkes Booth, received the body from the authorities and buried it in the family burying ground instead of its being taken to sea as generally supposed.
Dr. Bancroft states that Booth was killed by Boston Corbett, a soldier who joined in the chase for him. Corbett afterwards moved to Kansas and lived on a small farm west of Concordia. He died in an insane asylum.
Labels: Abraham Lincoln, churches, Grand avenue, Topeka
April 9, 1908
WALKING WEST ON A WAGER.
If He Goes 3,000 Miles in Sixty Days
This Youth Gets $450.
To walk 3,000 miles cross-country from New York city to San Francisco in sixty days is the task which a young man, who arived in Kansas City last evening, says he is now in the midst of on a wager of $450. The continental pedestrian, Frank McAllister, figures the total distance by wagon roads and railroad tracks at 3,000 miles, and that he must cover fifty miles each day to win the purse He is now about three days behind on his schedule, he says.
McAllister said last evening that he had walked from Pleasant Hill, Mo., yesterday, a distance of thirty-five miles. He plans to walk toward Topeka, Kas., today on the Santa Fe tracks, but may remain here a day to rest. He says, if he stays here today, he can be found at the Y. M. C. A. club rooms.
Labels: gambling, New York, Pleasant Hill, Topeka, visitors, YMCA
February 29, 1908
WHEN PENSION STOPPED.
Mrs. Bevelle Went Out to Look for
Husband Who Had Divorced Her.
In his suit for divorce Benjamin T. Bevelle, an old soldier, alleged that at Topeka, Kas. his wife drove him from home with a stout club and added that she was "glad to get rid of him." Mr. Bevelle fled to Independence, where he obtained a divorce by publication. Mrs. Bevelle was unaware that the matrimonial ties had been severed until she received notice from Washington, D. C., to the effect that Mr. Bevelle's pension money would all go to Mr. Bevelle thereafter. Mrs. Bevelle previously had been getting a share of the money.
Mrs. Bevelle brought an action in the circuit court at Independence to have Bevelle's divorce decree set aside. Yesterday the court held up Mr. Bevelle's end of the case.
Labels: circuit court, Divorce, Independence, Topeka, veterans
February 13, 1908
BADGES AVAIL HIM NOTHING.
J. E. Prewitt Is Locked Up, Despite
His Many Breast Plates.
If J. E. Prewitt holds an office to represent each badge that was taken from him at police headquarters last night he should be one of the busiest men on the Western Hemisphere. Here is a list of his badges:
"Detective J. E. Prewitt" on a metal shield.
"Webster's Detective Agency" metal shield.
"Deputy United States Marshal" metal star.
"Police No. 11, Alexandria, La.," a raised shield -- very pretty.
The man of many badges walked up to the desk at police headquarters last night and told Lieutenant James Morris, in a confidential whisper, that he was a deputy United States martial looking for a negro wanted in Louisiana for criminal assault. He gave the name and a complete description of the man he wanted. Then he presented a letter of introduction from G. M. Duggar, chief of police of Alexandria, La., police force. It said nothing about his being a deputy United States marshal or a private detective at the same time.
Prewitt had apparently been drinking freely and got his dates badly mixed. He said first that he had just arrived in the city and later that he had been here eleven days. Then he said that he had been employed at the Topeka, Kas., insane asylum for the last eleven months and also that he had recently served two years on the police force at Alexandria, La.
When taken into Captain Whitsett's office to be questioned Prewitt's many badges were unearthed. Captain Whitsett also took a loaded revolver from the man's pocket. Prewitt was held for investigation.
Labels: Captain Whitsett, detectives, police headquarters, Topeka, visitors
February 6, 1908
MADE A GOOD IMPRESSION.
But Minstrel Show on the Lamp Cir-
cuit Didn't Get the Cash.
Last week Joe Donegan, manager of the Century, was prevailed upon to back a minstrel troupe which was to play the kerosene circuit in Kansas, and which was "bound to make us all rich," the promoter assured Donegan. The show was booked for Olathe, Edgerton, Le Loup, Pomona, Lebo and Emporia, one night each, and was then to go to Topeka and come back by way of St. Joseph.
The manager of the company each night wired news of the day's business to Donegan. The telegram the first day read: "Receipts only $21, but made good impression." The next day the receipts had dwindled to $17, but Donegan was assured again that the company had made a good impresion. Last night after the company had played Lebo, Donegan got this wire: "Receipts only $7.50, because of bad weather, but made a good impression."
Donegan immediately sent the following wire:
"Make one more impression, and then come in."
Labels: telegram, theater, Topeka
January 18, 1908
TO JOIN IN TAFT RECEPTION.
Yale Alumni Association to Confer
With Young Republicans.
The Yale Alumni Association held its annual meeting last night in the University Club rooms. The evening was devoted to singing college songs and once more going over the old Yale cheers. A committee was apopinted to confer with the Young Men's Republican Club in regard to the advisability of giving a reception for Secretary Taft upon the occasion of his visit in this city next month.
Taft is a Yale alumnus and most of the committee which will have charge of the arrangements for the reception are college mates of the secretary. The committee is composed of T. W. Mulford, '01, chairman; Thomas W. Morrow, '80; W. R. Clarke, '80; Charles R. Pence, '79; H. H. Strait, '90; O. C. Mosman, '94; Judge David D. Hoag, '73, Joplin, Mo., and C. M. Crawford, '94, Topeka, Kas.
Labels: politics, Topeka
December 26, 1907
GET UNION DEPOT "MASHER".
Police Arrest Man on a Charge of
Annoying a Topeka Girl.
Sergeant Harry Stege, while working in plain clothes at the Union depot yesterday noticed a man who appeared to be annoying a girl. The man sat down by her and began talking to her. The girl appeared to be trying to avoid him. When Stege asked the girl if she knew the man she said, "No, and I don't want to, either."
At police headquarters, where the man was booked on a technical charge of vagrancy as a "masher," he gave the name of Miller. He said he was a telegraph operator from Indiana. His case will come up in police court this morning. The girl whom he is said to have been annoying gave the name of Ada Torrence of Topeka, Kas.
Labels: mashers, police headquarters, telegraph, Topeka, Union depot, vagrancy
December 24, 1907
IS SHE TO MARRY A COUNT?
Romance in the Coming Wedding of
Miss Helen Ogden.
Neighbors and friends of Miss Helen Ogden, daughter of George Ogden, 3042 Vine street, are all full of excitement and curiosity caused by the rumor of her approaching marriage. There is thought to be a great deal of romance woven about this weding. Who and what the groom might be is a complete mystery to them, and Miss Ogden and her parents are doing their best to preserve this air of mystery by being exceedingly reticent concerning the intended husband.
Yesterday Miss Ogden and her sweetheart, Antonio Valladarius, went to the court house and procured a marriage license. He gave his address as Topeka, Kas. The marriage license recorder was asked to keep the application away from public eyes, and to give out no information concerning it whatever.
Notwithstanding this request it leaked out, and with it the information that Valladarius was not from Topeka, but had come from Lima, Peru. Both Miss Ogden and her father admint that he is a native Peruvian and that he has never lived in this country. Where the couple met is not known. Miss Ogden has never been to South America.
It is said by Miss Ogden's neighbors that Valladarius is a count of the old Peruvian nobility. While in this city he has led people to believe that he is amply fixed so far as finances are concerned. He is a large, handsome man and, from his speech, the neighbors say, one would readily see that he is a foreigner.
Miss Ogden said that her sweetheart was a graduate of one of the best universities in the United States, and though she would not tell which university she meant, a Yale pennant was conspicuously hung on the wall in her home.
When Miss Ogden was asked when the wedding would take place she replied, "I do not know; probably not for two weeks and it may be Saturday. We have not yet fixed the date, but I promise you that we will not run away from Kansas City to marry."
"Why did you get the marriage license yesterday if you do not intend intend to be married within a day or two?" asked the reporter.
"Well," she replied nervously, "you see there are so many things which have to be thought of at the last minute that we got the license yesterday so that we would be sure to have it when we were ready to use it and I never dreamed that anyone would find out about it."
Valladarius could not be found last night. He had not registered at any hotel in the city.
Labels: romance, Topeka, Vine street
December 11, 1907
YOUNG SEERESS IN TROUBLE.
Blanche Brewer Takes Up Fortune
Telling and Is Arrested.
Blanche Brewer, 22 years of age, who was arrested on the complaint of a Miss Piper, who lives at 432 North Montgall avenue, yesterday morning, told a pitiful tale of poverty and desolation to the police officers at police headquarters.
Blanche had been going about from house to house trying to make a living for herself and her invalid sister by telling fortunes. The two young girls are orphans and have no relatives who can be found. They came here from Topeka, Kas., about two weeks ago and neither of them has been able to obtain employment. They had no money and no way of making a livelihood.
Becoming desperate, Blanche, the younger of the two girls, hit upon the scheme of fortune telling, though she really knew nothing whatever about the tricks of that trade. She succeeded in bring an average of 50 cents a day home of the sustenance of her sister and herself.
Three days ago, she told Miss Piper's fortune and took as a pledge for payment a shirtwaist suit. Miss Piper says that the garments were loaned to the girl for two days in payment for the seance. Accordingly she telephoned to the police and told them that the girl, Blanche, had stolen the articles. Upon investigation the suit was found in the girls' room at 416 West Thirteenth street. Blanche was arrested and taken to the matron's room, where her sister called last night and substantiated her story.
The police will probably turn the matter over to the Humane Society.
Labels: Humane Society, Montgall avenue, orphans, police headquarters, Thirteenth street, Topeka
October 24, 1907
NO ARRESTS TODAY
FEDERAL COURT ISSUES ORDER
IN THEATER CASES.
ACTORS ARE THE PLAINTIFFS
WILLIS WOOD AND ORPHEUM
Suit Brought on Behalf of Them and
Members of Orchestras -- Conten-
tion Is That Actors and Mu-
sicians Work No More
Upon the petition of eleven actors, now filling engagements at the Orpheum and the Willis Wood theaters, Judge John C. Pollock of the United States circuit court issued a temporary order last evening at Topeka, Kas., restraining the board of police commissioners, Chief of Police Daniel Ahern, County Marshal Al Heslip and all their subordinates from arresting actors, actresses, members of any theater orchestra, and all persons performing services essential to producing an entertainment in any theater in Kansas City, Judge Pollock will be in Kansas City at 10 o'clock Friday morning to hear arguments in the federal court, for and against making the restraining order permanent.
No mention was made of the managers of the houses, but it is thought that the restraining order was drawn to include them. For fear the order may not give them exemption from arrest a new move is being made, the attorneys securing affidavits from some of the most widely known business men of the city to the effect that Judge Wallace is prejudiced, and so incapable of giving the theater employes a fair trial.
IN CLASS WITH PREACHERS.
There is to be no conflict between the state and the United States courts. The restraining order is not directed against Judge Wallace, so that the criminal judge of Jackson county may continue his war upon the theaters, but he will not find any marshal nor police to effect the arrests which he may order. Although there are but eleven complaints in the federal case, they set up in their oration that they appear for the 200 or more professional actors now filling engagements in Kansas City, and for the several thousands of others similarly situated who will come to Kansas City to give entertainment before the close of the present session, which will be in July, 1908.
The unique claim will be set up that the actors are akin to preachers, and that neither of them work. The theater orchestras are to be associated in the argument with church choirs.
"In every particular and in every detail," said Attorney Frank M. Lowe, "we will be found on solid ground. There is to be an end to the attempt to close the theaters in Kansas City."
The suit brought yesterday was filed by the following actors: B. C. Whitney, John Edwards, Lt. J. Carter and W. J. Jossey, of the Orpheum circuit; Benjamin Welch, Roger M. Inhoff, Charles ARnold, Harry Hastings, of the United States Amusement Company; Clifton Crawford, Arthur C. Ainston and William Leummel, playing at the Willis Wood. The defendants are Criminal Clerk A. E. Thomas, County Marshal Al Heslip, Police Comissioners Henry M. Beardsley, Andrew E. Gallagher and Elliot H. Jones, and their subordinates.
Labels: attorney, Commissioner Gallagher, Commissioner Jones, County Marshal Heslip, federal court, Judge Pollock, Police Chief Ahern, theater, Topeka
October 4, 1907
NEGRO BISHOP'S ADVICE.
Rev. Isaac Lane, Educator, Counsels
Sobriety and Economy.
Rev. Isaac Lane of Jackson, Tenn., senior bishop of the Colored Methodist Episcopal church, preached to a gathering of negroes in their house of worship at Nineteenth street and Highland avenue last night.
The subject of the discourse was "Housekeeping," and was in a general way advice and counsel as the the relation that the husband and wife should bear to each other and to the family, for the prosperity, material and spiritual, of all concerned. The speaker deplored the fact of so many of the wives and mothers of his church being employed away from their own homes, to the detriment and neglect of their own children. he counseled economy, sobriety and education as the three things essential to the progress of the negro race, and quoted statistics to prove the race was becoming more prosperous through adherence to the three rules mentioned.
Bishop Lane is the founder and president of Lane college in his native town of Jackson. He stopped over night in Kansas City on his way to the annual conference of his church, which will be held at Topeka next week.
Labels: churches, Highland avenue, ministers, Nineteenth street, race, Topeka, visitors
September 2, 1907
MILTON J. OLDHAM HURT.
The Attorney Struck by a Passenger
Train and May Die.
Milton J. Oldham, 2905 Euclid avenue, an attorney with offices in the Scarritt building, was struck and dangerously hurt by a westbound passenger train on the Santa Fe railroad, at Turner, Kas., at about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
Oldham had been visiting Mrs. Emma Moffett, of Turner, during the day and had just sepped behind one train, only to get in front of another. He was thrown several feet by the cowcatcher and was unconscious several hours. Mr. Oldham was put on board a Kansas City bound train and put in care of Dr. D. E. Clopper at Argentine. It was found that he sustained internal injuries, from which he may die.
Mr. Oldham was placed temporarily in the Argentine Young Men's Christian Association rooms last night, and will be sent to a hospital in Topeka this morning.
Labels: attorney, doctors, Euclid avenue, railroad, Scarritt building, Topeka, YMCA
August 21, 1907
D. F. COBB KILLED
MEETS DEATH IN FIDELITY
BUILDING ELEVATOR SHAFT.
FELL FROM FOURTH FLOOR
JANITOR AVERY HAD TRIED TO
OPERATE THE ELEVATOR.
Unfamiliarity With Its Mechanism
May Have Been Responsible for
Accident -- Brother Saw Dead
Body and Asked Who
DANIEL FOREST COBB, TEXAS LANDS
PROMOTER, KILLED LAST NIGHT IN
ELEVATOR SHAFT OF FIDELITY
Falling through the elevator shaft from the fourth floor of the Fidelity Trust building, Daniel Forest Cobb, president of the firm of Dan F. Cobb & Co., was instantly killed at 7:30 o'clock last night. The body was found at the bottom of the shaft in a badly bruised condition by Tom Avery, a janitor in the building, whose inexperience at handling elevators, it is alleged, was indirectly responsible for Mr. Cobb's death.
When announcement of the accident was conveyed to the bereaved family at their home, 3411 Troost avenue, little Cecil Cobb, the 10-year-old daughter, became frantic and rushed to an open window. She exclaimed she no longer cared to live. Opportunely Mr. Cobb's brother was present and restrained the girl from harming herself.
Mr. Cobb's offices were on the fourth floor of the Fidelity Trust building. He was one of the most extensive dealers in Northwest Texas lands in the country. Last night he was waiting in his office for a party of tourists he was to take to Texas today. The elevators had stopped running and the only employe remaining in the building was Tom Avery, a janitor. According to Avery, Mr. Cobb requested him to operate the elevator, as the regular operators had gone home and he was expecting some friends there soon from out of town.
HOW THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED.
Avery, who was the only witness, made the following statement to the coroner:
"Mr. Cobb rang the bell several times and finally I took the elevator up to the fourth floor, where his offices were. He said to me, 'Tom, you must be asleep! Why didn't you come up sooner.' "
I told him I was not an elevator man; that they had all gone home and that I was not supposed to operate the cars. He then said he was expecting some friends there and that he wanted me to get them to his office.
"Then I went back down to the first floor to my work. Shortly he began ringing the bell again, and I went up to the fourth floor. Not thoroughly understanding how to run an elevator I did not stop the car just at the landing, but went on up about four feet. When I came down the bottom of the car caught one of Mr. Cobb's feet, crushing it to the floor.
"He cried with pain and throwing up the reverse lever I quickly shot the car upward again, thinking it would release his foot. That was the last I saw of poor Mr. Cobb. He had fallen into the shaft and dropped to the bottom."
Avery is an elderly man, and his frame shook with grief while he related the sad details.
"God help me," he cried. "Mr. Cobb was such a good man and so kind to me. What can I do, what can I do. I thought I was trying to help him, but see what I have done."
The grief stricken janitor was led away by Henry C. Brent, vice-president of the Fidelity Trust Company, who was one of the first persons to reach the body after it had reached the bottom of the shaft. Mr. Brent spoke high words of Avery's services, telling Coroner Thompson that he had been a trusty employe of the company for many years.
SHOCK TO COBB'S BROTHER.
Walking cheerfully into the lobby of the building shortly after the coroner had arrived, enroute to Mr. Cobb's office, were Luther Cobb, a brother, who has offices in the Ridge building, and Jay M. Jackson, president of the Jackson Land Company, in the Gibralter building, a former business associate and close friend of the deceased. When they saw the dead body of a man lying on a stretcher near the elevator entrance Luther Cobb asked a newspaper reporter standing nearby the cause of the excitement and whose body was lying on the stretcher.
Not knowing that the man was a brother he told that Daniel F. Cobb, a real estate man with offices upstairs, had fallen through the elevator shaft and been killed.
The brother became colorless, gasped for breath, rushed to the remains and, throwing aside the covering, looked into the face of the dead man. He gave a shriek and fell into the arms of Mr. Jackson and nearly collapsed. Quickly recovering himself, the brother's first words were in the interest of the surviving members of the family.
"His poor wife and children; they will never be able to stand this awful blow. But I must tell them; no one else can do it but me."
BORE SAD NEWS TO FAMILY
Mr. Jackson's horse and buggy were outside the building and taking it the brother and Mr. Jackson drove quickly to the home of the bereaved family. They were met at the door by Mrs. Cobb and the three daughters, Cecil, 10, Doris, 8, and Louis, 6 years old, respectively. The news of the death of the husband and father was broken by Mr. Cobb. The wife and mother was stricken dumb for a moment and the eyes of the little children opened wide with a mixture of horror and unbelief.
"Yes, he was killed a few minutes ago," replied her uncle. Then he told them the details of the tragedy.
Mrs. Cobb became hysterical, the two smaller children seemed to fail to grasp the true meaning of the word death, but with a heart-rending cry of intense anguish Cecil darted up the stairway crying that she would also kill herself so she "could be in Heaven with her father." Luther Cobb reached the child just as she was about to plunge through the open window.
TOLD OVER THE TELEPHONE.
S. P. Cobb, a brother of the dead man, is a guest at the Midland hotel. With a party of friends he spent the evening at a theater and did not hear of the accident until he went to the desk for his room key. Several times the hotel clerk had sent a bellboy about the hotel calling for Mr. Cobb to answer urgent calls by telephone, but he could not be located.
It was nearly midnight when Mr. Cobb entered the hotel and went to the desk for his key. A yellow slip of paper bearing a telephone number was handed out with the key.
"Who could be calling for me at this time of night?" mused Mr. Cobb as he studied the slip.
"It's your brother's house," volunteered the clerk. "I fear they have some bad news there for you."
Mechanically the man took down the receiver. The telephone girls, the cashier, clerks and bellboys grouped about the desk watching, but none dared break the news to him.
The telephone girl gave Mr. Cobb immediate connection with his number and in an instant his face clouded then turned crimson.
"Which one?" he asked. Someone at the other end of the wire were telling him of his brother's death. There were two brothers at home and in good health when Mr. Cobb had departed for the theater.
Hanging up the receiver, Mr. Cobb beckoned to a friend and the two hastened to a carriage. He had received the message and was going to his brother's family.
LEFT $50,000 INSURANCE.
Daniel Forest Cobb was born 43 years ago in Owen county, Ky. After reaching manhood he went East and engaged in the brokerage business in New York and Philadelphia. Later he was sent to Topeka, where he held the position of state manager for the Equitable Life Assurance society. Six years ago he came to Kansas City and opened offices in the Fidelity Trust building. He dealed exclusively in Northwest Texas lands and was said to be one of the largest individual operators in the West. According to Jay M. Jackson, Mr. Cobb carried fully $50,000 in insurance, $2,500 of which was accident.
Mr. Cobb is survived by a father, who lives in Owen county, Ky., the widow, formerly Miss Ada Thompson of St. Louis; the three daughters, and two brothers, S. P. Cobb, of Wellington, Kas., and Luther Cobb, of Kansas City.
No funeral arrangements have been made at this time.
Labels: accident, buggy, children, Coroner Thompson, death, elevators, Texas, Topeka, Troost avenue
August 10, 1907
NEGRO POLITICIAN WAS HERE.
W. T. Vernon to Deliver Speeches
in St. Joseph and Topeka.
W. T. Vernon, a negro, registrar of the United States treasury, spent an hour in Kansas City last night. He went to St. Joseph, where this afternoon he will be the speaker at the Tri-City exposition.
The Tri-City exposition at St. Joseph began Sunday and closes tonight. It was organized to show the progress of the negro in the West. The Washington politician will speak on the negro question, but said last night at the depot that he will also have a great deal to say about organized labor.
Next week Vernon will speak in Topeka at the convention of the Business League, another negro organization, which closes next Friday. He said he will remain in Kansas about two weeks before returning to Washington.
Booker T. Washington and other prominent negro educators will speak in Topeka during the week.
Labels: race, St.Joseph, Topeka, Union depot
April 10, 1907
HELD AN I. O. O. F. DEGREE.
Only Woman to Achieve This Honor,
Mrs. S. M. Hanna, Is Dead.
Mrs. Sarah Miles Hanna, 82 years of age, the oldest member of the Daughters of Rebekah, and the only woman upon whom the degree of chivalry was ever conferred by the I. O. O. F., was stricken with paralysis at noon Monday and died early yesterday morning at her home, 1808 East Eleventh street.
She was the wife of the late Philip K. Hanna, for years United States representative from the Forty-eight district of Illinois, w3as a cousin of General Nelson A. Miles, and cousin by marriage of General Philip C. Hanna, present consul general to the republic of Mexico. Her father, Solomon Stoddard Miles, was educated in Athens, Greece, and for years was president of the Presbyterian college at Zanesville, O.
The elevation of Mrs. Hanna to an Odd Fellow degree higher than any other woman ever attained occurred in January, 1903, when the sovereign grand lodge of the world met at Des Moines, Ia. To the state lodge of Kansas fell the honor of escorting Mrs. Hanna to Des Moines, as she had been for twenty years the grand chaplain of the state of Kansas. An official from London, England, conferred the honor. A special jeweled emblem in gold and enamel, embracing a heart and crown set in diamonds, was given her at the time.
Fifty-two years ago last month, in Rock Island, Ill,. Mrs. Hanna took the Rebekah degree, though she was a regularly constituted member of the order long before that. Schuyler Colfax, who was an intimate friend of her husband, and who originated the order, gave her at that time a three-link ring, which she wore until her death. It had long since become so thin that it had to be reinforced.
Having grown up with the Odd Fellows, Mrs. Hanna, commencing half a century ago, had been called upon to organize and reconstruct assemblies in every part of the Union, and the names of the lodges for which she has stood sponsor would, it is said, fill a good sized directory.
When she was raised to the dignity of worthy chaplain that was thought to be an innovation. But this was quite of minor importance compared with her elevation to the degree of chivalry. As no other member of her sex may hope to attain this, her career in the mystic order of Odd Fellows is considered most remarkable.
Mrs. Hanna's only surviving relative in Kansas city is her daughter, Miss Nina J. Hanna, with whom she lived, and two children in Moline, Ill., by a former marriage. They are J. C. Fielder and Mrs. Dr. J. H. Sale. The burial will be in Peabody, Kas., beside her late husband and two sons. While living at one of their ranches in the vicinity of Peabody years ago, the family selected a burial plot there.
The time of the burial has not been arranged, as there is a request that the body be allowed to lie in state in the rooms of the Wyandotte lodge, No. 6, to which she belonged. This will probably be arranged and later a special car will convey the body to Topeka, where for a day, in the quarters of the state lodge, it will also lie in state, before being taken to Peabody.
Mrs. Hanna's birthplace was Newark, O. She was born in 1825. She came to Kansas City first twenty years ago and had lived here almost continuously since.
Labels: death, Des Moines, Eleventh street, England, history, lodges, Mexico, Odd Fellows, societies, Topeka, women
March 17, 1907
'TWAS A FATAL SNEEZE.
It Brought a Handkerchief and a
Revolver From a Pocket.
It was a sneeze, a long, loud sneeze, too, that made all the trouble for Carey L. Miller, a machinist from Topeka, Kas. Miller was passing through the city yesterday on his way to Pennsylvania. He imbibed freely of Union avenue beverage. The beverage was so strong that it made Miller's eyes water and that caused him to sneeze.
When the sneeze came off Miller was making his way in a zig-zag fashion along Union avenue. The sneeze was a big one and required the use of a handkerchief to complete it. In dragging the handkerchief from his pocket, Miller also dragged out a revolver. When the "smoke wagon" struck the sidewalk Patrolman John Farrel was looking straight at Miller and at once proceeded to throw protecting arms around the stranger and to steer him into No. 2 police station.
There Miller gave the name of John Corbin. A charge of drunk and carrying concealed weapons was placed against him. If he is right good, however, and proves to be a "good fellow," the chances are that the concealed weapons charge will be wiped off the slate and only the plain drunk remain. This might be done for the reason that he is not a citizen of Kansas City.
Labels: alcohol, No 2 police station, police, Topeka, Union avenue
March 4, 1907
THEY HISSED NIELSEN.
Kansas City Singer Tried to Pacify
Disappointed Audience in an
El Paso Theatre.
EL PASO, TEX., MARCH 3 --(Special) Because the San Carlo opera company gave a greatly abridged performance of the "Barber of Seville" at a matinee performance here today, a riot almost ensued in the Crawford theater, the people demanding their money back or a fuller version of the opera.
Signor Campanari, advertised to appear in the title role, was not presented, and no explanation was made until after the performance, when it was admitted that he had been taken ill at Topeka and had returned to New York. The manager, Henry Russell, declared that the performance had been given just as they had given it in other cities in which they had played, but the people refused to be satisfied with this explanation. Miss Nielsen, who stood beside her manager while he was making the explanation, then volunteered to sing several songs in English if that would satisfy. Some listened, others talked and hissed during the entire time she was on the stage, while others sent an officer after the treasurer of the company, who had already departed for the depot with the proceeds of the performance. Miss Neilsen, standing on a deserted stage, without scenery of any sort, sang, "The Swanee River," "Coming Thru' the Rye" and "Annie Laurie" in an effort to appease the crowd. The curtain was then lowered and the crowd swarmed out to the box office, demanding their money back.
Joe Ullman, the New York bookmaker financing the tour of the company, was forcibly detained until he had sent for the treasurer of the company, who had already gone to the depot, and agreed to return the money.
The San Carlo opera company sang four operas in Convention hall here last week. Its Kansas City engagement, from a financial viewpoint, was a failure.
Labels: Convention Hall, theater, Topeka
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