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December 23, 1909


Early Morning Run Disastrous
Both to Men and Horse.

Three firemen were painfully hurt and one horse injured so badly that he had to be shot yesterday morning when hose wagon No. 3 was making a run to a fire at the city market. The fire started in the kitchen on the second floor of Julius J. Blake's restaurant, 25 city market.

As No. 3 hose wagon with two horses attched was making the turn at Tenth street and Baltimore avenue the wagon bounded into a five foot excavation. The great speed caused the wagon to bounce out again with such force that Captain M. E. Gaffey, Lieutenant George Monahan and W. L. Grooms, the driver, were thrown from the wagon. The horses were badly frightened, and ran east on Tenth street to Main where they collided with a trolley pole, which threw both to the ground. One horse was uninjured, but "Buffalo," who had been in the department since 1901, suffered a broken leg, and had to be killed.

Captain Gafffey was cut on the forehead and Lieutenant Monahan's right leg was sprained while Grooms, the driver, got off with a sprained shoulder. The injured men were helped back to the fire station where they were attended by Dr. C. E. Wilson. All are expected to be able to resume their duties within a few days.

It was estimated that $1,500 would cover the damage to the fixtures and loss on the building.

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November 23, 1909


City Market Open Until 10 O'clock
Wednesday Night.

The city market will continue open until 10 o'clock Wednesday night to accommodate Thanksgiving supply buyers, and on Thursday will close at 10 a. m.

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August 4, 1909


W. H. Winants Tells of Pioneer
Movement in Electric Railways.

Some idea of the complete way in which the street railway properties are wiped out may be gathered from the fate of the old Northeast electric line. It was only in an accidental way yesterday that the fact was developed that within the last twenty years there was built, operated and wiped out in this city an electric railway. The contractor who was speaking of the line could not recall particulars of it, but remembered that Colonel W. H. Winants, president of the Mercantile bank of this city, had been president of the old company. When Colonel Winants was asked about the road he told a story that was one of pioneering.

"Municipal transportation is a dangerous thing," said the Mercantile bank's president. "So many bright minds are bent upon perfecting the means of rapid transit that great discoveries are made, so great that they destroy all earlier methods. Eight men, including myself, found some twenty years ago that horse cars, dummy engines and cable railways would soon be obsolete and that electricity would be the moving power.

"We raised money for a line and took over the Northeast horse car line. That system ran from the Market square to Woodland avenue by way of Independence avenue. It took care of only that territory, and being a mule line, was not conducive to settlers going beyond. With electricity available we went further. We left Independence avenue and laid rails along the present route, though not so far east as the cars now go.

"When we went out there we went out alone. Our equipment was crude, being then newly invented, and the consequence was the service was not as good as it might be. It would not be accepted today. But we ran electric cars, the people saw how much faster they went than the old mules, and how much farther they could go without coming to a dead stop. Mules would go only so far.

"Poor as our service was, the line began to develop the country, and in an incredibly short space of time there were houses going up all along the route, and thus began the growth of the northeast part of Kansas City. The street cars did it."

Asked what became of the line, President Winants laughed and said that "modern inventions and other things made it necessary to get a bigger company, the Metropolitan, to take it over.

"I had the honor of being the president of the first electric line in Kansas City, and the only 'gravity system' we have had. One morning I arrived at the car line barns at Highland avenue, or near there, and found the trolley had got mixed up with the overhead rigging, and had been torn off the top of the car. It would not do to tie up the system. It was time for people to be getting down town. So I had the trolley pole laid at the curb, closed the doors, told the passengers there would be no stop made till we got to the end of the line, thus giving a chance to any who wanted to get off, and away we went.

"It was a downhill run all the way except past Shelley park, and we gathered enough momentum before reaching that level to carry us on to the next decline. We made the trip all right, and thus began and ended Kansas City's gravity line.

"Seriously speaking," resumed Colonel Winants, "there is a great risk in street car sureties. The lines have to spend vast sums of money pioneering. They do a tremendous amount of good to the city and a new invention may wipe them out."

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May 21, 1909


Negro Who Had a Blood-Stained
Nickel Gives It Away.

The actual trial of James Sharp, street preacher, will begin this morning in the criminal court. By that time the jury will have been selected from among the fifty-seven men who were chosen Tuesday and Wednesday. Sharp no doubt will have something to say about the jury. Whether he will go on the stand has not yet been decided.

Lon Benton, the negro janitor at the city market, was standing in the property clerk's office at police headquarters yesterday morning, when Adam God's overcoat was brought from behind the counter preparatory to a trip to the court house, where it is to be used in evidence. A nickel, rusted with blood stains fell out of one of the pockets, and Lon picked it up. A half dozen men, anxious to own the souvenir, offered to buy the coin, but Lon refused to part with it.

Late in the afternoon, he approached Patrick Boyle, the shortstop, in front of the desk and handed him the coin.

"Take it," he said. "I got to thinking after I put it in my pocket that it would bring me bad luck, and you couldn't hire me to keep it now."

Patrolman Boyle does not believe in bad luck signs and is now exhibiting a memento of the riot.

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March 7, 1909


Fruit Peddlers Persist in Occupying
Sidewalk Space at Market Square.

The city is finding Greeks, who persist in occupying space on the sidewalks bordering the west side of the market square with stalls, an insistent and troublesome force to deal with. Two weeks ago their stalls were torn down and the tenants made to move away. Last Saturday they returned with their outfits and were getting ready to sell soft drinks and fruit when they were again obliged to disperse. Yesterday, one of their number was back and doing business before his presence was observed. Gus Pearson, city comptroller, had the police give the invader the run.

It is becoming mooted about that the Greeks who persist in disobeying the orders of the city and courts to keep away from the vicinity are being encouraged by politicians who exploit them to be useful about election time. They are being made voters in large numbers.

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March 5, 1909



Each Woman Thought Little Leo
Cassidy, Decapitated and Mangled
Beyond Immediate Recogni-
tion, Was Her Own.

Leo Cassidy, aged 4 years, was run over and instantly killed by a Northeast car yesterday afternoon while playing in the street with two other small boys. The boy lived with his aunt, Mrs. Anna Reddick, at 613 Forest avenue. Excited mothers who thought the unfortunate child might be one of their own, thronged the street, pushed and crowded each other in a mad endeavor to identify the mangled body under the trucks of the car. The accident occurred at Independence avenue and Holmes street.

Mrs. Reddick was in the habit of leaving the child with Mrs. John Davis, 557 Holmes street, during the day while she was at work in Blake's restaurant at the city market. The child slipped out of the house unnoticed. Johnny and Teddy Trent, aged 5 and 3 respectively, who live in the same house with their parents, greeted Leo with a childish welcome.


Leo ran directly across the street in front of a fast approaching car, the two Trent boys behind him. As the car struck Leo, the others turned and ran screaming to the house. Within the shortest possible time every mother in the neighborhood was on the scene of the tragedy where a crowd had gathered.

Though several persons had seen the accident, none was able to give a concise account of the tragedy. Maud Mahoney of 543 Holmes street was an eye witness. She said that she saw the three children run across the street and a moment later one was run down by the car. Mrs. Gus Berkowitz, who lives over the grocery store at 706 Independence avenue, looked out of the window in time to see the children start in their chase. She thought one of them was her own and was in the act of leaping out the window when she was caught by her husband. All the witnesses said that the car was going at a moderate rate of speed.


When Mrs. Davis reached the scene her agony knew no bounds, and her screams attracted persons for blocks. D. M. Armstrong, the motorman of the car, was leaning back in the vestibule, his face deathly pale, and Charles Perkins, the conductor, was taking down names. The trunk of the body lay under the car. The head, under the trucks, was beyond recognition.

Passengers from the blockaded cars began to alight when Sergeant John Ravenscamp arrived with a squad of policemen. It took their united efforts to clear the street. Excited mothers would rush up and try to identify the child as their own.

The scene of the accident is one of the crowded parts of the city and is within a block of the proposed North End playground. The Washington school is a block away and all motormen are supposed to run their cars slowly at that point.

Immediately after the accident, the crew of the car were placed under arrest by Detective Ben Sanderson. They were arraigned before Justice of the Peace James Richardson last night, and were released on a $500 bond, furnished by the street railway company. Neither would make a statement.

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February 2, 1909


One North of the City Market Is to
Be Acquired.

Both houses of the council last night authorized the city comptroller to spend $250,000 acquired from the sale of bonds for the purchase of the square bounded by Main, Walnut, Third and Fourth streets. The buildings will be razed and sheds erected for the use of farmers having produce to sell. It was stated that an arrangement had been perfected with the several owners of the property to dismiss court appeals from the verdict of the condemnation jury.

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August 28, 1908


Stole Tub of Pig's Feet and Went to

Frank McGinnis, while ambling about the city market yesterday morning, stole a tub of pickled pigs' feet. The farmer saw him just in time and chased McGinnis toward Patrolman T. M. Dalton, who "confiscated" him and immediately arraigned him in police court.

"Be a gentleman, judge. Make the fine light," pleaded McGinnis of Harry G. Kyle, police judge. "I used to train with Jack Gallagher down here in the North End, and he always got me out of trouble. But now --"

McGinnis got no further. The entire court room laughed -- even the judge could not repress a broad grin. He fined McGinnis $5 and he rode.

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May 26, 1908


Taken by William Becker and His
Wife on a Northeast Car.

William Becker and wife, 413 Prospect avenue, were suffering yesterday from a most unusual injury received Sunday night on an eastbound Northeast-Rockhill car. The accident occurred on one of the new cars, and in one of the long seats running parallel at the rear of the car. Just as the car rounded the curve into Maple avenue, Becker and his wife, from some source unseen by them, received such a terrific shock of electricity that they were thrown across the car to the opposite seats.

Becker was at work in the city market yesterday for C. L. Reeder, a fish merchant, but his right arm was practically useless and his right let was also in bad shape. He said his wife was shocked on the right side below the waist.

"I can't imagine where the shock came from," said Becker, "but I know that it was so strong that it almost blinded me for a moment. The conductor told me afterwards that his shoulder was almost dislocated when he grabbed me as I was thrown from the seat. I have heard of cars being charged with electricity on damp nights, and as it was very damp Sunday it may be that this car was in that state.

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January 31, 1908


Profitable Mistake for One Mr. Nichols
in Police Holdover.

T. Edward Lickiss, former chauffeur for Dr. J. D. Griffith, 201 East Armour boulevard, was yesterday released from the workhouse and turned over to his brother, G. A. Lickiss, of Percy, Ill., who arrived here in the morning. The young chauffeur was fined $500 in police court Tuesday on a charge of exceeding the speed limit, and given a stay on all but $50.

An amusing incident happened while Lickiss was being held in the holdover. A young woman went down and asked permission to send him a "swell meal, as I know he's hungry." She was given permission and ordered the following from a restaurant in the city market:

Porterhouse steak with mushrooms.
German fried potatoes.
Apple pie.

Not bad for a prisoner in the holdover who would have gotten a "plain chuck with the juice knocked out," a hunk of bread and a tin of inky coffee.

But Lickiss must have been born under an unlucky star. Soujourning in the holdover with him was a man named Nichols. No Nichols was a "safe keeper." He had been on a rip roaring time and had reached the stage where he could have eaten a stewed boot heel or a boiled mink muff. When the woman said to the jailer the food was "for Mr. Lickiss," he understood the woman to say "for Mr. Nichols"

The swell spread arrived promptly and the jailer ushered the big platter into the cell of Nichols, the jag.

"A lady sent this to you," said the jailer. "Didn't leave her name."

"Thanks, awfully, old chap," replied Nichols after he had rubbed his eyes and pinched himself a few times "Didn't know I had a friend on earth"

Nichols then fell to. Lickiss and the others, who had dined on "jail grub" looked on and envied the fortunate man. They all wished that they, too, had a ministering angel as Nichols had -- and Lickiss had a lurking suspicion that he did have. She had been down to see him and had said she would send him a "swell meal" but it had not arrived.

Later in the day it was discovered that Lickiss was "out a meal" and Nichols was "in a meal," but it was too late to remedy it then. Nichols was fast asleep, a calm, satisfied smile playing over his placid features.

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January 8, 1907


Dr. Murray Made a Profitable Round
of Food Shops Yesterday.

Dr. Benjamin P. Murray, an assistant food inspector in the office of Dr. W. P. Cutler, was out on the scout yesterday for bad meat, bad game -- in fact, anything bad that came within the provisions of the food laws. And he had his trusty coal oil can with him, a dead shot when nit comes to placing suspicious food stuffs out of commission.

At an East Missouri avenue meat market the doctor found twenty-three and one-half pounds of mutton and ninety pounds of spareribs, all bad. He "shot" both with a stream of coal oil.

In a Fourth street commission house Dr. Murray came upon twenty-four rabbits which he found necessary to oil A short block brought him to the city market where he oiled twenty-eight large, long-eared jack rabbits. Later he found a sixty-pound pig in a wholesale meat market on Fourth street. The doctor had just taken aim with his coal oil can, when he was importuned to let piggie go unharmed to the soap factory. He uncocked his oil can and consented. But he remained there long enough to see the little porker off to the factory.

H. F. Guyette, inspector of bakeries, hotels, and restaurants under Dr. Cutler, reported that he had coal oiled ten pounds of hamburger steak which he found in a Main street restaurant.

"Our inspectors have to be doubly careful now," said Dr. Cutler, "o account of the warm weather, when, at this season of the year, it should be cold. Especially is that true as to rabbits shipped here.

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September 15, 1907


Creamery Trust Boosts Price From 30
to 35 Cents a Pound.

"What! Creamery butter at 35 cents a pound!" exclaimed a woman at the city market last night. "Well, you had better just give me half pound, instead of a pound."

"You had better take two pounds, madam," said the clerk. "A half pound will cost you 20 cents, while you can get two pounds for 65 cents."

"When did butter go up?" asked the shopper, after she had decided that it would be a matter of economy to buy two pounds.

"Today," said the clerk. "We got notice from the creameries today that the best butter would be advanced today. We have been selling it for 20 cents, you know."

"What is the cause of it going up?" asked the shopper.

"Can't say," said the clerk. "More money for the creameries, I s'pose. They claimed to us that cream was scarce, and blamed it all on the dairymen, and the dairymen lay it on the cows."

"It's a shame the way these trusts are putting up the prices," said the woman, indignantly. "You might give me a dozen eggs. How are you selling them?"

"Twenty-five cents a dozen, two dozen for 45 cents," said the clerk.

"Eggs have gone up too, then?" asked the woman.

"Yes," said the clerk. Went up today. The commission men blame it all on the helpful hen. They say she's getting lazy, and the supply of eggs is short."

"Well, I think I'll look at another place and see how they are selling eggs," said the shopper. "I can't afford to pay these high prices."

She visited all the other stalls at the market, pricing butter and eggs, but she found the prices the same everywhere.

"And you'd better buy here, too, madam," said one clerk. "Because your grocer won't give you the benefit of two cents off if you buy two pounds of butter, or two dozen eggs."

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