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April 18, 1907


Servant Girl at Mrs. A. R. Meyer's
Home Causes a Fire Alarm.

All because the domestic in the home of Mrs. August R. Meyer, Forty-fourth street and Warwick avenue, thought there were burglars in the house, and commenced calling loudly for help and crawling out of windows, a fire alarm was turned in by a neighbor who supposed the house to be in flames. The department responded with the usual alacity, placed a ladder against the building and extracted a servant girl from vines on the roof, where she had become entangled in her efforts to escape.

After a reasonable length of time the absence of the supposed burglar was clearly established to the satisfaction of the domestics, who returned to bed. The fire department smiled and drove back to the station.

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April 4, 1907


Women Prefer Regular Hours of the
Store and Factory.

If you have a good house servant -- or an indifferent house servant for that tatter -- you will do well to retain her in your employ at almost any sacrifice. Just now there is an almost unprecedented dearth of competent domestics in Kansas City, and housekeepers are besieging the offices of the employment agencies in their efforts to get them.

"It has passed the comic paper joke stage," declared an official at the state free employment bureau's office yesterday afternoon. "It was bad enough in the winter, but now that so many more working chances for women had opened up with the spring, it is positively appalling. The women are all going to the factories and restaurants for employment, and most of them refuse to consider any kind of housekeeping positions."

"Those who come in here say they can not afford to do domestic work when they can get other employment with regular hours. All of them complain that housekeepers overwork them, without allowing them any kind of privileges. Wages for servant girls are better now than they have ever been, but that does not seem to make any difference.

"It looks as if housekeepers were going to have to do their own work, unless the situation improves," it was stated. "I know one woman with a small family who can not keep a domestic because she entertains so much. Every woman we have furnished her with says the company makes her more extra work than she can stand, so she quits. But that's a time when servants are most needed. What we are going to do about it I'm sure I don't know."

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January 14, 1907



Gained and Entrance by Prying Open a Window in the Dining Room.
Maid Asleep on an Upper Floor Was Not Disturbed.

When R. S. Crohn, public administrator, 100 East Twenty-ninth street, returned home from the theater with his wife and two daughters about 11:30 o'clock Saturday night he found the bolt on the front door had been set in such manner as to make it impossible to open the door excepting from the inside. He tried his night latch key in the door, but it would not open. For several minutes he fumbled about the door trying to effect an entrance. He then became convinced that some intruder had entered the house, as the bolt could only be set from the inside.

Mr. Crohn started toward the rear of the house, and on reaching the side yard saw a window into the dining room wide open. Without saying a word to his wife or daughters he climbed into the open window and went to the telephone and informed police headquarters. Then he made a search through the house, but found no one within, though there were indications on every hand of burglars having been present. After opening the front door and admitting his wife and daughters a more thorough search of the house was made.

In the dining room a pile of silverware lay on the table evidently prepared for removal. A dresser drawer in Mr. Crohn's room stood open, and a tin box in which considerable jewelry, especially heirlooms, and a collection of rare old coins was kept, was missing. The real value of the contents of the box to the family is inestimatable, but the market value is more than $1,000.

A hand shopping bag belonging to the eldest daughter, and containing $15 was taken from her room, and though there were several pieces of jewelry in the room they were not molested. In the second drawer of the dresser from which the tin box of jewelry was taken was some money, but the burglars evidently were frightened away before continuing their search of this drawer.

It is believed that the burglars were at work when Mr. Crohn was fumbling with the latch on the front door in trying to open it. Footprints in the sod below the window through which entrance to the house was had, showed distinctly the marks of two different pairs of shoes. Marks on the window showed that it had been pried open with a "jimmie."
The burglars had not been in the house a great while before Mr. Crohn's return home, as the maid who had been out during the evening, returned about an hour before, and when she entered the house, she went through the dining room, and at that time the window was closed. The made went directly to her room on the second floor and retired. She was asleep when Mr. Crohn and his family returned.

Detectives Lum Wilson and Alonzo Ghent were assigned to work on the case, but last night no arrests had been made.

Mr. Crohn has offered a reward of $250 for the return of the stolen articles.

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