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April 30, 1907


The Carriage of Mrs. Claude Carlat
Stopped at Eleventh.

A driverless team, drawing a closed carriage in which Mrs. Claude A. Carlat and her little daughter were imprisoned, galloped along Walnut street from Ninth to Eleventh street yesterday just before noon. Swerving to avoid a coming street car and shying at an excavation their speed was so checked at Eleventh that one of the horses could be seized by the reins and stopped.

T. H. Graham, the coachman, ahd left the team to go into a store. He had no explanation to offer as to why he did it.

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April 30, 1907


Asks Divorce and Alimony -- Other
Cases in Independence.

Margaret J. Holmes commenced suit for divorce yesterday in the circuit court in Independence, against Guy Holmes, whom she charges with desertion. They were married September 23, 1896, and separated February 12, 1907. Mrs. Holmes askes for the custody of her 9-year old son, Robert Stone Holmes. She asks for alimony for the support of herself and child, and alleges that her husband is able to pay alimony, but does not specify his property in the petition.

Other suits for divorce filed in Independence were: Robert E. Aiken against Mollie Aiken, Lillian Bouldin against James B. Bouldin, Wilburn J. Phillips against Carrie Phillips, and Carrie Stewart against David C. Stewart.

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April 30, 1907


Senator Warner Will Take the Case
Up With the Department Today.

WASHINGTON, April 29. -- (Special.) Senator Warner will take up the Charles Anderson pardon matter with the president and attorney general Tuesday.

J. M. Kennedy, secretary to Representative Ellis, has classified the petitions and got them in shape so the attorney general can go through them rapidly. He will take them to the department of justice and will be accompanied by Senator Warner.

"I do not apprehend any trouble geting the pardon," said Senator Warner, "although it may not come for a few days."

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April 29, 1907


How an Orpheum Audience Lost a
Head-Line Performance.

The throwing of a beer keg to the stage floor to give the audience the impression that an inebriated man was rolling down stairs cost the Orpheum its headline act for two performances yesterday. The Finneys, champion swimmers, who perform in a big glass tank filled with water, had everything ready for their number and were standing in the wings awaiting their Turn. Frank Mostyn Kelly and E. H. Calvert were presenting their playlet, "Tom and Jerry," in which one of them is supposed to fall down stairs. To get the proper bumping effect a beer keg is bounced on the stage. It bounced. And then there followed a report like that of a pistol. The stage employes rushed back and found the water spurting from three great cracks in the plate glass in the front of the tank. Buckets and rags were gotten to catch the flow and the performers dashed below to their dressing rooms to get their clothes out of the way. Manager Lehman came on the stage when the Finneys' turn came and announced to the audience that they would not be able to go on. The shattered glass was shown. This was the first time in fifteen years that he had had to announce a disappointment of an act because of an accident. He telephoned at once to Omaha, where the Finneys have an extra tank, and it will be here this morning in time for this afternoon's performance.

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April 29, 1907


Two Afternoons to Be Given Them at
Electric Park.

It has been decided to devote two afternoons of each week to children's parties to be given in the fine new ball room at Electric park. Miss Gertrude Wagner, a dancing teacher, has been engaged to oversee these parties, and there will be free dancing lessons for all children who come to them. Until school is out the childrens' parties will be given on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, but when the school year is over the parties may be more frequent. The instruction in dancing is to be entirely free to juvenile pupils. After the little people get to dancing, there will be more childrens' cotillions, and masquerade parties. Miss Wagner, will, of course, be the superintendent of these parties though the children's parents may come as spectators.

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April 30, 1907


"Aunt Ellen" Phillips, 101, Was a
Slave of Cassius M. Clay.

SEDALIA, MO., April 29. -- (Special.) Mrs. Ellen Phillips, a negress aged 101 years, died today at her home in Georgetown. She was a native of Kentucky, and before the war was a slave in the family of Colonel Cassius M. Clay. "Aunt Ellen" lived in this county for more than fifty years.

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April 29, 1907


Mrs. Henry E. Lantry Will Add a
Dormitory to St Anthony's Home.

Mrs. Henry E. Lantry, of 318 West Armour boulevard, has announced to the directors of the St. Anthony's Hospital and Infants' home that she intended to fit up a dormitory of twenty beds in the new building in memory of her son, Henry Jordan Lantry, who died about four months ago. The cost of establishing the memorial room will be about $500.

The women in charge of the home are planning to open the new building in memory of her son, Henry Jordan Lantry, who died about four months ago. The cost of establishing the memorial room will be about $500.

The women in charge of the home are planning to open the new building formally about May 15. Already enough rooms have been fitted through the generosity of friends of the institution to warrant the regular opening. John Long recently furnished an entire suite of eight rooms, and a ward large enough to accommodate fifteen beds. Duff and Repp Furniture Company and the Peck Dry Goods Company have each furnished a reception room in cozy fashion, and the Jones Dry Goods Company are donating the furnishings for a private bed room.

It is planned to make the opening an elaborate affair, in the form of a "pound party," and the management will be assisted by the Elks and the Knights of Columbus lodges. A musical programme will be arranged for the occasion.

St. Anthony's home is a maternal hospital, an infants' home and a day nursery. It is located on Twenty-third street between Walrond and College avenues. The building movement, of which the present commodious structure was the result, was launched several months ago at a meeting addressed by Archbishop Ireland. Donations of from 50 cents to hundreds of dollars were received by the committee in charge until enough money was raised to warrant the building.

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April 28, 1907



Father Gives Consent and She Returns to Home
Where She Was Marguerite Jackels--
Ready to Get a Divorce,
She Says.

Less than ten days of married life proved to Mr. and Mrs. Walter D. Smith, 20 and 19 years old, respectively, that the path of matrimony may e a thorny one. Mrs. Smith, formerly Miss Marguerite Jackles, the daughter of Charles F. Jackels, 3653 Harrison, left the roof of her mother-in-law, 1809 East Seventh street, last Thursday evening and returned to the home of her parents, where she declares she will remain.

The marriage of the two, which, in reality, was an elopement, a week ago last Wednesday afternoon, created considerable interest on account of aid given them by young Smith's father, in the face of strong objections made by the young woman's parents.

The young woman was a student of Miss Bigelow's private school, and on the date of her elopement attended the morning session. Walter Smith, who is the son of Sigel D. Smith, a cigar salesman, had left Central high school in January. The two had been sweethearts since childhood, but several months before their elopement the Jackels had forbade him coming to their home. On the day of their marriage the couple met and went to the court house, where the elder Smith was waiting. After procuring the license, a drive to the home of Rev. George H. Combs, pastor of the Independence Boulevard Christian church, was made, and in the presence of the father and mother of young Smith the knot was tied. Mr. Jackels, who is a traveling salesman, was away at the time, but when Mrs. Jackels heard of the marriage, three hours after it had taken place, she hurried to police headquarters to enlist the services of the police in helping her to locate the two. She heard that they were at the Kupper hotel, and there she rushed, to find that they had taken dinner there and gone. There was nothing for her to do then but to send a telegram to her husband. This was done, and the father of the girl hurried back to Kansas City. The couple had gone to the home of young Smith's parents to live, and word was sent by the father to his daughter that he would never consent to his son-in-law entering his home, but for her the latchstring would always hang on the outside.

For several days there was not a ruffle to mar the happiness of the two, but about the fourth day the young bride began to show discontent. The Smiths did all in their power to make surroundings pleasant for her, but to no avail. Last Monday she called up her parents by telephone, and asked her father if she might return home and bring her husband.

The reply was firmly in the negative, the father repeating his edict against young Smith ever entering his home. Wednesday she called her father up again and asked if she could return home, this time alone.

"I want to come home so badly, father," she pleaded. "I am sorry I did it. I wish I hadn't got married."

"Marguerite, I am sorry, too," replied the father, "but live with him a year, and then if you want to, come back you may."

Left alone Thursday morning by her husband, the girl brooded over her troubles, and, at last, declaring that she could no longer stand it, for the third time called up her father.

"Please let me come now," she said appealingly. "Let me get a divorce. I cannot stand this any longer."

The father finally gave in to his daughter's pleadings, and, accordingly to arrangements she met her father at the home of a girl friend, and the two returned home together.

"I am so happy to get back to my home," she declared. "It seems so good to have my mamma and papa, and be here right in my own home. I don't see whatever possessed me to do as I did. I will ever leave it again. I will never return to my husband under any circumstances."

Mr. Jackels said last night that so long as his daughter was happy he was satisfied with conditions.

"Of course, the marriage of my daughter was an unfortunate occurrence," he said. "it was a misstep on her part, but we are all ready to forgive her. Nothing has been decided as to what further will be done regarding obtaining a legal separation, but Marguerite will go back to school and complete her education. However, she will not go to school again in Kansas City. We had planned before to send her away to school next year and this former plan will be carried out."

Young Smith was out of the city last night. He went away Friday morning on business, according to his father, but will return within a few days.

"My son's wife received the best kind of treatment at our house," said Mr. Smith. "We treated her as if she were our own daughter and so far as her surroundings being made pleasant, everything possible was done by us to accomplish that end. Everything would have gone along nicely had not the influence of the girl's parents been brought so strongly to bear upon the young woman. Homesickness seized the girl."

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April 27, 1907


Walking across a lawn of newly laid sod, regardless of the sign, "Keep Off the Grass," cost S. Wooley, a milkman, a beating with a broomstick. But George Kaiser, the janitor of the flats at 2111 Prospect, who put up the sign and the fight, had to make an agreement with the county prosecutor to plead guilty to common assault and pay a $40 fine and serve a thirty-day jail sentence in order to avoid prosecution in Justice Miller's court for felonious assault.

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April 27, 1907


Firemen Learn Something New About
Gas Grates in Flats.

Something new in gas grates was discovered by the fire department yesterday. Responsible for the discovery is the fact that natural gas makes too hot a fire for a tin flue which answers all right when artificial gas is used.

A row of two-story flats at 508 to 514 West Twentieth street is constructed with 2 1/2 inch tin pipes inside the walls to serve as flues for grates on both first and second floors. These pipes did not end in a chimney on the roof. They simply connected with ventilators. Yesterday morning, twenty-four hours after natural gas was turned on into that district the tin tube in L. Gardner's flat on the second floor at No. 510 had burned through and flames burning from there to the roof did $400 damage before the arrival of the fire department.

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April 27, 1907


Otherwise Little Ones Might Have
Been Burned.

A house set afire by children yesterday was saved by another child, Willie Walker, who lives at 213 West Eighteenth street. He was passing by Mrs. B. F. Stine's home at 12 West Sixteenth and saw window curtains afire. Mrs. Stine had gone shopping and left two small children at home who improved their opportunity to play with matches. But for the neighbor boy's discovery and prompt action the lives of the little innocent mischief makers might have been lost. As it was the fire was extinguished with only a trifling loss.

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April 27, 1907


Was Testifying Against Her Husband
in South City Court.

Mrs. Mary Lovalette fainted in the South city court, Armourdale, yesterday morning while testifying at the preliminary hearing of her husband, Charles Lovalette, who was charged with assaulting her with intent to kill. Mrs. Lovalette swore out a warrant for the arrest of her husband last week. He immediately left the city and was arrested and brought back to Kansas City, Kas., Sunday. Judge Newhall, of the South city court, bound Lovalette over to the district court and placed his bond at $1,000. County Attorney Joseph Taggart said yesterday that in case Lovalette succeeds in giving bond for his appearance in court he will probably put him under additional bond to keep the peace.

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In Washington It Is Believed Pardon
Will Be Granted -- Barnes, the In-
former, Hints Darkly of
Sensations Yet to

A dispatch from Washington last night said that President Roosevelt has not yet received the application for pardon for Charles W. Anderson. However, he discussed the matter yesterday with people who are interested in the case, and while he will not state in advance what action he will take when the application arrives, it is the opinion of his advisers that he will readily grant a pardon.

An Associated Press dispatch from Washington says an application for the pardon of Anderson has reached Washington, and has been referred to the department of justice for examination into the records and for recommendation.

A petition expected to bear at least 20,000 names of people in Kansas City and vicinity, who sanction the release of Charles Anderson from the United States penitentiary at Leavenworth, will be forwarded to Senator William Warner this evening in turn to be submitted to the president. On the 600 or more petitions that have been circulated, more than 15,000 names had been recorded yesterday, and hundreds of letters were received by the legal committee and by those at whose places of business petitions were placed. These letters were from out-of-town people as well as persons living in the city, and all expressed the same sentiment regarding the man's release. Some were from close friends of Anderson and his family, and spoke of the man's good character, his honesty and devotion to his family, and especially his sobriety. Men who had known Anderson in a business way attested convincingly to his honesty , and neighbors to his family devotion.

All day long at places where there were petitions people went to sign. Along Twelfth street, in the neighborhood where Anderson lived and where he had been in business, his arrest and prospective release was the principal topic of discussion. Up to late in the evening people appeared singly and in groups to sign the petition at Phipps & Durbow's grocery store, at Twelfth and Holmes streets. Some of them came from their homes as far as two miles away, and one man, 72 years old, drove from Independence yesterday afternoon to enter his name upon the list of signers.

On a petition circulated yesterday among the lawyers of the city by James Garner, and attorney in the New York Life building, the names of a hundred or so of Kansas City's leading members of the legal profession were signed. Among all of the attorneys approached on the matter by Mr. Garner, but two refused to sign.

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Still Missing at Midnight.

Has B. F. Barnes, informant against Charles W. Anderson, the escaped convict, left the city, or made way with himself during a fit of remorse over his act? Mrs. Barnes, though greatly worried, believes her husband will return and satisfactorily account for his mysterious absence.

He disappeared from his place of business at 2845 Southwest boulevard yesterday morning, and at midnight last night had not been heard from by his family. Before leaving he told his wife that he was going "uptown." He added that he probably would not be home until late. He did not return for luncheon nor for dinner in the evening, and when he had not returned at midnight his wife began to feel some concern about him.

"I don't see what is keeping him," she repeated time and again as she paced the floor, now and then stopping to gaze longingly out the window. She carried her infant baby in her arms and spoke at times consolingly to her 6 -year-old boy.

"My husband never stayed away from home this way before," said Mrs. Barnes, "and for that reason I feel concerned about him now. This recent trouble has weighed heavily upon both of us, more so than most people, I think, suppose. My husband has been placed in the wrong light by the people, and the same conception as has been formed of his character has been taken of me. There are two sides to this matter, just as there are to most cases of this kind, but the impulsiveness of the people has caused them to take snap judgment on us for what has been done, with the result that we must suffer worse than really is our lot.

"There is an underlying reason for what my husband did, but what that reason is we will not discuss now. I am sorry for the whole thing, as is my husband, and though I have suffered -- God knows I have suffered -- I hold no resentment toward the public or Mr. Anderson. My sympathies fare with Mrs. Anderson and her baby, and for their sakes I hope the president will pardon him."

Mrs. Barnes is a neat appearing woman, a brunette, and comely, and of intelligent and refined appearance. She conducts a bakery and confectionery adjoining the harness store of her husband, and has been doing a profitable business. The family live in three rooms in the rear of the store. A woman friend of the family has been staying at the Barnes home during the past several days, and has assisted in taking care of the household.

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They Show That Barnes Turned
Informer for $60 Reward

Here is the correspondence through which William January, once a prisoner, afterwards Charles W. Anderson, model citizen, was apprehended, later arrested and taken back to the federal prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kas., and on account of which, as William January, he is again wearing stripes while the wife and little daughter are left helpless at home:

"Kansas City, Mo., March 21, '07
To the Warden.
Dear Sirs: -- I understand that you have a man that escaped from the old prison in 1898 by the name of January. His number was 892 or 292 or some such number. If you will send me his picture I will loket him for the reward and expenses. Let me know by return mail or telephone me."

The informer signed his name with a rubber stamp. His name is Barnes and he is a harness maker. In a few days another letter was forwarded to Warden R. W. McClaughry. It bore no date and read:

"As I have not heard from you in regard to the prisoner by the name of Bill January. I have still got him located easy to get. You send a man down and I will tell him or show him where he is at. I would arrest him but I don't want anyone to know it. I found it out on the quiet and may find out more. Write me about what to do. I will show him up for the reward of $60."

Again Barnes, who possibly can't write plain enough to be read, signed his name with the rubber stamp. He was trafficking in a human being for which he was to get $60 -- but he did not want to be known. On March 22 Warden R. W. McClaughry wrote to Barnes as follows:

"Your letter of March 21 came to hand. In reply I have to say that a prisoner named William January, No. 308 (clothes 272) did make his escape from the United States penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kas., on the night of December 9, 1898, and is still at large.

His present whereabouts are unknown to us. He is still wanted by the United States government on the charge of being a fugitive from the penitentiary.

I will pay the reward of sixty dollars ($60) for his arrest and detention until delivered to an officer from this penitentiary, or I will pay in addition to the reward the actual and reasonably incurred expenses between the place of arrest and this penitentiary on condition that the right man is delivered here. Will be pleased to hear from you at an early date. We have plenty of means to positively identify the man if he is delivered here. "

I seems that no more letters passed between Warden McClaughry and the informer, Barnes. Instead, however, the warden wrote to Chief of Police John Hayes on April 18 as follows, sending Barnes' letter:

"Inclosed find copies of correspondence which I have had with a man in your city a Mr. -----Barnes of No. -----. I do not know anything about this man Barnes, but rather suspect that he is a former prisoner from this penitentiary and that he is well acquainted with the escaped prisoner, William January, No. 272, whom we want back here to serve the unexpired part of his term which he owes here. I will pay $60 (sixty dollars) for the arrest and detention of January until he is safely delivered to an officer from this penitentiary. I will be very much obliged if you will kindly detail a couple of officers to go and see this man Barnes and see if they can get this man January. If your officers learn that January is out of Kansas City please call me up on the telephone and I will decide what to do about it. Thank you in advance for anything you may do for me in this matter, I remain, Very respectfully, R. W. MCCLAUGHRY, Warden."

The correspondence was given into the hands of Detectives Oldham and Ghent, with instructions to see Barnes. They did so on strict instructions from Chief Hayes to arrest January on view and bring him in. It has not been so stated, but it seems rather odd that January should have been arrested on the same street where Barnes has a small business., but it looks as if the escaped man may have been called down there for some purpose or other by the man who sought only the $60 reward. The detectives carried a photograph of the man wanted. Barnes identified it as that of Charles W. Anderson.

"When the man was pointed out to us on the street," the detectives said yesterday, "we arrested him, just as we would have arrested any other man for whom we had been sent out. The first thing Barnes mentioned to us was the reward. We told him that was a matter purely between him and the warden, as we expected no reward and were only sent to arrest January on orders from the chief.

"If it is true that Barnes cannot receive the reward after all, on account of some technicality, we want to state right now that not one penny will be touched by us. We knew nothing of Anderson's life here and never knew he was married and had a little baby until after the arrest. Even had we known that, however, acting under orders as we were, we still would have been compelled to arrest him."

Mrs. Charles W. Anderson, leading her little girl by the hand, went to police headquarters yesterday afternoon to ask only one question.

"What is the name of the man who caused my husband's arrest and where does he live?"

She was given all the information and told just how the arrest was brought about. "That man may have a wife, perhaps children, too," she said, as big tears trickled down her pale cheeks. "If he has I hope that they may never be caused to suffer as I am suffering now on account of the greed of a despicable informer." She made no note of the man's name, saying that she could never forget it as long as she lived. Then she and the little girl left the station hand in hand.

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A movement was suggested by members of the Red Cross mission to start a subscription list among business men of the city to raise funds for the support of Mrs. Charles Anderson and her little daughter, but to this Mrs. Anderson has not given consent. She declared that the people were already doing so much for her in trying to obtain the release of her husband that to ask more would be imposing upon the generosity of the people.

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"I Want to See Myself Right on This
Anderson Case," He Said.

Ben T. Barnes, the informer, yesterday called up Chief Hayes and said: "Here, chief, I want to set myself right on this turning up of Anderson. I want you to know that I--"

"I haven't anything on earth to do with the case," replied the chief, "further than to make the arrest on request of Warden McClaughry."

"They've raised such a rumpus about this thing that I want the officers to know that --"

"Tell that to Warden McClaughry," broke in Chief Hayes again. "All of your dealings were with him, not with me. My men dealt with you only on request from the warden. Talk to him."

"I guess I'll have to," replied Barnes. "I want to set myself right on this thing pretty soon."

"I don't see how any man could see that wife and little baby and then have the heart to take away their only support," said the chief as he turned away. "When a thing like that is put up to an officer, as this case was to us, there is no other course to pursue but arrest the man. What I can't understand is why information should be given against a man who was leading the upright life Anderson was. Had he still been living a criminal life, I could understand it better."

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Apropos of the Anderson case, the Helping Hand comes forward with a few stories of men who, laboring under religious excitement, gave themselves up to serve out unexpired terms in prison.
"I remember well one night about eight or nine years ago," said Mr. Mitchell, of that institution. "Rev. Dr. Shawhan was preaching. Testimonials were asked for. A tall man arose in the audience and came forward. 'It means something for me to give my testimony here tonight,' he said. 'It means that I will have to go back to the Colorado penitentiary at Canon City and serve a term of ten years, but I mean to do it.'
"There was a reward for $500 for the capture of that man," went on Mr. Mitchell. "He walked straight over to police headquarters, where his picture was on the wall with the advertised reward. He gave himself up and went back willingly. That man wanted to give the reward to the Helping Hand for slum work, but it was not accepted. The police nearly had a fit when that man gave himself up and $500 went to the bowwows."
E. T. Bringham told a story of another man who, after a service, went around to Rev. Mr. Shawhan's office on Fourth street and told him that he was wanted in Leavenworth. He was not believed until the prison was called up and an officer said: "Sure, we want that man. We'll send an officer down after him right away."
"Never mind," Rev. Mr. Shawhan replied' "he'll come up himself." And they say that he did.
Then they told the story of a man named Lynn. He and a "pal had planned to "crack" a safe in St. Louis, and were to go out that night on a Missouri Pacific train.
"Hiding from the police," said Mr. Brigham, "they secreted themselves under the steps while the gospel meeting was going on. When it was about over, Lynn came forward and said, 'My pal has flown, but here I am, ready to give up. I have served three terms in the pen, and I don't want too serve any more. Here are the plans of the 'crib' we were to crack in St. Louis tomorrow night."
In order to get that man home to his mother in the North, we had to get a letter from Chief Hayes to act as a pass, and his photograph was in every rogues' gallery in the country. He had learned the shoe trade in Jefferson City. He went home, went to work in a shop. After a time he was made foreman, and now he is one of the managers of a big concern."

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Adds His Recommendation for the
Pardon of Anderson.

Chief of Police John Hayes is one who believes that Charles Anderson has not had a square deal. he wrote the following letter to Congressman E. C. Ellis yesterday. It explains itself:

Hon. E. C. Ellis.
Dear Sir:--I have investigated the case of and talked with a great many people who are well acquainted with William January, alias Charles W. Anderson. They have known him for nine years and all say that they have known him as a good, law abiding citizen. As far as my investigation has gone this man has shown himself to be all the people say about him. He has led an honest and upright life since he has been in this city and considering the circumstances as they have arisen, and the upright manner in which he has conducted himself, I cannot to otherwise than recommend his pardon.

His wife and child deserve consideration in the case and they surely have the sympathy of nine-tenths of the good people of Kansas City. He made a mistake at one time in his life, but I am convinced that he has fully atoned for the error and should have the greatest consideration at the hands of a merciful people. Trusting that all efforts tending toward the speedy pardon of Charles W. Anderson may meet with success, I remain, truly and sincerely, JOHN HAYS, Chief of Police.

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A petition for the pardon of C. W. Anderson, which was circulated yesterday, was signed by all the county officials and all the circuit judges except one, the latter agreeing to add his signature today. In the city hall all the city officials signed but three, who could not be seen.

Petitions were circulated all over town by all classes of people. The Rev. John Sauer, pastor of the German Lutheran church at 1317 Oak street, will circulate a petition among the members of his church. Merchants in this city and in Kansas City, Kas., and Armourdale, secured copies of the petition and will ask for signatures among their customers.

Last night there were 600 petitions in circulation and it was estimated that 8,000 persons had signed. More than a thousand signers were secured to a petition that was circulated among the passengers of street cars yesterday. The man with the petitions would board a loaded car, go through it requesting the signatures of the passengers and get off at the next transfer point. Here he would board another car, repeating the former performance. At 6 o'clock he stated that he had secured more than 900 names and that only four time had a signature been refused.

At the meeting of the Episcopal Church Club at the Savoy hotel last night a petition was presented by Rev. Father J. Stewart Smith of St. Mary's church and signed by every member present, about fifty altogether. The motion to present the petition was seconded by Rev. Edward B. Woodruff of St. George's church.

Hundreds of names were attached to petitions circulated at the city hall yesterday asking for the immediate release of Anderson. Mayor Beardsley was about the first to sign.

"If what I have read in the newspapers concerning Anderson is right," said the mayor, "he should be given his liberty."

Last night

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"The Informer" Who Betrayed Charles
Anderson in Hope of $60 Reward.

Ben T. Barnes, an ex-convict, who conducts a harness shop at 2845 Southwest boulevard, is the person who betrayed Charles Anderson into the hands of the law.

Barnes has no regret for his act.

The tears of the heartbroken Mrs. Anderson have failed to touch a softer side of his nature. The blight cast by his act upon the name of the innocent Anderson child brings him no twinge of remorse.

Barnes knows the horrors of prison stripes -- the encircled his body for months. He knows the terrible penalty society inflicts upon its wayward members, even after they have satisfied the judgment of the law. Yet, with scheming, deliberate, cruel malevolence he consigned a fellow being who was leading an upright, honest life, respected by his neighbors, happy in his home, to a fate as pitiless as the tomb.

He sent Charles Anderson back to walled-in cells of steel, wrecked a home where love was the guiding spirit, and for what?

Was it for the $60 reward the government pays for escaped convicts?

Barnes says it was not. His letters to the prison warden tell an entirely different story.

In his home in Southwest boulevard Barnes gave his reasons for "turning up." He said: "But the public evidently wants escaped convicts to be left at large, and, as far as I'm concerned, they can have the rest of them free, since they think the law is wrong.

"It would never have been done if it had not been put up to me in such a shape that I was bound to do it for the benefit to myself. Anyone who had been in my place and under obligations to tote fair with officers, would have done the same thing. I am hoping and working to have my citizenship restored, and I was told by interested persons to 'come through' with the whereabouts of this man, and it was business for me to do it.

"It would never have been done if it had not been put up to me in such a shape that I was bound to do it for the benefit to myself. Anyone who had been in my place and under obligations to tote fair with officers, would have done the same thing. I am hoping and working to have my citizenship restored, and I was told by interested persons to 'come through' with the whereabouts of this man, and it was business for me to do it.

Lucille Anderson, Innocent Victim  Devastated by Loss of her Father.
Daughter of Charles Anderson, an Innocent
Victim of Ex-Convicts Cupidity.

"I can't understand how people who believe in supporting the majesty of the law can turn indignantly against me, I suppose it will gratify these gushing people to learn that I happen to know six or eight other escaped convicts at large in Kansas City. They are all, of course, from one prison, and there are many others from elsewhere. Do you suppose anybody is going to report such men to the officials when the public makes a hero of the wrongdoer and wants to mob the man who showed him up? I was not to judge Anderson . The law said he was wrong. It wasn't my business to take issue with the law.

Barnes is proud of his own record for honesty and industry since he got out of prison. He married seven years ago, telling the girl and her mother beforehand his history. Now he lives in a room in the rear of his shop and there are two children. He has conducted the same shop for four years, and says he is not afraid that the notoriety will injure his business.

"Everybody knows that I'm square," he says.

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Special Report -- C. W. ANDERSON



Sir: -- We, the undersigned citizens of Kansas City, Missouri, respectfully petition your excellency to grant a full pardon to one Charles W. Anderson, who is now confined in the federal prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and in support of this petition beg to submit the following brief statement of the facts:

The prisoner, Anderson, was confined in the prison nearly thirteen years ago, at the age of 21 years, under a five-year sentence for larceny from the postoffice of Stillwater, O. T. He served within eight months of his term (allowed time off for good behavior), when he embraced an opportunity to escape and fled to Kansas City, where he has been for the last nine years. On the 19th day of April, 1907, another ex-convict, who was confined in the prison at the same time, recognized Anderson, and disclosed his whereabouts to the federal authorities, and for the $60 reward originally offered for his return, Anderson was immediately arrested, and on the next day was taken back to prison.

During the nine years that Anderson lived in this community, we have learned to respect and honor him as one of our best citizens. He married an estimable young lady, and to them was born a daughter three year ago. He worked hard until he accumulated sufficient funds to start a small business of his own, and always encouraged his few employes along the lines of honesty and sobriety. His industry and his devotion to his home and family have won for him the respect and confidence of this community to an unusual degree, and we can safely say that there is not anyone of us in whose integrity greater confidence has been reposed than in Mr. Anderson, and this has extended over a period of nine years. We fell, therefor, that these years of exemplary life has fully atoned for a crime committed when a mere boy, and that the ends of justice will be the best subserved by restoring him again to his family, and we ask this with the full confidence that if clemency is extended to him he will be as good a citizen in the future as he has been for the last nine years. He was confined in prison under the name of William January.


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Special Report -- C. W. ANDERSON


Details His Life Since Escape
From Leavenworth Penitentiary.

LEAVENWORTH, KAS.--(Special.) Charles W. Anderson, late this afternoon, in the presence of Warden R. W. McClaughry, of the United States penitentiary, covered in detail his career from the time he escaped from prison in October, 1898, up to the time he was arrested in Kansas City a few days ago. This is the first statement Anderson has made covering his nine years of freedom and it was made for Congressman Ellis, of Kansas City, who wrote Warden McClaughry today that he would present Anderson's application for pardon to the president and he wished to get all the facts possible concerning the man.

In the first place Anderson said his right name is John W. January. He said he and Walter Axton, upon their escape from prison on the night of October 9, 1898, went to Atchison, where they parted next day. He went from there to Winfield, Kas., and secured work in a rock quarry. In a few days Axton showed up there and he also took a position in the quarry.

About two months later Axton was found dead, but it was never determined whether he committed suicide or died a natural death. Anderson continued to work in the quarry another month, when he took a position, going from house to house, selling tea and coffee. He continued at this work about a year, when he went to Kansas City.

Upon arrival in Kansas City he became an insurance solicitor, but did not work on that long, as he did not like the work. Then he began selling tea, coffee and spices on his own account. He followed this a while, when he became a street car conductor and remained in the service until he started in the restaurant business.

This he sold out a few weeks ago and was seeking another location when arrested.

Warden McClaughry is satisfied that Anderson covered his record exactly as it occurred and he believes the prisoner's statement will go a long way toward securing executive clemency for him. Warden McClaughry said tonight that Anderson's chances for getting a full pardon from the president were exceedingly bright.

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Visited Anderson Yesterday -- Grateful for Efforts in His Behalf.

"It will only be a few days, I know, before baby and I will have him with us," said Mrs. Charles Anderson last night at her home, 1117 Holmes street, in referring to her husband. "But God only knows how long those days will be to us. It seems now that years have passed since he was taken away. Everyone has been kind to us, thought, and I probably should not complain."

Mrs. Anderson and her 3-year-old daughter, Lucille, went to Leavenworth yesterday, and were allowed a two hours' conference at the penitentiary with Anderson. They returned last evening. After their return, several friends called at the home to offer consolation and to encourage her in her trouble. Among them were Fred Aldergott, J. K. Butler, J. B. Gurnan and R. H. Kerr, all former associates of Anderson, and among those most actively interested in the movement to obtain his freedom.

"My husband was in fairly good spirits today," said Mrs. Anderson. "He had only learned today what was being done in his behalf by the people of Kansas City, and I tell you he is grateful. He cried when I told him how kind the people are to baby and me, and when I told him how a mighty effort is being made by the people to secure his release, he seized baby in his arms and cried still harder. Baby cried and I cried, too, but they were not entirely tears of sorrow. I had gone there with the intention of cheering him, instead of making him more depressed, and determined not to cry, but it was the thought of the kindness of our friends that prompted me to do it."

Warden McClaughry gave Mrs. Anderson permission to see her husband on any day she visited the penitentiary, excepting Saturdays and Sundays. She will try to visit the institution once every week.

"If my husband is not pardoned," said Mrs. Anderson, "I will probably have to move to Leavenworth, where I will be near him."

Anderson is working in the laundry department at the prison. His duties are not arduous, and, as he told his wife, he has received excellent treatment since his return.

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April 25, 1907


Three Men More Than Six Feet Tall
Are After Helmets.

Three men applied yesterday afternoon to the police commissioners to be appointed to the force, each of them measuring more than six feet in height. Virgil Dillard, recently discharged from the regular army, stood 6 feet 3 inches and Quartermaster Sergeant W. R. Lee, in charge of the Third regiment armory, measured 6 feet 1 1/2 inches. John Roy Sloan's mark was 6 feet 1 inch.

The applications were all put on file. Lee is a famous horseback rider. When in the army he was the crack rider of his regiment, one of his stunts being to ride two horses with crossed stirrups. Chief Hayes is picking out big men lately for the down town district, there being a rivalry between municipal chiefs of police of recent years in the matter of smartness on the force. It is notorious that arrests are few in the down town district, so an imposing looking man is preferred to a natural born sleuth.

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April 25, 1907


C. C. McMillen Gets Fifteen Days
in Jail and a Lecture.

Charles C. McMillen was arraigned before Justice Shepherd yesterday charged with stealing an overcoat from J. M. Downey, of 707 McGee street.

"Any man who would steal an overcoate to wear around here when we are trying our best to have a little summer, or spring, ought to be put in a hot place," said the court. "Fifteen days in the county jail."

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April 25, 1907


While playing "catch ball" in the yards of the Kansas City Southern railroad yesterday about noon, Toney Stoval, 25 years old, a lead and zink miner from Flat River, Mo., was run down by a switch train and badly injured. He received a compound fracture of the left upper arm, many severe cuts and bruises on the head and face, and other injuries. He was sent to the general hospital.

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April 24, 1907


Boy Who Rode on a Freight Train
Probably Will Die.

John Sullivan, 13 years old, a son of Henry Sullivan, a plumber living at 2416 Mercier street, while stealing a ride yesterday on top of a Milwaukee freight train, was struck by the Brooklyn avenue viaduct, receiving injuries which will probably prove fatal. The boy, warned by a shout from a companion, wheeled just in time to meet a terrific blow on the forehead, crushing his skull. John Harvey, a companion, of the same age, who was with the Sullivan boy, held the latter on top of the train until the train crew arrived. The injured boy was treated at the Sheffield hospital.

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April 24, 1907


Father Swears She Was Married
When Only 17 Years Old.

"I want to know whether or not Coleman Blanks and Beulah Cannon were ever married in this court?" inquired an angry looking individual of Probate Judge Prather as he entered the latter's office in Kansas City, Kas., yesterday afternoon. The judge made a search of his records and found the couple in question was married on March 30, last.

"How in the name of Sam Tar can a girl get married when she is only 17 years old. She run away to marry this fellow Blanks, and since their marriage they have been living in hiding from me. I am informed that they are living in Rosedale, and I want a warrant issued for the arrest of both of them."

Judge Prather informed the irate father that his daughter had taken an oath that she was 18 years old, and he proceeded to show him his daughter's signature on the license affidavit. He identified the signature as that of his daughter's and announced as he left the office that he would consult a lawyer and then cause a warrant to be issued for both his daughter and son-in-law. Later in the afternoon he appeared with an attorney at the office of the county prosecutor and swore a complaint charging them with perjury.

He gave his name as Rufus Cannon, of 1410 Pacific street, Kansas City, Mo., and declares there is a scheme on foot to get him out of the way in order that his property can be enjoyed by his relatives.

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April 23, 1907


Alexis S. Roberts Drew Salary Even
After He Was Discharged.

Alexis S. Roberts, 23 years old, who successfully posed for a year as William McCloud Raney, the author, in the meantime defrauding the Keeton-Williams Gold Company out of $1,500 of dental gold, pleaded guilty of a charge of grand larceny in the criminal court yesterday afternoon, and was sentence to two years in the penitentiary by Judge Wallace. At one time Roberts took a piece of gold weighing two and a half ounces from the firm, it is said, and drew a salary as an employe in the laboratory two weeks after his theft became known.

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April 23, 1907


Parting or Detention Home the
Alternative Offered to Them.

Nina Turner, 12 years old, of 712 Lydia avenue, and Lena Vickrey, 13 years old, 1700 East Tenth street, were taken before Judge McCune, in the juvenile court yesterday afternoon because they refused to stay at home and attended cheap theaters. As soon as the girls entered the room and realized that they were in court, both burst out crying, and did not stop throughout the trial.

The judge made frequent attempts to quiet them, and when he had made both wards of the court, and told them to go to their homes, on the condition that they would not "chum" together, he looked for the expected smile. But it did not come. Only more tears.

"What are you crying for now?" inquired the judge. "I have told you you could go home, and would like to see what you look like before you do.

Lena was the first to speak. "I don't w-a-a-nt to -- be separated from Nina," she wailed, and the two put their arms about each other's necks. They told the judge, however, that they would rather be separated and live in their homes than to be together in the detention home, and it was so decided.

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April 22, 1907



Persons Who Did Not Know Ander-
son Are Interested in the Move-
ment to Secure His Release--
Only the President Can
Free Kansas Cityan.

Today a thousand men, representing every walk of life in Kansas City, will begin working to secure a pardon for Charles W. Anderson, who escaped from the penitentiary at Leavenworth nine years ago with but eight months of five years sentence before him for robbing a post office in Oklahoma, and was arrested here Saturday and taken back to the prison.

A mass meeting of business men who knew Anderson will be held tonight at 702 East Twelfth street with a view of securing a pardon. Petitions were circulated yesterday and one of them had forty signers within an hour after it had been drawn. Last night seventy-five names were on the list.

This petition was drawn in behalf of Anderson to be presented in connection with a petition which will be sent to President Roosevelt. Other similar petitions, to be attached to an original paper which will be presented at the meeting tonight, have been scattered about the city and the signers ask no questions. Many of them know Anderson personally and describe him as a hale fellow well met, honest and trustworthy.

Congressman E. C. Ellis has been invited to attend the meeting tonight and it is expected that he will be there. When asked last night what he would do for the prisoner, he said:
I have not investigated the matter as much as I should like to, but will do so tomorrow and if he is as worthy as he is said to be I will present the petition for his pardon to President Roosevelt. If the reports of him are true I will be very glad to take the matter up."
The petitions started yesterday will be given active circulation today. One of them was placed in Brooks' restaurant, 210 East Twelfth street, another at Clifford's cigar store at Twelfth street and Grand avenue, and a third, which received more signatures than the rest, in Lorber's cigar store, 317 East Twelfth street.
Lorber, who has known him in a business way for several years, says that Anderson has been prompt in his payments and that he did not hesitate at any time to trust "Charlie" for $75 or $100. In fact, when Anderson wanted to buy his partner's interest in February, a year ago, Lorber advanced the necessary money to him on Anderson's mere statement he did not have enough money to make the purchase.
"Did he pay it back?" exclaimed Lorber, almost in astonishment that the question should be asked, "Well, I should say he did. And quickly, too. And more than that, all of his payments on bills of goods were made promptly. No one questioned the honestly of Anderson."
All of his friends know him as Anderson. "Charlie," they call him, and in the familiarity of the name itself they express sentiment of men who, when they know a man, know him well.
Anderson first went into business for himself at 720 East Twelfth street, April 4, 1905, in partnership with a man named Lowry, purchasing the latter's interest in the restaurant over a year ago. After running the business alone for a year and two days, he sold out, and started to look for a better location. He was always cheerful, it is said, and everyone who refers to his home life speaks of his affection for his little girl, 3 years old, and his wife.
"Is it justice to take a man who is working industriously and trying hard to succeed, back to prison for a crime committed twelve years ago?" asked a friend of his last night on a street corner where the arrest of Anderson for a forgotten robbery was the chief subject of discussion.
A number of citizens called on Charles Riehl, assistant prosecuting attorney, last night to have him draw up the petition which will be presented to President Roosevelt. It is doubtful if Kansas City ever took as much interest in the release of a prisoner as has been shown in seeking the liberation of Anderson. Not only those who knew him but men who never heard his name before are actively working for his release.

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April 22, 1907


Eight Persons Fled From a Blaze
in Kansas City, Kas.

Eight persons were driven to the street in their night clothes by a fire at 619 Garfield avenue, Kansas City, Kas., at 11:30 o'clock last night. The house was occupied by two families, George Kauffman and his wife living on the first floor, and R. E. Freeman, his wife and four small children, on the second floor. The loss on the house, which was a two-story frame, is estimated at $100, covered by insurance, and $50 on the furniture.

John Cashen, 14 years old, who lives across the street, noticed flames coming from the windows of the house and awakened the occupants by frantic knocking on the door. Otherwise all might have perished in the flames.

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April 21, 1907


Dropped From and Upper Window on
a Woman's Head.

Mrs. Mary Toman, of 725 Lyons avenue, Kansas City, Kas., was standing on the sidewalk in front of the Simpson building, Seventh street and Central avenue, Kansas City, Kas., at 8 o'clock last night talking with another woman. A quart bottle of milk which had been placed in the window in one of the living apartments on the second floor of the building to keep cool fell, striking Mrs. Toman on the head, fracturing her skull. She was knocked down and rendered unconscious. A physician was hastily summoned and had the woman removed to her home, which is only a short distance from the scene of the accident. Mrs. Toman is a widow and has several small children. Her husband was found dead several years ago under the Central avenue viaduct.

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April 21, 1907


Checked Out When No Funds Were
in Bank, the Charge.

When a city detective hunts up a private detective and says he wants some "detecting" done the private detective should not feel proud that a city detective has sought him, of all others, to do the detecting, but in reality should be suspecting that the detecting game is only a ruse and that the city detective may really be suspecting the private detective.

This proved to be the case yesterday when Detective Philip Murphy went to a private detective agency in the Temple block and asked that L. C. Henning be allowed to "do some private work." Murphy was really trying to locate Henning and the ruse brought him to view. He was told of the "private work" Murphy wanted as they walked along toward police heaadquarters, where Henning was booked for investigation.

On April 17 Henning deposited $5 with the Pioneer Trust Company, telling Walton H. Holmes, for whom he used to be a gripman, that he would place $1,500 in the bank in a few days. It is charged that Henning then gave a check for $10 to A. E. Murphy, 820 East Twelfth street, one for $7.50 to Charles Knelle, a Twelfth street butcher, and another for $6 to Charles A. Bond. It was said at the bank that other checks had been durned down. Henning did not deny making he checks, but said it was his intention to deposit money to cover them.

The records at the criminal court show that Henning was convicted on a similar charge January 6, 1906, and sentenced to two years. On March 2 of the same year the sentence was reduced to one year in jaail and January 7 last he was paroled by Judge John W. Wofford.

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April 20, 1907


To Be Located in Basement of Police

The women and men prisoners at police headquarters are to be segregated. A start was made in this direction yesterday when the board of public works ordered three steel cells and one padded cell placed in the room in the basement of the building formerly used for the treatment of injured prisoners in the basement of the building. Comptroller Pearson, custodian of city property, assured the board that the new cell room could be so arranged that more humane treatment would be accorded women prisoners. The quarters now assigned them are not fit for occupancy by human beings.

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April 20, 1907


Young Man Who Tried It On Left
the Ornament Behind.

"For an unusual loss and an unusual find, this is about the limit in this establishment," said Herman Schmelzer, yesterday. Mr. Schmelzer was showing a gold signet ring, with three initials in the cipher. The ornament had been lost and found by strangers.

"A young man came in here today to look at catchers' gloves," said Mr. Schmelzer, "and on ramming his fingers home struck this ring. It was not hard to guess that somebody who had last previously tried the same glove on had slipped the ring off when pulling his hand out. The clerk took charge of the ring and here it is. Now the job is to find the fellow who lost it. There will be no storage charges."


April 20, 1907


Convention Pusher Suggests This
Method of Raising Money.
Convention hall, would-be home of the 1908 Republican National Convention

The suggestion has been offered that "convention buttons" would be a good medium through which to keep alive the interest in securing for Kansas City the Republican national convention in 1908, and incidentally be the means of adding a few thousand dollars to the fund that will have to be raised to secure the convention.

"Buttons are a great advertising medium, in a matter like this," said one of the workers for "K. C. in 1908." "Most everyone likes to wear a button on the lapel of his coat and I am sure thousands of men, and women, too, would be glad to enter into the scheme to the extent of buying buttons, if they are placed on sale, and of wearing them to help boost the plan. My idea would be to have the committee that will have charge of soliciting funds, have several thousand buttons made. In the center could appear a picture of Convention hall, surrounded by the words, 'Republican National Convention for Kansas City in 1908.' These buttons would readily sell at one dollar each and would be purchased by thousands of people who, while wising to help get the convention, would not feel able to contribute any great amount to the fund. Get a bunch of hustlers and let them make a thorough canvass of the city offering the buttons for sale. I will venture to say that at least $10,000 could be secured in this manner."

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April 19, 1907



Walter Jacobs, to Whom It Was Ad-
dressed, Offers Only One Ex-
planation for Death of S. B.
Horwitz -- Kansas City
Not His Territory

Samuel B. Horwitz, a liquor salesman of Cincinnati, O., committed suicide at the Kupper hotel yesterday afternoon by drinking carbolic acid. The body was discovered at 7:45 o'clock. Two sealed letters were left, addressed one to his wife, Mrs. S. B. Horwitz, 727 South Crescent avenue, Avondale, Cincinnati, and the other to his father, B. T. Horwitz, Middleton, O. An open note on the writing table read:

Notify Walter Jacobs, care of May, Stern & Co.

Below on the same sheet he wrote:

Walter: Notify the folks in Cincinnati. My name is Sam B. Horwitz.

Walter Jacobs, who clerks at May-Sterns's local store, was found at the Alta Vista hotel, at Eleventh and Washington streets. He was unaware that Horwitz was in Kansas City. He said:

It has been a year and a half since I saw Sam and that was back East. He was
traveling for a liquor house, but I do not know the name of it. I know,
however, that Kansas City was not in his territory and I had no idea he ever came
here. He is a brother-in-law of my brother, A. Jacobs, in Cincinnati; also of
Manah Bower, one of Cincinnati's iron masters. I can conceive of no motive for
the suicide, unless Sam may have been losing money on the stock market. He
always speculated some. His family consisted of the wife and one child, 9 years
Horwitz appeared at the Kupper hotel Wednesday forenoon about 11:30 o'clock. He carried no baggage. His manner was nervous, but did not excite the suspicions of the clerk, Sam Wilson. Later in the day, Wilson observed his nervousness as he would go through the lobby and remarked that he should have to put a man in a more remote room who has light baggage and took a room for only one day. Yesterday forenoon the clerk on duty, J. C. Boushell, needing the room, sent to see if it had been vacated. The door was open and a collar and tie were on the dresser. It was thought that the guest was in the bath or out of the house. When he left his key is not known, but two hours after noon he called for it and went upstairs. That was the last seen of him alive.

After 7 o'clock the clerk called his room on the phone to ask if he would stay over the night.

Receiving no answer, the key was twisted out of the lock. Horwitz was lying on the bed, dressed in a union suit. A bottle unlabeled, stood by a drinking glass, which contained acid. The man's suit of clothes hung in the closet. There was not a single coin in his pockets nor anything of value. His bunch of keys lay on the table. Aside from the notes left there was nothing in the room but a magazine and a Cincinnati newspaper.

Deputy Coroner O. H. Parker, who viewed the body, sent it to Freeman & Marshall's morgue and the family was notified by wire.

The absence of any baggage suggests that some misfortune may have been encountered in which his personal belongings were lost. The signature he put upon the hotel register was "S. Goldstein, Cincinnati." The bellboy who showed him to his room found the former occupant's baggage still there and was starting downstairs for a change of room, when Horowitz, noting that room 223 was unoccupied, said, "I think I should like this room." His request was granted by the clerk.

Mr. Horowitz was about 38 years old, and his appearance was that of a prosperous business man. Mr. Jacobs directed that the body be prepared for burial, and held until either the wife or some of his relatives are heard from. In case they do not come to Kansas City for the body, Mr. Jacobs will direct its removal to Cincinnati.

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April 19, 1907


Police Cast Doubt Upon Mrs.
Henderson's Story of Hardships

The police and the authorities at the Helping Hand institute have grave doubts of the story told by Mrs. Mable Henderson, who, with her blind baby, insists that she walked all the way from Sedalia, Mo., to this city, a distance of ninety miles, in three days. She says that she left there at sunup Monday morning , and arrived here at about 5:30 o'clock Wednesday evening, having had only 25 cents for expenses.

Mrs. Henderson was found by the police in the bottoms late Wednesday night, and sent to headquarters and then to the Helping Hand. She said she was not tired when she came in, refused food, saying she was not hungry, and neither her dress nor shoes were at all worn as they would have been from such a long tramp.

Early yesterday morning a man called Captain Weber at police headquarters and said: "I know the Mrs. Henderson with the blind baby mentioned in the papers this morning. She has lived with several others in a tent on the outskirts of Rosedale all winter. The men named in the paper as brothers-in-law, for whom she is now looking, lived there also. They all left recently and I don't know where they went."

The man refused to give his name. An official from the Helping Hand went to Rosedale and found the report to be true. He was also informed that Mrs. Henderson has two other children somewhere else. This she denied later. The investigation will be carried on further today.
"We have had at least twenty-five calls today offering to take both the woman and her baby," said Superintendent E. T. Bringham. "Several called in person and offered to assist in any manner desired. She was being cared for, however, and a specialist was secured for the baby, so all was being done what was necessary. The eye specialist, after a close examination, said that there was no hope for the baby ever regaining its sight, it having been blind from birth."

Mrs. Henderson said that she could get no place to work on account of her blind baby, the mother herself being blind in one eye. On this account it was said yesterday that an effort would be made to take the blind baby from its mother and place it in a blind institute, where it could be educated with others similarly afflicted. Left as it is, it would have little chance to make a living. The mother, when placing the child even in the nursery was mentioned, objected strenuously, and said that wherever the baby went she would go also.

"The woman is known to the Associated Charities," said Colonel Greenman, Humane agent, "and has been for some time. Agents from there are investigation the case now. Mrs. Henderson weighs only ninety pounds and her baby seventeen pounds. To reach here in three days she would have to walk at least thirty miles a day. That seems an impossible task for one so frail as she appears to be."

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April 19, 1907


Chester Lynn Had Been Fined
$100 for Annoying a Girl

"Has anyone seen my husband?" inquired a little woman wearing a shawl over her head as she appeared at police headquarters yesterday morning. "I thought that perhaps he had been drinking and that you had him here. His name? Oh, yes, his name is Chester Lynn."
The records showed that Chester Lynn had been arrested on complaint of Miss Clytie Griggs, of 2512 Cypress avenue, for an alleged insult to her while she was walking down Grand avenue near Twelfth street. When Mrs. Lynn reached the court room she heard Lynn say, "But I am married, and have got a family," and heard Judge Kyle reply, "If that's a fact, you should know enough to let young girls alone. You are fined $100."

The little woman with the shawl over her head waited until the court room was clear and her husband had been taken back to holdover. Then she sought the judge and pleaded for her husband. She promised to take him home with her and see that he became a better man -- if the judge would just let him go this time. Judge Kyle relented finally, and Lynn was brought out and lectured, after which he was given a stay for the fine.

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April 19, 1907



Used Peculiar Instrument for Inflicting
Chastisement That Left Welts on Scholar's Arm--
Teachers Testified the Boy Was Unruly

The board of education intends to put a stop to violations of rules of the board regarding the administering of corporal punishment to pupils. A peculiarly flagrant case, according to the claims of several witnesses, came to the attention of the board last night. A. D. Zimmerman, who lives at Fifteenth and Kensington, and whose son, Mark Zimmerman, attends the Kensington school, was represented at the meeting of the board by Attorney J. G. Smith in his complaint against Principal Berry, whom Zimmerman accused of cruelly beating the boy.

It was testified to by witnesses at the hearing that Berry has an instrument of his own invention for whipping pupils. To a piece of broomstick a foot and a half or so long he has attached a leather strap about an inch wide and fifteen inches long.

It was brought out that the Zimmerman boy had a green leaf fastened to his tongue and was manipulating it so as to make a peculiarly strident noise, which angered the principal. The boy grew sulky and "sassed" the principal, according to the witnesses. For this offense he was whipped with the strap, and he claims that the principal struck him over the arm with the wooden handle. This the principal denies, but the boy showed welts which were still in evidence, thought the beating occurred a week ago.

The board decided that Berry should be severely reprimanded by the superintendent, as he had grossly violated the rule of the board that no pupil shall be subjected to corporal punishment without the consent of the parent or guardian of the pupil. The Zimmerman boy's teacher testified at the hearing that she had punished him on several occasions, but that the parents had not objected. She testified that the boy was somewhat unruly and resented the attempts of theirs to discipline him, though he was generally tractable so far as she was concerned. The board believes that many cases of violation of the rule regarding corporal punishment occur which never come to the board's attention, and will enforce the rule to the letter.

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April 18, 1907


Next Drink He Takes, Off Goes the
Sergeant's Head.

If Sergeant Jerry Lynch takes another drink off goes his official head. The sergeant was up before the police commissioners on a report from Captain Bray that he had been drinking. He testified that when he gets on a toot it lasts a week, but he declared that since his promotion a year ago he had been as sober as a judge. Commissioner Rozzelle was for reducing him, but Mayor Beardsley, who is always in favor of making a convert to the blue ribbon society, voted with Mr. Gallagher to drop the matter and restore Lynch to duty.

"With the proviso," cautioned the mayor, "that if you take another drink you will leave the force."

"If I take another drink I will not report again for duty," said the sergeant.

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April 18, 1907


Charges Filed Before the Board by
Huntsman Against Kenney

There is a fine row brewing "below stairs" in the city detective bureau. Yesterday afternoon Detective Huntsman filed charges against Detective Matt S. Kenney, reciting the disappearance of a pair of diamond earrings that belonged to George Hicks. Huntsman alleges that Kenney pounded him over the head with a revolver. In reply Detective Kenney reported to Inspector Halpin that the quarrel had been a long time hatching, the explosion coming when Huntsman taunted Kenney with not having made enough arrests. Both are to be before the commissioners next Wednesday afternoon.

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April 18, 1907


From Sedalia a Deserted Mother
Walks Here With It.

A tired and worn little woman carrying a baby was picked up by the police in the bottoms about 9:30 o'clock last night. She was wandering about aimlessly. When she was taken to police headquarters later she gave the name of Mrs. Mabel Henderson and stated that she had walked all the way from Sedalia, Mo., and had carried the baby, 15-months old. At the station it clutched at its mother's dress and held tightly to her baby with its little hands.

"My baby is blind," the mother said in explanation, "and he is afraid to be away from me. The noise is new to him and he is frightened.

"My husband, John Henderson, left me three months ago," went on the worn little mother who is herself blind in one eye. "Then I had a hard time, as no one would take me in with baby, and I had no place to leave him. I took in washing, though, and got along. Then I thought I could do better in Sedalia, and I saved money and went there. That was a month and a half ago, but it's just the same. Nobody wants a woman with a blind baby and me half blind, too. It's pretty hard, I'll tell you.

"Last Monday at sunup I left there. A man gave me a quarter as I was leaving the town. I saved that to buy something for Robert Earl. That's my boy's name. I have walked all the way and carried him, too.

"The 25 cents was all the money I had to live on. I bought crackers and cakes for baby with that. I walked as early in the morning as I could to as late as I could stand it. Yes, I'm pretty tired now, but not much hungry."

Mrs. Henderson reached here about 9 o'clock last night, having covered eighty-five miles, the distance from Kansas City to Sedalia. When she reached headquarters she was given a ticket and sent to the Helping Hand Institute for the night. She says that she has two brothers-in-law, Claarence and "Cal" Graves, in the city somewhere. The police will try and find them for her.

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April 18, 1907


Virginia Boy, Disappointed, Started
on the Way Home.

Clark Freeland, 13 years old, from New Martinsville, Va., came west to hunt buffalo and fight Indians. He landed here in April 5 and was first brought to the notice of the police when he tried to beat his way over the new inter-city viaduct. He had been told that the buffalo were all on the other side of the river and he had spent the 75 cents with which he landed.

Yesterday a telegram with money for a ticket home came to the police for the buffalo and Indian hunter from his father, Dr. W. P. Freeland. The police went out and gathered in Clark again and last night he was sent back to the effete East, a disheartened boy.

"I hate to go back," he said, "without having killed a single buffalo. And I haven't seen an Indian either."

"The buffaloes are all hibernating now," he was told by Lieutenant H. W. Hammil, "and the Indians are all out trapping and hunting furs for your Eastern people to wear." The boy said that was too bad, and left.

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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 17, 1907


Ruined Fonts of Type and Asked
Penitentiary Sentence

Judge Wallace, of the criminal court, yesterday refused to accept a plea of guilty from Fred A. Kallett, a printer, charged with grand larceny, whoo had ruined nearly every font of type in a printing office by stealing and destroying the "e's." Kallett wanted to be sent to penitentiary. He haad been told by Lewis McCandless, the assistannt prosecutor, who had filed the information against him, that instead of being guilty of grand larceny, he might only be guilty of a misdermeanor, and receive a jail sentence, but Kallett did not want to go to jail.

"I prefer to go to the penitentiary," he said.

McCandless advised Judge Wallace of the case, and the judge refused to accept the plea of guilty, and asked to have the printer brought before him this morning, when the case will be tried.

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April 17, 1907


City Chemist Cross Receives One He
Dropped Years Ago.

Four years ago W. M. Cross, city chemist, lost from his watch chain a charm descriptive of his college fraternity. At the time he lent every effort to recover it, but of no avail and as the years sped on he forgot all about his loss. Yesterday he was seated in his laboratory when a boy about 15 years old entered and introduced himself as W. M. Cross. He said that he had a watch charm with "W. M. Cross" engraved upon it, that it was not his property and he had often desired to meet the man to whom it might possibly belong. The long lost charm was exhibited, and Dr. Cross immediately identified it as his property.

"Where did you get it, my son?" asked the doctor.

"It is a short story," replied the boy. "I am employed in a Main street haberdasher store, and a few years ago my mother married a man by the name of Cross. My initials being W. M. and having assumed the name of Cross, my stepfather gave me the charm, saying that it had been found by the man that gave it to him in a street car. Ever since I have been wearing the charm, and recently I read in the newspapers about W. M. Cross, city chemist, and I concluded that in all possibility the charm was your property. I am glad to be of some service to you by returning the jewel."

The boy refused a reward, but after much persuasion accepted a silver dollar, which he said he would keep as a momento.

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April 17, 1907


Father Makes Offer in Filing a Suit
for Divorce.

Jesse T. Moreman filed a petition in the circuit court yesterday for divorce from his wife, Lye Elizabeth Morman, charging her with ill treatment and other indignities. In his petition Moreman offers to let three children, Mabel, Thomas and Merriam, choose between the two litigants in open court, deciding with which parent they wish to make their respective homes.

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April 16, 1907


Body Found in River Now in an
Independence Morgue.

The body of a man was taken from the Missouri river yesterday afternoon north of Independence. Papers found on the body indicate it to be that of Leon Cohen. A letter was found in the coat addressed to Leon Cohen from Louis Cohen, and was dated Denver, December 7, 1906. The letter contained a short account of a concert, and ended, "Whistle while you wait, from your brother Louis."

The man was middle aged, five foot seven inches in height, wore blue serge clothes, two vests and a blue shirt. The body will be kept at Ott's undertaking establishment until Denver is heard from. The body seems to have been in the water for ten days.

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April 16, 1907


Tunnels and Viaducts Across the
Alley Between the Jones Buildings.

The council last night passed an ordinance giving permission to the Jones Dry Goods Company to erect viaducts over and tunnels beneath the alley to give access to their block of buildings bounded by Main, Walnut, Twelfth and Thirteenth streets. In the lower house Alderman Bulger wanted the ordinance sent to a committee, but Alderman Groves and Hartman, practiced builders, attested to the plans and specifications for the viaducts and tunnels and the house concurred in the estimates.

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April 16, 1907


Young Woman Missing When Landlady
Discovers Loss of Check.

A young woman went to the home of Mrs. Wallridge, 1322 Penn street, yesterday afternoon, and asked to look at some rooms. She was very particular and looked about for some time. Finally Mrs. Wallridge was called away and left the young woman alone. When she returned the woman was gone, and so was $25 in bills and three silver dollars. Mrs. Wallridge reported the matter to No. 3 police station.

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April 15, 1907


Mother Brings Chicken to Son Who
Is to Go to Pen.

"Yes, this is chicken day," said County Marshall Heslip yesterday, as an elderly woman in mourning passed into the jail with a carefully packed basket. "It is probably the last time that woman will see her son. He has been sentenced to serve a term in the penitentiary for burglary and will be taken away this week."

On Sunday from 10 o'clock in the morning until 4 o'clock in the afternoon, the Sunday food comes in. Sometimes the mother or father brings it, other times a brother and often times a dear friend. If the mother prepares it immediately after the others have finished their meal at home, and it arrives at the jail early, it's dinner. If a brother stops at the jail with a basket on the way to night work, it's supper. Sometimes the basket or parcel contains chicken, and maybe dumplings. Others may not fare so well. A few are content with "the makin's," a sack of cheap tobacco and a package of cigarette papers sent by some friend who has been there himself and knows the value of a "smoke" when there's nothing else to do, and the monotony of "thinking it over" wears on the nerves.

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April 15, 1907


Emporia Man Fights Over a Bar Bill
and Is Robbed of $40.

Louis Michelfelter, of Emporia, on his way to New York, engaged in a fight with Arthur Sparks, a Union avenue labor agent, in Frazier's saloon, 1018 Union avenue, Saturday afternoon. During the fight he was robbed of his pocketbook, containing $40 and a draft for $50, by a stranger in the saloon. Michelfelter and Sparks had been drinking together and a controversy arose over the payment of a 35 cent bar bill. John McAnany, who was in the saloon at the time, said that he saw the man take the pocketbook and go out a rear door of the saloon. McAnany claimed that he thought the man was a friend of Michelfelter, and said nothing about it until Michelfelter declared that he had been robbed.

The man said to have stolen the pocketbook is described as about 23 years old., dark complexioned, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighing about 145 pounds. He is smooth shaven and wore a soft black hat.

The draft was made out by the Emporia State bank on a bank in New York City.

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April 14, 1907


Women's Screams Frightened Joseph
Goldberg From Oak Street Home

Joseph Goldberg, who was discovered in the home of Louis Greenberg Wednesday night by one of Greenberg's daughters and frightened from the house by the screams of the women, pleade dguilty to a charge of grand larceny in the criminal court yesterday and was sentenced to five years in the penitentiary. Goldberg was arrested by a policeman a block form the Greenberg house, at 1828 Oak Street.

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April 14, 1907


Plea of Guilty Entered by Former
Sailor for This Reason.

Admitting himself to be a slave to the drug habit, William McKenzie, 37 years old, a college graduate, pleaded guilty to grand larceny and was sentenced to two years in the penitentiary by Judge Wallace, of the criminal court, yesterday. McKenzie told the judge that while on a United States warship eighteen years ago, an accident received made the use of morphine necessary, to relieve his suffereing and that since that time he has been addicted to the drug.
It has wrecked me mentally and physically," said McKenzie, "and while under its influence I know I have done things which are criminal. Since I have been confined in the jail I have received treatment which has benefited me greatly and I believe if it were continued, I could be cured."

"I feel sorry for you," said Judge Wallace. "I will let you plead guilty to grand larceny and give you the minimum sentence of two years in the penitentiary. I think it is the best thing to do under the circumstances. You will be treated there for your unfortunate habit, and, I hope, be cured."

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April 14, 1907


Alleges Conspiracy Prompted His
Prosecution and Asks $20,000.

After a three days' trial before Justice Shoemaker on a charge of stealing $30 worth of lumber, W. L. Dannahower, a real estate man, was acquitted yesterday. W. C. Carson, a contractor, was the complainant.

As a result of the action in Judge Shoemaker's court, a suit was filed in the circuit court by Dannahower yesterday afternoon against Homer B. Mann, Clyde Taylor, James H. Richardson, L. Rosenfield, W. C. Carson, C. A. Shawver, I. N. Wagner, Al Heslip and N. B. Olson. Dannahower asks for $20,000 damages and alleges that a conspiracy was entered into by the defendants in causing his arrest and in causing Anna Trestrail, the principal witness against Dannahower, to swear to an affidavit charging him with stealing a quantity of shingles.

County Marshal Heslip and Deputies Olson, Shawver and Wagner are made defendants as arresting officers, it being alleged that the complaint was not properly drawn.

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April 14, 1907


Owner Had Been Searching All Day
for the Animal.

It was reported to the office of the Humane Society in the city hall yesterday afternoon that a cat had been out on a window sill of the Majestic rooming house, Fifth and Walnut streets, all day long. Merchants on the opposite side of the street who saw the feline out there with the window closed down made the complaint. The cat appeared to be much agitated and was making its perilous position known.

When an officer went to investigate the case the cat had just been taken in. "That's a pet cat," a woman said, "and has been lost all day. We had no idea where she was until some man came up and told us that she was closed on the outside of a window. Haven't any idea how the cat got there."

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April 13, 1907


John Jones, Pastor, Mistaken at
Depot for the Released Kansan.

"That's him. That's Willie Sell!"

A tall, angular man, wearing a light ill-fitting suit of clothes, his hair cropped short, and his general appearance rather awkward was passing through the midway of the Union depot yesterday afternoon. In some way the news was spread that he was Willie Sell, the man just pardoned from the Kansas penitentiary by Governor Hoch. How the word started, nobody knew. Someone had whispered, "there goes Sell, the convict," and the word spread almost instantaneously.

In a few minutes the man was surrounded by a crowd of curiosity seekers. Whispered comments were passed on his appearance. One man was heart to say, "Well, he looks the part," while other remarks more or less complimentary were exchanged. The man was absorbed in a small booklet he was reading, and did not appear to notice the commotion he was causing. At last one man, more bold than the rest, stepped forward and held out his had.

"How do you do, Mr. Sell," he said.

The stranger looked up from his booklet a moment. "I guess you are mistaken in the man," he said, "my name's Jones, John Jones, pastor of the Second Baptist church at Paragould, Ark," and he resumed his reading. Meanwhile the crowd melted away.

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April 13, 1907


Measure Which Applies Only to
Kansas City is Approved.

Governor Folk today signed the Civic League bill. This measure is local to Kansas City and requires that the Civic League, which is supposed to look up the records of all candidates nominated for office or seeking nomination to make known the source from which it derives the information it makes public and also to make known the source from which it receives its contributions.

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April 13, 1907


A Cleaner, Taken to Hospital, Gives
This as Explanation.

Constant working with gasoline probably had some bad effect upon S. P. Martin, 34 years old, a cleaner and dyer living at 711 East Eight street. He was waiting in a barber shop at 624 East Eighth street yesterday morning and upon arsing fell prone upon the floor. His face was badly bruised by the fall. At the emergency hospital, where Martin was taken, he was treated by Dr. Julius Frischer. He told the doctor that working over gasoline so much had caused him to fall unconcsious at times. He was taken home.

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April 13, 1907


Mexican Physician Poisoned by
Ptomaines During Journey.

Dr. E. Malino, a physician of Toluca, Mexico, was taken off a Union Pacific train in a critical condition and removed to the Swedish hospital on East Eighth street. He is suffering from ptomaine poisoning caused by something he had eaten on the train. He was pronounced out of danger yesterday afternoon by the hospital physicians.

Dr. Malino left Mexico a week ago to travel in America as a companion of a wealthy young Mexican whose parents sent him abroad for the benefit of his health. Jose Dosal, the Mexican consul to Kansas City, called at the hospital yesterday to see Dr. Malino. He says that he is an eminent physician at Toluca and that his traveling companion is a member of a prominent family there.

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April 13, 1907


Alderman Bulger Succeeds in Getting
Their Salaries Raised.

There was joy, contentment and satisfaction in the house of Bulger yesterday. The alderman, after no end of hustling, discovered that his labors in behalf of a raise of salaries for the 220 privates and 22 captains in the fire department had met with the approval of the salary revision committee. The reasoin, it was learned, for the ordinance not getting to the council last Monday night was that Comptroller Pearson was too busy with othe matters. Next Monday, the ordinance will reach the council and thereafter firemen who have been receiving $75 a month will get $80, and captains will hereafter receive $100 a month instead of $90.

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April 12, 1907


Editor Gives Notice That Publication
Has Been Suspended.

(Follow up to this earlier item)
"Plain Talk" is to be published no more, at least not by Wilford B. Smith, its publisher and editor. Smith appeared before the board of police commissioners yesterday and announced his intention of giving up the publication.

"I find that my paper is not receiving the sanction of Kansas City's best people," explained Smith, "and while I believed at first that I was right and doing a work that would tend for the moral betterment of the community, the attitude of public sentiment has pointed out to me my error."

Smith, who is but 23 years old, began to publish "Plain Talk" several months ago. It was printed each month in Kansas City, Kas. Three editions were issued, and information against the publisher was issued by I. B. Kimbrell for issuing a publication devoted to scandal. The case is now pending in the criminal court.

Smith said that he came to Kansas City from Texas two years ago for the purpose of publishing such a magazine. Up to the time of launching his enterprise he practiced law. He said that he was an adopted son of W. A. Brann, publisher of the "Iconoclast" at Waco, Tex., until the time Brann was shot by an indignant citizen of that place a few years ago.

Smith's appearance before the board yesterday was for the purpose, if possible, of thwarting action about to be taken by Chief Hayes against the publisher.

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April 12, 1907


Boycott Placed on Baker Debate by
Kansas Students.

As a result of the selection of a negro for the Kansas university debating team, which meets Baker today, only a score of students will accompany the team to Baldwin tomorrow. Woodie Jacobs, a fullblood negro from Rosedale, entered the competitive preliminary debates two months ago, and on account of his experience easily won a place on the team. The other men on the team -- Sanders Vigg, from Alva, O. T., and Clyde Commons, from Fort Scott -- made no protest, and after a few vain attempts to have the preliminaries tried over by some of the members of the debating council who opposed the negro, Jacobs was assured a place on the team. Nothing was heard of the matter until this week, when the debating council tried to arrange an excursion to Baldwin. In former years, 500 or 600 students attended the debates and chartered special trains, but this year only sixteen Kansas University students bought tickets.

The novelty of having a negro on the team is increased all the more by the fact that the question for the debate is the repeal of the fifteenth amendment, involving the taking away of the right of suffrage from the negro. Jacobs, for Kansas university, defends the negro side of the question.

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April 12, 1907


Laborer Washed Optic in Water
Impregnated With Dynamite.

John McCann became an employe of the city in 1902 as a member of the water works department. He had at the time only one good eye, the sight of the other having been destroyed and instead of a seeing pupil he had a glass substitute. After working hours one day he discovered, by the aid of a looking glass and the sight of his good eye, that his artificial eye was covered with dirt and he took it out of the socket and gave it a thorough washing in a bucket of water, which it was learned later had been used to wash off several sticks of dynamite. Following this act on the part of Mr. McCann, his other eye became blind and he filed suit against the city for $25,000, alleging that the dynamite washed in the bucket poisoned the water and thus caused the loss of his second eye.

After a trial lasting the entire day Judge McCune, in whose division of the circuit court the case was heard, instructed the jury to return a verdict in favor of the city. He held that the city was not responsible for the water in which its employes washed their glass eyes. The case has been in the courts for several years, the city in the last trial being represented by Charles Bush, assistant city counselor.

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Aprill 12, 1907


And the Grand Avenue Methodist
Church Gets None of His Money.

Through the death of Christian E. Schoellkopf, a wealthy bachelor of Kansas City, the fund of the state university will be enriched $18,954.92. Yesterday John P. Gilday, who was appointed by Public Administrator R. S. Crohn to appraise the property left by Schoellkopf, to determine a just inheritance tax on his estate, reported to the probate court that Schoellkopf's realty holdings amounted to $308,15.11, while his personal property, exclusive of certain United States bonds and other valuable papers, were estimated to be worth $31,035.65.

Mr. Schoellkoopf, at the time of his death, which occurred in a little town in Kansas, where he had gone to look after property interests owned by him, left only two heirs, a brother, Henry Schoellkopf, and a nephew, Henry Schoellkopf, Jr., both residing in Chicago. He had written a will, but according to evidence introduced, he failed to sign it.

The deceased was a warm friend to the Grand Avenue Methodist church during his lifetime, and was one of its liberal financial supporters. It was understood by many of his close bachelor friends that in his will he had planned to bequeath the church something handsome. But it developed that no signed will could be found and the estate was taken in charge by the public administrator, Mr. Crohn, and is to be divided between the two heirs.

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April 11, 1907


So Miss Ruth Grey Has Called on the
Police to Aid Her.

"Miss Ruth Grey, the mind reader now at Convention hall, who can easily read a note written at home and taken there in your pocket, and who can also tell persons where to find missing property -- telling them whether it has been lost, stolen or just misplaced -- has lost a white poodle dog wearing a few black spots as a decoration. She is very anxious that the police aid her in finding this lost poodle. Reported from No. 3 station this afternoon."
This report was read out at roll call at all of the nine police stations in Kansas city at 6:30 o'clock last night. Miss Grey is said to give some remarkable evidence of psychological phenomena, finding lost articles for other persons, reading hidden messages, etc. Naturally her request for police assistance to locate her dog created considerable comment among the officers of the force.
"Probably she knows where the dog is," said an Irish member of the force, "but the blame animal won't stay there long enough to be captured."

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April 11, 1907


Aged Mother Faints in Court and
Begs for Death.

Mrs. Catherine Cavanaugh, an aged, white haired woman from Colorado City, Col., came to Kansas City several months ago because her son, M. G. Goodale, was under arrest charged with a serious crime. She talked with him daily and, mother like, was at once imbued with the thought that her son was innocent. She visited him often in the hope of soon seeing him free. The case was put off twice and Mrs. Cavanaugh's money gave out. Then she was compelled to seek shelter and care from a charitable institution, the Helping Hand institute.

She has been there now over two months, awaiting the day when her son would be free to go home with her and gladden her declining years. Yesterday the case went to trial and the faithful, always hopeful mother was present during it all. When the jury brought in a verdict of seven years in the penitentiary, Mrs. Cavanaugh fell back in a faint. When her son was led from the court room, she did not know it.

Deputy Marshal N. B. Olson went to her assistance and when she had revived started with her to the Helping Hand. "I have noting more to life for now," she told Olson, "for my son is dead, dead, dead. Let me go to the river and end it all."

Olson said that Mrs. Cavanaugh begged piteously to be taken to the river or even to be shown where it was. She tried in her feeble way to tear loose from him at one time and throw herself under a passing street car. At the Helping Hand last night Mrs. Cavanaugh, who is over 80 years old, was being closely watched.

The testimony on which Goodale was convicted was given by Mrs. Cavanaugh's own daughter, Goodale's sister. The charge was a statutory one.

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April 11, 1907


Kansas Man Blows Out the Gas and
Is Revived.

On account of the wide publicity which has been given in the last half century regarding what happens those who blow out the gas, it was believed that everybody was up on that proposition. There has not been a "gas blower" in Kansas City for several years, anyway. One arrived Tuesday from Silver Grove, Kas., however, in the person of F. M. Ward, a farmer, 35 years old.

Ward and a friend took a room at the Morgan house, Ninth and May streets. When they retired "very late" that night (about 10:30), Ward was the last in bed.

"It's up to you to blow out the light," his friend said.

"All right," replied Ward. And he did as he was told.

Early yesterday morning the friend awakened with a choking sensation, but managed to get out into the hallway. An investigation proved that Ward was in an unconscious state. He was taken out at once and taken to the emergency hospital, where Dr. Ford H. Rogers worked with him for a long time., finally bringing him out of his stupor.

"I didn't know you were going to blow it out like you would a lamp," said Ward's friend.

"Well, you told me to blow, and I blowed. 'Twas kind of hard to blow out, too."

After several hours' rest at the emergency hospital, Ward was able to leave with his friend.

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April 11, 1907


Culmination of the Romance of an
Independence Woman.

Three times married, her third husband brother to her first, Mrs. W. Henry Moore is today one of the happiest women in Independence. Her third and last marriage occurred at the bride's home, Idlewild Place, in Independence yesterday evening in the presence of intimate friends and relatives, and with the final words of the marriage ceremony, a romance in real life was consummated.

Several years ago, then a belle of the county seat town, she married W. J. Moore.

Her first marriage was a happy one, especially in its relations with her husband's family, among whom was her present husband, Henry Moore. W. J. Moore died a short time after the wedding, however, and after mourning him a time, she married W. J. McCormick. For several years she had seen nothing of the family of her first husband, but, Mr. McCormick dying soon after, she once more became friendly with them. The renewal of acquaintances of other days awoke old sentiments, and finally Henry Moore offered his hand to his brother's widow and was accepted. The wedding last night was the result.

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April 11, 1907


Baker Is Severely Burned and His
Building Damaged.

After lighting the gas in a bake oven and closing the damper at Bartlett's baker, 1817 West Thirty-ninth street, at 9 o'clock yesterday morning, Robert Ray, a baker, left the room for a time. When he returned shortly he shut off, as he thought, the burner he had just lighted and struck a match to light the burners in the oven. As he did so there was a streak of flame and an explosion. Though the ovens are in the basement, the concussion overturned furniture in the room above and blew out plate glass windows in the front of the building. The neighbors thought they were up against a miniature earthquake.

Ray was taken to the office of Dr. J. H. Ralston, 1800 West Thirty-ninth street, where his face and arms, both badly burned, were treated. He was later removed to his home at 2416 Holmes street.

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April 11, 1907


Officials and Stockholders of
Company Will Be in Party

Another Stilwell special will leave Kansas City for a trip over the Kansas City, Mexico & Orient railroad Saturday night. In the party will be A. E. Stilwell, president of the company; John Perry, of London, a member of the English finance committee of the road, and other officials and stockholders in the company.

The party will make an extended trip trough Mexico, inspecting the progress of construction work across the Sierra Madre mountains. The special will return to Kansas City April 27.

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April 10, 1907



Theory of Police That Lad Was Kid-
naped Grows Stronger as Evidence
of Hack Drivers Is Brought to
Their Notice -- Three Persons
Said to Be Involved.

Mrs. Annie L. Sadlier, grandmother of Charles H. McNeese, 2305 Brighton avenue, who disappeared on his way to the Ashland school last Friday, was arrested at her home, 1522 McGee street, by Detective W. H. Bates and Thomas Hayde yesterday afternoon. Though Mrs. Sadlier denies any part in the affair, she was positively identified yesterday afternoon by two hack drivers, one of whom said he hauled her twice while looking for the child and another one who says he drove the very carriage in which little Charles was taken away and that Mrs. Sadlier was a passenger as far as the Ashland school. Charles M. Howell, attorney for Mr. McNeese, said last night that an information would be filed against Mrs. Sadlier this morning, charging her with kidnaping.

There is still another hack driver in the case who has not been located and the police think that he will come forward and assist in identifying the woman under arrest when he learns that no charge will be placed against him. This is the man who drove the hack to the Irving school Twenty-fourth and Prospect, a week ago today, when Garrell Ash, the 6-year-old son of Mrs. Lou Ash, 2413 East Twenty-third street, was taken away protesting. Charles McNeeese used to attend that school and the kidnapers evidently made a mistake. Garrell was taken to a house at 1522 McGee street, questioned for a long time and then sent home on a car. It was this incident, given the detectives yesterday, which led to the first clue, as at that number lives the missing child's grandmother -- mother of McNees's divorced wife. Ash pointed out the house and will be given a chance to see Mrs. Sadler today.

"Tink" Williams, a driver from the Jackson livery barn, 1309 Walnut street, at once identified Mrs. Sadlier. He told the detectives that he had hauled Mrs. Sadlier and a younger woman with a baby on two occasions and that both times they drove out around the schools on the East side when the children were going to school.
Charles Burch, a negro driver for the Eylar Bros.' livery barn, who also identified Mrs. Sadlier readily, said that it was he who drove the carriage the day young McNeese was stolen. He told of the same two women, one elderly, the other young and with her a baby. He drove them last Friday morning to the Ashland school, Twenty-fourth street and Elmwood avenue.
"I was told to wait about a block form the school," said Burch, "as both women got out. Presently the younger woman and a man returned, leading and dragging a little boy, who didn't seem to want to go. This woman was still carrying her baby. I never saw the older woman until today at police headquarters."
When they got in the cab again Burch was told to drive post-haste to Armourdale, where he was dismissed as the quartette boarded an electric car. They are believed to have transferred so as to reach the Leavenworth electric line in Kansas City, Kas.
Mrs. Sadlier, when first arrested, told Detective Bates that she had seen her daughter, the former Mrs. McNeese, only last week. At the station she denied the statement and said she had not seen her in three years, but heard from her eight months ago in Montreal, Canada. She then said one of her nieces was at her house last week and followed that with a denial, saying that she had seen none of them for eight months.
Her statement, taken later in the day, reads in part:
My name is Annie L. Sadlier. My daughter's name now is Mrs. Annie Evans. She married Charles C. McNeese eleven years ago and they had one child, Charles Hiram McNeese. She and McNeese were divorced about four years ago and he given the custody of the child for one year by Judge Gibson, when it was to be given to its mother if she proved herself worthy. She married Bruce Evans afterwards and on March 1 three years ago moved away from here. Don't care to say when I last saw my daughter, if not compelled to answer now. Was home all day Friday, April 5, and not out of the house from 1 to 4 p. m. Don't remember anyone that day at all and don't remember when my brother got home. I am not going to answer the
question whether I saw my daughter Friday and will say no more until the
proper time. I positively declare that I was not in a hack last week at any time. Was not at any liver barn last week, either. I positively declare that I had noting to do with the kidnaping of Charles McNeese last week.

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April 10, 1907


Only Woman to Achieve This Honor,
Mrs. S. M. Hanna, Is Dead.
Sarah Miles Hanna

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.

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April 10, 1907


Damage to Asphalt Roofing Com-
pany's Plant is $400.

Fire in the American Asphalt Roofing Company's factory at Twelfth and Crystal yesterday caused a loss of $400. One of the four mammoth tanks above a lake of flaming coals had warped with the intense heat. Workmen were denting it back with hammers. One blow chipped a scale from the side of the big kettle and a stream of boiling, oily, crude asphalt poured into the furnace bed. Almost at once the whole building was burning. Two hose companies made the long run. There was no water plug for almost five blocks. No. 21 company carrying 1,000 feet of hose laid it all and waited until No. 12 company came and added 300 feet more. The stream, aimed to extinguish the furnace fire first fell partly in the tanks, running the asphalt over.

When the fire in the big rates was out the the roof of the building and the floor of the second story were gone, and all the windows were minus sashes. All the other buildings of the plant were safe.

There were only ten firemen in the two companies. To these the treasurer of the roofing company, G. W. Randall, handed a check for $20 to the firemen's relief fund.

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April 10. 1907


Awning Hanger, Found Unconscious
in His Room, in Hospital.

Richard J. Wilson, an awning hanger living at 829 East Missouri avenue, was found unconscious in his room about 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon. He was at once removed to the emergency hospital in an ambulance from police headquarters, where Dr. W. A. Shelton worked over him for two hours. After he had revived, Wilson said that he had been taking tablets for heart and that he had never taken any of them before. Dr. Shelton said that the tablets contained digitalis, belladonna, nitro glycerin and stropanthus, all heart stimulants, but any one poison if taken in sufficient quantity. Wilson was left at the emergency hospital last night, as he is still very week.

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April 10, 1907


Board of Education Wants $600,000
in Bonds Issued.

The board of education held a special meeting yesterday and adopted a resolution unanimously ordering a special election to be held in the school district of Kansas City May 4, at which a proposition will be voted upon to issue $600,000 in school bonds, to meet the growing needs of the district.

Of this amount, about $200,000 will be needed to complete the new Westport high school and the rest will be spent as needed in additions to present building and in new buildings in crowded or newly established sections. There is an urgent need for a new building in the vicinity of the Ashland school, which is at Twenty-fourth and Elmwood. This district is growing very rapidly and the Ashland school is already badly overcrowded. A new building would relieve this congestion.

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April 9, 1907

They Will Escape The Gallows

Death Sentences of Myers and Hottman Commuted by Governor Folk.





No Arrangements Yet Made to Send
the Prisoners to Jefferson City to
Begin Serving Their Terms --
Further Story of the Murder
May Yet Be Told.

Governor Folk yesterday commuted the sentences of Mrs. Aggie Myers and Frank Hottman to life imprisonment in the Jefferson City penitentiary. While no formal order was filed with the secretary of state for Hottman's commutation yesterday, the governor said he would do so this morning. The order for the commutation of Mrs. Myers' sentence was very brief, the state's executive explaining his action in the following language:

Believing that the benefit to the public morals of the commonwealth will be greater in confining this woman to the penitentiary for life in place of hanging her by the neck until dead, I therefore commute the sentence of the said Maggie Myers, alias Aggie Myers, from death to imprisonment in the state penitentiary as long as her life shall last.

Aggie Myers and Frank Hottman were tried and convicted of murdering Clarence Myers, husband of the former, at his home in the city two years ago. It was one of the most cold-blooded killings ever recorded in Kansas City. In the trial of Mrs. Myers it was proved that she planned the murder of her husband and helped to cut his throaat during his struggle with Hottman in his own home the night of the tragedy. Hottman made a full confession, pleaded guilty and testified against Mrs. Myers. She stood trial, was convicted and sentenced to hang along with Hottman. The execution of the death sentence has been stayed from time to time on account of legal proceedings which have been filed by her attorneys. The case was carried from the local county court to the state supreme court, the later sustaining the decision of the lower tribunal, and the last delay was obtained by the filing of an appeal to the supreme court of the United States. Mrs. Myers and Hottman were to have been hanged tomorrow and the death watch has been maintained over Hottman for the past several days.


When Frank Hottman was seen in the death cell at the county jail last night and told of the governor's act in commuting his and Mrs. Myers' sentence to life imprisonment, he made no reply, but stood with his hands in his pockets and gazed at the floor.

"Well, Frank, don't the news make you feel good?" he was asked.

"I haven't got anything to say."

"You are not sorry the governor commuted your sentence?"

"No, I am glad that he did that and I feel grateful to him, but it don't make me happy. I cannot talk to you about my case until I see my lawyer. He was here to see me yesterday, but I haven't seen him since. As a matter of fact, I made up my mind to accept any old fate that might come my way."

"Now that it is all over, your sentence commuted to life imprisonment, what about your confession, did you sear to the truth?" Hottman was asked.

"I don't want to answer you."

"Well, you know whether or not you told the truth when you said Mrs. Myers planned the murder of her husband and persuaded you to help her in the commission of the crime?"


"I don't want to talk to you about that now. After I see my lawyer I will give you a story."

"Is there any question about the truthfulness of your statement made to the prosecuting attorney?"

"Now, you musn't get mad at me for not answering your question, but I have been instructed not to talk."

"Will you make another confession before being taken to the penitentiary?"

"I don't know. I can't answer you."

"You don't deny now that you and Mrs. Myers killed Clarence, do you?"

"You musn't ask me any more questions, for I will not answer you until I have talked to my lawyer."

Hottman is still in a very despondent state of mind. He seemed to feel good over the fact that the governor commuted his sentence, yet he showed no particular outward signs of gratification. He doesn't appear to hold out any hope for the future. Had he been informed that the governor refused to interfere in his case and that the death sentence would be carried out Wednesday, the chances are that he would have felt just as he did when told his sentence had been commuted. He appears to have lost all interest in life, and it is possible that he will tell a new story about the murder of young Myers before he is taken to Jefferson City to begin his sentence of life servitude.


It was Sheriff William Thomason, of Clay county, who first informed Mrs. Myers of the governor's action in commuting her sentence to life imprisonment. She is in the county jail at Liberty. She accepted the tidings with little concern.

"I am very grateful to the governor for doing what he did," were her words to Sheriff Thomason.

She did not appear the least bit excited and received the news as though it was nothing more than she had expected. Sheriff Tomason stated that he did not know just when he would take Mrs. Myers to the penitentiary, but said that he would transfer her just as soon as possible.

The appeal of the case of Mrs. Myers to the supreme court of the United States will now be dismissed by her attorneys. In a message to the secretary of state relative to the action of commuting the sentences Governor Folk states that he believes the public morals will be better conserved by commuting the sentence of Mrs. Myers of life imprisonment than by hanging her. In the case of her accomplice, Frank Hottman, he said, similar facts to those in the Myers case exist and for that reason he also commuted Hottman's sentence to life imprisonment.

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April 9, 1907


Speed Limit of Eight Miles an Hour
on Cliff Drive.

The board of park commissioners yesterday adopted a rule that automobiles using Cliff drive must enter from the east side, and depart by the west side. Speed limit was confined to eight miles an hour, this regulation, it was stated, being necessary because some of the automobilists have been taking speed liberties both dangerous to themselves and others and the wheels of machines have been tearing up the macadam of the roadways.

"I was going to suggest giving automobiles additional days on the drive," spoke up Mr. Hudson.

"Don't do it, for I would not be in favor of giving them any more days," objected Mr. Fuller.

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April 9. 1907


Yesterday a Time of Furnaces and
Winter Clothes.

The old-timer who claimed, during that hot March weather, that Dame Nature always equalized thing, and that we should have to pay for our premature summer, has been vindicated. Yesterday was one of the coldest April days in years, and certainly one of the most disagreeable. There was a high wind all day, and it was a bit like a December gale. The grays and lavenders and novelties in men's clothing were temporarily superseded by the old winter garments, and overcoats were everywhere in evidence.

At midnight last night the thermometer stood at 40 deg. above, only 3 deg. above the freezing point and 12 below the lowest mean average ever recorded for the month. The day was partly cloudy, but there was no rainfall in Kansas City. Furnaces were fired up all over the city, and the unfortunate housekeeper, who had failed to keep a supply of coal on hands had to make heavy inroads on the kindling supplies to keep his house warm.

The mean average for the month of April is a temperature of 54 degrees. The lowest average, 52 degrees, was in 1892. April 4, 1899, was the coldest April day ever recorded. On that day the mercury went down to 22, and there was a general freeze.

Warmer weather for the rest of the week has been promised by the local observatory.


April 9, 1907


Former Mayor Neff a Guest of the
Lower House of the Council.

Former Mayor Neff was a guest of Alderman Weston on the floor of the lower house of the council chamber last night. This made the first time that Mr. Neff has attended a meeting of the council since his retirement from office a year ago, and his presence was seemingly a source of pleasure to a number of aldermen who served during his administration.

The former mayor, upon request, addressed the aldermen on his recent trip to Europe. It was an interesting narrative, burnished with important historical facts and humor. He said that when he was in Ireland he saw the house in which his wife was born, and that when he was asked what he thought about Ireland his reply was, "that for a little Ireland it was all right, but that big Ireland was in the United States, where there are 9,000,000 from that country."

Russia, Mr. Neff said, is the most impoverished and distressful country he had ever seen and that the people as a rule are of anarchistic tendencies. The wealthier people of Russia are disposing of their property and leaving for the United States, England and South America.

While away he traveled 20,000 miles in five months' time, and his travels in Russia and Italy where the railroads are operated by the states had convinced him that municipal ownership of public utilities is a bad thing for the general public and should not be tolerated.

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April 9, 1907


Declares It Is the Best for Sprinkling

J. F. Downing, a banker, wrote the board of park commissioners yesterday that he has undergone a change of heart as to the practicability of sprinkling boulevards with oil. Last year he protested against oil on Armour boulevard, but he says he has now discovered his error and requrests that oil be used on that thoroughfare "to keep down the dust and preserve the work that has been done on the boulevard."

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April 8, 1907


"Sleeper" Says His Home Is in
Horseshoe Bend, Id.

L. C. Webster, who was taken from a Union Pacific train at the Union depot a week ago in an unconscious condition and moved to the General hospital, where he remained without recovering his senses, rallied sufficiently yesterday to carry on a short conversation with Dr. Johnson, the hospital physician. He stated that his home is at Horseshoe Bend, Id., and that he has a wife and three children there. He does not know how he happened to be here and was surprised when told that he was in a hospital in Kansas City. He remembers being in Cheyenne, Wyo., and boarded the Union Pacific train there which brought him to Kansas City.

Webster, while apparently rational yesterday afternoon, talked a little incoherently at times and finally lapsed into a semi-conscious condition, in which he remained up to a late hour last night. In his talk with Dr. Johnson he stated that he had previously suffered from St. Vitus' dance and it is thought that his strange affliction was brought on by this disease. The authorities will try and get in communication with his relatives in Idaho at once.

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April 8, 1907


Police Unable to Locate Charles
McNeese Who Disappeared Friday.

As yet the police have been unable to locate Charles H. McNeese, the 6-year-old son of C. C. McNeese, 2305 Brighton avenue. The lad has not been heard from since he left home Friday morning to go to the Ashland school at Twenty-fourth street and Elmwood avenue. The suspicion that the boy was kidnaped by two women who appeared near the school house in a closed carriage both Thursday and Friday mornings, was substantiated by a man who saw them talking to the boy just before they drove away Friday morning. That was the last seen of him in the neighborhood of his home or the school.

A description of one of the women in the carriage tallies with that of the boy's mother, from whom his father secured a divorce about three years ago. The police are searching for the missing boy, and descriptions of him have been sent out to police departments of other cities.

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April 7, 1907


Hicks Had Asked His Wife to Get His
Breakfast at 4:30 a. m.

Mrs. Geneva Hicks and her husband quarreled most of Friday night in their home at Seventh and Penn streets. At 4:30 yesterday morning he wanted her to get up and cook his breakfast. Then there was another little misunderstanding, and Mrs. Hicks refused. While in a melancholy mood over their troubles, Mrs. Hicks arose and drank an ounce of laudanum.

Dr. Ford B. Rogers arrived promptly with the ambulance and in a short while left Mrs. Hicks thoroughly reconciled to her husband. She said she was willing to cook at any old time now. She is 27 years old.

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April 7, 1907




Mrs. Jennie D. Smith, of Denver, and
Mrs. Narcissus Smith Tell Their
Troubles to the Police
-- "Plot to Get Me to
Denver," Says Jennie D.
There must have been all kinds of discord in the Smith family when two Mrs. Smiths, sisters, made up their minds to run away. Both are now in the matron's room at police headquarters. Both are pretty, brown eyed and auburn haired.

One of them is being held a prisoner. Her name is Mrs. Jennie D. Smith from Denver, Col. An officer from there will be here after her this afternoon. A wire to the chief here said that a charge of welling mortgaged property had been placed against her.

Mrs. Jennie D. Smith said that she left her husband in Denver three months ago, going to her sister, Mrs. Narcissus Smith, in Memphis, Tenn.

"My husband threatened to kill me more than once," said Mrs. J. D. Smith. "My sister was there at the time and heard him do so many times. When we separated he gave me all the furniture and told me to keep the roomers or do what I pleased. He said he would make the payments for it. When I got ready to go to Memphis with my sister I sold the furniture, $350 worth of it, for $115. The auction house to which it was sold lost it afterwards to the instalment house. My husband simply wants to get me back there, and into trouble, with the idea that I will go back to him -- but I won't. Not much."

The two sisters went on to Memphis, where two weeks ago, Mrs. Narcissus Smith concluded that life with George Smith, a machinist, could not be endured any longer. So they both "up and left," taking the Memphis woman's 3-year-old baby, Ruth, along with them. Mrs. George Smith was preparing to go back to Denver with her sisters.

Yesterday morning a small, bald, stockily built man went into the office of Chief Hayes and announced that he had come to town to "kidnap me child." After a short talk it was learned that he was after "Baby Ruth," a golden haired beauty.

"I am going to take that kid away from my wife and take it to the home of my sister," he announced. Chief Hayes, however, told Smith that he would walk into all sorts of trouble if he attempted anything of the sort in Kansas City. He was referred to Colonel J. C. Greenman, Humane agent.

It was the order of the colonel that an officer be sent out with Smith, and that all three, husband, wife and baby appear at his office. While Smith and Detective William Bates were scouting in the vicinity of Hasbrook place, Twelfth and Washington streets, where the Mrs. Smiths had resided, Mrs. George Smith appeared at the matron's room to see her sister. When she was told that her husband was here after the child she was more than frantic.

"He'll steal it. He'll steal it, just as sure as fate," she said, hysterically. "I never did him but one mean trick and that was to use his last month's pay check with which to get away. He was just preparing to leave me and go to Panama, and I knew it. Now he wants the baby just for spite."

She was going right home to protect her baby, but was told that Smith was with an officer,and would not dare to do such a thing. On her way downstairs to see Chief Hays and ask his protection, which Colonel Greenman advised, after hearing her story, she encountered "George" right face to face in a narrow hallway.

"Don't you touch me! Don't you speak to me!" she exclaimed, as she sought protection behind a big policeman. Smith wilted when the policeman said, "Phat ye tryin' to do here, hit a lady? G'wan wid ye, er Oi'll drive ye into th' flure like a tack."

Chief Hayes sent Holly Jarboe with Mrs. Smith No. 2 to her rooms at Hasbrook place, where the child was found with a neighbor. She moved right then and there, bag, baggage and baby, to the matron's room at police headquarters, where the chief said she could remain until her sister left for Denver. This afternoon an officer will accompany her to the train to see that no trouble occurs in the Smith family.

"If Smith wants to steal his baby let him go to Denver," said the chief. "We don't allow that here when we know it."

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April 7, 1907


Wounds of Clarance Logan Cauterized
at Emergency Hospital.

While running along the street in the vicinity of Eleventh and Central yesterday, Clarence Logan, 10 years old, living at 800 Penn street, was attacked and bitten on the right hand by a vicious dog. The boy was taken at once to the emergency hospital in the city hall, where Dr. W. L Gist cauterized the wound. The dog, a mongrel, ran away.

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April 7, 1907




Posing as William McCloud Raney,
Roberts Obtained Position With
Keaton-Williams Gold Com-
pany -- Roberts Says He
Refunded Part.
Alexis S. Roberts, AKA William McCloud Raney
Who Pretended to Be William McCloud
Raney, the Short Story Writer.

To pose for a year as William McCloud Raney, the author, his employers congratulated themselves upon securing the services of such an able writer and competent employe, who under the cognomen succeeded in defrauding the firm of the Keaton-Williams Gold Company out of $1500 worth of pure dental gold; finally to draw salary secretly for two weeks after his identity became known to the company, is said to be the record of Alexis S. Roberts, the young man who is now in a cell in the county jail awaiting trial on the charge of embezzlement. He was arrested at St. Louis a few days ago on a description set out by the Pinkerton detective agency and brought back to this city for trial.

In his cell yesterday young Roberts, who is only 23 years old, admitted he had deceived his employers by posing as Raney, the author, but says that his real name became known to the company before he left its employ. He admitted that he appropriated a large amount of gold and sold it to local dentists, but says that he had a final settlement with his employers before he left the city. His father, David Roberts, was secretary of the company, and according to his statement, his father assigned his years' salary to the company as partial payment of his shortage, and that he gave the company $500 in cash and signed a promissory note in the sum of $500, payable in one year, bearing interest at 8 per cent. He says that he thought that his troubles were all settled.

Roberts was brought back from St. Louis Friday by detectives and arraigned before Justice Shoemaker. His preliminary hearing was set for next Thursday at 2 o'clock and he was committed to jail in default of $1000 bond.

He began to pose as Raney, the author, two weeks after going to work for the dental gold manufacturers. At that time he showed his employers a forged letter from a publishers' syndicate, addressing him as William McCloud Raney, complimenting his last story and mentioning an enclosure of $150. The letter stated that a story of similar value could be used each week.

Then Roberts began to spend money -- and the money end of the then-new firm began to ask the partner who conducted the laboratory, where the promised profits were to commence showing up. The laboratory man declared his process should be paying, but he could not explain where the gold was going. There was trouble in the firm, and Keaton, who owned the process, several times in despair, deserted his partner, Williams; then he would come back to try to demonstrate that the process paid. Now they both remember that three days after Roberts went to work, a lump of gold weighing about 2 1/2 ounces disappeared and the new employe, convinced both that there had been only four lumps where there were five.

Roberts' father, David Roberts, a Canadian like Mr. Roberts, who financed the firm, had been made secretary of the company. Anytime one of the Raney stories came out in one of the well-known magazines or in the syndicated papers, there was rejoicing among all who were acquainted with the young wizard, who assisted in the laboratory. Two of his sisters arrived from Grand Junction, Col., and smothered him with congratulations on his latest success, "The Robbers' Roost." Out on Troost avenue, where the Williamses lived, there was some discussion as to whether Raney's "Girl from Salt Lake," published in the Red Book, was or was not better than "The Automobile Holdup," with 101 Ranch for its scene.

Meanwhile, Mr. Williams' 999.9 pure gold, costing $21 an ounce at the Philadelphia mint, was being peddled around Kansas City at $19 per ounce, when dentists and jewelers ordinarily used gold only about half as fine. Every month for more than a year Roberts, it is alleged, personally supplied certain customers, and representing himself to be a member of the firm, did his own collecting.

One day the pseudo-author, in the presence of the firm, nonchalantly offered to write his father a check for $1000 to pay off some indebtedness. This was not thought unreasonable, as the Raney stories, coming out regularly, were supposed to be netting him $750 a month.

Finally Mr. Williams, attempting to collect a book account of several months' standing, says he found that Roberts had receipted the customers' bills monthly. Then, for the first time, Williams realized that his partner was not to blame for wasting gold. The Pinkertons were put on Roberts' track. They found at once where about $1000 worth of gold had been sold. Roberts was confronted and it is claimed confessed to each separate transaction he was charged with, but would volunteer no additional confessions, thought it is said now that about $3,200 worth of gold has disappeared.

Williams, whose pocketbook had suffered, caused the young man to report to the Pinkertons each day at 11 o'clock, and in the office and laboratory his absence was supposed to be due to sickness. Twice on payday, however, he is said to have entered the office in Williams' absence and drew his weekly pay.

"Those two weeks pay," said Williams yesterday, "made about the bitterest part of the dose I swallowed, for I was being generous and lenient with him at the time and thought the boy was frightened."

Working hard to see if he could recover any part of his loss, Williams was one day surprised by a payment of $500 from Roberts. This, it was learned later, he had borrowed from his brother-in-law, a merchant in Austin, Mo.

Under the surveillance of the Pinkertons, Roberts works a week at a time in several places, at last coming to Williams with the complaint that his record being known here made it hard to keep employment in Kansas City. He wanted to go to St. Louis, his home. This he was allowed to do, reporting regularly to the Pinkerton agency in St. Louis.

Mr. Williams says that Roberts failed to keep his promises and the authorities of St. Louis were asked to arrest him. His wife is in St. Louis.

Roberts had been graduated from the Christian Brothers college in St. Louis only shortly before coming to Kansas City. His father resigned his position with the Keaton-Williams' company, when the trouble came out last November. He has since gone to Ogden, Utah.

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April 6, 1907


Seven Women Taken From Eighth
Street "Palm Garden".

Following the order of the police board, made Wednesday, to raid "chop suey" restaurants run in connection with saloons, Sergeant Alex Young and Patrolmen Eubanks, Keenan and Shumate last night arrested seven women in Levy's Palm Garden, 123 West Eighth street. At cenral police station they gave the names of Nellie Kee, Alice Pernell, Alice Vincent, Mrs. C. B. Howard, Ethel Rose, Irene Hill and Frances Host. All were released on bonds of $5 each, furnished by Julius Levy, the proprietor. Levy, who it is said by the officers, tried to stop them from entering the place, was arrested and his bond was fixed at $100.

The order of the police board, which is to be carried out at once, will affect from twelve to twenty places in Kansas City. The board puts them in the same category with wine rooms.

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April 5, 1907



Wife Knew of the Note, but for a
Time No One Suspected That
Morphine Had Been Taken
-- Saloonkeeper Here Thirty
Two Years.

Kansas City Mo, March 29, 1907.
I was born August 15, 1851 and came to America in 1870. I owe $500, $300 to one man and $200 to another. Goodby to my sister. Goodby to my nephews and nieces. I belong to four societies and want two pallbearers from each society. I want to be buried north of the monument and I want to lie in the vault for three months.

If not admitted to the church, I want my funeral held at 2 o'clock from my home. Goodby my son. Be good to your mother. I do not wish any postmortem. I dictate this at my own free will. It is written by ex-Police Judge McAuley, March 29. I want my name inscribed on the monument.

If admitted to the church I desire high mass. Goodby to all my
friends. I desire the $500 I owe to be paid out of my insurance. Signed by
rubber-stamp. DANIEL SPILLANE.

Daniel Spillane, for thirty-four years a resident of Kansas City, thirty-two years of which time he was in the saloon business, called on T. B. McAuley, a former police judge, on March 29, and dictated the foregoing note. Mr. Spillane could not write. In business he used a rubber stamp. Yesterday afternoon while left at home alone for a time he took the greater part of one-eighth ounce bottle of sulphate of morphine. He must have taken it between noon and 1 p. m. He died at 3:30 at his residence, 2639 Brooklyn avenue.

Mrs. B. Spillane, his wife, returned home from a shopping tour about 1 o'clock and found her husband very ill but rational. As the family knew of the note which had been dictated last Friday, she asked if he had taken anything.

"I am just tired out," he told the wife, "completely prostrated, but nothing more."

Mrs. Spillane at once called her son, Timothy Spillane, from his home at 1214 Cherry street, telling him that his father was very ill and asking him to come out at once. Young Spillane left, but, not realizing what had occurred, took no physician with him. Even when he got there the father was still conscious and apparently rational. The son called Dr. Henry L. Martin, 601 East Twelfth street, who has an office over the saloon owned by Timothy Spillane.

"When the doctor came into the room," said the son, "father recognized him and said, 'Doctor, try to save me, will you?' He died fifteen minutes later, however, though everything was done for him."

When Mr. Spillane went to Judge McAuley to get him to write the note which was left yesterday he asked, "Do you know who I am?" When told that he was known, Judge McAuley was requested to write as was dictated to him. When he had finished Mr. Spillane drew forth a rubber stamp and signed his name with it. Judge McAuley at once looked up the son, Timothy, and told him what had occurred and advised him that the father be watched.

Members of the family said that Mr. Spillane had been ill and had taken an overdose of morphine by mistake.

"Father appeared to have been feeling badly lately," the son said, "and for that reason I tried to keep him with me as much as possible. He tended bar at my place, Twelfth and Cherry streets, for two hours in the morning, going home about noon. He did not seem to be any more melancholy than usual when he left my place."

Daniel Spillane was born in Ireland. He came to America in 1870 and to Kansas City three years later, remaining her ever since. At first he was in the bridge contracting business, but later entered the saloon business, continuing in that for thirty-two years. His first saloon was at Ninth street and State line in the early days and he had a garden and vaudeville in connection with it. His next location was at 9 West Ninth street.

From there he moved to Tenth and Main streets. The firm there was Spllane & O'Sullivan. When they dissolved partnership, Mr. Spillane opened at 1111 Grand avenue, which place he sold some months ago and opened at 1127 Grand avenue. At one time he was located on the corner of Twelfth street and Grand avenue. Mr. Spillane sold his saloon at 1127 Grand avenue two weeks ago and retired from active business. He leaves his widow, Mrs. B. Spillane; a son, Timothy A. Spillane; a sister, Mrs. Ellen Dwyer, and one brother, Timothy Spillane, who live s at Sixth and Holmes streets.

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April 5, 1907


Serious Wreck Narrowly Averted
Near Independence Yesterday.

The eastbound passenger train on the Lexington branch of the Missouri Pacific narrowly escaped being wrecked at the Colyer trestle, near Independence, yesterday morning. The engine struck a horse as the animal was crossing the track. Its body was carried across the bridge, and the pilot wheels of the engine jumped the track at the far side. The derailment was at a dangerous embankment.

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April 5, 1907


General Hospital Patient May Be
Victim to Acute Melancholia.

L. C. Webster, who has been at the general hospital nearly four days with what physicians believed was sleeping sickness, spoke yesterday. He is now believed by Dr. Johnson, house surgeon, to be suffering from acute melancholia.

In response to questions by a nurse, Webster yesterday nodded twice. Later, he asked for a drink of water. The nurse told him he would not get it unless he opened his eyes. Webster complied with the condition. The patient is being closely watched.

Acute melancholia is a form of insanity.

Mrs. Lillian Alexander slept at the Bethany hospital in Kansas City, Kas., in October, 1900, for fifty-four hours. When she awoke she appeared to be in a normal condition, and talked freely with the attendants at the hospital. Then after two days, she went to sleep again for 103 hours, or nearly five days.

Mrs. Alexander came from Leavenworth to the hospital. Her mother said that in Leavenworth she slept continuously for twenty-five, waking the day before she was brought to the hospital, October 20. Previous to that time she had once slept for five days. The doctors attending Mrs. Alexander said she was suffering from melancholia. She was shortly afterward adjudged insane and taken to the asylum at Osawatomie. There she again went into a deep sleep from which she never awakened.

Mrs. Alexander slept part of the time with her eyes open. Her breathing was like that of a sleeping person, and in all way s she appeared to be sleeping. She was given necessary food through a tube.

Mrs. Alexander was a widow, 34 years old, with two children. She was a music teacher and worked herself into an hysterical condition.

William Fullcher slept for 115 hours in the Wyandotte county jail about three years ago.

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April 5, 1907


Ended His Life in the Street at 5
o'Clock Yesterday Morning.

Sitting on the curbing at the northeast corner of Eleventh and Walnut streets yesterday morning at 5 o'clock, Myer L. Wilson, of 2461 Troost avenue, committed suicide by shooting himself in the head with a revolver. The tragedy occurred at an hour when there were few people on the streets and was witnessed only by Frank Yearout, a dishwasher at a downtown saloon, and by a newsboy.

Wilson left a note which read:
My name is Myer L. Wilson. My home is at 2461 Troost avenue. I have lived long enough. M. L. W.

The suicide was the son of H. I. Wilson, vice president of the Ryley-Wilson Wholesale Grocery Company, and was 25 years of age. He had lived all his life in Kansas City; was educated at the public schools of the city and had been a student at Yale university for one year. He returned from college about three years ago and was given a place as buyer in the Ryley-Wilson concern.

Friends and relatives of the young man are unable to assign any reason for his deed.

"We do not understand it," said an aunt of Myer Wilson at the family home yesterday afternoon. "The boy had no bad habits that we know of or even suspected. We know of no love affairs. Certainly it was not financial troubles, as he was supplied with all the money he needed. He was a very quiet boy, rarely taking any interest in social affairs, and most of his evenings were spent at home. No one ever heard him complain of any trouble that would make him want to take his life. His home life was very pleasant."

"The only illness we know of which might explain the trouble was a chronic stomach affection which gave him trouble from time to time. There is nothing else we can think of which might have caused him to commit suicide."

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April 4, 1907


Police Board May Decide to Take
Action Concerning This.

Chop Suey joints and their environment are to go. A place on West Eight stret was complained about yesterday by Mayor Beardsley, presiding at a meeting of the police commissioners. The mayor protested that such places are merely to admit women to drinking rooms, in a covert attempt to get around the wineroom law. Commissioners Rozzelle and Gallagher agreed with the mayor that it was not so much the "suey" as the bottle of beer that went with it that kept the places going and the women as steady customers.
Three saloonmen were before the board on charges of selling liquor on Sunday, all of them having restaaurant attachments. After hearing the evidence in these cases, granting that in no instance was it strong enough for a revocation, the board suggested that saloon men who want to remain in business will have to close up the doors and windows leading to restaurants where women congregate, and where men do their drinking on Sunday.

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April 4, 1907


Body of Unknown Man Found at
Third and Main.

George Walls, 18 years old, 506 East Fifth street, was in the saloon of Mike Lasalla, 300 Main street, at 1 o'clock this morning with Joseph Rose, the bartender. Walls stepped outside as Rose was locking up the place. When he reached the sidewalk he heard a brick strike the pavement and break. At the same time, he noticed the body of a man lying just north of the saloon on Third street. He says he saw no one else. The dead man's forehead had been crushed. A pile of bricks was nearby on the street.

The two men reported their find at police headquarters and the body was taken to the emergency hospital. It is evidently that of a laborer, perhaps a miner, for a circular describing miners tools was found in a pocket. There were no means of identification. In the man's pockets, besides this circular, were a cheap watch and a card reading "Oklahoma saloon, southwest corner of Seventeenth and Walnut."

The body is that of a man of about 30 years. He wore a suit of dark clothing that had seen service, blue overalls, blue shirt, both new, and new underwear. He was 5 feet 11 inches in height, weight about 185 pounds.

The coroner took charge of the body.

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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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April 4, 1907


Surgeon Picks Bits of Torpedo
From Injured Children.

Harry J. Call, a 4-year old boy living at 517 Harrison street, believes in "looking into things." While scouting in the vicinity of his home yesterday noon he found an aged railroad torpedo. His 2-year-old sister, Louise, and several others were bringing up the rear, hot on the trail when the find was made.

Harry brought his little band to a halt and held a council of war. It was finally decided to "look into" the torpedo. Harry secured a trusty brick and smote the aged torpedo on stinging blow right in the center -- just where its solar plexus ought to be. It blew up and out, too.

Results-- Louise received several severe cuts on the right leg. Harry, who smote the ancient bomb, didn't get off so well. Both of his legs were cut and bruised and the middle finger of his right hand badly lacerated. The rest of the little tribe didn't appear to be of such and investigation turn of mind. They were looking on, but-eyed, from afar when the explosion took place. They simply gave a war whoop, kicked up the dust and disappeared over a neighboring hill, leaving their wounded tribesmen to their fate. The ambulance from headquarters appeared on the scene with Dr. Julius Frischer, who treated the young warriors and left them in their teepees.

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April 4, 1907


Frank Walsh Resented a Remark
Made by Festus O. Miller.

An argument arose during the filing of a bond in Justice Sherman's court yesterday between Attorney Frank P. Walsh and Attorney Festus O. Miller.

"Then you lied to me," said Miller to Walsh.

In his younger days Walsh was pretty handy with his fists and he says he hasn't forgotten the proper method of resenting the lie direct. His right fist landed on Miller's left cheek and only a chair prevented Miller from going to the floor. He scrambled to his feet and exclaimed:

"I beg the court's pardon and also Mr. Walsh's pardon. I didn't intend calling him a liar."

"That's all right," said Walsh, "No man can call me a liar and not get into trouble."

Justice Sherman assessed no fines for infraction of the dignity of his court.

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April 4, 1907


Licenses Are Again Sought at
This Street and Troost.

Preparatory to another raid of the saloonkeepers fro licenses at the end of the Troost avenue car line, a number of petitions were filed yesterday with the board of police commissioners asking that saloons be reopened there. A year ago the board cosed the saloons at that point, where thousands of women and children transfer nightly from the Swope to the trunk line cars.

Indicating how dense traffic now is at that point, last Sunday the street car company had no fewer than eight watchmen and switchmen at this point, all needed to handle the crowds. It is urged by the property owners and the street car company, objecting to the reopening of the saloons, that Forty-seventh and Troost comes within the scope of the board's rule not to allow saloons at important transfer points, particularly in view of the fact that so many women and children change cars there.

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April 4, 1907


Glad to Get Something to Eat and
Ready for a Job.

Joseph Richards, 16, William Henderson, 19, and Robert Kelly, 20 years old, all about the same size, arrived in Kansas City from Muscatine, Ia., via the Rock Island route in a boxcar early yesterday morning. They are runaways, and said they are not looking for Indians, but for work.

The boys walked the streets all day, visiting several employment agencies, but not having the dollar that it takes to get the "promise of a job," they kept on walking. About 8 o'clock last night, begrimed and hungry, they encountered Patrolman McVey. At police headquarters they were given tickets for a "big 10-cent meal" at a nearby restaurant.

"That's the first meal we've had since noon yesterday," said young Richards, as he picked his teeth.

"I hope you don't call that a meal we had at Seymour, Ia.?" asked Henderson, "A half a loaf of bread and one piece of green bologna for all three of us didn't hit the spot with me. Not much."

The lads were given shelter for the night at the Helping Hand Institute, and this morning jobs will probably be secured for Kelly and Henderson. Richards, who left a widowed mother at home, will be held until she is heard from.

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April 2, 1907


Wallace Gets Criminal Division, With
Porterfield as a Relief -- Slover
Will Try Civil Cases

The appointments of W. H. Wallace as criminal judge, James H. Slover and E. E. Porterfield as circuit judges for Jackson county, were announced yesterday by Governor Folk. Judge Slover, who was named by the governor as criminal judge at the time of the death of Judge Wofford, tendered his resignation as such Saturday in order that the governor's new judgeship slate might be perfected immediately. The new judges will assume the duties of their positions without delay.

From the time the last legislature created the two new circuit judgeships in this county it has been generally understood that Judge Slover would surrender the criminal bench for one of the new circuit courts. There was no surprise occasioned by the appointment of the three above named judges, as it was understood several days ago that the governor had decided upon the man for the various places, and was holding the announcement back in order to give Judge Slover time in which to resign as criminal judge.

W. H. Wallace, who takes charge of the criminal bench, is a criminal lawyer of many years' experience. As prosecuting attorney for Jackson county, he conducted the prosecution of Frank James at Gallatin in 1882. This was his first celebrated case. His appointment to the criminal bench comes as a sort of balm to the disappointment occasioned by his defeat last fall as congressman from the Fifth district.

Judge Slover has served on the local circuit bench for twenty-two years, with two short interruptions. He was a candidate for the circuit bench last fall, but went down to defeat along with the rest of the Democratic ticket. His appointment as criminal judge followed the death of Judge Wofford. He preferred the civil branch of the work to the criminal, hence the transfer.

Attorney Porterfield becomes judge of the Seventh division of the circuit court, which is also division No. 2 of the criminal court. He will serve as a relief to the criminal court whenever its docket becomes too large for Judge Wallace to dispose of in proper time. It will be his first experience on the bench, although he has been a practicing attorney before the Jackson county bar for the past twenty years. He was recommended for Judge Wofford's place on the criminal bench at the time of the latter's death, but when he learned that two new circuit courts were to be created here by the legislature he dropped out of that race and set his sails for the circuit bench.

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April 2, 1907


Divorce Decrees Granted
by Judge Seehorn

It was default day in Judge Seehorn's division of the circuit court yesterday, and a number of unhappy couples were qualified to again take a chance at Cupid's game. Those granted decrees were:

Frank L. Smith from Byrd Smith.
Louis Vardy from Mary Vardy.
Charles L. Rucker from Ruby Rucker.
Adad Good from Jacob Good.
Nellie Weltman from Charles Weltman.
Olga Voltoth from John Voltoth.
C. E. Whittiker from Florence A. Whittiker.
Ida E. Brayton from David Brayton.
George Washington from Senovia Washington.
Emma Skeeles from L. C. Skeeles.

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April 2, 1907


Park Board Not Responsible for a
Disease Breeding Pond.

Complaint was made to the board of park commissioners yesterday by Charles F. Jackles that a pond at Harrison and Gillham roadway caused by park construction work was a breeding spot for mosquitoes and has caused sickness in his family. He threatens to bring legal proceedings against the city unless the nuisance is abated. The board denied all responsibility for the conditions, and set up the claim that the pond complained of is on private property.

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April 1, 1907

William B. Thayer, of Emery, Bird, Thayer Dry Goods Copmany




Was Secretary and Treasurer of the
Emery, Bird, Thayer Dry Goods
Company -- Leaves Widow and One Son --
Funeral Not Arranged.

William B. Thayer, secretary and treasurer of the Emery, Bird, Thayer Dry Goods Company, died of pneumonia last night at 8:20 o'clock at the Thayer home, Forty-sixth street and Warwick boulevard. He had been ill for several weeks and for the past few days his friends and relatives had abandoned hope for his recovery. The end came peacefully.

Mr. Thayer had rested fairly well during the day, but those who have been constantly at his bedside realized that the end was only a matter of a short time. The illness which terminated in his death was contracted by him about three weeks ago. It first started from a slight cold which developed into pneumonia, necessitating an operation on his lungs for congestion. After the operation he seemed to temporarily improve and hope was entertained for his ultimate recovery. However, about a week ago he suffered a relapse and from that time he gradually became weaker. He was surrounded by his wife and son, a brother and a number of other relatives and friends at the time of his death.

Mr. Thayer was prominent in business circles in Kansas City. In 1901-1902 he was president of the Commercial Club. Prior to that, for two terms, he was vice president of that organization, and for two terms was president of the Kansas City Club.

He was 56 years old, and came to Kansas City thirty-six years ago from Kentucky. He secured a position in the mercantile establishment of Bullene, Moore & Emery, then at Seventh, Main, and Deleware streets. In 1884 he was taken into the firm becoming the junior member, the firm then being known as Bullene, Moore, Emery & Co. On November 1, 1895 the title became Emery, Bird, Thayer Dry Goods Company. Much of the success of this firm is credited to the sound business judgement of Mr. Thayer.

Aside from his gigantic buisness cares and responsibilities, Mr. Thayer had found time to attend to the duties of citizenship and always took an interest in education and the progress of Kansas City. He was a director and treasurer of Convention hall during the period of its reconstruction.

Mr. Thayer was born in Louisville, Ky., but with his paernts later moved to Danville, Ky., where he received his early education. He took the acedemic course at Central college and was graduated with honors.

About twenty-five years ago he married Miss Sallie Casey of Louisville, Ky., who, with a son, William B. Thayer, Jr. survives him.

Mr. Thayer was a thirty-third degree Mason, Scottish Rite. Funeral arrangements have not yet been completed.

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April 1, 1907


After Escape From Detention Home
Takes Team to Aid in Flight.

A sentence of four years in the reform school did not seem to affect the criminal ardor of Perry Brock, for after escaping from the detention home Saturday, where he was waiting to be sent to Boonville, he stole a team of horses and wagon belonging to S. G. Davis, a farmer west of Quindaro, about noon yesterday and three hours later was arrested in the West bottoms. He admitted the theft to Captain Ennis at No. 2 police station. The farmer says he will prosecute.

Brock was sentenced to the reform school last Friday by Judge McCune, of the juvenile court, for stealing chickens in Englewood and Mount Washington. When but 10 years old, he kidnaped a 3-year-old child in the south part of the city and locked him in a closet of a vacant house where he was found three days later by prospective tenants of the place.

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April 1, 1907


Police Hold Father and Son to
Explain to the Judge.

John Brown, father, and Walter Brown, his son, were arrested on Kansas avenue in Armourdale yesterday afternoon and locked up at No. 3 police station on a charge of carrying concealed weapons and disturbing the peace.

The Browns were supplied with a full equipment of cowboy clothing, from high heeled boots to high crowned and wide brimmed hats. When booked at the police station they told Sergeant Patrick Lyons that they were straight from Galveston, Tex., the country where every man protects himself from harm by carrying a gun. The sergeant told them it might be all right to protect oneself with a gun in Texas, but that they were in Kansas now, so he would let the judge settle the question.

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April 1, 1907


Will Create Brigade Posts at Riley
and Leavenworth

WASHINGTON, March 31 -- (Special.) President Roosevelt will soon issue the order, to take affect in July, creating brigade posts at Fort Leavenworth, Fort Riley and possibly Fort Sill.

Each brigade post will be under command of a brigadier general and be brigaded for instructions and maneuvers.

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April 1, 1907




"Red Flyer" Crashed Into Vehicle
At Grade Crossing.

The Chicago & Alton's "Red Flyer" killed four people -- two men and two women at a grade-crossing on Fifteenth street at 4:50 yesterday afternoon. The dead are Mr. and Mrs. D. H. Monarch, of 1717 McGee street, and Mr. and Mrs. George Henry, whose home address is not known. The merry party were returning from a day's outing east of Kansas City, and were crossing the tracks of the Chicago & Alton in a light, double-seated spring wagon when the accident occurred. The place of the accident is about one and a quarter miles west of Independence.

The horses had cleared the track when the engine bore down upon n the vehicle, crushing it and tossing the occupants high in the air.

When the engineer stopped his train, after continuing several car lengths, the crew alighted and ran to the assistance of the injured, the two men and Mrs. Monarch were dead, and Mrs. Henry expired within a few minutes.

The team escaped uninjured.

The bodies were placed aboard the train and taken to the Union depot, where they were viewed by Coroner G. B. Thompson and removed to Stine's undertaking establishment.

The party had started out about 10 o'clock yesterday forenoon, and it was understood that they were going to Swope park to spend the day. However, it is presumed they changed their minds and drove to some point east of the city for several friends, among them Mr. and Mrs. A. W. Burtch, were to meet them at Swope park, and drove to that place, but did not find them.

How the party happened to drive upon the tracks in front of the train seems to be unexplainable to the friends of the two men. Mr. Monarch was driving and it is said that he has always been cautious about approaching cars. However, one of the horses that he was driving yesterday was a spirited animal, and for the first time was hitched double. There is a slight grade and it is presumed that the horses began to get anxious to get home were a little fractious and probably could not be stopped before they reached the tracks, after the sound of the approaching train was heard.

Though it was not supposed at first that any of the bodies had been run over, yet all of them were considerably mutilated and crushed. Mr. Monarch's injuries consisted of the top of his head being crushed, and the right leg broken above the ankle, while his wife's injuries consisted of both arms being crushed below the elbows and her chest crushed on the left side. Mr. Henry's head was crushed, his left foot cut off at the ankle, and the right leg was broken below the knee.

Mrs. Henry's left leg was mangled from the knee to the ankle, and the left arm was crushed up to the elbow.

The identity of the bodies were not established until a search of the clothing of the men at the undertaker's morgue was made, and a grocery receipt bearing D. H. Monarch's name and address was found in his clothing. A card bearing the name of George Henry was found on Mr. Henry's body. Inquiry was made at 1717 McGee street, and it was learned that Mr. Monarch lived at that number. It was also ascertained that he and his wife had gone out for an outing with Mr. and Mrs. Henry and several people who knew them called at the morgue and positively identified the quartette.

Mr. Monarch was employed as a solicitor by the C. F. Adams Installment Company, 1513 Grand avenue, and also conducted a rooming house where he lived and one at 1620 McGee street. George Henry worked as solicitor for the L. B. Price Mercantile Company, Fourteenth and Oak, a firm similar to that by which Mr. Monarch was employed.

Mr. Monarch was 30 years old, and his wife was about five years his senior. Both Mr. and Mrs. Henry were about 30 years old.

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April 1, 1907


Threatened His Sweetheart and the
Police Locked Him Up.

When George White, an ironworker, was his sweetheart, Miss Grace Webb, in the company of another man last night, the smoldering spark of love was fanned into a seething, consuming flame, and the green-eyed monster possessed his very soul. He said things out loud at Fifth and Wyandotte streets and was swooped down on by Patrolman George Hightower and J. S. Eads.

"He said he would kill me," said Miss Webb, "just because I was going with this--"

"Going with that, yes," said White, "but Grace, you know I didn't say I would kill you."

"You said you would knock me so far that I would forget the way back. You know you did," insisted Miss Webb.

"Now, didn't I just say that I would give you a punch in the nose if you didn't quit trifling with my affections? Wasn't that all now?" White asked.

The man referred to as "that " said never a word. He stood afar off, his hands in his pockets clear up to the elbow line and scratched at imaginary objects on the floor with the toe of his right shoe. The conversation took place before the sergeant's desk. When White had been charged with disturbing the peace and locked up, Miss Webb said, "Come on" to the man referred to as "that" and both left the station.

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April 1, 1907


Police Took Them In and Gave
Each a Meal.
Just after alighting from an incoming freight train from Chicago early yesterday morning three boys, aged about 12, 15 and 18, strolled up onto Main street. They had been on the train all night and were wet, dirty and hungry. Patrolman J. S. Eads corralled them and steered them into police headquarters where they were given a chance to wash before Lieutenant Kennedy gave them tickets for a "big meal" just across the street.

The 18-year old one was a born tramp, didn't know where he was from, didn't know where he was going and didn't seem to care much. He was sent on his way. The 15-year-old boy gave the name of Harry Payne and said he had a brother at 2937 Brooklyn avenue. Patrolman A. O. Dalbow took him there and disposed of him. He had been out over the country "seeing the elephant," he said.

The "baby" of the trio was Fred Shindle, 12 years old. Fred lives in Blue Island, Ill., a little suburb just out of Chicago, and has a widowed mother. Fred said that they did not all come from Blue Island, but that they were "just from everywhere." He said he had never been "so hungry before," and was anxious to leave for home on every train. He was held and his mother wired regarding transportation. When placed in the matron's room Fred went to sleep and slept soundly all day long. His long night ride had tired him out.

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