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August 31, 1907
SEARCH FOR BILLY WILLIAMS.
Minstrel Performer Has Become
Estranged From His Family.
Billy Williams, the old-time minstrel, is wandering lost somewhere in Kansas City, according to his wife, with the youngest of their seven children. She came on from Iola, Kas., last night, where until Wednesday Williams was assisting organizing an amateur show, looking for him. She called at No. 4 police station, and asked for assistance to locate the husband.
Williams had slept at 215 West Sixteenth street with Gus Manning Thursday night, but had become separated from Manning yesterday forenoon after going down town. At midnight Williams had not been found.
Labels: No 4 police station, Sixteenth street, visitors
August 31, 1907
WILL GO IN A PRIVATE CAR.
North End Children to Travel to Lex-
ington in Luxurious Style.
Owing to the failure of the steamer Tennessee to arrive on schedule time a change of mode of transportation of the fifty North end children by the Helping Hand to the battlefield of Lexington, Mo., for a week's vacation has been made necessary. The youngsters, through the liberality of William Voelker, are to ride to their destination in a private car that will leave the Grand Central depot at 5 o'clock this evening. The people of Lexington will assist in entertaining the visitors.
Labels: boats, children, Grand Central depot, Helping Hand, Lexington, North end, Steamboat Tennessee
August 31, 1907
LESS DRINKING AND SMOKING.
Policemen Must Refrain While Doing
Duty in Uniform.
"No smoking while on duty or in uniform."
"No drinking in or out of uniform, on or off duty, and no frequenting of saloons except on police business."
The foregoing was the gist of a special order issued by Chief Ahern yesterday to the commanding officers of all the stations. He lays stress upon the fact that this rule must be obeyed or "somebody will be hauled before the board of police commissioners for trial."
"It is a police order, good for the department," said the chief, "and must be obeyed."
Labels: police, police board, Police Chief Ahern, saloon
August 31, 1907
CHANGE OF DRAWING HOUR.
High School Applicants Needn't Come
Before 7:30 A. M.
Central high school authorities have done away with the necessity for school children to be in line before daybreak in order to draw numbers. Monday morning all those who get to the school by 7:30 will be allowed to draw numbers immediately. Those who arrive after 7:30 will have to wait for another drawing.
Labels: children, schools
August 31, 1907
Back Bar Fell on James Leary at
Sixth and Oak.
The unloading of barrels of beer at the saloon of James Leary, Sixth and Oak streets, yesterday afternoon caused the back bar to fall, striking Leary on the head and shoulders and felling him to the floor. Dr. J. Park Neal found a "horseshoe-shaped" cut of large dimensions on the top of Leary's head, extending into the skull. His right shoulde was bruised, as was also the hand on that side, which he had thrown up for protection. After his wounds were dressed at emergency hospital he was taken to his home, Sixth and Cherry streets.
Labels: accident, Cherry street, Dr J Park Neal, emergency hospital, Oak street, saloon, Sixth street
August 23, 1907
THIS TOWN NO PLACE FOR HIM.
Not By Choice John Selby Must Turn
As much as John Selby dislikes to travel it is his move again. About a month ago he was fined $50 in police court and given a stay conditioned upon his leaving town. Yesterday morning he landed in Kansas City at 3 o'clock and in fifteen minutes Patrolman J. W. Bailey, who had been his nemesis before
August 30, 1907
UNDER POLICE BAN.
'THESE MEN ARE BEING JOBBED,'
SAID CITY ATTORNEY.
REARRESTED BY THE POLICE,
JUST THE SAME.
Men Who Had Once Transgressed the
Law Declare the Police Will
Not Permit Them to
What appears to be a flagrant case of police oppression occurred in police court yesterday. Three young men, who, so far as the police know, have been leading correct lives of late, had been arrested on suspicion and were held on the indefinite charge of "investigation." The young men were Virgil Dale, Frank Smith and Thomas O' Neal.
When the men were arraigned before Judge Young, Detective Edward Boyle said:
These men are bad ones. They have all done time, they don't work and they are hop fiends."
"I never smoked hop in my life," said O'Neal, "and I am working now."
"I can prove that I am working, too," said Smith.
"I have been here but eight days," said Dale. "When I was younger I mixed in bad company and committed a crime. I confessed it before a justice and was fined. My mother lives here. No matter what I have been I still desire to see my mother. On account of the crime I committed I am picked up and held for investigation every time I get in town. Ever since I have been here I have been at home putting down carpets, but last night I ventured out and was arrested. I have been jobbed here before, in this court. I have done nothing on earth to be arrested for."
Inspector Charles Ryan entered the court room at this moment and Detective Boyle said:
BUT RYAN PROVED NOTHING.
"Judge Young, this is Inspector Ryan. Listen to what he has to say."
"We haven't anything particularly against these men, except that they are bad ones," Ryan said. "We have pictures of the two of them and they are hop fiends."
Again came the denial from the men that there was no such evidence and they explained that their pictures had been taken on a similar occasion when they were arrested "for investigation" but were released.
"What do you want done with them?" asked Judge Young, who had listened with interest.
"Fine them $500 and give them a stay to leave town," suggested Boyle.
"I will go," said each man, "but I have done nothing and do not intend to break the law."
Believing that he was following the custom of the court, Judge Young assessed the $500 fines and ordered the men released so they could leave town.
Just as they started to leave the court room, however, they were all huddled together, rearrested before the judge and placed again in the holdover.
"What's all that for?" asked Judge Young. "I thought it was agreed that those men should go? One of those men has a mother here, and I don't blame him or any other man for wanting to see his mother."
"THEY ARE BEING JOBBED."
"It's the first time I have ever said so in this court," spoke up Fred Coon, city attorney, "but I have seen this same things many times, and said nothing. It strikes me that this is a straight 'job' on these men because, in years past, they have done nothing wrong. There is no charge now against them."
"I don't understand such proceedings" said Judge Young, "and I want to say that in this court it looks mighty shady. I don't like it at all. Instead of recording fines and stays against these men, I shall make a clean record of 'discharged' in each case."
That made no difference, however. Once they had sinned, and they must suffer for it. Dale, in particular, was very frank in his statement to the court about himself.
"When a man has once done wrong," said Dale, sadly, "the people might help him to live a better life, but the police won't let him. Once in my life I was convicted on my own confession. For that I have been made a roamer on the face of the earth, no place to lay my head, no place to call home -- though I have a home, and a mother here in this city. Is it right? Is it just?"
After court Inspector Charles Ryan was asked why the men had been rearrested when the court had released them on a fine suggested by a detective and concurred in by him.
"We are just holding them for investigation," he said.
NO CHARGE AGAINST THEM.
"Have you anything against them?" he was asked.
"No," he said, "we are just holding them for show up -- investigation is the only charge.
"Will any charge be placed against these men?" was the next question.
"We have none," he replied.
It is charged by a majority of the men who have sinned and fallen into the hands of the police that no matter how hard they try to reform and live upright lives, the police won't permit them to go in peace. The fact that a man has once done wrong damns him forever in the eyes of the police, even though he may have explated his crime by long hours of weary servitude. Ex-criminals declare that the greatest foes they have to right living are the police.
Labels: attorney, courtroom, detectives, Inspector Boyle, Judges, narcotics, police
August 30, 1907
WOODMAN IS DEAD.
Man Assaulted and Robbed in Store
Dies From Injury.
H. A. Woodman, the furniture dealer, who was found unconscious in his store at 1112-14 East Eighteenth street Wednesday afternoon, the result of a blow over the head from a hammer used by a robber, died about 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the German hospital. From the time he was found until his death Mr. Woodman never regained consciousness. The police have no clue to the murderer, and it is probably this will be added to the list of mysterious murders the police have been unable to run down.
Labels: Eighteenth street, German hospital, murder, retailers
August 29, 1907
THREW HERSELF IN RIVER.
Upon Being Rescued Woman Said
She Was Tired of Life.
Mrs. Maggie Lewellen, who lives near the Quindaro water works, attempted suicide yesterday afternoon by throwing herself into the Missouri river in full view of several employes at the p umping station. They hastened to rescue and dragged her from the river. The woman had sunk twice before the rescuing party reached her and was unconscious when rescued.
After rolling her on the ground and releasing a quantity of water from her lungs, she revived sufficeintly to be taken home, where a physician was summoned. When asked her reason for her act, she is said to have remarked that she was tired of life and wished to die.
Labels: Missouri river, public works, Suicide
August 29, 1907
PURSUED BY IMAGINARY FOES.
Negro Who Believes Some One Seeks
"Sonny" Harris, a negro North end character, believed last night that he was followed by a crowd of men who threatened his life. He starled the populace about Third and Main streets by running madly along the thoroughfare and screaming for someone to protect him. Jack Julian and B. C. Sanderson, plain clothes officers, later found the negro crouched behind a billboard in an alley near Third and Delaware streets. He had a rock in his hand and was directing dire threats toward an imaginary man in the alley. The policemen seized him and after inducing him to throw away the rock took him to police headquarters. When the trio reached the front of the station door the negro turned to the officers and asked if they saw a man shoot at him three times as they were crossing the street.
Harris, while recently in a similar frame of mind, ran all the way from Sheffield to police headquarters and there collapsed. He then imagined he was being pursued by assassins.
Labels: mental health, North end, police, sheffield
August 29, 1907
HIS PLEA FOR THE RIVER.
Middle West Newspapers Quoting L.
M. Jones' Timely Address.
All the leading newspapers of the Middle West are complying with the publicity department of the National Rivers and Harbors Congress to publish extracts furnished them from the speech delivered by Lawrence M. Jones, of this city, president of the Missouri Valley River Improvement Association. Particular attention is called to a somewhat humorous and yet serious portion, in which Mr. Jones said:
"We are told that some of our Eastern friends are opposed to improving the Western waterways. We are not yet prepared to believe that. We have a warm feeling for the East. We remember, in the times of the drought in the West, you sent us your old clothes to wear. We remember when you loaned us money at healthy rates of interest -- when we had good collateral to offer. We wish to inform you that we are now wearing tailored clothes and are buying your paper in the West -- when you offer us attractive rates of interest and the proper amount of collateral. We have always paid willingly for the improvement of your rivers and harbors. But the time has come when we are asking taht the great internal waterways -- that is, the great rivers of the West --have some attention from the government, and we ask you of the east to take as liveral a view of the question as the West did when you desired the govermnet to improve your rivers and your harbors."
Labels: Missouri river, newspapers
August 29, 1907
DAUGHTER HAD PRESENTIMENT.
Feared for Father's Safety and Found
Him in Street Injured.
A premonition that some harm had befallen her father, who did not return to his home at his accustomed hour led Miss Pamfret, daughter of W. C. Pamfret, of 2025 East Nineteenth street, to go upon a search for him that ended when she found him lying unconscious at the intersection of Eighth and Walnut streets last night at 11 o'clock. A fall from a street car a few minutes befroe had gathered about him a crowd of curiosity seekers. The daughter pressed her way through the crowd and tenderly cared for her father until the emergency ambulance arrived.
Pamfret, who is the president of a medicine company with offices down town, was in the habit of going home to dinner about 6 o'clock. Business detained him until a late hour, and the daughter decided to go to his office, fearing that something might have happened to him.
The young woman accompanied her father to the emergency hospital, where his wounds, painful but not serious, were dressed.
Labels: accident, Eighth street, emergency hospital, Nineteenth street, Walnut Street
August 28, 1907
THEY CAN SLUMBER ON NOW.
Baby Whose Coughing Kept Roomers
Awake is Dead.
Mrs. E. J. Wise, a frail woman, bearing a pale and emanciated child of less than 2 years in her arms, laboriously climbed the stairway leading to police headquarters about 3 o'clock yesterday morning. The child was suffering with tuberculosis. The woman said she and the babe had been ejected from a rooming house on Walnut street because the baby's coughing kept other roomers in the house awake. The woman and baby were cared for in the police matron's department until later in the morning, when the child was removed to the Emergency hospital, where it died a few minutes later.
The woman, who is a widow, came here with her babe from Webb City, Mo.
Labels: children, death, emergency hospital, police matron, rooming house, Walnut Street
August 27, 1907
MAN NEARLY STRANGLED.
Silver Tube in Throat Became Dis-
placed During a Fight.
In a fight with a street car conductor near Fifth street and Broadway yesterday afternoon, a silver tube in the throat of Antonio Habto, through which he breathed, was pushed out of place, and only through prompt surgical attention the man was saved from asphyxiation. Rabto is a barber, 67 years old, and lives at 1307 West Ninth street. He boarded a westbound Fifth street car and tendered the conductor a transfer not good on that line. An argument followed. Rabto claims that the conductor then choked him, and that the tube in his throat was pushed inward and to one side, causing it to become clogged up in such a manner as to almost entirely cut off his breathing. A police ambulance was summoned, and Dr. J. Park Neal, an ambulance surgeon, administered treatment while tha man was being removed to the emergency hospital At the hospital the tube was properly replaced.
Labels: Broadway, Dr J Park Neal, emergency hospital, Fifth street, Ninth street, Seniors, streetcar, violence
August 27, 1907
HOUSE WAS FILLED WITH GAS.
When Wheeler Struck a Light the
Building Burst Into Flames.
E. Wheeler, of 2028 Charlotte, has found the most expensive plumber. One who was working on the gas pipes in his house yesterday forenoon left a joint open and went to lunch. Mr. Wheeler came home and ate a cold snack himself. It was too hot for cooked stuff, so there was no occasion for lighting a match until Wheeler was ready for his after dinner smoke. Then the odorless natural gas, a houseful of it, flashed into a blaze, and before the firedepartment arrived $250 damage was done to the building and $200 to contents.
Labels: Charlotte street, Fire
August 27, 1907
OPERA HOUSE SPARROW FOUND.
Merely Moved His Home Into a Sign
Near the Grand.
A sly old rogue is the Grand opera house sparrow. After living for three years on an electric light wire under the canopy at the main entrance to the theater, within view and almost the reach of the patrons of the house, the sparrow -- a bachelor and without a nest -- the little bird disappeared the night before the house opened for this season.
That was a week ago. There was weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth on the part of the cop on the beat, the "all-kinds-of-chewing-gum-and-candy-man," not to omit Manager Judah. Yesterday morning early the news spread that the little bird had been found again. During his patrol in the early morning the policeman noticed a chirping somewhere in the innards of an electric light lign ten or twelve feet away from the Grand opera house canopy. It was the runaway. The policeman told the janitor, the janitor told the treasurer and the treasurer told the manager, and in that way the whole establishment learned that the sparrow had not deserted.
"It is our bird, sure enough," said Manager Judah yesterday. "We know every feather in him. His new bachelor quarters are better lighted than his old roost under the canopy, but he will not get to see nearly so many people. We know this is our sparrow because the top and the end of his tail is ruffled. He slept with his back to our bricks for three years, and in setting on his perch he ruffled his long tail. This would identify him in a taxidermists' establishment. Moreover, there never was a bachelor sparrow in this electric light sign till now. This is our bird, all right," and Manager Judah beamed.
Labels: A Judah, animals, police, theater
August 27, 1907
TAFT HERE TODAY.
WAR SECRETARY TO ARRIVE
FROM OLATHE AT 5:32 P. M.
PLANS OF ENTERTAINMENT.
NO SPEECHES TO BE MADE DUR-
ING HIS BRIEF STAY HERE.
He Will Be Taken for a Drive Over
the Boulevards -- Public Recep-
tion to Be Held at the Ho-
tel Baltimore in the
Secretary of War Taft will arrive in Kansas City at 5:32 o'clock this afternoon over the Frisco from Olathe, Kas. He will be met at Olathe by Mayor Beardsley, E. L. Winn, T. R. Marks, W. C. Michaels, R. B. Middlebrook and J. A. Harzfeld. In the party will also be Senator Warner, who ment with the secretary at Springfield yesterday.
The secretary will make no speeches while in Kansas City. A public reception will be held in the parlors of the Baltimore hotel at 8:30 o'clock tonight.
The general reception committee will go to the depot in twelve automobiles, graciously loaned by private citizens. These will meet at the Grand avenue entrance to the Midland hotel at 4:45 o'clock this afternon, starting for the depot at 5:15. The secretary wil be taken for a drive over the boulevards and then to the Baltimore for dinner. Breakfast will be served in the secretary's room tomorrow morning. He will tehn be entertained by R. B. Middleton, a member of the reception committee and a classmate of Taft's.
William Clough and W. B. C. Brown will have charge of the automobiles to be used for the boulevards drive.
Labels: automobiles, Frisco, Grand avenue, Hotel Baltimore, hotels, Mayor Beardsley, Midland, visitors
August 26, 1907
BACK TO THE GIANTS.
MABEL HITE SENDS MIKE
DONLIN EAST TO REFORM.
CUT OUT OF WIFE'S SONG.
TWO VERSES MISSING FROM
"I'M MARRIED NOW."
Grease Paint and Gay Costume Hide
Aching Heart of Kansas City
Actress -- Penitent Ball
Player Is Put on
Pretty Kansas City Actress Who Has
Put Her Husband, Mike Donlin, of the
New York Giants, on Probation.
CHICAGO, Aug. 25 (Special). -- Grease paints and uncouth costume can hide a breaking heart from the laughing audience on the other side of the footlights, but when Mabel Hite yesterday afternoon sought the only refuge she had, a 4x5 dressing box -- it couldn't be called even by courtesy a room -- large tears stole down a woebegone, little face.
She wiped them off with the corner of a Turkish towel, taking a bit of the rouge with it and hoped Mike would get better.
For the pretty little Kansas City girl sent Mike Donlin, the ball player, who is her husband, down to New York, buying his ticket and giving him the price of a Russian bath, which boiled out the remnants of the various liquids that had developed four days' spree, with an assault on a cabdriver and a cell in the police station for trimmings.
Donlin has promised to cut out booze in the future and sign with the New York Giants and if he's good for the next six months he can come back -- otherwise a divorce.
WORRIED SO CAN'T SLEEP.
I can't stand it any longer," said the little comedienne -- she's a child in figure and manner. "Now you don't think it's such a dreadful thing for a woman's husband to get drunk and in the newspapers, do you? But it means so much when you love a man and he'd promised not to do it. And every time it happens it's so much worse and it worries me so I can't sleep and I have to go out before that audience and act like a fool and make them laugh, and sing my songs and dance, and my heart is breaking. For he's good to me, except when he forgets himself."
A little while before she'd been singing "For I'm Married Now," and the appreciate ones on the other side of the footlights who'd called her back six or seven times, didn't know how hard -- how extremely hard -- it was to carry a smiling face through the trying ordeal.
TWO FAMILIAR VERSES OUT.
But she'd cut out two verses, and old players who remembered them and had heard about Mike knew the reason.
I'd like to go with you to lunchin'
But I've got a hunchin
That I'd get a punchin'
And I just hate to wear a veil
For I'm married now.
That was one of the verses that was eliminated from her song in "A Knight for a Day" at Whitney's. The other was:
Tell Mike a lie
I'd best not try.
I may be fly --
But no fly gets by him.
And the villain -- he admitted he was all that and was most penitent -- was in the office of the playhouse. He had slunk past the policeman who has been on guard for the last three days, fearing a possible outbreak by the ball player and was waiting to send a message of extreme contrition -- a message that Mabel wouldn't receive in person.
CALLAHAN CHIEF PEACEMAKER.
There were plenty of peacemakers, but nothing but a six months' probation will answer for Mike. James Callahan, his friend and manager of the Logan Squares, who had straightened matters up with the police, told how the husband and wife had slept in his house, at Thirty-fifth street and Indiana avenue, last Thursday night, unknown to each other.
After the cab episode, and after Callahan had got the soused one out of a police cell, he took him home. Mabel, who lives a block away, went to Callahan's house in great trouble.
A little earlier Thursday night Donlin went to the theater and demanded to see his wife. His breath was thick and he talked loud. Jouhny Slavin took him down to the corner and argued him into a cab, and that was why the scrubwoman's part in the show that night -- Donlin's role -- was performed by an understudy.
Donlin met Mabel Hite a year and a half ago in New York, and they were married soon afterward. He never saw her act before the marriage. She was in vaudeville or something similar. Off the stage she's girlish and pretty. Donlin met her at a dinner party.
Labels: arts, Indiana avenue, Mabel Hite, marriage, newspapers, sports, Thirty-fifth street
August 26, 1907
CAME FROM AFAR TO WEDDING.
Morris Goldasky Journeys From
Africa to Sister's Marriage.
A. J. Bergman and Miss Alice Goldasky, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Soloman Goldasky, of Elmdale station, were married last night at the home of the bride's sister, Mrs. Bernard Millman, 220 East Fifth street. Rabbi Lieberman officiated. A brother of the bride, Morris Goldasky, a mining expert of South Africa, who had not been home in years, came in time to attend the ceremony. His homecoming was somewhat of a surprise, as he had expressed no intentions of doing so when he wrote to his sister last, and when he appeared on the scene of the wedding no one present suspected that he was any closer to Kansas City than Cape Town. Another brother, Herman Goldasky, of Denver, was also present. Mr. and Mrs. Bergman will be at home at 2113 Olive street after September 1.
Labels: Denver, Fifth street, ministers, Olive street, Rabbi Lieberman, wedding
August 25, 1907
"RED" MULKEY'S AMUSEMENT.
He Peppered North End Loiterers
With Ripe Tomatoes.
After an extended absence of eight long months in which his presence was pleasantly missed, George ("Red") Mulkey appeared in police court yesterday. "Red" is one of the sort of men who can "whip his weight in wild cats" when he is "steeped with wine," but will walk timidly forward and eat out of the court sergeant's hand in police court.
"After being released on bond," said the officer, "I found him out here on the corner of Fourth and Walnut, a tomato in each hand. Citizens, farmers and others were dodging in every direction as Red was bouncing the big red bulbs off of any who came in his path. And he is a dead shot, too."
"Red" told his old time story of "doin' nothing to nobody" and again referred to how nicely he could get along "if these coppers would attend to their own business and let me alone."
"On account of the fact that you haven't been in here for so long a time," began the court.
"He couldn't. He was out of town," said Patrolman Kennedy. "We'd had him if he'd been in town."
The court smiled and continued, "I will fine you only $10. That you can pay, I know."
"Red" didn't have the money but was given a chance to go out and get it. He was back in ten minutes with the money. On account of his alacrity he was given a stay for half the fine. He paid the $5 and asked: "Judge, what brand of cigar do you smoke?" The judge did not reply. "Red" is a union horseshoer so he bled himself forth and soon returned with a hand full of "good" cigars made in "Kansas City, U. S. A."
"Them's all union made, too," said "Red" as he distributed them to the court, court attaches, and newpaper men.
Labels: cigars, North end, police, police court
August 25, 1907
A STRANGE SUITCASE.
MORE MYSTERY IN MRS.
MORRISEY'S LOST MEMORY.
Woman's Mind Is Getting Stronger
and She Is Able to Identify Re-
latives From Photographs
Possessed by Uncle.
Mrs. Robert Morrissey, of Boston, Mass., the young woman who landed here about two weeks ago with two small children and entirely forgot her past life, is now at the home of her uncle S. H. Pierce, 3711 East Sixteenth street. When Mrs. Morrisey was turned over to the police and later quartered at the Helping Hand institute, she did not know how she got to Kansas City. When her uncle, Mr. Pierce, appeared she did not know him, but lately her mind has cleared considerably and she, little by little, is remembering.
She has received a letter from her husband whom she placed in a hospital at Lynn, Mass., some weeks ago. He was greatly surprised to learn of her predicament in Kansas City, as he believed her at their home in Boston. He was expecting her back to the hospital to nurse him as the institution was short of nurses and had asked her to come. She had left there to go home, store her household goods, see to the care of her children and return. That is the last thing she remembers up to a day last week when her uncle here caused her to speak the name of her brother, Gerald.
Mrs. Morrisey's trunk, which had been left by her at Cleveland, O., has been received here, Mr. Pierce having sent the check on there for it. When opened it was packed entirely with bed clothing, blankets, quilts, sheets, pillow slips, etc. Not a stitch of the clothing Mrs. Morrisey expected was in the trunk. She thinks that she made the mistake by taking a trunk she had intended to store when she left home in her absent state of mind.
Another thing which she cannot explain is the presence of some of the children's clothing and a few of her own in a mouse colored suitcase. She says she never possessed a suitcase of that description. That is one of the many mysteries which will have to be cleared up later..
Mr. Pierce has received a letter from Mrs. Morrisey's father, S. W. Leavitt of Mansfield, Mass. He was also surprised to know that his daughter was here. He told Mr. Pierce that he would leave for Kansas City in a short time to take her home. He cannot account for his daughter's queer freak of packing up and leaving home with her two small children -- one of them only a few months old -- unless it be that the illness of Mr. Morrisey had caused her to suffer a season of double consciousness from worry.
"She has greatly improved," said Mr. Pierce yesterday. "When I first saw her two weeks ago she did not know me and could recognize none of the family pictures I showed her. Now she can pick out her relatives from any pictures I show her. All of her past life has come back to her with the exception of the period embraced in the time she left home and landing here. She knows nothing of how she left, why she left, what route she took here or what occurred during her trip. The more we think of it, we are sure that the telegram about her being in Terre Haute, Ind., is a fake, for we cannot trace her anywheres near there. If that be true, the statement accredited to her there is also a fake."
Mrs. Pierce, who has been away from the city, is at home now, and the distressed niece and her children are receiving the best of attention. Mr. Leavitt, Mrs. Morrisey's father, in his letter to Mr. Pierce, states that his daughter had suffered from short spells of lapse of memory, but that none had been as serious as the recent one.
Labels: Boston, Helping Hand, mental health, nurses, Sixteenth street, telegram
August 25, 1907
JOHN C. MAHONEY DEAD
HAD LIVED IN KANSAS CITY FOR
Came Direct Here From Ireland and
Was Prominent in Business
Affairs and Politics of
John C. Mahoney, retired, capitalist, former politician and a resident of Kansas city for forty years, died last evening at his home, 2204 East Fourteenth street, as the result of a stroke of apoplexy experienced last Monday. His wife died five years ago. The surviving members of the family are Mrs. Thomas Phillips, wife of the former police captain and state coal oil inspector; John G., Dr. J. T., Wolford B., Francis, Ella, and Ruth Mahoney.
The deceased was born in the County of Cork, Ireland, sixty years ago and at the age of 20 years immigrated to Kansas City, which was then in its infancy. He took a job as common laborer and while in such service helped to build the Hannibal bridge. Being a man of frugal and temperate habits and keen to the future prospects of Kansas City, he invested his savings in real estate and good securities. His wealth gradually increased, and some years ago he retired from active commercial pursuits to enjoy the fruits of his frugality and business foresight. His fortune is estimated at $300,000.
In politics Mr. Mahoney was a Democrat, and as such served the Third ward in the council for a number ofyears. During late years he disagreed with the individual politics of the men in charge of the Democratic party, and became a free lance. Very often he found it necessary to verbally and by pen and ink criticise the would-be leaders, and he always did in in thorough Donnybrook fashion. Mahoney was particularly prominent in his opposition to the second candidacy of J. A. Reed for mayor, and he livened up the campaign with speeches and letter writing.
During his lifetime Mr. Mahoney made one visit to the land of his birth, and he came back vowing vengeance on British officials, whom he described as having "a banana on one shoulder and an orange on the other."
"A man who can't live in the United States," declared Mr. Mahoney, "can't live at all. I'll never go back to Ireland. I've had enough of it, and enough is enough."
Labels: death, Fourteenth street, Hannibal bridge, immigrants, politics, real estate
August 24, 1907
IT DIDN'T BOTHER THEM.
"QUANTRELL" MEN AND WOMEN
KEEP UP THE MERRY MAKING.
Attempt of One Man to Shoot An-
other, After a Three-Cornered
Struggle, Looked Upon as
a Sort of Joke.
It was scarcely an hour after David Edwards had shot at Jim Cummings yesterday noon, and "shot to kill" to use Edwards' own words, as he lay in jail, that Miss Feta Parmer, one of the hundred women at the Quantrell raiders' reunion at Wallace grove, who saw the shooting at close range, said:
"Oh, it's nothing! I turned around to see who was fighting and then went on about my business."
"It didn't amount to anything," another woman said. "The old men just had a quarrel."
The shooting truly did not terminate fatally, because Edwards missed Cummings and the stray bullet merely grazed the feet of two other men, but it would have broken up almost any other picnic. But the veterans of the Quantrell raids, their wives and daughters, forgot all about it in fifteen minutes and resumed their merrymaking. Even Cummings, the man shot at, treated the matter as a joke. Cummings was with the James brothers during their bloody days and has seen some real fighting. The only person who seemed excited was Jack Noland, a negro, who was Quantrell's hostler. When Edwards fired, Noland got behind a tree.
"I won't prosecute Edwards," Cummings said. "I understand that he has called me a thief and all that, but I'll let it pass. I'm not afraid of him. He was standing less than three feet from me when he pointed the revolver at my head and fired, and all he did was to hit the other men on the feet. He'll never have a better chance to kill me again, and if he couldn't succeed this time he can't do it later."
MARSHALL PREVENTS BLOODSHED
Joseph Stewart, deputy marshal and bailiff of the criminal court, helped prevent bloodshed. He was standing beside Cummings, talking over old times, when Edwards caame up and got into a quarrel with Cummings. Edwards pulled a revolver out of his pocket and fired a shot. Cummings stepped forward and grabbed his hand. Edwards jerked the imprisoned hand free and threw it around Cummings' neck, pointing the barrel of the pistol down Cummings' spine. Stewart grasped the pistol, sticking his thumb through the aperture back of the trigger to keep Edwards from shooting Cummings in the back, and tried to wrest the weapon from his hand. In the struggle the three men fell. Edwards still holding the weapon and pulling on the trigger, which wouldn't work with Stewart's thumb caught in it.
Kit Rose, a brother-in-law of Cole Younger, intervened. He searched Cummings to see if he, too, had a gun, and then Rose and Cummings jerked Edwards' revolver from his hand. Stewart's thumb was badly bruised in the struggle.
BULLET STRUCK BYSTANDER.
The bullet was afterwards found. It had struck the toe of W. H. Perkins' shoe, glanced hit the rung of a chair and athen stuck in the sole of Dr. Oliver C. Sheley's foot, but did not have force enough left to break the skin. Dr. Sheley lives in Independence. Mr. Perkins is from Oak Grove. Perkins has the bullet as a souvenir of the occasion.
Edwards was detained at the county jail last night, and slept in the deputy marshal's bedroom. He will be sent to the Confederate Veterans' home in Higginsville today.
There are four or five stories of how the trouble between him and Cummings arose. Edwards says Cummings had been threatening him ever since a year ago last Halloween night, when a pet raccoon was stolen from his room at the Confederate home. He accuesed Cummings of the theft and Cummings became sore.
They have had quarrels since. Both men are inmates of the Higginsville Confederate home. Edwards was with Quantrall a year, and assisted in the burning of Lawrence, Kas. He is 73 years old, while Cummings is but 56. Cummings was one of the followers of the James boys.
Labels: doctors, Higginsville, Independence, Lawrence, picnics, Quantrell, reunions, veterans, violence
August 23, 1907
THIS TOWN IS NO PLACE FOR HIM.
Not by Choice John Selby Must Turn
As much as John Selby dislikes to travel it is his move again. About a month ago he was fined $50 in police court and given a stay conditioned upon his leaving town. Yesterday morning he landed in Kansas City at 3 o'clock and in fifteen minutes Patrolman J. W. Bailey who had been his Nemesis before, had him in line. In police court he told Judge Kyle of his travels during the last month and added:
"But of all the spots on earth give me dear old K. C., the gateway to the West. She is the place for me."
"Not for long, John, I am sorry to state," replied the court. "Travel some more and don't come back until you have circumvented the globe. In that time there may be a new police judge on the bench, new policemen on these North end beats and no one will know you. It's best."
He sullenly acquiesced, bowed to the inevitable and the judge and left.
Labels: Judge Kyle, North end, police court
August 23, 1907
WANTED -- A DENTIST.
Only Those With Courage Need Apply
for This Bit of Surgery.
If there are any veterinary dentists in this vicinity who want to earn $50 for completing a single crown, they will have the opportunity during the big Inter-State fair at Elm Ridge this fall. The work of crowning a tooth in the mouth of one of the performers has been incomplete and Captain Dyer , manager of the wild animal department of the Parker amusement shows, offers $50 to the dentist who will complete the job. Incidentally, it may be remarked that the patient is Prince, the big African lion who is the star feature of the menagerie connected with the shows.
The Greater Parker Amusement shows will furnish some of the greatest exposition acts of the season and will attract thousands of people to the fair. There ar a gerat many separate shows combined into the one big aggregation. Prominent among the features, outside the wild animal show, are the Sunflower Belles, who give an up-to-date musical comedy show that has received great praise. These girls have a full-fledged organization among themselves for mutual protection, sick benefits, etc. The "Flying Valentines" is another act which has created enthusiasm wherever the show has been given.
Labels: amusement, animals, Elm Ridge
August 23, 1907
DEATH SENTENCE FOR DOGS.
Crenshaw's Pet Was Convicted of Bit-
ing the Neighborhood Boys.
John Crenshaw, 1611 Norton avenue, had a dog. Willie Haas, 1327 Norton avenue, passed the Crenshaw home Wednesday. The dog bit him severely on the leg. Chreshaw did not appear in court yesterday, but his wife did.
"Yes," she admitted, "our dog bit this boy, and it has bitten other boys, too, I believe."
"You are very frank about it," said Judge Kyle, "most people try to protect their dogs, right or wrong. It is the order of this court thatyour dog be taken from whence it came and shot in the head until it is dead, dead, dead."
"When may I expect the execution?" asked the woman.
"Between sunup and sundown today," said the court, seriously.
Labels: animals, death penalty, Judge Kyle, Norton avenue
August 23, 1907
ITALIAN BAND TO GO ALONG.
Professor Cantanzara's Musicians to
Accompany the Sieben Excursion.
Henry Sieven, wharfmaster of the port of Kansas City, and his excursion party, will set sail for St. Louis on the steamer Chester at 4 o'clock next Monday afternoon. The boat will heave anchor at the foot of Delaware street. Mr. Sieven said yesterday that he had received invitations from Lexington, Miami, Boonville, Jefferson City, Hermann, Washington and St. Charles, asking his tourists to visit their towns.
Prof. John Cananzara's Royal Italian band, which is to accompany the excursionists, serenaded the newspaper offices last night. There are twenty eight musicians in this organization and they play excellent music under the capable leadership of Prof. Cantanzara.
Labels: arts, boats, Delaware street, Jefferson City, Lexington, music, newspapers, St Louis, Steamboat Chester
August 23, 1907
BOY AND GIRL ESCAPED.
Got Away from the Institutional
Church and Returned Home.
Leading his 4-year-old sister by the hand, both their faces wreathed in smiles, and happy because they were going home, Fred Sockman, an 8-year-old boy, made his escape from the Institutional church last night and found his way, unguided, to his mother's home in Independence. A street car conductor gave the boy and his sister passage to Independence, where he gleefully told the story of his deliverance to his mother, who welcomed him with a warmth begotten by long and enforced separation.
The children were taken to the Institutional church several days ago by order of a court, following a quarrel between their father and mother, who live at Independence. The father was locked up in the county jail on a charge of wife beating. The children will be returned to the Institutional church today.
Labels: children, domestic violence, Independence, Institutional church, streetcar
August 22, 1907
AFTER A QUARREL, POISON.
Barton Thought Wife Drank Florida
Water; She Is Dead.
When Mrs. Mildred L. Barton, 15 West Fifteenth street, drank carbolic acid before her husband, William Barton, last night, he thought it was Florida water. They had quarreled and she soon after started to a drug store, as she said, to buy Florida water. At 7:30 o'clock she re-entered the room and swallowed the contents of a a two-ounce bottle.
The Walnut street police ambulance, half a block away, was called and Dr. G. R. Dagg gave the woman emergency treatment as the team galloped to the city hospital, but she died ten minutes after being placed in the operating table.
Labels: doctors, Fifteenth street, hospitals, poison, Suicide
August 22, 1907
ONE WAY TO OBTAIN MORPHINE.
Headache Prescription That Contains
One-Seventh of a Grain.
A Troost avenue druggist was approached yesterday morning by a woman with a prescription for headache.
"I have had headache for many years, but not until I began taking these powders did I secure relief," the woman said. "O, they are just fine -- a dozen powders, please."
The clerk passed behind the prescription case with the slip of paper.
He read thereon among other ingredients a demand for one-seventh of a grain of morphine to each powder. His first impulse was to decline to fill the prescription, but then he happpened to think that she was an educated woman and could read as well as he.
"I am not surprised, madame, that your headaches are relieved by this remedy," almost tremulously rejoined the druggist as he handed the woman her package and took a coin.
"My husband sometimes takes them, too, but baby is scarcely old enough to have a headache. When she does, though, you bet she must take them like the rest of us," declared the woman.
"Poor baby," sighed the druggist.
Labels: druggists, narcotics, Troost avenue
August 22, 1907
HIS WIFE A "SCRAPPER."
Negro Thought He Had "Licked" an
Army Before He Subdued Spouse.
"I don't believe there was anybody but my wife and me in that fight, but before I got through I thought I was fighting an army," explained Bert Balckburn, a negro porter, 25 years old, at the Emergency hospital. His wife had broken a water pitcher over his head.
Blackburn lives at 411 East Tenth street and, according to his own confession, went home and attempted to chastise his wife. He bore a number of cuts about the head and face, and his general appearance showed plainly marks of the combat.
Labels: domestic violence, emergency hospital, Tenth street
August 22, 1907
MARSHALS RAID BLIND TIGER.
Arrest Five Austrians and Confiscate
Lot of Liquors.
Three blind tigers in Cement City were raided by a party of deputy marshals, headed by W. E. Weisflog, yesterday afternoon and five Austrians were taken to the county jail on John Doe warrants. Several kegs and cases of beer and a little whisky were seized. Those arrested gave their names as Stogan Pertrinjac, Samuel Ougreen, Mike Sharp, Rosie Ongrin, Stina Petisena, the last two being women. They will be arraigned in Justice Remley's court this morning. Another Austrian arrested was too ill to be brought to Kansas City.
Labels: alcohol, Cement City, immigrants
August 21, 1907
GOT COCAINE AT STREIGLE'S.
So Reported the Police and a Drug-
gist's Arrest Followed.
On account of the testimony of a cocaine user in police court recently an order was made to see how easily cocaine could be bought from a drug store owned by Bert Streigle, at 125 West Fifth street. A policeman in plain clothes reported that he had bought some of the drug there and the following day in inspctor from the license inspector's office reported taht he, too, had no trouble in getting any quantity of "coke."
Judge Kyle yesterday ordered a warrant for Streigle's arrest and required a cash bond of $500. Streigle has been in police court before on similar charges, at one time receiving a fine of $500.
Labels: druggists, Fifth street, Judge Kyle, narcotics, police court
August 21, 1907
D. F. COBB KILLED
MEETS DEATH IN FIDELITY
BUILDING ELEVATOR SHAFT.
FELL FROM FOURTH FLOOR
JANITOR AVERY HAD TRIED TO
OPERATE THE ELEVATOR.
Unfamiliarity With Its Mechanism
May Have Been Responsible for
Accident -- Brother Saw Dead
Body and Asked Who
DANIEL FOREST COBB, TEXAS LANDS
PROMOTER, KILLED LAST NIGHT IN
ELEVATOR SHAFT OF FIDELITY
Falling through the elevator shaft from the fourth floor of the Fidelity Trust building, Daniel Forest Cobb, president of the firm of Dan F. Cobb & Co., was instantly killed at 7:30 o'clock last night. The body was found at the bottom of the shaft in a badly bruised condition by Tom Avery, a janitor in the building, whose inexperience at handling elevators, it is alleged, was indirectly responsible for Mr. Cobb's death.
When announcement of the accident was conveyed to the bereaved family at their home, 3411 Troost avenue, little Cecil Cobb, the 10-year-old daughter, became frantic and rushed to an open window. She exclaimed she no longer cared to live. Opportunely Mr. Cobb's brother was present and restrained the girl from harming herself.
Mr. Cobb's offices were on the fourth floor of the Fidelity Trust building. He was one of the most extensive dealers in Northwest Texas lands in the country. Last night he was waiting in his office for a party of tourists he was to take to Texas today. The elevators had stopped running and the only employe remaining in the building was Tom Avery, a janitor. According to Avery, Mr. Cobb requested him to operate the elevator, as the regular operators had gone home and he was expecting some friends there soon from out of town.
HOW THE ACCIDENT HAPPENED.
Avery, who was the only witness, made the following statement to the coroner:
"Mr. Cobb rang the bell several times and finally I took the elevator up to the fourth floor, where his offices were. He said to me, 'Tom, you must be asleep! Why didn't you come up sooner.' "
I told him I was not an elevator man; that they had all gone home and that I was not supposed to operate the cars. He then said he was expecting some friends there and that he wanted me to get them to his office.
"Then I went back down to the first floor to my work. Shortly he began ringing the bell again, and I went up to the fourth floor. Not thoroughly understanding how to run an elevator I did not stop the car just at the landing, but went on up about four feet. When I came down the bottom of the car caught one of Mr. Cobb's feet, crushing it to the floor.
"He cried with pain and throwing up the reverse lever I quickly shot the car upward again, thinking it would release his foot. That was the last I saw of poor Mr. Cobb. He had fallen into the shaft and dropped to the bottom."
Avery is an elderly man, and his frame shook with grief while he related the sad details.
"God help me," he cried. "Mr. Cobb was such a good man and so kind to me. What can I do, what can I do. I thought I was trying to help him, but see what I have done."
The grief stricken janitor was led away by Henry C. Brent, vice-president of the Fidelity Trust Company, who was one of the first persons to reach the body after it had reached the bottom of the shaft. Mr. Brent spoke high words of Avery's services, telling Coroner Thompson that he had been a trusty employe of the company for many years.
SHOCK TO COBB'S BROTHER.
Walking cheerfully into the lobby of the building shortly after the coroner had arrived, enroute to Mr. Cobb's office, were Luther Cobb, a brother, who has offices in the Ridge building, and Jay M. Jackson, president of the Jackson Land Company, in the Gibralter building, a former business associate and close friend of the deceased. When they saw the dead body of a man lying on a stretcher near the elevator entrance Luther Cobb asked a newspaper reporter standing nearby the cause of the excitement and whose body was lying on the stretcher.
Not knowing that the man was a brother he told that Daniel F. Cobb, a real estate man with offices upstairs, had fallen through the elevator shaft and been killed.
The brother became colorless, gasped for breath, rushed to the remains and, throwing aside the covering, looked into the face of the dead man. He gave a shriek and fell into the arms of Mr. Jackson and nearly collapsed. Quickly recovering himself, the brother's first words were in the interest of the surviving members of the family.
"His poor wife and children; they will never be able to stand this awful blow. But I must tell them; no one else can do it but me."
BORE SAD NEWS TO FAMILY
Mr. Jackson's horse and buggy were outside the building and taking it the brother and Mr. Jackson drove quickly to the home of the bereaved family. They were met at the door by Mrs. Cobb and the three daughters, Cecil, 10, Doris, 8, and Louis, 6 years old, respectively. The news of the death of the husband and father was broken by Mr. Cobb. The wife and mother was stricken dumb for a moment and the eyes of the little children opened wide with a mixture of horror and unbelief.
"Yes, he was killed a few minutes ago," replied her uncle. Then he told them the details of the tragedy.
Mrs. Cobb became hysterical, the two smaller children seemed to fail to grasp the true meaning of the word death, but with a heart-rending cry of intense anguish Cecil darted up the stairway crying that she would also kill herself so she "could be in Heaven with her father." Luther Cobb reached the child just as she was about to plunge through the open window.
TOLD OVER THE TELEPHONE.
S. P. Cobb, a brother of the dead man, is a guest at the Midland hotel. With a party of friends he spent the evening at a theater and did not hear of the accident until he went to the desk for his room key. Several times the hotel clerk had sent a bellboy about the hotel calling for Mr. Cobb to answer urgent calls by telephone, but he could not be located.
It was nearly midnight when Mr. Cobb entered the hotel and went to the desk for his key. A yellow slip of paper bearing a telephone number was handed out with the key.
"Who could be calling for me at this time of night?" mused Mr. Cobb as he studied the slip.
"It's your brother's house," volunteered the clerk. "I fear they have some bad news there for you."
Mechanically the man took down the receiver. The telephone girls, the cashier, clerks and bellboys grouped about the desk watching, but none dared break the news to him.
The telephone girl gave Mr. Cobb immediate connection with his number and in an instant his face clouded then turned crimson.
"Which one?" he asked. Someone at the other end of the wire were telling him of his brother's death. There were two brothers at home and in good health when Mr. Cobb had departed for the theater.
Hanging up the receiver, Mr. Cobb beckoned to a friend and the two hastened to a carriage. He had received the message and was going to his brother's family.
LEFT $50,000 INSURANCE.
Daniel Forest Cobb was born 43 years ago in Owen county, Ky. After reaching manhood he went East and engaged in the brokerage business in New York and Philadelphia. Later he was sent to Topeka, where he held the position of state manager for the Equitable Life Assurance society. Six years ago he came to Kansas City and opened offices in the Fidelity Trust building. He dealed exclusively in Northwest Texas lands and was said to be one of the largest individual operators in the West. According to Jay M. Jackson, Mr. Cobb carried fully $50,000 in insurance, $2,500 of which was accident.
Mr. Cobb is survived by a father, who lives in Owen county, Ky., the widow, formerly Miss Ada Thompson of St. Louis; the three daughters, and two brothers, S. P. Cobb, of Wellington, Kas., and Luther Cobb, of Kansas City.
No funeral arrangements have been made at this time.
Labels: accident, buggy, children, Coroner Thompson, death, elevators, Texas, Topeka, Troost avenue
August 21, 1907
IT WAS A DREAM
SERVANT GIRL'S PLAN FOR A
BACHELOR GIRLS' CLUB.
REAL ESTATE AGENTS DUPED
VISIONS OF FAT FEES AROUSED
Well Dressed, Demure Young Woman
Who Spoke Glibly of $400,000
to Spend Creates Sensation
Among Kansas City,
A nurse girl for the two small children of D. B. Munger, Thirty-sixth and Harrison streets, of the wholesale dry goods firm, Burnham, Hanna and Munger, receiving as compense $5 a week yesterday created a furore among a half dozen prominent real estate firms of Kansas City, Kas. They thought she was a pampered child of luxury with money galore. She said she was Miss Rose Insley and alleged she was an agent for a bevy of fashionable girls forming a bachelors club, in Kansas City, Mo., seeking a favorable spot on the Kansas side on which to build a club house of great pretentions. She told the real estate merchants she was backed by four hundred thousand dollars.
When the young woman, who is of preposessing mien, entered Abstractor Thomson's office she wanted to know if there was anybody who held and was liable to sell at a good price as much as ninety acres of farm land. She was Miss Rose Insley, lived at Thirty-suixth street and Harrison avenue. She said she was just conversant with the country lying just north of Kansas City, Kas., where she insisted the land must be found. She was representing several aristocratic young women of Kansas City, Mo., and Leavenworth, she declared, and had plenty of money backing her deals.
A MERE BAGATELLE.
"How much?" Abstracter Thomson asked.
"About four hundred thousand dollars," answered Miss Insley, and looked the abstractor straight in the eye.
"That's a great deal of money, isn't it?"
"Quite a few dollars, come to sum the all up," Miss Insley replied demurely, looking down. "But you see, papa is rich, and so are the papas of the other girls in this deal. There are Miss Jones, whose papa is the senior partner of the Jones Dry Goods Company; Miss Armour; Miss Munger, who lives with me out on Harrison; Miss Keith, and oh, lots of others.
"Let me explain why we want so much ground. We have automobiles, we can't have just the time we would like to have just pent up in our homes. A long time ago we organized a bachelor girls' club composed of the most exclusive of the exclusive. A week ago we got together and decided to build a club house and build it way out in the country somewhere. We decided on Kansas City, Kas., as a feasible location.
"The next thing was to get our fathers interested, but the old dears fell into line right off without much argument. It was such a simple plan.
SHE PUT IT STRONG.
"We girls were to pick the grounds," went on Miss Insley, "and draw the plans, as near as we could, to what we wanted, and our papas were to pay all the bills. We were to have a club house of twenty-five rooms, a lake, a drive, tennis grounds, golf links and a big garage and stables. We thought that ninety acres would nicely cover it all."
When the young woman got this far in her description Abstractor Thomson became almost as enthusiastic as herself and offered to help her find the desired location.
Miss Insley expressed herself as very grateful for his kindness and, in return, offered to put the matter entirely in Abstractor Thomson's hands. Then she wrote her telephone number on the back of an envelope and went out.
Mis Insley went next to the real estate firm of Sheaf & Neudeck, at Sixth street and State avenue. There she repeated her plans to Irwin Neudeck, who also became interested in the project and offered to help her find the location but insisted Miss Isley give him the exclusive agency in the deal. This she promptly promised to do.
Miss Insley visited several other large real estate concerns in the city interesting all of them in her story and giving each a private "tip" about her needs and the promise to give the locating act into the hands of no other. It is reported her project has been listed in at least six leading real estate firms in Kansas City, Kas., and that all had scouts out looking for the location of the future bachelor girls' club house yesterday. All were astonished when they heard that the girl was merely a nurse girl in the Munger home at five dollars a week.
COULD HARDLY BELIEVE IT.
"Why, I can hardly believe it," said Irwin Neudeck when told of the identity of the girl last night.
"She was very well dressed and carried herself well like a young woman of considerable breeding and affluence. I was entirely deceived for the time, although after she left I was inclined to doubt her story."
D. B. Munger, in whose employ the girl has been for the past three weeks in the capacity of nurse for his two little children, said last night that Miss Insley had left his employ and that he would be glad to locate her in order to satisfy his wife that her intentions were honest.
"She acted very queerly at times," Mr. Munger said, "and had aroused my wife's suspicions."
Labels: con artist, Harrison street, Jones Dry Goods, Kansas City Kas, Leavenworth, real estate, Thirty-sixth street
August 21, 1907
HER HEART IS TOO BIG.
Enlargement of That Organ Affected
This Woman's Reasoning.
Mrs. Bessie Allen, a negress, 20 years old, became demented yesterday at the Union depot and was removed to the emergency hospital. Her home is in De Kalb, Ill, where her husband, William Allen, is a porter at the Elks' Club house. She arrived here from Chicago Monday night, en route to visit her grandmother, Mrs. Elizabeth Cook, at Osceola, Mo.
Mrs. Allen began acting queerly soon after arrival and frightened other women passengers by hiding beneath the seats in the station. Coming from her hiding place, she purchased a ticket for her destination and then boarded the first train she came to. That happened to be the eastbound Wabash. At Cameron, Mo., she was placed aboard a Kansas City train and returned here. When she arrived here yesterday morning she was taken in charge by the police. The surgeons found her to be suffering from enlargement of the heart. The pulsations of that organ can be plainly seen through her clothing across a room. Mrs. Allen believes that her grandmother is in the next room from where she lays in bed and is constantly announcing, "Bessie's dead; Bessie's dead."
Labels: illness, Union depot, visitors
August 20, 1907
AGGIE MYERS TIRES OF PRISON.
She May Try to Interest Her Friends
in Getting a Pardon From Folk.
Aggie Myers is taking the first step toward getting out of the Missouri penitentiary, where she is under life sentence. She has written friends in Kansas City to the effect that the hard work to which she is asigned in the close confinement of the prison are undermining her health. She is employed at one of the big sewing machine factories in the overall factory.
The fact that Folk commuted the sentences of Edgar Bailey, "Lord" Barrington and other murderers, including Aggie Myers and Frank Hottman, probably gives the Myers woman hope of extreme executive clemency from the governor before he goes out of office.
Labels: Aggie Myers, Governor Folk, penitentiary
August 20, 1907
TO LIGHT CLIFF DRIVE.
Park Board Issues Order to Lay
A contract was let yesterday by the park board fro laying gas mains on North Cliff drive, and a resolution adopted asking the city to prepare to take care of the 159 gas lamps that are to be installed on that thoroughfare.
There are stretches of the boulevards that either are unlighted or that are illumined at night by means of obsolete gasoline lamps. The park board is having gas installed. In the interest of economy at the time the park board made the boulevards it did not incur the expense of putting down gas mains. Accordingly laying mains now means the additional expense of repairig the boulevard lawns and crossings.
Labels: Cliff drive, public works
August 20, 1907
FLORENCE WALKER CAUGHT.
Girl Who Escaped From Detention
Home Again in Custody.
Acting on a "tip" that Florence Walker, one of the three girls who made a sensational escape from the deteintion home last December, could be found at Carnival park, Edgar Warden, acting chief probationary officer, effected her capture early yesterday morning amid a dramatic scene and returned her to the home. She will be taken to the Girls' Training School in Chillicothe, probably today, to where she was sentenced to four years' confinement just previous to her escape.
The belief that the Walker girl and her companions were aided in their escape by persons outside the institution who feared for their own safety from the law and was the impelling motive for the daring act lent color to the affiar, which at the time created a small sensation.
Accompanied by the brother of the Walker gir's companion Warden went to Carnival park. After several hours' search she and the other girl were found in the company of two young men. Warden placed both girls under arrest, but says he had some difficulty in obtaining their conssent to return to issouri. Upon threat of turning them over to the Kansas authorities they were persuaded, it is said, to return to the detention home. The companion of the Walker girl was tried in juvenile court yesterday morning and paroled in the custody of her mother.
Labels: Carnival Park, detention home, juvenile court
August 20, 1907
MORE WOE FOR DR. OTTO BOHL.
Suit in Ejectment Brought Against
A. Kiss, of 218 Clinton place, after two sessions in police court with Dr. Otto Bohl, who had a laboratory in the Kiss' chicken house, brought suit yesterday afternoon in the circut court to enjoin the specialist from occupying the chicken house or the adjouining property. Judge T. J. Seehorn issued a temporary order, returnable Saturday.
Mr. Kiss, after reciting that the initial A. before his name stand for Andor, proceeds to state in his petition that on March 10 last Dr. Bohl applied to him for permission to occupy his chicken house, with the understanding that Bohl was to care for his lawn and flower beds for the rent. Kiss says he refused the permission, but the doctor moved in anyhow, much to the discomfort of his chickens.
Dr. Bohl has been "at home" there since, Kiss says. What Kiss objects to especially is that Dr. Bohl builds confines in the yard and asserts he cooks weeds, toads, turtles, snakes and sundry other kinds of beast and vetgetation in open kettles.
Labels: animals, doctors, Dr. Otto Bohl, flowers, Judge Seehorn
August 19, 1907
FOUNT FOR ANIMALS
DEDICATORY EXERCISES FOR
FIRST OF ITS KIND HERE.
FLOW OF WORDS AND WATER
ANIMALS IMBIBE WHILE GIFTED
Fountain Given to Kansas City by
National Humane Alliance, of
New York, Begins Career
of Mercy Under Fa-
During the dedication of the $1,500 granite horse and dog fountain at Fourth and Broadway yesterday afternoon, thirteen teams, nine horses in single harness and three dogs stopped, dipped their faces in the flowing water and drank deep. Frank Faxon, one of the speakers, kindly said:
"I am sorry there are no more horses and dogs present. I would like to ask them all to step up and have a drink with us."
Mr. Faxon was more generous than he thought, as he learned at the close of the exercises, when he and the other speakers and the audience rushed over to the fountain to get a drink. There are no cups on the fountain. It is strictly a place for birds, and four-footed beasts. President E. R. Weeks, of the Kansas City Humane Society, who wore a Panama hat, essayed to drink out of the rim of his headgear, mountain brook fashion, but most of the water ran down his shirt front. Mr. Faxon, Police Commissioner Elliot H. Jones, Mrs. L. O. Middleton and others looked on and declined to try to use the hat which Mr. Weeks proffered them.
The humans held a meeting around the fountain and argued the question of having cups chained there, but decided adversely.
"During a busy and hot work day," John Simmons, secretary of the Teamsters' union, said, "the teams line up from all directions awaiting their turns at the fountain. There is no chance for a man to get a drink. Besides, if there were cups, children who tried to drink might be trampled by the horses which rush to the fountain."
Nearly every department of city life was represented in the dedication exercises. E. R. Weeks was chariman, Hale H. Cook appeared for the school children, Mrs. L. O. Middleton for the T. T. U. F. M. Furgason carried a Judge Jules E. Guinotte proxy, George Hoffman spoke for the city hall, Father Dalton for the church people, Harry Walmsley apeared for the birds and Frank Faxon for "Old Dobbin."
No one had a word to say in condemnation of any bird or beast. The speakers tried to outdo each other in praise. Mr. Faxon said that a horse "was always faithful and kind," and Mr. Walmsley declared that the birds are symbols of the heavenly life." But Mr. Furgason, reading Judge Guinotte's speech, went then all one better when he quoted George Elliot as saying: "The more I associate with men, the more I like dogs."
In calling attention to the fact that the fountain dedicated yesterday was the first permanent one in the city, Mrs. Middleton recited the history of attempts made by various charities in past years to erect public drinking fountains. The most successful of these schemes was the setting in place of twelve ice water casks on downtown corners by the W. C. T. U. many years ago.
The beautiful piece of granite dedicated yesterday afternoon, which Thomas Wight, secretary of the Kansas City art commission, described as "a permanent bit of art and a forerunner of a new era in municipal life," was presented by the National Humane Alliance of New York. The purchase price came from a fund bequeathed by the late Herman Lee Ensign of New York, whose name is on a bronze plate on one side of the fountain. The Kansas City Humane Society and the city council were among those most instrumental in securing the gift for this city. The society hopes that other fountains may be erected on busy corners through gifts by local philanthropists.
Labels: animals, arts, Associated Charities, Commissioner Jones, Father Dalton, fountains, Frank Faxon, Humane Society
August 19, 1907
OFFERS HER A HOME.
Woman Reads of Pauline Nelson's
Plight and Comes to Her Aid.
Pauline Nelson, 18 years old, of Hutchison, Kas., wh, while on her way from Hutchinson to Detroit, where she said she had been offered a place in the chorus of a Detroit opera company, was robbed of her purse and suitcase Thursday night, is being cared for at the Helping Hand Institute. The girl after arriving in Kansas City Thursday night remained at the Union depot until Saturday night, when Harry Harvey, a city detective on duty at the depot, took her to police headquarters.
A telegrarm was sent to Hutchison yesterday, informing the family with whom she stayed of her wherabouts, but last night no reply had been received.
A woman, who read of the account of the young woman's plight in the newspapers yesterday morning, called at the Helping Hand Institute at noon, and said that she would give the girl a home if she so desired.
Labels: charity, detectives, Helping Hand, newspapers, police headquarters, Union depot
August 19, 1907
THE LID WAS LEAKING.
A Dozen Thirsty Persons Were
Found in an East Fifteenth Street Saloon.
P. F. Clarkin, at whose place, 314 East Fifteenth street, a Sunday leak in the lid has twice before been discovered, was captured last night again by the police of No. 4 station in the act of dispensing liquor, this time to a crowd of twelve frequenters. They were each released on cash bonds of $11 each. The first time Clarkin was arrested he is said to have used a measles sign first as a blind advertisement of the "leak," and afterwards to try to frighten away the arresting officers. After his second experience he paid a fine of $50 and a special $15 fine.
Whe Sergeant Halligan and a number of patrolmen raided the house last night the dozen occupants ran into closets and up stairs, leaving bottles, glasses and beer scattered all over the downstairs rooms. Three cases of beer were hauled to the station.
Labels: alcohol, Fifteenth street, No 4 police station
August 19, 1907
WAS CAUGHT BY CRAWFISH.
Doctor Uses His Ear for Bait and
Lands a "Whopper."
An amputation of a crawfish's pincers that its hold would be released from the right ear of Dr. Ford B. Rogers, an ambulance surgeon, was performed by two nurses at the emergency hospital last night.
A bucketful of fine specimens of this variety of the cambarus genus was presented to the staff surgeons and nurses at the hospital last night, and these were placed temporarily in the bath room of the institution.
Dr. Rogers had occasion to enter the bath room to obtain some article with which to make a splint. He bent over to reach a board beneath the tub, when a large "crawdad" that had crawled from the bucket, and perched itself upon the edge of the bath tub reached out a pair of formidable looking claws and seized the right ear of the surgeon.
Dr. Rogers made a grab for the drawdad and tried to pull it loose, but the claws were well set into his ear and refused to be pulled or shaken loose. He ran into the operating room, and the two nurses on duty, Miss Ora Buchmiller and Miss Byra Guance, hurried to his assistance. Miss Buchmiller seized the "crawdad" and pulled, but succeedediin bringing only a yell from the surgeon. Miss Guance then tried the same tactics, but with no better result.
"Cut off the claws," exclaimed the surgeon, and immediately Miss Gaunce seized an instrument lying on a nearby table, and while Miss Buchmiller held the "crawdad's" tail, the amputation was made.
Labels: animals, doctors, emergency hospital, nurses
August 19, 1907
WAS SISTER OF YOUNGER BOYS.
Mrs. Emma Leach Dies as Result of
Mrs. Emma Leach, 54 years old, a sister of Bob and Cole Younger, who lost her right leg in a street car accident at Twelfth street and Highland avenue last Friday afternoon, died at the general hospital yesterday afternoon.
Mrs. Leach was standing on the cornier waiting for a car, when as it approached a huckster wagon drove up just as she walked out to board the car. A man who swung onto the front end of the car struck her, causing her to fall against the wagon, and then to the ground. As she tried to arise, her leg was thrown out across the track, and a wheel passed over it, crushing it at a point above the knee.
She was treated by an ambulance surgeon and removed to the general hospital, where the leg was amputated.
Labels: death, general hospital, Highland avenue, James Gang, streetcar, Twelfth street
August 18, 1907
PECULIAR FAMILY MIXUP.
Father and Son Are Married to Sis-
ters at Piper, Kas.
The inhabitants of the little village of Piper, just north of Kansas City, Kas., in Wyandotte county, are at present engaged in a general debate over a relationship problem which has arisen as a result of the recent marriage of William Waldson and Eliza E. Wilson, of that place. The bridge is a sister of Flora Walldson, who was married to John Waldson, father of William Waldson, several years ago. Now that the father and son have married sisters they become brothers-in-law, and the elder Mrs. Waldson becomes her sister's mother-in-law.
Mr. and Mrs. John Waldson have four children, which are half-brothers and sisters of young Mr. Waldson. Now the question that threatens to wreck the mental faculties of all Piper is, should the last union be blessed with off-springs, what relation will they be to the other young Waldsons.
The entire countryside in and about Piper has taken up the argument, and it is feared that the crops will not get harvested as a result. Men congregate at the town post-office and discuss the matter in large numbers while little knots of farmers and farmhands are seen at the cross roads speculating on the marriage of the Waldsons and the Wilsons.
Labels: Piper, romance
August 18, 1907
BEWARE OF KODAK MAN.
He Has Confederates Who Rob While
Picture Is Being Taken.
A man with a kodak who will "snap" you for nothing while his pal picks your pockets is what C. J. Richardson says happened to him. Richardson is a carpenter's apprentice, and lives at 1327 Central street. One evening after working hours he was passing Fourteenth and Walnut streets, when a seemingly accommodating young man with a kodak suggested that he stand with a group of fellows while a snap shot was taken. Richardson did so, and noticed that the members of the group stood with their arms around each other. After a few minutes he missed his purse, containing $3. He reported his loss at No. 4 police station, half a block away, and gave a description of the man whose arm had been around him. The police arrested Ted Nolan, who was identified by Richardson. He will be arraigned in a justice court tomorrow.
Labels: Central street, crime, Fourteenth street, No 4 police station, Walnut Street
August 18, 1907
KANSAS WOMAN ROBBED.
Hutchison Girl Was on Her Way to
Join a Theatrical Company.
Robbed of her purse containing all her money, and of her suitcase, the contents representing all of her other earthly possessions, aside from what she wore, Miss Pauline Nelson, 18 years old, of Hutchison, Kas., has been stranded at the Union depot since Thursday night. She was taekn to police headquarters last night by Harry Harvey, a city detective on duty at the depot, and placed in the care of the police matron. The young woman said that she had started from Hutchinson to Detroit, where she had been offered a place with a theatrical company, and while en route to Kansas City was robbed of her purse and suitcase. She said that she had no money when she came here, but she had some lunch with her, and with the aid proffered her at the depot has managed to get along. She has been sleeping at the depot.
The young woman will be held by the police until a reply to information regarding her condition can be received from Hutchinson.
Labels: arts, police headquarters, police matron, Union depot, visitors
August 17, 1907
IT WAS NOT AN ELOPEMENT.
Embrey, the Bridegroom, Was 70, and
the Bride Was 75.
When Isaac Embrey, 70 years old, and Frances C. Brown, aged 75 years, both of Eldorado, Kas., walked into the office of Probate Judge Van B. Prather, Kansas City, Kas., yesterday morning and asked for a marriage license the magistrate, who has so frequently figured in Cupid's romances, looked up over his eyeglasses and smilingly inquired, "This is not an elopement, I trust?"
"No, judge; I will testify that the marriage is with the consent of all concerned," spoke Mrs. J. W. Moberly, of Kansas City, Kas., who is a daughter of Mr. Embrey, adn who had accompanied her aged father to the court house to act as a witness to his second marriage.
After Judge Prather had finished fillinog out the license Mr. Embrey turned to his sweetheart of 75 years, remarking, "I gu ess we might as well have the whole job done now while we are at it." She willingly consented, and the ceremony was performed. Upon leaving the judge's office the bride, with her face smothered with blushes, said she felt more embarrasssment than she did the first time she was led to the altar.
Labels: Judge Prather, Kansas City Kas, romance, Seniors
August 17, 1907
UNDER SPELL OF EVIL EYE.
The Improbable Manner in Which
Wells Says He Was Hurt.
Henry Wells, a laborer, residing at Twenty-fifth and Oak streets, was taken to the emergency hospital last night by a friend suffering from a broken nose. When asked how he received his injury Wells explained:
"As I come out of a saloon a man looked at me."
As far as Wells could recall the man did not strike him and he had not engaged in a row of any kind. A strange man simply looked at him, and he rushed off for treatment at the emergency hospital. Wells went home after receiving surgical attention.
Labels: emergency hospital, laborer, Oak street, saloon, Twenty-fifth street
August 17, 1907
SHE IS ON THE BLACKLIST.
Negress Who Peached on a Druggist
Shunned by Her Race.
There was war among the cocaine users of the North end last night. Yesterday morning in police court Mamie Jones, a negress, admitted she uses the drug and took a policeman to a drug store conducted by G. G. Cowhick, at 547 Walnut street. Cowhick admitted selling the woman the drug on one occasion only. He was fined $500.
Last night Mamie Jones went to police headquarters crying. She told the desk sergeant that she has been blacklisted among the negroes. She can't get any more "coke," she said.
"They all blame me for getting that druggist in trouble," Mamie explained. "They have been abusing me all evening and what's worse than all I can't buy any 'coke.' Two big men just jumped on me for 'peachin' and said I can't never get any more 'coke' from nobody."
The sergeant advised Mamie to go to her room and remain there and she left the station.
Labels: narcotics, North end, police court, police headquarters, race, Walnut Street
August 16, 1907
NURSED JESSE JAMES
ARREST OF NEGRO REVIVES FOR-
Son of Noted Highwayman, but
Now a Lawyer, Appeared in
Court in Defense of
Charles Finley, a negro, of 523 Bluff street, who was tried before Justice J. B. Shoemaker yesterday afternoon and bound over to the criminal court on the charge of stabbing Edward Dyer, a member of the fire department at the Fifth and Bluff street station, was reared by Zerelda James-Samuels, was a hostler for Jesse and Frank James, the bandits, in their palmy days, and nursed young Jesse James, the Kansas City lawyer. Young Jesse defended him in the justice court yesterday and would take no fee.
"It's the first time I have been in trouble, since Master Jesse was killed twenty-five years ago in St. Joseph," said Finley last evening. "When I was arrested, I telephoned for Young Jesse, for I done raised that boy from a baby, just as his grandmother had raised me, and he came double quick and took my case. I knew he would not forget me when I got in trouble.
My father and mother were 'Reldie James' slaves long before the war. They lived on a farm near Kearney, Clay county, where I was born during the war. I never was a slave, but Old Misses 'Reldie raised me and my mother gave me to Susan James until I was 21 years of age. When Susan married Mr. Palmer and went to Texas, I went along and worked for them.
"I was back in Kearney pretty soon, though, and lived with 'Reldie. I never could forget that she had treated me like one of her own when I was a baby and that she always put me back of her on the horse when she rode to Liberty or about the farm.
"When Jesse and Frank got to be bad men, they needed someone with them so they took me to care for their horses and run errands. I ran with them most all the time, until Jesse was killed. I was not in St. Joseph that day, but heard all about it pretty soon. I was at home with 'Reldie.
"Old Miss 'Reldie thinks a whole lot of me yet -- she is Mrs. Samuels now, you know -- but she wouldn't do any more for me than would young Jesse or his sister.
"How did I come to leave her? Why, I came down here after Jesse was killed. I have worked for young Jesse a good deal. Then I got married and have a family of my own, so I have to stay here and work."
Charlie is a concreter. He says he makes $2 a day at it, but he doesn't enjoy the work nearly so well as he used to enjoy living on the farm near Kearney and helping " 'Reldie" take care of young Jesse.
"That boy sure was a smart little fellow," Finley says, "but he was powerful mischievous."
Labels: Bluff street, criminal court, Fifth street, James Gang, Jesse James Jr, Judge Shoemaker, Liberty, Texas
August 16, 1907
HAS NO HOME OR FRIENDS.
Man of Talents and War Records
Found Lying in Weeds..
Thomas Dean, an old man without a country, was found lying exhausted in the weeds yesterday afternoon near Twenty-third and Washington streets.
To Dr. G. A. Dagg, ambulance surgeon from No. 4 police station, the old man said that he long been a physician coming to the United States when a young man from Berlin, Germany, and serving through the civil war with the rank of captain in the Twenty-second New York regulars.
But now I am past the age when accomplishments count," this veteran in more than one field of effort said. "Though I talk twenty-seven languages and was long a man of affairs, I'm wandering over the country when old and infirm, without money and without friends."
Dean gave his age as 78 years and said he had spent the last winter in California and came here about four weeks ago. He has been staying at various cheap rooming houses and sleeping outside when he had no money. He was taken to the general hospital, where the record states his case as "senile infirmity and general weakness."
Labels: California, Civil War, doctors, general hospital, military, No 4 police station, Seniors, Twenty-third street, veterans, Washington street
August 16, 1907
SALOON LICENSE NOW $1,500.
Independence Doubles Fee to Be Paid
At a meeting of the ocuncil in Independence last night the city license for saloons in that city was advanced from $750 to $1,500. Including county and state licenses the total cost will be $2,360.
There are now nine saloons doing business in Independence. It is thought that the increased cost of maintaining the establishments will drieve some of them out of business. The council raised the license after studying conditions in other towns, arriving at the conclusion that Independence was getting too little from its saloons. It is said that the original intention of the council was to make the total cost of running a saloon in the city -- including city, county and state licenses -- $3,000 per year.
At the same meeting Colyer Bros. were awarded a contract to pave South Main street.
Labels: alcohol, Independence, Independence city council, saloon
August 15, 1907
ROTH SHOT INTO A CROWD.
Park Policeman Ejected From Room-
ing House Uses His Pistol.
C. A. Roth, who claims to be both a park policeman and a deputy marshall, was arrested at midnight last night by Patrolmen O'Malley and Downey at Twelfth and McGee streets, after he had been pointed out to them by a crowd as the man who had been shooting a revolver in the street a few minutes before. Roth admitted that he had been shooting in the street, but said he had to do it in self-defense, as he has been driven out of a disorderly house at 1203 McGee street and a crowd of men had gathered around and threatened to do him bodily harm.
A special police star, his revolver, shells for the weapon, and a half empty flask of liquor which looked like whisky was found in the prisoner's clothes by the police. He was locked up at No. 4 police station on an "investigation charge."
Labels: McGee street, No 4 police station, police, Twelfth street
August 15, 1907
DON'T LIKE OILED ROADS.
Liverymen File a Protest With the
A Grand avenue liveryman appeared before the county court yesterday to plead against oiling the county macadam roads.
"An oiled rock road," he said, "is slippery and dangerous for horses. Since the boulevards in the city have been oiled we liverymen have to put sharp caulks on our horses' shoes to enable them to keep their footing, even in summer. When horses with these barbs are driven on the asphalt pavements they dig holes in it.
"There are two stretches of oiled boulevard in Kansas City upon which horses fall every day. One of them is on the hill near Penn Valley park. Some day there will be a bad accident on one of those places, and the city will have a damage suit on its hands.
"It will be more serious to oil the county roads, because the grades are steeper in the country than on the city boulevards."
Labels: county court, Grand avenue, Penn Valley park, public works
August 15, 1907
BLAMES THE WIFE'S SISTER.
J. S. Evans Sues Nellie Edwards for
J. S. Evans, owner of a livery barn at 8533 Independence avenue, brought suit in the circuit court yesterday afternoon for $25,000 damages against Miss Mellie Edwards, a sister of his wife, charging her with having alienated his wife's affections, and instigated a divorce suit sought by his wife on July 16, this year.
Miss Edwards lives in Bevier, Mo., but has visited her sister, Mrs. Evans, at the Evans home, 3617 Thompson avenue, frequently during the Evans' twenty-three years of married life. Miss Edwards owns considerable property in Bevier. She is now living with her sister at 3517 Thompson avenue, while Mr. Evans is rooming away from home.
"I have ordered Miss Edwards away from my house on more than one occasion," Evans said last evening, "but she is still there. She came in December on her last visit and I left home April 1. She is still in my house."
Mrs. Evans, in her petition for divorce, which is set for trial next fall, alleges that her husband drinks and uses abusive language toward her.
Labels: Divorce, Independence avenue, Lawsuit, Thompson avenue
August 14, 1907
HER MEMORY GONE
WOMAN WHO HAS FORGOTTEN
HER NAME AND HOME.
HAS TWO SMALL CHILDREN
TO HER THEIR NAMES ARE ALSO A BLANK.
Can't Remember Whether Husband
Is Dead, or if She Is Parted
From Him -- She Remained
Three Days in Mid-
With her mind a total blank regarding what transpired prior to yesterday morning, when she awakened in the Midland flats, Seventh and Walnut streets, forgetful of her name or those of her two little children accompanying her, a woman entered police headquarters last evening, and explained to Lieutenant Walter Whitsett her condition.
"I do not know what has come over me," she said to the lieutenant. "All that I can remember is of getting up this morning in the Midland flats, and reading a bell call card. I cannot recall my own name, or those of my children or husband, and I don't know where I live. I could not even remember where I was this morning until I inquired. I don't know how long I have been here, but was told that I went to the Midland flats three days ago."
The woman and her children were nicely dressed, and she possessed a manner and bearing of refinement and culture. The younger of the children is an infant, while the older, a boy, is about 3 years old.
SAYS HIS NAME IS MORRISSY
The woman and children were taken to the Helping Hand institute, where through questioning it was learned from the boy that his name is Robert Allen Morrissy. While the boy was being questioned as to his identity, the mother listened attentively.
When the child lisped his name, the mother repeated it to herself, thoughtfully.
"He says his name is Robert Allen Morrissy, but for the life of me I cannot recall such a name," the mother explained. "I know both of the children are mine, but I kinow nothing more about them. I know that I have been married, but cannot say whether my husband is living or dead. I haven't the lleast idea of my own name, but as the boy said his name is Morrissy, that must be mine as well. The name Mary sounds familiar to me, as does the word Boston. I remember that I have always lived in a large city, but I have no idea whether it was Boston or not."
The woman is evidently an Easterner, as inferred from her manner of speech, and is apparently no more than 25 years old.
"I do not know how old I am," she explained, when asked her age, "but I believe that I will be 30 years old in October."
She is slightly above average height, slender, weighing 130 pounds, has brouw hair and eyes and bears an intelliigent facial expression. She dresses tastily in a suit of white mull, while the little boy, a golden curly headed youngster, wears a neat sailor suit of dark blue.
BAGGAGE CHECKED AT BUFFALO.
The only evidence that has been found that might lead up to the establishment of their identity is two baggage checks issued at the Union station in Buffalo over the Lake Shore & Southern Michigan railway for Cleveland. It is supposed that the wonal's memory became a blank shortly after she left Buffalo, as the baggage checks were never presented at Cleveland for her effects. A station check over an Eastern interurban line out of Boston to Lynn, Mass., was also found in a hand satchel she had left at the Midland flats.
F. H. Ream, of the Helping Hand institute, who called at the Midland flats last night to get the wooman's satchel, found a card bearing the name of Mrs. A. E. Palmateer, 912 Chestnut street, Terra Haute, Ind. The woman was unable to recall ever having known a woman by that name, but suggested that she might have met her on the train.
An effort was made last night to send a message to the authorities in Boston in hopes of learning if the woman lives there.
SEPARATED FROM HUSBAND.
Mrs. Minnie Brody, in charge of the Midland flats, said last night that the woman applied there for lodgings for herself and children three days ago. She did not register, but in the course of a conversation, confided with Mrs. Brody that she was separated from her husband, and had her own living to make. She paid rent for her room each night. Last night the woman had no money.
Labels: Boston, Helping Hand, mental health, Seventh street, visitors, Walnut Street
August 14, 1907
WILL NOT RACE AT ELM RIDGE.
No Sanction Can Be Secured From
American Automobile Association.
Overtures by the management of the fair that is to be given at Elm Ridge for a series of automobile races have been brought to an aburpt termination by the American Automobile Association.
"Our governing board would not permit it," said President W. W. Cowen, "and there are other rules which make it impossible for us to go into any such show as a side issue. We will have automobile races here this year, and they will be the best we ever had. However, they will be under the auspices of our own society and under our own rules."
Already preparations are being made for the parade that is to be given during carnival week.
"That will be a public affair," said President Cowen, "and one of the most delightful features that can be produced. Many women have told us of their intention to enter the parade, and they have raised the question of whether they must dress their cars in flowers or bunting. We will allow both, or either. This parade will have nothing to do with the Elm Ridge fair or anything else, but it will be given in alliance with the managers of the P. O. P., as part of their week's entertainment.
Labels: amusement, automobiles, Elm Ridge, flowers, parades
August 14, 1907
BURGLARS STILL DOING WELL.
Two More Flats Broken Into and
The home of Henry F. McElroy, 1446 Admiral boulevard, was broken into during the absence of the family between last Wednesday and Monday morning, and a quantity of silverware and jewelry taken. The articles include tsenty-five pieces of silver table ware, a gold brooch, a string of gold beads and a green leather purse.
The home of M. L. Planck, next door to the McElroy home, was also entered. As the Planck family is out of the city the amount of booty taken cannot be determined.
Labels: Admiral boulevard, crime
August 14, 1907
BENEVOLENCE THEIR OBJECT.
Convention of United Brotherhood of
Friendship in Progress.
Mayor Beardsley yesterday at the Second Baptist church, Tenth and Charlotte streets, addressed the delegates to the convention of hte United Brotherhood of Friendship, a negro oranization. An orphans' home is supported at Hannibal, Mo., at a cost per annum of only 20 cents per member. An additional modern fourteen-room building at the home is soon to be erected at a cost of $5,000. Altogether $24,000 has been spent by the order in the state for benevolent purposes in the past year. Officers will be elected tomorrow.
S. B. Howard, a resident of Independence, is said to be in line for election as grand master. Friday at noon there is to be a parade through the downtown streets, and in the afternoon an indoor picnic at Convention hall.
Labels: Charlotte street, Convention Hall, Mayor Beardsley, parades, picnics, race, Tenth street
August 14, 1907
WIFE WOULDN'T COME HERE.
William J. Howell Avers That Is
Sufficient Grounds for Divorce.
William J. Howell brought suit in the circuit court yesterday for divorce from Bertha E. Howell, alleging abandonment. They were married in Indianapolis in 1901, but his wife refused to accompany or follow him to Kansas City when he came here thirteen months ago to find employment.
August 1, 1907
HE SWINDLED LONG
CAPTURE OF MAN WHO VICTIM-
OLD HAND AT THE GAME
HAS DONE TIME IN PRISON FOR
Represented to R. A. Long That He
Would Give Him a Write-Up
in a Magazine and Was
Given a Check
Brought From Denver to Answer the
Charge of Victimizing R. A. Long.
Oliver Smith, alias H. O. Lee, alias Benton Smith, alias O. B. Smith, alias S. H. Peabody, alias James T. Ridgeway, said to be one of the cleverst swindlers and forgers in the United States, was brought to Kansas City yesterday by Detective Thomas McAnany, after waiving extradition.
HIS VICTIMS MANY.
Smith is wanted here to answer a sort of confidence game he is said to have worked upon many wealthy men all over the country. He represente dto Mr. Long that he was James T. Ridgeway, treasurer of the Ridgeway Publishing Company, publishers of Everybody's magazine. He contracted for an illustrated article, of which Mr. Long was to be the subject, to be printed in that periodical at an early date. In payment, Mr. Long gave him his check for $750 drawn on the National Bank of Commerce, which Smith indorsed as "James T. Ridgeway, Treasurer," and cashed through the Bankers' Trust Compay. Mr. Long later became suspicious fo the man and ordered the check cancelled, but not until Smith had obtained most of the money and gone to Denver.
Smith is said to have worked this game upon scores of wealthy men all over the country. His plan seems to have been to represent himself as the agent for a large publication, to which he obtains subscriptions, asking amounts that varied as the means fo the intended victim were small or great. He is supposed to have carried a list with him containing the names of the prominent men of the city he intended to work, and from these to have culledo ut the prospects that bade fair to be the best "picking." When arrested in Denver he was occupying a suxurious suite of rooms at the largest hotel there. He made no resistance to arrest when the Denver detectives found him, but quietly admitted his identity and acknowledged the transaction with Mr. Long in Kansas City. He is said also to have acknowledged to the chief of the Denver police that he had planned to swindle some of the leading capitalists of that city.
TRUNK FULL OF MEMORANDA.
In his trunk were found memoranda of the men he intended to victimize, forged letters of introduction bearing the signature of W. H. Moore, head of the Rock Island railroad, and George F. Baker, an Eastern banker, and letters of indorsement purporting to be written by men like John D. Rockerfeller, J. Pierpont Morgan, Elihu Root, and others. The forgeries were clever and likely to deceive even those familiar with the handwriting of the originals. In his room at the Denver hotel were found eight different kinds of ink with which he is said to have forged countless names.
It seems that the man's favorite game was to enter a city, select his victims, present his bogus credentials and attempt to secure subscriptions for magazine articles. Of adroit address, and armed with his forged letters of introduction, he was able to impose upon the cleverest businessmen, and relied largely upon their reluctance to tell the story to get him out of danger. In Denver he is said to have presented himself as representing the New York Herald Publishing Association, Syndicate of Fifty Representative Newspapers, Temple H. Hamilton, treasurer, and the "Men of the Time," from "Everybody's," S. H. Peabody, secretary. In Kansas City he passed as James T. Ridgeway, treasurer of the Ridgeway Publishing Company. It was under the last title that he obtained the check from R. A. Long.
SWINDLED SOME BIG ONES.
Among the past victims of the man are said to be Melville E. Stone, manager of the Associated Press, General Russell A. Alger, and Jesse Seligman, the New York banker. He is said to have served time in Sing Sing and the Minnesota and Ohio state penitentiaries for forgery. After his arrest in Denver he confessed his identity to Chief of Police Delaney and freely admitted that he was the notorious swindler and forger. In the Kansas City prison yesterday, however, he repudiated his interviews in the Denver papers and declared that he was not guilty of the gorgeries named. He admitted getting the money from Mr. Long, but claimed that he had made a bona fide contract and that he had signed his own name to the check given him in payment. Asked why he had given his name as Smith both here and at denver he said he was drunk and registered at the Savoy and Albany hotels in the two cities through a prank. He contradicted himself several times in his statements ot the newspaper reporters, however, and practically admitted everything he had been charged with.
An interesting light was thrown upon his method of working by a memorandum list found among his possessions, containing names of leading capitalists of Denver and remarks upon the best means of getting at them. Names only of important business men were selected and these were labeled with a running fire of comment that indicated his thorough familiarity with the personal charactaristics of each.
While in this city he was accompanied by a woman he says was his wife, who has disappeared since the news of his arrest in Denver.
PINKERTONS KNOW HIM WELL.
"Our agency is well acquainted with this man, whom we consider one of the cleverest criminals in the United States, said John A. Gustafson, assistant superintendent of the local Pinkerton office, "and our records are full of accounts of his misdeeds. He began his operations as an expert 'write-up man,' as we term the swindlers who use his peculiar method of operation, in New York in 1902. From there he went to Philadelphia in 1903, and pulled off one deal that netted him $10,000. From there he went to Cleveland, O., where he was caught uttering a forged check, and was given eight months in the county workhouse. In the fall of 1903 he was caught trying to work General Russel A. Alger on the write-up game in Detroit, Mich. After he got out of prison in Michigan he pulled off another little affair in New York, which got him a sentence in Sing Sing. He was liberated from there a few months ago, to turn up here in Kansas City at his old game."
That he is no ordinary swindler, the manner Smith "listed" his Denver victims is hsown in the following memoranda taken from his pocket when he was approached by the Denver police:
Senator Walsh -- Telephone him to his country place and then go out. Has a secretary who is a tough one.
Senator Guggenheim -- Just elected United States senator. Will make a splurge.
A. D. Parker -- Vice president Colorado & Southern. Is reputed to be worth $15,000,000, all made in mining. He has the distinciton of being the only man that grub staked a miner for twenty years, who after a number of years of hard luck finally won out. A great deal has been written about him in newspapers in this conneciton.
J. J. Hentry -- Again on his feet promoting sugar beet factories. Likes publicity.
E. J. Wilcox -- President of railroad and mining companies. Was at one time a minister and is probably worth $5,000,000. Is a good fellow and likes publicity.
John F. Campion -- Mining man' probably stands the highest of any man in the mining game in Colorado. Worth about $5,000,000. Does not care particularly about publicity, but has had several steel plates and is known to subscribe to everything. Always winters at Los Angeles, where he is a heavy investor and associates with millionaires of the East.
Thomas F. Daly -- Insurance president, good fellow; has made a million in a few years in insurance and mining.
Otto Mears -- Railroad and mining. Well known character in Colorado. Has the title "Pathfinder of the San Juan." Dont think he has over $500,000.
J. A. Thatcher -- President of bank; a good fellow and worth about $5,000,000.
Labels: banking, con artist, Denver, detectives, forgery, hotels, newspapers, R A Long
August 13, 1907
ANDERSON IS OUT.
SUCCEEDED AT THE WORKHOUSE
BY J. L. M'CRACKEN.
CONFIRMED BY THE COUNCIL.
NEW MAN HAS HAD EXPERI-
ENCE IN FEDERAL PRISON.
Was the Choice of Mayor Beardsley,J. L. McCracken becomes the superintendent of the city workhouse this morning, having been confirmed by the upper house of the council last night. This displaces Cash C. Anderson, who was appointed last by Mayor Neff, but who had been the superintendent under a previous mayor. Anderson is one of hte best known Republican ward politicians in the city. McCracken, his successor, has not been long enough in the state to register to vote. Mayor Beardsley nominated him on the strength of his seven years' record in Guthrie, O. T., as keeper of the federal jail there, and the indorsements which were given by Governor Frantz, United States District Attorney Speed and almost every other public official in the territory.
but Was Objected To by Politi-
cians -- They Had Other
Candidates to Fill
The vote on McCracken was unanimous. McCracken, with a brother-in-law, had managed the Hotel Densmore, Alderman Thompson's property, a year ago. He admitted that he had been in Kansas City only about two years, having arrived too late to register for the last election, but, he said, while he knew little about politics, he knew all about workhouses and jails. Alderman Thompson went to the mayor with the man and his credentials and the application was considered. That night the supreme judge of Oklahoma and all the federal officials there were asked to wire the mayor. While delegations from the Tenth ward and the Tigers were buttonholing the mayor to allow them to name the new man, Oklahoma politicians were telegraphing. The end was the mayor decided to take the workhouse out of local politics and gave it to the Oklahoma man.
"He will make a good superintendent," said Alderman Thompson last night. "He is a disciplinarian without being a martinet. His first work will be to separate the classes, which will be worth employing him. McCracken can tell a criminal from a casual in a day. He makes a reformatory of his jails. The poor fellow who is in jail for his first offense, or by accident or misfortune, will not be worked with regular offenders. He always earns the confidence and respect of his prisoners and at the same time he gets a maximum of work out of them. He will be found to be the proper man for the place."
Ex-Superintendent Anderson's resignation was called for by Mayor Beardsley, it being reported to him that Anderson had worked four city prisones on a ho use he is building. Anderson's plea was that a strike among some laborers had left his building exposed, and, having four idle prisoners, he had sent them out to work on the place.
Labels: hotels, Kansas City council, Mayor Beardsley, Mayor Neff, oklahoma, Tenth Ward, workhouse
Agusut 12, 1907
SAW HIS CHUM DROWN.
BUT KEPT FACT FROM PARENTS
Finding of the Body of Martin
Cathro in the Kaw Discounted
the Story Told by Adel-
While John Hittle, L. McDonald and R. Retin, railroad laborers of Argentine, were strolling along the Kaw river bank in the vicinity of the Rex mills yesterday morning about 8 o'clock, they discovered the nude body of a boy caught in an eddy a few feet from the bank. The body was afterwards identified as that of Martin Cathro, aged 10 years, of 715 Metropolitan avenue, Argentine. Cathro's father is a foreman in the hair department of the Cudahy packing house. County Coroner Davis ordered the body removed to the Daniels Bros. undertaking establishment.
The drowned boy had been missing since early Saturday afternoon. He went to the river accompanied by Adelbert Lacer, a companion. The Lacer boy had reported to Mrs. Cathro that Martin had caught a meat wagon for Kansas City, Mo., when they had tired of fishing, about 4 o'clock. Chief of Police Frank James, of Argentine, took the Lacer boy into temporary custody. Lacer at first denied any knowledge whatever of the death of Martin Cathro, but finally admitted that he saw him drown while trying to untangle a snagged line several feet from the bank.
"We had been fishing about twenty minutes," said Lacer, "when Martin's line got caught on a snag. The water was pretty shallow where we were, at the deepest being not over one's chin. Martin took off all his clothes and waded in. I looked away a monent, and when I looked again, Martin had gone under. I never saw him again.
"I was awfully scared. I hated to return home without him, and tell people I saw him drown. Then I thought of his clothes. I took them to a clump of bushes near the river and hid them."
Lacer took the officer to the place where he had concealed the garments.
Labels: Argentine, children, death, drowning, Kaw river, missing, police, railroad
August 12, 1907
POLICEMAN TAKES A WIFE.
Patrolman Lee and Miss Pansey Clark
United at Leavenworth.
The secret of the marriage of Patrolman Duke R. Lee, of the mounted squad, to Miss Pansey B. Clark last Wednesday at Leavenworth leaked out only yesterday. Miss Clark is the daughter of Albert Clark, 4315 East Fifteenth street, a retired civil engineer, who amassed a substantial fortune in railway construction in South America. The young woman attended Central high school here, and later graduated from the University of Michigan.
Patrolman Lee, prior to joining the force a year ago was a member of the general recruiting service of the army. He was brought up on a ranch in Wyoming, where his parents own extensive ranch lands.
Labels: Fifteenth street, Leavenworth, police, romance
August 12, 1907
NEGRO WANTS TO MARRY
Because Probate Judge Van B. Prather of Wyandotte county refused to grant him a license to wed a white girl named Cleva Stewart, 21 years old, Thomas Sanderson, a negro, 36 years old, says he will seek a writ of mandamus of the circuit court today requiring the judge to issue the license.
Labels: Judge Prather, race, romance
August 11, 1907
BALLOON RACE AT FAIRMOUNT.
Many Other Features There to At-
tract the Pleasure Seekers.
The return balloon race between L. M. Bales and A. L. Curtiss, postponed last Sunday on the account of unfavorable weather, will be held this afternoon at Fairmount. The balloon race today will be an interesting feature in that considerable rivalry exists between the two aeronauts, and their meeting today will be one that each has looked forward to for several seasons.
Fairmount offers, besides its regular part attractions, a place for a quiet, restful outing close to the beauties of nature. The expanse of shade and grass and waterway presents a pretty scenic display, while on the lake boaters may find enjoyment and sport, while the bathing beach meets all requirements ofr the enjoyment of swimming.
Picnickers are offered every facility and accomodation for a pleasant outing on the picnic grounds in the north section of the park, near Cusenbary Springs, and where check stands are provided for baskets and other luggage.
Each afternoon and evening concerts are given by Hiner's Third Regiment band. For this afternoon and evening's concerts, two programmes of standard, popular and classical numbers will be given.
Labels: amusement, balloons, fairmount park, music, picnics, swimming
August 11, 1907
PROFESSOR A. CARROLL DEAD.
For Years Was Superintendent of In-
dependence Public Schools.
Professor A. Carroll, for seven years superintendent of the city schools of Independence and an educational leader of Western Missouri, died at his home in Vaile place, Independence, at 9:30 last night. Professor Carroll retired from active work fifteen years ago on account of poor health and has been an invalid ever since. He had been ill with stomach trouble for the past two weeks. He leaves a widow, Mrs. Mary T. Carroll, two sons in Independence, Charles A. and Carey M., and two sons in Butte City, Mont., William E. and Frank M. Carroll.
Seventy-five years ago February 14 last, Professor Carroll was born in Grandville, O. He graduated from Washburn Reserve university, now Adelbert university, near Cleveland, and from McCormick university at Chicago. In 1859 he opened an academy at Charleston, Ill., and in 1867 came to Independence, where he was appointed superintendent of the city schools. This position he held until 1874, when he went to Olathe, Kas., in the sme capacity. He returned to Independence two years later as president of the Presbyterian Ladies' college, which place he held until 1884. In that year he became superintendent of the city schools in Hays City, Kas. In 1892 he returned to Independence because of poor health and remained there until his death.
Professor Carroll was one of the pioneers of education in this section of the country. While he served as superintendent of the Independence schools, he assisted in the organization of the city schools in Kansas City.
Labels: death, history, Independence, pioneers, schools
August 11, 1907
OIL FOR COUNTY ROADS.
Orders Issued for Purchase of Wagons
The county court yesterday ordered the purchase of two regulation oiling wagons and crude oil by the carload to oil all of the macadam roads in the county. It is estimated that the roads can be oiled at a cost of $100 a mile and that the expense wil be less than the regular repairs now required after rains and freshets. The new roads and those recently repaired will be oiled first. The two wagons will enable the surveyor to oil a mile of road a day.
Labels: county court, public works
August 11, 1907
ROBBERY VICTIM'S STORY
RESULTS IN AN ASSAULT.
Lured to Scene of the
Crime and Beaten.
One bold robbery occurred, however, which the police did not give to the public, although it was reported shortly after its occurrence nad bulletined to all the stations. George Myrick, who lives at the White House hotel, reported that he was robbed of a gold watch, a chain and an Eagle charm in a saloon at 401 East Sixth street.
The foregoing paragraph, the last one in a story published in the Journal Friday, entitled, "Still the Thieves Are Busy," was the innocent cause of George Myrick receiving a cowardly beating Friday night in the saloon of "Kid" Rose, an ex-prize fighter at 401 East Sixth street, where the alleged robbery occurred.
Myrick was at his hotel Friday night when he was called to the telephone. A man who gave the name of Rose, said: "Is this you, Myrick? We have found your watch and chain down at the saloon. Come down."
Feeling joyful at such news, and expecting no harm Myrick hurried to the saloon. He had no sooner entered, he said yesterday, than the doors were closed and Rose and several of his companions nearly beat the man to death -- one of them stabbing him in the back. His face was cut and badly bruised when seen yesterday. Myrick believes that he barely escaped with his life.
The assaulted man went before the prosecutor yesterday and asked for a warrant for the arrest of Rose and his companions. It was refused on the ground that his "information was not definiate enough; that he did not know who struck him."
Chief Ahern has taken the case in hand and Rose probably will yet have to answer to the police board for running a disorderly and undesirable saloon. A warrant charging him with disturbing the peace will be issued by the city attorney tomorrow and he will be tried in police court.
Labels: hotels, Police Chief Ahern, saloon, Sixth street, violence
August 10, 1907
YOUNG GIRL BURNED TO DEATH.
Nona Gard Attempted to Start a Fire
Nona Gard, the 14-year-old grand-daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Nelson Gard, 531 South Pleasant street, Independence, was burned to death yesterday afternoon by a gasoline explosion. The kitchen range was located in the basement of the small home and Nona was preparing some warm water for a bath. She had been absent but a short time when screams came from the basement. The girl ran into the yard enveloped in flames. Her aged grandfather ran after her and after circling around the yard she fell beneath a tree, burned to a crisp. The grandfather poured water on her blazing garments, but did not extinguish the flame until life had left the body. Finding the basement ablaze he turned his attention to the fire there which was easily extinguished. The girl after going to the basement found that the fire in the cooking range had died down after the noon day meal and attempted to start it up with gasonline.
Labels: children, death, Fire, Independence
August 10, 1907
THEY THOUGHT IT WAS HOT.
Bunch of Eastern Tourists Complain
of This Lovely Weather.
One hundred and ten tourists spent yesterday in Kansas City and displayed 110 different kinds of advertising fans from fifteen different cities.
"This must be the hottest place in the world," panted a matron from Syracuse, N. Y. , as she sat in front of the Midland hotel propelling a fan which advertised a dry goods store in Salt Lake City.
"It's simply a smother, after coming here direct from the mountains where we threw snowballs yesterday," gasped a lady with glasses and a drug store advertising fan from Seattle.
"We left New York a month ago and are now going home, after a tour of Canada, the Great Lakes, the Rockies and the Pacific coast," said James Kintort of Philadelphia, the manager, as he worked a Kansas City hat store fan.
"We had a fine time in your city, but the party is wilted. My collar looks like a celery three days old."
"It strikes me," sizzled a Boston youth between gusts from his paper fan from Albuquerque, N. M., "it strikes me that if I owned this hotel, I would have the palms placed on rapidly revolving pedestals. Natural palm leaf fans. Do you catch the point, eh?"
"Your car to the depot is ready!" called out Kintort, and the whole party ran for it with flans flying.
"No wonder that bunch is hot," chortled a bell hop. "They've been running like that all day."
Labels: Boston, hotels, Midland, visitors, weather
August 10, 1907
NEGRO POLITICIAN WAS HERE.
W. T. Vernon to Deliver Speeches
in St. Joseph and Topeka.
W. T. Vernon, a negro, registrar of the United States treasury, spent an hour in Kansas City last night. He went to St. Joseph, where this afternoon he will be the speaker at the Tri-City exposition.
The Tri-City exposition at St. Joseph began Sunday and closes tonight. It was organized to show the progress of the negro in the West. The Washington politician will speak on the negro question, but said last night at the depot that he will also have a great deal to say about organized labor.
Next week Vernon will speak in Topeka at the convention of the Business League, another negro organization, which closes next Friday. He said he will remain in Kansas about two weeks before returning to Washington.
Booker T. Washington and other prominent negro educators will speak in Topeka during the week.
Labels: race, St.Joseph, Topeka, Union depot
August 10, 1907
A BOY PREVENTED BURGLARY.
Son of Mrs. Van Lawrence Finds Man
A bold attempt at burglary was thwarted by a small boy at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Van Lawrence, 926 Holmes street about 9:30 o'clock last night. Mrs. Lawrence and seven or eight guests were sitting upon the veranda in front of the house and a young woman was entertaining several guests in a room on the second floor, when the 8-year-old son of Mrs. Lawrence went inside for a drink.
He heard a noise in a bed chamber usually occupied by his mother and went to investigate. Tehre he found a man rummaging in a bureau. The lad alarmed Mrs. Lawrence, who ran inside, but the burglar managed to escape, dropping a purse he had stolen in his flight. In one of the drawers h e was pillaging was $50 in currency.
This is the third burglary within three days in that part of the city. The others were at 923 Holmes and 1016 Holmes, and in both of these the thief got away with booty.
Labels: children, crime, Holmes street
August 10, 1907
YOUNG WOMAN STRANDED HERE.
Recent Bride Made a Widow by Hus-
band's Tragic Death.
Mrs. Robert McCallic, 21 years old, is stranded at the Helping Hand Institute on her way from jameson, Neb., to Osceola, Mo. She and her husband, just recently married, went to Nebraska where he accepted a position on a ranch. He accidentally shot himself last week while hunting and the young wife is left alone and penniless. Mrs. McCallic started back to Osceola where she has friends and became stranded when she reached this city.
Labels: Helping Hand, hunting
August 9, 1907
SEND LETTERS BY WIRE.
AN INVENTION THAT PROMISES
REVOLUTION IN TELEGRAPHY.
Service Between Kansas City and St.
Louis to Begin Today -- Cost
of Messages to Be Great-
The first annual banquet of the stockholders of the new Dean Rapid Telegraph Company was held last night at the Coates house. About 150 men and women were present to hear the remarkable plans, which the officers of the concern have outlined for the future.
At the banquet it was announced that the company will begin today a new departure from the established systems of sending messages by electricity. What will be called the "rapid letter service" will be begun between Kansas City and St. Louis.
By the use of this service letters of any length may be sent to St. Louis at the rate of 1/2 cent per word, with a minimum charge of 15 cents. These letters will be delivered to the person addressed within from one to three hours after they are writtten.
"By Robert L. Dean's invention we are able at present to send over 400 words a minute on our wires," said General Manager S. A. Akins in explaining the new company's system. "It is because of this that we are enabled to send messages across the state of Missouri at one-seventh of the rate charged by the companies which use the Morse code."
Mr. Akins explained the Dean system as a method by which the positive and negative electrical poles are each made to operate a key which prints according to a special alphabet. Tests have already been made between Kansas City and St. Louis and Joplin, which show the system is practicable.
"I expect our system to revolutionize the business of telegraphing when it is put on a commercial basis, and we are now beginning to put it on such a footing," said Mr. Akins. "The idea of the 'rapid letter service' is new, but I think it should soon become a favorite for important correspondence. A man can now write an important letter to St. Louis, taking space fully to explain all the detaiils of his subject, and get an answer in six hours."
Other speakers were Judge E. E. Aleshire, Charles T. Taylor, H. L. White, Bert C. Haldeman, and Robert T. Herrick. Several thousand dollars of stock was subscribed for after the banquet.
Labels: inventors, St Louis, telegraph
August 9, 1907
PICKS ONE PLAYGROUND.
Park Board Decides on Fourteen
Acres in North End.
At a special meeting of the board of park commissioner yesterday afternoon a resolution was unanimously adopted asking the council to proceed to have fourteen acres of ground condemned for a North end playground. The site runs from Troost to half a block beyond Forest and from First to Fifth streets. This tract is divided by a small bluff. The intention of the park board is really to make of the site two playgrounds, one for negro children and the other for whites. There will be two sets of apparatus, two instructors and two sets of custodians. The district from which the playground is to drraw is inhabited by whites and negroes.
The site agreed upon for the playground is to be known as Guinotte square, having on it the old Guinotte homestead. It is expected to cost about $120,000. For only eight acres of ground two blocks further south, which had previously been thought of, the estimated cost was put at $200,000.
Labels: amusement, First street, Forest avenue, Park board, race, Troost avenue
August 9, 1907
TAKES CHICKENS TO WORK.
Remarkable Devotion of Railroad
Employe for Pet Fowls.
Lovers of animals are common, but for extreme cases a story as told by Patrolman Joseph Dolan of a man who took his chickens to work with him probably heads the list. According to the officer, an employe in the Kansas City Southern railroad yards has a dozen blooded chickens. He works at night, and each evening before starting to work he goes into his chicken yard, calles each hen and the one rooster by name and one by one they climb into a obx he stes on the ground. The box is then placed in a cart and with a small black pony a slow drive to the railroad yards is made.
At the railroad yards the chickens are liberated, and they scratch and pic up grains of ceral that fall from the grain cars. When it begins to grow dark they all return to the cart, on which they roost until morning. At the break of dawn each day they begin to stir. breakfast is foraged, and on the return trip of the owner, the chickens and the pony follow.
Labels: animals, Kansas City Southern, railroad
August 9, 1907
POLICE OFFICER M'KEE DIES.
Bruises Received in Making Arrest
Indirectly the Cause.
M. C. McKee, a police officer, died yesterday of blood poisoning at Agnew hospital. He had been unconcsious for a week.
McKee received a broken nose and a severe bruise on the back of the head July 4 in a fall from a transfer wagon at the wharf at Second street and Broadway.
From his station at the Grand Central depot he was sent to stop a fight between teamsters. It was from the wagon of J. H. Hickman, a driver for the Empire Transfer Company, that he fell. His foot slipped from the wheel. Hickman is said to have jumped from the wagon and to have beaten and kicked the officer.
In police court the next morning McKee pleaded for leniency in behalf of the driver, saying he had a wife and family to support.
McKee after a two-day lay off went back to work, but collapsed after two weeks. For the last week he lay unconscious at his home, 653 Park avenue, and was removed
Wednesday to the hospital.
Coroner Thompson said last night that he will hold an inquest. Prosecutor Kimbrell will not file any information against Hickman until after the inquest. It is said that Hickman has left the city.
McKee had been on the force for four years.
Labels: Broadway, death, Park avenue, police, Prosecutor Kimbrell, Second street
August 9, 1907
FISHING HIS HALLUCINATION.
Escaped Inmate of Asylum Spent
Time on the River Bank.
Those who wandered down to the Missouri river bank near the foot of everett avenue, Kansas City, Kas., during the past two weks have noticed a lean, dark little man, shabbily dressed, who, armed with a pole and line, fished in a bayou beneath the tall willows there with remarkable success. He said little when approached and appeared perfectly rational. Indeed there was nothing at all in his attitude to suggest the fact that only a fortnight ago he was safely shut up in the state asylum for the insane at Osawatomie.
Yesterday morning two little girls walking near the river bank noticed the strange man eating a raw fish beneath the willows and reported the occurrence to their father, who in turn called up the police station. Two patrolmen were sent down at once. They found the man to be a Mexican named Edward Douglas. Up to two weeks ago Douglas was a regualr inmate of the Osawatomie asylum and classed harmless but incurable. He will be returned to the asylum sometime today.
Labels: mental health, Missouri river
August 9, 1907
TO ANSWER MURDER CHARGE.
Raymond Weixeldorfer Released on
$5,000 Bond by Justice Remley.
Raymond Weixeldorfer was arraigned for second degree murder before Justice Remley yesterday. The death of Johann Almensberger last Saturday was the cause of the murder charge against Weixeldorfer. In a fight at a German party June 23, at 1884 Terrace street, it is alleged that Weixeldorfer struck the blow which caused Almensbergers death. The coroner's jury yesterday morning advised the holding of Weixeldorfer. He was released on $5,000 bond.
Labels: immigrants, Judge Remley, Judges, murder, Terrace street
August 9, 1907
WARNING AGAINST WELLS.
Health Department and City Chemist
Tell of the Danger.
A warning has been issued by the city health department against drinking well water.
"It would save a life every week in the year if the city would close up all wells and springs in the residence and business part of the city with the exception of three artesian wells," said Dr. W. M. Cross, city chemist. "There are fifty or sixty lives lost every year by reason of typhoid germs in wells. Healthy people can drink impregnated water without harm, but let those same people get a little under the weather and typhoid will get them. There is no reason for a well or a spring in a modern city. If there is doubt about the city water there are good filters, and always there is the tea kettle to boil the water in. The city should pass an ordinance to fill up the wells and to bar all springs."
Labels: City Chemist Cross, health, typhoid
August 9, 1907
SAD FATE OF ANNA BACCHUS.
Her Tragic End Brings Woe to Court
Anna Bacchus, the pet cat of County Clerk Samuel A. Boyer's office, and the champion mouser and ratter of the courthouse, was found unconscious by L. I. Duncan, deputy clerk, yesterday afternoon in a drawer in the office which he chanced to open. Anna had crawled into the drawer quietly sometime Wednesday and made herself a nest among the writing paper. The drawer had been closed by someone who did not notice the feline. She was still alive when Duncan found her and laid her on the sill of an open window. The clerks bathed her face in water and stroked her back, but she never regained consciousness. She died at 3:30 o'clock, half an hour later. The only relative in this city is a half brother who lives in the basement of the courthouse. She has had several children, but all of them have been drowned. Her husband, Thomas Bacchus, abandoned her last winter. She was 3 years old. The deputies in Boyer's office will take up a subscription to pay for her funeral. No flowers.
Labels: animals, courthouse, drowning
August 9, 1907
4 WOMEN STRICKEN.
HOME-MADE ICE CREAM BLAMED
FOR THEIR ILLNESS.
SUFFER PTOMAINE POISONING.
MRS. CHARLOTTE SHINDEL VERY
ILL AT 924 PARK AVENUE.
Misses Charlotte and Ester Marshall
and Their Mother Were Reported
by the Attending Physician
as Out of Danger
Four members of the family of D. E. Marshall, president of the firm of D. E. Marshall & Co. , contractors and builders, were stricken with ptomaine poisoning yesterday afternoon, and one, Mrs. Charlotte Shindel, Mrs. Marshall's mother, is still seriously ill.
It is presumed that ice cream, which had been made in the Marshall home, 924 Park avenue, caused the trouble.
On account of the heat yesterday afternoon Miss Charlotte and Miss Ester Marshall, daughters of D. E. Marshall, wanted ice cream and a freezerful was made by the domestic.
Both the young women, Mrs. Marshall and Mrs. Shindel ate of the ice cream and all were taken ill. Mr. Marsahll, who took luncheon and dinner at home, got through the day very happily and is inclined to blame the poisoning on the ice cream.
Mrs. Marshall said last night that she had no idea what made the family ill, but insisted she thought the cream was innocent.
Dr. W. S. Wheeler, who was summoned in the evening, treated the family and last night pronounce d everyone, excepting Mrs. Shindel, out of danger.
D. E. Marshall & Co., of which Mr. Marshall is president, is widely known as a contracting firm. A brick yard and planing mill are run in connection with the contracting office at 2011 East Tenth street.
Miss Ester Marshall, the elder daughter, is a student at Missouri University in her senior year.
Labels: food, illness, Park avenue, Tenth street
August 8, 1907
LEOTA FULLERTON GETS BOND.
Girl Who Refused to Plead Guilty to
Leota Fullerton, the girl who has spent all of the spring and half the summer in the county jail rather than plead guilty to stealing a dress from Mrs. E. S. Truitt, of 107 West Armour boulevard, the crime with which she was charged, was yesterday afternoon released on a $750 bond, furnished by Attorney W. W. Calvin. The girl will tell her story to a jury in the criminal court next October. She claims that Mrs. Truitt gave her the dress instead of a week's wages as a domestic.
Labels: Armour boulevard, jail
August 8, 1907
SHOWED JURY FATAL ROCK.
Inquest Over Death of John Almens-
berger Continues Today.
Beno Seidl was the chief witness at the coroner's inquest yesterday over the death of Johann Almensberger, who was fatally injured at a "house warming" at Seid's new house, 1884 Terrace street, two weeks ago. Seidl brought a large rock, wrapped in a newspaper, to the court room and showed it to the jury. He said that Raymond Weixeldorfer, now held for Almansberger's murder, hit the latter on the head with the rock. There were thirty invited guests and six kegs of beer at the "house warming," Seidl told the jury. The inquest will be concluded this morning.
Labels: murder, Terrace street
August 8, 1907
WAS IT A DECOY NOTE?
Police Do Not Believe Schreider
"To the coroner: --Kansas City, Mo.
"There is nothing to say why I did this deed. I simply committed suicide. Please notify my wife, Mrs. Mary Schreider at 3016 Belleview avenue, Kansas City, Mo. Everything in my pockets please turn over to my wife.
"P. S. : Reason for this deed known only to me and no one else."
The foregoing not was received by Coroner George B. Thompson in his mail yesterday morning. He at once made inquiry at 3016 Belleview avenue and found that Frank Schreider had been missing for three weeks. His body has not yet been located, however.
Yesterday afternoon a woman who said she was a sister-in-law of the missing Schreider called to say that she did not believe the man had taken his life. She said that "financial troubles" had caused Shreider to want many persons to believe him dead. The police have been searching for Schreider on account of those same "financial troubles." A check now in the possession of the Fitwell Clothing Company for $30 and other checks in Leavenworth, Kas., the police say, are a part of the "financial troubles."
Labels: Belleview avenue, Coroner Thompson, Leavenworth, missing, Suicide
August 8, 1907
"JACK FROST" ARRIVES.
Guest With Wintry Name Registers
at Coates House.
"Well, wouldn't that give you the shivers," exclaimed George Mong, clerk at the Coates house, last night, as he looked at the register just after a guest had writteen his name. Not even the electric fans could make the heat bearable, and Mr. Mong was standing behind the big desk trying to look as though he were comfortable in the light summer coat he was wearing.
"Think of the nerve of a man registering a name like that, on a night like this," he continued. Those who heard his complaint stole the first opportunity to take a look at the book. The man's name was, "John W. Frost, Bloomington, Ill."
Labels: hotels, visitors, weather
August 8, 1907
MINIATURE ZOO GONE.
QUEER DOCTOR'S QUEER ASSORT-
Among the Missing Is a Turtle's
Liver -- Neighbors Complained
to the Court of His
LIST OF QUEER PROPERTY LOST.
2 little cats, one black, one white.
2 snake skin rattles
3 toad skin purses
1 turtle's liver
1 lizard carcass - dried and stuffed.
2 cakes of soap.
2 paint brushes.
6 walking sticks made of different woods.
1 beer can.
Cooking utensils, a variety.
300 bottles of various kinds. Containing medicines made from herbs of all kinds, snakes, toads, lizards and bugs. Value cannot be estimated at this time.
"Doctor" Otto Bohl made out the foregoing list of "property" while sojourning in the holdover at police headquarters from Tuesday afternoon until yesterday morning when he was arraigned in police court charged with disturbing the peace of Mrs. A. Kiss of 218 Clinton place.
Dr. Bohl is a naturalist and has been living in a chicken coop in the rear of the Kiss home. He has a small pond there in which he is cultivating a small zoo. He has snakes, frogs, turtles, lizards and bugs of all kinds. He has also planted seeds of most every plant on earth in the vicinity of he rendezvous near the Kiss chicken coop.
"He has a menagerie out there which has frightened the whole neighborhood. We are afraid his animals or varmints will get loose. Then he came out there Sunday with a gallon of whiskey, got full on it and laid out in the rain and mud most of the day," said Mrs. Kiss.
Here the eminent "Doctor" Bohl came forward with his remarkable list of property which he said was "lost, strayed or stolen from said chicken coop in the rear of 218 Clinton place." He insisted that Judge Kyle read the valuable list of property, saying there were three hundred articles on the list.
The doctor then set to work telling how he loved nature, and how he had beautified the place out there. "There is an old stump here, judge," he said. "Beneath it I have planted seeds from Zanzabar, a creeper, a vine from Brazil, gypsum weed from the same country, and flowers even from Italy, Morocco, Ceylon, India, Philippines, Alaska, and even Ireland. It was a most beautiful stump, and Mr. Harry Walmsley has often been out to spend Sunday with me -- also other prominent men.
"This woman, judge, she chased me three times around my botanical stump with a hoe. I made my exit into the weeds. On Tuesday morning I returned and found that all my property ahd been swept away as if by a cyclone. Even my cates, some turtles, a lizard and a snake were missing... live ones. I got permission to stay out there from the man who owns the porperty next door. I live at 206 Watkins avenue in the East bottoms."
It was the funniest trial ever held in police court. "Doctor" Bohl speaks very broken, as did most of the witnesses. They paid no attention to the decorum of the court and interruupted each other frequently to the great delight of the court attaches and spectators. Judge Kyle ordered the "doctor" to keep off the Kiss property. He said he would.
"Doctor" Bohl goes about town carring a hand satchel. In it he most always has a live toad, a turtle or a snake. He will pick up any kind of snake just as casually as one would a straw. He exhibited his snakes in a North end saloon once and several patrons had fits. For that the "doctor" was incarcerated. He showed the snake in court the next day and promised to carry them about no more.. Another time he spent a week at the workhouse before anyone knew what had become of him. His is regarded as exceedingly eccentric.
Labels: animals, doctors, Dr. Otto Bohl, flowers, immigrants, Judge Kyle, mental health, North end, police court, workhouse
August 7. 1907
THREW HIS MONEY IN LAGOON.
Visitor to Carnival Park Flung His
Roy C. Hackney, aged 20 years, an employe of a Kansas City, Mo., wholesale hou se visited Carnival park, Kansas City, Kas., last Sunday evening and was arrested while in the act of throwing money into the lagoon at the bottom of the "chutes." He was takne to Bethany hospital and kept until yesterday afternoon, when he was arraigned in the probate court on the charge of insanity. He is the son of A. S. Hackney, of Kansas City, Mo., and at the request of the young man's relatives he was ordered sent to the state asylum at Osawatomie.
It seems from the testimony of his elder brother, Hackney is subject to periodical spells of insanity. At times he is perfectly rational and has been steadily employed for the past couple of months. However, his mind frequently collapses. When under one of those spells he has a mania for throwing away money. He had over $20 in cash with him when he went to the park Sunday and after spending a small sum at the different attractions he gave a friend who was with him $9 and then threw the remainder into the lagoon.
Labels: Carnival Park, hospitals, Kansas City Kas, mental health
August 8, 1907
MISS BOWDON IS INJURED.
Kansas City, Kas., Police Chief's
Daughter Hit by Car.
Bertha Bowden, 15 years old, daughter of Chief of Police D. E. Bowden, of Kansas City, Kas., was thrown from an Argentine car last night and injured internally. Miss Bowden is now being cared for by Dr. Millner at her father's home, 629 Osage avenue in Armourdale.
At 10:30 o'clock last night as Miss Bowden stepped from the car at Seventeenth and Osage avenue, the car started. The car was bound toward Argentine and the passengers said it appeared that the conductor started his car before the girl was safely upon the pavement.
Miss Bowden was not sufficiently recovered last night to make a statement regarding the accident.
Labels: accident, Argentine, Armourdale, Kansas City Kas, streetcar
August 7, 1907
CHILDREN MARRIED FOR A DAY.
Mothers Part 18-Year-Old Elopers
Till They're 20.
TRENTON, Mo., Aug. 6 (Special.). -- Juanita Collier and Wilber Newton, both aged 18, daughter of an engineer and son of a farmer, during the absense of the girl's parents, ran off to Kasnas City, Kas., Sunday, and were married.
They intended to keep it a secret, but some of their young friends met them at the depot with rice and old shoes and the couple were obliged today to face their parents and acknowledge that they were married.
The mothers, who live twelve miles apart, talked over the phone this morning and decided that the young man whould be sent west to stay on a ranch until he is 20 years of age, and that in the meantime his bride must stay at home.
Labels: Kansas City Kas, romance
August 7, 1907
TO SAVE HER LIFE
JOURNAL READERS RAISE FUND
FOR MRS. LOWREY.
THEY SEND HER TO ARIZONA.
WIFE'S SACRIFICE AND DEVO-
TION AMPLY REPAID.
Happy to the Verge of Tears, the
Unfortunate Woman Starts on
the Long Journey in Search
of Health in More
The following contributions were received by The Journal yesterday as a fund to send Mrs. J. A. Lowry, the self-sacrificing wife to Arizona in hope that her health may be restored.
"A Journal Reader".....................$10.00
L. S. Larimore, Calwell, Kas.........2.00
Last night the Journal received a check for $50 from a woman who asked that her name be kept secret.
"I hardly know what to say -- the people have been so kind to me -- I am grateful, of course -- more grateful than I can express -- it was so unexpected and so splendid -- goodby, and thank you, oh, ever so much!"
The speaker was a frail woman, too feeble to stand without assistance, and as she sat in an invalid's chair at the Union depot last night waiting for the train that was to bear her away to health and ahppiness, her expressions of gratitude for the kindness tha had made her journey possible were broken with tears. She was Mrs. M. A. Lowry, of 1106 Cherry street, just departing for Prescott, Arizona, where she hopes that the pure dry climate of that state will cure her of tuberculosis.
A WIFE'S DEVOTION.
There are doubtless few in Kansas City who have not heard the story of this unfortunate woman's sufferings: How six years ago she married a stalwart young railroad man and came to Kansas City to help him build a home; how after two bright-eyed children came to them the mother was stricken with a terrible disease which only a climatic change could cure; how just as she and her husband were on the point of starting for Arizona last winter, the man was arrested on a charge based on circumstanial evidence and thrown into an Arkansas prison; how the woman without a murmur laid her life upon the altar of her husband's honor by expending the little savings laid by for the Western journey in a futile attempt to clear the charges against him; how he went to prison, while her health faded away; how after her strength failed she sat day in and day out before the doorway of their home that she might be the first to welcome him upon his return; how finally her pathetic story reached the governor of Arkansas who ordered the husband liberated, and how last week he came home to begin anew the fight to build a home.
When Mr. Lowrey reached Kansas City last Tuesday he set about finding a place to work. At the best it is a hard proposition for a man just out of prison to find profitable employment, yet he went to work with commendable zeal. But the wife's health began to fail rapidly after the reaction of her joy at his liberation, and it became apparent that something had to be done at once.
Following an editorial in The Journal, a number of citizens sent contributions for the unfortunate family. That no time might be lost, preparations for the trip were hurried, and Mrs. Lowrey, accompanied by her husband and two little children, left on a 9 o'clock train last night for Arizona.
When a newpaper reporter called at the Lowrey home yesterday afternoon, with the money that meant so much to the stricken woman, the gift was received with unmistakable marks of appreciation and gratitude. Part of it was in silver coins, and as the reporter poured these into the lap of the invalid she was so overcome with emotion that it was many moments before she could speak. When she did find words, however, she expressed her gratitude with grace and felling that showed greatly her glad surprise at the unexpected assistance.
Labels: Arkansas, charity, illness, The Journal
August 7, 1907
Favorable Report Will Be Made on
the Old Westport Road Route.
The committee, consisting of Councilmen Pitt, Marqua and Heiff, of Independence, will make a report to the council in that city tonight relative to a boulevard between Independence and Kansas City. The old Westport road will be reported upon favorably. The proposition will be that Independence look after its end of the line, Kansas City residents after theirs and the county court to take care of the intermediate territory. The county court has been approached upon the matter, but would give no encouragement until something tangible in the way of surveys have been made. Ther present plan is to make the boulevard eighty feet wide, with parkways, and intersect the proposed Blue Ridge road. The route as suggested is unimproved and would cost considerable to bring about that state of perfection which would be inviting as a mere pleasure drive. Most of the route is broken and uneven, but Mayor Prewitt believes that property owners along the way would relinquish right of way and lend financial aid as well.
Labels: Independence, Independence city council, Westport
August 7, 1907
AUTO HURTS TWO GIRLS.
Wrecked Popcorn Stand While Hurrying
With Guest to Wedding.
An automobile crashing into a popcorn wagon caused the serious injury of two little girls last night. The wrecked popcorn wagon fell on the children, cutting and bruising them.
Thomas J. Proue, a chauffeur for the Automobile Livery, 1113 Broadway, was driving to a wedding at Twenty-ninth street and Prospect avenue, Eastbound on Eighteenth street approaching Cherry, he met a sprinkling wagon. A little girl, while at play ran into the spray back of the wagon. The motor car slowed down, but when opposite the wagon the child darted back in its path. Proue swerved his machine south into Cherry street, but to save the child, the turn had to be too shortto avoid smashing the popcorn wagon.
John Carle, the wagon's owner, went down under the shattered glass of his little cage, and escaped without injury. But two little girls, Annie and Jenny Myerson, of 1723 Oak street, were not so fortunate. Annie, 8 years old, received a deep cut over the left eye and serious bruises. Jennie, two years older, was also seriously bruised.
Dr. G. A. Dagg, ambulance surgeon from No. 4 police station, attended them and sent them to their home. Proue, the chauffeur, waited at the scene of the accident till Officers Smith and Cook arrived with the ambulance, and then drove with the officers to the station. He was later released on $100 bond for his appearance in police court this morning.
The accident occurred at 8:15 o'clock, and many people were on the streets. When the popcorn and peanuts of the Italian vender were scattered over the ground there was a "help yourself" scramble, with several dozen participants. A. L. Morse, who was personal representative of Francis Murphy, the temperance worker, mounted a box and begged the crowd to stand back and treat the popcorn man as they would like to be treated. His address was received in good spirit, and the crowd helped Carle gather his wares together.
Labels: accident, automobiles, Broadway, Cherry street, children, Eighteenth street, No 4 police station, Oak street, Twenty-ninth street, wedding
August 6, 1907
ROADS WERE IMPASSIBLE.
Jack Cudahy Compelled to Abandon
Denver Auto Trip.
J. P. Cudahy, who started on a speed run for Denver Saturday night in his Welch Touring car, failed to reach his destination in the manner contemplated. According to a telegram received at the Ettwein Motor Car Company's garage yesterday morning Mr. Cudahy was compelled by impassable roads to stop at Wamego, Kas., which is 130 miles west of Kansas City. He and Mr. C. F. Ettwein, who accompanied him on the trip, are believed to have gone on to Denver by rail. The car is to be shipped back to Kansas City this morning.
Labels: automobiles, Denver, telegram
August 6, 1907
BROTHERS BARR IN A FIGHT.
Ejected From a Car, They Attacked
the Conductor and the Motorman.
James Barr, a building contractor, and his brother, Amos Barr, both living at 4309 Michigan avenue, engaged in two lively fights with street car men yesterday afternoon, winding up by being taken to No. 6 police station, with their opponents, a conductor and motorman.
As the story goes the Barrs boarded a Vine street car to ride down town. On the way trouble between them and the conductor arose, and at Eighteenth and Walnut streets, they were ejected from the car. A fight followed in which the crews of other cars took part. No one was seriously injured, however, and the Barrs retreated and boarded another car. They went directly to Nineteenth and Vine streets.
About 3 o'clock in the afternoon someone telephoned to Lieutenant Wofford at No. 6 station that two men were waiting at Nineteenth and Vine streets to beat up a street car crew. An officer was sent to the place, but could not find the men referred to. He walked on after looking about to pull up a call box.
Directly the car on which were John Swinehart, motorman, and N. W. Nelson, conductor, approached. As the car was being switched at the corner of Vine street the Barrs rushed out, one of them seizing the conductor, while the other grabbed hold of the motorman. A fight ensued, and H. N. Printz, another street car man, rushed in to take a hand, when Sergeant Al Ryan appeared and placed the entire five under arrest.
At the police station the personal bonds of each was taken and they were released to appear in police court this morning to answer charges of disturbing the peace.
Labels: Eighteenth street, Michigan avenue, Nineteenth street, No 6 police station, police, streetcar, Vine street, violence, Walnut Street
August 6, 1907
FATAL OVERDOSE OF MORPHINE.
E. B. French, in an Effort to Cure
Neuralgia, Kills Himself.
E. B. French, 72 years old, manager of the Pressed Steel Feed Box Company, 914 Minnesota avenue, Kansas City, Kas., died at 11 o'clock last night from the effects of an overdose of morphine.
Mr. French suffered from an attack of neuralgia at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon. He refused to summon a physician, stating that he could cure himself. He chose morphine as the remedy and took an overdose with fatal results. Mr. French was prominent in Kansas City, Kas., having been connected with the Pressed Steel Feed Box Company for some time past.
Labels: death, Kansas City Kas, Minnesota avenue, narcotics
August 6, 1907
WASN'T ROBBED AFTER ALL.
Mrs. Wright's Silverware Had Been
Mrs. C. D. Wright, of the Richelieu hotel, Twelfth street and Broadway, who reported to the police some weeks ago that she had been robbed of several hundred dollars worth of solid silverware, yesterday found that the valuables had been by mistake packed in a box with some sofa pillows. Her married sister, who is moving into a new house at 315 East Forty-second street, Highland park, found the goods while she was unpacking. Mrs. Wright helped her sister pack the goods, but is unable to account for how she chanced to put her silverware in the box with the pillows.
Labels: Broadway, Forty-second street, hotels, Twelfth street
August 6, 1907
AGED MAN RUN DOWN BY TEAM.
J. S. Daily Badly Bruised at Nine-
teenth and Main Streets.
J. S. Daily, a carpenter, 72 years old, was running to catch a car at Nineteenth and Main streets last night about 5:30 o'clock, when he was run over by a team and wagon. The driver was not arrested. Daily received many bruises, a deep cut on the forehead and another on the nose.
Dr. R. G. Dagg, ambulance surgeon from the Walnut street police station, attended his injuries and sent him to his home at 2128 Woodland avenue.
Labels: accident, doctors, Main street, Nineteenth street, Seniors, Walnut Street, Walnut street police station, Woodland avenue
August 5, 1907
CARBOLIC ACID KILLS.
DRANK IN THE DARK BY
BECKETT FOR WHISKEY.
Second Man Who Took Swallow of
the Poison Will Recover -- Dead
Man Leaves a Widow and
Two pint bottles of the same shape, one containing whisky and the other carbolic acid, caused the death of James F. Beckett in Sheffield early yesterday morning. The bottle of whisky was put into a wagon bed which also contained a bottle formerly used for whisky filled with carbolic acid. John Eveland, another laborer, who put the whisky into the wagon bed, also drank of the acid, but he will recover.
John Thomas gave a dancing party Saturday night at his home in Sheffield. About forty men and women were present, and at midnight the dancers decided to continue the party indefinitely until morning.
Beckett had been invited, and after he arrived he was prevailed upon to furnish the music. He sat in the parlor, and from 8 o'clock until midnight played waltzes and two-steps, and occasionally a tune for the Virginia reel, with scarcely a rest, while the tireless dancers encored him again and again.
About 11 o'clock Eveland, who lives only two blocks from Thomas' house, heard the music and the laughter of the young men and women, and decided to see what was going on. I had been drinking a little," said Eveland yesterday, "and I had a pint bottle of whisky, about half full, in my hip pocket. Thomas invited me to come in and dance. I didn't want to take the liquor with me on account of the women. So I slipped out to the shed back of the house and put the bottle in the bed of a wagon. Then I went in and danced until about midnight.
"When the decided to keep on dancing for an hour or two more, Beckett, who was one of my friends, said he was tired. I told him about the whiskey I had put in the shed, and asked him to go have a drink to brace himself up. We took John Burris, one of the other men with us, and all went out to the shed.
"When we got out there it was dark, and I reached into the wagon bed and got out what I supposed to be the bottle I had put there. It was a regular pint whisky bottle, and seemed to be about half full. I had some trouble getting the cork out. While I was trying to draw it, the women were calling for Beckett to play for another dance.
" 'Hurry up,' cried Beckett. 'I've got to get back to the house. '
" 'Give me the bottle,' said Burris. 'I'll get the cork out with my knife.'
"Burris pulled the cork, and raised the bottle to his lips to take a drink, when they called Beckett from the house again, and Beckett grabbed the bottle quickly. He took two long swallows. Then he ran back to the house, and Burris went with him, without waiting for a drink. I then drank a little, and put the bottle back into the wagon."
Eveland says it was about twenty minutes later before the acid pained him, so that he knew he had been poisoned. Beckett, who continued playing for the dancers after taking the acid, began to feel ill about the same time Eveland did.
Dr. R. Callaghan was sent for, and treated both men. Beckett died about 1:30 o'clock. The whisky which Eveland had drunk before he came to the dance saved his life. The reason Beckett did not feel the effect of the aid sooner is believed also to be due to whisky before he went to the shed. The whisky is thought to have counteracted the effects of the acid to a certain extent.
Thomas said yesterday that he always keeps acid in the shed for use as a disinfectant. He keeps horses and hogs there. The bottle was plainly labeled. Had the men struck a match they could not have made the mistake.
James F. Beckett was 39 years old. He lived at 410 Denver avenue, and leaves a widow and seven little children, the youngest being only two months old. The body was taken to Blackman's undertaking rooms in Sheffield, and a coroner's inquest will be held this morning.
Labels: alcohol, amusement, dancing, death, Denver, Denver avenue, doctors, laborer, sheffield, undertakers
August 5, 1907
ONE FAMILY'S COAL SUPPLY.
And the Story Concerning It as Told
by Two Truthful Patrolmen.
There is one Italian family in the North end that fluctuations in the prices of coal apparently need not worry. With the aid of a trained monkey that works all day with the hand organ, the winter's supply of coal for this family is delivered to the back yard of the little lean-to in which the family lives.
Last evening shortly after the night relief of police had gone on duty, Patrolmen Joseph Dolan and John Shiners were walking along the levee near Holmes street when they heard a noise resembling somewhat a bombardment. The officers hurried toward where the noise occurred and found a monkey perched on the top of a high pole making funny grimaces at a disappearing freight train.
The patrolmen made an investigation to try and determine what caused the noise, but they could learn nothing. However, as they were walking slowly away a freight train was seen to emerge from between buildings and pass the yard a hundred feet or more away. About midway in the train were several coal cars and on these were a half-dozen boys beating rides. As the coal cars drew almost even with the back yard the monkey perched himself high on the end of the pole and instantly there was a volley of coal from the boys on the cars. The monkey dodged these missiles, some of which came close to him, and darted up and down the pole in a manner that indicated enthusiasm in the sport.
After the train had disappeared the monkey again darted to the top of the pole, and directly an elderly woman emerged from a rear door and picked up the coal that lay in the yard and placed it in a basket.
Labels: animals, children, Holmes street, North end, police, Seniors
August 5, 1907
WIFE'S HEALTH BROKEN
AFTER OBTAINING HUSBAND'S
RELEASE FROM PRISON.
Money She Had Saved to Pay Her
Fare to Arizona Spent in the
Effort to Obtain Hus-
Lying bedfast, a sufferer of consumption due partly to her husband's incarceration in the Arkansas penitentiary, Mrs. John A. Lowrey, 1106 Cherry street, is living daily in the hope that some means may be provided whereby she can be taken to Arizona, where physicians say recovery is possible.
For six months Mrs. Lowrey pleaded with the authorities of Arkansas to release her husband, every day exhausting some new resource, and every day renewing with indomitable energy her fight for his pardon.
Finally, in sheer desperation, she sought the aid of kind friends in Kansas City. She told them of her plight, and said she must secure Lowrey's release or die an early death. Protesting that he was innocent of the charge upon which he was summarily convicted and quickly railroaded to prison, where he was sentenced to one year's servitude in Little Rock, after two juries had failed to agree, she won her first victory and went to Arkansas.
As only a loving mother and a devoted wife can plead, Mrs. Lowrey, with evidence tending to show that her husband was probably innocent of the crime of robbing a man in Fort Smith, eloquently and forcibly presented her case.
Returning to her two little children in Kansas City, weakened and much worse as the result of her long trip, Mrs. Lowrey daily awaited news from Arkansas. The days passed without cheering news and the weeks came and went.
One day a telegram came telling her that her fight was won and that on the following day, July 27, John Lowrey would be a free man.
Without funds or friends, Lowrey made his way back to Kansas City as quickly as possible. Then came the reunion. But with all its joys it had been saddened by the decline of the faithful wife's health.
Like his wife, broken in health as a result of his prison life and reduced to poverty, in debt, but not without friends, the husband started life anew.
But with his wife a victim of tuberculosis, unable to render him even the necessary assistance towards the care of the home and children, the burden of Lowrey was doubled.
Then followed the struggle for regained health. Mrs. Lowrey believed that her husband's return to her would give her new strength sufficient at least to overcome the disease which had taken hold of her.
The crisis came yesterday. The family physician told the sick woman that her only hope for life lies in a speedy change of climate, Arizona preferably.
Now a greater problem than that which faced him several months ago faces John Lowrey.
"My heroic wife secured my freedom from prison; how can I take her to Arizona?"
"I am doing all in my power to save my wife's life," said Lowrey last night. "I owe a debt of gratitude to my brave wife more sacred, if possible, than that of a mere husband. We believe that her life can be greatly prolonged by a change to a Western climate. I hope to obtain work on the railroad at Phoenix; I am corresponding with the officials there now and I look for a favorable reply in a day or two."
Mrs. Lowrey had saved $50 to pay her fare at the time her husband's trouble occurred. It was a fortune to her. She spent her money in her efforts to secure her husband's release from prison.
Labels: Arkansas, Cherry street, illness, penitentiary, telegram
August 4, 1907
PARKINA TO SING FOR CONREID.
Kansas City Girl May Get a Metro-
PARIS, Aug. 3 (Special.) -- Elizabeth Parkina, whose real name is Parkinson, a Kansas City girl, is about to sing for Manager Conreid of the Metropolitan Opera house, New York.
The young diva's success at Covent Garden in London made Mr. Conreid anxious to pass judgement upon her as a possible addition to America's list of operatic attractions.
August 4, 1907
BY AUTO TO DENVER.
"JACK" CUDAHY WILL TRY TO
MADE THE START LAST NIGHT
HOPES TO TRAVEL 813 MILES IN
Crossed the Kansas State Line at 10:30
p. m. in Fifty-Horse Power Welch
Touring Car, Accompanied by
C. E. Ettwain and Two
"Jack" Cudahy, manager of the Cudahy interests in Kansas City, and a motor car enthusiast, started at 10:30 o'clock last night on a trial run to Denver, a distance of 813 miles. He was accompnaied by C. E. Ettwein of the Ettwein Motor Car Company and two chauffers.
The effort o J. P. Cudahy to set a new record for the distance, following closely after the proposed speed trial to be made by J. A. Whitman, who was scheduled to start yesterday morning, will create some surprise in local automobile circles, as Mr. Cudahy's run was arranged for and the start made without the knowledge of many of his closest personal friends.
At exactly 10:30 o'clock the big fifty-horse-power Welch touring car quietly left the state line at Southwest boulevard near Bell street. The only witnesses to the start were W. W. Cowen, president of the Kansas City Automobile Club, and L. R. Moore. Mr. Cowan drove his car to the state line and started the party officially.
The car carries extra tires, fifty gallons of gasoline and provisions. Three acetylene lamps were placed in front to insure safe travel at night. Mr. Cudahy and Mr. Ettwein will eat on the car and the only stops made will be for gasoline and perhaps for repairs. Mr. Ettwein was at the wheel on the start and expected to reach Lawrence, Kas., at 12:15 this morning.
When Mr. Cudahy heard that Whitman had declared he could make the run in twenty-seven hours, he made that statement that if Whitman could do it so could he.
"I expected to go to Denver by rail tomorrow night," said Mr. Cudahy, "but after thinking over the matter I decided to try out my car on a long run. Denver looked as good to me as anywhere else and having great confidence in the speed and durability of my machine I saw no reason why I could not make the run in as good time as anyone else."
With good weather, which means fairly good roads, and no bad luck the party expects to reach Denver some time early tomorrow morning.
There is no speed record between Kansas City and Denver and if the Cudahy party succeeds in showing even creditable time it will be up to someother Western enthusiast to come forth and show something better. The best time is expected to be made in Western Kansas where the roads are level and there is little travel.
Friends of Mr. Cudahy will be informed at every opportunity as to the progress being made by the party while enroute. Mr. Cowen yesterday wired to many of the principal points along the route in search of information about the condition of the roads and the weather outlook. With the exception of probable rain storms in Western Kansas the outlook for fair weather and passable roads is especially good.
Labels: automobiles, Bell street, Denver, Lawrence, Southwest boulevard
August 3, 1907
KNEW IT WAS COMING
CAPTAIN WEBER MERELY WAIT-
ING ORDER OF DISMISSAL.
When Hayes Was Dropped He Pre-
pared for the Ax -- Other Captains
and Lieutenants Commissioned.
Hammil Is Transferred.
CAPTAIN W. E. WEBER
Continuing Governor Folk's policy of removing "political enemies" from the police department, Captain Weber was yesterday dropped from the force by Commissioners Gallagher and Jones, Mayor Beardsley voted to recommission the captain. All other captains were recommissioned.
Whitwash spread over the actions of Patrolman Athur who, it was charged, attempted to draw a revolver on former Commissioner Rozzelle at Wednesday's board meeting.
Lieutenant Hammil, who refused to return Patrolman Arthur's club and gun after the overt act until ordered to do so by Acting Chief Ahern, was transferred from headquarters to the Walnut street station. Lieutenant Hammil also took an important part in impeaching Arthur's testimony before the board regarding Arthur's vitriolic attack on Chief Hayes and former Commissioner Rozzelle in police headquarters.
Lieutenant Walter Whitsett, who has been mentioned as a possibility for chief, and who it is said is friendly to the Kemper forces, is given Hammil's place at headquarters. Many believe this is the first step toward making Whitsett chief.
The transfers of Lieutenants Hammil and Whitsett were upon the resolution of Commissioner Gallagher "for the good of the service."
Commissioner Jones, in his first resolution, moved to reappoint James Vincil to serve three more years as secretary to the police board.
Captain William E. Weber has been on the police force since he was appointed jailer November 4, 1889. He was appointed a probationary patrolman the following day and May 30, 1890, was made a patrolman. He walked a beat for five years and won his promotion to sergeant by an act of bravery.
In a fight in Grand avenue, a liquor crazed salesman rushed at an intended victim with a butcher knife. Captain Weber coolly shot the butcher knife from the hand of the would-be slayer. His promotion to sergeant came on September 4, 1895. He was made a lieutenant of police October 1, of the same year, and was recommissioned after serving three years.
To take advantage of the raise in salary, Lieutenant Weber resigned and under the Cleary law, August 15, 1900, was at once appointed to his former rank with the increased pay allowed a law just passed. August 29, 1901, Lieutenant Weber was commissioned captain.
Labels: Commissioner Gallagher, Commissioner Jones, Commissioner Rozzelle, corruption, Governor Folk, Grand avenue, guns, Lieutenant H. W. Hammil, Mayor Beardsley, police, salesmen
August 3, 1907
WAS FIRST IN COUNCIL
DEATH OF FRANK MUELSCHUS-
TER, HERE SINCE 1860.
Prominent in Lodge and German
Circles -- Enthusiastic Baseball
Fan and Friend of the Late
Frank Muehlschuster, one of Kansas City's oldest residents, died yesterday afternoon at 4:30 o'clock, after being ill for seven months, at his home, 2338 Main street, from paralysis. He had lived in Kansas City for forty-six years.
During his long residence here he took an active interest in the welfare of the city. He was a member of the upper house of the first city council orgainzed in Kansas City, and was elected five times to a seat in that body. He was prominent in Masonic circles asn was a Knight Templar, a Scottish Rite Mason and a member of Ararat temple.
Mr. Muehlschuster was born in Bavaria, July 25, 1846. He was brought to Milwaukee by his parents when he was 4 years old, and received his education there. In 1860 he came West to seek his fortune, and decided to make his home at the mouth of the Kaw river.
When the war broke out he enlisted in the home guard and served as a private during the struggle.
He was a member of the firm of Muehlschuster & Jaiser, fire insurance agents. Mr. Muelschuster was considered by fire insurance men to be the dean of the local profession, and was widely known in insurance circles.
Mr. Muehlschuster was one of the founders of the German hospital, and always was to be numbered among the leaders in the enterprises of the local Germans. He was an enthusiastic baseball "fan," and for years he could be seen day after in the grandstand at the ball park, "rooting" for the local team. The late Churchill White and he were usually to be found sitting together in the grandstand when the home team was in the city.
The funeral will be held Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock from the home. The services will be under Masonic direction, and burial will be at Mount Washington Cemetery.
He leaves a widow and three children -- Frank, Jr., Augusta and Arthur C. Muehlschuster.
Labels: cemetery, death, German hospital, history, lodges, Main street, Mt. Washington
August 3, 1907
CRIME CARNIVAL CONTINUES.
Burglars and Other Crooks Laughing
at the Police.
There seems to be no doubt that burglars, sneak thieves and picpockets are working overtime in Kansas City since the removal of Chief Hayes and the complete disorganization of the police force. On the very day he was removed, Wednesday, there were eight burglaries, two robberies andone case of diamond snatching. Not an arrest has been made in any of the eleven cases, though some of them happened on the downtown streets and the diamond was snatched at Eighth and Grand in the glare of the evening sun at 6 o'clock.
Yesterday morning's reports bulletined at police headquarters show that an assortment of nine burlaries and robberies took place Thursday night. In those cases one arrest was made. A woman who happened to be drunk and asleep in a house where $65 was stolen was arrested and sent to the workhouse on a technical charge, the evidence against her being insufficient to convict her in the state courts.
In the forty-eight hours following the removal of Chief Hayes there were twenty-one burglaries and robberies combined with one arrest on suspicion. The reports for no one week in the last year will show so much crime of a serious nature.
Labels: crime, Eighth street, Grand avenue, Police Chief Hayes, workhouse
August 3, 1907
JOKE WAS ON THE JOKER.
Pretended Suicide Called for Police
to Send an Ambulance.
Walter Radcliffe, while in a saloon at Nineteenth street and Grand avenue last night, was struck with a desire to see the police ambulance "make a run." He called up No. 4 station and said he had taken carbolic acid. As the ambulance rattled up he dashed out of a side door and into the arms of Officer Shelly. The officer loaded him into the ambulance and delivered him to Dr. G. R. Dagg, at the station. The doctor refused to accept Radcliffe's explanation of "the joke" and he was plied with violent emetics. It was Radcliffe's turn then, but he failed to see "the joke."
Labels: doctors, Grand avenue, Nineteenth street, No 4 police station, police, pranks, Suicide
August 3, 1907
EASTERN TOURISTS HERE.
Party of Twenty From Reading, Pa.,
Spent Yesterday in Kansas City.
A party of twenty-four tourists, most of whom are from Reading, Pa., registered at the Coates house yesterday afternoon. The party is under the guidance of Frank J. Bayer, of Reading, a tourist agent and is now on its way home, many of the principal points of interest in the United States having been visited.
The party left last night for the east after having been shown a part of the business and residence district of Kansas City.
Labels: hotels, visitors
August 2, 1907
NEW CHIEF IS LAX.
Ahern Returned Arthur's Revolver
Without Making an Investigation.
After the disgraceful proceedings at the meeting of the police board Wednesday, when Chief John Hayes was removed so unceremoniously and Patrolman Harry Arthur had made what many thought was an attempt to shoot former Commissioner Rozzelle, the patrolman remained about headquarters until late in the evening. He was grumbling in an undertone and at intervals, demanding his revolver and club, which had been taken away from him by Chief Hayes and turned over to the board. Mayor Beardsley, in fact, ordered the chief to remove Arthur's revolver after Commissioner Gallagher had requested that "the new chief" be sent for to preserve order, even though several policemen were in the room and a human live seemed in danger.
Arthur demanded his revolver several times of Lieutenant H. W. Hammil, in charge of the desk, but that official would not give it to him. Finally the policeman left the room and returned with Lieutenant Charles Ryan, recently elevated by Mr. Gallagher on request from Governor Folk, and now acting inspector of detectives.
"Give this man his gun," Ryan commanded of Hammil. "The board took no action on the matter, and you have no right to hold it."
"The revolver was sent down to this desk from the board room," said Hammil. "I know nothing of what took place up there. It will not be returned, however, until I get some order from the board or some responsible authority.
Lieutenant Hammil then called up Elliot M. Jones, the new Folk commissioner, who had voted to oust Chief Hayes without hearing one word of testimony.
"Better give it back to him, I guess," the commissioner said. "It is not being held by order of the board."
The revolver was held until after roll call yesterday morning, when it was returned to Arthur. He was told to remain at the station, however, as Acting Chief Ahern wanted to see him. When Ahern was seen he said:
"I heard rumors of what had taken place up in the board room yesterday, and I wanted to get a report from Arthur about it. I held him there thinking that if the board wanted to suspend him him for what he did some action would surely be taken and I would be notified what course to pursue. As no one called me up about the case, however, I let Arthur go after he had made a statement to me regarding his actions in the board room. He said he had no intention of shooting anybody, that his club simply fell on the floor and he had stooped to pick it up."
Acting Chief Ahern said he had examined no other witnesses about Arthur's action in the board room. "I am going to investigate that," he said, finally. "I will look into the matter further and have a talk with the commissioners to get their opinions."
The members of the board were not in the position to see as much of the patrolman's actions as the men who stood nearest to him -- behind him, in fact. Chief Hayes was watching him closely, as Arthur is known to have a violent tempter, so when he saw the club fall to the floor and the man's hand go back under his coat he took the initiative, ran to the man and pinioned his arms to his side and held him, with the assistance of others.
It is not known that Mayor Beardsley had anything to do with the returning of Arthur to work yesterday morning. He said later in the day that Arthur would have to answer to the board for his actions before that body. He also said that at the meeting today he would produce several witnesses who will swear that Arthur tried to draw his revolver at the time he was seized by Chief Hayes.
Labels: Commissioner Rozzelle, Governor Folk, guns, Lieutenant H. W. Hammil, Mayor Beardsley, police board, Police Chief Ahern, Police Chief Hayes
August 2, 1907
A THIEVES' PARADISE.
Ten Robberies in a Night Follow
Demoralization of Police Force.
Taking the reports of robberies and the work of pickpockets on Wednesday night immediately following the removal of Chief Hayes, it would seem that the crooked gentry are fully informed of the Folk police reorganization and the consequent demoralization of the force. Here is a list of one night's robberies:
L. C. Stein, 542 Park avenue, who has an office in the New York Life building, was robbed of a diamond valued at $200 on a street car at Eighth street and Grand avenue in the early evening. No arrests.
The room of Harry B. Monroe, 607 Walnut street, was entered and clothing and $10 taken. No arrests.
The Manhattan Ice Cream Company, 1710 Walnut street, was broken into, and property valued at $28 stolen. No arrests.
A burglar entered the room of Miss Lillian McDonaled, 1214 Troost avenue, and stole three rings valued at $50 and $5.75 in cash. No arrests.
Mrs. J. C. Frailey, also rooming at the foregoing number, lost $75 worth of jewelry by the visit of the same thief. No arrests.
Charles Payne, of Kansas City, Kas., was robbed of a gold watch valued at $40 at Sixth and Wyandotte streets. No arrests.
T. A. Nelson, 1634 Washington street, was robbed of a gold watch valued at $25. No arrests.
The barber shop of Fred Millick, 1507 Grand avenue, was broken into and property valued at $50 stolen. No arrests.
James Dowling, a guest at the Ashland hotel, reported that while asleep in his room a burglar entered and stole from beneath his pillow a watch valued at $100. No arrests.
The office of the Eadle Coal Company, Second and Wyandotte streets, was broken open and brass valued at $15 was stolen. No arrests.
Thomas Randall, a Kansas City, Kas. detective, reported that a man just across the line had been robbed of $220 in cash and the thief had made for Kansas City to be on "neutral ground." The police were given the name of the thief and a complete description of him. They say they are "working on the case." No arrests.
Labels: crime, detectives, Grand avenue, hotels, Kansas City Kas, New York Life bldg, police, Police Chief Hayes, Second street, Sixth street, Troost avenue, Walnut Street, Washington street, Wyandotte street
August 2, 1907
BUT THEY WERE TOADSTOOLS.
Book Agent Ate One, Taking It
for a Mushroom.
W. S. Bundy is a book agent. He is 37 years old and lives at Lister and Linwood avenues. He has a "neat little patch of ground," to use his own words. Bundy stepped into his back yard and saw what looked like a patch of "pretty, round, fresh mushrooms."
"I believe they are toadstools," said his wife.
"Well, I'll just taste one," said Bundy. "If they are toadstools I'll find it out. If they are not, you can cook them for supper."
Thereupon Bundy made his word good by "tasting" one. That was 9 a. m. The pursuit of his business found him on the third floor of the R. A. Long building about noon. Not until then did Bundy realize that he had eaten a toadstool. He was so completely prostrated that the ambulance from the emergency hospital called and took him away. When he reached the hospital he was unconscious. Dr. Paul Lux worked with him all afternoon. At 5 o'clock he was considered out of danger.
"Telephone my wife not to cook those toadstools," were his first words.
Labels: books, food, health, illness, Linwood avenue, Lister avenue, R A Long building
August 2, 1907
PLUNGES IN HIS SLEEP.
Laborer Walks Out of Second
Story Window of Hotel.
Walking in his sleep, O. P. Olson, a laborer, plunged out of a second story window of a hotel at 10-12 West Fifth street shortly before 2 o'clock this morning. He landed on his head and shoulder. Many bones were broken. The surgeons say there is little hope for the recovery of Olson. He is 35 years old.
Labels: accident, Fifth street, hotels, laborer
August 2, 1907
JONES REFUSES TO TALK.
"I Won't Answer Any More Questions,"
Elliot H. Jones, the new police commissioner, after a day and a half of public life, has taken to the woods. There he hopes to find dense foliage and a deep shade.
When The Journal attempted to interview Mr. Jones in the second chapter of the police commissioner's catechism Mr. Jones declined to answer the question.
"What motives prompted you to return the revolver and club to Patrolman Arthur?" he was asked.
"I don't want to discuss the Arthur business at all," he said.
"Do you believe that Arthur was threatening the life of Mr. Rozelle when he made an attempt to pull his revolver?" was the second question.
"I have nothing to say."
"Do you think it is 'for the good of the service' to have such men as Arthur on the police force?" was number three.
"I refuse to answer any more questions.
Labels: Commissioner Jones, Commissioner Rozzelle, police, police board, The Journal
August 1, 1907
Results in Most Disorderly
Meeting of Board
LIE IS BANDIED ABOUT
Patrolman Arthur, Chief Folk
Witness, Attempts to Draw
"Gun" on Mr. Rozzelle
HAYES IS REMOVED AS CHIEF
Testifies That Men Were Shifted
on Their Beats on Order of
NEW CHARGE OF GRAFT MADE.
Hayes Declares That Gallagher's Son
Got Business on Strength of His
Father's Position -- A Lie
Governor Folk's attempt to turn the police department into a political machine came very near to resulting in bloodshed yesterday afternoon. Prompt action on the part of ex-Chief Hayes in hustling Patrolman Arthur out of the board room probably averted a tragedy. The lie had passed between ex-Commissioner Rozzelle
and Arthur, when the latter suddenly dropped his club and reached for his "gun."
The board room was filled with men, many Shannon "rabbits" being in the throng.
Chief Hayes, who did not know he had been deposed, grabbed Arthur.
"Leave that man alone!" shouted Commissioner Gallagher. "You are no longer a police officer."
But Hayes, mindful of his duty, hustled Arthur out of the room.
It was a day fraught with numerous incidents, all tending to show that Folk and Shannon are building an air-tight police machine out of a police department thoroughly demoralized by a "reform" governor.
In the first place Folk's new commissioner voted to supplant Hayes with Daniel Ahern without hearing any evidence. To a Journal reporter last night he admitted that Commissioner Gallagher had shown him the resolution deposing Hayes in the hallway a few moments before the board went into session. Mayor Beardsley voted against the resolution.
His Testimony Disproved.
It was shown that Patrolman Arthur, Mr. Gallagher's chief witness, misstated fact after fact on the witness stand, witnesses and official records disproving the assertions on which Gallagher and Folk hoped to prove Hayes unfit for chief.
Chief Hayes testified that the men on the force were juggled by Gallagher for political reasons. Officers who were alert in closing saloons on Sunday were moved to other beats, on Gallagher's order, the chief said. He gave a list of the men Gallagher had ordered changed to other beats. Gallagher did not deny the chief's statements.
In the lobby of Central police station Patrolman Arthur became so abusive of Rozzelle and Hayes -- who were in an upstairs room -- that Lieutenant Hammil had to order him from the room.
Chief Hayes made the charge that graft existed in the police department to the extent that a son of Commissioner Gallagher had written insurance for the keepers of North end saloons and resorts on the strength of being in position to call the police down on them if they refused to give him business.
Said the Chief Lied.
Gallagher denied the assertion and said Hayes lied. Former Detective Bert Brannon leaped into the room and called Gallagher a ----- ----- liar and said he could prove that young Gallagher had done all Hayes charged against him. Brannon was hustled out of the room. No subpoena was issued for him to delve deeper into the charges.
A more disorderly meeting of a Kansas City police board probably was never held. The one man responsible for yesterday's disgraceful scenes is Joseph W. Folk, the reformer. He has spread the seeds of disruption among the Kansas City police in his efforts to further his candidacy for the senate until today the force is one of the most thoroughly disorganized in the country.
POLICE OFFICERS NEARLY
FIGHT IN THE STATION.
The first row at the police board meeting yesterday was precipitated when Lieutenant H. W. Hammil, in command at police headquarters under Captain Weber, ordered Patrolman Arthur out of the station. Arthur, according to several witnesses whose testimony was afterward used, became abusive and said uncomplimentary things of former Commissioner Rozzelle and Chief Hayes. He called Rozzelle and unprintable name, and Hammil, according to his own statement before the board, ordered him to "shut up."
Lieutenant Hammil was called before the board by Mr. Kimbrell and he detailed the row with Arthur at length. "Arthur said Chief Hayes had dogged him around and was responsible for his reduction in rank and that he will holler on some one if hey don't stay off him."
Arthur, according to his custom, interrupted Lieutenant Hammil. He charged that Hammil did most of the talking and taunted him with the mark that Hammil had said: "There's liable to be a hell of a lot of changes around here today."
Officers Contradict Each Other.
"Hammil told me three months ago," continued Arthur, "that someone has been jobbing me. He said he could very easily use me down town and that he was sorry he had to send me to the suburbs. He said he needed men at the theaters and that over in Broadway thieves were kicking in front doors and $1,000 robberies were of nightly occurrence, but that the chief had given strict orders that I be kept on duty at the theater or sent to an unimportant beat.
"Hammil said, 'Arthur, there is no use of your putting your head into the halter. This fellow Rozzelle has lots of friends and they are going to get you.' "
This statement was made under oath, as were all of the other statements made by Arthur during the day. Lieutenant Hammil was also under oath. He denied positively ever having talked over such matters with Arthur and said he had not spoken to Arthur in three months except in the line of duty. Arthur declared that chief Hayes leaves the station at 3 or 4 o'clock and that Hammil then directs him and assigns his duty. Chief Hayes made Arthur take back his word as soon as uttered and Arthur supplemented his statement by saying that sometimes the chief remains on duty until 5:30 o'clock in the evening.
A. C. Durham, an attorney, who at one time represented Arthur when the latter was preparing charges against Chief Hayes, testified that Arthur told him if they didn't show reason for his reduction in the department he would expose the misconduct in office of Chief Hayes. Durham said he was later dismissed and the charges dropped. He did not know why.
Arthur's Story Discredited.
By this time Lieutenant Hammil had found two witnesses to his row with Arthur and they were sworn. They were Sergeant Eubank and Patrolman Lukehart. Neither heard Hammil say "there might be a hell of a lot of changes in the department," as Arthur had charged, but each testified that he heard Arthur abuse Rozzelle and Hayes and heard annd saw Hammil eject him and order him to "keep his mouth shut."
Arthur boldly stated to the board that Lukehart was testifying to a lie. He stated that Lukehart is sore at him over a judgment for $40, which the court ordered Lukehart to pay him. Secretary Vincil quieted Arthur by stating that the money had long since been paid to him by Lukehart but that Arthur had refused to accept it.ARTHUR TRIED TO DRAW"GUN" ON MR. ROZZELLE.
It looked as though a tragedy were about to be enacted in the police board room near the close of the hearing yesterday. Harry A. Arthur had testified against Chief Hayes, but his evidence was discredited by other witnesses and the records. Arthur precipitated a row that threw the meeting into uproar.
Commissioner Rozzelle was on the witness stand at the time. Arthur was disarmed by Chief John Hayes and taken from the board room by patrolmen. It was the second time the services of patrolmen were needed to clear the room during yesterday's session of the police board's investigation of the department.County Prosecutor Kimbrell
, acting as attorney for Chief Hayes, had drawn his net of impeachment tightly about Arthur as the investigation proceeded and lacked by the testimony of one witness to discredit the patrolman's denial that he had ever threatened his chief. This witness was Frank F. Rozelle, the police commissioner removed by Governor Folk by wire on the eve of the recommissioning of John Hayes as chief of police.
In combating the charges brought by Arthur against Hayes, Mr. Kimbrell, in cross examination, secured Arthur's statement that he had never in his life mentioned the name of Chief Hayes to Commissioner Rozzelle and that he had never called the commissioner "crooked." Contrary to the expectations of Patrolman Arthur and Mr. Gallagher, the former commissioner promptly took the witness stand when called by Mr. Kimbrell. Mayor Beardsley explained that Mr. Rozzelle need not give his testimony until the notes of the day's investigation had been transcribed that he might know just what had been said about him by witnesses.
"But I am willing to answer any questions," said Mr. Rozzelle, and Kimbrell's examination proceeded. Harry Arthur was an attentive auditor while the former commissioner was on the stand. He had previously broken into the testimony of other witnesses and his actions throughout the afternoon had been countenanced by Chairman Beardsley who knew the other two commissioners were eager to hear all Arthur had to say.
"Mr. Arthur has testified that he never discussed Chief Hayes with you repeatedly here today," Mr. Kimbrell said to Mr. Rozzelle. "Will you tell the board of any conversation you may have had with Arthur about the chief?"
"Arthur came to me to see about getting a promotion to his former rank," replied Mr. Rozzelle. "He told me if I did not vote for his promotion he would go to Commissioner Gallagher
with charges against Chief Hayes. He said the chief had been responsible for his reduction in rank, and that he would get even through Mr. Gallagher unless I voted for his reinstatement."
"I never made such a statement in my life," cried Arthur. "You told me you had heard it, and that you did not believe a word of it."
"Be careful," admonished Mr. Rozzelle, never rising from his seat. "That statement is a falsehood."
Immediately the room was in an uproar. Harry Arthur reached for his club and arose. He was nervous. His eyes protruded and his hands shook. He dropped the club to the floor. Then he reached for his pistol pocket.
Chief of Police Hayes was the first man to realize his duty. He was sitting by his attorney at the other end of the long table. His eye had been quicker than the hand of the angry patrolman. In an instant he had pinioned the arms of the belligerent patrolman and was searching for the pistol. A dozen men started to assist him.
Police Commissioner Gallagher arose and demanded that Chief Hayes release Arthur. His command could be heard throughout the board room.
"That man is not an officer. Take him off!" yelled Gallagher. "Let Arthur alone. You are only a citizen. We have a new chief of police downstairs. Call him to keep order -- if such a course is necessary."
Chief Hayes had disarmed Arthur, who fought his captors and shouted to Commissioner Gallagher: "Well, what do you think of that. I'm not trying to shoot anybody, Mr. Gallagher."
Didn't Know He Was Deposed.
The chief's work was done and he allowed patrolmen, who appeared to be in good standing with the board, t remove Arthur from the room. Then he turned inquiringly toward the commissioners. He had heard for the first time that he had been succeeded in office. The very first action of the board had been to appoint his successor, but the matter was done in an undertone and the chief had not been informed. Even his attorney, Mr. Kimbrell, was dumbfounded. He asked the meaning of Gallagher's statement.
Chairman Beardsley called Chief Hayes to the table, and, for the first time, the head of the Kansas City police department was told that he is no longer a police officer.
"I will have to ask for your emblem of authority," said Mr. Beardsley.
Chief Hayes unpinned the gold badge from his left breast and handed it to the mayor.
"Your successor was named by resolution introduced by Mr. Gallagher, Commissioner Jones concurring," said the mayor. "I guess it is customary to ask for the badge. I really don't know."
Since Chief Hayes has been without a commission since May 4 no action of the board was necessary to remove him from office. When the board met yesterday afternoon Chief Hayes did not last five minutes. But a half a dozen sentences were spoken. Elliot H. Jones
, the new commissioner, entered the room and Chairman Beardsley pointed out his seat to him.
"I have two resolutions to introduce," said Commissioner Gallagher. The room was still noisy. Persons who were to appear as witnesses before the board were entering the room and searching for seats. The first resolution, naming Inspector Daniel Ahearn as temporary chief of police and Lieutenant Charles Ryan as inspector of detectives, was passed by him to Mr. Beardsley. The mayor read the resolution and passed to silently to Commissioner Jones, who gave it to the secretary of the board without any notice whatever.
"Do you think he is the proper man for the place?" asked the mayor of Mr. Gallagher.
"He is the ranking officer," volunteered Commissioner Jones, who had not looked at the resolution but apparently was familiar with its contents.
"I move its adoption," said Mr. Gallagher.
"I vote aye," echoed Commissioner Jones.
Mayor Beardsley was silent. He appeared in a deep study. When he was sufficiently recovered to speak, he said: "I am going to vote against the resolution. I will make a minute of my vote and hand it to the secretary. I want it to get in the record."
None of this transaction could be heard a dozen feet from the members of the board and Chief Hayes and his attorney, Mr. Kimbrell, whose seats were at one end of the table, remained ignorant of the resolution until after the meeting and the fight which called for the chief's star.
As Commissioner Gallagher protested against the action of Chief Hayes in disarming Patrolman Arthur, Mayor Beardsley jumped to his feet. "The police board is in control of the room," he said. "Chief Hayes, disarm that man." The mayor did not see the necessity of sending down stairs for the new chief of police to disarm a man who was apparently in the act of attempting to do violence to the witness.
The lie had been passed earlier in the session between Commissioner Gallagher and Chief Hayes and patrolmen had been called to clear the room. Gallagher had taunted Chief Hayes by producing in evidence a letter from Chief Hayes to Sergeant Caskey about changing the beat of a patrolman. The chief had stated on the stand that if he had written the letter he did not recall the language. Gallagher insinuated that the chief was lying several times and finally, referring to various passages in the Arthur testimony, said: "You see how easy it is to impeach the testimony of a witness. I had made you out a liar already. Be careful of the statements you make before this board hereafter."
"If I wrote the letter I did it to shield you," rejoined Hayes, "for you had caused the patrolman to be sent back to his former beat after I removed him because he had been gambling."
Chief Hayes was angry as he stepped forward to the table and faced the board. "I'm tired of exposing the things forced upon my by Mr. Gallagher and then having my word doubted when I probably wrote a letter saying the changing of Patrolman Thomas Park's beat was a mistake merely to shield the commissioner.
New Charges of Graft.
"I wish now to make a further statement. It is an apology to Mayor Beardsley for a statement I recently made. I know the mayor nor Mr. Rozzelle ever thought I was referring to either of them, but I wish now to tell the whole truth of my statement.
"I stated early in this investigation that if there is any graft in the department it is higher up than me. That statement was directed at Commissioner Gallagher. I am in a position to prove that he is guilty, too. Mr. Gallagher's son is using his father's name and office to secure business for his father's firm. He goes about amongst the disorderly houses, saloons and resorts in the North end soliciting fire insurance policies. He tells proprietors that his father is a police commissioner and that they must "come through" with their insurance business or trouble will result in their licenses."
"Any man who makes that statement is a liar," shouted Commissioner Gallagher.
"I have the proofs here," suggested Chief Hayes.
"You are a liar ---" began Gallagher.
At this point in the heated proceedings Bert Brannon, a former detective, burst through the crowd and came inside the railing. Shaking his fist at Commissioner Gallagher, he shouted angrily: "I made that statement to Chief Hayes of the graft you and your sons have built up out of your office. I know it's true. The man who denies it is a --- damned liar."
Mayor Beardsley, always the peacemaker and protector of lives and the pursuit of liberties in the board room, sprung to his feet and summoned patrolmen to remove Brannon.
As Brannon made his charge a man near the entrance chimed in: "I am a saloon man and Gallagher's son held me up for insurance the same way." He said he did not know Brannon and asked a neighbor his identity.
Labels: Commissioner Jones, Commissioner Rozzelle, corruption, Governor Folk, guns, Lieutenant H. W. Hammil, Mayor Beardsley, police board, Police Chief Hayes, Prosecutor Kimbrell
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