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February 29, 1908
WILL WALLACE STOP
THIS JEWISH PLAY?
SAYS HE HAS NOT GIVEN PER-
MISSION FOR IT.
But the Congregation Tefares Israel
Declares He Has Signified His
Willingness to Let Sunday
Although the Jews of the Tefares Israel congregation, who are to present "De Boba Yochne," a dramatic opera in the Shubert theater Sunday evening, March 8, claim that they have a permit from Judge W. H. Wallace guaranteeing that they shall not be arrested or indicted. Judge Wallace says he has made no decision in the matter.
"First time I ever heard of Tefares Israel," the judge replied to a questioner. "Didn't know they were going to give a show in the Shubert theater on Sunday. I cannot say what I shall do, because I never cross bridges until I come to them."
When word of the judge's indecision was brought to a dozen Jews who were in M. Herowitz's meat market at 509 Independence avenue yesterday evening, there was a great shaking of heads. The men, all well along in years and heavily bearded, had been busy studying the lines they will have to speak in the play for it is to be a home talent performance. A man who was reading from a grayish book, grew silent and Herowitz, who was standing behind his chopping block humming the lines of a song he is to sing, snapped his jaws together. Not a word was spoken for two minutes. Then Herowitz filled and lighted his pipe and stepped from behind his counter. He took the pipe from his lips and spoke slowly through his beard:
"You bring us news. I do not understand. The judge has given us a permit, but we cannot be sure what he may yet do."
TO FURNISH A SYNAGOGUE.
"Yes, we will charge for tickets, but we will use the money to furnish a house of worship for our congregation. We are not rich people and we do not desire to beg. Why should we not give our time and our voices for this drama? We hurt no one, and we furnish our synagogue."
Everyone paid respectful silence for a full minute after Herowitz quit speaking, for he is assistant director of the proposed performance and his daughter is to be leading lady. At last another black-bearded man spoke:
"It is the last few weeks that we bought the church at Tracy and Seventh. It is small but a nice house. We want money to furnish it for a synagogue. We cannot give the opera on Saturday, for that is our Sabbath, and we take Sunday because many of us cannot open our shops on that day because of the court."
"DON'T PREJUDICE THE COURT"
As the reporter took his leave, five or six of the bearded men followed to the door.
"I beg of you, kindly," two or three of them said, "not to write anything to make the court go back on his word. We want the money for our synagogue."
The play, "De Boba Yochna," which the Tefares Israel Jews are rehearsing, and for which their wives and daughters are making many brightly colored gowns and robes, is a five-act drama. For fear, though, that those who attend may not receive their money's worth, half a dozen songs are to be sung by the sweetest voices of the congregation during the intermissions between the five acts.
Every word spoken will be in Hebrew. Even the judge, who closed sacred concerts in the Willis Wood theater and shut up A. Judah's playhouse on Sundays, should wish to indict the congregation of Tefares Israel, he would have to send interpreters with his deputy marshals in order to secure any evidence that a play, and not a son and prayer service, is in progress.
Labels: churches, grocers, Independence avenue, Jews, Judge Wallace, Seventh street, theater, Tracy avenue
February 29, 1908
WHY REED WOULDN'T RUN.
No Financial Reward in Politics,
Does politics pay? If there be someone who has the delusion that it does, let him read this little story about James A. Reed:
When a committee waited upon Mr. Reed and asked him to accept the Democratic nomination for mayor, Mr. Reed made a little speech to that committee which set all of them to thinking. He told the story as one friend would tell a confidence to another.
"When I came to Kansas City," said Mr. Reed, "I had been practicing law for eighteen months. My first months in the law business were lucky months. I made money. With fortune smiling upon me, I succeeded in accumulating $7,000. Then I got overambitious and decided to come to a big town. I came to Kansas City.
"For eight years I struggled in the legal whirlpool in Kansas City. I made only a bare living. I got interested in politics and as you all know, finally got the appointment of county counselor. I saved a little. I was elected prosecuting attorney at a good salary, but I was getting mired in politics by this time and saved no money.
"I served four years as mayor. My salary was $3,600 per year. The ofice cost me $4,000 a year, easily. I left it poorer than when I went in. Still ambitious, I sought the gubernitorial nomination. My campaign cost me money. I made the fight and lost. I quit the contest not only without money, but with debts as well.
"I shook off political ambitions. I plunged into the practice of law on a serious basis. I have been making money and have paid my debts. I now have several retainers, which, if I should accept the nomination for mayor, would have to be returned to my clients.
"I would refuse the nomination for mayor simply because I cannot afford to accept it. No lawyer can perform the duties of mayor honestly and still practice law. He must devote his whole time to the mayor's office. Therefore, the salary to a man who has a good law practice is inadequate. I can't take the nomination because I can't afford to be elected. I am too badly in need of money."
Labels: James A. Reed, politics
February 29, 1908
REPUDIATED HER IN DEATH.
Man Claiming to Be Husband of Sui-
cide Shows Indifference.
Mrs. Maude Bearden was taken to the emergency hospital last night suffering from the effects of carbolic acid, which she took with suicidal intent She died within twenty minutes.
Soon after a man called at the hospital and said that he was the woman's husband.
"Where was her home?"
"Her parents live at Osceola, Mo.," said the man.
"Where did she live here?"
"I don't know and I don't care."
"Do you want to take charge of the body?"
"I do not."
And the man who said he was the husband left the station. It was learned that Mrs. Bearden had been living at 510 Central street. She was seen standing at Fifth and Central streets at 8 o'clock last night by G. E. Ritchey, a saloon man. He saw her raise a bottle to her lips. He ran toward her, but it was too late. She had swallowed about three ounces of carbolic acid. Mrs. Bearden was 28 years old.
Labels: Central street, emergency hospital, Fifth street, saloon, Suicide
February 29, 1908
WHEN PENSION STOPPED.
Mrs. Bevelle Went Out to Look for
Husband Who Had Divorced Her.
In his suit for divorce Benjamin T. Bevelle, an old soldier, alleged that at Topeka, Kas. his wife drove him from home with a stout club and added that she was "glad to get rid of him." Mr. Bevelle fled to Independence, where he obtained a divorce by publication. Mrs. Bevelle was unaware that the matrimonial ties had been severed until she received notice from Washington, D. C., to the effect that Mr. Bevelle's pension money would all go to Mr. Bevelle thereafter. Mrs. Bevelle previously had been getting a share of the money.
Mrs. Bevelle brought an action in the circuit court at Independence to have Bevelle's divorce decree set aside. Yesterday the court held up Mr. Bevelle's end of the case.
Labels: circuit court, Divorce, Independence, Topeka, veterans
February 29, 1908
PAINTER IS KILLED BY A FALL.
Judson Walsh Strikes Floor, Fractur-
ing His Skull.
While doing some interior decorating in a home at 803 Osage avenue, Armourdale, at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, Judson Walsh, a painter, fell from his stepladder, striking his head violently on the floor. Other laborers in the building heard the noise and ran to the spot to find Walsh unconscious gasping in the throes of death. The police ambulance was called. Police surgeon D. E. Smith was quick in arriving, but found the man already dead. He was taken to the Butler undertaking rooms. Death was foud to have resulted from skull fracture.
Walsh is survived by a wife and baby. He was 52 years old and lived at 326 South Boeke street, Kansas City, Kas.
Labels: Armourdale, death, Kansas City Kas, undertakers
February 29, 1908
BASEBALL IN FEBRUARY.
First Game of Season Played in Kan-
sas City, Kas.
To Kansas City, Kas., belongs the credit for the first baseball game of the season. It was yesterday afternoon and the opposing teams were the Chelsea schol and the second team of the Kansas City university. Seven innings were played, the university team winning by a score of 13 to 11. A member of the Chelsea team reported the contest. He said: "They run in three men on us, understand, I mean men, not boys. Three men. The umpire was a little shady on a few of his decisions, too, and he ought to get his lamp wicks trimmed. Put this dope in the paper, now, for I want to send a copy over to the captain of that team of yokels. If they hadn't run in those ringers on us we would have eaten 'em up."
Labels: Kansas City Kas, sports
February 29, 1908
MASONS TO BUILD TEMPLE.
York Rite Bodies Have Practically
Raised the Money.
The project to build a $125,000 temple for the York Rite Masons at Ninth and Harrison streets, it is now believed, will be carried out within a year. W. F. Stine, one of those especially interested in the enterprise, said yesterday that building plans are to be taken up by early this spring. The lot is paid for and stock is being subscribed by fifteen or more local Masonic bodies, the two commanderies, the council, the two chapters, a number of the blue lodges, and the three Eastern Star organizations.
The Kansas City Masonic Building Company, the corporation which will erect the building, is composed of one representative of each of these bodies. The undertaking had its start about a year ago. The most that can be said of the plans at present is that there will be four spacious halls or lodge rooms for the various organizations' use, and a grand assembly room or auditorium, adequate for convention use, for balls, banquets and drill hall purposes, and there will be a kitchen and many cloakrooms and ante-rooms. Whether all stone or fancy brick construction will be used has not been decided.
The York Rite Masons feel that their selection of a location at the southeast corner of Ninth and Harrison streets is particularly fortunate in that it is quite removed from noise, though not far out that it is very close to five car lines, without being on any one of them, and it has for neighbors on two opposite corners the Calvary Baptist church and the Central Presbyterian church.
Labels: churches, Harrison street, lodges, Ninth street, organizations
February 28, 1908
JUDGE WALLACE'S BIRTHDAY.
For Further Particulars Ask Anybody
at the City Hall.
A brand new "sell" has been going the rounds of the city hall and police headquarters and if there is a man down there who has not been caught his name has been supressed. It has to do with a new holiday and for that reason those hard woring city employes took the bait quickly. Here is the way Captain Snow worked the new gag on Police Judge Harry G. Kyle yesterday.
"I see we will have no court Saturday," suggested the captian.
"Is that so?" inquired his judgeship, trying to think what for.
"Yes," was the reply. "It's a new holiday."
"You don't say?" said the court, as he went clear under with the bait. "What's the occasion?"
"Judge Wallace's birthday," answered the captian gravely.
Just a dozen persons were present when the judge bit and just a dozen "good" cigars were purchased by his honor. Cigar dealers near the hall have profited on account of the "new holiday."
Labels: birthdays, cigars, city hall, Judge Kyle, Judge Wallace, police headquarters
February 28, 1908
THREE YEARS FOR FOREST.
He Admitted That He Stole Gas Stove
Albert Forest, who stole a gas stove last Wednesday and was arrested in front of the Kansas City Missouri Gas Comany's office while he had the stove on his back, entered a plea of guilty to a burglary charge yesterday afternoon, and was sentenced to serve three years in the penitentiary. The stove was worth $3, but Forest brokeinto the Western Auction and Mercantile Company's store to get it. He also stole the padlock from the door.
Labels: crime, penitentiary, Utilities
February 28, 1908
THIEF HAD VARIED TASTE.
Whisky Alarm Clock and Pair of
Scissors His Booty.
Stultz Bros., wholesale liquor dealers at 618 Southwest boulevard, reported to the police yesterday that a thief had broken into their store Wednesday night and had stolen six quarts of rock and rye, three gallons of straight whisky, an alarm clock and a pair of scissors.
The variety of this booty sorely perplexed the police. It was the oddest combination ever recorded in the grand larceny department of Central station. After a closed session of the board of logical deduction, the local Sherlocks submitted the following theory as their best:
The thief probably had a bad cold, so he stole the rock and rye to cure the cold. Naturally, after effecting the cure of a bad cold, the thief wanted to celebrate properly, so he stole the three gallons of straight whisky.
This much of the strange mystery being deduced along safe and sane lines, the rest comes easy. He took the alarm clock in order to wake up the jag, and the theft of the scissors probably was for the sole purpose of "cutting it all out."
Labels: alcohol, Central station, crime, Southwest boulevard
February 28, 1908
DARING COURTHOUSE ROBBERY.
Elevator Boy's Pocket Picked While
Going Up and Down.
James P. Cox, elevator boy at the courthouse, yesterday won the distinction of being the first elevator operator in Kansas City to suffer at the hands of a pickpocket. Cox's purse was taken from his hip pocket during the 9 o'clock rush. In it were two pawn tickets, a dime, several receipts and a meal ticket with three meals unpunched.
This is the most daring robbery about the courthouse since the theft of a spaniel pup from the basement of the county jail last August. The pup belonged to Sheriff Charles Baldwin and was being cared for by its mother, who was owned by County Marshal Al Heslip. The thief was never captured.
Labels: animals, County Marshal Heslip, courthouse, crime, elevators
February 27, 1908
WOMAN COMMITS SUICIDE.
Mrs. Hickey Dies at Emer-
Mrs. Margaret Hickey, 41 years old, took carbolic acid with suicidal intent at 517 May street last night and died fifteen minutes later after she had been taken to the emergency hospital. She was the wife of W. D. Hickey, a bartender, who has been employed in Oklahoma. Hickey visited here a month ago. Mrs. Hickey had been living at the May street address for a year.
Labels: emergency hospital, May street, oklahoma, Suicide
February 27, 1908
CHILDREN ARE ONLY SAVAGES.
And It's in the Blood of Grown-Ups,
Too, Says Brainerd.
"Children are only little savages, and should be treated as such," said Frank G. Brainerd, district superintendent of the Society for the Friendless, in an address at the Linwood Boulevard Presbyterian church last night. "It is not until they have received an education and have absorbed a part of the civilizing ideas of the time that they may be considered as men."
"Because they are savages, most children, if left to themselves, will steal and fight and do other uncivilized things, for which they cannot be blamed, for it is in their nature. And the savage instinct with which we are all born can never be quite outlived."
Labels: churches, Linwood boulevard, organizations
February 27, 1908
CITY MILK INSPECTION.
It Has Forced the Dairies to Raise
Standard of Product Sold.
In discussing the work done by the department of food inspection of the board of health W. P. Cutler, the general inspector, yesterday said:
"In the last month we have secured over 500 sample of milk, every one of which prove to be up to standard in every respect as required by the city ordinances, in consequence it has been unnecessary for us to make any arrests. Kansas City is getting better milk, according to the ordinances, than ever before in its history. Milkmen who sell milk below the standard are invariably arrested. We get milk both from grocers and dairymen alike."
Labels: board of health, Dr. W. P. Cutler, food
February 27, 1908
HE USED A NOTARY'S SEAL.
As Well as Several Stars to Arrest a
Armed with a deputy marshal's star, a Missouri Pacific special policeman's badge and a notary public seal, George Miller tried to arrest a man in a saloon at Fifteenth street and Grand avenue last night. Miller walked up to the man and, showing his different badges, told him he was under arrest. Naturally the man arrested wanted to know why, and a series of questioning took place during the course of which Miller told his prisoner that he was charged with having done a "stick-up" two nights before.
Miller insisted that the man go to No. 4 police station with him and there be locked up for further investigation. When they arrived there the prisoner told his story to Lieutenant Hammill, who immediately ordered the man with the badges locked up for safe keeping and teleponed to Marshal Sam McGee at the jail to ascertain whether or not Miller was what he represented. McGee told the officer that no man whose name was George Miller had ever been commissioned by the county, but as for the special policeman's star and the notary's seal, the marshal could not say. The man whom Miller arrested was released.
Miller, who lives at 113 West Fourteenth street, was sent to police headquarters, charged with drinking and impersonating an officer.
Labels: Fourteenth street, Grand avenue, Lieutenant H. W. Hammil, No 4 police station, police headquarters, saloon
February 26, 1908
THEIR NOISE RUINED
HIS GENTLE HORSE.
SCARED HIS WIFE, HURT HIS
BABY, INJURED HIM.
So Farmer Harnish Sues Members of
the Motorcycle Club for Dam-
ages Done Him Last
The Kansas City Motorcycle Club members, nineteen strong, have avoided the road to Greenwood, this county, since November 3. That day eighteen of them were waylaid by a mob of twenty-five farmers armed with stones. Only one escaped. And County Judge George J. Dodd was chief spokesman for the beseiging party.
It all came out yesterday when suit was filed in Justice Young's court by Angie Harnish against the club members for $800 damages.
Harnish, according to the papers filed, was driving in a top buggy with his wife and 2-year-old child to Greenwood, when just at the outskirts of the town the "the defendants in a body known as the Kansas City Motorcycle Club, mounted on motorcycles," bore down on his rear "at high speed," carelessly and negligently running upon and by him, the loud and explosive exhaust noises, frightening until he became unmanagable, the horse, which was "not acquainted with motorcycles."
Harnish attempted to alight to seize the horse's bits, and the lunging of the animal threw him into the rock road. The woman, busy with the lines, dropped the baby between her feet and frantically begged the cyclists to stop for the sake of hersef and the baby. Instead of this it is alleged the cyclists only laughed, and trying to outrun the maddened horses, allowing the whirr of the explosive sounds to continue until the horse and buggy smashed into a fence. The baby and Harnish were seriously bruised, the horse, formerly gentle, was ruined, its owner says, and the harness and buggy broken.
A few hours later, when the cycle club members came back that way, they were helf up with a threat of stoning Only one cyclist had the fear or the nerve to run the gauntlet. The others stopped and took their medicine in the form of threats as to what would happen if they ever came back -- and they haven't been back.
The cyclists say that udge Dodd, though an officer of the law, declared to them that he would take the law into his own hands if they did return. Nineteen of them are named, and the amount asked is $800, half of it for actual damages and half for exemplary damages. The case was set for March 3.
Those named as defendants are: R. D. Martin, president of the club; L. J. Vogel, F. J. Hahn, C. Hanson, J. B. Porter, Ned D. Bahr, O. V. Newby, J. N. Glass, Lloyd C. Shielaberger, Fred Berry, Oscar J. Plummer and Dan Patterson.
Bucknew and Houston are attorneys for the plaintiff, and they furnished the court constable with all the addresses of the defendants.
"I know the eighteen of us should have licked those two dozen farmers if the fight had really got started," said R. D. Martin, president of the club, last night, "but we are always considerate of people we meet, and we told them so then, instead of being ugly."
Labels: animals, buggy, Judges, Lawsuit, motorcycles, organizations
February 26, 1908
ADMITS HE KISSED THE WIDOW.
Any Other Married Man Would
Have Done the Same, Says Murphy.
"Everyone knows that I, or any other married man, would kiss a grass widow if he had a chance, and I do not deny that I did. In fact, I do not deny anything that my wife might say in her petition for divorce, nor do I care to confirm it," said Albert Murphy, owner of the Monarch hotel, at Twelfth and Charlotte streets, yesterday, as he leaned over the desk in his hotel. His wife filed suit for divorce, charging that he kissed a grass widow at the hotel.
"When I became of age people knew from then on that I would kiss a grass widow. What married man wouldn't? I defy any man in the city to name one that would not. My wife has sued me for divorce, and I would not walk to the door to prevent it. I do not care whether she gets a divorce or not. I never even called up an attorney about the matter.
"I do not care what she charges against me. I will not say anything more about the affair. My friends knew all about this affair long ago, and I do not care what other people hear about it. But I do want to say that I will never deny kissing grass widows."
Labels: Charlotte street, Divorce, hotels, romance, Twelfth street
February 26, 1908
SOCIALISTS TO NAME TICKET.
City Convention Is Called for Next
The Socialists of Kansas City will hold a convention at their headquarters, 1400 Grand avenue, next Friday night and nominate a full ticket for the city election with the exception of ward aldermen.
Ex-Mayor John C. Chase of Haverhil, Mass., will lecture on socialism at the Academy of Music, 1223 McGee street, tonight at 8 o'clock. He is the only Socialist mayor ever elected in an American city and he will talk on municipal affairs from his own experience as mayor. During the past four weeks the Socialists of Kansas City have distributed 400,000 Socialist papers in the city in an effort to add strength to their ticket in the city election.
Labels: Grand avenue, McGee street, politics, Socialists, visitors
February 26, 1908
BOWDEN SOLVES A "MYSTERY".
He Finds That Mrs. Lawrence Robbed
Herself of Jewelry.
Chief of Police D. E. Bowden of Kansas City, Kas., yesterday solved the mystery surrounding the "bold robbery" of Mrs. Charles Lawrence, 837 St. Paul street, Friday afternoon. According to the report made by Mr. Lawrence, a lone robber entered her home during the afternoon and, at the point of a revolver, compelled her to submit to having her hands tied behind her while he ransacked the house for valuables. The "bold, bad robber," so Mrs. Lawrence told the police, secured the following articles:
Two gold watches, one chipped diamond ring, one emerald ring, one gold ring, one gold bracelet, a gold filled watch and a gold locket and charm.
In looking up the case yesterday, Chief Bowden called upon the husband of Mrs. Lawrence, who informed him that he found the "stolen" jewelry hidden away in his wife's room, and that he had exported the "victim" of the robbery to the home of her relatives in Western Kansas. Mr. Lawrence requested the chief to make no further efforts to apprehend the robber
Labels: Kansas City Kas, mental health, Police Chief Bowden
February 26, 1908
DRIVEN BACK TO KANSAS.
East Atchisonians Won't Let Negroes
Live in Missouri.
ATCHISON, Feb. 25. -- (Special.) Some time ago, when the saloons of Atchison were closed, a number of the proprietors moved to East Atchison, Mo., and continued the business. Wholesalers as well as retailers went across the river, taking colored help with them. The negroes drove wagons an cleaned up their places.
Yesterday a lot of Missourians got after the negroes and drove them back to Kansas They were ordered not to return. They had given no offense, but certin residents of the Missouri suburb objected to any negroes making their home there.
February 25, 1908
POLICE MELODRAMA IN WHICH
CASEY IS COMEDIAN.
TWO CONFIDENCE MEN ESCAPE.
THROUGH CONSTABLE'S MED-
DLING, AFTER ONE IS SHOT.
Two confidence men, who had fleeced J. W. Burrows, and Oklahoma ranchman, out of $1,000, were captured last night after an exciting chase, in which several shots were fired, and then, after being in the safe custody of two officers, made their escape at Eighth and Delaware streets through the alleged interference of Roy Casey, a constable of Justice Remley's court.
Both confidence men were arrested by Detective Lyngar, who captured the smaller of the swindlers as he was emerging from a Leavenworth car at the Junction. The larger of the confidence men jumped through the car window and fled down Delaware street. Lyngar, dragging the smaller prisoner with him, gave chase and finally fired at the escaping prisoner. The bullet entered the right arm and the man fell exhausted near the rear of the American Bank building.
Lyngar, determined to catch his man, turned the uninjured prisoner over to Patrolman Regan, and then grabbed the second man. The officers and prisoners then started for the call box at Eighth and Delaware streets and it is here, witnessees say, that Casey interfered.
STOPS THE POLICEMAN.
Casey, in company with David S. Russell and C. E. Reckert of the city engineer's office, pushed through the crowd that had gathered and stopped Lyngar. Casey's explanation is that he did not know Lyngar was an officer and thought that he was going to shoot Patrolman Regan, who was marching in front with the injured prisoner. O. P. Rush of 3015 Olive street and L. R. Ronwell of 1902 East Thirty-first street witnessed the affair and told the police that they heard Lyngar tell Casey that he was an officer.
At any rate an arguent ensued. Patrolman Regan, who was holding his prisoner by the collar of his overcoat, turned around to ascertain what the trouble was. In an instant the inured prisoner slipped out of his overcoat and dived into the crowd. Regan pursued him, firing three shots at the criminal as he ran west on Eighth street. None of the bullets seem to have taken effect.
These shots created fresh excitement and Lyngar, furious with Casey's interruption, loosened his hold on the other man. In an instant the prisoner had jerked away from the officer and was lost in the crowd.
RAPPED CASEY'S HEAD.
The only satisfaction Regan and Lyngar got was in arresting Casey. Regan rapped him twice over the head and Lynar took the constable to the Central station, where he was released on $26 bail. Casey had been attending the Republican convention.
The inured thief not alone lost his overcoat, but in plunging through the crowd lost his hat and undercoat as well. He was traced as far as Second and Wyandotte streets, where he purchased a new hat and coat. Then he ran toward the Kansas City Southern yards.
STOLE $1,000 FROM BURROWS.
Upon the complaint of J. W. Burrows, Oklahoma ranchman, that he had been swindled out of $1,000 by the two confidence men, Detectives Lyngar and Lewis were assigned to the case. Lewis was called away, so Lyngar accompanied by Burrows, made the investigation alone. At the Junction, Burrows espied the two men inside a Leavenworth car at about 9 o'clock. Lyngar went after them. The larger of the men, finding the front entrance of the car shut off, jumped through a window. The smaller attempted to brush by Lyngar, but the detective grabbed him It was following this that the chase began, which ended in Casey's intererence and the escape of the men.
The coat lost by the injured prisoner contained a book which indicates that he lives in the vicinity of the Union stock yards in Chicago.
About 1 o'clock this morning police officers found the coat of the smaller of the two confidence men, from which he also slipped when he escaped from the officer's grasp. It was in Brannon's saloon, on Delaware street, near Eighth.
When the smaller "con" man squirmed out of the garment it fell in the crowd, which parted to allow him to pass. It is not known who took it to the saloon. It is the theory of the police that the $1,000 stolen from the ranchman was in the pocket of the little man's coat when he was captured. It wasn't there when the coat was found.
Labels: Central station, Chicago, clothing, con artist, Delaware street, detectives, Eighth street, Leavenworth, oklahoma, Olive street, railroad, saloon, Second street, the Junction, Thirty-first street, Wyandotte street
February 25, 1908
DEATH DEEPENS MYSTERY.
P. A. M'Millan, Blind, Was Shot in
P. A. McMillan, a blind man, who was found in the stairway of a rooming house at 601 Delaware street the night of January 16, suffering from two bullet wounds, died last Sunday night at the general hospital. McMillan was shot through the neck and chest. An autopsy yesterday morning deeloped that it was the neck wound that caused the man's death.
Although McMillan was shot more than a month ago, the police have been unable to uncover the mystery of the strange tragedy. Stella Arwood, keeper of the rooming house, was arrested the day following the shooting, and a charge of felonious assault was made against her. She is now out on $1,200 bail.
There were no witnesses to the shooting, as far as the police know, and the officers admit taht definite evidence against the woman is lacking McMillan was able to tell the police that someone whom he did not know led him into the stairway.
Labels: Delaware street, general hospital, rooming house, visual impairment, women
February 25, 1908
DID HE KISS A GRASS WIDOW?
Mrs. Murphy Says He Did, and She
Is Asking for a Divorce.
On the charge that her husband, Albert E Murphy of the Monarch hotel, had kissed a grass widow at the hotel, Mrs. Murphy sued yesterday for a divorce. Albert Murphy owns the Monarch hotel, at Twelfth and Charlotte streets, and the wife secured a temporary order from Judge Seehorn of the circuit court which forbids Murphy's disposing of the property until the divorce suit is settled and her application for alimony is heard.
Mr. Murphy was not in his hotel when a reporter called. The clerk howeevr, said:
"I do not believe that Mr. Murphy kissed a grass widow in the hotel. I never saw any widows here and I've been a clerk here for over a year."
Both of the night bellboys gave it as their opinion that Mr. Murphy had never kissed a grass widow in the hotel.
"I guess I would have known it if he had," admits one of the boys, whose name is Ephriam. "There's mightly little kissing going on around here, and I keeps an eye on that little."
Mr. Murphy's attorney, who was in room 124, stated that Mr. Murphy had never kissed a grass widow in the hotel.
Labels: Charlotte street, circuit court, Divorce, hotels, Judge Seehorn, Twelfth street
February 24, 1908
FOR JOHN FAYHEY
BELIEVING HIS BODY IS PROB-
ABLY HIDDEN THERE.
THE QUEST IS FRUITLESS
PARTY WALKS MILE THROUGH
A MAIN SEWER.
Wife of Missing Man Believes His Is
Still Alive -- She Thinks He
Has Been Injured and
Every manhole, every telephone cable conduit, every underground passageway, even the Walnut street sewer; every possible hiding place into which a body could be stowed, in the neighborhood of Twelfth and Main streets, was gone through yesterday by friends of John Fayhey, who disappeared from the knowledge of his fellow men three weeks ago. No trace of the body was found by the searchers. The search underground was as futile as the body hunt of previous Sundys through the outskirts of the city and in the trenches made by men in the water works department. Fayhey was last seen at 1 o'clock on the morning of February 1, with a party of drunken men, at the corner of Twelfth and Main streets. He was a foreman in the city water works department.
Jerry Ryan, engineer at the Anheuser-Busch Brewing Company's plant at Twentieth and Walnut streets, was in charge of yesterday's explorations. Jerry is a brother of Police Sergeant Al Ryan and of Mrs. Fayhey. Others in the party were Patrick O'Conner and Tom Bryan, city firemen, and City Detectives Raftery and Halvey. Jerry Ryan, geared in hip rubber boots, entered every opening on Eleventh, Twelfth, Thirteenth, Main and Walnut streets in the neighborhood of the spot where Fayhey was last seen. No trace of the body was found.
Then Ryan and O'Conner entered the Walnut street sewer at Thirteenth street and explored it south to where it empties into O. K. creek at Twenty-Second street. Ryan, who led the way, was provided with a safety lamp.
This lamp was carried to guard against sewer gas. It is a device imported from the coal mining district, and is valuable in that whenever it is carried into a cloud of sewer gas it is extinguished. O'Conner, who followed with a lantern, was enabled to tell, by watching Ryan and the safety light, where there was sewer gas ahead and to avoid walking into it with his lantern. Only one body of gas was met, but if the lantern had been carried into this an explosion would have resulted which probably would have killed both men. The detectivs and firemen walked along Walnut street and opened the manhole covers ahead of the two men who were walking in the sewer.
No trace of Fayhey's body or any other body was found in the sewer. Jerry Ryan said, when he came out:
"No body could lodge in that sewer. The water, although in no place over knee deep, runs with a very swift current, and would carry any body out into O K. creek. It was not necessary to explore the entire length of the sewer but I did that to make certain that Fayhey's body was not there."
When John Fayhey's wife was told last night at her home ot 1605 Olive street that the search through the sewer and the conduits had been fruitless, she only reiterated her former belief that her husband was still alive.
"I know his is not dead" she said. "I firmly believe that he has been hurt and will come home when he is able."
Police Seargeant Al Ryan, Mrs. Fayhey's brother, holds a different theory. He says:
"There is no doubt that Fayhey was killed, and that his body is concealed somewhere. We have searched Kansas City from center to circuference, above ground and under, but without result. We have telegraphed a description of Fayhey to every town down the river as far as St. Louis. I think that the men who made way with Fayhey were drunk and did not mean to kill him. I know, however, that they had an automobile with them and when they saw what they had done, they put the body into the car and took it away. Probably they threw it in the Missouri river.
"I know that Fayhey had no money to speak of on his person the night he disappeared and I believe that the men who were with him killed him in a drunken brawl without any reasonable motive. I expect that someone who knows all about the killing will come in one of these days and tell the story."
Labels: automobiles, Eleventh street, Main street, missing, Missouri river, Olive street, police, public works, Thirteenth street, Twelfth street, Twentieth street, Twenty-second street, Walnut Street
February 24, 1908
CHARGED WITH KILLING BOY.
Frank Blueford, Aged 14, Is Accused
of Stabbing Harry O'Bannon.
Upon identification of Castor and John O'Bannon, Officers McCall and Good arrested Frank Blueford, a 14-year-old negro boy, in the Gilliss theater yesterday afternoon for the killing of Harry O'Bannon, a 10-year-old negro boy. On the night of November 3 Harry O'Bannon quarreled with a boy said to be Blueford over a cup of water at the Gilliss. Harry was stabbed in the abdomen with a pocket knife. He was in the general hospital two months, and was then taken to his home at 1007 Pacific street, where he died at 8 o'clock Saturday night. The Blueford boy, who lives in Kansas City, Kas., denies that he stabbed O'Bannon and lays the crime to a brother of his. He was held by the police last night, and will be turned over to the children's court today.
Labels: children, general hospital, Kansas City Kas, murder, Pacific street, theater
February 23, 1908
ZOO COLLECTION FOR SALE.
Call Made Upon Citizens to Assist in
According to a circular issued yesterday by W. V. Lippincott, president, and H. R. Walmsley, secretary of the Zoological Society, a collection of animals costing $9,000 and consisting of 2 elephants, 6 lions, 2 gray wolves, 2 camels, 10 Shetland ponies, and elk, buffalo and other rare specimens can be bought. The society believes that this collection would serve as a nuclues for the zoo it is proposed to establish at Swope park and liberal citizen are called upon to contribue towards the purchase of the animals indicated. The active membership dues are $5, and honorary members can contribute any sum they want.
Labels: animals, Swope park
February 23, 1908
PICTURES ARE FREE TODAY.
That Is, to Look Upon, At Art Ex-
hibit, 909 Grand Avenue.
No admission charge will be made today at the art exhibit of the Fine Arts Institute, 909 Grand avenue, it having been decided to keep the exhibit open one more day than was first agreed upon for the purpose of throwing it open to the general public.
Yesterday was to have been the last day. It is not known yet whether a similar exhibit will be held next year. If it is found that the paid admissions have netted money enough to pay the larger part of the expenses, another exhibition will be given next year.
Labels: arts, Grand avenue
February 23, 1907
DRAGS A DOCTOR
INSANE WOMAN CAPATURES HER
ESCAPES FROM A HOSPITAL.
SECURES A SURGEON'S KNIFE AND
Even After Being Strapped to Her Bed
She Makes Her Escape For
The Second Time --
Attendants at the emergency hospital have had lively times with insane people, but the most strenuous time so far was Friday night and yesterday morning with Mrs. Emma Lucas, a demented woman, en route from Los Angeles, Cal., to Toledo, O. The woman was acting suspiciously at the Grand Central depot, Second and Wyandotte streets, and was taken to Central station late Friday night for investigation. When it was seen that she was demented she was transferred to the emercency hospital.
Mrs. Lucas, who is 27 years old, is a large woman and strong. She was confined in the women's ward but in a short while some one discovered her ponderous form climbing over the fence surrounding City Hall park. She had escaped through a window.
Dr. Ralph A. Shiras, who is not large, sallied forth in pursuit He overtook the big woman on Fifth near Delaware street and grabbed hold of her. The woman shook him off with ease and in turn grabbed the doctor. Dragging him along behind as she would a toy wagon she walked nearly to the Wyandotte street depot with the struggling doctor before aid in the form of two policemen who loomed up on the horizon. Emma was subdued and again landed in the women's ward.
Early yesterday morning Mrs. Shiras, who is night nurse at the emergency hospital, was busy attending a case and did not notice Mrs. Lucas. She had entered the operating room and, from a case, secured a large surgical knife. The woman was as sly as a fox, as all insane persons generally are, and in concealing the deadly weapon under her garments she went stealthily back to her ward. Her actions were noticed, however, by a patient and the alarm given.
Mrs. Lucas was made to give up the knife and she was then placed to bed and restraining straps put on her. To this she objected very much and was continually crying to be released. When her breakfast was served yesterday morning the insane woman used the knife sent up with the meal to cut her straps.
Once more the big woman made her escape by a window and was not seen until she was climbing over the fence of City Hall park. Across the street she fairly flew into a clothing store, where she demanded the use of a telephone to call for help, she said.
The stream of doctors, attendants and board of health attaches which followed the demented person would remind one strongly of a chase seen almost weekly in the kinodrome pictures at the Orpheum theater. She was corralled and returned, a restraining strap dangling from one of her feet.
In what was thought to be a lucid interval later Mrs. Lucas told Colonel J. C. Greenman, who looks after the insane for the police, that she had hidden a sum of money in the women's wash room at the Grand Central depot. Colonel Greenman searched for it but found nothing. Mrs. Lucas said that when she arrived here the money was in a stocking and that a woman passenger had advised her to take it out. She said she did so and hid it in the washroom.
Labels: board of health, Central station, city hall, Col. J. C. Greenman, doctors, emergency hospital, Fifth street, Grand Central depot, mental health, nurses, police, Second street, visitors, women, Wyandotte street
February 22, 1908
WOOLF WINS IN
THE THIRD WARD.
IN SPITE OF EFFORTS OF HIS
CARY DEFEATS HARTMAN AND
GREEN BEATS LORBER.
Had it not been for the contests for aldermen to the lower house of the council in the Third, Eighth, Tenth and Thirteenth wards yesterday, the Republican primaries to elect delegates to the city convention next Monday would have been pretty tame. The total vote in the fourteen wards was but 3,322, and of this total about 2,800 votes were cast in the four wards where there were contests for alderman. The result shows the renominations of Morris Green and Woolf, and the defeat of Hartman in the Thirtenth by Dr. W. E. Cary.
The outcome was no surprise, for in the Eighth, Tenth and Thirteenth wards there is a preponderance of officeholders, both city and county, and they were out in force personally working for the success of Morris, Green and Cary, and wherever and whenever necessary spending their money. A similar fight was put up in the Third against Woolf, some of the officeholders leading the insurrection, being men who owe their jobs to Woolf's personal efforts. But they found in Woolf a bulwark of strength and popularity with the rank and file of the voters, and he beat his opponent, Sommerfield, nearly three to one.
Notwithstanding the vigor of the contests, everything passed off smoothly and there were no disturbances. The workers for the respective candidates put in their best licks, and went about it with vim and without demonstration.
Alderman Hartman had been for days assailed and derided as the candidate of the corporations and street car company, but the unfairness of these attacks was demonstrated by the fact that in the precinct where the bulk of the Thirteenth ward street car employes live he lost by a 79 majority.
Labels: doctors, Kansas City council, politics, streetcar
February 22, 1908
FORGOT TO OPEN THE POLLS.
Commissioners Were Slow About
Sending Books to 2430 Jackson.
"Wonder what's the matter, aren't we going to vote today?"
"It don't look like it I have been waiting here for an hour or more and no one that looked like a judge or clerk has put in an appearance yet."
"It's a scheme to get ahead of Cary, that's all there is to it."
Such were the remarks which were heard in the large crowd of Republican voters of the Thirteenth ward, which was forced to wait two hours for the polls to open at 2430 Jackson avenue yesterday afternoon. By 1 o'clock, the time scheduled for the opening of the polls throughout the wards which were holding primaries, fifty or sixty men had assembled in front of 2430 Jackson avenue, to cast their votes, but no one had appeared to take charge.
At 2 o'clock, nothing having been done about opening the polls, many of those who came early went away. A messenger was sent after Cary and that candidate hurried to the scene of non-action. He called up the election commissioner's office and was told that no one had called for the ballot box or the necessary papers. A messenger was sent to the office forthwith returning within an hour with the long waited for judge, clerks and challengers. J. D. Carter was sworn in as judge.
Labels: Jackson avenue, politics
February 22, 1908
AN EXPERIMENTAL CREMATORY.
Cross Believes Profits in By-Products.
The Kansas City Livestock exchange is building an experimental crematory at the stock yards for the purpose of determining if, with a large one, disposal can be made of the pen accumulations with profit. The experiment is to be made along lines recommended by Dr. W. M. Cross, city chemist, who believes that the value of the by-products from the refuse, principally ammonia, will more than reimburse the company.
Labels: animals, City Chemist Cross, stock yards
February 22, 1908
USUAL THEATER INDICTMENTS.
Are Returned by Judge Wallace's
About 150 theater indictments were returned by the grand jury yesterday. The managers were indicted on some sixty counts for "work" done last Sunday by their employes and by actors playing in their houses. They will appear in court today, give bond for their employes and refuse to furnish bond on the multitude of cases against themselves.
The circuit judges will meet en banc this morning and hear arguments in the habeas corpus cases of four managers, growing out of last Saturday's indictments against them on sixty-six counts.
Labels: circuit court, theater
February 21, 1908
MRS. MORASH IS
SHE MAY KNOW SOMETHING OF
FOUND IN HARRISONVILLE.
WHERE SHE HAD WALKED WITH
Ella Miller Says She Wrote Her
Address, as on Candy Box, for
Mrs. Morash Three
The first arrest in the murder case of Ruth Miller, poisoned by eating candy containing strychnine
at the home of her father, Charles Miller, 634 Cheyenne avenue, Armourdale, Wednesday noon, February 12, was made at 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon on state warrant by Sheriff Fred J. Hamilton of Cass county at Harrisonville, Mo. It was that of Mrs. Albert Morash, sister-in-law of Charles Miller. Sheriff Hamilton acted under orders of Attorney Joseph Taggart of Wyandotte county, who telephoned him to the effect that Mrs. Morash was wanted in Kansas City, Kas., on a murder charge, Wednesday and again Thursday. One-half hour after the telephone message, Hamilton had her in the county jail of Cass county. Chief Bowden of the Kansas City, Kas., police department and Detective Harry Anderson returned with the accused woman to Kansas City, Kas., early this morning and she was lodged in the city jail.
Sheriff Hamilton said last night over the telephone that the woman and her daughter, Blanche, had arrived in that city last Sunday afternoon, after having walked fifty-eight miles, all the way from Kansas City. They were jaded and their shoes worn through in many places Sunday. They stopped at the home of a farmer a mile outside the city limits that night, but Monday and Tuesday nights stayed at local hotels.
Chief Bowden and Captain U. G. Snyder have expended every resource to find her, on accoun of information it was thought she might be able to give concerning the poisoning. Yesterday morning they arrested Blanche Moran, the daughter, and compelled her to tell where she and her mother had gone after quitting Kansas City. Blanche had returned on a train to the home of her sister, Mrs. May Gillin, 634 Armstrong avenue, Tuesday afternoon.
County Attorney Taggart says he has discovered that the sender of the poisoned candy did not write all of the inscription on the wrapper. He says that Ella Miller, to whom the bonbons were addressed, wrote the words, "Ella Miller, 634 Cheyenne ave. Corner Packard and Cheyenne ave." appearing on the wrapper for Mrs. Morash, three months ago, and writing of the little girl corresonds exactly with the writing on the package. He says Ella has denied writing the rest of the inscription, "From S. S. Girls."
Blanche Morash cried when questioned by Captain U. G. Snyder, captain of police, at headquarters. She said she thought her mother was wanted by police in connection with an ocurrence of a month ago when Mrs. Morash was found guilty of mistreating and neglecting an infant taken from the Hughes maternity home.
Blanche furthermore said she was willing to make a statement regarding the sending of the box of bonbons, but did not say whether or not her statement would be in in the form of a denial of any knowledge concerning them.
Labels: Armourdale, County Attorney Taggart, Death of Ruth Miller, detectives, jail, Kansas City Kas, murder, poison
February 21, 1908
TO TOUCH THE WINE.
WOULD NOT DRINK FROM JEW-
ISH WEDDING CUP.
Was Guest of Honor at Marriage of
Rose Mandelcorn, bot Offended
Parents by Failing to
Drink Her Health.
Judge William H. Wallace was the guest of honor at a wedding feast last night, and a Jewish wedding feast at that. That is he was the guest of honor for a little while, until he refused to drink from the wedding cup. Then he rememered that he had an "important engagement" and unceremoniously departed.
It happened this way: Rose Mandelcorn, daughter of a grocer at 1029 Independence avenue, who lives at 510 Harrison street, was to be married to Dr. Adolph Miller of Nashville, Tenn. Much time had been spent in decorting the bride's home, many anxious hours had been passed by the bride's good mother in working out the details of what she had dreamed of since Rose was a tiny bud of feminity -- her daughter's wedding, the event of her life. Father Mandelcorn, too, had his concern in the affair. Besides the thousand dollars he had laid aside as his daughter's dowry, he had spent much on the feast, but it seemed to him that something lacked to raise it all above the sluggish swirl of lower Harrison street society.
Father Mandelcorn accordingly consulted Mother Mandelcorn. Their Rose was to be clipped from the parental stem. It was up to the Mandelcorn family to make it a noteworthy event.
"Judge Wallace!" said Father Mandelcorn.
"He is a hard and cruel man," said Mother Mandelcorn.
"He has had me indicted by his grand jury because I did not keep the Christian Sabbath, I know," admitted Father Mandelcorn, "but we shall now heap coals of fire upon his head. We shall invite him to the wedding of our daughter, to the marriage of our Rose."
So, he was invited; the guests were assembled, the feast was spread, the marriage cup was filled; he came. Rabbi S. J. Shapiro read the ceremony and the father gave away the bride. Then after she had been kissed by kinsmen and guests, the marriage cup was passed. It was brimming with wine, and when it reached Judge Wallace he refused to drink.
To refuse to drink form a Jewish wedding cup when offered is an insult to bride and parents and groom. If Judge Wallace didn't know it before he shortly found it out form the clouded countenances which hedged him like the threat of a storm. Then he made his plea of anohter engagement and departed.
There was some gloom and considerable heat among the crowd which gathered around the festal board. J. R. Shapiro arose to make a speech, in which he scored Judge Wallace and his political ambitions.
Shapiro said that this reform wave of the judge's was merely a business move. He illustrated in this way: "When my business is run down and my shop becomes unattractive, I start out in a new way to boom the business and I paint my shop a new color and put out new signs. When Judge Wallace ran for congress some time ago, he lost the race. This time, he has come out with a new platform, one which he has built from this make-believe reforom of his. This is his way of booming business and painting his shop and putting out new signs."
Dr. Miller and wife left on an early train for a tour of the Southern states, after which the couple will go to Nashville, Tenn., which is to be their home. The bride was the recipient of many handsome gifts.
Labels: grocers, Harrison street, Independence avenue, Jews, Judge Wallace, ministers, wedding
February 21, 1908
BUSCH MAY BE INDICTED.
Orchestra Leader and His Men Liable
to Suffer for Sacred Concert.
The grand jury will meet at 1 o'clock this aftrnoon and return indictments against theater managers, actors and others who will be charged with working last Sunday. The names of Carl Busch and his orchestra have been reported to the prosecutor's office by a deputy marshal, who heard them giving a sacred concert last Sunday at the Willis Wood theater. T. F. Willis, foreman of the jury, declined last night to state whether or not the jury would indict Busch and the orchestra for violation of the Sunday labor law. At least three of the four membes of the jury, who were absent last week, will attend today. The jury, therefore, may take up the Merchants' Refrigerating Company's tangle over warehouse receipts.
The second batch of habeas corpus cases, growing out of the release from jail last Saturday of four theater managers, who refused to give bond in sixty-six cases to Judge W. H. Wallace, was assigned yesterday by Presiding Judge T. J. Seehorn to Judge J. E. Goodrich's division of the circuit court. Judge Goodrich has asked the other judges to meet with him Saturday morning and hear evidence in the cases. Agreements of attorneys on both sides was necesary to this call, as Saturday is a legal holiday.
Labels: Carl Busch, circuit court, Judge Goodrich, Judge Seehorn, Judge Wallace, theater
February 21, 1908
IN HONOR OF NEW POTENTATE.
Ararat Temple Holds Reception for
Judge E. E. Porterfield.
A reception in honor of E. E. Porterfield, the newly elected illustrious potentate, and his divan was given at the Coates house last night by ararat Temple of the Mystic Shrine. There was dancing and music by a male quartette.
Labels: Coates house, dancing, hotels, Judges, organizations
February 20, 1908
WITH THE ADMINISTRATION.
Charles I. Lorber Issues a Letter De-
fining His Position.
Charles I. Lorber, who is seeking the Republican nomination for alderman to the lower house of the council from the Eight ward, has sent letters to every voter outlining whaat he stands for. Mr Lorber is with the administration on public policies now pending and to be presented. He favors a utility commission, a west trafficway and a Union passenger station and frieght terminal.
If elected Mr. Lorber says he can be depended upon to get better lighted streets in the Eighth ward and to help secure prompt provisions and best possible quarters and apliance for the general hospital and workhouse. He also favors the application of strict business methods to the employment and compensation of city employes, and the adoption in all departments of the most rigid system to avoid extravagance and waste.
"On all imporant questions I pledge myself to use every practicable way to ascertain the wishes of my ward and the ward shall be the lamp by which my feet are guided, says Mr. Lorber.
Labels: general hospital, politics, workhouse
February 20, 1908
HONOR FOR "GINGER" PEARSON.
He Is Newest Member and Mascot of
the Ginger Club.
A mascot in the shape of a wee baby boy is the latest addition to the Ginger Club. Somtime in the night, between Saturday and Sunday, the exact time is not known, the stork entered the home of Robert Pearson. As the Pearsons live in the "300" block on East Twelfth street, the home of the Ginger Club, the parents of the infant decided to name it "Ginger." Thus a distinctly honorary member was taken into the Ginger Club.
The merchants in the block are preparing to give a handsome present to the little one. Exactly what it will be has not yet been decided. The Ginger Club announced yesterday that its large "300" signs will be up and in working order Saturday. These signs consist of the figure "300" done in incandescent lamps, and each figure will be about two and a half feet high and about one and a half feet tall. There will be two of the signs.
On Saturday the members of the Ginger Club will pllace two or three barrels of ginger snaps, their insignia, around in their block. They promise that these snaps will be entirely edible and the bet brand which can be bought. This is their treat to the public in honor of their infant mascot.
Labels: children, food, Ginger Club, retailers, Twelfth street
February 20, 1908
COSBY IS RELEASED ON BOND.
Neither Hayes Nor O'Donnell, Shot
By Him, May Die.
J. D. Cosby, proprietor of the Cosby hotel, Ninth and Baltimore avenue, was arraigned before Judge Festus O Miller yesterday afternoon, charged with felonious assault. Two informations were filed against Cosby, one for shooting J. F. O'Donnell and the other for shooting J. P. Hayes. He was released for $1000 bond in the O'Donnell case and $2,000 in the Hayes case, and his preliminary hearing is set for Tuesday next.
At St. Joseph's hospital last night it was said that O'Donnell was considered completely out of danger, and that Hayes was doing much better. Both bullets remained in Hayes's chest. An X-ray photograph will be taken today in an effort to locate them. If Hayes does not contract pneumonia from his injuries his chances for recovery are said to be good.
William Murray, the clerk who was cut several times about the head and face and bruised on the body in a tussle with one of the men, was released from the emergency hospital yesterday. He had been held for investigation since Monday night. Murray fell down the stairs and through a glass door.
Labels: Baltimore avenue, domestic violence, hospitals, hotels, Judges, Ninth street
February 19, 1908
BROOKS DENIES THAT
HE EVER CONFESSED.
SAYS POLICE THREATENED TO
HANG HIM FROM BRIDGE.
After Giving Him Liquor, Murderer
Says They Induced Him to
Sign Confession -- Case
to Jury Today.
Denying that he ever made a confession to police that he murdered Sidney Herndon in the Navarro flats, Twelfth street and Baltimore avenue, on January 12, and claiming that he signed a confession fixed up by the police when he was intoxicated and under fear, due to threats made by the officers, Claude Brooks, negro, was on trial for the murder of Herndon or knew anything of the killing until he was placed in the county jail and the confession was in the hands of the prosecuting attorney. He denied ever owning the hammer which lay on the table in the courtroom, and which was the weapon used to kill Herndon, and also disputed all of the testimony of witnesses who claimed they saw him in the Nararro building the night of the tragedy.
Brooks claimed that while on the train, detectives who arrested him at his father's home and brought him back to Kansas City threatened to take him off the train at a bridge crossing the Missouri River and "string him up" if he did not "come through" and tell about killing Herndon. He also stated that the officers gave him whisksey in Sheffield and before they reached that place, and that he was in an intoxicated condition at the time the statement, said to be his confession, was made and signed by him.
Inspector of Detectives Ryan testified that he gave Brooks one drink of whiskey, which Brooks asked for, but that he did not have any other liquor, and no threats were made. He stated that Brooks made the confession of his own free will, and seemed perfectly willing to tell of the murder at the time of his arrest. Assistant Prosecuting Attorney John W. Hogan, testified to obtaining the confession, and stated that no one threatened Brooks. Other officers were put on the stand and bore out the statements of inspector Ryan.
The most damaging testimony against Brooks was that of Amel Jones, a negro boy, who said he saw Brooks hiding in the Navarro building late the night of the murder, and that he had a paper in his hand, which is described in Brooks's confession as containing the hammer in which he killed Herndon. Robert Webb, a negro at whose house Brooks lived, identified the hammer as exactly similar to the one he saw in Brooks's room. Charles Herndon, brother of the murdered man; Burtner Jones, negro elevator boy; Dr. O. H. Parker, deputy coroner, and others gave testimony.
The case was not finished last night, although most of the testimony, including the confession of Brooks, the night of his arrest, was introduced. It will be continued today and will probably go to the jury by noon.
Labels: alcohol, Baltimore avenue, courtroom, Deputy Coroner Parker, elevators, sheffield, Twelfth street
February 19, 1908
SAYS AN OUTLAW
CARRIED OFF WIFE
AFTER HE HAD BURNED MECUM'S
HOUSE AND BARN.
Now Mecum Is Trailing Them, Very
Leisurely, in a Covered Wagon.
Esta Mecum and John Mellinger, each aged 12 years, were yesterday ordered detained by Judge H. L. McCune, sitting in the juvenile court, until homes can be found for them with relatives or others able to provide for them. This will enable Esta's father to continue the hunt for the boy's mother "and that there outlaw Tom Hopkins," as old man Mecum designated a former friend.
"He is an outlaw, is he?" inquired Judge McCune of the witness, Mecum, who was before the bar to explain why he was making the boy sell silver polish while he himself was buying beer.
"I think he is," said the rustic Sherlock Holmes. "I had 20 acres up in Michigan and he and my woman sat fire to the house and barn and said that the Indians had done it. Then he ran away with this boy's mother, and I set out to trial them."
"Indians up there?" Judge McCune inquired.
"There's a reservation; yes sir."
Sherlock's account of his trail was touching. He had been overhauled with a man named John Mellinger, father of a boy named likewise, the boy being then before the court.
"They tell me you and Mellinger were making these boys sell the silver polish while you and he drank up the proceeds. What is Mellinger to you?"
"Nothin' much, I kinder suspect him."
"More of your detective work?" the court asked.
"I reckon you'd call it that. He knows where my wife and Tom Hopkins are."
Humane officer McCrary said that if the ametuer detective would take a peep in the holdover, he would see his friend there, safe and sound, awaiting investigation.
The court took charge of the two boys until permanent homes can be found for them. Mecum said that he was a stone mason by trade but admitted he did not want a job -- "Not just now, anyway." He added, "I want to follow my wife and that outlaw, Tom Hopkins. They's gone north again."
He is following in a covered wagon. He explained that when Mrs. Mecum decamped she shipped the boy before the court to "Busy Bee Arizona." He meant Bisby.
Labels: custody, Judge McCune, juvenile court, Native Americans
February 19, 1908
AMBULANCES RACE FOR
A "DEAD" MAN.
Floater Taken From River
Turns Out to Be Alive.
A real "live" floater caused a neck and neck race along the river front yesterday afternoon between the emergency hospital ambulance and an undertaker's "dead wagon." The race attracted a great deal of attention and caused no end of excitement in the North End. The ambulance is painted gray and the dead wagon, of course, was black. It brought to mind the famous race between the "bob-tailed horse and the gray", but this time the "gray ambulance" won by a hame string.
The cause of the race was John Reich, 45 years old, a laborer of 1011 Cherry street. Reich was taken out of the river for dead. The emergency hospital was notified. Secretary Ebert called Coroner Thompson and the coroner detailed an undertaker to get the "dead man."
In about 20 minutes the telephone at the emergency rang again, and a trembling voice said, "Say feller, that floater ain't no floater 'tall. He's come to. That is, he's turned over onct. Better send the avalance and a doctor 'stead 'o the coroner."
It was then that the ambulance was dispatched and it was too late to call off the undertaker. That was the reason both vehicles met on the way to the river. The first one noticed of the other's presence. They were neck and neck on the river's sands and were "going some" to the east.
Undertakers have been known to race before and it may have been that this one thought a rival was after the body. The driver of the police amulance took up the race in a spirit of fun.
First one would forge ahead, then the other would come up fast and pass at a gallop. The police had the better team, however as it does nothing but run, and the driver was sport enough to win only by a hame string, when he could easily have outdistanced the dead wagon.
Lying on the bank, blue and cold, was Reich. When the undertaker's man saw the "floater" squirm and kick, he said things in "dead languages," reversed his team and slowly drove back home.
Reich was taken to the emergency hospital, where he was pumped out and artificial respiration used to get his lungs into working order. He was put to bed amid a bevy of hot water bottles and bags. In a couple of hours the "dead one" was in a condition to talk.
Reich recalled taking a drink a place down near the Winner piers. After that he said that he just "passed on" He did not know where he got into the water, how he got there, how long he was in, who got him out or where he was taken out.
"All I know is that I can't swim no more than a rock, and I got the derndest coldest duckin' a man ever got -- at least that I ever got. When I get out of this I'm goin' down there to look that ground -- or water -- over."
While Reich appears to be recuperating rapidly, Dr. W. L. Gist, who resuscitated him at the emergency hospital, said that the great danger now was pneumonia.
Labels: Cherry street, Coroner Thompson, Dr. Gist, emergency hospital, laborer, Missouri river, races, telephone, undertakers
February 18, 1908
TWO MEN SHOT
AT HOTEL COSBY.
J. P. HAYES AND J. F. O'DONNELL
MAY DIE OF WOUNDS.
WERE SHOT BY
J. D. CROSBY.
PROPRIETOR MIXED IN A ROW
AND USED GUN.
Wounded Men Had Gone Back to Ho-
tel to Apologize for a Row Ear-
lier in the Evening -- Shot
As a result of a quarrel in the Cosby hotel, West Ninth street and Baltimore avenue, at 8 o'clock last night, James P. Hayes, agent of the Traders' Dispatch, and John F. O'Donnell, cigar manufacturer, are in a dangerous condition in St. Joseph's hospital from bullet wounds in their bodis, and J. D. Cosby, owner of the hotel, who shot the men, is in the city jail and will probably answer to a charge of murder, in case the men may die. Hayes cannot recover, according to the attending physician, but O'Donnell's chances are even.
While Cosby is making an appeal to the police that he shot O'Donnell and Hayes in self-defense, the evidence shows that both men where shot in the back as they were retreating from the hotel. Cosby was not assaulted in any way or een mixed up in the quarrel until he grabbed a revolver and began shooting. The police arrested Cosby and his brothe, Wiliam Cosby; his clerk, William Murray, and a negro porter, Moses Butcher. They will be held until police make a thorough investigation.
The shooting was the result of a quarrel between Hayes, O'Donnell and William Murray, because the former two asked to see a friend of the name of A. Drake from Salt Lake City, U., who was staying at the hotel. Hayes and O'Donnell went to the hotel about 8 o'clock and inquired for Drake and H. L. Davis, who was registered from Hutchinson, Kas. Murray informed them that their friends had left. Hayes then made a remark which led Murray, the clerk, to believe Hayes was doubting his word and Murray struck him in the face. A fist fight followed in which Hayes, O'Donnell, Murray, and Cosby, brother of the proprietor, were implicated. Hayes used a bell and a bottle to defend himself with and Murray's head was badly cut as a result.
WENT BACK TO THE HOTEL.
Hayes and O'Donnell managed to get out of the hotel and went to the Senate saloon, where they talked with several men about the fight. They stated that the clerk was in the wrong and that they ol defended themselves until they could get out of the place. Hayes then proposed to O'Donnell that they go back to the hotel and apologize for the wrong they had done and try to make the matter right with the proprietor They then went to the hotel and as they reached the top of the stairs J. D. Cosby called upon Clerk Murray, his brother and others to keep Hayes and O'Donnell in the place until he could summon the police and have them arrested.
Hayes and O'Donnell tried to escape from the hotel and Murray and Williaim Cosby again attacked them. While the men were engaged in a fight J. D. Cosby, the proprietor, came from behind the counter with a revolver in his hand and shot Hayes twice through the back as he was running down the stairs. J. D. Cosby was not assaulted and had no hand in the row except to do the shooting, according to statements of Hayes and O'Donnell and others who were there at the time of the shooting.
Hayes and O'Donnell fell when they were shot and the former lay in an unconscious condition at the top of the stairs, while O'Donnell managed to crawl into a nearby saloon and ask for help. Some one at the hotel telephoned for the police and Hayes and O'Donnell were taken immediately to St. Joseph's hospital They were in a critical condition and at midnight last night it was stated that Hayes could not survive. There were two bullet holes in his back near the right shoulder blade. The bullets had not ben located. He was in a semi-conscious condition up to midnight and was unable to recogize relatives and friends who were permitted to see him. There was one bullet in O'Donnell's shoulder which passed through his body, coming out just above the heart. It was found in his clothing and it was stated by physicians at the hospital last night that O'Donnell may recover.
FOUR MEN UNDER ARREST.
Detectives R. E. Truman, J. W. Farrell, Joseph Halvey and James Ratery last night arrested J. D. Cosby, William Cosby, Moses Butcher, colored, and William Murray, together with a few guests at the hotel. The men whose names are mentioned will be held for investigation.
Asistant Prosecuting Attorney Riehl took a statement from J D. Cosby last night regarding the shooting, in which Cosby claimed self-defense. His story of the shooting is as follows:
Cosby made another statement in which he said that he did not know that he had shot more than one man, but held to the story of self-defense.
"These two men, whom I do not now, came to the hotel and started a row with Murray and my brother (meaning William Cosby). They injured Murray and then went down out of the hotel. Later they came back, and I thought that they intended to start another row. I ordered the men in the hotel not to let these two men out of the place, as I wished to call the police and have them arrested. Then they started another row with Murray and my brother. I took a revolver I had in my hand and went to assist my brother. I grabbed hold of one and he struck at me. Then I shot him. I then shot the other man when he tried to strike me with something he had his hand. I did it in self-defense and to help my brother and Murray."
The statements of all the other eye witnesses to the tragedy discredit that of Cosby. Willilam Cosby, his brother, said Cosby shot Hayes in the back when the latter was wrestling with Murray and then leaned over the railing of the stairway and shot O'Donnel as the later was descending the stairway. He also stated that he asked his brother not to shoot, but he would not listen. J. J. Carter of Garden City, Kas., and R. C. Rawlings of Chanute, Kas., made statements to the police which were about the same as that of William Cosby.
DYING MAN'S WIFE OVERCOME.
Mrs. Hayes, wife of the wound man who will probably die, called at the hosptial about 11 o'clock last night to see her husband. She was almost prostrated with grief when told of the affair and was overcome when she saw the condition of her husband. A sister and friends of Hayes also called to see him. Hayes has a baby daughter and lives at 2904 East Thirty-third street. He is about 30 years old. He is the agent for the Traders' Dispatch with offices in the board of trade.
O'Donnell is unmarried and lived at the Century hotel. He is proprietor of the J. F. O'Donnell Cigar Comany at 1801 Grand avenue. He is about 32 years of age.
It is claimed that this is not the first time that Crosby has been in shooting srapes of this kind. He is claimed to have had trouble with Joe Zigler, a saloon keeper near the Cosby hotel, in which he used a revolver but did not do any shooting.
Labels: Baltimore avenue, cigars, detectives, Grand avenue, guns, hospitals, hotels, murder, Ninth street, Thirty-third street
February 18, 1908
LOOKS DARK FOR WALLACE.
In the Eleventh Hour He Is Being
Deserted by Reform Element.
ST. LOUIS, Feb. 17 --(Special.) The Missouri Anti-Saloon League has passed word along to its organization in every part of the state to oppose Judge Wallace of Kansas City for the Democratic nomination for governor, and support Judge J. L. Fort. A league leader said today that Wallace may defeat the cause unless Republicans nominate H. M. Beardsley of Kansas City or some other man upon whom they can unite.
The league is further agitated by the report from Charles E. Stokes of Kansas City, chairman of the state prohibition committee, that the Prohibitionists mean to put a state ticket, from governor down, into the field.
Labels: Judge Wallace, Mayor Beardsley, politics, prohibition
February 18, 1907
AN APPEAL FOR MORE POLICE.
Speaker Spalding Says South Side
Residents Are Unprotected.
D. R. Spalding, alderman from the Eleventh ward and speaker of the lower house, called at police headquarters last night to ask for better police protection in his district. Mr. Spalding lives at 2305 Tracy avenue an is much perturbed over two big burglaries which occured near him Sunday night and over several attempts which have been made in the neighborhood. He said neither he nor his neighbors had seen a policeman in the neighborhood in the last four or five months.
The matter will be taken up with the chief. Mr. Spalding spoke of taking the matter up with the council. When the complaint was referred to Lieutenant W. J. Carroll last night, he said: "There has been a man on that beat most of the time, especially of nights, for months. Tonight there are six or seven men out there in plain lothes. We are short of police out here, as they are all over the city, and often policemen have to be taken form the residence beat to be used in more congested districts along Eighteenth and Nineteenth streets. We are doing the best we can with the men we have on duty."
Labels: crime, Eighteenth street, Kansas City council, Nineteenth street, police, police headquarters, Tracy avenue
February 18, 1908
BUT WHICH HOTEL IS BEST?
One Negro Is Killed Over Question,
Which is Still Undecided.
A negro killing over which is the best hotel in Kansas City, occurred at about 5:20 o'clock yesterday afternoon at the room of Jack Talbot, 1217 Baltimore avenue. Clarance Weil, who was killed, left after a first quarrel and came back armed with a .32 caliber revolver.
Jack Talbot was in bed. He got up and struggled with Weil, who was threatening to shoot him. As they struggled the pistol, still in its owner's hand, was discharged into his own head, as Talbot at that moment had pushed Weil's hand to a position that made this possible.
Talbot gave himself up and spent the night at police headquarters.
Labels: Baltimore avenue, hotels, murder, police headquarters
February 18, 1908
HISSES IN WALLACE CRUSADE.
How a Philharmonic Audience Greet-
ed an Officer Getting Names.
While a most circumspect audience of about 1,000 sat in the Willis Wood theater listening to a sacred concert last night by the Philharmonic orchestra, Carl Busch leading with the baton, a deputy county marshal walked out on the stage and took the names of the musicians. Preparations had been made for the circumstance when Conductor Busch at the outset made the statement that "after the first number there will be an intermission to allow a marshal to get the names of the players." This was not understood by many at the time, owing to the way in which it was said, but by the time the deputy appeared the mystic word "Wallace" had gone round the theater and when he walked out on the stage he was roundly hissed -- but the hisses were not for the individual but for what he typified.
Labels: arts, Carl Busch, Judge Wallace, theater
February 17, 1908
HER LOVE DREAM
COUNTRY GIRL CAME TO WED
MAN SHE MET ON TRAIN.
FIRST VISIT TO BIG TOWN.
SWEETHEART FAILED TO MEET
HER; UNDER ARREST.
"I Love Him More Than I Do Myself.
Please Have That Big Policeman
Let Him Talk to Me,"
Miss Willis Said.
Ida A. Willis of Blackrock, Ark., came to Kansas City to marry James Rainwater, whom she had met on a train in Arkansas. Both Miss Willis and Rainwater were examined by Police Captain Walter Whitsett yesterday evening and are being held for investigation.
Ida, who confesses to 18 years, when she looks to be not over 15, walks flat-footed and wears neither a straight front nor a rat in her hair, is comely in spite of her dress. Her eyes have the shade of blue that appeals and when she takes your hands and asks you to help her out of trouble you feel like doing your best.
"I love him so," she said last night as she lay on the couch in the matron's office and fingered a Baptist hymnal which she had brought with her from Blackrock. "I love him more than myself. Please have that nice, big policeman who talked to me let him out of jail and send him up to see me. I want to talk to him.
"I was never in a city like this before, although I have worked in Hoxie and in Jonesburg, Ark. I never saw big buildings like you have here And I never saw a policeman half as big as the captain who talked to me so nice this afternoon and said I ought to go home to my mother. But I'm not going home until they let me talk with Rainwater, and they might as well understand that. If they lock him up I'll stay around and get to see him."
It was a case of love at first sight with Ida Willis.
"I was riding with a girl friend, Clara Lempson, on a train from Jonesburg to Blackrock last Decembr," she says. "We made a lot of racket trying to turn a seat back over, and couldn't get it to turn. Rainwater and a young man who was with him turned the seat for us, and we fell to talking. He was awfully nice, and when he asked me where I lived, I told him. He has written bushels of letters since. Saturday he telegraphed a ticket to me, and I came out here to be married.
"I didn't find him at the depot, where he said he would be, and so I went to the matron She sent me up here. There was a detective there, who said he would help find Rainwater."
Rainwater, whose first name, he says, is James, and the girl says is Joseph, has been driving a hack for the Depot Carriage and Baggage company for fifteen months. When Mrs. L. A. Shull, the depot matron, told Detective Bradley about the girl, Bradley hunted him up and sent him to police headquarters, where the girl was. Captain Whitsett met Rainwater on the stairs of the matron's rooms and questioned him. Rainwater didn't answer to suit the captain and was locked up.
Catain Whitsett telegraphed to Miss Willis's father in Blackrock last night for instructions.
Labels: Arkansas, Captain Whitsett, depot matron, detectives, railroad, romance, Union depot, visitors
February 16, 1908
SNUG FITTING COATS
WITHOUT COLLARS NOW.
New Style of Garment to be Seen
in Kansas City.
Coats without collars! We have come to be familiar with telgraphy without wires, we have read of wireless cook stoves, and some of us were even purueaded this season to wear hats almost without brims -- but teh time-honored prerogative of sovereign man to tur up his coat collar has never before been jeopardized.
A remarkable and very attractive window in the ain street store of the Grand Pants Company shows a new coat for men. Its snug shoulder-hugging lines curve artistically about the neck, but there is absolutely nothing which could be termed a "collar," or part of one. In effect it is very striking, but Samuel Gretzer, owner and manager of the Grand Pants stores, asserts that this style will be positively seen on the streets this coming season.
Mr. Gretzer is the originator of the Grand Pants idea, a plan of selling which has become justly famous, and has been copied all over the United States -- that of selling trousers at "$1.75 a leg, seats free!" In the ten years which he has been associated with mercantile Kansas City, he has built up one of the most remarkable businesses of its kind in the country. His success, Mr. Gretzer attributes very largely to the constant promulgation of new ideas and his untiring effort not to cheapen the output of his establishment in order to make larger profit, but to increase the value and style put into every garment. The splendid stores at 921 Main street and 12 East Twelfth street attest to the soundness of this policy, and the fact that more journeyman tailors are employed by his firm than any other in Kansas City proves that people appreciate meritorious work, however low the price.
Labels: clothing, Main street, retailers, Twelfth street
February 16, 1908
TO NAME A "DRY" TICKET.
Missouri Prohibitionists Will Be in
the Field Next August.
"I am being frequently asked by persons representing all parties as to the probable action of the Prohibition party of Missouri in reference to nominating a state ticket, since some of the candidates of other parties have declared for the submission of a prohibition constitutional amendment," said Charles E. Stokes, chairman of the Prohibition state central committee, yesterday. "In reply to all such inquiries I would say most emphatically that the Prohibitionists of Missouri will place a complete state ticket before the voters at the August primary. Candidates will also be named on the primary ballot in every political division of the state where it is possible to have them under the new primary law. There are seventy counties, eleven senatorial districts and eight congressional districts where nominations can be made and the opportunity will be improved."
Labels: alcohol, politics, prohibition
February 15, 1908
RUTH MILLER'S DEATH.
ANALYSIS OF CANDY DEVELOPS
No Motive for the Attempt on Life
of the Elder Miller Girl
Has Yet Been Dis-
Strychnine was the bitter-tasting foreign substance noticed by the Miller children who survived sampling the box of bonbons mailed to Ella Miller, 14 years old, of 634 Cheyenne avenue, Armourdale, Wednesday. Four year old Ruth Miller, after eating one of the candies, fell dead in the throes of a paralyzing agony. The lives of the other children were saved because of the unsavory taste of the sweets.
The candy was sent to the chemical laboratory of the Kansas state university at Lawrence. Yesterday the analysis had progressed at the university to such period as to make certain the identity of the poison employed. It was strychnine. How much of the drug each piece of candy contained has not been determined, but one-twelfth grain of strychnine crystals, the form employed, is sufficient to cause death.
But who committed the deed, and why?
This question was asked and left unanswered a great number of times in the office of the Kansas City, Kas., chief of police yesterday. Detectives Quinn, McKnight, Walsh and Wilson reported finding nothing, after a diligent inquiry into the private life of the Miller family for a possible reason why the little girl, to who the package was addressed, should be out of the way. Apparently she has always been a dutiful daughter, living in peace and harmony with her step-father and well loved by he playmates and friends at the packing house where she worked.
The theory at first held by the officers that some jealous small boy, a sweetheart of the girl, perhaps, had prepared the package and mailed it to her, was explored when the only two boys with whom the little girl has gone anywhere were brought in by the drag net and proved to be the neighbor boys selected by Mrs. Miller once or twice to walk with Ella to a nickel show in the vicinity.
According to Mille last night about 500 people have called at the home to express sympathy yesterday. Many of them offered financial help in locating the poisoner. Among the visitors were a half-dozen girls who worked in the canning department of the Schwarzschild & Sulzberger plant. They were unanimous in declaring no one in their department had sent the bonbons.
"Why, we all loved little Ella," said Artilla Hack, Miami and Coy streets, Armourdale, one of the visitors. "She was just as good as she could be to all of us, and I know none of the girls had anything against her. If they had someone would have been sure to mention it, since she left there a month ago." Geanette Brymer, Seventh and Coy streets, said practically the same thing.
The other children of the Miller family affected by eating candy from the box sent the oldest daughter are out of danger. D r. Zachary Nason, who lives two blocks from the Miller home, and who atended Ruth Miller while she was dying, says they all showed strong symptoms of strychnine poisoning.
"It must have been this drug that was inserted into the bon-bons," said Dr. Nason, last night. "The theory that it might have been arsenic is, in my opinion, absurd, as arsenic is an acid while strchnine is a salt, and therefore their symptoms should be diameteically opposite. The little girl, when I saw her, was rigid in the arms and across the chest. Occasionally she completely relaxed. Lockjaw preceded death by at least two minutes. All these symptoms are those of strychnine poisoning, and not posible after a dose of arsenic."
Labels: Armourdale, children, Death of Ruth Miller, doctors, Lawrence, murder, poison, universities
February 14, 1908
PLAN TO TEACH BAD
BOYS GOOD TRADES.
More Skilled Workmen
are Needed in Kansas City.
More than 300 merchants and manufacturers of Kansas City attended the meeting of the Merchants and Manufacturers' Association in their club rooms at 1114 Grand avenue last night. The principle purpose of the meeting was to encourage merchants and manuracturers in the scheme to advertise Kansas City as a manufacturing and business center and everyone was very enthusiastic over the progress of the association and its plan for the future.
The principle address of the meeting was given by J. Logan Jones on the "Industrial School."
He said in part:
"You cannot import skilled labor for the factories of Kansas City and have success. We must take the raw material that is in the city now, boys and girls who have no trades, and make skilled workmen and work women out of them. Every city should have an industrial school and the time has come when Kansas City must have an institution of this kind. Germany is recognized as one of the greatest manufacturing countries in the world, and long ago it adopted the plan of industrial school for their men and women.
"We can take boys right out of the juvenile court of this city and make skilled workmen out of them. It is the boy in the street who has no advantages like other boys that we must educate into a useful man and thus aid factories in locating here in showing that Kansas City has skilled labor to furnish to them. To import labor causes a certain amount of expense and dissatisfaction. Kansas City is in a position to teach boys every class of skilled labor. We must organize in this city a technical or trade school. This can be supported by having the manufacturers, retailers, and wholesalers to pay monthly tributes to the school, which will be of great value to these enterprises. Kansas City now lacks the required amount of skilled labor for the greatly increasing number of factories which are locating here."
Labels: business, Grand avenue
February 14, 1908
MURDER IS BAILABLE CRIME.
Leavenworth Judge Discovers Pec-
uliar Defect in Kansas Law.
LEAVENWORTH, Kas., Feb. 13 -- (Special.) The new Kansas law, abolishing capitol punisment, leaves a loop-hole which was brought to light today in Leavenworth for probably the first time. Under the old law, murder in the first degree was an unbailable crime. The new law makes no provision as to bail, and lawyers contend that murder in the first degree is, consequently, a bailable crime. Judge Flynn of the city court here today bound over Victor Jacquot, charged with killing R. J. Mentier, in the sum of $50,000. Attorneys for the defense argued that the bail was excessive and prohibitive, but the judge refused to diminish it and in giving his reason, said:
"Just because a lot of wild legislators, scrambling around in an effort to please long-haired executives, overlook an important point like that is no reason why to a murderer, such as is shown in the evidence, I should allow a light bail."
Labels: court, death penalty, Leavenworth, murder
February 14, 1908
LADS SUPPORT TWO LAZY MEN.
Who Spend Silver Polish Money,
Mostly for Whisky.
On complaint of William Emmet, a probation officer, John Mellinger, 50 years old, and Waverly Meekum, 55 years old, both of 504 Grand avenue, were arrested yesterday afternoon and a charge of vagrancy placed against them. Their trials are set for this morning in police court.
Emmet said that his attention was called to the fact that the two men were being supported by their two children, John Mellinger, Jr., 9 years old, and the Meekum boy, 12 years old, who sell silver polish about the city.
"Both of the children should be in school," said Emmet. "Young Mellinger, who is 9 years old, has had only one year of schooling. They have been traveling about the country selling polish and have been here about three weeks. The fathers spend the money the boys earn for whisky."
Mellinger and Meekum said that their wives were living but that they did not know where.
Labels: alcohol, children, Grand avenue, vagrancy
February 13, 1908
BOULEVARD TO KANSAS CITY.
Desire of the Independence Commer-
cial Club and Others.
Definite steps have been taken by the Commercial Club of Independence and the Maywood Improvement Club to secure a boulevard from Independence to Kansas City. A committee composed of members of both clubs was appointed to confer with the county court concerning the project. It is desired to have a boulevard starting west from Walnut street in Independence, through Maywood, which will come into this city on Fifteenth street just south of Mount Washington cemetery. This will necessitate the opening of a road three miles long between Maywood and Independence.
Labels: cemetery, Fifteenth street, Independence, Maywood, Mt. Washington, organizations, public works
February 13, 1908
DEADLY PACKAGE IS SENT
THROUGH MAIL TO A GIRL.
SISTERS ATE THE SWEETS.
RUTH MILLER, AGED 4, SOON
DIED IN AGONY.
Other Children Became Ill, but Were
Revived -- Package Purported
to Come From "Girls
of S. & S."
Victim of Poisoned Bonbons Sent Her Sister Through the Mail.
"Sweets to Ella Miller, From girls of S. & S."
This was the labol on a box of cheap bonbons sent through the mail to the oldest daughter of Charles Miller, 634 Cheyenne avenue, Armourdale, at noon yesterday. The postmarks were blurred and the stamp of the postoffice where the box had been mailed had evidently been turned around purposely, as it was brought into contact with the wrapper. The police believe the sender told the postal clerk that the candy was intended for a valentine. What it really contained was poisoned bonbons, and as a result of eating two of them Ruth Miller, the youngest daughter of Charles and Melinda Miller, died in agony less than ten minutes after the box was received at the home. All four of the Miller children were affected by the poison in the candy, which is supposed to have been strychnine, but none except the little girl suffered more than temporary distress, which an application of home remedies relieved.
NEVER HAD A SWEETHEART.
Ella, 14 years old, to whom the candy was sent, has worked in the canning department of the Schwarzchild & Sulzberger packing house up to a month ago, when she was withdrawn by her parents so that she might attend school. She said last night that as far as she knows she has no enemies among the girls at the packing house. She never has had a sweetheart and her parents seldom allow her to go far from the home unless accompanied by some relative or friend. They considered her too young to keep company with young men and also that she has never indicated any desire to receive boy or men callers.
This statement was borne out by the little girl last night.
"I never had any lover and I don't want one," she said, the tears trickling between her fingers as she held her hands to her eyes. Her little frame shook with sobs at the memory of the tragedy and she was bordering on hysteria.
"I don't see how any of the girls at the packing house could ever have had anything against me. I never did anything against them. I don't believe they had a hand in the crime. It is too horrible. The girls in the canning department where I worked were good to me, and always asked my mother who worked in my place after I left how I was getting along every morning as she came in to work. No, I am sure it was not the packing house girls. I can not imagine who could have sent them, but I know it was not my old friends there."
CHILDREN SOON BECAME ILL.
As far as the police are concerned, the tragic death of little Ruth Miller is a complete mystery, while it represents one of the most mystifying crimes in the criminal history of the city.
Immediately after the postman arrived at the Miller home at 12 o'clock noon, Ella discovered the package near the front door on the veranda. All the children are small and crowded around their oldest sister as she opened it to receive their share of the treat. They each took at least two of the bonbons. None except Ruth ate one. As soon as the candy touched the mouth, according to the surviving children, a bitter taste was noticed by them and their tongues became puckery, as though they had touched a powerful astringent. Ella, who had tasted her piece of candy first, got a cup of water and rinsed out her mouth and those of the others.
Ruth did not complain of the bitter taste but a moment afterwards began to scream, and fled from the ho use in the direction of the home of George Gause, 628 Cheyenne avenue, a neighbor. While the mother of the Miller children was away from home it had been the custom of Gause and his wife to care for the children.
Mrs. Miller was away from home at noon yesterday visiting a brother of her husband in the West bottoms near South James street. Gause had been apprised of the mother's absence and when he heard Ruth scream ran out at once from the house, thinking, he says, that she had fallen and hurt herself. When he reached the back porch of his house he saw little Ruth throw up her hands and fall to the ground.
DEAD IN FIVE MINUTES.
"What's the matter, Ruth?" he called, as he ran to her assistance. At this juncture Ella, who had followed the little girl from the house, called out that all of them had been poisoned. Gause sent for a doctor. Ruth did not live over five minutes after the doctor arrived.
Both Miller and his wife were not at home and were not apprised of the death of their little daughter until nearly an hour later, it being necessary to send a special messenger in both cases. The Miller family was prostrated with grief last night.
Miller could not name any enemies likely to take such a cruel revenge on his family. He said he lived in Toad-a-Loup, Armourdale, a year or two ago, and then moved to Greystone Heights, Kansas City, Kas., hwere he lived in perfect peace with his neighbors up to a month ago. Both Miller and his wife have a reputation for being agreeable neighbors and loving in their treatment of their neighbors. Girls working in the canning department of the S. & S. packing house said yesterday they had never known a little girl they liked better than they did Ella Miller. Mrs. Miller was also popular with them.
POLICE CHIEF PUZZLED.
Chief of Police Bowden was at a loss to account for the crime. He said it was without parallel in the city for brutality, considering the extreme youth of the intended victim. He said the matter was one for both the United States postal authorities and the local police to look into. City Detectives Quinn and McKnight were assigned by the chief to the case. Others will be assigned to the task this morning.
An analysis of the poisoned candies made by Coroner A. J. Davis of Wyandotte county after 6 o'clock yesterday evening disclosed a white powder inserted with the chocolate covering the bonbons.
Labels: Armourdale, children, Death of Ruth Miller, detectives, Kansas City Kas, murder, poison, West bottoms
February 13, 1908
BADGES AVAIL HIM NOTHING.
J. E. Prewitt Is Locked Up, Despite
His Many Breast Plates.
If J. E. Prewitt holds an office to represent each badge that was taken from him at police headquarters last night he should be one of the busiest men on the Western Hemisphere. Here is a list of his badges:
"Detective J. E. Prewitt" on a metal shield.
"Webster's Detective Agency" metal shield.
"Deputy United States Marshal" metal star.
"Police No. 11, Alexandria, La.," a raised shield -- very pretty.
The man of many badges walked up to the desk at police headquarters last night and told Lieutenant James Morris, in a confidential whisper, that he was a deputy United States martial looking for a negro wanted in Louisiana for criminal assault. He gave the name and a complete description of the man he wanted. Then he presented a letter of introduction from G. M. Duggar, chief of police of Alexandria, La., police force. It said nothing about his being a deputy United States marshal or a private detective at the same time.
Prewitt had apparently been drinking freely and got his dates badly mixed. He said first that he had just arrived in the city and later that he had been here eleven days. Then he said that he had been employed at the Topeka, Kas., insane asylum for the last eleven months and also that he had recently served two years on the police force at Alexandria, La.
When taken into Captain Whitsett's office to be questioned Prewitt's many badges were unearthed. Captain Whitsett also took a loaded revolver from the man's pocket. Prewitt was held for investigation.
Labels: Captain Whitsett, detectives, police headquarters, Topeka, visitors
February 13, 2008
BOARD DROPS JAILER DEHONEY.
"It Was No More Than Right," Was
His Only Comment.
Without giving him a hearing, the police board yesterday dropped Steve Dehoney, the jailer at No. 2 police station, who was arrested Monday night after complaint had been lodged against him by two young women, one of whom said he tried to take her with him to the police station, and it was only by defending herself with her fists that she was able to get away. Patrolman Charles D. Fuller narrowly escaped being shot in arresting Dehoney.
The members of the board in turn read the written reports of the case, and after a whispered conference it was decided to drop Dehoney.
"It is not necessary to give a public hearing to a probationary man," said Commissioner Gallagher. "But any time that he may feel that he wants a public hearing we will be glad to give it to him."
Dehoney, after waiting for an hour to hear what was to become of him, asked the board what was done in his case.
"You were dismissed," said Mayor Beardsley. "Is that satisfactory?"
"Yes, sir," said Dehoney. "It seems no more than right."
Labels: Mayor Beardsley, No 2 police station, police board
February 13, 1908
INDEPENDENCE FEARS YEGGS.
Local Bankers Ask for Additional
Police Protection There.
On account of the numerous bank robberies which have occurred during the past week throughout this part of the state, the Kansas City bankers who have interests in Independence asked for special police protection of the banks in that place last night. The report that the Rich Hill bandits were heading towards Independence was disquieting, and the bankers have suggested a unique manner by which robbery may be prevented in Independence.
It is the plan of the Independence police to visit the banks every half hour. If anything appears to be in a suspicious state the officers will immediately give a general alarm and all of the arc lights in the city will be turned on forthwith. It is believed that in this manner the bandits, should there be bandits, will readily be detected by citizens while they are trying to make their escape.
Labels: banking, crime, Independence
February 12, 1908
JAILER DEHONEY SUSPENDED.
He Must Also Answer for His Act Be-
fore Police Board.
Stephen Dehoney, the police board's new appointee as jailer at No. 2 police station, who ran amuck Monday night, was suspended by Chief Ahern yesterday. The chief filed written charges against Dehoney, charging him with intoxication and conduct unbecoming an officer. At the meeting of the bgoard today the Dehoney charges will come up for investigation.
Labels: alcohol, No 2 police station, police board, Police Chief Ahern
February 12, 1908
CARS COLLIDE ON PROSPECT.
Two Motormen Are Injured in Early
Car 158 on the Prospect line dashed into the car ahead of it at Thirty-third street and Prospect avenue last night just after 1 o'clock. Something was wrong with the motor of the fist car and the trolley was off while repairs were being made. Both cars were headed south on a down grade.
The rear car was not seen in time to be flagged, and in spite of every effort of the rear motorman, James Turney, to stop his car, there was a crash that entirely demolished the front vestibule of the car, knocking out both front and rear motors and breaking one of Turner's ankles.
On the front car the rear vestibule was crushed in and W. C. Forest, the motorman, suffered a broken thumb.
Both men had their injuries attended by Dr. A. W. Davis at his home, 3306 Prospect. Few passengers were on the cars and none was hurt.
Labels: accident, Prospect avenue, streetcar, Thirty-third street
February 12, 1908
ADMITS THEY'RE SHOPLIFTERS.
Two Women Are Arrested in a Main
"Just a plain case of shoplifting," remarked City Detective Hoover as he and Detective McDonald led two fashionably dressed women up to the desk in the Walnut street police station yesterday afternoon. The women gave their names as Mattie Jones and Stella Morris, but when the truth of this statement was challenged they readily admitted that those were not their right names, refusing to tell officers who they were or where they lived.
Detectives Hoover and McDonald had been told of shoplifters in the large department stores, and were detailed to keep a lookout for them. They had followed these two women from Jones's dry goods store to another Main street concern. While standing at the lace counter in the latter store, Officer Hoover saw one of the women deftly slip a large piece of lace from the counter and place it in a small black bag which she carried.
The two officers then arrested the women. At the station they refused to talk further than to admit having taken the article which the officer had seen one of them place in the bag. They will be held for further investigation.
Labels: crime, detectives, Jones Dry Goods, Main street, Walnut street police station
February 12, 1908
FOUND MAN IN THE HOUSE.
Surprised Burglar Sought Refuge in
Bath Room and Escaped.
When Mr. and Mrs. D. E. Fisher of 301 North Sixteenth street, Kansas City, Kas., returned home from a visit at 11:30 last night they found a man in the house, who took refuge in the bath room. Mr. Fisher locked the door and spread the alarm, but the man escaped through the bath room window. He is believed to have been discovered before anything of value was taken from the house.
Labels: crime, Kansas City Kas
February 12, 1908
NO PLACE FOR CITY EMPLOYES.
Comptroller Pearson Turns Down
Chairmanship of City Committee.
It was suggested yesterday to Gus Pearson, city comptroller, that he accept the chairmanship of the Republican city committee and supervise the details of the approaching municipal campaign.
"Were I not a city employe I would gladly accept the position, but I'm just old-fashioned enough to believe that no city employe should accept such a position," said Mr. Pearson.
"In order to have a representative and an effective organization for our next municipal campaign, I would suggest that one representative from each precinct be selected by the regular ward organization, and that the presidnt of each ward club, together with the city central committee, constitute the executive committee, with the chairman of the city central committee acting as the chairman of such executive committee, ex-officio."
Labels: employment, politics
February 11, 1908
JAILER ON RAMPAGE
WITH BIG REVOLVER
STEPHEN DEHONEY ALMOST
TAKES BYSTANDER'S LIFE.
Police Board's Employe at No. 2 Sta-
tion Discharges Revolver, After
Hitting a Citizen on the
Head With It.
While Stephen Dehoney, jailer at No. 2 police station, was resisting arrest by a brother officer at Fifth and Walnut streets last night, Dehoney's revolver, which he held in his hand, was discharged and the bullet came near hitting someone in a crowd which had gathered. Whether Dehoney, who had been drinking, was attempting to shoot Patrolman Charles D. Fuller, who was trying to arrest him, or whether the revolver was discharged by accident is not certainly known. The bullet shattered the plateglass window of the Dougherty & Lorber Commission Company, of 514 Walnut street. Fuller took Dehoney to police headquarters, where he was locked up "for safe-keeping."
Fuller, in his report, said that while he was on duty at the Gilliss theater, a citizen came running in and told of an officer with a gun attacking him on the street. The citizen was bleeding from a wound back of his right ear and claimed that the officer had hit him with the gun. Fuller said that Dehoney had the revolver in his hand when a moment later, he accompanied the complainant outside and accosted Dehoney.
A few minutes after Dehoney was locked up Miss Jessie Wilson, an actress with the Irwin company, scheduled next week at the Majestic, who came to the station to tell of an assault by an officer, identified Dehoney as the offender.
"I was leaving the Wellington hotel about 7:30 o'clock, on my way to the Ashland," Miss Wilson told Police Lieutenant James Norris, "when I had to go pass a man scuffling with a negro. The man grabbed me roughly and said, 'Here, you're under arrest, too.' I was frightened, for he had been drinking. He showed me his star and I walked along quietly for a bit, but at Missouri avenue I jerked away from him suddenly and ran all the way to the Ashland hotel."
Lieutenant Morris said last night that he would put no charge other than "safe keeping" against Dehoney, but would keep him until he had orders from Chief Ahern to turn him loose. The matter will eventually come before the police board, it is presumed.
On one occasion Dehoney had trouble in a rooming house. Two years ago a couple of negroes ran to the station late at night and said that a man had fired two shots between them because they would not give him all the sidewalk. The police heard the shots at Fourth and Walnut and ran out. The negroes described the man who fired at them and soon pointed Dehoney out in Granfield's saloon where they said he ran after the shooting. No attempt was made to even detain him and the negroes fled. Not until a citizen complained to the police that they had not even searched Dehoney for a revolver was he held. Then the negro witnesses were gone and Dehoney was soon released.
One time after that Dehoney was taken to police headquarters. He was with two deputy sheriffs, walking out on Independence avenue. Two shots were fired. The police took all three to the station, but they were released.
Dehoney was appointed to his present position by the police board two months ago. He is said to be a personal friend of one of the commissioners.
Labels: Fifth street, Fourth street, hotels, Missouri avenue, No 2 police station, police board, police headquarters, theater, violence, Walnut Street
February 11, 1908
SANG BENEATH HER WINDOW.
So Concetta Paolo, Wife of Another,
Is Sent to a Refuge.
The Italian girl who ran away from her husband of three months in St. Paul, Minn., and came to Kansas City with Paul Dominick, who was best man at her wedding, was yesterday transferred from the detention home to the House of the Good Shepherd. Dominick, who was fined in police court for vagrancy, is at large, and night before last came and sang beneath the window of the girl's cell in the detention home.
The girl will be held here by order of the children's court until money is obtained from her parents in St. Paul, when she will be put on a train with a ticket for home. She is kept locked up so that Dominick cannot talk with her.
In the children's court yesterday the girl said that her real name is not Rose Trapiss, but is Concetta Paolo. She told Judge H. L. McCune that she would never return to her husband, but would be glad if he could send her back to her mother. When asked if she loved Dominick, she sat silent.
Concetta is only 15 years old, but looks two years older. She is so beautiful that, despite her shabby clothes, people, who had seats in the court room, stood up to gaze at her.
Labels: detention home, immigrants, Judge McCune, juvenile court, romance, vagrancy
February 11, 1908
SHE LIES DOWN AND SCREAMS.
And When Neighbors Run in Says
Henry Struck Her.
In Henry Donohoe's petition for divorce from Lizzie E. Donohoe, filed yesterday in the circuit court, he says that she has a bad temper and a habit of lying down on the floor and screaming at the top of her voice. Then, when the neighbors rush in, she explains her position by stating that he has knocked her down. He says she does this every month or two. They were married in Clay County seven years ago, when Donohoe lived on a farm, and have five children, of whom she askes for custody.
Labels: circuit court, Divorce
February 10, 1908
NOT REMEMBERED AS A BOXER.
Kansas City Men Who Attended Har-
vard Know Nothing of Prowess.
If President Roosevelt was champion lightweight boxer when at Harvard, there are no Harvard men in Kansas City who knew about it at the time. Hugh Ward, Dr. J. W. Perkins, Joseph Meinrath and six other men live here who were at Harvard with the president. None of those who could be located yesterday ever heard of him being a prize boxer. L. A. Laughlin missed the president at Harvard, but was with him at Columbia Law school. He never heard about the president beign handy with his fists.
"I think there has been some nature of faking," said a Harvard man yesterday. "If the president really wrote that biography of himself, as the Journal of Saturday says he did, then I will have to admit that I have forgotten some things I learned while studying at Harvard. I was something of an athelet myself. I do not believe I missed a single fight while there. I never saw Roosevelt strip but twice, and once was when a man named Hanks put him out. I am willing to bet right now he never was anywhere near a lightweight champion fighter."
Labels: President Roosevelt, sports, The Journal
February 10, 1908
HE WOULDN'T BE VACCINATED.
So David Kelley Was Arrested and
Spent the Night in Jail.
Rather than be vaccinated along with a crowd that the police and assistant city physicians rounded up last night at the Helping Hand institute, David E. Kelley, a tinner from Minnesota, allowed himself to be arrested and spent the night in the police holdover. He said that he had a family dependent on him and considered it dangerous to be vaccinated.
Kelley, who is about 45 years old, siad he was looking for employment. He had paid 15 cents for a bed at the Helping Hand institute only three hours before the raid.
Kelley said that vaccination had never "taken" on him, but that he once had a kind of "cow pox." He was booked and locked up for refusing to be vaccinated, on complaint of Dr. Cook, an assistant physician.
Labels: doctors, health, Helping Hand, jail, smallpox, visitors
February 10, 1908
WHILE THEY SLEPT ON MONEY.
Burglar Took $5 From Beneath John
"I placed the money under the feather bed and next to the mattress, between me and my wife Saturday night, when we retired," B. J. Johnson explained to the police yesterday in telling about a burglary. "When I awoke this morning and had lighted the kitchen fire, I looked for the money. It was gone, and then I noticed that the kitchen window was open."
John is a collector for the Metropolitan Life Insurance Company and lives at 5501 St. John avenue. The money which is missing totalled $5 and belonged to the company.
Labels: crime, St. John avenue
February 10, 1908
BOYS NEED NEW RECORDS.
Their Hotel Graphophone Stock Is
About Worn Out.
During January the Boys' hotel came within $35 of paying its expenses. The receipts from the juvenile boarders were $143.11 and the expenses $179.oo. All but four of the beds and places at the table were filled during the month. The hotel was started by officers of the children's court with the idea that it should be self-supporting. When it is filled it will be.
The boys here now are very happy but for one trouble. The graphophone around which and its four tunes they gather to pass the evenings, is developing cracked tones and it is no longer possible to tell whether it sings in basso or tenor.
"It is well along in years for a graphophone," remarks Dr. E. L. Mathias, the patron saint of the hotel, "and perhaps it is changing its voice."
Labels: children, doctors, Dr Mathias, graphophone, hotels
February 10, 1907
LEAGUE IS MAKING STATE DRY.
Bushnell Tells How It Carries On Its
In an address before the congregation at the Hyde Park Christian church, Westport avenue and Main street, yesterday morning, Rev. A. Bushnell, superintendent of the Anti-Saloon League, told how Missouri was going dry. He said in part: "Members of the Anti-Saloon League have gone from place to place, making a thorough canvass of the state. That they have accomplished much is shown from the fact that sixty-eight counties of the eighty-one which held local option elections have gone dry. Of the cities fifteen out of twenty-seven have voted dry. This is very encouraging.
"It may be seen from this that our fight is a good one. Our weapon is the local option election. It is after all the strongest implement of warfare which we could use, for it shows what the people, not the people's representatives want. The local option victory is only a beginning of the real work. We want the people everywhere to organize for the enforcement of laws and to get the men into office who will stand true fo rthe work of the anti-saloon principles everywhere and always."
Labels: alcohol, churches, Hyde Park, Main street, ministers, politics, prohibition, saloon, Westport
February 9, 1908
WORK IS THE ONLY
CURE FOR CRIMINALS
AND WORKHOUSE, SAYS KYLE,
IS THEIR SALVATION.
Unlike Toledo Judge, He Has No
Sympathy for Those Upon Whom
His Sentence Falls -- Life in
the Local Reformatory.
No criminal who violates the law of Kansas City and is subject to a sentence which will confine him to the workhouse
can expect a particle of sympathy. Unlike the Toledo, O. judge who went to the workhouse as a prisoner and afterwards thought the prisoners were probably too severely dealt with, Harry G. Kyle, police judge of Kansas City, contends prisoners at the local workhouse are treated well enough, and his belief is that work is the best cure for a criminal.
Judge Kyle declares he has never yet felt sorry for any person whom he has sentenced, because he believed he was doing the criminal a great deal of good by putting him where he would have to work.
"It would be foolish for me to go to the workhouse and serve as a prisoner," said Judge Kyle yesterday. "I find out how those prisoners are treated by asking them when they are before me. Enough of them go the second time so I know, from their own statements, what kind of treatment they get. They never want to go the second time because they do not like to work, but they do not complain about the treatment or food. It is the best.
"I believe in work. Criminals do not. I believe the best way to make a man better, of purifying him body and soul, is to keep him at work. I do not believe in jails for close confinement. That satisfies the criminal because he can continue in idleness and at the same time get his living.
"There are two kinds of criminals: one is the man who violates the law because there is a personal profit in so doing; the second is the man who violates the law because of some internal weakness which he is unable to control. The first is the hardest to deal with and the hardest to cure. The second sees his faults and tries to remedy them.
"Sympathy spoils criminals. The Toledo official who sentenced himself to the workhouse, that he might see how men are treated, made a grandstand play. I have confidence in Superintendent James L. McCracken and Assistant Superintendent W. D. Heacock, who have charge of the workhouse here, and know prisoners will be well treated. The guards are all responsible men. They feed the prisoners well and I believe this is only right. If men work they should have good, substantial food. To starve them would not cure them of being criminals.
LIFE IN THE WORKHOUSE.
A visit to the Kansas City workhouse will convince any fair minded person that the criminals confined there are as well treated as in any prison in the country. Their food is wholesome and well cooked. With the exception of superintendents and guards all the work is done by prisoners. As almost every trade is represented there it is easy to obtain cooks, barbers, barn hands and waiters.
The bill of fare at the workhouse is much better than the daily diet in many homes. For breakfast each prisoner gets a quart of coffee, a pan of gravy, hot roast meat, fried potatoes and bread and butter. For dinner they have corn bread, boiled potatoes, cold sliced roast meat, turnips, onions, cabbage or other vegetables, and coffee. For supper they are served corn beef and cabbage or pork and beans, boiled potatoes, soup and bread. Dressings and other things of this nature are also served for some meals. The dining room and kitchen of the workhouse are clean, three men being kept busy all the time caring for this part of the institution.
The cells and beds are always clean. White prisoners are entirely separated from negro, except while at work. There are now 129 men and twenty-two women prisoners in the workhouse, and twenty-five men prisoners at the house in Leeds. There are so many prisoners there now that only half of them work at a time, although the authorities expect to have it arranged soon so that every prisoner can be kept at work.
Prisoners are called at 6 o'clock in the morning and wash for breakfast. They sit down to breakfast at 7 o'clock and at 8 are lined up to go to work. Each one is shackled and taken to the stone pile, where most of the work is done, this being the only kind afforded at present, although a few are used on the streets to spread the stone for paving. They work until noon, when they are given an hour for dinner. At 5 o'clock they eat supper and are locked in their cells at 6 o'clock. At 8:30 a signal is given for them to prepare for bed and at 9 o'clock the lights are turned out. Women at the workhouse do the laundry work and cleaning, although few of them are employed all of the time.
A JUDGE WHO TRIED IT.
James Austin, Jr., is the Toledo, O. police judge who sentenced himself together with a prosecutor and three newspaper reporters, to the workhouse so that he might see what punishment he was daily inflicting on men in his court. Unlike Judge Kyle, he believed they were getting rather harsh treatment. His commitment had been arranged under due process of law and, handcuffed, he was taken in a patrol wagon to the workhouse and thrown into a cell block with pickpockets, thieves, vagrants, drunkards and other prisoners. No one at the workhouse knew who he was and before he had been there long he realized that to be a prisoner was no snap.
On commitment he was commanded to "peel off his clothes" and get ready for a bath in the shower bath room. He obeyed and got ready for dinner. While in line waiting for dinner he remarked to one of his companions that he was hungry and was severely shaken by a guard who told him to "cut out that talking in the line." Judge Austin looked sheepish and obeyed. He was put on a gang to cut ice. The judge joined this gang without a word and worked hard all afternoon. Clad in the regular prison garb of gray he toiled alongside men he had sentenced. He was taken back to the prison after the day's work and given a cup of water, just the same as a regular prisoner. No favors were shown him and he actually experienced the life of a criminal for one day.
After the men were released Judge Austin is quoted as having said: "That first hour was the longest one I ever put in. It is an experience I will never forget, and I tell you I will do some tall thinking before I sentence another man to the workhouse. But I found conditions ideal and have nothing but praise for the manner in which the superintendent is conducting the institution."
Labels: crime, food, Judge Kyle, newspapers, workhouse
February 9, 1908
JOHN D. PATRICK'S
GREAT PARIS SALON PICTURE
ON VIEW SATURDAY.
Story of Local Man's Masterpiece,
Rescued by J. Logan Jones in
a Paris Dealer's Rooms,
and Brought Home.
Kansas City will have this week the first real opportunity it has ever had to pay an adequate tribute of appreciation to one of the gifted artists of the country who is living modestly and unobtrusively in this community. This man is John D. Patrick, whose great picture, "Brutality," which hung in the Paris salon of 1888 and was exhibited in the exposition the following year, will be on public view without charge in the Jones Dry Goods Company's art gallery on Wednesday and for a week or more.
Behind the announcement of this "exhibition" lies a story of intense human interest. The picture, a huge and graphic canvas, showing a brutal cart driver beating his horse, was the cause of the organization of the first French humane society. It was painted by Mr. Patrick in Paris twenty years ago, and has remained in that city ever since, practically in pledge for the materials with which it was painted. To the generosity of J. Logan Jones is due the opportunity of seeing this great work of art, which required six months of heartbreaking work in the mere painting, and which was praised by Meissonier. It has never been exhibited in this country, and Kansas City very fittingly has the first American view of it. It is not generally known that Mr. Patrick is the first Kansas Cityan to ever receive an art medal from the French government.
The canvas is a striking one. It is 10 x 12 feet in dimensions and it tells its story at a glance. With such marvelous atmosphere that the brutal cart driver and the magnificent Norman horse seem to be carved rather than painted, Mr. Patrick has set on unfading canvas his splendid sermon on humanity. Intense realism is the keynote of the work. The treatment is dramatic in the extreme. The great horse, of a breed that descended from the mighty Norman chargers of William of Normandy and far different from our street hacks of today, is rearing back upon his haunches in the pitiful effort to escape the rain of blows of his ruffianly master, who stands, cudgel in hand, his face blazing with cruel hatred. The picture was suggested by an actual occurrence.
This is the story of the Rosedale boy, now an instructor in the Fine Arts Institute art school, who, twenty years ago, while a struggling art student in Paris, pledged his future work to an art dealer, Fornier, for the price of his paints and painted a great masterpiece that set all Paris talking and won a medal at the 1889 exposition, where the painters of the world strove for honors and only fourteen Americans won that medal. Mr. Patrick was never able to redeem the picture and for twenty years he has mourned its absence as the loss of one dead -- this dead child of his genius which he thought he would never see again. But the resurrection was brought about by Mr. Jones, who paid the forfeiture, released the painting and sent it where it belongs -- home.
It was twenty-two years ago when Mr. Patrick, who had all but finished his course and was sadly out at elbows, was walking the streets of Paris one day and came upon the spectacle of a cart driver beating his horse, which was drawing a huge load of building rocks. Mr. Patrick's blood boiled, and to make a long story short, he gave the brutal driver a dose of his own medicine.
The young man went to his attic den and determined to show Paris what a brute it was, for horse beating was a common sight in that great, cruel city. But paints and materials cost money and Patrick had none. From dealer to dealer he went, almost begging materials and pledging his work for payment. He met with rebuff after rebuff, but finally Fornier gave him what he wanted. Then followed month after month of semi-starvation. All through the winter he froze and went hungry while he toiled and toiled, painting his heart into that great lesson of mercy.
"Olive Schreiner," in one of her beautiful "dreams," tells of a painter whose "reds" were so brilliant that they were the envy and despair of his fellows, until it was found that he opened his heart and painted with his own blood. That is what Patrick did -- he dipped the brush in his own heart. At last it was done and, too poor to hire men to take his canvas to the salon, he carried it there himself and submitted it to the judgment of the master, Meissonier, and Meissonier -- Meissonier himself -- praised it it and it was hung, despite the protests of those who feared that France would be held up to the scorn of the foreigner.
"If France deserves the scorn of the foreigner, then France must take it," was Meissonier's reply.
Patrick returned to America before he received the medal at the exposition and a series of misfortunes overtook him which brought him at last to the choice of going back to his art or staying with his mother. He stayed with his mother and the picture went back to the art dealer, who has kept it in pledge ever since, until Mr. Jones rescued it a few months ago.
None of this story comes from the lips of Mr. Patrick. Reluctant and modest verifications of facts learned elsewhere is all he will say. He was not talkative yesterday as he sat before his great work in the Jones gallery. He was thinking of the dead dream come back to life, of the long years of hunger, the weary, glorious months of ecstasy and starvation, of visions and cold and great hopes and cheerless streets when he dipped his brush into his heart and painted on and on.
Labels: arts, Jones Dry Goods
February 9, 1908
JAMES MARKIN WILL SERVE
15 INSTEAD OF 43.
Judge Casteel Says Long Prison
Terms Are Not Good for Either
a Criminal or Society.
Markin a Burglar.
I agere with the mayor of Toledo, Brand Whitlock I think is his name, that long prison terms, except for particular cases, are not good for either a criminal or for society," delcared Judge B. J. Casteel from the Jackson County criminal court bench yesterday, after he had sliced twenty-eight years off the time a jury had declared James Markin should serve for robbing the residences of J. J. Heim and William Kenefick.
"There is no more sense in keeping a man in the penitentiary for thirty or forty years because of some crime, than in sentencing a smallpox patient to the hospital for a year, when he can be cured in two weeks. Whenever the authorities are conviced that a man has undergone a change of heart, he should be freed from prison, just as a sick man is released from a hospital when he recovers his health.
"Markin, whom a jury said should serve forty-three years for the two burglaries, is now 49 years old, I am informed. If he served his term in prison he would be dead or past 90 when the sentence expires. Ffiteen years from now he will be past 60. He ought to be old enough to know how to behave himself by that time and release should not be a detriment to society."
Phil Clear was Markin's attorney at his trials and made the appeal yesterday for the cutting down of the sentences. Prosecuting Attorney I. B. Kimbrell said that he did not favor shortening the sentences, as twelve men from over Jackson county who heard the evidence ought to have known what was a fit punishment. Kimbrell, however, asaid that he would make no recommendation other than that Judge Casteel follow his own sense of justice.
Judge Casteel presides over the criminal court of Buchanan county, at St. Joseph. He was assigned to try the Markin case by Judge W. H. Wallace when Markin filed an application for a change of venue.
Labels: crime, criminal court, Judge Wallace, Judges, Prosecutor Kimbrell, smallpox
February 9, 1908
SAYS HIS FATHER IS A KING.
Negro in Independence Jail Tells of
Old Man's Big Salary.
A plea for clemency on the ground that his father is a king who draws a larger sallary than Theodore Roosevelt is made by F. J. Green, negro, held in the county jail at Independence awaiting trial on a larceny charge. At his preliminary hearing yesterday Green was bound over to the criminal court. He is a mulatto of fluent speech.
"My father is a king in Africa," Green says. "He receives 1,000 elephant tusks each year from his subjects. That amounts to $200,000 in United States money. He cut me adrift when I was a boy because I took up with English ways and ordered me out of his kingdom. I have had to make a living as best I might since. First I went to England, where I studied law, but I shortly came to America because I thought that a living came easy here."
The jailer at Independence says Green may be only playing insane.
Labels: England, Independence, jail, mental health
February 9, 1908
With Friends to Help Him, Captain
Gregg Celebrates Birthday.
Captain W. H. Gregg, a deputy sheriff, who was met leaving the courthouse yesterday with a market basket full of eggs, on his way to his home at 1307 Michigan avenue, where last night he celebrated his 70th birthday, was asked how best a man might celebrate such an occasion.
"I have celebrated over fifty of them," he replied, "and it has been fifty years since I did anything which you might call having a good time. I haven't varied the programme in the past twenty years. It is this:
"I invite a dozen or so of my friends to the house and we play games, tell boyhood stories and drink eggnogg. We will play high five tonight. Those eggs I bought today for the eggnogg."
Labels: birthdays, courthouse, Michigan avenue
February 8, 1908
NEGRO FIREMEN MUST MOVE.
Famous No. 11 to Be Transferred to
Vine Street Station.
The administration has turned a deaf ear to the pleadings of the negro population not to move negro fire company No. 11 from Independence avenue, and will transfer it to the old fire station on Vine street, near Eighteenth, soon to be vacated by a company of white firemen. The latter organization will be installed in a handsome new firehouse the city is erecting on Virginia, near Independence, close to the old shack that the negro firemen have had to put up with for years.
Naturally, the negro firemen are considerably put out with the change, and the claim is made that they are entitled to better quarters than they have been getting, and into which they are to be moved.
Labels: Eighteenth street, Fire, race, Vine street
February 8, 1908
DIDN'T APPRECIATE AN
BUT FROGUE, A HONK-HONK, RE-
SENTED COURT'S CENSURE.
Tearful Ending of a Hasty Mar-
riage, and She Goes Back
As a preliminary to heart mending week, scheduled to begin in the circuit court Monday, ten divorces were granted by two judges yesterday and one suit was dismissed. Nine of the decrees were granted by default. Three new suits were filed. One recently divorced couple secured a license to remarry.
The contested case, that of Arthur G. Frogue against Mayme D. Frogue, was concluded by Judge John G. Park remarking to the plaintiff husband:
"You are like a good many other men I have heard of. You married a woman too good for you, and haven't enough sense to appreciate her."
Frogue, who is a chauffeur, heard but a portion of the court's remark, and called out angrily to hear it again. Judge Park accommodated him by repeating the same words in a very loud voice. When Frogue jumped from his chair and started to reply, his attorney made him sit down and be silent.
Frogue wanted a divorce on the ground that his wife had packed up and left him, after selling the kitchen stove and the china cabinet for money enough to pay her fare to her parents' home in Odessa, Mo. He proved this all right, but the wife had six witnesses who told how unhappy Frogue had made her before she left. Her best witness was Mrs. Sarah Starr, an aged, deaf and feeble woman in a black bonnet, with whom the Frogues lived at Eighteenth street and Tracy avenue, shortly after their marriage.
Thomas G. Foster of Odessa, Mrs. Frogue's father, wept copiously while on the stand telling about his daughter's troubles.
"I never saw Frogue before the wedding," Foster said. "My Mayme met him in Kansas City and the first time I knew of the marriage was when she told me of it by telephone. I hastened to the couple and Frogue promised me he would be kind to my girl. He said he was making plenty of money and could and would care for her.
"After Mayme came home and her baby was born I never saw the husband and heard from him but once. I am willing to care for the child in the future, as I have done in the past."
"Have you any income to afford it?" asked the court.
"I guess so. I've got more now than I ever had before in my life and I've raised eight children. They all are good children, too."
Foster is a retired farmer. His wife, Mrs. Frogue's mother, was present, but did not testify. The Frogues were divorced and the wife's parents secured possession of the child.
The case dismissed was that of Frank E. Howe against Mabel Gale Howe. The husband charged the wife with throwing a hot potato and hitting him in the eye, and with other acts showing temper. The case was dismissed at his request.
Labels: Divorce, Eighteenth street, Judge Park, Tracy avenue
February 8, 1908
SUING ON PLUMBERS'S BOND.
City Wants Martin & Keck to Make
Good a Judgment.
Suit for $1,246.50 against Martin & Keck, plumbers, and their bondsmen, the National Security Company, was brought in the circuit court yesterday by Kansas City. The plumbing firm, it is alleged, left an excavation in front of house number 2824 Olive street unguarded on January 8, 1906, so that Maud G. Norris drove a buggy into it, overturning the buggy and breaking her arm. She sued the city and last June got a verdict for $750 damages.
The city wants the plumbing company to pay this judgment and the incidental costs, because the company is under $1,500 bond, through the National Security Company, to the city to put the dirt back in excavations it digs in the streets or to barricade the excavations.
Labels: buggy, circuit court, Lawsuit, Olive street, public works
February 8, 1908
FEARED MICROBES IN HIS KISS.
Martha Mead Refused to Salute Her
Husband, So He Claims.
Because his wife Martha had refused to kiss him for fear of spreading microbes and germs, so he alleges in his petition, S. J. Mead filed suit for divorce in the Independence circuit court yesterday. They were married in 1887, and he alleges that on many occasions when he asked her to kiss him she was very "frosty" toward him, and refused to press her lips to his, stating that she was afraid of microbes.
Labels: Divorce, Independence
February 7, 1908
JEALOUS RIVAL STABBED HIM.
Matt Rech Suffers Because Girl Re-
fuses to Wed Another Man.
Lola Ealy's refusal yesterday morning to marry Clyde Duncan, a boarder whom she had known only three weeks, resulted in the stabbing of Matt Rech, another boarder, last evening at 6 o'clock. The affair was at Mrs. Elizabeth Ealy's boarding house, 802 East Fourteenth street. After her refusal the girl said Duncan threatened to kill her. Then the mother ordered him to move from the house, which he did. But at supper time he entered the dining room, where Rech, of whom he was supposed to be jealous, was seated at the table. Duncan says he had been drinking heavily. He had an open knife in his hand and made for Rech, whose back was turned. Mrs. Ealy, hoping to save a life, raised a chair and struck Duncan over the head just as he reached around Rech and plunged in the knife over the victim's heart.
Rech was taken to McCall's sanitarium with a wound that it was said late last night would probably prove fatal. Drs. E. L. Rubel and H. B. McCall attended him.
Duncan was arrested at 11 o'clock and spent the night at No. 4 police station. He said he had been very drunk and had no clear recollection of the affair. Rech is a cable man for the Home Telephone Company and Duncan is a laborer.
Labels: boarding house, doctors, Fourteenth street, hospitals, romance, violence
February 7, 1907
WANTS ITS POWERS DEFINED.
Supt. Greenwood Says There Are Too
Many Hazy Ideas of School Board.
Urging upon the school board in his semi-annual report the necessity of printing a manual setting forth just what the powers of the board are, "and by inference what lies entirely outside its scope of activity," J. M. Greenwood, superintendent of the schools, believes that the need of such a pamphlet has become urgent in order to "clear up the many hazy ideas that are floating around in some minds, especially of those who happen to light in here to deliver a lecture, and incidentally to tell the citizens what they ought to do, right away.
"I do not greatly fear that we are reaching that danger stage in republican government so guardedly pointed out by a disgruntled foreigner, namely, when everyone would become a lawmaker, none would be left as law obeyers," says Mr. Greenwood. "Yet, there are surface symptoms pointing in that direction.
"There is hardly a day passes when I am not called upon to answer of the board of education to do certain things which are positively prohibited by statuatory law, or by the constitution of the state."
Labels: schools, Superintendent Greenwood
February 7, 1908
HOTEL LOST THE PACKAGE.
Then DeLapp Sued the Centropolis
and Got a Verdict of $500.
Clyde DeLapp was awarded $500 damages against John H. Van Closter, proprietor of the Centropolis hotel, by a circuit court jury yesterday. De Lapp claimed he left a package, valued at $500, with B. Williams, clerk of the hotel, for safe keeping last June. When he called for the package it could not be found.
Labels: Centropolis, circuit court, hotels, Lawsuit
February 6, 1908
HAS WIFE LOCKED
IN POLICE STATION.
DRUNKEN HUSBAND SAYS HE
WANTS TO REFORM HER.
Is Himself Responsible for Her Con-
dition and the Drunker of the
Two -- Won't Stop Drink-
ing, He Says.
Jsut at 9 o'clock last night a heavy-set, well dressed man, with dark complexion, black hair and brown eyes, weaved his uncertain way into police headquarters and asked where he could "get an officer right away." The man was plainly drunk.
He was referred to Lieutenant James Morris to whom, in broken sentences, he told this story: "I want my wife arrested. She drinks and I can't stop her. I want to have her locked up in here for the night and fined in police court in the morning. I will see that her fine is paid. I think it will do her good." Just then the man staggered back a few steps, hiccoughed, grinned and said: "What d'ye think of it?"
"Where is your wife?" asked Lieutenant Morris.
"In a hack outside," the man replied. "Oh, you can get her all right, all right. Y' see, I want to break her of drinking, see?"
When Patrolman Rogers was sent out to the hack to bring in the woman the husband hid in a side room, saying in an undertone, "I don't want her to know that I had anything to do with this, see?"
Rogers had to return for help and he and Jailer Phil Welsh took the woman before the sergeant's desk to be booked. She was a slender little creature, fair complexion, with wavy light brown hair which had become unfastened and hung loosely around her shoulders. She was pretty and was attired in the latest fashion. A friend of the complaining husband carried a large picture hat which had fallen off in the hack.
"Shall we place her in the matron's room for safe keeping or put her in jail with a charge against her?" asked Lieutenant Morris of the husband.
"Put a charge against her," he replied brokenly. "Y'see I want to break her. See."
The little woman told her name, giving the same name and initials as the complainant. She was then led down the long iron steps to the women's quarters. Not until the cell door was opened with a bang did she realize what was happening. Then she struggled weakly for a moment. In turning she saw her husband. Raising her hands in the attitude of prayer, she begged him, calling him by his first name, not to have her locked up. In his condition, however, the husband was obdurate. He was even stern.
"Do your duty, offishur," he said, trying to look dignified.
Lieutenant Morris booked the woman only as a "safe keeper," however.
The hack driver who took the people to the police headquarters said he got them at a cafe at Eighth and Central streets. Then the man wanted to go to a hotel, but when one was reached he changed his mind; he asked to be driven to "a good saloon." They were taken to a place on Grand avenue where both drank. After that he asked to be taken to the Memphis hotel, Tenth and McGee sterets, but when the cab reached there the man had again changed his mind and asked to be driven to police headquarters. That was done.
"They were quarreling all the way," said the hack driver. "I objected to taking the woman to the station for he was as drunk as she, but he was paying the bills and he had his way."
The name the man gave is not in the city directory, but it is said he is an insurance agent.
Labels: alcohol, marriage, McGee street, police headquarters, Tenth street
February 6, 1908
MADE A GOOD IMPRESSION.
But Minstrel Show on the Lamp Cir-
cuit Didn't Get the Cash.
Last week Joe Donegan, manager of the Century, was prevailed upon to back a minstrel troupe which was to play the kerosene circuit in Kansas, and which was "bound to make us all rich," the promoter assured Donegan. The show was booked for Olathe, Edgerton, Le Loup, Pomona, Lebo and Emporia, one night each, and was then to go to Topeka and come back by way of St. Joseph.
The manager of the company each night wired news of the day's business to Donegan. The telegram the first day read: "Receipts only $21, but made good impression." The next day the receipts had dwindled to $17, but Donegan was assured again that the company had made a good impresion. Last night after the company had played Lebo, Donegan got this wire: "Receipts only $7.50, because of bad weather, but made a good impression."
Donegan immediately sent the following wire:
"Make one more impression, and then come in."
Labels: telegram, theater, Topeka
February 6, 1908
HE IS OFFICIAL VACCINATOR.
Dr. Frank A. Denslow Will Do This
Work for Board of Health.
At a meeting of the board of health yesterday it was decided that to be within the law it would be best to have no volunteer physicians in the city's vaccinating squad. One man, Dr. Frank A. Denslow, was appointed for that special work. Chief Clerk C. H. Cook will direct his movements.
Mr. Cook, with Victor Ringolsky, an inspector and an officer detailed by the chief will accompany Dr. Denslow on all of his tours. So many cases have been turning up within the last few days from "bunk" houses in the North End that several of them, from which cases have been taken, will be visited tonight.
"As soon as a case of smallpox arises in a house, be it public or private," said Mr. Cook, "the inmates of that house shall be vaccinated at once."
It is understood that if there is any refusal on the part of landlords to admit the vaccinating squad it has the power to immediately declare the building in quarantine and keep it so until all inmates are vaccinated and the premises thoroughly fumigated.
Eugene Benton, a negro who said he lived in the East Bottoms and worked in Armour's packing house, walked into the emergency hospital late last night and asked for "some medicine for a hurtin' in my neck." When examined it was discovered that Benton was suffering from smallpox. He was sent to St. George's hospital.
Labels: board of health, doctors, East bottoms, emergency hospital, health, North end, smallpox
February 6, 1908
JOHN FAYHE STILL MISSING.
Water Works Employe Last Seen in
Saloon Friday Night.
The disappearance of John Fayhe, for twenty-years an employe of the water works department, still remains a mystery. He is an expert hydrant man, and last Friday evening, after placing a new hydrant at Twelfth and Main streets, went into a nearby saloon with his men and drank some whisky. He had been known to take an occasional drink but was never seen intoxicated. It was near midnight when he left the saloon and that was the last seen of him.
Fayhe has a wife and four grown children at 1605 Olive street, none of whom can account for his disappearance. He is a brother-in-law of Sergeant Al Ryan of the police force. The missing man is described as 50 years old, 5 feet 11 inches tall, adn weighs 260 pounds. He is round shouldered, heavy set, has a gray mustache and gray hair clipped close. When he left he wore his working clothes, a black overcoat and cap, with blue overalls.
Labels: Main street, missing, Olive street, saloon, Twelfth street
February 5, 1908
HUMILIATES THE MOTORMAN.
To Hit an Automobile and Not Even
Scratch the Paint.
A new way for the motor car driver to confound and humiliate the helpless street car motorman came out last night at 11 o'clock when Holmes street car 443 on Walnut at Fourteenth street stuck its nose into the touring car of W. C. Goffe, only to lay itself out without so much as scarring teh automobile or spilling any of the five occupants.
Mr. Goffe, family and negro chauffeur were spinning homeward on Fourteenth street when the street car loomed up hard aport and took its medicine.
"Was running slow, and always run slow, crossing the car lines, so I can stop," explained Mr. Goffe to the crowd that gathered.
"Yes, and that's what was the matter. You did stop," put in the street car motorman, L. Hayter, not concealing his animosity for automobiles. "I didn't hit you till you'd stopped. That's the way you chauffeurs have got to doing -- running onto our tracks and stopping, and we go back to the barn with our fenders on the platform."
A close examination of Mr. Goffe's car failed to reveal any damage done. The family was driven to the home, 2125 Brooklyn avenue, without dismounting.
Labels: accident, automobiles, Brooklyn avenue, Fourteenth street, streetcar
February 5, 1908
BECAUSE HE HIT A LAWYER.
B. T. Hardin Is Being Sued by T. B.
Buckner, Also and Attorney.
"Yes, I slapped him and I will hit any man who charges me with what he did," was the statement of B. T. Hardin on the witness stand in Judge Goodrich's division of the circuit court yesterday when the trial of the suit of T. B. Buckner against Hardin for $1,000 actual and $5,000 punitive damages for assault was in progress.
The suit is the outgrowth of a quarrel in Judge Seehorn's division of the circuit court in January, 1907, when these attorneys acted as counsel in a damage suit against the Metropolitan street railway. According to the evidence introduced in trial Buckner accused Hardin of appropriating certain papers connected with the former trial. Hardin resonted the statement and called Buckner a liar, at the same time hitting him with his fist, according to Buckner's statements. John T. Mathis, who was at that time connected with the Metropolitan street railway, and who was assisting Hardin in trying the case, also hit Buckner.
Mathis was at first one of the defendants but yesterday afternoon he was dismissed by Judge Goodrich and the trial proceeded with Hardin as the only defendant.
Besides the plaintiff and the defendant there were several prominent witnesses in the case yesterday. Among these were Judge T. J. Seehorn, John Tobin, clerk of the circuit court; Deputy Sheriff Harvey and jurors who were serving on the case in Judge Seehorn's division of the court at the time of the alleged assault. All were witnesses of the affair.
Labels: attorney, courtroom, Judge Goodrich, Judge Seehorn, Lawsuit, Metropolitan Street Railway Company
February 4, 1908
HE DOUBTS WALLACE'S MERCY.
Justice Young Hesitates About Send-
ing Case to Criminal Judge.
In endeavoring to save Herman P. Brumfield, 20 years old, from a prospective term in the penitentiary, Justice John B. Young yesterday refused to bind the young man over to the criminal court on his admission of having embezzled $60 from the Home Telephone Company. Brumfield had paid the money back and apparently expected this fact to absolve him from prosecution. The company chose to push the matter.
Brumfield's lawyers set forth that if the prisoner were held to the criminal court, inasmuch as he had made a confession in writing, he could not be saved from the penitentiary. They asked that he be allowed to plead guilty to a misdermeanor, but the prosecution declined this offer.
"If it is a case for leniency," said the prosecution, "put it up to Judge Wallace and let him be the judge of that."
"But I can't tell about the quality of Judge Wallace's mercy," answered Justice Young, "and I'm going to take this case under advisement for a week."
Brumfield was a collector for the telephone company and the money was taken in small sums, at various times, for a period of two months.
Labels: embezzlement, Judge Wallace, Judges, telephone
February 4, 1908
GINGER CLUB MUST WAIT.
Precedent in City Council Cannot Be
Violated to Oblige It.
Because the council did not want to violate a precedent the Ginger Club will have to wait another week before the authority is given to suspend across each end of their block electric signs between Oak and McGee on Twelfth having on them the potent number "300."
Labels: Ginger Club, McGee street, Oak street, organizations, Twelfth street
February 4, 1907
DR. EUBANK'S HORSE STOLEN.
Twice in Two Years He Is the Mark
of a Thief.
Dr. A. E. Eubank, formerly police surgeon, was the victim of a horsethief last night while attending a meeting of the church board of the Olive Street Baptist church, Ninth and Olive streets. He had left the horse and buggy in front of the church, fastened to a weight. When he went to drive home he found only the weight and strap. The thief had unsnapped it.
The horse was a light sorrel, with a white left hind foot and a white star in forehead. The animal was valued at $150, and the buggy, a black stanhope, at $100.
Labels: animals, buggy, churches, crime, doctors, Ninth street, Olive street
February 4, 1908
HE WANTED TO IMPERSONATE.
Female Role Was the Ambition of
Fred Coyle, Who Swiped $2.
When Fred Coyle was arrested last week, charged with stealing $2, he told the police he took the money for the sake of his starving parents. Yesterday he admitted to Judge McCune in the juvenile court that he had taken it to pay himself for a disputed bill.
"I would like to know a little more about this," said Judge McCune to Truant Officer Erskine, who had the case in charge. "Bring up Signor Salvini."
"Signor Salvini" turned out to be Pat Myers, who said he was a cook. Pat did not say it, but Fred said it for him, that onceupon a time he used to be an actor.
"The boy told me he wanted to get on the stage," said the signor.
"Wanted to be an actor, did he?" the judge submitted.
"Yes, sir-r," said Pat. "A female impersonator," he added.
"I think it was him," said the actor-looking cook. "I think it was him who stole my wife's petticoats. She lost six, and a dress. When a lady downstairs moved out, I went into a room Fred was using and found some women's clothes. We figured out he was rehearsing to go on stage."
"I do not know whether to believe the last story or not," said the judge, "but I certainly do not believe the one the boy told about stealing to keep his parents from starving. I'll hold him for a day or two to investigate further."
Labels: children, clothing, Judge McCune, juvenile court
February 3, 1908
AS IT FELL
EXCITED WOMAN HAD TROWN
INFANT FROM THIRD STORY.
BUILDING WAS IN FLAMES
MRS. HILDA HOLMQUEST OBEYED
A CROWD'S YELLS TO JUMP.
Man Caught the Baby as It Dropped,
but the Woman Struck the
Hard Pavement and
Was Badly Hurt.
MRS. HILDA HOLMQUEST.
Who Heeded an Excited Crowd's Advice to Leap From a Burning Building, and was seriously hurt.
Cut off from escape by the stairs in a fire in 406 Landis court yesterday afternoon, Mrs. Hilda Holmquest rushed to a rear fire escape three floors above the paved alley, with another woman's child in her arms and stood a moment dazed while flames shot up at her from a window on the floor beneath. It seemed impossible for her to descend the ladder through the flames and the excited crowd below cried to her to jump.
"Oh, take the baby," she said, "it is not mine."
Then she threw the infant and jumped after it.
George M. Thomas of 910 Wyandotte street, one of the crowd beneath, caught the babe by one arm and both feet and dodged Mrs. Holmquest's falling body.
The child was unhurt. Mrs. Holmquest struck the brick pavement and suffered a broken knee, a serious scalp wound and internal injuries. She may recover.
RESCUED BY FIREMEN.
Two minutes after Mrs. Holmquest jumped the truck and ladder company from No. 4 fire station arrived and rescued all of the other people imprisoned by the fire in the upper floors. They are: Mrs. Edward McNamara, wife of the police sergeant; Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Bushnell and Mr. and Mrs. Mellin.
Others than Mrs. Homlquest, who were injured in the blaze, were people on the first floor. The fire started from an unknown cause in a closet in the apartments of Mrs. Frank Alley, on the first floor, and when she opened the closet door it had gained such headway that already it was eating its way through the ceiling into the rooms above and it burst out of the closet upon her, singeing her hair and burning her hands.
A Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell, who were visiting Mrs. Alley, were unable to reach a door before the flames cut them off. Mitchell's face was burned deep into the flesh. Mrs. Alley was unable to save anything from her apartments.
The rescue of Mrs. McNamara from a window above the floor from which Mrs. Holmquest leaped was a thrilling one. When she discovered the fire she rose from her bed, where she had lain for six weeks because of sickness, crept to a window, and seeing nothing below her but smoke and flame, climbed along the window ledge on the third floor to the window of hte adjoining apartment, No. 408. There she remained until Captain John Vaughn of the fire company put up a ladder, climbed it and carried her to safety.
WENT DOWN THE LADDER.
Mr. and Mrs. Bushnell and the Marlins, their guests, were also on the third floor. Smoke and flame coming up the stairs and enveloping the fire escapes compelled them to sit in their windows and await the arrival of the firemen. No. 4 truck company ran up three ladders and brought them all to safety.
When the work of rescue was finished the firemen turned their attention to the blaze and extinguished it after a hard battle. Two companies were called and assisted No. 4. The fire damage was confined to the three foors of the one apartment, although tenants of the apartments on either side suffered damage by water.
CAUSE OF FIRE UNKNOWN.
Last night no cause for the fire had been discovered. M. G. Harmon, agent for the property, said that the loss will probably amount to $4,000 or $5,000. The "court" runs from Broadway to Washington street on Eighteenth street on both sides and includes twenty-two houses, accommodating four families each on as many floors. Howard B. Waldron, mayor of Hisllsdale, Mich., bought the property five years ago for $200,000 and $80,000 insurance is carried.
Mrs. August Josephson, mother of the baby that was dropped three stories, returned soon after the fire and found her child at her sister's, Mrs. H. O. Axene, at 402 Landis court.
Mrs. Holmquest is 28 years old and came here from Providence, R. I. She has been married eight months and is the wife of Theodore Holmquest, a porter, employed at the Emery, Bird, Thayer Dry Goods Company. He was at work yesterday and she had left her home at 1638 Pennsylvania avenue to visit Mrs. Josephson and was caring for the baby, Velma, while Mrs. Josephson attended a funeral. Velma is eight months old.
Labels: Broadway, children, Eighteenth street, Fire, Landis court, Washington street, women, Wyandotte street
February 3, 1908
WALK IN WITH SMALLPOX.
Three Who Were Broken Out Asked
Early yesterday morning J. W. Thompson, who said he had been staying at the Metropolitan hotel, Fifth and May streets, strolled into the emergency hospital, complained of feeling sick and asked the physician in charge to treat him. It was found that he was broken out with smallpox and he was carted off to St. George's hospital.
Later in the day a man and woman came over from the Helping Hand institute to find out what was the matter with them and were declared to have the smallpox. They were sent to St. George's. The emergency hospital and the institute were fumigated.
Men from the city physician's office expect to make another vaccination raid in the North End Tuesday night. All rooming houses on West Fifth and West Fourth streets and in Little Italy will be visited and the inmates made to show scars or subject themselves to the scratcher.
Labels: emergency hospital, Fifth street, Fourth street, Helping Hand, hotels, May street, North end, smallpox
February 3, 1908
PROGRESS OF THE NEGRO.
Defined in Address Last Night by
W. T. Vernon.
In an address delivered to negroes at Allen chapel last night, W. T. Vernon of the United States treasury department said that the possibilities of the negro are encouraging to all those who desire a better era for these people. He claimed that the negro appreciates all the opportunities which may be opened to him. He declared that with the negro's freedom was made the most radical change in social order.
"The passage of the war amendments was necessary and just," said Mr. Vernon. "They prohibited peonage, defined citizenship, provided for the penalization of any state which should disenfranchise its citizens, and provided against this injustice on account of color. Then came the upward struggle of 4,000,000,000 people and as a result of such legislation and protection, the race has made achievements unparalleled in the world's history by any race similarly environed. From 1870 to 1900 the illiteracy of the face was decreased 43 per cent. At the close of the civil war the negro was without a home. In 1900, thirty-five years later, 372,414 were owners of homes of which 225,156 were free from incumbrance. He has nearly 30,000 school teachers, 500 young negroes pursuing special courses in the greatest institutions of learning in this and foreign countries, and he is paying taxes on quite $800,000,000 worth of property.
"Unbiased men will admit that such a record deserves encouragement, and gives just ground for the belief that he is daily becoming an appreciated, potent factor for good.
"The South today is struggling industrially with the rest of the world. The building up of this section can not be accomplished without the labor of the negro. These people, discriminated agaisnt, with thier schools diminishng, are not given an opportunity to do the best within them, and thus give to their country the splendid efforts which they could otherwise give. Blind indeed to right and justice -- blind to the best interests of our country is he who denies to any class of our citizens that which he asks for himself. As a race we must remember that education, sobriety, thrift and energy are the qualities which will give us success, permanent and lasting.
"While seeking industrial opportunity and progress in the business world, the spiritual side, which has to do with literature, art, science, culture and soul growth, should not be neglected. Here in the midst of a growing developing population, with less racial antagonisms and discriminations than are found elsewhere, I believe the race can rise to its highest possibilites. I would advice that we remain here and work out our destiny."
At Lincoln high school, Nineteenth and Tracy, Mr. Vernon addressed the colored Y. M. C. A. yesterday afternoon.
Labels: Civil War, Nineteenth street, race, schools, Tracy avenue, YMCA
February 3, 1908
FROZEN STIFF IN HIS CHAIR.
Neighbors Found the Body of George
Ordway, a Suicide.
Completely frozen, the body of George Ordway was found in a chair in a sitting posture in his home, 2308 Main street, yesterday morning. Some of his neighbors had called to see him, knowing that he had been in ill health and was somewhat desopndent over the death fo his wife which occurred three weeks ago.
Upon entering the room they found the body and a bottle, which had contained laudanum, upon a table at its side. The police found a note Ordway had left for the coroner, containing several names of persons whom he desired to be notified of his death.
Ordway was 75 years old and had been employed as a laborer on a rock crusher at Twenty-fifth street and Grand avenue. He has no relatives in the city. The coroner said that he had probably been dead for twenty-four hours as it would have taken the body that long to have become completely frozen.
Labels: Grand avenue, laborer, Main street, Seniors, Suicide, Twenty-fifth street
February 2, 1908
BISHOP HOGAN IS RECOVERING.
Aged Prelate Has Been Near Death
After having been reported as indisposed, but really near the point of death, Bishop Hogan is recovering reapidly from an attack of pneumonia. Two weeks ago he was down town and, meeting David R. Francis in the ofice of a mutual acquaintance, the aged prelate unmindfully sat with his overcoat on in the heated room, catching cold on his way home. Prostration followed and last Tuesday Bishop Lillis was brought over from his diocese on the other side of the line to annoint the Kansas City bishop for death. Prayers were said for a happy death. Yesterday one of the household laughed merrily.
"Now it is all we can do to keep the good old bishop in his bed," was said. "He insists on getting up, saying he is well."
One of Bishop Hogan's pet theories is that of "greater circle sailing." This is one of the most difficult of mathmatical calculations, used in the higher branches of the navy. He invariably follows the movement of the American fleet when on long voyages. Contrary to what would appear to be the short way, a voyage of straight lines by Admiral Evans's fleet would be longer than to make the voyage in semi-circles. Practical proof of this can be got by manipulating a thread across teh side of an orange between two points. Navigating officers all have to study this out in order to know how to make short cuts across the open sea.
"The bishop," said a clergyman yesterday, "has got over getting ready to die and he wants to get at his maps again."
In his younger days the bishop used to tell with glee how he came to be a mathmetician of high order. He comes of an aristocratic family and from early days had his private tutor. Most of the tutor's time was in trying to keep him out of mischief and at his books. Finding that the youngster liked figtures, the tutor went into the science of "greater circle sailing," which was like teaching an aria to a primer student. To the tutor's amazement the boy learned beyond his years, and ever since, he has kept up the study.
Labels: illness, ministers
February 2, 1908
TRIPLET CARDS IN BIG DEMAND.
Supply at Jones's Soon Exhausted, but
More are Coming.
The postcards containing the picture of the Curry triplets which were placed on sale at the Jones dry goods store yesterday sold like hot cakes at a country fair. Only a small consignment of the cards were delivered at the store, owing to the inability of Miss Tillie Thornbrue, the young woman who conceived the idea of raising money for the curry family the sale of the cards, to print enough of the pictures to supply the demand. There was a constant call for the cards at the store all day and the limited supply furnished by Miss Thronbrue was quickly exhausted.
All those who made application yesterday for the cards and could not be accommodated were informed that an additional supply would be ready for sale Monday morning. Miss Thornbrue stated yesterday afternoon that she would be able to furnish at least 2,000 of the cards early tomorrow morning and that she had made arrangements to print them fast enough to keep the postcard counter at Jones's supplied in the future.
The proceeds from the sale of the postcards, with the exception of the cost of their production, is to be given to the support of the Curry family. The Jones Dry Goods company has consented to handle the sale without any compensation whatever.
The babies are still being cared for at the Curry home by Miss Bertha Curry, their 17-year-old sister, and a trained nurse. They appear to be in the best of health and are gaining in weight rapidly. They have been fed from bottles from the time of their birth, December 22. The mother, who died last Tuesday night, had only seen the triplets two or three times.
Mr. Curry and his eldest daughter, Bertha, who has the care of the babies, refuse to listen to any proposition to turn the triplets over to some charitable institution for care, but insist that they will see to their welfare at home. The people living in the vicinity of the Curry home are rendering all assistance possible.
Labels: charity, children, Jones Dry Goods, nurses
February 2, 1908
WELSH ORGANIZE A SOCIETY.
For Promotion of Welsh Music, Liter-
ature, and Art.
The Welsh society of the Greater Kansas City, which was organized yesterday, will hold a St. David's day celebration on Monday, March 2, in the Second Presbyterian church, Fifteenth street and Broadway. St. David's day falls upon March 1, but as that is Sunday this year, the celebration was postponed for one day. There will be speeches and singing in both the Welsh and English languages.
There are several thousand Welsh in Kansas City and there is an opportunity, the organizers believe, for a flourishing society here. The officers of the society are Owen J. Owen, President; Theodore S. Jones, secretary; and John Lloyd, treasurer. Those interested in Welsh music and the society are invited to meet in Professor Gwilym Thomas's studio at Eleventh and Oak streets Monday evening at 7:30 o'clock.
Labels: Broadway, churches, Eleventh street, Fifteenth street, Oak street, organizations
February 1, 1908
DRANK CYANIDE OF POTASSIUM.
J. H. Lipton Had Used It for Clean-
J. H. Lipton, 39 years old, of 1001 Wyandotte street, learned last night that cyanide of potassium is a deadly poison. A mixture containing the poison was fixed up to experiment in taking stains from furniture. Some of the cyanide was left in a glass. Lipton became thirsty and drank out of the glass. He had no sooner done so than he fell to the floor unconscious. He was taken to the emergency hospital in the police ambulance. After a couple of hour of hard work, Drs. Ford B. Rogers and George Dagg declared Lipton out of danger. He will get well.
Labels: doctors, emergency hospital, poison, Wyandotte street
February 1, 1908
PREVENT SMALLPOX SPREAD.
Seventy-Five Men at Salvation Army
Marshalled by C. H. Cook, chief clerk of the board of health, Drs. Paul Lux and H. A. Lane and R. A. Shiras went on another vacccinating tour last nigth. Only one place was visited on account of the inclement weather. That was the Salvation Army Citadel, at 1300 Walnut street, and it was selected on account of the fact that a virulent case of smallpox was discovered there yesterday morning.
Seventy-five men were found in the smoking room and sleeping apartments at the Citadel, and all were vaccinated. One old man said he would leave the city before he would "stand for the scratch." When Patrolman August Metsinger and Victor Ringolsky, an inspector started with him to the Walnut street station, however, he changed his mind quickly.
The number 13 played an important part with the man who had smallpox at the Citadel. The number of the building is 1300, the man had room 13, had been in the room 13 days and he "broke out" on Friday, January 31, which is 13 reversed. He was sent to the St. George hospital for treatment.
A man dressed like a prosperous mechanic appeared at the board of health late yesterday and asked to be examined. It was soon discovered that he was suffering from smallpox. He had arrived here on a Missouri Pacific train from Omaha, and was en route to Boston. He was at once transferred to St. George, Kansas City's smallpox hospital in the East Bottoms.
Labels: board of health, Boston, doctors, East bottoms, health, hospitals, Omaha, railroad, Salvation Army, smallpox, Walnut Street
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