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May 30, 1908
BLACK HAND IN
MOVES MEN LIKE PIECES IN A
GAME OF CHESS.
SHADOW OF MICKEY O'HEARN.
COMPELS TERROR AND SILENCE
WHEREVER IT FALLS.
"I Get My Orders From the Boss
Down Town," Boasts an Insub-
ordinate Sergeant --
What Happened to James.
"You'll only be here a few days."
"To hell with the captain. I get my orders from the boss down town."
Could it be that his avowed friendship for Alderman Mickey O'Hearn, and the fact that Mickey was for him when he made sergeant, inspired these remarks from Sergeant Charles Beattie? They were made some time ago in No 3 police station on the Southwest boulevard to Sergeant R. L. James, who, at that time, was in command of the station nights. There was more truth than poetry in the remarks, for James was moved at the next monthly meeting. It is said five persons heard the remarks of Sergeant Beattie.
It is a well known fact to all who understand police duty that the sergeant in charge of a station has full charge of the men in the entire district. On the night that the remarks were made it is reported that Beattie, who was serving as outside sergeant, changed a patrolman whom Sergeant James had ordered to walk the Southwest boulevard until the saloons closed. It was Saturday night and things were doing on the boulevard.
When the patrolman was told to go another beat he went to the station after his lunch, so report says. There this dialogue is said to have taken place:
"It's only 11 o'clock, officer. I thought I told you to stay on the boulevard until the saloons were closed," said James.
"Sergeant Beattie has ordered me back on my beat," was the reply.
ORDERS FROM THE BOSS.
Just at that juncture Beattie entered and an explanation was asked for. He said that he had ordered the officer back and intended that he should go there, too. He was asked if he didn't know that the sergeant in charge of the station was his superior officer and t5hat he is said to have replied: "Oh you'll only be here a few days."
James, according to the witnesses, must have felt the influence of the unseen power which has for nearly a year been guiding the affairs of the police, still he fought for his authority.
"I don't want to quarrel with my men, and won't," he is reported as saying, "but, Beattie, if you will be here tomorrow at 9 o'clock we will put this whole matter up to the captain and see who is right."
"To hell with the captain. I get my orders from the boss down town," is the reported remark of Beattie. Then the officer was ordered by Beattie to go hence and he went.
A full report of this affair was made to Captain John Branham, who has charge at No. 3 police station. The captain made his report and the correspondence was sent to Chief of Police Daniel Ahern. There the matter has apparently rested, for Beattie has never called "on the carpet" to explain his remark, and James "got his" at the first of the month. It is also said that the matter of James's removal was taken up with the commissioners later and that they knew nothing of it. Yet the board unanimously adopted a resolution in July last year, saying that only the commissioners should have to do with the shifting of men.
WHAT UNSEEN FORCE?
Who moved Sergeant James? What for? He is rated as one of the best officers on the force and there is not a black mark against him. What force was brought to bear? How did Beattie know that James would be moved? Beattie is said to be a close friend of "Mickey."
A reporter attempted to interview Sergeant James last night in regard to the affair. Here is all he got: "Yes, I was once at No. 3. I was moved from there and made relief sergeant. If there was any trouble down there, a full report was made on it, and that is all I have got to say unless called on by my superior officers or the board."
Before Beattie was made a sergeant, he walked a beat on West Twelfth street, by the Century hotel and theater. There he came daily in contact with Joseph Donegan, manager, a close friend of O'Hearn. He also saw O'Hearn many times a week for the Century was a hang out of his when not at his saloon. Many reports came to headquarters of a poker game in that neighborhood, but it was reported "impossible to get at it."
THEY'RE AFRAID TO TALK.
Good men on the police force who got "in bad" by doing their full duty are now living in deadly fear that their names will be published.
"What do you care?" one was asked yesterday. "You did your duty and got the worst of it, didn't you?"
"Yes," he replied mournfully, "and I know just why I got it and who gave it to me. But I have a family to support and I need my job. If you run my name I'm afraid the man who had me moved will have me fired."
All through the whole department that unseen power is felt. All seem to know what and who it is, but they fear to say so, unless called on to do so by the board of police commissioners.
A new man said yesterday that O'Hearn moved to the Century hotel in the Second ward just to run for Alderman there. The January Home telephone book gives his residence as 3427 Euclid avenue.
The police board seems to be resting fairly content while the force is being manipulated to suit a saloonkeeper-politician and his friends. Or is the board "wise" to what is going on -- and willing to stand for it?
Labels: Alderman O'Hearn, black hand, Euclid avenue, hotels, No 3 police station, police, politics, saloon, Southwest boulevard
May 30, 1908
PEACENESS DIDN'T SAVE HIM.
And in Spite of Truthness Charles
Sovern is Convicted.
It was but a few minutes after the attorney for Charles Sovern, who has been on trial in Judge E. E. Porterfield's court for the shooting of Frank W. Lander, had asked a witness: "Were Mr. and Mrs. Sovern in their store, or were they not?" then he asked this of another:
"What is Sovern's reputation for truthness, peaceness and quietness, good or bad, eh?"
That convulsed the courtroom and the jury, but when Assistant Prosecutor Bert S. Kimbrell came back with, "Have you any personal knowledge of his reputation for truthness, etc.," Judge Porterfield had to rap to bring the stenographer and clerk to order.
The jury gave Sovern three years in the penitentiary. The evidence was that he shot Lander over a business quarrel. Sovern owns a store at 4315 East Fifteenth street and Lander has one at 4317 the same street. Lander had the bullets picked out and recovered.
Labels: courtroom, Fifteenth street, Judge Porterfield, violence
May 29, 1908
DUG UP HIS NITROGLYCERIN.
Safeblower Hart Led Police to Spot
Where It Was Buried.
A nitroglycerin hunt is an unusual feature to a detective's duty, but it was part of the day's programme yesterday morning when W. G. Hart, a safeblower of no small record, led the police to the runway of the Hannibal bridge where he had buried over a pint of the explosive.
Hart was captured Tuesday night by Sergeant Patrick Clark, Desk Sergeant, Holly Jarboe and Officer Joe Enright after having blown a safe in the Metzner Stove Supply and Repair House, 304 West Sixth street. At the time of the capture, Hart attempted to hurl a bottle of the explosive at the police officers, but was kept from doing so by one of the occupants of the house.
Hart had made his nitroglycerin at the foot of the Hannibal bridge and then buried it in the roadside. It was feared that a passing wagon might cause an explosion and so it was taken up yesterday. Hart emptied the bottle upon the ground.
Labels: crime, detectives, Hannibal bridge, Holly Jarboe, police, Sixth street
May 29, 1908
MEN WERE MOVED.
AFTER BEING THREATENED BY
MEN WITH A "PULL."
SHE HAD BEEN FINED 106 TIMES,
BUT WAS EXEMPT.
"Ain't You Next?" Said O'Hearn's
Friend; "You're to Let Her
Alone." -- More of the Pow-
er of Mickey O'Hearn.
After the order of the board of police commissioners Wednesday a reporter for The Journal had no trouble in seeing the books at No. 4 police station yesterday. And a view of these books proved the charges that every man since the first of the year, who has been active in arresting women "night hawks" has been taken out of plain clothes and removed from the district. One man was left in the district but he was taken from that special duty and put back into uniform.
The records showed that officers had been taken from that duty even before January 1 -- in fact, any man who has been too active since the reorganized police department took charge of affairs after Governor Joseph W. Folk's "rigid investigation" has been shifted. This is not only true of No. 4 district by even in No. 1 district, headquarters. This does not pertain alone to the arresting of dissolute women but to interference with certain saloons which were selling liquor on Sunday. That charge is made in regard to No. 1 district more than any other. Of course, some saloons have been caught; but they are not the influential ones; those run by "our political friends."
While the records at No. 4 station practically prove all the assertions made in regard to that district it is said that no blame can be laid at the door of Captain Thomas P. Flahive. It is not he who has had the men taken out of citizens clothes and transferred Those who know say he has been handicapped by having only a few men to do the work in his district and by an unseen power which has been able to have men removed when they did their full duty.
ARRESTED MANY WOMEN.
The records show that Daniel Doran, who worked there for years, arrested thirty-five women just before January 1. He was threatened by well dressed vagrants and told that he would be moved. And by the grace of the unseen power he was moved January 1, last, going in uniform to No. 9 -- the "sage brush" district.
The commanding officers and sergeants under whom Edward Prewett worked in No. 4 precinct speak well of him. He was there nearly eight years, and it was never said that Prewett did not do his full duty. In fat, it has been said that "Prewett would bring in his grandmother if ordered to do so."
In December, Prewett was detailed alone to bring in women of the streets. In eighteen days he brought in thirty-five of them. But from all sides, even from the women and especially the dude vagrants, he heard, "You won't last beyond January 1." One night Prewett arrested a woman named Kate Kingston. Last year this woman was fined $500 by Police Judge Harry G. Kyle, and at that time the records showed that she had been fined 106 times in police court.
"YOU AIN'T NEXT, ARE YOU?"
As he started away with the woman, "Ted" Noland appeared on the scene. "Turn that woman loose," he said; "you ain't next are you? She's to be let alone." Prewett was not "next," for he was also arrested Noland, and that was his undoing. Noland threatened the officer and told him he would personally see to it that he was moved. And Prewett was moved January 1, going in uniform to No. 6. Noland was fined $50 in police court the day following his arrest.
Noland is well known to the police, and in January, 1907, was fined $500 on a charge of vagrancy. That same Kate Kingston, over whom he threatened the officer, testified then that he and a man named Deerwester had beaten her at Thirteenth and Main streets. Deerwester got a similar fine. Their cases were appealed and the men were soon out out on bond.
Noland is a friend of Alderman "Mickey" O'Hearn, and, until recently, could be seen almost any day about his saloon at 1205 Walnut street; also about the saloon of Dan Leary at Fourteenth and Walnut streets. The records show that Leary has gone the bonds of scores of street women. At one time Judge Kyle objected to the n umber of personal bonds that Leary was signing and required that they be made in cash.
JUST SEE MICKEY.
The influence of Alderman "Mickey" O'Hearn may be better understood when it is known how he is reverenced by many members of the police department. When the Folk "investigation" was begun in May last year the commissions of probably half the department were held up. This conversation was overheard one day between two of the officers out of commissions.
"I'll tell you these are ticklish times," one said. "I have all my friends to work and am assured that I am all right."
"I'm up a tree," the other replied. "I don't know what to do. I have always tried to do my duty and can't imagine why I am held up."
"Why don't you see 'Mickey'?" his friend said with astonishment. "I thought you were wise. You know 'Mickey,' don't you You do; then go and see him and the whole things squared. That's what I did."
From that day to this the word has gone out through the whole department, "See 'Mickey' if you are in bad. He'll fix it."
Labels: Captain Flahive, corruption, crime, Governor Folk, Judge Kyle, Main street, No 4 police station, No 6 police station, No 9 police station, police, police headquarters, politics, saloon, The Journal, Thirteenth street, vagrancy, Walnut Street
May 29, 1908
RAIN INTERFERES WITH LIGHTS.
Insulation on Electric Wires Is Be-
Prevailing rains are interfering with the electric light wires. Insulation is becoming saturated and the result is that electricity is "cutting around" instead of going out on spurs to lamps.
"There is nothing that can be done to prevent these new troubles," said an official of the electric light company yesterday. "Weatherproof insulation does not mean waterproof insulation. Ordinarily it is waterproof, but that is where it gets a chance to dry out after one rain before another falls. The last two weeks there has been rain so often and the sun so seldom that the insulation is becoming saturated. Dim lights are the result in some places. Only sunshine can cure that sort of defect."
Labels: Utilities, weather
May 29, 1908
WILL DEDICATE LONG CHAPEL.
Erected by John Long for $40,000.
Tomorrow afternoon the Mrs. John Long Memorial Chapel in Mount Washington cemetery will be dedicated. The late John Long, a retired wholesale grocer, erected the $40,000 chapel as a tribute to the memory of his wife, Mrs. Emma Stuttle Long, who died October 1, 1906. Mr. Long died in February this year and his own funeral was the first to be held in the chapel he built.
The dedication will be at 2:30 in the afternoon. Edward L. Scarritt, president of the cemetery association, will preside. There will be addresses by the Rev. J. A. Schaad, the Rev. S. M. Neel and the Rev. William J. Dalton
. Mrs. Gilure and Mrs. McDonald will sing solo selections and a quartette will furnish the balance of the programme.
Mrs. Long was known for her charities among the poor and the chapel her husband built to her memory is for the poor, the rich, the religious and those of all the world who have not professed faith. Al, who are eligible to be buried in the cemetery, are to have the free use of the chapel.
Labels: cemetery, Father Dalton, Funeral, ministers, Mt. Washington
May 28, 1908
BURIED IN A ROAD.
SAFEBLOWER WILL LEAD
THE POLICE TO IT.
That Is, if Some Wagon Wheel
Don't Set It Off Before This
Morning -- One Sends Money
to His Mother.
Safe blowing is not a lucrative business, according to G. W. Hart and William Riley, the two yeggmen who were arrested Tuesday night after having blown a safe in the Metzner Stove Supply and Repair house, 304 West Sixth street. The two burglars made a complete confession before Captain Walter Whitsett and other police officers last night, telling somewhat of their past and present record, also giving an interesting account of how they pulled off their jobs.
The two men met each other on the streets several days ago and their acquaintance grew steadily. Both lived in a low rooming house at 507 Grand avenue and it was there that they perfected their plans for the safe robbery which they perpetrated Tuesday night.
For several days past Hart has made a hiding place of the Hannibal bridge. In that locality he kept his tools and prepared the nitroglycerin which he used to blow the safes. He said that had he been successful in his robberies here he intended taking his loot to that place and burying it at the roadside, where he has now over a pint of nitroglycerin stored away.
The only other safe blowing job which Hart has tried in Kansas City was Sunday night when he attempted to blow open the safe in the Ernst Coal and Feed barns at Twentieth and Grand avenue. At that time, however, he was interrupted by police officers and barely escaped arrest. He was not successful in this attempt. Two or there days previous to this Hart entered and robbed a wholesale house located near Fifth and Delaware streets. He got only a few dollars in currency.
WHERE HE HAS WORKED.
In tell of his work at the safe-blowing, Hart said: "I have been at this business for the past year or two, and in that time I have robbed safes in Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, Ohio, Nebraska and Missouri. The biggest haul I ever made was from a bank in some town in Oklahoma. I had to get through four large front doors which were loaded with concrete, but was successful, and sent the money I made in that deal to my mother. I often sent her the biggest part of my makings. She thought I got it honestly. No, I won't tell you her name or where she lives," he replied to a question from the police captain.
"Sometimes I would bank the money I got from the safes," he continued, "but it never got me anything. I am worse broke now than I was when I was living honestly. The job we pulled off last night was to get me money to pay my board.
"When I got the safe all soaped and ready to blow," he said in reply to a question of where he went when the explosion took place, "I usually stand just on top of the safe. There is no danger of any hurt up there, for the explosion always blows out, not up. If it has made too much noise, I most always have time to jump down and pull out the money boxes before anyone gets there, and then make my getaway."
Hart is a man of thirty or more names. He refused to tell his right name to police officers, saying that G. W. Hart was just as good as any. Among the names given were Maycliffe, Miller, Pope, Brown and Simpson. Hart has served a term of years in the Ohio state penitentiary, having been sent there on the charge of assault with intent to kill. He shot a brakeman who tried to eject him from a freight train on which he was stealing a ride. The brakeman was not seriously injured. With this exception he has had no other prison record, being only 26 years of age.
HE'S GREEN AT IT.
William Riley, the other yeggman, was more reticent about his part in the affair of Tuesday night. He claimed that it was his first attempt at safe blowing and admitted that he was rather amateurish about the business. Though he has not done much along the yegging line, he has a much longer prison record than his partner. Most of his matured life has been spent behind prison bars. He is now 47 years old. He was first convicted of highway robbery in Jackson county and sentenced to five years in the state prison. He had not been released from that term many months before he received a sentence at Springfield, Mo., for a term of two years, charged with grand larceny. Besides this he served four years more in the Missouri penitentiary for grand larceny, having been convicted at Sedalia.
When the two men were arrested Tuesday night the woman who keeps the rooming house in which they lived, and Ernest Vega, a Mexican roomer, were also arrested. Hart and Riley have both testified that these two were entirely innocent of the affair, and have asked for their release. It is probable t hat they will be released this morning, as the time limit for investigation of prisoners is over.
Hart will accompany a squad of police officers to his hiding ground at the runway of the Hannibal bridge this morning, when the nitroglycerin, which he has buried there, will be removed. It is lying on the roadside, just under the surface, and it is feared that the wheels of some farm wagon might accidental cause an explosion if it is not removed at once.
Labels: Captain Whitsett, crime, Delaware street, Fifth street, Grand avenue, Hannibal bridge, highway robbery, immigrants, penitentiary, railroad, Sedalia, Sixth street, Twentieth street
May 28, 1908
TO SHOW BOOKS.
BOARD DECIDES RECORDS ARE
OPEN TO PUBLIC .
ALD. O'HEARN'S ACTIVITY.
ACCUSED OF CAUSING REMOVAL
OF VIGILANT OFFICER.
Remarkable Case of Lisiecki Broth-
er's Saloon, Where a Politician
Is Said to Have Called
Off Besieging Police.
After twenty-four hours deliberation the board of police commissioner came to the conclusion yesterday that records of arrests at the different stations in the city should be declared public, so long as the information desired was of past transactions. May Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr. declared that information of past transactions should be given to any citizen asking it, and the other members of the board concurred, after some discussion.
The board was told that a reporter for The Journal had asked on Tuesday to see the records and had been refused by the captain of No. 4 station and Chief of Police Daniel Ahern.
"What do you want to see the books for?" Mayor Crittenden asked.
"It has been charged that every man since the first of the year who has been active in arresting women who infest the streets in that district has been taken out of plain clothes, and all but the two who are now detailed for that duty, put into uniform and removed from the precinct," the mayor was told. "It is said that the records at the station will show this state of affairs. It is also charged that the removal of the men came after threats from well dressed vagrants and a certain saloonkeeper-politician in that district."
No comment was made upon this statement. Chief Daniel Ahern, who was present, was simply ordered to let the books be examined "in the presence of the officer in charge of the station," and that was all. No hint at an investigation by this board was made.
SIX HAVE BEEN MOVED.
The records show that since January 1 eight men have been detailed in plain clothes in No. 4 district. Their principal duty is to keep the streets clean of undesirable women at night. Six of those men have been removed already, and the two now there have been told that they are to go. One of the men who is said to have threatened policemen who did their duty is Alderman Michael J. O'Hearn, known in a political way as "Mickey" O'Hearn.
The records will show that Frank N. Hoover was removed from No. 4 precinct on March 1. It is well known that this district harbors criminals of all classes and a horde of women who support well dressed vagrants in idleness. The records show that during Hoover's short stay in plain clothes his "cases" included the capture of land fraud sharks, a murderer, one woman who attempted murder, shoplifters working Jones Bros.' department store, clothing thieves, typewriter thieves, "hop" fiends, opium jointists, vagrants -- and a long list of "lavender ladies" who called to men from their windows, and others who walked the streets by night. Scores of these lawbreakers were fined from $5 to $150 in police court on Patrolman Hoover's testimony.
It is alleged that one night when Hoover had arrested a well known vagrant, who for years has lived off the wages of sinful women, he was accosted by O'Hearn, who demanded to know why Hoover was aresting his "friends." One who heard the conversaion said that Hoover told the saloonkeeper that he knew nothing about his "friends"; in fact, that he was doing police duty. O'Hearn, according to report, then told Hoover with a snap of the finger: "We'll see about you later." And he was "seen to" March 1, when he was put into uniform and transferred to a beat in No. 6 district.
Labels: Jones Dry Goods, Kansas City council, Mayor Crittenden, narcotics, No 4 police station, No 6 police station, police, Police Chief Ahern, saloon, The Journal
May 28, 1908
TEACHERS FEARED A TORNADO.
Dismissed Pupils Yesterday When
Black Clouds Appeared.
Fearing that the black cloud which approached Kansas City from the northwest yesterday morning was bring a tornado, Miss Emma J. Lockett, principal of the Linwood school, Linwood and Woodland avenues, dismissed the 735 children under her care, and sent them scampering to their homes.
But she first called up P. Connor, the weather forecaster. After being assured that the coming storm was not a twister, she remembered how many times she had failed to take an umbrella when he said "Fair today," and had come home dripping, so she was not satisfied, but tried to call the school board. After several ineffectual attempts, the board's telephone being in use at each time, she noticed that the cloud was much nearer. At the rate it was coming, the children could barely have time to get to their own roofs before trees began to be uprooted. She rang the dismissal bell, telling her charges to go home at once.
But Mr. Connor was right, and Miss Lockett very sweetly admitted it after the cloud had passed. School was resumed at the afternoon hour.
The Catholic sisters in charge of St. Vincent's academy, Thirty-first street and Flora avenue, also dismissed their 250 pupils when the threatening clouds appeared.
In 1886 the Lathrop school, Eight and May streets, was partly wrecked by a storm. Several children were killed.
Labels: children, Eighth street, Flora avenue, Linwood avenue, May street, schools, Thirty-first street, weather, Woodland avenue
May 27, 1908
TO SHOW BOOKS.
CONTAIN NAMES OF OFFICERS
WHO WERE TRANSFERRED.
THEY ARE PUBLIC PROPERTY.
BUT CONTAIN PROOF OF
Matter of Changing Active Officers
Is to Come Before Board Today.
Farce Follows Chief Dan-
iel Ahern's Order.
Not until yesterday was it made known that the records of arrests at police stations in Kansas City, ordinarily believed to be open to public view, are secret, perhaps sacred, reports, wont to be seen by any one not connected with the department until so ordered by the board of police commissioners, or, perhaps, some higher tribunal -- mayhap the mysterious influence behind the present police force.
While the charge has been made that officers who did their full duty in bringing in objectionable women of the streets, in whom well dressed vagrants were interested, had recently been taken out of plain clothes, put back into uniform and transferred to remote districts, it was additionally charged that the records of No. 4 police station for several months would show that every officer who had been active in that work had been removed to another district.
Believing that the records at a police station were as public as those of police court or any other court, a reporter for The Journal called at No. 4 (Walnut street) station yesterday and made this request of Captain Thomas P. Flahive:
"I want to see the record of arrests since January. I want to get the names of the officers working in plain clothes since that time. I want to see how many women each man arrested and find out if those same officers are still in this district, or if they have been removed."
"While our books may be regarded as public records," said Captain Flahive, "I must refuse you access to them unless you bring me an order from Chief Ahern of the board."
"The books are in Captain Flahive's district," said Chief Daniel Ahern later, "if he wants to show them to you he can. He won't, you say? Then I will not let you see them without an order from the board."
GALLAGHER SAYS "NO."
"Not by any means," was the reply of Commissioner A. E. Gallagher. "The matter will be brought to the attention of the board tomorrow."
Commissioner Elliot H. Jones, last night said, when asked whether the records of arrests were public property, "I don't know; I've never thought about it."
"It is my personal opinion, off hand, that such records are open to the public," came from Mayor Crittenden. "However, I am new in the business here and would not like to give a positive opinion. Ask the board tomorrow."
City Counselor E. C. Meservey was called up at his home last night after all of these refusals by public officers to screen police acts and asked whether he regarded the records of a police station as public records. He said promptly: "I see no reason why they should not be just as public as the records of the police court, especially those of past transactions. There is only one reason in my mind why they should be refused and that is where the police saw that the giving of the record would interfere with their duty in arresting law breakers." When told the record that was wanted he said, "that certainly is of past transactions and I think the records should have been produced."
THEY WERE NOT REMOVED.
The records under the Hayes administration will show that for one year previous to his removal by the board, July 31, 1907, only a few men were detailed in plain clothes in No. 4 district to bring in objectionable women and vagrants supported by them, and they were not removed for doing so. They remained at that duty a long time.
On the best information that can be gained without seeing the books, the records since July 31 last year will show that no fewer than from eight to ten different men have been assigned to duty in that district. From memory it can be truthfully said that since January 1 these officers have been detailed there: Edward Prewett, Daniel Doran, Frank M. Hoover, Thomas L. McDonough, Lucius Downey, J. C. Dyson, John Rooth and A. B. Cummings. All of them were active in doint their duty.
Prewett was put back in uniform and sent to No. 6.
Doran got into "harness" and was sent to No. 9, "the woods."
Hoover is now wearing blue at No. 6.
McDonough was taken from that duty, put into uniform but left in the district.
Downey, who had been in plain clothes for nearly three years, was put into a suit of blue he had nearly outgrown and sent to a tough beat in the North end.
Dyson in in blue and brass and is taking a chance at being sunstruck in the tall grass of No. 9.
Rooth and Cummings are still there, but the rumor is that they are slated to go June 1.
THREATENED BY VAGRANTS.
It is known that Downey and Dyson were threatened by thugs, vagrants and a saloonkeeper-politician and told they would be moved May 1. And on that date they were removed. Rooth and Cummings were so often threatened by the same men that they have appealed to the chief for protection. They were told by vagrants they would be moved June 1. Will they?
Labels: Captain Flahive, Commissioner Gallagher, Commissioner Jones, No 4 police station, No 6 police station, No 9 police station, North end, police, police board, Police Chief Ahern, Police Chief Bowden, Police Chief Hayes, The Journal
May 27, 1908
IT'S ON THE MAP, ALL RIGHT.
Coates House Guests Interrogate
Guest from Coatesville.
When George Gillespie of Pennsylvania wrote "Coatesville" after his name on the register at the Coates house last night, old residents of the house crowded around to question him. Mr. Gillespie said he did not know of the existence of the Coates house when he left his home in Coatesville, and was only attracted to the hostelry by the sign. It developed that Coatesville, Pa., was named after the father of Kersey Coates, founder of the hotel.
Labels: Coates house, hotels, visitors
May 27, 1908
WHEN WALLACE IS GOVERNOR.
The "Blue Law" Candidate Will Lift
the Lid on Sunday Smokes.
ST. LOUIS, MO., May 26. -- (Special.) Judge William H. Wallace of Kansas City, a Democrat aspirant for governor, said here today:
"I am neither Sabbatarian nor a political prohibitionist. I am a temperance Democrat. I neither smoke nor partake of intoxicants or coffee. While I am a Presbyterian elder, I do not believe it is a sin to use tobacco, and if I am made governor, I will recommend that the Sunday laws be amended so that there may be no inhibition on tobacco.
"At Kansas City I have enforced the law as I found it, and have put the Sunday closing lid on cigar stores, as well as saloons."
Labels: cigars, Judge Wallace, politics, St Louis, tobacco
May 26, 1908
'IT MAY BE TRUE,'
SAYS THE CHIEF
IN FACT "I'M INCLINED TO BE-
LIEVE IT IS."
CITY FULL OF VICIOUS VAGS.
SALOONKEEPER ISSUES POLICE
ORDERS FROM SALOON.
Men Who Dare Do Their Duty Are
Moved and Threatened With
Discharge -- What the
Chief of Police Daniel Ahern said yesterday in reference to the charges that the city was infested to an unprecedented extent with vagrants of a certain class: "While that may be only a rumor, I am inclined to believe that it is true."
The chief denied yesterday that he knew of any of his officers being threatened or intimidated by thieves and vagrants whose only support for years has been some unfortunate woman, and also by a certain saloonkeeper politician. Yet on Saturday the chief admitted that two of his officers now working in No. 4 district in plain clothes, John Rooth and A. B. Cummings had been to see him about that very matter.
On their first visit the men were told to do their duty at all hazards. But it is said that they were sent for by the chief a couple of days later and told: "Now you may be removed the first of the month, but if you are, don't think it is because you have been arresting women of the streets in whom these vagrants are interested. I may adopt that plan of switching men about each month."
The chief was told that Lucius Downey, who had been in citizen's clothes over three years, a man against whom there was not a black mark, and J. C. Dyson, his partner in plain clothes, had been threatened repeatedly by thugs and saloonkeepers in No. 4 district, and in April were told: "We will have you both moved the first of the month." The records show that Downey and Dyson were moved May 1, as per threats, both being ordered back in uniform. Downey has a tough beat in the North End and Dyson was sent to the "tall uncut" No. 9 district. Chief Ahern was told that neither of these men would deny that they had been threatened, and that the threats were carried out.
THE CHIEF IS EVASIVE.
"In light of those threats, and the fact that both men were moved, as they were told they would be, I have been requested to ask you for your specific reasons for changing Downey and Dyson," the chief was asked by a Journal reporter.
"Lots of men are moved for their own good," the chief said.
"Were Downey and Dyson?"
"I didn't say so. Again, a man may be too long on one beat. He may become stale."
"Were these men stale?"
"No. And again complaints come in against them. Often their captain asks that they be moved."
"Were these men complained against; did the captain ask that they be moved?"
"No; oh, no."
"Then why were they moved?"
"Oh, there's lots of things that might cause the removal of a man from one beat to another."
The chief did not and would not give his reasons for removing Downey and Dyson. Neither man was told that there was a complaint against him, that he had been too long on the beat, that he was stale or anything else. They were just moved as it had been threatened by a saloonkeeper.
WHERE THEY GET ORDERS.
One of the men who is said to have threatened Rooth and Cummings is a saloonkeeper, who is now an Alderman and on the police committee in the lower house. It was he who went to No. 4 police station, asked for Rooth and Cummings, and when told that they were not in, said: "Send them up to my saloon. I want to see them." Then followed something about "seeing where they get their orders," but that was in an undertone.
The chief was asked to issue a special order which would designate a certain gang of vagrants, men who are known to the police and who would be arrested and arraigned in police court if the patrolmen knew absolutely that their chief, their captain, lieutenant and sergeants all would stand by them. The order would have been specific. Cornelius Dolan, recently appointed by the board to the office of "chief clerk to the chief," suggested that it "would not be wise," and Daniel Ahern, chief of police, let "Cornie" have his way.
"Issue a vagrancy order," he said.
AND HERE IT IS.
Then this order, simply a copy of one issued September 9, last, was issued in time for roll call last night:
Kansas City, Mo., May 5, 1908.
To Commanding Officers.
See my order of September 9, 1907, reading as follows: "Your attention is called to Chapter xxi., Article 1, defining vagrants, revised ordinance, on pages 613 and 614, Sections 1208-1209-1210-1211-1212 and 1213. You will read these sections to the officers under your command so that they will more fully understand the meaning of the sections mentioned."
Complaints have come to me that men without visible means of support are numerous, and I want you to see that this order is strictly enforced.
Chief of Police
"READ EVERY DURNED SECTION."
It can readily be seen how much good this order will do when few stations have a copy of the revised city ordinances and, if they had, the chances are that the commanding officer would not go to the trouble of reading six sections to his men. At stations Nos. 2, 3, 5, 7, 8 and 9 it was said that the order had not been received, also that if they had a copy of the ordinances they did not know it. At No. 4, the principal district referred to, it was said that the order was read, but that the copy of the ordinances was locked up. At No. 6 Lieutenant Wofford said he got the order and read "every durned section."
In an effort to better conditions, and to aid the police, Judge Kyle yesterday fined six women and two men $500 each, one man and one woman $100 each and two men and two women $50 each. All were charged with vagrancy.
"All of the women given big fines have been before me time and again for the same offense," said Judge Kyle. "I have often requested the police to bring in the men who cause these women to parade the streets at night. Little has been done toward getting the, however. If they come before me I will give them the limit if it can be proved that they frequent disreputable resorts -- even if they do work spasmodically or 'tend bar extra' for some saloonkeeper. Police have testified in my court that they were threatened."
May 26, 1908
THAT WAS A SHOCKING RIDE.
Taken by William Becker and His
Wife on a Northeast Car.
William Becker and wife, 413 Prospect avenue, were suffering yesterday from a most unusual injury received Sunday night on an eastbound Northeast-Rockhill car. The accident occurred on one of the new cars, and in one of the long seats running parallel at the rear of the car. Just as the car rounded the curve into Maple avenue, Becker and his wife, from some source unseen by them, received such a terrific shock of electricity that they were thrown across the car to the opposite seats.
Becker was at work in the city market yesterday for C. L. Reeder, a fish merchant, but his right arm was practically useless and his right let was also in bad shape. He said his wife was shocked on the right side below the waist.
"I can't imagine where the shock came from," said Becker, "but I know that it was so strong that it almost blinded me for a moment. The conductor told me afterwards that his shoulder was almost dislocated when he grabbed me as I was thrown from the seat. I have heard of cars being charged with electricity on damp nights, and as it was very damp Sunday it may be that this car was in that state.
Labels: city market, Maple avenue, Northeast, Prospect avenue, streetcar
May 26, 1908
SEEK OTHER HOMES.
MANY OF THEM HAVE LIVED
THERE FOR YEARS.
Thomas R. Morrow and Alexander
Butts, Who Have Grown Gray
Under Its Roof, Among the
The A. J. Dean family moved out of the Midland yesterday, and the house isn't officially a hotel any more. Mr. Dean, one of the owners of the Baltimore Hotel Company properties, which included the Midland, took his family to the Hotel Baltimore. Mr. Dean took along another asset of the company -- Mrs. Lillian Harris, the cashier.
Miss Harris has been cashier in the front office of the hotel ever since the Deans took the property She goes to the Baltimore as cashier, after a three months' vacation. Mrs. Harris's home is Cameron. She will go there, and, later, visit in Colorado.
When the Dean family got out everybody made ready to move. The old hotel had guests who have lived there for many years and all have been forced out into the cr-o-o-l world. They are all lamenting the closing and some even have been moved to verse. Here's what Dr. J. W. McClure of Sedalia, a frequent guest for years, left with the cashier when he paid his account yesterday:
Dear old hotel, farewell, farewell;
I leave you now to bat and owl,
And the rodents' night and lonely prowl,
To festive board and gilded hall
Adieu, adieu, farewell to all.
The accompanying $10 note was graciously accepted by the cashier, who charged off the doctor's account and pasted the near-poetry in her scrapbook.
Big Jim Adams of Ardmore, Ok., pays his board and room, of course, but has been looked upon as official entertainer in the lobby of the old hostelry. Adams, who is so great physically that no man dare deny him, declared last night that he would not move until thrown out, and Chief Clerk Randolph graciously invited him to stay as long as he pleased.
But the other regular guests will be seeking homes. For instance, there is Judge Thomas R. Morrow, of the law firm of Lathrop, Morow, Fox & Moore. He has been in the hotel fourteen years. He announced yesterday that his effects would be moved today to the Lorraine.
F. R. Gregg, one of the best-known characters about the lobby of the hotel, hasn't yet found a place to cache his grip. Gregg is a Rock Island engineer, and has lived in the Midland in the same room for ten years.
H. B. Prentice, banker, goes to the Densmore to live, and the other regular guests yesterday followed his lead by seeking new homes. Alexander Butts, a newspaper writer, whose face has been familiar in the lobby, hasn't found a stopping place. Neither has Charlie Lantry nor T. H. Gilroy.
J. A. Fleming of Uncle Sam oil fame, sat dejected at his dinner last night, thinking over the list of possible apartments, and Max Hoffman, the spiritualist, looked just as dejected in another corner of the cafe. He hadn't located either.
L. B. Lamson, the man who invented dairy lunches, and Dr. P. T. Bowen and R. T. Campbell of the "Katy" will go out at daybreak this morning looking for new quarters. The transient guests got cold feet and began to pull out yesterday.
The hotel company has taken care of most of the employes. Thomas B. Bishop goes to the Densmore and T. E. Randolph to the Hotel Baltimore. Miss Barbara Stuber, who has been assistant cashier in the private office, goes to the Royal hotel at Omaha, and John Clemons, A. J. Dean's private cashier, goes to take a similar place at the Hotel Baltimore.
Labels: Hotel Baltimore, hotels, Midland, Omaha, Sedalia
May 26, 1908
DROWN IN SWOLLEN CREEK.
Kansas City Girl and Little Brother
Are Among Victims.
TRENTON, MO., May 25. -- (Special.) Mrs. Benjamin King of Brimson, Mo., Miss Anna Coakley, aged 18, and her 5 year old brother, the latter two of Kansas City, were drowned while attempting to cross Sugar creek near Brimson, about 6 o'clock last night. In the carriage were three other persons who escaped, Benjamin King, husband of the drowned woman, and his daughter and grand-daughter. They were attempting to cross the stream, which was swollen by heavy rains, on a low wagon bridge, which was covered with water. Mr. King, who was driving, miscalculated the distance and drove off the bridge. The buggy was washed down stream.
The bodies of Miss Coakley and her brother were recovered with the vehicle. Mrs. King's body has not been recovered.
Mr. King, who is about 60 years old, made a heroic rescue of his daughter and grand-daughter while his wife sank before his eyes. Mr. King is an agent at Brimson for the Quincy, Omaha & Kansas City railroad.
Miss Coakley and brother were visiting Mr. and Mrs. King.
Labels: buggy, children, death, drowning
May 26, 1908
FOUNTAIN MAY BE USED.
Costly Blunder May Yet Be Turned
to Some Account.
It is the intention of the board of parks commissioners to install a pumping engine in the Paseo bath house, and pump the water into the fountain at Paseo and Fifteenth streets. The excess water will be returned to the bath house, purified and aerated. At yesterday's meeing of the park board an extensively signed communication was received from the women residents of the vicinity of the fountain demanding that the water be turned into it. They said that in the present idle shape the "fountain, instead of being an ornament, is an eyesore."
The estimated cost of the pump is $1,500, and the board will decide at its next meeting if the scheme is practical.
Labels: bath house, Fifteenth street, fountains, Park board, Paseo
May 26, 1908
BULGER TAGGED OUT
SLIDING TO THIRD.
Shinnick's Bunt Put the Father of
the "Ladies' Days" Ordi-
Alderman Miles Bulger never reached the home plate with his resolution, introduced in the lower house, to compel the management of Association ball park to admit women, when accompanied by an escort, free to ball games one afternoon each week. He got as far as third base with his resolution, and there he was tagged out when Alderman Shinnick bunted toward that base. Shinnick's bunt was in the shape of an amendment to compel the management to admit women free to all games, when with a male escort.
"I accept Alderman Shinnick's knock," consented Bulger.
"These whole proceedings look a good deal like a huge joke to me," observed Alderman Pendergast. "Bulger's effort was an amusing skit, but Shinnick has made a farce of it."
Aldermen Pendergast, O'Hearn, Smith and Gilman voted against the passage of the resolution. Alderman Brown would not vote either way, "because he is a married man," and only nine other aldermen voted for it. As it lacked one vote of enough to pass, the resolution was referred to the finance committee.
In the upper house the "ladies' day" resolution fell upon rough roads. In the first place, City Clerk Clough couldnot read it, owing to the irregular way in which the lower house amendments had been interlined. He was not able to decide whether the draft asked for one day a week for women to be admitted free to the ball park, or every day in the week Both ways were in the draft.
"It is a little confusing," said Alderman Steele, following with the usual question: "Has it ben approved as to form by the city counselor?"
"From appearances, I think it must have been approved as to form by the city engineer," responded Alderman Isaac Taylor.
Alderman Bulger came over from the lower house and tried to explain his resolution.
Alderman Edwards asked to have the resolution buried in the box of the insurance patrol. Alderman Eaton fought for a vote. In the end the resolution was saved from the hostile insurance patrol and was sent to the finance committee.
Labels: Alderman Bulger, James Pendergast, Kansas City council, sports, women
May 26, 1908
FIREMEN WANT SOME FLOWERS.
To Strew on Their Comrades' Graves
If there are roses or other flowers blooming in your yard, the firemen ask that you spare some of the blossoms that they may decorate their dead comrades' graves Memorial day. Telephone the operator at fire headquarters, or notify any of the engine houses that you are willing to give flowers and the firemen will gladly come to get them.
The firemen have appointed a committee to gather the blossoms and decorate the graves, and it is urged that those that will help notify some firemen as soon as possible. Memorial day is next Saturday.
Labels: Fire, flowers, holidays, telephone
May 25, 1908
MIDLAND CLOSES TO GUESTS.
Affairs of This Hostelry Were Prac-
tically Wound Up Last Night.
The Midland hotel register was officially closed last night at 11 o'clock, but the doors will not be closed until Wednesday and guests now in the house will be allowed to remain until then but no arrivals will be registered. The hotel will be closed to be remodeled into an office building.
T. E. Randolph, chief clerk, will be transferred by the Deans to the Hotel Baltimore, and T. B. Bishop, room clerk, goes to the Densmore as chief clerk. Other employes of the Midland will be taken to the Baltimore hotel and some will be sent to the Connor House at Joplin, a property of the Baltimore Hotel Company.
Labels: Hotel Baltimore, hotels, Midland, real estate
May 25, 1908
BOY'S HEAD CUT OFF
BY TRAIN OF CARS.
Either Rolled Onto Tracks or Fell
While Catching Ride in the
Mangled beyond recognition, and the head missing, the body of Martin Pretzel, aged 17 years, a son of Joseph Pretzel, and employee of the C. H. Conklin Ice Company, residing at 1657 Washington avenue, was found on the Burlington tracks, directly under the Fourth street viaduct, at 4:30 o'clock yesterday morning by Louis Hommold, a laborer. He reported the discovery to the No. 2 police station. Patrolman James McGraw was sent to make an investigation but could find nothing by which to base the identity of the body and ordered it removed to the Eylar Bros. undertaking establishment.
At noon yesterday the parents of young Pretzel became uneasy about their son's absence, and hearing of the finding of the body investigated. Harvey E. Bailey, a son-in-law residing with the Pretzels, identified the pantaloons as the ones which he had given the boy a short time ago, and the father thought the coat and vest were the same as worn by his son when he left home. Beside the body as it lay on the track, was found a hat which belonged to Lee Ganders of 413 Landis court, the dead boy's companion. The two boys, who worked at neighboring grocery stores, left home after work Saturday night, saying they might go to St. Joseph on a fishing trip.
Lee Ganders reached his home at 4 o'clock yesterday morning, and explained to his mother that he had gone to the Fourth street viaduct with young Pretzel, that from there they had intended catching a train for St. Joseph. While waiting for the train the boys stretched themselves on the ground beside the track and fell asleep.
"About 3:30 o'clock in the morning," continued young Ganders, "I was awakened by the noise made by a passing passenger train. As the cars passed by I missed Pretzel, who had substituted the hat he wore for the one worn by myself. Thinking that he had either caught the train or gone home, I started for my own home."
The inference is that while asleep young Pretzel may have rolled on to the tracks and was run over or he might have attempted to mount one of the platforms of the moving cars and fell under the wheels. No part of the $1 given the deceased by his mother was found in his clothing.
Labels: accident, death, Landis court, No 2 police station, railroad, St.Joseph, undertakers, Washington avenue
May 24, 1908
DURING AUTO RIDE.
Not Enough Cars to Carry
All the Presbyterians.
Three hundred ministers and commissioners to the 120th general assembly of the Presbyterian church got a soaking yesterday afternoon that was unorthodox to say the least. In less than an hour after they has started on a two-hour automobile ride over the boulevards and through the parks of Kansas City, the rain suddenly fell in torrents and it continued falling for nearly an hour.
This feature of the ride was not according to schedule and neither was that contingency looked for when the start was made from Convention hall. The ministers and commissioners started out without umbrellas or raincoats and many of the automobiles were without hoods so they got a genuine soaking. When the rain first began falling, many of the automobiles deserted the line and made straightway for Convention hall or for the hotel of the commissioners. Others stayed in the line and completed the ride.
On the whole, the plans and arrangements for the automobile ride did not work out as well as the committee had expected. While more than 100 automobiles had been promised, not more than fifty showed up at Convention hall at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. These were speedily filled by the waiting commissioners. Enough tickets had been distributed to fill the number of automobiles expected and consequently there were many disappointed commissioners. Those who were unable to secure seats returned to their hotels.
THESE KEPT DRY.
The "Seeing Kansas City" cars took care of a great number of the commissioners and their wives. Some preferred this ride to the automobiles because of the fact that they were allowed to take the women with them. The cars were sent over the usual route. The automobiles were sent over the most advantageous route in the city. They were headed by guides on motor cycles.
The start was made from Convention hall promptly at 2:30 o'clock. E. M. Clendening was master of ceremonies.
"Are you all ready?" he called down the line.
Shouts assured him they were. The sharp pop-pop of starting motors and the pungent smell of burning gasoline next greeted the ears and nostrils of the ministers and commissioners. Then slowly the line started down Thirteenth street to Grand avenue. The ministers joked each other and the good natured taunts of those left behind were directed at those in automobiles.
"You needn't hold your head so high just because it is your first ride in an automobile," yelled one as a friend disappeared down the street in one of the six cylinder cars.
"Did you never see an automobile before?" asked one commissioner of another who was examining the steering gear of one of the machines.
"I see plenty of them now, if I have never seen them before," returned the friend.
Altogether, it was a good natured and happy bunch of ministers, elders and commissioners that took that ride. They had had two days of strenuous work in the sessions of the assembly, and the afternoon gave opportunity for a general laxity from those arduous duties. William Henry Roberts, the former moderator and now stated clerk; the Rev. B. P. Fullerton and E. M. Clendening occupied the first automobiles.
PICTURE CARDS AND BOOKS.
Post card souvenirs and souvenir books illustrating the parks and boulevards of Kansas City were handed to the commissioners before they stepped into the automobiles. The booklets were given by the park board and besides the illustrations of the parks and boulevards contained some facts and figures concerning the city. These facts and figures were prepared by the Manufacturer's and Merchants' Association. This is the first opportunity that the park board has had of giving these booklets away. The post cards contained this printed message which the recipients were directed to send to their home folks:
Dear Home Folks: Having an enjoyable visit here. Am an honorary member of the Commercial Club's Prosperity Club. The motto is "Look Pleasant, Be Cheerful, Talk Prosperity. Yours --"
Labels: automobiles, churches, Convention Hall, conventions, Edwin Clendening, Grand avenue, ministers, Seeing Kansas City, Thirteenth street, weather
May 24, 1908
FROM LONDON IN ONE WEEK.
Letters Posted There on May 16 Re-
ceived Here Last Night.
All previous mail records between the British Isles, the Continent and Kansas City have been broken. Letters bearing the London postmark of Saturday, May 16, were received in the postoffice here last night at 10:30 o'clock. In the same consignment were letters bearing the stamp of Lucerne, Switzerland, of May 14; of Glasgow, Scotland, May 15, and other points in England, Ireland and Scotland of May 16, last Saturday, or just one week from the time they were posted.
This quick time is due to the swift run of the great steamer Lusitania, which made the port of New York Friday morning after a run of four days and twenty hours from the last point of land in the British Isles. The letters received here last night came over on her. There was no doubt at all about that, because many of them were stamped: "Via S. S. Lusitania." One week from London to Kansas City, and Foreman B. F. Kingery, in the distributing department of the postoffice, said last night the letters would have reached here a few hours earlier if they had not been "worked over," that is, sorted out and remailed, in New York.
Labels: boats, England, New York, post office
May 23, 1908
MATHIAS IS GUARDIAN
OF MANY SMALL DOES.
PROBATION OFFICER HAS AN-
OTHER ADDED TO HIS FAMILY.
Girl Who Played Piano for a Ghost
Show Is Also in the Juvenile
Court Because She's
It would take Dr. E. L Mathias several hours to figure how many miniature John Does and Mary Roes he is the guardian of. And he won't figure the total, but merely tells reports to "cut it out."
Every time a woman brings a foundling into the children's court Judge H. L. McCune, after making some disposition of the child, either leaving it with the foster mother or sending it to the county nursery, appoints Dr Mathias guardian. He got another one yesterday.
An attendant at the McKenzie nursery at 1607 East Ninth street brought the baby into court. It slept serenely, while Judge McCune looked it over and remarked judicially:
"Very pretty baby. Where did you get it?"
"She was left at the nursery along with this letter," replied the attendant, handing the judge a note.
"Andrew, eh? A miss, did you say it was? All right" -- turning to the clerk -- "change the young lady's name from Doe to Andrews. Make her a ward of the court. Dr. Mathias is appointed the guardian. The nursery may keep the -- Miss Andrews as long as the attendants are kind to her."
Then Dr. Mathias did a gallant thing. He gave the baby Christian names in honor of the women of the court: "Helen Agnes Andrews" -- Helen for Mrs. Helen Smith, and Agnes for Mrs. Agnes O'Dell.
"I wonder if that means that Mrs. O'Dell and I will have to buy the Doe baby its clothes," Mrs. Smith whispered.
Mrs. O'Dell followed the nurse and child to the door and gave the baby a farewell pat.
"What color are its eyes?" she asked. "I ought to know, now that she's named after me."
"They're blue yet," replied the nurse.
SHE PLAYED PIANO IN THE GHOST SHOW.
It looked like a story when a girl's mother said she ran away from home rather than take music lessons, and once had climbed on the roof of the house to hide from the music teacher. The reporters had the name and address written down, when "Mother" O'Dell, probation officer, sent this note:
"Ina is a good girl. You must not print her name or address."
There is a touch of sadness in the girl's story, too. Her father left home recently, and as there were five littler ones for her mother to support, Ina remembered her music lessons and went to work as a piano player at the ghost show at Fairmount park. She didn't come home one night, and her mother had her brought into court. She is 16 years old.
"She's a good girl, only she gets nervous," said the mother.
"I'd get nervous myself if I played a piano in a ghost show. Stay away from the park, my girl, and we'll get you a better place to work."
Labels: children, courtroom, custody, doctors, Dr Mathias, fairmount park, Judge McCune, mental health, Ninth street, nurses
May 23, 1908
FELL PARALYZED ON THE STREET.
Miss Nellie Burns Had No Warning
of Coming Affliction.
When a young woman fell on Tracy avenue between Eight and Ninth streets about 2:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon, it was at first believed that she had fainted. The ambulance from police headquarters was called, and Dr. W. L. Gist examined her. She had been suddenly paralyzed on her left side. She gave the name of Nellie Burns, 21 years old, and said she lived at 21 South Mill street, Kansas City, Kas. She has been employed at the Swan laundry, 556 Walnut street. She said she felt weak and fell. That was her first intimation of trouble. Miss Burns refused to go to the emergency hospital, and was taken home by a man who had stopped in an automobile.
"It is a most unusual case," said Dr. Gist. "It is not unusual that persons should become suddenly paralyzed, but it is extremely unuual that a young woman 21 years old should be so afflicted.
Labels: doctors, health, Kansas City Kas, Walnut Street
May 23, 1908
MAIL FROM BRITISH
ISLES IN ONE WEEK.
LUSITANIA'S FAST TIME MAKES
THIS RECORD POSSIBLE.
Pouches Which Left London Last
Saturday Are Due Here
at 6 o'clock Today --
A New Record.
Considerable interest is manifested in the postoffice over the chances of getting the Lusitania's mails in at 5:30 tonight. If this is done, it will be the first time one Saturday's British post has got this far West by the following Saturday.
"I think it will be managed," said Postmaster J. H. Harris yesterday, after consulting his schedules. "The Lusitania made the port of New York at 3 o'clock this morning, giving her five hours to transfer her mails. Those mails left for the West at 8 o'clock this morning. They are due in this postoffice at 5:50 Saturday afternoon. It will be a record for trans-Atlantic pouches."
American mails from England, Scotland, and Wales have an exciting time of it. They may not start from the big centers, such as London, Newcastle, Sheffield, Birmingham, Nottingham, where the curtains are made; Edinburgh or Glasgow till the very hour that the steamers are sailing from Liverpool, yet they catch the boat. While the ship is making her way down the Irish channel leisurely, so as to get off Cork harbor, for the Queenstown passengers, in daylight, as those passengers go out to the liner on board a small tender, the mails are rushed to Liverpool by fast trains, hurried directly over the comparatively narrow channel to Dublin, and then sent South as fast as trains can rush them.
In this manner they get to Queenstown before the tender shoves off to steam out to the big liner. On arriving at this side fast tugs meet the liner about ten miles down the bay from New York. The mails are thrown overboard to the tugs and these little vessels, able to make short cuts over shallow places and dodge in and about shipping, have the mails either in the general postoffice at New York or on the Western bound trains long before the liner is docked. In that way it is expected that mails which left London last Saturday at 6 o'clock in the evening may reach here tonight at about the same hour.
Labels: boats, England, New York, post office, railroad
May 22, 1908
SARAH MORASCH IS
GUILTY OF MURDER.
CONVICTED OF POISONING A
Sent Poisoned Candy by Mail to Ella
Miller, Who Did Not Eat It Be-
cause It Was Bitter -- Her
Sister Was Killed.
Mrs. Sarah Morasch must spend the remainder of her life in the Kansas penitentiary for the murder of her 4-year-old niece, Ruth Miller. The jury which heard the evidence in Mrs. Morasch's second trial reached a verdict of guilty at 1 o'clock yesterday afternoon. The case had been on trial since May 4. There was no verdict in the first trial.
When the verdict was read Mrs. Morasch held her usual composure, and merely laughed.
The case went to the jury at 4 o'clock Wednesday afternoon, and from the first ballot to the one which settled the fate of Mrs. Morasch the jurors stood eleven to one for conviction. At noon yesterday George E. Horn, foreman of the jury, asked for the testimony of Charles Miller, father of the dead girl. A few minutes later a knock was heard on the door of the jury room. "We have agreed," said Foreman Horn, and the twelve jurors filed in the court room and took their seats.
On the afternoon of February 13, the Miller children were in their home, 634 Cheyenne avenue, Armourdale. A knock was heard on the door and the postman, Henry T. Keener, handed Ella Van Meter, better known as Ella Miller, a package weighing about a pound. It was wrapped in white paper and bore the inscription: "Ella Miller, 634 Cheyenne avenue, Armourdale. A knock was heard on the door and the postman, Henry T. Keener, handed Ella Van Meter, better known as Ella Miller, a package weighing about a pound. It was wrapped in white paper and bore the inscription: "Ella Miller, 634 Cheyenne avenue, corner of Cheyenne & Packard avenues. From the S. & S. girls."
The box was opened, and found to contain a pound of chocolate candy, which she says tasted bitter, and gave some to the other children who gathered around her.
A few minutes later Ruth, who had eaten more of the candy than the rest, was seized with cramps while playing in the back yard, and was taken into the house. She died before the nearest physician, Dr. Zacharia Nason, who lived a block distant, could be summoned. He pronounced the death as due to strychnine poisoning.
The fact that Mrs. Sarah Morasch bore a grudge against Ella Miller, who had once laughed at he, and that immediately after the little girl's death, she had gone to Harrisonville, Mo., caused suspicion to be directed to her. She was arrested at the Missouri town.
The testimony of handwriting experts was a strong factor in the conviction.
Labels: Armourdale, children, courtroom, Death of Ruth Miller, doctors, Harrisonville, murder, poison
May 22, 1908
ALDERMAN BULGER'S LATEST.
Will Try to Force a Ladies' Day at
the Ball Park.
Sing, hey! for the gallant alderman, Miles Bulger. He's going to force George Tebeau to set aside one day a week at Association park when women baseball "bugs" shall be admitted free. Alderman Miles is nothing if not gallant. Besides, a good many wives of the Fourth ward voters are followers of the great national pastime and their husbands are growing weary of putting up 50 cents for them to see the home team beaten. Hence, Bulger to the rescue. The alderman will introduce an ordinance in the lower house of the council next Monday night requiring that at least one day a week be set aside for free admission for women at the ball park.
Whether the council has authority to compel Tebeau to grant this boon to the women fans is not known in the Fourth ward. If it hasn't Alderman Bulger may take his measure to the state legislature position. He's going to get the women past the turnstiles one day a week free or know the reason why. Incidentally, he will try to force the ball park license tax up to $250 a year. It is $50 a year now.
Labels: Alderman Bulger, Association park, Kansas City council, sports, women
May 22, 1908
CLUB WOMEN PLAN OUTING
FOR THE POOR CHILDREN.
Fifteen Organizations to Give Them
a Day in the Woods at
Mrs. Henry N. Ess, state chairman of the philanthropy committee of the Missouri Federation of Women's Clubs, has received the indorsement of the Second district executive committee to give the children of the poor of Kansas City an outing of one day at Swope park.
Mrs. Ess presented her plans at the recent meeting in this city of the Second District Federation, composed of the counties of Platte, Carroll, Clay, Jackson, Ray, Lafayette, Cass and Johnson. Jackson is represented by the following fifteen federated clubs, all of which are enthusiastic over the plan for a children's club day at Swope: Anthenaeum, Central Study, South Prospect, Every Other Week, Bancroft, Ruskin, Tuesday Morning Study Class, Women's Reading Club, History and Literature, Alternate Tuesday Club, Council of Jewish Women, Magazine, Portia, Clionian and Keramic.
Nor is the movement confined to only federated clubs, but all women's clubs of the city are invited to join in celebrating and making a success of the big picnic for the juvenile poor of this city on Saturday, June 13.
Th membership of these clubs will aggregate 1,000 members and each woman has been asked to pledge herself to take at least two children from the poorer districts of the city, out to Kansas City's open country show place, Swope park, and give them an outing in the green fields. Each woman is to provide the lunch and entertainment for her little charges and is to give them her personal attention all day, and plan for their enjoyment. It will mean that several thousand children will make merry June 13 at their first attendance of a real "open" session of a woman's club.
All children ranging in ages from 6 to 12 years old will be eligible to this treat until the proper number has been reached, the assignment of two children to each club woman.
The event promises to be not only an exceptional treat for unfortunate children of this city, but will demonstrate the practical possibilities of the woman club movement, which reaches out and beyond the mere delving into Isben, Browning or Shakespeare, and shows the real good which can be accomplished by Kansas City's bright women when they take a notion to do a thing.
Labels: charity, children, Jews, organizations, picnics, Swope park
May 22, 1908
TOOK MORE THAN A TOOTHFUL.
Schoolboy Disregarded Mother's Di-
rections in Use of Carbolic Acid.
Lloyd Thomas, 11 years old, 2035 East Thirty-fifth street, was told by his mother to put some carbolic acid in the cavity of an aching tooth. That was about 8:30 a. m Tuesday. Lloyd had never used that drug before and knew nothing of its potency.
Lloyd, instead of trying to put a drop into the cavity, turned up the bottle and filled his mouth with the acid. It burned so that he swallowed it. Presently he became unconscious and the family became alarmed. Dr. W. A. Shelton, who lives lose by at 3435 Brooklyn avenue, was summoned and gave the boy a powerful antidote, not before his throat and esophagus had been badly burned by the acid, however. Yesterday the boy was better, but is not yet out of danger. He is the son of Robert Thomas, a real estate man. Lloyd is a school boy.
Labels: Brooklyn avenue, children, doctors, poison, real estate, Thirty-fifth street
May 22, 1908
THEY WHITTLE THEIR DESKS.
Boys With Knives Have Defaced
3,000 in Public Schools.
Even in these days of scientific school discipline the boy with the jack knife is still active, and as a consequence the shool board last night instructed the secretary to ask for bids for 3,000 new desks to replace the old ones which have been defaced by the enthusiastic small boy with his new Christmas knife.
Bids for teachers' tables, chairs and stools will be asked at the same time.
Labels: children, schools
May 22, 1908
GAME LEG SPOILED HIS FUN.
Fireman Says He Can't Dance in
Time With It.
"I used to go to all the dances, but I can't hit a lick with my game leg. The last dance I attended was in Lamar in the winter of 1907. I was so awkward that I couldn't get a partner. So I quit for good."
J. B. McQuillen told this to a jury in Judge E. E. Porterfield's division of the circuit court yesterday afternoon. McQuillen was a locomotive fireman for the Kansas City Southern until February 24, 1906, when his hip was crushed while he was at work. He is suing for $10,000.
Labels: circuit court, dancing, Judge Porterfield, Kansas City Southern, Lawsuit, railroad
May 21, 1908
TO BUILD NEW OFFICE BLOCK.
Will Be Seven Story Structure at
Twelfth and Main.
A real estate transaction involving the building of a new seven-story modern store and office building at the north-west corner of Twelfth and Main streets was consummated yesterday afternoon. James W. Pennock of Syuracuse, N. Y., owner of the Pennock building at Twelfth and Main streets, leased the property to James O'Reilly, president of the Owl Drug Company, for a period of ninety-nine years at a net rental of $26,000 per year. The property has a frontage of twenty-four feet ten inches on Main street and 130 feet on the north side of Twelfth street.
As a part of the consideration, O'Reilly agrees to replace the four-story building now occupying the property with a modern seven-story office building. Six small stores on the first floor and in the basement will front on Main and Twelfth streets. The second will be devoted to business offices, while the four upper floors will be especially equipped for doctors and dentists. The architect is Lewis Curtis, who was architect for the Baltimore hotel.
Until recently Pennock and Curtis engaged to plan the building with the idea of retaining it himself, but the negotiations for a long lease were closed late yesterday afternoon.
Labels: architects, Hotel Baltimore, hotels, Main street, real estate, Twelfth street
May 21, 1908
"OF COURSE I'LL NOT
OBEY HIM," SAID SHE.
And the Judge Had to Revise Civil
Ceremony for This Laugh-
"Do you, Minnie Louise Kendrick, take this man to be your lawfully wedded husband, to honor and obey, to cleave to in --"
Justice F. O. Miller's recitation of the ritual was interrupted by laughter from the girl in the white dress. There was something infectious in her laughter, it was so girlish and free. The judge fell to laughing and the mere man, Professor Joseph F. Bell, looked on in amazement. When the girl straightened her face finally , she said:
"No, of course, I won't obey him. How funny!" Then she laughed again.
"I think you ought to, after I came all the way from the Philippine islands for you," put in Professor Bell pleasantly.
Miss Kendrick didn't reply, except to keep right on laughing. And she won the point, too, for at last the professor surrendered.
"I guess I'll leave the obey part out," chuckled Judge Miller. And he did when he repeated the sentence.
Professor Bell is principal of the United States schools in Ilagan, P. I. He has been out th ere two years. His bride taught last year in the city schools at Brunswick, Mo. Professor Bell met her there fou r or five years ago, when she was a pupil under him in the high school.
After their marriage in the court house they left for Chicago. There is to be a trip over the Great lakes before they settle in Ilagan.
Labels: Chicago, Justice Miller, wedding
May 21, 1908
NO CASE AGAINST DR. JOHNSON.
Specialist Wins Against State
Trial of the first of many cases brought in the circuit court by the state medical board against Kansas City physicians, who advertise as specialists, resulted in Judge H. L. McCune's court Tuesday in a victory of Dr. O. A. Johnson. Although Dr. Johnson has been established in the city for years as a specialist, the state board brought action to have him enjoined from practicing. Their contention was that he was not a registered physician. They introduced many witnesses.
Dr. Johnson's defense was composed of two score or more, men and women from Kansas City, and from Kansas and Missouri towns, who testified that he had cured them Judge McCune decided that the state board had failed to make a case against him.
There are similar suits pending in other divisions of the court against other specialists.
Labels: circuit court, courtroom, doctors, Judge McCune
May 21, 1908
TO TEACH THEM TO SKATE.
Free Instructors to Be on Duty at
Forest Park Rink.
The management of the new St. Nicholas roller rink at Forest park will introduce an innovation that should prove popular with those who have not thoroughly mastered the art of being graceful on rollers. Commencing tomorrow the services of courteous and expert instructors will be given free at the rink every afternoon and evening. The band will give two concerts every day and the check room will be operated without cost to the patrons.
Labels: amusement, forest park, music, skating
May 21, 1908
SEEKS MODEL FOR PARK ZOO.
Comptroller Pearson Will Visit Chi-
cago in Search of Ideas.
City Comptroller Pearson will leave for Chicago tonight on two missions. One is to get pointers from the Lincoln park zoo for a similar attraction to be installed at Swope park. He will be accompanied by Herbert Seddon, an architect who is to prepare the plans for the zoo buildings here. The other purpose of his trip is to pilot to the waters of the Blue and Missouri rivers a new gasoline launch, in which Pearson and others have an interest. The course to Kansas City will be through the Illinois, Mississippi and Missouri rivers.
Labels: architects, boats, Chicago, Missouri river, Swope park
May 21, 1908
DOG ENUMERATORS GET BUSY.
"The Little Blue Jay" Will Go
Around After June 1.
" 'The Little Blue Jay' is being put in readiness for its periodical trip about the city to gather in dogs on which the required license has not been paid," observed Captain James Kennedy, dog enumerator, yesterday. "Licenses are due on June 1. The rates are $1.50 for male and $3 for female dogs."
Yesterday Captain Kennedy appointed fourteen deputies to assist in the enumeration of the dog census. Every ward in the city will be visited, and under the ordinance, people must give the exact number of dogs they are harboring and pay license on them. The Humane Society is co-operating with Captain Kennedy in the enforcement of the law.
Labels: animals, Humane Society, police
May 21, 1908
COW DRAGS CHILD TO DEATH.
Boy Forgot Mother's Warning and
Tied Rope Around Him.
"Henry, be careful now, and don't wrap the rope around your body," was the warning given 10-year-old Henry Smith by his mother, when the lad left yesterday morning to take the family cow to pasture.
A half hour later the boy was found unconscious near a greenhouse on the Spring Branch road. His skull was crushed and his body covered with bruises. The cow's stake rope was wound around his body. He died a few minutes later without regaining consciousness.
Persons who saw the boy taking the cow to pasture say he led the animal for some time and then tied the rope around his body. A short time later the cow, probably frightened by something along the roadside, began to run, and before the lad could free himself, she jerked him off his feet. The frightened animal ran about a quarter of a mile. The boy's screams were heard as he tried to loosen the rope.
The body was removed to the Carson morgue in Independence. Henry was a son of Perry Smith, a house mover, who lives at 306 East Lexington avenue, Independence.
Labels: animals, children, death, Independence, undertakers
May 20, 1908
SUES HER FORMER HUSBAND.
Mrs. Smith Avers That T. W. Glynn
Falsely Accused Her of Bigamy.
Alleging that T. W. Glynn, to whom she formerly was married, has unlawfully charged her with bigamy and as a result she suffered the pain and humiliation of having to spend fourteen days in jail before her trial and release, Mrs. Margaret Smith has filed suit in the circuit court asking $20,000 damages against Glynn. She aleges that it was entirely due to the information filed by Glynn in the justice coucrt that she was served with a warrant charging bigamy because she had married Smith, and that the information was filed with a malicious motive.
Labels: bigamy, circuit court, Divorce, jail, Lawsuit, marriage
May 20, 1908
PARK MANAGERS TREMBLING.
They Don't Know What Grand Jury's
Going to Do to Them.
A rumor to the effect that the grand jury would investigate amusement devices at the parks gained ground yesterday morning and the fact that managers of the parks were summoned before the body lent color to the rumor. For the past two Sundays deputy marshals have been sent to the parks to take the names of persons connected with the amusement devices and it is generally believed that indictments will be returned against those managers who are alleged to have violated the Sunday law. No indictments were made public yesterday.
Another matter to come before the grand jury is the charge against Wilford B. Smith, that he caused to be printed and circulated scandalous and immoral matter. Smith is a sidewalk inspector. His paper is called The Pitchfork. Alderman E. E. Morris was called as a witness in the case, but was not heard yesterday.
Smith has been arrested on a state warrant sworn out by Morris, and is t present under bond.
Labels: amusement, criminal court
May 20, 1908
AIR LINE TRAIN STRUCK CAR.
Motorman and a Passenger Injured
at Second and Holmes.
An Independence Air line passenger train struck a Holmes street car at Second and Walnut streets at 4:40 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Charles Bradley, 2318 Holmes street, the motorman, received a cut on the back of the head, his right elbow was bruised and it is believed he was injured internally. Fred Heible, an old man who lives at Third and Kansas avenue, Kansas City, Kas., was the only passenger on the car. He was cut on the head and generally bruised about the body.
At the Walnut street crossing of the Kansas City Southern track there is no regular watchman, it being the agreement that the conductor on the street car shall precede his car across the tracks and signal when the way is clear. The car yesterday was struck at the rear vestibule just as it was clearing the tracks. The conductor, A. T. Jackson of 3030 1/2 Holmes street, witnesses say, was just alighting when the collision came and had to jump to save himself. Bradley, the injured motorman, is a new man, having been on the line only three weeks. Heible was seated in the rear of the car when the accident happened and was thrown down.
J. C. Courtney, conductor, Walter Williams, fireman and C. E. Cabeen, engineer of the accommodation train, were held for a time by Sergeant John Ravenscamp until he was informed that no one had been fatally injured. Cabeen said that the street car seemed to appear right in front of his engine. He saw no one flagging it.
Labels: Holmes street, railroad, Second street, streetcar, Walnut Street
May 20, 1908
DR. GEORGE TO BEDFORD ST.
Former Kansas City Minister As-
sumes Historic New York Charge.
The Rev. William Potts George, for many years pastor of the Westminster Congregational church, this city, has just been installed as pastor of the Bedford Street church, New York city. This is one of the historic places of the metropolis. It was founded in 1808, when Canal street was in "Greenwich Village," and its pulpit has been occupied by such men as Bishop Newman, who was the pastor for many years, General Grant being a regular attendant. G. H. Gregory, W. McK. Darwood, James Chadwick, Stephen Merritt and John J. Reed have all been pastors of this congregation to which Dr George is now appointed.
Labels: churches, ministers, New York
May 20, 1908
MORASCH CASE WILL
GO TO THE JURY TODAY.
Accused Woman Again Says She Fled
Because Taggart Threat-
Arguments were begun in the case of Mrs. Sarah Morasch, accused of having poisoned 4-year-old Ruth Miller on February 12, by attorneys in the Wyandotte county district court yesterday afternoon. The case will go to the jury today. This is Mrs. Morasch's second trial.
The defendant, who has shown remarkable nerve throughout the long sessions, was put on the witness stand early yesterday and kept there until evening.
The two small children of Mrs. Morasch, with her almost constantly since the beginning of the second trial, were not in the court room yesterday. Nellie and Hattie, 10 and 16 years old respectively, had become tired of standing, first on one foot and then on another, listening to prosaic and endless banterings between the attorneys in a heated atmosphere and gone off to play in the court house back yard. The east windows, however, were opened occasionally during the day, then while the defendant battled for her life the voices of the children could plainly be heard as they romped about on the grass, but the mother never once seemed to notice it.
The story told by the accused woman did not vary greatly from the one told at the first trial and at the preliminary hearing in Judge Newhall's court. She denied assertions made by some farmers who live near Belton and Peculiar, Mo., to the effect that she and Blanche had passed along that route on the way to Harrisonville and had said she worked on some ranch in the neighborhood.
In Harrisonville, she said, she had obtained employment for herself at a restaurant. She worked there only one day and the receipts amounted in full to only 35 cents. Her employer then gave her 45 cents and discharged her Although her wages were 10 cents ahead of the receipts, she testified that she thought this a good business showing for a Harrisonville restaurant.
While telling the jury of Prosecutor Taggart's attitude to her in his private office a few nights before the flight to Harrisonville when, it is alleged by the defense, he got extremely nervous and frightened the defendant, Mrs. Morasch laughed. She was then asked by the county attorney if she had felt more nervous on that occasion that at the present one when she is being tried for her life. She said that she had been more nervous. She was then dismissed and the arguments for the state by Assistant County Attorney Higgins followed.
Labels: children, courtroom, Death of Ruth Miller, murder, women
May 20, 1908
2-YEAR-OLD BOY RAN AWAY.
Restored to His Mother After an
For two long hours yesterday there was a distracted mother in Kansas City. That was Mrs. R. J. Nie of 432 Bales avenue, whose 2-year-old boy, Raphael, had disappeared. She missed the little tot shortly after noon and searched the neighborhood, but could get no trace of her offspring. In the meantime Patrolman O'Connor had found the baby at Independence and Bales avenues, ambling along as if he had business on his hands. Raphael made no objection when the officer took him in tow and seemed delighted at the long car ride to police headquarters.
When placed in charge of Mrs. John Moran, the little fellow began a tour of inspection of the quarters. When he landed inside the cell in the ante room Mrs. Moran shut the door on him, thinking to scare him. Raphael liked the cell as a "play house" and indicated that the door be left locked.
After Mrs. Nie had scoured the neighborhood she thought of the police and called up to see if they had her boy. They certainly had, she was told, and he was having a nice visit. Mrs. Nie boarded the first car for the city and soon Raphael, still in a good humor, was delivered to her.
Labels: Bales avenue, children, Independence avenue, jail, missing, police, police headquarters, police matron
May 19, 1908
READ SONGS OF SOLOMON
TO ANOTHER MAN'S WIFE.
B. C. Boyles Alleges That S. D. Bur-
nett Thus Won the Love of
Reading passages from the Songs of Solomon and Old Testament romances to Mrs. B. C. Boyles was one means employed by S. D. Burnett to win the woman's affections, Boyles, the husband, yesterday declared on the stand in Judge J. H. Slover's division of the circuit court, where his suit against Burnett for $20,000 for the alienation of his wife's affections is on trial. Just what particular songs and stories Burnett read Boyles was unable to specify.
It was only a short while ago, Boyles said, that he discovered Burnett had been reading form the Scriptures to Mrs. Boyles. He might have seen them reading, he said but he gave no thought to it, because Burnett is a leader in the Presbyterian church at Independence, and Mrs. Boyles is a church woman. It was when he overheard, as he claims, Mrs. Boyles recalling to Burnett things he had once read to her, that he grew suspicious.
This will be denied today, probably, by Burnett, when his attorneys have their inning in which to present the defense. The plaintiff has beeen showing his side of the case to the jury for two days and it will take as long to give the defense.
Boyles is a brother of Mrs. Burnett The two families were intimate until last autumn when Boyles filed suit against his brother-in-law. Burnett owns a section or so of land north of Independence. Boyles operates a dairy farm at Seventy-third street and Brooklyn avenue. Boyles secured a divorce last June on the ground that his wife's love for him had waned. He did not mention Burnett in that suit.
Labels: Brooklyn avenue, circuit court, Divorce, Judge Slover, Lawsuit, Seventy-third street
May 19, 1908
ANOTHER MOVE FOR THE ZOO.
Park Board Asked to Designate Plot
in Swope Park.
The park board was asked yesterday by City Comptroller Pearson to designate a plat of ground in Swope park, northeast of the shelter house and near the proposed golf links, for a zoological garden. Maps are to be drawn of the location requested; and in the meantime small shelter houses will be built for the animals and birds already collected for the zoo.
Labels: animals, Park board, Swope park
May 19, 1908
CITY FORESTER MUST WORK.
Unheard-Of Hardship Imposed on Of-
ficeholder by Council.
Unless the upper house changes its mind, the new city forester, Stephen C. Woodson, will have to do his own work. An ordinance was introduced last night to give him a foreman, at $2.50 per day.
"I do not suppose the forester has to go out himself and trim the trees," said Alderman Tillhof, "but I do expect that he will have to walk around and see that his men do the work."
"I rather think as you do," the president added.
The ordinance was thereupon referred to the finance committee, to be lost sight of.
Labels: Kansas City council, public works
May 19, 1908
IN MEMORY OF JEFF DAVIS.
Confederate President's Birthday
Will Be Kept -- It Is June 3.
With music, speeches and story rehearsing many now familiar incidents connected with the four years' strife between the North and the South, the Daughters of the Confederacy of Kansas City, and the Stonewall Jackson chapter of Independence will on June 3 celebrate the 100th anniversary of the birth of Jefferson Davis.
The Kansas City chapter met yesterday at the Hotel Sexton and perfected plans for the celebration. Budd park was selected as a suitable place, and an extensive programme, including music and speeches, has been prepared. The speakers selected were Mrs. George Gray, Mrs. B. L. Woodson, Mrs. J. M. Philips and Mrs. Hugh Miller.
Members of the Stonewall Jackson chapter met at the home of Mrs. W. D. Johnson, 3621 Belleview avenue. They decided to hold the celebration at the home of Mrs. Logan Swope, in Independence. Memorial day, May 30, will be observed jointly by the two chapters, by the placing of floral offerings on the graves of the Confederates and the unveiling of seven markers at Forest Hill cemetery. The Kansas City chapter will also place an offering on the grave of Orestes P. Chaffee, of Confederate fame, who died in this city a short time ago. He was a brother of Adna R. Chaffee, the retired head of the United States army.
Labels: Belleview avenue, birthdays, Budd park, cemetery, Civil War, flowers, hotels, Independence, women
May 19, 1908
"BEST CITY IN THE COUNTRY."
The Rev. Dr. Carter of New York
Praises Kansas City.
Members of the First Presbyterian church will hold a reception in the church at Tenth street and Forest avenue tonight in honor of Rev. and Mrs. William Carter of New York city. Dr. Carter was for seven years, prior to 1906, pastor of the church, and he is spending ten days with friends here. He will also attend the Presbyterian general assembly.
Dr. Carter is pastor of the Madison Avenue Reform church at New York. Because of throat trouble, he was granted a year vacation. After spending ten days here, he will leave for Switzerland. He is acompanied by his wife and three children. They will sail on May 28.
"It certainly seems like home to get back to Kansas City," said Dr. Carter, yesterday. "This is the best city in the country."
Labels: churches, Forest avenue, ministers, New York, Tenth street, visitors
May 19, 1908
DOESN'T WANT A FLAT THERE.
Resident in a Restricted District Asks
for an Injunction.
Julia B. Fitzgerald yesterday asked that Sallie Y. Payne be restrained from erecting an apartment ho use on a lot Mrs. Payne has purchased adjoining Mrs. Fitzgerald's home on the west side of Wyandotte street, between Armour boulevard and Thirty-sixth street. Both lots were originally owned by Charles B. Herman. In the deeds under which Herman transferred them, Mrs. Fitzgerald alleges, there is a provision that only residences shall occupy the ground.
Labels: Armour boulevard, real estate, Thirty-sixth street, Wyandotte street
May 18, 1908
HIS LONG FALL WAS FATAL.
Charles Pepperdine Dies From Result
of Commerce Building Accident.
Death came early yesterday morning to Charles Pepperdine, the young man who twice in ten days fell from scaffolding sheer down the face of the walls of the Commerce skyscraper. Two borthers who live here were with him at Wesley hospital when he died. His chief concern in the midst of his suffering was that his mother down at Bowling Green, Mo., should be spared the knowlege of his condition. He was her eldest and favorite son. His last drop Saturday morning from the thirteenth story to a substantial skylight in the well of the building above the second floor had mutilated his limbs, and a rope he held to had burned his arm to the bone.
Pepperdine's mother and father, who usually live in Kansas City through the winter, went back to their old home at Bowling Green three weeks ago. The men of the family are brick masons and it was in pointing up the work of the Commerce building that Charles Pepperdine was engaged, both on May 6 and last Saturday, when he fell. He was in the habit of laughing at danger and when the first Commerce accident occurred, he and the brick washer who was with him, joked each other as they hung to a rope between the sixth and seventh stories.
Saturday one of the two men stood up on the ladder platform and forced it out from the building. A guard rope which both men grabbed for had become detatched and the dangling ropes they caught after falling did not do uch to check their descent.
Coroner Thompson will hold an autopsy on the body of Pepperdine this morning at 9 o'clock and the remains will be taken to Bowling Green for burial.
L. F. Trout, the other victim of the fall, is said to have a fair chance for recovery. There has been no decided change in his condition.
Labels: accident, Commerce building, death
May 18, 1908
LASOLA CUT HIS
SLIPPED UP ON DE ROSA, DIS-
GUISED BY A BEARD.
BELONGS TO THE BLACK HAND
De Rosa Shot at His Assailant, Police
Shot at Him, and Everybody
Missed -- De Rosa Only
Shots, cries, hurrying feet; a cut throat, poor marksmanship, a woman; black whiskers, Black Hand and a bunch of policemen that couldn't hit Clay county if it stood on edge, were factors in a riotous drama near police headquarters at 11:30 o'clock last night.
It started when Alessandro De Rosa, who is a bartender at 302 Main street, went to his place of employment to roll a few lemons and knock a bung or two for the brief, but brisk, hour of trade between midnight and 1 a. m. Alessandro had inserted his key in the front door lock and was bending over it, grunting a bit because it turned with difficulty, when a heavily whiskered man darted from the shadow of the next doorway, slashed De Rosa's throat twice with a knife and ran.
De Rosa, who is tough under the chin, thanks to shaving for many years past in North End barber shops, wasn't much more than scratched. He jerked a revolver from his pocket and fired at the flying whiskers. Once, twice, thrice, he blazed away, but the person with the beard and dull knife ran up on Main street toward Fourth. De Rosa followed, shouting for the police and snapping his revolver, which had gone to sleep, at every leap.
The police were awake in Central station, Fourth and Main streets, at that hour. They heard the noise and turned out, several of them, just as the whiskered man wheeled into West Fourth street and galloped toward Wyandotte.
The police added their imperious commands to the tenor wail of Alessandro de Rosa, but whiskers bobbed along with hardy disregard. Shots sounded again, and the fugitive increased his gait, while Alessandro, who was behind the policemen, and ripe in experience, took shelter back of a fat telephone pole.
The fugitive passed into the penumbra of a wholesale house, became obscured in the eclipse of black shadow, and the police pelted on. When they came to the point where the man they chased had disappeared, they halted. Another man, but whiskerless, was walking toward them, calm, unagitated. They nabbed him, and led him into the light.
Alessandro de Rosa had come up by then, and when he saw the captive he exulted.
"It is Joe Lasola," said he, "but he wore whiskers w hen he cut my throat."
On the way to the station a policeman found the whiskers, lying where Lasola had cast them in his flight. They were made of black dyed wool, clumsy, dense, with a tin attachment to hook them on behind the ears.
De Rosa said that he had quarreled with Lasola over a woman. That was the whole trouble. Lasola, being known to him, knew he could not approach withing damaging distance in his own proper face, so he had made the whiskers and waited.
The police brought the woman from the address given by De Rosa. She said her name was Anita Zuvino and that she knew Joe Lasola to be a member of the Black Hand. She had lived with him formerly, she said, and offered as evidence a newly-healed knife wound on the back of her hand. Lasola received money each month from headquarters of the Black Hand organization, she declared.
Lasola repudiated everything, but the whiskers. He grinned when they were held up before him.
De Rosa's wounds are only slight. Lasola passed through the rain of fire without a mark. He was held by the police and will be turned over to the state authorities today.
Labels: black hand, Central station, Fourth street, Main street, North end, police, police headquarters, violence, Wyandotte street
FELL 11 STORIES IN
LANDED ON SKYLIGHT AND RE-
CEIVED BROKEN BONES.
L. E. Trout and Charles Pepperdine
Plunged From High-Swinging
Scaffold -- Injuries May
L. F. Trout, 411 Chestnut street, and Charles Pepperdine, 3112 Bell street, were working in the light shaft of the Bank of Commerce building at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon, when their scaffold broke, precipitating them from the thirteenth to the second floor, a distance of eleven stores. The men landed on the heavy glass skylight just above the second floor.
Trout sustained a fracture of the right thigh and a large muscle in the thigh was severed near the knee. Three bones in his right foot were broken and a gash was cut in his scalp. Both of Trout's hands were burned almost to the bone where he held to a steel cable part of the way down. That fact, however, broke his fall and may be the cause of yet saving his life.
Pepperdine was more seriously injured and the attending physicians said they had little hope for his recovery. He has a compound fracture of the left knee and right ankle. His right elbow was burned to the bone by a small rope to which he attempted to hold. He was also internally injured.
In an attempt to lower the scaffold to another floor, it is said to have swerved and then broken. As the men grabbed for a safety line, which is always on the back of a scaffold, just about the hips, they found that it was not fast. That all took very little time, for they grabbed for the line as they fell, each uttering a cry that was heard all through the big building. Both were taken to the Wesley hospital, Eleventh and Harrison streets.
Pepperdine had a narrow escape from death at the same building just about the same time of day on the afternoon of May 6. He, with Paul Jacoby, was washing the building at the seventh story on the south side. In trying to pass the ladder was pushed out from the building. Both men fell from the ladder, but managed to catch the safety rope at the back of the scaffold. Hanging to that they managed to get their toes on the sill of the window below. Then they pulled their bodies up and climbed into the window. Both had received a ducking from a bucket of water which fell from the ladder with them. They went home, got into dry clothes, and went back to work. A large crowd of people on the street witnessed the narrow escape of Pepperdine and Jacoby, but there were few who saw the fall yesterday. The two men treated the accident lightly on May 6, joking each other while dangling in midair.
Labels: accident, Bell street, Chestnut street, Commerce building, death, Eleventh street, Harrison street, hospitals
May 17, 1908
AUTO CYCLES OUTRAN JONES.
Police Commissioner Had Them Join
the Race as a Test.
At the invitation of Elliott H. Jones, police commissioner, four men on motor cycles trailed the automobiles in the endurance race yesterday. All of the cycles made the trip successfully and beat Jones's machine back to Kansas City. The commissioner asked that the cycles be used on the run, because he has been appointed by the police board as a committee to investigate the feasibility of using motor cycles in the police department.
Dr. A. Moses, C. Hanson, C. O. Hahn and L. C. Shellaberger, each mounted on a two wheeled machine, left Armour boulevard and the Paseo in a bunch yesterday morning about fifteen minutes after the last automobile was officially started. The party made the run to Lawrence without mishap. The freshly dragged roads proved slow going south from Lawrence and at Baldwin the leader was misdirected and led the party to Edgerton, which is a few miles off the course. They got back on the track and passed Jones at Waldo.
They reached the city at 8:30 o'clock, with Moses a few yards in the lead. All of the cycles in the endurance test were Indians. Commissioner Jones, when he finally came steaming into the city, congratulated the four on their good run.
Labels: Armour boulevard, automobiles, Commissioner Jones, Lawrence, motorcycles, races, Waldo
May 17, 1908
BABY'S BODY IN A SHOE BOX.
Boys Found It Floating in O. K.
Creek -- Police to Investigate.
While playing on the banks of O. K. creek, near Twenty-fifth and Summit streets yesterday afternoon some boys saw a shoe box floating in the stream. They fished it out and opened it. When they found that the box contained a baby's body the boys ran home and reported the find.
The body was that of a boy, which evidently had lived two or three days, the coroner thinks. The coroner has asked the police to investigate.
Labels: children, death, Summit street, Twenty-fifth street
May 17, 1908
DR. W. S. WOODS'S BROTHER DIES.
Dr. W. S. Woods
Funeral Was to Be Held Yesterday.
, who arrived from his California trip Friday night, received telegraphic news enroute that his brother, James M. Woods of Rapid City, S. D., had died. Word was also waiting Dr. Woods here that the funeral was to be held yesterday.
Dr. Woods's brother had often associated in Kansas City enterprises. He was 74 years old.
Labels: California, death, Dr. W. S. Woods, Funeral, telegraph
May 17, 1908
HIS CHILDREN SAW HIM DROWN.
Hector Bonne, a Belgian Gardner,
Lost His Life in the Blue.
In the presence of his family of four children, Hector Bonne, a Rosedale gardener, was drowned while fishing in the Blue just south of Dodson last evening about 7 o'clock. He had taken his children for a day's visit at an uncle's, Charles Cula, near the Harrisonville bridge, not far from where the accident occurred.
Several men were fishing there and some were intoxicated. Bonne waded into the water banteringly with his clothes on, and all seemed to think when he dropped out of sight that he was making fun for the children. But he had stepped off a ledge and was drowned without coming up. In a few minutes the dead body was recovered by R. H. Hopkins, a farmer, who was there fishing. Bonne was a Belgian. Deputy Coroner O. H. Parker sent R. V. Lindsay, a Westport undertaker, for the body. With his wife and children, Bonne lived just beyond the end of the Rosedale car line.
Labels: Blue river, children, Deputy Coroner Parker, Dodson, drowning, fishing, immigrants, Rosedale, undertakers
May 16, 1908
BODY OF JOHN FAHEY IS
FOUND IN MISSOURI RIVER.
Farmer Near Sibley Discovered It
Thursday -- Missing Since
The body of John Fahey, missing since January 31, was found in the Missouri river near Sibley, Mo., Thursday afternoon by a farmer, James Finn, while fishing. A Buckner undertaker was called to take charge of the body, and some of the stationary of the Kansas City waterworks department was found in a pocket. From this Fahey was quickly identified, as his disappearance became widely known about February 17, when to gratify the man's wife a waterworks trench at Twelfth and Main streets was re-excavated on the theory that workmen might have buried Fahey alive while he was inspecting the pipe connections on the work there the night he disappeared.
At midnight on the night of his disappearance he called up the waterworks department to say that he had just inspected the job, and the hole was ready to be filled. A gang of eight men was sent to do the work.
Sergeant M. E. Ryan, at police headquarters, a brother of Mrs. Fahey, went to Buckner yesterday and identified the corpse positively. There was 75 cents in the trousers' pockets. The body was taken to O'Donnell's undertaking rooms, and Deputy Coroner O. H. Parker held an autopsy. No marks of violence were found which, taken with the fact that he was not robbed, would seem to indicate that the man, either by accident or suicidal intent, got into the river.
There will be private funeral services at O'Donnell's undertaking rooms this morning at 10 o'clock, with burial in Mount St. Mary's cemetery.
Labels: Buckner, cemetery, death, Deputy Coroner Parker, drowning, farmers, Main street, missing, Missouri river, police headquarters, public works, Sibley, Twelfth street, undertakers
May 16, 1908
FINED FOR BEING ON STREET.
Judge Kyle Gave "Pinky" Blitz $10
Just for Encouragement.
"Pinky" Blitz proved in police court yesterday that he was interested in business with his brother on Independence avenue, and that he had just sold an interest in a cedar bag concern. He had been held in jail twenty-four hours for investigation. When four men who had been recently robbed failed to identify him, he was then charged with vagrancy. That meant another twenty-four hours in jail.
Judge Kyle fined Blitz $10 on general principles because he was in bad company, but told him he wanted to help him as much as anyone. Blitz and Virgil Dale were arrested by order of Inspector Ryan because they were seen on the street at 6 o'clock in the evening. It looked suspicious, he aid, as pickpockets were at work in the town again. None of the victims identified either man.
Dale was fined $10 also, and told that he must get to work or "next time it will be heavier, and so on until you are landed. Dale promised He said he had been out of town with his brother and had just returned.
Labels: Independence avenue, jail, Judge Kyle, police court, vagrancy
May 16, 1908
IT ISN'T ALL HONEY.
The Umpire's Life Not a Happy One
When the Home Team Loses.
Oh, it's great to be an umpire. Steve Kane is an umpire. Things didn't go just right, from the fans' point of view, at the baseball park yesterday and it looked as though a reception committee might greet the umpire as he left the park by the big gate after the game. At least, the police thought so and they hovered conveniently near until Kane had safely boarded a trolley car for down town.
Last night Steve Kane refereed two wrestling matches at the Century theater. The principals were introduced and then the announcer said:
"And now, ladies and gentlemen, I wish to introduce to you the referee of these matches, the very popular and affable baseball umpire, Mr. Steve Kane."
Enter Mr. Kane, R. U. E., bowing and smiling.
Siz-z-z! Wow! G-r-r-r! Zip-p-p!
For five minutes the audience hissed its opinion of Umpire Kane and then it settled back prepared to roar its disapproval of his decisions in the wrestling matches. But he was so manifestly correct in his decisions that the crowd was forced to acknowledge that he at least knew the wrestling game.
Labels: sports, streetcar, theater
May 16, 1908
COOKED BY ESCAPING STEAM.
C. D. Markle May Die From Result of
C. D. Markle, aged 52, 2138 Locust street, Kansas City, Kas., may die as the result of being scalded by the explosion of a hot water heater in the Merchants' Refrigerating Company plant at 550 Walnut street at 7 o'clock yesterday morning. Markle is an engineer. His flesh was cooked from head to foot, and he was taken to the emergency hospital after the accident, where he was treated. Later he was taken home.
Labels: accident, emergency hospital, Kansas City Kas, Walnut Street
May 16, 1908
THEY WANT LONE JACK PICNIC.
Lee's Summit People Say Their
Town's the Proper Place.
A movement is on foot among the people of Lee's Summit to move the Lone Jack picnic thi syear to a point closer to a railroad, and they have suggested that Lee's Summit would be a good place to bring it. This has caused the farmers around Lone Jack, who have profited by reason of the picnic, to register an objection to the change. They claim that it would lose its significance to hold it anywhere else except near the battleground. The picnic has not been held on the battleground proper for the past twenty years.
Labels: Civil War, Lee's Summit, Lone Jack, picnics
May 16, 1908
BURGLAR LEFT A SUITCASE.
Filled with Good Clothing on G. W.
Neighbors of G. W. Tipton yesterday afternoon saved his home at 2002 Jefferson street from eing ransacked by a daylight burglar and gained a suitcase full of good clothes in the bargain. The family was away and a rear window being up attracted the attention of a neighbor next door.
That open window looked suspicious and they concluded to make an investigation. When sufficient force had been marshalled, a rapid flank movement was made on the house. Just as the self-appointed officers drew near the house a man was seen to leap from the open windown and make his escape through the alley. On the back porch he left a suit case filed with men's clothing -- of a good quality, too. The window had been pried open with a burglar's "jimmy." Nothing was taken from the house.
Labels: clothing, crime, Jefferson street
May 15, 1908
HE SAYS POLICE BEAT
HIM WITHOUT CAUSE.
Another Charge of Brutality Against
Central Station Officers -- Case
May Be Investigated.
Geoge Horter, a laborer living at 408 Main street, was fined $500 in police court yesterday after Charles Winters, another laborer, had identified him as being one of two men who "strong armed" him at Third and Grand avenue about midnight and took $14 away from him.
Horter said he knew F. H. Ream of the Helping Hand who would testify to his good character. He also said that he could prove an alibi. Mr. Ream, who was in court, got the case continued until today when he expects to produce evidence that will clear Horter. Horter says he was knocked down by the police when arrested and was again slugged at the sergent's desk. Sensational testimony is expected to develop in the case. Horter had but $1.37 when arrested.
"I will prove that Horter was with W. F. Chappell, George Schaeffer and John Ward from 6 p. m. until seven minutes of 1 o'clock," said Mr. Ream. "Walter Corner, the day clerk at 408 Main, was with all of them from 11 p. m. until the latter time. The man who was robbed, while he positively identified Horter in court, I will prove was drunk when he had Horter arrested and and was unable to identify anybody. I will also prove that he said he was robbed by two negroes, not white men. He told the police that he lost $11, and in court said it was $14.
"I have known Horter since February 22. He is a quiet, inoffensive boy and has worked for several responsible families here, all of whom made good reports about him. Horter tells me that he was slugged twice by the police -- for what I don't know. He said he was knocked down by a patrolman when arrested. He knows that policeman's name. He also says he was knocked nearly unconscious at the sergeant's desk. He does not know the officer's name, but will point him out if he is in court. If the officer is not I intend to find out who slugged this boy and for what. That will not be an end to the matter, either."
Labels: Central station, Helping Hand, laborer, police, violence
May 15, 1908
G. L. CHRISMAN SERIOUSLY ILL.
Recovery of Former County Judge
and Banker is Doubtful.
G. Lee Chrisman, former presiding judge of the county court, is critically ill at his home near Independence. He suffered a relapse yesterday and the consulting physicians and surgeons fear blood poisoning. Judge Chrisman has been suffering for some weeks from bladder and kidney affection and while his condition was considered serious, it was not thought to be alarming. His change for the worse yesterday makes recovery doubtful.
Judge Chrisman has lived in Jackson county nearly all of his life. He served two terms as judge of the county court from the Eastern district, and one term as presiding judge of the county court, being succeeded by Judge Patterson.
Labels: county court, illness, Independence, Judges
May 15, 1908
BELIEVES SHE IS HIS WIFE.
Convict Writes Concerning a Poor
The Journal of April 28 contained a story the heading of which read, "Here's an Unfortunate Man." It told of a teamster who had to support eleven persons on $10 a week. His wife had just become hopelessly insane and he was compelled to borrow $30 from his employer.
The story said that a daughter, 20 years old, and her two children were living at home because her husband had deserted her some time before. Yesterday Colonel J. C. Greenman who handled the case got a letter from Elmer Albertin, now known as "No. 9738" in the penitentiary at Jefferson City. In inclosed the clipping from The Journal.
"I cut this story out of an old Kansas City Journal," he wrote. "While the story contains no names, I feel sure that the deserted woman with the two children is my wife. I did not desert her, but have been a victim of circumstances.
"At the time I left home I went out into Kansas and worked in the harvest fields. When, by hard work, I had saved $17 I started for home. While sitting on the platform of a depot in a small town two men came up behind me and one of them knocked me senseless. Then they robbed me. A big gash was cut in my head and was sewed up there."
The man goes on with some unimportant data and winds up with "Then I came into Missouri and now I am here for two years." He did not say what he had done or where he was sent up from.
Colonel Greenman enclosed the letter with a brief note to the man about whom the story was written and told him to give it to his daughter. If she proves to be Albertin's wife an effort may be made to get him pardoned as his family here is greatly in need of his support.
The same story was returned to The Journal by a prosperous farmer to Effingham, Kas, who offers to put the unfortunate teamster and his whole family on a well stocked farm. That letter as sent to the man yesterday by Colonel Greenman with instructions to reply direct to the kind hearted Kansas man.
Labels: Col. J. C. Greenman, farmers, Jefferson City, marriage, penitentiary, teamster, The Journal
May 15, 1908
TO CALL IT GUINOTTE SQUARE.
Mayor Recommends Purchase of
North End Playground.
Communications were sent to the lower house of the council last night by Mayor Crittenden, urging that prompt action be taken to provide a playground in the North End. Accompanying the mayor' note was an ordinance, countersigned by Alderman Lapp, providing for the condemnation of a square of ground bounded by Troost, Forest, Missouri and Pacific for the playground. If this property is finally accepted, it will be known as "Guinotte square," in honor of the mother of Judge Guinotte, who, for years, was a good Samaritan among the lowly of the North End of the city.
Alderman Lapp said that he would move for a suspension of the rules and the passage of the ordinance immediately were it not for the fact that a majority of the aldermen were new aldermen were not familiar with the locality chosen for the playground or the many fruitless efforts made in the past to secure a breathing spot for North End residents.
Speaker Hayes sent in to the committee on streets, alleys and grades.
Labels: Forest avenue, Kansas City council, Missouri avenue, North end, Pacific street, Troost avenue
May 15, 1908
HE WALKS WITH THE
GHOSTS OF LONG AGO.
THOMAS REYNOLDS VISITS INDE-
PENDENCE AFTER 55 YEARS.
Ran Away When a Boy and Comes
Back to Find the Old Playfel-
lows -- "They Are All
Dead," Says He.
After the absence of fifty-five years Thomas Reynolds returned to Independence yesterday to refresh the memories of his youth. When 13 years of age he ran away, going West, and yesterday attempted to locate some of the old familiar spots, some of the old playgrounds.
"There was an old well here," said he, pointing to the southwest corner of the square, but some of the old inhabitants had even forgotten it. "I guess I am lost, or rather I am like the Indian when he came back to the old camping ground. 'Indian lost?' was asked of the brave. 'Indian not; wigwam lost,' was the answer of the Indian. That is my fix. Where is the Nebraska house?" No one knew until he ran up against James Peacock, a '49er, who told him that it, too, had changed and was now known as the Metropolitan hotel.
Mr. Reynolds is a son of Joseph Reynolds, long since dead and known only to a few of the older citizens of the old town. "I left Independence in 1853 and have never been back since. I just want to wander around the old town and see if it is possible after a half-century for a man to locate the old familiar places. There is no use talking, it gives me a strange feeling to come back to this place after having pictured in my mind for fifty years or more certain playgrounds. Then another thing -- nearly everybody I knew is dead, that is the worst of it. If I could come back and find them as they were there there would be some satisfaction, but they are gone.
"THERE WAS OLD MR. BEATTY."
"I suppose everybody who has been away from his old home for fifty years and goes back has the same experience. No doubt more than one man has gone up against just what I am doing today. There was old Mr. Beatty, who did business in jewelry away back there; how I remember he kicked a stovepipe hat with a brick in it and then sent for me to come and nurse him. I went over to see his son today -- the old man is dead, died many years ago, they told me. Judge Woodson, too, has passed away, and I met his son, a gray haired gentleman, today.
"I remember James Peacock. He left for the California gold fields before I, as a boy, left for Oregon. Nathaniel Landis is gone; in fact, they are all gone. Away over on that hill yonder," said Mr. Reynolds, "there used to be a house. A man named Wilson lived there; had a boy named Rufus. The old gentleman is gone, but his boy is older than I am. I remember Aubrey and his famous ride. Aubrey made two from Santa Fe. It was a great event. Then another fellow came through on a mule. Both of them went to sleep, the mule and the rider. That mule was the hardest thing to awaken I ever saw. No amount of kicking would bring him back to earth, and the man on top of him was sitting there astride and as fast asleep as the mule he rode. That was in front of the old Noland house. Place is all gone now.
"A SAD DAY FOR ME."
"I tell you, this is a sad day for me. Shatters all of the old-time pictures I have been carrying about with me in memory for fifty-five years. Sometimes I wished I had stayed away. Does not pay for an old man to do this way. I went down to the jail. Used to have a jailer in there every day or two, but the jail they have there now was built in 1859 and the old one is torn down. William Head is dead; his son is with the Metropolitan now. Very little satisfaction in coming back except to shatter youthful pleasures; it will do that all right enough."
Mr. Reynolds passed the entire day trying to place himself, and occasionally met with some of the passing generation of old men and then they would fall to chatting over things which belong to another generation several times removed. He visited the old home place of his father, Joseph Reynolds, one of the early day settlers.
Mr. Reynolds lives at Salem, Ore., where he is connected with the Wells-Fargo Express Company, having been with that company in the overland express business and later in the mail service.
Labels: California, history, Independence, Native Americans, nurses, pioneers, Seniors, visitors
May 14, 1908
ASK MEGAPHONES TO HELP.
Park Board Could Use the $15,000
the Minstrels Have on Hand.
At a recent meeting of the park board a resolution was adopted recommending the following improvements:
Building a front and installing shower baths in the public bath house on the Paseo at a cost of $4,000; making and installation of shower baths in North End playground, $4,000; installation of shower baths and remodeling in Warner square, Thirteenth and Summit streets, $2,000; enlargement of building in Holmes square, $4,000; building bath house in the Grove, $8,000; bath house in northwest corner of Penn valley park, $8,000; purchase of ground and building bath house on Admiral boulevard, $15,000.
The resolution invited the Megaphone minstrels to turn over to the park board the $15,000 they have in their treasury to assist in carrying out the resolution, and also extended the same invitation to the Playgrounds Association to come forward with the funds it has on hand.
Labels: Admiral boulevard, bath house, North end, Park board, Penn Valley park, Summit street, Thirteenth street
May 14, 1908
PROF. MINCKWITZ IS DEAD.
Was Teacher of Latin in Central for
Ten Years -- Dies in New York.
Word has been received here that Professor Richard Minckwitz, who was for ten years professor of Latin in the Central high school, died last week of tuberculosis at his home in New York city. Professor Minckwitz was one of the most widely known educators in Missouri while he taught here, and his textbooks on Latin are used extensively throughout the West. He left in 1901 to accept a profesorship in Latin in a New York high school. He had no children. His wife is living in New York.
Miss Annie C. Wilder, a sister-in-law and a teacher in the Westport high school, is at present very ill in the Kansas university hospital in Rosedale. Mrs. Kate Cross of Emporia, her sister, is in the city and assists in caring for her. Miss Wilder has not been told that Professor Minckwitz is dead.
Labels: death, New York, schools
May 14, 1908
WANT MARK TWAIN TO LECTURE.
Part of Plan to Raise Money to Buy
Animals for the Zoo.
A lecture by Samuel L. Clemens (Mark Twain) in Convention hall is among the early possibilities, the receipts from which if given will be devoted to the purchase of a menagerie which has been offered to the Zoological Society to be installed in Swope park zoo. There are many rare and attractive animals in the collection which has been offered for $9,000, and can be had just as soon as the money is available.
The Zoological Society, recently incorporated, has found that an effort to interest citizens in raising a volunteer fund for the purchase of the animals has not been encouraging so it is now proposed to raise funds along different lines. A fruitless effort has been made to get Governor Johnson of Minneapolis to come to the city and deliver a lecture, so it has been decide to appeal to Mark Twain.
At a meeting of the society yesterday Gus Pearson, city comptroller, who is chairman of the board of directors, was instructed to communicate with Mr. Clemens, and in addition to this he will be urged to accept by the Missouri delegation in congress.
The mayor, president of the park board, president of the board of education and the presiding judge of the county court have been added to the board of directors.
Labels: animals, Convention Hall, Mark Twain, organizations, Swope park
May 14, 1908
WOMAN MAY GO TO PRISON.
Marie Moore, the "Silent Woman,"
Marie Moore, the "silent woman," yesterday pleaded guilty in the United States district court to sending an objectionable letter through the mails to another woman. When she was placed on the witness stand she became so voluble the court had difficulty shutting her up. She told a story of her past life that astonished even the court officials. The letter the woman wrote was not read in open court, but was passed to the jurymen to read individually. It appeared that the woman was under some sort of influence of a half-breed negro. She is a good-looking, apparently fairly well educated woman, and seems to possess ordinary intelligence. The woman said her parents were farmers residing near West Grande, Ia. Her case has attracted considerable sympathy, that waned perceptibly when her life story was told in court yesterday.
Labels: federal court, race, United States District Court, women
May 14, 1908
WAS HIS OWN DETECTIVE.
Covert Causes Arrest of man Who
May Have Robbed Him.
The police believe they may have the leader of the gang which held up P. P. Covert and wife on the night of May 4 and robbed Covert of a 2 1/2 carat diamond, a gold watch and $4 in money. The man was arrested yesterday afternoon at Eighth and Walnut streets. Covert himself is almost sure of the man, but wants his wife to also have a look at him. She will go to police headquarters this morning to see if she can recognize him.
Covert himself brought about the man's arrest. He was on his way to lunch Tuesday noon, when he saw the man sitting on a door step near Eighth and Main streets. He shadowed the man until police could be summoned.
"If I am right," Covert says, "this was the first man to put a gun to my breast and say, 'Hands up!' He is very tall as that man was, and fills his description in every respect. He is the only one of hte three who had any nerve. The other two, who appeared to be new at the business, were very nervous and shaky. The big fellow let them get a block the start of him before he lowered the gun from me and made strides himself. He made ten feet at each leap."
Labels: crime, Eighth street, guns, Main street, police headquarters, Walnut Street
May 14, 1908
A JOKE AND A HERRING BONE.
Policeman McCarthy Laughed at
Former and Choked on Latter.
Michael McCarthy, one of the biggest policemen on the force, made a resolution last night. It ran thus: "Never, no, never so long as I may be permitted to live, will I eat herring, dried, fried, boiled, baked or stewed."
The policeman was invited out to dinner last evening. His friends had herring. McCarthy said he didn't remember how it was cooked. It was "just herring." At the table the host sprung a joke and McCarthy laughed. In doing so he swallowed a long bone from the herring. It stuck tightly in his throat and McCarthy had to rush himself to the emergency hospital. Dr. J. P. Neal got the bone and McCarthy said he would have it mounted to wear as a scarf pin.
Labels: doctors, emergency hospital, food, police
May 14, 1908
TENNESSEE HERE SATURDAY.
The Chester Will Have to Start Car-
rying Freight Soon, Also.
The Kansas City Transportation & Steamship Company announces that it will make a passenger rate of $5 between Kansas City and St. Louis this season, stateroom included, meals to be on the European plan. The fare last year was $7.50, including meals.
The Tennessee is sceduled to arrive here Saturday, and to leave on the down trip Monday. More than 100 tons of freight is now due at St. Louis, and it is probable that the Chester will have to be put into the trade next week.
Labels: boats, St Louis, Steamboat Chester, Steamboat Tennessee
May 14, 1908
WANTED HER CHILD ARRESTED.
Because She Played in Street, Having
No Other Place to Play.
The great necessity for a playground in the North end was shown by an incident which took place at police headquarters last night. A mother, greatly incensed and trembling with anger, appeared at the station pushing before her a little girl of 11 years. She was crying bitterly and protesting.
"I have told you I would do it and I am going to keep my word," said the mother. Then to Sergeant Patrick Clark she said: "I want this girl locked up. She will play on the streets when I have told her not to."
"I haven't got any place else to play," said the little girl, between sobs.
"Where do you live?" asked the sergeant kindly, as he placed his arm about the child's back.
"At Missouri avenue and Main," she said, calming a little.
"How long have you lived there?" she was asked.
"All my life," she replied.
"Where else can the child play but on the street?" Clark asked the mother. "You take her home now and both of you enter into a bargain. You give this little girl so much time every day to play. All children have got to play or else they are not children. And you, little one, when your mother gives you a certain hour in which to play, will you come in when the time is up? There, I knew you would. Now both of you go home.
Mother and daughter left the station arm in arm.
Labels: children, Main street, Missouri avenue, North end, police headquarters
May 13, 1908
WILLIE PICKED HIS TEETH.
Boy From Gravette, Ark., Used a
Fierce Weapon and Was Arrested.
Willie Davidson is a product of Gravette, Ark. Last Monday night he was found in the women's waiting rooom of the Grand Central depot, Second and Wyandotte streets. He held in his right hand a large Bowie knife, the sharp end of which was stuck between his teeth. It frightenend the women and Patrolman Samuel Nichols took him in tow and landed him at headquarters.
When searched Willie -- they call him "Willie" at home, he said, because he was not yet of age -- yielded and automatic pistol, loaded, and an extra box of shells.
"I came up here to get some shells for my gun -- couldn't get 'em at home," Willie told Judge Kyle yesterday. "The Bowie knife? Oh, I bought that just because it was pretty. I wasn't doin' nothin' with it but pickin' my teeth. Jest pickin' my teeth, that's all, and not harmin' nothin' or nobody. 'Tain't no harm to pick your teeth, is it?"
"Not with a toothpick, no," replied the court. "But we bar the Bowie knife for that purpose here. I know where you come from. The town is full of rocks. Now you take your automatic and your 'toothpick' and catch the first train for home. If you flash that weapon in Gravette I'll bet the town boys chase you to the tall grass with it and that 'toothpick.' "
"Willie" gathered up his belongings and left for the first train.
Labels: Grand Central depot, guns, Judge Kyle, police, police court, Second street, visitors, Wyandotte street
May 13, 1908
BROKE HER HAND ON HIS FACE.
Mrs. Ridings Resented an Insult to
Her 9-Year-Old Child.
Robert Eades, a laborer for the Holmes Construction Company, was fined $50 in police court yesterday for insulting 9-year-old Ethel Ridings in front of a rooming house at 9 West Fifth street Monday night. Mrs. Clara Ridings, the little girl's mother, appeared in court with her right hand in a sling.
"When Ethel told me what he had done," she said, "I slugged him one, so hard that I broke my hand. I didn't mind that, for I certainly socked him a good one."
Eades's face showed the result of Mrs. Riding's blow. His cheek was dislocated where she landed. He was arrested soon after. Eades denied that he had said anything to the child.
Labels: children, laborer, police court, violence
May 13, 1908
WIFESLAYER FEELS REMORSE.
"She Was the Best Woman in the
Whole World," Says Fletcher.
E. C. Fletcher, the teamster who stabbed his wife to death Monday night on the front porch of her father's house, 530 West Eighth street, is still being held by the police pending action by the coroner's jury. The coroner said last night, however, that he ha not yet set the date for the inquest so it may be necessary for the prosecutor to file a charge against Fletcher without waiting for such action. That possibly will be done today.
When Fletcher was placed under arrest his first words were:
"I hope she ain't hurt much."
Later Bert S. Kimbrell, an assistant prosecutor, took his statement. he talked freely because he did not know his wife was dead. "Yes, I hit her," he said. "I guess I had a knife in my hand at the time. Yes, it was a knife. I love her and hit her because she would not come back to me and go to Oklahoma away from her relatives and this d--- town. I just hit her once but I lost my temper."
The bloody knife with a blade three inches long was found on Fletcher. He admitted that it was the one with which the murder was done. When told that his wife was dead he said simply, without the sign of a tear or the least emotion, "Well now I am awfully sorry for that, for I certainly loved that woman. She was the best woman in the whole world."
Labels: domestic violence, Eighth street, murder, oklahoma, teamster
May 13, 1908
HAD LIVED HERE 58 YEARS.
Francis Phillips, a Jackson County
Pioneer, Is Dead.
A citizen of Jackson county since 1850, Francis Phillips, father of Captain Thomas Phillips, license inspector, died yesterday at the home of the latter, aged 90 years.
Mr. Phillips was a native of Monahan county, Ireland, and came direct from there to Independence. On a farm one mile north of that city he lived for forty-five years and eighteen years ago came to Kansas City to reside with his son. Three other children survive him: Mrs. E. J. Cannon and Mrs. George Brangin of this city, and Frank Phillips, living near Olathe, Kas., who was formerly a member of the Missouri legislature.
The burial is to be in Independence cemetery tomorrow forenoon, after services at the home, 3540 Central street, at 8:30 o'clock, and at St. Aloysius church, Eleventh street and Prospect avenue, at 9:30 o'clock.
Labels: cemetery, Central street, churches, death, Eleventh street, immigrants, Independence, Olathe, pioneers, Prospect avenue
May 12, 1908
MAY STOP SIDEWALK SKATING.
Property Owners on Linwood Boule-
vard Complain to Park Board.
At a meeting of the park board yesterday, a communication was received from property owners along Linwood boulevard that roller skaters have taken possession of the sidewalks to the annoyance of pedestrians, and that some of the skaters are real hoodlums in their conduct. The general superintendent was directed to look into the complaint and to devise a method for stopping the alleged nuisance.
Labels: Linwood boulevard, Park board, skating
May 12, 1908
THE ART OF BREAD MAKING.
With the "Universal" It's No Longer
Hard to Make.
Many a woman has uttered the plaint that while making cake is easy, she just can't make bread, but she need never say it again, according to Miss Bishop, who is demostrating the Universal Bread Mixing Machine at the store of the Bunting-Stone Hardware Company, 814-6 Walnut street.
All las week tiny sample loaves, hot, crispy and fragrant, were given free to every lady who called. The bread was mixed and kneaded in the Universal machine in less than three minutes. Many a woman who knew only too well the drudgery of bread making by the old hand way, rejoiced to learn how quickly the machine would perform the labor, and how light and delicious the bread really was. The demonstration has been so popular that it was decided yesterday to continue it for the balance of the week.
Labels: food, retailers, Walnut Street
May 12, 1908
IN JEALOUS FIT.
SHE DIED IN HER AGED
STABBED ON PORCH
E. C. FLETCHER, THE MURDERER,
IS CAPTURED BY POLICE.
E. C. Fletcher, a teamster 37 years old, after being separated from his wife for one week, called at the home of her father, John Harlow, 630 West Eighth street, last night about 8:30 o'clock, ostensibly to talk over going to Oklahoma. In the house was a man named Edward Lewis, another teamster, who had gone to the house to see Harlow about putting him to work. Fletcher asked his wife to come down stairs to talk. When they reached the porch she was heard to scream for help. He had stabbed her just above the heart. She died an hour later.
Fletcher ran south to Ninth street, chased by a negro who had witnessed the act. He was seen at Ninth and Holmes streets a few minutes later, running east. The aged father ran to the porch and held his daughter in his arms until the police ambulance arrived. She sank so fast that Drs. J. P. Neal and R. A. Shiras deemed it necessary to give her a transfusion of salt solution at the emergency hospital to take the place of the blood she had lost. She did not regain consciousness and died without making a statement or even telling her name. The knife blade entered the left side just above the heart and is believed to have severed the aorta.
HE IS CAPTURED.
Detectives Keshlear and McGraw were on the scene soon after the murder and went to work on the case at once.
Patrolmen Holly Jarboe and J. P. Withrow, headquarters men, learned that Fletcher roomed at 211 West Fifth street and went there to watch for him. At 12:15 o'clock they were joined by Detectives Brice, Murphy, Boyle and Walsh. As they stood talking, Walsh exclaimed:
"Here he comes now," and ran toward a man who had just turned the corner. It was proved to be Fletcher. He surrendered without resistance.
Fletcher was taken to police headquarters and Bert Kimbrell, assistant prosecuting attorney, was sent for to take his statement. The murderer had been drinking and was not told that his wife was dead until he had finished his statement. He expressed hope that he had not hurt her.
"I don't know why I struck her. I love he so. I don't know what I was doing," was the sum of his declaration to Kimbrell.
The knife with which he killed his wife was found in his pocket. It was a common clasp knife, with a three-inch blade.
HE OFTEN BEAT HER.
Mrs. Emma Fletcher was 33 years old and a pretty woman. She had been married to Fletcher for seventeen years, but had no children. He was a drinking man, the father says, and often beat his wife and as often left her. Her mother died about the time of her marriage and she and Fletcher had always lived with Harlow.
"He left Emma the last time a week ago while we were living at Thirteenth and Summit streets," said Harlow. "We have often had to move on account of his treatment of her. Tuesday we moved to 630 West Eighth street. Ed Lewis came to see me tonight about getting me a job and we were all in the room on the second floor when Fletcher knocked at the door.
" 'What do you want?' Emma asked him.
" 'I just come to talk to you about going with me to Oklahoma,' Fletcher said. 'I've got the money to take you if you want to go.'
"Then he saw Lewis sitting there and his eyes flashed fire. He told Emma to get her shoes and come outside and talk the matter over. As she left I heard him say, 'I'd rather see you dead than with another man.' I heard them walk quietly down the stairs to the porch and then my daughter screamed. I just thought he had beaten her again as he had so often and ran to her side I could see he had been drinking."
"I WANT TO DIE, TOO."
While the father, grey and feeble, was telling his story to Captain Whitsett he did not know that his daughter was dead. HE would up his sad narrative with: "When I put her white face on my arm I thought she was dead, but I guess he's just cut her. Can any one tell me how she is?" he asked, looking from one to another.
"She is dead," Captain Whitsett informed him in a low tone.
"God be merciful," cried the old man, tottering backwards into a chair. "If she is dead, I want to die, too."
He found that her body had been taken to Freeman & Marshall's morgue and left for there, saying he wanted to be with her during the night.
OTHER TOWNS NOTIFIED.
Fletcher has been working for James Stanley, a contractor, who is building a church at 752 Sandusky avenue, Kansas City, Kas. Surrounding towns had also been telephoned to be on the lookout for him in case he should catch a train out. He was believed to be making for the Belt line tracks when last seen.
P. W. Widener, from whom Harlow rents at 630 West Eighth street, told the police that he had just entered his home about 8:30 p. m., when he heard a knock and saw Fletcher at his wife's door talking to her.
"I heard them go down stairs together," he said, "and almost immediately heard her scream. She was lying on the porch, stabbed, when I reached her. Fletcher was chased to Ninth street and lost sight of."
Widener related that when Harlow rented the rooms he said his son-in-law often raised "a little rumpus when drinking," but did not pay any attention to it. He said it had often caused him to move.
Fletcher has a brother, Arthur Fletcher, living somewhere in the city. Harlow has one more daughter, Mrs. Clara Coleman, who lives in the West bottoms in Kansas City, Kas., but he did not know where.
Coroner George B. Thompson said that an autopsy would be held today and an inquest later.
Labels: Captain Whitsett, Coroner Thompson, detectives, doctors, domestic violence, Eighth street, emergency hospital, Fifth street, Holly Jarboe, Holmes street, Inspector Boyle, marriage, murder, Ninth street, oklahoma, teamster, undertakers
May 12, 1908
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May 11, 1908
FATHER SAW HIS
BOY GO TO DEATH.
CARL RUEHLE FALLS FROM RAP-
IDLY MOVING CAR.
CLOTHING CAUGHT IN FENCE.
UNFORTUNATE LAD DRAWN UN-
DER HEAVY WHEELS.
Parent Tried to Save Him, but the
Boy's Coat Gave Way and
His Life was Quickly
While returning with his father after an afternoon spent in Fairmount park, Carl Ruehle, a 16-year-old boy, was dragged from the front step of a crowded car by his coat catching in a picket fence beside the track at Twelfth street and Mersington avenue last evening about 7 o'clock, and thrown beneath the rear trucks, and instantly killed.
The approaching rain caused a rush to the incoming cars at the park, and young Ruehle and his father, G. C. Ruehle, a blacksmith at Twelfth street and Highland avenue, had been barely able to force their way on the car, the father standing upon the platform, and the boy gaining a foothold on the step. Irvin Menagerie, the motorman, put on full speed soon after he left the park, and the boy leaned far out to get the breeze full in his face, saying that he enjoyed it.
"Be careful, Carl," the father said when he leaned particularly far out. "You might hit your head against a post or fall off. Perhaps you'd better get up here on the platform with me."
"There's not room on the platform," the boy replied. "I'll be careful."
This conversation took place but a minute before the accident. Between Myrtle and Mersington avenues the street car track goes through a cut about four feet deep, and on each side is built a fence to deep persons from driving into it from the road. The car was going rapidly, and young Ruehle once more leaned out to catch the breeze, bystanders say, and before his father could again warn him the car had reached the cut.
The boy's coat was not buttoned, and the wind caught it in and bellied it out. Before young Ruehle could draw his coat back one of the pickets had caught in a fold of the cloth, and was dragging him from the step. He cried out, and clung to the rail with all his might but could not keep his hold.
At his son's cry the boy's father grasped at him, and succeeded in getting hold of part of his clothing. He clung until the cloth parted, the back of his right hand being deeply cut and bruised from striking against the sharp corners of the car in trying to hold on.
The boy was instantly killed. He was an employe of the Hallman Printing Company, and lived with his parents at 1313 Lydia avenue. The body was taken to Newcomer's morgue after an examination by the coroner.
The father was taken to D. V. Whitney's drug store, at Twelfth street and Cleveland avenue, and his wound dressed. Lynn Turpin was the conductor and Irvin Menagerie the motorman on the car, which is No. 234.
Labels: blacksmiths, death, fairmount park, Highland avenue, Lydia avenue, Mersington street, Myrtle avenue, printers, streetcar, Twelfth street, undertakers
May 11, 1908
MARSHALS AT THE PARKS.
Will Report Their Observations to the
Names of employees connected with pay attractions at Forest and Fairmount parks were taken yesterday by the county marshal's men and will be given to the Wallace grand jury when it meets this week.
Al Heslip personally visited Fairmount park and saw men and women dancing and gliding on roller skates. Also he witnessed a man selling tickets to the Angora goat farm and the lake.
"If the jury thinks it is wicked to use roller skates and witness a dog show downtown on Sunday," the marshal argued, "it will believe it equally unlawful to skate, ride in a boat or watch the goats on a Sunday in the park." So the marshal put down all the keepers' names.
Deputies Joseph Stewart and Henry Miller made out a complete list of men they caught working and playing at Forest park.
The blue Sunday downtown was brightened a bit by the reopening of the Shubert theater.
Labels: amusement, animals, County Marshal Heslip, dancing, fairmount park, forest park, Judge Wallace, skating
May 11, 1908
SILENT WOMAN MYSTIFIES.
Marie Moore Hasn't Spoken Since Be-
ing Locked in a Cell.
Marie Moore, the sphinx of the federal court, retired early last evening to her cot in the county jail, and when she was asked where she lived and who her father was, she pulled the covers over her head, but never said a word.
Marie was taken before United States Commissioner John M. Nuckols Thursday after her arrest in the postoffice to answer to a charge of sending an improper letter through the mails to another girl. She refused to plead guilty or not guilty and would not answer the commissioner's questions. Saturday she was indicted by the federal grand jury on the same charge, and when arraigned before Judge John C. Pollock again refused to talk. She finally stammered, "I am innocent," but declined to state whether she had an attorney or not or to tell her address or the names of friends.
Since her incarceration in the county jail Thursday no one has called to see her an d she has not spoken one word to the jailers.
"She'll talk in a few days," Night Jailer Sam McGee remarked. "They all do in time. She isn't insane, because she eats her meals and acts like any other woman. She's just got her dander up, that's all.
"I judge from looking at her that she is a city bred girl and known too much to try and pay street car fare with postage stamps."
Labels: federal court, jail, Judge Pollock, post office
May 11, 1908
THIS RUNNING HORSE WALKS.
Indian Chief Plodding From San
Francisco to New York and Back.
Across the continent on foot and back again in eight months for a purse of $2,000 is the work which has been chosen by Charles Moyer, an Indian of the Sioux nation. Moyer passed through Kanss City yesterday on his return trip to San Francisco. He left there October 29, 1907, and arrived in New York on January 23, 1908. He has until June 29 to complete his trip back to San Francisco.
Moyer's Indian name is Chief Running Horse, being a grandson of Chief Sitting Bull of Custer fame. One of Chief Running Horse's peculiar traits is that he carries no change of apparel, wearing the same suit until it becomes worn out. In case of a heavy rain, like the one in which he was caught four miles east of Independence yesterday morning, the walker keeps on plodding, never stopping to find shelter. He never takes off his garments to wring them out, after they have become water soaked, but allows them to dry on his body.
He carries no cane or weapon of any sort and had use for a weapon but once according to his own story. That was while he was walking through Kentucky and was given frequent trouble by the "night-riders" alleging that he was a spy sent out to report upon them.
Chief Running Horse carries a leather-bound notebook which bears the postmark of every town and city which he visited on his walk, and the signatures of the chiefs of police and the mayors of the towns. He expects to remain in Kansas City for two or three days and then continue his westward march. It is his belief that he will reach San Francisco two or three weeks ahead of his appointed time.
Labels: clothing, Custer, Native Americans, New York, visitors, weather
May 11, 1908
BIG CROWD AT FAIRMOUNT.
And It Was Busy Enjoying Itself Un-
til Driven In by the Rain.
There was one of the biggest opening day crowds that Fairmount park ever saw at the amuseent place yesterday -- until about 7 o'clock last night. Then the crowd suddenly dwindled because of a rain that insisted on falling in quantities almost large enough to drown one.
A few minutes before the heavy rain came a slight drizzle began to fall. But the crowd wouldn't go The ticket sellers remained as busy as ever, the merry-go-round music box kept up the same familiar tunes and the man at the boathouse almost wept as he looked at the crowd waiting for boats and then remembered that every boat was out on the lake. Then the big excitement came. It didn't fall gradually, that rain. It insisted on coming down with a sloshing sound that resembled the overturning of thousands of barrels of water And the crowd scattered. Those near the pavilion made a rush for shelter and stayed there while others ran to the roller rink, the hotel, the annex -- anywhere to get out of the rain. Every place with a roof on it had all the person it could hold. For a few minutes the concessions that were enclosed did about as big a business as they'll ever do. At the car loop there was a crowd that reached fro the tracks to the fence of the park, a crowd that jostled and scrambled -- almost fought to get on cars.
But outside of that everything was lovely. The management was pleased, even if the crowd did have to leave about four hours too early -- pleased that the park should be attractive enough to draw the crowd it did after the rain of the morning. During the sunshiny hours of the afternoon the concessions, the walks, everything was crowded.
H. O. Wheeler's American band was enjoyed by many yesterday. Mr. Wheeler is one who does not believe in playing only classical music. On all his encores he plays music of a light character that goes well after a classical number.
And every one said that the park was prettier and more capable of furnishing amuseent than ever before -- even when they were coming home, wet and tired, after the rain.
Labels: amusement, fairmount park, music, streetcar, weather
May 11, 1908
TWO OF AHERN'S LAMBS.
Took Sunday Drink in Peter Leary's
Saloon, Then Arrested Him.
"What d'ye want?" shouted Peter Leary through the door of his saloon to Police Sergeant John Ravenscamp, who was thumping with his stick on the outside early Sunday morning.
"Sure, and I'm askin' that you let those policemen out. You've locked two good fellows inside.:
"G'wan and sleep," replied Peter, "There's no bulls in here."
"There are two of Ahern's choicest lambs," said John and he leaned against the front door.
Now John Ravenscamp is large and, when the door creaked, Leary waved him back and turned the bolt. As the sergeant entered, Plain Clothes Officers D. R. Lee and Pat O'Connor, who say they had been drinking at the bar with five citizens, stepped out and showed their stars to Leary.
Leary and John Shannon, the bartender, were booked at headquarters for selling liquor on Sunday and a full report was made out to be given to the police commissioners at their next meeting.
Labels: alcohol, immigrants, police, police headquarters, saloon
May 10, 1908
SAYS HE DIDN'T WANT TO DIE.
James Rowland Revises His Story
Now That He Is Well.
James Rowland, 14 years old, 1516 Harrison street, was discharged from the general hospital yesterday afternoon as out of danger. He was taken to his home by his father.
Young Rowland is the boy who, late last month, was knocked from the north approach of the Hannibal bridge and fell thirty feet. A step on the baggage car of the Rock Island train which struck him fractured his skull on the left side and the fall broke and dislocated his right arm. Drs. J. P. Neal and H. R. Conway trephined the lad's skull at the emergency hospital an hour after the accident, and to that quick work the boy owes his life. They removed several pieces of bone which were pressing on the brain.
On the night the boy was injured, he was walking across the bridge from Harlem when James Knowlden, a farmer, called to him and said, "Look out! There's a train coming across the bridge."
Not seeing the train himself, and, being of a joking turn of mind,, Rowland called back: "Oh, I don't care. I want to die anyway." On that account it was believed that the boy had tried to commit suicide. He says now that he made the remark just in fun and did not see the train until it was upon him.
Rowland said that on that day he played "hookey" from school and was induced by a boy called "Rusty" to go to Harlem. After reaching there, Rowland changed his mind and concluded to go home. He had only 5 cents left and intended to go home by way of the toll bridge. He walked onto the trestle approach instead of the wagon road below.
Labels: children, doctors, general hospital, Hannibal bridge, Harlem, Harrison street, railroad, Suicide
May 10, 1908
WAS SLASHED BY A RUFFIAN.
Rufus Ramey Was Defending His
Wife From Insult.
Mr. and Mrs. Rufus Ramey of 345 Minnesota avenue, Kansas City, Kas., accompanied by another man and his wife, were returning from a call at Missouri avenue and Holmes street last night at 12:15 o'clock when two men stopped the two women, who were walking behind their husbands. One of the two men insulted Mrs. Ramey and Mr. Ramey started to resent the insult. The assailant drew a knife and slashed Ramey across the left cheek from the cheek bone down through the upper lip. Ramey walked to the emergency hospital, where Dr. Ford B. Rogers dressed the wound. The assailant escaped.
Labels: emergency hospital, Holmes street, Kansas City Kas, Minnesota avenue, Missouri avenue, violence
May 9, 1908
RUNAWAY GIRLS ARE CAUGHT.
Returned to Smallpox Hospital After
a Jaunt About Town.
The two girls, Edna Sickler, 12, and Grace Kaufman, 13 years old, were returned to quarantine at St. George hospital near the Milwaukee bridge late last night. Edna Sickler was the first to arrive at 9 p. m., in company with her father, Edward Sickler. At 11:15 o'clock Grace Kaufman was taken back by the guard, Morris S. Sharp. Both girls escaped from quarantine where smallpox patients are confined and were gone thirty-four and thirty-six hours, respectively.
While the police were supposed to be looking for them a citizen who had seen their descriptions in Friday's Journal called up the smallpox hospital and told Dr. George P. Pipkin, in charge there, that he believed both girls were with the Kaufman girl's father at Twenty-ninth and Spruce streets.
The girls reported that they walked from the smallpox hospital to the end of the Fifth street line -- both had previously begged a nickel from their mothers -- and transferred until they had reached the vicinity of Twenty-ninth and Prospect. There, as if by prearrangement, they met Frank Kaufman, Grace's father. He took the girls with him to cut grass on Prospect avenue between Twenty-eighth and Twenty-ninth and took them home with him in the evening.
Dr. Pipkin said that Kaufman would be prosecuted for harboring a person with a contagious disease without reporting the fact. Kaufman told Sharp that the girls said they had been discharged.
Labels: children, doctors, hospitals, Prospect avenue, smallpox, streetcar, The Journal, Twenty-eighth street, Twenty-ninth street
May 9, 1908
FLOOR WALKER KISSED HER.
C. Kennedy Is Fined $50 on Com-
plaint of Miss May Irwin.
C. Kennedy, a floor walker in a 10-cent store near Eleventh and Main streets, was fined $50 in police court yesterday on a charge of disturbing the peace of Miss May Irwin, a clerk in the store. The fine was paid by the manager of the store. Miss Irwin lives in Kansas City, Kas.
A week ago, the young woman testified, she was sent to the hosiery department in the basement. It was dark down there and she turned on the lights. Miss Irwin alleged that Kennedy then appeared on the scene and grabbed her, hugging and kissing her against her protest. Last Wednesday Miss Irwin was discharged and she ascribed a reason for it. Previous to that she said she feared to make a complaint against Kennedy as she wished to hold her job. After she was discharged she filed complaint with the city attorney and Kennedy was arrested.
Kennedy admitted most of the charges the girl made, but said that she had given him cause to make advances by flirting with him. This Miss Irwin denied.
"I have worked in many stores in Kansas City," said Miss Irwin, "and in every one I have been insulted in some manner by a head man. I also could name lots of other girls who have received the same treatment. Why don't they complain? That's easily explained. They are all poor girls and have to work, and such a complaint would not only lose them one job, but might black ball them at other places."
Labels: Eleventh street, employment, Kansas City Kas, Main street, police court, retailers, women
May 9, 1908
TWO WOMEN DOCTORS.
Homeopaths Hold Graduation Exer-
cises at Shubert.
Friends of Hannemann Medical college and of the graduating class filled the Shubert theater yesterday afternoon and witnessed the confering of M. Ds. upon thirteen young men and two women.
Dr. Frank Elliott, dean of the college, presided. Rev. Samuel Garvin delivered the address. The invocation was spoken by Rev. D. S. Stephens. Hiner's Third Regiment band played several selections. The fifteen who received diplomas from the hand of Dr. Charles, Ott, president of the college, are:
W. P. Abell, O. P. Bourbon, C. Brashear, L. R. Chapman, H. B. Clark, Mrs. M. H. Farnsworth, O. R. Gregg, C. B. Magee, E. A. Montague, J. R. Newton, P. A. Petitt, John L. Reid, S. H. Snow, E. H. Zellinger and Leo J. O'Shaughnessy.
Labels: doctors, ministers, music, theater, women
May 9, 1908
HIS DOG TESTIFIED FOR HIM.
Its Spots Saved Albert King a Police
The fact that Albert King, a negro, was the posessor of a black and white spotted dog and not a yellow canine, saved him from a stiff fine on a charge of vagrancy in police court yesterday. It developed that a negro with a yellow dog had been creating havoc among the chickens in the vicinity of Fifth street and Lydia avenue. King was identified as the man who picked up a chicken and walked away with it the other day when the dog had done its work.
"I admits that," said King "I saw that yaller cur kill that pullet, ad it was layin' in th' road, I just took it. But that yaller dog ain't mine."
Just at that moment King's sister walked into the court room leading a black and white cur.
"Hyah Mose, hyah Mose," said King, pursing up his lips. The dog came to him and seemed awful glad to see him after his night in jail.
"The sister said that King worked whenever he could get it, and cared for herself and her mother.
"That black and white dog has saved him," said Judge Kyle. "If you hadn't appeared here with it, your brother might have been doing time, perhaps innocently. The next time a yellow dog kills a chicken you leave it alone," was the court's final advice.
Labels: animals, Fifth street, Judge Kyle, Lydia avenue, police court
May 9, 1908
TO RETIRE SIX FIRE HORSES.
City Plans to Save Faithful Animals
From Strange Keepers.
Six horses, that have become decrepit in the service of the fire department, are to be put on the retired list. Chief Egner asked the board of public works yesterday to either sell the horses or trade them for a team that can do the work.
R. H. Williams of the board and President Gregory suggested that if the animals were still able to do ordinary work, they should be transferred to the street or water department. There they will get the care and consieration to which they have been accustomed.
Labels: animals, Fire, public works
May 9, 1908
TWO BARRELS WERE ENOUGH.
Negro Stole Load of Whisky, but Left
Part of It.
Jordan Coleman, a one-legged negro teamster for the Empire Transfer Company, stumped hurriedly into police headquarters about 4 p. m. yesterday and excitedly informed Captain Whitsett that somebody had stolen a wagon load of whisky from him.
"I left my wagon load with seventy cases and three barrels of whisky in the alley between Main and Delaware, Third and Fourth streets," he said. "I wasn't gone but a few minutes when I came back and the team, whisky and all had disappeared. A man said he saw another negro driving the load east on Third street."
About 6 p. m. Coleman's wagon was found standing at Independence avenue and Charlotte street. Two barrels of whisky were missing from the load. The police are looking for the "booze" and also the thief.
Labels: alcohol, Captain Whitsett, Charlotte street, Delaware street, Fourth street, Independence avenue, Main street, police headquarters, teamster, Third street
May 8, 1907
PARK POLICEMAN IS FINED.
Slapped a Boy and Then Drew Re-
volver on Him.
David A. Bateman, a park policeman, was fined $10 in police court yesterday on a charge of disturbing the peace of Ray Welsh, a 15-year-old boy living at 1530 Montgall avenue. He paid the fine and gave notice of appeal.
Welsh said he was passing a pool hall at Fifteenth and Bellefontaine when Bateman came out and made him take a chain off a dog which Welsh was leading. Welsh then went down the street to where there was a blacksmith shop.
"He called me out," said the boy, "then he slapped me, hit me over the head with his club and drew his gun."
A man who did not know Welsh corroborated his statements as to the assault. Bateman said he had a bad cold and took some quinine and three drinks of whiskey, "which seemed to go to my head." Sergeant T. S. Eubanks, who arrested Bateman, said the latter had had trouble in a pool hall and also a store next door, and that his station had been notified to take him away. When he got there the trouble with the boy was on.
Labels: alcohol, Bellefontaine, billiards, domestic violence, Fifteenth street, guns, Montgall avenue, police, police court
May 8, 1908
TWO GIRLS ESCAPE
FROM PEST HOUSE.
UNFUMIGATED, THEY ARE WAN-
DERING ABOUT THE STREETS.
POLICE LOOKING FOR THEM.
ONE GIRL IS 12 YEARS OLD, THE
OTHER IS 13.
Edna Sickler and Grace Kaufman
Elude the Guards and Go Visit-
ing, No One Seems to
If you should meet two girls, one 12 years old, light hair, blue eyes with a squint in her right eye, wearing a red calico dress and red coat, and the other 13 years old, dark hair, eyes and skin, and wearing a gray coat and dark skirt, it might be advisable, if you are not equipped with a fumigating apparatus, for you to climb a tree or jump in a well until they have passed.
Girls of this description took French leave of St. George's hospital in the East Bottoms yesterday about noon. The city's smallpox patients are quarantined there. The 12-year-old girl is named Edna Sickler. Her home is at 6415 East Fourteenth street and her mother and two small brothers, 3 and 7 years old, are still in quarantine. Grace Kaufman is the 13-year-old. Her home is at 2307 East Eighteenth street and her mother and a sister 11 years old are still at the hospital.
"The girls have been down here nine days," said Dr. George P. Pipkin, who has charge of the hospital. "Both of their cases were very light, but they are endangering the public as they left here wearing the same clothes in which they came and were not fumigated. I have given their descriptions to all the police stations and want them returned here at once."
With five other children the two girls were playing about the hospital grounds about 11 o'clock yesterday. Telling the other children that they were going up the river bank to gather flowers they disappeared. As that is a custom, nothing was thought of the incident until the girls failed to show up for dinner at 11:45 o'clock.
Fearing that some accident had happened them the mothers went in search but got no trace of them. Then the matter was reported to Dr. Pipkin who, with Morris S. Sharp, a guard, made a search in the immediate neighborhood. That, too, was fruitless. Sharp then took the wagon and drove toward town. From a man working near the Crescent elevator in the East bottoms he learned that the girls had passed there, seemingly in a great hurry to reach the Fifth street car line, just about noon. Then the matter was reported to the police.
From the mothers Dr. Pipkin learned that both girls had been given a nickel in the morning. They wanted to buy a candy at a little store nearby, they said. The doctor also learned that the girls had taken particular pains to wash up in the morning, and one of them complained that her dress was not clean.
Sharp came to the city and went to the girls' homes, but they had not shown up there. When he went to a flat near Twenty-eighth and Wabash avenue, where the Kaufman girl's father worked as janitor he was informed that Kaufman had been gone two days. Mr. and Mrs. Kaufman are separated. When informed that her husband had gone, sh said she feared that the girl was with him. The father and three sisters at the Sickler girl's home said they would inform Dr. Pipkin if Edna came home.
Men at the smallpox hospital are watched very closely, but it has never been deemed necessary to place a guard over children. They have always been given as much freedom as possible as it was known to be good for them. These two girls are the first to ever run away from the institution. The police believe the girls are still in the city and hope to land them back at the hospital today.
Labels: children, clothing, doctors, East bottoms, Eighteenth street, health, hospitals, smallpox, Twenty-eighth street, Wabash avenue
May 8, 1908
"LOSE ME," SAYS TEMPAFSKY.
Concluded Sanitary Inspection
Wasn't the Job He Wanted.
A half day at the city pie counter sufficed for Louis Tempafsky, who was appointed Wednesday by the board of health as a sanitary inspector. Louis reported for duty bright and early yesterday morning and adorned in all the regalia of his position of authority started out on his day's work of eight hours at $2.50 per day. Some hours later the telephone in the board of health office rang.
"This is Tempafsky," the clerk who answered the 'phone heard. "Lose me off the pay roll. I never was cut out for this job. You hear me, lose me; get another man."
That was the last seen, or heard, to be more accurate, of Tempafsky, and there is a vacancy in the ranks of the sanitary inspectors.
Labels: board of health, employment, telephone
May 8, 1908
HARVEY SKINNER IS DEAD.
Was the Man Who Revived While
Wake Was Being Discussed.
Harvey Skinner, a printer, 55 years old, died in Kansas City, Kas., yesterday. Monday afternoon he was given up for dead by his relatives, who then assembled at the home, 166 North Valley street, Kansas City, Kas., for the purpose of preparing for a wake, only to be cut short in their discussions by the sudden reviving of the supposed corpse, who asked for a drink. Skinner is survived by a widow and eight children. Funeral services will be held at St. Benedict's church, Sunday afternoon at 2 o'clock. Burial at St. Mary's cemetery.
Labels: cemetery, churches, death, Funeral, Kansas City Kas
May 7, 1908
PRISON FOR COUNTERFEITERS.
George Elliott and Tillie Bullene
Were Arrested Only Saturday.
Arrested last Saturday for counterfeiting, George Elliott and Tillie Bullene were started to the federal prison at Fort Leavenworth yesterday afternoon, the man to do hard labor for two and a half years and pay a fine of $5,000, and the woman to undergo eighteen months at hard labor and to pay a fine of $2,500. Both prisoners pleaded guilty and threw themselves on the mercy of the court. At 511 Locust street, where the prisoners had been caught, a complete counterfeiting outfit was captured, together with sity-five bogus dollars and enough material on hand to make many more. Assistant District Attorney Leslie J. Lyons prosecuted the case.
Labels: counterfeiters, federal court, Leavenworth, Locust street, prison
May 7, 1908
HIS MOTHER'S ERRAND
TOOK HIM TO HIS DEATH.
Eugene Lane, 7 Years Old, Killed by
Santa Fe Train on Belt
While returning to his home at 3810 East Fifteenth street yesterday evening about 6 o'clock, Eugene Lane, age 7 years, was caught on the long trestle of the Belt line railroad near Thirteenth street and Jackson avenue and killed. The boy was struck by an eastbound Santa Fe passenger train while midway on the trestle and the impact of the engine threw him against one of the iron uprights, crushing his skull.
Eugene Lane was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lane, who live at 3810 East Fifteenth street, and had ben sent to a neighbor's house on an errand for his mother. The boy had been in the habit of using the trestle in making journeys to and form the neighborhood to which he was sent, but had forgotten that a train was due when he attempted to cross the trestle yesterday afternoon.
Edward Lane, the father of the boy, has a blacksmith shop at 3406 East Fifteenth street. The boy was an only son.
Labels: Belt line, blacksmiths, children, death, Jackson avenue, railroad, Thirteenth street
May 7, 1908
STRUNG THEM UP BY THUMBS.
For Cruelty to His Chidren B. F.
Scott Is Fined $500.
B. F. Scott, a stone mason living at 1301 Belmont street, was fined $500 by Police Judge Kyle yesterday. His wife told the court they had been married ten years which were "ten years of frightful misery and mental suffering."
She said Scott often, to punish the children, had placed two of the back to back, tied their hands together and then tied them to a nail overhead and gone away and left them. The mother said she always cut them down as soon as Scott departed, as she was afraid to do so before.
Labels: Belmont street, children, domestic violence, Judge Kyle, marriage, police court
May 7, 1908
CLUNG TO ROPE
FOR DEAR LIFE.
TWO WORKMEN FALL FROM
SWUNG THEMSELVES TO WIN-
DOW AND ESCAPED DEATH.
Cleaning Exterior of Commerce
Building -- A Careless Move
Caused the Accident --
They Make Light of It.
SEVEN STORIES ABOVE THE STREET THESE TWO MEN CLUNG TO A ROPE FOR DEAR LIFE.
The falling of a large bucket of water and a brush on the sidewalk on the south side of the Commerce building about 2:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon caused many passers to look up. Dangling from a rope beneath a scaffold almost seven stories above the street were two men.
In the crowd which quickly gathered were three women. The spectators all looked on with bated breath while their hands were tightly clenched. Lower and lower the two men dangled. Just as it seemed that one or both would surely lose their hold and drop to certain death, one of the men managed to get the toe of his right foot on the ledge of a window on the sixth story.
"Oh Lord!" cried one of the women. "I can't look any more. They're both going to drop!"
"Hush up," came from a little nervous man. "You make me dizzy. Don't let 'em hear you say that."
This all took place in a very few seconds. While it was going on the man who had reached the window ledge with his toe managed, by a superhuman effort, to draw himself up. Once there, he assisted his companion, whose toe had by that time touched the ledge and both were soon standing side by side in the window.
THEY WERE COOL ABOUT IT.
"Good boy! Good boy! shouted a spectator. "You are all right."
The two men did not appear to hear him. They walked about on the window ledge as if they were on a flat tin roof. One of them tried the window. It opened, the men entered, and the crowd sighed with relief.
The two men who came so near death are Charles Pepperdine of 3112 Bell street and Paul Jacoby, who rooms near Fifth and Walnut streets. They work for the Ben P. Shirley Company of Indianapolis, Ind., which has the contract for washing the big building and "pointing" the brick and terra cotta work. One washed while the other "pointed."
They were working on a scaffold made from a ladder. Ropes and pulleys are attached at both ends and securely fastened at the top of the fifteen-story building. Men who do that class of skyscraper work become careless. One of the became so yesterday, for, as the two men attempted to pass on the narrow platform, he placed a hand against the side o the building to steady himself. This caused the scaffold to shoot out from beneath their feet.
CAUGHT THE ROPE.
The two men shot off first, quickly followed by the big bucket of water and brush. At the back of the men, just about even with their hips, was a safety rope to keep them from falling outwards. Just as they fell both managed to grab that rope. It was attached to the two upright ropes, or "falls," as they are called. The weight of the men drew the two long ropes closer and closer together as the men dropped lower and lower. It was while in this position that Pepperdine managed to get his foot on the window ledge, and Jacoby was soon drawn to safety.
The men made their way back to the next floor and were soon on their ladders, ready to go to work. But as both had got a ducking from the big pail of water, they were excused to go home and get dry clothes.
"Nervous? Scared? Who, me? Not much. That wasn't any more than happens every day. Some of us slip or fall a ways, but there is not always a gaping crowd to rubber and make a hero out of the incident."
"GIGGLING ALL THE TIME."
"I was giggling all the time," said Jacoby. "Just like a woman when she is tickled at something and can't laugh out loud. Just like kids in church, you know. I was kidding 'Pep' for the way he was attempting to swim in the air."
"No I did not look upon the incident as at all unusual," said Mr. Shirley, who has charge of the work. "It may have looked odd to the people in the street, but when you take into consideration that most every man I have can climb a rope hand over hand for seven stories at least, you can see that that lessens their danger. They are just like cats, always light feet down, and if their hands touch anything that looks like a rope they are sure to grab it and skin right back to where they fell from . Both men will be at work in the morning. They didn't go home because they were nervous."
There are two other scaffolds on the same side of the building on which there are from two to three men at work. They laughed heartily at the predicament of their fellow workmen, especially because they got a ducking, and thought the whole thing was a joke.
RECALLS A SIMILAR ACCIDENT.
While the Long building as in course of erection a workman was laying terra cotta on the cornice at the very top, fourteen stories from the street. The piece he was laying fell from its place and the man with it. Near at hand was a rope with which the material was hauled to the roof. End over end the man went twice. Then his hands touched the rope and he grasped it, slid a few feet and remained still.
After getting his breath he went back to the top, hand over hand, got another piece of terra cotta to fit in the place of the one which was smashed on the pavement, slapped some mortar on to hold it in place and went to work. His hands were badly burned from "skinning" the rope in his fall of thirty feet. Otherwise he was alright.
Labels: accident, Bell street, Commerce building, Fifth street, R A Long building, Walnut Street
May 7, 1908
MUST LEARN HOW TO
REMOVE GREASE SPOTS.
POLICEMEN WILL BE REQUIRED
TO HAVE CLEAN CLOTHES.
And a Recent Shine Must Go With
Them, Also -- No Hope
for the Cop That Drinks.
Clothes clean and freshly pressed, and shoes recently shined is the order which went forth from the police board yesterday to the policemen. Drill Sergeant Morrison will be instructed to see that this ruling is carried out.
Mayor Crittenden made the suggestion, and the other two commissioners heartily indorsed his recommendation.
"Nothing prejudices me so against an officer as for him to have grease s pots on his clothing, his trousers baggy at the knees and his shoes rusty looking," said the mayor. "A man who is slovenly in his personal appearance will be careless in his duty. I don't like to see it."
"There's one excuse for the officers," said Commissioner Jones. "I think they are underpaid They ought to have at least $10 a month more. Then they could better afford to pay to have their clothes cleaned and pressed, and it could be required of them."
"Yes, it's true that the patrolmen are underpaid," said Commissioner Gallagher. "But some of them are able to keep neat on their present salaries, and I don't see why the rest can't do equally as well. I see some dirty, greasy policemen that are a disgrace to the town."
"We don't expect the police to by a new suit every few days or every season," said Commissioner Jones. "We never complain of them wearing old clothes. But it should be insisted upon that they be neat."
The Third regiment armory will hereafter be used for the drills, instead of Convention hall. In the new place a course of neatness is expected to be added to the regular exercises by Sergeant Morrison, and each man will be required to learn by heart some good recipe for removing grease spots from clothing.
While on the police question Mayor Crittenden said:
"I want it generally understood that a policeman who drinks while on duty will be discharged and never taken back with my vote."
"I don't like a policeman to drink, either on or off duty," said Commissioner Jones.
"They have already made it a rule in St. Louis not to take back policemen who are found drinking on duty," said Commissioner Gallagher. "I think it is about time we were making the same rule here."
Labels: alcohol, Armory, clothing, Commissioner Gallagher, Commissioner Jones, Mayor Crittenden, police board
May 6, 1908
BELIEVED TO HAVE BEEN IN-
CENDIARY -- LOSS $20,000.
MUSIC PAVILION IS BURNED.
OPENING OF PARK WILL
NOT BE DELAYED.
Indications Point to a Deliberate At-
tempt to Burn the Buildings.
Oil Used to Start
Fire, supposed to be of incendiary origin, completely destroyed the music pavilion, one side of the German village and part of the promenade at Electric park, Forty-sixth street and Tracy avenue, last night about 9:30 o'clock. The damage is estimated at $20,000.
Flames were first seen pouring out of the northwest corner of the music pavilion and it is believed the fire was started in that vicinity. Harry Alexander, who lives at Forty-sixth street and Virginia avenue, was one of the first to discover the fire and turned in an alarm. He stated that within twenty minutes after he first discovered the fire the music pavilion was a mass of flames, and in a few minutes more was burned to the ground. The roof fell within fifteen minutes after the fire was discovered.
As soon as the fire was discovered the Electric Park fire department, members of which live near the park, turned out and made an attempt to subdue the fire, but it was beyond their control. Jack Hutson, a watchman at the park and one of the firemen, was overcome by smoke and had to be carried to the office. He recovered in a short time.
OTHER BUILDINGS SAVED.
Firemen from No. 22 hose house were the first to arrive, and by fast work managed to get the flames under control before they spread to the other buildings. They were assisted by several other companies which arrived later The music pavilion was completely demolished. It is next to the German village, and the side wall connecting them was destroyed. Part of the promenade in front of the building was destroyed.
That the fire was of incendiary origin is the belief of the fire department, M. G. Heim, one of the owners of the park, who arrived soon after the fire started, and the watchmen. The park has a private electric plant, and all currents were turned off the buildings so that the fire could not have originated from that source. No workmen have been in the pavilion or adjoining buildings for weeks, and nothing was in the pavilion to have caused the fire.
George Barker, a laborer living at 4501 Tracy avenue, made a statement at the park that he saw two negroes running from the scene of the fire shortly after the flames were discovered, but later stated that two children claimed they saw the negroes. He did not know the children's names.
HEIM SAYS "INCENDIARY."
M. G. Heim stated that he believed the fire must have been of incendiary origin. "There was no current on the electric wires in the music pavilion and nothing that could have caused a fire there," said Mr. Heim. "The saloon is to be established in another building, not far from the music ha, and it may have been the intention to destroy that building, but the attempt was not a success. The damage is about $20,000."
A squad of police was sent to the park after the fire and ordered to watch the buildings until morning to see that no further attempts were made to burn the buildings.
A score of workmen will be put to work early this morning clearing away the debris and preparing the music hall for the opening which will take place May 17. Mr. Heim stated that the fire will not postpone the opening of the park. A temporary open air shell will be erected for the band and the wall on the side of the German village will be rebuilt.
SAYS OIL WAS USED.
Jacob Baas, night watchman for the south side of the park, is positive in his belief that the fire was not only incendiary, but that a good quantity of oil was used in starting it. At 8:45 o'clock he made his rounds with a lantern, and there was perfect stillness and darkness all over the grounds. Being chilly, Baas went into his shack on the south and to the rear of the "boat tours" concession. He barely had time to light a fire and remove his shoes when a sheet of flame across the grounds above the music pavilion caught his attention.
When he rushed out there was far more smoke than flame -- great clouds of blackness that seemed to suggest that much of the interior was burning before the flames showed on the outside. Baas's immediate decision then was that "a plenty of oil must have been used to get that kind of a quick start."
His belief is that the start was below the German village back of the band stand, though when he got close the fire was spread so generally that there was nothing about the fire itself to suggest where it started.
Manager Rohrer of the People's Amusement Company, who lives at 4507 Tracy avenue, came upon the grounds soon after this, and with Jack Hutson, head night watchman, whose station is in the office near the gate, did what could be done to manipulate the company's fireplugs and hose. Hutson was practically overcome by getting into the thick of the smoke.
H. Smith and B. C. Smith, brothers, who work at the park days and board at 4619 Tracy avenue, saw Edward Solberg, park electrician, shut off all electricity early in the evening as he was leaving the park, and there is no possibility that the fire could have started from the electric wiring.
CHILDREN IN PERIL.
Sam Benjamin, the park manager, who lives in the clubhouse on the grounds was with his wife at the Majestic theater when told of the fire. An old negro servant had been left alone with the two small children of the family. All were in bed and the woman being hard of hearing, it was some time before she and her charges were aroused. Early in the fire the roof of the clubhouse caught, but a sudden downpour of rain quenched the blaze before it had a good start. Had it been a dry evening the clubhouse, starting to burn at this time, would probably have been in ashes before the intervening structures, and have rendered the rescue of the nurse and children difficult.
THEY CLIMBED THE FENCE.
After midnight last night M. G. Heim and the park manager, Sam Benjamin, discovered what they believed to be proof that incendiaries caused the fire. Two men had climbed the eight-foot board fence in the rear of the pavilion, using a large overhanging elm tree to aid in scaling the wall. Barbed wires along the boards had been cut and the footprints of the two men were plain, leading from the foot of the tree to the northwest corner of the pavilion, where Baas, the watchman, thought the fire must have started. The footprints were measured and watchmen left to guard them until morning, when the police will have opportunity to make minute observations of the prints.
Electric park, at its present location, was opened only a year ago this month. It comprises twenty-eight and one-half acres in extent, and represents an investment, M. G. Heim said last night, of $500,000.
Labels: arson, children, Electric park, Fire, Forty-sixth street, nurses, Tracy avenue, Virginia avenue
May 6, 1907
WANTED TO FEED HER RATS.
Woman Counterfeiter Begged Police
to Take Her to Them.
The cases of George Elliott and Tillie Bullene, the confessed counterfeiters, who were arrested Saturday night in their room at 511 Locust street, were taken up yesterday by the United States grand jury. Sergeant Peter McCosgrove and Patrolman Joseph Enright, the arresting officers, gave their testimony and produced one of the most complete counterfeiter's outfits ever captured here.
Miss Bullene said that poverty drove her and Elliott to counterfeiting. Elliott made the money and she passed it. The woman cliamed that a sore hand needed constant attention and medicine had to be bought for it.
As she sat in the matron's room at police headquarters last night she had but two concerns -- her hand, which was giving her much pain, and the fact that her thirty-nine pet white rats, left behind at 511 Locust street, were suffering for food.
"I will promise not to make the least effort towards getting away," she told Captain Whitsett, "if you will only send some one along with me so I can feed my white rats. No one else wil care for them and it's downright cruel to let even a rat starve -- especially a white rat."
Miss Bullene cried bitterly as she said her hand pained her so. Dr. J. P. Neal fromm the emergency hospital, who examined the hand, said that iss Bullene was suffering from cancer. He also said that her hand may have to be amputated to save her life.
Labels: animals, counterfeiters, crime, doctors, Locust street, police headquarters, police matron, women
May 6, 1908
BITTEN BY BIG TARANTULA.
Independence Boy Was Cutting Ba-
nana When It Jumped on Him.
George Foster, Jr., 17 years old, was bitten by a large tarantula yesterday afternoon while he was attempting to cut a banana from a bunch which was hanging in his father's confectionery store at Independence. Young Foster had just pulled one banana from the bunch when the tarantula jumped from its nest near the stem and bit him between the thumb and first finger on the right hand.
While the wound was not large the pain was intense, and soon the poison from the bite began to take effect, and the arm began to swell and turn blue. Dr. N. P. Woods was called, and young Foster was resting easily last night with every prospect of recovery. The tarantula is said to have measured six inches from tip to tip. In the nest were found several hundred eggs. The tarantula was killed.
Labels: doctors, food, Independence, retailers
May 6, 1908
FOR GREAT FAIR.
PERMANENT ASSOCIATION TO BE
EXPOSITION AT ELM RIDGE.
LIVE STOCK, POULTRY AND
OTHER FEATURES TO COMBINE.
Will Be Known as American Royal
Live Stock and Industrial Ex-
position -- First Fair in
Fall of 1909.
After a meeting of several business men of Kansas City yesterday afternoon at the Savoy hotel, the organization of the American Royal Live Stock and Industrial Exposition was determined upon and active steps were taken looking toward the permanent establishment of the exposition at Elm Ridge park by the fall of 1909. The meeting was held at the call of Secretary J. A. Runyan of the Manufacturers and Merchants' Association, and this organization will be asked to back the exposition.
Secretary Runyan with A. M. Thompson will visit Minneapolis to gather data at the Minnesota State Fair Association. The methods used by the American Royal Live Stock Association will also be followed closely as it is the unanimous opinion of those present that this is an ideal association.
It is the purpose to combine the various exhibits which are being given in this city into one grand show at least one week. The American Royal Live Stock show will be used as a nucleus, and with it will be combined the poultry show, agricultural exhibits, merchants' exhibits, manufactured products, the kennel show, the horse show, racing and a display of farm implements, in fact every line of industry in Kansas City.
THIRTEEN OF THEM THERE.
The meeting yesterday was preceded by a dinner at the Savoy and was attended by the following: E. L. Howe, F. B. Heath, I. W. Bigger, L. P. Rothschild, C. L. Merry, Irwin Baldwin and J. A. Runyan for the Manufacturers' Association; C. R. Thomas, A. M. Thompson, George Stevenson, W. H. Weeks and William McLaughlin for the American Royal Live Stock Association, F. F. Rozzelle and C. C. Peters, for the Elm Ridge Club, and W. M. Beall, Dr. W. H. Stark and P. H. Depree for the poultry show.
The subject of a suitable location was discussed and it was decided that if a lease for a term of years could be obtained at Elm Ridge park this would be the best location for an undertaking of this magnitude. F. F. Rozzelle was selected to make arrangements for the lease of the park grounds for at least fifteen years.
IT TAKES BIG PRIZES.
Mr. Thomas explained something about the customs of the live stock show exhibit. He stated that about 250 carloads of fancy cattle were shipped to this show every year and that it would be necessary to have switch track facilities on the grounds in addition to a number of cattle pens and sheds. Large prizes must also be offered in order to get the best exhibits.
In discussing the question of concessions at the park it was the unanimous opinion that liquor should not be sold on the grounds and that betting on the races should be prohibited. Horse racing, it was stated, is the life of any fair, but races can and are being conducted without the gambling feature.
In order to start the exhibition, build suitable buildings and offer prizes that will tempt the owners of the finest breeds of animals, it will be necessary to raise at least $50,000 and as soon as the necessary details are arranged, the Manufacturers and Merchants' Association will take this in charge.
Labels: animals, Elm Ridge, organizations, races, Savoy
May 5, 1908
FASCINATING GAME OF INDIAN.
It Leads Hospital Patients to Desert,
Clothed in Rugs.
Only patients in ward B at the general hospital know how strong the desire to play "Indian" may become. Sunday night J. K. Johnson, a patient in the ward, wrapped his head in a blanket and, clad only in underwear, dashed away through a door into the night. Last evening at 8:30 o'clock, Roy Collins jumped from his cot, seized a rug, threw it over his head and jumped from a window.
An hour later Owen Bowers, another patient, who had read of the "Indian" game before coming to the hospital, seized the last rug remaining in the ward, covered his head with it and dived out of the window in search of an affinity None of the three had been recaptured at 2 o'clock this morning. Perhaps each found his "squaw."
Labels: general hospital
May 5, 1908
POLICE FIND OWNERS
OF CANNED JEWELS.
BOY'S DISCOVERY BRINGS GLAD-
NESS TO ONE HOME.
Porch Climber Had Stolen Watches
on December 26, 1906, and
Buried Them in a To-
By a thorough search of police records Fred G. Bailey, secretary to the inspector of detectives, yesterday located the owners for most of the jewelry which was found Saturday night at Nineteenth and McGee streets. The valuables were found by John E. Linings, 317 East Nineteenth street, a boy who was digging for worms. It was all safely planted in an old rusty tin can which, according to the record, had been in the ground just one year, four months and two days when found. The can, which was delivered to Lieutenant Hammil at the Walnut street station, contained four gold watches, one gold cross, one gold cuff button, two brooches, one an old came; one gold and one enamel heart, and one string of three-strand gold beads.
Bailey began at January, 1906, and it was not until he reached December 26 of that year that his efforts were rewarded. On that night porch climbers entered the home of E. H. Stimson, 3145 Broadway, while the family was in the siting room below. The thief or thieves secured two ladies' gold watches, one an open face watch, with E. A. S. on the case in big letters, and the other marked "Emmett to Olive." They also got a long gold watch chain and five gold rings.
On the same evening the home of C. M. Gilbert, then living at 3129 Washington street, was entered, probably by the same "climbers" as it was in a similar manner. There three gold watches were stolen. One, an open face watch, had "1876" engraved on it and there was a long chain to it. Another was engraved "Annie B Gilbert" and the last was undescribed. The thief also got a black seal card case and $40 in cash.
The gold engraved cross, the cuff button, two brooches and two hearts have not yet been identified. Detective Ralph Trueman was sent out to locate the robbed families and tell them of their luck. He found Mr. Stimson still living at the same number but Mr. Gilbert, he said, had left the city. Neighbors said the family had moved to Ohio. They believed it was Dayton. Secretary Bailey will endeavor to locate Mr. Gilbert and make him happy.
Mr. Stimson, who is a real estate man, was very much pleased when told of the find. "I recall the night we were robbed," he said. "It was the night after Christmas and about 8 o'clock. The thieves climbed the front porch and ransacked the two front rooms. The watch marked 'E. A. S.' is the property of my daughter, Edith Aileen Stimson. She will be more pleased than anybody as she was broken hearted over her loss."
Many conjectures have been made as to how and why the can of jewelry was buried in the ground and especially why it was left there. Many police believe that the thief, after burying his loot, fell into the hands of the law and may now be doing time in some prison. Others think the man who put the can there must be dead.
It is not an unusual thing for burglars to bury plunder, especially watches and other jewelry which is easily identified. After it has been buried long enough for the police to cease to look for the lost valuables they can easily be dug up and either sold or pawned with less chance of detection. If the thief is in prison the police believe he would have some day returned and disposed of his loot.
Labels: Broadway, crime, detectives, jewelry, Lieutenant H. W. Hammil, Nineteenth street, Walnut street police station, Washington street
May 5, 1908
SUPPOSED CORPSE SAT UP.
Startling Interruption of Plans for a
While the relatives and friends of Harvey Skinner, 166 North Valley street, Kansas City, Kas., were discussing preparations for his wake yesterday afternoon about 2 o'clock, thinking he was dead, Skinner roused suddenly and asked his son, who was standing near the bedside, for a drink of water. Naturally the men and women in the room were startled when the supposedly dead man came back to life. The son brought a glass of water and Mr. Skinner seemed to grow better. Although low, he was still alive at a late hour last night and the physicians attending him say he may live for several days.
Mr. Skinner is a printer and has been working for the Franklin Hudson Company. He has been ill with Bright's disease for about three weeks, and yesterday afternoon grew much worse, and about 1 o'clock, apparently died. All signs of live had vanished, and the body began to grow cold. Mr's. Skinner and the eldest son began preparations for the funeral. About twenty relatives and friends had assembled, and the programme for the night was being discussed at length when Mr. Skinner sat up and called for a drink.
Harvey Skinner is 58 years of age and has lived in Kansas City for about twenty-five years. He owns his home there and has a wife and two children. He was very low last night and is not expected to live long, but preparation for the wake has been postponed.
Labels: illness, Kansas City Kas
May 5, 1908
PLAYED AN EXPENSIVE JOKE.
Fathers of Boys Who Tripped a Girl
Sarah Kincaid, 15-year-old daughter of Mrs. Katherine A. Kincaid of Independence, yesterday brought suit in the circuit court for $2,000 against the fathers of Ellis Short and Ellis Bailey, boys, who, the girl claims, caused her to trip and fall while she was walking along Walnut street near Eighth street in Kansas City a month ago, by stretching a rope across the sidewalk.
The boys were holding the rope so that it lay on the walk when she came near it and just as she was abreast of them they suddenly jerked it taut, she avers. Their fathers, Ellis Short and Earle Bailey, are made defendants in the damage suit The girl says she was permanently injured. The Short boy's father is president of the Jackson County bank at Independence.
Labels: banking, children, Eighth street, Independence, Lawsuit, Walnut Street
May 5, 1908
BURGLARS USED A LONG POLE.
Broke Window and Fished Out Suits
Burglars, armed with a long pole, broke the window in the rear of J. M. Lerche's store in Independence Sunday night and pulled several suits of clothes, hats, and one umbrella out through the hole. Before the robbers had time to bring a wagon to haul away their plunder a policeman came on the scene and saw the goods in the alley. His presence there kept the thieves from returning.
Labels: clothing, crime, Independence, retailers
May 4, 1908
MADE PRETTY FAIR
DOLLARS OUT OF TIN.
GEORGE ELLIOT, COUNTERFEIT-
ER, TELLS HOW HE DID IT.
Block Tin and Antimony Molded in
Plaster of Paris and Plated
With Silver -- He Was
Out of a Job.
George Elliot, who gave the name of George Bullene when the police arrested him and found a counterfeiting outfit in his rooms at 511 Locust street Saturday night and the woman with him, Tillie Bullene, from whom Elliot chivalrously borrowed a name, yesterday told Police Captain Walter Whitsett exactly how they make bad money.
Block tin, purchased from any tinner, and antimony are melted together and cast into plaster of paris moulds by the Elliot process. The imitation coins are then plated with nitrate of silver by the very ordinary process of electrolysis, known to every school boy. A file is used to trim off the rough edges and make the milling uniform.
Sixty-six of the alloy dollars were taken from Elliot's room. They have the ring of a real silver dollar, are very little under weight and look like good money. One has to take the Elliot brand of coin between the fingers and feel its smoothness before one would detect that it is not the genuine article. Elliot used three real dollars to make his plaster of paris molds. They are of the years 1899, 1900 and 1901. The original coins, molds, alloy, metal, electric batteries and all were found by the police.
Eliot, in his confession says he learned how to make this money from an old counterfeiter in Denver seventeen years ago, but never made use of his secret until two months ago, when he was t hrown out of employment at the Kansas City Nut and Bolt works and Tillie Bullene lost her position at the Loose-Wiles Cracker and Candy factory. Elliot's picture is in the police rogues' gallery, and he was fined $25 for vagrancy about six months ago. He is 32 years old and has spent most of his life in Kansas City. Tillie Bullene met him about a year ago.
Captain Whitsett has notified United States secret service men, Edward J. McHugh of St. Louis and J. A. Adams of Kansas City.
John G. Ritter of 325 Park avenue, a driver for the United States Express Company, yesterday identified Tillie Bullene as the woman who, a few days ago, gave him a counterfeit dollar. He had whittled the coin in two, but brought half of it to Captain Whitsett.
Labels: Captain Whitsett, counterfeiters, crime, Denver, Locust street, Park avenue
May 4, 1908
SHE'LL FACE SECOND JURY.
Mrs. Morasch's Trial Begins in Kan-
sas City, Kas., Today.
The second trial of Mrs Sarah Morasch, accused of killing Ruth Miller of 634 Cheyenne avenue, Armourdale, will begin this morning in the Wyandotte county district court under Judge McCabe Moore. Sixty-five jurors have been summoned for the panel, and the selecting of jurors to try the case may consume today and possibly tomorrow.
Attorney Joseph Taggart for the prosecution announces that he will have at least sixty witnesses for the state, some of them called from distant states, and that he will introduce some features in this hearing not introduced in the first one, a month ago. Attorneys Maher and Wooley, for the defense, are confident that the state will utterly fail to make a case against the accused.
Mrs. Morasch is confined in the county jail. The strain of the past two months, if there has been any, has left no visible effects, and her face, while a little pallid from the confinement, is much fuller.
The crime with which Mrs. Morasch is charged is that of sending a box of poisoned candies through the mails to Ella Miller, stepsister of Ruth Miller, Wednesday, February 12, this year. All the five children of Charles and Malinda Miller at home when the candy was received there tasted of the sweets, but only Ruth, 4 years old, died from the effects. Mrs. Morasch was captured by Sheriff Fred Hamilton of Cass county, Mo, a few days later. She had fled to Harrisonville.
Labels: County Attorney Taggart, Death of Ruth Miller, jail, Judges
May 4, 1908
MANY INDIANS WITH SHOWS.
Wild West Organizations Furnish
Employment for Hundreds.
That the numerous Wild West shows are giving employment to many Indian families and affording them a means of livelihood other than the government is evidenced by the fact that the railroads are constantly handling parties of Indians en route from the West to join the shows at Eastern points.
A Wild West show takes better in the East than in the West, and for this reason, as the show go eastward for summer work they are calling upon more Indian families to join them. Those Indians who are expert in horseback riding or shooting get the first engagements, but others are employed at sall salaries simply because they are Indians.
During the past month several hundred Indians have passed through Kansas City en route east to join some show and help to portray scenes that never existed at all or are fast dying out, even in the West.
Labels: Native Americans, theater, Wild West shows
May 4, 1908
BAPTIZED THEM IN A BATH TUB.
Five Negroes in County Jail Joined
Five negroes, confined in the county jail awaiting trail on charges of burglary of larceny or both, confessed to conversion and yesterday forenoon were baptized in running cold water inside the jail. Rev. Joseph W. Fitts, Baptist, and Rev. A. B. Ross, of the United Christian Workers, who performed the ceremony, had to figure a bit to get cold and running water in the jail to perform the rite, but finally hit upon the plan of filling a bathtub full of water, pulling out the bung and turning on the tap. The plan worked like a charm and everyone of the five chattered "Glory!" when he came up, just as if he had been immersed in the Blue river or some other real stream
Fitts, pastor of the Macedonian Baptist church of Independence, serving a year's sentence for criminal assault upon a 14-year-old girl, daughter of a member of his flock, claims the credit for the conversion of the five other prisoners, but the jailers are prone to shift a bit of the glory to the workers whom the wife of Judge W. H. Wallace has on two occasions brought to the jail to sing and pray with the prisoners. The Rev. Mr. Ross and some twelve assistants have been holding services regularly on Sundays in the jail for some months.
The prisoners, who were immersed in the tub of flowing cold water are: Frank Johnson, Oscar Jensen, Edward Dixon, Jeff Call and Boyd Brown. Johnson is the best known negro of the five and has confessed to robbing nearly a score of residence in the Northeast portion of the city.
Over twenty members of the United Worker's band, men and women, accompanied Ross to the jail and watched their leader and Fitts perform the rite.
Labels: churches, Independence, jail, ministers, race
May 4, 1908
RISKS LIFE TO RECOVER CAP.
Small Boy Pulls Red Wagon in Front
of Street Car.
A toy wagon, a 10-year-old boy and a blown-away cap looming up before a Grand avenue street car just before dark last night, made things look suddenly black for the motorman.
"You didn't stop for me," the boy said, indignantly, after he had been shunted off the track, his back sprained and his left thigh lacerated.
"I thought you'd stop when you saw me, for I had to get my cap," he went on. The boy was David Marcus, son of Aaron Marcus of 42 McClure Flats. His play had taken him to Twentieth street and Grand avenue. On a street car he was taken to a physicians office Four hours later he was still suffering, and Dr. Carl V. Bates from No. 4 police station was called. He says the boys injuries are only superficial.
Labels: children, doctors, Grand avenue, No 4 police station, streetcar, toys, Twentieth street
May 4, 1908
BURNED OUT A LITTLE EARLY.
Flue in the Midland Caused a Pink
A fire occurred at 5 o'clock yesterday morning at the Midland hotel, which was not according to schedule. The practice of burning out the flue at stated intervals has long been followed there, but yesterday morning it burned out of its own volition and thereby hangs a tale...
Tom Bishop, the clerk, was peacefully sleeping in his room on the sixth floor when he was suddenly awakened by a dense smoke which pervaded his room. He jumped out of bed, gave the alarm, caught up a pitcher of water, and, clad in nothing but pajamas, rushed through the halls looking for the fire. He hadn't got it located when a bell hop relieved his fears, but it was not until several guests on the same floor had witnessed the exhibition. If it hadn't been Sunday, Tom would have been buying the cigars. As it was, he was imploring his friends to "keep still."
Labels: Fire, hotels, Midland, parades
May 3, 1908
THAT WAS BAD.
WOMAN CONFESSES PART IN
COUNTERFEITING PLOT .
WAS CAUGHT AT 511 LOCUST.
MAN ACCUSED OF MAKING THE
MONEY ALSO CAUGHT.
Plaster of Paris Molds, Melting Pots
and Other Paraphernalia for
Producing Bogus Coins Dis-
covered by Police.
In the arrest of a couple giving the name of George and Tillie Bullene at 511 Locust street last night, the police are certain they have a pair of genuine counterfeiters. Four plaster of paris molds, two of them still damp, two pots for melting metal, two batteries and a bad dollar were found in the room. All of the molds are of a dollar.
The woman confessed to Police Sergeant M. E. Ryan, the sergeant says, that for the past year she has been living with Bullene and has been passing the "queer" as fast as he made it. To reporters, however, she refused to make any statement.
Mrs. Bullene brought about the arrest herself. She entered Hudson's drug store at Fifth and Broadway early in the evening. She made a purchase which came to 15 cents, and pushed a dollar slowly along the counter.
T. H. Murphy, a drug clerk, was in the store visiting a friend. The woman's actions attracted his attention and aroused his suspicions. Taking the dollar in his hand he felt of it and said:
"This is a bum dollar. Where did you get it?"
"Well, I declare," said the woman, in apparent surprise, "Let me see who did give me that. Give it here. I think I know who gave it to me now."
With that she left the drug store. Murphy, still filled with suspicion, followed the woman at a safe distance. Many times she looked back, but he always managed to elude her vision. When she got to 511 Locust street she cast one more quick glance behind and darted hurriedly into the house.
Murphy felt that his suspicions were confirmed. He went at once to police headquarters and told his story to Sergeant M. E. Ryan, who detailed Sergeant Peter McCosgrove and Patrolman Joseph Enright on the case. They found both people at the house and placed them under arrest. In the woman's purse was found six "phony" dollars. No bad coin was found on the man.
Two of the molds show plainly that they have been recently used, and there are two which appear to have been made only a few hours, as the plaster had not set. In a match box with some small chips of copper was another "bad" dollar. It is well made, however, and has a ring almost like a good dollar. Ground glass is sometimes used to give counterfeit coins the proper ring. When Enright and Cosgrove brought the molds and metal pots to headquarters they mentioned casually that "there are two old batteries attached out there. We left them."
They were sent back to the room to bring in everything. The batteries are used to give counterfeit coins a thin coating of silver, it is said.
The woman's trunk was taken to Central station about midnight and searched. It was filled with small articles such as cheap soap, perfume, face lotions and other toilet articles which had not cost more than 5 or 10 cents each. She evidently had confined her operations largely to drug stores in passing the spurious coins.
The pair will be turned over to the federal authorities.
Labels: Central station, con artist, counterfeiters, crime, druggists, Locust street, police headquarters
May 3, 1908
A. E. STILWELL BUYS GOLD MINE.
Owns Half Interest in Mexican Gold Concern.
EL PASO, TEX., May 2. -- (Special.) Arthur E. Stilwell
of Kansas City, when in this city this week, paid $70,000 in making final payment of $300,000 for one-half interest in La Republica gold mine. Work will be started soon to double the capacity of the mill at the La Republica, Chihuahua, Mexico.
Labels: Arthur Stilwell, Mexico
May 3, 1908
SHE CHASED AUTOMOBILES.
Antics of Woman on Twelfth Street
Brought Many Police.
A deranged woman chasing automobiles in the neighborhood of Twelfth street and Tracy avenue last night about 10 o'clock brought police from three districts to that vicinity. Finally she ran into a party of three bluecoats at Thirteenth street and Forest avenue. When taken to No. 6 police station she was found to be the wife of a contractor. She was evidently under the influence of liquor and some drug. She was held for safekeeping.
Labels: alcohol, automobiles, Forest avenue, mental health, narcotics, Thirteenth street, Tracy avenue, Twelfth street
May 3, 1908
SAYS POLICEMAN HIT HIM.
Ernest Hiatt Had Cuts on the
Back of His Head.
Ernest Hiatt, 19 years old, of 1215 Jefferson street was playing ball in the street near Fourteenth and Jefferson streets yesterday afternoon, when a park policeman ordered him to stop. The boy was sent to the Walnut street station later with two cuts on the back of his head. He said that the policeman had hit him with his club as he was about to recover the ball when the game was ordered stopped. Alderman James Pendergast was a witness, and has interested himself in the affair.
Labels: Fourteenth street, James Pendergast, Jefferson street, police, sports, Walnut street police station
May 3, 1908
GETTING READY FOR OPENING.
The Finishing Touches Are Being
Made at Fairmount Park.
More men have been employed to prepare the flower beds and other things which will beautify Fairmount park on its opening day, next Sunday. The frosts of the last few days destroyed many of the flowers, but making inroads upon the various greenhouses, new flowers have been procured to take the place of the ones that were killed. The park this year is to be prettier than ever. More care has been taken of the lawns and trees, the buildings have received new coats of paint and many new electrical effects have been added.
Among the unique attractions at the park this year is to be a "goat farm," where a number of goats will be kept. H. O. Wheeler's band will furnish the music for the park, while Albert's orchestra will be in the dancing pavilion. The outdoor skating rink, which is to be one of the features of the park this summer, is nearly finished.
Labels: fairmount park, flowers, music, weather
May 3, 1908
ENGINEER HAD BEEN DRUGGED.
Matt Gaffney Fell Into Bad Company
on Bluff Street.
Matt Gaffney, a Missouri Pacific engineer, whose home is at 739 Parallel avenue, Kansas City, Kas., was taken to police headquarters last night in an unconscious condition by Richard Miller, a hack driver for the Quinby Livery Company. Dr. George Dagg, who examined Gaffney, said that the man had evidently been "doped." Miller, the hack driver, said that he got a call at Twelfth and Main streets at 10:40 o'clock to go to a rooming house at 507 Bluff street. When he got there a woman gave him $4 and told him to take a man whom she brought out of the house to Seventh street and Parallel avenue, Kansas City, Kas.
Miller told the police that when he got to the address the man was unconscious and was unable to give him further directions. He then drove back to the police station. It was first thought that Gaffney was drunk, but the physician's diagnosis led the police to believe that he had been drugged. The woman who put Gaffney into the hack will be arrested if she can be found.
William Bedell, a traveling engineer friend of Gaffney's, called at police headquarters at an early hour this morning. He said that Gaffney has two daughters, Teresa and Julia. Teresa lives with Bedell, and Julia is a student at a convent in Paola, Kas.
Letters in Gaffney's pockets indicate that he had cashed recently a draft for $500. A later diagnosis by the emergency hospital physicians developed morphine poisoning.
The house at 507 Bluff street was closed early this morning when the police went to arrest the woman who placed Gaffney in the hack.
Labels: Bluff street, doctors, Kansas City Kas, Main street, narcotics, police headquarters, Twelfth street
May 3, 1908
HE FOUND A CAN OF JEWELRY.
And This Honest Boy Turned It Over
to the Police.
The treasure of some modern Captain Kidd in a Weary Willie vase was shoved under Lieutenant Heydon's nose by a 10-year-old boy last night at No. 4 police station.
"Here's something I 'spect you want," the boy said, relieving himself of a rusty, earth-covered tin can.
"Are you kiddin' kid?" the lieutenant wanted to know, as he cocked his eye to get a view of the contents. Something looked like gold, and the officer drew the can to him. Emptied on the desk the can's contents proved to be four ladies' gold watches, three gold breastpins, one gold cross, one gold necklace, one silver cuff link.
The lad, who was John E. Linings, a stepson of Charles Bassott, 317 East Nineteenth street, found the jewelry about 7:30 o'clock in the evening while digging for fishing worms in a vacant lot at the northeast corner of Nineteenth and McGee streets. No part of the jewelry was identified last night. It evidently was not new jewelry and had been in the ground for some time.
Labels: children, Nineteenth street, No 4 police station
May 2, 1908
INSINUATIONS OF BLACKMAIL
LEAD TO LUSTY BLOWS.
ALDERMAN IN THE CASE ISSUES
A PUBLIC STATEMENT.
He Says There Was Kissing of an
Innocent Kind -- "Cheeks" and
Others Are Going
Growing out of the use of the word "blackmail" yesterday in the taking of depositions in the Richards-Humes $100,000 alienation of affections case, Attorney Battle McCardle resented the method of examination adopted by Attorney John T. Harding, and a personal encounter ensued. Mr. Harding struick Mr. McCardle and was himself about to be struck when others interfered. McCardle was pulled into another room and Harding forced back to his desk.
Notary Crum summarily adjourned the hearing until 10 o'clock this morning, when E. J. Richards is to go on the stand in the law offices of Brown, Harding & Brown, to be cross-examined by Attorney Harding, for Humes, and later to be cross-examined by his own lawyer, McCardle. The "blackmail" question, which caused hostilities yesterday, will be put again, but this time it will not be resented. McCardle, discussing the affair yesterday afternoon, said, "It is a privileged question and, if it is put exceptions will not again be taken to it. Tempers which were lost can remain lost so far as I am concerned."
The evidence given yesterday was prosaic, for the reason that it was cut short by the fisticuffs. The cross-examination today will be, so it is predicted, most sensational . Even at that the attorney for the plaintiff has promised to omit all mention of the wives of some of the men who, with their husbands, belonged to the kissing ring, and at least one husband is to be left out of the controversy.
ALDERMAN WILL TESTIFY.
The alderman in the coterie will be named, however, and his deposition is to be taken. This will be done under the new regime which was ushered in yesterday morning when Circuit Judge H. L. McCune appointed Senator A. D. Cooper, special commissioner, to hear evidence. Commissioner Cooper will begin his hearings about next Monday.
At the opening of the hearing yesterday, Richards was compelled to tell who it was tipped off to him that while the Beardsley administration had him making a speech at the Sexton hotel on the matter of clean streets, Humes was visiting the Richards flat. H e said it was a detective, but could not remember from what agency nor what the detective's name was.
"Beside the Indian game, you did a Napoleon stunt out at Mr. Humes's house, did you not?" Attorney Harding inquired.
"I did," was the answer, "but that was all of it." The attorney did not ask for particulars, and Richards did not volunteer them, more than to say after the hearing: "They said I looked like Napoleon, and I used to pull my hair down like that.
PERHAPS IT WAS INNOCENT.
"Your fun was all innocent when you and these others met?" was asked.
"Do you not know that it was all innocent?"
"I do not know that it was. Probably part of it was."
"You were perfectly innocent in your kissing part of it?"
"I certainly was," Richards answered.
Taking a new tack, Attorney Harding asked Richards if he knew that two weeks ago yesterday his own attorney, Mr. McCardle, had been out to the interrogator's house and had suggested a settlement before going to court, and that Humes had refused to offer a cent to forestall the suit. Attorney McCardle instructed Richards to refuse to answer, and in that way half a dozen questions were not replied to.
"I would like you to keep out of this, Mr. McCardle," said Mr. Harding. "When I want you to testify I will take your deposition."
NOT TO BE BLUFFED.
"And you will get it all right. You cannot bluff me. I told you in your house what sort of man I am. No one in the world can bluff me, John."
Notary McCrum had left the room and a messenger was sent for him. In his absence Attorney Harding asked Witness Richards:
"Did not you or your representative come to my house and threaten to expose Humes and Mrs. Humes and their friends and their friends' wives unless there was a settlement reached?"
"Refuse to answer," again was the prompting.
"Did not Mr. Humes and myself say it was blackmail and --"
The row interrupted the delivery of this question. Attorney McCardle recalled the private mission to Attorney Harding's house, spoke of Mr. Harding having charged him with being privy to sharp practice but afterwards calling him up by telephone and apologizing for saying anything so offensive in his own house. The lie passed, the two attorneys rose to their feet simultaneously and struck at each other across the table. Someone seized Harding by the arms, and meantime others got between the two lawyers and prevented a continuance.
THE ALDERMAN'S SIDE.
Alderman E. E. Morris issued the following statement yesterday:
"Believing that my standing with the people of Kansas City is such that a statement from me, regarding this unfortunate matter, will be received with full credit and that it will help to do justice to innocent persons, I am pleased to say that I have known Mr. Humes for many years and am glad indeed to claim him as my friend; I have always found him to be an honorable, upright gentleman wholly incapable of any of the things with which he is charged. I have known Mr. and Mrs. Richards for about a year and, since becoming acquainted with them, have met them at the Humes home perhaps five or six times. On most of these occasions six or seven couples were present and participated in the entertainment and hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Humes. Should the case ever come to trial it will be shown that these participants were clean, decent, moral representative citizens against whose characters not one truthful word can be said.
"It is true that the parties were jolly ones but they were not in any sense rounds of Bacchanalian revelry. It is true that as a rule the refreshments did usually include a mild homemade cocktail or similar drink and, incidentally, what home entertainment in Kansas City does not frequently contain the same features? I believe that all the men, and possibly a part of the ladies, partook of these refreshments. There was never the slightest evidence on the part of any one that they were intoxicated.
"True, there were a few kisses exchanged but they were in games and amid the laughter and good natured raillery of all those present. There was not at any time, or any place, any clandestine exercises of this kind except those attempted once or twice by Richards and for which he was most beautifully 'called.' There was not any kissing at all at the party given at my house except that I believe I "dared" my wife to kiss "Dot" Richards as he came into our flat. The conduct of everyone at all times was above reproach with the single exception of Richards himself. He attempted liberties and stories which do not belong in the curriculum of a gentleman and, indeed, on one occasion had to be forcibly restrained by a gentleman present. His boorishness and complete ignorance of the ethics of the gentleman finally became unbearable and resulted in breaking up a jolly crowd of thoroughly good people. Against this crowd can truthfully be said but one thing and that is that they admitted a cad among them."
Richards replies to the charge that he is seeking to involve many in order to coerce Humes by protesting that he is screening some. During the cross-examination today he will be asked to go more fully into some replies he made on direct examination.
Next week, however, his attorney will put on the stand Humes, Alderman Morris and possibly others.
Labels: alcohol, attorney, courtroom, violence
May 2, 1908
THEY HAD BASEBALL FEVER.
Spring Malady Affected Many City
Hall Men Yesterday.
The baseball fever took possession of many heads of city hall departments and employes yesterday afternoon, and the malady extended to the board of public works. There was no meeting of the latter body. Next Tuesday the board is scheduled to meet.
During the early hours of the afternoon Mayor Crittenden, R. L. Gregory, president of the board of public works, a number of aldermen and officials sat in carriages and followed through the streets a band that announced the opening game of the baseball season here. "Wearing of the Green" was played as the procession started from the city hall.
Labels: city hall, Mayor Crittenden, music, public works, Robert Lee Gregory, sports
May 2, 1908
MEEKER'S WORK NOT IN VAIN.
Receives Word That Committee Fa-
vors Marking Oregon Trail.
Ezra Meeker, the pioneer, who has spent much of his time in endeavoring to get congress to make an appropriation to mark the old Oregon trail, received a telegram from Congressman Humphrey at Washington yesterday to the effect that the house committee had reported favorably on a bill appropriating $50,000 for the purpose. Mr. Meeker will write a brief history of the trail to be incorporated in the committee report.
Labels: pioneers, Seniors, telegram
May 2, 1908
HE WAS A MOTHER TO THEM.
Now Wilton's Wife Is Gone, and
He'll Have to Be a Father.
The departure of Anna Wilton, fortune teller, for Omaha, leaves Thomas W. Wilton to care for himself and five small children. Thomas visited the children's court yesterday to find out how to make two ends meet. His is not very well versed in the ways of business, as he explained to the court, for the reason that for the past few years his wife has made the living for the family while he has remained at home, cooked, swept and dressed the children for school.
"You've been a better mother to the children," Judge McCune told Thomas yesterday, "than your wife has been a father. We will help you to the best of our ability. The court will care for the children in daytime and let you go out and find work. Some day, if your wife don't return, you can get a divorce from her and, perhaps, alimony."
Labels: children, Judge McCune, juvenile court, Omaha
May 2, 1908
TELLS OF LINCOLN'S DEATH.
Dr. T. D. Bancroft Lectures at Grand
The story of the assassination of Abraham Lincoln was told by an eye witness, Dr. T. D. Bancroft of Topeka, at the Grand Avenue Methodist church last night. Dr. Bancroft was in Ford's theater at Washington on the night of April 14, 1865, when John Wilkes Booth fired the fatal shot. His lecture was for the benefit of the Team Owners' Organization.
According to Bancroft Booth, the murderer was a drunkard and a poor actor out of a job, and the assassination was the plan of a clique of men and not Booth's own idea. Dr. Bancroft was one of the men who helped keep the crowd back while Lincoln was being removed from the box in which he sat. Bancroft claims to have a piece of paper on which a drop of blood fell, while the murdered president was being carried from the room. This paper is now with the State Historical Society at Topeka.
The description given by the lecturer of the scenes preceding and following the assassination are much like those printed in history. He states, however, that in his opinion Booth did not break his leg when he jumped from the box to the stage, for he says the murderer walked across the stage. He also believes that Edwin Booth, a brother to John Wilkes Booth, received the body from the authorities and buried it in the family burying ground instead of its being taken to sea as generally supposed.
Dr. Bancroft states that Booth was killed by Boston Corbett, a soldier who joined in the chase for him. Corbett afterwards moved to Kansas and lived on a small farm west of Concordia. He died in an insane asylum.
Labels: Abraham Lincoln, churches, Grand avenue, Topeka
May 2, 1908
PART OF MILLION-DOLLAR BABY.
Belongs to Grandpa Foster, on His
Way to Visit It.
John M. Foster of Butte, Mont., was in Kansas City yesterday, on his way to San Francisco for the arrival of Admiral Evans's fleet. Mr. Foster has the distinction of being the co-grandfather of the $1,000,000 grandchild which Senator W. A. Clark also has a like interest in. The mother of the famous baby is the daughter of Mr. Foster. From the size of the letter of credit he presented at the Missouri Savings bank yesterday Mr. Foster will be able to give the lucky baby something to cut his teeth on.
There was a story out recently that after saying he would give $1,000,000 to the first boy born with the name of Clark, the copper king welched, giving the baby only a few thousand as a nest egg.
"I guess that is not exactly right," said Grandpa Foster at the bank yesterday. "Senator Clark thinks a heap of the baby. He is crazy about it, and sees it whenever he can. We all love the little fellow. He is W. A. Clark III, his father being W. A. Clark II. Until last year they all lived in Butte, but at present my daughter and her husband and the baby are living in Los Angeles. I am going out there to see them now, and while there will go on up to San Francisco to see the battleships come in."
Labels: banking, visitors
May 1, 2008
ITS GREAT TO BE FAMOUS.
Joseph Yanner Says Friends Are Kill-
ing Him With Kindness.
Joseph Yanner, the Kansas City boy who is with the "Strongheart" company at the Grand theater this week, is a busy person. To hear him tell it, one would think that he scarcely had time to eat. "Never in my life have I found it so hard to keep engagements as I am finding it this week," said he; "it is almost impossible for me to get around to the theater on time. Between automobile rides and chumming with all of my old friends it is always just a few minutes before the curtain goes up when I am able to get into my dressing room.
"Yesterday my family took me to one of the theaters in town to see Robert Mantell. I was immensely enjoying the play when a party of my friends burst in upon us and carried me off for an automobile ride over the boulevartds. That's just the way I have been going all week; keeping only parts of engagements and then having to make a sprint for the theater. It is all very enjoyable, though it does seem rather nerve-racking."
Mr. Yanner will stay with the "Strongheart" production until the end of this season. He will then come houme to Kansas City and spend the summer with his parents. He has made no arrangements for his next season's work as yet, but expects to do so before he returns home.
Kansas City has been Mr. Yanner's home for twenty years, having been reared here. He attended the Christian Brothers' Catholic school at Twelfth and Broadway.
Labels: automobiles, Broadway, schools, theater, Twelfth street
May 1, 1908
HE'S 70 YEARS YOUNG.
Friends of Colonel Jewett Help Him
Celebrate an Anniversary.
COL. E. S. JEWETT
A number of friends of Colonel E. S. Jewett assembled last Wednesday night at the residence of A. E. Holmes, son-in-law of the colonel, to pay their respects to Colonel Jewett on his 70th aniversary. A number of speeches eulogistic of the life and action of Colonel Jewett were made. A most enjoyable evening was passed by the participants. Among those present, including the honored guest, were Rev. Dr. William H. Black of Marshall, Mo., Dr. J. D. Griffith, Dr. Samuel Ayres, E. I. Farnsworth, George H. Foote, George W. Hagenbuch, B. H. Payne, general agent Missouri Pacific Railway Company, St. Louis, Mo.; H. N. Garland, Samuel G. Warner, George W. Jones, Charles A. Young and Albert Holmes.
The house was beautiful decorated with flowers and ferns, and the table with it floral decorations was a work of art. George H. Foote acted as toastmaster, and all of the participants made speeches during the evening, which were received by the guest of honor and others with great enthusiasm, the general sentiment being expressed that all of those present might be able to be present upon the anniversary of the 100th birthday of Col. Jewett.
Labels: birthdays, flowers, Seniors, veterans
May 1, 1908
SHE WANTED TO KISS THEM.
An Apparently Demented Girl An-
noyed Penny Theater Patrons.
A 12-year-old girl, unable to say anything but "da-da" and believed to be feeble-minded, was taken out of the Electric penny theater on East Twelfth street yesterday afternoon by Patrolman Thomas Keys of the crossing squad, after she had annoyed several visitors in the theater by climbing up on their backs and trying to kiss their cheeks and ears. She is being held at the detention home until she can be identified or someone calls to claim her. She has blue eyes with red lids, yellow hair an wears a checked gingham dress and black shoes. Her stockings are ragged and she has no hat.
Labels: amusement, children, crossing squad, detention home, mental health, police, theater, Twelfth street
April 30, 1908
BUT HER FRIEND WAS DEAD.
Mrs. Margaret Norton Had Long
Sought Mrs. Anna Kellogg.
For four years Mrs. Margaret Norton, 1541 Admiral boulevard, has lived within a block of one of her childhood friends, but was not aware of the fact until the notice of the friend's death appeared in the papers Many years ago Mrs. Norton and Mrs. Anna Kellogg were the closest of friends, being neighbors in Chicago, but almost six years ago they lost track of each other.
When the account of Mrs. Kellogg's death was read by Mrs. Norton she was led to believe by the reference to McVicker's theater, that it was the same Mrs. Kellogg whom she had known so long ago. She hurried to the home of Mrs. Kellogg and found that her surmise was indeed true.
"Oh, if I had only known," said Mrs. Norton; "we might have been such a comfort to one another in our latter days. For years I have known her; and how she did sacrifice and work for the sake of her little family which as left fatherless. And to think I have found her only to lose her."
Labels: Admiral boulevard, Chicago, death, women
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