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August 28, 1908


Attending Physician Believes Woman
Can't Live Much Longer.

Guarded by detectives William A. Johnson was taken from the county jail yesterday morning to his home near Buckner, where his wife, who was assaulted several weeks ago, is in a precarious condition. Word was received yesterday that Mrs. Johnson was expected to live but a few hours and the authorities decided to allow Johnson, who had been arrested and charged with making the felonious assault, to be at his wife's bedside. He is being watched by Detectives Whig Keshlear, W. E. Brown and Candless. When he arrived at his home Johnson did not show any outward signs of nervousness and did not break down as was expected he would do.

Dr. N. D. Ravenscraft stated last night that while he believed Mrs. Johnson would live throughout the night he did not hope for her recovery.

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August 28, 1908



The Secret Was Imparted During the
Stimulus of an Appetizing
Breakfast at Hotel Bal-
timore Yesterday.

William Jennings Bryan thinks he is going to carry Missouri. He told W. S. Cowherd, Democratic candidate for governor, so yesterday morning at breakfast, at the Hotel Baltimore. He breakfasted with Mr. Cowherd and Mayor T. T. Crittenden, Jr., and then went his way to Topeka, where he had a speaking engagement.

Many Missouri politicians wished to get a talk with Mr. Bryan, but the presidential candidate didn't have much time to spare and all the politicians got was a handshake and a promise to "see you later" -- for Mr. Bryan was in a hurry to catch his train and make his speech at Topeka.

The presidential candidate told Mr. Cowherd that he believes more in Missouri than he ever did, and expects the state to go for h im this fall by a bigger vote than ever. Mr. Bryan didn't say anything about trying to aid in pacifying Dave Ball and did not delve into national politics at all, his only political suggestion being that Missouri will be for him stronger than ever.

Mr. Bryan came in yesterday morning at 7:30 o'clock from St. Louis. With him were a regiment of newspaper correspondents and Theodore M. Bell of California, who was temporary chairman of the Denver convention.

Mr. Cowherd and Mayor Crittenden had been notified the night before that the presidential candidate would spend a few hours here and they met him at the Union depot and took him to the Hotel Baltimore for breakfast.

Mr. Bryan, who had lost his purse, negotiated a loan frfom the mayhor of Kansas City, that he might get to Topeka, but the Pullman porter returned his purse of yellow-backed $20 at the depot and the loan was cancelled.

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August 28, 1908


Police Will Arrest All Who Make
Unnecessary Noise.

The ordinance of Alderman J. E. Logan preventing the making of unnecessary noises was signed by Mayor Crittenden, Jr., yesterday. The provisions apply to vehicles, operated by electricity and horses only, and provide a penalty for the use of siren whistles on automobiles and bicycles, and loud, piercing bells on street cars. It also provides that the only time of year when strings of bells can be attached to sleighs or vehicles is when there is snow on the ground.

Contrary to general belief the ordinance does not apply to barking dogs and loud lunged hucksters. There are already laws in force covering these two nuisances, but not enforced by the police.

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August 28, 1908


Keith & Perry Building Tenants Are
Seeing Things in Every
Corner Now

Look out for snakes. Dr. Otto Bohl took a bottle of young ones up to the office of Harry R. Walmsley, vice president of the Zoological Society, and the things all got away. Bohl, being humane and not afraid of anything, considerately left the cork of the bottle loose, although he had cut a nick in it for ventilation. When the late Democratic nominee for coroner got to former Representative Walmsley's office there was nobody there but the young woman stenographer. When he had said that he was leaving a bottle of snakes for Mr. Walmsley there was nobody in the office at all. The young woman telephoned from a nearby drug store from time to time, finally getting word to Mr. Walmsley.

"There is a bottle full of snakes on your desk, Mr. Walmsley," she said. "I am afraid to come --"

"-- home in the dark," Mr. Walmsley supplied as he left the telephone to go to his desk. He returned to tell the girl that she might return to her place. "There are no snakes here. I guess it was a mistake."

"Are there really no snakes in the bottle?" the girl inquired.

"The bottle is there and a cork beside it, but it is empty."

A scream closed the conversation. Though a block away, the girl was frightened. Them Mr. Walmsley, naturalist, laughed with glee. A flock of snakes was running through the Keith and Perry building.

"They are little bits of fellows," said Mr. Walmsley yesterday. "Dr. Bohl caught a big garter snake and put it in a box. The next morning he found eight in the box, including the big one. He bottled up the eight young ones for the city zoo and brought them over to me. They got out of the bottle and dear knows where they are, for I do not. The janitors have looked everywhere but in the dark corners, and they say they do not like to look there. Garter snakes are very harmless and quite affectionate. I hope if they are found none of the office people will kill them."

It is easy to distinguish the Keith & Perry building stenographers. They are wearing automobile faces just now and most of them have pulled their desks out into the middle of the offices. Declaring that he was doing it "just for fun," one young man in the building with rah rahs on had rubber bands around the cuffs.

"I think it is horrid," said one young woman yesterday as she started back to the building from lunch. "Every time a rubber band drops on the floor or a piece of string is seen, we all jump. I scream. I just cannot help it. I am glad Dr. Bohl was defeated for the nomination. They ought to make him keep his nasty snakes at home. Our office is only two floors above that of Walmsley & Scott, and the elevator boy told me he saw two of the what you call 'em snakes going up the elevator shaft this morning. Two of the girls have left the building, afraid to stay in it till they capture the things again."

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August 28, 1908


Stole Tub of Pig's Feet and Went to

Frank McGinnis, while ambling about the city market yesterday morning, stole a tub of pickled pigs' feet. The farmer saw him just in time and chased McGinnis toward Patrolman T. M. Dalton, who "confiscated" him and immediately arraigned him in police court.

"Be a gentleman, judge. Make the fine light," pleaded McGinnis of Harry G. Kyle, police judge. "I used to train with Jack Gallagher down here in the North End, and he always got me out of trouble. But now --"

McGinnis got no further. The entire court room laughed -- even the judge could not repress a broad grin. He fined McGinnis $5 and he rode.

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August 28, 1908



Persistent Offenders Brought Into
Juvenile Court in Kansas City
Bears Traces of Traits
of Parents.

The opinion of Dr. L. M. Perry, superintendent of the Parsons, Kas., hospital for epilectics, to the effect that marriage between persons so afflicted should not be permitted, is shared by Dr. E. L. Mathias, probation officer of Jackson county. Dr. Perry, in a recent statement to the Kansas board of health, protested that the statute forbidding such marriages was almost a dead letter and that, for the good of the state, it should be rigidly enforced.

"Records of thousands of boys who have come under observation of this office since its establishment confirm the theory that the persistent offender bears the traces of one or more of four traits handed down by the parents," says Dr. Mathias, himself the fourth generation of a family of physicians.

"These four traits are, broadly speaking, epilepsy, idiocy, insanity and alcoholism in one or both parents. Whenever we have had the case of a boy who does wrong, time after time, and submits to no correction, he always shows the taint of one or more of these four things. This statement is taken from information regarding all the cases which have passed through this office.

"Of course, there are contributing causes, such as environment. Another feature is the early death of one or both parents from natural causes, indicating that they did not have the vitality to impart to their offspring. But the four main influences are those named.

"This statement does not take into account the occasional offenders, but those who are habitual wrongdoers. The fact that they have been born late in the life of their parents tends to the same end.

"While on this subject, it is a curious thing to note that more boys who have mothers only, go wrong, as compared with those who have only fathers to look after their welfare. A widow generally has to work all day and do the housework in the evening. The boys, as a consequence, if too small to work, are on the streets most of the time. In the evening the mother is too tired to give them much attention. A father, on the other hand, gives up his evenings to the boys and makes companions of them. This state of affairs has been proved in a careful record of thousands of cases. The boy has a better chance, three to one, with the father rather than the mother."

Dr. Mathias has had signal success in his work with boys. He makes a careful study and record of each case, both as a court record and from the medical standpoint. Hundreds of boys pass under his observing eye every month.

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August 28, 1908


Contestants Over License Fight in
Presence of County Court.

There was almost a fight in the county court room yesterday afternoon when W. H. Carr, who represented the protestors in a Lee's Summit license case, struck, Ernest Bennett, who appeared for the applicants. Carr landed a light blow on the face after a lie had been passed, but the men were at once separated. The application for a saloon license was made by S. L. Coley, who had been at once enjoined by protestors. The court granted the license, on a showing there were 239 signatures for the petitioner and 207 for the protestants.

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August 27, 1908





Prisoner Did Not Expect Arrest -- He
Says He Can Prove His Inno-
cence Easily, but Will
Not Talk of Case.

Charged with having assaulted his wife with intent to kill her last Thursday morning, W. A. Johnson, who lives near Buckner, Mo., was arrested yesterday afternoon and brought to Kansas City, where he was placed in the county jail. The arrest was the outcome of much investigation of the circumstances which surrounded the mysterious assault made upon Mrs. Johnson Thursday morning, and the result of Johnson's strange actions in his home since the morning of the assault.

From the beginning there have been few persons in Buckner who have not believed that Johnson knows more of the attempt to murder his wife than he gave out, and there has been much talk in Buckner of using mob violence.

When Johnson was arrested yesterday afternoon he was at the home of Clint Winfrey, two miles north of Buckner. He was taken there late Tuesday night at his wife's request, she saying she could not rest easily as long as her husband was in the house.

T. E. Beckum of Buckner was the arresting officer. When told that he was under arrest, according to witnesses, Johnson's face lost its expression. His hands and feet worked nervously and without evident purpose.

"You know your duty, Tom," he said slowly, without looking at the constable; "and you must do it. I am ready to go."

"Do you want to read the warrant?" asked Mr. Beckum, producing the paper.


"No, it is not necessary," answered the arrested man.

As the party, which consisted of Johnson, Beckum, Whig Keshlear and J. W. Hostetter, turned to go to the surrey, which was standing by the gate, Johnson hesitated and asked falteringly:

"Will I have to go to jail and spend the night there?"

Upon being told that such would be the case the suspected man almost broke down. He insisted that some arrangement be made whereby he need not be put behind the bars just yet. At Johnson's request Clint Winfrey and T. E. Beckum called up Prosecuting Attorney I. B. Kimbrell and asked him if it was necessary for Johnson to go to jail. Mr. Kimbrell promised that he would look into the matter after the prisoner had been brought to Kansas City.

On the way to Kansas City, Johnson spoke of his arrest but few times. On one occasion he requested that the warrant be read to him. After Mr. Beckum had complied Johnson muttered, "All right, all right."

Upon the second occasion, Mr. Hostetter had spoken of a neuralgia pain in his jaw and Johnson lifted his head from his hands and said:

"My heart aches far worse than your jaw, Hostetter, and it can't be cured."

The party drove into Independence from the Winfrey farm, passing wide of Buckner, since there had been much talk of mob violence. At Independence they stopped at a hotel for a short while and there Johnson was asked if his arrest was unexpected by him.


"It was a great surprise, and wholly unexpected," he said. "But I think I had better not talk just yet. If I was at home on the farm I would be glad to answer any question that you want to ask, but until I have talked with my lawyers I had better be quiet. I am not running on my ignorance, nor do I boast of my wisdom, but I think that I will be able to clear up a few things soon.

"Right now I can scarcely collect my thoughts, my brain is in a whirl and I have been under a great nervous strain for the last four or five days. "

Beyond these few remarks Johnson would say nothing. During the half hour that they were in Independence, Johnson remained standing, always shifting about in an extremely nervous manner.

From Independence to Kansas City the party rode on the electric car and all of the prisoner's conversation was in regard to the scenery through which he was passing. Not once did he refer to his arrest.

On East Eighth street between Highland avenue and Vine street is where the woman in the case lives. As the car reached Woodland avenue Johnson, who had been sitting on the north side of the car, crossed to a seat by the window where he could see the house as he passed. As the car reached the place Johnson looked up into the windows of the house until it had passed out of sight. He said not a word.


Mrs. Johnson is reported as failing rapidly. The physicians late last night stated that there was small chance for her to live through the night. Symptoms of meningitis have appeared and Mrs. Johnson has become delirious. The nurse and the women of the Johnson household are in constant attention. If she should die, the charge against her husband would be changed to first degree murder, and he would be held in the jail without bond. As it is, he hopes to furnish satisfactory bail this morning.

The arraignment and preliminary hearing will probably be this morning.

The people of Buckner soon learned of Johnson's arrest and most of them seemed to be greatly relieved, while a few thought that the action was a bit hasty on the part of the state. It was taken, however, at the indirect request of Mrs. Johnson, who, it is stated by a relative, greatly feared her husband.

It was given out yesterday for the first time officially that there had been much discord in the Johnson family for the past four or five years, but that none outside of the immediate family knew of the domestic troubles.

Johnson's endeavors to be released from the jail last night were without avail. As he walked into the jail he looked straight ahead of him and spoke to no one. After the cell door was locked he stood silently an gazed at the floor. Mr. Kimbrell stated last night that he could do nothing definite in the case until he learns of the condition of the man's wife. Johnson may be held without arraignment until tonight.

No visitors whatever are allowed in the Johnson house and every effort is being made by physicians to save the woman's life. Dr. N. D. Ravenscraft, who has been attending Mrs. Johnson since the night of the assault, said last night that Mrs. Johnson is worse than she has ever been since the attack. He expresses no hope for her recovery.

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August 27, 1908


Earl Flynn, in Dancing Stunt, on
Next Week's Bill.

The stars of the free vaudeville at Carnival park next week will be Mazuz and Mazette, the comedy acrobats who have been seen several times at the Orpheum theater. Earl Flynn, the Kansas City boy, who has played the last two seasons with the Al G. Fields Minstrels, and formerly with the West Minstrels, Ward and Vokes, "Fiddle-Dee-Dee" and other companies, will have a novelty dancing stunt on the same bill.

Flynn was born in Kansas City and attended the Lathrop school. His father, William Flynn, was in business here and in Kansas City, Kas., for nearly twenty years. Flynn lives at 3334 Prospect avenue. Others in the bill are Clifford and Robbins, character singers, and E., J. Olson, banjoist, formerly of the Olson brothers. The bill is up to the standard of the Napanees, who are making a great success this week in the free vaudeville at Carnival park.

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August 27, 1908


A Few Minutes This Morning on His
Way to Topeka.

Admirers of William Jennings Bryan will have a chance to greet him this morning in Kansas City, if they get up early and go to the Union depot. Mr. Bryan will be here this morning between trains on his way from St. Louis to Topeka. He will breakfast here, arriving at 7:30 o'clock over the Missouri Pacific.

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August 25, 1908



Physician to Operate Today, Fears
Slugger's Victim Will Die.
No Clew to Identity
of Assailant.

The attending physician reported in Buckner, Mo., last night that Mrs. W. A. Johnson, who was slugged in her bed Thursday morning by an unknown hand, was brighter than she had been since she received the wound which may cause her death. The physician held out no intimation that Mrs. Johnson would recover -- simply saying she appeared to be better.

Detectives employed by a public subscription committee at Buckner did not report any findings of importance yesterday, and relatives and friends of the injured woman had no information to make public regarding the investigation which is being prosecuted to discover her assailant. The county prosecutor did not visit the farm house yesterday, and stated last night that he would not return until called.

Many additional stories of unhappy domestic relations were in circulation in Buckner yesterday. One story, which caused comment, was of an illness some years ago when Mrs. Johnson believed an attempt had been made to put her out of the way. A physician prescribed a remedy when Mrs. Johnson decided she needed a tonic. One morning after her regular dose of the tonic she became seriously ill. She took no more of the medicine. She feared, so she told a neighbor, that somebody had tampered with the bottle.

Then there was another story going yesterday about a pistol duel some years ago in the streets of Buckner between men employed as laborers on the Johnson farm, and many persons tried to connect this shooting affair with the supposed unhappy life of Mrs. Johnson. One of the men who participated in the shooting in the streets of Buckner is said to have left the county and the other is reported living here now.

The county prosecutor, I. B. Kimbrell, expects to find the weapon with which Mrs. Johnson was injured as she lay in bed beside her husband in the early morning. If a man was employed to murder Mrs. Johnson he surely did not carry away his weapon, the prosecutor thinks. The well on the Johnson farm is to be searched.

Today the physicians will remove the packing from Mrs. Johnson's skull and fear she will not survive the operation.

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August 26, 1908


Charles Timberlake Failed to Take
His Own Life With Three Shots.

Accompanied by his 11-year-old brother-in-law, Max Harrington, Charles Timberlake, a traveling salesman out of employment, left the home of his wife at 3501 East Thirty-first street, about six o'clock last evening. They walked to the corner of Thirty-first and Indiana, one block from home. Mr. Timberlake took a few steps around the corner, drew a revolver and fired three shots at himself. Two of the shots took effect and he dropped to the pavement. The boy ran home and told what had happened.

Henry Trott, a butcher at 3329 East Thirty-first street, was a witness to the attempt at self-destruction. He, with the aid of others, took Mr. Timberlake back to his home and the ambulance from the Walnut street station was called. One bullet pierced the left chest just above the heart, the other passed through the right shoulder.

Patrolman Isaac Hull investigated the case. It was found that Timberlake had only arrived here Friday from California. He had been stopping at the home of his mother-in-law, 3501 East Thirty-first street, where his wife had been for the last eight months. Little information could be gained at the house, but it was intimated that Mr. Timberlake and his wife had been separated and that he had come on here to effect a reconciliation. Mrs. Harrington said she believed all had been arranged yesterday. No one would ascribe a cause for the attempted suicide, and though Mr. Timberlake was conscious when removed to the general hospital, he would tell nothing of the affair to Dr. Thornton or to the attendants at the hospital.

More information was gained from the butcher, Trott, than anyone else. He said he was attracted by the sound of the shooting and ran to Mr. Timberlake as soon as he fell to the ground. "When I arrived at his side and asked him what he had done," Trott told the police, "he begged me to take his gun and finish the job, saying he wanted very much to die and had made a botch job of it."

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August 26, 1908


Little Harold Hunt Suffered Six
Days After Eating It.

After six days of unconsciousness from having eaten rat poison, Harold Hunt, 2 years of age, died at the Mercy hospital early yesterday morning. The day after the baby ate the poison it was taken to its home in Prior Creek, Ok., by its mother and received treatment from six physicians. Sunday the child seemed to grow much worse and its parents hurried it back to Kansas City, where it might receive expert medical attention. Mrs. J. J. Erwin, the mother, took the baby to the general hospital, where she was told that the child would receive better attention at the Mercy hospital, that being especially a hospital for children. The mother took the advice, but the child was beyond medical aid.

Mrs. Erwin had been visiting her mother at 216 West Sixteenth street, and it was at that place where Harold ate a biscuit which had been sprinkled with rat poison.

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August 23, 1908



Was the Farmer's Wife in Her Way?
That Is the Solution Some Buck-
ner People Have -- Strange
Man Seen.

No nearer solution than it has ever been is the mystery which surrounds the attempt which was made to murder Mrs. W. A. Johnson at her home near Buckner, Mo., Thursday morning. Many clue have been suggested and all of them have been followed closely by a private detective who has been put upon the case, but those clues have resulted in almost nothing. Mrs. Johnson stoutly maintains that she knows absolutely nothing of the assault which was made upon her, and if she suspects anyone of the crime she will not make her suspicions known. Her physician stated yesterday that she is growing rapidly worse and probably would not live through today.

The latest theory as to the circumstances which surround the crime is that a certain person who was seen loitering around Lake City, a small village seven miles west of the Johnson farm, Wednesday, was hired by a woman to kill Mrs. Johnson.

It is said that though this woman did not know Mrs. Johnson, she was well acquainted with the husband, who visited her when he was in Kansas City. The idea is that this Kansas City woman found Mrs. Johnson to be a stumbling block and contrived to put her out of the way. To accomplish her purpose it is thought that she hired this man who was seen in Lake City to do the deed.

What strengthens the suspicion is the fact that a Kansas City woman, with whom Mr. Johnson is said to be well acquainted, telephoned to Buckner on Thursday morning and asked concerning Mrs. Johnson. This was before the assault had become generally known in Kansas City.

The man upon whom the suspicion of some rests was seen in Lake City about noon on Wednesday. Two hours later he stopped at a farm house belonging to B. Neal, two miles east of Lake City. There he asked for work, and none being give him, he walked one mile further east to a farm owned by a Mr. Sloan. There he asked for work and was kept until nightfall. From there he followed the railroad track east. The tracks run within 150 yards of the Johnson home, and it is thought by a few that this man was the one who attempted to murder Mrs. Johnson.


The majority of persons in and about Buckner, however, think that they know who the assailant is and give circumstantial evidence to back their judgment. Prosecuting Attorney I. B. Kimbrell, who has spent two days investigating the case, also holds that the blow was not struck by one who was unacquainted with the Johnson family. Mr. Kimbrell believes that money was the motive of the crime.

Though two days have been spent in investigation by the prosecutor and other county officials, there is no likelihood of arrest just yet. Mr. Kimbrell said last night that all the evidence which his office had against the person who he believes committed the crime was purely circumstantial.

Among the many questions which the prosecutor has asked persons who are connected with the Johnson family, those regarding the domestic relations of the Johnson family, remained unanswered. When Mrs. Edgar Hilt, who was reared in the Johnson home, was asked concerning domestic relations of the family, she answered: "I would rather not say anything about that. It can do no good" Many others advance the same reasons for their silence.

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August 25, 1908


School Building Will Be One of
The Best in the City.

Accompanied by appropriate ceremonies the cornerstone for the new Ashland school, in course of construction at Twenty-fourth street and Elmwood avenue, was laid yesterday afternoon.

Joseph L. Norman, president of the board of education, who was to have delivered the principal address, was unable to attend the ceremonies because of illness, his place being taken by Hale H. Cook, a member of the board. Mr. Cook, during the course of his remarks explained that when the new school, when completed, would be one of the best in the city, and that he was of the opinion that within the course of a short time an addition would become necessary.

A. C. Wright, who was acquainted with the school in its earlier days, delivered an interesting address. Mr. Wright said that he could remember when the school was a small one-story frame, a considerable distance out in the country. He read some interesting documents having to do with transfers of the property when the first permanent building was erected. Ex-Mayor H. M. Beardsley also was one of the speakers.

Before the stone was placed in position a box containing the superintendent's last annual report, documents having to do with the history of the school, coins contributed by pupils and other articles were deposited in it by Mrs. Gertrude Edmondson, principal of the school.

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August 25, 1908


Police Kindly Complied With Roy
Schultz's Request.

Roy Schultz, who formerly conducted a saloon at Tenth and Wyandotte streets, rushed into police headquarters last night, folowed by a pretty young woman, and requested to be locked up, saying that he had stabbed her. The woman, who gave the name of Anna Crisp and said she lived at Twenty-sixth street and Park avenue, declared that Schultz had not stabbed her.

When questioned she admitted that she had been stabbed in both hips in a quarrel while out buggy riding. The horse had started to run away and each held a line and it was to settle the question of which should hold both reins in the emergency that the stabbings occurred. Miss Crisp said that they had been quarreling because he had spent $3,000 on her in the last three years, and he had now only $50 to his name. The woman's injuries were trivial.

Both were locked in the holdover for a short time, and then released on $11 bond each, furnished by Schultz.

Schultz and Miss Crisp came into the lime light last New Year's night when she had trouble with H. R. Schultz, Roy's father, in the north lobby of the Midland hotel. Seeing her with Roy the father tried to induce the son to go home. Miss Crisp objeted and there was a regular hand-to-hand tussle for the possession of the youth. Finally the row reached the street and young Schultz tried to get Miss Crisp into a hack, but she was yanked back by the elder Schultz and then Miss Crisp alleged he struck her. At any rate she was arrested and later released on bond put up by J. H. Adams, a big-hearted real estate man from Texas, who had witnessed the affair.

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August 25, 1908



No nearer solution than it has ever been is the mystery which surrounds the attempt which was made to murder Mrs. W. A. Johnson at her home near Buckner, Mo., Thursday morning. Many clues have been suggested and all of them have been followed closely by a private detective who has been put upon the case, but those clues have resulted in almost nothing. Mrs. Johnson stoutly maintains that she knows absolutely nothing of the assault which was made upon her, and if she suspects anyone of the crime she will not make her suspicions known. Her physician stated yesterday that she is growing rapidly worse and probably would not live through today.

The latest theory as to the circumstances which surround the crime is that a certain person who was seen loitering about Lake City, a small village seven miles west of the Johnson farm, Wednesday, was hired by a woman to kill Mrs. Johnson.

It is said that though this woman did not know Mrs. Johnson, she was well acquainted with the husband, who visited her when he was in Kansas City. The idea is that this Kansas City woman found Mrs. Johnson to be a stumbling block and contrived to put her out of the way. To accomplish her purpose it is thought that she hired this man who was seen in Lake City to do the deed.

What strengthens the suspicion is the fact that the Kansas City woman, with whom Mr. Johnson is well acquainted, telephoned to Buckner on Thursday morning and asked concerning Mrs. Johnson. This was before the assault had become generally known in Kansas City.

The man upon whom the suspicion of some rests was seen in Lake City about noon on Wednesday. Two hours later he stopped at a farm house belonging to B. Neal, two miles east of Lake City. There he asked for work and was kept until nightfall. From there he followed the railroad track east. The tracks run within 150 yards of the Johnson home, and it is thought by a few that this man was the one who attempted to murder Mrs. Johnson.


The majority of persons in and about Buckner, however, think that they know who the assailant is and give circumstantial evidence to back their judgment. Prosecuting Attorney I. B. Kimbrell, who has spent two days investigating the case, also holds that the blow was not struck by one who was unacquainted with the Johnson home, and his theory is the same as the one which has always been advanced by those who were acquainted with the Johnson family. Mr. Kimbrell believes that money was the motive of the crime.

Though two days have been spent in investigation by the prosecutor and other county officials, there is no likelihood of arrest just yet. Mr. Kimbrell said last night that all the evidence which his office had against against the person who he believes committed the crime was purely circumstantial.

Among the many questions which the prosecutor has asked persons who are connected with the Johnson family, those regarding the domestic relations of the Johnson family remained unanswered. When Mrs. Edgar Hilt, who was reared in the Johnson home, was asked concerning the domestic relations of the family she answered: "I would rather not say anything about that. It can do no good." Many others advance the same reasons for their silence.

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August 25, 1908


Kansas City, Kas., Man Struck Some-
thing That Looked Like Gold.

For about the tenth time in so many years, gold, the real old yellow stuff, the so-called root of all evil, has again been found in the hills of Kansas City, Kas. This time the precious metal has been discovered in the rear of the home of John Martin, 70 South Forest street, and the new "diggins" threatens to put Cripple Creek and Dawson City on the bum. If future development furnishes no disappointments, Mr. Martin and the Forest street mine will make Scotty and his Death Valley mint look like 30 cents in Mexican silver.

The discovery of gold in Mr. Martin's yard was made several days ago while a well was being dug there. The matter was kept a secret in order that a national syndicate might be organized for the purpose of buying up all the land lying between the Kaw mouth and Grandview, it being the belief of some that the mother lode starts from the hill upon which stands the Grandview sanitarium, running in a southeasterly line to a point near where the main Riverview sewer empties into the Kaw river.

Thomas Wood, the druggist, who tested the ore sample from Mr. Martin's diggins, says there is no doubt that it contains some of the real stuff. Mr. Martin took some of the dirt to a Missouri assayer yesterday and was told that it contained traces of gold. However, the report received by him was not sufficiently encouraging to warrant him in expending any large sum in the development of the mine.

Traces of gold have been found in various parts of Wyandotte county, but that was all. So far, not even a scare has resulted from any of these discoveries.

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August 25, 1908


Midland Building Agent Says Owners
Considering Possibility.

A feeler has been thrown out for a roof garden for the Midland hotel. While admitting that an inquiry had been made, the agent of the building yesterday declined to say whether it had come form a local or a foreign manager.

"In changing the Midland block from a hotel to an office building," said he, "it was necessary to put the banquet hall on the top floor in shape for offices. This calls for an intervening story and for considerable steel work. That steel work will be strong enough to carry a summer theatre up there. If the plan had the right sort of backing a theater would be built there, I am sure."

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August 24, 1908


Coroner Finds No Mark of Violence.
May Have Drowned.

An autopsy was held yesterday on the body of George Pickle, found in the Blue near the junction with the Missouri river several weeks ago. Pickle disappeared from his home, 1429 Summit street, June 21, and it was believed that he had been murdered and robbed, as he had over $100 when he left home. A companion was arrested and held for a week in connection with Pickle's disappearance and then released. The coroner found that Pickle died from some unknown cause, probably from drowning, but that he was not bruised in any way.

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August 24, 1908


Prest Foundry at Sheffield, Hot, but
Interesting Place.

While the average Kansas Cityan who has had to stay at home this summer is complaining of the heat, it would make their lot much easier to bear if they should visit a foundry where the furnaces are being manufactured which are intended to heat their homes during the winter months. To see the perspiring foundrymen running here and there with great ladles of molten iron would make the office man feel that his lot had been cast in pleasant places.

The Prest Heating Company's plant at Sheffield is a busy place these days, trying to keep ahead of their orders for furnaces and furnace fittings.

"This has been the best year we have ever had," said Mr. John R. Ranson, president of the company. "This, we think, is not only due to the superiority of our goods, but to the fact that the patriotic people of this section want factories and they believe the way to build factories is to patronize them." This firm in addition to manufacturing and installing furnaces makes high grade commercial casting in any quality.

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August 24, 1908


An Hour Before the End He Was
Walking About House.

James Yates, 68 years old, president of the Yates Ice Company for many years, died yesterday at his home, Thirty-seventh and Summit streets. Mr. Yates was born in New York and attended college at Schenectady, N. Y., graduating in 1863. He took no part in the civil war, but was engaged in the railroad business for several years and then moved to Atchison, Kas.

Mr. Yates came to this city twenty-two years ago and founded a natural ice company, which eventually supplied most of the ice for the city. He was also the founder of the company now known as the Stewart-Peck Sand Company. Three years ago he organized the Economic Asphalt Company, but last year he sold out his interests in all of his companies, saying that he intended to do nothing but enjoy the rest of his life. Death was due to heart failure, superinduced by liver complaint. Only an hour before he died Mr. Yates was walking around the house.

No children are living, but a widow survives. A brother, Charles Yates, lives in Lincoln, Neb. The funeral arrangements have not been made.

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August 23, 1908



Body Was Found in the River a Few
Days After His Disappearance.
Earl Hamilton Viewed It and
Made False Report.

On Saturday, June 20, George Pickle, 16 years old, went from his home, 1429 Summit street, in company with a friend, Earl Hamilton, 30 years old. They said that they were going to view the high water.

The day passed and the boy did not return. The next day Alexander Pickle, father of the lad, asked Hamilton what had become of his son. The latter replied that he had left him at 10 o'clock the morning before and that the boy had probably gone to the harvest fields, as he heard him asking for a ticket for Poe, Kas., at the Union depot ticket window. As George had promised his sister, Mrs. Alma E. Crowder, when she was in the city a few days before, that he would go out to her husband's farm at that place in a few days, this story seemed very probable. However, a few days later a body was discovered in the Missouri river near the mouth of the Blue and taken to the undertaking rooms of Blackburn & Carson in Sheffield for identification. The mother of the lost boy asked Earl Hamilton to go to Sheffield to view the body. He came back and reported that the body was that of a negro in an advanced stage of decomposition. The family did not pursue that clew any farther until last Friday.

Alonzo Ghent and Lum Wilson, city detectives, were assigned to the case. They discovered that Hamilton, a few days after the disappearance of the boy, deposited $120 in $20 bills in a bank, although the same week he had told his landlady that he had not enough money to pay her. George Pickle had a like sum when he disappeared. Hamilton had continued his friendly relations with the pickle family and frequently stopped to talk with the mother and to inquire if the boy had been found. On one of these visits he mentioned to Mrs. Pickle that he had served six months in the army once. She repeated this remark to the detectives, who investigated and found that Hamilton was a deserter from the army, having served a full term of three years and six months of another. They arrested him and sent word to Fort Leavenworth, and in the meanwhile they tried to connect him with the disappearance of the boy.

No charge, save investigation, was ever placed against Hamilton. He was turned over to the county marshal and held as his "guest" in the county jail a few days, then surrendered to the government authorities. A month later he escaped from the federal prison.

But it was not the trained minds of the detectives that determined the fate of the lad. Rather it was the mother's love which prompted her to go over the case again and again and to work up every clew. Her husband, who is a night watchman for the Jones Dry Goods Company, told her that no doubt the boy was safe, but she refused to believe it. Inquiries showed that he had not gone to Poe, Kas., nor was any word ever heard from him.

Last Friday, Mrs. Pickle, in thinking over the mystery, remembered that it was Hamilton that had reported the body at the undertaker's was a negro's. She determined to see if they had not been deceived, so she sent a friend, a Mr. Kinsey, to see the body. He found that the body was very probably that of the boy, and identified several articles as belonging to him. Yesterday the body was exhumed form the pauper's grave, where it had been buried, and positively identified by the father. A gash on the head told how he had come to his death. The police are looking for Hamilton now.

The body of George Pickle will be buried in Mount Washington cemetery today. Earl Hamilton is a cousin of Joseph Hamilton, 1511 Pennsylvania avenue, brother-in-law of the dead boy.

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August 23, 1908


Graham, the "Human Fish," the At-
traction at Fairmount.

Graham, the "Human Fish," is to be the free attraction at Fairmount park today. A large glass tank, filled with water, is used. He descends into the water, and while under the surface eats and drinks a bottle of milk. To do this he must exhale enough air from his lungs while under water to correspond to the amount of air displaced by the milk. Graham gives an exhibition of a drowning person, showing the various actions, from the time the person falls into the water until he lied apparently dead at the bottom, showing the struggle under water. The shows will be given near the circle swing and will take place at 3 and 4 o'clock in the afternoon and at 9 and 10 o'clock at night.

Fishing is still good at the lake and so is the bathing. The concessions are all doing a rushing business and the band has a full programme for the day.

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August 22, 1908



She Is Conscious, but Doctors Have
No Hope for Her Recovery -- Vil-
lage People Suspect
Unnamed Man.

Mystery has been added to mystery in the circumstances which surround the attack made upon Mrs. W. A. Johnson at her home near Buckner, Mo., Thursday morning. Mrs. Johnson is conscious at intervals, and during these lucid spells she talks rationally of her injuries, but is unable to throw any light upon the mystery. It had been thought that Mrs. Johnson could explain it all and the name of her assailant as soon as she was able to talk.

"I do not know who struck me," said she yesterday afternoon. "I do not know that I was slugged. If it were not for the pain in my head and the fact that everyone tells me that such is the case, I would not believe it. I did not get out of bed Thursday morning, to my knowledge, and can not understand how it happened that I was found lying on the floor. I saw no one Thursday morning, nor did I hear any noise which awakened me."

Beyond that Mrs. Johnson can say nothing of the affair. It is her belief that she has been drugged, but how or why she cannot explain. Though Mrs. Johnson's condition seemed to be improving yesterday, the physician in charge said that there was very little hope of her recovery, and Mrs. Johnson herself realizes that she may never get well.

The assault was committed on the night when Sam Eliot and his wife, who usually sleep in a house located about twenty-five feet from the room in which Mrs. Johnson slept, were away from home. It was the first time that they had been away from the Johnson farm for at least three months. This fact has led many persons in Buckner to believe that the assault was perpetrated by some one who had knowledge of the household, and knew that the Eliots were away. Absolutely no trace of the intruder or assailant has been found.

When Mr. Johnson was asked if he intended to investigate the circumstances which led to his wife's assault, he replied: "I think that there is nothing to investigate; besides, nothing has been missed from the house. If a detective were employed to look into the affair it would mean that he must talk with my wife, and that would not be tolerated right now."

It was said in Buckner yesterday that a subscription of $1,000 was being raised by the citizens in order to push investigation on their own accord. Mr. Johnson sticks steadfastly to the theory of robbery as an explanation of the slugging.

The people of Buckner, with a few exceptions, are firm in their belief that the assault upon Mrs. Johnson was an attempt to murder and that no robbery was contemplated. Most of them think that they know the person who committed the crime, but are reluctant to give names. The whole town is greatly excited. Mrs. Johnson is a woman of the highest standing, and if she ever had an enemy no one knew it.

Prosecutor I. B. Kimbrell and representatives of the county marshal's office visited the Johnson farm yesterday to investigate the assault. They learned no more than the reporter from The Journal who preceded them.

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August 22, 1908


They'll Be Placed at Boulevard
Crossings and Curves.

The Chicago plan of warnings to automobile operators on boulevards is to be adopted on the boulevards of Kansas City. This consist of displaying at night red lights at curves that intersect with cross streets. Fifty-two of these red globes, to be illuminated with gas, are to be posted at sharp intersections along the several boulevards, and are to be warning signals to autos to keep to the right of the road and to go slowly. An ordinance authorizing the installation of these lights and a form or rules and regulations will be sent to the council by the park board Monday night for approval.

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August 22, 1908


Ordinance Permitting 'Smoky House'
Passes Both Houses.

In the lower house of the council last night Alderman Michael O'Hearn introduced an ordinance permitting the smoking of cigars, cigarettes and pipes in theaters or public halls having regularly established smoking rooms and three exits. The ordinance passed both houses.

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August 22, 1908


Man Named Mars, but From Omaha,
Is Inventor and Navigator.

For the last three days patrons of Electric park wondered what was in a large tent that was pitched near the monkey cage. Even the park employes couldn't guess what was in it. Yesterday afternoon, without any announcement, Charles Baysdorfer and George E. Yager opened up the front of the tent and helpers carried out a lemon-shaped gas bag to which was hung a light frame, carrying a small gasoline engine.

Baysdorfer climbed on the frame, started the engine and sailed away.

Then M. G. Heim and his able corps of press agents heaved a sigh of relief. The thing really flew.

It gyrated around over the park, then started for nowhere in particular, landing at Thirty-seventh street and Brooklyn avenue when a battery went wrong. A new batter was procured and the airship sailed back to the park and to its tent. A flight lasting half an hour was staged yesterday evening. J. C. Mars -- fine name for an airshipper -- sailed the thing on this flight.

The airship is called the Baysdorfer-Yager "Comet." The men whose name it bears made it in Omaha, their home.

They will attempt to sail twice a day, but the park management promises nothing. Baysdorfer will attempt to come down town with the ship this noon.

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August 21, 1908





Lost Consciousness After Whispering,
"I Know, but Can't Tell Yet."
Mrs. W. A. Johnson the Victim.

Awakened from his sleep by agonized groans at 4 o'clock yesterday morning W. A. Johnson, who lives near Buckner, ten miles east of Independence, arose to find his wife sitting on the floor by their bed, her nightgown covered with blood and herself almost unconscious. When Mr. Johnson bent over his wife, she whispered faintly: "I'm hurting and sick. Let me lie down."

With that Mrs. Johnson became unconscious and has spoken no word since.

Hastily taking pillows from the bed the husband placed them under his wife's head and ran down stairs for help. When others arrived it was seen that nothing could be done for the woman until a physician had come, and Dr. N. P. Ravenscraft of Buckner was summoned. The physician found that Mrs. Johnson had suffered a severe fracture of the skull, particles of which were pressing upon the brain. the skull was splintered across the top of the head. The physician said that the blow must have been inflicted by a heavy, blunt instrument, and by a muscular person.

Wednesday night Mr. Johnson and his wife, who live on a large farm about one mile southwest of Buckner, had driven into the town with Edward Hilt and his wife to attend church. Mr. and Mrs. Hilt are neighbors of the Johnsons and had been spending the day with them. The Hilts returned to the Johnson home that night and were given a bedroom directly under the one in which Mr. Johnson and his wife slept. Henry Johnson, a nephew, 16 years of age, slept in a room which directly adjoins the room in which Mr. Johnson and his wife were sleeping. These were the only occupants of the house.


The first intimation of what seems to be attempted murder was the groans which awakened Mr. Johnson. None in the house had heard sounds of blows or the falling of Mrs. Johnson's body.

Her husband, who was sleeping in the same bed with her, was not awakened by his wife's getting out of bed, or by any talking or sounds of a struggle. To all questions of what had happened to her, Mr. Johnson says that she could not reply.

It is said in Buckner that when asked if she knew who had struck her, Mrs. Johnson replied: "Yes, but I can't tell; not yet." Mr. Johnson says that he did not hear his wife make such a statement. It is feared by the physicians who attended the stricken woman that she will never regain consciousness, and so the mystery of who her assailant was may remain unsolved.

Theories as to the reason for the assault are many and various. For a while it was believed that robbery was the sole purpose of the assailant inasmuch as the Johnsons are a wealthy family and it was known that money was kept in the house, as well as other valuables. According to this theory it would seem that Mrs. Johnson was awakened by an intruder and in order to save himself after discovery by the woman, he struck her over the head.


The husband says that there was nothing in their room of great value, not as much as there was in other rooms of the house. Upon thorough investigation it was found that nothing about the premises had been stolen.

Murder, though entirely inexplicable as to reasons, is the theory which has the most followers. Near the house there are railroad tracks and many freight trains pass the place during the day and night. As no loungers were seen in the neighborhood of the Johnson home, or on the streets of Buckner Wednesday, it is believed that the person who committed the assault must have come and left by means of the nearby trains.

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August 21, 1908


Roland Rexroth Is Self-Taught -- At
2 Years Old He Was Not Even
Able to Speak a Word.
Roland Rexroth, 4-Year-Old Child with Phenomenal Intelligence.
Picture and Signature of 4-Year-Old Boy
Who Reads with Remarkable

Almost phenomenal in his brightness is little 4-year-old Roland Rexroth, of 613 Troup avenue, Kansas City, Kas. Despite his years Roland is able to read as well as the average grown person. Newspapers are his particular hobby and he takes delight in reading them to his parents every morning and evening. What is more, he can understand what he reads and often entertains his neighbors and grown friends with discussions of matters which are of current interest.

The fact that he was unable to speak one word until two years ago makes his strange ability to read more remarkable.

About eight months ago, Roland, who had seen a bunch of A, B, C blocks, went to one of his friends, John H. Finlay, and asked him for a set of blocks. Having taken taken an interest in the child since his birth, Mr. Finlay immediately procured the blocks. That was on Tuesday. The following Sunday Mr. Finlay visited the child and found that he had mastered the mysteries of the A, B, C. Without being urged to do so, Roland asked for a primer. Within one week he could read every word contained in the book. Since that time he has rapidly advanced in his ability to read and now is able to read any kind of fiction, even newspapers, understandingly.

Roland is at his best when lying flat upon the floor. For hours he will lie in that position and read.

Wholly unaided, the child learned to write. His writing is nothing more than printing, following out the lines of the letters with which he so readily became familiar, but it is clearly legible. Roland prefers writing on a typewriter, and while he has not much speed developed in that line, his work is without error so far as spelling and punctuation are concerned. How the child learned to punctuate can not be explained.

Roland's parents are poor; too poor to secure books for him to read, and the child longs for books. His neighbors kindly furnish him with newspapers and a few books, but Mr. Finlay has helped the child forward more than anyone else. William Rexroth, the boy's father, is a mechanic. Neither he nor his wife has had more than a grammar school education, and they speak with a German accent.

While Roland shows such remarkable ability to read, he knows nothing about mathematics. It seems strange that the child is able to form letters into words and words into sentences and at the same time be unable to add figures into totals.

A particularly attractive looking child is Roland. He has dark blue eyes, shaded by extremely heavy brows. His face shows much intellect and no mean amount of will power. His features are all clear cut and attractive, but standing out from the rest of his features are his eyes and heavy brows.

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August 21, 1908


Giant, Tired of Circus Life, Finds Ex-
istence a Problem.

"Is there such a thing as a man being too tall to join the army?" asked a gigantic young fellow of a dapper looking officer standing in the entrance of the United States army recruiting office yesterday. He was told that a man could be too tall and that he probably was in that class.

"I thought so," he replied, "too tall for anything but the circus business, and I'm so blamed tired of that that I never want to see the inside of a canvass again. I'm too tall to work in the average shop, too tall to work in a store, too tall to be employed in an office, too tall to hustle on a boat, too tall to engage myself as a traction car motorman or conductor, too tall --ah, what's the use. I'm too tall for anything."

In answer to a question the man said his name was Jarvis Henderson, that he was 32 years old and hailed from a small town near Harrisburg, Pa. His parents, he said, were of average height and that other members of the family also were of medium stature.

"I do have an awful time," said he, looking down on the officer as though longing to suddenly shrink to his size. "Since I left the show out there in Kansas I have been unable to get sufficient to eat in hotels and have had to pay for two beds, which I broke when my legs straightened out after I had gone to sleep. I can't go any place unless I am gawked at by a lot of rubber necks."

"Well, I'm much obliged," resumed the giant as he prepared to leave. "If I can't join the army I guess it's up to me to get back and try to catch up to that show again. I don't like it a little bit, but I am convinced that it is the only thing for me. So long."

"But say," asked the soldier, "how tall are you, anyhow?"

"Only seven feet two," came the response.

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August 20, 1908


Vice President Will Speak in Excel-
sior Springs Today.

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, August 19. -- (Special.) Charles W. Fairbanks, vice president of the United States, disappointed the biggest crowd of the Chautauqua season when he was delayed in reaching here today. Mr. Fairbanks's secretary wired Mayor J. W. McRory when Mr. Fairbanks became indisposed in Chicago last night but it was impossible for the mayor to get word to citizens who went to bed early planning to meet the vice president at the Milwaukee depot at 6:52 o'clock this morning. The United States cavalry, sent from Fort Leavenworth as an escort for Mr. Fairbanks while here, were notified and the Third Regiment band of Kansas City was instructed not to start for the Chautauqua until tonight -- but the population of the watering place flocked to the depot just the same only to be disappointed.

Mr. Fairbanks will speak at the Chautauqua grounds tomorrow afternoon at 3:30 o'clock, the secretary having received a message from Chicago that he will arrive in the morning. He will speak on "The Life and Times of William McKinley." Mr. Fairbanks's failure to be here today shook up the programme and some of the speakers had to "sit in" twice to entertain the Chautauqua guests.

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August 20, 1908





Appeal of Election Board for Judges
and Clerks Practically Without
Result -- Still the Good
Citizen Complains.

In the election commissioners' office they have not a very high opinion about civic pride. After appealing publicly and by private letter to what Alderman James Pendergast calls the "high class business man" to volunteer for election service, needing 1,000 judges and clerks and sending out about 3,000 letters of invitation, the board has got less than 200 names.

And the names submitted are not those of 200 volunteers. Some of them recall Artemus Ward's patriotic declaration that in the interest of the welfare of the republic during the civil war he was willing to sacrifice the last of his wife's relations. Most of those people who have written to the election commissioners have suggested neighbors and acquaintances, but not one offered to serve himself. One widely known man, a rich, landed proprietor, bravely rose to the occasion by responding to the invitation by the commissioners, but while he proposed twenty-eight names he omitted his own. He signed the letter, though, as an indorsement of his list. In the list were the names of Colonel John Conover, who served his time as a patriotic citizen years and years ago, and with Colonel Conover the names of Jay H. Neff, Francis B. Nofsinger, C. D. Parker, Charles J. Schmelzer and John F. Richards were given.

"It beats the world how people will growl about the quality of the election officials and yet refuse to supply them," said Chairman J. M. Lowe. "We are glad to have this list, but we would have been more glad to have had the sender of it volunteer himself. Only one firm has sent in the list of its employes fitted to serve during election. Few are willing to be interested, and those few are not willing to volunteer. They want to make the other fellows volunteer.

The appointments must all be made by September 3. This year there is to be a brand new registration, books to be open October 6, 10 and 18, for that purpose. In order to keep down fraud the commissioners have been trying to get "high class business men" to help conduct the registration and election, but not with a flattering prospect.

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August 20, 1908


Park Police Will Arrest All Boister-
ous Rollers Hereafter.

Orders were issued to the park policemen yesterday by William H. Dunn, general superintendent of the parks and boulevards, to maintain better order and conduct among the roller skaters using the sidewalks and boulevards.

Complaints are received daily by the park and police commissioners of rowdyism on the part of roller skaters. Men and even women have been pushed off the sidewalks and abused by the skaters when their conduct was such as to demand remonstrance on the part of the older people. It is also claimed that the roller skates damage the concrete walks and ruin the wearing surface. As the skaters are breaking the city ordinances they will be arrested when they misbehave in any manner.

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August 20, 1908


Retail Prices Have Declined as Much
as 3 Cents a Pound.

Retail meat prices are being quoted from 1/2 to 3 cents lower per pound than was the case a month ago. the reason for the slight decrease in price as given by the local retail butchers is that the wholesale markets have reduced their prices on meat stuffs, and that it is more profitable for them to reduce their own prices in proportion, inasmuch as more people will buy meat at cheaper prices.

The wholesalers give no particular reason for the decline in prices, saying that general circumstances make it possible to reduce the price of meat to the retailer a few cents a pound. The flood during the early part of the summer had a great deal to do with the large advance in the price of meats, which was maintained up until the last few days.

Steaks which cost the butcher 14 1/2 cents to 18 1/2 cents a pound are being sold by the retailers at 22 1/2 cents a pound. This is a decrease of from 4 1/2 to 7 1/2 cents per pound since last month. Rib roasts are selling from 15 to 17 cents a pound and cost the retailer anywhere from 14 to 17 cents a pound. Sugar-cured ham which costs the retailer 12 1/2 cents a pound is being sold for 17 cents, and pork, which ranges from 8 to 12 cents a pound at wholesale prices can be bought for 15 cents at many of the downtown markets.

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August 20, 1908


She Was Widely Known as an Au-
thor and Educator.

Miss Mary Parmelia Squier, 52 years old, author and educator, died at her home, 3507 Highland avenue, yesterday afternoon. She was born in Belmont county, O., and was the daughter of E. K. Squier, pastor of the Cumberland Presbyterian church in Pittsburg, Pa. She graduated from the high school there and attended the University of Chicago and took a degree. She also attended the Cincinnati Conservatory of music and graduated there. For ten years she taught in the ward schools of Chicago and one year in an Illinois college. She then moved to Kansas City, where her cousin J. J. Squier, owner of the Squier manor, was living, and opened a private school. She conducted this school until two years ago, when she retired to start a bi-monthly magazine. Its name is Home Education and it is printed in Chicago. Miss Squier was editor.

Miss Squier was interested in many movements for the bettering of social conditions, but particularly in the bettering of the Chicago schools and in taking the appointment of teachers out of politics. She spent much of her time in that city and had traveled extensively in other parts of the country.

Miss Squier wrote serious articles for many magazines besides her own, and was a member of clubs in Chicago. The funeral services will be held tomorrow at Marshall, Mo., where her parents are buried. A brother, Charles S. Squier, lives in this city.

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August 20, 1908


Undesirable Element on Grand Ave-
nue Has Been Driven Out.

Fourteen tabooed rooming houses on Grand avenue between Twelfth and Sixteenth streets, have been closed by the police. Along with the women, of whom there were fifty or sixty, a great many loafers and crooks who lived in these rooming houses have left the district, and now the street is comparatively free from loitering women at night.

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August 19, 1908


W. S. Cowherd Will Welcome
the Vice President.

EXCELSIOR SPRINGS, MO., Aug. 18. -- This town is the mecca of politicians today. They are flocking here from two states. Charles W. Fairbanks, Republican, vice president of the United States, is coming in the morning.

In the afternoon W. S. Cowherd, Democratic gubernatorial nominee in Missouri, will make an address welcoming the vice president to the state and the state's watering place -- Excelsior Springs.

The vice president will be here at 6:54 o'clock in the morning, and half the population -- Republican and Democrat -- will be out a mile form town to welcome him at the Milwaukee depot.

The United States government has sent a troop of cavalry from Fort Leavenworth to act as escort for Mr. Fairbanks from the depot to the residence of L. V. Morse, where he is to be entertained while here, and the Chautauqua Association has sent a special train to Excelsior Springs Junction to get E. M. Hiner and his Kansas City Third Regiment band to help greet him.

This afternoon, practically the beginning of the Chautauqua, Benjamin B. Lindsay, the juvenile court judge of Denver, spoke to an unusually large crowd at Superior park. Of course Judge Lindsay confirmed his remarks to the subject nearest his heart, juvenile courts, and the making of young Americans out of bad boys.

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August 19, 1908



Defendant is D. A. Harrington,
Charged With Common Assault
on Miss Frances Beers.
Threw Water on Auto.

The case of the state of Kansas against D. A. Harrington, charged with using his garden hose for squirting an automobile and its occupants, occupied the entire time of the North division of the city court, Kansas City, Kas., yesterday. The complaining witness was H. M. Beers, a prominent trader at the stock yards, who insists that the defendant should be punished for assault inasmuch as he turned a hose on his automobile while it was being drivien in front of the defendant's home on the evening of August 1.

The assault charge was not based upon any damage sustained by the machine, but it so happened that Mr. Beers's daughter, Miss Frances, was an occupant of the auto, adn she received a quantity of the water aimed at the chauffeur and the machine.

When the case was called Senator James F. Getty appeared for the defendant, while ex-State Senator J. K. Cubbison represented the prosecution as special counsel. Among the forty-odd witnesses subpoenaed there were many residents of the fashionable neighborhood in which the squirting stunt was pulled off. Some testified as to how automobiles had been driven along the street in front of the Harrington home at reckless speed and that protests had been entered against using the thoroughfare for a speedway. Mr. Harrington adopted a plan of his own to put a stop to this practice. Miss Beers and other witnesses testified that when the hose was turned loose on her auto it was running at a moderate speed. It was shown that had the machine been running at the high rate of speed which it was claimed, but little water would have struck it. The evidence showed that the chauffeur, Miss Beers and the machine received a thorough drenching.
The case was given to the jury at about 4 o'clock and, after being out about thirty minutes, the twelve men announced that they could not agree upon a verdict. They were discharged by Judge U. S. Guyer and the case will be tried again next Monday.

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August 18, 1908


Katie Thompson, 14, Wanted to Wed
a Grocer's Clerk.

Katie Thompson, 1326 St. Louis avenue, is only 14 years old, but that did not keep her from falling in love with Michael Griffin, an employe of the Kansas City Wholesale Grocery Company, Tenth and Mulberry streets. They wanted to get married.

Katie's mother and her stepfather, M. J. Chambers, objected on account of her age. Michael called at the Thompson home during the noon hour yesterday to press his suit. When he was told there would be nothing doing in the matrimonial line for at least four years, he became angry and cast a half brick at the stepfather, who promptly stopped it with his face. The brick was much harder than Chambers's face and a deep gash over the eye was the result.

It is said of Michael that he then made tracks toward the state line, while Chambers fled himself to No. 2 police station to have the brick-throwing lover arrested. All this excited little Katie to such an extent that she then and there consumed an ounce of iodine by way of showing her love for the grocery clerk. Dr. George P. Pipkin, with the ambulance from the emergency hospital, arrived after a hurry-up call and a strong emetic put Katie back on the eligible list again.

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August 18, 1908


Was Suspected of Having Shot a Po-
liceman -- Chief Ahern and Cap-
tain Snow Were Present.

Policemen old in the city service recall but one negro lynching in recent Kansas City history. There has been mob violence threatened here, but only once was a man's life taken by citizens. A mob hanged a negro of the name of Harrington April 3, 1882, and the police still insist that the man was wrongly accused of murder.

Old-time policemen who figured in the affair were Daniel Ahern, now chief of police; Frank Snow, now captain of police in charge of police court property; Con. O'Hare, Patrick Jones, and five others. The monument erected by the people as a tribute to policemen who fell in discharge of duty -- on the west side of city hall -- bears Jones's name and the date of his death. His name is the second on the long list. He was the victim of a negro's bullets in St. Louis avenue, and another negro was lynched for the crime.

Patrolman Jones lived in the West Bottoms. On the night of his death he had been relieved from duty and had started home to supper. As he turned into St. Louis avenue he met Tony Grant, a negro of bad reputation, carrying a sack.

Jones at once suspected the negro of theft and asked him what he had in the sack. The negro declined to tell and the patrolman placed him under arrest. The sack contained a firkin of butter which the negro had stolen from a grocery. As Jones leaned over to examine the contents of the sack he was shot and killed. The bullet came from behind the policeman and no one saw the shot fired. Tony Grant, believed to be the guilty negro, fled.

Here's where Harrington came into the limelight. Sitting in front of John Monohan's boarding house at Ninth and Hickory streets, he heard the shots and ran toward the body of the policeman. Police a few minutes later arrested him on complaint of white citizens who had also been attracted by the pistol shot..

Harrington, the police maintain, was innocent, but he was hanged an hour later from the Fifth street car bridge. Daniel Ahern, then a patrolman at the West Bottoms station, was assigned with a squad of six officers to take Harrington to police headquarters and started on foot around the bluff to the North End.

A crowd of excited citizens followed the negro and his police escort and soon the officers saw they had made a mistake in starting with the prisoner. It was too late to turn back and they entered the bridge. At the same time a crowd from the North End entered the bridge from the north and the police found themselves, with the negro prisoner, hemmed in. They pleaded with the mob, but were thrust aside. A noose was slipped over Harrington's head and he was thrown over the bridge rail.

Captain Frank Snow and Con O'Hare ran through the crowd and jumped off the end of the bridge, intending to cut down the negro and possibly save him.

As Snow leaned toward the rope a man on the bridge above leaned low over the rail and sent a bullet into the top of Harrington's head. The mob dispersed and the police remember the incident as the only illegal hanging in the history of Kansas City. Tony Grant was never captured and most of those who had a hand in the affair, with the exception of Ahern and Snow, are dead.

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August 18, 1908


City Engineer Has an Automobile for
Visiting Public Work.

To expedite keeping tab on inspectors from the engineering department on public work, an automobile is to be used, and every one of fifty men is to be located by a chart to be kept on file in the city engineer's office. The city is divided into districts, and every morning when an inspector is assigned his district will be pegged off on this chart. Black pins will indicate grading; blue, sidewalks; red, sewers; white pins paving, and other colors for curbing and other character of work.

At stated hours during the day, J. L. Darnell, city engineer, will go the rounds in an automobile to see if the inspectors are performing their duties properly.

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August 18, 1908


As a Result, Charles Mantinette Is
Fined $50 in Police Court.

J. F. Threlkel, a member of the motorcyle squad, was working in plain clothes Sunday because his machine, he says, is out of commission. He was detailed to watch for Sunday violators.

At 113 East Third street he saw something which interested him. Men were constantly coming and going -- and the place was not a boarding house, either. Threlkel went in and succeeded in purchasing a couple of cool bottles of beer. Then Charles Mantinette, who sold the beer, was arrested. In police court yesterday he was fined $50.

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August 17, 1908


Cabins of Steamer Chester Had Sev-
enty-Five on Trip to St. Louis.

The steamer Chester cleared yesterday afternoon on its regular weekly trip to St. Louis, carrying about the usual cargo of freight, and from sixty to seventy-five passengers. Since the inauguration of the steamer service between the two cities the trip by boat is becoming more popular with those who are not rushed for time. As a general rule night on the river is cooler than on the shore, and as the staterooms are well screened, passengers are not troubled by mosquitos.

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August 17, 1907



Most of the New Priests Come From
Ireland to Kansas City -- Pre-
paratory School Established
to Encourage Interest.

In a circular letter sent out to all the priests in the Kansas City diocese and read in the churches yesterday, Bishop John J. Hogan deplores the fact that there are so few young men in the diocese who have become priests and urges upon all pastors to encourage more young men to embrace the ministry.

The Kansas City diocese is twenty-seven years old, but at the present time it has furnished only half a dozen priests. Every year priests are imported from abroad, especially from Ireland, in order to make up the dearth of native pastors. Twelve priests have been brought into the diocese in the last three years and four priests are expected to arrive from Dublin within a month.


"Religious vocations are not less frequent here than elsewhere," said the Rev. Michael J. O'Reilly, pastor of St. Patrick's church. "The difficulty is that those who show by their pious lives that they have been called to the priesthood do not have the opportunity to get the preparatory education that would fit them to enter the seminary. We have only one priest, Father J. W. Keys of St. James church, who was born in this diocese and is now here. It would be a thing to be desired if all of our churches could be filled with native born priests, educated in the state and conversant with the spiritual needs of our people in a way that one raised in another country can not be.


A preparatory school for the education of priests was established two years ago, called the St. John's school, and it is quartered at present in rooms over the St. Patrick's parochial school building at Eighth and McGee streets. Last spring fifteen young men graduated there and they are now attending higher seminaries in St. Louis, Cincinnati, Allegheny and St. Paul. In his letter the bishop urges all parish priests in the diocese to send all boys whom they think wish to enter the priesthood to this school, which is planned to accommodate enough students to supply the number of priests that the diocese needs. The desire of the bishop is that every parish should be represented by one student, at least.

The course in the school embraces five years of classics and two of philosophy. The four years of theology must be gotten in a higher seminary. A priest is not ordained before his is 24 years old except by dispensation. As soon as the Christian Brothers build their new school, in the South Side, the building now occupied by them next to the cathedral will be given up to the seminary. The school opens September 8.

The teaching staff of the school consists of three priests at present. Father T. F. O'Sullivan, Father John McElligot, and Father Thomas Fitzgerald of Independence. Bishop Hogan and a priest have given all that they possess of earthly goods to the seminary.

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August 17, 1908


Three Women Living on Campbell
Street Take Poison.

Carbolic acid and laudanum were the poisons taken as a means of committing suicide by three women living on Campbell street yesterday afternoon and last night. The first case to call out the ambulance and physician was that of Maggie Adams, a negress, 537 Campbell street, who had taken part of 10 cents' worth of carbolic acid. She had been drinking liquor all afternoon and was not in a dangerous condition when Dr. George E. Pipkin arrived. She was not taken to the hospital. Dr. Pipkin said he found but one reason for the woman taking the acid, which was that she had become tired of walking up the long flight of stairs leading from the street to her home.

Call No. 2 occurred about 7 o'clock and proved to be Mrs. Lena Wheeler of 928 Campbell street, who had taken laudanum. She was also treated by Dr. Pipkin and allowed to remain at her home.

At 8 o'clock the hospital received another poisoning case message and Dr. Julius Frischer responded. It was also on Campbell street at No. 532 and proved to be a negress named Pearl Redding. She was extremely nervous while drinking the acid and her face was seared with it. She was taken to the hospital and treated. During the rest of the night the doctors were prepared to handle any other cases of poisoning that might come in.

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August 17, 1908


When People Refuse to Eat It, It Is
Fed to Chickens and Horses.

It is estimated that 300,000 loaves of bread are baked every day in Kansas City. Probably 125,00 of these come from the bakers. A large percent of the bread baked each day becomes stale before it is sold, as the daily sales cannot be evenly distributed. However, hardly one crumb is wasted because of staleness.

Nearly all the local bakers sell one-day-old bread at half price and find a ready market for it among the thrifty and saving housewives. It is seldom that the bakers are not able to sell all of their bread, fresh or stale.

Now and then the larger bakeries find themselves overstocked with stale bread which they cannot sell. Do they haul it to the city dump and throw it away? No, indeed, they grind it up and peddle the crumbs among the chicken raisers. If the chicken fanciers fail to purchase all the bread feed, the bakers call for their stable boys and have them carry it to the barn, where it is fed to the horses. Other sources of consumption of stale bread are the hotels and restaurants, which use large quantities for dressing meat loaves and fowls.

The same use of stale bread is made in private homes as in the hotels. Families also use their stale bread in making puddings and in this way do away with the waste which would otherwise necessarily follow.

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August 16, 1908


Morphine Was Administered to Miss
Allen by a Traveling Doctor.

Raving, and in extreme pain, Miss Beulah Allen of Marcelline, Mo., was removed from a Santa Fe train at the Union depot last night. The conductor said that the young woman had boarded the train at Marcelline and was apparently in the best of health. Later she became violently ill and a physician on board the train administered morphine.

Seized with the conviction that she was about to die, Miss Allen called repeatedly for her sweetheart, who lives in Marcelline. The physician who attended her admitted that he could not understand the case nor did he konw what troubled the girl. He said taht she seemed to be in a very serious condition and that death might result at any time.

The ambulance from the emergency hospital was called and the girl given treatment by Dr. J. Park Neal. Dr. Neal said that the girl had suffered from cramps, and that morphine administered by the physician on the train had served to unbalance her mind. No serious results are anticipated.

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August 16, 1908


Cooling Winds Headed This Way
Were Switched Off.

Storm clouds and cooling winds, which on Friday passed over the western mountains and were headed toward this section, ran off the switch somewhere to the north, and southerly winds were allowed to have full sway, so that Kansas City, especially in the business portions, began again to swelter and to sweat. Yesterday's high temperature, 93, was almost the limit reached this year, although on two day s the thermometer registered 94. In the residence portion of the city some breezes were stirring, but for the greater part it was the business and working men who felt the heat.

No immediate relief is promised by the weather man, although it is stated that the storm clouds which missed this section yesterday may again show up within a day or two. Every indication points to even warmer weather today and tomorrow.


August 16, 1908


Owner of a Hotel Said His Manager
Was Shamming.

A hotel proprietor at 1205 Charlotte street appeared in police court yesterday to prosecute Mrs. Hattie Daschner, his manager, alleging that she disturbed his peace. Witnesses said that the woman was too ill to appear. the proprietor insisted that she was not, that she was hale an hearty and only shamming.

Justice Theodore Remley, sitting for Harry J. Kyle, police judge, issued a bench warrant for Mrs. Daschner and ordered the police to have her in court at 1 o'clock. In the meantime she was to be released on a $200 cash bond.

At the appointed hour the police returned empty handed. But they had made an investigation, they said. "That poor old woman is 70 years old," one said, "and she is certainly down sick in bed. We could not take her from there."

Justice Remley advised the proprietor to see if the matter could not be adjusted out of court.

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August 15, 1908





Mrs. Lawson Was Angered Because
Husband Stayed Out All Night.
Mrs. Buerskens Did Not Want
to Be a Burden to Hers.

"To a person suffering from melancholia or to one who is extremely jealous, the reading of so many suicides, especially by the same method, acts as a suggestion and they act --"

Dr. J. Park Neal of the emergency hospital had just given expression to the foregoing opinion last evening when the telephone rang. "Another carbolic acid case," he cried, as he leaped for his satchel. "A woman at 526 Independence avenue."

When the ambulance reached the home of John Davis, 526 Independence avenue, Dr. Neal found Mrs. Mollie Lawson, 27 years old, lying unconscious on a bed. She had drunk probably an ounce and a half of carbolic acid from a bottle only a few minutes before and was in a dying condition. After administering strong antidote at the house the woman was taken to the emergency hospital, where she died at 11 o'clock.


Mrs. Lawson and her husband, Jake Lawson, a bartender, lived at the home of Mrs. Oscar Downing, 601 Independence avenue. When Mrs. Lawson left her rooms about 6:30 o'clock she seemed cheerful. She went straight to the drug store of Morgan and Burton, northwest corner of Independence and Cherry, where she asked C. B. Burton for some carbolic acid, saying she wanted it for a bedbug mixture.

"When she told me that she was going to mix it with a pint of gasoline," said Mr. Burton, "I gave her three ounces, for which she paid 25 cents. I have seen the woman often, knew she was a neighbor, and, from her pleasant demeanor, thought nothing wrong. There have been so many suicides lately that had she been gloomy or appeared nervous, I would have been on my guard. She laughed as we talked, however."

When she left the drug store Mrs. Lawson saw Mrs. Davis in an upper window over the store. Waving her hand to her, Mrs. Lawson said, "I'm coming up, Minnie." When she entered the room Mrs. Davis was lying on a pallet by the bed. Seating herself, she said, "Go out and get me some chile, will you, John?"


As Davis left the room Mrs. Lawson arose and walked to the center of the room. Turning up the three ounce bottle, she drank until she choked. Just at that juncture Mrs. Davis entered the room.

"When I asked her what she was doing," said Mrs. Davis, "she made no reply. then I saw the acid on her lips and smelled it. I grabbed for the bottle and she cast it from her and fell back on the bed.

Lawson, who was at the saloon of Joseph Woods, 700 Independence avenue, was quickly summoned. First they tried to get a doctor in the neighborhood, but one could not be found and the ambulance was summoned. They tried to administer whisky to her, but having no stomach tube failed to get it beyond her mouth.

When asked for a reason for his wife's act, Lawson said: "Well, I guess sit was because I stayed away from home all night last night. I was with some friends, and told her so this morning. She upbraided me for it this morning, but by evening I thought she was all right.

Lawson said that his wife was of a jealous disposition, and on Wednesday a week ago after a little quarrel, bought an ounce of carbolic acid. She returned to the house and attempted to drink it in his presence, but the bottle was knocked from her hands. Both of them were burned on the hands and arms at that time. He said his wife read of all the recent suicides and discussed them, especially the death of Anna May Williams on Tuesday.

Late last night oxygen was still being administered to Mrs. Lawson and artificial respiration used to keep her alive. There seems little hope of her pulling through.

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August 15, 1908


Mrs. Alice Buerskens Felt She Was a
Burden to Her Husband.

With a small bunch of flowers in her left hand and a large revolver in the right, Mrs. Alice Buerskens shot herself in the right temple at 10 o'clock in her home, 1700 East Twenty-eighth street, yesterday morning after sh e had written a note to her husband, Henry Buerskens, a bartender, telling him she loved him too much to be a burden to him any longer. Alice Holmberg, 7 years old, who lives at 2705 Vine street, every day paid a visit to Mrs. Buerskens and when she called at the home yesterday Mrs. Buerskens sent her to the store to purchase stamps. While the child was away from the house Mrs. Buerskens shot herself.

She died instantly and was found lying on the bed by the Holmberg girl when she returned to the house from the store. Alice Holmberg immediately ran to her home, where she notified her mother, who in turn apprised No. 6 police station.

Carpenters employed on a new building across the street from the Buerskens home heard of the pistol shot, but paid no attention to it. The dead woman and her husband had recently moved to the Twenty-eighth street house, and the neighbors did not know their name.

The police found difficulty in securing the woman's name and it was several hours before the husband was notified of the suicide. The husband could not give any reason for the deed, and the note she left to explain her act was not clear. He said that his wife appeared to be in a happy mood when he left her in the morning to go to work. Before her marriage to Henry Buerskens she was Alice Beech and formerly a nurse in the city hospital and in the state hospital at Topeka, Kas. The coroner was notified and he had the body removed to Freeman & Marshall's undertaking rooms.

Mrs. Buerskens left the following note addressed to her husband:

"Dear Henry: You are not to blame for this -- I love you too much to burden you longer. Pray God to forgive me -- love to my own dear mother, father, brother and all my people -- sweetheart, don't you feel bad -- I am sorry I could not help you more -- love and kisses, Alice"

When seen last night, Mr. Buerskens said his wife had been ill for several years and of late had been worse than usual. They had no children and she was alone in the house the greater part of the time, and probably brooded over her illness. He said his wife had never complained of being tired of life and he had no idea she would kill herself.

Neighbors and friends who have known the woman for several years said she had been in the habit of taking opiates to relieve the pain she continually suffered. Mrs. Buerskens's parents reside in Topeka, Kas.

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August 15, 1908



Hears Report Children Are Being
Unlawfully Employed in Stores,
Factories and Other Places -- De-
nied by Local Inspectors.

Is there illegal child labor in Kansas City? J. W. Sikes, state factory inspector, is going to find out. A letter was received at his office in St. Louis several days ago saying that there were boys under the age of 16 years working in Kansas City without a permit from the inspector. Under the law no child under the age of 14 is allowed to work in any factory, store, shop, mine or place of amusement or place where intoxicating liquors are sold, nor may any child over 14 and under 16 years do such wok without a permit from a local factory inspector.

In answer to the letter, M. Sikes came to Kansas City and brought with him Traveling Inspector James L. McQuie, who will remain here for at least a month to see if there is any truth in the report that underage children are working at the forbidden occupations.

"There is not a single child in Kansas City who is violating the law in this respect," said William Hicks, the local factory inspector. "I have issued about 200 permits to boys and girls under 14, permitting them to work this summer. About half of them were issued to girls, most of whom wished to be cash girls in department stores. The demand for children to work in the factories has ceased in this state because of the law which forbids the employment of children for more than nine hours a day. The factories wish to have a ten-hour day, so they are ceasing to employ children.

A fine of from $10 to $100 can be imposed upon any employer who has a child under the legal age working in his factory or workshop without a permit, and which can only be given in case the labor of a child is necessary for the support of the family. Mr. Hicks says that this law also proved a detriment to the factory owners.

"I think the letter describing the bad condition of child labor in Kansas City was written by some one who was dissatisfied with the workings of our office," said Mr. Hicks. "Several days ago a woman came in here and wanted to make trouble because she said a neighbor's boy was a messenger for the Western Union without having a permit, and I would not allow her son to work. Both boys were under 16. I afterwards found that he had a permit. I think it is she who wrote the letter to St. Louis."

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August 15, 1908


Union Soldiers Will Attend Reunion
of Quantrell's Men.

The annual reunion of Quantrell's men will be August 21 and 22, at Blue Springs. There will be a basket dinner on the schoolhouse lawn the first day and on the second officers will be elected and reminiscent speeches made.

The Quantrell men have broken over the long established rule and have this year invited Union soldiers to meet with them and forget the animosities of a half century ago. The people of Blue Springs are preparing to give the blue and the gray a reception . Many of the soldiers who wore the blue expect to attend the reunion and show their friendliness to the men who fought on the other side fifty years ago.

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August 15, 1908


Rate of $1 for Rount Trip to Na-
poleon on the Chester.

The steamer Chester, which leaves Kansas City at 11 o'clock Sunday morning, will carry a special excursion to Napoleon, Mo., for which a fare of $1 has been made. An orchestra will be provided and there will be a cabin dance. The excursionists will be landed in Napoleon in time to catch the Missouri Pacific train for Kansas City, reaching here at 8:15 Sunday night.

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August 14, 1908


Orphans From Perry Memorial Home
at Fairmount Park.

One hundred children form the Perry Memorial home were given an outing at Fairmount park yesterday afternoon. they were in charge of Mrs. J. C. Tarsney, patroness of the home, and several Sisters. The children were taken to the park in a special Metropolitan street car, and immediately after their arrival there they were served a luncheon. The concessions were free to the youngsters and they had the time of their lives.

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August 14, 1908


"Suicide the Result of a Disordered
Brain," Says Rev. Moore.

Standing above the body of pretty Anna May Williams, the Rev. Charles W. Moore, pastor of the Institutional church, yesterday said:

"No one is perfect, and all of us have sinned. Then let us not be judges, upon the sins of others. It is well that this sweet little should passes before God for final judgment. God does not hate the sinner, but loathes the sin. It is only those who have sinned that need the Savior and this little soul soul was one of that class. Who can say that his feet have not occasionally strayed from the narrow path? If there be any, let him judge, but beware of the Pharisee.

"I do not hesitate to say that suicides are the result of a disordered brain. No person is in his right mind when he deliberately takes his own life, cutting off the beauties of life on this earth and causing great grief to those who are left behind. But knowing that God is just and His forgiveness is great we commit this soul to His keeping."

The chapel at Forster-Smith's undertaking rooms, where the funeral was held, was crowded with friends of the dead girl and with men and women who had hoped to get a glimpse of the body prompted by curiosity.

As the broken hearted mother was led down to the waiting carriage by her husband, her grief became uncontrollable and she sobbed aloud. Persons a block away were attracted by the cries of the mother and a large crowd of excitement seekers gathered in front of the undertaker's establishment.

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August 14, 1908


Doctors May Operate to Relieve Lit-
tle Charles Baker.

Charles Baker, 2 years old, who lives with his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Baker, at 2204 Tracy avenue, ws out in the yard yesterday while his mother was feeding the chickens. Picking up a large grain of corn, the boy inserted it into his nose, and the more his mother tried to get the corn out the further in it was pushed. Late last night young Charles was in the hands of two physicians who were discussing whether or not to operate to remove the obstruction. Mr. Baker is a Gamewell man at police headquarters.

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August 24, 1908


Coroner Finds No Mark of Violence.
May Have Drowned.

An autopsy was held yesterday on the body of George Pickle, found in the Blue near the junction with the Missouri river several weeks ago. Pickle disappeared from his home, 1429 Summit street, June 21, and it was believed that he had been murdered and robbed, as he had over $100 when he left home. A companion was arrested and held for a week in connection with Pickle's disappearance and then released The coroner found that Pickle died from some unknown cause, probably from drowning, but that he was not bruised in any way.

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August 24, 1908


But She Captured the Saddle-Back
Caterpillar, a Stranger Here.

As Mrs. L. M. Dunlap, 509 Askew avenue, brushed against an amphilopsio vine in the garden of her home Saturday she suddenly noticed a stinging sensation on her right arm. So severe was the pain that Mrs. Dunlap looked for the insect which had attacked her, but instead she discovered a small but very aggressive and exceedingly rare specimen of the caterpillar family on one of the leaves of the vine.

Breaking off the leaf, the caterpillar was put in a glass jar, where it was examined with curiosity by many persons while Mrs. Dunlap nursed a badly swollen and discolored arm.

This particular specimen of caterpillar family, called the saddleback caterpillar, measures about half an inch in length. His body is green, while in the center of his back is a round spot made up of two colors, maroon and white. At either end there project a series of fuzzy horns against which Mrs. Dunlap is thought to have brushed as she passed the vine.

On one other occasion a caterpillar of this kind is said to have been seen in Kansas City, but this is the first discovered for many years.

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August 24, 1908


Ringling Circus Has a New Automo-
bile Slide Trick.

Automobile thrillers are a part of every circus now, and each succeeding show claims its thriller to be more thrilling than the one before. So it happens that the Ringling Brothers' show, which comes here September 7, is making so much noise over Miss La Belle Roche's "double somersault in midair." The Ringling press artists -- there are four of them, all in a row like the Ringlings -- see nothing extravagant in the description they have written of this act.

This is the way they see it: "From the dome of the tent down a slender metal track the heavy machine, throbbing and straining at every rivet, plunges with lightning speed and the crash of thunder. The ending of the incline in an abrupt curve lifts the auto high in air, the plucky young woman firmly clutching the guiding wheel. There is a pause of death-like stillness after the ponderous car has left the steel rails. Spectators, with straightened spines and tingling scalps, almost freeze to their seats, so keen is the suspense, so awful the dread of that brief moment.

"Once the machine turns a perfect circle, not a stir is heard among the audience. Breaths are held in fear of what may follow Again the automobile turns completely over, and then with the crash of a thunderbolt it lands upright on a steel runway and plunges onto the track to spend its terrific force, the young French woman at the wheel smiling with triumph The pent-up emotion of the audience vents itself in hysterical applause from the women and shouts of admiration from the men."

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August 24, 1908


Ringling Circus Has a New Automo-
bile Slide Trick.

Automobile thrillers are a part of every circus now, and each succeeding show claims its thriller to be more thrilling than the one before. So it happens that the Ringling Brothers' show, which comes here September 7, is making so much noise over Miss La Belle Roche's "double somersault in midair." The Ringling press artists -- there are four of them, all in a row like the Ringlings -- see nothing extravagant in the description they have written of this act.

This is the way they see it: "From the dome of the tent down a slender metal track the heavy machine, throbbing and straining at every rivet, plunges with lightning speed and the crash of thunder. The ending of the incline in an abrupt curve lifts the auto high in air, the plucky young woman firmly clutching the guiding wheel. There is a pause of death-like stillness after the ponderous car has left the steel rails. Spectators, with straightened spines and tingling scalps, almost freeze to their seats, so keen is the suspense, so awful the dread of that brief moment.

"Once the machine turns a perfect circle, not a stir is heard among the audience. Breaths are held in fear of what may follow Again the automobile turns completely over, and then with the crash of a thunderbolt it lands upright on a steel runway and plunges onto the track to spend its terrific force, the young French woman at the wheel smiling with triumph The pent-up emotion of the audience vents itself in hysterical applause from the women and shouts of admiration from the men."

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August 14, 1908





Then She Went to a Drug Store and
Purchased 10 Cents Worth of
Carbolic Acid as the Wil-
liams Girl Had Done.

Did the fact that Anna May Williams committed suicide prey upon the mind of 12-year-old Vivian Burden until she yesterday took her own young life by the same method -- carbolic acid? No other reason but mental suggestion has been ascribed as a cause for the girl's death by her family and the coroner.

Little Vivian had gone to the Woodland school with Anna May Williams, the 15-year-old girl who killed herself Tuesday afternoon at her home, 816 Euclid avenue. A discussion of the number of suicides, especially with carbolic acid, took place at the breakfast table in the Burden home yesterday. The death of Ana May Williams, Vivian's acquaintance, was, of course, discussed more than the rest.

"The girl was persecuted," she said "That's the way with step-papas, anyhow."

The child seemed much wrought up over the matter, but as she cooled down afterwards, little was tought of it.


Yesterday afternoon Vivian left her house at 800 Lydia avenue, and went to the drug store of E. D. Francisco, Eighth street and Tracy avenue.

"I want 10 cents worth of carbolic acid," she said. "My mamma wants it to make roach poison."

The child, for she was nothing more, sallied when she said this, and seemed restless, as children do, to get away. "Before she left, however, she bought an ice cream soda and ate it at the counter. With the deadly poison clenched in her childish hands she went to the Bazaar, a store at the corner of Independence and Tracy avenues. There she took some time in selecting a pretty doll for her 5-year-old sister, Helen.

All of this took up about an hour, so that Vivian arrived back home about 3 p. m. Calling her little sister she gave her the doll, for which she had paid 35 cents and seemed delighted in the little one's pleasure when the doll was placed in her hands and she was told it was all hers.

No one suspected there was anything wrong with Vivian when she went upstairs to her room. Louise, 17, and Myrtle, 19 years old sisters of Vivian, were busy in the kitchen when Vivian ran in and said: "Call a doctor quick; I've taken some of mamma's roach poison." The sisters at first thought she was joking, but when they saw the condition of her lips and smelled the deadly carbolic acid they were thrown into consternation.


Dr. Oliver F. Faires, who has an office over Francisco's drug store, was then summoned, and though he worked over the child until 5 o'clock, she died, having been long unconscious before the end came. Coroner George B. Thompson was summoned and sent the body to Newcomer's undertaking rooms.

Vivian Burden was the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. G. Burden. The father, a butcher, was not at home, being employed in Bartlesville, Ok. He was notified of his child's rash act and left for home last night.

"What cause can you assign for your daughter, Vivian, taking carbolic acid?" was asked of Mrs. Burden last night.

"I cannot believe the girl committed suicide because of any trouble either at home or with her playmates," the mother replied. "She was of a very happy and bright disposition and was never moody." Vivian regularly scanned the newspapers each day and was particularly interested in stories about suicides. The sad girl named Anna May Williams may have inspired her," the mother said, "as she constantly talked about the girl and the poor girl's sad life."

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August 14, 1908


Philippine Booze Racks the Brain of
Government Troops.

A train from the West brought in twenty-three regulars in the United States army yesterday who were being taken to the government hospital for the insane in Washington, D. C. The men were from the Philippine islands. Corporal Mills said that their insanity was probably caused by drinking beno. He stated that while he was in the islands he was detailed as a guard for thirty men who were brought back to this country and whose insanity was directly due to beno, the cheap liquor of the islands.

Five prisoners who had been sentenced by court-martial for various military offenses to the federal prison at Leavenworth passed through Kansas City yesterday on their way to Leavenworth. They were from regiments stationed at Jefferson barracks at St. Louis. Corporal H. G. Mills was in charge of the prisoners.

Two cars containing navy recruits for Norfolk, Va., pass through Kansas City every day. Already eight cars have passed, and the railroads know of four more cars on the way.

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August 13, 1908


They Gather About the Bier of a
Victim of a Street Car Accident.

Accompanied by many newsboys with whom he associated in life, the body of William A. Lee, Jr., the newsboy who was killed by being crushed between a streetcar and a beer van at Eleventh and Main streets, last Monday, was taken to the Institutional church, Admiral boulevard and Holmes street, where funeral services were conducted at 2 o'clock p. m. yesterday afternoon.

Charles W. Moore, founder of the Institutional church, delivered the eulogy, and before he had concluded the audience was visibly affected. Mr. Moore dwelt at considerable length of the excellent qualities of the dead newsboy.

Young Lee had been a member of the Light Bearers' Club for some time, and had been considered one of its most ardent workers. Newsboys of the city contributed toward defraying the funeral expenses. William A. Lee, the father, who had been released from jail by order of the court sufficiently long to attend the funeral, accompanied the grief stricken mother to the church and cemetery. Owing to the circumstances it is now thought that Lee will be permanently released with the understanding that he secure employment at once and care for his wife.

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August 13, 1908


Aged Woman Prisoner Prefers Term
in the Workhouse.

"I don't know who she is or what she has done, but here she is," Robert Weisman, the jailer at police headquarters, told Mrs. Lizzie Burns, the police matron, as he led an old woman into the matron's room yesterday afternoon. When the woman was asked why she was being held she said she was not sure, but supposed for disturbing the peace. She said she had been in the general hospital for seventy-six days.

Last week, she said, she threatened to strike another patient because the other woman was mistreating a patient. The prisoner is Mrs. Elizabeth Aldred, 56 years old. She said she draws a pension of $12 a month, but that she will go to the workhouse before she will give the city any of her money.

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August 13, 1908


Three Doctors Tie Up Visitor and
Call Police.

Last week David Casebeer fell out of an upstairs window in a Union avenue rooming house about 1 o'clock in the morning and landed on a pile of empty beer cases, breaking his right arm and bruising himself. Last night his brother Albert called at the city hospital and asked to see him. As the hour for visitors had passed Dr. Paul B. Clayton refused to admit him to the ward. Casebeer then exhibited an order signed by Andy O'Hare, a detective, asking that he be allowed to see the man. A row followed, during which Casebeer struck Dr. Clayton. Dr. C. L. Beeching and another interne then joined in the fray and after a lively contest in which the furniture suffered the most, tied him with ropes and held him for the police.

A wagon from the Walnut street police station was called and Casebeer was escorted to the station in charge of Patrolman Smith Cook. On the way to the station Casebeer tried to take the officer's club from him and Cook was compelled to give him a slap with his open hand, which made him take the count. A charge of disturbing the peace will be placed against him in police court this morning.

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August 13, 1908


Carpenters Complain Company Food
Is Not Sanitary.

Complaint was made yesterday to the pure food board by carpenters in the employ of Taylor & Winn, contractors having in charge work of erecting new buildings at the Jackson county poor farm, because, so they declared, they were compelled to partake of unsanitary food served in a boarding house conducted by their employers. An investigation will be made.

When complaint was made to the contractors, the men were told, so they allege, that they would either have to board at the house or "get off the work," whereupon all laid down their tools and a committee was appointed to take their grievance before the proper authorities.

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August 12, 1908


Mrs. G. W. Dorsey Is Ill Because Son
Has Run Away.

A broken-hearted mother is waiting the return of her 13-year-old son who disappeared from the home Friday night after attending the fireworks display at Pain's show with his father. While watching the fireworks Fred Dorsey, son of G. W. Dorsey, 4815 East Seventeenth street, met Frank French, 15 years old, and the two boys left the grounds together. Frank French returned home Sunday morning, but left again that night. He refused to tell where he had been, but denied that Fred had gone away with him.

Fred Dorsey started to run away once before. Last summer he left one afternoon, but when it began to grow dark he changed his mind and succeeded in reaching home before bedtime. He received a good spanking for that, and his father stated last night he believed that the boy would be afraid to return home if he had run off for fear of receiving more severe chastisement. His father said he would forgive the boy if he would only come back, as the boy's mother is ill from worrying about him.

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August 12, 1908


Performance That Is Usually Seen
Under a Large Tent.

The show tent of the Sells-Floto circus was filled to its capacity at both afternoon and evening performances yesterday, and everyone seemed to enjoy the efforts of the regiment of performers to entertain. Every seat within the tent was occupied long before the time for starting and, with few exceptions, all remained in their places until the final spectacle, the driving of fifty horses by a single woman who stood on the back of one of the horses.

The fun section of the show was composed of fifty picked clowns, and during their occupation of the arena there was something doing all the time.

Aerialists in troupes gave the customary daredevil stunts at the top of the canvas.

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August 12, 1908

Sentimental Verses Written to a

Wife Who Was Buried Yesterday.

Mrs. Alta Woodward, wife of R. P. Woodward, author and poet, was buried Tuesday in Mount Washington cemetery. The following verses, printed in several magazines, were written to his wife by Mr. Woodward during their courtship. They are entitled, "A Prayer to Alta:"

August 12, 1908





Mother of May Williams Had Her
Committed to Reform School.
Girl Took Poison Rath-
er Than Go.

On the night before her wedding, and on the eve of being sent to the girl's reform school, pretty little May Williams committed suicide by drinking carbolic acid in the presence of her mother and Mrs. W. W. Smith, an officer of the juvenile court. Miss Williams was heiress to $15,000 and her life within the last three months had been a checkered one.

Two months ago, a few weeks after her mother had married Sol Mead, a railway conductor, Miss Williams was sent to the juvenile court, charged with being incorrigible. Mrs. Smith, the probation officer of the Detention home, thought the girl should be in a better place than the home. Consequently, according to Mrs. Alice Page, the matron of the Y. W. C. A. home at Eighth and Harrison streets, arrangements were made whereby the girl was taken to the Y. W. C. A. home. Mrs. Page found the girl to be anything but incorrigible.

A short while ago it became rumored that Miss Williams was to be married today. Shortly after the rumor became public, and the girl admitted that she intended to marry this morning, she was taken from the Y. W. C. A. home and hauled back to the Detention home. At her mother's request the reform school authorities decided to take the girl and to keep her for an indefinite length of time.


The threat of the reform school had been made to the girl time and again by her mother, Mrs. Mead, and each time Miss Williams had replied that she would die before she went to the institution. Mrs. W. W. Smith accompanied her to her home, 816 Euclid avenue, in order that the girl might pack her trunk. On the way home the girl told Mrs. Smith that she was going to commit suicide. After the two had reached the Mead home, Miss Williams sat in the parlor and talked to her mother of the reformatory. Rising, she said:

"I will die first, and it will be before your eyes."

Whether any attention was paid to the girl's remarks has not been learned. At any rate, she was allowed to leave the presence of the court probationary officer and her mother, with the threat of suicide fresh upon her lips, and over fifteen minutes passed before she was missed. The court officer was present all of that time, and it is said she had heard the threat which the girl made.

In the meantime Miss Williams had gone to the Woodland pharmacy, three blocks away, convinced the druggist that her mother wanted three ounces of carbolic acid, and walked back home again. When she reached her home she walked up the back steps and raised the bottle of carbolic acid to her lips. She had heard footsteps approaching and desired to be successful in her attempt to end her life. At that moment Mrs. Smith caught sight of the girl and called to Mrs. Mead, the mother. With both women looking at her, standing as if rooted to the floor, the girl drank the contents of the bottle and then murmured:"Now, I suppose you are satisfied."

Instantly the probation officer ran to he 'phone and called a doctor and neighbors. Someone called the police ambulance and Dr. J. Park Neal.


Dr. A. H. Walls, who lived in the immediate neighborhood, was called. He replied that he could not get to the Mead home for twenty-five minutes. Ten of those twenty-five had elapsed when someone called the police ambulance. The ambulance made a rapid run and arrived at the home of the Williams girl shortly after Dr. Walls had arrived. As Dr. J. Park Neal, probably the most successful combater of carbolic acid suicides in Kansas City, jumped from his ambulance he was met by Mrs. Smith and Dr. Walls. They told him that the girl was dead an d that nothing could be done for her. Taking Dr. Walls's word for it, and knowing Mrs. Smith as a court officer, he did not attend the girl, but went back to the emergency hospital.

As the ambulance turned the corner of Eighth street an undertaker's wagon appeared around the corner of Ninth street. No one knows who called it. By that time Dr. E. R. Curry arrived and pronounced the girl alive. She had been alive all of the time and lived for three hours after she had taken the poison.

"Could she have been saved had you attended her when you were at the house?" was asked Dr. Neal.

"I believe she could," he said. "In fact, I know she could have been saved. But I took Mrs. Smith's and Dr. Wall's word for final. I had no reason to believe the girl was still alive."

Dr. Neal could not understand why he was turned away while there was hope that the girl might not be dead.

Long before the girl was really dead, another undertaker's ambulance had driven up to the front door, and the neighbors looked on and wondered. No one could be found who would admit calling the second undertaker's ambulance.

Mrs. Mead, the girl's mother, says she is heart broken and will see no one. A doctor was called to see her.

May Williams was a beautiful young girl of uncertain age. Her mother swore in court that May was but 15 years old, while May swore that she was 17. Had the girl been 15 years old three years would have expired before she attained her majority; 17 years of age meant only one year until she came into the $15,000 which her father had left her.


Last spring May Williams won the prize in St. Louis as being the most beautiful unmarried woman in Missouri. The prize was given by a local newspaper. Everywhere she went her beauty was remarked upon. In St. Louis, say those who knew her there, she was not considered incorrigible, nor even wayward.

Mrs. Mead was divorced from her first husband and May lived with him until his death. In his will he left May $15,000, and, it is said, cut off his divorced wife without one cent. At the time of the Williams divorce, which occurred in St. Louis, the whole family history was aired.

Mr. Mead, who is a conductor on the Chicago & Alton railroad, has not been notified of his step-daughter's death. He is expected in from his run this morning at 10 o'clock.

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August 12, 1908

Park Policeman Accused of Arrest-
ing Two Young Girls
Without Cause.

"He's suspended now, is he not?" asked F. S. Doggett, a member of the park board at yesterday's meeting.

"He is," replied Franklin Hudson, president.

"Then make the suspension indefinite," recommended Mr. Doggett, and the recommendation was ratified.

This is what happened to Herman Roth, a park policeman, who arrested Wanda McComb, 14 years old, and Freda Westerman, 15 years old, at a band concert in Penn Valley park last Monday night and later turned them over to the matron of the Detention home without informing their parents. It was asserted by Mrs. Westerman, mother of one of the girls, that she had investigated and was satisfied that Roth was under the influence of liquor when he made the arrests. She was supported by T. P. Strum and H. M. Ward, motorman and conductor, respectively on a Roanoke car, which Roth boarded with the prisoners. The street car men say Roth rode aimlessly about looking for a police station.

Freda Westerman exhibited several bruises and finger nail cuts on her hands and arms, which she said had been inflicted by Roth. He used profane language when they remonstrated against being dragged through streets and being compelled to take long and unnecessary rides in street cars.

Roth was not present to defend himself. A report was read from Sergeant Becker, the import of which was that he did not believe that Roth was drunk when he made the arrests. The records of the board show that Roth had heretofore been dismissed from the service for drinking while on duty.

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August 11, 1908


Christopher Egers Gets Skull and
Cross Bones Messages.

There is an active "Black Hand" organization in Rosedale, according to Christopher Egers, a druggist of the west end of Kansas City avenue, Rosedale. He complained to County Attorney Joseph Taggart yesterday that warnings had been pinned on his door.

He said that on several occasions he had found notices left on his premises during the night, previous, threatening his life and supplemented by a fairly well drawn skull and crossbones.

"I have no enemies in town that I know of," said Egers . "I do not suspect anyone and the only reason I can guess why anyone should want to frighten me is to obtain money."

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August 11, 1908


"Bottles" Was a Model Dog Until a
Vagrant Canine Came Along.

This is the story of a dog that was tempted and fell into bad ways. Henry Miller, a Kansas City saloonkeeper, owns a fox terrier named "Bottles." For two years Bottles was all that any self-respecting fox terrier should be. Then one night a dog of uncertain breed walked into a saloon and from appearances was nearly starved to death. Miller fed the dog, which stayed in the saloon from then on. She was named Rags and developed an abnormal appetite for beer, drinking all of it that was given to her. She would become so intoxicated that she could not walk. Within six month' time "Bottles" had acquired the hait of drinking beer and the two dogs would get "gloriously full" together.

Recently Miller purchased a saloon in the North End and Rags was taken to the new location, but not being acquainted with the patrons she refused to spend all of her time there. She goes out to the corner of Fourth and Main streets about noon every day and boards a Vine street car and rides to Nineteenth and Troost avenue, where she gets off and goes over to Eighteenth and Troost avenue, where she has lived for some time. "Bottles" is also an old street car rider. Each morning "Bottles" boards a Troost avenue car and rides to Twelfth street, where he transfers onto a Twelfth street car and rides down to a restaurant near Holmes street. The waiter in the restaurant gives the dog a meal, after which "Bottles" makes the return trip, including the transfer at Twelfth street and Troost avenue.

Not long ago Miller started out to attend a circus on the east side of town. He took "Bottles" with him, but the dog became separated from his master at Eighth street and Grand avenue. The owner retraced his footsteps, believing that he would find "Bottles" playing with other dogs on the street. When he reached Tenth street and Troost avenue he boarded a car to go to Eighteenth street and Troost avenue to his saloon. When the car arrived at Twelfth street he saw "Bottles" get off a Twelfth street car and run and jump on the rear end of a Troost car on his way home. "Bottles" has a son known as "Booze," but so far "Booze" has refused to partake of intoxicating liquors, nor has he learned the art of using the street cars in his travels around the city.

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August 10, 1908


Lieutenant Hammil Has Made a Most
Useful Discovery.

Lieutenant H. W. Hammil, stationed at the Walnut street police station, has an infallible method of getting rid of the fellow who wants to monopolize the station telephone. When the bothersome fellow gets the receiver to his ear a monologue like the following ensues:

"Hello, is this Mary?"
"Aw, you know who it is."
"Yes, you do."
"Who have you been thinking about most today?" and so forth, ad infinitum.

Last night such a dialogue was started over the 'phone by one of the beardless youths who frequent the station.

"Watch me make him cut that out," said the lieutenant.

Slipping up behind the unwary youth the officer pulled a common pin out of his vest and inserted it into the cloth wrapping around the telephone wires.

"Hello," said the youth.

A long pause and then he repeated the salutation. Evidently something was wrong with the wire and after calling until he was red in the face, the young man desisted, muttering to himself words not loud but deep.

When he had gone the lieutenant explained:

"You merely insert the pin into the cloth and twist it until it touches both wires at the same time. That causes a short circuit and communication is as impossible as if the other person had hung up the receiver. It is an absolutely sure method of cutting short the conversation, and the recipe is free to all who wish to try it."

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August 10, 1908


Carnegie Commission Has Special
Representative in the Field.

The Carnegie Hero commission, through Special Representative John Benetz of Pittsburg, Pa, goes to Central Kansas today for the purpose of investigating instances of heroism which have come to the attention of the commission.

At present there are four special representatives in the service of the commission collecting instances of heroism which have been brought to their attention, and it is altogether probable that several medals will be distributed in this section after the next meeting of the commission in October. During the past year there have been many reports of heroism in Kansas. Mr. Benetz within the past few weeks as been in Iowa, Missouri and other Western states.

"Most people, especially those from small country villages, seem to think that I carry the medals about with me, and all that remains is to pin one to their coat lapels," said Mr. Benetz, last night. "If I make known my identity to one single person in towns of this character, it is only a short time before every person within a radius of several miles knows it, and therefore, I am the object of considerable curiosity."


August 10, 1908





Claims That Ballots Were Cast for
Men He Favored at the Pri-
maries, but They Are Not
on the Tally Sheets.

Alderman James Pendergast of the First ward is not greatly excited over charges of alleged fraud in last Tuesday's primaries. He said last night that he does not seriously consider the charges made by John F. O'Donnell, evidently defeated candidate for county marshal, that there was fraud in the alderman's ward, the First.

"Are they crying about fraud in the Second and in the Third wards?" asked the alderman "Certainly they are not. Now, I know something 'bout things were run out in the Second ward. Why, they just voted men as they pleased, there.

"Here is something else for Mr. O'Donnell to consider. In the First precinct of the Third ward there were four good, prominent men working all day for our ticket. They brought in lots of votes and got them honestly, but not even their votes show up in the count. There wasn't a vote cast there for one of our candidates -- I mean not a vote counted."

Alderman Pendergast stated positively that he does not believe Joel Mayes, who defeated O'Donnell, wants the office if he did not win it fairly. He said May is perfectly willing for a count of the ballots and has suggested to O'Donnell that the latter contest.

"There is but one way to find out," said Alderman Pendergast. "Count the ballots. Open the ballot boxes. That is what O'Donnell should do or quit crying fraud. I don't think he will do either."

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August 10, 1908


Mrs. Alta Trueblood Woodward Died
Yesterday at Family Home.

Alta Trueblood Woodward died yeserday morning at her home, 3215 Vine street Burial will be in Mount Washington cemetery at 3 o'clock this afternoon.

Mrs. Woodward was a very attractive woman, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Walter Trueblood of Argentine, Kas., and married Robert Pritchard Woodward on July 17 last. The homeymoon was a trip to Europe. Yesterday, three weeks after the birth of their first child, the young wife died, leaving her soldier, author, journalist, globe-trotter and financier husband to face the world alone and broken hearted, without the prize which his impassioned verses, "A prayer to Alta," swore was the one object of his existence.

Mr. Woodward is a man with an adventurous career. The son of Judge B. W. Woodward of Brooklyn, N. Y., he was brought up in that city and went to West Point, being a member of the class of 1887. He did not enter the army, however, that prospect being too uninteresting in a time of peace. He was six years on the staff of the Brooklyn Eagle but abandoned newspaper work to become an author. To get material for a book he walked from New York to San Francisco, a burro for his only companion.

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August 9, 1908



Thousands of Pupils Must Pay 13
Cents Extra for the New Al-
gebra -- Other Books
Changed, Too.

Some objection has been raised concerning the change in textbooks which are to be used in the high schools of Kansas City this fall. The change was recommended by the principals of the different high schools, and Superintendent J. M. Greenwood, and then passed upon by the board of education. When asked why the changes were made, Greenwood explained that in every case the textbook dropped has been found unsatisfactory.

"The Milne algebra which has been in use in the high schools here for over ten years was found to be inadequate and not up to date. The change in that book will cost the pupil 13 cents each, and the benefit derived from the change ill be more than 13 cents' worth," said he.

"The physic which has been in use is too hard and complex for the high school student, and it has lately come out in more than one edition, which serves to cause confusion among the pupils who are studying that subject. With the exception of the change in the Latin book, physics and others except the algebra do not exceed the prices of the books which have been in use."

Superintendent Greenwood and Professor G. B. Longan denied emphatically that the book trust had anything to do with the change in textbooks. Superintendent Greenwood was asked if the high schools or ward schools did not change one or more of their textbooks each year. To that question he replied that such was not the case.

"No book of any importance has been changed in our ward schools for years and years," he said. "We consider the books in use in those schools to be adequate for their work. The books of the high schools have been changed oftener and more recently than any of those in the ward schools, but the subjects studied are more advanced and new phases of the subjects are being uncovered. New books must be had to keep pace with the times. At any rate, no pupil is disbarred from the schools because he cannot purchase books. The public schools of Kansas City furnish books free those who are unable to purchase them. Of course the board must know that the pupil cannot afford to buy his books and the matter is closely investigated to prevent graft.

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August 9, 1908


Ada Bentley, 9 Years Old, Was Ac-
cused of Warbling at Man.

"A whistling woman and a crowing hen
Will never come to a good end."

"A whistling girl and a bleating sheep
The very best property man can keep."

Take your choice. Both proverbs may occasionally come true.

Ada Bentley whistles. Neighbors who testified against her in the juvenile court yesterday said she whistled at men. But Ada, looking at Judge McCune with her clear eyes, said she was only whistling for practice, although, like every other feminine, she seemed pleased because others were jealous of he attractions.

Ada lives at 2216 Holmes street. With Albert, her brother, she was in court on complaints of neighbors. Her mother was a good lawyer, but she made a mistake when she told that her oldest daughter, 17, was a piano player in a mutoscope show. Judge McCune said he would look further into the case, especially as concerns the girl who plays. Ada, with the whistle, stands to get an early discharge. She is said to be 9 years of age, but looks older.

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August 8, 1908



Don't Carry Lights and Speed When
They Wish -- A Knock on
"Sparrow Cop" Speedo-

What about the "tuf-tuf," the latest name for the motorcycle. It has been written on the books that the motorist must not scorch on pain of being hauled before the stern judge ans soaked as many simoleons as the judicial fancy dictates.

But the humble motorcycle is not annoyed, in fact, it goes unharmed. Maybe it is because the sparrow cops themselves are mounted on the bicycles that go with gasoline.

Motorists all over Kansas City are uniting in a protest against speeding motorcycles. "Tuf-tufs" are racing about the boulevards night after night, without the sign of a lamp, a menace to pedestrians, but the "sparrow cops" do not seem to see them. Maye it is a fellow feeling after all.

It might be a good thing if some of these scorchers, the worst offenders against the city's speed laws, were pulled in and fined for the sake of example. At present they rove the streets unrestrained.

By the way, more than one driver says the speed indicators the "cops" carry are all to the bad. These busy little wheels are said to register about five miles an hour more than the actual speed. An agreement has been reached between a number of dealers to plead this as a defense in case of arrest and then proceed to prove it as fact.

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August 8, 1908


Apartment House at Thirty-First and
Tracy Has Been Landmark.

After having stood in its unfinished condition over two years, the five-story brick building at Thirty-first and Tracy avenue is to be completed. Finding that there were not the necessary fire walls in place, and that the interior iron was too light, the building inspectors refused to permit the finishing of the building.

Labor troubles were frequent, and to that is laid the fact that some of the exterior walls are not true. Plans have now been submitted and accepted for putting in reinforcing steel, and the building, which is to be an apartment house, is to be finished.

The unfinished building has been a blot on the pretty landscape, with its roofless walls and gaping windows and wilderness of debris strewn about. Thousands passing on the Thirty-first street cares have gazed on it and wondered. Property owners of the neighborhood have gazed on it and done something else. That it is to be finished at last will be bright news to many indirectly concerned.

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August 8, 1908


Kansas City Chauffeur Making
Good in Billings.

Ralph L. Baker, formerly chauffeur for Jere Lillis, and one of the best liked operators in Kansas City, is making good in Billings, Mont., where he now has a garage. Mr. Blair, a ranchman for whom he also dries a White steamer, has purchased the original "Whistling Billie," the famous racing car, and Ralph is putting it into shape for the fall campaign. He has written to H. E. Rooklidge of the Missouri Valley Automobile Company for the dates of the fall Elm Ridge meeting, and says he hopes to be here with the car.

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August 11, 1908


Young Women Who Have Left a
Trail of Money East and West
Are Guests of Kansas City.

You Will Know Her By This Costume.

The E-C Girl, spick and span in her pretty linen suit tastily designed in the national colors, is in Kansas City. There is really a big merry group of E-C Girls here, each of them young and pretty and full of bubbling enthusiasm over her most extraordinary mission -- actually giving away crisp new dollar bills, fresh from the government's presses, to homes where she finds E-C Corn Flakes.

The E-C Girls came in from St. Louis after a month of strenuous work in the Mound City, where they gave away thousands of dollars. It is stated authoritatively that they brought an exceptionally liberal supply of their "crisp new ones" for their work in Kansas City suburbs.

"Do we really give away real dollar bills? Well, just ask the people of St. Louis," said a happy, smiling E-C girl last night. "Ask them in Philadelphia. Ask them in Chicago. Ask them in any of a hundred cities. We have strewn the country with dollar bills all the way from New Haven to Omaha, at least in nearly every city of importance except Kansas City. And the people here will soon find out we are just as advertised. Big as Kansas City is, we will get into every neighborhood. there are a lot of us. We work fast and we will stay here till we are through. We will convince Kansas City that we are real American girls, really giving away dollar bills. Can you think of anything nicer?"

The E-C girls relate many interesting incidents of their work, East and West. Since the 1st of April they have been on the go, and their dollar bills piled up would endow a college or build a string of libraries.

"But it's a lot more fun to give it away this way," protested the E-C girl, when the suggestion was made. "We meet rich and poor, distinguished and unknown, and everybody likes us."

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August 8, 1908


Fell From Chute While Riding Bi-
cycle at Fairmount.

"Dare Devil" Billy Evans fell from his chute while riding a bicycle at Fairmount park last night and was severely injured. Evans does a leap-the gap act. The rain had soaked the pine board of which the elevation was built and his bicycle slid off the track fifteen feet above ground. Evans was taken to the hotel in the park, where a physician attended him. His injuries consisted almost entirely of bruises.

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August 8, 1908


There's No Money in Sight, So What's
the Use in Battering Reputa-
tions and Countenances?

One of the many lawyers in the alienation case of A. J. Richards against John Calvine Humes made the statement yesterday that there would be no more proceedings.

"There is no money in sight for most of us," the lawyer said. "The bankruptcy proceedings into which Humes was forced made the prospect of a judgment against him not worth getting. Even the stenographer has not been paid yet for the work he has done. In the face of such a plight as this there is not much incentive for a corps of lawyers to go battering each other up, not to mention wasting their valuable time chasing witnesses."

The allusion is to a personal encounter two of the lawyers had on the first day of taking depositions.

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August 7, 1908


Coat and Hat of Newspaper Solicitor
Found on Bank of Blue.

Harry Taylor, a newspaper solicitor of 1514 Washington street, is thought by the police to have lost his life in the Blue river, near the Kansas City Southern railroad bridge, some time yesterday. A coat and hat which afterwards were identified by Mrs. Taylor were found on the river bank by a policeman. A bottle of phenol was found in one of the pockets. An effort is being made to find the body.

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August 7, 1908


Dr. Mathias and Dr. McGurk Among
Indians at Indian Creek.

When Dr. E. L. Matthias, probation officer, and the Rev. Dan McGurk of the Grand Avenue M. E. church went out to the boys' camp on Indian creek Wednesday, they expected to have a pleasant time. They did until they went in swimming.

As soon as the two men had joined the fifty-five boys in the swimming pool there was a concerted rush and both Dr. Mathias and Dr. McGurk reeived the ducking of their lives. Both fought, but the odds were too great. Yesterday Dr. Mathias was exhibiting a few scars of the battle.

Judge H. L. McCune of the juvenile court also went to the camp. He had an intimation of what was coming and refused to don a bathing suit, to the great disappointment of the boys.

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August 7, 1908


Will Attend Encampment With
St. Joe Veterans.

A delegation of United Spanish War Veterans will leave for St. Louis tonight to attend the meeting of the department encampment which will be held Friday and Saturday.

The Kansas City delegation is composed of Department Commander S. F. Scott, Department Adjutant Canby Hewitt, Department Quartermaster Walter W. Gaugh, Past Commander George P. Gross, Dr. Carl A. Jackson, George P. Gross, Dr. Carl A. Jackson, George H. Vining, Dr. W. L. Gist, Chaplain Rev. J. C. Schindel, Commander Frank G. Ward, Jacob Schmidt, Harry Carswell, Jacob Winkler, Ross Bruton, Samuel Martin and William Toohey. A delegation from St. Joseph will join them here and accompany them to St. Louis.

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August 7, 1908


Neighbors Were Threatening a Man
Whose Wife Had Beaten Him.

Surrounded in the street by about fifty angry neighbors on Morrell avenue, near Independence avenue, things might have gone hard with William Burgess last night had it not been for the timely arrival of Patrolman Patrick O'Connor. The crowd, some of which alleged that Burgess had been mistreating his wife on the street, surged about the officer and his prisoner even after the arrival of the patrol wagon. Burgess, who says he is a carpenter and teamster, lives at 3236 Anderson avenue. The trouble occurred at 9:30 p. m.

"My wife was just trying to take me home," Burgess said. "I was drinking a little and, of course, pulled back some. Then she walloped me in the face two or three hard swipes. Thinking that I was slugging her several guys, fresh ones, too, butted in. I never hit her in my life."

Burgess was booked for disturbing the peace and Mrs. Maud Burgess was named as the complaining witness. The case is set for this morning in police court.

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August 6, 1908


Miss Beers Was in an Auto Which
Mr. Harrington Drenched With
His Garden Hose as It
Scorched Past.

A state warrant was issued out of the North division of the city court, Kansas City, Kas., yesterday for the arrest of C. D. Harrington, a prominent contractor who lives at 2033 West Thirty-ninth street, which is just across the Kansas state line from Westport. He is charged with assault, the complaint being signed by H. M. Beers, a well known horse and mule dealer of Kansas City, Mo. When Squire Lee, the negro constable of the court, visited Mr. Harrington's home last night for the purpose of serving the warrant, he was told that Mr. Harrington was with friends in Kansas City, Mo.

The warrant for Mr. Harrington's arrest is the outcome of a little stunt pulled off by him last Saturday evening in front of his home. It seems from the statement made to County Attorney Joseph Taggart by Mr. Beers and his attorney, J. K. Cubbison: Harrington had objected to the speed at which some automobiles were driven through the street in front of his home. In fact Mr. Beer's machine was one of those complained of. Beers told Mr. Taggart that he had told Harrington if his driver exceeded the speed limit to have him arrested.

Mr. Harrington evidently did not wish to take the trouble of causing a warrant to be issued for Mr. Beers's chauffeur, but instead, when he drove the machine in front of his home last Saturday evening he turned the garden hose loose on the auto and its occupants. It happened that Mr. Beers's daughter, Miss Frances, was the only passenger and she received a real ducking.

Mr. Beers in his complaint alleges that his daughter suffered a severe nervous shock, and he declares he will prosecute the case against Harrington, regardless of the cost.

Constable Leo will make another effort to secure service on Mr. Harrington today.

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August 6, 1908


Fred Guy Died in Front of
"Saffire" Restaurant.

Frequenting regularly the "Saffire" restaurant, 908 Walnut street, where his divorced wife, Frances, was employed as a waitress, Fred Guy, 31 years old, about 9 o'clock last night ended his troubles by drinking nearly two ounces of carbolic acid and dying a few moments later on the sidewalk just outside of the restaurant door, where he had been removed by the proprietor, J. W. McCracken.

Guy entered the restaurant about 8 o'clock last night and was given a seat near the center of the room. He ordered a light meal from Mrs. Belle Smith, a waitress, and then motioned to his wife to come to his table.

When she reached his side she smelled the carbolic acid, which he had evidently drunk before entering the restaurant. She asked him what he had done and he replied by shaking his head, but did not speak. She ran to the front of the restaurant and informed Mr. McCracken that the man had taken poison. The manager said he believed the man was drunk and led him out of the restaurant. On reaching the street Guy dropped a bottle which had contained the acid, and then McCracken summoned the ambulance.

Dr. George H. Pipken of the emergency hospital gave emergency treatment to Guy on the street where he had fallen, but he was beyond relief when the doctor arrived. Mrs. Guy said last night that she had married Fred Guy in Leavenworth, Kas., nearly three years ago, but had obtained a divorce from him about four months ago.

She said that he daily importuned her to return, but that she had refused to listen to his peleading.

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August 6, 1908


Mrs. Agnes Odell Says It's Conducted
Devoid of Sympathy.

Just returned from a visit to New York, where she took a ward of the juvenile court for adoption, Mrs. Agnes Odell of the Detention home registers a knock on court methods in the Biggest Town.

"Juvenile court in New York is not really juvenile court at all, as we understand it," said Mrs. Odell yesterday. "The judge sits high up on his bench, the little ones are brought in much in the fashion of criminals, and the whole atmosphere is devoid of sympathy for the child that might be made a useful member of society.

"I found the personal element, upon which we lay so much stress here, almost entirely neglected. The children are not treated with the consideration that would bring out the best that is in them.

"Another thing I noticed was the low average of intelligence among the probation officers and other officials entrusted with the care of the children. I am frank to say that I saw nothing to compare with Kansas City methods in the methods of handling children, nor in the results achieved."

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August 6, 1908


Both Victims Were Men and Both
Were Found Dead in Bed.

Two men died in Kansas City yesterday as the result of excessive heat. Both were found dead in bed, and autopsies held by the coroner developed the fact that they died of heart failure, but heat prostration is given as the contributory cause.

One of the men was Arthur J. Shera, 37 years of age, a carpenter from San Diego, Cal. He was found in his room at the Hotel Convention, Twelfth street and Broadway, at 6:30 o'clock. The second man was Patrick Kearny, 45 years of age, a laborer, found in his room at 24 East Third street, at 7 o'clock.

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August 5, 1908


Leo Milgrim Will Receive an Educa-
tion in a Kentucky School.

Here's where the good boy in real life gets his reward. The boy is Leo Milgrim, who has been a boarder at the Boys' hotel since the day it opened. He is 15 years old, one of a family of six children, whose parents were unable to care for him properly. He has been working every day since he became a boarder at the hotel, and is self-supporting. His conduct has been above reproach. Here's where he "gets his'n' ":

"My Dear Leo,

"Miss Allen has written me that you are looking forward to going to the school of which we spoke, when I talked with you, and so I write to tell you that it will be open September 1. I will send you a catalogue and will write to Professor Lewis, the principal of the school, to expect you.

"You can take the train from Kansas City to Cincinnati, via St. Louis, and at Cincinnati you can take the Louisville & Nashville train to London, Ky., the town wherein the school is located. I shall hope and expect you to make the very best of your opportunity as I myself will pay your scholarship, and will ask God to make of you a strong, true man, who will be a help to other boys after you have left school.

"Hoping to see you soon after your coming to London, and to find you a happy, busy student. I am sincerely your friend, MISS BELLE H. BENNETT."

Miss Bennett is president of the Woman's Home Missionary Society, Richmond, Ky. The letter was addressed to Leo and received by him yesterday. He will leave in time to reach London, Ky., before school opens.

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August 5, 1908





Much Dissatisfaction Is Expressed by
Candidates and Others Over the
New Primary Law.
Returns Slow.

At 3:30 o'clock this morning only thirty six precincts out of the 164 in Kansas City had been canvassed by the election commissioners, and in the county outside the city but four of the forty precincts had been heard from. In the city there were thirty precincts that had not reported to the election commissioners at the hour indicated, and the outlook was that the counting would not be finished much before noon today.
Shortly after midnight the three commisssioners saw the hopelessness of the task before them, and gave up counting the returns and turned the work over to deputies. Under the law the commissioners were not reuired to canvass the vote before Friday, but as an accommodation to the public and candidates informally called out the returns as they came in. It was slow work.
The returns were slow in coming in, and it was 9 o'clock before the first box was received at the commissioners' offices. This was from the First precinct of the First ward, and after that the returns came in spasmodically and it was 10:20 o'clock before enough precincts were heard from to encourage the commissioners in beginning the canvass.


Framed to eliminate bosses and leaders, and to install in their places in politics the people, the experience of the new primary law in Missouri, tried for the first time yesterday, showed how completely the bosses can manipulate affairs to suit their own ends. There being no important contests within the Republican ranks, and few of any sort whatever, the new law was not tried out by that party. In the Democratic ranks, however, there was fighting all down the line, and the partial and unofficial results which had arrived up to 1 o'clock this morning fail to show an instance where a free lance made even a respectable showing.
In Kansas City and in St. Louis the rival bosses worked in close order and carried everything before them. Here Reed and Shannon, hereditary enemies, were hand in glove, and in St. Louis Jim Butler and Harry Hawes, for years at each other's throats, had identical interests.
The count last night in this city was charged by the friends of Judge William H. Wallace as outrageous. Some of the old hands in the booths, instead of undertaking to deny this, were rather proud of the returns they took with the to the election commissioners' office, all of them showing Judge Wallace heartlessly snowed under.
The Ninth ward, "Shannonville," for fifteen years opposed to Cowherd, went overwhelmingly for him yesterday. Starting with the First precinct of the First ward, Cowherd got every vote there but one, and that one went to Stapel. Wallace was not mentioned. The same condition of affairs seemed to prevail generally throughout the city, so that it is expected the final count will show Cowherd to have swept Jackson county to the tune of 12,000 to 15,000.


As late as Monday night Judge Wallace told his court stenographer, Clarence Wofford, that he would beat Cowherd here and added that he undoubtedly would carry St Louis city. By 9 o'clock it was known in Kansas city that twenty out of 435 precincts in St. Louis had given Cowherd 1,835, Wallace 12, which report sent Judge Wallace back to his residence on Scarritt's point, for he had gone down town to receive the returns at the commissioners office.


While many candidates have declined to go on record with their personal sentiments regarding the direct primaries, most of them are frankly saying they have heard many complaints from other candidates. Thomas R. Marks, chairman of he Republican county central committee, is satisfied the law isn't going to be accepted as successful. He admits that in its first test it hasn't been given a representative vote in Kansas City and Jackson county.
"It isn't fair," said Mr. Marks at Republican headquarters last night, "for a Republican to step into a polling place and openly call for a Democratic ballot. This was done to an extent astonishing today. It isn't fair, in this instance, to the Democrats that the Republican organization of a precinct be allowed to defeat a Democratic candidate and have the returns go in to the election commissioners as a vote representing the precinct."
Mr. Marks is of the opinion that no amendment to the law can eliminate the rough places, and suggests only the repeal of the law as the one remedy.

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August 5, 1908


Parents of Girls Arrested by Him
Will Make Complaint.

That Wanda McComb, aged 14 years, and Freda Westerman, aged 15 years, the two girls who were taken in charge by a man representing himself to be a park policeman while they were listening to a band concert at Thirteenth and Summit streets Monday night, were roughly handled and subjected to abusive treatment by their captor, was made evident from several ugly wounds on little Miss McComb's hands and a statement by her yesterday. The girl's father will prefer information against the accused man.

"We were doing nothing when the man came up and caught hold of us," said Wanda. "He told us that he was an officer and that we were under arrest. When we endeavored to learn the reason for our arrest the man swore at us and dug his fingernails into our arms and hands as he dragged us along,"

The girl said that the man told them that they were to go to the Detention home, but instead of taking them directly there compelled them to ride about on a car and finally walked them a considerable distance to the home, where he was censured by officials and sent away. The girls finally were found at the Detention home by the parents of Wanda who, becoming worried because of her absence, were looking for her.

Both girls, although neither knows his name, declare that they will be able to identify the policeman who caused them so much trouble, and when this is done complaints will be lodged against him with the police and park boards.

The girls have been requested to appear at the Detention home today and relate their experiences to F. E. McCreary, deputy probation officer.

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August 4, 1908


Returns From Election Will Be Slow,
Owing to Number of Candidates on
the Two Principal Tickets.

The people will today for the first time in Kansas City and throughout Missouri nominate an entire ticket by direct vote at primaries. Polls will be open from 6 o'clock this morning until 7 o'clock this evening, and the balloting will be conducted in accordance with the rules of a regular election. Saloons are to be closed throughout the entire day and until midnight, and there will be no business transacted in the county court house or city hall.

There are so many candidates for the different offices on the Republican and Democratic tickets that the counting of ballots is going to be a slow and laborious undertaking, and it is conceded that the hour will be late before even a speculative conclusion can be reached as to the successful candidates. The election commissioners will not chance a definite hour or date when all the returns from the 168 voting precincts in the city will be in, and the most sanguine of political prophets defer it to as late as Wednesday noon when the last return will be made.


August 4, 1908


Brother-in-Law of Frank James Says
His Wife Has a Temper.

Harry M. Ralston brought suit for divorce in the circuit court at Independence yesterday against his wife, Alice E. Ralston. Harry Ralston is a brother-in-law of Frank James. He was married to his present wife in 1892. A divorce followed in August, 1907. Mrs. Ralston went to California and there married a man by the name of Kenney. Soon after this marriage she was divorced from her California husband and she again met Ralston.

About two years ago they were remarried and seemed to live happily. June 14, 1908, they separated again. They have two children. The husband claims abusive conduct upon the part of his wife.

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August 4, 1908


One-Legged Man Amuses Himself by
Shooting Into a Crowd.

A one-legged man called Toby, got into a fracas in the saloon of Edward Powers at Southwest boulevard and State Line last night, and shot into the crowd with a revolver evidently loaded with blanks, for he did not damage. Then he hobbled over the state line and was safe from the Missouri police. A two-legged man, Wade Smith, was not so fortunate. Someone in the crowd hit Smith as he was trying to make his getaway with the crowd and he started in to lick the bunch. He got the worst of it, and in addition was arrested and taken to the Southwest boulevard police station and locked up. A charge of disturbing the peace will be put against him in police court this morning.

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August 4, 1908


Park Board May Forbid Roller Pas-
time If Children Don't Behave.

There is an ordinance against roller skating on sidewalks and boulevards, and the park board is going to enforce it strictly wherein it relates to boulevards unless roller skaters demean themselves in a more orderly manner. Complaints are daily reaching the board of the disorderly habits of some roller skaters, and at yesterday's meeting the board was on the point of forbidding roller skating when a member made an appeal to give them one more chance.

"Notify the police," he pleaded, "to insist on decorum among roller skates and if they persist in their mischief and misconduct, I'll vote to forbid the pastime at the next meeting.

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August 3, 1908



Pain's Wonderful Al Fresco Exhibi-
tion to Be Seen at Fifteenth
Street and Kasnas Avenue
for Two Weeks.

Mayor Crittenden will fire the first bomb at 8:15 tomorrow night, inaugurating Kansas City's fire festival at the circus grounds, Fifteenth and Kansas avenue, starting Pain's wonderful al fresco production of "The Carnival of Naples."

For days the workmen have been fitting the grounds for the spectacle, and laborers have been toiling with the scrapers and shovels, with scythes and mowers, with pickax and post driller, getting ready for the fairlyland transformation.

The special train of twenty cars arrived yesterday, containing the equipment and company with which the production will be interpreted tomorrow night. In less time than it takes to tell, the sections were being hauled to the circus grounds, where teams and many men were ready to begin the herculean task of unloading the enormous stage settings, paraphernalia and amphitheater.

The scene last night was wild and weirdly picturesque. Amid the arc-lights, which presented the picture of a brilliant cluster, there shone what seemed to be a constellation under a tropical sky.

All night long the workmen labored under the skilled direction of Chief Pyrotechnist James Cunliffe, to erect the enormous scenery settings. Wagons were loaded to the guards with enormous bulky packages of canvas, poles, frames, stacks of seats, dozens and dozens of cases of every imaginable size and description, and six-horse teams whisked them all around and about the grounds.

Monday night will be Kansas City night. Mayor Crittenden will be there, occupying a box and at a signal, he will press a small button and lo, Pain's magnificent spectacle of "The Carnival of Naples and Eruption of Vesuvius" will have commenced. Mayor Crittenden's photograph will be shown in fireworks, which will be appreciated by all true Kansas Cityans.

Reserved seats for all performance on sale at the Owl Drug Company, 920 Main street.

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August 3, 1908


Lack of Public Interest Prevents
Convention Hall Display.

There will be no horse show in Convention hall this fall. W. A. Rule, president of the Horse Show Association, explained yesterday that "a lack of public interest is responsible for this. There is not time now to get up such a show as we would want to give, and when there was time in which to make such arrangements there was not sufficient interest."

It had been announced two months ago that there would be a horse show. Cities east of here, notable St. Louis, have foregone their annual horse shows this year, which would make it doubly hard for Kansas City, remote as it is, to get a string of exhibitors to come here for the show.

There are prospects that the horse show attachment to the America Royal Live Stock show will be enlarged and taken somewhere up to the height of perfection of a Convention hall horse show. Younger Denny, who managed the horse show at the yards last year, said yesterday, however, that he had received no instructions this year, and he id not know what would be done.

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August 3, 1908


Police Headquarters Desk Sergeant
Did It by Imagination.

Desk Sergeant Holly Jarboe, at police headquarters, has always been a man of an inventive mind. Yesterday, when the heat was most suffocating, he hit upon a plan to keep cool. Back of the booking desk at the Central station is, or was, a picture of an ice-bound boat with the North pole off in the distance. Jarboe sat for some time gazing at the picture and wiping perspiration from his brow and face. Suddenly seizing a pair of scissors from his desk, he took the picture from its place on the wall.

Deftly he cut out four large chunks of ice and the North pole. These he placed in his pocket, to the amazement of his brother officers.

"What's that for, Holly?" questioned Sergeant Patrick Clark.

"I just put a few hunks of ice and the North pole in my pocket to keep me cool," he replied as he place his handkerchief back in his coat pocket.

"Well, you certainly are that imaginative kid," said the sergeant, who later was caught in the act of pilfering the remaining pieces of ice from the picture.

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August 2, 1908


Although G. G. Gaines Said He Was
the D. D. Dillon of Oklahoma.

S. A. Elrod, under sheriff of Lawton, Ok., arrived in Kansas City last night from Jefferson City with requisition papers for G. G. Gaines, who was believed to be D. D. Dillon, wanted by the Oklahoma authorities on a charge of illegally selling whisky. Gaines was arrested on July 27 by Detectives J. J. McGraw and J. B. Keshlear. It was said that he had attempted to obtain money on a raised postoffice money order.

A circular received by the detective department contained a picture of a young man named D. D. Dillon and offered a reward of $100 for his capture. Gaines was accused by the detectives of being Dillon and admitted that he was. The Oklahoma authorities were notified and Sheriff Elrod came to Missouri for the prisoner. When Gaines was taken before the sheriff the inspector of detectives was surprised to hear the sheriff say that he was not the man wanted. Gaines still claims that he went by the names of Dillon in Oklahoma as well as by Gaines. He has letters addressed to D. D. Dillon. Sheriff Elrod departed for Lawton last night without the man.

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August 2, 1908


Hugo V. Watterich, Who Died on the
Street Friday.

There is a mystery in the life of Hugo V. Watterich 41 years old, who dropped dead at Twenty-sixth and Pennsylvania avenue Friday evening. About thirteen years ago Watterich came to Kansas City and became an artist, doing etching and pencil drawings. He was an Austrian of pleasant manners but of imperfect English, and he was very reticent about his past life. No one, except his wife, whom he married soon after coming to Kansas City, could extract from him any reference to his life before coming to this country.

And yet Watterich was a man of apparently excellent education. When the children in the neighborhood where he lived caught any strange insect or animal they would take it at once to the artist who immediately classified it. His manners, also, betokened that he had moved in society better than that in which he was thrown daily.

About four years ago he was employed by the management of Fairmount park to be swimming instructor there, a position for which his athletic prowess made him competent. He made a capable instructor and seemed to be on the road to prosperity when an accident happened which resulted in the sickness that brought on his death. A man was drowned at the bathing beach one night. As soon as Watterich heard of the accident he set about to find the body. He plunged into the water in his swimming suit and searched for the corpse. Time after time he dived, searching every part of the bottom of the lake where it was likely to be found, but without success. Cold and exhausted, he gave up search at 1 o'clock the next morning. Then he went home in a state of collapse.

From that day he never regained his health. Heart trouble, resulting from overstrain, set in, and he was soon compelled to give up his position at the park. He then became unable to work and his young wife began taking in dressmaking to support them and their small son. In periods, when he felt stronger, Watterich did a little drawing and lettering at his home, 3425 Garfield avenue. Friday night he was walking at Twenty-sixth street and Pennsylvania avenue, when he suffered a hemorrhage and dropped dead. Dr. E. A. Burkhardt was called, and sent the body home in an ambulance.

"Before he died my husband told me many things about his life," said Mrs. Watterich, "but he charged me to keep them a secret. All that I am permitted to tell is that he came of a noble family in Austria and was educated in one of the best universities in Europe. He left his fatherland while he was yet a young man for reasons which he charged me not to reveal. He then spent several years roving over every part of the world, but finally settled in this country. He never told anyone of his past life except me."

Besides the widow a 12-year-old son, Vincent, survives. Funeral services will be held at the residence Thursday morning at 9 o'clock. Burial will be in Union cemetery.

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August 2, 1908


George Lemon, Subject to Fits, Per-
ishes Before Help Arrives.

George Lemon, 17 years old, entered the barber shop of Joseph Sarp and James S. Caldwell, 2605 East Eighteenth street, last night about 9 o'clock and said he wanted to take a bath. R. M. Dodson, the negro porter, prepared the bath for him, filling the tub half full of lukewarm water. Lemon entered and was heard splashing around. Fifteen minutes later his body was heard to fall in the tub and those who rushed into the room found him lying in the water, dead.

Dr. N. McVey was called and he tried to resuscitate him, but without avail. The body was taken to Eylar Bros., undertakers, where Coroner George B. Thompson examined it and found the death was due to drowning. Lemon was subject to epileptic attacks, one of which probably caused him to fall in the tub. No inquest will be held.

The boy was a teamster and lived at 1704 Agnes avenue with his parents and brother.

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August 1, 1908


Council Refuses to Put a Damper on
the "Seeing" Business.

An ordinance said to regulate the megaphone calls o agents of Seeing Kansas City cars was killed in the lower house of the council last night. Some members of the house said they saw in the ordinance a veiled attempt to put the scenic route cars out of business entirely. The ordinance was originally drawn to prevent the car agents from soliciting passengers in the hotels, the Union depot, and upon the streets by use of megaphones, any loud noise or undue display. This, the house considered, would force a hardship on the Seeing Kansas City people and adopted a committee report to kill the ordinance.

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August 1, 1908


One of the Pleasures Reserved for
Visiting Cemetery Superintendents.

The twenty-second annual convention of the Association of American Cemetery Superintendents will be held in Kansas City August 11, 12 and 13. Members of this association from every state in the Union will be present. Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr. will deliver the address of welcome and other city officials will contribute to the programme. William H. Dunn, superintendent of parks will deliver an address on "Oiled Roads," and George E. Kessler, landscape architect, will talk on "The Cemetery." Among other things scheduled on the program is a luncheon at Mount Washington cemetery at 1 o'clock, August 12.

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August 1, 1908


Steamship Company Is Going to Ad-
vertise Delights of Water Travel.

An excursion to St. Louis on the steamer Chester will be run, starting tomorrow at noon. The chester has been at the Kansas City wharf all week, undergoing repairs and a general overhauling, in preparation for the excursion.

The boat line company is going after passenger business strongly, having reduced its rates to $15 for the round trip, or $8 for one way, including meals, stateroom and all first class accommodations.

H. G. Wilson, manager of the boat line company, has arranged for 104 passengers on Sunday's excursion.

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August 1, 1908


Upper House Passes Ordinance Regu-
lating Reports of Births.

Hereafter, babies born in Kansas City will have to be named on time. Thirty days' grace will be given parents in which to find names for their offspring, and report the result of the caucus to the board of health. This provision is contained in an ordinance passed by the upper house last night, for the purpose of perfecting the records of the city. Up to now it has been necessary to record only the names of the parents of the children born here, with other data not containing the names of the new citizens. The consequence of this inadequate record has been that in after years, when it has been necessary for persons to obtain birth certificates to prove their citizenship, property rights or other facts, such proof has not been obtainable.

"The new ordinance," Alderman Isaac Taylor explained, "requires attending physicians to make out thier reports as of old, but also adds the requirement of parents giving him a name for the baby. If the name is not on the handle of the basket in which the stork carries the baby, then the father and mother have a month in which to get one. After that, if they do not report it, they will be fined."

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August 1, 1908


And Five Small Children Followed
Him Into Court.

"Where do you work?" asked Judge H. L. McCune in the juvenile court when Ed Hermann of 2122 Madison avenue, followed by his wife and five small children, appeared yesterday to answer to a complaint made by his wife.

"At the Cyphers incubator factory," responded Hermann, at which everybody, even the defendant, laughed.

The case was not tried, but was sent to police court.

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August 1, 1908


Robert Parker, Suing for Divorce,
Often "Sat Alone at Y. M. C. A."

In the divorce suit against his wife, Sidney, filed by Robert Parker in the circuit court at Independence yesterday, Mr. Parker states that when he returned home late at night, after attending to business affairs, his wife was always waiting for him, but not with love and kisses. He avers that the bric-a-brac and small articles of furniture often greeted him.

The evening volley from the front door got to be such a regular thing that Mr. Parker says he was really afraid to go home in the dark. Like the man in the song, his only refuge was the Y. M. C. A., and he often stayed there all night, he says, instead of risking his head by going home.

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July 31, 1908


Mayor Writes to Learn How Kansas
City Raised the Money.

San Francisco wants to build a Convention hall similar to the one some of her traveling citizens have seen in Kansas City. Edward R. Taylor, the mayor of the coast town, has written to Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., asking for information.

What the mayor of San Francisco wants to know is who furnished the funds to build Convention hall. He wants to know why they furnised the money and under what circumstances. He said in his letter, received by Mayor Crittenden yesterday, that San Francisco may start at once to build a hall after the Kansas City plan. Mayor Crittenden referred Mayor Taylor's letter to Louis W. Shouse, manager of Convention hall.

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July 31, 1908


Gibbons Brothers, Now in Work-
house, Alleged Safeblowers.

After hearing the evidence against Albert Gibbons, alias King, and Thomas Gibbons, alias Wilson, in police court Monday, Judge Harry G. Kyle fined the two men $500 on a charge of vagrancy. The fine was made heavy in order to hold the men until Detectives James Raftery and M. J. Halvey could trace them in other cities. Yesterday a letter was received from the chief of police at Birmingham, Ala., saying the men had "cracked a safe" in that city two years ago, but that they were not now wanted.

The men are brothers and were born in Louisville, Ky. They have two brothers who are said to be safeblowers. The men arrested here and sent to the workhouse early in the week are said to be gay cats. Gay cats locate the safes and give their pals a description of its location. They will go into a town and beg from store to store in order to pick out a safe which is to be cracked by their partners. When the safe is blown the gay cats are usually in another city.

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July 31, 1908


Dr. M. J. Exner Is Going to Asia to
Teach Athletics.

Dr. M. J. Exner, for the last eight years physical director of the Kansas City Y. M. C. A., has announced that he will resign his position here to go to China.

Dr. Exner is a graduate of the Kansas City Medical college and the Springfield Training schook, where he made a reputation in athletics, playing on the famous football team of 1896, which was the only team to score on Yale that year. Dr. Exner played end on the football team and also distinguished himself in other lines of athletics. His work in Kansas City has been uniformly successful and he has gained the friendship of a great number of young men here.

In his new position Dr. Exner will make his headquarters in Shanghai, where the Y. M. C. A. is very strong and has a large number of native members. Dr. Exner has been making a study of the conditions among the Chinese in regard to physical education and exercise and he finds them deplorable.

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July 30, 1908


Animal Is the Constant Companion
of "Doc" Waddell.

"Is it? It is. It's Doc Waddell and his pet elephant." All of this took place at one of the hotels in Kansas City yesterday when Doc Waddell, ahead of the Sells-Floto circus, came to the city accompanied by an elephant. The circus proper will not be in the city until Monday, August 10, but Doc is a part of it and he entertained the guests at the hotel for a considerable time.

"I'm sorry, Mr. Waddell, but you'll have to leave that animal in the basement," said the clerk; "we cannot allow animals of any sort in our hotel."

Mr. Waddell turned to his elephant, which is spoken of as "Waddy," and held a few brief words with him. "Oh, very well," he replied, "Waddy's used to livery stables and he considers hotel basements as tramps would consider palaces. Come along, Waddy -- and the clerk."

With that the trio went to the basement and a stall was fixed for the elephant. Mr. Waddell is the brother of Rube Waddell, a famous baseball pitcher.

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