Find Rare Kansas City Antiques and Collectibles at the Vintage Kansas City Marketplace ~ Own a Piece of Old KC

Vintage Kansas - A Celebration of Kansas City Past!


Old News from Kansas City - Vintage New Items
Headlines and Articles from The Kansas City Journal

Business Office...4000 Main
City Editor.....4001 Main
Society Editor....4002 Main

Twocents. SubscriptionRates:  By carrier, per week, 10 cents; per month, 45cents.  By mail, daily and Sunday, one month, 40 cents;three months, $1.00; six months, $2.00; one year, $4.00. Sunday only, six months, 75 cents; one year, $1.50. Weekly Journal, 25 cents one year.

Like Vintage Kansas City on Facebook

As We See 'Em ~ Caricatures of Prominent Kansas Cityans

The Isis Theatre ~ Kansas City, Missouri

The History of Fairmount Park

Claims of Cancer Cured by Dr. Bye in Vintage KC Missouri

Special Cut Prices ~ Always the Same

Blogging Fusion Blog Directory

January 30, 1909





Trains on All Roads From Thirty
Minutes to Eight Hours Late.
Wire Communication Is
Also Hampered.

With seventy-five mile velocity registered at intervals and a sixty-mile average for the six hours from 6 o'clock a. m. until noon, the gale that swept Kansas city yesterday broke all local big wind records for the last twenty years.

According to Weather Observer P. Connor today will be as cold, possibly colder, than yesterday, although the wind will have fallen. There was further development of a low barometer last night between Davenport, Ia., and Chicago, Ill., which indicates that the wind may continue hurtling over the northern prairies to fill the vacuum left in the atmosphere in the Southeastern states. This will not so much affect Kansas and Missouri as the Atlantic seaboard, however, for the barometer is nearer normal here.

"We got our first hint of the coming high wind when the wire told us that the atmospheric pressure in Montana supported a column of mercury 30.68 inches high, while in Western Kansas it held up only 29.10 inches. The normal pressure is thirty inches, so there was a decided lack of an equilibrium, the heavy air of Montana and Canada rushing down here to fill the space left by the expansion of the air from the past three or four days of warm weather.


At times yesterday morning and forenoon the wind attained a velocity which was almost cyclonic. Signs, which had seemed securely fastened, were whirled from store fronts, small buildings in the suburbs were overturned, and glass fronts smashed in, the whole aggregating a loss which probably will reach several thousand dollars.

People passing along the principal streets of the two Kansas Citys were subjected to multiple dangers, in which falling billboards, slippery streets and dangling live wires figured. Consequently the shopping was light, as the women stayed indoors.

When the gale reached its highest speed, near 10 o'clock, it became dangerous for a woman to step outside her door. Skirts and overcoats acted like sails, and many people of both sexes were bruised by being dashed against obstacles.


Trains on all the railroads entering Kansas City were from thirty minutes to eight hours late yesterday. The engineer who brought his train in only thirty minutes or an hour late was complimented on his god work. The storm played havoc with the telegraph poles and lines, and the snow was banked over the tracks in places. Trains were tied up for hours in places waiting for orders.

Telegraph lines were down in all directions. Of the twenty-seven wires running out from the Union depot office of the Western Union, only three were in working order yesterday. These three wires were to Fort Scott, Atchison and St. Joseph.

Trainmen long in the service said yesterday that it was the rawest storm experience they had ever encountered. Progress was slow and there was so much switching to be done because of the care necessary to exercise when running practically without orders.

At Birmingham, Mo., a few miles out of Kansas City, Burlington trains were tied up for some time because the telephone poles were down and across the track. That wasn't the worst part of it. A car of telephone poles was piled near the track at Birmingham. The wind picked these poles up and piled them on the track. It gave the trainmen plenty to do to clear away the debris.

Labels: , , ,

January 30, 1909


Traveling Man Is Convinced That
Wind Was Strong.

August Meyer, a traveling salesman, placed his arms around one of the large columns in the Hotel Baltimore yesterday afternoon and acted as though he was trying to lift the center of the ten-story building from its foundation. He didn't succeed in doing that, so he placed his shoulder against the column and attempted to shove it over.

"What the deuce are you doing, Gus?" one of his friends asked.

"Well, I want to go to Ninth and Main, and I don't want to walk," Mr. Meyer explained. "So I just figured if a fellow couldn't lift the Hotel Baltimore from its foundation or shove over one corner of it, he couldn't buck that wind. I'm going to stay in."

Labels: , , , ,

January 30, 1909


But She Can't Have Him While
Living In Missouri.

Color lines were drawn sharply in the juvenile court yesterday. Mrs. John May, a negro woman, adopted Guy Colby, a white boy, 8 years ago in Lynn, Mass. He is now 11. The adoption was legal in every way, according to the Massachusetts statutes, but Missouri laws do not recognize such a relationship.

Probation officers discovered that Guy, a white boy, was attending the Attucks school for negroes. Judge E. E. Porterfield sent the lad, who looks well cared for, to the McCune farm. He promised Mrs. May that she could have him again if she returned to Massachusetts, which it is her intention to do. She took the lad from a foundling home.

Labels: , , , ,

January 30, 1909


They Infest Certain Streets and Con-
tinually Annoy People.

Beggars infest certain streets in Kansas City near the business districts and annoy people passing along those thoroughfares, especially at night. Along the streets where they ply their trade a policeman is rarely ever seen. Along Central avenue, between Ninth and Tenth street, and along Eleventh street from Broadway to Wyandotte, there are from six to eight beggars stationed every night.

They are a prosperous looking set of hoboes, too. Some of them are able-bodied, healthy, well-dressed young men, who evidently seek the cover of night to beg for dimes.

"Just a dime, please, to get a cheap bed," is their plea. One fellow has a story to tell about being on the way to his home in Iowa and was robbed of all his money. Now he is forced to ask assistance. He has been working the same street for three weeks. He dresses well, too, so he must be prospering.

Labels: , , , ,

January 30, 1909


Clothes No Index to the Room Guests
Will Take.

"You can't always tell the kind of a room a man wants by the number of diamonds that he wears or by his dress," George North, chief clerk at the Kupper hotel, said yesterday. "The fellows who wear the biggest diamonds and wear the swellest clothes often are the ones who ask for the $1 rooms. They spend all their money for diamonds and clothes, eat at a 15 cent restaurant and want the cheapest rooms.

"It is often the man who wears the plain, simple business clothes who want the best rooms. They usually want the best there is going and are able to pay for it."

Labels: , ,

January 29, 1909



Pitiful Tale of Lost Illusions Told in
Sequence -- Nord Says He Can't
Keep Women From
Loving Him.

He just can't help it if women will fall in love with him and propose matrimony. That is the way in which Charles E. Nord explains his personal charm, which has been the cause of letters from women in many cities.

Nord is now in the county jail. He was committed some weeks ago on the charge of passing a check when there were no funds in the bank to make it good. This he explains by saying that he deposited another man's check to cover the paper he gave, but that the other person's check was thrown out by the bank, and hence not placed to his credit.

Of all the letters found in Nord's room, four from a young woman in Nikkala, Sweden, are the most pitiful after learning of his career. The letters, written in the Swedish language, begin with dreams of a hopeful life in the future, and then tell of the sad heart of the young mother when her loved one fails to write in answer to her pitiful appeals.


The first letter, evidently written immediately after her return from the United States, is full of love messages. She deplores the fact that she ever left America and her dear Charles, and asks that he send for her soon.

A short time later she writes another letter telling of her happiness, and of the expected heir to the Nord estates in America. She begs her "husband" to let her acknowledge her marriage to her mother and father, and if he refuses her that, for him to send her enough money to go to Stockholm to live.

Acting under the impulses that govern a young mother the girl, who still has faith in Nord, writes him a long epistle breathing undying faith and love for him. She goes into raptures over their little girl and says that her hair is just like her father's. Three pages are devoted to the little one's intelligence and sweetness.


Then as it dawns upon the foreign girl that she is being forgotten by the man she loves she attempts to draw him back if possible. The last letter explains that she is in a strange city, having gone to Stockholm, and being unable to procure employment, is in dire distress. She begs that he do something for her and their child. Then the heart-broken girl gives up all hope and ceases writing.

Nord is a big Swede. With a few days' growth of jail beard and the inevitable lines that come with incarceration, he presents no great charms.


"It is getting so that when you show a woman a little attention she jumps at the conclusion that you intend to marry her," said Nord yesterday. "Every fellow has, to a degree, the same experiences in that line that I had. I believed in showing them a good time, especially while I lived in Chicago, but I never married anybody. And I don't intend to."

Of course Nord was modest about himself. He said his sumptuously furnished offices might have something to do with the air of prosperity which impressed his admirers. Then again, with a matter of three dozen shirts, something like eighteen suits and other apparel to be counted only in dozens, he was the bright twinkle in the feminine eye.

Yesterday, as on the day of his arrest several weeks ago, Nord said his transactions would show nothing wrong. All his efforts to get money, he said, were directed solely towards exploiting his cobalt mine in Quebec. He says the deposit of ore is very valuable and that he needed money to develop it.

Labels: , , ,

January 29, 1909


Man Who Tried It On Held to the
Criminal Court.

"I am not inclined to regard very highly any young girl or young woman who, after an acquaintance of a single week, would allow a man to wear or even take her diamond ring," said Justice Shoemaker to Ethel Donohue, 1112 Tracy avenue, yesterday. Ethel was in court as prosecuting witness against Thomas C. Tracy, whom she charged with stealing her diamond ring and afterwards pawning it.

It developed that Tracy had tried on the ring and was unable to remove it from his finger. He promised to have it cut off, which he did. Then he would have it repaired and return it, which he did not. Instead, he took the ring to a pawn broker and got $15 for it. Then he departed for Chicago. Detective James Orford went to Chicago and brought him back. Tracy's father sent the money to Detective Orford to redeem the ring. Ethel was given h er ring in court yesterday.

"I would like," concluded the justice, "to free this young man on these charges, and I am inclined to think that you," said he to the girl, "are as much to blame as he." Tracy was held for the criminal court on $500 bond.

Labels: , , , , ,

January 29, 1908


Kansas City Boy Re-Enlists -- Is Now
First Class Quartermaster.

One of the youngest first class quartermasters in the United States naval service is J. I. Freese, a Kansas City, Kas., boy, who re-enlisted for the second time in the navy recruiting station in the federal building yesterday and was temporarily detailed for clerical work here. Freese is 21 years old, but has now reached about the top rung of a sailorman's ambition. In fact, an enlisted man has reached about the limit of his eligibility when he is a quartermaster of the first class and has little more to hope for in times of peace.

The naval experiences of Freese appear large for a boy of his years, but in talking of them he does not let you forget for instant that he joined the jack tars in 1902 instead of yesterday. He was set at that time to do a year at Newport. Then he took a training cruise on board the Essex and was transferred to the Maine for a three-months journey in Southern Europe.

When Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans was ordered to make a Pacific fleet out of the Atlantic fleet, Freese was a quartermaster on board the Connecticut. At San Francisco he was changed to the Maine again, and the Maine and Alabama were detached and sent around the world ahead of the fleet, touching at Honolulu, Guam, Colombo and Port Said. Last November the two ships arrived home at Portsmouth, N. H., where Freese was mustered out of service.

"I like the navy and I am going to stick to it," said the young quartermaster yesterday. "It's the only life for me, although there is lots of grind and hard work attached to the job."

B. J. Freese, the boy's father, is a railroad foreman of the West Bottoms, living on North Fourth street, Kansas City, Kas.

Labels: , ,

January 29, 1909


Claims One Boy Is Over 16, and Other
Is at School.

Charged with employing two boys, Angelo Angelopoulos and Theodore Patrakis, both said to be under 16 years old and causing them to work more than nine hours a day in violation of the child labor law, Peter Maniatos was arraigned in Justice Miller's court yesterday. He declared he was not guilty. Maniatos conducts the bootblack stand on West Ninth street near the New York Life building.

Patrakis claimed he was over 16, and a letter from the boy's father in Chicago, exhibited before the court, showed that he was born in the year 1892. Angelo, though under age, has been attending school regularly, and reports from his teacher showed that the boy was making the best of his opportunities. Justice Miller set the case for Friday, and Maniatos was released on bond of $100. The boys are being held at the McCune home.

Labels: , , , , , ,

January 28, 1909





Trusting Females Assure Nord of
Their Faith in Him and Men-
tion Cash in Loans or in
Mining Schemes.

Nearly 2,000 love letters written to Charles E. Nord, arrested in Omaha January 13 and charged with passing a bogus check on C. H. Reardon, 2602 Brooklyn avenue, found among his effects yesterday by Detectives Robert Phelen and Scott Godley, show that he preyed upon the affections of women in all parts of the country. Nord is now in the county jail, awaiting trial.

Some of the writers of the letters offer up their lives if necessary for his love, and others asked the return of money received from them. Nord apparently had the faculty of inspiring love in all women with whom he came in contact.

Jane Ida Bell, Halleybury, Ont., met Nord and fell in love with him. She had a little money in her own name, and purchased a half interest in a mining claim. Her brokers were informed of her little flyer, and Nord decamped.


One writer, who signed her name as Jane, lived at 1223 Irwin street, Pittsburgh, Pa. She wrote to Nord in the most endearing terms. She pleaded with the man to sell his office furniture in Buffalo and come to her and marry her. She promised to work and assist in paying the household expenses. Her family objected, and she left home and went to work as a bookkeeeper for $12 a week.

On account of her confidence in him, Nord, from the letter, seems to have succeeded in getting the girl to loan him $25. Again he asked for $25, but she did not have it and informed Nord that she had sold her furniture to give him the money the first time he asked for hit. Then, losing her position, she wrote Nord, telling him sh e was starving.


An annuity of $100 a month was offered to Nord by Ida M. Stern, 5519 Madison street, Chicago, Ill., if he would only marry her and allow her to love him the rest of her life. She said she had that much guaranteed and they could live on it until his mines panned out.

Then Mary L. Berry got into the game, and Nord loved her $1,000 worth, or at least she says she signed his note for that amount. Mrs. Anna Heerhold, Irving Park, Ill., says she gave him a check for $500 and failed to ever hear from him again.

It remained for a Kansas City girl named Ida M., who formerly lived at 305 Wabash avenue, to represent the extreme western line that Nord's emotional and financial operations extended to. She loved him well enough to trust him for a loan, and then says she burned out the telephone wires in a futile effort to make him repay her.

In all of the letters the women write him they express the utmost faith in his love and fidelity, but wonder why he fails to keep his word. The police recovered nearly 2,000 letters written to Nord, and all of them speak of money obtained, either as loans or on mining schemes.

Labels: , , , , , , ,

January 28, 1909


Grand Avenue Italian Grocer Gets
Threatening Letter Demanding
$300 on Pain of Death.

A letter signed "Black Hand Socialist" was received yesterday by Tony Jordan, an Italian, who has a grocery store at 507 Grand avenue. He took the letter to police headquarters at 8 o'clock last night and asked for protection. The letter is as follows:

"Mr. Tony: You better pay us $300 or we kill you. Be sure be Second and Grand avenue 12 o'clock a. m. (Signed) BLACK HAND SOCIALIST."

Lieutenant Ryan turned Jordan and the letter over to Benjamin Goode and John McCall, plain clothes men. They arranged to meet Jordan at Second and Grand a few minutes before midnight last night, but Jordan did not appear. He evidently was badly frightened, as he locked his grocery store and left the building.

Other Italians heard of the letter last night and there was a general alarm sent out by them. They gathered in groups in Little Italy last night to talk it over. The frequency of these letters and the efforts made to blow up one or two places has caused extreme nervousness in the Italian settlement.

No "Black Hand Socialist" appeared at Second and Grand avenue at 12 o'clock a. m. (midnight), so far as the officers were able to learn.

Labels: , , , , , ,

January 28, 1909



Commissioners, However, of the Opin-
ion That Saloonkeeper Should
Be More Particular as to Patrons.

The trial of John Sullivan's "No. 3" saloon, at 6 West Missouri avenue, where it was alleged police officers were interfered with Saturday night while making an arrest, was very brief before the police board yesterday.

After cautioning the father of the proprietor to be careful hereafter in the selection of his patrons, as a certain element, said by police to make that a headquarters, would endanger his license. Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., "rebuked" Thomas Pendergast, superintendent of streets, by saying:

"It looks to me like some of our citizens lost their temper. Now, Tom, you know you must have been mad or you wouldn't have used those cuss words. You are a good superintendent of streets, but we can't expect you to keep the saloons clean, too. Matter dismissed. Be more careful in the future and don't let it occur again."


Lieutenant Harry E. Stege and Detectives M. J. Halvey and J. J. Raftery testified that when they went into the saloon to get "Eddie" Kelly and Thomas Loftus on the order of Inspector Charles Ryan, they were interfered with by Pendergast, Bert Brannon, a deputy marshal, and Dennis Sullivan, brother of the saloon man.

"Brannon stepped out of a side room," said Detective Halvey, "and grabbed Stege, saying: 'Don't take those men. They are coming with me.' Then Pendergast rubbed his fist in Stege's face, and called him vile names. When I tried to get to them, Sullivan held me from behind. It looked at once time as if Brannon was going to make a gun play -- but he didn't. As we left the place Pendergast again abused Stege."


Brannon was not present, but Pendergast and Sullivan were, the latter having nothing to say. Mr. Pendergast said that he blamed the whole thing on Inspector Ryan. He said that while Kelly may have done some bad things he had never been convicted anywhere, and that of late he had been working steadily when the police would let him alone.

"Every time a man loses a hat or a pair of shoes, though, Ryan sends out and has Kelly arrested and just as promptly he is released in police court when they try to prove him a vagrant. Ryan hasn't liked me for seven or eight years and these arrests are always a direct slap at me. There was no interference there Saturday night -- not a word said about it. I told the boys to go on with the officers. I know better than to interfere with a man in the discharge of his duty.

"All I said," continued Mr. Pendergast, "was: 'These two detectives are all right, but the other fellow is a big stiff.' That is not interfering, is it?"

The board at this point dismissed the case with the "reprimands" before mentioned. Brannon, it is said, would be left to the county marshal, as the board had no jurisdiction over him.

Fred Baily, secretary to Inspector of Detectives Charles Ryan, yesterday tendered his resignation to the board. Mr. Baily intends going on the road as a traveling salesman.

The board yesterday issued thirty-one special commissions to park policemen and watchmen. The matter of taking them into the regular police department, where they would be under the direction of the police board and the chief of police, was not mentioned. About six months ago it was thought that this would soon be done.

Labels: , , ,

January 27, 1909


Mother Signed Adoption Papers of
Heir to $40,000 Estate.

According to a ruling made yesterday by J. S. Hynes, judge pro tem of the probate court, Kansas City, Kas., a mother relinquishes all rights to direct the affairs of her offspring after she once signs adoption papers for the child.

The decision was handed down on the application of Ida Weeden for the appointment of a guardian for Dorothy Weeden-Gordon, the alleged illegitimate child of Monroe Gordon, the wealthy negro farmer who was murdered at his home near Bethel, Wyandotte county, last December.

It was proved by the records of the probate court that the infant heir to the $40,000 estate left by Gordon was legally adopted by Susan Wilson, mother of the murdered man, several years before he met his death. For this reason the application made by the natural mother of the child for the appointment of a guardian was dismissed.

"The affairs of the child rest entirely with its parent by adoption," said acting Judge Hynes. This means that Gordon's mother, through the rights of the child, will have something to say in the distribution of her murdered son's estate.

There is another alleged illegitimate child of Gordon who has set up a claim as an heir to his property, Robert Benjamin Gordon, 6 years old. Dorsey Green, an attorney, was appointed guardian for this infant claimant. The settlement of the estate promises to be accompanied with considerable litigation.

Labels: , , , ,

January 27, 1909


Mrs. Charles Wilson of Kansas City
Arrested in Chicago.

CHICAGO, Jan. 26. -- (Special.) A well dressed young woman who says she is Mrs. Charles Wilson of Kansas City, was arrested at Clark and Harrison streets this afternoon by Detective Russell of the Harrison street station while in the company of G. H. Wing, a Chinaman.

When questioned at the station Wing, who has been employed by Louis Sing, another Chinaman, who has a store on Clark street between Harrison and Van Buren streets, declared that Mrs. Wilson was his wife.

Mrs. Wilson at first corroborated the Chinaman's story, but upon being questioned closely, broke down and admitted, the police declare, that she deserted her husband in Kansas City and came to Chicago with the Chinaman, bringing her 3-year-old daughter with them.

Gaw Wing and Mrs. Wilson, who are being held in Chicago by the police, are well known to the Kansas City police. Wing, a laundryman, has been living with Mrs. Wilson for more than a year, the police claim, on the second floor of a flat at Eighth and Charlotte streets. The woman's lawful husband is not known here.

Two months ago Wing entered police headquarters one night carrying Mrs. Wilson's baby, which is 2 years old. He was crying and exhibited a picture of the baby's mother. "Poor baby's m other run off, leave baby and Gaw Wing alone," he kept repeating. Wing informed the officers that Mrs. Wilson was hiding in a rooming house at 127 West Sixth street. John McCall and Ben Goode, plain clothes patrolmen, arrested the woman, but Wing refused to prosecute her, and she returned to him.

Henry Sing and his American wife introduced the Wilson woman to Gaw Wing. Sing is now in Hot Springs, Ark., for his health, and has his wife and 14-year-old boy with him.

Labels: , , , ,

January 27, 1909


Waitress, After Quarreling With Hus-
band Cook, Attempts Suicide.

Because she had quarreled with her husband and feared that he meant to leave her, Dollie Duchaine, 26 years old, 1321 Cherry street, attempted suicide last night by inhaling the fumes from a handkerchief saturated with chloroform. Dr. J. W. Hayward of No. 4 police station attended to the woman.

Duchaine is a cook at Roarke's restaurant. H is wife is a waitress at the same place. James Love, 1000 Independence avenue, who had seen the woman early in the evening, said she told him her husband had become angry over some orders she had given him.

"Words followed," Love said, "and it seems that Duchaine told his wife he was going to leave her. She was down-hearted and depressed when I left her."

A note written by the woman before she took the chloroform was found by Officer Fraser. It was as follows:

"Well, Johnnie if you do what you said you would tomorrow, I don't care what happens to me, so I will take a little sleep from the bottle under my pillow. Your as ever, 'D.' "

Labels: , , , , , ,

January 26, 1909



Committee to Petition Board for
Needed Change and for New
Wing to Prevent Present

The committee of taxpayers which is formulating plans to petition the board for more room at the Manual Training High School is also to ask for a new system of ventilation.

"The air in the Manual school is so bad that the children go home with headaches," Professor Phillips said yesterday, "and the parents ask if something cannot be done. The present system of ventilation was installed by Professor Morrison, and it has never worked right. The good, cold, pure air that is supposed to be fanned into the room doesn't come, but instead there comes a foul atmosphere laden with all sorts of stale, nauseating odors. I don't know where the trouble is, but I know that something is wrong."

J. H. Brady, the chief engineer of the school, said yesterday that the ventilation system at the Manual Training school had not been put in with his approval.

"I protested against it from the first. Still, there are many buildings in Kansas City with much worse ventilation systems. What the school needs more than anything else is heat regulators. The teachers get interested in their work and the thermometers go up as high as 90. I think that is is too much heat, rather than foul air, that causes the headaches. Still, the system is not by any means perfect, and it should, if possible, be changed," Mr. Brady estimated that the cost of such a change would amount to about $8,000.

The needs of the Manual Training high school are to be discussed at a dinner at the Sexton sometime within the next week or two. In addition to a new wing, the committee of taxpayers will ask for a second 50-kilowatt dynamo for the lighting plant. The committee has also formulated two plans by which the board can acquire ground for the wing. It is proposed to buy two twenty-five foot lots back of the school or close the fourteen-foot alley at the back of the school and buy only a portion of the lots.


January 26, 1909


Seekers After Buried Treasure Sur-
prised at Their Discovery.

Coroner B. H. Zwart has been notified of the discovery of a grave on the A. J. Bundschu farm near Selsea. While out hunting yesterday, a son of James Lynch, who rents the farm, discovered a depression in the ground in a thicket. Thinking he had found buried treasure, the boy notified his father and, together with several neighbors, an exploring expedition was formed.

Instead of buried treasure, the diggers unearthed the bones of a human being. Now the neighborhood is excited and efforts are being made to recall some murder of days gone by or some mysterious disappearance. The discoverers were unable to distinguish whether the bones were that of a man or a woman. Coroner Zwart is expected to solve this question.

Labels: ,

January 26, 1909


Location of Memorial to Policemen
and Firemen Decided Tomorrow.

The police and park boards and Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., will meet at Fifteenth and Paseo tomorrow morning for the purpose of considering a suggestion, made yesterday by Fred S. Doggett of the park board, that the proposed policemen and firemen's monument be erected in the Paseo, between Seventeenth and Eighteenth streets.

The mayor waited on the park board yesterday, formally informing them of a resolution adopted by the council favoring the monument to the memory of firemen and policemen who die in the discharge of duty. The board added its approval to the movement, and volunteered its co-operation.

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

January 26, 1909


Norway Hard Maple Will Replace
White Maple.

Quite recently the park board has found it necessary to cut out white maple trees along Benton boulevard and to maintain the uniformity of the trees, the board has been casting about to find an assortment. Yesterday W. H. Dunn, superintendent, reported that he had gotten on the track of seventy-five Norway hard maples that could be bought for $3.50 each.

He was directed to purchase them at once.

Labels: ,

January 25, 1909


Interesting Relic in Possession of
Kansas City Woman.

Family keepsakes and treasures often are handed down from one generation to another, but seldom has a family been known to preserve a family treasure, with the historical lore surrounding it as has the wife of patrolman Walt Doman, 5506 Scarritt street. The keepsake is a silver case watch with hammered gold works and was presented to an ancestor on the battlefield of Waterloo.

The watch is enclosed in a solid silver case and is wound by a key inserted in the back of the case. The hands are hammered gold and practically all of the inside parts of the watch are made of gold. Only the wheels and bearings liable to wear are made of steel.

All flat parts of the watch are engraved in the old style of engraving, imitating vines and leaves. On the back of the gold sheet covering the works is the name, "Thomas Edwards Wellington, 10 22." In large old English engraving are the letters "R W" being the initials of a Robert Wellington, to whom the watch belonged when the battle of Waterloo was fought.

Robert Wellington was shot and mortally wounded in that battle, and before he died he presented the watch to his bosom friend. That man was a Simpson, and an ancestor of Mrs. Doman, whose name was Nannie Simpson. The watch has been in her family ever since and is highly regarded as a family keepsake.

Labels: , , ,

January 25, 1909


Call Determined to Build One That
Will Fly.

"Kansas must have an airship that will fly, and be just as successful as the Wright aeroplane which has opened the eyes of the people in France and the whole world," Henry Laurens Call of Girard, Kas., who made an unsuccessful attempt to sail his airship a few weeks ago, said yesterday at the Blossom house in Kansas City. Mr. Call is very determined in his efforts to build an airship that really will fly, and he has set about once more gathering material for the Call airship No. 2.

"Kansas is never behind the times in anything it undertakes to do, and it is not going to be behind the times in this airship business," continued Mr. Call. "My second airship will be constructed on practically the same plans as the first, but the defects in the first ship will be remedied and changes will be made where necessary. I was the subject of many newspaper jokes while attempting to find atmospheric conditions at Girard, Kas., a few weeks ago that would permit me to make a successful demonstration of my airship, but it was no joke with me. I am thoroughly in earnest and the plans I am working on will prove to the people that no joke has been perpetrated on them by me."

Mr. Call intimated that may seek some other place to experiment with his new airship, though he may decide to make a public demonstration at the same place. You can't talk anything about wheat growing, cattle raising and dry farming with Mr. Call. It is all airships with him and he says he is going to stay right with it until he has mastered the art of air navigation.

"A fellow should never become discouraged over one disappointment," Mr. Call said. "That isn't the way things are done in Kansas. When a thing is possible, and we know the airship has been successfully demonstrated, the only way to make a complete success of it is to keep trying. That is what I propose to do."

Mr. Call already has begun the construction of his second airship, and before the end of another year he hopes to be sailing over the plains of Kansas. He says that if his ship is successful he will stay in America instead of seeking foreign plaudits.

Labels: , , ,

January 25, 1909


Time-Yellowed Memorials of a Long-
Forgotten Period.

In a little basement room beneath the principal building of the University of Missouri at Columbia is a glass case containing, among queer-shaped stones and knives and pipes, two human skulls, imperfectly preserved. The curious freshmen who stroll into this room by accident during the hours that it is left open sometimes pause and gaze Hamlet-like at the cracked and yellow craniums.

"I'll bet that one must be almost a thousand years old," they will remark. Then they will sigh, awestruck, at the contemplation of so much antiquity, and pass along to something less depressing.

When they are told the true ages of these skulls, neither they nor anyone else can form any adequate idea of it. One of them is called the Neanderthal skull, and was found in a cave in Central Europe. The formation in which it was found led experts to declare it was more that 100,000 years old. Its chief peculiarity is a heavy bony ridge above the eyebrows. The brain capacity is much less than that of the historical man.

An even older skull is that of the man of Java, which has almost no forehead. It was found underneath thirty feet of sandstone. The brain capacity is just half of that of a modern man. Ethnologists estimate the age of this skull at 300,000 years.

The anthropological museum was started four years ago by Dr. Charles Ellwood, professor of sociology at the university. It is used as a laboratory for the students of ethnology.


January 25, 1909


Farm Hand Made Love to Her In-
stead of Doing Chores.

The farm-hand problem is troubling the farmers in the same old way. Charles C. Smith, who owns a large farm and ranch in Greer county, Ok., is in Kansas City, staying at the Sexton hotel. Mr. Smith said yesterday that it is hard to obtain the necessary help on the farms, and that the experienced farm hands are either taking advantage of their knowledge of farming to establish homes in the country for themselves, or are attracted to the city.

"I encountered the hardest luck last year in my farming experience," Mr. Smith said yesterday. "I wrote to an employment agency in Kansas City to send me a man and wife who wanted to work on the farm. The man the agency sent represented himself as a married man, but his wife was not with him. He had been there only a few days until he began making love to my cook, who had been with me several years. At the end of two weeks they went to Vernon and were married. Then he hired him and his wife out to another farmer in the neighborhood. That is only one of the hard luck stories the farmers have to tell about the hired hand problem."

Labels: , , ,

January 24, 1909


Fred Wolferman to Celebrate Round-
ing Out of Two Decades.

This week will be somewhat commemorable with housewives and those whose province it is to supply the larder, for Fred Wolferman's grocers and wine merchants at 1108-1110 Walnut street are to celebrate a 20th anniversary.

Old residents of Kansas City remember the early Wolferman's store at the corner of Ninth and Oak streets, where it remained for seven years. Later the concern moved to Walnut street and finally as business expanded, took in the store room next to it.

The Fred Wolferman store has never in any way before featured anniversaries or held "special sales," so that the unusual displays of merchandise in package and other form, and many rare and interesting "Good Things to Eat" shown will undoubtedly draw much favorable attention. Prices have been reduced on many articles for the first five days of this week.

Labels: , , , , ,

January 24, 1909


Say It Would Be Criminal In
Other States.

Resolution Adopted At Last Night's
Meeting Set Forth That Com-
mercialism in Game
Is Robbery.

"There is only one spot on the face of the whole earth that has not a good game law, or at least a first-class attempt at one, except the state of Missouri," said H . R. Walmsley at the meeting of the State League of Missouri Sportsmen at 918 Main street last night. "Even the esquimau, the Indian, and the Hottentot have game laws," he continued, "and they have had since time immemorial."

The third meeting of the league shows a membership of more than 300 enthusiastic sportsmen, eager for the enactment in Missouri of laws that will restrict the killing and prohibit the sale of birds and wild animals. It was brought out at the meeting last night that one of Kansas City's leading hotels served quail within the past week, which it was declared in any other state would be a criminal offense. "Missouri's laws will not operate to bring offenders of this kind of justice," said Mr. Walmsley. "It would be a matter of absolute impossibility to convict them."

Mr. Walmsley's game law, which was repealed with the passage of the law now in force, and which the league describes as "no law at all," will be again presented to the legislature during this session. The bill is somewhat modified but provides for the absolute prohibition of sale of game, the establishment of a game warden system and a state and county license.

It is said that $250,000 a year will be raised for the enforcement of the laws, of which a surplus can be expected. This surplus will go toward the establishment of propagating stations to aid in the perpetuation of wildlife in Missouri.

It is the intention of the league to make Missouri, which is now declared to be the "tail-ender," the leading state in the Union in the matter of its game and its game laws.

A resolution was adopted denouncing commercialism in game as "robbery of the masses," and declaring that the "remnant of our rapidly diminishing game should be carefully and judiciously guarded, that it may bestow benefits on the present generation and remain a precious heritage to posterity."

"The present game laws in the state are due to the influence of the fish and game commercial interest, principally in St. Louis," declared Mr. Walmsley. "They have guided legislation to their own advantage for years and we have got to stamp it out and forever."

Labels: , ,

January 24, 1909



While Bidding Goodby to Friends
at the Grand Hotel, He
Was Suddenly Fatally

At the conclusion of a banquet yesterday afternoon at the Grand hotel, Kansas City, Kas., given by A. D. Downs to a number of the old settlers of Wyandotte county, E. T. Hovey, one of the guests, dropped dead of heart trouble. He was one of the oldest residents present at the little gathering, and while recalling reminiscences of Wyandotte's early history at the dinner table appeared to be the "boy" of all the old men gathered. Apparently in the best of health and spirits, he shook hands with a number of the guests and started to leave the hotel for home. As he reached the door he was suddenly stricken and staggering back into the hotel lobby fell to the floor and died without uttering a word.

Mr. Hovey was 79 years old and had lived in Kansas City, Kas., since 1859. He was the first dry goods merchant in the old city of Wyandotte, opening a store at Fourth street and State avenue in '59 with his father-in-law, W. E. Taylor, who came here with him from New York. He remained in business from 1859 to 1873, failing during the great financial crisis of the latter year. His loss was very heavy in this failure and he had just about recuperated when he was again caught by the collapse of the boom in the latter '80's. Since then he has lived more or less of a retired life.

Mr. Hovey's death is the first break in his family, his wife, Mrs. Anna Taylor Hovey, four sons and two daughters, surviving him, all of whom live in the city. The children are E. A., W. T., J. J., A. L., Nellie and Alice Hovey. A sister, Mrs. E. J. Jones, 84 years old, is living in New York.

For forty-five years the deceased had been an active member o the Masonic order, and was the oldest member of Wyandotte lodge No. 3. When he made his first trip to this city he came by boat from Cincinnati, there being no railroads running into the city at that time. Three years ago he celebrated his golden wedding anniversary.

Arrangements for the funeral have not been made, but he will be buried with Masonic honors. The body was taken to the home, 630 Orville avenue.

Labels: , , , ,

January 23, 1909


Issue Commemorative of 100th Birth-
day of Martyred President.

An issue of 2-cent postage stamps, commemorative of the 100th anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln, will be issued by the postoffice department. The first installment of this issue will be ready for distribution among presidential postoffices the first of the month. Kansas City's postoffice is included among those that will get a supply.


January 23, 1909


One Finds Way to Hospital and the Other
to Police Station.

"You are jollying, John, John Jones said to John Birmingham last night as the two sat in a store at 250 West Fourth street. For some reason the insinuation was objected to by Birmingham and he swung one of his crutches against John Jones's head. The crutch broke and so did Jones's head. Jones was taken to the emergency hospital and Birmingham to Central station. Both men were later arrested and charged with disturbing the peace.

Labels: , , ,

January 23, 1909


Jewish Organization That Does Not
Demand Pound of Flesh.

In order to aid the deserving poor who have to make occasional loans, the Society of Gemilus Chasodim, an organization composed of Jewish women, a scheme for lending money without security or interest has been evolved. The annual report made by the treasurer, L. J. Cohen, shows that the society has made loans aggregating $5,025, during the past year. The losses from non-payment by borrowers has amounted to less than 1 per cent of the whole. Under ordinary circumstances the loan is paid back in weekly installments of $1, but if the borrower is unable to meet the payment a longer time is given. The total funds for the organization during the past fiscal year were $5,772.60. A balance of $694.56 is left on deposit in the Fidelity Trust Company.

Labels: , , ,

January 22, 1909


Captain Whitsett Hears Hack Driv-
er's Story and Releases Him.

"Well, Ed, guess I will have to take you down," Patrolman Mastin said to Edward Bennett, 607 Locust street, yesterday afternoon.

"Guess you better guess again," Bennett replied, believing the patrolman was joking with him.

But the patrol wagon was summoned. Bennett, a hackdriver, was sent to Central station and booked on a charge of vagrancy.

Bennett said that he had a fight with Jack Gallagher at the Star hotel about a month ago. The situation was explained to Captain Walter Whitsett. He called the prisoner, who told a straightforward story and was released.

Labels: , , , , ,

January 22, 1909


$690 Collected and Turned Over to
Mayor Crittenden.

Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., A. Judah and Pietro Isnadi, Italian consul, who made personal appeals to the banks for aid for the earthquake sufferers of Italy, yesterday turned over $690 to the committee. Subscriptions, in addition to those already acknowledged, have been received by the mayor as follows:

Southwest National bank, $100; Corn Belt bank, $25; James L. Lombard, $25; German-American bank, $25; Central National bank, $10; Western Exchange bank, $5.

Labels: , , ,

January 22, 1909


Hospital League Wants Food to Feed
the Hungry "Hoo-Hoos."

The Mercy Hospital League, a band of women who have organized for the purpose of aiding that institution, has hit upon a scheme by which it hopes to make a few more dollars for the hospital. During the "Hoo-Hoo," or lumbermen's convention next week, the league intends to supply the hungry "wood merchants" with dinner on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. The spreads will be made in Convention hall.

The league is asking donations of home-made cake and all kinds of home-canned fruits. It is asking the housewives of Kansas City to open their hearts and larders and assist. Mrs. L. Moreland, 1117 Troost avenue, has been made a committee of one to secure donations.

"It is an easy task," Mrs. Moreland said yesterday, "if the good housewives will just come forward with their donations. If convenient for donors to deliver their gifts, I will receive them at my home. My telephone number is 3806Y Grand on the Bell, and if any who wish to aid us will call me up, or drop me a note, we will see that the cake and fruits are collected."

Labels: , , , , , , ,

January 22, 1909


Retail Druggists Will Co-Operate
With State Board of Pharmacy.

Ratifying the resolution of the Missouri Pharmaceutical Association, the Kansas City Retail Druggists' Association yesterday appointed a committee to co-operate with the state association in its effort to require annual registration or re-registration of every pharmacist practicing in the state.

It is said that more than 35,000 certificates issued in this state in past years, under the present laws, are still in force. The revision asked will render these certificates void.

It is claimed that this legislation, if enacted, will do away with much that is injurious to the retail druggist in the matter of incompetent clerks and owners.

C. E. Zimm, Joseph C. Wirthman and R. S. Stevens were appointed a committee to co-operate with the state committee.


January 21, 1909


"Terrible Turk" and French Wrestler
Exchange Glares at Depot.

Yusiff Mahmout, the "Terrible Turk," and Rouel de Rouen, the champion wrestler of France, who were pitted against each other in Convention hall Tuesday night, were in the Union depot yesterday morning almost an hour waiting for the same Santa Fe train to Chicago. The wrestlers and their managers stood several feet apart, but not a word was spoken between them.

The powerful athletes looked at each other as though there might be something doing if either made the first move. It was soon noised about in the depot who the men were, and a large crowd surrounded them with the usual evidences of curiosity.

"We were figuring how many men it would take to pull those two wrestlers apart if there had been any mixup here at the depot," one of the ushers said yesterday. "We could see by the way the wrestlers looked at each other there was not the very best of friendly feeling existing between them. However, they took the same sleeping car to Chicago, and before they reach that city they may become friends, if one does not take a toe hold while the other is sleeping."

Labels: , , , ,

January 21, 1909


What's the Difference? Here's a
Bartender's Expert Opinion.

Patrick Cunningham arose as the Noah Webster of the circuit court yesterday. In the division presided over by Judge W. O. Thomas, Cunningham was asked:

"Were you ever drunk?"

"No, sir," said he.

"Were you ever inebriated?"

"I was."

"What is the difference between being drunk and being inebriated?"

"Well, a man can be inebriated and still attend to his business and walk straight and not bother anybody. But he can't always when he is drunk."

"How many drinks does it take to become inebriated?"

But the witness dodged that one.

Still, he should be good authority, for he is a bartender in Tom Noland's saloon at 214 West Fifth street. He is suing Francis X. Bogenschutz, who runs an ale vault on Baltimore avenue, for $10,000 damages, alleging alienation of Mrs. Cunningham's affections.

The Cunninghams have been married for twenty years. He formerly was a peddler and lived at 1117 Cherry street and accumulated some property. The couple first met Bogenschutz about ten years ago. The husband's testimony in his own behalf went to show that there were domestic difficulties so soon as two months after the marriage. He said his wife once rushed at him with a poker and he put out his hand to stop her.

"That is the time she claimed I broker her nose," said he.

"Did you?"

"She might have hit herself with the poker."

The rest of Cunningham's testimony was largely expert evidence on inebriety and the rest of the drink family.

Labels: , , , , , ,

January 21, 1909


Food Lodged in Windpipe of Little
Arthur Campbell.

Arthur Campbell, the 2-years-and-5-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. R. J. Campbell, 2400 Brooklyn avenue, was strangled to death yesterday afternoon while eating meat and potatoes. Some of the food became lodged in his windpipe, causing a violent fit of coughing, which led to a spasm of the lungs.

Dr. Frances J. Henry, who lives near, was hastily summoned to attend the child, but it died before she reached the house. Mr. Campbell, father of the child, is in the employ of the Central Coal and Coke Company.

Labels: , , ,

January 21, 1909


Mrs. Della Pratt has Gone to Live
on a Farm.

Mrs. Della Pratt, a member of the band of fanatics who participated in the city hall riot, December 8, is on the way to Texas. Had legal obstacles not interposed, the charge of murder now pending against her would have been dismissed yesterday in the criminal court. But it was found that this was not advisable.

At the time of the riot, Mrs. Pratt was in a houseboat in the Missouri river. She was later captured in a skiff, after being fired upon by police, whose bullets killed her young daughter, in the boat with Mrs. Pratt. For some time she has been out on a bond of $3,000, although it has never been the intention of the state to press a charge against her.

Yesterday it had practically been decided to release Mrs. Pratt, but it was found that the state could not compel her attendance as a witness at the trials of James Sharp and Mrs. Sharp, leaders of the band, unless she was under bond. Had the charge been dismissed she could not have been brought to Missouri to testify once she had left the state. For that reason the charge still stands against her, but the bond is now $500. Thomas M. Pratt, her brother-in-law, is surety. The Pratt children are already in Texas. Their mother will join them on a farm near Sherman, where relatives live.

Labels: , , , ,

January 21, 1909


Jury Is Instructed to Bring In Ver-
dict for Armours.

Judge John C. Pollock, in the United States circuit court, Kansas City, Kas., yesterday sustained a motion instructing the jury to return a verdict for the Armour Packing Company in the $25,000 damage suit against the company which was being prosecuted by Joseph Novak. The plaintiff in the action claimed to have fallen into a large vat of lye while working at the Armour plant in September, 1907. The judge, in his instructions, held that the company was not at fault and did not contribute to the cause of the accident.

Labels: , , , ,

January 20, 1909


Some Men Cannot Overcome Impulse
to Wreak Self-Destruction.

"Please give me an inside room on the second floor, if possible, without a window opening out into the street or onto the court," was the request of a man made to George Mong, chief clerk at the Coates house, yesterday. Mr. Mong could not supply the man with the kind of room he anted, but assigned him to a nice room on the third floor. In a few minutes the man returned to the clerk's to explain.

"I pulled down the curtain to the window opening on the street the minute I was in the room," the man said. "I have an almost irresistible impulse to jump from a window every time I get near one. When I go into an office building, I keep my back to the window."

Mr. Mong said last night he knew a traveling man who would never leave a depot to board a train until after the engine had passed the depot. This man had an ungovernable impulse to throw himself in front of an engine as soon as it appeared.

Labels: , ,

January 20, 1909


Wife of Three Weeks Sues for Di-
vorce and Support.

The romance of Benjamin Sellers received another jolt yesterdasy. Mrs. Emma S. Sellers, whom the groom of 74 had arrested last Saturday after a married life of three weeks, brought suit in the circuit court yesterday for divorce. she says he had her arrested without cause. Alleging that the former valet for General Tom Thumb is worth $7,000, she asks the court to adjudge her sufficient money for her maintenance.

Labels: ,

January 20, 1909


Mother of Four Children Is Arrested
and Fined for Vagrancy.

Standing in front of the rail in the municipal court yesterday morning was Harry O'Hare, motorman for the Metropolitan Street Railway Company, and his four children, ranging in years from 7 to 14. Next to the father stood the mother, with downcast head and eyes, charged with vagrancy on the complaint of her husband. The family lives at 1517 Montgall avenue.

In a broken voice he informed Judge Harry G. Kyle that his wife failed to stay at home and take care of the children, but paraded the streets. Sometimes, O'Hare said, his wife was away from home for a month or more at a time. She admitted liking the company of other men better than that of her husband, and Judge Kyle fined her $50.

Her case will be taken up by the pardon board. The Humane Society agreed to secure some woman to take care of the children and O'Hare will pay the expense.

Labels: , , , ,

January 20, 1909


"Other Nations Follow," Says T.
Takuhara of Japan.

"The Japanese government undoubtedly will adopt the same methods for creosoting timber to preserve it for use as railroad ties and telegraph and telephone poles as the United States government has so successfully established," T. Tukuhara, mechanical engineer in charge of public works in Japan, said yesterday. Mr. Tukuhara spent yesterday at the large creosoting plant in Kansas city, Kas., where he observed closely the methods used for preserving wood for railroad ties.

"Every nation where there are railroads and telegraph lines has the same problem to solve," he said. "The United States takes the lead in many of these experiments and other nations are only too glad to take advantage of the successful experiments."

Labels: , , , ,

January 19, 1909


2,000 Voices Training for the Com-
ing Gypsy Smith Revival.

The largest chorus ever heard in Kansas City, except the one which sang for Eva Booth here two years ago, had a rehearsal last night at the Central Methodist Episcopal church, South, at Eleventh street and the Paseo.

A thousand voices sang "Onward Christian Soldiers," "My Country, 'Tis of Thee," "Battle Hymn of the Republic" and other patriotic and devotional songs. The rehearsal last night was the third and last that will be held before the district local option meeting that will be held in Convention hall next Sunday at 3 p. m.

The chorus was organized for the purpose of singing at the two weeks' revival meeting to be held in Convention hall beginning February 13.

Professor Crosby Hopps, well known as a leader of choruses, will lead the monster choir. Four thousand dollars has been subscribed from various churches to defray the expenses of the singing. Members will get reserved seats in the hall at the Gyspy Smith meetings.

Labels: , , , , ,

January 19, 1909


Grady Family Troubles Are
Aired in Court.

"I told him many times, 'Here's a dime. Buy a rope and hang yourself up."

That is the way Mrs. Lizzie Grady's father expressed his opinion of Grady to Judge James H. Slover of the circuit court yesterday. Mrs. Grady had sued for a divorce and there was no contest.

"Did he take the dime?" asked Judge Slover.

"I believe if he had taken it he would have spent it for drink," said the father.

"He never bought the rope, then?"


This testimony came at the end of a tale of cruelty related by the father. Other witnesses also said that the brief married life of the Gradys had been stormy.

Judge Slover granted Mrs. Grady the decree from Ernewst Grady and restored her maiden name of Frederick.

Labels: , ,

January 19, 1909


Portland and Seattle Jealous of Each
Other's Advancement.

The rivalry between Seattle, Wash., and Portland, Ore., for commercial supremacy is showing no signs of abatement. Frank W. Showers of Seattle was at the Hotel Baltimore in Kansas City yesterday. He is one of those who believe that Seattle has ever other city in the Pacific coast country bested.

"Seattle and Portland are at each other's throats all the time," Mr. Showers said. "This is especially noticeable in the open contests for conventions of importance, as well as the real battle to induce big commercial enterprises to locate there."

Labels: , ,

January 18, 1909


Ambitious Inventors Provided With
Special Table.

Kansas City has many m en and women ambitious to be inventors. From ten to twenty men and women call each day at the public library asking to see the patent reports. So many people apply that Mrs. Carrie Whitney has had a special table placed for them back of the general delivery desk. The library is complete in its reports, from the first one to the last, and Mrs. Whitney spent years gathering them together. These reports are among the most widely read books in the library. They do not circulate, yet some of them have been in such constant use that it has been necessary to rebind them.

"You never hear much about Kansas City's inventors," said Mrs. Whitney. "They are an ambitious lot of men and women and they work on everything from potato peelers to flying machines. At least they read about them.

"The inventors' table is always occupied and you may now be looking at the man who is the originator of the finest carpet sweeper ever made, but somebody may have had his idea years ago."

Labels: ,

January 18, 1909


Eastern Tourists Can't Get Away
From Border Day Memories.

"The strangest thing about transients at the hotels is the souvenirs they send home to their friends," remarked a newsdealer at one of the hotels yesterday.

"Of course I'll sell anything to a man -- that's business, but wouldn't you laugh in your sleeve at the big business man from New York buying a post card picture of an Indian or a buffalo to send to his wife as a souvenir of Kansas City; or at another from San Francisco mailing a picture of Old Broadway from here to induce a flattering conception of the city he is stopping in for one night only?

"Continuing this discourse on souvenirs: do you know that Indian trophies, such as moccasins, bead work, imitation scalp locks, etc., are sold more as crystallized reminiscences of Boston, Pittsburgh and other Eastern cities than of Wounded Knee and Hole-In-The-Ground?

"People down East have a sort of hankering for Indian nicknacks which their Western cousins do not share because of their familiarity with them."

Labels: , ,

January 18, 1909


Washerwomen Demand Suitcases to
Carry Home the Week's Laundry.

Some of the families which have washing done away from home are in a fret over the latest demands made by the strictly modern washerwoman. When the prettily decorated clothesbags made their appearance it pleased the washerwomen, who have too much pride to carry a big bundle of clothes down the street on their heads, the old time way.

This incited the washerwomen to hope for even better things. Now the clothesbag has been relegated to the rear by them and they are now demanding that they be provided with suitcases or large handbags to carry the clothes to and from home.

"It's this way," explained one of the washerwomen. "The conductors always frown at us and the people on the cars make faces at us when we climb aboard a street car with a big bundle of clothes wrapped in a sheet or stuffed in a big pillow slip. It takes up too much room."

Labels: , ,

January 18, 1909


Postmaster Harris Has $200,000
Worth of Them on Hand.

A new issue of stamps is about to blossom forth in all its splendor but its splendor is not up to that of the current issue. In fact, severe simplicity is the characteristic of the coming stamp and, except for the 1-cent denomination which is adorned with the bust of Franklin, all of the others bear the bust of Washington in profile, and the designs are almost exactly alike. Something like $200,000 worth of the new issue is already in the Kansas City postoffice, but they are not yet in regular sale at the windows.

The 1-cent is green, the 2-cent, red; the 3-cent, purple; the 4-cent, light brown, the 5-cent, blue, and the 10-cent, a light yellow or lemon.


January 18, 1909


Tribulations of First Cousins Who
Finally Hiked to Iowa.

First cousins cannot marry in Kansas and Missouri. This fact caused a young couple at the Union depot in Kansas City yesterday considerable annoyance and trouble. They met at the Union depot and expected to be married in either Kansas City, Mo., or Kansas City, Kas., But they were first cousins and couldn't. They were informed that in Iowa there are no restrictions on marriages of first cousins.

"Will you tell me the nearest county site in Iowa," the young man asked Depot Master Bell. Mr. Bell didn't know offhand and took the young man to the bureau of information. The information man didn't know anything more about it than Mr. Bell. Then the question was asked the young man why he wanted to know the name of the nearest county site in Iowa to Kansas city.

"Can't marry this cousin of mine in any other state we know of," was the explanation given. "But we are going to get married just the same even if we have to make a trip around the world in search of a place where it will be legal."

The young woman looked just as determined as the young man. They would not give their names.

Labels: ,

January 17, 1909


Edgar Sullivan Not Seen Since Leav-
ing Home Friday.

Edgar Sullivan, 2803 Jackson avenue, is missing from home. Edgar is 12 years old and left the house Friday morning to attend Greenwood school. Since then he has not been heard from and his parents last night notified the police of No. 6 police station.

As the boy is too old to be lost in Kansas City the police believe that he has probably run away. When he left home Edgar was dressed in a blue serge coat, black trousers and a brown cap. He has light hair and light complexion.

Labels: , , ,

January 17, 1909



Couldn't Agree and Finally Husband
of 74 Accused Wife of 18 of Appro-
priating Personal Belongings.
Man Also Arrested.

A tale of two cities -- Sheffield, England and Sheffield, Mo. -- with the variation of the marriage of an old man and a young woman, was told in its second chapter yesterday in Justice Michael Ross's court. There are to be succeeding chapters, too, for the bride and a young man are now in the county jail, sent there on complaint of the husband.

It was December 23 that Benjamin Sellers, only 74, and Emma Vaughn, 18, were married in Independence by Justice L. P. Anderson. Two days later there appeared in The Journal an article about the couple and interview from Sellers, telling how happy he was. But romance has now made a hotel fire exit.

Maybe it should have been said at the beginning of this story that it is a tale of three cities. For, after the expression of happiness from the groom, a dark cloud in the shape of Wakeeney, Kas., appeared on the matrimonial horizon. It was to Wakeeney that the couple took their bridal trip shortly after Christmas.

"They had serenaded us at 527 East Fifth street, where we have been living, when we were married," said Mrs. Sellers yesterday, "but in Wakeeney -- why, there were tin cans in the bed and the noise outside the hotel was awful."

Anyway, Mrs. Sellers came back from Wakeeney feeling anything but cheerful. She said yesterday that she had been sick in bed most of the time since.

It was yesterday afternoon that Sellers went to the court of Justice Ross and swore out a complaint on which his wife and Leonard C. Coker, a lather 19 years of age, whose home is at 3239 East Sixth street, were arrested. Coker had been staying at the Sellers home, 527 East Fifth, for about a week. He says he boarded there.


"It has broken me all up," said Sellers, telling his story in the justice's court. "Why, I travelled with General Tom Thumb, first in Sheffield, England, where I passed show bills, and later until I rose to be his valet. For nearly sixteen years I was with him. The beginning was in 1857.

"After I left that employment, I went to farm in Illinois and later moved to Wakeeney, Kas., where I have property that yields me about $40 a month. That has furnished my living since I came to Kansas City three years ago.

"June 18 a young man brought this girl to my home. She said she was homeless, so I took her in and cared for her. After at time she disappeared and then returned. Always she kept insisting I should marry her, and at last, in December, I consented. She said then, 'Marry me or I will leave you."


"She had not been at my house a week before I missed some rings and jewelry, and she told me she had not taken them. For a time she went under the name of Evelyn LaRue, but her real name was Emma Vaughn."

This is what Mrs. Sellers had to say:

"Why, 'grandpa' -- that's what I always call him -- forced me to marry him. You see, it was this way: A young man named Lester Blume took me to grandpa's house, and told me to take some rings that were there. I did it, and 'grandpa' kept threatening to do things if I did not marry him.

"Coker? I was engaged to him when I was 16. Then I lost track of him for a long time. He came to the house last Thursday after we had been at the roller skating rink, and he's been there since. But so have two of my girl friends, who have been caring for me while I was sick. Have we a large house? Three rooms.

"Yes, papa is a Baptist preacher in Sheffield. He's not preaching at present, he's painting houses."

Both Mrs. Sellers and Coker denied the charge made against them. Sellers has three sons and a daughter living in Wakeeney. His first wife, whom he married when he was 32, died three years ago. Since then he has been in Kansas City. He says he is determined to prosecute.

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

January 17, 1909


Trapeze Performer Injured Last
Night Before Large Audience.

While doing his "swing of death" at the Hippodrome about 10 o'clock last night, Senor Frisco fell from his trapeze to the floor of the skating rink fourteen feet below. He was taken in an unconscious condition to the general hospital where it was found that his spine was either dislocated or severely wrenched and his knees bruised. The injuries are not fatal.

Senor Frisco's act is what is known as the "giant swing" with his feet instead of his hands on the bar. Metal attachments in the soles of his shoes fit in a narrow groove in the steel bar of the trapeze. At the center of the bar, the groove is wide so that he can insert the attachment and then maintain his hold by keeping his feet spread apart.

This last he failed to do for some reason last night, and as his feet came together his body was suddenly released and hurled to the floor at the end of the first revolution. His wife was in the large crowd and saw the accident, and she was nearly overcome. The performer is said to have had a presentiment that something untoward would happen.

Labels: , ,

January 16, 1909


Valuation Made by Owner in Suit
Against Railroad Company.

Monkeys are valuable animals, especially those which have been trained to perform in public, if the damages asked for the death of three baby monkeys by Miss Edith Hathaway, at the Orpheum theater last week, can be taken as a criterion. Miss Hathaway is suing the Chicago Great Western for $6,000, giving as the actual value of the monkeys $2,000 each.

In her testimony taken before C. W. Prince, her attorney, yesterday afternoon, Miss Hathaway stated that she did not wish punitive damages for the death of the monkeys and asked only to be compensated for actual monetary loss.

Labels: , , ,

January 16, 1909


So Do South American Republics,
Thinks Havana Tobacco Raiser.

Besides Cuba, the United States has several spoiled children among the South American republics which always will give it more or less trouble, is the opinion of Martin Miller, a tobacco raiser and exporter who is at the Kupper hotel. Mr. Miller's home is in Havana, Cuba, but he has traveled extensively in South American countries and understands the manners and customs of the people there.

"Uncle Sam will get in the habit of being a good spanker before many years," Mr. Miller said yesterday. "Cuba is once more enjoying home rule, but the United States government will have to keep a close watch down there to maintain the proper condition of affairs. But Cuba is tame compared with some of the South American republics. It will not only be necessary for the United States to point a warning finger at Cuba to keep it straight, but it will have to get a hickory stick to go after some of the South American republics. The South American controversies always will be a vexing question to the United States.

Labels: , ,

January 16, 1909


She Asks $5,000 Damages From the
Hippodrome Management.

Ella May Cushman went to the Hippodrome December 26. She is about 16 and she liked the looks of the lions. She alleges, in her petition for $5,000 damages filed yesterday in the circuit court, that the cages of two lions were in such condition that the kings of beasts reached out and clawed her face and tore out her hair. In suing the Hippodrome Amusement Company and Charles W. Parker, she says they were to blame for the insecurity of the cages. George B. Cushman, her father, brought the suit for the child, who says she will be permanently disfigured.

Labels: , , , , ,

January 15, 1909


Thought Tables Had Been Ordered
Out of Coffee Houses.

A committee from the Greek coffee house proprietors filled the lobby of Central police station early last evening to see Captain of Police Walter Whitsett in regard to their business.

The coffee house of Gust Agriomalos, 404 West Fifth street, and Gust Alivizos, 423 West Fifth street, were raided Thursday afternoon by the police and the proprietors and 156 frequenters taken to the station.

In the municipal court yesterday morning Agriomalos and Alivizos were fined $500 each and the frequenters $1 each. The charge against them was gambling. The Greek proprietors understood Judge Henry G. Kyle to instruct them to take the tables out of the coffee houses. After conferring with each other later in the morning the Greeks could not see how they could conduct their coffee houses without tables and appointed a committee to see the police about the matter.

Captain Whitsett told them they could keep their tables in the restaurants, but that they would not be allowed to gamble and it would be best to do away with all card playing.

Labels: , , , ,

January 15, 1909


Station Crowded Yesterday With
People En Route to California.

It was society day at the Union depot yesterday. It was no special invitation affair, but one of the incidents of this season of the year. It is not often during the year that such an array of fine jewels, costly furs and fur lined overcoats are seen at the Union depot. It made the farmer boys stand back and take notice.

The occasion for so much display yesterday was the fact that it was one of the big days of travel from the East to the Pacific coast, or to California resorts. The travel from the East to California is so heavy the California Limited on the Santa Fe yesterday was run in two sections. During the short wait at the Union depot many of the passengers left the sleepers and took a turn or two through the Union depot.

It was a prosperous looking crowd of tourists in the way to the warmth of the California climate. One fellow, with trousers desolately bagged at the knees, with frayed edges, sweeping the rusty uppers of his shoes, followed the tourists from one end of the depot to the other with his mouth open in perfect wonderment.

"The diamond that woman is wearing reminds me of the first electric headlight I ever saw," he said to a companion. "Ain't it a dandy?"

Labels: , ,

January 15, 1909


Call Mass Meeting to Discuss Status
of Political Refugees.

Handbills calling a protest mass meeting to be held in the Commercial Travelers' hall at Twelfth and Central streets Sunday afternoon have been issued by scholastic bodies of Kansas City.

The object of the meeting will be, as described in the circular, to protest against the deportation of certain political refugees from Russia and Mexico. The handbill is made up of an appeal to the American's love for justice and liberty and prays protection from the "autocracy of the tsar and of Diaz of Mexico."

The bill is signed by the Kansas City Socialist Club, the Workingmen's Circle and the Workingmen's Hebrew Progressive Self-Education Club.

Labels: , , ,

January 15, 1909


Nettie Room Retires, to Be Succeeded
by Captain Annie Garvin.

The continued sickness of Captain Nettie Room, head investigating agent for the Salvation Army's relief work, caused her to be forced to give up her work in this city. The other "slum angel," Lieutenant Alice Seay, goes with her. Both have been given a furlough of two weeks, after which they will go to St. Louis. Captain Annie Garvin of St. Louis has been appointed to take charge of the work and has already located at the citadel, Thirteenth and Walnut streets. Her assistant has not been appointed.

Three or four new cases for relief are reported every day. A consignment of rabbits is expected from Merriam, Kas., today. They will be distributed from the citadel.

Labels: , , ,

January 14, 1909


Casimir Welch Says Hundreds Are
There With Mothers.

Some interesting information on Mexican jails has been gathered by Casimir J. Welch, chief jailer at the county jail. Mr. Welch has just returned from a trip to the City of Mexico and some of the other towns of that republic.

"There are Mexican jails which compare favorably with those in the United States," said Mr. Welch yesterday, "and then, again, there are others which are infinitely worse. The penitentiary at the City of Mexico is modern in many of its appointments, while the jail there reminds one of a pig pen. In the jail, which is only partly roofed, the prisoners are huddled together. In the daytime they are under the open sky, should they wish to leave their shelter. At night they get under a sort of shed, where they sleep as best they may. Of some 4,000 prisoners we saw, 700 were women, a third of them with small children in their care.

"In the penitentiary on the other hand, each convict is given a daily bath and calisthenic exercises. The men sent up for ten years or longer are put in solitary confinement for the first two years and may not even speak to the guards. In the penitentiary are workshops to keep the convicts busy and also a school which they must attend.

Labels: ,

January 14, 1909


Those Who Claim to Know Say She
Becomes a Plunger.

That women are prone to the gambling instinct is proved by cases constantly occurring in the probate court. It was not many years ago that a woman reported that she had spent most of her husband's estate in the grain pit. When the estate was taken from her care and another guardian appointed, she was very angry.

Some years later she came into court and said she had been cured of the gambling mania. She added that the best thing that could have happened was the action taken by the court, for it had saved her children's share of the estate to them, while otherwise she might have gambled all of that away also.

Allegations that the gambling instinct seized another woman, whose estate is involved in a contest, are shortly to be brought forward. This woman is said to have dropped $4,000 on one deal alone. She is said to have had the idea that she could beat the market, but evidently the bucketshops saw her coming and took all her money.

While men may plunge oftener and for smaller amounts, it is woman who is said to be the real "game" gambler, spending her last cent to back an idea, be it at bridge, grain or stocks. Records in public places bear out that statement, it is claimed.

Labels: , ,

January 14, 1909


Big Rush of Unemployed to the Free
State Bureau.

"Reports about there being plenty of work for all the unemployed in Kansas City at Bean Lake did lots of business for us," said Superintendent K. F. Schweizer of the free employment bureau last evening. "Our office at Twelfth and McGee streets has been crowded all day with men seeking work and we have been busy taking their names and addresses.

"Swift & Co. and Armour were afraid they were not going to be able to get men enough to put up the big crop of ice now ready for the harvest, but they changed their mind and sent word last night to stop the rush of men to Bean lake for a few hours. We sent 155 there yesterday and had more than 500 applications today. We told them all to come around at 9 o'clock tomorrow morning, and if the packers sent word for more men, which they are sure to do if the weather continues cold, part, at least, will get a chance to work."

The men are receiving 17 1/2 cents an hour, and some of them are working twelve to fifteen hours -- all they can stand. The most are putting in ten hours and it makes better wages for them than they can get in this city. Their board costs them $3.50 a week. The work is not very hard, but it is cold work, and the men in charge of the ice packing refuse to hire a man if he is insufficiently clothed to stand the long hours working on the ice and in the chilling wind.

"Of the 500 or more men in the office today there were not more than ten who live in Kansas city. They give their address at some cheap lodging house and their last employer as some railroad contractor. In answer to the question as to why they quit their job they invariably answer that they were 'laid off.'

"We are doing much good in assisting the unemployed to find work, but we could do much more if we had an appropriation from the state board to be used in judicious advertising. At the present time we are allowed only money enough for rent and salaries. Fifty dollars each month to be expended at the discretion of the superintendent, would enable us to secure many good positions for stenographers, bookkeepers and clerks when such vacancies are telephoned to us."

If the weather continues cold there will be work at Bean lake for thirty days and this will do wonders in carrying these men over the hardest part of the winter.

Labels: , , ,

January 14, 1909


Head of Match Flies Off and Starts
Large Blaze.

Mrs. S. Salisburg struck a match yesterday morning in her millinery rooms on the second floor of the Ball & Ryland building, 525-27 Main street. The head blew off and set fire to the delicate fabrics in the back part of the store. After an hour of fighting the flames were under control. The loss is estimated at $5,000.

Labels: ,

January 13, 1909


Refusal to Heed Policeman Cost
Motor Car Speeder $10.

Refusing to stop his motor car on orders given by Patrolman Jerry Callahan Monday night cost Charles Brinker $10 yesterday morning in the municipal court. The $10 was a fine assessed by Judge Harry G. Kyle after Brinker had been arraigned on a charge of speeding his automobile. The patrolman testified that Brinker was running his machine at the rate of forty miles an hour.

Labels: , , ,

January 13, 1909



Also Would Know Circumstances Sur-
rounding Escape of F. E. Golden.
Severn Are Freed at Yes-
terday's Session.

The mystery surrounding in disappearance of F. E. Golden from the workhouse January 5 is being investigated by the pardon and parole board. Golden and an old man named George Rogers were recently fined $500 each for attempting to "short change" local merchants.

When he went to the workhouse he had $21.50 and a watch. After he had been there several days the money and watch were returned to him one morning. That night he escaped from the engine room where he was working.

"Patrick O'Hearn told me," said Secretary Frank E. McCrary, "that the engineer left the room and , in violation of strict orders, failed to lock the door. When he returned, Golden had decamped."

Mr. Billikopf said the board might want to know why Golden's money and watch happened to be given him the very day he happened to escape?

According to Mr. McCrary, Superintendent O'Hearn said Golden's watch was given him so he could tell the time down in the engine room, so he would know when to fire up. It appears to be the custom to give prisoners their money when it is asked for.


Another matter the board may look into is the passing of different kinds of "dope" in to prisoners. At every meeting so far prisoners have voluntarily stated that they sent out every day for gum opium, morphine and cocaine.

"Some of the guards will get it for you," one man stated, "if there is anything in it, but it is most generally brought in by the men of the chain gang. The money is given them when they go out in the morning."

The board yesterday gave freedom on parole to seven workhouse prisoners and sent one back until some of his statements would be investigated.


Paroled yesterday was Daniel Shoemaker, 21 years old, a negro dining car waiter, a dragnet victim. He was arrested December 3 "for investigation" and held three days, forty-eight hours longer than the law allows. Then he was fined $50 as a vagrant. Shoemaker told the board yesterday that he had just come in from his run when arrested, but that the police would not allow him to telephone and prove it. Even in court this was denied him.

Labels: , , ,

January 12, 1909


Reception at Executive Mansion and
Dancing at Madison House.

JEFFERSON CITY, Jan. 11. -- (Special.) Never before has there been a more brilliant inaugural ball than the one given tonight in honor of Governor Herbert S. Hadley. The crowd at the mansion calling on the Governor and Mrs. Hadley was so great that it was early seen that there would be no room for dancing, so the old dancing room of the Madison house was requisitioned. To this place the guests of the governor and first lady of the state were ushered after they had paid their respects at the official residence.

There was no grand march, the dancing being most in formal. The entire time of the governor was taken up receiving guests at the mansion. The grand old house, admittedly one of the most imposing official residences in the country, was one mass of cut and growing flowers and plants. Musicians occupied a place under the grand staircase, and it was intended to have the ball in the great reception hall and the salons.

The Governor and Mrs. Hadley received in the main hall, but were forced to retire to one of the adjoining rooms to permit dancing, which began shortly before 9 p. m. in the mansion, and by 9:30 in the Madison.

The prevailing intense cold weather caused many to telegraph their congratulations from the large towns and cities, but nevertheless the assembly was large and brilliant.

Labels: , , ,

January 12, 1909





Batteries Fire Salute of Seventeen
Guns in Honor of the New
Executive -- Hadley De-
fines Policies.
Herbert Spencer Hadley, Governor of Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Jan 11. -- (Special.) With the inauguration today of Herbert S. Hadley, Missouri, for the first time in nearly forty years, has a Republican governor.

Governor Hadley was inducted into office in a snowstorm. A week ago Governor Joseph W. Folk informally surrendered the mansion house to Mr. and Mrs. Hadley, but in order to have everything ceremonial today, the Folks and Hadleys returned to their old homes. At 11 o'clock Governor Folk left the mansion house, attended by the Third regiment of infantry from Kansas City, and a detachment of artillerymen from St. Louis, and made a ceremonial call upon Mr. Hadley, traveling in a carriage.

Mr. Hadley joined the retiring governor in the carriage, and the two made their way to the capitol, reaching there shortly before noon. The retiring and incoming state officials, excepting the lieutenant governor and the claimants, were assembled in the executive offices. When the party was completed by the arrival of Mr. Hadley and Governor Folk, all of them went to the house of representatives to be sworn in.


The hall was packed to its full capacity, and there was tumult in the corridors, caused by hundreds fighting for admittance, which they were unable to gain. The members of the supreme court occupied the speaker's stand, Justice Henry Lamm acting as president. He is the only Republican member of the supreme court.

With little ado Mr. Hadley, walking by the side of the retiring governor, went to where Mr. Justice Lamm was standing, and, being told by the justice to do so, raised his hand and the administration of the oath began.

John C. McKinley, the retiring lieutenant governor, acting as president of the joint session of the legislature which was in session for the inaugural, caused some apprehension when, because of the noise in the corridor, he loudly ordered the sergeant-at-arms to "eject the disturbers from the state house."


The prospect of hostilities caused the chief justice to pause in the administration of his oath. Hie own hand, which had been raised aloft, dropped to his side. Mr. Hadley did not do this. His hand was up for keeps, and he kept it there until the justice could resume and conclude. A

As soon as Governor Hadley was in office and Governor Folk automatically out of office the other officers were lined up and sworn in en masse. These were James Cowgill, treasurer; John D. Gordon, auditor; Cornelius Roach, secretary of state; Elliot W. Majors, attorney general; John A. Knott, railroad and warehouse commissioner.

Cannons began booming after the inauguration announcing the fact to the world, whereupon Governor Hadley made his inaugural address. He said:

"In the performance of the duties of the office of governor, my sole ambition and desire will be to continue to deserve the confidence and approval of the people of Missouri.

"Forty years have come and gone since a candidate of the Republican party was inaugurated as governor of this state. It will be sufficient for the purposes of this occasion to learn from the last half century of Missouri's history a lesson of conservatism and official fairness in the conduct of public affairs. And the political differences need not interfere with the performance of official duties, has been emphasized during the course of the last four years. For during that time, the state officials, partly of one party, and partly of another, have worked together in complete harmony and effectiveness.

"And the people have thus learned that no political party is entirely bad, and that no political party can claim a monopoly of official honesty and virtue.

"It is also necessary that we should be ever mindful of the fact that the powers of government are divided between the legislative, the executive and the judicial departments. While the rights and authority of each are intimately related with the others, yet it is also necessary that each should exercise its own powers, without interference from the others.


"There will be no questions considered by you which are more important than those connected with the work of education. It has been frequently charged that too much money is being expended for the conduct of the state university. I do not believe that there is any substantial basis of complaint on account of any disparity in the distribution of revenues of the state between the state university and the other parts of our educational system.

"But that something is wrong with our work of education is readily apparent by the examination of the statistics as to the illiteracy of our children of school age. According to the statistics of 1900, among the forty-eight states of the national Union, our rank in literacy was 31.

"It is worthy of notice that Missouri is one of four states in the Union that has no provision for superintendents of schools in each county of the state. And the fact that the other three states, namely Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi all have a lower rank of literacy than Missouri may tend to explain this unsatisfactory condition.

"While I claim no special knowledge or experience in matters of education, I do feel that the effectiveness of the common schools of the state must be raised if we are to make any substantial progress in the correction of the present unsatisfactory conditions.

"In no department of work has greater progress been made than in the study and investigation of agriculture, horticulture and the raising and care of live stock. The importance of this work in increasing the wealth and happiness of the people of the state cannot be overestimated. There should be no lack of funds to carry on this work in the most thorough manner possible.

"Under the scientific direction of the representatives of the state, and those whom it educates, should be conducted: The investigation of mineral deposits; the means of improving fertility and productivity of the soil; the growth and conservation of our forests; the use of our water power; the development of our water highways; the improvement of the conditions of life and the protection of the health and welfare of our people.


"The Missourian has bee the great pioneer. Missouri was the first state lying wholly west of the Mississippi to be admitted to the union. Maine entered the Union upon the shoulders of Missouri.

"For forty years Missouri stood as an outpost of civilization, reaching out into the unknown and undeveloped West. From her borders radiated those two great highways of Western exploration, travel, commerce and of conquest, on ending in the Northwest on the shores of the Pacific, and the other in the Southwest, in the land of the Mexican and the Spaniard. And along these great highways marched those hardy Missouri pioneers, hunters, trappers, traders and soldiers who were to bind our national domain, that great empire that lies between the Mississippi and the Pacific, by stronger ties than treaties and laws.

"The Missourian has been the pioneer of the West, leading the westward march of civilization across the American continent.

"The glory of Missouri is not alone in the glory that comes from things done in the past. She lives today in the active, throbbing, eager life of the civilization of the twentieth century. And in that great moral awakening which has swept across the country, creating an increased interest in the exercise of the duties of citizenship, raising the standard of honesty and efficiency in the public service and in the working out of those great problems which, as the product of our complex and commercialized civilization, confront us today, Missouri has also been something of a pioneer."

Labels: , , , ,

January 12, 1909


Wearing the Blue Ribbon, This
White Wyandotte Passed Away.

An unusual incident attended the judging of chickens in the annual show of the Kansas City Fanciers' Association in Convention hall yesterday afternoon in the death of a White Wyandotte cock owned by the P. B. Wyandotte farm at Mount Washington three minutes after it had received the first prize in its class. According to the judges, the cock would have been given the special award to be presented to the best bird in the show of any of the classes entered.

"The bird marked the perfection of breeding in the White Wyandotte class," said W. C. Pierce of Indianapolis, one of the judges. "I never saw its equal. The other judges say that it was a type apart from any bird exhibited, in any of the shows they have attended. It was easily worth $500."

Owners of the Wyandotte farm said that they still have two birds of the same breeding that show promise of equaling the bird that died. A post mortem will be held this morning to determine the cause of the fowl's death.

Labels: , , , ,

January 12, 1909


William Grim's Efforts to Get Be-
hind the Gun Unsuccessful.

William Grim, who thought he might win his way into the navy through the police department by giving himself up as a deserter last Saturday, appeared at the naval recruiting station in the postoffice building yesterday afternoon and wanted to enlist in the regular way.

Lieutenant J. F. Landis, in charge of the station, asked the applicant his age. The man said he was 18.

"Haven't we seen you before?" asked Lieutenant Landis.

"Yes; I am the deserter the police arrested," replied Grim. "I should have been billed straight through to my ship, the Baltimore, but it seems there was some hitch."

Grim was given a short examination at the station and refused admission to the society of Jackies.

"You're blackballed in this organization from having betrayed the sacred trust of your country," laughed a quartermaster as the counterfeit deserter left.

"Oh, that's all right. I'll enlist in the marines at the army recruiting station," said Grim.

Labels: ,

January 12, 1909


Judge Latshaw Sends Man of 45 to
County Jail.

In sentencing Charles Symore to the county jail for eight months, Judge R. S. Latshaw of the criminal court yesterday expressed himself as unwilling to send a man of 45 to the penitentiary, where his physique would be ruined.

Symore was charged with driving away a horse while he was under the influence of liquor.

"A horse is a mighty dangerous thing to handle unless you own it," said the judge, who is noted for the fine horses he rides. "You leave horses and buggies alone."

Labels: , , ,

January 11, 1909


Australian Trick Skater Repla-
ces Vontella and Nina.

Owing to the fact that Vontella and Nina, who were to appear at the Hippodrome this week, were called away at the last moment, the management secured for a free attraction Hector De Silvia, the champion trick and fancy skater of Australia. De Silvia accomplishes all the tricks that the skating devotees are used to seeing and then goes them one or two better and introduces several of his own origination.

De Silvia will introduce his coast of death at tonight's performance. In this act De Silvia coasts from the top of the auditorium blindfolded, on the toe rollers of one skate.

As an additional attraction, Signor Frisco, a Mexican aerial performer, does some very clever work.

In the wild animal show, Captain Cardona introduces a new leopard act. Ricardo has staged one of the new acts in which he uses pumas and leopards. Miss La Rose continues with her lions, and is this week working all six of the beasts in the arena at the same time. Professor Snyder continues with the Rocky mountain goats, and "Hess," the wrestling bear, is meeting all comers. The management has offered $10 to any one who will throw the shaggy grappler.

In the vaudeville theater, illustrated songs, music and motion photography make up the bill.

Labels: , , , , ,

January 11, 1909


Three-Year-Old Boy Dies from In-
juries Received From Accident.

John Melvin Shoemaker, the 3-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. John A. Shoemaker, who was scalded by falling into a tub of hot water at the home at 2033 East Eighteenth street Saturday afternoon, died at the general hospital yesterday morning. No funeral arrangements have been made.

Labels: , , ,

January 11, 1908


Takes Money From Cashier of Chi-
nese Eating House While
Patrons Look On.

A quiet little Chinese restaurant, patronized by those of Bohemian inclinations after the theater, the King Joy Lo, 1217 Grand avenue, was held up and robbed at 1:30 o'clock yesterday morning by one lone robber, who got $164 and exchanged pistol shots with F. G. Lee, the Chinese manager. The robber escaped.

A party of four persons was in the restaurant at the time of the robbery, besides the restaurant attaches. The dainty Chinese midnight luncheon had been served the guests by one of the waiters, when the door was pushed open and a young man about 25 years old entered. He walked across the dining room to the cigar case and stood there.

The cashier inquired of the man what it was he desired. In answer the stranger pulled a pistol out of his pocket and, pointing it at the cashier, told him to hold up his hands. His order was obeyed and the robber then walked around behind the showcase and, opening the cash register, took out $164 in paper money. A large amount of silver was left undisturbed.

Shoving the currency into his pockets, the robber started to leave the restaurant after warning the guests and waiters to keep quiet. The guests had no knowledge of what had transpired. As the robber was leaving the showcase F. G. Lee, the manager, entered the restaurant from the private office. Taking in the situation, Lee ran to the showcase and took a revolver from a drawer.

The robber found some difficulty in getting the door open. Before running down the stairs the robber fired a shot into the room, which was returned by the manager. Lee followed down the stairs, but the fog was too heavy for him to see far. He fired two shots into the air to attract the attention of the police, and after waiting several minutes he again fired twice. Twenty minutes later Sergeant Henry L. Goode and Patrolman A. L. Meizinger arrived. They succeeded in finding the robber's hat, which had fallen on the floor in the restaurant.

The lone robber did not disturb the guests.

Labels: , , ,

January 11, 1908


Kansas City Republicans Leave for
Jefferson City on Special Train.

It was a shivering crowd of soldiers and citizens which rushed from the street cars to the warmth of the Union depot in Kansas City at midnight last night. They were members of Kansas City's delegation which left on two special trains over the Missouri Pacific at 12:30 and 1 o'clock this morning for Jefferson City to attend the inauguration of Governor Herbert S. Hadley. The special train bearing the Third Regiment, Missouri national guard, pulled out for Jefferson City shortly before 1 o'clock. The special train bearing the Kansas City politicians and friends of Governor Hadley did not leave until after 1 o'clock.

The Kansas City special was made a part of the St. Joseph, Mo., special. In spite of the cold there was plenty of elation in the departure. Brass bands and plenty of enthusiasm made some of the brave travelers who were waiting for trains venture out on the platform right in the face of the blizzard from the north to see the display of the Kansas City political spirit.

But there were many among the Kansas City delegation who are not politicians. Some were business and professional men, friends of Governor Hadley, who wanted to see Kansas City well represented at the inauguration and who wanted to extend friendly greetings to the new governor.

"It has been more than one score years and ten since we Republicans -- " began a St. Joseph, Mo., politician who wanted to make a speech of welcome to the Kansas City delegation as they climbed aboard the special. But he was interrupted with "Save your ammunition until four years hence, when another Republican governor will be elected."

"It's too great a tax on the memory to recall incidents that happened thirty-seven years ago when the only Republican governor we have elected in that period was inaugurated," remonstrated a Kansas City man.

Labels: , , , , , , ,

January 11, 1909


Dr. W. S. Wheeler, City Health Com-
missioner, Declares the New Or-
leans Scheme a Fad.

"Medical inspectors in the public schools have asked the board of education to have surgeons remove adenoids from bad boys to make them good," reads a dispatch from New Orleans.

"Nothing but a fad," said Dr. W. S. Wheeler, city health commissioner, when shown the telegram last night. Though he is an earnest believer in medical inspection of the schools, Dr. Wheeler did not indorse the recommendation of the New Orleans inspectors, which he brands as faddishness.

"It is absurd to say that the removal of adenoids in bad boys will so alter their disposition as to make them good. Adenoids are simply glandular growths in the throat, back of tonsils, and are brought on by sever colds and other causes. Their removal often rids the victim of a certain impediment in speech, but as to any effect on the character of the boy who undergoes the operation, which is a simple one, there is none."

Labels: , , , ,

January 10, 1909


Little Harry Shoemaker May Have
Received Fatal Injuries.

Harry Shoemaker, 3 years old, infant son of Mrs. J. A. Shoemaker, 2033 East Eighteenth street, fell into a tub of boiling water yesterday morning and was badly scalded. The mother heard the child's cries and plunged her hands into the water and pulled the boy out. The child was taken to the general hospital, where it is in a serious condition. Mrs. Shoemaker had both hands badly burned.

Labels: , ,

January 10, 1909


Prisoner in the Holdover Played It
on Police.

Sergeant Harry James left last night for Philadelphia with a deserter from the navy, Archie Ingraham. He was arrested by Patrolman E. C. Welch Thursday afternoon.

"I can always pick out a deserter when they are brought in," Desk Sergeant Charles McVey said several days ago when Patrolman Patrick Boyle said he would like to pick up one. "There is one downstairs now," McVey continued.

The two officers went to the holdover and McVey called to one of the prisoners and asked, "When did you desert?"

"Six weeks ago," the suspected deserter replied.

"Where from?" he was asked.

"Frisco, from the Illinois."

"These deserters cannot get by me," McVey told Boyle. "I can always spot them."

The desk sergeant granted Patrolman Boyle the right to take the prisoner to Philadelphia and turn him over to the government. Yesterday Patrolman Boyle took the deserter to the navy recruiting station to arrange for transportation. An officer in charge of the station looked at the man and then said to him, "You were never in the navy."

"I know it," he answered.

"Why in thunder did you claim to be a deserter?" Patrolman Boyle inquired, as he saw his Eastern visit slipping away from him. The prisoner who was believed to be a deserter said he wanted to join the navy, and thought that the easiest way to do so.

Labels: , ,

January 10, 1909


Claims She Was Decoyed Into a Dis-
orderly Resort.

Claiming that she was detained for eighteen day in the resort of Jennie O'Neill, 205 West Third street, Ceicel Grady, 16 years old, brought suit against the woman yesterday. Damages to the amount of $25,000 are asked in the petition which was filed with the clerk of the circuit court. The suit is brought through Mrs. Mollie Woodward, mother of the girl.

Ceicel says she went to Mrs. O'Neill's place at the woman's invitation, as a domestic. When she discovered the real nature of her surroundings she tried to leave, but her clothing was hidden from her by the defendant, it is alleged.

Labels: , , , ,

January 10, 1909


Under Immigration Laws He Is a
Charge on Charity.

Dr. J. Park Neal, superintendent of the general hospital, left last night for New York. He will make an inspection of the large hospitals in the East.

An Italian named Joe Rosato who has been ill in the general hospital for some time was taken East by Dr. Neal. Rosato came to this country last month on an Atlantic steamship. A section of the immigration laws compels the steamship company bringing a foreigner to America to take them back home if such an immigrant becomes an inmate of any charitable institution within the year. Rosato will be turned over to the immigration authorities in New York for deportation.

Labels: , , ,

January 10, 1909


Pat McGuire Arrested Just Because
He Relieved His Aching Feet.

Stopping over in Kansas city while on his way to Denver to visit his parents, Patrick McGuire, a soldier, attended the Shubert theater last night. He purchased a ticket which gave him a seat well down in front of the parquet.

Shortly after the curtain rose, his feet commenced paining him and he immediately removed his shoes. Complaint was made at once by patrons of the theater sitting nearest to Patrick. An usher asked him to put his shoes back on. He refused.

Officer James Lillis was called, and after a lively struggle, Lillis and three ushers finally ejected the irate soldier boy from the theater. He was immediately placed under arrest, the charge against him being disturbing the peace.

McGuire has served as a soldier in the regular army for fifteen years. Ten days ago his time expired.

Labels: , , ,

January 10, 1909


But He Lost It Because He Was Ar-
rested for Loafing.

In spite of the fact that he had a job as a cook, Harry Moore appeared yesterday morning, charged with vagrancy. He was arrested Friday night by Patrolman Bryan Underwood at the Union depot. Underwood accused Moore of loafing around the depot, and testified that Moore had his hand in another man's coat pocket when arrested.

The defendant testified that he came here from Sedalia four days ago, and had been staying at the Helping Hand institute. He denied that he was a vagrant, and said that he had secured a job as cook in a hotel on Union avenue. Moore said he did not have his hand in the man's pocket, and there was no witness but the officer. The prisoner told Judge Harry G. Kyle that he had importuned the patrolman to go across the street from the depot and verify his story as to the place of the cook, but that the patrolman refused.

Judge Kyle fined Moore $50 and then gave him a stay of execution, and turned him over to the Helping Hand authorities. F. H. Ream, spiritual adviser of the institute, went to the hotel named by Moore, and the proprietor confirmed his story, and said he was compelled to engage another man yesterday in his place.

Labels: , , , , , ,

January 9, 1909


Judge Porterfield's Verdict: "Don't
Use Shinny Sticks Any More."

In the juvenile court yesterday afternoon Eddie Stephons and Tommy Bramlette, 14 and 13 years old, respectively, told Judge E. E. Porterfield that when boys play policemen it means clubs will be freely used on the heads of any prisoners taken into their custody.

The boys had been fighting and Eddie still bore a scar across his forehead and one cheek was swollen as the result of a blow from Tommy's shinny stick. The defendant readily confessed it was he who delivered the blow.

"That will do," said Judge Porterfield, after each boy had told his story. "The plaintiff has no case at all. He simply got whipped. Dismissed, but you must not use shinny sticks or play prisoner and policeman until good feeling is restored between you."

Labels: , ,

January 9, 1909


Jackson and Cass Counties' Farmers
Experiment With Weed.

LEE'S SUMMIT, MO., Jan 8 -- G. W. Simmons, who lives near Raymore, Mo., and who recently returned from Kentucky as representative of the Harrisonville Commercial Club to investigate and procure practical help for the raising of tobacco, is in Lee's Summit today. Mr. Simmons says there is no doubt but what the soil of Jackson and Cass counties is properly tilled for the growing of tobacco, and this year he will endeavor to have several of the farmers in the different localities of Cass county plant as much as three acres each of the product.

Jackson county will also be given a trial at this new culture by George Shawhan of Weston, Mo., on his farm near Lone Jack. Mr. Shawhan will plant fifty acres, while his son-in-law, James Rowland, will have fifteen acres. A tobacco company has recently offered inducements to the farmers in these localities in order to get them started in this new venture.

Labels: , , , , ,

January 9, 1909


Monday, January 11, 1909, at Jef-
ferson City, Mo.

This is to notify all Republicans that desire to be present at the inauguration of the first Republican governor of Missouri since the civil war, that the Republican clubs of Kansas city will have a special train to Jefferson City via the Missouri Pacific railway.

The train will be at readiness to receive passengers at Kansas City Union depot, Sunday evening, January 10, at 11:50, and will arrive at Jefferson City at 7 a. m. Monday.

Tickets will be good going only on the special train.

Excursion tickets can be secured from any of the following members of the Republican special train committee:

Roy S. Davis, 1002 N. Y. Life; E. A. Norris, Ricksecker bldg; H. E. Barker, 15th & McGee; Leo Koehler, city hall; W. E. Griffin, 810 N. Y. Life bldg., or Missouri Pacific city ticket office, No. 901 Main street.

Labels: , , , , ,

January 8, 1909





Little Light on Mysterious Deaths of
J. W. Brault and Mrs. Julia
Kenner in Their Troost
Avenue Apartment.

With no external evidence as to how or why they came to their end, J. W. Brault and Mrs. Julia Kenner were found dead in a room at 1517 Troost avenue at 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Whether it was a suicide pact between the man and Mrs. Kenner, who may be his wife, or a murder and a suicide, the police are unable to say. The woman was a baking powder demonstrator and about 38 years old. The man at one time was an agent for crayon pictures. He looked to be 45 years old. The couple evidently died yesterday morning.

They had been doing light housekeeping and when Mrs. Mary Kimmons, who conducts the apartment house where the two roomed, failed to detect the usual odor of cooking food at noon yesterday she sent W. F. Gray, who, with his wife, lives in the apartment house, to investigate. Gray found the door locked. He climbed up and looked over the transom. He saw the two bodies lying on the bed. That of the man was on its back; that of the woman was lying across him, the hands clasped as if in agony, the face contorted.


The police and coroner were united. Two detectives and Deputy Coroner Harry Czarlinsky broke in the door. From the position of the bodies, the detectives were led to believe that the man died first. There were no marks of violence on either body. Poison probably caused the death of both, but only a postmortem examination, which will be made this morning, will establish the fact.

When Mr. Gray looked over the transom, he said he smelled chloroform, but no trace of the drug was found. There was a small vial of laudanum on the dresser, but Dr. Czarlinsky said that there was no evidence of laudanum poisoning.

Mrs. Gray, wife of the man who made the discovery, said that about 3 o'clock yesterday morning she heard Mrs. Kenner rush across the floor screaming "Help," and "Lord have mercy!" She paid little attention to the cries then, as she and Mr. Gray had often heard the couple quarreling. However, she told Mrs. Kimmons of it just before noon.

The dead man and woman came to the apartment house a week ago and registered as man and wife.


Many letters addressed to Mrs. Julia Kenner were found, but there was only one that might have belonged to Brault. This one was to the Egg Baking Powder Company of New York and applied for a position as agent. It set forth that Brault had married Mrs. Kenner, alluded to as "one of the company's best demonstrators." It was evidently a copy of a letter Brault had sent to the company.

In the meagerly furnished room was a bed, a center table on which was a pan of biscuits,, a dressing table crowded with bottles of various descriptions, and a trunk, the property of Mrs. Kenner. On top of some articles of woman's wear in the trunk was a telegram addressed to "Mrs. Kenner, 132 West Court street, Cincinnati, O." It read:

"Letter mailed today. Am well. Lots of love. -- Your Harry."

The searchers could find no other indication that a man whose first name was Harry had ever written the woman. Another letter from the Egg Baking Powder Company of New York was addressed to the woman at 1512 Biddle street, St. Louis.


The theory the police first entertained was that lack of money had brought on despondency which had occasioned the double tragedy. This was given up when a certificate of deposit for $50 on the Exchange Bank of Kansas City was discovered in the trunk.

Dr. Harry Czarlinsky, the assistant coroner, said last night he was entirely at sea as to the method used in bringing death to the couple. He was sure neither gas nor chloroform was used.

"My opinion is that the woman killed the man and the in her desperation put an end to herself," said he. "From the appearance of the room and of the bodies I do not consider it possible that some one could have entered the room and murdered the couple."

That was also the opinion of Lieutenant W. J. Carroll of No. 6 police station, to whom the tragedy was first reported.

The bodies were ordered taken to the Leo J. Stewart undertaking establishment.

Labels: , , , , , , , , ,

January 8, 1909



Calendar Is Thirteen Days Behind.
Kansas City Colonies of the
Two Nations Make

Christmas day was observed yesterday by the Servians and Greeks of Kansas City thirteen days later than the American and English Christmas. The day was made a holiday and none of the Greeks and Servians in the Kansas City colonies in the North End and West Bottoms failed to observe the day in some manner. Gifts were exchanged and there was general feasting and merrymaking.

Christmas means the same to the Greeks and Servians as it does to other people, namely the celebration of the birth of Christ, but the calendar used by them is thirteen days behind the calendar in general use. There is one great difference between the manner in which the people observe the day. No gifts are given or expected by anyone not an immediate family member. Friends do not give presents in token of their friendship.

Santa Claus is called "Callkagary," and he is supposed to be a tall man of dark complexion with merry black eyes, who visits all the little children on the night or during the week before Christmas day. He doesn't live at the North pole, but inhabits the clouds.


The Greeks, there are about 1,000 of them in a colony around Fifth street and Broadway, gave up the entire day yesterday to revelry and fun. There were no particular ceremonies, the colony has no church, but the men gathered in groups in halls and saloons, while the women and children visited each other.

New Year's day is really the day for gifts by the Greeks, but Christmas day does not lack any of its charm because of that. New Year's day will be one week from yesterday, the first of January, according to the Greek calendar. The Christmas season among the Greeks and Servians is supposed to last during three days, but the colony here will not make today and tomorrow festive days.

Labels: , , , , , ,

January 8, 1909


Men and Boys Find Refuge From the
Storm at a North End Mission.

There is no better place in Kansas City to see and study types of humanity in varying forms then the one dingy room in the North End called the Poor Man's mission. The room is a small one, about thirty feet in width and probably fifty feet long. In this room last night there were crowded at least 200 men who had sought refuge from the cold. In this room they can sleep on chairs, and on the floor, or one another, without money, and no questions asked. Outside the building there is stretched a large banner which bears the legend: "United we stand, divided we fall." Written across a blackboard just outside the door is an invitation to all poor men who have no other place to rest, to make the Poor Man's mission their refuge. That the invitation is accepted can readily be seen by a casual observer any cold night. A look into the room through the window is sufficient for most.

Inside the unlocked doors last night were fully 200 derelicts of the North End sleeping in grotesque positions. The floor was entirely covered with men and boys, with just enough space left between the bodies of the sleepers for the legs of a few chairs and benches to be placed. They sleep in every imaginable position, arms and legs thrust out at any angle. One man uses his neighbor's chest as a pillow; another prefers to rest his head upon his own arm, and still others are unmindful of a subterfuge for a pillow and allow their heads to rest on the floor.

Among the crowd of sleeping men the professional tramp can readily be detected. He is the man who is sitting up on the floor with his back and head resting against the back and shoulder of a fellow -- so, back to back, the professional tramps sleep.

The young fellow who has just been out on the road for a year or so is a little different. He has chosen a secluded nook or corner in which he sits with head bowed down and arms encircling his knees. Leaning up against him in his corner is another individual, unkempt and unshaven.

The room has no ventilation in which those 200 men were sleeping last night. The air was stifling, heavy, poisonous. The Poor Man's mission is located at 309 Main street and it is maintained by J. C. Creighton, a street evangelist. It was from this place that the Adam God sect emanated on the day they wrought such havoc in the North End.

Labels: , , , ,

January 8, 1909


Third Regiment to Play Important
Part in Inaugural Ceremonies.

"All plans for the visit of the Third regiment, M. N. G., in Jefferson City have been perfected," said Colonel Cusil Lechtman last night. "The regiment will depart at 12 o'clock Sunday night on the special train, arriving at Jefferson City Monday morning. The boys will go in full dress uniform and looking as spick and span as possible.

"The regiment will form and march to the residence of Governor Folk, escort him to the residence of Governor Hadley and then escort both to the capitol, where the regiment will pass in review before them. After inaugural ceremonies the boys will be at liberty, which will probably give them the afternoon in Jefferson city. The train will return home to Kansas City Tuesday night.

Labels: , , , ,

January 7, 1909


John Martin Speyer, Free Man Now,
Can't Go Out of Doors.

Since leaving the Jackson county jail Tuesday morning, the case against him having been dismissed by Virgil Conkling, prosecutor, after almost seven years of trial, John Martin Speyer has been unable to spend any of his freedom out of doors. The weather has been so severe that Speyer, after six years and six months of incarceration, is afraid to step out in the open air. His physical condition is such that it makes him liable to pneumonia and unable to stand the cold.

At the present time Speyer is living with George McCabe, a friend, at 520 East Eleventh street. All of his time is being spent in preparation of the lecture upon crime and punishment.

Labels: , , ,

January 7, 1909


Enlist in the Navy When There's a
Drop in Temperature.

There were eighteen applicants yesterday for enlistment in the navy, the largest number ever received by the local recruiting station in any one day. No other explanation is offered than that when there is scarcity of work and the weather is cold, young men are more apt to enlist.

During the year 1908, a total of 1,787 applications were received at the local recruiting station. Of these, 1,647 took the physical examination, 463 were accepted, and 454 enlisted.

Labels: ,

January 7, 1909


Accident to Converter Holds Crowd
Downtown in Cold.

An accident to one of the rotary converters in the reducing station of the Metropolitan Street Railway Company at Fifteenth and Walnut streets, tied up every street car in the down town district at 5 o'clock last night, when the homeward bound crowd was heaviest. In eight minutes one division started to move off gingerly, but it was half an hour before all divisions were back in service again.

The hour and the bitter cold did not contribute to put the disappointed throngs in a good humor. The Metropolitan had most of the crowd off the sidewalks by 6:30, however.

It will take two or three days to repair the damage, and in the meantime the stret car service will be impaired slightly.

Labels: , , ,

January 7, 1909


Many Kansas City Kansans Can't
Keep Houses Warm.

The shortage of gas yesterday in Kansas City, Kas., as a result of the sudden drop in the temperature proved a menace to many families in that city. All attempts to keep a home even passably comfortable were futile. The flickering, uncertain flame gave out no warmth and women and little children were compelled in many instances to sit around all day in heavy wraps, unable even to coax out enough heat to cook a meal.

The wiser and more fortunate ones who had not disposed of their coal stoves fared better. Those families who are still burning wood or coal for heating purposes were the recipients of many compliments as to the soundness of their judgment. In the northern part of the city, where the pressure appeared to be lowest, several families gathered at a neighbor's home and stayed there all day with their children. The neighbor was using a wood stove.

The officials of the Wyandotte Gas Company could hold out only little encouragement when questioned concerning the prospects.

Labels: , ,

January 7, 1909


Each of Three Capturers of "Adam
God" Will Receive $33.33.

The row over who should get the reward for the capture of James Sharp, alias "Adam God," was settled by the police board yesterday, when it was decided to cut the $100 into three parts. The fanatic was caught by R. M. Bair, a farmer near Olathe, Kas., and his hired man, E. P. Barrett. But Sheriff J. S. Stead was in the vicinity looking for the fugitive, so these three men will each get $33.33 each, as near as James E. Vincil, secretary of the board, is able to cut it.

Labels: , , , ,

January 6, 1909



"Realization of My Act Has Been
Greater Punishment Than Law
Could Inflict," Says the

Six and one-half years in jail, three times convicted of the murder of his own 5-year-old son, John Martin Speyer, showman, stepped out of the county court house yesterday a free man. At 38 years of age he again faces the world, leaving on the county's books one of the most unique records ever entered opposite the name of a model prisoner.

Three times the supreme court held that Speyer was insane when he killed Fred, his child, and the prosecuting attorney, Virgil Conkling, believed a fourth trial would result in the same finding. So, when Speyer was taken before Judge E. E. Porterfield of Division 2 of the criminal court yesterday, Mr. Conkling dismissed the charge against the prisoner.


Judge Porterfield, in releasing Speyer, impressed upon him the fact that he was still a young man and able to make a good record in the world. The judge continued:

"I cannot believe that you were responsible for your actions when you killed your child. The supreme court has said so three times. The world, I believe, looks upon you with charity and expects of you only good conduct in the future. What you must have suffered from the realization of your act no doubt has been greater punishment than the imprisonment you have undergone. You are now free. Is there anything you wish to say to this court?"

Speyer, almost unnerved at his release after long imprisonment, rose slowly and said:


"You are right. The realization of what my act has meant has been to me far greater punishment than the law could possibly inflict. I intend to live an upright life. I was irresponsible when I committed the act which brought me to jail. By my conduct in the future I hope to make some small reparation. I thank you all for your kindness to me."

After shaking hands with everyone near, including the jailer, Speyer went to the jail and gathered up his few possessions, among them the manuscript of his lecture on prison life. As he had no money, deputies in the office of the county marshal made up a purse of about $15. Speyer said he would go to 520 East Eleventh street, the home of George McCabe, until he could find employment.

Labels: , , , ,

January 6, 1908


Hot Luncheon Served to Pupils From
11:50 to 1:30 Now.

The periods of recitation at the Central high school were lengthened from forty to fifty minutes yesterday and the regular luncheon hour from 11:50 to 1:30 established. A hot luncheon was served for the first time yesterday. It included vegetable soup, tomatoes and spaghetti, chocolate, coffee and sandwiches. School opens at 8:30 as usual and closes at 1:50, an hour and twenty minutes later than usual.

The time is divided into six periods and one of these is a study period. As the new lunch room will only hold 400 students at a time, the luncheon period is divided into three parts of twenty minutes each.

Labels: ,

January 6, 1909


Ten Omaha Indians Take Council.
Smoke From Same Bowl.

Ten grunts, twenty puffs of strangely scented smoke from one pipe, a look of satisfaction on ten faces, completed the round of good fellowship among a band of Indians, who, with their families, spent several hours at the Union depot yesterday. They were Omahas on the return trip to their reservation near Omaha, Neb., from a few weeks visit with their fellow tribesmen in Oklahoma.

The chief of the band carried a large pipe which he filled carefully. With the true Indian hospitality he lighted the pipe, took two puffs and passed it on to the next member of the party, and so on until the ten, gathered in a circle for the smoke, had each taken two puffs. Then the pipe was restored to the pocket of the chief of the band, each Indian said something and then began the stroll from one end of the depot to the other.

Labels: , , , ,

January 6, 1909


High Man on the Democratic Ticket
Succeeds Judge McCune.

Judge E. E. Porterfield of the circuit court will be chosen today to preside over the juvenile court for a period of two years. The law sets the formal election for Thursday, but action is to be taken today so that the new judge may, in a manner, familiarize himself with the duties of the place.

At the last general election, Judge Porterfield was elected to serve a term of six years. He was the high man on his ticket. He has not sought the office of juvenile judge, but today's meeting will give it to him. The term of the judge of the juvenile court is two years, unless unforeseen circumstances change the tenure of office.

Labels: ,

January 6, 1909


Lawyer's Blunder Causes Needless
Annoyance for James H. Armstrong.

Through the mistake of a lawyer James H. Armstrong, present of the Enterprise Foundry Co., 114 West Nineteenth street, has been considerably annoyed by deputy sheriffs who insisted that he was James Armstrong, vice president of the American Recording Company. He has been well and favorably known in Kansas City for twenty years. When he called attention to the fact that he is not the Armstrong connected with the American Recording Company the attorneys hurried to the courthouse and had the summons issued for James Armstrong, explaining their mistake. This was done yesterday and Mr. Armstrong was relieved of further annoyance because of a similarity in names.

Labels: ,

January 5, 1909



R. A. Long Building, Jewish Temple
and Many Other Important Kan-
sas City Structures Were
Planned by Him.

Frank Maynard Howe of the firm Howe & Hoit, an architect of international note whose name is associated with some of the most important buildings in Kansas city, died at his home, 1707 Jefferson street, at 7:30 o'clock last night of heart disease.

Mr. Howe, who was 59 years old, had been quite ill since June last. On July 6, accompanied by Mrs. Howe and their daughter, Miss Dorothy Howe, he toured Great Britain, Holland, Germany and France, in the hope of recovering his failing health, but when he returned October 7 he was but little improved.

Besides the widow, Mrs. Mary E. Howe, and the daughter, Miss Dorothy, there is another daughter, Mrs. Katherine Howe Munger, who lives at the family home. There is one grandchild, Nancy Munger, 3 years old.

When Mr. Howe came to Kansas City in 1885, the architectural firm of Van Brunt & Howe was established, in connection with a similar firm in Boston, Mass. Several years later Mr. Van Brunt came here. At the death of Mr. Van Brunt, seven years ago, the firm of Howe & Hoit was organized.


Mr. Howe was the architect of some of very prominent buildings, among them the Electricity building at the Columbian exposition, Chicago, in 1893, where he was also a member of the board of consulting architects. He held a similar position at the Louisiana Purchase exposition in St. Louis in 1904. Among Mr. Howe's first works was the Union station at Worcester, Mass.

He was born in West Cambridge, Mass., now known as Arlington, and was a graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Some of the well-known home buildings of which Howe was an architect were the following: R. A. Long building, Emery, Bird, Thayer Dry Goods Company store, Fidelity Trust Company, United States and Mexican Trust Company, Reliance building, Scottish Rite temple and St. Mary's hospital.

Among the houses of worship he planned were the new Jewish temple, the Independence Boulevard Christian church and he was building the Linwood Boulevard Christian church. He also planned the homes of Kirk Armour, Mrs. F. B. Armour and Charles Campbell.

When Mr. Howe died he was planning to build for R. A. Long a $1,000,000 home at Independence and Gladstone boulevards, which with stables, conservatory and other buildings, will occupy a full block.

Mr. Howe was a member of the Elm Ridge Club and the Knife and Fork Club, and was president of the Philharmonic Society throughout its existence. As a great-grandson of Isaac Howe, who fought at the battle of Lexington, he was selected for membership in the Sons of the Revolution. Mr. Howe's ancestors were English Puritans and came to Massachusetts in the seventeenth century. He was a member of Ararat temple, Mystic Shrine, and a thirty-second degree Mason.

His principal avocations were painting water colors and music. He played the piano and the pipe organ.

Labels: , , , , , , , , , , ,

December 5, 1908


Mayor's Bodyguard Tells How He
Handles Cranks.

"Phil" Murphy is the police officer who has been detailed to the offices of the mayor in the city hall to deal with cranks and obstreperous callers. He has been connected with the police department for several years, and has served at the depot and other public places in handling crowds.

"How do you propose to deal with the cranks when they annoy the mayor?" Murphy was asked yesterday.

"Jolly 'em, jolly 'em," replied Murphy. "There's only one way to handle a crank. Fawn him, play on his vanity and get him to believe that his bug is all right. Get his confidence, humor him and feed him taffy and mentally blindfold him. When you have him in this condition there is not trouble in taking care of him."

Labels: , ,

January 5, 1909


Court Gives St. Anthony's Home a
Clean Bill of Health.

A clean bill of health will be given St. Anthony's Home for Babies today by H. L. McCune, until yesterday judge of the juvenile court. Last week Judge McCune heard complaints against the hospital and took the matter under advisement. Certain changes were prescribed and these have been made at the hospital.

For one thing, a chief nurse has been hired. Then there have been added to the directorate D. B. Holmes, L. M. Johns and other well known men who have taken it upon themselves to see that things at the institution are kept in good sh ape.

Labels: , , ,

January 5, 1909


Homeopathic Physicians Want to
Help Control Insane Hospitals.

The homeopathic physicians of the state will demand of Governor Hadley greater recognition. C. A. Young, ex-alderman of this city, will present several petitions to Governor Hadley today, requesting that he give the homeopaths at least two members on the board of control of the hospitals for the insane and greater recognition on the state board of health. The homeopaths now have only one member on the board of control of the hospitals for the insane.

The plnas for gaining greater recognition were talked over last night at a meeting of the Kansas City Homeopathic Medical Society at the Coates house.

Labels: , , , , ,

January 4, 1909


Criticise Alleged Laxity of Kansas
City Police in Losing Martin.

BOSTON, MASS., Januaray 3 -- (Special.) When Inspectors Gaddis and Sheehan returned yesterday from Kansas City after their fruitless trip to corral James R. Martin, alias James P. Douglass, for the Boston authorities, police headquarters was agog with excitement, for open declarations were made that the Kansas City police at least showed laxity in allowing Martin's escape.

The officers claimed they had seen Martin in the jail where he was held on another charge. Their report is that Martin appeared to be more of a guest than a prisoner. The inspectors reported Martin had signified a willingness to return to Boston peaceably and waive extradition. Then, say the disgruntled Boston inspectors, they awoke next day to find that their bird had flown overnight.

Martin is wanted here for forging and altering a check for $200 on a Boston jewelry house about six weeks ago. On Christmas day the two inspectors were ordered to Kansas City. Arriving there they found that Martin had been removed from the county jail to the lock-up in the city, where they allege he enjoyed considerable priveleges.

Labels: , , , , ,

January 4, 1909





Official Cares and Personal Ease Is
Being Disturbed to Too Great
an Extent by Mentally
Disturbed Persons.

Every hour of the day and every day of the week from a half to a dozen people from all walks of life sit in the big waiting room adjoining the private offices of Mayor Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., in the city hall waiting to get "a word with the mayor." The visitors attract little if any attention from the other throngs that pass in and out of the building, so today when an unconcerned appearing man takes his place with the other callers at the mayor's offices, and mingles among them in an unconscious sort of way there is no possibility of his presence exciting more than passing notice. But after he repeats for days his presence he will then become an object of notice, and people will begin wondering and asking why he is there and what is the necessity for his continual attendance. Then it will all come out.


The mysterious stranger is a police officer, and he is there to deal with cranks, near-cranks and other objectionables that are making life burdensome to the mayor. This class of individuals is fast becoming a pest, and Mayor Crittenden has had some experience with them of late that has induced him to follow out the rule in vogue in the offices of mayors of other cities and have an officer at arm's length when emergency demands. Very often, too, the mayor is requested by citizens to have a service performed that he cannot impose consistently upon his private secretary, and in instances of this kind "the mayor's office" will be quite handy. Officially, however, the officer will be expected to be the crank squelcher.

"I had hoped that there would be no publicity over the detail of an officer to my offices," said the mayor yesterday, "but as it has gotten out there is nothing left for me to do but say that it is a usual thing for an officer to be in the mayor's offices in other cities. There is always more or less need for an officer in city hall."

"It is said you are becoming more frightened over visits from cranks, and consider the need of protection," it was suggested.

The mayor laughed heartily, and while he would not concede that cranks were altogether responsible for the detail of an officer for the mayor's protection, still indirectly they had something to do with it.

"Every day in the week," continued the mayor, "I have from fifty to 100 callers and I have to listen to them. Eighty per cent of my visitors have to be directed to the heads of other departments, and the other 20 per cent are politicians with an ax to grind, job hunters and cranks.


"Then you do have visits from cranks?"

"Yes, a great many and they are extremely annoying. It was not so very long ago that a fellow called upon me, and insisted that I, and only I, could remove a hypnotic spell that was upon him. I jollied him until I could summon an officer from headquarters, and I never passed a more unpleasant ten minutes waiting for the officer to report. The fellow was put under restraint, and to pacify him I underwent a sham performance as if removing the hypnotic spell. I don't know as I succeeded, but I have since learned that the fellow is now a raving maniac.

"A professional man who is having troubles, and whose sanity has been questioned, is becoming intolerably annoying. He is persisting that I give him a permit to carry a gun, and he believes that if I only would that I can patch up his marital woes. Every time he comes in here his eyes look glassier, and he acts more like a madman. On his last visit his eyes looked like two electrical bulbs to me.


"Friday forenoon while I was my busiest I was called from my office by a man whom I immediately sized up to be a crank. I had never seen him before, still he greeted me with the cordiality of lifetime friends and was disagreeably familiar.

" 'I want a job and I want it quick,' said the stranger.

" 'There are no jobs to be given out; this is the dull season in municipal matters,' I replied.

" 'Give me a job, and I'll tell you how you can make a million dollars,' the fellow whispered confidentially into my ears.

" 'I can't barter away city jobs for my own personal gain,' I told the man, and he became quite demonstrative. It was self-evident that the fellow had to be solaced, and I invited him to call on me again and I would see about giving him work.

" 'Remember,' he flashed back, as he departed, 'get me a job and there is a million in it for you.' "

"The cranks are not confined wholly to the men. I have calls from women cranks and they are the hardest to dispose of. Quite recently I had a woman on the shady side of 40 implore of me to use my influence with a youngster still in his teens to be responsive to her love and affection for him. The woman said that the object of her heart had repelled all her devotion for him, and that without his love and esteem life to her was not worth the living. To be rid of her I made a promise to see the young man, and when she calls again she will be introduced to the officer in waiting."

Labels: , , , ,

January 4, 1909



From the Number Assuming the
Yoke, It Would Appear That the
Future Is Big With Prom-
ise of Prosperity.

In nearly one-tenth of the cases in which marriage licenses were issued at the Kansas City court house in 1908, the brides were women wearing the prefix of Mrs. Apparently they were well aware of the fact that this is leap year and that there will not be another year of privilege for women until 1912.

Another notable fact is that the last two months have been especially busy for the women who have been married before. During the twelve months 280 women have remarried, nearly a fourth of that number since November 1.

An abstract of the records of marriage license office in Kansas City, not counting Independence, where a separate office is maintained, shows the number of licenses granted during the year to be 2,930 for Jackson county. The latter portion of the year has shown a heavier marriage rate than the earlier part.


This may be due to a variety of causes. No doubt the main influence was the coming of better times after the depression of last winter, when there were comparatively few marriages. Nothing, according to statisticians, has so speedy and marked an effect on the marriage rate as industrial depression.

An estimate of the divorces granted during the year shows the number to approximate 100, not counting Independence. Of course all people who were married here do not live here. But in order to bring an action for divorce it is necessary for the plaintiff to be a resident of Missouri. Therefore all the plaintiffs, at least for a time, lived in the state.


The record of the married women would go to prove, however, as the old saying is, that a widow is dangerous. Including divorced women in the list of widows would make it seem that such applicants for second matrimony are more adept at making matches than novices.

Ever since Francis D. Ross became recorder of Jackson county two years ago, it has been the custom to state on the applications for marriage licenses whether the bride has been married before. There is more than a possibility, however, that a number of them believed the question impertinent, and stood on their constitutional rights, refusing to answer. Clerks in the recorder's office here say that a total of 280 cases of women who have remarried does not fully state the case, but that the number, had each told the truth, would have been considerably larger.

Even at the figure given the year has been a busy one for those seeking a second, third or fourth soulmate.

Labels: , ,

January 4, 1908


Must Be Men, and Preference Will
Be Given Married Ones.

Civil service examinations to fill positions as teachers in Indian schools in New Mexico, Washington and the Dakotas will be held in the federal building, January 20. The positions pay about $720 a year. Men only will be allowed to take the examination, and maried ones will be preferred. On the same day examinations will be had to fill positions as goverment freight clerks at Chicago. These positions pay from $80 to $100 a month.

Labels: , , ,

January 3, 1909





Has Learned Three Languages and
Will Go on the Lecture Plat-
form -- "Crime and Punish-
ment His Subject.

After six years and six months of imprisonment in the county jail, accused of having murdered his 6-year-old son, convicted of second degree murder once and sentenced to death by two other Jackson county juries, John Martin Speyer is to be given his liberty tomorrow. After each of the convictions in Speyer's case, the supreme court ordered new trials and in one instance severely criticised the jury which had condemned the prisoner to death, and now Virgil Conkling, prosecuting attorney, has announced his decision to dismiss the case against Speyer and authorized the county marshal to notify the prisoner that today would be his last Sunday in jail.

And Speyer is happy. "Good fortune is going to smile broadly on me tomorrow," he said from within his cell last night, "and I will be free once more. It has been six years and six months since I was brought to this jail, and that time has seemed like an eternity to me."


But Speyer's years of imprisonment have not been wasted. When he entered the jail his education consisted of the ability to read from the third reader, to write a little and to add and subtract. Today the man can converse in four languages: Spanish, German, Latin and English. He has studied mathematics through algebra; has learned to read form the best English and American authors; knows shorthand, history and much of sociology. All of these accomplishments he has taught himself in his cell on the third floor of the county jail.

When Speyer was first incarcerated he began to study not to improve his mind so much as occupy it.

"As soon as I recovered from the shock of circumstances which caused me to be looked upon as a murderer, I began to read, to study; anything to get my mind away from those horrible thoughts which engulfed me. At first I did not think of future liberty, though I had committed no crime, but within a year I determined to study, so that I might be fitted for work when I should leave the prison. And I knew that time would come, for I was not a murderer. I have done everything in my power to improve my mind while I have been in this place. My companions here have not been very choice ones, and I did not care to associate with them, so all of my time, and there was much of it, was spent in reading and studying."


When Speyer was asked if the news of his approaching liberty was much of a surprise to him, he replied: "No it was not. I knew that I could not be convicted of having murdered my child for I was insane when the act was done. The reason I have been here so long is that there are prosecutors who work for convictions only. They misquote and misrepresent and never look upon the merits of the case. But I can never be able to express my gratitude for my liberty."

"Have you made any plans for the future?" the prisoner was asked. "Do you think that the public will give you a fair show to prove your worth?"

"I have not lost my faith in people," replied Speyer quickly, "and I know that they will put nothing in the way of my making an honest living. People do not mean to make mistakes and the public does so only through ignorance. It could not know of all the circumstances which surround this case and so it judged ignorantly. I do not blame the public for my treatment."


"I intend to lecture on crime and punishment as soon as I get out, so that I may make enough money to start in some honest business. My wife has gone. I don't know where, but I have a little girl whom I am going to find and take care of. She is with her relatives, I know, and they do not want her to come to me. They forget that I am her father."

Thoughts of his daughter led to thoughts of his son, whom he himself had killed six years ago and his face would often twitch spasmodically. All of the time during the interview, the prisoner had looked squarely into his questioner's eyes, but as he began to talk of his son and the killing, his eyes dropped and his lashes became wet with tears. He spoke in a low voice, and with a huskiness which had come from long disuse and confinement, and he seemed to forget that others were near him.

"They say I murdered my little boy, but they were wrong. I loved that little boy, my son, like a fanatic worships his God. There is not murder unless there is malice and hat in the heart. Could I have hated my little Freddie, could I have murdered him? No, I tell you, no.. I was insane, insane because I loved him so and could not bear to die without him, and leave him here to starve. His memory now is as sweet to me as he was, living.. He was all that loved me, and all that I loved. Always he slept in my arms at night, and I was never away from him."


Speyer is 39 years old, and confinement has not aged him in appearance. For the past five years he has been considered a model prisoner by the officials. Never has he uttered one word of complaint, and he was always at his work.

On July 17, 1902, John Speyer killed his baby son by cutting his throat. He had just been arrested by officers, charged with criminal assault upon a little girl. Speyer had been given permission to kiss his son goodby and it was then that he killed the sleeping boy. He immediately turned the knife upon himself and cut his own throat severely, his life having been saved by two policemen, who had been standing within arm's length of him all the while.

Speyer had come to Kansas City with a horse show and the homicide was committed at the show tent on East Fifteenth street. Speyer was immediately arrested and hurried to the county jail, mob violence being feared.

Labels: , , , ,

January 3, 1909


Fireman Ginn Carries Frightened
Women Down Ladder From
Burning House.

In various stages of dishabile, three women and two men were rescued from a second-story of a burning house at 1223 Troost avenue, occupied by Mrs. May Crockett and a number of roomers, at 11 o'clock last night by Dick Ginn, a fireman from No. 3 company.

The fire, which was probably of incendiary origin, broke out in several places at once. Those on the second floor found themselves cut off from the stairway by smoke and flames. They crowded to the front windows. Firemen placed a ladder to one of the windows and Ginn carried the women down to safety, one by one. The men followed.

H. J. Little, a clerk for the Smith-McCord-Townsend Dry Goods company, and his wife, were among those rescued.

The fire was discovered before it had gained much headway and was quickly extinguished. The loss will be $300.

Labels: ,

January 3, 1909


Man Attacks Frank Irons and Sever-
ly Injures Him.

While walking in an alley from Grand avenue to McGee between Eighteenth and Nineteenth streets last night about 8 o'clock, Frank Irons, who lives at 215 East Tenth street, was accosted by a man who asked for the price of a drink. Irons refused and the man struck him and clinched with him.

In the course of the struggle Irons received several cuts on the back of the head. The assailant ran, and the wounded wan was taken to the general hospital, where his cuts were dressed. He was very weak from loss of blood last night, but has a good chance for recovery.

Labels: , , , ,

January 2, 1909


Police Are Holding Four Italians in
Connection With Dynamite Case.

Suspicion has been directed against four Italians by the police department in connection with the dynamiting of the apartments of Antonio Armenio, 550 Gillis street, early Wednesday morning. Detectives Lum Wilson and Alonzo Ghent, who have been working on the case, found it very difficult to make much progress among the Italians, and Patrolman S. P. Spizzirri, an Italian, was assigned to assist them.

While conclusive evidence against any one person has not been secured by the police, they have made four arrests, Frank Bruno and Palermo Venato were arrested yesterday morning, and Francisco Stuzlone and Dominico Olivo were arrested in the afternoon. A charge of investigation was placed against them. The men refused to talk to the police.

Their rooms were searched and all papers containing writing were turned over to the postoffice inspectors, along with the three Black Hand letters received by Armenio. If the police fail to connect the men under arrest with the crime, they will charge them with vagrancy.

Labels: , , , ,

January 2, 1909


Denver Speery Is Killed at the Help-
ing Hand Quarry.

While driving a wagon loaded with rock from the rock quarry of the Helping Hand institute, Highland and Lexington avenue, at 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, Denver Speery, 19 years old, 711 Locust street, fell from the wagon and was killed by the wheels running over him. He dropped the reins and leaned forward to pick them up, and lost his balance. He was killed instantly.

Labels: , , , , , ,

January 2, 1909



Last Tuesday Night a Prisoner Even
Stole the Lock from the Hold-
over Door -- Some Noted
Escapes There.
Escaped Prisoner James Douglass
Prisoner With a Record Who Escaped From Central Station Holdover.

The monthly change list showing the assignments of police for January was posted yesterday. The changing of a jailer, as a rule, is of little not, but the list shows that Jailer Philip Welch has been removed from headquarters and made relief jailer, and jailer William Long, who was relief jailer, is stationed permanently at headquarters. Welch has been at headquarters over one year. In that time there were two jail deliveries on his watch.

On Decmeber 22 Patrolman J. D. Brown arrested James Douglass, alias Ryan alias martin. He was wanted in Boston for forgery and officers were notified to come for him. Douglass had the freedom of the corridor and gave little trouble. In fact, he made himself useful and gained the confidence of some of his keepers.

Last Tuesday, Chief of Detectives Thomas Sheehan and Detective Patrick J. Gaddis of Boston arrived here at 4 p. m. and at once went to headquarters and had a heart to heart talk with the prisoner. Of course he was willing to go back. He was very accommodating, even offering to stand half the night guarding himself on the way back and let the officers sleep.

At 9 o'clock Wednesday morning the Boston officers went to the station preparatory to taking their prisoner back. He was gone. So were four other prisoners, three city cases and a safe keeper.


The story then came out. Douglass had taken French leave of the city bastile about 2 a. m., leaving no future address. He had taken the lock from the main door leading into the holdover by removing the screws. Some say he took the lock with him -- just as a joke, it is supposed. Anyway, two officers have been guarding the opening ever since.

One of those who was taking advantage of the open door made too much noise about it as he ascended the iron stops, and in that manner Jailer Welch was aroused. He generally rested in a tilted chair right at the head of the stairs, but the prisoners went out a door leading from the first landing into the areaway back of the city hall. B. C. Stevens, the man taken back to Texarkana, Tex., Thursday, had an opportunity to gain his freedom, but refused. A new lock was being placed on the door yesterday.

On December 14 a man named Frank Madison was arrested by officers at No. 2 station on complaint of the Royal Brewing Company. He was sent to headquarters and the brewery people were on hand the next day to prosecute him. But he wasn't there. Somehow he was among the missing.

The police got Madison again in a few days, and asked him, "What became of you that time we sent you to headquarters and you weren't there the next day?"

"Oh, I just side-stepped the jailer," he said with a smile.

Some months ago there was a general free-for-all delivery. Twenty-three men got out. Saws were passed in from the outside and two lower bars were sawed and broken. Two desperate Greeks who were being held here for highway robbers and assault with intent to kill for Cripple Creek, Col., authorities, were believed to have been the instigators. They were afterwards recaptured, but it cost the Colorado authorities two trips here to get their men, they having arrived just after the delivery. A negro wanted in Alabama for murder was never recaptured and no attention was paid to the city cases that got away. Several plain drunks and safe keepers squeezed through the hole.

The two deliveries which occurred on Welch's watch are the only real jail breaking since the city holdover was built in 1886. One very small man, years ago, got into the air shaft which led to the top of the building and made his escape. How he did it no one has ever been able to explain. Others tried it after that but found their way blocked.

The man, Douglass, who removed the lock and left his compliments is said to be wanted in other places. On November 7 he was arrested at Twenty-second and Madison streets by Patrolman J. D. Brown and Jailer William Long. A saloonkeeper on the Southwest boulevard accused him of passing a bad check for $20.

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

January 2, 1909


None of Yesterday's Fires Big Enough
to Require a Stream.

Yesterday was the day of the year when all of the fire companies were on the qui vive to be the first to throw water. The city was fortunate, however, in not calling for such services. Several runs were made, but no fires were of sufficient magnitude to require water.

This rivalry has been a feature of the Kansas City fire department for a quarter of a century. It is not known how or when it originated.

It has been productive of many interesting incidents. The most famous one, perhaps, happened about eight years ago. No. 11, a company of colored fellows, made a fair run and got "first water." Feature writers of the city papers made many stories of the incident. A few days afterward, two or three members of that company went to the woods and brought back several 'possums. The next step was to ask Chief Hale to have a 'possum dinner in the firehouse, which was granted. So they celebrated their achievement with one of the greatest 'possum dinners on record, at which almost all of the leading city officials were guests.

Labels: ,

January 1, 1909


Mt. Washington's Bad Boy
Dug Them From Cemetery.

Claude Statzer was the original bad boy of the Mount Washington neighborhood if half of what the neighbors said about him is true. What they said was plenty twice over to send him to Boonville, where the state of Missouri has a reformatory. Judge H. L. McCune made the order in the juvenile court yesterday.

Many of the neighbors said that Claude was 19 and that he had been accepted for enlistment in the army, subject to a physical examination. But the young man said he was 15, and so it was the reform school.

The neighbors began to go into Claude's past. There was the story of many "dime novels," only the matter-of-fact courts refer to them as "5-cent novels," for that's what they cost in these days. There was another tale of how the lad had picked out a box car for his very own, making a home and a fortress out of it. And there was a narrative about how the boy was often seen with a gun.

"Why," said A. P. Fonda, justice of the peace in Sugar Creek, "this boy dug skeletons from an old burying ground near Mount Washington. He took the rings off the fingers. The skulls he set up for targets for his rifle. Sometimes he put a cigar or cigarette in a hole in a skull and then tried to shoot away the tobacco. I have had him in court on complaint of the neighbors."

A storekeeper of the neighborhood related how he was going home one night when the boy halted him at the muzzle of a rifle. As soon as he saw the merchant plainly enough to recognize him, he apologized for a case of mistaken identity.

In sentencing Claude, Judge H. L. Mccune again showed his enmity to the "gun toting" practice. Said the judge:

"It ought to be a crime to point a gun at any one. I'm going to put a stop to this carrying of guns by boys."

"Amen," said somebody in the court room, and the word did not seem to come from the bevy of Scarritt Bible and Training school girls in the jury box, but rather from Mrs. Parks, whose son, John Parks, was shot and killed by Statzer in a presumed accident.

"It does seem," continued the judge, "that there is no well equipped home without a revolver and on a shelf where the children can get it. Of course, it is not believed to be loaded until somebody is killed. I've been here eighteen years and have never found it necessary to carry a weapon."

Labels: , , , , , ,

January 1, 1908


Flour Was Thrown on 'Change by
Frisky Members Yesterday.

There was fun on 'change yesterday and lots of it for a time. The furious frolicking and cutting up didos by the grain "boys" on 'change that was a feature of the closing day of the year a decade ago, but was put down by the more sobersided, was again revived. Near the hour of noon someone loosened a black cat from a bag in the grain pit and dropped a little paper bag of flour with it. This was a signal for a shower of paper bags filled with flour, and the more dignified ran to cover, but not before most of them had been pretty well whitened.

This was followed by the loosing of a greased pig on the floor. Some of the sobersided thought that it was disgraceful, but most of the members were glad to see the "boys" come back to life. Who started it no one would tell. It was generally thought that Frank Logan was not innocent, and W. W. Cowen got credit for a share. "Billy" Grant was very sober and said nothing.

The last of these frolics, until yesterday, was about ten years ago, and it was so boisterous that the authorities put a stop to them. At that time G. E. Thayer and Harry Reed were alive and, with W. W. Cowen and "Billy" Grant, the last day of the year on 'change was made to howl, and everyone wore his oldest and most dilapidated apparel. But yesterday most everyone was taken unawares. One of the telegraph boys caught the pig and was allowed to keep it.

Labels: , , ,

January 1, 1909


New Year's Arrival Not the Signal
for the Usual Noise.

The new year came in comparative quiet. Usually, whistles blow and bells ring and everyone who has a revolver shoots it. This year, however, there were few bells and whistles, and practically no revolver shots in the downtown part of the city. It was a quiet, dignified sort of a reception that was given to 1909.

Everybody wished everybody else a "Happy New Year." It was the greeting of even the conductors on the owl cars, and the bartenders celebrated it by buying eggnog for their customers.

Today everyone who writes letters will have a hard time remembering to write "1909."

All over the city and in the cafes many "watch parties" greeted the coming of January 1.

More than 1,600 persons ate and drank in the new year at the Baltimore hotel. It was the formal opening of the Baltimore's new addition.

Every dining room was filled with brilliantly gowned women and their escorts. They began coming soon after 9 o'clock The most of them came in after the theaters. Each party was provided with a ticket that entitled them to their table, which had been reserved. No one who had not reserved and ordered in advance was served there last night.

The tables and dining rooms were decorated. The coming of the new year was celebrated by drinking toasts and by waving flags which formed part of the table decorations.

Labels: , , , ,


Get the Book
Vintage Kansas City Stories ~ Early 20th Century Americana as Immortalized in The Kansas City Journal
Kansas City Stories

Early Kansas City, Missouri

>>More KC Books<<

The History and Heritage of Vintage Kansas City in Books
Vintage Kansas
City Bookstore

Powered by Blogger

Vintage Kansas

Vintage Antique Classics ~ Vintage Music, Software, and more Time Travel Accessories

In association with
KC Web ~ The Ultimate Kansas City Internet Directory