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

March 31, 1909


Is the Foreigner Most Welcome
Whether He Be Rich or Poor.

"The foreigner most welcome to my country whether he is rich or poor, is the Irishman," said J. E. Gonzalez, the acting Mexican consul in this city, yesterday.

"I don't know exactly why, but there is a natural sympathy between the Mexicans and South Americans and the Irish which keeps them in harmony, and the pretty Mexican girl of fortune and blue blood is always willing to mate with an eligible Irishman, although she shies at Americans and Englishmen.

"In Mexico City we have such names as Don Ignacio O'Brien, Ernesto Murphy and Miguel McCarty. Sometimes there is a slight change in the last name to make it Spanish and then McCarthy appears McCarthi, Murphy turned out to be Murphi and like as not the good Hiberian name of O'Brien will be distorted conveniently into Briano.

"There are great settlements in Mexico made up of Irish and they are the country's pride. You will remember that Admiral O'Higgins was an Irishman who went to Chile and became its greatest sea fighter. Today there is a battleship belonging to that country named after him. In my country red hair is reverenced from the fact that it is so often worn by sons of the old sod and freckles the size of a 10-cent piece are at a premium there.

"The last Spanish viceroy in Mexico was named O'Donoju and his ancestors were plain O'Donohos in Ireland. As in the United States every battlefield since the revolution was made rich with the blood of patriotic naturalized Irishmen.

"How much the Irish lean toward the Mexicans is illustrated by this historical incident. When the American troops were storming over a certain height near the City of Mexico, several Irish companies deserted and came over to our ranks. They asked for a position nearest the firing line and died nearly to the last man, fighting. They had come from their island, it is said, expressly to fight, and asserted that in that case they should take the weaker side."

Labels: ,

March 31, 1909


Unoccupied Electric Machine Scatters
Crowd on Walnut Street.

A crowd which had gathered at Twelfth and Walnut streets was scattered yesterday about noon when an unoccupied electric brougham belonging to Mrs. R. N. Simpson of 109 West Armour boulevard ran away. After it had run a block, however, the fractious car was stopped by a daring chauffeur who leaped from his own machine into the runaway.

The trouble began at Twelfth and Grand by a collision of a west bound Twelfth street car with the brougham, which narrowly missed inflicting serious injury. Mrs. Simpson, who was driving the electric, had with her a woman and a little girl. In her southward course along Grand avenue she had stopped the machine at the intersection of Twelfth street to await the passage of an eastbound car.

In the meantime a westbound car came along. The motorman failed to stop in time, and the front part of the brougham was struck a heavy blow. It was not overturned, however, and a policeman asked Mrs. Simpson to steer it to Twelfth and Walnut to avoid the gathering crowd. She did so, and with her companions, stepped out of the electric to use a nearby telephone.

The impact of the street car had loosened the mechanism of the machine and it caught fire from two crossed wires. In his eagerness to stop the blaze, a bystander inadvertently pushed forward the controller and the brougham started off by itself and got nearly to Thirteenth and Walnut before the chauffeur stopped it.

Labels: , , , , , , ,

March 31, 1909


Melvina Gerard Puts Purse Snatcher
to Flight and Makes Him Can-
didate for Surgical Treatment.

The problem of coping with the purse snatcher has been solved by Miss Melvina Gerard, the proprietor of a women's tailoring establishment, who was walking from a Twelfth street car to her home at 2823 East Eleventh street late Saturday night. When a man who had followed her from the car attempted to snatch her purse she promptly began to stab him with her hat pin. The vanquished robber fled in dismay.

Miss Gerard worked late Saturday night and with her sister, Miss Ernestine Gerard, started home laden with purchases. A man who boarded the same car as the young women also alighted at Chestnut street. It was over two blocks to their home and not a person was in sight. The streets were poorly lighted and a purse snatcher could operate without much chance of being identified.

The women felt they were being followed, as the man made no attempt to pass them. Miss Ernestine Gerard slipped her purse out of sight under a package, but Miss Melvina made up her mind to cope with the footpad in a different manner should he attempt to snatch her purse. She pulled a long gold hat pin from her hat and waited. At the corner of Eleventh and Chestnut streets the man quickened his pace, and dodging between the two women made a grab for Miss Melvina's purse. He wasn't prepared for the reception in store for him.

As he grasped the purse, the hat pin was jabbed into his face and a moment later it came through his black derby hat. Clearly it was time to retreat, and it didn't take him long to come to this decision. But in his retreat he left his hat on the sidewalk. The sister had screamed for help and this accelerated his flight.

The women reached home with his hat which was turned over to the police department Sunday. At headquarters an examination showed that the hat pin had pierced the crown and it is believed the footpad must have been a candidate for a surgeon.

Miss Gerard was not inclined to talk very much on the subject last night. She didn't want the notoriety, she said.

"If every woman would draw a hat pin instead of screaming for help, there would be less purse snatching," she said. "I wasn't a bit frightened, and knew what I was doing. I must have struck him about four times."

Labels: , , ,

March 31, 1909



Father's Habeas Corpus Proceedings
Call Out All the Skeletons From
the Family Closet -- "Checkers"
Incident Again.


While the lad about whom there was all the fuss tried to pick the spectacles from the nose of his chaperon, the battle for his possession went briskly on between Theodore C. Thomas, the father, and Mrs. Agnes Boss Thomas, the mother. After five hours of hearing testimony little had been accomplished when court adjourned last night and the indications are that the case may take longer than today.

If there are any skeletons left in the Thomas family closet it will take a vacuum cleaner to find them, for the married life of the parents, now divorced, was gone into in great detail.

The Thomases were divorced three years ago, the husband securing the decree and the custody of the child., except for one month each year. On September 25, 1908, Mrs. Thomas took the child from the Oak street school in Leavenworth, brought him to Kansas City, and has since had him at the home of her mother, Mrs. Annie Boss, 113 East Thirty-fourth street. The father brought habeas corpus proceedings in the circuit court to gain possession of the boy, who is constantly referred to by his mother as "Tito." It is on this application that the hearing is now being had.

For the husband the court records were introduced as his case. Mrs. Thomas's attorney demurred, but were overruled and the introduction of testimony for the wife began.


Frank P. Walsh, the first witness, testified as for her good character. Then Mrs. Thomas was put on the stand and for four hours was pelted with questions. Her cross-examination will be resumed this morning.

Mrs. Thomas, who is of the Mrs. Leslie Carter type as to features and bearing, although a brunette, proved a quick and alert witness. She seemed a match for the attorneys.

Mrs. Thomas admitted that she attended one of the parties given at the Humes house. She said there was a Dutch lunch and a jolly time, but that she did not go again. She denied that there was anything out of the way the night she was at the Humeses. The others at the party nicknamed her "Checker," she said.


Thomas, according to the wife's testimony, kept a hotel at Cleveland. The wife said he was intemperate and that she largely supported him. She mentioned alleged indignities at the hotel. In 1906 she sued for divorce, but before the case came to trial she decided to go to Europe, and understood, so she said, that the divorce matter was to be held in abeyance. When she returned, however, she said she was told by Thomas that he had secured a divorce on a cross-bill, and also the boy. She said she knew nothing of the trial of the divorce case until that time.

"I finally left Cleveland and came to Kansas City, because Mr. Thomas threatened to kill me if I did not leave the child and go away," she testified.

Further, Mrs. Thomas said her husband again asked her to marry him, but that she would have nothing to do with a reconciliation. She testified that she had the boy in her possession for a month during both 1906 and the succeeding year, the time being October. As to her ex-mother-in-law, she said every effort was being made to alienate the affections of the child from her.

There yet remain many witnesses to be heard. Judge Slover is giving attorneys wide scope in bringing out testimony.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 31, 1909


New Feature to Street Car
Holdup on Kansas Side.

Another holdup of a street car conductor occurred last night on an eastbound Quindaro boulevard car betweeen Tenth and Eleventh streets, Kansas City, Kas. Two men, one of whom had only one arm, boarded the car, which carried no passengers, and the one-armed one "stuck up" the conductor with a revolver, while the other cut his change pouch from his belt with a knife and went through his pockets. They secured $12 and jumped off the car. The conductor was J. P. Farrell. Motorman J. J. Bunting did not know that the conductor was being robbed.

Labels: , , ,

March 30, 1909


For Once He Had No Gas Res-
olution and No Speeches.

"I am reliably informed by Alderman Darius A. Brown, our worthy member from the Fifth ward, that he does not intend to introduce a resolution here tonight regarding gas, the utilities commission or anything else and further that he will not even make a speech," said Alderman Frank Shinnick in the lower house of the council last night. "I think he is entitled to a vote of thanks by this house."

"He certainly is," said Speaker C. B. Hayes. "Will anybody put that in the form of a motion?"

Alderman Shinnick then put the motion, which was quickly seconded by Alderman E. E. Morris of the Tenth. When it was put to the house the motion carried, only two dissenting votes being recorded.

"I am not willing to thank him until the house has adjourned," said Alderman Miles Bulger. "He may have a gas resolution up his sleeve this very minute. I know him. Let's thank him later."

"Me, too, Pete," came from Alderman Robert J. Smith. "Let's thank him at the next meeting. This one is not over yet."

The motion went through, however, and Alderman Brown kept his word. He did not even make a speech when called upon after being tendered the vote of thanks. This is the first time since he has been in the council that he has not introduced a resolution or made a speech.

Labels: ,

March 30, 1909


Somnambulist Plunges Through
a Window, 12 Feet to Ground.

Too suddenly awakened by his roommate calling him, Henry Harris, a plasterer, while walking in his sleep in his room at 901 East Eighteenth street, at an early hour yesterday morning, plunged through a second story window. He landed on the soft soil of the lawn twelve feet below, and but for severe cuts on his head mad by the broken window panes, would have been uninjured. H e was taken to the general hospital.

Harris has been in the city only five weeks. He is a somnambulist, he says, and has had several hard falls from being frightened while touring his rooms in his sleep.

Labels: , ,

March 29, 1909


Two Modern Inventions Not Com-
mon in England.

"The almost universal use of the telephone and typewriter throughout America puts England in the background," said F. E. Craig of London, Eng., at the Hotel Baltimore last night. Mr. Craig is an American whose business requires that he spend a greater part of his time in London.

"In some of the big manufacturing plants the typewriter is common, but you do not find it everywhere, as in the commercial centers of this country. Britishers seem to prefer to use the pen.

"The telephones here are better and the service in big cities superior to that even in London.

Labels: , , , ,

March 29, 1909

After Seven Years' Chase.

St. Louis Police Hear Wanted
Man Is Caught in Kansas City.

ST. LOUIS, March 28. -- Roy Horton, who, with his brother, John L. Horton, has been sought by Pinkerton detectives for seven years to answer to a charge of uttering worthless securities and perpetrating a confidence game upon the Stock Yards bank of East St. Louis, Ill., was arrested in Kansas City Saturday, according to a dispatch John L. Horton claims to have received in Upper Alton, Ill., where the latter was arrested at his wife's home, March 11.

Pinkertons said this was the Hortons' first appearance in the United States since they disappeared following the discovery of the worthlessness of cattle bills on which they had secured loans from the St. Louis Cattle Loan Company. They were reported living in Guatemala. John Horton has since claimed to have been in this country a year prior to his arrest.

No one giving the name of Horton was arrested by the police yesterrday. But one man taken in answered the description of Horton, and he gave a different name, and insisted upon it.

Labels: ,

March 29, 1909


Wheeling Man Talks of State's
Wonderful Resources.

"You do not hear much of West Virginia out this way, but it is the richest state of its size in the Union," said H. R. Griffin of Wheeling, W. Va., at the Coates House last night. "It hasn't as many dollars nor as many people as some states, but nature tucked away a lot of riches under the surface and over it, too.

"Last year the state produced 44,000,000 tons of coal. The famous Pocahontas fields are very extensive and are furnishing a much desired steam coal. Experts estimate that the fields will not be exhausted for 650 years. Our timber cannot be cut off in thirty years. West Virginia oil is the finest and the production has only started. Few states have as many natural resources as the so-called home of the rattlesnake."

Labels: , ,

March 29, 1909


George Youngclaus, Formerly a Gen-
eral Contractor, Is Dead.

George Youngclaus, Formerly a General Contractor, Is Dead.

George Youngclaus, 67 years old, who was a choir singer in the old Southern Methodist church before it was torn down years ago, and known as a tenor singer in this city since the civil war, died yesterday at his home, 1016 Cherry street. Mr. Youngclaus is survived by a widow, Elma Youngclaus, and three sons, Herbert, Robert and George Youngclaus, all living in Kansas city. He was born in St. Johns, New Brunswick, his parents having come there from the Shetland Islands. He came to this city from Pittsfield, Mass., in 1869, the year the Hannibal bridge was completed, and engaged in general contracting.

Mr. Youngclaus had a fine tenor voice and was often heard in social gatherings and in church events. He was a member of the Epperson megaphone minstrels.

Funeral services will be from the home at 2:30 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Burial in Union cemetery.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 29, 1909


Effectiveness of Scheme Resorted
to By Freight House Boys.

A little coterie of railroad men snugly ensconced in a corner of the grill room at the Hotel Baltimore were telling stories. Most of them, of course, were "talking shop." A traveling salesman, who was allowed to mingle with the bunch on account of the fact that he had formerly been in the railroad business, told this story.

"Years ago, and it may be so still, pay day on the different roads here was a signal for representatives from orphanages and old folks' homes to invade the local freight offices after subscriptions. Ticket sellers for entertainments also chose that day to visit us. We used to cough up to these people. It was put up to us so strong that we had to. But the village pest was a long, lank, lean woman who used to bob up quite often. She always carried a booze breath on which you could strop a razor. One month she would be taking up a subscription to bury a poor child and on her next visit she would ask for aid to complete her education. She never had any education to complete, but she always had that booze breath and the boys used to had her a quarter or a half to get away from her. She would weep on your collar if you didn't and that benzine breath came near putting one or two to sleep.

"One month a check clerk came up from the freight house and announced that 'Miss Weeping Boozelets,' as we called her, was headed our way. A council of war was held. Something had to be done, and that quickly.

"It was moved and seconded that "Billy" Tweedale, the claim clerk, have a violent fit, fall on the floor in convulsions and foam at the mouth. The rest of the boys in that room were to get very busy waiting on Billy and pay no attention whatever to Miss 'Boozelets.'

"Billy loved a practical joke, but he didn't relish taking the star part. His claim was nearest the door, however, and it was up to him to have a first class fit. By means of a bit of soap he was enabled to foam, or rather lather, at the mouth.

"Billy was leaning back in his roller chair. Just as Miss 'Boozelets' entered the door he gave the desk a vicious kick and over he went, landing almost at the frightened woman's feet. While the other boys were running for watter and calling, 'Get a doctor,' the O. S. and D. clerk took Miss 'Boozelets' by the arm and said, 'Madam, this is a delicate matter, will you please retire?' She was led to the door and it was closed behind her. I think the grafting woman heard the laugh that went up as soon as she was on the outside, for she never again came back to the Missouri Pacific local freight office."

Labels: , , ,

March 29, 1909


Street Lunch Car Destroyed by
Fire in North End.

A large lunch wagon which is hauled to the corner of Fourth and Main every night by William Elliott, a negro, teaming contractor, caught fire and the heat scorched the paint on the buildings on each side of the street last night. Elliott unhitched his horses and drove them down the street to a safe distance. The fire department was notified and a hose wagon responded. The lunch car was in ashes when the water was turned on. The fire originated from the lighted gasoline stove in the wagon.

Labels: , , ,

March 29, 1909


Mrs. Budd's Estate, Valued at $40,-
000, to Institution.

Another $40,000 was added to the endowment fund of the George H . Nettleton Home for Aged Women when the will of Mrs. Sarah A. C. Budd was filed yesterday for probate. That is the value placed on the estate, which consists, except for the home at 3632 Wyandotte street, entirely of personal property. The Nettleton home is the sole beneficiary.

Mrs. Budd, who died at the age of 82, was the wife of Azariah Budd, who, dying in 1891, left what is now known as Budd park to Kansas city. He named as one of the conditions of the gift that the city should pay Mrs. Budd $3,000 a year so long as she lived. The twenty-one acres, for which the city paid in annuities about $54,000, is now estimated to be worth five times that sum. Now, on the death of Mrs. Budd, the city ceases to pay this money and the park becomes its absolute property.

C. O. Tichenor, the attorney who drew the will, is named as executor in the document. He declined to serve, and Porter B. Godard was named in his stead by Judge J. E. Guinotte of the probate court.

Labels: , , ,

March 28, 1909



Now Jacob Rieger, Aged 75, Is
Speeding Away From His
Intended Bride of
60 Years.

Jacob Rieger, 75 years old, who lives with his son, Alexander Rieger, a wholesale liquor dealer at 4121 Warwick boulevard, believes that at that age he is eligible to the order of benedicts. But others of Mr. Rieger's household had different opinions and as a result a pretty wedding supper was interrupted last Thursday evening at the home of the prospective bride, Mrs. Rosa Peck, 60 years old, a milliner at Sixth and Main streets. Also there is an attachment on $1,100 which Mr. Rieger had in the National Bank of Commerce and a fast train is now hurrying him to New York, where he is to remain until he has outgrown his love for the woman.

Since his wife died a year ago, Mr. Rieger, the elder, has complained of lonesomeness, but could find no one among his near relatives who would even offer a suggestion of a cure.

"It is a pity," he is said to have often remarked, "that an old man like me must stay a widower."

No one, however, paid much attention to the yearnings of the old man. He took his evening walks the same as usual and made no allusion to any woman in particular as a fit subject for his affections, and as he has for several years been a partial invalid no developments were expected.


Up to last Wednesday things went as usual with the old man except it was noticed he had gradually been lengthening his outdoor walks, sometimes absenting himself for hours at a time. Then the word was brought to Alexander Rieger that his father and Mrs. Peck had been to Kansas City, Kas., and obtained a marriage license.

Alexander Rieger immediately went to the telephone and called up his lawyer, Samuel Eppstein of the law firm of Eppstein, Ulmann & Miller, with offices in the Kansas City Life building.

Mr. Eppstein went to see Mrs. Peck that same afternoon in hopes of talking her out of the notion of marrying the elder Mr. Rieger. He told her that her prospective groom, through his retirement from the liquor business, was not exactly in independent circumstances, and that in addition he was suffering from chronic stomach trouble.

Mr. Eppstein is eloquent and talked long and earnestly but by all his entreaties he received a decided "no."

"I love him and I like him," was the double-barreled manner in which Mrs. Peck, in broken German accents, expressed her regard for Mr. Rieger.

"You can't take him from me," she said. "You don't know the love we have for each other, and I wouldnt give him up for $25,000," and there the argument ended.


The day following was stormy, but in spite of this fact the elder Mr. Rieger took a car for downtown early in the day. No one saw him go. It was hours before his absence was noticed and the alert lawyer again notified.

Mr. Eppstein at once hurried to the Sixth and Main street millinery store. He found Mrs. Peck had closed shop and was also missing.

Before starting out to forestall the wedding Mr. Eppstein arranged for a bill of attachment on all money Mr. Rieger had on deposit at the bank. Then he took a fast automobile ride to the home of Rabbi Max Lieberman at 1423 Tracy avenue, where he suspected the marriage ceremony would be performed.

As he expected, Mr. Rieger was there arranging for the nuptuals to be solmnized at 5:30 o'clock. After a good deal of argument Mr. Rieger consented to ride in the automobile back to the home of his son.

This was at 4 o'clock. About 5 o'clock he was again missing. This looked like buisness to Mr. Eppstein and the automobile was again brought into play and headed for the millinery store.

When the door of the living apartments at the rear of the store burst opeon to admit the excited lawyer it found a large table spread with a wedding feast and several guests, relatives of the propective bride assembled.

"This wedding can't go on!" shouted Mr. Eppstein. "I have arranged with the rabbi and he will not come."


"Oh, yes it will," said the bride calmly. "We'll arange for another minister, won't we, Jacob?"

"No, there is nothing doing in the marriage line," replied the lawyer. "It's all off. You see, it isn't legal because you got the license in Kansas City, Kas. That's the law, you know."

Mr. Eppstein did not wait to hear any more, but took the bridegroom by the arm and led him away.

At midnight he was placed aboard a fast train for New York. Mrs. Alexander Rieger went along for company.

Alexander Rieger has maintained a mail order trade under the name of his father, Jacob Rieger, at Fifteenth and Genesse streets for many years, the father now having no interest in the business. Mrs. Peck has been a milliner in the North End over twenty years and is said to have laid by a snug sum of money. Her husband died many years ago, leaving the business exclusively to her.

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

March 28, 1909



Compelled to Hold Up Hands Ten
Minutes After Robbers Left.
May Have Been Aided
by a Woman.

One of the most sensational holdups in recent years occurred about 10 o'clock last night when five men robbed the saloon of John Galvin at 1419 West Twenty-fourth street. The twenty or more men in the place all held up by two of the bandits and compelled to remain in the saloon fully ten minutes before they dared to leave. About $160 was secured by the highwaymen.

It was unusually crowded in the saloon last night. A dozen men were lined up at the bar, and Thomas McAuliff, the bartender, was so busy that he had hardly time to visit with the frequenters. But he stopped at his work when a woman began to yell in the back yard.

A moment later she burst into the barroom through the rear entrance and yelled, "Murder!" All eyes were fixed in her direction when two men stepped in behind her. Each had a red handkerchief over his face and each held a revolver.

"Up with your hands," commanded the taller of the two.

A few of the patrons tried to slip through the front door, but they changed their minds when they saw three more men with guns on the outside. In a moment they had all backed up against the wall and were holding their hands as high as possible. In a businesslike manner the short man went down the line and searched the pockets of each of the victims. He was evidently disappointed at the small amount of change that he managed to extract.

"The cash register must have it all," he said.

Maculiff was also standing with his hands in the air and made no objection to the robber's familiarity with the cash register. Not satisfied with the $100 which the register contained, the highwaymen searched the bartender. He secured $60, besides a watch which Maculiff valued at $65.

The woman, on whom all the attention was at first directed, had left the room. It was getting tiresome for the twenty victims who were leaning against the wall and they were more than glad when the operations of the robbers seemed to be about over. But the prospect of freedom was not so good when one of the men said:

"Now, if a single one of you move in the next ten minutes, he gets his head blown off." The two men backed out of the saloon through the front entrance and ran eastward on Twenty-fourth street. They were joined by their companions, though the patrons and the bartender were not aware of the fact. All remained in the same tiresome position for fully ten minutes. When Maculiff got to the door he saw that the coast was clear.

The police at the Southwest boulevard police station were notified and hurried to the scene. A few clews were picked up which made the officers believe that the holdup gang had been in the neighborhood all evening. The part that the woman played in the holdup was still a topic of conversation at closing time at midnight. Several affirmed that she was an accomplice to the robbers, while others said that she was some woman who lived in the neighborhood and had run in the saloon for protection.

The frequenters of the saloon were too excited to talk about the robbery in a coherent manner last night. Henry Beadles, who lives at 2014 Summit street, said he thought that there were only two men in the gang, but Michael Connolly, who lives at 2136 Madison street, said that he saw three others plainly through the door.

John Reed, 2312 Terrace street, was sure that he could recognize the robbers should he ever see them again. One of them had high cheek bones, and limped slightly in walking. All of the victims said that the ten minutes which they spent against the wall after the robbers had left were the longest ten minutes they had ever experienced. About $3 was secured from the men.

Labels: , , , , , ,

March 28, 1909


Nellie Walker, Who Eloped Last
Wednesday, Says Boy Husband
Can't Support Her.

Nellie Walker, 16 years old, who went to Olathe on the Strang line last Wednesday with Frederick R. Walker, 18, and was married, brought suit in the circuit court yesterday to annul the marriage. The elopers were arrested the evening they returned from Olathe and given into the custody of their parents. Walker is the son of James Walker of 2405 Locust street, and Mrs. Michael Kellcher of 2053 Holmes street is the mother of the girl. She brings the su it for the daughter.

The wife alleges, in her petition, that she was less than lgal age when the marriage license was secured and that she had the consent of neither father nor mother. She adds that her husband is unable to support her.

The story of two weeks of married life is told in the petition of Daisy Tryon against L. Jay Tryon. She alleges that her husband pouted.

Other divorce suits filed were the following:

Laura Belle against Elija P. Sharp.
R. N against Myrtle B. Kennedy.
Christina against Henry Douser.
Mary against Luther Howard.
Nellie M. against Thomas B. Johnson.
Walter R. against Alice L. Gillaspie.
Pearl against Harry McHutt.
Gertrude against John H.Parshall

Labels: , , , ,

March 28, 1909


Mrs. Arthur Hunt Robbed by Well
Dressed Youth.

The purse snatcher was again in evidence last night when Mrs. Arthur Hunt of 1317 Locust street was robbed in front of Teck's restaurant at Eighth and Main streets. Mrs. Hunt was waiting for her husband, who had crossed the street, when she noticed a young man pass her. A moment later he approached, and grabbing the purse, ran north on Main street. The woman screamed, but none of the spectators chased the thief. Mrs. Hunt says the purse snatcher did not appear to be more than 19 years old and that he was well dressed. The purse contained $3 in cash.

Labels: , , , ,

March 28, 1909


No Freaks in Pattern or Tailoring
This Season.

Conspicuous designs and freak tailoring effects are little to be seen this season, is the word from tailordom. The smart suitings are English flannels, in plain and small designs. For mid-summer homespuns will have a good demand. "The gentleman who dresses tastefully will dress modestly, both as to pattern and cut," said C. A. Bergfeldt at his shop in the Victor building. "The lines of our garments," he added, "are fashioned to give the wearer the appearance of a well turned figure, with a high chest and graceful waist."

Labels: ,

March 27, 1909


Juvenile Court Names the Hours for
Shoe Shine Stands.

Greek shoe shining stands are to close at 2 p. m. on Sundays, at 10 p. m. on Saturdays and at 8 p. m. the other five days of the week. If they do not comply with this order, made by the juvenile court yesterday, their places will be closed all day Sunday.

While some of the proprietors of such stands have shown a disposition to make life less a burden to the boys they employ, others of their number have opposed orders made by the court. The expression of the court yesterday was in the nature of an ultimatum.

Labels: ,

March 27, 1909


Precinct Leader from Slav District
Hears Some News.

The Democratic campaign managers in their efforts to gain a victory in the approaching election in Kansas City, Kas., have been unusually active in herding foreigners for naturalization purposes. So active has been this work that a few days ago the clerk of the district court ran out of the blanks commonly known as "first papers."

James Meek, chairman of the Democratic central committee had fifty candidates for citizenship corralled in Democratic headquarters and it was decided to get Topeka on long distance and ask that a deputy be sent down with a new supply of blanks.

"How many have you got?" was asked from the Topeka end.

"We have fifty who want to be naturalized," said Meek.

"What kind are they?" asked the man at Topeka.

Meek thought a moment, then turned to a party of his assistants, who had been listening to the local end of the conversation.

"He wants to know what kind of fellows these guys are," said Meek.

"Tell him there are forty-eight Slavs and two Irishmen," said Jay Carlisle.

"What's that?" broke in a precinct leader from the First ward. "Do Irishmen have to be naturalized, too?"

Labels: , , ,

March 27, 1909


Persistent Interruptions in Hospital
Hearing Got on the Nerves of
Alderman Clubertson.

Threats of imposing a fine, with the alternative of going to jail, were made yesterday afternoon by W. C. Culbertson, chairman of the council committee hearing the charges against the management of the general hospital. Attorneys W. O. Cardwell and J. A. McLain, who are conducting the investigation for the complainants, were the objects of the alderman's threat. Members of the inquiry committee were compelled to request the attorneys to desist from interrupting cross-examination of witnesses.

One of the witnesses yesterday was Scott Murphy, an ex-policeman and a painter, who was an inmate of the new general hospital in November. He testified that he saw an extract poured on the injured leg of Arthur Slim, who testified that "Curley" Bates did it. But Murphy swore that a nurse did it and that Bates was not in the room.

Murphy testified that he was treated very well except that the doctors refused to give him any medicine for his cough, and that one of the nurses slipped him some cough tablets. He told of being in the "dope" ward, and also in the "crazy" ward. It was the latter place, he said, that he saw one man put in the bath tub, fulled with ice water, several times each day.

The most serious charge this witness made against the hospital was that of washing the dishes, knives and forks in an uncleanly manner.

Mrs. Maggie Struble was called by the complainants and testified that a son of hers died in the hospital March 18, 1909, and that Dr. Neal had charged her $2, which she has not paid, to sign the death certificate. She also said he had performed a postmortem on the body after she had refused to give him her consent for it to take place.

As to the treatment of her son while in the hospital she said that her son told her they treated him "fine." The only thing she complained of regarding the treatment her son received was that they fed him cooked pigs' feet unseasoned.

The committee then asked Dr. Neal to take the stand. He said that he had refused to sign a death certificate because he did not know the cause of the young man's death. The coroner, he testified, signed the death certificate and performed a postmortem on the body. Dr. Neal admitted charging $2 for filling out the certificate for the insurance company.

Two witness placed on the stand by the complainants were Fannie and Greg Grant, negroes, who testified that they were charged $5 by a physician at the hospital who filled out the insurance papers.

The investigation will be resumed next Monday afternoon.

Labels: , ,

March 26, 1909



Secret Service Men and City Detect-
ives Discover and Break Up a
Local Plant and Arrest
the Operators.


The operations of a gang of counterfeiters in Kansas City came to a sudden end yesterday with the arrest at Seventh and Penn streets by a United States secret service agent and city detectives of a man and woman giving their names as Charles King and Mary Cook., and the discovery of the apparatus used in making the spurious coin. Both admitted that bad dollars had been made for the past month.

For the past few weeks Charles A. Adams, United States secret service man in Kansas City, has received complaints of bad coins being circulated. He paid particular attention to the arrest of Daniel Kelly in Kansas City, Kas., March 19 for passing a bad dollar on William G. Smith, a grocer at 1700 North Third street. At the time of his arrest Kelly had three irregular coins in his possession. In police court Judge Sims fined Kelly $500 for vagrancy.


Adams, who visited Kelly in prison, says Kelly confessed making the coins and said his assistants were living at 621 Penn street in Kansas City, Mo.

Adams gave the facts to the police department and Andy O'Hare and Samuel Lowe, detectives, found that the couple were living in the basement of the brick house at the number which Kelly gave. Though the detectives watched the place last Sunday, nothing worth mentioning was discovered. The coins which the couple passed were good ones and could not excite suspicion.

Adams himself watched the house yesterday morning. About 10 o'clock the woman came out and got on a Roanoke car and at Southwest boulevard changed to the Rosedale line. The secret service man, of course, was following her. In Rosedale the woman alighted and entered a grocery store and asked if the clerk could change a dollar.


The clerk looked at the coin critically and returned it.

"It's no good," he said, and the woman hurried out.

She walked a short distance when she met a little girl.

"Have you the change for $1?" she asked.

The child shook her head, and she passed on. When Mrs. Cook came to the baker of Mrs. Florence Catley, 1142 Kansas City avenue, she entered and again attempted to pass one of the dollars and was again refused. Out on the sidewalk, Adams stopped the woman.

"You are under arrest," he said.


"Why, I didn't know that it was a bad coin," she protested. "It certainly looks like one, doesn't it?"

But she accompanied Adams up town and as they were walking up the front walk to the rooming house, Detectives O'Hare and Lwe came out with King. She broke down and in the presence of King told the whole story.


"It was all Kelly's fault," she sobbed. "We came here from Denver four weeks ago and there wasn't a job in sight that my husband could get. At last he fell in with Kelly, and then they began to make the bad dollars. But today is the first time that I tried to pass one of the coins. Last night we ate the last food in the house, and I had to do something. I went out and tried to pass one of the coins to keep from starving."

The man hung his head during the recital, and at her conclusion corroborated her statements. He said that they had heard of the arrest of Kelly in Kansas City, Kas., and destroyed the molds at once. In an old vault at 512 Broadway where several buildings have been torn down, he told the officers that they might find the broken pieces.

Following his instructions, the officers found five sets of plaster moulds, a quantity of tin and antimony, and a moulding pot. All the material was taken to the federal building and will be held as evidence. The prisoners were taken to police headquarters, where the woman was placed in the matron's room and the man in the holdover.

In the matron's room the Cook woman said that she had formerly lived in Kansas City. She said that she had purchased a home on the installment plan at 2044 Denver avenue, and had made six payments, until last December. She separated from her husband, Thomas Cook, about a year ago, she said, and went to Denver. There she met King, who was working for a gas company.

"We came back to Kansas City because times were hard," she said, as she wept, "but he couldn't get any work here, and he fell in with Kelly. I didn't know for some time that they were making the bad money. Today is the first time that I tried to pass one of the coins."

The couple will be turned over to the United States authorities today. None of the neighbors suspected anything wrong. The family of John Pulliam, who lived on the same floor in the basement, thought that the man and his wife were employed down town. Kelly and king, the woman said, generally made the coins at night. They were such poor imitations that it is doubtful if many were passed.

Labels: , , , , , , ,

March 26, 1909


Will Break Ground for New Theater
at Noon Today.

Forty-two chorus girls will break ground for the new Gayety theater, which the Columbia Amusement Company of New York is to erect at Twelfth and Wyandotte streets at noon today. They are members of the Knickerbocker company, now playing at the Majestic theater, and the Trocadero company, billed there for next week.

"This is an idea of my own, and with all respect to the mayor, I believe it is much more original than to have him present to do the sodturning act," said Thomas Hodgeman, the manager. "Of course, he's tired of such performances, although he's much too good natured to refuse on such occasions."

"Will the girls be in stage costume?" was asked.

"Uh-huh; that is, I don't know. They may, and they may not. It depends on the weather, as manufactured by P. Connor. If it's a little chilly the girls -- oh, I hate to say it, but really, you know, some of them might catch cold."

Labels: , ,

March 26, 1909


Mary Costello, Mayor Crittenden’s
Stenographer, Could Not Tell
Physicians Her Name.

Who Couldn't Remember Her Name.

A stylishly dressed young woman startled the attendants of the University hospital about 1:30 o’clock yesterday afternoon when she walked into the reception room and calmly said:

“Please tell me my name.”

A nurse, upon hearing the odd request, looked closely at the young woman and noticed a peculiar expression in her eyes. The attendants sent her to the emergency hospital, where Dr. H. L. Hess and Dr. F. R. Berry questioned her. To every question the girl returned one monotonous answer:

“I wish I knew my name.”

It was nearly 7 o’clock before the girl’s mind began to become partially clear and she answered several questions in a rational manner. A gold hat pin which Dr. Hess held out for her inspection seemed to revive a chain of thought.

“Why, a Mrs. Crittenden gave that to me,” she said.

The clue was sufficient for the physician, who called up the mayor’s home. Mrs. Crittenden was asked if she had ever given a hat pin to a young woman.

“I remember giving one to Mary Costello, Mr. Crittenden’s stenographer,” she replied.

The girl looked up in amazement when her name was called.

“Why, that’s my name!” she exclaimed. “How did you know?”

When William P. Costello, her uncle, was notified he took Miss Costello home. The girl, who is 19 years old, left Mr. Crittenden’s real estate office in the Sheldley building last Monday, as she had been taken ill with the grippe. While the family was at lunch yesterday noon she slipped out of the home at 1410 Belleview avenue and her relatives supposed that she had felt well enough to visit friends. The physicians say her present mental condition is only temporary.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 25, 1909


May 17 Date Now Set for "Adam
God" Hearing.

James and Melissa Sharp, leaders of the band of fanatics who started a riot in December at the city hall, are not to be tried in the criminal court until May 17. Their attorneys yesterday asked for more time to get depositions from Texas to support the defense of insanity which they propose to make. The trial had been set for March 30.

Sharp, who calls himself "Adam God," had set yesterday as the time of his departure from the jail. He said he was going to disappear and vanish to Heaven. However, when the prisoners went to sleep last night the corporeal self of Mr. Sharp was on the cot in the cell he has occupied since December 10. He issued no proclamation of postponement to account for the failure of his promise.

Labels: , ,

March 25, 1909



Husband, Returning From Office,
Finds Attentions Being Forced
on His Wife -- Fires
Three Shots.

Opening the door of his room to find his wife struggling to free herself from the grasp of another man, Leon Brady of 1014 East Fifteenth street, a mechanical draftsman in the employ of the board of education, shot and fatally wounded Josehp Flanagan, a land promoter of El Hito, N. M. The shooting occurred at 1:45 o'clock yesterday afternoon in the hallway of the boarding house at 1014 East Fifteenth streeet, where both Flanagan and the Brady family lived.

Upon arriving at his office at 1526 Campbell street shortly after lunch yesterday afternoon, Brady "felt that something was wrong at home." He went immediately to the East Fifteenth street boarding house and found the door of his room locked and his wife inside. His wife responded to his knock.

"After I had been in the room a few moments, my wife went out and down to the second floor. I shut the door and waited for her to return. In about five minutes I heard her cough. I listened and she coughed again. Then I went to the door and waited. I could not hear anything at first, but in a moment I heard someone whispering and it seemed excited. Then I heard my wife say: 'No! No! No!' in a half frightened, half sobbing tone.


"I cannot explain my action and I cannot tell how I feel about it now. I saw my wife struggle and I knew the man. I was white with rage and I could not control myself. It was that kind of a situation about which little is remembered and nothing is clear."

Brady rushed to the bureau and grabbed his revolver. Throwing the door open he saw Flanagan and his wife. Then he fired.

Flanagan fell at the first shot. Mrs. Brady uttered a cry and her husband fired twice again at his victim. Flanagan then arose and groped his way to his own room, while Brady went back and put two more cartridges in his revolver. Mrs. Brady, at her husband's request, went to the telephone and notified the police.

Flanagan was taken to the general hospital, where he died two hours later. In his statement to Assistant Prosecutor Garrett, he said he realized he was about to die and had given up all hope. He declared that his relations with Mrs. Brady had never been otherwise than friendly.

At the Walnut street police station where Brady surrendered he stated that Flanagan had persistently attempted to force his attention upon Mrs. Brady. "Flanagan was under the influence of liquor a week ago and he came to our room in that condition. He called my wife by her first name, Rose, and this impression of intimacy with my wife angered me," he said.

"Last Sunday I went out to my father's house at 3115 Benton boulevard, and took Billy, my year-old son, with me. While there someone called me on the telephone, and a woman's voice said, 'You had better come home and see what is doing.' I immediately returned to the boarding house.


"My wife told me when I arrived at the house that Flanagan had come to her room after I left and said to her, 'You are expecting someone.' She told me she was offended by his talk and manner, and asked him why he had taken advantage of my absence to come and see her. He told her that I need not know about it, and my wife told him that she would tell me. Flanagan was angry at that, and said to her, 'I'll fix you if you do. I'll do you dirt.' "

According to the statements of both men, they were out walking together the two evenings before the shooting took place. Both say that on no occasion had Mrs. Brady ever been mentioned by them.

Yesterday at noon when Brady came to lunch he found Flanagan already at the table and sat down with him. They talked during the meal and afterward Brady carried a lunch up to his wife, who is ill and confined to her room.

In an ante-mortem statement Flanagan said Mrs. Brady came out of the room in to the passageway, and following her, Brady appeared and shot him without saying a word. "I fell after the first shot," said he, "and then he fired twice more. I said, 'Oh Brady, Brady, Brady! Why have you done this?' His wife said nothing; simply stood there.

"We had always been good friends and he had never spoken to me about her. She told me to look out for him two days ago. I did not know anything was wrong or that he had anything against me until his wife told me. I ate lunch with him today and and boarded at the same house with them. I have known both of them about four months."


Brady is a graduate of the engineering department of Columbia university in New York and is the son of J. H. Brady, chief engineer of the board of education of Kansas City. He was yesterday elected president of the National Association of Heating and Sanitary Engineers in New York. Young Brady is said by his classmates to have been exceptionally bright and stood high with his teachers and others.

Leaving school he went to Mexico as a mining engineer. While riding on the cowcatcher of one of the small locomotives employed about the mines, the engine struck a burro standing in the tracks. The animal fell on Brady and the force of the impact broke his leg in two places. The injured man was taken to the house of the mine superintendent and nursed back to health by the daughter of the household. During the days when he lay helpless on his bed, he and the girl formed a friendship that gradually ripened into love and they were married three years ago. Since that time a son has been born. The son is a little more than a year old and at the boarding house on East Fifteenth street was the universal favorite.

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

March 25, 1909


Neighbors Give "Shower" in Honor
of New Arrivals.

The Woodward triplets, born in Kansas City, Kas., last St. Patrick's day, continue to thrive and their condition is pronounced the best by Dr. E. A. Reeves, the attending physician. The mother is also gaining strength rapidly.

The Woodward home at 903 Orville avenue, was the scene of a "shower" in honor of the new arrivals yesterday. The women of the neighborhood, who "have just gone daffy" over the triplets, held a special session a couple of days ago and decided to "shower the little ones and they did so. Garments of all descriptions belonging to an infant's wardrobe made up the shower.

Labels: , ,

March 25, 1909



Rabbi's Daughter Seeks Annulment
of Civil Marriage Because, She
Says, Husband Refused to
Keep Agreement.

Daughter of a rabbi, pretty Anna Stopeck told Judge Slover of the circuit court a story yesterday of how her husband wouldn't wed her, although they were married. Explaining this apparent paradox, she added that, being orthodox, she did not consider herself married until after the Jewish ceremony had been performed.

A civil marriage was performed and the annulment of this is the purpose of the young woman's suit. Her father, Rabbi Samuel J. Shapiro, with whom she lives at 502 Oak street, was with her in court. The case is being contested.

Hyman Stopeck, a tailor at 515 Main street, is the husband. He is about 40 years old, while the girl appears half that age. On the witness stand the wife, telling her story in broken English and with confused idioms, said:
"Mr. Stopeck paid attention to me last spring and summer. He told me he had never been married before, and I liked him. He gave me a diamond ring and on July 30, 1908, at our home, the formal engagement was announced to our friends. It was agreed that there should be a civil and then a Jewish ceremony, my father and all of us being orthodox.

"So on August 4 we went to Kansas City, Kas., and got a marriage license and were wedded. Van B. Prather, judge of the probate court, performed the ceremony. That was about 11 o'clock in the morning.

"After that we returned to my father's home. Mr. Stopeck stayed there for dinner and until 2 o'clock in the afternoon. Then he left. I have not seen h im since August 7, when he came to ask me to return the diamond ring."

"But why did he leave you?" asked Gerston B. Silverman, the wife's attorney.

"Because he asked my father to give him $500 before he would go through the Jewish ceremony. When this was not done, he said:
" 'I'll let her (meaning me) wait for ten years before I'll go through the Jewish ceremony unless I get that $500.' "

Then the girl explained that her belief regarded the Jewish ceremony as essential.

"And was Stopeck ever married?" inquired Mr. Silverman.

"He told me afterwards that he had been married at Rochester, N. Y., and that his wife had secured a divorce from him.

"Why," continued the girl, "he was so attentive before we were engaged. On July 7 he brought me a clipping from a paper. He said: 'Get yourself a hat like this.' "

Here the attorney displayed a two-column portrait of the Princess de Sagan, formerly Anna Gould, wearing a huge Gainsborough.

When court adjouroned for the night it was expected that the trial of the case would occupy all of today.

Labels: , , , , , , ,

March 25, 1909


Captain Williams Had Been an In-
valid for Two Years.

Captain W. J. Williams, a veteran of the civil war, for forty years a resident of Kansas City, Kas., died yesterday at St. Margaret's hospital from the effects of an operation. He was 73 years old and had been practically an invalid for the past two years.

Captain Williams was born in North Carolina and at the age of 19 years ran away from home and joined the regular army at Leavenworth for the sole purpose of going with the troops to attack Brigham Young at Salt Lake City. His company was among the forces dispatched to the Mormon capital, but before much of the journey had been accomplished war was declared between the North and South and the westbound troops were recalled to Fort Leavenworth and sent South. Captain Williams was engaged in the battle of Wilson creek.

Of a family of five children, Captain Williams is survived by one son, Frank Williams, a former member of the Kansas City, Kas., police force. His wife died eight months ago. He lived at 193 South Pyle street. Funeral arrangements have not been made.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 24, 1909


Clacie Claunch Has Not Been Home
Since Sunday Morning.

The police are looking for Clacie Claunch, 15 years old, who disappeared from her home at 3324 East Eighteenth street Sunday morning. She wore a red skirt, light waist, light striped jacket and long brown leather gloves. Her hair and eyes are brown. She had intended to go to the Hippodrome when she left home.

Arthur Gladstone, 2452 Woodland avenue, reported to the police that his wife has been missing for several days. She is 24 years old, wieghs 120 pounds and wore a blue suit.

Labels: , , ,

March 24, 1909


Dry Goods Stock Likely to Become
Police Property.

It is probable that the police department will be richer by $2,000 if the cases against William Gilbert, Thomas O'Neill, Ruth Hester and Grace Harris do not come up soon in the criminal court where they were appealed last October after the four persons were convicted of shoplifting in the municipal court.

At that time, the representatives of most of the dry goods stores in the city identified goods which were found at 1221 Harrison street, where the alleged shoplifters were rooming.

But of late, the representatives of the dry goods stores have not been coming to the city hall to ask for the property as they did formerly. They say that styles will change before the criminal court will try the cases against the accused persons and that the goods, though they were valued at $2,000 last October, will not be nearly so valuable.

Since the release of the four the police in New Orleans arrested four suspects who correspond in description to the four released on appeal bonds in Kansas City.

Labels: , ,

March 24, 1909


Chauffeur, 17 Years Old, Was
Making Trial Trip With New
Touring Car.

The trial trip of U. S. Epperson's new touring car yesterday afternoon resulted in the serious injury of Jesse Bridgeman, 13 years old, who was run over at Eleventh and Holmes streets. J. C. Collins, 17 years old, the chauffeur, was arrested. He was released at police headquarters, Mr. Epperson signing his bond.

The Bridgeman boy, who lives with his mother, Mrs. Gertrude Bridgeman, 1416 Locust street, came out of the Humbolt school, put on his roller skates and coasted down Eleventh street. A moment later, as he attempted to cross the street, he was struck by the car and hurled to the pavement. The machine passed over him, although he was untouched by the wheels.

Collins, who had thrown on the emergency brake, stopped the car and ran back. It was almost impossible for J. M. Maloney, a patrolman, to break through the hundreds of excited pupils to the spot where the child lay. Collins offered to take the boy in the motor car to the emergency hospital, but Maloney called the ambulance, which hurried to the scene. Dr. Fred B. Kryger found the child's left leg fractured in two places. He was also bruised about the head and body. He was sent to Dr. H. B. McCall's private sanitarium at 1424 Holmes street, where his condition was little improved last night.

The boy chauffeur has been in Mr. Epperson's employ about three weeks. He says the accident was unavoidable.

Mr. Epperson hurried to the emergency hospital as soon as he heard of the accident, and listened to the child's story. He said he did not believe Collins was exceeding the speed limit.

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

March 23, 1909


Three Will Be Laid Up For
at Least Ten Days.

With four of the best twirlers on the Blues' staff in the hospital, the prospects for starting the season with well trained flingers assumed a very gloomy aspect yesterday. Two of them must stay in bed at least a week, under the most favorable conditions, and may be confined for six weeks. One is out, but may be ordered to a bunk on short notice, and the other will be laid up for at least ten days.

The sick list contains William Duggleby, "Nick" Carter, "Vinegar Bill" Essick and "Lefty" Brennan. Roy Brashear has a severe cold which may put the star infielder out of commission later, but he is still able to play. Duggleby has a badly swollen eye as the result of being hit on the head by a pitched ball Sunday and will not be able to play for at least ten days, although he will try to keep in training to a certain extent during that time. Essick is able to work, but he has a severe cold which will not keep him away from practice altogether unless it gets worse.

The real sick members are Brenan and Carter. They played Saturday and Brennan was able to make three hits in the game Sunday, but yesterday the club physician stated that they had malaria fever and made them go to bed for at least a week. They may be able to get up at the end of that time if their condition shows improvement daily, ubt should they get worse, which is altogether probable, they may be confined to their rooms or a hospital for six weeks..

Manager Cross knows what Essick and Carter can do. In fact, they are about sure of being on the regular staff this season, but Brenan is entirely new to Cross and it is a question whether Duggleby can pitch the brand of ball needed in this league. He failed to do anything remarkable in the Eastern league a year ago and unless he shows improvement this spring he may not draw a regular station.

Labels: ,

March 23, 1909


"Sanitary" Trash Cans Will Decor-
ate Street Corners.

"Will the committee explain what good these cans are? They obstruct sidewalks; are not beautiful to look at, and when we had them before I could see no earthly use for them."

This is what Alderman George H. Edwards said in the upper house of the council last night when the streets and alleys committee recommended the passage of an ordinance giving permission to a company headed by Michael Pendergast, brother of the alderman, to encumber the sidewalks and street corners with trash cans.

"They are sanitary, ornamental and well gotten up; they are absolutely sanitary and can't be kicked over or blown over," was the recommendation furnished for the cans by Alderman Isaac Taylor.

"Also quite convenient for clerks to empty the contents of waste paper baskets into," piped Alderman Emmet O'Malley.

"The last cans were good things to throw trash at, but never into," observed Alderman Edwards.

The ordinance was passed, the only negative vote being filed by Edwards.

In the lower house the ordinance failed of passage under suspension of the rules, but the streets and alleys committee reported it out immediately. The required eight votes were on hand to make it a law, the only objections being Alderman Darius Brown and J. G. Lapp.

Labels: , ,

March 23, 1909


Australian Military Official Vis-
iting American Posts.

The military of Australia is to be conducted in some respects like that of the United States, and for the purpose of getting ideas to use in the Antipodes. Major General John C. Hoad, inspector general of the commonwealth of Australia, is visiting United States army posts where service schools are maintained.

Major Hoad was in Kansas City yesterday morning on his way from Leavenworth to Fort Riley. He has visited all the principal forts in the Eastern states and will end his trip with a visit to the Presidio of San Francisco.

Labels: , , ,

March 23, 1909


John W. Roberts Held Under $2,000
Bond on a Charge of Bigamy.

John W. Roberts, a promoter, with offices in the Jenkins building, Thirteenth street and Grand avenue, was arraigned before Justice Richardson yesterday, charged with bigamy. The complaint was filed by Mrs. Maggie Roberts, 2305 Minnie avenue, who claims that Roberts, after deserting her nearly four years ago, married Teressa Helmer in Denver, Col., in June, 1906. Roberts was released on $2,000 bond for preliminary examination April 2.

"I was married twenty-two years ago, and lived with my wife until about four years ago," said Roberts yesterday. "We simply could not get along together, and I left her. Since that time I have sent an average of $75 a month to her. She came into my office last Monday, and demanded that I give her $100. This I refused to do, and told her that I would allow her $40, which she took.

"We had two children, Lillian, aged 19, and William T. aged 17. My daughter is living with her mother, and the boy just arrived in Kansas City today from Texas, where he has been working. He probably will make his home with me at 1122 Tracy avenue, if he remains in this city."

William T. Roberts met his father in the Jenkins building last night. He said that with a few exceptions Roberts had provided regulary for his first family.

The second Mrs. Roberts is living at 1122 Tracy avenue and is the mother of a 7-months-old baby girl.

When asked what his plans were, Roberts said:

"I have no plans. When the proper time comes I will make my statement. These charges have been brought against me and they will have to be proved. There is nothing farther to say."

Labels: , , , , ,

March 23, 1909


Farmer Slept in Rear of Saloon and
Was Touched.

When Farmer Gus Peterson of Topeka, Kas., strayed from the glare of the Union depot last night and started for a little stroll along Union avenue he merrily jingled three golden eagles in his pocket. Two hours later when he awoke from a troubled sleep in the rear of a Union avenue saloon all he could find was a bunch of keys. He remembers going into the saloon to have a drink with two "nice appearin' gents."

Peterson reported his loss to the police at No. 2 station and wired home for money.

Labels: , , , , , ,

March 22, 1909


An Incident of the Early Days in
Kansas City.

An incident of the good old days in Kansas City town was recalled last night at the Hotel Kupper by Belle Theodore, a member of the Kathryn Osterman company, playing at the Grand this week.

"I have been coming to Kansas City every season for many years," said Mrs. Theodore to a party of friends. "Several years ago on one of my visits I was stopping at the old Coates house. At dinner time one evening all of the waiters in the house went on a strike. The late Kersey Coates, who was then running the place, was in a dreadful stew, hardly knowing how to proceed. The hotel was full of guests and the dining room was rapidly filling. I followed the procession and sat down at a table, thinking that I would take a chance, if there were any, of getting my dinner.

"I had been seated a few minutes when I saw a waiter approaching. As he neared me I saw that it was Mr. Coates, the proprietor. He had donned a jacket and an apron and was handling a tray like a veteran. He worked throughout the dinner hour like a Trojan and made the best of an unpleasant and unforeseen situation."

Labels: , , , , ,

March 22, 1909



Husband Declares Reform School
Was Suggested as Place for
Girl -- Tells Story of
Marital Troubles.

Charles Hunter, 19 years old, who shot and dangerously injured his wife, Myrtle Hunter, Friday morning, yesterday told visitors of the trouble that led up to his crime, and which is causing his detention at police headquarters. He said he loved his wife, but her waywardness caused the trouble.

When the boy and his child wife were married by Michael Ross, J. P., the mothers went to the court house with them to give consent. The girl's mother called at police headquarters yesterday afternoon to see Hunter. She told him she was still his friend and would do all she could for him.

"Even if Myrtle dies, Charles, we won't blame you," the prisoner was told.

The reform school was suggested by Mrs. Scanlon as the best place for the girl wife. Hunter informed a visitor yesterday. But he said he loved her and wanted to keep her at home if possible.


She left home one day and the mother announced her intention of having the police find the girl and sending her to reform school according to the story Hunter tells. Instead he asked her to wait and allow him to give her another trial. Hunter promised to find her and keep her at home.

After four days' search he declares he found her at a house on East Eighth street in company with another young woman and two men. While Hunter was in the room a rambler placed his arm around his wife and caressed her, which made him frantic with shame and anger. From there he took his wife home and she promised him she would remain away from her former haunts.

Then he says a clerk in a clothing store began to pay her attentions. Hunter said this clerk went to the Scanlon home last Thursday and asked for Myrtle. He made a second trip to the house in the afternoon. Mrs. Hunter opened the door, but refused to allow him to come in. Hunter said he was at the head of the stairs on the second floor and upon asking who the visitor was started down. The man left and his wife and Mrs. Scanlon prevented Hunter from following him.


From the trials he had with his endeavors to keep his wife at home and the attempts by the clerk to take her away, Hunter claims that he was made desperate and driven mad. The climax was reached Wednesday night when the man is said to have collected a gang and announced his intention of going to the Hippodrome and going home with Mrs. Hunter.

Hunter and his wife were standing near the skating rink when the persistent admirer came up and spoke to the wife. She tried to avoid him and when she was unable to do so Hunter says he objected.

"I'll take her home if you have to go home in the undertaker's wagon," Hunter said he was told.

According to Hunter, his uncle, Claude Rider, 1728 Troost avenue, stepped up and said he was going to take a hand in the affair. As his uncle came up Hunter declares friends grabbed him and took him across the street while the other men fought. The police arrested them and took them to No. 4 police station where they were charged with disturbing the peace.

"I believe my mother-in-law was trying to arrange to send Myrtle to the reform school when I shot her," Hunter remarked.

He said he got the pistol at the Scanlon house and that it belonged to his wife's father. The condition of Mrs. Hunter was worse yesterday, but it was said that she still has a chance to recover.

Of late years Hunter has been following the skating rinks and in the summer has had charge of the rink at Fairmount park. At one time Hunter was an office boy for an afternoon newspaper and later became an advertising solicitor.

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

March 22, 1909


In Kansas City With Government
Detective Looking for Swindlers.

Seeking some trace of a band of swindlers who have operated extensively in England, Canada and parts of the United States the past two years, Frank C. Crane of Washington, a detective in the employe of the United States secret service, and W. R. Worth, a Scotland Yard sleuth, are in Kansas City.

Crane would not discuss his mission last night, fearing that publicity might injure the chances of getting a clew to the whereabouts of the much wanted crooks if they are in Kansas City, and it is thought that they are. The use of the mails for fraudulent purposes has made the pursuit of the swindlers an international affaire.

Labels: , ,

March 21, 1909



Refuses to Talk Further as "His
Words Set Him on Fire."
Faith is Stronger
Than Ever.

James Sharp, self-styled "Adam God," declared yesterday that there would be a vacancy soon in the county jail and that he would be the absentee.

"I think I will rise and leave this jail in five days," said Sharp. "When I disappear the jailer will be bribed by the rulers to say someone took me out. My day's work is done and the Master says, 'Wait a little while and then eat.' My eating will be rejoicing over my children when I come back."

If the five-day prediction holds good, Sharp will leave the jail next Thursday. Just how he is to disappear, however, he does not care to say. He tells visitors he has talked too much already.

"My words are out of place," says he. "I am afraid to talk. My words set me on fire."

"Do you believe Providence will free you?"

"Yes, I know it will, brother. I am the one spoken of in Revelations 12-V., where the Book says:

" 'And she brought forth a man child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up unto God and to his throne.'

"That is the way I will be caught up, brother. I will disappear from this jail. For I am David."

"Are you still in the faith?"

"Yes, and stronger than ever, brother. But I must not talk. I have found out where all this trouble is. It is in the tongue."

"But how will you disappear?"

"That is not for me to say, brother, except that I will be caught up to the Throne, as I told you. And the jailers will be bribed to say someone took me out, just as I said before, brother. I am like the man on the cross when he cried out: 'My God, why hast thou forsaken me.' And my prayer is about to be heard."

Sharp says these words with a conviction which bespeak his belief in them. He is trying to avoid being talked to. On a card which hangs on his cell bars are the words:

"My words are out of place. I am afraid to talk. My words set me on fire."

Labels: , ,

March 21, 1909


McCurdy Spends Birthday Working
at the Anvil.

John G. McCurdy, the pioneer blacksmith of Independence, celebrated his 91st birthday yesterday hard at work with his hammer and anvil. Mr. McCurdy spent his early manhood making wagons and doing blacksmith work for the outfitting trade of the Southwest. He has followed his trade ever since and every day finds him at the forge. When the court house was built in Independence in the early days Mr. McCurdy made the nails. His wife died in 1874 and since that time he has been making his home with his daughter, Mrs. Lizzie Powell, 315 North Liberty street, Independence.

Labels: , , , ,

March 21, 1909


Prisoners Violating Their Agree-
ment Must Serve Triple Time.

A new order of things was put in practice by the board of pardons and paroles at its meeting yesterday. Persons paroled do not get off so easily and the board has an opportunity of keeping track of parolees longer than before. The new scheme was learned by the board on its recent visit to Cleveland, O., where it made a thorough investigation of the house of corrections and the parole system there.

When a prisoner is paroled now he agrees that should he violate any of the conditions of his parole he is to go back to the work house and serve out three times the amount of his unexpired term. He also agrees to report to the secretary of the board, if on parole, for that length of time instead of just for the unexpired term of his sentence, as has been the case. Under the new system if a man with 100 days to serve violates his parole he will be taken in custody and returned to the work house, where he will have to serve 300 days.

A matter came to light yesterday which heretofore had been kept under cover. That was the fact that William Volker, president of the board, out of his own pocket, pays the fare of every paroled prisoner who is sent out of the city to his family or friends, often fitting him out with new clothing before doing so. Several such cases arise at each meeting. Mr. Volker has also fitted numbers of men out here in the city so as to enable them to "make a good front" when they went to work. This class of work has always been done by the Provident Association, but Mr. Volker so far has taken the burden upon himself.

Labels: , ,

March 21, 1909


Street Car Struck Coal Wagon and
the Wagon Jammed a Hearse.

An east-bound Twelfth street car collided with a coal wagon, which was waiting for a funeral procession to pass, forcing it into the hearse and nearly overturning the latter at Twelfth and Holmes streets yesterday morning. Jesse Roylston, a negro driver, was thrown from the coal wagon. His hip was bruised. He was taken to the general hospital.

The accident happened so quickly that no one could account for it afterward, but it is said to have been partly due to the abruptness with which the coal wagon driver halted his team in front of the car.

The funeral was that of Robert Burns of 1305 East Thirteenth street, and the procession, under the direction of the Woodmen of hte World, was on its way to St. Patrick's church. The hearse belonged to the J. C. Duffy Undertaking Company of Fifteenth street and Grand avenue and was driven by John Muser. It was only slightly damaged.

Labels: , , , , , , , , ,

March 20, 1909



Madly Jealous Because She Went
With Another man, Charles
Hunter Wounds Wife at
Parents' Home.

The short wedded life of Charles Hunter, 19 years old, and his wife, Myrtle Hunter, 17 years old, came to a probably tragic end yesterday morning when in a quarrel, the boy-husband shot his wife with a derringer at the home of her parents, 1713 Madison avenue.

Mrs. Hunter lies at the general hospital, where the physicians say she will not live until morning. The husband gave himself up yesterday afternoon to the police, and is in the matron's room at police headquarters where he will not make a statement to the prosecuting attorney.

No one was at the home of the girl's parents except the young couple. They had been married since Christmas, but had not lived together for several months. On several occasions Hunter had visited his wife, but on each occasion the interview generally ended in a quarrel. About 11 o'clock yesterday morning, neighbors heard a shot, and a moment later Mrs. Hunter rushed out of the house and ran to the home of Mrs. Emma Hodder, 1715 Madison avenue. The front of her kimono was covered with blood.


"He shot me," she gasped, and sank to the floor. She carried the derringer in her hands. The Walnut street police ambulance was called, and after giving her emergency treatment, Dr. Ralph A. Shiras took her to the general hospital.

In the meantime Hunter rushed out of the house into the alley, and it was three hours before the police were able to locate him. At last Albert F. Drake, an attorney with offices in the Scarritt building, called police headquarters and said Charles Hunter was ready to give himself up. Charles McVey, desk sergeant, took Hunter from the Scarritt building to police headquarters. In the chief's office he was questioned by an assistant prosecuting attorney, but would sign no statement.


"We haven't' been happy since our marriage," Hunter said later as he sat in a cell in the matron's room. His hands were folded across his breast, and he looked the picture of despair. He is small and looks a mere boy. "She has been going with other fellows," he continued, "and last Wednesday I saw her with someone. That made it more than I could bear. Last night I called on her and we quarreled. When we parted I walked the streets until morning, and in a sort of a trance I went back this morning.

"I don't know how I came to shoot her. I do know that I had a derringer, and that I must have aimed it at her. As soon as I shot I clasped her in my arms and then ran out.

I went down the street a short distance and then determined to go back. I backed out and then walked downtown. I went to Mr. Drake's office, who laughed when I told him that I had shot someone."


At the general hospital the youthful wife laid the blame on her husband.

"I'm going to die," she said faintly about the middle of the afternoon, "but I don't care very much. Charley and I have never been happy. He called this morning and commenced to quarrel. Suddenly he pulled out a pistol and shot me.

" 'Tell them that you did it,' he whispered as he took me in his arms and rushed out doors."

Mrs. Frank Scanlon, the mother of the girl, says that Hunter entered the house after she had left in the morning. She said that he had often threatened Myrtle, and that she was afraid to leave alone.

"I felt like something was going to happen when I left this morning," she said.

Hunter has been employed at the Hippodrome at odd times. He lives with an uncle, Claude Rider, at 1728 Troost avenue.

At the general hospital last night, the youthful wife lay on one of the beds in the surgical ward. She was suffering intense pain but still retained all of her faculties.

"Did they get Charley?" she asked. "Well I'm glad they did for he meant to shoot me."

Mrs. Scanlon, the girl's mother, was at her bedside all night.

Labels: , , , , , , , , ,

March 20, 1909


Runs Down Man the Day He Pur-
chases Machine.

While driving a small automobile, which he had just purchased along the Southwest boulevard near Summit street, on the way to his farm in Gardner, Kas., yesterday afternoon Morris Harrington ran into Andrew Anderson, a laborer, knocking him down and severely bruising him. An ambulance was called from No. 4 police station and the injured man was treated by Dr. H. A. Hamilton, after which he was removed to his home at 2136 Summit street.

Harrington was held for an hour at No. 3 police station until he could arrange bond. He said he was unused to operating an automobile, and that when Anderson stepped in front he could not turn the guide wheel fast enough to steer clear of him.

Labels: , , , ,

March 20, 1909


Henry Havemeyer Here to Sell the
Quinlan Flats.

The sugar king is in Kansas City.

Henry Havemeyer, who controls the sugar trade of the world, as John D. Rockerfeller does the oil business, has been here since Wednesday afternoon, when he arrived from his home in Yonkers, N. Y., on a special train.

"My visit to Kansas City is for the purpose of transacting some business," said Mr. Havemeyer at the Hotel Baltimore last night. "I will return to the East tomorrow. I have nothing to say about sugar."

Mr. Havenmeyer's business in Kansas City was to disperse of the Quinlan flats, Eighth street and Woodland avenue, wihich he has owned for many years. The property, it is said, was sold yesterday for $50,000.. The name of the purchaser was not made public last night.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 20, 1909


But Court Had No Jurisdiction Over
Baby's Clothes.
"Well, he may take his child if the court so orders, but he cannot have the clothes I bought for it." Saying this, Mary Boyd of Centropolis yesterday in the circuit court at Independence, undressed the little son of Taylor A. White before an astonished judge and jurors and, leaving the nude babe on the bar of justice, left the court room.

White, after the death of his wife a few months ago, placed his infant son in charge of Mrs. Boyd. A few days ago White married again and wanted his child. Mrs. Boyd refused to give up her charge, alleging that White had not paid for its care. White brought suit for possession of the child and received a favorable verdict.

Labels: , , ,

March 19, 1909


He Is Not Afraid, and Wants Prose-
cution Dropped.

Charles E. Nord, charmer of women, has religion now. He says so in letters written to Mrs. Carrie Hamilton, 3010 East Twentieth street, on whose complaint he is now in the county jail awaiting trial on charges of obtaining property under false pretenses. Nord also has sent a mission worker to Miss Hamilton to induce her to drop the prosecution.

Nord writes somehting after this fasion:

"Whatever happens, the Lord is on my side. I have religion and am not afraid. You cannot hurt me. I know I will be taken care of."

Two or three letters of this import have been received by Mrs. Hamilton.

Labels: ,

March 19, 1909


Woman Shopper Dropped Liquor
Purchases on Union Depot Floor.

Are fond husbands in Oklahoma and Kansas bribed to stay at home and care for the little ones while mother comes to Kansas City to shop and attend to the family's business affairs? And is the bribe in the form of liquor? Union depot employes believe that both questions could be truthfully answered in the affirmative for two sad accidents that occurred yesterday at the Union station tend to support their opinions in the matter.

The first mishap was when an attractive young matron hurrying to catch a train let a neatly wrapped package fall to the floor with crash. Following the crash there was a flow of real old Kentucky bourbon. A few minutes later another woman had a similar misfortune.

"My, John will be mad," the woman from Oklahoma murmured. "Fred will be awfully disappointed," said the woman from Kansas.

Labels: , , ,

March 19, 1909


Mrs. Robert Woodward Gives Birth
to Two Girls and a Boy.

Triplets, two girls and a boy, were born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Woodward, 903 Orville avenue, Kansas City, Kas., yesterday morning. The babies are perfectly formed and are pronounced unusually healthy and robust by Dr. E. A. Reeves, the attending physician. Mrs. Woodward, mother of he new arrivals, is getting along nicely. The doctor states that she is strong and her condition is not at all dangerous. She is 35 years old, and besides the triplets has three other children.

The total weight of the three babies at birth was sixteen pounds, the girls tipping the scales at six pounds each, the boy bringing up the other four pounds.

Robert Woodward, the father, is associated with the Carr Manufacturing Company of Kansas City, Mo., and was in Slater, Mo., when notified of the increase in his family. He lost no time in getting home. If the boy lives he may be christened Patrick, in honor of the day on which he came into the world.

The Woodward babies are the second set of triplets born in Kansas City, Kas., in less than a year and a half. On December 22 1907, two boys and a girl were born to Mr. and Mrs. William Curry. The mother died the following month, and was followed a short time later by two of the babies. Boaz, the first born, is still alive and is enjoying the best of health.

Labels: , ,

March 18, 1909



Unusual Occurrence at Humane So-
ciety Headquarters -- Couple Told
to Think of Child and
Bear and Forebear.

Wives with grievances against their husbands for non-support or for the late hours with "sick friends," generally go to the city hall and tell their troubles to the Humane Society.

The little room at the northwest corner of city hall on the second floor is always crowded with men and women who have come to pour their tales of distress into the patient cares of Mrs. Frank McCrary and W. H. Gibbens, Humane agents. But yesterday, an incident occurred which will long be remembered by the Humane Society.

"You know that you haven't given me a cent in two weeks," exclaimed a woman, as she went through the door with her husband, who was carrying an infant in his arms.


"I do my best," said the man apologetically to Mr. Gibbens, "but she is always picking on me. She won't let me have a minute's rest."

"You don't support me and the children," she retorted angrily.

A neatly dressed woman who was listening to the conversation walked over to the couple.

"I don't want to assume too much interest in your affairs," she said, "but I think you are both wrong. Neither will give in to the other. You owe it to the child there in your lap to live a different life. You owe it to you Maker to be patient with each other. Instead of separation, you should talk about the future. Now let's get down on our knees and ask the Lord to help us."

The man and woman, as their adviser knelt in front of her chair, knelt also. A minute later both were crying softly as she prayed fervently for their happiness.


The door into the hall was open, and down the corridor several men were waiting till the police board would commence its weekly session. At last the woman's voice became loud enough for the words to be distinguished, and instinctively many of the men removed their hats and stood in silence.

At last the prayer was over, and as the three arose tears of gladness were in the eyes of the man and wife.

They kissed each other and left the room apparently reconciled. Both were weeping.

"It has been a long time since I've heard a prayer up here," said Mr. Gibbens. "If all the domestic troubles were cured that easy, I think we ought to try it."

Out in the hall the crowd of men replaced their hats, but for a long time, a stillness reigned. The prayer in the police station had had its result.

"I was only doing my duty," said the little woman to the Humane officer.

Labels: , , ,

March 18, 1909


Mother Surprised by Sailor Son Who
Went Around the World.

When Frank J. Schatava, ordinary seaman on the battleship Rhode Island, came home to Kansas City from his cruise around the world with the fleet he didn't notify his mother at 9 Bellaire avenue of his coming. She was so overjoyed at seeing him that something like nervous prostration set in, and on this account her 19-year-old son has asked for a five days' extension to his furlough. He joined the fleet last June at San Francisco.

Nothing like the navy," says Seaman Schatava, "and I'm going to enlist again as soon as my time expires."

Labels: , ,

March 18, 1909


Ptomaine Poisoning Resulted, Which
Nearly Ended His Life.

Suffering ptomaine poisoning from eating canned fish, Rev. W. A. LaRue, 811 Lydia avenue, pastor of the Reorganized Central Latter Day Saints' church, was in a serious condition for several hours yesterday. Prompt medical assistance rendered by Dr. Sandez saved the minister's life.

Harvey Sandy, a steogrpher in the customs office in the fderal buiding, also as poisoned by eating the fish, but did not experience serious effects.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 17, 1909


Preacher About Only Man Who Was
In on This One.

At 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon a nice young man, accompanied by a yo ung lady just as nice, and pretty besides, approached the desk at the Baltimore. He registered the name of "Miss Lulu Sollars, City," and Miss Sollars was assigned to room 267.

At 8 o'clock last evening the Rev. Samuel Garvin of Kansas City, Kas., entered the Baltimore hotel, asked to be directed t room 267, was show the way, and after a short time returned to the main floor and made a hasty exit to the street.

Not long after the minister's departure the gentleman who had accompanied Miss Sollars to the desk reappeared, registered the name of Mr. and Mrs. Ezra Jones, Warrensburg, Mo., and at his direction the name of Miss Lulu Sollars was stricken from the roll.

The visit of the minister had resulted in a change of name for Miss Sollars and has also resulted in an addition to the responsibilities of one Ezra Jones, who is reported to be a wealthy cattleman of Warrensburg.

The prospective bride and groom left Warrensburg yesterday afternoon at 3, giving no more intimation of their intentions than they did when Mr. Jones slyly registered his bride and then went on a still hunt for a preacher to tie the knot.

Labels: , , ,

March 17, 1909


Are Afraid the Refinery Is Going to
Close Up.

JEFFERSON CITY, March 16. -- There was never a more pathetic little delegation called upon any governor than tonight called upon Mr. Hadley. It was made up of workmen from the Sugar Creek district who have been building homes near the oil refinery.

In it were Frank Woodward, George V. Hackett, W. H. Harvey, B. F. Karkin and Edward Linn. The delegation called first on Representative N. R. Holcomb, who made an appointment for a meeting with the governor.

"We are all working men, governor," said Harvey, "and we have started to build homes for our families. The plasterers are ready to go to work in some of our houses. We have been told that the oil works are to be closed and that every one of us will be thrown out of work and our homes destroyed. Is it true?"

"I can not tell you what will be the ultimate outcome in law, but I can tell you that I do not think you need lose any sleep over your work or your homes," said the governor.

"How long will it take to get a final decision?" Woodward asked.

"It will take several months to get the case on the supreme court docket, and then six or nine months to get it argued," the governor answered. "When it is all done, I think the refinery will still be running. You are, like many others, laboring under a misapprehension. The decision of the court puts the Standard Oil Company out of the state, but it does not put the Sugar Creek refinery out of the state," the governor concluded.

Labels: , , ,

March 17, 1909



Limousine Struck by Twelfth Street
Car and Five Occupants Hurled
to Ground -- One Seriously
Injured -- Owner in Paris.

An expensive motor car belonging to William Kenefick, 1485 Independence avenue, was demolished yesterday afternoon at 2:30 by being struck by a street car at Twelfth and Oak streets. Daisy West, 1333 McGee street, who was in the limousine, was seriously injured. The machine was driven by William Tate, a trusted employe of Mr. Kenefick, who is now in Paris. Mr. Kenefick is president of the Missouri, Oklahoma & Gulf railroad.

In the machine at the time of the accident were four friends of Tate' whom he was entertaining.


Taking the machine from the garage yesterday afternoon Tate invited four friends, two men and two women, to go for a ride over the boulevards. Leaving Miss West's home on McGee street, the driver steered the machine over to Oak and started north on that street. As he was crossing the street car tracks on Twelfth street a car going west struck the machine on the right side, just in front of the rear wheels. The machine was thrown over on the side and skidded across the street and onto the sidewalk on the northwest corner of Oak street.

Those persons riding inside of the limousine were thrown from their seats and besides being shaken up were cut by broken glass. Miss West was the only one seriously injured, and she was carried into Hucke's drug store, on the corner, and cared for until an ambulance from Eylar's Livery Company conveyed her to the University hospital.


Dr. George O. Todd was summoned and found the woman to be suffering from a severe wrench of the back, several scalp wounds and possible internal injuries. She was later taken to her home. At the hospital she gave the name of Davis.

The Admiral Auto Livery Company righted the maching and then towed it to the Pope-Hartford Auto Sales Company, 1925 Grand avenue. At the machine shop it was said that the machine was a total wreck and not worth repairing. Thee top was broken and cracked in various places and badly sprung.


Mrs. J. W. H offman, 314 West Armour boulevard, a daughter of Mr. Kenefick, last night said that the chauffeur had not informed her of the accident. She said Tate had not been granted permission to use the car and had never before been known to use it secretly. The machine was a Pope-Toledo valued at $6,500 and was about a year old, she said. On Saturday the motor was taken out of the repair shop.

Tate, who is about 27 years old, has worked for Mr. Kenefick since he was 13 years old. Those in the machine at the time of the accident refused to talk aobut it or give their names. Patrolman Patrick Thornton, who walks on Twelfth street, arrived a few minutes after the accident but when the interested parties once refused to talk the patrolman ceased activity. He allowed them to go without getting any of the details as to who they were.

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

March 17, 1909


Women, Thinly Garbed and Some in
Night Gowns, Rush for Safety
When Alarm Is Given.

Nearly 200 guests of the Hotel Cosby, Ninth street and Baltimore avenue, were routed out of bed at 2 o'clock this (Wednesday) morning by an alarm of fire, which started in the basement of the Linsay Light Company, 113 West Ninth street.

Men half dressed, women with only cloaks over them and a few frightened ones garbed in their flimsy night gowns, rushed to the street entrances of the hotel at the first clang of fire bells.

At 2:30 this morning the hotel seemed to be in no great danger, although the firemen were still fighting the flames.

Everyone was ordered out of the building when the first alarm of fire was given, and there was a a scampering in the rooms and halls that finally resulted in a stampede.

Members of nearly all the theatrical companies playing in Kansas City this week are among the guests at the Cosby, but the major portion of the register is composed of out-of-town merchants and transients.

Many women, after the first fright, began to "pack up" their prized wearing apparel and cherished souvenirs, but at an early hour this morning it was not thought that anything will be damaged in the hotel section of the block.

The cause of the fire is not known. William Ofkelh, a cook in Joe Ziegler's saloon, 109 West Ninth street, discovered the fire and turned in the alarm.

Labels: , , ,

March 16, 1909


W. T. Stead Says It Is in Reality a
British Holiday.

M. H. Levingston, 319 Ridge building, recently sent to W. T. Stead, London, editor of Review of Reviews, an editorial from The Journal commenting upon Mr. Stead's tribute to American national heroes. Yesterday Mr. Levingston received the following form Mr. Stead:

London, March 2, 1909
Mr. M. H. Levinston, 309 Ridge building, Kansas City, Mo.
Dear Mr. Levingston: I am very much obliged to you for your kindness in sending me the cutting from your paper and added thereto an an appreciation of the tribute which I paid to your national heroes. It has been my habit for many years past to attend the annual celebration of the Fourth of July at Browning's Settlement, at which my brother is the warden, in Southeast London, for we claim that the Fourth of July is an English national festival for it celebrates the victory of the English idea championed by George Washington over the German ideas which were put forth by George III. I am, sincerely,
W. T Stead.

Labels: ,

March 16, 1909


New Structure on Site Formerly Oc-
cupied by T. M. James & Son.

Ground is being cleared for the construction of Langston Bacon's new five-story building to be occupied by the Woolf Brothers Furnishing Goods Company at 1020-22 Walnut street. The contract for the ten-year lease of the building by Woolf Brothers was closed yesterday by Blanchert & Kipp, who were agents in the transaction. The tenants will move in about August 15. Although only five stories will be built at first, the foundation will be so constructed as to carry three additional floors.

The present building was occupied by T. M. James & Sons who were burned out February 11. Woolf Brothers, who have been in business in Kansas City for thirty years, will pay an annual rental of $20,000, or a total of $200,000 for ten years' use of the building.

Root & Siemens are the architects.

Labels: , , ,

March 15, 1909


Contents of a Shotgun Emptied Into
George Fields by Al Bartley,
an Old Man.

A quarrel over some fish nets between two denizens of the floating houseboat village moored along the Kaw river resulted yesterday afternoon in the fatal shooting of George Fields, a young boatman, 24 years of age, by Al Bartley, a grotesque character about 50 years old, familiar to the streets of Kansas City, Kas. He is afflicted with St. Vitus' dance. A double-barreled shotgun was Bartley's weapon and he fired both loads, which took effect in Fields's neck and face.

The younger man was still alive when the ambulance arrived, but died before a surgeon could be reached.

The killing took place at 5:30 o'clock. Both men owned and lived in houseboats at the foot of Minnesota avenue.

As there were no witnesses to the shooting, Bartley's version is the only one to be had. He claims that he and Fields had quarrelled about the nets for several days and that late in the afternoon Fields walked along the bank to a place opposite Bartley's boat, where the nets were and threatened to cut them with the sharp blade of a shovel in which he carried.

Bartley then went into his cabin and got his gun, telling Fields he would shoot him if he damaged the nets. Then he walked out on a plank reaching from the deck of his boat to the shore and Fields advanced to meet him, this time threatening to use the shovel on him instead of the nets. Bartley then fired the two loads, both of which took deadly effect.

Bartley is in custody. He is married and has a large family. Fields was a single man.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 15, 1909


Immigrants From Different Countries
Have Different Methods.

Immigrants who pass through the Union depot every day on their way to the Southwest prove to be a continual source of study for the depot attaches. Many of these immigrants are freshly arrived from their foreign homes and understand little if any English. An interpreter is employed by the station company to assist in handling these travelers.

One of the curious precautions of all peoples is that of secreting their money while traveling and any one accustomed to meeting the various nationalities soon learns where to look for their money. Persons of one nationality generally conceal their money bags in similar places.

The women of all nations apparently have adopted the stocking as a safety deposit but eh men vary their modes of carrying their cash. Germans and Greeks ordinarily collect their available cash and place it in a belt worn around the waist. Those of Swedish or Norwegian persuasion use a large leather pocket book, the latter so large that the leather would be sufficient to make a pair of shoes.

To safeguard their treasures the Irish follow a plan similar to the Norwegians except in that the pocketbook is manufactured out of canvas. Italians cram a horn shaped tin tube full of gold and paper money and hang it about their necks by a small chain or cord.

The queerest place for keeping money is that generally used by the Hungarians. The men wear large boots and into the tops they drop their money alongside of a knife, fork and spoon with which all Hungarian immigrants equip themselves before leaving their small country.

Labels: ,

March 15, 1909


Highwaymen Gave It Back, but They
Kept the Watch.

Two unmasked white men held up and robbed Edward S. Frances of 2317 West Prospect avenue at 8 o'clock last night near Broadway and Southwest boulevard. Both highwaymen had revolvers. After relieving Frances of $1.70 in small change one of them was about to slip his gold watch into his pocket when the victim interposed.

"Look at that chain," he said. "It isn't worth much to you, is it? Well, it's made out of my dead sister's hair. Will you give it back?"

The robber obligingly detached the chain and it was the only article about Frances's person he was allowed to keep. Both then hurried away.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 15, 1909


Man Believed to Be A. W. Butter-
field Strangled Himself to
Death in the Holdover.

While temporarily insane from the excessive use of alcohol, a man, believe to be A. W. Butterfield, committed suicide in the holdover at police headquarters yesterday afternoon by hanging himself with a handkerchief. He was dead when discovered by Philip Welch, the jailor, at 2:30 o'clock, and Dr. W. L. Gist of the emergency hospital said he had been dead about a half hour.

Patrolman L. A. Tillman arrested a man at Third street and Grand avenue at 9 o'clock yesterday morning and at the station had him locked up for safe keeping. The prisoner was drunk and resisted the jailor and Patrolman Bryan Underwood, who searched him at the desk. He was last seen alive by Jailor Welch, who entered the cell at noon to give him his lunch.

The suicide tied a handkerchief around his neck and to the bars of his cell door. With his face turned from the door, Butterfield then allowed the weight of his body to rest upon the handkerchief and slowly strangled to death.

A small gold watch, $1.70 in silver and a pair of gold eye glasses were taken from him. A small button worn by the suicide tended to show that he was a member of the United Brotherhood of Leather Workers of Horse Goods. He was about 40 years old. Coroner B. H. Zwart ordered the body taken to Stewart's undertaking rooms.

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

March 15, 1909


Are Also Pleased That Taft Is His

"Germans in Germany think that Theodore Roosevelt, former president of the United States, is about 'it,' with a capital 'I,' and that the people of the U. S. A. could not have chosen a better man to fill his place than William H. Taft," said Edward Husch, a lieutenant in the German army, who is in Kansas City.

Lieutenant Husch is touring the United States for pleasure and will visit all of the principal cities.

Labels: , ,

March 14, 1909



William Turner, Arrested at Station,
Makes Voluntary Confession That
Made Police Sit Up -- He's
Tired of Dodging.
William Turner, Confessed Bank Robber
Confessed Camden Point Bank Robber.

William Turner, one of the four men who robbed the Bank of Camden Point on December 27, 1907, and who has been in several bank robberies all over the country, has made a complete confession. Turner was arrested yesterday afternoon at Union depot under orders from the sheriff of Sapulpa, Ok., who wanted him for petty larceny. He confessed to the Camden Point bank robbery of his own accord.

The prisoner had been taken to the holdover late yesterday afternoon and as he was led through the corridor at police headquarters, he recognized W. P. Martin, a patrolman whom he had met in several occasions.

"I guess they are going to take me to Oklahoma," he said to Martin, who accompanied him to the holdover. "They want me down there for petty larceny, but if they knew what I had done here in Missouri, they wouldn't think of taking me back. Just tell the captain that I've got something to tell him."


Turner, who limps slightly, was led up stairs to Captain Walter Whitsett's private office. H is face had a determined look and though he is 28 years old and has associated with criminals ever since he was 14 years old, he does not look like a crook. He greeted the captain and in a matter of fact way informed him that he was a bank robber.

"I'm tired of beating around the country with the officers always on my trail and I'm willing to come through with all," he said. "You remember the bank at Camden Point? Well, I'm one of the four men that cracked the bank there over a year ago."

The robbery of the bank at that time had been a source of vexation to the police and though two of the men were captured, it was thought that the other members of the party came to Kansas City.

"Yes, Seranton Billie and I planned the robbery over in Zack's saloon at 307 Main street," Turner continued. "We went up to Leavenworth and then took a train to Camden Point the night before the robbery. Early the next morning, we went into the bank building and flowed the safe, but not until we had used most of our nitro-glycerine. The people of the town were roused and began to fire into the bank before we could get all the loot. The two men were captured the next day in a cornfield, but Billie and I got away. We first went to St. Joseph and there we separated. I came to Kansas City because I knew it would be pretty safe here. I had about $600 in bills but the police didn't get on to me at all.


Turner's blue eyes grew reminiscent and he tilted back in his chair in a restful attitude. He told about his birth in Baltimore and said that he moved to Missouri with his parents in the latter part of the '80s,. At 15 he was stolen by tramps and learned the "yeg" business when in their company. They taught him to beg in small towns and on many occasions went around on crutches, pretending to be a cripple. He would carry the day's receipts to his pals late at night and they would then plan on some new disguise for the boy. He later became acquainted with the methods of manufacturing nitro-glycerin and the most approved method of cracking a safe. He has been all over the country, he says, and has known most of the "yegs" in the United States.

"But they all die in prison," he said, "and I've made up my mind to take my medicine. If there is any time left to me to be free I want to en joy it. I'm tired of this life. My shoulder hurts me where I was shot in one raid three years ago."

Turner put his confession in writing to W. S. Gabriel, an assistant prosecutor, and was taken to a cell in the matron's room. He asked permission of the captain to allow him a quantity of writing material.

"I want to write the story of my life," he said.

Labels: , , , , , ,

March 14, 1909


Thoma H. Benton Chapter Holds
First Annual Affair.

The first annual banquet of th Thomas H. Benton Chapter of the Greek letter fraternity, Phi Alpha Delta was held at the Hotel Baltimore last night, in commemmoration of the anniversary of the birth of Benton. John B. Pew acted as toastmaster and the following toasts were responded to: "It So Happened," Loving T. Crutcher; "Will o' the Wisp, and Things Like That," Horace Guffin; "The Non-Reformer," Phil R. Toll; "What of the Future," J. Edward Betts; "A Man's Fraternity," Clif Langsdale.

Labels: , ,

March 14, 1909


Beautiful Tribute to Her Memory by
"The Travel Class."

Kansas City friends have received beautiful memorial brochures from Chicago in commemoration of the life and death of Mary Jane Coates, wife of John Lindley Coates, formerly of this city. Mr. and Mrs. Coates had made their home in Chicago for many years ans were active in the social and club life of the South Side. Mrs. Coates took special interest in The Travel Class, a women's club, with a membership of more than 200 of the most prominent women in that part of Chicago. Mrs. Coates was unfailing in her devotion to The Travel Class and had been a director in it.

At the death of Mrs. Coates early in December The Travel Class felt her loss keenly. She had always been a favorite with all the members and had formed enduring friendships through her refinement, her warm sympathy, her cheerfulness and her intellectual attainments. Upon direction of The Travel Class, one of its most gifted members, Jennie McLain Corbett, composed a memorial poem as an expression of the sentiment of the entire club. This poem has been engrossed in the form of a small booklet most exquisitely embellished with dainty hand-painted floral ornamentation. The brochure is thus inscribed:

A tribute from the
Board of Directors of
Chicago, by
Jennie McLain Corbett.
The memorial poem follows:

Gathered round our counsel table
Sit we thoughtful, calm and silent,
As we think of one departed;
One whose smile was like the sunshine,
Warming all our hearts to gladness
Sharing with us words of counsel
Brightening all our work with pleasure
And the music of her laughter.

As the warm sun melts the snowdrifts
So her nature, bright and happy,
Cleared away the mists of sorrow;
As the light drives out the darkness
So her heart's unfailing sunshine
Drove away the shades of sadness.

Softly, then, the truth comes stealing
Like the presence of an angel --
Life reflects the life unending
Of the Father -- every present --
Closer to us than our breathing,
Near to us as thought and feeling,
So our sister's life remaineth
Safe in His eternal keeping --
Cannot cease while He endureth,
In Him still she lives and loves us
In Him lives and has her being.

Tell us, ye with keenest insight,
Ye who read the deepest secrets --
Mysteries we fain would fathom,
Come and tell us now the secret --
What is life that thrills with gladness
What is death that clouds and freezes
All our joys to cold and darkness?

While our human heats are bleeding --
While we feel the sense of sorrow,
Still we know that all our sadness
When the angel voices whisper
Brightens into joy triumphant
Like a shadow disappearing
At the coming of the sunlight --
As the fabric of our dreaming
Fades from sight when we awaken.

So our tears give place to gladness
As the light of truth dawns on us --
Joy depending not on phantoms
Of the eyes and ears of mortals,
But the realm of sense transcending
Swells to overflowing measure
In the Heaven all about us --
In the Heaven that dwells within us.

So these thoughts of sweetest comfort
Send we from our counsel table
To her loved ones, bowed in sorrow.
Look not at the grave and casket!
She is not there, she is risen!
Rise ye, also, to a knowledge
Of a larger life abundant --
Power and peace and full dominion --
Heaven around us and within us --
Yours and hers and ours the birthright
Of all children of "Our Father"!

March 13, 1909


Given Stay of Execution on $500 Fine
for Selling Cocaine.

Frank O'Brien, a drug clerk, fined $500 on each of two counts in the municipal court, where he was charged with selling cocaine, pleaded guilty yesterday and was given a stay of execution in the criminal court. The case came before Judge Ralph S. Latshaw on appeal. This has been the usual disposition of these cases, the druggists and clerks agreeing to quit selling the drug.

Labels: , , ,

March 13, 1909


Lampblack Was Ineffective Disguise
for Elmer Gray.

When Elmer Gray of Salina, Kas., was arrested yesterday afternoon by Captain Patrick Bray at 2817 Nicholson avenue on a warrant sworn out by officers from his home town, his face was disguised with a thick coat of lamp black and he would have been mistaken for a negro under ordinary circumstances. He denied his identity at first, but when he was confronted by S. P. Heck, sheriff of Saline county, Kas., he admitted that he was wearing the lampblack to prevent recognition.

He is wanted in Salina, according to the sheriff, on a charge of dismantling a steel bridge under construction near Salina and selling the steel to a junk man. Gray and the sheriff left for Salina last night.

Labels: , , ,

March 12, 1909

The Return of the Gilwee
Indignant Citizens React to the Return of the Gilwee.


March 12, 1909


Man Who Can Recall the War of
1812 Gets Shelter for Night
at Police Station No. 4.

A man so old that he can remember the war with Mexico as well as though it occurred yesterday, and dimly recall the war of 1812, wandered into No. 4 police station and gave himself up as a vagrant yesterday afternoon. He was James Forbes Foster, who lives at a rooming house at Eighteenth street and Minnesota avenue, Kansas City, Kas.

According to Foster, his age is 103 years, for he says he was born on Seneca street, Buffalo, N. Y., in 1806. He says further that his grandmother was Mercy Hutchins, a great tribal medicine woman of the Seneca Indians, and that he retains in his memory most of her medicinal traditions.

In personal appearance Foster is erect as a pine tree. His eyes, set in a very wrinkled face, are large and bright, his cheek bones high and his nose a thin, long beak. The lower part of his face is hid in a thicket of wiry whiskers a foot long, and his hair, as white as wool, covered his shoulders.

He tottered up to the sergeant's desk at the station and humbly asked if he might be allowed to sleep over night on the stone floor of a cell.

"I am awfully old," he began, "but I can still sleep anywhere. I am strong, but I am very tired. Give me the hardest piece of flooring you have got and an old coat to throw over me."

"How old are you?" he was asked.

For answer Foster produced a letter from an inside coat pocket bearing a stamp of a generation or two gone and shoved it under the lattice. "I guess from that I am about 20," he said. The letter follows:

Your Excellence: James Foster, who I know well, is a good scout for your armies, having lived among my people over 40 years. He has been West as far as the Mississippi river and so far North as the lakes in all parts. If you want a good scout, take him.
Chief of Seneca Indians.
To President John Knox Polk, Washington, D. C.

The letter was yellow with age, and the envelope worn through in many places, although the old man had it wrapped in oilcloth. He admitted it was a copy m made from the original by the chief.

"Great Scott!" cried Captain Thomas Flahive, after he had glanced at it, "how old are you supposed to be, anyway?"

"Red Jacket, who was the only father I have ever known, told me I was born the last year of the Seneca famine, which was in 1806," was the reply.

"Did you fight in the Mexican war, as a scout?"

"No, I did not go. I knew too much about medicine, and Red Jacket concluded to keep me at home with him. As I remember, President Polk made no reply to the letter.

"In 1861 I was appointed as a spy to serve the government under President Lincoln. See that hand? President Lincoln, the greatest statesman the world ever produced, grasped it once."

In his conversation which somewhat wandered, Foster mentioned some great names in a familiar manner. He said he had dined once with General Winfield Scott, had known General Grant and Elihu Root. Lincoln he spoke of as a friend. He said he tendered his commission to the war department the day after the great emancipator was shot.

The old man speaks German, French and a strange tongue, which he said was the Seneca language. He recites Latin with the rapidity of a co-ed in her last college year and speaks intelligently of botany, chemistry and physics.

"I was educated at Notre Dame college in Montreal," he explained when asked where he accumulated all of his book knowledge. "The intentions of Red Jacket were to make a Catholic priest of me."

He was given a blanket and slept on the concrete floor of his cell much better than a younger man would have done.

Labels: , , , , , , ,

March 12, 1909



"Do You Know This Man?" She Was
Asked -- "Why, It's Ernest, My
Boy," Slowly Said the
Aged Witness.

For more than a year Ernest H. Wolf, accused of murder, has been in the county jail, but his mother did not know where he was. On the witness stand in Judge E. E. Porterfield's division of the circuit court yesterday, she said:

"They told me my boy had been in an accident and would come home after a while."

Even then Mrs. Wolf, who is 74 years of age and retains her faculties with difficulty, did not understand what charge her son was facing. She was put on the stand to support the defense of insanity.

"Do you know this man?" she was asked, as the attorneys pointed to Wolf.

Slowly the old woman got out of the witness chair and went over to the defendant. There she threw her arms around him and sobbed:

"Why, it's Ernest, my boy."

For several minutes mother and son were fast in each other's embrace, while tears came to both.

Even after she left the courtroom the aged woman did not realize that her son was on trial for murder.

Dr. B. A. Poorman and Dr. Fred J. Hatch were called as experts on insanity by the defense. They said there were evidences of a disordered mind on the part of the mother.

"Why is the attention of the public not called to insane persons before damage is done?" Dr. Poorman was asked.

"It should be done, but seldom is," said the physician. "Relatives are slow about getting into court and having one of their family declared insane. So it is almost impossible to secure commitment for insanity until the person in question does something which brings him to the public notice and his case its into the hands of public officials.

The case of Wolf, who is charged with murder in the first degree for shooting James R. Smothers in Stelling's saloon on Westport avenue in November of 1907, went to the jury last evening. Smothers died five days after the shooting, which grew out of a barroom fight. Wolf is 36 years of age. Judge Porterfield announced that he would hold a night session to finish, if necessary, because he holds juvenile court today. So there was a rush to finish in order to get everything before the jury before 6:30 o'clock.

After deliberating until late last night t he jury found him guilty of second degree murder. He was sentenced to ten years in prison.

Labels: , , , , , , ,

March 12, 1909



Statement Is Made That One Munici-
pal Doctor Was Brusque -- Patients
Feared Being Operated
On Needlessly.

The people making charges of alleged cruelty at the general hospital had an inning with the council investigation committees yesterday, and will have another at 2:30 o'clock next Wednesday afternoon in the chambers of the lower house of the council. Later the defense, which is represented by Attorneys Frank Lowe and T. A. J. Mastin, will be heard. W. O. Cardwell, an attorney, appears for some of the complainants and Attorney J. J. McLain is on hand in the interests of the homeopathic medical fraternity which, too, has a grievance against the hospital administration. The complaint of the homeopathists is that they are not on an equality with other medical schools at the hospital.

The proceedings opened with the reading of a letter by Mr. Cardwell from Miss Carrie M. Carroll of Independence, in which she reviewed the treatment received at the hospital by Miss Josie Pomfret of that city. Miss Pomfret was sent there as a ward of the county court, and was to have a private room. Instead of that, the girl, Miss Carroll claims, "was taken to a public ward, was treated in a brusque manner, and was addressed in loud and threatening language by the doctors because she would not remove her jewelry."


"You are no better than a pauper and will get treatment as such," Miss Carroll alleges was said to Miss Pomfret, who became excited because she feared that an operation would be performed. She declared that Dr. J. Park Neal, the acting superintendent, had been very discourteous. The next day Miss Carroll called at the hospital to get Miss Pomfret.

"Do you consider you have authority to operate upon patients without notifying friends and relatives of the patients?" Miss Carroll says she asked Dr. Neal.

"Yes, I am in full authority here, and if I consider it necessary I can operate on a patient without asking anybody," Miss Carroll says was Dr. Neal's reply.

Miss Carroll claims that she was treated with much inattention when she called to take her friend from the hospital back to Independence, and concluded the letter by making this allegation: "The general hospital is a butcher shop with a madman at its head."

Miss Carroll explained that she was sending the letter as she could not attend the hearing, having been called to New York. Her affidavit, as well as that of Miss Pomfret, will be demanded by the committee.

Dr. Charles E. Allen, family physician to F. A. Wolf, a patient, who was to be operated on for hernia against his protest, testified that he did not consider an operation necessary and he had Wolf removed to Wesley hospital to prevent the threatened operation. Wolf had been sent to the hospital to be treated for a nervous breakdown.


Mrs. F. A. Wolf testified that her husband was sent to the hospital by direction of Dr. R. J. Wolf, who did not tell her what was the matter with him. She said that he was very much excited, a nervous wreck. Three different times she visited the hospital, and was allowed to remain with him five minutes each time. On the third visit her husband was very much excited because he was to be operated on for hernia. She told Dr. Neal she did not want the operation performed. She called up Camp 2002, Modern Woodmen, of which her husband is a member, and they moved him to another hospital.

Mrs. Wolf said she felt humiliated because her husband had been put in a ward with dope fiends, and had been strapped to the bed. She thought the strapping to the bed was unnecessary, although she had not seen him on the occasion he was strapped to the bed.

Asked by Alderman J. G. Lapp: "Did you see him strapped to the bed?"

Mrs Wolf -- "No, sir; I did not. My husband told me about it."

F. A. Wolf, the patient, said that he had been working night and day seven days a week at his trade of hat cleaner, and last fall became a nervous wreck. He was surprised when Dr. Wolf called and ordered him to the hospital. He rode to the hospital on the seat of the ambulance. At the hospital they made him take a bath, and put him in the insane ward. One of the patients in the ward chained him to the bed by one of his legs.

"I was not violent," continued Wolf. "Next morning an attendant came along and told me that if I would fix up an old hat for him, he would take the chains off my legs. I agreed to fix his hat, and the chains were taken off. Then they made me do work that was objectionable. That night they moved me to another ward, and put me in with a noisy fellow. The doctor gave the noisemaker an injection which kept him sick all night. In the morning I told an attendant that the noisy fellow had a sick night, and the doctor replied, 'That's nothing; they get used to that after they are here a while."


"I saw welts on the legs of an other patient who had been whipped because he had asked for something to eat between meal hours. The Saturday following my arrival at the hospital three doctors told me I would have to be operated on for hernia.

"I protested against an operation. They told me that all of my troubles would be over after the operation. Sunday they removed me to another ward, the surgical ward, it is called, and at supper time the nurse informed me that I didn't want much to eat as I was to have an operation performed. Later that day my wife took me to Wesley hospital in an ambulance. I was weak and exhausted. No operation was performed at Wesley.

Wolf claims that his friends were denied admittance to him while he was at the general hospital, and he thought it wrong for the attendants to chain him to the bed. The night before he was sent to the hospital he acknowledged he had been picked up at the depot, and he could not tell how he got there. He didn't want to go to the hospital. The strap with which the patient was flogged, Wolf said, was about three feet long and two inches wide. The patient was chained during the flogging process, according to Wolf.

W. O. Cardwell, an attorney, swore that on December 14, 1908, he went to the hospital to get the record and affidavit of death of a young man who had died there, as he wanted to get a claim in before the Modern Woodmen. Dr. Neal said he could make the affidavit.


" 'You know our rule out here,' said Dr. Neal.

" 'What is that rule?' I asked

" 'That a fee of $2 accompany the application for the affidavit,' " Cardwell said Neal said to him.

" 'I never had to do that before,' I told Neal, but on advice of the secretary of the Woodman camp I paid the $2."

"Is the rule of the hospital to charge for furnishing affidavits of death?" Alderman J. D. Havens asked Dr. Neal.

"It is not. I always exact it, as I consider it a professional personal service.," replied the doctor.

In answer to Attorney Frank Lowe, Cardwell would not say for certain whether Dr. Neal "had said it is a rule of the hospital or our rule," but he was quite positive that former administrations at the hospitals had not exacted a fee for supplying affidavits of death.

Labels: , , , , , , ,

March 11, 1909


Card Published by Confederate Sur-
geon 44 Years Ago Today.

Forty-four years ago today The Journal published a card of acknowledgement from Caleb Winfrey, a surgeon in the Confederate army who was then aobut to take his leave from Kansas City. Mr. Winfey is now practicing here and has lived to see the North and South in truth united. This is the card which appeared in The Journal's issue of March 11, 1865:
Kansas City, Mo, March 11, 1865.

A Card. -- As I am about to leave the city I avail myself of this
opportunity of returning my thinks, as it is all I can do at this time, to the
military authorities, and also to the citizens, without distinction, for their
uniform kindness and hospitality to myself and the wounded Confederate soldiers
who were left in part under my care. Trusting that the same kind of spirit
will prevail in all other communities, both North and South, that the horrors of
war may thereby be somewhat mitigated, I am,

CALEB WINFREY, Surgeon, C. S. A.

Labels: , , ,

March 11, 1909


The Meat Packer Isn't to Blame,
Says J. P. Cudahy.

It is the fault of the people and not of the packers that the average beefsteak must be cut with a cleaver, according to J. P. Cudahy of the Cudahy Packing Company, who last night addressed the Hereford cattle breeders of the Middle West at a banquet at the Coates house. In the course of his remarks he declared the people will not buy good meat, and for that reason the packers will not buy it from the stock raiser, so the result is it does not pay to raise fancy cattle for the market.

"Hereford cattle are the best in the land," Mr. Cudahy declared, "but they are often discriminated against by packers because they are too fat. The average butcher wants to buy the leanest carcass in the packing house, for he gets more cuts from it and there is but little waste. There are a few men down in New York and Boston who will pay $2.50 for a steak, but there are 88,000,000 people in the United States who will not buy high-grade beef."

The banquet, which was given for the buyers attending the Hereford sale now in progress ant the stock yards, was attended by more than 100 stockmen.

Labels: , , , ,

March 11, 1909


Freeport, Ill. Young Woman Claims
Two Men Mistreated Her.

Suffering from the after effects of drugs, and on the verge of a nervous collapse, Miss Florence Jones of Freeport, Ill., was found in a serious condition at the Union depot yesterday. To depot authorities she said that she had been mistreated on a train while en route from New Mexico to Kansas City by two men, whom she does not know.

The girl said that she if 14 years old, but she appears to be older. After she had sufficiently recovered from the effects of the drugs, she was allowed to continue her journey to Illinois. An investigation of the case is being made by railway officials.

Labels: , , ,

March 11, 1909


Workman in Manhole Injured in an
Unusual Accident.

An automobile caused one of the most unusual accidents ever recorded in Kansas City, or any other city. The car was passing over an open manhole at Twelfth and Baltimore, where workmen were repairing a leaky gas main, when a spark from the machine caused the explosion of the gases issuing from the chamber.

There was a flash and a dull roar, and W. A. Thompson, 402 Main street, who was working in the hole, came staggering to the opening, his hair and eyebrows badly singed and his face and hands severely burned. Suffering intense pain, Thompson was carried into a nearby drug store for treatment and was later taken to emergency hospital.

The automobile that caused the explosion was not damaged.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 11, 1909


Thieves Enter Criminal Court Build-
ing While Court in Session.

Not since a thief walked into the office of Judge John W. Wofford in the criminal court building and walked off with the jurist's overcoat has there been so much excitement among deputy marshals as yesterday.

It was about 11 o'clock when Mrs. Margaret Simmons, matron at the jail, reported that her room, not more than twenty-five feet from the judge's bench, had been robbed of $44.25, a watch and other jewelry.

At the time of the robbery court was in session, and had the intruder made much noise, it might have easily been noticed. A chisel, found lying on the floor, gave evidence of how the desk drawers came to be forced.

Labels: , , ,

March 11, 1909

Thieves Enter Criminal Court Build-

ing While Court in Session.

Text of Article

Text of Article

March 10, 1909

As the Auto Show Appeared to the Artist.


Agents Not Interested.

Agents Getting Busy.

Where do the horses go?

Labels: ,

March 10, 1909


Arabian Funeral Horse Died on Way
to Cemetery.

There was a little tragedy in a funeral procession on its way to Union cemetery at the corner of Forty-second street and Brooklyn avenue, yesterday afternoon. It was when Ella, a pure white Arabian mare, belonging to the J. W. Wagner undertaking firm, toppled over in her harness and fell dead almost beneath the wheels of the vehicle in which at the closest estimate she has hauled 2,800 bodies to the grave.

Scarcely anyone but the driver, George Wagner, paid more than a passing glance to the dead animal. It was hastily cut loose from its trappings and a team of black horses took the place of the white ones on the hearse.

Ella was imported from Cuba by the undertaking firm, twenty years ago. Her mate, John, cost $700 exclusive of transportation charges. She was a pedigreed Arabian with glistening white hair, through which could be seen her pink skin. Her mate died two years ago. Since then she had been harnessed with a white horse of mongrel stock, but years younger than herself.

Members of the firm say that Ella has the undertaker's horse of Kipling's poem beaten in many ways as a tractable animal, and that her professional experience exceeds anything of the kind on record.

Labels: , , , ,

March 10, 1909



Again Assessed $100 for Attacking
Reporter and Old Appeal Bond
Doesn't Hold -- Must Put
Up or Go to Jail.

For forcibly entering a room on July 15 last year in which Albert H. King, a reporter for The Journal, lay injured after being slugged by the defendant a week before, "Jack Gallagher, who says his name is John Francis Gallagher, was sentenced yesterday to pay a fine of $100, with court costs. The case was tried before a jury in Judge E. E. Porterfield's division of the criminal court, which was only a few minutes in making up its mind.

The visit made to Mr. King's room, which Gallagher stated on the stand "was just a friendly call," was made at 5 o'clock in the morning. He was arrested at the time, but by an oversight of an officer at the Walnut street station, who did not realize the gravity of the offense, Gallagher was released on bond of $11. He was no sooner out of the station two hours later than he returned immediately to Mr. King's room, and a second time tried to force an entrance. For this offense he is yet to be tried.

Gallagher was tried before a jury in Judge Ralph S. Latshaw's division of the criminal court last month for an assault committed on Mr. King July 8, last. On this occasion he was also fined $100 and costs, and given a stipulated time in which to pay the fine.

The grand jury found an indictment against Gallagher for the assault, and it was, therefore, a state charge. The case tried yesterday, and the one still pending, are appeals from the municipal court where he was fined for disturbing the peace. Gallagher spent nearly one month in the workhouse before bonds for an appeal could be perfected.

When the jury returned its verdict in Judge Porterfield's court yesterday, Gallagher was allowed to go, the court stating that the bond made by Judge William H. Wallace when the case was appealed, would remain in effect until the fine and costs were paid. Cliff Langsdale, city attorney, who h ad prosecuted the case, was not satisfied with this arrangement, however, and found a recent law which states plainly that when a person is fined in the criminal court, after having taken an appeal from the municipal court, he must settle the fine and costs at once, or be committed to the workhouse until such fine and costs are paid.

Judge Porterfield admitted that the recent law took precedence. An effort was made then to get a commitment from the criminal clerk consigning Gallagher to the workhouse until he had settled up with the court. The clerk's office was closed, however, so the commitment will be asked for first thing this morning.

Labels: , , , , , , ,

March 10, 1909


Barber Asphalt Company Still Inter-
poses Plea Touching Repairs.

Property owners on Eight street, between Santa Fe and Hickory, are going to have a conference with the attorney of the Barber Asphalt Paving company with a view to compromising with the company which has raised the point that the washing away of the asphalt in the flood of 1903 was "an act of God."

The company has all these years resisted restoration of the pavement, although it agreed to maintain it for ten years, always interposing when called upon to comply with its contract that it did not consider itself responsible for something over which it had no control.

The questions involved in the argument were thrashed out before the board of public works yesterday.

Labels: , , , ,

March 9, 1909


Florence Robers, Actress, Resting at
Hotel Baltimore.
Miss Florence Roberts.

Since last Saturday, Miss Florence Robers, the actress, has been ill at the Hotel Baltimore in this city Last night attendants reported that Miss Roberts is suffering from a nervous collapse, but her condition is not serious. "She needed a rest and will join her company in St. Joseph next Sunday," her nurse said.

Miss Robers, who has been starring this season in "The House of Bondage," left her company last Friday at Cheyenne, Wyo. At that time she was on the verge of a nervous breakdown and her doctor ordered a week's rest. Since coming to Kansas City her condition has steadily improved and unless she suffers a relapse she will be able to resume her stage work next Sunday as planned.

Labels: , , , ,

March 9, 1909



Police Searching for Mysterious
Female, Who Used Hypnotism on
Domestic and Got All the
Money She Had.

A mysterious "woman in black," purporting to be a cousin of Gypsy Smith, has been reported to the police by one of her victims, Mary Anderson, 1836 Pendleton avenue, a domestic in the employ of J. L. DeLong, as having muleted her of $130 after advising her to draw the money out of the bank. The woman claimed to be a fortune teller, possessing the marvelous powers of foresight, and told Miss Anderson that unless she withdrew her deposit before March 5 it would be lost.

Friends of the girl believe the woman to have been a hypnotist, the girl's story of her experience with the "seeress" seeming to bear out this belief. The money is supposed to have been taken by the woman while she and Miss Anderson were in one of the waiting rooms at Emery, Bird, Thayer's store on Walnut street.


"The woman first came to the ho use on Monday afternoon a week ago and asked to be allowed to tell my sister's fortune," said the girl yesterday, "but, as my sister does not understand English well enough to carry on a conversation, I was approached. I told her I did not have time to talk to her and didn't want my fortune told, anyway.

"The next afternoon the woman appeared again and this time she insisted upon reading my hand. She told me that my people in the old country were having some trouble with their property and that all was not well with them. This was true and I began to put some credence in what she told me. Then she declared that the property would be lost and that there would much trouble come of it.

"After telling me this she looked right at me and said that I had money in the bank. 'You had better be careful of that, too,' she said, 'for I can see that you are going to have trouble with it. That institution will fail before March 5, and if your money is not out by that time you will lose it.' She then asked me how much I had and I told her I did not think it was any of her business. 'I know how much it is,' she declared, 'you have $130 or $150 in t he bank, but you had better take it out.' "


The victim of the plot, after this seeming marvelous revelation of "powers," made an excuse the next day and went down to the bank and drew out her $130, her saving of more than seven months, the money that was to bring relief and help to her family across the ocean, and help to bring another sister from Sweden to America. She had lost some of her savings once before when a bank failed three years ago.

At the office of the bank the "woman in black" was waiting, but Miss Anderson says she was not there when she came out with the money.

"I had my money tied up in a handkerchief and that inside a leather handbag I carried," she said. I walked into Emery, Bird, Thayer's and went up to the waiting room. Here I met the woman again and she came to me and said, 'What , you again? I am glad to see you.' "

Sitting down to a table by themselves, the two women, according to the girl's story, began to talk . The "woman in black" began by asking the girl if she had been to hear Gypsy Smith. A reply in the negative brought a torrent of upbraidings. The woman declared she would suffer the torments of hell and the fires of everlasting damnation if she did not change her ways, and live the right life, as set forth in the teachings of the revivalist. She urged the girl to go with her to Convention hall, but this she would not do.


"I experienced the queerest sensation all the time the woman talked," she said. "Her beady black eyes seemed to burn into mine, and I could not take my eyes away from hers. I kept saying to myself, 'You cannot get my money, you cannot get my money.' And then she asked me to give it to her, saying she would return it to me the next day. I asked her if she thought I was crazy, and she told me that she thought I was one of the brightest girls she had ever known.

"She left me saying 'God bless you, I'll see you tomorrow.' and went out of the room. I did not get up for a moment, and when I did try I could hardly stand on my feet. I felt dazed and sleepy, and thought I should not be able to get home. There was no one in the room during all the time we were in there together. It was not until after I was on the street car on my way home that I noticed the money was gone."


The police were notified of the occurrence, but so far nothing definite has been learned. Several persons in the neighborhood of Pendleton avenue saw the "woman in black," and declared she had tried to gain entrance to a numnber of residences on the plea of telling fortunes. She is described as wearing a black hat with several large black plumes, a black skirt and a black cloak reaching about to the knee. Her expression is said to be unpleasant and forbidding, the beady black eyes which stare at you directly seem to fascinate against the will, make the face repellent.

The woman told Miss Anderson that she lived in a tent in Kansas City, Kas., in the old Electric park, and that she was gypsy and still kept to the traditions of her race.

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

March 9, 1909


Tin Trash Cans Again May Disfigure
Street Corners.

Are the "Gilwees" to be revived? "Gilwees" were the unsightly trash cans that imposed their undesirable presence on the public a few years ago, and bloomed and prospered until an indignant populace demanded their extermination.

Now come P. S. Burke, M. J. Pendergast and Shelton P. Stone to the council with an ordinance asking for a five years' permit to decorate the corners of the streets and center of blocks with trash cans. The upper house sent the ordinance to the sidewalk committee last night.
If the grantees are permitted to go into the trash can business they agree to keep their books on the square, and pay annually into the city 10 per cent of the gross revenues. Their revenues will be from attaching advertisements, to the cans, it being promised that no offensive "ads" will be tolerated.

Labels: ,

March 9, 1909


City Chemist Will Investigate if Im-
pure Milk the Cause.

Impure milk is thought to have caused the death of Winona Montgomery, the 4-year-old daughter of A. H. Montgomery, a carpenter living at 312 West Thirteenth street. The child, one of a family of six little ones, got up Sunday morning and played around the ho use, apparently in excellent spirits. Her oldest sister, Myra, went to a dairy and bought a quart of milk to be used in preparing breakfast. The milk, the mother says, was taken from the dairy to the house in a three-quart pail recently washed with hot water.

Winona asked for a drink of milk, and her mother poured her a glassful. Mrs. Montgomery then proceeded to make gravy with the milk, and as soon as it was finished put some of it on a biscuit, which the little girl ate. A few seconds later Winona complained of violent pains in her stomach. Mrs. Montgomery attributed the child's illness to the milk, which was the only thing she had eaten that day, and did not allow any other person to drink any of it. Winona was put to bed, and died about 6 o'clock in the evening.

Dr. Emmanuel Manko, who was called, turned the milk that was left over to Dr. Walter Cross, city chemist, for chemical analysis. The body of the little girl will be taken to Memphis, Mo., for burial.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 8, 1909



Exhibits This Year Exceed All Pre-
vious Efforts and They Are
All of the Latest

Tonight at 6 o'clock the doors of Convention hall will be thrown open upon the third annual Automobile show of the Kansas City Automobile Dealers' Association. Every detail of the big show will have been arranged earlier in the day, and the dealers with their great display of motor cars and accessories will be ready for the great throngs which will undoubtedly fill the large hall. This season's show is to be the largest ever held in Kansas City.

The veterans of the former show thought the limit had been reached in the number of exhibitors and cars last year. Every bit of room that was available, it seemed, had been utilized. But this year there will be more exhibitors than ever and a comparatively larger number of cars. To make room for so many more participants this season it has been found necessary to use the foyer of the hall and the balcony space has been rearranged whereby more room has been squeezed out. All of this new-made space was taken just as quickly as it became available and this additional room will permit of the exhibition of cars never before seen in Kansas City.


That the show this season is to be a far-reaching one is evident from the fact that many of the manufacturers of automobiles represented in Kansas City will be present throughout the exhibition week. They are here to look over the territory and the opportunities offered by the Middle West.

Special attention has been given to the matter of decoration, and yards upon yards of green and white bunting, the color scheme of the show, will be hung from the ceiling and walls of the hall. Around the dome of the great hall will be run a panoramic view of the famous old Santa Fe trail. Music will be provided by a local orchestra, and a large Gabriel will help out wonderfully when it comes to the necessary noise. Flowers, green plants, will be used profusely throughout the hall, and with evenly divided spaces and handsome automobiles the great hall should present a spectacular scene for anyone.


Thirty-four dealers in automobiles and twelve accessory houses will be represented at the show. The electrics, of which there are many, will be displayed in a separate locality, roadsters, touring cars, limousines, runabouts, all the different types of cars, will have individual space in order that they may be more effective in appearance.

Quite an amount of floor space will be devoted to the display of the commercial motor car, practically new in Kansas City, and never before on exhibition at the automobile shows of this city. Another one of the features of the show will be the display of the cars which have been built particularly for the farmers. It is expected that the show will draw largely from the surrounding territory, and many of the dealers have been requested by their field salesmen to have the farmers' car on exhibition. Complying with these requests, several of the dealers secured types of the farmers' car, which have been shipped direct from the factories.


All of the cars which will be displayed are new, having been shipped directly from the various factories for exhibition at the show. All of them are of the 1909 models, displaying all of the advantages and changes which have been made in the motor car during the past season.

Those who are fond of workmanship will be given an opportunity to satisfy their desires by means of the polished chassises which will be upon exhibition. The chassis of almost every car shown will be displayed, so that the visitor to the show can see more readily the workings of the machinery of the automobile. All of the newest types of bodies will be placed upon the cars, and the hall will be one galaxy of luxuriance.

Labels: ,

March 8, 1909


Has Only 20 Boarders and There Is
Room for Forty.

Few people in Kansas City know of the existence of the Girls' hotel at 900 West Thirteenth street. While it bears that name the institution is open to both working women and working girls. It is maintained at present by private contributions. Only girls and women who earn $6 a week and less are admitted.

The hotel was opened last winter by the council of women's clubs. The building will accommodate forty borders, but at present only twenty are availing themselves of its accommodations. The object of the hotel is to furnish a clean and comfortable home surrounded by all the refined influences of a real home. The rates are within the reach of every guest, no matter if she earns only $2 a week. The guests pay according to the amount of their weekly income.

The management of this worthy institution is endeavoring to get the fact of its existence before employers in the big stores in the city and also of the factories, where women and girls are employed. The rooms are comfortably furnished and, being strictly under a woman's management, everything is scrupulously clean. It is believed that if the little hotel can be kept full it may some day become self-sustaining. At the present time it is not, but the girls get full rations just the same and it is good, wholesome food, too.

Labels: , ,

March 8, 1909


M. M. Mangasarian of Chicago Ex-
pounds Doctrine at Shubert.

A large audience attended the illustrated lecture on evolution at the Shubert yesterday morning delivered by M. M. Mangasarian, the distinguished ethical lecturer of Chicago. The occasion was the formal celebration of the centenary of the birth of Charles Darwin. The lecture was profusely illustrated with stereopticon views and was an exhaustive exposition of the theory of evolution. While nothing specially new was advanced, the principal scientific facts on which the advocates of the theory base their contentions were set fort effectively.

Mr. Mangasarian held that evolution did not teach that man came from the ape, but that the ape and man had a common ancestry.

"It is no disgrace to have come from a monkey," he remarked, "if we have come far enough."

Labels: , ,

March 7, 1909


Oil Paintings of Mullane and Dalbow
May Be Ordered.

The Police Relief Association probably will authorize Miss Betty Kather to paint portraits of Michael Mullane and A. O. Dalbow, who lost their lives in the fight with Adam God's band of fanatics last December. The pictures would be placed on the walls of the city hall beside the portraits of all other officers who have fallen while on duty. The painting of Michael Mullane, which was on exhibition several days ago, was highly satisfactory to the officers. Miss Kather is a Kansas City girl and is a member of the Fine Arts Institute.

Labels: , , ,

March 7, 1909


Fruit Peddlers Persist in Occupying
Sidewalk Space at Market Square.

The city is finding Greeks, who persist in occupying space on the sidewalks bordering the west side of the market square with stalls, an insistent and troublesome force to deal with. Two weeks ago their stalls were torn down and the tenants made to move away. Last Saturday they returned with their outfits and were getting ready to sell soft drinks and fruit when they were again obliged to disperse. Yesterday, one of their number was back and doing business before his presence was observed. Gus Pearson, city comptroller, had the police give the invader the run.

It is becoming mooted about that the Greeks who persist in disobeying the orders of the city and courts to keep away from the vicinity are being encouraged by politicians who exploit them to be useful about election time. They are being made voters in large numbers.

Labels: , ,

March 7, 1909


Steamer Glenmore Has Troubles Other
Than Legal.

Gay summer may have to pass without assistance from the good ship Glenmore, which plied from the foot of Main street up and down stream and back again in former years, carrying persons who loved boisterous amusement. Owned by Booth Baughman, well known to followers of games of chance, the boat had been undergoing repairs on the Clay county bank.

At first the boat had been passed by government inspectors, but later it was condemned. To make the required repairs it was beached and the superstructure shoved up while the hull was being patched. Yesterday the river sneaked in and washed the supports away, dropping decks, superstructure and perhaps one engine into the water. The loss is estimated at $5,000. Repairs to the hull were to cost the same amount.

One of the Wallace grand juries returned several indictments last fall in connection with the gambling which was said to have been carried on during the boat's cruises.

Labels: , , ,

March 6, 1909


Manufacturer of Rambler Auto Here
on Trip of Inspection.

Until after the week of the Automobile Show, Thomas R. Jeffery, maker of the Rambler automobile, will be in Kansas City. Mr. Jeffery is well known among the manufacturers of automobiles and he has been graced with the title of the dean of the automobile industry in America.

The Kansas City show which opens next week is one of the very few automobile shows outside of Chicago and New York that Mr. Jeffery has attended during his thirty-five years that he has been engaged in the making of automobiles. His trip this time is fostered by the knowledge of the great possibilities of automobile sales which are confronting the automobile maker today. During his trip to Kansas City Mr. Jeffery will make a thorough investigation of the automobile situation in and around Kansas City.

The Rambler machine is well known to those who are interested in motor cars in Kansas City and the sales of that are in the Southwest have been enormous within the past ten years. Mr. Jeffery also invented the Rambler bicycle which occupation has given way, more or less, to the manufacture of the Rambler automobile.

Labels: , ,

March 6, 1909


Rates Were Excessive to European
Points, Says Penrod Co.

Some interesting facts about Kansas City as an export center may be found in a suit filed yesterday in the circuit court. The Penrod Walnut and Veneer Company is asking $293.00 from the Kansas City Southern railway, alleged to represent freight overcharges on export shipments of walnut lumber. The lumber was shipped last summer, four cars going to Manchester, England; two cars to St. Petersburg; one to Belfast, Ireland, and one to Glasgow, Scotland. It is alleged by the Penrod company that the rates were quoted as follows: To Manchester, 36 1/2 cents; St. Petersburg, 43 1/2 cents; Belfast, 37 1/2 cents, and Glasgow, 38 1/2 cents. More than the rates mentioned were charged, asserts the Penrod company.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 6, 1909


Ice Men Are United in Protest
Against Such Legislation.

Members of the Western Ice Manufacturers' Association are strongly opposed to any employer's liability laws. They said so yesterday in convention at the Coates house when the measure now before the Iowa legislature was denounced by H. H. Teachout of Des Moines. "These employer liability bills are dangerous," said Mr. Teachout, "and we ice men should fight them."

"That's right," answered a chorus of voices throughout the hall, but there was no action taken toward making official protest against such legislation.

The ice men, who are holding their eleventh annual convention at the Coates house, listened to trade talks yesterday. State Senator Emerson Carey of Hutchison, Kas., who was to have told the ice men what part they should take in politics, was unable to be present. Last night the annual banquet of the association was held at the Coates house, and today the convention will close with a business session and the annual election of officers.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 5, 1909



Still, He Likes Good Shows and
Came All Way From Independ-
ence to See Booth
and Barrett.

Not because her clothes are scanty,
Nor because the beads fit tight;
But because her steps are naughty
Salome must not dance tonight.

Gertrude Hoffman may dance at the Shubert or anywhere else, but it must not be a la Salome.

She may sing unrestricted, except as for "I Don't Care."

She may wear what she pleases.

Against the two first named features of her performance in the "Mimic World" Judge James H. Slover of the circuit court yesterday granted a temporary injunction, and it is thereby made unlawful for Miss Hoffman to present the dance or sing the song in public so long as she is in Jackson county.

"Obnoxious to public morals" and "replete with immoral suggestions" are some of the phrases which occur in the opinion of Judge Slover. Special notice is taken of the use of the head of John the Baptist, which, with the Salome dance, is classed as "revolting, debasing and debauching."

In the main, Judge Slover bases his authority to act on the Spanish bull fight case in St. Louis, which was stopped by the courts on the grounds that it shocked the moral sense of the community. The opinion in its entirety follows:


This proceeding by the attorney general of the state of Missouri is to suppress a part of a performance now on the boards of the Shubert theater in Kansas City, Mo., known as the "Mimic World," and is especially directed against the song, "I Don't Care," and the "Salome" dance. The Shubert people claim that the court has no jurisdiction to interfere by injunction, but if the court should determine that it has jurisdiction, then the play itself is not obnoxious to public morals, but is a highly artistic performance.

As to the jurisdiction of the court, the case of the Spanish bull fight in St. Louis, reported in the 207th supreme court decisions, is sufficient warrant for the court to entertain this case.

As to the performance itself, it may be said, generally speaking, that any public exhibition that at first blush shocks the average intelligence of a community is harmful and demoralizing and should receive the condemnation of the courts. In the Canty case (supra) the supreme court said that a public exhibition of any kind that tends to the corruption of morals is a public nuisance and should be oppressed.


The evidence in this case shows that the "don't care" song and the Salome dance are obnoxious to the public morals and an offense against the better instincts of mankind and ought not to be tolerated in a Christian community. The song is replete with lewd and immoral suggestions and the Salome dance, in which an imitation head of Saint John the Baptist is tossed about, is simply revolting and so debasing in its character and debauching in its influence on public morals as to constitute a public nuisance which a court of equity has jurisdiction to and should suppress.

Upon the evidence in the case and the authority of the Canty case a temporary injunction will be granted in favor of the relator, but modifying in some respects the restraining order, which may be agreed to by counsel in the case, otherwise to be settled by the court.


At that, Judge Slover is a friend of the theater. He goes when there is a good show. Said he yesterday, after handing down the opinion:

"When Edwin Forrest played at the Coates opera house in the '70s, Mrs. Slover and I drove a mile to the railroad station in Independence. We took the train to Kansas City and attended the performance. Returning, the train was due to leave at 2 a. m., but it was 3 o'clock before it appeared. It was 4 when we got home. Besides, there was a snowstorm that night. That shows I am willing to make a sacrifice even to see a good play.

"Again, when Booth and Barrett opened the Warder Grand, now the Auditorium, Mrs. Slover and myself drove in from Independence and back to see the play. There was no roof on the theater when it was thrown open to the public. That was about fifteen years ago."

As no objection is made to the spring song nor to the costume worn by the Shubert dancer, her managers may, with perfect security from the courts, put her on the stage in the same costume and let her sing this song or any other one. Also she may do any dance except the Salome.

Labels: , , , , , , ,

March 5, 1909



Each Woman Thought Little Leo
Cassidy, Decapitated and Mangled
Beyond Immediate Recogni-
tion, Was Her Own.

Leo Cassidy, aged 4 years, was run over and instantly killed by a Northeast car yesterday afternoon while playing in the street with two other small boys. The boy lived with his aunt, Mrs. Anna Reddick, at 613 Forest avenue. Excited mothers who thought the unfortunate child might be one of their own, thronged the street, pushed and crowded each other in a mad endeavor to identify the mangled body under the trucks of the car. The accident occurred at Independence avenue and Holmes street.

Mrs. Reddick was in the habit of leaving the child with Mrs. John Davis, 557 Holmes street, during the day while she was at work in Blake's restaurant at the city market. The child slipped out of the house unnoticed. Johnny and Teddy Trent, aged 5 and 3 respectively, who live in the same house with their parents, greeted Leo with a childish welcome.


Leo ran directly across the street in front of a fast approaching car, the two Trent boys behind him. As the car struck Leo, the others turned and ran screaming to the house. Within the shortest possible time every mother in the neighborhood was on the scene of the tragedy where a crowd had gathered.

Though several persons had seen the accident, none was able to give a concise account of the tragedy. Maud Mahoney of 543 Holmes street was an eye witness. She said that she saw the three children run across the street and a moment later one was run down by the car. Mrs. Gus Berkowitz, who lives over the grocery store at 706 Independence avenue, looked out of the window in time to see the children start in their chase. She thought one of them was her own and was in the act of leaping out the window when she was caught by her husband. All the witnesses said that the car was going at a moderate rate of speed.


When Mrs. Davis reached the scene her agony knew no bounds, and her screams attracted persons for blocks. D. M. Armstrong, the motorman of the car, was leaning back in the vestibule, his face deathly pale, and Charles Perkins, the conductor, was taking down names. The trunk of the body lay under the car. The head, under the trucks, was beyond recognition.

Passengers from the blockaded cars began to alight when Sergeant John Ravenscamp arrived with a squad of policemen. It took their united efforts to clear the street. Excited mothers would rush up and try to identify the child as their own.

The scene of the accident is one of the crowded parts of the city and is within a block of the proposed North End playground. The Washington school is a block away and all motormen are supposed to run their cars slowly at that point.

Immediately after the accident, the crew of the car were placed under arrest by Detective Ben Sanderson. They were arraigned before Justice of the Peace James Richardson last night, and were released on a $500 bond, furnished by the street railway company. Neither would make a statement.

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

March 5, 1909


Governor Hadley With His Gaily
Caparisoned Staff Attracted the
Attention of Thousands.

WASHINGTON, March 4. -- Governor Herbert S. Hadley admirably performed the duty of putting Republican Missouri well to the fore in the inaugural ceremonies today. After President Taft and Governor Hughes of New York, the Missouri Republican governor and his richly caparisoned staff occupied public attention on the line of march, and received the plaudits of thousands who faced the March blizzard of cold wind and snow to witness the great events.

It was evident all along the line of march from the capital to the White House that the people realized that distinctive honor was due Missouri's representation in the inaugural festivities, and great was the applause Governor Hadley and his escort received.

The governor attended the exercises in the senate chamber, where he witnessed the first indoor installation of a president in seventy-six years. As he took his place at the head of his staff with Adjutant General Rumbold, he was given command of a regiment of cadets at the reviewing stand facing White House. Governor Hadley and staff were given distinctive salutations by President Taft. The dinner given the governor and Mrs. Hadley at the Shoreham tonight was a splendid success. After the dinner the governor and party attended the inaugural ball.

Labels: , ,

March 4, 1909


Older Boys Will Hear "What Makes
a Soldier."

A meeting of older boys will be held at the Academy of Music Sunday at 3:30 p. m. under the auspices of the Y. M. C. A. An address on "What Makes a Soldier" will be delivered by Colonel T. W. Goldin, mounted messenger for General Custer and a survivor of the battle of the Little Big Horn.

This will be the first of a series of meetings for older boys which will be held at the same place every Sunday afternoon. Moving pictures representing biblical scenes will be shown after the lecture. Special music will be furnished. admission by ticket only.

Labels: , , , , ,

March 4, 1909


City Forester Advocates Appointment
of Five or Six for This Purpose.

S. C. Woodson, city forester, is advocating the appointment of five or six men who are capable of properly trimming trees, in order to preserve the beauty and life of the trees planted on the street parkings. The $6,000 appropriation for his office is not sufficient to employ the required number of men, and numerous trees are suffering from improper trimming.

The city forester believes in the people purchasing their trees by private contract, but wants the forestry department to have the right of inspection of the trees and the supervision of the planting.

Permits will be issued by the city forester to those persons applying to him upon their showing that they have a contract for the trimming of trees in a specified place. General or blanket permits will not be issued by the department.

Labels: ,

March 4, 1909


Mrs. Victoria Mostow's Will Divides
Her Estate, Worth $50,000 to
$60,000, Into Many Parts.

David Raspberry is to get about $1,200 in cash and a lot from the estate of Mrs. Victoria M. Mostow, who died at her home at 200 West Thirty-fourth street. He is a negro coachman. Mrs. Mostow was a sister of the late Dr. D'Estaing Dickerson, of of Kansas City's pioneers.

Among other bequests was one of $5,000 for funeral expenses, a cemetery lot and a monument for herself. Mrs. Mostow's estate is valued at from $50,000 to $60,000 by A. L. Cooper, who is named as administrator. Mr. Cooper was her attorney. The instrument was drawn October 27, 1908.

The property at 817 Main street, under the terms of the will which was filed yesterday for probate, is to be sold, as are also lots in the Pullman park and other property. This money is to be divided with the exception of the lot which goes to Raspberry, among her nieces, nephews, servants and friends.

Mrs. Mostow was engaged, at the time of her death, in litigation with James P. Richardson, her nephew, head of the Prosso preparatory school. She had given deeds to both him and John H. Lee to the same property and she brought suit to revoke the instruments given to her nephew, who is cut out of the will. It is directed that this litigation be continued.

Richardson alleges that Lee, who with his family, has occupied the home on West Thirty-fourth street, and cared for Mrs. Mostow, exercised an undue influence over her by saying he had communication with the planet Mars via a black cat and a superhuman gas stove.

Labels: , , ,

March 4, 1909


Telegraphs Appreciation to President
for Interest in Son's Behalf.

In a personal telegram which was forwarded to Washington yesterday, Rear Admiral Robley D. Evans and wife thanked President Roosevelt for his efforts in behalf of their son, Lieutenant Frank Evans, whose court-martial sentence for misconduct in the Philippines last year was reduced from a loss of 150 numbers and a reprimand to a loss of fifty numbers and a reprimand. The aged parents of the young officer heard of the modification of their son's sentence at the Hotel Baltimore yesterday morning and were overjoyed.

Admiral Evans and his wife departed yesterday afternoon for Joplin, where the admiral lectured last night.

Labels: , , , , , ,

March 3, 1909



"Those Who Believe It Not Right
Can Stay at Home" -- Failure
to Demonstrate Disap-
points Court Crowd.


"Will I stop the Salome dance?" Robert L. Gregory, acting mayor, repeated as he held the telephone receiver to his early yesterday afternoon. His answer was a decided "No."

When he was finished speaking over the telephone the acting mayor turned to the members of the board of public works, with whom he was meeting, and said, "Now what do you think of that? That fellow wanted to know if I, as acting mayor, would clamp the lid on that dance if the court refused the injunction. If Gertie wants to dance with a little lace wrapped around her she is welcome to, and the police won't interfere. Those who believe it is not right can stay at home while those who do can plunk down their money and take a front seat for all I care. Why should I stop a Salome dance or an y old kind of a dance?"


Disappointment sat deep on every face, and there was not an "I don't care" expression in the crowd which went to the court house yesterday to see Gertrude Hoffman do a stunt with a string of beads. Gertrude, you know, does the Salome dance in "The Mimic World" at the Shubert theater, or rather, she did until the courts stopped her Monday night.

The restraining order granted at that time was made returnable yesterday, and large was the crowd that came to see and hear. Judge James H. Slover, in whose division the case fell, heard affidavits and speeches and more speeches, and then said he would decide today whether to make the restraining order permanent or dissolve it. Meanwhile, of course, Salome will not dance.

All hands had expected to see, as evidence, the whole dance as performed at the theater. But the dancer did not come, only lawyers.

COSTS $6,000 A WEEK.

"It costs $80,000 to create this show, and the weekly expense roll is $6,000," said Clyde Taylor, appearing on behalf of the theater. So maybe it was too expensive to have Miss Hoffman.

"To stop this dance, which is strictly a moral affair," continued Mr. Taylor, "would entail large financial loss. If the show was not clean, it would never have been put on the boards and have received favorable comment everywhere."

On behalf of those who secured the restraining order, John T. Harding, Ellison Neel and H. M. Beardsley spoke. Affidavits made by George E. Bowling, Nathanial Dickey and D. A. Trimble were read. These men had been appointed by the Independence Avenue Methodist Episcopal church to make a report to the court. In substance they said the dance was immoral and demoralizing to the mind of the spectator. Photographs were taken of posters put up by the show also were introduced as evidence.


Mrs. E. D. Hornbrook said she saw the dance in New York, and thought it not proper. She had made up her mind, she said, to try to suppress it if it came to Kansas City. She had not seen the dance at the Shubert. William D. Latham of the board of trade disapproved of the dance, as did also Omar Robinson, a lawyer, and I. B. Hook and others. A painting of Maud Allan as Salome, to give the court an idea of how the Hoffman dance is said to be carried on, was also introduced.

Dr. George L. A. Hamilton, for the defendants, said the dance was art, and could not be objected to. John B. Reynolds, manager of the company, was represented by an affidavit giving the expenses of the show.

Also there was a statement from Miss Hoffman herself. The dances she employs, she said, were copied from those of the Far East, and patterned after the Oriental idea of grace. She said it was in no sense a "hootchie-kootchie," as some of the objectors had said.

Then there was a great deal of oratory, and the case, known officially as the state of Missouri, at the relation of Elliot W. Major, attorney general, against Earl Steard and others, went over until today. Judge Slover did not say that he had been at the Shubert. He goes to the theater infrequently.

Labels: , , , , , , ,

March 3, 1909



Picture of Girl Found in Heskett's
Pocket, the Clue by Which They
Were Located at the

In hopes of revenging herself on her husband, who, she said, had deserted her about two years ago, Mrs. James W. Heskett of Wichita, Kas., arrived in Kansas City yesterday morning, and through the aid of James Orford, a city detective, found her alleged husband with another woman at the Peristyle apartments at Ninth and Charlotte streets.

She saw both arrested and locked up at police headquarters last night. At the time of her marriage, ten years ago, Heskett's father was the sheriff of Sumner county, and he was his chief' deputy. At the time of the alleged desertion he sold his house and, the woman says, left his wife and child only $500. Until his arrest last night, the two had never met, nor had she received a word from him.


"Yes. I want to prosecute them both," said Mrs. Heskett last night. She is a small woman, with bright blue eyes and blond hair. The blue eyes flashed when she made the declaration. "I thought I loved him, but now I wouldn't live with him for anything. I wouldn't give up my position in a confectionery store in Wichita, where I'm getting only $6 a week, to live in luxury with my husband.

Inspector of Detectives Ryan asked Heskett a few questions and called Mrs. Heskett into his office.

"How do you do," she said frigidly, and Heskett's reply was just as cold.

"What did you leave me and the baby for?" she continued.

"Now I mean to prosecute you, and before I leave I want to see that woman you ran away with. I just want to look at her once," and she stamped her foot. The husband did not reply, and was taken back to the holdover.

Mrs. Heskett was allowed to see her rival, who was sitting in the matron's room. Detective Orford and Inspector Ryan accompanied her.


Orford introduced the two women.

"This is my wife," he said. Both bowed coldly. "You knew he was married, didn't you?" he asked.

Then the tears began to well up in the eyes of the second woman, and a moment later she was sobbing.

"I just loved him so much," she said, "and I still love him. He told me that he didn't love you, and that we would always be happy. I'm his common law wife, and we are married in the eyes of our neighbors."

Mrs. Heskett bit her lip.

"I'm the one that has suffered," she said, as the party filed out of the door. "Now one knows how I have suffered."

Heskett was a conductor for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe out of Wichita. He had known his wife since they were children, and had gone to the high school in Wellington together. After his term as deputy marshal there had expired he moved to Wichita and the two paid for a small home and were living happily.


About three years ago Heskett met Miss Mamie Hensen of Englewood, Kas., on one of his trips. He finally lost his position with the railroad. After inducing his wife to allow him to sell the property, the wife says he kissed her one morning and told her he was going to Kansas City to hunt work. When he secured employment he would send for her.

When no letters came, Mrs. Heskett became suspicious, and remembered a picture of Miss Hensen which she had taken out of her husband's coat. She sent the picture to the Kansas City police, and Detective Orford located couple after a long search.

The couple, the detective says, had been living as man and wife at the Peristyle apartments for four months. The woman has been employed in a millinery house and Heskett was the shipping clerk in a wholesale wall paper house. He had not used an alias. James Heskett, Sr., moved to Clinton, Ill., six years ago, and is reported to be a wealthy farmer. Mrs. Heskett says that he has known of her plight, and has known of his son's whereabouts. She said last night that she would not return to Wichita until she had prosecuted her husband, and that complaints would be filed with the prosecuting attorney today.

Labels: , , ,

March 3, 1909


In Which Would a Policeman Look
Best in Summer?

Would a policeman's appearance be improved if he wore a gray helmet in summer instead of the traditional blue of the Kansas City department?

Sergeant Richard Lang, inspector of uniforms, is contemplating bringing the matter before the police board relative to a change in the time honored color. He had on exhibition at police headquarters yesterday samples of the new style of helmets. The majority of the men were opposed to the gray helmets, owing to the fact that white gloves must be worn to keep them from being soiled by sweaty fingers.

"Wouldn't I look pretty with white kid gloves?" said Patrick Boyle, the short-stop. "I would look like I was in full dress attire at a fancy ball."

In defense of the new style, Sergeant Lang says that all of the larger cities now require the police to wear the gray helmets. He also contemplates bringing to the board's attention the establishment of an ordinance department and requiring all men to purchase their uniforms from the city. In this way the style would be the same, the material exactly alike and the men would have the benefit of uniforms at cost. New York has tried the plan with success.

Labels: , , ,

March 3, 1909


Orear-Leslie Company Will Erect One
on Baltimore Avenue.

The Orear-Leslie Investment Company yesterday took out a building permit to erect a ten-story office building at 1010 Baltimore avenue. It is to be built of steel-re-enforced with concrete and brick. The building is to cost $150,000 and to be completed by December 1, 1909.

A new ice plant is to be built by the Interstate Ice Company at 712-18 West Twenty-fifth street and is to be constructed of brick and stone. Connected with the ice plant will be the stables, and the two will be combined in one building to be erected. A permit was taken out yesterday to erect the building. The contract price was given as $15,000.

Labels: , ,

March 3, 1909


Says She Married W. E. Morrison
Without Parent's Consent.

Annulment of a marriage is sought by a girl of 16, who has been wedded nearly a year in a suit filed yesterday in the circuit court. Leatha B. Morrison is the wife and, being under age, she sues William E. Morrison in the name of Mrs. Sadie R. Richards, her mother.

In her petition, Mrs. Morrison says she was married June 18, 1908. She says the consent of neither of her parents was secured nor even sought, and that they did not know of the wedding until after the ceremony had been performed. Morrison, who is 28 years of age, influenced her mind so that she married him, she says. Now she wants the marriage set aside, on the ground that it was illegally performed.

Labels: , , ,

March 3, 1909


Mentally Unbalanced Young Woman
Says Thief Has It.

Somewhere in Kansas City a pretty, young girl is wandering about in search of a person whom she imagines stole a gold tooth which she once owned. She is Miss Florence Anderson, who came to Kansas City yesterday from Wichita, Kas., to visit two sisters residing here.

The young woman first attracted attention by her queer actions at the Union depot.

"I am looking for a man who stole my gold tooth," she said to the station matron, "and if I catch him there is going to be trouble."

Thee matron saw that the girl was deranged mentally, and went to a telephone to call an officer. When she returned to the place where she left the girl, the young woman had disappeared. At a late hour last night she had not been found, although the police made a diligent search for her. Relatives in Wichita have been advised of her disappearance.

Labels: , , , ,

March 2, 1909





Injunction to Be Heard in Judge
Porterfield's Court Tomorrow.
"I, Too, Am a Christian,"
Says Miss Hoffman.
Gertrude Hoffman, Salome Dancer

Gertrude Hoffman did not give the Salome dance at the Shubert theater last night because a court order commanded her not to do so.

In the "Spring Song "Gertrude, who goes bare-footed and bare ankled and almost bare-kneed in this number, wore fleshlings, and on her classic feet she wore soft shoes because the court order commanded it.

A temporary restraining order, made by Judge E. E. Porterfield of the circuit court late yesterday afternoon and returnable tomorrow morning at 9 o'clock, scored first blood for those who are fighting the presentation of the semi-nude dance in Kansas City.

Miss Hoffman was served with the order while she was in her room at the Coates house. The order was also served on Earl Steward, manager of the Shubert, J. J. Shubert and Lee Shubert being included in the list of defendants.

Miss Hoffman went to the Shubert last night determined to do her dance. She was mad and excited. It was decided to eliminate the "Salome" dance, but as the court order made no mention directly of the Spring Song number, that dance was given.

"What kind of a town is this?" said Miss Hoffman, as she retired to her dressing room after the conclusion of her act.

One could still hear the applause coming from the auditorium of the theater.

"Do you hear that?" she said. "Did you see that audience? Did you see any people with low brows in that audience? Do they look coarse, unrefined, ill bred? No, certainly they don't.

"What does the so-called religious element of Kansas City think I am doing over here? Do they think I get out on the stage and wriggle? Do they think the audience giggles?

"I have given my dances all over the Eastern section of the United States. I played in the leading cities of New England where the Puritans came from and where their descendants live and thrive and still preach purity.

"Intellectual audiences, audiences of brain and a taste for art saw my dances. I played to an audience made up entirely of Harvard men while in Boston. I played to an audience made up almost entirely of Yale men when we played in New Haven. When we played in Springfield, Mass., more than half of the audience was composed of girls attending Smith college. They came over thirty miles to see my performance. They represented some of the richest, most intellectual families of the United States. They didn't blush. They had nothing to blush for. They applauded.

"Who are these people who rant about something they have never seen? They are hypocrites, to begin with. Why do they seize on this performance, when they have ignored other theatrical performances which might have given them some excuse for going to court?

"If these people object to my dance why don't they go to your art academies and tear down the nudes. Why don't they close up the art academies and prevent nude women from posing for nude pictures? Why don't they?

"That's art, they will say, if they have intelligence. So it is. And this dance I give is art, classic art.

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

March 2, 1909



Bodies of A. H. Tuttle, Civil War
Veteran, and His Wife, Discovered
in Residence -- Grate and
Heater Burning.

Last night, when Captain Jack Burns of fire company No. 18 entered the house of A. H. Tuttle, 2617 East Twenty-fifth street, and found an aged man and his wife both dead, Tuttle lying on his side on the floor and his wife sitting in a chair in the front room of the house. A gas grate and an overhead gas heater in the room were burning.

The first intimation of a tragedy was discovered by A. M. Weed, a solicitor for the Wells-Fargo Express Company. Captain Tuttle, as he was familiarly called, has been an employe of the express company for the past twenty-five years. When he failed to appear at the depot yesterday morning, for the first time in years, it was thought he was ill. Mr. Weed called at the house about 2:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon and failing to get a response to repeated ringing of the door bell, walked around the house. He questioned a little girl playing in the yard as to whether Tuttle lived the4re, and if she had seen either of them that day. The girl replied that she had not seen either of them since Sunday morning. Weed found the milk on the back porch and the morning papers on the front porch.


Mr. Weed returned to the office and reported to H. B. Jeffereies, assistant agent, that he suspected something wrong. Mr. Jefferies visited the house at 6 o'clock and after investigating saw the blue flame of the gas heater, which is attached to the gas jet, through a side window. He went to the front porch and putting his hand on the large plate glass window found it to be hot. He called W. W. Hunt, who lives at 2619 East Twenty-fifth street, and after a consultation sent a boy to No. 18 fire station for a ladder. Captain Burns and one of his men responded and entered the house through an upstairs window.

"As soon as I opened the window I could smell the gas fumes and the still more horrible odor of decaying human flesh," said Captain Burns. "It was necessary to light matches to see in the ho use as most of the curtains were drawn. The heat was intense. Coming down the stairs the heat was more noticeable and gas fumes made breathing difficult. In the parlor, off the reception hall, we found the old couple; Captain Tuttle lying on the floor and Mrs. Tuttle sitting in her Morris chair in front of the burning grate, her head over on her breast as if in sleep."


Mr. Jefferies and Mr. Hunt went into the house and opened the doors and windows. Coroner's physician, Dr. Harry Czarlinsky, was called and declared that the death had occurred thirty-six hours earlier. He said that asphyxiation from inhaling carbon monoxide was the cause of death. Carbon monoxide is the fumes from imperfect combustion of natural gas, and is similar to that given off my burning anthracite coal.

Before noon Sunday morning Mrs. Tuttle went to a neighbor, Mrs. Jackson, at 2515 East Twenty-fifth street, and borrowed a cupful of sugar, saying she was going to make a custard pie. This was the last time she was seen alive. Other neighbors had seen the couple earlier in the day.

From the appearance of the house, those acquainted with Captain and Mrs. Tuttle declared that they had evidently just gotten up from the breakfast table. The breakfast dishes had been washed and were on the dining table, covered with a cloth. Captain Tuttle's razor, shaving brush, mug and strop were lying on the kitchen table.

W. L. Cowing, 2506 Montgall, said that Mr. and Mrs. Tuttle were to have gone with him to Shawnee Sunday afternoon to look over some land. "I saw them yesterday morning," said Mr. Cowing last night, "and they both declared they would go. When I came to the house in the afternoon I got no response to my ringing of the doorbell and concluded they had gone ahead of me."

Rev. R. P. Witherspoon, 1601 Belmot avenue, brother of Mrs. Tuttle, was called form the Gypsy Smith meeting and arrived at the house after 9 o'clock. He was shocked at the news. He said that he had never known a happier or more devoted couple.

"My sister and her husband have led an ideal life," he said, "and had it not been for neighbors and friends this thing might have gone unnoticed for days. They loved each other and everyone around them, and were loved by them in turn."


Captain Tuttle served in the Sixteenth Ohio regiment of infantry in the civil war. Shortly after the war he became a director in the Missouri penitentiary at Jefferson City, where he remained several years. He afterwards went to Warrensburg, Mo., and engaged in business. Twenty-five years ago he joined the messenger service of the Wells Fargo Express Company and remained with them until his death.

Promotions came one after another, until he became money deliverer and one of the most trusted employes of the company. His superiors and associates declare that his word was as good as a bond. It is said that the company has offered several times to retire him on a pension, but that he has steadily refused, saying that he must be around and doing something or he couldn't feel right. He drew $36 a month as pension from the government.

Three sons survive the couple. They are Lloyd Tuttle, a salesman for the Ferguson-McKinney Dry Goods Company in St. Louis; Charles P. Tuttle of Coalinga, Cal., and Harry Tuttle of St. Paul, Minn. Mr. Tuttle has a brother living in Creston, O., and Mrs. Tuttle has a sister, Mrs. T. J. Claggett, Marshall, Mo., and two brothers, Charles Witherspoon, Mansfield, Tex., and the Rev. R. P. Witherspoon of this city.

The bodies were taken to Carroll-Davidson's undertaking rooms on Grand avenue. News of the deaths has been telegraphed to the sons and the funeral arrangements will await their arrival in this city.

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

March 2, 1909


Smallpox Quarantine at Liberty, Mo.,
Will Be Raised.

There is a disagreement among the doctors of Liberty, Mo., over whether the smallpox quarantine should be raised. It was a very mild form of smallpox in the first place. To settle the dispute, Dr. W. S. Wheeler of the health and hospital board, who has had a great deal of experience with contagious diseases, was asked to come to Liberty and give his opinion. Dr. Wheeler will leave for Liberty this morning.

Labels: , , ,

March 1, 1909



It Is in Kansas City That Average
Foreign Pilgrim "Ducks" Tele-
scope for Modern Travel-
ing Equipment.

Within the last few years Kansas City has become the threshold over which the newly arrived immigrant steps in his transition from the "raw" state into the finished "American product," according to Station Master Bell at the Union depot. And his first step is the purchasing of an ordinary suitcase.

For several years the trunk and traveling bag manufacturers of this city have noticed an increase in local sales of this class of their merchandise. The little shops that cluster about the depot reap the greater part of this harvest.

"An average of from eight to fifteen a day ask where they can purchase a suitcase," said Mr. Bell yesterday. "The conversation is usually one of gestures, but one that can be readily understood. The German and the Swede are the best customers of the suitcase man. They will come to me or one of the ushers and point to a great, bulging telescope arrangement constructed after the plan of a moving van, and then look around for some one who has a neat leather suitcase. When they find one that suits their fancy a wallet is pulled out and vigorously tapped and usually accompanied by one word: 'Where?' We know what they mean.


"Occasionally one who is conversant with English will come and ask where a suitcase or a grip can be bought. On the way from New York he sees one after another of those big 'storage warehouse' affairs disappear as their countrymen reach their respective destinations. When he gets this far west his, usually, is the only one of its kind and the immigrant sees it. He knows he is not like the rest and that he can be readily picked out for what he is by his luggage.

"One young German, I recall, came to me and in broken English informed me of his desire to get an 'English bag.' When he had made the customary motions I knew what he wanted and directed him to an uptown furnishing house, where he could get whatever he needed in that line. He came back togged out in a suit of the latest fashion, distinguishable for its 'loudness.'

" 'Now I am American, hein?' he said. 'I guess I make believe I have been here years, yes, and not but days, is it not, hein?' I told him his own mother would not recognize him. 'I am not glad of that one bag and I get for me these two, it is easier, much, and is it not much better to look yet? Before I am one poor Deutscher, not one but looks at my luggage when I get on the train or when I come off. Now will they think I am one of them, and that lonesome feeling that I get will not be again.'

"This exactly shows the situation," continued the station master. "The immigrant gets this far and begins to feel alone. Everyone singles him out and stares at the enormous grip he carries. It does not take him long to learn, and even if he does not get new clothes, he goes after the grip. Even the Italian with his belongings stowed away in a massive roll of blankets falls into line when he reaches Kansas City."

Labels: ,

March 1, 1909


But David Hanaford Was Fibbing,
Wanted to Get Home.

There is no doubt but that the fame of Kansas City on account of the numerous pickpockets working in the city has spread and David Hanaford, 17 years old, of Grand Island, Neb., is one who has heard of the wave of crime. He arrived in Kansas City yesterday morning.

Patrolman Harry Arthur heard the youth inform the railroad detectives that he had lost his money just after he arrived in town, and wanted a railroad ticket back home. The patrolman listened to the story and a particular glisten in the eyes of the Nebraskan made him believe there was something wrong. Therefore he landed the young man at police headquarters.

Inspector Charles Ryan talked to Hanaford, who admitted that he had run away from home and was now in a mood to return, in fact, was anxious to get back home. He said that George L. Andrews, 2410 Smart avenue, was his grandfather, and that his own father was a banker in Grand Island. He was later released to go to his grandfather's.

Labels: , ,

March 1, 1909


Burglars Steal Jewelry From Resi-
dence of W. B. Laughlin.

Thieves apparently believe members of the Pinkerton detective agency "easy pickings," as two have suffered at the hands of burglars within the last three days. Pinkerton Patrolman H. A. Stafford lost his revolver by having a burglar take it away from him. Yesterday a sneak thief entered the home of W. B. Laughlin, 1213 Troost avenue, superintendent of the agency, and stole a lot of jewelry. Articles missing reported to the police were two solitaire diamond rings, one string of gold beads, one gold locket and one gold watch.

Burglars entered the residence of Mrs. Alice Woodard, 1522 Lydia avenue, Saturday night and stole one gold watch, chain, locket, $11 in old coins and a quantity of wearing apparel. Entrance was gained by breaking the lock on a rear door.

Clothes were stolen by a sneak thief from the home of Mrs. G. W. Taylor, 2325 Mersington avenue, late Saturday night.

Labels: , , , ,

February 28, 1909



Was an Intimate Friend of Edgar
Allen Poe and the Poet's
Wife -- Was Born in
101-Year-Old Katherine Quigley

Mrs. Katherine Quigley, 101 years old, an intimate friend of Edgar Allen Poe and his wife, died yesterday afternoon at the home of her son, John A. Quigley, 3331 Troost avenue.

Mrs. Quigley was active up until the time of her death. Possessed of a naturally strong constitution, inherited from a long line of Irish ancestors, she had never taken a doctor's prescription in her life. One of her grandfathers lived to be 108 years old, and both of her parents saw their 80th birthdays.

Her maiden name was Katherine Bradley, and she was born and reared in a small village in the North of Ireland near the River Boyne. She left there at the age of 25 because, as she told her children, there were no young men eligible for matrimony in her native place. She had wealthy relatives living in New York, and they asked her to come and live with them. She came in a ship owned by one of her uncles, and on her arrival in New York city learned to be a milliner and dressmaker. After a few years her customers included the most fashionable people of the city, and she acquired a small competence.


It was at this time that she made the acquaintance of the young writer and newspaper man, Edgar Allan Poe, and his child wife, Virginia, to whom he wrote Liglia," "The Sleeper," and "Lenore," as well as many of his other great poems. Miss Bradley was a frequent visitor at the house in Fordham. Poe, she often said, was recognized by all his friends as a genius. He was not living in poverty, although he had a penchant for railing at the poor financial returns that were made for works of genius. He was a long haired, egotistical young man, liked to talk about himself and drank, but then, so did everybody else in Fordham. The wife was a lovable and beautiful young girl and when she died the heart of the poet was broken and he disappeared.

Miss Bradley married Mr. James Quigley, a drygoods merchant, in New York, in 1848. The husband died in 1861, but the widow continued to live in New York until eighteen years ago, w hen she came to this city to live with her son.

One of her sons, James A. Quigley, was the incorporator and organizer of the Clover Leaf railway lines. He died last year in New York. Another son, B. A. Quigley, formerly lived in this city and the third, John A. Quigley, is in business here. Seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren survive.

Mrs. Quigley was a Catholic. Funeral services probably will be held from St. Vincent's church, Thirty-first street and Flora avenue, tomorrow.

Labels: , , , , , , , ,

February 28, 1909


Main Street Saloonkeeper Threatened
Them With a Shot Gun.

Willard Thompson, the proprietor of a saloon at 812 Main street, drove out the patrons in his saloon last night with a shotgun. He was finally arrested by William Rogers, a patrolman. When the policeman entered the saloon he found that the bartender had taken refuge in the icebox, and Thompson had undisputed possession of the room. A curious crowd was keeping a respectful distance from the place.

"I'm going to shoot you," warned Thompson as Rogers stepped into the door. "Don't you move another step," and he raised the shotgun. The bartender slipped out of the icebox and a moment later the officer grabbed the gun. Thompson was locked up.

Labels: , ,

February 28, 1909


Jewish Lecturer Tries to Divert Emi-
gration to Palestine.

To divert the thousands of Jews who emigrate each year from teh section of Europe where they are oppressed to Palestine instead of the United States and South America, is the object of the society which Leon Chasanowich, a Jewish journalist and lecturer, who addressed Kansas City Jews last night at the Jewish Educational institute, represents. The organization is called the Jewish Workmen's Zion Society. It was founded recently and an active campaign for the realization of its purposes is being made.

"While the Jews have fared very well in the United States," Mr. Chasanowich said last night, "a greater future awaits them in Palestine, where they can band together and make a cou ntry of their own. In this country the Jews have never been able to engage in a certain few trades and the progress of the race has suffered."

Mr. Chasanowich was, until a few moths ago, the editor of two Jewish journals in Austria. He will remain in Kansas City next week, giving lectures Sunday, Monday and Tuesday evenings.

From here he will go to the Argentine Republic.

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