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August 31, 1909
DEATH OF LIEUTENANT RYAN.
Women Ask Hadley to Make Him
Confederate Home Superintendent.
After passing several restless hours after an operation, Lieutenant M. E. Ryan died at St. Joseph's hosptial at 4:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon. His wife and children were at his bedside when he died. According to physicians who attended him, he might have lived had he not felt it his duty to be at the station every night.
Funeral arrangements have not been made as yet but it is likely that the greatest number of police that ever took part will accompany the body to the grave. Chief Snow will attend to the matter in person.
"He was one of the bravest and most courageous officers I ever knew," said Captain Walter Whitsett's tribute to him last night. "He never shirked a duty that he undertook and could always be depended upon. The police department has suffered a big loss in his death."
Lieutenant Ryan is survived by a father, a widow and four children. M. E. Ryan, the father, l ives at Eighty street and Tracy avenue. The widow with Mary, 16 years old; Jeremiah, 12; Monica, 9, and Joseph, 6, lives 3711 Woodland avenue.
It was announced last night that the funeral services wo uld be held on a Thursday but no definite arrangements had been made.
Labels: death, police, Police Chief Snow, Woodland avenue
August 31, 1909
LEFT EAST FOR FRISCO
CLAD IN A PAPER SUIT.
"Hobo Harry" Started From New
York to Walk 3,850 Miles
for a Prize.
"Hobo Harry," who left Madison Square garden in New York June 21, clothed only in seven old newspapers fastened on with a ball of string, reached Kansas City last night at 9 o'clock en route on foot and also "on the bum" to San Francisco.
"Harry" says he is walking for a prize of $2,500 offered by a company of New York publishers. Certain restrictions, which the pedestrian has found hard to meet, were laid down as additional barriers. He must not put up at a hotel nor sleep on a bed; he must not work to earn money n or can he buy anything to sell for a profit.
About the only source of revenue left to him is his suit of clothes. He sells space on his coat, hat and even trousers to those who want to write their signatures as souvenirs in indelible ink.
His paper suit lasted his just three hours and ten minutes had he walked through New York, New Jersey, Arlington and Newark clad in nothing but this journalistic raiment. At Newark he solicited a suit of duck clothing from an obscure philanthropist and the first of his great obstacles was overcome. At Columbus, O., he "bummed" a tough suit of khaki and already this is covered by more than 100 signatures. The highest price he ever received for "advertising space" on his khaki suit was a $2.50 gold piece, he says.
"Harry: says he doesn't allow himself more than eight hours' rest at a time. To win the prize he must make the journey in 156 walking days, Sundays and rainy days are not counted. He says he has reached Kansas City about twenty days ahead of his schedule, based on the total distance of 3,850 miles, as calculated by Weston.
"I am going to beat Weston's first record of 139 days," he said. "Dan O'Leary made the trip in 102 days in '97 and Weston made it again in 105."
He left Lexington, Mo., at 3 o'clock yesterday morning and covered the distance of forty-eight miles to Kansas City by 9 o'clock at night. He will resume his journey Thursday morning at 4 o'clock.
Labels: California, clothing, Lexington, New York, visitors
August 31, 1909
MONKEY'S SENSE OF HUMOR.
One Uses Dish in Which Food Is
Served for a Hat.
The menagerie department of the Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on Earth, which comes here Saturday, enjoys, in addition to its entertaining features, a wealth of fun and humor.
The monkey cage holds a fascination for many. There is a monkey, of the baboon species, that at times will take hold of a dish in which her food is served and put it on her head, as if it were a hat. Thus adorned, she provokes roars of laughter, to her evident gratification, from the crowd around her.
The elephants have a decided sense of humor, and many are the amusing capers they indulge in between exhibition hours. There are forty of these mammoth pachyderms with the Barnum & Bailey collection, two of which are said to be the rarest and most costly in the world. They have huge, umbrella shaped ears which cover nearly half of their bodies. One of them is deeply attached to "Boston," the baby elephant of the group, and is never quiet when "Boston" is out of her sight.
The zoological department of the Barnum & Bailey Greatest Show on earth is, it is said, the largest collection of rare animals in the world.
Labels: animals, circus
August 31, 1909
BEATEN CHINAMAN MAY DIE.
Lee Wey Brutally Assaulted in Fifth
Street Laundry and
Robbed of $20.
While resisting two robbers who seized him in his laundry at 620 East Fifth street about 5 o'clock yesterday afternoon, Lee Wey, a Chinaman, was beaten into insensibility before his assailants secured $20 and escaped. With barely a chance to live Wey was taken to the general hospital.
When a customer arrived two hours later Lee was found on the floor unable to move. The police were notified. A hasty examination by Dr. H. L. Morton at the emergency hospital showed that the top of Lee's scalp was cut to shreds.
Lee regained consciousness and told a meager story of the assault. Two men had come into his laundry before sundown and inquired the way to find the water meter. As he started to go down into the cellar, where it was located, Lee was struck over the head with a piece of gas pipe. Half-stunned he grappled with the smaller of the two. The blows rained on his head until he knew no more. His pockets, inside out, told the story of the robbery.
"All my savings for many months," Lee said in broken English.
Labels: crime, doctors, emergency hospital, Fifth street, immigrants, violence
August 30, 1909
JAPANESE CARNIVAL AT FOREST.
At Night Park Is Lighted With
An elaborate display of Japanese lanterns is to be seen this week at Forest park. Nearly 10,000 of these vari-colored transparencies are distributed over the park, and when illuminated at night make an imposing sight.
Owing to the cool weather the ballroom was the objective point yesterday. There is an entire change in the vaudeville bill.
A pleasing and difficult act is that of the Kaichi Japanese troupe of acrobats. "The Climax" is performed by Mlle. Gertrude La Morrow, who not only dances but sings as well. Elliotte an d Le Roy, in a comedy sketch, are amusing.
Tonight is souvenir night for the women at the carnival.
Labels: amusement, dancing, forest park, music, vaudeville
August 30, 1909
HADLEY WILL OPEN
OLD FASHIONED COUNTY SHOW
IS ON TODAY.
For a Week Products of Farm Will
Take Precedence Over Thrill-
ers -- Special Features
There was a bunch of tired men in Independence last night who seemed happy in their fatigue. They were the directors of the Independence fair and everything was ready for the opening this morning. The fair this year is going to be just as it has always been, an old-fashioned county affair where the products of the farm take precedence over thrillers of summer park invention and where a prize hog looks a whole lot better than a motor car, for the time being.
And if exhibits are to be counted, the Independence fair is better off this year than ever before. It has been a good year on the farms of Jackson county, and for that reason the exhibits are going to be the largest in the history of the fair. The mountain of pumpkins, a yearly feature of the fair, is to be cooked into pies and distributed to visitors as edible souvenirs. That is to be done on the last day, Saturday.
HADLEY TO OPEN FAIR.
The fair is to have executive recognition and it will be opened at 10 o'clock this morning by Governor H. S. Hadley. The governor will make his speech at that time, after the salute of Battery B of Kansas City has been fired. After the speech of the governor, the battery will maneuver and the fair will be on in earnest. The gates will be open at 7 o'clock in the morning.
The directors have offered purses aggregating $10,000 for the race meeting, and there is a good list of entries. Independence is on three racing circuits and more than 200 horses will strive for the various purses. There will be from one to three races a day.
SERIES OF SPECIAL DAYS.
Admission to the grounds is to be free this year and as an added attraction, there is to be a fireworks display every night. A band will give a free concert every night. Zach Mulhall's Wild West show will be there.
There is to be a series of special days. Tomorrow is to be a special racing day and there will be an extra race for an extra prize. Thursday will be Kansas City day, when Kansas City exhibitors and Kansas City exhibits will have full sway. Friday will be Old Settler's day. Many of the old settlers of Jackson county and the counties surrounding will attend the fair on that day. Saturday is to be pumpkin day.
Labels: amusement, animals, fireworks, food, Herbert Hadley, Independence, military, music, pioneers, races, Wild West shows
August 30, 1909
LIEUTENANT RYAN MAY DIE.
In Critical Condition as Result of
Lieutenant M. E. Ryan of the police, is in critical condition at St. Joseph's hospital, following an operation performed yesterday afternoon. The operation was to remove a growth inside his right ear. He was unconscious early this morning. His physicians had little hope of his recovery.
Lieutenant Ryan has been on the police force twenty years, having been appointed a patrolman while Thomas M. Speers was chief of police. He was stationed for years at No. 4 police station at Fifteenth and Walnut streets. A year ago he was removed to police headquarters.. Mr. Ryan lives at 3711 Woodland avenue. He is married and has four children.
Labels: Fifteenth street, hospitals, illness, No 4 station, police, Walnut Street, Woodland avenue
August 30, 1909
NO WONDER THE BLUES LOST.
Minneapolic Preacher, in Sermon Be-
fore the Game, Urged Home
Team to Victory.
MINNEAPOLIS, Aug. 29. -- Initiation of religious preludes to Sunday baseball games occurred here today when Rev. G. L. Morrill delivered a short address before the Minneapolis-Kansas City game at Nicollet park. Fully 7,000 persons were in attendance and listened interestedly while Mr. Morrill spoke. He was introduced by Umpire King and quiet reigned throughout the park during the service.
"The West," said Mr. Morrill, "is never content to be behind the East in any progressive movement and will not take a back seat when baseball religious services are considered. For myself, I do not usually attend Sunday games because I go every other day of the week, but there is no reason why others than myself should not enjoy the sport. Live and let live is a pretty good motto and I believe that this crowd is largely made up of men who have but this one weekly chance to see the Minneapolis club fight for the pennant. I believe the only sin of Sunday ball is for the home team to lose, so I say to the Minneapolis boys, 'Go in and climb a notch toward the flag.' ''
Minneapolis won the game.
August 29, 1909
KISHONGA, CHIEF OF
VISITS KANSAS CITY PADDLE
AND CAMP CLUB.
Leads Procession of Canoes and
Grand March at Club House
Then Disappears for
With searchlights along the bank of the Blue trained upon him, Kishonga, ancient chief of the Chewatas, from the land of the Illini, returned to the land of the living for a brief sojourn last night. Clad in aboriginal dress, the old chief, in his canoe, headed a procession of twenty-six other similar water craft with modern decorations and pyrotechnical effect.
Lanterns and flanbeaux lighted up the whole procession, while green and red lights on each shore illuminated the river to a weird brilliancy. All the canoes were towed by the launch Ferro from Camp Bughouse, about a quarter of a mile above the bridge, to the clubhouse of the Paddle and Camp Club, just below it, and then back again to the camp.
In true Indian fashion, Chief Kishonga was on his knees in the canoe and everything that an orthodox Indian ought to wear, he wore. His faithful valets had seen to that, for they had gone to the costumer's and bought all in the way of aboriginal dress that looked good to them. His outfit was capped with a huge war bonnet that bristled savagely above his head and trailed down his sinewy back.
THE BIG CHIEF LED.
Upon returning to the camp, the string of canoes cut loose and reassembled in front of the clubhouse below the bridge again. With proud mien, Kishonga set his moccasined foot on the wharf and walked up the steps into the clubhouse where the grand march was declared on. The big chief led it.
When the merriment was high, there came a sudden interruption. The voice of the Great Spirit was heard -- that is, bombs were set off outside and the drummer in the orchestra rolled his sticks on the tense sheepskin. Then there was a blinding flash. It marked the supernatural translation of Kishonga from the chlubhouse to the wharf where he was seen to re-enter his canoe. Down the river he paddled and disappeared around the first bend, not to be seen again until this time next year.
BLACK BEANS AND WHITE.
Although it was 200 years since he incurred the wrath of Gitchie Manitou, and was sent to the Happy Hunting Grounds for his pains, Kishonga didn't have much to say during his brief reincarnation.
Fred B. Schnell, E. E. Branch and Frank A. Missman, constituting the regatta committee of the Paddle and Camp club, were the only ones who were supposed to be accomplished in the language of the chief, and they said he didn't say much. What he did say, however, was brief and to the point.
No one is supposed to know whom impersonated Kishonga. Two black beans and one white one were presented to the three committeemen to draw from . The one who drew the white one was to have the appointment of the chief, but was sworn to secrecy. Thus the mystery was sustained. At noon yesterday the chief was taken in an automobile downtown and given the freedom of the city. About 100 couples danced last night at the club-house after Kishonga had vanished for another year.
Labels: Blue river, boats, Native Americans, organizations, parades
August 29, 1909
LOSES HUSBAND AND APPETITE.
For Two Days Patient Mexican
Woman Has Been Unable to Eat.
For two days, or since she has been at the Union depot, not a particle of food has crossed the lips of pretty Senora Hobbs, the wife of John Hobbs, watchmaker and preacher of the Seventh Day Baptist faith. Standing on the balcony of the women's waiting room at the Union depot, rocking the cradle wherein lay her sick 6-months -old baby, the weakened woman kept unceasing vigil, scanning every person who entered the waiting room, hoping against hope almost that any minute would bring her word of her husband, from whom she had not heard for eight days.
Matron Everingham looked after the baby to the extent of seeing that it was supplied with fresh, pure milk, and she volunteered to see that the Mexican woman got food. "I do not feel like eating," she told the matron, when Mrs. Everingham asked her if she did not want to eat something. "I only want my husband. He must be here, and I will find him."
Yesterday Morning Mrs. Hobbs visited the postoffice where she learned that the letters which she had written her husband from La Crosse, Kas., had not been called for by him. She also visited the store where her husband had been employed. They could give her but little information. Her plea for help to locate the man she married in Mexico has roused half a dozen of the attaches at the Union depot and all possible assistance was given the little blackeyed woman from the South in locating Hobbs yesterday. So far as could be learned Hobbs had not done any preaching in the streets in Kansas City. Where he roomed has not yet been learned. At Morino's store, he said that he had lost his watchmaker's tools but the wife says that he had them when he left LaCrosse.
It developed yesterday that Hobbs had been out of communication with his wife for two weeks on a previous occasion. This was when he left Chihuahua for the states. He went to San Antonio and his wife, failing to hear from him for two weeks, got on a train and found him ill at a hotel in the Texas city. There she says she sold her camera and photographic outfit.
Labels: depot matron, Mexico, missing, Union depot
August 29, 1909
DEAF MUTES PLAYED BALL.
At End of Unequal Struggle, Score
Was 24 to 8.
A V-shaped crowd stood in Swope park yesterday afternoon. Except for occasional handclapping, there was silence. Yet a ball game was in progress. There were no coachers. The batters slugged the ball and ran swiftly about the bases. Not once was there the old familiar "Put 'er here," nor the semi-hysterical "Third base, you chump."
Persons riding in automobiles and in other vehicles stopped to watch the unusual spectacle. The players gesticulated wildly. They made excitedly pantomimic gestures at the umpire on the occasion and snapped their fingers under his nose in a way no regular arbiter would "stand for," but never was a word said between the kicker and the kickee.
It was the deaf mutes' baseball game.
In spite of the absence of "rooting" and the wild applause which greets the usual base hit in the average game, the Kansas City Silents, who were playing the Missouri Selects, slugged mightily. At the end of the fifty inning the Missouri Selects gave up the unequal battle. The score was 24 to 8, even though two deaf mute mascots of the Selects, each 3 years old, "rooted" as loud as their small fingers would allow them.
Labels: hearing impaired, sports, Swope park
August 29, 1909
WALKED 10 MILES.
Journey in Hot Sun Made Them
Long for Home.
Three foot-sore and weary runaways arrived in Kansas City last night by rail from Valencia, Kas. They were Uhlen and Juanita Templeton, 16 and 18 years old respectively, and Helen Duncan, 16 years old. The trio left Kansas City Monday morning by the Rock Island and rode as far as Topeka, Kas. When they left, their intention was to get to Stanley, N. M., where John Templeton, father of the Templeton youngsters, has a mining claim.
Their money gave out in Topeka and they decided to walk the rest of the way to New Mexico, working at intervals along the way for "lifts" by rail. Monday was a hot day and the ten miles they walked to Valencia all but exhausted them. Uhlen would not allow his sister or Helen to carry a suit case in which were the trio's belongings. After a few miles it was decided to throw the grip away and "hoof it" without burdens.
FOOT SORE AND WEARY.
They arrived at the depot in Valencia, hungry, penniless, their feet blistered by the walk over the railroad ties in the blazing sun. Their presence, unaccompanied and without baggage created suspicion. After several offers had been made to them a young man named John Moore, a "good Samaritan," took them to his mother's home for the night. Tuesday morning a council of war was held and a collection was taken up by the Ladies' Aid Society of one of the local churches and they were sent home, after the matron at the Union depot had been wired to be on the lookout for them.
Mrs. Elizabeth Cole, 3712 East Twelfth street, grandmother of the Templetons, has had the care of them since the death of their mother more than a year ago.
Promising that they would "go straight home," the trio were allowed to leave the Union depot, after the fact concerning Mrs. Cole's residence was learned. They went to the home of Helen Duncan 632 Fremont avenue. When a short distance from that address, Uhlen balked, saying he didn't want to stay there. He left the girls, saying he intended to make his way to his father in New Mexico.
BOY FEARED A SCOLDING.
"He was afraid to go to grandma's," said Juanita at her grandmother's home, "for fear he would be scolded by our brother, Lester. When we were in Valencia, Mr. Moore, who was so kind to us, told Uhlen that if he did not like it at home for him to go back up there and he would see that he was cared for. I believe that he will try to beat his way to where pap is, however.."
The police have been ordered to look for Uhlen Templeton, who is 5 feet 2 inches tall and weighs about 120 pounds He has dark hair, dark blue eyes and a fair complexion. When last seen he wore a dark blue serge two-piece suit of clothes and a light shirt. He wore a dark, soft hat and dark shoes. The missing boy, with his brother, Lester, 19 years old, has been working for the Pittsburg Paint and Glass Company, Fifth and Wyandotte streets. His fear of being "roasted" by Lester is said to have been the cause of the sudden departure.
Mrs. Cole, the grandmother, is greatly worried over the absence of the boy, and his sister, Juanita, was in a serious condition from hysterics last night. She said that she had been the cause of Uhlen's going away, and, in her temporary delirium, she believed he had been killed.
"Both of the children are headstrong," said the grandmother. "Uhlen has never left me before. If the police can get Uhlen back for me I believe that both will have been cured of running away."
"It was our intention to work our way to papa in New Mexico," said Juanita, when she became quiet enough to talk. "We had but little money, and after we had been in Topeka a short time it was lost. Then we set out on foot towards the West, Uhlen carrying the grip. After we had walked several miles the brave little fellow nearly gave out, and as he would not allow either of us to carry it, we threw it away. The section hands tried to find it later, but they couldn't. My feet are all blisters, and Uhlen's are worse. I know that I am going to stay right here and never go away again."
Helen Duncan is now safely ensconced at home. The girls had been directed to a boarding house in Valencia where they would be allowed to do housework, while Uhlen did the chores, when they were discovered by Mr. Moore, who took them to his mother.
Labels: charity, children, clothing, Fremont avenue, runaway, Topeka, Twelfth street
August 29, 1909
IN A RACE WITH DEATH.
Ten-Year-Old Boy Hurrying to Side
of Parent Who Is Dying.
Claude Austin, 10 years old, of Richards, Mo., departed from the Union depot last night on a race with death. He is bound for Walton, Wyo., where his father, Joseph Austin, lies in a hospital dying from a broken spine, sustained in a mine accident near there two weeks ago. Austin left Missouri eight years ago, shortly after the death of his wife. He went to Colorado and from there to Wyoming, where he has been employed as a mine worker.
Labels: children, Union depot, visitors
August 28, 1909
DOWN THE RIVER WITH TAFT. Steamboat Chester Will Carry Kan-
sas Cityans to New Orleans.
At a meeting held yesterday afternoon the directors of the Commercial Club enthusiastically accepted the invitation from St. Louis to send a steamboat representing Kansas City with the flotilla which will escort President Taft down the Mississippi river from St. Louis to the big waterways convention at New Orleans in October. Secretary E. M. Clendening was instructed to send notification of Kansas City's acceptance and to ask that the Kansas City boat be assigned a good place in the formation of the down-river fleet.
The steamboat Chester will carry the Kansas Cityans to New Orleans. It is the intention to begin the trip at the home dock, make stops at the towns down the Missouri river as far as Jefferson City and join the flotilla at St. Louis. This scheme, it is thought, is preferable to making the start at St. Louis and besides it will afford the Kansas Cityans an excellent opportunity to campaign for river improvement at Lexington, Glasgow, Boonville, Jefferson City and the other towns down the Missouri between here and the state capital.
The Chester has capacity for sixty passengers, and from the way applications for berths are coming in it is probable that they will be engaged long before the trip is to be taken. A band will be on board the boat, which will be gaily decorated. H. G. Wilson, transportation commissioner of the Commercial Club, will be in charge of the arrangements.
The boat will probably leave Kansas City on the afternoon of October 21, will reach St. Louis October 25 and will arrive at New Orleans October 31. It will be used as a floating hotel for the Kansas Cityans while at St. Louis and New Orleans.
Labels: boats, Commercial Club, conventions, Jefferson City, Lexington, Missouri river, New Orleans, President Taft, St Louis, Steamboat Chester
August 28, 1909
HALTED A NEGRO PARADE.
Laundry Wagon Driver Was Rough-
ly Handled by Negroes.
During the parade of the negro Knights of Pythias yesterday morning at Twelfth and Central streets a small race riot took place when W. S. Jarboe, a driver for the Fern Laundry Company, accompanied by his wife, tried to drive his wagon in the direction that the procession was marching. His horse was seized by several negroes and others drew the wagon to one side. The excitement subsided of its own accord before the arrival of police from headquarters. Sergeant Robert Smith, in command of the squad, decided that the trouble had been magnified and returned to the station without making any arrests.
After the trouble had subsided and the parade had passed, Jarboe and his wife drove to police headquarters and made a complaint to Daniel V. Howell, assistant city attorney. A warrant was issued for the arrest of George Thompson, a negro lawyer who was leading the parade, and who first seized the horse which Jarboe was driving. The warrant was served last night and the case will be tried in the municipal court this morning.
"I'm not injured -- except my feelings," said Mrs. Jarboe, as she told her trouble to Attorney Howell.
Spectators, both whites and negroes, agree that Jarboe used considerable indiscretion in trying to drive his horse up the line of the parade. Even after the police had arrived and the horse had been rehitched to the wagon, Jarboe had to be restrained from whipping his horse into the mob of persons that were lined along the curbing.
There was very little excitement, considering that it was purely a racial affair, and the parade did not stop. There was no interference on the part of the "armed knights." Mrs. Jarboe was not injured, aside from her feelings, as she admitted to Mr. Howell.
Labels: animals, attorney, lodges, municipal court, parades, police headquarters, race, violence
August 28, 1909
PREACH FOR PRICE OF DRINK.
Street "Missionaries" in Court, One
Being Fined $10.
Preaching on the streets in the North End to secure the price of drinks, has fallen under the ban of municipal court. Yesterday morning two street preachers were on trial for blockading the streets. Chief Frank Snow testified that the men preached until they had a small collection, then closed the ceremonies and hunted the nearest saloon. An hour later the performance would be repeated. One fo the "missionaries" was fined $10.
Labels: alcohol, ministers, municipal court, North end, Police Chief Snow
August 28, 1909
IT TOOK THREATS TO
MOVE THIS WOMAN.
FEAR OF IMPRISONMENT HER
"We Shall See," Said Mrs. Mary
Baughman, When the Juvenile
Court Took Her Grand Child-
ren From Her.
It took threats of imprisonment to move Mrs. Mary Baughman, who was born McCormick, from the juvenile court room yesterday afternoon. Even in parting she was not subdued.
"It will break my heart to part with the children and I will have them, court or no court," was her defy as she rose to go.
"If you make trouble we shall have to put you in jail," said Judge E. E. Porterfield.
"Yes, we shall see," retorted the irate grandmother. "It doesn't become a judge to talk that way to a woman who is asking nothing but the right to care for her children," and she swept from the room.
"It's my own fault for running to those probation officers with my troubles," said Mrs. Baughman afterward. "Pearl and Frances Harmiston, my grandchildren, have had me as their only support since they were small. Lately I have had them in St. Agnes home. Their mother, my daughter, Mrs. Charlsie Wiggons, 214 East Missouri avenue, is doing better now than she did and I thought she ought to help a little to support the girls. So I asked the probation officers what I could do to make her help me. Instead of this, they bring them into court and send to them to St. Joseph's home, where the little ones have to wash and scrub floors. I have always worked hard, but it wasn't 'till I was a woman grown and had the strength. I was born a McCormick, and I will have the children."
The Harmiston children were sent to St. Joseph's home during the morning session of the court, over the grandmother's protest.
The records show that they were in court as neglected children, on complaint of their mother.
In the afternoon Mrs. Baughman returned and sat patiently until 4 o'clock, when she asked the court again to give her the children. The threat to send her to jail followed.
Labels: Judge Porterfield, juvenile court, Missouri avenue, women
August 27, 1909
DYNAMITE ENOUGH TO
WRECK A SKYSCRAPER.
WHEN ARRESTED MEN HAD
FORTY SIX INCH STICKS.
Joseph Monroe and Edward Sanford
Found in vicinity of New South
Side Apartment House --
In the arrest of two suspicious characters at Thirty-sixth street and Broadway about 10 o'clock last night the police believe they averted what was intended to be by far the biggest, most costly and most destructive job of dynamiting ever pulled off in Kansas City or vicinity.
Shortly after 10 o'clock Patrolman E. C. Krister and D. B. Harrison, plain clothes men working out of the Westport police station, saw two men at the corner of Thirty-sixth street and Broadway. One was lighting a cigarette and the officers noticed a small suit case in the hands of the other. When they began to close up the men began to accelerate their speed and only the command "Halt or we'll shoot," stopped them.
The officers did not know what they had until they got the men to the station house and Lieutenant O. T. Wofford carelessly opened the small, cheap suit case. What he believed to be a wire sticking through a hole in the end of the case attracted his attention. When the package was opened it was found to contain forty six-inch sticks of dynamite. Each was marked 40 per cent nitroglycerin -- Hercules No. 2. The "wire" proved to be a fuse and it was attached to two of the sticks of the explosive, in the center, with a cap imbedded deeply into each stick.
ONE HAD LOADED PISTOL.
The men gave the names of Joseph Monroe and Edward Sanford. The latter had in his possession a 44-caliber Derringer pistol, loaded. Monroe said he was a lineman and Sanford insisted that he was a common laborer.
The stories of the prisoners, who were separated by Lieutenant Wofford and questioned soon after their arrival, differ in many respects as to how they came to be in that neighborhood with such a package. While Lieutenant Wofford was in a room alone with Sanford he turned his head to answer a telephone call. Hearing a noise Wofford looked up and the prisoner had all but reached the club of Sergeant Harry Moulder which hung on an opposite wall. Wofford dropped the telephone and grappled with the man. Sergeant Moulder then entered the room and no further trouble occurred. A door was only a few feet away and had he succeeded in clubbing the lieutenant Sanford could have easily escaped.
When Monroe was questioned he said he, Sanford and a man named Charles Hogan had "bummed" their way from Denver. He claimed they arrived Tuesday morning, while Sanford said Sunday morning. Monroe said that last night he and his partner were walking down Grand avenue when they came upon Hogan at Thirteenth street.
"Do you want to make a piece of money?" Monroe says Hogan asked.
"We told him yes," Monroe went on. "We were both broke, hungry and dry. He then introduced us to a man named Anderson, Charles, I believe he said his first name was. He said he would give us $5 to carry a grip out on the Westport car line. We were to stay on the car until it made the second turn to the left. Then we were to get off and meet Anderson or some man who would be there waiting for us. We got off and had walked down the street a little ways when we were arrested. Anderson said to be careful that there was an explosive in the suitcase . That's all I know and I'm innocent of any wrong."
HOW DYNAMITE WAS TO BE USED.
Sanford, who tried to escape, said they arrived with Hogan two days earlier than Monroe stated.
"We went to the Stag hotel opposite the city hall," he said, "and this morning we met Hogan there. He asked us if we wanted to make a piece of coin and told us to meet him on Grand avenue this evening. He introduced us to Anderson and he was gone a long time after the grip. We met there about 7 o'clock."
"What was the dynamite for?" asked Lieutenant Wofford quickly.
"He said it was to blow up a scab job. No, we were not to do it. That was for the fellow who was to meet us, I guess. Yes, I knew there was an explosive in the grip and I knew I was doing wrong."
Sanford also said, when asked later, that he was to give the derringer to the stranger -- or Anderson -- who was to meet him. Both described the mysterious Anderson after they had been locked up within talking distance as "a man 35 years old, six feet tall, weighing 170 pounds. He wore a black mustache and had black hair and a dark complexion. He was dressed i a dark suite, black derby hat and black shoes."
ENOUGH TO WRECK SKYSCRAPER.
Sergeant Moulder also said he learned from inquiry along Westport avenue, that there had been much talk among the union men about the big apartment being a "scab job," and "a rat job." There appeared to be much discontent on account of the immense job being done by an "open shop," he said he gathered from talks with saloonkeepers.
Experts who were called in to examine the package of dynamite said that, properly placed, there was enough to wreck any skyscraper in the city and damage buildings for blocks around.
After the men were locked up they were in a position to talk to each other. William Hicks, a patrolman, sat near the door and heard Monroe upbraid Sanford for being such a dunce as to get his dates mixed on the time of their arrival here and their final meeting with Hogan and the mysterious Anderson. The men are being held for investigation.
Labels: Broadway, crime, guns, hotels, real estate, streetcar, Thirty-sixth street, Westport
August 27, 1909
HORSE TAMES A HORSE TAMER.
Former Policeman Duke Lee Injured
in Wild West Show.
Duke Lee, former soldier, Kansas City policeman and rough rider, is in Kansas City again, recuperating from injuries which he received in Grand Rapids, Mich., two weeks ago while attempting to tame a broncho in a Wild West show, with which he has been traveling. Lee was thrown and trampled upon by the vicious animal. He suffered two broken ribs and a dislocated collar bone.
"I can't explain how it happened," Lee said yesterday. "The show keeps wild horses instead of trained ones and it is a real fight in the arena that the crowd is watching."
Lee resigned from the police department in the spring. He served in the regular army and was in the Boxer insurrection in China before his appointment to the force.
Labels: accident, police, veterans, Wild West shows
August 27, 1909
K. C. BURGLAR ESCAPES.
Meyer, Serving a 5-Year Term,
Changed Suits in Mansion.
JEFFERSON CITY, MO., Aug. 26. -- Justin Meyer, a Kansas City burglar doing a five-year sentence in the penitentiary, escaped this afternoon from the executive mansion. He was working as an electrician with a party of a dozen other convicts engaged in making repairs on the building. He is supposed to have gained access to a bedroom in an upper story where there was an old suit of clothes. His suit of stripes was found in this room. After getting rid of his convict garb he walked boldly out by the two guards and passed unnoticed by them. Meyer has served about two years of his sentence. A reward was offered for his capture by Warden Andrae tonight.
Labels: crime, Jefferson City, missing, penitentiary
August 27, 1909
DEATH OF AN OLD EDUCATOR.
Jeremiah Enright Had Prominent
Part in School and Official Life.
An educator, who has part in the memories of two generations of Kansas Cityans, passed in death yesterday afternoon of Jeremiah Enright of 516 Belmont avenue. Mr. Enright had lived in this city forty-two years and throughout his life played a promintent part in school and official circles here.
Mr. Enright was 66 years old. He was born in Ireland. Soon after he came to Kansas City in 1867, he began teaching in the parochial schools and many of the more prominent business and professional men of the West, who lived their earlier days in the West Bottoms, had Mr. Enright as their teacher. He was the first instructor in the parochial school of Annunciation parish when the Rev. Father William J. Dalton, at that time ordained only a short while, took up ministerial duties in the West Bottoms. The church and school grew fast. Afterwards, Mr. Enright taught in the parochial school attached to the cathedral. His earnestness as a teacher andt eh personal interest he took in his pupils were marked characteristics. He became a teacher in the public schools several months after teaching in Independence, to where he rode on horseback each school day. His promotion in the public school was rapid and he served as principal of the Humboldt and Woodland schools.
In official life, Mr. Enright was city clerk in the administration of Mayor R. H. Hunt and for eight years was a deputy recorder. After leaving the latter position, he took up the examination of titles. In recent yeras, he had served as an assistant probationary officer. Mr. Enright lived on a tract of land which he bought when only a cow track led to it from Main street.
Mr. Enright married in 1868 Miss Katherine O'Grady of St. Louis. She and six children survive him. The children are John P., Joseph J., Edmund J., Katie, Margaret and Josephine Enright. The funeral will be tomorrow morning at 9:30 from St. John's church.
Labels: Belmont street, churches, death, Father Dalton, history, immigrants, Independence, ministers, schools, West bottoms
August 26, 1909
FIGHT ON TOP OF FLYING TRAIN.
Man Thrown Under Car in Struggle,
Dies of Injuries.
While a westbound fast freight was running through the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad yards at Argentine at 2 o'clock yesterday morning, switchmen in the yards saw two men struggling on top of one of the box cars of the train. One of the men was seen to fall between two cars. He caught at a brake beam as he fell, clung to it for a few seconds and then dropped to the track beneath the moving train.
The switchmen carried him to the Y. M. C. A. building, a short distance from the Santa Fe depot in Argentine. He was attended there by Dr. D. C. Clopper, a surgeon for the railroad company. A hole was found on the left side of his head, his left leg was severed below the knee and his left arm was badly mangled. He was taken to St. Margaret's hospital in Kansas City, Kas., where he died at 3:15 o'clock yesterday afternoon.
The injured man was unconscious when picked up, and nothing could be learned of the struggle on the car, or the identity of his companion. He wore a button of the United Mine Workers of America and letters found in his pockets identified him as Albert Winter of Roanoke, Ill. Daniels & Comfort, the undertakers who took charge of the body, telegraphed to the authorities of that city and received orders to hold the body until the arrival of his relatives from Roanoke. Winter was about 35 years old.
Labels: Argentine, death, doctors, undertakers, violence, visitors, YMCA
August 26, 1909
ORACLE WAS NOT ON DUTY.
Anyway, This Seeress Failed to
Know Her Mother Was in Town.
To carelessness is consulting her oracle yesterday morning was ascribed by a fortune teller to the fact that she was unaware he aged and almost blind mother was in town or contemplated leaving Stanley, Mo., and going to Lawrence, Kas.
"I wish you would telephone my daughter and tell her that I am at the Union depot," said the octogenarian mother of the fortune teller as she was assisted into a wheeled chair at the Union depot yesterday afternoon. She came from Stanley, Mo., an d expected to depart for Lawrence, Kas., on the evening train.
"My daughter has a reputation of being the second best fortune teller in Kansas City," said the aged woman, "and it does seem strange that she would not know know that I am passing through the city. She has been telling fortunes for fifteen years."
"I will be down at the depot after lunch," replied the fortune teller when informed over the telephone that her mother had been waiting at the depot for an hour and did not understand why she could not divine the fact that she was in the city. "I had no way of knowing that she was in the city," replied she who knoweth the past and present and revealeth the future.
The seeress arrived at the depot about 5:30 p. m. "Why didn't you write me that you were coming to the city," she asked as she greeted her mother.
"You knew that your niece would not marry the man she was going with and I thought you would know that I am in the city," replied the mother.
Labels: Union depot, visitors
August 26, 1909
DIES IN STATE HOSPITAL.
For Years Harry B. Taylor Was a
Well Known Band Man.
Harry B. Taylor, 32 years old, who was for years a drummer in Coleman's Military band in Kansas City, Kas., died yesterday morning in the state hospital for the insane at Osawatomie, Kas. The body will be brought to Fairweather & Baker's undertaking rooms in Kansas City, Kas., this morning. Burial will be in Leavenworth, Kas. He is survived by a sister, Esther, 15 years old.
Labels: death, hospitals, Kansas City Kas, Leavenworth, mental health, music, undertakers
August 26, 1909
MAYOR CRITTENDEN, SPEAKER.
Addresses the League of American
Municipalities at Montreal.
MONTREAL, August 25. -- With 700 delegates from all parts of the United States and Canada in attendance, the convention of the league of American Municipalities opened here today. Mayor Silas Cook of East St. Louis, Ill., in his opening address, advocated greater publicity of municipal work in order to do away with abuses. John McVickar, the secretary and treasurer, scored Ambassador Bryce for the stand which he took in his book, "The American Commonwealth," saying that because of the bad name given office holders in that book every citizen entering the service of a municipality took his reputation in his hands.
Thomas T. Crittenden, Jr., mayor of Kansas City, and Dr. W. H. Atherton of Montreal, delivered addresses on municipal subjects.
Labels: conventions, Mayor Crittenden, St Louis
August 25, 1909
PLAY BALL FOR HOME
TOWN, SAYS BECKLEY.
Ball Player Who Has Observed Trac-
tion Lines Throughout Land
Picks Kansas City
Jake Beckley, the idol of local baseball fans and one of the most popular men in the profession, has bought a home.
"I bought it here," said the great ball player, "because here is where I want to live. I have had no home for so long that I lived under my hat. 'Buses mostly were my homes, and never in the same town more than a week. Now I can see where I want to light, and it is right here in Kansas City. They say there are other places better. I want to say after being in all that everybody else has been in and more than only myself and the natives have been in, Kansas City has them all skinned. I am narrowing down the years till we catch up with St. Louis. It is a great town."
"They say it is not, Jake, and that its street cars are on the bum," said a fan who, one of a party of half a dozen, had been listening to the player talk shop.
HAS BOUGHT HOME HERE.
"It is not on the bum, and the town is not. Here is where I have fixed to live. I tell you that I have bought a little home here. I have been all over this continent, from the snow up in Canada to where it was hotter than this in Mexico, and right here is where I camp. I do not like to say how big I think Kansas City will be when I get ready to quit it, for I expect to live to be an old man. I am feeling pretty good now, thank you."
Mr. Beckley was then asked how he happened to pick out Kansas City.
"I picked out Kansas City because I have been in the other towns," said Jake. "I was in New York and got lost as soon as I got off Broadway. They have one street there and if you get of of it you are in the residence district. The natives never go on it and the tourist and the grafters never leave it. There is a procession of street cars along it and everybody there thinks they are wonderful. If a man has to stand up, and I never got to sit down, he pats himself on the head and says he is in a big, hustling city. If he has to stand up at home he growls and says the street car system must be on the bum.
"I go out to the ball park in the 'bus. I always watch the street cars. When I see everybody has a seat and nobody is riding on the footrail or the fender, I know we will be playing to the benches that afternoon. When I see them scrapping with the conductor to get on the roof, 'it's a full house for us, I say Jake, my boy,' and sure enough there is good business. I size up a town from the depot and the hotel lobby first, and then from the street cars."
Labels: New York, real estate, sports, St Louis, streetcar
August 25, 1909
BANK'S 25TH ANNIVERSARY.
Reception Today from 10 to 3 at
Officers and directors of the German-American bank at Fourteenth street and Grand avenue will hold a reception today. The reception will mark the twenty-fifth anniversary of the founding of the bank. Special decorations have been arranged and visitors will be entertained from 10 o'clock until 3. The bank was instituted by Louis A. Lambert and his five sons, one of whom, Henry C. Lambert, is cashier.
Labels: banking, Fourteenth street, Grand avenue
August 25, 1909
THE ONLY SOLUTION.
Safe and Sanitary Way to
Dispose of Garbage.
"The time is at hand for this city to face the garbage problem and to face it in a safe and sanitary sort of way. In my opinion the proper solution lies not only in the collection of all refuse, but also in its final destruction. the city should be provided with an incinerating plant; indeed, it is now so large since the borders have been increased that we should have two such plants."
Dr. W. S. Wheeler, health commissioner, made this suggestion in the first annual report, which he read before the hospital and health board yesterday afternoon.
In discussing this subject Dr. Wheeler tells the board that J. I. Boyer contracted last December to remove garbage three times a day during the months between May and October and twice a day during the other months. The garbage was to be removed away from the city.
"Up to this date," the report states, "Mr. Boyer has not in any particular fulfilled his contract with the city, and, with his present equipment, he will not be able to do so. further, Mr. Boyer has had implicit instructions from your health commissioner that the government officials had warned our department that no more garbage should be dumped into the Missouri river, but Mr. Boyer has, purposely or otherwise, not heeded our protestations in this respect."
"PEST HOUSE FOR DISEASES."
Dr. Wheeler speaks of the workhouse as a "veritable pest house for all kinds of diseases." He blames the construction of the place for the unsanitary condition, and says "unfortunates are packed in cells like rats in holes." He suggests that the place be enlarged so that more cell room may be had, that sewer connections be made with each cell and that two wards be built where the attending physician may see that sick prisoners get humane treatment.
The commissioner next takes up the spit nuisance, tells of the ordinance passed concerning spitting in street cars, and says that education has done much to abate the nuisance.
In a long dissertation on "the house fly," he speaks of the diseases that are carried into homes by this insect. It is his opinion that typhoid fever and many intestinal troubles are spread by the fly.
He recommends the destruction of open vaults and that sewage should not be allowed to empty into adjacent streams, but should be destroyed completely. To keep the city in better condition he recommends more inspectors and a system by which tab may be kept on them to see that they work.
Labels: board of health, doctors, health, Missouri river, public works, typhoid, workhouse
August 25, 1909
DEATH FROM BOILING STARCH.
One-Year-Old Boy Fell Into a Pan
of It Two Weeks Ago.
The one-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Trestrail of 2919 Indiana avenue, who fell into a dishpan of boiling starch two weeks ago, and was severly burned, died yesterday morning. The funeral was held from the reisdence yesterday afternoon. Burial was in Elmwood cemetery.
Labels: accident, cemetery, children, death, Funeral, Indiana avenue
August 24, 1909
PARK BOARD MEMBERS ABSENT.
Acceptance of Zoo Buildings Prob-
ably Will Take Place Today.
There was no quorum of the park board present in the city yesterday afternoon. As a consequence, according to John W. Wagner, the sole member in the city yesterday, the meeting was postponed to today, when D. J. Haff, a member of the board, is expected to return. The board is expected to receive from the contractors the bird and animal house of the new zoo in Swope park. If this is done, the Kansas City Zoological Society immediately will begin to place animals in the building.
Labels: animals, Kansas City Zoo, Park board, Swope park
August 24, 1909
WITH 5,000 NEGRO DELEGATES.
SUPREME LODGE WILL OPEN
Every State in Union Wil Be Rep-
resented on Roll Call -- Recep-
tion at Second Bap-
With a delegation of 5,000 negro men and women from every state in the Union, the supreme lodge of negro Knights of Pythias opens this morning in Ivanhoe hall, Nineteenth street and Tracy avenue, and continues until Friday night. It is the largest gathering of its kind ever held in Kansas City. Among the delegates are doctors, lawyers, bankers, merchants, clerks, porters, barbers, teachers, editors, farmers and every other profession, trade and business followed by negroes.
A reception was held last night at the Second Baptist church, Tenth and Charlotte streets. Grand Chancellor A. W. Lloyd of St. Louis presided and music was furnished by the choir of the Second Baptist church.
Nelson C. Crews, chairman of the local committee, made an address of welcome.
A solo by Miss Ennis Collins followed.
Welcome to the state was extended by Professor W. W. Yates, who represented Governor Hadley. His address was short and cordial. A selection by the Calanthian choir then followed.
S. W. Green of New Orleans, supreme chancellor, responded to this address.
S. C. Woodson represented Mayor Crittenden in an address of welcome.
There was a solo by Wiliam J. Tompkins and a selection by the choir, "The Heavens Are Telling." Other addresses were made by Prof. J. R. Jefferson of West Virginia; Dr. J. E. Perry, E. D. Green, of Chicago; Dr. W. P. Curtiss, St. Louis; Dr. J. A. Ward, Indianapolis; Mrs. Janie C. Combs and A. J. Hazelwood.
The Supreme Court of Calanthe will be presided over by John W. Strauther of Greenville, Miss. The session will be held at the Hodcarrier's hall. In this meeting every phase of the negro's home life will be discussed. Strauther is one of the most noted men of his race in the country.
At 2 o'clock this afternoon a band concert will be given at Cap Carrouthers by the Bixton, Ia., band, and dress parade at 5:30 p. m. by the entire uniform ranks.
Rev. B. Hillman of Terra Haute, Ind., made the opening prayer last night.
Labels: Charlotte street, churches, conventions, Herbert Hadley, lodges, Mayor Crittenden, ministers, music, New Orleans, Nineteenth street, parades, race, St Louis, Tenth street, Tracy avenue, visitors
August 24, 1909
GIFT FOR CARL BUSCH.
Composer Presented With Oil Por-
trait of Himself Yesterday.
A number of the friends of Carl Busch, the Kansas City composer, who recently returned from Denmark, where he conducted an orchestra on American day at the exposition of Aarhus, assembled in Mr. Busch's studio in the Studio building early yesterday morning. When Mr. Busch arrived he was presented with a finely executed oil portrait of himself by J. H. Nelson, an artist at 918 Main street. Mr. Busch was traditionally surprised and declared that the portrait was a speaking likeness. It represents Mr. Busch seated and was painted from a photograph. It will be exhibited for a week at Jenkins' music store.
Labels: arts, Carl Busch, Main street, music, photographs
August 24, 1909
FOR DUTY ON BEAT.
NEW MEN GET FINAL INSTRUC-
Wear Good Watch, Don't Visit,
Avoid Troubles and Keep Mum,
Sergeant James Tells
Thirty-eight newly appointed patrolmen received the final lecture yesterday afternoon at Convention hall in a course of instruction by Sergeant R. L. James of the Sixth district. The "rookies" have been drilled and coached daily by Sergeant James for the last month. Yesterday afternoon he gave them a review of the work and tomorrow morning he will turn them over to the police board to be assigned to their duties.
"I have worked hard with these men," said Sergeant James yesterday afternoon, "and I can say that they are educated in police ethics and the practical phases of the work. They have a thorough knowledge of their duties and will not have to ask bewildering and confusing questions of their superiors or fellow policemen as has been the habit of new men in former years."
"For the honor of the department and for the honor of your family," is the slogan which Sergeant James has endeavored to instill into the minds of his pupils.
He has kept the fact before them that they are conservators as well as guardians of the peace, and that their acts are watched by hundreds of persons and copied by many.
Sergeant James has made the fact clear that a patrolman's duties do not consist solely of putting on a uniform and wearing it about the streets. He warned them especially to be polite to women and not to think when a woman addressed a patrolman she does so because she likes his appearance.
The standing of a policeman in law was gone into thoroughly. His duty with reference to the service of warrants and attendance at trials was discussed and more important than either of these, the men were urged to keep aloof from civil and divorce cases. Sergeant James's advice is that a policeman should seek to induce people not to get warrants.
The new police were instructed not to leave a beat unless told to do so by a superior officer. They were also told not to ask favors.
"These policemen will be recognized when they go to work," said Sergeant James. "They will be neat in appearance, courteous and will be of military bearing. In addition they will have a fund of knowledge which will be hard for one of the old men to duplicate. That the school of instruction is a good thing and is recognized by the old men as such is shown by the fact that I have had from two to a dozen old policemen in the class every day. These men came up of their own volition and seemed to take as much interest in my talks as the new men."
The following rules summarize Sergeant James's course of instruction to the new men:
RULES FOR THE BEAT.
Don't think you are it when a woman speaks to you.
Don't mix in civil and divorce cases.
Locking up a man is but a drop in the bucket of a policeman's duties.
Always have star and gun.
Be prompt in all things.
Give roll call special attention.
Wear clubs going to and from the police station.
Be careful in calling for the patrol wagon or the ambulance.
Only one man is successful at drinking. He is the man who sells alcoholic drinks.
Avoid loafing and arguments in stores.
Don't be afraid of working overtime.
If you don't understand a case call your superior officer.
Buy and wear a good watch.
Do not be overzealous in making arrests.
Don't visit brother officers and don't have friends walk your beats.
Keep your business to yourself.
When late at a box use the telephone.
Remember you do not know it all.
If ill, call the station so that a doctor can visit you.
Don't go over the heads of your immediate superiors.
Don't kill dogs indiscriminately. Give the complainant permission to kill the animal with your gun, then call the health department.
Don't permit funeral processions to be disturbed except by the fire department.
Be polite and ready to serve strangers.
Labels: Convention Hall, police
August 23, 1909
TWO MORE TYPHOID VICTIMS.
Father and Son Succumb to Fever in
Two more victims of typhoid fever have been reported from the neighborhood of Eighth street and Brighton avenue, where there has been a small epidemic of that disease for the past two weeks, the last two cases being father and son, John Sheffner, 5016 East Eighth street, a carpenter 64 years old, died yesterday morning. His son, G. Blaine Sheffner, died last Thursday.
Funeral services will be in the Armour memorial chapel and burial will be in Elmwood cemetery.
Labels: Brighton avenue, cemetery, death, Eighth street, Funeral, illness, typhoid
August 23, 1909
"DEAD LINE" AT THE DEPOT.
Heavy Travel Necessitates a Safety
Zone at the Old Shack.
A dead line, extending four feet from the building line on the Union depot platform, was established last evening for the first time in the recollection of depot employes. The line was painted with chalk and every person who was not going to or from a train was kept behind the dead line.
Several times this summer the depot employes have had more than their share of work to take care of the people who found their way onto the platform and interfered with those who were endeavoring to catch trains.
Yesterday the usual Sunday crush was greatly augmented by the influx of delegates to the negro Pythian convention, which will be held here this week. The crowd fairly swarmed over the depot platforms and several narrow escapes from injury resulted in the crush. About 6 p. m. Depot Master Wallenstrom decided to make a "dead line" behind which he could keep everyone who was waiting for a train or for friends. The dead line was drawn back of the entrances and exits and parallel with the building. Two "Red Caps" kept the crowd within these boundaries.
Labels: conventions, railroad, Union depot
August 23, 1909
TOY AIRSHIP TO TEST IDEAS.
Kansas City Men Building Craft
Near No. 19 Fire Station.
In a shed near No. 19 fire station at Shawnee avenue and High street, Kansas City's most prominent aerial craft is almost completed. It is being constructed by a fireman, Frank Marvin, after designs of his own and those of Edgar C. Faris, an architect.
Mr. Faris fell from a street car Monday and sustained a broken ankle, but expects to be ready to experiment with the air craft by the time it is completed. The present ship is the third built by the two. The former ones were not successes. The second one was demolished when it dashed to the earth in a trial flight.
The airships are merely toys by which ideas of the two inventors are being tried out. The one under construction now is much larger than either of its predecessors, being ten feet long and four feet wide. The engines used in former experiments will not be large enough to drive the new ship. Two were used, each having one-sixteenth of one-horse power. The power will probably be quadrupled. When the ship is ready to fly, an electric light wire will be attached to it to furnish power for the engines. It then will be loosed and the value of the ideas used its construction will be learned.
Labels: airships, architects, Fire, toys
August 23, 1909
"COPPER" MADE GOOD NURSE.
Patrick Coon Took Care of Sick
Mother and Babe.
In the manual of questions asked probationary police officers by Thomas R. Marks, police commissioner, there is none which relates to the art of nursing babies. But if there are credentials needed on that score, women in the block on Wyandotte street, between Twelfth and Thirteenth streets, wouldn't mind indorsing Patrick Coon, one of the oldest policemen on the force. In fact, they'd be glad to do so.
To the rowdies and thugs along Twelfth street, which forms part of his beat, Coon is called a "double knuckled copper." The phrase carries with it majesty of person as well as majesty of law. Coon's heart is as big as his body. That's what the women say. And this is why:
Three weeks ago a baby was born to Mrs. Elizabeth Rockey of 1222 Wyandotte street. Mrs. Rockey was sick and alone. Her husband had left her, it is said. The women in the neighborhood told Coon of the circumstances.
The patrolman investigated the case. He found that Mrs. Rockey was worthy of help. So he took up a collection on his beat and with the money bought delicacies such as a mother might relish and saw that the baby was cared for. Word was received yesterday from the missing husband, who has been located, that he wishes to be with his wife. Today a letter is expected telling when he will be at home.
Labels: charity, children, marriage, police, Wyandotte street
August 23, 1909
BOUQUET FROM A STRANGER.
Kansas City's Boulevards and Parks
Accorded High Praise.
"In ten year's time Kansas City will not have a peer in the world as a residence city," declared W. C. Dufour, city councilor of New Orleans, La., who with a party of delegates from that city passed through the Union depot last night on their way home from the Trans-Mississippi Commercial congress which was held at Denver. The party made the trip in A. J. Davidson's private car "Frisco No. 100." After the congress they visited the various points of interest in Colorado.
"Here in Kansas City your park and boulevards boards have taken care of the future. They have planted these long rows of trees on your boulevards, so that in some ten year's time you will have drives which will rival any tropical city for shade.
"Then, too, it is generally admitted that there is not a much finer boulevard system in the world than now exists in Kansas City. You have the hills and the flats, the straight lines and the curves and everywhere there is something that attracts and holds the eye."
In the party besides Mr. Dufour were Beverly Myles, John Phillips, George Janvier, George Lhot and Judge I. O. Moore. All of the party were enthusiastic on the subject of the big river convention which will be attended in New Orleans by President Taft.
Labels: Denver, New Orleans, President Taft, railroad, Union depot, visitors
August 22, 1909
FAMILY OF CHILDREN.
EIGHTY-SEVEN LIVING DE-
SCENDANTS -- SHE IS 84.
Anniversary of Her Birth Was Cele-
brated Yesterday -- Two Sons
Are Ministers -- Five Weigh
Over 200 Pounds Each.
Six children, twenty-eight grandchildren, fifty-two great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.
The foregoing are the living descendants of Mrs. Milbra R. Campbell, whose eighty-fourth birth anniversary was celebrated yesterday at the home of her son, George W. Campbell, 728 Wabash avenue. All the five sons who attended are over six feet tall and weigh more than 200 pounds each. They are Rev. John A. Campbell of Chillicothe, Tex., Rev. W. T. Campbell of Pueblo, Col., both ministers in the Baptist church, James H., George W. and David Campbell, all engaged in the live stock commission business in this city. Mrs. E. J. Henry, the only daughter, 1221 Bales avenue, was detained at home on account of illness.
At 1 o'clock a dinner was served to the immediate relatives attending the anniversary. During the afternoon an informal reception was held for relatives and friends. A photographer took pictures of "Grandma" Campbell, as she is familiarly known, and her five stalwart sons. After that group pictures of those present, representing many generations, were taken.
The accompanying photograph represents but four generations of the Campbell family. There are now five. This picture was taken eleven years ago and shows Mrs. Campbell, her only daughter, Mrs. Elizabeth J. Henry, her son, Charles D. Henry and the latter's daughter, Miss Dorothy J. Henry, now in her sixteenth year.
The Rev. W. T. Campbell, who is here with his four children from Pueblo, Col., where he is pastor of the First Baptist church, is not a stranger in Kansas City. He held several pastorates in this city and organized what is now known as the Olive street Baptist church. He will occupy the pulpit there this morning and tonight. Rev. Mr. Campbell was also a pastor of a church in Independence, Mo., for four years.
The ancestors of this sturdy family, in which there has been no deaths since 1864, came from Scotland and the North of Ireland. In 1836 the father and mother immigrated from Tennessee and settled among the early pioneers in Northwestern Arkansas.
IN PRICE'S RAID.
The father, who was born in 1826, served in the United States army during the Mexican war of 1847. When volunteers were being called for to stay the failing fortunes of the Confederacy he volunteered to the governor of Arkansas in 1861 and was made captain of Company D, Fourteenth Arkansas infantry. After being engaged in many battles he surrendered with his company at Fort Hudson, July 8, 1863, and was made a prisoner of war. He died shortly afterward of a disease contracted in the army.
J. H. Campbell, the oldest brother, and John A. Campbell, now a minister, enlisted in the Confederate army later on and were with General Price in most of his big fights, and with Price's raid into Missouri. John was severely wounded in the battle of the Little Blue and captured, spending the rest of the war time in a military prison at Indianapolis, Ind. J. H. Campbell served with Price until the surrender at Shreveport, La., June 9, 1865. Both brothers were in the same company.
Labels: Bales avenue, Civil War, Independence, ministers, Olive street, photographs, Seniors, Wabash avenue
August 22, 1909
OPENING TO FREEDOM CLOSED.
Air Chute in City Holdover Stopped
With Brick and Cement.
Similar to the farmer who locked the barn door after his horse was stolen was the action of the police in closing up the air chute in the city holdover yesterday. Harry Martin, a safe keeper, escaped by means of crawling through the air chute Friday morning. He was only one of many who have escaped by that egress in the past.
A workman yesterday closed up the air chute by cementing the opening in the holdover. A foot of cement was placed in the shaft and then bricked over. It is now impossible for a prisoner to get into the shaft to climb to the top and freedom.
August 22, 1909
BAND CONCERTS FOR THIS WEEK.
Sunday, 2:30 p. m., Swope park.
Monday, 8 p. m., Concourse, St. John and Gladstone.
Tuesday, 8 p. m., West Terrace park, Thirteenth and Summit.
Wednesday, 8 p. m., Budd park.
Thursday, 8 p. m., Penn Valley park, Twenty-seventh and Jefferson.
Friday, 8 p. m., Troost park, Thirtieth and Paseo.
Saturday, 8 p. m., the Parade, Fifteenth and the Paseo.
Labels: Budd park, Fifteenth street, Gladstone boulevard, Jefferson street, music, Paseo, Penn Valley park, St. John avenue, Summit street, Swope park, Thirtieth street, Twenty-seventh street
August 21, 1909
FEW QUANTRELL'S MEN THERE.
Former Guerrillas Are More Inter-
ested in the Crop Prospects.
Only twenty-five men responded yesterday morning at the roll call of the Quantrell guerrillas, now in reunion in Independence. Cole Younger was not present, being on a lecture tour, the subject of his lecture being "Keep Straight." Frank James, another noted guerrilla, is down in Oklahoma in the Big Pasture, farming, and did not have time to attend. James has not attended any of the reunions since his noted speech made in the Independence court house yard, in which he declared that his friends were in the North and that he was never turned down except by those of the Southland.
The headquarters of the reunion were in the Brown building, North Main street. Here the scattered membership met and registered and it was here that it was noted that among the absent ones were John C. Hope, ex-sheriff of Jackson county, and Cyrus Flannery Wolf of Bates county, both having died within the past year. Captain Benjamin Morrow was present, Lieutenant Levi Potts of Grain Valley and Warren Welch were busy among the veteran guerrillas. Captain Gregg, who has been in about as many tight places as the next guerrilla who followed Quantrell, was present with his family. Also Dr. L. C. Miller of Knobnoster.
There was no formality about the reunion. "They just met and that was all there was to it," was the way one of them expressed himself. Some of those from Kansas City and nearby points brought well-filled dinner baskets, but the greater portion of those present had to go to restaurants. It was a day of reminiscent stories for the guerrillas and the oft repeated stories of the civil war were gone over and over again. Gabe Parr, who as a boy shot his way to freedom, yet lives, and others with equally hair raising stories were present and passed the day, telling of the yesterdays of their early manhood. The thing that interested these men most was the state of the crops.
The veterans will hold another session today and adjourn, in all probability to meet in Independence next year.
Labels: Civil War, Independence, James Gang, oklahoma, Quantrell, reunions, veterans
August 21, 1909
IT WAS A HYBRID PRODUCT.
Liepsner's Succotash Cob Was a Puz-
zle to Winstanley.
"I've lived long enough in Missouri to have to be shown," said Ed Winstanley, purchasing agent, yesterday, when H. C. Liepsner remarked that in his garden he was growing succotash.
"On the same cob corn and lima beans are growing in alternate rows," said Liepsner.
"Show me. Bring down a sample," replied the doubting Winstanley.
Yesterday Liepsner made good. He brought to the city hall a cob showing alternately rows of corn and beans.
"That stumps me," confessed the confiding Winstanley, and he really displayed some temper when Liepsner began pulling out the beans, to show that they had been inserted by him.
Labels: food, pranks
August 21, 1909
DON'T BE A BUM, JUDGE SAID.
Weary Willie Is No Good to Any-
body, Court to Youngster.
"Uncle liked sister, and my aunt liked me. It got so that uncle always took the other side when I said anything. So I just left."
That's the way Jean Corwin Miller, 13 years old, late of Calvert, Morton county, Kas., began his story yesterday in the juvenile court. Both his parents are dead. He and a sister were living with Jasper A. Miller, a farmer at Calvert.
"I had $3 when I left," said the boy. "I rode on the cars to Colby, walked to Manhattan, and rode the cars again to Lawrence. When I got there I found I was 10 cents short of the fare to Kansas City. A man gave me the dime."
"Well," said Judge Porterfield, "where did you want to go?"
"To Mrs. Ella Hogan, my aunt, in Ottawa, Kas."
After a talk with the boy, who is bright for his age, and seemed rather homesick, the court ordered him kept at the Detention home until his relatives could come for him.
"You don't want to start out in life as a bum," said the judge. "Grow up into a man and make something of yourself. Bums are of no good to anybody."
Labels: children, detention home, Judge Porterfield, juvenile court
August 21, 1909
TOO HOT FOR WARWOOPS.
Union Avenue Police Lugged Indian
Braves to Station.
Several realistic Indian warwhoops let loose by Bighead Sidesaddle and Jim Ironsides, fullblood Indians, at the Union depot yesterday morning, startled the would-be passengers congregated in the lobby of the old station. Detectives Charles Ryan and Ben Sanderson arrested the warwhoopers, along with their companions, one man, six women and a pappoose. The band of wild Indians was given a ride in the patrol wagon to No. 2 police station.
Captain Joseph Heydon ordered Ironsides and Sidesaddle locked up, as they were drunk. The remainder of the party were returned to the depot in the patrol wagon, and enjoyed the short haul muchly.
Labels: alcohol, detectives, Native Americans, No 2 police station, Union depot
August 21, 1909
PREFERS DYING AT HOME.
Ten-Year-Old Boy Wants His Play-
mates Near When End Comes.
"If I have to die and go to heaven, I want to be at home, where all my playmates are," said 10-year-old Royal Schick of Albuquerque, N. M., who, in charge of his mother, Mrs. Robert Schick, passed through the Union depot yesterday on their way home from a visit in Dubuque, Ia., where the boy had been advised to go in the hope that it would benefit his health.
Royal is suffering from a severe case of kidney trouble which has baffled the physicians of the New Mexico city. The case developed over a year ago, up to which time his mother says he was apparently in as good health as any of the boys of his town. Since then he has gradually wasted away.
A moth ago the physicians at Albuquerque recommended a change in climate. The Northern trip was suggested, as it would be cool, and then it was hoped that the lower altitude might prove beneficial. The little fellow grew worse and finally begged his mother to take him back home. Mrs. Schick missed the early train for the Southwest and had to remain at the depot all day. The little fellow was made comfortable in the hospital ward in the depot until night.
Labels: children, illness, Union depot, visitors
August 20, 1909
BUFFALO BILL SHOW TO HERE.
The Wild West Aggregation to Give
Two Performances Sept. 13.
Walter K. Hill, press representative for Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Pawnee Bill's Far East, is in the city giving notice of the appearance of the big aggregation in Kansas City Monday, September 13.
"Buffalo Bill is in his sixty-fifth year, but is as vigorous and alert as ever. He appears at every performance," said Mr. Hill, who some years ago was a resident of Kansas City. He says the place has undergone a complete change during his absence.
"It is the most prosperous city in the United States today," he said last night.
Labels: visitors, Wild West shows
August 20, 1909
ICE WATER FOR PRISONERS.
Supt. Murphy Has Refrigeration In-
stalled in Workhouse.
"I cannot get along without ice water in the summer, and it is wrong to deprive those who are so unfortunate as to be sent to the workhouse of a cooling and refreshing drink of water," said Cornelius Murphy, the new superintendent at the workhouse yesterday. During the recent hot spell he had plumbers install refrigeration in the supply pipes in the institution leading to the men's department, and yesterday a similar improvement was installed in the women's section.
Mayor Crittenden, who made a personal inspection of the workhouse yesterday, congratulated Mr. Murphy on his thoughtfulness and also complimented him upon the cleanly appearance of everything about the place. The mayor was accompanied by the city comptroller and the city plumbing inspector for the purpose of determining what it will cost to make the cells sanitary and to improve the general sanitation of the building. The inspector was directed to prepare plans immediately for necessary changes so the board of public works can advertise for bids. Comptroller Pearson promised to provide the revenues.
A change in the illumination of the building is also contemplated. Natural gas is used wholly, and the mayor thinks that besides the product being too warm for summer there is danger from fire. He has ordered the city electrician to prepare an estimate of the cost of connecting cables with the new general hospital electric light plant.
Labels: Mayor Crittenden, Utilities, workhouse
August 20, 1909
PEOPLE DEMAND MORE MUSIC.
Alderman Lapp Bears a Message to
Mayor From Constituents.
"The people out my way in the Seventh ward are demanding two more weeks of music in the parks," said Alderman J. G. Lapp to Mayor Crittenden yesterday.
"And I am happily in accord with the people not only of the Seventh ward, but in every ward of the city on the band proposition," replied the mayor, "but it is a question of finances. I am not fishing for a deficit in the treasury, and I know the good people of the city are of a like opinion. If I could have my way about it $10,000 would be appropriated ever year for music in the parks, but there are so many things that the city must look after we have to nurse and be careful of the revenues.
"I'm sure if you would use your influence with Gus Pearson, city comptroller, he would dig up the money from somewhere. Two more weeks of band music would cost only $1,026," urged Lapp.
"All right," promised the mayor, "I will see what I can do with the comptroller in the morning. I'm for music in the parks so long as the weather will permit."
Labels: amusement, Kansas City council, Mayor Crittenden, music, politics
August 20, 1909
A STRIKE EVERYONE APPROVES.
The Town Clock Is Back on the Job
After having been tongue-tied for almost a week, the town clock is striking again. During the twenty-two years it had been pulling and hauling a three-eighth iron rod, looped at the end to be flexible, had worn through. Town Clock Man Harry R. Carswell was ordered up into the belfry of the Fidelity building, where the clock is, and he found the wire rod worn through. There are two towers on the Fidelity. The clock is in one, as everybody knows, but everybody does not know that the bell is away off to the south in the other. From the clock tower there runs to the bell tower this wire rod. When the clock decides it is time to strike it gives a tug at the 100-foot line and the tongue of the one-ton bell in the south tower is slammed against the side. That is how the big clock strikes. The bell does not swing, the tongue does.
August 19, 1909
PYROTECHNICS AT ELECTRIC.
"The Burning of Moscow" and Rus-
sian Dances Featured.
So successful has been "The Fall of Messina" at Electric park that the management has arranged for and prepared another immense and impressive pyrotechnical spectacle. This will be known as "The Burning of Moscow," and will represent the great conflagration which destroyed the Russian city incident to the invasion of Napoleon Bonaparte and his troops in 1812. The fireworks that will accompany "The Burning of Moscow" will be even more spectacular than those used in "The Fall of Messina."
The first performance of "The Burning of Moscow" will be given Sunday night, and the last performance of "The Fall of Messina" will be given Saturday night. Don Philippini's Band will play a programme tonight.
Labels: amusement, Electric park, fireworks, music
August 19, 1909
GUESTS TAKE TO THE ROOF.
The Coates House Equal to Occasion
During Hottest Spell.
Three shower baths and thirty cots placed on the roof of the Coates house yesterday gave guests of that hostelry al fresco sleeping and bathing accommodations last night. Although the comfort attached to sleeping on a cot is small, the thirty were filled long before 10 p. m. last night.
The idea of cots on the roof occurred to the hotel men Tuesday. Several were put on the roof Tuesday evening. The experiment was successful and yesterday thirty cots were placed there. this news spread rapidly, and by the time dinner was over the cots had all been spoken for. The guests on the roof are confined to the masculine population of the hotel for the present, although it is probable that if the heated spell continues arrangements will be made for hte women. the matter of arranging the three shower baths was the hardest, and plumbers were kept busy until evening.
The guests who use the cots sleep in the open. They do not have a mosquito netting over them and about midnight last night those who had retired in their pajamas and bathrobes were summoning bellboys for blankets. Practically all left calls for about 5 a. m. at the latest. It is planned for the roof guests to take a shower in the early morning and then go to their rooms to finish their sleep.
Labels: Coates house, hotels, visitors, weather
August 19, 1909
IN 12 DAYS 200 HORSES DIE.
Heat Causes Loss of $50,000 to
Kansas City Owners.
Two hundred horses have died in Kansas City from the effects of the heat in the last twelve days. This is an increase of ninety-one over a like period one year ago.
"The majority of the horses died in their stalls after a day's exposure to the sun, but a great many died in harness while hauling loads in a temperature of 100 degrees or more," said the official of a rendering works yesterday.
Labels: animals, death, weather
August 19, 1909
Y. W. C. A. GIRLS GUESTS
OF PROMINENT BANKER.
GIVEN A RIDE OVER BOULE-
VARDS IN HIS MOTOR CAR.
Regular Daily Programme Is Being
Carried Out by Devoted Father at
Daughter's Request -- Moth-
ers as Chaperones.
Three pretty young women, members of the Y. W. C. A., with one of their mothers as a chaperone, enjoyed a ride over the boulevards of Kansas City last evening in one of the most luxurious touring cars in the city. Their ride was through the generosity of a prominent banker of Kansas City who is greatly devoted to his daughter. She departed for a several weeks' visit North and when she left she asked that he arrange to take some of the Y. W. C. A. girls out in the machine.
Tonight another set of girls will be taken for a ride. This will continue each evening until the return of the daughter. The names and addresses of the young women to be taken on these rides will be furnished by Miss Ida Wilson, the desk secretary of the society.
That the idea will be a popular one and will be followed to a great extent by wealthy citizens who do not use their machines much while their families are away during the summer, developed last evening. Henry C. Lambert, cashier of the German American bank, said he thought that the idea should be taken up by the automobile club. "My machines can be placed at the disposal of such a cause at least once a week," said Mr. Lambert; " and I think there are probably a dozen other men in town who would loan their machines an evening or two a week."
"Some of our members have enjoyed the pleasure of auto rides while others have not," said Miss Ida Wilson yesterday afternoon. "Of course, to the majority of those who have not ridden in one of the big touring cars, such an invitation would hardly be refused. I believe that if other citizens hear about our banker friend they too will proffer their machines. If they do, I think we will have no trouble in furnishing the girls to ride. Our idea in this is, of course, to give the girl the full pleasure of the ride. The name and address of each girl and the chaperone will be given to the gentleman who drives the machine or his driver and the girls will be called for at their homes and returned there. In this way they will get the full pleasure of the auto ride.
"While we are not in any way soliciting automobiles for this purpose, I believe that as soon as this fact becomes known we will have several proffers of machines."
Labels: automobiles, banking, charity, organizations, women, YWCA
August 18, 1909
DRIVEN FROM HOME
BY NEIGHBORS' SCORN.
MAN SOUGHT TO GIVE AWAY
Public Sentiment Toward C. F. Mor-
ris So Unpleasant in Nevada and
Chillicothe He Leaves -- Mis-
understood, He Says.
Practically driven from Chillicothe and Nevada, Mo., towns in which he formerly lived, C. F. Morris, the father who wanted to give away his unborn baby, has come to Kansas City. He was at the Detention home yesterday afternoon and saw Mrs. Agnes O'Dell, probation officer, with regard to putting Mrs. Morris in a hospital.
"I was misunderstood," said Morris, who last week wrote to Mrs. O'Dell that he wanted her to find a home for the child. "Doctors advised me wrongly and I did not know well enough to disregard their advice. Of course I want the child now.
"After my letter to the probation office here was published, things were made so unpleasant for me that we left Chilllicothe and went to Nevada, where we were married September 1 of last year and where we lived until four months ago. The unpleasant story was repeated in Nevada and I decided to come here."
Morris has written a letter to Mrs. O'Dell explaining his side of the matter, but she has not yet received it. Following is a copy as Morris gave it out to the Chillicothe papers:
"Mr. Dear Friend -- I received your answer Sunday morning and will say in regard to same you do not know what sadness has come over our home. You surely misunderstood. I never wanted you to take the child before it was born. My wife has always wanted a babe and I have never censured her or hinted to her that I didn't.
"And she wouldn't give it up for the world. We have always lived such a happy life and have never done anything to harm anyone. But, Mrs. O'Dell, through your kindness, I see my mistake. If I could only have had some kind of woman like you to advise me instead of the doctors I would never have thought of such a thing. We have always made so many friends wherever we have lived. It was all my fault. Kindly forgive me and write to Chillicothe if you wish to see if our reputations isn't of the best. The only reason in the world I had for giving up the babe, Mrs. O'Dell, was that I never wanted one.
WILL WORSHIP BABE.
"But I assure you that I do want one now and I will worship this one as long as I live. You know the public is always ready to tramp a man when he is down, but I know you are not of this kind. Won't you please write my wife and encourage her? She is so worried I am afraid she will never stand it. I thank the papers very kindly for not signing any names and some day I may be able to do them a favor. Now Mrs. O'Dell, thank you once more for this letter and assuring you our baby will be welcome in our home. I beg to remain your best friend, asking you to forgive me and if you can help me in any way. Your kindness will never be forgotten.
"P. S. -- We have received a dozen letters today from people who wanted to adopt our baby for a money consideration. I did not answer any of these letters. If I had I would have said to each of the parties, 'No, our child is not for sale.' It will be the happiness of our lives now."
Labels: children, custody, detention home, visitors, women
August 18, 1909
OVERHEATED; SWIM IS FATAL.
Alice Dalton, 22 Years Old, Dies in
Fairmount Park Lake.
While taking a dip in the lake at Fairmount Park "to see if it would cure her headache," Alice Dalton, a laundry girl, of Dickson Park, died suddenly of heart disease at 9:45 o'clock last night. the reaction by contact with the cold water is assigned to have brought on the attack.
Miss Dalton was 22 years old. She had been sick for over a week. Yesterday evening she took the trip to Fairmount Park to see if a swim in the lake would cause her head to stop aching. She had no sooner waded out to her depth when those standing on the banks heard her screams and saw her sink, much as a person does in drowning. Several men sprang into the water and brought the girl to the shore, only to find that she had been dead several seconds.
Labels: death, drowning, fairmount park
August 18, 1909
THOSE PESTIFEROUS BUGS.
Countless Numbers of Them Made
Life Miserable Last Night.
The fat man who lolls in front of hotels in the style of chair large enough to sleep in, discovered a fine breeze last night. He was out in unusually large number. The breeze was fine. The fat man was reading a paper under a glow of large electric lights and puffing away on a huge black cigar.
Then the bugs came, the pestiferous, clinging, crawly green bugs that hot, dry weather brings out. They crawled into his ears and slimed their way across his perspiring neck. They attacked him cheek and jowl. The fat man retreated, back to the super-heated, but screened, lobby of the hotel.
The fat man was not alone in his misery. His brother of the rolled up sleeves and a few of his sisters who affect that kind of raiment also had their troubles. The bugs had an ugly habit of climbing in under the roll of the sleeves, and crawling over the bare skin with much the sort of feeling one has when a bum prima donna hits a punk note. Under the electric lights and close to show windows, the green bugs held undisputed sway. They flew about in trillions, more or less, but sufficiently more to make it much more than less.
Their entry called for heartfelt swats and biffs, and they got 'em, but the survivors came back gallantly to the charge. At a late hour this morning, the green bugs held their vigil 'neath the twinkling lights, ready, ever ready to pounce down and crawl over and along and about any wayfarer who chanced their way.
Labels: hotels, insects, weather
August 18, 1909
BOARD FEARED A TRICK.
So a Valuable Land Gift to the City
"Where is the brick? Dig deep and you will surely find a nicely plated one," observed R. L. Gregory, chairman, at yesterday's meeting of the board of public works, when a communication was read offering to deed that city a strip of water front land forty feet wide west from Broadway to the state line.
"It is too liberal a gift," suggested Lynn Brooks.
"Mark it most respectfully declined and mail it back to the bounteous giver," recommended Wallace Love.
This will be done. A man who is creating a levy within the boundaries so described made the proposition, but the board concluded that should it accept it would mean an expense incurred by the city to provide protection for the other fellow's property.
Labels: Broadway, public works, Robert Lee Gregory
August 18, 1909
STRUCK WIFE, CHOKED BABY.
On This Charge Judge Remley Fines
For swearing at his mother, striking his wife and choking his baby, J. H. Hamilton, Twenty-second and Chelsea streets, was arrested and yesterday appeared in the municipal court, where Judge Theodore Remley fined him $500, the maximum allowed by the law.
Labels: domestic violence, Judge Remley, municipal court
August 17, 1909
LOANED STARS TO FRIENDS.
Hereafter, a Policeman Invites Dis-
charge When He Does It.
There were no names mentioned at a meeting of the police board yesterday, but it was stated that some of the officers on the force had been in the habit of loaning their stars to their friends. Admissions to the parks, and in other ways, the possession of a star would prove a money saver. Hereafter, when a policeman loans his star he faces immediate discharge from the department.
Labels: police, police board
August 17, 1909
"BAD" MAN BUSINESS
DOESN'T PAY, SAYS COLE.
Former Bandit Tells Politicians It's
Best to Walk the Straight and
Less than 5,000 people attended the Lone Jack picnic yesterday, which is a considerable crowd to gather up in the farthest corner of Jackson county, but nothing to the crowds which have gone there in days of yore. On the speakers' list were Congressman Borland, Representative Holcomb, former County Judge George Dodd and Cole Younger. Ex-Criminal Judge W. H. Wallace started for the picnic, going past F. M. Lowe's house in his automobile and inviting that congressional candidate to go with him, but something must have happened for there was no Judge Wallace at the Lone Jack all day. Sam Boyer, county clerk, was the only Republican official who reported, but there was a herd of Democratic officials. Circut Judge E. E. Porterfiled and Thomas J. Seehorn, both of them with records of never having missed the August pilgrimage, were given ovations. the speeches were tame, Cole Younger's being the possible exception. The well known old guerrilla has a lecture he reads, which is a little classic. It is moral in that there is not a cent nor a good night's sleep in being a "bad" man, and the only people who think there is are those who do not know the man who was "bad," while they who do know him always remind him that he was off the reservation once and cannot get all the way back on.
The weather was torrid, hundreds of buggies stopping short of the destination. Automobiles which carried the Kansas City contingent passed derelicts at almost every shade tree on the way. It was 100 in the shade but nobody on the way to the picnic had any shade to get under.
Labels: automobiles, James Gang, Judge Porterfield, Judge Seehorn, Judge Wallace, Lone Jack, picnics, politics, weather
August 17, 1909
REVOLVER DISPLAYS MISSING.
Wilson Law Gives Pawnbrokers'
Windows New Appearance.
The displays of revolvers in downtown pawnshop windows disappeared yesterday.
The anti-revolver law went into effect Sunday night at midnight. It permits the display of such weapons only inside a store and they must not be visible from the street. A fine of $50 to $500 or imprisonment from one to six months are the penalties. "Gun toting" is made a felony, punishable by two years in prison or fines from $100 to $1,000. The judge of the criminal court and the prosecutor's office intend to enforce both laws vigorously and inquirers yesterday were told to stick closely to the letter of the law.
A question as to how much would be loaned on a standard weapon, put to three brokers , all met with the reply that they were not loaning anything on revolvers now.
"Gun men will have to go to Kansas City, Kas., after this," said one Main street man, who said he was going out of the revolver trade.
"It has not been worth engaging in," said this pawnbroker, "since Judge Hugh Brady began fining men $300 for carrying them. That was the beginning of the end. There was a dragling trade, though, but the new law kills the last possible hope for it to longer continue."
Labels: guns, pawn brokers
August 17, 1909
THEY LIKE NEW FIRE CRAFT.
Chief and Assistant Pleased With
Auto Hose Cart Test.
The trail run of the automobile hose wagon from fire headquarters on Central between Tenth and Eleventh streets the other afternoon, produced a favorable impression on those who were witnesses, especially on the older fire fighters who have traveled on horse drawn vehicles for many years. John C. Egner, chief, and Alex Henderson, assistant chief, are among the advocates of the new craft.
The spin was taken for four blocks and the average speed generated by a 45-horse power engine was forty miles an hour. The jangling of a large bell near the chauffeur kept the streets free from wagons and pedestrians all the way.
"I am quite as enthusiastic as Chief Egner over the new hose cart," said Assistant Chief Henderson after the trail. "Kansas City must sooner or later adopt the new system. In my opinion one automobile wagon could do the work of three hose companies using horses.
"At present it takes four lines of hose to operate the water tower and thus four companies are employed. From this afternoon's test I infer that one automobile of say 75-horse power could carry 2,000 feet of hose, four lines for the tower and one single line.
"Because it is infinitely faster than a team hose wagon the new rig must ultimately supplant the present system. The secret of successful fire fighting lies in reaching the blaze in its incipiency and before it has taken hold all over the building."
The wagon weighed 5,500 pounds and was 500 pounds lighter than the team hose wagon. Besides the hose it was supplied with a single ladder, a twenty-four foot extension ladder, openers, axes and an eighty-gallon chemical tank. The wheels appeared solid from the fact that the space between the steel spokes was filed with sheet steel. The tires were solid rubber. The machine has six cylinders and is guaranteed to be unbreakable in the sense that it will survive intact the ordinary accidents of the road.
Labels: automobiles, Central avenue, Fire
August 17, 1909
CANDY PULLING ON A TRAIN.
Conductor Wulff Makes Fast Friend
of Little Girl.
When Victor L. Wulff, the Missouri Pacific passenger director at the Union depot, stepped off his train from Jefferson City yesterday it was with difficulty that he bade goodby to little Miss Eunice Farwell, 5 years old, of Denver. It was Wulff's knowledge of candymaking which broke the ice and in a few hours made him a staunch friend of the little girl.
Mrs. Farwell and her daughter were in the observation car and just after the train left Jefferson City little Eunice asked for candy. There was none on the train and the next stop was Kansas City. when her mother returned with the news Eunice's lips quivered.
"We'll get some candy," Mr. Wulff assured her. A syrup drummer who had heard about the child and the candy, proffered the contents of his sample case. Mr. Wulff took several bottles of syrup and in a short while he had the ingredients of taffy boiling on the range in the diner. As soon as it was cool enough to pull it was carried to the observation car where an old-fashioned candy pulling followed.
Labels: children, Denver, food, Jefferson City, railroad, Union depot, visitors
August 16, 1909
HUGH C. WARD DIES
IN NEW YORK CITY.
APOPLEXY FOLLOWED HEAT
PROSTRATION A MONTH AGO.
Mrs. Ward and Judge PHilips at His
Bedside -- With Family Was
Spending Summer at Bass
Rooks Point, Mass.
HUGH C. WARD.
Hugh C. Ward, one of the most prominent attorneys of Kansas City, and a member of a pioneer family of Western Missouri, died from a stroke of apoplexy in New York yesterday morning.
An attack of heat prostration which he suffered in Chicago a month ago was one of the causes which led up to the death of Mr. Ward. He had never fully recovered from this attack, although his condition had improved sufficiently to permit him to continue his journey to New York, accompanied by his wife. With Mr. Ward at his death were Mrs. Ward, Judge John F. Philips and several relatives.
WESTERN TRIP FATAL.
Mr. Ward had taken a cottage for the summer at Bass Rocks Point, near Gloucester, Mass., and he left for that place in June with Mrs. Ward and their four children. Business matters required the presence of Mr. Ward in Kansas City and he came home for a few days in July. He left again for his summer home on July 13, but became ill as a result of becoming overheated in Chicago.
Mrs. Ward was called to his bedside by telegraph, and after a week his physician pronounced him able to travel. Mrs. Ward and her mother, Mrs. J. C. James, started for the East with Mr. Ward, but it was found necessary to make a stop in New York where Mr. Ward was taken to a hospital and given the attention of some of the best specialists of the city.
SUDDEN CHANGE FOR THE WORSE.
His improvement was slow, but a telegram from Mrs. Ward to her father, J. C. James, on Tuesday announced that he was much better. A sudden change occurred, however, and at 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon Mr. James received a message that Mr. Ward had grown much worse. Mr. James left at once for New York.
The announcement of the death of Mr. Ward came in a telegram from L. T. James, Mrs. Ward's uncle, who landed in New York yesterday morning from a European trip.
The funeral services and interment will occur in Kansas City, the details for these to be arranged as soon as Mr. James reaches New york.
In addition to his wife and the children, Hugh Campbell, Jr., James Crawford, Francis and John Harris, Mr. Ward is survived by his mother, the widow of Seth E. Ward, and his brother, John E. Ward.
LEGISLATION AND POLITICS.
Hugh C. Ward was born March 10, 1864 at Westport. His parents were Seth and Mary Frances Ward. Hugh was reared on the farm and received his elementary education at a private school in Westport and his collegiate education at William Jewell Collete, Liberty, Mo., and at Harvard University. He was graduated with honors from Harvard, a bachelor of arts, in 1886. He then entered the St. Louis Law School and in June, 1888, received his diploma. He then was admitted to the bar in Kansas City.
In recognition of his ability as a lawyer came in 1894 his appointment as receiver for the John J. Mastin & Co., banking business, on dissolution of partnership. The property involved consisted mostly of real estate, and amounted to more than $3,000,000.
Aside from his profession Mr. Ward was known in business circles as a director of the National Bank of Commerce, Commerce Trust Company, Kansas City Railway and Light Company, and of the Kansas City Home Telephone Company.
He was long influential in Democratic circles, and in 1892 was elected to the state legislature where he did much work in connection with constructive measures.
In case preparation Mr. Ward was known as thorough and exhaustive, and in presentation before a judge or jury clear and vigorous in expression, and intensely earnest.
As a politician he was equally successful and well known. In the legislature in 1892 besides being made vice chairman of the judiciary committee, he was appointed chairman of the committtee on conditional amendments.
In 1898 he was appoointed police commissioner by Governor Stephens, who also made Mr. Ward a member of his staff, and placed in his hands the organization of the Missouri National Guard. He resigned as police commissionier and retired from politics in 1902.
SOCIAL AND PERSONAL SIDE.
Mr. Ward was a member of the Society of Colonial Wars, deriving his eligibility through the lineal descent from Seth Ward, a member of the Virginia House of Burgesses. H e was also a member of the Elks lodge, the Country Club, the Commercial Club, the Harvard Club of the Southwest and the American Bar Association.
Mr. Ward was married October 26, 1898, to Miss Vassie James, a graduate of Vassar college and a daughter of J. Crawford James.
One of Mr. Ward's last acts was to give $25,000 to the Young Women's Christian Association of Kansas City.
Labels: attorney, banking, business, death, Judge Philips, Liberty, New York, politics, universities, Westport, YWCA
August 16, 1909
MARRIED A SPANISH TEACHER.
Kansas City, Kas., Girl Finds Her
Mr. and Mrs. James W. Wilhelm of 2034 North Fifth street, Kansas City, Kas., objected to their daughter, Miss Carrie, going with Senor Madrigal, a native of Costa Rica, who teaches Spanish in one of the Kansas City, Mo., high schools. Tuesday night they came over to Missouri and later called up the girl's parents, announcing they had been married.
Parental forgiveness was not forthcoming although a messenger who was sent for the young bride's clothes was given a bundle to take back with him by her mother. Last night Mr. Wilhelm notified the Kansas City, Kas., police department of the runaway but since the young lady is over 18 the law could not interfere.
Labels: immigrants, Kansas City Kas, schools, wedding
August 16, 1909
HEARD HIS CHILD WAS DYING.
McWilliams Ran Home and Fell in
Doorway From Heat Exhuastion.
Although it was much cooler yesterday than the day before, one case of heat prostration was reported in Kansas City, Kas. John McWilliams, a teamster employed by the Armourdale Lumber Company, while driving his team along South Tenth street yesterday afternoon, was notified that his 4-year-old son was very sick and likely to die. McWilliams tied his team and ran all the way to his home at 376 South Boeke street, a distance of nine blocks. When he reached his home he fell in the doorway unconscious. He was attended by Dr. J. A. Davis, who had been called to attend the child. Dr. Davis said he was prostrated by the heat, and that the condition was critical. The child, which was stricken with spasms, recovered before his father reached home.
Labels: Armourdale, children, doctors, illness, Kansas City Kas, teamsters, weather
August 16, 1909
WHY 9-FOOT SHEETS? SHE ASKS.
Hotel Housemaid Says Present Ones
are Long Enough for Men.
"I'll bet my week's salary that the majority of the men who voted for the nine-foot sheet bill were raised in places where if sheets were used at all they were changed but once a week, and then they were so short that they only covered the mattress," petulantly declared a pretty hotel housemaid as she discussed the nine-foot sheet law which goes into effect today.
"I'll go still farther, and wager that where they were raised that they were lucky to sleep on a sheet and that they never did have the luxury of sleeping between them. Sheets nine feet long are in the way. We cannot make up the beds so that they look like anything at all.
"Of course it is easy enough to handle the long sheets for the bottom sheet, but when it comes to turning them down over the counterpanes in the little ruffles which delight the eye of the guests, it will be no joke.
"The seven and one-half foot sheet is just the proper length. Those legislators say that they fear that germs and diseases may be communicated from bedding protected by sheets less than nine feet in length, but I want to tell you that a sheet seven and one-half foot long is plenty. That gives you a foot down over the covers and leaves plenty of spare sheeting so that his toes will not be left out in the cold."
Kansas City can lay claim to having the most expensive linen room in the country. A room in the Moore hotel, the walls of which are decorated with oil paintings and the floor laid with Italian encaustic tile will be the reposing place for the nine-foot sheets and other linen used at the hotel. The room, when it was decorated for a cafe a year ago, cost Mr. Moore $2,700. It was used as a cafe for a while.
Labels: hotels, Jefferson City
August 16, 1909
ONE GIRL IS GRATEFUL.
"Ella" Sends Flowers and Fruit to
Woman Who Saved Her.
Dear Matron -- Here is a basket of the nicest peaches I could find. Hope you will enjoy them. ELLA.This note accompanied a basket of fruit which reached the Depot matron, Mrs. Ollie Everingham, yesterday. It came from a Western Kansas town, and back of it lies a little story of a girl saved from the wiles of the city.
A year ago "Ella," whose other name Mrs. Everingham has forgotten, came to Kansas City from Southern Missouri. She was an unsophisticated country girl and she wore a rose on her left side. The matron learned that she was waiting for the man who had promised to marry her, but whom she had never seen.
Their acquaintance had been brought about through a matrimonial paper and their courtship was carried on through correspondence. She had a packet of his letters, in which he declared his love for her and in which he said that he had an excellent position with one of the banks. She had her little marriage dot, something like $100, tightly done up in a bit of handkerchief. The man whom she was looking for was also to wear a rose.
One of the detectives at the depot heard the girl's story and an hour later he caught sight of a man wearing a rose who was evidently looking for someone. It did not take the detective long to ascertain that it was the girl's supposed fiancee. The stranger discovered that he had been talking with a detective, excused himself and got away.
It was hard to tell "Ella," who then declared she would not go home. She said she would go out to Kansas and live there. Since then Mrs. Everingham has received at various times boxes of flowers and fruit from the grateful girl.
Labels: depot matron, detectives, romance, Union depot, visitors
August 16, 1909
PICTURES RISE OF
IRISH IN AMERICA.
CONGRESSMAN BORLAND AD-
DRESSES PARK GATHERING.
Annual Picnic of Irish-Americans
of Kansas City Yesterday At-
tended by Crowd Es-
timated at 10,000.
CONGRESSMAN WILLIAM P. BORLAND.
Hot weather did not daunt the Irish-Americans of Kansas City who held their annual picnic at Forest park yesterday. Although the attendance on the grounds was not so heavy in the afternoon by evening no fewer than 10,000 sons, daughters and grandchildren of Hibernia were on the grounds.
Congressman William P. Borland, himself the son of an Irishman, and the orator of the day, spoke on "The Irish in America." After the speaking in the afternoon twelve athletic events took place.
From the early days to the present Congressman Borland traced the wonderful influence of the Irish in the development of this country. He pointed out that the first generation of immigrants turned their hands to anything they could get to do and that for many years most of the unskilled labor was done by Irishmen.
After awhile, he said, the immigration from Ireland fell off, largely for the reason that nearly half of the island's population had already come to live under the Stars and Stripes.
CHANGE IN SOCIAL STATUS.
Then a gradual change came in the social status of the Irishman. After having worked for a generation as hewers of wood and drawers of water they arose in the social scale and began to do skilled and professional work until they have entered all fields of endeavor and made good.
"With much condescension," said the congressman, "it has been considered that the Irish are hale and hearty, warm natured and impulsively generous, but the statement has often been made that they lack executive ability. In America they have proved that they can execute ideas as well as conceive them. In fact, as leaders of men, whether it be on the battlefield or in peaceful pursuits, they have demonstrated that they have no superiors."
Labels: Congressman Borland, forest park, immigrants, picnics
August 15, 1909
ICE FOR CHILDREN AT DEPOT.
Mrs. Everingham Made Little Ones
Cool and Happy.
While the mercury in the thermometer at the Union depot hovered around the 99 mark yesterday afternoon, several young men, under the direction of Matron Everingham, secured chunks of ice and, breaking it up, distributed it among the children in the waiting room.
The ice used had been broken from the big chunks used in icing the cars. The supply lasted until well after the severe heat of the afternoon. The eagerness with which the children grabbed at the bits of ice more than repaid the attaches of the station for their labors in getting and distributing the ice.
Labels: children, depot matron, ice, Union depot, weather
August 15, 1909
SENT TO GERMANY
FOR A GOOD COOK.
FATHER UHLI LONGED FOR
COOKING OF FATHERLAND.
Modern Kansas Dishes Lacked the
Flavor He Had Enjoyed as a
Youth -- Met His House-
So that he could enjoy the cooking of his youth the Rev. Father Joseph Uhli of Wilson, Kas., sent all the way to Germany for Miss Anna Gilbert, the woman who cooked at his father's home and who is now to be installed as the private housekeeper at the parochial residence. She arrived at the Hotel Baltimore yesterday where she was met by Father Uhli. He escorted her to her new home in Kansas last evening.
The Rev. Father Uhli came to this country from Germany three years ago. H e was ordained in the old country and when he came here was assigned to the parish at Wilson, Kas. He is a young and energetic priest and has popularized himself with his parishioners. Many improvements have been made in his parish since he took hold.
LACKED THE FLAVOR.
Though his parishioners did everything possible to make his life pleasant, he lacked one thing. That was the cooking he had been accustomed to in the "Fatherland." There was not that flavor to the food which he thought it had when he lived at his father's home.
His letters to the old country told of how he longed for the old home cooking and then it was that Miss Gilbert, who had cooked in his father's home for years, declared that she would like to go to America and to keep house and cook for the priest for whom she had cooked when he was much younger.
The proposition to have Miss Gilbert emigrate to this country took definite shape a few months ago. Father Uhli gave her explicit instructions and she arrived in Kansas City yesterday morning and went at once to the Hotel Baltimore. There she was met by Father Uhli.
It was the first time that she had been in a large hotel, and owing to her ignorance of the English language, it was necessary to send an interpreter to her room when she ordered her dinner.
RAISED IN HIS FAMILY.
Miss Gilbert was greatly worried yesterday afternoon over the absence of her baggage. There had been some delay in forwarding it. Father Uhli spent several hours in endeavoring to trace her effects.
"Miss Gilbert was raised in our family," said Father Uhli. "She was our cook when I lived at ho me and when I came over to this country she expressed a desire to come here also. I have been without a housekeeper at my parish and I decided to send for Miss Gilbert, whose cooking I distinctly remember. She longed to come to America and quickly consented to come here and keep my house for me."
Labels: food, Hotel Baltimore, immigrants, ministers, visitors
August 15, 1909
BABY IS NOT WANTED.
Offer to Give Away Unborn Child
Staggers the Judge.
On the advice of Judge E. E. Porterfield, a letter received yesterday at the Detention home has been forwarded to the prosecuting attorney at Chillicothe with a request to investigate the case of a man who wants to give a baby, not yet born.
The letter states that the wife of the writer expects to become a mother within ten days and adds that, as the couple does not wish children, they would like to have the child adopted. It was mailed in Chillicothe Friday, and is directed to Mrs. Agnes O'Dell at the Detention home. The writer offers to pay Mrs. O'Dell liberally if she will nurse his wife in her illness and assist in getting the child adopted.
An answer was sent to the writer of the letter yesterday and others to county officials in Chillicothe. Judge Porterfield said he had never heard of such a case of cruelty.
Labels: custody, detention home, Judge Porterfield
August 15, 1909
ESTATE VALUED AT $250,000.
All of the Property of the Late P.
D. Ridenour Goes to Family.
By the will of the late P. D. Ridenour, pioneer merchant, the entire estate of $250,000 is left to his family. The will was filed yesterday for probate.
To Mrs. Sarah L. Ridenour, the widow, who is named as executrix, is given the home at Eighth street and the Paseo, all of the personal property and one-third of the realty. The remainder of the estate is to be divided equally between the children, who are as follows: Mrs. Kate R. Lester, Edward M. Ridenour, Mrs. Alice R. Raymond and Ethel B. Ridenour. Mr. Ridenour was president of the wholesale grocery firm bearing his name.
Labels: Eighth street, grocers, Paseo, probate
August 14, 1909
HEAT OVERCOMES ICEMAN.
While Carrying Cake of Ice Jake
Schuyler is Overcome.
While transferring a cake of ice to a house at Forty-seventh street and Troost avenue at 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, Jake Schuyler, an employe of the City Ice Company, suddenly fell over unconscious.
The police ambulance of No. 4 station was called and Dr. Shiras gave Schuyler emergency treatment for sunstroke. He was taken to the emergency hospital. Schuyler is 25 years old. He lives at 1321 Walnut street.
James Burgess, 3717 Woodland avenue, was affected last night about 8 o'clock. The police station was notified and the operator called Dr. S. S. Morse, 3801 Woodland avenue. Burgess is a foreman of the packing department of the Globe Storage Company, and has complained of the heat for several days. He had recovered in a few hours.
A. M. Kissell, 65 years old, a stationary fireman at the Central Manufacturing Company, First and Lydia avenue, about 9 o'clock was overcome by heat and last night he was taken to the emergency hospital for medical attention.
Labels: doctors, emergency hospital, First street, Forty-seventh street, ice, Lydia avenue, No 4 police station, Troost avenue, Walnut Street, weather, Woodland avenue
August 14, 1909
IF NUDE IS ART, THEN
ART IS "ON THE BUM"
JUDGE LATSHAW STRICTLY TO
ENFORCE NEW LAW.
In Fining Photographer the $500
Limit, Court Calls Attention to
Most Drastic Enactment
If the nude is art, then, in the immortal words of Alderman Miles Bulger, art will be "on the bum" in Kansas City on and after Monday, August 16. Mark the date on the calendar.
Judge Ralph S. Latshaw administered this latest jolt to the "nude" in art yesterday afternoon in the criminal court. Incidentally, he said in no uncertain words that the nude is not art.
Photographers and art schools, who make a practice of reproducing likeness of the human form as it appears without the constraint of clothing will have to get out the fig leaves or something that will be even less translucent than the Adam ready to wear clothes.
The ruling on art in general and nude art in particular came in the case of Leon Vickers, a photographer who had a studio in the Sterling building. He advertised for girls to pose at 50 cents an hour. Then he informed some of the applicants that they would have to pose in the nude altogether and made advances toward two girls.
Vickers was tried in the municipal court, where a fine of $100 was imposed. He appealed to the criminal court, where the fine was raised to $500.
"Photographers all over the city make a practice of posing nude subjects," said the attorney for Vickers.
TO STOP "LIFE CLASSES."
"If they do," said Judge Latshaw, "they will soon be on the inside of the jail bars, looking out."
"But they pose nude subjects and make sketches from the nude at the Fine Arts institute," suggested Daniel Howell, assistant city attorney, who conducted the prosecution.
"They will not do so after Monday," remarked the court, decisively. "The legislature has enacted a law, effective Monday, which covers just such cases. I am sorry, Vickers, that I cannot send you to the penitentiary. There ought to be a law under which I could do so."
However, the fine of $500 imposed on Vickers is equivalent to the maximum imprisonment fixed in the new statute. The photographer will have to go to the workhouse for a year. The new law makes the maximum imprisonment one year and the maximum fine $1,000 and provides that both may be imposed.
A further section of the new law forbids the circulation of any obscene pictures or literature. If rigidly enforced, it will have a considerable bearing on the trade in suggestive postcards, which has grown to abnormal proportions in the past few years.
Labels: Alderman Bulgerr, arts, criminal court, Judge Latshaw, photographs, workhouse
August 14, 1909
HEART FAILS WHILE SWIMMING.
John Butterly of Chicago Stricken
at Fairmount, Dies.
While swimming in the pool at Fairmount park yesterday afternon John Butterly, 22 years old, died of heart failure. Mr. Butterly lived at 83 Edgemont avenue, Chicago, Ill, and was at the park with W. F. Tobin, 2815 Michigan avenue, Kansas City. Tobin says that Butterly was an expert swimmer and an all round athlete. Dr. William Gilmore, who attended the dead man, said that his death was due to heart failure rather than drowning.
Butterly was swimming in the part of the lake where the water is twenty-two feet deep. He was seen suddenly to go under water, and even though he made no outcry it was evident he could no longer swim. Harry Leidy, the life saver at the park, plunged in after the man and within four minutes had carried him ashore. The fact that there was no water of any consequence in the man' slungs led the physician to believe death was due to heart failure.
Mr. Butterly was a clerk in a gas office in Chicago. He was unmarried. The body was taken to O'Donnell's undertaking rooms and will be sent to Chicago.
Labels: Chicago, death, doctors, drowning, fairmount park, Michigan avenue, swimming, undertakers, visitors
August 14, 1909
MANUAL TRAINING FOR
Superintendent Murphy Will Go to
Chicago to Get Ideas for
Changes in the conditions which now prevail at the workhouse are to be instituted as soon as possible, if the ideas of the members of the pardon and parole board are carried out. At the meeting of the board yesterday afternoon it was decided to send Cornelius Murphy, new superintendent of the workhouse, and L. A. Halbert, secretary of the board, to Chicago, where they are to make an exhaustive study of the conditions which are in force at that institution.
It was deplored by the board that there is no means of teaching a prisoner at the workhouse any trade by which he might make his living if he were released or pardoned. Such institutions as laundires, shoe shops and tailoring shops were mintioned as among the available ones which might readity be had in the Kansas City workhouse.
Mr. Murray and Br. Halbert probably will leave for Chicago some time during the last part of next week. William Volker and Jacob Billikopf, members of the board, both have examined the Chicago workhouse and express much appreciation of its methods.
Labels: Chicago, Jacob Billikopf, Jews, parole board, workhouse
August 13, 1909
JAMES MORAN SHOT
BY JACK O'DONNELL.
POLITICS SAID TO HAVE CAUSED
After Shooting, O'Donnell Disap-
peared, but Later Surrendered
to Police -- Moran Not Dan-
Enmity said to have grown out of a factional fight in the Democratic party in the Second ward last night culminated in a quarrel between Jack O'Donnell, a cigarmaker, who lives at the Century hotel, and James Moran, formerly proprietor of a saloon in the Washington hotel, in which Moran was shot in the neck and painfully injured by O'Donnell. The shooting occurred in the Century hotel about 8:30 o'clock.
Moran with several friends was standing at the bar in the hotel saloon when O'Donnell and Joseph Donnegan, manager of the Century theater, entered the place.
Moran and O'Donnell began quarreling and Harry Friedburg, who was with the Moran party, endeavored to quiet them. He told O'Donnell that there would be trouble if he stayed int he saloon and that it was best that he leave. O'Donnell went into the lobby of the hotel and was followed by Moran, who again started to upbraid O'Donnell. According to witnesses Moran threatened O'Donnell.
BULLET LODGED IN NECK.
"I'll just get you before you have a chance to do anything to me," is the reply credited to O'Donnell, who drew a revolver and fired at Moran, who had turned and was running from the lobby. As Moran dodged into the bargershop from the lobby, O'Donnell, who was following, fired a second and third time. One bullet struck the fleeing man in the back between the shoulders and ranged upwards and to the left, lodgining in the neck. One bullet lodged in the wall and the third went through the door.
Moran ran out of the barger shop and fell on the sidewalk in front. He was carried into the hotel and Dr. J. D. Griffith was summoned. O'Donnell was caught by Friedberg and John Campbell. A police ambulance with Dr. H. T. Morton from the emergency hospital removed the injured man to St. Joseph's hospital. H is wound is not dangerous and he will be out of the hospital in a few days.
COULDN'T LOCATE O'DONNELL.
The police were notified but when they arrived on the scene O'Donnell had disappeared and they were unable to locate him. Inspector of Detectives E. P. Doyle detailed Detectives Kinney and Jennings on the case. After going to the hotel the men went to the hospital to see Moran, who refused to tell anyone who s hot him. The detectives telephoned the inspector that they could not find O'Donnell, but that Joseph Donnegan informed them that O'Donnell would give himself up the first thing int he morning.
Another officer was informed that O'Donnell was in the Century hotel and would give himself up in the morning. His reason for delaying was said to be because Captain Walter Whitsett disliked him and would place him in the holdover without a chance of securing bond. When Captain Whitsett heard that O'Donnell was at the hotel he instructed Lieutenant M. E. Ryan to send Sergeant Robert Greely to arrest him.
FOLLOWED ANOTHER FIGHT.
The quarrel last night followed one in the afternoon during which O'Donnell struck Moran in the mouth and further bruised the ex-saloonkeeper. This fight occurred in Wisman's saloon, Twelfth and Oak streets. Bert Striegel, a deputy constable named Caulfield, Joseph Donnegan and Moran were in the saloon when Jack O'Donnell came in. The men had a drink together and then Moran, it is claimed,, accused O'Donnell of throwing down politically Michael O'Hearn. Other charges were made by Moran and finally, it is said, he called Edward O'Donnell, a policeman and brother of Jack, a name which Jack resented. The men engaged in a fight. Wisman separated them and put the crowd out, as he said he would not allow a fight in his place.
SURRENDERED TO POLICE.
It was midnight before the police could locate O'Donnell and then he voluntarily gave himself up. He rode by himself in a carriage to police headquarters and surrendered to Lieutenant M. E. Ryan. He was not asked about the shooting by the officers in charge and was placed in the matron's room. He did not mention the shooting nor offer any explanation for it.
The trouble between the men, it is alleged, grew out of the fact that O'Donnell and Donnegan were out of the town on the last election day and Moran and his friends accused the two of being faithless to O'Hearn. The breach between the men was widened more by O'Donnell's brother arresting a barber on election day.
The shooting scrape of last night is not the first in which O'Donnell has figured. He was shot in the back by J. D. Cosby, proprietor of the Cosby hotel, following a fight in the hotel. At the same time J. P. Hayes, who was with O'Donnell, was shot twice in the back. The shooting was in February, 1908.
Labels: Alderman O'Hearn, Captain Whitsett, cigars, detectives, hospitals, hotels, police headquarters, police matron, politics, saloon, violence
August 13, 1909
HE GREW RICH STAR GAZING.
Counted 17,000,000 Shooting Stars,
and 'Phoned John D.
At least one man saw shooting stars in the heavens last night. He had read a prophecy of the pyrotechnical display and early in the evening he started on his rounds star gazing. Occasional trips were made to the drinking emporiums and at the end of refreshments the man would dash madly out into the middle of the street and gaze longingly at the heavens. Passersby saw his lips move convulsively, and one who was possessed of more temerity and curiosity than his brothers approached near enough to hear him whisper:
"Money, Money, Money."
There was a pause until the deluded man saw another star flying from Venus to Jupiter or from Broadway to McGee streets and once more he would gasp convulsively:
"Money, Money, Money."
After some three hours of such behavior the saloons closed. Just before the doors of the saloon of his last choice were to close this strange man went to the telephone.
"Gi'me John D. Rock'feller," he demanded. The operator connected him with the emergency hospital.
"Hello," replied the surgeon in charge in answer to the telephone ring.
"Is that you J. D. R.? Well I just called you up to tell you that you are backed off the financial map. I saw 17,000,000 shooting starts tonight and said 'Money, Money, Money' after each one of them, three times apiece. Sure sign of money. What'll you sell out for?"
"Guess he really needed emergency treatment," said the amiable emergency surgeon. "Batty, clean batty."
Labels: alcohol, emergency hospital, mental health, saloon, telephone
August 13, 1909
NEW POLICE BOARD
BRYON E. LINE SUCCEEDS "JIM-
MIE" VINCIL SEPTEMBER 1.
Soldiered With Commissioner Marks
During Spanish-American War.
Retiring Secretary Held
Office Twelve Years.
Byron E. Line, formerly chief clerk and assistant purchasing agent of the Quincy, Omaha & Kansas City railroad, has been appointed to succeed James E. Vincil, for twelve years secretary to the board of police commissioners, who presented his resignation to the board yesterday afternoon, effective September 1. Mr. Vincil went into the office under Commissioners Gregory and Scarritt in 1897.
The new secretary is 30 years old. He has lived in Kansas City eight years. His salary will be $2,100 a year. His address is 1001 Penn street, Aberdeen Flats.
During the Spanish-American war Mr. Line was sergeant-major of the Fifth Illinois infantry, and for a time his regiment was brigaded with the 160th Indiana infantry, in which Commissioner Thomas R. Marks was captain. It was there that Line and Marks became acquainted.
Probably today the board will name a clerk to assist the secretary. He will bear the title of "excise clerk," and will have the saloons to look after. He will be expected to prepare a history of each saloon in Kansas City since the law limiting them went into effect.
"He will be expected to look after the sanitary conditions of each saloon," said Mr. Marks, "and also the moral tone, as it were. He must keep a record of all saloon proprietors, bartenders, porters and other employes, with their residences, and a complete history of each man. The day when well-dressed vagrants, 'con' men, highwaymen and burglars may tend bar in Kansas City will become a thing of the past very soon."
Labels: Commissioner Marks, Penn street, police board, railroad, saloon, Spanish-American War, veterans
August 13, 1909
HOTEL MAIDS OBJECT TO
HANDLING 9-FOOT SHEETS.
In Preparing to Comply With New
Law, Hotelkeeper Runs Into
Bunch of Trouble.
If John Moore, proprietor of the Moore hotel, insists on using the regulation nine-foot sheets as will be provided by law after August 16, he will have trouble with the maids in his employ. If he does not he will get into trouble with the state authorities. At present he does not know just where he stands.
The trouble started yesterday morning and the first round ended in favor of the maids of whom there are a score. Headed by Miss Dora McClure who was the spokeswoman, they declared that they could not use nine-foot sheets to advantage, that it was too much trouble to turn them under the mattresses and over the covers and that if the "boss" insisted on using sheets of this length, they would find situations elsewhere.
As a result of the first round, Mr. Moore told the girls to use the old sheets until he had more time to think about it.
Some time ago Mr. Moore received a notice that after August 16 sheets nine feet in length would be required by law. This law was to be strictly enforced and it was intimated that inspectors would be around at most any time to see that the law was complied with. An inspection fee was also to be charged.
About that time Mr. Moore needed new linen and he ordered sheets of the nine foot length. The shipment arrived Wednesday and yesterday morning he directed the housekeeper to tell the housemaids to use the new length linen when they made up the beds. The trouble followed.
"I don't believe the girls understand the thing thoroughly," said Mr. Moore. "I will read the law to them and then they will understand what they must do in any other hotel."
Labels: employment, hotels
August 12, 1909
AMERICAN ROYAL LIVE STOCK
SHOW'S NEW HOME.
Will Have Seats for 7,000 People.
SKETCH OF THE NEW AMERICAN ROYAL BUILDING.
Work on the pavilion which will house the American Royal live stock show this year was commenced yesterday. The building will occupy a lot 148 by 368 feet and will be 48 feet high. It will contain a ring 80 by 300 feet which will be surrounded by seats which will house comfortably over 7,000 people. The show ring is to be free from posts or any other obstructions. The outside walls will be 20 feet high and will be of cement on steel laths. The roof will be carried on steel trusses spanning the show ring.
The previous shows have been in big tents. Last year's experience with a tent resulted in the decision this year to build a substantial house. The show will be held from October 11 to 16 and is the court of final decision in the live stock world. In this show the winners of the prizes in the various state fairs here meet in general competition for the grand prizes of the American Royal.
It is planned to have the cattle show in the day and the horse show at night.
Labels: American Royal, real estate
August 12, 1909
HOPES HE WILL FLY
TO THE SOUTH POLE.
BRITON WILL COMBINE BAL-
LOON AND BIPLANE.
Captain Webster, F. R. G. S., British
Army, Retired, Estimates the
Cost of His Antarctic Expedi-
tion at $200,000.
To fly to the South pole in a combined dirigible balloon and aeroplane is the purpose of Captain R. V. Webster, F. R. G. S., formerly of the British army, and now a wealthy tea and rubber planter of Ceylon, who is in this country learning all he can about the latest in American aeronautics. Captain Webster is now on his way to Washington, where he will have an audience with the members of the government aeronautic board. He was at the Baltimore hotel last night.
The Walter Wellman plan of going in a balloon is all right as far as it goes, thinks Captain Webster, but the explorer must be sure that he can readily return.
"Wellman may get to the North pole, all right," he said last night, "but I entertain grave doubts as to his ability to get back to civilization again. Gas, you know, may gradually be dissipated from a balloon on such a trip. It might carry an explorer to the pole, but I'm afraid he'd find to his horror that he would not have enough left to return.
Captain Webster is of the opinion that the South pole can be found by combining heavier-than-air and lighter-than-air craft, so that if one fails the other will be left to depend upon.
Although his plans are thus far tentative, his idea now is to suspend a biplane, perhaps of the type used by the Wrights, from an elongated balloon shaped like Count Zeppelin's huge dirigible.
This military and aeronautical Eurasian has the right to write F. R. G. S. after his name, as well as Captain before it, for he holds a life fellow hip in the Royal Geographical Society of London . To this society he says he has given the English equivalent of $60,000 for the purpose of financing an antarctic expedition which he will command. It will take a total of $200,000 to pay for such a trip.
Labels: airships, balloons, England, Hotel Baltimore, visitors
August 12, 1909
NEW PEST ON CITY TREES.
Insect Looks Like Big Silk Worm
and Destroys Foliage.
A park policeman yesterday brought a sheaf of things that looked like gigantic silk worms growing on branches of trees. They were the new pests that are overrunning the country and destroying the foliage. According to the policeman this is the first time the creatures have been a pest, though they appeared last year.
The grubs are in jackets somewhat like rotting peanuts and from one to two inches in length. They expose about half an inch of their head and neck, and never seeming to stop browsing.
The are repulsive to view, and strip trees clean of all green stuff.
August 12, 1909
BOY, MATCH, OIL, FIRE.
One of John D.'s Tank Wagons Suf-
fered From the Combination.
A mischievous boy, a lighted match and a Standard Oil tank wagon combined in a very plausible fire yesterday afternoon.
The tank wagon was standing out in front of a grocery store at Thirty-third and McGee streets when a boy passed, lighted a match and threw it into the bucket box in the rear of the wagon. Then he ran, then the fire started and the wagon went up in smoke. Simple case of cause and effect.
Labels: children, Fire, McGee street, Thirty-third street
August 12, 1909
AT SIGN OF THE LETTER "H."
Humane Mark on Horses You'd
Better Leave Alone.
If offered a horse with an "H" sheared on the off-thigh, better refuse him. The Humane Society is after the herd. The day before yesterday Field Agent E. C. Cox was loitering about the "donkey" market, waiting for the arrival of a poor old animal he intended shooting, a merciful thing he shortly afterward did. while engaged in doing nothing, the field agent heard two traders talking of a choice lot of old wrecks in a field just across the state line, which were being fed up to bring into the market for sale, and further punishment today.
The field agent went out to the field himself yesterday on a scouting expedition . He says that he found twelve miserable looking horses, absolutely unfit for work. Before the one in charge came up, Cox had sheared an "H", for Humane, on each horse.
"I have marked them so as to know them again," the field agent warned, "and if I find one of them in the city within six weeks I will know whom to arrest. I order you to keep these horses on pasture the balance of the summer."
Labels: animals, Humane Society
August 11, 1909
PHRENOLOGY NEW WRINKLE
IN DETECTING CRIMINALS.
Latest Study in Criminology More
or Less Success as Practiced by Stone.
Probably the wisest policeman on the force is an officer who has only lately been given command of a station. This particular officer boasts of some ability as a phrenologist, and the poor man unlucky enough to be arrested in his district has to risk the result of an examination of the bumps on his head. The system is a brand new one in metropolitan police circles and has caused a great deal of argument as to its practical results.
Lieutenant DeWitt C. Stone, commanding No. 4 district, is the officer who is said to be an expert phrenologist. When persons are arrested and sent to the station it is said that the lieutenant lines them up in a row against the wall. After studying the frontal appearance of the prisoners, he orders them to turn and face the wall. Then the examination of bumps, ridges and contours of the skull is put into play.
Carefully feeling the shapely craniums of the men, the officer figures out the particular branch of crime in which each person is engaged. Maybe the first prisoner will have a low ridge across the fore part of the skull and if so he is booked on the blotter as a vagrant. Two small round protuberances back of either ear marks a man as a yeggman and his name is so catalogued on the blotter.
But if a ridge, a flat knoll or a depression should be found the man is of a more desperate character and the lieutenant has him booked for investigation. Those who are familiar with the district say that the system has a good effect as the habitues of No. 4 station are afraid the lieutenant might make a mistake and charge them with a more serious crime than they are guilty of.
Labels: crime, No 4 station, police
August 11, 1909
SILVER DOLLAR OF 1798.
Street Car Conductor Gets Rare Coin
Cautiously asking Conductor E. W. Ellis, on the Independence division, if a dollar he was tendering was "good," an old man yesterday paid his car fare with a silver dollar dated 1798. On the date side is a Liberty head with thirteen stars about it. On the other side the spread eagle, with shield in front of the body, thirteen small stars between the tips of the winds and below the level of the head, the whole surmounted by five little billowy clouds.
On this side are the words: "United States of America."
On the rim, in place of the milling is "One door, or unit 100 cents."
The conductor gave the man 95 cents change and put the coin where he would not be likely to pass it out again in making change.
Labels: Independence, streetcar
August 11, 1909
"MOTHER" WAKEFIELD IS DEAD.
Once Kept a Boarding House for
Benefit of Policemen.
Mrs. Sophia L. Wakefield, "mother" of the police department, died of paralysis at 11 o'clock last night at her home, 2906 Penn Valley park. She was 70 years old and a widow. Her husband, a major in the Union army, was killed in the civil war. Funeral arrangements have not been made.
Many of the older members of the police force will remember "Mother" Wakefield, as she was lovingly called in the days when she kept a little boarding house for the benefit of policemen at 206 East Sixth street. No restaurant in the North End, then a better place in which to live than now, could compete with her in the culinary art, and when her pleasant smile of welcome and ready sense of humor were thrown in with the repast, the satisfaction afforded by the meals to the big officers knew no bounds.
Mrs. Wakefiled was born in Chatham, Canada, and came to this city forty years ago. She is survived by two sons, Hank Wakefield, a former circus press agent, and William, a member of a troup of acrobats.
Labels: boarding house, circus, history, North end, Penn Valley park, police
August 10, 1909
PENNY ICE DISTRIBUTION
SAVES LIVES OF BABIES.
Ensign Heazlitt of Salvation Army
Tells of Good That Is Being
It was stated yesterday by Ensign Blanche Heazlitt of the Salvation Army, who has charge of the penny ice fund, that more than 400 poor families are now being supplied by that means. The ice distributed in two sections of the city is donated. In the East Bottoms it is donated by the Kansas City Breweries Company through the Heim brewery. In the West Bottoms the Interstate Ice Company gives five tons each day for distribution in that section.
"For the North End, the McClure flats, Warden court and for the homes of many needy intermediate families," said Ensign Heazlitt, "ice is purchased out of the penny ice fund. We are still able to give ten pounds for a penny, and on Saturday we allow them to purchase twenty pounds, as there is no delivery on Sunday.
"The ice so delivered is not to be cracked up and used in drinking water. There are babies at most of the homes and it is used to keep their milk cool and sweet and to preserve what little else perishable the family may have. At first many of the mothers were wasteful, not knowing how to preserve ice, but I made a trip through the penny ice district and taught the mothers how to keep it by means of plenty of old newspaper and sacks.
"Some of them have made rude ice boxes which enables them to keep the ice longer than before. By next year we hope to have depots distributed throughout the district where ice may be secured.
"I have often wished that the subscribers to the fund could have gone with me on my trip. They would be delighted to see the good their money is doing. We consider penny ice the best thing that has ever been done for the unfortunate of this city. Many of the mothers cannot speak English but they all show their gratitude in their worn, wan faces.
"The arrival of the penny ice wagon in a neighborhood is always greeted by the children, who shout, 'Penny ice, penny ice!'
"Next year we want to be able to start out the wagons in time to supply the unfortunate just as soon as warm weather arrives. There is no doubt that the distribution of ice has saved the lives of many helpless little ones this year."
Labels: breweries, charity, children, East bottoms, food, ice, immigrants, North end, Salvation Army, West bottoms, women
August 10, 1909
NO CIRCUSES ON LABOR DAY.
Council Passes Ordinance Favored
by Mayor in Special Message.
In order to allow members of the trade unions to have the full benefit of "spending money" on Labor Day, Mayor Crittenden last night sent a special message to the council favoring the passage of an ordinance to bar circuses from Kansas City on that day, it transpiring that shows have made it a practice to map out their routes as to be here on general holidays, especially Labor Day. A complaint had been made by the ways and means committee that circuses were taking about $25,000 out of the city each Labor Day.
Labels: circus, holidays, Kansas City council, Mayor Crittenden
August 10, 1909
HAS APPENDICITIS IN DEPOT.
Unconscious Oklahoman Carried
$2,000 Currency in His Pocket.
With $2,000 in currency in his pockets, Gus Schneider, a cattle raiser of Enid, Ok., was attacked with appendicitis while waiting for a train in the Union depot last night, and was discovered unconscious by Mrs. Ollie Everingham, the depot matron. Mrs. Everingham gave him emergency treatment until a physician, Dr. R. O. Cross, was secured from among the waiting travelers.
Schneider brought his cattle to the stock yards Saturday night. They were sold yesterday, and after dinner he walked to the depot. He did not feel well, and selected a seat near a window. He was attacked by pains in the stomach and it is presumed he lost conscious shortly afterwards.
Several phone calls were put in for physicians, all of whom happened to be out. One of the callers then used a megaphone in the waiting room, and Dr. Cross responded. Dr. Cross lives at Lahoma, Ok., and was on his way home. He accompanied Schneider on the train.
Labels: depot matron, doctors, illness, oklahoma, railroad, stock yards, Union depot, visitors
August 10, 1909
DIAGNOSED AS HYDROPHOBIA.
Pet Dog's Saliva Infects Wound on
Children living in the neighborhood of Fifty-first street and Prospect avenue are having a hard time of it the last few days. Their mothers refuse to allow them to get out of sight, and if a dog appears the children are hustled into the ho use and doors barred. The cause of the confinement of the kids and the dog scare is a small fox terrier owned by Mr. Van Felt, near Fifty-first street and Prospect avenue.
Six dogs owned by neighbors of Mr. Van Felt were bitten by the fox terrier on last Friday afternoon. Mr. Van Felt played with the dog late Friday afternoon and the dog licked his hand in a playful way. A wound on the hand became infected late that night, and the next day Mr. Van Felt heard that his dog had bitten others. Becoming frightened, Mr. Van Felt consulted a physician who diagnosed the swelling as hydrophobia. The physician left for Chicago last night in charge of his patient who was going to be treated at the Pasteur institute.
The police of No. 6 station were informed of the result of the physician's examination. Sergeant R. L. James sent an officer to round up the dogs that had been bitten. His instructions are that the owners tie the dogs for a period of fifteen days. If symptoms of hydrophobia appeared within that time the dogs are to be killed.
Labels: animals, Chicago, children, doctors, Fifty-first street, health, illness, No 6 police station, police, Prospect avenue, rabies
August 9, 1909
LOCAL RABBI'S BOOK.
Isidore Koplowitz on "Immortality
of the Soul."
RABBI ISIDORE KOPLOWITZ.
Rabbi Isidore Koplowitz of the Keneseth Israel synagogue, Fifteenth and Troost, is the author of a learned and interesting volume just published by the Franklin Hudson Publishing company of this city, under the title: "Al-Moveth" or "Immortality of the Soul." This is the fifth volume from the pen of Dr. Koplowitz, who was formerly a lecturer at the state university of Georgia and is a scholar of wide attainments. He has been here for the past four years and has taken high rank in Jewish circles.
In his latest book, which is a modest little volume of attractive typopgraphy, Dr. Koplowitz examines exhaustively the whole problem of the soul's immortality. The book is designed as a protest against the prevailing materialism of the day and as a battle cry and slogan in the assault upon this dangerous and insidious tendency. The author's profound scholarship and extensive research are shown in the aptness and variety of the quotations used in support of his argument for immortality, which, he declares, is demonstrable by reason, logic and science. The answer to Job's question "If a man die shall he live again," is a triumphant affirmative.
Labels: books, Fifteenth street, Jews, ministers, Troost avenue
August 9, 1909
FINDS A CITY TRANSFORMED.
F. S. MacJohnstone Tells of Kansas
City 25 Years Ago.
"Kansas City was a mud hole when my wife and I left it for the West a quarter of a century ago," said F. S. MacJohnstone of Colorado Springs, Col., at the Hotel Moore last night. "Its transformation as we viewed it today from an automobile which whirled us over the magnificent boulevards is wonderful. Twenty-five years ago there were huge, ugly hills with rocks jutting out on every side, steep walks, poor sewerage, hilly paved streets and no park system. Now you have the opposite. In Colorado we have beautiful drives and parks for our natural mountain scenery gives us an unrivaled background.
"Neither my wife nor I deemed it possible that Kansas City could make the strides it has since we left it. We have read of the growth of the city but did not realize its extent. We drove this afternoon through Roanoke. We used to go nutting in what is now one of the prettiest residence districts in the city. At that time it was occupied by a few shacks.
"Although my father and I furnished locks and hardware for the Old Missouri Valley buidling which was located somewhere near Fifth and Delaware streets, the only familiar sight we met of any conssequence was the old Blossom house, opposite the Union depot. The hotel was built before we left Kansas City."
Mr. MacJohnstone is a former alderman of Colorado Springs. With his wife he came to Kansas City to attend the wedding of a cousin, Fred MacJohnstone of Chicago, to Miss Lydia Dunning of Rochester, N. Y. Miss Duning was the guest of the MacJohnstones at Colorado Springs and came to Kansas City with them. The bride and groom departed yesterday for Chicago.
Mr. and Mrs. MacJohnstone left last evening for Denver.
Labels: Chicago, Delaware street, Denver, Fifth street, history, hotels, New York, Union depot, visitors, wedding
August 9, 1909
FORMAL FUNERAL FOR
ENGLISH GIRL'S CANARY.
Bird Victim of Hardships Was
Buried in Depot Matron's
In the yard in the rear of the home of Mrs. Ollie Everingham, the matron at the Union depot, is a little mound. Beneath it in a tin box lies the cotton encased body of a little canary bird, the sole companion and pet of Miss Ethel McFarland, an English girl, who immigrated to this country just seven weeks ago. Bobbie, the bird, died yesterday morning, just after Miss McFarland had stepped from a Wabash train from St. Louis, where she had been looking for employment. Miss McFarland, who is Mrs. Everingham's protege, was her guest last night.
A little more than two months ago Miss McFarland, a clerk and bookkeeper in London, left her home for this country. She had read much of the United States and believed her future lay here. When sh e departed she had, besides her clothing, her pet canary bird, which she had reared from a nestling. The little fellow, whom she named Bobby, was attached to her as she was to him. A charge of $2.50 was made for carrying the bird on the ship, and when Miss McFarland reached this side she discovered that she owed the steward $1 more for caring for it en route.
Seven weeks ago a ruddy faced girl with a decided English accent, carrying two suit cases and the cage containing the canary bird, got off a train at the Union depot. Mrs. Everingham's attention was attracted to the girl and from that time on, Miss McFarland declares, he one best friend was the matron.
Mrs. Everingham secured lodgings for the girl, and the next day got her a position in a household.
"I don't want to work at books; I want to learn to keep house as they do in America," she told the matron.
Two weeks ago the family with whom Miss McFarland lived departed for the North. She heard of a position in St. Louis and a friend whom she had met through Mrs. Everingham offered to assist her in securing the position.
St. Louis was not to the liking of the English girl and she started back to Kansas City Friday night, arriving here yesterday morning. The ride was too much for the bird, which was dead when Miss McFarland arrived at the depot.
With tears streaming down her face and almost heartbroken at the loss of her little companion, Miss McFarland sought Mrs. Everingham. The sympathetic depot matron had a tin box in her desk. Some cotton was secured and the little bird was wrapped in the cotton, placed in the box and given a ceremonious burial in the back yard of the matron's home.
Labels: animals, depot matron, England, immigrants, railroad, Union depot, women
August 9, 1909
THE TRIBUNE IS GENEROUS.
Chicago Paper Runs Cut of Alleged
Kansas City Depot.
In yesterday's Chicago Tribune there was a write-up of Kansas City's proposed new Union passenger station. An illustration of the building was presented, but Kansas City railroad men say that it is not a correct representation. Some two years ago a Chicago architect by the name of Jarvis Hunt, prepared drawings and sketches for the directors of the Kansas City Terminal Railway Company. They were but tentative in their scope, and did not receive the approval of the board of directors of the company for two reasons. One was the prohibitive expense they entailed, and the other that the company was not ready to finance so elaborate a building.
"Mr. Hunt evidently intends to build a monument to his genius, and to make the railroads foot the bill," was the comment made by one of the officers of the terminal company when the sketches were submitted. It is now understood that the architect is now at work on a more modified scale, and is preparing plans for a building the cost of which will be in keeping with the contract agreement, $2,800,000.
A building of the character illustrated in yesterday's Chicago paper would cost $5,000,000 to build.
Labels: architects, Chicago, newspapers, railroad, union station
August 9, 1909
WIFE FLIRTS, HUSBAND SAYS.
Demanded Special Police to Follow
Woman to Park.
Hardly a night goes by without some person telephoning or calling in person at police headquarters and making requests that are not listed in the police manuals as among a copper's duties. If a refusal is met with it is not unusual for the officer's job to be threatened by the person making the request.
Last night was possibly a bit quiet but Lieutenant M. E. Ryan, in charge at headquarters, received two demands to detail officers to perform work that is commonly turned over to the private detective agencies. The first request was made by a woman who demanded that a policeman be sent out on Admiral boulevard and take her husband home. She had found him calling upon another woman, and the wife wanted him escorted home after he declared he would return later in the evening.
Demand No. 2 was made a few hours later. A man hurried into the station and walking up to the desk inquired for the Chief of Police. As the chief was not there he asked for the captain and was informed that a lieutenant was about his size. He then asked to have a plain clothes man follow his wife out to one of the parks during the evening and keep an eye on her actions.
"Guess you will have to do your own trailing," Lieutenant Ryan remarked.
"Gertie always flirts when I am not with her," the man said in further pleading for a policeman to spy for him.
"Then watch her," the lieutenant answered as he told the shortstop to put the man out of the station.
Labels: Admiral boulevard, marriage, police headquarters, romance
August 8, 1909
AND COMMITS SUICIDE.
GRANT SIERS SHOOTS MRS.
MARY SIERS AND HIMSELF.
Jealousy and Continual Quarreling
Alleged Cause -- Negro Witness of
Tragedy Says Woman Also
Jealousy and continual quarelling is the alleged cause of the death of Mrs. Mary Siers, 1025 Jefferson street, who was shot and instantly killed yesterday afternoon about 4:45 o'clock by her brother-in-law, Grant Siers, who then turned the pistol upon himself and sent a bullet into his head, dying before anyone reached his side. The only witness to the murder and suicide was Susie Richardson, a negro woman, who lives in a house in the rear of the Siers residence.
Siers had lived at the home of Mrs. Siers for the last two years, after being separated from his wife, who lives in Humeston, Ia. Mrs. Siers' husband is divorced and is an inmate of the Soldiers' home at Leavenworth, Kas. From boarders in the house and Chester Siers, a son of the slayer and suicide, it was learned that the couple quarreled most of the time. Jealousy on the part of both is said to have caused nearly all of the domestic trouble.
ORDERED TO LEAVE HOUSE.
About 2 o'clock yesterday afternoon Mrs. Siers was busy showing two real estate men over the house when Grant Siers returned home and began to quarrel with his sister-in-law. She told him to leave the ho use and he entered the hall to get his suit case. The woman threw the suit case at his feet with the admonition not to return. Siers requested time to get his clothing from his room, but she again told him to leave. His son, Chester, finally induced him to leave the house, and the two men went to a saloon at Eleventh and Jefferson streets. Later in the afternoon the father left his son at Eleventh and Main streets.
The next heard of Siers he was entering the yard at the Jefferson street residence. Instead of going in the back way, as was his custom, Siers entered from the front and went around the house to the rear door. A latticed porch is just off the kitchen door, and as Siers walked upon the porch Mrs. Siers appeared in the doorway. She ordered him off and according to the theory of the police he drew a revolver and shot three times. Two bullets entered her body, one on each side of the chest. The third bullet lodged in the wall back of her. Then Siers placed the muzzle of the pistol behind the right ear and killed himself.
SAYS WOMAN USED PISTOL.
The version of the double killing as given by the Richardson woman differs greatly from that of the police theory. She said she was standing in the yard and saw Mrs. Siers point a revolver at Siers and fire twice. Siers, she said, turned and fell, and while on the floor of the porch took a pistol from his pocket and fired at Mrs. Siers, afterwards shooting himself. However, when the deputy coroner, Dr. Harry Czarlinsky, examined the bodies only one revolver was found and that was under Siers. the body of Mrs. Siers was slaying in the kitchen and Siers's body was on the porch.
Mrs. Richardson said that Siers was asking for his clothes and that Mrs. Siers finally ordered him away and said:
"I'll see you dead before I will give you your clothes."
"My God, please don't kill me," Siers exclaimed, she said.
Immediately after this conversation Mrs. Siers began to shoot, according to the negro woman. She was positive two revolvers were displayed. As the police could only find one pistol, and that underneath Siers's body, the discredit the negro's story.
Dr. Czarlinsky also found five shells, which were for the pistol, in the coat pocket of Siers.
SON TELLS OF QUARRELS.
Chester Siers, who is a restaurant cook, said yesterday evening that his father did not own a pistol so far as he knew, but that his aunt had one. He said his father and aunt were in love with each other, but that he had never heard them discuss the subject of marriage.
W. L. Haynes and Charles Callahan, boarders,were in the parlor during the shooting and counted four reports of shots fired. Mrs. Moyer, housekeeper, was in another part of the house. The son of Siers said that in the past when his father had left home after a quarrel with his aunt she always sent him money to come back. About a month ago she had him arrested on a charge of disturbing the peace. He was sent to the workhouse, but after serving a short sentence, Mrs. Siers paid his fine, it is said.
Siers, who was 54 years old, was a barber and had a shop at the corner of Nicholson and Monroe streets. He leaves a widow and six children. The widow and three children reside in Humeston, Ia.
Labels: barbers, boarding house, domestic violence, Dr Czarlinsky, Eleventh street, guns, Jefferson street, Main street, Monroe avenue, murder, Nicholson avenue, saloon, Suicide
August 8, 1909
TO RAISE $700 FOR THE
HOUSE OF GOOD SHEPHERD.
Irish-American Athletic Club Will
put on Benefit Baseball Game
With Kansas Team.
The city, when it cut the street through at Twentieth street and Cleveland avenue, took forty feet of the property of the home of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd. And that was not all. The sisters are now called upon to pay $700 and the Irish-American Athletic Club has undertaken to raise the money for the home by holding a benefit game at its athletic field at Forty-seventh and Main.
The game will be between the Edgerton, Kas., team, and one of the Irish-American Athletic Club teams. The Kansas team volunteered its services, and as this is considered one of the best baseball organizations in Kansas, considerable interest is shown in the contest.
One of the directors of the Irish-American Athletic Club, who formerly lived at Edgerton, says that when the Edgerton baseball team plays at a neighboring town Edgerton moves with the team. The advance sale of tickets is very encouraging to the club.
A thirty-two page programme will contain the pictures and the line-up of both teams, also a brief history of the Irish-American Athletic Club of Kansas City, portraits of some of their athletes, their officers and directors, the objects and purposes of the club, is being published. These programmes will be distributed to the members of the club and to all who attend the game next Saturday afternoon.
The athletic field of the Irish-American Club is an ideal location. The club has erected a covered grand stand; the entire ground is fenced and the baseball diamond is one of the best in the country.
It is proposed to have a quarter-mile track, handball courts, tennis courts, bowling alleys and every facility for outdoor sports and games of all kinds.
The club now has about 700 members. All are entitled to the privileges of the grounds, excepting when there is a special event of some kind. At these events everybody pays, and all who attend will put up the 25-cent admission for the grandstand seats at the game for the benefit of the Home of the Sisters of the Good Shepherd.
Labels: charity, Cleveland avenue, Forty-seventh street, immigrants, Main street, nuns, organizations, sports, Twentieth street
August 8, 1909
MARRIAGE LICENSE TOO HIGH.
John McGinnis Complains That $2
Fee Is Excessive.
John W. McGinnis, 1617 Oak street, told the marriage license clerk yesterday that the charge of $2 for a license was excessive. He said he believed that in view of this fact the minister who married him to Mrs. Susan J. Stratton of 2009 East Eighteenth street, should charge only 50 cents.
McGinnis is an old soldier and says he has been married three times before this venture. He is 69 years of age and his bride 71.
Labels: Eighteenth street, Oak street, Seniors, veterans, wedding
August 8, 1909
CONTRACTOR IS HELD UP.
S. J. Ellis Robbed of $60 and a
Valuable Stick Pin.
Three young men uniformly dressed in loose fitting, shoddy garments and wearing dark slouch felt hats stepped from an alley and leveled three large revolvers at S. J. Ellis, a contractor, as he was returning from a trip from the business district to his home at 3834 Agnes avenue last night. With his hands accommodatingly thrust into the air Mr. Ellis allowed one of the men to rob him of $60 in money and a valuable stick pin. He was then told to hasten home.
Mr. Ellis reported the holdup to No. 9 police station.
Labels: Agnes avenue, crime, No 9 police station
August 7, 1909
UNEARTHED MYSTERIOUS BOX.
Contained Skeleton of a Dog,
and Not a Bomb.
While excavating in the basement of the old Southern hotel at Tenth and Wyandotte streets yesterday afternoon, a workman unearthed a suspicious looking box. Fearing an infernal machine, police headquarters was notified and Detective Charles Lewis was sent to investigate the matter.
Lewis used a pick. One or two vigorous blows was sufficient to break the hinges, and the skeleton of a dog was disclosed.
Then someone recalled the fact that a woman who once lived at the hotel had owned two white house dogs and that on the death of the favorite, the animal was buried in the cellar with much ceremony.
Labels: detectives, hotels, Tenth street, Wyandotte street
August 7, 1909
HE LONGED TO BE A LOBSTER.
But When Suit Case Was Stolen, C.
W. Hawkins Changed Mind.
He longed to be a lobster and even went so far as to carry that longing in print within his suitcase, did C. W. Hawkins from Kansas, and last night his longing came to an end. Mr. Hawkins, or Squire Hawkins, struck town at supper time, carrying with him a suit case containing clothes and other things, among which was the printed legend: "I'd rather be a lobster than a wise guy."
Walking on Main street just south of Eighth street Mr. Hawkins from Kansas spied a restaurant. He entered, placed his suit case near the door and thereby had his longings gratified for within ten minutes the suit case was gone. Mr. Hawkins, greatly perturbed, reported his loss to the police last night.
Labels: crime, Eighth street, Main street, visitors
August 7, 1909
DR. ZWART'S HEALTH GOOD.
Canada Letter From Coroner to
Mrs. Zwart Yesterday.
Mrs. B. H. Zwart, wife of the county coroner, has received a letter from Dr. Zwart, dated Banff, Canada. She said yesterday that Dr. Zwart was in the best of health and that his outing of two weeks in Canada had done him much good.
"From what he writes I believe Dr. Zwart will said on August 14 from Seattle to Skagway," said Mrs. Zwart. "I expect him home by September and will meet him in Denver the latter part of the month. The only Kansas Cityans he writes of seeing in Banff are Fred Heim and John W. Wagner. I do not understand how reports of his ill health could have originated."
Labels: Coroner Zwart
August 7, 1909
MAY RELEGATE THE BROOM.
School Board Considering Vacuum
Cleaning for Buildings.
Vacuum cleaning of the public schools may possibly be substituted for the old process of sweeping with brooms and occasional scrubbing of floors. At the meeting of the board of education last night Charles Smith, architect for the board, was instructed to ask for bids for equipping the new Bancroft school, Forty-third street and Tracy avenue, for vacuum cleaning.
It would require nearly $165,000 to put the system in all of the school buildings. The board will probably have it placed in a few buildings at a time as the funds will allow if the plan is found to be practicable.
Labels: Forty-third street, schools, Tracy avenue
August 6, 1909
TEXAS COWBOY WAS
A FIJI ISLAND KING.
SAVAGES TATTOOED STARS ON
JOE CARR'S HEAD.
Edward Burns, His Companion,
Made a Prince -- After Six Years'
Wandering, They Will Set-
tle Again in Texas.
After an absence of six years during which time they were cowboys in Australia and shipwrecked on one of the Fiji islands where one was made king and the other prince, Joe Carr and Edward Burns were at the Union depot last night, on their way to the Texas panhandle where they expect to return to their cowboy lives.
That they will never forget their experience among the savages is evidenced by the fact that Carr, who was the king, has stars tattooed on his forehead, chin and both cheeks. Burns, who was simply a prince, has a single star on his forehead.
Six years ago two adventurous cowboys, tiring of the life on a Texas range, decided to go to Africa. From South Africa they went to Australia. They enjoyed the herders' life on the big cattle ranges there, made some money, but finally decided to return to the country of their birth.
They took passage in a tramp vessel.
SHIPWRECKED IN STORM.
When near the Fiji islands their vessel was wrecked in a storm and they found themselves in a boat with two sailors. Two days later they made land and were received by a grotesque assembly of savages.
The quartette of whites had a rifle and three revolvers and several rounds of ammunition handy, but they soon ascertained that the attitude of the natives was friendly. The savages hailed them as superior beings and taking this as their cue, Carr was bowed to by his companions who also bowed to Burns. This established the class of Carr and Burns.
From that time on Carr was the king of the island and Burns was the prince. All four were taken in great state to the village half a mile from the beach where a big feast was held in their honor. Carr was seated on a throne and was presented with feathers and bits of metal.
LONESOME, THOUGH KING.
"I had a happy reign so far as trouble was concerned," said Carr at the depot last night. "The natives seemed to divine my wishes and they were as obedient as the best reared children. We had plenty of fish and game for food but with nothing to do but watch for a sail, and the time certainly was lonesome.
"We kept a signal flying by day and for the first few months we kept beacons burning at night. It was almost two years, though, before a tramp ship came our way. Both Burns and I by this time had been decorated with tatooing such as you see on my face, which indicated our rank. Our skins were almost black when the boat crew came ashore they had trouble for awhile satisfying themselves that we were really white men. It took us several months to get back to this country, but here we are, and here we are going to stay."
Labels: Texas, Union depot, visitors
August 6, 1909
KANSAN PUT IN IRONS.
Garnett Sheriff Takes No Chances
With Alleged Forger.
With his hands shackled to prevent his escape, Sidney Brunner, the alleged forger, was taken back yesterday to the Garnett, Kas., jail by Sheriff B. B. Babb of Garnett. He would not have been placed in irons but for threats told of by Detectives Frank Lyngar and Charles Lewis, who arrested him at Fairmount park the day previously.
"I'm either going to kill the sheriff or he will kill me," they say he said.
The sheriff did not want to take any chances and put a pair of handcuffs on Brunner.
Labels: detectives, fairmount park, forgery
August 6, 1909
NOT A COLLECTION OFFICE.
Prosecuting Attorney Lays Down a
New Rule for Warrants.
In order to stop all but bona fide prosecutions, Virgil Conkling, prosecuting attorney, has instructed his office to issue no warrants until the prosecuting witnesses have been subpoenaed for trial. If continuances are granted, deputies are instructed to request the justice of the peace before whom the case may be pending to put the prosecuting witness under bond.
The order is intended to stop the practice of using criminal prosecutions as a method to regain stolen money or property or to collect debts.
Labels: attorney, Prosecutor Conkling
August 6, 1909
LOOKING FOR MISSING MEN.
Anxious Wives of Four Appeal to
Police for Assistance.
If the police do nothing else but look for missing persons the entire department would be kept busy during the next few days. Four persons were reported as missing form their homes yesterday.
George Mitchell, 2328 McGee street, left for the harvest fields June 15. His wife, who is in destitute circumstances, with two children to support, became anxious yesterday and gave the man's description to the police. She can't understand his protracted absence.
The disappearance of H. W. Rutherford, 415 West Sixth street, Kansas City, Kas., who left his home ten days ago, has worried his friends. the man is 60 years old, is gray headed and weighs 150 pounds. The police were asked to aid in the search today.
Another woman in trouble is Mrs. Julia Johnson, who is stopping at the Helping Hand. She is convinced that her husband is working at some restaurant in the North end but doesn't know where.
Mrs. W. H. Treymeyer, 3143 Summit street, is also in the same dilemma. Theymeyer is 43 years old, is six-feet two inches in height, weighs 170 pounds, has a black moustache and black hair.
Labels: Helping Hand, Kansas City Kas, McGee street, missing, North end, police, Summit street
August 5, 1909
AGED MAN FALLS FROM CAR.
James R. Collier, Seriously Injured,
Is Found Unconscious in Street.
Lying on the side of the car track on Troost avenue, near Twenty-sixth street, James R. Collier, 75 years of age, was found unconscious last night. Mr. Collier's skull was fractured. His condition, as announced by Dr. C. Lester Hall last night, is exceedingly dangerous.
Mr. Collier was on his way to prayer meeting at the Troost Avenue Methodist church, which he attended regularly. It is thought that he stepped from a car while it was moving.
The janitor of the church saw the man lying in the street and called the attention of Rev. Edgar McVoy, the pastor. The two investigated and found the injured man to be Mr. Collier, whom the minister quickly recognized. It was then that Dr. Hall's services were requested, and the injured man taken to his home at 23 East Twenty-ninth street.
Mr. Collier lives with his son, T. P. Collier, an engineer, at the Twenty-ninth street address. He has not been in good health for some time.
Labels: accident, churches, doctors, ministers, Seniors, Troost avenue, Twenty-ninth street, Twenty-sixth street
August 5, 1909
DESERTED BY HIS GIRL
WHEN ARRESTED AT PARK.
Officers Charge Sidney Brunner
With Forging Check on Bank
of Kincaid, Kas.
Sidney Brunner, well dressed and handsome, who is said to have sawed out of the Garnett, Kas., jail July 29, where he was held on a charge of forging a check for $262 on the Bank of Kincaid, Kas., in June, was arrested at Fairmount park yesterday afternoon while with a young woman and taken to police headquarters.
The American Bankers' Association notified the Pinkerton detective agency that Brunner was at large and a detective was sent to a room in Kansas City where he had been stopping. Investigation of his trunk disclosed love letters from different young women in many cities, with pictures and locks of hair.
Brunner returned to Kansas City and a detective who, learning that he was enjoying an outing at Fairmount park yesterday afternoon, went there and saw Brunner jauntily coming up the gravel walk with a young woman on his arm. She was gazing into his eyes when the officer stepped up.
"You are under arrest," said the detective.
"You must be mistaken," remonstrated Brunner.
"I guess not," said the officer.
With her head in the air the young woman left both men and was lost in the crowd. The Pinkerton man called up the police headquarters and Detective Charles Lewis took Brunner to headquarters. Out of deference to his handsome face and good clothes he was lodged in the matron's room.
At one time Brunner was fireman on the Missouri Pacific. Later he became a motor car enthusiast and was employed as a chauffeur by several Kansas City families. He would disclose none of their names last night. He will return to Garnett with Sheriff B. B. Babb, who will arrive from there this morning.
Labels: detectives, fairmount park, forgery
August 5, 1909
CATCHER WOOD IS MARRIED.
His Wife Is Hazel Vanderhool of
Near Kansas City.
MILWAUKEE, WIS., Aug. 4. -- Catcher Carl Wood, the youngster whom McCloskey signed to help out Moran behind the bat when Hostetter was injured, is quite an adept at signing contracts.
Wood got the matrimonial bug in his ear so me time ago when he saw a pretty farmer lassie down near Kansas City. After he had signed a contract with the Brewers he thought that he might as well make it good all around, and so signed up for life to take care of Mrs. Wood.
Mrs. Wood's name as it was registered on the roster of her sewing club before approaching the minister, was Miss Hazel Vanderhool, and her father is a well-to-do farmer near Kansas City.
Labels: sports, wedding
August 4, 1909
WIPING OUT A CAR LINE.
W. H. Winants Tells of Pioneer
Movement in Electric Railways.
Some idea of the complete way in which the street railway properties are wiped out may be gathered from the fate of the old Northeast electric line. It was only in an accidental way yesterday that the fact was developed that within the last twenty years there was built, operated and wiped out in this city an electric railway. The contractor who was speaking of the line could not recall particulars of it, but remembered that Colonel W. H. Winants, president of the Mercantile bank of this city, had been president of the old company. When Colonel Winants was asked about the road he told a story that was one of pioneering.
"Municipal transportation is a dangerous thing," said the Mercantile bank's president. "So many bright minds are bent upon perfecting the means of rapid transit that great discoveries are made, so great that they destroy all earlier methods. Eight men, including myself, found some twenty years ago that horse cars, dummy engines and cable railways would soon be obsolete and that electricity would be the moving power.
"We raised money for a line and took over the Northeast horse car line. That system ran from the Market square to Woodland avenue by way of Independence avenue. It took care of only that territory, and being a mule line, was not conducive to settlers going beyond. With electricity available we went further. We left Independence avenue and laid rails along the present route, though not so far east as the cars now go.
"When we went out there we went out alone. Our equipment was crude, being then newly invented, and the consequence was the service was not as good as it might be. It would not be accepted today. But we ran electric cars, the people saw how much faster they went than the old mules, and how much farther they could go without coming to a dead stop. Mules would go only so far.
"Poor as our service was, the line began to develop the country, and in an incredibly short space of time there were houses going up all along the route, and thus began the growth of the northeast part of Kansas City. The street cars did it."
Asked what became of the line, President Winants laughed and said that "modern inventions and other things made it necessary to get a bigger company, the Metropolitan, to take it over.
"I had the honor of being the president of the first electric line in Kansas City, and the only 'gravity system' we have had. One morning I arrived at the car line barns at Highland avenue, or near there, and found the trolley had got mixed up with the overhead rigging, and had been torn off the top of the car. It would not do to tie up the system. It was time for people to be getting down town. So I had the trolley pole laid at the curb, closed the doors, told the passengers there would be no stop made till we got to the end of the line, thus giving a chance to any who wanted to get off, and away we went.
"It was a downhill run all the way except past Shelley park, and we gathered enough momentum before reaching that level to carry us on to the next decline. We made the trip all right, and thus began and ended Kansas City's gravity line.
"Seriously speaking," resumed Colonel Winants, "there is a great risk in street car sureties. The lines have to spend vast sums of money pioneering. They do a tremendous amount of good to the city and a new invention may wipe them out."
Labels: banking, city market, history, Independence avenue, Northeast, streetcar, Woodland avenue
August 4, 1909
GIFT OF $50,000 TO
Thomas H. Swope Offers $25,000
in Cash and Ground on Camp-
bell Near Sixteenth Street
for New Building.
Thomas H. Swope, already Kansas City's manifold benefactor, has given $50,000 to Franklin institute, half in land, half in cash. Unless the donor should extend the time limit the gift will be forfeited November 1 if an additional $50,000 is not raised by that date.
A noon meeting of the directorate of the institute was held yesterday and the members decided to supplement the donation by $5,000 or $10,000 to be raised among their own number. No city-wide campaign for funds will be made, but a quiet effort will be put forth to obtain the money from friends of the social settlement.
Little apprehension that the required amount cannot be raised is entertained.
Henry f. Holt of the architectural firm of Howe & Holt, is one of the directors of the institute. He will set about at once planning the building which the Swope gift makes possible. The site donated lies on the west side of Campbell street between Sixteenth and Seventeenth. Its dimensions are 105 x 142 feet.
Established six years ago, Franklin institute has grown amid adverse conditions. It is now located at Nineteenth and McGee streets, in a two-story frame house which is rented from month to month. In spite of the obstacles which had to be overcome, the work of the settlement has attracted the substantial attention of many Kansas Cityans interested and informed on matters of charity.
For some time Mr. Swope has entertained a strong interest in the results of institutional work, and after acquainting himself with the philanthropic activity of Franklin institute made known his intention to help it to the extent of $50,000. His gift was made with absolutely no solicitation on part of friends of the institute.
Ralph P. Swofford is president of the institute, and J. T. Chafin is head resident. The other officers are Henry D. Faxon, vice president; Fletcher Cowherd, treasurer, and Herbert V. Jones, secretary.
The directorate is made up of William Cheek, Henry F. Holt., R. H. McCord, Rabbi Harry H. Mayer, Howard F. Lee, Benjamin B. Lee, H. J. Diffenbaugh, W. J. Berkowitz, George T. Vance, I. D. Hook, D. L. James and E. L. McClure.
Labels: Campbell street, charity, Franklin institute, Jews, McGee street, Nineteenth street, real estate, Thomas Swope
August 4, 1909
CAUGHT; BOY FOUND.
HARRY JACOBS WAS WITH
UNCLE, CLARENCE CRAFT.
Stepfather Locates Stolen Child,
Dressed in Girl's Clothing, on
Train -- Craft to Be
The alleged kidnaper of little 4-year-old Harry Jacobs, who was coaxed from the home of T. H. Jacobs, his "grandpa," 1508 Olive street, about 1 o'clock Monday afternoon, was so unsuccessful in covering up his tracks that the child was gone from home but seventeen hours. He was returned to his mother about 8 o'clock yesterday morning. As soon as Mrs. Jacobs heard a description of the suspected kidnaper she thought of her brother, Clarence M. Craft of St. Joseph, Mo. Little Harry had lived three years with Mrs. Frank M. Baker, mother of Mrs. Jacobs and Craft.
FOUND CHILD ON TRAIN.
After the search in this city had been in vain, Harry Jacobs, the stolen boy's step-father, decided to leave for St. Joseph Monday evening. He wired for detectives to meet him at the train there at 11 p. m., intending to go to the home of the baby's grandmother, Mrs. Baker.
Soon after the train had left Leavenworth, Kas., Jacobs, suspecting that the kidnaper might have gone to that city by the electric line, started to walk through the train. In the coach immediately ahead of the one in which he had been sitting Jacobs saw Craft, Frank M. Baker, Craft's step-father, and the baby. Little Harry was dressed as a girl.
Jacobs approached and asked what was meant by spiriting the child away. He says Craft replied that it was none of his business as he was not the boy's father. As the train slowed up at the Union depot in St. Joseph, Jacobs says Craft attempted to escape with the child by running around the baggage room. He was caught and turned over to Detectives Parrott and Gordon of the St. Joseph police force.
CRAFT IS LOCKED UP.
"I saw that Craft was placed safely behind the bars," said Jacobs yesterday afternoon. "At the packing house I learned that Baker had been at work there at 1 o'clock Monday afternoon so he was released. He had gone to Leavenworth to meet Craft."
Jacobs asked that Craft be held. Yesterday he went before the prosecutor here and swore to a complaint charging kidnaping. Justice John B. Young issued the warrant which was turned over to Chief of Police Frank Snow with instructions to send a man to St. Joseph after the alleged kidnaper. Mrs. Jacobs, who was greatly alarmed over the absence of her child, says she will prosecute her brother.
In an attempt to learn where little Harry's clothes had been changed the boy was taken out yesterday morning by his step-father. He led the way through the alley in the rear of the house at 1508 Olive street, from whence he was taken, to Fifteenth street. When they reached the fountain at Fifteenth street and the Paseo, which little Harry calls "the flopping water," he stopped. He said that he was taken into a house near there which had a broken porch. His clothes were taken off and girl's apparel substituted.
BOY'S CLOTHES THROWN AWAY.
After leaving the place, t he little boy said, his overalls, waist, etc. of which he had been divested, were wrapped in a piece of paper and thrown over a fence. The house could not be located. The child said several people were present when the shift was made. Candy and the promise of a long ride on the choo choo cars," is what lured the boy away from home.
Jacobs and the stolen boy's mother have not been married long. Mrs. Jacobs was first married in St. Joseph several years ago to Harry Burke from whom she was later divorced. For three years she left her child with her mother, who later married Frank M. Baker, a packing house carpenter. The grandmother and Baker became greatly attached to the child and did not want to give him up when the mother remarried. Jacobs is a cook.
Labels: children, Fifteenth street, kidnapping, Leavenworth, Olive street, Paseo, Police Chief Snow, railroad, St.Joseph
August 4, 1909
START ON TROLLEY LINE.
From Kansas City to St. Joseph in
Former State Senator Ernest Marshall of Saline county, while in Kansas City yesterday, said that within ten days graders will start work upon one of the proposed trolley lines from St. Joseph to Kansas City.
"This is the company which has its headquarters in St. Joseph," said Senator Marshall. "Nearly all the money we want is in sight. We will come into Kansas City over the Winner bridge piers. It will be forty-eight and a half miles from Ninth and Grand avenue here to Francis street in St. Joseph, and we will carry passengers from one street to the other in fifty-five minutes."
Labels: Grand avenue, Ninth street, St.Joseph, streetcar
August 4, 1909
GOOD LUCK BROUGHT HIM BAD.
Boy Who Won Prize Clubbed by
Boy Who Lost.
It was both lucky and unlucky that Carl Adams won an athletic prize at the boys' summer camp yesterday. The prize was a dime, and the contest was to see which boy could stand the longest time with his arms outstretched.
Carl stood the test for eleven minutes. Jim Paulos, a Greek, who sought to re-establish the Athenian championship, could do no better than 10:22. So Jim picked up a stick and hit the winner between the shoulders.
Dr. E. L. Mathias, probation officer, dressed Carl's injuries at the detention home. The Greek will act as one of the waiters at the camp all week as punishment. The other boy is not much hurt.
Labels: children, detention home, doctors, Dr Mathias, violence
August 4, 1909
EMPLOYES OF NICKEL
SHOWS FORM A UNION.
WILL DEMAND MORE PAY AND
DAY OFF A WEEK.
Those in Charge of Movement Claim
Present Salaries Are Too Low,
Considering Work and
A new labor union, new at least in this city, will spring into life full grown at a meeting of its fifty members at Labor headquarters, Locust and Twelfth streets, tomorrow night. The charter recognizing the Kansas City Nickel Show Operators' Union, which was sent for yesterday, will be read and officers elected. Things will then begin to happen to the managements of the seventy-five or more 5-cent arcades, nickelodeons and electric theaters scattered about the city.
If they do not at once accede to a demand for an immediate raise in salaries, a day off each week for recuperative purposes and shorter hours all around, lantern operators, piano players, doorkeepers and even the blonde haired women cashiers may make a general exit.
SAY THEY ARE POORLY PAID.
"We are the poorest paid employes in the city considering the skill required of us and the long hours we are forced to keep," said H. C. Bernard, Seventy-fifth street and West Prospect avenue, the president of the union, last night. "Door-keepers and operators get $12 a week while girl cashiers and piano players get only from $2 to $4. I can't remember of even having heard of a singer receiving more than $8 in this city for the repeated strain on his or her vocal cords.
"I know of one skillful operator of a lantern who got $25 a week in Chicago a month ago and is now drawing a weekly check for $4 and he often works 15 hours a day with no day off."
A business manager in the Yale 5 cent shows general offices said yesterday that he did not fear a strike and that one if it came would not seriously retard the business of his company.
CLAIMS WORK IS LIGHT.
"I will tough a wire the minute they strike and get 100 operators from Chicago in short order," said he. "The work done by the operators, doorkeepers and singers is very light, although somewhat tedious. As a rule they have the forenoons off and can use them to make money at other things. My company will fight a strike to the last, and if a union is organized will discharge every man or woman caught attending a union meeting."
The new union will be affiliated with the International Theatrical Stage Employes' union, and will have auxiliaries taking in all employes, male and female, of the 5-cent shows. Several secret meetings have been held by the union organizers in a room at labor headquarters and about fifty operators have joined. There are about 500 employes of the nickel theaters in the city.
Labels: Chicago, employment, Locust street, moving pictures, organizations, Prospect avenue, theater, Twelfth street
August 3, 1909
MOTHER FAINTS WHEN
CHILD IS KIDNAPED.
4-YEAR-OLD LURED AWAY
BY STICK OF CANDY.
Police of St. Joseph Think
They've Found Him.
Lured by a stick of candy, Harry Jacobs, 4 years old, was kidnaped yesterday afternoon from in front of his stepfather's parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Jacobs, 1508 Olive street. The kidnaper, who worked for two hours before accomplishing his end, meets a description of the boy's uncle.
Half crazed at the the loss of her boy, from whom she had been separated for over three years, Mrs. Jacobs collapsed at the Union depot yesterday afternoon while searching for him. Dr. M. W. Pichard, who attended her, said her condition was serious. No trace of the child was found.
At 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon the missing child was seen at the Union depot by a waiting passenger. In the mean time a dozen relatives, assisted by the police, scoured the city for the little fellow all afternoon and evening, but up to a late hour last night had found no trace of him.
Almost four years ago Della Craft of St. Joseph, Mo., was married to Harry Burke of that place. They were divorced a few months later. Mrs. Burke would not live at home, and she could not find employment where she could keep her boy with her, so she arranged with her mother to care for him. She says that she paid her mother $10 a month to care for the child.
BECOMES ATTACHED TO BOY.
Three months ago at Horton, Kas., Mrs. Burke married Harry Jacobs, a cook. Before the ceremony he promised her that she could have the boy live with her.
In the meantime Mrs. Jacob's mother married Frank Baker, who became greatly attached to the boy and did not want to give him up. The child was finally given to his mother and her husband, and they departed for Eastern Kansas. They came to Kansas City about two weeks ago.
For the first few days they stopped at the home of Jacob's parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Jacobs, 1508 Olive street. They then found apartments at 1613 Park Avenue.
Little Harry Jacobs developed a fondness for his new "grandma" and spent much of his time at her house, only a short distance from his home. Yesterday morning a man who, the mother declares, was her brother, appeared in the neighborhood of the Olive street address. A tinner was doing work on an adjoining house. The stranger asked the boy if he could not help him and the tinner gave him a dime for assistance in carrying tools and tin to the roof.
CHILD IS LURED AWAY.
A few minutes after 1 o'clock Mrs. Jacobs received the news that her son had been kidnaped She was told that a man who answers the description of her brother had lured the child away with a stick of candy. The child, she was told, recognized the man and willingly accompanied him.
Mrs. Jacobs ran to her step-mother's home. Neighbors hurried to her aid. Jacobs was summoned from his work and he called for his father. The quartette, accompanied by neighbors, hastened to the Union depot. There Mrs. Jacobs was told by a waiting traveler that a boy answering the description of her son accompanied by a man who she says she believes to be her brother and a woman whom she thinks is her mother, had been seen in the station just a short while before.
At that Mrs. Jacobs became hysterical and collapsed. She was carried to the invalids' room in the depot, where Dr. M. W. Pickard was summoned to attend to her. In the meantime friends had organized searching parties and the police of both Kansas City and St. Joseph were notified.
BELIEVES BOY IS IN ST. JOE.
ST. JOSEPH, MO., Aug. 2. -- The police of South St. Joseph investigated this end of the kidnaping story of Harry Jacobs in Kansas City today, and believe the kidnaped boy is now at the home of Frank Baker, 225 West Valley street, South St. Joseph. The police say they have no official request from Kansas City to make an arrest.
Frank Baker is a carpenter, who has been employed by Swift & Co. at the packing plant for several years. The police claim not to know Clarence Craft, said to be a brother of the kidnaped child's mother.
Labels: children, custody, doctors, kidnapping, Olive street, Park avenue, St.Joseph, Union depot
August 3, 1909
WOULD MAKE IT "VAN HORN."
Superintendent Greenwood Favors
Changing Name of Admiral Blvd.
To The Journal:
I most heartily indorse the suggestion of J. V. C. Karnes to change the name of Admiral boulevard to Van Horn road, and I hope it will be done without unnecessary delay.
Of all the men of large and unselfish views who worked unceasingly to make Kansas City more than a geographical expression on the map of the United States, no other did so much for so long a space of years as did this man, and every citizen who knows his public and private worth, would be gratified to see one of the principal thoroughfares of our city named for him as a just recognition of his services to this city and nation.
Were it left to the people who know Colonel Van Horn to decide the question, they by acclamation would erase the word Admiral wherever it is engraved and write in large letters Van Horn. The future historians will yet write his achievements in the books describing our city and state, but we should engrave his name on the street crossings so that the little children in the coming ages shall know that Kansas City, in its earliest history, had a citizen who was a great public benefactor, and that his name for honesty and fiar dealing stands unsullied in this community for more than fifty years.
Will not the proper step be taken to change the word Admiral to Van Horn?
Let it be done now!
J. M. GREENWOOD.
Labels: Colonel Van Horn, Superintendent Greenwood
August 3, 1909
BOY ON TRIAL WAS HIS SON.
That Was Why Prospective Juror
Wanted to Be Excused.
They were selecting a jury in the criminal court to try a young man who had appealed from the municipal court. One of the jurors, who had stood the questioning as long as he could, finally walked over to the court deputy marshal and to the clerk and asked to be excused.
"Why cannot you sist as a juror in this case?" asked Judge Ralph S. Latshaw, to whom the juror was referred.
"Why, judge, that boy on trial is my son and I didn't even know he had been arrested."
He was excused as a juror.
Labels: courtroom, criminal court, Judge Latshaw
August 3, 1909
SHOT BOTTLE OF WHISKY.
Detective Bradley Does Valiant
Service at the Union Depot.
Charles Brown of Bon Air, Tenn., was saved the loss of his grip containing $5,000 in cash last night through the agility of Station Master John Wallenstrom and Detective D. C. Bradley, who chased the thief under and over trains until he dropped his plunder. Bradley fired one shot which shattered a quart bottle of whisky, also the property of Brown, which the thief had taken.
Brown is a mine owner in Tennessee. He sold some of his properties there and made some investments in Colorado gold mines. He had $5,000 in currency which he intends to invest. He placed his grip, a parcel containing some laundry and a bottle of whisky by one of the supports of the train shed. The thief escaped.
Labels: crime, detectives, Union depot, visitors
August 2, 1909
DR. BINNIE TO LONDON.
Summoned to Attend Mrs. Walton
H. Holmes, Jr., Who Is Ill.
Dr. J. F. Binnie left last night for New York, whence he will sail Wednesday to London, whither he has been summoned by the sudden illness of Mrs. Walton H. Holmes, Jr. He expects to reach the British metropolis Sunday.
No details have been received here of Mrs. Holmes's condition. W. S. Woods, her father, received the first cablegram, which asked that Dr. Binnie come to attend her. A later and more imperative cablegram asked that he "come at once."
Mr. and Mrs. Holmes had intended to leave London for home August 25 and that plan will be carried out if her condition will permit.
Labels: doctors, Dr. W. S. Woods, England, New York
August 2, 1909
STARGAZING ON ST. TERESA'S.
That's What Peeper, Caught on Fire
Escape of Girls' School, Told
Perched at the top of the fire escape on St. Teresa's academy, Eleventh and Washington streets, five floors from the ground, a peeper who told the police he was "star-gazing" was discovered at an early hour yesterday morning.
The noise he made in climbing awakened some of the pupils, all of whom are girls, and police headquarters was notified. Sergeant Robert Greeley and patrolmen Tim Kennedy and Ed Smith were sent.
"A man is trying to get in," said an excited voice. "Please hurry."
A hurried consultation was held under the shelter of the stone wall, which surrounds the place; and it was decided that the building should be surrounded. Flitting lights indicated agitation among the occupants.
"He's on this side," said an excited woman at an upstairs window, as Sergeant Robert Greeley approached the west side. "Do be careful, for I think he is desperate."
The other officers arrived and another council of war was held. The scampering of bare feet in the hallways alone disturbed the stillness. A passing night owl's car light showed a man perched on the topmost round of the fire escape five stories from the ground. Instantly three revolvers were pointed at him.
"Come down at once," commanded Greeley.
"I was just taking a peep at the stars," explained the man when he reached the ground.
The star-gazer was taken to police headquarters. He will explain in municipal court this morning.
Labels: crime, Eleventh street, police, schools, Washington street
August 2, 1909
TO BUILD NEW GREEK CHURCH.
Priest's Ambition Is to Have Hand-
some Place of Worship.
A Greek church, the finest in the country, is the ambition of the Rev. Father Harlton Panogopoules, of Kansas City, who, with a delegation of members of his parish, departed yesterday afternoon for Topeka, where the first steps will be taken toward raising the money to this end. In the party were James Maniaties and G. Alexopoules. They act as Father Panogopoules's secretaries and interpreters.
The present church is at the corner of Fourth and Locust streets and has about 400 communicants. In a few months, however, it is said there will be more than 2,000, and perhaps twice that many, due to the coming of the Greeks who work as section hands and as laborers in mines and other places. It is with the assistance of these men that the priest expects to build his church. Father Panogopoules came to Kansas City from Athens two months ago. Since that time he has endeared himself to the local Greeks, and they are enthusiastic over his plans for a fine edifice.
To attain this end it will be necessary for him to communicate with the Greeks who are now at work in the railroad territory contiguous to Kansas City, and his first step is to go to Topeka, where there is quite a colony of Greeks, and interest them in the project.
Father Panogopules was attired in a long black cassock, with high felt turban. A great cross was suspended on a heavy chain from his neck. He and his party attracted much attention at the Union depot, where they were met by some of the Greeks who live in that section and to whom Father Panogopoules gave his blessing before he departed.
Labels: churches, Fourth street, immigrants, Locust street, ministers, Topeka, Union depot
August 2, 1909
MACADAM FOR PART
OF SANTA FE TRAIL.
WILL BE BETWEEN KANSAS
CITY AND OLATHE.
Board of Highway Commissioners of
Johnson County, Kas., Propose
to Expend $100,000 on
The Santa Fe trail, over half a century old, is soon to come into its own for the distance between Kansas City and Olathe, at least. Yesterday afternoon the board of highway commissioners of Johnson county, Kas., and some of the prominent citizens of Olathe, toured the road, which it is proposed to macadamize at a cost of about $100,000. A meeting of the highway commissioners will be held this morning at which the final steps toward deciding on this work will be taken.
The plan that will be presented for the approval of the board today is for a macadamized strip sixteen feet wide and a foot thick. The petition for the road was circulated by John W. Breyfogle under the law which was fathered by Senator George H. Hodges.
In the party yesterday were Senator George H. Hodges, Roy Murray, engineer; John W. Breyfogle, W. W. Fry and Harry King, a commissioner, in Senator Hodge's machine. In the other machine, owned by Will Lemon, were Robert Baker, chairman of the commissioners; B. F. Culley and J. M. Leonard.
The party took dinner at the Hotel Baltimore and discussed the road informally. All were enthusiastic for the road. Senator Hodge's machine sustained a badly punctured tire and he and his party returned to Olathe by way of the electric line.
The road will connect with Hudson avenue in the southwestern section of Kansas City. The town of Lenexa, Kas., has promised to assist and will macadamize the street which the road will touch in and out of that town. Olathe will macadamize to the road which under law cannot be built inside an incorporated city or town.
Labels: automobiles, Johnson county, Lenexa, Olathe, public works, Santa Fe Trail
August 2, 1909
WHY WENNE SHAVED.
Sad Story of Mustache That Made
Him Look Older.
John Wenne, a clerk at the Baltimore, is minus his mustache, and thereby hangs a tale.
John is still in his early twenties and he had ambitions to grow one of those curling mustaches which he has seen guests from abroad wear while stopping at the hotel. He did very well and was proud of it until Saturday evening.
"I would like to talk to the young man over there," remarked a feminine guest at the hotel to Mr. Wenne, as she indicated Clerk Louis Kleeberger. John looked in the glass.
"Any time I am taken to be older than Kleeberger because of a mustache, that ornament comes off," he told the barber.
Labels: Hotel Baltimore
August 1, 1909
DIDN'T WANT TO BE KNOWN.
"It's Nobody's Business," Said Gun-
ard Edholm, and Died.
Five days ago a well dressed Swede, about 40 years of age, applied to former Mayor James A. Reed for employment as yardman and chauffeur, and was engaged. He said little about himself at the time, no more than that he had been a baker, but wanted an outdoor job, and set about learning how to run Mr. Reed's car with a good deal of intelligence.
Three days ago the new man said he felt ill and the net day went to the hospital. Yesterday Mr. Reed was at the postoffice trying to find some mail for the man, who had died.
"I mean to give him a decent burial," said Mr. Reed, "and want to find out whom the poor fellow was. He evidently was a man of education. One of the maids at the house asked him, when he said he thought he ought to go to the hospital, to give the address of his people.
" 'It is nobody's business,' he said. 'I don't want anybody to know where I am.' "
The former mayor's mysterious stranger had given the name of Gunard Edholm.
Labels: death, immigrants, James A. Reed, post office
August 1, 1909
4-YEAR-OLD PREVENTED FIRE.
Rushed Into Flmaes and Turned Off
a Gas Burner.
The presence of mind of R. J. Holmden's 4-year-old son saved the family home at 2437 Lister avenue from destruction by fire Monday afternoon. Mrs. Holmden and the children were in the back yard while dinner was cooking on a gasoline stove in the kitchen. The wind blew out one of the burners and the gas from it, igniting, flared high to the ceiling.
Mrs. Holmden rushed to call neighbors, who summoned the fire department. The little boy, however, unobserved by his mother, ran into the kitchen and turned off the burner.
"The fire's out," he told his mother when the fire department arrived, and he showed his blistered hands as evidence.
The firemen investigated, to find the child's story true. The flames had not been able to reach anything inflammable in the building before the child shut off the dangerous flow of gas.
Labels: children, Fire, Lister avenue
August 1, 1909
WEEDS MUST BE CUT DOWN.
Throwing Dry Grass and Weeds Into
Alleys is Forbidden.
Owners of vacant lots are receiving notices from the police department ordering that weeds on the lots be cut down. Patrolman Dennis Keenan has been detailed to locate the lots reported by the patrolmen where weeds should be cut and send out the notices.
An additional order was issued by Chief Snow yesterday to the effect that property owners were not to throw dry grass and weeds into the alleys. The order was issued because fire is too easily started by carelessness where grass has become dried. Owners should burn the weeds on their lots and obviate any chance of fire.
Labels: police, Police Chief Snow
August 1, 1909
MISS HENRIETTA TILL WEDS.
Eloped to St. Joseph With Edmond
Kuenster Last Monday.
Last Monday morning Miss Henrietta Till, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas A. Till, 4404 Campbell street, started for Lake Crystal, Minn., to spend the remainder of the summer. She was expected to arrive there Tuesday morning, and in due time there arrived in Kansas City the expected telegram from Lake Crystal:
"Arrived safely. -- Henrietta."
Yesterday afternoon there came a second telegram, this one to The Journal, dated St. Joseph, saying that Miss Till had been married by Father O'Donnell of the Holy Rosary church in St. Joseph Monday to Edmond Kuenster, a clerk in the Kansas City Bell telephone office. Kuenster had been paying attentions to Miss Till for a year, and it was understood there would be a wedding in the fall.
Asked if there had been opposition to his daughter marrying Kuenster, Mr. Till said there had been on his part, which probably accounted for the elopement.
The first the Till family knew of the marriage was Thursday afternoon when Kuenster called up the Till residence and said he was talking from St. Joseph, where relatives of his mother live. The new Mrs. Kuenster confirmed the report.
After that came news from another source that on Monday afternoon Kuenster and Miss Till, accompanied by a member of one of the Tootle firms in St. Joseph, went to the acting bishop of St. Joseph for a dispensation to allow the runaways to be married there. This was granted and the pastor of the Holy Rosary church performed the ceremony.
Labels: Campbell street, romance, St.Joseph, telegram, telephone, wedding
July 31, 1909
SEEIN' THINGS AT NIGHT.
Observers Note Regular Appearance
of Light in Western Sky.
Now Kansas City has the aeroplane fever.
Leastwise, there are people in this city who have been seeing thing which have led them to believe that there is some daring aviator making nightly flights over the city. Whether it is an aeroplane of the Wright model or a monoplane built along the lines of Herbert Latham's comparatively miniature machine, or one of Zeppelin's monster gas bags with the wickerwork baskets below, the nocturnal observers have been unable to determine.
But this they do know: that each evening about 8 o'clock -- at 7:55 to be exact -- a light has appeared just over the west bluffs which grows in brilliancy as it covers a course toward the horizon and finally disappears at a point just north of the Coates house. Lat night this light made its appearance at a point between the Coates house and the Catholic cathedral on Eleventh street, and in a slowly moving arc finally disappeared somewhere in the distance north and west of the Coates house.
The brilliancy and size of the light has discredited the idea in the minds of observers that it might be a star. Also, the movement of the light, it is said, is entirely too swift for one of the heavenly bodies. ergo, it must be an aeroplane, a monoplane, an airship or a toy balloon, or---
It may be the star Venus wending its nightly course through the heavens.
Labels: aeroplanes, airships, Coates house
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