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September 30, 1909
CARRIE INVENTS AIRSHIP.
Mrs. Nation Declares She has Aero-
plane at Sterling, Kas.
An aeroplane is said to be housed in an airdome at Sterling, Kas., and will soon be given a trail flight. The inventor is Carrie Nation of hatchet fame. The temperance lecturer was at the Union depot yesterday morning and amused a large gathering in the depot with a description of the machine. The police finally had to disperse the crowd so that passengers could pass back and forth in the station.
Labels: airships, prohibition, Union depot, visitors
September 30, 1909
KLING BEATS WESTON IN
OPENING OF TITLE MATCH.
Pool Champ Plays Out of Form and
the Local Aspirant Wins 202 to
155 Victory in a Walk.
Johnny Kling had much the best of "Cowboy" Weston, champion pool player of the world, in the first of a series of four matches for the championship title at Kling's pool and billiard hall, 1016 Walnut, last night, winning the match 202 to 155 with apparent east Weston did not seem to be in form and Kling won as he pleased.
In the first frame Kling took the lead and was never headed. From the twelfth to the seventeenth frame he gained such a margin that Weston gave up all hope and the finish was not in doubt.
The play will be resumed this evening at 8 o'clock. The tourney is 800 balls. Wagers are being freely made that Kling will win from the champion. A gallery of more than 100 pool enthusiasts witnessed last night's game.
Labels: billiards, gambling, Johnny Kling, sports, Walnut Street
September 30, 1909
DYING YOUTH WANTS MOTHER.
Asks Kansas City Police to Locate
Mrs. Mattie Newberry.
A Nebraska youth on his deathbed in Ashland believes that his mother and brother live in Kansas City, and that he may see them before he dies, he induced one of his neighbors to write the following letter to the Kansas City police department, asking that his mother be found:
"Chief of Police, Kansas City, Mo.
"Dear Sir -- Will you please try to locate Mrs. Mattie Newberry in your city. Her son is dying here, and wants to see his mother before he passes away. Milton Newberry, the other son, also lives in Kansas City, but we do not know the address. Thanking you for any kindness that you may show, I am very truly yours, MRS. L. G. PETERSON. Ashland, Neb."
Though Chief Snow gets many letters of similar nature every day, and his time is generally occupied, the took a personal interest in the matter. A woman by the name of Mattie Newberry had lived at 2421 Locust street, but the patorlman who investigated found that she had moved away three weeks ago. None of the neighbors could tell her present location.
Labels: children, Locust street, missing, Police Chief Snow
September 30, 1909
HAD DYNAMITE ON STREET CAR.
Four Months in County Jail
for Two Men.
Four months in the county jail was the punishment meted out yesterday afternoon by J. J. Shepard, justice of the peace, to Edward Sanford and Joseph Monroe, charged with carrying dynamite upon a street car.
The two men were arrested the night of August 26 by Patrolman E. C. Kaiser and S. D. Harrison of the Westport police station. A valise carried by one of them when searched was found to contain a quantity of dynamite. Sanford also carried a double barreled derringer. To Lieutenant O. T. Wofford the defendant Sanford said they were to blow up a scab job.
They were defended by Bert Kimbrell. Thomas Higgs, assistant prosecuting attorney, represented the state.
Sanford was tried on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon and held to the criminal court.
Labels: crime, jail, police, Westport
September 30, 1909
STEPS IN FRONT OF TRAIN.
Bonner Springs Man, Dodging
Freight, Killed by Passenger.
While walking along the Union Pacific double track about nine miles west of Kansas City, Kas., between Edwardsville and Bonner Springs, Roy McGee of the latter place stepped from one track to get out of the way of a passing construction train and was killed by a passenger train coming from the opposite direction. He was 22 years old.
Dr. J. A. Davis, the coroner, was notified and he instructed Dr. Heath of Edwardsville to assume charge of the body, which was taken to Bonner Springs.
Labels: accident, Bonner Springs, death, railroad
September 30, 1909
TWO WEDDINGS, ONE GOLDEN.
Daughter Married on Fiftieth An-
niversary of Parents.
A double wedding, one of them a golden one, took place at the home of Miss Alice Francis at 1410 Campbell street last night at half past 7 o'clock. At the same time her sister, Miss Jeanette Francis, was married to Norman H. Korte, agent for the Illinois Central at Paris, Ill, her mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Franois of Clinton, Ill, were presented with their golden wedding gifts, and Rev. J. L. Thompson blessed their union of fifty years.
Mr. Francis is 77 years of age and his wife 68. Half a century ago yesterday they were married at Clinton, Ill.
Labels: Campbell street, ministers, Seniors, wedding
September 29, 1909
KLING HAPPY BECAUSE
PIRATES WON PENNANT.
SAYS HE IS SATISFIED NOW
THAT CUBS LOST OUT.
He Helped Pittsburgh by Holding
Out Because Murphy Cheated
Him Out of Good Deal
Probably the happiest man in the United States over the fact that the Chicago Cubs lost the National League pennant is Johnny Kling, the world's champion catcher, who has been in this city all season tending his billiard business. He refused to join the club last spring because Charles W. Murphy had cheated him out of a chance to manage the Cincinnati team and also own a big billiard hall in Cincinnati, which would have been financed by Gerry Herrmann if Kling had taken hold of the Reds.
After he found that Pittsburgh had cinched the pennant yesterday Kling said:
"Well I am tickled to death. That suits me exactly. At the beginning of the season I was pulling for New York, but I am glad Pittsburgh won it and not Chicago. Murphy did not treat me right when he cut me out of that good billiard business in Cincinnati and a chance to manage the Reds. I would have done anything to have beaten Murphy out of the rag. I quit the team and while they might not have won with me there I am, satisfied that I helped Pittsburgh a little anyway. I am satisfied now to lose my season's salary as long as the Cubs have not broken all records. I can play my pool match with Weston now and win. It is the best news I have heard this year. If Murphy had not treated me as he did I would have been glad to have played with the Cubs."
Kling is confident that he will beat Weston in the pool match for the championship of the world, which starts in his billiard hall tonight. He says he is in better shape than he ever was for a pool match and believes Weston is not in shape to beat him at the present time. The match will be for 800 balls, 200 each night.
Labels: billiards, Chicago, Johnny Kling, sports
September 29, 1909
KANSAS CITY BUYER A SUICIDE.
Joseph Adler, Wholesale House Em-
ploye, Drinks Poison in New York.
NEW YORK, Sept. 28. -- Joseph Adler, who was a buyer for a wholesale house in Kansas City, Mo., committed suicide in his room in the Hotel Gerard this afternoon by drinking carbolic acid. No reason for the act is known.
According to the police Adler, who is about 40 years old, had been at the Gerard for about a week and occupied a suite of two rooms. This afternoon one of the hotel maids knocked at Mr. Adler's door, wishing to enter the apartment. She received no answer. Later she returned and when again she received no response she tried the door and found it unlocked. She looked into the room and found Adler lying in the same position. The maid hastened to the office and gave the alarm. A clerk went to the room and discovered the suicide.
In the room the coroner's physician found three letters, one of them addressed to "Whom it may concern" in which Adler requests that he be given a simple burial by the nearest undertaker. He also requests that two other letters, which were sealed, one addressed to Hiram Adler of Evansville, Ind., and the other to D. L. & W. P. Haas, 152 State street, Hartford, Conn., be mailed without being opened.
The physicians found nothing in the room that would serve as a clue to Adler's reason for death.
Labels: New York, Suicide
September 29, 1909
FAINTS AS "CHECKERS" WINS.
Strain of Racing Scene Too Much
for Girl in Audience.
Just as "Checkers," the gambler hero, cashed in his ticket for $5,000 on the horse Remorse, through which he is to win the hand of Pert, his Arkansas sweetheart, Miss Lulu Johnson, 2331 Belleview avenue, clutched at the occupants of the seats alongside her at the Grand theater last night.
The house was excited and calls brought the curtain up several times and the persons clutched by Miss Johnson did not for the moment pay any attention to her.
It was not until the lights in the auditorium were flashed back on that the people around Miss Johnson realized that the excitement had been too much for her nerves and that she had fainted.
It took but a moment for half a dozen pairs of masculine hands to pick up the limp form of the girl and pass her over the backs of the seats to the aisle and then carry her to the foyer. Here she was placed on one of the big couches which was rolled up alongside the window.
Physicians were secured a few moments later and she recovered consciousness. She rested on the couch until after the theater closed and then was assisted home by friends.
Miss Johnson is 18 years old and has big black eyes and dark hair. She told the doctors that she was subject to attack of "nerves," but had not fainted before. the excitement of the horse race, which was also the race for the girl, was too great for her, she said.
Labels: Belleview avenue, theater
September 29, 1909
MIDGET RESEMBLES A DOLL.
Little May Trogdon Attracts Atten-
tion at the Union Depot.
Many of the passengers at the Union depot last night took her for a bisque doll as she lay asleep in her mother's arms and the women took particular notice of her long, yellow curls and remarked about them. When she woke up, however, and walked through the station with the stride of a child sure of herself, everyone sat up and took notice.
Inquiry developed the fact that the diminutive one was little May Trogdon, known to her parents and friends as "May the midget."
Little May is 5 years old, weighs sixteen pounds and is an even twenty-four inches high. She sits in a little rocking chair, formerly the property of a doll. It had to be cut down to little Miss May. It stands a bare four and one-half inches from the floor and the midget rocks in it with comfort. This speck of humanity is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Trogdon. She was born in Northern Idaho and is now on her way with her parents to Bois d'Arc, Mo.
"While up town today," said the mother, "we brought May a pair of shoes. You can see that they are too large but they were No. 0, the smallest baby shoe made. She wears what is known as a No. 10 doll shoe but we couldn't get any here. Her foot is just three inches long."
From the wrinkle in little May's wrist -- and she is very plump -- to the ends of her tiny fingers, is just two and a half inches and her longest finger reaches the width of a 5-cent piece.
The Trogdons have two other children. Virgil, 3 years and 6 months old, is a normal boy, weighing thirty pounds. Oda, 10 years old, is a "husky" product for that age.
Labels: Union depot, visitors
September 28, 1909
J. L. NORMAN, SCHOOL
BOARD PIONEER, DEAD.
SERVED WITH PUBLIC EDUCAT-
ION FOR TWENTY YEARS.
Appointed Secretary Year Ago After
Retirement From the Abstract
Business -- Funeral Arrange-
ments Not Made.
THE LATE JOSEPH L. NORMAN.
Joseph Lafayette Norman, civil war veteran, compiler of the first set of abstract books in Kansas City, member of the school board for twenty years and its secretary for the last year, died at his home, 816 West Thirty-ninth street at 10:15 o'clock last night after an illness of two months. The funeral arrangements probably will be announced today, by which time a son who is in Mexico, and another who is in California can be heard from.
Joseph Lafayette Norman was born at Hickory Hill, Ill, October 21, 1841. In 1857, the year following the death of his mother, the family moved to Greeley, Kas., and took up a homestead there. A year later Mr. Norman and his father returned to Illinois. In the fall of 1859 Mr. Norman and his father came back West and located at what was Westport, Mo., one mile west of what is now Fortieth street and State Line. The deceased conducted a private school in Westport, and he had to close it at the outbreak of the civil war, August 14, 1862, the day of the battle of Independence, Mo.
ONE SON AN ARMY OFFICER.
Mr. Norman closed his school and with five of his pupils reported at Fort Union on the west side of the city and tendered their services to the government. He served for three years as a member of company A of the Twelfth regiment of Kansas volunteer infantry. At the battle of Westport on his twenty-third birthday, Mr. Norman was aide to General S. R. Curtis and carried across the field of battle an important message under an extremely dangerous fire. His first wife, Miss Martha Jane Puckett, a native of Virginia, died January 1, 1901.
They had five children, the oldest of whom, Captain Trabor Norman, is at present in the infantry, in Southern California. Another son, Joseph L, Jr., is in Mexico. Fred, Frank and Miss Jennie Norman are the other children.
OF A MILITARY FAMILY.
On June 25, 1903 Mr. Norman married Miss Katherine Gent of Kansas City. A son, Howard, was born of this union. Mr. Norman was a member of Farragu-Thomas Post, G. A. R. No. 8, and was also a Mason. H e was the first quartermaster of the Third Regiment N. G. M. In politics he was a Republican.
All of his ancestors were inclined to the military life. His brother, Calvin M., his father, Jones, and his wife's father, William E. Plunkett, all served in the civil war.
His paternal grandfather, Joseph Norman, served in the war of 1812, and his great-grandfather served in the revolutionary war, enlisting from North Carolina.
Mr. Norman commenced the work of getting up a set of abstract books at Independence, Mo. In October, 1865, and in the spring of 18657, with Lafayette Trabor he opened an abstract office. Later the Trabor interests were sold to Richard Robertson. Mr. Norman retired from this business a year ago.
Labels: books, Civil War, death, history, Independence, military, pioneers, schools, veterans, Westport
September 28, 1909
SHOT A NEIGHBOR, THEN
ACTED GOOD SAMARITAN.
German Woman Gardner Attempted
to Frighten Victor Marten With
Gun That Wasn't Loaded.
MRS. MARY WILSDORF.
After emptying the contents of a shotgun into the left thigh of Victor Marten, a gardener, Mrs. Mary Wilsdorf, 46 years old, wife of a gardener at Seventy-seventh street and Walrond avenue, yesterday afternoon got on a Marlborough street car and came to the city and gave herself up to Chief of Police Frank F. Snow.
Before leaving her home she gave the wounded man a glass of water and left him lying on the ground near her house in charge of her husband, Carl Wilsdorf, who was later arrested by Mounted Patrolman E. B. Chiles.
Mrs. Wildorf and Marten are neighbors, each owning a ten acre tract of land.
From the facts elicited from the woman through Dr. George Ringle, surgeon at the Emergency hospital, who acted as interpreter for the police, the shooting followed a quarrel, about Marten's horses getting into the truck garden of the Wilsdorf's.
She said the horses frequently trampled the vegetables. One of them wandered over from the Marten field yesterday to the Wildorf land and was locked up in the barn.
When Marten went to the Wilsdorf house to get his horse he was asked to pay a small amount of money for alleged damages. A dispute arose and Mrs. Wilsdorf said that Marten held aloft a potato digger and threatened to kill her.
She said she then ran into the house and got her husband's shotgun, and returned to the yard. When within five feet of Marten the gun was discharged and the contents of one barrel entered the left thigh of Marten. He fell to the ground and asked for a drink of water which was given to him by Mrs. Wilsdorf.
Her husband told her she had better go to town and give herself up to the police, which advice she took. when she first entered police headquarters she was a little excited, and, not being able to speak good English, was misunderstood. The patrolman she met believed her to say a man shot her in the leg, so he directed her to the Emergency hospital. At the hospital Dr. Ringle took her in charge, and, learning that she was the person who did the shooting, took her back to the police station. She was turned over to Chief Snow.
Mrs. Wilsdorf informed the police that the man was still lying in the yard at her home and needed medical attention. Dr. George Todd, 4638 Troost avenue, attended to the man's injuries. Dr. Todd called an ambulance from Freeman & Marshall's and had the man taken to the University hospital.
The woman told Captain Whitsett that she had never before handled a shotgun and did not know exactly how to use it. The one she got in the house was broken at the breech and as she was running with it toward Marten she was trying to replace it. Suddenly the gun snapped into place and was discharged. She said she really did not think it was loaded, but was only trying to scare Marten. She was locked up in the matron's room.
Labels: Captain Whitsett, doctors, emergency hospital, guns, immigrants, Police Chief Snow, Troost avenue, violence, Walrond avenue, women
September 28, 1909
NOTES IN SPLIT POTATOES.
Two Men Accused of Smuggling
Missives to Women Prisoners.
For throwing split potatoes, said to have contained notes for women prisoners, into the cellroom of the matron's department at police headquarters, Patorlman Arthur Dorset, who saw the occurrence yesterday afternoon, arrested Earl Lee and James Hastings of Liberty, Mo.
The girls held in the matron's room denied knowledge of any notes. The men were locked up.
Labels: food, police, police headquarters, police matron
September 28, 1909
MADE HIS ROUTE IN 2 HOURS.
Independence Rural Route Carrier
Used an Automobile.
Daniel Riske, a rural route carrier at Independence, started out with his auto yesterday to deliver route No. 3. He made the trip in two hours. With a horse it takes a carrier six hours to make the trip. The auto is a light one and built especially for the work. The route is over some of the best rock roads in the country and if it is successful as a carrier other autos will be placed in commission.
Labels: automobiles, Independence, postoffice
September 28, 1909
JOB FOR THE KAUTZ BOY.
Meanwhile Probation Officer In-
vestigates His Story.
Dr. E. L. Mathias, probation officer, has written to St. Louis, Mo., and Coffeyville, Kas., to investigate the tale related by Theodore Kautz, 14 years old, who fell into the hands of the police Sunday.
Kautz sticks to his story that he ran away from the Christian Orphan's home, 2949 Euclid avenue, St. Louis, and came here in search of his insane mother, who, he says, was left here six years ago when he and his brother, Arthur, two years older, were taken on to the orphanage. He also insists that his mother's insanity was caused by the fact that a nurse girl, left at home alone, placed his 3-months-old sister, Violet, in the stove oven.
Kautz is an unusually bright boy, and well behaved. Yesterday afternoon a call was received at the Detention home that a boy was wanted at the Frisco freight offices to act as office boy at $15 a month. George M. Holt, who looks after that end of the work, took young Kautz to the factory inspector, got him a permit, and escorted him to the freight office.
He will board at the Boys' hotel, 710 Woodland avenue.
Labels: boys hotel, children, Dr Mathias, mental health, orphans, St Louis, Woodland avenue
September 28, 1909
A REMINDER OF HIS TRIP.
Mayor Crittenden Receives Framed
Picture of Montreal Scenes.
A pleasant reminder of his visit to Montreal was received yesterday by Mayor Crittenden -- framed pictures of several of the more important buildings of that city, and a separate frame containing the offical badge of the recent convention of American municipalities and a large, highly burnished key, supposed to indicate an invitation to again visit Montreal. The identity of the sender is not known, but the mayor believes it was from E. R. Carrington, manager of Thiels' Detective agency for the Dominion of Canada and the province of Quebec. Mr. Carrington some years ago was connected with the Kansas City police department, and was tireless in his efforts to make the visit of the Kansas City delegation to the convention enjoyable.
Labels: detectives, Mayor Crittenden, police
September 27, 1909
NEW INSTRUMENT TO HER.
Fiddler's "Ma" Begged Him to
Learn to Play on "Comedy."
"Mother was an old-fashioned darkey with the ideas which prevailed before the war," said Harry Fiddler of the team of Fiddler and Shelton, negro entertainers at the Orphem last week.
"She was a devout Baptist of hard-shell kind and tried to bring me up in that belief, as well as in the ways with which had been taught her by the family of white folks to whom she once belonged. Moreover, it was her opinion that a good darkey could not be other than a barber, a porter or a groom.
"I was of a different opinion, however. I wanted to be an actor and go upon the stage. This inclination on my part got me many a good licking, my mother remarking: "Yo's the debbil's own; he shore g'wine get you yit.' The lickings didn't affect me a bit. I practiced all the time.
"When I wasn't doing that I was hanging around the stage door, importuning managers to give me a chance. One day it came. Billy Kersand's minstrel troupe came to town. He wanted a man to take the place of one who had quit the troupe. I heard him ask the house manager if he knew of anyone. I pleaded for a chance.
"The manager took me back on the stage, saw my work, and said I would do. I was to receive $25 per week. 'If you make good, I'll give you a contract for the season,' he said.
"Oh, I made good, all right," chuckled Fiddler. "I got my money Saturday night, and as we were not to leave until Sunday night, I went home and handed mother my salary. It was the first money I had ever earned.
" 'Whah you git dis money, chil'?' she asked.
" 'At the theater,' I replied.
" 'How you git it?'
" ' Danced for it.'
" 'Fifteen dollars for dancing?' incredulously, for this was more money than father earned each week.
" 'Yep,' I replied. But mother couldn't see it that way. Something was wrong. She picked up a hickory club lying in the corner, and, advancing toward me, once more asked:
" 'Look me in both eyes, chil'. Whah yuh git dis money?'
" 'Got it for dancing in Billy Kersands's minstrels. Why, that isn't anything, mother. Billy Kersands gets $250 a week for fifteen minutes' work each night,' said I.
" 'What he do?' she asked.
" 'He plays comedy parts,' I replied.
" 'An' he gits $250 a week fo' playin' dat?' she asked. Turning to my aunt, who was present during the conversation, mother exclaimed:
" 'Yah hear dat, M'riar? Didn't I tole you dat boy was de debbil's own. I dun beg him all his life to learn to play on dat instrument.' "
Labels: music, race, theater, visitors
September 27, 1909
KANSAS CITY STEAK
REGULAR LONDON BILL.
WHAT HENRY GARLAND FOUND
Surprised to Hear Home Town Men-
tioned in a Dinner Order But
Found Meat Actually Came
Seated in a historic eating house in London three weeks ago, Henry Garland of this city heard a man specifically direct his waiter to bring him "a Kansas City steak." Mr. Garland had written out an order for something else. He tore it up, looked in vain on his card for the "Kansas City steak," but could not find it. When his waiter arrived he duplicated the order of his neighbor, and was surprised that the waiter was not surprised.
"What do you know about Kansas City steaks?" Mr. Garland asked. The waiter replied they were the special steaks of that particular eating house.
"I found," said Mr. Garland, "that 'Kansas City steaks' were as well established as Maryland terrapin is in the East. And why shouldn't they be? I never got a better steak in England than the "Kansas City steak' I got in that London eating house. I told my man why I specially wanted a Kansas City steak, being from there, and that interested him. He told me the steaks actually came from Kansas City. It was like a trip home for dinner to get one of those steaks. Incidentally, the waiter proved so intelligent that I asked him why on earth he did not pull up his pegs and come over here where he could make dollars instead of shillings. He told me he had a wife and five children and could not get started. He would not leave the kiddies, and that was a good failing on his part."
Mr. Garland went to stay six weeks in England. He had two all-sunny days out of the six weeks.
"Rain and the German war scare are the principal features of touring in England this summer," said Mr. Garland. "They are no more afraid of Germany then they are of Iceland, but that is the way they scare the people into higher taxes. We got up a Japanese war scare here four years ago to get money to the Dreadnoughts we are now building. England is playing the same game now, very effectively.
Labels: England, food
September 27, 1909
TELLS A WEIRD LIFE STORY.
Waif Picked Up by Police Gives
Account of Himself.
To justify his presence in Kansas City, Theodore Kautz, 14 years old, picked up yesterday by the police in an alley between Walnut and Main streets, Tenth and Eleventh, and placed in the Detention home, told a weird life story of melodramatic interest.
While the family, consisting of his parents, his baby sister and himself, lived in Coffeyville, Kas., eight years ago, Theodore said, a woman nurse left in charge of the baby, angered because the child would not sleep during the mother's absence, shoved it into the oven of the kitchen stove, put on her bonnet, left the house, and was never heard of again.
The mother, he said, drew the baby out of the oven alive, but it died after a few days., and the woman within a year was a maniac. The father, he said, placed her in the asylum and disappeared, leaving the boy to drift.
Coffeyville officials, he said, sent him to the Christian orphans' home in St. Louis, where he lived until a short time ago when, dissatisfied with the treatment, he ran away.
Theodore told the police he rode most of the way from St. Louis to Kansas City in the caboose of a freight train, coming in here on top of the cars. He was ill clad and suffering from cold and hunger. Mrs. Joan Moran, the police matron, gave him an overcoat.
Theodore says he came to Kansas City because he heard his mother was here in an asylum. Probation officers will investigate his story.
Labels: children, Main street, police matron, runaway, Walnut Street
September 27, 1909
BOY FLOATED SIX BLOCKS.
Miraculous Escape From Drowning
by Harry Palmer.
Harry Palmer, a nine year old Argentine boy, yesterday had almost a miraculous escape from death by drowning in the Kaw river near that city. while fishing with a number of companions near the foot of Olive street the boy dropped his pole into the water. In an effort to regain it he lost his balance and fell into the river. The current at this point is very swift and although the boy was unable to swim he was carried out into the middle of the river, while his frightened companions stood screaming on the bank. In his fall the boy had graspsed at his fishing pole and succeeded in catching the line. His struggles in the water wrapped this line again and again about his body.
The screams of the women and children who witnessed the accident, attracted the attention of Sam Taddler, a grocer's clerk, who lives at 230 Mulberry street, Argentine, and also George Brown, a laborer. These boys were standing near the river about two hundred yards below the Twelfth street bridge. As the boy was seen coming down the river, the rescuers threw off their clothes and sprang into the water. Taddler succeeded in reaching the boy, who was lying on his back and struggling with the current. He was carried to the bank and, almost unconscious, was removed to the home of his father, Dudley Palmer, an employe of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad, who lives at 225 South Olive street, Argentine. A physician was summoned and at a late hour last night the boy had apparently recovered from the effects of the accident. When asked how he managed to stay above the water, he answered:
"I just shut my eyes and mouth and kicked my feet and worked my elbows."
It is estimated that the boy was carried at least six blocks down the river from where he entered it.
Labels: accident, Argentine, children, fishing, Kaw river, laborer, laborers
September 27, 1909
PIE THIS BURGLAR'S UNDOING.
Stopped to Eat After Getting Jewel-
ry and Was Detected.
A home made custard pie may be the innocent cause of William Miller spending several years in the Kansas penitentiary. Miller, according to his own story, yesterday afternoon entered the home of Fred Herwig, a farmer living near Barker station about seven miles west of Kansas City, Kas., on the Kansas City Western electric line. After securing three watches, a gold locket and chain and about $7.50 in money, he prepared to leave before any member of the household should return from a neighbor's home where they were visiting.
Had Miller carried out his original intention of leaving the house at once he might have escaped detection, but the sight of a fresh custard pie on the table proved his downfall. He stopped long enough to wash his face and hands and then sat down and ate the pie. On his way to the car after leaving the house, he was seen by Mr. Herwig. Upon discovering his loss, Mr. Herwig telephoned the police in Kansas City, Kas., to be on the outlook for the thief. An officer entered the car at Sixth and State avenue and arrested Miller. Most of the stolen goods were found in his possession.
Labels: crime, food, jewelry, Kansas City Kas
September 26, 1909
JOHNSON NOT GUILTY
VERDICT OF JURY.
REPORT AFTER NEARLY FIVE
Defendant in Buckner, Mo., Assault
Case Says He Was More Affec-
tionate Toward Wife Than
After being out from 7:35 until midnight a jury in the criminal court last night returned a verdict finding William A. Johnson, charged with an assault on his wife in Buckner, Mo., August 20 of last year not guilty.
In all likelihood the case would have gone over until Monday, had not the jury made a request of Judge Ralph S. Latshaw to allow them to finish last night. the jurors have been kept locked up the greater part of a week and they were anxious to be at their homes Sunday.
The testimony yesterday, as presented by the defense, was largely that of Johnson himself. Johnson was on the stand the greater part of the afternoon. He said he was 57 years of age, had been born in Ohio and come to the Buckner neighborhood about the time he reached manhood. He said he was married 31 years ago and that he was unable to read and write, except that he could sign his name. This lack of education he attributed to the fact that he had to shift for himself from the time he was 15 and also because school conditions were rather unsettled at the time he was a child, it having been the time of the civil war.
Johnson first rented the farm he later came to own. He built the house in which he and his wife lived 20 years. His farm comprised about 800 acres and was encumbered for about $47,000. He testified that he lost money in two ranch deals, in one of them, $10,000. He said that whenever he had money in the bank, he allowed his wife to draw checks herself.
AFFECTION FOR WIFE.
"What was your feeling toward your wife?" he was asked.
"It was good, as much as that of any man and better than that of any number of men I see around," replied the witness.
This was true both at the time Mrs. Johnson was hurt and now, said he. Recounting the events leading up to and immediately upon the injury of Mrs. Johnson, the witness said:
"When we came home from church that evening (about eight hours before the assault), my wife read the paper to me and then we went to bed. I went to bed first and fell asleep almost immediately after taking some medicine I need for asthma. My recollection is that the light was burning when I went to bed. The next thing I heard was my wife calling, 'O, Dode!' a nickname she used for me.
"I jumped up and saw her on the floor, sitting down. I asked her what she was doing there and at first she didn't answer. Then she said she was sick. I wanted her to get on the bed, but she said she was too sick and asked me to lay her down. I got some pillows from the bed and laid her head on them. I don't remember whether I lit the light or not. I asked her what hurt her and she did not answer. Then I ran downstairs to call the Hilts. When they came upstairs with me, we put my wife on the bed and I called a doctor. I saw no blood until I laid her back on the pillows.
"Did you, that night, get up and go downstairs and up again or anywhere else in the house until you called the Hilts?"
"I did not."
"Did you know until the doctors made an examination how badly your wife was hurt?"
"Have you knowledge of who hurt your wife?"
"I couldn't look it in the face if I killed an animal, much less my wife. I didn't do it and have no knowledge of who did."
Johnson's testimony was not materially changed by cross-examination.
Mrs. C. F. Harra, who lives near Buckner, testified that she had asked Johnson the day after the assault if he was going to make an investigation. The witness said he replied:
"There is no need to investigate. There are no clues."
Other witnesses put on by the defense were Whig Keshlear, a detective, and his assistant. Thomas F. Callahan, an attorney, who acknowledged a deed made by the Johnsons. Depositions were read from Catherine Elliott, a washwoman, and Martha Shipley, a nurse. Both said the Johnsons seemed fond of each other. Henry Johnson, a nephew, also was called. He slept in a room adjoining the Johnsons the night of the assault.
Late in the afternoon Mrs. Johnson was recalled to the stand by the state. She said that, while she was recovering, she often talked to Johnson, but never about the injury. There was long argument over whether this answer should be admitted, but it was finally allowed to go in.
"I called for Mr. Johnson frequently to talk to him to give him a chance to ask me how it all happened."
The jury was withdrawn for a time while this testimony was being debated by counsel. James A. Reed, for the fifth time during the trial, moved the discharge of the jury while Mrs. Johnson was on the stand, but Judge Latshaw overruled.
Labels: attorney, Buckner, courtroom, criminal court, domestic violence, James A. Reed, Johnson assault case, Judge Latshaw
September 26, 1909
PART OF BARNUM'S
FIRST FREAK SHOW.
PECULIARITIES OF THE LUCASIE
Burning of Museum in New York
Sent Joseph to Kansas City,
Where He Died of Dropsy.
Joseph Lucasie, the Albino, who died of dropsy at the General hospital Friday morning, had in addition to an exceptional gift of harmony the distinction of having been one of the original exhibitions of P. T. Barnum, the pioneer showman.
It was in 1858 that Barnum heard of the strange family in Holland.
The fact that an Albino named Lucase had married an Albino wife and that both had abundant silken hair was in itself nothing remarkable. Barnum could have placed his hand on at least a dozen such couples in different quarters of the world.
It was the phenomena of two white-haired, pink-eyed children, a boy and a girl, born of this union, that made the Lucasie family worth having. The offspring of Albinos are almost without exception normal in every way, and the condition of being an Albino is said not to be hereditary.
HERALDED FROM MADAGASCAR.
When the Lucasie family was brought over from Holland, Joseph was 8 years old and his sister a few years younger. They were assigned to Barnum's New York city museum in 1859-60, where they were featured as having come from Madagascar and being the last of the great race of Albinos made famous by the writings of H. Rider Haggard. In this role they excited immense interest in the metropolis, attracting large crowds daily.
FAMOUS ALBINO FAMILY THAT WAS SHOWN BY THE LATE P. T. BARNUM.
When the Barnum museum in New York burned the Lucasie family started out on its own resources and made money. They were picked up by the W. W. Cole circus and taken to Australia, where they were featured with success in a country popularly thought to be the home of the Albino.
After their return to America they hired out to the Lemen Bros.' circus, touring the West with it until 1898. Then, Joseph's father, mother and sister died in quick succession, leaving him practically alone in the world. The disruption of the family, which had been such a drawing card as a whole, left Joseph Lucasie in rather poor circumstances. He had, however, one recourse which stood him in good stead up to the time of his death.
During the years he spent with Barnum in the museum business he had learned to play the violin. Later he had improved his talent by constant practice, so that when his father died here ten years ago he was able to go into vaudeville and make good. It is said that there are few professional violinists in the west who are not personally acquainted with Joseph Lucasie.
Mr. Lucasie at his death was large and thick-chested. His luxuriant growth of white hair had been shorn a year previous because it made his head ache and there was little of the Albino distinctions left about him apparently, with the exception of his pink eyes. He was very sensitive and disliked to be alluded to as "the Albino" or have any name applied to him indicating that he was different from other men.
His memory of P. T. Barnum was very vague, owing to the great lapse of time and his extreme youth when he was in the great showman's museum, and he could tell few anecdotes about him. Since 1894 he has lived at 1117 Norton.
Labels: circus, death, immigrants, music, New York, Norton avenue, vaudeville
September 26, 1909
NEW ACTS AT HIPPODROME.
East Side Place of Amusement Opens
for the Season.
The Hippodrome, at Twelfth and Charlotte streets, opened for the season last night and nearly 5,000 persons attended, the roller skating rink and the dance hall, both remodeled and redecorated, drawing the most patronage. Last night's visitors saw a brand new Hippodrome. There was a greater floor space, better illumination and a bigger variety of attractions than ever before. The new ball room, which has been latticed and banked with satin roses and artificial shrubbery, aroused the admiration of the Hippodrome dancers.
Last night's visitors found plenty outside the dance hall and the skating rink to interest them. There was the Vienna garden, a new permanent feature, which seems destined to meet with favor. Free continuous vaudeville is offered in the Vienna village, which is laid with tanbark and inclosed by lattice work. Elston's dog and pony show was another new attraction that offered many novelties.
The Great La Salle, one of the most daring of roller skate experts, was the big arena attraction last night. La Salle makes a thrilling descent on a 60 per cent incline from the roof of the Hippodrome, and his exhibition belongs in the division of hair raisers.
Numerous concessions along the Hippodrome "Boardwalk" offer plenty of diversion. The place will open this afternoon at 2 o'clock and the performance will be continuous until midnight.
Labels: amusement, Charlotte street, dancing, daredevils, hippodrome, skating, Twelfth street, vaudeville
September 26, 1909
FOR FREE TREATMENT
ROOMS PREPARED IN ASSOCIAT-
ED CHARITIES BUILDING.
City Will Furnish a Nurse and
of Patients Is to Be
Three rooms have been fitted up in the building of the Associated Charities, 1115 Charlotte street, as a free dispensary for scientific tuberculosis research and the treatment of persons afflicted with the disease. Daily consultations will be conducted at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, beginning with tomorrow by Dr. Charles B. Irwin, assisted by Dr. Logan Clendening. Mrs. Kate Pierson, George Damon and William Volker volunteer their services in the management of the department which will receive its support from the Provident Association.
Dr. Irwin said last night that all of the rules set out by the National Tuberculosis Society would be observed.
Bacteriological examinations will be made of the expectoration of patients, who will be instructed how to treat themselves and how to prevent or minimize the extent of infection to others.
CITY TO EMPLOY NURSE.
Medicines will be dispensed and a trained nurse will visit the homes of patients to ascertain the sanitary conditions of their respective abodes.
This nurse will be employed and paid by the city, and Dr. W. S. Wheeler, sanitary superintendent, will furnish instruments and necessary appliances.
Those exhibiting early symptoms of the disease will be sent to the sanitarium at Mount Vernon, Mo., supported by the state, or to the one built on the old general hospital grounds by the Tuberculosis Society. There are accommodations at the latter place for twelve patients, and it is contemplated that later its management may be taken over by the city. Patients with whom the disease has reached an advanced stage will be sent to hospitals or probably treated at their own homes if the surroundings and conditions permit.
CARD OF WARNING.
Cards bearing this warning will be distributed among afflicted suspects:
"If you are in a run down condition, languid and suffering from night sweats, you are in danger of contracting consumption readily. It will be greatly to your interest to consult the physicians at the dispensary. Everything is to be gained by early treatment."
The dispensary has issued a printed list of suggestions to consumptives indicating the kind of exercise they should take, the kind of clothing they are to wear and what they are to eat. Eggs and milk are recommended in cases of fickle appetite and these will be supplied by the Tuberculosis Society if the afflicted one is too poor to provide them.
Labels: Associated Charities, Charlotte street, doctors, food, health, hospitals
September 26, 1909
LONG SERVICE IN THE PRIEST-
HOOD IN KANSAS CITY.
Friends to Commemorate the Event
on November 1 -- Came From
Tipperary to the West on
Advice of a Friend.
FATHER PATRICK J. O'DONNELL,
FOR 25 YEARS A PRIEST HERE.
In 1885 St. Joseph's hospital was an unpretentious structure, a building which now forms a small wing to the greater buildings constructed adjoining it. In one corner of the hospital grounds there stood a little frame building which was used by the druggist attached to the hospital.
In addition to the hospital buildings the grounds now contain a finely appointed church. The priest is the Rev. Father Patrick J. O'Donnell. He has been there twenty-four years. The church building has succeeded a modest chapel in which Father O'Donnell first celebrated mass when he was given charge of the chapel. It was his second charge in the priesthood.
On November 1, Father O'Donnell will celebrate his silver sacerdotal. At least, his friends have advised him that they will celebrate it for him. They have arranged a reception with Father O'Donnell as honor guest in the chapel hall at Eighth and Penn streets for the night of the day which will mark his twenty-fifth anniversary as a priest of the Roman Catholic church.
Father O'Donnell was born in Tipperary in May, 1862. He left Ireland when 14 years old and lived for four years with an aunt in New York. In 1880, he returned to Ireland and attended St. John's Theological seminary at Wexford. He completed the course of religious instruction there in 1884 and came direct to Kansas City.
The reason for his choosing Kansas City as a field for religious work was that a classmate in the Irish school had been ordered to the St. Joseph diocese and had written Father O'Donnell of what a fine country the Western part of the United States is. Kansas City at that time was a part of the St. Joseph diocese. The Right Reverend John J. Hogan, now bishop of Kansas City, was bishop of the St. Joseph diocese. Afterward, when the Kansas City diocese was created, Bishop Hogan became spiritual head of the Kansas City diocese and administrator for St. Joseph.
Father O'Donnell's first religious work in Kansas City was as an instructor in the parochial school of the Cathedral near Eleventh street and Broadway. He taught in the school for several months. In November, 1884, he was ordained as a priest in the Cathedral.
The first charge given Father O'Donnell was in Norborne, Mo. At the time of his ordination, Father O'Donnell was too young to be admitted to the priesthood, but a papal dispensation was granted. He remained in Norborne, Mo., until 1885, when he was appointed chaplain to St. Joseph's hospital and celebrated mass each alternate Sunday at Lee's Summit. He retained the Lee's Summit charge for two years.
Father O'Donnell was asked to build a church in Sheffield. He worked for several years to bring it about. After the church was built he celebrated mass in it. Two years ago it was made a separate charge. In the meantime, the new church at the hospital building was erected. It now serves many parishioners in addition to the convalescents at the hospital.
Father O'Donnell is of genial disposition. He is known as "a man's priest" because of the strong interest he invariably has held in athletics and his liking for the society of men. He is a member of the Kansas City lodge of the Elks, being the only member of the order among the priests of Missouri.
Father O'Donnell's family lives in Kansas City, they having removed from Ireland several years after he was assigned to the charge at Norborne. His various charges in Jackson county have given him a wide acquaintance here, while he is one of the few priests ordained at the Cathedral who has retained a parish in the city. As a result of his long residence here, the reception planned for him is to be made notable by his friends.
Labels: Broadway, churches, Eleventh street, history, hospitals, immigrants, Lee's Summit, ministers, schools, sheffield
September 26, 1909
POLICE TO ISSUE NEWSPAPER.
It Will Contain Only Matters the
Officers Should Know.
Beginning with the first of next month the printing plant will be in operation for the police department. Two bulletins with all the news of police interest will be issued each day. Instead of the policeman being compelled to listen to a description of a crook fugitive, which he is liable to forget in a few minutes, he will have a printed description of the man in his pocket.
The new bulletin will copy the St. Louis and Chicago plan with the added advantage of being printed twice each day. In the morning the record of all arrests, crimes, robberies and miscellaneous matters of interest to the officers will be printed. In the evening all similar events that have happened during the day will be printed.
The big complaint against the police department in the past has been the slowness with which the department acts. The bulletin will expedite matters at least twelve hours. An officer can consult this list for a complete description of all crooks that have been wanted for the past thirty days.
Labels: Chicago, crime, newspapers, police, St Louis
September 25, 1909
PARTER IN HOTEL.
SEXTON BAR TRAGEDY FOL-
LOWS QUARREL OVER RANCH.
Eugene Hayes of Elgin, Kas., Puts
Three Bullets Into Brain of
Edward Hayes of Paw-
Kansas Cattleman Who Killed Edward
Hayes, His Partner, in the Barroom
of the Sexton Hotel Last Night.
Following a quarrel concerning the affairs of their 40,000 acre ranch in Osage county, Oklahoma, Eugene Hayes of Elgin, Kas., a cattleman reputed to be worth half a million dollars, shot and killed his partner, Edward Hayes of Pawhuksa, Ok., in the bar of the Hotel Sexton at 7:45 o'clock last night.
Edward Hayes was shot three times, almost in the center of the forehead. He died instantly Eugene Hayes, who is held at police headquarters, says he shot in self defense.
The shooting was witnessed by Edward Lewis, and Lewis Weisenbacher, bartenders; Lee Russell, a millionaire cattleman from Ft. Worth and Lee Rogers, a Kansas City real estate dealer who is an ex-cowman.
L. C. Thompson, another Kansas City real estate man and former cattle raiser, was in the crowd, but says he did not see the shooting.
The five men entered the hotel together about 7:30 o'clock last night, and sat around a table in the front end of the saloon. About fifteen minutes later Eugene and Edward Hayes went to a table in the rear and against the wall opposite the bar.
THREE BULLETS INTO BRAIN.
Before dinner was served they began quarrelling about business affairs, but the conversation was not overheard by anyone unless it was Lee Russell, who is said to have been standing near the small table at which the partners were sitting.
Suddenly Eugene Hayes, who was facing north, leaped from his chair and running around the end of the table began firing. The first shot struck Edward Hayes in the forehead. Two more were effective, almost in the same spot.
Edward Hayes fell back in his chair, dead, and Eugene, taken in charge by a friend, walked towards the front door after placing his pistol, an automatic gun, in his hip pocket. As he rounded the glass screen at the end of the bar Patrolman Arthur Kennard arrested him.
Edward Lewis, the bartender who saw the shooting, said Edward Hayes reached towards his hip pocket first. As he did so, Lewis said, Eugene got up and pulled his pistol, and began firing as he stepped toward Edward. Edward Hayes did not succeed in getting his revolver out of his pocket. The coroner removed it, and took charge of it until an inquest is held. It was a Luger rapid fire gun, the magazine holding seven cartridges.
"I BEAT YOU TO IT."
"I beat you to it," the witness declared Eugene Hayes said as he put away his revolver.
Inspector E. P. Boyle sent Detectives Ralph Trueman and Denver D. Mitchell to the hotel as soon as he was informed of the killing. Detectives Keshlear and McGraw followed.
Deputy Coroner Harry Czarlinsky was notified, and after viewing the body had it removed to Stewart's undertaking rooms, where he performed a post mortem.
Immediately after the shooting the hotel management called Dr. A. L. Porter, who lifted the dead man out of the chair and laid him on the floor.
Eugene Hayes was taken to police headquarters by Patrolman Kennard. He gave the patrolman his pistol while on the street car.
When taken before Lieutenant James Morris to be booked for investigation Hayes was recognized by Patrolman "Jack" McCauley, who asked him what he was arrested for.
"Just killed my partner, Ed Hayes, up at the Sexton hotel.
"What for?" asked Lieutenant Morris.
QUARREL OVER RANCH AFFAIRS.
"Well, he was going to kill me if I didn't. I had to do it. That's all."
To Captain Walter Whitsett, and Norman Woodson, assistant prosecuting attorney, Hayes made no attempt to conceal anything except details of the shooting. He refused to say anything more until he could see John Hayes, former chief of police.
"He's a relative of mine, you know," he kept saying during the conversation. "I'm a ranch owner in Oklahoma," began Hayes. "I'm a pretty well known man, and John Hayes, who was formerly chief of police, is a cousin of mine, and he comes down to the Territory and hunts on my place. This man Ed Hayes is no kin of mine. I simply took him into a partnership wit me and he owes me $5,000. He didn't pay anything into the place.
At police headquarters last night the police took off of Eugene Hayes a diamond ring which is valued at $1,000. Deputy Coroner Czarlinsky took possession of a gold watch, a gold pen, $5.50 in money, and a a revolver taken from Edward Hayes. He wore a Knights of Pythias watch charm.
Ex-Chief John Hayes denied last night that he was any relative of the prisoner. "He is not even distantly related," Hayes said. "I have known him for years and have hunted on his place down in Oklahoma. I don't know why he should claim to be some relative of mine."
Labels: Captain Whitsett, detectives, Dr Czarlinsky, guns, hotels, Inspector Boyle, murder, oklahoma, police, Police Chief Hayes, undertakers, visitors
September 25, 1909
BY SOME ONE IN THE
HOUSE, SAYS LATSHAW.
DECLARES MRS. JOHNSON WAS
NOT ATTACKED BY BURGLAR.
Court Overrules Demurrer to Evi-
dence Introduced by State -- Im-
portant Testimony Allowed in
Record -- Defense Begins Today.
"This crime was not committed by a burglar, but by a member of the household. The evidence here is that whoever came down stairs soon after the crime went up the stairs again. Burglars do not return to a place where they have committed a crime. They leave the vicinity.
"As to motive, there is an unexplained forgery of Mrs. Johnson's name to a deed. There are quarrels between the couple to help in establishing motive. For these reasons, the demurrer is overruled."
The ruling here quoted was made by Judge Ralph S. Latshaw of the criminal court yesterday after attorneys for William A. Johnson of Buckner had argued half an hour that the state had not presented sufficient evidence to allow the cause to go to the jury. The court held that there was evidence. The introduction of testimony for the defense will be begun this morning.
Mrs. Mina Johnson told her story on the witness stand yesterday. Tired to the point of exhaustion by the many questions put to her, she answered all of them quickly Facing her, at a distance of twenty feet, sat her former husband, charged with assaulting her. She looked in his direction as she testified, but he did not lift his eyes from the table at which he sat.
TESTIFIES TO ASSAULT.
After she had exhibited to the jury the place on her head where she was struck, Mrs. Johnson related the happenings on the night of the assault. She and Johnson had come home from church, and retired. He went to bed first and she blew out the lamp. In the course of the night she awoke. The light was burning and brown paper had been put about the glass. She fell asleep again, seeming to be helpless.
Her next recollection, she said, was after the blow had been struck. She remembered kneeling by the side of the bed, blood streaming over her clothing. She looked about the room for her husband, but not seeing him, called. Then, she said, he came up and took hold of her arm, asking what was the matter with her. She told him she did not know, and asked him to let her lie on the floor.
Then he took pillows from the bed and put her head on them. Mrs. Johnson said Johnson did not ask her how she was hurt, either then or at any time since, in fact, that he had never asked any questions about the affair.
While Mrs. Johnson did not call it a quarrel, she testified to an argument she had with Johnson a few days prior to the assault. He was then planning a trip to New Mexico, and she insisted that she was going with him.
"I told him only death would keep me from making the trip," said the witness.
WAS ABSENT THREE MONTHS.
Mrs. Johnson testified as to her marriage thirty-two years ago. She was Mina Alderman, a school teacher. She taught Johnson to read and write after they were married. They rented a farm near Buckner and prospered, so that they came to own the place in a few years. Everything seemed to go nicely until seven years ago.
About that time, she testified, he became less cordial. Three years ago Johnson intended to buy a ranch in New Mexico, and on this deal was absent form home for three months. He seemed even less cordial on his return from that trip, said the witness. In one of his pockets she found a receipted bill from the Savoy hotel, Denver. It was for $46.50 on account of "W. A. Johnson and Mrs. M. B. Howard."
"It's a mistake," the witness said Johnson remarked when she questioned him.
Not long afterwards Johnson told her, she said, of buying a house and lot in Kansas City. He did not explain the deal to her satisfactorily, the witness testified.
SAYS HE BOUGHT EXPENSIVE HATS.
After the finding of the hotel bill Mrs. Johnson made search and learned the address of Mrs. Howard. She wrote Mrs. Howard, requesting an interview, but was refused. Mrs. Howard said in the letter, according to the witness, that she had met Johnson in a business way. She accused Johnson of dictating the letter, said the witness. Mrs. Johnson also told of coming to Kansas City once with Johnson, who would not or did not ride on street cars, so that she was soon very tired and unwilling to make another trip.
Lillian Short, a milliner in the employ of B. Adler & Co., said that she had seen Johnson come to the store three times with a woman who on each occasion purchased a high-priced hat. The woman was not Mrs. Johnson, the witness said. Mr. Adler testified to the same effect.
IMPORTANT TESTIMONY IN.
John F. Cox, Prescott, Kas., testified that Johnson told him on one occasion that he was very well acquainted with two women in Kansas City.
Edward H. Hilt, who testified Thursday, was recalled by the defense and further questioned. He was asked whether Keshlear and another detective who investigated the alleged assault did not talk to him. The witness said he could not remember.
Hilt was allowed to testify only after the objection, raised Thursday as to part of his testimony and again yesterday morning, had been overruled by Judge Latshaw. Hilt had testified that he was awakened by a groan and that, soon afterwards, he heard the footsteps coming down the stairs and almost immediately retrace their course. Fifteen minutes later he again heard footsteps and this ti me Johnson came to his door. The defense objected to any statement of the witness that the sound of the footsteps was similar.
It was one of the most important points that could be raised in a case in which, as in the one on trial, the evidence is wholly circumstantial. The testimony of Hilt was allowed to remain in the record.
ESTATE WORTH $15,000.
This concluded the state's case.
The defence then submitted its demurrer, which was overruled.
The assault on Mrs. Johnson was committed in the morning of August 20 at Buckner. The Johnson were at one time wealthy, but in the settlement of their affairs which followed the divorce given Mrs. Johnson last spring, only about $15,000 could be saved from the wreckage. Mrs. Johnson was given half of this. There was property sufficient to carry mortgages aggregating about $50,000.
Labels: Buckner, courtroom, criminal court, domestic violence, farmers, Johnson assault case, Judge Latshaw
September 25, 1909
SAYS TOWN IS A DIVORCE MECCA.
Independence People Claim Many
Suits Filed There Give Out-
siders Wrong Impression.
Independence people are getting tired of mismated Kansas Cityans going there to file divorce suits.
"Every day," said R. W. McCurdy of Independence yesterday, "a raft of divorce suits are filed, and the papers mention the fact that the suits were filed at Independence.
"I am a traveling man, and a fellow asked me on the cars: 'What's the matter with you Independence men? Can't you get along with the women?' The impression gets abroad that Independence is worse than Pittsburgh."
The matter was mentioned recently at a meeting of the Independence Commercial Club, and that organization probably will take some steps to stop the influx of proposed divorcees or give every Independence man a clean bill of health.
Labels: Divorce, Independence
September 25, 1909
JEWS OBSERVE YOM KIPPUR.
Period of Fasting and Prayer Began
at 6 O'clock Last Night.
The Jewish citizens of Kansas City have been fasting and praying since 6 o'clock last night. They are observing Yom Kippur, or the day of atonement, and their fast and prayers will continue until 6 o'clock tonight. Services appropriate to the event were held in all the Jewish churches last night.
The services at the church of Dr. Max Lieberman, 1415 Troost, were especially solemn and impressive and they will be resumed at 7 o'clock this morning and continue throughout the day. The male choir of twelve voices sang several selections at last night's services.
Labels: holidays, Jews, ministers, music, Rabbi Lieberman, Troost avenue
September 25, 1909
HIS MOTHER TO A HOSPITAL.
So 10-Year-Old Son Starts to Walk
to Clinton, Mo.
Ernest Wolf, 10 years old, weak from typhoid fever and just out of a hospital, started out last evening to walk from his home in the rear of Holmes and Twelfth streets, from which place his mother is to be taken to a hospital today to his father's at Clinton, Mo.
The little fellow expected to follow the railroad tracks. When he got to the Union depot he saw so many tracks that he became frightened and began asking questions.
According to Ernest's story which Mrs. Everingham verified through the authorities, his mother, Alice, has been so ill that she has not been able to work for almost a month and arrangements were made yesterday to take her to a hospital.
Mrs. Everingham arranged last evening with the Associated Charities to take care of the boy until his mother is able to support him again.
Labels: Associated Charities, children, depot matron, Holmes street, illness, Twelfth street, typhoid, Union depot
September 24, 1909
OF WIFE, WOMAN SAYS.
MRS. HILT TESTIFIES IN BUCK-
NER ASSAULT CASE.
Three Times Court Denies Motion of
Defense to Dismiss Jury -- Wit-
nesses Tell Events Night
of the Attack.
While Mrs. Mina Johnson did not go on the witness stand yesterday to testify against her husband, William A. Johnson of Buckner, Mo., now on trial in the criminal court on the charge of having assaulted her the day was replete with incidents even without the wife's story.
Three times counsel for Johnson moved that the jury be discharged, stating that matters prejudicial to a fair trail had occurred, and s harp exchanges between attorneys on both sides were not infrequent.
Mrs. Johnson will testify today. Virgil Conkling, prosecuting attorney, informed the court during the afternoon session that he would not call Mrs. Johnson to the stand until today, as he had excused her because she complained of feeling sick.
Of the witnesses examined yesterday, only Mrs. Cornelia Hilt and Edward H. Hilt, her husband, were at the Johnson home in Buckner the morning of August 20, 1908, when Mrs. Johnson was hurt. For six years prior to her marriage Mrs. Hilt lived at the Johnson home. Mrs. Hilt was married ten years ago. At the time of the assault she and her husband had been two weeks at the Johnson home, Mrs. Hilt working about the house and Hilt doing farm work. They live in Buckner.
HUSBAND GAVE ALARM.
"The night Mrs. Johnson was hurt we had been at a Baptist meeting," she testified. "Early in the morning Mr. Johnson came to the room where my husband and I sleep and roused us. He said: "Jump up, quick, Nella, quick.' He said it several times. I got up and followed him up the stairs part of the way. As we were going upstairs he said: 'Mina's hurt.' Then I passed him on the stairs because I began to run. He said: 'Mina's hurt. I'm afraid she's hurt bad.'
"I found Mrs. Johnson on her back on the floor. I can't describe how bloody she was, for there was blood all over her. I could not see the wound, she was so bloody My thought was that her throat had been cut, there was so much blood."
"Did you notice the bed?"
"Yes, I noticed there was blood on it when we lifted Mrs. Johnson from the floor. The blood looked dry compared to that on Mrs. Johnson's clothes and on a corset cover that was lying on a chair by the bed. Mr. Johnson said his wife had wiped blood from her face with the corset cover.
"There was a light in the room. I stepped over and turned it up, although Mr. Johnson told me not to do so. Mr. Hilt said we must have a doctor and I offered to call one, but Mr. Johnson said he would. Mr. Johnson asked no questions nor did he tell me where the wound was. I stayed in the room only a few minutes, then my husband and I went downstairs to heat some water to wash Mrs. Johnson. When we returned, the doctor was there."
Mrs. Hilt said she had heard no unkind words between the Johnsons during her residence at the house. She said that two days before the assault she had driven to Buckner to meet Mr. Johnson and bring him home from the train. On that occasion, said the witness, Johnson had said to her:
" 'Nella, what am I going to do with Mina?' I said: 'I would not do anything to hurt her feelings, Mr. Johnson.' He said" 'She quarrels with me all the time and I don't say anything back.' "
Edward H. Hilt, husband of the previous witness, was then called to the stand. He said:
"While I was at the Johnson home I was in the habit of getting up at 4 o'clock in the morning and going home to do the chores there, then returning to the Johnsons. The morning of the assault I was awakened at about 3:30 o'clock. I was sleeping in the east room downstairs.
"The first thing I heard was a groan from above and southwest from where I lay. Then I heard footsteps or 'footpads' coming down the stairs toward the north. Then I heard a doorknob turn. I cannot say which knob it was, except that it was not the knob to my door. Almost immediately the footsteps returned the same way.
SAID WIFE HAD FALLEN.
"Fifteen minutes later those footsteps came again, just as the first time. My door opened and Mr. Johnson came by and said: 'Jump up.' My wife went out at once, but I waited to dress. I found Mrs. Johnson on the floor, with pillows under her head. Johnson meet me at the foot of the stairs as I started up and said: 'Mina has fallen and hurt herself.'
"We picked Mrs. Johnson up and laid her on the bed and then my wife and I went downstairs to heat some water. There was a dim light in the room when I came in."
PHYSICIAN ON STAND.
Dr. M. G. Ravencroft of Buckner, who was called to attend Mrs. Johnson after the assault, was the first witness. He identified six pieces of bone taken from Mrs. Johnson's skull in the course of an operation . He was asked whether the wound on Mrs. Johnson's head did not look as if the blow which caused it had been struck from the rear and forwards, but the court would not allow him to answer.
The physician said he asked Johnson how Mrs. Johnson was hurt. The latter replied, "I don't know." Mrs. Johnson also was unable to give an account of the happening, said he.
Dr. J. W. Robertson of Buckner testified that it would take a heavy blow to cause the injury received by Mrs. Johnson.
There was a craning of necks when Samuel H. Chiles, four years a marshal of Jackson county and the most renowned fox hunter in the county, took the witness chair. Mr. Chiles has lived forty years in Buckner and has known the Johnsons for a quarter of a century. Mrs. Johnson lived with his family when she was a little girl.
Two days after the assault Mr. Chiles went to the Johnson home. Johnson met him at the gate and said he wanted to talk to him.
" 'I want you to help me out in this trouble and help me ferret out who did this.' I said I would help all I could and asked him to tell me who was at the house at the time so that I would have something to work on. He told me who was there and I suggested that perhaps these people could tell, but Johnson said:
" 'No, they can't tell anything. I heard my wife say, 'Oh, don't,' and saw her on the floor and saw a light. I know I blew out the light when we went to bed. I saw my wife on the floor groaning and wanted to put her on the bed, but she said no.'
"The Johnson took me into the yard and said: 'Have you heard anybody talk about this?' I said: 'Yes, everybody is talking about it.' 'What is the impression of the people to whom you have talked,' he asked and I said: 'The impression is that you did it.' "
About four days later, said the witness, Johnson came to his house, with Clint A. Winfrey, a banker at Buckner. Johnson took him aside and out of Winfrey's hearing, said the witness, and spoke about getting a lawyer and employing a private detective. Whig Keshlear, a relative of Chiles, was mentioned, and Chiles said Keshlear would do as well as anybody.
In his opening statement for the state I. B. Kimbrell said that quarrels with is wife over a period of years were the cause of the assault and that Johnson struck his wife. The defense said that the blow was struck either by an intruder or that Mrs. Johnson fell and hurt herself.
Labels: Buckner, courtroom, criminal court, doctors, farmers, Johnson assault case, Prosecutor Conkling, Prosecutor Kimbrell
September 24, 1909
GET DOGS TO CATCH THIEVES.
Police of K. C. K., Hope to Stop
Telephone Wire Stealing.
W. W. Cook, chief of police of Kansas City, Kan., has a new scheme which he will use in an effort to catch the wire thieves who have been making life miserable for persons in the outlying districts whose telephones are rendered useless by their depredations. From reports made to the office of the Missouri & Kansas Telephone company since last March, it is estimated that more than 1,000 pounds of copper ire has been stolen.
The chief recently secured the services of two English bloodhounds which he will use in an effort to trace the thieves who have been cutting the telephone wires and selling the copper. Every attempt to catch the wire cutters who operate in the early morning has been fruitless, but the chief hopes to stop the practice with the aid of the dogs.
Labels: animals, crime, Kansas City Kas, telephone
September 24, 1909
A BARNUM ALBINO DYING.
Joseph Lucasie Imported by Show-
man Fifty Years Ago.
Joseph Lucasie, who was one of the Albino family which the late showman P. T. Barnum imported from Belgium to his museum in New York city, over fifty years ago, is dying of dropsy at the general hospital. It was thought last night that he could not survive through today. His hair is white as wool and his eyes are pink.
In his show bills, Barnum advertised the Lucasie family, consisting of four members, as being the last of a famous tribe of Albinos of Madagascar. They were Joseph's father, mother and sister. Joseph was 9, and his sister 12 years old. All were musicians.
Joseph was taken suddenly ill Wednesday afternoon at his home, 1117 Norton street.
Labels: circus, general hospital, illness, New York, Norton avenue
September 24, 1909
CLEANING UP M'GEE STREET.
Eight Rooming Houses Must Move
by October 1.
Notice to move before the first of October was served by Lieutenant C. D. Stone of the Walnut street police station yesterday, to eight women now conducting rooming houses between Thirteenth and Fourteenth on McGee street.
The order is direct from the police commissioners and is a movement, Lieutenant Stone said last night, to clean up districts in the line of travel to the new Union station when it is erected.
Labels: McGee street, police board, rooming house, union station, Walnut street police station
September 23, 1909
SLEPT IN WATER AND
LIVED ON GOAT MEAT.
KANSAS CITYANS MAROONED
NINE DAYS IN MEXICO.
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Miller and
Frank W. Hager Tell of Ad-
ventures in Great Monterrey
Flood and Hurricane.
Huddled with a score of Mexican refugees in a shack fourteen by sixteen feet for over thirty-one hours, while the wind blew with an average velocity of 100 miles an hour and the rain fell i n torrents, and standing during this time knee deep in water was the thrilling experience of Mrs. Robert Miller, a Kansas City bride of a few days on her honeymoon trip in the state of Tamaulipas, Mexico, during the recent hurricane and unprecedented floods there.
Mrs. Miller, who was Miss Anna Belle Schell, her husband, Robert Miller, and Frank W. Hager of Kansas City, who are interested in a big land grant, and John B. Demaras and Demosthenes Lapith of Kansas City, Kas., were the only white persons in that territory for several weeks. During nine days of that time the party, cut off by the floods from roads and communication with the outside world, killed goats and subsisted on goat flesh.
All reached Kansas City early yesterday morning, none the worse for their experience, and Mrs. Miller declares that she is ready to go again.
The party experienced delightful weather until they got well into Mexico. Then it began to rain. They began having trouble at Victoria in getting to Soto La Marina valley, their objective point, which is about eighteen miles from the Gulf of Mexico. they arrived at the village of Soto La Marina on August 27 after riding for some ten miles through water breast deep on the horses. The path was picked up by a native who several times had to swim with his horse.
RACE WITH FLOOD.
On their arrival at Soto La Marina it became apparent that the town would be flooded by the rapidly rising river. It was raining heavily and the only refuge was on the hills west of the town. It would have been impossible to have returned to Victoria, so Mr. Miller and his party joined the native refugees. A quantity of food was hastily gathered and as the water began to fill the streets the inhabitants abandoned the town. The trip to the hills, about fourteen miles, was accomplished with difficulty. Frequently the horses would splash into holes and all of the riders were soaked to the skin.
"When we arrived at the shack near the junction of the Palma and the Sota La Marina river, which is the location of a proposed townsite, the rain was coming down in torrents, and the word torrent means just what the dictionary says it does down there," said Mr. Hager, one of the members of the party. "There were several adobe huts and to these the Mexican refugees hastened for shelter. Some joined us in the shack, which was built of up-ended logs with the chinks plastered with mud and a thatched roof, tied down with the native cord, formed of pieces of stringy bark.
"The way the house was tied together is about the only thing that saved us from the merciless wind and rain that night. It began to blow up about 11 p. m.
WIND GAUGES BROKEN.
"Wind gauges at government stations broke after recording velocities of 124 miles an hour, and I believe that the wind traveled just a little faster where we were.
"There were a score of us in the shack. The water swept through from the hillside until we stood almost knee deep. We had no light nor fire. We had some tortillas which kept us alive. About 7 a. m. the wind died down and for half an hour there was a perfect calm.
"Suddenly with a shriek the wind turned from north to south and blew as strong or stronger from that direction. Of course there was no such thing as sleep. The natives prayed constantly and the women bemoaned their fate. We knew of course that we were in no immediate danger, but we were in constant fear of our little shelter being blown from off our heads. All that day and the next night the storm continued. About 6 a. m. the sun came out the greater part of our stay there.
DINED ON GOAT STEAK.
"When the storm abated we began to look for food. Someone espied some goats on a hillside. We gave chase and an hour later had a nice goat roasting on a spit. That meal was the best I had eaten for some time.
"We were on a slight knoll, and after the meal we started to look around. We were practically surrounded by water, except for one outlet around an almost impassible mountainside dense with tropical verdure. We could do nothing but wait for these waters to subside. We slept on the ground. Saddles were our pillows. For nine days we lived the lives of savages, subsisting almost entirely on goat meat. I thought at one time I liked goat meat, but I got enough to do me the rest of my life.
SLEPT IN THE WATER.
"We finally made the start South. Natives went ahead and with knives and axes cut a path along the mountainside. A forty-mile ride under those circumstances was not the most enjoyable pastime in the world. When we arrived at Paddua there was but one hotel there, and it had one room which had been left with a roof.
"This room, of course, went to the bride and the bridegroom. The rest of us made ourselves comfortable on cots with the blue sky overhead.
"About midnight I was awakened by the patter of rain drops on my face. I was sleepy and pulled the blanket over my head and slept until I found myself resting in several inches of water. The rain ceased an hour or so later and after dumping the water out of the cots we all went back to sleep. It was much easier from there on home, as we found good accommodations at Tampico.
THRIVED AND GREW FAT.
"One of the most remarkable things to us is the fact that although the five of us were wet to the skin for two weeks and slept out on the ground during the greater part of that time, not one of us felt any ill effects. We were chilly at times, it is true, but that wore off and not one of us caught the slightest cold or felt any inconvenience. I gained four pounds. Mr. Demaras gained eight pounds and the others in the party all put on some flesh.
Labels: flood, food, marriage, Mexico, weather
September 23, 1909
NEVER AGAIN, SAYS MARKS.
Women With Babies Will Not Be
Put in the Holdover.
The matron's room at police headquarters has been refitted with new furniture, new beds and clothing. Commissioner Marks said last night that a repetition of Monday night's condition when two women with babies in their arms were confined in the holdover would not likely occur again.
Labels: Commissioner Marks, police headquarters, police matron
September 23, 1909
ELEVATOR FALLS 8 FLOORS.
Brake Did Not Work and Calvin
Kester, Operator, Was Injured.
Calvin Kester, elevator operator in the New York Life building, was severely injured yesterday morning just before noon when the elevator he was running dropped from the eighth floor to the basement. The elevator left the tenth floor with only the operator in it. When he attempted to stop at the eighth floor the brake failed to work and the car continued its downward flight with increasing velocity.
When the car struck the bottom of the shaft Kester fell unconscious and was carried into the United States Trust Company office. An ambulance was summoned and Dr. Fred B. Kyger had the injured man removed to the emergency hospital. Upon examination Dr. Kyger found the man to be suffering from a strained back, a cut on the left leg and bruises on the body. The surgeon pronounced the injuries to be not serious.
Labels: accident, doctors, elevators, emergency hospital, New York Life bldg
September 23, 1909
SET THE HOUSE ON FIRE.
Two Small Children Then Forget to
Tell Their Mother.
Ernest Smith, 4 years old, and Lucille Smith, 2 years old, set fire to the attic of their home, 3027 East Eighth street, yesterday morning. Closing the door, the children laughed and romped downstairs to where their mother was working at her household tasks two stories below.
The children played for a few minutes on the floor of the room in which their mother was working. Neither said anything to their mother about the blazing attic they had left behind. Mrs. Smith worked for ten minutes after the children came downstairs before she noticed the smell of smoke.
Suddenly the little girl said:
"Mamma, Earnest lighted a piece of paper and couldn't blow out the fire."
Neighbors noticed the smoke and flame coming from the roof of the house as Mrs. Smith began to investigate. By the time the fire engines arrived, a great deal of the furniture on the ground floor and the rug had been removed from the living room.
Dr. Charles W. Burrill, 3124 East Ninth street, ran upstairs to locate the fire. When he threw open the door to the attic room the flame flashed out on him. His face was blistered and his hair singed by the fire. His injuries are not serious.
B. G. Smith, the father of the children, is employed in the laboratory of the Snodgrass Drug Company. His loss is about $250. The damage to the house is small.
Labels: children, doctors, Eighth street, Fire, Ninth street
September 22, 1909
BODIES OF VICTIMS
TO REST IN ATCHISON.
FUNERALS OF MRS. STOLL AND
WILLIAM JACOBIA TODAY.
Interment of Principals in Monday
Night's Murder and Suicide
to be Made at Former
With the burial in Atchison, Kas., today of the victims of the tragedy enacted Monday night at the home of S. F. Stoll, 3617 Tracy avenue, in which Mrs. Sadie Stoll was murdered by William Jacobia, who later committed suicide at his wife's home, the last chapter of their story will have been concluded.
Mrs. Stoll's body was taken to Atchison at 6:30 o'clock last night. It will be buried beside that of her father, who died several weeks ago.
Mrs. William Jacobia, 3235 Forest avenue, will this morning take the body of her husband to Atchison where he will be buried. The wife and child will be the beneficiaries of life insurance carried by Jacobia. The life insurance was partly placed in fraternal organizations. Jacobia carried about $5,000 insurance upon his life. The fact that he left no will gives his wife and son all of his personal property. The insurance is all he left.
That Jacobia formed the Linwood Investment company for the sole purpose of placing his property beyond the possibility of being taken from him in a suit for the alienation of the affections of Mr. Stoll's wife was denied yesterday by his attorney, W. F. Guthrie. Mr. Guthrie for a time acted as trustee of the property owned by Jacobia for the latter and his wife, and later assisted in the financial separation between them.
While Mrs. Stoll refused to give up Jacobia, and give all of her love to her husband, she is said to never have countenanced any idea of leaving her husband and children. While she informed a friend that she loved Jacobia, she said she w ould stay at home on account of her two boys. For a year she drifted along in this fashion, meeting Jacobia daily, and when suspected by her husband pacifying him.
Those persons intimate with the family relations of the Stolls said yesterday that Mr. Stoll never knew of the friendship that existed between his wife and Jacobia, though he became suspicious on many occasions. At such times he is said to have spoken to his wife regarding the rumors he heard, but she always talked him out of his suspicious mood, and it ended by Mr. Stoll apologizing for his mistake. The night of the murder and suicide Mr. Stoll told one of h is intimate friends that he had seen his wife with Jacobia on but two occasions.
The report that Mrs. Stoll's father, J. P. Brown, had assisted in meeting the expenses of the Stoll household was denied yesterday. It was admitted that he often made presents of various sums of money, but that he gave the money to his daughter because she was a favorite.
Albert Stoll, the 14-year-old son who was in the house at the time his mother was murdered, yesterday asserted that he did not know what subject was being discussed by his mother and Jacobia during the quarrel.
Albert did not inform his fatherr of the clandestine meetings because of the love for his mother. The older son, Sam, also failed to tell his father for fear he would kill either Mrs. Stoll or Jacobia and thus create a scandal that might otherwise be dept from the public.
Attorney W. F. Guthrie last night made a written statement in which he denied that Stoll had ever employed him to bring an alienation suit. Speaking for Mr. Stoll, the attorney said that the druggist had never hired detectives to shadow his wife or Jacobia. the attorney said that Mr. Stoll had accused a man of being too intimate with his wife while living in Atchison, and that it became public. The affair caused people to lose confidence in Mr. Stoll, and he was forced to seek another location.
A denial was made by the attorney, who was also attorney for Mrs. Stoll's father, that Mr. Stoll ever received or expected any sum of money from his father-in-law as the price of his continuing to live with his wife.
Labels: children, druggists, Forest avenue, murder, probate, romance, Tracy avenue
September 22, 1909
Excuse the Police Make.
Were Afraid Someone Would Talk
to Women in Matron's Room.
That someone might talk to the women prisoners who were confined in the matron's room Monday night was the excuse yesterday of the police for keeping two women with babes in arms in the holdover, instead of placing them in the matron's room, where they are ordinarily taken.
Mrs. Mattie Bell, whose 6 months old baby was removed to the Emergency hospital before morning, was turned over to the Humane society, and the child was sent to Mercy hospital.
The other woman was removed to the matron's room this morning.
Labels: Humane Society, jail, Mercy hospital, police headquarters, police matron
September 22, 1909
COOK-PEARY TOYS ARE HERE.
Partisanship Must Be Shown, How-
ever, in Selection of Playthings.
It is here. The Cook and Peary controversy, with the ingenuity of American toymakers in mind, could not end otherwise than in a toy.
No matter how bitterly the controversy may rage in scientific quarters or how the peace of households be threatened, children will be left to themselves to enjoy the new toy, though, though they will have to be partisans to the extent of choosing between the two explorers who claim they have been first in finding the "big nail."
A Philadelphia toy seller landed here yesterday with samples of the new toy. It follows the old Teddy Bear in some respects, though a white coat on the bear figure has replaced the brown teddy, showing that it is a genuine polar bear.
The old monkey-on-a-stick device is used. You pull a string and the polar bear climbs to the top. A United States flag slides out of the center of the stick. If you are a Cookite, a slim pennant with that explorer's name will float out to the breeze. If you are a Pearyite, out comes his name on the pennant. It's merely a question of whether you bought a Cook or a Peary polar bear.
Labels: North Pole race, toys, visitors
September 22, 1909
FEW BOOKS ARE STOLEN
FROM PUBLIC LIBRARY.
Cynics Might Learn Lesson in
Optimism There -- Uncle Sam
Helps Find Delinquents.
The cynic who believes that the world is going to the bow-wows because of increasing dishonesty could take a lesson in optimism at the public library from the infrequency with which books are stolen by the general public.
"The number of books lost through theft in the course of a year is surprisingly small when it is taken into consideration that the library, to meet its greatest usefulness, is forced to allow the books to be taken out in a rather indiscriminate way," said Mrs. Carrie W. Whitney, the librarian. "And beside that, it doesn't seem any more of a crime to a book lover to steal a book than it does to a man with a plug hat to steal an umbrella on a rainy day."
In spite of the air of trust that surrounds the obtaining of books at the library, close supervision over thousands who receive books from there is maintained. The most potent agency used by the library in finding thoughtless persons who take public library books with them when they remove to some other portion of the city than the residence they gave in getting the library card, is the postoffice department. Persons who leave Kansas City are located through the same agency.
When almost every effort to locate the thoughtless borrower had bee made, the librarians drop a registered note in the mails. Uncle Sam takes charge of it. There are few persons who do not leave a new address at the postoffice. They may ignore polite notes to return the book, leaving the librarian to believe they never received the letter.
But when a registered letter arrives, their signatures must be placed on the return slip, which is sent back promptly to the library. This course rarely fails to locate the borrower and the book.
Labels: books, libraries, post office
September 22, 1909
LIGHTNING HITS STREET CAR.
Blows Out Controller and Gives Pas-
sengers a Scare.
A storm that broke over Kansas City shortly after 11 o'clock last night was accompanied by heavy rolling thunder and vivid lightning flashes that made timid citizens seek the center of feather beds for safety. One misdirected bolt fell into a street car at Eighth street and Woodland avenue, to the consternation of several passengers. Besides burning out the controller and extracting a series of warwhoops from a portly individual in a smoker's seat no damage was done.
Labels: Eighth street, streetcar, weather, Woodland avenue
September 21, 1909
FRIENDSHIP ENDS IN
MURDER AND SUICIDE.
WILLIAM JACOBIA KILLS MRS.
SADIE STOLL AND HIMSELF.
Young Son of Woman Heard Quarrel
and Shooting -- Risks Life Try-
ing to Protect His
MRS. SADIE BROWN STOLL.
Wife of Samuel F. Stoll of the Stoll-Moore Drug Company.
Murder and suicide ended a close friendship last night when William Jacobia, 600 East Ninth street, shot and killed Mrs. Sadie Brown Stoll, 3617 Tracy avenue, during a quarrel in the front hall of the Stoll home at 9 o'clock and a few minutes later committed suicide on the veranda of his wife's residence, 3217 Forest avenue.
Mrs. Stoll was shot through the heart and died at once. Jacobia shot himself in the head.
The only person in the house at the time Mrs. Stoll was murdered was her 14-year-old son Albert. What passed between the couple before the tragedy is not known definitely, but they were quarreling for nearly a half hour before Jacobia fired the shot. Albert Stoll heard part of the conversation between his mother and Jacobia, but was sent to his room by her just before the shooting.
BOY GETS A SHOTGUN.
That the young son expected serious trouble while Jacobia was there is shown by Jacobia's actions, which Albert Stoll graphically described to the police last night. Immediately after firing the shot which killed Mrs. Stoll, Jacobia started up the stairs, threatening to kill Albert, who had provided himself with a shotgun to protect his own life.
Either the shotgun frightened him or the desire to get away from the scene of his crime, Jacobia gave up the pursuit of the boy, and ran from the house, followed by Albert, who gave the alarm by crying for help.
But few minutes elapsed between the first and second shooting. It is only five blocks from the Stoll home at 3617 Tracy avenue to Mrs. Jacobia's suite in the Alabama apartment house, 3237 Forest avenue, and Jacobia ran all the way.
"I HAVE SHOT MRS. STOLL."
A balcony with no outside steps is front of her apartment, which is on the ground floor. Jacobia made his entrance by way of this balcony and in doing so had to climb over a stone balustrade which encloses it. As he entered with much agitation he said to his wife, who had come to let him in:
"Mamma, I had to come home."
She could see that he was greatly excited, and told him to sit down while she got him a glass of cold water.
"No, no!" he protested, excitedly, "I haven't time. I have just shot Mrs. Stoll. It is awful, it is awful."
Slayer of Mrs. Samuel F. Stoll, who committed suicide when the police traced him to his wife's home at 3217 Forest avenue.
Incoherently he was trying to tell her of the shooting when he heard the sound of steps outside.
"There are the officers coming for me," he said.
"Yes, but you will have to nerve yourself and be calm," she told him.
Mrs. Jacobia went to the door to let in Sergeant M. E. Cassidy and Patrolman Isaac Hull of No. 9 station, and as she did so her husband stepped out on the balcony.
"Where is he?" asked Sergeant Cassidy.
WIFE HEARS DEATH SHOT.
Just then they heard a single shot, and the three went hurriedly to the balcony door.
"There he lies," she answered, pointing to the dead body of her husband, prostrate on the stone floor of the porch. The husband of the murdered woman is S. F. Stoll of the Stoll-Moore Drug Company, formerly at Twelfth street and Grand avenue, and now located at 208 and 210 East Twelfth street. He was notified of the death of his wife by W. R. James, 3615 Tracy avenue. Sam Brown Stoll, 18 years old, the oldest son, was at a theater, and friends were unable to reach him by telephone.
According to the facts as told by Albert last night Jacobia telephoned yesterday afternoon about 3 o'clock and asked for Mrs. Stoll. Albert answered the telephone and upon recognizing Jacobia's voice hung up the receiver. About 8 o'clock last night he again called up and was answered by Mrs. Stoll, and a half hour later appeared at the house.
Mrs. Stoll fell dead in the hallway at the foot of the stairs. Her head was lying against the bottom step, while her feet pointed to the front door. Soon after Mr. Stoll reached home he asked neighbors and friends to inform the relatives of his wife of her death. J. H. Brown, a brother, who lives in Atchison, Kas., was informed of the tragedy.
"Tell all of them to come," said Albert, who was telling his father what should be done.
The account of the shooting as told by young Albert Stoll soon after the murder, while not full in all details, shows daring in a boy so young as far as his part was concerned. He said that he and his brother did not like Jacobia, and that a week ago Sam had purchased a shotgun with the intention of killing the man who was his mother's friend. The shotgun had been kept in their room until a day or so ago, when his mother removed it to the attic.
"Yesterday afternoon when Jacobia called up and asked for mamma, I hung up the receiver," said Albert. "Then about 8 tonight he called mother, and soon afterwards he came to the house. I was in my room at the time. When I heard mamma and Jacobia fussing I decided I would get the shotgun, which I did. I took a shell and after taking out the wad and shot I went down to the first landing and stood there.
HEARD HIS MOTHER SHOT.
"I told Jacobia to leave the house, that he did not have any business here anyway. At that he got mad at me and told me to keep still or he would beat me. Then to bluff him I picked up the shotgun and put a load into it. Mamma made me go to my room, saying she would get Jacobia awa.
"I'll not let that little pup talk to me that way," Jacobia is said to have repeated to Mrs. Stoll.
"Just as I reached the upper hall I heard the shot, and then mamma say, 'Albert, he shot me.' 'Yes, and I'll shoot him, too,' I heard Jacobia say as I was hurrying back downstairs. Jacobia was coming up the stairs, and knowing my shell was not good, I ran to my room and put a loaded shell in the gun and then came downstairs.
RAN AFTER JACOBIA.
"As I reached the head of the stairway Jacobia was going out the front door, and I ran down the steps and followed into the yard. He was then going up the street. I cried 'Help, help,' and someone across the street asked, 'What is the matter, Albert?' When I said mamma is shot nearly all of the people started to the house and I came back and called up papa, but he didn't answer. Then someone told the police.
"I wish I had shot him," Albert admitted.
"Oh, God, why didn't you shoot the scoundrel, boy?" Mr. Stoll asked of his son.
Albert insisted that he did not know what his mother and Jacobia were talking about. Whenever Albert endeavored to tell the police just what occurred, and how, Mr. Stoll, who was walking the floor of the lower rooms, would tell him to keep still. Mr. Stoll refused to answer any questions immediately after the murder.
HUSBAND STILL LOVED HER.
"I loved her with every drop of blood in my body," he said, "and I will not say anything against her. I would not say a word that would reflect upon her. Oh, God, why couldn't he have shot me?"
Not until Samuel Stoll, the elder son, came home after the performance at a theater, did he learn of the tragedy. As he hurried up the steps, he was met by J. A. Guthrie, a friend of the family.
"For God's sake, what's the matter?" he said with a perplexed face.
Then he saw the white shrouded figure in the parlor with the undertaker and his assistants standing near. Mr. Stoll, who saw him, threw his arms about the boy's neck and shouted:
"Your friend killed her, that's what he did. And you knew he was coming to see her all the time."
WHEN THE TWO FIRST MET.
Then both were hurried up the stairs by friends.
"I'll kill him myself," said the youth.
"He has done that to save you the trouble," said Mr. Guthrie. "He committed suicide just after he killed your mother."
Then the father upbraided the son for several minutes, but the youth declared he knew nothing about it. Then both began weeping hysterically, and were finally reconciled. But the father could not remain seated. He walked the floor in anguish.
"I knew the first day he saw my wife," he said. "One day when he was building those flats up on Forest avenue, he came in to use the telephone, and my wife met him at the door. He introduced himself, which was the beginning of their acquaintance. I began to get suspicious when I saw him at the house several times.
WAS TOLD TO WATCH WIFE.
"Somehow I had a suspicion that all was not right, and at times I felt sick. On one occasion I asked her about it, but she became angry and upbraided me so much that I felt almost humiliated. She went on occasional visits to Atchison, and I was suspicious every time that she left home.
"On one of the visits to Atchison, I found his picture in the close, and I was so angry when she came home that I could wait no longer. She flew into a rage, and I could do nothing but submit, not wishing to make the affair public.
"My feelings were again wrought to a high pitch when I received an anonymous letter, telling me I ought to watch my wife. I then determined to hire a detective agency to watch her, but after hiring two men I thought differently and canceled my contract with the firm.
"It has been that way for months until tonight when I was called to the telephone and was told that my wife had been shot. I won't harbor any ill will against her for my boys' sake. She was their mother.
Mrs. Stoll was a large woman with a rich mass of dark brown hair. Her face was full and her eyes were dark brown, which matched her olive complexion. She was considered one of the handsomest women in the neighborhood, and always attracted attention on the street by her dignified bearing. A dimple in her cheek was heightened by an engaging smile. She always dressed in clothes of the latest fashion, which while not always expensive, always were tasteful. She was 38 years old.
Mrs. Stoll was the daughter of J. P. Brown, a wealthy man who lived at Atchison, Kas., Her father died about three weeks ago. He was well known in and around Atchison being one of the most prominent men in that community. While the Stolls lived in Atchison Mr. Stoll conducted a drug store there.
JACOBIA 46 YEARS OLD.
William Jacobia, the dead man, was 46 years old and rather stout. Those who had known him in life said last night that he was apparently of a happy disposition, with rare conversational powers. He took uniformly with women and men, the former long remembering his bright wit and ready flow of small talk.
When Mr. and Mrs. Jacobia were married October 8, 1890, he was an engineer on a Kansas branch of the Missouri Pacific railway. Later he left the railroad in favor of the banking business and founded the Farmer's state bank, the stock of which was owned mostly by farmers at Corning, Kas., which was his birthplace. Seven years ago he sold out his interest in the Farmers' bank and came to Kansas City to enter the real estate business.
POLICE "DIDN'T KNOW."
The police notified Dr. B. H. Zwart, coroner, of the double crime and he in turn notified Deputy Coroner Dr. Harry Czarlinsky. The bodies of the murdered woman and suicide were sent to the Carroll - Davidson undertaking rooms by the deputy coroner.
The police who were stationed at the home of Mrs. Stoll and Mrs. Jacobia refused to give any information regarding the tragedy last night. Whenever any of them were asked who shot the woman or why he shot her or an y other question relative to the case the invariable answer was "I don't know."
One policeman was asked if the body lying in the front hall of the Stoll home was a man or woman, and he said, "I don't know."
Labels: children, druggists, Forest avenue, Grand avenue, murder, Ninth street, police, Suicide, Tracy avenue, Twelfth street, undertakers
September 21, 1909
STEEL CELLS FOR BABES;
SOFT BEDS FOR EVILDOERS.
"Oh, Please Don't Put Us in There,"
Pleaded Mother With Infant as
Police Thrust Her Into Dungeon.
A condition never before heard of at police headquarters in all of its history, existed there last night. Four women, keepers of public rooming houses, all had comfortable quarters in the matron's room. Down in the steel cell section of the women's department of the holdover, locked behind bars, were two worn women, each with a babe at her breast.
Both of the babies were ill and crying, but there was no room in the matron's comfortable room for women with babies in arms. Those who had the beds and slept beneath the sheets are women who today will be accused of harboring young girls in disorderly resorts.
Mrs. Nellie Ripetre, with a baby of 6 months old, was sent in about 9 o'clock p. m. for investigation. It has always been the custom in the past never to lock up a woman with a baby. If there was no room in the matron's room for the mother and the babe, room had to be made by putting someone down in the holdover. This negro woman lay on the concrete floor with her crying baby folded tightly to her bosom. The floor got too hard for the mother later on and she chose an iron bunk in one of the cells. There she lay all night. The windows were open and the place cold. Mother-like, however, she huddled her baby close to her, to keep it warm. Part of the time the child lay on top of its mother, covered only by her bare arms.
About 11 p. m. Mrs. Mattie Bell, with a 5-months-old child, was sent in from No. 2 station in the West Bottoms.. Her baby was puny, sickly and crying. The matron's room, however, was still filed with healthy, well-dressed rooming house keepers, so the mother and her sick child had to listen to the harsh turn of the key in a cell door.
"Please don't put me in that place," begged the mother. "It's cold down there and my baby is very sick."
"That's the best we've got," she was informed.
Mrs. Bell was booked for the Humane Society. She had been found wandering about in the streets with her baby. After she was locked up Mrs. Bell tried the concrete floor, and, like the other mother, had to creep to the steel slabbed bed in a cell. She complained to the jailer and the Emergency hospital was notified that there was a sick baby in the holdover.
In a short time a nurse and a doctor went to the cell room and relieved the distressed mother of her sickly burden. The little one was tenderly cared for during the balance of the night but the other mother -- she's colored -- her babe clasped tightly to her breast, spent a chilly night.
The four rooming housekeepers in the matron's room rested easily.
Labels: children, emergency hospital, jail, No 2 police station, police headquarters, police matron, race, rooming house
September 21, 1909
JOHNSON TRIAL ON TODAY.
Buckner Man Charged With Strik-
ing Wife as She Lay Abed.
The trial of William A. Johnson of Buckner, Mo., charged with attacking Mina Johnson, his wife, the night of August 20, 1908, as she lay in bed, is set for this morning in the criminal court. Mrs. Johnson supposedly was struck with a club. Her husband was supposed to be in the room asleep at the time. Later he told officers that the groans of his wife awakened him.
Mrs. Johnson secured a divorce and a division of the property in the circuit court last spring.
Labels: Buckner, criminal court, domestic violence, Johnson assault case
September 21, 1909
LOTTA DIDN'T WANT
POLICEMAN IN FAMILY.
CAPTAIN BRANHAM NEPHEW
OF FAMOUS COMEDIENNE.
Retirement of "Long John" Recalls
Time He Had Meat Shop on
Main Street -- Former
When "Long John" Branham leaves the police department at the end of the present month Lieutenant Michael Halligan will be the oldest man in point of continuous service on the force. Captain Branham and Halligan joined the force the same day in 1881.
Captain Branham had been town marshal before that, but had resigned to be an officer at the workhouse. After getting through at the workhouse he decided to be a policeman again, and joined during a shake-up.
T. B. Bullene was mayor. John Dunlap and H. H. Craig, now living in Corpus Christi, Tex., were the police commissioners. Governor Marmaduke was shaking things up and eighteen vacancies were created.
Captain Branham, "Mike" Halligan and T. S. Boulware were picked out. Boulware is now with the gas company, and as late as last spring was mentioned for the post of chief of police.
LOTTA IS HIS AUNT.
Halligan is still young enough for his work. He is a giant in stature, broad of shoulder. Captain Branham stood six feet, six inches tall in his day, but now that he is 63 years of age he is not so tall and he is well enough off to care little for working longer.
Besides he has an aunt of whom he always was very fond and who cannot but like him. This is Lotta, the idol of the theater-goers a generation ago.
Lotta, or Lotta Crabtree in private life, is "Uncle John's" age almost to a day, and she is easily worth $500,000. She owns the pile of rock on Admiral boulevard facing the Midland office building. That is the last of her Kansas City holdings, though she made a fortune out of other lots she bought and sold here.
"Uncle John," as she tenderly called Captain Branham, had not a little to do with getting her to invest in real estate here. Lotta is rich, lives like a princess, has a town, a country and a seaside home, so Captain John need not worry, even if he lost the little fortune he has saved.
CAPTAIN JOHN'S MEAT SHOP.
What he saved did not come out of the meat shop he ran where a Main street tailor shop is now. That was when Kump's hall was on the location now occupied by a clothing store, and when they had no doors on most of the saloons.
Branham's meat store was the one price emporium of "Kansas, the Gate City of the West," and old-timers still remember it. Captain John says he never will forget it, for it broke him. He came to Kansas City with $10,000.
As a policeman he was always liked. At 63 he does not like so much strenuosity, and he is in a position where he does not have to like it. Lotta never wanted her nephew to be a policeman, anyway.
QUIT OF HIS OWN VOLITION.
Captain Branham confirmed the report as printed in Monday morning's Journal that he had tendered his resignation to the board of police commissioners to take effect October 1. He denied, however, that his resignation was asked by the commissioners.
"I have been on the department so many years that I want to take a rest," he said. "I have no one to support, and feel that I'm entitled to a respite. I quit of my own volition."
It is likely that no one will be appointed to take Captain Branham's place. Since Captain Patrick Clark's appointment last winter there has been an extra captain on the force. Lieutenant George Sherer will command No. 3 district, where he has been stationed for the last three months.
Labels: history, No 3 police station, police, real estate, theater
September 21, 1909
Brilliant Pianist Who Has Made
Kansas City His Home.
An artist of the first rank played his first recital in Kansas City last night in the auditorium of Central high school. He is Moses Boguslawsky, the new head of the conservatory of music piano department and his formal introduction to local musical circles last night was more than auspicious. The impression which he made was instantaneously favorable and he was given a demonstrative welcome solely upon his merits as a player, for he came unheralded and unknown to Western music lovers. Kansas City is well equipped with good women players but there is ample room here for a man of Mr. Boguslawski's gifts. This young player, not yet 30, has unquestionably a brilliant future before him. He played a very musicianly programme last night with a verve, sureness, brilliancy and emotionality which stamped him a real artist. A man of slight physique, Boguslawski's repertoire is an extensive one and from it he selected last night a series of illustrative tone pictures which displayed the scope of his artistic acquirements.
Francois Boucher, violinist, assisted and his contributions were, as always, interesting musical features. He played several Weiniawsky numbers very effectively.
Labels: arts, music, schools
September 21, 1909
CRUELTY A DIVORCE CHARGE.
Army Surgeon's Wife Says She Was
Prisoner in Dark Room.
Mrs. Rubey B. Rutherford filed suit for divorce in the circuit court yesterday against Henry H. Rutherford, a surgeon in the United States army, now stationed in the Philippines. They were married in 1900 in Columbia, Mo., and separated last February. She charges that Rutherford used harsh language and on several occasions locked her in her room, taking away the incandescent lights so she would be in the darkness. When she returned to the Philippines in 1908 after having visited her parents in the United States, she says he told her he was sorry she had returned. Later he told her to go home and stay, she says, and she did so. There is a child, now nine years of age.
Labels: abuse, circuit court, Divorce, military
September 20, 1909
MARKS ASKS MATRON'S
RESIGNATION; GETS IT.
Commissioner Says Mrs. Burns Dis-
obeyed Orders in Various Ways.
She's Off the Force.
Mrs. Elizabeth Burns, for nearly two years a police matron, resigned yesterday upon the request of Thomas R. Marks, police commissioner. Mrs. Burns left police headquarters soon after and went to her home, 1509 Harrison street.
Mrs. Burns said she was accused by Mr. Marks of having allowed a reporter for The Journal to talk with Ethelyn Collins, held by the police as a material witness. The Journal printed no interview with the Collins girl. It was said that strict orders had been given that no one except police officers should talk with the Collins girl.
"I left the matron's room but a minute Saturday night," Mrs. Burns said. Mrs. Maud Fontella, where the Collins girl lived, brought the girl $31. As prisoners are not allowed to have money at police headquarters, I asked Henry C. Smith, a special investigator for the police board, who brought Mrs. Fontella to the matron's room, to wait in the room until I got back.
"When I returned three minutes later a reporter for The Journal was talking to Smith. So far as I know he did not talk to the girl nor make any effort to. I told him he could not talk to her and he laughed and said he 'had the whole story.'
"When Mr. Marks asked for my resignation, I was so stunned that I complied without thinking that he was not the entire board. I would not work at headquarters again, but I would like to be tried by the police board in order that my record may be cleared, as I am guiltless of any charge made."
Mrs. Burns is the widow of William Burns, for many years a member of the police force and a captain at the time of his death. She has four children.
Commissioner Marks denied last night that he had taken into consideration the fact that a Journal reporter had talked to the girl, in the presence of Henry Smith, a patrolman, when he asked Mrs. Burns for her resignation. He said that as far as he was concerned the fact that she had allowed a visitor to see Tony Cruie against expressed orders was not used against her.
She had allowed two men, one an old man and the other a young one, to speak with the girl against orders, he said, and had disobeyed orders in other ways, he intimated.
Soon after taking oath as a commissioner Mr. Marks informed reports that there would soon be two good-hearted matrons at police headquarters. It was rumored last night in police circles that Mrs. Joanna Moran was to be asked for her resignation also. Mrs. Burns and Capt. Walter Whitsett have had little difficulties several times.
Soon after Mrs. Burns left the station yesterday, Mrs. J. K. Ellwood, formerly matron of the detention home, was sent for by Mr. Marks. Her husband is the secretary to Inspector E. P. Boyle. She was placed in charge of the matron's room and spent the night at the station.
She said that Mr. Marks had asked her for forty-eight hours of her time, and then she was to be through. Asked if she expected to receive the appointment as a permanent position she refused to answer.
Labels: Commissioner Marks, detention home, employment, Harrison street, Inspector Boyle, police headquarters, police matron
September 20, 1909
J. M. CHANEY, PASTOR
AND INVENTOR, DEAD.
SERVED 53 YEARS IN PRESBY-
Independence Man Was President of
Elizabeth Aull Seminary at
Lexington, Mo., in 1885 --
Born in Ohio in 1831.
REV. J. M. CHANEY.
Rev. James McDonald Chaney died late Saturday night at his home, 532 South Main street, Independence, from the rupture of a blood vessel. For several days he was indisposed from acute indigestion.
Mr. Chaney has been in the ministry for fifty-three years, and fifty-one in the Lafayette, Mo., Presbytery of the Presbyterian church. Aside from his ministerial work, he was president of the Elizabeth Aull Seminary, at Lexington in 1885 and later of the Kansas City Ladies' college.
He was born near Salem, O., March 18, 1831. He was graduated from the Princeton Theological seminary, after which he entered the Presbyterian ministry.
He came West to be president of the Elizabeth Aull college at Lexington. He was married to Miss Mary Parke, at Lexington, in 1875. From the Elizabeth Aull college, Rev. Chaney was tendered the presidency of the Kansas City Ladies' college at Independence, Mo., which position he held for several years.
During his connection with the Lafayette Presbytery, Rev. Chaney preached regularly. During his ministry he has had charge at Lamonte, Hughesville, Pleasant Hill, Corder and Alma, Mo.
Rev. Chaney was of a mechanical train of mind, and was interested in various devices, some of them his own patents. His laboratory at home was an attraction for young and old.
Rev. Chaney, after severing his connection with the Kansas City Ladies' college, promoted an academy for young men at Independence, making a feature of higher mathematics.
His son, J. Mack Chaney, is an attorney of Kansas City. A half sister, Mrs. W. B. Wilson, resides at Lexington, Mo.
STUDENT OF ASTRONOMY.
Astronomy was a field of science that fascinated the dead minister and his proclivities in this direction won him much local note. About ten years ago he invented a planetarium whereby an astronomer could determine the relative positions of all the known planets in the solar system, provided he knew the meridian passage or declination. If taken to any part of the earth's surface, the instrument could be made to indicate the movement of the planets, whether north or south of the equator. It was used in a number of schools.
Rev. E. C. Gordon, former president of Westminster college at Fulton, Mo., will conduct the funeral service, which will be held Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the First Presbyterian church, Independence.
Labels: attorney, churches, death, Independence, inventors, Lexington, ministers
September 20, 1909
SUPERSTITIOUS? NOT MUCH.
But Mrs. Whitney Carried Rabbit's
Foot When Near Stepladders.
Mrs. Carrie Westlake Whitney, librarian of the public library, is the possessor of a rabbit's foot these days. About twenty five painters have been at work on the library building for the past six weeks, painting the interior, and there are so many step-ladders around that Mrs. Whitney always pauses before entering the building to see if she has her rabbit's foot with her.
"I wouldn't dare go under one of those ladders without my rabbit's foot," she said yesterday. "My charm is the left hind foot of a rabbit that was killed in a graveyard by a red-headed negro at midnight."
Miss Bishop, assistant librarian, has no rabbit's foot, because she is not superstitious, she says.
Labels: libraries, race, women
September 20, 1909
LIKE SAILOR'S YARNS TO HIM.
Lieut. Landis Finds It's Difficult to
Believe Some Peary Stories.
"The marvelous has bloomed out continually in the tales of the travels of Dr. Cook and Commander Peary to the North Pole and back again, but I do not doubt that over-zealous press correspondents have wrought greater wonders on the true statements of the explorers," said Lieut. I. F. Landis, who is in charge of the local naval recruiting station.
"To my mind the most irregular story which has come floating down from the land of snow and ice is that of Peary making a mistake in planting his flag the first night, and correcting it fifty feet twenty-four hours later.
"The facts are that the location of the pole was up to the sextant, a little mechanism as well known to seamen as the compass is to landsmen. Because the sextant reckons latitude on the horizon, the sky line is never the same in two localities, it is more or less an inaccurate machine, and old navigators say it is never accurate to the half mile mark. With conditions as unfavorable as they must be in the vicinity of the poles, it is doubtful if the best regulated and equipped sextant could do more than locate the top o' the world within a radius of six miles."
According to naval rating Peary is a lieutenant on special service, ranking third among the civil engineers of the navy. In the Navy and Marine Corps List and Directory he is mentioned in the alphabetical list as follows:
"Peary, Robt. E., civil engineer. On duty under Coast and Geodetic Survey, making tidal observations on the coast of Grant Land and Greenland."
Labels: military, North Pole race
September 20, 1909
"WHITE SLAVE" ARRESTS.
Woman and Girl Held by Police on
The police yesterday made two arrests in connection with the "white slave" traffic alleged to be carried on here. A woman and young girl she is accused of harboring were arrested late yesterday afternoon and held last night at police headquarters. No further information could be obtained about the case.
Labels: police headquarters
September 20, 1909
QUITS OCTOBER 1?
VETERAN POLICE OFFICER ON
THE FORCE 35 YEARS.
Too Old to Drill, He Told Friends.
Resignation Said to Follow
Interchange with Mem-
ber of the Board.
CAPTAIN J. S. BRANHAM, 35 YEARS A POLICEMAN.
Following a recent exchange of letters between himself and Police Commissioner Thomas R. Marks relative to police matters in the No. 3 district, the resignation of Captain John S. Branham, for thirty-five years on the police force, and its oldest member in point of service, it is said, was received at police headquarters yesterday, effective on October 1. The captain before had told friends that he was too old to drill, and intended leaving the force.
Several weeks ago the police raided the Cordova hotel and arrested several men who were charged with selling beer on Sunday. The liquor was sold only to guests of the hotel. As the raid was made by special officers from headquarters the police of No. 3 district did not get credit for it. Commissioner Marks at a board meeting complained because Captain Branham had not stopped the sale months before. An official letter, dictated by Mr. Marks, was sent to the captain, calling for an explanation.
Captain Branham replied by saying that an officer in uniform could not make the arrest, as the hotel people only sold to its guests and there had never been a flagrant violation of the law.
OLDEST IN POINT OF SERVICE.
The reply was not satisfactory to Commissioner Marks, who said that Captain Branham was like many other old officers incapacitated for duty. The captain is 63. The captain chafed under the inference of the commissioner which were repeated to him. Then on Friday night Commissioner Marks informed all of the officers that they must drill.
"If you do not like the regulations laid down by this board or the instructions given by the commissioners you can quit," Commissioner Marks told the assembled officers.
Captain Branham's resignation yesterday is believed to be the outcome of the drill instructions and the Cordova matter.
In point of service Captain Branham holds the record. He was appointed to the force in May, 1874, and has been in continuous service since. He was long stationed at headquarters, but of late years he has been in command of the No. 3 station. He was born in Columbia, Boone county, Missouri, February 15, 1846. In 1871 he was deputy sheriff of Sedgwick county, Kansas, and in 1873 filled a similar position at Ellsworth, Kas.
WOULDN'T NAME THE CAPTAIN.
Some time ago Captain Branham was granted a thirty days' leave of absence by the board. At that time Commissioner Marks said, after the station was put under the command of Lieutenant George Sherer, that the captain was on vacation which might be made permanent. Mr. Marks last night refused to say that Captain Branham had resigned.
In speaking of the new uniforms and the manner the clubs were carried in the belt Mr. Marks remarked that if any patrolman was not satisfied with the new regulations he could quit. He said the officers were told the same thing, and that one had taken advantage of the advice. Asked which one he refused to give out the name, saying it would be made public later.
He said that there were no charges of any kind against the captain who had resigned, and that he had not been asked for his resignation.
Labels: alcohol, Commissioner Marks, hotels, No 3 police station, police
September 20, 1909
THUGS BEAT AND KICK BOY.
Four Attack Harry Jenkins After
Spitting on Sister's Dress.
Harry Jenkins, 17 years old, living at Sixteenth and College streets, was walking west on Fifteenth street near Prospect avenue last night with his two sisters, Minnie and Mamie, both younger than himself, when they passed a group of three or four ruffians, one of whom spat on the Sunday dress worn by one of the sisters.
"Do you take my sister for a spittoon?" asked the brother resentfully.
At this the toughs attacked young Jenkins, knocked him down and all of them kicked him viciously before the screams of his sisters attracted Officer Jesse Kemp, instructor in pistol practice on the police force, in front of whose house the attack was made.
The ruffians took to their heels when the policeman ran out. None of them was caught.
Labels: children, College avenue, Fifteenth street, police, Sixteenth street, violence
September 19, 1909
ANONYMOUS LETTER CAUSES
CHAUFFEUR'S FATAL INJURY.
L. L. Moore, Found Unconscious on
Pavement Friday Night, Dies
at General Hospital.
An anonymous letter was the cause of the fight which resulted in the death of L. L. Moore yesterday afternoon at the General hospital where he had been taken unconscious on the day previous. Moore was a chauffeur and had fought with Benjamin Lamon, another chauffeur at Fifteenth street and Troost avenue. It developed that his injuries were due to his fall on the pavement.
Lamon is employed by Charles S. Keith of the Central Coal and Coke company. He became angry when Mr. Kieth showed him a letter written by an unknown person which accused Lamon of "joy riding" in Keith's motor car. Suspicion pointed to Moore who was desirous of obtaining a position with Mr. Keith and had written an application for position as chauffeur. The handwriting in both cases were similar.
When Lamon accused Moore as the author of the letter at the Missouri Valley Automobile Company, 1112-14 East Fifteenth street, Friday night, Moore refused to make any explanation or denial. A fight followed, and when Moore fell to the sidewalk he struck his head on the curbing, resulting in concussion of the brain, according to surgeons at the General hospital.
Lamon was arrested early morning, and yesterday afternoon was arraigned in Justice Miller's court for second degree murder. He pleaded not guilty. He was released on a $2,000 bond furnished by Mr. Keith. Lamon lives at 1525 Oak street and is married. Moore formerly lived at Maryville, Mo., and had only been in the city a few weeks. He worked for Mrs. Amy Cruise of 1209 Commerce building.
Labels: automobiles, Commerce building, death, Fifteenth street, general hospital, Judges, Oak street, Troost avenue, violence
September 19, 1909
ELOPEMENT A SECRET
THAT FAILS TO KEEP.
ELABORATE PLANS OF YOUNG
RUNAWAYS "SPRING LEAK."
Mary Maloney and Ross Chamberlen
Marry in Leavenworth and Are
Unaware Parental Blessing
A very pretty romance attaches to the elopement and subsequent marriage yesterday of Miss May E. Maloney, a popular young woman of Kansas City, Kas., and Ross. H. Chamberlen, a newspaper reporter of that city. Although it has been generally understood among the more intimate friends of the young people that the question of marriage was not entirely foreign to their thoughts, the consensus of opinion seemed to be that they would wait until they were older.
For weeks Chamberlen and Miss Maloney waited for an opportune moment and yesterday the chance to slip away without being suspected by friends came. They intended to get married, come home and keep the secret until Christmas, at which time the parents of the bride and the many friends of both were to learn how well young folk can plan and retain a secret.
TO LEAVENWORTH IN SECRET.
Fearing that license secured in Kansas City, Kas., would mean publicity, Mr. Chamberlen wrote a letter to the probate judge of Leavenworth county and at 3:15 o'clock yesterday afternoon the young couple boarded a Kansas City Western car and went to the court house in Leavenworth where the ceremony was performed. The bride had informed her mother, Mrs. C. F. Maloney, 273 North Seventh street, Kansas City, Kas., that she would not return home last night but would be with a young woman friend in Kansas City, mo. Mr. and Mrs. Chamberlen were in Leavenworth last night blissfully unconscious of the fact that their secret had been discovered.
When seen at their home at a late hour last night the parents of Mrs. Chamberlen were greatly surprised to learn of her marriage.
"I think she might have told me of her intentions," said the mother. "there was no reason why she should not have been married at home. I suppose like many other young girls she thought it would be more romantic to run away and get married. I am sure they must have intended to keep the marriage a secret for some time."
AN ELOPEMENT UNNECESSARY.
"I certainly am surprised, but it is too late to say anything now," was the comment of Mr. Maloney. "I have known Ross for a long time and they might just as well have been married at home, although I did not know they were thinking of taking such a step. A great success they made of keeping the matter a secret."
With the full knowledge that they will be welcomed not only by their parents but also by a host of friends who are eager to repay them for the attempted trick of keeping their marriage a secret, the young couple may now return to their home in Kansas City, Kas.
Labels: Kansas City Kas, Leavenworth, wedding
September 19, 1909
CYCLISTS READY FOR
THE SIX DAY GRIND.
Preliminaries At Convention
Hall Last Night.
A card of seven events at Convetion hall last night inaugurated a week of bicycle and motor cycle racing in Kansas City, which is to include a six-day race, starting at 2 o'clock tomorrow afternoon. Prominent riders from all parts of the United States and a few from foreign countries are in the race, which promises to be one of the best ever run here.
Last night's preliminaries to the big show were witnessed by more than 2,000 people and some excellent sport was furnished. But one spill marred the programme, that in which the five-mile open amateur race when four riders collided and piled up after five laps had been run. None of the riders was injured and the remainder in the race continued without interruption.
Kansas City boys did not show to advantage except in the amateur event, which was won by Carl Shutte, the well known local rider. Jimmy Hunter, who was "doped" to do things in the professional class, was outclassed in every event in which he was entered and could not do better than third in any.
The track constructed for the races and the one on which the events last night were held is in excellent condition for the fast going and it is expected that some records will be broken in the long grind.
Labels: Convention Hall, motorcycles, races, sports
September 19, 1909
FOR THE AMERICAN ROYAL.
Everything Nearly Ready for the
Live Stock and Horse Show.
The stock yards company is beginning already the work of brightening up the yards for the American Royal Live Stock and Horse show. The fine stock pavilion, where the sale cattle are kept, is being furnished up, and the tin work painted. The yards in the neighborhood of the Royal have been largely rebuilt and remodeled this year, so that visitors will easily get an idea of the improvements and growth here.
The spaces for concessions, the booths in which manufacturers of feedstuffs and other necessities of the live stock raiser show their wares, have all been engaged -- the first time in the history of the Royal when booths along the Midway have been taken so far in advance.
There are no side shows at the Royal, since the inevitable rule has always been that one price of admission admits to everything. If anybody has anything to show, the public can see it without paying extra.
Labels: American Royal, stock yards
September 19, 1909
HAS NEW TRAVELOGUES.
Burton Holmes Adds "New Japan"
and "Old Japan" to Series.
The travelogues of Burton Holmes, author and lecturer, promise to become as popular in Kansas City as they have been in the larger cities of the East. Last season Wright Kramer achieved no little personal success as associate lecturer for Mr. Holmes. Since his appearance here he has been around the world by what Mr. Holmes called "the Beautiful Way" in company with Mr. Holmes.
Two travelogues, entitled "New Japan Today," the up-to-date, rapid fire, factory building, commercial Japan, and "Old Japan of Today," the beautiful and picturesque, but rapidly disappearing Japan of the Geisha and the Lotis, have been added to the series. The travelogues are to be given in Kansas City in the near future.
September 19, 1909
DO THINGS QUICKER HERE.
No More Pages, Clerks and Chief
Clerks for This Hollander.
"No more pages, clerks and chief clerks for us when we get back to Rotterdam," said C. W. Lucardie at the Hotel Baltimore yesterday afternoon. "I discovered how much quicker you Americans do business here than we do, that I am going to install that sort of a system in my house. In the Netherlands as well as in the greater part of Europe, when a salesman or customer desires to see the head of the firm, he has to pass through a line of several clerks and pages before it is possible. Meanwhile he loses from 15 minutes to half an hour of his time. In continental Europe the head of the house looks after the little things which here are put in the hands of clerks and hired men. As a result the head of the house here has plenty of time to talk business while in the old country it takes almost all of his time to look after his business.
"There is only one point in which the European merchant excels the American and that is in the cost of his help. In Europe the clerks all work from three to five hours longer than they do in this country.
"Rape seed is now one of the principal exports of Holland," continued Mr. Lucardie. "These seed was not thought much of until recently when its value as a quick growing feed for stock in the event of a drought or flood was brought to the attention of agriculturalists all over the world. Now over 2,000 tons a year are imported by the United States and the grass is grown in the North and Northwest. Good feeding grass can be grown in from three to four weeks."
Labels: business, Hotel Baltimore, visitors
September 18, 1909
LID ON CIGARETTES
FOR CITY PRISONERS.
"MAKINGS" BARRED FROM THE
WORKHOUSE BY PAROLE BOARD.
No Longer May Favored Ones Have
Delicacies at Table, But Must
Masticate Prison Fare --
The board of pardons and paroles took occasion yesterday to issue its first orders governing the future conduct of affairs at the workhouse. the new orders, or rules, were submitted by Secretary L. A. Halbert and approved by the board. They are taken from rules governing houses of correction in Chicago, Ill., Cleveland, O., Elmira, N. Y., and Boston, Mass.
"General order No. 1, section 1," reads" "At no time will cigarettes, cigarette tobacco or papers be permitted in the workhouse, and the smoking of these harmful things by both men and women prisoners must absolutely be prohibited."
Section 2 permits the men prisoners to have chewing and smoking tobacco, but pipes must be used.
Section 3 puts a ban on food, fruit and delicacies being sent in to prisoners by persons on the outside. that custom has been in vogue here ever since there was a workhouse, and the board is informed that this is the only city that permits it. Hardly a day passes that baskets or packages of food or fruit are not received for prisoners. Joseph Mackey is one prisoner who, it is said, does not know what workhouse "grub" tastes like. All his meals come from the outside.
PRISON FARE FOR ALL.
"Prisoners are not allowed to have food in their cells," explained President William Volker, "consequently it was placed on the dining table for them. It is not fair to have a few eating choice viands while the majority of prisoners have to look on. Prison fare is as good for one as another, and should be part of the punishment."
Secretary Halbert was for abolishing tobacco in any form. He never uses tobacco. Neither of the male members of the board are tobacco users but they, with Mrs. Kate Pierson, compromised on abolishing cigarettes. Prisoners will also be permitted to send out for candy, chewing gum and a small amount of fruit which they may have in their cells.
Hereafter prisoners will not be permitted to carry any money or jewelry into their cells with them. Deposits will be made with the clerk. If a prisoner sends out for any of the permitted "luxuries" he will have to give an order on the clerk for the amount and that will be charged against his account.
The board also is working on rules governing the conduct of guards and other employes at the workhouse. they have not been completed. A resolution discharging Joseph Etzel, a guard, was adopted. A prisoner complained that Etzel had abused him. This is the second time the board has dropped Etzel. The first order appeared to have no effect as he kept on working.
During the recent work house investigation Etzel was accused of attempting to intimidate a witness for the board. he was peremptorily ordered dropped. Why he retained his place no one on the board was able to explain. The ordinance giving the board charge of the workhouse gives it the right to hire and discharge guards. It was said yesterday that Etzel is "out for good" this time or the board will know the reason why. When Superintendent Cornelius Murphy informed Etzel that he had been discharged the guard went before the board.
SAYS "INFLUENCE" IS GOOD.
"I haven't done nothing to nobody or violated no rules here and I demand to know why I'm fired," he demanded.
"We don't think you have the proper influence in a place like this," Mr. Voelker informed him.
"My influence is as good as any of 'em," stated Etzel, proudly. "I have as good backing as the best."
"I am not speaking of political influence," replied the president. "We do not consider you a fit man for the place. I do not care to discuss this matter with you further."
Another guard, who was reported to have been involved in a romance with one of the girl prisoners, a sewing machine girl, was called in to explain. He denied being in love and insisted he had made no arrangements to pay the woman's fine. He was told to return to duty.
Five male prisoners and one woman were ordered paroled yesterday. Several applications were deferred until further investigation could be made.
The board made a rule that a prisoner could not receive visitors until they had been there fifteen days. After that the relatives may visit on Sundays only.
Labels: Chicago, food, New York, parole board, tobacco, workhouse
September 18, 1909
MRS. SHARP'S TRIAL IS SET.
Wife of "Adam God" Has No Means.
Counsel is Furnished.
In the criminal court yesterday the trial of Mrs. Melissa Sharp, wife of James Sharp, "Adam God," was set for October 18. As she had no counsel, Jesse James was assigned by the court.
Mrs. Sharp was in the riot at the city hall December 8, 1908, when two policemen were killed. Her husband, James Sharp, was convicted in the criminal court last spring and sentenced to the penitentiary for twenty-five years. He is now serving his sentence, pending the opinion of the supreme court on his appeal.
Mrs. Sharp's appearance before the court was in response to her own request. She had asked Judge Latshaw for an audience and when she came into the court room she asked for a hearing.
"I am ready for trial at any time," she told the court.
Labels: Adam God sect, city hall, criminal court, Jesse James Jr, Judge Latshaw
September 18, 1909
KILLS SELF ON "HOBO HILL."
Jesse Skarling, Despondent Because
of His Wife's Illness.
Under a tree on "Hobo Hill," an elevation overlooking the Missouri river near the foot of Main street, Jesse M. Skarling, a painter, killed himself yesterday afternoon by swallowing about four ounces of carbolic acid. Depression on account of his wife's illness is thought to be the cause. Beside him was a note which furnished the only identification.
"My name is Jesse Skarling," the note read. "My dear wife's name is Ida Skarling. My mother lives at Muskogee, Ok. Goodby, friends."
The man evidently had thought about committing suicide for several hours. Beside his body were dozens of cigarette stubs and the grass indicated that he had moved several tim es as the sun shifted. There was no label on the bottle and no indication where the acid was purchased.
After viewing the body, Deputy Coroner Czarlinsky ordered it sent to O'Donnell's undertaking rooms.
Labels: Dr Czarlinsky, Main street, Missouri river, Suicide, undertakers
September 18, 1909
MARRIES A MILLIONAIRE.
Miss Florence Oakley Received Stage
Training in Kansas City.
A romance which began over a year ago in the Auditorium theater, Los Angeles, Cal., culminated Thursday at San Rafael, just out of San Francisco, when Miss Florence Oakley, leading woman at the Liberty theater, Oakland, was married to Percival Pryor.
Miss Oakley is a Kansas City girl, and off the stage was known as Miss Florence McKim. Mr. Pryor is the only son of Judge J. H. Pryor, a millionaire of Pasadena, Cal.
While the engagement has been announced for some time, the young couple slipped away form the theater in Oakland in the afternoon and drove to San Rafael in a motor car where they were married. Mr. Pryor is 24 years old and his bride 20.
When Florence McKim, now Mrs. Pryor, was but 10 years old she appeared here in "A Midsummer Night's Dream" and made such a hit that she attracted the attention of Miss Georgia Brown, who has a dramatic school. From that time until her first engagement with the Carlton Macy stock company of Cleveland, O., she was a protege of Miss Brown. The young woman had talent and her rise was rapid. While under contract with David Belasco in New York and waiting to be placed, Miss Oakley received an offer of $225 a week from the Blackwood Stock company of Los Angeles to become a leading woman and accepted. It was her guiding star that sent her there, as through that engagement she met, loved, became engaged to and now has married the only son of a millionaire, and "Father" is said to be very fond of her.
"Florence was a dear little girl and a born actress," said Miss Georgia Brown, her instructor, last night.
Labels: California, New York, romance, schools, theater, wedding, women
September 17, 1909
DRILL BY ROOKIES OPENS
POLICE NIGHT SCHOOL.
First Lecture on Etiquette and Mili-
tary Tactics Given to Cap-
tains and Sergeants.
In the office of the police commissioners last night about thirty sergeants, captains and lieutenants of police heard the first of a series of lectures on military tactics, etiquette and duties of a police officer.
After listening to speeches by Commissioner Marks, Sergeant Charles Edwards and Sergeant Robert James, a squad of "rookies" were brought in to the room and gave an exhibition drill. With shoulders squared back, uniforms that fairly glistened with their newness and white gloves that matched the spotless collars, the new men created a favorable impression, some of whom could not have carried out a single order as given by Sergeant Lang.
"What do you think of that?" was Commissioner Marks's satisfied remark as he smiled.
"Now you men have got to know all about these orders and drill regulations or how we can expect the men to know anything about them?" he added, addressing the sergeants and captains.
"We expect the officers in charge to know how to lead a squad of men the same as these new men know how to obey them."
The new night school will be open every night for about two weeks. The officers on the opposite shift who work nights will be lectured this afternoon. Commissioner Marks said that later each man would be required to take turn in giving orders and that drilling would be one of the main features. It is thought that many of the officers will weigh considerably less at the expiration of two weeks. Reporters were not admitted to the lecture last night.
Labels: Commissioner Marks, police, police board, schools
September 17, 1909
MEXICAN INDEPENDENCE DAY.
Reception Commemorating 99th An-
niversary Given by J. E. Gonzalez.
A reception commemorating the ninety-ninth anniversary of independence in Mexico was given to a small party of prominent Mexicans and newspaper men at the office of J. E. Gonzalez, acting consul for the Southern republic yesterday afternoon. Among the guests were L. L. Cantu, J. J. Journee, A. E. Pradillo and L. B. Moreno.
Toasts to the present chief executive of Mexico, and to the memory of Padre Miguel Hidalgo Y Costilla, the great liberator, were drunk by the gathering. All present wore the national colors, red, white and green, signifying the three guarantees of Hidalgo, liberty, religion, equality.
"The big celebration will be in the City of Mexico next year," said Mr. Gonzalez. "It will be the centennial of the first independence day and the whole nation will turn out to do it honor. The result no man can now tell, but it will be surpassingly grand as our countrymen are great celebrators and every state will contribute to an exposition illustrating the progress of Mexico during the interim.
"Every true Mexican who has the time and the money should be there to lend his shout to the applause due the grand old man, who has made Mexico what it is today."
Labels: holidays, Mexico
September 17, 1909
PUBLIC MUST BE PROTECTED.
Fire Warden Tells 32 of 40 Moving
Picture Shows Inspected to Bet-
ter Safeguard Patrons.
In a report to the fire and water board yesterday, Edward Trickett, fire marshal, stated that he had made an inspection of over forty moving picture shows, and that he had to caution the management of thirty-two of them to better protect their patrons from danger of fire.
The marshal says that the ordinances for the regulation of moving picture shows are lax, and he recommends more stringent laws.
He says that the operating machines should be encased in iron booths, and that all operators should undergo an examination as to their efficiency and general knowledge of electrical devices.
Such a precaution, he adds, would be advantageous both to the patrons and owners of the show.
Labels: Fire, moving pictures, theater
September 17, 1909
MISSOURI HORSES TO ISLAND.
Will Be Used in Improving the
Porto Rican Breed.
Missouri horses are to be used in improving the native Porto Rican animals. A dozen or more will be secured here or from the big breeding farms in Missouri by D. W. May, special agent of the United States government in charge of the agricultural experiment station at Mayagues, Porto Rico, and are to be sent to New York and thence to the island.
The Missouri horse, according to Mr. May, has qualities possessed by no other horse in the world. These qualities take in part those of the famous steeds of Arabia, but in addition they have the stamina which the Arab lacks.
"The agricultural department has done a great deal of good in the Islands," said Mr. May last night at the Hotel Baltimore. "We have succeeded in producing a much sweeter grade of sugar cane, the tobacco is much better, and the planters will soon raise coffee which will be sold the the United States. At present all of the coffee is heavy and black, and finds no sale in this country.
"That the island has progressed agriculturally may be gleaned from a glance at the export figures. The value of exports in 1902 were $8,000,000. Since then they have gradually increased annually until last year the value of exports reached $32,000,000."
Labels: animals, Hotel Baltimore, New York, visitors
September 17, 1909
RILEY BOND FORFEITED.
Order Made by Judge Latshaw in
The bond of John Riley, "the Rat," has been forfeited in the criminal court, where he failed to appear for trial during the April term, which closed September 4. Judge Ralph S. Latshaw made the order yesterday.
The next step is to issue what is legally termed a "scire facias," citing the bondsman to appear during the January term of court and show why they have not produced the defendant and why execution should not issue to collect the amount of the bond. If the bondsmen make the showing that they are endeavoring to get the defendant to the city and have a fair chance of success, it has been the custom in the past to allow reasonable time even after their appearance in court in answer to the writ. In no event is it likely that the bond matter will be disposed of for more than three months.
Labels: criminal court, Judge Latshaw, Riley the Rat
September 16, 1909
HEBREWS SUE TO PREVENT
MOVING OF THEIR DEAD.
Charge Such and Act on Part of
Owners of Bikur Cholim Cemetery
Would Be Desecration.
An injunction suit to restrain the present owners from moving any of the bodies buried in the Bikur Cholim cemetery was filed in the circuit court yesterday by Sarah Binkowitz, Morris Newberg and others.
The cemetery has been used by Hebrews as a burial place, but not since 1893. It is at the northeast corner of Eighteenth street and Cleveland avenue and occupies about one-fourth block.
In the suit filed yesterday Henry Oppenheimer, Omar E. Robinson and Bikur Cholim Benevolent Association are named as defendants. The plaintiffs are the descendants and the relatives of Julius Newberg and David Binkowitz, who were buried in the cemetery in 1888.
It is alleged in the petition that the lots were sold with the guarantee on the part of the cemetery association that the land would always be maintained as a cemetery. This, it is alleged, is no longer done. In fact, according to the petition, mortgages against the land were foreclosed in 1903.
Charging that the defendants are now threatening to remove the bodies, and adding taht such action means desecration in the eyes of the Hebrew, an injunction forbidding such action is asked. An order also is sought to compel the cemetery asociation to live up to its agreement to maintain the graves in a suitable manner.
Labels: cemetery, circuit court, Cleveland avenue, Eighteenth street, Jews, Lawsuit
September 16, 1909
JEWS CELEBRATE NEW YEAR.
It Was the Beginning of Rosh Hash-
anah at Sundown Last Night.
At sundown last night the Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashanah, began. In Jewish chronology it marks the beginning of the year 5670 since the creation.
In orthodox Jewish churches the new year is celebrated two days. Services were held at sundown last night and again later in the synagogues. Services also are scheduled for this morning, at sundown this evening and tonight.
In the orthodox churches the ceremonies will be repeated at sundown this evening, tonight and tomorrow morning. The two days are marked with prayer and fasting.
Labels: churches, holidays, Jews
September 16, 1909
TO TAKE PRESENTS.
TWO DETECTIVES SUSPENDED
FOR THIS REASON.
Board Rules in Case Where Woman
Gave $25 to Show Appreciation,
That a Postage Stamp
The police board ruled at its meeting yesterday afternoon that it would consider any officer as grafting who accepted "even a postage stamp or a cigar as a present."
The ruling was made after Detectives J. F. Lyngar and Charles T. Lewis had been suspended for sixty days for accepting a present of $25 from Mrs. Rose Herman, 909 Lydia avenue. The money was given to Lewis on September 1 for recovery of a $125 locket. He gave his partner, Lyngar, half of it. The board ordered that if the $25 was not returned to Mrs. Herman within twenty-four hours the officers would be dropped.
Mrs. Herman was an unwilling witness and when she took the stand she said, with her eyes suffused with tears: "I would like to make a preliminary statement. I am not making these charges against these officers. A friend of mine virtually trapped me into doing it. If in telling the truth here I am going to cause trouble for either of them I want to say now that I am very, very sorry for it."
GAVE HIS PARTNER HALF.
The witness then went on to tell how previously she had lost $30 and how Detective Lewis had succeeded in recovering it for her. When the locket was stolen she sent for him. On August 30 it was located in a pawnshop at 812 Independence avenue, where sh paid the pawnbroker $10 to get it back.
"Both officers were there," she continued, "and advised me that I could replevin the locket, but lawyer's fees would have been more than $10, so I paid it. The man wanted $18.
"It was then I told Mr. Lewis to come to my house the next day. When he did I voluntarily gave him $25. I meant it as a present, as I felt very grateful to get my locket back. And I still want the men to have the money. I was dragged into this thing unwillingly."
Detective Lewis admitted all that Mrs. Herman said and added that he had worked on both cases alone, simply giving his partner half of the $25.
"It was my idea," he said, "that we were not allowed to accept of a published reward without permission of this board. I did not know it was a violation of the statute to accept a present. I have done it before, and so has every man on the force for that matter. Mrs. Herman will tell you that I told her she owed me nothing, but still she insisted and I took it."
POSTAGE STAMP IS GRAFT.
Commissioners Marks and Middlebrook discussed the case in low tones for a long time before rendering a verdict. Then Judge Middlebrook wheeled swiftly about in his chair and said:
"Were it not for the fact that Mrs. Herman was an unwilling witness, that the money appears to have been thrust upon the officer, both men would be dropped from the department here and now. That is the only mitigating circumstance in this case. You are suspended for sixty days and the money must be paid to the secretary tomorrow. He will return it. Hereafter men found accepting presents will be absolutely dismissed from the force.
"The mere fact that you see no wrong in what you have done is to say the least distressing. You are paid $115 a month and the acceptance of a postage stamp above that is regarded as graft."
"Rear in mind now," added Mr. Marks, "this means that you are to accept nothing form the public, not even a cigar, without the permission of this board."
"If that rule is enforced," said an officer who heard the order, "the board would be kept busy examining new men for the force, as every ma on the department would lose his job every day. I know a copper who has lost his eleven times today, as he has just that many good cigars in his inside pocket."
Labels: cigars, Commissioner Marks, corruption, detectives, jewelry, Lydia avenue, pawn brokers, police, police board
September 16, 1909
BUY LAND FOR NEW STATION.
Western Sash and Door Company
Sells Grand Avenue Site and
Buildings for $125,000.
As forcasted in The Journal a week ago, $125,000 was paid yesterday by the Grand Avenue Building Company to William Huttig, president of the Western Sash and Door Company, for the property and building of the company at Twenty-third and Grand avenue.
There are 45,000 square feet in the tract, wh ich faces 168 feet on Grand avenue and runs through to Walnut street. About 5,500 square feet will be taken by the Kansas City Terminal Railway Company in the building of the Union passenger station, and it is understood that eventually a hotel will be built on the remaining part of the property.
The offices of the sash and door company will be occupied and used at once by the engineering forces of the terminal company, and the balance of the building will be used by the Huttig company for one year.
"A year from today the Western Sash and Door Company will have a big new plant built somewhere along the line of the Belt railway," said Mr. Huttig yesterday. "We have three different sites under construction."
Labels: Belt line, Grand avenue, railroad, union station, Walnut Street
September 16, 1909
WILL COPY MISSOURI PLAN.
Walter Williams's Lecture on Jour-
nalism School Impressed the British.
E. F. Allen of the Netherlands apartment, Kansas City, who accompanied Walter Williams, dean of journalism at the University of Missouri, to Europe in August, returned yesterday. Campbell Wells, a banker of Platte City, Mo., also traveled in the party, which landed in Plymouth, England, August 31.
On that night English journalists listened to an address on "Journalism, or an Experiment in America," by Mr. Williams, who told the English people what the American university was doing toward educating and raising the standard of American journalists.
After the lecture several representatives of various districts promised the British Institute of Journalists that their districts would soon establish colleges of journalism, fashioned after the American school. Belonging to the institute are some 3,000 journalists, paper proprietors and litterateurs of England and the colonies.
An entire half day was spent in discussing Mr. Williams's paper. A banquet was given the journalists, at which Professor Williams offered the toast, "Mother of All Plymouths," which was responded to by the mayor of Plymouth.
"Professor Williams's coming was the feature of the meeting, and the congress highly appreciates his lecture, and something substantial may be expected of it," the president of the congress informed Mr. Allen.
When the three travelers landed at London they were presented with tickets to the Liberal League Club, to which they had already been elected. They received special invitations to attend parliament and listened to the discussion of the land bill, which was to equalize the taxation of land in Ireland and the colonies. After leaving London the three Americans went to Glasgow, the second largest city of Scotland. Fifty years ago Glasgow was a city of 30,000 inhabitants.
Labels: England, University of Missouri
September 16, 1909
WIFE SAVES HER HUSBAND.
Mrs. Joe Percival Comes to His Aid
With Ax Handle and Routs Bullies.
Owing to the pluckiness and nerve of his wife last night Joe Percival, 7 Park place, is alive today, although beaten and battered by a gang of ruffians and bullies. He needed treatment at the emergency hospital because of the cuts received at the hands of the gang before his wife came to his aid.
Percival is the night man at the Gross & McNeal livery stable, 701 Brooklyn avenue. For some weeks he has had trouble with a gang of men and on several occasions has been compelled to run them away from the stable at night. threats were made to get him. Last night his wife, who is young and pretty, went to the stable to spend the night.
About 1 o'clock this morning Percival went into the stable to put up a horse and was attacked by five or six men who had concealed themselves in the dark stalls. He was down on the floor being pummelled by the bullies when Mrs. Percival came to the rescue. A pickax handle proved to be the weapon which she wielded with effectiveness. The men scattered when she commenced to rain blows upon their heads.
When she attempted to telephone for the police the gang tried to stop her by making threats of getting her, but she waved the pick handle aloft and dared them to start something. When the police arrived from headquarters only Percival and his brave wife were on deck. They were transferred to the emergency hospital where Percival had his injuries attended by Dr. D. C. Twyman. The thugs escaped arrest.
Labels: emergency hospital, marriage, violence
September 16, 1909
WHITE GLOVES FOR POLICE.
Every Officer of the Force Has Donned
the "Fussy Mittens."
Did you notice the white gloves which the policemen were wearing yesterday? Beginning yesterday morning, every officer on the department was compelled to don the "fussy mittens."
"Feel like I was on parade," said one man as he inspected the gloves carefully.
In all probability, white helmets will be required next summer. A new style cap is under consideration for the coming winter.
Labels: clothing, police
September 16, 1909
OLDEST KANSAS LANDLORDS?
Distinction Claimed for Emporia
and Downs Bonifaces.
Colonel H. C. Whitley, 75 years old, of Emporia, Kas., and Colonel J. H. Lipton, 82 years old, of Downs, both veterans of the civil war and two of the three honorary members of the Kansas-Missouri Hotel Men's Association, were the guests of C. L. Wild of the Sexton hotel yesterday. Colonel Lipton claims the distinction of having operated a hostelry in Kansas for a longer period than any other man in the state. He has been in the business for half a century. Colonel Whitley claims to be the next oldest in the business.
Labels: hotels, organizations, Seniors, veterans
September 15, 1909
COL. SWOPE IS IMPROVING.
His Friends Are Confident of His
Colonel Thomas Swope, who has been confined to his room at the home of Mrs. L. O. Swope, South Pleasant street, Independence, was not so well yesterday morning, but last evening he was improved somewhat.
Colonel Swope is suffering from an attack of nervous prostration. There is hope for his early recovery.
Labels: illness, Independence, Thomas Swope
September 15, 1909
AX FOR MANY POLICEMEN.
Commissioner Marks Says There
Will Be Sweeping Changes.
According to Thomas R. Marks, police commissioner, there will be another sweeping change in the ranks of the department within the next few days. Of the seventy-five or more men who were examined three weeks ago, and whose commissions expired at that time, only a few showed the proper qualifications to be recommissioned, according to Mr. Marks. Men who cannot read or write have no place on the force, he said.
Many of the older men are not surprised by the announcement and some say they are getting ready to resign.
"I'm going to quit before they get me," one man said yesterday.
Labels: Commissioner Marks, police
September 15, 1909
AUTOMOBILIST STOPS HORSE.
Grabs Reins From Cab and Prevents
Injury to Woman.
Grabbing the reins of a frightened horse while seated in an automobile, Joe Marks,a traveling salesman, stopped the animal yesterday afternoon at risk of serious injury to himself and saved from injury a young woman who drove. Marks was dragged from the tomeau of the machine and when he returned to the Coates house last evening his clothes were bespattered with mud and his trousers were torn.
After luncheon yesterday Marks and Ervan Wilson traversed Cliff drive in an automobile and then drove out towards Swope park. Marks noticed that a horse hitched to a runabout and driven by a young woman had become frightened. He told the chauffeur to hurry and he would try to grab the reins. The chauffeur turned the machine loose. The frightened horse dashed down the road.
Marks held on to the hand rail with one hand and reached out with the other. Wilson grabbed Marks's coat. The chauffeur swung the machine alongside the horse. Marks grabbed the lines and the driver set the brakes. The road was muddy, the machine skidded, the horse fought desperately to get away and Marks was suspended between the horse and the automobile.
"Let loose of me, I've got him," cried Marks to Wilson, and he jumped from the machine. The horse by this time had been brought to a standstill.
Neither the young woman nor the horse was hurt and after the animal was calmed she insisted on taking the reins and driving him home. Marks gave his name, but forgot to get that of the girl.
Labels: animals, automobiles, Cliff drive, Coates house, salesmen, visitors
September 15, 1909
AID FOR CRIPPLED BLIND MAN.
Friends Are Starting a Subscription
Fund for Edward Harris.
Men who knew Edward Harris, the blind newspaper vendor who stood each day at the Junction and who was injured by being run over by a team Monday afternoon, met at the Kensington Avenue Baptist church last night and arranged to take up a subscription to aid him in his time of trouble. Harris was seriously injured, and may be a cripple permanently. He has a wife and a daughter to care for.
Reverend A. E. Burch, pastor of the church, presided at the meeting. Many residents of Kansas City were familiar with Harris and bought papers from him.
The members of the committee in charge of the subscription for Harris are Rev. Mrs. Burch, A. C. Wright, S. A. Faires and M. A. Randall.
Labels: churches, Kensington, ministers, newspapers, the Junction, visual impairment
September 15, 1909
CLOSE CALL FOR WATCHMAN.
Police Pull Charles Brown From Bed
in Burning Barn.
In a fire that destroyed a sales stable conducted by John Kirby and H. A. Thompson at Nineteenth and Main street early yesterday morning, in which forty-eight horses perished, Charles Brown, a night watchman who was asleep in the building barely escaped being burned to death.
Patrolman Cummings and Duteman, whose beat is in the neighborhood of Nineteenth and Main, passed the barn at 2:30 o'clock yesterday morning. At that time they did not notice a fire. About five minutes later they passed the corner again and noticed a small blaze near the ground on the south side of the barn. They turned in an alarm and returned to awake Brown. Cummings fired three shots in the effort, but only succeeded by breaking in his door and pulling him out of bed. By that time the fire was well under way, and it was too late to save any of the horses. Several buggies were also destroyed.
The building was a one-story frame valued at $2,200. John P. Lynch of the Lynch-Watkins Lime and Cement Company, owner of the building, said it was insured for $800.
Mr. Thompson estimated his loss at $10,000, partly covered by insurance. The barn will be rebuilt.
Labels: animals, Fire, Main street, Nineteenth street, police
September 15, 1909
FORGOT HER DESTINATION.
Oklahoma Girl Bought Ticket for
Garnett Instead of Kansas City.
Through a mistake, for which she cannot account, Miss Emma Howe, 17 years old, bought a ticket and checked her trunk for Garnett, Kas., instead of to Kansas City, where her sister, Mrs. Hattie Fields, resides, before leaving Ola, Ok., Monday afternoon.
The trunk was put off at Garnett and Miss Howe would also have been detained there for lack of funds to proceed further, but several traveling men made up a purse to pay her fare here. When she arrived at Union depot over the Santa Fe last night it was to discover that her troubles had only just begun, for the paper on which her father had written her sister's address in Kansas City was in her trunk.
The girl was cared for overnight by Mrs. Ollie Everingham, the depot matron. The name of Mrs. Hattie Fields does not appear in the city directory.
Labels: depot matron, oklahoma, railroad, Union depot
September 14, 1909
'CAP' PHELAN, SOLDIER
OF FORTUNE, IS DEAD.
NAME GRAVEN IN WAR HIS-
TORY AS BLOCKADE RUNNER.
Staunch Irish-American Patriot
Mixed in Many Attempts to Free
Ireland -- Stabbed for Expos-
ing Clan ne Gael Plot.
CAPTAIN THOMAS PHELAN.
The death of Captain Thomas Phelan, Irish-American patriot and soldier of fortune, which occurred at 2:30 o'clock last Saturday afternoon, in Bremerton, Wash., ended a life full of romance and a checkered career in war and politics. Early in life he was bitten with the wanderlust, and during the early 60s and 70s helped to make history, not only in America, but in Canada and Ireland. Captain Phelan was 76 years old and leaves a widow and four children.
Being a native of Ireland, Captain Phelan throughout his life and did all in his power to bring freedom to Erin. He was born near the town of Tipperary and came to America about 1857, locating at Independence, Mo. He married Miss Alice Cox of that city.
During the early part of Captain Phelan's life he was embroiled in many attempts to free his native country from the yoke of England. Shortly after his marriage in Independence he enlisted as a volunteer in the Seventh Missouri regiment of the Union army and fought with that regiment throughout the war. He rose from the ranks to a captain. He was in many of the important battles.
NAME IN WAR HISTORY.
One of his daring acts committed during the progress of the war was at the siege of Vicksburg. It was necessary to take a steamboat loaded with cotton and other products, and munitions of war, down the river and Captain Phelan was delegated to run the blockade.
Transferring bales of hay for cotton around the edge of the boat he succeeded in getting safely through the lines. His name appears in Civil war history as that of the man responsible for breaking the blockade.
In the late 60's he gained fame and notoriety by engaging in the Fenian raid from the United States into Canada in a futile attempt to occupy Canada and make it a base of supplies from which to carry on warfare with England for the freedom of Ireland.
The Irish in America congregated about Ridgeway, Canada, for the purpose of an uprising and gaining a stronghold in the Canadian country. Some 1,400 Irish left the United States for this purpose, but boats on the waterways cut off a portion, and they failed to land in Canada. A battle in which many persons were killed on both sides was fought by the Irishmen against the Queen's Own regiment.
While making a visit to his home country, Captain Phelan learned that the Clan na Gael was planning to blow up an English ship named the Queen. Although against England, Captain Phelan did not believe in destroying innocent passengers, and therefore notified the English ship people. In some manner his part became public, and O'Donovan Rossa, editor of the Irishman of New York, attacked his loyalty in the paper.
STABBED THIRTEEN TIMES.
The incident occurred during the term as mayor here of Lee Talbot. Captain Phelan was called to New York to be given an opportunity to explain matters relative to his informing the British of the intended blowing up of the Queen.
Close friendship had before existed between Rossa and Phelan, and the latter did not realize that he was to be the victim of a trap. He went to New York and entered Rossa's office. While there an endeavor to assassinate him was made by an Irishman living in the East. Captain Phelan was stabbed thirteen times and received a broken arm in the attack. He was confined in a hospital in New York for many months on account of his injuries. The news that he gave the information to the English leaked out through a story of the plot printed in Kansas City and written by Frank P. Clarke, a former newspaper man, now living here.
Between the years of 1882 and 1888 Captain Phelan was superintendent of the Kansas City workhouse. He was greatly interested in politics and was a staunch Republican all of his life. When the criminal court was instituted in Jackson county he was appointed clerk of the court and was the first to fill this position. Under Mayor John Moore he served as superintendent of public works. While Colonel R. T. Van Horn was a member of Congress Captain Phelan received the appointment of captain of police of Washington, D. C.
CHALLENGED COUNT ESTERHAZY.
After the civil war he organized Company D of the Third Regiment and was a captain in the regiment for many years. Later he organized Battery B. For the last seven years he had been in charge of a navy yard at Bremerton, Wash., where ships of the United States are repaired. He was holding this position when he died. Captain Phelan belonged to the G. A. R., but was not a member of any other organization.
Captain Phelen also figured very prominently in a duel which was never pulled off. The participants were to have been a Captain McCafferty and Captain Phelan. Rifles were the weapons chosen, and seconds and grounds had been picked when friends interfered.
At one time a number of Irish left America to aid Ireland, whose sons were to rise against England upon a certain day. Chester, England, was the place of the rendezvous for the Irish-Americans. Arms had been secured for their use.
The English troops, however, got wind of the threatened uprising and were sent out in such large forces that the Irish were overawed. The difficulty between Captains McCafferty and Phelan arose out of the means to be used at this time in trying to free Ireland.
Captain Phelan's family resides at 3205 Washington street. Dr. Y. J. Acton of Bremerton notified the family of the death. The body was buried yesterday afternoon in the Soldiers and Sailors' cemetery at Bremerton, Wash., by Captain Phelan's special request.
For many years Captain Phelan traveled over the country giving exhibitions of shooting and fencing. He was a crack shot with pistols and rifles, and was a famous swordsman.
Captain Phelan, while the Dreyfus affair in France was at its height, challenged Count Esterhazy, accuser of Dreyfus, to a duel with swords, to be fought anywhere in the world.
Besides his widow, Mrs. John Young and Miss Annie Phelan, daughters, and two sons, Robert Phelan, a police detective, and Thomas Phelan, survive.
Labels: Civil War, Colonel Van Horn, death, England, history, immigrants, Independence, military, New York, politics, Washington street, workhouse
September 24, 1909
CAPT. A. P. ASHBROOK DEAD.
Served in Volunteer Regiment
Throughout Civil War.
Captain Aaron P. Ashbrook, senior member of the Ashbrook Investment Company, with offices in the Sheidley building, died as the result of a paralytic stroke yesterday morning at his home, 1400 College avenue. He had been ill nearly a month.
Captain Ashbrook was born 76 years ago on a farm in Fairfield county, O. When the civil war began he raised a company of light infantry for the Seventeenth Ohio volunteers, and served until the close as captain. Following the military example of his father one son, Lieutenant Roy M. Ashbrook, is in the army, and is now stationed at Fort McPherson, Ga.
After a short period spent in the dry goods business in Fairfield, Captain Ashbrook married Miss Margaret Faine and moved with her to Kansas City, where he engaged in the real estate business. That was twenty-five years ago. Fifteen years ago, feeling his health failing, he retired from active business, and since then he has traveled in search of health. His wife has been dead many years.
Funeral arrangements have not been made, but it is thought the funeral will be in Harrisonville, Mo.
The following children survive:
Lieut. R. M. Ashbrook, U. S. A., Fort McPherson, Ga.; T. P. Ashbrook, Kent, Ill.' Mrs. Caroline Oldham, Kansas City; Mrs. Addie Sexton, Mrs. Blanche Hutchens, Mrs. Minette Galt and Miss Faye Ashbrook, all of Alhambra, Cal.
The will of Captain Ashbrook was filed yesterday for probate, and Mrs. Oldham was appointed administratix by the court. The will leaves $500 to Margaret Faye Ashbrook and the balance in equal shares to his other children and two grandchildren. No value is placed on the estate.
Labels: Civil War, College avenue, death, probate, real estate, veterans
September 14, 1909
KANSAN SUICIDE IN
KANSAS CITY HOTEL.
ALBERT SARBACH OF HOLTON
FOUND DEAD IN ROOM.
Killed Himself With Chloroform,
But Had Acid in Reserve -- Pros-
perous Merchant and Mason --
With an uncorked chloroform bottle fastened to the bed in such a manner that every drop fell on a towel laid over his face, Albert Sarbach, a prosperous merchant of Holton, Kas., was found dead in his room in the Baltimore hotel at 8 o'clock yesterday morning.
Deputy Coroner Harry Czarlinsky said Sarbach probably had been dead two days.
No motive for the suicide could be found yesterday. The only thing that could be found of a significant nature was a bottle of carbolic acid, possibly to have been used had the chloroform failed.
That Sarbach contemplated suicide, though no motive was given, is the opinion of officers who investigated the matter. In one of his pockets was a will which was made out on April 20. The writing was identified as that of Sarbach.
MAID THOUGHT HIM ASLEEP.
Mr. Sarbach is supposed to have gone to his room some time around midnight Saturday. He took the key out of the door, evidently knowing that the maid would use the master key to open the door, and find his body.
The maid opened the door Sunday morning and saw Mr. Sarbach's body lying across the bed. She th ought that he was asleep, probably suffering from the effects of a bad night, and as he was dressed and the bed was made she hurriedly closed the door and went about her work. She returned to the room in the afternoon and when she saw the body was unmoved she concluded that he had not awakened.
Yesterday morning when the housemaid found his body in the same position as the day before she summoned the housekeeper and it was discovered that he was dead.
HIGH IN HIS FRATERNITY.
Sarbach was a member of a prominent family of Holton, and was unmarried. He was a thirty-second degree Mason, and had held various offices in the order. At the time of his death he was grand treasurer for the order in Kansas. At one time he was mayor of Holton, and until his death was a member of the board of regents of Campbell university, located there.
He was elected to the Kansas legislature in 1900 on the Republican ticket. He is survived by a brother, Max Sarbach, and two sisters, Carrie Sarbach and Mrs. Sarah Lehman.
The body was taken to Stewart's undertaking rooms. Dr. Czarlinsky said no autopsy would be held.
Mr. Sarbach's uncle, W. W. Nailer, called at Leo J. Stewart's undertaking rooms and identified the body, which will be sent to Holton for burial.
Samuel B. Strother, public administrator, was yesterday afternoon appointed by the probate court to take charge of Albert Sarbach's estate. This move was made so that the coroner may turn over to Mr. Strother any personal property Mr. Sarbach may have had in this state at the time of his death.
When told of the suicide of his brother Albert at Kansas City, Max Sarbach collapsed. The Sarbach store was closed. No probable cause for the act is known to members of the family.
Sarbach is reputed to have been wealthy. He operated grain elevators in Holton and at Della, Winchester, Boyle, Half Monn, Larkin and Circleville, Kas., in addition to his mercantile establishment. No financial losses sufficient to cause suicide are known.
Labels: Dr Czarlinsky, Hotel Baltimore, Suicide, visitors
September 14, 1909
CURTAIN RUNG DOWN
ON MEXICAN ROMANCE.
MISSING HUSBAND APPEARS;
SENORA HOBBS IS HAPPY.
American Street Preacher, Who
Wedded Heiress, Was Driven
From City, But Returns to
Claim Wife and Child.
A wife's faith in her husband was vindicated yesterday when John Hobbs, a Seventh Day Baptist street preacher and incidentally a watchmaker, came to Kansas City from Dorchester, Neb., to claim his wife and child, whom he supposed to be in La Crosse, Kas., but who have been at the Helping Hand institute since August 29. Mrs. Hobbs, a pretty Mexican woman, came here in search of her husband practically in a destitute condition. Her 6-months-old babe was ill and the grief-crazed wife refused to eat or sleep during the first few days, believing her missing husband either was ill or dead.
The husband believed his wife and child were in La Crosse, where he left them, when he came to Kansas City in search of work. He traced them from the Kansas town here. Mrs. Hobbs is one of eight heirs to an estate in Mexico, said to be worth $1,000,000. During her search she refused to communicate with her relatives, or ask for financial aid.
WAS A MEXICAN ROMANCE.
"Didn't I tell you that he would find me," excitedly exclaimed the little Spanish senora over and over again to Mrs. Lila Scott, the matron, and Mrs. E. T. Brigham the assistant superintendent at the Helping Hand, when her husband with a package of letters and telegrams he had sent her, appeared at the institute.
About a year and a half ago pretty Amelia Lastra of Magdalena, Sonora, Mexico, met and fell in love with John Hobbs, an American missionary of the Seventh Day Baptist church in Mexico. Their religions differed and her family objected to the marriage but that counted for little. After the ceremony the young couple moved to another part of Mexico. While there Mrs. Hobbs learned that her father, Felippe Lastra, who owned two silver mines, was dead. Under the Mexican law the estate can not be divided until all of the heirs have given consent. Mrs. Hobbs is one of eight heirs.
Hobbs and his bride finally went to La Crosse, Kas., where the husband worked for a few weeks and then came to Kansas City where he expected to make a home for his wife and child. From that time until yesterday all trace of him was lost.
FORGOT FORWARDING ADDRESS.
When Hobbs found his wife he carried a bundle of letters. They had been sent to La Crosse, Kas., where he had gone to find out why his wife did not reply to his letters or to the telegrams he had sent her. He said he had been preaching on the streets in Kansas City and was one of the street preachers arrested the latter part of August. He said he was given hours to leave the city and as he had no money had to walk. He made his way to Dorchester, Neb., where he got work and then sent for his wife.
It developed after he had explained his absence that Mrs. Hobbs had failed to notify the postoffice in La Cross her forwarding address. The couple left for Nebraska last night.
Labels: Helping Hand, immigrants, marriage, Mexico, ministers, romance
September 14, 1909
WILD WEST IN THE RAIN.
Creditable Exhibition in Spite of J.
Buffalo Bill's Wild West and Pawnee Bill's Far East, combined, gave an exhibition before a large and appreciative crowd at the circus grounds, 17th and Indiana avenue, yesterday afternoon. It has been nearly a decade since Buffalo Bill has been seen in Kansas city, and the return of the most picturesque of the few remaining frontiersmen was signaled by an outpouring of those who have personal recollections of the old-time scout, and those to whom he has seemed more a figment of fancy than a reality.
It was a good show that the two Bills brought to Kansas City yesterday. The meeting of the East and the West with their varied manners, customs and contrasts, on a field of daring, afforded opportunity for speculative reflection by the studious, and was an interesting spectacle for the less serious minded. An act not catalogued was the appearance of J. Pluvius, monoplaning above the arena with his large-sized sprinkling pot spouting unpleasant reminders to a greater portion of the crowd of umbrellas left at home. From the grand review, with which the show opens, to the final salute of the assembled company, every act is well worth seeing. The rough riders of all nations, the pony express, the emigrant train, were all interesting features of the show. "A Dream of the Orient" was presented in spectacular form by Arabs, Japanese, Singhalese, Cossacks, Dahomeans, Hindues and Australian boomerang throwers.
"The Battle of Summit Springs," in which were shown scouts, soldiers, plainsmen and Sioux and Cheyenne Indians, was of a hair-curling variety. The attack of the Indians was as spectacular as could be desired. Other interesting features on the program were Devlin's Zouaves, fancy shooting by Buffalo Bill, a game of football on horseback, a great train holdup, shooting by Johnny Baker, U. S. Cavalry drill, cowboy fun and Russian Cossacks.
The worst punishment of last night's performance fell upon the acrobats. The feature of their act is that they tumble on the ground without the use of mats or rugs. As they lined up twenty strong towards the north end of the rectangle the audience did not at first realize how much more difficult their evolutions would be in a foot of mud and in drenching rain. They were dressed in red tights with blue doublets, the colors showing up brighter because of the drenching.
After the preliminary stunts were over and their uniforms were still unsullied, the crowd began to believe there would be no mishap. Then the fun began. Someone's foot slipped in an aerial flip flop. Instantly he was immersed and the crowd laughed. Other and similar accidents followed as the teams increased the complexity of their work.
"This crowd is a revelation in the circus business," said Hugh Thomas, head of the police department of the show last night. "It is a great big good natured bunch that doesn't care for the weather or anything else. That's the English as well as the American spirit, though. The idea that predominates in an Anglo-Saxon aggregation is that it does not matter so much how well you do, as how well you do under the circumstances."
Labels: Indiana avenue, Native Americans, Seventeenth street, Wild West shows
September 13, 1909
CLOTHES HELP HIM IN COURT.
Judge Discharges Man Charged
With Picking Pockets.
Because Joseph Roland, who was arrested on a charge of picking pockets Saturday night on a Twelfth street car, wore old clothes when he faced the judge in the municipal court yesterday morning, he was discharged. The man's story was also convincing.
"I am a paper-hanger in Salt Lake City," said the man. "When work ran out in that town I sent my wife and child to her father's home in Houston, Tex., and started to beat my way East.
"When they accused me of taking that pocket-book Saturday night I ran because I didn't think I would have any chance in the court where I was a stranger."
"Pickpockets generally wear good clothes," said the judge, "and I'm going to let you go."
Labels: crime, municipal court, visitors
September 13, 1909
SAYS ENGLAND HAS
NO CLAIM TO POLE.
CAPTAIN HOBSON SCOUTS IDEA
OF QUARREL WITH BRITAIN.
United States in Possession by Right
of Discovery, Declares Mer-
rimac Hero -- Believes Both
Cook and Peary.
"There is nothing to the talk that England and the United States might become involved in a quarrel over the ownership of the North Pole. The American flag has been nailed there twice and it belongs to the United States by right of discovery. there can be no possible chance for England or any other country to claim it.
This is the opinion of Captain Richmond Pearson Hobson, hero of the Merrimac, and at present a member of congress from Alabama. Captain Hobson is at the Hotel Baltimore.
"I believe both Cook and Peary discovered the North Pole," replied Captain Hobson in answer to a question. "Peary was a colleague and naturally would have liked to have heard that he was the first to reach the goal. Credit and the highest honors are due both men for their accomplishment. I am sorry to read of the petty bickerings which are now being reported in the press as they tend to lower the esteem in which both explorers should be held by the citizens of this country. It will tend in a measure to belittle their efforts.
"In the near future I expect to see some brave and enterprising American citizen embark in an airship or similar machine and sail to the South Pole, taking possession in the name of the United States. Then will this old world of ours revolve between two possessions of the United States, which will be appropriate, for this country is recognized by all civilized powers, as the most enterprising.
Captain Hobson arrived yesterday morning. He was met by Congressman W. P. Borland and taken in an automobile to Independence, Mo. In the afternoon the return trip was made.
"I was most agreeably surprised at the extent and the beauty of your boulevards," remarked Captain Hobson. "I do not know of a city anywhere that can compare with them."
Captain Hobson will remain in the city until Tuesday.
Labels: Congressman Borland, England, Hotel Baltimore, Independence, North Pole race, visitors
September 13, 1909
USED DIAMOND ON
THE STORE WINDOWS.
PLATE GLASS CUT FOR BLOCKS
ON MAIN STREET.
J. E. Stivers Arrested on Charge of
Damaging Property from Fifth
to Thirteenth Street --
Denies He Is Vandal.
All records in plate glass window cutting were broken last night by J. E. Stivers, a candymaker for the Loose-Wiles Cracker and Candy Company. In years past the record in Kansas City has been a few straggling windows, entailing a cost of from $300 to $400, but Stivers's cutting began at Thirteenth street and Grand avenue and he carried the line of march to Main street and down that street to Fifth, where he was arrested. In all, Stivers damaged sixty-three plate glass windows. If the glass has to be replaced, the total cost would not fall short of $5,000, it is estimated. Most of the places which suffered most carry plate glass insurance.
Edward Clark, recently appointed a Gamewell operator at the Walnut street police station, saw Stivers when he made his first cut on a plate glass window at the Ayres Clothing Company, 1309 Grand avenue. He followed him to Main street, along Thirteenth and down Main to Fifth, seeing him use a 1/4 karat diamond ring on all of the most valuable windows along Main street. It did not occur to Clark to make an arrest. The arrest took place while Stivers was making a final slash at a large window of the Hub Clothing Company at Fifth and Main streets. Herman Hartman, a police officer, chanced to be passing and arrested the culprit.
After leaving Thirteenth and Grand, Stivers made his way to Main street, where he wrote his initials on a glazed monument of the M. H. Rice Monument Company at that point. It was shortly after 9 p. m. when he reached Jones' Dry Goods Company's store and many persons were on the street so he succeeded in cutting but seven of the valuable windows. Some of them are cut so deeply that a tap would knock out part of the glass.
Stivers' route from here was made by jumps, he evidently passing some places on account of the night crowds. He missed most of the stores in the block between Eleventh and Twelfth streets on Main. Altogether, he damaged the windows of more than thirty clothiers, milliners, saloons, flower shops, fortune tellers and other retailers and unoccupied buildings.
When Stilvers began by the Jones Dry Goods Company, when his diamond was in good working order, he appears to have done the greatest damage.
When seen in the holdover after his arrest, Stivers was awakened from a stupor. He told who he was and said he had been working for the Loose-Wiles company for twenty years. He is now 22 years old.
"If any of those windows are damaged I did not do it," he said.
Labels: crime, Fifth street, Grand avenue, Main street, retailers, Thirteenth street, Walnut Street, Walnut street police station
September 13, 1909
ARM SCALDED; BLAMES COOK.
Boy Helper in Restaurant Causes
Arrest of Kitchen Boss.
Because Marion Bell, 18 years old, upset some water in the kitchen of a lower Walnut street restaurant where he is employed, yesterday, he claims Fred Geddes, the cook, shoved him so violently he fell, his right arm being immersed in a pail of scalding water. He says he was then kicked from the building.
Dr. Fred B. Kyger, surgeon at the Emergency hospital, found that the boy was dangerously burned, and advised him to report the matter to the police. After hearing his story, Sergeant Robert Smith ordered the cook's arrest. He was released on $101 bond for trial in the municipal court tomorrow.
Labels: doctors, emergency hospital, restaurants, violence, Walnut Street
September 13, 1909
FOREST PARK CLOSES.
Many Improvements Will Be Made
Before Next Season.
Yesterday was the closing day at Forest park. Last night ended a most prosperous season; in fact, the most successful that the park has ever had. The largest day of the season was May 15, when over 26,000 people passed through the gates.
The park will open early in April next year and immediately a number of changes and improvements will be made. Carpenters will start in next week to tear down old buildings and in their place erect new and up-to-date buildings. There will be a new theater erected in the southwest corner of the park. The swimming pool will be improved. A number of new riding devices will be installed and plans are being prepared for the erection of a stadium where sporting and athletic events will be held.
"The success of the park this year was due to the reduction in price of all the salable things and rides," said Manager O'Donnell yesterday. "The 5-cent limit, as it was called, proved the drawing magnet. The same price will prevail next year and the public will not know the place when it opens again."
Labels: amusement, forest park
September 12, 1909
DESPONDENT, HANGS HIMSELF.
Wm. Mann, 80, Grieved for Wife
Who Died in 1905.
Brooding over the loss of his aged wife who died February 24, 1905, William Mann, 80 years old, a pioneer farmer of Johnson county, Kas., became despondent early yesterday morning and hanged himself with a halter rope in the barn of his son, James Mann, who lives in the suburbs of Bonner Springs. The body was discovered at 10 o'clock by Harley Mann, the ten-year-old grandson. An examination made by the Wyandotte county Coroner J. A. Davis proved that life had been extinct several hours.
Mr. Mann was at one time widely known as a successful farmer of Johnson county, where he lived more than 35 years. In 1903 he moved to Bonner Springs in Wyandotte county accompanied by his only son James. There the two went into the potato raising business. Recently James Mann has been locally known as the potato king from the fact that he yearly cultivated 300 acres of the tubers, considerably more than any other farmer in the vicinity.
Labels: Bonner Springs, farmers, food, Johnson county, pioneers, Seniors, Suicide
September 12, 1909
TREASURY INSPECTOR HERE.
J. A. Wetmore of Washington Will
Look Over Federal Building.
James A. Wetmore, chief of division in the supervisor's office in the treasury department at Washington, arrived in Kansas City last night and registered at the Hotel Baltimore. Mr. Wetmore will look over the Kansas City post office building and other federal property and make note of the improvements and changes necessary. "There will be no great amount of new work done here," said Mr. Wetmore. "The building here is in excellent condition and my work here will be more in the nature of a general inspection."
Labels: federal building, Hotel Baltimore, postoffice, visitors
September 12, 1909
FINEST WEST OF CHICAGO.
Kansas City Women's Athletic
Club's New Home Ready.
The Kansas City Women's Athletic Club expects to be in its new quarters, 1015 Grand avenue, by next Wednesday, and a formal opening has been planned. The rooms will be open all day and in the evening a ball will be given for club members and their friends.
The club formerly occupied quarters at 1024 Walnut street, but on the second floor of the new Mancuitt building, 1015 Grand avenue, it will have what are said to be the finest club rooms west of Chicago. Its magnificent tea room will be a feature in the new quarters.
Labels: Grand avenue, organizations, restaurants, sports, Walnut Street
September 12, 1909
NEGRO FAIR OPEN TODAY.
Sacred Concert by Band and Special
Services on Grounds.
The negro fair at Independence came to a close last evening. It was not a success financially owing to rain the first three days of last week. the management has decided to keep the fair grounds open today. There will be a sacred concert by the band, and special services also will be held on the grounds.
The fair was successful from an exhibition standpoint. The handiwork of the negro women attracted considerable attention, as did the cooking department and preserving section, which were excellent.
Labels: food, Independence, music, race
September 11, 1909
EVEN J. S. SHERMAN
SEES BLUES BUMPED.
Vice President Is Interested Spec-
tator and Felt at Home in Los-
ing Town, Being a Wash-
VICE PRESIDENT JAMES S. SHERMAN ATTENDS THE LOCAL GAME.
Even in the presence of Vice President James S. Sherman at the local ball farm did not break the hoodoo which has been tagging at the heels of the Blues for more than a month and Minneapolis won the second game of the series by a score of 3 to 2.
Lucky for the Hon. Mr. Sherman, it was a good game and was not won until the last man was out, which kept the vice president and his hosts, D. J. Dean and C. F. Holmes, in their seats until the players started for the club house. Mr. Sherman was a very interested spectator. He was very careful to criticise decisions of Umpire Owens, one of which was very close and the vice president did not agree with his umps. However, after expressing his disapproval of the decision he donned the Sherman smile and enjoyed the rest of the conflict.
The vice president was not at all distraught because the team lost. If fact if it had won he would not have felt at home. He has been accustomed to attending the games in Washington, where the fans all have an idea they are in Boston, Philadelphia or Detroit every time the Senators win a game, which is so seldom that few Washington fans remember when Cantillon's men won the last game at home. therefore, Mr. Sherman was accustomed to the losing habit. "That was a good game," he said upon leaving the park. "That is as good as we ever see at home." No fan took exception to this remark but the Blues have actually won more games than Washington this season.
VICE PRESIDENT SHERMAN and D. J. DEAN AT THE GAME.
Mr. Sherman and his friends had a special box and only a few fans who knew the vice president by sight knew he was in the ball park. Mr. Sherman showed by his interest in the game that he is a loyal fan. Not a play was pulled off but what he expressed approval or disapproval of the way it was done. Several good stops and catches caused him to applaud the players making them. Whenever a timely hit was made the vice president smiled and once or twice this smile turned into a frown because the next player struck out.
"Ducky" Swann, local southpaw, and "Long Tom" Hughes, late of the Washington team of the American league, were pitted against each other in a great pitchers' battle. Swann really did better work than Hughes, although the home run put him into a hole he could not get out of. Vice President Sherman recognized Hughes, having seen him play several times this year, and spoke very cordially to the big "spit ball" artist.
Labels: hoodoo, sports, visitors
September 11, 1909
BOY VICTIM OF "JOKERS."
Cruel Prank Played on Mysterious
Lad by Fellow Employes.
A practical joke that wasn't exactly pleasant was played yesterday upon Michael Mile, 15 years old, who works at the Brunner Hardware Company, by other boys who work in the same department. The boy was thirsty and drank a cup of water which was placed in the work room. He was then informed that it contained white lead and that his life was in immediate danger.
At the Emergency hospital, where he hastened as fast as his legs would carry him, he was placed upon the operating table and treated for poisoning, much to his bodily discomfort.
An analysis by Dr. Fred B. Kyger and Dr. E. A. Pond showed that the water contained no white lead. The boy left, declaring vengeance.
Labels: children, doctors, emergency hospital, pranks
September 11, 1909
LOVE KNOWS NO BARRIER.
Christian and Hebrew Elope to Live
in Kansas City.
NEW YORK, Sept. 10. -- Cupid mocked religion and nationality, as well as the parental objection, when Leon Cohen of Long Island wed Miss Myrtle Rhoads, the pretty 22-year-old daughter of Mrs. Hulda C. Rhoads. The young couple eloped, were married and left tonight for Kansas City, their future home.
The parental objection to a Jew could not be overcome, so Miss Myrtle decided to run away. She is a member of St. Ann's Catholic church and a talented musician.
Young Cohen is 28 years old and a member of the clothing firm of Cohen & Son of Sayville, L. I. He expects to establish a business in Kansas City.
Labels: Jews, New York, romance, wedding
September 11, 1909
WILL SETTLE AN OLD DISPUTE.
City Soon to Know if Armour-Swift
Are on Public Land.
John T. Harding, city counselor, is busy with one of his assistants in getting together data with which to meet the Armour-Swift interests before a commissioner from the federal court, October 1, to settle the long drawn out dispute as to whether Armour-Swift in reclaiming water front lands have not encroached on property owned by the city.
"It is my aim to get this controversy settled either through the medium of the courts or by mutual agreement," said Mr. Harding yesterday. "This dispute has gone unsettled through three preceding administrations, and it is not only embarrassing to the men who want to develop and rehabilitate the North End, but is annoying to the city. If any of the city's rights have been imposed upon, they will be restored, and the city will be in every way safeguarded and protected."
Labels: attorney, federal court, North end
September 10, 1909
NEW DEPOT WINS
BY BIG MAJORITY.
OF 26,368 VOTES CAST ONLY 700
Kansas City declared in favor of progress at the special election yesterday to decide whether or not the voters favored a new $30,000,000 Union station near Twenty-third street and the Belt Line, and freight and passenger terminals which form a part of the plan.
The vote in favor of progress was almost unanimous. The total vote in the fourteen wards of the city and in the newly added precincts caused by the recent extension of the city limits shows in a general way a uniform expression of opinion by the voters.
The main proposition voted upon was that granting the Kansas City Terminal Company, which is to build the new Union station and terminals, a franchise for 200 years. It was necessary to put this before the voters owing to the state constitution limiting franchises to thirty years. The vote on this was 25,668 in favor of the proposition and 700 against it.
Two other propositions were offered the voters. The most important of these to the people of the entire city was that amending the charter so that the park board would be empowered to sell to the Terminal company certain lands needed for the widening and improvements on the present tracks on the Belt Line. The vote on this proposition was 24,644 for and 639 against.
The third proposition concerned the proposed change of grand of three streets crossing the present Belt line. It will be necessary, in building the passenger and freight tracks of the terminal company, to depress the grades of three crossings, so as to allow vehicle and foot traffic under the railroad tracks. As property owners concerned presented a majority remonstrance, the new city charter provided that the voters should pass upon the proposed plan.
Labels: Belt line, politics, railroad, Twenty-third street, union station
September 10, 1909
PAPER CUPS COST 1 CENT.
That's Why an Innovation at the
Depot Wasn't Patronized.
Paper drinking cup vending machines were installed at the Union depot yesterday afternoon and attracted much attention, but did not get much play.
The patrons of the depot looked at the machines and when they discovered that it took a penny to get a paper cup, but that they could use one of the granite ware cups tied to a chain for nothing and get the same grade of ice water, they did not hesitate.
A number of paper cups were purchased as souvenirs.
Labels: ice, Union depot
September 10, 1909
RETURN FROM EUROPEAN TRIP.
Mr. and Mrs. Walton Holmes, Jr.,
Only Got to London.
Mr. and Mrs. Walton Holmes, Jr., have returned from their European trip, which was terminated at London owing to the serious illness of Mrs. Holmes. Mrs. Holmes is well on the way to recovery.
"It had been planned to tour Europe, but the sickness of Mrs. Holmes terminated everything and our only anxiety was to get back home," said Mr. Holmes yesterday. Dr. J. F. Binney was called from Kansas City to attend Mrs. Holmes.
While on the way over on the Cunarder Mauretania, Dr. Binney was called, with a Dr. McArthur of Chicago and the ship's surgeon, to perform an operation for appendicitis upon a boy on the ship. The patient has recovered. Mrs. W. H. Holmes, Sr., who was a member of the party, has not yet returned from Europe.
Labels: boats, Chicago, doctors, England, illness
September 10, 1909
HAND CAUGHT IN A ROLLER.
Mrs. A. R. Miles Dangerously Hurt
by Laundry Machinery.
While working in the Swan laundry at 560 Walnut street last night, Mrs. A. R. Miles, 18 years old, of 893 Wayne avenue, Kansas City, Kas., was dangerously injured when her right hand was caught in a hot steam roller. Dr. Fred B. Kyger and Dr. W. L. Gist, surgeons at the Emergency hospital, treated the young woman. She was sent to her home.
Labels: accident, doctors, Dr. Gist, emergency hospital, Kansas City Kas, Walnut Street
September 9, 1909
GET IN LINE EARLY AND
KANSAS CITY UNION STATION SPECIAL ELECTION TODAY.
Labels: politics, union station
September 9, 1909
ST. MARY'S BOYS MEET HERE.
Two Hundred Fifty, Back From Va-
cation, Leave on Special.
Two hundred and fifty boys, all sizes and ages, gathered at the Union depot yesterday morning, and departed on a special train over the Union Pacific railroad for St. Mary's, Kas., where they will attend school.
The boys are returning to school from their summer vacation, and the Reverend Father Dieters, the principal of the school, arranged that practically all should meet in Kansas City.
There were five coaches on the train.
Labels: children, ministers, railroad, Union depot
September 9, 1909
DRANK LIQUOR ON A TRAIN.
Prosecuting Attorney's Office Pro-
ceeds Against Grain Valley Men.
Norman Woodson, assistant prosecuting attorney, yesterday issued information against two men of Grain Valley, charging them with violation of the new law which forbids the drinking of liquor on trains and the riding of intoxicating persons.
Mr. Woodson was not at liberty to give the names yesterday.
"The men," said he, "got on a train at Independence and rode to Grain Valley. Our information is that they were intoxicated and that they made trouble on the train. The new law makes this a misdemeanor.
Labels: alcohol, railroad
September 9, 1909
COL. THOMAS H. SWOPE ILL.
Is Suffering From Slight Attack of
Colonel Thomas H. Swope is suffering a slight attack of nervous prostration at the home of Mrs. L. O. Swope, South Pleasant street, Independence.
Colonel Swope has been indisposed for some days. through advice of his physician he was finally persuaded to go to bed.
His condition is not considered serious by family or friends.
Labels: illness, Independence, Thomas Swope
September 8, 1909
CONSULAR AGENT OBJECTS
TO PENCIL WRITTEN NOTE.
Turns Down Clint Wilson, Who Was
Seeking Information, and
Gets Stinging Reply.
Clint Wilson's experience, with Charles D. Taylor, United Stated consular agent at Guaymas, Mexico, has not increased his respect for the consular service.
Mr. Wilson has several thousand dollars to invest. Some time ago he concluded to investigate the culture of the maguay plant, which is raised in Old Mexico and the extreme southern part of Arizona and New Mexico in the arid lands.
"Recently," said Mr. Wilson yesterday, "I was told that the maguay plant was being cultivated about Guaymas, Mex., and someone advised me to write to Consular Agent Taylor for full particulars."
He went on to say that he wrote hurriedly to Mr. Taylor on a piece of neat tablet paper, but wrote with a lead pencil. Yesterday he received the following reply from the consular agent:
"American Consular Agent, Guaymas, Mex., September 1, 1909.
Mr. Wilson -- Sir: Your pencil note of August 26 has had my notation. Judging from your use of a lead pencil, and the grade of paper you have selected, I imagine that the matter is of slight importance, therefore, I cannot give it the consideration which matters of importance would deserve. Would refer you to the publication, "Modern Mexico," published in New York City. Hurriedly, CHARLES D. TAYLOR, Consular Agent."
Later in the afternoon Mr. Wilson sought out the same tablet on which he had written his previous letter and penciled the following:
"Judging from the tone of your letter of September 1 you are unfit to represent an American citizen.
"Say, Taylor, the government pays for your paper, and, incidentally, I help pay your salary -- and for the paper, too. I had about concluded to lay your communication before our worthy president but will refrain from doing so until I hear from you again. I never knock unless I have to, but I am from Missouri and you'll have to show me.
"Will you kindly write on the subjects asked for in my last letter? And, say, don't let the quality of this paper or the lead pencil bother you or disturb your aesthetic equilibrium. It is the same kind of paper I used before and the same pencil -- only it has been sharpened. Don't let anything deter you from giving me a courteous reply.
"In closing, I wish to inform you that there are many good citizens of the United States who cannot afford monogram paper and a stenographer. But many of these good citizens have the coin and some of them have lots of it. Before going further in this matter I await a decent reply from you. I will not sign this "Hurriedly," as I am not in a hurry as you seem to have been. Respectfully, CLINT WILSON."
Mr. Wilson said he intended to place his money in the hands of the consular agent for investment, as the country's representative there.
Until a year ago Mr. Wilson was manager of the Majestic theater.
Labels: business, Mexico, theater
September 8, 1909
FALLS IN LOVE WITH
ICE MAN AND ELOPES.
YOUNG GIRL CAUGHT BEFORE
KNOT CAN BE TIED.
Kitchen Romance of Ruth Risley
and Otis Pemberton Ruthlessly
Shattered by Father Send-
ing the Girl Away.
A romance that commenced in the visits of the ice man this summer to the home of G. M. Risley, a dentist at 2628 Myrtle avenue, ended yesterday when Ruth Risley, the 17-year-old daughter, eloped with Otis L. Pemberton, 23 years old. The young couple went to Kansas City, Kas., but on account of the youthful appearance of the girl, the marriage license was refused. When Dr. Risley heard the news and located his daughter, he promptly sent her to Butler, Mo., to join her mother.
"It won't do any good," the girl said firmly when she was placed aboard the train. "It won't be much more than six months until I'm 18 and then I can do as I please."
It wasn't exactly love at first sight, for the young man had tramped through the kitchen several times before the daughter of the household realized that he was good looking and that he was more cheerful than the average ice man who grumbled when he had to carry ice to the far end of the ho use. The ice man's visits were sometimes prolonged and in time the young folk began to converse in a friendly manner.
ELOPEMENT IS PLANNED.
Miss Risley discovered to her satisfaction that the young man talked in a pleasant manner, and was in no way inferior to her classmates at the Manual Training High School.
Evening calls followed and the family began to notice that the well dressed young man who was so attentive bore a striking resemblance to the ice man who came every morning. When the parental storm broke, plans for an elopement were made.
"We can get married in Kansas," was Pemberton's comforting assurance. "Just say that you are 18, and it will be all right."
It wasn't so easy when they faced the man in the recorder's office.
"Yes, I'm 18," said the girl, falteringly.
The man behind the desk grinned in a tantalizing manner and expressed his doubts. Then a lot of questions followed, and in the end Miss Risley admitted she was only near-18. There was nothing to do but return to the Missouri side, which the young couple did.
"Perhaps my mother will help us," said the young man, so they went to his home at 2717 East Fifteenth street. A strange man met them at the gate.
"I AM A DETECTIVE" -- FOILED!
"My name is L. D. Jennings, city detective," explained the stranger. "Sorry that I have to take you to the police station."
It didn't do any good to remonstrate and the would-be elopers accompanied the officer to police headquarters, where they were met by Dr. Risley, who wasn't in an altogether amiable frame of mind.
"You will join your mother at once," he said when he was told that they had not succeeded in tying the wedding knot. "No more of this foolishness."
Labels: dentists, detectives, Fifteenth street, Myrtle avenue, romance, schools
September 8, 1909
CITY'S POPULATION 376,332.
Based Upon Number of Names in the
Work on the new city directory being issued by the Gould Directory Company is being rushed to completion and the figures compiled by the company statisticians give Kansas City a population of 376,332. The number of names in the directory are 158,653 and 8,120 names are deducted to allow for business concerns and non-residents. The population is arrived at by multiplying the number of names appearing in the directory by 2 1/2.
These figures give Kansas City an increase in the population over the old directory of 51,967, or an average yearly increase of 25,983 persons. The increase is due, according to the directory officials, to three causes, the rapid increase in population, extension of the city limits and the exhaustive canvass made by the company.
Only three names appear in the directory which begin with X. The letter S is the largest, rolling up a total of 15,270 names. H is second, with 13,395, although M, counting Mc's, has 15,730.
September 8, 1909
R. A. LONG FOR EXTENSION.
Says It Would Be Mistake to Hamper
Street Railway Company.
Having spent two months on vacation, R. A. Long, the man who set the pace for imposing structures in the West by putting up the skyscraping Long building, said yesterday that he "hoped the people of Kansas City will stand by the Metropolitan Street Railway and grant them an extension."
"I have not read the ordinance through yet," said Mr. Long, "but in a general way I understand it wants to extend its present right sixteen years, asking no new ones, but granting the city half fares for children and one-half its profits for the accommodation.
"We ought not to be penurious in dealing with our public utilities. There is a great risk which they assume. We must let them make money. The successful public service corporation always spends its money liberally in the way of improvements. The unsuccessful one cannot. The Metropolitan sure has shown this in its treatment of Kansas City.
"It would be a great mistake to hamper the company. It is a credit to the city and we are proud of it."
Labels: Metropolitan Street Railway Company, R A Long, R A Long building
September 7, 1909
DEATH ENTERS THEATER
AS ORCHESTRA PLAYS.
HEART DISEASE CLAIMS E. L.
DORSEY AT THE ORPHEUM.
Faints in Seat and Expires When
Carried Into Foyer -- Had Been
Having "Jolly" Day
As the orchestra of the Orpheum theater was closing the last strains of the overture from Mignon, E. L. Dorsey, a traveling salesman, leaned on the shoulder of his daughter, Miss Leonora, and with a single gasp lost consciousness. Doctors, who were summoned from the audience and reached his side by the time he was carried into the foyer, pronounced him dead.
His heart action had stopped, they declared, when he collapsed in his seat.
The collapse of Mr. Dorsey caused consternation among the occupants of the nearby seats, but ushers quickly carried him into the foyer and a request was made from the stage for a physician for a man who had fainted. This allayed the excitement and few in the audience realized that a death had occurred in their midst.
AT THEATER WITH DAUGHTER.
Mr. Dorsey was a salesman in the employ of the Burnham, Hana, Munger Dry Goods Company. He lived in Norborne, Mo., and traveled in the northern part of the state. He met his daughter Leonora, 18 years old, at the depot yesterday morning by appointment. They were to spend yesterday and today in Kansas City and then he was to have taken her to the Missouri Valley College at Marshall, Mo. A daughter of Virgil Conkling was to have accompanied them.
Mr. Dorsey secured seats close to the front at the Orpheum, and with his daughter reached the theater before the members of the orchestra took their places. It was while the last notes of the overture from Mignon were being played that Mr. Dorsey collapsed.
"I always like this selection," Mr. Dorsey told his daughter just a few moments before he fainted, "but it is seldom that I have the pleasure of listening to it."
EXPECTED A JOLLY TIME.
Attaches of the theater supported Miss Dorsey when she realized that her father was dead. She was taken to the Savoy hotel, where Miss Conkling and other friends were summoned to her side. Mr. Dorsey's body was removed to Stine's undertaking rooms.
"Father suffered from heart trouble occasionally, but he did not give it much thought, and none of us ever thought it was serious," said Miss Dorsey. "He was in fine spirits this morning and enjoyed a hearty lunch. We expected to have the jolliest sort of time here before Miss Conkling and I left for school."
Friends wired Mrs. Dorsey at Norborne, Mo. Besides the widow and daughter, Mr. Dorsey leaves a son, Edward, 10 years old.
Mrs. Dorsey and her son arrived last night and were taken to the Savoy hotel and later with Miss Leonora Dorsey to the home of friends. The body will be sent to Norborne, Mo., for burial today.
Labels: death, music, Savoy, theater, undertakers
September 7, 1909
CAT AND CHICKEN TO A KITE.
Boys Preparing to Send Them Up
When Officers Came.
The ascension of a kite with a chicken and cat attached as a ballast didn't take place yesterday morning in the neighborhood of Fifth street and Wabash avenue, which several of the youngsters of the neighborhood had planned as a sort of Labor Day celebration. But it was all the fault of the Humane society who had heard of the plans.
When two officers arrived yesterday morning the crowd scattered. they found the deserted kite with the chicken and cat attached in the proper fashion. No arrests were made.
Labels: animals, children, Fifth street, holidays, Humane Society, Wabash avenue
September 7, 1909
NEGRO FAIR POSTPONED.
Rain Causes Delay of Events Sched-
uled at Independence.
Business at the negro fair was declared off yesterday on account of rain at Independence, and the chicken and chitlings, prepared for the occasion, went begging.
The horse races were also declared off, and will be run today provided the track can be gotten into shape.
Dr. W. R. Petteford, a southern negro banker who is president of the Penny Savings bank of Birmingham, Ala., will deliver an address today at the negro fair which opened at Independence.
Free attractions are offered in the way of slack wire and trapeze performances. The fair will be open day and night throughout the week.
Labels: amusement, food, Independence, race, visitors, weather
September 7, 1909
MERCURY FOLLOWED POLE.
Hotel Clerk Remarks on Weather
Changes When Discoveries Made.
"A few more discoveries of North Poles and we will all have to move South," remarked Clerk James Redmond at the Hotel Baltimore last night. "Thee day we got the news that Dr. Cook had discovered the Pole the mercury dropped some 20 degrees. The news that Peary had discovered it, or another one, resulted in a second drop in the temperature which was followed by rain. I guess the next one will give us snow and ice."
Labels: Hotel Baltimore, North Pole race, weather
September 7, 1909
TO READ POSTHUMOUS PAPER.
Prepared for Historical Society by
Late Captain Stephen Ragan.
Dr. Stephen H. Ragan will read a paper, prepared by his father, Captain Stephen Ragan, before his death, at the first meeting for the season of the Kansas City Historical Society, at 8 o'clock Thursday night, September 16, in the public library. Captain Ragan was the son of Jacob Ragan, one of the fourteen original owners of the site of Kansas City in 1834. The society formerly was known as the Early Settlers' Society.
D. C. Allen of Liberty, will address the society October 14. A Missouri river programme will be given November 18, and the December meeting will be devoted to historical data concerning the Shawnee Mission, which still stands southwest of Westport, across the Kansas line.
The officers of the society are: Dr. W. L. Campbell, president; W. J. Anderson, secretary; Mrs. Carrie Westlake Whitney, corresponding secretary; J. A. Bachman, treasurer.
Labels: history, Liberty, organizations, Shawnee Mission
September 6, 1909
CRIMP IN SALVATION ARMY.
Sergeant Major's Family of Eleven
Leaves for Sioux Falls.
"Our nine children are consecrated to the Salvation Army and seven of them already have been commissioned," said Delos Clark, a junior sergeant major who departed last week with his wife and family for Sioux Falls, their old home. With them was Miss Myrtle Cole, a cadet, who is going to Ottawa, Kas. Clark expects to get work in Sioux Falls at his trade.
"Our faith in the Lord saved us from being swept away in the flood at Ottawa three months ago," said Clark at the Union depot last night. "Although it took everything we had. All we saved was the clothing we wore and a few articles we managed to pick up. It was a trial, but we praised God that we had been spared and came to Kansas City.
"I have been earning $11 a week as a driver for one of the penny ice wagons and we have been living in the Fresh Air Camp. This is closed now. My daughter, Blanche, 16 years old, was employed by General Cox. She is also secretary of the Young People's Legion. Her younger sister, Lillian, is treasurer."
The other children and their ages are: William, 12; Ruth, 10; George W., 9; Donald, 7; Ethel, 5; Robert Theo, 3 years old and David 4 months old. The Clarks were dressed in the regulation Salvation Army uniform.
Labels: ice, Salvation Army, Union depot
September 6, 1909
WORKING THROUGH A WALL.
Detention Home Boys Nearly Ready
to Escape When Discovered.
Restlessness upon the part of the youths held in the Detention home often causes the superintendent, P. K. George, great uneasiness. If he has boys who have been in the home for several days Mr. George gets up from his slumbers two or three times during the night to see how his young charges are behaving. And on several trips of this kind he has succeeded in heading off an escape of the juveniles.
Last week he was making one of his nightly rounds about 4:30 o'clock in the morning. Going into the boys' dormitory the superintendent found one diligently engaged in tearing away the plaster beneath the window. He had already torn away part of the woodwork of the window sill and in five minutes more would have been out.
"The boys behave fairly well until they have been here two or three days. Then they get restless and want to break out," said the superintendent.
Labels: children, detention home
September 6, 1909
CUBA PROSPEROUS, HE SAYS.
Dr. Leni A. Beltran Says Present
Crops Will Be Best Ever.
Dr. Leni A. Beltran, a representative of the Cuban government, arrived at the Coates House yesterday and will be in Kansas City for a week. He will examine horses which have been purchased, subject to his approval, for the cavalry force for the island. Dr. Beltran is a native Cuban, but was educated in New York City.
"The strides Cuba is making will surprise the world," he declared yesterday afternoon. "Cuba will have the biggest sugar and tobacco crops of its history this year. Tobacco, which was plentiful and of good quality last year, will be much better and more plentiful this year. This year we believe will be the most prosperous the island has had."
Labels: Coates house, New York, tobacco, visitors
September 6, 1909
THINK BOY FOLLOWED CIRCUS.
T. B. Baldwin Reports Disappear-
ance of 7-Year-Old Son.
T. B. Baldwin, 2115 East Thirty-fifth street, reported to the police yesterday that his 7-year-old son had disappeared from home. They boy's parents believe he has run away and followed the circus which was in town yesterday.
Labels: children, circus, runaway, Thirty-fifth street
September 6, 1909
MANY VISITORS AT JAIL.
One Hundred Callers Yesterday to
See the 125 Prisoners.
Nearly as many visitors applied at the county jail for admittance to see a friend or relative yesterday afternoon as there are prisoners in the jail. Approximately 100 visitors were at the jail during the hours allowed for visiting yesterday afternoon. There are only 125 prisoners.
Visiting hours are between 10 to 12 o'clock and 2 to 4 o'clock every day except Saturday when visitors are not allowed. That day is given over to a general house cleaning. On Sunday morning the visiting hours are usually occupied by church workers who hold services in the jail.
September 5, 1909
WON'T HELP AGGIE MYERS.
Pardon Attorney Will Refuse to
JEFFERSON CITY, MO. September 4. -- Information reached the executive office today that an effort may shortly be made by persons residing in Kansas City to procure a pardon, or parole for Aggie Myers, who with Frank Hottman, murdered her husband, Clarence Myers, in Kansas City, May 10, 1904. Both the woman and Hottman were in the shadow of the gallows for many months before the governor commuted the death penalty in the case of the woman to life imprisonment. Later the sentence of Hottman also was commuted.
Pardon Attorney Frank Blake, when advised today that an effort was being made to secure clemency in some form for Mrs. Meyers, said that efforts in that direction would be so much wasted energy, so far as he was concerned.
"Under no circumstances will I recommend clemency for Mrs. Myers," said Mr. Blake. "I was in the office of the attorney general when here appeal to the supreme court was tried. The record in the case disclosed one of the most diabolical and brutal murders ever perpetrated in the state of Missouri. I believe that people who commit crimes of that character should be punished."
Mrs. Myers is a great letter writer, and it is because of her industry in that line that some Kansas City persons have interested themselves in her behalf, it is said. She was in poor health when received here but has entirely recovered, performing her regular task in one of the prison sewing rooms.
Labels: Aggie Myers, murder, penitentiary
September 5, 1909
R. B. EUBANK, JR., DEAD.
Died on Day Set for Test of His
R. B. Eubank, Jr., died yesterday afternoon at his home 3400 Flora avenue, from the effects of an operation performed last Wednesday. He had been ill several weeks.
Death came on the day an official test was to have been made a flying machine Mr. Eubank had invented. The test was to have taken place in Convention hall before Louis W. Shouse, manager of the hall, the other interested parties. Mr. Eubank had been working on the dirigible for more than a year.
As an inventor, Mr. Eubank was well known in the scientific world. He was 51 years old. He is survived by a widow, four sons and a daughter. His family and Jerome D. Eubank, a brother, were at his bedside when he died. His father, R. B. Eubank of Marshall, Mo., will arrive in this city today. Funeral arrangements have not been made.
Labels: aeroplanes, airships, Convention Hall, death, Flora avenue
September 5, 1909
STATE FINDS IT WAS
TRYING WRONG MAN.
LEVI CARTER, A NEGRO, HAD
BEEN IN JAIL SINCE AUG. 23.
It Was Lamp, Alias "Nick" Carter,
Wanted on Charge of larceny,
But New Cop Made a
Levi Carter was taking the air two weeks ago on Mulberry street, trying to keep out of the burning sun as much as possible, when he felt a hand on his shoulder.
"Is your name Carter?" he heard a voice say.
"Yes, sah," replied the negro, as he looked up and saw one of Marks's greenest centurions trying to extract a tree limb from its surcingle.
"Come with me," said Mr. Cent., looking ferocious.
Of course, Carter went. He was as far as the prosecuting attorney's office, where they filed against him a charge of "larceny from the person in the night time," which is sort of denatured highway robbery. Carter went to jail on August 23, to remain until yesterday.
NEITHER LAMP NOR "NICK."
Right here the plot thickens. The complaint was issued against Lamp Carter, alias "Nick" Carter, and not against Levi Carter at all. But the Carter who was in jail made never a word of complaint.
Yesterday Ruby D. Garrett, assistant prosecuting attorney, went to the court of Justice M. H. Joyce, who has had his office at Union avenue and Mulberry street since they began to draw plans for a new union depot. Mr. Garrett went to prosecute the case against Carter, Lamp Carter, alias "Nick."
In pursuance of that purpose, Mr. Garrett proceeded to introduce evidence. He questioned and requestioned, and was making the prisoner's chances look slim, when he hard a commotion in the court room. A group of spectators was talking excitedly. Mr. Garret overlooked the interruption for a moment and then asked a witness:
"Are you certain it was Lamp Carter?"
Then the storm broke, for Mr. Garrett heard amused and angry protest from the rear of the court room.
"What is the matter with you people?" he asked, turning so as to face them.
TRYING THE WRONG MAN.
The leader of the group came forward and said:
"There's nothing the matter with us, only you are trying the wrong man. This isn't Lamp Carter. His name is Levi Carter."
Just about then Mr. Garret discovered it was his move.
"Isn't your name Lamp Carter?" he asked the prisoner.
"Why didn't you say so long ago? You have been in jail for two weeks and haven't made a protest."
"I don't know," said Carter meekly.
"The state will dismiss this case," said Mr. Garrett after a further investigation.
"Dismissed," said Justice Joyce with his kindly smile.
And that is why the police intend, in their quiet way, to "sic" some more centurions on the trail of Mr. Lamp Carter.
Labels: courtroom, jail, Judges, Mulberry street, police
September 5, 1909
THREW HIMSELF UNDER TRAIN.
Wife Saw Husband Run to
With his mind probably deranged by ill health and financial worries, Charles W. Marsh, formerly a labor leader in Kansas City, Kas., committed suicide by jumping in front of a freight train in that city yesterday morning about 10 o'clock. He died in a police ambulance on the way to Bethany hospital. Marsh was 54 years old and lived near Eighth street and Walker avenue in Kansas City, Kas. He was a painter and paperhanger by trade.
Mrs. Marsh witnessed her husband's suicide from their home, which is only a short distance from the tracks of the Kansas City-Northwestern railroad. He had been despondent for some time and had made threats. While his wife was attempting to dissuade him, he broke away from her and ran to the railroad tracks on which a freight train was approaching and threw himself in front of the engine. His body was almost completely cut in two by the wheels of the cars.
Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 3 o'clock at Butler's undertaking rooms. Burial will be in Oak Grove cemetery. He is survived by a widow and a son, Dr. J. L. Marsh.
Labels: Kansas City Kas, railroad, Suicide
September 5, 1909
DRANK POISON BY MISTAKE.
Mrs. Ruby Johnson, 17, Victim of
Mrs. Ruby Johnson, 17 years old, wife of Joseph Johnson, a boilermaker of 15 North Benton street, Rosedale, Kas., died yesterday morning from carbolic acid poisoning. Mrs. Johnson had been sick for several months and was in the habit of taking her own medicine and drank the acid, thinking it was her medicine.
In a statement made to friends before she died she said that she drank a quantity of the acid before she discovered her mistake. The acid, she said, had been used about the room for antiseptic purposes. Dr. O. M. Longnecker was summoned, but arrived too late to be of any assistance. Funeral arrangements have not been made.
Labels: death, doctors, poison, Rosedale
September 4, 1909
ELM RIDGE FOREVER
LOST TO KANSAS CITY.
PUBLIC LOST INTEREST IN ITS
Efforts of Committee to Raise
$169,000 Prove Fruitless and
the Plan to Purchase is
After sixty days of hard work the committee of twelve, which had been trying earnestly to raise money enough to take over the splendid Elm Ridge tract for public uses, held a final meeting yesterday and threw up the undertaking as a bad job. Seemingly Kansas Cityans were not sufficiently interested in what was about their only opportunity to acquire an adequate outdoor arena, even to answer more than one out of a hundred of the letters sent them by the ways and means committee. At their own expense the committeemen mailed 10,000 letters to all classes of business men in the city, but the replies were few and far between.
Of the $169,000 required to purchase the grounds, about $100,000 was in sight when the matter was given up. Of late, meetings of the committee had been held nearly every day, but its members came to the conclusion yesterday that they could not get enough help to carry out their purpose.
DON'T REALIZE THE LOSS.
"I am heart-broken over the failure to purchase the tract," said W. A. Rule, chairman of the committee, last night. Mr. Rule himself subscribed $25,000 toward the amount required. "I don't believe the people of Kansas City will have another opportunity in ten years to acquire such an ideal site for all sorts of tournaments and races, but they probably don't realize their loss. For celebrations, horse shows, automobile and balloon races and nearly every kind of tournament, another tract as close in and available would be practically impossible to find. It is a tremendous loss, but as far as this committee is concerned all efforts are suspended. The owners of the tract, Alexander Fraser and Samuel L. Lee, have been notified and the deal declared off."
GAVE UP ITS TASK.
In the spring of 1903 Elm Ridge was formally opened as a race course by the Kansas City Jockey Club, which was organized the preceding year with C. C. Christie as its first president. At the time of its opening betting on the races was permitted by state law. In 1905, however, this law was repealed by the legislature and the track was maintained at a loss. Ever since then it has failed to pay as a race track and went into receivership about two years ago.
The properties, including the club house and about eighty acres lying between Brooklyn and Lydia avenues and Fifty-ninth and Sixty-third streets were sold to a Kansas City syndicate, headed by Messrs. Fraser and Lee.
June 23 a joint meeting of members of the Elm Ridge Club and the Kansas City Automobile Club was held with a view of taking steps to purchase the grounds. It was decided to form a stock committee which yesterday gave up its task through the lack of interest taken by the citizens.
Labels: automobiles, Elm Ridge, gambling, races, real estate
September 4, 1909
MUST HAVE BEEN DREAMING.
Fireman's Son Thought He Saw a
Blaze; Called Department.
Emmet Simpson, 12 years old, a stepson of "Con" Shine, the farrier at No. 1 fire station in Kansas City, Kas., rushed into fire headquarters all out of breath last night about 10 o'clock and told the fireman that his father's house at 525 Ann avenue was afire. Two companies responded to the boy's alarm, but when they reached the house no signs of fire could be found. When the boy was asked why he called out the department at that hour of the night for nothing, he said "he thought he saw a fire."
"My brother, 5 years old, my baby brother, 2 years old, and myself were asleep in the house on the floor. I woke up and thought I saw a big light. I carried the baby out in the yard, and leaving my brother to watch him, I ran to the fire station."
Labels: children, Fire, Kansas City Kas
September 4, 1909
WAGON MASTERS TALK
OF OLD TRAIL DAYS.
PLAINSMEN OF 50 YEARS AGO
HOLD A REUNION.
Recall Incidents of Overland Travel
When Indians Roamed Plains.
Man's Arm Amputated With
an Old Saw.
Wagon masters of fifty years ago, to whom the Santa Fe and Great Salt Lake trails were as familiar as their own country roads, gathered yesterday at the "old settlers' " reunion at the Independence fair.
Some of them came from Texas, but the greater number came from Kansas. When they left for the long overland trip it was as wagon masters, but yesterday they came back to a world moved by machinery and electricity. In '49 they left by the slow going wagon train, fording rivers and traveling through a country unblazed by an ax.
The entire forenoon was devoted to reminiscent stories by old men. They held aloof from the track, but their hands tightened on one another as they met.
"There is Wood McMillain," said one. "I would know him as quick as I would know my mother."
The next minute two gray-haired men were deep in the recollection of friends, many of them gone, and as they listened to one another the meeting warmed into life misty memories of the past. Mr. McMillain was one of the old wagon masters of '49. Many an expedition he conducted across the great American desert, now known as Kansas, and yesterday he met many men in the prime of life who knew him. He is now a resident of Denison, Tex.
WHEN INDIANS ROAMED THE PLAINS.
The introduction of wagons for the overland trade came as early as 1824. Colonel Marmaduke was one of a party of eighty which formed a company for the Western trade, 800 miles distant.
When they returned they had silver ore in rawhide sacks and piled the sacks in an adjacent lot close to what is now known as the public square of the county seat.
Jackson Tarquo was on the grounds yesterday.
"I have been over the route several times," he said. "I have never had trouble with the Indians but once or twice. Indians would never sacrifice their men except for revenge or in warfare. Many redskins were killed without cause and in consequence there was bad feeling between them and the wagon men.
"Of course, once in a while a man or a boy would be shot on route and we would bury him after the fashion of the plains. On one occasion the Indians ran off about 400 ponies we were bringing through. They asked for one horse, then for two, and finally, with a whoop, they took all of the ponies. Oxen were used in the early days, but in '49 most of the hauling was done by mules.
"I'll bet I can yet load a wagon and store away more goods than any moving van in Kansas City, and that when the wagon arrives at the end of the long journey not a box or object will be moved one inch out of place. We loaded wagons in those days, and wagon masters understood the art. We would carry through thousands of dollars' worth of goods.
RUDE SURGICAL OPERATIONS.
"Every wolf yell meant Indians to novices in the old days. I went on one trip I can't forget. There was a man who accidentally shot himself in the arm. It was hot and mortification set in. The man would not give up, so we found a saw, whetted a knife, heated wagon bolts red hot and performed a crude job of amputation. After the arm was opened to the bone, we found the saw's teeth were too big, so we filed smaller teeth and sawed through the bone. That man lived for thirty years afterward."
W. Z. Hickman was another old wagonmaster. He is now employed in the county surveyor's office. Yesterday he again became a wagon master for the time being and participated in the talk about the trackless and treeless plains.
Yesterday was the banner day for attendance. The country people turned out. Never was there such a gathering of wagons in the fair grounds. Stations east of Independence sold all of the excursion tickets and before noon the grounds were filled.
Hundreds of awards were made yesterday and special premiums given. F. M. Corn was awarded the third prize for the best yellow corn. J. E. Jones secured first prize and P. H. Curran second. The products of the soil had their inning, and blue ribbons floated from pumpkin to apple piles.
Labels: history, Independence, Native Americans, pioneers, Santa Fe Trail, Texas
September 3, 1909
INDIANAPOLIS IS NOW
TO COPY KANSAS CITY.
Getting Pointers From Our
Parkways and Drives.
Indianapolis has employed George E. Kessler of Kansas City to lay out and superintend the construction of a system of parkways and boulevards. Harry L. Robbins of that city, a real estate agent, is in Kansas City at present, weighing the value of the driveways and parks here.
"It is away beyond what I expected to find," said Mr. Robbins yesterday. "You people here do not know what a great reputation you have abroad. I have heard Kansas City preached every time I have heard parks and boulevards mentioned. As a matter of fact, Kansas City is a classic in park lore now. The reputation is worth having.
"It is famous throughout the East. I do know know about the West. I expect it is known in Europe. I am not going beyond the mark when I say that it is more frequently mentioned than any other city I have ever heard of."
Labels: George Kessler, visitors
September 3, 1909
UP FIRE ESCAPE SIX STORIES.
Patrolman, Weighing 275, Rescues
Girl Locked in Factory.
Patrolman Herman Hartman, who weighs 275 pounds, climbed the fire escape of the Cluett-Peabody Shirt Company at Eighth street and Broadway and rescued Lucy Henkensmeier, 15 years old, from the sixth floor where she had accidentally been locked in at closing time.
Lucy called up police headquarters over the telephone and between sobs said taht it looked like she would have to stay there all night unless help was sent at once. She had been in and adjoining room, she said, and the floor manager concluded that all had left when he locked the door. Ivan Knuedsen, a patrolman, accompanied Hartman to the scene.
In hopes of picking the lock of the building, Hartman was equipped with burglar outfits found in the station. A "jimmy" was of no avail, he found, and no skeleton kep would work. A charge of nitroglycerine was the only alternative, the two "cops" concluded. Just then a girl's sob drifted down from an open window.
"I can't stand that," said Hartman. "I'm going in the building."
Five feet above was the fire escape, just high enough to be hard to ascend from the ground. With a cat-like spring and a twist of the body, the fat policeman managed to get on the first rung and then the ascent was easy. He soon disappeared in the building and reappeared a moment later. He helped the girl down the ladder and she jumped in safety to Knuedsen's arms at the bottom.
Hartman perspired freely when he reached the ground.
"I guess that will take the fat off me about as good as drilling in Convention hall," he said.
The girl, who lives at 1811 Charlotte street, was hardly able to talk when she reached the ground.
"I was afraid to try the fire escape," she said.
Labels: Broadway, Charlotte street, children, Eighth street, police, police headquarters
September 3, 1909
THEY KICK ON THIS MENU.
Ham, Potatoes, Peas, Biscuits, But-
ter, Milk, Coffee, etc. for Prisoners.
Men who are confined in charity institutions, jails and workhouses are prone to complain of their treatment, and it is proverbial that they always object to the food. Kansas City is no exception in this regard, the latest kick being from men brought back from the municipal farm at Leeds and confined in the workhouse or released. One kicks on the quality, another on the quantity, or rather lack of quantity and various other protests, mild and vociferous, have been registered.
Yesterday Edward Kipple, Daniel Mahoney, Harry Fry, Lee Garrett and Albert Buell, guards at the workhouse, took eighteen prisoners to the Leeds farm. That makes forty-seven men now sojourning there.
Evidently while a the farm the five guards dined. They did not have a special spread but "the staff" ate with the forty-seven prisoners.
"To begin with," said Kipple, "I will give you the bill of fare for supper last night. Fried country ham, good ham, too; fine fried potatoes, cooked peas, hot biscuits, hot corn bread, old fashioned home made bread, the kind 'mother used to make,' apple sauce, as good as any human ever tasted, fresh country butter, made on the ground; coffee and sweet milk, also secured on the farm.
"We were all at one table and I was a little leery that the boss was putting up a spread just for our benefit. I asked a prisoner at another table, 'Hey, fellow, what are you eating over there?' 'Just the same as you are,' he replied. Still not satisfied, I got up and went over to take a look for myself. Sure enough, they had everything we had all the way down the line."
Labels: food, Leeds, workhouse
September 3, 1909
STILL WEARING KILTIES.
Boy of Family Just From Scotland
Mrs. Jessie Kaine, whose husband, Archibald, left Glasgow, Scotland, six months ago for Wamego, Kas., arrived in Kansas City last night with her family of six children and her niece, 17-year-old Jennie McBride. Archibald, the younger, wore Scotch kilties, and several times during the evening gave the attaches of the Union depot an opportunity of seeing the "Highland Fling" by a young Scotchman only two weeks removed from his home. The children range in age from 11 years to 11 months.
Labels: clothing, immigrants, Union depot
September 3, 1909
REMEMBERED DEPOT MATRON.
Children Had Fruits and Flowers
for Mrs. Ollie Everingham.
Four children cared for by Mrs. Ollie Everingham, the Union depot matron, when they passed through the Union depot at various times in the summer to spend vacations in the country, arrived at the depot yesterday morning on their way back to home and school. The children were glad to see Mrs. Everingham, and each had a bit of fruit or a bunch of flowers for her. The children were: Walter and Fred Herman of Sedalia, Mo., who had been to Lincoln, Neb.; Grace Egan of Saulsbury, Mo., who had spent her vacation in Clinton, Ok., and Raymond Stolie of Mystic, Ia., who spent his vacation in Peabody, Kas.
Labels: children, depot matron, flowers, Sedalia, Union depot, visitors
September 2, 1909
BOLD, BAD MEN ARE
SMALL AND WEAKLY.
MODERN DEADWOOD DICKS ARE
DEFICIENT, SAYS LATSHAW.
Flattering Description of Despera-
does in Yellowbacks Belied by
Experience Here, Declares
Fade away, Deadwood Dick and all other bold highwaymen who look so strong and big in the yellowbacks. You're fiction. The real highwayman and criminal is between 18 and 22. he's a puny little fellow who has not much more strength of mind than he has of body.
After having carefully inspected Deadwood Dick and all his kind as they pass in and out of the criminal court of Jackson County, Judge Ralph S. Latshaw says:
"The real criminal is not the fierce-looking man, with long mustaches drooping in a manner to make his face look fiercer than it was made by nature. He is not tall and stately in appearance, nor does he stalk with his head up and the proud glitter of defiance in his eye.
"Criminal courts have the hardest time with the boy, just growing into his manhood. He is the fellow who fills the lists of those convicted of crime. From 17 or 18 to 20 or 22 years old is the worst stage.
"Look over the records of the highwaymen and burglars who have been sent to the penitentiary from this court, not only in recent months, but for years. All of them are young men, undersized and weakly. They put a revolver in their pocket and go out to commit crime. If it were not for the weapon concealed in their pockets they would not dare steal. It is the additional false courage the firearm gives them that is responsible for the crimes they commit.
"When you go walking in the evening and see, in the shadows, the tall form of someone slinking away into further darkness, don't feel for your pocketbook. It is safe. But steer around the two little fellows who never had enough hair on their face to grow one tenth of the mustache which Deadwood Dick and his fellows sport in the lithographs.
"Do you mean to say," the judge was asked, "that stature has a direct bearing on crime?"
"Only to this extent," said he, "that a child born of average sized parents, who is smaller than they, is commonly a weakling. And with this physical weakness comes mental deficiency, to a certain extent. The late Judge Wofford used to say: 'These boys give me more trouble than all the rest of the county.' He spoke from long experience, and from keen observation of conditions which obtain now as well as then."
"But many Kansas City lawyers say they read penny dreadfuls to relax their mind," was suggested. "Do you never read them?"
"No, thank you. I do not care for that kind of literature," said the judge.
Labels: books, crime, highway robbery, Judge Latshaw, Judge Wofford
September 2, 1909
CITY'S GROWTH BEWILDERS.
L. W. Foster Back for Visit After
Twenty-five Years' Absence.
After an absence from the city of twenty-five years, Leigh Wilson Foster, born here in 1841, returned yesterday for a brief visit. Mr. Foster now resides in Chicago, where he is in the piano business. Having been educated in and graduated from the Spalding Commercial college in 1876, Mr. Foster's first call was at his old alma mater, only to learn, however, that Professor Spalding was in California on vacation.
"I cannot believe this is the same town," said Mr. Foster. "When I was a little fellow we had about 5,000 inhabitants, and when I left there were not twice as many as that. Now the city is tremendous and it embarrasses me to think that I do not know my native place. It has changed more than I have."
Mr. Foster's father, C. G. Foster, who died eight years ago, at one time was part owner of The Journal, then The Journal of Commerce. The Chicago visitor was the city circulator of the paper.
"It was not much of a job to deliver the papers, for the town was small," he reflected, in talking to Rolla Spalding at the old college."
Labels: Chicago, history, Spaldings college, The Journal, visitors
September 2, 1909
TO WED BROTHER'S WIDOW.
License Issued to J. M. Vanderveer
and Mrs. W. P. Vanderveer.
John McMath Van Derveer of Clanton, Ala., yesterday secured a license at the county clerk's office in Kansas City, Mo., to marry the widow of his brother, William P. Van Derveer, who died April 26, 1907, in Kansas City. Mrs. Van Derveer, who lives with her father, Joseph McGrath, a policeman, at 810 Colorado avenue, Kansas City, Kas., was not at home yesterday. Her sister, Miss Anna McGrath, stated that she knew Mrs. Van Derveer intended to marry her dead husband's brother but did not know where they were to be married.
"My sister, Leona, married William P. Van Derveer April 14, 1906," Miss McGrath said. "He was a soap salesman for the Swift Packing company. They lived at 1000 Glenwood avenue in Mt. Washington. He died a year and twelve days after their marriage, of typhoid fever. His wife took the body to Clanton, Ala., where his father owns a large plantation. At the funeral of her husband, she met John McMath Van Deveer, his brother. She remained a few months with her husband's parents, and then came back home to live. Later Mr. Van Deveer came up here to visit, and the engagement followed. They will live in Alabama."
Labels: Kansas City Kas, Mt. Washington, romance, typhoid, wedding
September 2, 1909
CAUGHT IN MACHINERY.
Austrian Packing House Employe
Dies of Injuries.
Vincent Kozak, 22 years old, of 32 South Park avenue, Kansas City, Kas., while working in the fertilizer room at the Cudahy packing plant yesterday morning was caught in the shafting and sustained injuries from which he died an hour later at Bethany hospital. He has a wife in Austria. Funeral services will be held this morning at Butler's undertaking rooms. Burial will be in St. John's cemetery.
Labels: accident, cemetery, hospitals, immigrants, Kansas City Kas
September 2, 1909
MENAGERIE IS DISCONTENTED.
Absence of Park Board Members
May Cause Open Outbreak.
Unless another member of the park board gets back to town soon there will be trouble among the monkeys and the wild cats and other animal owned by the Kansas City Zoological Society.
A great menagerie building has been put up in Swope park by the park board for the use of the Zoo society, and it is ready for its new tenants, but there is no park board to receive the property from the contractors and turn it over to the silly-faced owls and other things for which it was built.
During the year or more the Zoological society has been in existence it has been the recipient of a great number of small wild beasts and birds. These, pending the construction of a house, have been billeted out in various bars and houses. The keepers are anxious to be rid of them, and the Zoological society is anxious to have them collected.
John W. Warner is the only park board man in the city. Commissioners D. J. Haff and A. J. Dean are out of town, with nobody knowing when they will get back.
Labels: animals, Kansas City Zoo, organizations, Park board, Swope park
September 1, 1909
VISITED ADMIRAL SEBREE.
Brother of Naval Commander Back
From Pacific Coast.
Frank P. Sebree is home from the Pacific coast, where he went to pay a visit to his brother, the admiral. Admiral Uriel Sebree is assembling a fleet of seventeen ships to make a cruise across Japan prior to his retiring under the age limit next February. The admiral and eight ships under him just now are among the most conspicuous attractions at Seattle.
"The grandest sight I saw was that fleet," said Mr. Sebree yesterday, "and the oddest was the salmon. The salmon is about the oddest fish they meet anywhere. It is born in fresh water and remains inland till it is two or three inches long. Then it goes to sea and remains away four years. N o salmon, save for a few strays, go back to the fresh waters during the second or third year, but the fourth year the whole school has a homecoming, and it comes all at once. The story they told me is that the salmon comes back home to spawn and to remain till it dies. The canners watch for the homecoming and set their nets. I saw one net, thirty-five feet each way, top side and bottom, so full of fish that it did not seem to me they could get any more in it. The estimate was 60,000 salmon in that net. I think they must have weighed about five to seven pounds easy.
"Where the salmon spends its time during those four long years it is absent, what it feeds on or how it knows to come back is all mystery. The fish are all fat and yet they have scarcely any place in their 'innards' to put food, if they eat any."
Labels: boats, military
September 1, 1909
COST OF PRISONERS' FARE.
Recent Law, Marshal Says, Under
When the legislature enacted the recent law providing that a county marshal might collect only 3 cents per mile for taking prisoners to the penitentiary, it must have counted on a 2-cent fare. If such were in force the extra cent per mile would be sufficient to defray all expenses. As it now stands every prisoner taken to the prison will cost either the marshal or the state more than the law allows.
"It must be remembered," said Marshal Mayes yesterday, "that the penitentiary is a mile from the station in Jefferson City. Prisoners cannot be walked all that distance. We have been hiring a conveyance of some sort and could afford to do so under the old allowance for expenses. This way we cannot. The 3 cents per mile will just pay railroad fare and will not even feed the guards."
A stated recompense is fixed in the bill for guards, but nothing is said about feeding them or housing them in Jefferson City if they should be unable to catch a train back to Kansas City the same day.
Labels: County Marshal Mayes, Jefferson City, penitentiary, railroad
September 1, 1909
ON MOTORCYCLES 1,600 MILES.
Riders in Kansas City on Last Leg
of Their Trip.
Charles W. Neff, a jeweler of St. Joseph, Mo., and C. C. Anderson, an automobile dealer of Creston, Ia., arrived in Kansas City last evening ready for the last leg of a 1,600 mile motorcycle trip which started at St. Joseph and circled around Beaver.
It was dark when the men reached town and they lost no time in getting into barber chairs at the Blossom house. Later in the evening they visited the Union depot and met some friends whom they were expecting from Oklahoma.
"Our ride is the longest on record so far for a motorcycle in this section of the country," said Mr. Neff. "We meant to prove that it could be made and we have succeeded in demonstrating that fact. We made the trip to Beaver from St. Joseph in three days. We went by way of Topeka and Garden City and on our return hit the Santa Fe trail and followed it all the way. We had trouble but once and that was a single tire puncture which occurred to my wheel. We will leave for St. Joseph in the morning."
Labels: Blossom house, motorcycles, Santa Fe Trail, St.Joseph, Topeka, Union depot, visitors
September 1, 1909
FUN FOR THE LITTLE ONES.
Children's Play Room and Shoe De-
partment Opens at Robinson's.
With the opening today of Robinson's new shoe department for children, the girls and boys of Kansas City will be presented with one of the finest "playgrounds" they have ever known. A merry-go-round, swings, whirligigs, a slippery slide, punching bags, hobby-horses, and a great big rocking boat -- all built especially safe and strong, will be turned over to the children to romp and play while their mammas buy their shoes.
And the parents, too, will be interested in this new shoe department for children, for it is a big store in itself, occupying one entire floor and filled from floor to ceiling with an immense stock of children's footwear of every description.
All parents are cordially invited to bring the children today, to see the new playroom. They will be welcomed whether they need shoes or not, and a Japanese toy will be given free to every child.
Labels: amusement, children, retailers
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