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December 4, 1909



Tin Drinking Cup Blamed by Medi-
cal Inspectors, Especially at
Benton -- Several Parochial
Schools Involved.

The medical inspectors going the rounds of the public schools have unearthed diphtheria and scarlet fever zones within the confines of Benton, Washington and Karnes schools. They are also learning from the daily returns of practicing physicians, of the existence of the two maladies among pupils of two or three of the parochial schools, but as the authority of the inspectors does not extend to schools of this description Dr. W. S. Wheeler, sanitary commissioner, has not felt justified in taking any voluntary official notice or action.

Of the parochial schools the worst afflicted is St. John's Parochial school, 534 Tracy avenue. This school, located in a district largely inhabited by Italian children, is conducted by the Sisters of St. Joseph. Yesterday Sister Superior Monica appealed to the health authorities to make an investigation. Dr. H. Delamater, chief inspector, made a personal visit to the school and was informed that ninety of the 160 pupils are detained at home by sickness. Within the last six days cases of scarlet fever have developed among the pupils, and Dr. Delameter fears that many who are home at home may have it. He will have an examination made of the school building as to its sanitary condition, and will have class rooms fumigated.

Washington public school is at the southwest corner or Independence avenue and Cherry street, and the Karnes school is at the northwest corner of Troost avenue and Fourth street. Large numbers of the pupils have scarlet fever, the majority of victims predominating among those attending Karnes school. The diphtheria is not as epidemic as scarlet fever. The attendants of these two schools live in the territory bounded on the south by Admiral boulevard, north by the river, west by Grand avenue and east as far as Lydia avenue. The majority of the cases are north of Fifth street and scatter as far to the east as Budd park. As an assistance to the health authorities in keeping in touch with the exact location of the disease, a large map of the city has been prepared, and when a case of diphtheria develops a green-headed pin is driven into the map, designating a particular territory, and when one of scarlet fever is reported the map is perforated with a red-headed pin.


The map describing the Washington and Karnes school districts is rapidly filling up with the pin indicators, but not as noticeably as the district in which Benton school is situated. At the latter school diphtheria is the most prevalent, and is giving some alarm. The infection is spreading with rapidity. Benton school is at the southwest corner of Thirtieth street and Benton boulevard, in a fashionable and well-to-do neighborhood. There are from twenty to thirty cases of diphtheria among pupils going to this school, and it is feared that the disease got its start from the drinking cups in use there.

"The drinking cup in the public schools is a menace to health and is a communicator and spreader of disease," said Dr. Delamater yesterday. "Its frightful possibilities were fully described by Dr. W. S. Wheeler in his last annual report, and he advises that it be relegated and sanitary fountains installed in the schools. The health of no child is safe when the tin cup is in use. While I am not directly charging the appearance of diphtheria at Benton school to the drinking cup, still there is plenty of room for that suspicion as the school building is new and should be sanitary."

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November 19, 1909


Mrs. Healy to Be Interred in a Man-
ner Befitting Her Worth.

"I always had friends," Mrs. Margaret Healy used to say, "Sure, haven't I always been friendly?"

Death as a charity patient in St. Joseph's hospital did not rob Mrs. Healy of friends. Yesterday a funeral was arranged for her that would have satisfied her most exacting wish. The "lay sister" of the West bottoms, whose personal services and sacrifices among her poor neighbors made her of note, is to be laid to rest today by the side of little George Traynor, an orphan whom she took into her care when his parents died, in St. Mary's cemetery.

Father Dalton is to celebrate high mass at the Church of the Annunciation, Linwood and Benton boulevards, at 9 o'clock. Many persons who lived near Mrs. Healy and who since have seen better fortune than she, will attend the services as a mark of respect for her useful life.

Men who knew her and her endless charities will act as pallbearers. Mrs. Ellen Hughes, who cared for Mrs. Healy the last six years of her life, and several men who were adopted as boys by her, will be the mourners. The pallbearers will be: John Kelly, Robert E. Donnely, John Doherty, Bryan Cunningham, John Coffey, Patrick O'Rourke.

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June 20, 1909


List of Friday Night's Victims Re-
ported to Police.

Petty thieves and pickpockets were unusually busy Friday night and many robberies were reported to the police. In most cases, cash was taken. This list follows:

E. M. Dallas, 1026 Union avenue, lost diamond stud valued at $100 on Minnesota avenue car.

R. J. Nye's saloon, 1934 Grand avenue, cash register opened and $50 taken.

Miss Olive McCoy, 1035 Penn street, had pocketbook containing $30 stolen from her desk in the Great Western Life Insurance office.

Paul Witworth, 1111 East Eighth street, $40 taken from dresser drawer.

Samuel Levin, 1008 East Thirty-first street; dye works entered and $200 worth of clothes taken.

George Hayes, 1818 Oak street reported that he was slugged and robbed of $21 at Eighteenth and mcGee streets.

Floyd Swenson, 1810 Benton boulevard, reported that his residence was entered and money and jewelry aggregating $150 was taken.

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June 10, 1909


Jury After Seven Hours Finds
Him Not Guilty.

After having deliberated from 3 o'clock yesterday afternoon, the criminal court jury, in a verdict returned at 10 o'clock last night, acquitted Leon H. Brady, who was on trial for killing Joseph E. Flanagan.

But twenty or thirty persons were in the courtroom when the verdict was announced, including the defendant's wife. As it dawned upon her that her husband was a free man, she into his arms, and he caressed her tenderly.

Little "Billy" Brady, their 2-year-old child, was out at his Grandmother Brady's, 2115 Benton boulevard, but J. H. Brady, his grandfather, was there to hear the verdict, as were General Milton Moore and Horace Kimbrell, lawyers for the defense.

Brady's father expressed a wish to thank the jury, but Judge Ralph S. Latshaw forbade him. The freed man left the courthouse with his wife, going to the home of his father to get "Billy," then they returned to 2421 Prospect avenue, which has been their boarding place since the trouble at the Angelus.

The jury took about fifteen ballots before a verdict was reached. Some of the jurors held out for manslaughter in the fourth degree until far into the night.

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January 26, 1909


Norway Hard Maple Will Replace
White Maple.

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

He was directed to purchase them at once.

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December 11, 1908


Aged Man Who Was Shot in Tues-
day's Riot Died Last

A. J. Selsor, 2412 Benton boulevard, who was shot by a stray bullet in Tuesday's riot at the city hall, died at University hospital last midnight. Mr. Selsor was 72 years of age.

The wound which caused his death was inflicted by a large caliber ball. It entered his right side, in front, and broke his spinal cord.

This is the fifth death charged up to the fanatical band.

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December 10, 1908


At Midnight He Was Not Expected
to Survive Until Morning.
Clark Is Better.

Captain Walter Whitsett went to St. Joseph's hospital last night to see Sergeant Patrick Clark and Patrolman Michael Mullane, wounded in the riot of Tuesday afternoon. Clark is doing nicely, with chances far in his favor for recovery, but Mullane is low, and was not expected to survive the night. At midnight he began to sink.

To Captain Whitsett, Sergeant Clark was grappling with the big fanatic who had the knife and gun. She ran in behind me, but I paid little attention to her until I felt the sting of the bullet.. In the struggle I was cut across the right eye."

If this is the case Sergeant Clark was shot by Lena Pratt for, according to her own statement made last night, she was the only one of the girls who carried a revolver. The ball entered Sergeant Clark's right shoulder blade, ranged upward and lodged in the shoulder. Two X-ray photographs were taken of the shoulder yesterday in an attempt to locate the exact position of the ball, but they were not very successful. He has recovered sufficiently from the shock to be operated upon today, say his physicians, Drs. Eugene King and W. A. Shelton. His right eye will have to be removed and then follows the great danger, as is the case in all such operations, of affecting the other eye. The greatest of care will have to be taken of him after such an operation.

When Captain Whitsett called to see Patrolman Mullane he was admitted by the latter's brother, Jack Mullane, an insurance agent. He was allowed to remain only a few minutes. The brave officer, who had battled against such overwhelming odds from the fact that he had absolutely refused to shoot the woman and girl who were firing at him, turned painfully on his bed and said, "Hello, captain, what's the matter? What have I done?" Then he was quiet for a moment, and, reviving, said: "I have three little children at home. My God, what of them! For my little girl's sake I'm glad I didn't shoot the woman and girl. I could have killed them, and they have killed me."

Then he sank again into a semi-conscious state. The gallant officer is making a braver fight for his life than he made in the thickest of the riot, and in his occasional conscious moments declares that he will live for the sake of his wife and children.

A. J. Selsor of 2412 Benton boulevard, the bystander who was shot in Tuesday's riot, cannot recover.

The bullet entered his body at the right side, passing through the fleshy part of his arm just above the elbow, ranged slightly downward and broke the spinal cord.

Mr. Selsor has been a resident of Kansas City for about ten years. He is 72 years of age. Previous to coming to Kansas City, he lived at Gallatin, Mo., and was engaged in banking and farming.

When his daughter told him that the papers referred to him as a "retired farmer," he said it was a mistake; he is merely a "tired" farmer. Besides his daughter, Mrs. Godman, he has three other children, who are either here or coming. They are: Mark Selsor, connected with a magazine in New York; Mrs. H. F. Cox, dramatic art teacher with the Harvey Dramatic Company of Chicago; Frank Selsor, owner of a drug store in Muskogee, Ok.

At last midnight Louis Pratt, lieutenant of James Sharp, alias "Adam God," was still alive. He is in the general hospital with a bullet in his brain, and his legs pierced with balls. One leg was amputated Tuesday night. He cannot recover.

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December 8, 1908


Police Judge Figures Out the Answer
and the Fine's $500.

Harry Yost, who said he was a veterinary surgeon from Stilwell, Kas., was fined $500 in the municipal court yesterday on a technical charge of vagrancy. Detectives Andy O'Hare and Samuel Lowe, who arrested Yost, said that whenever the latter appeared in the neighborhood where there was a fine bred dog, the animal promptly disappeared.

L. S. Howe, 1507 Benton boulevard, said that shortly after his dog disappeared Yost came to his home to see if there was a reward for it. He also said that Yost had been seen in the neighborhood and left about the same time the canine disappeared. The detectives said that many valuable bird dogs had been stolen in this city and shipped to other places and sold. Fox terriers which were stolen here were sold in this city, as they are hard to identify.

The detectives have been seeking a pedigreed bird dog which was stolen from Jesse Worley, a newspaper man, and say it was shipped to an Oklahoma town and sold. They intimate that Yost knows something about the disappearance of this dog.

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March 9, 1907





Incidentally She Scores the Fickleness
of Men -- "Beautiful Character
and Intellectuality Not Con-
sidered," She Declares.

"Beauty and physical charm in women are the only things that count with men," said Dr. Frances J. Henry in a lecture to women at the Benton Boulevard Baptist church, Twenty-fifth street and Benton boulevard yesterday afternoon. "Beautiful character and intellectuality are not considered by them when they go to select woman for their wife. I do not understand this fact, for how is a woman to keep her husband's love after she has become old and the ravages of time have made themselves known by deep and ugly wrinkles on the once beautiful face? But history will prove that what I have said is correct.

"Love is a great passion, but mother love is the greatest of them all. Such love should not be wasted upon poodles and pussies as do some women. If they are not physically able to bear children these women, mostly rich ones, should adopt some of the many poor children who are suffering for the bare necessities of life. It would be far better for these women to take these children into their families and bestow upon them the caresses and love which they lavish upon their cats and dogs.

"This brings us to another point. A woman would have the right to say when she is willing to enter into the duties and cares of motherhood. The wife should always keep herself in a wholesome moral mental and physical condition, that her offspring may be of the same character. It is a sin to bring weak, sickly, idiotic or malformed children into this world.

"Honorable spinsterhood is a thousand times better than dishonorable wifehood. Marriage is an event in woman's life. It is too commonly looked upon as the chief end and the girls are too frequently taught this mistaken doctrine. Marriage should be deferred until the girl is mentally able to judiciously select her affinity. Too much credit cannot be given to women of Hetty Green's type. She prevailed upon her daughter to wait until she had become of mature age before she was married. Miss Green must have had a great many offers of marriage, and our sex should have the utmost respect for her in that she waited until she was 37 years old before she took that important step in life.

"Because so many of the marriages today are contracted before the parties are capable judges for themselves, the divorce courts are full to overflowing. There are twenty marriages today where there should be but one. Boys and girls of 22 or 24 years of age should not think of marrying. They are entirely too young and in most cases they realize that fact when it is too late."

Dr. Henry is a practicing physician in Kansas City. She is a graduate of the medical department of the University of Michigan.

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