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April 25, 1909


With English Stockholders, He Paid
a Visit to President Diaz -- Good
Progress Being Made.

A. E. Stilwell, promoter and president of the Kansas City, Mexico & Orient Railway, returned to Kansas City yesterday after a trip over the right of way of the Orient and a visit to President Diaz with his party of English capitalists. The party arrived at the Union depot at 6 o'clock last night over the M. K. & T. in a special train.

"There is nothing much to say," said Mr. Stilwell last night. "We went over the Orient and found things progressing as always. The result of our interview with President Diaz had no unusual features. We made a purely social call upon him and received his congratulations upon the progress we have made."

H. J. Chinnery, one of the English financiers and a heavy investor in Mr. Stilwell's railway, was enthusiastic.

"We are more than ever delighted with the prospect," said he. "The reception accorded us at the hands of the president of the Mexican republic has given us encouragement far greater than we ever contemplated. It seems as if there is nothing in Mexico that Mr. Stilwell cannot have if he will ask for it. Our faith and confidence in that gentleman's ability as a railroad promoter and builder is only exceeded by that of Diaz.

"He gave us ever assurance of encouragement and help from the republic. Already he has done much to aid the road by using his influence in our behalf. The idea of a direct line of railroad from New York to Mexico and the gulf is not only a future possibility, but a reality, and the future is not a great way off.

"The work on the road between Sweetwater and San Angelo is already well under way and will be completed by September. This extension will connect Kansas City direct with one of the richest countries in America. It is hard to believe that any better or more fertile soil exists anywhere than in the territory of San Angelo. Most of the early vegetables, strawberries and fruits come from this section, and the completion of the track between San Angelo and Sweetwater means considerable difference in freight rates and time by a cut of more than 100 miles, it being necessary now to come up by way of Fort Worth, Tex."

After dinner at the Hotel Baltimore last night Mr. Stilwell, Mr. Chinnery and Mr. Hurdle left for Wichita, Kas., to look over terminal possibilities. The party will then go to Boston for a conference with Eastern investors, when the Englishmen will return to Europe.

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April 19, 1909


Kansas City Boy to Wear Latest in
Gowns and Millinery.

BOSTON, MASS., April 18. -- Frederick Henry Dierks of Kansas City, a special student at the Institute of Technology, will show the girls at fashionable Smith college tomorrow night just how a girl should wear the latest in gowns and millinery. Dierks, adorned with all the customary frills and furbelows, will make his bow to the college girls as a chorus girl. Only the students at Smith will be granted admittance.

The event is brought out by the production of Technology's annual show. The play this year is called "That Pill Grimm." It will be tried out on the Smith girls tomorrow, largely for the purpose of securing expert feminine criticism of the female impersonations. Dierks is a front row girl.

It seems the young collegian gained his first recognition in a limited circle as an interpreter of feminine foibles while spending a vacation not long ago at the home of his father, Herman Dierks, the lumberman, who lives at 412 Gladstone boulevard.

"Yes, Fred is attending Boston Tech," said Mrs. Herman Dierks.

"That's too funny for anything," said Mrs. Dierks between peals of laughter. "He's been writing me about it and he's going to take the part of a chorus girl, all right."

"Did he ever do anything in amateur theatricals while in Kansas City?" she was asked.

"No, he made his reputation at home. While here on one of his vacations a young lady friend of ours was visiting us from New Rochelle, N. Y., and she fixed him up attired as a woman. He is a regular clown, anyway, when he gets started, and it was perfectly killing to see him."

Prior to entering the Boston Institute of Technology Mr. Dierks attended Blees Military academy in Macon, Mo., where he attained the rank of cadet second lieutenant, one of the coveted honors of the school. He is now a member of the Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. Although only 19 years old he has already become proficient in other lines than the amateur stage.

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April 10, 1909


The Real Turning Point in the
Destiny of Kansas City, U. S. A.

To The Journal:

In the spring of 1866 Kansas City had a population of about 3,000. The community had not yet fully recovered from the disastrous effects of the civil war. The corporation was virtually bankrupt; city "scrip," issued to meet current expenses, sold for 50 cents on the dollar.

The sheriff had exhausted his powers in trying to find property on which to levy. He had sold the furniture out of the offices in city hall -- the city scales, and even part of the market square fronting on Main street. Many old timers can easily remember when a block of one and two-story houses extended from Fifth street to the old city hall, built upon sheriff's titles.

Leavenworth, which was Kansas City's great rival, had at that time about 20,000 population and was really the"City of the West," with bright prospects, good credit and large numbers of very wealthy, public-spirited citizens.

No wonder disinterested observers saw little chance for Kansas City. but with that little chance a great opportunity preceded and followed by a fortuitous chain of events, which changed destiny. Both cities had already (before the civil war) expended considerable sums in efforts to obtain rail connection with Cameron station, about fifty miles distant, on the Hannibal & St. Joseph railroad.

During the previous session of the Missouri legislature, Kansas City had the good fortune to be represented by Colonel R. T. Van Horn, M. J. Payne and E. M. McGee, who, by their untiring industry and perseverance, and in the face of sharp opposition, secured the passage of the necessary legislation for a bridge and branch railroad.

Colonel Charles E. Kearney (who had recently returned to Kansas City from New York city, where he had engaged in the banking business, and where he had made wide acquaintance among financiers and other business men all over the United States), was made president the company , and devoted his entire time and energy until all was successfully completed.

In the meantime Colonel Van Horn had been elected to congress and was then in Washington, where he was well favorably known, and succeeded in getting such legislation as was requisite.

Colonel Van Horn was ably assisted by Colonel Kersey Coates, who was a warm personal friend of Hon. Thaddeus Stevens, who, at that time, was the recognized leader of the Republican party. Mr. Stevens, on many occasions during his career, at the insistence of Colonel Coates, had used his influence and good offices in promoting and guarding the interests of Kansas City.

On the 8th of May a public meeting was held in the city hall for the purpose of providing funds to aid the enterprise. At that meeting $60,000 in cash was raised and the city council turned over $23,000 in notes of the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company, given for the right of way of that road along the levee.

This fund became the guarantee on the part of Kansas City on going into the contract for the building of bridge and road.

Immediately after that meeting Messrs. Kearney, Case and Coates began active negotiations in Boston, New York and Detroit. The negotiations had to be conducted with great secrecy --the Leavenworth delegations were continually met, the newspapers and public men of St. Louis did everything in their power to advance, aid and assist the interests of Leavenworth and to hinder, thwart and ridicule the efforts of Kansas City.

On May 24th public announcement was made that the contract had been executed by Hon. James F. Joy of Detroit on behalf of the railroads.

From that day the tide turned in favor of Kansas City, and when the bridge was completed, some three years later, the Kansas City branch became the main line.

Many of the subscribers to this historic fund have been classed as "old fogies," and wanting in public spirit. Others were considered visionary, theoretical, impractical, but all came nobly to the front of this supreme occasion and laid the foundation that makes present conditions possible.

"They built it better than they knew."

The city afterwards, when authority had been obtained, and arrangements made for a bond issue, refunded in full the amount paid by the subscribers.

April 8, 1909

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March 11, 1909


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

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

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

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

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March 2, 1909





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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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February 8, 1909


Newsboy Can't Remember Her, but
Hunt Crosses Continent.

William Henry Wilcox, a 19-year-old wanderer who sometimes sells newspapers and at other times runs elevators for a living, is looking for his mother, whom he does not remember. He said last night he was stolen from her in Boston when he was but 7 months old by a woman named Mrs. Jenny Baker who gave him to her sister, Mrs. Hattie Gorden Howen.

Now he wants to find his mother whose name was Lillian Wilcox. He knows nothing of his father. When he was 8 years old he was so abused by the husband of the Howen woman that he got into the hands of the Massachusetts state board of charities, and was "farmed out" for ten years of his life.

The boy in the last year has been across the continent from Boston through New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, New Orleans, or out to the Pacific, and has been in Kansas City for twelve days. He says he wants to settle down here and get work running an elevator.

With utter frankness, he said that in every city that he visited he told his story to the newspapers, in hope that the publicity would attract the attention of his mother.

He said he had a good job in New Orleans and was well treated.

"Why did you leave?" was the question put to him.

"Oh, I got restless," he said. "I guess you know how it would be if you wanted to find your mother and couldn't," he added wistfully.

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January 18, 1909


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

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

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

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

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

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January 5, 1909



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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January 4, 1909


Criticise Alleged Laxity of Kansas
City Police in Losing Martin.

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

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

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

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January 2, 1909



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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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October 26, 1908


They Will Distribute Comfort and
Cheer to the Unfortunate.

The Slum Angels have arrived in Kansas City and from now on we can see them every day, if we feel like it. There are only two of them, that seeming to be all that could be induced to come to Kansas City, although Minneapolis has five and New York and several other cities many more.

Various are the names that the Slum Angles go by. In some places they are called the Slum Sisters and in others the Little Saints of the Salvation Army. If you address them as Captain Nettie Room and Lieutenant Alice Seay, they would answer to those names also.

They are two bright, sweet faced young women who have been appointed by Colonel Blanche B. Cox, commanding the Mid Western province of the Salvation Army, to take charge of the slum and relief work of the army in this city. For several years there have been slum angels at work in other cities and Miss Room herself has been in the work eight years, in Boston, New York, Philadelphia and Minneapolis. Miss Seay graduated from the Chicago training school last July.

All of the investigating work of the army in this city will be turned over to them and it will be their duty exclusively to determine whether an applicant for relief is worthy or not. They will also administer temporary relief where the need is pressing.

An important part of their work consists in nursing. Miss Room has nursed several years in hospitals and her assistant has had instruction along the same line. The slum angel comes into the home of the poor family at their darkest hour, when illness has attacked the breadwinner, doctors and nurses the ailing one, cheers up the other members of the family, and provides temporary relief when needed.

One other function that the angels undertake is to teach that virtue is next to Godliness. They will invade an unkempt home and with the consent of the housewife, give the house a thorough cleaning. They will instruct the family in the use of soap, scrubbing brushes and disinfectants.

The customary uniform of the slum angel consists of a blue striped suit with a black straw hat, trimmed with army insignia. They will occupy rooms in one of the congested districts of the city, which they will make their headquarters. It is planned to make these rooms the meeting place of the mothers' clubs, reading circles and sewing societies, which the slum workers will organize among their workers.

"But we will not forget the spiritual side of our work while attending to the physical wants of our people," said Miss Room yesterday. "We will make it our business to bring Christianity into the lives of all with whom we come in contact."

The slum sisters are making preparations for their work this week. They will begin active settlement life in a few days.

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October 25, 1908


This Advice Given to Universalists'
Convention Delegates.

The delegates and visitors to the Thirty-seventh annual convention of Universalists in session at the First Universalist church, Park avenue and Tenth street, were addressed yesterday on "Psychotherapy" by Dr. J. W. Caldwell of Galesburg, Ill. He holds the chairs of psychology and sociology at Lombard university.

Dr. Caldwell declared that 80 per cent of all ills are traceable directly to the nervous system, and that the use of drugs in many instances is unnecessary. He earnestly urged upon his hearers the plan of spreading the Emmanuel movement throughout the length and breadth of the land. The Emanuel movement, which was originated in Boston with the Rev. Dr. Wooster, rector of the Emanuel Episcopal church, has to do with psychic healing conducted by a regular board of physicians. Unlike the Christian Scientists, the Universalists believe that medicine should be administered when necessary.

The morning session was Woman's day. The general theme, "Larger Work of Women," was discussed by Mrs. Wilbur S. Bell. Mrs. Clara Weeks spoke on the interesting subject, "The Work that Has Been Done, and May Be Done for Children."

Miss Gertrude Green, principal of the Irving school, delivered an address last night upon "The Ethical Care of Children." Miss Green said: "Children form good habits more readily than bad ones. The sense of personal responsibility is of utmost importance in the formation of a child's character. I am among those who believe that the world is growing better. Thirteen years of experience with children has taught me the inestimable value of careful training. Make the children realize that they are the future business men and women of the community, impress upon their minds the watchword of 'Good Citizenship,' and the result will be all that you can desire."

E. B. Hoffman, president of the Bankers' Trust Company, spoke upon "The Ethics of Banking."

The convention will close tonight.

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October 21, 1908





Board Will Also Ask Council to Pass
Ordinance Requiring Physi-
cians' Notice of All Con-
sumptive Patients.

Homes of consumptives, and the rooms in which they have lived are to be fumigated by the health and hospital board, if that body is successful in securing the passage of an ordinance by the city council to that effect. At its meeting yesterday afternoon in a new hospital building the board determined to request that physicians be made to report every case of consumption to the board of health before and after death. If the patients die from the disease or are moved to another place the board proposes to see that the home and rooms which were occupied by the consumptives are immediately disinfected. It is urged by the board that the council take prompt action upon the proposed measure.

The board yesterday decided to enforce the rule which makes it necessary for every pupil attending the public schools to undergo vaccination and medical inspection. This rule is to be enforced to the letter and should a child refuse to be vaccinated, or should the parents object to the vaccination, the board has the authority, according to most of its members, to exclude that child from the classroom.

Immediate co-operation of the board of education is sought by the health board and the matter will be presented to the former body at its next meeting. It has been almost taken for granted by the board of health that the measure will meet with hearty approval of the board of education, but whether or not such is the case, the rule will be enforced by the health department of the city which has been given the right by the new charter to use its own judgment in matters of such character.


The matter of vaccination in the schools was put forth by Dr. W. S. Wheeler, who championed it strongly.

"It is an easy, wise and sane method to prevent the spread of much disease," he said. "All well regulated cities have such a preventive system and I have letters form boards of health in Chicago, Boston, Detroit and many others which tell of the expediency of the plan. The only opposition to be met in regard to the matter will be from the Christian Scientists. Their children must be treated as all the rest and they must undergo the vaccination.

"The board will arrange for certain physicians to take charge of schools in groups of four or five, and each will attend to all of the medical examinations in his group. Whenever a child goes to school with a bad cough, sore throat or weak eyes or any other physical ill, the principal of the school will be expected to report the same to the physician in charge. It is a fact that a weak child usually has a weak brain. Once in a long while a child is found whose body is very frail and mind very strong, but that is so seldom. If we make the children well they will make strong men and women of themselves. It looks like a duty of the board to the public and the board has so construed it."

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September 22, 1908



Classed With Others as "Utterly Per-
nicious and Morbid" -- Students
of Fiction Have Privelege of
Their Perusal, However.

Have you read "Together" or "The Little Brother of the Rich"?

If you have, you didn't get them at the public library. Robert Herrick's and Joseph Medill Patterson's latest books are not allowed there because -- well, because they are so naughty.

Mrs. Carrie Whitney, the librarian, in proscibing them, has simply followed the initiative taken by a number of Eastern librarians who have condemned them as "utterly pernicious and morbid" with "exaggerated views and the emotions strained."

"We have been laughing at Mary J. Holmes a long time, and have ridiculed the books she has written -- 'trash,' most people call them," said Mrs. Whitney, "but let me tell you, I would rather her books were in the hands of our young people than 75 per cent of the novels that are being turned out every season. Mary J. Holmes was at least pure in her ideals and there is no hint of anything that is not beautiful or wholesome in her stories. As much cannot be said of the men and women who are vieing with each other in producing the most sensational novel of the year."

Mrs. Whitney is broader than most librarians in her views on literature. Boston and St. Louis have debarred books that are considered classics, but these will be found on the shelves at the Kansas City public library.

"I am pretty well acquainted with the reading public," continued Mrs. Whitney. "I know the students and those who read from morbid curiosity. The student may almost find anything in the way of the classics on our shelves, and for him we have at least one of even the questionable books of modern fiction. We cannot put them on the open shelves in the fiction room, however. And there is very good reason for not doing it. We have different cards for children and for adults, but too many children are drawing books on cards for adults. These children wander around among the fiction shelves, reading what they please, and we have no assurance that the books they draw are really for their parents of for their older sisters and brothers.

"All modern fiction is carefully selected. We have but little money to spend on current literature, and our choice must necessarily be discriminate. Within the past few years there are many books that we have had to debar. There was 'Old Wives for New.' It was not bad, but fearfully vulgar. Mark Twain's 'Double Barreled Detective Story' never found the way to our fiction shelves because there was nothing in it to merit it being there. We barred 'Eve's Diary' for quite another reason, however. 'Pam' and 'Pam Decides' were barred also for this same reason, as were Robert Grant's 'Orchid,' Frederick VanEeden's 'The Deeps of Deliverance,' Victoria Cross's 'Life's Shop Windows' and 'My Poor Relations' by Maarten Maartens. It is almost unnecessary to mention the notorious 'Three Weeks.' I think we must have told 1,000 people that we did not have it on our shelves. Even now we have a few calls, but the public generally has learned that we do not have it. You might mention, too, that 'The End of the Game' is another book that is not in the library.

"As to the two new books, 'Together' and 'The Little Brother of the Rich,' the criticisms that have been spread broadcast against them express my views. They shall never be found here."

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September 4, 1908


New Physical Director of Y. W. C. A.
Will Not Allow Dr. Naismith's
Game to Be Played.

"Basketball cannot be played by girls without making them quarrel," said Miss Julia Capen, who yesterday took charge of the physical education work of the Kansas City Y. W. C. A.

That is the reason that there is to be no competitive basketball in the Kansas City association this year. Miss Capen is following the lead of many other physical directors throughout the country in putting the ban on the most strenuous of girls' sports. Dr. Clark Hetherton, director of athletics at the University of Missouri, aroused much criticism last year when he contended that the game was bad for women and that every girl who played basketball on the university teams suffered from a nervous collapse before she left school or immediately afterwards. Now Miss Capen says it is bad for the girls' tempers and will forbid it for the association girls. A little mild practice might be allowed, but no real scrimmaging.

Miss Capen succeeds Miss Tamson Weatherbee, who goes to Milwaukee. She plans to enlarge the enrollment in the gymnasium classes, especially the classes for little girls. Children ranging from 6 to 12 years of age will be given instructions in all manner of games, such as Boston ball captain ball, indoor baseball, volley ball, long base, and others.

The Swedish system of correctional gymnastics will be introduced by Miss Capen and instruction in dancing and fancy drills will be given the older girls' and married women's classes.

"It is alarming the number of women you see every day with one shoulder higher than the other or with some other defect which the girl scarcely notices herself, but which is remarked at once by all who see her," said Miss Capen. "Careless habits of standing and walking and breathing are to blame for these defects, which could be remedied by proper gymnastic exercises."

Miss Capen graduated from the Boston Normal school of Gymnastics and has taken work in the Yale summer school. For the last five years she has been physical director of the Binghampton, N. Y., Y. W. C. A. and taught in the Lady Grey School for Girls.

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September 3, 1908



New Enterprise Here, Behind Which
Is Miss Ethel Dovey -- Unless
It's a Press Agent's

Chorus girls are to have a hotel in Kansas City which will be used exclusively for show girls, if the plans of Miss Ethel Dovey do not go amiss. Preparations to establish such quarters are being made by a real estate agent, who was commissioned by Miss Dovey to keep her in touch with available pieces of real estate that would be suitable for the chorus girls' hotel.

The story leaked out last evening when it was learned that Miss Dovey was negotiating for a site, and it was said that immediately upon the arrival of "A Stubborn Cinderella" company, in which she is showing, that she would endeavor to close a deal with her agent. She is a Kansas City girl, and several months ago, at a meeting of a crowd of show girls, she promised them that she would do her best to establish a hotel similar to those in New York and Chicago.

Miss Dovey has succeeded in interesting George Dovey, president of the National League baseball club of Boston, and he has promised to help her in furthering the project. It is said that he has pledged $10,000 to the fund being raised to establish the hotel.

In certain respects the hotel will be conducted on the plan of the Martha Washington in New York. While the rules and regulations of the hotel are not known at this time, it is said that the "stage-door Johnnies" will not be welcome. Sad, but true, there is some doubt as to whether they will even be admitted to the hotel at any time. The girls will be required to be at home within a reasonable time after the close of the performance. If mere man should want to see one of the girls he would have to telephone, or use Uncle Sam's mail system.

Expenses of running the hotel will be divided pro rata each week when a traveling show appears in Kansas City. The hotel is to be at the disposal of every traveling company, even including the burlesque. The gentle sex will have the exclusive use of the new quarters, and will therefore be better provided for than they are at present.

The hotel is to be called the "Ethel Dovey," in honor of the fair promoter. Miss Dovey will be at the Willis Wood Sunday with her uncle in "A Stubborn Cinderella." If the plans now being made carry, the "Ethel Dovey" hotel will be in readiness by next Wednesday, and "A Stubborn Cinderella" company will be the first one to occupy it.

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June 1, 1908



Experimental Line Ran From Main
Street to West Bottoms -- Hard
Time to Find a

The first telephone in Missouri was built with fence wire, with knobs from dresser drawers for insulators on the housetops over which the line ran, and that Kansas City's first telephone was of much the same construction, running from Main street to a coal office in the West bottoms, is told in the reminiscences of a pioneer, written for "Public Service," a telephone publication, by E. A. Woelk. Mr. Woelk operated the first line built in Kansas City, and aided in capitalizing a corporation to sell the stock of this half mile of wire. The company became the second Bell Telephone Company in the West, the first one of the name having been operated from St. Louis to the old fair grounds in the suburbs, and was the nucleus of the present great Missouri and Kansas Telephone Company.

Passing though St. Louis with his family on a trip to Europe, Mr. Woelk, then living in Springfield, Mo., heard of a new "fake" out at the fair grounds, and went out. He found men talking over a fence wire. That was in 1877. When he returned from Europe Mr. Woelk was still thinking of the "fake," and disposed of his other business, that he might become an agent in the West for the Eastern corporation, having "wagon tracks" for sale. The wagon tracks turned out to be of value, and Mr. Woelk built a line over the housetops from James Kirby's saloon to Jim Straughton's livery stable, in Springfield. They city council made him take down the line, because citizens heard vile language vibrating from the wire by night, and gossiping ladies believed they easily heard all the doings at Kirby's by listening to the "buzzing" of the wire above the housetops. Here is Mr. Woelk's story of how the first line was built in Kansas City:

About July 1, 1878, I received a telegram from Boston to go to Kansas City and take with me a half dozen telephones and some insulated wire and two magneto bells, to meet Mr. Madden for the purpose of demonstrating the new invention which was to elevate the telephone from a mere toy to an instrument of great commercial value.

I met Mr. Madden, who brought with him in his hand satchel two wooden boxes -- the Blake transmitter. While Mr. Madden was busying himself among bank directors and presidents and railroad magnates with the object of the organizing of a telephone company I set out to find a place to demonstrate the new telephone. A short time prior to this the Western Union Telegraph Company, the only wire-using company in Kansas City in those days, had started to build an exchange.

My difficulties here began when I found that this new instrument, the transmitter, required a battery. Nothing of that kind could be bought in Kansas City then. I went to the Western Union people to borrow two cells of crowfoot battery, but as soon as the telegraph operator discovered that it was to be used for a telephone -- the instrument which he thought would drive him out of business -- I was refused.

I set out to find a chinaware store, and bought two crocks and two flower pots to go inside of these; next I went to a drug store for the blue vitrol and some sulphate of zinc, and then to a tinshop for some zinc, and soon rigged up a battery. In the meantime Mr. Madden had secured the keys to a store, on one of the main streets, which was newly plastered and vacant. Remembering the M. M. Buck line in St. Louis, I found an old telegraph line running from near the store to a coal office in the bottoms, about one-half mile distant. I borrowed this line and equipped it with a magneto bell and telephones, including the transmitter, at the coal office, and at the store end with a call bell and about a half a dozen receivers, the transmitter being located in the rear of the store and the receivers about forty feet distant in front.

About 3 o'clock in the afternoon the prospective shareholders assembled and Mr. Madden began to demonstrate. It was suggested that I go to the coal office and speak to Mr. Madden at the store. This, for some reason, the visitors did not approve of and sent one of their own men down to make the test. A call was made and Mr. Madden spoke to the coal office in an ordinary tone of voice and the reply came promptly while the visitors alternately listened with the receivers. The transmitter was then adjusted very sensitively and I would speak in a whisper which could not be heard at the front of the store but was promptly answered by the representative of the prospective investors.

It was then and there agreed to meet at the hotel after supper, and it was then and there that the second Bell Telephone Company was organized in the Middle West, St. Louis having the first. The capital was $10,000, and out of this organization grew the existing Missouri and Kansas Telephone Company.

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March 5, 1908


Did Not Clearly Impress the Court
With His Innocence.

C. H. Foley, bartender, and D. O. Elmers, porter at the saloon of John M. Lynch, 426 Main street, were fined $50 each in police court yesterday or disturbing the peace of George W. Ellingwood. Ellingwood testified that on last Saturday night he was roughly handled in the saloon and relieved of nearly $5, a ticket to Boston, Mass., and his trunk check.

"I ordered drinks for myself and a couple of friends," the complainant testified. "Foley insisted that I ordered drinks for the ho use, which came to $2.80. He took a $5 bill from me, took out the $2.80 and laid the change on the bar. Just then I was pounced upon by a dozen or more men, including the porter. I was thrown to the floor and my clothes torn in a search for more money, they having got all that was on the bar. My ticket to Boston and trunk check were also stolen."

"De moke orders drinks fer de house," said the barkeep. "When I says, '$2.80, please, he refuses to cough up. He has his leather in his mit. I cops dat, gloms de finif an' lays $2.20 on de bar. I don't allow no cheap screw to come in me place and make a lobster out en me -- see!"

It was after this exhibition that Judge Kyle assessed a fine of $50 each against the defendants. Elmers is a Mexican. The cases were appealed to the criminal court, bonds being furnished almost immediately.

F. H. Ream spiritual director at the Helping Hand, which is near Lynch's saloon, took a deep interest in the case and furnished two eye witnesses to the attack on Ellingwood. Mr. Ream said later that he intended taking the matter before the police board. Ellingwood was a janitor at the Franklin Institute. He longed to go home to Boston. He saved his money and his brother furnished the balance to buy a ticket home. The ticket has never been recovered.

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February 1, 1908


Seventy-Five Men at Salvation Army
Quarters Vaccinated.

Marshalled by C. H. Cook, chief clerk of the board of health, Drs. Paul Lux and H. A. Lane and R. A. Shiras went on another vacccinating tour last nigth. Only one place was visited on account of the inclement weather. That was the Salvation Army Citadel, at 1300 Walnut street, and it was selected on account of the fact that a virulent case of smallpox was discovered there yesterday morning.

Seventy-five men were found in the smoking room and sleeping apartments at the Citadel, and all were vaccinated. One old man said he would leave the city before he would "stand for the scratch." When Patrolman August Metsinger and Victor Ringolsky, an inspector started with him to the Walnut street station, however, he changed his mind quickly.

The number 13 played an important part with the man who had smallpox at the Citadel. The number of the building is 1300, the man had room 13, had been in the room 13 days and he "broke out" on Friday, January 31, which is 13 reversed. He was sent to the St. George hospital for treatment.

A man dressed like a prosperous mechanic appeared at the board of health late yesterday and asked to be examined. It was soon discovered that he was suffering from smallpox. He had arrived here on a Missouri Pacific train from Omaha, and was en route to Boston. He was at once transferred to St. George, Kansas City's smallpox hospital in the East Bottoms.

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January 12, 1908


Shubert Discontinues Vaudeville and
Players Go East.

Last night closed the last week of vaudeville at the Shubert, and Kansas City was the scene of a "leave taking" among performers which was unusual. Vaudeville artists do not usually journey far between performances, but with the closing of the Shubert every performer was sentenced to a term on the Atlantic seaboard. Some of the longest "jumps" recorded in vaudeville were announced last night, when all the players had been placed by the syndicate.

It would be impossible for any of the Shubert performers to reach their destination for the regular Sunday show, but each will open with a Monday matinee. Long and Cotton go to New York. Vasco to Boston; Greene and Werner to Johnstown, Pa.; Quigley Bros. to New York; Barnold's dogs and monkeys to New York; Alexander and Bertie to Rochester, N. Y.; Lilly Fleximore to New York, and Newbold and Carroll to Syracuse, N. Y.

The performers, whose traveling expenses are paid by the theatrical syndicate, will travel in most luxurious appointment, but the dream will end at a half a score of stage doors when the curtain goes up on Monday's matinee in the East.

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September 27, 1907



Building and Endowing of a Tent
Colony and a Sanitarium
Among the Purposes
of Promoters.

Fresh Air, Fresh Milk and Fresh Eggs.

That's the motto of the Jackson County Society for the Relief and Prevention of Tuberculosis, organized last night. The leading men of the city -- doctors, ministers, priests, lawyers and officeholders -- attended the meeting and promised their assistance in putting the society in shape to do real work.

The programme of intentions outlined for the next few months is:

The building and endowing of a tent colony and a sanitarium near the city for the treatment of tuberculosis patients.

The employment of nurses to visit in the homes of consumptives and teach the people how to live properly when afflicted with the disease.

The enactment of laws by the city council to compel the reporting of all cases of tuberculosis, and to clean and disinfect all houses in which consumptives had lived or died.

The distribution of literature and the holding of public meetings to educate the people in healthy living -- fresh air, baths and wholesome food.

"Kansas City is twenty years behind Eastern cities in dealing with tuberculosis," said Dr. C. B. Irwin, one of the organizers of the society, last night. There is no fumigation, no reports of deaths from the disease, and practically no effort to check the spread of the plague. I know one house in this city from which there men have been carried out dead from consumption in the past five years. It's easy to know how the last two got it. As fast as one family moved out another moved in.

"Since in 1880 New York city began fumigating houses in which tuberculosis patient had died, began educating the people and commenced a systematic fight upon the disease, the death rate from it had fallen 50 per cent. The same is true of Boston, Philadelphia and Baltimore.

"In the Western cities one death in every seven is from the white plague."

The directors of the society, chosen last night, are: Rev. Father W. J. Dalton, Dr. E. W. Schauffler, Judge H. L McCune, Mayor H. M. Beardsley, Frank P. Walsh, R. A. Long, Rev. Matt S. Hughes, Hugo Brecklein, Dr. St. Elmo Sauders, Congressman F. C. Ellis, Mrs. Robert Gillam, Ralph Swofford, Albert Bushnell, F. A. Faxon, George F. Damon and J. W. Frost.

The others are: Dr. R. O. Cross, president; Dr. C. B. Irwin, secretary, Albert Marty, treasurer; John T. Smith, Rev. Wallace M. Short, J. W. Frost and E. A. Krauthoff, vice presidents; chairman finance committee, Mrs. Kate E. Pierson; chairman soliciting committee, Mrs. E. T. Brigham; chairman legislative committee, J. V. C. Karnes, and publication committee, Dr. E. L. Stewart, chairman; Dr. E. L. Mathias and Clarance Dillon.

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September 17, 1907


Will Bring Boston Symphony Orches-
tra to Kansas City.

The Kansas City Oratorio Society had its first rehearsal at the Conservatory of Music auditorium last night. There were sixty voices present. Before leaving for Mexico yesterday A. E. Stilwell, president of the society, announced that he had arranged to bring to Kansas City on March 8 the well-known Symphony orchestra of Boston.

The plan was viewed with such general favor that it was later decided to make an effort to increase the voices of the society from sixty to 300 in the interim, the entire chorus to sing with the orchestra. The concert will probably be given at Convention hall.

The next rehearsal will be next Monday evening at the Conservatory auditorium.

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August 25, 1907



Woman's Mind Is Getting Stronger
and She Is Able to Identify Re-
latives From Photographs
Possessed by Uncle.

Mrs. Robert Morrissey, of Boston, Mass., the young woman who landed here about two weeks ago with two small children and entirely forgot her past life, is now at the home of her uncle S. H. Pierce, 3711 East Sixteenth street. When Mrs. Morrisey was turned over to the police and later quartered at the Helping Hand institute, she did not know how she got to Kansas City. When her uncle, Mr. Pierce, appeared she did not know him, but lately her mind has cleared considerably and she, little by little, is remembering.

She has received a letter from her husband whom she placed in a hospital at Lynn, Mass., some weeks ago. He was greatly surprised to learn of her predicament in Kansas City, as he believed her at their home in Boston. He was expecting her back to the hospital to nurse him as the institution was short of nurses and had asked her to come. She had left there to go home, store her household goods, see to the care of her children and return. That is the last thing she remembers up to a day last week when her uncle here caused her to speak the name of her brother, Gerald.

Mrs. Morrisey's trunk, which had been left by her at Cleveland, O., has been received here, Mr. Pierce having sent the check on there for it. When opened it was packed entirely with bed clothing, blankets, quilts, sheets, pillow slips, etc. Not a stitch of the clothing Mrs. Morrisey expected was in the trunk. She thinks that she made the mistake by taking a trunk she had intended to store when she left home in her absent state of mind.

Another thing which she cannot explain is the presence of some of the children's clothing and a few of her own in a mouse colored suitcase. She says she never possessed a suitcase of that description. That is one of the many mysteries which will have to be cleared up later..

Mr. Pierce has received a letter from Mrs. Morrisey's father, S. W. Leavitt of Mansfield, Mass. He was also surprised to know that his daughter was here. He told Mr. Pierce that he would leave for Kansas City in a short time to take her home. He cannot account for his daughter's queer freak of packing up and leaving home with her two small children -- one of them only a few months old -- unless it be that the illness of Mr. Morrisey had caused her to suffer a season of double consciousness from worry.

"She has greatly improved," said Mr. Pierce yesterday. "When I first saw her two weeks ago she did not know me and could recognize none of the family pictures I showed her. Now she can pick out her relatives from any pictures I show her. All of her past life has come back to her with the exception of the period embraced in the time she left home and landing here. She knows nothing of how she left, why she left, what route she took here or what occurred during her trip. The more we think of it, we are sure that the telegram about her being in Terre Haute, Ind., is a fake, for we cannot trace her anywheres near there. If that be true, the statement accredited to her there is also a fake."

Mrs. Pierce, who has been away from the city, is at home now, and the distressed niece and her children are receiving the best of attention. Mr. Leavitt, Mrs. Morrisey's father, in his letter to Mr. Pierce, states that his daughter had suffered from short spells of lapse of memory, but that none had been as serious as the recent one.

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August 14, 1907





Can't Remember Whether Husband
Is Dead, or if She Is Parted
From Him -- She Remained
Three Days in Mid-
land Flats.

With her mind a total blank regarding what transpired prior to yesterday morning, when she awakened in the Midland flats, Seventh and Walnut streets, forgetful of her name or those of her two little children accompanying her, a woman entered police headquarters last evening, and explained to Lieutenant Walter Whitsett her condition.

"I do not know what has come over me," she said to the lieutenant. "All that I can remember is of getting up this morning in the Midland flats, and reading a bell call card. I cannot recall my own name, or those of my children or husband, and I don't know where I live. I could not even remember where I was this morning until I inquired. I don't know how long I have been here, but was told that I went to the Midland flats three days ago."

The woman and her children were nicely dressed, and she possessed a manner and bearing of refinement and culture. The younger of the children is an infant, while the older, a boy, is about 3 years old.


The woman and children were taken to the Helping Hand institute, where through questioning it was learned from the boy that his name is Robert Allen Morrissy. While the boy was being questioned as to his identity, the mother listened attentively.

When the child lisped his name, the mother repeated it to herself, thoughtfully.

"He says his name is Robert Allen Morrissy, but for the life of me I cannot recall such a name," the mother explained. "I know both of the children are mine, but I kinow nothing more about them. I know that I have been married, but cannot say whether my husband is living or dead. I haven't the lleast idea of my own name, but as the boy said his name is Morrissy, that must be mine as well. The name Mary sounds familiar to me, as does the word Boston. I remember that I have always lived in a large city, but I have no idea whether it was Boston or not."

The woman is evidently an Easterner, as inferred from her manner of speech, and is apparently no more than 25 years old.

"I do not know how old I am," she explained, when asked her age, "but I believe that I will be 30 years old in October."

She is slightly above average height, slender, weighing 130 pounds, has brouw hair and eyes and bears an intelliigent facial expression. She dresses tastily in a suit of white mull, while the little boy, a golden curly headed youngster, wears a neat sailor suit of dark blue.


The only evidence that has been found that might lead up to the establishment of their identity is two baggage checks issued at the Union station in Buffalo over the Lake Shore & Southern Michigan railway for Cleveland. It is supposed that the wonal's memory became a blank shortly after she left Buffalo, as the baggage checks were never presented at Cleveland for her effects. A station check over an Eastern interurban line out of Boston to Lynn, Mass., was also found in a hand satchel she had left at the Midland flats.

F. H. Ream, of the Helping Hand institute, who called at the Midland flats last night to get the wooman's satchel, found a card bearing the name of Mrs. A. E. Palmateer, 912 Chestnut street, Terra Haute, Ind. The woman was unable to recall ever having known a woman by that name, but suggested that she might have met her on the train.

An effort was made last night to send a message to the authorities in Boston in hopes of learning if the woman lives there.


Mrs. Minnie Brody, in charge of the Midland flats, said last night that the woman applied there for lodgings for herself and children three days ago. She did not register, but in the course of a conversation, confided with Mrs. Brody that she was separated from her husband, and had her own living to make. She paid rent for her room each night. Last night the woman had no money.

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August 10, 1907


Bunch of Eastern Tourists Complain
of This Lovely Weather.

One hundred and ten tourists spent yesterday in Kansas City and displayed 110 different kinds of advertising fans from fifteen different cities.

"This must be the hottest place in the world," panted a matron from Syracuse, N. Y. , as she sat in front of the Midland hotel propelling a fan which advertised a dry goods store in Salt Lake City.

"It's simply a smother, after coming here direct from the mountains where we threw snowballs yesterday," gasped a lady with glasses and a drug store advertising fan from Seattle.

"We left New York a month ago and are now going home, after a tour of Canada, the Great Lakes, the Rockies and the Pacific coast," said James Kintort of Philadelphia, the manager, as he worked a Kansas City hat store fan.
"We had a fine time in your city, but the party is wilted. My collar looks like a celery three days old."

"It strikes me," sizzled a Boston youth between gusts from his paper fan from Albuquerque, N. M., "it strikes me that if I owned this hotel, I would have the palms placed on rapidly revolving pedestals. Natural palm leaf fans. Do you catch the point, eh?"

"Your car to the depot is ready!" called out Kintort, and the whole party ran for it with flans flying.

"No wonder that bunch is hot," chortled a bell hop. "They've been running like that all day."

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