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October 24, 1909



Will Travel to Alton on Four Spe-
cial Cars -- Decorations for the
"Gray Eagle" Sent

Imbued with the "Kansas City Spirit" and a determination to impress upon the big waterways convention at New Orleans the need of improving the Missouri river, the Kansas City delegation will leave for Alton, Ill., at 9 o'clock tonight on four special Pullman cars by way of the Chicago & Alton railway. Decorators were sent to Alton Friday night and by the time the Kansas City delegation arrives tomorrow morning the Gray Eagle, the boat on which the Kansas City delegation will ride, will be one of the gayest in the fleet. At least that was the declaration last night of E. M. Clendening, secretary of the Commercial Club, who has made all of the arrangements for the trip.

Yesterday it seemed very unlikely that President Taft would be able to accept the invitation of the Kansas City delegation to ride at least part of the way down the river on the Gray Eagle. More than a dozen telegrams were exchanged with the management of President Taft's itinerary, but late last night Secretary Clendening was informed that it would be practically impossible. He still hopes that the president will find time to visit the Kansas City boat and take breakfast on the steamer Tuesday morning.


The "Gray Eagle" will reach St. Louis at 9 o'clock Monday morning. President Taft will speak in the Coliseum at 11 o'clock. The party will embark at 4 o'clock in the afternoon for the great trip down the river. The fleet arrives at Cape Girardeau at 6 o'clock Tuesday morning, Cairo, Ill., at noon, and Hickman, Ky., at 4 o'clock. Memphis, Tenn., and Helena, Ark., will be the principal stops on Wednesday. Vicksburg will be the only stop of importance on Thursday with Natchez and Baton Rouge on Friday.

The fleet will arrive in New Orleans early Saturday morning and until the following Tuesday night there will be a continuous round of convention work and receptions in the southern city. Grand opera, addresses by the governors of the different states, inspection of the city, and attendance at the convention will take up about all of the time of the Kansas City delegation. The party will leave New Orleans at 6:20 o'clock Tuesday night.

Besides Secretary Clendening, members of the delegation of seventy include Jerome Twitchell, J. H. Neff, Hon. Edgar C. Ellis, C. S. Jobes, H. F. Lang, W. B. C. Brown, C. D. Carlisle, W. G. Mellier and Hon. W. P. Borland.

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September 13, 1909



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.

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August 16, 1909



Annual Picnic of Irish-Americans
of Kansas City Yesterday At-
tended by Crowd Es-
timated at 10,000.
Congressman William P. Borland.

Hot weather did not daunt the Irish-Americans of Kansas City who held their annual picnic at Forest park yesterday. Although the attendance on the grounds was not so heavy in the afternoon by evening no fewer than 10,000 sons, daughters and grandchildren of Hibernia were on the grounds.

Congressman William P. Borland, himself the son of an Irishman, and the orator of the day, spoke on "The Irish in America." After the speaking in the afternoon twelve athletic events took place.

From the early days to the present Congressman Borland traced the wonderful influence of the Irish in the development of this country. He pointed out that the first generation of immigrants turned their hands to anything they could get to do and that for many years most of the unskilled labor was done by Irishmen.

After awhile, he said, the immigration from Ireland fell off, largely for the reason that nearly half of the island's population had already come to live under the Stars and Stripes.


Then a gradual change came in the social status of the Irishman. After having worked for a generation as hewers of wood and drawers of water they arose in the social scale and began to do skilled and professional work until they have entered all fields of endeavor and made good.

"With much condescension," said the congressman, "it has been considered that the Irish are hale and hearty, warm natured and impulsively generous, but the statement has often been made that they lack executive ability. In America they have proved that they can execute ideas as well as conceive them. In fact, as leaders of men, whether it be on the battlefield or in peaceful pursuits, they have demonstrated that they have no superiors."

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June 3, 1909



Forty-Five Are Graduated From the
Kansas City Law School -- Judge
John F. Philips Delivers
the Annual Address.

As the name of Miss Helen Crawford Rodgers was called last night by the president of the Kansas City Law School, the entire graduating class rose while the young woman received her diploma. It was the occasion of the twelfth annual commencement exercises which were held at the Willis Wood theater. Forty-five graduates received diplomas.

Out of the forty-five graduates, nine received "cum laude" while one was graduated "summa cum laude." Two of the cum laude graduates were graduates of the University of Missouri.

The senior honors follow:

Summa cum laude, Perry W. Seaton; cum laude, Miss Helen Rodgers, W. H. L. Watts, Samuel A. Dew, John B. Gage, Elbridge Broaddus, Jr., Peter J. Neff, Roy W. Crimm, M. L. Driscoll.

Francis M. Black honor, Samule A. Dew; first junior prize, William Jachems; second junior prize, William E. Morton; first freshman prize, Ray E. McGinnis; second freshman prize, W. E. Dreier.


An orchestra played "Southern Beauties," after which the Rt. Rev. Thomas F. Lillis delivered the invocation. Another selection was then given by the orchestra which played "Dreams."

In the annual address to the graduating class John F. Phillip, judge of the federal courts took occasion to explain to the young lawyers some of the trials and tribulations of the court. He advised the embryo attorneys not to abuse a judge because of an unfavorable opinion rendered.

"At times the courage necessarily possessed by the court must be greater than that taken to face the booming roar of cannon, or the dangers braved by the seamen who outride the storm in order to save a stricken ship. He is often abused and slandered, and is forced to bow his head, trusting in the Almighty power, being conscious of doing no wrong and having implicit confidence that the sun will come from behind the clouds.

"Yours is the most intellectual and honorable of all the professions. And while crowned with pleasures and honors, thorns are liable to creep in but you must remember they must be worn with the pleasures."


The court of appeals had been arraigned and maligned because it had sustained the fundamental principle of law giving every man a fair trial, he said. Continuing, Judge Philips said even the supreme court of the state had been abused because it had reversed a case in which the indictment was shown to be faulty through the omission of the word "the." The speaker informed his audience it was necessary that the indictment have the word "the," thus telling in which state the crime was committed.

Competition among lawyers, Judge Philips declared, was only increasing the number of brighter men. The day of the flamboyant lawyer, he said, was past as the attorney with facts and authorities would swamp him before the vocal oratory had a chance to flow. He named the Magna Carta, Declaration of Independence, and the Constitution as the work of lawyers.


The presentation of the diplomas was by Oliver H. Dean, president of the faculty. In a short address to the students the speaker ridiculed the idea of farmers and merchants making the laws of the country, instead of the lawyers, but advised them not to enter politics.

Congressman William P. Borland, formerly dean of the school, returned from Washington to attend the exercises and to present the honors won by the students.

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November 25, 1908


Purpose of a Parole Board Council
Will Be Asked to Create.

An ordinance is to go to the council next Monday night providing for the appointment of a pardon and parole board, of three members, by the mayor. It was drawn by Frank P. Walsh of the tenement commission, along lines of a measure that was to have been drafted into the new city charter, but which was overlooked. Judge J. V. C. Karnes and W. P. Borland, who served on the board of freeholders, have approved the Walsh plan. It applies to prisoners sent to the work house.

The three members of the board are to determine their terms of office by lot, their terms to be one, two and three years. They are to appoint a secretary, who shall attend daily the sessions of the municipal court and keep the board advised as to the character of cases disposed of. The board is to serve witohout compensation., as shall an attorney if it is thought necessary to appoint one. The pay of the secretary is to be regulated by ordinance.

Authority is given the board to specify conditions under which any prisoner may be paroled or pardoned. Paroled prisoners will at all times be under the control of the board. The secretary is held responsible to safeguard and defend prisoners when they are arraigned in court. The measure is principally for the benefit of boys and women who get into police court and are unable to properly present their defense.

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November 6, 1908


Dr. R. M. Schauffler Says They Do.
Wants Ordinance Enforced.

In a talk before the members of the City Club yesterday at noon, Dr. R. M. Schauffler said that consumption in Kansas City was largely due to the uncleanliness of street cars. He charged the people of Kansas City with spitting on the floors of the cars and the conductors of the cars with making no effort to stop the practice. Dr. Schauffler is strongly in favor of having an ordinance passed compelling all tuberculosis patients to be registered. He is also in favor of building a tuberculosis hospital near Leeds, and he want the city to enforce its anti-spitting ordinance.

A. E. Gallagher, one of the police commissioners, stated that the police board was willing to enforce the law. William P. Borland, congressman-elect, talked upon transportation. He believes that the question may be solved, to an extent, by the improvement of the Missouri river.

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November 4, 1908



Restoration of the Missouri River to
the Map Fails to Impress
Voters as a Noteworthy

"I was elected because the whole Democratic ticket was elected. As I view it the improvement of the Missouri river issue had no effect apparently on my vote. It owuld seem from my majority that they can safely intrust legislation of that character to me." -- William P. Boreland

"The unusually large majorities given the entire Democratic ticket can be accepted as the cause for my defeat. It was a veritable landslide, and it naturally struck me with the rest of the candidates on the Republican ticket." -- E. C. Ellis

One of the surprises of the campaign was the election of W. P. Borland to congress from the Fifth Missouri district, Kansas City and Jackson county, over E. C. Ellis, Republican. The commendable and substantial services of Mr. Ellis in four different sessions of the house of representatives at Washington for the Missouri river improvements had made him a favorite with commercial, business and individual interests regardless of party affiliation. They considered him the best equipped to continue the work so auspiciously commenced. Besides, Mr. Ellis had the distinction of having defeated W. S. Cowherd and Judge William H. Wallace in previous campaigns, and either man was considered stronger with the voters than Mr. Borland.

Mr. Ellis made his campaign on his record of having restored the Missouri river to the map of federal consideration. He based his campaign on promises of secucring a large appropriation from the next congress to make the river navigable, and in view of his past successses along these lines it seemed to be the general opinion of business men that he should again be sent back to Washington. While Borland also said in his speeches that he was for the reclamation of the Missouri, still his treatment of the river in his speeches gives little hope of ultimate results. He maintained that river agitation was more a commercial question than political, and he broadened out on national issues and hammered into the ears of his listneres that if Bryan was to be the president he should have in congress men who are in sympathy with his views.

Mr. Borland was born in Leavenworth, Kas., "on the banks of the Missouri," as he used to tell his auditors. While still a small boy he came to Kansas City in 1880 and finished his education in the schools of this city. He graduated from the law department of the University of Michigan, and organized the Kansas City School of Law. He has never before held or aspired to political office, his only public services being in connection with the board of free-holders that revised the city charter.

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October 11, 1908




After Speaking in Independence He
Is Brought Here in Automobile.

It was a madly driven string of flag-bedecked automobiles that dashed over to Independence yesterday and whisked Candidate William Jennings Bryan to the Parade. Speaches were made at both ends of the trip by the Democratic leaders, adn it all took place within two hours.

It was a regular honk, honk affair, and thirty cars containing at least 150 persons made the trip. On the return, it was a veritable race and several times the pike was blocked with chugging machines, each trying to extricate itself and get to Kansas City first.

Little groups of suburbanites stood at every rural mail box and cheered as the flying autos went by with Mr. Bryan, and then they stayed to cheer the tail of the gasoline propelled comet. It is certain that those who live on the south side of the intercity road will have to clean house today for clouds of dust were stirred up by the wheels of the whizz-wagons. It is also certain that Mr. Bryan, in all the campaign, has never been treated to a more strenuous trip than when he was born over the Jackson county hills by Kansas City's flying automobile squadron.


William P. Borland, congressional aspirant, was holding the crowd of perhaps 2,000 when the Bryan special arrived at Independence. The presidential candidate was led to an auto and taken to the courthouse square, where he was greeted by cheers. He did not speak more than fifteen minutes and when he broke off he told the corwd that he would come back and finish his speech if they would elect him.

"I wish I had the power of Joshua," said Mr. Bryan, "that I might make the sun stand still and talk to you, without encroaching on Kansas City's time. Although I have not the power to control the movements of the sun, I can make the Republicans move.

They have reason to show fright, for the people are now coming to believe that the Democratic party is the one source of relief from present conditions and that through it alone can freedom of speech,, conscience and of the individual to use what he earns, be assured. The Republicans have nurtured predatory wealth which allows the few to prey upon the many. Our creed is that this should be corrected by suffrage, and we plead for an honest election. To get it we must have publicity of campaign contributions that the people may konw the sources of financial influence in carrying on our campaign."


When he finished speaking, a flying wedge formed around Mr. Bryan and broke the way through the crowd to his automobile in the court house yard. It seemed that the chauffeurs hardly took time to crank up, for in a trice the honk-honk procession was off for Kansas City.

"There's another proof that the corporations are agin' us," remarked a Democratic autoist savagely as a long Kansas City Southern train rolled leisurely across the roadway and cut about half of the flying procession from further progress for seven maddening minutes. Nearly twenty cars reluctantly obeyed the stop lever and stood trembling with nervous rage, spitefully repeating all the cuss words in an autombile's vocabulary of profanity. One owner vowed that his French car was chugging, "sacre bleu!" At last the train passed, the gates lifted and just in time to miss being hurdled and the autos dashed forward.


Ten thousand persons must have been awaiting the candidate at the Parade where he made an appeal for more contributions to the campaign fund.

"We have already raised from $160,000 to $180,000 by contributions from the people, in addition to the $40,000 left over from the sum subscribed in Denver to pay for the convention. We have fixed the limit of single contributions at $10,000 but find that we have placed it unnecessarily high. But two or three gifts have been made amounting to more than $1,000. I believe it is better for an administration to owe its election to all the people than to a few favor-seeking corporations. We need at least $100,000 more between now and election day, and Democrats ought to raise it."

"If elected, I promise to call a special session of congress to enact legislation whereby United States Senators shall be elected by a direct vote of the people. I believe there should be a department of labor, with its head in the president's cabinet. The laborers are entitled to it, and I want a representative of labor with who m to consult in the event that I am made president."

After taking a few facetious raps at President Roosevelt on the strength of his proposed African hunting trip, and at Longworth for expressing the wish that his father-in-law may be elected eight years hence, Mr. Bryan stopped, and was whirled through the downtonw streets in his auto to the Hanibal bridge, where he deaprted for St. Joseph.

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October 6, 1907


3,000 Listen to Democratic Speakers.

Enthusiasm reached a high state at the opening of the Democratic campaign in Kansas City last night. Four thousand people crowded into the Armory at Fourteenth street and Michgan avenue to hear the issues and principles of the Democratic platform discussed by Ward Headley of Kentucky; Frank S. Monnett of Ohio, and James A. Reed and William P. Borland.

William T. Kemper acted as chairman of the meeting. At 8 o'clock the speakers had not arrived and he introduced William P. Borland.

"The Democratic party is the only party which is running its own candidate and he is running against two men," he said. "Taft is the proxy of Roosevelt; Higsen the proxy of Hearst. The antics of the Republican campaign would be good food for the humorists."

Ward Headley of Kentucky made good with the crowd. He is an interesting talker. He articulates well, speaks fluently and mixed just enough humor with his talk to keep the closest attention of his audience.

"There is only one great issue in this campaign," he began. "That is whether the Americans shall control their government or whether the trusts and corporations shall govern it. The Democracy is united this year for the first time in many campaigns. It isn't harmony from inactivity, but it is the desire to again gain control of our government."

Frank S. Monnett of Ohio, who led the oil fight in that state on the Standard Oil company, used many figures in his speech. He confined himself mostly to the various monopolies with which he had dealt and produced figures to show the falsity of Taft's statements in Kansas last week when Taft said that the price of corn was higher during Republican administrations than during the Democratic administrations.

The speech of James A. Reed brought cheer after cheer. The crowd had listened to other orators for two hours, but they were as eager to hear the Kansas City man as they were the first speaker. His speech was confined mostly to state politics. He also took a gentle jab at Taft's religious zeal.

"So Taft came to town Sunday and went to church three times?" he asked, beginning his talk. "And to think that he never was in a church in his life until he entered this campaign. They told us he was Unitarian and that he believed in neither hell nor heaven. Why, he hadn't been in town fifteen minutes until he began to feel the holy thrill of religion. Who knew our atmosphere affected strangers so queerly?

"Then he went to church looking for salvation. It was only the religious fervor and zeal which took him there. Nothing else could have induced him to go. Once wasn't enough so he tried it twice more in the same day. Then, in order that he could be baptized in every kind of religion he went to the church of the colored brethren to be anointed therein. Let us rise in prayer with Mr. Taft."

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June 28, 1908


Senator Warner Is Cheered by Bat-
tery B When He Voices Sentiment.

"I was foolish enough to vote for four new bttleships and I would vote for sixteen more if I thought they were needed to preserve the peace of this country."

Senator William Warner made this statement last night at the banquet of Battery B of the Third regiment at the Coate house, and the boys of Battery B gave him cheer after cheer. Senator Warner's eminent standing with the militia was further evidenced when he said that he believed in the army and the navy, but peace above all.

"But I would fight for peace," he said, and that pleased the embryonic soldiers more than ever.

The state and the nation is doing right in contibuting to the militia, according to the senator, and he assured the young men that he stood ready and willing to co-operate with them in anything that would obtain for the good of the service.

This was the third annual banquet of Batery B of the Kansas City list artillery. Dr. J. Thomas Pittman was the toastmaster and Senator William Warner one of the guests. Warren E. Comstock paid a poetic tribute to the late Col. R. H. Hunt.

These were the other speakers: The Rev. Herbert E. Waters, invocation; Captain George R. Collins, "The Battery"; Fred A. Boxley, "Power of the New Gun"; W. P. Borland, "The Citizen Soldier"; T. T. Crittenden, Sr., "Civic Benefits From the Guard"; Herbert E. Waters, "An Empire and Its Builder."

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