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December 16, 1909


Speakers at Phantom Club Banquet
Show Steady Growth.

Members of the Phantom Club, organized on Friday, the thirteenth of December, four years ago, gave its second annual banquet last night at the Hotel Baltimore. Mayor Crittenden and prominent men about town were the guests of honor. Festus O. Miller was the toastmaster.

After a vocal solo by Lewis H. Scurlock, A. M. Kathrens, the president, reviewed the history of the club. He spoke of its organization and of its steady growth. It now has its own quarters at 1032 Penn street.

Other sentiments were responded to as follows:

"Phantoms in the Future," K. G. Rennic; "Club Fellowship," James West French; "Club Benefits," Estell Scott; "Good of the Order," Samuel Eppstein; "Topics," Clyde Taylor; "Remarks," Thomas R. Marks; "Narratives," Judge Harry G. Kyle.

Mayor Crittenden also spoke.

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December 2, 1909



Hoodoo to a Chicago Saloon, Brought
to Kansas City by a Bartender,
and Sold to a Doctor for
a Small Sum.

Homeless, disowned and an outcast, the mounted form of a once giant saurian occupies floor space -- by sufferance only -- in Schaefer's buffet on Wyandotte and Twelfth streets. It changed ownership three times yesterday and is now the property of Dr. James O. Lee, who before he can remove it from the saloon must build an addition to his office.

Ten years ago Dan Flannigan, a saloonkeeper at Twenty-second street and Wabash avenue, Chicago, loaned a curio man $10 on the stuffed "gator," which was twelve feet long, and its age estimated all the way from 1,000 to 2,000 years. A taxidermist said it was worth at least $50 to mount the reptile, so Flannigan thought he was in the clear.


Joe O'Brien was a bartender at Flannigan's, and he helped put the gator on a shelf in the saloon. From that time on, it was said Flannigan's business suffered reverses. Whether the look that a man would give the 'gator w hen he stepped in the saloon sobered him or made him think that he "had 'em" or whether the 'gator was just a hoodoo Flannigan never decided.

When O'Brien left for Kansas City five years ago, however, Flannigan gave him the saurian. O'Brien shipped the thing along with his household furniture, and the story is told around the freight house that three pay checks still await the claim of negro laborers who looked in the car.

The 'gator passed into several hands and for a couple of years was a showpiece in an Eighth street saloon. Then it came into possession of Jack Murty of 1031 Wyandotte street, who put it in the window of his cleaning establishment. This show got tiresome after a while and he placed it farther back in his store. All his friends admired it, but none would purchase it.

One day W. C. Schaefer happened in. Yes, he would purchase the stuffed reptile. He would give all of $3 for it. Murty clasped his hand to seal the bargain. Yesterday morning four men carried the 'gator to Schaefer's saloon. Not until it was deposited on the floor did Schaefer realize that an elephant would have taken up less room.


"Give him to me," said his brother Al.

"All right," responded Schaefer and the deal was closed. A short while later Dr. Lee happened in. He could use the 'gator all right and would give $2.50 for him. Again Mr. 'Gator was sold. Dr. Lee had forgotten to measure him before he purchased him and when he discovered that the reptile was 12 feet long and a yard wide, he discovered that he did not want him as bad as he had a short while before. The Schaefers would not take him back as a gift.

A carpenter gave Dr. Lee an estimate on an addition which will have to be built into his office to accommodate the alligator. Meanwhile "Ivory," the porter, will have to mop around Mr. Gator.

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September 11, 1909


Vice President Is Interested Spec-
tator and Felt at Home in Los-
ing Town, Being a Wash-
ington Fan.
Vice President Sherman, Watching the Kansas City Blues Lose.

Even in the presence of Vice President James S. Sherman at the local ball farm did not break the hoodoo which has been tagging at the heels of the Blues for more than a month and Minneapolis won the second game of the series by a score of 3 to 2.

Lucky for the Hon. Mr. Sherman, it was a good game and was not won until the last man was out, which kept the vice president and his hosts, D. J. Dean and C. F. Holmes, in their seats until the players started for the club house. Mr. Sherman was a very interested spectator. He was very careful to criticise decisions of Umpire Owens, one of which was very close and the vice president did not agree with his umps. However, after expressing his disapproval of the decision he donned the Sherman smile and enjoyed the rest of the conflict.

The vice president was not at all distraught because the team lost. If fact if it had won he would not have felt at home. He has been accustomed to attending the games in Washington, where the fans all have an idea they are in Boston, Philadelphia or Detroit every time the Senators win a game, which is so seldom that few Washington fans remember when Cantillon's men won the last game at home. therefore, Mr. Sherman was accustomed to the losing habit. "That was a good game," he said upon leaving the park. "That is as good as we ever see at home." No fan took exception to this remark but the Blues have actually won more games than Washington this season.


Mr. Sherman and his friends had a special box and only a few fans who knew the vice president by sight knew he was in the ball park. Mr. Sherman showed by his interest in the game that he is a loyal fan. Not a play was pulled off but what he expressed approval or disapproval of the way it was done. Several good stops and catches caused him to applaud the players making them. Whenever a timely hit was made the vice president smiled and once or twice this smile turned into a frown because the next player struck out.

"Ducky" Swann, local southpaw, and "Long Tom" Hughes, late of the Washington team of the American league, were pitted against each other in a great pitchers' battle. Swann really did better work than Hughes, although the home run put him into a hole he could not get out of. Vice President Sherman recognized Hughes, having seen him play several times this year, and spoke very cordially to the big "spit ball" artist.

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December 7, 1907


G. G. Mason Didn't Wish to Be Tried
Next Friday, the 13th.

When the case of G. G. Mason, a negro, was called yesterday morning in Justice Miller's court Mason's attorney asked Justice Miller to continue the case one week.

"No you don't," declared Mason, shaking his head. "A week from today is Friday and it's the 13th, too. Can't you make it some day where I could have an even chance?"

Justice Miller set the case for December 17.

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May 15, 1907


Patrolman Charles Lorton Finally
Compromises on No. 63.

"Here, chief, take this star back and give me some other number. I am not at all superstitions, but inasmuch as I took the job on the 13th and you gave me no. 13 star, I would rather not play that number too strong."

Patrolman Charles Lorton made the above remarks as he walked in to Chief Bowden's office, Kansas City, Kas., yesterday morning and turned over the star given him the day before. Chief Bowden smiled and jokingly said that the 13 star was the only one left.

"Well, if that's the case I guess I would rather walk my beat without any star at all," continued Officer Lorton.

After arguing with the man for twenty minutes trying to convince him there was no "hoodoo" connected with star 13, but without success, Chief Bowden gave the new officer star 63.

The chief had a like experience with Officer Jake Canary when he was given the skidoo star, 23. However, Canary was game and has worn it ever since. He was reappointed under the new administration and now he is satisfied that there is no such thing as a "hoodoo."

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