March 29, 1907


Information Against the Publisher
of Plain Talk Filed by Prosecutor.

Detective Matt Kenney went to room 429 New Ridge building yesterday afternoon and arrested Wilford B. Smith, editor of a publication called Plain Talk, which is published in Kansas City, Kas. The first issue came out in January and there have been three issues since.

Chief Hayes has been investigating the matter ever since the last issue and Wednesday it was brought to the attention of the police commissioners. They requested I. B. Kimbrell to take some action: Yesterday morning he drew up an information charging Smith with the publication of a paper devoted chiefly to scandal. The general charge is a violation of section 2176 of the Revised Statutes.

Smith was taken at once to police headquarters and booked and as Justice Shoemaker was found in his office he was taken there and arraigned about 5:30 p. m. He pleaded not guilty and was released on a $500 bond signed by Harry G. Longnecker, who offices with Smith. The preliminary hearing was set for April 3.