April 30, 1907

The Carriage of Mrs. Claude Carlat
Stopped at Eleventh.

A driverless team, drawing a closed carriage in which Mrs. Claude A. Carlat and her little daughter were imprisoned, galloped along Walnut street from Ninth to Eleventh street yesterday just before noon. Swerving to avoid a coming street car and shying at an excavation their speed was so checked at Eleventh that one of the horses could be seized by the reins and stopped.

T. H. Graham, the coachman, ahd left the team to go into a store. He had no explanation to offer as to why he did it.
April 30, 1907

Asks Divorce and Alimony -- Other
Cases in Independence.

Margaret J. Holmes commenced suit for divorce yesterday in the circuit court in Independence, against Guy Holmes, whom she charges with desertion. They were married September 23, 1896, and separated February 12, 1907. Mrs. Holmes askes for the custody of her 9-year old son, Robert Stone Holmes. She asks for alimony for the support of herself and child, and alleges that her husband is able to pay alimony, but does not specify his property in the petition.

Other suits for divorce filed in Independence were: Robert E. Aiken against Mollie Aiken, Lillian Bouldin against James B. Bouldin, Wilburn J. Phillips against Carrie Phillips, and Carrie Stewart against David C. Stewart.
April 30, 1907

Senator Warner Will Take the Case
Up With the Department Today.

WASHINGTON, April 29. -- (Special.) Senator Warner will take up the Charles Anderson pardon matter with the president and attorney general Tuesday.

J. M. Kennedy, secretary to Representative Ellis, has classified the petitions and got them in shape so the attorney general can go through them rapidly. He will take them to the department of justice and will be accompanied by Senator Warner.

"I do not apprehend any trouble geting the pardon," said Senator Warner, "although it may not come for a few days."
April 29, 1907

How an Orpheum Audience Lost a
Head-Line Performance.

The throwing of a beer keg to the stage floor to give the audience the impression that an inebriated man was rolling down stairs cost the Orpheum its headline act for two performances yesterday. The Finneys, champion swimmers, who perform in a big glass tank filled with water, had everything ready for their number and were standing in the wings awaiting their Turn. Frank Mostyn Kelly and E. H. Calvert were presenting their playlet, "Tom and Jerry," in which one of them is supposed to fall down stairs. To get the proper bumping effect a beer keg is bounced on the stage. It bounced. And then there followed a report like that of a pistol. The stage employes rushed back and found the water spurting from three great cracks in the plate glass in the front of the tank. Buckets and rags were gotten to catch the flow and the performers dashed below to their dressing rooms to get their clothes out of the way. Manager Lehman came on the stage when the Finneys' turn came and announced to the audience that they would not be able to go on. The shattered glass was shown. This was the first time in fifteen years that he had had to announce a disappointment of an act because of an accident. He telephoned at once to Omaha, where the Finneys have an extra tank, and it will be here this morning in time for this afternoon's performance.
April 29, 1907

Two Afternoons to Be Given Them at
Electric Park.

It has been decided to devote two afternoons of each week to children's parties to be given in the fine new ball room at Electric park. Miss Gertrude Wagner, a dancing teacher, has been engaged to oversee these parties, and there will be free dancing lessons for all children who come to them. Until school is out the childrens' parties will be given on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, but when the school year is over the parties may be more frequent. The instruction in dancing is to be entirely free to juvenile pupils. After the little people get to dancing, there will be more childrens' cotillions, and masquerade parties. Miss Wagner, will, of course, be the superintendent of these parties though the children's parents may come as spectators.
April 30, 1907

"Aunt Ellen" Phillips, 101, Was a
Slave of Cassius M. Clay.

SEDALIA, MO., April 29. -- (Special.) Mrs. Ellen Phillips, a negress aged 101 years, died today at her home in Georgetown. She was a native of Kentucky, and before the war was a slave in the family of Colonel Cassius M. Clay. "Aunt Ellen" lived in this county for more than fifty years.
April 29, 1907

Mrs. Henry E. Lantry Will Add a
Dormitory to St Anthony's Home.

Mrs. Henry E. Lantry, of 318 West Armour boulevard, has announced to the directors of the St. Anthony's Hospital and Infants' home that she intended to fit up a dormitory of twenty beds in the new building in memory of her son, Henry Jordan Lantry, who died about four months ago. The cost of establishing the memorial room will be about $500.

The women in charge of the home are planning to open the new building in memory of her son, Henry Jordan Lantry, who died about four months ago. The cost of establishing the memorial room will be about $500.

The women in charge of the home are planning to open the new building formally about May 15. Already enough rooms have been fitted through the generosity of friends of the institution to warrant the regular opening. John Long recently furnished an entire suite of eight rooms, and a ward large enough to accommodate fifteen beds. Duff and Repp Furniture Company and the Peck Dry Goods Company have each furnished a reception room in cozy fashion, and the Jones Dry Goods Company are donating the furnishings for a private bed room.

It is planned to make the opening an elaborate affair, in the form of a "pound party," and the management will be assisted by the Elks and the Knights of Columbus lodges. A musical programme will be arranged for the occasion.

St. Anthony's home is a maternal hospital, an infants' home and a day nursery. It is located on Twenty-third street between Walrond and College avenues. The building movement, of which the present commodious structure was the result, was launched several months ago at a meeting addressed by Archbishop Ireland. Donations of from 50 cents to hundreds of dollars were received by the committee in charge until enough money was raised to warrant the building.
April 28, 1907


Father Gives Consent and She Returns to Home
Where She Was Marguerite Jackels--
Ready to Get a Divorce,
She Says.

Less than ten days of married life proved to Mr. and Mrs. Walter D. Smith, 20 and 19 years old, respectively, that the path of matrimony may e a thorny one. Mrs. Smith, formerly Miss Marguerite Jackles, the daughter of Charles F. Jackels, 3653 Harrison, left the roof of her mother-in-law, 1809 East Seventh street, last Thursday evening and returned to the home of her parents, where she declares she will remain.

The marriage of the two, which, in reality, was an elopement, a week ago last Wednesday afternoon, created considerable interest on account of aid given them by young Smith's father, in the face of strong objections made by the young woman's parents.

The young woman was a student of Miss Bigelow's private school, and on the date of her elopement attended the morning session. Walter Smith, who is the son of Sigel D. Smith, a cigar salesman, had left Central high school in January. The two had been sweethearts since childhood, but several months before their elopement the Jackels had forbade him coming to their home. On the day of their marriage the couple met and went to the court house, where the elder Smith was waiting. After procuring the license, a drive to the home of Rev. George H. Combs, pastor of the Independence Boulevard Christian church, was made, and in the presence of the father and mother of young Smith the knot was tied. Mr. Jackels, who is a traveling salesman, was away at the time, but when Mrs. Jackels heard of the marriage, three hours after it had taken place, she hurried to police headquarters to enlist the services of the police in helping her to locate the two. She heard that they were at the Kupper hotel, and there she rushed, to find that they had taken dinner there and gone. There was nothing for her to do then but to send a telegram to her husband. This was done, and the father of the girl hurried back to Kansas City. The couple had gone to the home of young Smith's parents to live, and word was sent by the father to his daughter that he would never consent to his son-in-law entering his home, but for her the latchstring would always hang on the outside.

For several days there was not a ruffle to mar the happiness of the two, but about the fourth day the young bride began to show discontent. The Smiths did all in their power to make surroundings pleasant for her, but to no avail. Last Monday she called up her parents by telephone, and asked her father if she might return home and bring her husband.

The reply was firmly in the negative, the father repeating his edict against young Smith ever entering his home. Wednesday she called her father up again and asked if she could return home, this time alone.

"I want to come home so badly, father," she pleaded. "I am sorry I did it. I wish I hadn't got married."

"Marguerite, I am sorry, too," replied the father, "but live with him a year, and then if you want to, come back you may."

Left alone Thursday morning by her husband, the girl brooded over her troubles, and, at last, declaring that she could no longer stand it, for the third time called up her father.

"Please let me come now," she said appealingly. "Let me get a divorce. I cannot stand this any longer."

The father finally gave in to his daughter's pleadings, and, accordingly to arrangements she met her father at the home of a girl friend, and the two returned home together.

"I am so happy to get back to my home," she declared. "It seems so good to have my mamma and papa, and be here right in my own home. I don't see whatever possessed me to do as I did. I will ever leave it again. I will never return to my husband under any circumstances."

Mr. Jackels said last night that so long as his daughter was happy he was satisfied with conditions.

"Of course, the marriage of my daughter was an unfortunate occurrence," he said. "it was a misstep on her part, but we are all ready to forgive her. Nothing has been decided as to what further will be done regarding obtaining a legal separation, but Marguerite will go back to school and complete her education. However, she will not go to school again in Kansas City. We had planned before to send her away to school next year and this former plan will be carried out."

Young Smith was out of the city last night. He went away Friday morning on business, according to his father, but will return within a few days.

"My son's wife received the best kind of treatment at our house," said Mr. Smith. "We treated her as if she were our own daughter and so far as her surroundings being made pleasant, everything possible was done by us to accomplish that end. Everything would have gone along nicely had not the influence of the girl's parents been brought so strongly to bear upon the young woman. Homesickness seized the girl."
April 27, 1907

Walking across a lawn of newly laid sod, regardless of the sign, "Keep Off the Grass," cost S. Wooley, a milkman, a beating with a broomstick. But George Kaiser, the janitor of the flats at 2111 Prospect, who put up the sign and the fight, had to make an agreement with the county prosecutor to plead guilty to common assault and pay a $40 fine and serve a thirty-day jail sentence in order to avoid prosecution in Justice Miller's court for felonious assault.
April 27, 1907

Firemen Learn Something New About
Gas Grates in Flats.

Something new in gas grates was discovered by the fire department yesterday. Responsible for the discovery is the fact that natural gas makes too hot a fire for a tin flue which answers all right when artificial gas is used.

A row of two-story flats at 508 to 514 West Twentieth street is constructed with 2 1/2 inch tin pipes inside the walls to serve as flues for grates on both first and second floors. These pipes did not end in a chimney on the roof. They simply connected with ventilators. Yesterday morning, twenty-four hours after natural gas was turned on into that district the tin tube in L. Gardner's flat on the second floor at No. 510 had burned through and flames burning from there to the roof did $400 damage before the arrival of the fire department.
April 27, 1907

Otherwise Little Ones Might Have
Been Burned.

A house set afire by children yesterday was saved by another child, Willie Walker, who lives at 213 West Eighteenth street. He was passing by Mrs. B. F. Stine's home at 12 West Sixteenth and saw window curtains afire. Mrs. Stine had gone shopping and left two small children at home who improved their opportunity to play with matches. But for the neighbor boy's discovery and prompt action the lives of the little innocent mischief makers might have been lost. As it was the fire was extinguished with only a trifling loss.
April 27, 1907

Was Testifying Against Her Husband
in South City Court.

Mrs. Mary Lovalette fainted in the South city court, Armourdale, yesterday morning while testifying at the preliminary hearing of her husband, Charles Lovalette, who was charged with assaulting her with intent to kill. Mrs. Lovalette swore out a warrant for the arrest of her husband last week. He immediately left the city and was arrested and brought back to Kansas City, Kas., Sunday. Judge Newhall, of the South city court, bound Lovalette over to the district court and placed his bond at $1,000. County Attorney Joseph Taggart said yesterday that in case Lovalette succeeds in giving bond for his appearance in court he will probably put him under additional bond to keep the peace.
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In Washington It Is Believed Pardon
Will Be Granted -- Barnes, the In-
former, Hints Darkly of
Sensations Yet to

A dispatch from Washington last night said that President Roosevelt has not yet received the application for pardon for Charles W. Anderson. However, he discussed the matter yesterday with people who are interested in the case, and while he will not state in advance what action he will take when the application arrives, it is the opinion of his advisers that he will readily grant a pardon.

An Associated Press dispatch from Washington says an application for the pardon of Anderson has reached Washington, and has been referred to the department of justice for examination into the records and for recommendation.

A petition expected to bear at least 20,000 names of people in Kansas City and vicinity, who sanction the release of Charles Anderson from the United States penitentiary at Leavenworth, will be forwarded to Senator William Warner this evening in turn to be submitted to the president. On the 600 or more petitions that have been circulated, more than 15,000 names had been recorded yesterday, and hundreds of letters were received by the legal committee and by those at whose places of business petitions were placed. These letters were from out-of-town people as well as persons living in the city, and all expressed the same sentiment regarding the man's release. Some were from close friends of Anderson and his family, and spoke of the man's good character, his honesty and devotion to his family, and especially his sobriety. Men who had known Anderson in a business way attested convincingly to his honesty , and neighbors to his family devotion.

All day long at places where there were petitions people went to sign. Along Twelfth street, in the neighborhood where Anderson lived and where he had been in business, his arrest and prospective release was the principal topic of discussion. Up to late in the evening people appeared singly and in groups to sign the petition at Phipps & Durbow's grocery store, at Twelfth and Holmes streets. Some of them came from their homes as far as two miles away, and one man, 72 years old, drove from Independence yesterday afternoon to enter his name upon the list of signers.

On a petition circulated yesterday among the lawyers of the city by James Garner, and attorney in the New York Life building, the names of a hundred or so of Kansas City's leading members of the legal profession were signed. Among all of the attorneys approached on the matter by Mr. Garner, but two refused to sign.
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Still Missing at Midnight.

Has B. F. Barnes, informant against Charles W. Anderson, the escaped convict, left the city, or made way with himself during a fit of remorse over his act? Mrs. Barnes, though greatly worried, believes her husband will return and satisfactorily account for his mysterious absence.

He disappeared from his place of business at 2845 Southwest boulevard yesterday morning, and at midnight last night had not been heard from by his family. Before leaving he told his wife that he was going "uptown." He added that he probably would not be home until late. He did not return for luncheon nor for dinner in the evening, and when he had not returned at midnight his wife began to feel some concern about him.

"I don't see what is keeping him," she repeated time and again as she paced the floor, now and then stopping to gaze longingly out the window. She carried her infant baby in her arms and spoke at times consolingly to her 6 -year-old boy.

"My husband never stayed away from home this way before," said Mrs. Barnes, "and for that reason I feel concerned about him now. This recent trouble has weighed heavily upon both of us, more so than most people, I think, suppose. My husband has been placed in the wrong light by the people, and the same conception as has been formed of his character has been taken of me. There are two sides to this matter, just as there are to most cases of this kind, but the impulsiveness of the people has caused them to take snap judgment on us for what has been done, with the result that we must suffer worse than really is our lot.

"There is an underlying reason for what my husband did, but what that reason is we will not discuss now. I am sorry for the whole thing, as is my husband, and though I have suffered -- God knows I have suffered -- I hold no resentment toward the public or Mr. Anderson. My sympathies fare with Mrs. Anderson and her baby, and for their sakes I hope the president will pardon him."

Mrs. Barnes is a neat appearing woman, a brunette, and comely, and of intelligent and refined appearance. She conducts a bakery and confectionery adjoining the harness store of her husband, and has been doing a profitable business. The family live in three rooms in the rear of the store. A woman friend of the family has been staying at the Barnes home during the past several days, and has assisted in taking care of the household.
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They Show That Barnes Turned
Informer for $60 Reward

Here is the correspondence through which William January, once a prisoner, afterwards Charles W. Anderson, model citizen, was apprehended, later arrested and taken back to the federal prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kas., and on account of which, as William January, he is again wearing stripes while the wife and little daughter are left helpless at home:

"Kansas City, Mo., March 21, '07
To the Warden.
Dear Sirs: -- I understand that you have a man that escaped from the old prison in 1898 by the name of January. His number was 892 or 292 or some such number. If you will send me his picture I will loket him for the reward and expenses. Let me know by return mail or telephone me."

The informer signed his name with a rubber stamp. His name is Barnes and he is a harness maker. In a few days another letter was forwarded to Warden R. W. McClaughry. It bore no date and read:

"As I have not heard from you in regard to the prisoner by the name of Bill January. I have still got him located easy to get. You send a man down and I will tell him or show him where he is at. I would arrest him but I don't want anyone to know it. I found it out on the quiet and may find out more. Write me about what to do. I will show him up for the reward of $60."

Again Barnes, who possibly can't write plain enough to be read, signed his name with the rubber stamp. He was trafficking in a human being for which he was to get $60 -- but he did not want to be known. On March 22 Warden R. W. McClaughry wrote to Barnes as follows:

"Your letter of March 21 came to hand. In reply I have to say that a prisoner named William January, No. 308 (clothes 272) did make his escape from the United States penitentiary at Fort Leavenworth, Kas., on the night of December 9, 1898, and is still at large.

His present whereabouts are unknown to us. He is still wanted by the United States government on the charge of being a fugitive from the penitentiary.

I will pay the reward of sixty dollars ($60) for his arrest and detention until delivered to an officer from this penitentiary, or I will pay in addition to the reward the actual and reasonably incurred expenses between the place of arrest and this penitentiary on condition that the right man is delivered here. Will be pleased to hear from you at an early date. We have plenty of means to positively identify the man if he is delivered here. "

I seems that no more letters passed between Warden McClaughry and the informer, Barnes. Instead, however, the warden wrote to Chief of Police John Hayes on April 18 as follows, sending Barnes' letter:

"Inclosed find copies of correspondence which I have had with a man in your city a Mr. -----Barnes of No. -----. I do not know anything about this man Barnes, but rather suspect that he is a former prisoner from this penitentiary and that he is well acquainted with the escaped prisoner, William January, No. 272, whom we want back here to serve the unexpired part of his term which he owes here. I will pay $60 (sixty dollars) for the arrest and detention of January until he is safely delivered to an officer from this penitentiary. I will be very much obliged if you will kindly detail a couple of officers to go and see this man Barnes and see if they can get this man January. If your officers learn that January is out of Kansas City please call me up on the telephone and I will decide what to do about it. Thank you in advance for anything you may do for me in this matter, I remain, Very respectfully, R. W. MCCLAUGHRY, Warden."

The correspondence was given into the hands of Detectives Oldham and Ghent, with instructions to see Barnes. They did so on strict instructions from Chief Hayes to arrest January on view and bring him in. It has not been so stated, but it seems rather odd that January should have been arrested on the same street where Barnes has a small business., but it looks as if the escaped man may have been called down there for some purpose or other by the man who sought only the $60 reward. The detectives carried a photograph of the man wanted. Barnes identified it as that of Charles W. Anderson.

"When the man was pointed out to us on the street," the detectives said yesterday, "we arrested him, just as we would have arrested any other man for whom we had been sent out. The first thing Barnes mentioned to us was the reward. We told him that was a matter purely between him and the warden, as we expected no reward and were only sent to arrest January on orders from the chief.

"If it is true that Barnes cannot receive the reward after all, on account of some technicality, we want to state right now that not one penny will be touched by us. We knew nothing of Anderson's life here and never knew he was married and had a little baby until after the arrest. Even had we known that, however, acting under orders as we were, we still would have been compelled to arrest him."

Mrs. Charles W. Anderson, leading her little girl by the hand, went to police headquarters yesterday afternoon to ask only one question.

"What is the name of the man who caused my husband's arrest and where does he live?"

She was given all the information and told just how the arrest was brought about. "That man may have a wife, perhaps children, too," she said, as big tears trickled down her pale cheeks. "If he has I hope that they may never be caused to suffer as I am suffering now on account of the greed of a despicable informer." She made no note of the man's name, saying that she could never forget it as long as she lived. Then she and the little girl left the station hand in hand.
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A movement was suggested by members of the Red Cross mission to start a subscription list among business men of the city to raise funds for the support of Mrs. Charles Anderson and her little daughter, but to this Mrs. Anderson has not given consent. She declared that the people were already doing so much for her in trying to obtain the release of her husband that to ask more would be imposing upon the generosity of the people.
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"I Want to See Myself Right on This
Anderson Case," He Said.

Ben T. Barnes, the informer, yesterday called up Chief Hayes and said: "Here, chief, I want to set myself right on this turning up of Anderson. I want you to know that I--"

"I haven't anything on earth to do with the case," replied the chief, "further than to make the arrest on request of Warden McClaughry."

"They've raised such a rumpus about this thing that I want the officers to know that --"

"Tell that to Warden McClaughry," broke in Chief Hayes again. "All of your dealings were with him, not with me. My men dealt with you only on request from the warden. Talk to him."

"I guess I'll have to," replied Barnes. "I want to set myself right on this thing pretty soon."

"I don't see how any man could see that wife and little baby and then have the heart to take away their only support," said the chief as he turned away. "When a thing like that is put up to an officer, as this case was to us, there is no other course to pursue but arrest the man. What I can't understand is why information should be given against a man who was leading the upright life Anderson was. Had he still been living a criminal life, I could understand it better."
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Apropos of the Anderson case, the Helping Hand comes forward with a few stories of men who, laboring under religious excitement, gave themselves up to serve out unexpired terms in prison.
"I remember well one night about eight or nine years ago," said Mr. Mitchell, of that institution. "Rev. Dr. Shawhan was preaching. Testimonials were asked for. A tall man arose in the audience and came forward. 'It means something for me to give my testimony here tonight,' he said. 'It means that I will have to go back to the Colorado penitentiary at Canon City and serve a term of ten years, but I mean to do it.'
"There was a reward for $500 for the capture of that man," went on Mr. Mitchell. "He walked straight over to police headquarters, where his picture was on the wall with the advertised reward. He gave himself up and went back willingly. That man wanted to give the reward to the Helping Hand for slum work, but it was not accepted. The police nearly had a fit when that man gave himself up and $500 went to the bowwows."
E. T. Bringham told a story of another man who, after a service, went around to Rev. Mr. Shawhan's office on Fourth street and told him that he was wanted in Leavenworth. He was not believed until the prison was called up and an officer said: "Sure, we want that man. We'll send an officer down after him right away."
"Never mind," Rev. Mr. Shawhan replied' "he'll come up himself." And they say that he did.
Then they told the story of a man named Lynn. He and a "pal had planned to "crack" a safe in St. Louis, and were to go out that night on a Missouri Pacific train.
"Hiding from the police," said Mr. Brigham, "they secreted themselves under the steps while the gospel meeting was going on. When it was about over, Lynn came forward and said, 'My pal has flown, but here I am, ready to give up. I have served three terms in the pen, and I don't want too serve any more. Here are the plans of the 'crib' we were to crack in St. Louis tomorrow night."
In order to get that man home to his mother in the North, we had to get a letter from Chief Hayes to act as a pass, and his photograph was in every rogues' gallery in the country. He had learned the shoe trade in Jefferson City. He went home, went to work in a shop. After a time he was made foreman, and now he is one of the managers of a big concern."
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Adds His Recommendation for the
Pardon of Anderson.

Chief of Police John Hayes is one who believes that Charles Anderson has not had a square deal. he wrote the following letter to Congressman E. C. Ellis yesterday. It explains itself:

Hon. E. C. Ellis.
Dear Sir:--I have investigated the case of and talked with a great many people who are well acquainted with William January, alias Charles W. Anderson. They have known him for nine years and all say that they have known him as a good, law abiding citizen. As far as my investigation has gone this man has shown himself to be all the people say about him. He has led an honest and upright life since he has been in this city and considering the circumstances as they have arisen, and the upright manner in which he has conducted himself, I cannot to otherwise than recommend his pardon.

His wife and child deserve consideration in the case and they surely have the sympathy of nine-tenths of the good people of Kansas City. He made a mistake at one time in his life, but I am convinced that he has fully atoned for the error and should have the greatest consideration at the hands of a merciful people. Trusting that all efforts tending toward the speedy pardon of Charles W. Anderson may meet with success, I remain, truly and sincerely, JOHN HAYS, Chief of Police.

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A petition for the pardon of C. W. Anderson, which was circulated yesterday, was signed by all the county officials and all the circuit judges except one, the latter agreeing to add his signature today. In the city hall all the city officials signed but three, who could not be seen.

Petitions were circulated all over town by all classes of people. The Rev. John Sauer, pastor of the German Lutheran church at 1317 Oak street, will circulate a petition among the members of his church. Merchants in this city and in Kansas City, Kas., and Armourdale, secured copies of the petition and will ask for signatures among their customers.

Last night there were 600 petitions in circulation and it was estimated that 8,000 persons had signed. More than a thousand signers were secured to a petition that was circulated among the passengers of street cars yesterday. The man with the petitions would board a loaded car, go through it requesting the signatures of the passengers and get off at the next transfer point. Here he would board another car, repeating the former performance. At 6 o'clock he stated that he had secured more than 900 names and that only four time had a signature been refused.

At the meeting of the Episcopal Church Club at the Savoy hotel last night a petition was presented by Rev. Father J. Stewart Smith of St. Mary's church and signed by every member present, about fifty altogether. The motion to present the petition was seconded by Rev. Edward B. Woodruff of St. George's church.

Hundreds of names were attached to petitions circulated at the city hall yesterday asking for the immediate release of Anderson. Mayor Beardsley was about the first to sign.

"If what I have read in the newspapers concerning Anderson is right," said the mayor, "he should be given his liberty."

Last night
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"The Informer" Who Betrayed Charles
Anderson in Hope of $60 Reward.

Ben T. Barnes, an ex-convict, who conducts a harness shop at 2845 Southwest boulevard, is the person who betrayed Charles Anderson into the hands of the law.

Barnes has no regret for his act.

The tears of the heartbroken Mrs. Anderson have failed to touch a softer side of his nature. The blight cast by his act upon the name of the innocent Anderson child brings him no twinge of remorse.

Barnes knows the horrors of prison stripes -- the encircled his body for months. He knows the terrible penalty society inflicts upon its wayward members, even after they have satisfied the judgment of the law. Yet, with scheming, deliberate, cruel malevolence he consigned a fellow being who was leading an upright, honest life, respected by his neighbors, happy in his home, to a fate as pitiless as the tomb.

He sent Charles Anderson back to walled-in cells of steel, wrecked a home where love was the guiding spirit, and for what?

Was it for the $60 reward the government pays for escaped convicts?

Barnes says it was not. His letters to the prison warden tell an entirely different story.

In his home in Southwest boulevard Barnes gave his reasons for "turning up." He said: "But the public evidently wants escaped convicts to be left at large, and, as far as I'm concerned, they can have the rest of them free, since they think the law is wrong.

"It would never have been done if it had not been put up to me in such a shape that I was bound to do it for the benefit to myself. Anyone who had been in my place and under obligations to tote fair with officers, would have done the same thing. I am hoping and working to have my citizenship restored, and I was told by interested persons to 'come through' with the whereabouts of this man, and it was business for me to do it.

"It would never have been done if it had not been put up to me in such a shape that I was bound to do it for the benefit to myself. Anyone who had been in my place and under obligations to tote fair with officers, would have done the same thing. I am hoping and working to have my citizenship restored, and I was told by interested persons to 'come through' with the whereabouts of this man, and it was business for me to do it.

Lucille Anderson, Innocent Victim  Devastated by Loss of her Father.
Daughter of Charles Anderson, an Innocent
Victim of Ex-Convicts Cupidity.

"I can't understand how people who believe in supporting the majesty of the law can turn indignantly against me, I suppose it will gratify these gushing people to learn that I happen to know six or eight other escaped convicts at large in Kansas City. They are all, of course, from one prison, and there are many others from elsewhere. Do you suppose anybody is going to report such men to the officials when the public makes a hero of the wrongdoer and wants to mob the man who showed him up? I was not to judge Anderson . The law said he was wrong. It wasn't my business to take issue with the law.

Barnes is proud of his own record for honesty and industry since he got out of prison. He married seven years ago, telling the girl and her mother beforehand his history. Now he lives in a room in the rear of his shop and there are two children. He has conducted the same shop for four years, and says he is not afraid that the notoriety will injure his business.

"Everybody knows that I'm square," he says.

Special Report -- C. W. ANDERSON



Sir: -- We, the undersigned citizens of Kansas City, Missouri, respectfully petition your excellency to grant a full pardon to one Charles W. Anderson, who is now confined in the federal prison at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, and in support of this petition beg to submit the following brief statement of the facts:

The prisoner, Anderson, was confined in the prison nearly thirteen years ago, at the age of 21 years, under a five-year sentence for larceny from the postoffice of Stillwater, O. T. He served within eight months of his term (allowed time off for good behavior), when he embraced an opportunity to escape and fled to Kansas City, where he has been for the last nine years. On the 19th day of April, 1907, another ex-convict, who was confined in the prison at the same time, recognized Anderson, and disclosed his whereabouts to the federal authorities, and for the $60 reward originally offered for his return, Anderson was immediately arrested, and on the next day was taken back to prison.

During the nine years that Anderson lived in this community, we have learned to respect and honor him as one of our best citizens. He married an estimable young lady, and to them was born a daughter three year ago. He worked hard until he accumulated sufficient funds to start a small business of his own, and always encouraged his few employes along the lines of honesty and sobriety. His industry and his devotion to his home and family have won for him the respect and confidence of this community to an unusual degree, and we can safely say that there is not anyone of us in whose integrity greater confidence has been reposed than in Mr. Anderson, and this has extended over a period of nine years. We fell, therefor, that these years of exemplary life has fully atoned for a crime committed when a mere boy, and that the ends of justice will be the best subserved by restoring him again to his family, and we ask this with the full confidence that if clemency is extended to him he will be as good a citizen in the future as he has been for the last nine years. He was confined in prison under the name of William January.


Special Report -- C. W. ANDERSON


Details His Life Since Escape
From Leavenworth Penitentiary.

LEAVENWORTH, KAS.--(Special.) Charles W. Anderson, late this afternoon, in the presence of Warden R. W. McClaughry, of the United States penitentiary, covered in detail his career from the time he escaped from prison in October, 1898, up to the time he was arrested in Kansas City a few days ago. This is the first statement Anderson has made covering his nine years of freedom and it was made for Congressman Ellis, of Kansas City, who wrote Warden McClaughry today that he would present Anderson's application for pardon to the president and he wished to get all the facts possible concerning the man.

In the first place Anderson said his right name is John W. January. He said he and Walter Axton, upon their escape from prison on the night of October 9, 1898, went to Atchison, where they parted next day. He went from there to Winfield, Kas., and secured work in a rock quarry. In a few days Axton showed up there and he also took a position in the quarry.

About two months later Axton was found dead, but it was never determined whether he committed suicide or died a natural death. Anderson continued to work in the quarry another month, when he took a position, going from house to house, selling tea and coffee. He continued at this work about a year, when he went to Kansas City.

Upon arrival in Kansas City he became an insurance solicitor, but did not work on that long, as he did not like the work. Then he began selling tea, coffee and spices on his own account. He followed this a while, when he became a street car conductor and remained in the service until he started in the restaurant business.

This he sold out a few weeks ago and was seeking another location when arrested.

Warden McClaughry is satisfied that Anderson covered his record exactly as it occurred and he believes the prisoner's statement will go a long way toward securing executive clemency for him. Warden McClaughry said tonight that Anderson's chances for getting a full pardon from the president were exceedingly bright.

Special Report -- C. W. ANDERSON


Visited Anderson Yesterday -- Grateful for Efforts in His Behalf.

"It will only be a few days, I know, before baby and I will have him with us," said Mrs. Charles Anderson last night at her home, 1117 Holmes street, in referring to her husband. "But God only knows how long those days will be to us. It seems now that years have passed since he was taken away. Everyone has been kind to us, thought, and I probably should not complain."

Mrs. Anderson and her 3-year-old daughter, Lucille, went to Leavenworth yesterday, and were allowed a two hours' conference at the penitentiary with Anderson. They returned last evening. After their return, several friends called at the home to offer consolation and to encourage her in her trouble. Among them were Fred Aldergott, J. K. Butler, J. B. Gurnan and R. H. Kerr, all former associates of Anderson, and among those most actively interested in the movement to obtain his freedom.

"My husband was in fairly good spirits today," said Mrs. Anderson. "He had only learned today what was being done in his behalf by the people of Kansas City, and I tell you he is grateful. He cried when I told him how kind the people are to baby and me, and when I told him how a mighty effort is being made by the people to secure his release, he seized baby in his arms and cried still harder. Baby cried and I cried, too, but they were not entirely tears of sorrow. I had gone there with the intention of cheering him, instead of making him more depressed, and determined not to cry, but it was the thought of the kindness of our friends that prompted me to do it."

Warden McClaughry gave Mrs. Anderson permission to see her husband on any day she visited the penitentiary, excepting Saturdays and Sundays. She will try to visit the institution once every week.

"If my husband is not pardoned," said Mrs. Anderson, "I will probably have to move to Leavenworth, where I will be near him."

Anderson is working in the laundry department at the prison. His duties are not arduous, and, as he told his wife, he has received excellent treatment since his return.

April 25, 1907

Three Men More Than Six Feet Tall
Are After Helmets.

Three men applied yesterday afternoon to the police commissioners to be appointed to the force, each of them measuring more than six feet in height. Virgil Dillard, recently discharged from the regular army, stood 6 feet 3 inches and Quartermaster Sergeant W. R. Lee, in charge of the Third regiment armory, measured 6 feet 1 1/2 inches. John Roy Sloan's mark was 6 feet 1 inch.

The applications were all put on file. Lee is a famous horseback rider. When in the army he was the crack rider of his regiment, one of his stunts being to ride two horses with crossed stirrups. Chief Hayes is picking out big men lately for the down town district, there being a rivalry between municipal chiefs of police of recent years in the matter of smartness on the force. It is notorious that arrests are few in the down town district, so an imposing looking man is preferred to a natural born sleuth.
April 25, 1907

C. C. McMillen Gets Fifteen Days
in Jail and a Lecture.

Charles C. McMillen was arraigned before Justice Shepherd yesterday charged with stealing an overcoat from J. M. Downey, of 707 McGee street.

"Any man who would steal an overcoate to wear around here when we are trying our best to have a little summer, or spring, ought to be put in a hot place," said the court. "Fifteen days in the county jail."
April 25, 1907

While playing "catch ball" in the yards of the Kansas City Southern railroad yesterday about noon, Toney Stoval, 25 years old, a lead and zink miner from Flat River, Mo., was run down by a switch train and badly injured. He received a compound fracture of the left upper arm, many severe cuts and bruises on the head and face, and other injuries. He was sent to the general hospital.
April 24, 1907

Boy Who Rode on a Freight Train
Probably Will Die.

John Sullivan, 13 years old, a son of Henry Sullivan, a plumber living at 2416 Mercier street, while stealing a ride yesterday on top of a Milwaukee freight train, was struck by the Brooklyn avenue viaduct, receiving injuries which will probably prove fatal. The boy, warned by a shout from a companion, wheeled just in time to meet a terrific blow on the forehead, crushing his skull. John Harvey, a companion, of the same age, who was with the Sullivan boy, held the latter on top of the train until the train crew arrived. The injured boy was treated at the Sheffield hospital.
April 24, 1907

Father Swears She Was Married
When Only 17 Years Old.

"I want to know whether or not Coleman Blanks and Beulah Cannon were ever married in this court?" inquired an angry looking individual of Probate Judge Prather as he entered the latter's office in Kansas City, Kas., yesterday afternoon. The judge made a search of his records and found the couple in question was married on March 30, last.

"How in the name of Sam Tar can a girl get married when she is only 17 years old. She run away to marry this fellow Blanks, and since their marriage they have been living in hiding from me. I am informed that they are living in Rosedale, and I want a warrant issued for the arrest of both of them."

Judge Prather informed the irate father that his daughter had taken an oath that she was 18 years old, and he proceeded to show him his daughter's signature on the license affidavit. He identified the signature as that of his daughter's and announced as he left the office that he would consult a lawyer and then cause a warrant to be issued for both his daughter and son-in-law. Later in the afternoon he appeared with an attorney at the office of the county prosecutor and swore a complaint charging them with perjury.

He gave his name as Rufus Cannon, of 1410 Pacific street, Kansas City, Mo., and declares there is a scheme on foot to get him out of the way in order that his property can be enjoyed by his relatives.
April 23, 1907

Alexis S. Roberts Drew Salary Even
After He Was Discharged.

Alexis S. Roberts, 23 years old, who successfully posed for a year as William McCloud Raney, the author, in the meantime defrauding the Keeton-Williams Gold Company out of $1,500 of dental gold, pleaded guilty of a charge of grand larceny in the criminal court yesterday afternoon, and was sentence to two years in the penitentiary by Judge Wallace. At one time Roberts took a piece of gold weighing two and a half ounces from the firm, it is said, and drew a salary as an employe in the laboratory two weeks after his theft became known.
April 23, 1907

Parting or Detention Home the
Alternative Offered to Them.

Nina Turner, 12 years old, of 712 Lydia avenue, and Lena Vickrey, 13 years old, 1700 East Tenth street, were taken before Judge McCune, in the juvenile court yesterday afternoon because they refused to stay at home and attended cheap theaters. As soon as the girls entered the room and realized that they were in court, both burst out crying, and did not stop throughout the trial.

The judge made frequent attempts to quiet them, and when he had made both wards of the court, and told them to go to their homes, on the condition that they would not "chum" together, he looked for the expected smile. But it did not come. Only more tears.

"What are you crying for now?" inquired the judge. "I have told you you could go home, and would like to see what you look like before you do.

Lena was the first to speak. "I don't w-a-a-nt to -- be separated from Nina," she wailed, and the two put their arms about each other's necks. They told the judge, however, that they would rather be separated and live in their homes than to be together in the detention home, and it was so decided.
April 22, 1907


Persons Who Did Not Know Ander-
son Are Interested in the Move-
ment to Secure His Release--
Only the President Can
Free Kansas Cityan.

Today a thousand men, representing every walk of life in Kansas City, will begin working to secure a pardon for Charles W. Anderson, who escaped from the penitentiary at Leavenworth nine years ago with but eight months of five years sentence before him for robbing a post office in Oklahoma, and was arrested here Saturday and taken back to the prison.

A mass meeting of business men who knew Anderson will be held tonight at 702 East Twelfth street with a view of securing a pardon. Petitions were circulated yesterday and one of them had forty signers within an hour after it had been drawn. Last night seventy-five names were on the list.

This petition was drawn in behalf of Anderson to be presented in connection with a petition which will be sent to President Roosevelt. Other similar petitions, to be attached to an original paper which will be presented at the meeting tonight, have been scattered about the city and the signers ask no questions. Many of them know Anderson personally and describe him as a hale fellow well met, honest and trustworthy.

Congressman E. C. Ellis has been invited to attend the meeting tonight and it is expected that he will be there. When asked last night what he would do for the prisoner, he said:
I have not investigated the matter as much as I should like to, but will do so tomorrow and if he is as worthy as he is said to be I will present the petition for his pardon to President Roosevelt. If the reports of him are true I will be very glad to take the matter up."
The petitions started yesterday will be given active circulation today. One of them was placed in Brooks' restaurant, 210 East Twelfth street, another at Clifford's cigar store at Twelfth street and Grand avenue, and a third, which received more signatures than the rest, in Lorber's cigar store, 317 East Twelfth street.
Lorber, who has known him in a business way for several years, says that Anderson has been prompt in his payments and that he did not hesitate at any time to trust "Charlie" for $75 or $100. In fact, when Anderson wanted to buy his partner's interest in February, a year ago, Lorber advanced the necessary money to him on Anderson's mere statement he did not have enough money to make the purchase.
"Did he pay it back?" exclaimed Lorber, almost in astonishment that the question should be asked, "Well, I should say he did. And quickly, too. And more than that, all of his payments on bills of goods were made promptly. No one questioned the honestly of Anderson."
All of his friends know him as Anderson. "Charlie," they call him, and in the familiarity of the name itself they express sentiment of men who, when they know a man, know him well.
Anderson first went into business for himself at 720 East Twelfth street, April 4, 1905, in partnership with a man named Lowry, purchasing the latter's interest in the restaurant over a year ago. After running the business alone for a year and two days, he sold out, and started to look for a better location. He was always cheerful, it is said, and everyone who refers to his home life speaks of his affection for his little girl, 3 years old, and his wife.
"Is it justice to take a man who is working industriously and trying hard to succeed, back to prison for a crime committed twelve years ago?" asked a friend of his last night on a street corner where the arrest of Anderson for a forgotten robbery was the chief subject of discussion.
A number of citizens called on Charles Riehl, assistant prosecuting attorney, last night to have him draw up the petition which will be presented to President Roosevelt. It is doubtful if Kansas City ever took as much interest in the release of a prisoner as has been shown in seeking the liberation of Anderson. Not only those who knew him but men who never heard his name before are actively working for his release.
April 22, 1907

Eight Persons Fled From a Blaze
in Kansas City, Kas.

Eight persons were driven to the street in their night clothes by a fire at 619 Garfield avenue, Kansas City, Kas., at 11:30 o'clock last night. The house was occupied by two families, George Kauffman and his wife living on the first floor, and R. E. Freeman, his wife and four small children, on the second floor. The loss on the house, which was a two-story frame, is estimated at $100, covered by insurance, and $50 on the furniture.

John Cashen, 14 years old, who lives across the street, noticed flames coming from the windows of the house and awakened the occupants by frantic knocking on the door. Otherwise all might have perished in the flames.
April 21, 1907

Dropped From and Upper Window on
a Woman's Head.

Mrs. Mary Toman, of 725 Lyons avenue, Kansas City, Kas., was standing on the sidewalk in front of the Simpson building, Seventh street and Central avenue, Kansas City, Kas., at 8 o'clock last night talking with another woman. A quart bottle of milk which had been placed in the window in one of the living apartments on the second floor of the building to keep cool fell, striking Mrs. Toman on the head, fracturing her skull. She was knocked down and rendered unconscious. A physician was hastily summoned and had the woman removed to her home, which is only a short distance from the scene of the accident. Mrs. Toman is a widow and has several small children. Her husband was found dead several years ago under the Central avenue viaduct.
April 21, 1907

Checked Out When No Funds Were
in Bank, the Charge.

When a city detective hunts up a private detective and says he wants some "detecting" done the private detective should not feel proud that a city detective has sought him, of all others, to do the detecting, but in reality should be suspecting that the detecting game is only a ruse and that the city detective may really be suspecting the private detective.

This proved to be the case yesterday when Detective Philip Murphy went to a private detective agency in the Temple block and asked that L. C. Henning be allowed to "do some private work." Murphy was really trying to locate Henning and the ruse brought him to view. He was told of the "private work" Murphy wanted as they walked along toward police heaadquarters, where Henning was booked for investigation.

On April 17 Henning deposited $5 with the Pioneer Trust Company, telling Walton H. Holmes, for whom he used to be a gripman, that he would place $1,500 in the bank in a few days. It is charged that Henning then gave a check for $10 to A. E. Murphy, 820 East Twelfth street, one for $7.50 to Charles Knelle, a Twelfth street butcher, and another for $6 to Charles A. Bond. It was said at the bank that other checks had been durned down. Henning did not deny making he checks, but said it was his intention to deposit money to cover them.

The records at the criminal court show that Henning was convicted on a similar charge January 6, 1906, and sentenced to two years. On March 2 of the same year the sentence was reduced to one year in jaail and January 7 last he was paroled by Judge John W. Wofford.
April 20, 1907

To Be Located in Basement of Police

The women and men prisoners at police headquarters are to be segregated. A start was made in this direction yesterday when the board of public works ordered three steel cells and one padded cell placed in the room in the basement of the building formerly used for the treatment of injured prisoners in the basement of the building. Comptroller Pearson, custodian of city property, assured the board that the new cell room could be so arranged that more humane treatment would be accorded women prisoners. The quarters now assigned them are not fit for occupancy by human beings.
April 20, 1907

Young Man Who Tried It On Left
the Ornament Behind.

"For an unusual loss and an unusual find, this is about the limit in this establishment," said Herman Schmelzer, yesterday. Mr. Schmelzer was showing a gold signet ring, with three initials in the cipher. The ornament had been lost and found by strangers.

"A young man came in here today to look at catchers' gloves," said Mr. Schmelzer, "and on ramming his fingers home struck this ring. It was not hard to guess that somebody who had last previously tried the same glove on had slipped the ring off when pulling his hand out. The clerk took charge of the ring and here it is. Now the job is to find the fellow who lost it. There will be no storage charges."
April 20, 1907

Convention Pusher Suggests This
Method of Raising Money.
Convention hall, would-be home of the 1908 Republican National Convention

The suggestion has been offered that "convention buttons" would be a good medium through which to keep alive the interest in securing for Kansas City the Republican national convention in 1908, and incidentally be the means of adding a few thousand dollars to the fund that will have to be raised to secure the convention.

"Buttons are a great advertising medium, in a matter like this," said one of the workers for "K. C. in 1908." "Most everyone likes to wear a button on the lapel of his coat and I am sure thousands of men, and women, too, would be glad to enter into the scheme to the extent of buying buttons, if they are placed on sale, and of wearing them to help boost the plan. My idea would be to have the committee that will have charge of soliciting funds, have several thousand buttons made. In the center could appear a picture of Convention hall, surrounded by the words, 'Republican National Convention for Kansas City in 1908.' These buttons would readily sell at one dollar each and would be purchased by thousands of people who, while wising to help get the convention, would not feel able to contribute any great amount to the fund. Get a bunch of hustlers and let them make a thorough canvass of the city offering the buttons for sale. I will venture to say that at least $10,000 could be secured in this manner."
April 19, 1907



Walter Jacobs, to Whom It Was Ad-
dressed, Offers Only One Ex-
planation for Death of S. B.
Horwitz -- Kansas City
Not His Territory

Samuel B. Horwitz, a liquor salesman of Cincinnati, O., committed suicide at the Kupper hotel yesterday afternoon by drinking carbolic acid. The body was discovered at 7:45 o'clock. Two sealed letters were left, addressed one to his wife, Mrs. S. B. Horwitz, 727 South Crescent avenue, Avondale, Cincinnati, and the other to his father, B. T. Horwitz, Middleton, O. An open note on the writing table read:

Notify Walter Jacobs, care of May, Stern & Co.

Below on the same sheet he wrote:

Walter: Notify the folks in Cincinnati. My name is Sam B. Horwitz.

Walter Jacobs, who clerks at May-Sterns's local store, was found at the Alta Vista hotel, at Eleventh and Washington streets. He was unaware that Horwitz was in Kansas City. He said:

It has been a year and a half since I saw Sam and that was back East. He was
traveling for a liquor house, but I do not know the name of it. I know,
however, that Kansas City was not in his territory and I had no idea he ever came
here. He is a brother-in-law of my brother, A. Jacobs, in Cincinnati; also of
Manah Bower, one of Cincinnati's iron masters. I can conceive of no motive for
the suicide, unless Sam may have been losing money on the stock market. He
always speculated some. His family consisted of the wife and one child, 9 years
Horwitz appeared at the Kupper hotel Wednesday forenoon about 11:30 o'clock. He carried no baggage. His manner was nervous, but did not excite the suspicions of the clerk, Sam Wilson. Later in the day, Wilson observed his nervousness as he would go through the lobby and remarked that he should have to put a man in a more remote room who has light baggage and took a room for only one day. Yesterday forenoon the clerk on duty, J. C. Boushell, needing the room, sent to see if it had been vacated. The door was open and a collar and tie were on the dresser. It was thought that the guest was in the bath or out of the house. When he left his key is not known, but two hours after noon he called for it and went upstairs. That was the last seen of him alive.

After 7 o'clock the clerk called his room on the phone to ask if he would stay over the night.

Receiving no answer, the key was twisted out of the lock. Horwitz was lying on the bed, dressed in a union suit. A bottle unlabeled, stood by a drinking glass, which contained acid. The man's suit of clothes hung in the closet. There was not a single coin in his pockets nor anything of value. His bunch of keys lay on the table. Aside from the notes left there was nothing in the room but a magazine and a Cincinnati newspaper.

Deputy Coroner O. H. Parker, who viewed the body, sent it to Freeman & Marshall's morgue and the family was notified by wire.

The absence of any baggage suggests that some misfortune may have been encountered in which his personal belongings were lost. The signature he put upon the hotel register was "S. Goldstein, Cincinnati." The bellboy who showed him to his room found the former occupant's baggage still there and was starting downstairs for a change of room, when Horowitz, noting that room 223 was unoccupied, said, "I think I should like this room." His request was granted by the clerk.

Mr. Horowitz was about 38 years old, and his appearance was that of a prosperous business man. Mr. Jacobs directed that the body be prepared for burial, and held until either the wife or some of his relatives are heard from. In case they do not come to Kansas City for the body, Mr. Jacobs will direct its removal to Cincinnati.