April 15, 1907

Emporia Man Fights Over a Bar Bill
and Is Robbed of $40.

Louis Michelfelter, of Emporia, on his way to New York, engaged in a fight with Arthur Sparks, a Union avenue labor agent, in Frazier's saloon, 1018 Union avenue, Saturday afternoon. During the fight he was robbed of his pocketbook, containing $40 and a draft for $50, by a stranger in the saloon. Michelfelter and Sparks had been drinking together and a controversy arose over the payment of a 35 cent bar bill. John McAnany, who was in the saloon at the time, said that he saw the man take the pocketbook and go out a rear door of the saloon. McAnany claimed that he thought the man was a friend of Michelfelter, and said nothing about it until Michelfelter declared that he had been robbed.

The man said to have stolen the pocketbook is described as about 23 years old., dark complexioned, about 5 feet 7 inches tall, and weighing about 145 pounds. He is smooth shaven and wore a soft black hat.

The draft was made out by the Emporia State bank on a bank in New York City.