DOCTOR DIES IN DRUG STORE. ~ R. J. Gibbons Is Overcome by Heart Failure While Going Home.

December 31, 1907

R. J. Gibbons Is Overcome by Heart
Failure While Going Home.

Heart disease probably was the cause of the collapse last night on a Troost car of Dr. R. J. Gibbons, resulting in his death almost as soon as he was removed from the car to the Wirthman drug store, Eighteenth street and Troost avenue.

Dr. Gibbons had for years conducted a school for the cure of stammering in the Missouri building. Early last evening he left his home at 1010 East Eleventh street to meet some patients who were expected at the railway station. At 9:30 o'clock he boarded the Troost car at Tenth and Wyandotte streets.

The conductor noticed that he was very pale. Probably he became partly unconscious soon, for he did not ring for the car to stop when he was near home, and yet nothing wrong was noticed about him till at Sixteenth street he bent his head forward and leaned on the back of a seat. Conductor Wade was alarmed and two blocks farther on he and the motorman removed the then unconscious man to the drug store.

Dr. Gibbons was still alive when taken into the store, but he gasped only a few times and was dead before any physician could reach him.

Coroner G. B. Thompson came and viewed the body. He thought heart failure was probably the cause of death, but will hold an autopsy this morning at Freeman & Marshall's morgue.

Dr. Gibbons came to Kansas City sixteen years ago from Kentucky and was 54 years old. Only a wife survives him.

Dr. Gibbon's success in curing stammering was considered by many physicians to be phenomenal. Many high in the profession sent patients to him. Difficult cases, it is said, were cured by him often in one session.

No funeral arrangements had been made.

KING OSCAR LIBRARY. ~ First One Ever Received in Kansas City Is Now Here.

December 31, 1907

First One Ever Received in Kansas
City Is Now Here.

A year or so ago the late King Oscar of Sweden conceived the idea of sending a number of circulating libraries to the United States to be read by the Swedish people, who had made America their adopted home. The libraries contain about 100 volumes, largely historical and poetical, with some fiction and some translations of American works. The chief purpose of the traveling library is to keep the Swedes in touch with the fatherland.

The first of these libraries to reach Kansas City is now here and is installed at the Swedish Lutheran church, 1238 Penn street, of which Rev. A. W. Lindquist is pastor. After it has remained here a year, it will be sent to another city and another of the libraries will come here. The library now in Kansas City is No. 24, so that the scope of the movement may be gathered from this fact.

Among the books is a translation into Swedish of Mark Twain's "Huckleberry Finn." All Swedes are urged to read the books and may consult them by applying at the church.

POLICE NAB NINE ALIASES. ~ And Two Men, Who Are Said to Be Pickpockets, Wear Them All.

December 31, 1907

And Two Men, Who Are Said to Be
Pickpockets, Wear Them All.

When Detectives Robert Phelan and Andy O'Hare dropped into a saloon in West Ninth street yesterday afternoon they recognized two men whose pictures they had seen in "The Detective," a police publication. When arrested, they gave the names of John Gordon and John Moore.

After a short session of sweating and after they had been shown their published likenesses, the one giving the name of Moore admitted that his right name was Mike Murray. The record in the Detective shows that John Gordon often uses the alias, "John M. Childs." Murray has this record beneath his photograph:

"Mike Murray, alias John Hughes, alias Harry Moore, alias Tommy Murray, alias Thomas Bond." In all, he is said to have used six known aliases, and the one, "John Moore," given here, makes seven. They were arrested in Chicago November 3 and fined $100 each as vagrants. They got out of that and went to St. Louis, where they said they were promptly arrested and "mugged." The police say they are pickpockets.

The records s how that Murray has been arrested and "mugged" in most of the large cities of the country, and Gordon is a close second. The men said they had just arrived in the city when recognized by the detectives and arrested. It is the intention of the police to arraign them in police court as vagrants, when they possibly will be given hours to leave town. Their photographs were taken for the local rogues' gallery yesterday, as were their Bertillon measurements and finger prints for future record.

RIVAL ARMIES IN WORDY WAR. ~ Leaders Dispute Over Right to Preach at Fourth and Main.

December 30, 1907

Leaders Dispute Over Right to Preach
at Fourth and Main.

Two street religious factions came to open rupture last night when I. D. Barnes and J. H. Lyons of the Christian Volunteer Warriors, and Captain Daniel Martin of the American Salvation Army had a dispute as to which should occupy the corner at Fourth and Main streets. By right of pre-emption the Warriors determined to stay at their post, and went on with their preaching.

Martin, who is about 23 years old and small for his age, tried to break up the crowd which had gathered about his competitors by abusing the Warriors. Barnes cautioned him to keep quiet, but the Army man took no heed of the warning and persisted in his abuses until a fight seemed imminent. Patrolman William Ryan heard the loud voices and threats and took all three of the men to police headquarters, where a charge of blocking the sidewalks and disturbing the peace was put against them.

MAY TELL WHO WEARS WIGS. ~ Human Hair Workers Threaten to Strike and Reveal Secrets.

December 30, 1907

Human Hair Workers Threaten to
Strike and Reveal Secrets.

From New York comes the startling intelligence to wigwearers that the Human Hair Workers' union is threatening to call a strike. What is worse, they say that if the strike is called, the human hair workers all over the country will appeal to bald heads for contributions to the strike fun on pain of exposure. That is, they say they will demand money for keeping quiet the fact that Mr. Smooth Head does not wear hair endowed him by nature.

"Ha!" said J. E. Vincent, a dealer in wigs. "It won't affect us at all. You see, we don't have a union organization of wigworkers in Kansas City and then -- well, did you know that the women of Kansas City don't give a continental who knows that they don't wear wigs?"

"How many women wear wigs?" he was asked.

"Better ask me how many don't!" exclaimed Mr. Vincent.

"I tell you there's a mighty small per cent of the women in Kansas City who don't wear false hair in some form or another. The married men know it, but not one young chap out of a hundred knows that his best girl is wearing a false roll or pompadour as big as a sweet potato under those lovely tresses of hers.

"But it's different with the men. When a man comes in here to buy a wig or something along that line, he acts as if he was about to commit a crime. Not very long ago a man almost scared the life out of the girls in the store. From 10 o'clock in the morning he paced back and forth in front of the store, peering through the windows. Finally I stepped outside and asked him what he wanted. He looked all around to see if anybody was listening and then whispered in my ear, 'I want a wig!'"

"Wouldn't it be an easy matter to get money out of a man like that for keeping his secret?" Mr. Vincent was asked.

"I wouldn't want to be the man to tell him he was wearing a wig," he replied, shrugging his shoulders.


December 30, 1907


Special Examination Will Be Held
Here in January 27 -- There Are
Many Other Vacancies
Under Civil Service.

Difficulty is being encountered by the United States civil service in securing eompetent stenographers and typewriters, according to a bulletin issued by the government, through the district secretary in St. Louis. Competent persons are urgently requested to file their applications for positions with the civil service commission at Washington, D. C., immediately. A special examination will be held in many cities, including Kansas City, on January 27.

Examinations for applicants to thirty or forty other positions, chiefly in the Indian service, will also be held this month in Kansas City. Twenty grade teachers are wanted for positions in South Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico and Arizona at salaries ranging from $50 a month upward. These will be held on January 22. On January 15 there will be an examination to secure men eligible to serve as physicians in the Indian service. The number wanted is not stated.

If more candidates pass the examinations than there are positions immediately vacant, the names will be kept for later vacancies in the same line of work. Full information may be obtained at the Kansas City post office.

CLAIMS DEPUTIES BEAT HIM. ~ Jack C. Taylor Sues Marshal Heslip on His Bond.

December 29, 1907

Jack C. Taylor Sues Marshal Heslip
on His Bond.

Charging that County Marshal Al Heslip, by his deputies, took him from his cell in the county jail by force and assaulted him in another room in the jail, Jack C. Taylor, who for more than a year was confined in the jail on a charge of arson and wsa released without trial a few days ago, brought suit in the circuit court yesterday against Al Heslip, W. H. Dixon and H. Matthias, who are on Heslip's bond, for $10,000 damages. This is the amount of the bond.

Taylor was arrested in July, 1906, charged with setting fire to a restaurant which he owned and operated on Twelfth street, for the purpose of collecting the insurance. A waiter named Smith was tried in the criminal court and was found not guilty. Taylor was then discharged. Taylor appealed to the circuit court some time ago for release because he claimed he had not been allowed trial at the proper time in the criminal court, but he failed to secure the release.

According to the petition filed in his suit yesterday against Heslip and his bondsmen. Helsip, by his deputies, made the alleged assault in October, 1906, although nothing was ever said about the assault at that time.

Marshal Heslip said last night: "As far as our beating Taylor is concerned, there is no truth in it. When prisoners adopt the plan of being mute in the jail we take them out of their cell and put them in the dungeon. We did this with Taylor, but he was not assaulted. My deputies do not assault prisoners, and that part of the story is not true in any particular."

5 TONS OF RABBITS FOR ARMY. ~ Game Is Sent by Kansas Hunters to Feed City's Poor.

December 29, 1907

Game Is Sent by Kansas Hunters to
Feed City's Poor.

The Salvation Army received word last night that there are five tons of rabbits at the Rock Island depot waiting for them to get and distribute to the poor people of Kansas City. These rabbits were killed by hunting parties in Kansas and sent here. They will be given out within the next three or four days, some of them to be used by the poor for New Year's dinners.

More than 1,000 rabbits were given to poor people by the Salvation Army yesterday. A shipment of 500 was received from a hunting party at La Crosse, Kas.

The Army will entertain the poor and give them presents New Year's eve.

YOUNG WIFE TIRES OF LIFE. ~ Mrs. Grace Kemper, Invalid, Tries to Kill Herself With Acid.

December 29, 1907

Mrs. Grace Kemper, Invalid, Tries to
Kill Herself With Acid.

Despairing of ever regaining her health, Mrs. Grace Kemper tried to end her life yesterday afternoon by drinking carbolic acid. She has been in ill health for the past four years. Mrs. Kemper is the wife of T. J. Kemper, and employee of the Central Ice Company, and lives with him at 2030 Holmes street. She was married at the age of 16. They have no children.

When the attending physician caled at the Kemper home yesterday morning on a professional visit to Mrs. Kemper, he left the impression in his patient's mind that she was beyond all medical aid and that she would be more or less confined to her bed for the remainder of her life.

At 5:30 o'clock, when she thought the house was empty, Mrs. Kemper went to a medicine cabinet where she knew carbolic acid was kept and, taking a vial from the chest, drank its contents. She then staggered to her bed and began groaning loudly. Her husband had returned from his work just a few minutes before and, hearing her groans, went into the room.

His wife was in such a condition that she could not speak, and was fast growing worse. Seeing acid burns around her mouth he hastened to the general hospital, just back of his home, where he got Dr. W. C. Smith to go with him to his wife.

When the doctor got to the Kemper home, Mrs. Kemper was unconscious. He applied antidotes before the acid had been assimilated into her system and, notwithstanding the fact that mrs. Kemper was unconscious for several hours after medical treatment, she will survive.

ESCAPED CUSTER SLAUGHTER. ~ Only to Fall Down Elevator Shaft to Probable Death.

December 28, 1907

Only to Fall Down Elevator Shaft to
Probable Death.

By a strange perversity of fate J. W. Turner, who lives at 1216 Locust street, escaped the Custer slaughter of 1876 and passed safely through the Spanish-American war, only to fall down an elevator shaft at the Avery Manufacturing Company's building, 1000 Santa Fe street, yesterday morning to almost certain death.

When Turner was 23 years old he enlisted in the famous Seventh cavalry which was annihilated by the Indians under Chief Sitting Bull at the massacre of the Little Big Horn. Turner himself did not participate in that battle. Three days before it came about he had received a two months' furlough in order to visit his family in Indianapolis, Ind., where he was born.

When he heard of the massacre he was but fifty miles from the battlefield. He turned back, scarcely believing the report that not a single one of his comrades had escaped slaughter, and proceeded to the battlefield where he readily saw that all he had been told was true. He has said over and over again that he would have given anything in the world which he possessed if he might have only been in that battle.

Turner is 54 years of age, and at the time of his accident he was employed by the Kansas City House and Window Cleaning Company, as foreman of the window cleaning gang at the Avery Manufacturing Company, 1000 Santa Fe street.

Yesterday morning he went into the office of the shipping clerk, and seeing the elevator boy, Sullivan Thomas, standing by the elevator shaft, he asked, "Are you going to take me up?"

"Sure," replied Thomas, as he got up from his chair and walked to the door of the shaft.

Thomas was familiar with the workings of the elevator and so opened the door himself, looking back at the boy as he did so. Still looking backward, he stepped through the door where the elevator should have been and fell to the basement. Turner was taken to the emergency hospital and afterwards removed to the general hospital. The hospital authorities said last night that there was a small chance of his surviving the night.


December 27, 1907

His Candidacy Formally Announced
by I. B. Kimbrell.

In a rally held at Republican Headquarters, 1111 Grand avenue, last night, Prosecuting Attorney Isaac B. Kimbrell, one of the principal speakers, formerly announced the candidacy of Attorney General Herbert S. Hadley for the gubernatorial nomination of Missouri in the campaign of 1908. Mr. Hadley asked before the meeting that his name not be mentioned at this time for the office, but Mr. Kimbrell made the announcement and asked for the support of the party in Kansas City for Hadley for that office.

The principal speech of the evening was made by Attorney General Hadley, in which he heartily indorsed William J. Campbell for sheriff, and made a strong appeal for his election today. He also indorsed William H. Taft for the nomination for president in the election of 1908. He stated that in the national campaign the principles and policies of Theodore Roosevelt must be carried out, and that the Republicans can not do a greater wrong than to turn against his policies. He said the approaching general election is the most important one for the nation's welfare that has been held in many years.

HE LEFT A TUB OF GASOLINE. ~ And Other Roomers Feared It Would Explode -- Firemen Emptied It.

December 27, 1907

And Other Roomers Feared It Would
Explode -- Firemen Emptied It.

An unknown man procured a tub of gasoline last night which he placed in a room at 110 West Fifth street. It was evidently his purpose to clean an overcoat, for one was found in the tub. It all might have gone well, but the other occupants of the building began to smell the gasoline as it evaporated through the rooms. Becoming fearful of fire the telephoned to fire headquarters and asked that the matter be looked into.

A man was sent to the house. He poured the gasoline down the sewer.


December 26, 1907

At the county jail yesterday Mrs. Hulse, wife of Jailer Hulse, gave the prisoners a turkey dinner with the usual trimmings. The prisoners after the dinner were given the freedom of the corridors of the new jail, which are quite roomy. It was one day in which the prisoners did not sigh to get out.

GET UNION DEPOT "MASHER". ~ Police Arrest Man on a Charge of Annoying a Topeka Girl.

December 26, 1907

Police Arrest Man on a Charge of
Annoying a Topeka Girl.

Sergeant Harry Stege, while working in plain clothes at the Union depot yesterday noticed a man who appeared to be annoying a girl. The man sat down by her and began talking to her. The girl appeared to be trying to avoid him. When Stege asked the girl if she knew the man she said, "No, and I don't want to, either."

At police headquarters, where the man was booked on a technical charge of vagrancy as a "masher," he gave the name of Miller. He said he was a telegraph operator from Indiana. His case will come up in police court this morning. The girl whom he is said to have been annoying gave the name of Ada Torrence of Topeka, Kas.

NOTEBOOK SAVES HIS LIFE. ~ Frank Riddle's Bullet Strikes It When He Shoots at J. C. Riddle.

December 26, 1907

Frank Riddle's Bullet Strikes It
When He Shoots at J. C. Riddle.

A small leather notebook probably saved the life of James C. Riddle, a saloonkeeper at 212 Independence avenue, last night. Frank Hedrick, a former saloonkeeper, shot at close range at Riddle at the saloon at 7 o'clock, declaring that he intended to kill him. The bullett, 38-caliber, struck in the notebook, which was in his right vest pocket, and glanced, making only a slight flesh wound on Riddle's breast.

Jealousy is given as the cause of the shooting. Hedrick formerly owned a saloon at 204 Independence avenue, and when Riddle started a similar business near him and made a success, Hedrick's business was said to have fallen off to a certain extent. About a year ago Hedrick's licenses for that, and also a saloon operated by him at 501 East Sixth street, were revoked because Hedrick sold liquor on Sunday. It is claimed that Hedrick then became jealous of Riddle. Several times Hedrick tried to make trouble for riddle, and last night was the second time he attempted to kill him.

Two weeks ago Saturday night, Hedrick went into the hall next to Riddle's saloon after closing hours and asked Riddle to sell him a drink, which the latter refused to do. With the refusal, Hedrick drew a knife and attempted to stab Riddle, although he only managed to cut a long gash in Riddle's coat. The latter then warned him not to come in the saloon again. Last night Hedrick went into the saloon and asked Riddle if he would sell him a drink. Riddle answered, "no," and Hedrick drew a revolver and, saying, "I'm going to kill you," shot at his breast.

Patrolmen Harry Arthur and T. D. Shackelford heard of the shooting and hurried to the saloon, but Hedrick had escaped.

Officers are of the belief that Hedrick has brooded over his business troubles until his mind has become deranged. For some time past he has been a vinegar peddler.

WAS SHOT BY DETECTIVE. ~ But Frank Elliott, Probably Fatally Wounded, Made His Escape.

December 26, 1907

But Frank Elliott, Probably Fatally
Wounded, Made His Escape.

In an attempt to arrest Claud Moore and Frank Elliott, said to be two fo the worst crooks Kansas City officers have to contend with, Detective C. J. Lewis shot and possibly fatally injured Elliott in front of a saloon at 1735 Grand avenue about 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon. Despite his injuries, Elliott made his escape. Moore was arrested.

These men were wanted on a charge of robbing the home of William Laird, who lives in the McClure flats, Nineteenth and Oak streets, of $1,500 in cash about a month ago.

Detectives Lewis, John Ferrell, Frank Lyngar and Scott Gogley were detailed to pick up these men and for three weeks have been watching for them. They learend they were in the saloon at 1735 Grand avenue last night. Ferrell went to the rear door of the saloon and Lewis to the front, expecting to make the arrest inside the saloon.

As Lweis approached the place Moore and Elliott came out together. Lewis grabbed Moore and Elliot started running down Grand avenue. Lewis shot several times and the last time Elliott fell to the sidewalk. Moore was also trying to get away, and before Ferrell could reach the scene of action Elliott managed to get into a ho use and make his escape.

THEY'LL CONTINUE TO FIGHT. ~ Theatrical Managers Agree to Open on Sunday, as Usual.

December 25, 1907

Theatrical Managers Agree to Open
on Sunday, as Usual.

At a secret meeting of the Theatrical Managers' Association yesterday at the Grand theater it was decided to continue the fight against Sunday closings as long as necessary, al managers agreeing to pay their share of the expense.

After the meeting it was declared taht the manager of a local burlesque house, which has not been kept open on Sunday, had been expelled from the association, andwould be kept out until he agreed to keep open on Sunday along with the rest of the theaters.

DID "FRAT" MEN HANG HIM? ~ Frank Miller's Father Denies That His Son Was a Suicide.

December 25, 1907

Frank Miller's Father Denies That
His Son Was a Suicide.

Did Frank miller, the young Pennsylvania university student who was found hanging ead in his room at the university last Wednesday, commit suicide or was he the victim of a prank played by "frat" men in his initiation into the Psi Omega fraternity? His father, the Reverand J. H. Miller, 2930 Main street, does not believe his son committed suicide, but he will offer no theory as to how he came to his death.

There are two reasons which tend to disprove the theory of suicide. According to the Rev. Miller, his son was not of a morose or nervous temperament as stated in the dispatches from Philadelphia, but was of a cheerful disposition and well liked by his fellow students. The note alleged to have been found in young Miller's room in which he is said to have stated his intention to take hsi life, has not been forwarded to the father, although other letters and personal effects belonging to the young man have been received.

"I cannot believe that he has taken his life until I see that note in my own boy's handwriting," said the grief-stricken father yestrday. "It's a mystery to us all. We only know that he lost his life, but we do not believe he lost it at his own hands. How he came to his death, we are not able to say."

Young Miller was a candidate for membership in the Zeta chapter of the Psi Omega fraternity and the Friday before his death he was initiated into the society. At the initiation ceremony he was roughly handled and one of his toes broken. Whether any further pranks were played on him by the "frat" men is not known. The father stated yesterday that he would write the coroner for a full account of the tragedy.

SHOOTS FATHER IN THE LEG. ~ Too Much Hard Cider Is the Undoing of Calvin Jackson.

December 25, 1907

Too Much Hard Cider Is the Undoing
of Calvin Jackson.

Too much Christmas celebration out in Dallas, a little town about fourteen miles south of Kansas City, almost resulted in patricide last night. While Calvin Jackson and some of his friends were in the pool room of a combination barber shop and pool room drinking hard cider, George Jackson, Calvin's father, went into the barber shop to get a shave.

Soon the hard cider began to have its inevitable effect upon Calvin, and he drew a revolver and started to shoot out the kerosene lights in the building. The father jumped up from the chair where he was being shaved, with the lather still on his face, and tried to quiet his son. But Calvin did not comprehend, and turned the revolver upon his father, shooting him in the left leg.

Calvin was arrested by Constable O'Brien of Dallas and taken to Waldo, where he was met by Marshal Al Heslip and brought to the county jail.

Later he denied any knowledge of the affair, and said that he would not believe he had shot his father. Calvin is only 21 years old, and his father is about 45. Calvin was accompanied to Kansas City by his father It is not thought that the latter will prosecute the case.

HE WAS AU FAIT, BUT DE TROP. ~ So Somebody Stuck a Knife in McDonald at a Dance.

December 25, 1907

So Somebody Stuck a Knife in Mc-
Donald at a Dance.

Machinists' apprentices were dancing downstairs and members of the Au Fait Club upstairs at Colonial hall, Eighth and Oak streets, last night. Some way the two crusts of society lapped over about midnight and a row resulted. In the noisy bustle which ensued the upper crust was about to be broken when someone came downstairs with a billiard cue.

Roy McGee, a member of the apprentice floor committee, wore a badge that looked like the banner of the horse shoer's union in a labor day parade. He was a fair mark and he got it, right on the top of the head.

Another apprentice, resenting this ungentlemanly breach of journeyman machinists' rules governing the settlement of personal differences at Christmas balls, jerked a knife from his small change receptacle and jabbed it into the shoulder of George McDonald, who was, and unquestionable is, au fait, but on this occasion, in spite of his accomplishments, de trop.

Interference of disengaged members of the two clubs prevented further hostilities, and the police came. McGee, Joseph Russell and McDonald were taken to Central police station, where McDonald's wound was dressed in the emergency hospital. His hurt is not serious. Russell and McGee were held for trial in police court.

LOST HIS WOMEN PATIENTS. ~ Dr. Chapman Declares His Wife's Jealousy Was Disastrous.

December 24, 1907

Dr. Chapman Declares His Wife's
Jealousy Was Disastrous.

Judge Hermann Brumbeck of the circuit court is being asked to decide whether or nt Mrs. Nettie R. Chapman has destroyed the medical practice of her husband, Dr. L. R. Chapman of Sheffield. That is the allegation in the divorce suit brought by Dr. Chapman and now being tried before Judge Brumback.

Dr. Chapman says that on the afternoon of the day he married in Eureka, Kas., his wife came to his office and stayed until closing time. That was on March 28, 1906. He says she came every day until the middle of August, when having lost all of his women patients, he moved to Kansas City.

He tried to attend medical college here last winter, he says, but as his wife insisted upon accompanying him to all clinics lest he might, unknown to her, meet a live woman student at the disinfecting table, he forsook the college.

He was carrying a newspaper route for a living, he said, and had sent his wife back to her parents in Eureka when he filed the suit.

CREDIT BUYER IS CAPTURED. ~ Kenneth Curran Ordered Diamond Ring Charged to Jay H. Neff.

December 24, 1907

Kenneth Curran Ordered Diamond
Ring Charged to Jay H. Neff.

Buying a $22.50 diamond ring at Emery, Bird, Thayer & Co.'s last night and asking that it be charged to the account of Jay H. Neff, landed Kenneth Curran at police headquarters in a jiffy.

The credit man of the firm was on the lookout for some one who bought $9.33 worth of books last month on Mr. Neff's account, and when the charge slip for the ring came up through the tube the bookkeepers notified C. H. Haire, assistant superintendent for the firm. Mr. Haire went to the jewelry counter with an officer and young Curran was arrested. He gave his age as 17 years old, but looks older. He admitted getting the books last month and said he sold them to a second-hand dealer.

At the station Captain Whitsett and Inspector Ryan at once recognized Curran as having been under arrest for the theft of a suit of clothes from the Besse-Avery store November 14. At that time he wore a pair of trousers and a fireman's badge, and represented himself as a city fireman.

Curran's mother and a young sister are expected home today from Minneville, Mo., where the former has been working on a farm. His parents were separated, Curran says, when he was 8 years old, since which time he has lived with his grandmother, Mrs. Mary A. Sutton, 1911 East Eleventh street. He claims to have been singing lately at some of the local show houses. Three years ago he worked for the Swift Packing Company. At that time he received a severe blow on the back of his head from a falling truck. Whether or not that may have affected him to do irrational acts has never been considered by his family.

IS SHE TO MARRY A COUNT? ~ Romance in the Coming Wedding of Miss Helen Ogden.

December 24, 1907

Romance in the Coming Wedding of
Miss Helen Ogden.

Neighbors and friends of Miss Helen Ogden, daughter of George Ogden, 3042 Vine street, are all full of excitement and curiosity caused by the rumor of her approaching marriage. There is thought to be a great deal of romance woven about this weding. Who and what the groom might be is a complete mystery to them, and Miss Ogden and her parents are doing their best to preserve this air of mystery by being exceedingly reticent concerning the intended husband.

Yesterday Miss Ogden and her sweetheart, Antonio Valladarius, went to the court house and procured a marriage license. He gave his address as Topeka, Kas. The marriage license recorder was asked to keep the application away from public eyes, and to give out no information concerning it whatever.

Notwithstanding this request it leaked out, and with it the information that Valladarius was not from Topeka, but had come from Lima, Peru. Both Miss Ogden and her father admint that he is a native Peruvian and that he has never lived in this country. Where the couple met is not known. Miss Ogden has never been to South America.

It is said by Miss Ogden's neighbors that Valladarius is a count of the old Peruvian nobility. While in this city he has led people to believe that he is amply fixed so far as finances are concerned. He is a large, handsome man and, from his speech, the neighbors say, one would readily see that he is a foreigner.

Miss Ogden said that her sweetheart was a graduate of one of the best universities in the United States, and though she would not tell which university she meant, a Yale pennant was conspicuously hung on the wall in her home.

When Miss Ogden was asked when the wedding would take place she replied, "I do not know; probably not for two weeks and it may be Saturday. We have not yet fixed the date, but I promise you that we will not run away from Kansas City to marry."

"Why did you get the marriage license yesterday if you do not intend intend to be married within a day or two?" asked the reporter.

"Well," she replied nervously, "you see there are so many things which have to be thought of at the last minute that we got the license yesterday so that we would be sure to have it when we were ready to use it and I never dreamed that anyone would find out about it."

Valladarius could not be found last night. He had not registered at any hotel in the city.

PURSESNATCHERS BUSY. ~ Rob Mrs. West on Broadway, Near Fourteenth Street.

December 23, 1907

Rob Mrs. West on Broadway, Near
Fourteenth Street.

Purse snatchers were at work again Saturday night. Mrs. Anna West of 1020 Summit street was passing along Broadway near Fourteenth street not long after dusk when at the rear of a drug store two young men in dark overcoats sprang before her. The purse they snatched from her contained about $2.50 in change. She could give but Little description of the men beyond that they were young and both wore soft hats, one gray and one black.


December 23, 1907




For Many Years Charles C. Riley Was
a Department Manager for Emery,
Bird, Thayer -- Broke Down
From Overwork.

Charles C. Riley, a former department manager for the Emery, bird, Thayer Dry Goods Company, who a year ago next New Year's day went to live in Paloma, La., to regain his failing health, returned with his wife to their home at 3911 East Tenth street at 10 o'clock yesterday morning to await death within a few weeks.

His strength was barely sufficient. Upon his reaching home, for him to climb one flight of stairs to the bath room. He had been in the room but a minute or two when his wife called to him.

"I am all right," he said, but his voice sounded strange.

She pushed open the door and found him lying on the floor. He was holding in his hand an empty vial which had contained carbolic acid. As she stooped to speak to him, he smiled and whispered:

"Goodby, dear!"

There were several friends in the house, who had met the Rileys at the depot and escorted them to their home, and upon Mrs. Riley's giving the alarm, someone telephoned for a physician. Dr. W. A. Armour, who lives at 3401 East Twelfth street, reached the house within ten minutes, but Mr. Riley was already dead.

Coroner G. B. Thompson said that an inquest was unnecessary where the cause of death was so plain. The label on the acid bottle showed that Mr. Riley had purchased it in Paloma, and that he had likely many days ago planned to end the hopeless struggle to regain his health.

Three years ago, while Mr. Riley was serving his thirteenth year as manager of the woolen dress goods department of Emery, Bird, Thayer's, his health failed. He kept on working and a year later took upon himself additional work. During the holidays last year he suffered nervous prostration and never returned to his work. His nervous system seemed to be utterly shattered, and the trip to the South, which was his last hope for recovery, failed to build him up.

The only relatives in Kansas City are the widow and one daughter. Mr. Riley's parents, who live in Farmington, N. J., have been notified. The funeral services will be held from the residence after their arrival.


December 23, 1907



"You Could Have Knocked Me Over
With a Feather," Said Curry
When Doctor Broke the News.
Has Six Other Children.

Triplets, two boys and a girl, were born to Martin and Almeda Curry, 2548 Alden avenue, Kansas City, Kas., yesterday afternoon. The first born was a seven-pound boy, who arrived at 12:15 o'clock. At 12:25 o'clock a girl weighing six pounds put in her appearance, adn just twenty-five minutes later she was followed by another little brother weighing five pounds. By consent of the parents, Dr. T. C. Benson, who attended the mother, christened the babies as they were born.

The doctor, not anticipating so large an increase in the Curry home, had only selected two names, Boaz, in the case of a boy, and Ruth, in the event of a girl. Upon the birth of the first member of the triplets he was promptly named Boaz. Then minutes later, when the girl was born, he christened her Ruth, thus exhausting his supply of names. However, at 12:50, when the third birth occurred, he proved equal to the emergency and named it David.

Mr. Curry, father of the triplets, is a laboring man, employed by Johnson & Brown, sewer contractors. He and Mrs. Curry were married in Kansas City, Kas., eighteen years ago, six children having been born to them prior to yesterday's arrivals. There hasn't been a death in the family and all of the children are healthy, good looking and bright. The first born was Bertha, now 17 years old, then Albert, 15, Billie, 14, Clarence, 13, Lucy, 10, and Clyde, 8.

Said Mr. Curry last night, "I am mighty proud of 'em , and while it will make me hustle a little harder yet I am going to do my best to care for them properly."

Asked if twins or triplets had been born to any of his or his wife's ancestors, he said there hadn't as far back as he has the history of the family tree.

"I surely didn't expect twins, much less triplets, this time. I was surprised when the doctor anounced the second birth and when he told me of the arrival of the third one you could have knocked me down with a feather."

LOST IN SHOPPING RUSH. ~ Police Get Reports of Losses of Money and Valuables.

December 22, 1907

Police Get Reports of Losses of Money
and Valuables.

That Christmas shoppers are somewhat careless is shown by the police reports of yesterday, four persons having lost valuables in the shopping district. In one dry goods store, Mrs. Katherine M. Murley, 1209 West Fourtieth street, left her chatelaine bag, containing a gold watch with a diamond in the back, and some money. Another woman, whose description the police have, was seen to pick up the bag and package and leave the store.

In the same store, Mrs. Lucy Allen, 607 Prospect avenue, left ehr purse, containing $13 in cash and a note for $1,100. The note, made payable to Mrs. Allen, is signed by Walter Allen.

J. P. Glangles, 3220 Forest avenue, reported lost in the shopping district a gold cross three inches in length. On the back is engraved, "Zonie, June 21, 1906."

J. E. Enfield, 7124 Independence avenue, reported lost a small black pocketbook containing $55.

ICE CREAM GIRL IS FREE. Husband Sought the Divorce, but She Got It.

December 22, 1907

Husband Sought the Divorce, but She
Got It.

Eda Miles, who married John L. Miles at his request the day after she had served him a dish of ice cream at Forest park, was granted a divorce yesterday by a jury in Judge John G. Park's division of the circuit court. The husband, John L. Miles, brought the suit and the jury found for the defendant on her cross-bill.

TIED PLAYMATE TO A POST. ~ Willie Bear Is Also Charged With Shooting at Him.

December 22, 1907

Willie Bear Is Also Charged With
Shooting at Him.

Willie Bear, 15 years old, of Twenty-fifth street and Brooklyn avenue, is in a cell at the detention home awaiting trial Monday in the children's court on the charge of tying John Wiess of 3409 Garfield avenue, a playmate, to a post and shooting at him with a target rifle.

Willie admits tying John up, but says he didn't try to shoot him. They boys were playing "Teddy, or How Can a Bob Cat Escape?"

HE JUST KEPT ON MOVING. ~ So Fast and So Often That His Wife Couldn't Keep Up.

December 22, 1907

So Fast and So Often That His Wife
Couldn't Keep Up.

Mariam E. Toliver sues for divorce from Chester W. Toliver because he has moved so often, she alleges, since their marriage that she cannot keep up with him. They were wed November 7, 1906, she claims, and during the ten months following he lived in these towns: Leeds, Mo., Sedalia, Mo., Wichita, Kas., Abilene, Kas., Kansas City, Mo., Horton, Kas., and Kansas City again. The last time he came to Kansas City, September 7, 1907, she stayed here, while he, she swears, kept on moving and is now somewhere in Iowa.

FARMERS WERE HIS FRIENDS. ~ Sid Stapleton, Negro, Owes His Liberty to Their Faith in Him.

December 22, 1908

Sid Stapleton, Negro, Owes His Lib-
erty to Their Faith in Him.

When Sid Stapleton, negro, was arrested last June for the murder of John Kemp, negro, in a free for all fight at 212 Charlotte street, six farmers of Glasgow, Mo., for whom Stapleton had worked before he came to Kansas City, joined together and employed the best attorney they could find in that part of the state to defend him.

Stapleton was tried in the criminal court Friday and yesterday morning the jury returned a verdict of acquittal. His attorney convinced the jury that with a dozen negroes fighting at once, two with knives and one with a revolver, it was not by any means certain that the defendant gave Kemp his death wound.

Stapleton returned to Glasgow last night and will end his days there, he says.

HE WAS DETERMINED TO DIE. ~ Man Thought to Be Charles Corbett Killed by Sightseeing Car.

December 21, 1907

Man Thought to Be Charles Corbett
Killed by Sightseeing Car.

A man believed to be Charles Corbett, a railroad laborer from Rossville Station, Ill., was run down and instantly killed by a "Seeing Kansas City" car at Eighth and Delaware streets about 3:30 o'clock yesterday afternoon. There were a dozen or more witnesses to the man's death. It is said Corbett was under the influence of liquor.

Harry Criner, 707 Washington street, and William Houser, who gave his address as the Santa Fe cutting house, were standing waiting for a car when Corbett started across the tracks. "Houser grabbed hold of the man," said Criner, "and eh jerked away from him. Just then, seeing the car approaching, I stepped forward and the man was so intent on crossing that he struck me across the nose for trying to interfere with him."

There was nothing in the dead man's pockets but what appeared to be a laborer's transfer from Rossville Junction, Ill., on the Chicago & Eastern Illinois railroad, to some other point. The name of Charles Corbett is on that. The same name appears in several places in a small account book he had. Not a cent of money, not even a pocket knife, was found.

The dead man probably was 30 years old, five feet seven or eight inches tall, and weighed about 135 or 140 pounds. He had dark hair, blue eyes, fair complexion and smooth face. He wore a blue flannel shirt, blue overalls and black trousers.

The records at police headquarters show that twice this week a man by the name of Charles Corbett was held for safe keeping. Both times he had been drinking heavily and once went into the station himself claiming that he was being followed. From the description given them of the dead man the police are sure that it is the same one.

Fritz Braden, conductor, and Lowry Burke, motorman, of the car, were arrested by Sergeant James Hogan and Patrolman John T. Rogers. At headquarters they refused to make a statement to Captain Whitsett and were sent to the county prosecutor. They were released after their names had been taken. They promised to be on hand when wanted.

POLICE GOT HIS COCAINE BOX. ~ Many Men Had Been Drugged and Robbed in North End Saloon.

December 21, 1907

Many Men Had Been Drugged and
Robbed in North End Saloon.

The police have had many complaints of men being drugged and robbed in a Greek saloon near Sixth and Bluff streets recently. It was in and near this place that thirteen men have been arrested within the last two days and sent to the workhouse on fines of from $10 to $100.

A signwriter named Sellinger, who testified against some of the men in police court, told the police that he saw a man drugged, robbed and thrown into a hack and hauled away. At another time the clerk of the Metropolitan hotel was taken into a rear room, slugged and robbed.

Yesterday afternoon detectives arrested Chris Baptista, a Mexican bartender in the saloon complained of. They went behind the bar and confiscated two suspicious bottles and a box containing a chrystalline substance.

"The bottles do not smell like whiskey," said Inspector Ryan, "and the box looks like it contains cocaine."

The two bottles and the box were delivered to Dr. Walter M. Cross, city chemist, for analysis. Baptista is being held for investigation.

POLICEMAN EXPERT WITNESS. ~ The Court Decided That Wooden Leg Didn't Damage Bed Clothes.

December 21, 1907

The Court Decided That Wooden Leg
Didn't Damage Bed Clothes.

It was a very fine point which arose in a police court trial yesterday, and it was finally decided against the prisoner, Howard Mills, a negro. Mrs. Catherine Porter, an aged negress with whom he boarded at 1915 East Nineteenth street, alleged that Mills, because he had been locked out of his room for non-payment of rent, got back into the room with a knife and "did then and there cut, carve, rip, split, strip, etc., etc., one blanket, one 'log cabin' quilt and one white spread."

Mills strenuously denied the allegation, and pleaded that the damage had all been done with a splinter in his wooden leg while he was in the throes of a nightmare.

"The cuts were straight and clear across the covers," said Patrolman Thomas McNally, expert witness, "and couldn't have been made with a wooden leg."

"That is corroborative evidence," said Judge Kyle. "Ten dollars."

POLICY FINES ARE $100 EACH. ~ Only Two of the Defendants Appeared in Court.

December 21, 1907

Only Two of the Defendants Appeared
in Court.

After continuing their cases for one week to see why they could not be tried in the state court, Judge Kyle yesterday tried the four men found with a policy wheel and other gambling paraphernalia in the room of the former Police Judge T. B. McAuley, at 903 Broadway, about noon on December 12.

Only two of the defendants, Charles Morton and John Bell, appeared in court. J. R. Heath, attorney for the policy men, entered appearance for John Findlay, son of Edward Findlay, formerly known as the "policy king," who, when arrested, gave the name of "Bill Wilson," and Randall Daniels, an aged expressman.

The four men were fined $100 each. Their cases were all appealed to the criminal court. Edward Findlay was a spectator at the trial, but had nothing to say. None of the defendants was put on the stand.

HE DIES AT SERGEANT'S DESK. ~ Obscure Light Goes Out in Unsympathetic Surroundings.

December 20, 1907

Obscure Light Goes Out in Unsympa-
thetic Surroundings.

An old, ragged, homeless man dropped dead before the sergeant's desk at police headquarters last night. Who he was nobody at the station knew. Neglect, exposure, alcoholism, starvation, perhaps, was the cause. The last kindly hand extended to him was that of a broken-down old negro. His deathbed was a floor, and his attendants a crowd of policemen and reporters who wondered if he were drunk.

About 8 o'clock Andy, a one-armed negro who hangs around police headquarters, saw the old man stagger and fall upon the sidewalk just west of the station. Except old Andy, none of the crowd of men on North Main street at that hour seemed to know or care about the sick man's distress.

Old Andy ran to the prostrate man and lifted up his head. Then he notified the police. Two officers carried the ragged one inside the station. He died before Lieutenant Morris could learn his name.

Not a scrap of paper was found upon the body to identify it. The coroner and an undertaker were notified.

ROBBERS ATTACK A WOMAN. ~ Take Her Money and Leave Her Lying Unconscious in the Snow.

December 19, 1907

Take Her Money and Leave Her Ly-
ing Unconscious in the Snow.

Alma Day, the 16-year-old daughter of W. L. Day, a barber who lives at Thirtieth street and Cleveland avenue, was assaulted and robbed last night at Thirtieth street and Askew avenue by two men who had followed her from Kansas City, Kas.

Miss Day is employed in the buttering department of Swift's packing house and receives a salary of $6.25 per week. Yesterday was her pay day and she thinks that the two men who assaulted her were aware of the fact. The men took her week's pay, less the 5 cents she had paid in car fair going home.

She says that they got on an Indiana avenue car at the same time she did when she was returning home from work. They sat across the aisle two seats behind her. They followed her from the car at Thirtieth street and Indiana avenue. She walked on down Thirtieth street to Askew, within one block of her home, when the two men grabbed her. She was strangled until she almost lost consciousness. One of the men struck her on the back of her head and in the face. She fell unconscious and lay in the roadside for almost an hour.

Her older sister, Effie, went out to the grocery store, and in doing so had to pass her sister lying in the snow. She did not know that the body was that of a person, but being somewhat frightened at it, walked to the other side of the road. She returned from the store and walked around her sister again in the same manner.

About fifteen minutes later one of the neighbor's boys made the same trip as did Effie Day. He did not notice the body until on his way back home. He immediately ran to the Day home and told Mrs. Day of her daughter's condition, and Alma was carried into her father's house, a block away.

From the tracks in the snow it was thought that the two men ran up Askew for about a quarter of a mile and then they crossed a field and went directly towards Jackson avenue.

The police were notified immediately, but were unable to trace the robbers further than Jackson avenue.

Miss Day's injuries, while not serious, are painful, and she will be unable to leave her bed for some time.

DIVORCEES ARE ALWAYS PLEASANT. ~ Judge Goodrich Gathers Fashion Notes as He Cuts Knots.

December 19, 1907

Judge Goodrich Gathers Fashion
Notes as He Cuts Knots.

After granting twenty-eight divorce decrees in the circuit court at Kansas City yesterday, Judge James E. Goodrich remarked:

"I have been looking forward to this day with expectancy for many weeks. Divorce day is the occasion of the great semi-annual millinery display in the court house, and I always pick out a model for a new hat for my wife from the lids worn by the crowd of dissatisfied brides and their friends.

"There have been some wonderful hats in court today. One lady, whom her husband failed to feed, wore a top piece with seven ostrich feathers and a basket of fruit. It's the most astonishing lid I've seen in court in three years.

"Did I see a hat to suit me? No, not exactly, but I got ideas of the kind not to buy."

Divorce day always brings pleasant thoughts to judges and clerks. The wives and husbands always smile so kindly and their thanks are so sincere after the knots have been cut. As Hinton H. Noland, clerk to Judge Hermann Brumback, says:

"Next to getting married, a woman finds most joy in getting a divorce. At least that's what I glean from seeing them here on divorce day matinees, wearing their glad rags and chattering like a flock of school girls. Well, the judge made a bunch of them happy today."

The new dresses, rustling petticoats, chattering tongues and gay hats, cheered everybody in the court house. Even Joseph Goodykuntz, who had to write up all the decrees on the record, was caught humming:

"I wish the girls were all transported,
Far beyond the Northern sea."

SNOW CAUSES COLLAPSE. ~ Front of Fifteenth Street Building Falls, but No One is Hurt.

December 18, 1907

Front of Fifteenth Street Building
Falls, but No One is Hurt.

The northwest quarter of a two-story brick flat at Fifteenth and Baltimore collapsed yesterday morning at 4:30. The building sits up on a high embankment which has ben made exceedingly dangerous on account of the grading which has been necessary in cutting Fifteenth street through to Baltimore avenue.

The foreman of the grading gang had ordered the building braced with wooden supports. This was done, but the sleet and snow of yesterday morning caused the props to slip. With the statys gone or useless the outer wall of the building fell into the street.

The house was occupied by two families at the time of the accident. Mrs. Lulu Kelley and her family lived on the ground floor and Charles O'Day lived upstairs with his wife and two children. O'Day and his wife had left their two children in charge of Mrs. O'Day's sisters while they themselves spent the night with a relative who was ill.

When the people in the flat were awakened by the shock of the collapse, they ran out into the back yard in their night clothes, and despite the snow and cold, did not dare return into the house until they had been satisfied that there was no further danger of collapse.

When the police arrived and found that no one was injured, they called in the fire deparment to inspect the part of the building which remained standing. The occupants were told that they might stay the rest of the night in the rear rooms of the house in safety. At the break of dawn they had all of their household goods packed and ready to move.

W. H. Hawkins, a building inspector, says that he had notified the tenants of the flat two weeks ago that their home was in a dangerous condition. He said the building would have to be torn down.

HE WEARS SQUIRREL TAILS. ~ In Other Respects George Daily, Indian Policeman, Is in Style.

December 18, 1907

In Other Respects George Daily, In-
dian Policeman, Is in Style.

After having been separated from his mother for about 30 years, George Daily, an Otoe Indian, who is a police officer on the Red Rock reservation in Oklahoma, passed through Kansas City last night en route to the Crow reservation in Nebraska to pay is aged mother a visit. She was the squaw of an Indian chief named Seetone, who was at the head of a tribe in Nebraska many years ago, and she is now 74 years of age. Daily was but 10 years old when he went to Oklahoma. He was educated in the schools of Oklahoma.

At the Union station last night he was dressed as the average American, except that his long black hair was braided, wrapped with green ribbon, with tails of squirrels hanging to the bottom of the braids.

WALLACE TAKES THE CREDIT. ~ Tells Alderman Zinn He Started the Sunday Closing Wave.

December 17, 1907

Tells Alderman Zinn He Started the
Sunday Closing Wave.

Criminal Judge W. H. Wallace started early yesterday morning. On his way downtown he boarded a car on which was Alderman Charles Zinn. The alderman had made twenty-one affidavits that Judge Wallace is prejudiced and so unfit to try theatrical cases pending in his court. His honor made a bee line for the alderman and for twenty or thirty blocks the two had a crowded car for an audience.

"You think I am not fit, do you?" the criminal judge demanded. "You think I am not right? I tell you the people are with me. Yes, sir, the people are. I started this. I started it myself. Now look at the whole of the United States. Look at it from New York to Omaha. I started it!"

"Now I know you are prejudiced," was the last word the alderman from the Sixth ward could get in.

FOUR ATTEMPTS AT SUICIDE. ~ Member of Aristocratic Philadelphia Family Tries to End Life Here.

December 17, 1907

Member of Aristocratic Philadelphia
Family Tries to End Life Here.

Four attempts to commit suicide, none of which was successful, marked an eventful day in the life of Robert Patterson yesterday. Patterson, who is said to be of an aristocratic family in Philadelphia, seemed determined to end his life and it was not until he had been strapped to a bed in the emergency hospital last night that his attempts at self-destruction ceased.

Patterson had been at the Baltimore hotel since December 14. He is said to have told that he had wealthy and influential family connections in Philadelphia, but that he had had trouble with his father about a marriage he was contemplating. He told a policeman that an uncle of his was at one time governor of Pennsylvania. he had evidently been drinking heavily for the past few days.

PULLED HIS ARM INTO PLACE. ~ Hose Captain O'Sullivan's Men Performed Surgical Operation.

December 17, 1907

Hose Captain O'Sullivan's Men Per-
formed Surgical Operation.

A defective flue caused a fire in the home of Bert Liles, 1814 Newton avenue, Sheffield, last night at 9 o'clock. Liles and his family had gone to church but the neighbors saw the fire and sent in the alarm.

When the companies arrived it was discovered that a closet which was built in the wall next to the flue had caught fire. Captain James O'Sullivan of hose company No. 21 opened the door of the closet. The space which was closeted off had never been floored, and the captain, not knowing this stepped through the rafters. He fell about four feet, throwing his right arm out of place at the shoulder. He called for help and his companions, in attempting to pull him up to the floor again, caught hold of his right arm. They gave a strong pull and the dislocated joint fell back into place. O'Sullivan will be laid up for a few days.

THEY BLAME THE PRINTER. ~ Rood Meetings Are Advertised as "Road" Meetings in Country.

December 17, 1907

Rood Meetings Are Advertised as
"Road" Meetings in Country.

"What an awful blunder for the printer to have made," was the comment of John Wagner, chairman of the Democratic county central committee, last evening, when his attention was called to the fact that handbills distributed over the county announce "Rood" meetings as "Road" meetings.

t is perhaps an unfortunate mistake for the Democratic party, too, as advocates of the good roads movement, and what farmer in Jackson county is not, may possibly get sore when they, after driving a few miles, to learn about a better way to get crops to market, find out that there is nothing to hear but a little political talk over the sheriff election.

THEY'RE SLEEPING ON CHAIRS. ~ Laborers Out of Employment Pack the Helping Hand.

December 16, 1907

Laborers Out of Employment Pack
the Helping Hand.

"There are more people in the North End than ever before at this season," said E. T. Brigham, superintendent of the Helping Hand Institute, last night. Mr. Brigham was racking his ingenuity to find a means of crowding three men into places where there was but room for two, and that crowded. He had just converted three chairs into a temporary bed for a man fresh from the rock pile, and was pausing to explain why the place was so crowded.

"You see, it's the financial situation plus cold weather," he continued. "Most of our guests will not dare the rigors of our system, which requires a man to saw cordwood or break rocks for a bed, as long as the weather will permit sleeping outside, or there are good jobs waiting for them. The financial stringency has thrown many men out of employment. Particularly is this true of railroad laborers. And so they come to us for beds. We are so crowded we have to let many sleep upon chairs or the floor."

"Then, too, demands for men through our employment bureau have fallen off 50 per cent since last month, while demands for positions have increased 100 per cent. Singularly enough, we have men looking for jobs with checks issued by their last employers they cannot get cashed."

SHE'LL NOT WORK ON SUNDAY. ~ Variety Actress Refuses Out of Principle, and Not Fear.

December 16, 1907

Variety Actress Refuses Out of Prin-
ciple, and Not Fear.

There is one performer at a local theater this week who will not be indicted by the Wallace grand jury. She is Miss Pudge Catto, of the team of Catto and Heath, at the Century. Miss Frankie Heath went on with her singing and dancing set yesterday afternoon and when Manager Donegan inquired why Mis Catto did not appear he was informed that that young woman never works on Sunday.

"My folks opposed a stage career," the performer told Manager Donegan, "and I had to promise before I left home that I would never appear at a Sunday performance."

Miss Catto, not being around the theater, did not know she would be indicted by the grand jury if she "worked." I was a matter of principle with her. Miss Catto's parents live in Bath, Me., and are old-school Presbyterians. She is 19 years of age, and handsome.


December 15, 1907





Hair-Splitting Legal Points and Dila-
tory Tactics That Resulted in Sev-
eral Curtains Going Up
Late Last Night.

Curtains were delayed in going up in some of the theaters and there were overtures by abbreviated orchestras last evening because Judge W. H. Wallace had stage hands, ticket sellers and other theatrical folk in the criminal court room from 5 o'clock until 8:25, nearly three and a half hours.

The Shubert theater suffered the most, as four of the members of its orchestra stopped to get dinner when they were released by Judge Wallace ten minutes after the curtain was supposed to be rung up at the theater. They, as others arrested yesterday, had been arraigned and given bond nearly two hours before Judge Wallace permitted them to leave the court room. Two deputy marshals stood at the door and forcibly detained everyone whom the court ordered to stay inside.

Just what Judge Wallace was trying to do, after the arraignments were concluded at a few minutes past 6 o'clock, no one seems to have any clear idea. That he succeeded in interfering with week day performances at local theaters, no one questions.


In the words of the law the court held the prisoners after they had given bond, to give them opportunity to withdraw pleas of "not guilty," which their attorneys claimed they had never made. When they declined to withdraw the pleas the court acted for them, assigned their cases to Judge James L. Fort, overruled certain accessory pleadings and then stated that their pleas of "not guilty" be restored to them. If any court's record in the history of the world ever looked like Judge Wallace's record will appear when the stenographer untangles it, it has been expunged from the memory of local attorneys.

The delays started a little before 4 o'clock when the theater people began arriving for arraignment. Judge Wallace was hearing an argument in a larceny case and declined to deal with the crowd of indicted ones until 5 o'clock, over an hour later.

When Deputy County Prosecutor Charles Riehl called the first name, "William Warren," manager of the Auditorium theater, both he and Attorney A. L. Cooper attempted to waive a reading of the indictment in each case. That would have saved half an hour in the sixty-seven arraignments. But Judge Wallace thought they should be read. As each indictment was read in full , the court asked what the plea would be and Attorney Cooper laid a plea in abatement and an application for a change of venue on the clerk's desk, saying that he filed them as his plea. Judge Wallace in each instance said the attorney had not filed the papers, but merely thought he had filed them and ordered the clerk to file a plea of "not guilty for the defendant, standing mute." The bondsman was then called upon and required to stand and be sworn in each individual case. It took time to go through all of this sixty-seven times.


When finally Charles Riehl said, "That's all, your honor," and Clerk "Waxy" McClanahan had remarked, sotto voce, "Bring on a double porterhouse next," the court called the name of William Warren, the first man arraigned.

"Senator Cooper," said the court, "you may now withdraw your plea of not guilty and file your plea in abatement. I will rule on that now."
"The plea in abatement is already filed," replied Attorney Cooper. "The pleas of not guilty was not filed by the defendant but by your honor. I decline to assume the responsibility of touching it. Your honor may withdraw it, if you choose. If any mistake has been made, the court has made it."
"Have you anything to say?" asked the court.

"The defendant and his attorneys standing -- or rather the attorneys sitting mute, the court directs the clerk to withdraw the plea of not guilty for the defendant and to file the defendant's plea in abatement. Do you wish to be heard on the plea of abatement, Mr. Cooper?"
"I desire to be heard on my application for a change of venue, which was filed at the same time. After such an application is filed this court has no jurisdiction to hear anything else in the case."
"The attorney standing mute, the defendants' plea in abatement is overruled. What do you say now, Mr. Warren, guilty or not guilty?"
"I object to the court's trying to make it appear that all this is being done after the bond has been given," said Mr. Cooper.
"The defendant standing mute, the court directs that a plea of not guilty be entered fro him. Now the court will take up the change of venue. Do you wish to argue that now, senator?"
"I object most emphatically to the court taking that up at this time. It was filed two hours ago. The defendant has given bond. He wants to go home to his supper. It will be time for him to go to his theater in a few minutes. I object to this court's interrogating this defendant further. The motion for a change of venue, as filed by me two hours ago, I ask to be granted. As this court is trying to make out that it is filed at this time, I refuse to even consider it."
Judge Wallace replied:
"The change of venue is granted insofar as it does not apply to transferring the case to the judge of the second division of this court. It is assigned to Judge James L. Fort and the trial set for January 7."
It took much longer for the court and the attorneys to go through this rigamarole for each defendant than it did for the original arraignment. As proof, only twelve men went through the second ordeal during the two hours that the court sat with two marshals at the door. It looked as though there would be no termination and County Prosecutor I. B. Kimbrell went out to dinner. Some bitter things were said. Attorney Charles Shannon, who was associated with Senator Cooper, was assigned to remark every thirty-five seconds, "we object," and "we except to the ruling." Several times he interrupted half-finished sentences of the court. Once Judge Wallace turned about sharply and said:
"What are you objecting to now?"
"I don't know," said Shannon, "Whatever it was you said, we object to and also except."
Later on when the crowd became restless, Judge Wallace wasted a good deal of time in asking the attorneys why they did not want to make arguments. When finally Attorney Cooper broke into one of the many controversies between Judge Wallace and Attorney Shannon with a direct and pointed plea that performances in the theaters were being delayed by the court's actions, the judge said:
"I have been very lenient and moderate with the theater people. Do you think they will all promise not to work tomorrow, if I let them go now?"
"I don't know," said Cooper.
"Well, I'll once more be moderate and I'll continue this hearing until 9:30 Monday morning."
"The court doesn't deserve any credit for its moderation," were Cooper's last words.
Attorney Cooper's statement to the court that the people held in the court room were needed at the theaters for the Saturday night performance, was not news to the judge. He had asked Prosecuting Attorney Kimbrell early in the afternoon about this and had been informed that they were needed.

IT LEAD TO THE SANTA FE TRAIL. ~ Judge Goodrich Holds That Old Fragment Is Still a Road.

December 15, 1907

Judge Goodrich Holds That Old Frag-
ment Is Still a Road.

Memories of fifty years ago were revived yesterday by a decision in Judge James E. Goodrich's division of the circuit court declaring the roadway east from Gillham road, through a part of Janssen place, to be a city street, and ordering it graded preparatory to paving. richard and Oliva Smith fought the suit on the contention that the section of road was inclosed and belonged to them.

Fifty years ago that bit of street was a portion of the Independence-Westport trail, the main thoroughfare south to Westport, and practically the only wagonway from what is now the business center of Kansas City to the Santa Fe trail at Westport. There are men in Kansas City who have driven over it in a covered wagon.