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December 18, 1909


The Millionaire Didn't Get a Chance
to Note City's Growth.

Cornelius Vanderbilt, whose friendship for George J. Gould, together with the latter's need for additional capital in the Missouri Pacific secured for him a place in the directorate of that road, was in Kansas City again for a few minutes yesterday morning, stopping for an inspection of the new Missouri Pacific freight house at Union avenue and Liberty street, while engines were being changed on the special train.

The new Missouri Pacific director, while not at all a talkative man, expressed disappointment at not being able to take a trip over the city and view the growth of it since his last visit here, about eight years ago.

"I am coming back to see your city in the spring," said Mr. Vanderbilt, "and I may invest in your new terminal bonds."

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September 15, 1907



Hurried Away, Promising to Report
Later on -- By Telephone Informs
the Undertaker That Gumley
Is a Lost Brother.

The murder of John W. Gumley by his wife at their home, 1319 Liberty street, Friday night, developed a mystery yesterday which the police expect to clear up today at Stine's undertaking rooms, where the body awaits burial. Gumley, 44 years old, and a teamster, may prove to be the long lost brother of a well-to-do family living in the vicinity of Nineteenth street and Troost avenue.

Late yesterday a young woman, heavily veiled, called at the undertaking rooms and asked to see the body of Gumley. The caller declined to identify herself when questioned by an attendant, but stated that her residence is near Nineteenth street and Troost avenue. The unknown woman was escorted to the undertaker's private morgue, and the body was drawn out for her inspection. Immediately she showed great agitation and asked to be taken out of the room.


"I would almost swear it," she was saying to herself as the attendant led her back to the private office of the undertaker.

Then the mysterious caller, who had declined to tell her name and exact address, told those about her that she is confident Gumley was her brother, who had been lost to her family for many years.

"When I read his description in The Journal," she said, "I at once thought of the brother we have so long awaited. And there was something familiar about the name, too. He might have assumed that or it might be his own -- I would rather not say any more at present."

The mysterious caller left the undertaking establishment, saying she intended calling on friends who would know the body for sure and that she would return with them for an identification.


But the young woman -- that's the way the undertaker described her, although he said she might be of "middle age" -- did not return. Instead she telephoned Mr. Stine last night that the identification had been verified and that she will call today to take charge of Gumley's body. She stated that Gumley's mother is in town, and that the aged woman will accompany her to the undertaker's morgue today -- but still the woman who is sure she is Gumley's sister declined to state her name. The police and the undertaker are confident the mystery will be cleared up this morning.


Gumley was shot by his wife, Mrs. Rebecca Gumley, at 8:13 o'clock Friday night in his own home. The wife told the police her husband deserted her a week ago, and that he returned during the afternoon. In the evening, according to Mrs. Gumley and various witnesses to the tragedy, a quarrel growing out of Gumley's uncomplimentary remarks about a boarder led to a fight. As the husband started toward his wife with an upraised chair, the witnesses say, Mrs. Gumley fired two sots. The second lodged in Gumley's head and he died later at the emergency hospital.

After her arrest Mrs. Gumley did not deny the shooting but said: "I did it in self-defense."

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September 14, 1907


Emergency Physician Explains While
Working on Dying Man.

It was while William Montgomery, of Joy and Liberty streets, who was fatally shot by his wife, lay dying in the emergency hospital last night, that one of the physicians was asked what caused the "death rattle."

"There are two possible causes," the physician replied. "One is the lodgement of saliva in the throat and the other is the flabbiness of the throat muscles just before the approach of death. the relaxation of the throat muscles, along with the falling of the tongue into the throat, is the most common cause of the rattle. If a dying man was turned over on his stomach, there would be no rattle to his throat.

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July 28, 1907


Teamster Tells Her He's Going to
End Life in River.

My Dear Wife and Baby -- I hope these few lines find you both well, and with you good luck. My body you will find at Wabash bridge, with a rock fastened to my neck, so repeat this to mother. A. J. Daily was born December 22, 1883, and committed suicide July 26, 1907. Wife, goodby. Kiss Ray for me and break the news to all. I hate to, but here goes. God be with you. I can't."
This letter was received yesterday by Mrs. A. J. Daily, 17 years old, 1718 West Prospect place, from her husband, a teamster, who left her just before the birth of her baby, three weeks ago. The Dailys were married less than a year ago, but since their separation, he has been boarding at Thirteenth and Liberty streets. He visited his wife and baby last Friday, and at the time said nothing of contemplating suicide.

The police believe that Daily contemplated leaving the city, and wrote the letter to his wife as a ruse to throw them off his track.

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