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December 10, 1908


Will Take Place This Afternoon.
Police to Attend.

Mrs. Albert O. Dalbow, the widow of Patrolman Dalbow, killed in the city hall riot, yesterday accompanied her brother-in-law, Joseph Dalbow, to his home at Sixty-first street and Troost avenue. She will live there until she makes other arrangements after the funeral of her husband.

The funeral services will be at the home of Joseph Dalbow this afternoon at 2 o'clock. The body will be placed in a vault at Forest Hill cemetery.

A special order was issued yesterday afternoon by Chief of Police Daniel Ahern detailing officers to act as pallbearers and as an escort. The pall bearers will be officers John Tarpey, H. A. Eads, Edward Boyle, John P. Withrow, M. A. Savage and George Hightower.

Chief Ahern telephoned to the police chiefs of Kansas City, Kas, and Leavenworth, inviting them to send a representation of the police departments of their cities to attend the funeral of Patrolman Dalbow. Thirty patrolmen were ordered to act as the special escort and the night men were urged to attend. The police detail will be in charge of Drill Master Lang.

David E. Bowden, chief of police of Kansas City, Kas., last night made out a list of twenty-two patrolmen and officers which detail will represent the Kansas Cit, Kas., police department at the funeral of former Patrolman Dalbow.

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July 9, 1908


Yohanowic Is Told by Police to Get
Out of Town.

The throne of Peter Yohanowic, King of the Gypsies -- at least those encamped in Wyandotte county -- is tottering. This announcement coming so soon after the birth of an heir to the throne, which event was celebrated only a couple of days ago, will doubtless occasion some surprise, but the present peril in which the house of Yohanowic stands is not due to any revolutionary movement on the parts of the king's subjects. The Gypsies are still loyal to his majesty King Peter, but yesterday two policemen, just ordinary every day coppers, called upon his highness in the royal 6x8 canvas palace at Eighteenth street and Everett avenue, and served notice upon the king and his followers that they would have to "hike" from their present location. King Peter only smiled when the drilling proclamation was read to him, and without protest promised to go. In the afternoon the house of Yohanowic was moved to a vacant plot of ground in old Kerr's park just outside city limits.

The clash between the police and King Peter was occasioned by numerous complaints filed with Chief of Police D. E. Bowden by people living in the vicinity of the former Gypsy camp. Members of the Gypsy band have been working that section of the city with a fortune telling stunt Women claim they have been annoyed by the fortune tellers and in some instances badly frightened. One woman stated that after she had given a Gypsy 50 cents for the telling of her fortune she demanded that she be given a pair of lace curtains which adorned one of the windows in the ho use Upon being refused she declared she would cast a spell over the woman and her children. Several instances of this kind have been reported and Chief Bowden decided to move the king and his people outside the city limits.

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June 13, 1908


Chief Bowden Floats the "Humane Boat."

Chief of Police D. E. Bowden showed his kindness toward dumb animals by assigning one boat and its crew to rescue cats and dogs which were left behind by their ownders during the high water. Twenty-one dogs and thirty-seven cats in all were rescued by the "humane boat." They were found in all conceivable places, some on the tops of outhouses, others floating on drift wood, while several cats were taken from the branches of small trees in Shawnee park.

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June 13, 1908


Ten Men Are Caught Retailing
Liquor in Flood District.

Ten men were arrested yesterday afternoon for trying to swell the height of the flood with "wet goods." About 12 o'clock in the afternoon an express wagon drove up to police headquarters and unloaded ten cases of beer, the result of a raid made by Officer Bert Walters on a place at 276 Central avenue. William Ryan, Philip O'Connor, T. McLane and Frank Hagenbach were the names the arrested men gave.

Chief of Police Bowden arrested four men that were peddling whisky in Armourdale. A jug of whisky, several bottles and a number of glasses were confiscated. Roy Kidwell, L. J. Kidwell, Frank Mercer and Nelson Benson were the men arrested. Two drivers of the Kansas City Breweries Company were arrested by the chief as they came from the Argentine bridge. He sent them to police headquarters, where they were released as soon as it was learned the cases contained empty bottles and not full ones.

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May 27, 1908





Matter of Changing Active Officers
Is to Come Before Board Today.
Farce Follows Chief Dan-
iel Ahern's Order.

Not until yesterday was it made known that the records of arrests at police stations in Kansas City, ordinarily believed to be open to public view, are secret, perhaps sacred, reports, wont to be seen by any one not connected with the department until so ordered by the board of police commissioners, or, perhaps, some higher tribunal -- mayhap the mysterious influence behind the present police force.

While the charge has been made that officers who did their full duty in bringing in objectionable women of the streets, in whom well dressed vagrants were interested, had recently been taken out of plain clothes, put back into uniform and transferred to remote districts, it was additionally charged that the records of No. 4 police station for several months would show that every officer who had been active in that work had been removed to another district.

Believing that the records at a police station were as public as those of police court or any other court, a reporter for The Journal called at No. 4 (Walnut street) station yesterday and made this request of Captain Thomas P. Flahive:

"I want to see the record of arrests since January. I want to get the names of the officers working in plain clothes since that time. I want to see how many women each man arrested and find out if those same officers are still in this district, or if they have been removed."

"While our books may be regarded as public records," said Captain Flahive, "I must refuse you access to them unless you bring me an order from Chief Ahern of the board."

"The books are in Captain Flahive's district," said Chief Daniel Ahern later, "if he wants to show them to you he can. He won't, you say? Then I will not let you see them without an order from the board."


"Not by any means," was the reply of Commissioner A. E. Gallagher. "The matter will be brought to the attention of the board tomorrow."

Commissioner Elliot H. Jones, last night said, when asked whether the records of arrests were public property, "I don't know; I've never thought about it."

"It is my personal opinion, off hand, that such records are open to the public," came from Mayor Crittenden. "However, I am new in the business here and would not like to give a positive opinion. Ask the board tomorrow."

City Counselor E. C. Meservey was called up at his home last night after all of these refusals by public officers to screen police acts and asked whether he regarded the records of a police station as public records. He said promptly: "I see no reason why they should not be just as public as the records of the police court, especially those of past transactions. There is only one reason in my mind why they should be refused and that is where the police saw that the giving of the record would interfere with their duty in arresting law breakers." When told the record that was wanted he said, "that certainly is of past transactions and I think the records should have been produced."


The records under the Hayes administration will show that for one year previous to his removal by the board, July 31, 1907, only a few men were detailed in plain clothes in No. 4 district to bring in objectionable women and vagrants supported by them, and they were not removed for doing so. They remained at that duty a long time.

On the best information that can be gained without seeing the books, the records since July 31 last year will show that no fewer than from eight to ten different men have been assigned to duty in that district. From memory it can be truthfully said that since January 1 these officers have been detailed there: Edward Prewett, Daniel Doran, Frank M. Hoover, Thomas L. McDonough, Lucius Downey, J. C. Dyson, John Rooth and A. B. Cummings. All of them were active in doint their duty.

Prewett was put back in uniform and sent to No. 6.

Doran got into "harness" and was sent to No. 9, "the woods."

Hoover is now wearing blue at No. 6.

McDonough was taken from that duty, put into uniform but left in the district.

Downey, who had been in plain clothes for nearly three years, was put into a suit of blue he had nearly outgrown and sent to a tough beat in the North end.

Dyson in in blue and brass and is taking a chance at being sunstruck in the tall grass of No. 9.

Rooth and Cummings are still there, but the rumor is that they are slated to go June 1.


It is known that Downey and Dyson were threatened by thugs, vagrants and a saloonkeeper-politician and told they would be moved May 1. And on that date they were removed. Rooth and Cummings were so often threatened by the same men that they have appealed to the chief for protection. They were told by vagrants they would be moved June 1. Will they?

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April 20, 1908



Three Arrests Were Made Yesterday,
and the News Caused Other
Blind Tiger Operators
to Close.

The police of Kansas City, Kas., are prosecuting the crusade against the keepers of "blind tigers," and individual "drunks" vigorously. Between midnight Saturday night and sunup yesterday morning three "blind tigers" were raided, in which the alleged proprietors and eleven patrons were taken into custody and locked up at No. 3 police station. In addition to the arrests made in these raids twenty-six individuals were arrested and locked up at the different police stations on the charge of drunkenness. All of these offenders will be arraigned before Judge J. T. Sims in police court this morning, an it is more than probable that the court will follow out the administration's policy in its efforts to rid the city of this particular class of lawbreakers.

"I propose to make it my personal duty to see to the elimination of all 'blind tigers,' petit gambling games, and the like, which now infest the city," said Chief of Police Bowden last night. "I was out until 1 o'clock yesterday morning with a squad of patrolmen in plain clothes, and I propose to keep the good work up until the town is cleaned up of this class of offenders. Police Judge Sims is tendering material assistance to the department in showing those convicted but little mercy, and we hope to put a stop to the illegal sale of 'booze' on the Kansas side of the state line."

The chief says he will work every night for an indefinite length of time with the plain clothes squad, and visit every section of the city. In the raids made early yesterday morning, Jim Pullum was arrested in his place of business, across Kansas avenue from the Swift Packing Company's plant. Seven male frequenters and two women were taken into custody, the men being taken to jail and the women allowed to go home. Nealie Butler, who conducts a restaurant near Kansas and Packard, was taken in tow along with four frequenters.

The raids of Saturday night and early yesterday morning were noised around the city yesterday, and many of the proprietors of "blind tigers" closed. The crusade, however, is being kept up, so the chief states, and those who shut their doors yesterday figuring that the closing would only be a temporary move, may expect trouble the minute they resume business.

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April 3, 1908


Chief of Police Secures Two From
Mississippi Breeder.

Chief of Police D. E. Bowdon of Kansas City, Kas., yesterday closed a deal for a pair of bloodhounds to be used in the city in running down criminals. The hounds were secured from Mississippi and are all well trained. The owner of the dogs has consented to turn them over to the local authorities on the latter's agreement that they are to be placed in the hands of some one competent to take good care of them, the only compensation being the rewards offered for the capture of all fugitives brought to justice through the working of the hounds. Special Agent Crews of the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company has consented to take charge of the dogs and keep them in training.

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February 26, 1908


He Finds That Mrs. Lawrence Robbed
Herself of Jewelry.

Chief of Police D. E. Bowden of Kansas City, Kas., yesterday solved the mystery surrounding the "bold robbery" of Mrs. Charles Lawrence, 837 St. Paul street, Friday afternoon. According to the report made by Mr. Lawrence, a lone robber entered her home during the afternoon and, at the point of a revolver, compelled her to submit to having her hands tied behind her while he ransacked the house for valuables. The "bold, bad robber," so Mrs. Lawrence told the police, secured the following articles:

Two gold watches, one chipped diamond ring, one emerald ring, one gold ring, one gold bracelet, a gold filled watch and a gold locket and charm.

In looking up the case yesterday, Chief Bowden called upon the husband of Mrs. Lawrence, who informed him that he found the "stolen" jewelry hidden away in his wife's room, and that he had exported the "victim" of the robbery to the home of her relatives in Western Kansas. Mr. Lawrence requested the chief to make no further efforts to apprehend the robber

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