June 19, 1906 (Tuesday)
PHILADELPHIANS CAN BREATHE A SIGH OF RELIEF: Freddie Muth, the son of a wealthy jeweler, has been returned to his family, seven days after he was lured from the safety of the Muhlenburg Public School. It turns out a baker at 60th and Haverford avenue recognized the picture of the 7-year-old boy that the police had distributed. He recalled seeing a man with the boy at an oyster bar at 1613 Haverford Avenue sometime after midnight last Wednesday. That helped the police in their search. They tracked the kidnapper and boy down to in the city. The accused man, John Joseph Kean, is "a member of a respectable New York family, one-time bookkeeper of the Harlem Bank, a stock broker and more recently a real estate agent." Evidently he needed the money. Police were able to identify him by comparing handwriting on the ransom notes with some material presented by Keene's former boss, who claims the man had embezzled $400 from him. Word spread quickly about the arrest. About a thousand Philadelphians were at the Muth residence by the time Freddie was returned to his family. He still had his school book under his arm.
PRINCESS CHECKS IN WITH FORMER LOVER: Princess Chimay, formerly known as Clara Ward, has put gypsy violinist Rigo, in a difficult position. Rigo, who is leading a Hungarian Band at the Harlem Casino, has in his hands a $100 check from the woman, whom he has abandoned. (The couple, shown at right, eloped a couple of years ago.) She has continued to declare her love for the musician. He, evidently, demurs. The article ends with this statement: "Rigo had not decided tonight just what he would do with the $100 check." Maybe he thinks that cashing it reveals a token of his affection for the woman.
ONE WAY TO PROTEST AN UMPIRE'S CALL: center fielder Charlie Jones (left)of the Washington Senators is in trouble. He got upset after he was called out in the ninth inning yesterday on a "doubtful third strike." So, Jones threw a glass at the grandstand at the St. Louis stadium. It so happens that the glass landed near a box occupied by the wife of the secretary of the St. Louis Browns. The husband, named Rickert, has sent a strong letter to league president Ban Johnson asking for punishment of the player. If Jones had hit the woman, maybe the Senators would consider making him a pitcher.