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Alien enemies' wives are loyal

Alien enemies' wives are loyal
Creator: Topeka Capital
Date: January 1, 1918
This article printed in the Topeka Capital details an incident involving Charles H. Johnson and Joseph Fisckale, both of whom expressed sympathies for the Germany and Austria. Turned in by their American-born wives, Johnson and Fisckale were "sent to a place of safe keeping until after the war."


Fred Robertson, United States District Attorney, to Charles H. Sessions, secretary to Governor Arthur Capper

Fred Robertson, United States District Attorney, to Charles H. Sessions, secretary to Governor Arthur Capper
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: July 9, 1917
United States District Attorney Fred Robertson of Kansas City (Wyandotte County) writes to Charles H. Sessions, secretary to Governor Arthur Capper, of Topeka (Shawnee County). The letter regards Session's request to send government agents to Wilson (Ellsworth County) to apprehend suspected German sympathizers. During WWI, the Governor's office occasionally contacted the United States District Attorney's office in Kansas City regarding concerns over suspected pro-German elements in local communities, usually at the request of local residents.


Fred Robertson to Charles H. Sessions

Fred Robertson to Charles H. Sessions
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: April 17, 1917
Fred Robertson of the United State Attorney's Office, Kansas City, writes the secretary to Governor Arthur Capper, Charles H. Sessions in response to a letter he received. The letter acknowledges receipt of a letter from W. A. Lewis of Pence (Scott County), who is alarmed by the behavior of a German neighbor. During World War I, citizens suspicious of the patriotic allegiances of their neighbors often sent reports of such suspicions to the Governor. The Governor's Office often forwarded these reports to the United States District Attorney for investigation.


Letter from Fred Robertson to Myron A. Waterman with enclosed political cartoon

Letter from Fred Robertson to Myron A. Waterman with enclosed political cartoon
Creator: Robertson, Fred
Date: 1917
Letter dated May 27, 1917 from Fred Robertson to Myron A. Waterman, both of Kansas City, Kansas, thanking him for a cartoon of congratulations. Enclosed loose inside the stationery is a print of a political cartoon by Waterman. Fred Robertson (1871-1959) was the United States Attorney for the District of Kansas from 1913 to 1921. Myron A. Waterman (1855-1937) first gained recognition as a political cartoonist and illustrator in the early 1890s while working as the editor of the Fort Scott Lantern. He held a number of other occupations throughout his life including working in the drug store business and serving as a deputy state bank commissioner of Kansas from 1894 to 1901. Waterman was a staunch prohibitionist and a member of the First Congregational Church in Topeka, Kansas, moving there from Fort Scott in 1893. In 1901 or 1902 he relocated to Kansas City, Kansas.


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