Future: Vol. I, No. 17


Issue of the anti-corruption, Kansas City-based newspaper, Future: The Newsweekly for Today. The front page includes a photo and article, continued on page 8, about the cleanliness and purity of Kansas City’s milk supply and how to regulate that industry. Other featured articles include: “Fanfaronade” (p. 3), about the bars, saloons, and similar "joints" on 12th Street in Kansas City, describing the types of people and businesses prevalent there in the Great Depression, including "underworld tycoon and termite, the glib and gandy, the dime store dips, dime-a-dance dames, prostitutes, peanut politicians and pimps, and precinct captains who 'handle' the dive collections" for the Pendergast machine, etc.; “Men of the Month” (p. 3), about Lieutenant Jeff Rayen (pictured), "head of the police motor theft bureau," and Otto Higgins, "director of police," both "indicted by a federal grand jury on a charge of perjury recently," and describing Rayen's transfer from the motor theft bureau to detective work due to high automobile theft and resulting high insurance rates; and “May We Present Ralph T. Harding” (p. 5), a photo and biographical sketch of Ralph Harding, "president of the Kansas City Bird Store, notary public and attorney-at-law," born in Ohio about 1900 and coming to Kansas City as a pet store proprietor, later defending Walter McGee, "the kidnapper of Mary McElroy" in court; also included in the newspaper are advertisements for local businesses and articles on fashion, finance, cooking, music, art, and national and international news.

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113 East 31st Street
Kansas City, MO
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MVSC F 051 F996 1935
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