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From Burns Strader to Lloyd C. Stark

Letter from Burns Strader to Governor Lloyd C. Stark regarding the upcoming Missouri Supreme Court primary. He writes that "the elections have been characterized by deliberate violation of the law governing elections," and offers suggestions for cleaning up the process.

From Birt Keys to Guy Park

Letter from Birt Keys of Kansas City to Missouri Governor Guy Park complaining about corruption, particularly in regard to old age pensions in the state.

From Bessie Peppard to Lloyd C. Stark

Letter from Bessie Peppard, to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, describing local women in her political organization being threatened by city employees.

From Bert Lyon to "My dear Friend"

Letter from Bert Lyon describing his friendship with and support for Tom Pendergast, as well as endorsing James Billings for Missouri Supreme Court. He claims that "perhaps in all American history there never was a national figure who was more misunderstood than Mr. Pendergast," and that Governor Stark "has proved himself an ingrate."

From Bennett C. Clark to James A. Reed

Letter from Bennett C. Clark to James A. Reed in which he discusses a recent meeting with James A. Farley. In this meeting, Farley had asked if it was okay for Thomas J. Pendergast to control Kansas City appointments. Clark firmly opposed this and mentions that Farley divulged that "the President himself at Albany had promised this patronage to Pendergast before the convention!"

From B. R. Williams to Lloyd C. Stark

Partial letter from Sheriff B. R. Williams of Macon County to Lloyd C. Stark, writing with campaign discussion and his confidence that Stark will receive Tom Pendergast's endorsement.

From B. R. Williams to Lloyd C. Stark

Letter from Sheriff B. R. Williams to Lloyd C. Stark, congratulating Stark on his endorsement by Pendergast and other Kansas City Democrats.

From Ashton Keith to Maurice M. Milligan

Letter from Ashton Keith to Maurice M. Milligan suggesting that if Milligan should run for governor instead of Senate if he wishes to continue working against the Pendergast machine. He also writes that Pendergast "WAS NOT AND IS NOT THE REAL BOSS," and that "the Machine is far more strongly entrenched in Kansas City ... than most people realize."

From Ashton Keith to Lloyd C. Stark

Letter from Ashton Keith to Governor Lloyd C. Stark. Keith writes that Stark has a great deal of work remaining if he wishes to root out corruption and graft in Kansas City, as "all the splendid work that has been done by yourself and others positively has not yet even scratched the prime source of control of machine politics." He suggests that graft money can be traced to "two certain banks" and "can furnish some strong indications as to deep interest in ... the 'machine.'"

From Arthur Freund to Arthur Vanderbilt

Letter from Arthur Freund to Arthur Vanderbilt describing the legal justification for pursuing election fraud cases in Kansas City.

From Arthur F. Smith to Lloyd C. Stark

Letter from Arthur F. Smith to Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that he is temporarily withdrawing his endorsement of Stark in light of Tom Pendergast's support of his campaign.

From Arnold W. Cooper to Gov. Lloyd Stark

Letter from a construction foreman praising Gov. Stark for removing a Pendergast affiliate from the role of WPA Director. The letter outlines corruption taking place on a site at the River Des Peres near St. Louis.