Pendergast Machine

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Letter signed "From One Who Wishes you Success" to Governor Lloyd C. Stark with information about how the Pendergast machine achieves its votes by bringing in out-of-town relatives, "friends of the machine" from Kansas City, Kansas, and WPA workers who "were given jobs just a week before."

Letter from Clarence Cannon to Lloyd Stark, recounting a speech by his Republican opponent, Jesse Barrett. The text discusses corruption under the Pendergast Machine and throughout the state, including insurance and pension fraud.

Letter from A. P. Clarkson to E. J. McMahon, discussing Inspector Morris Nunn campaigning for James Billings for Missouri Supreme Court.

Letter from Lloyd C. Stark to R. P. Spencer, thanking him for his advice and reporting that he thinks Senator Bennett Clark will be friendly to his campaign. He also mentions contacts in Howard County and Arrow Rock.

Copy of a telegram form James A. Reed to Tom Pendergast regarding "the Franklin matter."

Letter from I. N. Watson to Jesse Barrett describing a recent primary election in Kansas City during which people were bussed in from St. Louis in order to vote fraudulently.

Four page article subtitled "An Appeal to the Farm men and Women of Missouri," outlining William Hirth's focus on defeating the Pendergast political machine. Hirth was a democratic candidate for Missouri Governor, ultimately defeated by Lloyd Stark.

Unsigned postcard to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting that "'slots' are in vogue in Jackson Co.," Jackson County, naming Ridge Arcade and a business operated by Jack Nigro as two locations.

Letter from Chas. W. Dickey to Lloyd C. Stark, writing with campaign advice and potential connections throughout the state. He also references clippings which appeared in the Lamar Daily Democrat and Springfield Leader, and mentions concerns with Pendergast involvement in WPA appointments.

Letter from Kansas City resident David C. Bagby which claims that, despite some reforms, the Pendergast machine still controls the city, particularly the jobs.

Letter from Jesse Barrett to Raymond Brandt of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, advising him of a rumor he heard about Pendergast traveling East to assert the influence of his political machine.

Excerpt of an article from the Kansas City Times that describes Kansas City's reputation as damaged by its domineering machine politics.

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