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"The Non Partisan Employment Emporium for Democrats"

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on February 15, 1931 showing Democrats eating around the "Water Main Job Counter" while Tom Pendergast says, "Those without letters from Democratic precinct captains eat at the second table, maybe." Those waiting to say "When do we eat?"

"The Kibitzer Has a Laugh, 'What More Do They Want?'"

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on February 15, 1931 showing Tom Pendergast, Joe Shannon, and Cas Welch enjoying Home Rule of the Kansas City Police Department while trading police action figures. The onlooking "Kibitzer" references a pseudonymous City Hall inside source for the Kansas City Star in the early 1930s.

"The Home Rule Bedtime Story As Told To Our Legislators By Judge McElroy"

Clipping from the Kansas City Star of Tom Pendergast, Joe Shannon, and Cas Welch dressed as old women and knitting while the Kansas City Police Department plays like children on the floor. The signs on the wall show, "God Bless Our Home", "Crime never pays", and "The way of the transgressor is hard".

"The Democratic Machine Makes a Clean Sweep..."

Cartoon from the Kansas City Star after the local election on March 25, 1930. The drawing depicts James P. Aylward driving a street sweeper with Bryce B. Smith, Henry F. McElroy, Alfred N. Gossett, Thomas J. Pendergast, Joseph B. Shannon, and Casimir J. Welch. The caption reads, "The Democratic Machine makes a clean sweep in our recent municipal election."

"Studies of Leading Democrats at Today's Convention"

Clipping from the St. Louis Star on March 28, 1932 of top Missouri Democrats at the Democratic State Convention in St. Louis, Missouri. Pictured are "Mrs. Nell Donnelly (Kansas City candidate for delegate at large), Ernest A. Green (St. Louis candidate for delegate at large), William T. Ragland (Supreme court judge), H. C. McElroy (City manager of Kansas City), C. W. Greenwade (Chairman state committee), Perl Decker (Joplin candidate for delegate at large), James Pendergast (Nephew of Tom Pendergast), Ewing Y. Mitchell (Springfield candidate for delegate at large), Mrs. Charles B.

"Stole Whisky and Admit It"

Clipping from the Kansas City Post on February 26, 1925 showing three Kansas City policemen involved in a heist. The caption states, "Confessions they stole eleven cases of whisky from a $200,000 cache they found in a garage at 7112 East Fifteenth street, were made today by these three policemen. Their signed statements involve Joseph R. Gant, accused wrecker of the Centropolis bank. They are (1) Ira H. Miller, police chauffeur; (2) Lawrence Bowers, patrolman; (3) William F. Langford, patrolman."

"Stark and Pendergast"

Reproduction of an article from the St. Joseph News-Press from late July or early August 1937 describing Governor Lloyd C. Stark's refusal to reappoint the Kansas City election board and Emmett O'Malley as State Superintendent of Insurance. The author describes Pendergast as "an elderly man who, misguided as that man might be in many of his methods politically, certainly always has kept the faith..."

"Senator Reed's Varying Moods and Expressions"

Three photographs of Senator James A. Reed with amusing captions.

"Scenes on Mayor Bryce B. Smith's Red Bridge Farm"

Clipping from the Kansas City Journal-Post on August 25, 1935 showing photographs from Kansas City Mayor Bryce B. Smith's farm near the northwest corner of Blue River Road and Red Bridge Road. It includes photographs of Smith and his daughter Betty Mary Smith, the Red Bridge Farm lake (now Alex George Lake), a totem pole, the main entrance, an ornamental well, hunting trophies, a spring house, and other subjects.

"Scenes of the Great Democratic Rally on the State Fair Grounds at Sedalia, Saturday, June 7th"

Clipping from the Pendergast-controlled newspaper The Missouri Democrat on June 13, 1930. This excerpt includes photographs of Thomas J. Pendergast, Thomas J. Pendergast, Jr., James M. Pendergast, and James A. Reed.

"Red-D-Mix Joy Ride"

Clipping from the Kansas City Star on April 23, 1931 showing three men (presumably Tom Pendergast, Cas Welch, and Joe Shannon) taking a joy ride while a young boy holds a sign stating, "We have no money for playground supervision."

"Reaching for St. Louis"

Political cartoon in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch on March 25, 1933 depicting Thomas J. Pendergast's firm control of Jefferson City and his grasp for control in St. Louis.