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Letter from the Council of Men's Clubs President Milton C. Lewis to the Musicians' Protective Union, Local No. 627, A. F. of M. Lewis on behalf of the Council of Men's Clubs believes the Local No. 627 should accept "a reduction in the price of Union Music, in conformity with the reduction of wages in other crafts."

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May 24th 1932

Letter from Musicians' Protective Union, Local 627 President William Shaw to Dr. Milton C. Lewis, President of the Council of Men's Clubs. Shaw on behalf of the Local No. 627 believe that despite the current depression, the current wages for musicians as set by the union are "not exhorbitant [sic]".

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May 26th 1932

Letter from Hannibal H. Hill, Jr. to Dr. Milton C. Lewis of the American Legion, Wayne Miner Post, No. 149. Hill provides an invoice for the nights he and his orchestra performed from March 10 through March 15, 1935. In this invoice Hill includes each member of the orchestra, their instrument, what nights they played, and how much money each are due. Hill claims that to date, he has not received nearly the amount owed for each performer.

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April 24th 1935

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

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June 11th 1939

Anonymous letter to Governor Stark congratulating him on efforts to remove Matt Murray from oversight of the state W.P.A. The author also alerts the Governor to another potential scandal involving a W. P. A. construction project in Kansas City.

Letter that describe retaliation against a Kansas City employee who had collaborated with reformers, and including a St. Louis Star-Times clipping advocating the ouster of Matthew S. Murray as the state WPA director.

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June 21st 1939

Letter describing the corrup practices of the WPA offices in Kansas City, under the direction of Matt Murray.

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June 26th 1939

Letter from a former timekeeper on a Missouri WPA project, describing the corruption in place regarding the awarding of jobs. Gov. Lloyd Stark is CC-ed on the letter.

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July 3rd 1939

Letter to the Governor from Mrs. L. M. Fry describing corruption and injustices occuring at her husband's job.

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March 31st 1940

Letter describing unfair treatment by Pendergast bosses at the WPA in Crawford County, Missouri.

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April 12th 1940

Letter from Harold E. Brawley to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, describing corruption in the Missouri Works Progress Administration and State Highway Department in Reynolds County. Brawley writes that he "lost today's work on the State Highway because [he] said yesterday 'Our Gov. is right, for Judge Douglas is the proper man for the place,'" as well as other similar incidents.

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June 17th 1938

Letter from James H. White to Lloyd C. Stark, in which Stark asks if he might make speeches in support of Judge James Douglas' campaign for Missouri Supreme Court and offers information about the campaign support with Kansas City Democrats. White writes that he has "been unemployed for more than two and one half years at this time," and suggests the reason is related to machine control.

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July 6th 1938

Letter from Thomas Y. Matley to J. W. McCammon, discussing bipartisan support for James Douglas in the campaign for Missouri Supreme Court in Clay and Platte Counties. He notes that with some individuals, "Governor Stark was being criticized for removing old folks from the pension roll," and that "quite a few who seemingly are not sufficiently interested to go and vote."

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July 14th 1938

Letter from Mrs. Rosa Reed to Governor Lloyd Stark, reporting that a man in her area was spotted tearing down Douglas posters and replacing them with Billings posters. She also writes that local WPA workers are being coerced into supporting Billings in the Missouri Supreme Court election.

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July 19th 1938

Letter from T. C. Oyler to Frank Hollingsworth, discussing the state of the Missouri Supreme Court race in Linn County and his work for the Douglas campaign. He reports that "our pictures are torn down or defaced nearly as rapidly as we can put them up," and hopes that Governor Stark could visit Marceline to help in their efforts.

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July 16th 1938

Letter from Joseph N. Breitenstein to George A. S. Robertson, superintendent at the Missouri Department of Insurance. Breitenstein writes to report on the state of the Missouri Supreme Court campaign in Lawrence, Barry, Stone, and Christian Counties. He writes that "Kansas City Boys" have been active in those areas and are "paid employees of T.J.," as well as his own campaign activities in those counties.

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July 1938

Letter from Ruben R. Schade to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, reporting on the state of the Douglas-Billings Missouri Supreme court race in southeast Missouri counties, as well as other updates about regional politics.

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July 8th 1938

Letter from Edna Charlton at the Missouri Old Age Benevolent Association, inviting people to a rally for Missouri's "aged people" at Municipal Auditorium on July 31. The letter states that Governor Lloyd Stark has been jeopardizing pensions for the state's elderly.

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July 27th 1938

Letter from R. F. Baynes to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing the state of the Missouri Supreme Court race in New Madrid County. He writes that Prosecuting Attorney J. V. Conran supports Billings and that the Pendergast machine is providing support for Billings in the county. He also writes about state election law and what actions are permissible in campaigning.

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July 25th 1938

Letter from William E. Fessant to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, discussing the obstacles he has encountered in obtaining work through the WPA due to his opposition for Pendergast and support for James Douglas. He believes his work, six hours a day at Wallace State Park, "is because the Pendergast gang wanted me where I could do the least amount of electioneering for Judge Douglas."

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July 28th 1938

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