From David M. Proctor to James V. Billings
Letter from David M. Proctor to Judge James V. Billings, in response to Billings' solicitation of support. Proctor writes that, in spite of warm personal feelings, he cannot support Billings for two reasons: one, he is a Republican, and second, due to his sponsorship by the Pendergast machine. Proctor believes "the machine has become so unspeakably rotten that the Governor of this State, the President of the United States and tens of thousands of others wearing the same party lable [sic] have repudiated it." He also lists the extensive vice in Kansas City, the declining business and real estate sectors, and other ways in which Kansas Citians are suffering under the Pendergast machine.