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Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Strickler Parole Recommendation

Letter from Thomas J. Strickler regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Strickler writes that, in his view, Higgins "has very definitely learned his lesson" and will make a "good citizen" upon his release. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Garrett Parole Recommendation

Letter from Ruby D. Garrett regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Garrett, an attorney and Pendergast ally, writes of Higgins' service as a war correspondent during World War I, noting that "no man ever showed finer gourage, or greater loyalty," and that he is currently being punished "for the only wrong of which I have ever heard connected with his name." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Flynn Parole Recommendation

Letter from attorney J. Frank Flynn regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Flynn writes that he has known Higgins since they were law school students, and states that he "associated with respectable people and had a good reputation." Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Otto P. Higgins Inmate File: Anderson Parole Recommendation

Letter from James H. Anderson regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Anderson writes of Higgins' commendations as a war correspondent, including "the personal commendation of our great General, John J. Pershing," and states his confidence that Higgins will "become a valuable citizen in our community" upon his parole. Higgins, the former director of the Kansas City Police Department, was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.

Kansas City, Looking Northeast from R. A. Long Building, Kansas City, Mo.

Postcard showing Kansas City, Missouri from atop the R. A. Long Building at the northwest corner of 10th Street and Grand Avenue (now Grand Boulevard). This elevated vantage point faces north-northeast and shows the Scarritt Building (pictured left) and the Federal Building (center). The back of the postcard includes a short letter to Nancy Quinn of Macon, Missouri.

From W. W. Filkin to Lloyd C. Stark

Letter from W. W. Filkin to Governor Lloyd C. Stark regarding voter intimidation at Kansas City elections. He writes that the "presence of the police of this city is no protection," and reports that in his experience as a Republican election judge, he was "insulted, cursed many times, ... threatened to be taken for a ride and finally the next morning was refused admittance behind the counter on which the registration books were lying."

From W. W. Filkin to Edgar Shook

Letter from W. W. Filkin to Edgar Shook suggesting that police protection at elections "has been nil in the past" and that National Guard forces might be in order to prevent voter intimidation. He reports that when he served as an election judge, he was "cursed" and "threatened."

From Thomas Phillips to Thomas L. Evans

Letter from Kansas City attorney Thomas Phillips to Thomas L. Evans, President of Crown Drug Company. Phillips writes in support of Dick Shanahan for a political appointment. He begins his recommendation mentioning that Shanahan has received an endorsement from James M. Pendergast.

From the Jackson County Republican Committee to the Citizens of Kansas City

Form letter from the Jackson County Republican Committee to the citizens of Kansas City in advance of the 1922 Election. The letter asserts that the nominees on the Democratic ticket were selected by Joseph Shannon, Tom Pendergast, Cas Welch, Johnny O'Neill, and Miles Bulger. The Jackson County Republican Committee instead urge the recipients to vote for Republican candidates.

From Mitchell J. Henderson to Guy B. Park

Letter from Mitchell J. Henderson to Guy B. Park, incoming Missouri Governor, asking to meet with him about a job in his administration.

From M. E. Hartman to Lloyd C. Stark

Letter from M. E. Hartman to Governor Lloyd C. Stark, unenforce rape and other crimes occurring in Kansas City.

From Joseph B. Shannon to the People of Kansas City

Form letter from Joseph B. Shannon to the people of Kansas City in which Shannon provides a list and figures documenting the rise of crime and police brutality in Kansas City from 1921-24 with the police department controlled by Matthew Foster and The Kansas City Star. In the postscript, Shannon alleges that policemen were ordered to "pay monthly political assessments" and states that the past "four years of police administration cost the taxpayers of Kansas City $5,232,691.74."