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Letter from Albert P. Newell to Ellison A. Neel regarding Neel's statement regarding the Pendergast machine in a recent Kansas City Star. Newell writes that "it took great courage on your part to come out so flat-footedly against the powers that be," and states that he is confident the machine will be overturned.

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April 15th 1938

Letter from Hazel Autry to Ellison A. Neel asking for help after having her daughter taken away from her five months prior. She writes that after opening a bathhouse she was expected to make pay-offs, but later learned that the person collecting that money was not passing it along to "the 'man'," leading to her business being raided, being jailed, and her daughter being "put in a home." Autry writes that her daughter will not be released unless she pays a fee she can't afford, but that she has "worked on all elections ...

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March 17th 1938

Letter from Ellison Neel to Frank Hollingsworth, chairman of the Douglas-for-Judge Club. Neel recommends John T. Harding to give a speech, and recommends spreading the word that Pendergast is causing trouble amongst the Democrats "to try to help him gratify his spite and ill-will towards" Governor Lloyd C. Stark for not reappointing the local election board.

Date: 
July 26th 1938

Letter from Ellison Neel to Albert P. Newell in reply to Newell's letter of April 15. Neel writes that Kansas City is suffering in many ways "from the strangle-hold that has been obtained upon it by a bunch of men that operate a system that is primarily for their own benefit." He also writes that the machine has "more or less of a monopoly on all public work" and hurts local businesses.

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April 18th 1938

Letter from Charles L. Dunham to Ellison Neel in support of Neel's stance against the Pendergast machine in the press, and asking for recommendations for attorneys who are not Pendergast-affiliated, saying he "will not employ or recommend an Attorney except those who are enemies to the Pendergast outfit."

Date: 
March 23rd 1938

Letter from Mendell Myers to Ellison A. Neel, in response to Neel's "courageous remarks" published in the previous day's Kansas City Star.

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March 18th 1938

Letter from Inghram D. Hook to Ellison A. Neel regarding Neel's "forthright statement" in the Kansas City Star regarding the upcoming election. Hook writes that "the machine ... is on its way out."

Date: 
March 25th 1938
KANSAS CITY PUBLIC LIBRARY | DIGITAL HISTORY
Civil War on the Western Border: The Missouri-Kansas Conflict,1855-1865.
The Pendergast Years, Kansas City in the Jazz Age & Great Depression.
KC History, Missouri Valley Special Collections at the Kansas City Public Library.