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."
Clipping from the Kansas City Journal on February 28, 1925 depicting the area surrounding the intersection of 15th Street (now Truman Road) and Crystal Avenue where illegal liquors were allegedly unloaded for distribution. The caption states, "The map shows the tracks of the Frisco and Missouri Pacific railroads in the Centropolis district where most of the fine liquors received by the Kansas City liquor ring are said to have been unloaded.
Clipping from the Kansas City Journal on April 4, 1924 showing the cancelled check for $5,000 from Kelly-Dennis Company to T. J. Pendergast. Also pictured are Mrs. Harvey W. Harris (left) who presented the check to W. B. Brown (right).
Clipping from the Kansas City Journal on November 8, 1924 showing the Board of Governors for the Liberty Memorial Association. The caption states that, "A copper plate has been made from the above photographs of members of the board of governors of the Liberty Memorial association, and will be placed in the cornerstone of the memorial shaft at the cornerstone laying ceremonies tomorrow. The copper plate was made and donated by the Holland Engraving company. The photos are by Strauss-Peyton.
Letter from Eddie Meisburger, state editor of the Kansas City Journal, regarding the parole of Otto P. Higgins, Inmate #55996-L. Meisburger writes of Higgins' experience as a war correspondent for the Kansas City Star, his later law career, and that when he became director of the Kansas City Police department, "he little knew or desired the pitfalls it would open for him." Higgins was sentenced to two years in the United States Penitentiary at Leavenworth on charges of income tax evasion.
Letter from Eddie Meisburger of the Kansas City Journal to Senator Harry S. Truman. Meisburger updates Truman on how the Pendergast organization may be able to provide Meisburger's father with continued employment.
Letter from Senator Harry S. Truman to Eddie Meisburger of the Kansas City Journal. After Meisburger updates Truman on how the Pendergast organization may be able to provide Meisburger's father with continued employment, Truman responds. He tells Meisburger, "I have just written Fred Klaber about your Dad, and I hope it works out all right."