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McClures Magazine
VOL. XX JANUARY, 1903 NO. 3
rHE SHAME OF MINNEAPOLIS
The Rescue and Redemption of a City that "was Sold Out
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BT LINCOLN STEFFENS
FAC-SIMILE OF THE FIRST PAGE OF "THE BIG MITT LEDGER"
An account kept by a swindler of tlie dealings of his " Joint" with City Officials, showing- first payments made to Mayor
Ames, his brother, the Chief of Police and Detectives. This boolc figured in trials and newspaper reports of the exposure,
but was " lost" ; and its whereabouts was the mystery of the proceeding-s. This is the first glimpse that anyone, except
" Cheerful Charlie'' Howard, who kept it, and members of the grand jury, has had of the book
WHENEVER anything extraordinary
is done in American municipal politics,
whetherforgoodorforevil,you
can trace it almost invariably to one man. The
people do not do it. Neither do the "gangs,"
"combines," or political parties. These are
but instruments by which bosses (not leaders;
we Americans are not led, but driven) rule
the people, and commonly sell them out. But
there are at least two forms of the autocracy
which has supplanted the democracy
here as it has everywhere it has been tried.
One is that of the organized majority by
which, as in Tammany Hall in New York and
the Republican machine in Philadelphia, the
boss has normal control of more than half
the voters. The other is that of the adroitly
managed minority. The "good people" are
herded into parties and stupefied with convictions
and a name, Republican or Democrat;
while the "bad people" are so organized
or interested by the boss that he can
wield their votes to enforce terms with party
managers and decide elections. St. Louis is
a conspicuous example of this form. Minneapolis
is another. Colonel Ed. Butler is the
unscrupulous opportunist who handled the
non-partisan minority which turned St. Louis
into a "boodle town." In Minneapolis "Doc"
Ames was the man.
Copyright, 1902, bf the S. S. McClure Co. ^11 rights reserved.


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