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VOL. XX JANUARY, 1903 NO. 3
rHE SHAME OF MINNEAPOLIS
The Rescue and Redemption of a City that "was Sold Out
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,
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.
Table of Contents
The Shame of Minneapolis
by Lincoln Steffens, pp. 227-239 -
The Rescue and Redemption of a City that was Sold Out
The Impertinance of Charles Edward
by H.G. Rhodes, pp. 240-247 -
The Oil War of 1872
by Ida M. Tarbell, pp. 248-260 -
Chapter III of the History of the Standard Oil Company
I Stand Between Lady Macbeth and Matrimony
by Clara Morris, pp. 261-267 -
Across the State
by George Kibbe Turner, pp. 268-277 -
by H.W. Bynner, p. 278 -
by Josephine Dodge Daskam, p. 279 -
The Flying Death
by Samuel Hopkins Adams, pp. 280-286 -
Part I. The Tracks in the Sand
A Pilgrim form Abyssinia
by Stephen Bonsal, pp. 287-294 -
The Lords of Song
by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson, p. 295 -
English Men of Letters
by George W. Smalley, pp. 296-305 -
A Boy's Point of View
by Florence Wilkinson, p. 306 -
A Fair Upsetter of Customs
by Charles Fleming Embree, pp. 307-315 -
Dr. Lorenz, Straightener of Children
by John Swain, pp. 316-321 -
The Breath of Life
by Edith Wyatt, p. 322 -
The Right to Work
by Ray Stannard Baker, pp. 323-335 -
The Story of the Non-Striking Miners
, pp. 336-338 -
"The Myth of American Meritocracy"
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