National Affairs: District of Columbia

Unexpectedly, the Special Federal Grand Jury in the District of Columbia indicted Senator Burton K. Wheeler of Montana for conspiracy to defraud the U. S. of oil and gas lands in his home state. The alleged fraud is of the most ancient and bewhiskered type , in the land-grabbing business: no one person is allowed to get a permit to prospect over more than 2,560 acres, so crooked prospectors use dummies. Allegedly, some 9,000 acres were so secured by one Gordon Campbell,— client of the Butte, Mont., law firm of Wheeler & Baldwin,...

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