POLITICAL NOTES: High & Crooked

Once there was a pudgy-faced newsboy on Chicago's West Side. His name was William Lorimer. His tactics were questionable but he moved fast—bootblack, sign painter, street car conductor, "boss" of Chi- cago Republicanism, banker, U. S. Senator. The higher he rose, the fatter he grew and the more crooked became his methods. In 1912 the Senate ejected him for having obtained his seat by bribery. In 1914 his La Salle Street Trust and Savings Bank crashed; seven years later he was put in jail because the Government found his banking schemes fraudulent. In...

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