National Affairs: Honest Grafter

Three and one-half years ago, 1,530,000 men and women voted for a middle-aged widow named Mrs. Florence E. S. Knapp and elected her as New York State's first female Secretary of State. Last week, twelve New Yorkers, sitting on a jury, voted to send Mrs. Knapp to jail for grand larceny in office. During the taking of New York's 1925 census, Mrs. Knapp put her stepdaughter's name on the payroll, then received the stepdaughter's checks herself, forged the endorsements, spent the money on clothes. On the witness stand, Mrs. Knapp said her step-daughter...

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