The eyes of Edward Laurence Doheny, 73, California oilman, were damp with grateful tears. His cheeks were pink with happy excitement. His back tingled pleasantly where his smart lawyer, Frank J. Hogan, had thumped him in high delight. "Thank you and God bless you!" he cried to the nine men and three women jurors who had just acquitted him of bribery, in the District of Columbia Supreme Court.

So ended the last criminal case growing out of the Oil Scandals of the Harding administration.

The charge against Doheny was that he had bribed...

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