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to gain hyn notoriety at small ex
He's 54 years old, and has had
Atlantic-co in his vest pocket for
All the powerful . influences at
Kuehnle's command pounced
down on Judge Kaiisch 'after the
boss was convicted. A petition
for fine without a hard-labor
prison sentence was presented,
Every banker in town but two.
Every big business man ex
cept three or four.
Nearly every professional man.
Leaders in the saloon and gam
bling house fight.
And several ministers !
Why, in the name of decency,
did such people sign ? They were
forced to. To the business man,
the gang said :
"Sign this petition or your
credit at the bank goes glimmer
To professional men, the gang
"Sign this petition of your rent
To the reformers and ministers
the gang said:
"Sign this petition or your rent
goes up and your receipts for
charity drop to nothing."
And they signed.
All this had about as much
effect on Judge Kaiisch as a maid
en's whisper on a Kansas cyclone,
When he sentenced Kuehnlc, this
is what he said :
"It is necessary that individuals
holding public office, be they
powerful or be they weak, should
understand that laws' cannot b"e,
disregarded with impunity or dis
obeyed. Louis Kuehnle, stand
Kuehnle stood up, pale, and
trembling, in the dead silence of
a packed courtroom ; no Jonger
the supreme Joss, but the cring
ing grafter, stripped of power,
facing sentence before a merciless
judge on all fours with the low
est member of society.
Qut of that silence came the
"Louis Kuehnle, it is the sen
tence of the court that you be
confined for one year at hard
labor in state's prison; that you
pay $1,000 fine and that costs of
prosecution, and that you remain
in prison until fine and costs have
Kuehnle was convicted of graft
ing on paving contract for $310,
000. The water board, of which
he was president, let a contract to
a man named Lockwood was a
dummy acting for the United
Paving Co., of which Kuehnle is
a big stockholder.
Kuehnle's four chief lieuten
ants were sentenced to from three
monthsto one year at hard labor.
A Wise Lawyer.
"Much noise thou makest in
this dull place," said Satan to a
corporation lawyer as he entered
an earthly court.
4Well, that's about the best ar
gument I know of," replied the
Holding a concert for charity
is a base way of side-steppfng'thev
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