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The System

The System

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'the System,' as Uncovered by the San Francisco Graft Prosecution
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The Project Gutenberg EBook of 'The System,' as uncovered by the SanFrancisco Graft Prosecution, by Franklin HichbornThis eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and withalmost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away orre-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License includedwith this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org/licenseTitle: 'The System,' as uncovered by the San Francisco Graft ProsecutionAuthor: Franklin HichbornRelease Date: July 6, 2013 [EBook #43103]Language: English*** STARTOF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK 'THE SYSTEM,' AS UNCOVERED *** Produced by KD Weeks, David Garcia, Bryan Ness and theOnline Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net(This file was produced from images generously madeavailable by The Internet Archive)Transcriber's NoteFootnotes have been gathered at the end of each chapter.There are numerous apparent spelling or typographical errors, includingthose that appear in the copious quoted material. These have beencorrected, and are noted in the detailed notes at the end of this text.Italics are represented here using the underscore character as _italic_.Bold text uses the equal character as =bold=."THE SYSTEM"AS UNCOVERED BYThe San Francisco Graft ProsecutionBYFRANKLIN HICHBORN
 (Author of "The Story of the California Legislature of 1909"; "TheStory of the California Legislature of 1911"; and "The Story of theCalifornia Legislature of 1913.")"It is well enough, my fellow-citizens, to meet as we do to-night,and to applaud the sentiments of patriotism, and to echo thevoice of indignation uttered upon this rostrum. But another andmore imperative duty devolves upon every one of us individually,and that is to give his and her moral support to the officers ofthe law. We must not content ourselves by merely adopting a setof resolutions, and then going home and forgetting about it,placing all responsibility upon the constituted authorities.This is not a case of the constituted authorities. It is thecase of the people of San Francisco. And unless the people ofSan Francisco do their individual duty in supporting theprosecution, the officials of the courts and of the law mustfail in their efforts."--_Walter Macarthur at the mass meetingcalled at the time of the attempted assassination of Heney._COPYRIGHT, 1915byFRANKLIN HICHBORNSan FranciscoPress of The James H. Barry Company1915FRANKLIN HICHBORN'SBOOKS ONCALIFORNIA POLITICSStory of the California Legislature of 1909 $1.25Story of the California Legislature of 1911 1.50Story of the California Legislature of 1913 1.50"The System," as Uncovered by the San FranciscoGraft Prosecution 1.50CONTENTSChapter PageI. The Union Labor Party Movement 11
 II. The Ruef Board of Supervisors 22III. The San Francisco Ruef Ruled 30IV. San Francisco After the Fire of 1906 49V. Graft Prosecution Opens 73VI. Ruef's Fight to Take the District Attorney's Office 87VII. Oliver Grand Jury Impaneled 96VIII. Ruef Loses Fight for District Attorney's Office 107IX. Ruef and Schmitz Indicted 110X. Fight to Evade Trial 121XI. Ruef a Fugitive 130XII. The Trapping of the Supervisors 139XIII. Confessions of the Bribe-taking Supervisors 154XIV. The Source of the Bribe Money 168XV. Ruef Pleads Guilty to Extortion 186XVI. Schmitz Convicted of Extortion 208XVII. Schmitz Ousted from Office 215XVIII. The Real Fight Begins 240XIX. The Glass Trials and Conviction 269XX. The Ford Trials and Acquittals 279XXI. The San Francisco Election of 1907 300XXII. Higher Courts Free Schmitz and Ruef 320XXIII. The Defense Becomes Arrogant 335XXIV. Jury Fixing Uncovered 357XXV. The Shooting of Heney 370XXVI. The Calhoun Trial 388XXVII. The San Francisco Election of 1909 405XXVIII. Dismissal of the Graft Cases 425XXIX. Ruef's Last Refuge Fails 440

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