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Hand painted lanternslide in a handmade wood frame. Painted slide depicts U.S. Senator Samuel Pomeroy reaching into "The Public Crib" (treasury) for Kansas Senator Alexander York. Just prior to the 1873 election, York charged Pomeroy with bribing him for his vote. Pomeroy claimed the money was for a business investment. While never confirmed, the accusation ended Pomeroy's political career. This slide is part of a collection made by Samuel Reader between 1866 and 1913. Reader was a Kansas farmer who was active in the early Topeka community. He built two homes, served in the Civil War, and wrote in a diary nearly every day for 64 years. Reader began painting slides in 1866 and continued throughout much of his life, holding magic lantern shows for the local community in his house and at church.

Creator: Reader, Samuel J.
Date: 1873

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Item Number: 224903
KSHS Identifier: 1949.22.49

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