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Plunkitt of Tammany Hall
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PLUNKITT OF TAMMANY HALL 

Chapter 1.  Honest Graft and Dishonest Graft 

EVERYBODY is talkin' these days about Tammany men growin'
rich on graft, but nobody thinks of drawin' the
distinction between honest graft and dishonest graft.
There's all the difference in the world between the two.  Yes, many
of our men have grown rich in politics.  I have myself.  I've made a
big fortune out of the game, and I'm gettin' richer every day, but
I've not gone in for dishonest graft-blackmailin' gamblers,
saloonkeepers, disorderly people, etc.-and neither has any of the
men who have made big fortunes in politics. 

There's an honest graft, and I'm an example of how it works.  I
might sum up the whole thing by sayin': "I seen my opportunities
and I took 'em." 

Just let me explain by examples.  My party's in power in the city,

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