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Frederick Cook indicted for fraud...



Item # 618871

July 10, 1923

THE CLEVELAND NEWS, July 10, 1923

* American explorer Frederick Cook
* Indicted for mail fraud - oil


The front page has a banner headline: "INDICT 'DOC' COOK, 25 OTHER OIL MEN HERE" with subheads. (see) Nice to have from the city where it happened.
Other news of the day. Complete in 26 pages somemargin wear and tear, generally good. Should be handled with care.

wikipedia notes: In 1922 Cook became involved in the Texas oil business. In 1923 he was convicted of using the mail to defraud by signing mailers which overstated the oil discovery prospects of his company, and was imprisoned until 1930. (Roald Amundsen, who believed he owed his life to Cook's extrication of the Belgica, visited him several times.) The historian Henderson wrote that the sentence was considered excessive even by the district attorney. The judge in the trial was a friend of the Peary family. The subject oil finds eventually exceeded the potential outlined by Cook. He was pardoned by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940, ten years after his release and shortly before his death on August 5 of that year.

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