How the Bridge Was Built
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Tweed had all the evidences of wealth with the close of the war. Four years before he was stone-broke after his unsuccessful shrievalty campaign. Now he was a millionaire. A large amount of Tweed's ill-gotten wealth came from the bounties appropriated by the city for substitutes of drafted men. Says The Herald: “The bounty ring was of the most elaborate description, a ring in which Supervisors, recruiting officers, doctors, bounty brokers, and policemen were interested, and in the profits of which they shared.” General L. C. Baker, in his “History of the United States Secret Service,” published in 1867, in telling of his unsuccessful efforts to break up the bounty ring in New York, refers to the “high social and official position of many of the suspected parties” and of the refusal of the New York police to render him assistance when called upon.