There’s a story behind this. Too bad there’s probably no way to find out just what it is at this point (I’m not sure I want to go digging through hundred-year-old court documents even if they’re available).
I’m sure there was probably more going on between Mr. John and Mr. Ward than a simple matter of getting one to kiss President Wilson’s picture. I can imagine a long, possibly (hopefully?) friendly, political rivalry going on between the two neighbors. I wonder whether this ended the shenanigans or escalated them.