National Affairs: City Sewers

Some day, graft charges against municipal officials may accumulate above ground, perhaps in connection with airports or chutes for rockets to the moon. For the present, sewers are the conventional source of civic turpitude. Last fortnight's effluvia from the sewers of Queens, a Borough of New York City, were characteristic of a predominant type of big-city government in the U. S.

The borough of Queens has had for its president since 1911 a corpulent Irish-American, Maurice E. Connolly, whose father used to hoe corn and dig potatoes where all is apartment buildings, pavements and...