POLITICAL NOTES: Death of Shank

POLITICAL NOTES

In Indianapolis, they last week mourned the sudden death from heart failure of Samuel Lewis ("Lew") Shank, 55, farm boy, clog dancer, vaudeville trouper, auctioneer and twice mayor of Indianapolis.

Gawky, homely, his weighty trunk swaying upon long parabolic legs, he first barnstormed the rural counties as a burlesque "Little Eva" in a golden wig on a ladder to heaven. He turned yeast salesman, then ward politician. His grin and "Well, now, folks—" won him a larger majority than Indianapolis gave to...