National Affairs: Tammany Test

Just when Tammany Hall was bracing itself for a New York City-wide election this fall, a bloody body was last week plunked down upon its political doorstep. Frank Marlow, murdered Broadway gambler and racketeer, had hardly been settled in his coffin before a so-called Better City Government League nominated one-time (1918-25) Tammany Mayor John Francis ("Red Mike") Hylan to run as an independent candidate against Tammany Mayor James John Walker. The Hylan war-cry: Stamp out crime, vice, corruption.

Gambler Marlow had been a friend of Gambler Arnold Rothstein, whose murder last fall (still...

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