National Affairs: Hobson's Choice

Into Manhattan's Mecca Temple last week crowded several thousand New York City Republicans to pick a party candidate for Mayor. There was only one avowed candidate—Congressman Fiorella H. La Guardia—after Congresswoman Ruth Pratt had withdrawn because she would not "scramble for votes." So, as Hobson's choice, the convention designated Mr. La Guardia to make the race against Tammany's James John Walker.

Republican speakers, including Major General James G. Harbord, President of Radio Corp. and Emory Roy Buckner, one-time U. S. District Attorney, flayed Mayor Walker. Excerpts:

"He has worn. . . the cap...

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