National Affairs: Scow E

Out to sea nightly are tugged municipal scows bearing tons & tons of New York City's garbage. Twenty miles south of Scotland Light they dump their burdens into the dark sea, return. Barge E of the city's Sanitation Commission garbage fleet last week completed her usual run, lay, supposedly empty, at her berth almost under Brooklyn Bridge. At 3 a. m. about 100 men appeared there with three big trucks, swarmed over her.

Casually passing in the East River was Customs patrol-boat 546, John Beach commanding. To him it seemed a strange time for garbagemen...

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