STATES & CITIES: Harun-al-Mackey

STATES & CITIES

Harun-al-Raschid, onetime ruler of Bagdad, made a practice of going about among his citizenry in disguise in order that he might govern them more sympathetically. Of his adventures he told many a tall tale.

Last week, Philadelphia's Mayor Harry Arista Mackey revealed that for some time past he too has been disguising himself to go among his citizenry. Made up as a tatterdemalion in false whiskers, with a red bandana knotted about his neck, he would wander nocturnally among the poor and jobless of the city, sleeping and eating with them...

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