STATES & CITIES: Doleful Detroit

"We'll have the dew and the dawn and the sunshine of a new era. No man or woman will ever go hungry in this town."

So shouted a short, slender, red-headed young Irishman named Frank Murphy last September as he campaigned to be Mayor of Detroit. Times were hard but he would bring practical relief. Many good Detroit citizens were surprised when "Dew & Sunshine" Murphy was elected Mayor but many, many more were downright astonished when he, unlike most politicians, pitched in vigorously to execute his campaign promises.

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