National Affairs: Chicago Stop-gap

Only once before in its 100 years had Chicago been faced with such a problem as puzzled it last week. Without a Mayor, it had no legal way of getting one. No statute provided for succession or appointment. A special election could not be held before June. Swiftly the city's Democratic machine went into action.

First it had to choose a leader to fill the gap which Anton Joseph Cermak's death had left in the party organization. As expected, 70-year-old Patrick Austin Nash got the job as well as Cermak's place on the Democratic...

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