Animals: Cats in Topeka

Topeka, capital of Kansas, takes its pets seriously. Last spring its flower-lovers, incensed by damage to their gardens, began to petition the city commissioners for an ordinance restraining dogs from running loose in the city. Dog-lovers rose in hot defense. Caught between the two camps and facing an imminent city election, the commissioners sidestepped. They put the dog-flower issue on the ballot. Topekans promptly got so interested in the resulting wrangle that candidates for city offices were almost forgotten. The election went to the dogs.

Last week Topeka was in the midst of...

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