National Affairs: Al Smith's Friend's Firm

When William Marcy Tweed bossed Tammany Hall and New York City, political livelihoods were made by out-&-out peculation. Boss Charles Francis Murphy brought the city contract racket to its juiciest fruition. But fashions in municipal graft change. Nowadays Tammany feeds largely on the real estate and building businesses. How it is done was clearly illustrated last week by Inquisitor Samuel Seabury to the eight-month-old Republican-controlled Legislative investigation of New York City's administration.

In 1924 Alfred Emanuel Smith wanted to wash behind Tammany's ears, make it presentable so that it would not embarrass him when...

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