NEW YORK: New Chapter

The U. S. has not had a constitutional convention since 1787, a recurring grievance to iconoclasts who do not believe that the founding fathers wrought better than they knew. Most States, on the other hand, overhaul their constitutions fairly frequently. Three—Maryland, Missouri, New York—now put the question of calling a constitutional convention on the ballot every 20 years. New York voters said No in 1916, Yes in 1936. Last week after four and one-half months' debate and spending $1,116,191, 168 convention delegates produced a new 50,000-word constitution.

New York's present constitution was...

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