PENNSYLVANIA: Philadelphia's Hole

While Kansas City lost an old mayor, Philadelphia got a brand new one. On New Year's Day heavy-jawed ex-Judge Robert Eneas Lamberton stood in the hoary Academy of Music, where he scarcely ever goes because "I don't understand music," and took the oath of office.

Beneath the new mayor's new shoes was the empty, sealed-up, $6,000,000 tunnel of the Locust Street subway. Outside, down Broad Street cavorted Philadelphia's spangled, jingling, slightly cockeyed annual Mummers' Parade.

Place and circumstance might have been used as a symbol by a more rhetorical man than former...

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