National Affairs: LaGuardia's Job

Even the Manhattan newspapers admitted that Mayor LaGuardia had never been in better form. There were 675,000 people in Central Park (some estimates were 750,000) in a patriotic rally to celebrate "I Am An American Day" and the Mayor, facing the biggest crowd in Manhattan's history, let himself go. He led the bands, introduced the speakers, exchanged ancient jokes with Eddie Cantor, and wound up with a message to dictators : "I tell them not to depend on the fifth column in this country because there is only one column here. That is the American column." He overshadowed Harold Ickes, bubbled...

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