PENNSYLVANIA: Philadelphia Story

Philadelphia is famed for dead heroes, delicate food and municipal mismanagement. Last week it got a new dead hero and a new delicacy. The hero: Samuel von Pufendorf. The delicacy: Bologna. The municipal mismanagement was still right there.

For 57 years a Republican machine has ruled and ruined Philadelphia. The police force has been undermanned, street lights failed, water out of taps has been so noisome that citizens took their drinking water from springs (TIME, Jan. 8, 1940). Latest chapter in the Philadelphia story went back to New Year's Day, 1940 when, amid the jingling of Philadelphia's Mummers' Parade, Robert Eneas...

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