Since last January, when Mayor La-Guardia turned him loose on New York City's government as Commissioner of Investigation, apple-faced young William B. Herlands, former assistant to racket-busting District Attorney Tom Dewey, has been turning up crockeries great & small. Last week Digger Herlands unearthed something neat in political rackets, an antique.

Real-estate lawyers had never questioned a "fee" ranging from 50¢ to $1.25 which they paid to clerks in the City Controller's office for filing various documents required by law. The fees, entirely extralegal, went into a small tin cashbox and were...

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