NEW YORK: Pilgrim's Progress

As it must to all reformers, a severe trial of patience came last week to New York City's busybody Mayor Fiorello LaGuardia. The Mayor was determined to be wartime guardian of his voters' morals—no matter how unappreciative the voters might be. The results were discouraging.

When the fiery little Mayor ran bookmakers out of Times Square, they simply moved across the Hudson River to New Jersey, kept their Manhattan phone numbers, hired special trunk lines so that their patrons could still call them for a nickel. Last week the Mayor finally got the telephone company to discontinue the lines. The...

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