National Affairs: The Gut

Between Capitol Hill and the Hudson River, stretching five or six blocks south of busy, important State Street, is that district of Albany known as "The Gut." The underworld of many a city knows "The Gut" and draws gangsters from it, contributes gangsters to it. Women without escorts do not walk through "The Gut," by day or by night. The district is "segregated," and over it rules a Democratic ward politician, unofficial boss of Albany County, close friend of Lieut. Gov. Edwin Corning, by name Daniel P. O'Connell.

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