In Chicago the Incredible, the approach of April primaries brought about a recrudescence of the sort of things that have made the city world-infamous. Politicians hurled Chicago language of stunning crudity. Gangsters hurled Chicago "pineapples." The Chicago press hurled its disgust in a manner suitable to mass circulations.

Bombings. In Chicagoese, "pineapple" is a euphemism for an ugly, black, egg-shaped object known elsewhere as a hand-grenade. Since the first of the year they have been utilized 21 times by racketeers angry for one reason or another with fellow racketeers, politicians, bootleggers, gamblers. Last week "pineapples" exploded on the doorsteps of...

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