National Affairs: Tammany

New York City politicians dropped into the Board of Elections office one morning last week to shake the hand of an old man there presiding. His name was John R. Voorhis; his age, 98. The occasion for congratulations was his 17th anniversary as Grand Sachem of Tammany Hall.

Grand Sachem Voorhis, by no means feeble, thanked everyone and announced that he hoped to pass his 100th birthday with Alfred Emanuel Smith in the White House. He also said: "Everybody talks about Tammany . . . but hardly anyone seems to know. To listen to them talk you'd think that the Tammany Society...