Few towns of 15,000 population are as famed as Newburyport, Mass. In Revolutionary days it was the home of "Lord" Timothy Dexter, who made a fortune selling warming pans to the West Indies. It has great square houses stretching more than four miles along its elm-shaded High Street, its restaurants specialize in clam chowder. In the late '20s, a buffoon of a mayor named "Bossy" Gillis put Newburyport on many a front page with his antics: he festooned his ridgepole with chamber pots, planted tombstones for his political foes in the front...

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