NEW YORK: Charity & Good Cheer

In Manhattan—a town whose citizens assay high for canniness—a leisure-loving group of bums made a delightful discovery last year. They discovered that life and even love on the dole was not such a bad racket. A sharp operator could live in a good hotel room (even when travelers were being turned away) and get generous allowances for restaurant meals simply by talking fast and avoiding employment. And he could sometimes live the good, gay life for months without hindrance by welfare authorities.

This benign state of affairs was just too good to last. The New York World-Telegram printed embarrassing stories....

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