Of all U.S. politicians, Boston's James Michael Curley is perhaps the strongest believer in the maxim that God helps those who help themselves. As onetime mayor of Boston he helped himself to $30,000 of city graft. Nevertheless he became governor of Massachusetts, then U.S. Congressman. Up or down, whether riding the crest of popularity or selling the family silver to meet his debts, Jim Curley has been at the public trough for 44 of his 70 years. Last week he hoped once again to better himself. At the very time when he had been re-elected to Congress, and a...

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