POLITICAL NOTES: Man Without Influence

One of the nation's humblest men is New York's Frank Costello, who doesn't want anyone to think that he is as influential as everybody says he is. When California's Commission on Organized Crime recently identified him as the probable head of a nationwide slot-machine syndicate, the Tammany judgemaker wrote to Earl Warreri: "Governor, the truth is that I have so little influence . . . that I can't square a traffic ticket for myself."

There was evidence last week of the palest smidgen of truth in what he said. It appeared that Frankie was unable to square his own dentist...

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