VETERANS: The Battle of Broadway

Greedy Manhattan can gulp up a convention crowd as easily as a sword swallower taking an aspirin tablet. But last week, as 250,000 members of the American Legion poured in for their biggest national convention since Pearl Harbor, the Big City cleared for action. It moved everything movable out of hotel lobbies, boarded up plate-glass windows, ordered its cops to be especially paternal, and then, as resignedly as Cleveland, Miami or Omaha, waited for the first big bang.

Only a scattering of the Legion's 2,000,000 World War II veterans came to the...

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