Legionnaires were subdued. Suddenly and forcibly, they had been made to realize that their hooligan antics had ceased to amuse. The clincher was the problem of next year's convention. Wailed a committeeman: "For the first time in our history, we have no bid from any city." Nobody seemed to want the American Legion.

All week long, at their Miami convention, the Legion's aging delegates were on their best behavior. Some 700 Legionnaires had been assigned to police duty to help keep order. If water pistols were flourished too carelessly, they were seized....

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