NEW JERSEY: Rice Pudding -- with Raisins

For 13 months, Municipal Auditor William Sternkopf Jr. had delved into Jersey City's past, hoping to uncover fresh lore about the quaint folkways of old Frank Hague and his crumbled Hudson County political barony. Last week Auditor Sternkopf announced happily that he had tracked down full details of one of the most significant rituals of Boss Hague's time—an institution known as "Rice Pud ding Day."

Once a year, and twice every fourth year when there were municipal elections, collectors would circulate among the 8,000 or 9,000 lucky people who made their living off Frank Hague's Jersey...

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