NEW YORK: Everyone Doing His Duty

Nothing was too good for William O'Dwyer as he abruptly bowed out last week as mayor of New York. Grover Whalen, the man with the carnation in his buttonhole who officiates at the city's ceremonial greetings, turned himself inside out and whipped up a ceremonial farewell. All that was missing was a turnout of a few million New Yorkers.

On one of the hottest days of the summer, a parade of about 5,000—military and naval units, city employees, policemen, firemen and seven bands under limp silk flags—marched up Broadway. In front of City Hall, party bosses, military commanders, the consuls...

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