In its new Manhattan Building met last week the Executive Committee of Tammany Hall to discuss such routine things as a contribution to national Democratic deficit. Finally Secretary Eagan asked the chairman for permission to read a letter. He read: "Because of ill health and on advice of physicians I resign as leader of Tammany Hall. George W. [Washington] Olvany." Silence. Looks. Leader Olvany, present, said nothing.* Followed then days of consternation, for a New York mayoralty contest looms. Nearly every district leader hoped for the succession. Meanwhile to Surrogate James A. Foley everyone, including Alfred E. Smith and James...

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