National Affairs: From the Mire

For 65 years Philadelphia has suffered its Republican city government as it has the water it drank. Both gave off a faint but unpleasant smell, but a true Philadelphian got used to both. This year, after the exposure of graft, extortion and embezzlement in nearly every city office, the smell from City Hall became too much even for torpid Philadelphians.

In a record off-year turnout, they booted aside four Republicans and installed four Democrats in the posts of treasurer, controller, coroner and register of wills.

The triumphant Democrats were led by Richardson Dilworth, firebrand...

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