NEW JERSEY: Souvenir from the Boss

William Flanagan had long been a little curious about the locked drawer in his office safe. As deputy mayor of Jersey City, he sat in a seat once warmed by one of Boss Frank Hague's most trusted henchmen. Last week, rummaging through a filing cabinet, he found a key that unlocked the drawer. Inside he found the richest souvenir yet of Boss Hague's corrupt and efficient regime: six bound volumes labeled either "For" or "Against" and containing, on hundreds of pages of legal foolscap, the names of every home owner in Jersey City.

In all, some 17,000 names were carefully...

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