National Affairs: A Quiet Afternoon

Lake Mahopac, N.Y. (pop. 1,000) is as quiet and peaceful a town as could be found in a month of fine summer days. It has big trees, sunlit lawns and white houses, which often stand with open doors in warm weather. One of the white houses on a street called Bullet Hole Road is owned by a hardware merchant named Marvin Arnold, and late one afternoon last week, a balding, chunky fellow walked casually to its front entrance.

He was Donald Snyder, 25, automobile thief and jailbird. The day before, he had escaped from the New York prison at Stormville, N.Y.,...

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