NEW YORK: Out of Harness

Boss of Long Island's rock-ribbed Republican Nassau County (pop. 672,765), is J. Russel Sprague, old friend and crafty political lieutenant of New York's Governor Thomas E. Dewey. Last week Sprague, under fire for his ownership of $500.000 worth of stock (which cost him, in effect, $24,000) in the scandal-ridden Yonkers Raceway, resigned as New York's Republican national committeeman.

Sprague managed Dewey's unsuccessful bid for the presidential nomination in 1940. During the 18 years he has bossed Nassau County. Sprague has deftly built up big Republican pluralities in his mushrooming suburban duchy.

When investigations of New York's brisk harness-racing industry developed evidence...

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