NEW YORK: So-Called Civilized

Well-tamed New Yorkers have long since learned that to stray beyond the floodlights in the city parks at night is to invite a holdup, a mugging or worse. But Columbia University Professor Karl H. Menges, 52, who has seen some wild places in his time, thought he was in a civilized country as he took his evening walk one night last week past Morningside Park, which borders the Columbia campus. Half a dozen teen-agers stopped him, asked for a match, then as he hesitated beat him over the head with a heavy board and knocked him bleeding to the...

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