National Affairs: White-Washed

"I can understand . . . that the Governor [Alfred E. Smith] in casting those votes against those reform bills [touching gambling and the facilities for prostitution] might honestly have felt that the bills were unconstitutional or were not enforceable or infringed on personal liberty or encouraged police blackmail. . . .

"I have never consciously questioned any man's motives and so ... I desire to withdraw the charges formally, in so far as they affect his votes on gambling and prostitution, but not his position as to the saloon. . . .


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