National Affairs: Epidemic

Every now and then, what the newspapers call an "epidemic" breaks out in the U.S. One season it will be influenza; another season, student suicides; another season, inventions for television or color cinema. This month, gambling scandals were the national "epidemic."

In New York, the opening of another horse-racing season at Saratoga Springs brought forth free-spending crowds, who entered the resort's perennial gambling rooms, which then were viewed with loud alarm by political opponents of Governor Smith, who thereupon equally loudly demanded that the Gambling be stopped, together with the Vice that was...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!