MASSACHUSETTS: Hail to the Chief

When he was sent to prison for mail fraud last June, Boston's Mayor James Michael Curley told the judge that he had at least nine serious ailments (gall bladder disease, arteriosclerosis, diabetes, hypertension, etc.). "You are sentencing me," he said brokenly, "to death."

Last week 73-year-old Jim Curley returned to Boston and his $20,000-a-year job (Boston had thoughtfully kept his pay going while he was in prison). President Truman had commuted his 6-to-18-month sentence at the end of five months,* one month before he would have been eligible for parole. Outwardly, the only sign of Boss Curley's ordeal was a...

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