New York: Civics Lesson

At a stag luncheon in a Brooklyn restaurant last week, Abraham M. Lindenbaum, a member of the New York City Planning Commission, rose up over the coffee cups and asked the 43 guests how much they were prepared to contribute to Mayor Robert Wagner's campaign for reelection. Each guest stood up in turn and announced his pledge. In the end, the mayor's campaign purse was some $25,000 heavier. Not one of the guests—all builders and real estate men, many of whom do business with the city—failed to pledge at least $100, and...

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