Nation: Plea from Gary

Under normal circumstances, a Negro mayor would be a certainty in Gary, Ind., this year, and Richard Hatcher, 34, the Negro councilman who won the Democratic primary last May, should, by this time, be choosing his office curtains. Voter registration is approximately 4 to 1 Democratic, and the Lake County machine is one of the smoothest in the country; as a consequence, no Republican has been elected mayor in the last quarter century. But circumstances are not exactly normal in Gary this year.

Hatcher has been cut off without a penny by the local machine, which is standing absolutely idle. The city's...

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