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The Boss

By David Dayton McKean
This Web version, edited by GET NJ, COPYRIGHT 2003

This Irish trait of settling a matter in dispute by violence is accompanied by a streak of Irish sentimentality. He seems about to break into tears when in his speeches he tells about the great work done at the A. Harry Moore School for Crippled Children, which he calls `the Crippled School for Kiddies.' This emotional appeal enables him to divert attention from the conditions of the schools for the normal ninety-and-nine. His building of the gigantic Medical Center has also its sentimental side; as he told the Case Committee, `I'm not going to put the almighty dollar against the lives and health of the people.'

The humor that is characteristic of the Irish is missing in Mayor Hague. There is no fun, no merrymaking, in his conversation. He has apparently no conception of how a remark of his can be viewed in any other way than his own. He likes to refer to himself in the third person, to say, `Hague says to all these critics spreading their false propaganda --' or, `After all this they had to come to Hague.' No excess of modesty prevents him from setting himself up as an expert on local or state government, or as an authority on business trends: `I can say, from my experience and observation, that I see no immediate end, and it would not surprise me to see 5 to 7 years more of this depression in this country. So you can see, ladies and gentlemen, how important this amendment is....' (Speech of June 9, 1939. Official text.) He spent, as he said, `a couple of days' in Russia in 1936, and later gave an eight-column interview on communism and Russian police brutality, based upon his study and observation.


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