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Politicians

To The Editor:

I have just received a letter from an old friend in New York—Morris E. Moskovitz—pointing out an error in my story “The Politicians” (March 1956), and he is correct.

Mr. Chauncey Depew, whom I call in my story a Sachem of Tammany Hall and its greatest orator, was really a power in the Republican party of that era, and the attorney for the Vanderbilt railroad empire. However, since the Republican party of Thomas Collier Platt was on a par with the Tammany Democratic party of Richard Croker, there is no need to apologize to Mr. Depew’s descendants for defamation of character.

It just goes to show that when one gets old one cannot trust one’s memory.

S. L. Blumenson
El Cerrito, California

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To the Editor:

I just finished reading “The Politicians” in the March issue of your magazine, and I must tell you that I experienced a rare thrill. . . . It brought back to me a feeling of pride in the strength of character of our people of that era on the East Side of New York. But above all I was delighted by the episodes and their actors, as presented by the talented and humorous Mr. Blumenson. . . .

My heart goes out to Yussel Tunick. I know exactly how he feels. The only consolation I can offer him is that he is not alone. There were thousands of these so-called “betrayals” and “betrayers.” Most of them managed to live it down. I hope Yussel did also. . . .

S. Kortchmar
New York City

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