Story of New York municipal politics and the love affair of the statesman hero who maintains his political ideals.
s Watts who dictated the acceptance, helped Peter put the finishing touches to his toilet, and eventually landed him safely in Mrs. Purdie's parlor. His description to the boys that night of what followed is worthy of quotation:
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