Jacob A. Riis (18491914). The Battle with the Slum. 1902.
Such a Ballroom!
Very likely I shall not find many to agree with me on this question of political meetings. Nonpartisan let them be then. So we shall more readily find our way out of the delusion that national politics have any place in municipal elections or affairs, a notion that has delayed the day of decency too long. We shall grow, along with the schools, and by and by our party politics will be clean enough to sit in the school seats too. And oh! by the way, as to those seats, is there any special virtue in the deadline of straight rows that have come down to us from the time of the Egyptians or farther back still? No, I would not lay impious hand on any