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Spoils? The Boss of the Bronx, friend and confidant of F.D.R., EDWARD J. FLYNN has made politics his profession for the past quarter of a century. In this article he shows how a city machine works in his great district; he defines what he means by “the spoils system”; he demonstrates in detail why the boss system is “ a direct result of the election laws not only in the State of New York but in every state of the Union. ” While bosses are inevitable, he concludes, bad bosses are not, and the boss can survive only by giving the voters what they want.