With several meetings of New York’s Nazi overlords and their adherents scheduled for Friday night, the political cauldron was boiling over as the week-end issue of the Jewish Daily Bulletin went to press.
Of primary importance was the conclave of the executive committee of the German-American Conference, which was to supplement the Conference’s political committee.
That Louis Zahne, chairman of the German-American Independent Voters League, was to be named to the committee and subsequently elected its chieftain was a foregone conclusion.
Zahne himself was to address a rally of the Independent Voters League in Turn Halle, where the conference executive committee also was to meet.
On the speakers’ platform with him was to be Royal Scott Gulden, leader and organizer of the anti-Semitic Order of ’76 and candidate for Congress in the Eighteenth District.
Zahne declared himself in complete sympathy with the statement made by Dr. Herbert Schnuch, national president of the Friends of New Germany, who told the Jewish Daily Bulletin he would support Gulden.
The conference political committee, as its first two official acts, was to give formal endorsement to Gulden and to former Mayor John F. Hylan, who hopes to run for Governor on the “Recovery Party” ticket.
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Zahne declared on Friday afternoon that he would come out even more strongly than ever at that night’s meeting in favor of Hylan’s candidacy.
Meanwhile, the former mayor’s chances of seeing his name on the ballot next month were under attack by Democratic leaders, who were gathering information on which to base protests against allowance of his independent nominating petition.
Although ordinarily the deadline for such protests would have been on Friday at midnight, the fact that that day was a legal holiday caused the time to be extended until Saturday midnight.
Hylan was defeated in an attempt to force the Election Bureau of the Secretary of State’s office in Albany to remain open on Friday, when Supreme Court Justice John Alexander vacated a temporary order to that effect issued Thursday night.
Democrats were particularly anxious over Hylan’s candidacy, conceding that it would cut principally into Governor Lehman’s vote.
The Nazis’ second pet candidate, Gulden, became bolder in his statements Friday when he learned he was assured of pro-Hitler backing.
“I’m against Communism, above everything else,” he said. “I’d fight force with force if I were in command. I’d string every Communist in this country to a tree if I had my way. I’d kill ‘em off cheerfully and plentifully.”