Ballot number 1,220 was cast last night in another futile attempt to elect a mayor for Cambridge.
Filing into the meeting 45 minutes late, the city's nine uncompromising council-members didn't once give the impression that they might accomplish anything. Even the clock on the council chamber wall was slow.
A crowd of 75 soda-drinking and candy-munching spectators heard Hyman Pill vote for hifself 15 times, thereby preventing any majority vote.
To the observer, it was like one big poker game, with members of three determined cliques bluffing each other to see how long each would last out the game. Clouds of smoke thickened in the room, but the plot still looked clear. Cambridge would stay without a mayor.