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This particular [City Commission] meeting had drawn on for quite some time, until it was getting fairly late. We heard someone knocking very rapidly on the plate glass window. As I turned around, I observed an elderly woman, the wife of the Mayor. The Mayor appeared to ignore his wife and continued to conduct the meeting. Not getting any response from her knocking, the wife then walked into the building, grabbed the Mayor by the arm, and scolded him that it was ridiculous that the City Commission was meeting so late at night. "You," she informed the Mayor, "are going home." With that, the wife intensified her hold on the Mayor's shirt sleeve, dragged him out of the building, and took him home. This obviously broke up the City Commission meeting, and we all left for the night.

Oh, for more sine die adjournments in the nocturnal administration of local government!