It is with reference to national affairs of administration, and not to party politics or political movements, that the city of Washington can be called the political centre of the United States. It has been said that the city of New York has a much better title to that rank, as had Philadelphia in the long ago. The truth is that the loose-jointed systems of party organizations in this country forbid the establishment of an American political hub, such as London is for England or Paris for France.
Even the political laws of peace times, however, are subject to temporary suspension in time of war, and just now there is an exceptional concentration of the national blood and brains at the Capital. Ill-natured people say there is something like congestion threatened, and that it is dangerous. The centre of power is more than ever here, at all events, and the party which designs to effect an escape from the pressure of that power must hold its National Convention as far away from it as possible; for instance as far away as Chicago.
The Democratic National Committee are altogether too wise in their generation to gather their chiefs of their many clans under the drippings of the eaves of the Capitol and of its White House wing, or of the White House and its Capitol wing, whichever way one may prefer to arrange that expression of the situation. No national committee of any party would think of assembling its convention in Washington, but there are many hotels and other important conveniences in Baltimore, and experience has proved that that town is much nearer the bank of the Potomac, politically, than it appears to be upon any map. Both houses of Congress and all the Department forces have on several past occasions found it possible to go over and spend the day in Baltimore and get home again upon late night trains, to go over again after breakfast next morning.
With or without any especial reason suggestive of the game of chess, the Republican National Convention is this year to be held in Baltimore, and