Hats in the Ring

Hats in the Ring

Hats in the Ring

Hats in the Ring

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"Just wait," explained a newsman to an English visitor impatient for the fireworks to begin at Madison Square Garden in 1924, "those are the Democrats down there."

Rarely could our presidential nominating system be described as pallid politics. It may be clumsy, but it is seldom dismal; it may irritate, yet few can be indifferent.

Who will deny it? "There is something about a national convention," as H. L. Mencken wrote in a frolicsome mood, "that makes it as fascinating as a revival or a hanging. It is vulgar, it is ugly, it is stupid, it is tedious, it is hard upon both the higher cerebral centers and the gluteus maximus, and yet it is some-

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