THE CHILD AND HIS BACKGROUND
Calvin Coolidge is an enigma, not an accident.
In every career chance enters. But in no career that takes a man gradually to the world's place of greatest power does chance govern. Twenty times has Calvin Coolidge's name gone into the American ballot box. Nineteen times the people have given him their approval. And the twentieth time he was away on his honeymoon and could not make a canvass. Harding stood seven times and lost once; Wilson stood and won three times; Taft won twice and lost once; Roosevelt won six out of eight; McKinley eleven out of fourteen; Cleveland five out of seven; Harrison two out of three, and so back to antiquity. The people are not fooled when they have a chance to test a man time after time. There is no better gauge of a man's capacity for public service than a long series of direct votes of the people. This does not guarantee character entirely, nor ability along many important lines of activity. But surely the people sense a man's worth to them; surely they know their own moods, their own hearts' desires, which change with the years, and surely the