DILL: THE HOME TOWN BOY WHO MADE GOOD
CLARENCE CLEVELAND DILL of Washington is a curious combination of practical politician and professing Progressive.
He is the home town boy who has made good.
Though of humble origin, life had been kind to him as to a child. He began it as the son of a poor Ohio tenant farmer, with no more than a sturdy, gangling body, a good mind, an engaging smile, a tolerant nature--and a grand desire to become a member of Congress some day.
His youthful ambition carried him higher, and did it more quickly, than even an Ohio-born politician had a right to expect.
It set him down at his primary goal when he had just turned thirty. This made him, for a time, "the baby of the House"--a quaint Congressional accolade worth nothing much but publicity and pictures in the paper, but, then, quite enough for Dill at the moment.
Four years later he was defeated because of a vote which cut short the careers of most who stood up with him--a vote against a declaration of war against Germany.
But four years after that episode the resilient