CENTRAL CITY, forty miles west of Denver, had suddenly become the liveliest "ghost town" in the West. Its little opera house was offering a lusty production of Bedrich Smetana opera The Bartered Bride, but there was more interest in a spectator named Wendell Willkie. Outside, people were waiting for him to make his appearance on the street during intermissions. United Press newsman Paul T. Smith had been delegated to remain back at the Teller House to listen to the latest news about the Democrats in Chicago.
The first intermission came and Willkie went to the street, where a loudspeaker was mounted on a truck and everybody could hear the seconding speeches for the President's renomination. "Well, boys," said the Republican candidate to the appreciative newsmen who surrounded him, "This is a good deal different from that night when we listened to the balloting back in Philadelphia." When Willkie returned to the site during the second intermission, balloting had already