WILLKIE'S FINAL CAMPAIGN APPEARANCES were extremely hectic. He appeared at the New York World's Fair on Saturday, October 26, and delivered four speeches in Brooklyn and Queens, including a major one at Jamaica High School, where he branded as false the kind of prosperity achieved through defense spending. He received a mixture of boos and cheers when he attended the Fordham-St. Mary's football game at the Polo Grounds that afternoon. By Monday he was in the Midwest again and received one of his greatest ovations in Indianapolis. At Louisville he said the Democratic party had been suffocated by the "fungus-like" growth of the New Deal and warned of the end of the two-party system.
On Monday, October 28, the Democrats held their traditional pre- election rally at Madison Square Garden in New York. The major speech, of course, was to be made by the President, who, earlier that day, completed a fifty-eight-mile tour of the city's streets. Over two