National Affairs: Almost An Auction

The Democratic National Committee, 53 males and 53 females, assembled in Washington to dispose of a valuable plum, the Democratic National Convention of 1924. A debt of about $160,000 remaining from the campaign of 1920 hung over the head of 106 members. A profitable disposal of the plum was essential.

The proceedings were almost an auction. Manhattan offered $150,000 St. Louis offered $150,000 and 130 hotel rooms at reduced rates. Chicago offered $165,000 plus the proceeds of the sale of the concessions at the Convention Hall. San Francisco offered $200,000 flat. Manhattan raised...

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