National Affairs: Close

Many times has the Presidential boom of Hiram W. Johnson been wrecked in the prevision of political correspondents. But never had it come so close to annihilation as it did before a Michigan Central freight train.

The Senator from California, campaigning near Mount Clemens, approached a railroad crossing in an automobile, with associates. A train approached, the safety gates sank across the way. The driver of the automobile applied the brakes, the car skidded, smashed through the gates. The engineer put on the air brake. As the train ground to a stop the...

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