In the Municipal Auditorium at St. Paul opened the Farmer-Labor Progressive Convention. It was prophesied that it would assemble 2,000 delegates and 10,000 visitors. William Mahoney of the Minnesota Farmer-Labor Party had called the Convention. If all the people he had expected had come, there would have been a great jam—the Auditorium holds only about 2,000.

But things went wrong. The American Federation of Labor, which does not believe in direct political action, stayed away. Senator La Follette had repudiated point-blank any support the Convention...

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