Clarksburg, W. Va., stood hat in hand to greet John W. Davis. A train drew in, Mr. Davis appeared at the rear end of the compartment car President Adams, entered an automobile, progressed homewards. Cheers rent the air. Mr. Davis, bareheaded, bowed and smiled.

At the Davis home, 5,000 people gathered. Mr. Davis advanced to the veranda, tears in his eyes. "In the presence of this welcome, in sight of these familiar faces, my heart goes out of me."

On the morning of notification day, he attended the meeting of the Democratic National Committee,...

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