National Affairs: Jim Reed

This steelyeyed, iron-jawed playboy of the Senate, this Voltaire-tongued bastinado of the uplifters, this Rabelais-reading Jeffersonian —this James A. Reed of Missouri—what a sizzling presidential campaign he would hammer out! From stump to stump across the land, he would blast the imbecilities of the age. Sometimes his tongue would snarl, sometimes it would ripple with a silvery metaphor; then people would know why the Senate galleries were filled when "Jim" Reed spoke.

Last week, four Congressional districts in Missouri, unable to restrain their fervor, began to boom Senator Reed for President. In...

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