Smith Speeches

Boston. Parrying the Hoover charge of '"Socialism!" (see p. 7) was the main concern of Nominee Smith's speech last week at Boston. The technique was characteristically Smithian, taking a text out of his opponent's mouth and working for a reductio ad absurdum. The Boston text was Mr. Hoover's: "We shall use words to convey our meaning, not to hide it."

The defensive thesis was that crying "Socialism!" is an old trick of "The Interests." Besides defense, however, there was an offensive.

Nominee Smith returned to the as-yet-undefended...