National Affairs: T. E. B., of Ohio

The greybeard Republican strategists considered long. They had to select a temporary chairman for their National Convention. With the position goes the honor, the duty of making the keynote speech. The eloquence of Charles E. Hughes was tempting. But there was a greater consideration: The West, or at least the Middle West ought to be recognized. So the choice fell to Theodore Elijah Burton, of Ohio, now Representative, onetime Senator (TIME, April 21). Mr. Burton is not spectacular but he is substantial, honest— in keeping with this year's Republican virtues.

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