Into the grand ballroom of the Hotel Sherman, Chicago, last week strode Chicago's Mayor, William Hale Thompson. Thereupon a band of Chicago high school students (on special vacation for the day) played the Mayor's campaign anthem, "America First, Last and Always," and a sextette of uniformed Chicago policemen harmonized on the same hymn.

Meanwhile some 1,800 delegates to the Mississippi Flood Control Conference clapped hands, stamped feet, as the Mayor mounted a platform over which hung a gigantic banner inscribed with the words, "America First."...

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