National Affairs: Straws

Four years ago the Literary Digest, opinion-collecting weekly, circularized millions of citizens, soliciting subscriptions and inquiring for whom they intended to vote for President. The result was a 99.44% accurate preview of the official electoral vote later cast.

Last fortnight, grey-haired Robert J. Cuddihy, the amiable, able, Irish, Roman Catholic publisher-manager of the Digest, announced a bigger & better "straw vote." Postcard ballots went "sifting silently through the mails" to some 19,600,000 names and addresses.

Last week, early returns from sample States were made known:

Hoover Smith

California 441 206

Maryland 867 479

Nebraska 2,340...

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