National Affairs: The Great Abstraction

To the arch-Republican New York Herald Tribune went last week a letter from Ellery Sedgwick, distinguished editor of the Atlantic Monthly. Excerpts:

"Why is Mr. Hoover, whose philosophy proclaims him an individualist of individualists, suffering the campaign so utterly to eclipse his personality? At the close of the War he was a figure for legend. . . . Now when the supreme opportunity opens before him he is become the Great American Abstraction. . . .

"Listen to him on the radio. The flat, even intonation goes on and on. There is no...

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