National Affairs: Straw



Another straw vote was harvested. Editor & Publisher, trade weekly of journalism, polled the executives of 925 newspapers throughout the U. S. Their composite prediction: Hoover, 16,271,276 popular and 387 electoral votes; Smith, 12,863,936 popular and 126 electoral votes. (126 electoral votes is low; John William Davis got 136 in 1924, James Middleton Cox got 127 in 1920.)

In St. Joe, Ark., a shrewd gasoline-pump man on Highway 65 put signs on two pumps—Hoover Gas and Smith Gas— same price, same grade. He then kept...