National Affairs: The Garner Week

One evening last week Speaker John Nance Garner nervously paced the roof garden of the Washington Hotel, in which he makes his home. He had just released his Texas and California delegates at the Chicago convention to throw the Presidential nomination to Governor Roosevelt in return for the Vice-Presidential nomination. Alfred Emanuel Smith had tried to talk with him over long distance but the Speaker had refused to take the call. As he walked up & down alone, his cigar made a nasturtium-colored spot in the darkness.

"Mr.Speaker," asked a voice at his elbow, "you've gone toRoosevelt?"

"That's right, son." The...

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