National Affairs: 1,450 Words

Briefest of major U. S. party platforms in many a long year was the one put forth last week by the Democrats assembled in Chicago. Where the Republicans last month took 9,000 words to express their political convictions, the Democrats said their say in 1,450 words. Each of 17 planks had been whittled neatly down by a literate Resolutions Committee, but economy of words did not necessarily mean clarity of ideas. Except for Prohibition, the Democratic platform was even more vague than the Republican.

"In this time of unprecedented economic and social distress," began...

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