There were once two Irishmen who lived in Missouri. One was named Joe Long, the other John Short. They never knew it, but they were the grandfathers of a nominee for the Vice-Presidency of the U. S.
The little shaver had something, right from the start. At ten he had a nice business as a jenny driver, was getting a reputation as the boy orator of the Ozarks. After high school at Galena, Mo. he went to Harvard, Heidelberg and Oxford, returned, taught school, served as pastor in a Springfield, Mo. church, finally got to Congress.
During the last three of his...