The ballroom of the Lord Baltimore Hotel was bright with patriotic bunting, with holly and mistletoe for the Christmas season. The Baltimore convention of the Farm Bureau Federation was coming to an end; 4,000 members crowded the ballroom floor and the balcony, stood against the wall in the back. To the silent crowd a small, intense counselor of the British Embassy in Washington, Nevile Butler, read the speech of his chief, Lord Lothian, who was announced as too ill to deliver it himself. It was a powerful statement, ending with an expression of faith in a final democratic victory, and...

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