DEMOCRATS: Portents & Prophecies

(See front cover) One midday last week a maple-&-aluminum elevator shot half a dozen well-known Democrats up to the 21st floor of Manhattan's Empire State Building. They stepped out into the comfortable quarters of the Empire State Club, were bowed into a private dining room overlooking 34th Street. Ranged around the luncheon table were James Aloysius Farley, the bald, boyish chairman of the Democratic National Committee; Harry Flood Byrd, Virginia's energetic little aristocrat; Charles Michelson, the party's elderly, tousle-headed pressagent; Frank Walker, the committee's treasurer; Arthur O'Brien, headquarters worker—and John Jacob...

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