Few were the prominent New Dealers not at the Democratic Convention in Philadelphia last week. One absentee was Franklin Roosevelt who remained in Washington. Another was his wife, Eleanor, who at Reedsville, W. Va., her favorite subsistence homestead, awarded ribbons in a fiddlers' contest and received the first vacuum cleaner assembled as an industrial job by the homesteaders. The President did not have a great deal to do except sign some bills left by Congress and say good-by to a few others who were not going to Philadelphia. For him it was something of...

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