National Affairs: The Nomination

"If anyone has—any difficulty—in hearing me—in the remotest cor-rners of this hall—do not bla-ame it on Calif-o-ornia—but bla-ame it—on Ka-ansas.City."

The slow voice, a monster by itself, was amplified mechanically into a sonorous roar. A third of the grandstand seats were as yet unfilled. The shuffle of thousands of feet and the drone of thousands of excited conversations diminished slightly but by no means ceased. The voice paused a moment, and then intoned:

"Many ye-ears ago—I lost my hea-art—in California—but I have lost—my VOICE—in Kansas City!"

This facetiousness pleased the mob. Waves of laughter...

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