National Affairs: Vare v. Mellon

Kansas City was plastered with posters asking: "Who but Hoover?" At an elevator near the Beaver Man's headquarters in the Baltimore Hotel, one of these posters was just above a larger sign—"HOOVER"—with an arrow pointing the way.

A few hours after the arrival of the Pennsylvania delegation, a wag altered the "b" in "but" on the poster and scratched out two letters of the big sign below. The change was slight, but now the signs posed one of the most intimate questions of the convention: "Who put Hoover OVER?"

After he was "over," Hoover's head quarters admitted the bold extent to which they...