National Affairs: Conventionale

Odds. In Wall Street bets were laid at 2-to-one and 5-1:0-2 that Hoover would beat Smith (if nominated). Odds that Smith would be nominated fell from 9-to-i to 7-tp-i.

Smith. At a certain moment, last week, Alfred Emanuel Smith said: "Well, he ought not to be so hard to beat."

Moses. After the Curtis nomination, Senator Moses said: "That makes me the next chairman of the Senate Rules Committee."*

Reed. Senator James A. Reed of Missouri, hard-bitten silver-topped Democrat, was in Kansas City during the G. O. P.'s convention. Asked why, he drawled: "To bring up the average." He began denouncing at once. The...