Storms are first forecast by those who fear them most. Storms in human affairs are often precipitated by sheer nervousness.

At the Democratic convention, where the present tension about Prohibition began to become national, the Drys were so much in the majority that there never was any serious likelihood of the party adopting a Wet plank. The law-enforcement plank that was adopted omitted a declaration against modification of the Prohibition laws for two reasons:

1) The nominee upon whom the party had decided was everywhere known to favor modification. To pledge the...

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