National Affairs: Shelf

Stirred by June headlines to its quadrennial semiconsciousness, the body politic of the U. S.—the so-called "silent vote" which really decides presidential elections —began last fortnight to divide, if not into Republicans and Democrats, at least into Hoover voters and Smith voters. In many an instance the final determination of the individual to vote for Hoover or for Smith will not occur until November. A pretty girl at the polling booth, or an ugly man, or a hangover, a new hat, a spun coin, will be the deciding factor.

Practically all such votes will,...

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