Philadelphia stepped up last week as first bidder for the Republican National Convention next June. Mayor Harry Arista Mackey and Pennsylvania's Senators Reed and Davis led a delegation to Washington, extended their formal invitation to Chairman Simeon Davison Fess of the Republican National Committee. Senator Fess was told that a 15,000-seat convention hall awaited the Republican delegates, that ample hotel space could be reserved and that rates would not be upped. More important was Mayor Mackey's statement that Philadelphia was ready to meet any "financial proposition" the G. O. P. required...

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