National Affairs: The Smith Week

There were some labor-union leaders to be lunched and golfed with; two bridges between Staten Island and New Jersey to open formally; a clemency plea from two convicted murderers to consider. There was an inaccurate "shot" in a Prohibition film to denounce and have omitted. Then there was Mrs. Smith's departure for Houston, the first time in a long time that Alfred Emanuel Smith had been separated from his wife for any great length of time. So Alfred Emanuel Smith had plenty to think about last week besides politics.

He denied one of the...