National Affairs: Rain, Mud

When rain drove Nominee and Notification indoors at Albany, the crowd pressed up to the Assembly Chamber doors to try for seats. Nine out of ten had to stay outside and hear the speeches through, the amplifiers. Among those who stayed outside was a tall, familiar figure with the crutches it has had to use for the past several years, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the friend and believer who placed Candidate Smith in nomination in 1920, 1924, 1928. With Mrs. Roosevelt, he sat on the outdoor platform, huddled from the rain under a canopy of State Troopers' waterproof coats.

A reporter for the...