National Affairs: Mud Pie

For Nominee Smith, last week, famed chefs prepared a mud pie.

One chef was the Rev. John Roach Straton, blatant Manhattan pulpiteer, who characterized Governor Smith, last fortnight, as "the deadliest foe in America today of the forces of moral progress and true political wisdom." Challenged to debate the charge in his own Calvary Baptist Church (TIME, Aug. 20), Pulpiteer Straton weasled, tried to shift the scene to local amphitheatres. But Nominee Smith declined to make a public show. He wrote: "The answer to my request to appear in your church before your parishioners ... is yes or no." Pulpiteer Straton answered:...

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