National Affairs: Mystery Story

Thousands of visiting Democrats and a few donkeys appeared in Chicago last week. Most of the donkeys (on the hoof and on signs) were soon removed. Exactly why, delegates to the Democratic Party's 28th National Convention had to judge for themselves: unexplained mysteries were the rule in Chicago. On a wall of the Convention's vast (21,000 seats) Chicago Stadium, a huge picture of a donkey was replaced by a spotlighted, grisly sketch of Franklin Roosevelt. Assiduously distributed were 500,000 campaign buttons, adorned not by a donkey but by a bright red cock-o'-the-walk and the legend: "Just Roosevelt."

Observers said they had never...

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