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D. C. REPRESENTATION AND AID FOR U. S. WORKERS TO BE PRESSED
PUNK CONSI I
ON U. SJEMPLOYES
National Labor Leaders to
Present Demands to
G. 0. P. Committee.
By a Staff Correspondent of The Star.
CHICAGO, June 14—The wages and
working conditions of Government em
ployes are being considered along with
the problems of workers sin private in
dustry by a group of national labor
leaders, headed by President William
Green of the American Federation of
Labor, who are assembling here today
to decide what petitions they will ad
vocate before the Platform Committee
of the Republican National Convention.
A non-partisan committee, repre
senting the A. F. of L.. has formulated
a list of suggestions which it will sub
mit to a conference of national repre
sentatives of organizations affiliated
with the A. F. of L. at a meeting called
for 8 o'clock tonight. This meeting
will decide on the specific program the
labor leaders will present to the plat
form makers of the convention.
Subjects Included.
Mr. Green said the proposals to be
recommended to the conference to
night have been approved by the Ex
ecutive Council and the Non-Partisan
Committee of the A. F. of L. and in
clude the following subjects:
A proposed declaration in favor of
the five-day week for both public and
private industry, to take up the slack
in employment; a permanent con
structive plan for dealing with periods
of unemployment, such as the advance
planning of public works; appropria
tion of funds to take care o{ acute
suffering.
Mr. Green said one of the proposals
to be considered deals with Govern
ment employes, with particular refer
ence to liberalized retirement, the
maintenance of "decent wages and
decent conditions of employment, an
enactment of legislation properly classi
fying Government employes where it
is applicable.” He explained that
classification would not be expected to
cover 'per diem groups.
wrign coai nani.
The departmental service in Wash- I
lngton was classified a number of years
ago, and about a year ago a report was |
prepared for Congress on a proposed
revision of the classification laws, and |
Including the Government field services.
It has not been possible in the present
Congress to take up the report for j
consideration or action.
The labor leaders also are consider- j
lng a recommendation for a plank in j
favor of stabilization of the coal min- 1
fng industry.
Mr. Green said the proposal for
modification of the Volstead act to
permit 2.75 per cent beer also is part
of the program being discussed.
The non-partisan committee which
will report suggestions to the confer- |
er.ee of labor leaders tonight includes
Mr. Green. Frank Morrison, Martin F. |
Ryan. Matthew Woll and Thomas A.
Rickert.
G. 0. PTOFMARYLAND
FIGHTS FOR HOOVER
Dr. France Gets Tickets, but Dele
gation Manages to Get
Them Back.
By the Ascsoclated Press.
CHICAGO, June 14.—After dispos- |
lng of organization in a snappy 20
minute session yesterday afternoon,
Maryland's delegates to the National j
Republican Convention were prepared
to "carry through the fight for Hoover."
Without debate in strict accordance
■with prearranged plans, they elected
Oliver Metzerott. Hyattsville. chairman
of the delegation, followed this by ]
naming United States Senator Phillips
Lee Goldsborough national commit
teeman and Mrs. Calvin M. Gabriel, j
Baltimore, eommitteewoman, and then I
selected their representatives on general
committees.
The committee representatives were: j
To notify the presidential nominee— j
Lawrence B. Towers, Denton.
Resolutions—Jacob France. Balti- \
more. Alternate, Galen L. Tait of Bal
timore.
Permanent organization—Mrs. Grace j
M. Hartnett, Baltimore,
Rules and order—Daniel Ellison, Bal- j
timore.
To notify the vice presidential nomi
nee—R. Frank Smith, Baltimore,
Credentials — J. Frank Ridenhour,
Hagerstown.
Mrs. Clara C. Holmes, Rockville, was
made vice chairman of the delegation
and Mrs. Lule E. Powell, Baltimore,
The “keynote" speech at the caucus
was made by Tait, who is chairman of
the State Central Committee and the
unquestioned leader of the delegation.
In his brief remarks at the opening
he spoke of carrying through “the fight
for Hoover" and concluded with the
statement that “we expect to see him
nominated on the first ballot.”
Later, in handing out badges, he said
they had been acquired “after a little
battle" He would not comment on
this, but other delegates said Dr.
Joseph I. France, an announced candi
date for President, had obtained ad
mission tickets and the badges that
admit into official seats assigned to him.
Tait announced that Paul Sleman,
Chevy Chase, had been named to take
the place of Wesley S. Hanna, Balti
more. as delegate. Hanna is unable to
attend the convention because of
illness.
FARMERS”™ ASK
ECONOMIC PLANKS
Rural Delegates Determined to
Force Agriculture
as Issue.
By the Associated Press.
CHICAGO, June 14.—'The voice of
the farmer, again asking for relief,
strove yesterday to be heard above the
wet-dry din preliminary to the Repub
lican National Convention.
Sunday there were no signs of the
army of farmers which four years ago
paraded the streets of Kansas City and
invaded the sanctum of the platform
makers. Yesterday as Nebraskans,
Iowans and Dakotans gathered in cau
cus there were strong demands that the
prohibition issue not be permitted to
force economic problems and farm
problems into the background.
Senator L. J. Dickinson, the con
vention keynoter, gave his opinion that
the platform should Indorse the agri
cultural marketing act and advocate
amendments to strengthen its co-op
erative provisions to cover a greater
percentage of products. He said it
•hould also advocate agricultural tariffs
to keep out foreign surpluses.
As other States wheeled into action
prospects were less promising that such
divergent plans as the equalization
fee, the export debenture plan and the
allotment plan would be able to come
together upon a general program.
Woman Leaders at Convention
MORE THAN 400 IN CHICAGO FOR SESSIONS.
The social side was not neglected in Chicago as Republican women assembled
for the national convention. T «ft to right: Mrs. Alvin Hert of Kentucky, Mrs.*
Ellis A. Yost and Mrs. Bina West Miller of Michigan.
* --—
By the Associated Press.
CHICAGO. June 14.—In garb
ranging from sober black to
color-splashed frocks, over 400
women—93 of whom (kst a
vote on a destiny-shaping pro
hibition plank—gathered today in the
steel-raftered stadium for the formal
opening of the Republican National
Convention.
Some were delegates with full voting
powers; others alternates, and still
others spectators, some of whom had
more party Influence than many of the
delegates.
Among these last were Mrs. Dolly
Curtis Gann and Mrs. Alice Roosevelt
Longworth, both politically minded, and
both with brothers mentioned as vice
presidential possibilities.
The odds for the place favored Charles
Curtis, the incumbent, and Mrs. Gann
had already said with customary frank
ness that she thought he deserved the
nomination again.
Get Unusual Attention.
The delegates were given an unusual
share of attention. Nobody expected
any of them to startle uneasy party
leaders, but there was an outside chance
for feminist upsetting of well laid plans.
And at least one of those with the
right to vote, Sarah Schulyer Butler,
was prepared to give blow for blow, if
necessary, on the prohibition question.
The daughter of Nicholas Murray
Butler has served notice that she will
join in the scrapping if the Resolutions
Committee stops short of a repeal pro
posal. She is a full fledged delegate.
How many other women may figure
in the expected prohibition row is
problematical, but their leaders believe
they will be few.
Mrs. Hert in Limelight.
Conspicuous today was Mrs. Alvin T.
Hert of Kentucky, who. as titular leader
sf Republican women, likely will second
;he nomination of Herbert Hoover,
rhere also was Representative Ruth
Pratt of New York and Mrs. Bina West
Vlilla of Michigan, both of whom are
! being discussed for seconders.
The active director of them all—
Mrs. Ellis A. Vast—stopped en route to \
the stadium to hear the outcome of a
move to replace her as national com- ,
mitteewoman for her State, West Vir
ginia.
Late last night the State delegation
politely accorded her a second chance to
resign—before the vote scheduled early
today—but she smilingly responded, “I |
never ran from a fight before; I won't,
do it now.”
Mrs. Gann, Mrs. Longworth, Mrs. |
Yost and Mrs Ruth Hanna McCormick
Simms, back on her Illinois stamping!
ground, were in the foreground yester- j
day.
I They even relegated into second place I
the wet and dry fight, with Mrs. Henry
Peabody, a prohibitionist, publicly chid
I ing John D. Rockefeller, jr.. and Mrs.
Charles Sabin being named wet strate
gist to help two men plan the floor
fight.
Primary System Attacked.
Mrs. Longworth chatted with leaders I
and left the dopesters puzzling about
her vice presidential views.
| Mrs. Simms had her old crowd of |
Illinois Republican women hanging on
her every word as she plunged straight
into convention politics and challenged
j them to "forget bridge and golf and go
to work."
Declaring the present primary system
was "playing havoc" with the party, she
put that issue above prohibition and
| favored resubmission of the latter ques
| tion to the people in an “off year" to
avoid "befogging all issues.”
"Get down in the precincts and make
I your power felt in the primaries,” she
exclaimed.
To the same crowd. Mrs. Yost, head
ing national woman's activities for the
party, said Herbert Hoover's holhe own
■ ership and child welfare program had
! “fully justified" women's faith, and
predicted 1932 returns would show j
| “women of America have not parted
! from their standard bearer.”
The Keynote Address
Senator Dickinson Lauds Career of Hoover and
Cites Many Acts Designed to Meet
Economic Distress.
['Continued From First Page1 1
ence table, gave their pledge that there
would be no Industrial wage disturb
ances.
Had Herbert Hoover accomplished no
more in this depression he would have
done more than all of the other Presi
dents had done in the 14 major eco
nomic dislocations which have gone
before.
But our President planned a cam
paign to deal with the unprecedented
situation in which the world found it
self in the back-wash of the greatest
of wars.
Attention Given Jobless.
With financial panic averted, with in
dustrial peace assured, the Chief Execu
tive moved rapidly to mitigate unem
ployment distress.
However, no action of government or
of people could stay the march of the
insidious enemy within our gates. Un
employment and suffering were inevita
ble. To relieve this to the fullest pos
sible measure, the President set up in
Washington a National Unemployment
Committee to co-operate with the States
both in finding employment and in re
lieving the needy.
There was a generous response from
every State, and with the co-operation
of the people the President was able to
resist rising clamors for a Federal dole.
Contrast this picture of a stable so
cial order, the people united In aid to
their less fortunate fellows, with the
chaos in many countries abroad. There
revolution followed revolution. Govern
ment after government fell. Battle and
bloodshed became an almost every-day
occurrence.
This was the foreign situation only a
year ago. Drastic action was necessary
if the international financial structure
was to be preserved. Herbert Hoover
took that action. He proposed and the
other powers quickly agreed to a one
year moratorium on reparations and
war debts. Germany was saved from
financial chaos that would have in
volved the entire world.
With this catastrophe averted, the
President continued to wage the battle
against depression on a hundred fronts
in the United states.
Before Congress assembled last De
cember President Hoover prepared for
it the most far-reaching rehabilitation
and reconstruction program that has
ever been designed by any leader in any
country under any circumstance.
Finance Corporation Created.
Foremost in this plan was the crea
tion of the Reconstruction Finance Cor
poration with reserves of twp and a
half billions of dollars to furnish neces
sary credit otherwise unattainable.
As Herbert Hoover poured out his
tremendous energies and abilities upon
the altar of public service and the wel
fare of all of the people, what of the
Democratic opposition?
For two long years they hampered
the President at every turn. Through a
highly subsidized press bureau. Demo
cratic leaders. Democratic Senators and
Democratic Representatives sought to
distort his every word, to belittle his
every effort at human and economic re
lief. to impugn his every motive, to frus
trate his every move. Their orders were
to “smear Hoover.’’
Upon his shoulders the anvil chorus
of Democracy placed the responsibility
for every ill at home and abroad.
As might have been expected, they
overplayed their hand. With the Nation
threatened by its greatest economic
welfare. Having no program of their
•wn, they naturally, and wiatiy followed
the President, who alone had a work
able program.
But after they had assisted in par
tially translating this plan into law our
Democratic friends were no longer able
to contain their hopes of victory within
the sphere of the good of the Nation.
On the all-essential proposition of bal
ancing the budget they elected to follow
their own course. And with what re
sult?
The Democrats in the House of Rep
resentatives flouted their own leader
ship; their tax bill was completely re
written by the revolting Democratic
majority; their economy measure was
torn to shreds.
Currency Inflation Call.
Democratic sponsors call for undue
inflation of the national currency. The
safety of the country requires the main
tenance of the gold standard. The
value of the American dollar must be
maintained throughout the world.
Nor was this moribund issue the sum
total of the products of the master
minds of Democracy. They proposed
billions in bond issues for unnecessary
and unproductive public works, presum
ably on the theory that when your
budget is unbalanced—when your outgo
exceeds your income—you can squander
yourself into prosperity.
In their efforts thus to debase the
dollar by flat money and other equally
unsound financial schemes the Demo
crats stalked forth with the ghost in
1896.
The Farm Board has been the butt
of much criticism, the greater part of
which is unjust. We have heard much
abuse of the board's operations in sta
bilization of cotton and wheat by their
financing of co-operatives to purchase
these commodities, but we have heard
very little of the fact that by their
entry into the market in February dur
ing the crop year of 1930 and again in
November of the next crop year they
stemmed the pank which had broken
in agricultural prices. ,
The Farm Board held prices in each
of these two crops above world levels
to such a degree that the very mod
erate estimate of the amount realized
by the American farmer over‘and above
what they would have realized other
wise Is between $2,000,000,000 and
$3,000,000,000.
It matters little if the Government
loses $150,000,000 for the savings it
made to homes of farmers throughout
this whole land. It was throwing a
regiment into the front of the battle
to lose, but saved millions.
Billion Farm Aid.
Directly and indirectly the Federal
Government has. during the last three
years, poured into the agricultural in
dustry nearly $1,000,000,000. As I said
before, grievous as his suffering may be,
no farmer can deny the undeviating
friendship of the Republican party.
Since the beginning of the economic
crisis the Democratic party has shown
an utter lack of cohesion on every im
portant issue, and on none has It been
more divided than on the tariff, its
leaders have run the scale from free
trade to the highest possible protection.
With falling prices and depreciated
currencies overseas, there stands just
one bulwalk for the salvation of our
people. Without the rates of the Haw
ley-Smoot act of 1930 we would long
since have been inundated by a flood of
cheaply produced foreign products.
Gentlemen of the opposition cried
to high heaven against some of the
rates that were being written into that
bill. But while they thus wailed, they
were not only voluntary, but eager,
partners in the writing of duties for i
their local and State industries, which
to many, case* mm mmanwt ahto
KEYNOTER LAUDS
HOOVERRECORD
Dickinson Tells Convention
That Democrats Failed
in Crisis.
(•Continued From First Page.)_
which confronted the delegates. Chi
cago's thousands, as well as the visitors
frcm every State in the Union, were on
hand to crowd into the huge audi
torium.
Dickinson Pictures Crisis.
The delegates and the convention
quests were on hand today to listen
to the rumbling of the Republican big
oass drum, the keynote speech of the
temporary chairman of the National
Convention, Senator L. J. Dickinson of
Iowa.
The keynote speaker did not disap
point them. Senator Dickinson pic
tured a crisis. He said, in lines that
recall the first great Republican Presi
dent of the United States, Abraham
Lincoln:
“Threescore and twelve years ago our
Nation was at grips with its most peril
ous political crisis. It faced the prepo
sition of whether this Republic—dedi
cated by the blood of patriots on a score
of battlefields—should endure.
“In that dark hour the Republican
party gave to the country its first Re
publican President, Abraham Lincoln.
He preserved the Union and made it
certain ‘that government of the people,
by the people, for the people shall not
perish from the earth '
"Today our Nation is in the midst of
its most perilous economic crisis. It j
faces the proposition of whether the
fundametnal principles upon which it
was founded and has grown great shall
be preserved.
“In this grave hour the Republican
party meets again in national conven
tion to nominate another stalwart
American, Herbert Hoover."
Nothin* About Prohibition.
The Iowa Senator roused to enthu- |
5iasm the great audience with his
praises of President Hoover and the
record he has made as Chief Executive, j
He denounced the Democrats—their !
efforts to hamstring the Hoover admin
istration and their inefficiency when
placed in control of the House of Rep
resentatives.
He discussed the reconstruction plan
of the President, the tariff, radicalism,
agriculture and national defense and
the need of wiping out crime and the
gangs and racketeers.
Of prohbition the keynote speaker
never said a word.
That issue was left to the convention.
When its Resolutions Committee shall
have brought in aprohibition plank the
floodgates of oratory are expected to
open. A fight on the floor seems in
evitable with the extreme wets and the
extreme drys at each others' throats,
and the moderates—representing the
administration—holding the greatest
number of votes.
If the convention declares for resub
mission, as it is expected to do, the
G. O. P. will have taken its first great
step as a national party away from the
cause of prohibition. There seems no
other way to interpret it. How long and
how firm a step it will take is still to
be determined by the convention.
The flag—this is Flag day—was the
inspiration of the opening address by
Chairman Simeon D. Fess of the Re
publican National Committee, who
called the convention to order. Duty
to the flag, and the great Nation over
which it floats. The national anthem
was sung by the Columbus Glee Club
and the audience joined in.
Then came the Bishop of Washington.
Right Rev. James E. Freeman, with the
invocation—a solemn moment.
Committees Elected.
Followed the reading of the call for
the convention by Secretary Keim of
the National Committee, and the roil
call of the convention—the so-called
temporary roll.
The convention then elected Senator
Dickinson temporary chairman and he
launched into the keynote speech. When
he concluded, the convention elected its
committees on Permanent Organization,
Rules, Credentials, and Resolutions.
Adjournment was taken until tomor
row morning at 11 o'clock.
Discussing the ‘‘Republican record.”
Senator Dickinson said America was the
last of the great nations to come under
the shadow of the economic storm
cloud.
"Herbert Hoover." said the keynoter,
"was at grips with the forces of depres
sion before the country as a whole had
had times to realize the menace it faced
His first act averted a financial panic.
Invoking the powers of the Federal Re
serve Board, he prevented this catas- j
trophe.
"With the knowledge that every major
economic convulsion In tne past had
been attended by strikes, riots, blood- j
shed and death. President Hoover’s next 1
concern was to maintain social order.
To this end he summoned to the White
House industrial leaders of the Nation
and obtained from them a promise to
maintain existing wage scales as long
as It was possible to do so.
“On the same day leaders of organ
ized labor sitting around tne same con
ference table, gave their pledge that
there would be no industrial wage dis
turbances.
"Had Herbert Hoover accomplished
no,more in this depression, he would
have done more than all of the other
Presidents had done in the fourteen
major economic dislocations which have
gone before.”
Draws Picture of Program.
Senator Dickinson drew a picture for
the convention of the program adopted
by President Hoover to meet the de
pression. His opposition to a Federal
"dole” and the use of the resources of
the Government to provide work In an
orderly way. He contrasted conditions
in this country with the revolutions
which have shaken foreign nations in
the years of depression. And he gave
credit to President Hoover for prevent
ing still further collapse abroad by his
prompt action last June to bring about
a suspension of intergovernmental debts
and reparations.
The President, he said, had worked
out the National Credit Association
with half a billion dollars to assist
weaker banks and to end the war of
bank failures. The President also
worked out the most far-reaching re
construction program ever designed by
any leader in any country, including
stanch protectionist Republicans be
lieved were necessary.
In the Senate alone 1,010 votes were
cast by Democratic Senators either for
increases in rates or against decreases
in rates. And the Democrats furnished
the margin of votes that were neces
sary for final enactment of the measure.
Even more recently—in congressional
consideration of the budget-balancing
tax bills—we have had further illustra
tions of the avidity with which the
Democrats pursue high tariff rates.
They generously supported duties on
copper, coal, oil and lumber. And all
this after two years of the most bitter
and venomous denunciation of the
Hawley-Smoot act!
Today partisanship is sublimated be
fore patriotism.
And yet to my mind there is no
greater patriotism than the employment
of every effort toward the restoration of
normal conditions. And there can be
no more dependable means to this end
than the re-election of Herbert Hoover
M {fceaideot of t he gpfei Sttfe
Staunch Hooverites at G. O. P. Convention
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FIVE chiefs of President Hoover’s camp shown at the G. O. P. convention headquarters in Chicago. Left to
right: Lawrence Richey, President Hoover’s secretary; Dr. Hubert Work, former cabinet member and former;
national committeeman; Walter F. Brown. Postmaster General; James Burke, general counsel of the Republican
National Committee, and Ernest Lee Jahncke, Assistant Secretary of the Navy. —A. P. Photo. ;
the creation of the Reconstruction
Finance Corporation; the extension of
credit to agriculture through the
strengthening of the Federal Land
Banks System; the enlargement of the
rediscount facilities of Federal Reserve
banks: development of plans with the
creation of a system of home loan
discount banks; financial assistance of
the Federal Government to assure
early distribution of deposits in closed
banks.
"Long before the present Congress
convened last December,” Senator
Dickinson continued, "our President
determined that a balanced budget was
the first essential to economic re
covery”
Senator Dickinson said the President
had proposed temporary tax increases
for the preservation of credit of the
Federal Government and the mainte
nance of the value of the American
dollar.
Attacks Democrats.
"The battle of balancing the budget
was only won after a relentless fight,”
the keynote speaker said, "and over
the opposition of the Democrats. The
Democrats," he said, “for two long
years hampered the President at every
turn. Through a highly subsidized
Press Bureau they sought to distort
the President’s every word, to belittle
his efforts and to frustrate his moves ’’
"Their orders were to 'smear Hoover,’ ”
said Senator Dickinson. "All this our
political enemy did without thought
of the consequences to the Nation.
Their sole thought was of partisan po
litical advantage. But verily, like Sam
son of old. they were pulling down the
temple upon their own heads. As
might have been expected, they over
played their hand."
Senator Dickinson attacked the Dem
ocrats and pointed to their inability to
act constructively in the House when
they obtained control of that body. He
pointed out that their tax bill was
completely rewritten by a revolting
Democratic majority and that their
economy bill was tom to shreds.
He said the Democrats raised the
issue again of flat money and finally
had brought in a pork barrel public
works bill which would carry with it1
still greater increases in taxes.
The radicals have undertaken to as
sail the existing order, Senator Dickin
son said, but the radicals brought in no
constructive program. While the radi
cals were shouting the loudest, "the man
In the White House continued patiently
and perslstantly the great task of re
storing our normal economic balance.”
Calls Farm Policy Sound.
The farm policy of the administra
tion Senator Dickinson said, has been
sound. He strongly defended the Fed
eral Farm Board and its policies. The
board, he said, had saved the,farmers
of wheat and cotton between $2,000,
000,000 and $3,000,000,000, and he added
"it matters little If the Government
loses $150,000,000 for the savings it
made to homes of farmers throughout
this whole land. It was throwing a
regiment into the front of the battle to
lose, but saved millions.”
A defense of the Republican tariff
was made by the Iowa Senator, who In
sisted that if it had not been for the
Hawley-Smoot act of 1930 “we would
long since have been inundatedyby a
flood of cheaply produced foreign prod
ucts. Where dozens of factories are
now idle, scores would have been closed.
Where thousands work on part time
now, they would have been without any
work at all.”
He cnarged tne Democrats who at
tacked the protective tariff with hypoc
risy, pointing out that the Democrats
cast many votes to increase tariff rates,
and he said that even more recently, in
the consideration of the revetonue bill,
the Democrats supported duties on coal,
copper, oil and lumber.
Urges Stamping Out Gangs.
Taking up organized crime in this
country. Senator Dickinson said:
"Gangdom, racketeering and thug
gery should be stamped out of our Na
tion. This can be accomplished only
by the most energetic action of law en
forcement officials everywhere, backed
by a strong public opinion.”
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Who Is This “While House”? I
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Jeffersonian Democrat at Convention Surprised at
Non-Mention of Hoover by Name—Sees Dolly
Gann as Vice President—Finds Plenty of Drinks.
BY ELMER DAVIS.
Special Dispa’ch to The Star.
CHICAGO. June 14 (NANA.).—
Godfrey G. Gloom, the old-fashioned
Jeffersonian Democrat from Indiana,
was encountered by a reporter in the
Congress Hotel lobby. Immediately
Mr. Gloom drew the reporter aside.
"Have you heard anything about who
these Republicans are going to nomi- !
nate for President?” he inquired,
anxiously.
‘ Why.” said the reporter in some
surprise, "they are going to renomi
nate President Hoover, of course.”
"Hoover, eh.” said Mr. Gloom,
thoughtfully. "Yes, I would have sup
posed so. But I have been in Chicago
36 hours and he is the one prominent
Republicans whose name I haven’t
heard mentioned yet. in any connection.
I hear a lot said in praise of Abraham
Lincoln and Theodore Roosevelt, and
Mellon and Coolidge. and even Frank
Smith and Len Small, but not a word
about Hoover has come to my ears.
Spoken Of as White House.
"Even the fellows who are talkin'
about the orders that come from Wash
ington on this prohibition plank talk
about instructions tfom the White
House, without ever sayin’ who gave j
those instructions out. Looks as if
these fellows figure it would be bad luck
for them to mention the name of their
standard bearer.
"I wouldn't be a bit surprised if when
the roll call for nominations comes in
the convention, the spokesman of the
California delegation would get up and
say. 'I propose the name of a man who
—wel, you all know who it is I mean.'
"And everybody will know who is
meant, sure enough, if they only had
the nerve to confess that they’re talkin’
about the man who promised the
abolition of poverty.
"But I must say this retience Is very
refreshing, by way of contrast with the
way conventions usually act. For years
all the Intellectuals have been abusing
political conventions for the artificial
and factitious enthusiasm they stir up.
That reproach is never going to be
leveled at the delegates at the Republi
can convention of 1932.”
"What do you hear about the vice
presidential nomination?” the reporter
asked.
Dolly Gann as Vice President
“Oh. I reckon Dolly Gann will get it
without much opposition.” Mr. Gloom
observed. "On account of the native
conservatism of the American people
she's going to have it put in her
brother’s name again, but we all know
who is really goin’ to be Vice President.
After all. what are the duties of a Vice
President? To preside over the Senate,
except when he is called to Havre de
Grace on important business; not to go
to sleep the way Mr. Dawes used to do.
and to maintain his precedence over the
Speaker of the House.
"Curtis is an elderly man who doesn’t
need much sleep. On the rare occa
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slons when he Is not at Havre de Grace,
he wields the gavel with great dexter
ity, and when it comes to talcin’ end
holdin’ precedence over speakers,
speakers’ wives and speakers' widows,
you can count on Dolly Gann to do a
much batter Job than Mrs. Pat Hurley.” I
"Have you heard anything new about
the great prohibition fight?” the re
porter inquired.
Drinking Inconvenient.
“Yes, I have,” said Mr. Gloom. “My '
friend Walter J. Woof, Washington cor
respondent of the amity grapevine tele
graph, came to me this morning In
great dismay. 'Godfrey,’ he says, the
wets have gone too far. I’m told there’s
no place where you can get a drink
within several blocks of the convention
hall.’
“ ’Well,’ says I to him, ‘what differ
ence does that make. So far as I have
observed there is no place within sev
eral blocks of the Loop hotels where
you can’t get a drink, so all you fellows
that need it ought to be able to hold
out during the few hours a day you
will have to spend out on West Madison
street.’
“ ‘Yes.’ says Woof, ‘but all the same
these are unfair tactics. Downright
unsportsmanlike, I call it. to try to ere- I
ate the impression that it is going to be
Arlington County Man Elected
Republican National Com
mitteeman at Chicago.
By a Staff Correspondent of The Star.
CHICAGO, June 14.—Joseph L. Crup
per of Arlington County was elected Re
publican national committeeman for
Virginia at a meeting here last night
of the Virginia delegation to the Re
publican National Convention. Mr.
Crupper is well known in the communi
ties just across the Potomac from Wash
ington.
C. Bascom Slemp, who has been na
tional committeeman, did not seek an
other term, and the choice rested be
tween Henry W. Anderson and Mr.
Crupper.
Mrs. Murray Boocock of Charlottes
ville was chosen national committee
woman for Virginia. The slate of Vir
ginia appointments to the various com
mittees of the National Convention was
announced as follows:
Resolutions Committee, Representa
tive Menalcus Lankford of Norfolk: Cre
dentials Committee, L. S. Strauss of
Richmond: Committee on Permanent
Organization, R. H. Woods of Giles
County; Committee on Rules on Order
of Business, John W. Morrison of Har
risonburg; Committee to Notify the
Presidential Candidate, C. Bascom
Slemp; Committee to Notify the Vice
Presidential Candidate. Dr. Guy R.
Fisher of Staunton; R. H. Angell, chatr
man of the delegation; honorary vice
president of the convention, Secretary
of Labor William N. Doak, and secre
tary of the delegation, T. X. Parsons.
Mail Sales Method Hit.
The Senate yesterday passed and sent
to the House the Hayden bill providing
a penalty for sending unsolicited mer
chandise through the malls. The bill
provides that any merchandise for sale
unsolicited by the addressee would be
turned back by the Post Office Depart
ment and that double postage shall be
charged for returning It to the sender.
hard to get a drink unless the amend
ment is repealed.’
"Well, I don't know what effect this
alleged aridity may have on the dele
gates,” Mr. Gloom continued, “but I
can’t believe that anything Is going to
affect them to the point where they
will forget that the first duty of good
Republicans is not to make a scene. I
tell you, lifelong Democrat* that I am,
I have contrived a great admiration for
the behavior of the Republicans in the
present crisis.
Denounces Silence.
‘‘Here they are, the spokesmen of
the party that has been in power for
12 years, that has promised and guar
anteed in writing a chicken in every
pot. two cars in every garage and the
abolition of poverty—and what have
they got to say about it? Not a thing.
They just stand there, firm and un
shaken. and make it clear that nobody
at all well bred would mention the fact
that somewhere things have gone a
little wrong.”
“Don’t you think this silence Is very
short-sighted?” the reported asked.
“I wouldn't say so.” observed Mr.
Gloom. “In the first place, what could
they say? And In the second place, the
business of a political party is to get
the jobs, not to serve the country, and
the Republicans know that however bad
things may look now, the Democrats
also are going to have a convention.”
(Copyright. 1932. by the North American
Newspaper Alliance. Inc.)
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