Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Today -100: July 24, 1918: No one likes a truckler


The New York Democratic Convention opens by adopting a resolution designed as a jab at William Randolph Hearst’s bid to become governor. It gives Woodrow Wilson “their whole-hearted support and confidence in his magnificent struggle to make the world free for democracy” and “repudiate[s] every truckler with our country’s enemies who strives or has striven to extenuate or excuse such crimes against humanity as the rape of Belgium, the sinking of the Lusitania, and the German policy of assassination by submarines; who seeks or has sought to sow dissension among our allies [a reference to supporting Irish independence] or now seeks to capitalize by election to public office the latent treason whose total annihilation is the most pressing need of the hour.”

Al Smith is expected to be the Dems’ candidate. Last night he received the distressing news that his 11-year-old son Arthur had disappeared from the family summer cottage. This morning Arthur turned up in Saratoga because he just had to see his father get nominated.


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