Smith's Chicago column
CHICAGO, AUG. 13
Bluegrass country's favorite son—a Kentucky authority insists the appellation
is incomplete—Happy [Chandler] loves horses more warmly than he did when he
chiefly loved baseball. Then he declared race tracks off limits for
ballplayers, but now he openly employs horsy parlance.
Needles man," he told the press after he had visited with Harry Truman
without winning the former President's indorsement. A political writer who
construed this as a bid for the garment industry support had to have it
explained that Needles won the Kentucky Derby after trailing by 15 lengths.
necessarily a happy analogy. Needles ran a dreadfully slow last quarter as
everything in front of him died.
the triumphantly audible Clement's performance was magnificent. From Iowa to
Georgia, demoralized hog-callers were reported fleeing into retirement like
Rocky Marciano. For volume, endurance and unflagging pace, no sports figure
this side of Branch Rickey could have matched the bull-throated boy wonder of
the corn-pone belt. The reaction of one press box critic should, perhaps, be
discounted on the grounds of possible Republican leanings.
A news account of
this speech, this misanthrope suggested, should begin: "The Democratic
party smote the Republicans tonight with the jawbone of an ass."
The big game has
hardly reached half time out here, and already there's reason to wonder how
many of the starting team can go the oratorical distance. Clement set a
withering pace, "going on the Bill Daly"—as horsemen say—when the gate
opened and never looking back.
With his first
bellowed references to the "Dimocratic party," "laboring min and
small business min" and "ginerations yet unborn," railbirds were
laying 5 to 2 he wouldn't stay the course. There being no electric timer here,
it was necessary to clock him by wrist-watch....
Frank it was still a horse race. He left the quarter pole under a drive. The
Sage of Monticello was at least spiritually in this contest, he shouted. So was
Andrew Jackson, so was Grover Cleveland, so was Wood-row Wilson, so were (how
much weight could this horse carry ?) Franklin Roosevelt and Alben Barkley.