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Thundering "No" To Al's Demand Is Expected from Democratic Delegations PRESSURE SEEN ON BOTH SIDES FOR PLATFORM M 59 west and the a the a A who PHILADELPHIA (ff) -- A Democratic platform patteined at the White House after the "New Deal', headed today toward a national con- \ention in which pressure from both "left" and "right" was aheady in evidence Senator Robert Wagner, of New York, piospective chaiiman of the icsolutions committee, bore the White House draft to the convention Strong foices were at work among ai riving delegates to make the platform more "liberal' to meet the challenge of the new "Union" party headed by Rep William Lemke, of North Dakota, and other Leftist groups Leaders of tne move in this di- icction pressed the view that the statement issued yesteiday by Alfred E Smith and four other piomment Democrats asking the convention to find a "substitute" for President Roosevelt showed the New Deal had lost this faction beyond iccall No Change Needed But James A Farley, National Committee chairman, said he saw ' no i eason" in the Lemke movement foi "reanangmg oui plans" and there were potent strategists who lelt the party had already won the great bulk of "Liberals" and must catei to the followers of Smith and his group Arrival of Senator Carter Glass, of Virginia, was expected to bolster (he latter viewpoint. The peppery Senate veteran, a member of every platform committee since 1896, wrote the monetary plank foui j ears ago He has often criticized New Deal measures, but will support the Roosevelt ticket Clashuig pressure liom the "Left" fcnd "Right" was centering on the monetary plank, and a few others including the farm, constitution and social security piograms Foieign affairs, Monoply, and labor were other possible fighting issues. It was recalled that there also was i clash between "Liberal" and Conservative opinion among the Republicans at Cleveland two weeks ago and that a frankly compromise plat- foi m icsulted Demociatic platform wnteis had the advantage of seeing the political battle-fiont fiom closei lange The Republican btiategy was already before them Lemke's piogram was down in black and white The Smith gioup had spoken Piocedure Debatable Chiefly the issue confronting the platform committee and later the convention was whether to stand on the New Deal as now outlined, or advance. The reception given the Smith statement by commenting leaders showed little disposition to go back. One of the most apparent sectors for an advance was the farm front Many Demociats felt the Republicans had approached them on this issue, and a new step foiwaid was recessaiy. There were proposals for new scheme of crop insuiance to piotect fanneis against, dioughts and othei "acts of God"'that pio- cuce bad yeais Secietaiy Wallace and Chester Davis former AAA adnunistratoi, weie authoritatively said to be luendly to a ciop insurance plank, but those who paiticipated in the lecent White House conference on the faim plank said it was not discussed The White House platform was said to contain a broad declaiation of pnnciples on the faim question, endoismg son piotection, lural elec- tiification, co-opeiative oiganiza- tions, cicdit foi faim tenants, leci- procal tiade agi cements, and higher vages for uiban woikeis Little authoritative information vas available here on other planks in the administration platform, but it was leported to contain strong i.eutrahty, anti-monoply, labor, and social security planks, with emphasis throughout on the powei of the fed- eial government to deal with the social and economic problems Former Governor Denounced By Leaders; Farley Declares Roosevelt Nominated PHILADELPHIA (IP) -- The convening Democrats took over this long-time Republican citadel today amid predictions by leaders that the national conclave would letum a thundering "no" to Alfred E Smith's demands for the icpudiation of President Roosevelt One after anothei New Dealeis in command of the situation heie stepped forwaid to denounce Smith or to shake then heads sadly over what tney called his mistaken couise Among the delegates arriving foi the convention opening tomorrow none thus far have risen to support the statement in which Sm^h and four other anti-New Deal Democrats called on the convention to put aside Mi Roosevelt and nominate "some genuine Democrat" foi pies- ident. Tc Answer Smith To all appearances delegates were bent en answeimg Smith with a militant pio-Roosevelt rally and platfoim Pending the opening gavel, thousands of delegates and visitors busied themselves with gossip about threats of a party split, making sure meantime of their seats for the first Demociatic National Convention in Pennsylvania history and enjoying themselves Chan man James A Farley's usual broad smile faded wnen he was asked about the Smith statement He answered in clippeci words "This convention will nominate a genuine Demociat, Franklin D Roosevelt" Recalling Smith's affiliation with the Amencan Libeity League, Farley said "the objectives and connections of people of this kind are by this time thoroughly well known to every American " The teno. of lemaiks by seveial others piomment m the paity was the same Invoking the memoiy of Jeffeison, Jackson and Cleveland, the Smith statement issued m New Yoik said that to be tme to the Demociatic party meant taking "the heavy hand off government off business," balancing the budget and the ending of dole conditions Others Sign Statement Other signers were foimer Senator James A Reed of Missouri, Bambudge Colby of New Yoik, for- mei Governoi Joseph B Ely of Massachusetts, and Daniel F Cohalan of New Ycik. "If you fail," they said, "then patriotic voters of all parties will know unhesitatingly to what standard they must rally m order to preserve the America of the great leaders of the past" Allowance for opposition fiom the Smith sectoi had been made long since After his December speech to the Libeity League, those "in the know" ne\ei expected him to support a New Deal leelection But this overnight summons fiom the light for a bioaa bolt against the New Deal on grounds of fundamental Ameucamsm. at the precise time when some leftists weie oigan- izmg behind the thud-party ticket servation subsidies, rural tion, encouragement for possible developments on the" monetary plank. It was his phrase "sound currency to be preserved at all hazards" in the 1932 platform that the Republicans adopted pi Cleveland " ', Senator Thomas of Oklahoma planned to insist on advocating "a sound currency" backed by silver well as gold Whether to confine the. party's platform to broad principles, under such terms as "social pioneering,' 1 and "national solutions for national problems," or to make detailed commitments was a source of potential controversy. Wallace Has Flan Secretary Wallace was known-to be intent upon production contrbl and crop insurance pledges, for example, but other leaders favored'rft- lying basically on past performances to attract the faim vote. Wagner was understood to have., tentative plank endorsing soil cori-; " electfica- farm cooperatives, relief of farm tenancy, and foreign trade promotion through trade agreements Senator" Ouffey of Pennsylvania wanted endorsement of his bituminous price-fixing bill which lost out in Congress. Whether to favor _ constitutional amendment to permit regulation of wages and hours was another source- for argument Another was an attempt by Townsendites to get the platform to endorse their old age pension plan. Leaders will strive to settle all points in the conference chamber, preventing any aiguments from breaking out on the convention floor. The Smith statement--and the reaction to it--vied with all _ other leading topics of discussion todayT. Addressing themselves to the delegates, the Smith dissenters said "you must preserve the constitution, and under it the three separate, distinct and independent branches of government. To that end you must have a president who will remain within his own sphere of jurisdiction and not make the Congress a rubber stamp or try to intimidate the judiciary into an endorsement of his efforts to turn our republic into a dictatorship on the European model or an Asiatic absolutism:" End Presidency Buying "You must, above all," they said, "put an end to the campaign now under full swing, to buy- the~~ presidency" with relief funds. '· ~~ ~~ To abide by this advice, -it said, would "necessarily involve ttws- puttmg aside of Franklin Di Roosevelt and the substitution qf some genuine Democrat--of whom you will have so many on your r list of delegates." Governor Graves and 'Senator Black of Alabama weie among the rhot to speak out against the Smith statement. The former attributed it to "irrepiessible egotism of* people who won't play the game, unless they can be captain " "The next thing," said Blapk t "we will get advice from President. Shouse of the Liberty Leagfue," lowed by the Republican chairman. of Rep Lemke cf Noith Dakota, bi ought up new factors. Did it mean Smith and tnat veteran _ r stumpei, Reed, would support or Logically the next will be iLandon campaign foi Knox and Landon' iandKnox." ' '- ^ ~ Was it possible to offset that ap- Senator O'Mahoney *of -"Wyojttujg: peal to a "degree' 01 should com-1 said Smith's mistakes "dated Remembers Of 135-mile Drive EAST SYRACUSE (ff) -- After a 135-mile drive of which she said she lemembered nothing, a woman identified as Mis Jennie Mosall of West Albany, was ichnned to her relatives today "I'm lost," tlio comelv woman told Chief of Police Michael Wren as she stopped at police headquarters. "I don't know where I am The streets aren't at all familiar." The woman, Chief Wren said, was unable to identify hcisclf and said her "head hurts." mrtments on such subjects as farm aid and old age pensions be made explicit with the Lemke-Coughhn- Townsend audience in view 9 So ian the conjecture among gioups clustered beneath poitraits of Roosevelt and Garner in the corridors Jammed hotel lobbies and downtown streets, decorations abounding and bands blaring "Happy Days are Heie Again,"--all told the quadien- mal tale of convention fanfare for lank and file. But the leaders, secluded m looms -iigh above the bus- I tie had their platfoi m problems to j wiestle with i One Big Question One question appaiently destined to arouse floor debate, the repeal of the hundied-yeai-old rule requiiing a two thirds majority to nominate, has now been set for disposition Thursday inoming Some souther - neis have their dander up on that. The powers-that-be expect to settle it in stude Senator Wagner of New York was expected today from Washington, bearing a proposed platform patterned at the White House after the New Deal The coming of Senator Glass of Virginia txxy also was looked to foi the time when he failed to move make the Roosevelt nomination unanimous at Chicago. ~; T " "The delegates won't evertalce a --nor will the millions of vot- eis," said Representative- Rayburn of Texas Joseph A. Maynard, collector of the port at Boston, said "Herr Hitler has a new group of intimates the ex-Democrats, the Hessians of the Du Font-Liberty League^ True To Form " · «Rep. John O'Connor of New?York declared "I do not believe Al ,Smith had anything to do with that tele-- gram, but I do believe the * others who signed it are running true to form." '··- · ·· Among the slight bit of convention business at hand today was. hearing by the National credentials contests Minnesota factions and ments affecting the beats Committee on Ior; 'the Canal Zone and Puerto Rico; Chairman Farley sought compromise. He showed more interest in,"1«str minute decorating of the immense auditorium, and in the outdoor rally . at Franklin Field in which the ·j ident will accept renominatiflo ~ nrday night. (Continued on Pagp 5)

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  1. The Daily Messenger,
  2. 22 Jun 1936, Mon,
  3. Page 1

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