Professor Hart gave a lecture in Sever 11 last evening, on the Methods of Presidential Elections. To satisfy the small states, the constitution was so framed that they have more than their proportionate influence in determining the president, and the electoral system, as a whole, has brought about entirely unforeseen results. However, the great bulk of power is still in the hands of the people and we not only take considerably greater interest in our national election than any foreign power, but our interest is increasing with every year.
The noteworthy features of presidential campaigns at the present day are the national committees and the campaign funds. The former bear the whole brunt of the battle and conduct the grand strategy of the campaign; the latter, since money, like water, seeks the lowest level, flood the doubtful states, and have become a source of sore trouble to the sober impulses of both parties.