Political enthusiasm reached its highest pitch last night when Senator Carter Glass of Virginia was nominated on the seventh ballot of the mock Democratic convention. A crowd of several hundred students thronged the main floor while the gallery was lined with professors and other interested spectators. Shouts, cries, cat-calls and cheers echoed from all parts of the New Lecture Hall when the different favorite sons were vote on.
The first piece of business carried out by the convention was the ratification of the platform submitted by the platform committee. Several amendments, most important of which was one favoring the repeal of the Prohibition Amendment, were voted down over-whelmingly. When the final vote was taken, 753 were found to be for the unqualified acceptance of the platform, while only 104 were against it.
When balloting was recommenced, the interest of the crowd began to grow. The second ballot was much the same as the first which was taken on the preceding evening, except that Governor Smith of New York, supported by the "wet" members of the convention, took the lead from Senator Underwood. On the third ballot, former Ambassador Davis was ahead, but after this the three principal candidates nullified each other's votes and it became evident that a dark horse would be the ultimate winner.
Glass Shows Strength
The fourth and fifth ballots found Smith and Underwood alternately in the lead but their margin over the others was more negligible than before. It was on the sixth ballot that Senator Glass first showed his strength.
The humorous element first appeared on this ballot, when Colorado voted for Douglas Fairbanks. William Jennings Bryan's nomination was a weak attempt that soon died out. When the result of the ballot was read, it was learned that Carter Glass had 710 votes or 3 too few for the nomination. A motion to nominate him by acclamation failed and after a ten minute recess the seventh ballot was taken. Amid Harvard cheers and riotous disorder, a strong crowd came out for Mr. McAdoo, but glass received the nomination by the margin of three votes. Senator Walsh of Montana was given the nomination for vice president by acclamation SUMMARY OF BALLOTING 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Glass 30 72 120 164 274 710 716 McAdoo 218 207 236 265 124 30 294 Davis 176 248 382 268 120 -- 36 Und'wood 266 220 60 156 344 74 24 Smith 158 269 202 265 194 216 -- Walsh 10 8 22 44 28 8 -- Cox 48 48 48 -- -- -- -- Eliot 118 -- -- -- -- -- -- Ralston -- -- 12-- -- -- -- Bryan -- -- -- -- -- 44 --