The President was in a genial mood as he reached the Beacon Street house of his son John yesterday afternoon, following a hectic day's campaigning through Massachusetts.
In an informal talk with members of the press, he spoke enthusiastically of the reception he had received throughout the day and expressed confidence that Massachusetts would "go the right way." The conference was cut short as the President retired to rest and put the finishing touches on his Garden speech.
Following the President was a hard job. He arrived behind schedule at South Station and was rushed on his way, protected on all sides by Secret Service men. Immediately before his train arrived, one ostensibly his drew in. With plainclothesmen in every window, it stayed on the track next to the one on which the real car arrived.
When his train finally did come, detectives covered the roof, protecting him from every possible angle. Only those with special permission were allowed on the platform. The same stringent protection was in evidence all the way up Summer Street, with cops and detectives lining the way, making it impossible to approach his car. The crowds, though bigger than at the American Legion parade, were amazingly silent and only a few handfuls of confetti were thrown.
The President, though his face was much older than on his last visit to Harvard some five years ago when he attended the Fly Club initiation of his son John, didn't seem particularly worn by the strain of the last months. He talked jocularly and appeared completely in his element.
Marvin Sees President
Earlier plans for the President's visit included a short ceremony in which Langdon P. Marvin '41, head of the Roosevelt for President College Clubs and godson of the President, was to have pinned a "Youth for Roosevelt" button on the President's lapel. This had to be cancelled for Tack of time. However, Marvin did report to the President on his activities in a fifteen minute conference at the train following the rally. Mr. Roosevelt expressed appreciation of the work he was doing.