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Goodwin's weekly : a thinking paper for thinking people. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1902-1929, October 05, 1912, Image 6

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H, , 6 GOODWIN'S WEEKLY.
's, S Politics and Things
THOSE cold-bloodod individuals
who figure politics on a practl-
j cal basis will como nearer mak-
m ing a true estimate of the November
H Vote. From a purely practical stand-
H point, and divested entirely of sonti-
B ment, one may calculate carefully
B and almost to a certainty just how
m this campaign is going to end. There
H are just four possible results. The
m Bull Moose national committeeman
1 smiles when he says: "It's a clnoh
Wm iat some one is going to get an aw-
H ful trimmiing in November." He 1b
H, typical of the careful class of men
m who don't get excited over each spco-
B tacular incident of the campaign.
Hj ''Taft may be elected and so may
Hj Hoosevelt and again, so may Wilson.
H The fourth possibility is that the olec-
B tion will be thrown into the house.
B After the June convention at Chicago
HH Taft stock was in least demand. It
B was ridiculously low. No one expect
B ed that he would get weaker because
H it was very apparent that he couldn't.
B Following the Baltimore convention
B Wilson was strongest and if the elec-
H tion was held on the first of July he
BN would have swept the country. Col-
Hf onel 'Roosevelt was stronger after the
B Chfcago Juno convention, in which
B ho was defeated for the nomination,
B than he was prior to that time. It is
B recalled that a number of the lead-
Hj ing men of the country who tried to
B nominate him withdrew from arniia-
flR tion with the third party and remained
B in the Republican party in their own
R states. Yot most of them have an
H liounced themselves for the Progrea-
BK sive national candidate.
Bl Roosevelt has grown strongor, but,
H bringing the illustration to our own
H door, it is difficult to ascertain just
B how much strength he has gained. Be-
H fore there was n Progressive organ-
m ization in this state it was not known
H how far his popularity ran. After
H the formation of an oganization and
H the distribution of buttons and other
H paraphernalia that stamped a man as
H being a Bull Moose, thousands were
H counted as Progressives. They may
H have been Progressives all the time.
H So it would be manifestly unfair to
H point to this as an evidence of in-
HB orease in strength. Again, one can
Htfj trace the alignment more clearly now
H than before any of the stale or coun-
H ty conventions. Many Republicans
Hj and Democrats who participated u
H their respective conventions after
H aligned themselves with the Bull
H Moose, whethor for the purpose of pro-
ji ouring a nomination or not, is another
H matter. Add to the natural growth
H tne stimulated growth from organi-
H zation work, the campaign of the Col-
jH ojiel himself and it is very easy to see
H why the Progressives have gained
H strength.
H In the case of Mr. Taft it is only
H natural to expect that he should grow
H stronger as the appeal to conservative
R voters spread over the c'lntry. The
fganization of the Repute. -an party
this state, as in many others is in
od shape. Once this powerful poll-
B UcrI machine got into action it ob
tained results. The circulation of
campaign literature, the individual
work of an army of workers, the lib
eral use of money around headquar
ters in every county of the state
helped to bring back some of the lost
power and prestige of the administra
tion. The Republicans in this state,
too, are fortunate in that thero is
slight criticism of the state adminis
tration, notwithstanding that it is not
progressive, according to the Progres
sive standard.
In the case of Governor Wilson, he
has been growing weaker and if the
campaign was two months longer his
strength would fall away until It be
came an insignificant quantity. The
general adminatlon for the man is
offset by a general lack of confidence
in his ability to perform. He has pre
sented no practical theory for better
ment and his state's rights theory, as
well as his tariff policy are decidedly
unpopular, particularly in the West.
The nomination of a weak state ticket
in Utah has not helped the cause oi
Democracy. Even Colonel Bryan
made a poor argument for the presi
dential candidate.
As this is written, there appears all
over the country to be a general trenS
upward in Taft and Roosevelt stock
and a corresponding slump in Wil
son's. The fourth contingency is that the
election may go to the house. Follow
ing out the hypothesis, the house
couldn't elect, as each state is en
titled to one vote and there are 22
states Republican and the same num
ber Democratic while four are evenly
divided. These four are Nebraska,
Connecticut, Arizona and Rhode
Island, making it seem impossible for
the house to elect. From the appear
ance of the political situation today
there seems to be no reason for ex
peoting James Schoolcraft Sherman
to get very many electoral votes,
while there Is a reasonable certainty
that Johnson will get a great many.
The senate is nominally Republican.
Providing that Johnson and Marshall
get more votes in the electoral col
lego than Sherman then the choice of
the senate would necessarily fall be
tween these two, if it fell at all. The
senate shows a majority of eight Re
publicans, and yet there are three
groups in the senate Republican, Pro
gressive and Democratic. The senate
now has no president pro tempore be
cause of the refusal of the Progressive
aonators to support the Republican
candidate, Senator Gallinger. So the
Progressives would refuse to suppori
Sherman In the senate and likely the
standpatters would decline to vote
for Johnson. The Democrats could
go on voting for their candidate, Mar
shall, until they wore blue in the face.
In case of a deadlock here as well as
in the house, what would be the next
number on the progr ai? The elec
toral college having failed to show a
majority for any one candidate and the
house having failed to elect a Presi
dent, and the senate failing to agvew
upon a vice president, the present in
cumbent would have to quit on March
4, and Secretary of State Knox would
become president ad interim. Later
In the year, of course, there would be
special election for President.
By the way, that's some calculation
and if one of the candidates is elect
ed president after the good old cus
tom all of this brainstorm will have
been for instruction alone.
The Progressive county ticket, nom
inated last Saturday, ranks well with
the other tickets now in the field. In
fact, there are candidates on the Bull
Moose ticket who tower head and
shoulders above any Democratic or
Republican candidate. Take Parley
Christenson, for an example.
Speaking seriously, the Progressives
sent a shiver through the Republican
and Democratic parties because of
the big convention that was held.
Heretofore, the Republicans have not
feared the Democrats so long as the
American party was in the field. Now
that thero is no such party, the Dem
ocrats, who have been voting the Re
publican ticket to defeat the Ameri
cans, are back where they belong.
This Republican loss is made all the
more keen because of the small army
of Republicans who are now with the
Bull Moose movement. Careful esti
mators of election results say today
that 10,000 American party voters in
this county are aligned with the Bull
Moose. Nine thousand would be near
er the mark.
The ticket named by the Bull Moose
follows:
For State Senators: F. A. Sweet,
Orson H. Hewlett, Joseph J. Cannon.
For Representatives: G-. R. Wolf,
Claude Y. Russell, P. P Christensen,
Dr. Curtis A. Wherry, Mrs. Charles
Livingston, Mrs. W. H. Wilkinson,
Horace BIrkenshaw, Thomas P. Page
and Hugh Dougall.
For County Commissioner, Four
Year Term: A. Richter. Two-Year
Term: Jesse H. Wheeler.
For Clerk: Charles W. Lawrence.
For Sheriff: John S. Corless.
For Treasurer: Melvin C Morris.
For Auditor: F. W. Cope.
For Recorder: Charles A. Weaver.
For Attorney: Brlgham Clegg.
For Assessor: Charles D. Rook
lidge. For Surveryor: H. L. Fox.
A good story was told at the Press
club the other night which may or
may not have bearing upon the pres
ent campaign.
Down at Ephraim the Democrats
were to hold a rally and a speaker
from Salt Lake was to appear. When
the unterrified had assembled it was
learned that Salt Lake orator couldn't
apear, so the chairman of the meeting
called upon Hans Larsen to ora(e. He
did.
"I am not a prohpet, nor the son of
a prohpet," he said, "but I tell you
that the great Democratic party will
sweep this country from cast to coast
in November."
That made a hit and the Democrats
were happy. '
The next night the Republicans had I
a rally and, peculiarly enough, the '
Salt Lake speaker didn't arrive, so
the chairman drafted Lars Hansen, ,
a good Republican. Says Lars:
"I didn't intend to say anything to
night, brethren, and I think I will.
Last night a Democratic orator was
here and he said he was not a proph
et nor the son of a prophet, but ho
utterly failed to say what he was a
son of." (Applause.)
We Can't Move Till
the Last of October
The New Store (150 South Main; Auerbach's)
won't be ready till then. In the meantime, all
of October, our prices are cut to "MOVE"
Overcoats l off
Pants 14 off
$1.50 Shirts 95c
$3.50 Shirts $2.00
Some Underwear 4 off
Some Hats $4.00 now $2.75;
$3.00 now $2.25
Aboufs Fifty Suits $25.00 to $30.00,
Values mow $15.00
Alford Bros. Co.
Clothes of the Better Sort
"Go West Young Man!" 1 5 We Second South

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