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THE SUN, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 31, 1912.
TOO LATE TO CHOOSE
THE DEAD VICE-PRESIDENT
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Mr. HUIps Announces National
Committee Will Not Meet
Till November 12.
WILL BE NO CANDIDATE
Voters Will Be Informed Tlint
Electoral College Names
Those Who Win.
Jilrt lieforo returning to Washington
at 12:30 o'clock thin morning Prenldent
Taft dictated a statement regarding the
death of Vlcp-Prenldent Sherman. He
npoke of Mr. Sherman aa a 'conscientious
coworker" and expressed great grief.
Chairman HIIIm of tlie Republican
National Committee, who waa with the
President at the Pennnytvania Station,
told the time was too short before eleo
tlon for a meeting of the National Com
mittee, wh'ch Is empowered to select
a successor tJt a. nominee In case of death
or resignation, Hejuvid a meeting would
tako place on November ii at the Audi
torium Hotel in Chicago.
A few minutes before the train bear
Ins President Tuft's private car pulled
out of the Pennsylvania station nt
IJ.'SO o'clock this morning Charles D.
Hitler, chairman of the Republican Na
tional Committee, gave out this state
ment regarding the Vlce-Presldenttal
candidate on the Republican ticket:
"The national convention which met
im, Chicago In June delegated to the Na
tional Committee the power to All va
cancies on the national ticket. The
death of Mr. Sherman, the candidate of
the Republican party for Vice-President
at the coming election, makes It Incum
bent upon the National Committee to
nominate a candidate In his place.
"That nomination, however, cannot
possibly be made prior to the election
next Tuesday. Such a nomination can
properly be made only after due and
reasonable notice to all the members of
the committee. Such notice could not
be less than six days.
"It Is, therefore, manifestly Impos
sible to hold such a meeting prior to
the election. Meantime no difficulty or
Inconvenience arises to the voters at
the election next Tuesday, because tin
votes to be cast then are for electors
and not for candidates for cither Presi
dent or Vice-President and the death
of Mr. Sherman, therefore, does not
affect the validity of the election of the
"I have called a meeting of the Na
tional Committee to meet on Novem
ber 12 In Chicago at the Auditorium
Hotel at 12 o'clock noon to select a suc
cessor to the late James S. Sherman as
' candidate of the Republican party for
Vice-President of the United States.
"Charles D. Hilles."
William Warned, Jr., chairman of the
Republican State committee, visited the
President In his private car at the Penn
sylvania station and discussed the New
York situation with Mr. Taft for an
hour before the train pulled out.
Mr. Hilles, the national chairman, also
had a talk with the President at the
.station. Names of possible candidates
for "Vice-President were not discussed
'-rrhfc addition to his statement Mr. Hilles
said h that Inasmuch as there Is no
President pro tern of the Senate there
Ii 'nobody to appoint a committee of
Senators to attend the funeral of Vice
President Sherman. He suggested that
perhaps the secretary of the Senate
may do so.
It was said at national Republican
headquarters yesterday that If the Vice
President should die before election
Mr. Hilles probably would at once send
out a message to Ropublican voters.
In the message, it was said, he would
remind the voters that great as is the loss
to the party and the country, the death
of the Vice-President should not affect
It was also said that Mr. Utile would
ujll attention to the fact that the men
voted for are In reality the nominees
for the Klectoral College and rot the can
didates for the Presidency and ice-Pres
Money who were nominated in conven
Under the Constitution it i the electors
who choose the President anil Vice-Presi
dent, and there would be nothing to pre
ent them. In case the Republicans car
rled the election, from selecting a Vice
President In Mr. Sherman's stead,
There is reason to believe that after the
conference at the Hotel Manhattan on
Tuesday night President Taft and Mr.
Hilles had a long talk in which all the
nkpects of the problem presented by the
potttihlo death of Mr. Sherman wero dls
i'iishihI. It In ,-Uho said that if Mr Sherman
had died Tuesday a meeting of the Na
tional Committee would have been called
r.t once tn fill the vr.cancy on the ticket.
Under tho National Committee's rule
there can lie no meeting without a call
live dnya in advance. If the call had gone
nut Tuesday night there could have boon
n mooting of the committee Sunday
night. lint in the circumstances thero
I'ould not now be a moetin; until Mon
iliy night, the eve of election, and it U
unlikely that one will Im called.
Of course if a nominee to succeed Mr.
Shenran should be selected it would bo too
late for reprinting ballots. In thos
MuIph which have the Australian ballot
his niimn does not appear anyway, only
the name of the electors being in the
J.eimlilh-un and other party columns.
If tho Republican should carry the
country the Republican National Com
mtlteo would undoubtedly designate a
. h i-I'l.'-nkl.tia uhil 'lli.j" .Ifcloi
r. on Id go through the form of electing
tiomever tno committee otiose
ROOSEVELT SENDS SYMPATHY.
Teleni'ain nf I'omlolriiee I'rom Colo
nel In .Mr. Shrrmnn,
Col ItooM'velt, after his t-peech at
Malison Square Harden, sent a telegram
of sympathy to Mrs. Sherman. Thlt
Matoincnl was given out at Progressive
"Col. Koosevelt was Informed of the
death of Vice-President Sherman jut
nl ii r Imvins tho meeting at Madison
Square (lar.li n. He immediately sen.
Jii .Inmri S, Shrrmnn, f'd'rii. ,V Y
Mii llaoievelt und I me ffreutly shoekeil
i ml roiiei'riied nt the k.iiI iieun of your lino,
bind'h dentil Wit be jou to incept our
Wi, Ni, ihiIi-uii, Ohio, Is for WILon.
lie Major nf Nnpnleon," said a limn
' .Mini mi Mnyor liaynnr st tin ( II v
J 1 I nlii , Hint Mich he pro. I'd In lie
II l .Niii.oleiHi, Ohio, mid he U John
Mm cm Vlihoiiiih Ohio ii President
( 7 M'"e I fei- jiiHtlflrd In st-ulni; lh.lt
AUis(iU u ! MUon," buld the Jlsjoi.
lil aa Ii ll
Jsktrtea Sckoolcrt Skerma.n. (ffl"
SHERMAN IS OFAO
w mm w aw mmtm I
Co ii (in ii rii from First l'apf.
prayed that he might survive the onset
Overwork Is named by the physicians
as the cause of the weakened heart
muscle that sapped tho Vice-President's
(strength. Possessing unbounded umbl
tlon, a strong will and In early life
rugged health, Mr. Sherman grasped
the opportunities that presented them
selves on every hand and worked hard
In politics and business. He led tho
strenuous life and knew not how to re
linquish the manifold cares and duties
that constantly Increased.
Last spring, while Mr. Sherman was
In the midst of his work In Washing
ton, Illness came on him and he left the
capital and In the penceful surround
ings of Ids home sought to repair the
dnmagu of' long years' of excessive toil
and the stress of public life.
His physician, Dr. Fayette H. Peck,
diagnosed the ailment as Urlght's dls-
ease, complicated by weakness of heart
muscles, and later the presence or gall
stones was noted.
It was hoped that rest and occasional
travel would enable Mr. Sherman's elas
tic constitution to retain Its normal
He went to Big Moose and to the sea
shore and was refreshed, but the over
taxed heart never regained Its power.
Occasional relupses gave warning that
the disease persisted, and tlnally a se
vere seizure brought the patient to his
bed In a state bordering on death.
All that meillcal experience could sug
gest was done. Dr. Peck was In almost
constant attendance at Mr. Sherman's
side and Drs. Henry L. Eisner of Syra
cuse utul Theodore Juneway of New
York city were summoned In consulta
tion, but tho most profound knowledge
of medicine could do no more than pro
long life for u brief space.
Instated mi (oliiff tit I'ciIIh.
Mr. Sherman's indomitable will ex
hibited Itself even In his last days. In
spite of his weakened condition he In
sisted on going to the polls to register
against the wishes of his physician.
He believed It to be his sacred duty to
vote and would not omit the formality
of registering, no matter what the con
sequences of the physical effort might
SHERMAN EARLY IN POLITICS.
Vlee-rrenlilrnt I'lral P.lreleil tn Con
Kress nt Atte of :'2
James Schoolcraft Sherman played an
important part in Republican polities both
In this State and in the nation. Ho was
always "regular" and always active. His
political career began almoNt as soon as
he was graduated from college, and he
held oflice practically continuously for
the last twenty-nino years,
Mr. Sherman was born In Now Hartford,
a suburb of Uticn, on October 21, IR..V
Oddly enough his father, (len. Hicliard U.
Sherman, and two brothers were rock
ribbed Democrats, mm of his brothers
being several times Democratic; Mayor of
Utlca. Jim, as he liked to be railed
over to the Itepllliilcan Hide iih
a young man and having made his de
cision he stayed put .
He propared for college at Whltostown
Seminary and entered Hamilton, where
he was graduated in 187N, Ho was ad
mitted to the bar in IRK0 and by then had
attracted the attention of tho local lead
ers, who made him county chairman in
Oneida. He made so good as county
chairman that two years later he was
elected Mayor of Utlca rind was the young
est Mayor that city ever had. After that
his rie in politics wus rapid, In 1st)'.' he
was sent as u delegate to the Republican
national convent urn, and he whs chiilrmnn 1 a colored vaisteoat, Hn was an enthu
of tint Republican Slate conventions nf iHiiistio golfer mid baseball fan.
1DS, 10') ami I tew, Previously, in K"7, I Mr. Shermnn win us shrewd a business
he vns elected to Hie Klftietli Congress,
anil lie was reelect eil to tervo in thu Kifly
first, l-'irty-loiirth, I'ifly-iirt'i, Kiriy
sixth, Fifty-seventh, Fiftv-einhlli, Fifty
ninth mid Slstieth I'oiigrchsiM. In Run
it i r-..ii t i.
'. ...... k.t .......in,. i...m ei
degree of doetor of laws
He early hcoanio known as .1 "prictlt-il
politician," both loeally and in the na
tional campaigns Howes a close friend
of Thomas ft Reed during Mr Hoed'
Speakership and presided over Ihn I louse
of RepraaantaUvM more traquwiUy than
any other member. He was also for many
years a stout friend und admirer of Col.
Roosevelt and was recorded as one of
tho most urgent of third termers. It
was to Mr. Sherman Uiat Col. Roosevelt
when President addressed the "My Dear
Sherman" letters, which announced Kd-
ward H. Harriman as a prominent member
of the Ananias Club.
In 1000 the Republican Senators caucus
committee offered Mr. Sherman the office
of ecretary of the Senate, whilo he was
still a member of the House of Repre
sentatives and a littlo later President
McKinley offered him a post as one of
the Appraisers of tho Port of New York,
Hut Mr. Sherman's constituents in the
Oneida-Herkimer district held a mass
meeting und asked him to continue to
represent them in Congress und he de.
olined tho President's offer. That same
year, whilo Mr. Sherman was cliairman of
tho Stato convention, ho was for several
days a clotm" rival of Theodore ltoowjvelt
for tho nomination to the Ice-Presidency
Mark Haniia. it nas said at one time
looked favorably upon the claims of Mr.
Sherman 8 friends.
In the full of lOtt Mr. Sherman waa the
principal of a boom for the Speakership
It was said that he launched it himself,
but at any rute he ended It himself
Ser eno K. Puyne was also a candidate at
the time and following his practice of
avoiding fuctional lights whenever pos
sible. Mr Sherman sent a letter to every
Congressman in New York State an
nouncing he was not u candidate for
The following year It was rumored that
iov. uueii was io appoint Mr. Sherman
fttaio luuiroiui ucmmiiotier to succeed
Frank M. Haker Mr. Sherman, however,
stuck to his Congressional Job until he
was nominated for the Vice-Presidency
and elected on tho ticket with Mr. Taft In
100S. to be renominated as President
Tuft's running mate ut Chicago this
Until he became Vice-President Mr.
Sherman was best known through his
activities as ruairman or tlie ltepuhlican
Congressional committee in charge. of
the iimi ramaln. It was then that he
learned the soubriquet "Send Your Dollar
Jim" or "Dollar Jim." as the solicitor anH
recipient of the dollur contributions which
were sought among tho people generally
at President Roosevelt's suggestion.
It was in this camiiaign too that Mr.
Sherman for tho lirst time in his Con
gressional career had to make a real
tight for his seat. A strong opposition
had been organized in his district both
within and outside of the Republican
party. Tho anti-organization men had
wiin mem namuei liompers or the Ameri
can Federation of I,uhor, tho United
l.uborites and tho Indeiieiideiice l.enixiinrn.
In spite of this opposition Mr. Sherman
beat his Democrat io opponent by a vote
of Zi.OM to 10,7.17. His plurality two
years earlier had lieen S,70.i.
Mr. Sherman's most important appoint
ments while in Congress wero those of
chairman of the Indian Affaire Committee
and member of the Rules Committee.
His record on the Indian Affairs Com
mittee was attacked by Senator Oore of
Oklahoma while Mr. Sherman was Vice
President. Testifying at the Indian land
sales inquiry, the Senator charged that
Mr. Sherman had been interested in cer
tain land contracts. Senator (lore later
admitted he had mudo the charge on
hearsay evidence luid the Vice-President
was entirely cleared. In a somewhat
similar way Mr. Sherman waH attacked
while making his tlrst campaign us Mr.
Tuft's running mate. A sensation of a
day was caused by charges that ho had
used his position In Congress to further
the interests of the Mexican Lumber
and Development Company, but It waa
iimiiu mat inn cnurge resteel on tlie un
confirmed testimony of n discredited em
nloveo of the defunct concern.
Ill the fluht for the control of ihn
at tho State convention in into Mr. Sher-
Col. Roosevelt and allied
himself with Ihn
Colonel's opH)iietits at Suratoga where
he contested with Mr Roosevolt the tem
porary chairmanship lie received n ter
rible, beating in his own county ill the fight
to secure the twenty-three delegates,
falling even to carry his own ward against
the progressive element.
There was never any question of Mr.
.Sherman's ptrsonul popularity Ho hail
u host of friends among the Democrats
us well iih in his own party at Washington.
Ho radiated good nature and the familiar
smile won him the name of "Sunny Jim,"
lln was a big man, tipping the scales at
ubout Ta pounds, Usually he wore tho
square topMd derby made familiar by
urn inciiiri'h, nil r.ugiiHii winning coal untl
"w 1 !,fl WI1.K " Knci"h "ml 'lo Wl"
lii attend to things at home. Ho wu
inlere.iteil in many iirtiiiifatct tiring mm
i-eiiis nnd wiih president of the Ulleu
Trust and Depoijt Company ami the New
1 1 1. ,-i r.tr.i iv., ,iw. I.,. ....
' HiH'iioni mimim.: i oinpanv
. w;w . 1,11lu. ,,r .I,.-, Mi,,w,ll,..
(lull o Washington nnd tho Union
l-o.igiio. Republican mid Transportation
clubs, of New York,
Mr Sherman is survived by his wife,
who wiih Miss t'nirio' llubcock of New
ik when thee were married in 1S8I, nnd
three sons. Shnrrlll. 'I'lionna 1 n,.ri
TAFT, AT DINNER, HEARS
OF SHERMAN'S DEATH
At Once Rises to Break News
and Naval Celebration
MOURNS HIS COWORKER
Declnres Councils of Tarty Will
Lose Valuable Aid iif
President Taft was at the banquet
celebrating the launching of tho United
States battleship New York given under
the auspices of the employees of the
Brooklyn navy yard at the Thirteenth
Regiment Armory in Brooklyn last night
when ho learned of Vice-President Sner
man's death. During the speech of
Congressman William M. Calder, who was
fifth on the list, Secret Servico Man
Wheeler went to tho President's side
and told him the contents of a telegram
which had been received.
The President had apparent It been on
tho point of leaving. Ilia secretaries and
the secret service, men bad 'left their sta
tions and stood grouped at hia haok.
Now the President settled back in his
chair again and the smile which had
played over hia countenance disappeared.
He sal loosing straight ahead, his race
was slightly flushed.
At the conclusion of Congressman
Calder's speech tho President roso. The
cheering which followed the Congress
man's speech died away abruptly. Moat
of the comjiany seemed to -realize that
there was something out of the ordinary.
One or two started a cheer of recognition
for what they supposed was to be an extra
word from the President. He had already
Rut the cheers were not taken up and
after half raising his hand an an appeal
for silence the President spoke. His
voice was strong and clear, although toned
to sympathy. He looked straight ahead.
"My friends." he said, "threo years ago
you met on an occasion like this to cele
brate the launching of tlie Florida and
you were honored by the presence of tho
Vice-Presiden t of the United States.
"It is my sad duty to announce that
word has just come that the Vice-President
"Those who knew him loved him.
"Those who knew the scrvloe he, ren
dered to hia country respected him.
"I venture to aak that this meeting
adjourn in honor of his memory and
that no further proceedings be taken.
Tlie crowd, which a brief moment be
fore had been riotous in its enthusiasm,
gave expression to a murmur of sympathy
which sounded like a long drawn sigh.
Tlie number of navy officers present
rose to "attention." Toastmaster John
B. Brown adjourned the meeting and
the crowd departed.
President Taft reached the Pennsyl
vania station at 10:35 o'clock and went
directly to his private car. Half an
hcur later a statement of appreciation
of Mr. Sherman's character and work
was given out for the l'resldent. This
13 the statement:
"News of the death of Vice-President1
James S. Sherman has just reached
me. and although It was not unex
pected It has filled my heart with sad
ness. I feel a sense of personal be
reavement In the loss of a friend who
was a conscientious coworker In the
many public undertakings In which
We were engaged.
"It Is an easy matter to pay tribute
to his worth. He was a gentleman of
splendid poise, of mental attainments
which were balanced by so line a sense
of Justice that all who knew him re
spected him and admired htm. The so
briquet which he had properly earned
and which waa a tribute to a disposition
that radiated sunshine and good will
readily explains the warm affection In
which he was held by the many thou
sands who had come In personal con
tact with him.
"As a legislator and expounder of
parliamentary law and practice he had
achieved a reputation of national pro
portions before he was elevated to tho
high and dignified oflice of Vice-President
of the United States. His services
as Vice-President will be fittingly ac
knowledged by the united States Sen
ate, over which he presided with marked
fairness. He was a Republican of
sturdy principle and his counsel within
the party, always eagerly sought and
highly regarded, will be sadly missed In
the many crises created by new prob
lems arising and demanding his con
sideration and practical solution.
"The sympathy of all his friends goes
out to his widow nnd children, with
whom he dwelt In a relationship which
may well bs termed Ideal. The sorrow
of a nation will be aroused by the news
of his death. In the many tender
tributes willed will be paid publicly and
privately to his memory will bo found
evidence of the optimism and sunlight
he shed among his associates. To these
I would udd my own, the more certain
and sincere because of the close official
and personal relationship that existed
between us and the opportunities thus
offered me for an appreciation of hia
sterling and beautiful churacter."
President Taft sent this telegram to
Mrs. Sherman last night:
"Mrs. Taft and I extend to you our
No condiment, can equal ft
(or delicacy of flavor.
ILEA t PERRINS'
THi esiaiNkk woecTSMl
A Mrftrt Kusnint for doups,
rtah, Slsaka. aata. firavlaa,
CftwM and Bala Drcaataga.
JOSS DUMCAS't IBNS, Atlll, N. T.
heartfelt sympathy In your great sor
row. Our hearts go out to you In the
loss of your noble and loving husband.
VIcr-IYesldent Sherman had Tendered
distinguished service to his country, and
his death ten years before the time al
lotted by the Psalmist Is a great loss.
As a member of Congress and as Vice
President he endeared himself to all who
knew him. His memory Is full of sweet
ness nnd light. William H. Tut."
HIS LIFE AT THE CAPITAL.
Popular Socially, Important I'ulld
call, Democratic and Human,
Washi.notok, Oct. 30. News of the
death of Vice-President Sherman was
received in Washington with expressions
of profound sorrow. He had a very large
circle of close personal friends, he had
been so long associated with official
and social life of the cupital. No man
apparently derived more pleasure from
the friendships he formed in Washing
ton than Mr. Sherman.
It was this wide acquaintance that
rallied to his support in the Chicago con
vention of 1S08 and made his nomination
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directly due to personal friendship for
As Vice-President he shattered many
traditions associated with that office.
He dispensed with much of the formality
of his predecessors in dress, in the routine
of office and in dealing with refractory
Senators. He was very fond of baseball
and when the season was on It. was his
custom to call a Senator to tho chair
for the ufternoou session and, with a
few boon companions, go to the game.
His friends In Washington trace his
illness to an attack four years ago when
he had to go under treatment for a serious
attack of gallstones. While he got relief
at the time there have been recurrences
since. His official associates learned
early lust summer that the Vloe-Presl-dent's
heulth was not good. He suffered
greatly from the long and tedious session
und early In tho summer was warned by
his physician that he would have to give
up work and rest for the remainder of
From time to time during the summer
and wirly full reports came to Wush
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Democratic Candidate Shocked, fcy
Death of Mr. Sherman. rr -
Princkton, N. J.. Oct, 30. Gov. Wil
son returned here from Hurllngton by
automobile after midnight and learned
of the death of Vice-President Sherman.
He was shocked to hear the news and
expressed profound sorrow.
He directed thut a telegram of sym
pathy be sent.
GIBSON SEES JURY DRAWING.
Trial for Murder of Mrs. Ssnho to
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Oosue.v, N. V.. Oct. 30. Burton W.
Gibson, indicted Tor murder in the first
degree in connection with the death of
Mrs. Rosa Menschlk Szabo 'at Green
wood Lake on July 18, was brought into
court to-day when an extra panel of 15n
jurors was ordered drawn by Justice
Tompkins. Uibson was not represented
bv counsel. He asked but one question,
which was when ho inquired if the panel
drawn was a special pane) or an extra
one. Gibson was informed by the court
that the panel was an extra one. It -"s
intended to start the trial here on Mon
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