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GUEST OFJWIH CITIES 1
Taft's Big Day at St. Paul and I
RIVALRY TO DO HIM HONOR I
Streets of Both Towns Gay With <
Flags and Bunting.
REVIEWS FT. SNELLING TROOPS 3
Big Luncheon This Afternoon to Be ]
Followed Tonight by Banquet.
Reception Is Omitted.
Time Table for Mnndav.
Arrive Butte, Mon 6:4? a.m.
Leave Butte 12:30 p.m.
Arrive Helena 3:45 p.m.
Leave Helena 7:30 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn., September 18.?
Flags and other patriotic decorations fly- <
ing in the breeze wafted a silent welcome
to President Taft while the big ,
crowd which surrounded the exits to the 1
Chicago. Milwaukee and St. Paul station
gave the nation's chief executive a <
noisy greeting as he stepped from his 1
private car here at 7:55 a.m. today. 1
Chief of Police Corriston, with an ample '
squad of policemen, kept the way clear j
to the waiting automobiles. B. F. Nel- i
son, for the Minneapolis committee, and
Frank B. Kellogg, for the St. Paul committee,
greeted President Taft. They 1
rode with him in the first of the three ,
big automobiles, which carried the party i
from the station along Washington avenue.
south to the Minneapolis Club, on ,
2d avenue and 8th street. There the J
President was given a breakfast as the
guest of fifty of the prominent men of
The other members of the President's (
party occupied the second car, and in the i
third were W. W. Mischler, Dr. J. J. 1
Richards, Senator Moses E. Clapp and W. i
.W. Heflfelfinger. j
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fjubllc buildings were decorated with !
Hags, and especially elaborate decora- '
tions were hung upon the chamber of 1
commerce building and some of the large
Even at the early hour of the Presi- 1
dent's arrival the streets along wh?ch It j
Was known the automobiles would pass 1
were lined with a throng anxious to see 1
Handshaking Cut Out. t
After the breakfast a reception had 1
teen planned at the city hall from 0:30 j
to 10:30, but en account of the expressed
desire of President Taft to avoid as far t
as possible all handshaking receptions J
this part of the program was omitted, )
and the automobile trip about the city <
parks and boulevards to Minnehaha falls,
the state soldiers' home and then to Port <
bnelling was extended to till in the time. <
At Fort Snelkng the President will re- j
view the troops and be tendered a recep- \
tio i -by the officers. When the salute from t
the guns of the fort are sounded at noon i
the presidential party will board auto- i
mobiles for the five-mile run to St. Paul i
via the Mississippi river boulevard and 1
Summit avenue to the St. Paul Auditorium,
where at 1 o'clock luncheon will
Program in St. Paul. 1
ST PAUL, Minn., September IS.?This
city is brilliantly decorated with flags today
in honor of President Taft's visit,
and the streets are thronged with visitors.
The committee having in charge the
decorations procured an Immense supply
of flags of various sizes, which were sold |
to citizens at cost. Along the route of '
the automobiles carrying the party from '
Fort Snelling. lawns were decorated with
small flags spelling "Taft," and from all
houses along the route and elsewhere <
was flying the national emblem. t
The immense stage in the St. Paul Au- 1
ditorium. where the luncheon was served,
was a bower of flags, green and autumn
foliage, from which thousands of electric
lights glimmered. An Improvised ban- ,
tjuet room, 7o by 116 feet in size, was
arranged in the center of the stage, sur- 1
rounded by a colonnade of twenty-eight '
white*columns, thirty feet high and three i
feet in diameter. The spaces between
the columns were screened by evergreen
and smilax. The ceiling was trelltsed
with foliage, and suspended therefrom
were hanging baskets of flowers lighted
by shaded lights. Three thousand flowering
hydrangeas were distributed about '
the stage. '
Thousands at Luncheon.
A part of the stage not used for the
luncheon guests was arranged so that
2,000 spectators might be seated there ,
besides the throng which occupied the
teats in the boxes surrounding the stage.
In the galleries and the main audience .
room of the Auditorium.
Gov. Johnson, who had planned to be
present to extend an official welcome to :
the President, is in St. Mary's Hospital at <
After the luncheon Mr. Taft will be escorted
by troops from Fort Snelling to the
state capitol for an inspection of that im<
The capitol grounds are so arranged
that a large crowd will be able to get a
fine chance to see Mr. Taft. and it is expected
that the grounds will be crowded.
From the capitol the party will start
on the return trip to Minneapolis, via the
boulevard and park system, visiting Como
Park, the state fair grounds and the State
The plan is to take Mr. Taft back to
Minneapolis at 5:30 o'clock p.m.. to give
htm time to rest before the banquet at the
Minneapolis Auditorium at 8 o'clock, when
he will make his principal address in the
Explosion Kills Two.
BESSEMER. Mich., September 18?Two
men. Nat Nakala and Isaac Santi, were
Instantly killed in Eureka mine, 800 feet
below tue surface, yesterday, by the explosion
of a quantity of dynamite, which
came in contact with a miner's candle.
Jack Penala was fatally injured. Two
others were taken out badly Injured, and
two are still in the mine cut off by gas.
Tire Loss, $60,000.
MARLIN, Tex.. September 18.?Fire yes-|
terday afternoon destroyed the Marlln |
electric light and power plant at a loss of!
Sov. Johnson Wires Welcome
to President Taft.
LITTLE CHANGE IN PATIENT
Sets Some Broken Sleep During the
Ens TEMPERATURE HIGHER
Physicians Hold Out Slight Hopes
of Recoverv?Flood of Tele
ROCHESTER, Minn., September 18.?
Gov. John A. Johnson so far forgot his
own condition this morning to dictate the
following telegram of welcome to President
Taft, to be delivered by Eli S.
"Hearty and sincere welcome to the
state of Minnesota. Greatly regret my
illness prevents my presence at your reception.
JOHN A. JOHNSON."
President Taft replied as follows to Gov.
Johnson's telegram, the answer having
been transmitted by telephone:
"My Dear Gov. Johnson: I am greatly
distressed to hear of your serious illness.
[ miss your smiling and courteous personal
greeting, which I have had every
time I have come to the state heretofore,
and I thank you from the bottom of my
heart for your message of welcome, sent
when you are on a bed of pain.
"I fervently hope and pray that your
wonderful strength and fortitude will
make your recovery speedy.
"My compliments and respects to Mrs.
Johnson, whose visit in Washington I remember
with much pleasure.
"WILLIAM H. TAFT."
Gov. Johnson was much gratified when
he read the message of good cheer from
the nation's chief.
Snatches of Sleep.
Dr. McNevin's bulletin at 5 o'clock
this morning announced that Gov. Johnson's
pulse was lit: and more regular;
temperature, 101; respiration about
normal. He had a restful sleep of
ibout thirty-five minutes and snatches
of sleep, which rested him considerably.
Mrs. Johnson, who was at her
lusband's side all night, retired for a
rest this morning.
Dr. William J. Mayo said:
"Gov. Johnson is resting more quietly
and is not in as great pain. He has
i slight chance of recovery. But if he
las another attack, such as he had last
light, he will not be able to withstand
At 7:30 o'clock the night nurse said
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The following bulletin was issued by
Or. McNevin early this morning:.
"The governor's pulse is ITO and hts
emperature 90.2. Respiration normal.
Fie is resting easily and is suffering little
?ain. He is, however, in a very badly
exhausted condition, but is holding his
"In two and one-half hours from now
[8:30 a.m.) the first crisis period of seventy-two
hours will have been reached
and passed. If the governor continues
lo hold his own and passes the period
successfully and continues through the
rest of the day and night until tomorrow
morning in as good condition as at present
his chances for recovery will be
Dr. William J. Mayo issued the followng
bulletin at 9:30 o'clock:
"Gov. Johnson is resting easier. I
hlnk he is gaining some little strength.
He has Just taken a teaspoonful of carbonated
water, which he successfully retained
on his stomach. Pulse, 104; temlerature,
99.2; respiration about normal.
[ look for no immediate change."
At 10 o'clock Frederick W. Johnson, the
jovernor's brother, arrived. He immediately
hurried to the hospital, where he
vas admitted to the sick room.
Dr. Mayo in his 10:30 a.m. bulletin said:
"Pulse, 103; temperature, 99.5, an increase;
respiration normal. Every hour
is comfortable as the last counts much
n Gov. Johnson's favor."
Telegrams of Sympathy.
Evidence of the attention paid by the
entire country to Gov. Johnson's illness
appears in the flood of telegrams which
come here, the one telegraph wire out
of the city being burdened with messages.
Shortly after noon Dr. McNevin, who
had snatched a few hours of sleep, returned
to his watch beside the governor's
>ed. The doctors are all anxious about
what the night may bring. If the governor
should have another sinking spell
or another attack of vomiting the physi
mans oeueve ne cunuoi survive.
GOTTHILF BLOCH DEAD.
Veteran Business Man Passes Away
at Home in Toledo.
TOLEDO, Ohio, September IK.?Gotthllf
Bloch, seventy-one years old, former
member of the Arm of Stein & Bloch,
and for more than a quarter of a century
one of the leading business men of
the country, died early thia morning at
the family residence here. He had been
111 for a year, suffering with a malignant
growth on the tongue. In
1872 he was appointed by Gov.
Baker as a delegate to the international
peace congress held in London. In 1875
he was elected to the Indiana legislature.
His most memorable achievement, however,
waa his work in connection with
the establishment of the normal school
at Valparaiso. Seven children and a
Convicted Soldier Sentenced.
MARQUETTE, Mich., September 18.?
John E. Gibson, who killed a fellow
soldier at Fort Brady, has been sentenced
to a life term in the federgl prison at
Leavenworth. Gibson's case drew added
interest from the conflict between federal
and state laws on the question of capital
punishment, which Is forbidden under
the Michigan law. However, the jury in
finding a verdict of guilty recommended
life imprisonment and the issue was thus
Drunkenness In Dry Nashville.
NASHVILLE, Tenn., September 18.?
The police records of Nashville show an
average of six and two-sevenths arrests
a day for drunkenness since the prohibition
law went into effect July 18 of this
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BROKER HUME IS REINSTATED
SEAT RESTORED ON WASHINGTON
Fulfills Obligations Complained of
in a Transaction Involving
Gas Light Shares.
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Thomas L. Hume was reinstated to the
Washington Stock Exchange today, and
he will be in his seat when tjie exchange
holds its next regular session Monday at
noon. The board of governors of the exchange
held a special meeting this afternoon
at the call of President Flather, and
as soon as a satisfactory showing was|
made that all of the Indebtedness held!
against Mr. Hume had been satisfied in
full, a vote was called on the question of
reinstatement and it passed promptly.
This closes the Incident, which had its
inception in the filing of charges against
Mr. Hume by W. B. Hibbs of the firm
of W. B. Hibbs & Co. and a member of
the local exchange, to the effect that Mr.
Hume had purchased 330 shares of stock
of the Washington Gas L.lght Company
and had failed to accept delivery when
the shares were tendered.
Taking cognizance of the charges the
board of governors of the exchange sus- ,
pended Mr. Hume and the 350 shares of
gas stock were sold "under the rule," aftd
the difference betwen the prices realized
on the forced sale and the prices at which
Mr. Hume bought the stock were charged
! against the latter. By meeting the requirei
ment that he pay to Mr. Hibbs the
amount of this loss, which approximated
$1,400, Mr. Hume fulfilled the conditions
! necessary to his reinstatement.
ine action 01 me uu?ru ?i bv?viuvio
speaks for Itself," said Mr. Hume to a
Star reporter thic afternoon. "Further
than that I do not care to say anything.
I might go into the circumstances surrounding
some of the criticisms that have
been made against me, but I feel it would
be unbecoming of me to do so."
MATTER NOT DECIDED.
More Thorough Inquiry to Be Made
Into Alaska Coal Question.
SEATTLE, Wash., September 18.?It.
was announced today that the ruling of
President Taft in the Ballinger-Glavis
controversy does not change the title to
the vast coal areas near Katalla, in
Alaska, claimed by several syndicates, including
the Cunningham combination.
Estimates of the value of the coal lands
vary from $75,000,000 to $1.000,000uOO,
with the country only partly explored.
The record in the Cunningham cases
shows that the claimants have supplied
the Interior Department with documents
in an effort to prove the regularity of
their proceedings. It is said, however,
that there will be no immediate decision
on the question, but that under orders
from the President a more thorough investigation
will be made of the coal land
MANUAL LABOR ADVISED.
Address of Gov. Deneen to Illinois
CHICAGO, III., September 18.?Manual
occupations were urged as best for
negroes by Gov. Charles S. Deneen in an
address to a large audience ot negroes
last night at an exposition of the Negro
Business League in Bethel African Methodist
Gov. Deneen pointed out that the desire
to shine in a profession instead of working
at a business career -was the bane of
a member of a race that must climb
against as many obstacles as must the
negro. The governor advised young
negroes looking for an opening to turn
their attention to the farming enterprises
of Canada and the northwest.
He recommended the establishment in a
building, to be owned by the negroes, of
a permanent exposition of negro products.
: of Dr. Coo
THE GENUINE ENIGMA.
STREET CARSJIED UP
Sudden Strike Stops Traffic
AM Aim AU A I IM AA
UN UIIIClMct LlllCd.
MEN CALL IT A LOCKOUT
Vote to Go Out Taken at an Early
FIGHT FOE UNION PRINCIPLES
Better Pay and Regulation of Hours
Also Included in Strikers' List
OMAHA, Neb., September 18?All the
lines of the Omaha and Council Bluffs
Street Railway. Company were practically
tied up by a strike this morning as a result
of what is said to nave been the
unanimous vote of the street car men's
union at two meetings, one held yesterday
afternoon and the other at an early
hour this morning.
The vote in favor of a strike followed
a long conference between Gurdon W.
Wattles, president of the company, and
representatives of the Business Men's Association
and a committee representing
the street railway men headed by C. O.
Pratt, one of the International vice presidents
of the organization. At the close
of the meeting this morning both Mr.
Pratt and Ben Commons, a member of
the international executive board, stated
that the board had authorized a strike,
the time to be named by the executive
committee. It was intimated then that
the call might not be issued for some
days, but either the statements were misleading
or the officials changed their
mind before time to start the cars this
morning, for not a union man went to
Pew Cars Running.
No statement was made as to the number
of men who would go out. but this
morning not more than one in fifteen
or twenty of the regular cars is in service.
There is no disorder.
At the conference with President Wattles
yesterday afternoon a former demand
of the street railway men was withdrawn
From this new arrangement was omitted
rrom tnis new arangement was omineu
the former ^proposed recognition of the
union, but the wage scale asked for was
retained. The proposed agreement provides
for the arbitration of differences,
the findings to be binding on both sides
during the existence of the agreement;
permits any employe suspended or discharged
to be given an investigation; allows
motormen and conductors to select
their own runs, according to service, and
fixes the wages of motormen and conductors
at 2d cents an hour for the first
year, 27 cents for the second year and
28 cents for the third and succeeding
years, time and a half to be allowed for
ail overtime; not less than nine nor more
than ten hours to be Included within
twelve consecutive hours for a day's
Call It a Lockout.
Early in the day the strikers placed
about twenty-five of their number at
the principal downtown street corners to
distribute printed statements of their
grievances. This statement, an ofricial
one, given out by the union, stated that
it was virtually a lookout, because the
street car company officials had declared
they did not want union men in their emPloy.
The statement declares members of the
union have been discriminated against
and that large numbers of them have been
discharged in recent months. The statement
closes with an appeal to the public
to see that Justice is done to the men.
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EDITOR 6E0R6E HARVEY HURT
BREAKS SHOULDER BLADE
WHEN AUTO TURNS TURTLE.
Two Friends Are Bruised, But
Chauffeur Escapes Without
MANAHAWKIN, N. J.. September 18.?
An automobile containing three men and
a boy turned turtle on the shore boulevard,
near here, today.
Col. George Harvey, editor of Harper's
Weekly, one of the injured men, suffered
a broken shoulder blade and internal injuries.
He was put aboard a special train
for Whitings Junction in time to be removed
to a Jersey City train for Deal
Beach, X. J.
With Col. Harvey In the automobile were
John H. Hoffer, the latter's son and the
chauffeur. The party, It is understood,
was motoring from Deal Beach, where
Col. Harvey has a summer home, to Atlantic
Just after passing this place the automobile
met a motor cycle coming in the opposite
direction. The chauffeur turned
sharply to the right, and in some manner
lost control of the car, which ran sidewise
along an embankment and then toppled
The occupants of the car were pinned
under the machine and had a remarkable
iscape from more serious injury. Mr. Hofier
and his son were bruised. The chauffeur
was not hurt.
LIVED FOR YEARS AS NEGRO
Death of Man Whose Marriage to
Colored Woman Ostracised Him
FAYETTEVIL.L.E, X. C.. September 18.
?A. G. Thornton, a character well known
in the reconstruction history of this state,
died here today. Thornton was a man of
wealth and a prominent politician in reconstruction
So far as known, Thornton is. or was,
the only white person in Xorth Carolina
ever legally married to a negro, he having
married a negress named Elsie Hargrove
by permission of the military authorities
in control of the state at that I
time. The marriage was afterward legalized
by the constitutional convention
held in 1868. He had lived for many
years as a negro and his funeral will be
conducted from a negro church. He
leaves a wife and live children.
MAJ. WILLIAMS DEAD.
For Many Years an Employe of
CHICAGO. September 18.?Maj. William
H. Williams, for many years an
employe of the United States Treasury
Department in Washington, died last
night at his home in Oak Park, a suburb
of this city. Death resulted from a
stroke of paralysis suffered three years
ago. During the civil war Maj. Williams
was a tent mate of the late President
Schooner Wrecked by Storm.
BOSTON. Mass., September 18.?The
Boston Tern schooner Stillman F. Kelley,
bound from Newport News to Havana
with coal, was wrecked on Grand Cayman
Island, West Indies, in a cyclone which
swept over these islands last Wednesday,
according to advices received by her owners
here today. Capt. Allen and the crew
of eight tnen were saved.
The Stillman F. Kelley was built in
Thomaston, Me., in lSH)o. and registered
dlo tons net. She was valued at about
*3.1,COO and fully insured.
Russian Tibet Explorer Returns.
MOSCOW, September 18.?M. Kosloff,
head of the Russian Imperial Geographical
Society's expedition to Tibet, has returned
here from central Asia.
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gton in Ton
Mr. Uchida Appointed Jap- I
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IS NOW AT COURT OF AUSTRIA <
His Wife Daughter of Japanese 3
Millionaire and Graduate of
TOKIO, September 18.^Official announcement
has been made of the appointment
of Y. Uchld-a. former vice minister
of foreign affairs, and now ambassador
to the court of Austria, to succeed Baron
K. Takahira, Japanese ambassador to
No word has been received at the
Japanese embassy from Toklo of Mr
Uchida's appointment. '
Mr. Uchida Is a distinguished member
of the diplomatic corps of Japan. He was
born at Kumanoto-ken in 1865 and has
been In the diplomatic service of his coun- ]
try since 1887.
In Washington Before.
His first appointment was as attache
to the legation at Washington.
Three years later. In 1800, he was made
permanent secretary to Count Mutsu.
minister of agriculture and commerce, and
remained with Count Mutsu when the latter
was transferred to the foreign office.
In 1893 he was appointed secretary of
legation at London and remained there
until 1895, when he was made secretary
of legation at Peking. After two years'
service in that capacity he was appointed
director of the Japanese political bureau
and promoted vice minister of foreign affairs.
From 1901 to 1906 he again served
his country at Peking. In February, 1907,
he was elevated to the post of Japanese
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remained at Vienna to date.
His wife is a daughter of Mr. Dogura.
a millionaire of Yamato, and was educater
at Vassar College, New York.
NOTED WHITER DEAD.
Marion A. McBride, Journalist and
BOSTON, Mass., September 18.?Miss
Marion A. McBride, journalist, worker in
the field of domestic science and an organiser
of many associations of women,
died here tonight.
. Born in East Hampton, Mass.. and educated
in New York city, Miss McBride
began her newspaper work on the New
York Tribune in 1881. In succeeding
years she contributed as correspondent to
newspapers in Boston. New York, New
Orleans, Cleveland and St. Louis.
At the Cotten centennial exposition in
1885 she organized the National Woman's
Press Association, which since has
INDUCED TO CONFESS.
Negro's Aged Father Saves Him
From Death by Lynching.
STATESBORO, Ga., September 18.?
Morgan Lane, a negro, was probably
saved from being lynched at Brooklet,
near here, by his aged father, who
forced his way through the crowd of
angry men who surrounded the negro
and induced him to confess that he had
attempted to criminally assault a young
white woman there.
A daughter of Judge Lee Richardson
was awakened early Thursday morning
by some one touching her. She recognized
the intruder as a negro, and,
screaming, attempted to spring from her
bed. The negro seized her, but her
screams frightened him away.
A posse soon formed, and, following
the negro's trail, arrested Lane. It was
at this point that his aged father, who
had been a servant in the Richardson
family for years, appeared and induced
him to make a confession.
After this the posse quietly disbanded
after turning the negro over to the
sheriff, who brought him here to jail.
GUARDING AGAINST CROOKS.
City Magistrates of Greater New
York Aid the Police.
NEW YORK, September 18.?The city
magistrates of Greater New York met in
solemn conclave yesterday and listened to
what Police Commissioner William F.
Baker had to say about the expected arrival
here soon of some thousand or more
crooks, who will, he thinks, wish to play
some part in the coming Hudson-Fulton
ceieorauon. ine magistrates voted to give
the police their heartiest co-operation in
the effort to protect the public.
The commissioner has received from
other cities over a thousand pictures of
crooks who are likely to come to New
York for the celebration. As many of
them as are found in the city will be arrested
and charged with disorderly conduct.
On this charge a city magistrate
can commit them to the workhouse for
"IMPOTENT" HOUSE OF LORDS.
Premier Redicules English Peers
and Says Liberals Will Fight.
BIRMINGHAM. September IS.?Premier
Asquith last night addressed a great
budget demonstration here. He declared
that the house of lords was Impotent in
finance, and that the liberals were eager
for a fight should the house of lords
venture to reject the budget.
The meeting was remarkable because of
the frenried behavior of the suffragettes,
who threw toy bombs and wielded axes
during the proceedings. Two of the
women climbed to the roof or a building
adjacent to Bingley Hall, where the
meeting was held, and loosened tiles and
bricks with axes and pelted the police
below. Several persons were hurt. The
suffragettes were dislodged only with
the aid of the Are hose. Other suffragettes
threw missiles, which smashed
windows in the train in which Premier
Asquith was departing from the city
after the meeting. Several of them were
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MAY BE A600MERAHG
Democratic Criticism of Judge
Mann Before Nomination.
JPPONENTS PRINT ATTACKS
lepublicans Charge Extravagance
in the State Administration.
CAMPAIGN OF UP-HILL WORK
Lack of a Slogan to Stir the Masses
Serious Handicap to Those Trying
to Oust Party in Control.
Special From a Staff Correspondent.
RICHMOND. Va., September 18.?At
Joyous Intervals In every four-year political
period sections of the democratic
press of Virginia engage in lively and
spirited denunciation of the democratic
administration and machine up to within
three months of election day, and then
all hands turh to in violent clamor for
continuance of that organization in power.
This year, additional spice has been
lent to this performance by a large section
of that same press, prior to the primaries,
denouncing the present democratic
candidate for governor as utterly unfit for
the nomination, Bringing specifications of
the articles of indictment, but once nominated,
now engaged in pointing out what
a shame it would be to defeat him.
Ah, well, you say that's the way of
politics; fight it out in the preliminaries,
but stand together at the polls. But, see
what a fix it leaves the poor voter in in
this case; here he is, "all het up" with
righteous indignation against the democratic
candidate, aroused by the scathing
press attacks upon that candidate, and
now he is required to vote to put him into
the office for which the democratic press
declared him unfit.
That looks as if the poor voter were
being stacked up against a pretty hard
proposition. It is, take this alleged unfit
democratic candidate, or stay at home, or
vote for a republican. U-m-m, the last
alternative is rather bitter for the Virginia
democrat of the old regime. It is
all well enough for the young fellows, the
new crop, the "progressives," who
hearken to the preaching of national republican
doctrines and hanker for the
fleshpots of materialism, but to the old
boys a singed democrat is preferable to a
full plumaged republican.
The moment the old-line democrat begins
to show signs of real weakening on
his party and casts a glance askance at
the republican candidate the politician
whispers to him. "Remember readjuster
days and the party of reconstruction."
Thereupon your old-line democrat snorts,
expectorates violently and looks around
for a mint julep to take the taste out of
his mouth. It's all off then.
Present Virginia Republicans.
That is to say, that is the way it has
been up to recent years. The republican
party of Virginia of today is not what
it was of yore. Candid democrats will
admit as much. The militant section of
the party, leaving out the negro, who is
a liability and not an asset, since his
vote does not ofteh count, is composed
of- young and progressive men. The organisation
is clean and well intentioned.
iriese wmie repuuucans are nut ujaipet
baggers," either. They are to the
manner born. The head of the ticket is
the son of a man who was a democratic
lieutenant governor of Virginia in this
decade. The rank and file of the white
organization are Virginians, with a stake
in the land. They are making a fight
which must command admiration, the
more so because of a certain element of
immediate hopelessness in it.
As outlined to me by the leaders, the
efforts of the republicans aim at two
First?An appeal to the voters for the
enhancement of the material prosperity
of the state through the espousal of republican
Second?To convince the voters that the
domination of all branches of the state
service?civil, judicial, administrative and
educational?'by an Alleged machine
oligarchy is hurtful to Virginia. Under
the second head, the charge of alleged
extravagance is the principal count.
The main handicap under which the republicans
labor in these efforts is the
lack of what you might call a revolutionary
issue. There is no slogan to stir
the masses. The democratic majority is
so large it would take a popular revolt
to overturn it. What is there to incite
a revolt, the practical politician asks?
It is realized that there is nothing soulstirring
in the appeal to republican national
policies; appreciation of them is a
process of education, clogged by time.
Appeals to crushing the dominating
party on the ground alleged is. in the last
analysis, a demand for the substitution
of new political convictions for those of
a lifetime, for reasons which may not be
acceptable to the rank and file of democrats
as sufficient. It is up-hill work
for the republicans; the democrats have
only to stand pat.
Democratic Criticism Beprinted.
The republican campaign committee has
got out a fifteen-page, closely printed
pamphlet, containing excerpts from democratic
editorial utterances all over the
state. They question Judge Mann's record
In the Confederate army, attack his record
in the legislature, alleging his affiliation
vith corporate interests, impugn his sincerity
as a temperance advocate and hint
at secret backing of the liquor interests.
They charge him with one time affiliating
with Mahone, assail the legality of his
election as state senator and strike at him
in many directions. All these attacks,
mind you, are from good, rock-ribbed
democratic newspapers. It is true they
were delivered "before taking" him as a
candidate of the party.
One of the minor charges I will single
out for quotation: "He would not support
an amendment to the liquor law compelling
the railroads of the state to pay a
license of $400 a year for the privilege of
selling liquor in dining cars, but he did
vote for a law compelling a passenger in a
day coach to ask permission of the conductor
before he could take a drink, while
allowing the man in the dining car to
drink without asking the consent of anybody."
Eh, sirs' yon was a hard blow at the
rights of the plain citizen. That a Virginia
gentleman, sah, should not have the
right to take a swig from his own flask.
nor e en exiena me nuspimuucH ui me occasion
to his neighbor across the aisle
without consulting the minion of a cursad
corporation were hard lines, indeed.
The Liquor Question.
Of course, the inevitable liquor question
has to come up. It Is the Banquo's ghost
of every politician south of Mason and
Dixon's line. However, thanks to some
very lively side-stepping, it does not flgIP?
in orth role