WHEN LA FOLLETTE WENT TO DANVILLE
The Band Played' "The Nation's Pride" Same Piece They Blow
to Welcome "Uncle Joe"; and the Crowd Braved the Bitter
Cold to Hear "Senator Bob."
' By W. G. Shepherd.
Danville, 111., Jan. 8. Ernie
Leseure he's Uncle Joe Can
non's son-in-law was down
stairs in the barber shop, under
his bank, when the Ben Hur
band struck up its best piece, en
titled; "The Nation's Pride."
"That's funny," said a barber.
"They're playing the same piece
for aL Follette Jhat they always
play when Uncle Joe comes
Quite a few things happened
when La Follette came to Dan
ville, where Uncle Joe lives. They
were "bound to happen, too, be
cause La Follette was one of the
men who took Uncle Joe's gavel
away from him when Uncle Joe
' ruled the houe.
Danville was tremendously
curious to see La Follette and the
crowd was one thing that hap
pened. ' - Then there was the committee
of five state republican leaders.
Their nervousness was a thing
you could see with your eyes.
Theyjhad agreed to welcome La
fjtk -Follette, providing their welcome
wquld not be construed as an en-
I In Danville nobody ever en
dorses anything. Things are en
dorsed for them.
- When this committee came
down to the Plaza to meet La
Follette they stood about the lob
by waiting for La Follette-to fin-,
ish his breakfast. They paced
and talked fcr iO minutes before
La Follette came out.
But they were nice to him, nev
ertheless. They smiled and talk
ed about the weather and hopeaT
La Follette had recovered from
his recent illness. '
A few minutes later everybody
stepped out into the snowstorm
and walked two blocks up the
street in the direction of Uncle
Joe's home, to the Grand opera
house, where the big meeting was1
"Train was late this morning,"
said a member of La Follette's
party to a local politician on the'
way to the opera house.
"Yes," said the politician. "By
the way, talking of time. Did you
ever hear of Uncle Joe's campaign
"Well, he's got a great big old
fashioned watch as large as an'
alarm clock. When he cam
paigns around Danville he always
carries this old watch. He'll drive
up to a farm house in his big au-
tomobile and hunt up the farmer.
" 'Say,' he'll call to the farmer,
pulling out his, old watch, 'what
time is it? My old watch is going
back on me, I guess. It don't
keep time like it used to.'
"Then the farmer will give
Uncle Joe the time and after that'
he'll go around telling the folks
about how old Uncle Joe is so old-
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