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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, January 20, 1912, Image 15

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JUST WHY WILSON'' CUT HARVEY AND. RILED
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By William G. Shepherd. .
,It is time the public knew the inside facts abojut the action, of
Woodrow Wilson in telling Col. George Harvey that he wanted
Harvey to stop supporting -him.
I talked at great length with Woodrow Wilson about Harvey's
support last August, at the governor's home in Sea Girt, N. J.
Wilson told me then: ,
"I wish that I could rid myselfof the support of Harper's maga
zine and Col. Harvey. I do not know why Harvey insists on sup
porting me. It does me greatjnjury. It seems- to me that it is too
remote a possibility that Harvey is. supporting me,' on 'instructions
from Wall streef, in order to do me damage."
I will give the inside facts about Harvey' support of Wilson.
Harvey worked with the Democratic gang in New Jersey, when
that gang asked Wilson to run for governor, thinking that he was
just a harmless "school teather." .Wilson told Harvey, as he told
other members of the New Jersey gang, that, if he were elected he.
would do as he pleased, and that no man would be his boss. Harvey,
with the members jf the Democratic gang in New Jersey, did not
see the inner, significance of Wilson's remark. Harvey and the
members' of the gang did not, inwardly, believe that Wilson would
have the inclination or power to fight the interests in New Jersey.
Wilson, as all know, astonished the leaders, including Col. Har
vey, by taking matters into his own -hands and ousting the gang.
Col. Harvey, however, did not suffer, as did the members of the
Dem.ocra.tic gang, by what Wilson had done.
He boasted that he was the original Wilson man. He had no
reason to be angered at Wilson, as had the gang members. There
fore, he corttinued his "boasting. This boasting did for Wilson just
what Wall street, which Col. Harvey serves, wanted it to do. It
made Wilson look like a. Wall street man. It caused many voters
to doubt Wilson's sincerity. It made them say: "Well, if Col. Har
vey likes Wall street, Wilson must be a Wall street favorite."
Undoubtedly Harvey's support of Wilson was a Wall street
trick, in spite of Wilson's early belief that such a trick was a "remote
possibility."
And Wilson's action in publicly letting Harvey know that he
didn't want Harvey's support was only a brave, bold Wilson blow in
defending himself against J. Pierpont Morgan and Wall street.
Col. Watterson's alliance with Col. Harvey in the Wilson
matter is Wall street's return blow. Col. Watterson is not a pro-
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