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hy caiclessniss Qr thoughtless?
nesa was somewhat to blame for
FUN FOR THE BLEACHERS
While, rathej than go deep into
politics a man had better hire a
valet to tjckle him in the armpits,
there's lots of fun in politics.
The old regulars thought they
had things fixed in California,
which Js a state of national inter
est this" time because women vote.
The contest was tojbe between
Roosevelt and Taf t. Great fight !
Dozens of speakers epgaged.
Hundreds of halls rented. Lines
clean cut. LaFpllette mention
ed only "among others." Finest
Taft and finest Roosevejt organ
izations you ever saw. Taft men
roasting Roosevelt. Roosevelt
men roasting Taft. The situation
just smoked, and you couldn't see
any La ""Follette 'sentiment be
cause of the smoke.
Two weeks ago, La Follette
clubs began to form in spots. No-
.but those La toilette clubs
grew and grew some more. The
durned "neurotics" scraped to
gether enough funds to ge La
Follette delegates on the primary
ballot It was evident to profes
sional politicians that the "uncon
trollable vote" was lining up for
the movement. La Follete speak
ers began to sump the state and
the size of their audiences show
ed that a whole lot of folks had
got through being Jed up to the
ballot box by the nose.
Qver 600,000 new voters, most
ly women, registered.upf to March'
tst. Swarms of 'era registered as
"Republican," so as to vote for
Bob La Follette. The total vote
at the presidential primaries
promised to go to 1,300,000, with
no knowing who 80 per cent of
'em would pick for president.
Jerusalem! "the La Follette
movement" had got away, was
spreading like a brush fire and
might turn up the house of Taft,
with everything else inflamable!
body much at the head of themrSo, you- now miss from the the
just plain folks, fellows who had
ftever before been seen in politics,
farmers, city workingmen, people
of the "vest pqcket vote" class.
And the clubs grew and grew in
members and size !
Good thing! said the Taft
standpat organs. .Those La Fol
lette fellows will be enough to
split the progressive vote, and
Taft will win out. So, those lit
tle La Follette club meetings got
columns of glorious notice.
Mfghty nice play for the Taft
organs. Hearst giggled. Spreck
Hearst and the Spreckels and the
o'ther sandpat orerans all those
beautiful notices of the La Fol
lette boom, while Uncle Hiram
Johnson is but oiling his old her
campaign automobile, prepara- ,
tory to taking the road for dear
- o o ,
Even the beggars are getting
on to the co-operative idea. A
newspaper is published in Paris-
for the mendicants alone. It
tells how, when and where to beef
and has odd "wanted' 'advertise--