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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 25, 1912, Image 3

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GENERAL OTIS DISCUSSES
AFFAIRS OF NATION
Prosecutes barrow, Elects Taft
and Squelches Gover
nor Johnson.
-Chicago suffered a visit from a
very distinguished personage last
night.
He-.was none other than Gen
eral Harrison Gray Otis, some
" times'known as 'The Gray'Fox,"
publisher of the Los Angeles
Times, arch enemy of. union labor,
advocate of the open shop and
former enemy of .William Ran
dolph Hearst.
Hearst and Otis were very bit
ter enemies indeed, when Hearst
was the friend of union labor in
order to get a circulation fo r.his
newspapers but after Hearst
turned around and kicked union
labor in the face,-Otis and Hearst
became closer friends.
Otis'was chuck full of informa
tion last night Apparently, he
is conducting the prosecution of
Clarence S. Darrow, the labor at
torney, at Los Angeles. At least,
lthat is what one gathers from
what Otis' had to say about the
" Darrow case, which was :
"Darrow will either be convict
'ed or will confess within two
months. He may confess within
aweek. He knows they have the
goods onh,im, and he would like
to get Jour of it as easily as possi
ble. " '
"Darrow has made overtures to
District Attorney Fredericks of
Los Angejes in the way of con
fessing. Fredericks would not
hear the overtures unless Darrow
Consented to tell all he kno
about the blowing up of the
Times.
"I know that'this has been der
nied by both Fredericks and Dar
row, but it is true, nevertheless.
I personally know that it is true."
From which it is -quite plain,
that Harrison Gray Otis, and not
Fredericks, is conducting the
prosecution of Darrow; that, vs
deed, Otis is the prosecution of
Darrow.
Otis also was kind enough to
let the people know whom he fav
ored for the presidency. Otis is
for Taft, which is indeed strange
and'peculiar.
"Why is Colonel Roosevelt so
popular in California?" Otis wa's
asked.
Perhaps Otis regarded this as a
personal question. He himself
through the Los Angeles Times
told the people of California time
and again that they must not al
low Colonel Roosevelt to be popu
lar with them, and insisted until
election day that Roosevelt was
not. ' x
All the same, Otis answered the
question.
"Audacity is ,all that won for
Roosevelt in California," he said,
Then the persistent reporter in
quired what Otis thought of the
suggestion of Governor Johnson
as running mate for Roosevelt if
Roosevelt should be nominated.
"That makes me laugh," said
Otis. (But he did not laugh at
all. He looked peeved.) "Gov
ernor Johnson is without merit
and unfitted to be vice president."
Inasmuch as Governor Johnson

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