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EVERYBODY WANTS A TICKET
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If you stand in the lobby of the
Coliseum Annex and offer town
lots in Paradise at 10 cents a front
foot, there's one chance in 20 that
you'd make a sale.
But if you'd lift your voice
anywhere in Chicago, Wave1 two
convention tickets above your
head and yell "What am I offer
ed?" you'd find yourself a rich
man or the victim of a jimmy
in three seconds.
That's just about a fair hunch
on the scramble for and the value
of seats for the great Taft
Roosevelt knock-about bout.
"Everybody's doing it." Do
Coaxing, begging, pleading,
stealing," fighting for, and, when
possible, buying, tickets to the
Republican convention. Every
man, woman and child in Chicago
and that's two million every
person within a radius of 500
miles who can scrape up the rail
road fare, and politicians of high
and low degree from the four cor
ners of the country, are clamoring
at the doors of t;he Coliseum.
Inside, quaking at the uproar,
clutching each other wildly, are
the Republican national commit
tee, which has received more
than 100,000 requests for tickets
and thousands of them from
people it's mighty dangerous to
The Coliseum has '11472 seats.
The first 2,156 go to delegates
and alternates, one apiece. Then
2,156 more go to them, for fam
ily and friends. Then 1,500 go
to Chicago. That leaves 5,360.
And they must be spread over
It is reported that some dele
gates from outlying states are
selling their extra tickets for from
$100 to $250 each.
"What are you crying about,
"One of th' boys called me
'teacher's pet' an' I Went an' told
her an' she licked me to prove I
Safest cracker for the kids on
the Fourth is the soda cracker.
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