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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 20, 1912, Image 4

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H. Post's butik about Roosevelt
releasing the delegates.
At ftoon, "Bad Bill" Flinn, of
Pittsburg, confirmed the report
that he had resigned as Pennsyl
vania's member of the new na
tional committee.
When "Bad Bill" was asked
about it, he got real peeved. "I
resigned because I didn't want to
serve," he explained, thus clear
ing up the mystery.
As for the crowd--they were
sweating in the hall at noon, and
they couldn't understand just
what had happened when the con
vention adjourned. So they
Wouldn't leave their gallery seats
until the police chased 'em out.
There was about 16,000 rumors
today to the effect that Hadley
and Flinn had quarreled with
Roosevelt. Each of the 16,000
was denied, generally with harsh,
ungentlemanly language.
It was afternoon when Koose
velt made his "third party declar
ation." "The time has come," said the
colonel's signed statement, "when
I feel 1 must make certain state
ments." Then the statement went on,
without saying anything very
much. There 'isn't a line in it
that doesn't leave Roosevelt a
loophole should he want to get
put of the "third party" business.
Little Elihu Root just grinned;
-when told some of the delegates
were starting a "boom for him for
the presidency. "There's nothing
in it," he said.
There's a.lot of talk today about
the Taft men going over to Had
ley, and thus breaking up the
Roosevelt forces. But the Taft
leaders aren't talking that way.
"I don't believe there is now
any question but that President
Taft will be renominated," said -Charlie
Hilles.
R. R. McCormick, of Illinois,
led the Roosevelt battle in the
credentials committee. He led
all right, but herdidn't get any
where." "There is absolutely nothing
in the report of a row between
Colonel Roosevelt and myself." ,
Gov.Hadley, to newspaper men
about 2 o'clock. v
"Bad Bill" Flinn was so nerv
ous today, he chewed his cjgars
up about one every 15 minutes. ,
Credentials committee seated
Taft delegates from ninth Ala
bama district by vote of 34 to 14,
thus continuing the 'Work of the
national committee .steam roller.
This, the first test vote of the
Credentials committeei showed
Taf t's strength and made it look
as if Roosevelt would stand by his
"third party" ialk.
Committee on permanent or
ganization voted to recommend
the temporary organization be
made permanent.
This was a vote ordered by the
Taft leaders and again showfr
the President's strength. By this
vote Elihu Root will remain as
chairman of the convention.
When the credentials cdrnrhit
tee met after lunch, there were
only 36 members- present, the
Roosevelt men having gone out
to eat worms or something of that
sdft.
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