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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, July 06, 1912, Image 10

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ed 10 mifltite Wilson badputrffie
awed senators at ease with a cou
ple of good stories, for which he
is famous among his friends. Af
ter dinner somebody proposed a
Virginia reel and Wilson chose
for his partner a senator named
Nichols, who had fought him bit
terly in a newspaper in Southern
Jersey. So heartily did he do the
reel and so human was he in his
comradeship that Nichols and all
the others became his friends be
fore the evening. was over.
"Jim" Smithy Jr., u,sed to be a
United States senator from New
Jersey. He would be one now if
Woodrow Wilson had not beaten
him. Naturally "Jim" doesn't love
Wilson. Neither does Jim Nu
gent, who is Smith's nephew and
the boss of Newark. This is Nu-.
gent's reason:
He called on Wilson in the gov
ernor's office one day and said:
"Governor, you are using patron
age to get legislation."
"No, I am not," said Wilson.
"Do youdeny it?" asked Nu
gent. "I most., certainly do," shot
back the.governor.
"Then you say what isn't true."
Gov. Wilson rose and pointed
to the door, which stood open.
"Good day, Nugent," he said.
And Nugent good-dayed.
Gov. Wilson is noted in New
Jersey Jor his skill in shutting up
persistent office seekers. One of
the best jobs of that kind he ever
performed was at the funeral of a
state employe, where he was ap-
proached by an 'office e"okerywhoT
"Governor,JPd like this man's
Pointing to the hearse which'
was just ready to start, Gov. Wil
son said:
"So far as I am concerned
you'-re welcome to his place. Go 4
and take it."
If you've ever shaken hands
with Gov. Woodrow Wilson you
don t need to be told
he is a man of sub
stantial m u s c u lar
d e,v e 1 opment. He
grips the hand jn a
fashion that leaves
no doubt of his
strength. One might
think so busy a man
would not have time
to keep in training, but the secret
is that he has never, since his col
lege days, allowed himself to go
out of training. At home he plays
golf, rides horseback, walks, rides
a bicycle and does gymnasium
exercises. While traveling he
pumps himself up and down twice
a day between the arms of two
car seats as if the seats were par
allel bars.
"I got a taste of the governor's
strength in Trenton," said Wal
ter Measday, one of his secre
taries, "when we were stalled on a I
street car gping to a train. We
waited awhile and then started to
walk. When six blocks from the
station the governor said: 'We'll
have to run for it, Measday; give
me that grip.' He took the heavy
grip and lit out. I followed as best

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