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NATION MOURNS DEATH
Utica, N. Y., Oct 31. This
city is plunged in the deepest
mourning today. Flags are at
half mast and public buildings
and business houses are draped in
For Ufica's foremost citizen,
James Schoolcraft Sherman, vice
president of the United States,
died in his home here at 9:42
o'clock last night.
The life of Sunny Jim, as his
fellow townsmen, best like to
speak of him, is, a long .record of
service to the people1 here.
He was born in Utica, Oct. 24,
1855; graduated from Hamilton
College 1878, and admitted to the
bar of New York in 1880.
In 1881 Sherman married Miss
Carrie Babcock of East Orange,
N. J., and three years later began
the public -servfcev which lasted to
his death. ' ' . , .
He was.elected mayor of Utica
when only 29 years old the
youngest mayor of the city in his
tory. In 1887 he was elected to-the
Fiftieth Congress, and re-elected
to each succeeding Congress un
til the Sixtieth in 1909.
He was chairman of the New.
'York state Republican conven
tions of 1895, 1900 and 1908.
He was elected vice president
of the United States Nov. 3, 1908,
and renominated by the Repub
lican national convention at Chi
cago in June of this year.
Sherman always was a stand
pat Republican in politics and a
firm believer in a high tariff. But
his sincerity in these things never
OF ITS VICE PRESIDENT
was questioned, even by his
worst enemies, who never were
The funeral probably will be
held Saturday and will be public
because of the earnest, wish of the
people of Utica that it should
The funeral will be attended by -President
Taft, .who, along with
Theodore Roosevelt and Wood- ""
row, Wilson, has sent a message
of sympathy to the Sherman fam-
All the Wilson-Marshall ban
ners have been taken down from
Utica's principal street, and a
Progressive meeting planned to
have been held has been called
Sherman died of uremic pois
oning after an illness of one year.
His death was hastened by the
party devotion which made him
attend the notification ceremonies
and register against the direct
orders of his physician.
- The death of Sherman leaves
the Republican party in a peculiar
There is not time before elec
tion to nominate another running
mate for President Taft, and so
Sherman's name will be left on
the ballot, and the party will not
name a successor until Nov, 12,
seven days after the election. ff'
Sherman is the seventh vice
president to die in office.
A camel when burdened can
travel 25 miles a day. When un
burdened as many as 60, or even