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WHO TOOK PLANK OUT OF BULL MOOSE PLATFORM
Despite the present gathering
of the Bull Moose here, the great
mystery of the missing plank or
who snagged a piece of the par
ty's platform has not been solved.
The plank in question was the
trust one, which came out flatly
for federal regulation of the
It first was passed unanimous
ly by a sub-committee pf a sub
committee of the committee on
resolutions. It then was" passed
unanimously by the sub-committee,
and, after some debate, also
by the resolutions committee.
It was late at night when the
resofutions committee passed the
plank, and the news was flashed
out over the Associated Press
Abput half an hour later Oscar
KingDavis, chairman of the Bull
Moose national committee, ap
peared at Associated Press offices
and asked that the trust plank be
taken out of the platform in the
news dispatches. i
Oscar King was all fussed up
about it red in the face and ex
cited. The Associated Press at
first refused to take the plank out,
but at last listened to O. Ks pit
eous pleadings and sent out a kill.
The next day carbon copies of
the entire platform, as passed by
the resolutions committee, were
sent outto all news agencies and
And the trust plank was not in
that platform and did not appear
even to have been in the carbon
What happened to that plank?
What leader ordered Surgeon
Davis to operate on the platform
and remove it? Why did that
leader order the operation ? These
questions are among Jife's little
Col. Roosevelt was asked
about the missing plank yester
day. He said he could not talk
polities' while here.
Senator Dixon was asked about:
it. He said that he did not know
what had become of the plank.
Oscar King, the surgeon, was
asked abput it. He lopked vague
and said that he "did not recol
lect." Other Bull Moose leaders were
asked about the missing plank,
and each and every one of them,
subsided into a moist state of bad
Somebody sneaked that plank
out of the Bull Mouse platform;
but who did it, and why, seem
likely to remain mysteries.
Still, there rises before one a
picture of the Hon. George W.
Perkins, late partner of J. Pier
pont Morgan, but now treasurer
of the Bull Moose-party.
J. Pierp. is a collector of Old
Masters, and will go to any
length to get them. Can it be that
his former partner is a collector
of platform planks and will go to.
any length to get them?
O. K. Davis said today tha
Roosevelt and Dixon ordered the
plank out and that It got to the
press associations by giving them
the wrong copy. He admits the
clause was adopted by the con
vention, but says it was becajuse