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''SON, COME HOME TO CHRISTMAS DINNER'
FATHER'S PLEA TO CALIFORNIA'S GOV.
Sacramento, Cal., Dec. 22. "The 1
lamp is sun Dunung for my.boy's re
Grove L. Johnson, venerable
father of Gov. Hiram W. Johnson of
California, possible Progressive pres
idential candidate in 1916, sat hud-
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Upper, Gov. Hiram W. Johnson of
California and his father, Grove L.
Johnson, former political leader of
died in a hotel lobby chair, apathetic
ally watching the Yuletide prepara
tions. Tht hoary-headed old man
who for many years has been es
tranged from his son, through per
sonal animosity and political feud,
yearned for a hohday healing of old
"Christmas is here," he said, "and
I want my boy back."
"I am his father, and taught him
everything he knows and he has
turned against me. He sent out the
word that I must be defeated when
I made my last fight-to retain my seat
in the assembly but I forgave him.
"Christmas is here, and he is my
The son, Hiram, had just returned
from that San Francisco conclave of
Progressives where the new party
had cut squarely adrift from the Re
publicans with whom the father had
been so brilliantly partisan.
It marked the culmination of that
clash of policies for which the elder
and younger Johnson had respec
tively battled and h which their
family feud had been fanned. v
But now the fires of the old man's
ardent partisanship seemed to have
been banked. Personal animosities
I were on the wane.