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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, October 23, 1914, LAST EDITION, Image 11

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SENATORIAL CANDIDATES MUST
SHOW THE GOODS
By Gilson Gardner.
Washington, Oct. 23. This busi
ness of electing United States sen
ators nas been greatly altered by the
constitutional amendment requiring
direct vote of the people. Candidates
for the senate now have to go to the
people. They used to go to the legis
lature and buy it. Now they buy a
Ford auto and ask the voters to vote
for them.
Returning to Washington after a
trip including Wisconsin, Minnesota,
Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, Illinois In
diana and Ohio, I find that the can
didates for the senate this fall in
states where there are real fights are
ramming around from county to
county, township to township, and
country store to country store, shak
ing the voter by his calloused hand
and talking to groups on the street
corners.
In states like Kansas it is not un
usual for the candidates to make ten
towns a day and perhaps more than
ten speeches. Victor Murdock is
making from six to a dozen. Henry
Allen, running for governor, is mak
ing fully ten a da. The effort and
it will pretty nearly be successful
is to reach every town and crossroads
in the state.
Sometimes the auto serves as a
stand to speak from, but in Kansas
the prevailing mode is to get right
down on the sidewalk and talk face
to face with the crowd. In Ohio,
Harding and Garford are making this
kind of a campaign. Gifford Pinchot
is making one like it in Pennsylvania
Raymond Robins is covering the
state of Illinois in similar fashion,
and even Roger Sullivan is trying to
shake hands with as many as pos
sible of the rural population of the
state. The light, reliable automobile
and the constitutional amendment
have revolutionized the method of
choosing senators.
In the end, they will revoluUoaiza
1 the Senate.
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