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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, May 18, 1916, NOON EDITION, Image 12

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HEARST PAPERS HINT THAT GEN. OBREGON IS
PLAYING ROOSEVELT'S GAME
BY N. D. COCHRAN
Are big interests and politicians
-"back of Roosevelt -trjing to bring
about war with Mexico as part of
the big political play to force the
nomination of Roosevelt as the Re
publican candidate for president?
About two years ago The' Day
Book predicted that Hearst and his
papers would be back of Roosevelt
this year. For some weejis now Wil
lis J. Abbott has been traveling about
the country writing political dope for
the Hearst papers, and his particular
business appears to be to find Roose
velt sentiment
John Temple Graves is one of
Hearst's chief political and editorial
lieutenants. In last Sunday's Chi
cago Examiner appeared a signed
story by Graves, which is of more
than usual significance. The title
to the story is "Obregon to Have a
Role in Chicago Convention." In
this article Graves says:
"The influence of Gen. Obregon
upon the fortunes of the national Re
publican convention is neither myth
ical nor imaginary. For with Obre
gon rests peace or war with Mexico;
not with Carranza, obstinate and de
termined, but helpless in the hands
of his best general. If Obregon sees
he has a chance to strike a great
blow in the beginning for which he
has prepared; if Obregon sees the
chance to crush the Pershing army
-at Namiquipa and to strike strong
. ly with his 40,000 Mexicans against
our unprepared and undeveloped
army, then there will be war, real
war, serious war with Mexico.
"And behind a serious war with
Mexico looms the shadow of Theo
dore Roosevelt inevitable, unescap
able, compelling as- the solution of
the Republican problem at Chicago.
"Within a few smashing blows
planted by the best general Mexico
has developed in half a century, and
uwth.thfi blood.l the American peo-.
ple throbbing and rioting in indigna
tion and perhaps in mortification, it
is simply a matter of common sense
to know that the rush to Roosevelt
will be as straight, swift and strong,
as these impulsive. American people
always rush where honor or anger
or apprehension or the national dig
nity calls.
"Any careful forecast, therefore,
of the Republican convention must
take into consideration the influence
'of Gen. Alvaro Obregon."
The story then goes on to discuss
the respective chances of Hughes,
Root and Roosevelt for the Republi
can nomination, and concludes as
follows:
"And with Roosevelt personally ion
the ground, with his magical person
ality permeating the convention air,
and with his indomitable friends at
work shouting the national shibbo
leth which- is certain to -rally the en-'
thuslasm of the voters, the strong,
strenuous, definite man of Oyster
Bay by all the portents and by all
the precedents and by all the logical
suggestions of the common need
is likely to sweep, the uncertain bal
lots into a" third nomination of
Roosevelt for the presidency!
. "To this end it is well to remember
Gen. Alvaro Obregon of Mexico is
pretty certain to contribute his rash
but effective part"
Now let's put two and two to
gether. The Roosevelt candidacy for f916
was first sprung at a dinner given to
various' captains of industry and big
politicians by Elbridge H.-Gary, head
of the steel trust Hearst and Gary
are intimate friends.' Whenever Mr.
and Mrs. William Randolph Hearst
pull off some social function in New
York, Mr. and Mrs. Elbridge H. Gary'
head the list of guests.
Last year, in one of Hearst's mag
azines, was published the annual re
Sort quired Jjy the jgosfai; Jawa,

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