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i i A nas ueen vrciousry attacking Wilson, conducting a propaganda for:'
intervention in Mexico ancPplaying'the pro-Cerrnan game as to the Euro
pean war. In fact, the Hearst policy of many months has become the
Tribune policy -now.
And the Chicago Post, a Bull Moose organ of 1912, is now editorially
lauding to the skies the captains of the Old Guard that ran the steam roller
over Teddy four years ago.. It is now boosting as patriots such charming
leaders of democracy as Etifiu"i(oot, Boise Penrose, Bill Barnes, Brande
gee, Oliver and Weeks. One more spasm and Johnny Shafer will have the
Post lining up Charlie Fairbanks' and Jim Watson of Indiana in the Hall of
Fame with Washington and Lincoln.
But what's it all about?
Why are so many dyed-in-the-wool reactionaries of 1912 so all-fired
patriotic and full of enthusiasm for T. R. in 1916?
In looking for clues to the mystery, I ran across a story in the "Chi
cago Post to the effect that citizens of the border stteswant the G. O. P.
to nominate Roosevelt for president, and that Texas business men will be
here this week to tell the convention why they want Teddy.
Concerning Roosevelt the business men say: "The people know what
to expect from him, if elected, better than from any other man."
They also say: "The committee of one hundred is made up of super
intendents, managers, engineers and others in charge of American prop
erties in Northern Mexico and of influential business men of the border
states. "Upon us rests the responsibility of advising American settlers in
Mexico as to the future outlook, and it has reached such a point that we
cannot conscientiously domore than advise the abandonment of opera
tions in Mexico if Wilson is again elected in November. Already some of
us have counseled the withdrawal of capital invested in Mexico, as. far as'
possible, and if Wilson is re-elected the withdrawal will be general"
There's a clue worth following out - American capitalists with mineral
and land concessions in Mexico have been trying to "force Wilson to inter
vene in Mexico and send into that country an army of occupation and,
pacification. There is some reason for the suspicion that certain Amer
icans, financially interested in Mexico, knew the Villa raid on Columbus
was coming off four days before it actuajly happened.
They were all ready, with their tools in Washington, to put up -an
awful roar in congress and try to put pressure on Wilson there. But the
president outplayed them by quickly rushing that punitive expediti&n
across the border. '
But the Hearst papers and other organs of Big Biz kept on, foaming
at the mouth for intervention. Hearst in one editorial demanded that
Uncle Sam send an army of 500,000 into Mexico where he owns a million
Right now agents of the Morgans and Rockefellers are in Chicago
boosting. T. R. for the Republican nomination. Qg Armour, who -is to
preside at the Roosevelt Big Biz meeting, is the head of the beef trustand
the big stockholder in the Continental & Commercial National bank, which
is the Chicago correspondent of the National City bank of N. Y. -the
Rockefeller Standard Oil bank. ,
George Reynolds is president of the Chicago bank and Frank Vander
lip of the New York bank and both are for Roosevelt
The Morgan bank is the U. S. financial agent of the allies, and navo1'
handled their millions in buying munitions of war in America. '
What does it all mean?