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keynote speech and made party
unity his appeal. And-the cheers of
the delegates as he talked on indi
cated that Harding was indeed put
ting something over for the Old
Harding jumped from praise of the
G. O. P. to the need of "real Ameri
canism." Then he passed on and ex
tended the olive branch to the Bull
Moosers. He said that only through
complete harmony in the ranks of
the G. 0. P. could ,his ideal of "Amer
icanism" be realized.
"We did not do very well in mak
ing for harmony the last time we
met,'" he said in opening his address.
"The country has regretted; let us
forget and make amends to our
country. We did not divide over fun
damental principles; we did not dis
agree over a national policy. We
split over methods of party proced
ure and preferred personalities."
j But' while Harding was thrilling
the convention crowd the big fellows
of the Old Guard were still having
their troubles in lining up sufficient
support to put Hughes over.
Several secret conferences were
held early in the morning. George
Perkins was still trailing the bosses,
hoping against hope that he could
frame up some sort of a deal for
Roosevelt One offer of Perkins is
said to have included the withdrawal
. of the colonel if th latter were al-.
lowed to write Hughes' platform.
Whether Roosevelt would consent
to this even if the Old Guard were
willing is not known. Sen. Borah;
who will have a large part in the
writing of the platform, is said to
have talked with the colonel over the
long-distance. What he accomplished
ft is not known.
The platform is also causing a lot
' of worry and loss of sleep. Demands
for planks are being made by leaders
in every state. How to squash these
demands and still preserve the sup
port of those making them will be a
, Sam Gompers, pres. of the-A. F. of.
L., is here to demand the insertion of
an anti-injunction plank. Jim Emery, ,
with the money barrels of the Na-
tional Ass'n of Manufacturers behind '
him, is here to 'fight that plank. !
Backed by pledges of 500,000 .
votes and $500,000 in cash to over
throw anti-suffragets. the National
Woman's party will demand the in
sertion of a suffrage plank.
When Sec'y Jimmy Reynolds be
gan reading the official call the
crowd appeared to pay no attention
to him. Reynolds flushed with em
barrassment and Chairman Hilles
rapped for order.
Western , Progressives, headed by
the Colorado delegation, made it
plain toda yat the Bull Moose con
vention that they weren't going to
stand for any deal George Perkins t
might make with the Old Guard on
a candidate who is not for progres
They also indicated that eyen if
Roosevelt stood for a reactionary i
G. O. P. candidate the colonel's in- .
fluence would, not be sufficient to
make .the rank and file of the Bull
Moosers support him. '
Sen.- William Alden Smith says a
Republican will have a fat chance to
do anything with the present senate
Henry Ford will probably not be 3
formally placed in nomination. But
he'll get 30 complimentary votes
from the Michigan delegation oh the
Mrs. Wm. A. Davis, the famous
"gallery queen in red" who tried to
start a stampede in 1912 for Teddy,
is prepared to "create a furore" this ,
Police were called to stop scrap '
between Roosevelt and Sherman '
Here's how the votes are expected
to run on the first G. O: P. ballot:
Highes, 210; Weeks, 175; Burton,
120; Cummins, 110; Fairbanks, 100;
Root, 85; Roosevelt, 70; Sherman,
70; La Follette, 30; Du Pont, 6.