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office-seekers, parts of so many state machines and they'd rather win
with Roosevelt than go hungry four years more with somebody else.
While the Bull Moose convention session was a riotous demonstra
tion of enthusiasm, the G. 0. P. convention - was as tame as a modern,
funeral in a society home.,. Harding did his darndest to keynote a rise
out of the G. O. P. delegates, "but couldn't warm the goose pimples off of'
them. They couldn't enthuse a little bit. All of the enthusiasm had
moved over to the Auditorium.
And the bosses are still up in the air. They haven't been able to get
a word out of Hughes, though numerous emissaries have tried It Some
of them couldn't even see his private secretary. And those who got that
close to the justice got only this: "Justice Hughes has nothing to say."
Page ads in the newspapers busted fotfh on the delegates this morn--'
ing. One of them quoted the N. Y. Tribune, a Republican organ, denounc
ing the German-Americans for trying to control the action of the G. 0. P.
convention in favor of Hughes and against Roosevelt The nomination
of Roosevelt was demanded, on a platform of Americanism, as the answer
to the hyphenated threat. N
And all the while the agents of the Republican-Morgan Interests are
busy, putting the pressure on the Old Guard. Penrose is expected to'be
the first to yield. If he does, then a stampede for Teddy may be worked
up by Saturday.
In the meantime, a few Bull Moose bosses mnder the leadership of
Perkins are trying to stall the Progressive delegates along while they try
to make a deal with, the G. 0. P. bosses. But the deelgates may brush the
Bull Moose bosses to one side at any minute and proceed with the work
they came here to do that Is, to nominate Roosevelt and Johnson on a
platform that fits in with the Robins' keynote.
' It is generally agreed among newspaper correspondents that Robins
made one of the greatest keynote speeches ever delivered in a political con
vention, in that he got away from the old-time bunk anrf got down to
human fundamentals. v
Not in many years has a convention speaker" got clear down to the
needs, tke hopes and the aims of the working class as Robins did. Plain
talk on low wages, Insanitary housing and the evils of modern industrial
ism is new talk in party conventions outside of those of the Socialists.
Robins went clear to the root of these evils. And the Bull Moose delegates
ate it up. ' .
The trouble with the G. 0. P. convention is that the old Republican
party died four years ago, and the bosses who steam-rollered it out of
existence don't yet realize that it is dead. All that was worth while and
worth keeping alive In it went over into the Progressive party. That is,
the soul pf it has passed on to the new organization, and the Old Guard
are trying to keep it moving without a souL
Harding felt around id the air for the soul yesterday, but couldn't find
it It wasn't there.
But the odd thing about it all is to see Wall street trying to follow the
soul, and putting its money and Influence back of the Progressive party.
Probably the answer Is that" Big Biz hopes to secure Its own interpreta
tion of Americanism and preparedness a big navy to follow its merchant
ships around the world in the commercial war to come, and a big army to
conquer and police the territory from our present Mexican border on down,
to the Panama canaL