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tt may be Hughes, but I can't see it. He can't afford to say the word
the bosses want, because that would make him a presidential candidate
while sitting on the supreme court bench. And the bosses dare not nom
inate him if the Progressives nominate Teddy, because then Justice
Hughes might refuse to give up the job he's got to take a chance on one
he might not get
And the G. O. P. would be in an awful hole if they nominated Hughes
and he should refuse to run.
The only chance I can see of the Old Guard winningout is for them
to keep stalling Perkins along and through him holding off the Progressives
until they can do something first. If the delegates take the bit in their
teeth 'and nominate Teddy the Old Guard are licked out of their boots. If
T. R. were on the ground he would see the situation and win the fight If
he is seeing the situation through the eyes of Perkins and some of the
would-be bosses of the Progressive party, he may be outgeneraled.
The repeated secret conferences between Bull Moose and G. 0. P.
bosses don't fit in with the "Onward Christian Soldier" spirit of 1912.
Besides that, the Wall street influence .working hand-in-hand with the
real enthusiasm of the Christian soldiers is uncanny. It's going to be a
tough job to ram that Progressive soul back into the putrifying carcass of
the G. O. P. of Barnes, Crane, Penrose et al. Better let the soul go
marching on and let the dead past bury its dead.
The steady hunch that Judge
.Hughes, in the event of being nomi
nated, might refuse to run if Roose
velt runs as a Bull Mooser threw new
hope into the hearts of the "favorite
The dope is that with three tickets
in the field Wilson would have Dretty
easy sailing for election. Hughes to
make the race would have to resign
his nice, fat job as supreme court
judge. And they say Hughes can't
see.it that way. So if Hughes quits,
after the nomination the G. 0. P.
would be without a candidate. Then
,the old guard would have to ywal-.
During the past 24 hours it has
been learned that friends of Hughes
have gone to him to get a promise
from him that he will stick in the
event of his nomination.
So some of the other boys are
looking up. It is believed that many
of the anti-Hughes crowd would
even consent to a lot of dictation
from Roosevelt if some compromise
candidate, not Roosevelt, but satis
factory to the colonel, could be
There was a lot of apathy apparent
at the opening of today's session of
the G. 0. P. convention. The crowd
was slow in arriving. Up to 11 o'clock
even Charley Hilles hadn't shown up.
A little" fun was expected on New
Jersey's resolution asking that a
committee be appointed to meet a
committee of Bull Moosers on the
Roosevelt's name "will probably be
placed in nomination before the G.
O. P. by Sen. Fall tomorrow.
Sen. Borah, who is an important
figure in the deliberations right now,
is mentioned as a possibility for vice
president. His action in withdraw
ing frqm the presidential race made
a hit with the bosses.
Sen. Warren G. Harding, tempo
rary chairman, was made permanent
officer. He was, given the first spon
taneous outburst of the day.
'Although the crowd gathered later
than yesterday it was in high spirits.
A auiet tremor of added enthusiasm
seemed to run thrdugh the entire
building. There were more women
Several committee reports were ac
cepted, The first scrap expected &