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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, June 24, 1916, LAST EDITION, Image 7

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WILSON TO WIN EVEN IF 80 PCT. OF MOOSE
VOTE CAN BE THROWN TO HUGHES!
CILSON GARDNER
BY CILSON GARDNER
What is to become of the Pro
gressive party's vote?
This is the most important ques
tion in the political situation.
Will it go to Hughes?
Will it go to Wilson?
Will it stay at home?
Will it divide up? And in what pro
portions? How much of it can Roosevelt de
liver? Will he try hard to deliver it?
Beginning at the end, let me pre
dict that Roosevelt will try to deliver
the Progressive vote to Hughes. In
my talks with the colonel before the
conventions I always found him ada
mant on the necessity for defeating
Wilson.
Before the conventions I knew
that, if Hughes were nominated,
Roosevelt would support him this
conditioned on Hughes' declaration
of acceptance being satisfactory.
Others knew how Roosevelt felt and
it was the carrying of this informa
tion to the Republican convention
bosses that made them disregard the
threat of Roosevelt as a competing
candidate. The men who did the
carrying were trusted friends of
Roosevelt Their names are no se
cret. Equally reliable information came
to the Republican bosses that
Hughes would accept the nomina
tion and would have his telegram of
acceptance and his resignation from
the supreme court ready to transmit
at once to the convention.
Former Pres. Taft, who called on
Justice Hughes the day before the
convention nominated, is understood
to have brought the final word as to
what Hughes would do.
Thus the Republican convention
managers were betting on a sure
thing, while the poor Progressives
we -sorely a lot of bleating lambs
gathered for the shearing by their
self-appointed shepherd, George W.
Perkins.
But this is merely interesting his
tory. The question everybody now
asks is:
What will be the consequence?
Part of the answer is as follows:
Eight of ten Progressives were for
merly Republicans, and when their
own party has collapsed, their drift
will be back to that party.
y There are two of ten and maybe
more who will be ireconcilible.
Their progressivism means so much
to them they never again can asso
ciate themselves with the forces of
reaction. They will become Demo
crats or Socialists or they will not
vote at all.
Will this insure Hughes' election?
Not necessarily.
Remember how the votes fell four
years ago. Wilson, 6,000,'000; Rodse- ,
velt, 4,000,000; Taft, 3,000,000. These
were the round numbers.
The total of the Taft and Roose
velt vote would be 7,000,000. Just a
million more than enough to defeat
Wilson.
How defeat Wilson"?
What more simple? "
Wipe out the Progressive party
and poll ALL the Progressive and
Republican votes for the opposition
candidate.
Note the "ALL" .
Suppose a fifth of the Progressive
vote is irrenconcibible. Suppose
a million of the 4,000,000 Progres
sives decline to be delivered to the
Barnes-Smoot-Penrose combinatioa,
even by Brother Perkins and CoL
Roosevelt
The answer would be Wilson's
election anyway, j m
I have no desire to plunge thus
early into prophecy. It is not neces
sary. But it will interest those who
are interested in the couatry's wel-

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