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Jnation by the Republicon convention, but when it was made plain to him
that it couldn't be done then his yellow streak came up and he quit
leaving the Christian Soldiers of the Progressive party singing their swan
song in the Auditorium.
I am satisfied now as I was on that day, that when Crane, Penrose,
Barnes, Root and the rest-of..the Old Guard nominated Hughes, they
knew Hughes would run and Roosevelt would support him.
Boss Perkins intended to try to have the Progressive convention
nominate Hughes and Fairbanks, too, but gave way when he became con
vinced that Hiram Johnson, Raymond Robins, Victor Murdock and other
real Progressives wouldn't fall for it
So Perkins let the Bull Moosers go on singing and nominate Teddy,
and then passed Bill Flinn's resolution authorizing the national committee
to fill vacancies knowing that Roosevelt would refuse to run and believ
ing that he and Perkins could presuade .the Progressive national com
mittee to accept Hughes.
Now Roosevelt has done what I said then he was going to do. He has
quit cold, has shown a yellow streak as broad as his back, and is pleading
with the Progressive following to support Hughes and the Old Guard.
And Boss Perkins, tool of the Steel Trust, has delivered the goods.
I remember now that during convention week Hearst wrote in one of
his editorials that the Steel Trust had financed the Roosevelt campaign in
1912 because it was peeved at TafL We can begin to understand why
Perkins ostensibly withdrew from the J. P. Morgan firm, got political reli
gion and turned Progressive. We can even begin to understand the sud
den conversion of Bill Flinn of Pennsylvania, who helped Perkins deliver
the goods at the Chicago convention this year.
But I wasn't fooled by Jimmy Garfield at any stage of the game. I
sat back of' the speaker's table and watched the oily Garfield use the
magic influence of that name to lead the lambs to the slaughter.
Don't you remember how Garfield and other tools of Perkins kept as
suring the delegates that he knew they were there to nominate Roosevelt,
that he was there for the same purpose, and that they were going to do
what they came there to do?
Don't you remember the appeals to the delegates to have patience,
to go slow, to complete the record so the Progressives could go before-the
country with clean hands?
And don't you remember how Perkins stalled and delayed and kept
the delegates singing in their seats hile he was secretly dealing with
Murray Crane and carrying out their deal to nominate Hughes and murder
Don't you remember how on that last day Perkins was stalling and1
holding back the nomination of Roosevelt with his ear to a telephone
connecting him with the Coliseum?
And how Raymond Robins saw the trap, recognized Hiram Johnson
to second the nomination of Roosevelt and then got a quick vote and
declared Teddy the nominee just 32 seconds ahead of the nomination of.
There never was any doubt from that minute about Roosevelt NOT
running. He never intended to run unless he got both nominations. But
fearing that the Progressive convention couldn't be swung to Hughes, he
let the delegates nominate him and turn the job of delivering to Hughes
and the Old Guard over to Boss Perkins and his national committee.
Do YOU remember how on that last day Raymond Robins called -for