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ONLY INDEPENDENT MEMBER OF CONGRESS
SEES WILSON AS SURE VICTOR AT POLLS
ber of former Republicans getting
behind a Democratic president who
has made good.
"Finally, a third big element, in the
campaign is the peace sentiment
Whether one agrees with it or not,
BY GILSON GARDNER
San Francisco, Oct. 4. That Wil
son will carry California atfd prob
ably enough other states to be elect
ed is the opinion of Rep. Wm. Keni,
known as the one independent mem
ber of the house of representatives.
Kent has voluntarily declined to run
for another term, so he has no per
sonal stake in the coming elections.
I found the California congress
man at his home in Kentfield, across
the bay from San Francisco, much
absorbed in giving several hundred
thousand acres of his redwood forest
land to the city for a public park.
This gift follows that of the famous
"I have not been taking an active
part in the campaign," he explained,
"but I have made diligent inquiries
of those in a position to know, and I
am convinced Wilson is gaining
ground every day, and if Hughes wili
go on doing and saying what he has
been doing and saying, Pres. Wilson's
election will be a foregone conclu
sion. "Of California there is no doubt
It will go for Wilson and Johnson.
"A lot of things besides Hughes'
speeches are helping Wilson. First,
he has labor almost solidly with him.
There are more laboring men than
bank presidents, and when it is made
clear where their interests really lie,
the consequences will be notaole.
"Second comes the so-called pro
gressive vote, the independent vote
of the country. It comes pretty near
to swinging the balance of power be
tween the two old parties. The pro
gressives realize that Wilson already
has done more to carry out the so
cial justice program than they could
expect Hughes to do in eight consec
utive years yes, or aeons. They see
that Wilson BELIEVES in that kind
of thing, .vhile Hughes does not.
"More surprising is the large num-
there is no blinking the fact the fa
peace feeling is very strong. In the
suffrage states a great many women
commend the president to the ut
most for keeping the country out of
"How about the visit of Justice
Hughes to this state?" I asked.
"A terrible frost; everybody con
ceded that" '
"How about the Johnson progres
sives?" "I believe most of them at heart
are for Wilson. There is ho Hughes
enthusiasm in the Johnson camp.
Whatever lip service may be rendered
Hughes, thejvotes will be lacking at
the ballot box."
Discussing general issues, Kent
"The tariff is deservedly dead. A
nonpartisan commission, in continu
ous session and required to report
both to the president and congress,
will furnish a basis for treating tariff
symptoms as they reappear.
"War conditions have upset the
hard and fast Jheory of a tariff for
protection or a tariff for revenue.
"Retention of the duty on sugar
was plainly a war measure for the
purpose of putting the country on a
more self-sustaining basis in case it
should be disturbed. The same ac
tion by the Democrats in the case of
dyestuffs shows the president and his
party will not allow a worn-out for
mula to stand in the way of the.coun-
try's business welfare."
As to the Mexican situation, Kent
prefers to trust Wilson's experience
and intentions rather than to turn
the thing over to Hughes, who is
known to be under the influence of
certain selfish interests seeking a