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TEDDY WAS A WISE GUY HE
KNEW WHEN TO QUIT
Over 3,000 seats-were empty in the
stockyards pavilion last night a few
minutes after Theodore. Roosevelt
declared President Wilson has "spok
en bombastically and carried a pow
The 34-minute demonstration that
first greeted the colonel was a relay
kept going mainly by the Thompson-Lundin-Lowden
As Mayor Thompson and Frank 0.
Lowden stood on the platform and
looked over the shoulders of the man
from Oyster Bay they were greeted
with cheers from the water pipe ex
tension boys, the board of local im
provements lads and hundreds of
other young men full of pep and gin
ger. During the first twenty minutes T.
R. held his audience right closely.
Then little stretches of empty seats
began to appear here and there in
the east end of the pavilion. The
largest Single block of departing
auditors left .following the "powder
The finish of the" speech was an
attack on the Adamson 8-hour law
and Wilson's signing the bill in com
pliance with the demand of the rail
"I believe in labor unions, but I be
lieve first of all in the union to which
we all belong, the United States of
America," said the speaker. "There's
nothing sacred in any given num
ber of hours for work.
"I believe in the principle of the
eight-hour day, but it must depend
a good deal on the kind of work.
Fourteen to sixteen hours a day is
a light day's work ton some cattle
roundups I have seen. I have my
self been 41 hours in the saddle.
"You can't do justice if you act off
hand under a threat If my plumber
or carpenter at Oyster Bay laid a bill,
down before me and put a gun at my
head and said I would have to pay
without looking at the bill I would
tell him to go to the deviL"
The eight-hour law talk got less
response than any part of the speech
except the colonel's bitterness over
the "butchery" of American citizens
in Mexico. Whether it was the stock
yards atmosphere or the weariness
of the audience from reading gobs of
bloody war news from Europe these
days, the audience refused to join T.
R. in sobbing over, "butchery" in
TKe speech was brought to a rapid
close 'frith hundreds of feet shuf
fling toward exits. If T. R. had spok
en ten minutes longer and the rate
of exodus had continued he would
have had listening to his peroration
just about one-half of the audience
that greeted him at 8 o'clock.
Teddy was well-received by the
ladies in the afternoon meeting at
the Auditorium. He followed his
policy of talking suffrage where the
ladies already have it and hushing it
up when speaking to audiences of
men in states where the ladies do not
He talked about Teddy three-quarters
of the time, told what he did
when he was'ln and used the term
"I" about twice a minute during hi3
time on the platform. '
He had covered the doings of his
seven and a half years in office pretty
well when one lady in the back of
the house got up and yelled: "How
When the noise subsided Teddy
started out: "Hughes is a man of
his word." Then the candidate got a
mention from him.
His talk was not bombastic as
usual. One report is tfcat Teddy was
told to lay off the war issue before
the ladies and to keep a quiet pedal
on hyphenates at the stockyards.
At no time did the audience give
him prolonged cheers, but his talk
was a success and he had the crowd
with him all the way.
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On account of the war, brooms will
be made with only one handle on the