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THOUSANDS LINE STREETS TO GIVE TEDDY
ROOSEVELT WARM WELCOME TO CHICAGO
Former President Roosevelt re
ceived a great ovation on- his arrival
in Chicago today. Thousands crowd
ed the train gateways at the Union
station, along his line of march to
the Congress hotel and down to the
La Salle hotel, where Teddy was
scheduled to make a speech under
the auspices of the National Security
Sam Insull and Art Meeker were
the first to grah Roosevelt's hand
when his train chugged in. Schnei
der's policemen had a tough time
keeping a howling mob away from
the three as they worked their way
through the station to an auto.
When Teddy saw the crowd he
smiled, showed his teeth and 'said,
'My gracious! This is fine, fine, fine!"
On the way to the Auditorium ho
tel jams waved flags and howled
greetings from the curbstones. The
same welcome was howled at him on
his trip to the La Salle hotel.
Roosevelt was informed of the dis
agreement between Mayor Thomp
son and the council over inviting
Gen. Joffre to Chicago. "I wouldn't
want to indulge in personalities, but
I sincerely hope tha tthe invitation
is extended and that Gen. Joffre
Some of the things T. R. snapped
off in an interview were:
"There are two classes of people
in Chicago Americans and others.
The sooner the others get out the
"If I am permitted to raise my di
vision I hope to get a large percen
tage of members who are wholly or
part German. I am part German my
self. They must come in as Ameri
cans or not at all, however."
, "I am for the man who marries as
a preparation for war, but those who
hide behind skirts to avoid military
obligations should be expelled from
What appears to be the last stand
in Teddy Roosevelt's campaign of
embarrassment against the govern
ments plans of war is being made to
day in Chicago, most faithful of his -strongholds
and scene of his political Kf
pirating of the Progressive party.
With backing of a perfect lineup
of big business concerns, led by the
packers who are now under investi
gation, the coal trust heads and the
public utility czar of the middle west,
Teddy will try to rouse enough en
thusiasm here today to force Presi
dent Wilson or congress to allow him
to tramp over to France and hold
himself before that earnest nation as
a representative American.
Teddy's army consists of two divi
sions. One of them is the crowd of
enthusiastic young fellows who
would follow him to French trenches.
The other division is Teddy's
Scouts. They will boost him; spend
a lot of time trying to put him over,
play his name in the limelight if he
does lead an army to France and
then run him for president again if
he makes good.
Teddy's Scouts were unofficially
organized here today. Some of the
prominent soldiers include: Arthur
Meeker and J. Ogden Armour, from
the stockyards division; Sammy In
sull, public utility boss with Morgan
and Rockefeller connections; and R.
R. (Bertie) McCormick, dashing edi
tor of the Chicago Tribune and major
of the militia.
Teddy's Scouts have a press agent
division, too, known as the National
Security League. Lest its security'
be doubted, people should know that
Harry Merrick is head of the Chicago
branch. Harry also draws pay out
in the stockyards where he Is a de
partment head for Mr. Armour & Co.
Second to Capt Merrick is Frank
Rock, another department boss in
the Armour plant
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