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WASHINGTON, WEDNESDAY EVENING, JUNE 19, 1912.
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Both Sides at Sea as Fight Opens to Purge Roll Call;
Taft Leaders' Only Hope Is Bolt of Roosevelt Forces
GOVERNOR JOHNSON, CALIFORNIA.
Investigation of Use of
Money at Convention
Congress may Investigate the charges
of bribery at the Chicago convention,
and. to do a good job. It may also
reach out Its tentacles toward Balti
more and other cities In which national
political conventions have been or are
to be held.
The proposition to Institute a Con
gressional Investigation has reached a
point where the resolution Is dratted
and ls now being held up pending a
conference of leaders as to Its advlb
ablllty "I believe sucn a resolution would
pass the House unanimously," said Con
gressman Cox this morning, In casual
response to a question about the reso
lution. The resolution Is said to be at this
time in the hands of Congressman Lit
tleton. He Is In New York today and
may return to Washington tomorrow.
TAFT SMS HUGHES'
Short Work Day Is Prescribed For
President Taft today signed' the
I"ghos olght-hour bill proscribing an
eight-hour day on all Government work.
At the sjjne tlmo Taft took advantage
of the authority granted Dy the act to
exempt all Panama canal work from
the operation of the law.
Sidney Bieber Expects
To Land His Seat
COLISEUM, Chicago. June 19. Na
tional Committeeman Sidney Bieber
said today he expected to be seated by
the convention as a delegate from tho
District of Columbia.
He predicted that when the conven.
tlon had passed on his case and that
of Dr, J R. Wilder both would be recog.
nlzed as delegates.
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GOVERNOR McGOVERN OF WISCONSIN,
The La Follette delegation is split wide open as a result of the Senator's
lieutenants knifing Governor McGovern yesterday in the temporary chairman
ship fight in Chicago. While La Follette was losing strength, Colonel Roose
velt was fortifying his line by urging all his supporters to stick to their lead
ers Hadley, Johnson, and Record.
SHIBE PARK, PHILADELPHIA, June 19. On a heavy field the Na
tionals today resumed their fight to overthrow the record of consecutive
All last night there was a drizzle, but early today; much to the relief
of Griffith, It cleared up, and while the field is overhung by dark gray skies,
there does not promise to be any interruption in the program for the
double-header between the onrushing Nationals and the haseball title
holders of civilization.
That dispute In the game at Washington has but served to intensify
the feeling between the teams. The Athletics have always contended,
since the memorable seventeen inning game in 1909, which gave to
Detroit the championship, that O'Loughlln has rubbed it Into Connie
Ma'.'k and his workers.
Griffith has not yet heard from the
Detrolt club In reference to the waivers
refused on George Mullln. the veteran
pitcher, and he Is beginning to think
the demand for waivers by Hughey
Jennings Is nothing but a threat to
make the hurler get Into playing condi
tion When veteran players allow them
selves to get Into poor shape, as Mullln
has done, this method of scaring them
into working hard U frequently used,
i and Griffith now believes his chances
of obtaining this American League vet
eran are remote.
"However, I've declined to waive
claim to him," said he today, "and
stand ready to buy him from the Tigers
If they want to get rid of him. I may
hear from Navln at any moment."
W H. Rapley, treasurer of the Na
tionals, accompanied the team here last
night In the capacity of a mascot, and
will be pulling for the team to land
twenty straight games.
GOVERNOR HADLEY, MISSOURI.
Some Confusion At Second
Day's Opening, But
Crowds Well Handled.
COLISEUM, CHICAGO, June 1.
Shortly before 10 o'clock the doorB of
tho Coliseum were thrown open and
spectators for the second day's session
of the Republican national convention
entered. There were fewer people on
hand today waiting for the session to
begin. The crowds that Jammed the
Htreets yesterday were much larger
A confusion over proper credentials for
entering the building arose and for near
ly an hour at the entrance confusion
reigned. It became so great that Ser-
geant-at-Arms William F. Stone was
called on to straighten things out. Fi
nally badges were Issued and the per
sons who were entitled to admission
were let in.
A preliminary band concert In the
main auditorium held the attention of
the gathering crowd. The gallery seats
tilled first. Delegates were much slow
er In appearing today than yesterday
and It was not until the visitors' sec
tion was pretty well tilled that the
delegates began to arrive. The con
vention crowd gathered quietly. A few
ueiefe-aies siraggiea in Dy 10:15, but the
majority of the delegates' seats were
empty. The early arrivals with seats
on the platform were conspicuously
There was a lack of the tenseness
and bitterness that was so apparent
at the beginning of the convention
Just before the convention opened
Congressman McKinley issued a brief
"We have the bull by the horns.
There Is no doubt as to President
Taft'a victory. Yesterday's poll gives
the only true Indication of the situ
ation." Root took the platform at 10:45. A
slim round of applause greeted him.
Governor Hadley, who will lead the
opening fight for the Roosevelt forces,
came in at the same time and drew
considerable attention. He went with
James Watson, the Taft leader, to
the platform as soon as Chairman
Root appeared, and they were In
readiness to open proceedings which
were nut over from last night as
unfinished business. Both sought the
ear of the chairman before the gavel
sounded for order.
Cpl. E. P. Thayer appealed to the
police to prevent the bringing of
transparencies into the colllseum.
The rule also applied to the unfurl
ing of banners. When the California
banner was furled the delegation was
Between the Jelegatoa and chairman
fifty police wow stationed. Twenty
more stood about the alslvf, and the
tnuarn set apu. for the delegates was
girded wlih policemen.
Aisks Are Cleared.
At 11.13 Chairman Root seized the
gavel and rappod for order. Colonel
Stone, still In hit nhlrt sleeves, moved
to the front of tho platform and ill
rccteil the assistant strgcant-at-arms
to clear the aisles. At the end of five
mini ti confusion still reigned
At the time for the opening of the
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FIGHT TO THE END
Says His Nomination Is Secondary to Clean
ing Up the Convention Taft's Defeat
Is Forecasted By His Supporters,
Who Talk of Compromise.
By J. C, Welliver.
CHICAGO, June 19. Electricity filled the air when the convention assembled this
morning for the second day's session. The great hall was a powder mine. Delegates
were more quiet than is wont, realizing that the crisis in the great fight was at hand.
It might come at any moment, and in any unexpected way.
The Roosevelt people went to the hall prepared for their biggest fight in behalf
of honesty and deceL The temporary roll of the convention, representative of the
thievery and burglary perpetuated by the national committee, was ai last to come
squarely under attack, and there was simply no knowing to what extent the fight might
Colonel Roosevelt told his lieutenants last night that it as now more than a
question of his nomination in '-.bis convention. He insists that he must be nominated by
a decent, sell-respectin ed!" :i; by a conventic. ihatwill be purged of thegrod
uct' if chicanery arid dishonesty. He told them that this popition must be presented,
and urged upon the convention, with the most solen itence.
What the alternative may be, if steam roller methods of the Taft juggernaut
again prevail, is yet left to conjecture, but the feeling this mor. ig was that the split
might come in the convention at any time. One of the Taft leaders declared that be
lieved the possibility oi .. double-headed convention, with two chairmen trying , do
business at once, was graver than ever.
CHICAGO, June 19. Wholesale dis
ruption of the Wlsconstn delegation.
with several resignations threatened.
marked the entrance today of the t
Follette workers into the convention.
Governor McGowrn. elected chair
man of the ilH.legatlon, today received
the resignation of Henry F. Cochems as
Several other delegates threaten simi
lar action. It was rumored that Mc
Govern himself might withdraw. Hla
Jrlends refused verification of that
rumor, however, and e would not talk
prior to the assembling of the con
vention. Cocherr.s, , who nominated La Follette
for President four years ago, today
came out with .1 second bitter attack
upon the Wisconsin progressive, ex
plaining his action If nominating Mc
Govern for temporary chairman and
"La Follette hlmBelf. and his man
ager are out to lick Roosevelt, that's
all," slid Cochems. ' They are utterly
disregarding the progressive principles,
the fight for tho people which Roose
velt, just as much as La Toilette. Is
waging. For ten days Manager H011
ser has bosn trafficking: with the Taft
crowd, defending the rotten steals of
the national committee, and conduct
ing a campaign of vengeance upon
Roosevelt, rather than support of the
Tired of Fight.
"I got sick of the whole dirty mess and
simply quit, to save my own self-respect.
I felt I would be stultifying my
self to keep a seat on the delegation,
when Instructed for La Follette, and
did not wish to be accused of desertion
or treachery. Now I am free to make
a progressive fight as I see it."
Cochems entered the Roosevelt ranks
Hiav but unofficially. Walter Hauser,
La Follette's campaign manager; Col.
John L. Hannan. secretary to the Sen
ator, and Walter Rogers, Wisconsin
national committeeman, united today In
declaring that Wisconsin, and also the
North Dakota delegation would vote
solidly at all times for the nomination
of La Follette.
Manager Hauser also declared the
National Committeeman Rogers
breathed vengeance upon McGovern and
"Their political death-knell Is sound
ed," said Rogers. McGovern romes up
for re-election this fall, and I think I
can safely say that La Follette will be
right buay about that time. The Vice
Presidential bait was too much for the
political selfishness of McGovern, but
McGovern and all of his Ilk on the
delegation have got to vote for L
Follette or get off the deletion. And
I predict every man-lack of them will
vote for the Senator
"They will go back home s political
dead ducks. If they done"
At tho close of last night's session
agreement wbb reached to take up
this morning Governor Hadley's mo
tion to purge the roll of the dele
gates' names written into it by the
national committee. Hadley and Wat
son, of Indiana, the floor manager for
Taft, agreed tentatively that there
should be three hours' debate on this
proposition, and then a vote by call
of the individual roll.
This was submitted to the confer
ences of managers on both sides, and
while subject to change to meet
developing conditions. It was general
ly agreed that the proposition should
At the end of the three hours' dls
cusslon on the Hadley proposal, and
of the roll call, the fight will go to
the credentials committee. If they
are defeated on the proposition in the
first fight, then the Roosevelt people
will concentrate all energy on the
credentials showing determined to
make It so strong that the convention
will be forced to repudiate some of
the glaring acts of national commit
Now Question of Honesty.
It Is now a question of simple honesty
and decency on one Bide, and the most
vicious performance In political thug
gery that had ever marked the proceed
ings of a national convention. The out
cpme, the result In terms of victory or
defeat, has sunk Into Insignificance In
the minds of the progressives. They
have reached the point whence they can
proceed no further along the route that
compels them' to affiliate with the men
who have committed these successive
acts of political criminality. They will
not take the dose prepared for them.
Not that the Rosevelt people expect
to be defeated. They believe they are
going to win, and the opinion that they
will do so Is strengthened by every
consideration of the close contest that
took place yesterday over the selection
of Root for temporary chairman. Root
received 5M votes, just eighteen more
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THIRD MAN GOSSIP
HELPED ALONG BY
By JOHN SNTJRE.
CHICAGO. June 19. Many prediction
of deadlock and nomination of a third
man filled the air today. This talk via
carefully fostered by the Cummins
boomers and the La Follette men.
Moreover, It was helped along by some
cf the men high up In the Taft camp,
whose chief aim Is not the nomination
of President Taft. but the defeat of
It was entirely plain that the close
ness of the vote yesterday on the elec
tion of Root had given great encourage
ment to the advocates of a deadlock
and a third candidate. Last night im
portant conferences were held, lasting
far Into the night, for the purpose of
organizing to help along the deadlock
Cummins Men Active.
That the Cummins leaders had talked
with some of the men foremost in the
Taft camp became known. They did
not confine their efforts, however, to
the Taft side. They insisted that Pres
ident Taft could not be nominated on
the first ballot In view of the showing
yesterday, and that it would require
but a small nucleus to tie things up
The Cummins leaders showed more
enthusiasm and aggressiveness last
night and today than they have at any
time thus far. Senator Kenyon keeps in
close touch over the wires with Senator
Cummins, who, though in Washington.
Is personally directing the maneuvers.
Hughes and Borah talk was heard In
considerable volume. As a matter of
fact. Senator Borah Is getting a fine
young dark horse groomed through the
efforts of his friends here. The fact
that the Taft leaders were, in spite of
their claims, made extremely apprehen
sive by the narrow margin which Sena
for Root got, served both to encourage
the Roosevelt men and make the third
man bomera more energetic.
McKinley Not Sanguine.
Director McKinley, while putting out
strong claims, was, as a matter of fact,
not at all sanguine In his talks with the
men "higher up."
It became known that the Taft lead
ers were admitting confidentially that
they could really count on a margin of
only a few votes. Some of there put
the figure at nine. Others put It at
four. The whole force of the Taft cam
paign management was directed to pre
venting this narrow margin from being
swept away and while- this margin
might be preserved, most politicians are
doubtful whether it can be done.
The Taft "leaders who would like to
shift to a third man are, as they ad
mit, handicapped by the fact they see
no clear way of letting go of Taft and
trying to switch to a third man without
releasing a lot of delegates to Roots
velt and nominating him.