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THE WASHINftTON TIMES, FRIDAY, JUNE 21, 1912.
Progressives Pleased at Firm Stand Taken By Roosevelt Against Committee's Thefts
CRISIS, SAYS BRYAN
Big Gathering Delayed Two Hours Despite Demand of
Chairman Root That Partial Report
Bolting Pointed Out as a D ifficult Matter, Owing
Necessity for Leader to Carry Follow
ers Along With Him.
Be Sent In.
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a movement that they would sanction
It, if started.
The Taft men Insisted that they were
tending pat. Secretary Hlllee and
Congressman McKlnley, after a count
of hoses, said that they had more than
640 voteB needed to nominate Taft. They
declared that there was absolutely no
truth In the report that they had offered
to drop the President for another can
didate, either Hadley, of Missouri, or
Root, of New York.
But while the leaders were talking
this way, many of the Individual dele
gates were asserting that they did not
believe the party should renominate
the President; although they claimed
that he had won a distinct moral vic
tory through the elimination of Colonel
Hoosevelt as a serious candidate de
spite the Roosevelt men's absolute de
nial that the colonel was out of the
race. They contended that when the
vote was taken there would be a uni
versal surprise, and that the President
should now step aside.
Delegates Want Third Man.
Delegates of this stamp had not crys
tallized their sentiment on any partl'cu
' lar candidate. Many talked Hadley.
His fiery utterances and potent mag
netism had made a hit with them and
they were suggesting that with the
JMissourlan as the party standard
'bearer, there would be little to fear
from the new party launched yester
day by Colonel Roosevelt.
Other delegates, and they were mostly
from New England and the South,
wanted Ellhu Root named. Ap a pie
sldlng officer, he had made a hit with
all of the Taft forces, but the party
bosses were Insisting today that sug
gestions of his, nomination were fool
ish. Indiana was still boosting Vice
President Fairbanks, but his boom, like
the Root suggestion, was purely sec
tlona.1. Senator Borah had many friends
among the delegates although he per
sonally had done ftJl that he could to
discourage any boom In his behalf.
There were also a few Massachusetts
men who were buttonholing delegates
and sounding Uie praises of United
States Senator Cabot Lodge, of the Bay
Btate, who for the first time In n gen
eration, was not a familiar figure
among the spectators.
Taft Must Win Early.
Tho situation so far as the candidates
were concerned today shaped up so that
It appeared If President Taft was not re
nominated on the first ballot, he prob
ably would not be named at all The
managers of his campaign asserted that
he would be so chosen. William
Barnes, Jr., in denying the renewed re
port of additional defections in the New
York delegation insisted tho delegation
was still morally bound to the Presi
dent. He pointed out that the State
convention asked the delegates to do all
In their power to bring about the re
nomination of the Chief Executive and
asserted that he saw little reason why
any delegate should choose to disregard
these instructions for any other can
didate. Credentials Block Business.
Circulation of the report that the cre
dentials committee positively refused
to aid the steering committee by re
porting in part on the contests filed be
fore it, had a depressing effect on both
delegates and spectators, and fifteen
minutes before 11 o'clock, the hour set
for the convention to meet, there was
only a handful of spectators in the gal
leries, while on the floor there was not to
exceed a score of delegates.
Chairman Root communicated with
Chairman Devine, of the committee, but
he still insisted that he could not sanc
tion any partial report.
"What would be tho use?" he asked
the messenger. "As long as there are
to be minority as well as majority re-
rrts on the action of this committee,
see no sense of scattering the fire.
Rather. I believe, it would he hetter to
let the delegates wait until we can put
the entire matter before them and then
have an Intelligent solution reached "
Devlne's suggestion to the steering
committee was that they meet and ad
journ until tomorrow morning, but the
steering committee refused to accept
this decision as final, and continued to
bring pressure to get some work on
which the delegates might get busy. At
10:45 no final decision on the matter had
Delegates Getting Peeved.
As the delegates filed Into their seats
there was much bitter criticism of the
muddle in which the convention had
been placed. Many of the delegates
frankly confessed that they were find
ing Chicago too expensive a place to re
main in, and were suggesting that pos
sibly the hotel proprietors might have
more to do with the muddle than ap
peared on the surface.
At 10:50 William Barnes, Jr., and Col.
Harry C New went to the national
committee headquarters to make a last
Appeal to Chairman Devine for action
The peculiar part of the situation was
that the men who seemingly had the
most as stake, Barnes and tho Taft
leaders, were willing to take a chance
and start things going, while Devine,
Maloy, and other organization men in
the committee, who had been depended
on to "help out," were refusing to pull
the blocks from In front of the wheels
of the convention chariot.
At 11:01 the convention hall galleries
were two-thlrds filled, and all of the
delegates were in their seats.
Root Forces Action.
At that hour Chairman Root sent a
messenger to Chairman Devine, of the
credentials committee, demanding that
he present a report to the convention
of the contests already disposed of, and
of the uncontested roll, so that it could
be considered. This action by Root
followed Dsvlne's refusal to act either
on his own Initiative or on the sug
gestion of the .steering commltteo of
the Taft organization.
Root in explanation said: "I have sent
for a report because we must get down
to business. We cannot keep on delay
The credentials committee. In response
to Root's demand, agreed to present u
report to tho convention on its action
In the contested cases from Alabama
and Arizona. This ensures a business
session of the convention today and
a line-up of opposing forceB on which
can be predicted tho outcome of all con
Governor Hadley, the floor lender or
the Roosevelt forces, and former Con
gressman James Watson, for the Taft
men, have arranged a program so that
the entire controversy can be threshed
out In a parliamentary way and without
After agreeing to report on the two
States the committee got into a snarl
as to what tho report should contain.
Meanwhile the convention waited, and
the leaders sat quietly conferring. At
11:27 there was no sign of the commit
tee reaching an agreement.
While the convention waited the vari
ous Btate delegations amused them
selves by cheering, and tho band in the
gallery pacified tho spectators with a
series of llvelv tunes.
At 11:41 it was stated that the ma
jority report In the Alabama and Ari
zona cases was ready, hut that the con
vention was waiting for the Roosevelt
people to complete the minority report.
The various State delegations con
tinued their cheering, the Pennsyl
vania, Massachusetts, Kansas, and
California being especially noticeable
for their eheers for Roosevelt, while
Wisconsin was yelling for La Follette.
Bryan Given Ovation.
In the midst of the demonstration
William J. Bryan came In and was
loudly cheered To shouts for a speech
he shook his head.
Devine sent word from the commit
tee room that the part report was being
held up by the Roosevelt men. He said
some of them wanted the entire matter
held up until the complete report was
Roosevelt and Wilson
Suggested as Ticket
For National Party
CHICAGO, June 21. As illustrating
the completeness of the break between
tho new progressive party and the reg
ular Republican organization, plans are
being worked out by the Roosevelt man
agers, looking, to a big non-partisan
progressive convention to bo held early
In August, at which a nation-wide or
ganization can be perfected, a platform
adopted and a ticket named. Unless
some other action of the regular Re
publican convention now in session calls
for earlier action by the progressives
this plan will be carried out.
Woodrow Wilson is the man already
talked of as a running mate for Roose
velt assuming that RoosevRlt will be
the candidate of the new party. In the
event that Wilson is not to bo named at
Baltimore Wllllnm J. Bryan Is also
It Is contended by George Record, of
New Jersey, who la strong for this
program, that Roosevelt and Wilson
aro really radicals of equal degree and
belong In the same partv and that Tart
and Harmon are In fact representatives
of the same interests.
Tho time for the new alignment, the
Roosevelt men said, has come and the
Massachusetts convention will be the
next step after the present bolt from
tho old line Republican organization has
"It is time to shake Penrose. Crane,
and Root." said Record. "They should
Ihcrd bv themselves in a partv which
stands openly for special privileges and
the perversion of the courts. We who
stand for human rights and for social
Justice have nothing In common with
them, and we ought to go with clean
Democrats .like Ben Llndsey. Bryan,
and others of their kind. We have
faith that tho country is ready to re
spond to this call."
The Roosevelt people are encouraged
bv the choice of Alton B. Parker as
temporary chairman at Baltimore and
are hoping that the convention there
will choose some reactionary candidate
like Harmon or Underwood. This would
result In two conservative party can
didates with Roosevelt as one progres
sive. Sherman's Boom
May Be Sprung
CHICAGO. Juno 21. The New York
delegation planned to come out today
In a strong demonstration for VIco
President Sherman for re-nomlnatlon.
The boom has been kept In abeyance
slnco tho convention opened, but with
the developments of the night looking
more favorable for the nomination of
President Taft from their point of view,
they decided that today would be the
logical time to bring forth their can
didate for the "running mate" Job
So far Governor Mead, of Vermont,
has been the only active candidate for
second position on the Taft ticket Tho
passive Interest of Sherman regarding
tho nomination is said to be accounted
for bv his knowledge that the New
York delegation had his candidacy in
hand. This Is said to have been ad
mitted when the delegation refused to
voto for national committeeman, It be
ing tho plan to give the place to the
Vice President should he fall of re
nomlnatlon. Governor Mead's friends declare that
175 delegates had pledged themselves
to him should Taft get the nomination.
IN CONGRESS TODAY.
The House met at 10 o'clock.
Public Lands Committee hears Mrs
Martin Littleton's suggestion that the
House Office building be called "Jef
Judiciary Committee continues consid
eration of Archbald impeachment
House adheres, by decisive vote, to
policy of extending parks in the Dis
trict House directs District to pay $756,M0
back charges for insane patients.
Consideration of the sundry civil bill
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CHICAGO. JUNE 21.
Beware of the man who has como to
this convention as a mere onlooker, aa
a "disinterested oDeerver." Ho Is suie
to have an ax to grind. Perhaps two
or three axes.
W. R. willcox, former postmaster ot
New York and public service commis
sioner, showed up one morning about a
week ago at the notels.
"Of course," quoth Mr. Willcox, when
asked to whisper a word about tho out
look, "you know I can't take anay part
In this. I am hero merely to look on
and enjoy myself."
Then It developed that Mr. Willcox
had brought a large piece of baggage in
the shape of the Hughes boom with
him. He, along with other New York
ers close; to Hughes, are not overlook
ing any bets in the promotion of the
Hughes movement. Incidentally, it may
be remarked that nobody here is losing
any sleep nights over the notion
Hughes does not want the nomination.
Tho feeling here is that he will not
thrust it aside if It is put within his
Former Secretary of the Treasury
Cortelyou was another disinterested
observer. Then, one morning, Mr. Cor
telyou was found In the Roosevelt head
quarters. Since then there has been
some trouble making folkB believe him
Also Hnrd to Get Out.
It Isn't easy when one gets Into the
convention hall to get out again. The
result Is that delegates and others who
are obliged to stay at the hall all the
time take their lunches with them or
send out a functionary to get a sand
wich. Spectators saw with considerable
amusement yesterday the manner in
which some of the leading figures in
the proceedings were devouring sand
Thus "Jim" Watson, who has been
generaling the Taft right in tho hall,
was sitting on the platform in the midst
of a storm of debate calmly devouring
some bread interspersed with a meager
bit of ham. He seemed to enjoy it. So
did George Record, of New Jersey, who
sent out and had a sandwich brought
As for Ellhu Root, he sat through it
all. hour after hour, and looked hungry.
No Pictures This Time.
They have excluded pictures frorn
the convention hall. Always in the
past it has been the fashion to fill the
wallr with pictures of the great men
of the party. But that day is past.
The reason as explained by a Roosevelt
admirer Is this:
"The committee on arrangements of
the national committee is made up of
Taft men. When they came to decor
ate the hall, they didn't put up any
pictures because they knew if they
put up any they'd have to put up Roobe
velt's. Rather than do that, they con
cluded to shut out all pictures."
Job ProTes Too Big.
Victor Rosewater. of Nebraska, who
as national chairman, presided until a
temporary chairman was named, is a
tiny little man who has a voice that
reaches about one-tenth of the way
across the coliseum. Rosewater fairly
sweat blood when he had to preside at
the convention. The air was electric
with excitement the opening day and
threats of riot and violence were heard
everywhere. Some of the more militant
of the Roosevelt delegates actually ad
vised that It would be a wise thing to
kidnap Rosewater for a few hours.
"Why not have Bill FUnn Btlck Rose
water in his veut pocket and carry hlin
PRESIDENT'S BROTHERS ON WAY TO CONVENTION HAl.
HENRY W. (ON LEFT) AND CHARLES P. TAFT.
off down the street. Then one of our
fellows could take the gavel and rail
the convention to order," suggested a
scrappy Hoosevelt delegate.
Gets "The Dog Honsc.''
Heniy Valkensteln. of New York, a
guest at the Congress Hotel, got teal
fussy the other evening because, when
he was handed his key by the clerk, a
bellboy shouted, "the doghouse."
"Doghouse?" said the New York man.
"Think I'm an animal?"
"No." paid- the clerk soothingly,
"That's oalv the name of the room I
gave you, K-9, canine, see."
Tho New York man saw.
College Yell GlTen.
'"hii political maelstrom took on tho
nj.peaianie of real Jojfulntss when college-
bojir invaded the hotel lobbies.
They gave t,hc dental college yell, sans
songs, and ripped through the halls
carrying Teddy banners. Some of
them wero voters
Bryan Wants 'o Cheers.
Reporter W. J. Uran was at th
Congress Hutcl getting news. As he
w'ilked through the lobby a man be
gan to whoop it up for tht peerless
leader Bryan scowled, urned suddn
1 and grahbed the enthusiast by the
shoulders. "Stop It." he roared, "this
If no placo to veil for me. Don't you
know th's is a Republican conentlon?"
Find Place to Rest.
The w.'ak-kmd delegates have found
a place to silt down, the benches from
National Committee Out
lines Its Powers.
CHICAGO, June 21. The national
committee Itself Is to be Judge
and Jurj' and Is to hnve power
to fill Its own rncancles. This Is
the answer to Roosevelt's de
nunciation of the national com
mlttee and his demand that it bo
done nway with hereafter.
The rule that will bo offered pro.
rides that ordlnnry rncancles
on tho national committee mar
be filled as at present by the j
central commltteo of the State.
Now power glTen the commltjeo
is to oust members who do not
support the candidate nominated
at the national convention. The
commltteo itself may nppoint tho
men to fill these places. This
gives the State affected no toIco
whatever In the selection of a
Tho rule was outlined when it wns
naserted by a number of tho
committee members who have
fnvored Roosevelt that they
would support no other candl.
date nominated here.
the Cmgross Hot"! lobby have ) n
placed In the subway that runs under
Concmss street into the Audltoilum
Hotel. H.'ie the waiy on-M spend most
cf tho day, rending ths rapers.
Find Things Too Slow.
There was just one crowd that found
things too slow Tho Blaine Club from
Cincinnati which marched So0 strom:
last Monday to add the weight of its
presence to Tuft's support. Todav they
had left for home. Tho Blaine Club Is
used to having lots of attention paid
to It. In the political situation th's
year nobody spared much time to en
thuse ovo the Blalneltes. The club
couldn't even get into the convention.
In former days every man of them who
wanted a ticket got It or If no tickets
er handy, a kindly doorman tmugg!ed
them. But this time it was different.
Xnmlng the Rnbj.
"Progressive" is the name for th
proposed new Roosevelt party suggested
by William Allen White, of Kansas.
"The 'peoples party' would probably
be more afpiorlato but that bas been
killed by the populists," said White.
"Either the 'progressive' or "national'
would be splendid names, Colonel
Hoosevelt suggested the latter In
preaching his doctrine of a new na
tionalism after his return from Africa,
but on the whole I think the name
'progressive' would be more appropri
ate, appealing to the largest number
of persons of all parties.
"Votes For "Women."
"Votes for women," is a banner be
ing flaunted under Republican eyes
at every turn, in a general woman
suffrage campaign during tho con
vention Men are hired to carry the
banners through hotels and among
the crowds at tho Coliseum.
A suffrage newspaper is also sold
dally by women before the principal
hotels and every afternoon in the
suffrage headquarters at the Fine
Arts Building tea is served by lead
ing suffragists to raise fundB for
promotion of their campaign.
A woman who gave the name of Ida
Brown, twenty-six years old, of 656 Cal
lan street northeast, was taken in cus
tody by Detective Howlett this after
noon as a United States witness against
Lee Soon, a Chinese laundryman, of
1011 H street northeast, who was ar
rested last evening on a charge of petit
Soon Is accused by the police of the
theft of a gold watch valued at $30 from
the store of Philip Yudelevlt. 807 D
street northwest. The loss of the time
piece was discovered one day last De
cember, after a Chinaman had been in
the store looking at watches. The po
lice wero unable to get any trace of the
watch until yesterday, when Miss
Brown attempted to sell it.
The young woman told the detec
tives that Soot, gave it to her for a
Christmas present. Soon denied that
he even knew the woman, but the
detectives say they have two wit
nesses who say they saw Soon give
her a watch. After Soon had been
arrested the police were unable to
locate Miss Brown until this after
noon, when Detective Howlett found
her In a house In H street northeast
Soon gave bond for his appearance
in the Police Court tomorrow.
CHICAGO, June 21. Mr. Roosevelt la
apparently facing the crisis In his po
litical career. Bolting is easy where
one is not a candidate, but it la a more
difficult thing where followers are
necessary. If Mr. Roosevelt could take
his delegates with him, he could or
ganize a convention that would repre
sent a majority of the Republican vote
of the country, but he cannot do so. !
A considerable number of his delegate
will not bolt, and his cpnventlon there
fore, would not carry with it the moral
force that goes with tho majority. He
cannot tell until the split comes ex
actly how many will walk out, for some
are unwilling to decide the question un
til the time arrive for action.
He declares that he Is willing io ac
cept a nomination, either as the candi
date of the "honestly elected majority,"
meaning a convention made up Of the
Hoosevelt dolegatea now In temporary
roll call with the Roosevelt contestants
substituted for the Taft delegates whose
title is contested; to cover all pos
sible contingencies, he is willing to ac
cept a nomination from any part of the
progressives that Is willing to bolt. In
his own language, he says:
Will Appeal To Nation.
"If some among them fear to take
such a stand, and the remainder choose
to Inaugurate a movement to nominate
me for the Presidency, as a progressive
on a progressive platform, and if in
such an event the general feeling among
the progressives favors my being nomi
nated, I shall accept " He adds: "In
Cither case I shall make my appeal to
every honest citizen in the nation; and
I shall fight the campaign through, win
or lose, even If I do not get a single
electoral vote '
This statement breathes tbespirit of a
fighter and arouses the enthusiasm of
the more radical of the followers of Mr.
Hoosevelt The only loophole In the
statement Is the phrase "and If in such
event the general feeling among pro
gressives favors my being nominated."
That would Indicate an Intention to take
a little time after the convention to
ascertain tho "general feeling." And
the "general feeling among progres
sives" may depend largely upon the ac
tion of the regular convention after the
Recalls Act Of Pizarro.
Mr. Roosevelt very generously re
leases auch progressives as do not
chcose to "follow him. His statement
recalls a dramatis net In iha career of
Pisarro when his followers mutinied
after a nerles of reverses. The Spanish
conqiieror made a speech to theni, re
counting the hardships throush which
thev had passed, and pointed out thel
dangers which were bt-fote them. Then
drawing a "lino On tho sand with his
sword he Invited those to follow hlrn,
who were not afraid to die. The story
need not be carried further, tho crisis,
of the convention is at hand.
The standpatters regard hla statement
as a bluff, and many of them woutd be
glad to see him carry out tho course
he has outlined. They want him to
bolt. They have confidence in their
ability to drive him Into retirement
They have certainly given him every
proooatlon, there has not been a
pnggestlon of compromise since the
fight began. Thev have curried out
their program to the letter and the
iteam roller, ns this machine is called,
moves on with regularity and precision.
They even have chains on the wheels
to prevent skidding.
It is no pleasant situation in which
the ex-President finds himself, nor is
It an ordlnury situation.
Twice Chlof Executive of the nation,
the second time elected by the largest
majority that a President ever receiv
ed; the recipient of honors in foreign
lands and supreme dictator in his own
party, he now finds the man whom ho
nominated nnd elected pitted against
him 'n tho most bitter contest that our
country has evi'r seen, nnd he seos
tht opponent operating with the skill
of a past master 'he very machinery
which the tutor constructed and taught
h'm to use.
The Ways Of Mystery.
And then the ex-President, after fall
ingas he seems to have failed to con
trol the convention, announces his will
ingness to bolt and lead a forlorn hope,
tho only probable effect of which will
bo the defeat of both and the election
of a Democratic President. Surely the
ways of Providence are mysterious.
There Is still a way of escape, how.
ever, for tho present and past occupant
of the White House. They can with
draw and allow a third man to be
chosen. This would seem to be the
thing most likely at present.
Mr. Roqsevelt has apparently lost out.
but he has the power to make the vic
tory of his opponent a barren one. Mr,
Taft has received a "vindication," tho
value of which will depend upon the
opinion people have of the character of
nis supporters ana or tne methods em
ployed by them.
Does Mr. Taft want to convert his
convention vindication into a defeat at
the polls or will he content himself with
the consoling thought that by retiring
lie sacrifices his own ambition to his
If the former President's followers
bolt and nominate him he cannot tell
whether to accept or not until after the
regular convention acts and even then
he will likely be influenced by the ac
tion of the Democratic national con
vention. He ma" be put in the at
titude therefore of refusing to lead a
bolt after he has encouraged It. If the
Democrats are guilty of the criminal
folly of nominating a reactionary, thev
will supply Mr. Roosevelt with the one
thing needful, In case he becomes an
Independent candidate, namely, an Issue
and with two reactionaries running fot
President, he might win and thus in
trench himself In power. This conven
tion, therefore, may exert a powerful
Influence upon the Baltimore convention
While we are waiting for the situation
to clear up. let us consider a phase of
this convention which should not escape
notice, namely, the evidence that It gives
of the capacity of the American people
for self-government Individuals differ In
tne amount ot seit-restraint they exer
cise, and self-restraint is quite an ac
curate measure of capacity for self
government The individual who permits his body
to have free re la soon destroys him
self. The mind must subjugate the
body and keep it under control before a
human being Is worthy to be called a
man. But mentul control is not suffi
cient. Tho mind may control the body,
but the mind Itself may run wild.
Without a moral balance wheel, a bril
liant mind may use both Itself and the
body for great harm. Solomon tella us
that he that ruleth his own sDlrlt Is
greater than he that taketh a city."
vnere mere is tne nighest average
of intellectual and moral power, with,
the moral in control, there Is the
highest average of citizenship. Our
nation Is making progress because it
has a high average of citizenship. A
larger percentage of its people than In
any other country have the intelligence
to estimate the problems with which
they have to deal and the moral
strength to grapple with those prob
lems. All Classes Represented.
This convention Is, In a way, a photo
graph of the nation. All the great
forces that exert a potential influence
In our country are here in person or by
proxy. Democracy has its champions,
aristocracy has Its representatives, and
plutocracy Its agents. The poor are not
without spokesmen, neither Is accumu
lated wealth without its advocates.
The convention hall is like an arena
In which a gladiatorial contest is belug
waged. Strong men and fair women
look down from the galleries, while the
participants in the great conflict battle
over policies and principle. It is re
markable that so much intensity of
speech, so much tenacity of purpose, so
much -depth of conviction can be brought
tcgether on opposite sides with so little
display "of anger and such an absence
The convention is nearly equally di
vided; the Roosevelt men believe that
Mr. Taft represents organized greed,
legislative) pillage, and political corrupt
Ion carried to the seventh power, and
some have expressed themselves on tho
subject in no uncertain terms. The
Taft men, on the other hand, think
that the Roosevelt crowd Is largely
trade up of self-seeking politicians who
are willing to resort to demagogic ap
peals to secure their ends: men who
stir up the passions of the multitude
against law. order, and property. This
opinion has also been expressed quite
freely for some months.
Meet Face to Face.
Now the most distinguished leaders of
these two elements in the Republican
party are brought face to face In one
room, and are permitted to speak their
feelings freely to each other. States
are divided by narrow aisles, and these
antagonists Bee each other at close
range. Mr. Barnes, who Is not able to
produce a certificate of character from
Mr. Roosevelt less than ra year old,
rubs against Mr, FUnn, whom PresldenjL
Taft cannot regard with any degree of
allowance, and yet there is no physical
combat. The Massachusetts delegation
ii divided half and half; eighteen "dem
agogues" and a group of eighteen more
made up of "bosses," "corrupt poli
ticians," and "representatives of pre
datory wealth," and yet there has not
been a fight. Several of the delegations
ere divided, some In the middle, and
some on the edge, but the best of dec
orum prevails. Even Senator Bradlev
of Kentucky and Mr. Heney, of Cali
fornia, can appear upon the same plat
form without disturbing the peace. They
have their differences nnd they are
fighting them out, but they are doing it
Into, most creditable way.
I am not now passing upon the
merits of the decisions rendered, neith
er am I indorsing the parliamentary
methods employed, but I congratulate
the Republican party on the splendid
proof it has given of the ability of a
large number of people. Intensely in
earnest, to discuss their differences
catmlv and settle the questions in
volved without recourse to violence. It
not only indicates self-restraint but
faith In the Incorruptibility of the peo
ple, the court of last resort in a re
public. This report must be put on
the wires before the convention opens
at 11 and It is impossible at this
time to forecast the action that the
convention, will take.
Seating Taft Delegates.
Mr. Roosevelt's statement has not
changed the attitude of the Taft forces
In the least. The credentials commit
tee Is entirely In the hands of the Ad
ministration and the Taft delegates are
being seated as rapidly as the cases
can be disposed of. The contest over
the length of time to be given to each
caae was really "much ado about noth
ing," because the action of the com
mittee is sure to be the same whether
much time or little is given In each
case. The facts are thoroughly under
stood bv both sides, and the hearings
are merely a matter of form.
UnlefcB something unexpected happens,
the Taft delegates will be seated, and it
looks now as if the regular convention
would tenomlnate the President. Some
of his delegates. It is said, woUld pre
fer a compromise candidate, but the
amiable gentleman In the White House
is showing that he can "sit tight" when
necessary. His fighting blood Is aroused,
and if anybody says "enough" the word
is not likely to come from anyone living
west of the Alieghenies. At the present
time Mr. Taft has the best of the situ
ation, and It looks as If he had made
up his mind to run the former President
out of the Republican party, or make
him swallow his words.
Undecided About Bolt.
Mr. Roosevelt Is apparetly facing the
crisis In his political career. Bolting 1b
easy where one Is not a candidate, but
It Is a more difficult thing where fol
lowers are necessary. If Mr. Roose
velt could take his delegates with him,
ho could organize a convention that
would represent a majority of the Re
publican vote of the country, but he
cannot do so. A considerable number of
his delegates will not bolt, and his con
vention therefore, would not carry with
it the moral force that goes with the
majority. He cannot tell until the
split comes exactly how many will walk
out, for some are unwilling to decide
.he question until the time arrives for
FlosBle Of course, in our profession
it doesn't matter how often lovers quar
Flossie Because they make up every
nlht, and twice on matinee days.
Must Be Careful.
Art Connosseur Where did vou get
Frlend-I picked it up In a studio,
said something nice about it out of
politeness, and the artist gave It to me.
Art Connoisseur (sadly) You can't be
too careful IWudge.