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THE WASHINGTON TIMES, MONDAY, JUNE 24, 1912.
1 Delegates Alarmed by Grave Possibility of Rupture Over Selection of Temporary Chairman
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iWarfare Bitter As That In
Chicago Threatens To
OPEN SPILT WILL
Clark Appears At Present To Have
Best Chance Of Nom
By JOHN SNURE.
BALTIMORE, June 24. Not less real
than It stood before the Republican
Party in Chicago last week, the specter
of disruption stalks before the Demo
cratic party, which will begin Its na
tlonal convention In this city tomor
row. On the face of things, the war of
factions among the Democratic coher
ents is not as fierce and bitter as It
,vas at Chicago. But it Is bitter enough,
lit is the same issue in a broad sense,
JiroRreSBlvism versus conservatism,
radicalism against standpatlsm. The
two wings of the party are held to
gether by a thread aa weak and tenu
ous as the one between the Republican
factions which could not stand the
strain at Chicago:
Nobody expects a bolt at Baltimore.
None Is openly talking of two conven
tions. But everybody knows that if the
conservatives put up a man disliked and
distrusted by the progressives, then the
Democratic vote In November will
slump off by hundreds of thousands.
And if the progressives dominate the
convention and select a man hated by
the conservatives, there will be another
clump. Roosevelt will be the gainer If
the progressive Democrats go home
from Baltimore disgruntled. Taft will
gain If the conservatives find their plans
balked, and the progressives triumph.
Seek Satisfactory Candidate.
The problem put up hard to ,tho
Democratic leaders is to find some
man on whom the dissatisfied ele
ments in the party can unite or in
large measure unite. If this cannot
be done, then the high-raised hopes
of victory inthe elections which the
Democrats for months have been
building, will go glimmering. And
dissolution will threaten the Demo
cratic party no less than it looms
up before the Republican party.
In other words, when Roosevelt and
hi followers decided on the forma
tion of a third party in hicago, they
did a good deal more than throw a
wrench into the Republican mechan
ism. At one stroke, they precipitated the
'long-discussed issue which has been
gathering force in this country for
yearB, the issue whether the Repub
lican and Democratic parties shall
continue to stand aa now constituted
or whether there shall be a realign
ment of parties with the liberals on
'one hand and the torles on the other.
Long-headed Democrats here do not
minimize the fact that their party is
in as serious a situation as the Re
publican party it. Thev say much in
public about the certainty of Demo
'cralic victory by reason of Repub
lican dlssentlons. But in private they
admit the gravity of the conditions
Clark In Best Place.
Under the circumstances, with the
outlook Indefinite as to who will be
nominated, the Clark boom Is In a most
excellent strategic position. The Speaker
has certain points of advantage In the
game as it now stands. But he has no
such overpowering advantage as to
warrant the conclusion ho Is going to
His opponents here are attacking him
in severe terms. They call him weak
and vacillating. They say that if nomi
nated he would be a mere puppet in the
hands of stronger men, and would be
used with altogether too much freedom
nnd taclllty by the smooth politicians
with whom he is surrounded. They
point that with Roosevelt in the field,
Champ would not dare take the stump
to make a whirlwind, train-end tour of
the country, because he would be "eaten
alive" by the former President. But,
on the other hand, the Clark boomerse
are arguing that Clark is the only man
In tke race who can poll the solid Dem
"Clark can get all the Democrats,"
they say. "and, with the Republicans
divided, that will elect h.lm. He has
not offended either faction. Bryan will
support him and so will the conserva
tives. No other candidate can come so
close to cementing the two wings of
the party." This sort of talk goes far
with many of the delegates. Besides,
Clark Is (n the lead In delegates, and
hB more than half enough to nominate.
The progressives will not listen to the
notion of Harmon or Underwood. Some
talk is heard here of growing strength
for the Harmon boom. The progressives
will not stand for Harmon, and, while
there will bo hard work by the conser
vatives to force his nomination, such a
result would drive so many voters from
the ticket that it will be uphill effort.
Wilson Men Enthusiastic.
The followers of Woodrow Wilson are
more enthusiastic than ever In pro
claiming him the right man for the
situation. That many of thethlnking
men In the party feel Wilson would be
the best man for the existing emerg
ency cannot be doubted. But the trou
ble Is the politicians in the party, the
manipulates, do not want Wilson. They
don't know what he'd do If he got In
the White House, but they are pretty
well convinced It would be hard sled
ding for "the boys" who weie looking
for the reward of tnffice. It looks
doubtful if wuson can get the two
thirds needed to nominate him.
A Bryan stampede Is one of the In
teresting possibilities. But It is hardly
probable. Many delegations are filled
with anti-Bryan men. So that If Bryan
should be nominated it would be a most
remarkable tribute to his hold on the
party His nomination can come only
if a lot of leaders and delegates here
are willing to sink their dislike of the
Nebraskan for the sake of helping on
the prospects of victory at the polls.
As dark horses, Oaynor and Kern are
worth watching How far Boss Murphy
is going In his support of Gaynor no
body seems to know. But If Murphy
persists In holding out for Gaynor, and
continuously droning the ninety dele
gates from New York into the mapor's
baiket. he will make Gaynor formidable.
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By THEODORE TILLER.
BALTIMORE, June 24. A politician
who has been to many Democratic con
ventions asserts that whiskers Indicate
what a convention will do. He ex
pressed great satisfaction that most of
the delegates to the Baltimore conven
tion are devoid of hirsute adornment. It
bodes well for the party, according to
thla expert on politics and alfalfa.
"What a relief," he observed. "You
don't see many whiskers, do you?"
"What have whiskers to do with, the
"The absence of hairy faces," he ex
plained, "shows that the party is get
ting sane again, that young blood Is
coming In to replace the old. At the old
time conventions the delegates with
whiskers was the rule rather than the
exception. The 1896 convention was
composed in large part of men whose
faces needed mowing, and the radical
element of the party played the deuce.
"About mo today I see few straggling
beards. Jim Ham Lewis, of course,
keeps his strangle hold on the pink
ones, but then he's different and every
body makes exceptions for Jim Ham.
"The whiskers are passing, glory be,
and there may be hope for the party
He was right about it. Seven hundred
people were crowded about the hotel
lobby, and only ten of the number had
cheated the barber to any great extent.
Davis on Hand
Speaking of facial upholstering,
"t'nele" Henry Gassawav Davis whn
has passed the fourscote mark In
yearB, Is among those present In the
convention crowds. Mr. Davis wears the
same bunch of whiskers that saw vali
ant service In that memorable cam
paign wherein he sought to become pre
siding officer of the Senate. They are
short, neatly cropped, and white, mov
ing In unison with his nether Jaw.
Nevertheless, "Uncle" Henry appears
to be one of the youngest men about
Baltimore, and If the Vice Presidential
lightning should strike him, nobody
doubts his ability to live out the term,
no matter how onerous the Job may be.
And while one is on the subject, turn
a moment to the Honorable William C.
Redfleld, member of Congress from
New York, who has shied his hat into
the ring us a Vice Presidential possl
blllty. "Sunnv Jim" Sherman, as every
one knows, flirts with a modest buin
sldes effect. Mr Redfleld has the burn-ld-b
habit to excess. The wavy, au
burn hairs start waverlngly down his
cheeks, glowing bolder as they descend,
until they branch off at a tangent three
and a half Inches beneath the lobe of
This gives-Mr Redfleld a brisk, ener
getic appearance, calculated to Impress
the average delegate. The Brooklyn
Congressman is in earnest about the
Vice Presidential business. Early In
life Mr Redfleld learned that the only
way to acquire anything is to go after
it. Therefore, he does not chose to sit
idly by while the nomination seeks him.
The New Yorker has furnished his ad
dress in advance.
llonn' Dawg Special Arrives.
The "noun" dawg" special, consltlng
of eight carloads of Clark boomers, has
reached Baltimore. The sign of the
houn created some amusement, consid
erable interest and recurrent enthu
s'asm in the trip eastward from St.
All Conferences Now.
Everybody "confers" In these re
convention times. If the head bellhop
wants to ghe an order to an under
ling the two withdraw Into a corner
PROMINENT DEMOCRATS WHO ARE
SIDELIGHTS OF THE DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION
and whisper. The man who Is posing
as a delegate, but who Is really seeking
a ticket -to the gallery, calls an ac
quaintance behind a post and rm
braces him as though th.e nomination
were being decided
seek to comment on the size of the
crowd in the lobby the two lock arms
and Immediately a bulletin Is sent out
declaring that an Important conference
Is in progress Bryan reached town
and held open house for a number of
Nebraska admirers, but the man down
stairs who wanted to come up was
told that the Nebraskan wna "In confer
ence." There was a time when the good old,
word conference was linked mainly
with the annual gathering of the relig
ious denomination. It means nnvthlng
now from an order for a shoe shine to
a wordy Interchange of views between
rival press agents.
When the Xnpklns Failed.
The weie a couple of rugged West
erners, from the rugged, breezy West.
En route to Baltimore on one of the
numerous special trains they dined a la
carte. The waiter failed to bring nap
kins. It was an oversight, no real
delegate could overlook, regardless of
what he had been accustomed to at
"Hero, you waiter," one of them
bawl.'d. "you didn't bring us any nap
kins." "Ah. bet? your pRidon," said the
menial. "Hjits dey Is."
"Never mind," said the" avenged dele
gate, "we thought maybe you look us
for a pair of chumps "
Thus vindicated, tha two dlsposd of
the n-eal in silence and raised no par
ticular fuss when tne finsrer bowl falh-d
to shuv up.
Would a Duck Swim?
Tn th" fifty-odd newspaper men Who
rrot William Jennings Bryan when he
rcichod Baltimore, wn? one young man
.hn was just brcak'ng Into the game.
11 knew now to asK questions, how
ever, nnd th veterans stqnd hv and
watched the fun. Here's a tample.
'Ma Brvan, my Baltimore aper would
like to know If vou would take the
nomination If it were offered to you?
The thipe-tln"s andldate ga7ed
mournfullv at the youngster a mo
ment then mlled. nnd said:
"Pay, now, that's Just like asking a
girl If she will have you In tho event
jnu some day decide to propose."
The young num said he guessed Mr.
Lrvan was right, and a more seasoned
fidlow on the outskirts of the crowd ob-i-ervd.
ivfi'riiiu to Mr. Eryan and
Would :i hick swim?"
Baltimore policemen are not too rigid
ly bound down by custom. Most of
them go about with coats half button
ed, displaying w 1e expanse of moist
shirt bosoms Whep they get tired
standing, they sit down.
"In New York It would be Impossible
to find an officer with his helmet on
the back of his head and his hands in
his pockets," severely observed a New
York delegate to the fat policeman in
front of the Emerson Hotel.
"Well, now," said the policemen with
Interest, "that must be a dickens of a
place, now, alnt It?"
Five -Missouri Governors.
Five former governors of Missouri ure
on the scene. They are Lon V. Steph
ens, W. J. Stone, David R. Francis,
Joseph W. Folk, and Alexander M.
How Thev Fassed the Time.
Two factions of the Oklahoma dele
gation, one for Wilson and the other
for Clark arrived on the same train.
Politics wagn t mentioned on the whole
READY FOR A BIG TIME IN
trip," said one of the delegates. "We
were afraid to talk on the subject be
cause to do so would likely lead to trou
ble We Just kidded one another to
pass the time.
"A four-story colonial mansion Is
serving as Uie headquarters of the
Ohio delegation Precious mahdsxny
furniture adorns the rooms and the
walls are hallowed by paintings of
tho Montagues, ihe Gordons, and other
famous Maryland families.
Some folks are going to get more
Turkish baths this week than they
ever had before in their lives
About the only vacant rooms left In
the convention district are in a big
Turkish bath place. For some odd
reason the proprietors hasn't Increased
his rates for rooms and there was a
big rush of Judlct ous persons Sunday
to engage a series of neven baths
with the seven nights of comfortable
Bleep in real beds that go with them.
"Bet I weigh 125 wnen I get
through," said a fat patron who wad
dled In Sunday night.
Manr House Parties.
The house party's the thing. All the
first families of Maiyland are giving
house parties, after which the society
columns announce they will leave for
Newport and Bar Harbor.
The society side of the convention
occupies several columns in the Balti
more papers. Southern hospitality,
which took root in slave days, still
The Beef trust and other barons of
Chicago did nothing to match the lav
ish entertainment which Baltimore is
to bestow this week.
Kermlt Roosevelt Is to be a part of
the social doings. He's the guest of
John Rush Street, at Taylor, Md.
Tom Taggart, of Indiana, used to
wait table in the union station at In
dianapolis. Then he got a restaurant
of his own, later a hotel and then
he went into politics He was elected
county auditor of Marion county,
three times mayor of Indianapolis,
and then national committeeman. His
word goes In Democratic politics in
How Cox Started.
Congressman James M. Cox. who
was recently nominated by the Demo
crats for governor of Ohio, has at
tached himself to the Harmon head
quarters. Cox started life as a print
er's devil, became a reporter, and now
owns newspapers at Springfield and
He has been In politics as an office
holder only four years,
What Thev Want.
"The mountain States, the prairie
States and the middle West," saya
Simon Donnelly, national committee
man from Idaho, "want a lower tariff
and an Income tax, and they are
mighty sore on the Republicans be
cause of their failures In 1909 and
1911 to fulfill their pre-election
pledges to revise the tariff down
ward, and for side-stepping the In
come tax Issue."
"I'm every Inch as radical as I was
two years ago," Theodore Bll, of Call
iornlft, tdd a group of Ohio Democrats
who rcull?d tp him a speech he de
livered at Columbub in 19U' In which
he demanded a "murder iu the first
degreo" program on all progressive
"Theie's more need to be radical now
than thon." he added.
Bell Is being talked of for permanent
chairman of the convention. He is a
close friend of Bryan
Fledged to Clark.
Former United States Senator
George Turner, of Washington, is here
at the head of a delegation pledged
to Speaker Clark
They Want Brian.
"A majority of Ohio Democrats
would Jump over a ten-foot fence tn
vote for Bhyan for President." said
Harve C Oarber, national committee
man from Ohio
Garber and Governor Haimon have
been on the outs for a long time and
Garber is now supporting Woodrow
Wilson for the Presidential nomina
tion. The Four Colonels.
Alongside Republican efforts at Chi
cago the icpose of DemocFatlc doings
nere paysetn unaerstanding. "Colonel,
ouoth f'ol. W. R. Smith, of Alabama
Underwood man, to a Wllsor man from
New Jerfe, "could you Join Colonel
Allen ana coionei warren and me in .
drink to the health of our candidates '"
And drink thev very courtesously did.
all four colonels, while all the other
colonels In the bar beamed approval.
Imagine a set of Taft and Roosevelt
men Joining In a toast to Taft and
O'Gorman and the Boss.
Senator O'Gorman of New York
spends most of his time mixing with
the crowds in the hotel lobbies. Boss
Murphy of Tammany doesn't often
consult him, and O'Gorman appears to
have a better time the way it is.
The Oldest Member.
In point of service Clark Howell, edit
or of the Atlanta Constitution, Is the
oldest member of the Democratic Na
tional committee. He has served twen
ty vears and isn't through yet.
Princctonians on Hand
Baltimore Is the mecca for hundreds
of graduates and former students of
Princeton University who art rootlnj
"Win with Wilson' or "WIlFon will
Dropping Their "HV
The Northerners here are getting the
Southern accent fast It must be the
climate, koiks in Baltimore keep theli
"r's" and use them, for the most nart.
but the Emerson and Belvedere lobbies
ari all strewed up with "r's" that have
been dropped by Northerners here. In
iccognltion of tne fact that they're in
Dixie And State Senator Tom Dean,
of Ohio, was detected in the act of say
ing "you all."
Busy Press Agents.
The prtfss agents here are getting
ma.uann. r rom v iarK neaaquarters
came the touching tale of the arrival In
Baltimore of the son of the man who
Introduced Clark to the girl he married,
and another one about how Clark used
5 his father guve him once to buy some
books, and walked home in conse
quence. Vox Popull Triumphs.
Convention Hall will be open to the
public tomorrow afternoon. Tne Demo
ciatlc powers here ot first decided that
no profaning eyes should peep Into the
armory after It waj put In readiness for
the convention hosts, but vox populi
created such a disturbance that the ar
rangements committee had to agree to
tniow tne doors open.
The average Baltlmorean, who will
not see the convention, because he
doesn't possess a ticket, demanded the
rigni to at least look over tne decora
tions, the speaker's platform and the
press tables and he got It.
Declares Its Influence Will
By WILLIAM J. BRYAN.
BALTIMORE, June 24. The break has
come, and the progressives were happy
in their selection of the time. They
waited until the ciedentlals committee
had made its last report, until the committee-made
majority had voted itself
the convention, until it was demonstrat
ed that no amount of fact or argument
availed to reverse the decisions based
upon the exigencies of the case rather
than upon the merits of the contest,
and then Delegate Allen, of Kansas,
read Mr. Roosevelt's statement and en
forced its pungent paragraphs with
pointed remarks of his own.
Never before In American politics has
a convention witnessed Buch a scene
a man, one of the moat forceful figures
of his time, twice a President, once by
the accident of death and once by the
largest majority ever given to a Presi
dent, contending against an Adminis
tration that he created for the honor of
a Republican nomination.
Fight Against Odds.
In spite of patronage. In tplte of tha
powerful organisation of u dominant
p-rtv and in spite of great commercial
infiueni.es, he actually secures an un
disputed majority of the republican
vote. Contrary to all precedents he
goes :o the convention city and ctn
ductH his own light. He Unds himself
hedged about by forces with which he
cannot copa. if lie may be likened to
a caged lion confined In a tage con
ttrucW of resuluilty, fonnality, and
ciderlv procelure, it must be admitted
that he wu3 un:ibl, with all his Sanip-i-on-llU'5
strength, to bbnd a single bar.
But heie simile ends. Man Is more
th. m an animal. He lanughs at the
limitations of the Mesh. He cuii appeal
to a power gieater than the politician,
and Mr. Hooai.elt nas made his ap
peal. He brings agalnjt the con cnlion
such an Indictment as no party has
ever had to iin'ct before. He appeals
fiom Wdiiis Inebriate! by prolonged
powei, to the voltus who can dlspas
hlnntitely v "l,;h policies and measure
im-tliods from Philip drunk to Philip
Stands for Etandpatism.
The platform is such a platform as
might be expected from Mr. Taft. It
points with pride to what he has done
and views with alarm all that Mr.
Roosevelt stands for fend threatens to
do. The curious may read It, but It will
play a very small part In the campaign.
In the Republican mind. Mr Taft has
come to stand for standpatlsm and Mr.
Roosevelt for progresslvlsm, and the
voters will not make any nice calcula
tions in deciding between them.
The Republican party Is passing
through the same convulsions which
the Democratic party passed through
alvf.on ifflr. flpn YVhftn nrnt.Mooh'B !
Democracy was born. In the case of
our party, the mother lived. At ptesent
both a phyvlcian and a surgeon are in
attendance, and It will be some months
before the fate of the patient will be
Influence Will Be Felt.
As was to be expected, the Chicago
convention will exert a marked influ
ence upon the Democratic convention
about to begin at Baltimore. The fact
that more than half of the Republican
party has been shown to be militant In
Its progresslveness would seem to make
it even more imperatively necessary
than before that the Democratic con
vention should. In its platform and with
Its nominations, respond to the demands
of the progressives of the nation and
thus make a third party unnecessary.
Lodge Indorses the
NAHANT, Mass., June U. Senator
Henry Cabot Lodge, who because of
his lifelong friendship with Colonel
Roosevelt lefused to take any part In
Hie pie-convention contest, todav said
he was in full accord with the Repub
"I regard the declared determination
of the party to stand firmly for the
Constitution and for the Independence
of the courts, because they are vital to
the maintenance of free government, as
of the last importance," said Senator
"I shall give to the Republican party
and to Its candidates and Its polities
the best support of which I am capable
in the coming campaign.
Roger Sullivan Will Have
Some Able Support.
BRYAN IS STRONGLY '
AGAINST UNIT RULE
Governor Harmon's Hold On Stats
Delegation Will Be Attacked
BALTIMORE, June 24.-The first test
vote In the Democratic national com
mittee is scheduled to come today when
inai committee takes up eighty-two
The majority of thebe are opera bouffe
contests, like the three delegations from
me district or Columbia, whose only
umerence is as to which is regular
all being for tho same candidate.
But in Illinois and Ohio the differences
are vital and the fleht la blttpr. Tn
IUInolB It is a fight between the Rosrer
Sullivan faction, supposedly backing
Clark, and the Mayor Harrison faction,
supposedly backing Wilson, Twenty
I two district delegates and eight dele-
BaBt.;?,,!. :lar.gare at?ke . .
"u""" " e oi me triumvirate
of the Democratic party, an arch en
emy of Bryan's and fighting to hold
control of tho party In Illinois
against the young bloods headed by
Carter Harrison, mayor of Chicago. It
Is expected that Taggart and Mur
phy, Sullivan's partners, will line up
their faction solid for Sullivan, while
Bryan will go the limit in opposition.
Ohio Fight Clear Cut
Ohio furnishes even a cleaner cut
issue. It Involves the Harmon and
Wilson forces the progressive and
reactionaries and it also involves the
time-honored unit rule of Democracy
Bryan is against the unit rule, so is
Clark. So is Wilson at least In
In fourteen districts In the Ohio prim
ary Governor Harmon lost to Governor
Wilson. But the State-wide primary
preference he won. The State commit
tee by resolutions declared that the
entire delegation was legally for Gover
nor Harmon. Mayor Baker of Cleve
land, who is heir to the progressive
assets of the late Tom Johnson, threat
ens a fight on the floor of the conven
tion. Today he had word from Mr. Bryan
that the Nebraskan would join him and
fight to a finish. The Harmon men de
clare that It is not that Mr. Bryan
fears any infringement on the liberties
of the country or the Democratic party
that he makes the fight, but that it is
a part of his uncompromising hostility
to Governor Harmon. The bitterness of
the controversy is accentuated by the
fact that Harvey C Garber. the nation
al committeeman from Ohio, Is with
the opposition to Governor Harmon
Yet In his district, the Fourth, while
there was a majority of 1,700 for anti
Harmon delegates In the State-wide
preference vote. Governor Harmon car
ried the district by 2.5fO.
May Lead to Clash.
Mayor Baker, who is one of the
brightest politicians in the State, pro
tests against his district being cheated
out of Its preferace for Governor Wil
son after the district went overwhelm
'ngly against Governor Harmon and for
the New Jersey governor It is a situa
tion where Mr. Bryan's Insistence on
what he believes to be a principle is
likely to arouse the opposition of a
large element of restless anti-Bryan
men and bring on a row that will be
compared with what went on at Chi
cago. Before the meeting of the national
committee today it was confidentially
asserted by the anti-Bryan men that
they far outnumbered the Nebraskan's
supporters. It was reported that Bryan
himself might enter the committee
meeting, holding the proxy of Commit
teeman Hall, of Nebraska. Hall is a
close friend of Bryan and Is his sup
porter in the fight that is being waged
Ask Politicians To Aid
Them In Ousting Ralph
Report will be made at the regular
meeting of the Central Labor Union this
evening of the committee appointed to
appeal to both political parties against
Director Ralph, of the Bureau of En
graving and Printing.
It probably will be announced that
little was effected at Chicago where
letters and telegrams were sent.
"The plan Is to make appeal now to
Individual Republicans," said Secretary
John B. Colpoys, of the Central Labor
Union, this morning, "for the appeal to
Chicago went out too late. The matter
will be carried straight to President
Taft. Labor interests will never quit
until a practical plate printer is at the
head of the bureau. The committee in
charge expects to make an oral argu
ment to leading Democrats at Balti
more." Mr. Colpos Is himself a delegate to
the Democratic convention. Or at least
he is a member of the Costello delega
tion which stands the best chance of
being seated among the rival District
Attacks on Director Ralph appear In
this week's Issues of "The Plate Print
er" and "The Trades Unionists."
"The Plate Printer" charges Director
Ralph with having broken his word to
the printers of the bureau, winding up
Its attack with these words;
"However, It does not matter al
though It hurts to be so badly deceived
In a friend; there are other men higher
up who will not violate their word, and
who will ktand by u solemn agreement
when made with an honorable purpose."