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REPUBLICAN
PARTY IS DEAD
AND FUNERAL
That Is the Really Great
News Which Stands
Out in Chicago
Convention.
THIS GATHERING
LAST OF ITS KIND
COUNTRY WILLSEE
Wame "Republican" May CLive,
but Party It Has Typed Since
1856 Is Gone?-To-Day It
Stands Divided, and Had Pri?
maries Been Held in All States
Power of Old-Order Politicians
Would Have Been Pitifully
Small?Old Politics Gone, and
Old Politicians Displaced by
New Ideas and New Systems.
WS
BY SAMUEL, (i. BLITHE,
(Copyright. 1912.)
rhlcago. 111., Juii- 19,?Tho groat
ncwi r,f thin convention is not whether
Roosevelt or Taft shall bo nominale?!.
not whether
iRooeeve'lt will holt
ru be defeated,
not the Identity of
a possible ihlrd or
1 ompromlse can*
dldate, not the
character of tho
plattorm
These ore inter?
esting and Impor?
tant details of a
notable Katherins,
but they are not
the vital details.
_ The great news of
Samuel 11. Illy the. this convention is
this: This conven?
ts :i now In progress in Chicago marks
the passing of Republican national con?
ventions of a similar character Thor*
never will be anotlu-r convention like
this it is quite poatlble there never
wi;i be anothor Republican national
convention of any kind; that this is ihe
last, but whether or not, there will
never be another like this one or re?
sembling lu any regard the conven?
tions of previous years, running away
back to 1560
(Sires Dale to It* Dentti.
Moreover ? and this i* even more im?
portant?this convention gives a date
to tli- death of the Republican partv
'?*>? It Is at present constituted and as
it has been constituted for many years.
The name "Republican'- may live, but
th" Republican party that name ha?
typed since 1866 is dead. The funeral
services are being conducted in Chicago
at the present.
Take these two propositions in or
ilei. b-einnlng with the passing of Ihe
present style of convention. There
never win be another Republican na?
tional convention Ilk- this one or like
the ones of fo'ir or eight years ago or
those of .-i.Moen or twenty years ago,
for the reason that the political system
that made conventions easily possible
in Ihe past and barely possible now has
' hanged. The old pAlllies is gone. The,
old politicians have been shifted out ol
power. A new generation is almost In
? ommand, a new idea prevails, a new
system is in process of development.
The Republican party is no ionger a
cohesive, lighting, definite organization,
Instead, it Is really two parties?a
stand-pat or ronservatove party and a
radical or progressive part:-. Th.. re
Isn't the slightest doubt If there had
been primaries In all the States instead
of in a few rif them, tlie old crowd
would have a pitifully small represen?
tation iiere. no matter whet: er .Mr.
Roosevelt was a candidate Cr not.
'So far as that eminent candidate is
concerned. he grabbed progresMvc
Ism; progressivelsm didn't grab him.
The Republican party has outgrown
Its old system and Its old leaders, and
\h" people demand a lieu method of
S< letting their candidates.
They demand the right to have a
hand in the selection .nstcad of be?
ing told of those selections after they
are made.
Old Method* llincrona.
If a census could be made It would
l>( found that th? radical element in
the Republican party i& not so much
greater than the conse.-. ative element
as has been claimed, 'liiere are many
conservative Republic) .is. but even
the conservatives are fully alive to the
deficiencies of tho present system, and
many of them are as anxious for re?
adjustment as the progressives. The
fact of It all is that the Republicans,
conservatives and progressives, have
1 ilvanced beyond th-1 method of
twenty years ago and neither wing
is Wholly In sympathy with the pres
i nt methods.
It is riuUe probable that before It
tomes time to nominate another can
dldate for the presidency enough more
States will have adopted the prefer?
ential primary system to make what
lever convention shall he held merely
a ratification meeting, ai'-out the same
sort of a gathering as a meeting of
the electoral college, but even If that
does not come for eight years say,
there never will be another Republi?
can National Committee that can
make up a temporary roll and where,
a prearranged credent :als committee
can have the fast word on the con
(Continued on Ninth Page.)
LOW KARES TO IIA J.TIM ORB,
via York River I.lnr,
account Democratic NationsU Conven?
tion. A delightful water trip to and
from tho convention city. Tlckeits and
fHa.tiaro.oms at'CKy Office, 907 Bast Main
, - Street,
l\
FACING CERTAIN DEFEAT, ROOSEVELT PLANS BOLT,
AND WHEN FINAL BREAK COMES HE WILL BE RUSHED
TO COLISEUM TO TAKE CHARGE OF HIS CONVENTION
? ! -
ALBERT n. CUMMINS.
NAWTHIN AT ALL
PR POUnO 00
An' Hennessy Niver See
a Foiner Turnout iv
th' Constablry.
COPPERS GROW
DISCONTINUED
May Fight Amoong Thimselves |
to Pass th' Time Away?Papers
Said th' Air Was Full iv
Fight, but Ought to've
Said th" Fight Was
Full iv Air.
BY FI.M.KY PETBB Dl'NNE.
(Copyright. >
[Special to The Times-Dispatch.]
Chicago, III., June 10.?'"Did ye have:
a good teal in the convention?' ask
ed Mr. Hennessy.
I had wan of the beet." said Mr. I
. Dooley. "l cudden't hear a wurrud.I
They were fine I
speeches Aven
where I set with
me head agin th'j
girder in a cell?
ing at th' cor
In Foorteenth
I Street I cudd' see
that they wolre
magnlflcln', th'
.ujudlencc was|
1 n .1 y I n' tht:n.
.ail'.ln' arund th'j
tall, talkin' an'i
Flnley P. Dunne, rhattln". an' th*|
oraters were ha v
In' th' time Iv their lives. No man In
Jyes h mrnet performance as much as
th" fellow tha'ts blowln' th' bugle, ex
! clpt somo whs lik mesllf tha" can't
hear him. Ivery orator was given
thirty mlnylts to state his case. Aftr
lb.'Id been talkin' fifty-five mlnylts
another orator slnt a feller to tap him
on th" ar-rm an' say: 'It's BUI' turn
nOW, an' th" Demnfttheens who was
sayln'. 'From ninety mlllyon people
; comes th' cry to us' ends his solo be
say In': "Pin sorry Mlsthor Chairman. 1
i i-idn't know me time was up." an' goes.
'. Lack to where his wlfa is sittln". an ,
a?-ts her how It wint. She says magnl
Hi met. She cudden't hear It.
"There's wan grand thing abot th'
convlntion. I'm proud iv th' polls)
foorce Iv Chicago. An' I'll say this,
tliat [ niver tee a finer turnout Iv th'
constablry In me life. 1 didn't think |
tney was so many coppers in th'j
WU rruld.
"Twas a pleasure to see thim lined,
'up in th' hallways w'lh their coats:
opened, tin ir gatlin' c,uns In th' out-!
slue pockets an' their clubs In thcir|
hands n ady to spring Into th' debate |
: on th' foonlymlntal principal iv th':
Republican party at a wurrud fr'um
lh" presldln' officer?th' assistant chief
Iv polis. I've been to many naytional
convlntlons, d-ye mind, but I've niver
? see a more compltit chairman Iv n Re
publican convlntion ihfii Herman
Schuottlor.
I don't know how h'd get on in a
Dlmtftycrat conventin when some dil
? lygate who'd been a .-ollsman him
silf before he was brone, wld demand
: th' preevyous question, but this Ke
. publican convention wasn't enuff to
get him excited. It wr.a foine to see
: him an' his spllndld mon gon' arund
among ths furyous mob Iv almost un
?onthrollamle pathrltes an' pushln'
thlm back In their ? seats Ivry tlmo
theyj 'Started finnytihng. Some wan
intinmed with pnsson wud get up an',
wildly wavln' his watch chain arund
his finger, wud cry out: "It occurs
to me tht th' convlntion shud remlm
ber th' decision Iv Slnltor" Ocorge
(Continued on Ninth Pago.);
W. B. TAFT.
BOLT COMMITTEE
MEETING ON ORDER
OF COL. ROOSEVELT
Followers of Third-Termer Dash From Room After
Attempting to Break Down Doors and Bring All
Newspaper Men In to Hear What Committee on
Credentials Is "Trying to Do to Us."
Chlcagro, III., June -O.?"So far an T am concerned." declared Colonel Ronse
\rh to hi* and advisers In an addres? ttala morning, "I am through.
If ynu arc vntrd down. I hnpc ?ou, the reol und lanful majority of the conven?
tion. "HI nriAintxc a? auch, nnd }'OU will dn It If ;ou have the couraee and loy?
alty of your convictions."
Chicago, 111., .Tune 19.?After bolting once from the credentials com olttce,
under the orders of <""o!one! Roosevelt, and being cailed back by Roosevelt man?
agers to the committee room, .ill of the Roosevelt members of the credentials
committee except R. B. McCcrmlck, of Chicago, left again at 11:4.'> o'clock to
Light, declaring they were "out for good."
The sause of the bolt was the refusal of the committee to give a full hear?
ing on sll :ontest ruses. After the Roosevelt men had left, the committee took
up the cases, but had not prcceeded far when a motion to adjourn until 9
o'clork to-morrow morning was proposed and carried. Senator Dlxon. the
Roosevelt campaign manager, who had been hurriedly summoned after the first
ballot, left with the Roosevel*. men.
"These men are tired and will go home and go to bed." he said. "I think
the other fellow? are wasting time to stay here to-night."
Heuey und Hnlbcrt Lead Bolter*.
Francis J. Heney and Hugh T. Halben, of Minnesota, w'-.o had led tiie bolt,
were the only ones who would talk at length on the situation.
"Is this a bolt?" Mr. Heney was asked.
"You can cail It what you want to." he said "These are the facts: Every
Roosebelt man with the exception of McCormlck has walked out because he
was convinced from the rules which were proposed that there was no intention
of giving a valid hearing. The cases that were heard before the national com?
mittee were a farce, and this it a worse one. The line-up was perfectly plain?
32 to 19."
Mr. Halben declared the break came because the ? ommittee limited time
and excluded evidence.
"We claimed and Insisted that the credentials committee should hear all
veidence as a court of original Jurisdiction, and that the national convention,
not the credentials committee, should be the court of last resort."
Before adjourning the committee adopted the amended rules by a vote of
36 to 4. Chairman Divine said the adjournment was taken because most of
the -ontestlng delegates had left the Coliseum.
Mr. Roosevelt addressed the bolting delegates in a room at the Congress
Hotel, where they had assembled after U-avlng the commute room. "I am going
to ask you to take a recess until I van get certain facts and lay them before
you," Colonel Roosevelt said. "I earnestly counsel you not to discuss what you
intend to do until you have the facts before you.
Colonel Jells What He Will Do.
"I can tell you the genera', outline of what I shall do. ?o far as 1 am con
earned. I shall never recognlre a Republican convention a majority of whi:h In
large part Is composed of fraudulently seated delegates from the States of which
Governor Hadley spoke to-day. This Is not a convention of the Republican
party. A convention of the Republican party is a convention that the major'ty
of which is elected by the people and not appointed by a moribund national
committee.
"I am for a convention In which sit the men elected by the States of Wash?
ington and Arizona, and not the men appointed from Washington and Arizona
by the defunct bosses of other States. 1 hold that this Is no case of a factional
fight. The time has come now when we must assert absolutely the right of
the people to run the national convention, to have their own representatives
put In the convention. 1 see that it was held to-day that of these contested
delegates all were to vote on one another's cases on the ground of precedent.
The argument In favor of that precedent Is of the type of the argument made
by a clever corporation lawyer when advising a corporation how to keep within
a law and yet do what the law Intended to forbid. This kind of bud faith
vitiates any proposition. Fraud destroys any contract."
Edward C. Carrlngton, of Maryland, a member of the credentials commit?
tee, described the proceedings preceding the walk-out.
Would Not Disgrace His State.
"The Taft manager of the committee sought at the outset to apply the gag
rule." he said, "and I refused to disgrace the State of1 Maryland by sitting
longer with the committee."
The proposed adoption of a rule limiting argument of contested election
cases before the credentials committee to five minutes for district rases and
ten minutes for State cases precipitated the bolt. After the return of the
Roosevelt members an amendment was Introduced making the limit of tlrr.o
on State cases thirty minutes for each side and for district cases fifteen minutes.
After adjournment Chairman Divine declared the committee would take
up the. contests to-morrow morning and finish them as rapidly as possible In
their regular order.
The Roosevelt members of the credentials committee, acting under the spe
(Continued on Ninth Page.*
THEODORE ROOSEVELT.
LONG EXPECTED
CRASH HAS COME
Roosevelt Will Go No
Further in His Futile
Fight.
CERTAIN TO LEAD
INDEPENDENTS
I All Contests Withdrawn From
Committee on Credentials, as
Forerunner of. More Drastic
Action to Come in Conven?
tion To-Day or Friday.
Taft People Exultant.
f'hirncn. >'?di> IP.?Thr long-expected
crash !o thr Repuhllrnii ranks came
to-rtsrht. The Roosevelt forces, acting,
they ?old, uniler the peraonnl direction
of the Colonel himself, began to lay
their plann for Independent action in
the Vntlon.il Republican Convention.
Am a forerunner of the more drastic
action expected In Ihr convention to?
morrow or Friday, the rtooae.velt inem
bera of the committee on credentials!
?Itbdrew from thnt body to-night
withdrew in person and, in effect, wlth
drew nil of tbc Kooarvelt contests,
which bad been scaled down from l>
to TS.
Colonel Roosevelt to-nlgbt was in
the midst of a scrle? of exciting can.
fercnees, and nan busy figuring on the
loyal delegates whom he could expect
to carry Trltb hlrn out of the conven?
tion, or rather Into a separate conven?
tion on the Coliseum floor. In rnac the
decision ia reached.
People who talked with the Colonel
to-night declared there win no longer
any doubt an to hin nttltude. Con?
vinced that the credentials committee
waa agulpst him and would retain the
contested Taft delegate* |n their aeats,
Colonel Roosevelt decided to go no
further with bin futile fight In the
regular convention.
ills Position Clear.
The Colonel would not Issue a for?
mal statement as to Ills warlike inten?
tions early In the evening, but was
said to have, made his position clear to
his followers.
Some of the conferences at his head
Quarters were exciting.
Senator Borah, of Idaho, it was re?
ported, declared as he left the Roose?
velt rooms that he would not bolt.
Tho Missouri delegation in the con?
vention held a caucus to-night for the
purpose, It was reported, of formnlly
launching a boom for Governor Had
lty for President. "Phe remarkabl
demonstration given the Missouri exe
.(Continued, pn Tenth Pago.i_
Declares Intention of
Placing Double Set of
Candidates in Every
State of Union.
NO LONGER ANY
DOUBT AS TO HIS
ULTIMATE ACTION
Word "Bolt" Is Avoided, but
When Contested Delegates
Are Seated, Colonel's Follow?
ers Propose to Withdraw From
Convention and Hold One of
Their Own in Same Room.
Authorities Prepare for Trou?
ble, and Declare No Such Pro?
ceedings Will Be Permitted,
Even if Police Are Needed tc
Stop Disturbers.
ROBERT LA FOMXTTE,
I
Chicago, June 19.?Talk of a definite rupture in the Republican
National Convention was insistent to-night in tlie Roosevelt camp.
Reports of this nature were repeated with such frequency as to lend
color to the belief of many that they were well grounded. The use
of the term "bolt," however, was avoided carefully by supporters
of the ex-President, whose contention is that, should there be a final
break, they, and not their opponents, will constitute the genuine
Republican convention.
According to these unofficial statements the Roosevelt program
will be this: Should the credentials committee uphold the temporary
roll adopted by the national committee, and the convention in turn
accept the report of the crdentials committee, thereby finally seat?
ing the delegates whom Colonel Roosevelt asserts to have been fraud?
ulently placed on the temporary roll, those of the ex-President's ad?
herents who arc willing to stand with him through thick and thin,
will withdraw from the convention on the instant. The plan as
talked of does not contemplate withdrawal of the Roosevelt dele?
gates from the Coliseum, but the holding of a double-headed con?
vention in the same hall. As soon as word of the final break is
flashed to Colonel'Roosevelt over his private wire, it is said, he will
he whirled by automobile to the convention hall to lead the fight in
person. It was regarded as prohable that the Colonel would not:
go to the convention except under such circumstances. Colonel
Roosevelt was said to-day to have procured enough tickets to the
Coliseum to admit him and the members of his immediate party.
These tickets, however, would admit him merely as a spectator
Authorities Prepared to Checkmate Plan.
Reports of this plan reached the cars of the authorities in
charge of the convention, who said to-night that under no circum?
stances would they permit the holding of two conventions simul?
taneously in tlie Coliseum. The building, they said, was in control
of the organization selected by the convention, which would pre?
serve order, even to the point of calling upon the police to eject
delegates, alternates or spectator^ who declined to recognize the
authority of the chair.
It was explained that the rupture would colne, if at all. after
the vote on seating the contested delegates rather than on the vote
for presidential nominees, because the Roosevelt faction, by awaiting
the final vote, would be placed in the position of having acted in
conjunction with delegates who. they contend, were chosen fraudu?
lently, and of having broken away because they were beaten. Col?
onel Roosevelt has said all along, it was pointed out, that he was
making his fight for a principle, and not for any man, even himself,
and that he had stated in his speech of Monday night that he would
not accept under any circumstances a vote to scat delegates whose
scats are disputed, even in his own favor.
In an interview with Governor Dencen, Colonel Roosevelt told
the Governor in the presence of William Allen White, of Kansas,
that should the convention seat these delegates in question he would
withdraw from any connection with the convention, and that two
Republican candidates for President would be nominated, with two
Republican candidate- i"r Governor in every Slate in the Union,
with two Republican candidates for Congress in each district and
two Republican candidates for every other office.
Certain to Walk Out of Convention.
"Make no mistake." he told the Governor. "If these fraud?
ulent delegates are seated we shall walk out 'of the convention,
but not out of the hall."
Will Go Down With Colors Flying.
Colonel Roosevelt's view of his position i- known to be that,
should he head an independent ticket, he might have a fighting
chance to win. at the same time realizing that he is inviting per?
sonal disaster. He believes, however, that it would be a fight worth
majcing, and that it would be better for him to go down to defeat
with colors flying than to submit to being overruled by the aid of
votes which he said would be fraudulent.
The former President is said to be of the opinion that he could
take with him the support of a majority of Republicans outside of
the extreme Eastern States and increase his strength by substantial
accessions from the Democratic party.
Some of the Roosevelt delegates were said to be already tug?
ging at the leash. The California and Pennsylvania delegates, ac?
cording to the reports, in the Roosevelt camp, were in favor of a
break yesterday when Colonel Roosevelt met with his first reverse.
It was deemed wiser, however, to await the convention's final rilling
up on contested delegates before taking i ncisive action. While it was
said that Roosevelt supporters might not break away in case some
of the less conspicuous groups of contested delegates were seated;
la final vote in favor of the contested delegates against which Colonel
(Continued on, Ninth Page..),

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