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Roosevelt Wants Nomination, No Matter How He Gets It
WHAT HE WANTS
IS A NOMINATION
,rnn'.l:!"c! Pi o;n First J^tge.)
pie themselves, i went before them.
I made my argument In full: and every
man? was in the open without!
concealment of any kind. Tne opposi?
te n me was extraordlnarly bitter,
for I was opposed by the practically
?olld phalanx of the big. conscience?
less political bosses, with back of
them the practically sciid phalanx of
tiie big. consclenceloss benellclarlos of
Special privilege In every form. and.
01 course, the many big newspapers
which are controlled by or in the In
of sae bosses and special privi?
lege.
Won In Appenl Jo People.
"Nevertheless. In the appeal ? to the
people 1 won. in muny ot the Republi?
can States and of tho Democratic
States where there is a large und real
Republican party, primaries of dit
erent kinds were held, and a substan?
tial oxurcsslon of the will of the peo?
ple was obtained, in these primaries
States some e.uOO.OOO voters, the rank
arid lilc of the Republican party, cast!
their votes. 1 beat Mr. Taft consider?
ably over two to one. In these States 1
obtained about six delegates to Mr.I
Tafts one. Nearly three-fourths of I
my delegates caine from these primary
States, where the people hud a chance
to express themselves. Mr. Taft's
strength, us Indicated by the two roll
calls already taken, consisted chiefly
taslde from his ninety stolen dele?
gates; of the nearly solid delegations
from the Territories and from tho
Southern States in which there is no
real Republican party?South Caro?
lina, Georgia, Florida. Alabama, Ar?
kansas, Mississippi. Louisiana?and of
Northern States like New York where
the people had no char.co to express
themselves at primaries and where- the
delegates were picked by the bosses.
"In spits of these odds against me.
I obtained a clear majority of all the
delegates elected to the convention.
In my campaign 1 said that if the
people decided against me 1 would
have nothing to say; hut if they de?
cided for me, and the politicians then
robbed me of the victory, I rmuld not
silently and tamely acquiesce. It was
already evident that my opponents,
with Mr. Taft's encouagement, intend?
ed to beat me by foul means if they
could not do so by fair means.
In Contempt of Decency,
"Tho crucial, but not tne only step
In the concerted, and hitherto suc?
cessful, eifort to cheat the people out
jf the victory they hud fairly won
ivas taken up by the now defunct r.a
tlonnl committee, which, without one
ihow of justification, an dwith cynical
iontempt of the most ordinary rules
if decency, in making up the tem?
porary roll call, unsestea ninety fair?
ly] ? elected Roosevelt Delegates and
lubstltuted for them ninety Taft dele
rates, who in tho convention repre
'cnl nothing whatever nut successful
raud. 1 wus clearly tntltled to all
hose ninety delegates; all the ninety
>0ssessed, for instance, clearer titles
:han the ur.cor.tcsted Tatt delegates I
trom New York City; und as to sev-I
ec'.y of them, their titles were as
lawless ?.? those of any other dele- J
ei.:-.? 1= ?ie convention,
?ilr. F.oof w?.g elected, a-a Gover
Dtafcen's motion for partially I'
?es?dag -_Lt rc ? <.'. frtui was c<.- ?, ?
Eea&aC, ly t-t ^ste of thei* ninety 11
truudulcni C ?legst?*, the last being i
::t tt l ?:.-t.gf.t rr-ora". -?sue, i
reed. -.: which, la my ,'udgme.nt. '
at:?t.-. rtr.-dt-r it Impossible for anyJi
is*.-., jr. :.r<: -. take paffln the pre)Ce< I- i
s:.f! t-f tr.e Convention ti now con- ' l
r.'.:ts?_ The rr.c;<::;y '.r. each case1:
*xi e'.-fhtly o?<r fifty. In ?.i:her':
therefore; it It had not been for 11
tie tsu-i o{ the successful raecsllty 1
vh:-.h placed these fraiuitnt delegates i
on -.h* roll tad permitted them to '
ro:?. the cause of derer.cy would have
= . 11.-. M-.-Govern would have t.c-n ?
?'t-a?i In place ot Mr. Root. Cover- ,
er I't^eer.? motion would have pre- |
vtj:?4. and the P."pu..iCa.n National,
Convention would, now have been ex?
ercising In goA ""r-nltjL the high, hon-!:
prahl*. lrr.7or*Lr.r'"'.'"unction of h?nestl),
representing the wishes, the judgment
ar.i the Interest of the plain people
who n.skc up thVm&ss of the Re! il
J'.ctn party. Instead, it now re;:..-. ,
b'-r.-.s nothing but successful political'
fraud perpetrated in the Interest of
political and financial privilege.
Dental nf Justice.
"I understand that Mr. Root has an?
nounced that no one. of tho stolen dele- ,
gates will 'be allowed to vote on his ?
own case, but that all will be ailow^d
to vote on one another's cases. S?i
a ruling is a sheer denial of justice '
and fair play. This case bears no '
analogy to ordinary eases, where con- I
testli.g d< legates have no connection I
with ore another, and whore there- la
no general conspiracy which must be
considered as u whole.
"All those ninety fraudulent dele- !
gates wete seated at the same time y
the votes of the some natlona com
mltteemen to serve the same purpose.
The credentials committee, appointed to
try their cases, includes three Of their |
own number from the States of W; ei.
Ir.gtoi,. Arizona and Texas, where the
delegations were stolen en masse This I
committee selected as Its chairman .
the Guggenheim delegate from Col?
orado, who had already as national
corr.mlttccman assisted In initiating
the very frauds upon which he Is now
to sit In judgment.
"Nothing that this committee may '
do is entitled to consideration, and
in considering what they do It will
be well to keep In mind the remark
made in private by one ,.f th.
t.vr.e.J ".njiilun-iuin, who, when ask' !
why they had stolen so many more
de'.erates than Were needed for their
purpose, answered that it would enable
tne credentials committee t<i make .,
show of generosity by unseating soini
While retaining a number amply .- it!:
elent to accomplish all the ends they
tu? in view
"Moreover, It Is well to remember
that th* fraud In equally gnat and
equally reprehensible whcthci Ihi
fraudulent delegates actually vote on
the nomination for President pi
whether they ere merely used to
create a situation which renders' it un?
necessary Jot them to vote on ? the
lominat'.on for President, If thi. roll
Is not purged tn massi o< these fra i
ulent delegates the who)* action -of
the convention Is tainted,
"The committee on t .ile.s ha., nitninst
the protest of the f,;...r., ..., ?.. ml. -
provided for tho perpetration of the
national committee In the form respon?
sible for the scandalous outrages which
have ?t this mon.e; t '? : .,-;gbt il-.e i;.
publican party to th< breaking i .
end they have explicitly refused lo
recognise the principle <.f populi i
presidential primaries, and have made
the national commltt-- supreme -r
the people Ir. the matt, i of primaries,
Fear Derisive Step.
?i.'nfortuhately,' In our political life
th* unscrupulous man \wiio commits
Flashlight Picture of Republican Convention in Session]
nrrongl such as these car. usually count
upon Slaving oorne respectable men
support hint i--r.d other respectable men
>ppose him. but cease their oppos'tlon
it the point when it would become real?
ly effective. In this convention the
unscrupulous men who are the lead?
ers, have already received support
from the former class of respectable
?tier, end ...ey count upon seeing rep
? i ntatlves o* the latter class, who
liave hitherto voted against them, fear
to take the decisive step of sundering
connection with the fraudulent con?
vention itself.
"Such are the facts about the na?
tional convention as now constituted. I
Sec] ? any ;or.-*T to be bound to any
action it may take. I decline to re?
gal ': binding any nomination it may .
rht-ke. I do not regard successful '
fr;.\d and deliberate political theft as 1
constituting a title to party regularity, ]
or a, claim, to the support of any hon
tst man of ?.r.y j zui". I hope that J
the honestly '.-i.eited majority will at .
onco Insist JpCfi the Immediate purg
log of t-t- roll Its entirety, and not :
Piecemeal by the convention. If this I
purging is r.<.'. accomplished I hope the)
honestly eleiltd delegates will de- ?
clir.e all further connection with a j
convention whose action is now deter- j
mined ir.d has hitherto been deter-'
mined, by a ro'ejorlty which is made J
a majority only by the action of the j
fraudulent Qfc!t?i.tts whom the con- j
vention has Refused to strike from the t
"If the Itsdert of the honestly elected
majorltj disagree war. m* In this mat?
ter and w:j?i for any c&'jse to defer for
the mow ?? I li action, then I most
earnestly hope that at least they m-M
insist upon vdt ( <.? thi of these
fraudulent i egatet ?' bio / and. not
separately. We cannot afford to par?
don "a thief on condition that he sur-.
renders half the! stolen goods
ii. Will K'.vpl.
the convention i.hoo*< to proceed with
.- r.-.-s fend to .'.o.t.lr.t'.e rce *? lb*
'?' '?">'? KfpuWIcan party
I shall accept If v/rn* among them
tear to take * ir:. i. ?tund. ar,d ti* tt
?
ment to nominate W)t 'or >-?;?- ;/)??> di >
? on t progressiv* e . ?
theft, dr.slfe me to lead t'r.
a '.? ?t .
vided only thai ? -
dulj tti the tor** r/j i . -
make rey *:.:,/::il
Kant S i '! " '? 31 . ?
gladly . ?
?'!/>*? ?t/t?
the ( r.<
Company id
plann f-.r lh
eo,ii pier ?'?'
volving '
Bfia,
EVERY MAN IS LEADER;
NONE HAS FOLLOWERS
"(Continued From First Page.)_t
BVered brows and asked each other
'hat It was all About, anyhow
Hatting Averages HIgb.
It wasn't necessary tor a story to be
rue. A circumstantial narrative de
reclated the worth of It about 90 per
ent. All that a story needed was to
c told, and Inaantly it was flying up
nd down the corridor* and through
he lobbies and hither and yon on the
treet, embroidered and frilled by each
ergon who handled it and imparted
ach time as the real stuff. The bat?
ing averages of these players In the
". ibdub I^eagtio was 1 GOO each. They
lads a hit every time they came to
he bat. and they were constantly ? at
?'.
Yf -.r.- r - t r.'.r.ierstorm happened
long late In the afternoon, but nobody
Otlced it. They thought the thunder
ras the deep bass roar of the California
??legation, which makes the terrifying
r.:? at that if Roosevelt Isn't nominated j
California will secede from the Union ;
nd take toe fair out to some beautiful .
lie Of the sea. Just to get even.
It Wasn't a good day for Colonel
loosevelt. Early In the morning?in
eea, late the night before?it Lad been
nnounced he wai about to bolt, and he
?? ipled that Imminent and Interesting
t>i lion In the yarns told all day long.
? ' - rowds seemed to think his hoit
: would take the form of a high diva
rdm his window on the corner of iho
*rsrd.and Congress Street Into the
??? .'.jr mass of people below, and
raited patiently and expectantly to!
bserve his daring descent. Others'
thought It was his Intention to so tip '
In a balloon and ?!>? a parnehuto ar.t. i
defving the :,atloiml committee as he 1
come down, but it w h pointed out that
the Roosevelt folks were tip In the sir.!
anyhow, and not more than seven out I
of t-n believed this,
There were no rei is of the flay. AIM
results \ve:e gross, to say nothing of
crass, and when the last highball was:
drunk and the last rumor was stilled,
the situation, which had been Inflated
? nd deflated B.000,1 0 times, was still a
situation, and that Is all that can be
said of it.
The favorite line of talk was com?
promise. It secme'l to those present
that a compromise was necessary.
Nobody eared what sort of a compro?
mise, but all Infilled on some kind.
The Ifadley men thought the only com?
promise that would be acceptable was
p. compromise on lladley. Hughes had
his compromise for es, but when the
day was done me i of the gentlemen
mentioned were mpromlsed instead
of compromises.
The Insanity wa? highly contagious,
but not everybody .aught It. There
were a few snno [ifrsons who Insisted
this convention can do nothing el30
than nominate Taft, holding the -Mew
thai Inasmuch as II has been clear?
ly proved this In -i Tuft convention;
that. Taft men an In control?or men
who pose as Taft men?they must go
ahead and name Taft, or lose every?
thing they hav< ' en fighting for.
They said the main object of the meet?
ing had been to heat Roosevelt, and
they pointed with more or less prl^e
A TAB! DELEGATION
i.Coq.yntrtit, Awci Kaa Pres? <A?6'n.)
to the fact that Roosevelt Is beaten.
They said that *ts Taft was clearly
the winner. It Is the duty of the Tuft
?vinners to win with Tuft, and not
put up somebody elso. Argument was
made that to name Taft Is to lose,
but there Is a group of men who will
have a lot to say In the further pro?
ceedings of this convention who fa?
vor orderly procedure and regularity.
It was pointed out by these men that
in all well regulated drownings the
victim goes down thrco times, and
they were of the opinion that if they
were going to drown anyhow \* No?
vember It would be well to drown In
the accepted manner, decently and in
order.
Moreover, it was pointed out that t"
name it half or three-quarters radical
or progressive on the kind of platform
this convention will probably adopt
was to go before the people with a
ticket that will be laughed at. These
sane men Insisted that ll'.e present Is
the closed season for fooling the peo?
ple, and that It In far better to put
up Taft, make his campaign take what
Is coming, thus preserving tho regu?
larities, than to grab a hybrid ticket
and take what Is coming, which. In
either event, is felt will bo amply
suflleient to suit the most fastidious.
"What can be done?" they asked,
after listening to the shoute of Cum?
mins and Borah and Hughes ,vid Had
ley and I* V. Sherman and sucS others
as had I'mped into the limelight. Tho
answer that was returned invariubly
watt. "Not n durned thing."
Taft Im HrnpUed.
Far be it from any person to assert
there is any warm desire on the part
of the Taft men to nominate th?lr
Idol, Taft, and subject him to tho
strain of nnotber campaign. Tho true
mnrk of an ardent Taft manager is
that he despises Taft, hut there is
the Grand Old Party, and tho grand
old politicians of the Grand Old party,
and the grand old personal interests
of the grand old politicians of the
Grand Old Party and the organiution,
and all that.
Further, It would be hideous to
repudiate a Republican administration
in this way, especially as, to their
gratified astonishment, the Tuft lend?
ers nre In control. Tho Taft leaders
are riot-.heinous. Nobody can say
that of them. They may be cold-footed,
but they nre not heinous. Hence, Mr.
Taft ruled firm to strong throughout
the finy. As to conferences, there were
2C7 483 conferences within the twenty
four hours, Including those held nt the
various bars. Tho conclusion at tho
end of eoch conference was that ench
conference was Inconclusive. So far
as the totals were concerned. the
Roosevelt conferences were In greatest
numbers, which Is not romnrkablo, in?
asmuch ?s the Roosevelt leaders had
most to talk about and, without doubt,
better talking facilities.
Still, the others conferred frequent?
ly enough for all purposes, and so
many lines of procedure were laid out
that no one was able to proceed. In
Hecd, the entire assembly spent Its
time In giving Imitations of the
gyroscope, which spins on Its own
axis unceasingly, emitting loud, buss?
ing, or purring noises, which In hotel
lobbies and political headquarters in
this exciting time, passes for wisdom
and Information.
Some of the delegates to this
convention passed uncomfortable,
shivery hours contemplating the prrm
Ts tho ally of Richmond in the hnbit
of giving anvay franphlsts .blindfold?
The electric light and power fmwhlso
sought to iye Janvmed through the Com?
mon Council TO-NTGHT has novftr
Jibern ?published, and NfRV-ER Y1ET
OiiEEN READ BEFORE THJE COUNCIL.
pect of bolting with the Colonel when
he Issued his clarion call. Home of
them had bolted before. and they |
Knew what it meant. Before the
patriots arose the memories of Frei
Dubols and Henry Teller and I'ottl
I grew and Charley Towne, and others
who bolted In lssc, and have rarely
cm irged from the high grass since
that lime. A bolt is like a small
pair In a big game. It may serve u
useful purpose In bluffing for a time,
but It is of little value when called.
They love the Colonel, but, gee whiz,
I u man cannot bo expected to sacrltlce
all his political prospects for the
Colonel even when complicated with
a cause. A good many decided not
to bolt, to turn a deaf ear to the
clarion call, to sit llrmly in their seats
when the cry came to brat It to the
other hall. ?
Not so, Johnson and Francis J.
Henny, of California, not so wltn
them. They bolted every twenty
minutes by tho clock, bolted, robolt
ed and were unbolted and a pleasant
time was had at the California head?
quarters.
There was one consensus of opllon,!
only one. Not another consensus was
working. This one was that Colonel'
Roosevelt did himself no good and con?
siderable barm by loping into the city
last .Sunday, and would be in better
case had he spent those days In chop?
ping down trees at Oyster Bay. More?
over, it is now apparent that the Col?
onel's strategy board was off watch
early. Ills mistnko was to allow the
question Of selecting Mr. Root us
temporary chairman to go to n vote
at all. That was tho time to bolt, for
biforo the convention Roosevelt's posl
t on as to regularity wan as good as
Tuft's position. Inasmuch as no con
vnntlon, had been organized. Once
IC'?ot was elected and Die convention
organized and in control of the Taft
men. Taft was regular and anything
Roosevelt could do was bound to lie
irregular.
However, what Is a Uttlo Irregu?
larity among friends? These uro
epochal times. Indeed, the times are
epochlng regularly six to tho hour.
Still, it must be remembered that this
convention in itself does not neces?
sarily mean chaos worth while will
e:ty>.e. It Is not the end of things.
There will be another election day next
November, and the Old Guard, having
n slender hold, Intend to do what
Stents .advisable, which, <is this Is
written, means no more Taft pending
that contingency.
And to all and sundry thts bit of
political wisdom Is extended: It Is
easy to stampede the galleries, but
the galleries have few. If any, votes
among the delegates. Tho steam roller
is still working at the olo stand. Like?
wise tho aforesaid delegates.
GBNRBAI, BRAGG DF.AD.
First to t'se F.xpresslon, "We Love
Him for tbe Enemies He Has Made."
Fond Du Lac, Wis.. June 20_Gen?
eral Rdward S. Bragg, commander of
the famous Irish Brigade dur'ng the
Civil war. and former Congressman,
died this afternoon. General Bragg
served in diplomatic positions in Mex?
ico. Cuba and China.
General Bragg. aged eighty-five,
had been In feebio health for a num?
ber of years. ? He served several terms
In Congress as n Democrat from Wis?
consin. General Bragg gained consid?
erable fnme in the National Demo?
cratic Convention of 1884 when, In sec?
onding tho nomination of ('.rover
Cleveland, he used the expression: 'We
lovo him 4for the svnemjes die has
made," *
Members of Both Factions
Camped About Convention
Hall in Chicago.
FLEGENHEIMER TO THE SCENE
Tciegram From Party Lea.lers
Called Commissioner to
Firing Line.
The long arm of ihn Republican
party reached out from Chicago yes
I terday uftcrnoon and summoned to
Its councils, po?t baste. United Stales
Commissioner Melvln Flegcnhelmer.
The commissioner hoarded a westboard
train late yesterday afternoon and will
I be on hiind to lake part In the do
t liberations at Chicago early to-night.
The summons came in the form of a
'telegram from tho Virginia Republ?
ican organization, and gave no Inkling
, of the tdtuntlon which demands Mr.
i I-'legenhelmer's presence. It merely
1 asked him to stand not upon the ordetr
of his coming, b it to come at once.
With Republican affairs fast ap?
proaching a climax In Chicago tho
sudden departure of Mr. Flegcnheltricr
for the firing line was the subject yes?
terday of much political gossip. As
alternate delegate from the Third Dis?
trict and city chairman of the Re?
publican party In Richmond, he stands
high in the councils of the party, and
Is probably n.led to help clarify the
political situation of his district.
One effect of Mr. Flegenhclmer's
eleventh-hour summons haK been to
'revive Hie seemingly moribund Third
District contest.
In the event that the convention
committee .on credentials, which Is
still engaged upon its labors, decides
to-day to give the contesting factions
j of the Third District of Virginia n
new und full hearing. Mr. Klegen
helmer will fit In nicely t? tell the
committee what happened at Relvldeie
Hall. Republicans wtfb ke?p their
ears close lo the stamping grounds
mild yesterday that such a contest,
while unlikely, Is entirely within the
rnnge of possibility, depending largely
Upon the developments of the next few
hours. There was no conceivable rea?
son for Mr. Flegenhelmer's preneneo.
they said, other than to give testimony
touching the Third District contest.
TEXAS F ?mTl IE S
IN FATAL FEUD
Sherman, Tex.. June 2".?In a feud
battle between the Sharp and Waldrop
families at Terry's Ranch, near here
thin afternoon, four persons Were kill?
ed, and two wounded. Before she ? .1
Muin. Misi Georgia .Sharp killed one
man and wounded another mutt and
his w fe.
Tl;e buttlo began when the Sharp
family, consisting of Miss Georgia
Sharp, her father. E. \V. Sharp, ai>J
her mother. Walter, passed the home
of the Waldrops.
Apparently both sides b*-gan tiring
simultaneously.
Henry Waldrop killed Walter Sharp
and his father. As they fell. MI'S
I Georgia Shurp seised her father's
smoking magazine rille und took up
the battle. She killed Russell Wal
? drop, then shot his parents. Prone on
ti.e ground. Henry Waldrop returned
the lire and shot Mas Sharp. Sbo
died almost Instantly.
To-day's battle was the culmination
of a long-standing dispute between
the two families.
fatten sails fur Europe.
New York, June 20.?lames A. Pat?
ten, the Chicago wheat king, sailed
to-day on the Celtic for a three
months' vacation on the Continent. It
was Mr. Patten's ..pinion that Jus?
tice Hughes Is the only man for the
Republicans to nominate for Tres'
dent.
Mutiny of Chinese Troops.
Pek:n. June 20.?a report reached
here to-day that the Chinese troops at
Mukden mutinied last night and com?
milted many acts of outlawry. Many
natives were killed and hundreds of
i houses burned. Many stores were first
J looted and then fired. Foreigners were,
not harmed.
Killed In Auto Collision.
File, Pa.. June 20. ? In an automobllii
j collision to-night John McDonald, aged
i twenty-six, was killed; Harr'son
Reed, aged thirty-five, son of <'. N.
I Reed, a millionaire, was fatally In
! lured, and two young women, Miss
I Mary Galloway and Miss Blanche E.
Dawley, were seriously hurt.
American Golfers Ellmluated.
Eondon. June 20.?The American
golfers, J. G. Anderson, of Massachu?
setts, and John J. McDermott, of New
ing rounds for the open golf chant?
ing rounds for the open golf chom
pionshlp to-day. The wind was ex
I tremely troublesome and the Ameri?
cans seemed entirely out of stroke.
GAME OF POLITICS
' TIRES VIRGINIANS
Long-Drawn-Out Battle Makes
? Members of Delegation
Weary.
(Rpeclal to The Times-Dispatch ]
Chicago. Ill . June 10.?The members of th?
Virginia delegation to-day and to-night In?
dicated that they have had enough politic*,
or rather national convention politics, to
last them for some time. They are not in
grouchy mood, but tho long-drawn out bnt.
tie has made them weary temporarily of ths
game of politics as It !> fought out In
national conventions.
Hon. GeorKe A. Itevcrcomb. of Covlngton.
who Is a delegate, will return homo to-mor?
row, and M. C. rtnodwln. on alternate, will
tako his place in the convention.
Tho aoalal aide oT the convention la ap?
pealing to mem be ra of the cfelegation. nnd
dinner parties and theatre engagement8 arn
sandwiched In whore they will fit best. All
the membors of tho delegation were guosu
of <\ D. Stamp ?t the American League
Rnsehall Park on Monday afternoon when
the Boston Bed Snx defeated Comlneky's
WhltO Sox. They nil hnd a pleasant outing,
nnfl along with W> per cent, of, the groat
crowd of 20,000 wero foo'led Into believing,
for a time, thnt the man who smiled nnd
showed hl? teeth like Teddy was tho real
Teddy. N'nt until tho pre?? box ?ent a re-?
porter to Investigate as to tho man's Ident?
ity was tho mystcryiclcarcd, Teddy's doubl?
Is frem Maiaachusatts,

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