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.THE 'ARGUS, WEHXEDAY. APRIL,' 1908. .. . .
, Character Study of Ohio's free-for-all Statesman Who Is
a Candidate For the Presidency--Witty, Magnetic,
1 Full of Vim and Courage One of , the Quickest
' Men at Repartee In Public Life.
By JAMES A. EDCERTON. i
IKE ALARM- FORAKER they
U IUV AW
paraphrase "The Ilea then Col-
. nee"-- .
Fire Alarm was Ms name, '
:i And I will not deny .,'
In regard to that tame
"What that name might Imply, .
' , For ho always . waa , mixed 'in a ' "
" And would fight at the bat of an
... , eye.- - V- ,.-.'.
' Foraker learned to fight first and to
talk and walk afterward. TTo hnn luen
nrnctielnir with a rhptnrfr.ni r.unh!n 1
bag ever since. He is the free-for-all I
statesman. Nothing so delights hla
soul as.fitrnratlvelv. to Mark an ovivor '
break a head. Ills weaDon Is not the
big stick or the "spear that knows no
brother." but a pair of bare knuckles
or a Iloman short sword. .Inasmuch as
the laws of a soft and conventional
civilization, bar the literal use of such
amiable implements, the Ohio senator
substitutes red fire and a brass band,
supplemented by rhetorical skyrockets
and .adjectives that go off like fire
crackers. His first campaign for gov
ernor of Ohio had the allitcratLvc shib
boleth of "vim, vigor and victory."
The Democrats cut oft, the last word
and used it in their celebration the day
after election. , Two years later. For
aker, took it back again in a fight with
the same man for the same office.
That was about the most spectacular
campaign in Ohio politics. Governor
Hoadly was the Democratic candidate
for re-election, and Foraker challenged
him to a Joint debate. Hoadly was a
strong lawyer and a brilliant speaker,
but was noted for making mistakes in
his statements, one of which cost him
He paid that the Republican party
had degenerated and to prove It men
tioned a number of Republican leaders
who had died Democrats. Ambng these
ho named Salmon P. Chase and Hor
ace Greeley and Inadvertently included
"Another Hoadly mistake!" thunder
ed Foraker when it caiue his. turn to
speak. Then, advancing to the front of
the platform, he said: . ,
"Governor Hoadly has given to me
surprising information. He has told
me that Lincoln died a Democrat. I
want to tell you that tho mistake he
made was that Lincoln died by - the
hand of a Democrat.
From' that moment the crowd be
longed to Foraker, and it is said the
incident eo caught the popular ear that
It elcct&l him governor.
A Snappy Response.
It was daring bis gubernatorial term
that Foraker made himself the Idol of
a section of his party by his response to
President Cleveland's order for return
ing the Confederate battleflags. : This
response fairly snapped: v r
. "No rebel flags shall be, surrendered
.while I am governor."
At tho time of the Republican nation
al convention of 18S8 the . young. Ohio
leader was at the very heyday of his
earliest fame. It is an open secret that
he' was offered the nomination for press-
laent Dy tne responsive jeauers uj iuai
SENATOR AND MRS. JOSEPH B. FORAKEK. --iMj
; gathering, but declined because of his dIdate Jn im ,s He probably wouid
loyalty to John. Sherman. He refused j have the candidate anyway, since
to follow the Garfield towpath to the ' genator Hanna died before the conv en
presidency. . I tion, met, but at the time Foraker sfart
The next year, however, "came a , d the fiKht the j83ue wa8 far from be-
fros,a killing frost" - - ' I
Foraker was a candidate for a third
term as governor, and -was. defeated..
This took him. out of politics for many,
years, uerore aejnaae nis re-entry tne the civil war. Foraker, who had en
r star of Wlliam McKinley was' In the listed in' the army .at the age of six
ascendant. v ... .teen, had been -promoted to the grade
The leadership of the president mafc- of first lieutenant and brevet captain,
lng state was not wrested from Fen? Be was serving on the staff of Gen
L f At A . ...
."'w wluloul B name, nowevr, in wuicn
f? WVVTl . " "T7
b3 Part of tho spoils he got the sena-
k. , .....
Ship for one of his partisans. Moreover,
he was given the post of honor of pre
senting McKlnley's name to the nation
al convention. The manner of bringing
Mark Hanna to terms is still told with
relish, by the Forakeritcs of Ohio.
His Victory Over Hanna.
The state convention was held lit
Zahesvllle, and the McKinley cohorts,
V"". the redoubtable Hanna at their
bead, were on the ground awaiting
anxiously Forafcer's next move. For
two J"eara the "FIre Alarm" had made
Hanna Jump sideways with nervous
apprehension, and now that the 'final
battle was about to open the tension
was extreme. On the evening of the
day before the convention-a telegram
was received from Cincinnati that For
aker. was not coming at all, and a
mighty sigh of relief went through the
McKinley camp. When the Cincinnati
train pulled in, however, the first man
off "was Foraker, with the delegates
swarming after him. With a brass
band in front and Foraker In the lead,
they marched up the street, with thou
sands of Forakeritcs lining the. side
walks and cheering their chief as
though lie were the scheduled candi
date instead of the man from Canton.
The procession gave Mark Hanna a
chill. lie immediately sued for peace
and gave Foraker practically every
thing except the presidency.
The steaming In of that fateful loco
motive recalls a campaign song in For-
aker's ill starred fight - against Got
ernor Jim Campbell in 1889. Like most
political poetry, this election lyric was
not remarlyible for its literary quality,
but it 'did bring a yell, and that was
more than an ode from jShelley would
have done with a crowd of party shout
ers. The campaign ditty ran thus:
.'. . See the Campbell-back
Out upon the track
With its heavy load of fraud and tin.
But it's very slow riding - ,
And will have to take the siding
When the Foraker train pulla In.
For a little while it looked as if the
Hanna-McKinley train would have to
take the siding when the Foraker train
palled Into Zanesville.
Another pyrotechnic event in the
Ohio senator's career also involved a
struggle with Hanna. Again the mas
terful . campaign manager got the
worst of it. . Strange as it may seem,
that play was In the Interests of Presi
dent Roosevelt, whom Foraker is now
so bitterly fighting. It was charged
shortly after Roosevelt took office that
Hanna himself was a candidate in 1904.
Foraker decided to smoke hlra out and
used the president to do it with. Start
ing, a Roosevelt' boom, he .demanded
that the Ohio state convention indorse
Roosevelt. . Hanna began ' quietly an
endeavor to sidetrack this,, and Fora
ker kept tb6 matter so hot that Roose
velt was compelled to take" a band In
the game,- Issuing his - famous ' state
ment that he. should regard any man
who opposed the resolution as his ene
my. ' The move forced Hanna to drop
, f h- flhr mndA rtooBovnIt th can.
lng decided.' He was thus the first and
most efficient Roosevelt boomer. v
One striking episode in the career of
theBuckeye senator occurred during
eral Slocuai when it became nece&sary j
for some one to carry a message to
General Sherman- several miles distant
The young Buckeye captain was chosen
for the task and made so difficult and
thrilling a ride that Sherman in later
years referred to It. in a most compli-1
jnentary way and sold it ought to
make Foraker president. But will it? "
v Fight of: His, Life, r j
' Joseph Benson Foraker was bora on
an Ohio farm in 184(1. In 1SC2 be was
acting as a clork In country office
when he ran away to go to the. front
He.was brought. back, but was after
ward allowed to euust. , serving with
distinction till the feud of the war. He
graduated from Cornell university in
1S09 and tho same year was admitted
to the bar, beginning the practice in
Cincinnati. He decided to keep out of
politics, except in speaking campaigns,
declining a nomination to the legisla
ture. In 1S79, . however, he consented
to run for Judge of the superior court,
considering this as in the line of his
profession. After three years' service
on the bench he resigned because of ill
health. In 18S3 he was nominated for
governor "of Ohio, but defeated. Two
years later he ran again and was elect
ed and was re-elected in 1887. When he
ran for. a fourth term in 1889, however,
he was defeated. In 1897 he entered
the United States senate and succeeded
himself in 1903.. Ills term expires next
year, when the Taft supporters say
that he must be eliminated. On that
proposition Foraker is now making the
fight of his life.
The enemies of the Ohio senator, and
they are numerous and earnest, say
that there have been two . Forakers.
One was the young, dashing, public
spirited captain, .judge and governor
who captivated the young Republican's
of the country back In the. eighties.
Then came the transformation. ' Im
bittered by . his . defeat in 1SS9 and
heavily in debt, Foraker deliberately
sold himself to the corporations; so say
his foes. He did this for the double
purpose of raising money to pay bis
debts and of gaining support to keep
himself In politics. Wheu Foraker was
fighting Hanna and McKinley In Ohio,
the Chicago Times-Herald began a, se
ries of first page scare head double lead
ed articles showing him up to the coun
try as a lobbyist. It was the same charge
mude against Grover Cleveland after
he was defeated for re-election In 1888.
The iron entered his soul, said his
critics. He concluded the people were
ingrates and as a consequence made an
alliance with the 'special privileges
both for the purpose of helping his
private fortunes and of giving hint a
further lease of political life. The an
swer by the friends of both men is
that they only resumed the practice of
their profession, that of the law, and If
they were retained by the corporations
It was in tho capacity of attorneys
It is hard sometimes to tell where the
ro'e of attorney leaves off and that of
lobbyist begins.- . . . s
"In the case of Senator Foraker, at
least, one thing; is i certain. Ho Is no
longer in debt. He may not be a mQ
lionaire, ' but he has one of the finest
homes in W ashington, another com
fortable residence on Walnut IIIlls,
Cincinnati, .and plenty of the good
things of this world. : '
.Mrs. Foraker was a schoolmate of
her husband and is a woman of strong
There are few more familiar figures
than Joseph B. Foraker in state and
national conventions.. In his congres
sional biography, which is otherwise
quite modest, he recounts that he "was
chairman of the Republican state con
ventions of Ohio for 1886, 1890, 1S90
and 1900 and a delegate at large from
Ohio to the national Republican con
ventions of 1884, 1888, 1892, 1890, 1900
and 1904; was chairman of the Ohio
delegations of 1884 and 1S88 and pre
sented to both of these conventions the
name of Hon. John Sherman for nomi
nation for the presidency; in 'the con
ventions of 1S92 and 1896 served as
chairman of the committee of resolu
tlons and as such reported the plat
form each time to the convention; pre
sented the name of William McKinley
to the conventions of 1898 and 1900
for nomination to , the presidency.'
There If anybody can beat that for a
convention record, he is entitled to rip
hp the president or the heir apparent If
he feels, like It .
No Question of His Courage.
On the stump the Ohio senator has
few equals." Witty,, magnetic, full of
vim and of fine personal appearance,
he has . earned the title of "Foraker
the Magnificent." In the senate he
has never had access to the ' political
plum tree, yet without this necessary
aid to the small statesman he has held
his devoted followers and has made
himself a worldwide . "ime second to
that of no .member of the United States
Senate. Of his courage there can -be
no question. While most of the sen
ators, are kriown to be In secret oppo
sition to the president, Foraker is the
only one, a least on the majority -side
of the chamber, who has dared to fight
him in the open.- This contest began
on two legislative propositions and one
executive proposition, the rate bill, the
Joint statehood ' of - New Mexico and
Arizona and the dismissal of the negro
soldiers In the Brownsville Incident
The fight has now extended to an on
slaught on Secretary Taft the adminis
tration candidate for the presidency.
Foraker tells a good , story and is
one of the quickest men at repartee in
public life: In a clash with Tillman
one day . he accused the South Caro
linian of being disloyal. -'vTes,"
said Tillman, striking the air
with clinched fist, "I am an old rebel,
and I've never been reconstructed. We
old rebels fought for the Confederate
States ofi America and honor,1 honor,
honor, sir! And yon' Yankees fought
. for $13 a month!. ! - ' :v
' "Tes," said Foraker sadly, while, si
lence filled the senate. "I guess we
both fought for what we needed most"
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