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fTHE aitGUS, SATURDAY, MAY-2. 1908.
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i Wisconsin'slifig Senator
t La Follette, a Presidential Candidate, Who - Has Stirred Up
the Public Conscience and Means Business Resolute
Foe of Trusts, and Political Grafting.
I Brainy Orator and No Trifler. ' . ' "
r By JAMES A. EDGERTON.
IP the American people si.ro looking
for a man v. ho w ill not only carry
' out the Roosevelt policies, but will
. go the wlelder of the big stick one
better, they can find the inn a In Sena
tor' Robert 51. La Follette of Wiscon
sin. La Follette has been fighting the
railroads, the political Losses and the
corporation tax dodgers for more than
fifteen years, lie is an ardent advocate
of , all the president's measures and
Bome others. He kept fighting until ha
whipped the trusts, the grafters and
the political corruption ists In Wiscon
sin, and his friends think be has the
ability and the staying power to re
peat the performance in the nation.
La Follette is of presidential size
even though he Is only five foot four.
Any man who can tie himself to a
great principle and remain then- for a
lifetime has in him the staff of which
leaders are made. No man is fit to lead
others until he himself can follow
truth. The idea for which the Wiscon
sin man has stood is that of taking the
government out of the hands of the
selfish interests that have seized it and
of placing It again in the hands of the
people, iwhere it belongs. He has dared
to stand for that Idea unswervingly, to
advocate It by voice and by act, and
when the American people get ready
to scourge the thieves from the temple
and to reclaim their rights they will
not forget men like La Follette.
If the voters of this country will
that produced a Coligny in the old
world and that gave so many sturdy
pioneers to the new. Young La Fol
lette spent his boyhood on a farm; but
entered college in 1874. As his father
was dead and his mother. In compara
tive poverty, .this was no easy task.
The problem was solved In a charac
teristic manner. Taking all the money
he could scrape 'together, the young
man bought the college paper," which
then was not paying. To It he- devoted
so much energy and ability x that he
made it carry him : through a four
years' course and keep. his mother and
family besides. Despite all the time
he devoted to the paper, he kept np in
his studies and won the championship
in an interstate oratorical contest.
Did Much In Four Years.
The same determination-which en
abled the man to make assault after
assault until he finally defeated the
railroads and the machine In Wiscon
sin rendered it possible for the boy to
make his way. keep hla mother, edit a
paper, carry on his studies and win a
college, state and interstate oratorical
championship all in the brief space of
four years. The world presents a for
midable front to all comers." Robert
M. La Follette armored himself with
will and overcame it in many battles.
No sooner was La Follette admitted
to the bar than he was elected district
attorney of Dane county, a position
which he held four years, after which
he went to congress, where be served
.SENATOR ROBERT M. LA FOLLETTE.
elect to the presidency, a servant of
the selfish interests rather than one of
their own tried and true-friends,; they
need expect nothing better tnan a con
tinuation of corporation- rule and foo
lery. . ' ' :., ' '.. " '
v Worked For, the People. '
If they desire, however,-the services
of one who will work for" them rather
than for their -enemies, why" not take
one who has worked ' for tiiom and
against then enemies' In the pa.-t ? . .."
The representatives of predatory In
terests In the United States senate
tried to haze La Follette. That should
be a very high recommendation for
him In the eyes of the honest people of
the land. The surest sign of a man's
political virtue Is to have a hue and
cry raised against him by the "preds."
1 That name of "pred," which I be
lieve to be original, Is submitted aa a
proper designation for those who de
sert their country to serve the trusts.
It is a shorter and not so ugly a word
as traitor or renegade,- appellations
which are liable to; come Into use un
less some more polite substitute of this
sort is adopted. " "Fred" could be made
to apply both to the trust and the trust
agent, to the briber, the bribed and the
' "yellow ; dog" go-between. The big
criminal who manages to keep "but of
. Jail,' the grafter who poses as respect-
able, the lobbyist who pretends to be
. art attorney and the machine boss who
serves his own pocket could all be
known as "preds." ;'The name, like
chaflty, would thus cover many sfns.
Senator La Follette's life has been
devoted to a batUe with the "preds."
The have learned to hate him" because
he whips , them. When the trust or-
gans adopt an Indulgent and tolerant
J attitude toward a reformer you may
sure It is because they can either
buy- him or beftthlm. ' They can do
neither with La " Follette, . hence" the
vituperation. . - ; - ; ;k "
;' " Robert Marlon La Follette was born
near Madison. Wis., in 1855. Ifo comes
from the- French 'Huguenots, the sect
until 1890. During his last term be
was on the ways and means committee
and helped frame the McKinley bill.
For his part In that piece of legislation
he went down under the Democratic
tidal wave of 1890 and remained down
for several years. The next time be
started not with the machine, but
against it and has gone much further
to the front than he did before. His
successive battles with the railroads
and politicians form a story of intense
interest It Is told with the hope that
it may stimulate others to make the
same sort of war on the selfish inter
ests in other states, "i
The contest began in 1894. In that
year -La Follette entered the lists for
Nils' Hagen, the antimachlne candi
date, for governor. ' In the Dane county
primaries the first districts all went
against La Follette. This continued
until nearly half of the county had
been heard from, and he had not a
single delegate. To win he had to car
ry all the rest of the districts. His
lieutenants were In despair and pro
posed giving up the fight
"Gentlemen," said La Follette, "you
can- do as yon please, but I'm going to
carry all the . remaining primaries In
Dane county If I have to crawl to them
on my knees."
He did carry "them. He was Han
gen's chief lieutenant on the floor and.
though not successful, . prepared the
way for future fights. ,
From 189G to 1899 La Follette suf
fered from a malady that kept him In
bed a large portion, of the time. De
spite this fact, he organized victory dur
ing those very years. la 1898 he was
a candidate for the nomination for gov
ernor.' The politicians beat htm. but he
forced them to place In the platform his
pet plank of . a primary election lav.
The lobby shamelessly, defeated this in
the succeeding legislature, , , ..
. Refused a Flattering Offer.
Lai Follette was now-; at about the
lowest polnf '. In his career.; Sick, de
feated, In debt and with his law prac
tice neglected and dissipated, he fated
future that was anything but roseate.
His enemies, with the hope of getting
him out of the state, offered him a
flattering appointment in the treasury
department at Washington. Most men
would-, have Jumped at the offer. He
did not He took a fresh grip and con
tinued the fight To -overcome disease
be went through a course of physical
exercise. To mend his business pros
pects and te get out of debt he de
voted himself with redoubled energy
to the law. As for the political end of
the battle, be-organized his forces for
victory in 1900. And he won.
In the life of most men cOines some
crucial point where they have absolute
freedom to choose for better or worse.
That choice determines their , whole
after lives. Had Robert M. La Fol
lette yielded to temptation and accept
ed the appointment offered him by his
enemies he probably never would have
been beard of again In politics, at least
not m reform politics. He was strong
enough to resist, and from that very
hour his prospects began to mend. He
was prepared to win the battle with
his enemies because he had won the
battle with himself. , . a
In 1890 he was nominated and elect
ed governor of. Wisconsin. The vic
tory was only personal, however. . .The
lobby agabi succeeded in defeating bis
principles In the legislature. He re
newed the fight, ran again for gov
ernor, was elected and won the en
actment of part of , his platform. Still
he was not satisfied, but ran a third
time for the governorship.
This time he notified the reaction
aries that he would fight to the last
ditch for all his principles, the three
most Important of which were a state
primary law, equal taxation and a
railroad rate bill. His enemies raised
against him the third term cry and
massed a formidable opposition, led
by the two United States senators,
most of the congressmen and all the
railroads and other corporations In the
state. When the little fighter won
over all of them the opposition bolted.
held another state convention, elected
a c6ntestlng delegation to the national
convention and nominated a state
Crowning Triumph of His Career.
The succeeding fight was the hottest
in the 'history of Wisconsin politics.
The two senators, of whom the re
doubtable Spooner was one, were
strong enough to have the La Follette
delegation thrown out of the national
convention. He went back to Wiscon
sin, began a vigorous campaign, won
his case in the courts for the legality
of his ticket and was "elected over all
competitors by an overwhelming pin
rality. It was the crowning triumph of
bis career. He was then chosen to the
senate, but refused to resign the gov
ernorshlp until all of his measures had
been enacted into law. The fight had
beea going; on for more than ten years.
but he had won at every point. With
the signing of; the bill .that jtcanpleted
his legislative programme he laid down
the reins as governor of 'Wisconsin and
began his career as United States sen a
tor. " "."' ' - ...
As might have been expected. La Fol
lette was not welcome to. the reigning
"Inner circle", of the ppper house. The
senators from the express companies,
the railroads, the trusts and the spe
cial interests had little use for one from
the plain, people. -r ',
Declined to Be a Wallflower.
The new man made his presence felt,
however, from the first He declined
to be a wallflower. He bad no respect
for the precedent that made a new sen
ator serve two years before he could
begin representing bis pqople. He had
not been In his seat long before be pre
vented the steal of millions of dollars'
worth of government coal lands by the
railroads In Indian Territory. He be
gan almost at once fighting for an em
ployers' liability act, shorter hours for
railway employees and physical valua
tion of railroads to get rid of the wa
tered stock fraud. He also lent vigor
ous support to the rate bill, his speech
being pronounced by students the
ablest of the session. He attacked the
railway mail graft - Despite the at
tempts of the corporation attorneys In
the senate to haze him, be went his
way and did his work. He showed
himself infinitely larger than all the
tribe of those who pretend to serve the
people while hiring themselves to the
people's enemies. , ,
It Is a matter for supreme thanksgiv
ing that at last the American people
are learning their true friends. They
are seeing through the masks of those
who pretend to serve public good, but
In reality serve only private greed.
They have ' seen enough Insurance
crookedness, railroad favoritism, brib
ery, double dealing and joker legisla
tion to put them tn their guard for
evermore against the industrial pirates
and the political grafters. It Li men
such as La Follette who have done
their part toward awakening the pub
lic conscience.- '
. Robert M. La Follette is one of the
great orators now before . the public.
While he has grace of delivery and
nses the choicest language, . he Is little
given to classic allusion, byplay or
ornamentation. He has a keen sense
of humor, but uses It sparingly or not
at all on the platform. He Is all busi
ness there, talks directly and simply to
his audience and makes appeal only to
their intelligence and love of right and
fair play. His power lies in the fact
that be knows what he is talking
about and is not trifling.. If would be
orators only knew it, these are the
qualities that win men everywhere.
In the case of a candidacy like that
of La Follette it Is' not a question of
his being big enough for the presiden
cy, bnf rather,one of the ability of the
American people to come to fats stand
ard. It is not he that, is on trial, but
the public. Are they big enongb to cot
loose from all the fictions and take a
real man who means "business T :
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