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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. THURSDAY, MARCH -21, 1912.
QUIHCY WHIG IS
OUT FOR COOKE
Joins With Other Republican
Newspapers in Advocating
Reelection of Judge.
SHOULD BE NON-PARTISAN
.People Should Ilwlert Justice Who
Ha Proven His Worth Opo.
nition Is I'nwarrantod.
The attorney general also demurs to
the petition to force Secretary Rose to
place the names of James 8. Mclner
ney and Frank Paschen on the primary
ballot for the committeemen at large.
His contention is that there is no such j
Springfield, March 21. The consti
tutionality of primary election law is
to be tested once more. This an
nouncement was made yesterday by
Roy M. Seeley, attorney for Len Small
in the mandamus proceedings to force
Small's name to the top of the list of
gubernatorial aspirants on the pri
mary' ballot. Seeley says he will carry
the Small case, which has been decid
ed adversely to his client, to the high
est court. ,
Roosevelt in Defense of
Right of People to Rule
Another loading Illinois republican
newspaper, and in fact one of the pio
neers of the party faith in the stale, as
well as in point of actual existence as
a newspaper, has come out for the re
election of Judge George A. Cooke of
Aledo, in furtherance of the policy and
principle that the Judiciary should be
held aloof from partisan consideration
and influence. The Qulncy Whig re
echoing the sentiments of those time
honored republican journals, the Peo
ria Herald-Transcript, the Springfield
State Journal the Chicago Record
Herald, together with a score of other
republican newspapers, says editor
ially of the situation in the Fourth su
preme court division:
"We agree with a number of other
republican editors in what they say
with reference to keeping the Illinois
supreme court Judgeship out of politics.
Our' Judges should not be politicians,
but should be elected by the people be
cause of their ability.
a j i sT Ji nc.rc.
"So far as we can learn Justice
George A. Cooke has been a Just Judge
and we can see no valid reason why
there should be a fight on him simply
because he happens to vote the demo
Springfield, March 21. Fourteen
reasons are given by Attorney General
Stead in demurrers filed in the circuit
court yesterday for dismissing the
mandamus proceeding instituted by
members of the Hearst-Harrison fac
tion of the democratic party in Chicago
to force Secretary of State Rose to
. leave the names of four Rocer Sulli
van candidates for state committee
nun off the primary election ballot
Notice is hereby given, that on
Tuesday, the second day of April. A.
D. 1912, au election will be held in
the township of Rock Island. 111., for
the following officers, to-wlt:
Four assistant supervisors.
One town clerk.
Places for registration and voting
will be as follows:
First precinct 413 Fourth ave
nue. Second precinct 628 Eighth
Third precinct 900 Third avenue.
Fourth precinct 924 Ninth street.
Fifth precinct County Jail build
ing. Third avenue anu Fourteenth
Sixth precinct 1434 Seventh ave
nue. Seventh precinct 1101 Fifteenth
Eighth precinct rl914 Third ave
Ninth precinct Trinity church
vestry, rear of 1818 Sixth avenue.
Tenth precinct Hose house on
Eleventh precinct Schmia s gro
cery store, 823 Twentieth street.
Twelfth precinct Hose house on
Thirteenth precinct Rear of 2700
Fourteenth precinct 3110 Fifth
Fifteenth precinct Peterson's car
penter shop, 510 Forty-fifth street.
Sixteenth precinct Gannon's paint
i shop. Fourteenth avenue between
Thirty-eighth and Thirty-ninth
streets. SHIRLEY D. FOLSOM,
Rock Island, 111., March 9. 1912.
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I'llIL MITCHELL, President. K. T. AXDERSOX. Cashier.
1. S. Will I E, Vice President. C F. CHAXXOX, Assistant Cashier.
New York, March 21. "The great
fundamental issue now before the re
publican party and before our people
can be stated briefly. It is, are the
American people fit to govern them
selves, to rule themselves, to con
trol themselves? I believe they are.
My opponents do not."
With these words Theodore
Roosevelt last night opened the first
speech he has delivered since the pub
lic announcement of his willingness
to accept the republican nomination
for president. His subject was "The
Right of the People to Rule." The
speech, delivered at Carnegie hall
under the auspices of the civic forum.
elaborated much that Colonel Roose
velt aid in his Columbus, Ohio, ad
dress, and answered in detail certain
arguments of President Taft in re
ply. "I stand on the Columbus
speech," said Colonel Roosevelt,
"the principles there asserted are not
new, but I believe that they are nec-
ewarv to tne maintenance or iree
After his opening declaration Colo
nel Roosevelt continued:
"I believe in the right of the peo
ple to rule. I believe that the ma
jority of the plain people of the
United States will, day in and day
out, make fewer mistakes in govern
ing themselves than any smaller
class or body of men, no matter
what their training, will make In try
ing to govern them. I believe,
again, that the American people are,
as a whole, capable of self-control
and of learning by their mistakes.
Our opponents pay lip-loyalty to this
doctrine; but they show their real
beliefs by the way in which they
champion every device to make the
nominal rule of the people a sham.
"1 have scant patience with this
talk of the tyranny of the majority.
Whenever there is tyranny of the ma
jority, I shall protest against it with
all my heart and soul. But we are
today suffering from the tyranny of
minorities. It is a small minority
that is grabbing our coal deposits
our water powers and our harbor
fronts. A small minority is fatten
ing on the sale of adulterated foods
and drugs. It is a small minority
that lies behind monopolies and
trusts. It is a small minority that
stands behind the present law of
master and servant, the sweatshops
and the whole calendar of social and
industrial injustice. It is a small
minority that is today using our con
vention system to defeat the will of
a majority of the people in the
choice of delegates to the Chicago
convention. The only tyrannies from
which men, women and children are
; suffering in real life are tyrannies of
j "No sane man who has been fa
! miliar with the government pf this
country for the last 20 years will
complain that we have had too much
!of the rule of the majority. The
trouble has been a far different one
that, at many times and in many
lecalitles there have held public of
fice in the states and in the nation
men who have, in fact, served not
the whole people, but some special
class or special interest. I am not
thinking only of those special inter
ests which by grosser methods, by
bribery and crime, have stolen from
the people. I am thinking as much
of their respectable allies and figure
heads, who have ruled and legislated
and decided as if in some way the
vested rights of privilege had a first
mortgage on the whole United States,
while the rights of all the people were
merely an unsecured debt,
"To further the rule of the ma
jority," continued the speaker, "the
progressives of the republican party
in certain states have formulated
certain proposals for change in the
form of the state government cer
tain 'checks and balances' which may
check and balance the special inter
ests and their allies. . '
"First, there are the ' 'initiative
and referendum, which are so fram
ed that if the legislatures obey the
command of some special interest and
obstinately refuse the will of the ma
jority, the majority may step in and
"Then there Is the direct primary
the real one, not the New York
one and that, too, the progressives
offer as a check on the special in
terests. Most clearly of all does it
seem to men that this change is
wholly good for every state.
The direct primary, if accompanied by
a stringent corrupt practices act, will
help break up corrupt partnership of
corporations and politicians.
"So that no man may misunder
stand me. let me recapitulate:
'(1) I am not proposing anything
in connection with the supreme court
of the United States or with the fed
"(2) I am not proposing anything
having any connection with ordinary
suits, civil or criminal, aa between
"(3) I am not speaking of the re
call of Judges.
"(4) I am proposing merely that
in a certain class of cases involving
the police power, when a state court
has set aside as unconstitutional a
law passed by the legislature for the
general welfare, the question of the
validity of the law which should de
pend, as Justice Holmes so well
phrases It, upon the prevailing mo
rality or preponderant opinion be
submitted for final determination to
a vote of the people, taken after due
time for consideration.
"The president of the United
States, Mr. Taft, devoted most of a
recent speech to criticism of this
proposition. He says that It 'is ut
terly without merit or utility, and,
instead of being in the interest of
all the people, and of the stability of
popular government. Is sowing the
seeds of confusion and tyranny.' (By
tMs be of course means the tyranny
of the majority, that U, tba tgrr&imj
of the American people as a whole).
He also says that my proposal
(which, as he rightly sees, is merely
a proposal to give the people a real,
instead of only a nominal, chance tn
construe and amend a state constl-!
tution with a reasonable rapidity)
would make such amendment and in
terpretation 'depend on the feverish,
uncertain and unstable determination
of successive votes on different las
by temporary and changing majori
ties;' and that 'it lays the ax at the
foot of the tree of well-ordered free
dom, and subjects the guarantees of
life, liberty anu property without
remedy to the fitful impulse of a tem
porary majority of an electorate.'
"This criticism is really less a'crit
icism of my proposal than a criticism
of all popular government. It is
wholly unfounded on the belief that
the people are fundamentally un
trustworthy. If the supreme court's
definition of due process in relation
to the police power is sound, then
an act of the legislature to promote
the collective interests of the com
munity must be valid, if it embodies
a policy held by the prevailing mo
rality or a preponderant opinion to
be necessary to the public welfare.
This is the question that I propose
to submit to' the people. How can
the prevailing morality or a prepon
derant opinion De better ana more
exactly ascertained than by a vote of j
the people. i
"Mr. Taft fairly defines the issue
when he says that our government is
and should be a government of all
the people by a representative part
of the people. This is an excellent
and moderate description of an oli
garchy. It defines our government
as a government of all of the people
by a few of the people."
Mr. Taft, said Colonel Roosevelt,
declared that the Judiciary ought not
to be "representative" of the people
in the sense that the legislature and
the executive are. "This," Colonel
Roosevelt asserted, "is perfectly
irue or tne judge wnen he Is per
forming merely the ordinary func
tions of a judge In suits between man
and man. It is not true of the judge
engaged in interpreting, for instance,
the due process clause where the
judge is ascertaining the preponder-j
e.nt opinion of the people (as Judge
Holmes states it). When he exer
cises that function he has no right to
let his political philosophy reverse
and thwart the will of the majority.
"Mr. Taft again and again, in quo
tations I have given and elsewhere
through his speech expresses his dis
belief in the people when they vote
at the polls. In one sentence he says
that the proposition gives 'powerful
effect to the momentary impulse of
a majority of an electorate and pre
pares the way for the possible exer
cise of the grossest tyranny.' Else-
tion for the last several months, are
now positively assured that the bond
issue will have a place on the ballot
at the election April 1G. The village
board in session Tuesday evening au
thorized the vote on a $15,000 bond is
sue. Plans for a building that will be
the pride of Silvis are now being pre
pared by a Moline architect.
CLOSES UP HIS BOOKS
S. A. Leeman, collector for Andalu
sia township, today made a final settle
ment with the county treasurer, W. H.
Whiteside. His books showed a total
collection of $3,015.64 and a delinquen
cy of $456.46. The county's share is
$553.78, the state's $367.19, the town
ship $179.87, for roads and bridges
$262.81, and for school purposes $1,
3C5.01. The collector's commission
amounted to $G0.31.
THE TOWNSHIP TICKET
Supervisor William Trefz.
Assistant supervisors S. A. La Van
way, John Holzhammer, Albe'rt
Schmidt, William a. McCarthy. '
Assessor Dr. M. II. Patten.
Collector Henry R. Wynes.
Town clerk George W. Cox.
Constable Frank King.
Notice Fifth Ward Republicans.
The republican voters of the Fifth
ward who favor the nomination of C.
J. Searle for congress, will meet at his
office in the Safety building, Friday
evening, March 21, at 8 o'clock.
Notice is hereby given that on Tues
day, the second day of April, A, D.
1912, in the city of Rock Island, 111., an
election will be held for the following
purpose, to-wit: To vote for or against
an ordinance giving the Union Electric
Telephone & Telegraph company, its
successors and assigns, and Charies L.
Bailey, Jr., trustee, of Harrisburg, Pa.,
permission to sell, assign and transfer
to the Central Union Telephone com'
pany, or any other person, firm or cor
poration, all its physical property lo
cated in the city of Rock Island, 111.
Which election will be open at 7
lovelock in the morning and continue
open until 5 o'clock in the afternoon of
Places of registration and voting will
be the same as those published in no
tice of town clerk found elsewhere in
this paper M. T. RUDGREN, .
I hereby announce myself a candi
date for the democratic nomination
for township collector subject to the
decision of the city-township conven
tion and invite the support of my
HENRY R. WYNES.
I hereby announce myself a can
did ate for the democratic nomination
where he speaks of the 'feverish un- j for representative in the general as
certainty and 'unstable dctermina- j gombly of the 33rd senatorial dis-
tion of laws by 'temporary and
changing majorities;' and again he
says that the system I propose 'would
result in suspension or application of
constitutional guarantee according to
popular whim' which would destroy
'all possible consistency' in constitu
tional interpretation. I should much
like to know the exact distinction
that is to be made between. what Mr.
Taft calls 'the fitful impulse of a
temporary majority' when applied to
a question such as that I raise and
any other question.
"Mr. Taft's position is perfectly
clear. It is that we have in this
country . a special class of persons
wiser than the people, who are above
the people, who cannot be reached
by the people, but who govern them
and ought to govern them; and who
protect various classes of the peo
ple from the whole people."
Colonel Roosevelt quoted the re
marks of William Draper Lewis,
dean of the law school of the Univer
sity of Pennsylvania, who approved
Mr. Roosevelt's plan of a popular
recall of judicial decisions regard
ing constitutional amendments, but
declared it unfortunate that the plan
should have been proposed by a man
of Buch "marked characteristics" as
Colonel Roosevelt, whose personality,
he said, might cloud the Issue. To
this Colonel Roosevelt replied:
"I can only say that I wish some
body else whose suggestions would
arouse less antagonism had proposed
it; but nobody else did propose it,
and so I had to. I am not leading
this fight as a matter of aesthetic
pleasure. I am leading because
somebody must lead, or else the fight
would not be made at all.
"I prefer to work with moderate,
with rational, conservatives, provid
ed only that they do In good faith
strive forward towards the light. But
when they halt and turn their backs
to the light, and sit with the scorn
ers on the seats of reaction, then I
must part company with them. We,
the people, cannot turn back. Our
aim must be steady, wise progress."
trict, subjoct to the democratic prl
niaries to be held Tuesday, April
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Colors of Primary Ballots
Announcement is hereby made that the colors of the primary
ballots to be used at a primary election to be held in Rock Is
land county, Illinois, on the 9th day of April, A. D., 1912, by
the respective parties will be as follows :
Republican Party-, White
Democratic Party Gray
Prohibition Party Blue
Socialist Party Red
Dated the 20th day of March, A. D., 1912.
HENRY B. HUBBARD, County Clerk.
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J. McCAN DAVIS of Springfield, Illinois.
. A STATEMENT BY J. McCAN DAVIS.
I oppose the third term for governor of Illinois.
No man ought to be governor of Illinois for three
Such has been the unwritten law in Illinois for al
most a century. It is a law, which until now, in tht
whole history of the state, no man has sought to violate.
The governorship was originally a one-term office
not by the unwritten but by the written law. Prior to
1870, the constitution barred self-succession in the of- .
fice of governor. , j.
The people believed that when they came to elect a
governor the most important office within their gift
they should have a free and untrammeled choice;
that the prestige and power of the man in office should
not be used to prolong his tenure of office.
And they wrote it in their constitution. It was plain
common sense. But if it was agood law 50 years ago
it is a hundred-fold ostter now.
For an amazing change has come in a half century.
From a few clerks in a modest little state house, the
patronage of the governor has grown until his ap
pointees (directly and indirectly) now are numbered
by.' the thousands. He controls a vast political organ
ization, composed of the most expert wirepullers and
manipulators that lucrative offices will commend all
maintained at public expense.
In 20 years the state machine has grown enormous
ly. In the view of many who are part of it, the machine
is invincible. It has proved its power repeatedly; Ht
proved it conclusively in 1908, when it forced the r
nomination of the incumbent of the office.
The same power the same machine the same "in
vincible organization" now seeks to overthrow thD
precedent of a hundred years, to thwart the unwrittea
law which heretofore no man has dared defy, to nom- '
inate and elect the present governor for the third
time, and thus to perpetuate the state machine in its
existence and its autocratic power.
There is no personal feeling in this statement. I
am not condemning personally the men who hold of
fices. I denounce the system a system sufficiently
powerful, unless met by extraordinary opposition, to
defeat the real will of the people.
Abolish the third term in the governor's office
that is the only remedy now at hand for a state of
things both dangerous and intolerable. The remedy
lies in the hands of the voters.
I am not a chronic critic of the machine. I believe
in party organization, but not in a personal machine
designed to perpetuate an individual in an office of
great prestige and power.
That is one great issue of this campaign.
There is another issue cne that must become of
even greater magnitude unless the people effect a
change of conditions.
I refer to the extravagant use of money to secure a
nomination for governor. It is alleged and though
specific proof is not available, abundant circum
stances support the assertion that in thi3 primary
campaign one candidate for governor has at his com
mand $100,000, another $200,000 another $350,000.
Where does this money come from?
'I do not pretend to know. I do not pretend to say
from what particular "interests" it comes. But it
comes from somewhere; it does not come from empty
pockets; it does not grow on bushe3. And rest assur
ed that back of a $300,000 campaign fund there is
somebody who is interested in seeing a particular man
made governor of the state.
The big campaign fund is a public danger. It is more
dangerous than the jackpot, for it is beyond the reach
of the law.
As a candidate for governor, I can claim neither a
machine nor a big campaign fund. I appeal to the
people, to their deliberate judgment, to their good
sense. I am making no promises to move mountains
only to give the people a fair, honest, decent ad
ministration of the office of governor.
J. McCAN DAVIS.