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THE ROCK ISLAND ARGUS. FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 1912.
Florida foi Taft? You'll Have to Ask
Postmasters' Protective Association
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BY V. V. M'NITT.
'Editor' Note This artiH ) writ
ten by a orrpondnt who in person
ally ln-estliri!tiiiK political condition In
the rrntml and xoutht-n f!Ht. partic
ularly th latter, wherein President Taft
expects to poll a soliil convention vote
In his fight for renomination. The sit
nation is reviewed from a strictly non
Jacksonville. Fla., March 18. The
Postmaster.' Protective association of
Florida will do iu duty by President
Taft at the Chicago convention with
the votes of their delegates.
; That is to ay, Taft will fret the
votes In case the convention majority
Is In the hands of Ms friends. A con
testing delegation will go to Chicago
to vote for Roosevelt and the contest
will, of course, tie decided, not on its
merits, but In accordance with the
wishes of the dominant faction.
As you may have already guessed,
the desires of the lnMH) common, ev-ery-day
republicans cf Florida are not
even taken Into consideration. The
Postroas t rt' Protective association has
usurped the place of the party. It
doesn't want any party, except in
ALEEPTT W G1LCWI21ST
The state central committee com
prises 30 members, of whom 14 are
postmasters. Two are United States
marshals, one is a receiver for the
United States land office, one Is a reg
ister for the land office, one.a collector
of customs, one a collector of internal
revenue, one a district attorney, one a
census supervisor, and six are negTO
federal employes in union positions.
The members of the committee draw
a total of $53,848 in salaries from
Uncle Sam yearly.
The state convention was held at
Palatka in February. General contest
ing '" -tions were on hand, the ef
fon le postmasters to steam-roll
ihe . .. o for Taft having met with
opposition in many places. Roosevelt
is the popular choice, and is even the
favorite of many Florida democrats,
but the postmasters cared never a fig
The contests were settled with amaz
ing ease. The method adopted might
well be employed at Chicago.
The committee decided to allow no
one to enter the convention hall who
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 Bock 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.
I did not have ticket. Then tickets j
j were issued to such delegates aB fa
; vored Taft. All the rest had to stay
! The delegates who were barred out
I without a choice to establish the jus-
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tice of their claims ntrer? a uai, ucm
a convention of their own, and chose a
delegation of 10 to go to Chicago and
vote for Roosevelt.
Negroes have not yet been diefran
chised in Florida, although they are
not exactly encouraged to vote. The
Postmasters' Protective association
lets the colored brother in on the
ground floor in polit.es when the
colored brother seems willing to go
along and do as he is told.
One negro office holder. Joe Lee, has
become so powerful that the postmas
ters are a little afraid of him. He is
a collector of internal revenue, and he
performs his work so well that there
is no chance to ftet him removed. He
is an expert parliamentarian, and can
conduct a convention as well as the
next'man. He absolutely controls the
negro faction, and should the postmas
ters endeavor to hand him the double
cross at any time, he could start a row
that would be felt In Washington.
The patronage of Florida is dispens
ed through H. S. Chubb, national com
mitteeman and chairman of the state
central committee. He is the mon
arch of the protective association. He
is highly spoken of as one of Florida's
most popular citizens.
Florida democrats, of whom there
are about 0,000, leave everything to
primaries. Delegates to the national
convention will be selected April 30
by the people, so there is little chance
for deals or combinations in Florida.
The majority of the plain democrats
are believed to be for Wilson. Oscar
Underwood has gained some strength
on account of being a southern man.
Senator Xathan P. Bryan is for Wil
son. Senator Duncan U. Fletcher is
oti the fence.
F. L. Mayes, publisher of the Pensa
cola Journal and chairman of the third
district committee, is doing active work
in western Florida for Wilson. He Is
a candidate for delegate to the Balti
more convention, and will easily be
elected at the primary.
One of the big issues in Florida is
the drainage of the Everglades. It, of
course, has no connection with the
presidential campaign, but it is inter
esting Florida folks considerably more.
The reclamation project was first
made prominent by Napoleon Bona-
! parte Broward, filibuster in Cuban war
days, and elected governor in
GETS NEW MEMBER
PEA.KICIS COT PEYVJAOp
Senor Francisco Peynado. the new
minister to the United States from
the Dominican republic. U active In
the politics of his country. He Is
considered one of tt.- most advanced
of the Dominicans.
cent scandal still fresh in the minds cf
The county at large may have form
ed the idea that the plan to reclaim
the Everglades is a chimerical one,
but Florida people believe otherwise.
The scandal cannot stop the really
meritorious enterprise of. opening for
agricultural use much of the rich allu
vial land in the Everglades region. Of
course, there is also a great area that
cannot be reclaimed.
Governor Albert W. Gilchrist has
roundly criticized Representative Clark
for involving his state in scandal, but
it seems the general opinion that Clark
did well to turn on the cauterizing,
but purifying, light of publicity.
THE TOWNSHIP TICKET
Supervisor William Trefz.
Assistant supervisors S. A. La Van
way, John Holzhammer, Albert
Schmidt, William A. McCarthy.
Assessor Dr. M. H. Patten.
Collector Henry R. Wynes.
Town clerk George W. Cox.
Constable Frank King.
Mcney received from the sale of state
lands was devoted to digging drainage
canals to let the water out of the great
In the center of southern Florida is
Lake Okeechobee, the surface of which
is over 20 feet higher than Bca level.
Two rivers empty into the lake, and in
wet seasons it floods the county. The
canals are designed to tap the lake
and stop the inundations.
The holding up of a report of gov
ernment engineers at the instigation
of land companies brought on the re-
Notice is hereby given, that on
Tuesday, the second day of April, A.
D 1312. au election will be held in
1904. (the township of Rock Island, 111., for
Branch Stores Throughout the U. S.
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The democratic state central com
mittee of Illinois has issued a call for
a convention to be held'in the Coli
seum in Peoria at noon Arril 19. ,
The call reads as follows:
"A convention of the democracy of
Illinois is hereby called to meet April
ist. 1912. at 12 o'clock, noon. In the Col
iseum in the city of Peoria, 111.; for the
following purposes, to-wit:
"To nominate three candidates for
trustees of the University of Illinois.
"To nominate four presidential elec
tors at large, also to nominate one
presidential elector for each congres
sional district in the state.
"To elect eight delegates at large
and eight alternates at large, also to
elect two delegates and two alternates
for each congressional district in the
state to the democratic national con
vention to be held In Baltimore, Md.,
June 23, 1912.
"To adopt a party p'latform and to
transact such other business as may
properly come before said convention.
"The said state conventir-n will be
composed of delegates from the sev
eral counties of the state of Illinois, to
be selected ,under the provisions of the
primary election law In force July 1,
"The basis of representation for the
counties will be one delegate for every
400 votes and major fraction thereof
cast for the Bryan and Kern electors
of the democratic ticket in 1908.
"The total number of delegates which
shall compose the convention is 1.150,
and the number of delegates to which
each county is entitled is as follows:
Adams . .
Alexander ' "k
Roone "."."!""!""" l
Brown '.."'" 4
Bureau ....!!'!".'!!!! 7
Cass . .
i nrisuan .
Cumberland " 5
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Irurlas .... 5
I u Page 5
Effingham I""" 7
Fayi tte jj
Fulton . 10
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THE III WHO CI BE ELECTED GOVEM"
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. jLaPalle 19
CunnH nrn..in.l 9 C finish I-HWrrnce 6
Street. I Livingston 9
Third precinct 900 Third avenue. I Macon '.'.'.'.'.' ''.''.'''.'.'.'.'. '.' 1?
Fourth precinct 924 Ninth street. Macoupin 14
Fifth precinct County lail build-1 Marion". '. 10
ing, Third avenue and Fourteenth i Marshall ".".'." '. '. 4
ctroot i.Mason ' I!
iMpssar .... . 2
Sixth precinct 1434 Seventh ave-iMdmnough '. '. s
Jo Daviess 6
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feventh precinct 1101 Fifteenth
Eighth precinct 1914 Third ave
nue. Ninth rrccinct Trinity church
vtstry, reia uf ISIS Sixth avenue.
Tenth precinct Hose house on
Lleventh precinct Scbmid's grocery-store,
823 Twentieth street.
Twelfth precinct Hose house on
Fourteenth precinct 3110
penter shop, 510 Forty-fifth street.
Sixteenth precinct Gannon's paint
shop, j'turteentli avenue I"" i
Thirty-cisbtii and Ti:
Me Henry n
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j Peoria -3
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! Randolph K
Hock Island 12
Rear of 2700 Salim
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Fifth iFoott -3
Fifteenth precinct Peterson's car-'st. inire "
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Rock Island, III
SHIRLEY V. tC
March a. 131:
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Notice Is hereby given that on Tues-
! day, the second day of April, A. D.
i 1912, in the city of Rock Island, 111., an
election will be held for the following
purpose, to-wlt: To vote for or against
: an ordinance giving the Union Eleetric
. Telephone & Telegraph company, its
j successors and assigns, and Charles L.
Bailey, Jr.. trustee, of Harrisburg, Pa.,
permission to sell, assign and transfer
! to the Central Union Telephone com- j
I pany, or any other person, firm or cor-,
poraticn, all its physical property lo
cated in the city of Rock Island, 111.
Which election will be open at 7
o clock in the morning and continue j
open until a o clock in tne atternoon of
Places of registration and voting will
be the same as those published in no
tice of town clerk found elsewhere in
this paper. JL T. RUDGREN,
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.
I hereby announce myself a candi-1
date for the democratic nomination .
for township collector subject to the j
decision of the city-township conven- j
tion and invite the support" of my (
democratic friends. j
HENRY R. WYNES.
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Hamilton Woolen Co,
1812 Second Ave. : Rock Island
STINE H. LINDQUIST, Mtfr.
'I hereby announce myself a can
didate for the democratic nomination;
for representative in the general as
sembly of the 33rd senatorial dis
trict, subject to the democratic prl-;
be held Tuesday,' April 9.'
Iii2. EVERETT L- WERTS. '
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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 thre
consecutive terms. I
Such has been the unwritten law in Illinois for al
most a century. It is a law which until now, in the 1
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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- ,
flee of governor.
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 a good law 50 years ago
it is a hundred-fold better 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; it
proved it conclusively in 1908, when it forced the re
nomination of the incumbent of the office.
The same power the same machine the same "in
vincible organization" now seek3 to overthrow the
precedent of a hundred years, to thwart the unwritten .
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 ottlce
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 i&3ue of thi3 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. Ii i3 alleged and though
specific proof is not available, abundant circum
stances support the assertion that in thi3 primary
campaign one candidate fo 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 'inte 3ts!' it comes. But it
comes from somewhere; it-does not come from empty
packets; 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 f the office of governor.
. y - " "-'3AH DAVIS.