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hardly undertake their settlement in the coming elec
tion. However, these matters are in the fluxing state
and one cannot say what may delcvop."
Then I asked Lowden if he ever drank, to which
he answered :
"You know the story of the late Governor Hogg,
of Texa-. who, when asked the same thing doling a
prohibition campaign down in the Lone Star State,
responded: 'Before 1 can answer that question, 1 must
inquire if it is in the nature of an invitation or
whether it is purely academic.'
"No. I am not a prohibitionist," said the governor,
but I Ml for prohibition, and 1 am for it because
there was never a more complete demonstration in
history than the exhibition of our incapacity to handle
the liquor and saloon question.
"I have expressed my gratitude to the Creator
many times in my life, but my acknowledgments were
never more pronounced and sincere than when, on the
occasion of the street car strike in Springfield last
vear. I COttld say: 'Thank God, there are no saloons!'
"It cannot be denied that under our attempted reg
ulation f the saloon in America these institutions
became the resorts, if indeed not the breeding nests of
a large percentage of our crime, our poverty and our
crooked political work in the past. The spirit back
of the corner saloon, as it came more and more to
preempt the best locations in our cities, was never a
community one : and the saloon keeper who could get
the money the business be he decent or a thug, was
the representative placed there by the breweries."
I must say that I am unable to find any place where
Frank Lowden has trimmed his sails to the breezes of
expediency or popular applause. On the contrary,
you will hear about Chicago that he has missed his
chance by doing this thing or not doing that : not ad
vancing the movement for giving state money to de
mobilized troops, in refusing to call the legislature in
special session to relieve the needs of the teachers in
leaving the adjustment of street car fares to the Tub
lie Utilities Hoard, and so on. They say the soldiers
will be working against
him, that the two million,
nine hundred thousand
out of the three million
populate m of Chicago
who don't pay taxes, but
do pay car fares will not
favor him, and all that.
But this is pretty
much talk, I think. The
Governor was in keenest
sympathy with these pro
posals, but following his
guiding principles, as
enunciated at the begin
ning of this article, the
supervention always o f
the law in all things at all
times, he remained con
sent. It is scarcely to
he calculated that his
murage to follow the law.
against his own senti
ments, will be counted
Measuring Public Men
BELIEVE that the
! best way to take a pub
lc man's measure is to
thcr his thoughts
wgpped lure and there at
uad moments and while off
T 8uar(l to collate
" for careful exam
lon. And I think that
this representation of
25 p. Lowden such
idea may best
formed of him by sec-
" wnai he thinks.
(iocrnor l-owden and his hore "Iowa."
fication. to a previous experience of like nature and of
more extended character.
In 1904 the writer was the originator and compiler
of a little book containing some eight hundred epi
grams which I had culled from the speeches, papers
and messages of Theodore Roosevelt. The thing was
classified and contained an appreciative preface. The
book was given the title of "A Square Deal for Every
man." There were six hundred thousand copies of
that book sold and the Square Deal phrase became
the slogan for the Colonel's campaigns.
A number of letters came to me from Roosevelt
telling me, among other things, that this was the "best
book ever written about him," etc. The interesting
and characteristic aspect of the affair to me was that
I had not written the matter at all, but had taken it
body and britches, so to speak, from Roosevelt's wu
vigorous expressions. He certainly lived up to the
philosophy of the square deal, and I believe the book
gave a very good picture of him in every way.
How marvelous, however, are the ways of uncon
scious deception. Some years later I was astonished
to find many of my most brilliant Roosevelt epigrams,
word for word and period for period in Wagner's
"Simple Life," written and published a few years be
fore Mr. Roosevelt came prominently into public life.
I need not disclaim the thought of plagarism. The
suggestion alone would be sacrilege. Indeed the Colo
nel acknowledged and proclaimed his intensive dis
Clpleshtp of Wagner when the Frenchman visited him
Your Own United States
Before proceeding with
Sr, I mav he
, :'C,,.,n akinK refer
LlK T W'Tl ICKFT Nantucket" is the address of one of the quaintest towns in the country. Located
i llhu UHiwI of Nantucket off the coast of Massachusetts, it offers more unusual light!
FN on the little than an armv of authors could do Justid to fa a ht.
and shelters. JWJfl am., the island but there WM not eftOWgh bntincu
t,,nc oirV;lZ tucket go r a,n" as a result oi a adding gift an old sea captam mad
at the White House Roosevelt was the embodiment
of truth; but a 1 suggest above, this is not an inap
propriate place to make this reference the first time
1 have ever done SO in publishing in like though lim
ited manner i number of quotations from the pen of
Prank O. Lowden.
All men are prett) much hero worshippers or f !.
and if we find anything good in modem philosophy,
whoever utters it. credit it at once to Adam Smith,
Epictetus or Man us Vurelius. I found the "Don't
flinch' "hit the line hard.' "1 am an optimist" Stuff
in the French preacher's l"ok. "La Vie Simple."
Mow are may on with Lowden
Lowden on Himself
H7K ARE learning as we never learned before that
VV the greatness of America is measured not so
much by its wealth nor or its natural resources, as by
the qualities of its citizenship."
"The first principle of Americanism is orderly de
velopment under and through the law."
"Americanization means that it is America and not
the world which protects her humblest citizen in the
exercise of his rights."
"We see that we are safe onlv if we Americanize
our foreign immigrants as rapidly as they come to our
"The ballot-box is the ark of our covenant."
"If there he a wrong to redress the courts are open.
If the courts fail to do their duty they can he im
peached and removed from high office."
"The final test of civilization is the lot of the aver
"So far as I am concerned, upon any question of
policy, I only want to know whether that policyis
I tetter for the average man."
"Our tkm eras not designed by the fathers to shel
ter those who seek to destroy it."
"The best measure of our ability in the future to
cope with the forces of social disorder is in the number
0 f ho m e s occupied h y
"The sanctity of the
home, the security of life,
liberty and property, the
schoolhouses dotting all
our land, the churchspires
could not exist for a
moment unless a worthy
government threw its pro
tecting aegis over them."
"Humanity has bur
dens enough to bear with
out sustaining the inhu
manity of other men."
"Our civilization has
been enriched by the con
tributions our immigrants
"Our gates have been
thrown wide Ope to the
liberty-loving peoples of
the t rth, w h o h a v e
lOOght refuge from tyr
ann and oppression.
Our citizenship has been
enlarged and strength
ened by this influx of
"We of America shall
liave enough to do if we
take case of owl own."
1 he law exacts fffWM
citizens allegiance to
America and not to the
"The enforcement of
the law. and all the law,
under our form of gov
ernment, is the indispen
sable condition of the M
cntit) of society."
ot all w h 0 have
come from foreign lands
lu heeoine transmuted
into ni( ru ans M
way of clari-
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