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THESE ABE THE THIRTY
William J. Cary, Wisconsin.
Henry A. Cooper, Wisconsin.
Charles R. Davis, Minnesota.
John-J. Esch, Wisconsin.
Charles N. Fowler, New Jersey.
Augustus P. Gardner, Massachu
James W. Good, Iowa.
Asle J. Gronna, North Dakota.
Gilbert N. Haugen, Iowa.
Everis A. Hayes, California.
Edmund H. Hinshaw, Nebraska.
David A. Hollingsworth, Ohio.
Elbert H. Hubbard, iQwa.
Adna R. Johnson, Ohio.
N E. Kendall. Iowa.
Moses P. Kinkaid, Nebraska.
Arthur W. Kopp, Wisconsin.
Irvine L. Lenroot, Wisconsin.
Charles A. Lindbergh, Minnesota.
William C. Lovering, Massachu
E. H. Madison, Kansas.
E. A. Morse, Wisconsin.
Victor Murdock, Kansas.
John M. Nelson. Wisconsin.
-George W. Norris, Nebraska.
Charles E. Pickett, Iowa.
Miles Pcindexter, Washington.
Halvor Steenerson, Minnesota.
Andrew J. Volstead. Minnesota.
Frank P. Woods, Towa.
By ROBERTUS LOVE.
do the heathen rage?
Why do the insurgents
insurge? And do the
people imagine a vain
thing? Whether the pebpia imagine a
vain thing with regard to Speaker
Joseph G. Cannon's control of legisla
tion in. congress mpy be .a waiter ,of
personal opinion, but here for the first
time we have from Congressman Victor
Murdock of Kansas, the acknowledged
leader of the so called insurgents in
the house, an authoritative, succinct,
signed statement, prepared in response
to a special request from the present
writer, as to just why the insurgents
The people of the United States at
large are deeply Interested in this in
surgent movement, whether they be
lieve in it or not. The interest is in
creasing, for the insurgent struggle is
becoming more vimfully virile as con
gress gets down to work after the holi
day vacation. Many persons love a
"scrap," whether it be pugilistic or
the proposed new state of Siski
you be added to the Union by the
«and marriage of the
northern part of California and
the southern part of Oregon, the new
commonwealth promises to become
Hnown as the most picturesquely beau
tiful In general topography of all the
sovereign sisterhood. This is the
prophesy of one who has visited all the
"scenic states" and, has been more
deeply impressed and enthralled by the
This one is purely par
Insurgents Not Dangerous.
For the benefit of ladies who live in
single suffrage states it may be pointed
out that the insurgent in congress is
not a Central American insurrecto with
a corn knife and a cartridge belt, but an
American citizen whom the voters of
his district prize so highly that they
have sent him to Washington to repre
sent them in the making of national
laws. The insurgent contends that he
is sent there to represent, and the
reader will find by perusing Mr. Mur
dock's statement that the thirty Re
publican congressmen who make up
the little brigade of opponents to the
speaker's rule, from the majority side
of the house, are conducting this cam
paign because they" feel that they are
not permitted to represent- "As rep
resentatives we demand that we have
a chance to represent," say the insur
gents, "and- under this present- '.jJower
conferred upon\ the speaker -by ther
house rules and other conditions a
member has little or no voice in legis
Edmund Burke said,there were four)
estates in parliament, the fourth being
represented in the press gallery. The
insurgent Republicans in congress may
be called the fifth estate. According tci
their contention, they represent the de
termination to represent their con
stituents, and that is why for several
years they have been resisting the rule,
of the speaker. It is not a personal
fight against Joseph'G. Cannon, but an
Impersonal one against the preroga
tives of his office. A speaker by any
other name would smell as odoriferous
New Sta^te of Siskiyou Ma^y Be Created
Top of California, and Bottom of Oregon Would M^ke
a. Commonwealth of Superlative Scenic
scenery in the regions comprising the While the movement hay net tfcken
proposed new commonwealth than by definite shape, the proposition has been
any of the other great natural wonders discussed with serious intentions for
of America. some time and just now is interesting
SisRtyou—if Siskiyou occurs—will be- the residents of the region. If you will
come an irresistible magnet for the look at the map'you will find that near
tourist, the artist, the poet and the Carson City, famed in prizefight an
practical person who pioneers for com-' nals as the place where Jim Corbett
merce. Of course the
will be no surrendered to Bob Fitzsimmons, the
more wonderful than it is at present, border line between Nevada and Cali
but the formation of a new state will fornia has an obtuse angle. Geografch
serve to attract wider attention to it.
ically this angle is indicated as the
JSLBBRT H. HUBBARD
^pHOSE w'10 are insurgent against the house rules are striving to
restore popular representation in congress.'
members in the house. Only one of them, the speaker, actually exercises
the functions of representation. All power in the house has been shifted
fronri the membership to the speaker. There is but one way to give
representation back to the house and that is by taking the power which
has been concentrated in the speaker away from him.-
At present the speaker, Joseph G. Cannon, exercises, first, eontrol
over business second* control over recognition, and third, Control over
the votes of the membership.
His control over business of major importance is exercised through
his membership on the committee on rules, the committee which forces
measures through the house under cloture---that is, without the right of
amendment or debate. It is proposed, therefore, first, to piil the speaker
off that committee.
The. speaker's control through recognition comes
the speaker to-inquire into tha purpose of a motion made by a member
and, if the motion be obnoxious, to the speaker, the fight»to refuse the
member recognition toniake his motion. It is proposed, therefore,
second, to take tlrat tyrannieai fight away from the speake^
Th« speaker today i^jiointe all committees. He anointsmen as
chairmen* vyhb will be fcyftl .to.'. him and/ makes members^of committees
men who wilFbe loyaltbfcis lieutenant chairmen. This.li his machine.
The speaker's tapribe controls. /His Whim rules. If the spi&aker desire a
measure' reported o^tof. committee for action he has out to say the
.Word., If he.deiite measure td remain in a pigeonhole He has merely
so to indicate. It is proposed, therefore, third, to let the house appoint
its own cominittees.
Popular representation has been perverted and defeated by a con«
centration of power in the speaker. The purpose is to correct and re*
store representation by taking'poorer away from the speaker and putting
It back In the membership. It can be done by changing ithe system—
first, by excluding the-speaker from the committee on rules second, by
changing the rule of recognition third, by permitting the house to name
~tts "own committees.
there are 391
the right of
southeast corner of Siskiyou. Oh the
coast of Oregon you will discover Coos
bay. Here or possibly somewhat up
coast may begin the north, line of Siski
The territory indicated will include
two harbors. Coos bay and Humboldt
bay, both of which may be developed
into ports of "commercial importance.
It will include, what is more interest
ing, Crater lake and Mount Shasta and
probably also Lake Tahoe, in the ex
treme southeastern corner, that won
derful body of water lying far up in a
Mount Shasta is a volcano, rumbling,
grumbling and shuddering from time to
time, but scientists say it has not
erupted for 800 .years. That it formerly
suffered terrible eruptions is shown by
the immense masses of lava that have
poured down its sides and out beyond
its base. Crater lake was created by
the violent explosion of Mount Ma nama,
which blew its own bead off ages ago
when, it was higher than 8ha«ta, ac
cording to savants. This conclusion as
to Mazama's original altitude was
reached by a process ,: of comparative
anatomy, so to speak. The surface of
the lake is 6,229 feet above the sea.
Around, the lake, which is six by five
miles and of elliptical contour, rises a
rim of stone, the broketi mountain's ex
terior, from 1,000 to 2,000 feet above the
water. The walls are almost perpen
dicular. The lake is 2,000 feet deep.
Crater lake and its environs, includ
ing 295 square miles, have been a' na
tional park by act of, congress since
1902. Recently railroad connection has
been established, so that this marvel
ous phenomenon iseaslly accessible to
Mount Shasta is in Siskiyou county,
Cal., the county whose name it Is pro
posed tb bestow upon the new state.
This mountain, 14,442 feet high, pos
sesses features of interest that belong
to no other big wartbn the earth's face.
Shasta is not properly a peak, it be
longs inthe Sierra range. Sierra means
saw toothed. That- describes Shasta.
The mountain iqlong and has several
depressions like the space between gi
gantic saw teeth, or one might say that
it haa humps like monster camel's
back. The top and sides are clad to
Around the base of Shasta and far
up its craggy slopes Indians and white
men have grappled in death struggles
year after year., I^aterthe gold seeker
came and pitched bis tent along the
flopes or in the outlying forests. Then!
came the lumberman's 'ax, and one of
the largelndustriesof the. region today
Is that of cutting and floating logp.
to these insurgents if he exercised the
same prerogatives, which are de
nounced by the thundering thirty as a
species of czaristic absolutism unin
tentially engrafted upon our body poli
Cannon's Crown of Thorns.
These insurgent' members are thirty
thorns, in the flesh of the speaker^
This is the number of them as already
reflected in votes, but Victor Murdock
tells me that there will be more at the
very first opportunity to express in
surgency sentiments on the roll call.
Should any curious person, just as
an exercise in simple arithmetic, de
sire to understand Why Speaker Can
non smokes his cigars at an extra up
tilted angle fust now let him do a lit
tle figuring. There are 391 members
tn the house. The Republicans num
ber 219 the Democrats. 172. From the
319 Republicans ^subtract' 30 insurgents
result, 189 Republicans left To the
172 Demoprats add 30 insurgents
sult,'202 Democrats. Anyhow, .they" will
vote that way on any proposition to
press the thorn crown more: tightly
about the troubled brow of Un^le Joe.
Did you hear anything drop?
There you have a fatal thirteen ma
jority against the speaker already in
sight. No matter whether yoy believe
HE ascent of Mount McKinley,
in Alaska, the highest peak In
North America* yet unsealed
according to the findings of
the Explorers' club, is to be attempted
in April by Professor Herschel C. Par
ker of Columbia university and Belmore
H. BroWne of Seattle, artist and moun
tain climber. Professor Parker has
just declared to me his Intention to try
to reach the summit of the premier
peak. He will seek neither to uphold
nor to discredit Dr. Frederick A. Cook,
who was expelled from the Explorers'
club on the finding that his claim to
having climbed Mount McKinley in
1906 was false. Professor Parker never
did place the slightest, credence In
Cook's claim, he openly discredited it
at the time it was made, and he simply
purposes to make the attempt "on his
own hook," utterly and scornfully ig
noring all that has been said by and
about his brother Brooklynite as to the
Professor Parker was a partner with
Dr. Cook in the 1906 attempt. He help
ed to finance the expedition. Mr.
Browne also,_went along, but both he
and the Columbia' professor were sent
on wild goose Phases while Cook and
his guide, Edward N. Barrill, who since
has discredited him, were supposed' to
have achieved the ascent.
Professor Parker, is modest as to his
statements regarding his forthcoming
effort. He believes there is a chance
for him and Mr. Browne to reach, the
summit, but he evinces no disposition
to trumpet his Intention to the four
winds. He will head a modest expedi
tion as to equipment.
"In my opinion," said Professor Par
ker to the writer, "the Duke of the
Abruzzl could climb Mount McKinley
beyond reasonable doubt of failure, for
he would g6 up there with an expedi
tion financed iat something like $50,000.,
Americans of ordinary means cannot
hope to compete with duch an explorer,
but we do hope that by selecting our
outfit and instruments,with good com
mon sense and scientific acumen we
may be able to climb 'to the top of the
The latter, phrase, by the way Is the
title of the book published by Dr. .Cook,
in which he claimed that he had climb
ed the peak. Cook's effort. was made
from tbe southern or southeastern side.
Professor Parker proposes to attempt
the peak from the northern l&ngle. He
holds the theory that there is better
promise of SUCCSBS from that approach
than from ai^y other.
Another interesting theory entertain
•d fey tbe Colnmttia professor of, phys'
-ir .I iillI'.II'Immi.1
in Uncle Joe as an angel with wings or
denounce him as a devil with whiskers,
whether you honor the insurgents as
possible saviora of their 'country's lib
erties or anathematize them as traitors
to their party, that thirteen majority
against the speaker on roll call is
stupendous political fact that star
you in the face. And suppose the di
vision should fall upon a Friday!
New Jersey to California.
By reference to the list of the thirty
thunderers printed herewith you will
observe that the insurgent ^movement
Is not merely a Kansas cyclone, though
the "head and front e* the offending*
halls from Wichita and another mem
ber from the Sunflowe? State. Edmpnd
H. Madison of Dodge Citv, is in line.
The Insurgent representatives hail
from twelve of the Republican states.
New Jersey has its l^wler, who not
long ago engaged in. an open letter
don test with the speaker'which splut*
tered red fire., California is on the
list. Massachusetts has two insur
gents.- Wisconsin, has six—more than
half of its members,' Minnesota has
four. Iowia has six.. Nebraska has
three. Ohio, home of the president, has
two. North Dakota has one, and faroff
Washington has another.
It appears, in fine, that there is
ics is that he Will find the tempera.- ^wiwnn»y«T».. .present
Will Attempt Mount McKinley In April
Professor Parker and Artist Browne, Who Were Compan
ions of the Discredited Dr. Cook, Preparing an Expedition
cally the same as that at the top of
peaks of corresponding height in equa
torial regions, though-the 'Alaskan em
peror of mountalns holds sway in the
far north, only 280 miles from tbe arc
tic circle. It. Is by far the: highest -.peak
in the world in such a northern lati
tude. TV ..'
there is a tradition among the natives
of the Aleutian
Jfelangq in' that general
neighborhood .that centuries ago the
mountain was a volcano,' belching
smoke andi flame.. Those Indians called
nothing local about
house of representatives frori coast to
New England pairs with Kan
sas—two pairs. And these days there
is usually a full house in the speaker's
hand, because every member is expect-"
ing something to break loose in the in
surgent campaign and wants to be in
at the killing. The 189 Republicans
counting out the thirty'—want to be
there to keep the 172 Democrats from
coalescing with t!fb Insurgents. The
Democrats want to be there to coalesce
at the first blush of opportunity. That
is one of the things Lhat make this ses
sion of the Sixty-first congress more
.than usually interesting from the. visit
mien among them with whom no mis
take could be made," he says. "Mur
dock of Kansas, Hubbard of Iowa, Nor
ris of Nebraska, Cooner of Wisconsin,
are tried veterans of this warfarei any
one' of them would make an able, fair
and absolutely true speaker."
Well/what-do you think aboutit?
is voiced in the
Upheld by Constituents.
All the insurgents declare that their
people are standing by them. When
Murdock got home from the e^tra
tariff session last summer the popu
lace of Wichita met him at the depot
and paraded him around town with a
brass band In front and the insurgent
in the leading carriage. Main street
and Douglas avenue being crammed to -r
curbs with vociferous acclalmers.
other insurgents had similar
ptions. though it is. probable that
Murdock's was the
article to elect an
r. "There are plenty -of
McKinley^ waa bestowed by an intrepid
American prospector, W. A. Dlcl^cy,
who went into Alaska on the gold rush
of l898 and was the first white man to
see the mountain, which yras kn^wn to
the whites by^the^name of Bolshoy, tx
cept at a distance of about' 200 miles.
Dickey -fioated past thie foot of the
Alaskjin range in a frail: craft on |he
Sushitna:rivm and beheld the magdl^r.:
cent mountain at a close" vieip. ..
''Both Parker and Browne aij^ftoufi
tain climbers of widely recognized abil
ity and reliability. They are, known as
palnstaking itudents iantounr