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He Is rulied and Hauled
This Way and That
By Party Leaders Claiming
to Be His Friends.
A Stampede For Him For
Vice Presidency
Prefers to Make the Kace For
But Hesitates About an Abso
lute Decision.
Kansas Delegates Join
Roosevelt Boomers.
Philadelphia, June IS. Governor
Roosevelt gave out this statement at 4
o'clock this afternoon:
"In view of the revival of the talk of
myself as a vice president candidate I
have this to sry:
"It is Impossible to express how deep
ly touched I am by the attitude of those
delegates who have wished me to take
this nomination. Moreover it is not
necessary to say how thoroughly I un
derstand the high honor and dignity of
the otllce an oflice so high and so hon
orable that it is well worthy the am
bition of any man in the United States.
"But while I appreciate all this to
the full, nevertheless I feel most deeply
that field of my best usefulness to the
public and to the party is in New York
state, and if the party should see fit
to renominate me for governor I can
In that position help the national
ticket as in no other way. I very
earnestly ask that every friend of mine
in the convention respect my wish and
my Judgment in this matter."
Philadelphia. June IS. From a spec
tacular standpoint the convention be
gan today. Over night the city
blossomed like a flower garden. Bi'ight
skies smiled and a cool breeze in
stilled life and animation into the con
stantly swelling crowds. By every
train they are pouring into the city,
and the town awoke to the strains of
martial music as one of the marching
clubs swung up the street headed by
a brass band playing as If its salva
tion depended upon the vigor put into
the music. There has not been an
hour since when the air was not filled
with music and in which bands have
rot been parading In some quarter of
the city, meeting and escorting the in
coming delegates, clubs and distin
guished visitors. The leaders are being
serenaded and the hotel corridors are
Jammed with seething, struggling
crowds. And the Roosevelt contagion
is everywhere.
The town is mad with delight at the
prospect of his nomination. His badge
is on every lapel; his name is on every
lip. Nothing else is talked of. In the
streets the newsboys dinned it into
overy one. The fakirs and sellers of
buttons shouted their wares in sport
ing parlance: "McKinley with Roose
velt for a place."
There was the biggest kind of a
turnout of pretty women, and almost
without exception they were wearing
the vignettes of the Empire state gov
ernor. So far as the populace is con
cerned it is taken for granted that the
ticket is already named. The crowds
will not listen to the suggestion that
Roosevelt himself may upset the pro
gramme. They say he had as well at
tempt to stay the torrent of Niagara.
In the hotels the delegates were busy
holding state meetings, selecting' com
mitteemen and distributing badges.
These latter are the handsomest seen
in years They consist of simple bronze
medallions suspended by ribbons from
a bronze bar. On the medallions are
the faces of Lincoln, Grant and Mc
Kinley, superimposed upon each other,
McKinley's likeness uppermost. The
leaders are pow-wc.wing. The national
committee held a firal meeting to clear
the decks for tomorrow and the offi
cials are engaged in the distribution of
the tickets and in adjusting the thou
sand and one details which remain to
be attended to.
By 11 o'clock today Gov. Roosevelt be
gan active work to stem the tide of
sentiment in favor of his nomination.
He had conferences with Henry C.
Payne rf Wisconsin, Senator Lodge of
Massachusetts. Senator Hanna, Na
tional Committeeman Gibbs of New
York and Benjamin Odell, in addition
to other" leaders.
Senator Hanna, it is stated, advised
that the proper course for him to pur
sue was to issue a statement positively
declining the nomination.
"It will be entirely consistent with
your previous statements." . Senator
Hanna is said to have urged, "and will
convince people that you have lost none
of your determination when you set out
to accomplish a result."
"But I have never asserted," an
swered Governor Roosevelt, "that I
Mould decline if nominated. I do not
want the office, but T am nnt m
tiat I can refuse if the convention fails
to listen to my protest."
"You had better take a razor and cut
your throat," suggested Senator Twte
"to decline the nomination, would be
Congressman Littauer. another of the
governors personal friends in New
York, said: "The thine- hn . -
far to stop with appeals to the .le
gates. It cannot be stopped in that
way. The only way is for the gov
ernor to sav that he will not acceot
under any circumstances. He would
then carry out the general belief that
ne is a man o( his word and of deter
mination." Several other friends of ths
uie'J mm to DOSltlve V decline onil
after finding that he was about equally
uvieu on Dotn siaes of the contro
versy by his close personal friends he
announced that he would come to a
decision by 4 o'clock this afternoon.
At 12 noon he was absolutely nnrle-
c ded in the matter, but it was de
termined that the result lay personally
wun r-;m ana mat it was useless to
try and work a change of sentiment in
the delegations.
A delegation from Kansas headed by
the candidate for United States sen
ator. J. R. Burton, called and the gov
ernor chatted with them.
Turning to Mr. Burton just as they
were leaving he said: "My dear fel
low. I want to do what is right by the
party, but I honestly believe that my
path o duty lies in New York state."
'Well," said Mr. Burton, "if we don't
vcte for you we will vote for Wood
ruff." A delegation of Iowa men also had
a long interview with Roosevelt. At
ths conclusion of the Interview the sit
uation was summed up as follows by
Lt.fe Young, who headed the delega
tion: "He did not say he would and he did
not say he would not, and as we came
out of his room Mark Hanna was wait
ing to see him to urge him to refuse
th? nomination, and Henry Cabot
Lodge was waiting to urge him to take
it. That is the situation as we left
The delegation was composed of
George E. Roberts, director of the mint,
M. D. O'Connell. solicitor of the treas
ury, and Laf? Young. Prof. Albert G.
Sr.aw, editor of the Review of Reviews,
accompanied the party. Prof. Shaw is
a warm friend of Governor Roosevelt,
ard is strong in his denunciation of the
attempt to force the nomination upon
the governor.
The interview opened by a statement
by Mr. Young to Governor Roosevelt
to the effect that the Dolliver men de
sired if possible to gain some definite
idea as to what he desired or intended
to do.
"It is easy to say what I desire to
do," replied the governor with a laugh.
"I desire to be governor of New York
ajtain, and I do not desii'e to be nomi
nated fr-r vice president of the United
"Can you give us an idea of what
you intend to do?" asked Mr. Roberts
"Well," replied the governor, "these
fellows have placed me in an awful po
sition. I want to be go'ernor of New
York for another term at least and I
do not care to be nominated for vice
president. But they are forcing the
matter on me on all sides and it is go
ing to be very difficult to decline it. If
I refuse it people will say that 'Roose-
vflt has the big head, and thinks he is
too much of a man to be vice presi
dent.' I do not care to be placed in
such a position, for it is not true that
I hold any such opinion of myself.
"Then why. Governor," said Mr.
O'Connell, "don't you take the stand
ta sen . by Senator Allison when they
tried to get him to take the place. He
simply said: 'I don t want it, gentle
men: I will not take it. Good day." "
' Possibly the pressure brought to
bear upon me is somewhat stronger
thiin that placed upon the senator," re
plied Roosevelt.
"The situation is right heie, Gov
ernor," said Mr. Young. "These peo
ple who are trying to get you to take
thl:? place do not care anything for you.
They simply think that you of all men
car lend strength to the ticket. They
thiik you can carry the state of New
York. They don't care to have you
carrv it for the Republican party.
They know you can carry it either as
governor or vice president. They want
yot to carry it as vice president for
their own purposes, and they are un
willing that you should carry it for
your own purpose of for the good of the
partv. Now if you aceept the nomina
tion vou are -simply playing into their
hands and making yourself a party
to their .schemes.
"Come now, Young, you are too hard,"
said the governor, with a laugh.
" am not hard at all," replied Mr.
Young, "I am simply stating the situa
tion as I know it and as you and every
body else know it. These men cannot
hut't vou if you decline to take the
nomination. No man can hurt Roose
velt save Roosevelt himself."
"Well, gentlemen," said the governor,
"I have said all that I can say at the
present time. Mr. Hanna and a num
ber of others are waiting to see me and
I will be glad to see you all at any
"Then you cannot give us any posi
tive assurance at this time as to what
you will do?" asked Mr. O'Connell.
"I have said all that I can say at the
present time," was the reply and the
committee left without securing any
more definite assurance than they pos
sessed, when they entered the gover
nor's room.
About 12 o'clock Senator Hanna came
out: of Roosevelt's room. He said there
was little to say as a result of the con
ference. ' The governor stands just where he
has always been. He does not want the
nomination. It is a question whether or
not the convention will be stampeded for
"Will you try and prevent the stam
pede?" tie was asked.
"I cannot say. That must be determ
ined later. I am looking out for the in
terests of the Republican party and we
will try and do what is best for the
When the senator descended to his
rom he was met by Mr. Bliss, Mr.Gros
enor and other men close to the ad
m nistration and they went into a pri
vate conference in Hanna's room. '
.It transpired during the conference in
Roosevelt's room that Senator Hanna
combatting what is now the popular
impression that Roosevelt is the only
min who can be nominated, said:
I think we can nominate some one
else besides Roosevelt."
For God's sake go ahead and do it,"
responded the governor.
That's right," said Senator Lodge,
n l Wmr i-zrr 'SA
Who May Be Caught in a Vice Presidential Stampede.
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Summarized From the Associate! Press Report in Today's J
J State Journal. J
"Rut T have never asserted." insisted Governor Roosevelt, "that I would X-
"fc decline if nominated. I do not want
C nnt rjfjii If iht. r-nnvPTitliin rflfnsps in
J "You had better take a razor and
juouge, lo uecime a. iiumuia-iiuii wuuiu uw equally is laiai. j.
M Turning to Mr. J. R. Burton, just as they were leaving, Roosevelt said: 5-
-k "My dear fellow, I want to do what is right by the party, but I honestly be-
-it lieve my path of duty lies in New York state." "It is easy to say what I de- J-
sire to do," replied Governor Roosevelt to Iafe Young, with a laugh.
J "I desire to be governor of New York aaln, and I do not desire to be
J nominated for vice president of the United States. These fellows have J
placed me in an awful position. I want to be governor of New York for T
another term, at least, and I don't care to be nominated for vice president, J"
but they are forcing the matter on me on all sides, and it is going to be very rT
difficult to decline it. If I refuse it people will say that 'Roosevelt has the big J
head and thinks he is too much of a man to be vice president. I don't care ' J.
J to be placed in such a position, for it is not true that I hold any such opin- J
ion of myself."
At 12 o'clock today Senator Hanna came out of Roosevelt's room and
said: "The governor stands just where he has always been. He does not
-Ic want the nomination. It is a question whether or not tha convention will
-$c be stampeded for him." 4-
Governor-Roosevelt said to the South Dakota delegation today: "Gentle- J
men I am placed in a great and serious quandary. 1 am not unmindful of T
the great honor which you all wane to confer upon me.. I do not scorn it or T
scoff at it. but I believe I can better serve my party in New York state J
than the nation and 1 am still of the mind that I should not be nominated J
T for vice president, but for governor of New York." . J
I "Will you refuse, if nominated." said one of the delegation. Roosevelt j(-
flushed, and then said slowly and distinctly, "I don't see how I can," and )(-
uien uuutM. A iiue wul eiitiicij' maue up my muni. jt
-fc The governor said that he had been about equally advised on both sides j-
-fc of the controversy by his close personal friends. He announced that he 4
M would come to a decision by 4 o'clock this afternoon. 14-
J JrMr -
As Planned by the Republican National Committee.
Philadelphia, June IS. Following is the programme of the Republican
national convention as planned by the national committee:
First Session, Tuesday, June 19.
Call to order at noon by Chairman Hanna.
Reading of the call.
Call of temporary roll of delegates.
Chairman Hanna announces Senator Wolcott, of Colorado, as temporary
Speech by Senator tVolcott.
Selection of committee on credentials.
Selection of committee on organization.
Selection of committee on rules and order of business.
Selection of committee on resolutions.
Committees retire for deliberation.
Recess until noon of following day.
Second Session, Wednesday, June 20.
Committee on credentials reports announcing payment roll of delegates.
Committee on organization reports selection of Senator Henry Cabot
Lod!?e, of Massachusetts, as permanent chairman.
Chairman Wolcott passes gavel to Chairman Lodge,
Speech by Senator Lodge.
Committee on rules reports adoption of rules of the house of representa
tives. Roll call of states for announcement of members of new national com
mittee. Report of committee on resolutions.
Roll call of states on adoption of report.
Roll call of states for nominations tor president. When Ohio is reached
President McKinley will be placed in nomination, probably by Senator For
aker. Nomination to be seconded by Senator Depew. or Governor Roosevelt,
of New York. Other seconding speeches by prominent Republicans of other
states. Roll call by states on nomination of president. Nomination of
president to be made by acclamation.
Recess until noon of following day.
Third Session, Thursday, June 21.
Roll call of states for nominations for vice presidency.
Speeches seconding various nominations.
Balloting for choice.
Appointment of committees on notification of candidates.
Final adjournment.
T -
"Let's go ahead and nominate soma
other man."
"What is the matter with Long?"
asked Hanna.
"Nothing." replied Lodge. "Go ahead
and nominate him."
Gathering from the tone of Senator
Lodge's remark that although the sena
tor was supporting Long he had very
little hope that Long would be ndmina-
the office, but I am sure that I can
litn to rrv nrntfst " 3-
cut your throat," suggested Senator J
ted, Senator Hanna continued: "Well
what is the matter with Fairbanks?"
"Nothing in the world," responded
Lodge, "go atiea.d and nominate him.
Nominate anybody you can. We are ail
standing ready to help you."
Mr. O'Dell assured the conference that
New York would take, no action forcing
Roosevelt on the convention and would
(Continued on Sixth Pasre.)
Chinese Forts Open Fire
Foreign War Ships.
Fire Returned and the Guns Are
And Take Possession of the
Russia Has Demanded Indem
nity of 50 Million Taels.
Jfinth Regiment U. S. A. Ordered
to China From Manila.
marines Lnaer Seymour LnaDie I
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to Reach Pekin.
Compelled to Give Up and Re
turn to Tien Tsin.
London, June 18. Shanghai is to the
front again with the statement that the
Taku forts have been occupied by the
international troops. According to
Che Foo special, 17 forts opened fire
upon the warships, whereupon the fleet
replied in kind, and silenced the Chinese
guns and the international forces sub
sequently landed and seized the forts.
The news of this engagement is stated
to have been brought to Che Foo by a
Japanese warship, but the date of the
occurrence is not given. According: to
a dispatch the Chinese bombardment
followed an ultimatum sent by the com
manders of the fleet.
An official dispatch from the German
consul at Che Foo received in Berlin,
confirms the arrival of a Japanese tor
pedo boat with the following message:
"The Japanese .torpedo boat reports
that the legations at Pekin have been
A later dispatch from the same con
sul in Berlin this morning states that
an engagement is proceeding in Taku
between the Chinese forces and the for
eign warships.
Berlin has also official notification
from Shanghai that owing to the inter
ruction of telegraph lines no trust
worthy news whatever is obtainable of
the events transpiring in Pekin.
A dispatch from Shanghai says Rus
sia has demanded fifty million taels in
demnity for the damage done to the
Chinese railways in which Russians are
Simla, June 18. In consequence of the
gravity of the Chinese situation the
Seventh Bengal infantry has been or
dered to proceed to Hong Kong.
New York, June 18 The Great North
ern Telegraph company has issued a
notice to the Commercial Cable com
pany to the effect that the lines to the
far east are in order again.
Washington, June 18. The Ninth in
fantry has been ordered from Manila to
China. Colonel Liscum commands the
regiment which has had its headquar
ters at Tarlac, about two hours' dis
tance by rail from Manila. War de
partment omcials say that the regiment
probably is already aboard the trans
port and ready to sail for China,
The navy department has been in
formed by Admiral Kempff that the
Taku forts yesterday fired on the for
eign ships and after a brief engagement
New York, June 18. The central
cable offices of the Western tTnion Tel
egraph company this morning issued
the following: "Telegraph communica
tion with Taku and Tien Tsin has been
re-established via the Siberian and
Helampo route."
The Commercial Cable company also
makes a similar announcement.
Washington, June 18. The war de
partment has received the following ca
blegram from General MacArthur at
Manila, dated yesterday: "Ninth in
fantry. Colonel Liscum, ordered to
Taku on Logan; transport Port Albert;
probably start 24th. Typhoon delay
Washington.June IS The actual news
of the situation in China was received
by the navy department in two cable
grams, the contents of which were made
known as follows:
"The department has received a ca
blegram from Admiral Remey at Cavite
dated ISth, that informs the department
that Commander Taussig cables that
the Taku forts at the mouth of the Pei
Ho fired on the foreign gun vessels and
surrendered to the allied forces on the
morning of the 17th. The department
has instructed Admiral Kempff to eon-
cur with the other powers in taking ail
steps necessary to protect all American
"A dispatch from Taussig dated Chee
Foo 17th, says that the Taku first fired
on foreign gun vessels at 12:4o in the
morning and reports that the British
admiral is at Tien Tsin."
The press dispatches from Manila last
night saying that the Ninth infantry
had been ordered to Manila for service
in China exposed the secret plans of the
war department to dispatch troops to
the scene of trouble in China. Secret or
ders were sent to Gen. MacArthur a few
davs ago to prepare for the prompt dis
patch of troops to Taku but it was not
intended that the matter should become
public until the movement was at least
underway. Now that the matter has
leaked out from Manila the officials of
the war department admit that the ad
ministration has concluded to send
troops to China for the protection of the
lives and property of American citizens.
The voyage from Manila to Taku will
occupy at least a week.
. The state department this morning re
ceived a cablegram from United States
Consul Goodnow at Shanghai repeating
the news previously conveyed to the na-
vy department by Admiral Kemey and
Commander Taussig.
'i ne omcials here are nuzzled by Taus
sig's statement that the British admir
al has- arrived at Tien Tsin. They did
not know that more than one British
admiral was in the Pel Ho and that one
was Admiral Seymour who led the in
ternational relief column toward Pekin.
If it is this officer who has returned to
Tien Tsin then the assumption is that
tne reiier column has failed and has
been compelled to retreat to Tien Tsin.
This assumption would explain the
statement brought by the Japanese tor-
peuo Doat tnat the foreign legations at
Pekin had been taken for that is the on
ly manner in which the news could have
reached Tien Tsin.
donVfr therelief of ' forefgnnmintsterI
at Jr'ekin, supposing they are still alive
until a very -much stronger relief col
umn can be forced and marched over
land to Pekin. Weeks must elapse be
fore this can be accomplished.
lhe Ninth infantry regiment repre
sents all of the army which it is propos
ed at preser.t to employ. Col. Liscuin
hap been ordered to report to the Uni
ted States consul at Tien Tsin.
It is difficult to -get a precise official
view of the status of our relations with
China since this last news. The conclu
sion tnat we are in a state of war is
emphatically negatived by the officials
best competent to speak. The Chinese
minister, Mr. Wu was an early visitor
10 tne state department today.
jne aoes not believe that we are at
war with China. He said there had evi
dently been a great misunderstanding
and he whs rnnfirlpnf tVi-j- if Yic Tabu
forts had fired upon the international
n aar t r nto -i sit K . kAnn.r.A .
fleet it
mander of the Chinese forts there did
not understand what was wanted or he
had failed to receive proper instructions
trom his. superior through an error.
Herr von. Holleben, the German
ambassador, also was without official
news today. At the state department
the view prevailed that notwithstand
ing there had been a bombardment and
that our forces were on Chinese soil still
there, was not war up to this stage
Secretary Hay asked if the latest de
velopments had made any change in the
policy which the United States has
adopted -towards this Chinese trouble.
He replied:
"Our naval forces in that region have
been directed to act concurrently with
the forces of the other powers for the
protection, of all American interests."
Pans, June 18.-5:45 p. m. The
French consul general in South China
who was instructed to send into Ton
quin all the French citizens at Yunnan
Sen cabled from the latter place under
date of Thursday. June 14. that he had
been prevented from leaving with his
companions by the viceroy and that his
nouse ana an the missions have been
burned. He adds that everything, in
cluding their clothes, has been stolen
and that they are practically prisoners.
The foregoing is the situation referred
to by the French minister of foreign af
fairs, M. Delcasse, in his speech of
June 11.
London, June 18. A dispatch from
Chee Foo under today's date says:
"The forces of the combined fleets
occupied the Taku north forts yester
day after exploding a magazine. - The
British gunboat Algerine was damaged
and two of her ofneers and four men
were wounded.
"Japan and Russia are reported to
be landing a large force of troops. All
is quiet, here."
The admiralty office has received
the following official dispatch from
Chee Foo under today's date:
"The Jaaanese man of war Teiashi
has Just arrived from Taku. She re
ports that the commander' in chief
and trViops are back at Tien Tsin."
The dispatch of the Associated Press
from Admiral Kempff dated Washing
ton, containing the American admiral's
report of the engagement at Taku was
the first news Lord Salisbury received
of the capture of the Taku forts. The
British eovertiment was aware that
an engagement was proceeding but it
was ignorant of the result, and the
greatest satisfaction is evinced.
The officials at the foreign office say
no word has been received from the
British minister at Pvkln, Sir Claude
McDonald, since June 12, and the gov
ernment is ignorant as to whether the
legations at the Chinese capital have
been captured or not. The admirals
on the snot are relied on to overcome all
difficulties. Admiral Seymour, the Brit
ish commander, not being hampered by
orders, and any requests which he may
make will be promptly met.
Named to Succeed Leland as
National Committeeman.
Philadelphia, June 18. At a meeting
of the Kansas delegates to the Republi
can national convention in Philadelphia
this morning Dave Mulvane was elected
national committeeman for Kansas by
a unanimous vote.
Mr. Slulvane is a member of the firm
of Overmyer & Mulvane, lawyers. He
is a young man but for several years
has been active in Republican politics.
National Committeeman.
He has been a member of the state
committee for eight years and it is no
secret that he has long cherished an
ambition to succeed Cyrus Leland as
the national representative of the Re
publican sparty of Kansas.
Mr. Mulvane has been a -close xnena
of J. R. Burton ever since that gentle
man became ambitious and it was due
to the efforts of Mr. Burton's friends
that he was selected as national com
Sentiment Favorable to Ilia
Nomination For Second Place
Seems About to Overwhelm the
New York Governor,
In an Effort to Force the Place
. on the Rough Riders ' . ' ,
Generally Believed That
IT ill Accept If Named.
Roosevelt Boom Causes Him to
Change His Mind.
Hi3 Own Wishes Subordinate to
Mark Hanna's.
Philadelphia, June 18. The long ad
vertised stampede for Roosevelt, ia such;
as to indicate that it probably cannot
be checked.
Ever since the Republican clans hava
begun to gather here Roosevelt has been
hanging over the convention like tha
shadow of the man on horseback. His
appearance in the corridors of the hotels
thus far has been the only thing whieii
has stirred the crowds to their depth.
He alone has uncorked the enthusiasm
and inspired a cheer. When he entered
the Walton, .picturesque and command
ing, wearing the slouch hat which has
been his only gear since he returned
from Cuba, the crowds rose at him ed
died about him like a swirling tide in
their eagerness to greet him. The rank
and file only have been deterred from
proclaiming him as their choice from
the very first by his repeated announce
ment that he was not a candidate. New
York and Pennsylvania, the former with
72 and the latter with 64 delegates, have
thrown, his banner to the breeze. The
effect was magical. The rush to his
standard resembled the jumping of nee
dles to the side of a magnet. Nothing
but a positive declaration from Gover
nor Roosevelt that he would not accept
the nomination after it was made would
stop it. and he will not make that de
claration. Some of the governor's per
sonal friends have been to him ami
urged him to make every effort to pre
vent the nomination, but he realized
that he is in no position to declare irt
advance that he would refuse a nomina-f
tion after it was tendered.
His position is different from that of
Senator Allison, who has made it plait
that he would decline under similar con
ditions. Senator Allison is destined ta
remain in the senate as long as he de
sires. The possibility of the presidency
has passed beyond his hopes. Looking
to the future, Governor Roosevelt anil
his friends realize that the declination
of a popular and enthusiastic nomina
tion for vice president, made with the
idea that it Will contribute to the suc
cess of the party in the campaign, would
no doubt mean political oblivion.
It' is accepted by the leaders that
Roosevelt was sincere in his emphatia
declaration that he would not accept
and was not a candidate, but he now
realizes that the popular and political
movement to force the nomination upon,
him has reached a point beyond hia
The attitude of the administration,
and especially that of Senator Hanna,
who has been looked to by the delegates
to give the cue to the wishes of the pres-
laent, rorms an interesting feature of
the situation. It has been the general
impression that it only remained for
Hanna to give the word, or for sonw
person with authority to indicate the
wishes of the president, and that the
convention would line up for the man
selected. From the very beginning Sen
ator Hanna declared that the president
was not taking any part in the selection
cf his running mate, and the senator
gave no indication of his own choice. He
had favored Mr.Bliss, but he announced
upon nis arrival here that, for personal
reasons, Bliss -could not accept. Many
believed that these personal reasons
were that Bliss could not have the sap
port of the New York delegation, anil
that the hope was entertained that irt
time the New Yorkers would be forced
by prevailing outside sentiment to brin x
forward Mr. Bliss, which would Insure
his nomination.
If this was the case, it is now too late.
While the situation is not beyond the
control of the administration forces to
prevent the nomination of Roosevelt,
it is realized that such action, in view
of the general stampede, would be un
wise. From the first. Senator Hanna has
declared that the convention should
make the nomination and, now that it
is about to do so, even under the manip
ulation and with the assistance of such
experienced politicians as Piatt and
Quay, it would be impolitic for Senator
Hanna to make a fight to defeat it,
even if the man selected is not the se
lection of the administration. The only
man in the race who seemed satisfac
tory to the friends of the administra
tion was Secretary Long, and his can
didacy did not flourish, because a Mas
sachusetts candidate did not impress
the delegates as giving additional
strength of the ticket..
With doubt as to the choice of the
administration and with the desire to
make New York safe, with a belief
among many delegates that Roosevelt
was the one man who would add
strength to the ticket in the east and
west, it was not difficult to start the
stampede, and it is generally accepted
that the national Republican ticket
will be McKinley and Roosevelt.
This much is known if the conven
tion names Governor Roosevelt for vice
president, he will not decline. He has
emphatically said that he would not ac
cept if nominated, but it is known on
the best of authority that he will not
decline. Nevertheless, his determina
tion to protest against the nomination
until the last minute is unchanged.
"While he admitted that the situation
looked as if he would le forced into a
nomination, he was hoping that sucJ
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