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Probe of September Election
Reacts Againts Hoover
Forces in State.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
AUGUSTA, Me.. October 8.—Hoover
leaders in Maine have become alarmed
within the week. They admit a dan
ger of the electoral vote of the State
going to Roosevelt. Ten days ago they
•would make no admission. Responsi
bility lor tills situation is being placed
upon Attorney General Clement F.
Robinson ol Portland for the manner
In which he handled alleged election
irregularities in the St. John River
Valley section of Aroostook County in
About 10 days after the election a
member of the attorney general's law
firm In Portland, not of his State of
fice force, with a squad of assistants
descended upon the valley. They be
gan an investigation of the. election
Findings Kept Secret.
Robinson, beyond declaring that if
frauds warranting criminal action were
uncovered he would take action, said
nothing. Later he made a report to
Gov. Gardiner and issued a statement
that while irregularities were found
there would be no prosecutions.
At the time this report was made
he was asked by Allan C. Wilson, mem
ber of the Governor's council, what was
found. He declined to answer. Coun
cilor Wilson intimated that on election
day in September residents of the
Province of New Brunswick came across
the river and voted in these towns.
Beyond that, he. too. was silent.
Later he said that unless action was
taken Aroostook would go overwhelm
ingly Democratic in November. Since
then petitions have been put in circu
lation demanding that Gov. Gardiner
make public the complete text of the
attorney general's report. While these
sre being freely signed, none have, as
yet, been presented to the Governor.
See Roosevelt Victory.
Those valley towns gave more than
3,000 plurality to the Democratic
It is this situation which is arous
ing fear on the part of Hoover lead
ers. They admit tkat signs are many
that, unless something is done, unless
the public is given the complete story
of what took place in the Aroostook
Valley on September 12, the voters of
the entire States will register their
disapproval by giving Maine to the
Democrats by an overwhelming vote.
Pro-Roosevelt Sentiment in State
Is Pictured as Protest
Against Conditions.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
OMAHA, Nebr., October 8.—While
sentiment in Nebraska continues
strongly in favor of Roosevelt, there is
no doubt but the speech made by Presi
dent Hoover at Des Moines Tuesday has
set the farmers thinking.
Outcome of the election, observers
Bay. will depend on whether voters who
have suffered heavily by the depression,
and many of whom have been consistent
Republicans, will desert that party in
November in face of the warning Presi
dent Hoover has given.
The Republican organization is bring
ing in a battery of outside speakers of
national standing to talk in the small
The Democratic organization, still
supremely confident after the Roosevelt
visit, is spreading the view that Hoover's
speech is the utterance of a man fight
ing with his back against the wall.
Democratic speakers say the threat that
if the Democrats win. a worse panic
than has yet been felt will follow, is
idle talk.
Pro-Roosevelt feeling so far is more
of a protest against Republican results
than an abiding confidence in the
Democratic candidate himself.
Much will depend on the utterances
of Gov. Roosevelt in later speeches. His
reconciliation with former Gov. Smith
has turned the tide here in his favor.
Straw votes indicate a Roosevelt
Bweep in Nebraska.
{Republicans Hopeful Something
Will Alter Situation Before
November Election.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
WILMINGTON. Del., October 8 —Al
though they will not admit it for pub
lication, Republican leaders here are
greatly worried over the situation. In
private conversations they say that only
a miracle between now and election will
keep the State from going Democratic.
They admit that if the election was held
now Roosevelt would carry the State.
They are hoping for something to hap
pen beween now and November 8. It
is said that if Roosevelt carries the
State he will carry with him the entire
ticket in the State.
The reason given is the continued un
employment and the desire of the work
ers for a change. Those who are most
optimistic say that if Hoover carries the
State it will be by a very narrow
The situation was made worse for the
Republicans by the nomination this
week of Rev. F. B. Short for Congress by
the Independent or Prohibition party.
Mr. Short has always been a Republican
and has a large following in the lower
part of the State.
The Democratic leaders are more
tiopeful than they have been for years.
IThey agree, however, that Mr. Short will
take some votes from their congressional
/candidate. They are hoping that the
number taken from the Republican can
didate will allow their nominee to
klip in.
ftfontana Unable to Forecast Mean
ing· of Additional Voters.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
HELENA. Mont., October 8—Un
precedently increased registration is a
central theme at the height of the na
tional campaign in Montana, and no
body seems to know just what it por
tends. Counties report 15 to 25 per
tent increase over the registration for
the primaries of July. About 241.000
votes were cast in the primaries. The
results there were not especially signif
icant, since issues were local, but the
Democratic vote showed a big gain.
Very· very dull thus far, the cam
paign is due soon to perk up, with Vice
President Curtis and Assistant Secre
tary of the Interior Dixon to appear
for the Republicans and Senators Walsh
and Wheeler for the Democrats.
Norman Thomas, Socialist candidate,
drew good crowds here this week and
seemingly made a good impression. An
liieMkfe in the Socialist vote in the
State appears likely.
Answers Hoover
Missourian Picked by Demo
crats to Follow President
in Iowa Capital.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
DES MOINES, Iowa, October 8 —
President Hoover made votes for him
self by his address Tuesday In Des
Moines, both by turning wavering Re
publicans back to him and by firing the
enthusiasm of Republican leaders.
The Democrats remained Democrats,
but Republicans became more enthusi
astic about the President, who won
them both by what he said and the
fighting manner in which he said it.
It commonly was agreed the Presi
dent had gone far to win those Re
publicans previously none too certain
they would vote for him.
I James A. Parley. Democratic na
ί tional chairman, and Arthur Mullen.
I vice chairman of the Democratic Cam
: paign Committee, telephoned from New
I York to Iowa Democratic headquarters
I and offered the pick of the Democratic
ι stumpers to answer the President,
j Iowa headquarters chose former Sen
! ator James A. Reed of Missouri, who
I was in New York at the time the offer
j was made. Reed will speak here Mon
I day.
The quick Democratic rejoinder to the
President by Senator Reed will be
followed with other speeches by Re
publican headliners.
Ogden Mills. Secretary of the Treas
ury, may speak in Iowa on his return
from the West Coast, and this speech
may be delivered in Des Moines.
Democratic Activity le Directed
Against Senator Dale's Bid
for Re-election.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
BURLINGTON. Vt„ October 8.—The
J most important political event oi the
! week was the Republican convention,
! held at Montpelier Tuesday. Adoption
of a platform, and particularly the
wording of the plank dealing with the
liquor question, provided the most de
The platform as finally adopted de
clares: "We favor the submission by
Congress at the earliest possible date of
a resolution for constitutional conven
tions of the people in the several States
proposing to repeal or to morify the
eighteenth amendment to the end that
the people of the several States may vote
to adopt or reject any such proposal of
j modification or repeal ; and further, we
believe that any such proposal should
j vest in each State .the sole right to
ι deal with the problem as it may de
termine to the extent of the powers re
turned to it, and retain in the Federal
Government its power to protect each
State whose laws forbid the sale of
liquor from interference and invasion
by other States. In accord with Presi
dent Hoover and as a matter of State
policy, we are opposed to the return of
the saloon."
The State committee was re-elected
and the following presidential electors
were nominated: Harold W. Mason of
Brattleboro, Hall P. McCullough of
Bennington and Clarence Morgan of
Democratic activity during the next
month is to be directed especially
against United States Senator Porter
H. Dale. Fred C. Martin, Democratic
candidate for United States Senator
. will receive the vote of some Repub
1 licans who are not satisfied with Sen
I ator Dale's attitude on prohibition, but
I Senator Dale's defeat is not considered
! probable.
Small-Town Elections Made Basis
for Forecast of 13,000 Ma
jority In November.
Spocial Dispatch to The Star.
HARTFORD, Conn., October 8.—
"Small town" elections, held in Con
necticut last Monday, though made the
basis by Democratic State Chairman
David À. Wilson for an optimistic pre
diction that Connecticut will be Demo
cratic November 8 by 13,000, were a
disappointment to that party. The
Democrats had been counting on mak
ing gains in the number of towns, but
for the first time since 1926 the num
ber of towns they held decreased,
although the net loss was only one.
The Democratic Chairman bases his
claim of the State on an estimate that
the towns of the State will give the
Republicans a lead of 15,000 in Novem
ber. while the Democratic centers, most
of which did not vote Monday, will pro
' duce a 28,000 lead for that party. The
Republican lead in all the towns where
there were two-party contests last Mon
day was 10.533. In the 1930 State elec
tion, won by Gov. Cross by 5.400, these
same towns gave the Republicans a
lead of 11,309.
Both Parties in Florida at Work
to Get Out Electors.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
JACKSONVILLE, Fla.. October 8.—
Red-hot meetings at which various
State officials and candidates for office
have been heard are reported from dif
ferent parts of Florida the past week.
I The effort is being made by party
ι leaders, Democratic and Republican, to
1 get out a big vote in November—some
thing not usual, as for many years
Democratic nomination has meant elec
tion. with only slight opposition de
veloped at the polls.
How the Political Tides Are Flowing

WITH Republicans aroused
to new hope by President
Hoover's speech at Des
Moines and Democrats
finding encouragement In
the handclasp Alfred E. Emith gave
Gov. Roosevelt at Albany, this
week's reports from political cor
respondents of The Star In all sec
tions indicate that Interest has been
heightened in the presidential cam
paign throughout the country.
In the Western sector the Hoover
speech had an invigorating effect
on Republican campaign workers,
and is spurring them on to greater
activity, especially in States where
the Democrats are counting on the
agricultural situation to strengthen
their chances this year.
Several changes in trends are con
tained in the latest dispatches from
widely scattered sections of the
country. Washington State, on the
Pacific Coast, where earlier reports
Indicated Roosevelt had a slight ad
vantage. is reported now as being
In the doubtful column.
A dispatch from Delaware de
scribes Republican leaders there as
b?ing worried. They are reported to
be of the belief that if the election
were held now Rooeevelt would carry
the State, but they are hoping for a
change before November 8.
Plan Final Phase·.
Prom moet of the States, espe
cially those with large blocks of
electoral votes, the dispatches this
week deal principally with the plans
of the rival forces for the final
month of vigorous campaigning,
during which time it is expected the
outcome will be more discernible.
In New York—with 47 electoral
votes—speculation is rife as to how
the gubernatorial race may affect
the presidential contest, now that
both parties have named their. State
tickets. The dispatch from an ob
server in the Empire State predicts
the naming of Col. William J. Don
ovan as the Republican nominee for
Governor will strengthen the Hoo
ver candidacy in the State. The
Democratic convention named Lieut.
Gov. Herbert H. Lehman as its can
didate for Governor, with the com
bined backing of Gov. Roosevelt and
former Gov. Smith.
The dispatch from New York
points out that Col. Donovan is ex
pected to draw some Irish Catholic
votes irom the Democratic nominee,
but that, on the other hand, Leh
man will attract some Jewish Re
publican votes. If the unemploy
ment situation could be left out of
the picture, Donovan's chances
would be bright, despite the fact
that on the face of party enroll
ments New York State is Demo
cratic by a margin of 100,000 votes,
the correspondent there believes. Ae
the situation stands, he concludes
the gubernatorial race la a toss-up,
which is regarded as enhancing
Hoover's chances in the State at this
New England Situation.
Surveying reports from New Eng
land, Republicans in Maine are said
to be admitting now a danger of the
electoral vote of the State going to
Rooeevelt, Just as the governorship
went to the Democratic nominee in
the State election In September.
Down in Connecticut the Repub
licans found an encouraging sign in
the results of elections last week in
small towns. The Democrat· had
been counting on a gain in the num
ber of towns in their column, but,
for the first t'ime since 1926, they
sustained a net lots of one. In a
number of instances the Democrats
lost their standing as the second
place party to various local inde
pendent groups. The announce
ment that 8enator Bingham. Repub
lican candidate for re-election in
Connecticut, will campaign for the
national ticket In the West Is taken
to imply that he has no cause for
worry in his own State.
There is considerable interest In
the senatorial election in New Jer
sey, because it may have an effect
on which party will control the
Senate during the short session of
Congress this Winter. The party
division in the Senate is extremely
close. In New Jersey Senator W.
Warren Barbour. Republican, who
was appointed by the Governor
nearly a year ago to fill the vacancy
caused by the death of Senator
Dwlght W. Morrow, Is up for
election, with Representative Percy
H. Stewart as his Democratic op
In Pennsylvania President Hoo
ver's Iowa speech was well received
and his stops In the Keystone State
en route gave added impetus to
party workers. Democratic leaders
in the State got some comfort from
A1 Smith's exchange of greetings
with Gov. Roosevelt at Albany when
they met for the first time since
they were rivals for the presidential
nomination at Chicago. Pennsyl
vania Democrats are hoping, how
ever, that Smith will speak In the
campaign In order to increase Roose
velt's chance of getting votes Smith
got four years ago. Republican
leaders are predicting a normal Re
publican majority for the Hoover
Curtis ticket In Pennsylvania.
Trends in Midwest.
Gov. Roosevelt Is reported to be
tightening his hold on Ohio, where
he was given the advantage last
week. Indiana Is still running
toward the Democratic ticket, al
though the Hoover speech made Re
publican leaders there more opti
Republican leaders In West Vir
ginia claim there are signs of a
change favorable to President Hoo
ver and that with hard wcrk the
State may be lifted out of the doubt
ful column in the remaining weeks.
The Democrats there have lost none
of their confidence regarding the
presidential ticket, but are said to
be doubtful concerning the governor
Missouri Is another State where
Republicans seem more hopeful since
the President made his journey to
the Midwest.
In Illinois it is said that the ad
vantage gained by the Republicans
from the President's Des Moines
speech was offset by the effect In
Chicago of the meeting of Roosevelt
and Smith at Albany.
Dispatches from Iowa say Presi
dent Hoover turned wavering Re
publicans back to him and enthused
party lears by his speech at Des
Moines. an<f as a result the Demo
crats are planning to have former
Senator James A. Reed go there for
a speech.
From Nevada comes the observa
tion that If Norman Thomas, the
Socialist candidate, was on the bal
lot there, he would draw sufficient
votes from the Democrats to insure
the State for Hoover, but there has
been no petition to place that ticket
on the ballot, and the Democrats still
have the advantage.
Registration Gains.
Oregon Is regarded as doubtful. In
South Dakota a swing toward the
Hoover-Curtis ticket was seen in the
past week. In Montana a heavy
increase in registration is being in
terpreted both ways by the opposing
forces. If there has been any no
ticeable change in sentiment, it is a
swing back toward President Hoover,
but the result is still regarded as
doubtful in that State. No decisive
changes have been observed in Utah
or Wyoming during the week.
The s« ing toward Hoover In Wash
ington is interpreted as being a re
sult of a rift among the Democrats
growing out of the senatorial nomi
In California observers are watch
ing with Interest the heavy increase
In registration «11 over the State.
Los Angeles County has turned up
with 1,250,000 qualified voters, a 25
per cent Increase over 1928. Party
totals have not yet been announced,
but It Is reported that the biggest
gains have been made by the Demo
crats. In Loe Angeles new registra
tions since the primary are reported
to be more than 50 per cent Demo
cratic. . It Is pointed out that such
gains must be considered against a
normal Republican majority In the
State of 500,000. A partial tabula
tion has been completed, as to parties,
of the August primary, in which 1,
493.000 votes were cast, double the
number in 1928. Republican can
didate for the Sonate polled 766.226,
while Democratic candidates had a
total of 513.298. Various conclusions
are being drawn from these figures.
Battle Over Michigan.
Both parties are working hard to
get the electoral vote of Michigan.
This State, usually passed up as
hopeless territory by Democratic
candidates, was visited by Gov.
Roosevelt on his recent trip.
The Democratic presidential ticket
continues to find easy sailing In the
South. Reports continue to come
from Texas of the split In Demo
cratic ranks there over the gov
ernorship. Mrs. Miriam A. Fergu
son won the Democratic guberna
torial nomination by a narrow mar
gin over Gov. Ross S. Sterling, and
there are reports of a bolting move
ment. Orville Bullington Is cam
paigning vigorously as Republican
nominee for Governor.
In Maryland there are signs that
the business men are favoring Presi
dent Hoover, while sentiment among
workers appears to be for a change.
In Virginia during the week Interest
centered in the claim of Joseph L.
Crupper, Republican national com
mitteeman. that there could be no
legal election of members of Con
gress this Fall because the secretary
of the Commonwealth would not be
able to certify names of candidates
to local boards at least 30 days be
fore election, due to litigation pend
ing in court over the validity of the
redistricting act. The State attor
ney general, however, advised the
secretary public policy would be
complied with if the certifications
are made within a reasonable time
after the court decision.
Leaders Approve Aggressive
Fight With Headquarters
in Key Cities.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
DETROIT. Mich., October 8—The
visit of Gov. Roosevelt to Detroit last
Sunday admittedly aided the cause of
Democracy In Michigan. He was greet
ed enthusiastically by thousands and
his appearance was received cordially
by the press.
Above everything his visit placed In
the minds of the public the thought
there was a chance of a Democrat
carrying Michigan. This State in the
past has been ignored by the so-called
political "big shots" in the Democratic
ranks because it was looked on as
During the Governor's visit the prac
tical politicians in his party conferred
with party leaders throughout the
State and apparently gave their sanc
tion to opening an aggressive campaign
with headquarters in a number of key
cities. As a result the last week has
been one of Intensive organization
The Governor talked on "progres
sivism" in politics, something which
Michigan has responded to at times, no
longer ago than when Senator Hiram
Johnson was a candidate for the Re
publican nomination for President In
a State primary and carried the State.
The Republicans, likewise, have been
working unceasingly In organizing for
the fight. Out in the State they have
a much better organization than the
Democrats, but in Detroit the Demo
crats have perfected a good organi
The Republican State administration
has been embarrassed, temporarily at
least, by charges which have been car
ried to the courts that $6,000,000 has
been wasted In the wider Woodward
avenue project, said to be one of the
biggest projects of its kind ever under
taken. The Republican attorney gen
1 eral has issued a statement charging
politics and promising to clear the ad
ministration of any blame before the
November election by testimony to be
! presented in the courts shortly.
Both Parties Want Nationally
Known Speakers to Cam
paign in State.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
CHARLESTON, W. Va., October 8 —
The headquarters of both the Republi
can and Democratic parties are exer
cising themselves to have the national
committees send some of the party's
best speakers into West Virginia as
soon as possible after October 15.
Leaders of the two parties appear to
be anxious about the situation and
are demanding; help, the Republicans
seeking to regain lost ground, while the
Democrats want to hold what gains
they claim they have made over their
Walter S. Hallanan of Charleston,
national committeeman, and Charles
J. Schuck of Wheeling, State Republi
can chairman, went to Washington
early in the week and are said to have
made arrangements to have some na
tionally known speakers visit West
The Democrats also are trying to
obtain the services of well known
There was little change in the situ
ation in West Virginia during the week,
as the Democrats remained confident
of carrying the State for Gov. Roose
velt, although they stilf exhibit much
doubt about their ability to elect H. G.
Kump of Elkins. their candidate for
Governor, over T. G. Townsend, the
Republican candidate.
Two Congressional Tickets Add In
terest in Mississippi.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
JACKSON. Miss.. October 8.—Death
of former United States Senator John
Sharp Williams last week caused a
temporary lull in politics in Democratic
Mississippi. Intra-partf dissension
among both the Democrats and Repub
licans is expected to increase the Dem
ocratic majority for Roosevelt and Gar
ner in the general election in Novem
ber. Two complete Democratic tickets
for the House of Repreeeptatives will,
according to forecasts, ,bring out a
larger vote titan in normal presidential
"Happy Warrior" Hasn't For
gotten Opposition Four
Years Ago.
Ex-Governor Expected to
Battle Hard for
Special Dispatch to The Star.
BUFFALO, Ν. Y„ October 8 — Polit
ical battle lines were drawn in New
York State this week by the Republican
and Democratic State conventions,
which named rival tickets headed by
Col. William J. Donovan and Lieut.
I Gov. Herbert H. Lehman. Donovan's
nomination was brought about with
' comparative ease. Lehman had to
fight down to a few minutes before the
convention's closing session, when ·
stubborn opposition struck its flag.
Col. Donovan was not the first choice
of the Republican State leaders. Their
preference was for State Senator
George R. Fearon of Syracuse. Republi
can floor leader in the Senate. Fearon
would have been nominated had it not
been for the fighting tactics adopted
by "Wild Bill" Donovan. Backed by an
enthusiastic group of the younger ele
ment, mostly Legionnaires, he jumped
into the field and began a battle all
along the line in defiance of the plan
of State Chairman W. Kingsland Macy
which was to soft-pedal all booms until
the leaders in conference could sort
them out at their leisure.
The Donovan boom upset this plan.
Gaining strength daily as Col. Donovan
sped through the State, it quickly
! reached such proportions that Chair
man Macy and other leaders accepted
him as the candidate a week and more
! before the convention at Buffalo.
Lehman Opposed.
The Democratic convention In
Albany developed a much greater
measure of bitterness. Gov. Rooeevelt's
known choice as his successor was
Lieut. Gov. Lehman. Tammany Hall,
under the leadership of John F. Curry,
pursued the same anti-Roosevelt tactics
that lined up the Wigwam against him
at Chicago. Refusing to Indorse Leh
man, the Tammany machine struck
hands with the Albany County machine,
dominated by the Brothers O'Connell,
Daniel P. and Edward J., who thrust
Mayor John Boyd Thacher into the field.
Through three days of prolonged con
ferences the Curry-O'Connell alliance
sought to break the lines of Lieut. Gov.
Lehman's supporters.
Leading these supporters was no less
a warrior than former Gov. Alfred E.
Smith, who. four years ago, induced
: Lehman to forsake private life and be
I come the candidate for lieutenant gov
ernor on the Roosevelt ticket. In the
convention at Albany, he fought for his
, promotion to the head of the ticket,
; eventually taking the platform to place
, him in nomination. Gov. Roosevelt sat
within arms' length of him on the
That the two shook hands at this
their first meeting since before the
Chicago convention has been spread
far and wide through the medium of
pictures snapped as they faced each
! other. Beyond this simple act of cour
: tesy. Gov. Smith gave no Indication of
interest in the national ticket. Arriv
. ing in Albany Saturday, he made no
. courtesy call at the executive mansion.
To newspaper men who asked him if
he intended to campaign for Roosevelt
and Garner his answer was that he
had nothing to say.
Smith to Fight Donovan.
The Donovan ticket will strengthen
the Hoover candidacy In New York.
Despite the fact that Gov. Smith may
be counted on to oppose him vigorously,
it is certain that he will draw many
Irish Catholic votes from Lehman.
For four years Smith has nursed bit
terness against Donovan, whom he
holds went far out of his way to sup
port Hoover and oppose Smith In 1928.
There was a time early In the first
Roosevelt administration when the Gov
ernor wanted to name Col. Donovan to
a $16,000 berth on the Public Service
Commission, hoping to capitalize Col.
Donovan's disappointment at not being
named In President Hoover's cabinet.
But Smith's opposition to the proposal
was vigorous and successful.
On the other hand, of course, Leh
man will attract Jewish Republican
votes, up-State and in New York City.
That Col. Donovan will profit by the
shift is the belief of political observers.
Gov. Roosevelt faces smoldering op
position In Tammany Hall, chiefly from
the friends of former Mayor Jimmy
Walker, who saved himself from ouster
at the Governor's hands only by a hasty
resignation. If the unemployment sit
uation could be left out of the picture,
Col. Donovan's chances of election
would be bright, despite the fact that,
on the face of party enrollment. New
! York State is Democratic by a margin
of 100,000 votes. As it is. the result of
1 the contest is a toss-up at this, the in
ception of the State campaign.
First Optimistic Note in Cam
paign Follows Hoover's
Iowa Visit.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
' INDIANAPOLIS. Ind., October I —
Encouraged by what they termed Pres
ident Hoover's fighting speech »t Dee
Moines, the Indiana Republican or
j ganization redoubled its efforts this
i week. The heartening effect of the
; address was noticeable, and for the first
: time since the campaign began an op
timistic note ran through headquarters.
The Democrats likewise felt encour
aged by the handshaking scene between
Gov. Rooseevlt and A1 Smith.
Further aid to the Republican cause
came in the person of Will H. Hays,
movie czar and formerly national chair
man, who arrived at State headquar
ters and immediately plunged into a
series of conferences. Hays explained
that he is returning merely to play "a
citizen's part in politics." Nevertheless
he is looked upon as the man who can
! cement the discordant elements,
j Senator Arthur R. Robinson has an
i nounced he would seek renomination
j in 1934. Rumors had been afloat that
ι the junior Senator would retire at the
j close of his term and that Hays might
ι seek the place. The Senator also be
gan a series of 25 speeches in behalf
of President Hoover and his colleague,
Senator James E. Watson.
Despite all the renewed activity In
Republican circles, however, polls, both
official and individual, still ran strong
ly in favor of the Democrats.
Newspaper Straw Ballot Indicates
Rooeevelt and Ticket Are
Far Ahead.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
SALT LAKE CITY. Utah. October 8.
—Former Gov. Edward P. Morrow of
Kentucky, in an address here a few
days ago, gave a fine example of
Southern oratory that tended to revive
Republican spirits which were at a
low ebb. Since then many listened to
President Hoover's talk in Des Moines.
Many called it the best address the
President had ever delivered. But no
one has been found who was wen to
the Republican cause by either or both
addresses. Democracy seems to be in
the ascendency here.
The Salt Lake Telegram, an after
noon dally newspaper owned and con
trolled by Republicans, has been con
ducting a straw ballot for several
weeks. The results favor the Demo
crats. According to this poll Roosevelt
has more than twice as many votes as
Hoover, Dr. Elbert D. Thomas, Demo
crat. has a big lead over Senator Reed
Smoot and Henry »Blood, Democratic
nominee for Governor, has a big lead
over W. W. Seegmiller, Republican.
Most Candidates Making Ac
tive Speaking Tours
of State.
Special Dispitch to The Star,
DENVER, Colo., October 8 —Inten
sive vote getting campaigns were being
carried on by both major parties this
week, with a number of candidates
stumping the State.
Karl C. Schuyler, Republican nomi
nee for the United States Senate, has
been on tour almost two weeks, visiting
cities throughout the northern and
northwestern portion of Colorado. Alva
Β Adams, the Democratic nominee,
who made a vigorous primary cam
paign. will make a tour shortly. Both
men are limiting themselves to State
issues, rather than national questions,
although Schuyler is campaigning for
Hoover. *
Will Debate Prohibition.
Prohibition will become an active
issue Tuesday when Lawrence Lewis.
Democratic nominee for the House of
Representatives from Denver, partici
pates In an open debate with Dr.
Thomas Mathieson. Lewis Is a wet.
His opponent for the nomination. Wil
liam R. Eaton, Republican. Is a stanch
dry. Dr. Mathieson. a minister, will
defend the eighteenth amendment.
A close race between Adams and
Schuyler is predicted here, with Adams
having a slight advantage because of
the closely knit Adams political ma
Curtis to Speak.
Vice President Curtis is scheduled to
speak In Denver at the Municipal Au
ditorium on October 18. One day be
fore Curtis' visit Secretary of Agri
culture Hyde will visit Denver, but will
not spe&k. He will address an audi
ence In Pueblo, Colo., the night of Oc
tober 17.
Edwin C. Johnson. Democratic can
didate for governor, who visited all but
three of the 63 counties In the State
during the primary campaign, Is stump
ing the State again, as Is his opponent,
James D. Parriott, Republican nom
Failure of Thomas to Enter Name
In State Seen Boon to Roose
^ velt Chances.
8peciai Dispatth to The Star.
RENO, Npv,, October 8.—If Norman
Thomas, Socialist candidate for the,
presidency, was an active candidate in
Nevada, that is, were his name on the
ballot in this State, he would garner
sufficient votes from the Democratic
candidate to insure Nevada for Hoo
ver. He would take few votes from
Hoover in this State, but would take
many from the Democratic ranks. It
being impossible to have his name on
the ballot because of failure to peti
tion for it, Nevada still remains in the
Roosevelt column at this time.
The Republicans are gaining much
encouragement, however, and this week
they begin a much more intensive cam
paign. An Executive Committee meet
ing several days ago brought reports
of a change in sentiment. Funds for
an intensive campaign still are lacking.
The Democrats, according to William
McKnight. State chairman, have some
money, but he will not say, even ap
proximately, how much.
Appeals in Arkansas, However,
Get Little Response.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
LITTLE ROCK. Ark.. October β.—
Spurred on by urgent appeals from na
tional headquarters, the leaders of both
major parties in Arkansas are making
pathetic pleas for funds to carry on
the fight in doubtful States, but they
are meeting with little response. Indi
cations are that Arkansas will give
Roosevelt the greatest majority ever
given a Democratic candidate in this
State. This is recognized by the lead
ers of both parties, who are devoting
their activities now to a desperate effort
to raise funds.
Filch Holy French Relic.
CHERBOURG, Prance UP).—An un
scrupulous visitor to this city's museum
stole a fifteenth century reliquary bear
ing the royal arms of Prance and eon·
ι taming relics of St. Agatha,
Aids Democrats
Definite Dates Not Yet Fixed,
but Engagements Are An
Special Dispatch to The Star.
SIOUX PALLS, S. Dak . October 8 —
In their plans to leave nothing undone
which will aid them in carrying South
Dakota, especially for their national
ticket, Democrats of the State announce
they will have at least two speakers of
rational reputation invade the State
before the campaign closes to make
addresses in behalf of Gov. Roosevelt.
D. A. McCullough. chairman of th°
Democratic State Committee, states that
George W. Norrls, Unitrd States Sena
tor lrom Nebraska, and Representative
Henry T. Rainey of Illinois, will make
addresses in South Dakota. Definite
dates have not yet been fixed.
The Republicans of South Dakota are
not inactive. An active part in the
campaign is being taken by Senator
Peter Norbeck and Representathes C. A.
Christopherson and William William
son. who were renominated by the Re
publicans at the May primary election.
Some political scouts for the Repub
licans contend that large numbers of
Republican farmers of South Dakota
will not dessert the party, but will at
the November election support Presi
dent Hoover and the remainder of the
nominees on the Republican ticket.
Court Refusal to Void Redistrict
Act May Result in Solid
Congress Delegation.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
MEMPHIS, Tenn . October 8 — Prob
ability of a solid Democratic congres
sional delegation from Tennessee, which
went glimmering with the refusal
Tuesday of the Federal Court to void
the redisricting act, has clarified a po
litical situation which threatened to
muddy the waters in Tennessee. An
nouncement that an appeal would be
taken appears to disturb neither po
litical camp.
Strangely enough, both the Demo
cratic and" the Republican State Cam
paign Committees fought the annul
ment of the redisricting act. Both
were content to accept the normal di
vision of seven Democrats and two Re
publicans. which is assured by the re
districting act.
The Democratic campaign warmed up
during the week with all of the House
nominees out with speeches or state
ments and both Senators McKellar and
Hull on the stump. Lewis S. Pope, who
refused to accept the result of the pri
mary for Governor, is speaking daily
and" county organizations are being
There are no visible signs of activity
for Hoover. Political observers are ac
cepting it as a matter of course that
the protest against the depression will
find the State in the Democratic col
Democratic Drive in State Gets
Under Way With Sufficient
Financial Backing.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
PHOENIX, Ariz., October 8.—Presi
dent Hoover's farm speech at Des
Moines strengthened the chances of
the Republican national ticket in the
agricultural section of Arizona, where
40 per cent of the State's voters reside.
Political leaders in the capital city
credit the President's farm talk with
winning many thousand more votes
for the Republican ticket in Arizona
than the personal appearance here of
Gov. Roosevelt did for the Democrats.
Arizona Democrats appear to have
ample funds for the campaign. Wirt
G. Bowman, former owner of the ex
clusive Agua Caliente Hotel at Tla
Juana, Mexico, and a multi-millionaire,
is Democratic national committeeman.
Mrs. John C. Greenway. Democratic na
tional commltteewoman, is the widow
of the late Gen. Greenway, multi-mil
lionaire copper mine owner. Both are
credited with advancing generous sums
to the Democratic organization.
The general election campaign got
under way during the week with two
Democratic parties starting on State
wide tours. One group is headed by
United States Senator Carl Hayden and
the other by Dr. Β. B. Moeur, guberna
torial nominee. United States Senator
Henry F. Ashurst returned to Phoenix
late In the week and announced he
would stump the State for Roosevelt
and Gamer.
Former United States Senator Ralph
H. Cameron, defeated by Hayden in
1926, is attempting a comeback. Cam
eron and Jack C. Kinney, Republican
nominee for Governor, will begin State
wide tours next Monday.
Republicans and Democrats Alike
Confident in Wyoming.
Special Dispatch to The Star.
CHEYENNE. Wyo., October 8—The
campaign in Wyoming enters the last
month with the Republicans greatly en
couraged over the favorable local re
ception given Hoover's Des Moines
speech. At the same time. Democratic
optimism also is increased by the trend
shown by straw polls.
Democrats apparently are placing
their hopas high, as revealed by their
campaign advertising and in their slo
gan for a "change and a new deal."
Republicans speaking ior the national ι
ticket point to the danger of a change |
with the reconstruction program func
tioning ana* lay strew on the agricul
tural tariff.
Los Angeles County Alone
Qualifies 1,250,000 Voters
for Fall Elections.
Special DiïPatrh to The 8t«r.
LOS ANGELES, October 8.—A month
before election, political leaders are
somewhat worried over the apparent
apathy of the voters. It must be ad
mitted that while Gov. Roosevelt got
an apparently enthusiastic welcome
here—which may have been largely
stage-managed—no other speaker has
drawn large audiences. Secretary of
the Treasury Mills was paraded in a
much smaller auditorium, to be sure,
and it was comfortably lull. There is,
Qf course, no possible way of estimating
the radio audiences, and this fact prob
ably Invalidates all calculations. There
are other Indications of plenty of in
terest being taken in the campaign.
Registration Is Heavy.
One of these is registration, which
has been heavy all over the State. Los
Angeles County turns up with 1.250,000
qualified voters, an astonishing total
and an increase of nearly 25 per cent
over 1928. The party lotals have not
yet been announced—it takes much
time to eliminate duplications and
changes, but it is conceded the biggest
?ains have b?en made by the Democrats,
in heavily Republican Los Angeles, new
registrations since the primary elec
tion are reported to be more than 50
per cent Democratic. Such gains must,
of course, be considered against a nor
mal Republican majority in this State
of 500.000, which makes a steep hill to
be climbed by the Democratic aspirants.
There is really more interest in the
three-cornered senatorial race between
State Senator Tallant Tubbs, Repub
lican: William G. McAdoo. Democrat,
and Rev. R. P. Shuler. prohibitionist,
than in any other contest. Tubbs is
making few public appearances, but,
with a battalion of assistant speakers,
is using radio extensively and inten
sively. McAdoo is doing more stump
ing than Tubbs. and Shuler is doing
the most of all. It is interesting to
note that the preacher candidate is
using McAdoo as his principal target,
belaboring him incessantly on the pro
nibition issue, and rather praising Tubbs
for taking a forthright and unmistak
able stand, though Tubbs is extremely
De Priest Campaigning.
The theory of this sort of campaign
appears to be that Shuler believes
Southern California drys will not vote
for Tubbs. even though he is a Repub
lican, and that if he can keep them
from votirg for McAdoo, they may vote
for Shuler.
One Republican campaigner who has
attracted little press notice, but is re
ported to be doing effective work, is
Representative Oscar De Priest, colored,
of Chicago.
Secretary of State Jordan has com
pleted a partial tabulation as to parties
of the August primary election, in
which were cast a total of 1.493 000
votes—double the number cast in 1928.
The Republican candidates for Senator
polled 766,226, while the Democratic
candidates amassed 513,298. Various
conclusions are being drawn from these
figures by the analysts.
Gov. Meier's Faction Takes "Show"'
Away From Republican
Special Dispatch to The Star.
PORTLAND. Oreg.. October 8 —The
presidential campaign in Oregon is be
coming full of cross-currents on the Re
publican side. Two years ago the Stat·
organization, built up by Ralph E. Wil
liams. national committeeman, and hit
associates among the "regular" faction
of the party, was dynamited by Julius
L. Meier, millionaire department store
owner, who bolted the organization, ran
for Governor as an Independent and
was elected by a record majority of
136,000 votes. It left the organization
badly shattered and in debt.
This year the committee elected an
anti-Meier man as State chairman,
while the administration sat on the
side lines. Finally D. W. Davis of the
Department of Agriculture came to Ore
gon. went into conference with the Gov
ernor, herded Williams. Senators Mc
Nary and Steiwer and a group of others
prominent in politics into the Governor's
Portland office and formed a "Hoover
Curtis Club." That club has started oft
well financed, running its own show,
more active than the State Committee
and to the disgruntlement of the old
liners. It comes nearer being the 8tate
organization than the State organiza
tion does.
Talking confidentially, leading Repub
licans who have been out over the State
concede that Oregon is doubtful, with a
possibility of Roosevelt carrying it. "un
less something happens." The Demo
crats, of course, are lull of optimism.
Confident of Re-electing Governor
on Crest of Roosevelt Tidal
Special Dispatch to The Star.
SANTA FE. N. Mex.. October 8 —
Democrats are in high hopes, bordering
on overconfidcnce, of talcing possession
of the State Capitol for another two
years following the renomination of
Gov. Arthur Seligman at their Stat·
convention in Santa Pe.
Representative Dennis Chaves also
was renominated.
Seligman won without serious oppo
sition over John F. Simms. brother of
Albert G. Simms. the new Republican
national committeeman.
The renomination of Seligman is
generally regarded as a bid for United
States Senator Bronson Cutting's sup
port, but so far the third, or Progressive,
ticket remains in the field. The Demo
crats say they will ride into the Capitol
on the crest of a Roosevelt tidal wave.
However, politicians say if the third
ticket remains in the field It Λ11 do
more damage to the Democratic ticket
than the Republican.
Constitutional Changes Hold Inter
est of Alabama Votaro.
Special Dispatch to The 6t»r.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala., October t —
Nine proposed amendments to the
State Constitution will be balloted upon
by Alabama voters November 8 and are
causing more local campaign interest
than the presidential race, since it is
foregone that Alabama will be In the
Democratic column.
Of the nine proposed amendments,
four are of g neral State-wide interest.
They would legalize an Income tax for
the State, authorize a $20,000.000 bond
issue for refinancing the State's cur
rent obligations, remove constitutional
provisions that prevent city and county
governments from borrowing or obtain
ing funds from the Reconstruction
Finance Corporation and give each
county in the State representation la
the State Senate.

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