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Sidelights of Message
Capitol More Closely Closed Last Night
Than Any Time Since 1814.
BY JAMES E. CHINN.
THE Capitol could not have been
closed any tighter In 1814,
when the British advanced on
Washington, than it was last
right when President Roosevelt gave
his annual report to Congress on
••the state of the Union.’’
Even • One-eyed" Connelly, king of
gate crashers, would have been disap
pointed if he had tried his favorite
trick.
Barricades were stretched around
the entire Capitol reservation. Baton
swinging policemen were everywhere—
above ground and also below, because
the subway offered a temporary oppor
tunity to gate-crashers.
* * * *
The price of admission was either
a white or red card, properly signed
and countersigned by House attaches,
and only about 600 of these were
issued. Exactly 598 of these cards
were used, since there were only two
vacant seats in the gallery—one in
the spare reserved for the President
and his guests and the other in the
section usually set aside for the public.
* * * *
Entrance to the Capitol grounds by
automobile was about as difficult as
getting into the building itself. Only
cars with low number tags—those with
three numbers or less—were recognized
by the policemen. All other cars, in
cluding taxicabs without fares, were
turned back. A taxi with a fare that
looked important, however, was per
mitted to go through the cordon of
guards without an explanation.
* * * *
The favored 600 with admission
cards also had their troubles. Every
policeman—and in some places they
wete not more than 10 feet apart
wanted to look at the card. One
man said he nearly rubbed the ink
off his card putting it in ana taking
It out of his pocket.
Passing the outer guard was bad
enough, but inside the building the
examination was repeated Plain
clothes officers from the Metropolitan
Police Department and doormen at
the various gallery entranres also
wanted to look at the coveted admis
sion card. Then the usher in the
gallery had to take a final look.
* * * *
Of course, the gallery filled early
despite the fact that all seats wt.e
reserved. Really, the setting had an
cpera-house atmosphere.
As soon as the gallery started to
fill members of the House came in
and took their seats on the floor.
The honors for arriving ahead of
t'me. naturally, went to the Demo
crats.
At 8:30. more than a half hour be
fore the President arrived, there wete
101 Democratic members on the
floor—they absorbed all the seats on
the Democratic side and overflowed
on the opposition side. The Repub
I - ===
lira ns came in later, nut tney man i
need many seats anyhow.
* * * *
Mrs. Roosevelt did not arrive un
til the Republicans were seated. She
sat in the front row of the execu
tive reservation in the gallery, and
joined slightly in the applause dem
onstration that greeted the President
on his arrival.
Sitting beside Mrs. Roosevelt was her
daughter Mrs. Anna Boettiger, with
delicate ruby red lips, and her hus
band, John, who used to be a news
paper man himself.
Mrs. Boettiger had an advance copy
of the President's address, and she
followed closely every word he uttered.
Occasionally Mrs. Roosevelt and
Boettiger would glance over her
shoulder to see how much progress
the President had made in his reading
of the momentuous document.
Boettiger, also, cast envious glances
at the men in the press gallery—men
who had to flash to the world the
story of that speech. Several times he
smiled at colleagues he recognized.
* * * *
Senator Robinson of Arkansas,
Democratic leader in the Senate, was
the only other person in the House
chamber who had an advance copy of
the President's speech. Like Mrs.
Boettiger, he, too, followed Mr. Roose
velt's words.
* * * *
According to custom, members of
the Senate always file into the House
for a joint session after the House
members are seated. Members of the
cabinet come immediately after.
The duty of announcing the arrivals
always falls on the House doorkeeper,
who happens at this time to be Joseph
Sinnott. He has done the job before,
of course, but last night, he introduced
a new wrinkle that drew a laugh from
every one on the floor. It was not
only the new type of introduction that
attracted attention, but Sinnott's
Adam's apple oscillated at the wrong
time and interfered with an other
wise perfect announcement.
* * * *
"The Honorab’ Secretary of State
and other members o' the President's
cabinet:” Sinnott announced as Sec
retary H ill trailed into the • House
! chamber behind him But Sinnott s
voice cracked just as he was about
to say "President's,” and a ripple of
laughter came from both the Repub.
lican and Democratic sides.
* * * *
Sinnott, bv the wav, appeared in
the House without his usual cut
away coat. He evidently tried to be
as democratic as the members, none
of whom dressed for the occasion.
A number of members of the Sen
ate and a few cabinet officers, how
ever. w-ere clothed In cutaways. Out
standing among them was the dapper
Senator J. Hamilton Lewis of Illi
nois, who also wore spats. But Sena.
tor Lewis was not alone in this r<
spect. Secretary of War Dem an.
Attorney General Cummings likewis
were attired in spats.
* * * *
Secretary of Labor Perkins jus
happened to be late in arriving, am
tort her reserved seat. There wer
others, too, entitled to seats on th
floor who came late. One of thes
was Representative Randolph, Demo
crat, of West Virginia, who headei
the committee which investigate.
Washington's crime situation at th
test session of Congress. He had t.
stand in the rear of the chambe
along with a score or more of secre
taries of House members and other at
taches.
' * * * *
Josephus Daniels. Secretary of 111
Navy during the Wilson administra
tirn and now Ambassador to Mexico
was one of the interested spectator
in the gallery. Sitting near him wa
Co! Frank Knox, Chicago newspape
publisher, who has been prominent!
mentioned as the Republican nomine,
in the coming national elections.
Co! Knox, being a newspaper man
first visited the House press gallrr;
and left his coat and hat before goini
into the gallery.
* * * *
Melvin C. Hazen, president of th
. Board of District Commissioners, and
1 an ardent Democrat, nearly failed to
• get into the gallery, although he had
one of the much-sought tickets of ad
mission.
I Without knowledge of the stringent
l rules to limit the number of visitors In
the gallery. Commissioner Hazen
graciously gave his ticket to his niece.
Capitol police recognized Hazen and
let him get inside the building. But
I there he was stymied. The door
1 keepers had heard about him some
, where, but they were instructed not to
) allow any one to enter the gallery
. without a ticket. s
Hazen Anally appealed to David
■ Lynn, supervising architect of the
Capitol, and was admitted to the gal
lery.
, * * * *
The woman members of the House
, took edvantage of the occasion to add
i a touch of color to their dress, al
> though none of them wore formal
• clothes. Representative Mary T.
r Norton of New Jersey, chairman of the
: House -District Committee, displayed
a spray of gardenias. Representative
, Edith Noursq Rogers of Massachusetts
i wore a bouquet of roses. Both Mrs.
; Florence P. Kahn of California and
Senator Hattie Caraway of Arkansas
were dressed in black.
: I Senator Copeland, Damocrat, of New
York, was dressed in a business suit,
but had a red carnation in his coat
lapel.
* a * *
Quite naturally, the outbursts of ap
plause during the President's speech
came from the Democratic side. But
occasionally a Republican or two
would indicate his approval of some
remark.
Representative Snell of New York,
minority leader of the House, how
ever, smiled at some of the President’s
utterances. And during the prolonged
applause that greeted Mr. Roosevelt's
arrival in the House. Snell obviously
tired of standing and sat down. A
number of Republicans followed their
leader and sat down, too.
* * * a
The chamber was lit up like a mov
ing picture lot. A battery of blinding
Kleig lights glared above the Presi
dent, who arrived on the scene at
9:03 p.m.
Hundreds cheered when Mr. Roose
velt entered from the rear, behind
the Speaker's dlas. Republican hands,
however, hung limp.
* a * *
The Roosevelt car reached the
Capitol at 8:40 p.m. The President
began to speak at 9:07, after a four
minute ovation as loud and riotous as
I
the whoops and hollers of cowboys In
town for Saturday night.
Leaning on the arm of his son
James, he reached and left the cham
ber floor by the same elevator, which
earlier In the day had fallen two
stories, shaking up its passengers, but
injuring none.
The better to carry the presidential
voice, 16 microphones were placed
around the chamber. Motion picture
cameras dotted the edgee of the gal
lery. •
The press gallery had the biggest
crowd on record. Confidential copies
of the 40-mlnute address were handed
to the newspaper men long before its
delivery, but it was denied the gen
eral public, even members of Con
gress.
* * * a
The three elevators In operation on
the House side rose and fell like
pistons. Irate members, out to
demonstrate their importance to their
friends, bellowed at the lift operators
if they passed a floor. Joe Betts,
r
the Georgia Populist, and Mario, the
protege of New York's Little Flower,
Mayor La Guardla, who run the
press gallery elevator, wrere ready to
wilt by 10 o’clock.
* * * *
The Senate last night had only its
doorkeepers and a few newspaper men
for an audience as it went through the
formality of meeting and adjourning,
before and after the joint session.
* * * *
The Senate*was led by Col. Edwin
A. Halsey, secretary, and Col. Chesley
W. Jurney, sergeant at arms, in the
procession to the House chamber. Be
hind the two colonels came Vice Presi
dent Garner and the two party leaders,
Senators Robinson of Arkansas, and
McNary, Republican, of Oregon.
* * * *
Two former Senators, Hiram Bing- ]
ham of Connecticut, and Frank Kel
logg of Minnesota, visited the Capitolj
for the joint session, and greeted their
old associates before the brief Senate
session at 8:45.
BILLS ASK VETERANS’ .
STORM DEATH PROBE
Rankin's Measure Would Com
pensate Widows And Orphans
of Florida Victims.
By the Associated Press.
The House received yesterday two
bills prompted by the deaths of World
War veterans in camps on the Florida
Keys during the hurricane last Sep
tember.
Representative Peterson, Democrat
of Florida, offered a bill to provide
a congressional Investigation of the
deaths. Widows and orphans of the
veterans would be compensated under
a bill introduced by Representative
Rankin, Democrat of Mississippi.
Rankin's proposal also would au
thorize investigation to determine if
the Government was negligent in
connection with the deaths.
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