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"SENATOR BOB" AND "T. R." WORK FOR PROGRESSIVE
VICTORY IN CHICAGO CONVENTION
By Gilson Gardner.
Washington, Jan. 5. LaFoll-.
ette and 'Roosevelt arc workinsr
in harmony to insure a progres
sive control of the next Republi
can national convention.
LaFollette is more encouraged
than ever before to carry through
his canvass to the last ' ballot in
There is no clash between La
Follette and the Roosevelt move
ments. LaFollette is a candidate.
Roosevelt is not a candidate.
Both are opposed to Taft. Both
are for the progressive program.
Roosevelt is LaFollette's chief
support. He believes LaFollette
is the best man to make the pro
gressive fight. The fight must be
made aggressively and in the
Roosevelt is not in a position
to make the fight himself. He
does not feel that he can take an
aggressive part in sending into
private life the man he put into
the presidential office. i
But Roosevelt will .not help
Taft to another term. Taft repu
diated all the policies to which he
was pledged and Roosevelt feels
that this repudiation has deprived
Taft of any claim which might
otherwise be imposed by personal
relations or party regularitv.
But while Roosevelt will not
help Taft neither will he be a can
didate against him. If the voters
clamor and the politicians use his
name even after he has announc
ed that he is not a candidate he
cannot help it. Perhaps it pleas
cs him. He is human.
If the country should rise as
one man and demand that he ac
cept another term it is safe to say
that Roosevelt would be even
mor-: pleased. But that has not
yet happened. Perhaps it never
.vill. But this brings us to the
final paragraph in defining Roose
velt's attitude. .
Roosevelt will not say what he
might or might not do if there
were an overwhelming popular
demand that he take a , second
term. He might decline the honor.
He has put aside one renomina
tion which he could have had.
Then he might accept. He might
look upon it as duty more than
honor. He might regard it as a
party call a call by earnest citi
zens for a leadership tending to
ward the accomplishment of cer
tain great reforms. Rooevelt
will not close the door. Through
this opening owing to the fact
that Roosevelt will not promise
not to accept any nomination at
any time comes the great sweep
of the Roosevelt sentiment.
The hopeless politician, desert
ing Taft, fearing LaFollette and
desiring to save his iob. has
jumped to Roosevelt. The man in
the street who always h?s loved
Roosevelt and has refuse I to be
lieve him down and out this
man welcomes the talk of T. R.
Some of the LaFollette following
who marshalled themselves be
hind Battling Bob as a forlorn
hope, and made a desperate