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ARCHBOLD'S TESTIMONY AN ATTACK ON ROOSEVELT
PROGRESSIVES SCENT A PLOT Washington, Aug. 23, John D. Archbold of Standard-Oil was the star witness before Senator Clapp's committee investigating the campaign contributions of 1904. Archbold was called at the re quest of Senator Penrose to cor roborate his charges about the $25,000 of oil money he accepted in 1904. Archbold was a most entertain ing witness. He forgot such a lot, and the only witnesses of what he remembered were dead men. Furthermore, Archbold had not been on the stand tenjninutes before he had changed his defense of Penrose into a vicious attack on Colonel Theodore Roosevelt. Archbold said that he not-only gave-Penrose $25,000 in 1904, but that he also gave Treadur.er Bliss of the Republican national com mittee $100,000. He said that he gave this $100, 000 to Bliss in currency, and with the consent and approval of Col onel Robsevelt and George B. Cortelyou. Cortelyou denied under oath that he accepted any money from the Standard Oil trust during the campaign of 1904. Roosevelt has made public letters to Cortelyou ordering him not to accept money from Standard Oil, and a tele gram ordering Cortelyoti to re turn any money ahead accepted. Archbold swore that after he had given Bliss the $100,000, Bliss came back for $150,000 at the re- quest of Roosevelt. Then the oil magnate swore that he refused this extra $150, 000, and that the result was that after Roosevelt's election, Roose velt' began a "most outrageous" persecution of the Standard Oil trust Archbold swore that he gave the money to Bliss: in his own of fice, that no one but Bliss and himself were present at the time, and that the only person who ever was preseht when Bliss and -he discussed the contribution was H. H. Rogers. Bliss is dead. Rogers is dead. Archbold swore he did not think he gave Penrose his $25,000 by certificate of deposit. "I think," he said, "I gave it to him in currency in my office." But Archbold was vague about all such important details as this. His memory had a cute way of going on the blink. Archbold was asked if he still had Bliss receipt (for the money, or if he ever had a receipt. Archbold was sure there had been a receipt, but had forgotten what he had done with it, and had been unable to find it. Clapp began the examination - of Archbold. Senator Pomerene of Ohio carried it on.- -Senator Penrose did the cross examina tion. But through the whole examin ation the attack on) Roosevelt was plain. Archbold was called to corroborate Penrose. He did, t ,&j&atefciA Jf iX&iaiU.