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The day book. (Chicago, Ill.) 1911-1917, August 23, 1912, Image 2

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Washington, Aug. 23, John
D. Archbold of Standard-Oil was
the star witness before Senator
Clapp's committee investigating
the campaign contributions of
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 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
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.

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