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game Boss Perkins was playing, but the delegates blindly trusted the steel
magnate who footed the Bull Moose bills four years ago.
I warned the delegates that their only chance, if there was any chance
at all, to bring about the nomination of Roosevelt by the G. O. P., was for
the Progressives to adopt their platform, nominate their ticket and go
But that wasn't the game Boss Perkins came here to play. Me lured
the Progressives intQ a conference with the Old Guard bosses and kept
stalling until the Republican convention had almost finished the job of
And if it hadn't been for Raymond Robins, Perkins would have held
back the nomination of Roosevelt until Crane had nominated Hughes.
Robins kept the faith and brought about the nomination of Roosevelt
first, though it was two days too late.
I never saw a more crooked political trick played on a convention of
patriotic men and women and nobody doubts for a minute that Roose
velt knew what Perkins was doing in every move he made during week.
Afraid finally to submit the name of Hughes to the Progressive con
vention, Perkins let Roosevelt go through knowing what Roosevelt would
do, and that when the delegates had dispersed and gone to their homes
the game would be wholly in the hands of Roosevelt, Boss Perkins of the
steel trust and his docile Bull Moose national committee.
What will happen now to the Progressive party with more of prin
ciple, more of patriotism and more of aspiration for humanity and real
democracy than either of the old parties I don't know. The cowards
will quit like their cowardly hero quit and will probably follow him into
the camp of Crane, Penrose, Barnes and all of the Old Guard who ran the
steam roller in 1912. How many will have the self-sacrificing devotion to
go down to defeat in order to save the spirit of 1912 for the future good
ot this country well, that remains for the future to reveal.
But if there is enough of them to keep the party alive they will save
what was worth saving and make it a party of patriotic men and women,
rather than a party incorporated in the personality of one individual with,
a yellow streak hitherto unsuspected because carefully concealed.
Roosevelt while president helped the steel tcust swallow the Ten
nessee Coal & Iron Co., but I didn't believe he would also permit it to
swallow the Progressive party and murder the lofty aspirations of millions
of clean-hearted, patriotic American citizens.
TO BE HOT FIGHT BY WILSON
MEN TO GET MOOSE VOTE
There's going to be a great fight
for the 4,000,000 voters of the Pro
gressives party left leaderless be
cause of their betrayal by Theodore
Roosevelt Saturday afternoon, ac
cording to dispatches from the Dem
ocratic convention at St. Louis.
Clear-thinking Democratic leaders,
backed by President Wilson, are said
to be planning to incorporate planks
in the Democratic platform that will
prove to the third party men that
Wilson is nearer to the ideals of the
Bull Moosers than Judge Hughes.
Swift developments since Satur
day may have a marked bearing on
the Democratic platform, although
one of the men busiest on the plan
declared today the platform on which
Stone and Pres. Wilson have been
working probably will serve the de
National Chairman McCombs, said
to be the actual originator,, tacitly
admitted he was working with others
to bring it to a head.