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Washington Delegates Seat
ed on Viva Voce
Vote. -
Will' ' Not, 'Allow His
Name to Be Pre
sented. Votes on Coast Stolen From
Colonel and Taft
Declares He Will Stick to
Those Sticking to
'-. T i
Routine Hastened, With Police In
All Parts of Hall to Keep
(Continued from First Page.)
continuing on the temporary roll the
delegates seated by the national
committee In the Fourth North Caro
lina, Third Oklahoma, and Second
Tennessee districts, and this action
wbb approved by a viva voce vote.
Lfsten In Silence.
There was silence, however, when
the Washington State report was
read seating the Taft delegates. ThlB
was, with the exception of the Fourth
Carolina, the most bitterly fought
contest before the convention. Be
fore, the report was read Chairman
Root asked that consideration be
given to the reading clerk. Dele
gate P. N. Howard, of Jackson, liss.,
arose and shouted
"I rise to a point of order. I claim
that the steam roller is exceeding
the speed limit."
A wild cheer went up from the
Roosevelt men, but it was only a
mild zephyr to the roar that spread
over the hall when Root ruled:
"The point of order is well taken.
In Justification, I would say that the
reason is that some of us have some
hope of getting home for Sunday."
For Filling Vacancies.
"Vacancies created by death or resig
nation shall be filled by nomination of
the State Republican central committee
In und for the State In which the va
cancy occurs. The National Republican
committee shall, however, have power
to declaro vacant the seat of any mem
ber who refuses to concur with nom
inees of the convention which elected
such national Republican committee and
to till such vacancies."
This latter provision is directed
squarely at the members of the com
mlUee who have been decalrlng that
they would not support President Taft
If he were nominated, notably the mem
bers from "West Virginia and Pennsyl
vania. The remainder of the changes In the
rules are purely technical.
The minority members sixteen in all
dissented only on three important
questions reduction of the number
of delegates from Southern Democratic
States, granting "State's rights" to
elect national committeemen, with re
strictions upon the temporary conven
tion roll, and prevention of unanimous
W. H. Coleman, of Pennsylvania, was
the minority leader. Others who signed
the iff,Gii ware John L-. Hamilton,
Pennsylvania; 3. H. Kagle Illinois- C.
X. Doteon, Sotitn DaKota; H. P. Gard
ner, Maine; J. a. Be.uivelt, New Jersey:
Chatles i:. KniHllen. Missouri; W. s O
Robinson, Noith Carollni; O. J. Lar
son, Minnesota. J. s. George, Kansas;
C A. Luce. Nebraska; v. s EdwardB.
Mest Virginia; I fi Sk?lton, Okltlio
Jrta; G. I.. T.vlt, Maryland; Kmll Snow,
North Dakota, and D. W Davis, Iowa.
Southern Delegates.
The rulo of ths minority restricting
Fouth-rn reprsivntatton follows:
"Resolved, That hereafter lepresonta
tlon In tha ltepulll-aii national eon
venllou shall be as follows: One dale
gate for each Congressional district
within tho various States, and one ad
ditional delegate from each of said Con
cessional district for everv 10,000 Re
publican voles or majority fraction
thereof, cast nt tho last preceding
Presidential election for Republican
clectcts, and receiving the highest voto
in such district, ind iwo delegates each
fiom the DHtrlct of Columbia, Alaska.
J law Ml, Potto Rico, and the Philip
pines." Chairman Root did not arrive until
several minutes after 10, the hour set
for convening. At that time at least
one-fourth of the delegate seats were
The delay was said to be due in a
great part to the failure of the resolu
tions committee to clean up the plat
form. The leaders wanted to whip into
shape the program so that it could bo
pui tnrough on a definite schedule,
avoiding delays.
To Restrict Power.
The rule restricting choice and power
of the national committeemen was as
"Resolved, That a national committee
nhall be appointed to consist of one
member from each State and the Dis
trict of Columbia. The convention roll
hhall bo called and delegations from
each State shall name, through Its
chairman, a person who shall act ns
i the member of the national committee.
Such committee shall Issue at least
sixty days before the meeting of the
national convention's call for said con-
ventlon and the delegates to the na-
. tlonal convention shall be chosen in
such a manner nnd place as the com-
' mlttee may elect.
"Tho majority shall be elected by State
conventions, except that in any State
which has by law provided for the elec
tion of delegates to the national con
vention, all of tho delegates to such
convention shall bo chosen In accord
ance with such laws.
"Twenty days before the day set for
the meeting of tho national committee
credentials shall bo sent to the commit
tee for use In taking up the temporary
roll, which roll shall be advisory and
not the official roll of the convention.
Any delegate or nlternate whose seat
has been contested in good faith shall
stand aside, nnd not be permitted to
vote on hiH case, or other contests, until
his credentials shall have been passed."
Hugh T Hulbert, of Minnesota, ar
gued In favor of the minority report.
He declared that thioughout the Roovu.
vclt men had decided only on the merits
Would Not Accept Gift from Stolen
Delegates "of National
CHICAGO, June 23. The last day
presumably of the coliseum convention
opened with the following situation in
the Roosevelt camp.
At the 'final before-dawn conferences
Colonel Roosevelt gave orders to his
friends that his name must not be pre
sented to this convention. A program
was arranged whose carrying out
would In the opinion of the colonel's
supporters make clear to the country
four main facts:
1 That a Roosevelt majority cre
ated by popular primaries had been
turned Into a Taft majority by
2 That no man recognising this
fraud could afford to accept a nomi
nation at the hands of a convention
thus controlled.
3 That Colonel Roosevelt before
any vote on candidates ts taken and
Immediately at the close of the votes
confirming the roll as prepared by
the National Committee and per
fected by the credentials Commit
tee will serve notice on the conven
tion that he will not accept a nomi
nation In which the so-called tainted
roll has any part.
4 That Colonel Roosevelt is still a
candidate before the people for the
Presidency and will continue his
campaign from today to November.
From Chief Strategist.
This outline of the situation was given
to the public by the colonel's chler
strategist, at the close of the night's
secret meeting of the chiefs lieutenants
of the Roo?evelt forces.
"The details of the program," he said,
"must be left for development. It would
not be wise to make them public In ad
vance." Addressing a crowd In front of the
Congress Hotel, Roosevelt at 11 o'clock
last night said:
"My hat Is still In the ring. Only It it
a bigger ring."
An Independent Candidate.
This utterance was understood to re-
f,er to his independent candidacy. The
one thing In the minds of the Roosevelt
following Is the new party. For two
of the case In every Instance. He criti
cised the rules of the committee on cre
dentials and insisted that in the present
case the people of Washington would be
"robbed of their rights" If the Roose
velt delegates were not seated.
Halbert appealed directly to the New
York delegates to vote to seat the
Roosevelt delegates. This ts a question
of moral Justice, he said, and there is
no question that the majority of the
delegates from Washington were in
structed for Roosevelt."
Delegate Dovell, of Washington, took
Issue with Halbert. He had hardly
started to talk when former Governor
Fort challenged his right to speak, as
his seal was one of those under con
sideration. Root held that he had no
right to vote, but had the right to pre
sent his case and reply to the charges
of tho minority. Dovell repeated his
arguments of last Tuesday, when he
explained the Washington case and
characterized the Roosevelt convention
as a "bolting rump outfit.".
Road Roller Supreme.
. There was no demand for a record
roll and by a viva voce vote the Taft
delegates from Washington wem seated.
This was the greatest surprise of tho
session, but it developed the progres
sive had decided that they had no hope
of overturning the majority, and thty
decided not to waste time. They agreed
the had reached the "high water"
mark in the vote in Fourth California
IaBt night, and they saw no reason to
force the Issue further. v
While the reports were being read a
number of delegates armed with trolley
car conductors' whistles kept up an "in
most "continuous toot, toot," which
seemed to amuse the Roosevelt men
and the galleries.
A Pennsylvania ma,n with a maga
phone got a general laugh by phoutlng:
"I nominate Jim "Watson, of Indiana,
for corner!"
Watson grinned broadly at the Il
lusion. Victor P.osewater, chairman of ths
national committee, came down tho
aisle, and the Texas and Pennsylvanli
delegates patted him on the back,
saluted him as the "best engineer we
ever had," and generally had fun witl
him. One big Texan picked a diminutive-
Nebraska politician up (n his arms
and started to carry him about the hall
In triumph.
There was another lonir wait for th
committee on credentials to finish Its
work, and the Roosevelt delegates
started a demonstration for Roosevelt.
"We Want Teddy."
Shouting in unison, "We want Teddy;
we want Teddy," they soon had the
chanting chorus swinging through the
hall. The galleries were kept under
control, however. Over 100 police were
on the Job, and as they refused to let
the spectators aid the demonstration,
which IaBt only a short time.
The State delegation's began cheering
for themselves and for each other, and
a delegate in the Pennsylvania delega
tion got a laugh for himself by showing
a miniature steam-roller.
"Ed Perry" and his Oklahoma "bear
cats ' gav.3 a serlja of wild whoop-e-e-s.
which allowed that thv had plenty of
unexpended lung power.
After delegated sung popular songs
jmu a lui'iimiui iTiuij.'iiv in me Wiscon
sin crowJ hummed "Nearer, My God
o Thee." nnd others sann- nlra.
While tho Jeleicit-ss weic enioylng
uirjiineiv fl, nuimian kooe cnatteM
vfth a number of the leaders on the
sngti j ne oanil was piayinir a lively
tune when a m:in In the itar gallery
suddenly dropped a big oilcloth sign
on which was pi Intel in big black an 1
red letteis:
"What Senator Root said about Pdu
iosi! and 'lis followers- 'Thiv am .m
nggiegatlon of orlinlnils masquerading
mum, mi- ndiu ui itepuDiii-anism,
There was a wild rov.
The chief of police wave a harp ordor
nnd a dozen hltiecoats rushe.d up into
the gallery The sln was i njle d away
iipd th' man who had dtspluyed It was
summarily eje ted from the gallery.
titi i uajj.
ZMTdLtoLS && '
Senator Root, temporary chairman of the Republican convention, adjourning Wednesday's session to break up
the great demonstration for Colonel Roosevelt which was started by Mrs. W. A. Davis, a Chicago woman, when she
waved a "T. R." banner in the balcony.
days Roosevelt has In reality not been
before the coliseum convention as n
candidate. He has been the announced
candidate of the progressive voters to
be organized in the neir future Into the
National Progressive party.
This morning a big sign was hung In
the Roosevelt headquarters In the Con
gress Hotel announcing Roosevelt as
the candidate of the "National Progres
sive Party."
Two other features of the Roosevelt
Delay of Credentials Com
mittee Brings
CHICAGO, June 22. This convention
seems likely to mtke up In quantity what
It'lacks as a producer of harmony. Hero
It 1b Saturday and the committee on cre
dentials Is still at work trying to deter
mine who are rightfully entitled to sit In
a convention that assembled Inst Tne.
day. Thosu who y,ere honored by a
place on the temporary roll call arc
still there, and thofe who failed to c
oure recognition at tho hands of the
natiennl committee aro still In outer
darkness, but the machine moves on.
The Taft forces lack little more than
fifty of tha nurabjr of the light brigade.
oui inev Becm as little, dismayed as
the heroic band of which we read in
uur school days "cannon to the right
of them, cannon to the left of them,
cannon In feint nf tliniri .nllA'A.l nnH
thundered, stormed at with shot and
shell, boldly they rodo and well, .into
tho Juws'of death, into the mouth of
Not Facing Death.
Rut I shall stop hero, as I do net care
to express an opinion as to the charac
ter of the combatants. It looks, how
ever, at this, time as tfllio 550 were golpg
to lpoke tljpir escapo'from th"e Jaws of
dtnth, so far ns the convention- Is con
ccrpeU,' but we shall not ftnow ' until
the election what fate' awaits Mr. Taft's
If we ca'n'Judge by what happened to
day, there has been an ' Inexcusable
waste of time. The deliberations of the
committee on credentials have not re
sulted In throwing any new light on
the subject. The reports have been
stereotyped and the convention haB
dealt with them without much refer
ence to the merits of the case. I spoko
of a waste of time, but the time was
not really wasted. The audience had a
chance to enjoy Itself, several now m,en
appeared" in the moving, picture that
crossed the stage and the convention
entered upon an era of good feeling.
Man has been described as the animal
that laughs, and but few of the dele
gates, If any, have failed to manifest
this trait. Men who glared at each
other a f,ew days ago now chat together
and Joke over the situation. Man 1b a
queer creature. And nowhere more
queer than In a convention. He is like
powder, more dangerous when confined
than when free.
When the credentials committee at
tempted to rush the contests through,
giving but a few minutes to each, there
were angry protests and threats of a
bolt. " Finally the committee conceded
time, as much time as the minority
wanted, and as a result an explosion
wu averted. Men had a chance to
program for nominating day were first
that no Roosovijlt progressive will bo
i cnndldate or accept a nomination for
Vice Prcsld-jiit on ths Taft Th'ket, and
econd, thai no Roosovelt progressiva
will vote or take part in the conven
tion. Hy this 1 liter action every Roose
velt piotfPMSlvs was xpcrtid to maka
It cl'-ar that ho did so Itcfturc of his
In lief that th-' convention as orgunlzed
did not represent the n'al imjorlty of
delegates as chojen by the pople.
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.testify to an "outrage" that had been
perpetrated on them Speakers had an
opportunity to shout the,lr anathemas
at tho committee and to warn those re
sponsible of the wrath to come. Some
had a chance to demand a roll call, and
a few availed themselves .of the privi
lege of saying, "Mr Chairman, Mr.
Chairman, I demand to poll the delega
tion," and then the engine gave two
toots, the conductor waved his lantern,
ami the, well-oiled machine lunged for
ward. There Is nothing like debate to smooth
out the troubles of a convention. The
man who invented tho gag law did not
understand the pacifying Influence of
sound as It passes out of the throat.
Some scientist has announced the start
.llng theory that anger Is a poison that
Is relieved by awearjng. I am not will
ing to accept the theory without more
proof than has yet been presented, but
I am firmly convinced by long attend-
Favors Non-Shipment of Intoxi
cants to Unlicensed
An. appeal hRs been made by the in
ternational Reform Bureau, with head-qnart-ini
in thlti city, to the Republican
and pemiicrRUc nui'or.ul conventions
that -therj bo Inaei ted In tho platforms
of each partv a plank favoiing the non
bhlpmept jf Intoxicating liquoru to un-ll'-eiibcd
The leglhlutlve committee of the bu-it-au
has drawn up tha following plank.
If intrusted to control of the Presi
dency and Congiei we will withdiaw
Federal shield of Interstate commerce
from Int'it mediate shipments of liquors
to iinlicined liquor sellers."
It is the contention of the Interna
tional Reform UuriMu that the lssuu is
a national oni. The plank when ylov
od rnrough ban a wide scope. It does
not only pinlilhlt the tale of Intoxlea
tlnr whiskies into States that have pio
hiliitlon, nut restricts the shipment of
wnlskv to "apeak eaaies" and "blind
for twelve tai a efforts have been
made to ?rt a bill ihroi'gh Congresi
ti protect "dry teulv.ry," The artfV
inent has bfvn advanced, "vvhv de
clare for prohibition when whlskv la
shipped l"to a place from othei States."
This condition In some Southern States,
etpeclally, is a ttre.it rource of annoy
(Mieo to prohibitionists nnd church pco
pit, for after woiklng hard foi a local
victory, thouiiin.ls of gallons of In
toxlcantx ure perpilttei to b-j t hipped in
from cuUide fctaic.
Th- final mysterious number In the
Roosevt-li pi o,t!iim was "rrady to act
n oijti i of leaders and rtudv to g't
will Follow Friends.
Adrir'Mitna; a se'P't rueetlng of Roose
velt ilil.'giti'H last night, Hooosevelt
"irdi- this Hlqulflc.int utterance: "Where
you go, I go. l; you go out T-go out
with yovi I aii always wlll'ng to ta!w
put luck with my friend."
An lti-ld-n In the breaking un of
Next Article Will Deal
With Party's Plat
a nee at conventions that there are few
sorrows of a political nature that free
discussion cannot heal. Even where
satisfaction Is not guaranteed, a Icne
contest like a spirited campaign makes
the contestants willing to accept almost
anything if they can only get through.
It looks now as If the Taft forces
were In a position to dictate the terms
of surrender, and there seems little
likelihood of the President withdrawing
In f favor of a compromise candidate
I am prepared to offer a certain amount
of consolation to whichever candidate Is
defeated, but my cautious and con
servative nature makes me hesitate to
pronounce a eulogy until the corpse Is
Looking upon the strugglo from the
standpoint of an outsider, I have been
able to watch the contest with Impar
tiality. Having felt the force of tho
united lntluence of the two principals
I have been able to bear with gi eater
fortitude the falling out that has con
verted two bosom friends Into bitter
enemies. Not being attached to them
as closely as they have been to eacli
other, I do not feel as keenly as they
do what each calls Ingratitude In the
other. I have weighed their public acts,
or tried to, with fairness, and am ready
to give each one credit for any good
that he has accomplished And I havo
tried to be charitable to their faults,
recognizing that we all 4javo short
comings and need to havo charity ex
tended to us.
Praise For Roosevelt.
"Nothing succeeds like success." Tho
change of a vote may convert u defeat
Into a victory nnd then those fawn
and flatter who would have turned
away in the hour of darkness, if Mr.
Taft wins In this convention there will
be plenty to bring him bouquets, and
he will not notice It If nono of them
bear my card. Mr. Roosevelt will In
that case be tho one who will be in
need of kind words, and I shall take
pleasure In calling attention to Borne
of tho substantial benefits he has con
ferred upon the country. He has yet
the possibility of leadership In a new
imny, ii me uemocrauc parly should
disappoint the hopes of the progressives
of tho country and surrender itself to
the service of Wall Street.
If, on tho other hand, the boiler blows
up, or the machine breaks down and
Mr. Taft Is defeated, thero are comnll-
tiients which 1 can pay him, and pay
him with pleasure. In that case. It
would be much easier for me to get to
mm tana ne wouia appreciate it more)
than It would be to get within speak
ing distance of the former President,
surrounded by a "we want Teddy"
rrowd. My last article on thU conven
tion will deal therefore with the plat
form adopUd, and with, the virtues of
tne aeceaaea.
"National Progressive Party" Ban
ner Swings From Front of
Chicago Headquarters.
the regular party organisation Is tlva
announced ri-Hli;nailon of the member
of the national committee who are fa
vorable to Roosevelt. Senator Rorah
announced that lie would no longer
fcrvc. Fi-anK R. Kellogg, of Mlnne
xota, reslnc.l todav following the resig
nation of Fllnn, of Pennsylvania. apj
cuinmittecnien ffoni sevcial other
fitnlfH. Reports worn persistent that
Roosevelt would appeir at the Collseiim
trday to lead out ills bolting followni.
This repot t wns not coiiflmn'd and tli
only things definitely knewn about
plans wen; those stated above.
Hard To Persuade Friends.
On the "bolt" It was predicted Roose
velt would have a following approxi
mating his vote In the California case.
Up to the last Roosevelt found it
hard to persuade his more ardent fol
lowers that his name must not go be
fore the coliseum convention.
"Following this fight for something
more than a nomination," Colonel
Roosevelt said to Alexander Revell, one
of the original Roosevelt boomers who
still builded hopes on the coliseum, con
vention. "I have charged triat the
coliseum convention Is controlled by a
packed roll. I have said that no man
with a vestige of honor could acjopt
a nomination at the hands of a conven
tion so controlled. I shall stand abso
lutely on that statement and would re
fuse a nomination In which membeis
of the fraudulent roll had any partici
pation." The Roosevelt following had today re
covered from the uncertalnt.v in whlcn
they were thrown yesterday by reports
that the Taft people weru senousn
considering the dropping of raft and
the nomination of Hadley or some pro
gressive satisfactory to the Taft forces.
"But that darger has passed," eaid
James R. Garfield today "The Presi
dent heard what was doing, and crack
ed the whip over the heads of his post
masters, and they got back into thj
toad. The anti-Roosevelt strength was
delivered Bolldly tor Taft."
Mr. Munsey Says Its Organ
ization Is Most Notable
Thing of Convention.
(Continued from First Page.)
culture and education like these,
wealthy, influential, occupying com
manding positions, to make them
selves mere cogwheels In a great
machine, Is both pitiable and as
tounding. And the Taft delegations from
other States stand as solidly, as
thoughtlessly, and as unyielding as
does the great Barnes organization of
New York. Considered apart from
fairness and justice, apart from any
desire for harmony, and the salva
tion of tho Republican party, it is a
magnificent and thrilling spectacle,
the like of which I have never seen
before, and expect never to see it
again a body of men so well drilled,
so absolutely under the control of
their leaders, that they ride straight
down into the valley of death with
out flinch or fear or heed of im
pending doom.
Out of this defiant and unyielding
attitude of the old guard has been
born a new partyl a party of tho
people, a party In sympathy with the
peoplo, and a party which is to this
period what tho Republican party
wns to the period of 1860.
This now party is not tho sudden
caprice of the moment, not the result
of disappointment and bitterness. It
is merely the amalgamation and
fusing of great, deep, underlying
forces that have for years been
struggling to the surface against tre
mendous odds and tremendous oppo
sition. Nothing could longer post
pone tho inevitable. The hour had
come, and fight as peoplo will fight
against the soverence of old tieB and
associations, the commanding ap
peal of the new has compelled the
repudiation of tho old.
Now that the decision is reached,
now that the die has been cast, the
disappointment and sorrow of the
progressive has given place to hope,
to good cheer, and to the determina
tion to get busy and do things.
The Progressive party will be a
young man's party, a party of the
present and the future, not the past.
It will be progressive in the upbuild
ing of industry and commerce, it will
be constructive, not dostrfuctlve, It
will be progressive in all that is
sane and sound, and substantial, and
right and Just.
Taking of Western State Limit in
Matter of Steam Roller
CHICAGO, June 22. The high-tide
of honesty and popular government,
as it 1b reflected in the Chicago con
vention, was reached late Friday up
on the roll call to indorse the actjon
of the credentials committee on the
contested seats or tho Fourth Cali
fornia district.
But it lacked three voteB of being
high enough to wash out the stains
of corruption and theft that have
made this convention a stench In the
nostrils of the people and caused ltB
actions to be repudiated in advance
by Republican States whose elec
toral votes are necessary to the
election of the nominee of this con
vention. Early Fights.
Other reports of the credentials com
mittee had been fought out prior to
this fight, with the road roller of the
Taft-Speclal Privilege easily crushing
out all opposition. But In this contest
was crowded the fight of the day, the
climax of the whole convention. It was
attended by all the stirring scenes that
have marked the progress of each day's
sessions. But far greater. It served to
bring to a focus the crisis which the
Republican party is facing.
So desperately were the forces of spe
cial privilege pushed that the big bosses
left their accustomed places on the
piatiorm and patroied the aisles along
side their delegations of henchmen dur
ing the roll call, to threaten and cajole
their forces to remain firm.
By a vote of 612, three more than
needed, to 529, with even cravens not
voting, the forces of special pmilege
won and decided that the Republicans
of California, speaking through a State
wide primary, have no recognition in a
convention eontrolled by those repre
senting President Taft.
Stiefel Saves Taft.
To Otto Mieiel, the St; Louis brewer,
wiiom the road toller seated, President
Taft and big business owes an everlast
ing debt of gratitude for this result.
The loll call was going against the road
toller on this contest, a sense of de
cency and a revulsion against such a
bald theft had "-elzed delegations count
ed as solid for an thing the road roller
wanted. When Missouri was reached
Its delegation was In a wrangle. It
asked to ba passed. Hitherto Mxteeu
of Its tint tj-six had stood for anything
the bosses wanted Now they wcie
Governor Hadley, of their own State,
had just finished a masterly presenta
tion of the California contest. Many or
his constituents were persuaded to fol
low him for tne flist time Stiefel, see
ing the imlnent danger, rushed from hH
sent on the platform and threw himself
into the midst of his St. Louis hench
men, driving, pleading, promising,
threatening. Hadley, by virtue of his
position In the debate was bound to re
main on the platform.
Throughout the roll call the Missouri
delegation was in a turmoil. Flnall.v,
when It was called, It was seen that It
would cast the decisive vote Stiefel
won. The sixteen henchmen of big
business entrusted to his keeping came
through. Missouri cast sixteen votes
against admitting the regularly elected
California delegates and saved the day
to the Taft forces.
Taft Repudiates Promises.
This action of the convention was
taken In the face f the proof submit
ted, and not contradicted by anyone,
that President Taft had, in accordance
with the provisions of the California
primary law, filed with the secretary of
State of California an uffidavit which
bound him to recognise and submit to
the decision of the people of the whole
It was an Illuminating rollcall. It
dlclosed the fact that upon the South
ern States and the stolen roll the sole
lellance of Tafvjs placed.
At the beginning of the session Frl
da afternoon, which devoted Itself to
Basslng upon the reports of the ere
dentials committee, Chairman Root had
ruled that all of the fraudulent dele
gates might vote upon each other s
contests, but not upon their own. By
the simple expedient of having the cre
dentials committee make Its reports,
by districts this lost tne Taft force3
only two votes on each rollcall, vvhllo
maintaining the specious pretense of
In the case of Arizona, where the six
delegates-nt-large wore In contest, there
still remained slxty-slx of the stolen
roll to aid the Taft cause. Under the
leadership of Governor Hadley the pro
prcsslve8 made a valiant fight to purge
the roll, but the steam-roller worked
without a hitch. They showed that the
Taft leadeis have taken every unfair
advantage of them.
The majority report of the creden
tials committee in the Alabama case
was shown to the minority members
only a few minutes before the con
vention met. The minority members,
asked for time to make a minority
report, but vvero refused They had
to be content with preparing a strong
Taft-packed galleries broke into
wild cheering when Idaho, which had
been voting with the progressives,
cast her eight votes in favor of seat
ing the Taft Alabama delegates. This
was at once taken to mean that Sena
tor Borah had deserted Roosevelt It
developed later that, as a matter of
fact, the Idaho member of the cre
dentials committee had voted to sus
tain the Taft sldo of the Alabama
caso on the ground that there was not
sufficient evidence to justify the seat
ing of the Roosevelt delegates, nnd
the delegation followed its commit
teeman. Wisconsin also cast twentv-flve of
her twenty-six votes for the Taft
delegates on the same ground, hut
both these delegations voted solidly
against the California Taft delegates,
and enough delegates who have here
tofore voted for the stolen roll joined
them to run dow n the Taft vote to
a dangerously narrow margin
"Jim Watson, of Indiana, continued
to bo the floor leader of the Taft side
today, while Chairman Root, in thorough
accord with the Taft program, gave hla
parliamentary aid to smooth the way
for the steam roller.

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