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Because of the delay In the train
which LaFblletteand his party ex
pected to take from Btrgo at 3:46
this afternoon they stayed over
and will take Great Northern train
No. 1 at 6:20 this evening.
LaFollette has decided to stay in
the state ana speak at Devils Lake
and Minot Monday. He will
speak in Minot in the forenoon and
at Devils Lake in the evening,
winding up his campaign in North
Dakota in the satanic city.
On his arrival in the city this
morning Sen. Robert M. LaFol
lette of Wisconsin, candidate for
the republican presidential nom
ination at Chicago, was greeted in
the lobby of the Gardner hotel by
his sister, Mrs. D. H. ILastman of
102 Twelfth street north, her hus
band and son, Clarence Eastman,
who is credit man with .he Mar
I shall- Oij Co.
Senator LaFollette and liis sis
ter, Mrs. Eastman, had not seen
each ot»ier in many years and the
greeting was one that was pleas
ant to see. Arrangements were 1
made for a reunion of the family i
at the lunch hour at the Gardner,
when Mr. and Mrs. Eastman and
4 »on, were members of the LaFol
lett© party at the Garnder cafe,
No more beautiful tribute could have
been paid Theodore Roosevelt, candl-
of the United States, than the mag
nificent encomium accorded him this
morning by Robert Marion LaFollette.
United' States senator from Wiscon
sin, and active opponent of the Oys
ter Bay man for the nomination for
the same office, in his noon hour ad
dress to the Fargo laboring men and
townspeople at the Fargo operahouse.
"No president of the United States
since the time of Abraham Lincoln
has done more to appeal to the people
of this nation than Theodore Roose
velt," shouted Senator LaFollette. "He
has appealed always to the people for
'Meaner lives and cleaner business ac
JlviUes and has prepared the way for
fhc people to desire the restoration of
Vie government into their o./n ton
tf-o]. He stirred them up and history
Jji'ill give him a great place, but now
'.jfe the time for action. In no way do
attack President Roosevelt person
This great compliment and tribute
to the work of the rough rider was
greated with loud applause by the
vast audience that gathered to hear
the little giant, Fighting Bob LaFol
lette. It was apparent the New York
Candidate tor the presidential nomina
$ion at Chicago had many loyal sup
porters in the audience who were at
HIM same .ime admirers of the dis
tinguished speaker.
Many Amusing Incidents.
The speech ol Senator LaFollette
this morning was one full of amus
ing incidents that caused many rip
ples of laughter as he progressed i
jlis vociferous manner to lambast the
rusts and the railroad corporationsr
{Several Lives Reported Lost
fc Alaban^
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Show tonight and Sunday cold
s 1
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Teddy ureat
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After Saying That He Would Not Attack Roosevelt, Wiscon
sin Man Immediately Started on a Tirade of
Abuse Against His Opponent
Mention of Roosevelt's Name Brought Applause
date for re-election to the presidency *e
1 \J
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Montgomery, Ala., March 16.—An
Appeal for aid reached Montgomery to
'#ay from storm stricken Headland,
#here yesterday two score of homes
Were demolished and several lives
trere lost in a tornado which swept
the town. The appeal was sent by
,' William W. Mitchell, mayor of Head
tend. Mitchell says many pereone&re
homeless and penniless.
Baltimore* Md., March 16.-—Four
4iembers of the crew of the schooner
fciaxwell were drowned today when
she sunk after collision with the
Reamer Gloucester of the Merchants'
A Miners' line, from Boston to Baltl
.ip*Nb off Thor/ias Point Chesapeake
vSPiMft 'Kit,'1*'' o
-I dorsement of the reciprocity measure
Vi £.
First, while he was talking of water
ed stocks in the railroad sys
tems, with a powerful blow of the
hand he tipped over a chair standing
«ear the table in the center of the
stage and down went the speaker's
proverbial water pitcher with the
water spilling all over, the floor.
"That's one of the regular stunts
about this speech," he said, laughing
with the audience, "the water gen
erally upsets just when I get to talk
ing about the watered stocks. That
shows we arc going to pour out all
the water of the corporations when
we get in power to regulate the trusts."
A little later the eminent senator in
a tense and excited voice put his foot
on the electric light extension that is
attached to the lamp just over the
piano. He was endeavoring to impress
upon his audience the effect of a seri
ous piece of structural legislation in
Wisconsin and emphatically pounded
his knee, when whack, bang, down
went the light, bulb and all. There
were loud cheers in the audience, but
the little gaint was calm and when
order had been restored he said:
"I'm doing everything I can to bring
the house down and succeed I will."
Rows Heard First.
Prior to his entrance on the stage
at the operahouse Gilbert E. Rows
of New York, former law partner of
Senator LaFollette at Madison, dis
cussed some of the important isues
at stake during the present campaign.
Mr. Rovve said that President Taft had
never before held an elective office,
that he had always been an appointee
and in the present, instance he was the
appointee of President Roosevelt in
tlie White House and the poorest ap
pointment that Roosevelt had ever
"Colonel Roosevelt himself acknowl
edged this," said Mr. Rowe, "that is if
is in
earnest after reading his en-
in a recent number of The Outlook.
He then read a little from the sen
ate journal showing the speeches La
Follette made against reciprocity and
how he fought against its adoption and
his stand for the American farmers.
Talked on Monopoly.
Senator LaFollette was introduced
to his audience by R. M. Pollock, presi
dent of the North Dakota State Pro
gressive Republican league. Immedi
ately he delved right tnto the heart of
his subject and began an attaolc on
the railroad corporations.
"I think every man in this nation
realizes that something is wrong with
our country," he said. "The average
man and woman knows they are not
getting their fair share of prosperity
that should be accorded them as was
intended for everyone by those who
framed the laws and constitution of
this great government. Where
used to get things at fair prices back
in the days of competition, a change
has now come so that you pay twice
as much for the necessaries of life
as you did twelve years ago. And it
is all the fault of consolidation, of the
monopoly of certain men who have
held the corporations in their grasp
with a grip of iron.
"In 1897 we had about 1,200 inde
pendent railroad systems in this coun
try, and twenty years ago we had 2,
000 systems. Now we have but six
systems and all controlled by eight
men. About forty years ago, or to be
more exact, thirty-eight years ago, a
decision of the supreme court declared
that the government had the right to
Continued on Page Six.
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Bfsrffaxck, N. D., March 1£—E. G.
Patterson denounces the telegram pub
lished in The Fargo Courier-News this
morning as a lie and with emphasis.
He is credited by the Fargo morning
paper as having made an Idiotic as
sertion to the effect that Roosevelt was
not as strong on the slope as when he
first made his announcement.
Mr. Patterson is, and has always
been, an ardent admirer and support
er of Colonel Roosevelt and is very
enthusiastic over the colonel's cam
What makes the statement In the
Fargo morning paper ail the more
malicious and contemptible, is the fact
that Mr. Patterson has been absent in
the twin cities on business, returning
this morning on No. 3. He tvas in
Fargo after the statement credited to
him in the Fargo LaFollette sheet, un
der a Bismarck date, had already been
printed and didn't reach Bismarck till
several hours later.
He regards this statement as indi
cative of the unreliable and malicious
methods of Fargo'a early rising publi-
Impressive Scene as Vessel
Sank Beneath Wav$»
Myriads of Roses Piled on the
Old Craft
Dead Bodies From Maine Taken
Into War Vessel
Havana, March 16.—Covered with
barnacles, rust eaten, twisted out of
all semblance to the magniftcient
fighting craft which sailed into Ha
vana harbor on a peace mission four
teen years ago, the hulk of the battle
ship Maine sank into the Gulf of Mex
ico this afternoon, enshrouded by the
smoke from booming guns aboard sev
eral United States and Cuban,war
vessels firing farewell salutes.
The seacocks of the Maine were
opened, the escort backed away, and
the once proud craft, now helpless,
slowly disappeared from view beneath
the glistening spume of the sea.
As the vessel sank, myriads of roses
which had been strewn on the deck,
covered the water, the bugles aboard
the cruisers North Carolina and Birm
ingham standing by, sounded taps,
and as the last note of the call echoed
over the waters, there was nothing
visible of the former pride oC the
American navy.
Circling sldwly about the funeral
cortege headed north and steamed
away with floral wreaths floating on
the vessels' wakes. In the city of
Havana, an even more impressive
scene was enacted.
Followed in a procession by
the president of the Cuban
republic and by all the other
high dignitaries of Cuba, and amid a
vast concourse of all classes of Cuban
and American citizens, the dead of the
Maine were borne on the shoulders of!
Cuban sailors and artillery men
through the streets of Havana. Cuban
infantry lined the sidewalks on which
a great .multitude stood reverently as
the bodies passed from the mortuary
chamber in the palace to the side of
the harbor. The bodies were formally
placed in the keeping of officers of
the United States navy, in the service
of which the victims of the Maine dis
aster had given up their lives.
Hundreds of wreaths and crosses and
other floral emblems were sent to be
placed on the coffins.
At the harbor itself stood a guard
of honor composed of Spanish war
veterans and facing these were an
other guard of honor of Cuban sol
diers. At the wharf the caskets were
taken aboard an American war vessel
every craft in the harbor dipping its
Who delivers font speeches in Fargo oday, paying, glowing. tribute his
"opponent. Theodore Roosevelt,
New York RsmembeimVH
New York, March 16.—FlagW 'arts At
half mast on public and many pri
vate buildings today in commemora
tion of the burial of the battleship
Maine at sea, which was towed from
Havana harbor out into the Atlantic
and sunk in its final resting place in
the sea this afternoon.
The bells in Trinity church and its
nine chapels were tolled and a St.
Patrick's day parade of 30,000 has
been planned to halt and stand at
attention for five minutes with colors
trailing at. the time set for the burial
«jr» w xJT"
John^ F. Bass, who is in
charge of'the Roosevelt cam
paign here, asked that the fol
lowing statement be published
In reply to a despatch alleged
to have been received and pub
llshed hi the Fargo morning
"I have never thought or
conceded that- the state of
North Dakota w ild give La
Follette a majority ol' Ohe rotes
at the presidential primary
election and any report to that
effect is a deliberate falsehood.
"I do cot for one moment
believe that LaFollette can
come into the state of North
.Dakota, Roosevelt's old home
•., and defeat her adopted son—
In the eyes of the nation the
greatest man since Lincoln."
Winona. Minn., March lf^-iTames A.
Tawney of this city for eighteen yeurs
a member of congress from the fir.st
Minnesota district, the last fcur of
these being chairman of the com
mittee on appropriations, and who
two years ago was defeated for re
nomination by Sydeny Anderson of
Lanesboro, has set at rest the reports
that he Is try for congresa again. by
saying absolutely that he is not in
the field this year.
THOS. Ell50hf
Boston, Mass., March 16.—It has just
become known that the Boston Insti
tute of Technology is to be the re
cipient of a $1,000,000 gift £rom an
unknown donor. It Is a well-known
fact that Thomas Edison, wizard of
the electrical field, has frequently
showed his friendship for the Mas
sachusetts engineering school and the
institute body believe that fce is the
main denat?* Ifet
Kansas City, March 18.—Among
the articles for society's use,
which can be made from cement,
shown at the exhibition in Con
vention hall, in connection with
the convention of the National
Association of Cement Users are
cliardles for babies, pipes for men,
kitchen furniture for women,
houses for people, "excellent wa
terproof coffins" and everlasting
tombstones. The convention be
gins its final session today*
Colonel First One to Make a
Fight on Trusts
Used Strong Hand in the
Kevdl Answers La FoUette—
Produces the Facts
March 15.—Alexander H.
Revel), chairman of the National
Roosevelt league, said of Senator La
Follettf* campaign In March Da
"Senator LaFolletto says in his Val
ley City speech nothing to the effect
that combination had suppressed com
petition, nothing to the effect that
competition had been stifled by agree
ment. What an opportunity it was
when the president had the country
behind him. It was touched lightly
on the eve of an election and con
gress was told that this wasn't a good
time and it should be put off until aft
er election. So it was passed on to
liis successor.
"The facts are Roosevelt was the
first to attack the trusts. He fought
unfair suppression of competition with
fierceness. He gave to Interstate com
merce commission the power to fix
rates, thus curbing the railroad trust.
He stopped the giving of rebates which
was the principal method of build
ing up the trusts. He recommended
in a message the strengthening of the
Sherman act."
Again Senator LaFollette says:
"If I had been president when these
great trusts were forming, when Mc
Kinley and Roosevelt were president,
I should have called the United States
district attorneys of the whole country
to Washington and handed each one a
copy of the Sherman antl-truat law.
and I would have said, 'do home and
commit that to memory, and come
back here at the same hour tomorrow.'
Then when they came back I would
have said to them, 'Now you know
what this law means. Go out and do
your duty as prosecutors. If you
don't I will put you out and put in
Continued on Page Five,
This Is Why Hanna Voted for
Free Sugar
Washington, D, C., March 16.—
Representative Hanna said today
that his principal reason for voting
Cor the democratlo free sugar bill yes
terday was that Canadian reciprocity
is still on the statute books and its
adoption is being constantly advocated
in the Canadian northwest.
So iong a« this menace remains he
things the consistent thing for him to
do is to vote for revenue bills that
promise to compensate the people of
North Dakota for possible losses
through the adoption of the recipro
city pact Heligesen takes the same
He doe* not favor free sugar, but
so long as reciprocity Is not repealed
and the principle of protection not ap
plied to all sections of the country alike
he will vote for reductions on tariff
articles consumed in the state.
The majority of the representatives
from the sflgar beet producing states
voted for reciprocity and it is just
as well they be made to take ygtnp pi
their i.vn medicine.
German Treasurer Resitfff*
Berlin, March 16.—Adolph Wermuth,
imperial secretary of the treasury, re
signed his office today. Under secre
tary of the Imperial Treasury Kuchn
han been apointed to stucc^d him.
John F. Hill Deed,
March IS.—John F.
governor of Maine, acting chairman of
thf republican natioaml committee ditd
In The New York Sun ef Feb. 3€,
under a Minneapolis date llnet you
are quoted as saying:
"Roosevelt has betrayed LaFollette
and is a traitor to the progressive
cause. LaFollette became a candidate
because Roosevelt begged him to make
the race. He declared that the pro
gressives should have a candidate and
urged Senator LaFollette to announce
his candidacy at once. Then he began
lnsiduously and secretly to undermine
Senator LaFollette's organization, etc."
Also in The New York Times of
Feb. 29, in a dispatch from oPrtland,
Ore., you are quoted as saying:
"Roosevelt and other progressives
urged LaFollette to enter the cam
paign as the progressive candidate. He
sent his message of earnest solicitation
to LaFollette through Gilson Gardner,
a Washington correspondent."
I hope you are not correctly quoted,
as you know these are not the facts.
What did happen I have before told
u personally. I will now recall the
Shown to Be Untrue.
First, in regard to the statement
that Senator LaFollette became a
candidate because Roosevelt begged
him to make the race. This is shown
to be untrue by the fact that Senator
LaFollette had determined to become
a candidate and had announced that
determination to his friends at least
three months before any message of
any kind was brought from Oyster
My trip to Oyster Bay occurred
May 1, 1911, As early ae February,
1911, Senator LaFollette had held con
sultationB with his friends, myself
among tbem, relative to steps to be
taken to promote hia nomination.
There are many people who know
about these conferences who will fur
nish full particulars.
Second, in regard to the statement
that Roosevelt urged LaFollette to be
come a candidate. This is not true.
On the other hand, Colonel Roosevelt
sent word through me that he believed
Senator LaFollette could not win. He
btlieved Taft's renomlnatlon would be
forced by money and federal patron
age, and therefore, Colonel Roosevelt
said he did not fee! like urging La-
Fill lUver, Mass., March 18.—T*he
Fall River textile council represent
ing 30.000 operatives announced to
day it had virtually rejected the 6
per cent wage increase offered by the
manufacturers and has demanded, a
fiat increase of 16 per cent.
Shots Exohanfled.
Barre, Mass., March 18,—Several
shots were exchanged between a band
of strikers at the plant of Barre Wool
Combing Co., and a detachment of
civil officers today. Half a dozen offi
cers were slightly injured and five men
were arrested.
The clash followed the removal or
some cars from the plant, of the -com
pany. Cine man' managed to escape
the officers after he had been severe
ly clubbed about ihe
un Is Proven
Houser's Statement Shown to Be Untrue by Letter From
Gilson Gardner
Roosevelt Really Told La Follette That La Follette Could Not
Possibly Win Oat
But "If He Was Bound to Enter Losing Fight, Sooner He Be
gan Campaign the Better"
New York, March 1«.—The con
ference of leaders In the Roose
velt campaign which began last
night, continued today. Teddy is in
consultation with Sen. Joseph Dix
on, his campaign manager Alex
ander H. Revell of Chicago, chair
man of the Roosevelt national
committee, and Charles Duell,
chaJrman of the New York com
It was announced that Ormsby
McHarg, who has been looking
after the Roosevelt movement In
the south, would hereafter be sta
tioned in Washintgon as Dixon's
right-hand man.
The following self explanatory letter
has been received at the Fargo Roose
velt headquarters.
Washington, D. C., March 15, 1912.—
Roosevelt National Headquarters, Far
go, North Dakota, U. S. A.: Dispatches
from North Dakota today report Wal
ter Houser as repeating publicly a
statement which he has made several
times recently, declaring that Colonel
Roosevelt "not only encouraged but
was favorable to the candidacy of
Senator LaFollette until it came to
appear that it might succeed." Mr.
Houser knows as well as any other
man in the United States that there
is absolutely no foundation for that
statement. Mr. Houser repeatedly
quotes Mr, Gardner for authority on
this subject. The accompanying let
ter from Gilson Gardner to Mr. Houser
explains fully exactly what occurred
and demonstrates the Incorrectness of
Mr. Houser's statement.
Washington, D. C., March 1, 1®12—
"Walter L. Houser, Evans building,
Washington, D. C.—My Dear Houser:
I have recently seen some newspaper
publicatious—one of them attributed
to you—criticising Colonel Roosevelt's
course in respect to Senator LaFol
lette's candidacy.
Follette to go into a losing fight. Tt&|
was the message delivered.
Colonel Roosevelt had said emphati
cally that he would not take sides aa
between candidates or give any can
didate a specific endorsement. Ho
said he would, in the columns of Tha
Outlook, and otherwise, do what ho
could tn direct attention to the work
accomplished by Senator LaFollette ih
Wisconsin. Beyond this, he said hat
could not go. *.
Colonel Roosevelt did not promise'
that ho would not himself become j*
candidate. He was very careful at
that and all times to say that he
would not bind himself as to his future
course by any promise or statements.
I made this clear to Senator LaFol
lette and the senator to my own
knowledge knew at all times that Col
onel Roosevelt regarded him as free
to take any course that he might con
sider wise. In order to make this
matter perfectly clear to Senator La
Follette I at one time read him the
following extract from a letter written
by Colonel Roosevelt in November.
"If we had won in New York. I
can now see that I would have had
to face the question of accepting the
nomination in 1913 and it would have
been a most painful and most doubt
ful question to decide. Now I feel that
I shall not have to make such a de
cision, and I can simply tell everyone
that as circumstances are I feel it
unwise and indeed out of the question
for mo to be a candidate. Here in
New York as well as in Massachusetts
and Ohio every effort was made to get
me to say that I would not be a can
didate in 1912, and some effort warn
made to get me to say that I won id
support Taft in 1912.
"I utterly refused to make either
assertion. I told my questioners that
I did not think there was one chance
in a hundred that it would be neces
sary for me to become a candidate *nd
that the one thing I most desired wen
not to be put in a position where I
would have to become one, but that
I would treat the question not the
least from the standpoint of Taffe
interest, still less in my own interests
but stflefly from the standpoint ef
the public good, and that therefore,
though I thought it in the highest de
gree improbably that it would be nec
essary for me to accept the nomina
tion, yet I should not commit myself
so that I could not act in any wax
that the public need really demanded.
"Now I am convinced that unless
conditions arise which wc cannot poe
sibiy foresee and of which there are
at present no indications, it will not
be merely improbable, but impossible
for anything to happen wntch will
make it necessary for me to accept
the nomination and in fact I think
now that the question will not arfte
at all."
Whet He Told LaFollette.
"Finally, I told Senator LaFollette
that Colonel Roosevelt agreed that It'
Senator LaFollette proposed to uu«
dertake a campaign for the nominal
tlon with the "certain prospect that he
would make a losing fight, the sooner
the campaign was begun the better.*'
That was the sum and substance of
the message which I brought from
Oyster Bay. It is quite obviou*
therefore, that the message he re-*'
ceived at that time did not produce
any immediate effect and that it nu
not the determining factor in the swt»
ator's decision to enter the race.
"It was understood by all Senator
LaFollette's friends that he become
a candidate without serious hope of
being nominated and for the purpoee
of consolidating the progressive mov«#
ment, and making difficult, or impog
sible, the renomination of a reaction
ary president. This purpose he car
ried out. Senator LaFollette's leader*
ship was auccessful to a certain point,
but as anticipated ho was called up«S
to make a sacrifice. He has paid the
penalty In sliattcred nerves and the
time has come for a strong man to
take his place. In normal health, Se|ft~
ator LaFollette would not, I am con
vinced. countenanced a charge that
Colonel Roosevelt had ever treated him
In any way not fair. In his present
Inability to direct and know what is
going on it is poor loyalty for hie
friends to do what he would certainly
disapprove. Very truly yours,
(Signed) "Gilson Gardner."
McClusky, N„ D, March 16.—
Burchardt, who pleaded guilty to li
charge of Incest preferred against hint
by Humane Officer Blake was sent*
enoed to seven yean nard labor in tbt
•tate penitentiary by Judge Wlncheg*
The prisoner is it years ef age e^|
has a wife and five children. Whet
the sheriff started to take Burchardl
to a cell, after sentence had been,
passed the prisoner broke down and
wept like child for several houre.
and his physical condition is such fee
will not be able to be moved to the
-fwnltsntlary for gone #9%'

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