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The Evening standard. (Ogden City, Utah) 1910-1913, December 31, 1910, Part Two, Image 11

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tfJ Al FLING Problems for Party Leaders Listening > p
I 1 J < = > for the Newest Rumble from the Frat House r N r
rofii ztf Inn t > J tbo Neiv York Herald Co All rtcbtn wwrrMV
v OL1TICIANS who nre practical which usual
i ly means successful have hud their cars
close to the ground for a long time trying to
make out the importance of the newest rumble
in politics the Intlucucc of the aristocratic col
t fniteruitleT
The Warwicks and their able aids In the political
amps ire nearly always the first to detect any new
factor that promises political development but In try
ng to size up the Greek letter fraternity problem
they have for once tackled a proposition that Is baf
fling Its solution has been doubly hard to the party
organization leader because as a rule be has little
knowledge of the force
But the Messrs Taft and Hooscvclt Hughes and
Hitchcock and scores of officials In prominent offices
have observed the fraternity factor and have taken
the lead in forcing Its recognition by the organia
About the time that tho voter who is now fifty years
of age was casting his first ballot the party leaders In
their secret council meetings were beginning to recog
nize the college element in making up all party
tickets after satisfying the church clement the
foreign clement and others
The political chieftains have recently been learning
to differentiate even in the college clement in prepar
ing tickets to captivate the voter The fraternity
alumni have become so numerous that they are re
erred to In political parlance as a clnss
Figures talk loudest in practical politics and it Is
that conversation which has convinced the political
lenders of the Importance of the Greeks There were
almost two hundred thousand members of college
fraternities List year scattered among about fourteen
hundred chapters This Includes every college from
Bowdoin to San Francisco
Each fraternity has its alumni organization in near
ly every large city and the alumni associations and
retire chapters of undergraduates are as closely re
lated os parent and son If there is any other vote In
the United Stales which may be called clannish and
comparable with the solid South it Is the solid Greek
letter Tote If a Psi Upsilon man a D K E an
Alpha Delta or a Delta U man Is nomlnalcd for office
the surest thing about the candidate campaign is
that every man In his fraternity within loach will
rally to his aid quite regardless of patty lines
Inventory Is not made of the thirty thousand women
In fraternities who are waiting to be counted as im
portant factors in politics when they win the ballot
The strength of the fraternities in politics is their
wonderful organisations perfectly operating
machines as Tammany Hall The colleges have been
grinding away slowly for twenty or thirty years to
mild up the alumni associations oii fraternity men
ach local alumni association has Its complete or
onlatlon and is in turn a part of the big central
system which meets In annual conventions dls
usios Internal affairs and policies and the welfare
md Interests of Its members Nearly all fraternities
lave a monthly magazine to complete the org 1llzl
The fraternities held aloof from polltlcs for many
rears always contending that It was dangerous to
n oduce party strife in a social organization But
rlth the growing tendency to regard party as less of a
noral faith one fraternity after another has broken
i way from the old tradition always to help one of
Is members who was struggling for Important
it has become almost a general axiom that a man
vim Is worthy to belong to a certain fraternity Is dc
serving of the support of his brothers regardless
party lines It is no longer regarded as unusual even
n fraternity circles to read campaign notices scut
of ones fraternity
jut by a delegation
in some
certain candidate
directing attention to n
termBI e was one of our
thing Hko the following
men Cornell 1SS7 and therefore deserves your sup
port The frat magazines also contain arguments
for their candidates
First Test in 1881
One of the first crucial tests on the question
enter politics was In
whether the fraternity
for n Judgeship
1SS1 F N Finch was a candidate
associates regardless of lnrUe8
and his fraternity n
united in helping him They Issued several hundreds
of letters which read
for the
Judge F X Finch who Is a candidate
loyal Pal U and
Is a
of Judge of the Court of Appeals
limo frater
in the welfare
has had a deep Interest
nlty You wlllVemcmber him as the author of many
will do
Is hoped you
of our most popular songs It
nil you can to secure hIs election
of the
obtained copies
Some of the New York papers
> of the amusing features of that campaign
letter and ono vainr
paign was whether ability to wrilo good
MIIIT wurert a good Judge Judge Finch wns elected
after an exciting struggle hut when the next national
Psl U Convention met the your following Uwre
long argulns over the propriety of the fraternity
delving Into politic rinally the Convention decided
by divided IIIt to lijnl to the use of lime scclet >
Haute and Inlluonce fr polltl at Jll1rl o IjII
resolution ceased to be the
svnil YNlrs Ivcforc that
Hiding rifle of the fraternity
Theodore Roosevelt
Perhaps the strangest thing of all however is thai
the activity of the fraternity man In politics should
occasion surprise Has he not received a thorouh
course In political training from the day he first
donned a freshmans cap up to the moment he laid
aside his cap and gown
From the day of the first class meeting when a
president Is chosen through four years of intriguing
to the choice of the commencement orator every step
In the college mans career is beset by polities He
makes iutcrfralcrnlty combinations to oust the non
fraternity men from ofllcc the fraternities unite In
fusion movements and divide nmong themselves
such Important offices as captains of athletic teams or
other equally important offices Men who have be
come famous In politics have confessed that their love
for the game was born in the college tights In nearly
every class in neatly every college In the land there
Is a man who Is pointed out as the politician
and It Is he who has the peculiar trick of running
things his own way
Nicholas Longworth Erman J Ridgway
Perhaps no better evidence of the strong Inter
relation of politics and fraternities can be found than
in the constancy of statesmen to their old friendships
Men forget their class reunions to some oven the loy
alty to the alma mater is dimmed with the years It
Is the fraternity spirit which lasts longest The en
thusiasm on the fraternity subject never seems to
grow old
Dining the Installation of a new president at Wes
leyan University recently the throng of visitors was
amazed by a sudden break In the black robed line of
distinguished visitors which was escorting President
Taft towaid the campus As the procession filed
slowly along the street In which the fraternity houses
are located It was observed that the Psi Upsilon house
was decorated more elaborately than the others
When the President was opposite that house a frater
nity yell went up from the balcony The cry was like
the clang of a fire gong in the car of an old fire horse
The President stopped and llstenrd and lu a limo
mcnt bad joined In the yell Another moment and
the dignified lino wns broken as the President dashed
across to the fraternity house Ihe procession was
halted and there was confusion The President dis
appeared In the house and for nearly ten minutes
young and old Isis fell upon their big brother wring
Ing his hand with the fraternity grip and singing the
frat songs In which he joined
When the President wns in college lie was always
Known as Big BUI The Yale chnpter of his day
was large and played an importantpart in politics
Ills associates have wild since that the political side
seemed to fascinate young Taft and he was one of
the leading class politicians of his day One of his
classmates said recently
The strongest side of Taft in college wns that of
the politician He was In all tho political manoeu
vres during his entire course If there was a maga
zine board to be elected or the manager of ji baseball
team or a junior prom committee thcro was Taft
doing the electing
Both of Mr Tafls brothers were PsI Us at Yale
and they were always working with him then as they
have worked since In winning more Important prizes
to hulp him Control the political situation The flrat
appointive oLlce Mr raft over held was as Internal
Revenue Collector of Ohio IIo was named by Prowl
dent Arthur who was also n mejnbwr of Pal Upsltotj
The Presidents political manager was Frank II
Illtcb < i > k a Harvard Delta t who won the credit of
breaking up the + > dld South and JF i won the Post
master i MKT iship W lien ho started to break up the
South 11 turned io Ormnbj Mrllanr a member of
President Taft i
William McKinley
Benjamin Harri
I Photo by Kitchel
Frank H Hitchcoc
James A Garfield Harris L Ewing Photo
Bell Photo
M Linn Bruce William Travers Jerome
Charles H Treat
Photo by Anderson Victor H Metcalf
Kappa Alpha Mr Taft has named scores of frater
nity men for Important posts t
Of the present House of Hellresentathcs and
United States Senate about forty per cent arc fntlor
nlly men All but one of the Justices of the Bulled
States Supreme Court wear the Jewelled fraternity
pin Of Governors of States thcllst covers almuat
the map of the country But what stands out most
distinctly In life chief State offices Is that Innearly
every Instance the Governors have appointed their
old fraternity brothers to Important posts i
Ono of the historic wars among college fraternities
began In the early sixties A group of slndonlj In
Williams angered by the secrecy of other fraternity
men started a revolt against ihtf system and
eventually founded a now fraternity which they
named Delta Upsilon Thoro was u series of battles
but tho new fraternity weathered Utensil Its leader
was a student James A Garfield who was recognized
as one of the best political organizers In the college
Twenty years later James A Garfield was national
president of the Delta Upsilon fraternity which hail
spread over the country with chapters In nil promi
nent colleges The same year 1SSO the National Re
publican Convention met In Chicago After two days
of cca30les3 warring and when the Convention fras
still as fur from selecting a candidate for Oihlcut as
on the fir t day when It met a young man electrified
the grant audience by jumping up and nominating
Garfield The young man was known as Giolr of
Pfiinsyhanla But lie was also a Delta U and hail
long boon a oriitcd with Garfield the fratenmj
Justice Hughes as Delegate
Onfof lie first telegrams that rentbed tllc republi
can uomlino ray from the ucln r fraternity avsom
V w
Charles E Hughes
G 4 mb
r i
ti n1ij r
y Miller Photo
w Henry m HbyC
WI i E
ohm D Long i i
r Notman Photo
Herbert Parsons
v Pine MacDonald Photo
r J I
ideals hatl been his Idcol3 In politics and at reunions I J
inns repeatedly urged bis brothers to go In for politi i
cal careers with tlielr chapter mottos for their plat
Because of peculiar conditions which existed In the l
fraternity world at Harvard during the years that r
Theodore P oscvclt was a student he became a mem
ber of two national fraternities beginning even nt
that ape to do things dlffercnUy than his associates
When a sophomore Mr Roosevelt was elected to
the famous Dickey Club n society whoso members
were known to be members of Delta Kappa Epsilon
Some of the member did not consider the tic bind
ing for they joined other fraternities as upper class
men Mr Roosevelt became an Alpha Delta Phi nan i
nn upper classman and after graduation retained i
membership In hoth fraternities nis soninlaw
Nicholas Long < vorth is nlso n D K E
During his occupancy of the White House Mr
Roosevelt was peculiarly partial to college men
Whether appointments were made because oC fra I
ternal bonds and friendships or for political expe
diency cannot be determined of course but the
records show that the political favors were divided
about evenly between the members of the two fra = I
ternities ile has been enthusiastic In his fraternal
relations repeatedly attending the conventions and
exhorting the younger generation of college men to V s
make politics their life work 4
I feel that peculiar good must come from an as
sociation such us that of Delta Kappa Epsilon he
said at one convention an association which take
the form of a fraternity whoso reason foe existence
Charjes P Taft il
Committee of the Executive Council of the Delta Upsilon Fraternity Which j j V >
Installed the Lafayette Chapter at Easton Pa May 30J 1885 j1 I
Photo byPach Bro I
bled In national convention That fraternity resolu
tlon ins framed and nicuiiled by It delegate from
Brown University Charles 13 Hughes It was the
lirst lime a convention had gone Into politics but the
fiaternlty worked through the campaign in a careful
and guajdcd way
Garficld was the first Greek letter man elected to
llio Presidency He appointed scores of his own and
other fraternity men to office When Chester A
Arthur succeeded to the Presidency he was even
mon partlalto his fraternity men In Psl Upsilon
President Harrison was a Phi Delta Theta man
and he made permanent the custom started by Gar
lield and Arthur It has continued to nourish In the
administrations of Presidents McKluley and Taft
and In rcccut years has extended to every branch of
national State and municipal government
Evidently not satisfied with the honors of appoint
ive mid elective olllce the fraternity man has re
cently tailed hls attention to the organization branch
o politics In recent campaigns fraternity men have
boon ate lh helm of mart machines and have won
vletoilos too
Uerbart Parsons for four years president of the
New York County Committee was a Dcke at Yale
and It was through Ills fraternity that his friendship
with President Roosevelt was formed Tlio friend
ship led to ilr Parsons position in politics
Justice Hughes Is regarded by college men as a
splendid example of fraternity influence In politics
VIicn lie was nominated for Governor one of the
most tireless bands of workers for his election was
comnoscd of his fraternity associates including Will
lam Travors Jerome M Linn Bruce Erman J Ridge
way Frederick Crossett and the men who bad been
with Mr Hughes In the Executive Council of the fra
ternity The latter Included Otto and Charles Eidlltz
Edward M BaSelt and Mark Allen
And after Hughes ecnmeOoCnor he appointed
Mr Baseett a Public Service Commissioner Mr Bruce
a Justlco on the Supreme Court Bench and Mr Cros
s lt a member of his personal staff lIe named many
other Delta Us to Important office Including Robert
II Fuller as private secretary
Two of the Important and distinctive measures of
Governor Hughes administration In Albany were the
embodiment of ideas for which he had fought In his
fraternity in his undergraduate days The public
service Inws wero expressions of the nonsecret rules
of his fraternity and the Direct Nominations bill nu
ofTort to Teuton to all the members of the fraternity
the right to bdiot their president whether or not they
ImplM to go to UK omcntlon whore the election
t K > pli <
In the lit few years Governor Hushes several
time In lil < poifbos Iedart that hV fraternity
1s to bo found In extending the bonds of gpod broth
erhood Fraternities such as this unlto men without
regard to section creed or occupation on the basis I i
of the great qualities which they have in common i
Among Mr Roosevelts notable appointments of
fraternity men all of which are recorded In chapter
annals as due entirely to the college influence were f
Charles Henry Treat treasurer of the United States
John D Long Secretary of tho Navy Victor Met
calfe Secretary of the Navy Henry M Iloyr Solici
tor General Ashley M Gould Associate Justice of
the Court of Appeals Bellamy Storer William H
Moody all members of Delta Kappa Epsilon and
Justices AVllllam R Day and Oliver IT Holmes of
the Supreme Court James R Garfield Secretary of
the Interior and Horace Maynard all of Alpha Delta
PhI Thcio were scores of lesser appointments from
tho membership of the two fraternities
HE const of New England has numerous legends I
T concerning spectre ships firmly believed by the lr
rugged fishermen who assort stoutly that on various I
ous occasions glimpses of the shadowy craft have i
been seen followed Invariably by fatal disaster Tho
spectre of the Paleutlno Is occasionally seen on the
Sound and is the forerunner of a gale or wind She
was a Dutch trading vessel und was wrecked oft
Block Island in 1751 The wreckers it Is said made I
short work of her stripping her fore and aft and set I
ting fire to tho hull i r
As she drifted blazing off the coast a human form i
was visible amid the Homes the form of a female
passenger left to perish on the doomed craft Since I
and generally upon the anniversary of the wreck a i I
phantom ship with blazing hull charred spars and I j
scorched palls and rigging has been seen cruising off c i
Block Island i
Whittier recorded the legend In graceful verse as I V
well as that of a ghostly cruiser that sailed from a r
her last which he I I
2fwv England port on voyage
termed Tile Dead Ship of Salem In the seventeenth 11
century a ship was about to sail from Salem to Eng
land Her cargo was on board sails bent and passen
gers on deck when two passengers camp hurriedly oIl I V
and engaged passage The couple were a young man I
and a young woman who so tradition records were I
remarkable for their bearing null beauty I
Who they were or whence they came no one In I
Salem Town could tell The ship being detained by
adverse winds the mysterious couple excited the sus I
picions of tho townspeople who viewed them as un
canny and prophesied disaster to the vessel allowed i
to will In her But the master a bluff and stern j
sailor refused to listen and finally departed on a
The vessel never reached her destination and was
never spoken but later lu thcyear incoming vessels i
reported sighting a craft with luminous rigging and
sails and slIming hull and spare She was sailing
with all canvas sot against the wind with a crow of
dead men standing in the shrouds and leaning oven
the rail while upon the quarter deck stood a young
lid lniutlful couple I

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