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Committee of Fifteen
Request State Chairman Lftldn to j
? Place Only Electors Favoring
'I Taft on Republican Ticket.
'i As the more serious aspects of the
{political situation are presented to
the Republican leaders in West Vir
ginia, it Is more fully realized that the
trl-?cornered contest between the Dem
* ocrats, Republican and Progressive
j j;^rti?s is really a light for the prc
' > sfcryation Of the Republican party and
Its identification under that name, as
? ? itell as a notable battle for the re
?? election of President Taft.
Under the West Virginia statutes
' tonly the two dominant i; parties are
recognized, and the (Republican lead
: , er? l*ho remain toy&j} j.p ^e abmlnees I
1 ot ;tbe old parrty now* Understand that!
in .tfoip event of the new political or
ganisation Jed by Theodore Roosevelt
securing more votes i?a the state than
President Taft, that hereafter the
Progressive organization and not the
(Republican parity will receive recogni
tion under -the statutes.
?With this understanding impressed
upon them there is a movement under
way which had tits inception at a
meeting of Republican business men
at Charleston, who favor the; re-elec
tion of President Taft, to provide sep
arate eets of electors for the Repub
lican and Bull Moose tickets, and at
a meeting during the present week
a committee of 15, 1 at the head of
Wfajch is former Congressman Joseph
?H. Gaines, w*s appointed to wait upon
Chairman James S. Lakin, of the Re
publican State Central Committee, and
request an arrangement for the selec
tion of ele^tore on the
ticket who will favor the election of
^llli&bi H. Taft and who will cast
their VoteS in the Electoral College
for ttfe regular nominee of the Re
publican party.
Of the present eight Presidential
?lectors only# three have given assur
ance that they intend to support
?President Taft in the Electoral Col
lege ?in the event of their election. They
are James S. Webb, of Wayno county;
M. Stanley Hodges, of Pendleton
county, and J. WflHiam Harman, of
Tucker county. These three have sig
nified their intention to remain loyal
to the regular nominee.
"With it'hlg condition staring them In
the ffcce .tbe regular Republicans in
the state realise that it would be fu
tile for them to attempt to vote for
(President -Tatt> and for this reason j
they desire a new set of electors in
whom they have confidence. They do
not take kfcidly to the suggestion that
the same set of electors remain on
both the Republican and the Progres
sive tickets, and permit the candidate
receiving the largest number of votes
to ! receive the support of the electors >
in the Electoral College.
It is argued by the supporters of
President Taft that they have a right
to cast their ballots for their choice
and be assured trfat their votes will
/be counted providing tho electors are
successful at -the election. They do
not desire to cast a ballot for their fa- 1
vorite presidential nominee with any
, stri'.ig attached to the same, and some
even assert that If they are unsuc
cessful in returning the President a
winner that they prefer the election
of Governor Wilson rather than the
success of those who bolted from thetr
own party.
On the other hand, the Progressives
are fall'lng In lino with the idea
which originated in the Taft camp.
While the Pull Moosers tei the early
part of the campaign desired the same
set of olectors on both tickets with tho
understanding that the election would
merely serve as a preferential primary
between Taft and Roosevelt, and the
electors would be guided by the re
sult of the vote, they now admit that
there is Justice in the demand of the
Taft supporters and are entirely will
ing, or at least a great many of tho j
leaders ace, for two sets of elector?
to be chosen.
The willingness of the Roosevelt,
leaders to put out a mew set of Pres
idential Electors on their ticket, how
ever, is based upon the confidence of
the Progressive leaders that Colonel
Roosevelt will poll more votes in We3t
Virginia than President Taft, and they
are anxious to have the new party
recognized under the state laws, thus
usurping the place formerly held by
tb'e Republican party.
I v Those who have studied the election
laws of the stat^ say that it Is doubt-!
ful, wer? the same electors placed on
both the Republican and Progressive
tickets, if It could be determined
which of the two parties were in the
ascendancy. Heretofore it has not
been customary to record the votes
cpst for President .and Vice President
on the different tickets, and, wh'ile
?there are some who contend that the
ballot law of 1908 requires this record
to be kept, no official opinion has ever
been rendered.
Both the Republican and Progres
sive leaders understand this situation,
and for that reason the demand for
separate electoral tickets is growing,
it is <the next question to be dealt
with by the rival party organifcations.
Chairman James B. I/akin, of the Re
publican State Central Committee, has
not made any effort to solve the prob
lem, but Chairman "William M. O.
Dawson, of the Progressives, has said
that he may call a meeting of the
Executive Committee of his party to
solve the riddle. *
Whether the present electors, if they
are unwUling, can be removed or
not remains a perplexing question.
The effort to oust the Roosevelt Elec
tors in Kansas still fcangs in the bal
ance, and while National Chairman
Charles D. Hilles is making an effort
to settle the vexatious problem the so
lution is not yet apparent.
There are some of the Roosevelt
electors in the state who ar? willing
to retire from the Republican ticket
and place their names on the Pro
gressive ticket if the leaders of the
new party give their assent, but there
are others who would remain station
ary on the Republican ballot, while
one or two of the others are willing to
abide by the choice of the voters be
tween Taft and Roosevelt if that
choice can be determined. One of the
latter variety is L. D. .Victors, of
Charleston, an elector at large, who
made a public statement -to that effect
during the week.
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After leaving the head of the t'lckat
the bull moose and the elephant wilt ,
eat from the same manager. To sat
isfy some of v the restless brethren
throughout the several counties of the
from the ticket unless they secured
the indbrsement of the bull moose the
Progressives held a meeting at the
capital and let it be understood -that
the candidates nominated in the Re
publican primaries and conventions
and 'in which the Roosevelt support
ers participated would be placed on
the Progressive; ticket by petition.
Within the next two weeks the Pro
gressive leaders expect to have thoa
sands of petitions out in each magis
terial district of the state, but this
action cannot be taken until the elec
tor problem has been finally disposed
In the indorsement of the Republi
can state ticket th? West Virginia
herd of Ruir Moose showed they were
of a different breed from their an tier
ed brethren in Ohio, Indiana and Illi
nois, where separate tickets were
?amed, and Chairman James S. I^a
kin, of the regular Republican Com
mittee, did not display the same hand
and use the tactics employed by Chair
man Daugherty in Ohio, when he de
clared that it was unlikely that the
proffered indorsement would be spurn
ed by any of the candidates. And it
is very improbable that any of the
candidates receiving such indorse
ments will be subjected to any rigor
ous cross-examination.
There were some who believed that
Chairman La kin might be Inclined to
criticise the Progressives jn their in
dorsement of the Republican state
ticket. Many of the more ardent sup
porters of the President have inveigh
ed against the candidates accepting a
nomination from the Bull Moose par
ty, but Chairman Lakin holds that tho
Indorsement given the Republicans
does not alter their allegiance to the
Republican ticket or affect their
standing as Republican candidates.
In the adoption of the resolution
recommending the 'indorsement of the
county candidates it is not certain that
the Progressive leaders have escaped
without some complications. In Ty
ler and Fayette counties contests are
being waged between local factions for
-the support of the new party and it )s
probable that the regular Republican
tickets in these two counties will not
get cn the ticket under the Progres
sive emblem.
Commissioners Make Dr. Harnett' a
Hospital Official One for
Huntington, August 28.? Tho board
of commissioners designated the hos
pital of I)r. C. C, Harnett as thie cily
Negro hospital, at a meeting this af
ternoon. No other business was tran
sacted by the board.
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. . W. E. MOLLISON i
Mississippi lawyer and banker who endorses tho attitude of the
Progressive party toward the\l|egro. r
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T. R. Electors
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Topeka, Kan., August 27. ? By a voce
of 80 to G2 the Republican party coun
cil late tonight ? defeated a resolution
to force the RooseVelt Electors on an
independent ticket.
tfhte result of the- vote means tha'
the Roosevelt Presidential Electors
choseh ?ih the recent state primary
will appear Upon the Republican bal
lots in t'he fall election unless the Su
preme Court of the .United States,
which is considering the case, rules
against them.
The defeated resolution was intro
duced ..by Robert Stone, of Topeka. It
requested that ,the Roosevelt Presi
dential Electors get off the Republi
can ticket a?ad get into the independent
column. The Taft forces insisted
that ..the Roosevelt men should leave
the ticket while the Roosevelt men
were equally hrm in their determina
tion- to .'hold the Roosevelt Electors on.
Full discussion was allowed in a de
sire for; party harmony.
Today was. a busy day politically In
Topeka^ Conferences of the Republi
can, Democratic and Socialist nomi
nees were held and platforms were
adopted by all.
The adieu of the Republican coun
cil, which is made up of lieading Re
publicans of the state, including United
States Senator Briatow, Congressman
Victor Murdock and Governor Stubbs,
followed the adoption of a resolution
by the state committee today asking
the Roosevelt Electors to resign. The
action of the committee was merely a
suggestion to the council.
In. the council tonight mamy Pro
gressives voted to have the Roosevelt
E'fctors resign because they said they
wanted to see a third party placed lu
??he field In Kansas. As iiie maH?\r
stands tonight, there will be no tti'pl
party. "
Charles Sessions, Secretary of State,
made a statement to the Ooy.ncil thaf. j
he believed that the law pro/ided tha
he should put the name of W. H. TaTt
at the head of. the Republican' tick n.
Uuosevelt leaders declared mandamui
action will be brought in Court against
Secretary of State to compel hip".
to ^ave off /Fivft's mame.
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Washington,.' August 27.? ^Tha per
centage of mulattoes among the Ne- j
gro population of West Virginia . is in
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creasing rapidly, according to figures
given out today by the Census Bu
reau and is higher than the percentage
in the; country at large. Out of a to
tal of 64,173 Negroes in West Virginia
in 1910 there were 20,879 mulattoes.
The percentage .of mulattoes in 1910
was 2.5 compared with 28.3 i4i 1890
and 24.1 in 1870. The Census Bureau
in a statement, issued today pays: "it
| may be noted, however, that "an In
crease in the mulattoe element does
[not necessarily imply increasing in
termixture witn the whites, since the
children born of marriages between
blacks and mul&ttoes would he mulat
toes accord >.ig to the Census defini
tion. 7-,
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By Custom Ofllcials? -Thought t*
Have Been For Haytian Revo
Kingston, Jamaica, August 24. ? A
shipment of rifles, believed, to have
been intended for Haiti, was seized
today by the customs authorities here
on board the British schooner Barth
oldi, which was clearing for a gulf
port. Considerable activity prevails
among the Haitian exiles here, indl
| eating that an attempt probably will
be made by followers of Antoine Si
mon to foster a resolution.
? Approves
Makes Statement
To The Vickersburg Evening Tost in
Which Ho clearly Explains His
Views op. the Political Situation.
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j Shortly after his return to his
home at Vicksburg, Mr. W. E. Mol
lison, a widely known colored law
yer who had been in attendance
upon the Progressive National con
vention at Chicago, had the fol:
lowing to say in the Evening Post
of that city:
j "Many inquiries have been
made and statements ventured that
the men who were not seated in
the late Progressive convention are
like Mohammed's cpttin, suspended
twixt heaven and earth, not want-j
ed by the Democrats, read out by I
the Republican bosses and kicked
out by the Bull Moose. That state
ment is true only of the first and j
second of the two propositions.
Conditons have made the Negro
unnecessary to the Democratic par
ty in all the gulf states. The pri
mary has eliminated the-'black bro
ther tho' the day when Lem Moore
as a Democratic member of the
Mississippi Legislature was a wel
come member of the caucus in
which a Barksdale and Walthall
were candidates, and when his vote
came near being decisive of the
nominee of the party. The Repub
lican party of Mississippi, purpose
ly kept of the baby size so that
the men in control may never have
trouble in managing it, does not
want any more than it has, aiid in
faet was .glad iwhen the embryo,
king bees left the hive. As to the
kicking out by the Bull Moose,'
there is nothing on which to base
any such statement as the papers
have featured.
"The truth is that Mississippi
is the only state in which there
was any question except Florida.
That state had both white and mix
ed thrown out. Mississippi was
the lone bone of contention. Vir
ginia and Georgia had not sent
other representatives than those
who wore selected by the "provis
ional" committeemen. Mississippi
had not behaved well in the Taft
convention. One of its colored
leaders had drawn the. unenviable
light of publicity about his head,
and it was covered with the sign
of the dollar. And these dollars
had on them neither eagles to soar,
nor nightingales to sing, but the
croaking raven of bribery. And al
so the man had misunderstood the
situation and boasted of the un
happy handling of the Taft dol
lars, and forgot that Roosevelt's
name was untactfully connected
with the stick of tar, and without
that statesman's fault or knowled
ge. And affidavits of Mississip
pians that money had been offered
and refused, and the ugly boast of
thick-skinned ones that both sides
had been liberal, made Mississip
pians persona non grata to a cam
paign whieh had for its watch word
blazoned on every banner the com
mand from Sinai's craggy heights:
'Thou shalt not steal. ' Another col
ored man in Mississippi brought
the name into the limelight by de
claring himself the National com
mitteeman of a party not even in
embryo; not thoroughly shaped in
the womb of coming events. So all
in nil. the high priests of the new
cult did not want these men who
were so much in unenviable evi
dence in the Taft convention with
the smell of fire upon some an<:
the brand of mendacity and boast
ing corruption upon others.
"Mississippi was not wanted ii
the convention which met last Mon
day on the very scene of the bat
tie of a month ago. If it must b<
represented then Senator Dixo?
decided to have a brand new deal
and better have Mr. Eridge thougl
his son made haste to disclaim an;
allegiance to the movement whicl
his distinguished father led.
"And then before the Provision
al Committee when the question o
Mississippi's political life wa
hanging by a slender thread, on
of the advocates of the white an
black delegation made threat of
what the black man in the north
and east would do. lie did not
know the temper of the Saxon. It
was untactful. The colored broth
er was too proud of the seats
which he held and the committee
places he filled, from aristocratic
Rhode Island and Narraganset Bay
and from New Jersey which had
known no black man in all the
years from Grant to Taft, to take
any stock in a state whose colored
men had by their own hands pulled
down the pillars of the temple.
They would not risk their political
salvation by adopting any slogan
such as our untactful representa
tive advised: 'seat all or none.'
"The committee on credentials,
was told that no regularity was
claimed. It was also told by the
same speaker for the mixed delega
tion that no threat was needed;
that southern men who do not be
lieve in the participation in pub
lic affairs of negroes would despise
Col. Roosevelt, where they had
either hated or admired, if he
should strike down the men upon
whom he had leaned so heavily a
month ago. The committee took
three ballots to get untied and fin
al lv seated the Fridge delegation
17 * to 16.
I "The convention eliminated or
disavowed the word white in the
Fridge call and so no one could
claim to have been hurt by the fin
al outcome.
The convention had little time
to stop to consider the claims of
any one small element of the popu
lation. It expressed itself for wo
men, for the laborer and artisan
and all who toil with brain and
brawn. It included in its great
promises the black man and the
red. ' It was a grand gathering the
most wonderful in some respects
that ever was convened. /
'? "In another article I shall at
tempt to describe the marvelous
many sided, peculiar genius whose
word was its law, though he claim
ed only to be advising and the
gathering of the men of money and
brains who follow his brilliant but
erratic course to victory or obliv
ion.' 1
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llayti and San l>omingo on Best of
Terms, Says Commission.
Sau Domingo, August 24. ? The rela
tions between the Dominican Repub
lic and Haiti havg been placed on. a
much more friendly footing by the
visit of a Dominican Government Com
mission to Haiti. Tho Commissioners
returned here yesterday and reported
they had been received with the ut
most cordial'ity by the Haitian Gov
ernment officials and that any idea of
hostility between -tho two republics
was baseless.
Joli.ct , 111., August 27. ? Eliza Early,
90 years old, colored, servant for 10
years in the family of President Abra
ham Licicoln and the nurse of Robert
Todd Lincoln, was adjudged Incurably
insane today by a Will County med
ical commission and ordered sent to
the asylum $t Kankakee.
Born in slavery in North Carolina,
she was purchased by a brother of
Mrs. Lincoln and acted as h >r maid at
'the marriage to the martyred Presi
dent. T-lie aged woman left the Lln
co'/ns after the assassination of the
President and came west with h?'.r
h usband.
Her lease of life, :the exam'ning phy
sicians say, is brief, and h3r journev
through life, which has included th?,
White House and the almhouse, win.
undoubtedly end in an asylum.
Cleveland, Ohio, August 23. ? Aftei
hearing a vocalist in a moving-pictim
i how sing "Every Hare Has a Flap
Hut the Coon" Rev. J. Lennox, of this
city, a Bishop of tho Zion Africar
Evangelical Church, determined thai
tho colored people should have a flag
Today he publicly exhibitd the resuii
of weeks of work of designing an offl
clal emblem as striking as it is orig
The flag, religious in its slgnifl
cance, is of red, white, blu* and pur
pie. It carries 12 stars in a field o
purple and has 12 bars of red, whit<
and blue.
Tho purple represents the robi* wort
by Christ just, before the crucifixion
the red that ^K^pugh our sins be
scarlet, they shall be made white aj
snow," the white the purity of thi
saints, and the blue the Negro's loyal
fj 1 1 y to thp United States.
' The 12 bars represent the Apostle
and the minor prophets.
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Chicago Filled With Immense CroWd ???,
of Thrifty and Ppogp?Wve
groes. Nexfl Meeting in1 ;
, ,J+T-?*S
Great Meeting
Chicago, August Z'
a gala week in y
City." The thl
of the Nation' ^
has been i' v .? .nier
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haB drav
hq* beeJa:^
,oric ""Wllndy
annual session
j Busine&s'Lfeagwe
er. attraction- t^atr^l
e West's greatest ;
nlclpality v largest crowd of
and progressive Negroes that it !wrt?
ever before had the good fortune t<K
entertain. Prom practically jerelfe:^
state , in the Unicm they came, and
stories told by merchant, * farmer, pro- j
fessional man and Industrial'; .wortjiw^"
have not only possessed a strong de
gree of "human Interest/' but they
have been inspirational In thelf ^tfeqti M
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upon their brethren and out ojf them
will grow larger and far-reaching
suits in the varied activities in which
the Negro race is engaged.
The central figure of the session?, (b?
course, has been Dr. Bookei4 T. Waaui'ffj
Ington. Applauded to the gcho at' ew- H
Y '* -v
ry appearance, his magnetic personal
ity and intensely practical utterances
set the pace for the great gathering.
All agree that the Chicago meeting
1912 has been, hi many respects, t3K$%
most effective and really product lv^
of the series of commercial
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ience meetings" of the race that ,ha<$.|V'
their beginning so auspiciously, at
ton twelve yekrs ago. The cotnparUj^
of notes, showing the* rapid advah^Hw.
ment of the Negro in tb& buM nesS
world since the formation of
league, proves its best Justification
"W continued existence ?*d an tn~\ \-<
creasiagly enthusiastic imppcrtft* *tfc?
attendance year by year tufa
both in poi?it of quality and ^iiattiJujr^ ^
and the registration of 1912/ was laottf^
far from five hundred pa(d-ut>
berships, seventeen of which w;ere Ufa'jX'J
memberships at $25, the h igh- water ^
mark so far iin each record 1 '?r ' ? i-jj
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Sessions at Institutional "Church*
The sessions were held day and .
evening at the famous Institutional^
Church, Dearborn street, near Thirty^;
ninth, and the spacious double attdl-jj||j
torium was packed by aa eager |!$f
throng every time the doors were^||
opened to the public. A cordial weK|y&
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come was extended at all times by ;
the genial pastor, Rev. A.- J.-Gar*:
his capable corps of officers. A com-*:
mittee of ladies served luncheon efctiil
day, and the ushers in charge of MrU,?j
Evans did their duty dn Ape ' fasljt'io^ri
The opening address was delivered 'Vj
by Dr. George C. Hall, chairman ot%.>
the local committee on arratigement^M
fAid a cordial welcome was exteh$^:/J|jj
by Counsellor S. Laing Williams, agKf?>
sistant United States District attorney,
of Chicago. A felicitioug response '
was made by Prof. Harry T. Pratt
of the Baltimore public schools, owqk;y$$
er of the Baltimore Times.
The program, prepared with unus- $5?
ual care by Correspond^# Secretary
Emmett J. Scott, embraced every form y|
of business and professional activity
in which thg Negroes of the CQtt*ti&i|P
are engaged, and the speakers, ^rlth>;^
out exception, represented the highe^;^:^
type of the men and women engage^; ^
in the commercial work of* th6 natlott,i.L^
The printed program, which has had 0jj
wide circulation ?in the race press,
familiar to all, and a study of its pe*y?.?!P
sonn^l and line of discussion will bear
out the statement just made. ,*M
The annual addresa of Dr. Booker
T. Washington, draw|i from the Un-*
mortal Bard of Avon, "There's a tide ?)
in the affairs of men which taken at j>
its flood leads on to fortune/' empha~ \i
sized the necessity for th? Negro to ' *
take advantage of h>is manifold op~
portunities in the world of labor, and v ^
to do his share of the world's wt^rk^ 4
with a guarantee of reaping his pro- ;'*j
portionate share of the irewards Chat .ifJ
follow faithful service. As has been
said In all previous years, this was th^ ?;
keynote of the entire session and em-4 ^
bodies In a nutshell the purposes and ; |
policies of the National Negro Bus!-* ,.v
ness -Iveague. It. was "the speech
Dr. Washington's career," and estab*.
lished him anew as tho veritable
"Moses of his race." The addresfe baa
been printed in pamphlet form and f
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(Continual on P>(? Two)

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