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Why is it difficult to smuggle
treasures bought abroad through
the custom house? Read the
stoty of the jewel detective in
The Sunday Call.
VOLUME CVIIL— NO. 115.
TAGGART TRIAL
MAY EXONERATE
CAPTAIN PECK
Friends of Young San Diegan
Declare He Was Victim of
Commander's Plot
Shows That
Court Martial Expected
Sentence Deferred
Mystery Hides Hand and Influ
ence That Brought Officer's !
Unexpected Disgrace
STORIES of army life rife with un
restrained or&iefc. midnight revels
and SaJome dances in connection
with Major Elmore Taggart's command
of the Twenty-fourth United S^tes in
fantry when stationed at Fort
Ontario stirred local army circles yes
terday as a result of the announcement
from Washington that, following the
disclosures and dismissal from the
service of Captain Robert H. Peck,
Major Taggart. would have to undergo
a court martial.
With the appearance of intimate
. correspondence between persons high
in authority at Washington and
fViends of Peck in this and other
states that established conclusively
' J.h&X the trial judges had ordered sen
tence on Peck deferred until after the
of the conduct of Major
\u25a0Taggart. mystery hides the hand and
...influence that brought on 1 Captain
Peek his unexpected disgrace.
Indications of a Plot
That Captain Peck w^s the victim
of a plot entered into by tilajor Tag
sart and other officers of the Twenty
fourth infantry to discredit him and
forestall charges that Peck was pre
paring to expose an army scandal Is
the declaration of friends cf the young
San Diegan. who say that his - sum
mary dismissal nearly accomplished
this end
Chief among these is H. H. Earle,
superintendent, of the Odd Fellows'
' cemetery. who has gathered cor
respondence to show that the find
ings in the court martial were favor
. able to Captain Peck, -while throwing
.a baleful light about the command of
Major Taggart. This is indicated In
a letter to Congressman Francis Bur
\u25a0 .ton Harrison from Judge Advocate
General George B. Davis, who sat in
the ca.se, and which, dated June 23,
reads in part as follows:
"Until the records of trial are re
ceived in such other cases as have
arisen at Fort Ontario it would not be
fair to Captain Peck to take action
. upon his case with a view to its sub
r?Tssion to the secretary of war and to
iSf president."
Other Officers Involved
In this letter the counter charges
filed against other officers of the com
mand of Major Taggart are hinted at
:'as being important in their bearing
'„ on Captain Peck's case before the
\u25a0 facts should be submitted to the presi
dent. Notwithstanding this letter and
. others in which Major Taggart is
mentioned as due to face court martial
the records In the case were by some
• mysterious agency submitted to the
• president as a "closed incident" and
•' Captain Peck was at once dismissed.
What Influence brought about this
-change of tactics when Captain Peck
had been assured of respite until after
' the trial of Major Taggart is not
. known.
Opinion of Defender
\u25a0 ;\u25a0 The trial of Captain Peck was be
"• .hind closed doors, but the statement
"of Charles N". Bulger, counsel for Peck,
. is to the effect that "in the entire rec
ord of evidence taken during this trial
nothing whatever was established
against the good name, fair fame or
personal honor of captain Peck" and
"In a civil case Captain Peck would
have, been promptly acquitted of
e--Wyihlng alleged against him.
• rJfis dismissal from the service of
his 'country is one of the grave in
justices of the world which occur here
and there at Intervals of time to
\u25a0 Fhock the moral sense of decent men
\u25a0
and women, and which form some of
. the blackest spots in the history of
civilization."
Complaint Against Dances
• The trial developed that words
• ascribed to Peck and made grounds for
the charge of "critising a superior of
ficer" had been uttered by a subordj
.; nate. Captain Peck testified that the
. \u25a0 house of Major Taggart was the gath
...ering place for many white officers and
"."that here the colored house keeper of
i Major Taggart, Ethel Roberts, enter
.••'tamed the army men with terpsichorean
of the latest 'fad dances
.•until the small hours of the morning.
On several occasions. Captain Peck
' stated, exceptionally wild orgies were
\u25a0treated to dances in which garments
".played an insignificant part. .
.'Captain Peck ' resolved to put a stop
to "the shameless procedure, which he
..'•said had started all the tongues wag
.. srJng- and had excited indignant cora
/isfcfit among the people of 'the torn.
"". jRI* 1 "- charges were anticipated and he
.•\u25a0* as haled before the court martial.
\u25a0Attorney Bulger,' telling of the trial,
'cays, the testimony adduced "served to
Occtinucil on Pace 2, Column 3
The San Francisco Call.
Millionaire's Son
Offers to Give 1,000
Airships to Army
WASHINGTON. Sept. 22.— John
Barry Ryan, son of Thomas F.
*Ryan, the New York multi
millionaire, 'spent today In the
. war and navy departments and
succeeded in driving the officials
into a state of enthusiasm over
the proposition to. provfde the
army and navy with a fleet .of
1,000 airships that would aug
ment tremendously * the offensive
and defensive powers of the twin
services. .
The attractive feature " of
Ryan's proposition wastts econ
omical side; he did not ask a
dollar of government money in
return for the creation of a re
serve of 1,000 aeroplanes that
might be called Immediately into
service by the government in
time of need. What he did want
was the moral support of the two
departments. This was given
him with hearty good will.
Efforts will be made to de
velop aeroplanes of greater size
than those now in use, so as to
transport a corporal's guard and
to carry sufficient ammunition
for effective bomb -work..
RECONCILIATION OF
CURRANS RUMORED
Millionaire and Wife Are Both
in New York and May
Make Up
NEW YORK, Sept. 22.— Mrs. Ross
Ambler Curran, wife of the New York
millionaire, returned to New York to
night from San Francisco and is at
the Hotel St. Regis. Her husband re
turned from Paris today on. the Lusi
tania. - It was reported last June that
Mrs. Curran had gone to Reno to sue
for a divorce. It is said now by friends,
however, that there will be a complete
reconciliation. Curran spent the sum
mer at Trouville, while Mrs. Curran
went to San Francisco, where her
brother. Sterling Postley, married
Ethel Cook in 1902.
Ross, Curran is a son of the , New
York millionaire who , was. so . closely
connected with Andrew Carnegie, and
was president of one of the Laird of
Sklbo's undertakings. .
Mrs. Curran is still very young, being
only 23 years old. Six years., ago they
marled in the Church of the Heavenly
Rest. As she was the only daughter of
the dowager, Mrs. Postley, the vast
Postley fortune was divided with her at
the time of the marriage. ; Miss Postley
was madly in love with her handsome
husband, and the settlement the Post
leys made on Curran was almost equal
to that which some American girls have
paid for titled foreigners.
The Postleys and the Ross Ambler
Currans went over to Paris with the
intention of residing there permanently.
Mrs. Postley took a splendid place in
the Rue Bassano, quite close to the
mansion of Prince and Princess del
Drago. In addition, she bought for the
Currans a historic chateau. in the Lours
district. Meanwhile, the Currans and
the elder Mrs. Postley lived together
until recently."
OAKLAND GIRL TO
RENOUNCE WORLD
Miss Constance McKeand Will
Take Veil of Catholic
Sisterhood
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
OAKLAND, Sept. 22.— Friends of Miss
Constance McKeand have been in
formed that she is preparing to re
nounce the world and to take the veil.
Miss McKeand has entered, Our Ladles
Home, a large philanthropic institution
at- Ffuitvale, which is conducted by 'an
order of nuns of the Catholic church.
There she has begun her novitiate and
she has given her closest friends evi
dence of her. decision by parting with
her worldly possessions. '
Tothose who were nearest to Miss
McKeand, she has. made gifts of her
personal effects, jewels and the like,
in token of : remembrances of ; her de
cision to take the solemn vows of.re
nunciation. >
Miss McKeand is the daughter of
the late George W. McKeand. He was
a pioneer, of Alarheda county, and for
many years was a searcher of records
and title abstract expert.
McKeand came here from .England.
He died September 12 last year at the
age of SO years. The only surviving
member of'hls family, was this daugh
ter,'who by her aged parent's . death
was left without a blood relation. '
GIRL MISSING MORE ,
THAN YEAR IS FOUND
Mother Charges That Daughter
Was Abducted
CHICAGO, Sept. 22.— Dorothy Bar
row, 13 years old. missings from her
home in Houston, Tex., for, more/than
a j year, was found, poorly ': clothed f and
penniless, in;a hotel ;in;yincennes,lnd., :
and was i restored ttoday "to -her mother,"
Mrs. Elolse Barrow, who says thefgirl
was abducted. Chicago, police toiwhom
she told the story of the .i child's ;dis-'
appearance and recovery, are investiga
ting. WSRBBBB&MKBSB&£St&
ROBBERS' TOTAL LOOT
MAY GO TO $85,000
SEATTLE, Sept.i22.-4t is believed, in
Skagway ..thatv the; same -.who
got $57,500;; from^ a^ strong l^ boxTofj- the]
Yukon" river Bteamer vTanari'a; also stqle
thet missing: ;Canadia.nj:, registered* mail ;
pouches.-^The amount of 'goid'ebntained
in ' this - pouch* is 'now; stated -to a be ; $27,-*
500; making the total j loot" $55,000.;, v —
SAN M^NCISTO^
JEALOUS WOMAN
WIELDS WHIP ON
HER NEIGHBOR
Wife of Sea ? Captain Is Called
to Door and Beaten by
Former Friend
Son Holds Alleged Object vof
Father's Attention as the
Lash Is Applied
[Speciaf Dispatch to The Call]
ALAMEDA, Sept. 22.— Mrs. Charles
Evans, wife of a sea captain, was
called to hep front door at .7:30
o'clock this morning by her former
friend and neighbor, Mrs. Alec La Plant,
accused of accepting attentions from
La Plant and thrashed with a horse
whip on her own threshold. The lash
was applied by Mrs. La-Plant, accord
ing to Mrs. Evans' story to the police,
while a son. Alec La Plant Jr., aided
his irate mother by holding the victim
within range of the whip cord.
Mrs. Evans lives at 2301 Clinton ave
nue. Mrs. La Plant dwells nearby at
840 Oak street./ Both have adult chil
dren. The mariner^ Charles Evans, was
friendly with Alec La Plant, a cement
contractor. The women have known
each other for years...; Airs. La: Plant
went east a short time ago. Evans was
then at sea. The cement man's wife
returned only today, to learn, accord
ing to the police report, that La Plant
Continued on Page 2, Column 6
PRACTICAL JOKE BANDITS
BARELY MISS REAL POSSE
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
ELY, Nev.. Sept 22.— Rev. C. E.
Charlton, pastor of the " Methodist
church, and a dozen members of tne
Epworth league of Ely were held up
this morning at 3 o'clock by a gang
of masked persons with guns, ; while
returning from the mining camp of
Ruth, near .here. ,' While the robbers
were searching the \u25a0 crowd, one of the
party, woman, /pulled the mask from
the face of one/of the robbers, reveal^
ing the fact that the bandits were
fellow members of the church engaged
CONIVCT OFFERS HIMSELF
FOR TUBERCULOSIS TEST
[Special Dispatch to The Call]
MUNCIE, Ind., Sept. 22.— Great in
terest is taken in this. state in the an
nounced plan of pardoning a convict
under sentence for life who is willing
to take the chance of inoculation for
bovine- tuberculosis.. -The experiment
would be made In the .interest., of sci
ence.
Physicians say that as they would
be on watch for the disease they could
detect it at its first inception and
S U LT AN OF S ULU WANTS
TO SEE PRESIDENT TAFT
WASHINGTON, Sept. 22.— The sultan
of Sulu will arrive In New York on the
steamer St. Louis,, probably Saturday,
and. will be accorded honors due his
rank. *, . . :^ \u25a0 * -\u25a0•"
A wireless message was , received at
the ; war department today from the sul
tan, Haji Mohammed Jumabul Kiram,
announcing to Brigadier \u25a0; General Ed
CHANLER BALKS ATTEMPT
TO COLLECT HIS INCOME
NEW YORK, Sept. "22.— Robert Win
throp Chanler. has revoked the power
of; attorney he gave Lina Cavallerito
collect the income from his estate' un- :
der their famous ante-nuptial agree
ment. This statement was made today
by _ Sidney 'Harris, Chanlej's attorney.
This move is r to make it
BISHOP RECOVERS CASH
FROM A NEGRO PORTER
NEW ;YORK,v Sept. 22.— The. timely
discovery today by Benjamin Jackson,
a.negro porter.vof a. fat wallet on. the
French line pier i, wassail .that pre r
vented Mgr. __ Fouchot, bishop -of Or
leans,.: France, fromi sailing for home
penniless. ''..''
•'TWO PRESIDENTS;" SAYS
.NEGRO; 'VTEDDYMND TAFT"
Lunacy/ Prisoner- Startles>Judge
. Into Releasing^riim
TVASHINGTON.V Sept. 22.— '.'Who is"
president; of rthelUnitedStatesr,- asked
Judge t Mullowneyi of *TVillJam7,Thomas,
a^,jailjpfisoner,.]who^wa«/;belnjf; exam
ined; today^by " a t lunacyVjufy.'
'\u25a0:% • < pee*d l , : Jedge.f Ah ; doan .rightly": know. 1
Theyl; say'*they'srttwo?"' Jof^i'em-^kine's
Mr." ; Taft and : th e l other's i Teddy."; was
the' pr i son er' si reply.' ' V " -^ ; ! ? : '
-! v'.'Nof. guilly,T-i was the '\u25a0\u25a0 verdict, / \u25a0';.."'
PENDING DEAL
INVOLVES BIG
OIL COALITION
Agency and Associated Com=
pany to v Form Marketing '?*
Board and Control Supply
Southern Pacific Corporation ta
Buy About 7,000,000 Bar=
rels at 35 or 40Xents
[Special Dispatch, to The Call]
BAKERSFIELD, Sept. 22.— Persons
in: a position. to know stated pos-
itively. . today that the negotia
tions now pendirig^between the Asso
ciated oil company.*- and the Union :
Producers* transportatibri' company in
terests, neim of Trhleh 'mw published
exclusively In The Call, included the saJe
of frorii seven; to ten million: barrels J of
oil by .the agency to the Associated at
35 or 40 cents and" the absolute controL
of the future'marketing of 'crude foil by
a coalition of all interests in'a market
ing board. It is said that the Associat
ed has? agreed to handle a portion of
the agency production on . practically
the same basis as the Producers' trans
portation company is now ' doing, with
the exceptipn that the Associated,
which owns its own .'; carriers, Iwill
L charge a rental for the use of Its fa
cilities. - . ' ' 'v. ;"/ t -v y
It will t^ius be. to the advantage of
Continued on race 2, Column 5
in playing & practical joke on the
party.
The serious nature of the prank was
realized when -it was made known that
a posse was still scouring the country
in search of • the robbers who .held up
the -Southern club recently. .
. Among the members of the .party
were blisses Trilla^lilll; -Ethel Harnlli
ton, Myrtle^. Drenter, --"Bessie Cummins,
Bertha Johnson, . Sophia G66dniari\Tand
Charles. Bower, Edwin Morrison, . Alfred
Tamblin.and W. S." Bailey. *'{•"; f
probably cure it. Governor Marshall
likes the/ suggestion,' but doubts v< the
legality ;of ~ offering pardon yonv on ' that
condition and'is averse to taking the
responsibility on his own initiative.
The doctors, will try;. to remove his
scruples by getting a judicial opinion
and reinforcing it by public petitions.
It is a mooted question whether hu
man beings -, can contract; the/ disease
from the milk or meat of cows af
flicted with' it.
wards, chief of the insular bureau, his
coming; arrival, and expressing ,.ja: de
sire .„ to visit 1 Washington to meet the
president. .
General Edwards is in China, accom
panying- Secretary; of War Dickinson on
his" trip.'- Major General -Leonard Wood,
who knows 'the sultan well, Is looking
after the arrangements for his arrival.
impossible for Cavalier! to obtain the
income, from ;the' three trust funds set
aside 'for.-.Chariler. \u25a0\u25a0•"". "..\u25a0;.'
Within- two or three- "days Harris in
tends to ; answer the summons' and
complaint L filed by j attorneys > for Mrs
Julia Chamberlain Chanler,-: the artist's
first wife.Vwhich' questions" the legality
of .his ; agreement with, his bride.
The bishop sailed on the liner Lor
ralne: after : attending A the;; recent*-, eu
charistic*congress at Montreal.; He
discovered *the f loss fof i 1i 1 his ypocketbook^
containing about , $2,500, just as the
ship ' was 'casting, loose. >* :< ; . : . : "\u25a0'-, !
Jackson was 'gloating .'dyer his . find,
when two^detectivestdiscovereui him.:^
SAN JOAQUIN BOARD
GETS MANY LETTERS
Inquiries^fNurrierous': Regarding
\: n •',
,'-. STOCKTON, tSept:V22.^--A * t tbtal- of -ISO
\u25a0inquiries r < have"*, been ~j received a and - an -
' swered * by, ' Secre tary V JJfJr* Rh'ea fof It he"
San S" Joaqulh K ,fiboard ,rof • % trade
duringAthe rJastirmonth.JCfAqietteVi has
.beetisrecelved£«from\Coo_kfi 1
'HobartiXTasnifni^i'Aultrali^ihiwhlch'
; inclosed Va- check Jfori two 'shillings:: aim
;flye-pencerasklng;foriUt"erature dealing
.with' local fruit 'growing, \- -> »£• : : ; ' :t" ?• ,
Miss Ives Sets Date
Nuptials in October
J "Miss Florence Jyesfivho'Tvill becqfne.fyfrs. .Othello Scribner next month ;\u25a0' j
ELEANOR GATES
NOW PLAYWRIGHT
Dramatization x of ;a; Magazine
Story Makes Hit: on Vaude=
viile Stage - ;
[Special Dispatch io The Call] ; - >
NEW.TORK,' Sept. 22.— : There are now
two playwrights in the familyjof Rich
ard Walton Tully, author, of ."The Rose
of "the, Rancho'^'and ' other', successf vi
plays. Mrs.' Tully, .who? has \u25a0 written
popular ".stories under : .the ; well-known
name of; Eleanor Gates, decided to en
ter the fleW of theatrical-. writing lher-1
self, .-arid- her c first /attempt was-, pro
duced -as -a pteylet ; , in \u25a0 vaudeville, at
Elizabeth.yN./ J.i rtonight: -It is called,
the "Justice; of \Gideon."
The piece was staged by, Edwi n; Holt,
toured -last season' in George Ade's
comedy,- "The ;' Mayor* and : the 1 Mani-^
cure,", and- who • made ;a- decided '.hit as
the; father ;in.:A'de's comedy;-"The'Col
lege Widow." r -^ .^, c ; " '-\u25a0- \u25a0 -.;* \u25a0 ':'
An; interesting fact regarding ithe
venture is y that , some, time ago,' Holt
went: to \ Tully and . outlined j' a. : story^
which he .had read in an' eastern : maga
zine, .saying that"he would ; like^ to - get
a -dramatization of it. - He could.not
remember the author's name. It "proved
to be Mrs. TullyV story, andfthe drama
tization was. undertaken by her.
There were /five In the cast 'tonight
besides Holt. , v /:; •" : .-,- : -{
'That; it* ls to be a success v jvas shown
by^ its enthusiastic reception -'tonight.'
There \u25a0 were ; five * curtain -calls'.. -\u25a0/. Tlie
piece willlbej produced' in. New York -in'
about three weeks.? •\u25a0
CARDINAL* YANNUTEtLI
W ENTERTAINED; AT^OM AH A
Prom inent Officials;Atterid^Ban
' quet in His Honor, k \u25a0"•:} :
\u25a0?. O3ktA.HA*, : i; 'Sept. ! >22. T — Car'dirialViVannu^
telli.^who 5 represented jth'e < pope^at* the 1
'eucharisticVcoqpress; at^Montrealf^oc-"
'cdmpanied^byjaiparty£of|'distinguished
ecclesia^tlc^s.^arriyed.here.this^rnorhlhg. 1
.V- Todayfaiyprograni! of,' entertainment (for!
the^ ; isiting|part'ypncludedfanTaut6mo-i
bUe'jtourJjof jthe"l,yartous£Cathollc linsti^
tutibris^inl^he^cityj:^luncheon^aty the
home:QfjMr4an^d!MrW_E.7Ar'Cudahy<and
atbariquetfa'ndf public}; reception* aty the
Paxtoh-j hotel i this \ evening.'?',: /> , -p , :,' 'J;. \
%Z Governor,' ;\ShaHenberger.;.;and» .staff,"
judges I of ft he's f ederalfand;stata fcourts.l
iQohßr^ssmen^Hitchcbckl^'ahVJ^Magulref
ahd£otliersj?fpr6mtnent)jin|7offlcial^andl
nrivateUif efattencled' toe \u25a0 banqueter \ r v.
YESTERDA Y- r^^^^k^tiSif€rmi^
minimum temper afure/4ft. \u25a0 "i""
FORECAST FO RTODA Y—Fair: tog in
morning, breaking away early; light south ,
v>ind, changing to brisk vest.
WEDDING TO BE AN
EVENT OF AUTUMN
Othello Scribrier WiH Claim His
Accomplished Bride at Aft
ernoon Ceremony
» Society will be "delighted to learn
that Miss Florence Ives-.has "announced
the date- of .her' wedding, to Othello
Scribner.. -The nuptials wjir be cele
brated Wednesday",' October 19,, at the
home of the ;\u25a0 bride's mother. Mrs. E." J.
Ives, 2220 Washington street. It will
be an* afternoon wedding and only rela
tives arid -the most intimate, friends, of
the" couple will- be bidden to the cere
mony.; . .\ ,r- \u25a0' '
-\u25a0 : ; No social;^ announcement of ' the year
has aroused more" interest than -that of
the* engagement -of Miss : Ives to Scrib
ner. ~ Both^Mis's • Ives, Who is a sister of
Mrs.Henry \Z.\ Crocker, and -Scribner
are "extremely prominent- in the smart
set, and he- is one of the financial and
commercial {strong : men ' of ! the city!,
A beautiful; home 1 is'^ being made
"ready,'. for the couple. •
250 SHEEP DIE^FROM
EATING :GR:EEN ALFALFA
Charges Get Away From Young
'Herder
[Special Dispclch to The' Call]
: * ALTURAS^ Sept.>'22 ; —Two ' hundred
and fifty "sheep belonging to the Nevada
packing company are; dead, as ; a result
of eating, green al falf a. The^eep were
in. charge of a youth; •w^^had been
warned against -letting ; tWe: .sheep" Into"
the alfalfa/ but; the sheep got away from
him^and ate.their fill.' ,
VICTIM OFv^TRACTION
/-;: ACCIDENT IDENTIFIED
[Special ; Dispatch to The; Call]
; - STOCKTON/ -Sept.s22.-i-The: identity'
,of ithe- man; who- was- killed by. being
hit \u25a0 by- a< Central, '' California -traction
company 'interurb'an .car last Tuesday
night, ,has'.been established as Giovan
•ni^Cotelli. \u25a0- He has; a-; married sister- in
.SanrFrancisco.v* • • ; .
",. '»v.'. > i .'";.'\u25a0 , ' ' — •\u25a0 — " \u0084 ".- ." . ;
COMPAITY Tqi TO CAMP— The* members of "Com-;
t-t-papy«.G>." >";•«. G.*iC.:S are : making arrangements
*\u25a0 ', ioi so t into > camp f at . Ataseadero i from •: October
it 1* to JIS.V The ' company - jrlll • lcuve t the " Oakland
.; ! i niple*J at J ":30i"o*clock> Saturdajr^eTMiinz. . Octo
»•*•' t«r/ 1 .'*?\u25a0 C'omj>«ny» G;; will v be^ln \u25a0 the ;, first»scc
-. r t lonV of the <"fir*t\battalsoD."'^wl}ich" com prises
countjr.\ • \u25a0 \u25a0 .
PRICE FIVE CENTS.
ROOSEVELT
PREDICTS
VICTORY
Utter Rout of "Old Guard" at
New York Convention Is
Now Expected
COLONEL ESTIMATES
HIS MAJORITY AS 100
• ;
Final Conference at Sagamore
Hill Wipes Away Last
Trace of Doubt
EVERY DELEGATE WILL
BE PLACED ON RECORD
OYSTER BAY, X. V., Sept. 22.—
The utter rout of tha "old
guard" by Theodore Roosevelt at
the republican state convention in Sara
toga was predicted today by Colonel
Roosevelt himself. At the conclusion
of a long conference with half a dozen \
of his lieutenants. Colonel Roosevelt v
said :
"I think I may he reasonably safe in
saying that we shall have 100 ma
jority."
Final Reports Made
Reports fram all parts of the state
were received at Sagamore Hill today.
Otto T. Bannard of New York Lloyd
C. Griscom, president of the New York
county republican committee; F. J.
Krack of Brooklyn, naval officer of the
port; Representative "William M.
Calder of Brooklyn, Controller Wil
liam A. Pendergast of New York city
and Herbert Parsons, Griscom's prede
cessor, motored down from New York
late in the afternoon for a final survey
of the field of battle.
Colonel Breaks Silence
'-All through -the fight, which began
with the Sherman incident, the colonel
has refused to express any opinion as
to the outcome and none was expected
from him today, but the reports here
this evening convinced him that it was
all over but the shouting. Unless some
unexpected reversal should be met. ho
was positive that the republican or
ganization would be forced to give
ground before the progressives when
the test came at Saratoga next week.
His estimate of 100 majority is con
curred in by the others who attended
the conference. The attitude of the
Roosevelt forces toward the Taft ad
ministration was outlined by Bannarri.
"'ln my opinion,* said he. "the Sara
toga convention will adopt a resolution
strongly indorsing 'the administration
of President Taft. In accordance with
the president's expressed wish no men
tion will be made of any renomlnatlon
in 1912. No opposition to an indorse
ment of the administration will come
from delegates friendly to Roosevelt
and« Griscom."
Program Agreed Upon
Bannard's statement, cominsc directly
after the conference, was taken as a
plain indication that Roosevelt had
agreed with the others on this program.
Griscom said that he had brought good
news to Sagamore Hill.
"I; reported to Roosevelt." he said,
"that there had been several accessions
to our flanks among the delegates from
Dutchess and Montgomery counties.
There may be more. Roosevelt will be
temporary chairman. There Is no ques
tion about that. We shall have a ma ;
Jority of more than 100 delegates."
Roosevelt said that the names of sev
eral candidates were gone over once
more, but that.no agreement of any
kind on any of them had been reached.
The platform also had been discussed,
but it* had not even been tentatively
outlined out3ide of the understanding
that it would be progressive.
Definite Action Deferred
Colonel Roosevelt feels that, no defi
nite action can ,be taken until the up
stata men have been heard from at
Saratoga.
He ' understands that his forces plan
to go to Saratoga without' a slate, to
find out what the majority of the dele
gates want and to settle upon candi
dates and a platforraiin accordance with
these wishes. .
Colonel Roosevelt said. that from the
beginning he had asserted that he was
trying to.'ffnd out? what the people of
New • York state wanted. He disclaimed
any Ideaof attempting to force his own
ideas ion" the' convention. In his speech
at. Syracuse last week he outlined- in
a -general way his own, ideas as to the
program!
What would t>e : the .nature of the
plank ,- on - direct nominations he - had
no idea, but he f elf that- such a plank
would be placed in the platform.. Wha^
form it would' take would depend upon
the desires of the; delegates. Parsons
said that an effort \voutl be. made to
force a roll call on ev#y delegate to
theconvention in the vote for tempor
ary-chairman. He explained that it
M"aa proposed to put every man oa i 4»»

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