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Nomination Obtained by Combination
of Delegates From Democratic and
Contested Districts.
Was Used By Organization to Settle
All Questions By Might Instead
of Right.
Rank and File of Republican Party
Disgusted With Tactics of the
President's Backers.
One question that is being asked
all over the country today is, "How
was Taft nominated when a major
ity of the delegates from Republican
states preferred another candidate?"
The steps taken which resulted in
his nomination were as follows:
Early in the spring, it was seen
that Taft supporters were in the ma
jority in the national Republican
committee. It also developed that
when delegates were being elected
to the Chicago convention there of
ten happened to be two sets of dele
gates from the same district. Each
claimed to be the set entitled to rec
ognition as having been legally
elected. These contests were not
trumped up charges but were based
on plain cases of double elections.
As the highest official Republican
body, the national committee had
the right to hear the contests and
decide which parties were legally en
titled to seats. These hearings were
held shortly before the convention
and resulted,- in nearly every case,
in the seating of the contestees who
were favorable to Taft. The deci
sions of the national committee were
based on personal preference and not
fact. Even in the flagrant cases of
California, Alabama, Arizona and
Washington, the vote was the same.
It was the first manifestation of the
steam roller.
Having lost their fight before the
national committee, on which men
who had been repudiated by their
party and refused re-election were
sitting and voting, the Progressive
leaders decided to carry the fight into
the convention itself. They believed
that' the delegates would not ratify
the action of the national committee
but would decide the cases on their
Immediately after the call of the
convention was read, Governor Had
ley introduced the matter of contested
delegates voting and it was ruled that
the roll as made up by the national
committee was the one which would
put the convention into being. This
was the first decisive blow to the
Progressive forces as it meant that
the contested delegates would be used
in putting into power an organiza
tion that would be friendly to their
cases. This proved to be true and
Elihu Root was elected chairman.
Soon after the election of Chairman
Root, Governor Hadley introduced a
motion substituting seventy-eight
RooseAelt men for seventy-eight of
the delegates seated for Taft, also
making the provision that the contes
tees could not vote. Chairman Root
ruled that the contestees could not
vote in all cases except their own
and on roll call the motion was lost,
the votes of the contested delegates
swinging the total to their side of
the column.
The matter was then left to the
credentials committee of which each
state had one member. This commit
tee in each case reported in favor
of the findings of the national com
mittee and in each case a minority
report was read in which the asser
tion was made that the merits of the
case had not been considered and
protesting against the action of the
national committee.
The reports of the committee were
submitted by states. Alabama came
first and in accordance with his pre
vious ruling, Mr. Root refused to al
low the two" contestees to vote, but
the other seventy-six did vote and all
voted for the Taft delegates. The
situation in Arizona was the same.
On roll calls, both minority reports
were tabled and the report of the ma
jority adopted.
In the California case, each side
was given an opportunity for debate"
and the matter was thoroughly dis
cussed. It appeared that the two
Taft men had carried their district,
Photo by American Press Association.
Mr. Woodson was elected tempo
rary secretary of the Democratic con
vention, but the committee on perma
nent organization has set him aside
for E. E. Britton, a newspaper man
of Raleigh, N. C.
12:45 p. m.Chairman Parker is
beginning to hammer for order. The
hall is in confusion.
12:50 p. m.Chairman Parker re-
quests the police to clear the isles,
but is met with shouts from press-
stand, set down on the platform. The
stands are entirely surrounded by
rows of men standing, and it is im-
possible for those seated in the" press-
stand to obtain a view or hear what
is said from the speakers platform.
12:55 p. m.The chairman .in-
duced Rabbi 'UttmacEer of Galtimore
who pronounced the invocation.
12:57 p. m.The minority report
from the committee on credentials is
being presented to the convention
relative to a contest made on the del-
egation from Dakota which was seat-
ed by the national committee.
1:05 p. m.The report of the mi
nority of the committee of credentials
is being presented by ex-Governor
Cochran of West Virginia. He is fre
quently interrupted by loud outbursts
of applause.
1:10 p. m.Governor Cochran is
vigorously supporting Champ Clark's
contention of the ten delegates from
South Dakota. They should have
been instructed for Clark instead of
Governor Wilson. He is interrupted
in his address by a statement by
Congressman Heney of Texas, who is
supporting a majority report on cre
1:18 p. m.Mr. Heney yields the
floor to delegate Crane of Dallas,
Texas, who supported the majority
report of the committee on creden
tials. He is followed by ex-Governor
Blanchard of Louisiana.
2:14 p. m.Governor Blanchard
concludes his address amid loud
shouts of "Vote, Vote." He is fol
lowed by Joseph E. Bell of Indiana,
who is chairman of the committee on
credentials, and who is supporting
the majority report.
2:15 p. m.Chairman concludes
his speech and is followed by the
South Dakota members of the com
2:16 p. m.The gentleman addres
sing the convention is Mr. L. Knox, a
delegate at large from Minnesota. He
is frequently interrupted by cheers
and jeers.
The question of the substitu
tion of minority for the majority re
port is being voted on. The vote is
"no" for majority, and "yes" for mi
Alabama 14
Arizona Arkansas Colorado 1
Connecticut 1
Delawara 6
Florida 26
Illinois 58
2:50 p. m.The ayes win and the
minority report is adopted.
10 10 18 11 13 10 28
For Central A. A. U. Titles.
Chicago, 111., June 27.The annu
al track and field championships of
the Central association, A. A. U., will
be held Saturday on Northwestern
field at Evanston. Many star ath
letes representing universities, col
leges, high schools and athletic clubs
in the middle west are expected to
compete. _-
Flames Sweep Clean a Tract Five by
Four Miles But Leave the
Margie, June 27.Fire yesterday
swept over a tract five miles long and
four miles wide and destroyed all tim-
ber and crops in its path.. By. hard
work, the patrolmen working under
the direction of the ranger were able
to save the cabins and sheds of home-
steaders but the standing timber was
Backed by a steady wind, -the
flames jumped to the tops of the trees
and all fire breaks were ineffectual in
stopping the progress of the fire. All
of the cedar poles and posts, ties,
etc., scattered along the railroad right
of way were destroyed, and many lost
the results of their winter work. No
livestock was destroyed. If the wind
does not shift, it is expected that the
fire will he under control tonight.
Smoke was sighted this morning to
the east of Bemidji by Ranger John
son and he at once notified the men
in the tower west of Cass Lake. By
taking cross observations, the fire was
located near the corner of sections
21, 28 and 29-147-30, near Kitchi
lake, and patrolmen were sent to the
scene at once. The watch tower is
located, on section 4-146-31.
A small fire is reported as having
started at Spur 156, three miles north
of Margie having been caused by
sparks from the Margie fire.
Second Fritch Trial Begins.
Detroit, Mich., June 27.The case
of Dr. George A. Fritch, which at
tracted country-wide attention two
years ago, was called in court today
for its second trial. Dr. Friteh^ wht^
was a well known Detroit physician,
was convicted of killing Mabel Mill
man, through a criminal operation.
The home of the Millman girl was in
Ann Arbor. On September 6, 1909,,
after she had been missing from home
for several weeks, her dismembered
body was found in Ecorse creek near
this city. The medical examination
revealed that she had been the vic
tim of a criminal operation. On a
clue furnished by a friend of the dead
girl Dr. Fritch was arrested and
charged with the crime. He was con
victed chiefly on the testimony of a
chauffeur who declared that Dr.
Fritch, with whom he was well ac
quainted, had hired him for a mid
night drive to dispose of the remains
of the murdered girl, who had been
cut up and the parts of her body sew
ed in several sacks. After Dr. Fritch
had served more than a year in pris
on the state supreme court reversed
the decision and granted a new trial
of the case. Since the action of the
supreme court the physician has been
at liberty on bond. The chauffeur
whose testimony convicted him has
since disappeared, though the prose
cuting attorney hopes to locate him
and have him testify at the second
Photo copyright. 1912.
Hibbing, Minn., Jui^e I?.The an
nual national convention of the
Swedish-Finnish Benevolence associa
tion began here today and will con
tinue in session until next Monday.
Delegates are in attendance from
many parts of the United States and
Wisconsin Christian EnoTavorers.
Oshkosh, Wis., June 27.Oshkosh
opened wide her gates today in wel
come to the host of enthusiastic
young people who poured into the
city to attend the state convention of
Christian Endeavor societies. It is
the sixth biennial meeting of the Wis
consin organization and from present
indications it will establish a new
record in the matter of attendance.
The sessions will continue several
days. Rev. Edgar T. Farrell of Ken
osha will preside and a number of
speakers of wide reputation will be
Statue of Francis Bacon Unveiled.
London, June 27.A statue of
Francis Bacon, the eminent Eliza
bethan scholar whom critics have de
scribed as one of the greatest masters
of prose in the English language and
the possessor of one of the greatest
intellects the world has ever produc
ed, was unveiled today in South
Square, Gray's Inn, with which insti
tution the career of the famous schol
are and lawyer is intimately connect
ed. The Rt. Hon. Arthur J. Balfour
unveiled the memorial and delivered
tfce oration in the presence of a large
throng that included many persons of
Flashlight Photograph of Republican Convention
Made During Progress of Taft-Roosevelt Contest
This picture sboWs^fhe appearance of the coliseum In Chicago while the Republican national convention was In
session listening to the, arguments advanced by the partisans of President Taft and Colonel Roosevelt. The tinge
auditorium was CT|fty to Its utmost capacity at each of the meetings.
Failure at La Forte.
Forest H. Hillard, who has been in
the drug business at Crookston, has
filed as petition in bankruptcy with
the U. S. court at Fergus Falls and
places his assets at $8,897.02 in real
estate and stock in trade, and his lia
bilities at $4,635.52. Louis A. Wide
man', who has been in the general
merchandise business- at La Porte,
Hubbard county, places his assets at
$625, of which $275 is exempt, and
his liabilities at $3,159.32.
M. B. A. Meeting.
The Modern Brotherhood of Amer
ica will meet in regular session at the
Odd Fellows hall tonight. After the
regular business session a social will
be held at which ice cream and cake
will be served. It Is the desire of the
officers that all members attend and
bring a friend.
American Bride for Grahame-White.
London, June 27.Claude Gra
hame-White, the famous aviator who
at one time or another has been re
ported engaged to half a dozen ac
tresses and prominent young women
of society, is at last a benedict. To
day he was married to Miss Dorothy
Taylor, daughter of Mrs. Le Roy Tay
lor and granddaughter of the. late
Governor Roswell P. Flower of New
York. The wedding ceremony was
performed in the little parish church
at Widford, in Essex, and was fol
lowed by a reception at the home of
Sir Daniel and Lady Gooch, who are
intimate friends of the bride.
Democrats Decide to Allow Delegates
Freedom Excepting Oases Where
State Law ig Mandatory.
Baltimore, June 27.The vote on
the proposition to abrogate the unit
rule in the national Democratic con-
vention showed the following results
in the delegations from northwestern
states: Minnespta, yeas 24 North Da-
kota, yeas 10 South Dakota, yeaa
10 Montana, years 8 Nebraska, yeas
16*v.y'./-ij-. _,J:^.--
Baltimore, June 27.Progressives
in the Democratic national conven
tion claimed a. notable victory last
night when they carried the motion
abrogating the rule by which some
state delegations were bound to cast
their votes as a unit. The fight for
and against the unit rule was waged
about the state of Ohio, where eigh
teen district delegates had been in
structed by the primaries to vote for
Woodrow Wilson but where the state
convention controlled by Harmon
forces had invoked the unit rule bind
ing all the Ohio delegates to the Ohio
The convention by a vote of 565
1-2 to 49 1-2 voted that no state del
egation should be bound by unit con
trol except in such cases where the
state law was mandatory on the sub
The Wilson supporters in the con
vention who earlier In the evening
had carried on a demonstration last
ing thirty-five minutes regarded the
vote as distinctly favoring their can
didate. The Wilson boom had been
growing, throughout the day. Wilson
gained and Harmon lost eighteen
votes from the Ohio delegation as a
result of the fight. It was said the
abrogation of the rule might lead .to
breaks in other delegations and this
left the pre-nomination race in great
er doubt than ever. New York's solid
block of ninety votes was cast in fav
oring of continuing the unit rule and
amid hisses and groansAff Missouri,
the home of Champ Clark, split 29 to
7 in favor of the unit rule and this
was also received with groans. When
Nebraska and Kansas solidly voted
for the absogation of the unit rule,
there were cheers from the Wilson
forces. Pennsylvania, a Wilson state,
gave a big majority for the abroga
twn. .^fr^ggfe-ff
There had been reports during the
day of a growing sentiment in the
New York delegation In favor of
Woodrow Wilson. The delegation
voted under the unit rule last night
in casting its ballot against the prop
osition fostered by the New Jersey
governor's supporters.
The fight over the unit rule carried
'the evening session well along to
ward midnight. Adjournment ,-Ws
Mention of Eminent Governor of
State of New Jersey Starts Long
Take No Part-in the Enthusiasm and
Stolidly Refuse to Leave
Their Seats.
Great Commoner Apparently Strong
er Than Ever After Seeming De
feat of Tuesday.
Baltimore, June 27.A prolonged
demonstration for Woodrow Wilson
was the feature of the night session
of the Democratic convention Wed
nesday. The demonstration started
at 9:21 and continued until 9:53.
it was led by the delegates from New
Jersey and Delaware. A detailed bul
letin report of the night session fol
7:35 p. m.Committee on rules
and order of procedure nave voted
that the platform will not be pre
sented to the convention until after
the nomination for president has been
made. This action was taken at the
behest of Mr. Bryan who mentioned
that it would be foolish to adopt a
progressive platform should a reac
tionary candidate be named.
8:05 p. m.There is a rumor afloat
that the committee on credentials
have arrived at an understanding and
is to report as soon as the convention
convenes. It is said that all contests
have been settled by seating both.
parties and giving each one-half a
vote. It is rumored that the nomina
tion will be reached tonight.
8:10 p. m.Chairman Parker is
now on the platform in conference
with several of the leaders of the con
vention, among them are Tom Tag
gart, Urey Woodson, and George
Wade ,of Iowa. A band concert is
entertaining the crowd.
8:20 p. m.Chairman Parker is
having difficulty in obtaining quiet.
The crowd is not all in yet and the
people coming into the hall cause con
8:40 p. m.The crowd recognizes
Congressman Covington, of Maryland,
chairman of the committee on rules
who is to present the report of the
8:47 p. m.In defining the order
of business, the nominations for pres
ident and vice-president are to go
ahead of the committee on resolu
8:48 p. m.Mr. Covington stated
that the committee by a vote of 41 to
11 decided to postpone the presenta
tion of the platform until after the
nomination of the candidates.
8:50 p. m.The report of the com
mittee on rules is unanimously adopt
ed by the committee on special rules.
The unit rule has a minority report
presented by Representative Heney,
of Texas. One hour debate will be
allowed for each side.
8:55 p. m.Congressman Heney,
of Texas, goes to the platform to pre
sent the minority report. He is
greeted with cheers and applause.
Chairman Covington, of the commit
tee on rules, will speak in favor of
the unit rule and will he followed-
9:21 p._ m.Mr. Beck's mention of v^^-V^i
the eminent governor of the great zl~~Jz-i^'
state of New Jersey met with great g|^J\%
applause. Wilsons' men are trying ]^k%f*|
hard to start a prolonged ovation. 'Jli*
9:27 p. m.The delegates leading fc|j|sSy*j-
in the cheering for Wilson are those ^JS^^
from New Jersey and Delaware. The |?|g||| O
noise is as yet undiminished.
9:29 p. m.Governor Wilson Is
being paraded around the hall by the
Pittsburgh delegation.
9:30 p. m-During the moments
of wildest cheering, the New York
delegation ~sat stolidly in their seats,
not a man in the delegation being on
bis feetlf^Numerous portraits of GOT.
ernor Wilson are now
Mr. Heney.
9:15 p. m.Mr. Covington con
cludes his speech and is followed by
Heney who is greeted with enthusi
astic applatlse. Mr. Heney is paying
particular attention to the Ohio case
where several delegates were elected
in the primary and afterwards in
structed in the state convention to
vote as a unit.
9:18 p. m.Speech of Mr. Henry'
concluded^Mf. Beck, of Ohio, was J" "-5^|
given twenty minutes. T^P
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