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JfiUG i i i - J1JUJUJG Vol. V. NASHVILLE, TENN., FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 11,1910. No. 45. it if MASMV OE)Eo . VERTREES DECLINES TO CONCEDE ELECT ION OF HOOPER. Says Signs of Extensive Fraud Exists. SECURES FIGURES INDICATING TAYLOR'S ELECTION WATCH ERS OF THE VOTE MAKE RE PORT OF RESULT RETURNS TABULATED UP TO WEDNESDAY NIGHT1 INDICATE MAJORITY OF 7,000 FIFTY REPRESENTATIVES AND 19 SENATORS ELECTED LEGISLATURE DEMOCRATIC Confident of a purpose to hold back the returns of Tuesday's election in East Tennessee until Taylor's majori ties in Middle and West Tennessee are definitely known, Chairman Vertrees, of the democratic state committee, to day began, systematic efforts to ob tain figures from all sections support ed by affidavits and other evidence, relative to the majorities by counties. From the reports of watchers sta tioned throughout the state, Chair man V ertrees has secured figures undoubtedly reliable, which con tradct those sent out over the state Tuesday night for publication. Counties reported as giving huge ma jorities for Hooper are found to have In reality returned only normal ma jorities and the 'evidence is conclu sive that Hooper has not such a ma jority in East Tennessee as reported. . .Maj. Vertrees has pursued a decid edly conservative method In trying to reach an Intelligent conclusion. He first tabulated the returns as pib lised by the fusion press. Theu as he heard from his watchers he substi tuted their figures whenever they va ried from those published and thu3 was obliged to continually change hl3 totals. Special stress was laid upon the duties and rights of the watchers on election day In instructions sent out last week all over the state. To a great extent the watchers have com plied. They kept their eyes on the count and when the count was com pleted took a copy of the totals. These have been sent to Maj. Vertrees from a majority of the counties to day. Others will be received to-morrow. As the reports arrive and a county complete Is thus reported, the watchers' figures are substituted In whatever Instances they differ from the publishec returns. Using this method, Maj. Vertrees to-night has made up these estimates of majorities, all of East Tennessee, except some of the larger counties, being the figures of the fuslonlsts. West Tennessee niets Senator Tay lor a total majority In exess of 11, 000. Middle Tennessee's net majori ty for Taylor will be 13,000 or more. Against thes majorities, Major Ver trees figures- that East Tennessee will net Hooper a total majority o fles3 than 18,000. On this basis the chair man Is positive in his statement that Taylor has been elected by a majori ty of appropriately 7,000. Further more, he is positive In his assertion - that no future development can possi bly reduce that majority below 5,000. ALL TENNESSEE STIRRED BY SUSPICIOUS RETORTS. Maj. Vertrees Is out In a mos em phatic statement, in which he declares the democrats have elected nineteen senators and fifty members of the lower house a majority of both houses. He also charges that a plan Is on foot to have fusion elec tion boards decline to lssj'.e certificates to five of the senators elected and sev eral of the representatives at least until the legislature ha3 been organ ized and a United States senator elect ted. To provide against such a con tingency and collect evidence to pre vent a fraud being penetrated, Major Vertrees Is thoroughly organizing the state and will be ready for any emer gency. The capital city to-night Is stirred as never before over a political con test In Tennessee; interest in the na tional elections is completely lost sight of over the peculiar situation now existing. Business here is practically at a standstill and everyone 13 asking, MR "Have you heard anything yet?" The answer is, "No, have you?" There are groups of politicians and citizens of every walk of life rubbing elbows and Intermediate with every other class of men. Anxiety is written on every face and every lip is framing the question, "I wonder if 'Our Bob' is elected?" It is understood here to-night that the Tennessean and Banner's state ments that Hooper Is elected by a safe majority have no grounds for be lief other than their estimate of the East Tennessee vote, which Is net of ficial. The straight democrats are holding to their belief that Bob Taylor has received a majority of the total 'vote cast and he is elected over Hooper by a small majority. Chairman Vertrees has made Her culean efforts thus far to ascertain the vote of East Tennessee, but his ef forts have come to naught, and it probably will be necssary ' to send men out to canvass every district be fore anything definite Is ascertained from that election of the state. : m NO DETAILED RETURNS FROM K.VST TENNESSEE. He believes, and is not alone In his belief, that many of the election offi cials of East Tennessee are purposely withholding the returns until the out come of the Middle and West Ten-; nessee vote is' certainly known ! and then to overcome Taylor's GEN B. W. HOOPER. Fuslonlst Candidate Whose Seat May Be Contested. lead with fraudulent returns his enough to overcome his majority in the other two sections. This belief gains ground as the day Is passing; into nignt, and nothing eltner good or bad can be had from certain East Tennessee counties. Telephone and telegraphic calls I bring forth no response other than ' irom mends, who confirm the fact that frauds are contemplated if not already perpetuated- On the face of the returns recleved by the democratic executive commit tee so far, the straight democrats have elected nineteen members, a ma jority of five, in the upper bouss, and have elected fifty members of the lewtr house, a majority of one, and the indications are that Senator ftobt. L. Taylor has received a majority of iho votes cast for the governorship. It Is currently rumored on the streets here to-night that the Hon. B. A. Enloe has been circulating abound and hob-nobbing with the antis and secret conferences are being held; that he Is now trying to stir up legis lative contests in districts wh'' the rtsult Is (known to be close, and thus secure a majority of both branches of the house, and there is no doubt foundation for this bellei. Sorrow is Intermingled with grave determination that this great wrong shall not be consutnated by the wily and selfish leaders of the opposi tion. In view of the great, democratic landslide all over the United States in the national elections, determina tion Is doubly avowed that Tennessee shall not be sold out and break the ranks of the heretofore solid south. When asked by your correspondent this afternoon, Mr. Sanders, of the republican executive committee at first said he had nothing to give out, but upon second request, he eald: I have nothing to say, except that Hooper is elected by a ma jority ranging from 15,000 to 20,000, and that we have a majority in the lower house. I A NASHVILLE TURNS DOWN, THE NORMAL " SCHOOL Votes Nearly Two to One Against it. CHATTANOOGA SF.EMS TO BE THE WINNER HEROIC EFFORT OF EAST TENNESSEE NEGROES BRINGS HEWARD HARD FOR BOARD TO DECIDE AGAINST THEM DAVIDSON CDUNTY'S ONLY "HOPE LIES IN WORDING OF BILL MATTER WILL BE SET TLED'SOON. There Is no doubt but that the cltl cens of Nashville demonstrated be yond any question that they were not favorable to the location of the Nor mal school for Negroes in this city as they made full expression of their choice last Tuesday. As the situation now stands, it appears that the county alone is making a strong bid for the location of the school. It cannot, however, be construed by the verdict rendered Tuesday at the . polls that the Nashville people would not en courage and lend their support to the school, but It rather takes the attitude that the city would not further in crease its Indebtedness by issuing bonds to the amount of $25,000, as a special donation for the school which when located, regardless of the city, remains a state Institution. The state would support It, pay its teach ers and keep up every department, yet the only results to be obtained from a financial standpoint would come di rectly to the city in whose close prox imity the school would be located. Much speculation has been Indulged in since Tuesday as to what steps Davidson County would take toward pressing its claim. The city and coun ty claim the central location, and thus had pressed their claim for the school. Chattanooga is Nashville's closest rival, and It is rumored on the streets and throughout the city that the Look out Mountain people, through their City Council, had authorized a $25, 000 bond issue wbioh would augment the amount allowed by the County Court of Hamilton County, making the total $85,000; while some argue that It was unfortunate to .have thrown the proposition In with the general election, as many people looked upon the issue as a strong campaign measure. At the polls and throughout the city the Black Bottom Proposition, like that of the Negro Normal School, was looked upon as a strictly Demo cratic measure, proposed and fostered by the administration leaders, hence early In the flay it was admitted that both measures would meet defeat. It is probable, said a well-informed busi ness man, that the overwhelming de feat met by the Normal School Is at tributed to the voters ln voting the proposition marking their ballots so they were not counted. It is true that some election judges instructed the voters wrong. In one case it 13 pointed out that instead of instruct ing a voter to vote with the "X" op posite the yes or no, the voter was instructed to write the word "yes" or "no." Wherever this happened the votes were not counted In the election returns, as intentions are never taken for deeds. Hardly any one now ex pects a favorable action on the part of the State Educational Board with regard to Davidson County and the Normal School, unless the bill as It passed the House and Senate Is ad hered to. The provisions said to have been contained in the bill at its passing were to the effect that there would be three Normal Schools for the whites, one locatPd in each of the errand divisions of the state and one Normal, Agricultural and Mechanical School for Negroes to be located In the middle or central portion of the sMe. This is the only hope that Da vidson County now holds for the lo cation of the first state school ever authorized In Tennessee. The fact that the school has been so murh talked of, and that It would fill such a long-felt want, aside from the fat that It? location In Nashville would mean much to the future success of the Institution, as it would have the co-operation of the other universities here, is still lending hope to the peo ple who favored the location of the school in this city. It has been said, and may be regarded a3 true, that Nashville, not having had to make strenuous efforts to obtain the three big schools located here, has lacked that push, that outward appearance of going after things. It seems that they rested upon their oars, relying principally upon the provisions of the bill. However this may be, the ver dict Tuesday was emphatic Nashville will not, at least for the present, is sue $25,000 to assist in the location of the school within Its own county. 4 FAUD IN OPINION OF CHAIMAN VERTREES Nashville, Tenn., Nov. 9. Chairman W. O. Vertrees tonight gave out a statement for the benefit of Tenessp democracy in which he gives reasons for his belief that the fuslonlst are preparing to execute wholesale frauds relative to Tuesdays election and as suring the regular democracy that all possible effort will be made to detect and prevent the wresting away from Senator Taylor the victory Chairman Vertrees declares he has won. Maj. Vertrees' signed statement follows: "We have elected certainly nineteen out of the thirty-three members of the state senate, and fifty of the ninety-nine members of the lower house. In addition, there are five races for membership in the lower house which are extremely close and in much doubt, and from private information regarded as entirely reliable, we be lieve we have elected certainly two HON. J. C. NAPIER. Leader of Negroes on Fuslonlst Side. , j of these five members In doubt, at any rate, we nave a sate majority in Dotn houses and on joint ballot. It Is known this afternoon that the re publicans are at work on a scheme that contemplates the refusal of the local boards, and of the 6tate board, to Issue certificates of election to five of the senators-elect, and to attempt I the seating of their opponents, tem J porarily at any rate and until after the organization of the senate, election of United States senator and state of ficers. The election of these five senators had already been conceded before this scheme was hatched this afternoon, and it Is and will be so palpably fradulent that It cannot and will not succed. As a matter of fact, there is a limit to What the poo pie of Tennessee will stand, along these lines. There Is every reason to believe that Senator Taylor has re ceived a substantial majority of the votes cast for governor, and the In tention made manifest before the election, to count him out is right now In process of execution. We are taking all possible precaution ror the protection of the Interests of the democratic party, but in unearthing frauds of this character, under con ditions existing, we are working against difficulties. "The intention was first made mani fest when the election commissioners ;.i so many of the counties, including Cocke county, the home of the re election officers and did not give to the dmocrat'c party bona fide repre sentation. Thft law specifically re quires that both parties shall have representation provides for a div ision of judges, clerks and officers be twen the two parties. It Is a well known fact that there were but few, if any, of the ninety-six counties in the state where th's specific require ment of the law was respected. Tn a large majority of tTie counties, the democratic representation consist ed of one judge or clerk in a precinct scattered h're and ther and In many counties no bona fide democrats were appointed at all. (Signed) WILLIAM O. VERTREES, Chairman. S , DEMOCRATS WILL CONTROL THE NEXT LOWER HOUSE Elected Two Hundred Twenty-five. RETURNS SHOW A WORKING MA JORITY OF TWENTY-NINE BIG GAINS MADE IN MANY STATES INROADS MADE IN OLD PEN SYLVANIA SOCIALISTS GET ONE MEMBER IN THE SCRIM MAGE INTERESTING TABLE FOR CAREFUL STUDY-GOOD OFF YEAR FOR DEMOCRATS. r SIXTYECOND CONGRESS Democrats elected 225 Republicans elected... m Socialists elected. Doubtful district 1 Total 291 Majority of hor.se 196 Deocratic majority 29 Chicago, Nov. 9. Complete returns on the election of reoresentatlves In congress indicate that the democrats will have a woifting majority of twenty-nine in the next house. The number of democrats elected to con congress by a republican, is In doubt The Twelfth Pennsylvania district, also normally republican, is likewise doubtful. The earlier returns Indi cated the election of Robert E. Lee and he is carried in the table as rep resentative of this district. Later returns, however, give his republican opponent, Robert D. Heaton, an ex cellent fighting chance, ana the of ficial count will be necessary to de termine the result, " Absolute confidence is not fH. tn the returns for some of the Wisconsin districts, and it Is not Impossible that the official figures will change the totals of the two parties. The Fifth Wisconsin district is claimed by Vic tor L. Berger, socialist. Henry F. Cochems, the republican candidate, s does not concede Berger's election and a recount may be necessary to decide the election. TABLE SHOWING CHANGES IN PERSONNEL OF CONGRESS Congressional gains were made by the republican and democrats in the following states and districts: States and Districts Dem. Rep. Connecticut, 2d 1 .. Illinois, Cth, 7th, 9th, 16th 4 Indiana, Cth 1 Iowa, 2d. 4th 2 Iowa. 8th 1 i Kentucky, 9th 1 Maine, 2d, 3d 2 ... Maryland, 3d, Cth 2 .. Massachusetts, 3d 1 Massachusetts, 14th 1 Michigan, 1st, 5th 2 .. Missouri, 13th, 14th, 15th, ICth 4 Missouri, 11th 1 Nevada, at large 1 New Jersey, 3d, 5th, 7tih, 8th 4 New York, 1st, 3d. 4tii, 5th, 13th, 15th, 17th, 21st, 25th, 27th. 33d, 36th.... 12 New York, 32d 1 North Carolina, 5th, 8th 10th 3 Ohio, 2d, 7th, 11th, 15th, 19th, 21st 6 Oklahoma, 3d 1 Pennsylvania, 5th, 8th, 12th. 14th, 22d. 24th.... 6 Rhode Tsland, 1st 1 Pennsylvania, 1Uh .... 1 Wet Virginia, 1st. 2d, 3d, 4th - Totals 57 6 Net democratic gain 51 D. A .HART, JR, CRIPPLED. ID A. "Buster" Hart Jr.. son of Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Hart, of 1726 Jeffer son street, fell out of a swing Mon day and received a painful bruise of his right ankle. Several children were in the swlnt at the time and when the little fellow fell the bridge of the swing fell on Mm and the children fell o nthe brldee. "Buster" was lm proving rapidly Thursday and talking about going to Sunday-school.