OCR Interpretation

Burlington weekly free press. (Burlington, Vt.) 1866-1928, November 21, 1912, Image 10

Image and text provided by University of Vermont

Persistent link: http://chroniclingamerica.loc.gov/lccn/sn86072143/1912-11-21/ed-1/seq-10/

What is OCR?

Thumbnail for 10

Tlh Hmir
Anchor ol -The Onrtoer
'-.opunght, .on,
tv ' ftotbs nmn c
Tl MusFti Again,
y i v.u on m lwn.
wrapped ui hi blank
Hit p!iutird to
'J cam ruat uliht, sad
.vltn Kauin
ittet on the
;o imrb his
nad Iht next
flay he would bnrj nt old comriide.
i; eras dark when He chuio to tin- ntir
ittw Mlnln Unit Inj between hltn and
the river. The skj was brilliant with
atar wheu he slowly ( limbed the big
barren ridge at the feot of which was
nifi home. .At the summit he stopped
and scutcd alm-elf on ihe wipe of a
reck, with nothing but n thousand
miles of spice between him and the
pule glow of the northern lights. At
Ills feet lay I be forest, black nnd al
ien t, and he laoked down to where he
knew his cabin was waiting for him,
black and silent too.
For the llrst time It came upon him
that, this was borne that the forest
and the silence and tho little cnbin ,
hidden under the spruce tops below j
hold a deeper meaning for blui than a
few hours before, when Kazan was a
leaping, living comrade at his sldo.
Kazan was dead. Down there he
would bury him. And he had loved
Kazan. He knew now as he crutched .
hla hands to his aching breast, that
he would have fought for Kazan- giv
en up his life for him na be would
have done for a brother. Hot tears
blinded Jan's eyes, and he covered his
face with his bands, and sobbed as
he had sobbed years before, when
In tho southern wilderness word came
to him that Mellsso wae dying
"Mellsse .Mellsse"- He moaned her
name aloud, nnd stared through the hot
film In his eyes away Into the north,
sobbing to ber, calling to her In his
grief, and looking through that thou
sand miles of starlit space as though
from out of It her sweet face would
come to him once more. .Old as be
called there seemed to come to him
from out of that space a sound, o
tweet and low and tender that Ms
heart stood still, and be stood up
itralght and stretched his arum up to
heaven, for Jn Thoreau knew that It
waa the sound of n violin that came
to hltn from out of xho north fbat Me
lissa, an Infinity away, bad heard his
Mil, Ida prayer, and was playing for
hltn and Kazan!
And suddenly as he listened hla arms
fell to tola Mm. and there shot Into hla
Hyee all of the concentrated light of
the stars, for the music came nearer
tnd nearer and still nearer to him, on
.11 he cau-ht Kazan In his arms and
ran wttn him down tho side of the
mouulaln. It died now In the forest,
then row again, softer and more dis
tant it isemed to htm, luring nlm on
Into the forent gloom. For a few too
ment.H consciousness of all pise but tbnt
sound remained with Mm only In i
lazed, balf nal vay, nnd n John Oim
alns had rnlll opon the ungels nt
Ltc Bain tunny years ago when he.
ton. bad g-n out Into the night to
meet riil wyim , so Jan
!TJk enu's soul cited ,u them now aa
he clutched Ida dead dog, Kazan, to
him and stumbled on. Then suddenly
bp came upon the cabin, and In the
cabin there -aaa a light!
Gently fee laid Kazan down apon tho
now. and for a fall minute he stood
aol listened and beard, lower and
fweetar atiU, the entitle music of tho
tlottn. Soma one ma la hla cabin liv
ing Wind were playing! After ail, It
waa not dw s.?lrSt of Mellsse that had
com to Urn it, the iour of his deepest
gr sud a vob rose in hla llyout. Ha
en; or,, step by tep, and at the door
h atopped again, wondering tf be was
mad. If b spirits of tie forest were
taun'iog aim etilL if If
One step mire
TiM great Ood. he beard It now the
sow. swet music of the old Cree love
out, played in th old, old way, with
all of its old sadness, Its whispering
fay, Its weeping song of life, of death,
f tore! With a great cry he flung
pen the door and leaped In, with his
arms reaching out, hla eyes blinded
Cor a moment by the sudden light and
With a cry aa piercing aa bis own some
thing ran through that light to meet
aim Mellsse, the old. glorious Mellsse,
cruahlng her arms about his neck, sob
bing Ms name, pleading with him In
fcer eld, sweet voice to kins her, kiss
her. klaa ber while Jan Thoreau for
the first time In bis life felt sweeping
er him a resistless weakness, and In
this vision he knew that Jean de Ura
Vols came to blm. too, and held hlra In
Ola am and that aa the light faded
away from about him be still beard
Vfetlaae calling to him, felt ber arms
itout him, her face crushed to hla own.
tnd as the deep gloom enveloped htm
Bore densely and he felt himself slip
ping down through It be whispered to
the faces which he could no longer seo:
"Hasan-died tonight"
for a long time Jnn fought to throw
off the darkness, and when he suc
ceeded and opened bis eyes again, he
knew that it was Mellsso who was sit
ting beside hlrn, and that It was Mo
llusc who Oung her arms about him
when be awoke from hla strange sleep
and held tils wild bond pressed agnlnat
her boeom htellRRo, with her glorious
hair flowing nbout her aa he had loved
Jt In their old days, and with the old
tore shining In hor eyes, only moro
florlooa now, as be heard ber votco.
"JanJan wo have beau bunting for
roo o long." she cried softly. "We
tare been searching ever Kluce you
left Lac- Bain. Jan, doar Jan, I loved
Kb ao, and you almost broke my heart
uir, dear Jan," ehe sobbed, stroking
hi face now, "j know why you ran
away I know, and I love you ao that
that I will die if yon go away
"Vow know!" breathed Jan. He waa
In his cot nnd rnlscd himself, clasping
her benntlful fnco between his two
hands, Htnrlnr? nt her with the old hor
ror In his oyen. "You know and you
come to mo!"
"I lore you," imld Mcltsso. Sho allp
ped up to hlra nnd Inld ber fnco upon
his brenst, and. with her Angers clutch
ed In his long hair, she leaned over to
htm nnd kissed him. "I love youl"
Jan's arms closed about her, and be
bowed his face so that It was smoth
ered In her hair, and he folt against It
the Joyous trcmblo of her bosom.
"I tove you," she whispered again.
And under her cloud of hair their Hps
"I love youl"
and sho whispered again, with
. k.k .in hi- iio i.i
pveet breath still upon his lips. I .
her sweet
love you.'
Outside Jean de Gravots whs dancing
up and down in the starlit edge of tho
forest, and lowukn was looking ntblm.
"And now what do you think of your
Jean de Oravola?" cried Jonn for tho
hundredth time at least. "Now wbat
do you think of him, my beautiful
one?" And be caught lowaka's head
in his arms for the hundredth time, too,
iml kissed her until she pushed blm
away. "Waa It not right for mo to
break my oath to the Blessed Virgin
tnd tell Mellsse why Jan Thoreau bad
gone mad? Wns It not right, I say?
And did not Mellsse do aa 1 told tbnt
fool of a Jan that she would do? And
lldn't she hate the Englishman all of
the time? Kb? Can you not apeak,
my raven haired angel S'
He hugged lowakn again In hla anna,
and this time he did not let her go, but
turned her fare ao that the starlight
fell npon it.
"And now wbnt if Jan Tborean still
feels that the curse la upon blm?" bo
sakod woftly. "Ho. ho. wo have fixed
that yoa, my sweet lowakn, and your
ausband, Jean de Uravolal I have It
here In m pm-M m etiet signed
by the Bubcommisxioncr ui I'rlnce Al
bert to whom I told Jan's story when
; 1 followed hla trail down there the let
ter which says that the other woman
1 died Defore the man who was to be
Jnn Thoreau's father married tho wom
an who waa to be his mother. And
i now do yon understand why I did not
tell Mellsse of this letter? It wns to
, prove to that fool of a Jan Thoreau
, that she loved lilm whatever be was.
, Now what do you think of Jean de
Oravola, you ilangbter of a princess,
. yon yon"
"Wife of the greatest man In the
world," laughed lowaka softly. "Come,
, my foolish Jean, ve cannot stand out
forever. I am growing cold, and, be
tides, do yon not suppose that Jan
j would like to see me?"
i "Foolish, foolish, footlah." murmured
T mi n na itiav. nUw hnn4 In I . r. .4 I
.... M J ... uuu4 uui.u
through the starlight "She, ray lowa
kn, my beloved, says that I am foolish,
I and after this! What can e man do to
make himself great In the eyea of his
I wife?"
Ono llttlo surrrago state, lonely to tho
Didn't go and bust tho home; then there
wero two
Two llttlo suffrage states, where tho
sex wns free,
Didn't take men's jobs nway; then there
were three.
Throe little suffrage states, hollerln' for
Didn't seem to blight, the crops; then
there were four.
Four little suffrage states, helping men
to strive,
Didn't go nnfl put on "pants"; then there
were five.
Five little suffrage states, deep in poll
tics, Didn't scorn the frying pan; then thore
wero six.
Six llttlo suffrage states, voting Just Ilka
Didn't lack for chivalry; then there were
Ton llttlo suffrage states where the Right
Is groat,
Heaven speed tho happy day there'll be
McLandburg Wilson in the Sun.
Governor Dlx, apropos of the milk Mil
thnt he recently vetoed, said;
"Wo don't want Now York's milk tn re
turn to tho condition that onco chnrnc
terlzcd II.
"An Alhnny maid once said to her mis
trass In thoso past days;
" 'Madam, there's something radically
wrong with this hero milk. A very thick
yellow bcuin has gathered on tho top of
It I'm afraid It's spoiled.'
" 'Whore woro you brought up?' smiled
the mtatresB, as sho rogarded the rich
cont of cream,
" 'In Now York, ma'am,' answered the
" 1 thought as much,' said tho mistress
qulotly "Washington Star.
Orlando lumsdell of North Pownal,
who was sure that tho progressives would
oarry Vermont, lost his bet and had to
give Dr, B. E. Pottor, a staunoh rspubll
san, weighing 240 pounds, a wheelbarrow
ride from tho station to tho flag polo,
a considerable dlit'Qce
Truo Story of Shattered Friend
ship as Now Told by Wellman.
Answers Old finesses Ex-Preatdent
ThouRht 8nccror Betrayed Him
All a Shock to Other Did Not
Kven Realise There Was n
(Walter Wcllmnn In tho New York Sun.)
Here Is tohl for the first timo tho truo
story of the break In tho friendship be
tween President Tait and former Presi
dent Roosevelt. It Is a story which adds
an Important chapter to the history of
our times, for In all this political annals
of tho United States thoro Is no parallel
case, no Instance In which the sunder
ing of a friendship was followed by
such tremendou consequences, such
far reaching effects upon parties and
party lenders and their fortunes, nnd
possibly upon the control of the gov
ernment Itself for years to come.
For n long time the people of tho
country have been nsklng tho question
over and over again, "What Is the real
truth about the quarrel between Taft
and Roosevelt?" The question has not
yet had an adequate, satisfactory an
swer. Various speculations and theories,
oi parts of tho fncts, have become cur
rent In distorted form; the actual truth
remains to be told.
That the causes of the estrangement
may appear In their proper perspective
it Is ntcetiiaiy to recall the historic
fnit nn.i InmnrMnl Mi!.t linn ...t.lnt. '
.: : ,v r: e ., i
T; "TV " . -
rame air. laii as ms successor; inai 11
tho colonel had not used his power as
1 the party lender, and as president, to-
f fth,)r ,w"h M rcat, P?"tlcal akin and
his well known popularity and prestige
R h,R protcgo. bchalf probBblJ. anotner
would have been chosen. It Is not con
tended by any one that Mr. Taft could
have reached the White House If Presi
dent Roosevelt hod kept hands off tho
ante-convention campaign of 1908.
All this Is known to every one; but
It Is cited here because It is a part
of the story, something which should
be borne In mind In weighing the facts
given hereinafter Roosevelt's direct re
sponsibility for Taft, nnd Taft's obliga
tions of gratitude to Roosevelt, nnd the
constraints and attitudes of mind which
thus devolved upon each of them In their
mutual relations, form the psychological
base of the personal and political tragedy
which ensued.
The render should also remember tho
larger purpose Mr. Roosevelt had In view
lr. thus using his power to name his suc
cessor, for this too Is a part of the story.
His purpose was to assure a continuance
of what was known as "the Rooasvelt
rollcles." Mr. Roosevelt felt that he had
led a sort of reformation within the
party; that the forward movement begun
by him must bo kept going, and h be
lieved Implicitly that Mr. Taft was the
man above all othors who could be de
pended upon to do this.
It Is no secret among his friends that
when Mr. Rooesvelt renounced a third
ci.nsecutlvo term which he could have
had without any doubt his eyes were
t.ot upon the future. He volutarlly left
the presidency, but h had every Inten
tion to return to It, and a belief that hl
return would be at no distant day Hence
It was his perfectly natural wish to have
us successor one who In a broad sense
would be loyal to himself, his policies,
his famo and perhaps his future. It waa
only human nature that he should ex
pect the man picked and placed by him,
and that man one of his most Intimate
und affectionate friends, to be In some
uort of fashion his representative; at the
least his near nnd sincere friend after
the. choice ns before It.
The former president's attitude of mind
In this particular relation was clearly
expressed by his reply to the question
of a friend:
' Why did you select Taft to be your
"Becauso It had to bo either Taft or
Hughes. If I had ktpt hands off the
campaign Hughes would have been nom
inated and elected. And If I had per
mitted Hughes to get Into the White
House I shouldn't have had a friend
nbout the place. There's no telling what
Hughes would have done. He might have
changed the Panama eanal to a sea level
ditch, so that It should not be known In
history at the Rooeevelt canal."
Colonel's Grievances aa Deaerlbed by
Himself and Ilia Friends.
The following Is a oomposlte statement
of the Roosevelt account of the causes
of the trouble, a part coming directly
from the colonel himself, a part from one
or other of h s friends familiar with the
"Colonel Roosevelt became aware, im
mediately after election, that some sort
of chance had taken olnee In Mr. Taft's
'rolnd and attitude. From election day on
to Inauguration all the trouble nrnse. At
first, of course, the change In Mr Taft,
nr. discerned by the then president, was
very slight, almost Insensible. It would
perhaps be unfair to designate it as a
ca6o of 'swelled head,' but It bordered on
that. There was very early what seem
ed a detcrmlnntlon on the part of the new
president to map out a course for him
self regardless of the policies or wishes
of the president who woe retiring.
"The first tangible cauaes of offence
were relatively trivial things, pin pricks.
The president-elect appeared In Washing
ton long before the Inauguration and set
up at the Boardman residence what waa
known as 'tho little White House.' He
held a. sort of court there, receiving mem
bers of tho Senate and House, and for a
time this new political center somewhat
overshadowed the aotual White House In
public attention. Mr. Roosevelt did not
reward this as a matter of great Impor
tance; It was not a cause of quarrel; but
In his opinion, frankly expressed ut the
tlmo to a few of his Intimates, It waa on
Mr. Taft's part an unnecessary, tactless,
Inconslderato procedure,
"About this timo there rame another
pin prick, peculiarly annoying, Mrs.
Roosevolt's management of the social
and domestic affairs of the White Houso
hnd generally been regarded as a model.
There had been no criticism of it, only
praise. Henco tho iiirpiisi) was great
when gossip carried to the Rooaevelt
fmlly the rumor that an Important mem
ter of the Taft family had aaM; 'After
Mareh 4 yen will see a great change at
the White House; the aoelal regime Is
ts be completely reorganised and put on
a basis of dignity and good taste.' fj
qulry developed the fact that this state
ment, with some elaboration of details of
the proposed reformation, had actually
been made. The Joy with which It was
Waived In the White House mny be
"When this we dlecutsed In the Roose
velt family, as of course It was, It pre
sented an opportunity for recalling a
prediction uttered noarly a year before
by one member of tho family who had
habitually kept well In tho background
but who had nevertheless watched al
ways with keen eyes and great tntulttvo
ncas tho characters passed In review In tho
political activities of the administration.
Tho prediction hail been that If President
Roosevelt picked Mr. Taft for his suc
cessor that gentleman would not bo found
measuring up to the standard of loyalty
and true friendship whloh the colonel
hlmsolf expected and that In the event
of Mt. Taft's nomination and election
troublo would come In a way which Mr.
Roosevelt did not then dream of. This
prediction was recalled with an Interro
gation aa to whether or not It was not
already becoming true.
"In this period there were not as many
conferences botween President Roosevelt
nd Prcsldcnt-oleot Tnft ns people natur
ally supposed there would be. And tho
few conferences that did take place con
cerning tho policies of the Incoming ad
ministration were not ns frank and full
na would seem natural and right under
ell the circumstances. The Isek of frank
ress, the disinclination to engage In full
discussion of new plans and purposes,
was chiefly on tho sldo of Mr. Tnft. Mr.
Roosevelt very early discovered that Mr.
Tail's mental attitude appeared to be
that of a man who was determined to
'go It alone,' to work out his destiny
without advice or counsel from his pred
( ceasor.
"Mr. Roosevelt hnd no desire to dic
tate. Ho made no effort to dictate poli
cies or appointments. In fact ho dls
tlnetly stnted to Mr. Taft: 'You are the
responsible man; you will have to work
It out In your own way. Rut It seemed
to Mr, Roosevelt thnt Mr. Tnft nccept-
".y and mer
He did not even care much for
the counsel or ndvlfc of the man who
had picked him up and mad? lilm presl
cent. Although Mr. Taft hi a more than ,
once pledged himself, In the most solemn
manner, to continue the Boosevclt poli
cies, now that he was about to enter up
on the administration he seamed strangely
loath to discuss those policies with their
author. Mr. Roosevelt thus early gained
the Impression thnt some cort of n change
had come over Mr. Tnft; that the new
president had fallen to some extent under
other Influences, and he naturally had his
opinions as to what those Influences
"It was inevitable, with these condi
tions, with what appeared to Mr. Roose
velt to bo a new and unexpected sort of
Taft to deal with, that pride should com
pel him to an unwonted degree of re
eerve. He would not and could not of
fer suggestions and advice which appar
ently were not wantod or sought. The
result was that Mr. Roosevelt a con
ferences with Mr. Taft wore of little
Importance. They did not get down to
the heart of things at all. Mr. Taft was
bubbling with happiness and good spirits;
he showed affection toward his former
chief; outwardly no change in their re
lations was visible. But as a matter of
fact the change was very great. Mr.
Roosevelt, puzzled, sore, hurt, disap
pointed, proud, became more and more
reserved. He more and more felt that
he was 'out of It;' that the new broom
nne to sweep clean, In its own way,
without any help from him. He was too
proud to show his hurt and disappoint
ment; and he met Mr. Taft's good com
radeship with the best imitation he could
make of the same on his part. So well
did Mr, Rooaevelt play his part, so well
did he disguise his aetual feelings that
Mr. Taft, overjoyed with his good for
tune and full of his own plans, ideas and
importance, never suspected what was In
the mind of hla friend, This continued
to the day of Inauguration.
MENTS. "It waa In this same new but on one
vide not comprehended change of spirit
and feeling that cabinet appointments
were discussed by the two men. Thero
was not nearly as muoh discussion of
this sort as people have supposed, In
fact, there was very little. It has been
said and generally believed among col
onel Roosevelt's friends that the real
oause of the break between the two men
was this: That Mr. Taft had promised
Mr. Roosevelt to keep Garfield, Meyer
and Straus In his cabinet and to put Mr.
Loflb into the cabinet; that he broke these
promises except as to the case of Meyer,
and kept that part only because Senator
Lodge, fearing Meyer would return to
Massachusetts and supplant his son-in-law,
Gardner, aa representative from the
Gloucester district, camped on Taft's
trail till he got Meyor kept; that Mr,
Taft afterward apologized to Mr. Gar
field for not keeping him, intlmatlag that
he had Incurred obligations In the cam
paign which made it impossible for him
to do otherwise, and these obligations
were construed by Mr Taft'a crltioa aa
meaning a debt to the Guggenheim In
terasts which had to be repaid by tha ap
pointment of Mr. Balllnger.
"But this story, which has had wide
circulation In gossip, does an Injustice
to Mr. Taft and Is not the truth. Mr.
Roosevelt, of rourao, never asked for
the retention In the cabinet of any of
his friends. Ho carefully avoided mak
ing any such request or anything that
could be construed Into such a request
Tho most hf did was to suggest the val
ue of the K'lvlces, as he looked upon
It, of such men as Garfield, Meyer and
Straus, and In the case of Garfield par
ticularly he laid stress upon the fact
that the young man hnd not only done
great work but had made great sacri
fices nnd that it would bo only a matter
of personal Justice to keep him. As to
the others Mr. Roosevelt did not care
so much; they were able to tako care
of themselves; he did not ask that Loeb
be promoted to the cabinet, only suggest
ing that Loeb should be taken good oare
of, and in fnct Mr. Loeb himself wanted
to get away from Washington.
"Now, Mr. Roosevelt did not think It
neoeasary foi him to make a distinct
request for the retention of any of his
friends. It seemed to him, under all the
circumstances, considering the great debt
Mr. Taft owed him and the fact that Mr,
Taft wss his grateful friend and a true
gentleman, that it was necessary only
to Indicate a wish and It would bo re
spected, It seemed to him that Mr. Taft
viould make It his business to ascertain
what things theie were Mr. Roosevelt
hnd a special and particular earn about
and then do them without a word of
question. Notwithstanding the change
he thought he saw In the mental attitude
of his euoootwor, for a long time Mr
Roosevelt hnd not the slightest doubt
Mr. Gartleld wns to be retained,
"It Is Important as well as Interest
ing to state tho exact facts nbout this
cabinet business. When Mr. Roosevelt
praised his particular friends In the eak
Inet, always with stress upon Jlmmle
Garfield, Mr. Taft listened good humor
edly. apparently with full assent. H did
not eay t waa hla Intention to ! those
men, or any of them; nor did he say to
th contrary. But the impression left
uar ta mix4 of Mr. Soeaevsb let
for n considerable time, was thnt Mr.
Taft would respond to his wlshos, partic
ularly as to aarfiold.
"Others knew that Gnrflcld wns not to
bo kept nnd that Batllngcr was to take
his place while Mr, Roosevelt was still
Innocently assuming to tho contrary. Mr.
Tnft told moro than one friend that ha
did not consider Oarltold and Straus 'of
cabinet slzo' and thcreforo would not
keep them, But he did not say this to
Mr. Roosovclt. Ho did say It to one of
Mr. Roosevelt's confidants, apparently
supposing that this gentleman would pass
the Information on to tho president; but
that gentleman did not regard It ns his
right or duty to do ao. It seemed to
him that, Inasmuch as Mr. Roosevelt
and Mr. Taft wero tho closest of friends,
ono tho sponsor and the. other the pro
tege, with gratitude, loyalty, affection
and frankness subsisting between them,
It would bo nn Impertinence for nn out
sider to attempt to convey to cither of
them Information which of course ho
must already have had at first hand,
"Tho result was that It was a long
time before Mr. Roosevelt learned that
ho did not have enough Influence with
the. Incoming administration to secure
the retention of his friend Oartlcld, and
when he did learn the fact he also
learned that others had had tho Informa
tion long before It canto to him. It Is
unnecessary to attempt to descrlbo the
effect of this upon Mr, Roosevelt.
"These weto matters affecting tho per
sonal relations of tho two men. But It
was not long before evidence came to
Mr. Roosevelt that his protege was not
coming up to expectations as to his
pledges to continue the Roosevelt poli
cies. It will he remembered that during
the closing days of tho Roosevelt admln-li-tratlon
there was a progressive upris
ing In Confess, 'Insurgents' they were
cnlled then, a protest against the Joe
Cannon regime In the Hons primarily,
but In effect an effort to get away from
the old oligarchical system of control in
Congress. At tho samo time President
Roosevelt wa.s engaged In a bitter strug
gle against the Cannon forces over the
sterol service appropriations nnd the
-barges made by Speaker Cannon's lieu
tenant. Representative Tawney, that tho
president had used secret service olllcers
to spy upon senators and representatives
for White House political purposes.
"This was one of the most bitter of
nil Mr. Roosevelt's contests with tho
people of Congress, and it was a war
;n which he naturally wns most anxious
to come out victorious, invoiveu in u
to a certain extent was tho question
whethor or not Speaker Cannon should ,
be chosen for another term and the
whole question of torylsm versus lib-1
trallsm In Congress.
"While this struggle was raging President-elect
Taft arrived In Washington, set
up his 'Httlc White House' and entered
upon a series of negotiations with Speak
er Cannon and the tory forces of Capi
tol Hill, President Roosevelt was but
poorly If at all Informed as to the na
ture and progress of these negotiations
and presently was astounded to learn that
President-elect Taft had made a treaty
of peace with the speaker and the forces
represented by the speaker, which In
cluded the Cnnnon-Aldrich regime, known
to the country as standpat, reactionary
or anti-progressive.
"With this fact before him President
Roosevelt reached a definite conclusion
that the man he had placed in the presi
dential chair hnd forgotten his ante
election pledges nnd gone over to the
enemy. In fact, his enemies mado their
boaats that while they had not been
strong enough to stand against tho In
fluence of Roosevelt and nominate ono
of their own number for president, they
had done the next best thing, which was
tc capture the man the president did
nominate and elect.
"President-elect Taft's treaty of peace
with the Cannon forces wns the last
straw needed to break down the friend
ship between the outgoing nnd the in
coming president. Prom that moment Mr,
Roosevelt had no real confidence in Mr.
Taft and felt that he had been betrayed
by his protege both on personal and po
litical grounds. Again Mr. Roosevelt was
too proud to show hla hurt; ostensibly
the old friendship was unbroken, and
among those who never suspected the
truth was Mr. Taft,
"Colonel Roosovelt left Washington
thoroughly disgusted and was glad to
put it all behind him and sail for Africa
for a year's outing. The day he sailed
occurred ono of the most extraordinary
incidents of American politics. A mes
senger from the White House brought
him a little gift from the President, ac-
oompanled by a farewell letter wishing
the colonel a pleasant voyage, thanking
him for hla favor and concluding with
these words, quotod verbatim
" 'Next to my brother Charles, I think
I owe more to you than to any other
living man.'
"Colonel Roosevelt's anger over this
'next to my brother Charles' was very
great. He took It as a personal affront.
To be rated second to a man who had
merely put up a sum of money, he who
had used the power of his otllce and his
party leadership and his personal prestige
and skill to make one of his lieutenants
l,U successor, and then to play second
fiddle, in the estimation of that success:
or, to one who hud signed a tew checks!
It was with this last cruel thrust of In
gratitude 'next to my brother Charlcs'
rlngtng In his ears that Colonel Roose
velt sailed away to Africa, thoroughly
convinced that from both the personal
and the public viewpoints nU selection
of Mr. Taft to be his heir was the great
est blunder of his public career.
"During his aojourn in Africa Mr.
Roosevelt received a great number of
letters from his friends at borne telling
him that the new president had forgot
ten his pledges to stand by the Roose
velt policies and had, In the belief of the
writers, gone completely ovf to the op
position. After his return to America
Colonel Roosovelt became convinced that
this was in a large measure true. Ask
ed one day for his opinion of the Taft ad
ministration, Colonel Roosevelt replied
'Mr Taft has been a failure aa presl
dent. He had his chance, wabbled, and
lost It
All the III reeling oa Rooaevelt 'a pari
Tke Preettfent ITaronaclous of Giv
ing Cause for Offence.
Tho Taft sldo of tho story given hcrl
Is also a composite narrative composed
of atatements made by the President him
self or by his close friends:
"It wus not till after Colonel Roose
veil's return from Africa in 1010 that
President Taft had oven a suspicion that
the colonel's feelings toward himself had
undergone a ehange. Tho President felt
for Mr. Rooaevelt all hla former aftec
tlon and gratitude, and when the first
reports came to him of ill feeling on the
part of the eolonel Mr. Taft weuld not
credit them. It temed te him Impossible.
This of eeuree means twe tklags: The
President waa net aware et having given
cause of offense; and ha waa equally
oblivious to the fact that offence had
'been taken through misunderstanding or
"Tho first published statement fore
shadowing the break catno tn a cable
gram from one of the special corre
spondents accompanying Mr. Roosovelt
on hla return from Africa. It was sent
when the colonel's party reached Na
ples and contained tho statement that
Colonel Roosevelt no longer looked with
favor upon Mr, Tnft and was returning
to America with i firm deteimlnatlon
not to support tho President for a sec
ond term. Mr, Taft poohpoohed this des
patch; said it was absolutely without
foundation, nnd that It must hiivcs been
written by some person whose design wns
to create troublo where no troublo ex
isted, i
"After Colonel Roosevolt had reached
America tho President learned upon di
rect Information that It was true tho
old friendship wna broken, so for as
thn Roosovclt end of It was concerned.
To say that Mr, Taft was surprised nnd
pained is to put thu caso mildly. It wa
to him a great, a sincere grlof. He at
once began searching his memory to see
If ho could And wherein hu had been at
fault. Ho was not nble to recall any
cause of offence which In hla opinion war
ranted a moment's consideration.
"Morcovor, tho President asked mu
tual friends to go to tho colonel nnd
endeavor to learn directly nnd precisely
tho cause of tho trouble, with a view to
offering amends If nmend on his part
seemed called for by tho facts.
"These mutual friends wero not ablo
to report definite and satisfactory prog
ress. Colonel Roosevelt was loath to en
ter upon a full nnd frank explanation or
upon anything which savored of an at
tempt at negotiating a reconciliation. As
nenrly as these representatives of the
Pruddent could make out from their con
versations with tho colonel his grievances
were three In number, as follows:
"First The petty affairs, such as al
leged remarks about a social reforma
tion at the White Houso: some feminine
misunderstandings nnd antipathies; tho
fact that tho president-elect nau ror a
brief season occupied the Boardman
house at Washington nnd there consult
ed public men while arranging tho general
outlines of his administrative policy. All
these President Taft considered as too
trivial to receive a moment's attention
at the hands of a serious man; and his
respect for Colonel Roosevelt was so high
he could not believe that gentleman had
permitted such flimsy Incidents to Inter
rupt a long standing friendship.
"Second The fact that Mr. Taft be
fore his Inauguration did not como up
i carler jrom
his winter resort at Au
gusta, Ga., to Washington, to help Pres
ident Roosevelt in his struggle against
the Cannon forces over the secret ser
vice appropriations. Mr. Taft explilns
that he hnd no request from President
Roosevelt for his help nnd that he had
not tho slightest doubt of the colonel's
ability to take care of himself In this
affair, as he had In many similar wars
"Third The 'next to my brother
Charles' letter sent by President Taft
to Colonel Roosevelt at tho steamer on
which ho was sailing for Africa. This
letter has never been published; the
context of It has not been fully or cor
rectly quoted; the full letter would soften
the expression which Colonel Roosovelt
to bitterly rwented. If Mr. Tatt had It
to do over again It Is probable he would
employ a moro tactful phrase. But tho
whole purpose of the missive waa as an
expression of gratitude and friendship.
If the one phraso was a slip, read alone.
It should be Interpreted In the light of
the fact thnt William H Taft ha always
felt the keenest sensa of gratitude to his
half-brother Charles. In writing this let
ter and that objectionable phrase, ho did
not have In mind merely the events of the
previous year, the presidential campaign,
aa apparently Colonel Roosevelt had, but
hla entire career in public life, a large
part of which hnd been made possible
by his brother Charles.
"When tho mutual friends made this
report to Mr. Taft tho President felt
there had been revealed no true ani
Just cause for quarrel, his own feel. tigs
ware aa friendly and grateful as before.
And he consented to Senator Lodgu's
plan to bring about a meeting between
the two principals at the senator's home
In Nahant with a vlow to a frank tall;
over differences ana if possible n roes
tabllshment of the old relations At the
ireetlng the President went mora than
half way toward peace; but he was not
met in a like spirit of conciliation by
Colonel Rooaevelt. Tho colonel was
scrupulously polite, outwnrdly friendly,
but gave unmistakable Indication that he
did not core for a private or intimate
talk. Hence nothing happened; the recon
ciliation program was a failure.
"In conversation with his Intimate
friends President Taft has reviewed tha
Incidents which happened between elec
tion and Inauguration, and ne nns been
unable to find any Justification for tho
claim that his attltudo toward Colonel
Roosevelt was other than Irreproachable.
"At the conferences President Roose
velt said again and again to Sir. Taft:
You will have to work out your own
salvation. You start In with a clean
slate. You Inherit my scneral pollcls,
but not mv quarrels. I am going away
to Africa for a year so that every ono
can see I am not trying to Interfere with
you in any way.'
"One of the great questions that con
fronted the new administration was how
to get results from Congress. The Re
publican pnrty In the national Legisla
ture was split Into two factions, Mr.
Taft Btood pledged before the country to
a program of tariff revision, and he
wanted to put the House In order to
secure results. So ho took a leaf out of
the book of his astute predecessor and
sought to make terms with the opposi
tion, If opposition It could be called, to
bring the factions together for the sake
of action.
"As to cabinet appointments, here again
there was no misunderstanding; or no
misunderstanding due to lack of sin
cerity and openness on Mr. Taft's part.
It doubtless Is true that In the early daya
after tho election, when President Roose
velt was saying good words for his par
ticular friend Garfield, Mr, Taft was dis
inclined to hurt the colonel's feelings by
a too blunt or hasty Judgment against
the colonel's protege. Doubtless the mat
ter of Garfield's retention was permitted
to drift along for a tlmo. But In the end,
when he believed tho proper moment had
como Mr. Tnft plainly Indicated, ns deli
cately as he could, that he did not re
gard Mr. Garfield as of cabinet size. So
far as Mr. Taft knew Colonel Roosovelt
understood this and raised no protest.
"As to the charge that President Taft
failed to carry out tho Roowovelt poli
cies and 'went over to tho enemy" Mr.
Tnft never had such a thought In mind.
He wns President; he wns the responsible
man; he was soeklng results; ho had not
inhorltcd Colonel Roosovolt's quarrels.
He ww doing the best hu could in n
dim-cult situation. The only peoplo who
suspected that the new President was not
In goed faith carrying out the Roosevelt
pottelea were a few of the former Presi
dent's personal intimates, members of
the tennis cabinet, who were disappointed
because their Influence at the White
House waa naturally muoh lcs than un
ir the former. Thty rale! the cry Hut ,
President Tnft hnd gone back on tho
Roosevelt policies. They wrote letters to
the colonel In Africa, nnd filled his cars
with their plaints ns soon as thoy could
fact at him.
"Finally President Tnft's friendship
for and gratitude to Colonel Roosovelt,
before tho relations between them had
been disturbed by thn colonel's umbrage
and tho trouble making of his friends,
may ho best summed up In a statement
Mr. Taft made on moro than ono oc
casion to lils Intimates;
' 'If Colonel Roosovelt.' said the Presl.
dent, "had returned from Africa mt
friend, ih I believed he was, and folt
that I was his friend, und ho had per
mitted me to know that he wtsficd to
be nominated for the presidency again
In 1912 nothing would havo given mo
greater pleasure than to retire In his
favor nnd to use all my Influence In
bringing nbout his nomination and elec
tion. Under such circumstances I should
havo folt It a privilege thus to repay tho
great debt of gratitude I owed him ' "
Tho smoke rlans o'er thn valley
In the criep Cotobor air,
Where the sun o'er all is shining.
And to me, 'tis n picture fair,
From my homo up on the hillside
I can sen a mountain tall,
And between are golden woodlands
Where soon tho leaves will fall.
There are colors bright and glowing.
Subdued by autumn haze,
In this rrnndly painted picture
That lies bentath my gaze.
There nrc red nnd brown and golden,
Spread by a master hand,
And n pine tree stands as sentinel
O'er this qoodly, smiling land.
There are herds of contended cattle
Grazing oVr the verdant hills.
And there's health and contentment
Tor mankind, If thus he wills.
This sentinel tall and stately
I have loved and watched so long
In winter it's whispered "courage,"
In summer it's filled with song.
It stands for a glorious statehood
Within our valley fair,
And our men and women love it.
To stain It let no man dare.
Oh! ye men of the legislature.
As ye meet from day to day,
Be wise of the laws you frame ue,
Be careful of things you say.
For the picture I see from my window
Is repeated near and far.
In tho grand old Champlaln valley,
And naught Its beauty must mar.
E. P. H.
North Ferrlsburg, Nov. 13.
O Woodrow, on wearing our chief diadem
Beware of th? host of O. W. M.!
Ono was shouting last night without stop
ping Till It seemed In a faint he'd be drop
ping; The vociferous horde
At the bulletin-board
Quickly gave him a place In the va
For whenover one said, "You annoy us
With your antics exceedingly Joyous,"
He replied, "It's the time
For my .shouting, for I'm
The Original Wilson Man!"
On rough calculation, a million of them
Belong to the race of O. W, M.
In the office, tho street, the theayter,
Grows the multitude greater and greatev.
Every man In the crowd
Is exceedingly proud,
As you seu If his features you scan,
If you ask any chap to bo telling
Of tho cause of his cranial swelling,
With the greatest of ease
He will answer that he's
The Original Wilson Man
Hut do not forget there's another ahem
And prettier kind of O. W. M.
While a million are making recital
i Of their right to be wearing the title,
It is certain that dames
Will bo pressing their claims
Where the voters In skirts am ar
rayed. .nd In every circle for sewing
They will murmur, "My dear, I am going
To thu Washington ball
As the queen of them all,
Thu Original Wilson Maid I"
O Woodrow, you surely will need all yoia.
To faco without fear the O. W. M.
For your home the Original legion
Will be surely declaring a siege on;
They'll be looking for Jobs,
From tho post of Old Probe
To a consulate out In Japan.
If you ask, "What'a your qualification T
They will anfcwer, "O Head of the Na
tion, 1 deserve it because
I most certainly was
The Original Wilson Mant"
O President Wilson, your Jot) is no gem
When you must confront tho O. W. M
-John O'Keefe In the New York World
Shelley Is an neroplanlst's poet.
Milton Is a douhlo-baeh's poet.
Richard Le Gallienne Is a falsetto sin,;
er"s poet.
Emerson ts a querist's poet.
Browning Is a ringmaster's poet,
Whitman is a beor drinker's poet.
Homer, Jeremiah, Ralolgh, Montroee
Sully do 1'Isle, Henry Howard Browned
and Ryder Randall are a soldier's loots
Lowell Is a gossip's poet
Wordsworth Is n pedestrian's poet.
Byron Is a man's poet, nnd a woman s
Coleridge Is an artist's poet.
Tennyson is n. silversmith's poet.
Alfred Austin Is an Englishman's poet
nnd n better one than he Is called.
Gilder Is a musician's poet, Lanier
Kipling Is a Cockney's poet.
Pope is a non-fool's poet.
Landor Is a statue's poet.
Horace Is a olub man's poet.
llliss Ormnn la a camper's poet
Longfellow Is a friend-poet.
Scott Is a gentleman's poet.
Swinburne Is an Idiot's poet.
So is Keats.
Burns Is a human being's poet.
Poe Is Home other being's jMiet.
Clnugh und Arnold, agnostics, aro s
Chrlhtluit h piiels.
Swift is the hangman's poet. P. II.
Belknap. In tho Boston Record,
R. O. Collins, postmaster nt Bnrnegat
N. J., writes: "I find Foley's Honey and
Tar Compound tho best remedy for t
cough that I ever tried, j had , In grlpp
cough, and each violent fit or coughing
completely exhausted ms. I bought i
bottle of Foley's Honey ar.d Tar Com.
pound and before I had taken one-half
tho coughing entirely ceased, It can't bo
bent," J. W O'Sulllvan, Jl Church street.

xml | txt