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COLONEL ROOSEVELT'S MILWAUKEE SPEECH
His Spirit the Party's. "The Progressive Movement for the
Betterment of Mankind Will Not Be Checked.
Attempting to speak, just after'
a would-be assassin had lired a
bullet into his body, this is what
Theodore Koosevelt said in Milwau
kee. He Baid it with possible death
awaiting the result of his wound.
How well he expressed not merely
llie spit it animating him personally
but the spirit of the Progressive
party. Here are his words:
"Friends." he began, "1 shall
have to ask you to be as quiet as
possible. I do not know whether you
fully understand that 1 have just
been shot, but it takes more ttiau
that to kill a bull moose. Fortunate
ly l had my manuscript i holding up
tlie manuscript showing the audience
where Hie bullet had gone through, i
so you see 1 was going to make a
long speech. And. friends, the hole
is in it, but the bullet Went through
and it probably saved it from going
iuto my heart. The bullet is iv me
now, so that 1 can not make a very
long speech, but I will try my best.
"And now, friends, I want to take
advantage ol this incident to say
a solemn word of warning, as 1
know BOW, to my fellow Americans.!
First of all, 1 want to say this a-;
bout myself: I have altogether too
many important things to think of
to pay any heed or feel any concern
over my own death.
"Now, 1 would not speak to you
insincerely Within five minutes of
being shot. 1 am telling yon the
literal truth when 1 say that Bay} l
concern is for many other things
It is not in the least for my own
"I want you to understand that I
1 am ahead of the game anyway. No i
man has had a happier life than I ;
have had, a happier life in every
way. 1 have been able to do cer
tain things that I greatly wished to I
do, and 1 am interested in doing
oi her things.
al can tell you with absolute '
truthfulness that I am very much '
uninterested iv whet he* I am shot
"It was j tis-1 as when I was colo-'
nel of my reditu nt. 1 always felt ,
that a private was excused for feel- ( <
ing at times some pangs of anxie
ty about his personal safety, hut I
cannot understand a man fit to be
colonel who can pay any heed to
his personal safety when he is OCCU- i
pied as he ought to be occupied with
the absorbing desire to do his duty, i
"1 am in this cause with my whole
neart and soul: 1 believe in the
progressive movement —a movement
for the betterment of mankind, the
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1 am absorbed in the success of
that movement 1 feel uncommonly
proud in beolnging to that move
• • •
"Friends. I ask you now this e
vening to accept what I am saying
as absolute truth w hen I tell you j
that I am not thinking of my own
sun ess, 1 am not thinking of my
own hie or of anything connected
with DM personally. 1 am saying
this by way of introduction because
1 want to say something very seri- j
ous to our people and especially io
"1 don't know who the man was
who shot me tonight; 1 do not know
who he was or what party he rep
resented. He was a coward. He
stood in the darkness in the crowd
around the automobile and when
they cheered me and 1 got up to
bow, he stepped forward and shot
me in the breast.
"It is a very natural thing that
weak and vicious minds should be
Inflamed to acts of violence try the
, kind of foul abuse that has been
! heaped upon me for the last three
j months by the papers in the inter
est of other candidates. Friends,
I wiil disown and repudiate any
man of my party who attacks with
surh vile, foul slander and abuse
any opponents of any other party.
"Now, I wish to say seriously
to the speakers and to the newspa
pers representing both the republi
can and democratic and socialist par
ties that they cannot, month in and
month out. year in and year out,
make the kind of slanderous, bitter
and malevolent assaults that they
have made and not expect that bru
tal and violent characters, especial
ly when the brutality is accompani
ed by a not too strong mind, they
cannot expect that such natures will
he unaffected by it.
• • •
T am not speaking for myself at
all. I give you my word I do not
care a raj) about being shot, i have
iiad a good many experiences in my
time and this is only one of them.
What I do care for is my country.
1 wish I were able to impress on
our people the duty to feel strong
ly, but to speak truthfully of their
opponents. I say now that I have
never said on the stump one word!
anainst any opponent that I woul 1
not defend in the library 1 have said
nothing that 1 could not substanti-
THE LYNDEN TRIBUNE, THURSDAY, OCTOBER 24, 1912.
eta and nothing I ought not to have
said, nothing that, looking back, I
; would not say again. lam all right."
IT'S A GOOD FIGhT. KEEP IT
GOING, SAYS ROOSEVELT.
Colonel Roosevelt issued the fol
" lowing statement at Chicago last
"I wish to express my cordial a
• greement with tlie manly and pro-'
per statement of .Mr. Bryan at Frank
'! Un, lnd., who. in arguing for a con
tinuance of the discussion ol the
issues at stake in the contest, said:
j The issues of this campaign should j
. not be determined by the act of an;
assassin. Neither Colonel Koose
j1 velt nor his friends could ask that;
jthe discussion be turned away from!
the principles that are involved If
lie* is elected president it 6hould be
because of what he has done in the
[ past and what he proposes to do'
A "1 wish to point out, however, j
i that neither T nor my friends havel
I isked that the discussion be turned
lway from the principles that are:
nvolved. On the contrary, we em- 1
, ihatically demand that the discuss
.ll be curried on precisely as if 1
lad not been shot.
, "1 shall be sorry if Mr. Wilson
does not keep on tlie stump, and I
feel that he owes it to himself and,
jthe American people to continue on !
| the stump.
"1 wish to make one more com-;
::ient on Mr. Bryan's statement. It
is, of course, perfectly true that in
I voting for me or against me, con
sideration must be paid to what 1
nave done in the past and to what
l propose to do. But it seems to
ue far more important that consid
eration should be paid to what the;
rogressive party proposes to do.
"1 cannot too strongly emphasize
.he fact upon which we progressives
nsist. that the welfare of any one
man in this tight is Wholly inimate-,
rial compared to the great and fun
damental issues Involved in the tri-;
nmpta of the principles lor which our
cause stands. 11 1 had been killed
I the fight would have gone on ex
actly the Bame.
"Governor Johnson, Senator Bev
eridge, Mr. Straus, Senator Bristow,
Miss Jane Addauis, Clifford Plnchot,
Judge Ben Lindsay, Raymond Rob
i bins. Mr. I'rendergast. and the hun
dreds of other men now on the
stump are preaching the doctrines
j that I have been preaching, and
I stand for and represent just the!
same cause. They would have con
; linued the light in exactly the same
way if 1 bad been killed, and they;
I are continuing it iv just tbe same
way. now that I am for the moment
i "So far as my opponents are con
•erned, whatever could with truth
aud propriety have been said against i
me and my cause before I was shot,
can with equal truth and equal pro
ipriety be said asainst me now and
j Should be so said: and the things
ithat cannot be said now are merely ,
the things that ought not to have -
been said before. This is not a t
contest about any man —it is aeon- ]
teat concerning principles. I
"If my broken rib heals fast c- i
aough to relieve my breathing, 1 i
shall hope to be able to make one i
or two speeches in mis campaign;
in any event, if lam not able to
I make them, the men 1 have men
tioned above and the hundred! like.t
them will be stating our cause riglu <
;t> the end of the campaign and I I
trust our opponents will be stating !
; their cause also. '
THEODORE ROOSEVELT." 1
MANLY, SAYS BRYAN.
When William J. Bryan, the dem
ocratic commoner, was shown Mr.
Roosevelt's statement, he said:
"It is a manly assertion and
just what might be expected from
Mr. Rooaevelt, It clears the air
and permits a renewal of the discus
sion of the issues.
"We who are opposed to him.
join most earnestly with his politi
cal friends in the hop.c that he will
soon be able to take his place at
the head of his column; for, while
ne has able adjutants, they miss
nis spirited leadership.
"Speed his recovery."
Poindexter and Landon to
Speak at Bellingham.
United States Senator Miles Pom
dexter and Dan Landon. Progressive
party candidate for congressman to
.-ue t -ed Willie Humphrey, will ad
dress the voters at Bellingham Fri
day evening, October 25.
Proposed Amendment to
State of Washington.
Office of the Secretary of State.
To Whom it may concern: In o
badtaaM to an act of the legislature
approved March 17, 1911, entitled
as follows: "AN ACT to amend art
icle one (1) of the Constitution of
ihe State of Washington, authoriz
ing and empowering the voters to
'call a special election at any time
to recall and discharge any elective
public officer and to elect bis suc
e esor, by adding thereto at the end
ot said article one (1) two new sec
tions which shall be numbered sec
tions 33 and 34 of said article one
(1)," there is hereby published for
the consideration of the voters of
the State of Washington the fol
lowing proposed amendment to the
constitution of said state:
That at the general election to be
held in this state on the Tuesday'
next succeeding the first Monday in
November, 1912, there shall be sub
mitted to the qualified electors of
tbe state, for their adoption and
approval or rejection, an amendmen
Ot article one (1) of the constitu
tion of the State of Washington, au ,
l.thorlslng and empowering the voter |
'to call a special election at any
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time to recall and discharge any c- <
lective public officer and to elect
his successor, by adding thereto at l
the end of said article sections S3 i
and 34 of said article one tl) and
which shall read, as follows:
Article 1. |
Section 33. Every elective publi
officer in the State of Washington
except judges of courts of record
is subject to recall and discharge
by the legal voters of the state, or
of the political subdivision of the
state, from which be was elected.:
whenever a petition demanding his;
recall, reciting that such officer has
i committed some act or acts of mal
feasance or misfeasance while in
oifice. or who has violated his oath
of office, stating the matters com
plained of, signed by the per
centages of the qualified electors
thereof, hereinafter provided, the
percentage required to be computed
from the total number of votes cast
for all candidates for his said of
fice to which he was elected at the
preceding election, is filed with the
officer with whom a petition for
nomination, or certificate for norn
illation, to such office must be fil
ed under the laws of this state, and
the same officer shall call a special
'election as provided by the general;
election laws of this state, and the
result determined as therein pro
Section 34. The legislature shal
' pass the necessary laws to carry out
the provisions of section thirty-three
(33) of this article, and to facili
tate its operation and effect with
out delay: Provided. That the au
thority hereby conferred upon the
legislature Bhall not be construed
to grant to the legislature any ex
clusive power of law-making nor in
jaajr way limit the initiative ami
referendum powers reserved by the
people The percentages requir
ed shall be. slate officers, other tba
|judges, senators aitd representatives
city officers of cities of the first
class. school district boards in cit
ies of the first class, county officers
of the first, second and third classes
t w eaty-fiT« percent. Officers of all
other political subdivisions, cities,
towns, townships, precincts and
school districts not herein mentione >
and state senators and represent*-]
tives, thirty-five per cent.
. There shall be printed on all bal
lots provided for the said election,
■For tbe proposed amendment to
• article one (1) of the constitution,
• ov adding thereto at the end of
! said article one (1) two new sec
• lions to be numbered sectio:s 111
I nnd 34 of said article one tl) au-,
thorizing and providing for the re-,
; call and discharge of any elective
" r.-üblic officer and election of his
i successor." "Against the propos
- ed amendment to article one (1) of
f the constitution, by adding thereto
iat the end of said article one (1)
two new sections to be numbered
-lections 33 and 34 of said article
,oce (1), authorizing and providing
Ifor the recall and discharge of any
f elective public officer and election
of his successor."
In testimony whereof I have here
unto set my hand and affixed the;
seal of the State of Washington.
Done at Olympia this Ist day of
(Seal) I M. HOWELL,
au 1-13 wks. Secretary of State
IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OI
THE STATE OF WASHING
TON, IN AND FOR THE
COUNTY OF WHATCOM.
In the Matter of the Estate of
Christian J. Baker. Deceased.
NOTICE TO CREDITORS.
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sons having claims against the a
bove estate to present the same
with the necessary vouchers, ps;
provided by law, within one year af
ter the 17th day of October ,191.'.
to the undersigned, administrator oi'j
the said estate, or at the law office I
of Neterer b Pemberton, his at
torney, in the Clover Block. Belling
ham. Washington, or said claims will
I Victor A. Roeder, Administrator.
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