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DEMOCRATS MID PROGRESSIVES
TO COIITROL THE ET SITE
Sentiment Will Be Largely Amendment Asking Direct
For New Ideas-Dead- Election Has Good Out
locks Numerous. look For Success,
By JAMES A. EDCERTON.
ONE of the fatliiMB-whicli one
does not matter liere-coniparcd
the Cuitcd State' senate to a
saucer in which It was then the
fashion to cool one's coffee. Rome of
M jet retneinlier that custom, the cot
fee belli;; absorbed from the saucer
with noises varying all the way from
n sigh to the rl of a crosscut saw.
Saucers have now mono out of fashion
us coffee coolers, hut the senate, wheth
er out of f.i-hion or not, Is still there.
Perhaps ll jot nets ns n cooler of leg
islation, hut ha exactly the opposite
effect on n large part of the populace.
It makes them hot, In consequence of
which they have culled It the "million
aires' cluli" ind other uncomplimentary
names and have threatened to abolish
It. The only thine tangible that has
come from all these denunciations Is a
constitutional amendment now before
the states for ratification providing
that senators shall be elected by direct
vote of the people.
It Is said that the senate Is the last
art of the government, excepting the
Q by American rrena Ansoclntion.
JOHN W. WKUKS OP MAHSACUUSKTM.
supreme court, to be affected by n pop
ular movement. Yet that It is so af
fected in time Is proved by the chang
ing character of the body dining the
past few years. The Insurgency and
progressivisni that overturned the
house and revolutionized polities In the
last presidential election have also had
their echoes in the senate. Indeed,
"echoes" is ton mild a word for l.n
Follette, Cummins, Brlstow. CJ
" .. . I iiotlK-r in New Hampshire or Illinois.
91 her this may be done, which would
mean Warren's defeat.
The Itepublicans control the Idaho
legislature and have already re-elected
Senator Itorah. hut are deadlocked
over a successor to Senator K. 1. Perky.
uiinolnted to till the vacancy caused by
the death of Senator Ileybunl. On one
tf the hist ballots former (Jovernor
James II. P.rady came within three
votes of election.
The Democrats have a slim majority
in Uelaware. Natlonnl Committeeman
YVlllard Saulsbury was the caucus
nominee, whereupon four of the Kenny
Democrats bolted. In the successive
ballots Saulsbury has received twenty-
five votes, whereas twenty-seven are
required to elect. The bolters say
they will never go to Saulsbury.
The West Virginia legislature Is con
trolled by the Itepublicans. but a dead
lock occurred in the attempt organ
ize. Former Senator Elklns. of the
fninniis Senator Ktcnhcn Ii. Elklus. Is
mentioned among other possibilities for
In New Mexico Senator Fall asserts
ho has been already elected for the
terra ending In 1010, but tho claim Is
disputed, the contention of his oppo
nents being thnt tho previous legisla
ture bad no right to choose him for
more than tho short term, tho long
term belonging to tho new legislature
now in session. The senato Itself may
bo called upon to settle the question.
Should Help Popular Elections.
With all these deadlocks before the
country as an object lesson It Hhould
nnt ho iimirnH to ndont tho constitu
tional amendment for direct election of
senators. This is now before the states
and has already been ratified by Mas
sachusetts. Minnesota and New York
Favorable action by thirty-six states
is required. Thirty-eight legislatures
are now In session, nnd if the matter
Is pushed It may be possible to have
the amendment adopted this winter.
If not, some of tho other legislatures
assemble In 11)11, nnd the amendment
should lie rati lied by a sufficient num
ber of states t put U In force before
iK.tiwr in New Ilaiiinsliiie or Illinois.
It must be remembered, however, that
many of the senators classed as Ite
iniliHcnus are urogresslvo In prluclple,
among whom may be mentioned Works,
California; Borah, Idaho; Cummins and
Keuyon, Iowa; F.iistow, Kansas; Ster- J
ling,' South Dakota; Clapp, Minnesota:
Xorrls, Nebraska; Uremia, North Da-'
kota, and T.a Toilette, Wisconsin.
Mv own forecast of the new senate
is that it will contain about fifty Dem
ocrat., forty-four Ilepubltcans and two
ir,i'i'uK'i imrtv men. with at least
ten of the Kepublicans and the two I
Progressives liable to break over and
vote for Democratic tariff bills and
other radical measures.
The old senators who have been re
elected are as follows: Democrats
John H. Bankhcnd, Alabama; A. O. Ba
con, Georgia, now alternating with
Galllnger as president pro tern.; I M.
Simmons, North Carolina; K. L. Owen,
Oklahoma; B. It. Tillman, North Caro
lina, and Thomas S. Martin, Virginia,
present minority leader. Republicans
r-Willlam E. Borah, Idaho; William S.
Kenyon, Iowa; Wllllaiu Alden Smith.
Michigan, and Knute Nelson, Minneso
ta. It is significant that all of the re
elected Itepublicans, except Smith of
Michigan, have been classed at some
time or another ns Insurgents.
The new senators so far elected fol
low, with a line about each:
John F. Shafroth, Democrat, Colo
i rado. has been governor for four years
nnd prior to that time was a repre
sentative in congress. Mr. Shafroth
gained national fame by voluntarily
relinouishlmr his congress seat, al
though elected by nearly 3.000 majori
ty, because he became convinced that
by ChleluTlng Co.
LE BAIION II. COi
GOVERNORS TO BE IN PARADE
Many States to Send Unifarmed Na
tional Guardsmen Procession Will
Be Monster Affair How Officials
Will Be Given Oath Senators Elect
to Be Sworn In Formally.
With several states arranging to send
additional troops of militia to partici
pate In the inaugural ceremonies, the
Inaugural committee recently estimated
hat fully 20.000 national guardsmen
would be in lino March 4 as n part of
the excort to President Elect Wilson.
Thirteen governors of states and the
members of their staff will ride In the
parade, according to definite assur
ances received by the committee, while
the executives of at least three com
monwealths have the matter under ad
visement. Pennsylvania and Georgia will send
additional troops. In addition to tho
First and Second infantry of the
Georgia mllltla that state will be rep
resented by the Fifth Infantry of At
lanta, numbering about &00 men and
commanded by Colonel E. E. Pomeroy.
Tim First and Second Infantry will
bo composed of 400 men each, so that
Georgia will havo 1.300 men in ttne.
2,500 Militiamen From Pennsylvania.
Tho additional Pennsylvania eutries
Indicate that that commonwealth will
bj represented iu the parade by about
2.500 militiamen. Nothing definite has
liwn heard from New Jersey, but It is
expected that Governor Wilson's state
will send all of Its national guardsmen
to Washington for tho Inaugural cere
monies. In this event New Jersey will
have the largest representation of mi
litiamen In the parade. Pennsylvania
probably will send the second largest
body.of state troops, with Massachu
setts ranking a close third. Virginia
and Maryland will bo represented by
from I.Sikj to 2,KH) militiamen eacn
The governors who have giv
nlte promise that they w
parade are those o
Arrangements Made For20.000
A MOVEMENT IN SCALPS.
One of Them, Though, For Good Rea
son, Was Firmly Fixed.
One day when Professor Powell was
hearing the class in anatomy he was
Jescribing the manner in which the
various muscle of the sculp perform
heir sex oral functions, says ex-Governor
Theodore T. Ucer, reminiscent of
his s. h'ii'kl i.vs in "Fifty Years In Ore
gon." To make the subject clearer the
professor told the members of the class
to move their sculps by aid of the mus
rles without moving the head and pro
j -ceded to load the way by giving a per
sona 1 demonstration.
lie had a shaggy head of hair and
ould turn his scalp almost halfway
rounJ his head. The success that at-lend-.-d
his maiden effort was so nston-
W!.Hi-ly complete that it brought forth
,i ivir'of laughter, in which tho pro-
fc-s.ir heartily Joined, although his
iom:!i was where his right eye usually
was and his ears were under his chin
When order was finally restored each
member of the class tried It. with vary
lug degress of success. But Tom Nik
tin's effort was a hopeless failure, al
thoueh his superhuman attempts to
move his sculp xvero ns laughable as
Professor Powell's grotesque success
hd been. Finally, after the poor roi
low had made all tho oblique grimaces
the class could endure, the professor
"Thomnw. what is the matter with
"I don't know, sir." replied Tom, "un
less I am the only one in tho room
whose head is so full of brains that
they crowd bis scalp."
SLEEP OF THE ELEPHANT.
What Little There la Seems, as Rule
to Be Taken Standing.
It Is doubted whether, in the wild
state, elephants ever He down. Gordon
Cuuinilng thought he had found evi
dence iu marks upon tho ground that
tho adult bulls did stretch themselves
out at full length for a few hours' rest
at about midnight, but he contended
that tho young and the cows always
remained on their feet.
Another authority, Selous, has ex
pressed doubt whether even the old
bulls lie dowu. He tells or oue ucru
that was known to have kept mov
and feeding throughout the
four hours. "Except
mud and waterji
lllt fill X
IN WALKING CLUB
Gaynor. Ma and Windmul-
ter Out For a Record.
CARNEGIE MAY JOIN IT,
Combined Age of Charter Member la
367 Years No Sympathy For "Old
Men" Who Ride About In Motorcar.
Founder Tells How to Walk and En
joy It In All Weather.
Nexv York. The most exclusive, dis
tinguished and enthusiastic walking
club in America has Just been organ
ized here The charter members are
Mayot Gayuor, Joseph n. Chonte. for
mer ambassador to Great P.ritaln: Wil
liam B Ilornbloxver. John E. Parsons,
the Nestor of the New York bar. and-
Louls Wlndmuller. while a few t
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liiliiil..vtni mul utiles vl
senate Insurgo to;
tied their e
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