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JULY 31, X908
UNDER DATE of Hot Springs, Va., July 20,
tho New York World prints this dispatch:
"Melville E. Ingalls, formerly president of tho
Big Four and the Chesapeake and Ohio rail
roads, and still heavily interested in them and
in other roads, said today that it will make
little difference to tho railroads of the country
who is elected president this fall. 'If it is
Bryan,' he said, 'there will ho a of a time
up there in Wall Street for a month, and then
things will return to normal. If Taft is elected
there will not ho any disturbance, but in a
month after election it will come to tho same
thing, so far as tho railroads are concerned, with
either the winner. Taft is a wise man, a great
man and of judicial temperament. There is no
doubt that he will pursue the Roosevelt policies,
. but ho will not talk as Roosevelt has done.
After all, it was Roosevelt's talking and not
his policies that did harm. It must be admitted
that Roosevelt is wild for a president of the
United States. He has not yet sobered. It is
nonsense to say that the election of any man
will wreck the country. Andrew Johnson and
Theodore Roosevelt put a great strain on It,
but they were unable to affect it beyond quick
recovery. One Qf my reasons for supporting
Bryan is that I am tired of hearing the panicky
talk about his election raising Ned with our
prosperity, I don't believe it. Anyhow, I am
boy enough still to want to try it and, see. Be
sides, I believe that the moment Bryan entered
the White House he would become a sober and
conservative statesman.' "
FROM ALL sections of Indiana come good re
ports. Tho Louisville Courier-Journal
prints a dispatch from Shelbyville, Ind., as fol
lows: "John J. Wingate, tho veteran editor
of the. Shelbyville Daily News, one of the best
known andmoBt influential newspaper men in "
the state, is firm in his belief that Taft will
not carry Indiana and that Tom Marshall will
be elected governor. He has voted for every
republican nominee for president from Lincoln
down to Roosevelt. 'Republican prospects for
success in Indiana look gloomy,' remarked Mr.
Wingate today. 'To my mind, the political bat
tle in Indiana has yet to be won, with the
chances most favorable to the democracy. They
have np entangling alliances. Harmony exists in
every congressional district. Bryan and Kern
are immensely popular with Indiana democrats.
They will poll more votes than any other dem
ocratic ticket that could have been nominated.
But how is it with the republicans? The steam
roller at Chicago seems to have taken all of the
enthusiasm out of the state organization. The
Indiana republicans received a slap in the face
at Chicago which crushed their pride and cut
their feathers in an alarming manner. They
are certainly without hope, at least for this cam
paign. They have been given notice that they
are not wanted, and have been ordered to tho
rear to repent in sackcloth and ashes for having
the audacity to oppose Mr. Roosevelt's pet can
didate for the presidency. Then they have other
troubles to grieve over and discourage them,
among them a weak state ticket, with the can
didate for governor in bad repute with the labor
organizations, the old soldiers and the temper
ance people. The campaign opens with the re
publicans on the defensive, and it is bound to
continue along that line until election day.' "
WRITING FROM Columbus, Ohio, Walter
Wellman, correspondent for the Chicago
Record-Herald, says: "Ohio is fighting ground
in the presidential contest of this year. The
republican leaders expect to carry the state.
But they are not as sure of it as they would
like to be." Mr. Wellman adds: "There are
many things which make the republican lead
ers realize they have their work cut out for
them in carrying Taft's state for Taft. Bryan
is and always has been strong in this state.
Both in 1896 and 1900 he polled more votes
than were ever before or since cast for another
democrat in this commonwealth. McKir ley's
margin over him was not large. Bryan is be
lieved to;be.,str.onger rqw'tthan ever, before, on.
his personality,, on theifactifhat voters no longer
think ho is a dangerous revolutionist, a scatter
brained adventurer. There are now no gold
democrats. Judge Harmon, the democratic can
didate for governor, has a big chance to win,
and it is believed he will carry Hamilton county
(Cincinnati) by a largo plurality. If he does
ho is likely to help Bryan. Tho rank and file of
the Cox organization in Cincinnati are not en
thusiastic over Taft. The labor vote is going
more democratic this year than for some time
past. Many people are out of work in the man
ufacturing cities and towns, or working on short
time, with living expenses high, and the party
in power is sure to suffer from this source.
And there are tho colored voters. They hold
tho balance of power in this state. I asked a
republican leader what the colored voto was
going to do this year and he replied: 'God
knows. I hope wo shall hold the most of them.
Many will get away. And a considerable sharo
of those wo do hold we shall have to buy. Wo
do not like the way they act. They are too
silent. They don't come around kicking. They
are not saying a word, And that looksbad.'flt1
provide for the timo when he should decido
to quit all work."
R. TAFT recently visited Mr. Rooaovelt at
Oyster Bay and newwmpor dlsimtchaH
said that ho went there for tho purpoao of hav
ing Mr. Roosevelt look over his speech of ac
ceptance. These reporta moved the Omaha
World-Herald to nay: "Mr. Taft has trekked
across a wide expanso of country to tako his
speech of acceptance to tho prosido;.t of tho
United States, lay It before him, and ask hjs
assistance in rounding it Into shape. It Is told
that Mr. Taft reached tho conclusion to go to
the president and get his help at tho rather un
usual hour of four in tho morning, after an in
terchange of telegrams with Mr. Roosovolt. Wo, !
take it, theroforo, that Judge Taft was up 'all '
night wrestling with tho problem whether to
depend on himself for his own letter of accep
tance, or to take it to god-father. Finally, how
over, he decided to take It to god-father. The
Associated Press dispatch which carries tho 'in-
seems clear to me that Ohio is fightinriogroXi'h'a, Interesting news says, rightly enough, that it MW
with tho odds considerably in favor '"dNTafthbift' 'iregardcd as having a number of significant feat-'.'
with an upset always to be considered Jtfofeglbl&'J Jinurca from a political viewpoint.' It has, 'sure
'enouKii! it nronablv meana that, hav nc tint'
ishod with the speech of acceptance, Preside'
JUDGE GROSSCUP, who delivered the deci
sion in the Standard Oil case, is soon to
retire from the federal bench. The Chicago
Tribune says: "Judge Peter S. Grosscup's ex
pected retirement from tho federal bench was
the reason given and generally accepted last
evening for the quick decision of the federal
court of appeals in tho Standard Oil case. Tho
report was to the effect that the judge desired
to clear up his docket so he can resign and
.practice law as sootf as possible. That the
judge has been anxiotis for some time to leave
the bench and return to. private, practice has
been known to his close friends. Tho bench has
nothing more to offer him in the way of honors,
the work has become irksome, and tho pay is
unquestionably small as compared with what
he could earn at. the bar, especially in corpora
tion law. But up to the present time the un
finished work in the court of appeals has inter
fered with his resigning. He has steadfastly
denied that his resignation has already boon
tendered to the department of justice and the
president, and there is no doubt this statement
is strictly correct. But ho has never denied that
his resignation might be forthcoming at some
time in the future, and it is now asserted In
legal and business circles that he may he able
to get out this summer or early autumn, so
that, his successor can take hold when court
opens in October. Now the judge's docket is
practically clear of large matters; at least there
Is nothing now before the court which another
judge could not handle as well as he. For a
long time the troubles of the Union Traction
company engaged his attention. It was a serloug
tangle, and he had assumed the task of bringing
order out of the extremely mixed situation. If
the plans of reorganization which finally pre
vailed were to go through his continued pres
ence on the bench was necessary. But that case
is all settled now and out of court. Then there
arose the appeal from the decision of Jud,ge
Landis in the Standard Oil case. But that case
was decided yesterday; decided out of turn and
before instead of after the summer vacation, to
the great surprise of every one, and this leaves
the judge practically foot free. He himself
wrote the decision. The receivership proceed
ings in tho Strawboard case are yet before him,
but that matter can easily be passed up to his
successor. That Judge Grosscup has had many
tempting offers to leave the bench and re-enter
private practice is known. The most notable
instance was when he was importuned to tako
the Northern Securities case for James J. Hill,
but refused because the Union Traction troubles
were then on liis hands. That if ho did quit
the bench and become a practicing lawyer once
more he could at once make an Income far in
excess of his salary as judge is acknowledged
on all hands. It is said he would devote him
self to corporation law. He ig yet an active
man and would have every right to expect that
.during the years, ofv his remaining activity he
.'could accumulate a r-fortung which would amply
T?rnanvolf nrl71 tnlrn nn lilo iinlnn'ii IHr.-. ' ''
acceptance and help him round that into sliapd.
The more important speeches that. Judge Taft'
may be called on to make, in the course of tlio
campaign, will also most likely bo submitted1 ,,,CM
for tho presidential scrutiny and revision. Tho
question naturally arises, will Taft, if olectod,
be 'able to. write his own messages and state1
papors? What If there should bo a message to
send to congress while Mr. Roosevelt was away
killing tigers in Darkest Africa? This thing
of having a hand-made president might con
ceivably have its discrepancies. Teddy is a first-..
class adviser, we graint, but ho can't always ; .
be hanging 'round. It vouJdn't do to mako :
him a regent, exactly, and keep him constantly
in hailing distance of the White House. He'll
bo away at least part of tho time, therefore,
and an emergency might arise while ho wast m...
gone. What would Mr. Taft do then? It is; f,
easy to see that contingencies might arise whori? u -it
would be advantageous to have a president . .
who was president in his own nght."
-NE OF THE touching references to "Undo"
J Remus" is made by tho Houston (Texa)
Chronicle in this way: "No more will Uncle '
Remus toll his delightful stories to the Little'
Boy. Brer Rabbit and Brer Fox and Brer B'ar;
aro masterless. They are withdrawing into the
wood's deep shadows, stricken with a sense - of v
loss. The Little Boy seeks his mother's arms,'
demanding to know tho answer to tho age-old
riddle, death. Where has Uncle Remus gone?
Out on the free winds of heaven, child. Do yoii
remember that song of Mr. Harris' that we used';:
to chant, the one that had these lines for a fre-'1
'My honey, my loye, my heart's delight,
Hit's a mighty fur walk on a rainy night '
Lemme in, lemme in.'
It may be, Little Boy, indeed we venture to say
it is true, that while the soul of the great author
goes upon its long journey to the stars, the
spirit of Uncle Remus, whom he summoned up
to serve him so many years, is traveling toward
the shade of an ancient cabin, where it knew
youth and the joys of youth, yearning and
My honey, my love, my heart's delight
Hit's a mighty fur walk on a rainy night
Lemme in, lemme in.'
And into the ghostly shadow of that ancient
cabin old Uncle Remus Is going to enter and
find the spirit of the one he loved best when ho
was young, before Mr. Harris caught him up
and put him into the book. You l er tired of
hearing him tell stories, Little Boy, but who
knows?- maybe he was weary of telling them.
Maybe all the while his thoughts w,ere turned
toward the. past, and he was waiting, or tho
signal of release. Anyhow, he's.gqpq ljpnie now, ..
and ho won't come back any raorpi" . t,
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