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(Continued from Pago 12)
tonight that an offer of a cabinet
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Burton of Cleveland had been with
drawn by Mr. Taft and would not
be renewed. Mr. Burton had been
mentionod as the probable secretary
of the treasury and it is said that
the portfolio had been definitely
offered to him. The statement fol
lowed a conference of Mr. Taft with
several republican leaders from Ohio.
Mr. Burton, it is believed, will now
make an active contest in the Ohio
The United States supreme court
has allowed the widow of the late
Robert G. Ingersoll ?138,000 for
Colonel Ingersoll's services in the famous-
Andrew Davis cwill case.
President Roosevelt Would
Prosecute for Sedition
Special Message to Congress to Which Members Generally Refer as
"Hottest One Yet," and at Which Solemn Senators Boldly Laugh
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addition to all. his dther quarrels,
President Roosevelt now has dn his
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people of Washington. The presi
dent's recommendations to congress,
made in a. special message: today
that the government of the national
capital be changed from a board o
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I power.' intrusted to a governor, is
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with it. In many respects
Washington has been known as .hav
ing a model municipal government
and has been rated as such by many
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ident Roosevelt's penchant for re
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believe, led him too far, and they
are more discontented because they
think there is a gas monopoly scheme
behind the whole matter. No one
believes Congress will make the
changes which the president recom
mends. In fact, the most cbmmon
topic of conversation at the national
capital is the strained relations which
exist between President Roosevelt
and the national legislature and the
apparent determination of the latter
to do none of the things which the
president asks them to do. This
unfortunate ending of a brilliant ad
ministration is generally deplored,
though great differences of opinion
are found as to where the fault
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velt sent to congress a special- mes
sage to which members refer as "the
hottest one yet."
Referring to tho reception of this
message in congress the Associated
The president's Panama canal mes
sage was read-in the senate today and
its reading was received with loud
laughter by some of the senators.
As the secretary read the state
ment that the charges, were "false
in every particular1' Senator Bailey
laughed" outright as ho was passing
along the rear of the chamber to his
seat. Other senators on both sides
of the" chamber joined, with'liirh, and.
when the reader reached the "state
ment that a statement in a newspaper
which, he mentioned would, not be
believed there was general merri
ment from both sides of the cham
ber. The message elicited tha greatest
interest in the house. The members
gave close attention during the read
ing of the document and there was
a' ripple of- laughter over tho- presi
dent's characterization', of. Joseph
Pulltizer, publisherrbf ithe New York
The message in part runs as fol
lows: "In view of the constant reitera
tion of the assertion that there was
some corrupt action by, or on behalf
of the United States government, in
connection with the acquisition of
the title of the French company to
the Panama canal, and of the repeti
tion of the story that a syndicate of
American citizens owned either one
or both of the Panama companies. I
deem it wise to submit to congress
all the information I have on the
"These stories were first brought
to my attention as published in a
paper in Indianapolis, called the
News, edited by Mr. Delavan Smith.
The stories were scurrilous and libel
ous In character and false in every
essential particular. Mr. Smith shel
ters himself behind the excuse that
he merely accepted the statements
which had appeared in a paper pub
lished In New York, the World,
owned by Mr. Joseph Pulitzer,
"It is idle to say that the known
character of Pulitzer and his news
paper are such that the statements
in that paper will be believed by
nobody; unfortunately, thousands of
persons are ill-informed in this re
spect, and believe the statements
they see in print, even thouKh they
appear in a newspaper published by
Mr. Pulitzer. A member of con
gress has actually introduced a reso
lution in reference to these charges.
I therefore lay all the facts before
Here the president recites the va
rious charges, including those
against Charles P. Taft, brother of
William H. Taft, and Douglas Rob
inson, the president's brother-in-law,
of participation in the $40,000,000
purchase fund and proceeds, saying:
"These statements sometimes ap
peared in the editorials; sometimes
in the shape of contributions from
individuals, either unknown or
known to bo of bad character. They
are false in every particular from be
ginning to end. The wickedness of
tho slanders is only surpassed by
their fatuity. So utterly baseless are
the stories that apparently they rep
resent in part merely material col
lected for campaign purposes, and
in part stories originally concocted
with a view of possible blackmail.
Charles P. Taft, for instance, ovi.
dently supposed that at some period
of the Panama canal purchase, Mr.
W. H. Taft was secretary of war',
whereas, in reality, Mr. Taft never
became secretary of war until long
after the whole transaction in ques
tion had be6n closed. Mr. Robinson
had not the slightest connection, di
rectly or indirectly, of any kind or
sort, with any phase of the Panama
.transaction, from beginning to end.
"Now these-stories; .as- a matter ot
fact; need- no Investigation whatever.
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