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tCH 1, 1912
our sincere belief and best judgment as to
t is demanded of you in the interests of the
le asa wholo, and we feel that you would
unresponsive to a plain public duty if you
id decline to accept the nomination as tho
ntary expression of the wishes of a majority
the republican voters of the United States,
ugh the action of their delegates .in tho next
onal convention. Yours truly,
"WILLLIAM E. GLASSCOCK,
"CHESTER H. ALDRICH,
"ROBERT P. BASS,
"JOSEPH M. CAREY,
',.. "CHASE S. OSBORN,
;y "W. R. STUBBS,
"HERBERT S. HADLEY.
ijSnS2je Honorable Theodore Roosevelt,
New York, N. Y."
Washington. Feb. 25. NfiWHrmnprn finrl thA
' &P.es of Washington correspondents wore be-
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h .flwone calls from politicians and statesmen ask-
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s-,y,;, w wnai uoionei jttooseveit naa to say.
f .,.&, -4rimin tiio liar, or anxious orrllfirs worn Rovnrjil
isevelt boomers who had recently called on
former president and to whom it was sup
ed advance information of his intentions had
h given. It was evident that few were pre
ed for the crisp, unequivocal statement from
j colonel that he was a candidate for tho re-
: -ranoncan nomination.
President Taft was given a copy of .his pre
ssor s letter, but he would make no com-
nt. White house officials were reticent but
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.f'(P"7 maae no attempt to disguise tneir interest.
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pbjivw tan iu.uifjui(,u uuictiu vy no uuia luuigui,
EKrector William B. McKinley having left Wash
ington at noon for Chicago.
ffhe only remark emanating from the presi
dent during the day that at all bore upon tho
tenie political situation was made to a senator
'$who. asked that his name be not used. It was
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has been only in the last fortnight that
P.regident Taft has -been willing to admit to his
tyfc friends that he believed Colonel Roose-Mpw-ould
enter the race against him for the
notalnation. It is doubtful whether up to the
minute he was fully convinced that any
ouncement coming from his predecessor
Id be without a string attached.
That President Taft was deerjlv hurt to know
&frpm now on he must engage in an open contest
;iamsi tiie man unaer wnom ne naa servea tor
many years became known soon after the Roose-
lt letter was made public. The relations be
tween Colonel Roosevelt and Mr. Taft when the
wttter servea as secretary or war were very close.
President Taft refused to believe that Colonel
Roosevelt would oppose him for a renoraination,
and his conviction that the colonel would turn
at, deaf ear to all who urged that he become a
candidate was known to all .Mr. Taft's friends.
These friends have pointed out that Secretary of
ar Stimson. who ran for Governor of New York
with Mr. Roosevelt, as his most conspicuous
packer, and also Secretary of the Navy Meyer,
HBBKwho was in the Roosevelt cabinet and one of
his chief close counsellors, were in the Taft
official family. It has been a matter of every
day comment that Secretaries Stimson and
Meyer have been- frequent visitors to Colonel
Roosevelt's offices in New York or his home at
Oyster Bay. These were accepted as proof that
Taft and Roosevelt were not wholly estranged..
MR. BRYAN AT DENVER
Mr. Bryan spoke in the hall of representatives
In the state capital building at Denver, February'
23rd. The meeting was presided over by Gover
nor Shafroth. Mr. Bryan was introduced by
former Governor Thomas. Following is an ex
tract from the report of the Denver News:
Hurling forth with all tho intensity of his
wonderful oratory, the demand of the American
people for reform measures, 'emphasizing re
peatedly his backing of a progressive man for
the presidency, tearing to shreds the records and
the promises of Taft and Roosevelt, and flay
ing Governor Judson Harmon for his opposi
tion to the initiative and referendum and other
progressive measures, William Jennings Bryan
enthralled a crowd that filled the house cham
ber in the state capitol for two hours last night.
At times holding spell-bound the audience
with intense earnestness and then speaking with
stinging sarcasm, Bryan rocked the great crowd
as he never before has controlled a crowd in
Denver, even with all the excitement and en
thusiasm of a presidential campaign.
Bryan delivered an address on national ques
tions filled with predictions of what present de-
(Fac-Slmile from tho New York World, February Oth).
SILENT ON THE VITAL
QUESTIONS OF THE DAY
SUBMITTED BY THE WORLD
Ohio Governor Declines to Answer Queries Presented to Him in Ohio
"I Have Made It a Rule to Decline to Answer Such Questions in Ad
vance of the National Convention."
A World reporter was sent to Columbus, O., a few days ago to submit to Judson
Harmon, governor of that state and candidate for tho democratic nomination for
the presidency, a list of ton questions covoring as many issues of party importanco.
These questions were read to Governor Harmon in hiB office at tho Ohio state capi
tol in this order:
1. What is your opinion of tho man
ner in which the republican party has
handled the tariff during the last three
years? What action should the demo
crats take, in your opinion?
2. Do you believe that the Sherman
anti-trust law has been adequately en
forced by recent republican administra
tions? If not, what has been lacking
in their handling of it?
3. Do you still believe that "guilt is
personal" in violations of that law?
4. What should be tho proper atti
tude of the government in dealing with
5. WU1 it be possible for the exercise
of greater economy in the administra-.
tion of the service without impairing its
efficiency? Would you undertake any
notable reforms in this respect?
G. As between the two wingB of tho
democratic party which havo been in
dlsputo tho Bryan (radical) and the
eastern (conservative) which do you
think most strikingly appeals to tho
7. Do you think the general attitude
of tho republicans has really injured
business interests? In what respect as
shown by specific interests? What
remedy would you suggest?
8. What is your position relative to
tho initiative and referendum and re
call, with particular reference to the
recall of tho judiciary?
9. What changes, if any, do you favor
in tho present policy of tho government
in dealing with its colonial obligations,
with particular reference to Porto Rico
and tho Philippines?
10. To what extent do you believe
Tho Hague Tribunal should control in
Governor Harmon listened to the reading of tho questions and said: "I have
made it a rule to decline to answer such questions in advance of tho national pon
vention." The World reporter urged him to reconsider his declination to reply directly to
the World's questions. He was informed that Governor Woodrow Wilson of New
Jersey, Speaker Champ Clark of Missouri and Congressman Oscar Underwood of
Alabama, all of whom are aspirants for the democratic presidential nomination, had
given in detail their views on public questions submitted by the World. Governor
Harmon, nowever, pereiBieuiu. ma uuuuuuliuu.
(Editorial in New York World, February 19).
A BAD PRECEDENT.
"I haye made it a rule to decline to answer such questions in advance of the National
Convention," said Gov. Harmon of Ohio to a correspondent of Tho World. The Governor
was referring to a list of questions printed elsewhere in today's issue of Tho World which
have been discussed in detail by Gov. Wilson, Mr. Underwood and other leading demo
crats. In 1904 Judge Parker refused to answer questions in advance of tho National Con
vention or to define his attitude on the issues of the campaign. He took the same posi
tion that Gov. .Harmon now takes. When the votes were counted Mr. Roosevelt's popular
plurality was 2,545,515, and the returns showed that nearly 1,300,000 democrats who
supported Mr. Bryan in 1900 had refused to support Judge Parker.
This year it is certain that the democratic party will insist on a candidate for. president
whose opinions are not wrapped in mystery. If Gov. Harmon expects to be nominated
ho will havo to speak out.
mands will accomplish. He declared 'that there
were times when ho believed himself to be the
strongest candidate and had accepted the nomi
nation but he frankly, said that he believed that
he was not the strongest candidate now.
"But I will go out and fight for a progressive
democrat with all the earnestness that I -ever
fought for myself," declared the great com
moner. There were several times during the speech
when the crowd shouted its approval. One of
these was when he exclaimed:
"There has not been a campaign m which I
was a candidate that I would not have been
elected but for the Money trust."
Again came thla tromendoug shout of ap
proval, when, in speaking of Harmon, Bryan
"I am opposed to any man being our standard
bearer who speaks for retreat and would fight
from tho rear."
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