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MARCH 8, 1912
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A Tacoma, Wash., dispatch, car
ried by the Associated Press says:
In an address at the Tacoma theater,
packed to capacity, "William Jen
nings Bryan attacked Colonel Roose
velt, declaring his opposition to a
third term, consecutive or other
wise, recommended Senator La Fol
lette to his republican hearers if it
was a progressive they desired, and
declared the Taft administration un
paralleled for "great reforms in
which the president had no part."
The Nebraskan contended that
Roosevelt's statement that he would
not attack the Taft administration
could not be harmonized with the
announcement of his candidacy.
"He can not excuse his candi
dacy," the speaker Baid, "except on
the theory that Mr. Taft'e adminis
tration has been a failure."
William Dean Howells a novelist,
celebrated his seventy-fifth birthday
him to resume the leadership of his
party can only result in his nomina
tion by the national convention. The
rank and file of the republican voters
have once before followed hira to vic
tory and are .now convinced that his
leadership is absolutely necessary to
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An order whicb. is said to apply to
evry shop along the Rock Island
system went into effect when 50 per
cent of the employes in the local re
pair shops were laid off.
South Carolina republicans repre
senting one faction, elected four
delegates at large to the republican
national convention instructing them
for -Mr. Taft.
Senator Joseph N. Dickson of Mon
tana has been chosen as the manager
of Theodore Roosevelt's political
campaign. The headquarters will be
at Washington with branches in New
York and Chicago. Senator Dick
son has issued the following state
ment: "For more than fifty years
the republican party, responsive to
the demands of a majority of the
voters of this country, has controlled
the policies of the nation. This ex
traordinary lease of delegated power
from the people has only followed
the response of its leaders to the
intelligent demands of political
growth and progress. A political
party can only retain power when its
leadership can command a vote of
confidence from the people them
selves. "Four years ago by more than a
million majority the republican party
was given a new lease of power.
Next November we must again sub
mit our claim for stewardship of the
"The lack of positive leadership
during the past three years has
turned a republican majority of
sixty In the house of representatives
into an adverse democratic majority
of seventy; has changed a two-thirds
vote of the senate into bare political
control of that -body and temporarily
has lost control of a dozen republican
states of the north and west. The
lack of leadership, of statesmanship,
has produced a condition of business
bewilderment which has halted the
prosperity of the whole country.
There can bo no cure for this indus
trial stagnation unless we substitute
a policy of progressive and construc
tive legislation which shall meet
modern conditions with modern laws.
These alarming conditions challenge
the sober attention of every jepubll
can who hopes for success in the
coming presidential election.
"These are the things that have
caused a nation-wide movement for
the nomination of Theodore Roose
velt, no the nrmdidate for president.
The overwhelming demand of the
masses of the republican voters for
The first Roosevelt delegates
elected were chosen by the republi
can convention at Excelsior Springs,
Mo. Their seats will be, however,
contested by Taft delegates.
The Washington state republican
committee rejected the presidential
primary plan and then proceeded to
the indorsement of President's Taft's
administration. The state conven
tion will be held May 13th. The
Roosevelt league will meet at Seattle
contemplated was perfectly legal,
wouldn't you say to him just the
same, 'Well, go and see what the
administration thinks about it?' "
It was an account of a lot of men
coming together and working to pre
vent a common disaster that Ledyard
On the Sunday night when Led-!
yard went to Morgan's library there '
had been a number of conferences
between Judge Gary, Frick and Mor
gan. "Morgan told mo," said the lawyer
"that they went to Washington to
tell tho president about the situa
tion. "I stayed there until 5 o'clock in
the morning with Morgan. Then he
told me to go home and got some
sleep and come back by 8:30, an he
expected to hear from Washington
about 9 by long distance. 1 went
home but I could not sleep. I got
a cup of coffee and a bath, and came
back. Morgan said ho had had a fine
sleep, and a good breakfast and felt
very well. Ho waited for a long
time, but no word came. It finally
reached us through tho downtown
office some timo before 3 o'clock that
"What was the message?" asked
"The result wcib, as I understand
it, that there would bo no objection.
T don't want that moBsage to be
tnkon literally. I only know that tho
government would not feel that its
duty was to attack this transaction.
I never nskod Judge Gary of Mr.
Frick and they never talked to mo
Hwedi'nlwnr'M rmit work on tho llfo ftruir death.
4(W piu'cw only 15 rniiff. portirald. rnnr LANUKN
UKU015H. Windsor Place. t-U Louto, Mo.
The labor troubles at Lawrence,
Mass., have been temporarily dis
In Great Britain 800,000 coal
miners are out on a strike.
THEY WAITED ALL NIGHT FOR IT
New York dispatch to the Los
Angeles Tribune: Lewis Cass Led
yard went on the stand before the
congressional committee that is look
ing into steel matters in New York
with the assertion that he was there
to tell all he knew about the United
States Steel corporation's purchase
of Tennessee Coal and Iron stock.
Before he had finished. Ledyard
told of sitting up in J. P. Morgan's
library until 5 o'clock of the morn
ing that Judge Gary and Frick saw
ex-President Roosevelt, and of re
turning later in the day to hear
that there would not be any federal
Interference in the transaction. He
told of the anxiety that Morgan felt
over the impending failure of Moore
& Schley, and of how three men put
together enough collateral to give
each of them a cash credit' of $1,
000,000 with the Morgan house, as
a guaranty fund to see that the
Tennessee deal was carried through.
It was Ledyard who first went to
Morgan in the matter. He was
brought into the transaction when
the situation of Moore & Schley was
explained to him by Col. Oliver H.
Payne, one of his clients, who owned
10,000 shares in the Tennessee Coal
and Iron syndicate and who also held
something like 15,000 additional
shares as collateral for loans with
embarrassed brokerage firms.
When he explained to tho com
mittee about -all the safeguards that
were taken to make the deal suc
cessful and had expressed his opin
ion that there never was a shadow of
doubt in his mind about its legality
because to him it seemed that the
United States Steel corporation was
the natural purchaser, Congressman
M. W. Littleton wanted to know why
it was necessary to sound the attitude
of the government.
"You and I are practical men, Mr.
Littleton," said he.
"Do you mean that in the current
meaning of the word?" asked the
congressman with a laugh that be
"I mean that you are a' man or
common sense, in the best meaning,"
was the answer. "Now, I ask you, if
a man came to you and Bald ho would
accomplish something by a certain
means and you believed that what he
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