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NOVEMBER 15, 1912
There was no break in the "solid south."
State-wide prohibition was defeated in Colo
rado. The socialist vote will exceed one million, the
largest in the history of the party.
At the recent election West Virginia adopted
state-wide prohibition by an enormous majority.
Governor Stubbs, Roosevelt leader, was de
feated for the senate in Kansas by William PI.
Sereno E. Payne, author of the present tariff
law, was re-elected in his New York "district by
a largely reduced majority.
Senator Joseph Dixon, Mr. Roosevelt's cam
paign manager, was defeated for re-election to
the senate from Montana by Thomas J. Walsh,
On the day following election the Standard
Oil company of Kansas declared a regular
dividend of $3.00 a share and an extra dividend
of $2.00 a share.
Nicholas Longworth, son-in-law of Theodore
Roosevelt, was defeated in his candidacy for re
election to congress in Ohio. Stanley Bowlle,
democrat, was elected.
Nebraska adopted the amendment to the state
constitution providing for the initiative and
referendum, it also adopted the amendment pro
viding for state board of control.
Mrs. Helen V. Scott of Tacoma, was a candi
date for presidential elector on the progressive
ticket in the state of Washington. She received
the largest vote of any on the ticket.
Wilson carried probably 40 states, more than
any other candidate ever carried, and will have
above 434 votes in the electoral college the
greatest number ever given to any man.
The standing of the next house of representa
tives on present returns is: Democrats, 252;
republicans, 88; progressives, 6. Districts in
doubt and unreported, 89. The democrats will
get most of- them.
Illinois loses three dyed-in-the-wool stand-pat
republicans in Cannon, McKinley and Roden
berg. It was "Uncle Joe's" first defeat In 22
years. Indiana loses Crumpacker, the sole re
publican it had in congress.
James Manahan of Minnesota, who became
famous for his attack upon Pullman sleeping car
rates and express company rates was elected to
congress from Minnesota on the republican and
Taft carried fewer states than any candidate
of a leading party and will have but 12 votes, by
far the lowest number ever given a candidate for
re-election. He carried Idaho, Utah, and Ver
mont, each having four votes.
The result in West Virginia means the re
tirement from the United Stateb senate of
Clarence W. Watson and the election of a re
publican in his place. Governor Wilson carried
the state by 40,000, but the republicans elected
the governor and captured the legislature.
Roosevelt will have about 90 votes. On the
face of the unofficial returns, he carried Michi
gan, Minnesota, California, Pennsylvania, South
Dakota and Washington.
The "seven little governors" who made a pil
grimage early last spring to Oyster Bay and
asked Colonel Roosevelt to be a candidate were
from Michigan, New Hampshire, Missouri,
Kansas, Nebraska, Illinois and California. These
were then republican states, but since election
Michigan is the sole survivor and it is bull
moose now all the others went democratic.
Roosevelt has called on the progfesslve party
to meet in Chicago, December 10, to make plans
for the future. Taft has a plan to resuscitate
the republican party by organizing a national re
publican club to preserve loyalty. He predicts
Wilson has troubles ahead with a congress on his
hands inclined to insurgency.
Illinois will bo represented by democratic sena
tors for the first time in many years. Unless
the bull moosers hold the balance of power, J.
Ham Lewi3 has the nomination to succeed Cul
lom and a successor is to be chosen for Lorimer.
In Nebraska the democrats elected John H.
Morehead governor and captured the lower
house of the legislature. The republicans and
progressives elected George W. Norrls senator,
and won a majority in the state senate The
democrats re-elected three present members of
congress and the republicans and progressives
won the other threo members.
Congress will bo democratic in both branches
for the first time sinco 1892. For the first
time in many years several states will have
democratic legislatures and 42 United States
senators are to be elected this winter. Tho demo
crats hope to gain 10, enough to control as tho
body stands. If Illinois should fail to cloct two
because of a dead-lock, eight will give the demo
crats full sway.
A writer in tho St. Louis Post-Dispatch says:
The election shows that New York, Pennsylvania
Massachusetts and other eastern states aro no
longer indispensablo to tho winning party. Wil
son could have. been electod without tho eastern
states. It was distinctively a western victory,
showing that the west can tako care of itself in
future national contests. The eastern states
have lost their dictatorial position In national
An Associated Press dispatch from Washing
ton says: Tho positive announcement of the
success of Harry Lane, the democratic candldato
for the senate In Oregon, assures democratic
control of the upper house of congress and places
both branches of the national legislature and
the presidency in their hands for the first time In
eighteen years. The addition of OregoL to tho
democratic list gives that party forty-nino sena
tors, or a majority of two. In addition to the
election of successors to democratic senators
now sitting, democrats will displace republican
senators from Oregon, New Jersey, Kansas, Colo
rado, Montana, Delaware and Nevada, and will
fill tho vacancy in Colorado with a man of their
Pittsburgh Gazette-Times: He stood at
Armageddon and he battled long and loud. (Ho
called it Armageddon and it surely caught the
crowd). And bricks from Flinnsylvanla he
passed current as good stuff, and Perkinses and
Hannas wore his angels In the rough. But tho
band now plays sad music; Armageddon Is
pulled In. Yet what Its boosters did with it was
certainly a sin. For details see tho tables of the
vote of Tuesday last, exhibits of tho wreckage
of a storm that's haply past. Praise bo that
all is over now and all tho fuss Is done; and,
though they swiped the party just to have their
little fun, good common sense is coming back
to brace us up, wo ween, and write a different
chapter, ere nineteen and sixteen. Alleluia!
Alleluia! Just stick a pin in that, and cut out
this prediction and paste it in your hat.
George T. Fitch, who writes tho "Vest Pocket
Essays" for the Chicago Record-Herald, was
elected to the Illinois legislature from the
Eighteenth district by tho "bull moosers."
Fitch gained fame first with his "Slwash"
stories and rocently has been a regular con
tributor to the Record-Herald feature page. Ho
has "reported" numerous sporting events for
the Record-Herald, giving his version of the
happenings from a humorous viewpoint.
Fitch's homo is In Peoria, where, since the
campaign opened, he has been spending his
spare time helping the progressive cause along
with a newspaper. He was a delegate to the
"bull mooso" national convention and recently
joined the trainload of noted writers who
journeyed throughout the east spreading the
A TOUCHING SCENE
The Associated Press brings us the account of
a touching scene enacted at the reunion of the
Twenty-fourth Wisconsin volunteers a'. Milwau
kee when General Arthur McArthur, U. S. A.,
retired, dropping dead following an epileptic
stroke while delivering an address recalling the
deeds of the regiment in the Atlanta campaign.
Shocked and awed by the sudden appearance
and swift stroke of the Grim Reaper, the com
rades of the dead general kuelt by his corpse,
still warm from tho last flow of his lifeblood,
and with choked voices and tears streaming from
their eyes, repeated the words of the Lord's
"Our Father in heaven."
These four words within themselves constitute
the most forceful prayer human lips ever voiced.
It is the universal prayer, and whether uttered
by the savage in the jungles or the highest type
of tho civilized man. It is eloquently oxprcsalvo
of all of tho hoart's noodo. "Havo wo not all
ono Father? hath not one God created ub7"
Tho s ntlment reaches to tho deepest dopthn of
tho human heart and ascends to tho tho highost
source of power foundod In all-embracing love.
Talk about your varying creeds, and their
power to Instruct, to comfort, and to olovato tho
human race tho Lord's Prayor, rightly under
stood and uttered from a fervent hoart, is worth
them all in Its powor to comfort and to savo.
Such scenes, though sad In tho tragic circum
stances which occasion them, would soem to bo
a necessary part of tho workings of eternal law
to arouse the soul of man from Its slurnborlng
energy and throw off tho gathering weight of
materiality which, in tho confusion of creeds,
scorns to be dwarfing the spirituality of tho
whole human race.
God Is our Father, and wo aro His chlldron,
and It will bo a sad day for humanity's progress
whon wo cense to llvo In recognition of this In
Father of all! in ev'ry ago,
In ev'ry cllmo adored,
By saint, by savage, and by sage,
Jehovah, Jove, or Lord!
Thou Great First Cause, least understood: '
Who all my sense confined
To know but this, that Thou art good,
And that myself am blind;
Yet gave mo, In this dark estate,
To see the good from 111;
And binding Nature fast In Fate,
Left free the human will.
Houston (Tex.) Post.
"Let us then with a courage and confldonco,
pursuo our own federal and republican princi
ples, our attachment to our union and represen
tative government. Kindly separated by nature
and a wido ocean from tho exterminating havoc
at one-quarter of tho globe; too high-minded to
endure tho degradations of the others; possess
ing a choson country, with room enough for our
descendants to tho hundredth and thousandth
goneratlon; entertaining a duo sense of our
equal right to tho use of our own faculties to
tho acquisition of our Industry; to honor and
confidence from our fellow-citizens, resulting not
from birth but from our actions, and their sonso
of them; enlightened by a benign religion, pro
fessed, indeed, and practiced In various forms,
yet all of them Inculcating honesty, truth, tem
perance, gratitude, and tho love of man; ack
nowledging and adoring an overruling provi
dence, which, by all Its dispensations, proves
that It delights in tho happiness of man hero,
and his greater happiness hereafter; with all
these blessings what more Is necessary to make
us a happy and prosperous people? Still, ono
thing more, fellow-citizens a wise and frugal
government, which shall restrain men from in
juring ono another, which shall leavo them
otherwise freo to regulate their own pursuits of
Industry and Improvement, and shall not tako
from the mouth of labor the broad it has earned,
this Ib tho sum of good government, and this Is
necessary to close the circle of our felicities."
From Jefferson's First Inaugural.
THE NEXT FOUR YEARS
Tho Denver News hits the nail on the head
when It says: It can not be denied that the
coming four years will largely decide the fato
of the democratic party. An effective and effi
cient administration in behalf of the people
will continue It in power an administration
marred by turmoil and unmarked by progress
will doom It to disintegration and defeat.
In 191C cither the democratic party will
sweep the country, or tho fight will be between
the aligned forces of reaction and radicalism.
Never did partisanship rest so lightly upon the
people It is no longer a cast of voting for
names and symbols, but for principles. It is
up to President Wilson and the democratic
party to make good, and wo believe that they
Mr. Bryan is gratified that Mr. Wilson carried
the state, the county and the precinct in which
Mr. Bryan lives.
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