Omaha daily bee. (Omaha [Neb.]) 187?-1922, March 04, 1909, Page 4, Image 4

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By George FitchCartoon by John T.
McCutcheon From the American Magazine.
(n cannot cord up too much Information
bout the president of th United States.
The common citizen who . have hired a
.resident "sight unseen" and hav turned
Ii welfare of tne country over to him
Tor a period of . four years may ha par
.1oned for an omnivorous hunger for de
'.aila concerning the history, character,
lablts. dimensions, disposition, beliefs and
re'atlve of their new employ.
Summing tip in brief the architect's fig
ure on William Howard Taft, who ta
having his clothes made preparatory to
being Inaugurated, president, of th United
Stales, .w find the following:
Dimensions; HetgliU alx feet; frontage,
enough to allow seven watch pockets In a
row scrota his vest; depth, about four
' tlmeB4ht,of,.WjJJJm. J. Bryan; capacity,
sixteen -hours work a day.
Foundations: Clear down to bed-rocli-College
education, law school education,
newspaper education, seven years In Cin
cinnati pontics without settling an Inch.
(rownd plan: A ground plan of th pres-
:: f f. ilBlRTO
ldent-elect t.otis practically all of the
planet. He whs born at Cincinnati, but his
, large and rather deep foot tracks have
been found In almost very civilized coun
try.,' He Is the. first president who has
taken Ills office after having circumna
vigated the globe and played hop-scotch
serosa Its various sones.
Material: Adamant and sand most pe
culiarly mixed ,tih a fine brand of taffy
guarantee J under the' government pure
food jaw,.- Very Jlttle precious metal, about,
tha premises. Is said that on Taft' a re
turn from; the HiMtppines he did not have
more .than ST'.oOO.. He has held some gov
ernment p4ition dfbthet for twenty years
and has always' regarded a public office as
a a all day Job instead of a money bin with
a '.'W'Sloem V sign an it.
finish) pxtruejy pleVn. II wear clothes
because that was the way he was brought
up. IDs trousers, sr ja vast bsd lsnd of
hill and. vaUayx aDd His cost finding itself
suddenly wtthejl be.rk,Wig arfl support down
near aba, pocket droops away dejectedly
at th front. ducks h looks like an
anlmeud circus feet. In a frock coat he Is.
knever, ImposingAs Imposing as four or
fir ordinary' men, ' '
Osier lolitmef 'Mt. 'Taft Is a whit man
with a atrong .sympathy for man ef a
darker oior, The: moat patient and pains
taking Analysis (alls In disclose any yellow
In His makeup, or any .evidence of greenness
la rilvpeat' record. Being temperate he
knows .nothing stout lir. Ade's celebrated
pal gray da.wn. ' Being by natur sunny
h is nevtr blue. Ills loha are black, his
rard (s white end he' himself, especially
aftee a toard day's gulfing, is a beautiful
res pink.. '
Perspective: fio classic. Beginning gen
erally at the houoni Mr, Taft swells notice
tbl Ut)wara't point just above th belt
and then- fade away radically to tb chin,
his vest belns; about as teej as .an. old
fasonad majisai4 roof. Separated from
the vest by .4 eollsr only about s wide as
a pfao of baby ribbon rises the Taft head
' -a truly neble piece of architecture, built
U (It the man. One does not wuudar bow
Mr. Taft manages to store away all his
knowledge, but rather thinks with awe of
the amount of labor required to fill suctl a
crania! storehouse. Without any partic
ular preliminaries In the way of neck It
rises straight from the collar to the tem
ples and then sweeps away In a beautiful
oriental dome to th summit buttreeeed by
a forehead as substantial as the turret of
a battleship, in all the vast expanse of
face there are but three landmarks aside
from eyes, nose and mustache. Two of
these are deep furrows on the aid of the
nose which when curved upward and out
ward help make the Taft smile. The other
is a dimple which shows where his chin
used to be.
Specifications: On steam heated glad
hand; one large, wide' meaty laugh; on
relnforoed 'concrete backbone; one -w-;
firing temper with check valve and auto
matic thermostat; one extra capacity non
eapslsabie digestive system; on poorly
fastened head of hair, rather light, slightly
grayed; one light brown extra width mus
tache, undomestloated; two blond eyes
petween narrow lids; two chins; one extra
width 64-candlepower smile all dav scheit
ule; one hot air plant, very moderate six.
Mr. Taft Is 51 years old and has hold
office almost continuously since he we
24 years of age. For the first few years
lie sought office; after that offices were
fighting over him. Early In life opportun
ity coming to knock at the Taft door found
that gentleman had already gone out and
gotten a Job. NeverJelng able to find him
at home tucreafter. "opportunity went home
AT TALE. ' -
himself, grabbed Taft as h cam paat
and held on with, firm determination.
Mr. Taft alerted in -life as rich man's
eon. Taking up the somewhat unusual fad
of studying during Lis college course Us
became a scholar: Believing that in time
be could become a better Jurist by knowing
life he became a reporter and. then for
one, brief, period Ui .hie life . a politician.
He was elected prcsecuUng attorney ef
Hamilton county. Ohio, at the . age ef 24.
From this position h relapsed Inte that
Of officeholder, being co' lector of Internet
revenue for a year: then he became a liw
n. At tin Me of 10 he ocani a JuJt.
Ten years later for a short time he be
came a law professor In the Cincinnati
Uaw school. Then he took a lob as nation
builder In the Philippines, after which h
cam home and became a traveling man,
from which position he has stepped into
a good Job as custodian of tlie national
Mr. Taft Is the first travel! .-. cm to be
elected president. For it.' : ' jears
60,000 M1L.ES.
he has been traveling out of Washington
for He government, anil' '"so ' la'g 'haa
been his territory tliat he has -frequently
failed to spend Sunday at home for as
much as six months at a time. He has
been official trouble shooter for the Roose
velt administration. I."t a stiff Joint
develop in the entente cordiale between
Madagascar snd the United States, Bill I
sent over on the next boat to talk It into
good working order again. Iet there be
a strong smoke suggestive or a not dox
In tha Philippines; there never was such
a man for cooling hot boxes as Bill. In
his official capacity as salve alinger and
wheel greaser for the administration he
haa visited Japan, China, the Philippines,
Russia, Rome. Cuba, Porto Rico and the
Panama canal. He has traveled over 60,000
miles and this In spite of the fact that a
Pullman berth fits htm as snugly as a
shoe box would fit a bull calf and that
only one steamer berth in nine Is built to
tske all of him in at one time. Tet he haa
cheerfully wedged himself into Impossible
quarter for his country's sake and haa
endured the torments of traveling In coun
tries built for men nine sizes smaller with
out a complaint. For this alone he de
serves the presidency.
Mr. Taft will be the twenty-seventh pres
ident of the United States. He will be the
fifth president to be elected from Ohio and
the alxth preeldent produced In that state.
Mr. Taft is the fifth president to wear
a mustache and is the seventh president
who has found time to use a middle name
In hi busy career. He wears a larger chair
than any other executive and his collar has
been excelled in circumference only by . that
of the lat Orover Cleveland. His majority
when elected was next to the largest ever
received by a presldnt. H Is the third mem
ber of the Bill club to land the job.
By being elected Mr. Taft also becomes
on of the few men who according to the
Tale belief have honored Tale Instesd of
being honored by It. His election Isst fall
dispelled the 8tglan gloom resulting from
two defeats in one year by Harvard. In
displacing a Harvard man In the White
House Tale Is not recompensed for the
late foot ball defeat, but is reason
ably comforted. Moreover. Mr. Taft
Is the first man to get there Ell, presi
dential speaking, while1 Harvard has had
three that Is counting Roosevelt as only
one man. ,
It is always a pleasure to chronicle the
success of the town fst bey, who deserves
all that can come to him later Ir! life be
cause of the nicknames, which he endures
In his youth. Taft was one of these. His
pictorial record discloses him at the age
of 11 aa a fllrn young thing In long trousers.
Blx years later, he weighed 22S pounds.
What-happened In the Interim staggers the
Imagination. Tha fact remains that at the
age of 17 when ha landed at Yale ha was
the biggest freshman who had ever entered
college. The students gased at him with
awe and admiration, for he waa large al
ever, not globular. They paced off h!s
width, ran linea around his calves, esti
mated his height by triangulatlon and Im
mediately made hi m leader of the freah-
Iman sound In the class rush. All the next
day, the aaddened sophomores were busy
digging their unfortunate brethren out or
Tart's foot trscks. Thus the Taft steam
roller hsd its humble beginnings.
When Taft left Tale four years later,
he was still the Isrgest student who had
been enrolled in college. In a quiet steady
way he haa been merging and annex. ng
tha outlying provinces of spaoe ever slr .
He now weighs about 3SS pounds and weais
trousers whose legs might do as temporary
funnels for the Lusltanla. He Is of the
consolidated mogul tvp and la built to fit
a canal boat. Still he Is not fst. He Is
merely expansive. He Is like Chicago
he covers a lot of ground but he Is not
unduly swelled In any one pert. He Is
built to fit hi body In temperament.
smpa.h;s and understanding, in every
thing in fact but voice. He has a thiit)
I four-Inch voice which sounds a trifle
nerullar in a man wearing a forty-eight
four-Inch voice which soundi
neoullar in a man wearing a
In discussing a newly made president. It
is always interesting to learn how he got
there. Nothing illustrates Mr. Taft's sa
gacity and unfathomable understanding so
vividly as his method of landing the preai
dency. The general plan of becoming a
preeldent has been to wish for the office
when a boy and to grow up with both eyes
firmly fixed on the place. This Is not In
falible, having failed In perhaps KiO.Od0.000
instances, but It Is an almost universal plan
among American boys.
Taft alone was too wise to wish for the
presidency. He reasoned that he would
have a better chance if he wished for some
thing else. Accordingly, lie wished to he
come supreme Justice of the United States.
He set his heart upon It when a boy and
thought of nothing else. He prepared him
self to be a supreme Justice and went after
the Job in dead earnest.
Just ss Taft had figured. Fate was too
contrary to let him have it. F.very time he
had a chance to become" chief Justice It
Interfered. Once it sent him to Manila.
He had another chance. It made him take
a cabinet position. Taft stood pst and
waited Sura enough when the third chance
for the berv-'K'hove In sight there wss
nothing big enough to keep it away but
the presidency. ' The expected happened.
He smiled and accepted. Any man who
is wise enough to make a monkey out ol
Fate Jn this manner Is big enough to run
this country with his feet on the desk.
A comrarisoti of the Incoming with the
outgoing president Is interesting. They are i
as like each other as a trade wind and a
Kansas tornado. Taft, unlike Roosevelt,
is chronically snd not sporadically good
natured. His smile does not-the brilliance
of present executive because his teeth do
not reflect so much sunlight.
Taft Is a bigger man than Roosevelt
and Is not so active. Either "and'' or "be
cause" Is the proper word there, no one
knows which. .Taft does not chop trees,
wade rivers, play tennis, ride DareDacK,
punch pugilists, launch battleships, choice
mountain Hons or abuse traction engines.
He merely plays golf and hunts a little.
He has surrendered. H was mad to b
a large man and realises It. Roosevelt stIU
haa atrong suspicions to the contrary, and
darea Providence to make him fat.
In temperament Taft ia a ateam
heater and Roosevelt Is a prairie
fire; In conversation, a college pro
fessor beside a D. D. R. convention
in energy, a locomotive beside a volcano;
In good nature May compared with April.
Both make enemiee in plenty, but Taft re
fuses to walk on a man while he la down,
while Roosevelt refuaea to get off of him
until he is sure he can't get up. Both arc
aa fond of work aa a kitten is of milk.
Both go on the theory thst a large fami! ,
well brought up, is better to lesve a na
tion than great riches. Both are as afraid
of criticism as a Bengal tiger Is of a trip
pled sheep.
As for results, both seem to acquire prac
tically the same brand Both of thein
raise hadea, but with entirely different
seed. Roosevelt talks dynamite, sulphur,
perdition, brimstone, shotguns and bowle
knUes. while Taft talks axle grease, ball
bearings and lubricating oil. Taft ralle a
spade an excavator, while Roosevelt call
it an absolute, uncontrovertible, deliberate
and atrocious spade, gumming It all up,
they are both the aame kind of motor, but
Rooaevelt rune with his muffler cut out.
Disclosures may he made in th life of
almost every great man. Taft la no exception.-
He la rated as an enemy of trusts
and combines snd as a discourager of the
predatory magnate aa well as the commer
cial hog who believe In living and let
ting others live providing they pay him
roundly for th privilege, let it is on
record that before Taft was IS year of
ige he was conducting a trust of his own.
The dark story la spread out ypon th
--.oau of Sale college at Yale. It cannot be
muck rake.
He saw at once on entering Tale that
the business of winning prizes could bo
greatly systematlsed to the great benefit
if all. If one man were to win all the
prizes the economic results would be most
praiseworthy. Vicious and wasteful com
petition could thus be regulated perhaps
oven eliminated to a healthy extent. Dis
appointments and heart burnings could be
avoided. A healthful and beneficial com
bination would be effected and several
hundred students who had hitherto wasted
health, kerosene and eyes upon their books
would be free to carry Yale to greater
glory U(on the athletic field.
Young Taft lost no time in carrying out
his ideas. In four years he had effected
the most gigantic merger of prices ever
?een In Yale. He had annexed the
Latin scholarship prise, the Eng
lish scholarship prize, the prise for
complicated mathematical problems, the
class oratorahlp and the class salutatory
besides a host of smaller spoils.
The result of the merger was beneficial
in the extreme. The young men of Tale,
released from the necessity of competing
for prises, went forth snd attained such
prowess In the athletic field that they out
rowed Harvard, trampled on Princeton and
ran away from Pennsylvania At the end
of his college course, Taft hivd all of the
scholarship prizea In his trunk while the
Yale gymnasium had been enlarged three
times and was once more ojrflowlng with
athletic trophies. , To this day. Taft Is
hailed as the athletic genius of Yale. He
was one of the first men to prove the
greater benefits arising from the elimina
tion of competition.
In one way the glory of being elected
president is dimmed for Mr. Taft. In be
coming president he Is simply "making
good" with the friends of his youth and
with his family. Being born practically at
the top it haa become necessary for him
to erect a few extra rungs to the ladder.
He belongs to the Taft family whioh has
always had things pretty much Its own
way. His father, Judge Alphonso Taft,
was a rich man and was secretary of war
himself In 18Tfi. He had been a Yale man
and had been a famous student. Young
Bill Taft began life with the task of an
choring those shaking heada whoae owners
are always ready to say "He's a good boy,
but an awful come down from his dad."
Paced by his brother, Charles, who has
acquired a newspaper, several million and
a senatorial hanker ha had succeeded In do
doing so. It is not, of course, that be
would have been regarded aa a total failure
If he finished his life aa a mere cabinet
officer, but there would have been a great
deal of disappointment at Yale and else
where. It must be a satisfaction for a man
of this kind to get so high thst his as
piring friends cannot chalk out new marks
to be attained.
Mr. Taft comes to the White House a
tried and proven athlete and a man whoa
nerve and stalng qualities cannot longer
be doubted. They were established In the
recent campaign. A presidential election
Is no longer a mere discussion of issue.
It has become an endurance contest.
When Mr. Bryan, the tried veteran of two
prebidentlal campaigns and seventeen
lecture touts, read of the nomination of
Taft last June he smiled with satisfaction.
Taft was a good man, but unknown per
sonally to the people and could not with
his build be expected to make one-night
stands over the country. With quiet gits
Bryan planned a campaign which called
for an average of seventeen speeches, with
a traveling schedule that would lay a
private car up for repairs after a week.
It was an awful challenge, but Taft was
game. leaving out a schedule that went
the peerless leader one speech better per
day he went plucklly forth. Inexperienced
Iftrie task of making a cyclone swath of
oratory over half a continent he suffered
untold miseries. His throat wnich la us
unreliable aa a cheap automobile, developed
hoarseness, air bubbles, heated bearings,
short circuits, season crack and water
blister. His voice fogged up and died
away, it kept three physicians busy for
daya at a time coaxing it to come out
between stations. But Taft hung on. He
followed the pace and Improved on It. Th
farther he went the better he got. By
September on a standing start of a J
mile dasn through thirty-five towns, catch
as catch can dinners snd sleep, and
speeches at every water lank, he could
more than hold his own with his opponent.
His tin throat was no match for his
Iron will. It waa the greatest political
Marathon In history that he won.
The Big Stick will probably not have
many notches cut In it in the Taft adminis
tration. Taft will set his foot down hard
on a good many things but it Is not likely
that he will thump any heads while doing
It. Perhaps the big stick will be retired in
favor of the big boot an equally effective
but less spectacular weapon. The whole
world walla to see it In operation.
Tart Answer
to John Power
County Replies to His Demand for
Money with Charge Against
Former Sheriff.
A reply to former Sheriff John Power's
suit against the county was made by As
sistant County Attorney Elllek Wednesday
and a counter claim of 12,370 set up.
Power Is said "to have fraudulently
and wilfully represented thst he had
earned certain fees and allowances and had
Incurred certain exjnses. which in truth
and In fsct plaintiff well knew that he had
not earned or Incurred and thereby unlaw
fully and fraudulently procured and In
duced the county commissioners to approve
said cliams and order warrants drawn In
the sum of 11.1170." A Judgment for this
sum is accordingly prayed for.
E. Lee McShane
to Wed Iowa Girl
Parents of Miss Nathalie Meyers of
Dubuque Announce the En
gagement. Mr. and Mrs. D. D. Myers of Dubuque,
la., have announced the engagement of
their daughter. Nathalie Myers to E. Iee
Mc8hane of Omaha. He is the son of Mr.
and Mrs. John A. McShane. Miss Myers
la a sister of Mr Oeorge W. Myers, who
married Miss Adelaide Nash of Omaha.
Miss Myers recently visited Mr. and Mrs.
Louis C. Nash of this city.
Will Be Represented by BpeelaJ F.x
suwleer Rroirs to Look After
Rate Cose.
Two Interstate Commerce commission
meetings are scheduled for Omaha for next
Menday, when Special Examiner Brown
will be her to take testimony. The first
case is that of the Paxton-Vlerling Iron
company In which that company complains
of th excessive rat on structural iron to
the Black Hills district and th other case
Is th complaint of th H. Ound; Brewing
company sgalnst th allowance of elevation
chargea on grain from Ulterior points in
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Edwin Haney Dies
Very Suddenly at
Hot Springs, S. D.
Station Master at Union Station for
Thirty-Three Years Body to
Be Brought to Omaha.
HOT SPRINGS, S. P., March 3.-(Ppecial
Telegram Kdwln Haney of Omaha very
suddenly died here this morning. The
body will be sent over the Northwestern
read to Omaha tonight. The Knight
Templars here have taken charge of t!
Mr. Haney was one of the beat known
men in Omahc, aa his position aa station
master at the Union station for years made
him n most familiar figure. He waa botn
In Dane county, Wis., July 27, 1847 and
moved with his parents to Kansas when
eleven years of age, the trip being made
by the Mississippi and up the Missouri
by boat. His parents died when he was U'.
and then he worked his way back to Madi
son, Wis. He lived in the same block in
Madison with John M. Thurston, lsler
general solicitor of the Union Pacific, an)
senator front Nebraska. , i
In ISPS Mr. Haney went to Missouri an.U
entered the employ of the Hannibal
St. Joseph railroad. In January. IMiO. lie
was sent to Omaha by that 'road to ink"
charge of the thiougli checking system
and his place of business was an Iron
portable shed on the corner of Ninth and
Farnam streets. In 1871 Mr. Haney took
the position of baggage master for the
Union Pacific, a post he filled for a great
many years.
Three years after he settled In Omaha
married Miss Inex Porter, ' daughter of
Judge John Porter. They have one eon,
Dr. W. P. Haney of Cananea, Sonora,
Mr. Haney built a home on the corner
of Eighteenth and Farnar streets, where
he and his family resided for twenty
eight years. He sold the lot to ft syndicate
about three years ago. Until three years
ago, when sickness compelled him to re
sign, Mr. JIane.y occupied the position of
station master 'of th " Union station, and
hero he met scores of noted people, who
passed through and stopped at Omaha.. He
could tell many Interesting anecdotes of the
great men he had met. He never sought
any political office, although he was some
what active in politics. He was a veteran
Msson, a member of Covert lodge. No. "31.
Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; Omaha
chapter. Royal Arch Musons; Mount Cal
vary commandery, No. 1, Knlglus Templsr.
and Divan of Tangier Temple, Ancient
Arabic Order of the Mystlo Shrine. He
was commander of the Knights Templar
at the time the corner stone of the Trans
misslssippi exposition waa laid.
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