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BATTLE CRY AT
Ex-President Roosevelt, in Address
in Chicago, Insists Great Moral
Issue is Involved. . . . ,
HE STANDS FOR DECENCY
Great Fundamental Right of People
to Rule at Stake.
WHY HE BECAME CANDIDATE
Says His Successor Surrendered to
CONDEMNS NATIONAL COMMITTEE
He Holds it is No Longer Servant
of the Party.
HOUR OF GREAT TEST AT HAND
I.ineop In This Crisis is One that
Cots Deep Into the Foundations
of the Government What
CHICAGO, June 17. Colonel Roosevelt
tonight addressed a mass meeting in
Chicago's largest theater. His speech In
part was as follows:
"My friends and fellow citizens: I address-
you as my fellow republicans, but
I also and primarily address you as fel
low Americans, fellow citizens, for this
lias now become much more than art
ordinary party fight. The Issue is both
simpler and larger than that involved
in the personality of any man, or than
that Involved in any factional or in
any ordinary party contest. We are
standing for the great fundamental
rights upon which all successful free
Kovernment must be based. We are
landing for elementary decency in
politics. We are fighting for honesty
against naked robbery; and where rob
bery is concerned the all Important ques
tion is not the identity of the man rob
bed, but the crime itself.
f'lvillzatinn Itself in Danger.
"As far as Mr. Taft and I are per
sonally concerned, it llttre matters what
the fate of either may ' be. But with
Mr. Taft's. acquiescence or by his direc
tion, : aiid In his interest jhis followers
have raised an issue- which is all im
portant to this country. ' It Is not a
partisan issue; it is more than a political
issue; "it is a great moral issue. If we
condone political theft, if we do , not
resent the kind of wrong and injustice
that injuriously affect the whole nation,
not merely our democratic form of gov
ernment, but our civilization itself can
not endure. If the methods adopted by
the national committee are approved by
the convention which is about to as-,
t-enible, a great crime will have been
committed. The triumph of such pro
ceedings at the moment would mean
the wreck of the republican party, and
if such proceedings became habitual it
would mean the wreck of popular gov
ernment. The actions of the Taft lead
ers in the national committee, taken
v itiv the active aid of Mr. Taft's private
i-ecretary and one of Mr. Taft's cabinet
officers, are monstrous and they should
be indignantly condemned by the moral
sentiment of the whole country.
Why He Came Forth.
"When in February last I made up my
mind that it was my duty to enter this
light, it was after long and careful
deliberation. I had become convinced
that Mr. Taft had definitely and com
pletely abandoned the cause of the people
and had surrendered himself wholly to
the buildings of the professional political
bosses and of the great privileged In
terests standing behind them. I had
also become convinced that unless I did
make the fight it could not be made at
all, and that Mr. Taft's nomination would
come to him without serious opposition.
"The event that Justified both my be
liefs. I very earnestly ask our fello'.v
protyessht s who have supported other
candidates to 'remember that one of the
cardinal principles of the doctrines which
we hold in common is our duty normally,
loyally and in good faith to abide by the
well thought-out and honestly expressed
action of a majority. The overwhelm
ing majority of the republican progress
ives have declared for me. It has be
come clear beyond shadow of doubt that
jf I had not made the progressive fight
it would have completely broken down
and there would have . been no sub-
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Deficiency corresponding period in 1911,
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READY 10 RAP FOR ORDER
Vctor Rosewater Will Call Conven
tion at Noon Today.
WHAT MAY THEN TAKE PLACE
Prayer by Father Callaahnn, Read
ing of Call by Secretary Hay
ward, and Then the
BY VICTOR ROSEWATER,
Editor of The Bee and Chairman of
Republican National Committee.
CHICAGO, June 17.-(Speclal Telegram.)
Tomorrow Is down on the calendar as
the first big day of the convention.
If the usual procedure is followed, I
will rap for order at 12 o'clock noon, and
Invite Father Callaghan, who has been
settled for that honor, to pronounce the
opening prayer. The reading of the caU
by Secretary Hayward will be next In
order, and then presentation of Senator
Root for temporary chairman as the
recommendation of the national commit
tee. It will devolve upon e to Invite
other nominations If desired,, and presum
ably a roll call will be held to determine
who is the choice of the convention.
Hopes- for Orderly Proreerture.
There are all kinds of rumors afloat
about plans for "rough riding" and In
terruption, and it is barely possible that
instead of being In the chair five minutes,
as I would much prefe.r I may have to
stay there several hours, until the knots
in the string are unraveled.
The conference with Colonel Roosevelt
and his managers, which I had last night,
was merely along the line of orderly pro
cedure, which is the avowed desire of all
of us who arc In responsible positions. 1
have hopes that the whole situation will
work itself out without any demonstra
tion while I have the gavel, but, naturally,
we are all taking every precaution against
Bryan Knjoyn Himself.
I had another talk with Mr. Bryan to
day, and he is wearing a continuous
smile, admitting that he is getting more
enjoyment here than he expected to at
"The one thing I am trying hard to do
now, Rosewater," said he, "is to prevent
both of your republican factions from
agreeing on me for temporary chairman ,
in recognition of my absolute disinterest
edness. Of course, If I am drafted, 1
would not dare refuse to serve."
Nebraska Delegation Organizes.
At 11 o'clock this morning I went over
to the LaSalle hotel and called the meet
ing of the Nebraska delegation in order,
delivered the tickets and badges and set
everything in motion, begging of them to
be excused to attend an important con
ference with Senator Root. 1 later
learned that after I had left the distin
guished delegates had adopted, over a
tw protests, some kind of a resolution
repudiating my actions as national com
mitteeman, although, just what actions
they had in mind I dt not know. I take
it, of course, that this is a recall of the
resolution unanimously adopted by the
national committee, thanking me for my
courtesy and fairness In the chair. '
Antelope Headquarters Burled.
It will take a guide to find Nebraska
headquarters, they being located in an
obscure room in the La Salle hotel, which
is denied access even by elevator. It
ought, to be known that, 'way back last
December. I reserved the same head
quarters room at the Congress hotel,
which is In the midst of things, that
Nebraska had four years ago, and noti
fied promptly all the delegates as soon
as they were elected. About a month ago
I was informed that this most desirable
location was not wanted, and cancelled
the reservation, it being needless to add
that the release was picked up with
avidity within twenty-four hours by oth
ers who knew a good thing. That is how
our present Nebraska delegation lost its
chance to occupy the center of the stage.
To Baltimore to
Boostf Gaynor for
NEW YORK, June 17.-Jacob A. Can
tor, W. P. Black and Francis D. Galla
tin, officers of the "Democratic Asso
ciation of New York for Gaynor for
.President," left here for Batlimore to
day to further the Interests of their can
didate. At the headquarters of the asso
ciation it was said that an eleventh-hour
conference of all the delegates to the con
vention had been begun wtih a view to
bringing about the mayor's nomination.
The leaders of the movement said their
support of Mr. Gaynor was unauthorized
by and unknown to him.
Mayor Gaynor said emphatically today
that he knew nothing about the organi
zation formed to support him.
Fight at Villisca
Almost a Murder
VILLISCA, la., June 17.-'(Special Tele
gram.) The recent scene of a murder of
eight this morning was given another
thrill and there came near being another
murder resulting Indirectly from the re
cent octuple tragedy.
A party of officers, including Night
Watchman Warriman and Deputy United
States Marshal Harrison Kelsoo of Cres
ton, were in their quarters over the post
office, which has been their rendezvous
during the recent troubles. Kelsoe had
started from the place and on the stairs
met a fellow known as "Cherokee" Will
Sparker. a character about town. Kelsoe
heard words in the room soon after
Sparker entered and returned to Investi
gate. It Is related Sparker offered Warriman
whisky to drink. Warriman told Sparker
he must cease such actions, which was
resented by Sparker and a serious quarrel
Kelsoe re-enered in time to mix in a
rough and tumble fight and while Kelsoe
had Sparker on the floor Sparker drew
his gun and placing the muzzle at Kel
soe's head fired. The bullet entered be
low the skin and passing around the skull
did not penetrate Kelsoe's head, and to
day he Is much Improved. Warriman was
attempting to take Sparker'a. gun away
from him when the shot was fired.. Spar
ker will face a charge of assault with
intent to yjj '
Colonel Roosevelt and Two of His Adtive
If I I lsl I V
DELEGATES AR? THREATENED
Men with Votes in Convention Given
Third Degree by Both Sides.
ATMOSPHERE BECOMES TENSE
Indications Are that the Elephant
May Throw All the Wonld
Be Riders' and Go His
CHICAGO, June 17.-Today is the
most exciting lhat has preceded the open
ing of a republican national convention
in many years. The atmosphere was
tense with charges and rumors of vary
ing kinds, and leaders wore themselves
down to a point of physical exhaustion'
by almost ceaseless conferences and ef
forts to keep their state delegations in
Prominent men from many states were
subjected to conference room interview!
of a type known in police circles as
"third degree," under ordeals as hard
and cold as the granite blocks that pave
Chicago's streets.- x-
Leaders whose lives have been spent In
the "game" brought into play every arti
fice known to modern politics In their al
most frantic efforts to swing the baUoce
to Colonel Roosevelt or to President Taft.
Men who were doggedly standing their
ground were told what might happen to
them, not only this year, or next, but
four years from now, unless they agreed
to tae programs mapped out by the lead
ers. Dark Horse. TalU to Front.
It was no place for the weaii. Keen
eyes and tiained car" .searched for the
first sign:, of panic r a break at any
point, ami as the !:r:es were tightened
to thu la.-it notch, those who appeared to
waver even 'In . slight degree were sub
jected to a merciless fire.
Running through It all was vthe con
stantly recurring fact of the "presence of
Colonel Roosevelt, himself, leading his
own fight with his own hands
It was a question, in final analysis as
the day wore on of whetner the republi
can party Is bigger than its controlling
body, the national committee or bigger
than any individual candidate. '
Summarized tersely, the situation is
whether the republican "elephant" will
respond to the vigorous digs of either of
two drivers, one ordering It to the left
and the other commanding It to turn to
the right, or whether it will twist its
trunk about each of the drivers In turn
and hurl them aside, to go Ite own way.
There were indication today that the last
contingency is not at all Impossible.
In this connection It beean; apparent
that the div slon of delegates . between
Colonel Roosevelt and President Taft on
the question of nomination does not hold
on any other question to come before the
convention. This was shown plainly by
the attitude of the Virginia .delegation.
(Continued on ppcond Page.)
The National Capital
Monday, Jane 17, 1912.
Met at noon and -adjourned at 12:11 p.
m. until 10 a. m. Thursday.
The house met at noon and considered
bills on the private calendar.
Message of President Taft vetoing the
army appropriation bill., was read and
referred to conoiiUe.
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PROTEST NOW MADE PUBLIC
Objection to Makui Un Temporary
Roll Call of Convention.
REASON GIVEN IN A STATEMENT
Action Tnken by Thirteen Members
and Members-Elect of the Re
publican National Com
mittee. CHICAGO, June 17. Members and members-elect
of the republican national com
mittee and four state committee chair
men, thirteen in all, in .a public state
ment .today denounced the action of the
national committee in making up the tern,
porary roll call of the national convun
The protestants who signed the roll
were: Henry E. Wasson, chairman Penn
sylvania state republican committee;
Walter E. Brown, chairman Ohio state
committee; Borden F. Whiting, national
committeeman-elect of New Jersey; Wil
liam, Allen White, national committee
man -elect of Kansas; Meyer Lissner,
chairman California republican state com
rtiittee and National Committeeman-elect;
R. B. Howell, national committeeman
elct of Nebraska; Thomas Thorson, na
tional committeeman or South Dakota;
I. A. Caswell,' national committeeman -elect
of Minnesota; Thomas K. Niedrlriij
haus, national committeeman-elect of
(Continued on Second Page.)
American Run Down
by Motor in London
: LONDON, JUne 17.- Rev. J. S. Weld, an
American clergyman, was run over 'and
killed by a motor bus today in Cockspur
street, a busy westend thoroughfare. He
had just left his hotel for a stroll. Mrs.
Weld, who had gone to her bankers,
learned of the tragedy only on her re
turn to the hotel.
One Victim of
Hamburg Duel Dead
HAMBURG, la., June 17.-James Hun
ter, who fought a pistol duel ' with his
brother, John Hunter, Friday afternoon.
died last evening. John Hunter may nut
iive through the day-
Claims Made by the ;
CHICAGO, June 17. In response to con
tinued i lalma of accessions by Roosevelt
among the southern delegates, Director
McKltiley i,f the Taft forces Issued today
a statement asserting that the Taft lines
were holding firmly and that Roosevelt
had succeeded In securing only two
southern delegates. 1
NEBRASKA SPECIAL ARRIVES
Hundred Roosevelt Boosters from
Antelope State Join Throng.
ROSEWATER IS CONDEMNED
Delegation Passes Resolution Chars;,
ino- t'holrinan with Isloa; Unfair
Turtles to Seat the Taft
CHICAGO, June 17.-Cr,;ea20 had not
fuily awakened today wlnn the strains
of lively music announced the arrival of
convention delegation. From the various
depots lines of quick-stepping marchers
snd straggling bodies of rlbben-bedeeked
delegates began to pour Into the vcjjioa
about the headquarters hotel as soon as
Hie early morning trains arrived. Today
promised to witness the arrival of the
greater part of the 2,500 delegates and
alternates who will hold title to the flour
i of the conventions, and the thousands of
spertatois and enthusiasts who come t'
bwcII the convention throng and add to
From NebruBka there came on an early
train a crowd of over ,0 boosters" le i
by Governor Chester H. Aldrlch, and ull
enthusiastically applauding the name of
Roosevelt. .Six of the state's six'.een
delegates were In the party; and their
arrival was marked by a vociferous pro
test, In the station, by delegate John V.
Towle of Omaha, agr.lnst uiiat he termed
the "steam roller'" tactics oi the luet
Two Roosevelt delegations arrived early
today from Missouri. One, numbering
twenty-five came from St. Louis, and
the other numbering twenty, from Kansas
At the ca'ueus of the Nebraska delega-
vContlnued on Second Page.)
DELEGATES MEET IN CAUCUS
Roosevelt Men of Missouri Vote to
' Stand By the Colonel.
ARIZONA IS ' FOR " IRRIGATION
Resolution Is Adoptee'' nelatlve to
the Disposition of the Delexa
llon from' the Slate
1 CHICAGO, June 17,-Th'e Roosevelt lead
ers eaiieufid with many of the state del-.'Katloii:-
loiUiy prcvluiiH to the general
caucus ,f the full delegations.. Tent '
if the Mlsso.n l thirty-six' delegates wl,n
are for Hrtoyevelt conferred With the load
ers In the Roosevelt headquarters nn.1
determined to stand by the Roosevelt pri
8 ram through thick and thin. , They also
fixed up a slate, naming Walter S. Dickey
chalrmun of the delegation; Thomas K
NledriiiKhaim, national committeeman In
place of Hccrc'iU'v Nagel; Governor Hade
ley, committee on resolutions; Jesse Tol.
niton, credential., and Charles Rendlan.
At ;t meeting of the Ohio delegation a
resolution war adopted authorizing A. L.
Garford of Klyrltf to cast thirty-four of
the Ohio forty-tight votes for Roosevelt
and taki part In all preparations in the
I program of the Roosevelt forces.
. Arizona In caucus endoracJ a plank
I for more liberal Irrigation policy and se
lected Dr. V. T. Wright fur chairman of
the committee on rules; credentials,
i Hubert F.. Morrison: idtilform and reso
j'lutlons, .lames T. Willhitns, jr.; national
j committee, Ralph II. Cameron; to notify
I prvcidential nominee. J. 1,. Hubbcll; to
i no'ify vice presidential nominee, J. C.
I ):e;';!'s In the caucus of the Texas
detection were: John K. lSlgtn for per
j minent organizat'on; rules and order of
I business. P. H. Re.?r; credentials. C. A.
Warnken; platform and resolutions. W.'
M. M'.'honnl'), national committee, H. F.
MeiJi -g.r. . ,
Thn Nw Mexico delegation gave per
r.M vr.t i.rvai-.lzatioi) to K. A. Cuhoon;
ril..s a-,;" order, Gregory Page; credential'-
lU'co Keaborg; platform and reso-
j lutior.s, It. O. Desourus; to notify presi
dential nominee,, J. M. Cunningham; to
notify vice presidential nominee, W., D.
The Connecticut delegation, formally
instructed for Taft, and 'the Pennsylvania
delegates passed resolutions endorsing
PLANS TO UPSET
Roosevelt Manager Announces All
Delegates Seated by National
Committee Will Be Excluded.
HADLEY IN CHARGE OF FIGHT
Missouri Governor Declines to Tell
How He Will Do It.
SCHEME FOR AN EARLY BOLT
Attempt Will Be Made to Set Aside
COMES ON THE FIRST ROLL CALL
When California Is Called. GoTernor
Johnson Will Move to Snbaalt List
Prepared by Roosevelt
CHICAGO, June 17. Speaking for tho
Roosevelt forces today. Governor- Hadlejr
of Missouri, who was chosen floor leader
for the colonel, declared that no con
tested delegate seated by act of the re
publican national committee should alt
kn the convention.
"How can you help It?" he wu asked.
"We are not unmasking our batteries'
today," he replied. "No delegate with
stolen credentials shall have a vota in
thlB convention If we can help It. By to-j
morrow we will have our plans com-'
pleted." , . , ... i
"What will you do'?"' 1
"Nothing that Is not regular and Amer- j
lean; nothing that will not be approved
by the American people.". , I
The Roosevelt leaders apparently wera",
not disturbed by the announcement of.
the Taft adherents that they would uc-;
ccssfully block the move for the adoption,
of a substitute roll of delegates. They at- '
Berted with confidence that the conven
lion would not.be organised, ''with fraud-'
ulent delegates In the places that should,
be occupied by. those regularly elected or 1
chosen. " ','
Dixon Claims Majority. )
Senator Dixon, campaign manager for
Theodore Roosevelt, . emphatically - de-
dared today that the temporary roll
call of the ' convention at this hour
showed that Roosevelt would. be nomi
nated by a majority of at least 42 and ,
that Senator Borah would be elected
temporary chairman over Senator Root '
by a larger majority. ' .' .. !
"We cheeked up our list of delegates;
Known to be for Roosevelt and found un
questionably that we would control the
convention by a clean majority- of '43
votes," said Senator. Dixon. "This claim ;
I mu,k. after eliminating a lot of counts
that have- come in .that look favorable.'"
but are hot claimed1 by rus as certain." .
"Will you start the fight as soon as the
,"W,e are going t6 fight from the Jump
and wilt elect the temporary chairman,
by a majority larger than .forty-two."
Tnft Men Ready for Tilt. !
; The visit of Chairman1 Rosewater to the,
rooms of Colonel Roosevelt , at midnight j
was not known to Mr. Rosewater's a-
soelates On the national committee unt'lj
this morning. 1 They scouted the Idea that
Mr. Rosewater had sought to make peace;
with the Roosevelt forces. j!
Marlln K. Olmstead of Pennsylvania t
was an important factor at the -Taft cau-j-
cus. lie unnounced that he would be at
the right hand of Chairman Rosewater
from the moment the convention opens
to keep him straight on parliamentary
procedure, and the Taft leaders said they
would be as well fortified with Rosewater
In the chair as they would be with Sen
ator Root,, the Taft choice for the tem
porary chairmanship. It was said at the
conference that the Taft men did not
care how early the Roosevelt forces
Btarted the Inevitable conflict. . i
The temporary roll of delegates as ar.l
ranged by the national convention w!U,'
be organized. It was stated also that the
Taft leaders were prepared for any kind
of a move and that they were well ac
qalnted with the various plans coming
from the Roosevelt headquarters. The
source of tbelr information was not ex
The Roosevelt managers propose to
ruBh the fight the minute the convention '
has been called to order, by precipitating
a roll call on which only those delegates
whose ' seats are undebated by Colonel
Roosevelt shall vote. . t,
The Roosevelt men expect to, achieve) .
this end by demanding a roll call pf the
temporfary chalrmarlahlp' on ' the very 1
first question that comes up before' the
convention. Then It Is planned to have '
Governor Johnson of California cast the
t,wenty-stx votes for that 'state on the
question. This action by Governor
Johnson, it Is expected will be objected
to by the two Taft delegates from the
Fourth California district."
This juncture will be grasped by the
Roosevelt floor .leader as, the, one upon
which , to get the "expurgated" rote of K
delegates. The f Ipor. leader will move ac
onee that the temporary vll as made up
by the national committee be rejected, i
and that a substitute roll. Including the
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