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Statement about the Contested BeteF=ates Republican National Committee Offers Explanation of the Facts Wa.hington, July 29.--Here are the facts in relation to tbe conlested seats l the Republican national convention. t is a summary of a detailed state- ment going carefu!ly into all of the cases, a slatement so thorough that it takes up 150 pages of printed matter This statement is signed by Mr. Victor Rosewater, chairman of the former Re- publican national committee; by Mr. J. It. Devine of Colorado, chairman of the committee on credentials of the Repub- lican national convention, and by Mr. Charles D. Hilles, chairman of the present Republican national committee. The total number of delegates sum- Tnoned to the convention under its call was 1,078, with 540 necessary to a choice. Mr. Taft had 561 votes on the first and only ballot and was declared the nominee. There were instituted against 238 of the delegates regularly elected for Taft contests on behalf of Roosevelt. These contests were avow- edly instigated not for the purpose of really securing seats in the convention, not for th purpose of adducing evi- dence which would lead any respect- able court to entertain the contests, but for the purpose of deceiving the public into the belief that Mr. Roosevelt had more votes than he really had, as the conventions and primaries were in progress for the selection of delegates. his is not only a necessary iference from the character of the contests, but it was boldly avowed by the chief edi- tor of the newspapers owned by Mr. Munsey, who has been Mr. Roosevelt's chief financial and newspaper sup- porter. The 238 contests were reduced by abandonment to seventy-four. The very fact of these 164 frivolous contests itself reflects upon the genu- ineness and validity of the remainder. The seventy-four delegates include six at large fl'om Arizona, four at large from Kentucky, four at large from In- diana, six at large from Michigan, eight at large from Texas and eight at large from Washington, and also two district delegates each from the Ninth Alabama, the Fifth Arkansas, the Thirteenth Indiana, the Seventh, Eighth and Eleventh Kentucky, the Third Oklahoma the Second Tennee- eee and from each of nine districts, the First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth, Tenth and Fourteenth of Texas CONTESTED DELEGATE8 AT LARGE. Arizona. In the Arizona convention there were ninety-three votes. All the delegates-- six in number--were to be selected at large. The counties were entitled to se- lect their delegates through their coun- ty committee or by primary. In one county, Maricopa, a majority of the cmnmlttee decided to select its dele- gates and a minority to have a pri- mary. In other counties there were some contests, and the sttae commit- tee. following the usage of the national committee, gave a hearing to all con- testants in order to make up the tem- porary roll. There was a clear major- ity of the Taft delegates among the uncontested delegates. The committee made up the temporary roll and then there was a bolt, lxty-four remaining in the hall and twenty-five withdraw- ing therefrom. The case of the Taft majority was so clear that it is difficult to understand why a contest was made. Indiana. In Indiana the four Taft delegates at !argo were elected in a state conven- tiun Io which Marion county, in which Indianapolis is situate, was entitled to 12S votes. A primary was held in In- dianapolis, at which Taft polled 6,000 and Roosevelt 1,400 votes. This gave Taft 106 delegates in the state conven- tion from Marion county, and if they were properly seated the control of the convention by a large majority was conceded to Taft. Attempt was made to impeach the returns from Marion county by charges of fraud and repeat- ing. These charges were of a general character, without specification except as to one ward out of fifteen wards, and then the impeaching witness ad- mitted he could not claim fraud enough to change the result in that ward. The national committee, upon which there were fifteen anti-Taft men, rejected the Roosevelt contestants and gave the Taft delegates their seats by a unani- mous vote. Senator Borah and Mr. Frank B. Kellogg, both Roosevelt men, made speeches in explaining the votes in which they said that" the case turned wholly on the Marion county primary, and as there was no evidence to lm- l)each the result certified, the title of the Taft delegates was clear. This is the convention whose proceedings called forth such loud charges of theft and fraud from Mr. Roosevelt. Kentucky. In Kentucky a contest was filed against only three of the four delegae DON'T KNOW THEY HAVE APPENDICITIS Many Monroe people who have chron- ic appendicitis, which is not very pain- ful, have doctored for years for gas on the stomach, sour stomach or constipa- tion. The Camp-Riley Drug Co. states if these people will try simple buck- thorn bark, glycerine, etc., as com- pounded in Adler-i-ka, the German appendicitis remedy, they will be sur- prised at the QUICK benefit. A SIN- GLE DOSE relieves troubles IN- STANTLY. 5 t largo. The fourth Taft delegate'tl Beat was uncontested. The three con- testants admitted they were not elect- ed by the convention which sent the Taft delegates or by any other. They only contended that if the Roosevelt forces tiad had a majority they would have been elected. Ther were 2,356 ' delegates summoned to the convention by its call There were 449 of these whose seats were contested. If all of these had been conceded to Roosevelt It would have made the Roosevelt vote 297 votes less than a majority. The appeal to the committee on credentials from the decision of the nation'l com- mittee was abandoned, as it ought to have been. Michigan. In Michigan the state convention had in it about 1,200 delegates. There were only two counties in dispute or contest. One was Wayne county, in Which Detroit is situated, and the other was Calhoun county. The evidence left no doubt that the Taft men car- ried by a very large majority Wayne county, but it was immaterial whether this was true or not, because, leaving out both Wayne county and Calhoun county the only counties tn contest, the Taft delegates outnumbered by several hundred the Roosevelt dele- gates, and they had a clear majority out of the total number of votes that should have been in the convention. The contest was so weak as to hardly merit recital. Texas. In Texas there were 249 counties, of which four have no county govern- 'mont. The 245 counties under the call of the convention were allowed to have something over 1,000 delegates, repre- senting them, who were given author- ity to cast 248 votes. Of the 245 coun- ties there were ninety-nine counties in which the teal Republican vote was but 2,000, in fourteen of which there were no Republican voters, in twenty- seven of which there were less than ten each and in none of which was there any Republican organization and in none of which had a primary or con- vention been held. It was shown that Colonel Cecil Lyon, to whom had been assigned as referee the disposition of the patronage of the national Repub- lican administration for ten years in the state, had been in the habit of con- trolling the Republican state conven- t-ion by securing from two federal of- ficeholders in each of these ninety-nine counties a certificate granting a proxy to Colonel Lyon or a friend of his to represent the county as if regularly conferred by a Republican county or- ganization. The national committee and the committee on credentials and the convention after the fullest investi gation decided that these ninety-nine counties in which the Republican vote was so small and in which there was no Republican party, no convention, no primary, no organization, was not the proper source for a proxy to give s vote equal to that to be cast by the other 146 counties in which there was s Republican organization and in which primaries or conventions were held. The two committees therefore held such ninety-aloe proxies to be illegal and not the basis of proper rep- resentation. The two tribunals who heard the case decided that they should deduct the ninety-nine votes from the total of 245 and give the representation to those who controlled the majority of the remainder. The remainder was 152 votes, and out of that the Taft men had carried eighty-nine counties, having ninety votes. This gave to the Taft men a clear majority in the state convention and with it eight delegates at lax:go. WASHINGTON. The contest in Washington turned on the question whether the Taft dele- gates appoiuted by the county corn mitlee in King county, In which Seattle Is situate, were duly elected to the convention or whether a primary, which was subsequently held and at wlich Roosevelt delegates were elect- ed, was properly called, so that its re suit was legal. Under the law the county committee had the power to de ride whether it would select the dele- gates directly or should call a primary In some counties of the state one course was pursued and in other coun- ties the other. In King county the committee consisted of 250 mea, the majority of whom were for Taft. and that majority, acting through its exet  utive committee, selected the Taft dele- gates to the state convention. Mean time the city council 0f Seattle had re- districted the city It before had 250 precincts. Now substantially the same territory was divided up into 381 pre cincts. The chairman of the county committee was a Roosevelt man. He had been given authority by general resolution to fill vacancies occurring in the committee, h general meeting of the committee had been held after the city council had directed the redistrict ing of the city, in which it was re solved, the chairman sot dissenting. that representatives could not be ee letted to fill the 831 new precincts un til an election was held in September 1912. Thereafter and in spite of this conchlslon the chairman assumed the right by his appointment to add to the existing committee 131 precinct com- mitteemen, and with these voting in the committee It ti claimed that a prl mary was orddred. There was so much confusion in the meeting that this is doubtful. However, the fact is that the Taft men protested against any action by a committee so constituted on the ground that the chairman had no authority to appoint the 131 new committeemen. They refused to take part in the primary, and so did the Le Follette men. The newspapers report. ed the number of votes in the primary to be something over 3,000. The Rouse .velt committee showed by affidavit the number to be 6,000 out of a usual total Republican vote of 75,000. The action of the chalrtmm of the committee In attempting to add 131 precinct men to the old committee was, of courage, be- yond his power. The resolution au- thorizing him to fill vacancies, of course, applied only to those places which became vacant after they had been filled and clearly did not apply to 131 new precincts. It could not in the nature of things apply to a change from the old system to a complete new system of precincts created by the city council, because ff they were to be filled the entire number of 331 new precincts different from the old must be filled. One system could not be made Into the other by a mere addi- tional appointment of 131 committee- men. No lawyer will say that such action by the committee thus consti- tuted was legal. Therefore the action which the lawful committee of 250 took in electing Taft delegates who made a majority in the state convention Was the only one which could be recognized as valid. CONTESTED DiSTRiCT DELE- GA"TES. ALABAMA. Ninth District. T'he Ninth Alabama contest turned an the question whether the chairnmn of a district committee had power to fill vacancies, whether a committee- man who had sent his resignation to take effect only In case he was not present, being present, should be pre- vented from acting as committeeman, and, third, on the identity of another committeeman. The written resolu- tion under which the right of the chairman to appoint to vacancies was claimed showed on its face that the specific authority was written In in different writing and different colored pencil between the lines. A number of affidavits were filed by committeemen who were present when the resolution was passed to show that the resolu- tion contained no such authority. This gave rise to a question of fact upon which a very large majority of both the national committee and the com- mittee on credentials held that the lead pencil insertion was a forgery, that the chairman did not have the au- thority therefore to appoint to the vacancies, and therefore the action of his committee was not valid. This made it necessary to reject the contest- ants. The committee decided the two other issues of fact before them in favor of the Taft contention, although the first decision was conclusive. ARKANSAS. Fifth District. In ti Fifth Arkansas the question was one of the identity of one faction or the other as the Republican party. This convention followed the example of the convention of 1908 In holding that what was known as the Redding faction was not the Republican party, that it was a defunct organization and had only acquired life at the end of each four years for the purpose of using tt in the national convention. The contestants were therefore reject- ed. It was shown that the other or Taft had been In active existence as the Republican party, had nominated a local ticket and had run a congress- mail. CALIFORNIA, Fourth Dietrict. The Fourth California presented this question: Under the state law the dele- gation, two from each district, was elected on a general ticket, in a group of twenty-six. Each delegate might either express his presidential prefer- ence or agree to vote for the presiden. tial candidate receiving the highest number in the stats. In the Fourth district the two candidates from that district on the Taft ticket expressed a preference for Taft, but did not agree to vote for the candidates hav- ing the highest state vote. These Taft delegates in the Fourth district re- ceived a majority of 200 more than the Roosevelt delegates in that dis- trict. The national call forbade any law or the acceptance of auy law which prevented the election of dele- gates by dlstrictL In other words, the call of the national convention was at variance with the state law. The state law sought to enforce the state unit rule and required the whole twenty- six delegates to be voted for all over the state, assigning two to each dis- trict on the ticket to abide the state wide election, while the Republican national convention has Insisted upon the unit of the district since 1880. That has been the party law. This conven- tion recognized the party law and held it to be more binding than that of the state law and allowed the two dele gates who had received in the Fourth district a vote larger than their two opponents assigned to that district, to become delegates in the convention. This was clearly lawful, for a state has n0 power to limit or control the baals of representation of a voluntary na- tional party In a national convention The cart that President Taft by tele gram approved all the twenty-six dele. gates as rel.resenting him Is said to be an estoppel against his claiming the election of two of those delegates in their Fourth district. What Is there inconsistent in his approving the can- didacy of all his delegates and the election of two of them? Why should he be thus estopped to claim that pat2 of the law was inoperative because in conflict with the call of the convention? INDIANA. Thirteenth Diatriot. In the Thirteenth Indiana there was no question about the victory of the Taft men, because the temporary chair man representing the Taft side was conceded to have been elected by one half a vote more than the Roosevelt candidate. This one-half vote extended through the riotous proceedings, and although It was not as wide as a barn door It was enough. The chairman put the question as to electing the Taft delegates, and after coatinuous objec flon lasUns t hors declared the vote carried. The Rues(volt men thus prevented a roll call and then bolted. KENTUCKY. Seventh District, In the Seventh Kentucky district the total vote of the convention was li5. There were contests from four coun- ties, involving ninety-five votes. Ac- cording to the rules of the party in Kentucky, where two seats of creden- tials are presented those delegates whose credentials are approved by the county chairman are entitled to par- ticipate in the temporary organization. On the ",mporary roll the Taft chair- man wa elected by ninety-eight votes and forty-seven votes were cast for the Roosevelt cai]dldate. The committee on credentials was then appointed, con- slating of one member named by each county delegation. Tile majority re- port of the committee was. adopted unanimously by the convention, no del- egation whose seats were contested being permitted to vote on its own case. As soon as the majority report of the credentials committee had been adopted, the Roosevelt adherents bolt- ed. There was not the slightest reason for sustaining the contest for Roosevelt delegates. Eighth District, The Eighth Kentucky district was composed of ten counties having 163 votes, of which eighty-two were neces- sary to a choice. There was no con- test in five of the counties, and al- though the Roosevelt men claimed that there was one In Spencer county no contest was presented against the seating of the regularly elected Taft delegates from that county. This gave the Taft delegates eighty-four votes, or two more than were necessary for a choice. In other words, assuming that ths Roosevelt men were entitled to all the delegates from the counties in which they filed contests in the dis- trict convention there remained a clear majority of uncontested delegates who voted for the Taft delegates to Chi- cago, OKLAHOMA. Third District, In the Third Oklahoma district the question of the validity of the seats of the delegates turned on the constitu- tion of the congressional committee, which was made up of twelve Taft men and seven Roosevelt men. The chairman, Cochran, was a Roosevelt man and attempted to prevent the ma- Jority of the committee from taking action. The chairman was removed and another substituted, and thereupon the convention was duly called to order on the temporary roll prepared by the congressional committee, which was made the permanent roll, and the two Taft delegates to Chicago were duly selected. Every county in the district bad Its representation and vote in the regular convention, and no person properly accredited as s delegate was excluded or debarred from participat- ing in its proceedings. Cochran and his followers bolted after his deposi- tion. Assuming that all the committee who went out with him had the right to act on the committee, it left the committee standing twelve for Taft and seven for Roosevelt, so it was sim- ply a question whether a majority of the committee had the right to control its action or a minority. The bolting convention which Cochran held was not attended by a majority of the duly elected delegates to the convention. It dldlot have the credentials from the various counties, and its membership was largely made up of bystandem who had not been duly accredited by any county in the district. Its action was entirely without authority. TENNESSEE. Second District. In the Second Tennessee district there were fifty-nine delegates uncon- tested out of a possible total of 108 in the convention. There were forty-nine contested. The Roosevelt contestants in the forty-nine refused to abide the decision of the committee on creden- tials and withdrew, leaving fifty-nine uncontested delegates. These fifty- nine delegates, part of whom were Roosevelt men, remained in the con- vention, appointed the proper commit- tees, settled contests and proceeded to select Taft delegates. There can be no question about the validity there- fore of their title. No. 1668 Notice of Sale of Real Estate IN THE SUPERIOR COURT OF THE STATE el  WASHINGTON IN AND FOR THE COUNTY OF SNOHOMISH. In the matter of the guardianship of .'Kathlenc Myrtle McDonald, Norman McDonald and Leo McDonald, Minors. Notice is hereby given that Roland McDon- ald, as guardian of the persons and estates of : Norman McDonald and Leo McDonald, minors. in pursuance of an order of the shove entitled court, made and entered on the 15th day of July. 1912, in the above entitled matter, will sell at private sate, for cash, to the highest bidder, subject to the confirmation of said court, on or i after the 5th day of August. 1912, all the right, title and interest of said minors, Norman McDonald and Leo McDonald, in and to the following described real estate, situated in Snohomish county, Washington, to-wit: An undivided one-third interest iu and to lot sixteen (16) in block three (3) of Queen Anne addition to Marysville, Also an undivided one-third interest in and to a strip of land right rods wide off the west side of the south-east quarter of the south- west quarter of the south-east quarter (se4 of sw  of se 4) of section two (2) in township twenty-seven (27) north, range six (6) east, W.M. Bids for the above described real property will be received from and after the first publi- cation of this notice, at the office ofG. F. Gook, rooms I-3, Fergusou-building, Monroe, Wash- ington, until the hour of twelve o'clock noon on-the 5th day of August, 1912, aud thereafter until said pJoperty is sold. Bids must be in writing. Terms of Sale:--Cash, gold coin of the Unit- ed States, ten per cent. of the bid payable at the time of sale and the balance upon confirma- tion by said court. Dated this 15th day of July, 1912. ROLAND McDONALD, Guardian. First publication July 19, 1912. Last publication August 2, 1912. A Business Directory of each City, [] Town and Village In Oregon and [] Vash|ngten, giving a Descriptive [] Skjtch of each place, Location, I Shipping Facilltlee and a Classi- fled Directory o each :Buslneu and Jrofession. 1 1 ]g. L. 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