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for be to in a evil-minded Is vigorously-pressed. im-poitnnt j Random Recollections of an . Old Political Reporter XIII. During the month of November, 1876, It became apparent that an effort was being made In Louisiana to Induce the Returning Returning Board, as the state canvassing board was called there, to reverse the result of the voting on Election Day. By his superiors this reporter was rushed to Louisiana to watch the attempt for his paper. It did not lake him long to discover, after his arrival in New Orleans, that the field of his activity must be that city. This was so, because, though the figures of three parishes in the northern part of the state were to be changed the work was being done in New Orleans. In Louisiana the civil divisions, which in our state are called counties, are termed parishes. The figures of the count on Election Day had given Tilden over 5,000 majority. majority. Questions as to the accuracy of that count had been raised and allegations ol fraud made in the three parishes. The parish canvassing officers were not to be found at their homes, and It was said that they were in New Orleans under cover. In the meantime, in some mysterious mysterious way, the official returns were being held up somewhere between the parishes and the capital of the state. At that tim the State of Louisiana was under the control of as rascally a gang of carpet baggers from the North as ever encumbered the earth, aided by a conscienceless conscienceless group of colored men, who controlled the negro vote. This control was supported by the presence of United States troops. The city was in a state of wild excitement. excitement. The Democrats were nearly frantic over what they believed was a barefaced, fraudulent attempt to deprive them of a well earned victory won over great odds won over L'nited States troops stationed at the polls to influence the voting. To them the seating of Tilden In the presidential chair meant relief from burdens burdens and oppressions of the United States troops and the dissipation of the crew ot carpetbaggers, who were robbing right and left. They were angered to the lighting point and all the more angered because they could not learn what was being done. Crowds of militant Democrats thronged the streets, the barrooms, the hotel spaces, talking wildly In threatening and denunciatory words. A very dangerous outbreak was possible at any place .and at any moment. The reporter felt that in order to move about in these excited crowds, wilh a degree degree of safely ft was necessary that his own mission should be thoroughly understood. understood. So he was at pains to make himself himself known and that ho represented a Northern paper which was supporting Tilden in short, that he was there to do his part in preventing the theft of a state, Perhaps that Is the reason why he achieved a conspicuity at which he had not aimed and why he was, to a slight extent, involved In an incident that promised at the time to be of great importance. importance. First, it is to be told, as having a degre of relationship to the incident incident of which mention has been made that there were in town strangers from the North who, the reporter was firmly convinced, were agents of the Republican National Committee. In the rase of two of them there was no concealment to the reporter for they were aware that he knew what had been their relattions to that committee in the campaign. The fact that these men were plainly dissatisfied dissatisfied with the course of events and that they did not hold the men who were supposed supposed to be manipulating the returns In the most implicit trust, gave the reporter much food for thought this and the other fact that day by day there were no developments developments of moment while the public excitement was rising higher and higher. Late one afternoon, after a fruitless day's labor, the wearied reporter slipped Into his hotel and finding an empty chair in a remote corner of the office sat himself himself down for a rest. He had been resting but a short time when a man whose acquaintance acquaintance he had made at the Republican Republican convention in Cincinnati that summer, summer, dropped Into a chair beside him. After a few unimportant remarks the man suddenly asked: "Are you representing the Tilden people people here?" The reporter hastened to assure the he represented nothing but his paper that he was merely a news gatherer. The man said no more on that Bcore and shortly after went away. He Joined a man leaning against the office counter. After a trief exchange he left the second person and, after sauntering about a little, finally resumed the vacant chair beside the reporter. By and by came the question whether the reporter knew if there was a Tilden representative in town. To this the reporter replied that he knew of none who was openly such, although there was one man in town who, he had reason to suspect, bore some such relation. Again the stranger went away. An hour elapsed and he reappeared, asking asking the reporter if be would accompany him to a room on the next, floor. The affair affair was becoming mysterious. The reporter reporter followed with some eagerness, for he thought that In a situation barren of real incidents of moment something of value might be the outcome. He was llthprprl Inrn a rnnm l ....a a person, at once recognised by the re- re- nnrter na o man I i- i- ,u net bag" control of Lr,,,lim, tf . Pinchbeck, then l'nited Slates Ketintoi-- Ketintoi-- Ketintoi-- eiect. bo soon as the reporter had been presented to Pinchbeck the guide disappeared. disappeared. Without preliminary remark the magnate magnate of the carpetbag asked: "Will you give me the name of the man you suspect to be a Tilden agent?" To this the reporter replied: "I do not know that he Is one. I certainly certainly would not give bis name without his permission." The upshot was that the reporter agreed to 'find this man and. If he was willing, to bring about a meeting with a person whom Pinchbeck Delther named nor indicated. It was a singular mission, concerning which he had many doubts. He had but little more than a speaking acquaintance with the person in question. He did not know just what ho was. He was by no means certain that he was an agent of the Tilden interests, or that he was a man to be trusted in such a capacity. He was one of those men not infrequently met. Invariably present at conspicuous political events, moving aU.ut wilh much reserve, having no visible duly, engaged In no apparent work, knowing everybody. In confidence with no one, yet well informed, informed, apparently an isolated quantity Placid, smiling, secretive and cynical he was an Interesting figure, though no 'one knew his means of support or his purposes purposes in life. Such was Rhodes. The reporter reporter had heard that in the Tweed affair he had been in confidential relations with Tilden, and knew that In the Canal Ring tight he had sat around the Albany hotels, referring contemptuously to Tilden Tilden as an old fox, wl-.o wl-.o wl-.o was not true to his word and who could not be trusted. It was to this man the reporter went, telling him, without reserve, of the meeting with Pinchbaek. "I do not admit that I am a Tilden agent," said the mysterious man. "Indeed, "Indeed, t want you distinctly to understand that I am not that I have no authority to act as such. Now. with this understanding. understanding. I am willing that my name should be known and to meet whoever wants to meet me." A meeting took place the next day with a man whose identity I never learned. In the late nfternoon of ;hat day the reporter reporter met Rhodes carrying his grip. "Co'.ng away?" asked ihc reporter. "To Washington, as quick as 1 can. Come with me to the staiion." He was silent on tbe way thither, but as he put out his hand to the reporter land hndp him r-nnrlhv r-nnrlhv r-nnrlhv hn caiH "Louisiana la for sale; (250,000 la the price. I am not an agent for Tilden or for that Interest, but I carry the terms of the bargain. In your owrt interest you will keep this to yourself." The reporter did not keep it to himself, but he never heard more of the matter during that exciting period. In November, 181. in a public speech, at Chlrkering Hall, in Manhattan, A brum S. Hewitt, who had been chairman of the Democratic National Committee, and. in the 1876 campaign. Tilden's carupnign manager, and, as well, member of Congress, Congress, used these wordB: "The State of Louisiana has determined a presidential election. The vote of this state was offered to me for money, and I declined to buy it. But the vote of that state was sold for mone." And since the reporter read that part of Mr. Hewitt's speech, he has often won dered if Mr. Hewitt relaied the end of the Incident of the deginnlng of which, in New Orleans., the reporter" had per sonal knowledge. O. P. R. WASHINGTON SIDELIGHTS Eagle Bureau, 608 Fourteenth Street. Washington. May 14 President Taft is suffering from a slight cold. It practically practically is the first ailment he has had since he entered the White House, and it Is not at nil serious. The continued good heallh of the President has been a source of much gratification and some surprise to those who feared he would break down under the strain and worry of being President. It is recalled that Mr. Tatt never thrived in the Philippines. Once he had g very serious illness there. As Secretary Secretary of War he never gave the impression impression of robust health. It frequently was remarked during the campaign of 1903 that Mj Tatt looked like a mail who might suddenly succumb to the exactions of the duiiy grind of the White House. The dead whiteness of his color was far from reassuring. But the President has enjoyed remark- remark- ably good health since March of last year. His friends say It is because he j pays so much attention to his physical ; condition. Every morniug he boxes wilh a professional rubber, Mr. Taft says he will never become a rival o Jeffries as a sparrer, but he says the vigorous work he goes through every morning is au 1 excellent thing to put him on edge for ! a hard day in his office. Then he will have a game of golf, a j horseback ride, a long walk or perhaps I an automobile ride In the nfternoon. I There is a fine tennis court back of the executive offices, but Mr. Taft has yet to tackle the racquet. He gets enough exercise at other sports to keep him in good condition. The President is abstemious In eating and drinking. In the old days he would drink a glass of wine or so at dinner. Now he takes no alcoholic drinks. He always turns his glass down at banquets. banquets. The President is a teetotaler so far as tobacco Is concerned. His brother. Henry W., neither drinks nor smokes. The President's temperate habits doubtless doubtless aid him In preserving his health. Cabinet officers say that Mr. Taft preserves preserves an even, sweet temper under most, trying circumstances. Rarely, indeed, does he gave way to peevishness. A Cabinet Cabinet officer said the other day that the only time he had seen the President let hts feelingB get the better of him was when he heard recently that a certain prominent Republican Senator had made a remark casting serious reflections on the President's honesty of purpose in connection with a pending bill. Mr. Taft (tin express himself as forcibly as anyone anyone when he wants to. and this time he did not restrain himself. It leAked out to-day to-day to-day that during the height of the fight over the election of a leader of the Albany Senate to succeed Allds. William Barnes. Jr., wrote a letter to the President saying that he could have Barnes' federal job if he wanted it. Barnes is collector of customs at Albany. There had open some talk of the "federal crowd" punishing federal office holders who were blocking the plan of the President President to secure the election of Hinman. President Taft says he expects to keep ! only one of his out-of-town out-of-town out-of-town out-of-town out-of-town engagements. This is the one for May 30. in New York City. He intends to slay In Washington and keep track of his legislative programme. programme. Secretary Ballinger says he intends to do some "snake killing" as soon as he gets through with the congressional investigating investigating committee. By this he means that he intends to cut off the official heads of a lot of employes In his department department whom he believes have been disloyal to him. There is much shivering among the petty chiefs and subordinates in Bal-lingcr's Bal-lingcr's Bal-lingcr's department, for nobody knows where the ax will fall. Apparently, the President has told Ballinger to go ahead and do some housecleauing. Many Congressmen are having trouble with the folks back home in efforts to prove that they are real progressives. Representative Alfred B. Garner of Pennsylvania Pennsylvania Is one of these. He is in difficulty difficulty because the people charge him with not keeping ante-election ante-election ante-election pledges. It seems that Garner promised to vote against Cannon for speaker. Garner has put a speech in the Congressional Record Intended to convince the voters of his district that he is a much maligned man. In It he says that when he came to Washington he found tbe President was urging the election of Cannon and that as he wanted to stand well with the party and acquire some influence he supported Cannon on the floor. He protests that he opposed Cannon In the caucus. Garner was not present when the memorable struggle to depose Cannon took ptace and this also has made trouble .for him. He denl(,s ,hat 1,0 dodged and glves ,his ex 'Planfttiont "A man wants to spend some time at home with his wltr and family and espe cially at Easter. Garner has introduced a long string of radical bills, some of them being plain bids for the support of the labor interests. interests. He says It will be foolish to send a new man In his place next year, because the newcomer will have no influence. Ho says the prospects are good for the passage passage of some of his bills. If not all. Among the bills ls one more radical than the Foelker bill, proposing an export duty of 10 cents a pound on cattle shipped out of the country. Garner thus describes another bill: 'I have introduced a bill to have the government appropriate $2,500,000 annually annually for the support of the parents, widows and orphans of those killed in accidents. Look around your own home end see the suffering, poverty and destitution destitution from this cause, and ask yourself if this government cannot afford to alleviate alleviate some of that misery." CRIST. DIDN'T CATCH HIS NAME. Governor Gilchrist Asks a Little Question of Vice President Sherman. Vice President James S. Sherman was the principal guest of the Navy Yard workmen at their banquet, held in Kismet Kismet Mosque, last Thursday night, to celebrate the successful launching of the battleship Florida. The workmen had expected President Taft. but the President President at Ihe last minute had to decline be-ause be-ause be-ause the insurgents In Congress had begun to "Insurge" again. As the principal guest of the evening the Vice President sat on the right of the toastmaster and next to hint sat Governor Gilchrist of Florida. The Governor Governor was, of course, disappointed at the enforced absence of the President, for he had expected to have the honor of engaging the chief executive In conversation. conversation. And the President, without doubt, would have enjoyed listening to the Governor. But the latter found tho President's substitute a very affable gentleman, and was seen to laugh hearllly at somo of the stories that were being told to him. The free and easy manner in which each seemed to 'op enjbying the other's company company naturally enough led ti)o master A" to 3 1:10, at of had told to a lhe go Ah awaiting repenting ranging gas she half the 1 In died in ,7

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  1. The Brooklyn Daily Eagle,
  2. 14 May 1910, Sat,
  3. Page 4

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