Oliver O. Howard in New York Oct 1904 New York Tribune 27 Oct 1904 p 3

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Oliver O. Howard in New York Oct 1904 New York Tribune 27 Oct 1904 p 3 - a a DAILY TRIBTXE. 1111- VETERANS AIiOLSED...
a a DAILY TRIBTXE. 1111- VETERANS AIiOLSED (MEEK VOX ROOSEVELT. Generals Sickles, Howard and King Speak in Brooklyn. A great crowd of Civil War veterans from all parts of Brooklyn gathered In the Clermont Aver.ue Rink last night and cheered themselves hoarse for Theodore Roosevelt, "the man of peace who was not afraid of war if it was necessary to keep the flag flying." The occasion was a mass meeting under the auspices of the Union Veterans' Patriotic League. Most of the speakers were soldiers, with Genera. Daniel E. Sickles. TJeneral Oliver O. Howard and General Horatio C. King leading in rank. There was particular Interest In the utterances of Generals Sickles and Kin?, who were formerly Democrats. The rink was filled even to the side galleries. It was an audience of gray haired men, nearly «-very one wearing the button of the Grand Army of the Republic or the emblem of the Sons of Veterans. A thousand small flags had been distributed among the audience, and the effect of the frequent cheering was increased by flag waving. George W. Bruce president of the New-York State organisation of the Veterans' League. «nd the prertrtlng officer of the meeting. In his opening speech predicted the election of Roosevelt and Higgins. "His life Is an open book. " he said, in speaking of President Roosevel'. "While other men are thinking, he Is getting there. He has taken the people Into his confidence: they believe in him and are going to elect him. I know Frank W. Higgins. too," he continued, "and I know that there has been much nonsense talked In reference to his nomination. I waa at Saratoga, and had not been there two hours before I saw the trend of that convention. Htgglns was not nominated by the leaders, but they were compelled to have him. He Is a business, man who doesn't put all his goods In the front window, and when you elect him you will find that you have elected a Governor." General Sickles won his audit nee before he had said a word, and waa cheered for several minutes. He said, in part: I am here to give a few reasons why in oldtime Democrat, as I am. finds himself unable to vote with his party. I met you here before in 1900 and 1896. Bryan was then the candidate, but I found myself unable to stand with him. To-night, it true, the candidate does not bear the same name, but he stands on practically the same platform. It is true that my old friend Judge Parker sent a telegram—a manly telegram— to St. Louis. But, unfortunately, a telegram does not make a platform. It only binds the man who Bent it— not those who receive it. The convention did not modify its platform, and I find tnynelf facing the same conditions as I did when Mr. Bryan was a candidate. As I could not accept him then. I cannot accept his substitute. Judge Parker's advisers have jiersuade.i him to haul down the flag In the Philippines. No objection was made until this year to the right of the President to indicate and point out the disabilities entitling a pensioner to an allowance- Is not old age a disability preventing men from earning a living by manual labor? Roosevelt is not the only President who has made old age a disability. Cleveland made old age a pensionable cause, fixing the -age at seventy-five. McKinley made such an order, fixing the age at sixty-five. Not until Roosevelt's time, when he fixed the age at sixty-two, was there any question of this constitutional right. General Horatio C. King was introduced as another Democrat who had "seen the evil of his way." He began his speech by saying: For many years Iv«- followed the Democratic flag, and I have no excuse to offer. But In 1596 the thin dilution fed out by ih« Democratic party as a f>latform was a little too thin for my political nourshment. ami I voted for William McKinley. In 1900 the gruel was even weaker than it wa« in 1836. ami I broke off all connection with the party that showed no sign of coming back to common sense, and Joined the Republican party. General Oliver O. Howard was not allowed to begin his speech until the veterans had «ung a verse or two of "Marching Through Georgia." Thf- cheers v. hlch General Howard led for "the Old Flag and Theodore Roosevelt" were loud and long. REPUBLICAN SURPLUS. in a

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