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RIDDER SAYS WILSON SOUGHTHYPHEH VOTE CeatlaaesJ 1rm rase 1. MrirM of an hour or two that he la frl-ndly t lrinajny " be had kpt nt nls word that Henetor Haoinjr tht b Hh Mr- Muller. knrv . Hiiet aa aut)rrlaet to make Rood i a i.ifc-iM. NiveOiles. 1 declined.. . Tha i. t.vjl of the Keller Interview are - .f no Ffcrg-a tmportano-'. For hl own purp.ia-a. i,0 wiifully r)lacj1 oM In " mv mouth whU-Vi wre never apokcn. There are birrer questions Involved. Bnwtvr, than senator Keller and rny-; aeir. and they have to do with the visit of Mr. Abelea. This ffentleman. ramo aa tha bearer of an Invitation from - Senator Ptone. Chairman of the For--; elan Itelatlona CoramiUee of tha 8en-' aia. to discuss tha queatlona of tha campaign at a fHtherln ct Influential fiermaa-Amertt'ana to be arranged at Terrace Uardrn that vary evening. I declined the Invitation. Mr. Abelea Immediately railed op Senator Stone from Tha Staats-Zellunf office and told him that 1 had declined. Senator Ktone then spoke to mt, saving that ha would regard It aa a personal favor not only to come myself but a Lao to bnnt Influential German-America na with me. Embarraasln; aa my position waa, I could not decline to ' coe.t tha Invitation of cane who waa rot only tha Cha!m-n of the Foreign K.laltona Committee;, but -who waa aleo tha spokesman of the Administration on tha floor of the Senate. I learned that a luncheon had been arranged at the Hotel Aator on the same day. which had proved a fisxie, KM-atsae tha irei-msn Americans had declined to receive Senator Ktone. L'g. ler tie circumaiancea I felt that we ahould at least hear what Senator none naa to say and a number of m fathered together at Terrace Garden for din nor at H o'clock on September 10 aa the auesu of Mr. Abelea. There were present at thla confer- .erne Mr. otto Van Kchenk. Mr. Henry A Uric. Mr. Joseph Krey. Jral.-dnt of the Uennan-Amerl"n C'ath-oiw R-wletiea; I'rraidenl Coilmeyer of the United German Turners, and on er tw other frlenda whose name a I d not remember; Oeorfe Sylvester Vtareck. the editor of The Fatherland,' an Senator blona. Thla conference laated from - 8 'clock at nit-ht till a on Sunday tnorntnf. Senator Vtone uaed all hia wail known power of persuasion and I am ready to concede him the palm aa aa able advocate of the Administration to convince ua that the apparent anM-tJerman-American policies f the WIIor Aomlntatration were only for public roruramption and that privately thty Were ready to work hard In clove with the Ovrman-Ajner- it leauera. Tha wIkI object of thla conference, ao far aa Senator Stone waa, concerned, waa to find out what action waa necessary on tha part of the Administration In nrder to secure tha support ef 'rman-Americans at the coming election. Italia tpeetael Hesslllatla. Can anything be more humiliating than the spectacle of the Chairman et the Foreign Relations Committee of the Senate a-umshoeine; in a small room -of a Third Avenue' beer garden and barter.n for the vote which the President trosa the platform' of Shadow Lawn and In his speech of a - I' La are had repudiated? Trie c.ipier-nce uroae up at 3 o'clock ta the moral n. and mailers were left In a staie ef waicnfui waiting. Hardly ten das paiuicd by when the second emissary ui. I're.I.lent Wilson aprearet In New York City to eccom-Iiia what geaator Ktone had failed to accomplish. This ti ne the messenger appeared In the person of a Cabinet !. nutter no Iras a personage than Albert Hurleson. Postmaster General. , who divides the honors with Senator Hon and Colonel House In the Intimate advleorshlp of the President. Mr. Kurleson arranged through Mr. vlereck. tha ed.tor of The Fatherland. f'r a conference at the offices of the leni-crat'e National Headquarters in . the Forty-second Street Building for tie hour of 12 o'clock on Tuesday, rVj't. Si Inv.tatlons were extended the following: IWnard H. Kidder, Osrsr Wei's, the editor of the Hearst tterman paer; Rud.ilph Paaenirtecher, and many others. The committee was to meet In Mr. Partnstecher'e office, which waa conveniently located in the same building aa the iemocratle Na-tlonal Headquarters. Be It said to the credit of tha gentlemen Invited that they declined to have, any dealings In 1 the subterranean political diplomacy which was being engineered by the Wilson group.- .. . Mr, Vtereck waa the only on to welcome Mr Burleson. What transpired between Mr. Burleson and Mr. Vtereck mar safely be left to the Imagination until such' time as either one of the frentlemen Is willing to take the public nto his confidence. " Bo much for the eampnlvo of Keller, tone, Burleaon, and Wilson. What they have done In New York they have done In the West. They have been hypocritical to the limit, and we have been in the best position to'obaerve their hypocrisy. I should like to be present at the Be xt interview between Messrs. Hap- fond. Stone, Burleson, and Wilson, 'erhape I shall not be Invited . VICTOR F. KIDDER. Bernard 11. RiJkrVr, a brother of Victor F., waa In tr-. orlvate office of Chairman Willcox whet. he statement was made public: in fact he carried the statement to headquarters. Chairman Willoox waa jubilant. " I regard Mr. llapgood'a conduct as absolutely Indefensible." he raid. It is the muttering of a desperate man l. a desperate cause." " Mr. Hapgood has said that he Xi abcut ready to expose a conspiracy between W all 8treet. the Catholic Church, and the German-Americans to slaughter Wilson and he claims to have proof." Chairman Wlllcox waa teld. ever Conferred With Hashes. " Tell him from me. said the Chairman. . that he cannot come out with It too soon to suit nie. and that I hope for hla own sake that hia so-called proof this time will have a vestige of common sense, ir not of veracity." Mr. Kidder, while altting by the desk of Chairman Willcox. was asked If ne had had any eonferencea with Mr. -Hughes. So. we have not." tie rentier -"Have I or anv reoreaentattva er the Republican National Committee op of the candidate ever made any promise to you or any request to you in relation to the campaign?" asked Chairman Wlllcox, turning to Mr RJdder. o,-- nun, whatever," said Mr. Bidder. ' . , I am not afralrl of aaklnr anv man in Christendom the aame Question."1 Interjected Mr. Willcox. Have vou ronveved to Mr II iHim directly or indirectly any word as to what you would like to have him say in " AO, never. - - Mr. RIdder Invariably mad hla state menta inclusive enough to cover both mm ana nis brother. omtnentinr on the RIdder statement Mr. Hapa-ood. said last nlftht: Mr. Kidder does not answer a alnr marge made by fenator Keller, einvoly mate pa the blanket assertion of falsity. I know Senator Keller well and have abundant proof of his veracity. Seaght te Wla Geraaaa Votes. " What we maintain Is that the pres sure on Mr. Hughes from the Germans has been exactly along the lines reported by Mr. Keller and also by other. Does Mr. Hughes deny that he haa been con- atantly besought to say what be said in Philadelphia?. Does be deny that there are a number of letters from - prominent Germans Urging him to take precisely that stand r- Mr. Hapgood said that while he could not speak for either Henator Stone or Postmaster General Burleaon. he 'was not il Imposed to deny that they and Sena tor Keller in. particular were engatred all the time in efforts to win German vote for the President. We can certainly do ho more useful work than .to make the Germana see the situation as other Americans aee It. in atead of remaining In a bunch by themselves,' said Mr. Hapgood. "That la very dtrrrent from the Germans com' Ing to Hughes and saying : ' You roust .taxe this position or . that, and Mr, Hughes yielding.". - , " stone admits talk. a conference with Victor RIdder. or with anybody. 1 waa asked to meet a number of gentlemen at Terrace Garden and did so, spending a fiteaaant evening. 1 deny without qualification that I ever made anv such statement aa that quoted by Mr. RIdder. "It Is amaslng that any man would assume to state publicly what occurred at a private supper; and It is Unthinkable that Mr. Kidder ahould make such s statement as that attributed to him. German people are usually gentlemen and have a correct conception of propriety. I ahould hate to think that the son of my old friend. Herman RIdder, la an exception to this rule." " I was In New York about the middle of September." the Senator went on. " I was invited to meet a number of gentlemen at Terraoe. Garden. Victor Kidder waa present. " During the afternoon, before the nlght'e meeting mentioned, I was called at the Waldorf Hotel from Kldder'a office and he told me he would come by the hotel In hla machine and drive me to the meeting. " I had known his father, Herman RIdder, somewhat intimately for rears. I waa personally glsd to meet Mr. Rid-der and the others I had been invited to meet. " In the talk I made at this meeting I did undoubtedly speak strongly in favor of the President, but It la utterly untrue that I said that the President's apparent anti -German -A meri ran policies were for public consumption and that privately the Administration was ready to work hand In alova with k. German-American leaders. at la positively untrue that I miA anything bearing any resemblance to any such statement," Bat Indignantly Repudiates Victor Ridder's Version of It. fpccial to re Xnc Tert rimes. . ST., LOUIS. - Oct. 1JL When Victor Ridder's ' statement - in reference to his conference . with Senator . W. J." Stone waa shown to the Senator, he said: " I emphatically deny that I sought BURLESON SAW VIERECK. i Admits a Five-Minute Chat Here Not of His Own Seeking. ' Specie! it Tas Xne Tort Timt. WASHINGTON. Oct. 11. -rostra aster General Burleaon said tonight that he hail never sought an ' Interview with George Sylvetrter, Vlereck. but that a request waa made of him to meet Mr. lereca at Liemocratlc National Headquarters in New York. At that confer ence, he added, he had a talk of five mlnutea with Mr. Vlereck. with Vlrri doing moat of the talking, although Mr. nurieson asked Mr. Vlereck three or four queatlona. Mr. Burleson aald he did not care to say anything about the . matters die. cussed st the interview. I la added, however, that, so far aa he himself wss concerned. Mr, Vlereck was at liberty to do all the talking he pleased regarding what transpired. i ' Democratic National fleadouart era last night gave out the follow in a state- mso!. u Dinni I rom M r. - 1-iurleaon over the lonc-dlxtaiice telephone: I waa aske h- a mutual friend if uuiq Mr. lereca. , i aald certainly.' and he called at the office f the Democratic National Committee. There were several newspaner men aboi't the office when Mr. Vlereck came In I talked to him tn Mr. Morgenthau a room. There waa no secrecy about the meeting, for people werte coming In and going out during the entire time. No one came with Mr.' Vlereck. and I never 3V JSX- CC 1200 Suits . . . in a Sixtrl-Birthday,, '

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 12 Oct 1916, Thu,
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