Arizona Turns Back the Electoral Clock

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Arizona Turns Back the Electoral Clock - ARIZONA TURNS BACK THE ELECTORAL CLOCK 4 i -...
ARIZONA TURNS BACK THE ELECTORAL CLOCK 4 i - Time Made to Stand Still While the New State's Tardy Messenger Messenger Brings Presidential Yote. MR. WEBB'S LEISURELY TOUR Interrupted by Bad 'Newa at Breakfast Breakfast Rushes to Washington to Find Himself, Like Phlleaa Foga, a Day Ahead of the Calendar. . " Special to The A'ew York Time. WASlUNGTON. Jan. 28. Seated in front of a bountiful breakfast in New York this morning exact time and place unrevealed was one Wilfrid T. Webb, species ranchman," habitat Arizona. New York had extended Its hospitality theretofore theretofore to Mr. Webb, and now as then, the best in the house was none too good. Quantity as well as quality figured In this feaat for before the . day waa done he had various activities to accomplish In then metropolis. Also, although the suns of Arizona hsd tinted his face almost to a sunset hue. he, was a cosmopolite, and I had the morning papers served with his meal. It wss this combination, however, that suddenly took away the appetite of Mr. Webb. He was lifting a forkful of potato to his mouth and, mind you, well-cooked well-cooked well-cooked potato is the delicacy to an Arisona ranchman when bis eye lighted upon his own name In the paper. That potato never i reached deglutition. Mr. Webb's mind was suddenly shifted to this chain of events: When the Electors ef Arisona met to cast their votes for the first time for President and ao proudly added three to the aggregate of Gov. Wilson, the Elect ors ot the new Bute looked around for some one who would appreciate a Journey to the National Capital. Their eyes fell upon Mr. Webb. Had he not worked and contributed toward Democratic success? He had. So, although be did not need the money Involved, he was told that he could bo the messenger who would deliver the State's first Electoral returns to Washington. ' ( Now, not being versed In all the things that go with such an errand. Mr. Webb went to the highest authority In sight, the Chief Justice of Arisona. He received from this fountalnhead the information that It was his duty to be in Washington by Feb. 1 and deliver hia precious papers and not to let them get lost Get lost! Trust Mr. Webb for that He could sleep with one eye. open, and his hand wan quick with the gun. And. starting out two weeks ago, he wandered on a crooked trail leading to Washington and enjoyed himself at every turn. Coming bark to the bountiful breakfast, Mr. Webb was thus confronted in black and white with the Information that he should have been In Washington last night, for that was the last day. for the delivery of records of Klectorel votes. His Senators had been raking the West and Middle. Wet with a fine comb or telegrams, telegrams, and had not been able to find Mm. And because he had been lost the electoral vote of .Arizona could not be csst this year at all. Not only that, but he was to lose that $ odd and waa subject to a fine of $1,000 for his tardiness. Suffering snakes or words to that effect! Mr. Webb leaped from the table. It was only by splendid diplomacy thst he waa recalled to the little formality of paying hla bill. He dashed for the nearest telegraph office and put a hot message on the wire telling Senators Ashurst and Smith thst he was on the way. On the way he went as fast as a limited train could carry him. At the Union Station when he arrived here his face outrivaled the best sunset the Arisona mesa could afford. A large delegation of newspaper men and a crowd had gathered to meet him. It was the first time he had been interviewed in force, and he felt worse than sn Engllsn nobleman under the same circumstances. However, he had faced hostile guns in his time, and knew that the best thing to do was to keep his teeth together, and he did It This gave time for the Arisona Arisona Senstors to come up and rescue him and tell him mat it was all right. You see, .Senators are used to turning back the clock every once In a while when they want to do something, and thla time the clock had been turned back for Arizona. Officially. Mr. Webb found ho had arrived yesterday, and the bland Senate functionaries accepted hla precious package and gave him his $642.75 for mileage under' date of Jan. 27. Mr. Webb's explanations were brief. "I didn't know anything about the law," he said, "so I got a lawyer friend to draw me up a set of Instructions. He told me I had to be here by Feb. 1. and I took my time. I went around by way of Kansas City. St Louis. Chicago. Detroit, Detroit, and Buffalo to New York, and I wasn't going to leave there to-day. to-day. to-day. But it spoiled my appetite when I aw how badly I waa wanted." All the Electoral votes are now in the hsnds of Senate officers ready for the official canvass In the Joint session of the two houses on Feb. 12. Mr. Wilson wfsl probably be found to have, been elected President

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  1. The New York Times,
  2. 29 Jan 1913, Wed,
  3. Page 1

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