The Daily Express. (San Antonio, Tex.), Vol. 45, No. 191, Ed. 1 Sunday, July 10, 1910 Page: 3 of 64
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THE S*SN ANTONIO DAILY EXPRESS
SUNDAY MORNING, JULY 10, 1910.
HE DECLARES HE 18 ENTITLED TO
VOTE OF GRAYSON COUNTY.
He Admits He Cannot Be Elected
Without the Votes of Some of
Bailey's Friends, But Says Other
Candidates Are Also Affected.
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plete unison with his friends upon a sub-
ject, a candidacy—for which they should
entertain a mutual affection.
Mr. Bailey's attitude was obviously one
of the confidence that his friends are
and will be henceforth, united with him
in the contest for the governorship, it
revealed nothing of the suggestion. It
* was notably characterized by tacit rec-
ognition on his part of a thorough under-
standing between them.
Senator Bailey's references to his posi-
tion in the State campaign came at re-
mote intervals in his speech.
"I hate to be a bone of contention," he
said in the first instance, "and I have
struggled not to be, but if they think
they can drive me from the public serv-
ice they aro mistaken. I might quit if
they let me alone; J will never quit until
they do let me alone, and they have
Just as much chance to defeat me as an
infidel has to inherit the kingdom of God.
J would like to be permitted to do my serv-
ice In your way and my way; I would like
to come back amongst you annually and
recite to you what I have done in your
behalf, without having your minds di-
verted by these things; but they won t
let me do It. They are tiding to drag mo
Into this campaign right now and they
would do it if they could."
(Voices, "That's what.")
The speaker paused. "But all their kind
this side of the grave and outside the
penitentiary can't make me do what I
ought not to do. (Applause.)
•'They are swearing that I ought to do
this arid that, and if I should do it, they
would draw their cloaks around them
and, like solemn hypocrites, they would
say I am trying to dictate to the people
of Texas. They a,re doing everything
they can to make me take part so they
can lie about it. But I am not going to
give them that opportunity."
His later reference to his attitude
toward the pending campaign was notice-
4,I STAND ON POINDEXTER'S SIDE."
"They seem to be so earnest in their
efforts to get me into this contest/' tic the banner of prohibition -t little Iiivrii-T
Sprcinl Telegram to The Kxi>res«.
SHLKMAN. Tex., July U.—Cone John-
son spoke here this afternoon to an audi-
ence estimated at between 000 and IL'00
persons, livery seat in the opera House
was taken ami many people stood up in
the aisles and against tlie wails.
Lie was preceded by Culieti J". Thomas,
who was introduced by John M. Fin ley.
Mr. Thomas spoke for nearly an hour m
criticism of Mr. Colquitt.
Mr. John.son was Introduced by Itev. J.
M Binkley, a widely-known minister, a
Republican and a prohibitionist.
Mr. Johnson's voice was weak, but grew
stronger as lie warmed up to his subject
of prohibition. His speech was along lines
heretofore published, except that he 'de-
clared timi iit> is entitled to the vote of
Grayson County, and if he does not get it.
it will be because of prejudice against
him personally. He said if on the morn-
ing after election it is found that the
throat of prohibition is cut he will not
look Into tlie pocket of Oscar B. Colquitt
or the saloon men for the knife, but iu
the pocket of the prohibitionists of Texas,
lie arraigned Mr.* Colquitt in his usual
It. V. Davidson and William Polndexter
also came In for their share of attention.
He discussed the constitutionality of the
statutory prohibition, declaring that such
a law would he as constitutional as the
State-wide gambling law, bucket shop law,
pure food law and a number of others.
He went into the Bailey question without
gloves, saying that lie Is willing to ac-
knowledge that he cannot be elected Gov-
ernor unless some of Senator Bailey's
friends vote for him. hut that the rest of
them are mixed up in the matter as much
as he is; that Mr. Polndexter is more so,
for he was paid to assist in tlie investiga-
tion of Senator Bailey, and. according to
his own statement, had agreed to be neu-
tral, but as soon as he had gotten the
State's money he had come out for Senator
Assuming the attitude of an exhorter,
Mr. Johnson said:
"Now, it is time for yon fellows to quit
that; you really ought to, I am holding
said, "that, although I am very earnest
to get into it I am rather inclined to stay
out of it because I hate to oblige. They
have never doubted how I stood. I stand
like most of you stand, on the right side,
which is another way of saying that I
stand on Bill Poindexter's side. (Cheers
and applause.) Now let them put that in
their pipes and smoke it."
Fully appreciating, perhaps, its applica-
tion to these expressions, the crowd gave
rapt attention to the speaker's criticism
of the policy which the Attorney Gen-
eral's office has pursued in prosecuting
corporations under the antitrust laws. It
noticeably conformed to Mr. Poindexter's
comment upon the administration of the
laws, even to the illustrations which Mr.
Bailey used to emphasize tlie inadequacy
as a deterrent to the operation of the
trusts of the practice which the Attorney
General's office has followed. Dike Mr.
Polndexter, he would put trust magnates
in stripes when they violate the law,
"confine them in the penitentiary," he
saiu, "they can't transfer that penalty to
"Our law provides for that, but they
haven't been enforcing that part of It.
They stopped with fining them. No one
has been prosecuted under the criminal
provision of the statute. More than forty
pleas of guilty have been entered upon
the records, and upon every plea a crim-
inal action could have been maintained."
A voice—Good-by, Davidson.
"Not one," continued Mr. Bailey, not
heeding the remark, "who has been At-
torney General has ever filed criminal
eults against trust operators, and every-
one who has held that office for the last
eight years has been an anti-Bailey
MENTIONS ONLY POINDEXTER.
Senator Bailey did not mention Mr.
Davidson's name during this indirect at-
tack, nor did he during his speech men-
tion the name of any aspirant to the
Governorship save that of Mr. Poln-
Taken all in all, Mr. Poindexter's
friends and Mr. Bailey's friends believe
Mr. Poindexter's political prospects have
been brightened by the speech. Senator
Bailey has not only made known his per-
sonal choice in the race, but he has not
disguised, to their minds at least, his hope
that Mr. Polndexter will be nominated,
nor h's Implied confidence that his
friends will aid the realization of this
Concerning another race In which he is
Interested, Senator Bailey was more ex-
"1 don't want to meddle," said he,
"but John Stephens is the ugliest man,
and at the same time one of the best
men ever sent to Congress." The crowd
roared its enjoyment of the tribute. Con-
gressman Stephens, a friend of Senator
Bailey, is opposed by State Senator John
W. Veaie. an anti-Bailey man. Wise
County was a part of the district once
represented by Senator Bailey.
Mr. Bailey's speech was largely a com-
posite of his speech of the Bailey cam-
paign and his tariff address of a year
ago. He spoke to about 1000 persons who
were attending the Old Settlers' picnic.
than any of my opponents and making a
better fight for It. and I ask you to vote
for me. I may say that I not only say
you ought to. but I request that you do.
Lockliart, at the conclusion of Mr. Rog-
ers' speech, spoke in the Interest of U.
V. Davidson's candidacy for Governor. Mr.
Rogers and Mr. Kills only had about 000
persons to hear them, on account of hav-
ing their speeches postponed.
Mr. Rogers spoke in Lockhart last night
to several hundred people.
CANDIDATES ARE MANY
They Seek Place in Congress Vacated
Special Telegram to The Express.
TYLER, Tex., July 9.—A very lively
contest seems certain between now and
next Saturday, the day set for holding
the primary to nominate a man to fill
the unexpired term of Judge Gordon
Russell in Congress. The following can-
didates today announced: S. D. Bees and
Sam Liinrtsey, editor of the Courier-Times
of this place, arid Robert Lively of Can-
ton Van Zandt County.
The aspirants at once started In the
district to make a hurried canvass. All
of the candidates, five in number, run-
ning for the main term, have said that
they would not be in the race for the
short term. Friends of the candidates
that announced today will cover every
county In the district for their man dur-
ing next week.
There has already been some feeling
engendered in the race.
COLQUITT NOT APPREHENSIVE
Bailey's Return Has No Effect. Says
I. M. Standifer.
Spccial Telegram to The Express.
HOUSTON, Tex., July 9.—I. M. Standi-
fer returned from Dallas yesterday and
his attention being called to the state-
ment in The Express from Dallas to the
effect that Colquitt's friends were appre-
hensive of the presence of Senator Bailey,
"This is not correct, nor does it ap-
proximate correctness. Colquitt's friends
knew that Mr. Bailey would come home
and knew that he was not In the habit
of concealing for whom he would vote
for Governor. He had already ex-
pressed himself a half-dozen times on
this question and his declaration upon
Ills return adds nothing to his previous
"All attempts to frighten Colquitt's
supporters by statements such as the
olio in The Express will wholly fail.
"Colquitt has left third base and Is
speeding for the homo plate, while the
other players are fumbling the ball out
in the field.
"As a matter of fact, there are more
of Mr. Bailey's friends supporting Mr.
Colquitt, by far, than are supporting
Judge Polndexter, and they have not been
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House did Kennedy. The House found
Kennedy did wrong and asked him to re-
sign as Speaker. They found me guilty
ot lighting graft and didn't ask me to re
sign, but* kicked me out. (Applause.)
LEGISLATURE LOBBY'S "CHUMS."
"Before the Senate* committee was one
lobbyist who admitted he played poker
with three State Senators and three Rep-
resentatives, and God only knows how
manv more whom he couldn't remember.
And among others arrested, besides the
legislators, were twenty-five or more
lobbyists. The morning after one of the
lobbyists appeared in court and paid the
fine of the legislators. (Laughter and ap-
plause.) Why? Was that part payment
for services performed by the legislators?
r don't want to be a crank about any-
thing. I believe two of us here could go
off and play poker. Our consciences
would tell us wo were violating the
law. But that crime fades into insignifi-
cance when compared to the crime of a
legislator playing poker with a hired lob-
byist and then permitting the lobbyist
to pay his fine for him. (Applause.)
"i don't know whether you endorse it
or not; but I say that a State Senator
who plays poker with a lobbyist who ex-
pects some service, and permits the lob-
byist to pay his fine, is susceptible to
bribery and will receive a bribe—if he
has not already done so—at the first op-
portunity. (Shouts and applause. Voice— :
CiO to 'em, Bascotn.) Whenever a lobby-
ist pla> s poker with a legislator, the leg-
islator Is dealt a winning hand. It is a
case of heads up I win, tails up you lose. ,
(Laughter.) A professional lobbyist who
will play poker with a legislator and win
the legislator's money is a natural born
fool. (Shouts and laughter.) Such a
lobbyist ought to lose his job."
Mr. Thomas here charged that a Hous-
ton man lost $1000 in a gambling game at
Aust' while the present Legislature was
"I questioned that man in the investl- !
gation for three hours, trying to get. him
to tell the name.s of the Senators and
You'll have to come in here to-
morrow if you want the advantage of
saving on these summer suits.
They are our regular summer
weights—absolutely this year's gar-
ments—and your choice can be made
from all blues, blacks or fancies
Selling Regular f >r
$27.50 or $30.00
All Stills Marked in Plain Figures.
Representatives who won the $1000," said
and will not be turned aside by any
contingencies that can now bo frame
up. All scares that may be gotten up I Mr. Thomas, "and all ho said was. 'I
Just before the election will make them ! don't remember; I don't remember.' What I
more aggressive and determined!" I the people want to know is. how much of i
I that money went Into the pockets of our | Senators can say like the elder Vander-
There was Just a little Intimation that | MANY SPEAKERS FOR COLQUITT | sf>-called representatives? (Applause.) | bilt, 'The people be damned.' Yet, when
Mr. Johnson has still other aspirations
when he said:
"Let's bury all this for the present and
after that is settled If we still have con-
tentions, I will put a chip on my shoulder
and ask somebody to knock It off."
He declared that the name of Joe Hnlley
could be found on the baek of every man
who voted against hlin for prejudice.
lie maintained that the other candidates
take up two-thirds of their time telling
what cannot be done and that he in the
only candidate for Governor of Texas who
tells what he can do.
DAVIDSON WILL HE TN DALLAS
He Will Spend Sunday in North Texas
rtr^ctnl Telearram to The express.
DALLAS, Tex., July 9.—R. V. David-
son, who spoke nt Corsicana tonight, will
spend tomorrow in Dallas, resting and
seeing friends. He will speak at the Ma-
jestic Theater In this city on Monday
night ami his managers and more con-
spicuous supporters are arranging to give
him as large an audience .as possible.
George W. Riddle said tonight that, so
far as he Is aware, no changes are to be
made in Mr. Davidson's campaign plans.
He is scheduled to go to Carrollton. In
the northern part of Dallas County, Mon-
day afternoon and return In time to fill
his Dallas appointment Monday night.
The leaving of Davidson's cause by
M. M. Crane has been considerably dis-
cussed in Dallas today. His Introduction
of Cone Johnson at Cleburne yesterday,
and liis clear endorsement of Johnson ■
candidacy, created surprise in political
circles. Still, It is contended, no change
in Davidson's campaign plans will result
from that or any other Incident, and
tha.t Davidson will continue In the race
to a finish.
CANDIDATES AT BARBECUE
Crowd of 2000 Persons Attend Mc-
Special Telegram to The RrprMS.
LOCK HA UT, Tex., July 9.—A big pic-
nic snd barbecue was given at McMahan
yesterday, at which 2000 persons were in
attendance from all parts of this county.
The county candidates made speeches in
the early part of the day, and when
they had finished, F. S. Rogers of Kauf-
man County spoke in the interest of Poin-
dexter's candidacy for Governor. Mr.
Roger's was to speak at 2 o'clock p. m..
according to appointment, but owing to
delays he did not arrive until 5 o'clock
p. in. O. Ellis, n young lawyer of
Big List Is Given Out at liis Austin
AUSTIN, Tex., July 0. -Colquitt head-
quarters today announce the following
I COUNTY OFFICERS NOT BLAMELESS they are running for office they cpll you
He told of a largo number of county NVl7 r'!t:
officials coming to Austin to oppose the \* s* -V'1' "if ?? 1 A f i p p •
passage of the antifee bill of which Mr. H-alighten Sometimes I think if we
Thomas was a co-author. During the p't an antilobby law we had better
committee hearing, he said, one Sheriff abolish the Senate. \et, 1 would be op-
got excited and asked Mr. Thomas; i posed to that, for i am going
* ,, ,, T..1.. , Don't you believe every public official
C. (.. McDonald of Kemp DeLeon, July jn q^xas Is honest?" Thomas replied to
He left tonight for Fort Worth and will
go to Dallas tomorrow to meet Mr. Poln-
. Hello Daddy—
» Please don't forget to bring home some
and I'll have a good hug and kiss for you.
Postum Cereal Co., Ltd., Buttle Creek, Mich.
11, at 10 o'clock a. iu.; Gorman, July 11,
at 8:.'i0 o'clock p. in.; Iredell, July 12, at
10 o'clock a. m.; Dublin, July 12, at H:;;o
o'clock p. in.; Blue Ridge, .Inly 14; Wolf
City, July In; Cooper, July 10; Celina,
July 20; Pecan Gap, July 111.
A. U. PueJ&ett »'f Kaufman—Poolvllle,
Parker County, July 15, 8:30 o'clock
p. in.; Lewisvllle, July 10, I o'clock p. in.;
Little Elm, July HI, 8:.'l0 o'clock p. in.
John C. Williams of Houston—-Grand
Saline, July 14; Wliltesboro, July 15;
Sanger, July 10, 2 o'clock p. in.; Krum,
.July 10, 8 o'clock p. in.
Paul Wipprecht of Houston Lampasas
County. July 11, 12 and 18; Iowa Piirk,
July 14; Munster, July 15.
A. M. Campbell of Groveton—-Conroe,
July It. 8:30 o'clock p. in.; Plantersville,
July 12, 8:30 o'clock p. in.; Anderson,
July 13, 2 o'cloek p. m.; Shlro, July 13,
8:30 o'clock p. m.; Montgomery, July 14,
8:30 o'clock p. m.; Dobbin, July 14, 2
o'clock p. in.; Willis, July 15, 8:30 o'clock
p. in.; Dodge. July 16, 2 o'clock p. m.;
Oakhurst, July 10, 2 o'clock p. m.; Nor-
uiangee, July 18, '1 o'clock p. m.; M.tdlson-
ville, July 18, 8:30 o'clock p. in.; Itedlas,
July 10, 2 o'clock p. m.; Apolouia, July
20, 2 o'clock p. in. /
John M. Ftirman of Bolton Gold-
thwaite, July 13.
Monta J. Moore of Cameron Heed's
Lake (Burgess), July 14, 2:30 o'clock
A. It. Eldson of Hamilton Hamilton,
Charles Itognn of Austin Manor, July
13: Travis Peak, July 15.
Barry Miller of Dallas—Lancaster,
Q- l\ Watson of Glddings Pnltre, July
E. W. Bounds of Marlln Lott, July
J. F. Mnddox of Balllnger—Coleman
County picnic, July 15; I vain, Taylor
County. July Id.
K. X. Stafford of Mineola Mineolu,
John B. Shelton of Austin Del Valle,
J. A. Ward of Mount Pleasant --Win-
field. July 11.
Llvi Herring of Glenrose Glass, July
12, ii(Km8:30 o'clock p. in.; Nemo, July 14,
at 8:30 o'clock p. in.; Rainbow, July 10,
at 2:30 o'clock p. in.; Walnut Springs,
July 16, at 8:30 o'clock p. in.
The following is a list of friends who
will take the stump In behalf of the
candidacy of O. B. Colquitt. In request-
ing a speaker to attend picnics In the
various sections of the State, friends and
the committees on speakers are asked to
select from this list and forward their
selection to Colquitt headquarters In Aus-
tin. that the sehedules may be arranged:
Jaines Graham. Amarlllo: W. A. Trenck-
inann, Austin: John IS. Shelton, Austin;
William von Rosenberg. Austin; Charles
Rogan. Austin; A. G. Sehleuter. Austin;
Warren Moore, Austin; John L Heeler,
Austin: A. E. Masterson, Angleton; II.
S. Ilardwlck, Abilene; R. A. Oldham. Abi-
lene: W. X Adams, Brownwood; Joe A.
Adklns, Brady; John F. Maddox, Ballln-
ger; J. P. Buchanan, Brenham; W. L.
Thompson, Beaumont: F. J. Duff. Beau-
mont; J. I>. Martin, Beaumont; John M.
Furman, Bolton: J. K. Baker. Coleman;
John G. Willacy, Corpus Chrlstl; J. R.
Hesllp. Caldwell; W. L Saye, Comanche;
Moats J. Moore. Cameron; James P. Ha-
ven. Denison; If. D. Payne, Grnnbury;
B Y. Cummlngs. Hillsboro; Walter Col-
lins. Illllsboro; Dr. J. M. Wells, Hovers;
Alex Pope. Dallas; W A. Shaw. Dallas;
Wills S. Seargent, Dallas; Barry Miller,
Dallas; William Canps, Fort Worth:
Lewis J. Wortham, Fort Worth; Frank
A Woods, Franklin: Lewis Fisher. Gal-
veston: A. M. Campbell, Groveton; Levi
ITerrinir, Glenrose; W I. CrosUiwalte.
Holland; J. C. Williams. Houston; L>H.
Bailey, Houston : Charles Hume Jr..
Houston: T. If. Stone. Houston: It. G.
Bosh. Houston: Jonathan Lane, Houston;
Chester H. Bryan. Houston: John IT.
Kfrby, Houston ; W. T. Baarby, Ilaltetts-
vllle: A. R. Eldson, Hamilton; J. G.
Lewis. HemfihUl • W. Tf. Murehlson. Has-
kell: C. fi, McDonald. Kemp; A. I'.
Puekett. Kaufman: II. M Cosnnhan.
Kaufman: W. E. Craddock, Terrell: L E.
Stout. Kountre: W. T. Annstead. Jeffer-
son: Frederick Opp, Llano; G A. ITelllg,
LaGrancre; J. R. Ki''»erts. Fayettevlllo;
Oeorg-o is. Lennox. T/iGranj'e; C. E. Lane,
LaGrange; .Tnko Wolters. Houston: Wal-
ter IT. Boy kin. Mineral Wells; .T, A.
Ward, Mount Pleasant: B. Itolston, Mount
Pleasant; O, p pyle. .Mineola: R X.
Stafford, Mineola : Walter Jones, Mlne-
Ha: E. W. Bounds, Marlln: J. K. P.
ITanna. Cnlrert: s. M. King. Nacog-
doches; .T. R. Fuchs. New Braunfels: 'Jus
TToppe. New rim: John R Moore. Pales-
One: Cam Kay. Palestine: Senator I). E.
Decker. Ounnah: L. H. TJatliff. Ouanah;
T. B. F'nley. Rn«k: T. D. Cnhb, Ran An-
tonio; Chester If. Terrell. San Antonio;
J. F. Carl. San Antonio; John F. Onion,
San Antonio; Hnrrv ITertsherir, San An-
tonio: Georire Meyer. San Antonio: Joel
A. Llnseomh. Man Antonio; M. E. Davis.
San Antonio; Nelson Lvtle. San Antonio;
M. J. Arnold. San Antonio; C. IT. Rr»r-
tmnd. San Antonio; IT. B. Railway. San
Antonio; .T. i>. Martin. Stsnton: J. M.
Pressler. Rotan: .T. R. Elliott. Sherman:
W. A. Wiirshneh. San Antonio; L. von
ITa con. Fredericksburg: C E. Sheppard.
Sulohnr SnHngs; p. If. Boll. Tennvson:
•T. J. Cn*. Temnle: W. F. Banks. Temple;
J"hn W. Passett Venus: J. B. Lewrbrht.
viofortn : Pan! Wlpnrneht. Houston: Lud
T Wlltloirs. Waen; W. o. Murray, Flares
vIBe: W. H. Reed. ITousU
the effect he certainly did not think so,
The next night, he said, the local offi-
cers at Austin raided a hotel and found
engaged In a gambling game one district |
judge, two district attorneys, two county
attorneys, two county judges, one dis-
trict clerk and one county treasurer.
"A fine kettle of fish," remarked Mr.
Thomas. "The whole business lobbying
against the antifee bill—men who are
supposed to enforce our laws." (Ap-
Shortly before his expulsion, Mr.
Thomas said a Beaumont citizen, i*»- the
Thomas investigation, testified that $1(W0
had been raised in Beaumont to prevent
the passage of the antiracc track betting
"That surprised some of the Senators,"
.said he, "but It didn't surprise me.
(Laughter.) Colonel Peeler Jumped to
his feet and said he would reply to the
slander of the Beaumont man on the
floor of tlie Senate. He was invited to
reply then, but Peeler said, 'No, I'll rc ply
later, in the Senate.' Peeler thought it
reflected on the Senate. What the people
are demanding is a higher standard of
conduct fpr our public officials."
Leaving this theme, Mr. Thomas said
ho would now devote himself to "a high,
honest and religious gentleman, A. B.
Davidson." He then made a harsh com-
parison in connection with the present
Lieutenant Governor. Applause follow-
"That man hates me like the devil hates
holy water," ho said, "and that makes
me think I am a pretty good man."
He said he found Lieutenant Governor
Davidson in his chamber with two lob-
byists against the antirace track gamb-
ling bill not long after Mr. Thomas made
his speech against the lobby. The fol-
lowing night he said, the Lieutenant
Governor left his seat in the Senate
chamber and bitterly denounced Thomas.
The following week, while the antirace
track gambling bill was pending, the
City of Dallas invited the legislature to
Dallas for a Junket trip.
"I opposed the invitation because I con-
sidered it .in Indirect bribe," said Mr.
Thomas. "There never was an excursion
given the Legislature but had a string
to it. They have been indirect bribes,
and there should be a stop to It. (Ap-
ONE MR. DAVIDSON NOTICED.
"They went to Dallas, and while there
Davidson made a speech which set them
wild. They knew what he was going to
say and he knew what they wanted him
lo say. Davidson said the Legisllature i
ought to simply pass the apropiiation
bill and go home, lie knew at the time
the antirace track gambling bill was un-
disposed of. They almost gave him an
ovation. He was talked of for Governor,
and I suppose if It had been left with
all those jockeys and race horse men,
they would have elected him Governor
on the spot.
"The day after the gambling scandal
at Austin Davidson came to me and said
it was being whispered about that I was
connecting him with gambling. I t •»!. i
hlin I had no evidence at that time of
his connection witR it, but that I had
heard that lie was. Then he told me he
knew nothing about playing cards, that
ho d'dn't know one card from another
and had never gambled in liis life."
At this point Mr. Thomas read the fol-
lowing telegram, which provoked a
stormy demonstration In the crowd: i
'Stephenvllle, Tex., March 30, 1909.--H.
Bascotn Thomas, Sulphur Springs, Tex.: '
Lieutenant Governor Davidson pleaded I
guilty gambling with cards In Erath
County iu 1U0G. Certified copy of in- i
dictment coming by mall. Stay with 'em,
Baseom. M. J. Thompson, County Judge
of Erath County."
"Ye gods, mudturtles and little fishes, |
isn't that a jolt for you?" the speaker j
Inquired, amidst laughter and applause.
"Jesus Christ scourged the money
chungers from the temple, and I expect
to drive out lobbyists and grafters from
the legislative halls of Texas." he con-
tinued. "1 am the only man who was
ever tried for prosecuting graft. At my
first trial I was acquitted. That was one
night about 12 o'clock. One man opposed
my acquittal. That was Senator Watson,
lie alone stood for my expulsion at that
time. He said I had reflected on the |
honesty and Integrity of that dignified
"SENATORIAL DIGNITY" MINUS.
"That very night the chief of police and
Constable Jrnado a raid on a gambling
room in the Drlsklll Hotel. If I had kept
quiet and said nothing of these things
they would look upon me today as a
statesman and savior of his country.
(Applause and laughter.) They talk aKout
graft In New York and overlook the fact
that it Is running rampant in Texas.
"Now, here I want to make some start-
ling charges. I believe today that a jbbby
with $25,000 can prevent the passage of
four out of every five bills introduced
in the legislature. 1 don't say it will be
necessary to openly bribe sixteen Sen-
ators, although 1 think it would be pos-
sible. All that Is necessary Is to brine
five or six of the leaders, and the rest
of the sixteen can be influenced with
opera tickets, excursion tickets arid
champagne. They are like suckers—they
will take an empty hook.
"Do you know It Is possible, when 500,-
000 people ask for some legislation, eleven
lected Lieutenant Governor of Texas by
100,000 majority, and if the Senate were
abolished 1 would be out of a presiding
"And there is angtiier charge which I
consider even worse. I can name five
general railroad attorneys who lobbied
during the last session of the Legislature.
And I will wager the ears off my head,
and I do not gamble, either, that four
out of five laws they opposed never got
out of the committee room. It means
those five attorneys had more influence
over the Legislature those five, hired,
professional lobbyists—than had the peo-
ple of tie* State.
"Instead of a government of the people,
for the people and by the people in Texas,
I think it is a government of the grafter,
for the grafter and b.v the grafter. When
I have the moral courage to attack this,
peuuut politicians over the State charge
me with being a fanatic and crazy.
(Laughter.) They might as well try to
stop a Texas whirlwind as to prevent my
election as Lieutenant Governor. (Ap-
plause.) They might as well get ready
to have me wield the travel in the next
regular session of the Legislature. (Ap-
HE SEES HIMSELF PRESIDING
He humorously pictured the next Sen-
ate with II. Baseom Thomas presiding
over its deliberations, and the Senators
who expelled hlin calling hlin "Mr. Presl-
"It will be a spectacle to make the gods
laugh," he shouted above the laughter.
"It will he worth running excursions to
Austin to see. They have looked down
on me. hut. they will have to look up to
me then. (Laughter.) I can't get one
of those fellows to meet me In Joint dis-
cussion. I have challenged them all."
He told of meeting Lieutenant Governor
Davidson in debute in ('iiero and Senator
Senter In Dallas, and said neither one of
these gentlemen likely will want to meet
him la debate again. He said Senator
IVoler dodged him at Austin and Senator
Welnert (lodged him In Ids dlstrlet.
"When I came to San Antonio I an-
nounced that I would divide time with
Senator Heal, hut there was nothing do-
ing." snld he. "I went to Floresville and
hail a committee gee Senator Murray and
ask him to meet me and discuss this
question. He told the committee, 4I
don't want to meet the damn fool.'
(Laughter.) And when I go to Corpus
Chrlstl Monday I will ask their Senator
(Senator Willacy) to meet me."
A Voice How did Senator Real vote on
"He voted to expell me," renlled Mr.
Mr. Thomas Invited questions from the
ik On AH
(i. & J. lire's have th<
right stufT in them—that's
why they last. All
Hid styles in stock.
A Voice—Did you retract any of
charges you made in the Senate?
"I am glad that question was asked."
said the candidate. "1 did Just what any
honorable inan would have done. When
I first attacked the lobby I believed every
man hi the Senate was honest. I re-
tracted what the Senators considered a
reflection on the Senate afterwards. But
after I had retracted, I was given some
evidence of grafting, and then I made
charges. Five minutes before my expul-
sion, Senator Sturgeon and others brought
me a paper to sitrn. which, had I signed
it. would have made me say, 'I believe
every Senator Is an honest man.' I re-
fused to sign It. They told me if I did
not sign It every Senator would vote for j
my expulsion. I refused, and In five j
minutes I was walking out of the Sen
ate chamber iu what I thought at the
time was disgrace and shame. I was ex-
pelled for not refracting the charges.
• Applause. Voice That's a good explana-
A voice-—Why were not some of the
Senators Involved in those charges ex-
"Because," said Mr. Thomas, "most of
the charges were based on circumstan-
tial evidence. You know circumstantial
evidence is mighty strong sometimes.
Senators are privileged characters, you
know. (Laughter.) Some of those Sena-
tors pleaded exemption from .trrest. if
you are a member of tlx- Legislature
(Voice Give it to em. Laughter and ap-
plause.) and gamble, and not only that,
conduct a publi * gambling house, you
are exempt from arrest." (Applause.)
CRUCIFIXION IS HIS LOT.
"I was crucified, not as my Lord, be-
Iween two thieves, but amongst possibly
a dozen." (Shouts, applause and laugh-
He told of the vote on the resolution
to expel hitn and of the sergeant at arms,
instructed by the Lieutenant Governor,
taking Thomas by the arm and escorting
him to the entrance of the Senate like
some condemned criminal.
"The tears were streaming down my
face," said the candidate, "as I was
conveyed to the door. Hut there I
stopped and turned. I pointed my finger
at the Senate and, with the best voice I
cr uld muster, said, I defy you.' "
He said ho tried to beat the news of
his expulsion to his home town, Sulphur
Springs. But he did not. He said his
wife was prostrated and in bed and his
father and sons met him as they would
a criminal sentenced to the penitentiary.
Ills eldest son, he said, sobbed himself to
sleep. At his wife's bedside he deter-
mined to make a ince for re-election.
The Senate, he charged, spent $500 of
the people's money to print extra copies
of the Senate Journal containing an ex-
purgated report of the Thomas investiga-
tion, and circulated them through the
Second District to prevent Thomas' re-
election. He said the Senate struck out
the testimony regarding gambling, and In
the face of this printed across the front
of the journal: "This journal contains
a full report of the proceedings of the
He told of his constituents giving him
the greatest majority ever given a State
Senator in Tex.is. he carrying every
county in the district and every box but
four and, finally. his return to the
Senate. 11♦ • was nici, he -a .d, by women
of the Women's (".ristian Temperance
I'nlon at the door of the Senate and given
a beautiful floral tribute.
"And those ladies told me they had
asked Lieutenant Governor Davidson for
permission to plac the flowers it mv
desk and he refused," said he. "Of all
tin gall that was ever displayed, that
was the limit."
When he closed his address Mr. Thom-
as was busied for several minutes shak-
inn hands with li s auditors He will go
t-> Corpus Chrlstl Monday and speak
there Monday night.
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