Robert La Follette doesn't know his presidential chances are dead, Theodore Roosevelt is still not saying whether he'll run, President Taft bolsters his family's standing with the Catholic Church, and William Jennings Bryan automobile gossip! Previously in The 1912 Project...
But in The New York Times today, this defense of principle is translated as simple stubborness. It begins its report: "Increasingly strong representations yesterday and today of the embarrassment he is causing his friends and the Progressive campaign have failed to move Senator La Follette a peg from his determination to leave his name as a Presidential candidate before the country... The truth of the whole situation is that the progressive movement, as an insurrection against the Adminstration, is drifting aimlessly about without head or goal." But they do give La Follette a rare chance to speak for himself: "I have been a the standard bearer of principles, not individuals. No possible change in circumstances can change the great issues for which I have found and will continue to fight. I can enlist in the ranks of no man unless he adopt publicly in binding terms the true principles of progressive government by the people."
Roosevelt Still Silent Speaking of Roosevelt's public remarks, The New York Times calls the clamor for the former President to get into the race, "the boom of the Sphinx of Oyster Bay" because he refuses to say whether he wants to run. It's not a mystery, but it does make for playful exchanges with reporters. At the bottom of a report titled, "ROOSEVELT MUST LEAD PROGRESSIVES," is this brief interview:
Now Wilson Meets the Press Former Princeton president Woodrow Wilson is no dummy. After La Follette's bad outing in front of the Periodical Publishers's Association, the Democratic candidate addressed the New Jersey Editorial Writers' Association at Trenton's Hotel Windsor. (La Follette had been scheduled to speak to the group, too, but it was one of the engagements cancelled due to his poor health.) He seems to have learned his lessons well in Philadelphia. The Trenton True American does not carry any of his speech, but it has this brief recap:
William Jennings Bryan Buys a Car First off, apparently The New York Times had a gossip column in 1912. It was about cars, but there it is labeled clearly: "Gossip of the Automobilists and Notes of the Trade." And in this week's edition, we learn that William Jennings Bryan, populist of Nebraska, hero of Free Silver, and "one time hope of Democracy," is also something of a car buff.
According to the sales brochure, such a number would run the candidate $1,100, plus $90 if he opted for the "silk mohair top complete with side curtains and dust cover." But we have to admit it looks like a sweet ride.