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VOL. XIX? ; . PLYMOUTH, N; C. FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 13, 1908. - NO24.
Republicans Sweep the Entire Nation
Like An Avalanche
MR. BRYAN MEETS DEFEAT
More Complete Returns Show That
the Democratic Candidate Did Not
Make as Good a Run as He Did
Twelve Years Ago.
New York, Special. Practically
- complete -returns received up to a
latehour Wednesday night indicate
that William H. Taft, of Ohio, as
President-elect, will have a vote of
309 in- the electoral college. This is
within 16 votes of the forecast made
by National Chairman Frank II.
Hitchcock and 67 "more than a ma
jority out of the total electoral vote
The most important news of the
late returns indicates that Maryland,
after vacillating during 'the day and
apparently being safe for the
Democracy, has been swung into the
Taft column; The unofficial figures
give Mr. Taft the State by 136 votes.
Maryland was the last of the doubt
ful States to be heard from. Indiana
and West Virginia as well as 'Men-,
tana, turned out to be safely Repub
lican. Colorado went for Bryan.
Mr. Bryan has a total of 174 votes,
two less than he received in 1896.
In 1904 Mr. Parker received only
140 votes, in 1900 Mr. Bryan receiv
ed 155 votes and in 1896 the Nebras
kan received 176 votes.
Mr.1 Taft's 309 electoral votes com
pared with 336 received by Roose
velt in 1904, 292 received by McKin
ley in 1900 and 271 received by Mc
Kinley in 1896'.
. Republicans Retain Control.
No changes of material interest
have been reported in the congres
sional returns. The Republicans will
have about "the same working major
ity in the iity-first Congress as at
. presentjariuV .Joseph G. Cannon, of
u "-llrraiffdqDtedly will succeed him
self as Speaker. Representatives
Jesse Overstreet, of Indiana, and
Hepburn, of Iowa, are the most con
spicuous among those who have failed
The 1 Senate retains its Republican
complexion, although there will be
a material change in the personnel of
the upper body of the national legis
National Chairman Norman E.
Mack, of the Democratic party issued
a statement in which he declared that,
he did not believe Mr; Bryan would
again be a candidate for the presiden
cy. He said he believed that the Ne
hraskan might be a candidate for the
United States Senate in 1911, pro
vided the Legislature of his State is
Democratic in that year, when the
first vancancy will occur.
The latest returns indicate that in
the national House of Representa
tives the Republicans will have 20S
members and the Democrats 172, with
eleyen districts missing.
The Result in New York.
Judge Taft's plurality in the State
of New York, according to corrected
; -tr returns is 203,495, more than 28,000
lt , in excess of President Roosevelt's
,.. 'V'yviuraiity of four years ago. Gov.
Charles E. Hughes was re-elected in
New York State by 71,159. The re
turns as; between President and Gov
ernor indicate a heavy splitting of
The heavy vote in Ohio made fig
ures extraordinarily late owing to the
immense size of the ballot. Mr. Taft
carried his own State, however, 'by
50,000 plurality, a reduction of. more
than 200,000 from the Roosevelt vote
of four years ago. The Democratic
State ticket in Ohio, headed by .Tud
sonf Harmon for Governor, appears to
be safely elected. The State Legisla
ture, which is to choose a successor to
Senator Joseph B. -Foraker, appears
to be in doubt as between the Re
publicans and Democrats.
In Indiana Mr. Taft was successful
in carrying the State by about 8,000,
but the entire Democratic State tick
et headed by Mr. Marshall for Gover
nor, was elected. The congressional
delegation from the State shows a
gain of seven Democrats.
The returns from West Virginia,
owing to the mountainous character
of the country, are slow in coming in.
A sufficient number of qounties and
districts have been heard from, how
ever,' to show that Mr. Taft has a
Colorado early in the , day shifted
from the doubtful column to the
Bryan Hst. The fefjKistlature, which
is to ciH'ose a successor to Senator
Teller, alo is apparent l-fsTatic.
Mr. Brian's vir rHn his home
one. Five of .Nebraska's six con
gressmen will be Democratic, while in
the Legislature only 18 Republicans
seem to be elected out of a total of
133 Senators and Representatives.
Mr. Taft Talks.
Cincinnati, O., Special. Early
Wednesday William. H. Taft gave
hearty expression to the gratification
he felt on his election as President
of the United States. Business, labor
and agriculture, he declared, had sup
ported him. His success, he said,
should be also the success of the
country if his ability "and endeavor
could make it so.
"Please say that I am perfectly
healthy but tired," was the message
Judge Taft wished uttered for him.
With Mrs. Taft he has enjoyed the
pleasant household of the C. P. Taft
family mansion, going forth only
once, and then to receive the plaudits
of thousands of his fellow townsmen
as they lined the' streets and filled
WILLIAM HAWARD TAFT.
the windows for blocks in the line of
march of the parade of the Wood
ward High School pupils, faculty and
trustees. Mr. Taft made the princi
pal address at the corner stone lay
ing of the new building of this
school, from which he graduated
when, a boy. The function gave the
city an opporunity to pay its first
daylight tribute to the President
elect. Judge Taft did not refer to
the election or politics in his address,
but confined himself to the history
Of the school, which held for him
many fond memories.
To Make Speech.
A speech to the Women's Foreign
Mission Society of the Methodist
Episcopal Church, in annual session
here, Thursday morning, and a ban
quet of the Cincinnati Comercial
Club Thursday night constitute the
public functions which will occupy
Judge Taft before he leaves for not
Springs, Va.. Friday.
"I am going away for a complete
rest of at least two weeks," said
Judge Taft. "No, I am not going to
hold political conferences; neither am
I going to consider Cabinet construc
tion nor political appointments dur
ing this time. It is to be a period
of as near absolute rest and quiet as
I can make it."
William Howard Taft.
1857 Bom in Cincinnati, Septem
1874 Graduated from the Cincin
nati High School.
1876 Graduated from Yale Col
lege, second in the class and class
18S0Admitted to the Ohio bar.
1S81 Assistant prosecuting attor
ney of Hamilton county, Ohio.
1852 Collector of Internal revenue
of the first district of Ohio.
1853 Resigned public office to re
sume law practice.
1885 Assistant countv solicitor of
18S6 Married Miss Helen Ilerron,
1887 Judge of the Superior Court
of Ohio. 1
1890 Solicitor General of the
1892; United States 4reuit judge
of the sixth circuit.
1896 Became dean of the law de
partment of the University of Cin
cinnati. 1900 -President of the United
States Philippine commission.
1901 First civil Governor of the
1904 Became Secretary of War of
the United States.
1905 Visited the Philippines with
1906 Restored order in Cuba as
1907 Candidate for the Republi
can presidential nomination.
1908 Elected President of the
James S. Sherman.
1855 Born in Utica, N. Y., Octo
1878--Graduated from Hamilton
1880 Admitted to the bar and be
gan the practice of law.
1882 Appointed secretary ' o the
Republican committee of his county.
1884 Elected mayor of Utica by a
18S6 Elected, to Congress from
the twenty-fifth New York district.
18SS Defeated for re-election to
1S90 Again an unsuccessful can
didate for Congress.
1S92 Elected to . Congress from
the twenty-fifth New Yor kdistriet.
JAMES SCHOOLCEAFT SHEHMAN
1894 Re-elected to Congress.
1895 Chairman of Republican
1896-Re-elected to Congress.
1898 Re-elected to Congress.
1900 Chairman of Republican
1902 Elected to Congress from
twenty-seventh New York district.
1904 Elected to Congress.
1906 Re-elected to Congress.
1908 Elected ' vice President of
the United States.
Mr. Bryan Takes It Easy.
Lincoln, Neb., Special. Col. Bryan
accepted defeat with the ai rof a phil
osopher. He expressedjo his friends
his entire willingness to accept the
verdict of the people, saying that as
a private citizen he could still advo
cate the reforms he had hoped to car
ry out as president.
Speaker Cannon Re-elected.
Danville, 111., Special. Joseph ' G.
Cannon has been re-elected to Con
gress by a majority of between 6,000
and. 7,000. The returns are incom
plete, but enough of them have been
received to show that he will receive
his normal vote throughout the dis
trict. Some Details. j
Some of the figures relating to the
Republican slump in States regarded
as certainly Republican are little I
short of amazing. Pennsylvania's
immense plurality of over 500,000
o about 40,000 for Mr. Taft. The
return in Missouri to the Democracy
on the presidential ticket wiped out a
Republican plurality of 25,000 four
Maryland and West Virginia are
confidently claimed by 'the Republi
cans, but the returns are too meagre
to justify a classification of either
State. Massachusetts, New York and
New Jersey was striking exceptions
to the generally reduced Republican
There has been a shrinkage of the
Democratic vote in several of the
Southern States, notably in Virginia
and North Carolina.
Mr. Taft has carried Wisconsin by
a plurality estimated at 75,000, a
falling from the Roosevelt plurality
o 156.000 in 1D04.
Kentucky hem gone safely for Mr.
Bryan by about 15,000.
Governor John A. Johnson of Mis
nesota, has probably ' been elected
Governor of that State for a third
term, although the State has gone
safely for Mr. Taft., ,
The voting throughout the country
has been exceptionally heavy, ideal
weather conditions bringing out the
country voters in full force.
Mr. Taft carried practically every
so-called doubtful State except Ne
braska, where the indications point
to a Democratic victory. Mr. Bryan
has carried Nevada and Montana, in
addition to the solid South, which
Returns from Colorado and from
Maryland are too meagre to form a
definite conclusion as to their ulti
How the States Voted.
The pluralities for Taft and Bryan
in Tuesday's election, as indicated
by the latest returns available Wed
nesday night, follow:
States Bryan Taft
Alabama .. . . .. 40,000
Florida... . . .
Idaho . ,
Illinois . . . .
Iowa . .
Louisiana. . . . . ,
Maine.. .. .. ..
Maryland . . .
Massachusetts . .
Mississippi . .
Nevada . .
North Carolina . ,
North Dakota ,
New Jersey. . . ,
New York . .
Oklahoma . .
Oregon . . . .
Pennsylvania . . .
Rhode Island . .
South Carolina . .
South Dakota . .
Vermont. . . . . .
Washington ... . .
Wst Virginia . .
Wisconsin . .
Totals .. ....
Roosevelt Very Happy.
Washington, Special. President
Roosevelt was greatly elated when he
saw by the election bulletins which
reached him at the White House that
the man who will succeed him to the
presidency is William Howard Taft,
for whose election he had striven so
hard, and that the Republican party
had achieved a sweeping victory.
Charlotte, N. C, Special. At 3
o'clock Wednesday morning The Ob
server had received reports from
seventy-four of the ninety-eight coun
ties of the State, and the Democratic
State ticket, headed by Hon. W. W,
Kitchin, is elected by an approximate
majority of 30,000. Democratic Chair
man Eller at 1 o'clock claimed that
tke majority would be from 40,000 to
45,000, basing his estimates on re
turns from fifty-two counties. Fifty
six counties are safely Democratic,
twelve are Republican and six are in
ddubt. No reports were received on
the remaining number, mostly moun
tain and extreme eastern counties.
Two congressional districts ,the
Sth and 10th we conceded" to the Re
Detroit, Mich., Special. While
Taft has carried Michigan by a ma
jority estimated at about 100,000 at
11 o'clock the election for Governor
is in doubt, with Ilemans, Democrat,
leading Warner, Republican, by 7,000.
Chicago, Special. The Republican
national and State tickets gained a
complete victory in Illinois, although
the pluralities will probably fall short
of those obtained by the party in the
campaign of 1904. Taft has carried
the State by approximately 170,000
Louisville, Ky., Special.- Bryan'
plurality in Kentucky is .13.000, eigh
and possibly nine Democratic Con
gressmen elected and . a Republican
loss of two seats. This is the prob
able story of the election in Ken
tucky at the close of a day which was
marked by the polling of the largest
'ote in the history of the State.
Electoral Vote 1904-1908.
9W i OQ4 1008
. - 1
a 5 Qai
! X ?
u a a q O
1 H Cm
11 .. 11 .. 11
10 .. 10 10
5 5 5
7 .. 7 7
.. 3 .. 3 3
5 .. 5 .. 5
13 .. 13 .. 13
3 .. 3 3
27 .. 27 27
15 .. 15 15
13 .. 13 13
.. 10 .. 10 10
13 .. 13 , .. 13
9 9 .. 9
ft .. 6 6
8 7 18
16 .. 16 16
14 . ... 14 .14
11 .. 11 11
10 : .. 10 10
18 .. .. 18 18
3 .. 3 3
8 .... -8 8
3 .. .. 3 3
4 .. 4 4
12 .. 12 12
39 89 39
12 .. 12 .. 12
4 4 4
23 .. 23 23
7 .. .. 4
4 .. 4 4
.34 .. 34 34
4 .. 4 4
9 .. 9 .. 9
12 .. 12 .. 12
18 .. 18 , .. 18
3 .. 3 3
4 4 4
12 .. 12 .. 12
5 5 5
7 .. 1 7 7
13 .. 13 13
3 .. 3 3
174 309 140 XJG 1483
Color ad a
North Carolina. .
North Dakota ...
Total Vote in Electoral College.
Necessary to Elect a President..
The Vote in Former Elections.
Popular Vote WTilliam McKinley,
7,104,79; Bryan, 6,502,925.
The electoral vote McKinley, 271:
Bryan, as Democrat, 149; as Populist
McKinley Popular vote, 7,207,923;
Bryan,' 6,353,133. -
Electoral vote McKinley, 292 :
7,623,4S6; Parker, 5,-
vote Roosevelt, 336;
' In 1884,
Grover Cleveland Popular vote. 4,-
911,017; Blaine, 4,848,334. -Electoral
vote, 219 and 1S2.
Cleveland Popular vote, 5,538,'
233; Harrison, 5,440,216.
Electoral vote Cleveland,
Harrison, 233. .
Cleveland Popular vote,
918 ; Harrison,- 5,176,108.
Weaver Popular vote, 1,041,028
Electoral vote Cleveland, 277;
Harrison, 14o; Weaver, 122.
The Next Congress.
Chicago, Special. Three hundred
and seventy-six Congressional dis
tricts have been heard from, and the
political complexion of the Sixty
first Congress, according to present
indication with 14 districts yet to
hear from, will be Republican 205 ;
Democratic .-71., One hundred and
ninety-six votes will control the
House. The 'House of Representa
tives in the Sixtieth Congress' con
sists of 166 Democrats, 223 Republi
cans and -three are twohrdluahrdlua
cans and there are two vacancies. The
; State. Dem.
Alabama .. . . 9
Arkansas. . '. .... 7
Indiana. ... . . 11
Kansas. . . .
Louisiana. , 7
Michigan. . . .
Minnesota. . . . . 1
Missouri. . . . 8
Nebraska.. . .' 5
New Hampshire.... .. ....
New Jersey 3
New York 11
North Carolina 9
North Dakota.. .. .. .'
Pennsylvania .... 5
South Carolina 7
Edward M. Morgan, of Kzvr
York, Murderously Attacked
ASSAILANT COMMITS SUICIDE
Man Who Had Been Befnced a Po
sition by Postmaster Morgan. Lies
in Wait for Him on the Street asl
- Shoots Him, Immediately Ihcxe
after Committing Suicide Mn.
Morgan Carried to His Home Seri
New York, Special. Postmaster
Edward M. Morgan was shot Mon
day while on his way to his ofBee, by
a disappointed office-seeker named!
Maekey. He is in a serious condit
ion. His assailant committed suicicla
immediately after the shooting'. Mr.
Morgan, were hurried home and hia
wound is regarded as serious."' He
was accompanied by his daughter
when shot. ',
v The man who shot him had impor
tuned Morgan for a position in the
postoffice, but had, been refused. He
tried to see the postmaster at his
home several times, but did not saie
ceed. He lay in wait for him oa tha
street and spoke a few words to him:
, Mr. Morgan was appointed post
master last year. He had-been ad
vanced from a letter -carrier to tha
position of head of the office.
, There are indications that Macfcajr?
had for a long time planned tha
death of the postmaster. Before be
coming postmaster of New- York Mr
Morgan had had charge of an inves-'
tigation of dishonesty in connection
with the work of postal elerks in the
city, and the police theory is that
Maekay at some . time suffered
through Mr. Morgan's vigilance.
To Christen Big Battleship. ;
Washington, Special. Representa
tives of the Navy Department left
Monday for Quincy, Mass., to super
intend the launching Tuesday of tha
monster 20,000-ton battleship North
Dakota. The great vessel was built
at the yards of the Fore River Ship
building Company and is now ready
for its christening. Miss Mary Ben
ton, of Fargo, N. D., will break the
bottle of wine. The North Dakota,
is the first semi-Dreadnanght of tha
American navy and in her construe
tioh all records for speed have beent
broken. Her keel was laid on Decem
ber 1G last. Her sister ship, tha
Delaware, is beings bulit at Newport
News, Va., and will probably be
launched this winter. There has.
been a fierce rivalry between the
Massachusetts - and Virginia ' com- '
panics, but the. victory will eo to th
former by a narrow margin.
New Issue of Postage Stamps.
Washington. Special. The new
sue of postage stamps will be put oit
sale in postoffices on November 16th
Ihe denominations are 1. 2. 3. 4. 5-
6, 8, 10, 13, 15, and 50 cents and $1-
J. he 1'ostoflice Department says thai:
the $2 and $5 stamps will be discon
tinued after the present. sumhr is
exhausted. On the one-cent stamp
is the head of Benjamin. Franklin ia
profile from Houdon's bust. All th
Other denominations bear the heaI
of George Washington in profile frora.
Houdon's bust. The border designs
of all the denominations are identical,,
the head being an eclipse on end with.
laurel leaves on either side.
Above the head are the words, "IL
S. Postage," below it the denomina
tion. The size of the stamp is the
same as thai of the stamps now oa
Salary Increase in Navy Yards.
Washinston. Special. A rvnrral
increase of about 10 per cent, in the
salaries of all civil service emplovest
at navy yards will be recommenJeI
in the report of the committee ors
grades and salaries of the Keep Com
mission. The report is about com
pleted and is expected to reach the
department the latter part of this,
week or the first of next week.
Working on the Tariff.
Washington, Special. Manufae
hirers, importers and prodneers of
chemicals will be heard by the ways
and means committee of the House C
Representatives for the pnrpose of
assisting that committee in arriving
at a decision how tariffs should ba
revised along these lines. This m the
first of a series of hearings that have
been arranged for all the Tnrious
schedules that make the tariff bill
and will continue until a few days,
before the meeting of Congrrss
on our uu&t.'