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The Arkansas Contest    

The Arkansas contests, involving the seats of 16 delegates, four delegates at large and 12 from congressional districts, were called. The Roosevelt men charged that the Arkansas republican organization consisted of postmasters and other federal employees, the sole purpose of which organization is for the distribution of federal patronage.     Mr. Remell said that a protesting delegation , much like that before the national committee had gone to Washington several years ago and protested to President Roosevelt against republican conditions in the state. "He told them to go back to the committee on credentials." In twenty-one cases said Mr. Remell, no office-holders at all were represented in the so-called "regular" conventions, on other counties he declared the office-holders were but a minority of the total.     "For thirteen years this gentleman on the other side was prominent in Little Rock", declared Mr. Remell, waving his hand toward Mr. Holt, of the Roosevelt delegation. "because he did not get it again he is up here contending for a place in the convention".        

  With a Club

    He said the Roosevelt man had assaulted his nephew with a club. Mr. Remell said he moved in the convention to instruct the delegates for Taft. A counter motion was made he said, to send an uninstructed delegation, but the Taft instructions were carried by a large majority.     "It was an absolutely fair convention", he said, He characterized the Roosevelt contest as a farce. he singled out members of the Roosevelt delegation by name. "There was never such a farce in Arkansas before,", said Mr. Remell.     'You'll have to sit down on these people good and hard," he added, amid a roar of laughter from the committee. In the case of the first district delegates from Arkansas, Ormsby McHarg who presented that arguments charged that negroes in that district had been disfranchised because the convention was held in a locality in which negroes were not allowed.     "It was well you understood that negroes were not safe in this locality," he said.     "The regular committee did not call the convention where all could attend and the electors had to protect their own rights by organizing a new committee and calling a new convention. "     A negro delegate was present with the Roosevelt delegates. "This is the first time this question has ever been presented to this committee." declared Mr. McHarg, "and it must be decided if the republican party is to live."     Called upon by Mr. McHarg, the colored delegates, A.P. Miller, declared "colored folks were afraid to go to Paragould, where the convention was held."     Wallace Townsend, representing the first district Taft delegates declared the republicans had "followed the call of the republican national committee," in calling and holding the district convention. he held the contestants claim "absurd" and that they were made only in order to give ostensible ground for contest.     Mt. Townsend said he did not know negroes were not allowed in Paragould.     "This is the first intimation I have had of that fact," he said.     He and other members of the Taft delegation answering questions by Committeeman Kellogg, admitted that no negroes were present at the convention, but claimed that several had given the proxies to white men. "Isn't it strange." asked Mr. Kellogg "that none of them attended if they were allowed to.?"     The Arkansas man would not admit that there was anything strange about the entire absence of negroes. Mr. Rammell said that negroes, would not have been molested if they had not gone to the "regular" convention. He said that many colored people were living in the community.     The two Taft delegates from the first district were seated by a vote of 49 to 2 (Kellogg of Minnesota and Thorson of South Dakota in the negative).     The contest on the second district next taken up, hung on the question of whether the Roosevelt faction had received proper consideration. J.A. Comer, of Little Rock, again represented the Roosevelt delegates and  H.L. Rammell; the Taft faction. The arguments were briefly submitted, following substantially those in the case of the delegates at large.     The committee voted unanimously to seat the Taft delegates. The vote was 47 to 0.     Lucius N. Littauer of new York, classed as a Roosevelt delegate to the convention", was admitted to the committee sessions today on the proposal of P.L. Flanigan of Nevada.     The committee at 5:40 p.m. adjourned until 10 a.m. tomorrow.  

SATURDAY, JUNE 8, 1912