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- 1915 March 13 (Creation)
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R.F. Pettigrew talks with H.L. Loucks concerning the upcoming nomination for presidential candidate for the Republicans, as Pettigrew is hoping for a Progressive candidate as opposed to a reactionary one. Pettigrew also expresses his desire and agreement with Loucks concerning the procurement of numerous newspapers. Pettigrew also mentions various senators and party members, including Charles Edward Russell.
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Michigan Boulevard and Congress Street
J. J. Calvey
Chicago, March 13, 1915
Mr. H.L. Loucks,
Watertown, S. D.
My dear friend:-
I received your letter this morning, and I like what you say. We ought to be able to carry it out. We certainly must have a newspaper, or several of them, and I am going to communicate with Richards upon the subject. I very much hope that the Republican Party will nominate a man like Senator Clapp for President, so that all Progressives could support him; but I very much fear that they will nominate a reactionary. I was talking with Charles Edward Russell this morning, and he says that they will nominate [Whitman] of New York or ex-Senator Burton of Ohio, and that they are thoroughly reactionary. He says there is no possible hope of doing anything in the next presidential contest. I hope very much that he is not correct about this, but he is one of the best informed men in America, and I presume he is right.
I have called the attention of the Senate Committee to the Johnson matter, and have received a letter from Reed Smoot, Senator from Utah, saying that they will lay the matter before Senator Stirling, and will take such course in connection with the matter as Senator Stirling desires. My impression is that the result will be that nothing will be done.
R. F. Pettigrew